Tuesday, November 26, 2013

TechNet Asia-Pacific 2013 Conference in Honolulu, December 3-5

Building Coalitions through CYBER

TechNet Asia-Pacific 2013 Conference in Honolulu Hawaii co-sponsored by
AFCEA International and AFCEA Hawaii will take place in Honolulu December 3-5 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach resort.

More details here:

Review exhibitor's list here:

The following is the schedule of events and the exhibition hours:
Tuesday, December 3
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
HHV, Tapa Ballroom
Breakfast Welcome/Opening Keynote
Keynote Speaker:
LTGen Thomas L. Conant, USMC (confirmed)
Deputy Commander
U.S. Pacific Command

9:40 a.m.
HHV, Coral Ballroom

Exhibits Open 
9:30 a.m.
HHV, Coral Ballroom
Exhibit Hall Opening Ceremony 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
HHV, Lehua Suite 

Continuing Education Course: Cloud Security in Today's DoD Enviroment
1 CEU: CompTIA A+, Network+ and Cloud+; and 1 GIAC CMU
Mr. Bill Musson (confirmed)
Security Expert and Instructor
Applied Computer Training & Technology, Inc. (ACTT) 

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
HHV, Tapa Ballroom

Luncheon Keynote
Keynote Speaker:
Lt Gen Stanley T. (Ted) Kresge, USAF (confirmed)
Vice Commander
U.S. Pacific Air Forces
Lunch sponsored by

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
HHV, Lehua Suite 
Continuing Education Course: Application Security
1 CEU: CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+; and 1 GIAC CMU
Ms. Terumi Laskowsky (confirmed)
Instructor and Consultant
Hawaii CTS

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
HHV, South Pacific Ballroom

Panel #1: Hawaii DoD Command "6's" Panel
RDML Nancy A. Norton, USN (confirmed)
U.S. Pacific Command, J6

4:30 p.m. Exhibits Close 
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
HHV, Tapa Ballroom

Welcome to Hawaii Reception
Co-sponsored by  and 

 Wednesday, December 4 
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
HHV, Tapa Ballroom

Breakfast Keynote
Keynote Speaker:
MAJGEN Mike J. Milford, AM (confirmed)
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Chief Information Officer Group of the Australian Department of Defence

9:00 a.m.
HHV, Coral Ballroom

Exhibits Open

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
HHV, Lehua Suite

Continuing Education Course: Defense Against Vulnerabilities in Public Data
1 CEU: CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+ and CASP; and 1 GIAC CMU
Mr. Donovan Williams (confirmed)
Ph.D. Candidate at Capella University
(He is conducting cyber research on behavior analysis outside the firewall)
Vice President, Pacific Operations
Comm IT Enterprises, Inc.

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
HHV, South Pacific Ballroom

Panel #2: " Intelligence and Cyber in the Asia-Pacific"
RDML Willie Metts, USN (confirmed)
U.S. Pacific Command, J2

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
HHV, Coral Ballroom

Lunch on the Floor
View exhibits 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
HHV, South Pacific Ballroom

Panel #3: “Cyber-Age Leadership – Benefits or Pitfalls?”
CAPT Bill Chase, USN (confirmed)
Deputy Director
U.S. Pacific Command, J6

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
HHV, Lehua Suite 

Continuing Education Course: Unix Security: How To Make A Router and Firewall Out Of Any Unix Computer
1 CEU: CompTIA A+ and Network+; and 1 GIAC CMU
Dr. Milica Barjaktarovic, Ph.D. (confirmed)
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Hawaii Pacific University 

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
HHV, South Pacific Ballroom

Coalition Panel #4:
Lt Gen Daniel Leaf, USAF (Ret.) (confirmed)
Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

4:30 p.m. Exhibits Close 
 Thursday, December 5 
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
HHV, Tapa Ballroom

Breakfast Keynote
Keynote Speaker:
Mr. Terry Halvorsen (confirmed)
Chief Information Officer
Department of Navy

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
HHV, Coral Ballroom
 Exhibits Open 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m..
HHV, Lehua Suite 

Continuing Education Course: Low Tech Solutions For A High Tech World
1 CEU: CompTIA Storage+; and 1 GIAC CMU
Dr. Mary L. Smith, Ed.D. (confirmed)
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Hawaii Pacific University 

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.
HHV, South Pacific Ballroom

Panel #5: "JIE in a Coalition Enviroment"
Mr. Randy Cieslak (confirmed)
U.S. Pacific Command

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
HHV, Tapa Ballroom

 Luncheon Keynote
Keynote Speaker:
ADM Harry B. Harris, Jr., USN (confirmed)
U.S. Pacific Fleet

1:00 p.m.  Exhibits Close 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

IE 11 frozen from last night - Oh!! Browsers

There were emails asking recipients to try out IE 11. Of course I love Bing with beautiful pictures and some of the browser benchmarking looked real good.


