Month: June 2016

Older workers can handle new technology

By Sead Fadilpašić   The stereotype of older people having trouble using new technology is nothing more than that — a stereotype. At least, according to a new report by Dropbox and Ipsos Mori. The two companies surveyed more than 4,000 workers aged 55 and more about their use of technology in the workplace. The results will most definitely be surprising to some. Older workers use, on average, 4.9 forms of technology per week. An overall average is 4.7. They also find using technology in the workplace less stressful than their younger colleagues. Only a quarter of this workgroup found tech in the workplace stressful, compared to 36 percent of 18 – 34 year-olds. It was also said that older workers experience less problems working with multiple devices, with only 13 percent reporting such issues, compared to 37 percent among the younger people. “At the Institute for Collaborative Working, we believe the development of collaborative working skills is fundamental for employees to achieve successful business outcomes”, says Les Pyle, chief executive at the Institute for Collaborative Working. “We encourage organizations to ensure employees of all ages work with collaborative tools and they receive adequate training in order to do so. In fact, this is enshrined within the international BS 11000 the Collaborative Working Standard”. The full report can be found on this...

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jQuery 3.0 Final Released!

by Timmy Willison   jQuery 3.0 is now released! This version has been in the works since October 2014. We set out to create a slimmer, faster version of jQuery (with backwards compatibility in mind). We’ve removed all of the old IE workarounds and taken advantage of some of the more modern web APIs where it made sense. It is a continuation of the 2.x branch, but with a few breaking changes that we felt were long overdue. While the 1.12 and 2.2 branches will continue to receive critical support patches for a time, they will not get any new features or major revisions. jQuery 3.0 is the future of jQuery. If you need IE6-8 support, you can continue to use the latest 1.12 release. Despite the 3.0 version number, we anticipate that these releases shouldn’t be too much trouble when it comes to upgrading existing code. Yes, there are a few “breaking changes” that justified the major version bump, but we’re hopeful the breakage doesn’t actually affect that many people. To assist with upgrading, we have a brand new 3.0 Upgrade Guide. And the jQuery Migrate 3.0 plugin will help you to identify compatibility issues in your code. Your feedback on the changes will help us greatly, so please try it out on your existing code and plugins! You can get the files from the jQuery CDN, or...

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

by Simon Sharwood   Microsoft has created its own cut of FreeBSD 10.3 in order to make the OS available and supported in Azure. Jason Anderson, principal PM manager at Microsoft’s Open Source Technology Center says Redmond “took on the work of building, testing, releasing and maintaining the image” so it could “ensure our customers have an enterprise SLA for their FreeBSD VMs running in Azure”. Microsoft did so “to remove that burden” from the FreeBSD Foundation, which relies on community contributions. Redmond is not keeping its work on FreeBSD to itself: Anderson says “the majority of the investments we make at the kernel level to enable network and storage performance were up-streamed into the FreeBSD 10.3 release, so anyone who downloads a FreeBSD 10.3 image from the FreeBSD Foundation will get those investments from Microsoft built in to the OS.” Code will flow both ways: Anderson says “… our intent is to stay current and make available the latest releases shortly after they are released by the FreeBSD Release Engineering team. We are continuing to make investments to further tune performance on storage, as well as adding new Hyper-V features – stay tuned for more information on this!” Microsoft says it will support its distribution when run in Azure. Redmond’s rationale for the release is that plenty of software vendors use FreeBSD as the OS for software appliances....

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Is Technology Killing Curiosity?

    I was talking with Kishau Rogers this week at a Hackathon we were helping with at The White House for ThinkOfUs. (See how I dropped The White House in there like it was nothing? It was everything. More on that later.) You’ll remember Kishau from her excellent podcast where she proposed that we should NOT teach kids how to code…but rather we need to teach kids (and people) how to think about systems. Folks just don’t know how stuff works. Maybe we’re old(er) but we found ourselves asking, is tech killing curiosity? This post has more questions than answers, so I hope you sound off in the comments! I have this glorious pocket super computer with me now. It connects to all the world’s collected knowledge, has an advanced battery, radio transmitter, and so much more. But most people have no idea how it works? Yes, technically you don’t have to know how it works, but aren’t you curious? We can make lists about how “there’s two kinds of people in the world” and split them up into techie and non-techie, or computer literate or non-computer literate…but I’m thinking it’s simpler. There’s the curious and the not-curious. I took apart my toaster, my remote control, and a clock-radio telephone before I was 10. Didn’t you? What’s the difference between the people that take toasters apart and the...

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