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  • Salary Survey: Tell us about your IT

    Certification Magazine
    CertMag Staff
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    To skip our lovely introduction and get with the Salary Survey already, click here. IS IT MONEY, or the milk of human kindness that makes the world go ’round? Trick question: Information technology (IT) makes the world go ’round. And successful IT requires smart people who have a high degree of expertise. IT pros don’t gain all of that breadth and depth of knowledge just by snapping their fingers, of course. Education, experience and personal aptitude all play a role. So does certification. As technology evolves, certification helps skilled professionals stay abreast of the…
  • IBM Radically Simplifies Cloud Computing Contracts

    SMP Updates
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Receives Industry Award for Slashing Complexity and Boosting Speed of Signing Cloud AgreementsARMONK, N.Y/PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it radically simplified and made it easier for customers to enter into cloud computing se...
  • Technology does not disrupt business – CIO day 2014 Roundup

    Mindtree Blogs
    Anshuman Singh
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Unilever CEO, Paul Polman, famously said that said that before long he could see provenance (i.e. origin, birthplace) being added to the six Ps of marketing. I am sure our guest speaker Nektarios Misios who’s the Global Marketing Manager (Digital) at Royal Friesland Campina (FC) couldn’t have agreed more. At the recently concluded CIO Day […]
  • Don't Leave Your Data In The Dark

    Network Computing:
    John Joseph
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Piles of unstructured data are worse than useless; they pose serious security and privacy risks. John Joseph offers three steps to bring your data storage strategy into the light.
  • 6 keys for preventing cloud transition nightmares

    IT Manager Daily
    David King
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    Many organizations think that the prep work for a new cloud storage or hosting option is hardest part. But evaluating vendors, choosing a plan of attack and beginning the migration process can only be the beginning of companies’ problems.  A survey by THINKstrategies and INetU finds that the transition to the cloud often isn’t smooth, even after most companies have had plenty of practice moving to it. For instance: 43% of companies have had stalled or failed cloud implementation or hosting implementations 70% had to make changes to their original plan during migration, and more…
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  • Amazon's AWS Vs. Microsoft Azure: Cloud Services Compared

    Network Computing Editors
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are the giants of cloud computing, but which offers better enterprise-class services? Find out how they compare by feature and cloud service type.
  • Stateless Security In The Data Center: A Hybrid Approach

    Mason Harris
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today's data centers, firewalls and other stateful security controls can be less effective than stateless controls or a hybrid approach combining both.
  • Don't Leave Your Data In The Dark

    John Joseph
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Piles of unstructured data are worse than useless; they pose serious security and privacy risks. John Joseph offers three steps to bring your data storage strategy into the light.
  • Aerohive Adds Wireless Bridging

    Lee Badman
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Point-to-point wireless bridging can be complicated for a WLAN designer. Aerohive is the latest WLAN vendor to help streamline the process by including the capability in an access point.
  • Putting Erasure Codes To Work

    Howard Marks
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Erasure coding is used in scale-out object storage systems from a variety of vendors and open-source software projects. Just don't expect it to solve all your data protection problems.
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  • Apple TV’s YouTube app gets a much needed update

    Jesmond Darmanin
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The Apple TV’s YouTube app is no longer a mess. An update that was just released has brought with it a revamped interface, recommendations, and better subscription handling. Most importantly, the new app finally gives you access to YouTube’s entire library of content — with a catch. You’ll have to sit through ads for some videos. That’s not a big price to pay, but it’s probably worth training your thumb to skip through ads as you do on every other platform. The new app follows a slew of recent third-party updates on the Apple TV over the past year,…
  • ‘The Emirates App’ now launches on iPhone

    Jesmond Darmanin
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Building on the successful launch of The Emirates App for iPad earlier this year, Emirates airline has now increased its mobile presence with the launch of The Emirates App for iPhone on the App Store. Already the most popular travel app in 25 countries with a 4.5 star rating, The Emirates App for iPhone has enhanced features such as the ability to check-in and download their boarding pass directly to Passbook. The App also features push notifications for check-in, flight boarding, gate changes, and baggage belt numbers, greatly improving the travel experience by proactively alerting…
  • Emirates empowers airport staff with launch of new mobile app

    Jesmond Darmanin
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    Emirates continues to be a trailblazer in technology, recently empowering its airport staff with the latest mobile application designed to deliver the best service to customers. Called the Journey Manager, this custom-designed application enables the airline’s team of airport staff to get real-time information that will enable them to respond to customers’ needs with greater efficiency, regardless of where they are in the airport. Developed by Emirates in cooperation with Samsung and Etisalat, Journey Manager runs on the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Emirates has empowered its…
  • Boost Business Productivity with Microsoft’s New Price Plan on Office 365

    Jesmond Darmanin
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    A recent survey by Boston Consulting Group revealed how 62% of employees working in small and medium-sized enterprises use mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to access their email, which is up from 39 percent just three years ago. The research also found that the more technology-oriented small and medium businesses using modern technologies such as the cloud grew their revenue 15 percentage points faster than their counterparts using less technology. Based on these potential opportunities, Microsoft has released three new Office 365 plans aimed at the small and medium sized…
  • Vodafone announces launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

    Jesmond Darmanin
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    One of the most anticipated launches of the year – that of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – is just around the corner. Vodafone today announced that it will be offering both these products in store from Friday 24 October. Given the iconic status of the iPhone it is not surprising that interest has been very strong in Malta, with Apple fans waiting eagerly to get their hands on the iPhone 6 as soon as possible. “Interest was evident quite a while back when the iPhone 6 was launched in other countries, with Vodafone customers asking about its availability in our retail outlets and…
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    DIGITIMES: IT news from Asia

  • Thin clients emerge unscathed from the battle with PCs in EMEA, says IDC

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:41 pm
    The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) thin-client market posted single-digit growth in the third quarter of 2014, according to IDC. In 2014, during a transition period of IT upgrades, thin clients were competing directly and intensely with commercial PCs for markets share. Although thin clients are still a niche market in EMEA, their dynamic growth has exceeded the market average during the first three quarters of 2014. IDC expects the share of thin clients in overall shipments of commercial personal computing hardware to grow from 4.2% in 2013 to 4.4% in 2014 and continue increasing…
  • Taiwan market: Global Mobile allowed to upgrade to WiMAX 2.1

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Taiwan's National Communication Commission (NCC) has approved WiMAX operator Global Mobile's application to upgrade wireless communication technology from WiMAX 1.0 to WiMAX 2.1.
  • Microsoft rumored to make head-worn gaming device in 2015

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Microsoft is rumored to be planning to mass produce a head-worn virtual gaming device in 2015 and is expected to showcase the product at the E3 gaming show in June, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
  • Arbor Technology partners with mTouche to tap Malaysia market

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Industrial computing solution provider Arbor Technology has announced that it has partnered with mTouche Technology Berhad, a Malaysia-based provider of mobile value-added services, for strategic cooperation to tap Malaysia's smart technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) markets.
  • Acer CEO to be future chairman, says Shih

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Acer founder Stan Shih at a press event on December 17 said that Acer's CEO Jason Chen will become the next chairman of Acer after the current chairman completes his 3-year term. The company is also running a "Shadow Plan" to train management personnel.
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    IT Management & Trends Blogs

  • Technology Change in FinTech Abounds

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    Much ado has been made over the disruption of apps and technologies lately to many industries. But FinTech and banking are not immune to the many disruptions that seem to be attacking banking?s very core. Banking started with the need to securely store sums of money and precious metals with the ability to interchange between the two easily. They also became the place where farmers and others would
  • Business Process Reengineering: The Missing Link in ERP Implementations?

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    Improving business processes has always been a key reason executives spend so much time, money and heartache perfecting their ERP implementations.
  • Business Process Reengineering: The Missing Link in ERP Implementations?

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    Improving business processes has always been a key reason executives spend so much time, money and heartache perfecting their ERP implementations.
  • Guidelines for Product Selection

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    ¦    Follow industry standards when and where they apply. Adherence to industry standards usually means that products from many vendors will work together. It often means lower cost because standardization creates competition, lowering...
  • Hardware & Software Selection

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    Choosing network components is not always easy. The good news is that, in most cases, you have a lot of choices. That, unfortunately, is also the bad news, because someone has to make those choices. You will have to weigh the factors of performance, ...
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    Computer Security News

  • In botched cyberattack on Syria group, some see hand of IS

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal. Internet watchdog Citizen Lab says an attempt to hack into systems operated by dissidents within the self-styled caliphate could be the work of hackers affiliated with the Islamic State group.
  • Hackers run wild

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:45 am
    It hasn't been a very happy holiday season for Sony Pictures, which was hacked recently and had sensitive internal files compromised. Five movies - four of them unreleased - were leaked along with 11 terabytes of personal data, including executive salaries, release schedules, employee criminal background checks and passwords .
  • Judge orders handover of Nicky Hager raid documents

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Police have to hand over documents relating to the decision to search the Wellington home of Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager. Hager is challenging the police decision to search his home on October 2 and seize information, much of it electronically stored.
  • Adding Cyber Security to Corporate Risk Management

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Corporate boards and senior management like to focus on business. They love the numbers, the strategy and the success of a business operation.
  • Small businesses learn computer security tips during workshop in Tustin

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    As major computer hacking scandals affect thousands worldwide - including recently at Sony Pictures - the city of Tustin hosted a computer security workshop for about 40 small business owners and employees. Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology spoke at the interactive workshop - held Dec. 12 at the Tustin Public Library - as attendees asked questions and shared personal experiences involving hacking and computer security.
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    IT security news - Google News

  • BrandPost: How to train your staff on cyber security (and make it stick) - PCWorld

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    BrandPost: How to train your staff on cyber security (and make it stick)PCWorldA strong security policy is one thing. Employees' actual security behaviors are often quite another. In the complex and rapidly changing world of cyber security, experts say that training is essential to keep workers up to speed – and ensure your
  • Thefts raise security concerns at Los Alamos lab - KRQE News 13

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    KRQE News 13Thefts raise security concerns at Los Alamos labKRQE News 13SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A series of tool thefts has occurred from the largest nuclear waste disposal zone at Los Alamos National Laboratory, raising concerns about security and the lack of public notice about the crimes. Lab workers told police the and more »
  • Security changes at Godfrey-Lee HS after nearby shooting -

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    WOODTV.comSecurity changes at Godfrey-Lee HS after nearby – Security changes are already happening at Godfrey-Lee High School just hours after a student was shot while walking home from basketball practice Wednesday night. Superintendent David Britten told 24 Hour News 8 Thursday that the school is ...and more »
  • Sony Hack: White House Considering Responses for 'Serious National Security ... - Variety

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    VarietySony Hack: White House Considering Responses for 'Serious National Security VarietyThe Obama administration is viewing the massive hack attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment as a “serious national security matter” and is considering a range of possible options as a response, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday.White House calls Sony hack a 'serious national security matter'FortuneWhite House Calls Sony Cyber Attack “Serious National Security Matter”Re/codeSony hack: White House views attack as security issueBBC NewsPBS…
  • The Best Privacy and Security-Focused Web Browsers - Lifehacker

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    LifehackerThe Best Privacy and Security-Focused Web BrowsersLifehackerRemember though, Tor is designed for physical and digital anonymity, not security and encryption. What you do while you're using it may give away that anonymity (sending emails, logging on to web services, etc), and while communications inside the Tor ...and more »
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Cord Cutters Revealed

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
    In October HBO announced its intent to launch it’s current HBOGo streaming app as a stand alone service in 2015.  The application will not require a cable subscription which will enable viewers to access HBO’s premium content online.  This announcement is welcome news to "cord cutters", those viewers who want to abandon traditional cable completely in favor of streaming content to media players like Roku, AppleTV, FireTV or to their PC.   Instead of paying for cable subscriptions, viewers can pay nominal fees for video on-demand subscription services like…
  • ADF meet smartphone, phone meet smartADF

    Chris Muir
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Here’s a question we spent time investigating recently. We know ADF works well on tablets, but is it suitable for smartphones too? Sometime back in the JDeveloper 11gR1 and 11gR2 branches (search for ‘tablet’ in those links) of ADF we added a wide range of support for touch gestures, mobile optimizations and more. More recently the Alta skin and UI guidelines contain considerable collateral around building ADF applications to be optimized for tablets. Yet when you consider a smartphone, say an iPhone over an iPad, or a Nexus 5 vs a Nexus 9, can you still build a usable app for this…
  • Pluggable DB direct connect without listener

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    I think there are a lot of "legacy" sqlplus(or svrmgrl) scripts around which assume "ORACLE_SID" environment variable.ORACLE_SID doesn't work with DB12c Multitenant database. I think the workaround below works in most environments.Oracle Database 12c New Feature-Multitenant Pluggable DatabasesTWO_TASK operating system variable to point to the PDB you want to connect toThere is a caveat here other than that "TWO_TASK" as just a shell variable is OK. The caveat is that this assumes TNS listener is running and PDB service is already registered.Another w/a which doesn't require listener is below.
  • NEW! Optimize Oracle Database 12c on Solaris 11 Workshop

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    We're pleased to announce the availability of a new workshop:  Deploy and Optimize Oracle Database 12c on Solaris 11.  It's available exclusively for OPN partners. The workshop includes lecture and hands-on lab exercises that demonstrate how to use the powerful features and capabilities within Solaris 11 for optimal Oracle Database 12c implementations.  Learn more about the workshop here.  This workshop is currently being offered in select cities around the world.  For more information, contact your local enablement or partner manager.
  • Customizing Oracle MFT File Rename Java Callout

    Dave Berry
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Review and Use Case So now that you have all digested the previous Overview blog in this Customizing MFT series, you fully understand the components of Custom Actions(callouts) and have built the Newline Conversion sample from the Oracle MFT Documentation section Processing Transfers with Custom Callouts you are ready to build another real world scenario that implements a file rename inside of the MFT engine. I say inside because that differentiates it from the use case where a file is written to the file system or remote FTP server and then renamed after it is delivered. This use case is a…
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • Making HAProxy 1.5 replication lag aware in MySQL

    Stephane Combaudon
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    HAProxy is frequently used as a software load balancer in the MySQL world. Peter Boros, in a past post, explained how to set it up with Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC) so that it only sends queries to available nodes. The same approach can be used in a regular master-slaves setup to spread the read load across multiple slaves. However with MySQL replication, another factor comes into play: replication lag. In this case the approach mentioned for Percona XtraDB Cluster does not work that well as the check we presented only returns ‘up’ or ‘down’. We would like to be able…
  • InnoDB’s multi-versioning handling can be Achilles’ heel