I finally decided to install IE 11 and tried to look into some more details. Sad to say, the experience was less than satisfactory. In fact, the browser is hanging frozen from last night.

Let me describe what lead to this disastrous condition.
First, let me show some slides of the installation on my Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Toshiba laptop.
Looks great.

That was OK. I accepted both BING and MSN defaults.

I read the terms (glanced over it) and clicked Install. No problem while installing

Looks good.

BING looks good.

These screens are all OK. Then I tried to look at security settings (this is in the news). The browser suggested I follow the steps to set it up. This is what I see. The required option is missing.

This is also still OK. May be some guy forgot something.

Then I try to dig in a little more. I am a developer and wanted to see what the great offerings were. I am sad to say I was disappointed. The stuff looks great, but I encountered problem. The browser hung!! It was pretty bad since even now it is still hanging (even) after booting the computer a couple of times.

There is another side story to this. I tried to post this using Mozilla (looks like there is an update everyday) but the blogger editor became so erratic that I am now using Safari to post this. I wanted to remove white space between image and text, boy it turned out to be a nightmare. Either the bloggers editor is less than ideal or the browser interface is bad. I think it is the latter.

Now to the story of IE11 hanging. I tried to take a look at the developers tools and here are some screen shots. I could not complete the whole thing because the IE11 browser hung. If you are interested I will email a word doc with screen shots embedded. Contact me, mysorian@gmail.com.

Developer Tools in IE 11
You can get to the screen from Tools(Alt+x) and F12 Developer Tools. Clicking this will bring up the following screen:

Clicked on UI Responsiveness and it started processing and went on for a while.  It analyzed the data collected thus far and prepared a report as shown.

I am not sure how easy to read this and associate with what is happening.

This one was for the emulation with GPS turned on.

I am in Honolulu, Hawaii (aloha!!!) but looks like this is hardcoded to Seattle(Why?).

This one for memory usage.

This is for Network and I am looking at my blog.

Now I go to debug a block and this is what I see. This another blog with lot fewer posts.

I go and look at another part here. The stuff in red must be something related to google.

After this the IE11 browser hung and everything was blank and most of the menu items did not work (and is still not working). Here is the final screen from that event.

Well. I may have to deinstall IE 11 and try to reinstall.

Monday, November 18, 2013

What are you waiting for, get on to the Cloud and start developing with Visual Studio

On Nov 13 Microsoft announced Visual Studio online. Here is the announcement
Here is a screen shot from the site. There is a new portal that goes with it as well.

You guessed it right, you can get started for FREE. Of course it is free for MSDN users. You will see some screen shots at the bottom of this post.

The line-up of Online offering according to this source is as follows:

•Hosted source control, work-item and agile-planning services (in other words, the key capabilities of Team Foundation Service on Windows Azure)
•A hosted build service
•Elastic load testing service
•Application Insights -- a service that provides information such as health, availability, performance and usage of applications
•"Monaco" -- a coding environment "for the cloud, in the cloud," which provides a subset of Visual Studio features inside a variety of browsers for "targeted Azure development scenarios." The first of these scenarios is for editing Azure Web Sites directly from inside any "modern" browser, on any device (Windows-based or not). Microsoft has been working on Monaco for three years, execs said, and already has used the Monaco technology for some of its other cloud-based developer offerings, including the Office 365 "Napa" development tools, to SkyDrive file editing.

It is very easy to start even if you do not have a subscription for Windows Azure.

I have one and I could do it in no time at all. Here are some easy steps I took to create a VS project online. Probably you will hear a lot more from me in the comign days. Right now I am somewhat busy.

After signing up look up Visual Studio Online marked Preview

I am impatient, I clicked Quick Create with the lightning icon after giving an account name. I got a URL for this

I clicked Create Account.  Very quickly an account was created.

I clicked on Browse to create a project and provided some details..

Clicked on Create Project. The project got created.
Now you can connect to it using Visual Studio, Eclipse or XCode.
What is unusual is that this required java to develop (Not C#, not even C++).
What a shame?
Read this article by Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet here. Here is a summary of Mary Jo's article:
Summary: What's the former technical lead on Eclipse Java development tools been doing at Microsoft for the past three years? Building a browser-based development toolset.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Browser performance benchmarked with EtchMark and Chalkboard

There are a number of benchmarking applications from Microsoft that test browser performance. You can access all of them here:
http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/ including the latest EtchMark.

You click draw and it draws the logo from scratch and the time is displayed in seconds. You can also use the two knobs in the bottom of the frame to draw your own picture. It's somewhat sluggish with mouse and arrow keys in IE 10. IE 11.0 is still TBD (I have not tested).
All this were tested on Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) connected to Internet via Wi-Fi.

