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  • Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month: Farzaneh Noori

    Barefoot Yoga Blog
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Our teacher of the month for July is Farzaneh Noori, co-founder of Yoga House in Pasadena, California. She has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 20 years, and has studied with a number of influential yogis in the process, including Tias Little, Paul Grilley and Jill Miller. She focuses strongly on the healing properties of yoga, and some […]
  • The “real” scoop on pharmacies, drug companies, and health insurance plans

    Open Mike
    Mike Critelli
    15 Feb 2014 | 3:48 pm
    One of the funniest comedians I ever saw in person was Robert Klein, back in 1973, when I was a law student at Harvard and he performed at the Passim Coffee House in Harvard Square.  One remark he made that night comes back to me whenever I think about the healthcare industry.   Klein’s comic style was to point out something we all see every day and to give us the “real” scoop on it.  I remember him talking about life insurance and contrasting the TV ads at the time, which proclaimed “Insurance is love.”  He then said:  “That’s not what life insurance is really all…
  • Forrester and Gartner Evaluate Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform

    Hu' Blog
    Hu Yoshida
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Gartner published their Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems in June 2014. This is the first Integrated Systems report, which Gartner defines as “combinations of server, storage, and network infrastructure sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit.” Based on this definition, Hitachi Data Systems’ Unified Compute Platform was evaluated and included in this Magic Quadrant report. We believe HDS should be a clear leader given that our management software is not only “sold with” but also is orchestrated by the UCP Director for…
  • RECIPE: Ice Cream Sandwich Cake (what would you top yours with?)

    Ice Cream Journal
    Turkey Hill Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Those of you who live in central Pennsylvania will want to wake up early on Friday morning (or set your DVRs) because Turkey Hill will make TWO live, in-studio appearances on ABC-27’s morning news. Our first appearance will be around 6:10 a.m., when we’ll talk about National Ice Cream Month and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Upcycle It! Turning Trash into Treasure

    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling
    1 May 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Making stuff out of junk lying around goes back to our earliest memories of making pies out of mud.  It’s instinctive…and it’s as much a part of being a kid, as getting ice cream all over your face.  For the past two years, kids have been getting to be kids – and – do something great for the planet at the Richmond Art Center’s second-annual maker festival: Upcycle.  The family-centric event invites kids of all ages to make art and essentials out of, well, junk.  While families create art from the stuff of landfills, they also are treated to some timely lessons about how they…
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • Freedom On My Mind

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

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

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

    Byron Udell
    22 Jun 2014 | 6:06 pm
    One of our top-rated carriers has a new program that makes it easier to purchase more term life insurance without a medical exam and with minimal paperwork.  Here’s how it works: If you purchased your current life insurance policy in the last five years, you may qualify to purchase additional term insurance of $250,000 to $1 million without the required medical exam provided your health has not declined. Find out if you qualify for this quick and easy way to increase your term insurance—without an exam—by calling us at 877-908-5093.  If your life has changed, shouldn’t your life…
  • If You Die Tomorrow, Could Your Children Attend College?

    Byron Udell
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:06 am
    Part of the American Dream is sending our children to college and preparing them for a bright future.  But with the current cost of college practically unfathomable and growing at a record rate, millions of American families are instead living a nightmare when it comes to financially planning for their children’s higher education. According to The College Board, the average ANNUAL total cost including tuition, housing and fees in 2013-2014 for an in-state public college is approximately $23,000; it’s a whopping $36,000 for an out-of-state public college; and a mind blowing $45,000 for a…
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    Amazon Web Services Blog

  • Auto Scaling Update - Lifecycle Management, Standby State, and DetachInstances

    Jeff Barr
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Auto Scaling is a key AWS service. You can use it to build resilient, highly scalable applications that react to changes in load by launching or terminating Amazon EC2 instances as needed, all driven by system or user-defined metrics collected and tracked by Amazon CloudWatch. Today we are enhancing Auto Scaling with the addition of three features that give you additional control over the EC2 instances managed by each of your Auto Scaling Groups. You can now exercise additional control of the instance launch and termination process using Lifecycle Hooks. You can remove instances from an Auto…
  • Amazon ElastiCache Flexible Node Placement

