Archive for March, 2013

‘I’ clothing?

March 7th, 2013

Now that we are used to 3 D spectacles in the movies Google’s announcement of a 2014 release of Google glass to bring software browsing to  spectacles seesm less Sci Fi than it might. Apple is working hard on  an iWatch as an extension of its iPad range. Reports indicate that it would be tethered to an iPhone or iPad to provide a stream of content and alerts to the wearer, including: email, caller ID, calendar info, and updates of pre-selected information like weather reports or stock quotes. These ideas are present in existing smartwatches, including the Pebble watch that can pair with an iPhone or Android phone. Many of these uses are also anticipated uses for Google Glass.

The updates that can be displayed are  the sort of updates that professionals across many industries check repeatedly throughout the day. Update to an unobtrusive wearable device would allow workers to check notifications in real time without disrupting a meeting.

An iWatch could be the perfect solution to many IT concerns about mobile devices. The key to the iWatch as a security solution is that it would be designed to pair with a mobile device, most likely an iPhone. That pairing offers an easy way to set up advanced authentication. The iWatch could be used as a physical security token alongside a passcode to offer multifactor authentication

Microsoft 2013 license policy reviewed.

March 7th, 2013

Microsoft has reversed its controversial transferability rule for Office 2013 applications. A  post on the Office blog says that  your Office 2013 license won’t die with your machine. If you buy Office 2013 and install it on a PC,and then later decide to upgrade the PC (or have to replace the old one ), you can take the  license and transfer it to the new machine.  Yes I know that makes sense and is what we all expected  all along.  The post ends “A key ingredient in our formula for success is listening to our customers, and we’re grateful for the feedback behind this change in Office licensing. Thank you”. They  got the message it seems and sanity prevails.

Ax 2012 compatibility update

March 5th, 2013
Ax 2012 now supports : Windows 8, Microsoft Office 2013 and Internet Explorer 10 Note for SQL 2012 compatability you need to be at Ax 2012 R2 otherwise you need a hotfix

Prophix 10 R3, Service Pack 2

March 5th, 2013

We’re happy to announce the availability of Prophix 10 R3, Service Pack 2, a maintenance release with enhancements to Detailed Planning, and support for latest technologies.

Full support for SQL Server 2012 SP1
Full support for Windows Server 2012
Note: Windows 8 was already supported since P10 R3 SP1

Detailed Planning

Ability to auto-generate IDs for new objects
New option to choose specific attributes, calculations, actions, allocations, etc. to include when duplicating a scenario
Reporting categories now include an option to be hidden in the object summary tab
The date difference calculation now supports the use of start and end date attributes
It is now possible to spread data in a calculation to the full object time range
The tax calculation now supports applying exemption amounts using a cumulative method
New ability to have an object’s start and end period linked to a date attribute

Prophix for Excel

New function in Prophix for Excel to locate data views in a workbook
   

Security threats – malicious code

March 3rd, 2013

the CSA (Cloud Security Alliance) has identified “The Notorious Nine,” the top nine cloud computing threats for 2013. The report reflects the current consensus among industry experts surveyed by CSA, focusing on threats specifically related to the shared, on-demand nature of cloud computing – See more at: http://www.infoworld.com/t/cloud-security/9-top-threats-cloud-computing-security-213428#sthash.u37TrqAt.dpuf

 Concern is rising in the security world over sophisticated malicious code that attacks a computer’s RAM. Called “advanced volatile threats,” or ATVs. Once the payload is deployed, it can bury itself in RAM, hide from users, hide from anti-virus, hide from system administrators, and act as a staging point from which other attacks can be launched.”

A Web developer has demonstrated a simple-to-execute exploitFillDisk.comthat  loads an almost unlimited amount of data onto hard drives of people who access the site. It requires no user interaction and works with the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari browsers. It adds 1GB of data every 16 seconds on a MacBook Pro Retina equipped with a solid state drive, according to Feross Aboukhadijeh, the Web developer and computer science grad student who created the proof-of-concept site.

