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  • Time For The Holidays, Prepare Now

    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog
    Rhonda Basler
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Customer engagement is a must, but for anyone selling products or services that can be holiday purchases it becomes much more important in the fourth quarter of the calendar year. So, with both companies and personal friends and families competing for people’s attention, how can your company stand apart during the holiday season to truly engage your customers? It’s simpler than you might think. Extend the Holidays December tends to be the month when businesses focus their marketing efforts around promotions and other holiday inspired customer appreciation tactics. But, by connecting with…
  • An inbox that works for you

    The Official Google Blog
    Emily Wood
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today, we’re introducing something new. It’s called Inbox. Years in the making, Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters. Email started simply as a way to send digital notes around the office. But fast-forward 30 years and with just the phone in your pocket, you can use email to contact virtually anyone in the world…from your best friend to the owner of that bagel shop you discovered last week. With this evolution comes new challenges: we get more email now than ever,…
  • If You Don’t Think You Need Long Term Care Insurance, Think Again

    AccuQuote Blog
    Byron Udell
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Unless you are really, really broke or really, really rich, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll need some sort of long term care (LTC).If you’re extremely wealthy or dirt poor, go ahead and abandon this blog post (but come back in a week or so for the next one!). But for those who fall in the very large middle of those two categories—that’s almost everyone, by the way—you’ll want to keep reading. Who needs long term care? The short answer to this question is most of us. No one wants to think about getting old, wearing diapers, and not being able to go through life without…
  • Multi-AZ Support / Auto Failover for Amazon ElastiCache for Redis

    Amazon Web Services Blog
    Jeff Barr
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Like every AWS offering, Amazon ElastiCache started out simple and then grew in breadth and depth over time. Here's a brief recap of the most important milestones: August 2011 - Initial launch with support for the Memcached caching engine in one AWS Region. December 2011 - Expansion to four additional Regions. March 2012 - The first of several price reductions. April 2012 - Introduction of Reserved Cluster Nodes. November 2012 - Introduction of four additional types of Cache Nodes. September 2013 - Initial support for the Redis caching engine including Replication Groups with replicas for…
  • Special Thanks to Our Volunteers, Employees and Donors During Sandy

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    Trevor Riggen
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    By: Trevor Riggen, Vice President of Disaster Services Operations and Logistics, American Red Cross Next week marks the two-year anniversary of one of the largest responses in the long and proud history of this organization. It was a storm and challenge so unique that they had to come up with a new name just to describe it – Superstorm Sandy.  It was a massive, powerful storm that hit the most densely populated area of the country at the tail end of hurricane season followed by falling temperatures, snow, and enormous need throughout the region. I want to begin by saying thank you to…
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • If You Don’t Think You Need Long Term Care Insurance, Think Again

    Byron Udell
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Unless you are really, really broke or really, really rich, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll need some sort of long term care (LTC).If you’re extremely wealthy or dirt poor, go ahead and abandon this blog post (but come back in a week or so for the next one!). But for those who fall in the very large middle of those two categories—that’s almost everyone, by the way—you’ll want to keep reading. Who needs long term care? The short answer to this question is most of us. No one wants to think about getting old, wearing diapers, and not being able to go through life without…
  • In My World, EVERY Month Is Life Insurance Awareness Month

    Byron Udell
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    According to Life Happens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers make smart insurance decisions to safeguard their families’ financial futures and a great resource for information, September is Life Insurance Awareness Month.It’s nice to raise awareness for the most important product mankind ever invented (if you disagree and want to debate this, email me at ByronUdell@accuquote.com!), but the fact is if we are only thinking about life insurance one month out of every year, we’re in trouble. I find the best way to explain the value and importance of life insurance is…
  • 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 –…
 
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    Amazon Web Services Blog

  • Multi-AZ Support / Auto Failover for Amazon ElastiCache for Redis

    Jeff Barr
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Like every AWS offering, Amazon ElastiCache started out simple and then grew in breadth and depth over time. Here's a brief recap of the most important milestones: August 2011 - Initial launch with support for the Memcached caching engine in one AWS Region. December 2011 - Expansion to four additional Regions. March 2012 - The first of several price reductions. April 2012 - Introduction of Reserved Cluster Nodes. November 2012 - Introduction of four additional types of Cache Nodes. September 2013 - Initial support for the Redis caching engine including Replication Groups with replicas for…
  • OpenID Connect Support for Amazon Cognito

    Jeff Barr
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    This past summer, we launched Cognito to simplify the task of authenticating users and storing, managing, and syncing their data across multiple devices. Cognito already supports a variety of identities — public provider identities (Facebook, Google, and Amazon), guest user identities, and recently announced developer authenticated identities. Today we are making Amazon Cognito even more flexible by enabling app developers to use identities from any provider that supports OpenID Connect (OIDC). For example, you can write AWS-powered apps that allow users to sign in using their user name…
  • Now Open - AWS Germany (Frankfurt) Region - EC2, DynamoDB, S3, and Much More

    Jeff Barr
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    It is time to expand the AWS footprint once again, this time with a new Region in Frankfurt, Germany. AWS customers in Europe can now use the new EU (Frankfurt) Region along with the existing EU (Ireland) Region for fast, low-latency access to the suite of AWS infrastructure services. You can now build multi-Region applications with the assurance that your content will stay within the EU. New Region The new Frankfurt Region supports Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and related services including Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Auto Scaling, and Elastic Load…
  • MLB.com Statcast Debuts at the World Series - Powered by AWS

    Jeff Barr
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Yesterday, the team at MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) launched MLB.com Statcast for the 2014 World Series. This cool new video experience, powered by AWS, demonstrates for fans how high-resolution cameras and radar equipment precisely track the position of the ball and all of the players on the field during a baseball game. The equipment captures 20,000 position metrics for the ball every second. It also captures 30 position metrics for each player every second. The data is used to create a newly introduced video overlay experience — MLB.com Statcast powered by AWS — to display the…
  • AWS Ad Tech Conference - This Friday in San Francisco!

    Jeff Barr
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    The advertising space is going through a rapid, technology-enabled, data-driven transformation! Many of the companies driving this change are using AWS services like Amazon Elastic MapReduce, Amazon Redshift, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon CloudFront to serve, ingest, process, store, analyze, track, and optimize their online advertising campaigns. If you work for an ad tech company in the San Francisco area you should consider attending a free one-day event for developers and architects this coming Friday (October 24th) in San Francisco. Attend, Learn, Meet If you attend the…
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    redcrosschat.org

  • Special Thanks to Our Volunteers, Employees and Donors During Sandy

    Trevor Riggen
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    By: Trevor Riggen, Vice President of Disaster Services Operations and Logistics, American Red Cross Next week marks the two-year anniversary of one of the largest responses in the long and proud history of this organization. It was a storm and challenge so unique that they had to come up with a new name just to describe it – Superstorm Sandy.  It was a massive, powerful storm that hit the most densely populated area of the country at the tail end of hurricane season followed by falling temperatures, snow, and enormous need throughout the region. I want to begin by saying thank you to…
  • Debunking a Red Cross Ebola Myth

    Laura Howe
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    If you’re online regularly, you can see some unusual and often outrageous claims, especially involving big topics in the news. Lately, you may have seen a ridiculous rumor about the Red Cross purposely spreading Ebola in African nations. The Red Cross and Red Crescent network across the globe does amazing work to respond to disasters and emergencies; promote health; tend to the sick and injured and get communities ready for future emergencies. Red Cross workers from around the world and volunteers from the Ebola affected countries are on the ground right now trying to stem the tide of this…
  • Home Fire Campaign: Week 1 Wrap Up

    Beth Pullias
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    The American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is striving to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fores, and we’ve already made an impact. Over the weekend in Georgia, a Red Cross chapter and Boy Scout Troop went through many neighborhoods,installing fire alarms in the homes that were missing them. Later on, a woman turned on her self-cleaning oven and then took a nap. A pot of grease in the oven set off her recently installed smoke detector. Because of the this, the woman was able to wake up and safely escape her home. Local chapters are doing great work by…
  • Face Your Fears Day: A Confession

    Sarah Layton
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    My mother likes to tell the story of one summer day when I was about five years old, living in the tiny town of Marengo, Ohio. It was a windy day – enough to move the tree branches and leaves, but not enough to indicate a storm or any other danger. Mom recounts how I stood at the back screen door, terrified to go outside because of the wind. And being very concerned about our picnic table blowing away. Hi. My name is Sarah Layton. I work at the American Red Cross, and I have an irrational fear of the wind. From that illustration, I’m sure you can image how I reacted whenever a real storm…
  • Fire Alarm Fails: Part 1, Dance Party

    Beth Pullias
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    We all remember those times a shrill, repetitive alarm interrupted a normal day — you burn your dinner, and the smoke alarms go off. You’re in a high school English class, and have to trudge outside in the rain for a fire drill. No matter if it’s a minor mishap or a drill, what a great opportunity to practice your fire escape plan! But some people don’t see a fire alarm as an opportunity to practice. Rather, we found some fantastic examples of what NOT to do during a fire alarm. Namely, have a dance party. Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two…
 
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • How ‘Bout Them Apples? Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Apple Month

    Lori
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Everyone knows “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and that’s because it’s one of the best and tastiest powerfoods around. Apples are packed with fiber and nutrients, and boast a delightfully crisp texture with a sweet yet tart flavor. Bigelow Tea has three delectable apple-tea blends—made with real apple bits—to savor during National Apple Month.  Naturally caffeine-free, Bigelow Tea’s herbal blends are anytime perfect. Can’t make it to the orchard? Bigelow Tea’s Apple Cider blends crisp and tangy apples and hibiscus with sweet spices—cinnamon, rosehip,…
  • Bigelow Tea Adds Flavor Excitement to the Holiday Season

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Bigelow Tea family, renowned for three generations for their tea blending craftsmanship, is delighted to add scrumptious new teas to its ever-popular seasonal tea line that are perfect for holiday enjoyment, and on target with today’s consumer taste trends. In addition to Pumpkin Spice Tea and Apple Cider Herbal Tea, Bigelow’s Harvest line now includes: Salted Caramel Tea! Reflecting the latest confectionary trend of melding a salty note to rich buttery caramel, all-natural Bigelow Salted Caramel Tea captures all the appeal of this popular, full-bodied-caramel flavor combination. To…
  • Sip Bigelow Tea From Sri Lanka At Your Diwali Celebration

    Katie
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Tomorrow, October 23, many of our friends worldwide will celebrate Diwali, also known as the festival of lights. It is observed in Sri Lanka, where carefully picked tea leaves used in Bigelow Tea are grown! The ancient Hindu tradition includes family gatherings, gifts, candles and … tea! Yes, tea is a staple beverage during Diwali. Last year, tea lover and Instagramer rachaelnaidu spent Diwali sipping tea with the whole family! Consider Bigelow English Teatime, which is grown in the mountains of Sri Lanka and is famous for its rich full-bodied yet smooth flavor. Cindi Bigelow, third…
  • Tea on TV: Simon Baker on The Mentalist Is Never Far from a Cup of Tea! 

    Deb
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you’ve seen the hit CBS series, The Mentalist, you probably know that handsome Simon Baker plays the role of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation who solves crimes with his skills of alert observation. And, if you’ve caught an episode of the show you would also know that the Patrick Jane character loves his tea! In almost every episode he drinks at least a cup … and sometimes he’s shown pouring and serving it too! Fans have become so obsessed with Baker’s character and his tea drinking, that they’ll even purchase teacups and…
  • Hey, Pumpkin! Bigelow Tea Has Recipes For National Pumpkin Month!

    Lori
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    October officially marks the arrival of pumpkin season! Wholesome and fibrous, eaten or slathered on as a beauty treatment, pumpkin, studies say, is packed with essential nutrients for healthy eyes, mood, weight and skin. Plus, its distinctively sweet & savory flavor and meaty texture gives the gourd the ability to be scrumptious in every meal of the day! So keeping this in mind, check out Bigelow Tea for the perfect blend of Pumpkin Spice Tea—made with real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—to enjoy on its own or infuse into some incredible recipes ranging from dessert to…
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    IXIA Recent Articles

  • Ixia Webinar: Is Your Network Ready for Unified Communications?

    Don Shin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Ixia Webinar: Is Your Network Ready for Unified Communications? Date: 10/24/2014, Author: Don Shin. For many companies, the performance of real-time applications such as unified communications (UC) is riddled with user complaints. However, it's difficult to tell where network upgrades are needed to improve quality of experience. Join our Webinar Deliver on the Promise of Unified Communications: Replace Network Complaints with Performance to learn about how to effectively implement UC, with high QoE.
  • Data Centre World 2014

    Divya Natarajan
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    Data Centre World 2014 Frankfurt
  • Ixia ATI Update 3.3.224976

    Steve McGregory
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Ixia ATI Update 3.3.224976 Date: 10/22/2014, Author: Steve McGregory. Ixia is pleased to announce the latest update (3.3 224976) for Ixia BreakingPoint’s ATI at its Strike Center hub.
  • Some Information on the SandWorm 0-Day Vulnerability

    Garett Montgomery
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Some Information on the SandWorm 0-Day Vulnerability Date: 10/21/2014, Author: Garett Montgomery. When preparing to write a Strike for a vulnerability, I like to look around on the Internet and see if there are any examples of the exploit. Usually I'm looking to make sure I've covered all the exploit vectors, but I also like to learn as much as I can about a vulnerability. With last week’s release of Microsoft Tuesday Patches for October, CVE-2014-4114 (MS14-060) got a lot of press. That's because quite a few sites picked up on the use of a 0-day being used by the Sandworm malware (a…
  • Drupal 7 SQL Injection

    Dan Gioga
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Drupal 7 SQL Injection Date: 10/21/2014, Author: Dan Gioga. Last week Drupal announced and patched a previously undisclosed SQL injection vulnerability that is present throughout its engine in all version 7 releases that predate version 7.32. The vulnerability could be accessed through improperly validated input parameters when these were supplied as arrays. Furthermore, the vulnerability is present within the core of Drupal-- making it exploitable across all deployments regardless of used features.
 
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    How to fix your clothes after a dye transfer dilemma

  • How to remove stains from polyester garments

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Q: My hubby gets food stains on these shirts, and I have been using "De Solv It" spray.  I have now noticed that his two white shirts have picked up all-over shadowy like stains.  How can I get rid of these? A:  To restore shirts if they are dingy, there are a few things you could try.  For 100% polyester white shirts, they actually can be washed with Clorox(r) Regular-Bleach, and you can start with a presoak.  Add 3 Tablespoons Clorox Regular-Bleach to 1 gallon cool water and stir.  Add the shirts, fully submerging them, and let them soak for 5 minutes.  Drain the soaking solution and…
  • Tips on how to remove olive oil & balsamic vinegar stains

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Q: How do I remove olive oil & balsamic vinegar stains from a shirt? A: This is a classic combination stain, so it’s best to work on the oily component first, because you need to break up the oil before any bleach product can go after the colored component.  It’s also important to start work on the stain when it is dry, so don’t rinse it!  Start by applying a few drops of a good liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you use for hand washing dishes) directly to the stain and let it soak in.  Wait 5 minutes, and then rinse the stained area with a little warm water.  Next,…
  • How to fix your clothes after a dye transfer dilemma

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Q: I accidentally threw my girls' clothes with a black dress of mine and all of their clothes now have a gray tint! I washed it a couple of times with vinegar (home remedy I read online) and it was no help. I'm getting ready to wash it with Clorox2, do you think that will do it? A: Unfortunately Clorox2 Stain Remover and Color Booster is a little too gentle to strip away the unwanted color.  However, depending on the fiber content of the items that picked up the unwanted color, you may be able to restore the items with a diluted bleach and water solution using Clorox Regular-Bleach.  Not…
  • Removing Butter Coffee Stains

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Have you been wondering about giving “Butter Coffee” a try? First, there’s the different ways you can make it: just add unsalted butter, or butter and coconut oil, or maybe butter and MCT Oil (that’s medium chain triglyceride oil), or maybe really go for it and buy the expensive coffee and upgraded MCT Oil to make your butter coffee “bulletproof," as they say. There are different ways to brew the coffee, and different equipment options for blending up the coffee and butter. Any new trend has its devotees who swear by it, going head-to-head with those who aren’t so impressed.
  • College Laundry Tips

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Chances are lots of college-bound freshmen are asking for a new computer to take to school this Fall.  But there’s something even more important than a new lap top for back-to-school--a laundry basket full of all the essential supplies a student will need to do the laundry at college, of course!  Not sure how doing laundry works at your student’s college?  That’s not surprising—the question rarely comes up during college tours unless you’re Dr. Laundry and like asking about it.  If you don’t know, you can run a search on your college’s website with the keyword “laundry”…
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  • The 4 Ps of Marketing in a Digital World

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    In our latest report, Lessons Learned in Digital Advertising, we take a look at key issues that help shed light on the current state of the industry and how advertisers can get the most from digital. From these lessons learned, we’ve identified a new list of 4Ps to guide marketers in a digital world: People, Performance+, Programmatic, and Platforms. PeopleIt might seem trite to say that consumers are the core of advertising. Of course to make an impact, advertising must reach a person, especially the right person with the right message. However Internet advertising has rather been focused…
  • How to Avoid the Creep Factor with IoT Technology?

