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  • A Baby Boomer’s Education about Baby Boomers

    AccuQuote Blog
    Byron Udell
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    In the back to school swirl that we’re in, I thought I’d teach the readers of this blog about a group I’m very familiar with: Baby Boomers.  How familiar?  Well, I am one!  At 56, I’m a full fledge Boomer! Many people don’t even know what defines a Boomer, how large a group we are, or what we’re all about.  Well, let’s change that. Here’s a quick education on my people (stats courtesy of CNN.com) - Baby Boomers are defined as those born between 1946, the end of World War II, and 1964 (I came into this world in 1958!) - There are currently about 77 million Boomers in this…
  • New Resources APIs for the AWS SDK for Java

    Amazon Web Services Blog
    Jeff Barr
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    We are launching a preview of a new, resource-style API model for the AWS SDK for Java. I will summarize the preview here, and refer you to the AWS Java Blog for full information! The new resource-oriented APIs are designed to be easier to understand and simpler to use. It obviates much of the request-response verbosity present in the existing model and presents a view of AWS that is decidedly object-oriented. Instead of exposing all of the methods of the service as part of a single class, the resource-style API includes multiple classes, each of which represents a particular type of resource…
  • QUIZ: Do You Actually Know How to Swim?

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    Curtis Midkiff
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    For the past 100 years, we’ve been helping millions of kids, teens and adults learn how to swim and become lifeguards and instructors. This year, the American Red Cross launched a new national campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent in 50 cities over the next three to five years. The new Red Cross drowning prevention campaign comes at a time when a new national survey shows that people believe they are better swimmers than they actually are. The survey, conducted for the Red Cross, found that while 80 percent of Americans said they could swim, only 56 percent of the…
  • Fun and silly way to see San Francisco? Ride the Ducks!

    On the Go with Amy
    Amy Graff
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    One of the best — and most entertaining — ways to see San Francisco is on a Ride the Ducks tour, which you can pick up in Fisherman's Wharf.On these wild and raucous tours, a group of tourists load into a World War II amphibious landing craft that whirls around the city past the top sights and then drops into San Francisco Bay, offering breathtaking views of the skyline.Along the way a high-energy tour guide—who either drank eight cups of Starbucks before coming into work or is a close relative of Richard Simmons—shares facts about the city, plays high-energy music and cracks jokes…
  • Happy Labor Day From Bigelow Tea

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wishing you and your friends & family a Happy Labor Day!  Sangria anyone? #Bigelowfamily
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • A Baby Boomer’s Education about Baby Boomers

    Byron Udell
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    In the back to school swirl that we’re in, I thought I’d teach the readers of this blog about a group I’m very familiar with: Baby Boomers.  How familiar?  Well, I am one!  At 56, I’m a full fledge Boomer! Many people don’t even know what defines a Boomer, how large a group we are, or what we’re all about.  Well, let’s change that. Here’s a quick education on my people (stats courtesy of CNN.com) - Baby Boomers are defined as those born between 1946, the end of World War II, and 1964 (I came into this world in 1958!) - There are currently about 77 million Boomers in this…
  • Life Insurance 101

    Byron Udell
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    August is here, and while I only have one kid left in college, it seems all everyone wants to talk about this month is going back to school.  With that in mind, here’s a quick life insurance education.  Additionally, below I dispel some myths and confirm some facts about the most important product mankind ever invented (that’s right—what else allows you to replace your income for pennies on the dollar AND protect your family!?!  The wheel was a pretty valuable invention, so I’d listen to an argument for that). Group life insurance through your employer is sufficient…
  • Freedom On My Mind

    Byron Udell
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Even though the Fourth of July is in our rear view mirror, I’m still thinking about freedom. Believe it or not, life insurance and freedom are related.  When you or your family receives a death benefit, that money for the most part is delivered tax free.  When you know your family is protected, you are free from the heavy burden that comes with NOT having life insurance.  When you decide to do the right thing and get a quote, it’s FREE and takes only 5 minutes. You’re probably thinking, I’m healthy, I’m (sort of) young, I’m not going to die.  And you’re probably right –…
  • The Motley Fool Gets It Right

    Byron Udell
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    As Jason Hall adeptly points out in his piece on The Motley Fool, people are living longer these days.  That’s good to know, because it means I’ll have many more days like Tuesday – my birthday – in the coming years. Jason’s more important point in his story, in which I was heavily quoted, is that “you probably don’t have enough life insurance – if you have any at all.”  It’s refreshing to read a member of the media GET IT RIGHT.  So many journalists get it dead wrong when it comes to life insurance!  Case in point:  A former AccuQuote employee who still keeps an…
  • Everyone Has A Story...

    Byron Udell
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Calvin Lampert has been a customer of AccuQuote since 2006.  In 2012, Ishani and Cal completed a Policy Review analysis and together determined that Cal needed another $350,000 term policy because his other policy was expiring. Two months prior to Ishani’s call in 2012, Cal had just completed a physical exam; he was in perfect health. However, the carrier would not approve Cal’s new $350,000 term policy without additional testing.  Ishani never heard from Cal again until May of this year. It was quite an emotional reunion. After realizing it was Ishani, Calvin said, “I love you, you…
 
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    Amazon Web Services Blog

  • New Resources APIs for the AWS SDK for Java

    Jeff Barr
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    We are launching a preview of a new, resource-style API model for the AWS SDK for Java. I will summarize the preview here, and refer you to the AWS Java Blog for full information! The new resource-oriented APIs are designed to be easier to understand and simpler to use. It obviates much of the request-response verbosity present in the existing model and presents a view of AWS that is decidedly object-oriented. Instead of exposing all of the methods of the service as part of a single class, the resource-style API includes multiple classes, each of which represents a particular type of resource…
  • Amazon Zocalo - Now Generally Available

    Jeff Barr
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Amazon Zocalo has been available in a Limited Preview since early July (see my blog post, Amazon Zocalo - Document Storage and Sharing for the Enterprise to learn more). During the Limited Preview, many AWS users expressed interest in evaluating Zocalo and were admitted in to the Preview on a space-available basis. Today we are making Amazon Zocalo generally available to all AWS customers. You can sign up today and start using Zocalo now. There's a 30-day free trial (200 GB of storage per user for up to 50 users); after that you pay $5 per user per month (see the Zocalo Pricing page for more…
  • Enhanced Throughput for Provisioned IOPS (SSD) and General Purpose (SSD) EBS Volumes

    Jeff Barr
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Back in the old, pre-cloud days, updating your data center to use the latest and greatest hardware was expensive, somewhat risky, and resource intensive. You would have to make the capital investment to acquire new hardware based on your usual 3 or 5 year refresh cycle, field test it, and then migrate your systems and applications. The time between "I saw this cool thing and it could benefit our work" and "we are using this cool thing and it is benefitting our work" was often measured in quarters or years. Delays or inefficiencies in this process have the potential to affect the competitive…
  • AWS Week in Review - August 18, 2014

    Jeff Barr
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, August  18 We announced that the Amazon CloudWatch Logs Agent is now Available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS. A post on the High Scalability blog asked (and answered) the question "What would you build if you could process 1 Million database transactions per second for just $1.68/hr?" The answer included an EC2 instance (c3.8xlarge) and the Aerospike NoSQL database. Tuesday, August 19 We announced an Amazon SNS Update, with Support for Large Topics and MPNS Authenticated Mode. I published a…
  • AWS Pop-up Loft - Returning in the Fall!

    Jeff Barr
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Earlier this year we opened up the AWS Pop-up Loft for a pilot run of almost four weeks in San Francisco. During that time, many AWS developers dropped in to network, listen, learn, work, and socialize. Some developers came and enjoyed the structured, scheduled events. Others came in with their laptops, found a quiet corner, and spent some time working on their code. During my three day stint at The Loft, I met a number of interesting entrepreneurs and spent time learning about their plans to change the world. For example, I spoke with Cosmo Mielke of infino.me to learn more about his citizen…
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  • QUIZ: Do You Actually Know How to Swim?

    Curtis Midkiff
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    For the past 100 years, we’ve been helping millions of kids, teens and adults learn how to swim and become lifeguards and instructors. This year, the American Red Cross launched a new national campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent in 50 cities over the next three to five years. The new Red Cross drowning prevention campaign comes at a time when a new national survey shows that people believe they are better swimmers than they actually are. The survey, conducted for the Red Cross, found that while 80 percent of Americans said they could swim, only 56 percent of the…
  • Rip Currents – What Lies Beneath

    Sarah Layton
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    By Dr. Peter G. Wernicki As Hurricane Cristobal moves slowly up the Atlantic and Hurricane Marie tears through the Pacific, they are bringing high surf to vacation spots along both coasts and tempting surfers and adventurous swimmers to run headlong into the beckoning waves. But it’s easy to forget that beneath those breakers there may be a danger that doesn’t advertise: deadly rip currents that can pull surfers and swimmers too far out to sea. Unfortunately, every year, even strong swimmers drown due to rip currents they either didn’t expect or didn’t respect. So before you head to…
  • Q&A from Iraq: A Firsthand Account

    Sarah Layton
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    The American Red Cross is in northern Iraq providing relief to people seeking refuge from violence that has forced more than 650,000 people to flee to the Kurdistan region in recent months. In addition to a $50,000 contribution to provide humanitarian assistance to displaced families, the American Red Cross has deployed disaster specialist Stacy Ragan to support in assessment, coordination, information management and reporting—essential assistance for an emergency of this scale, which can overwhelm local Red Crescent branches. Ragan, manager of the American Red Cross International Response…
  • Mapping to Fight Ebola

    Kristiana Almeida
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Remember when you were a little kid and one of the first things you learned were shapes –squares, triangles, lines and circles. Those shapes that form when you are three seem so innocent and simple, but they are vital in the fight against the Ebola virus. On Friday, volunteers gathered at American Red Cross for an open source crowd mapping event with MapGive and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Square by square and line by line, volunteer mappers came together to trace neighbor’s homes, access roads and warehouses in parts of Sierra Lione and Liberia by using satellite imagery. These…
  • 150 Years of the Geneva Convention

    Kristiana Almeida
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    One hundred and fifty years ago, the original Geneva Convention—more commonly known as the rules of war—was created. These rules govern and limit actions that take place during armed conflict, such as the protection of civilians and the wounded. And while many people have heard of these rules in one way or another, many do not know that the creation of the Red Cross movement is at the very heart of these rules. After Henry Dunant, a Swiss businessman and social activist witnessed the atrocities of war during the Battle of Solferino in 1859, he recorded his encounter in the book A Memory…
 
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    On the Go with Amy

  • Fun and silly way to see San Francisco? Ride the Ducks!

    Amy Graff
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    One of the best — and most entertaining — ways to see San Francisco is on a Ride the Ducks tour, which you can pick up in Fisherman's Wharf.On these wild and raucous tours, a group of tourists load into a World War II amphibious landing craft that whirls around the city past the top sights and then drops into San Francisco Bay, offering breathtaking views of the skyline.Along the way a high-energy tour guide—who either drank eight cups of Starbucks before coming into work or is a close relative of Richard Simmons—shares facts about the city, plays high-energy music and cracks jokes…
  • Summer movie spots: Traveling to the settings of blockbusters

    Amy Graff
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    People from all over the world flock to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.Yes, Los Angeles dazzles with it's Hollywood charm. Everywhere you turn, you see a landmark (or a person) that appeared on the big screen. But across America, many other cities and towns have starred in blockbusters, from Astoria, Ore., where Kindergarten Cop and Goonies were filmed, to Philadelphia that's known for the Rocky movies, all six of them.PhiladelphiaMany of the scenes from the popular series of boxing movies—always a hit with teens—were filmed in Philly. In Rocky 2, Rocky proposes to Adrian at…
  • Spokane, Wash.: Family reunion at the Best Western Plus Airport Peppertree Inn

    Amy Graff
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    My family at the Best Western Plus Airport Peppertree Inn.Every great hotel has a great lobby, a comfortable, inviting space where you can relax in an overstuffed chair and take in the bustling energy of the travelers coming and going. The staff behind the check-in counter wear warm smiles and quickly learn the names of guests. They remember that you're in town for a wedding or a graduation and ask you how the ceremony went. My 11-year-old daughter will be the first to tell you this. We recently stayed in a grand, luxurious hotel with a lobby fit for a queen. Oriental rugs the size of small…
  • Spokane, Wash.: Five fun neighborhoods for families to explore

    Amy Graff
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:51 pm
    On a visit to Spokane, you can easily spend all your time downtown as Riverfront Park offers an endless array of fun activities for families. But you should also check out the outlying neighborhoods where you'll find leafy streets lined with historic homes, bright blooming gardens and clusters of charming cafes, unique boutiques and hip restaurants where local chefs are using the freshest ingredients from the Spokane Valley to create inventive dishes. Put on your walking shoes and explore these enclaves!1) Brown's Addition: Spokane's oldest neighborhood This was Spokane's first residential…
  • Dick's: Best burgers in Spokane, Wash.

    Amy Graff
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    Where can a family of four eat for $15? Dick's Hamburgers in Spokane, Wash. We arrived in Spokane, Wash., at 9 p.m. We'd traveled over six hours all the way from Kelowna, B.C., driving around Lake Okanagan where vineyards blanketed the surrounding hillsides and then passing through pristine timberland before entering a vast sagebrush dessert where we were treated to a spectacular lightning storm. As we crossed Grand Coulee Dam, the rain poured so hard that police officers were parked at either side of the bridge to make sure drivers crossed safely. We wanted to reach Spokane before dark so we…
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • Happy Labor Day From Bigelow Tea

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wishing you and your friends & family a Happy Labor Day!  Sangria anyone? #Bigelowfamily
  • Cindi Bigelow’s Surprising Bigelow Iced Tea Recipes!

    Katie
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Do the same iced tea flavors leave you faTEAgued? President & CEO Cindi Bigelow recently created a tea mini-series over on the HooplaHa network channel called Teatime with Cindi Bigelow.  In this episode of Surprising Iced Tea Recipes, she explains how to make iced tea by the glass and lets you in on some of her favorite flavor combinations such as Green Tea and Pomegranate Pizzazz, Red Raspberry and Green Tea with Jasmine, or Red Raspberry and I Love Lemon with English Teatime. What are your winning Bigelow Tea flavor combos?
  • Good Water Is Key At Bigelow Tea

    Heather
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Quietly sipping and savoring a cup of aromatic Bigelow Tea on a warm summer day is like stepping into a Zen-like state in which the pure water is the Yin and the flavorful tea is the Yang.  One complements the other.  If the water is pure, the tea experience will be delightful.  If the water quality is poor, the tea will be compromised.  It’s just that simple. So, in honor of National Water Quality Month, Bigelow Tea has some Sustainabili-TEA tips to help you optimize the water quality in your home, so that every drop of water is the best (and safest) you can drink. The…
  • Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes Winners Announced

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
      Once again we are so excited to announce the Varie-TEA sweepstakes winners.  Please allow up to two weeks for a confirmation email from Bigelow Tea.  Congrats Everyone!! Joyce D from Illinois Melissa C from Pennsylvania Cherri H from Michigan Janette B from Indiana Candace G from Indiana Rick R from Ontario, Canada Annette T from Illinois Lisa A from Tennessee Joanne S from Nebraska Marlana P from Ohio Michelle G from New York Stephanie M from Wisconsin Carol C from Colorado Noelle C from Ohio Janice J from South Carolina Kathy M from Louisiana Deb S from Minnesota Linda M from…
  • Last Chance To Enter The Bigelow Tea Back To College Varie-TEA Sweepstakes!

    Maureen
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Have you entered the Bigelow Tea Back to College Varie-Tea Sweepstakes yet? Hurry, there’s still time to check that off your to-do list! Enter by midnight EST tonight via Facebook or via this link if on your cell phone or iPad and you could be one of the 24 lucky winners of this Fine Tea & Herb Tea Assortment with 64 tea bags in all! Whether you’re an incoming freshman or rising senior, tea is an ideal campus companion. Check out this #tb video featuring Bigelow Tea President and CEO Cindi Bigelow visiting her alma mater, Boston College: Back in 2009 she talked…
 
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    Chrysler Blog

  • The Capability, Durability and Power of Numbers

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    There’s a lot riding on numbers. It goes without saying that birthdays and anniversaries, for example, are a ‘must’ to remember, or suffer the consequences. For Ram Truck pickup customers, numbers have always told a story of capability, power and durability. The Ram 2500  and 3500 Heavy Duty truck models offer customers with a big job to do a wide range of choices to get behind the wheel of what works best for even the most extreme jobs. Add to those numbers a trio of best-in-class torque, payload and capacity figures and a heritage of pickup truck excellence emerges…
  • Car shows fuel enthusiasts' passion

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    With the purchase of every car, there’s a story to be told and bonds to be formed. Car shows and events, like the Woodward Dream Cruise, the Spring Festival of LXs, Moparpalooza, MoparFest and the countless other shows that occur every year, are the fuel that continues to strengthen those bonds and provide opportunity to share stories. Last week and this past weekend, we caught up with several people before and during the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Below is video of a few owners we met up with Saturday. For more, visit the Chrysler Group Facebook page. 
  • Meet the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    The cat is out of the bag -- again! The cover is off the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT HEMI® Hellcat, and the performance is just as fierce as the new Dodge Challenger SRT HEMI Hellcat that's been burning up the Internet with all the burnout videos recently. Watch the car being revealed at http://new.livestream.com/chryslerlive/DodgeProductReveal Here's the amazing news: Just like the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the new Charger SRT Hellcat's supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine cranks out 707 horsepower and 650 pounds-feet of torque. That's enough power to propel the Charger SRT Hellcat to a top speed…
  • Come cruising with us Saturday

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
      The annual Woodward Dream Cruise is as much about community and sharing our automotive passion as it is about getting behind the wheel. Stories of cruising and car modifications of yesteryear are repeated. Friendships are rekindled. New connections are fueled. And even a few car titles are transferred. All that and more centers around our collective love of the automobile. As people start lining up along the 16-mile WDC route this week, we want to know where the Chrysler Group-related clubs and our cruising fans will be gathering. We’ll be there this week and in full force…
  • WhatÂ’s Dodge going to reveal Wednesday?

