Embarcadero Academy Debuts with Online Courses

Embarcadero Academy Debuts with Online Courses 


A provider of cross-platform application developer productivity tools, today announced the launch of Embarcadero Academy, an online school for developers of all levels. The Academy, operated in partnership with Embarcadero by CodePower, offers a wide variety of expert-led courses in Delphi and C++Builder skills and technologies.

Finally Embarcardo / Idera have decided to get into the possible educational on line webinars to improve the software developers of Delphi or C++ Builder.

Embarcadero Academy is launching with approximately 15 courses, and has an additional 15 in development. The curriculum, which spans beginner to advanced courses, will initially focus on Delphi and C++Builder capabilities such as language and framework skills, and will continue to grow in range and scope of languages. Full courses run from several days to weeks or months, with mini-courses that last an hour to several hours.

It is worth the cost in getting tools to improve the Embarcadero user base and it is going in the positive direction. Through November 30, Embarcadero is sponsoring a free, five-week “Introduction to Android Mobile Development with Delphi,” typically a $199 value. Developers can learn more and sign up here to receive the free promo, or enter the code ANDROIDINTROFREE at any checkout screen.

About Embarcadero

Embarcadero provides tools that solve application developer productivity problems. The company’s products allow users to design, build, and run applications from a single code base across all platforms. A community of more than three million C++ and Delphi users worldwide rely on Embarcadero’s award-winning products to deliver critical enterprise applications. Embarcadero is a division of Idera, Inc. To learn more, visit www.embarcadero.com.

Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are going to work together

Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are going to work together


Amazon and Microsoft announced on Wednesday that they’ve been working on a partnership to allow their respective voice assistants, Alexa and Cortana, to speak to one another.

Starting later this year, owners of Amazon Echos and other Alexa-powered devices will be able to say: “Alexa, open Cortana” to start querying Microsoft’s voice assistant. Owners of devices running Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system will be able to summon Alexa via Cortana in a similar manner.

Why would customers want that — especially with the relatively clunky nature of the necessary voice command? The companies say that each voice assistant has its strengths — features like Microsoft Outlook and Exchange email integration for Cortana and smart-home controls or shopping for Alexa — and that customers of both companies would benefit from an integration.

It’s not clear if the two assistants will share voice data in an effort to make each digital assistant smarter. But there is the hope that someday these artificial agents will be intelligent enough to route requests to the best virtual assistant for the task without a specific “Alexa” or “Cortana” command.

What about Apple ?

The new partnership throws a wrinkle into the narrative of the emerging world of voice assistants, where Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Apple have been competing to build the operating system of the future. Google, of course, has Google Assistant built into the Google Home speaker as well as select Android phones. Apple’s Siri has been the digital assistant inside iPhones for years and will power the forthcoming HomePod.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft chief Satya Nadella told the New York Times they would welcome such cooperation. But, as the Times notes, such a future may be unlikely since Google and Apple see their AIs as key differentiators for their mobile phone operating systems.

As Windows always wanted was to have a house completely working with their OS so now that you have Alexa involved or linked that dream may come true.

Half of Windows 7 machines do not run AV software

Half of Windows 7 machines do not run AV software


It has been disclosed by Microsoft that Windows older desktop operating systems remains more vulnerable to malware as of today.  The majority of users are still running older versions of Windows, without necessarily using up to date security software which is Anti-Virus packages.

In its latest Security Intelligence Report, the company revealed that among all Windows 7 and Windows Vista PCs reporting statuses other than “Protected” to Microsoft, more than half of them have no type of protected software installed at all, which is pretty massive.

Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft decided to turn on Windows Defender by default when no other anti-malware software is present. The majority of unprotected Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 PCs have their anti-malware software turned off. “This is not always deliberate: a number of prevalent malware families are capable of disabling some security products, potentially without the user even knowing,” explained Microsoft. The situation is not that much better with unprotected Windows 10 PCs: A big chunk of those machines are running with out-of-date signatures, and a significant part of the user base is also lacking full protection due to real-time monitoring being “snoozed.”

Anti-Virus packages not installed mostly in Russia

In this other image, you can see which are the countries and regions with the highest percentage of computers reporting as protected by real-time security software in March 2017: these include Finland (92.%), Portugal (90.3%) and Denmark (90.2%).



If your PC is connected to the Internet, it’s worth reminding that it’s always recommended to install Windows security updates and make sure that your antivirus software is up to date. We invite you to check the full report for more insights about the latest security threats.

Baron Software does recommend to use Symantec Anti-Virus as well as MalwareBytes to at least reduce the amount of possible attacks.  Finally you must be very careful when reading emails and not to open up attachments from users you do not recognize.

Kaspersky Lab Has Been Working With Russian Intelligence

Kaspersky Lab Has Been Working With Russian Intelligence

U.S.  intelligence agencies have turned up the heat in recent days on Kaspersky Lab.  The Moscow-based cybersecurity giant long suspected of ties to Russia’s spying apparatus.