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Last week comScore attended the Digital Analytics Association (DAA) Seattle Symposium hosted at the Microsoft Conference Center in Seattle, WA. The event included frequently visited topics such as location analytics, market research methodologies, and digital campaign test and target strategies.  But one of the most spirited debates came during the Internet of Things (IoT) panel discussion in which comScore’s Vice President of Digital Enterprise Analytics, Ade Adesoun participated.A central theme throughout the panel was on how to avoid the “creep factor” when communicating with…
  • Data snacks on the FIFA World Cup 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Latin America was the second region worldwide with the highest growth in the Sports category during the World Cup. Latin Americans spent more minutes online than the worldwide average in the Sports category during the World Cup. During the second half of the World Cup, Europe was the region most engaged in the Sports category. Argentina led in the Latin American region in terms of reach in the Sports category with more than 10 points above the Latin American average. From within Latin America, Uruguay was the most engaged spending almost half an hour more online than the average Latin…
  • Upping the Ante on NHT

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    There are many challenges in developing effective countermeasures for NHT. First and foremost, since there are significant financial implications, it must be assumed that the parties that are engaged in NHT generation and other forms of invalid online advertising are highly motivated, intelligent, capable, and well-equipped. They cannot be taken lightly or underestimated, and the result is a threat landscape that is broad and evolving rapidly.  To that end, developing and maintaining effective countermeasures requires superior technology and data assets and an experienced team committed…
  • 5 Questions & Answers Shedding Light on How Americans Use Mobile Apps

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    We recently released the U.S. Mobile App Report which highlighted the many ways in which Americans are engaging with mobile media today. Understanding the who, what, where, when and why of mobile app activity can help shed some new light on this growing medium that can help mobile advertisers become smarter about their campaigns. Who is spending the most time in mobile apps? MillennialsMillennials (18-34 year olds) are a hot target for advertisers and they also tend to be heavier than average digital media users. So while every age segment is highly engaged with mobile apps, it’s…
 
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    Daimler-Blog: Einblicke in einen Konzern

  • Von Finnen: Der Super-Truck “Highway Hero”

    Claws Tohsche
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:46 am
    Der heimliche Star auf der IAA 2014 in Hannover. Finnland war der Ehrengast der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2014 und zeitgleich war der neongrüne Mercedes-Benz Actros Showtruck „Highway Hero“ des Finnen Mika Auvinen der heimliche Star auf der IAA 2014 in Hannover. Kurz davor auf der finnischen Super-Truck Ausstellung „Power-Truck 2014“ gewann Mika gleich fünf Preise und in Janköpping die renommierte „Nordic Trophy“ für das spektakuläre siebenachsige Silogespann. Grund genug, einen Blick auf die schöne Unbekannte namens Finnland im hohen Norden Europas zu werfen. Der Buchautor…
  • Amerika Road Trip mit dem Mercedes-Benz 190D (II)

    Hans-Dieter Wuttke
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    Give him the Eight (Gib ihm die Acht) „Es wird Nacht Senhorita und ich hab´ kein Quartier“. So können schon mal Geschichten anfangen und was dann dabei herauskommen kann, mag sich jeder selbst ausmalen. Der zweite Teil meines kleinen Abenteuers fängt allerdings so ähnlich an. (Zum 1. Teil geht’s hier entlang) Wir schreiben das Jahr 2005 und ich bin mit dem wunderschönen, dunkelblauen Mercedes-Benz 190D von meinem Onkel unterwegs. Mein kleiner Road Trip führt mich durch Kalifornien, Arizona und Nevada. Über San Franzisco und Los Angeles bin ich jetzt in Needles, einem kleinen…
  • Überm Zaun scheint immer die Sonne

    Volker Gwinner
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:44 am
    Als sich die Realschule langsam dem Ende zuneigte, musste ich mir Gedanken machen, was nun? Für mich waren eigentlich drei Sachen klar. Erstens: keine Schule mehr, Geld verdienen, unabhängig sein. Zweitens: irgendwas mit Autos. Drittens: sicherer, regionaler Arbeitsplatz. Wenn du diese 3 Begriffe bei Google eingibst dann kommt auf der ersten Seite: Daimler. Klar, das habe ich gemacht, als ich diesen Beitrag geschrieben habe. Damals habe ich mich mit meinen Eltern, Bekannten und Verwandten unterhalten, worunter auch sehr viele bei Daimler arbeiteten. Jeder hat mir dazu geraten. Dann war…
  • Gastbeitrag: Die geheime Welt der Ozeane

    Johannes Schnurr
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Erforschung des Lebensraums Tiefsee. „Wenn Sie mit einem U-Boot ins Meer hinabsteigen, erscheint es zunächst blau oder schwarz. Doch ab einer gewissen Tauchtiefe beginnt es plötzlich um Sie herum zu leuchten. Ab 200 Metern betreten wir eine funkelnde Zwischenwelt. Die Tiere kommunizieren mittels Licht, das ist ein atemberaubender Anblick“, berichtete Antje Boetius. Erstaunlicherweise sei die Oberfläche von Mond und Mars besser kartografiert als der Meeresboden. „Erst kürzlich haben wir auf einer Tauchfahrt im Südozean einen mehrere Kilometer hohen Berg entdeckt. Das…
  • Otto und der tiefere Sinn der Weltreisen-“G”-schichte

    Dan von Appen
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    Es wäre ein fantastisches Hörbuch: Gunther Holtorf erzählt die Geschichte seiner Weltreise mit „Otto“, der treuen G-Klasse. 26 Jahre. 26 Kapitel. Unendlich viele Kilometer, Straßen, Eindrücke. Erlebnisse mit Menschen, Elefanten, Affen und Schlangen. Der ehemalige Manager berichtete davon bei der Übergabe von Otto an das Mercedes-Benz Museum. Rund 200 geladene Gäste des G-Modells-Clubs hörten ihm gebannt zu: Otto auf der gefährlichen Baumstamm-Brücke in Afrika. Otto als Fracht auf dem Container-Schiff hoch zur See. Otto metertief im Schlamm. Otto, umringt von Hundert indischen…
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    EMC BlogRoll

  • My 2 cents on the VCE Announcement.

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
  • Know Where You Are: Innovation and Technology Communities

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    In a previous post I discussed the “data gathering” aspect of an innovation strategy named "Know Where You Are". I recommended the creation of a Portfolio Intelligence team to gather business data.  In this post I’d like to focus on the second phase of an innovation strategy: Building Communities. At EMC the CTO Office is at the center of a large number of innovation communities. This is likely the norm at many high-tech companies. The unique twist at EMC is that these communities are specifically expected to produce and gather large amounts of innovation data.  …
  • Grr make your pick. Do you want Open Everything or Agility?

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
  • New Cisco/EMC SAP 8-Way SAP HANA Certified Configs

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
  • Running IT Like A (Financial) Business

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    The enterprise IT model is changing fast: IT now strives to become the internal service provider of choice, offering an attractive portfolio of services that are convenient for the business to consume. This transformation should not be a revelation to anyone. All of the sudden, IT starts to look more like modern manufacturing, and less of a project-oriented crafts guild. As anyone who has run a good-sized business will know, it’s all about “the numbers”: how much, how good, how fast, etc. You wouldn’t try to run a business without good financial instrumentation — and the same is…
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    Fandango Movie News

  • Watch: The Real Science Behind 'Interstellar' Will Kinda Blow Your Mind

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    We don’t know a whole lot about Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which is amazing because it’s just weeks away from landing in theaters. What we do know is that it involves science fiction, with Matthew McConaughey and a crew exploring outer space in search of a new planet for humans to inhabit. However, it turns out the science might not be so much fiction after all. Physicist Kip Thorne is an executive producer on the project, and he spent months meeting with Nolan...Read MoreRead Comments
  • News Briefs: Watch Meryl Streep Sing in New 'Into the Woods' Video; 'Wonder Woman' Director Buzz

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Into the Woods Video: Meryl Streep sings! She stars as a witch in the big-screen version of Into the Woods, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. A new behind-the-scenes video includes snippets of her lovely singing voice, last heard in 2008's Mama Mia and 1990's Postcards from the Edge. Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp also star; the movie heads to theaters on December 25.    Therese Raquin: Keira Knightley will make her Broadway...Read MoreRead Comments
  • The Top 5 Craziest Movie Death Scenes, According to 'ABCs of Death 2' Director E.L. Katz

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
      You will not see another horror movie like ABCs of Death 2 this year, that's guaranteed: 26 different directors tasked with creating a short film about death that's based on a letter from the alphabet. The first short, "A Is for Amateur," is directed by a guy named E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), and it happens to be one of our favorites. Previously we debuted an exclusive image from the short and spoke to Katz about what it's like sharing a film with 25 other...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Knock Knock... Watch the First Freaky Trailer for 'Insidious: Chapter 3'

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Are you sitting down? Are the lights on? Are you sufficiently prepared to get your freak on? Good, cause we've got the first official trailer for Insidious: Chapter 3 and this thing comes packed with a good scare... or three.   So what's the deal with Insidious: Chapter 3? Part three is a prequel revolving around a father (Dermot Mulroney) and daughter (Stefanie Scott) who find themselves terrorized by... something... after moving into a new apartment. An...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Why Christian Bale's Role As Steve Jobs Will Be One of the Hardest He's Ever Taken On

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Earlier this year, we heard that David Fincher would only direct a movie based on the life and career of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs if Christian Bale agreed to star. Since then, Fincher dropped out and Danny Boyle came on board to helm Jobs, featuring a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin drawn from Walter Isaacson's biography. It's a challenging role, one that will track Jobs in real time during three pivotal events in Apple's history, and now Bale is officially attached to the film,...Read MoreRead Comments
 
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    Fiskateers

  • Halloween gift tag clip

    Emma
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    I was playing around with my Tag Makers recently and stumbled upon the idea to attach the tag to a gift bag with a small wooden clothes peg rather than to tie it with twine through the hole at the top. This discovery was perfect timing since I’ve got some Halloween gift bags to make […] The post Halloween gift tag clip appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Tag Maker Banner

    Emma
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    I’m sure you’ve seen the new Tag Maker punches which enable you to create handmade tags easily and quickly. They even feature a centered hole punch and eyelet setter – all in the same tool! As I’m sure you are aware, tags can be used for so many purposes beyond gift packaging labels. Check out the gallery […] The post Tag Maker Banner appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Geometric Felt Coasters

    Emma
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    I’m still more than a little bit in love with the whole geometric trend. It’s such a strong, bold look and can be used in so many different ways. I was recently inspired by these modular coasters, spotted on the Purl Bee website and there’s always a place for new coasters in my home! I wanted […] The post Geometric Felt Coasters appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • 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.
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    Garmin Blog

  • #StepMore: Challenge #5

    Garmin
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Challenge #5: Step it up and challenge yourself to get at least 12,000 steps in today. Take a selfie and use hashtag #StepMore when you have completed your challenge.   Rules: http://bit.ly/1py0mIT
  • #StepMore: Challenge #4

    Garmin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Challenge #4: Burn 400 calories doing your favorite workout. Tag a picture of yourself working out with #StepMore.   Rules: http://bit.ly/1py0mIT
  • King Air Upgrades and More: Garmin at NBAA, Day 3

    Garmin
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition has proved to be a huge success for Garmin this week and as we close out the last day of the show, we thrilled to highlight even more of our latest announcements! We’ve made a number of enhancements to the King Air C90 series, including ADS-B Out compliance, the flexibility to build user-defined holds, Search and Rescue (SAR) options, as well as the approval for optional equipment upgrades. The latest G1000 update for the C90 minimizes pilot workload, improves situational awareness and expands operational…
  • #StepMore: Challenge #3

    Garmin
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Challenge #3: It’s fall and that has a lot of people thinking comfort food. How do you snack healthier while still satisfying your cravings? Share a picture of your favorite healthy snack and use hashtag #StepMore to help others snack healthier too.   Rules: http://bit.ly/1py0mIT
  • Business Aircraft and ADS-B: Garmin at NBAA, Day 2

    Garmin
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The weather was perfect for the start of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition yesterday and today looks to offer more of the same. The static display at Orlando Executive Airport (KORL) is crowded with beautiful airplanes, including our Beechjet featuring the G5000 Integrated Flight Deck! Our booth has also been buzzing with a lot of excitement, including questions surrounding NextGen and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). Just last week, we announced the latest addition to our lineup of ADS-B solutions for business and transport…
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    GE Global Research

  • Imaging the Brain in Real-Time with a PET-Enabled “Helmet-Cam”

    A. Nadeem Ishaque, Ph.D.
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Isaac Asimov described the human brain as “the most complicated organization of matter that we know.” Despite extraordinary advancements in multiple disciplines of science and technology over the last 100 years, our knowledge of the brain remains in its infancy. New tools are needed to study the brain at multiple scales from the molecular and cellular level to the level of circuits and networks and, finally, to the level of overall anatomic and functional organization. Such understanding is vital in developing novel treatment and diagnostic strategies for debilitating neurodegenerative…
  • Making Refinery Wastewater Clean

    Lei Wang
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    About four years ago, I visited Ordos, Inner Mongolia, to work on a project. When I arrived, all I saw was desolation. Rivers were dried up, lakes had shrunk, wetlands were destroyed, grasslands were shriveled. Yellow sand was ubiquitous, even within lake water. I had heard about the devastation in the arid region in China. Upon seeing all of this with my own eyes, however, I was still greatly affected and incredibly shocked. It’s hard to imagine how life goes on in such a rough environment, let alone how industry can move forward. I realized that some drastic changes must take place to…
  • Helping Astronauts Back on Earth

    Vikas Revanna Shivaprabhu
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    I received an email in early May from GE Global Research regarding a summer internship position in Niskayuna, NY – an email that was both unexpected and very exciting. After an interview and a few anxious days of waiting, I was ecstatic to learn that I had been selected for a 14-week internship in the Biomedical Image Analysis Lab. As a graduate student whose research concentration is in medical image analysis, my goal was to work for a leading company in the medical imaging industry, so that I could interact and connect with the brightest minds in the field. And because I was in the final…
  • My Unique Technology Discovery during a Spontaneous Trip

    Lishun Hu
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    During the Christmas season in 2011 I went on a business trip to Europe. My initial plan was to visit some business sites in Germany and Austria for a technical exchange. However, just as I was about to return to China, I changed my mind after a phone call with a member of our sales team who was in Europe with Yong Mill customers. He mentioned that he was going to visit Arcelor Mittal. The idea of visiting the world’s leading steel and mining company intrigued me so much that I decided to visit them instead of going back home. And thanks to this spontaneous trip, I discovered an energy…
  • Flaws in the Rough

    Luke Xie
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    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 fourth in a series of intern blogs. Here’s what Luke Xie had to say… Flaws in my world are like gems in the rough: they have exceptional potential but are hidden and undetected. These flaws can occur during the manufacturing processes of turbine blades in a jet or gas engine. If large enough, they can have significant impact on performance, durability, and safety of the engine. Detecting these flaws before turbine blades enter service is…
 
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    FastLane

  • The Heat is On: GM Builds Its Largest Solar Installation in Western Hemisphere

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    We’re close to completing a 2.2 megawatt ground-mounted solar array at our Lordstown Complex in Ohio. When finished, this facility will not only be home to the Chevrolet Cruze, but also our largest solar installation in the Western Hemisphere. Our GM Toledo Transmission facility just a few hours away shines just as brightly. At 1.8 megawatts, its rooftop solar array is currently the biggest rooftop array in the state. But just how big is our use of solar in Lordstown & Toledo? Below we break down the numbers. 375,000 Chevrolet Volts that could be fully charged by the energy generated…
  • Clean Energy U: Colleges Celebrate Campus Sustainability Day

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Let’s clear the air. Beyond building efficient vehicles in a responsible way, Chevrolet is supporting the ingenious efforts of people across America helping lead the clean energy revolution. That includes those in the higher education community. If what we’re hearing today on Campus Sustainability Day is any indication of the momentum, there’s a big commitment to leave a smaller footprint. Six more colleges from Portland to Boston today announced their clean energy progress. They’re part of our Clean Energy Campus Campaign where they are selling carbon credits to Chevrolet – a…
  • Five Things Every New Driver Should Know Before Getting Behind the Wheel

    GM FastLane
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Know the rules of the road. Be familiar with all applicable state driving laws and driver requirements. Remember: No speeding, no alcohol. Click it, every ride, every time. Wear a safety belt both as a driver and as a passenger. Research shows that wearing a safety belt can be the difference between a fatal and non-fatal crash. Stay focused. Life is full of distractions. Try to avoid disruptive behavior such as cell phone use, loud radio and multiple passengers in the vehicle, and encourage other teens to do the same. Know your car. Familiarize yourself with the safety features on your…
  • The Corvette Stingray – A Canvas On Wheels

    GM FastLane
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    What began as a white, vinyl-wrapped 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was transformed into a “performance art car” by three GM Designers at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s Gala fundraiser on Friday, October 10.  Nearly $400,000 was raised during the Gala in what became MOCAD’s most attended event to date.  “Never before has an ‘art car’ been done live and in such a theatrical way,” said Ed Welburn, GM Vice President of Global Design. The Stingray performance art car will be displayed at MOCAD for a period of time, and then will be put on display at General Motors.
  • Our Dummies Are Put to the Test for Your Safety

    GM FastLane
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Before you and your loved ones get behind the wheel of your new General Motors vehicle, another family already tested it – a family of crash test dummies. The 170 crash test dummies at the Milford Proving Ground have been designed in varying sizes in order to better represent the varying sizes of vehicle passengers.  Some of these dummies are used exclusively for frontal impacts, while others are designed and used for side or rear impacts. Front and side impact  dummies weighing only 100 lbs. are used to help design vehicles for young teenagers or smaller adult females.  Older or larger…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Through the Google lens: search trends October 17-23

    Emily Wood
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    So what’s the word on the (internet) street these days? Search trends has you covered with the latest news that had everyone talking this past week. The hard goodbyeThis week, searchers paid their respects to legendary clothing designer Oscar de La Renta, who he passed away on Monday at the age of 82. Once called “The Sultan of Suave,” De la Renta was known for evening gowns that regularly graced the red carpets of Hollywood–and the closets of the White House. From Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama, de la Renta dressed every First Lady since the 1960s.Speaking of Washington bigwigs, we…
  • An inbox that works for you

    Emily Wood
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today, we’re introducing something new. It’s called Inbox. Years in the making, Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters. Email started simply as a way to send digital notes around the office. But fast-forward 30 years and with just the phone in your pocket, you can use email to contact virtually anyone in the world…from your best friend to the owner of that bagel shop you discovered last week. With this evolution comes new challenges: we get more email now than ever,…
  • DISTRICT VOICES: Inside Panem with our finest citizens

    Emily Wood
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Meet District Voices, the latest campaign in our Art, Copy & Code project—where we explore new ways for brands to connect with consumers through experiences that people love, remember and share. District Voices was created in partnership with Lionsgate to promote the upcoming release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. -Ed.Greetings, Citizens of Panem!The Capitol has joined forces with Google and YouTube to celebrate the proud achievements of our strong, lively districts. Premiering today on YouTube, a new miniseries called DISTRICT VOICES will take you behind the scenes to meet…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends October 10-16

    Emily Wood
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Diet secrets from Zach Galifianakis, and cord cutting from a cable company?! Here's a look at another topsy-turvy week in search.A cast of charactersSearch will always have its fair share of characters and this week was no different. First up, moviegoers learned who’s next in line for Hollywood’s superhero treatment when Ezra Miller, star of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, landed the title role in the 2018 film The Flash. And whispers are swirling in Tinseltown that Gal Gadot's already impressive resume—she’s set to play the world’s most famous Amazonian, Wonder Woman—will soon…
  • Android: Be together. Not the same.