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
      While the Woodward Dream Cruise is a one-day affair – Aug. 16 this year – anyone who knows anything about it knows the cruise starts several days before. And what better way for a high-performance centenarian like Dodge to help get your muscle car fuel flowing than to unveil something new. You can see it for yourself when we live webcast the unveiling 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. While we can’t offer any hints on what Dodge will be unveiling, we can give you a rundown of the main speakers during the approximate 30-minute event, and you can guess for yourself: Tim…
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  • Q2 M-Commerce Explodes to 47% Y/Y Gain: What it Means for the Growth of Mobile

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    The 47% gain is a headline-worthy number to be sure, but let’s unpack that number a bit to understand why the quarter was so strong and what it really means for the future growth of m-commerce. One factor that significantly benefited the growth rate for the quarter was a pretty favorable comparison to the same quarter last year. You can see from the chart below that, prior to this year, m-commerce tended to see a seasonal share dip during the spring months. This actually makes sense given that m-commerce is still an emerging market, and we often see these behaviors amplified during both the…
  • Next iPhone Release Has Potential for a Huge Upgrade Cycle

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    To gain some better context for how significant an upgrade cycle the new iPhone launch might be, we analyzed several data points from the comScore MobiLens® service, which measures a variety of device characteristics in addition to mobile phone owner attitudes and behaviors. The data revealed several insights suggesting that this could be a major upgrade cycle for many iPhone owners.The illustration below shows the existing base of U.S. iPhone owners (age 13+) by current device along with their intentions to upgrade their device in the next six months. Some of the highlights include: 35% of…
  • Does Snapchat’s Strength Among Millennials Predict Eventual Mainstream Success?

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    The three leading companies in the social media sector – Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter – are worth nearly $250 billion combined. What makes many social media companies so valuable is the power of the network effect to deliver highly engaged audiences at scale, which translates into the opportunity to monetize through high volumes of ads and other high-margin products. The network effect can be very powerful but is also very difficult to achieve, which is perhaps why many considered Snapchat a risky proposition a few months ago. Is it possible that the Snapchat founders already knew what…
  • The State of Social Media in Mexico

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    1. Mexico has a 98.2% reach in social media sites, which positions Mexico above other regions.Latin America has a 95.8% reach; followed by North America with 91.1%, and the same number is shown for Europe. The worldwide average reach is 87.1%. 2. Mexico is the second leading country in Latin America in terms of unique visitors to social networking sites.Using April data, Mexico has 24.9 million unique visitors to social media sites, positioned after Brazil that has 66 million unique visitors in the same month. Mexico is followed by Argentina and Colombia with 17.8 and 12.7 million…
  • IAB Peru Interviews Jodi McDermott, comScore Group VP

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Recently, comScore’s Digital Analytix® tool was named “Technology of the Year” by the prestigious Digital Analytics Association. IAB Peru reached out to Jodi McDermott, Vice President of Product Management for Digital Analytix, who spoke about the recognition, future goals, and what this achievement means to comScore customers in the Peruvian market.Congratulations on being named the "New Technology of the Year". Thank you very much. Tell me, did you prepare a presentation to tempt the nomination and the prize or did the news come as a surprise? We presented our nomination…
 
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    Daimler-Blog: Einblicke in einen Konzern

  • Warum sammelt Daimler Kunst?

    Renate Wiehager
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    Warum sammelt Daimler Kunst? Oder: Warum sammelt überhaupt ein Automobilunternehmen Kunst? Welche Ziele verfolgt die Daimler Art Collection? Das sind Fragen, die mir immer wieder gestellt werden: von Kollegen und Kolleginnen, von Besucher/innen unserer Ausstellungen in Deutschland und in aller Welt. Für mich ist das natürlich ganz klar: wir – wir die Mitarbeiter von Daimler/Mercedes-Benz – sind Teil einer Gesellschaft, in der Kunst und Kultur seit Jahrhunderten und auch heute eine wichtige Rolle spielen, sie prägen, wenn auch nicht immer bewusst, unser Denken und Handeln. Und in…
  • “Sommerpause” statt “Sommerloch”

    Blog-Team
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    Endlich ist er da! Der Sommerurlaub! Büros und Hallen sind deutlich leerer und viele unserer Autoren lümmeln sich an Strand, erklimmen die Bergen oder werkeln im heimischen Garten – so auch viele unserer Leser. Deshalb haben wir uns entschieden, unsere Tradition auch im siebten Jahr fortzuführen; nämlich eine kurze Sommerpause einzulegen. Deshalb werden in den nächsten zwei Wochen keine neuen Beiträge erscheinen. Um die Wartezeit zu überbrücken haben wir die schönsten, interessantesten oder unterhaltsamsten Beiträge (aus unserer Sicht natürlich) der vergangenen Monate als…
  • Als Servicetechniker auf Weltreise mit dem Bus

    Anatoli Reklin
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:10 am
    Vom Okzident in den Orient – Ich bin „Bus-Fan“ und zwar Bekennender. „In Ulm, um Ulm und Ulm herum“ kommt man eben nicht „drum herum“ sich mit Setra-Bussen zu befassen- weil sie hier gebaut und verkauft werden. Für mich sind sie wie S-Klassen im großen Maßstab. Das Reisen mit ihnen ist schon etwas Besonderes. Ich hatte in diesem Jahr die Gelegenheit, als Service-Techniker an Bord des brandneuen Setra Comfort-Class 500 zu reisen. Die Bus-Weltreise war eine Idee des Unternehmens Avanti, Chef Hans-Peter Christoph ist ein leidenschaftlicher Busfahrer und Weltenbummler…
  • Gastbeitrag: Wie sieht die Mobilität der Zukunft aus?

    Simon Funke
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    Wie können wir Verkehr und Mobilität so gestalten, sodass sie zukunftsfähig sind? Und was bedeutet hierbei eigentlich “zukunftsfähig”? Verkehrsvisionen aus den 1950er Jahren gingen von einer stetigen Steigerung der Verkehrsgeschwindigkeit aus, ausgehend von den technischen Möglichkeiten, die man sich ausmalte. Tatsächlich brachte auch Tesla-Gründer Elon Musk im letzten Jahr die Idee eines „Hyperloops“ auf. Dabei werden Menschen in Kapseln mittels Unterdruck wie auf einem Luftkissen mit Höchstgeschwindigkeit durch Rohre geschossen. Das Konzept ist nicht…
  • Blaumann an und ab geht’s: Ausbildung zum Automobilkaufmann

    Maximilian Morr
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Und plötzlich war die Schulzeit fast vorbei. Das letzte Jahr mit all den Prüfungen und Feierlichkeiten stand an und es kam unweigerlich der Gedanke bei mir auf, wie es denn nun weiter gehen sollte, nachdem 13 Jahre Schule hinter mir lagen. Ein reines Vollzeitstudium stand kaum zur Debatte, da ich keine Lust mehr auf das ständige Lernen hatte und nun mal endlich „anpacken“ wollte. Allerdings war mein Anspruch an meinen Einstieg ins Berufsleben hoch. Ich wollte etwas Namhaftes, etwas, bei dem die qualitativ hochwertigen Produkte im Fokus stehen und eine neue Herausforderung. Und als…
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    EMC BlogRoll

  • Greetings From VMworld 2014

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    No surprise, I’m out in gorgeous SF for the annual gathering of the vFaithful — VMworld 2014.  As before, it’s quite an experience, even for a jaded event veteran like me.  Like a desert blooming after a rainstorm, Moscone Center is transformed into a fascinating technology experience, and  — then — we wait until next year for it to happen all over again. I’m not capable of giving you a detailed report on everything that happened at VMworld — there’s way too much to cover.  Instead, I thought I’d share with you what stood out for me personally. What A…
  • VMworld 2014 Hardware for WHAT?

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
  • VMworld 2014 EVO:RAIL and EMCs approach

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
  • Fan-In Math

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    As VMworld starts this week I'd like to follow up on my last post on SDDC solving fan-out problems. I closed the post by showing the diagram below and asking whether or not an application manifest can be automatically generated. It is possible to infer an application manifest based on what part of the business value chain it belongs to. For example, consider the proper placement of a marketing and sales application within a data center. This application ingests massive amounts of market data and then stores it in a format that assists internal business operations. Based on this high-level…
  • VMworld 2014 - Life in the Flash Lane

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
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    Fandango Movie News

  • News Briefs: New Images for Disney's 'Feast'; Trailers for 'Seventh Son' and 'The Rewrite'

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Feast: Disney's short film Feast will play in front of Big Hero 6 when it opens in theaters on November 7. The first official images have now been released, focusing squarely on a man's best friend, a dog named Winston. The short will track the development of the human's love life through the mealtimes that he shares with Winston. [Collider]   February: Emma Roberts (We're the Millers) and Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) will star in the horror-thriller February. Osgood Perkins, son of Anthony Perkins (Psycho), wrote the script and will direct. The story is set at…
  • 'Rosewater' Trailer: Watch Jon Stewart's Emotional Directorial Debut

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Last year Jon Stewart took a three-month break from hosting The Daily Show to travel to Jordan and film his directorial debut (John Oliver took over hosting for two of those three months). Now a year later we have a trailer for the fruits of his labor. It's called Rosewater and it looks precisely like the kind of celebration of human endurance and journalistic integrity that you'd expect from the man behind The Daily Show. Adapted from the memoir Then They Came for Me, Rosewater is the unfortunate true story of a London journalist (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) who ended up…
  • 5 Reasons You Should See the Biopic 'Cantinflas'

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Sure, you know the names Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton... but is the name Cantinflas familiar? Perhaps not, but he was only the most famous comic to come from Mexico -- so famous, in fact, he was dubbed "the Charlie Chaplin of Mexico" by many. Born Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes in 1911 to an impoverished family in Mexico City, he started out as a prizefighter and circus performer (adopting the stage moniker "Cantinflas") before developing a career in theater and film playing, like Chaplin, el pelado -- a poor everyman. His breakthrough came with Ahí…
  • 'Saw' Is Returning to Theaters for Halloween

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Do you want to play a game? Lionsgate thinks you do and has revealed plans to bring the original Saw back to theaters for a week in celebration of the film’s 10-year anniversary.  To celebrate the birth of the iconic Jigsaw, the studio will rerelease the original Saw in theaters starting on Halloween. Select locations will start screenings on Halloween Eve.  Not only did the film launch Lionsgate, it also helped establish the careers of cocreators James Wan and Leigh Whannell. Wan and Whannell went on to create Insidious, and Wan has become a highly sought Hollywood filmmaker,…
  • News Briefs: 'Underworld' Rebooting; Scorsese Making a Ramones Movie

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Underworld: After four installments, it's time for a reboot of the Underworld series. The first film, starring Kate Beckinsale and directed by Len Wiseman, was released in 2003, the last (so far) in 2012, and now Lakeshore Entertainment has hired Cory Goodman (Priest, the upcoming The Last Witch Hunter) to write a reimagined version of the vampires-vs.-werewolves franchise, which has made more than $450 million worldwide. [Heat Vision]   The Ramones: Martin Scorsese will direct a movie about the Ramones, the pioneering band that kicked off the punk rock movement in the mid…
 
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  • Reusable lunch bags

    Emma
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are coming to the last few days of summer vacation, and I must admit I’m feeling nostalgic for the days when we still had a long, hot summer ahead of us. I think the kids are, in some ways, starting to feel ready to get back to school, but I’m feeling a little sad! […] The post Reusable lunch bags appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Mini mustache embroidery hoops

    Emma
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
     Every now and then I like to do a little hand stitching, do you? These miniature (3″) embroidery hoops are the perfect size for a quick project that you can start and finish in less than 2 hours. I used the mustache stamps from What a Gentleman Clear Stamp Set which I stamped onto a piece […] The post Mini mustache embroidery hoops appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Summer sewing

    Emma
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
     You might recognize this little playsuit as the same pattern I used here. It’s the completely adorable free playsuit pattern by Elegance and Elephants. This time, I used an unknown, super lightweight fabric with this tiny ditsy print. To recap, the pattern has some very lovely details, such as the pleat at the center front… …and the […] The post Summer sewing appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Giant paper maché letters

    Emma
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    I love these giant paper maché letters I’m seeing everywhere, and it seems like everyone has a different way to decorate them. Above is my take. I punched multiple shapes from a few different sheets of cardstock, curled each shape slightly and adhered them to the front of the letter, so that each shape curls […] The post Giant paper maché letters appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Monthly round-up JULY

    Emma
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This month has been a month to RELISH! Like many of you, I have had children home for the summer vacation and we’ve immersed ourselves in spending quality time together, playing, creating, reading and having fun. Many of my crafting projects have in some way involved them.  I had the chance to review the new Book […] The post Monthly round-up JULY appeared first on Fiskateers.
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  • VIRB Summer Fun

    Garmin
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    With Labor Day Weekend upon us, summer is quickly coming to a close. Kids are heading back to school, the days are getting shorter and it's only a matter of time before the leaves begin to turn. We had a great time this summer, getting to spend some time outdoors with our family and friends. How did you spend your summer vacation?   
  • Peg's Posts: Team Garmin visits after Colorado victories

    Garmin
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Within hours of celebrating a stage win for Alex Howes and a 2nd place finish overall for Tom Danielson at the USA Pro Challenge, Team Garmin-Sharp riders were en route to Garmin headquarters, just outside Kansas City. Their purpose: to thank Garmin for its ongoing support and greet their fans from the heartland. All eight cyclists from Team Garmin’s Pro Challenge roster also took part in the “Roll with the Pros” ride to benefit the local Bike MS event and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The start line was a sea of mostly argyle and blue, bikes kitted out as much as the riders…
  • A Student's First Solo Flight

    Garmin
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
      As a flight student, your first solo flight in an airplane is a huge accomplishment. Many pilots can recall that day like it was yesterday. A typical day in the life of a student pilot leading up to their solo flight includes a series of monotonous take offs and landings in an airplane with your flight instructor, which you’ve spent a number of hours perfecting (in your opinion, of course!) Typically on the day of your solo, you’ll have done a number of “touch ‘n goes” and after the third or fourth landing, your flight instructor turns to you and says, “Ok, take me back to…
  • Introducing Cycling Dynamics from Garmin® – revolutionary cycling metrics for Vector™ power meter

    Garmin
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    We're excited to announce Cycling Dynamics – revolutionary metrics on the dual-sensing Vector™ pedal-based power meter that provide feedback to cyclists on their position and pedal form. Cycling Dynamics’ initial advanced metrics include seated/standing position, Power Phase, and Platform Center Offset for a comprehensive picture of how cyclists ride their bikes. With Cycling Dynamics, cyclists, coaches, bike fitters, physical therapists and more can analyze individual data for precise prescriptive actions.  “There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution for improving cycling…
  • Introducing Vector™ S from Garmin® – a single-sensing power meter that measures where it matters

    Garmin
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We're excited to announce today Vector S – a single-sensing pedal-based power meter. Measuring forces on the left pedal to approximate total power, Vector S reports power, cadence and more with the option for users to easily upgrade to a dual-sensing system. “Power metrics are more accessible than ever with Vector S’s affordable and flexible single-sensing system,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “It allows cyclists to start receiving the benefits of tracking power output right away, while its upgrade pedal gives them the opportunity for unique…
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  • Driving Research in Electric Machines

    Baoyun Ge
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    GE Global Research asked some of our interns to share why they wanted to work here and what they’ve learned during their experience. This is the third in a series of intern blogs. Here’s what Baoyun Ge had to say… From the very beginning when I began studying the power area, I heard many impressive stories about GRC, ranging from the work done in home appliances to high performance machine drive systems. My research is in electric machines and GRC has a leading position in this area. I had no second thoughts about working here this summer as an intern and looked forward to this…
  • Green Skies of Brazil

    Lucas Malta
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Not every professional gets to see on a daily basis the impact of her/his work on other people’s lives. If you happen to be a physician you might; however, if like me you decided to become an engineer, it is likely that you will not experience this feeling as frequently. The Green Skies of Brazil was launched as part of one of the largest collaborative civil aviation programs: the Brazil ATM Joint Research, led by GE Aviation and the Brazil Air Navigation Service Provider, DECEA. This partnership with key civil aviation stakeholders includes the airlines, their association ABEAR, and the…
  • A Pathway to Progress: How Dick Tracy inspired a generation of technologists

    Joseph Salvo
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    “The Man has a dream and that’s the start He follows his dream with mind and heart. And when it becomes a reality, It’s a dream come true for you and me.” This is an excerpt from “It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow” by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman (theme song from the GE Carousel of Progress Exhibit in the GE Pavilion “Progressland,” 1964 New York Worlds Fair). Have you ever been part of a revolution? No? Well, now we all have a chance. It seems like every generation has something really, really big come along that appears so logical that we wonder why it didn’t…
  • Powering Ideas on a Large Scale

    Michael Bowman
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    In August 1964, author Isaac Asimov wrote a piece in The New York Times, pegged to that summer’s World Fair and imagined what the world would be like in 2014. “The direction in which man is traveling is viewed with buoyant hope, nowhere more so than at the General Electric pavilion,” he wrote. Fifty years later, in the spirit of Asimov, GE is making our own predictions about what the future will bring. This blog was originally published in GE’s “What’s Next” collection that gathers perspectives from the makers of tomorrow. Follow the series on Medium. Isaac Asimov predicted…
  • The Spirit of Invention: Advanced Materials Inspired by Isaac Asimov

    Christine M. Furstoss
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    In August 1964, author Isaac Asimov wrote a piece in The New York Times, pegged to that summer’s World Fair and imagined what the world would be like in 2014. “The direction in which man is traveling is viewed with buoyant hope, nowhere more so than at the General Electric pavilion,” he wrote. Fifty years later, in the spirit of Asimov, GE is making our own predictions about what the future will bring. This blog was originally published in GE’s “What’s Next” collection that gathers perspectives from the makers of tomorrow. Follow the series on Medium. Isaac Asimov pushed the…
 
