Monday, March 29, 2010

Taking the Pulse of Shopper's Identity

A great story about the future of shopping and identity management using finger vein patterns instead of credit cards is at
We need to use credit cards less since they are so easily stolen or forgotten at home. I like the finger vein method or iris pictures to confirm identity, although neither is perfect, it takes criminals a lot more work than swiping a credit card blank through a magnetic writer.

A related story on using finger vein identity in a coke machine is here

VeinID - Finger Pulse Vending Machine from CScout on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Agile ATX Lunch Crowd at Central Market

I had a great time at the Agile ATX lunch today at Central Market on 38th and Lamar. The group meets every other Thursday at 11:30.
Some of today's topics were Mercurial vs. Git vs. Subversion, Domain Driven Design, SSIS and RhinoETL, and raising babies.
As usual I didn't understand many of the conversations, but its good to be humbled sometimes.
Come join us if you enjoy talking about the latest trends in software development especially in the Agile arena.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Can You Name the Most Popular Programming Languages?

Fun Quiz to test your knowledge of the most popular programming language (well, fun if you are a languages geek).

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Java User's Group on March 2, 2010

Norman Richards, long time java guru, gave a presentation to about 40 people on JSR 299: "Contexts and Dependency Injection for the JavaTM EE platform". It was very interesting to hear about the merging of Spring, Seam, and other technologies being baked into the latest version of Java.