    Jeff Barr
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Amazon ElastiCache makes it easy for you to deploy an in-memory cache in the cloud using the Memacached or Redis engines. Today we are launching a new flexible node placement model for ElastiCache. Your Cache Clusters can now span multiple Availability Zones within a Region. This will help to improve the reliability of the Cluster. You can now choose the Availability Zone for new nodes when you create a new Cache Cluster or add more nodes to an existing Cluster. You can specify the new desired number of nodes in each Availability Zone or you can simply choose the Spread Nodes Across Zones…
  • New Amazon Climate Research Grants

    Jeff Barr
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Many of my colleagues are focused on projects that lead to a reduction in the environmental impact of our work. Online shopping itself is inherently more environmentally friendly than traditional retailing. Other important initiatives include Frustration-Free Packaging, Environmentally Friendly Packaging, our global Kaizen program, Sustainable Building Design, and a selection of AmazonGreen products. On the AWS side, the US West (Oregon) and AWS GovCloud (US) Regions make use of 100% carbon-free power. In conjunction with our friends at NASA, we announced the OpenNEX (NASA Earth Exchange)…
  • AWS Week in Review - July 21, 2014

    Jeff Barr
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, July 21 The AWS Windows and .NET Developer Blog talked about Supporting Windows Phone 8.1. The AWS Application Management Blog showed you how to View CloudFormation Logs in the Console. Our AWS Partners in India released Twenty Five New AWS Test Drives. Tuesday, July 22 We announced the new Big Data Blog and Web-Based Big Data Training. We published Episode #94 of the AWS Podcast, featuring part 2 of my interview with David Etue of SafeNet. The AWS Startup Collection published an Interview With Aaron Newman,…
  • Elastic Load Balancing Connection Timeout Management

    Jeff Barr
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    When your web browser or your mobile device makes a TCP connection to an Elastic Load Balancer, the connection is used for the request and the response, and then remains open for a short amount of time for possible reuse. This time period is known as the idle timeout for the Load Balancer and is set to 60 seconds. Behind the scenes, Elastic Load Balancing also manages TCP connections to Amazon EC2 instances; these connections also have a 60 second idle timeout. In most cases, a 60 second timeout is long enough to allow for the potential reuse that I mentioned earlier. However, in some…
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  • Red Cross Preparedness Tips. Because Sharknado.

    Sarah Layton
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Last year, no one knew quite what to expect from Syfy’s Sharknado. Turns out, there was plenty of fodder to go around for disaster preparedness tips and debunking weather myths. This time, before the sharknado hits New York on Thursday, make sure you’ve got your preparedness tips down pat. Know: Lightning can strike 10-15 miles away from a storm, so even if the sky is clear you’re not necessarily safe from a storm. Same goes for a sharknado.  While many believe opening doors and windows will help equalize pressure during a tornado, this will actually have no effect.
  • Choose Your Day This Summer — There’s Still Time

    Sarah Layton
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    An excerpt from It’s always difficult to collect enough blood to meet patient needs, but it’s even more difficult during the summer months when schools are out and families are visiting with friends and loved ones.  It’s important to remember that patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood and platelets. The need is constant. CLOSE TO HOME The McAninch family knows the need for blood firsthand, and they don’t want others to take it for granted. Now, giving blood is in their blood. Rodney “I’ve seen so many people in my life, including my husband, receive…
  • Technology: Disrupting Disaster Response since 1881

    Kristiana Almeida
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    By Dom Tolli, Preparedness, Health and Safety Services Back in 1881, the American Red Cross used the telegraph for the first time to transmit disaster information during a forest fire in Michigan. I have hunch that someone at the time probably thought the telegraph was fad and that only “the young people” were into it. Little did anyone know it would launch the Red Cross -and the nation – onto a path of using technology to help during disasters. Since 1881, the Red Cross has made a paradigm shift in how it distributes information to the public in times of crisis. Instead of…
  • Humanitarianism in Action: Gaza and Israel