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    FastLane

  • Five Questions with…a Southern Oregon University Student on Carbon Reduction

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Chevrolet supports the cause for cleaner air. We’re reimagining manufacturing to lower environmental impact and designing efficient vehicles. But there are other ways to fuel the clean-energy movement beyond transportation and industry. To us, it’s about finding the innovators who are doing big things to leave a smaller footprint. From New York to Florida to Oregon, colleges are aggressively improving their energy efficiency and engaging the next generation along the way. After collaborating with some strong partners, we developed a way to monetize their progress, providing them with…
  • Little Sunmobile hints at GM’s Solar Powered future

    Weber Detroit
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Trains. Earthmovers. Trucks. Buses. Most vehicles on display at the 1955 General Motors Powerama show were large, massive, diesel-powered machines, but there was one exception in both size and powertrain: the GM Sunmobile. The Powerama, held on Chicago’s waterfront, showcased General Motors’ powerful non-automotive equipment. The Euclid division showcased earthmovers and construction equipment, while the Electro-Motive Diesel division featured its sleek new Aerotrain. The exhibit’s “Previews of Progress” area, demonstrated numerous scientific advances – including the Sunmobile.
  • Transportation Transformed: GM Adds Bike Sharing at its Tech Center

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Yesterday, employees from General Motors’ Warren Technical Center stood in long lines to register for a ride-and-drive program. But unlike a usual GM event that puts drivers behind the wheel of a new car, these registrants were signing up to sit on a different kind of leather seat – the seat of a new Zagster bike. We just launched a bike share program for our 19,000 employees that work on the 330-acre, 61 building campus that makes up the Warren Tech Center. We partnered with private bike share company Zagster to roll it out with a few pilot members in late July and it’s now available…
  • Tips for a Safer Family Road Trip

    Weber Detroit
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    When I was a kid, our family road trips meant six people, a dog and luggage shoved into a car for the six plus hour trip from New Jersey to Vermont. As the youngest member of the family, I usually squeezed myself into wherever I would fit — the footwells, the ledge behind the back seat, or the way back of the station wagon. Today, our cars are safer — equipped with front and side airbags, crumple zones, safety glass, and GPS — and we also know that we are much safer strapped into seat belts than slumbering on a shelf in the back window. But as much as we think we know, there is still…
  • GM Creates Green Construction Blueprint, Takes Program Global

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Since launching General Motor’s Green Construction program in 2012, all of our U.S. construction sites follow strict environmental requirements throughout the demolition, build and renovation processes. In fact, since 2009, GM has announced almost $11 billion of investments in U.S. facilities, all of which involve plant refurbishments. The program helps facility teams and partners reduce construction debris weight per project by 90 percent through recycling and reuse. It also helps manage indoor air quality by reducing airborne particles and reducing onsite energy use through rechargeable…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Through the Google lens: search trends August 22-28

    Emily Wood
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    It was a busy week for entertainment junkies with the Emmys and VMAs, and the cat was out of the bag for Sanrio fans after a surprising piece of news. Read on for more on the last week in search:And the Emmy goes to…Though Breaking Bad took home the top honors at Monday’s Emmy Awards, people searched less for the acclaimed drama than for some of the event’s other, more unexpected happenings. American Horror Story’s Jessica Lange proved she’s still got it—she was the top search of the night. Meanwhile, Hayden Panettiere accidentally revealed the gender of her forthcoming baby,…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends August 15-21

    Emily Wood
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It was an emotional rollercoaster on search this week. Read on to learn more about what made people laugh and cry. Tragedies and scandalsThe world was shocked by a video showing the execution of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Questions remain about how the United States will respond to the incident. And there was sad news closer to home too. TV lost an icon when Saturday Night Live’s announcer of 40+ years, Don Pardo, passed away at 96.While some searchers were in mourning, others were looking for answers. Texas Governor and potential GOP…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends August 8-14

    Emily Wood
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Demonstrations in Missouri and the death of Robin Williams had people searching for a greater understanding this week. Losing a Hollywood legendFirst up, the news of Robin Williams’ death sparked tens of millions of searches about the beloved actor’s life and career. Legions of fans searched for every one of their favorite films from Williams’ decades-long career; top topics include Hook, Jumanji and Good Morning Vietnam. Many were looking up his most memorable quotes and roles, including the “O captain, my captain” monologue in Dead Poets Society, Genie’s first scene in Aladdin,…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends August 1-7

    Emily Wood
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We may be hitting the last days of summer but the heat is still picking up, especially on search. Read on to learn what sizzled on the trends charts this past week.Trouble in paradiseWould you turn down a free trip to Hawaii? Julio and Iselle aren’t. The two hurricanes are barreling towards the islands, bringing 90 mph winds, flash floods and hordes of searches with them. If Iselle makes landfall, she’ll be the first hurricane to hit the Big Island since 1950. Julio, like the tag-a-long younger brother, is right on Iselle’s tail. You can review tips on how to stay safe during hurricane…
  • Fifteen ways to change the world: the 2014 Google Science Fair Global Finalists

    Emily Wood
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Kenneth Shinozuka, from New York City, wants to help people with Alzheimer’s Disease, like his grandfather. Kenneth developed a small, wearable sensor to be worn on his grandfather’s foot. When pressure is applied to the sensor, it alerts his family via a mobile app, which allows them to monitor when his grandfather is on the move. By monitoring this behavior, Kenneth hopes to understand the causes of wandering brought on by Alzheimer’s, and to ultimately find a way to mitigate or prevent it. Samuel Burrow, from the U.K., wants to improve the environment by reducing pollution. Taking…
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    Graco Heart to Heart Blog

  • Boost Up for Back to School

    Ashley Mowrey
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It’s that time again – your big kiddos are going back to school! Along with back-to-school shopping for the latest fashions, Sharpie ®markers, Papermate ®pens, Rubbermaid® LunchBlox™ and pencils, you may be gearing up for another back-to-school tradition: carpooling. Of course, whenever cars and kids are involved, safety is the top priority. So, as your little (or big!) one heads back to school this year, we hope you’ll enjoy our helpful tips – based on the respected American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendations – to help keep all kids safe on their way to school,…
  • Graco Recalls the Harness Buckles on Select Infant Car Seats: What You Need to Know

    Ashley Mowrey
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    As some of you may know, we’ve been working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address issues that some consumers were having difficulty opening the harness buckles used on select infant car seats. As a result, we are recalling an older model of harness buckle used on infant car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. As a solution, Graco will offer a free updated replacement buckle. In reviewing the matter further with NHTSA, we found that an older buckle design used on select infant car seats was difficult to open. Although they might look the…
  • 2014 Baby Bucket List

    Ashley Mowrey
    1 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    Longer days and warmer weather just beg for exploration – and with your little one in tow, there is so much to experience! This Summer, we’ve created our own #BabyBucketList to get you started thinking about all of the fun, new things you can do with your little one. All Summer long, we’ll reveal one item on our #BabyBucketList each week and offer additional ideas and prizes (hello, #WinItWednesday!) to help get you on your way. Be sure to share your ideas with other moms and dads in the comments below. We hope you will enjoy making memories with your little one this Summer!
  • Relay™ Click Connect™ Stroller: Everything You Need for a Run (Except Running Shoes)

    Ashley Mowrey
    12 May 2014 | 11:01 am
    As a parent, it may seem like there’s always more “stuff” you need: more diapers, an extra pacifier, wipes, a change of clothes… And, if you purchase a lot of popular performance joggers on the market, you’ll have to purchase more accessories to make the stroller work with your child’s infant car seat or to be able to carry all of your necessities (who wants to jog without a bottle of water?). That’s why Graco is proud to introduce our new Relay Click Connect Stroller – it’s the ultimate performance jogger with all accessories included! You’ll love all of these terrific…
  • Keep Your Family Safe: Take Home Messages from a National Safety Meeting

    Joseph Colella
    9 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    What’s new in car seat designs and features? How are they becoming easier to use and more protective? What is the real-world side of the new Federal regulations being put in place? Many of these questions were answered at a gathering of safety leaders last week, and attendees walked away with shared information, ideas and best practices. The ultimate goal was to empower the families we serve to protect themselves against the biggest killer of young Americans – motor vehicle crashes. The Lifesavers Conference is the only national highway safety meeting of its kind, helping participants…
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • The Guardian view on David Camerons hastily concocted anti-terror plans | Editorial

    Editorial
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The prime minister sounded calm enough discussing the generalities of the Islamic State threat. But his specific proposals smacked of panicOn Friday, the prime minister talked about a greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before, hinting that parliament should be ready to grant sweeping anti-terror powers commensurate with the Islamic State emergency. There is a real threat, but the pitch was questionable, because as Paddy Ashdown pointed out at the weekend Britain lived for decades under the shadow of the IRA, which, with the volume of traffic across the Irish Sea, was…
  • The Guardian view on the Plebgate report | Editorial

    Editorial
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Nobody was blameless in the spiteful spat in Downing Street. But the Police Federation should drop its libel action against Andrew MitchellIt is two years since the 46-second altercation in Downing Street that was to become Plebgate. Neither the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell nor members of the diplomatic protection group (DPG) behaved well. Mr Mitchell should have swallowed his pride and wheeled his bike into Whitehall by a side gate. The police should have shown the professional discipline and discretion to be expected from those who guard the prime minister.Neither of them did the…
  • In praise of fractions | Editorial

    Editorial
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Young children, familiar with the sharing of cakes, have an instinctive understanding of halving, quartering and so on. It is good that they will now start learning formal fractions earlierChildren habitually use fractions before they have ever heard the term. Like the Molière character who discovers that he has been talking prose all his life but didnt know it, they instinctively halve, quarter and otherwise estimate quantity when counting down, for instance, to a much anticipated fourth birthday or when approaching round things that are to be eaten, such as pizzas and cakes. One of…
  • The new football season is kicking off but for me, the romance is long gone | Liam Williams

    Liam Williams
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I did my pre-season training, watching meaningless matches and poring over squad lists, but come September, I'm faced with the truth: I just don't care very muchTwo weeks into the new Premier League season and I've already lost interest. I'm sick as a parrot about it, too, because I desperately wanted to get into it this time.Each year on the cusp of August and September, perhaps as a residual effect of the rhythms of the academic calendar, I get introspective and make resolutions. And just as certainly as I'll buy a new copy of War and Peace or think about volunteering at my nearest homeless…
  • And so the Great British Railway Rake-Off rolls on | Aditya Chakrabortty

    Aditya Chakrabortty
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Network Rails £34bn debt has helped private companies to make huge profits. And now were ordered to pick up the billCongratulations, dear reader! As of this morning, you have racked up an extra £539 in debt. No, you havent just bought a new wardrobe. You havent made a deposit on a winter break. And its not because of that heavy eBay session where you overbid for a signed Bulgarian copy of Wet Wet Wets first LP.Nor are you alone. Im another 539 quid in the red too as are each of the other 63 million Britons. Put all those sums together and the entire country has just lost £34bn.
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    Hu' Blog

  • VMworld – Exciting New and Expanded Capabilities from Hitachi and VMware

    Hu Yoshida
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    VMworld 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, August 24 to 28, has many new products and capabilities to help our customers achieve greater efficiency and availability with infrastructure virtualization.  Some solutions that HDS will highlight in our booth include the following: Business Defined IT With UCP and vCOps VMware users can align IT with business processes through their VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps), coupled with Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for VMware vSphere and its Unified Compute Platform Director software.  This converged-infrastructure management…
  • Global Storage Virtualization with GAD is GA!

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The global active device (GAD) feature that we announced with our VSP G1000 storage array on April 23 of this year has been released for General Availability after extensive testing of its use for both block and file storage by several key customer accounts. GAD greatly simplifies and automates high availability to ensure continuous operations for your most mission critical data and applications. With GAD we are extending storage virtualization, which up to now has been vertically oriented behind our enterprise storage systems so that it is extended horizontally across multiple enterprise…
  • Enterprise Mobility Management with – Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere

    Hu Yoshida
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Data mobility, the ability to access, sync, and share data on mobile devices as well as your desktop, enables your enterprise workforce to be more productive with the agility to create and respond to new business opportunities.  However, mobility presents new challenges for IT professionals who are responsible for the protection and governance of enterprise data. Industry surveys show that 28% of corporate data resides on laptops and mobile devices outside the control and supervision of corporate IT. The industry is recognizing the need to bring this data under the control of IT and there…
  • VMware Virtual Volume Integration with Hitachi Storage Virtualization – A Winning Combination

    Hu Yoshida
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Continuing from my last blog where I shared my views on the passing fad of stand alone storage solutions, like all-flash-arrays and file sync and share solutions that are not integrated with enterprise systems, I see tremendous adoption for new storage technologies like Virtual Volume (aka VVol). VVol, from VMware, which enables the integration of vendor specific, value add features, with vSphere management and services. VVol is next in the series of innovation in storage technologies from VMware. VVOL promises to be the next big thing in the storage ecosystem due to its ability to immensely…
  • Will the All Flash Array Market Go Away? – Response

    Hu Yoshida
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    As a response to my recent post, George Crump provided a differing perspective in his blog site, storageswiss.com.  George is a highly regarded blogger and analyst whom I respect and share many of the same points of view regarding the IT industry.  However, we don’t always agree, or sometimes we take a different perspective and discussion is valuable to furthering knowledge in the industry.  George disagreed with my prediction  that the “AFA (All Flash Array) market will be displaced by Hybrid arrays that provide all the benefits of Flash performance integrated into an enterprise…
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    Inside Scoop

  • Intel Extreme Masters Kickin it at FanExpo Toronto

    Don Bowden
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    Here we are at FanExpo in Toronto for the second stop of Intel Extreme Masters Season 9. This stop features the best of the best StarCraft II players competing for their share of the $25,000 prize purse with the winner waking away with a cool $10,000. This stop is all about StarCraft II and among the StarCraft II elite are two of Canada’s best players who are hoping the home field advantage will give them a leg up on the powerhouse Korean players. Canadian player HuK managed to take the first match of the tournament defeating Koreas Leenock, HuK took the game and set but his momentum…
  • Making Strides in Parkinson’s Research with the Michael J. Fox Foundation

    Krystal Temple
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Wearable devices can help monitor Parkinson’s symptoms. Parkinson’s disease affects more than five million people around the world and is second only to Alzheimer’s in prevalence. The disease is a debilitating neurological disorder.  Its symptoms—tremors, stiffness, difficulty walking—start imperceptibly, but worsen over time. And despite the billions of dollars spent each year on research, there has been very little innovation in how the disease is monitored and treated. Doctors continue to rely on traditional methods such as periodic clinical assessments and patient diaries…
  • Why RealSense is REALLY Important

    Eric Mantion
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    So, I’ll start with a confession: I’m a geek. I mean really a geek. Like “I can cite Pi to 9 digits but I have no idea how many innings there are, in a football game” Geek. I’m also a gamer, big time. I love the fact that world’s biggest video game tournament pays the players ALMOST as much as the World Cup. So I know with these two monikers under my belt, anything relating to Xbox Kinect would be natural for me to love. For anyone who hasn’t heard of it, the new Intel RealSense technology is similar to Kinect, in that it combines an RGB camera…
  • Intel Extreme Masters Season 9 is On!

    Don Bowden
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    We are at day four of the Intel Extreme Masters Season 9 opener taking place here at the Shenzhen Cartoon and Anime Festival. The first three days have seen some awesome competition among the HearthStone, StarCraft II and League of Legends players, the tournament has been well received and the crowds have been enthusiastic. The Hearthstone tournament has been completed with Amaz beating Azeri and taking home the $4,000 first prize. StarCraft II quarter finals are taking place today (Saturday the 19th) with the finals happening tomorrow with the winner taking home the lion’s share of the…
  • Intel Extreme Masters Season 9 kicks off in Shenzhen China

    Don Bowden
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    This is the ultimate prize, this is what the competition over the course of the season leads to, this is what every competitor is aiming for. It’s hard to believe we are starting our 9th season of Intel Extreme Masters, WOW! Time really does fly when you are having fun. We are kicking off the season at the Shenzhen Cartoon and Anime Festival July 16th~ 21st. This event in Shenzhen is the fifth time that the Intel® Extreme Masters has visited China, and the second year in a row we have kick off the season in China, previous stops were in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. This 9th season…
 
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • Janssen Healthy Minds Program Explores Major Depressive Disorder

    lwcurator
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As there is significant public discussion right now about depression, Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company, is posting its Healthy Minds segment about major depressive disorder ahead of its planned release in October to help provide some additional resources on this disorder. Major depression, a largely misunderstood disease, is expected to be the number one cause of disability worldwide by 2030, and tragically there are more than 38,000 suicides in the United States each year. Featured in the video series is Dr. Husseini Manji, a psychiatrist and…
  • Education about Brain Disorders Benefits Us All

    lwcurator
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    By Vicki Mabrey, Guest Contributor to JNJ Blog Editor’s Note: Emmy-award winning journalist Vicki Mabrey is the host of Healthy Minds, a new digital news program about brain health from Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company.  Recently, it was my pleasure to learn more about the brain and disorders of the brain when I interviewed Janssen’s Global Therapeutic Area Head for Neuroscience, Dr. Husseini Manji. Dr. Manji shared his knowledge with me for the new Healthy Minds video series, which is launching this week on the Johnson & Johnson You Tube…
  • The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout Station Debuts in Biddeford, Maine

    lwcurator
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    By Chris Jordan, Director of Exercise Physiology, Human Performance Institute Division of Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company  This summer the City of Biddeford, Maine, working with Johnson & Johnson, launched a 7 Minute Workout Station, providing the local community and visitors the opportunity to get a simple, fast, science-based workout for free. The station is a freestanding structure that is modeled after the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout, and includes instructions on how to execute each exercise using the station. It was an exciting…
  • Our Path to 60: A Journey of Product Stewardship at Johnson & Johnson