    Emily Wood
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Good things happen when everybody’s invited. A few years ago, we had the thought that phones (and stuff that hadn’t even been invented yet like tablets and smart watches) would be way more interesting if everyone could build new things together. So we created Android as an open platform, and put it out there for everyone to imagine, invent, make, or buy whatever they wanted. Since then, all kinds of people—from companies big and small to folks on Kickstarter, kids in schools, and crazy smart developers—have been innovating faster, together, more than we ever could alone. And the best…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • No wonder superstores are dying were sick and tired of their culture | Joanna Blythman

    Joanna Blythman
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Britains longstanding exclusive relationship with the supermarkets is in terminal declineTen years ago, I published my anti-supermarket book, Shopped, to a warm reception. In print, on air, at live events, audiences showed a surprising willingness to accept the charge sheet drawn up against our big chains. Supermarkets had closed down small shops, operated a feudal system with their suppliers, bullied their way into communities, encouraged consumption of rubbish food, generated unprecedented levels of food and packaging waste and clocked up environmentally ruinous food miles; this much was…
  • Me, middle age and a turquoise leather jacket | Alex Clark

    Alex Clark
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    I think I have found the solution to the midlife crisis. Give in to it but also hang on to the comforts of acting your ageI had never had a leather jacket until three weeks ago. Why? Dunno. Didnt think it would suit me, worried it would look like I was trying too hard, flinched at the price tag. Then I saw a turquoise one while I was out searching for warm tights and had a rush of blood to the head. I was further persuaded into this madness by a younger friend whose money and dignity were not at stake. I think Im having a midlife crisis, I told the cashier. Cheaper than a sports car, she…
  • The Observer view on corporation tax | Observer editorial

    Observer editorial
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Eliminating avoidance by multinationals is vital for the good of societyMichael Sandel, the internationally acclaimed American philosopher, gave a lecture in London last Thursday, based on his bestseller, What Money Cant Buy. He warned that incentivising, a verb that only came into use around the millennium, has transformed us from having a market economy to being a market society. If a monetary reward is attached to losing weight, or stopping smoking, or providing a diagnosis of dementia, does it matter? He argued that it does, because once everything has a price tag it undermines the…
  • The Observer view on British Summer Time | Observer editorial

    Observer editorial
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Lets see the light and stop putting our clocks backFor the next five months, the nation can again anticipate evenings marked by their gloom and darkness, thanks to Greenwich Mean Time, which was reintroduced early this morning.Few welcome the abandonment of British Summer Time, one of the least appetising events of the calendar, and opinion polls in England and Wales make it clear there is a healthy support for the halting the practice of putting clocks back in autumn so that we have earlier sunrises and sunsets and darker evenings. Continue reading...
  • This crude assault on Europe strikes at the very heart of Enlightenment values | Will Hutton

    Will Hutton
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The Ukip/Tory rhetoric on EU immigration strikes at the very values that make us quintessentially EuropeanMore countries crowd into the worlds smallest continent Europe than any other. There are 49 of us (not including Russia) locked into a relatively small geographical space. Most of us at one time or another have been at war with each other. Ancient resentments simmer. Appeals to the proud uniqueness of our blood and ethnicity from Scotland to Serbia, Catalonia to France, Clacton to Budapest abound. This is hardly the foundation on which to build amity, trade and prosperity.How Europes…
 
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    Hu' Blog

  • High Speed Backup and Restore for Databases

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Surveys show that backup and restore remain at the top of the list of concerns for data centers. Each year as volumes increase, the struggle to meet SLAs and manage backup windows increases. Many enterprises with very large databases have come to rely on techniques such as simultaneously backing up data through multiple backup streams (multi-streaming) and backing up multiple sources to a single backup device (multiplexing). While these techniques can speed up backup dramatically, it makes it difficult to dedupe using traditional hashing techniques, which results in increased storage costs…
  • EVO:RAIL TO BECOME PART OF THE UCP FAMILY OF CONVERGED SOLUTIONS

    Hu Yoshida
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership. EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged, VMware powered appliance that is designed for low cost and out of the box deployment. It comes in a 2U, 4-node configuration with up to 16 TB of internal storage and uses VSAN, which I described in my previous post. It has a single software SKU, which includes licensing of vSphere Enterprise Plus, VSAN, vCenter Standard Edition, Log Insight Manager, and EVO Deployment Configuration Manager (DCM) for all four nodes. It is a great cost…
  • VSAN for Direct Attach Storage and VVOL for Enterprise Storage

    Hu Yoshida
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    In June of last year 2013, VMware announced VSAN. VMware Virtual SAN is embedded in the VMware vSphere kernel and enables clusters of servers with direct attached hard disk drives and solid state drives (HDD and SSD) to create a shared datastore. The management architecture of VSAN enables administrators to specify storage attributes, such as capacity, performance, and availability, in the form of policies on a per VM basis. VSAN brings the benefits of software-defined storage to direct attached storage. Since it eliminates the need for a storage controller, it requires SSDs for read and…
  • Signatures, PINs and Finger Veins

    Hu Yoshida
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    According to the Business Insider “The cost of global payment card fraud grew by 19% last year to reach $14 billion. The cost of U.S. payment card fraud grew by 29% to $7.1 billion.” Last week I was in the Nordics meeting with customers when I had the embarrassing experience of having my credit card declined and having my guest pay for the meal. It turns out that this restaurant would not accept U.S. credit cards that are authenticated with a signature. Europe is using the chip and pin credit card where the chip generates a new transaction code every time it is used and the credit…
  • Hitachi LPARs Provide Safe Multi-Tenant Cloud With Intel E5v3

    Hu Yoshida
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Hitachi’s Intel Xeon based Compute Blade servers (CB 2000 and CB 500) feature an embedded logical partitioning (LPAR) capability implemented in the blade server firmware, based on technology originally developed for Hitachi mainframe and Unix systems to provide platform partitioning for reliability and quality of service for mission critical workloads. When used in a converged solution like the Hitachi Data Systems Unified Compute Platform (UCP), LPARs can be used to consolidate workloads such as scale out SAP or multiple Oracle RAC and non-RAC applications, reducing hardware and…
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    Inside Scoop

  • Behind the Scenes Video & Pictures From Maker Faire NYC

    Marcia Hansen
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    http://scoop.intel.com/files/2014/09/Setup_Montage_655x436.mp4 Today was setup day at the New York Hall of Science in preparation for Maker Faire NYC. Billed  as the biggest show and tell on earth, it’s pure excitement for makers, designers, and tech enthusiasts of all types. I have to say, I feel like a kid in a candy store or that it’s the night before Christmas. I can’t wait for the magic to begin. Check out the behind the scenes photos the crew took this morning as the booth was being setup. Also see additional coverage on iQ: World Maker Faire New York: Intel Edison and…
  • Intel Extreme Masters is Coming to SAP Center in San Jose

    Don Bowden
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Intel Extreme Masters and ESL are bringing the worlds best League of Legends and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm players to San Jose’s SAP Center December 6th and 7th. Never before have we held an IEM Tournament at a venue this large, this is going to be EPIC! This is our ninth season of  IEM and we’ve taken this event all over the world, Europe, South America, China, Singapore and I’m really excited to have this event in my home town and so close to Intel headquarters. This is going to give my family, Intel employees and their families, and the entire San Francisco Bay…
  • Maker Faire Excitement: Photos from the event

    Marcia Hansen
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    It’s been an exciting few days at Maker Faire NYC. That excitement comes from the entrepreneurs, creatives, tinkerers, and children who attend. It’s a family event, with 1000 exhibitors who bring their passion and great ideas, along with their spirit of enthusiastic collaboration. It’s a dream event for artists and technologists. Quite simply, it’s brain candy because it fuels their next inventions. Enjoy these great people photos from Maker Faire: Dale Dougherty, Founder of Make and the maker movement. Spellbinding 3D show. Happy drummer at Maker Faire NYC 2014. Woman…
  • Intel Extreme Masters Toronto comes to and end, Flash takes the win!

    Don Bowden
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Korea’s Flash (Lee Young Ho) handily defeated Korea’s Zest (Joo Sung Wook) in the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm finals here at Fan Expo. With a score of 4 to 1 Flash showed the kind of dominance he was known for in his Brood Wars career. The victory not only earned him the IEM Toronto trophy and the $10,000 first prize, it also earned him a place in the Intel Extreme Masters World Championships. Flash accepting his winners trophy   Flash started playing StarCraft II in 2011/2012 and in a short two years has proven to be a formidable competitor who is no doubt making the StarCraft…
  • Intel Extreme Masters Kickin it at FanExpo Toronto

    Don Bowden
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    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…
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • Johnson & Johnson Supports Spirit Day

    lwcurator
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    by R. Scott Creighton, Global Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Companies The statistics are sobering and unacceptable. Half of all children are bullied at some point during their school years. For LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth, that number climbs much higher to eight out of ten being bullied, according to a GLSEN National School Climate Survey. But actions can speak louder than the words of someone who bullies. Johnson & Johnson will once again support Spirit Day, a national event created to stand-up to bullying and support LGBT youth. Spirit…
  • Dr. Guislain “Breaking the Chains of Stigma” Award Bestowed to Photojournalist

    lwcurator
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    by Greg Panico, Janssen Research & Development, LLC One particularly unfortunate aspect of mental illnesses is the stigma attached to them. Stigma is one of the one reason why many people do not get the treatment they deserve. There is tremendous need to advocate for people with mental illnesses, to raise public awareness, and to invest in prevention, treatment and recovery. To spark the process of recovery there has to be public recognition that brain disorders are treatable and there must be no shame and no stigma attached. That is why the Janssen Research & Development Neuroscience…
  • By Chance, I Kept My Vision

    lwcurator
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    By Tier Brown Acker, Contract Administrator, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Editor’s Note: In recognition of World Sight Day, which is Thursday, Oct. 9, please take the #EyePledge and get your eyes examined. At age 27, I hadn’t really failed at anything in life – until I failed a recent eye exam.  Although I have always kept a real focus on my health and wellness, it never dawned on me that my eyes were on a completely separate course than the rest of my body.  But through a chance set of circumstances, I was diagnosed with a serious eye condition and today I’m grateful…
  • Helping Expecting Moms Get Ready for Fall and Flu

    lwcurator
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    by Susan Can, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Johnson & Johnson It’s that time of year where days are getting shorter, flip flops and t-shirts are replaced by jackets and boots,  leaves are starting to change color and pumpkin flavored everything is in full force. All clear indications that fall and winter seasons are upon us. These signs are not just indicative of winter and fall. They are also signs that flu season is also approaching.  There is no clear indicator for when flu season will begin and end, but flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February and…
  • Upholding Our Legacy

    lwcurator
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    By Alex Gorsky, CEO and Chairman, Johnson & Johnson As a father and as CEO of a company advancing the latest innovations in science and health care, it is unthinkable to me that nearly three million newborns throughout the world die each year from mostly preventable conditions. It’s unthinkable, but sadly it’s also true. Knowing this fact, I feel an even deeper commitment to upholding our company’s long legacy of caring for the health of women and children and ensuring the health outcomes of individuals are not determined solely by where they are born. This is an important week for…
 
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    Lenovo Blogs

  • Lenovo & Oracle: A Partnership of Growth

    Edgar Haren
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Recently at Oracle OpenWorld, Lenovo unveiled its first unified appearance with the team from System x and announced the joint support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM for both System x and ThinkServer. Lenovo also made several key moves to increase the strength of its partnership with Oracle including publication of the validated configurations and Oracle hardware qualification list with Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle Database. Lenovo announced an update to its Oracle Partner agreement with a Gold-level contract. The unveiling of support and our commitment to our partnership demonstrates…
  • Everything You Need to Know about the New Reversible USB Type-C | Emerging Tech

    Caroline Lalla
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Remember the days of car adapters and power outlets? How quaint. Today’s USB (universal serial bus) connectors let you charge and connect everything from smartphones to quirky gadgets to your PC or tablet. These ports have become so universal they’re often passed out like candy at conferences. And now there’s the reversible USB Type-C connector. Forbes has named it “the most important technology to hit the tech space in years.” The tech-savvy are dubbing…
  • 5 Tips to Transfer Data from Your Old PC to a New One

    Caroline Lalla
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team Getting a new computer is an exciting undertaking. The possibilities of faster computing speed, more space and more organized files await you, as soon as you boot up for the first time. As does the prospect of moving all your old files to your new PC. If you’re not sure where to start, following is an overview of the steps you should take when moving data from one PC to another – and some of the options available for transferring those files. 1. Archive and put your older files in…
  • Lenovo AnyFabric: Like an LZR Racer Suit for your Data Center

    Paul Scaini
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    This isn’t a blog about banned Speedo swimwear or sorting through fabric swatches for drapery or a new sofa; it’s about network switching fabrics. That’s when servers in a network interconnect through multiple network switches. This spreads the network traffic across multiple links; kind of like threads in a fabric — providing a much higher throughput and increased redundancy compared to traditional networks. Most other tier-1 server vendors have some sort of mezzanine card offered on their performance two-processor rack server offerings. This is because it allows…
  • Lenovo CEO Shows Up At New Employee Training, Dispenses Advice

    Gavin O'Hara
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Last week, more than 225 recent college graduates began their new jobs at Lenovo's Beijing office. During the orientation meeting, they had an unexpected visitor: Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing. (Or, as many call him, "YY.") He spoke off the cuff to the group, sharing his thoughts on the company, the future and the opportunity before them. Below are excerpts from his conversation with a future generation of Lenovians... 25 years ago, I was as young as you are when I joined Lenovo. I had the same passion, dreams and hopes as you do today. I worked from being a sales guy all the way…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • Map Your Professional Journey with SlideShare

    Arpit Dhariwal
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    You might hold the same job title as thousands of others in your field – but the path you took to arrive your career destination was utterly unique, shaped by your education, experiences, talents and maybe even a bit of serendipity. But as we think about where we’re going, it’s often useful to see just how far we’ve come. SlideShare’s new Professional Journey offers just that: a dynamic interactive look back at all that you’ve accomplished – from your skills to where you were educated, from your years of experience to the types of positions you’ve held. It’s a…
  • From Tennis Lessons to Becoming a Smarter Professional – Inside Story with Ryan Roslansky

    Ryan Roslansky
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 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: Why is LinkedIn focusing on content? A: We have millions of members around the world who want to be amazing at their jobs – and that basically boils down to being in permanent learning mode. At LinkedIn, we think that access to rich, informative content helps drive ongoing professional development and discussion. But it has to be surfaced in a way that’s useful to you personally – tailored to your individual needs and…
  • Defining A City By Its Professional Skill Set with Data From LinkedIn

    Sohan Murthy
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    By their very design and origins, cities have always been linked closely to opportunity. In addition to providing concentrated access to a more diverse set of cultural, culinary, and educational options, cities also attract and nurture clusters of workers with complementary and contrasting skills. For workers considering a move, the professional attributes of a city can matter just as much as the attributes of a particular company or opportunity. Some professionals considering their next career move may be interested in an area that has a rich ecosystem of talent in their specialty. Others…
  • Getting Off the Sidelines: LinkedIn Speaker Series with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

    Katie Ferrick
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    When Senator Gillibrand visited LinkedIn last week for her Speaker Series talk, she not only impressed us with her legislative accomplishments; she demonstrated the importance of telling stories — our stories, and the stories of those we serve or who need our help. This is how she is able to make a difference — by sharing her story and the story of others to inspire change.  She encouraged all of us to make our voices heard to change the world. Her stories of working on issues close to her heart and the hearts of the people she serves is a true beacon and reason for optimism in the…
  • Taking a Chunk Out of the Cost of College: Introducing LinkedIn’s College Scholarship

    Aaron Levin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We hear from students and recent graduates on a daily basis who are struggling in their decision about where to go to school and what to study. Over the course of the last three years, LinkedIn has been working hard to bring students new tools to help them through this decision making process. But an even bigger pain point seems to be figuring out just how they are going to pay for it all. To help with this problem, we are proud to introduce LinkedIn’s very first scholarship. We are giving away $100,000 in scholarships, with five grand prizes of $10,000. One grand prize will be given away…
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    Lulu Blog

  • Happy National Book Month!

