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Comment Re:WTF is the point of BB Balance? (Score 2) 267

If I print my corporate email, it's on paper, and they can't do anything about it when I quit. Or export the data. Or photograph the screen.

You don't want to hand everybody the keys to the kingdom, but I feel like all the emphasis on securing smartphones is a bit like installing steel security doors when you've got loads of single-pane windows everywhere. The security chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and it's usually not hard to find a much bigger security deficiency that's worth targeting before losing sleep over email on people's phones.

Now, pushing corporate apps can be very useful if you've got a large number of employees, but I'm pretty sure there are options for doing that with iOS and Android.

Comment Re:Useful for weeding out non-programmers (Score 3, Insightful) 776

Yeah, give them a simple task. Something that any reasonable programmer should be able to do in 15 minutes. Then give them a solid hour to work on it. If they can't produce something working in that time, that's a pretty informative result. The time limit isn't a speed challenge; it's meant to be very generous, and act as, "Look, we need to move on..."

Personally, I like to give a few different options from which they can choose freely. Something procedural, something OO, and maybe something in SQL or a functional language. Perhaps a couple different choices for each - around 6 to 8 total. That way you don't run the risk of excluding a worthy candidate because you happened to design some problem they aren't really specialized in, and if they can't handle any of them, that's a nice big red flag.

Comment Re:A couple things that kept me from upgrading... (Score 1) 791

3. Multi Monitor support was changed (Task bar now goes across all monitors).

You can change this behavior right from the taskbar settings. The default is to put it on each monitor, showing the same things on each, but you can also have it show the active windows only on the corresponding monitor, or switch to the old single taskbar mode.

Comment It's all relative (Score 2) 292

This is why I use Access a lot. Compared to the awful ERP and operational software that's out there, the little things I throw together look perfectly fine. And if I can go from concept to deployed application in an afternoon, then that's less cost to the business. We had an old RMA tracking application written in VB6, that had the database server name hard-coded. I spent a couple of hours with Access, totally rewrote it, and actually made it better. I certainly wouldn't write an entire accounting system in Access (probably), but in a world of software written with necessary business constraints and compromises in mind, do as the Romans do.

Comment Re:Seeing how most companies won't migrate... (Score 2) 675

Kinda the same here. We're running it on a few machines, and while the tablet-UI side of things is largely ignored, the rest of it works well enough. Yeah, there's some stuff that's missing (the GUI for modifying all stored wireless connections, for example), but I like the spatial nature of the new Start menu. It's kind of like being able to pin programs where you like them on your taskbar, but in two dimensions. Yes, I know you could do that with icons on the desktop, but you can't scroll the desktop, and you have to hide windows to get to it.

We don't have immediate plans to roll out Win 8 to everybody (as far as I know), but it sounds like there are some improvements to memory footprint. I'll have to test this in our ESX environment, because if we can reduce the memory usage of a hundred VMs vs. Windows XP or 7, then that might make it worth jumping over 7. If we take that route, I should be able to do a few hour-long lunch-and-learn sessions to get everybody up to speed. For most people, I'll just have to teach them about the Start menu. On the IT side, I'm sure we'd have to figure out what kind of new group policy settings would be needed, what with the app store and such.

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