It has been announced that Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab boasts 400 million users worldwide. As many as 200 million may not know it. The huge reach of Kaspersky’s technology is partly the result of licensing agreements that allow customers to quietly embed the software in everything from firewalls to sensitive telecommunications equipment—none of which carry the Kaspersky name.

Now, official Kremlin documents reviewed by McClatchy could further inflame the debate about whether the company’s relationship with Russian intelligence is more than rumor.

The documents are certifications issued to the company by the Russian Security Service, the spy agency known as the FSB.

Unlike the stamped approvals the FSB routinely issues to companies seeking to operate in Russia, Kaspersky’s include an unusual feature: a military intelligence unit number matching that of an FSB program.

“That strikes me as much more persuasive public evidence,” said Paul Rosenzweig, a former deputy secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security. “It makes it far more likely that much of the rumor and uncertainty about Kaspersky are true.”

The Investigation will continue.

The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

Only Bill Gates would come up with something to create a tax system against robot usage.  Click here to view the interview for yourself the conversation.  After viewing the video the question arises about who or what can be taxed and does this open up a door to things to take away your money.  Gates has been a billionaire for years and you wonder if he has way too much time on his hands.  This comes from a person who has a heated driveway that melts the snow during the winter months.  Based on what Gates mentions it seems he should be taxed from taking jobs from shovel driven folks and using automation to remove the snow.

Mass Production and the Robotic Age

Automation has been in the American industry for the past 40 years, does the car industry get taxed for having robotic machines that build cars on the line or other areas.  Click here for the brief history of robotic assembly lines.

Gates tends to come up with some nutty concepts much like the building of farms in Africa but then cried out about global warming due to cutting down the forests.  He tends to mean well but as proven over the Microsoft years he tends to generate failures as well. Can someone mention BOB or VISTA ?  Gates is looking to hand out his money to charities which is the best thing he can do instead of coming up with ideas of taking other people’s money.  As described in books that concerned Gates, he was always one to be cheap and frown on anyone he thought was taking his money.  So does that make it right for him to come up with a tax plan ?


Happy 15th Birthday .NET!

Happy 15th Birthday .NET!


Today marks the 15th anniversary since .NET debuted to the world. On February 13th, 2002, the first version of .NET was released as part of Visual Studio.NET.  Microsoft was building its “Next Generation Windows Services” and unleashed a new level of productivity with Visual Studio.NET. Since the beginning, the .NET platform has allowed developers to quickly build and deploy robust applications, starting with Windows desktop and web server applications in 2002. You got an entire managed framework for building distributed Windows applications, ASP.NET was introduced as the next generation Active Server Pages for web-based development, and a new language, C# came to be.

With the release of Visual Studio 2017 coming on March 7th and Visual Studio’s 20th anniversary, .NET Core tools reach 1.0. Tune in March 7th and watch the keynote and live Q&A panels.  The biggest question for developers will be the Visual Studio 2017 release whether to go with the community or professional version.


Microsoft to retire Windows Vista on April 11

Microsoft to retire Windows Vista on April 11

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I think this event is the best news for 2017 that Microsoft will finally stop supporting one of the worst operating systems called Vista.  Yes, I know there was BOB as well as Windows 8 but Vista with the various issues that it came in with as well as making new ones there is a bright future ahead.

Vista was never a break-out hit for Microsoft, as were both its Windows XP predecessor and its successor, Windows 7.

Even at Vista’s peak nearly three years after its debut, the OS ran just 20% of all Windows PCs. From that October 2009 summit — not coincidentally, the month of Windows 7’s release — Vista’s share shrank. Within a year, it had slumped to less than 15%, and in less than two years it fell below 10%.  Most of the reasons people even had Vista was due to their new computer purchase.  Vista was a memory hog and most of the manufacturers produce machines that did not handle the memory requirements for this OS.

As the market shares fell Vista’s retirement from support, the next edition on the out-to-pasture list will be Windows 7, which is slated to receive its last security update on Jan. 14, 2020.  Windows 10 is the future from this point but to do any sort of upgrade is a pain and the best option for most is just to purchase the OS pre-loaded.

Vista with all of the colorful desktop features was  two-and-a-half years late as well as having early device driver issues.  This announcement is well worth watching Vista fade from memory much like Windows 8 will be.

Visual Studio 2017 Launch Event and 20th Anniversary

Visual Studio 2017 Launch Event and 20th Anniversary

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The announcement that Visual Studio 2017 will be released on March 7 was released on the Microsoft web site.

Over the years, Visual Studio grew from an IDE to a suite of products and services, including Visual Studio Team Services, Visual Studio Code, and many others. The family of Visual Studio products extends across platforms, enabling developers to build mobile-first, cloud-first apps that span Android, iOS, Linux, MacOS, and Windows. It also offers industry-leading DevOps practices across all types of projects, as well as tight integration with the Azure cloud.