    Meg @ Lulu
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    October is here and we know that with the changing season, many of your thoughts have turned to fall leaves, pumpkin-spiced lattes and well… anything and everything pumpkin-spiced. But here at Lulu, we can’t stop thinking about BOOKS! October is actually National Book Month. It’s a time to celebrate the joy that paper, binding and the written word can bring us. In honor of National Book Month, we wanted to share a myriad of fun facts that may change how you look at your favorite books and authors forever! 1. We all know the smell of old books is glorious, but there’s…
  • Lulu.com’s Fall Conference Line-up

    Meg @ Lulu
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    We’re hitting the road this fall! Dan Dillon, our resident product marketing extraordinaire, and Glenn Hunt, self-publishing guru and Lulu forum moderator, will be speaking on three panels at the upcoming Self-Publishing Book Expo. Additionally, Lulu’s founder and chairman, Bob Young, who works to keep Lulu and the industry at the front of digital disruption and innovative, will be speaking at three key digital conferences this fall. The upcoming events include: All Things Open – October 22, 2014 in Raleigh, NC Speaker: Bob Young Topic: So You Want to Start an Open Source Company?
  • Make a Vote for Yourself: The Best Book Award Opportunities

    Meg @ Lulu
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    One of our authors recently shared quite a long list of awards for self-published authors. Her action inspired us to qualify that list and find the best awards where our authors can submit their books for consideration. We’ve compiled that list for you and attached it here. It includes information on award deadlines, fees, contacts, when it will be announced and information to help you determine if your book will qualify (like publication dates). We love the books you create – you’ve poured your heart and soul into them (never mind the countless hours) and we want to make it easier…
  • What’s New at Lulu.com?

    Meg @ Lulu
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Over the past few months, we’ve been focusing on ways to make Lulu.com an easier, more engaging experience for authors and shoppers alike. You’ll notice that as of today Lulu.com has a brand new look and feel, which has been developed with the goal of streamlining your experience. The new Lulu.com will help you connect with the tools or books you’re looking for faster. Here’s how: Bookshelves on the logged out landing page will be continuously updated to highlight Lulu.com books to readers looking for a specific genre or book based on time of year. If you need help,…
  • 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…
 
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Thanks for Thank-You Notes

    Marriott on the Move
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Listen to blog Dear Thank-You Note, Reports of your death have been greatly exaggerated. I wrote over 700 hundred thank-you notes last year, but we octogenarians can’t keep carrying the torch of proper etiquette. (Maybe torch is the wrong word when referring to notepaper.) I worry most about the Millennials....
  • Into the Details

    Marriott on the Move
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    When my father asked our Board of Directors to elect me president of our company in 1964, he wrote me a very thoughtful letter describing how I should develop my management style to be an effective executive. In a recent interview, I was asked, which item on my father’s list...
  • Why Ask Why

    Marriott on the Move
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    In their book Double Down, Mark Halperin & John Heilemann briefly mentioned President George W. Bush’s lack of curiosity as one reason why the last half of his second term was not as successful as it could have been. As I ponder why some people are successful in business and...
  • The End of an Era

    Marriott on the Move
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    My father, who founded our company with a nine-stool root beer stand in 1927, came from a family of eight children. Dad had four sisters and three brothers. Woodrow was the youngest member of the family and he died in 2005. His widow, Judy Cannon Marriott, passed away on August...
  • Taking Care of Guests, From A to Z

    Marriott on the Move
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Our core value at Marriott is to take good care of our associates, and they will take good care of our guests. Recently I had the privilege of presenting the 50-year of service pin and certificate to Miss Frances Holland. Ms. Frances, as everyone calls her, joined our company when...
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    The Old New Thing

  • Debugging a hang: Chasing the wait chain inside a process

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today we're going to debug a hang. Here are some of the (redacted) stacks of the process. I left some red herrings and other frustrations. 0: kd> !process ffffe000045ef940 7 PROCESS ffffe000045ef940 SessionId: 1 Cid: 0a50 Peb: 7ff6b661f000 ParentCid: 0a0c DirBase: 12e5c6000 ObjectTable: ffffc0000288ae80 HandleCount: 1742. Image: contoso.exe THREAD ffffe000018d68c0 Cid 0a50.0a54 Teb: 00007ff6b661d000 Win32Thread: fffff90143635a90 WAIT: (WrUserRequest) UserMode Non-Alertable ffffe000046192c0 SynchronizationEvent nt!KiSwapContext+0x76 nt!KiSwapThread+0x14c nt!KiCommitThreadWait+0x126…
  • How can I detect programmatically whether the /3GB switch is enabled?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A customer was doing some diagnostic work and wanted a way to detect whether the /3GB switch was enabled. (Remember that the /3GB switch is meaningful only for 32-bit versions of Windows.) The way to detect the setting is to call Get­System­Info and look at the lp­Maximum­Application­Address. #include <windows.h> #include <stdio.h> int __cdecl main(int, char **) { SYSTEM_INFO si; GetSystemInfo(&si); printf("%p", si.lpMaximumApplicationAddress); return 0; } Compile this as a 32-bit program and run it. Configuration LARGE­ADDRESS­AWARE? Result Meaning…
  • How do I disable Windows 8 touch contact visualizations for my application?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    You might have an application (like a game) where the default touch contact visualizations are a distraction. In WinRT, you can disable the contact visualizations by simply saying // JavaScript Windows.UI.Input.PointerVisualizationSettings. getForCurrentView(). isContactFeedbackEnabled = false; // C# Windows.UI.Input.PointerVisualizationSettings. GetForCurrentView(). IsContactFeedbackEnabled = false; // C++ Windows::UI::Input::PointerVisualizationSettings:: GetForCurrentView()-> IsContactFeedbackEnabled = false; In Win32, you use the Set­Window­Feedback­Setting function. To…
  • The great thing about regular expression languages is that there are so many to choose from!

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Before you ask a question about regular expressions, you should make sure you and your audience agree on which regular expression language you are talking about. Here is a handy table of which features are supported by which regular expression language. You can use that table to solve this customer's problem: I have a regular expression that works just fine when I test it in ⟨insert regular expression testing tool, like RegExr or RegexPlanet⟩, but I can't get it to work in real life. C:\> findstr /r /c:"a(?!.*b)" file.txt (prints no results!) C:\> My goal is to find all lines…
  • Scripting an Internet Explorer window

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today's Little Program takes a random walk through MSDN by starting at the Create­Process page and randomly clicking links. The exercise is not as important as the technique it demonstrates. function randomwalk(ie, steps) { for (var count = 0; count < steps; count++) { WScript.StdOut.WriteLine(ie.document.title); var links = ie.document.querySelectorAll("#mainSection a"); do { var randomLink = links[Math.floor(Math.random() * links.length)]; } while (randomLink.protocol != "http:"); WScript.StdOut.WriteLine("Clicking on " + randomLink.innerText); randomLink.click(); while (ie.busy)…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Mobile Persistence Extension for Oracle MAF by Steven Davelaar

    JuergenKress
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Introduction Oracle has released Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF), the new cross-platform development framework for mobile applications that supersedes ADF Mobile. Oracle A-Team has upgraded its Mobile Persistence Extension to work with Oracle MAF. This mobile persistence extension adds significant value to Oracle MAF: it allows easy consumption of RESTful services, and provides a complete persistence layer that allows you to use the mobile application in offline mode. You can read and write data while not connected to the internet, and synchronize any pending data changes later when…
  • Get started with MDS by Vivek Garg

    JuergenKress
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Oracle has introduced couple of new features in Oracle SOA Suite 12c. I have listed couple of new features that Oracle introduced for developer in my post. These new features really make developers life easy as these reduce development cycle. Here we discuss about MDS and what all featured introduced in that. As we know MDS is used to store artifacts like WSDL, XSD, XSLT etc. we have two types of MDS, File based MDS and DB based MDS. In Oracle SOA 12c, when we use default server which is integrated with Jdeveloper then we can use only Design Time MDS (File Based MDS), Run Time MDS (DB Based…
  • YouTube: Finger Tracking on the NetBeans Platform

    Geertjan
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Synertial released this awesome motion capture video yesterday, showing among other things NetBeans Platform based IGS-Bio in action! &lt;span id=&quot;XinhaEditingPostion&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt; &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt; An earlier blog entry by me on this software is found here.
  • MySQL Developers Training: 6 Languages, 16 Countries, 'Virtually' Everywhere

    Antoinette O'Sullivan
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    MySQL developers are sought after for their skills so why not improve your skills with the authentic MySQL for Developers training course and prove your skills to employers via the MySQL 5.6 Developer certification exam. The MySQL for Developers course brings you 5 days of instructor-led training. This training is currently scheduled for delivery in six languages and is accessible whereever you are through live-virtual training. Live-Virtual Events Attend a live event from your own desk via live-virtual training, avoiding the inconvenience and cost of travel. Choose from a…
  • Supercharge MAF development on Android by improving emulator performance by Jeevan Joseph

    JuergenKress
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Introduction Oracle Mobile Application Framework, MAF, leverages Java, HTML5 and JavaScript to deliver a complete MVC framework with declarative user interface definition, device features integration and built-in security. Oracle MAF provides a visual and declarative development experience and maximizes code reuse resulting in faster development of mobile applications. To get started with Oracle MAF development, the android emulator offers one of the easiest and quickest ways to build and test your apps. The emulator effectively eliminates the entry barrier of having specialized hardware or…
 
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Benefit Corporation update: Patagonia Passes B Impact Assessment, Improves Score to 116

    Kasey
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    By Elissa Loughman Patagonia has a passion for the outdoors. We aspire to make the best products for the most committed athletes, all the while trying to minimize our impact on the earth and the communities that inhabit it. It can be challenging at times for us to clearly convey how this passion for the outdoors is so closely linked to our business, the products we make and the environmental initiatives we pursue. Ultimately, it is important to us that Patagonia plays a role in preserving our natural resources and the connections that humans have to the earth. We strive to accomplish this to…
  • An excerpt from The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains by Barry Blanchard

    Kasey
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    By Barry Blanchard Patagonia is proud to announce our latest publication: Barry Blanchard’s memoir, The Calling. With heart-pounding descriptions of avalanches and treacherous ascents, Blanchard chronicles his transformation from a poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks to one of the most respected alpinists in the world. This is the story of the culture of climbing in the days of punk rock, spurred on by the rhythm of adrenaline and the arrogance of youth. It is also a portrait of the power of the mountains to lift us—physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually—and the…
  • Solutions Series, Part 7: Vote!

    Kasey
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    By Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff Project On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, U.S. citizens will vote in the 2014 midterm elections. Patagonia supports candidates who will push hard for clean, renewable energy, restore clean water and air and turn away from risky, carbon-intensive fuels. We support leaders who will act on behalf of the future and the planet. Voting is an action we can all take, the ballot a place we can all be heard.In this installment of her Solutions Series, Annie Leonard, founder of The Story of Stuff Project, writes about the importance of voting, especially in the…
  • The Cleanest Power – $20 Million & Change invests in Hawaiian rooftop solar project

    Patagonia
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Last year, Patagonia Works announced the launch of $20 Million & Change, an investment fund for companies and initiatives that, in the words of our founder Yvon Chouinard, “work with nature rather than use it up.” We promised to update you from time to time on how this project is shaping up. We’re entering into an agreement with Kina‘ole Capital Partners to create a $27 million fund that will purchase more than 1,000 rooftop solar power systems in Hawai‘i, where most homeowners currently use electricity generated by coal and oil. If more businesses followed this investment…
  • Solutions Series, Part 6: Resist giving in to disillusionment

    Patagonia
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    By Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff Project The 2014 midterm elections are fast approaching in the United States. Patagonia supports candidates who will push hard for clean, renewable energy, restore clean water and air and turn away from risky, carbon-intensive fuels. We support leaders who will act on behalf of the future and the planet. Voting is an action we can all take, the ballot a place we can all be heard. In this installment of her Solutions Series, Annie Leonard, founder of The Story of Stuff Project, writes about what voting and citizenship mean to her. Stay tuned for a…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • Monthly Poll: Do you "trick out" your car for Hallowe'en?

    Petro-Canada
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Hallowe'en is right around the corner but don't worry! There's still time to plan a costume - for your vehicle. With the rise in popularity of Hallowe'en "trunk and treat" family events and with so many great photo-sharing...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/oHqJH4Q-oZE" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Help! My Car Has Been Invaded by Rodents!

    Petro-Canada
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Brrr .. it's a wet, snowy day out there. I just want to curl up someplace warm and dry where it's dark and quiet and I'll be relatively undisturbed. Maybe with some tasty snacks nearby for when I...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/UvvdtVuT-wI" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Stuck in the Mud - Tips for Getting Your Tires out of the Mire

    Petro-Canada
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock In some parts of the country, getting stuck in mud is a more likely scenario than getting stuck in snow. Ultimately, it's the same root cause: lack of traction under your tires. Luckily, similar tips can be used...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/JtjoD9wua6c" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Time for Winter Tires

    Petro-Canada
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock It's October. I know you don't want to think about it .. neither do I. It was just yesterday we were enjoying a BBQ party out on the patio. But it's time to face reality ... winter is...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/-UI5cyyTKw8" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Micro cars .. stuck in the past or future trend?

    Petro-Canada
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: Oxyman, Wikimedia Commons I watched a lot of movies in university that I probably wouldn't watch now. You know, those kind of movies where you come out of the theatre a little shell-shocked and have to go over to...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/Pw3xg64pJVw" height="1" width="1"/>
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    Open Mike

  • Ebola: Lessons from the 2001 Anthrax Crisis

    Mike Critelli
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    In following the stories about the Ebola virus, I am reminded that 13 years ago this month, I was in the middle of helping manage the mailing industry’s response to the anthrax bio-terrorism crisis.  For people whose memories of 2001 anthrax crisis have faded, these were a few of the critical facts:   Five people died from having received letters from unknown sources laced with anthrax, a bacteria that, if “weaponized,” as these letters were, can be fatal if inhaled.  Anthrax bacteria have been around for centuries, but humans are not usually exposed to them in the ways that the…
  • What Consumers and Clinicians Need From Health Record Systems

    Mike Critelli
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    In the Friday, September 12, 2014, issue of The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Mark Sklar wrote an Op-Ed piece entitled “Doctoring in the Age of Obamacare.”  His message was depressingly similar to what so many physicians are saying: government-mandated changes in healthcare payment, delivery, and electronic medical requirements are reducing productivity and patient satisfaction and the quality of care.   What has gone wrong?  Although Sklar documents some of the problems, and others appear in other commentaries about these requirements: Governments and insurance plans force doctors to…
  • Innovations in Delivery and Logistics

    Mike Critelli
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    I spent a significant part of my business career at Pitney Bowes.  During that time, as a company leader, I advocated and implemented a great deal of innovation to improve the delivery or mail and packages, but the U.S. Postal Service and its major competitors, UPS and FedEx, did not have the infrastructure in place to lead the market into a new era of same-day delivery of a wide variety of items.   I am pleased to see what has happened in the last few years.  The Postal Service now offers Sunday delivery of packages for Amazon.com.  FedEx and UPS both offer same-day delivery, a…
  • The under appreciated problem of everyday violence around the world

    Mike Critelli
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Every once in a while, I am fortunate to read a book that presents a set of insights that I am surprised I did not understand previously.  Moreover, the author describes a problem that is not well-understood or well-appreciated by well-educated, well-meaning Americans.   Such a book, which I have just finished, is called The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence I by Gary A. Haugen, the founder and president of a not-for-profit organization called the International Justice Mission.  Haugen documents a simple, but profound and overlooked point: we will never…
  • Henry Ford may have been right, but his insight is irrelevant.