    Peter Zaitsev
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    I believe InnoDB storage engine architecture is great for a lot of online workloads, however, there are no silver bullets in technology and all design choices have their trade offs. In this blog post I’m going to talk about one important InnoDB limitation that you should consider.InnoDB is a multiversion concurrency control (MVCC) storage engine which means many versions of the single row can exist at the same time. In fact there can be a huge amount of such row versions. Depending on the isolation mode you have chosen, InnoDB might have to keep all row versions going back to the…
  • OpenStack Live tutorials & sessions to bring OpenStack users up to speed

    Tom Diederich
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    I attended the OpenStack Paris summit last month (Percona had a booth there). It was my first opportunity to meet face-to-face with this thriving community of developers and users. I’m proud that Percona is part of this open source family and look forward to reconnecting with many of the developers and users I met in Paris – as well as meeting new faces – at OpenStack Live in Silicon Valley April 13-14.OpenStack summits, generally held twice a year, are the place where (for the most part) developers meet and design “in the open,” as the OpenStack organization…
  • MySQL Tutorials: A time to learn at Percona Live 2015

    Tom Diederich
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The many hours of intensive tutorials, led by some of the top minds in MySQL, have always been a major draw each year to the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo. And 2015’s event will be no exception.Percona Live 2015 runs April 13-16 in Santa Clara, Calif. and the first day is dedicated to the classroom – so bring your laptops for the combined 45 hours of learning. MySQL tutorials are included with the full-conference pass but a “tutorial-only pass” is also available. Super-saver registration discounts have been extended until Dec. 19. Here’s a look at this…
  • Percona XtraBackup 2.2.7 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona XtraBackup 2.2.7 on December 10, 2014. Downloads are available from our download site or Percona Software Repositories.Percona XtraBackup enables MySQL backups without blocking user queries, making it ideal for companies with large data sets and mission-critical applications that cannot tolerate long periods of downtime. Offered free as an open source solution, Percona XtraBackup drives down backup costs while providing unique features for MySQL backups.Bugs Fixed:Non-default value for innodb_log_block_size variable would cause assertion when…
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    DaniWeb IT Discussion Community

  • Othello Console Game - Checking Diagonals Help

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Hello fellow coders, I am currently taking a C++ class and have a final project due very soon. We are recreating the game Othello/Reversi using the console. So far I haven't run into really any problems and it hasn't been too bad. I have almost all of it complete except for checking the diagonals for valid pieces to flip/capture. I have it down to check rows and columns (North, South, East, West) perfectly, but I just can't seem to figure out how to get the diagonals to work. I tried using two for-loops (one nested) to check up one "square" and right one square for example to the North East.
  • Compaq V6500 takews a long time to find windows

    Keith Morgan
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Hello, i have reloaded windows 7 ultimate as the computer appeared to have a virus However, it takes several minutes to load windows, just sitting with a blank screen and a cursor in top left corner, then load windows, but not always. sometimes it indicates it cannot find the OS also it is not showing the hard drive in the computer system on windows ? I have entered bios but this does not always easily access ? in bios I ran checks of hard drive and ram, all seems ok ? Do I need to download latest bios and reinstall ? I also find that when trying to boot from the dvd it is not accessing a dvd…
  • c programing

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I am new in c programing.In apps they usualy have images as background take for example a question and answer app will have a colourful backgroung.If i draw an image with corel draw how can i display as background in my c program.
  • MS SQL Trigger

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    Hello, I need a little help with trigger, I have been doing database development for a long time now but this is my first go around at a trigger. It is not working, can someone please look at this and let me know what I am doing wrong: ALTER TRIGGER [dbo].[Trigger_Insert_Portal] ON [eos2].[dbo].[Visits] AFTER INSERT AS BEGIN INSERT INTO [MT_PHMWebEnrollment].[dbo].[Enrollments] ([placeholderEmail] ,[patientFirstName] ,[patientLastName] ,[patientDateOfBirth] ,[patientGender] ,[patientMRN] ,[patientLocation] ,[status]) SELECT 'UNKNOWN',[eos2].[dbo].[Patients].[firstName]…
  • Codeigniter upload problems

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    Hi guys, This one has got me completely stumped. Here are my trouble shooting notes. My upload script works absolutely fine without any changes on localhost. However, on the live production server my files do not get uploaded. My view is: <?php echo form_open_multipart('upload/do_upload');?> <input type="file" name="userfile" size="20" /> <br/> <button type="submit" class="btn btn-success btn-s-xs " id="">Upload</button> <?php echo form_close(); ?> And my controller is... function do_upload() { /** * @Description: Make sure NOT to autoload this lib!!! * */…
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    The State of Security

  • Executive Cyber Intelligence Report: December 18, 2014

    Cyber Security Forum Initiative
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    This report was prepared by The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and The Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) to create better cyber situational awareness (Cyber SA) of the nature and scope of threats and hazards to national security worldwide in the domains of cyberspace and open source intelligence. It is provided to Federal, State, […]… Read More The post Executive Cyber Intelligence Report: December 18, 2014 appeared first on The State of Security.
  • The Sony Hack – A Lesson in Cyber Terrorism

    David Bisson
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    This week, Sony Pictures has announced that it will not release “The Interview,” a film whose controversial subject matter is alleged to be one of the motivating factors behind a recent cyber attack against the company. Sony released a statement to the public expressing its sadness that hackers sought to steal its intellectual property, private […]… Read More The post The Sony Hack – A Lesson in Cyber Terrorism appeared first on The State of Security.
  • 10 Notorious Cyber Criminals Brought to Justice – No. 8

    David Bisson
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We continue our series of some of the most dangerous hackers brought to justice with this week’s cyber criminal: Egor Shevelev. Shevelev, also known as “Excalibur” online, is a Ukranian carder who helped lead an international cybercrime ring that peddled stolen credit card information on online forums between 2004 and 2007. The group’s activities were […]… Read More The post 10 Notorious Cyber Criminals Brought to Justice – No. 8 appeared first on The State of Security.
  • 70 Percent of Employees Admit Having Unnecessary Access to Confidential Data

    Maritza Santillan
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    A new survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute revealed a growing risk posed by corporations as employees report a lack of control over file access and use of company data. The survey of nearly 2,300 employees in US- and European-based organizations – including end users working in sales, finance, accounting, business operations and corporate IT […]… Read More The post 70 Percent of Employees Admit Having Unnecessary Access to Confidential Data appeared first on The State of Security.
  • Delta Airlines Patches Boarding Pass URL Bug

    David Bisson
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    Delta Airlines has patched a bug that passengers could have used to view other people’s boarding passes. Paul Skrbec, a spokesman for the airline company, made the following comments about the incident: “Security is a top priority for Delta, and we employ multiple levels of it throughout the travel process. After a possible issue with […]… Read More The post Delta Airlines Patches Boarding Pass URL Bug appeared first on The State of Security.
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    Phil Windley's Technometria

  • Fuse as an Experiment in Internet of Things Architectures

    1 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Summary: O'Reilly Media is hosting a Software Architecture Conference March 17-19 in Boston. This blog post is my proposal. The Internet is decentralized, heterarchical, and interoperable. Unfortunately, today's Internet of Things is none of those. We might better call it the "CompuServe of Things." What architecture should the Internet of Things embrace? This talk will discuss the problems with the current model for the Internet of Things and present the lessons we've learned from architecting an Internet of Things product that is more in keeping with the fundamental architectural principles…
  • The Quantified Car

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Summary: Data changes behavior. Fuse shows you data about your car and can help you understand the facts about your driving and your cars. The quantified-self movement is all about measuring your personal activities and gaining insight from the data. Many of us dabble in it with a Fitbit or a Withing scale. Others measure everything and use the data to change their life. Data changes behavior. I walk more because I have a Fitbit. One of the things I've noticed is that Fuse gives me data about a part of my life where I often make incorrect assumptions that cost me time and money: my driving.
  • Why Do CS Majors Study Calculus

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Summary: Studying calculus is part of learning to think abstractly and programmers need all the experience with abstract models they can get. John Dougall asked me recently if I thought Calculus was really necessary for a CS degree. I do and here's why. Calculus teaches and encourages abstract thinking, something that is necessary to be a good programmer. Those who are discouraged by Calculus may find that they can get along just fine in college programming exercises, but they won't do well in the modeling that is necessary for real-life software architecture—not because they're missing…
  • Fuse App Launches

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Summary: Two important announcements about Fuse: the apps are available now and we've launched a forum for discussions around Fuse. I have two important announcements regarding Fuse. One is likely to be much more exciting than the other, but both are important, so please read the entire post. First, we're excited to announce that apps are available (finally!) for Fuse for both iOS and Android. Thanks to our Kickstarter backers for helping to get this done and especially to Alex Olson for making it all happen. We're excited to have you download them and try them out. A few notes: The app…
  • Self Sovereign Authorities and the Epic Struggle for IoT

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Summary: I finished reading three things this week that all tied together in my mind and so I wanted to mention them. One is a full-length book, but the other two are short essays. This post describes them and my thoughts about how they relate to my earlier post on the CompuServe of Things. I finished reading three things this week that all tied together in my mind and so I wanted to mention them. One is a full-length book, but the other two are short essays. Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation by John Ferling—I'm a fan of early American history and have read a lot…
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    Free Information Technology Magazines and Downloads from

  • The Essentials of CRM - Free Kit

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Essentials of CRM, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your CRM related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your CRM research:Customer Engagement Analytics: How to Use Data to Create (and Keep) Happy CustomersBeyond the Executive Suite: Video Conferencing for AllChoosing a Mobile Sales Platform That's More Than a CRMPractical/Tactical: A Guide to Maximizing Agent EfficiencyRequest Free!
  • Quantum Computers: The End of Cryptography?

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Companies like Google and Microsoft, as well as government agencies like the NSA have all been feverishly pursuing quantum computers for years now. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to say that breakthroughs might occur that will allow the first large-scale quantum computer to be built within a decade. So why all the interest?  Why should you care? Computers get faster all the time – what’s so special about quantum computers?In order to explain why these machines are so important, we’re going to have to take a step back and explore exactly what quantum…
  • Network Security For Dummies -- eBook (usually $22.99) FREE for a limited time!

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    CNN is reporting that a vicious new virus is wreaking havoc on the world’s computer networks. Somebody’s hacked one of your favorite Web sites and stolen thousands of credit card numbers. The FBI just released a new report on computer crime that’s got you shaking in your boots. The experts will tell you that keeping your network safe from the cyber-wolves howling after your assets is complicated, expensive, and best left to them. But the truth is, anybody with a working knowledge of networks and computers can do just about everything necessary to defend their network against…
  • 9 Lethal Linux Commands You Should Never Run

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Linux can be a double-edged sword. It assumes that you know what you’re doing and gives you the freedom to do whatever you want. It won’t question you. This is convenient when you actually know what you’re doing, but it also means that you could conceivably render your system unusable within seconds.Whether you’re a Linux newbie or veteran, you should never run a command unless you know exactly what it does. Here are some of the deadliest Linux commands that you’ll, for the most part, want to avoid.Request Free!
  • Experience the Business Value: The Novell ZENworks Endpoint Management Suite

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    There may have been a time when a collection of standalone endpoint management and security solutions made sense. But as IT environments grow more complex and diverse, IT service requirements rise and users become more mobile and demanding. Today, organizations are looking for self-service, automated, compliant and secure solutions all within a single pane of glass that can help them take back control of their unmanageable environments, satisfy the user and enable the workspace.Request Free!
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  • How To Replace FTP and Increase File Transfer Efficiency by 98% With Biscom Secure File Transfer -- A Customer Success Story

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The increase in people sharing data and files, combined with size and security limitations of email and FTP, has forced organizations to seek solutions for sending large and confidential files while complying with a multitude of compliance and regulatory requirements. Biscom Secure File Transfer (SFT), a secure and managed file-transfer solution, handles file transfers easily and tracks all transactions. With its simple user interface, extensive reporting and auditing capabilities, and robust encryption and security technologies, SFT helps organizations meet their most challenging file…
  • Let's Talk Symbology: A Guide to Decoding Barcodes

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We can hardly imagine a world without barcodes. Available in various guises, barcodes continue to benefit industries that manufacture, buy, sell and distribute products. They help collect data faster and more reliably, improve decision making, eliminate the possibility of human error, reduce employee training time and track products throughout their lifecycle. They are also extremely versatile, inexpensive to design and print and ultimately reduce costs.Quite simply they have changed the way businesses work across the globe.  Download this white paper to learn more.Request Free!
  • VELUX case study: A clear strategy for Big Data & Analytics

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    As organisations within the Nordics look to monetize their data strategies, VELUX are one of the companies fully embracing Big Data. Here, Reinhardt, Head of Global Business Intelligence at Velux speaks with PEX Network about the company’s thoughtful approach to rolling out their data strategy. Download the full interview now.Request Free!
  • Don't Let Your Business Get Buried Under Digital Debris

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    It's simply digital detritus, retained because 1) we think we might need it sometime, 2) we forget about it, or 3) we don't have policies and software in place to get rid of it. Ultimately, though, this unnecessary accumulation of content can create real problems in terms of e-discovery, regulation, management and cost.Watch this video white paper to learn more about:How to get started on an information management strategyThe right combination of software and policy for successful information governanceThe business case for proactive management of an organization's digital footprintRequest…
  • 6 Questions For a Prospective Cloud Service Provider

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    In order to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace, organizations must constantly improve customer service, reduce IT overhead, and increase efficiency—frequently with fewer resources than ever before. This may seem like an impossible feat, but the advent of UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) has enabled many IT departments to be viewed as business drivers rather than cost centers.Companies looking to take advantage of a cloud UC strategy need to consider the move from a myriad…
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  • An Introduction to Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS)

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    In corporations today there is a growing need to share files with co-workers, clients, and partners.  In all cases it is important for everyone to be able to access the most up-to-date version of a document.The old method of emailing files to yourself or copying them onto a flash drive or CD doesn’t meet today’s standards and requirements for ease of use, simplicity, and security.Any online solution that lets you share your information easily needs to be carefully vetted to ensure they meet the security requirements you have for documents that contain trade secrets, financial…
  • Zentrales Identitts-Management mit minimalem Aufwand

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    In unserem Director's Brief erfahren Sie, wie Anwender mithilfe einheitlicher Identitätsmanagement-Systeme mit einem einzigen Login auf alle Applikationen zugreifen können und dem IT-Administrator die zentrale Verwaltung aller Accounts ermöglicht wird.Request Free!
  • Une pratique d'Identit unifie pour les environnements de centre de donnes, Cloud et Mobile

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Et le rush pour déployer les applications SaaS ainsi que l'explosion des smartphones, tablettes numériques et autres périphériques que les utilisateurs se mettent à utiliser sur leurs lieux de travail pour des raisons de productivité personnelle. De cette fracturation de l'environnement des identités résulte d'importants défis en matière de gestion pour l'informatique, ainsi que de la frustration et une baisse de la productivité pour les utilisateurs forcés de se souvenir de plusieurs noms d'utilisateur et des mots de passe. Une architecture d'identité unifié vous garantit de…
  • Think Outside the Box: WEBINAR

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Is Box really as good for business as claimed?Box is aggressively trying to convince businesses that their consumer file sharing platform now contains the credentials necessary for enterprise-grade file sharing and collaboration.Watch this on-demand event and discover how some things just don't hold up for business users and IT.We’ll explore the crucial differences that count the most while comparing Soonr Workplace with Box (and other file sharing products), including:Sync that actually worksIntuitive mobile interfaceHybrid platform for selective cloud exposureBuilt-in MDM for…
  • The New Model for Safety Success

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Master Lock's Field iD helps businesses streamline their safety compliance, inspection and Lock Out Tag Out processes with easy-to-use mobile software.Request Free!
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  • 9 Lethal Linux Commands You Should Never Run

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Linux can be a double-edged sword. It assumes that you know what you’re doing and gives you the freedom to do whatever you want. It won’t question you. This is convenient when you actually know what you’re doing, but it also means that you could conceivably render your system unusable within seconds.Whether you’re a Linux newbie or veteran, you should never run a command unless you know exactly what it does. Here are some of the deadliest Linux commands that you’ll, for the most part, want to avoid.Request Free!
  • 10 Simple Windows Tricks You're Missing Out On

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We probably all use our computers every day, but do you really know everything about them? There might be many simple and helpful tricks that you’re not aware of.There’s much more to Windows than first meets the eye – you can be a power user for years and still not realize the full potential of the operating system.Download this guide to find out about some Windows features that aren’t highly advertised and which can help you be more productive.Request Free!
  • Quantum Computers: The End of Cryptography?