    Jenelle Eli
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    What does it mean to be a Red Cross Red Crescent volunteer in a war zone? It means remaining neutral, impartial, and humane. And all too often, it means putting your life at risk. This weekend, two Palestine Red Crescent volunteers were killed while providing humanitarian assistance. Volunteers in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank are working around the clock to help the injured, provide & teach first aid, and evacuate people in danger. As part of the same global network, Israel’s Magen David Adom and the Palestine Red Crescent choose humanitarianism—not sides—in this conflict.
  • Gas or Charcoal?

    Sarah Layton
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    The Washington Post‘s Wonkblog recently covered Americans’ growing penchant for gas grills. But we’re sure some of you still love a good charcoal-fueled cookout. Whatever your grilling style, the American Red Cross has tips to help keep you, your family and your home safe. For charcoal enthusiasts: Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited. For gas grill devotees: Be ready to close the lid and turn off the grill to cut off the fuel if necessary. Everyone: Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in…
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • Bigelow Tea July Sweepstakes Winners Announced!

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
      We are so excited to announce our July sweepstakes winners.  Please allow time for us to contact you to confirm your mailing information but we do hope you enjoy your Bigelow Tea once it arrives!!  We hope our tea delights you!! Leland L. from Illinois LaNessa G. from Tennessee Tammy C. from Ohio Tori B. from Kansas Shelia W. from Ohio Susan C. from Kansas Melissa M. from Pennsylvania Ivette C. from New Jersey Monica K. from Indiana Sherry B. from Pennsylvania Sheryl S. from Missouri Margaret R. from Washington
  • Try “Tea For One” From Bigelow Tea

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Singing about “tea for two” is so 1925! Yes, sharing tea is awesome, but sometimes sipping solo is really the best part of the day. Here are two gift sets for people who like to have their mug of Bigelow Tea in peace.  The Tea for One and Green Tea for One gift sets each come with an exclusive Personali-Tea Mug, 44 Bigelow Tea bags and a 3-oz jar of Savannah Bee Company honey—all neatly packed in a keepsake box. These gift sets are ideal for those who can’t live without their #dailycup and appreciate a good mug! It’s always fun to see adoring Bigelow Tea “mug shots”…
  • Win Bigelow Tea Plantation Mint Tea For Two!

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Don’t miss your LAST CHANCE to enter the Bigelow Tea “Made in the USA” sweepstakes to win a Plantation Mint Tea for Two gift set! Enter via the Bigelow Tea Facebook page by midnight EST, and you could be one of the 12 lucky winners to enjoy this homegrown tea treat! Your prize comes with two Personali-TEA mugs, a jar of Savannah Bee Company honey and 44 individually wrapped tea bags of Plantation Mint. This popular Bigelow Tea variety is a black tea blended with mint harvested from fields in Oregon to bring you a very special minty-fresh brew. It’s especially refreshing…
  • Popcorn and Tea: It’s Bigelow Tea Movie Night!

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    At Bigelow Tea, there’s nothing like a good tea cameo to perk up some favorite films. Sure, there are productions notorious for their tea scenes like Alice in Wonderland and Mary Poppins. There’s the expectation that the great English classic novel adaptations like Jane Austin’s Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice will feature tea in some way shape or form. And, there are a handful of films where tea plays a starring role, such as Tea With Mussolini (1999) and Tea and Sympathy(1956). But, then there are the more dramatic, breakout roles, where tea debuts as…
  • Joe Torre, MLB And Bigelow Tea Star, Is Going To Cooperstown!