    JNJBTW
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    by Brian K. Boyd, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson A core tenet of Johnson & Johnson’s citizenship and sustainability commitments is our focus on safeguarding the planet. As my colleague Shaun Mickus recently discussed, our company has been guided by Our Credo since 1943, which is when the notion of sustainability got its formal start at Johnson & Johnson. Environmental responsibility is as important to us today as it was back then. As head of environment, health, safety and sustainability at Johnson & Johnson, I’m…
  • World Hepatitis Day — Why We Should All Think Again

    lwcurator
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Kris Sterkens, Company Group Chairman, Janssen, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, Asia Pacific Today is World Hepatitis Day, one of only four disease-related awareness days officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO).  This year’s theme is ‘Think Again’, calling upon policy-makers, health workers and the public to re-think viral hepatitis. It’s a critically important day because more than 500 million people, many unknowingly, are affected by viral hepatitis globally. And more so for us here in Asia Pacific where recent data showed that 70% of…
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    Lenovo Blogs

  • A Tip of the Hat to 30 Series

    Greyson Davis
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Last week my three year old daughter watched Toy Story for the first time.  Not surprisingly, Woody, had a big effect on her.  After the movie, she spent a lot more time with her older toys.  She had a new found appreciation for the toys who comforted her as she made the leap from baby to “big kid”.  I think that is how I feel about the ThinkStation 30 Series.  On August 12, Lenovo introduced the new ThinkStation P Series; the products that will replace the 30 Series.  The response has been incredible.  The press, customers, hardware and software…
  • Gerry Smith to Partners: Blue Skies Ahead for Lenovo and System x

    Michelle Lee
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Guest blog by Gerry Smith, Executive Vice President, President of Enterprise Product Group and the Americas. Just two weeks ago, Lenovo’s pending $2.3 billion transaction to purchase IBM’s System x server business was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). We look forward to closing the transaction, but many channel partners, clients and customers may be wondering: what’s next? We have bold plans for future growth with this acquisition, and IBM’s x86 employees and products are an important part of that. With the integration of…
  • Lenovo and IBM: Stronger Together

    Annabelle Thuan
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This blog is a collaboration between Annabelle Thuan and Ken Timmons. Annabelle has had several roles at Lenovo and currently works in WW ThinkServer marketing. Ken also works in WW ThinkServer marketing at Lenovo, but many years ago, he was one of the engineers on the original IBM PC.  Annabelle: The year was 2005—astronomers discovered the dwarf planet Eris, Condeleeza Rice was sworn in as U.S Secretary of State, and Lenovo was expanding its global mergers and acquisitions footprint by acquiring IBM’s PC business. Much like the market buzz surrounding Lenovo’s current…
  • How to Use Bluetooth Technology

    Caroline Lalla
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Stream music, share files, print documents and more with Bluetooth wireless technology. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology that lets you connect computers and devices to each other without cables. Many people have devices—speakers, printers, smartphones, headphones and more—that are Bluetooth-enabled, yet don’t know how to take full advantage of this technology. You can easily establish Bluetooth connections and “pair” devices to your Lenovo or Think system to transfer files, make hands-free phone calls and even stream music and movies. Think of…
  • Live from VMworld! It’s All about Getting the Most out of Your Virtualization Efforts

    Andrew Jeffries
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    We are in beautiful San Francisco, CA for the VMworld 2014 Conference. Lenovo is a sponsor so come visit us in booth #523 where we have solutions and products that will help make your end-to-end virtualization efforts a success. From servers to thin clients, we can help you achieve your goals.  VMware always has new products to show BUT it wouldn’t be VMworld without great Lenovo devices and solutions. Come on by and talk to our specialists who can help address your toughest challenges. If you are in the midst of a virtualization initiative, make sure you check out our lineup of…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • From Executive to Entrepreneur and Back with the Help of My LinkedIn Network

    John Neary
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    When I was 33 years old, I achieved a career goal when I was named Chief Information Officer at a public company. While I was proud and honored to receive the appointment, I was also anxious about the road that lay ahead. I had inherited an IT department with a demoralized workforce and dismal customer satisfaction numbers. Employee satisfaction was at a near company-wide low of 28% and the team wasn’t very optimistic about the future. At the same time, internal customer satisfaction for services provided by the IT department were a paltry 24%. With a tired team and a disengaged…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Drop Out of School to Start a Company

    Michael Conover
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The image of a young, unstoppable founder is certainly appealing — cultivated in movies like “The Social Network” and through press-friendly initiatives like the Thiel 20 Under 20, there’s plenty in popular culture to suggest that the essential ingredients of entrepreneurship are little more than youth and a healthy dose of determination. This narrative is appealing – after all, dropping out of college to make millions of dollars sounds like a pretty great proposition – but as we discovered, the data paint a starkly different picture. Leveraging funding data from the popular…
  • How Disney, Fast Cars, and Downtempo Music Inspire LinkedIn’s Head of User Experience: Inside Story with Steve Johnson

    Steve Johnson
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing Q&A series called the Inside Story where we sit down to learn more from the people behind the products at LinkedIn. Q. As the leader of LinkedIn’s User Experience Design team, do you have a particular design mantra or philosophy? A. My approach to design is always focused on aspiration. As a child, I grew up with practically nothing so I understand what it’s like to feel that your dreams are out of reach. I want the LinkedIn experience to make our members feel that they are taking a step closer to their goals and aspirations. When they are…
  • PSA: You Don’t Need to Code to Work in Tech

    Michelle Lee
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of blog posts by LinkedIn’s rockstar summer interns. Rewind to February of my freshman year in college. I’m sitting in front of my laptop, searching “best places to intern” in an effort to kick start my internship hunt. I see the same tech companies appear in every list across the web and proceed to read all about how great the engineering interns have it. At that moment, I started to wonder if I should’ve taken that introductory computer programming class in the fall. Did I miss my chance to work in tech? Fast forward to today. I’ve…
  • An Internship Can Lead to a Full-Time Job, But Your Industry Matters

    Sohan Murthy
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Classes are starting again and you’re probably getting ready to take on another year of college. Time to make friends with new roommates, figure out what textbooks to buy, and get the scoop on where all the hot parties are (among other related things that PR won’t let me talk about). If your college experience was like mine, one question will come up more often than others when you’re back at school: “Where did you intern over the summer?” Or, more worryingly, “Did you intern over the summer?” Internships can give you an edge in some cases, but is an internship right for you?
 
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    Lulu Blog

  • The Power to Connect: Children, Writing and Storytelling

    Meg @ Lulu
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Pam Allen is a world-renowned literacy expert, author and motivational speaker. She has often spoken about the many reasons why starting children’s education in writing early in their academic careers is imperative. Of course, Allen supports the reasons we’re accustomed to hearing—writing builds confidence in a child’s sense of self while facilitating emotional growth; it helps kids create and strengthen their identities; and develops critical thinking skills. But there is more to Allen’s advocating for the early introduction of creative writing: the importance of language and its…
  • Why children should be writing stories

    Meg @ Lulu
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    We couldn’t agree more with Gail E. Tompkins. As a professor of literacy and early education at California State University and author of numerous books touting the benefits of learning composition skills from an early age, Prof. Tompkins has consistently acknowledged the importance creative writing carries in early childhood education. Prof. Tompkins outlines seven unique reasons why children should write stories. These are: to provide entertainment for the child and others to foster artistic expression to explore functions and values of writing to stimulate imagination to clarify thinking…
  • Summer is not quite over…get in a good read before it ends!

    Meg @ Lulu
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
      Summer is perfect for tackling your reading list. Whether you’re an avid reader that keeps an ongoing list of books on your phone or tablet, or a more casual reader who picks up a book from time to time, nothing beats the heat like laying in a hammock or by the pool with a great book. But what if the unspeakable happens. What if one of the books you’ve chosen for this favored reading time is not what you expected? What if halfway through the book you realize that the book is just plain not for you? There are studies that map the ability of a person to stop reading a book they’ve…
  • Lulu Jr. is launching new educational programs

    Meg @ Lulu
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    At Lulu Jr., it is our mission to inspire creativity, strengthen literacy skills and build self-esteem among children. We believe that teachers and educators are critical partners as we work to achieve this goal by helping students bring their stories to life as published books. Today, we are excited to announce the latest advancement in storytelling with the launch of Lulu Jr.’s Education Programs. Lulu Jr.’s Storybook and Classbook programs support elementary school writing and language arts curricula through project based learning, communication and collaboration at a time when…
  • Meet NaNoWriMo Accelerator Author: Marquel Sherry

    Meg @ Lulu
    5 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    What first motivated you to write a book? I’ve wanted to since grade school I just could never get a whole story out. NaNoWriMo kind of helped push me to finishe a story. What did you find to be the biggest challenge about the writing process? The editing part was hardest for me. It was relatively easing getting everything typed out but it was painfully tedious going back and trying to fix things If you could offer an aspiring author any piece of advice, what would it be? Go for it. Even if you think it’s crap. I still kinda think my stuff is crap but someone obviously liked I so…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Family Summer Camp in New Hampshire

    Marriott on the Move
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    (I'm currently on vacation at the lake. Enjoy this blog from last year.) Donna and I cherish the time we spend with our grandchildren and great-grandchildren We’ve been very blessed to spend our summers on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire for many years. It all started back in 1942 when...
  • Unpacking in a Hurry

    Marriott on the Move
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    During a recent weekend trip with my wife, I noticed something I had not in 59 years of marriage: how she unpacks in a hotel room. The way someone packs, or unpacks, is not usually eye-catching; but I noticed we do different things when we enter the room. My wife...
  • You Ate, We Gave

    Marriott on the Move
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    In May of this year, Marriott International hotels made major donations to The Prince’s Trust (UK hotels) and SOS Children’s Villages (Continental European hotels). These charitable partners are part of our “World of Opportunity Europe” initiative which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their full potential by providing employment...
  • A Year of Surprises

    Marriott on the Move
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    Marriott Rewards is all about helping travelers create memories that last. To mark our loyalty program’s 30th birthday, we’ve been celebrating with a “Year of Surprises.” We’ve asked people to nominate a loved one who deserves a special celebration. Nominations have been rolling in and we’ve been able to make...
  • A Better World for Business

    Marriott on the Move
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Signing a deal to build Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. How we do business is just as important as the business we do. That has been our approach on running a successful company for the past 87 years and has become deeply embedded in the heritage, culture and integrity of Marriott....
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    The Old New Thing

  • It's a trap! Employment documents that require you to violate company policy

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of my colleagues had a previous job involving tuning spam filters and removing objectionable content. Before he could start, he was told that he had to sign a special release. The form said basically, "I understand that my job may require me to see pornography or other objectionable material, and I promise not to sue." He asked, "So where is the part that says I'm not going to be fired for doing that?" "What do you mean?" He explained, "This document protects the company from me. But where is the part that protects me from the company?" "I don't know what you're talking about." He spelled…
  • How can I detect that a user's SID has changed and recover their old data?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A customer maintained a database which recorded information per user. The information in the database is keyed by the user's SID. This works out great most of the time, but there are cases in which a user's SID can change. "Wait, I thought SIDs don't change." While it's true that SIDs don't change, it is also true that the SID associated with a user can change. Since SIDs encode the domain to which they belong, a user which moves from one domain to another within an organization, will need to be assigned a new SID. But wait, does that mean that the user lost access to all their stuff? After…
  • Taking advantage of the fact that the handle returned when you create a kernel synchronization object has full access regardless of the actual ACL

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A customer wanted some help deciding what security attributes to place on an event object intended to be used by multiple security contexts. We have two processes, call them A and B, running in different security contexts. I have an event that process A creates and shares with process B. The only thing process A does with the event is signal it, and the only thing process B does with the event is wait on it. Our question is what ACLs you recommend for the event. For now, we're using O:BAD:(A;;GR;;;WD)(A;;GA;;;LS)(A;;GA;;;BA). (In case it matters, process A is usually running as a service with…
  • Where does the Installed Updates control panel get the install date from?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A corporate customer wanted to know where the Installed Updates control panel gets the Installed On information from, because they found that the values were always set to the current date regardless of when the update was actually installed. The algorithm goes roughly like this: First, ask MSI what date the update was installed by calling Msi­Get­PatchInfo­Ex and asking for the INSTALL­PROPERTY_INSTALL­DATE. If that doesn't work, then go to the registry key under Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current­Version\Uninstall\Unique­Id and look for a value called (surprise)…
  • It's time we face reality, my friends: We're not rocket scientists

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    During the development of Windows 95, it was common for team members to pay visits to other teams to touch base and let them know what's been happening on the Windows 95 side of the project. It was during one of these informal visits that the one of my colleagues reported that he saw that one of the members of the partner team had a Gary Larson cartoon from The Far Side depicting a group of scientists studying a multi-stage rocket ship they just assembled, but the stages are connected all crooked. One of the scientists says, "It's time we face reality, my friends. … We're not…
 
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Join Us at JavaOne 2014!

    MkHeck
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    There are some absolutely SUPERB conferences dedicated to Java (the language, the platform, the ecosystem) around the world, and I’ve been privileged to speak at some of them. No two are alike, and that is a good thing! JavaOne San Francisco holds a very special place in that lineup, bringing together a phenomenal mixture of vision, direction, community leadership, and grassroots innovation that is nearly impossible to describe. You just have to be there! This year I’m pleased and honored to be presenting in three sessions, sharing the stage with some of my favorite people from around the…
  • Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure for Dummies

    Patrick Wurst EPC-Oracle
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    After the extended summer holidays of the eStep Blog, this eBook seems like a good start to catch up again after the long break. It serves quite well as a starting point to talk to customers about the Cloud and gives a good overview about different types of clouds with the example of Oracle products involved. However, the main focus of the eBook is IaaS, Infrastructure as a Service, which is also part of Oracle's Cloud offer. Here, you can download the eBook - Oracle Special Edition. -----  As a new writer in this blog, I'd like to take the opportunity and introduce myself. My name…
  • Oracle VM 3.3.1 script: guest hot-backup on different repository.

    scoter
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Here you can find a further real experience based on real customer case and requirements. The requirement, in this case, was to have an hot guest backup placed on a NFS-repository; this NFS repository ( mounted by all Oracle VM servers also on different pools ) is also mounted by a backup-server. The target, in this case, is to have hot backups of guests on the NFS repository where Backup server ( that could be based on all media library supplied by different Hardware Vendor ) stores everything on media library ( tape and/or further media library ). Obviously, starting from release 3.x, this…
  • ec4u founders take a strategic step by acquiring shares in DemandGen Europe

    Richard Lefebvre
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Resolute development of a unique portfolio in the field of customer excellence (Karlsruhe/Munich [01/09/2014]): After 18 months of successful, high-growth collaboration, ec4u expert consulting ag (“ec4u”) and DemandGen AG (“DemandGen Europe”) today announced an expansion of their partnership by ec4u founders personally making a strategic investment in DemandGen Europe. DemandGen Europe will continue to operate independently. ec4u’s board member, Jens Rehwinkel, is expected to join DemandGen Europe’s board to oversee HR and Finance alongside the current executive team headed up by…
  • Mobile Tornado Accelerates Product Deployment with Solaris Zones

    Orgad Kimchi
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    Mobile Tornado is a long-standing partner and hardware OEM of Oracle which provides Instant Communication services for mobile devices, with a focus on enterprise workforce management. “We have seen significant performance improvements running Solaris 11 with SPARC on Oracle software with Mobile Tornado's IPRS™ (Internet Protocol Radio Service) platform.” Shlomo Birman, VP Delivery and Services, Mobile Tornado In our ever-changing business environment where products are outdated quickly and on-premise integration cost is sky-rocketing, Time-to-Market (TTM) is becoming the key factor for…
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Delta Dawn

    Kasey
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    By Pete McBride On an unusual Monday in March in the hamlet of San Luis Río Colorado, in the Mexican state of Sonora, hundreds of people gathered below a bridge that spans the dry channel of the Colorado River. The polka-beat of Ranchero music mixed with the sound of laughter across the sandy basin. It was a party of all ages and everyone waited for the guest of honor: agua. Editor's note: In 2011, Patagonia's environmental campaign, Our Common Waters, explored the need to balance human water needs with those of animals and plants. One of the most powerful stories to come out of that…
  • Greenland Vertical Sailing 2014 – Part 1, Warming up in Uummannaq and 24 hours on the wall

    Kasey
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    By Nico Favresse, photos by the Wild Bunch   July 15, 2014—We are off again on an exciting adventure! Reverend Captain Bob Shepton is very excited to have the Wild Bunch—Sean Villanueva, Olivier Favresse, Ben Ditto and I—back on board the Dodo’s Delight for some jamming and big walls. Already four years have passed since our last expedition in Greenland with captain Bob. This time though we brought more musical instruments, more fishing equipment and more whiskey for our captain, all of which we hope will help us with our new assignment: testing the acoustics of some massive big…
  • Trying to Be Responsible – Patagonia Environmental & Social Initiatives 2014

    Kasey
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    By Jim Little We just finished our 2014 Environmental & Social Initiatives booklet and would love to share it with you. In it you’ll find a pretty comprehensive accounting of everything Patagonia did this year to conduct ourselves in an environmentally and socially conscious manner. The booklet includes stories about our efforts as a business and as individuals, and a list of all the environmental groups (770 of them working in 16 countries) we helped to support. Above are some shots from the booklet’s table of contents to give you a taste of what lies within, and below the fold, an…
  • Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: Mother's Have It Hardest

    Kasey
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    By Fitz & Becca Cahall "I remember really quickly going from, 'Wow, I'm home, this feels great', to 'Holy s***, what did I do to my mom'?" says alpinist Kyle Dempster. "And that was the first time I saw how truly difficult it is for mothers." Today, we bring you two stories—one from Hilary Oliver, and one from Kyle Dempster and his mother, Terry—about the struggle of loving an adventurer. The struggle between loving them so much that you don't want to see them hurt, and loving them so much that you want to support them in pursuing their dreams—in doing the things that make them…
  • A River Reborn – Floating the Elwha River after dam removal

    Kasey
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    By Dylan Tomine It’s difficult to put into words exactly how it feels to experience the newly free Elwha River. Gratitude, for sure, for all the people and organizations who put so much into bringing the dams down. And awe, as nature takes over and the river finds it’s new-old path to the sea. And fun, of course, to be there taking it all in with my good friend and DamNation producer/underwater photographer, Matt Stoecker. We floated the Elwha under crazy blue skies and warm air, with the winners of the Patagonia/DamNation photo contest and our gracious hosts from Olympic Raft &…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • Myths vs. Realities of Fuel Efficiency

    Petro-Canada
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    We've written plenty of posts about fuel efficiency since we kicked off the PumpTalk blog seven years back. But something we haven't really addressed are some of the "fuel saving myths" that have found their way into popular culture over...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/Jjd5D3wwKCg" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Road Trippin' - With Kids!