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Companies like Google and Microsoft, as well as government agencies like the NSA have all been feverishly pursuing quantum computers for years now. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to say that breakthroughs might occur that will allow the first large-scale quantum computer to be built within a decade. So why all the interest?  Why should you care? Computers get faster all the time – what’s so special about quantum computers?In order to explain why these machines are so important, we’re going to have to take a step back and explore exactly what quantum…
  • Application Virtualization: A CIO's Secret Weapon

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Complex migrations and conflicts between applications are just two of the issues that make workstation management so difficult. Application virtualization can ease or eliminate these and other problems. In this paper, Best Practices International explains the benefits of application virtualization in detail and describes how to select a quality solution. Also covered in this white paper: The major challenges of virtualization Different approaches to virtualization Advantages of virtualizationRequest Free!
  • Under Cloud Cover: How Leaders Are Accelerating Competitive Differentiation

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    But business leaders disagree. One out of five organizations has discovered a secret source of competitive differentiation. This global study conducted by the IBM Center of Applied Insights examines this evolution and how you can gain competitive advantage through cloud.Request Free!
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    Business Technology Roundtable

  • Cloud Adoption Trend is Driven by Strategic Imperatives

    David Deans
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    As this year comes to a close, let's take one last look at the most pervasive cloud computing trends -- including increased usage across the different cloud service models, the key business drivers and the impact of agile innovation strategies.Cloud computing adoption has matured, with 69 percent of survey respondents stating that at least a portion of their computing infrastructure is in the cloud. However, 56 percent of companies are still identifying IT operations that could potentially move to the cloud, according to the latest market study by IDG Enterprise.Survey respondents believe…
  • The Emerging Business Technology Outlook for 2015

    David Deans
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The savvy CEOs that approved significant investments in business technology during 2014 are reaping the rewards of their first-to-market leadership advantage. Meanwhile, executives at the fast-follower companies are no doubt assessing how they plan to catch-up with the early-adopters of cloud services in 2015.This rapidly evolving IT transformation scenario is pervasive. It's happening in every corner of the globe. So, what's the outlook for worldwide cloud service adoption and how will the key trends impact cloud computing infrastructure investment? To get the answers to those questions,…
  • Ready or Not, the Mobile Cloud Era Awaits You

    David Deans
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    We’re nearing the end of 2014 and most smart CEOs already know their IT transformation game plan for 2015 – more digital differentiation woven into the fabric of their essential operations. Every enterprise is now a digital business, regardless of the industry. That’s why digital service innovators are in such high demand. Meanwhile, many of the more traditional IT process-oriented jobs will diminish in importance.Are you evolving your IT support team’s roles and responsibilities, as a result these key trends? Forward-thinking CIOs and IT managers have already embraced business…
  • An Assessment of Public Cloud Storage Offerings

    David Deans
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Earlier in the year, Gartner forecast that by year-end 2016, more than 50 percent of global companies will have stored customer-sensitive data in a public cloud platform. These services can scale very quickly, which has made them very popular for applications that have a requirement for flexibility.Cloud storage offers organizations significant cost and agility benefits, but can pose some security, privacy, accessibility and performance challenges. Therefore, a big part of selecting a best-fit cloud storage provider is investing the time to perform the research to fully understand its…
  • Strategic Leadership in the Digital Business Economy

    David Deans
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Most forward-looking CEOs have already made their move to prepare for the future that they foresee – where business technology is a key deciding factor for them to attain ongoing commercial prosperity. This new digital-propelled environment will profoundly change business processes, along with the need for accelerated tech-savvy human capital development across all industries.Those leaders that catch the next wave of Internet-driven market development will reap the rewards of the expanding Global Networked Economy. They’ll achieve a quantum boost in performance. And they’ll reach their…
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  • The (Not-So-Well-Known) Perks of Working for a Staffing Company

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    As a staffing agency recruiter, you have a rare ability to help peoples’ dreams come true. It’s your role that facilitates the introductory handshake between hiring managers and potential employees. You help top performers reach new heights in their careers, and by making this crucial connection, you make it possible for companies to grow with […] The (Not-So-Well-Known) Perks of Working for a Staffing Company is a post from: Modis The post The (Not-So-Well-Known) Perks of Working for a Staffing Company appeared first on Modis.
  • The 2014 Geek Gift Guide

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    As 2014 comes to a close, we’ve been exploring the important role technology plays in the connections we make every day. As demonstrated in our holiday video, technology has played a substantial role in the way we reach out as well as in the gifts we give our loved ones over the years. With the […] The 2014 Geek Gift Guide is a post from: Modis The post The 2014 Geek Gift Guide appeared first on Modis.
  • Happy Holidays from Modis!

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    With each year that passes, it seems the days and time zip by faster and faster. In what seems like the blink of an eye, the 2014 holiday season is upon us. Between Cyber Monday and New Year’s Day, the inundation of online deals and the latest gadgets and hottest toys can make the holiday seasons seem […] Happy Holidays from Modis! is a post from: Modis The post Happy Holidays from Modis! appeared first on Modis.
  • November Jobs Report’s 321k New Jobs is Highest Since April

    Devon Stiles
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    According to the monthly Employment Situation released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today, November reported the creation of 321,000 new jobs. November is the first month reporting more than 300,000 new jobs since April of this year. Despite widespread job gains, the unemployment rate remained steady at 5.8% nationally. The 321,000 new jobs far surpassed […] November Jobs Report’s 321k New Jobs is Highest Since April is a post from: Modis The post November Jobs Report’s 321k New Jobs is Highest Since April appeared first on Modis.
  • 5 Species of Endangered or Extinct Office Supplies

    3 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remember the good old days when computers required punch cards to operate and used to fill an entire room? Didn’t think so, and why would you want to – really – when that smartphone in your pocket right now could run circles around the fossilized technological doodads of days past? It’s easy to take innovation […] 5 Species of Endangered or Extinct Office Supplies is a post from: Modis The post 5 Species of Endangered or Extinct Office Supplies appeared first on Modis.
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  • The Best Thing About My Elliptical

    30 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Training is an art that is perfected over time and requires consistency and dedication. When you want to achieve better results within a short period then definitely you will have to use high quality machines. Furthermore, you will have to check on your diet and desist from eating too much calorie food. This said, if you take a closer look at cardiovascular exercises you will realize that machines are an integral part of overall training process. Here is where the elliptical machines come in and one reliable brand and model you can bank on to give you exceptionally high utility value is the…
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    RES Software Blog

  • RES Workspace Manager 2014 SR2 – Citrix XA/XD 7.x Support: Introduction

    Roland van Dorp, Support Engineer
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    With the release of RES Workspace Manager 2014 SR2 we have fully integrated support for Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.x and Citrix Receiver 4.x. Now it is possible to publish applications and launch them using Citrix Receiver 4 and Citrix StoreFront, all with the benefits of RES Workspace Manager’s context aware features. This blog is the first one in a […] The post RES Workspace Manager 2014 SR2 – Citrix XA/XD 7.x Support: Introduction appeared first on RES Software Blog.
  • RES Workspace Manager 2014 Supporting VMware Horizon View 6

    Rene Heijnen, Junior Product Management Analyst
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:20 pm
    We recently released RES Workspace Manager 2014 Service Release 2, which brings support for the latest and greatest version of VMware Horizon View…6. In line with previous versions, we enable: Support for Blast Protocol Support for PCoIP Support for RDP Improved TSClient Addresses Important VMware View Agent qualification Displaying Agents We’ve additionally enhanced how we display […] The post RES Workspace Manager 2014 Supporting VMware Horizon View 6 appeared first on RES Software Blog.
  • Live for Today, Deliver for Tomorrow

    Stacy Leidwinger, V.P. of Product Marketing
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:41 pm
    I recently attended RES FOCUS 2014, a two-day event where our partners and customers in the Netherlands come together to discuss their vision for the future of IT, as well as their use of RES Software solutions to support that vision. Not only did I learn a few new Dutch phrases and that I enjoy […] The post Live for Today, Deliver for Tomorrow appeared first on RES Software Blog.
  • RES Workspace Manager, Fully Integrated with Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp 7.6

    Martin Lako, Field Engineer
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
    RES Software’s 10+ year relationship with Citrix continues with our extensive integration with Citrix’s XenDesktop and XenApp solutions. Many of our customers use our solutions to support their Citrix deployments. We are driven to continually add value for our joint customers, and our latest integrations with XenDesktop and XenApp are examples that build on that […] The post RES Workspace Manager, Fully Integrated with Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp 7.6 appeared first on RES Software Blog.
  • Resolving the Healthcare Service Desk Conundrum

    RES Software
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    By: Ward Priestman Healthcare IT Consultant, Priestman Consulting Technology can be incredibly frustrating when it is out of step with evolving user requirements. For hospitals, dealing with challenges over printing issues, accessing records, and login faults can be excruciating; not to mention the additional pain points of requesting software and hardware because hospital personnel typically have […] The post Resolving the Healthcare Service Desk Conundrum appeared first on RES Software Blog.
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    The Data Center Journal

  • D-Link Announces New 24-Port EasySmart Gigabit Switch Supporting IEEE 802.3at Power over Ethernet

    Press Release
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    D-Link announced a new addition to its EasySmart line of affordable Gigabit Ethernet smart switches, the DGS-1100-24P twenty-four port PoE+ switch.  Enclosed in a rugged metal housing and easily installable in a standard 19 inch rack, the DGS-1100-24P is a robust, reliable and built-to-last PoE switch suitable for all types of networks. With Power-over-Ethernet capabilities on the first 12 ports, the DGS-1100-24P simplifies deployments with IP cameras, VoIP phones, wireless access points, and other standards-compliant powered devices. The DGS-1100-24P complies with the IEEE 802.3at PoE+…
  • How Can the Mid-Market Stay Competitive? Galileo Had the Right Idea

    Ray Wright
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Most large enterprise IT folks have addressed “big data” demands over the past few years, but new research suggests that the time has come for mid-market companies to consider the implications. It’s been more than 400 years since Galileo built on the invention of the telescope to create something more comprehensive and more powerful for the Venetian navy. He immediately understood the value of quickly recognizing distant ships and acted on those convictions to affect the scientific revolution. The desire to gain a competitive advantage by quickly acquiring and processing information has…
  • Australia: Bitcoin Is Not a “Financial Product”

    Jeff Clark
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    In a modest victory for Bitcoin beyond the shores of the U.S., the Australian Securities and Investment Commission has decreed that the cryptocurrency (and others like it) is not a “financial product,” according to Leon Spencer at ZDNet. “This [designation] means that a person does not need an Australian market license to operate a digital currency trading platform, or an Australian financial services license in order to trade in digital currency; hold a digital currency for another person; provide advice in relation to digital currency; and arrange for others to buy and sell digital…
  • i2Coalition Signs on to Amicus Brief in Appeal of a Decision Forcing Microsoft to Turn Over Data in Ireland

    Press Release
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) signed on to an amicus brief arguing that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York failed to properly analyze the extraterritorial application of the Stored Communications Act. i2Coalition Co-Founder and Public Policy Chair David Snead released the following statement regarding the brief: The issues in this case go to the very heart of the debate the world is having about government access to data and the flow of data across borders. The i2Coalition has been a prime advocate of the position that any access to data must…
  • Does Falling Oil Price Affect Data Centers?