    Mike Critelli
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer gave a persuasive, but ultimately misleading, TED lecture in the attached video clip in which he makes the argument that reducing tax rates on the rich does not increase job creation, and tthat reducing income inequality is the answer to our unemployment crisis.  Like many people who advocate higher minimum wages and income redistribution, he channels Henry Ford’s comment that he paid high wages so that his workers would have enough money to buy Ford cars.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKCvf8E7V1g   Henry Ford’s comment was possibly true, but…
 
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    Progress Newsroom

  • A light PaaSing through the clouds

    Paul Nashawaty
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Paul Nashawaty, Senior PaaS Solutions Engineer, Progress Pacific For those who want to get into the cloud provider business, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that at this point, the big players in the IaaS space look like they will be maintaining their position for the foreseeable future. The good news is that despite the lead these providers have, there is still room at the table for the contenders as long as they are willing to take steps that make them stand out from the pack. Not long ago, David Linthicum wrote a column where he divided the cloud provider world into three…
  • Why Progress? Why Not!

    Chuck Sicard
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    We’re living in a highly disruptive era of IT. Cloud, mobility, Big Data, social media — all of these new technologies have brought big changes for the industry and for enterprises as a whole. For many businesses, these changes have forced them to take a long, hard look at the partnerships and technology that drove success over the last several years, and reevaluate whether or not they’re going to enable success over the next five. At Progress, we want to show you why you should bet your business on us! Join Jessica Baker, Global Director, Partner Program, and Richard Stone, Director,…
  • App Development Can’t Wait: Low-Code Considerations

    Mark Troester
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Mark Troester, Senior Director, Progress Pacific In app dev, the same old, same old just won’t do. The velocity of change and the number of drivers for change means it is critical, emergency-critical, to take a new look at everything you do. We have been doing just that for the past three years at Progress and the path is clear. IT is in crisis, with more responsibilities than ever and far too few resources. Departments can’t possibly keep up with demands from traditional customers let alone new customers aligned closely with the needs of end users. Everyone wants and expects new,…
  • Solving Marketers’ Top Data Challenges

    Adam Breakey
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Marketers are often relied upon to provide critical data to the business. But consolidating data from various sources, and then segmenting, targeting, and reporting on that data is challenging, if not impossible. Identifying these challenges and determining an effective strategy to tackle them is key to ensuring marketing’s value and contribution to the bottom line. So where should a frustrated marketers even start? We’ll be talking about that, and more, during a webinar with SiriusDecisions, taking place this Thursday, October 23 at 11:30am ET. Join us to learn about: The top challenges…
  • OpenEdge Table Partitioning: Divide and Conquer Your Data

    Bethe Tomasek
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Divide and conquer — it’s a phrase we’ve all heard before. Derived from the Latin saying divide et impera, in politics and economics, it’s a strategy to gain or maintain power. In warfare, it’s a tactical maneuver to efficiently and effectively deal with multiple opponents. But “divide and conquer” is relevant in data management too; it’s just called something else. Table Partitioning, as it’s referred to in IT, is when data is divided into smaller units that have their own name and storage characteristics. From the perspective of a database administrator, a partitioned…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Halloween Stencils with #SouthwestHeart

    Adam Rucker
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Halloween is one of our favorite holidays at Southwest. In the past we’ve shared Southwest-themed stencils for our pumpkin carving fans, and this year we’re proud to release a set that includes our bold, new look! Our pumpkin stencils are available for download HERE. So carve a pumpkin with “Heart,” and share your photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #SouthwestHeart and #SWAPic. The post Halloween Stencils with #SouthwestHeart appeared first on Nuts About Southwest.
  • Flashback Fridays: Maintenance Moves Southwest

    Richard West
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Twenty-two years ago this month, our Maintenance (now Technical Operations) Department grew by 25 percent when the hangar doors of our fourth base (Phoenix) welcomed their first Boeings in October 1992. The 125,000 square-foot facility was built to expand our ability to keep our aircraft and ground service equipment in top-of-the-line order, while also representing our commitment to what was then our largest station in the Southwest system.  And, of course, we welcomed the addition to the family in classic Southwest style. In a groundbreaking ceremony in January 1992, Jack Vidal, our…
  • How do you show your #DisneySide?

    Adam Rucker
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Do you look for Hidden Mickeys wherever you go? Are you prone to whistle while you work? Most of us have a #DisneySide, even if we don’t realize it. Here at Southwest, we have a Disney Side that we recently let show on our first nonstop flight from Dallas to Orlando on October 13! We would love to give you a chance to show YOUR Disney Side through our “Fly direct to the magic” sweepstakes! Enter for your chance to win a vacation for four to Walt Disney World ® Resort from Southwest Airlines (with a one night stay in Cinderella Castle, too). While there, you can show your Disney Side in…
  • SWA Meteorology: Winter Outlook

    Rebecca Miller
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Here in Texas, we know the weather won’t cool down (and stay cool) until our State Fair ends.  Other cities follow local weather “folklore” too:  Are the caterpillars extra wooly this year?  Are the pecan and oak trees producing a lot of nuts and acorns? If you split a persimmon seed, do you see a knife (cutting cold with ice), a spoon (digging out of snow), or a fork (a mild winter that provides lots to eat)?  What does a spork mean, then?  Are your pets getting extra furry … or shedding?  What does the Farmer’s Almanac say? Our weather folklore originated in the New…
  • Going Green: How Does Your Green Garden Grow?

    Victoria Campbell
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    World Planting Day is October 22, and while many green holidays encourage reactive green habits like recycling or reusing materials, World Planting Day encourages proactive green habits, such as planting a vegetable garden or a tree in your own yard.  Growing your own flowers, fruits, and vegetables is a rewarding and fun way to be green and give back to the environment. Here are some tips to get in on the green: Join a community garden.  Community gardens are a great way to grow your own garden, especially if you have a small yard.As some of you may know, we have a SWA Community Garden at…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • Recipe: Who’d like some dirt salad?

    Turkey Hill Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Some folks might not know this, but the Turkey Hill website is actually home to a delicious assortment of recipes designed to take your ice cream (and your iced tea) to a whole new level. One of those recipes is the “Dirt Salad” you see below (also known by some as “Dirt... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Would you eat it? Pizza-flavored ice cream

    Turkey Hill Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    We’ve written about Queens, NY ice cream shop Max & Mina’s in the past. M&M’s is known for its assortment of odd flavors, including lox (smoked salmon), Cajun, and a beer-flavored ice cream. (That’s a photo of just a small portion of their flavor menu above.) But one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Turkey Hill on Instagram: Do you notice a common theme?

    Turkey Hill Team
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is why we’re not going to write a lot in this blog entry, and we’re going to let the pictures below do the talking for us. Each of these photos were taken by fans and posted on Instagram. If you’re on Instagram too, feel free... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • All Natural Recipe Contest: We have a winner!

    Turkey Hill Team
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    It wasn’t easy for us to choose the four finalists who would face off in this year’s All Natural Recipe Contest, and it probably wasn’t easy for you to choose which one would get your winning vote. But more 1,600 votes were cast, and the winner is… Madelyn D. of Tamaqua, PA... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cirque du Soleil is coming to central PA and we’re giving away tickets!

    Turkey Hill Team
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    We’ve got a big announcement about a big prize (a $250 value!) that’s hiding at the Turkey Hill Experience AS WE SPEAK (or as we type). The acrobatic Cirque du Soleil show “Varekai” is coming to Hershey’s Giant Center on October 29-November 2 and they’ve given us... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    DocuSign blogs

  • Your Digital Adoption Playbook: How to Run HR Smoother than Butter

    Tom Pellegrino
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Co-Contributor: Robert Desroches, VP of Global Consulting Services at DocuSign  This post is installment 1 of our 6-part series: “Adoption Playbooks: Providing a deployment framework to maximize results.” Check back each week for the latest blog post authored by a member of our Customer Success Architect (CSA) team where we will share deployment best practices from real-world implementation experiences in the field.  We hope you will find these blog posts and the accompanying whitepapers insightful. …
  • 5 Tips for Making Your Sales Organization Mobile

    Mat Rider
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Contributed by Chris Bucholtz, Content Marketing Manager at CallidusCloud  When pundits discuss the advent of mobile technology in workplace culture, they often attribute its rapid adoption to generational changes. It’s often synonymous with Generation Y: the Millenials, and ‘digital natives.’ What a cop out. The reality is that most of these fresh, techy-happy workers are not business owners or CIOs, meaning they’re not the people who make the decisions about what applications or computing platforms a company uses. A business could decide not to support mobile and that would be…
  • Tips for Real Estate: Convert Emails to Docs With #pdf

    Mark Wilkins
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Save your email conversations! The DocuSign Transaction Rooms program contains many helpful tools that allow you to add documents to your Transaction Rooms, but did you know that you can actually convert an email conversation to a .pdf file and store it directly into the program? Let’s say you and your client have negotiated an important deal via email, and you wish to capture the entire exchange and store it in DTR. You can do this today by using the #pdf subject line command. As always, any documents you wish to store in DTR via email must always be sent to your DTR inbound email address.
  • Tweet Up #DSLIVE On Oct. 30th to Get the Download on Digital Real Estate

    Farah Ahmed
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Just in time for Halloween ’14, we’ve got a bag full of tricks and treat for our digitally inclined realtors. So where’s the show? Sign onto the Twitter and lock yourself in for an opportunity to ask your burning questions about completing real estate transactions digitally. Join a panel of industry experts for a DocuSign tweet chat on October 30 at 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST where we’ll give you the digital spells to banish the ‘paper’ horror show that haunts your real estate transactions. Why waste countless hours and human-power in slaving over countless signatures and initials? The…
  • Reveling in Innovation: 3 Ways Procurement Won at Dreamforce ’14

    Doug Seward
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    The gravity of Dreamforce is undeniable for sales, service, and tech innovators.  Keynotes, breakout sessions, and philanthropy at a rock star level were invigorating. For Procurement pros, it’s four days to color our innovation calendars. Let’s revel and relive a few of the things that we learned:   DocuSign Advisory Councils or AdCo’s: These are Work Sessions We Only Wish Were at School. With digital business experts at the helm, each AdCo is a play off each other’s experiences. It’s the ultimate classroom where we network sharp thinking and push each other’s buttons. The…
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    RB

  • My Learning Experience at RB So Far

    Lauretta P
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Hi, I’m Lauretta! After the completion of my Bsc in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2012, I joined RB Nigeria as a Management Trainee (MT). I was asked to share my experience as an MT and I thought I could also share it here to encourage anyone seeking to build a career with RB.   What I’ve been doing on my training program As part of my training program in RB Nigeria, I have been exposed to various departments: production, procurement, planning, and operations excellence (OPEX). I also had trade visits to understand the Sales function. Right from my first month, I…
  • 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…
 
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • With HID cards, a swipe is more than a swipe

    Rajat Swarup
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    At AT&T Security Consulting, we get to do the coolest things! A few weeks ago, we were performing a social engineering test authorized by a client. In this test, user susceptibility to individually targeted threats — and how those threats impact the physical security of the organization — were evaluated. Typically after such a test, a social engineering awareness training is done for the client’s employees to educate them about the newest threats and how they can protect against such attacks. Testing threat protection AT&T Security Consulting has some very sharp…
  • Application transformation: step into the digital future

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    The pace of digital transformation is constantly increasing, as technology – and the way we use it – rapidly evolves. Just keeping up with these changes can be difficult, but preparing for future transformations can be harder still. A fresh approach to applications management is needed to help organizations face the digital future with confidence. Watch our on-demand webinar now for tips and advice from guest speaker, John C. McCarthy, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, Inc. and AT&T applications management expert, Eric Schmidt. They discuss why effective…
  • Collaboration part 3: The future of collaboration

    Lisanne Powers
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Gazing into a crystal ball and predicting the future is problematic, especially when it comes to technology. Five years ago, the (then) CTO of Cisco, Padmasree Warrior, took up the challenge and made five predictions on the future of collaboration. With the help of the latest IDG survey on UC and collaboration, let’s take a look at how those predictions have unfolded. Prediction #1: Collaboration networks will be to enterprises what social networks are to consumers In 2009, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter were enjoying explosive global growth. The human need to share stories,…
  • Security audit and testing: Is your network secure?

    Jennia Hizver
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    The media regularly features stories about hackers breaking into enterprise servers to steal sensitive data. One common scenario begins when an employee receives a phishing email that looks like a legitimate business email urging the recipient to click on a link or to open an attachment. A doorway for cyber criminals These emails are sent by attackers and typically contain a malicious program designed to attack a popular corporate desktop software. Once the program is executed, it allows the attacker to take control of the employee’s desktop, using it as a gateway into the enterprise. The…
  • The future of customer experience is ours to choose

    Brian Solis
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    The future of CX or customer experience is a bit of a play on words…it’s ours to choose rather than ours to lose. The truth is that many businesses are already losing, they just don’t realize it yet. Executives are making great assumptions about customer behavior that lead to new investments and new technology. But over time, this leads companies away from — rather than closer to — their customers, simply because the customer journey is evolving faster than our experience learning from and successfully shaping it is. My research shows that connected customers who live an active…
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • How Much of Your Credit Line Can You Tap?

    Alan Hart
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Forecast your ability to borrow on your line of credit with accuracy and confidence In a recent blog entry I tried to convey how important it is to be able to accurately and completely forecast a company’s balance sheet and the many benefits associated with it.  For many Budget Maestro customers  who also use Analytics Maestro, this is an everyday reality. We looked at one important benefit, the forecasting of meeting or breaching loan covenants and how properly planning and continuously analyzing (with Analytics Maestro) can show us in advance how the company is going to perform and what…
  • Are Data Scientists and Financial Analysts Becoming Obsolete?

    Alan Hart
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Why data scientists are still needed in large organizations and how technology can offer great benefits to smaller companies. I read an article by Nicole Laskowski, Senior News Writer, titled:  “Will the rise of self-service BI tools lead to the demise of the data scientists?” The author questions whether readily available business intelligence tools used by non-technical company employees, without help from financial analysts and data scientists, may make the reliance on such corporate positions a thing of the past. It’s true that with the help of some very advanced analytical tools,…
  • Will you Breach Your Loan Covenants?

    Alan Hart
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    How technology can help in forecasting your debt covenants compliance Having debt while running a business is common; in fact, most companies are never able to grow on their own unless they acquire some kind of debt, such as a bank line of credit, a long-term business loan, or factoring of accounts receivable.  In larger organizations, issuing corporate bonds is another way to secure financing in addition to equity financing.  Small and medium size organizations are almost always dependent on a line of credit and/or long-term loans, generally secured by their accounts receivable and…
  • Better Financial Analytics for Everyone

    Alan Hart
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Who can really benefit from this? Lately I’ve been reading a lot of information on various websites and blogs and listening to client comments and questions about analytics, or more precisely, how to better use the vast amounts of data available in most business environments to create meaningful reports and drive the decision making process that will transform observations derived from this data into action items, ultimately responding to what that data was trying to tell in the first place. The most common question I hear is: Can a good set of analytic tools be implemented in smaller…
  • Accounting Technology Tools – Fact or Hype?

    Alan Hart
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Do you really get value out of all your IT investments? In another interesting article on the www.proformative.com’s website, the author Doug Sleeter, President at The Sleeter Group, Inc.  brings up the challenge of identifying good technology products and separating them from products that are often marketed using unrealistic claims; products that rarely live up to the expectation.  Although the author is mainly referring to software products, it is clear that these principles apply to all technology products and service offerings. Software is a major contributor here, causing…
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    ansarada » M&A News

  • Brady Dougan, Scott Nuttall point the way for M&A

    Brett Cole
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    M&A in the last months of 2014 is in the hands of the gods. The market gods it seems. “We have a strong advisory and underwriting pipeline but the pace of execution in the fourth quarter will depend on market conditions,” says Credit Suisse chief executive Brady Dougan. Volatility may already be having an affect […] The post Brady Dougan, Scott Nuttall point the way for M&A appeared first on ansarada.
  • M&A bankers may have to take a long view on bonuses

    Brett Cole
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:29 pm
    M&A bankers in the City of London must be sending boutiques of roses to George Osborne, the U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr Osborne is challenging the European Banking Authority rules that bank bonuses should be no more than 100 per cent of salary – or 200 per cent with shareholder approval. Amid the best […] The post M&A bankers may have to take a long view on bonuses appeared first on ansarada.
  • M&A welcomed at mid sized, private companies

    Brett Cole
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Almost half of the mid sized, privately held companies polled by Deloitte say there are prepared to entertain a M&A offer from a “perfect buyer.” “As company valuations, share prices and cash-on-hand liquidity are generally on an upswing, many sellers have more options today than in the past five years to extract value from their […] The post M&A welcomed at mid sized, private companies appeared first on ansarada.
  • Mining M&A led by Ivan Glasenberg, Mick Davis?

    Brett Cole
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Global mining M&A is just a sliver of the best deal environment since 2008. In the year to date there has been just $44 billion worth of M&A among mining companies, according to Mergermarket data. That’s just 1.7 percent of the total M&A volume so far in 2014 that currently stands at $2.65 trillion, says […] The post Mining M&A led by Ivan Glasenberg, Mick Davis? appeared first on ansarada.
  • M&A study: beware deal making, dominant CEOs

    Brett Cole
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Beware the well connected, M&A hungry chief executive. So says a study conducted by a team from the University of Arkansas, Suffolk University and Zayed University. CEOs with individual authority and dominance over others because they are the center of their social networks have mostly a negative impact when they pursue M&A. Such M&A deals […] The post M&A study: beware deal making, dominant CEOs appeared first on ansarada.
 