    Petro-Canada
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Almost every summer, my parents would pack my brother and I into our 1984 Plymouth Reliant and drive from Edmonton to Kelowna to visit family. Our in-car entertainment system consisted of: Sleeping (my brother) Reading books (me) Staring...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/gZ2-UPpAdOE" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Staying in Shape on the Road - Fitness Tips for Road Trips

    Petro-Canada
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock When I was younger, I used to drive my parents crazy (like most kids) with the "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" litany. But as I've gotten older, I've learned the value...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/Z7SrK8lyGHg" height="1" width="1"/>
  • On the Road Again: What's Your Ultimate Road Trip Playlist?

    Petro-Canada
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock I remember a loooong drive from Banff to Vancouver when, two hours in, the unthinkable happened. The iPod died. With a sketchy radio signal and no other forms of music available, we had no choice but to pull...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/iIuZ9zycBJY" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Monthly Poll: What Kind of Road Trip Packer Are You?

    Petro-Canada
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    Photo: iStock My least favourite thing about road trips is packing up the vehicle. Correct car packing procedure involves four things I greatly dislike: thinking, planning, bending and doing. I'm more of a spontaneous, "toss it in and hope for...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/rASxAyrprkM" height="1" width="1"/>
 
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    Progress Newsroom

  • Progress Book Club: Business Intelligence and the Cloud

    Megan Gouveia
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This month’s featured book is Business Intelligence and the Cloud: Strategic Implementation Guide, by business intelligence leader Michael Gendron. Innovation, faster time to market, increased market share, and greater customer loyalty are just a few potential benefits of a successful cloud computing strategy. If you haven’t already, now is the time to examine Cloud Computing as a strategic initiative for your organization. In Business Intelligence and the Cloud, Gendron, an intelligence leader, takes cloud computing beyond “mere hype to produce real-world value”. Through the use…
  • 5 Steps to Success: A Mobile App Road Map

    Michelle Tackabery
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    Avoid the common pitfalls of mobile app failure with careful planning. While it should go without saying that you need to start with a great app, having a roadmap will help you to achieve that goal.  As you begin building your first (or next) mobile app, consider the top five reasons apps fail so you can protect yours from the same fate. Unfortunately, having a great idea for an app isn’t enough to ensure it will be successful. If you review the lists of the top apps being downloaded, it appears the formula to get your title on there is completely arbitrary. Let us help you, with our…
  • Sparked for DataDirect Design Previews at Progress Exchange

    Jesse Davis
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    If you’re been following our blog then you know we’re quickly approaching Progress Exchange, our annual partner and customer conference! We can’t wait to ship off to Orlando, FL just as the cold settles in on the East Coast (October 6-9) for the event, which will include sessions from Progress customers, partners and event sponsors. Not only will attendees learn about the cool stuff that customers are currently doing with Progress technology, but there will be some future-thinking sessions to showcase what you could be doing down the line. With that in mind, we’re hosting a special…
  • Explore the Power of User Experience @ Exchange

    Arin Bhowmick
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Progress Exchange 2014 is right around the corner and I am really excited at the opportunity to meet many of Progress’ customers and partners! If you’re looking to modernize your apps, enhance user experience (UX), discover best practices or leverage application design trends, here are three exclusive chances to work with Progress’ User Experience team at Exchange: 1) UX Trends and Considerations – A Peek into the Future: I will be delivering a talk around UX trends on October 7th at 1:15 PM ET, where I’ll discuss the innovations and trends across industries and domains that…
  • Big Data’s Big Picture: Lots of Little Connectivity Issues

    Chuck Sicard
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Almost by definition, Big Data must focus on the big picture. Unfortunately, as the volume of data involved in Big Data efforts grows, the resolution of that big picture might be getting a little grainier.   As our own Jesse Davis wrote back in 2012, “the days of complete visibility into Big Data are numbered – there is simply too much of it.” But volume is just one issue enterprises face. To get the most complete picture possible, you need to be able to connect, integrate and analyze as many different data sources as possible. And you need to do it securely and…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Nonstop Love: NYC You Soon

    Jill Simonson
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Beginning October 13, Dallas Love Field is FREE!  The restrictions of the Wright Amendment will be gone, ushering in nonstop destinations that span from coast to coast.   Southwest has been counting down the years and weeks (literally—we have a billboard at the Love Field entrance and a countdown clock in our Headquarters lobby) until we can say, “Goodbye, Wright Amendment. Hello, America!”   We are excited to begin this new era by serving five new nonstop destinations on October 13, followed by ten additional new nonstop destinations on November 2.  The addition of these 15…
  • Inside Southwest: The Magazine’s September Issue

    Jay Heinrichs
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    At Southwest’s inflight magazine, we don’t shove just any celebrity on the cover.  We generally feature real people with real stories to tell. This month, though, we couldn’t resist featuring Mindy Kaling—writer, director, actress, comedian, and star.  The issue focuses on ways to show your heart, getting people to like and trust you.  We were trying to think of people who epitomize those traits, and it seemed like the entire staff thought of Mindy.  I was proud to say I had met her at Dartmouth, back when she was a college student. “What was she like?” an editor asked. “Um,…
  • Southwest and the East Oakland Youth Development Center

    Regina Jackson, President and CEO, East Oakland Youth Development Center
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    At the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), we serve a population that doesn’t have access beyond their own community within the City of Oakland and rarely gets an opportunity to dream of the possibilities that exist beyond.  Since 2008, Southwest has allowed us to take our young people on a five-day journey to New York, where students see a diverse range of career and college options, allowing them to dream for their future and see college as a way to turn that dream a reality. Our spring tour included stops at American Express Headquarters, New York University, Essence…
  • Flashback Fridays: Beating the Heat with FUNWEAR

    Richard West
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    News Flash—it’s hot here in Dallas—and just about everywhere around the system right now as we approach the end of the dog days of summer.  So, for this week I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some uniforms designed to help beat the heat, as well as showcase our FUN-LUVing Attitudes. In 1986, our FUN FARES campaign debuted, offering Customers fares as low as $19 with a 14-day advance purchase.  A band bearing a striking resemblance to the Beach Boys helped pitch the promo. Some of the ads featured Employees sporting brightly colored surfers’ jams.  These new pieces…
  • Giving from the Heart with Honduras Good Works

    Becky Sparks
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    On Wednesday, July 17, 105 Honduras Good Works Volunteers made their way to rooms at Clara Montana Retreat Center, 60 kilometers south of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  This year marked my sixth time traveling to Honduras with my sons to volunteer.  While we come to Honduras to serve others, I’ve found that each trip I leave having received more than I have given, because of the graciousness that is extended to us by the people of Honduras. Honduras Good Works is a Medical Brigade that has been coming to the same region of Honduras for 15 years.  Our focus is on rural villages with limited…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • Police officers give away ice cream, not tickets!

    Turkey Hill Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Imagine this: You’re driving along, minding your own business, when all of a sudden you spot the unmistakable flashing of police lights in your rear view mirror. Yep, you’re being pulled over. But why? You weren’t speeding, you didn’t run a stop sign, and you’re pretty... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The ice cream-filled doughnut: Okay to eat for breakfast?

    Turkey Hill Team
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Does anyone remember the cronut? The part doughnut, part croissant snack was all the rage last summer after a New York City bakery began offering them. (Folks waited in line for hours just to get one!) That was a year ago, and now there’s a new must-have treat that’s popping up at shops... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New drinks have arrived! Which are you most excited to try?

    Turkey Hill Team
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    We talk a lot about our Limited Edition Ice Cream flavors here on the blog (after all, it is called the Ice Cream Journal!), but we shouldn’t overlook some of the new Turkey Hill drinks that you might find in a store near you. Both of these drinks are brand new to the Turkey Hill [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Facebook highlights: What would you do if the power went out?

    Turkey Hill Team
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    July and National Ice Cream Month might be over, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! That’s especially true over on our Facebook Page, where we’ve been posting all sorts of stuff in recent weeks. If you’re not already a fan of Turkey Hill on Facebook, we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fried Chicken and Waffles ice cream (would you try it?)

    Turkey Hill Team
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    A loooong time ago (way back in 2011), we wrote about a hip, new ice cream truck called Coolhaus that was cruising the streets of Los Angeles, selling funky flavors of ice cream. Since then, Coolhaus has enjoyed some success, because they still have their Los Angeles truck, but they’ve also... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Guided By History

  • Honor labor

    Charles Riggs
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    As we approach the long weekend, we pause to salute everyone who works. Thanks, everyone—your labor makes us all better. Have a great weekend! “Submarine” salvage machine arrives by Wells Fargo Express, 1915 (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives)
  • Wells Fargo Mobile Response Unit

    Charles Riggs
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    On Tuesday, Wells Fargo unveiled a new Mobile Response Unit in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Mobile Response Unit is a multi-functional, 75-ft. heavy-duty commercial vehicle created to assist customers impacted by a disaster. Wells Fargo is a leading employer in the Carolinas and the nation’s top home lender. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage servicing has a large presence in Charlotte and in Fort Mill; currently, the southeastern US is in the midst of hurricane season. With its new Mobile Response Unit, Wells Fargo will be able to respond even quicker than in the past. Wells Fargo Mobile Response…
  • Explosive Summer Movies

    Amanda Walters
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    Every summer it seems that Hollywood does its best to get audiences excited about the latest “Summer Blockbuster.”  I, like many of you, love a great summer action movie.  Car chases, catch phrases and over the top explosions are some of the best attributes of this particular genre.  But I wonder how many people know about the danger and adventure in shipping motion film? Nitrate Film is notorious for being highly flammable if it isn’t stored and shipped in proper temperatures and conditions. During the hey-day of nitrate film usage, Wells Fargo shipped huge amounts of it from west…
  • Those Madison Avenue Men and Women

    Anna Lucas Mayer
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The cable series Mad Men was nominated this year for eight Emmy awards in acting, art direction, costumes, make up, hair styling, and more. Like so many people, I have been an avid viewer and am sorry to see it coming to an end. As an archivist, I salute the creators who have so thoroughly researched the style and content of the era to portray details with heightened accuracy, even flawlessly incorporating real corporations, people and events into the fictional storylines. Sadly, the Wells Fargo Corporate Archives wasn’t one of the many repositories called upon to help with research, but…
  • At the Burroughs

    Marianne Babal
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    After a busy Friday afternoon tallying accounts, the weekend probably couldn’t come soon enough for this bank employee standing at a Burroughs Adding Machine. This Team Member was photographed at a small-town Minnesota bank a century ago on August 21, 1914. On the job in Minnesota, August 21, 1914 (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) In the 1910s, women were leaving the restrictive Victorian era behind, both in dress and in embracing new opportunities. Increasingly freed by technology—whether by choice or necessity—from work at home, young women could train at vocational schools in office…
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    Xerox Blogs

  • Business as Usual? No way!

    elkematz
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    Der Datenbestand von Unternehmen hat eine Dimension erreicht, für die ein neues Buzzword kreiiert wurde: Big Data. Für diejenigen, die aus dieser Informationsflut wertvolle Erkenntnisse über ihr laufendes und kommendes Geschäft extrahieren wollen, stellt dabei aber nicht nur das ‚Big‘ eine große Herausforderung dar. Das Problem wird dadurch verschärft, dass der größte Teil der gespeicherten Daten unstrukturiert vorliegt. Kein Wunder also, dass die Nachfrage nach einer qualifizierten Unterstützung beim Schürfen der verborgenen Informationsnuggets rasant ansteigt.
  • Alles Yoga, oder was?

    elkematz
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:56 pm
    In vielen Unternehmen regiert blanker Aktionismus: Ein Meeting jagt das nächste, in aufwändigen Präsentationen werden neue Ideen vorgestellt, es werden Paper verfasst, Events werden geplant, überall bimmeln und piepsen die Smartphones und Tablets, es herrscht Daueralarm – und was kommt am Ende dabei heraus? Nichts!
 
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    DocuSign blogs

  • How eSignature Revolutionizes The Recruitment Process & Staffing Industry

    Ray Ganske
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Contributed by Jill Stoppard, Senior Communications Consultant at TargetRecruit The Employment Services industry is one of the top ten fastest growing industries in the world. Now more than ever, companies are relying on staffing agencies to source temporary and full-time, direct hire workers. In 2012 alone, Staffing Industry Analysts estimated the global staffing market to be worth approximately $406 billion with a 9% growth over the previous year. Despite the epic growth of the industry, many of the customs and processes of the staffing business have remained the same since William Kelly…
  • Easy Onboarding Exists: Here's the (digital) Secret

    Ryan Hutnick
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Contributed by Kelly Palya, Speech Therapist at Fusion Medical Staffing  I spend my time in new places, constantly on the go. I work short-term contracts as a traveling speech therapist, which allows me to live in different places around the country for weeks or months at a time. I never know where I’ll be next. When I have a weekend or time off, I’m always out doing something – traveling, hiking, or roadtripping. Once I started using the DocuSign for Google Drive, I finally had a way to deal with my important documents no matter where I go. As soon as my recruiter emails me a new…
  • Quick Tip Tuesday: Template modification dates and sharing information

    Michael Palmer
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Template Modification History Templates modified after June 6, 2014 now have the associated audit information listed within the DocuSign console. This means you can now see when a template was last modified, and by whom. To view template modification history, follow these steps: Log in to your DocuSign account and click the Manage tab. Click Templates, then click the desired template. Note: If the Modified date is not displayed, ensure that Summary is selected. The template audit trail will only show the last modification saved to a template (not a list of all modifications), but it does…
  • Find Sanity and Boost Productivity with DocuSign for Office 365

    Lahini Arunachalam
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In this digital age, our work lives revolve around productivity. We’ve even supplied ourselves with the energetic crackle of mobile tools to manage pings from email, social media, meetings, life, etc. However, we’ve yet to produce a mental plug-in to help stay on track during the day. We all are looking to do more in less time without compromising quality, so at the end of the day, we can look back at our day with pride and accomplishment. This brings us to our recent partnership with Microsoft because we believe in the value of the Office 365 productivity suite of apps — they are…
  • Scale your Business and Boost Cultural Evangelists

    Loren Alhadeff
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    When you’re scaling your company upwards, you’re reaping the seeds of a standout team culture. I always look at success as the side effect to collective passion for the company and brand. Forget the phrase, it takes a village; it actually takes a family to spike success upwards. That being said, when you’re in the rewarding position to scale up, you need to keep your family at the heart of your growth-inducing strategies. Of course, we champion relationships as the key to Sales success, but by the same token, your business’ upwards scaling depends upon nurturing connectivity with your…
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    RB

  • Why RB Was the Right Company for My First Internship

    Sarah
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    I am a psychology student with my minor in business studies. I joined RB as an intern in General Management and CSR in Mannheim in summer 2014. Even though this seems like a short period, I can tell so far, that RB is an amazing company to work for. I would like to share some of my experiences with you.   To be honest, I started my internship with mixed feelings since this is my first internship and I haven’t experienced the work in a big company before. Nevertheless, I didn’t feel lost at any moment because everyone tried to help me out to find the right directions and places to go…
  • Which Brand Are You? Find Out with Brand Me!

    Andrey
    14 Jan 2014 | 2:07 am
      Andrej speaks about Brand Me and the importance of having your own personal brand, not only to understand more about yourself but also to be able to find the right job for you Recently RB launched its new  global online platform BrandMe  and I like this idea so much. BrandMe helps you understand the reach and impact of your online presence, and uses your social media profiles and interactive tests and quizzes to show you how to best represent yourself online. I use social media to share with my friends some interesting articles and information.  So I clearly understand the…
  • My Experience Helps With a Study to Benefit Young People in the Workplace

    Andrey
    14 Jan 2014 | 2:07 am
    Last week, because I am a fairly young RB employee, I had the chance to participate in the international research event on the subject of  ‘Labour values of the youth and developing young talents in company management’, held by the Higher School of Economics in partnership with Oxford CLS Campus. The study’s purpose is to identify which values of younger workers should be taken into account when developing programmes for selection, orientation and retention of young prospective employees. It also hopes to understand what tools and programs could help HR to balance the interests of…
  • Celebrating World Children’s Day with RB Russia

    Andrey
    18 Dec 2013 | 8:44 am
    Did you know that every day 19,000 children under 5 die because of a lack of clean water? 20 November is the World Children’s Day. All RB offices worldide organised events  with Save the Children to raise employees’ awareness of this tragic issue. Our Moscow office wanted to be a part of this initiative. We wanted to attract RB employees’ attention to the main causes of the preventable deaths from diarrhoea (lack of access to essential services such as clean water, sanitation, healthcare) and to the RB&Save the Children partnership program. At places where employees…
  • Four Lessons I’ve Learned in my Four Months at RB

    Neamah
    18 Dec 2013 | 8:43 am
    My RB career began roughly around four months ago. I joined as a Sales & Marketing Management Trainee in RB Bangladesh, and although I’ve worked part-time in several companies, none of them compare to how RB has (in such a short time, too!) honed my professional skills and changed my outlook in life. So here are the top four lessons I’ve learned since I’ve joined, which I hope will be useful for graduates looking to apply to the RB Graduate Program:   1. It’s perfectly normal to stumble; it comes with taking risks. One of my biggest fears after joining RB was that I…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • Reimagine Business – Engaging new work models for productivity and collaboration

    mc223s
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
  • 5 Challenges and Considerations for BYOD in the Public Sector

    Josh Heard
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Bring Your Own Device or BYOD is not a new topic, and quite honestly it is a vague term coined to help us understand one facet of the chaos of technological innovation. Why is the idea of BYOD confusing? Our lives are not cleanly and neatly distinguished between our personas in the private and professional worlds. Yet the resources we use to navigate those spaces are. Just as the BYOD trend itself is open to interpretation, so are the ways in which it can be used to positively benefit public sector organizations. To that end, we took a comparative view of public sector BYOD policies in both…
  • Information Protection is Essential for Today’s Consumer Experience

    Bindu Sundaresan
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Enterprise and business clients are usually the first to adopt the newest technology. Representing a variety of sectors, these companies leverage the latest and greatest systems for improving sales, reducing operating expenses, boosting employee engagement and productivity, and a host of other uses. However, retailers are joining these organizations and are more often employing new technology to enhance customer experiences and improve their brand’s overall position. In today’s connected marketplace, a better deal is often just a click away, and retailers need to stay ahead of the…
  • IoT and the Connected Value Chain

    Mike Gillespie
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    So, now what are you going to do? Within the last 30 minutes, your freight forwarder called and told you that dock workers at your primary importing port were going on strike, and if they didn’t find alternate ports for your cargo, it’s not going to arrive on time. And, the vice president of sales just left your office after telling you that the company’s largest client just increased its order by 20% in anticipation of the promotion it is planning to run being successful. Nothing like doubling down on the bad news, just before your biggest selling season when your company makes most of…
  • Networking for the 21st Century

    Michael Vizard
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    One of the more significant, yet often unappreciated, elements of making the transition to managing networks at scale in the age of the cloud is the crucial role commercial hardware and merchant-grade silicon will play. Thanks to the separation of packet forwarding and control, it’s now feasible to employ industry-standard processors to build next-generation networks as envisioned by AT&T as the User Defined Network Cloud (UDNC). When coupled with a sophisticated external controller, a simple network element based on merchant silicon can now functionally compete with a much more…
 
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • One ERP System or Many?