    Jeff Clark
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    The price of oil (WTI crude) has, pardon the phrase, tanked since midyear, falling nearly 50% from over $100 a barrel to just under $55. Naturally, since energy is the main consumable of data centers, the question arises regarding the potential impact of the falling oil price on the industry. Here’s a look at what might be in store. The Macroeconomy The fall in the price of oil bears an eerie resemblance to the decline it suffered in 2008 as the recession set in. The factors driving this sharp falloff have been laid at the feet of everything from geopolitics (such as the increasingly…
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  • 'Cromnibus' funds civilian cyber campus

    Molly Bernhart Walker
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    The Defense Department has Ft. Meade in Maryland for it's National Security Agency and U.S. Cybercommand, and soon the civilian side of the federal government will have its own cyber headquarters as well, thanks to an appropriation included in the spending bill President Obama signed into law Dec. 16.
  • IARPA seeks 'unconventional' methods to detect cyber attacks

    Dibya Sarkar
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity will host a one-day conference Jan. 21 to provide information about an upcoming solicitation to develop the Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment, or CAUSE, program.
  • FedRAMP milestone update: CSPs compliant with new NIST controls and 'high' security baseline coming

    Molly Bernhart Walker
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    The General Services Administration provided an update on how the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program is meeting milestones and laid out new deadlines as part of a Dec. 16 press briefing and the release of the program's roadmap. 
  • GSA wants agencies to have a greater hand in FedRAMP, outlines 2-year strategy

    Molly Bernhart Walker
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    "There's been some confusion that FedRAMP is GSA, and FedRAMP is the JAB, but really FedRAMP is a program that is governmentwide in nature and has stakeholders across the government," said FedRAMP Director Matt Goodrich. A new plan aims to refocus the program on agency stakeholders and further spread the responsibility for authorizing cloud services.
  • Agencies not always leveraging FedRAMP correctly in cloud contract language, say GSA officials

    Molly Bernhart Walker
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Two and a half years in, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which aims to help agencies and departments more quickly and securely procure cloud services, is being adopted in pockets across the federal government, but not always correctly, say General Services Administration officials during a Dec. 16 press briefing.
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    SMP Updates

  • IBM Radically Simplifies Cloud Computing Contracts

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Receives Industry Award for Slashing Complexity and Boosting Speed of Signing Cloud AgreementsARMONK, N.Y/PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it radically simplified and made it easier for customers to enter into cloud computing se...
  • Australian Marketers Not Afraid to Experiment With Content Marketing

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:24 pm
    CLEVELAND/PRNewswire/ -- Australian marketers are focused on better understanding their audience and are willing to try different content marketing tactics to engage with them. That is just one of the many insights in one of the most highly antici...
  • - Price Comparison and Product Discovery Portal Launched for India With $100K in Angel Funding From The Netherland

    9 Dec 2014 | 10:36 pm
    MUMBAI/PRNewswire/ --Online price comparison and product discovery portal,, owned by Mumbai based YouTellMe Media Pvt. Ltd., has launched in India. The company raised about $100K from Dutch early stage investment firm Bright Ventures...
  • Datacloud Global Congress & Exhibition 2015

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:56 am
    Datacloud Global Congress &amp; ExhibitionDate: 3-4 June 2015Location: Monaco Many of you will still know the event as Datacentres Europe / Enterprise Cloud Forum. This two day international congress and exhibition&nbsp; now rebranded as Datacloud...
  • Datacloud South East Asia Malaysia 2015

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:50 am
    Datacloud South East Asia MalaysiaDate: 25-26 March 2015 Location: MalaysiaDatacloud South East Asia will assess the energy, scalability, security, architecture and software challenges confronting datacentres, and how enterprises can successfully ...
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    Paragon Software Blog

  • A special Christmas bundle from Paragon is packed with the new product releases!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    A package deal of both tools for the price of one available until December 30th, 2014! The company is happy to announce the release of Paragon Disk Wiper 15 Professional – for the most secure data protection on hard drives and SSDs – and Paragon Backup & Recovery 15 Home – an easy-to-use data and PC system backup [...]
  • Paragon Software extends alliance with Lanix to provide backup and recovery technology for popular PC and notebook offerings

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:21 am
    Agreement Boosts Data Protection for Manufacturer’s Key Product Lines Serving Mexico and Central and South American Markets Paragon Software is happy to announce a new technology alliance with Lanix, a multi-national system manufacturer headquartered in Mexico. The new agreement builds upon their existing partnership and calls for Lanix to license Paragon Backup & Recovery software for use in [...]
  • Unbeatable Black Friday deal from Paragon Software

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Make use of 20YEARS/20MINUTES/$20 deal! Still celebrating “20 years Paragon” we are happy to announce Black Friday deal with 80% off on the most popular essential, all-in-one data management solution for Windows PC users working in physical or virtual environments, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Professional. The software tool will be available at only 20$ starting November 28, 2014, [...]
  • Paragon Software zips into 20th Anniversary with special offers on all products!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Great savings on essential software tools now until November 20, 2014! It’s Paragon Software Group’s 20th anniversary and everyone gets deals! The company celebrates its 20th anniversary by giving out a 20% discount on all products, including the latest editions of its flagship tools, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15and NTFS for Mac 12. The sale starts today and goes [...]
  • Paragon Software releases cost-effective data protection bundle for Windows Server essential customers

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    Backup and Disaster Recovery Leader Addresses SMBs’ Data Protection and Disk Optimization Needs with a Comprehensive Package for Windows 2012 Server Essentials Licenses Paragon Server Essentials Bundle for Windows gives small to midsize business (SMB) customers purchasing a Microsoft Windows 2012 Server Essentials license a cost-effective yet comprehensive solution for protecting the data within their organization. Now [...]
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    MarkjOwen's Blog

  • All I did was post a diagram on LinkedIn – I didn’t realise that I was going to learn so much

    30 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I’ve been trying to get my head around business and data modelling. Two acronyms came up … UML, and BPMN. I understood that they were both Very Important. Certain sources promoted BPMN, while others maintained that UML was actually better… … Continue reading →
  • The best no-bullshit “Rules of Networking”

    29 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    The question was asked, on Quora,  “How do I get better at networking?“ There were 38 answers. The response that got the most upvotes, was the one by Zach Freedman. Someone who tells it like it is. His response was … Continue reading →
  • Six models of Organisation

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The following is sourced from Imaginization: Six Models of Organization (An excerpt from Imaginization: The Art of Creative Management ) Model 1 is the classical bureaucracy, carefully blueprinted into functional departments, run from the top by the chief executive through … Continue reading →
  • A insightful observation on communicating with technology, or “What’s better than texting”?

    11 Nov 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Text-speak came into existence in December 1992.  It was a quick way of typing SMS messages on mobile phones, back in the days when it was slow and laborious, having to bash away at the keypad with your thumbs. Thanks to … Continue reading →
  • How to Explain Big Data to your Grandmother

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Solink recently published an infographic with the title “How to Explain Big Data to your Grandmother“. It was put together for The Grandma prize, at Montreal’s Internatonal Startup Festival. To claim this prize, you have to break your idea down to … Continue reading →
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    Mindtree Blogs

  • Host Card Emulation (HCE) technology will drive mobile payments in 2020

    Indy Sawhney
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    72 billion to 195+ billion a year by 2020. Yes, you read it right the first time! This is how much the mobile payment industry will grow as per a recent report by Juniper Research (Source: Juniper Research – Mobile Commerce Markets: Key Sector Strategies, Opportunities & Forecasts 2014-2019 – This finding is the […]
  • Technology does not disrupt business – CIO day 2014 Roundup

    Anshuman Singh
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Unilever CEO, Paul Polman, famously said that said that before long he could see provenance (i.e. origin, birthplace) being added to the six Ps of marketing. I am sure our guest speaker Nektarios Misios who’s the Global Marketing Manager (Digital) at Royal Friesland Campina (FC) couldn’t have agreed more. At the recently concluded CIO Day […]
  • Apple Pay – The Best Is Yet To Come

    Indy Sawhney
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Apple Pay has been a sensation since its release in Oct 2014! Apple has single handedly christened Near Field Communication (NFC) as the touchless payment mechanism for the payment industry worldwide. They have on-boarded tons of merchants onto the program, which is perhaps their biggest contribution to the NFC community. Google, Samsung and others in […]
  • Digital transformation is a business transformation enabled by technology

    Amit Varma
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Digital transformation – this is one phrase that we seem to be hearing almost everywhere. Over the course of my interactions with enterprises all over, I’ve realized that it really means many different things to many people. And interestingly, the one notion that I’ve heard being voiced very often is that it is something that […]
  • Embracing Disruption: IGD Convention 2014 Roundup

    Balaji Narayanswamy
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:44 pm
    In the not-too-distant past, the traditional practice of making 2-4 trips to the supermarket each month was still very much the norm. But omnichannel commerce has changed that drastically. According to IGD Chief Executive Joanne Denney-Finch, today’s average shopper makes 24 trips per month across channels to buy grocery items. IGD champions the cause of […]
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    The Accidental Successful CIO

  • Why The Singapore Stock Exchange Problem Is The CIO’s Fault

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Bad things have been happening at the Singapore Stock Exchange Image Credit: Reuters Stock exchanges are challenging businesses to run. The people who use stock exchanges, stock traders, banks, brokers, etc. move very fast. The phrase “time is money” was invented to describe these people. They have a desperate need to be able to communicate with other people in a very rapid and very reliable way. Literally millions and perhaps even billions of dollars depend on their ability to do this. Lately over at the Singapore Stock Exchange they have not been able to do this and the person…
  • What CIOs Need To Know About (Social) Networking

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Networking is all about meeting new peopleImage Credit: Freelancers Union As CIO you know that despite the importance of information technology, networking is so much more than just connecting servers with cables. It turns out that it has a lot to do with meeting new people and expanding your social network. This is valuable stuff. Now the big question is how to go about doing it correctly…? Networking 101 Ok, so I’ve gotten you to agree that this networking thing is important. That’s an important first step. Now what? The first thing that you need to realize is that the…
  • CIOs Need To Know: Is There Such A Thing As Safe Social Networking?

    3 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    You can never be too cautious when it comes to social networkingImage Credit Congratulations CIO: the world that you are operating in has become a lot more complex lately. What this means for you is that you’re going to have to determine what the new rules are for being successful in this world are and how to maximize the importance of information technology for your company. One area that is going to require a great deal of study on your part is the complex world of social networking: what is permitted and what is going too far? The Problem With Social Media As the person with…
  • How CIOs Can Get Travel Expenses Under Control

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    CIOs can end up spending a lot of their limited budget on travelImage Credit As the person with the CIO job one of your greatest challenges is to find ways to keep your department’s spending under control on top of the everyday challenge of letting the rest of the company know about the importance of information technology. One of the biggest drains on your budget can be travel expenses. What you need to do is to find a way to keep your travel expenses under control without appearing to come across as an overbearing boss. The Problems With Micromanagement Let’s face it, expense…
  • How Can CIOs Command The Room During A Speech?

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s not enough to just give a speech, you have to command the room Image Credit One of the joys (?) of being the person with the CIO job is that you often get asked to make speeches where you can talk about the importance of information technology. Everyone thinks that you know what is going to happen in the future and they are hoping that if they can get you to deliver a speech, you just might let a hint of the future slip out. These are great career opportunities; however, in order to make the most of them you need to know how to command the room during your speech. It’s All…
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    Application Integration

  • The End of SHA-1: Are You Ready for What’s Next?

    Eric Raisters
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Since the mid-1990s, SHA-1 digital certificates have been the standard used across the Internet to verify user and device identities. SHA-1 certificates have existed for years on nearly every server and client computing device, providing the foundation for trusted communications between user devices. But now, this fundamental trust relationship has changed. With recent advances in computing power, the bad guys have finally figured out how to weaken the SHA-1 hashing algorithm—which means that it can no longer be relied on as a standard. A breached SHA-1 certificate platform can lead to all…
  • Reflections on BrainShare 2014

    David Fletcher
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    By The Dave & Kris Show This year’s long-running BrainShare conference in Salt Lake City in early November was the first year that Attachmate participated and overall it was a huge success. The event provided a welcome opportunity for those of us on the Reflection product team to meet some of our great customers and get their feedback on our products; share best practices; and strengthen synergies with partners and our sister companies NetIQ, Novell, and SUSE. And although BrainShare coincided with “Movember”, we decided to grow beards rather than moustaches to commemorate the…
  • Micro Focus International Completes Merger with the Attachmate Group

    Bret Fitzgerald
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    NEWBURY, UK – 20 November, 2014 – Micro Focus International (LON: MCRO) today announced the completion of its merger with the Attachmate Group under the terms of the definitive agreement disclosed on 15 September, 2014. Micro Focus International is a global leader in infrastructure software that understands the technology needs and challenges of the world’s most demanding businesses. The enlarged company has significantly increased scale, with combined revenues of $1.4B, more than 4,500 employees, more than 5,000 partners operating across more than 30 countries and a customer base well…
  • Attachmate Reflection for UNIX, iOS and Android Edition

    David Fletcher
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Attachmate announces the release of Reflection® for UNIX, iOS and Android editions, the mobile version of its industry-leading terminal emulation software. Reflection for UNIX is the first enterprise-grade SSH client for mobile devices for connecting to UNIX and Linux systems, providing IT administrators with access anytime, anywhere. Let’s take a quick look at some of the new features: Top features in Reflection for UNIX include: Optimized user experience for maximum efficiency and consistency with modern applications. Support for multiple sessions so administrators can access multiple…
  • The Attachmate Group announces intention to merge with Micro Focus

    Bret Fitzgerald
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:36 pm
    The Attachmate Group a privately-held software holding company owned by an investment group led by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital, Elliott Management and Thoma Bravo, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Micro Focus. The transaction is expected to close on November 3, 2014. It is subject to customary closing conditions, including Micro Focus shareholder approvals and regulatory approvals under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. The Attachmate Group and Micro Focus are two well-established enterprise software companies with distinguished track records…
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    IT Manager Daily

  • What your users really think about data security

    David King
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    A new survey finds users have a low opinion of IT. Nothing new, there except this wrinkle: Their complaints aren’t about service, they just think IT isn’t doing a very good job of data security.  Most in IT would be surprised to hear that users give data security much thought at all outside of regular training sessions or  security audits. But according to a Varonis survey by the Ponemon Institute: 71% of users said they have access to company data that they shouldn’t be able to see, and a third of users (33%) said that protecting critical company information was either…
  • How to Use IT Analytics to Achieve Better Business Performance

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    The pressure for businesses to get the most out of their IT environments is fuelling interest in IT analytics. Ask yourself “Are you looking to gain optimum efficiency and output from your IT department?” Are you feeling the pressure to prove the value of your IT department back to the business? Do the words “IT analytics” make you feel confused and overwhelmed? More than ever, IT Analytics is a crucial factor in helping businesses optimize performance and increase profits. Download this whitepaper to find out how to use IT analytics to achieve better business…
  • 6 keys for preventing cloud transition nightmares

    David King
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    Many organizations think that the prep work for a new cloud storage or hosting option is hardest part. But evaluating vendors, choosing a plan of attack and beginning the migration process can only be the beginning of companies’ problems.  A survey by THINKstrategies and INetU finds that the transition to the cloud often isn’t smooth, even after most companies have had plenty of practice moving to it. For instance: 43% of companies have had stalled or failed cloud implementation or hosting implementations 70% had to make changes to their original plan during migration, and more…
  • Sony’s reminder to users: Email never dies

    David King
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    Every once in a while a story comes along that gets different reactions from different groups. For IT, the reaction to Sony’s leaked emails was, “Well, yeah, of course that shouldn’t have been put in writing.” For users, it was, “Wait … you mean those weren’t completely private?”  IT is used to the ins and outs of email: hitting delete doesn’t make a message go away forever, anything that’s said on company email belongs to the company and not the users, etc. But for most users these basic facts are still surprising. Then an incident…
  • Finding the Best Phone Systems Companies

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you need to replace or upgrade your business phone system, finding a reliable, trustworthy phone system company is potentially more important than the telephone hardware you choose. Ultimately, the best telephone systems companies are those that treat your business like a partner, taking the time to understand your needs so they can offer a solution that you’ll be happy with. The first step in finding the best phone system company is using BuyerZone’s free phone system request service to get connected to qualified suppliers in your area. Click here to learn more!   The post…
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    mrc's Cup of Joe Blog

  • 7 big Business Intelligence trends to watch in 2015

    Joe Stangarone
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Summary: As we generate more data than ever before, Business Intelligence is becoming even more important. But–driven by recent trends–Business Intelligence is undergoing some major changes. Learn why, and what changes we can expect in the near future. We’re in the middle of a data explosion. To what extent? Consider these statistics: photo credit: PublicDomainPictures via pixabay cc - According to stats mentioned in a recent study, data is growing by 40% every year. - According to the same study, the amount of new data created on the web is doubling every two years. - According…
  • There’s still time to win an iPad Mini in our 2014 Giveaway!