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    Replicon

  • How organisations in the UK can use time tracking solutions to claim R&D Tax Relief

    Siddharth Deb
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    In the UK, HMRC provides R&D Tax Credits to companies as an incentive to promote research and development. Under this scheme, a company engaged in qualifying R&D activities can either reduce the amount of tax it pays, or get a cash sum upfront. R&D Tax Credits promote investment in innovation, and could be the key to survival for many Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SME) in the UK today. Blog tags: Corporate
  • Lack of compliance costs a restaurant chain dearly in FLSA penalties

    Jon Burns
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Ruby Tuesday Inc., a nationwide chain that operates more than 750 restaurants, recently agreed to pay out a staggering $3 million to settle a class action Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • Replicon servers not affected by Shellshock

    Siddharth Deb
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Recently, independent research teams identified a new vulnerability in the GNU Bourne Again Shell software component (Bash). Dubbed “Shellshock,” this bug can be used by hackers to take control of a system remotely and exploit Web servers. Blog tags: Corporate
  • How to use time tracking to maximize SR&ED claims—a seminar hosted by Replicon & Boast Capital

    Siddharth Deb
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    As we reported earlier, Canada’s Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax program provides tax credits, sometimes in the form of cash, for research and development projects to help keep Canada at the forefront of scientific and technical advancements. To qualify, companies must meet strict documentation and employee time tracking requirements set forth by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Blog tags: Corporate
  • Replicon ranks #184 among the world’s 500 largest cloud applications vendors

    Siddharth Deb
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Replicon has ranked 184th among the top 500 cloud application vendors according to this year’s Apps Run The Cloud list. With a year-on-year growth of 37.5%, Replicon continues its run as one of the fastest growing cloud services providers in the world. The rankings in the study are based on 2011–2013 cloud subscription revenues of more than 500 enterprise applications vendors, and are updated every year. Blog tags: Corporate
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    ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

  • PMI Advantage Can Save You Money

    Clayton Closson
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Great news for those of you who are buying a home or refinancing and need private mortgage insurance (PMI). Quicken Loans announces PMI Advantage, a new and exclusive program that can save you thousands in mortgage insurance payments compared to traditional PMI. PMI Advantage vs. Traditional PMI PMI Advantage allows you to buy a home without having to put 20% down, or refinance your mortgage without 20% equity in your home – without having to pay a monthly mortgage insurance payment. How does that work? Good question! With PMI Advantage, you’ll accept a slightly higher mortgage rate and…
  • Small Spaces: Bedroom Organization

    Michelle Giorlando
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    In an ideal world, a bedroom would be roomy enough to hold a bed, a dresser, a bookshelf, matching nightstands, a huge walk-in closet and maybe a couch or a chaise to complement a nice fireplace. In reality, bedrooms almost never seem big enough for the items they need to contain. Living in a small space requires some ingenuity to solve storage problems, and small bedrooms are no exception. Even though having a small bedroom means space is at a premium, storage doesn’t have to look utilitarian. With a bit of creativity and a modest budget, you can maximize your bedroom storage without…
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Buying the Right Home for You

    Kevin Graham
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    So you’re sick of renting and you’re ready to get your first permanent place. Homeownership is a significant part of the American Dream, but no one tells you exactly what to look for in the buying process. Here are some guidelines to get you started. While You’re Looking There are a few things to consider when you’re on the house hunting trail. Know What You Can Afford A lot of people consider the cost of the monthly mortgage payment (principal, interest rate and taxes) when purchasing. You should also factor in the cost of utilities, maintenance/upgrades, your work commute and…
  • How to Budget with a Variable Income

    Travis Pelto
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    “Variable income” is a bit of a cover-all term for those who don’t have a typical, salary-based income. You can call them contract, commission or freelance workers, or maybe it’s someone receiving scheduled retirement or settlement payouts – they all have similar financial situations. Having a variable income means you’re the one influencing how much money you can make; sometimes you decide how much work you take, too. It’s an ambitious and challenging lifestyle to have because it requires you to balance your job and your long-term finances. If you’re one of the many workers…
  • Should You Get A Flu Shot?

    Sean T. Johnston
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    In short, probably. But the question of whether or not you should get a flu shot is a valid one, especially with the amount and intensity of the debate these days. Before we get started, please note that with any question of a medical nature, the best counsel you can get is from your primary care physician. Trust your doctor, not former TV celebrities, suspicious articles that you read on the Internet or secondhand accounts from friends (unless they’re medical professionals). We will do our best to provide the facts from trusted sources to help you understand what the flu shot is, how it…
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    NACD Blog

  • Complexity and the Boardroom

    Adam Lee
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    At the final plenary session of the 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference, NACD President and CEO Ken Daly spoke with Steven Reinemund, director of Walmart, Exxon Mobil, Marriott, and American Express, and Gen. H. Hugh Shelton (Ret.), chairman of Red Hat and director of L-3 Communications on the issue of business complexity. The current environment is dynamic, fast-paced, and tumultuous, Daly observed. Not only must boards stay vigilant of disruptive forces—including those identified by NACD’s Directorship 2020: economics, geopolitics, competition, technology, demographics, innovation,…
  • Future Trends in Market Disruption

    Ashley M. Marchand
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Seasoned venture capitalists during a keynote session this morning at the 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference discussed future trends in marketplace disruption. Scott Kupor, director of the National Venture Capital Association and managing partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, said that from an entrepreneurial standpoint, the so-called next big thing is whatever a business is doing to be innovative in their field. What many entrepreneurs are doing is streamlining the chain by which products or business ideas make it to market. They’re getting rid of the middle man.
  • In Conversation with James Jones

    Jesse Rhodes
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    As the business world is continuously reshaped through advances in technology, growth of new markets, and changing political landscapes, the issues that arise in both the public and private sectors have become increasingly complex. The international crises that dominate news headlines today–the emergence of the Islamic State, the ongoing war in Syria, and the crisis in Ukraine–will play a part in redefining global markets and impact how companies operate in the future. In a conversation with NACD Senior Advisor Jeffrey M. Cunningham, Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.), former…
  • Insights From Wikimedia Foundation Advisor Sue Gardner

    Ashley M. Marchand
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Few companies have disrupted so-called business-as-usual as much as the Wikimedia Foundation. The nonprofit foundation is behind the website Wikipedia, an online, crowd-sourced encyclopedia that has become the fifth most visited website in the world. At the 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference, Sue Gardner, the former executive director and current special advisor for Wikimedia, shared her insights on the open nature of Wikipedia and the risks involved in that business model. Her thoughts resonate not only for the technology or publishing companies, but also for corporate boardrooms across a…
  • Generational Dynamics in the Boardroom

    Ashley M. Marchand
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    During today’s keynote address at the 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference, Chuck Underwood—founder and principal of The Generational Imperative, a consulting firm that provides training and research on generational demographics to businesses and governmental officials—shared some key takeaways on how generational demographics affect corporate governance. He began by sharing three key points about generational dynamics. “Between birth and the late teens or early 20s, individuals form core values molded by teachings and personal experiences, and those core values are by and large…
 
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    The Whitepages blog | Data for Good

  • 5 Tips to Protect Yourself From Mobile Phone Scams

    Liz Powell
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    According to Pew Internet Research, 68 percent of mobile phone users receive unwanted sales and marketing calls with one-quarter saying they encounter this problem at least a few times a week or more frequently. Clearly, call and text spam is a pervasive and growing problem in the United States. Scam, spam and fraudulent calls and texts [...] The post 5 Tips to Protect Yourself From Mobile Phone Scams appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Finding Inspiration in the Indian Identity Project

    Suja Vaidyanathan
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
      Last week I discussed how mobile phone numbers are coming to represent the identity of the user. One related topic I found fascinating is the Indian Identity Project. The Indian Identity Project, or Aadhaar, is an ambitious project to provide a digital identity for every Indian citizen, members of the second most populous nation [...] The post Finding Inspiration in the Indian Identity Project appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Fashion Plates: A Look at Designer Names

    Rebecca Carroll
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Shakespeare, Mark Twain and others have said: “The clothes make the man.” When it comes to famous names in fashion, we think of iconic designers like Chanel, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, the recently passed Oscar de la Renta and more – all household names. So as the season finale for “Project [...] The post Fashion Plates: A Look at Designer Names appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Outsmart the Scammers: Tips to Avoid the IRS Phone Scam

    Molly Phillips
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    I don’t think I know anyone who’d be excited to get a call from the IRS. But that being said, if I saw them ringing through on my caller ID, I would answer. I mean, wouldn’t you? A problem with our taxes is something we’re eager to get mopped up quickly because we’re all aware [...] The post Outsmart the Scammers: Tips to Avoid the IRS Phone Scam appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • New! Spam Score for Whitepages Current Caller ID

    Lori Roth
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    We’ve got exciting news about our Android app Whitepages Current Caller ID. Say hello to our latest feature, Spam Score. Here’s how it works. When an incoming call is suspected spam, users will be notified immediately. Then when they open the app, they will see important tidbits like the spam level based on a score [...] The post New! Spam Score for Whitepages Current Caller ID appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
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    GCCapitalIdeas.com

  • Hurricane Seasons That Changed The Industry: Landmark 2005 Hurricane Season

    GC Editor
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Guy Carpenter & Company released Part II of the two-part Ten-Year Retrospective of the 2004 and 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Seasons. Part II focuses on the 2005 hurricane season and the cumulative... Continue reading...
  • Week’s Top Stories: October 18 — 24, 2014

    GC Editor
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Centralization of Reinsurance Buying: It should come as no surprise that there is a general trend among larger cedents to centralize reinsurance buying decisions and retentions and to bundle... Continue reading...
  • Historical Development of Cyber (Re)Insurance

    GC Editor
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Companies are uncertain of how much coverage to acquire and whether their current policies provide them with protection. One of the roots of the uncertainty stems from the difficulty in quantifying... Continue reading...
  • Cyber Insurance

    GC Editor
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Cyber insurance has grown out of recognition that cyber-crime and data privacy are among the most concerning risks facing organizations today. With the increasing severity and frequency of... Continue reading...
  • Hurricane Gonzalo — Update

    GC Editor
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Hurricane Gonzalo approached Bermuda late Friday as a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, before making direct landfall as a strong Category 2. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • 10 Highlights from Toronto Vital Signs Report 2014

    Elyse
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As a Toronto call centre, we look forward to the release of the Toronto Vital Signs Report each year as it provides “a consolidated snapshot of the trends and issues affecting the quality of life in our city and each of the interconnected issue areas is critical to the wellbeing of Toronto and its residents.” I have explored how our city (and country) performs on the global stage 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…
  • Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg donates $25 million to fight Ebola spread

    Tim
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When a well known business leader gives a huge boost to a nonprofit that is looking to fight disease it’s never a bad thing and can lead to greater support from the public at large, let’s hope that’s the case as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg’s high profile decision to donate $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola was confirmed. I’m pleased to share that both before and after the donation nonprofits organizations involved/operating in West Africa are seeing a growing swell of support from the public throughout the world.
  • 5 social media tips to help your nonprofit fundraising event sparkle

    Tim
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Imagine that you’re fast approaching your biggest nonprofit fundraising event of the season, you’ve spent six months making plans and attendance looks like it’s going to be exceptional, there’s a real buzz about the event and your online audience who can’t attend are hoping to still share the excitement. How can you best use social media to help spread word about the success of your special fundraising event? Back in May I wrote this post about how to best use social media in planning for such an event – and today I wanted to provide the top five tips to…
  • 5 Key findings from Nielsen’s global CSR report

    Tim
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today I wanted to share some of the key data from the 2014 Nielson Global Corporate Social Responsibility about CSR attitudes around the world. Sometimes we may be guilty of living in a bubble and presume that our top CSR business concerns in North America are simply echoed by the rest of the world. To that end and others the report is very illuminating showing that attitudes and concerns in North America are very similar to Europe but elsewhere around the world there are certainly quite different viewpoints. The entire report is definitely worthy of your time but I wanted to focus on what I…
  • Meatless Monday with Hearts of Baltimore Vegan Crab Cakes

    Elyse
    19 Oct 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. When you think about veganism, crab cakes are not generally the first thing to pop into your head but we’re going to change that today. This uber-delicious (tasting…
 
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    The Allstate Blog

  • 5 Creative Ways to Use Your Multi-Purpose Knife

    Cristel Mohrman
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A multi-purpose knife is extremely handy for outdoor adventures and camping. Here are some additional, and unexpected, ways this handy gadget can save the day — any day. Share this infographic on your site.Infographic courtesy of The Allstate Blog. The post 5 Creative Ways to Use Your Multi-Purpose Knife appeared first on The Allstate Blog.
  • Safety Recalls: What to Do if Your Car Is Recalled

    Brendan
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When your car or any of your vehicle’s equipment has been recalled, it can make you feel worried and confused. Hearing there could be a potential safety issue with the vehicle you drive every day can be cause for concern. But, knowing what to do if your car is recalled is the first step toward feeling at ease again. Auto Insurance Basics & MoreLearn more about how to protect your ride with auto insurance. Explore What Is a Safety Recall? US News and World Report reported that according to data collected from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013 alone,…
  • Getting Mail While Living On an RV

    Amy Tyszkiewicz
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your road map is in hand, the bags are packed, and you’re ready to hit the road. Your RV trip is about to begin, but did you remember all the pre-trip details? One detail you’ll want to address is your mail, particularly if bills will need to be paid while you’re gone. Here are a few alternatives to overwhelming your mailbox and ways you can get mail while living on the road. Get an Insurance QuoteCurious what Allstate can do for you? Get a quote here. Get a Quote Ask a Trusted Person: One way to keep your mailbox at home from filling up is to ask a neighbor, friend, or family…
  • 10 Situations When You Might Need an Emergency Fund

    Nicole Markle
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Everyone knows the little rules of life that reduce the risk of costly mistakes, like driving slowly in the rain or not leaving candles burning. But it’s the rare what-ifs that might prompt you to dip into your retirement savings or your child’s college fund if you don’t have a financial backup plan. An emergency fund can serve as protection against unexpected expenses – no running up your credit card, no borrowing from your retirement or bank accounts. However, 28 percent of Americans don’t have emergency savings, according toCNN. That’s a large group of people who…
  • Find the Right Motorcycle Riding Club

    Brendan
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Riding clubs are a great way for riders to connect—and, of course, hit the road—with other enthusiasts. But even a quick Internet search yields a staggering number of club options, especially in warm weather areas. So, how do you narrow down your choices and find a comfortable group of motorcycle riders? Riding Clubs: What They Are & What They’re Not Long story short: a motorcycle riding club isn’t a “motorcycle gang.” Instead, a riding club is simply a group of riders organized around an idea—enthusiasm for a particular brand of bike—and dedicated to…
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • Using Social Media to Connect and Manage People— How We Do It

    lauren
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    For the third time in just a few months, OSSCube has received an award celebrating our internal and external HR and people management practices. These awards are especially important to us because we take pride in our corporate culture, and knowing that our corporate culture is having a positive impact on the community is a wonderful feeling. This latest award, “Excellence in Social Media People Campaign” was presented by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at their annual gala. The award focuses on social media activity that engages outside employment prospects and garners a…
  • Mobile Apps: Can They be Secure Enough?

    lauren
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    In the last few years—right before our eyes—communication has changed. From intern­et browsing, to text and e-mail messaging, people are going mobile. In fact, upwards of 80% of users are opening their e-mails on mobile devices. It can no longer be denied that the business world must begin to work within the mobile world of customers. In fact, mobile strategy must be a priority when it comes to connecting with current and potential markets. Though mobile security is discussed almost constantly, it recently came under fire when Gartner released a new report on mobile application…
  • Automation: Can it Change Business for the Better?

    lauren
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I recently attended the CIOsynergy conference in San Francisco, where Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and other top-ranked professionals gathered with software vendors to discuss some of the industry’s hottest topics. Throughout the day there were several panels and presentations, but for me, one of the most interesting of the day was “The Value of Automating the IT Enterprise and Beyond,” with Jonathan Crane, President and COO at IPSoft.From the beginning of his presentation Crane was open and honest about what automation means for the current accepted business model; “automation…
  • Cloud Computing: Doing Business in an On-Demand World

    lauren
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Chances are, at this moment you have at least one device connected to the cloud. Whether it be a cell phone tethered to a laptop or documents stored in a virtual folder, information can be managed from any location with an internet connection. At first, this may have seemed like a terrific way to evolve personal computing; but in recent years, the cloud has changed the face of modern-day business.  Companies like Amazon have harnessed their brand influence and funneled it into the creation of successful cloud-hosting platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS). From supporting the operation of…
  • Data warehousing on Hadoop

    Raghavan
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    With the increased adoption of big data in the past few years, the Hadoop ecosystem has exploded with many new projects. Now, coupled with the emergence of support from major vendors for enterprise connectors and security improvements Hadoop has become even more attractive to enterprise level businesses. With more information being gathered than ever before, it’s no wonder why Hadoop has become a compelling option for any business and hard to ignore by vendors in the big data processing space.I often come across customers and technical people with specific issues. Most are unsure if their…
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • Recycling CD’s & DVD’s: What to Do

    David
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    With the steady decline in CD and DVD use, brought on by services like Netflix, Hulu and Steam, the US is looking at an ever-growing influx of obsolete and soon to be obsoletes discs. Most people think that since they are made from plastic, discs can be mixed in with the rest of the recyclables. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. In 1988, the Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) developed a classification system to help consumers and recyclers better understand the different types of plastic, as well as how to recycle them. Compact discs are categorized as a type 7 plastic, the most toxic…
  • Tips for a Waste Free School Year