    Alan Hart
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Why completely consolidating ERP systems may not be the right answer I just finished reading an interesting article published in TechTarget and authored by Linda Rosencrance, Freelance Writer and Editor, titled “Is Consolidating Disparate ERP Financial Systems worth it? The essence of this piece is the pros and cons of integrating or merging an enterprise’s collection of ERP and other financial and accounting software applications into a single instance ERP software solution and whether it is even practical to do that.  Since many large enterprises, and numerous smaller organizations…
  • The Determining Factor in Choosing Business Software

    Alan Hart
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Find the right application, embrace its benefits, and accept its imperfections If you are a frequent user of a particular software application (most business software users are) you become comfortable with its features and operation and learn to live with its inevitable quirks and other so called “bugs” that unless they are severe and cause your system to crash, you’ve most likely found workarounds or learned to ignore them altogether. When I was in the software development and publishing industry it was common to call these odd behaviors “undocumented features”.  Our customers…
  • Questions you Should Ask During the Planning and Analysis Process

    Alan Hart
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    And the Planning and Analysis tools allowing you to ask these questions. Recently, there was an article published by SearchCIO.com (a TechTarget publication) and authored by Nicole Laskowski, Senior News Writer.  The title of this article is: “Want Better Analytics? Start asking ‘crunchy’ questions. One of the main points delivered in this article is that by using key performance indicators, aligned with strategic goals and specific questions used to query the data, business intelligence can be developed and customized to each company, regardless of industry. Another point is that…
  • No Time for Budget

    Alan Hart
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Why is this process flawed in so many organizations? CFO Magazine recently featured an article titled “No Time for Budgets” authored by Edward Teach. This article points out that traditional budgeting (e.g., the corporate annual budget) is flawed and often irrelevant to the changing economic reality.  It quotes Steve Player who is the North America program director for the Beyond Budgeting Round Table saying, among other things, that using traditional budgeting tools is often based on assumptions that turn out to be wrong, or inaccurate at best, and not being able to continuously monitor…
  • Onboarding a new Budgeting, Forecasting and Business Intelligence System

    Alan Hart
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    What to do to ease-in the new process I just finished reading an article by Rob Livingstone titled “BP&F (Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting) software budget manager training tips”.  This is available to registered users (free registration) at: http://searchfinancialapplications.com. After registering, the article can be found at: http://searchfinancialapplications.techtarget.com/answer/Ask-the-expert-BPF-software-budget-manager-training-tips The focus of this article are the four steps needed to be taken in order to successfully onboard a new budgeting, planning and forecasting…
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    Replicon

  • Employee time tracking is dead

    Praveen Krishnan
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    iBeacons, Bluetooth Low Energy, Proximity sensing and the obsolescence of time tracking as we know it. Businesses have to track the time their employees work for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is to pay them correctly or bill clients accurately. Today, there are various means and devices used to achieve this: paper punch cards, handwritten sheets of paper, spreadsheets, online software, and time clocks, to name a few. Most of these methods have been in use for several decades, and all of them have one critical point of failure—the employee—upon whom the onus of tracking…
  • Bay Area Repliconians Support AIDS Research and Education

    Maya Desai
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Repliconians are not only 100% committed to remaining the leader in cloud-based time tracking, but we also strive to give back to our communities and to make the world a better place. We recognize that a talented group of like-minded people is somewhat obligated to make a difference for those less fortunate than we are. Last month, 11 Repliconians participated in AIDS Walk San Francisco. This annual event has raised $82 million to fight HIV/AIDS since its inception in 1987. Our intrepid team headed (by train, taxi, car, or carpool) to San Francisco ― braving the iconic foggy skies and…
  • Don’t Let Overtime Non-compliance Sucker Punch Your Bottom Line!

    Karen Bell
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    Not complying with overtime provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Fair Labor Standards Act” (FLSA) can lead to hefty payouts of back wages and penalties, not to mention the headache of collective action lawsuits and expensive settlements. Willful violators may also be fined and prosecuted criminally, and a second conviction may result in (gulp!) imprisonment. Need proof of the pain we’re talking about? Here are real-life examples of what companies have had to shell out: Blog tags: Corporate
  • Replicon Named Finalist for 2014 Golden Bridge Award

    Siddharth Deb
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Redwood City, CA – August 6, 2014 We’re excited to share the news that Replicon has been named finalist for a Golden Bridge Award! The coveted annual Golden Bridge Awards program, with active participation from a broad spectrum of industry voices, is a tribute to the world’s best in organizational performance, products and services, innovations, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions. Blog tags: Corporate
  • How organizations can save resources and become more efficient

    Siddharth Deb
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    In this series, we take a look at ways in which organizations, managers, and individuals can improve productivity and get better results by managing time better. Organizations of all sizes constantly strive to be more efficient and productive. Over the years, automation and computerization have brought in significant improvements in efficiency and productivity to workplaces, and more work now gets done in less time, by fewer people. There is a thriving industry that caters to providing information, tips, and software applications that help busy people get things done and generally improve…
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    ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

  • DIY Projects – Labor Day Weekend Style!

    Anthony Fontana
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    It doesn’t seem like very long ago that I caught myself daydreaming of the summer months while looking out the window at a seemingly never-ending snow storm. Fast forward to today – the beginning of Labor Day weekend – and I can’t help but think about how fast time flies. As parents count down the final hours until their kids go back to school, it’s time to wish summer farewell. Instead of spending the weekend last-minute school shopping or cleaning the house, why not have one last weekend of fun before the grind of school begins? Check out some of these DIY projects, Labor Day…
  • Fannie Mae Is Ending the HomePath Program

    Mike Nickele
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    I’ve got some good news and some bad news on the housing front. First, the good news: The market is ticking up and the inventory of foreclosed homes is dwindling. The bad news: For just that reason, Fannie Mae is ending its HomePath program. Fannie Mae’s HomePath program helps buyers of foreclosed properties get cost-effective mortgages, including cash for repairs and remodeling on homes owned by Fannie Mae. The HomePath program currently offers a number of incentives for home buyers: You can put down as little as 5%, there’s no mortgage insurance requirement, and you don’t have to…
  • Science on the Course: The Physics of Golf

    Clayton Closson
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Golf can be a lot of fun. It’s a really great feeling for a very amateur golfer such as myself to hit the ball in a straight line over 100 yards. It’s like, “Yeah, I hit that ball.” But it can also be frustrating and confusing: “Why did the ball go sideways? I hit it straight.” One time I took a swing and the ball went backwards. How does that happen? Well, I think today’s infographic, “Science on the Course: The Physics of Golf,” will help explain how it all works. Wait a minute. Why would Quicken Loans create an infographic explaining the physics of golf? Great question.
  • DIY: Gold Home Decor

    Miranda Crace
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    I walked into the home goods section of one of my most frequented stores and was greeted with one of the biggest home decor trends of the year – gold. Gold everything! Gold lamps, gold plates, gold frames – even gold antlers that you hang on the wall. I have to be honest, I love the gold trend! It took everything in me not to buy it all up at the store. Luckily, I looked at the price tag. Those gold jars would make cute vases for my flowers, but not for $24 each. Coincidentally, I also needed to make a stop by the craft store that day. I figured it was the perfect opportunity to pick up…
  • Does Quicken Loans Service Your Home Loan? Check Out Our New and Improved Escrow Process

    Leia Gibbard
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    If you’ve had a mortgage for over a year, and if your servicer manages your taxes and insurance, you’ve likely received some sort of escrow statement. Your escrow statement is different than your billing statement in that it provides detailed information specific to your escrow account. You usually only receive an escrow statement once a year when your loan gets analyzed (what we call an escrow analysis). If Quicken Loans services your home loan, we’ve got good news for you! New and Improved Escrow Statement Starting in September and moving forward, we’ll be sending out our escrow…
 
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    The WhitePages Blog

  • Across the Savannah: Popular Names Shared with Travel Destinations

    Rebecca Carroll
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Yes, Virginia, Florence, and Victoria: Most Popular Names Shared With Places In honor of summer travel, we took a look at the most popular names in the country that are shared with travel destinations. While there are plenty of places named after people, like Lincoln, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C., we found that Virginia tops the list [...]The post Across the Savannah: Popular Names Shared with Travel Destinations appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • Got the New Amazon Fire Phone? We’ve Got the Apps

    Bill Brooks
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Thinking of getting Amazon’s new Fire phone? We’ve custom built our award-winning apps for optimum performance with the Fire phone’s unique capabilities. The new Fire phone makes it easier than ever for users to communicate using the suite of WhitePages apps for everything from rich contact and caller ID data to the ability to block [...]The post Got the New Amazon Fire Phone? We’ve Got the Apps appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • Rain or shine, we mini golf.

    Chelsey Nelson
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Take a group of twenty WhitePages interns, their mentors, and managers to a mini golf course then tell them there are prizes. Odds are you’ll come out of the round thinking mini golf was an Olympic sport. Did your team putt the best overall score? Congratulations, bronze medals and prizes for all! Did you putt [...]The post Rain or shine, we mini golf. appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • Founding Fathers at your 4th of July Barbecue?

    Rebecca Carroll
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Before we fire up the grill and put out the potato salad, we decided to dig into some data and see how many people in the U.S. share names with some of our country’s most patriotic founders. Interestingly, John Adams (9,893 people), Robert Morris (7,367 people), and John Hancock (1,616 people), are the top three [...]The post Founding Fathers at your 4th of July Barbecue? appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • Manic, Monday? People Named after the Days of the Week

    Rebecca Carroll
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
    Nicole Kidman and Mike Myers don’t have any reason to get the “Sunday Blues” (realizing the weekend’s been fun, and now there’s a 5-day work week ahead)–they both have beautiful daughters named after the day of the week named for the center of our solar system, so that made us wonder:How many people in the [...]The post Manic, Monday? People Named after the Days of the Week appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
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    GCCapitalIdeas.com

  • GC Capital Tip: Use E-mail Alerts Effectively

    GC Editor
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We know that different readers have different needs. So, instead of checking GC Capital Ideas every day, use our e-mail alerts to see when we’ve published an article that may interest you. Every day,... Continue reading...
  • Week’s Top Stories: August 23 — 29, 2014

    GC Editor
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    6.0Mw Earthquake - American Canyon, California: A 6.0-magnitude earthquake was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) about 4 miles northwest of American Canyon, California and five miles... Continue reading...
  • US Terrorism Market: TRIPRA

    GC Editor
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The focus on the availability and affordability of terrorism (re)insurance coverage comes as the US House of Representatives and Senate are currently considering various changes to Terrorism Risk... Continue reading...
  • Government Pools Remain Integral Risk Management Tools

    GC Editor
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Terrorism pools have been set up by governments in a number of countries to mitigate the withdrawal of (re)insurance capacity from the private market following significant terrorism events. The pools... Continue reading...
  • 6.0Mw Earthquake — American Canyon, California

    GC Editor
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    A 6.0-magnitude earthquake was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) about 4 miles northwest of American Canyon, California and five miles north-northwest of Napa, California. The quake... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • Meatless Monday with Easy Vegan Seared Tamari Maple Tofu

    Elyse
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another vegan installment of our Meatless Monday recipe share series. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. It’s Labour Day here in Canada (Labor for our US friends) so we thought we’d keep it easy and simple so that more time could be spent enjoying these last few days of…
  • The Ice Bucket Challenge – an amazing example of viral nonprofit fundraising

    Tim
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Nonprofit fundraising has not just been in the news over the last week or so but the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become the news to a certain extent, especially in social media circles. The impact of the viral nature of the internet is long proven but whereas often the buzz may be centred around the latest meme or a daft/humorous cat video, this month we’ve seen the positive potential for nonprofits that can be raised via a rapid spike in awareness. For the ALS Association the boon in fundraising has been nothing short of remarkable with more than $80 million raised since July 29th…
  • 10 Most Liveable Cities 2014

    Elyse
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As a Toronto call centre, we’re proud of our home city and all that it offers. We’re also interested in how we compare on the world’s stage and I’ve explored this topic in posts like the best country to live, the smartest countries, the happiest countries, the  most peaceful countries, the friendliest countries, the most charitable countries, the best countries for quality of life, the best countries for business, the top countries for life expectancy, the best countries for working women, the best country for child well-being, the best countries for higher…
  • Could webthriftstore.com signal the rise of the online charity shop?

    Tim
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Thrift shops, resale stores or charity shops call them what you will but the thrift store is a very significant revenue stream for nonprofit fundraising that we rarely have cause to discuss here on the blog. Let’s look at the facts though; it is estimated that in the United States over $13 billion is raised annually via the tens of thousands of thrift stores nationwide, in fact the final number of stores may be in excess of 100,000. Shoppers are often looking for a bargain but also typically conscious of the fact that their purchase will help a nonprofit to raise funds, of course the…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Black-Eyed Pea Burgers with Mississippi Comeback Sauce

    Elyse
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the Miratel blog for another summer edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share series. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. With summer quickly dwindling, we thought we would fit in a few more BBQ recipes because going vegan doesn’t mean you have give up your favorite BBQ foods or flavours. We…
 
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    The Allstate Blog

  • Five Keys to Packing a Healthy School Lunch

    Nicole Markle
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    It’s back-to-school season — and while the kids embark on a year of new discoveries, parents can help fuel them by making lunch healthy and enjoyable. Forget the same old PB&J sandwiches and potato chips. Here are some ideas for healthy lunches to help introduce nutritious variety to your child’s diet. Start With the Healthful Basics The essential building blocks of a healthful lunch — fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and low-fat meats, according to ChooseMyPlate.gov – don’t have to be boring. Low-fat dairy, for example, can be as simple as a slice of…
  • When Should I Give Out My Child’s Social Security Number?

    Nicole Markle
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Heading back to school brings a flurry of registrations, checkups and signups. As you fill out paperwork, you might be asked to include your child’s Social Security number (SSN) as an identifier for everything from Little League to the doctor’s office. With incidents of child identity theft on the rise — nearly 400,000 kids get their identities stolen each year, according to the Federal Trade Commission —  it’s critical to know when (and when not) to give out your child’s SSN. When You Need It According to the Social Security Administration, you will need your child’s SSN…
  • 10 Inland Lake Boating and Fishing Destinations

    Cristel Mohrman
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you think about boating destinations, certain places will understandably come to mind — Florida, New England, the Pacific Northwest, even the Great Lakes. But some of the country’s best boating and fishing spots are other inland lakes, easily accessible from major population centers and offering sheltered waters, countless miles of shoreline, and myriad attractions. Inland lakes are less intimidating than “big water” such as the Great Lakes for newbies and families with small children, yet they offer plenty of adventure and fun for longtime boaters and anglers. Here’s a…
  • Back-to-School Pedestrian Safety Tips

    Nicole Markle
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Summer is soon coming to a close, and as our little ones prepare to return to school, it’s worth taking a moment to refresh their knowledge of pedestrian safety. Busy school intersections, street crossings and stationary and moving vehicles can all create safety hazards for kids. Preparing your kids with some basic pedestrian safety tips can help make their daily journey to and from school safer and more enjoyable. Teaching Basic Skills Teaching children proper street crossing procedures is essential to helping them develop awareness of their surroundings and improving their safety.
  • Cut Down Your Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

    Melissa
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sweltering summer temperatures can send many Americans’ air conditioning costs soaring. But you don’t necessarily have to choose between a comfortable home temperature and lower costs. There are ways to keep your home cool without taking a big bite of your budget. Consider these straightforward ideas you can begin using quickly. Get to Know Home Insurance Like a ProProtect what matters most with homeowners insurance. Learn More Make the Most of Your Air Conditioner If you rely on your air conditioner to do the bulk of your home’s cooling, there are a few essential steps for maximizing…
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • CRM Success Through Effective Master Data Management Strategies

    brian
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    If you use a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system you can’t afford to ignore  proper data management techniques. Proper data management is critical to effective information governance. And, Master Data Management (MDM) plays a vital role in building results-oriented and effective CRM processes. With the evolution of Big Data, mastering MDM has become an even more critical entity."Over the last several years, CRM software sales have outstripped overall IT spending," said Bill O'Kane, research director at Gartner. "CRM leaders must understand the benefits of the MDM discipline to…
  • Paradigm Shifts and the Falling Cost of Starting a Business

    rakesh
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    In March of this year Martin Chavez, CIO at Goldman Sachs, sat down to explain paradigm shifts in technology and the business world. He started the roughly 5 minute conversation by explaining matter-of-factly that “every 20 years, in the software business, there is a paradigm shift.” This notion creates quite a stir for the business world, as companies must learn to adapt and grow with these new ways of doing work, and creating information.Here is a rough timeline of the last 40 years (as described by Chavez):40 years ago:Computers begin to be used for business. If you want the massive…
  • Do I need to know Java to learn Hadoop?