    Joe Stangarone
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Summary: Have you entered our 2014 Giveaway yet? Hurry, there isn’t much time left! Just a quick reminder…our 2014 Giveaway is still open, but only for another week. This means there’s still time to win an iPad Mini, just in time for the holidays. How can you enter? Just complete this short survey, and you’re in! What about the rules? Yes, there are a few rules: You must be at least 18 years old and a current subscriber to the weekly Cup of Joe email to be eligible to win. If you don’t already receive the Cup of Joe email, just enter your email address in the box on the right…
  • Weekly Recap: 9 enterprise tech trends for 2015, the first step to analytics, and more…

    Joe Stangarone
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Summary: In this week’s article roundup, we learn why CIOs and mobile leaders think mobile app development is too slow, security trends your business should watch for next year, one common theme you’ll find in next year’s tech trends, and more. 9 enterprise tech trends for 2015 and beyond A common thread runs through most of the trends mentioned in this article: Open source is leading the way in technology development. The simple model of open source development appears to be having an impact on enterprise app dev. Businesses are moving away from the proprietary technology…
  • 7 problems that slow down web development

    Joe Stangarone
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    Summary: As technology evolves, web application development is playing an increasingly important role in the business world. More and more, application development speed directly contributes to a company’s competitive advantage. The problem: Many companies still struggle in this area. Learn which problems slow them down, and how to fix each one. In a Wall Street Journal article a few years back, Marc Andreessen explained “Why software is eating the world.” It’s hard to argue with him. photo credit: geralt via pixabay cc We see examples of software-driven companies ousting established…
  • Free Educational Webinar: Intro to jQuery

    Joe Stangarone
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Summary: The most popular Javascript framework available, jQuery offers a simple way to add powerful Javascript features to your web apps. Used by many of the largest companies on the web (like Google, Netflix, Microsoft, and more), this open-source framework powers web applications across the internet. If you’d like to learn more about jQuery, and how you can use it in your web apps, join us for this free webinar. jQuery is the most popular, open-source Javascript library available today. With its “write less, do more” tagline, it has a simple purpose: Make Javascript easier to…
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    Information Space

  • iSchool Alumna Interview at NYLA: Sue Kowalski

    Anjali Parasnis-Samar
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    This is the last of three interviews I conducted with iSchool alumni at the New York Library Association (NYLA) conference in Saratoga  Springs about their involvement in NYLA and their advice for MLIS students who are thinking about getting involved in professional organizations. You can read the other interviews here and here. I spoke with Sue Kowalski, who is currently a librarian at Pine Grove Middle School in the East Syracuse-Minoa School District. She is Councilor-at-Large for NYLA, and she has just finished a three-year term as president of the Section of School Librarians (SSL).
  • Google Genomics: Taking DNA Research to the Cloud

    Tim Kowalsky
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Google is going to forever change how the scientific community conducts research on DNA with its latest cloud computing service, Google Genomics. According to the product’s official site,”Google Genomics provides an API to store, process, explore, and share DNA sequence reads, reference-based alignments, and variant calls, using Google’s cloud infrastructure.” Despite only recently grabbing the media’s attention in-force, Genomics was unveiled last March. The MIT Technology Review reports that the launch flew under the radar due to a high number of other…
  • CODE: Bringing the Tech Gender Gap to Light

    Megan Minier
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    This past weekend I stumbled upon the teaser for what I think might be my future favorite film. After being inspired in under four minutes and reminded why I work everyday to make my industry an equal place for both genders, I dove deeper into the background of the film and its progression from an idea to reality. What exactly is CODE? CODE is a documentary aiming to “debug the gender gap.” Not only does it illuminate the gender gap in the tech field,  it also takes a holistic approach and deciphers why this gap is present to begin with. It specifically revolves around the gender…
  • Got a Celebrity App for That?

    Aimee Lockhardt
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Some of the biggest names in the entertainment business have turned their talents to apps. InfoSpace takes a peek at a few of them. These days it is not enough for celebrities to tackle film or music alone. They design clothing lines, are restauranteurs, write advice columns, create perfumes, and are now even developing their own apps. In a Time article, Courtney Subramanian writes that celebrity apps have become the latest trend in personal branding for stars. Creating or partnering on a mobile/tablet app not only shows the celebrity is up-to-date when it comes to the latest technology…
  • iSchool Alumna Interview at NYLA: Rebecca Lubin

    Anjali Parasnis-Samar
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    While at the New York Library Association (NYLA) conference in Saratoga Springs on November 5-8, 2014, I interviewed three iSchool alumni on their thoughts about the value of getting involved in professional organizations. This is the second interview in that series. You can read the first one here. Rebecca Lubin is the Head of Branch Services for the Delaware, Howe, and North Albany branches of the Albany Public Library. She has been the President of the Leadership and Management Section (LAMS) of NYLA, and she is currently serving a three-year term as Councilor-at-Large for NYLA Council.
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  • Warid Offers Free 4G LTE Data for 6 Months with Every iPhone 6 Purchase

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:20 pm
    As you know all Telecom companies in Pakistan have launched iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus from their platform. Now Warid offers free 4G LTE data for 6 months with every iPhone 6 purchase. Warid is offering free 4G LTE trial services as well. Following are the prices offered by Warid for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 […]
  • PTCL Signs Agreement with Bahria Town to Deploy ICT Solutions

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    PTCL has inked a MoU agreement with Bahria Town for deployment of Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and services in Bahria Town, Lahore.  The strategic partnership shall enable residents of Bahria Town to experience the state-of-the-art telecommunications services of PTCL including Voice Telephony, Broadband Internet,  SmartTV as well as EVO Wireless Broadband internet services.  The […]
  • Mobilink Invites Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel to Pakistan

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Mobilink recently hosted the first ever visit of Evan Spiegel, CEO of SnapChat to the sub-continent. Evan, who recently was declared as the most influential new media figures under the age of 30 of the year 2014 was invited by Mobilink as a means to share knowledge about international trends in data and app development […]
  • 4 Tips for Design Productivity in Digital Age

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Being productive when it comes to design is perhaps the biggest anathema for creative artists, simply because the brainstorming process consumes about 70% of the time it takes to complete a project. And so if after all the hard work, a designer is told that he needs to change his design, he might just well […]
  • Microsoft and HEC Meet to Review Progress on Education Alliance

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Microsoft and Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan held a meeting in Islamabad, to review progress on the “Education Alliance”. This initiative has been launched by Microsoft and HEC to provide access to Microsoft software, improve technical skills, trainings, infrastructure & cloud services programs to university students and faculty members all over Pakistan. The benefits […]
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    Complete IT Professional

  • 5 Things To Ask Your Boss to Improve Your Work

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    When we are looking to improve our work and get better at what we do, there are many things we can do. Training, speaking to team members and doing research are just some of them. How about speaking to your manager? This is a good way to get better at what you do, and I’ve listed five things you can ask to improve the way you work.Ask Your Boss Is There Anything I Can Improve On?This is quite a direct question but it’s a good one to ask.Asking your boss if there’s anything you can improve on will hopefully give you a pretty good idea of what can be done. The aim is to get a…
  • 8 Tips for How To Improve Your Motivation for Programming

    8 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Do you struggle for motivation for your programming career sometimes? I know the feeling. I’ve listed a few ways on how to improve your motivation for programming in this article.Sometimes it can be hard to get motivated to program. Going to a job and doing the same thing over and over again, while feeling the pressure from your boss and others in the company, being told to do things that don’t make sense.How do we become more motivated to write code? Let’s have a look at a few things we can remember that may improve our motivation. Remember You Are Creating Something…
  • 6 Ways To Improve Your Development Team Meetings

    1 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Do you regularly go to meetings with your software development team? Do you feel like they could be better? Learn some tips on how to make them better in this article.1 – Set An AgendaProbably the easiest way to make a development team meetings better is to set an agenda. I’ve mentioned this in other articles on meetings as I think it’s important.An agenda is a pre-determined list of points that will be discussed at the meeting. It’s usually set by the team leader or the person who organises the meeting. Depending on the type of meeting and the projects you’re…
  • 11 Ways to Save Time as a Programmer

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Is your day as a programmer always busy? Do you find that you never have enough time for things at work? There are a few things that you can do to save time as a programmer.Use the Windows Startup FolderOne of the most helpful things that I’ve done to get more time in my day is to use the start up folder in Windows.If you’ve never heard of it, let me explain. It’s a folder on the start menu called Startup. You can add shortcuts into this folder, and every time your computer starts up, they automatically run.I’ve found this to be a big time saver, especially in the…
  • 4 Ways To Improve Your PHP Developer Salary

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you’re a PHP developer, then this article will be useful to you. I’ve researched the average PHP developer salary and included a few tips for you to earn more than the average.What is the Average PHP Developer Salary?This article is a part of my salary improvement series, which has covered a few roles already. I’ve gotten some of the data from Payscale and performed my own analysis on it, giving you some actionable advice on how you can improve it.So, let’s start with the figures.The average PHP developer salary in the US as of November 2014 is $57,042.Let’s…
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    About G2 Crowd

  • G2 Crowd: Best of 2014 Award Winners (Part One)

    Daniel Honigman
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    With 2014 nearly in the books, we wanted to look back at some of the products that made an impact on our site throughout the year – and there were many. How did we go about doing this? We dug into our data set from more than 20,000 reviews to determine the top-rated products based on survey criteria in our product review form. From here, we were able to develop our very first “Best of 2014″ lists. (Data accurate as of December 17, 2014.) In this post, you’ll find lists of the top products site wide in the following categories, based on reviews that were written in…
  • G2 Crowd announces Winter 2015 rankings of the best time tracking software

    Daniel Honigman
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Five platforms earn High Performer status while Replicon and Harvest top overall satisfaction rankings in crowdsourced report CHICAGO – December 18, 2014 – The first Grid℠ report for time tracking software, announced today by business software review site G2 Crowd, ranks nine products to help purchasers in their selections. The Winter 2015 report is based on more than 220 reviews written by business professionals. The Grid℠, which is created from G2 Crowd’s software review engine, factors in customer satisfaction reported by users and vendor market presence determined from social…
  • G2 Crowd Publishes Winter 2015 Rankings of the Best Project Management platforms

    Daniel Honigman
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Two platforms earn Leader status while Wrike tops overall satisfaction rankings in crowdsourced report CHICAGO – December 16, 2014 – The first-ever Grid℠ report for project management software, announced today by business software review site G2 Crowd, ranks 15 products to help purchasers in their selections. The Winter 2015 report is based on more than 600 reviews and ratings from business professionals. The Grid℠, which is created from G2 Crowd’s software review engine, factors in customer satisfaction reported by users and vendor market presence determined from social and public…
  • Andy McAdams: G2 Crowd Member Q&A #12

    Daniel Honigman
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    Our latest featured member is from the Keystone State, more specifically Western Pennsylvania. Andy McAdams is a software product manager at Victory Media, and a frequent G2 Crowd reviewer. To be considered for a future Q&A, just write a few software reviews on the site and email dhonigman-at-g2crowd if you’d like to partipicate. Learn more about Andy – and some of his favorite tools – after the jump. Name: Andy McAdams Location: Western Pennsylvania Position/Company: Software Product Manager, Victory Media Twitter: @Serrenity Linkedin: What…
  • G2 Crowd announces Winter 2015 rankings of the best payroll software

    Daniel Honigman
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:48 am
    Three platforms earn Leader status while SurePayroll tops overall satisfaction rankings in crowdsourced report CHICAGO – December 11, 2014 – The first Grid℠ report for payroll software, announced today by business software review site G2 Crowd, ranks 12 products to help purchasers in their selections. The Winter 2015 report is based on more than 275 reviews from business professionals. The Grid℠, which is created from G2 Crowd’s software review engine, factors in customer satisfaction reported by users and vendor market presence determined from social and public data to rank…
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  • Experts Warn of Mobile Security Risks During the Holidays

    Posted by Yorgen Edholm
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    More U.K. employees are using mobile devices for work, but many of these workers are careless about mobile security. This carelessness is creating new security risks, that attackers are exploiting, which is especially risky during the holidays when more workers than normal may be accessing content...
  • Employees a Greater Threat to Data Security than Cybercriminals

    Posted by Yorgen Edholm
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new survey of IT professionals by Dimensional Research makes two things abundantly clear: The most important vulnerability in enterprise mobile security is employee behavior. 87% consider careless employees a greater threat than cybercriminals. “Employee actions have the highest impact on...
  • The Need for Secure Mobile Apps

    Posted by Paula Skokowski
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The growth of mobile devices in the enterprise is well documented, but the critical concern now facing IT organizations is how to secure enterprise content on the shifting mix of mobile devices and platforms. The results from two recent surveys on mobile security indicate that while employees are...
  • Nearly Half of Workers Expected to be All-In on Mobile Devices within a Year

    Posted by Paula Skokowski
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    For several years, surveys by iPass and others have been reporting that mobile workers are carrying multiple mobile devices—three on average, according to a 2013 survey of mobile workers in the U.S. Now a new survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute finds that within 12 months nearly half...
  • Securing Enterprise Content in A Mobile World

    Posted by Yorgen Edholm
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    We are at the start of a decade long mobile revolution in the enterprise software industry with applications being designed now with specific enterprise mobile use cases in mind. Smartphones and tablets have been on the market since 2007 and there are a tremendous number of consumer apps, but...
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  • I (don’t) like Big Buffers.