    David
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The beginning of autumn means the start of a new school year, marking a joyous occasion for parents and a tearful end to summer vacation for kids. In honor of this occasion, we decided to share a few tips that can make this school year your most eco-friendly to date: -  Before shopping for new school supplies, take inventory of what supplies you already have and can use again this year. Should you have to get new materials, look for things you can get the most use out of (i.e., reloadable mechanical pencils). - Aim for packing “waste-free” lunches. This includes implementing reusable…
  • Amid legal strife, Oakland will return garbage contract to Waste Management

    David
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    In a surprising turn of events, The City of Oakland has decided to bow out of the legal battle brought on by Waste Management and give back the contract that will keep the company in control of a majority of the waste collection services. While the council’s unanimous vote allows California Waste Solutions (CWS) to still be in charge for collecting recyclables, garbage and compost collection duties will be the responsibility of Waste Management. This means that the hundred plus year relationship between Waste management and Oakland will continue. Some city officials are meeting the decision…
  • Waste Management taking Oakland to Court over Lost Contract

    David
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    In the wake of the recent controversy over the city of Oakland offering a 10-year contract to a rival company, Houston-based Waste Management has decided to take their grievances to court. Waste Management, the nations largest trash and recycling hauler, claims that the Oakland City Council hindered the bidding process in order to stack the odds in favor of the West Oakland-based California Waste Solutions (CWS). Citing the fact that CWS has never held a garbage hauling contract, submitted proposals past the agreed-upon due date, and failed to comply with Oakland’s contracting rules, Waste…
  • 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 property…
 
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • Advancing nutrition wellness

    Kris Patton
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Earlier this week, I was in Atlanta with my colleagues from the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition for the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), hosted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This was my third year attending the conference and again this year, it was an insightful gathering of academics, PhDs, registered dietitian nutritionists, food companies and pharmaceutical companies all coming together to advance nutrition wellness. General Mills shared some of our latest health and wellness innovation in the exhibit hall, featuring some of our new…
  • The story of Chef Wendell

    Kevin Hunt
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    As Cinnamon Toast Crunch marks its 30th birthday this year, the brand team is also taking time to salute Chef Wendell, the cereal’s baker. The cereal debuted in 1984. Wendell went to work at that time too – along with his two sidekick bakers, Bob and Quello – and first appeared on the CTC box and in advertising in 1987. You might remember them singing in this commercial. Wendell was first called out by name on the box in 1990. 1990 The other two chefs were taken off the CTC box in 1991, as Wendell took over top billing. 1991 Wendell also was prominent on the back of the box,…
  • A light in the darkness for women with breast cancer

    Lynne Morioka
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    “I was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. I had a great network of family and friends who supported me through seven surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation. However, none of them could relate to the internal turmoil that often comes with a battle with cancer.” That’s LaReisha McGee’s story. She works in integrated marketing communications here at General Mills. And, as a breast cancer survivor, she now serves on the board of directors of the Firefly Sisterhood. Created to fill a missing need for women with breast cancer, Firefly Sisterhood is a new non-profit based in the…
  • Toast Halloween with Count Chocula beer

    Lynne Morioka
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    When Count Chocula went missing recently from an Albertsons grocery store in Fort Collins, Colorado, a shopper hungry for Monster Cereals definitely noticed the void. So she wrote a letter to the city’s newspaper, asking where it was. The mystery has been solved: Black Bottle Brewery bought out two inventories at the store of our seasonal chocolate cereal to brew small-batch beer. Count Chocula beer? Now we’ve heard it all! Black Bottle Brewery will release Cerealiously Count Chocola beer on Oct. 30, general manager Steve Marrick told the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Count Chocula is…
  • Making first birthdays a smashing success

    Maerenn Jepsen
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    A child’s first birthday party is a big deal. And while some parents might stress over deciding on the perfect cake, theme and decorations, Kate Sommers didn’t have to look far for inspiration when planning the big event for her twin sons, Charlie and Arthur. Meet Kate and her family in the latest MyStory video. As part of her job as a community engagement specialist for Big G cereals, Kate had the inside scoop on Cheerios-themed party recipes, themes and decorations that she and the team had been creating to share online. That’s just one example of Kate’s connection to the fans of…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Six Strategies for Attracting Talent: Strategy #1

    Jessica Rohman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Provide Robust Opportunities for Growth and Development In our intensive research of this year's 50 Best Small & Medium Workplaces (companies with between 25 and 999 employees), we have identified six strategies that many of these winners engage in to attract, hire, and retain the talent they seek. In this six-part blog series, we'll take a look at each strategy along with best practices from recognized Best Workplaces.
  • 2014 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces: Trends for Thought

    China Gorman
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Here at Great Place to Work we're getting ready to reveal the 2014 World's Best Multinational Workplaces list, so there seems like no better a time to talk about a positive organizational trend that's been occurring among many of the less encouraging trends we consistently hear about (for example, the war on talent, low levels of employee engagement, or no work/life integration).
  • CEO Insights: The Bumpy Road to ALWAYS ON

    China Gorman
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    PWC’s 17th annual global CEO report “Good to Grow: 2014 US CEO Survey”, provides a thorough snapshot of executive leadership perspectives and approaches at the current moment. PWC’s report includes perspectives from over 1,300 CEOs from 68 countries, including 162 CEOs with US-headquartered organizations. It’s clear from the responses that, globally, CEOs are making many changes within their organizations.
  • HR: How Disconnected Are You From Employees?

    China Gorman
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    ADP recently released a report which, based on data they’ve collected from several studies, examines the causes and implications of a persistent disconnect recorded between HR’s and employees’ perceptions.
  • Pump Up Your Change Management Competencies

    China Gorman
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    IBM recently released an executive report: "Making change work... while the work keeps changing – How change architects lead and manage organizational change." The report, based on data from their latest "Making Change Work Study" seems a very pertinent one for the times.
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Are Financial Advisors Superheroes?

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Are financial advisors superheroes? Yes, in a sense — or at least in dollars and cents, anyway. While financial advisors may not possess any superhuman characteristics which enable them to travel faster than a speeding bullet or leap over tall buildings in a single bound, they can help save the finances of their clients. If this isn’t a lifesaving skill, it’s definitely a life changing one. When we think about what a financial advisor actually does for his or her clients, we tend to think of someone who gives good advice about a particular stock or investment. While this is certainly…
  • Weekly Economic Update

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    CONSUMER SENTIMENT: A PLEASANT SURPRISE Ebola fears and a choppy stock market haven’t quite rattled household optimism. At a reading of 86.4 (its highest in more than seven years), the University of Michigan’s initial October consumer sentiment index confounded analysts who expected a decrease from September’s final 84.6 mark. Consensus forecasts from MarketWatch and Briefing.com both predicted a retreat to 83.5. September’s 0.3% slip in retail sales remained a consumer question mark, especially after August’s 0.6% gain.1,2 U.S. INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT RISES 1.0% September’s gain…
  • Independent Financial Advisors are CEOs

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Going independent means you are ready to be a true entrepreneur. Being the CEO of your own financial business is a dream come true for those who don’t want to conform to the big wire houses or answer to anyone. While this avenue isn’t for everyone, every day financial advisors seek out to become their own CEO.  Complete independence provides great opportunities for advisors seeking to be their own boss, becoming a business leader and building their own business model in complete freedom and with flexibility. Starting your own business and serving as CEO is simple, but building a business…
  • Using Your Hobby to Prospect for Clients

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Can you imagine saying to your partner, “Honey, I’m going sailing. For work?” David Edwards, president of New York-based Heron Financial Group, found a way to leverage his love of sailing with successful client prospecting. “What you need to do is create opportunities for prospects to get to know you in a ‘non-salesy’ environment,” said Edwards. Sailing fits the bill, for Edwards. Why does Edwards’ strategy work? He’s putting himself where his prospective clients are. According to a video made by Edwards, his firm services “time-stressed executives, between 45 and 55…
  • Summit Brokerage Services Announces Record Attendance for 2014 Convention

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Summit Brokerage Services, Inc. the Highest Rated Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*, successfully completed the 2014 National Convention at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, October 9-11, 2014, with record attendance.   With over 450 in attendance, the theme of the three-day Convention, Summit’s Superheroes, focused on providing Summit’s advisors with the tools and strategies for them to discover and maximize their inner superhero powers and to grow their businesses.   Headlining this year’s convention was Brad Meltzer, the author of several #1 New York Times®…
 
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • Answers to Common Questions About Employee Recognition

    Jonathan McClellan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    At Hallmark Business Connections, we believe employee recognition is a key component of a company’s overall success. When employees feel valued they are motivated to work harder and be successful. While many executives appreciate the importance of recognizing employees for a job well done, there is often uncertainty around which methods are most successful and how to gauge the impact of recognition programs. What are the best ways to go about recognizing your employees? Let’s ease uncertainty by answering five common questions about employee recognition: Q: What are the most…
  • Time For The Holidays, Prepare Now

    Rhonda Basler
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Customer engagement is a must, but for anyone selling products or services that can be holiday purchases it becomes much more important in the fourth quarter of the calendar year. So, with both companies and personal friends and families competing for people’s attention, how can your company stand apart during the holiday season to truly engage your customers? It’s simpler than you might think. Extend the Holidays December tends to be the month when businesses focus their marketing efforts around promotions and other holiday inspired customer appreciation tactics. But, by connecting with…
  • The Ripple Effect: How to Motivate Your Employees to Motivate One Another

    Jonathan McClellan
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Much has been made of the impact employee recognition can have on reinforcing positive results. And with good reason: Employee recognition can lead to a whole host of positive outcomes, including improved employee engagement, transformed company culture, improved office morale, etc. Typically, when we talk about employee engagement, we’re referring to the ways in which managers can encourage and motivate employees to succeed in the workplace. But, as I discussed in a recent video about the influencing stage of the career evolution model, employees have the ability to impact the engagement…
  • Moving the Employee Engagement Needle Past 30 Percent

    Jonathan McClellan
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Though we might not have been aware of it at the time, sports and competition taught us the value of engagement and enrichment. We all wanted nothing more than to be the MVP and enjoy the glory associated with it. We learned, we practiced and we received recognition for each milestone accomplished throughout the season. We consciously understood the MVP worked hard, never cut corners, actively participated and enjoyed the thrill of being on the field. Believe it or not, business isn’t very different from sports. Different personalities, skills and work ethics live in the office just as they…
  • Snapshot: Upcoming CXPA Insight Exchange

    Rhonda Basler
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Each year, the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CPXA) hosts a national Customer Experience Day (CXDay). Coinciding with Customer Service Week, this event is dedicated to raising awareness of the customer experience and celebrating the professionals who make great customer experiences happen. Across the globe, more than 2,800 customer experience professionals set aside Oct. 7 to participate in CXDay. Between networking events in 22 cities in the U.S. and Europe, webinars, Google Hangouts and Twitter conversations, CXDay engagement was an interactive and social success. Customer…
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    Skiddle Blog

  • New advanced ticket options

    Ben
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    We’ve just added some new features giving you more control when you setup your tickets:     Ticket Category Seelect a category header to group tickets together on your event page Exact availability By default we won’t show visitors how many tickets you have remaining. We’ll show warnings such as “Tickets selling quickly” or “Last few remaining” but these will be generic without revealing your remaining allocation. If you prefer, you can show the exact number of tickets remaining using this option Show Pending onsale tickets By default when…
  • Ticket categorisation

    Ben
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Running an event with lots of ticket types? Sometimes the choice can be a bit confusing for customers, so you can now categorise your tickets into groups. When adding your tickets, simply select a category from the list (we’ve got loads to pick from) and we’ll group all tickets with the same category together on your event page. You can also move tickets around within the category groups, and rearrange the categories so they appear exactly how you want them to appear. Head over to the tickets overview to get started
  • Private visibility for events is here

    Ben
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    When adding an event through the Promotion Centre, by default your event will be added to our listings network, including Skiddle.com – the UK’s busiest events guide and a number of partner websites and apps. This gives your event great exposure, but sometimes you might be looking to add an event so you can utilise our ticket sales service, but don’t require this distribution. Examples might be a private fundraiser, an awards ceremony that’s for nominees only, or even a staff night out.   When you add your event, simply select ‘Private’ as the…
  • A new way to discover events is here

    Ben
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Skiddle are developing a new way to find events, building on the events platform we’ve pioneered over the last 14 years. Always keen to keep innovating, and creating more user-friendly ways for our visitors to find and discover events, we’ve now launched a new event search, with several new features. Here’s a quick preview:   Filter events to suit your preferences Filter events, by location, date, distance, event category, music genres and more. Pick as many filters as you wish to narrow down the huge selection of events to ones that match your preferences. Fancy…
  • Optimise your event snippet to sell more tickets

    Ben
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    So you’ve posted your events onto Skiddle, popped some tickets on sale. You can see 1,000s of visitors looking at your event info. But did you know, by optimising the information you enter you can dramatically improve how many tickets you sell, by up to 200%. So what makes the difference between a visitor buying tickets for your event, or skipping on by and purchasing for another event? We recently commissioned some user testing to see how real visitors react to different event snippets. This video is an extract from one test (this user was selected at random and was unknown to Skiddle…
 
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • Spinning Up Surf, Sun and Sensational ROI

    Danielle Nelson
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    This year’s DMA is coming up quickly, and will be held right here in San Diego—not far from Anderson HQ in Poway—October 25-30, at the San Diego Convention Center. Although the warmth of California’s summer is fading fast, the west coast venue is sure to be a relief for people flying in from less sunny parts of the country, as well as a beacon for those seeking DM’s best and brightest, people, technologies and ideas. We’ll be there—with ROI on wheels As we have for the past 15 years, Anderson will have a strong presence at this year’s exhibition hall (October 26-28), rocking a…
  • How to Keep Your DM Creative Fresh and Your Results Strong

    Melinda Risolo
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    If you’re lucky enough to have a strong control, in any medium, by all means keep using it. You may be tired of it—but as long as it delivers great results, don’t mess with a winner That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t challenge it. Test, test, test is the holy mantra of direct marketing and the only way to generate continuous improvements in ROI. But what to test? It depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Here are two ways to keep your DM creative fresh and your results strong Tweak your control. Small changes can drive incremental lift in response and/or reduction in cost, and…
  • Understanding the True Power Behind Marketing Success: The Offer

    James Pennington
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    I’ve actively worked in direct marketing for more than 30 years, and never before has it been this easy to be a great marketer. The Internet now provides access to virtually unlimited free information on marketing best practices through blogs, webinars and more. Yet in spite of this pervasive availability of information on how to make marketing work better, there are still many marketers who miss or ignore practices that have been proven to work time and time again. One often misunderstood and misused element in marketing is the offer. Once the audience is properly identified and…
  • SXSW Follow-Up: Pondering the Perils of Social Media Analytics

    Michael Walton
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    SXSW Follow-Up: Pondering the Perils of Social Media Analytics Like a fine meal, the redolence of South by Southwest lingers to this day. In particular, I’m thinking about a session called What Social Media Analytics Can’t Tell You, hosted by Alexandra Samuel from Vision Critical, Colby Flint from Discovery Communications, Jeremiah Owyang from Crowd Companies, and social media scholar Beth Kanter. Nonprofit insights for a profit-focused world The session presented the results of an extensive analysis of social media data, posing whether social activity equates to conversion—in this…
  • DRTV Success: Using Creative, Production and Results to Support and Build on Each Other

    Carlos Perez
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    “In order to understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded, and obsessed with one small section of truth.” -Xun Zi, 312–230 BC Successful DRTV direct marketers know you need to approach DRTV with a consideration of the totality of circumstances and factors. DRTV is usually a high-profile, high-stakes effort for clients. It requires that creative and production be at their highest level of coordination, and that results are not the end of the effort, but are used tactically as a campaign deploys. No great creative message gets anywhere if it’s not…
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    Barefoot Yoga Blog

  • OMgirl is In! New Colors and Styles for Fall

    Barefoot Yoga
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    To browse our full selection of fun and fashionable new OMgirl clothing for fall, visit www.barefootyoga.com!  
  • Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month: Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

    Barefoot Yoga
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Our teacher for the month of September is Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, founder of Golden Bridge Yoga. Gurmukh first began practicing in 1970 after meeting Kundalini master Yogi Bhajan and receiving her name, which means, “one who helps people across the world ocean.” After studying with Yogi Bhajan, she started teaching, and after the birth of her daughter in 1982, […]
  • Lauren’s Pick of the Week: OMgirl Hatha Legging

    Lauren
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    OMgirl’s Hatha Leggings are a wardrobe staple that looks great with a tank or tee in the yoga studio, or paired with a comfy sweater for a casual weekend look. With no fuss or frills, these leggings are made of a blend of organic cotton and Lycra, with a roll-down waist for comfort and style. They […]
  • Yoga Shop of the Month: Rainbow Grocery

    Barefoot Yoga
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    This month we’re highlighting one of our favorite long-time customers, Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco. When we were starting out more than 15 years ago, Barefoot Yoga was also based out of San Francisco, and we began selling our yoga mat bags at Rainbow Grocery in the early days. We’re happy to say that we’ve […]
  • The Curious Yogi – 5 of Your Yoga Questions Answered