    Raghavan
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    People frequently ask me if it’s necessary to have Java programming skills in order to enter the exciting world of Hadoop. When I begin to explain, I’m often met with a disappointment and a sense of limitation upon learning that Java and Hadoop do, in fact, go hand-in hand.  Let me start by saying that the answer to the question “Do I need to know Java to learn Hadoop?” is not a simple one. But I digress; the future of Hadoop is bright, and going forward, no requirements should be seen as limitations or roadblocks, but rather as ways to increase your expertise and become more…
  • Happy Employees and Getting Your Business to the Top

    lauren
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Running a successful business isn’t easy. As a CEO, COO, or executive, you have to be concerned with countless issues, deadlines, budgets, and in some cases, investor relations; all while keeping cool, and protecting your company’s image.  With all of that stress comes a lot of uncertainty, and there’s no way of knowing the perfect formula for a successful business. As stressful as that may be, we know that one thing is certain: happy employees are the key to a smoother operation and in turn- more satisfied clients.  As a prominent global service provider, OSSCube takes pride in…
  • The Service Provider: A Startup's Unexpected Best Friend

    lauren
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    A few months ago, I had the pleasure of attending South by Southwest (SXSW) with my company, OSSCube. For those who don’t know, the week-long annual festival in Austin, Texas involves vendors and exhibitors from all corners of the globe. Divided into film, music, and tech, you can catch musical performances from some of the industry’s biggest names, and most exciting new acts. You can also take in a film premier or panel with various industry gurus. Tens of thousands of people flock to Austin every year for this event and, to put it lightly, this is always a crazy week.  As a service…
 
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • Leaky Pipes Not Helping California’s Drought

    David
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s no secret that the Bay Area, as well as the rest of California, has been hit hard by this summer’s record-breaking drought. Unfortunately for Bay Area residents, newly released data on the condition of water pipes is showing us just how much of the water we have is wasted.   State records have reflected that the Bay Area loses a whopping 23 billion gallons of water a year, enough water to serve 71,000 families annually. The water loss can be attributed to failing, underground water pipes. These leaks not only waste the increasingly scares resource, but cause revenue losses and…
  • Oakland Gambles with New Trash Hauling Contract

    David
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    For the first time in years, the city of Oakland will be counting on a different company to handle garbage pickup. Last week, city council unanimously voted to award the highly coveted 10-year contract (valued at $1 billion) to California Waste Solutions (CWS), an Oakland-based company whose primary expertise lies in recycling. The decision to place garbage-collecting responsibilities for the entire city in the hands of a company with no experience with garbage represents an extremely risky venture. With CWS taking over garbage collection duties, it marks the end a decades-long business…
  • As California’s Drought Worsens, Residents Continue to Consume

    David
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    As California began to feel the worsening effects of this summers drought, Gov. Jerry Brown called for a 20% cutback on overall water use among resident. Unfortunately, residents are failing to act accordingly. In a recently updated report of statewide water use, not only has consumption failed to fall, but also residents are actually using 1% more then last month.   This alarming data comes on the heels of the data released last month that showed only a 5% drop in use. Compared to the new data, those look more and more favorable. This is leaving state officials stammering to find means…
  • SF Recycling Centers Causing Friction Among Locals

    David
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The recycling center at the Market Street Safeway In San Francisco a heated battle continues to over one current recycling center that has overstayed their welcome, as well as opposition over another one looking for city approval before setting up shop. At the Safeway located at 2020 Market St., residents and business owners had enough with the industrial sized center operated by Community Recyclers. People have grown tired of the seemingly endless line of shopping carts and overflowing trash bags lining the street up to the center, creating hefty amounts of litter, noise, and traffic…
  • Albertsons Settles Case Alleging Mishandling of Hazardous Waste

    David
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:13 am
    Albertsons, a grocery chain with more than a thousand locations nation-wide, has agreed to pay $3.3 million dollars to settle a case brought against them alleging stores in California mishandled the disposal of hazardous waste. In the lawsuit, filed in the Orange County Superior Court, several government agencies accused Albertsons of illegally transporting and disposing of dangerous and possibly deadly materials including pool chemicals, batteries, and various types of over-the-counter medication. It was claimed that these products were disposed of in dumpsters meant for non-hazardous…
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • Forbes ranks General Mills among World’s Most Innovative Companies

    Bridget Christenson
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    General Mills has again been named to Forbes magazine’s annual list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies.” The companies on the list, which was released Wednesday, are selected based on an “innovation premium” score, which measures the premium the stock market gives a company for anticipated or expected innovation. “This is wonderful recognition for all of the hard work our employees continue to do to drive innovation throughout the company,” says Peter Erickson, executive vice president of Innovation, Technology and Quality at General Mills. “Looking forward, we will…
  • World’s fastest ride to school

    Kevin Hunt
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Jake thought the cameras following him around his house in Charlotte last May were for a documentary about students at his high school. But that ruse ended quickly as he stepped outside and heard the screeching sound of NASCAR driver Austin Dillon burning rubber in the No. 3 Cheerios Protein race car on his street. Dillon was there to give him a ride to school, for a unique commercial that debuted on TV in June. The Cheerios Protein team recently produced an extended version of the ad for YouTube, which also features some great behind-the-scenes footage. Dillon told me he enjoyed being a part…
  • How your favorite snacks are invented

    Bernadette Piacek-Llanes
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Fudgy brownies under 100 calories. Nutty snack bars chock full of protein. Soft baked cookies secretly packed with fiber. Ever wonder how your favorite snacks came to be? No, they weren’t inventions by one genius individual, they were products of what we call “open innovation” – part of our General Mills Worldwide Innovation Network (G-WIN). Since we launched this strategy in 2007, we’ve challenged teams to be more connected, both with outside partners and suppliers as well as internally among divisions and teams. The delicious snacks above were developed in collaboration with…
  • 5 mouthwatering marinades for Labor Day grilling

    Maerenn Jepsen
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    Firing up the grill this Labor Day weekend? Ditch your standard grilling routine and infuse your chops, steaks, chicken, kabobs and fish with flavor using quick and easy marinades. Madison Mayberry, food editor at the Kitchens of General Mills, recommends these five saucy recipes to mix and match with whatever you’re putting on the grill. If you’re swapping in chicken or fish, they may require different times to marinate than pork, beef or veggies. Honey-Soy Marinade Sweet and savory combine for this sizzling marinade recipe, featured here with salmon. Not only does the marinade…
  • Why Usher and BuzzBee want you to dance

    Kevin Hunt
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:56 am
    Usher can dance. There’s no doubt about that. But … BuzzBee? See for yourself in the latest commercial for Honey Nut Cheerios. The pairing of Usher and Buzz led to a fun 30-second commercial directed by Hype Williams, shot on the same set of Usher’s video for his new song – “She Came to Give it to You.” It really allowed Usher to showcase his skills, according to Gail Peterson, marketing associate director for Honey Nut Cheerios. “Usher is an overwhelming talent,” says Gail. “He’s a hard worker, but without a doubt his dancing is a gift…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Lesson 3 of 5: Lessons for Leaders as they Build a Great Workplace

    Jessica Rohman
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lesson #3: Being recognized as a Best Company is less about perks and more about the employee experience.What people often think makes a great workplace isn’t actually what makes it so. So say the Great Place to Work® Institute’s Leslie Caccamese and Katie Popp, two of the masterminds behind the FORTUNE Best Companies to Work For Lists.
  • Purpose: A Hedge Against Organizational Challenges

    China Gorman
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Deloitte “2014 Core Beliefs and Culture Study” proves it again, that those workplaces who focus on creating a meaningful environment for all their stakeholders (customers, employees, and communities) foster a culture of purpose that builds confidence, drives investment, and “can lead to competitive advantage in a time of economic vitality.”
  • Lesson 2 of 5- Lessons for Leaders as they Build a Great Workplace

    Jessica Rohman
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lesson #2: Many best companies are leading with shared values, not rules and policiesA key theme from this year’s Great Place to Work® Conference was that many Best Companies leaders are throwing away the 75-page employee handbook in favor of simple statements or shared values. In an era where command-and-control leadership styles are waning, leading with shared values and principles provides an effective strategy for the evolving, trust-based organization.
  • Lessons for Leaders as they Build a Great Workplace

    Jessica Rohman
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Lesson #1: Seven Workplace Factors that Impact Employee Health One of the top lessons for leaders that we took away from this year’s Great Place to Work® Conference was that wellness programs are not the lever that drives employees’ health in the workplace. Instead, improving the overall work environment is a far more effective way to keep employees healthy.
  • Leadership Challenges, Critical Skills and the Importance of Gender Diversity

    China Gorman
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Development Dimensions International (DDI) and The Conference Board have recently released a report, “Global Leadership Forecast 2014|2015.” This report, the seventh of its kind published by DDI, includes survey responses from 13,124 leaders, 1,528 global human resource executives, and 2,031 participating organizations.
 
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Can Going Green Help My Bottom Line?

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Americans are expected to spend an annualized $53.8 billion on home improvements in the third quarter of 2014 —a 9.9 percent increase over the third quarter of 2013, according to a Joint Center for Housing Studies report. If you are planning on “going green” this year, you may be eligible for some tax breaks. Federal and state renewable energy programs offer tax credits to homeowners who perform energy-saving upgrades. These programs encourage energy-efficient design and offer an effective way for states to achieve local renewable energy goals. Some incentives are designed to take…
  • Summit Brokerage Services Welcomes New Advisor

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Financial advisor Stephen “Russ” Story of Story Wealth Management Group in Douglas, GA has recently joined Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., the Highest Rated Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*. He was previously affiliated with Cantella & Co., where he managed over $40 million in client assets. Story brings 24 years of industry experience providing his clients with not only investment advice but also financial planning systems that are second to none. “Summit is large enough to provide the products, services and operational support so I can better serve my clients, but small…
  • Have Children? Here’s how to teach them about money

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    When it comes to teaching kids about money, the sooner you start the better. Kids are smart. They understand the concept of money long before they know how to add or subtract. They see you reaching into your wallet and taking out cash, or going to the ATM and getting cash, or they see you swipe your debit or credit card at the store every time you shop. To help the next generations avoid the financial mistakes of their elders and to live financially fit lives, they need to be taught the essentials about money. Beth Kobliner, author of the New York Times bestseller “Get a Financial Life”,…
  • Summit Brokerage Services Unveils New Concierge Program for All Advisors

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Summit Brokerage Services, the #1 independent broker dealer in the country*, is pleased to announce the next level in servicing its financial advisors – Summit Concierge Services (SCS). SCS was created to further improve upon both the efficiency and effectiveness of the service Summit provides its advisors. The benefits of SCS include:   Personalized Service Response – Personalized response from a SCS team member within one hour during our normal business hours. Easy Access24/7 web and mobile-based accessibility to the SCS team. Valued Input– Easy and convenient opportunity…
  • My Retirement Saving is Really Bad: What to do if you are Behind in Retirement Savings

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Everyone knows the time to start saving for retirement is when you are young, but very few people actually do. According to a Country Financial Security Index survey, one in four Americans across all age groups admits they are not saving at all for retirement. Those 18 to 29 are the biggest offenders of not saving. In fact, 32 percent in this age bracket are not saving for retirement. Perhaps, they’re buried in college loans or feel like retirement is too far away to worry about. Nearly 40 percent of those 40 and older say they regret decisions they’ve made with their retirement…
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • 15 Examples of Employee Appreciation on Twitter

    Jonathan McClellan
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Historically, observation of Labor Day, established in 1887 to commemorate the “social and economic achievements of American workers,” has taken the form of speeches by prominent men and women, street parades, festivals, and coverage in newspapers, radio, and television. In today’s digital era, however, many companies have taken to expressing employee recognition and appreciation on not just Labor Day, but year-round via social media outlets.  Forbes, in fact, notes that social media is critical to employee engagement and fuels “employee activism ,” defined as “individuals who…
  • Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Wellness Engagement

    Jennifer Patel
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    We all know the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” seems like a simple approach to staying healthy. Unfortunately in today’s hectic world, the simple idea of living a healthy lifestyle is often put to wayside with demanding schedules involving work and family responsibilities. The effects of allowing personal wellness to take a backseat to other obligations can have negative long-term repercussions on the individual and ultimately will impact the employee’s performance. So, what is the solution? Various companies contribute greater productivity rates, increased workplace…
  • A New Approach to the Employee Review

    Jonathan McClellan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As managers, employee reviews are a critical aspect of how we help guide our employee through his or her career. In my previous series of blogs I discussed the importance of rewards and recognitions as it relates to an employee’s career evolution, but that role does assessment play in that evolution? Without a thoughtful, planned and well-executed employee review, management has essentially failed their employees’ career progression. I believe the traditional approach to performance reviews is outdated and ineffective. For an associate, it’s nice to sit down annually with a…
  • Wellness Programs: A Strategic Differentiator in the Workplace

    Jennifer Patel
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    According to a 2012 Workplace Wellness Market Review sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Workplace wellness programs have achieved a high penetration in the United States … analysis suggests that about three-quarters of employers with more than 50 employees now offer such a program, which translates into about 100,000 organizations.” With so many plans in place, today’s workplace wellness programs are more than just another piece of the employee benefits package. Employees are placing a premium on wellness, making them true…
  • Service Recovery: The Most Important Aspects of an Apology

    Rhonda Basler
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Call me crazy, but I love to talk with companies about how to apologize well.  For most companies and their customers, the period of time after a mistake has been made is uncomfortable at best and downright painful for many.  So why do I have this unusual fixation with the atonement process when typically it is not a pleasurable encounter?  Because, if not done well, the relationship with the customer is shortened and LTV (Life Time Value) drops.  Systemic issues can have a dramatic impact to overall customer equity (the sum of customer LTVs) and create PR and social media nightmares. But…
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    Skiddle Blog

  • How secure is your ticket outlet?

    Ben
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    With cyber security being in the news every week and high profile brands being ‘hacked’, it’s important that when you choose a ticket outlet, you do some research to ensure they follow security best-practices to protect your customers from fraud. Every website that accepts card transactions needs to incorporate security measures to ensure the cardholder’s confidential details (including payment info) are kept secure. You will already be familiar with the padlock symbol showing the transmission of data is protected by SSL – this is a very basic measure that all…
  • Thanks for your feedback :)

    Ben
    9 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    Since day one, we’ve built Skiddle around feedback from our Promoters and Customers. Recently we asked our event promoters to leave feedback on how we’re doing, and here’s the results. Our average score was a massive 9/10 from over 120 reviews- with an overwhelming number of promoters scoring us 10/10 – this makes us very happy! Below are some of the positive comments left by our promoters: “F… A…B! Easy to use, interactive and informative. 10/10″ “Excellent tool, enables us to promote our events for free, and if we need that extra boost…
  • Skiddle Traffic Update

    Ben
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    The number of visitors using Skiddle to plan their weekends is growing and growing. The table below demonstrates traffic rankings for UK websites by Alexa (an independent analytics company), indicating Skiddle’s huge traffic flow. Site Traffic Rank of all UK websites Ticketmaster 294th skiddle.com 432nd Seetickets 563rd Residentadvisor 868th Ticketweb 2,082nd Ticketline 3,738th Gigantic 4,890th Fatsoma 5,048th Theticketsellers 16,134th Ticketarena 32,450th * Figures according to Alexa.com and were correct on 5th June 2014. Figures show website popularity based upon visitors and…
  • Mixmag Integration Rollout

    Ben
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:33 am
    We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to power Mixmag’s new club listings submission service for their magazine. The new system will replace the current email system, allowing you to submit your events online, then edit them should the details change. The good news is this is all built upon the Skiddle Promotion Centre, so if you’ve already entered your event into Skiddle, it will automatically be picked up without you having to submit again! The process is being rolled out gradually, so you will receive more information from them shortly.
  • New Functionality: add multiple events

    Ben
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    If you need to quickly add multiple events to Skiddle which are at the same venue (for example a weekly club night, regular exhibition, etc) we now have a quick way to do so. Using our ‘Quick Add’ form you can enter some basic information that all your events will share (title, short description, etc) then enter specific dates, with an area to add an artist lineup for each date if you wish. Once you hit save, our system will create individual listings for each date you’ve entered, so you can manage them individually. Have a read about this nifty new tool here: Quick Add…
 
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • The Effectiveness of Direct Mail in a Digital World

    Jennifer Jenkins
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
     It’s not an exaggeration to say the world is going digital.  But does that mean direct mail—long the standard for highly focused, results-driven marketing—is no longer effective and relevant?  On the contrary. In truth, printed direct mail has never been more effective.  Not only is it the most targeted of all mediums, but according to a Direct Marketing Association study, [1] it also surpasses email in terms of response rates from existing customers, averaging 3.4% compared to 0.12% for email. Part of a multichannel marketing approach Using a variety of devices, channels and…
  • Creating for the Hispanic Market

    Syra Villarreal
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The thing that makes targeting Hispanic consumers a bit tricky is not that they are vastly different from other segments, it’s that sometimes the cultural nuances are hard to put into words. You often hear, “Hispanics consider family to be extremely important.” Well, that’s the case for all segments. But it’s how this sentiment is executed that defines whether advertising will work or not. Take insurance, for example. Both General Market and Hispanic consumers recognize its value. But, whereas the General Market views insurance as a way to protect their financial assets, Hispanics…
  • Direct Mail Quality Best Practices

    Carolyn Albee
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When looking for the right direct mail partner, it’s important to find a firm that is committed to quality. Following are some direct mail quality best practices that will ensure your campaign is executed without a hitch. Proofreading Proofreading best practices include: Check for spelling and grammar errors. For example, Anderson proofreaders have a full-page checklist they follow to make sure all errors are caught consistently and correctly. Check all phone numbers, URLs and math within a given piece. If your CTAs are incorrect, your campaign is sunk from the beginning. Also, if important…
  • Direct Mail Production: Spotlight on Specialty Equipment

    Kelsey Mathis
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Anderson has some specialty equipment on the production floor that streamline our print and mail jobs. These machines coat, stitch, perforate, and so much more, and allow us to process unique jobs in-house with efficiency and high quality. The following pictures, video, and descriptions will demonstrate our productivity in action! Here’s a bit more information about each one… UV Coater This machine runs cardstock paper and applies a UV coating to the outside of each sheet. Coating can be applied on one or both sides of the sheet. This creates a glossy finish. Postcards are the most…
  • Is It Time to Change Your Creative?