    Ed Henry
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Recently Arista released a white paper surrounding the idea that having deeper buffers running within the network can help to alleviate the incast congestion patterns that can present when a large number of many-to-one connections are happening within a network. Also known as the TCP incast problem. They pointedly targeted Hadoop clusters, as the incast problem can rear its ugly head when utilizing the Hadoop Cluster for  MapReduce functions. The study used an example of 20 servers hanging off of a single ToR switch that has 40Gbps of uplink capacity within a Leaf/Spine network, presenting a…
  • PlexxiPulse—Reflections in Networking

    Mat Mathews
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    2014 was a busy year in networking, and our friend Marcia Savage did a great job of summarizing the industry highs and lows – from ACI to white box switches – this week in a slideshow for Network Computing. It’s definitely worth a read before you head out for the weekend. Check out Marcia’s year end wrap up below as well as other happenings in the networking space this week. In this week’s PlexxiTube video of the week, Dan Bachman explains how Plexxi incorporates optical transport into datacenter transport fabrics. Computer Weekly: Cisco is missing the transition to software-defined…
  • The Network as a Complex Distributed System

    Marten Terpstra
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Through I landed on this article on discussing the complexity of distributed systems. Through some good examples, George Neville-Neil makes it clear that creating and scaling distributed systems is very complex and “any one that tells you it is easy is either drunk or lying, and possibly both”. Networks are of course inherently distributed systems. Most everyone that has managed a good sized network before knows that like the example in the article, minor changes in traffic or connectivity can have huge implications on the overall performance of a network.
  • PlexxiPulse—Facebook’s New Network

    Mat Mathews
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    The internet has been buzzing about Facebook’s redesigned datacenter architecture. Facebook, which is used by more than 1.35 billion people, recently restructured their infrastructure to increase flexibility and agility to rapidly adjust to application requirements. Our own Marten Terpstra shared his take on the redesigned infrastructure this week on the Plexxi blog—it’s definitely worth a read. Below we share some of the articles that covered Facebook’s new datacenter architecture, as well as other happenings in the networking space this week. In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week,…
  • Is the Facebook DC Architecture right for you?

    Marten Terpstra
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    A few weeks ago Facebook announced their new datacenter architecture in a post on their network engineering blog. Facebook is one of the few large web scale companies that is fairly open about their network architecture and designs and it gives many others the opportunity to see how a network can be scaled, even though the scale is well beyond what most will need in the foreseeable future, if not forever. In the post, Alexey walks through some of the thought process behind the architecture, which is ultimately the most important part of any architecture and design. Too often we simply build…
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    GlobalDots - CDN, Security and Performance Solutions

  • What is DevOps and How You Can Benefit from It?

    Goran Čandrlić
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    DevOps seems to get a lot of heart in the tech world lately, but few people really understand the meaning of it and it’s optimization capacity it holds. According to a CA Technologies survey, 45% of respondents didn’t know what DevOps is, and 17% think it’s just hype. Let’s take a closer look what DevOps really means and what’s the concept behind it; What is DevOps? DevOps literally means developers and operations. It’s a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and IT professionals.
  • Google Launches Open Web Of Things, Mobile is Taking Over and more news

    Goran Čandrlić
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:42 am
    Google launches the ‘Open Web of Things’, inviting research proposals to advance the Internet of Things Image source Google is setting up an open innovation and research program to formalize and push forward much of the research, standards, security, systems, and more that will feed in to this much-mooted “connected society” and inviting research proposals from academics interested in embarking on a “cross-disciplinary expedition intended to address the complex challenges and opportunities before us as we explore the next generation of systems, services and Internet-connected…
  • SMB Cloud Adoption, Big Data Business, IoT Predictions for 2015 and Why is Web Getting Slower

    Goran Čandrlić
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    The Web Is Getting Slower, At Least in How We All Experience It The posibility of the Internet slowing down is very much a reality, not a posibility. Akamai’s analysts suggest that the Internet is getting slower, due to the way that the Web is being used. The mobile surfing phenomenon affected the nature of web browsing. Nowdays, we are more likely to surf the Web from a mobile device, using a wireless broadband connection, we face the increased possibility that we’ll see performance problems that we wouldn’t see on a PC or laptop. Image source: Wired In a mobile first Web, high…
  • How To Evaluate & Choose Your DDoS Protection and Mitigation Solution

    Goran Čandrlić
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    The impact of DDoS attacks is much more than meets the eye. Not only can these attacks inflict huge economic losses, they can also have a serious impact on the reputation and image of the victimized company or organization. Research has shown that it takes at least 10 hours before a company can begin to resolve an attack, while it takes 4.5. hours on average before the attack even gets detected and an additional 4.9 hours before mitigation can begin. The average cost of an attack like that is $100,000 per hour, meaning that a DDoS attack can cost 1$ million before an Internet-reliant firm…
  • The Web is Getting Slower and What Else is New?

    Goran Čandrlić
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    The Web is Getting Slower – the Why’s and the How’s Despite the technological advancement and a breakthrough in CDN the Internet is getting slower. The main 2 reasons are: The Internet architecture is complicated, outdated & ever expanding With mobile, the Internet is used in radically different ways today Image source Internet is crucial for companies nowadays, but firms fail at application performance optimization, and for 4 main reasons: Digital experience delivery is complex Physically getting content to end-users is complicated. There are both front-end and back-end…
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    Insights in IT Security

  • Oh Network Tree, Oh Network Tree, I Want To Work Remotely

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thinking of working remotely this holiday season? Why stop there? Working remotely, when done with the proper planning, can be a great boon to any business. Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as having said: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Well, when you take the daily commute out of the picture your teleworkers will be healthier, and wiser, while your business can enjoy the wealth.
  • [Infographic] Do you want to make a password?

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    “You are not a special snowflake… But your password can be one.” The sad fact is, your passwords probably aren’t beautiful and unique snowflakes. Fortunately, you can improve them! Just CLICK HERE to download the full pdf version of the infographic. If fancy graphics aren’t your cup of tea, just read on and we’ll cover the tips in text…
  • Retailers love the Holidays... and so do Hackers

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    How many customers do you think will shop at your local retailers this year? People spend a lot of money over the holidays. For retailers, this means an increase in customers and, the “holiday rush”, often necessitates the hiring of temporary holiday staff to handle everything in a timely manner. This influx of customers invariably results in a very happy holiday as far as retailer profitability is concerned. For hackers, the increase in customer data at easily infiltrated businesses makes for a felonious festive feast.
  • [New eBook] 5 Ways That A Password Management System Can Help Your Business Grow

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As the first chapter of a two-part eBook series, the title of our newest eBook leaves nothing to the imagination.   How exactly can a password management system grow your business? Simple, by driving efficiency, making compliance a snap, decreasing the turmoil of employee turnover, and enabling the addition of new employees.
  • Christmas Lists Are Consistent, Your Passwords Shouldn’t Be...

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    If your password list is anything like this one, coal should be the least of your worries. You had better not shout or cry but, if you let your users pick their own passwords, I’m going to tell you why… To be more specific, I’m going to tell you why that’s a terrible idea.
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    PagerDuty Blog

  • New! Automatically Resolve Email Incidents with Email Parsing

    David Shackelford
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Our newest feature, Email Parsing, enables you to automatically resolve incidents from your email integrations. With this feature, you can now automatically resolve email incidents, and you can add custom text from the emails into the incident. This helps keep everybody in the loop when your systems recover, as well as improves the accuracy of resolution time reporting. How it Works To automatically resolve email incidents, you’ll want to set up your monitoring service to send an email at the onset of an incident (Trigger Emails) as well as when the system returns to normal (Recovery…
  • So, What is ChatOps? And How do I Get Started?

    Eric Sigler
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Help your teams communicate and collaborate better You’re probably hearing the word ChatOps more and more – at conferences, on Reddit and Hacker News, around the water cooler (or keg) – but what does it actually mean? And why and how would you implement it at your organization? ChatOps, a term widely credited to GitHub, is all about conversation-driven development. By bringing your tools into your conversations and using a chat bot modified to work with key plugins and scripts, teams can automate tasks and collaborate, working better, cheaper and faster. Here’s the 30,000-foot view:…
  • PagerDuty + App Hub

    Kristen Ribero
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Making it even easier to deliver great customer experiences Customer communication is a key part of successful incident response. We’re excited to be a part of the new App Hub to make it even easier for customer support teams to collaborate with IT and Engineering teams on critical incidents by having all their necessary tools in one place. With the and PagerDuty integration, customer support teams can automatically be notified if critical, high-priority tickets are opened in their helpdesk. Traditionally if a critical customer has an issue in the middle of the night, the…
  • How to Ditch Scheduled Maintenance

    Julie Arsenault
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    You like sleep and weekends. Customers hate losing access to your system due to maintenance. PagerDuty operations engineer Doug Barth has the solution: Ditch scheduled maintenance altogether. That sounds like a bold proposition. But as Doug explained at DevOps Days Chicago, it actually makes a lot of sense. Scheduled maintenance tends to take place late at night on weekends—a tough proposition for operations engineers and admins. Customers require access at all hours, not just daylight ones. And scheduled maintenance implies your system is less reliable than you think, because you’re…
  • October Hackday: iOS 8, Dev Docs ChatOps, and more

    David Shackelford
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    We love hackday here at PagerDuty – it’s a great opportunity for everyone at the company to work on projects they’re passionate about, get the creative juices flowing, and see how we can mix up the tools and technologies we know to help out our users and each other. Last month was one of PagerDuty’s most exciting hackdays, with a great mix of cool “What if?” projects, open source contributions, and little tools to help out around the office. We’ve really been enjoying iOS 8 here, and love all the new APIs that came with it. Steve won our “Awesome” category with a proof of…
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    Information Security Buzz

  • Disrupting the Internet in 2015

    David Bisson
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:05 pm
    It’s the time of year when everyone is making predictions and top 10 lists. Even top 10 lists of top 10 lists. Looking back at the past year, some might say that 2014 was the Year of Encryption, and I would tend to agree. From the revelations in the wake of Snowden to the seemingly unending waves of SSL vulnerabilities, encryption has never ceased being top-of-mind. In my view, our hyper-awareness of encryption in the last couple of years will be the catalyst for the two most disrupting events to come in 2015: the ratification by the IETF of both HTTP 2.0 (HTTP/2) and TLS 1.3. With the…
  • The Evolution of the IT Professional

    David Bisson
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    By 2022, tech jobs are projected to have grown by 18% from today’s figures. The tech sector is not just getting bigger; it is also changing shape as new skills come to the fore and older roles diminish. What skills will be most needed in the future and just how has the sector transformed over the last 25 years? Our infographic looks back to look forward and charts the ongoing evolution of the IT professional. Free eBook: Modern Retail Security Risk – Get your copy now. We kick off in 1990 with the release of Microsoft 3.0 and the challenge it posed to the dominance of Apple Macintosh.
  • TorrentLocker Ransomware Rampaging Through Europe

    David Bisson
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    ESET has analysed a widespread case of ransomware generally known as TorrentLocker, which started spreading in early 2014. The latest variant of the malware has infected at least 40,000 systems in the last few months. TorrentLocker has mainly targeted users in Europe, but it has also infected users in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This family of ransomware encrypts documents, pictures, and other files on users’ devices and requests a ransom to return file access. Its typical signature is paying ransom solely in crypto-currency – up to 4.081 Bitcoins (1180€ or $1500). Free…
  • Survey Reveals Security Shortcuts Taken by ‘Privileged Users’ During the Holidays

    David Bisson
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Results of a survey with ‘privileged users’* conducted by BalaBit, an IT security innovator specialising in log management and advanced monitoring technologies, reveals that a combination of irresponsible user behaviour and weaknesses in the protection of networks could create a greater risk of a data breach occurring during the holiday period than at any other time of year. With the festive season approaching, most respondents (70%) still expect to use the downtime to connect to the network or check in on emails, with more than a third (39%) logging on to access emails several…
  • Lessons Learned From 2014 – The Year Of The Breach

    David Bisson
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:05 pm
    2014 is being called “the year of the breach” due to a number of businesses falling victim to major cyber attacks. During the past year, we have seen a particular attack vector in the UK that is frustrating many security experts – web attacks where the infiltration method and the exfiltration method are one and the same. Attackers are siphoning data over days, months, and in many cases years, incidents whose scale adds to the fear of social engineering becoming a prime method of introducing malware into an organisation. This presents organisations with the challenge of how best to…
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    Alinous-Core Blog Update

  • Alinous-Core 2.1.52 Update Note

    10 Dec 2014 | 6:29 pm
    On creating Alinous Document CMS, I've added a lot of functions to the Alinous-Core Programming Language, and component using it. On next update, I'm going update the examples of project to show you how to program.
  • Mobile usability error on WebMaster tool's decreased

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Last time, I wrote my website has a lot of Mobile Usability errors on the Google Webmaster Tools. But I fix them by making mobile pages, it come to decrease.
  • Updated Alinous-Core 2.1.51

    8 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    I've updated Alinous-Core 2.1.51. The change of this version is written at Alinous-Core 2.1.51 Update Note.
  • Handling Redirection on using smartphone page

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:49 am
    Recently, responsive web design is recommended by google. That is because there are a lot of redirection miss on smart phone pages.
  • Html Pagination meta tag support

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    There are some Alinous Document CMS's templates with pagination, and now adding pagination support for CMS template.
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    A Tech Journey

  • Setup iCloud Drive after OS X Yosemite update

    Anup Raman
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:42 am
    Apple introduced iCloud Drive with OS X Yosemite update. It is basically the virtual disk drive with a new name and a whole set of new features. iCloud Drive is a file and document management solution across IOS and OS X platforms. You can store upto 15GB of files, including any file types. It also […]
  • Speed up device after OS X Yosemite upgrade

    Anup Raman
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:07 am
    Your Mac, iPad or iPhone can get slow after doing an OS X Yosemite upgrade. This is a common occurrence as there can be multiple reasons as to why the device is slow. Here are some steps that you may try on device to speed up performance. This can be tried on older device as […]
  • How dangerous are Spam Mails

    Anup Raman
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:29 pm
    The word Spam, the first thought that comes to our mind is the chain of emails inside our inbox with eye catching subject and information about wonderful products sent by a user that you don’t recognize. These emails are considered nuisance, but not a threat unless you mess with the contents inside these spam mails. […]
  • Use Search Engine Operators for effective Google Search

    Anup Raman
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Plenty of websites and webpages are added every day, every hour on the largest network of computers which is the World Wide Web. For every topic that you want to search for, there are thousands and sometimes millions of webpage that is associated with this search query. Out of these search results, not all websites […]
  • Use LinkedIn to find dream job

    Anup Raman
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:27 pm
    With the rise of internet and social media, it has widened your chances of finding a variety of jobs that you are qualified for and get discovered by recruiters. Gone are the days when you have to keep updating your word document, CV up to date and apply whenever a job is available. Even though, […]
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  • Top 10 Interesting Facts About Hollywood You Should Know

    Sumanth Veera
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Top 10 Facts About Hollywood Hollywood, one of the most desirable places in the world, has got lot of secrets and interesting history within itself. Hollywood gave the world lot of millionaires and also paupers. But the journey of Hollywood from the start to being a legend today isn’t so simple as it seems. From the start of ‘Hollywoodland’ sign to the now Hollywood sign, there is a lot of history involved. The name Hollywood was given by the real estate developer Hobart Johnstone Whitley while on his honeymoon in 1886. How enchanting it is ? The suicide of Peg Entwistle and…
  • Top 10 Awesome Christmas Life Hacks

