Tech Tips Articles

  • There are a variety of Java platforms to pick from, namely SE, ME and EE. Which one you pick depends on your needs.

    How to Decide What Java Platform to Use: SE, EE or ME

    January 19, 2017

    If you are like me, it was a little overwhelming when I wanted to download Java so I could start doing some programming.  When you go to the Oracle download site, you see so many options, and there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to find out which one you should choose: I remember thinking, “Do I need all of these? Or just one, and if so, which one". Needless to...

  • Security with the Internet of Things will be a big deal.

    The IoT is More Than Just Internet and Things

    January 13, 2017

    Common wisdom says the Internet of Things (IOT) happens when you glue the internet onto a thing. Internet plus refrigerator equals IoT! Internet plus light bulb equals IoT! Internet plus vacuum cleaner equals IoT! If that's all there is to IoT, then we've been doing it for years. The only novelty is the rapidly dropping price of WIFI support and cheap computing....

  • Here are three best practices for DevOps security.

    Exploring The Rugged Frontier of DevOps – Security

    January 12, 2017

    Security is one of the most important attributes of modern systems. But as we can tell from the news, security is often implemented as an afterthought.  In many organizations it’s made the responsibility of a team outside the system administration and development teams, and has to try to influence those other teams to come up with a secure result. In the...

  • Yes, chip cards take another second to work. But they seriously make your identity significantly safer.

    Don't Hate Chip Credit Cards. They Keep You More Secure.

    January 9, 2017

    In early 2016 I received a new bank card, one with the little silver square that means it has a chip in it. In the same envelope was a...

  • These three techniques will make you more efficient in NetBeans.

    Want to Code Faster in NetBeans? Use These 3 Hacks

    December 15, 2016

    For those of you not familiar with NetBeans, it is a popular Integrated Development Environment (IDE) used by programmers to write...

  • A great DevOps tool is reliable, collaborative and verifiable.

    The 3 Qualities To Look For In a DevOps Tool

    December 15, 2016

    The rise of DevOps over the last five years has come with an explosion of free, commercial and open-source DevOps tools. This is...