When Services Die

When services disappear, they often disrupt. Tonight on GeekNights, we consider dead, dying, end-of-life, deprecated, and dilapidated services in light of Google blocking access to their unsupported auto-complete API and Nintendo dropping their Nintendo TVii service (if anyone even knew it existed). Windows 10 day is tomorrow (we're upgrading all of our devices). You should buy an SSD if you don't already run the OS on one, upgrade, then use the new install media to re-install on the SSD. Trust us. Windows 10 Home will force Windows Updates. This is a good thing. Oleogustus joins sweet, savory, sour, bitter, and umami as a fundamental tongue taste. Pentaquarks were observed in LHC experiments. Some people are failure canaries.

Come see us live at PAX Prime 2015! We'll be there in style!

Performance Profiling

Tonight on GeekNights, we cover the high level of performance profiling. It's a complex problem that requires an understanding of programming and profilers, but also hardware and statistics. In the news, Orkut is finally dying the true death, right alongside freshmeat.net. ConnectiCon is happening NEXT WEEKEND!

Software Testing

Tonight on GeekNights, we take on a high level overview of software testing. Unit testing, QA, UAT: all this can be yours. First, Zynga has seen substantial layoffs (hopefully as a beginning echo of the 80s videogame market collapse for the "free" to play monetization model, the Red Wedding seems to have startled some people, and Google currently won't allow app developers to use glass hardware effectively.

Network Sniffing and Programmers

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about network sniffing and programming. But first, rural landlines are dropping calls, but not for the reasons you might expect. iTunes 11 came out, to the usual fanfare and undeserved anger. CDs are old. MagFest is coming (we'll be there presenting)! Our CS:GO server is live. Enforce.

The Age Old Problem

Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss one of the most ancient and vexxing problems in software, technology, and progress: the principled stubbornness without an underlying functional argument. AKA, why this guy should have added a semicolon. In the news, Intel unveils Ivy Bridge, and some billionaires and to mine an asteroid. In more local news, we'll be at Connecticon (and so be should you), Zenkaikon, MoCCA Fest, PAX Prime, and maybe Otakon!

Software Development Methodologies

Tonight on GeekNights we phone it in with some discussion on Software Development Methodologies and their ilk. But first, India's Missed Call Ecosystem, the deal with the other Mark Zuckerburg, and Google's troubles with COPPA.

Abstraction

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider abstraction using the OSI model as a simple example. In the news, the Gawker hack sheds light on the little-discussed details of database security and VGA will disappear within a century.

Don't forget, the current GeekNights book club book is Michio Kaku's Hyperspace.

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