    Linda Frost
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    Think your current direct mail package is worn out and ready to retire? Well, it may only appear that way to you and others in your organization—but not to your prospects. When creative has been in use for some time, there can be a tendency to think it is “fatigued” and want to change it. But beware of change for the sake of change. Although you may be overly familiar with your mail piece after developing, updating and mailing it over time, it’s much fresher to your prospects. And with their busy lives and full mailboxes, even if it’s stellar, they may have no recollection of having…
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    Barefoot Yoga Blog

  • Top 5 Calming Foods, Scents, and Drinks to Bring Yoga into Aspects of Your Everyday Life

    Carolina
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Sure, we all try to bring yoga into our everyday lives anyway! But with the hustle and bustle of school, work, and family, sometimes it’s helpful to have a calming yogic aspect not just in our practices, but in the practice of the foods we eat, drink and smell. Check out the recommendations below to […]
  • Mindful Eating

    Grace
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Mindful eating can help us focus on staying healthy, relieve stress and get rid of any hang-ups we may have about eating. You do not have to deprive yourself of your favorite food. You do have to take one bite, and notice its texture, smell and flavor. Think about what you are feeling at that […]
  • Lauren’s Pick of the Week: OMgirl Mindful Tank

    Lauren
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    OMgirl’s Mindful Tank is a sleek, sexy and versatile top that works great as a layering piece. Wear it over a bra top for a little extra coverage during your yoga practice, or layer it under a sweater for a casual, polished look. The tank’s Pima cotton/Modal blend feels luxuriously soft yet strong, and in a variety […]
  • OMgirl’s Fall Collection Has Arrived!

    Barefoot Yoga
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    OMgirl’s newest collection is here, with gorgeous new colors and patterns for Fall. Check out a selection of our stylish and stunning new stock of new OMgirl clothing below: To browse our entire selection of OMgirl practice tops, yoga bottoms and more, visit www.barefootyoga.com!
  • Jalanhandra Bandha

    Grace
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Jalanhandra Bandha is the throat lock that regulates breath and energy to blood vessels and your neck. It is said to aid in sinus problems as well as well as the circulatory and respiratory systems. Is it performed in conjunction with breath exercises. To do Jalanhandra Bandha, sit cross-legged or with your bottom on your […]
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  • Merchant Warehouse and One Step Retail Solutions Win Innovative Solution Award for Best Partnership at RSPA’s RetailNOW

    Merchant Warehouse
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    SHARE Partnering Companies Bring Genius Customer Engagement Platform to One Step Retail Solutions’ Retail Customers  Boston, MA -- August 27, 2014 -- Payment technologies leader Merchant Warehouse® and top retail technology reseller One Step Retail Solutions today announced the receipt of the Innovative Solution Award for Best Partnership by the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) and Vertical Systems Reseller (VSR) Magazine. This award honors both companies for bringing Merchant Warehouse’s Genius™ Customer Engagement Platform™ to One Step Retail Solutions’ retail…
  • Beacons - What Consumers Want

    Jenn Reichenbacher
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Beacons – we’re starting to hear more and more about them, especially for those in marketing, retail and payments. What are they? Beacons are simple, affordable devices that retailers and/or business owners can place within their respective stores, which enable wireless communication with customer smart devices. Using Bluetooth (BLE) technology, Beacons can detect visitors as they enter a retailer, for example, and immediately communicate with them. Communications can range from promotional offers, discounts and coupons to loyalty program updates to personalized shopping or requests…
  • Leveraging Technology to Deliver an Amazing Customer Experience

    David McSweeney
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE As a service based business with more than 80,000 customers nationwide, it’s critical that we look beyond traditional service methodologies as we support each of our valued customers with a goal of delivering an amazing customer experience. Over the past decade, we’ve witnessed a monumental shift for numerous organizations – small and large, moving from traditional call center environments to online self-service support. While it’s critical that we capitalize on the value that technology delivers in terms of cost savings, consumer expectations and 24/7/365 accessibility, it’s…
  • Which Mobile Payment Methods are Consumers Using?

    Merchant Warehouse
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    SHARE Mobile payments are beginning to make their mark on the US retail market. Starbucks is one of the biggest players in the space with over 10 million users actively using their mobile payment and loyalty application, an app that accounted for more than $1 billion in sales during 2013. However apps such as Starbucks, Google Wallet, ISIS, PayPal, LevelUp are just the tip of the iceberg, with new mobile payment options popping up on a near daily basis. Regardless as to the name or benefits of the application, most mobile apps leverage one of 4 types of methods for accepting and sending…
  • Online eCommerce - Tips for Addressing Abandoned Shopping Carts

    Jenn Reichenbacher
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Abandoned shopping carts have long been thorns in online retailers' sides, and the problem only gets worse with each passing year. Interestingly, few online retailers take steps to combat the problem and simply consider it part of doing business online. That's too bad because there are actually several ways to reduce abandoned shopping cart rates. If you own a brick-and-mortar store in conjunction with an e-commerce site, you're in an especially strong position. Omnichannel marketing, which refers to delivering a parallel shopping experience across a variety of sales channels, including…
 
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  • Ice Bucket Fever

    Natalie Darr
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    You would have to be living under a rock if you have not seen or heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. If you do find yourself underground, allow me to explain in a nut shell what this craze is.  The Ice Bucket Challenge, a global phenomenon, asks you to pour a bucket of ice water over your head or donate to the cause, in this case it being ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.  You may be nominated by coworkers, family or friends and have twenty-four hours to accept the challenge or donate and in turn nominate your own. In most cases, a donation and ice water are happening jointly. The first…
  • Pursue Your Passion: Invest In Yourself

    Danny Trizio
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Image courtesy of Alan Cleaver’s photostream Whether you’re an entrepreneur attempting your first startup or a tenured member of the workforce looking for something new, when will the timing be right to take a chance, invest in yourself and start striving towards your goal? The truth is it may never be. Sitting on your couch and putting your dreams on hold for something easier, more comfortable, is always the less exhaustive route to take. But in the end, where does that really get you? Yes, this is a rhetorical question but I think it gets the point across and is well stated in the…
  • 4 Steps to Living the Charged Life

    Brianne Kistler
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Recently, I learned about a powerful message from bestselling author and personal development trainer, Brendon Burchard about the difference between living a caged life, a comfortable life and a charged life. In short, a caged life is one where you are held back by fear or your own misconceptions about a difficult situation, a comfortable life is one where you do not push yourself to grow or move forward and a charged life is when you use passion, energy and more to live the life of your dreams. Though these concepts seem simple enough, many people find themselves stuck in their current ways…
  • The Recipe for a “Good” Tweet

    Justin Heegan
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    Image courtesy of C!…’s photostream Chances are fairly good that unless you’ve found a way to live without any form of media in your life for a larger part of the past decade that you know what Twitter is. Chances are even more likely that you yourself own one of the reported 883 million Twitter accounts in existence today. Even if, to this point, you’ve defied the odds, I daresay you would be able to pick out a good, quality message over a less popular one? How about being able to determine which Tweet was shared more than the other? Three Cornell students claim they’ve…
  • Don’t Miss This Chance to Make a Great First Impression

    Barbara Sulik
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of Zach Taylor’s photostream I once started a new job, on a Friday, at 2:30 p.m. Mind you, this was a typical Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job. There was no explanation given on the somewhat odd start day and time. When I showed up, no one seemed to remember I was coming in. My desk was dusty, did not have any supplies and there was no plan for an orientation. I was walked around the building for about an hour and told that I could leave. That should have set off red flags about the type of employer and the value that was placed on employees, especially during the…
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  • 10 Subreddits That Every Professional Should Follow

    Barry
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    Reddit’s full of interesting original articles sorted into ‘SubReddits’. Here’s 10 Subreddits That Every Professional Should Follow Whether you’re in need of some motivation for the day, a clever productivity hack to streamline your processes or tips on how to lead your team, there’s a subreddit that covers it. Below are just 10 suggestions but there are countless more, ever more niche, subreddits to browse and learn from. /r/Career Career Stuff. Anything related to starting a career, advancement, tips, resumes, etc. /r/GetDisciplined Everyone needs help…
  • Why You Should Care About Offboarding, A Lot

    Barry
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Offboarding’s an extremely important part of the employee life cycle, yet many brands ignore this process. Here’s why you should care about offboarding, a lot. Just as onboarding is the process by which a company ensures that a new starter is integrated into the business culture as efficiently as possible, offboarding should be used to ensure that an employee leaves the business in the best way. There are a number of reasons why it’s important for brands to invest time and effort into their offboarding process. These include: Because data security is more important than…
  • Helping Employees To Beat The Winter Blues

    Barry
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Helping employees to beat the Winter blues isn’t only good for them, but also for the business too. With such a great Summer this year it’ill be that little bit harder when the nights start to roll in and things get colder. Here’s what your employees can do to stay happy and productive. Encourage annual leave to get some Winter sun One main factor which contributes to that feeling we get in Winter is the lack of sun in our lives. To counteract this encourage employees to take a few days off to get away in the sun and to soak up some vitamin D. If they’re unable to…
  • See Into The Future With Predictive Analytics

    Barry
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    The more data we share, collect and analyse, the easier it is to see into the future with predictive analytics. But what’s it all about and how can it benefit your business? ‘Predictive Analytics’ is described as “In business, predictive models exploit patterns found in historical and transactional data to identify risks and opportunities. Models capture relationships among many factors to allow assessment of risk or potential associated with a particular set of conditions, guiding decision making for candidate transactions.” – from Wikipedia PA can be…
  • Get Smart And Catch The Right Talent

    Barry
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Attracting and recruiting the right talent for your business is an ongoing challenge that many brands invest heavily in. If you get smart and catch the right talent then these investments are rewarded with employees that drive the business forward to new successes. Maintaining a strong employer brand, optimising the recruitment processes and ensuring that talent stays with your company are all top of recruitment and HR departments priorities (or should be). Do you have the tools to attract the right talent? To prepare for, monitor, test and learn from your recruiting efforts you need to…
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  • Guide to Electronic Meeting Systems

    Alexandrea Roman
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:18 am
    Developments in technology have changed the way organisations facilitate meetings. Nowadays, meetings go beyond face-to-face interactions within the same room; instead, they transcend distances and timezones, allowing more people to connect with each other — whether for a sales presentation or a board meeting — in a virtual environment created by electronic meeting systems. What are Electronic Meeting Systems? Coined in 1988, the term ‘electronic meeting systems’ refers to software that facilitates collaborative decision-making and creative problem-solving. Its…
  • 8 Signs You Need Boardroom Software for Your Organisation

    Alexandrea Roman
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Just last year, one out of five people in the world owned a smartphone, while one out of 17 owned a tablet. And it doesn’t stop there. You can expect the numbers to rise by the end of 2014 and by the start of 2015, especially for tablets which are showing faster adoption rates compared to smartphones. It’s not a surprise that mobile devices have become necessary tools in the enterprise. They’ve become partners in productivity and efficiency for many people, from interns to CEOs. Thanks to the variety of apps in the market today, it seems there’s an ideal solution for…
  • Anywhere Pad Featured in The Edge Singapore

    Alexandrea Roman
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Our very own Managing Director Lee Wan Lik, who was interviewed for the piece, shared that Anywhere Pad is in its pilot phase for the UK’s supermarket giant Tesco, where there will be more than 20- users logging on to the software. But that’s just the beginning. Lee also shared that Anywhere Pad, now on its third generation, will also be made available in Spanish and French to accommodate users from all over the world. Other languages will follow soon after the Spanish and French release. The universal appeal of Anywhere Pad lies in its easy usability and stringent security.
  • Anywhere Pad Version 4.0 Released

    Alexandrea Roman
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    As part of our never-ending effort to make Anywhere Pad a better experience for all our users, we’re happy to announce that we’ve just released Anywhere Pad Version 4.0.10742 to the App Store on July 14. We applied bug fixes and made these enhancements: Timezone support You can search and select your city from the drop-down menu when setting the time zone in the portal. Daylight Saving Time is automatically factored in, if applicable. For the mobile app, all date and time values are based on the local time zone of your device. Retention policy If you’re an organiser, you can…
  • How Board Software Harnesses the Power of Real-Time Information

    Anywhere Pad Team
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:27 am
    Access to real-time information through board software is always an advantage especially for boards. Directors armed with the latest data can make timely decisions and formulate relevant strategies applicable to the immediate situation at hand. But without access to the freshest information as it becomes available, directors will not be able to adjust their plans accordingly to accommodate last-minute developments. By the time they do make the adjustments, the changes may no longer be relevant because yet another development has taken place. Though information turnover isn’t necessarily…
 
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  • Standard Chartered Fined Again For AML Violations, Not Screening Against Restricted Party Lists

    Tristan Steiner
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Ethics and Compliance in Modern International Banking Practices. News from the banking side of export ethics and compliance: Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) has agreed to pay a $300Million fine to the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) for anti-money laundering (AML) violations. According to the DFS, Standard Chartered’s internal AML compliance system, the SCB Rulebook, which was developed in-house at its New York branch following a previous settlement with the DFS, failed to catch potentially high-risk transactions from Standard Chartered’s subsidiaries in Hong Kong and…
  • Two of the Most Difficult Areas of Restricted and Denied Party Screening Today

    Tristan Steiner
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Dynamic Rescreening is a vital feature of the right solution to Restricted and Denied Party Screening difficulties. While working with professionals in the export compliance world, I have encountered two surprisingly difficult areas to make sense of, and make correct decisions about, when addressing due diligence with restricted and denied party screening activities. Read on, and let me know if this sounds familiar to you. First is OFAC’s “Revised Guidance on Entities Owned by Persons Whose Property and Interests in Property are Blocked,” which was published August 13th, 2014, and…
  • Three Reasons Why Exporters Continually Rescreen Against Denied and Restricted Parties

    Tristan Steiner
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    There are multiple reasons why export compliance professionals rescreen their company’s contacts each and every day. Screening for restricted and denied parties is now, more than ever before, seen as a critical component of the business of international trade. Within the process, however, there are a number of glaring opportunities for mistakes, such as forgetfulness, misspellings, assuming someone else has done it, or relying on outdated screening information generated some time ago through some abstract approach. From working in support of export compliance professionals and hearing…
  • Exporters Behaving Badly: Real World Export Compliance Horror Stories

    Peter Mollard
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    There are many rewards involved in doing business globally. Exporting gives companies access to larger markets and the chance to increase profits. But export compliance is a tricky business and the ramifications of an export violation can be severe. Consider these three recent cases:  The Case of the e-Bay Seller and the Gunsights First we present you with the troubling case of a 41 year old and her side-business on e-bay. The woman in question was gainfully employed by a government contractor and working at Fort Hood in Texas. As a way of earning more money, she sold surplus military…
  • Export Compliance Antagonist Dennis Rodman May Lose His BFF to a Pro Wrestler

    Lori Padley-Lee
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Export Compliance rule-breaker Dennis Rodman could face some lonely days ahead. Earlier this year former NBA player Dennis Rodman was the subject of an investigation by the U.S. State and Treasury Departments concerning his appearance at North Korean autocrat Kim Jong-Un’s birthday party. No, he didn’t go to Asia to distribute the secret blueprints of any American companies (which would have been an egregious deemed export violation). But he did share items of which the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) did not approve. There was no restricted party screening, ECCN classification, or…
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  • Malaysia Where Love Grows

    P1 Buddy
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:41 pm
      Malaysia Where Love Grows is the theme announced for the country’s 57th Merdeka Day celebrations and we certainly need more love spreading around in the midst of current events that has befallen onto the nation. With two more days to go, the 57th anniversary of Malaysia’s Independence Day will […] The post Malaysia Where Love Grows appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • National Mourning Day – Do’s and Don’ts

    P1 Buddy
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
      As announced by the Prime Minister’s Department, the whole nation would be set to observe the National Day of Mourning on Aug 22 as remains of Malaysians who perished in the MH17 tragedy are brought back home. The national flag, Jalur Gemilang will be flown at half-mast as a […] The post National Mourning Day – Do’s and Don’ts appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Tips & Tricks to boost your WiFi signal

    P1 Buddy
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
      You’re streaming your favourite TV show and your broadband suddenly slows down. This really annoys not just you but millions of internet users suffering from the same dilemma. Fortunately, there are many ways to boost your WiFi signal and most of them simply involves a bit of tweaking to […] The post Tips & Tricks to boost your WiFi signal appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Top 10 mobile apps for you to check on WiFi signal

    P1 Buddy
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    You have the most up-to-date device in your hand and you’re having a hard time connecting to the Internet. You fail to make calls or send text messages. Fuming frustration sets in as you realize the competency of your latest gadget is not in question but a weak network signal […] The post Top 10 mobile apps for you to check on WiFi signal appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • 10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

    P1 Buddy
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Nowadays, ever so often, you’ll come across someone with a job title that makes you go, “huh?” Understandably if you haven’t heard of it, then welcome to the modern era where professions have simply evolved in the past 10 years. Emergence of new technologies, downturns and ecological progression has contributed […] The post 10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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