FillDisk.com manipulates the Web Storage standard included in the HTML5 specification. This standard is designed to make websites easier to use by allowing them to store data on visitors’ hard drives. The functionality can be useful when end users are filling out long forms; if the browser crashes before the form has been completed, the data that’s already been entered will be available when the person visits the site later. The creators of the standard specifically warn that browser developers should take steps to ensure websites can’t abuse the feature by writing unlimited amounts of data.

SSDs – risk of massive data loss from power outage

March 3rd, 2013

Companies adopting flash-based SSDs as a cornerstone to the data center storage systems are risking “massive data loss” due to power outages, according to a new study titled “Understanding the Robustness of SSDs Under Power Fault” by researchers from the University of Ohio and HP Labs – See more at: http://www.infoworld.com/t/solid-state-drives/test-your-ssds-or-risk-massive-data-loss-researchers-warn-213715#sthash.SQMAJ13c.dpuf

SSD enthusiasts claim the drives are faster, more affordable, and more reliable than traditional hard drives. Unfortunately, SSDs may be more susceptible to damage from a simple power failure than data center operators realized – See more at: http://www.infoworld.com/t/solid-state-drives/test-your-ssds-or-risk-massive-data-loss-researchers-warn-213715#sthash.tAAVOSwl.dpuf

The researchers’ conclusion: “SSDs offer the promise of vastly higher performance operation; our results show that they do not provide reliable durability under even the simplest of faults: loss of power.”

They recommend that “system builders either not use SSDs for important information that needs to be durable or that they test their actual SSD models carefully under actual power failures beforehand. Failure to do so risks massive data loss.”

- See more at: http://www.infoworld.com/t/solid-state-drives/test-your-ssds-or-risk-massive-data-loss-researchers-warn-213715#sthash.tAAVOSwl.dpuf 

The researchers’ conclusion: “SSDs offer the promise of vastly higher performance operation; our results show that they do not provide reliable durability under even the simplest of faults: loss of power.”  They recommend that “system builders either not use SSDs for important information that needs to be durable or that they test their actual SSD models carefully under actual power failures beforehand. Failure to do so risks massive data loss.”- See more at: http://www.infoworld.com/t/solid-state-drives/test-your-ssds-or-risk-massive-data-loss-researchers-warn-213715#sthash.tAAVOSwl.dpuf

Data Explorer

March 3rd, 2013

Data Explorer is a self-service ETL for Excel power users – it is to SSIS what PowerPivot is to SSAS.

The Public Preview of Data Explorer (which is now available for download.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36803

Data explorer  supports a much wider range of data sources, including: Active Directory, Facebook, Wikipedia, Hive, and tables already in Excel

  • It has better functionality for data sources that are currently supported, such as the Azure Marketplace and web pages
  • It can merge data from multiple files that have the same structure in the same folder
  • It supports different types of authentication and the storing of credentials
  • It has a user-friendly, step-by-step approach to transforming, aggregating and filtering data until it’s in the form you want
  • It can load data either into the worksheet or direct into the Excel model
  • It’s supported on Excel 2013 and Excel 2010 SP1. To get an introduction see: 

    To get an introduction see:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMMMNkPBPhI&feature=player_embedded

    and for more information:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/learn-about-data-explorer-formulas-HA104003958.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA104003813

    One new feature is a built-in adapter for talking to the Facebook Graph API:Even without landing any data into Excel this is still a handy interactive Facebook graph explorer – see http://sqlblog.com/blogs/jamie_thomson/archive/2013/02/28/traversing-the-facebook-graph-using-data-explorer.aspx.

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK Version 5.0.14 is now live

    March 2nd, 2013

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK Version 5.0.14 is now live on MSDN downloads and in the MSDN library. Here’s some of the additions and updates you’ll find in this release:

    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1)- released

    March 2nd, 2013

    Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 contains hotfixes for issues that have been resolved since the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2.

    Note The build number of this cumulative update package is 6.2.1000.156.

    Before you install this cumulative update package read the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Cumulative Update 1 release notes carefully.

     Many of the fixes are to do with the Retail module os if you work in that vertical then checck out this update.