    Sumanth Veera
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Christmas is almost here. Everyone around the world is already excited about the Christmas celebrations which involves unlimited fun and enjoyment. Even though Christmas is lot of fun, it also involves a lot of work to be done before which is really stressful. But there is no need to worry about if we could follow some simple tips and life hacks, which may help us to enjoy the holiday to the full of it. So today in this post i’m gonna share with you an awesome infographic which explains us about Top 10 Christmas Life hacks, so that we all can enjoy the holiday to it’s fullest.
  • Watch Famous Movie Trailers Recreated With LEGO Characters

    Sumanth Veera
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Watch famous movie trailers in a complete LEGO version. Didn’t get it ? Then read this. The trailer of famous movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens,  Star Trek into Darkness, The Dark Knight Rises, Iron man, Captain America 2, Guardians of the Galaxy were recreated with LEGO characters accurately . You can watch the LEGO version of those movie trailers from the videos below. Guardians of the Galaxy Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier Star Trek Into Darkness Iron Man 3 [Side by side comparison of Original and LEGO version] Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Dark Knight Rises…
  • Get 93% Off On The Premium Photoshop Add-On Bundle

    Sumanth Veera
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    If you’re a Photoshop expert or just learning to operate it, this deal is a perfect one for you. You can improve or enhance your Photoshop projects with this awesome Premium Photoshop Add-On bundle. This premium Photoshop bundle consists of 4 elite course and more than 1500 assets to use in your projects. This is perfect once in a lifetime deal for everyone whose field of involves Photoshop. Normally this entire premium bundle costs around $589 which is so expensive. But FactsnFakes readers can get this deal for just $39, which is a huge 93% discount. Know more about this Bundle or to…
  • Three Grandmas Smoke Weed for the First Time and This is Hilarious

    Sumanth Veera
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    In this video, three grandmas smoke weed for the first time in their life and the outcome is so damn hilarious. This video is viral everywhere on internet and you shouldn’t miss this. This video is made by folks at in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is now legal, so we’re sure that no laws were broken by making this video and during this video. The post Three Grandmas Smoke Weed for the First Time and This is Hilarious appeared first on FactsnFakes.
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    Certification Magazine

  • A guide to cooling PCs for CompTIA A+ certification

    Emmett Dulaney
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The processor within a PC has evolved over the years, and with the addition of more processing power comes more heat in the case — and the need for more advanced cooling methods. This is a topic that regularly appears on the CompTIA A+ certification exams and is currently listed beneath objective 1.6 of the 220-801 exam. There are a few different types of CPU cooling methods, but the most important can be grouped into the categories of heat sinks, thermal paste and liquid-based methods. We will take a look at both methods in the following guide to cooling — extracted from the CompTIA A+…
  • Addressing common cloud computing misconceptions

    Mary Kyle
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:55 pm
    This feature first appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Certification Magazine. Click here to get your own print or digital copy. Would you like to store this on your cloud drive? Cloud drive? Honestly, I didn’t even know I had a cloud drive — but the question really wasn’t surprising. Whether we realize it or not, the cloud has become an integral part of our daily lives. Whether we’re consumers, enterprise-level business associates, or somewhere in between, the cloud is changing the way we communicate with others, access personal media, play games, conduct business, collaborate, and…
  • CertStudent: Perseverance pays off for energetic teaching assistant

    Haylee Vallejo
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
     CertStudent  is a regular feature that profiles students of all ages who are pursuing certification at schools, in training programs, and on their own time (and own dime). Know an interesting  CertStudent ? Share the details with us at editor (at) certmag (dot) com. At Mountainland Applied Technology College (MATC) in Lehi, Utah, Jed Patrick works hard at training his information technology students. Of those students, you will find no one more determined to succeed than Patrick’s lab assistant, Trevor Steele. Like many other people, Trevor’s passion for technology started as a child.
  • CompTIA wants to help you wow recruiters and land an IT job

    Jake Slater
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Ever wondered what the top employers in the tech industry are thinking when searching for a new hire?  That wondering seems justified when you think about everything that those employers have to consider when looking for a new IT employee. Leading IT industry association CompTIA recently posted some job seeking tips for IT job hopefuls, given from a hiring professional’s point of view. The blog post features interviews with three recruiters from popular IT companies: Hillary Campbell of Check Point in Redwood City, Calif.; Bryan Powell of VMware in Palo Alto, Calif.; and…
  • Salary Survey: Tell us about your IT

    CertMag Staff
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    To skip our lovely introduction and get with the Salary Survey already, click here. IS IT MONEY, or the milk of human kindness that makes the world go ’round? Trick question: Information technology (IT) makes the world go ’round. And successful IT requires smart people who have a high degree of expertise. IT pros don’t gain all of that breadth and depth of knowledge just by snapping their fingers, of course. Education, experience and personal aptitude all play a role. So does certification. As technology evolves, certification helps skilled professionals stay abreast of the…
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    Hi-Tech ITO » Hi-Tech ITO Blog

  • Android along with Google, Paving its way to your Cars, Watches and TVs

    Chirag Shivalker
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Google, exponential substitute for the term “SEARCH” over a decade now, is most likely to be seen on your TV, in your car and surprisingly on your wrist as well. This development came in to existence upon the announcement made by the tech giant, to be a host for new Android products. The Android One initiative is lucrative enough for smartphone makers and others in the “ecosystem” to pool resources and standardize hardware platforms to offer “turnkey solutions “for manufacturing handsets, which give consumer satisfaction. Read Full Story: Android along with Google, Paving its way…
  • Ecommerce Design Trends for 2014

    Rahul Vyas
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Where is ecommerce designing trends going? Year 2014 witnesses some great advancements in ecommerce web design industry, responsive website designing, finger friendly interfaces, integrating more content on single page, and attractive fonts are few of them to name. More often ecommerce companies tries to push a sales or increase conversion, the less attention they are paying in showcasing their passion for product and UX (User Experience). Poor website design causes waste of time, frustrates visitors and waste ad dollars. One can surely expect considerable number of site redesigns in coming…
  • Grow Your Business with ERP Solutions

    Rahul Vyas
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    Streamlined, leaner and more focused enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions is what is in demand in digital and mobile world. ERP integration provide an efficient way of modernizing business management solutions quickly and economically. Enterprise Resource Planning helps build a strong foundation for your business. ERP business solution helps integrate technology with all the business processes and functions being performed with single software. ERP business software also helps your customers by allowing easy and extremely user friendly transactions. Grow your business with ERP…
  • Looking Beyond A Responsive Web Design – ‘Tagged Mobile Friendly’

    Chirag Shivalker
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:43 am
    Millions of mobile users across the world today, are the potential visitors to your websites. And designing a website that caters to the requirements of these users, and provides them a better surfing experience is of utmost importance. While we discuss about Website for the mobile users – did ‘responsive web design’ just flash through your mind? Well if it did! Then, it is important to understand that there is much more to a website designed for the mobile users than just – responsive. Even Google acknowledges this, and terms it as not ‘responsive’ but as a mobile friendly…
  • Shall I Outsource or Hire, for my IT Project?

    Rahul Vyas
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    A recent survey suggests that approx. 50 percent companies had an IT project failure in past 12 months. There can be various reasons for the failure; but one of the prominent reasons that surfaced during this survey was the inappropriate decision to outsource vs hire for your IT project. These two facets of a coin, requires lot of intellectual thinking to make an informed decision. Hence the question still remains whether one should outsource their IT project or hire an IT developer team for their IT project. This article tries to find out the answer to this question. Read more on limitations…
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  • 22-23 January, 2014- Business Analytics Summit, Las Vegas

    Eileen McNulty
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    The Business Analytics Innovation Summit provides 30+ industry case studies and over 20 hours of networking opportunities across 2 days. Make sure to check back regularly for schedule additions and changes. If you are interested in presenting at this event then please contact David Barton today to submit your proposal. Topics covered include: Business Analytics Use Cases from Industry Speakers Capitalizing on the Power of Big Data Predictive Analytics Logical Data Warehousing Analytics for the Future Real Time Analytics Consumer Analytics Further information and registration can be found here…
  • Jumping from PhD to Data Scientist: 3 Tips for Success

    William Chen
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    William is a Data scientist at Quora, interested in data-driven decision making to improve both product and business. Always interested in learning new things and exploring the ubiquity of data in everyday life. The Interviewees DJ Patil is VP of Product at RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce). He’s held many other roles, including former Chief Scientist at LinkedIn. DJ co-coined the term “Data Scientist” and co-authored Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century. DJ transitioned into data science following a research scientist position at University of Maryland.
  • Predictive Analytics Firm Blue Yonder Raises $75 Million

    Dan Gray
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Global private equity firm Warburg Pincus have committed $75 Million to the growth of predictive analytics industry leader Blue Yonder. The investment adds Warburg Pincus to the existing group of investors which includes OTTO Group and the founders. Blue Yonder has strong foundation in the European retail market, with customers including the Next, Otto Group, EAT, dm, Bauhaus  and supermarket chain Kaiser’s Tengelmann. A recent expansion into other verticals including industrial and transport, and logistics adds customers such as Eurotunnel, Lufthansa Systems and Bosch to that…
  • Viktor Mayer-Schonberger on Big Data’s Role in Society and Culture

    Jennifer Chan
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    I recently sat down with Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, co-author of the 2013 bestseller Big Data: A Revolution and Chair of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, to talk about the meaning, implications and possibilities of ‘Big Data’ today. In our exchange, we touched on the debate between causality and correlation, the relationship between data and faith, and the idea of ‘digital forgetting’, among other things that reflect the role of data in our digital age. It’s a pleasure to interview you Professor Mayer-Schönberger. First off, let’s…
  • Stanford Researchers Invent Multistoried Chips to Address the Rise of IoT and Big Data

    Eileen McNulty
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    Researchers at Stanford University have come up with a new high-rise chip that is “smaller, faster, cheaper – and taller”, owing to the stacking of requisite components. The IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting which was held at San Francisco, between December 15th and 17th, witnessed the team present a paper about the skyscraper chip’s architecture. Headed by Subhasish Mitra, associate professor of electrical engineering and of computer science, and H.-S. Philip Wong, the Williard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor in Stanford’s School of Engineering, the team…
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    Geeks On Site

  • Essential tips to consider when buying a laptop!

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    There are many different laptop sizes, features and prices, which makes it a challenge to pick the appropriate one based on your needs. Follow these tips that can help you make the right decision when buying a laptop: 1. USE: All-Purpose: to do a little bit of everything you can consider anything from an inexpensive 15-incher to a lightweight 11- or 13-inch system. Business/Productivity: to write and edit texts, manipulate spreadsheets and create presentations, you’ll want a laptop with a good keyboard, durable design and sharp screen. Gaming: to play high-end games, go for a laptop with a…
  • ATTENTION: New computer virus locks files and demands payment!

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    It’s called the CryptoLocker 2.0. It blocks users from accessing their files, steals valuable information, and then makes you pay to get it back. You accidentally click a bad link on the web and then you’re encouraged to download Adobe Flash. Once it’s on your computer it spreads and then locks you out. Your files are locked away using ‘bank-level’ encryption, so even with the most advanced technology, it could take decades to decrypt. Once you’re infected, keep in mind that the only way to get access to your files is to pay up. Depending on how valuable…
  • How to Install a DVD or CD Drive on a Computer

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    You may have heard friends talk about “burning” their own custom CDs and DVDs, and you’re wondering how you can do it yourself. With a rewriteable CD Drive, you can burn your own disks. You can install a rewriteable optical drive by following these steps: Choose the right DVD drive: Check the system requirements of the DVD drive to make sure your computer is capable of supporting it. Read the installation instructions that come with your DVD drive or CD drive: Some DVD drives require that you install drivers or software before you open your computer and install the DVD drive…
  • Important tech terms!

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Do you ever find yourself confused when you hear terms like UI and UX? Or maybe you’re all about downloading the “latest apps”, but you’re not totally sure what “app” actually means. It’s time to start learning some of today’s most important tech vocabulary. Here are the definitions of 10 tech terms that you hear on the daily: The Internet vs. the Web -Internet, is millions of computers interconnected in a global network, these can talk to each other to send and receive data around the world in the instance of a second. -Web is the system where some of that data is kept in the…
  • Mozilla accidentally left email addresses out in the open!

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Email addresses and encrypted passwords of around 97,000 users who tested early builds of the Bugzilla bug tracking software were left exposed for three months following a server migration. The new data security breach resulted from database dump files being left in an unprotected location on a server for around three months beginning May 4th. The files had been generated during the migration of a testing server for early builds of the bug tracking software, according to Mark Côté, the Bugzilla project’s assistant lead. Users of, the official Mozilla bug tracker…
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    Xperts InfoSoft Pvt. Ltd.

  • Let’s Ring the Christmas Bells with These Wonderful Christmas iPhone Apps

    Katie Stanfield
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Christmas is a wonderful festival where Santa comes and gifts you with your desired wishes. But if you do not have patience and want to celebrate Christmas right now you can enjoy your Christmas with these amazing 25 iPhone and iPad apps. Have a look: A Charlie Brown Christmas Get it for $6.99 Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts group as they set out on an experience to find the true importance of Christmas. Described by Peter Robbins, the first Charlie Brown’s voice, with soundtracks from the show, this intelligent storybook with advanced outlines and animation will bring warmth…
  • 15 Magical Secrets to Enhance Your Social Media Engagement

    Anna Brown
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:33 pm
    You have done everything for you website and are ready to promote it on the internet. You are ready with the social media pages, profiles, profile pictures, beautiful cover photos, brilliant reviews and a bunch of new likes. This is amazing. It is really good that you are getting engaged with people and are making bonds with them. Keep on working this way and give your competitors a tough job with your social media shares, likes and everything. What? Your social media profiles are not working properly? You are unable to generate traffic and people are not participating on your social media…
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    Solve Ltd » Blog

  • Finding IT Support Services For Businesses In Washington, DC

    Solve Ltd
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    Businesses’ interactions are primarily focused on routine and daily business tasks that take up time and heavily rely on the dependability of their computers, networks and servers among other computing devices. Solve Ltd. understands how daunting it can be, and time consuming for businesses to search for reliable and trustworthy IT support services in Washington, DC. That’s why Solve Ltd. is dedicated in offering fundamental IT support services, with primary focuses on introducing an IT service tailored to your business’ needs. To enable top performance by your computer and its devices,…
  • Managed Security Services

    Solve Ltd
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
  • Are You Prepared? Cyber Criminals Are Targeting More Small Businesses!

