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I have an interesting challenge and was hoping one of the gurus can assist. I have a program running on a client machine that I need to "trigger". The program is written in VB.NET. What is the easiest way I can generate a "trigger" to that client machine? Couple of things I already considered: a) check for a presence of some file (too cumbersome) b) implement sockets and listen on some port for a trigger (too complex, error prone) c) check some website for a presense of something and use that as trigger (too much work, must setup site, read …

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This is the sort of thing that annoys me intensely. Our Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Davies of Abersoch, has been asking the good people at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona what they need to grow the mobile business, what it's all about, that sort of thing. All of which is good. I am in favour of it. Unfortunately, as we find out care of an item on [URL="http://uk.techcrunch.com/2009/02/18/no-minister-you-dont-listen-by-leaving-your-own-lunch/"]TechCrunch[/URL], he didn't stay to listen to the answers. Which is a pity. I'm reminded of an incident over a decade ago - 1992 or thereabouts. I was …

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A couple of weeks ago, [URL="http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2008/07/whos_the_boss.html"]InformationWeek[/URL] ran an interesting piece reporting on a Forrester Research survey. The crux of the survey is that CIOs tend to report to a lot of different people, including CEOs, CFOs, COOs and heads of business units. It’s interesting that the chain of command differs according to the industry of the organization. In business services, for instance, 46 percent of CIOs report to the CEO. That percentage is down to 37 percent in financial service and 35 percent in manufacturing. Though the numbers are interesting, the conclusion – that CIOs report to a bunch of …

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