Monday, March 03, 2014

You never need professional website developers, until you want to develop a website.
Commentary reveals how e-health gov site was rescued by Silicon Valley pros
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 2, 2014
Obama’s Trauma Team, By Steven Brill, TIME, March 10, 2014.
“…This is the story of a team of unknown–except in elite technology circles–coders and troubleshooters who dropped what they were doing in various enterprises across the country and came together in mid-October to save the website []. In about a tenth of the time that a crew of usual-suspect, Washington contractors had spent over $300 million building a site that didn’t work, this ad hoc team rescued it and, arguably, Obama’s chance at a health-reform legacy… Had the Obama team brought in its old campaign hands in the first place to run the launch, there would have been howls about cronyism. But one lesson of the fall and rise of has to be that the practice of awarding high-tech, high-stakes contracts to companies whose primary skill seems to be getting those contracts rather than delivering on them has to change. “It was only when they were desperate that they turned to us,” says Dickerson. “I have no history in government contracting and no future in it … I don’t wear a suit and tie … They have no use for someone who looks and dresses like me. Maybe this will be a lesson for them. Maybe that will change.” [Maybe the horse will learn to talk? Bob]

Lots of potential problems and too much adware. I wonder if my Ethical Hackers could load a clean and protected OS and make this thing safe?
New on LLRX – $38 Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci tablet as an e-reader
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 2, 2014
David Rothman is spearheading chronicling the progress of expanding low cost access to e-readers as libraries engage in mission critical outreach efforts to reach underserved communities. In this article, Rothman asks: Suppose you could buy an iPad for $38, read OverDrive library books, even hear text to speech from them, and enjoy Kindle books, too. And how about social media, photos, basic video chat, and production of low-res videos? What if you could even use voice recognition to dictate e-mail or other documents for work or school? Programs to loan out low-cost e-readers are on the horizon, but David cautions there are indeed impediments, including operating system security and lack of now ubiquitous high-end audio/video performance.

Another project for my Ethical Hackers?
Can Dashcams Stop ‘Crash For Cash’ Fraud?
The car in front of you suddenly brakes without warning… and you plough into the back of it. It’s not your fault, but you’re not alone in being a victim of the Crash For Cash insurance fraud. In fact, with nearly 70,000 personal injury claims potentially linked to the scam in the UK alone, it’s fair to call it a phenomenon. It’s already cost lives in America and England.
But motorists across the world are fighting back – with the aid of a small camera fitted to their dashboards.
… You can even get dashcam apps for your mobile devices!
… The aforementioned apps are generally less than $5. Witness Driving for iOS and Android is generally well-received and is just $0.99.
… There’s a plethora of free apps for Android, all of which are pretty divisive, including AutoGuard Blackbox and DailyRoads Voyager.
One issue is privacy. Dashcams are banned in Austria, and it’s illegal to leave any surveillance equipment on unattended in Sweden. Of course, it’s not so much an issue now, mainly as they’re still in their infancy, but if all cars had one, effectively your every move could be monitored.

Could be handy for my Computer Forensics students. Something for the toolbox folder?
– can open over 200 file types right inside the browser. Your files are automatically converted so they can be viewed online. The Jumpshare app brings real-time file sharing to your desktop. Just drag & drop your files to the menu bar to share instantly.

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