Here are the results for IE, Mozilla and Safari. Mozilla is SLOW and Safari fares better
IE Version  
1st time 11.89 
2nd time 16.28 with Task Manager on
3rd time 12.06 with Task Manager on

Firefox 24.0
1st time: 105.49
2nd time: 95.78
3rd time: 99.99
(*90.05 on version 25)

Safari 5.1.7(7354.57.2)--Does not support Audio tag
1st time: 28.33
2nd tie: 28.46
3rd time: 27.33

On a different program called chalkboard the performance is as shown for IE and Mozilla and it did not work for Safari as it does not support audio tag (What that has to do with this program?)

Chalkboard benchmark

Mozilla 25



Get Internet Explorer 11 today, it is out

The final version is availbale in 95 languages world wide. Down load it from here for Windows 7.

This version brings the support on Windows 7 for the following:

improved performance,
security, privacy,
and reliability which is charaterised in Microsoft's words on Windows 8.1 as,
fast, fluid and perfect
  • 30% faster browsing experience
  • faster page loading
  • faster interactivity
  • faster JavaScript performance
This results in,
  • Reduced CPU usage
  • Improved battery life on mobile PCs
Make sure you visit this site here:

Also experience this exhilarating
tdrive demo (EtchMark) which also measures the browser performance.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Power View, Data Alert and other features with SQL Server 2014 CTP2

Report Integration for SQL Server 2012 and SharePoint 2010 was described comprehensively in my latest book:

The new features Power View and Data Alerts were treated in two complete chapters:

Chapter 6: Power View and Reporting Services
Six hands-on exercises

Chapter 7: Self service Data Alerts in SSRS 2012
Three hands-on exercises

The SharePoint 2010 used in the book should work equally well with SQL Server 2014 CTP2.

SQL Server 2014 CTP1 installation was described here.

Programs have been updated and new versions have appeared.
SQL Server 2014 is now in CTP2

Now how does one start working with features like Power View and Data Alerts?

You need to install and work with recent versions.

You need the following :
Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint®, Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2)

You can download the above from here:

Details from the above site are here:

·         The SQL Server 2014 CTP2 Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint technologies deploys the Reporting Services user interface pages and features on a SharePoint web front-end server.

After you install the Reporting Services Add-in and configure your servers for integration, you can publish Reporting Services content to a SharePoint library and then view and manage those documents directly from a SharePoint site.

More details here:


Sunday, November 10, 2013

These may just be the types of articles you are looking for

There are some 50 articles covering most areas of contemporary database/web related technologies.

SQL Server 2008, MySQL, Oracle, Analysis Services, Twitter, Microsoft Lightswitch, SSIS, SSRS, Linked Servers, Enterprise DB, SQL Anywhere 10, Data Transfer Access to SQL Server, LinqDataSource, XAML. XBAP, Data Migration, jquery in Dojo, PocketPC, and many more...

Review the following link: Articles on Packt

Thursday, November 07, 2013

China is leading in OpenStack Cloud Platform development

According to an eWeek article China is leading in OpenStack Cloud Platform development. It is UBUNTU the chosen host OS (55% share) and KVM tops the Virtualization with Microsoft's HyperV in the 4th place.

For details follow this eWeek article:

Download the numero uno development tool here:


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

India has gotten serious with space exploration

Two days ago India launched the Mangal(Mars in Sanskrit)Yaan(travel) mission to Mars from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, the first planetary mission for India. So far so good and it is exhilarating for Indians.

The rendezvous with Mars's Orbit is to take place September 2014.

Review event on You tube here:

Look at the chronology of Mars missions from the following site:


Good Luck, India



Mark November 13, 2013 to hear Microsoft's vision of things to come

On November 13th at 10am EST/3P GMT Microsoft’s big wigs,
Soma Somasegar,
Scott Guthrie,
Scott Hanselman, and
Brian Harry
will discuss the future of Cloud and Services in the
Visual Studio 2013 Launch event.

This is free.

The sign-up page is here:

You can download VS 2013 (all versions) here:

Twitter IPO is tomorrow.

Tomorrow is Twitter IPO. Expectations are running high. In October it was between 17 to $20. Two days ago it was 23 to $25 and today it has gone up, may be $27 to $29. Only tomorrow can tell.

On the eve of this I provide my Twitter related posts on my Hodentek blog. I seem to remember that my Twitter article to SSQUG.org was published. I will check it out.

Please follow this link:

If you are in a mood to hack:

Hacking New York Times and Twitter with Microsoft AJAX and jQuery

Friday, November 01, 2013

iPhone is old hat, 5C or 5S, try Nokia Lumia 1020

If you use it in sports, capturing events, quality videos, weddings, nature photography  and a dozen more of photographic activities you should seriously consider Nokia Lumia 1020. iPhone is history!
More camera details in my mobile blog here:
Here is an exploded view of the camera lifted from Nokia Site.

Make sure you visit this site and check out the photos/videos
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