    Solve Ltd
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    What can you do as a small business owner to protect your company and your company’s vital information? Solve Ltd. has various solutions for all small business owners that will eliminate the worries and headaches. The last thing you need to concentrate on is the safety and reliability of your computer and networking system. Solve Ltd. offers products that can help you keep your business’ information stored properly and securely, while ensuring smooth functioning and continuation of daily business routines. The ability to network with efficiency and perform tasks becomes easy and less…
  • 7 Reasons Every Business Owner You Know Should Purchase a Server

    Solve Ltd
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    In order to keep up with today’s demands in the business world, a business owner needs to stay afloat with the aid of current technology trends and updates. One important aspect of successfully maintaining a progressive business is to purchase a server for several reasons: A business’ data is an important factor that contributes to, and permits the growth of a business. Securing and protecting the data is just one of the many reasons a business owner should seriously consider purchasing a server. With the ability of automatic backing-up of files on computers, ensures that pertinent…
  • Why You Need An IT Managed Service Provider When Relocating

    Solve Ltd
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Let’s face it, most business owners do not have the knowledge and expertise to maintain their business’ technology infrastructure. While most small businesses do not have a need for a full-time IT employee, it is a good idea to at least hire one when the business is moving from one location to another. When your company is relocating to a new office space, an IT service provider can manage everything your company needs. Whether you need to break down and set up your company phone system, to install new servers in the new office space, or any number of other IT related tasks, and IT…
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    IAO IT Solutions

  • HP ProCurve J9560A 1410-16G 16 Port 100/1000 Mbps Unmanaged Network Switch

    IAO IT Solutions
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    Vendor: HP Type: Network Switches Price: 100.00 1x Good Working Condition HP ProCurve J9560A 1410-16G 16 Port 100/1000 Mbps Managed Network Switch
  • HP EliteBook 8530P FM881UT Windows 7 2.4 Ghz Proc 4 GB Mem 256MB ATI Video Card 120GB SSD

    IAO IT Solutions
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Vendor: HP Type: Ruggedized Laptop/Tablet Price: 500.00  1x Off Lease Good Working Condition HP EliteBook 8530P FM881UT Windows 7 2.4 Ghz Proc 4 GB Mem 256MB ATI Video Card 120GB SSD Power Plus Portability. At only 1.1 in mm thin with a starting weight of just 6.3 lbs the HP EliteBook 8530p Notebook PC delivers exceptional graphics and performance in a powerful yet portable 15.4-inch diagonal notebook.   Related products   Technical Specifications Audio Audio High Definition Audio, stereo speakers, stereo headphone/line out, stereo microphone in, integrated dual-microphone array…
  • Thecus N5200Pro 4TB iSCSI NAS Server w/ 5x 1TB Western Digital Hard Drives

    IAO IT Solutions
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Vendor: Thecus Type: Servers Price: 600.00 1x Off Lease Good Working Condition Thecus N5200Pro 4TB iSCSI NAS Server w/ 5x 1TB Western Digital Hard Drives Since its introduction, the 4-bay N4100 NAS device from Thecus has been winning numerous recommendations from such renowned media as Hardware Zone, Hexus, and Tom's Hardware Guide. Today, Thecus Technology, a leading provider of digital storage solutions, is proud to launch its RouStor™ series. Thecus' RouStor™ series combines Thecus' award-winning NAS technology with routing capabilities into a single device. The result is an all-in-one…
  • Cisco HWIC-2FE 2 Port Fast Ethernet High Speed WAN Interface Card HWIC New In Box

    IAO IT Solutions
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Vendor: Cisco Type: Routers Price: 900.00 1x New In Box Cisco HWIC-2FE 2 Port Fast Ethernet High Speed WAN Interface Card HWIC The Layer 3 Cisco 1- and 2-Port Fast Ethernet High-Speed WAN interface cards (HWICs) (see Figures 1 and 2) supported on Cisco Integrated Services Routers offer small-to-large-sized businesses and enterprise branch-office customers the option to add Layer 3 routed ports with many advanced features, including quality-of-service (QoS) and rate-limiting capabilities. Figure 1. Cisco 2-Port Fast Ethernet Layer 3 HWIC for Cisco Integrated Services Routers
  • HP ProCurve J9022A 48 Port 100/1000 44 Port 4 SFP Managed Network Switch

    IAO IT Solutions
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Vendor: HP Type: Network Switches Price: 400.00  1x Off Lease Good Working Condition HP ProCurve J9022A 48 Port 100/1000 44 Port 4 SFP Managed Network Switch The HP 2810 Switch Series consists of two switches: the 24-port HP 2810-24G Switch with 20 10/100/1000 ports, and the 48-port HP 2810-48G Switch with 44 10/100/1000 ports. Each switch also has four dual-personality ports for RJ-45 10/100/1000 or mini-GBIC fiber Gigabit connectivity. Ideal for high-performance and secure 10/100/1000 connectivity, the 2810 switch series offers access security and advanced prioritization and…
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    Potknox Blog

  • How to stay productive when you aren’t in office
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:16 am
    We know how terribly hard it can be to focus on your work when you aren’t in office. When you’re away from office, your boss and your colleagues, it’s harder than ever to concentrate and keep the faith that what you do, matters. Productivity hacks are one things, but the freedom of being in the comfort of your own home, wearing, eating and doing whatever you want whenever you want to, offers pure, unadulterated distractions which are a whole other ballgame, one that can throw you off yours. Not only are freelancing and working-from-home becoming commonplace practices, there…
  • Why is hiring programmers so difficult?
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    This was a question asked on Quora that we just couldn’t help but answer because it essentially questioned our existence as a whole. Our Marketing Major gave an insightful, well thought out reply, that we’d love to share with you: So, why is hiring engineers so G$% D#$% difficult? 1. Everybody wants them As JP Rastrullo forner staffing agency Sourcer and Recruiter. Current Talent Acquisition Specialist in the Software/Advertising industries, said on Quora, “Engineers are in high-demand. Across the board (software, hardware, mechanical, electrical etc), there are fewer…
  • Psychometric Tests in Hiring: What, Why and How
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    To say that the importance and relevance of psychometric data is a matter of debate would be a gross understatement- parties on both sides of the issue have diametrically opposite viewpoints, but there’s no denying that there is something to talk about. Source: Clearlife UK  What Psychometric? The word psychometric essentially means “the measurement of the mind”; what Psychometric Assessments attempt to do is remove some of the ambiguity in screening processes by making it less dependent on variable factors, and more on easily quantifiable factors. Psychometric testing…
  • 4 Most Exciting Things About Working at a Startup
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    Being startup enthusiasts ourselves, and having more than a few serial entrepreneurs in the house, we have had our fair share of the excitement and thrill of adventure that comes only with working in a startup- you gotta live it to believe it.  Here are 4 super exhilarating things about working in a startup, that make us want to get out of bed every morning: Got Ilk? When you’re sitting at the same table or in the same room for hours at a stretch, you’re bound to find out things about each other that you wouldn’t in a regular office with cubicles and distance, like the…
  • You Can Do It! Real World Advice on Getting Your Startup Published
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    Right after we got published on YourStory and Product Hunt, we had a flood of questions from our peers which fell somewhere between “How much did you pay?” and “Who did you know?” We understood where they were coming from; just a couple of weeks back, we were spending a number of nights wondering what it would take for us to get our big break and be published on a traffic hungry site like YourStory, where one simple article can send your back links through the roof. Next we’re targeting Mashable, Tech Crunch, Next Big What, CNET and the like, because let’s face it,…
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    Technology Education News

  • 3 Signs You’re Not Encouraging Your Fellow Software Developers

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    Whether you’re the most experienced senior developer on your team or brand new to programming, the dynamic of your team is crucial to the success of your department. Even more than that, your team dynamic is crucial to your own happiness at work. You spend more than 2000 hours with your coworkers each year and encouraging them is the best way to foster a good relationship and keep them (and yourself) productive, efficient and happy. Sound logical? It is. TINYPULSE recently found that employee happiness is more dependent on co-workers than direct managers. You may think you have a pretty…
  • What 2015 Technology Predictions Mean for Developers

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    In order to be a successful application developer and programmer you have to stay up to date on the cutting edge of technology and, in some cases, ahead of innovative technologies. As 2015 comes to a close we’re seeing more and more predictions come out as to what to expect as far as innovation goes. It’s important that programmers make sure that they are developing applications that will accommodate for these changing technologies. In order to do that, they must increase their knowledge base to allow them to continue developing in each space.  But what are these predictions and what…
  • 4 Tips for Cultivating Rock Star Developers

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    One of the most difficult things about recruiting and managing an amazing team of developers is keeping them motivated and keeping their skills refined. You want to make sure that they have the right tools, the right people and the right knowledge to get the job done. You want to encourage them to be motivated without overloading them. It’s a fine art and can become very overwhelming at times. If you’re looking for a few suggestions for supercharging your development team, these four tips for cultivating rock star developers can help:
  • 4 Things to Remember with Pair Programming

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:48 am
    “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford  Paired programming as defined by Wikipedia (sometimes referred to as peer programming) “is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work as a pair together on one workstation. One, the driver, writes code while the other, the observer, pointer or navigator,[1] reviews each line of code as it is typed in. The two programmers switch roles frequently.” It is touted for the benefits of teamwork, the clean code that it produces, and the skills that it…
  • 5 Ways to Avoid Common IT Training Mistakes

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” – Alan Lakein Have you ever blindly gone into a situation without a plan in place? Even if you happened to have a positive outcome, it was probably a stressful situation.  Having an IT training plan for the upcoming year is a proactive way to prepare your team to meet their goals in 2015. To position your team for success, make sure that your approach is timely and that your training plans align well with your developer/company goals. This helps prevent the mistake of making a plan without all the required details and input on the business…
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    Continuity Software

  • Are you ready for the Infrastructure Mania?

    Roy Goffer
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    Now there is another good reason to get excited about this time of the year, as Continuity Software launches Infrastructure Mania. Infrastructure Mania is an online contest offering IT professionals the opportunity to showcase their infrastructure knowledge and win a great prize. This year we are awarding the winner a brand new Apple iPad Air 2. At the center of the contest this year is a datacenter infrastructure diagram containing (at least) 21 hidden misconfigurations and best-practice violations. IT pros are invited to try and find as many of those issues as they can – issues that…
  • Why You Cannot Afford IT Infrastructure Glitches This Holiday Season

    Roy Goffer
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Christmas shopping spree are just around the corner. With this short period accounting for about 30% of annual retail sales, IT teams are going the extra mile to ensure continuous availability for all critical systems. Online and brick-and-mortar retailers alike simply cannot afford any IT glitches that affect service availability or data during this busiest time of year. Digital Systems and Their Impact on Business The growing prominence of e-Commerce shopping is well established. But not only are people buying more online, digital activities are also…
  • 6 Steps to Ensure Service Availability

    Roy Goffer
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    The IT environment faces challenges on a daily basis. Data protection and continuous service availability are two specific areas that pose increasing challenges to IT-intensive businesses. As the IT landscape becomes ever-more complex, IT teams are finding it progressively more difficult to ensure compliance with vendor best practices. Since there are regular configuration changes in IT infrastructure, there are bound to be discrepancies between Production and Disaster Recovery systems and between the various nodes of High Availability environments. The fact of the matter is that many of…
  • The Top 10 Cluster Availability Risks

    Roy Goffer
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    Information Technology systems exist in a highly complex, fluid and dynamic framework. High Availability systems are particularly vulnerable to misconfigurations and drifts that are caused by the daily maintenance done on the entire cluster infrastructure. In this post, we will examine the Top 10 cluster availability risks that exist in datacenters worldwide. We will examine what causes these problems, what impact they have on the IT infrastructure, and then explore possible solutions. Here are the top 10 cluster availability risks. #1 Incomplete Storage Access by Cluster Nodes If you…
  • The spookiest IT infrastructure threats

    Roy Goffer
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    In the spirit of Halloween, we wanted to talk about some of the scariest IT scenarios that can really bring down critical components of your IT infrastructure. Will we talk about powerful hurricanes? Fire? Maybe Cyber-attacks? The actual threats to your critical systems may surprise you. So join us for a 30-minute webinar and find out: Which threats are most likely to cause downtime of critical services? What are the 6 best practices that can help you contain these risks and prevent downtime? Lessons learned from one of the world’s top banks Date: Wednesday, October 29 Time: 2:00-2:30 pm…
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    Articles - Saxons IT Solutions

  • Scalable And Cost Effective IT For Startups

    Phil Bickerton
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Starting a business can be a lot of hard work, as trying to get a business off the ground and building a solid customer base isn’t easy. Still, hundreds of new businesses are set-up every day across many different industries. If everything goes well, setting up a business can be extremely rewarding for those involved. Even though you may believe in your business 100%, there will always be risks with any new venture. All start-up businesses will have challenges to navigate and common mistakes to avoid. With careful advanced planning, some businesses may get through a disaster and be able to…
  • 13 Mind-Blowing Tech Gifts For Christmas 2014

    Katie Clinch
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:02 pm
    It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…. and the ultimate question is upon us ‘what to buy!?’ We all know that festive socks are the fastest way to your sweetheart’s heart, but this year- why not try something a little bit different? Something innovative, something Tech-savvy and undeniably fun? Here at Saxons, we have created the a list of awesome tech gifts for 2014  as a guide for all technology junkies. From the basic stocking-fillers to the most exuberant in gimmicks, we have got it all! Photo: How I See Life – – CC…
  • 10 of the Best Apps for a Crisis Free Christmas

    Katie Clinch
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    With the festive season just around the corner, at Saxons, we can’t wait to get out the tinsel, put up some sparkling Christmas lights and hear all those festive tunes come back on the radio! Although Christmas is perfect for spending time with family and friends, it can also become a stressful time. You’ll put up all the decorations, run around the shops to find the perfect presents and worry about whether your turkey is big enough for the whole family. Photo: Joe Buckingham – – CC BY 2.0 So we’ve pulled together some of our…
  • Is cloud computing a more environmentally friendly choice?

    Phil Bickerton
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Many companies are moving part or all of their systems to the cloud in order to gain from the benefits this type of system provides, such as cost savings and flexibility. However, cloud computing is also a much more environmentally friendly choice, when compared to running servers from within your individual business. Research suggests that for a large enterprise, making the switch would actually save 30,000 metric tonnes of CO2 within five years, which is the equivalent to almost 6,000 cars off the road! Take some time to think about how many businesses there are in Australia and across the…
  • Common collaboration mistakes and how to avoid them

    Phil Bickerton
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Businesses are becoming more and more spread out, due to the advances in technology that allows us to work from all over the world. We no longer need to physically be in the office, when we can access our documents from any device, communicate with people from anywhere and even work with teams of people via the internet. In this article, we’ll discuss collaboration specifically, and take a look at how you can work with your colleagues on a task, simply by going online. We’ll also review some of the key mistakes that are made and provide solutions to encourage the success of your…
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