On March 7, Microsoft is proud to bring you the newest release, Visual Studio 2017, with a livestreamed two-day launch event at https://launch.visualstudio.com. Brian Harry, Miguel de Icaza, and Scott Hanselman will be part of the event on stage to share the latest innovations from Visual Studio, .NET, Xamarin, Azure, and more. You will have the opportunity to engage in demo packed sessions focusing on key improvements within the product. To help you get started, on March 8, we will also bring you a full-day of live training with multiple topics to choose from.

Visual Studio has gone from a community package that is free for all developers or you can purchase the package along with the MSDN.  There are various different options available for use.  For the most part Visual Studio Community is not that much different then the professional package but in the near future that may change.  Microsoft has always made their money from the Office product line as well as the SQL Server.  You can attend the webinar to see what Microsoft will bring to the table this time.



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For the second year in a row, Hired has tapped into its data to reveal insights into technology workers’ salaries and the hiring market more generally. Because Hired facilitates the job searching process from the initial interview request all the way to the final job offer, we have unprecedented visibility into salaries across a variety of positions and companies. Most of the tools available to companies and job seekers are flawed and inaccurate. Salary calculators don’t account for company size, years of candidate experience or location, while many job sites are based on anonymous, self-reported data which can vary widely in accuracy. Hired’s data, on the other hand, is based on actual job offers made to real people.

This second edition of Global State of Tech Salaries report is part of our larger effort to bring more transparency to the hiring process and provide an inside look at the compensation landscape for tech workers. As a result of our recent expansion into France, Australia and Singapore, we now have access to salary information in 16 of the world’s biggest tech markets, and have broadened this year’s report to reflect our truly global reach. Moreover, we recently began collecting voluntary demographic data from candidates on our platform, which allows us to analyze how race, age and bias can impact one’s salary.

The salary between races is a call to action as to why there is a $10,000 difference and the salaries tend to fall once a candidate is 50 or older.  Women are not mentioned in the salary breakdown as well.  Developers that are looking for new offers will have to keep in mind that these salary structures are based on experience, skill level and whether the company wishes to put that much into you.

Getting Started with WinZip 21

Simple tutorial on how to use WinZip 21


How to Zip Files

WinZip is the perfect tool for collecting and compressing files that you want to share or archive. In addition, when sending and receiving confidential files, it makes for an easy-to-use security tool.

Let’s look at two ways to zip files: one quick, one with more options.

How to zip a group of files quickly

This is a quick way to zip files that are stored in the same location. It takes very few steps, but still gives you access to settings for encryption and other options.

  1. Select the files that you want to add to the Zip file (they must be in the same location).
  2. Right-click one of the selected files and choose Add to Zip file…


    The WinZip application opens.

  3. In the Add Files dialog box, type a name for your Zip file in the File name box. If you want to change where the file is saved, click the Change Destination button to set a new destination.
  4. Choose any options you want. For example, you can mark the Encrypt files check box if you want to protect the Zip file content with a password. Also, if you are concerned that the person receiving the files might not have the all the necessary applications to open the files, you can choose Convert to PDF.
  5. Click the Add button and follow any instructions. For example, if you selected encryption, you’ll be asked to set the password.
  6. A dialog box appears with the compression results. Click OK to save the Zip file and to close WinZip. Image-4

How to collect and zip files stored in multiple locations

If you want to collect and zip files from different locations, you can set WinZip up as a hub where you can access your files from not only your computer and attached drives, but also from popular cloud services, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, ZipShare, and more.

  1. Open the WinZip application.
  2. In the Files pane on the left, navigate to the files you want to send (from your computer or any cloud service that you have added to WinZip), and drag the files to the center pane (the Zip pane).

You can navigate to files stored locally or files stored in cloud locations that you’ve added to WinZip.

If you want to add a cloud service to the Files pane, simply click the Add Cloud button at the bottom of the Files pane, and choose the service you want to add.


3. In the Actions pane, choose any of the Convert & Protect Files settings you want.


4. In the Save or Share Zip area of the Actions pane, choose Save as.


5. In the Save to PC or Cloud window, choose a local or cloud destination for the Zip file, type a file name, and click Save. If you want to share the files directly, you can choose one of the sharing options in the Save or Share Zip area.

How to Unzip Files

WinZip is a great tool for unzipping Zip files and other compressed files, including ISO files (disc image files).

  1. On your PC, right-click the file that you want to unzip
  2. Choose WinZip > Unzip to folder [current .zip file location] (see example below). By choosing this option, you create a folder with the same name as the Zip file.



You can choose from many options when you unzip a file, but the option shown above is an easy way to create a meaningful folder name that contains all the extracted files.

All information can be viewed by simply going to www.winzip.com