    Carolina
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Want to Brush up on Your Yoga Knowledge? 5 Questions & Answers about Yoga You Always Wanted to Know Below! 1. I’ve heard quite a few yogis identify as vegetarian or vegan, and I’m wondering if there’s a specific reason why? While we can’t speak for everyone, the answer is generally that when it comes to […]
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  • EMV Transactions: What You Need to Know

    Merchant Warehouse
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE With Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) rapidly approaching the U.S. markets, consumers, businesses and software developers may start hearing other buzz words regarding certain form factors associated with this alternative payment type. EMV has traditionally been referred to as Chip and PIN as implementations in Europe and around the world. Chip and PIN typically requires the consumer to enter a PIN (personal identification number) with every transaction.  That may change with the US implementation based on overall payment infrastructure and consumer expectations. Similar to…
  • Partner Case Study: Big Frog and Genius by Merchant Warehouse

    Merchant Warehouse
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Big Frog and Genius by Merchant Warehouse A month after acquiring his Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More Store, Tim Campbell, Pond Owner & Principal Frog, was researching payment processing options that were integrated with his ReSource POS software. Tim was drawn to Merchant Warehouse because of their payment solution, the Genius Customer Engagement Platform. With Genius, Tim was able provide his customers with a unique customer engagement experience at the counter-top and create unique opportunities for his business. Tim could not only take advantage of enhanced security,…
  • Preparing Your Business for EMV

    Merchant Warehouse
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE In October of 2015, EMV will become a reality for those individuals involved in the process of accepting credit cards. While Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express, each has their own unique description for the changes in liability, beginning in October 2015 when a fraudulent transaction occurs, liability for any resulting counterfeit losses will fall on whichever part of the chain is responsible for the EMV transaction not occurring.If your business is not EMV ready, now is the time to begin developing and implementing your EMV roadmap. Learn more about EMV, the…
  • Developing Mobile Advertisements that Work

    Merchant Warehouse
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE As increasing numbers of consumers continue to use their smart devices (phones and tablets) to both research products before shopping as well as interact with these devices while shopping. Retailers looking to take advantage of this trend are leveraging new technologies such as location based advertising and beacons to increase their ability to connect with their customers when they are in-store and nearby.A recent report from Ninth Decimal, examined which information and offers in retail-related mobile ads US mobile device users are most likely to engage with. For retailers considering…
  • This Month in Payments News: September 2014

    Merchant Warehouse
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    SHARE Each month we round up the most interesting news in payments, the stories that have the potential to change the industry in ways big and small.  In our series here on the Resource Center, each month, we round up the biggest stories in the payments industry -- the breaking news and developing trends that stand to change this space and herald innovation. In this edition, we’re covering mid-August to the end of September. Follow along! August and September were big months for the payments industry, with many of the tech giants announcing new products, partnerships and splits. Here…
 
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  • Cluttered Inbox?

    Tom Zobel
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image courtesy of Paul Downey’s photostream I have a lot of email subscriptions, and while I don’t necessarily want to unsubscribe from them all, I’ve always wished there was a way to manage all of your subscriptions, to avoid having to scan and delete numerous emails a day. A cluttered inbox was making me less productive. Then I found Unroll.me, a site that will collect all of your subscriptions and send you a ‘daily digest’ – which is essentially one email that contains all of your subscriptions in it. It’s free to sign up, and once you do Unroll.me will scan your email…
  • Fending off the Germs at Work

    Stephanie Novacek
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s photostream Before we know it, winter will be in full swing and so will the germs that jump around in our offices.  None of us have the time to get sick but it won’t be long before someone close to you catches a bug you don’t want. Here are some ways that you can stay healthy and avoid the germs when you are at work. Wash your hands – Yes this seems like a no brainer but many of us know at least one person who forgets this rule. Try to wash your hands throughout the day. For example when you get coffee or need a break from the…
  • Marketing Tips and Tricks From Years Past

    Danny Trizio
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Image courtesy of Mark Ramsay’s photostream As the saying goes, old habits die hard. This is somewhat odd considering that habits of our predecessors included using the phone and sending letters instead of email, and making in-person drop-ins instead of large scale marketing campaigns. While it’s understandable that many of today’s conveniences simply weren’t available to those who came before us, there’s also something to be said about the simpler and more personal approach of years past. Marketing automation has become a trending topic for the past few years and is seemingly…
  • Tech Matters: The Advantages and Pitfalls of Running Windows on a Mac

    Shawn Philpot
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Image courtesy of DeclanTM’s photostream I totally get it.  Apple MacBooks are awesome computers that make getting things done easy.  They are premium computers that last long and come with a huge amount of support.  Why would you want anything else? When Intel chips made it possible for Mac to run Windows it really changed the game.  You can run the operating system of your choice on a fantastic piece of hardware.  But, there are some important things to consider. First, you must choose HOW you will run Windows on a Mac.  There are two ways of doing this: 1.    Through virtual…
  • Holiday Cheer in the Workplace

    Natalie Darr
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Image courtesy of Jim Lukach’s photostream The time has come, fellow professionals. The Holiday season is approaching and there is no turning back.  As we speak; my coworkers are conjuring up ideas on how to one-up each other for Halloween.  As we dive into the November and December months, stress tends to follow us into our lives, both professionally and personally. Shopping, baking, family, parties and more shopping becomes a daily occurrence in addition to deadlines, projects and meetings. Instead of your busy schedule strangling you, learn to embrace the jingle bells and…
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  • Use LinkedIn To Embark On Your Dream Career

    Barry
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    LinkedIn’s used daily by millions of us. Usually we just log in to check Inmail and any updates. You could, however, use LinkedIn to embark on your dream career. An increasing number of companies and agencies are using LinkedIn for their recruitment efforts. It even has a specific premium product called LinkedIn Recruiter which is not only growing in functionality but also in popularity with employers searching for talent. While the network grows in popularity as a resource for applicants so too does the importance of taking the network seriously and managing your personal brand…
  • Final Touches For Tomorrow’s Customer Event

    Barry
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    We’ve finished the final touches for our customer event tomorrow. Presentations are ready, banners and ‘take homes’ created and packed and everyone’s excited for a great day at the Museum of London! Among the topics covered will be: Winning the ongoing battle for talent Protecting your people data Beyond the Org Chart Taking your seat in the Boardroom – Raising HR’s profile with business analytics An agile approach to flexible working Tomorrow’s event promises to be the most popular to date and we’re all looking forward to sharing all the latest…
  • The Two Faces Of Social Media In The Workplace

    Barry
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The two faces of social media in the workplace require policing and careful thought by HR and leaders alike. It’s proved to be of huge benefit to businesses when used correctly, but also the bane of HR departments when abused. First, the potential issues which can occur: Employee’s social updates can be a reputation management nightmare With the potential scenario of every employee updating multiple social networks a number of times per day, it’s easy to see how quickly something can spread at an alarming rate. This is great when the content shared is a glowing review of…
  • Want To Telecommute? Here’s What To Consider

    Barry
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Working from home sounds like the perfect answer to balancing work and life, but it may not be for everyone. Do you want to telecommute? Here’s what to consider: Do you have the necessary equipment at home? If your office is anything like ours, then most, if not all, employees will be equipped with laptops. This is partly due to security considerations, but also for flexibility in allowing employees to work from anywhere; particularly useful, not just for the odd occasion that it may be easier to telecommute, but also for practical reasons, especially given the time of year and the…
  • The Future Is Now And HR Should Be Ready

    Barry
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Technology’s moving faster than ever and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The future is now and HR should be ready, here’s some things to prepare for. Recruitment’s becoming a ‘buyers market’ Recruitment will become as much a ‘buyers market’ as a ‘sellers’ one. Top talent will choose where they work and who for. Brands will have to prove that they offer the environment and culture that beats the competition or risk losing the best applicants. Ensuring that employees have access to benefits that are useful in the real world is key.
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  • Jetsetting CEOs Reveal Their 15 Best Travel Tips and Must Haves

    Angel Britanico
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    For many, a job that requires regular travel is a dream come true. But frequent fliers know that without enough discipline and preparation, jetsetting could very well turn into a nightmare. From booking flights to preparing luggage, adjusting to new cultures and mixing business with pleasure, seasoned business travelers share their best travel tips for making work travel a little less stressful and a lot more productive. Preparing for your Flight 1. Read up on political and weather conditions. Before booking your flight, browse Continue Reading » The post Jetsetting CEOs Reveal Their 15…
  • The 5 Most Common Virtual Boardroom Mistakes (And How To Address Them)

    Angel Britanico
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    It’s often been said that experience is a difficult teacher, giving the test first and the lesson only after. But even minor mistakes can be costly in fields as dynamic – if not volatile – as business and corporate governance, leading to wasted time, resources, productivity and opportunities. To maximise operations and results, more and more companies are exploring the benefits of adopting new technology like virtual boardrooms. But as with most digital solutions, it may take others more time Continue Reading » The post The 5 Most Common Virtual Boardroom Mistakes (And How To…
  • Anywhere Pad Protected From Shellshock

    Anywhere Pad Team
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Security will always be one of our top priorities, so we would like to inform our users that Anywhere Pad is protected against Shellshock threats. All Linux servers in Amazon have been patched with the latest bash update, which comes with the corresponding security fix for Shellshock. Our Anywhere Pad servers are now running CentOS patched with the latest batch version including the latest CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) reported. The specific version is bash-4.1.2-15.el6_5.2. Shellshock, also known by its other Continue Reading » The post Anywhere Pad Protected From…
  • Anywhere Pad on Exhibit in London and Toronto

    Alexandrea Roman
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:51 pm
    We’re ending this productive week on a high note by attending two major events in two continents today, the 3rd of October. Catch Anywhere Pad at the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Annual Convention in London, England and the Governance Centre of Excellence’s Conference for Corporate Secretaries in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. If you happen to be anywhere in either city, we’d love to see you drop by our booths. The IoD Annual Convention, one of the biggest events in the British business Continue Reading » The post Anywhere Pad on Exhibit in London and Toronto appeared…
  • Catch Anywhere Pad on Exhibit at Malaysia’s MAICSA Annual Conference

    Alexandrea Roman
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    We’ll be at the upcoming MAICSA Annual Conference to showcase Anywhere Pad. Visit our booth and we’ll give you a demo! After successfully participating in a series of events in the UK, you can now catch us on the other side of the world. We’ll be exhibiting Anywhere Pad at the Chartered Secretaries Malaysia (MAICSA) Annual Conference on Sept. 9 to 10, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Connexion@Nexus, Bangsar South City in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr. Jerry Chua, our business Continue Reading » The post Catch Anywhere Pad on Exhibit at Malaysia’s MAICSA Annual Conference…
 
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    Export Compliance Blog

  • To Russia with Love: Thwarted ITAR Violations Straight out of a Movie

    Lori Padley-Lee
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Our leading man could start a new trend in films based on export compliance crimes. Fifty-three year old Dmitry Ustinov has been sentenced to 1.5 years in prison after violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Export compliance transgressions and slaps on the wrist from ITAR are nothing new – stories of companies that dropped the ball on restricted and denied party screening or inadvertently committed a deemed export violation are a dime a dozen. But Dmitry Ustinov’s failed yet elaborate scheme stands out for stirring up…
  • Beware of Elicitation: Gateway to Deemed Export Violations

    Lori Padley-Lee
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Don’t be fooled by flattery and fake praise. Keep sensitive information to yourself. Whether it’s the corporate world or the realm of education and research, most organizations are aware of the risk of deemed export violations and take prudent action to safeguard technology, research, and other controlled data. Limiting visitor access to certain areas of the lab, performing restricted/denied party screening on foreign job applicants or non-U.S. citizens attending a meeting, ensuring laptops and smartphones containing sensitive information are password-protected and always in the…
  • Impromptu FBI Visits Hope to Curb Deemed Export Violations

    Lori Padley-Lee
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Busted for a deemed export violation? Fear not – your visit from the FBI is unlikely to look like this. Let’s face it, unannounced company is rarely appreciated. If you haven’t washed the dishes, wiped the mud off the dog’s feet or tidied the mountain of shoes in your foyer, you may not wish to welcome guests into your home. If you work in a University or research facility in the United States, though, you should be prepared for unannounced visitors – from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The threat of deemed export violations means you must always be ready to put out…
  • Deemed Export Visitor Compliance: Five Tips for Rolling Out the Red Carpet

    Lori Padley-Lee
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Don’t forget risk mitigation when rolling out the red carpet for international visitors. Whether you’re a corporation or a research institution, if you’re welcoming international visitors to your facility you have a legal obligation to avoid exposing them to unlicensed technology, blueprints, equipment used in your manufacturing process and other controlled data. Export compliance violations don’t just happen to exporters who ship goods across borders.  Export compliance violations can occur on your own organization’s premises – in the warehouse, in a laboratory, even in the…
  • Export Violations Come in All Shapes and Sizes

    Peter Mollard
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
                    When you think ‘export violation’, you probably don’t think stuffed animals! Earlier this month, Federal Customs officials announced that they had seized a veritable menagerie of animal trophies intended for export in the port of Los Angeles. The collection, worth an estimated $9,000, would have made Noah himself proud. Amongst the late animals were wildebeests, zebras, baboons and alligators. The collection was packed into seven crates marked only as “animal heads” – it’s no wonder customs officials decided to give the…
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  • Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away.

    P1 Buddy
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
          #P1NostalgicNation Competition 2nd Task – #FoldAPlane Do you remember the last time you folded a paper plane? With the right slim design to the get the best height and distance? What about taking it to the next level with wind flaps and a lightning bolt on the […] The post Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away. appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • The Pharrell Williams Hat Story

    P1 Buddy
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
                                      The hat that Pharrell Williams wore at the Grammy Awards in January grabbed headlines and left quite an impression on social media, catapulting it to celebrity status in its own right since then. […] The post The Pharrell Williams Hat Story appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Drone Delivery

    P1 Buddy
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
                              In the world of drones, Google, Amazon and DHL have prepared to test the possibility of drone deliveries. Would this be our future – little flying machines filling the skies? Will these new gadgets be replacing people? […] The post Drone Delivery appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Purchasing A P1 Modem? Here Are Some Things You Should Know

    P1 Buddy
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:34 pm
    We have a range of excellent modems that comes with our plans but if you would like to upgrade to any modem of your choice, here is a simple rundown of our modems and its features:- Desktop Modem with WiFi DX230 Omni Antenna with MIMO for better signal reliability and […] The post Purchasing A P1 Modem? Here Are Some Things You Should Know appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • What We Miss About The 90’s

    P1 Buddy
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The 90’s have come and gone but till now, this decade still rings as “the decade” where fashion trends, TV shows, games and entertainment still rule our hearts when reminiscing our childhood. We take a look at the best and worst of the 1990s! Butterfly Clips We had them in […] The post What We Miss About The 90’s appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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    B2B Inbound Marketer Blog

  • Last Week Today with Social Media

    Mila Staneva
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here is the weekly roundup of what you might have missed in the constantly changing world of Social Media... 8 Social Lessons from @CMIContent’s 2015 B2B Marketing Report Social media is an integral part of content marketing, not just a delivery medium. Thus, for a campaign to be successful, social media marketers and content marketers need to work together on the planning, execution, and measurement process. Read the complete post to see the major Content Marketing findings from the Content Marketing Institute’s report and the Social Media lessons learned. Takeaway! A substantial…
  • Prospecting Tips for Enterprise World 2014

    Simon Harvey
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This year's Enterprise World conference is once again almost upon us, and for those of us in the OpenText partner world its time to dust off the tradeshow booth and pull out our finest branded polo shirts ready for a trip down to Orlando. Over the last year OpenText have talked a lot about the Digital-First World - the new enterprise landscape where the technological advances and digitalization of data exchange will rewrite the rules of information management. It will be interesting to see how that vision is developed on the main stage as the show commences. Call me a veteran if you…
  • B2B Viral Campaigns Done Right: 2 Lessons

    Simon Harvey
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    B2B ad campaigns are often run as an afterthought, because a lot of companies think that they can’t be as effective as B2C campaigns. This idea is wrong, but it’s enduring. Even after numerous viral B2B campaign successes, many ask if it’s even possible for this to happen. For B2B companies looking for exposure, there’s good news: it’s possible to get people excited about your B2B firm. It’s not only possible for a B2B ad campaign to go viral, but successful campaigns share recognizable elements. This means that there’s a clear science to…
  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Content Marketing

    Simon Harvey
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Fine-tune your content marketing plan. Flickr/Oleh Slobodeniuk / CC-BY In 2013, Google stopped giving out keyword information that it had long provided as an analytics tool. At the time, many interpreted this as a shot across the bow of traditional SEO, signalling that Google’s algorithms would be working even harder to reward content-rich sites, while filtering out SEO trickery. As of July 2014, Google seems to be confirming that SEO is on its way out. No longer will sites be able to rely on simply optimising themselves for Google via keywords and metatags. Replacing the…
  • The 3 Most Common Social Media Mistakes to Avoid

    Simon Harvey
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Courtesy daniel fardin / Foter A great social media campaign is essential to growing your business, even for B2B firms. B2B social media efforts naturally differ from B2C—for instance, while Facebook and Twitter are popular for B2C, the most popular platform for B2B efforts is LinkedIn. Different audiences require different approaches, and there are certain best practices that a B2B firm should follow for success in the online world. Here are 3 of the most common mistakes you should avoid in social media. 1. Leaving Your Social Media on Autopilot A popular genre of things to share on…
 
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