A fried shared this blog with me https://github.com/universe-2016#projects . GitHub is making some very nice changes to its platform. One thing that got my attention was the draft comments, the idea of draft is generally related to blog posts, but will be interesting to see if it works for comments, as comments are suppose to be in a specific flow, and will be hard to manage the content if the draft is left for too long.
For years we have tried to make businesses understand the value of RSS aggregator’s for current awareness. Our focus has always been to make the business understand the need for tailored news to meet the specific needs. A filtration process that reduces the noise through collective intelligence and build on crowd sourced information. It seems that now is the time when the businesses have started to catchup with the idea and have started looking into engaging with the tools that allow them to crowd source current awareness. However it seems that its not rss aggregators that have won the battle but microblogging, which has become a popular way to discover and exchange news. An amazing thing that has happened over the last few years is that we have multiple products as well as hosted solutions to bring that vision to reality. The products have come to understand business requirements and tailored their implementations accordingly. Over the past few months I have moved from Rss Readers like feedly to getting most of my current awareness from podcasts and twitter updates. Question then is whats the best way forward for current awareness in the enterprise, do the people no longer use RSS aggregators and go directly to microblogging platforms with moderated contents ? So what do you use to get your daily industry news ?
Code review helps to spread knowledge and best practices around code across the team. It helps the team to grow as a unit. Some teams grow horizontally like front end team, database team and server management team, whereas other grow vertically on specific product features. Code reviews can help all kind of teams to grow and learn across the code base.
Why do we need code review
- A specific feature expert in the product can end up with all of the responsibility of the feature and if they leave or take a vacation then a major problem is created to maintain and manage that feature.
- Onboarding of new team members
- Discovery of bugs
- Better performing code
How to achieve it
- Code review should be a separate step in the sprint workflow, so that its visible to everyone.
- If required a waiting state can be added before code review, like waiting for code review, so that a bottleneck can be highlighted.
- QA team should be involved in the code review. ( Not sure if our QA team is able to do that with their Java experience )
- Code reviews should be done in a non-disruptive way, asynchronously when its a natural stopping point for the developer and reviewer.
- Code review feedback should be passed through an automated tool like version control system (Copy to JIRA for reference), so that it is easily managed along with the code. ( I have installed the subversion plugin to JIRA, so that we can associate our SVN comments into JIRA )
Microsoft has apparently issued a fix for ongoing Cortana and Start Menu critical error issues in the form of update KB 3093266. Some users, however, are having trouble installing the update.
Source: Windows 10 Update Fixes Cortana Problem And Start Menu Issues; Users Report Failure To Install : PERSONAL TECH : Tech Times
I experienced this issue two days ago, and have tried all sorts of fixes along with the powershell command suggested by some forums, but have had no luck, I plan to try this fix tonight to see if it sorts out the issue for me, I spent a lot of time setting up my profile for development, and would be a shame if I have to format my machine or have to create a new profile to get this issue sorted.
Microsoft has let me down again 😦 I am glad that I use a Mac laptop at work. My next personal laptop will be a Mac as well.
After some more research I have come to know that this issue is very much specific to Windows 10 technology preview version, and the version does not automatically update any patches, so what I ended up doing is download the iso for Windows 10 and deployed it on top of the technology preview version and it has sort out the issue for me, I did not loose any data or applications and the upgrade successfully sorted out my Start Menu issue. So it seems that I was to be partly blamed for installing a technology preview version without realising it.
Update 25th October :
The error returned for me even with production release of windows 10, after doing a quick search I came to know that loads of people are stil getting this issue as listed in this discussion, instead of following this workaround I just restarted my machine around three times and on the third time pressed f8 key as suggested on another post, and that sorted out the issue for me for now.
Downloading past purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store
For some strange reason my past purchases were not being displayed in my itunes, after a little bit of searching I found this support article which explains what to do in order to show your past purchases and download them.
In my case I has to enable the “Show itunes in the cloud purchases” option in iTunes -> Preferences .
Hope this link helps you to avoid frustration and download your favourite music. Christmas Music in my case as Christmas is less than a month away 🙂
OS X Mavericks: Finder closes and restarts
I upgraded to Mac OSX Mavericks yesterday. After the upgrade the finder window keeps on closing and restarting. It is quite annoying as it happens almost every one minute. After a quick google I came to know that other users have been having the same issue. The quick solution after going through the linked post is to disable google drive integration with finder, which is not working well and crashing causing finder to get restarted.