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Things are buzzing at Bigelow Tea—our good friend and baseball legend Joe Torre is going to Cooperstown! Bigelow Tea takes sports seriously, and this highest honor in baseball is well deserved with Joe’s stellar career! Bigelow Tea is proud that Joe was also the first sports star spokesperson for this family owned and operated tea company. Remember there is no TEAM without TEA! As a player, Joe’s career batting average was .297 with 2,342 hits and 252 home runs; and in an even greater career as a legendary manger he won six American League Pennants and four World Series, ranking…
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    Chrysler Blog

  • Join the fight against heatstroke deaths on Heatstroke Prevention Day

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
        This picture from Safe Kids reminds folks to never leave a child alone in a car. The dog days of summer are officially here as the July sun sets into August. That means it's more important than ever to take extra precaution to help save children from heatstroke. Today, Chrysler Group joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a discussion focused on raising awareness about the dangers of kids in cars, as well as preventing heatstroke. At least 19 children have already died this year from vehicular heatstroke, which means one child dies from…
  • Make your phone roar with the Hellcat HEMI ringtone

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Even before it gets to dealer showrooms, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with the Hellcat HEMI V-8 has been a star of the Internet. I admit it -- I'm a sucker for the 707-hp Hellcat engine's sound when being revved, and the burnout videos now showing up since journalists have had a turn behind the wheel. Now, you can turn your smartphone into a Hellcat HEMI smartphone! Just imagine the heads you'll turn the next time your phone rings with this sound. Just download the Hellcat HEMI ringtone from It's free and it works on Android, Apple and Blackberry…
  • Driving on sunshine

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    Electric vehicle owners now have a fuel as old as the sun to power their rides. In fact, it is the sun! Kearny Mesa Fiat in San Diego revealed a new solar charging station that gives owners and test-drivers of the Fiat 500e, the power to unplug and truly drive emission free. It's called the EV ARC. It stands for electronic vehicle autonomous renewable charger. It's the world's first transportable solar-powered electric vehicle charging station. The EV ARC is made in the USA and powered by the sun. It fits inside a parking space and generates around 16kWhrs/day, which are stored in the…
  • UPDATE: Super centenarian Dodge fan, Chrysler retiree, passes away

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    UPDATE: We're very sad to report Mr. Hubert (Hubie) Fields passed away on Sunday, July 27.  "His mission was done on this earth and he has returned to heaven to give his 'full report'," his grandson, Kirk Bierley told us. I was thrilled, when in May, Bierley called to let me know his grandfather "is still around!".That was seven years after we first met him on the occasion of his 100th birthday in 2006.  Below is both the story we posted in May and the original video we shot with Mr. Fields. The entire Chrysler family extends its condolences to Mr. Fields's…
  • Dodge Dart hits the bull's-eye ... again

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Dodge Dart, the most award-winning vehicle in its class, continues to hit the bull's-eye when it comes to accolades. Just this week, the 2014 Dodge Dart topped J.D. Power's 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study in the highly competitive compact car segment. It surpassed 19 other vehicles in the segment, including the second- and third-ranked Volkswagen Beetle and Nissan Sentra. The APEAL Study measures how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive, based on customer evaluations of 77 vehicle attributes of new 2014 model-year vehicles. Customers are…
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  • IAB Peru Interviews Jodi McDermott, comScore Group VP

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    We recently reviewed comScore Media Metrix® online sports visitation data for some of these countries to understand which countries’ fans were following most closely. The data showed that Argentina had the highest reach among sports sites at 57%, followed by Chile (47%) and Brazil (44%). Below you can see also the top 5 sports sites accessed via desktop computer in each country: Data from comScore Mobile Metrix® also revealed the sports websites most visited via mobile devices, with the top 5 for each country on both smartphones and tablets included below: If you would like to learn more…
  • Is Mobile Bringing About the Death of the PC? Not Exactly…

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    While there is no doubt that the growth in mobile has been dramatic, for the most part it is not coming at the expense of desktop computer usage. Put another way, most of the growth of mobile has been activity that is incremental to what’s happening on existing platforms. Consider comScore data over the past year: Here we can see that mobile consumption has clearly exploded, with a 44% gain in mobile app usage and a 38% gain in mobile web usage. This has contributed to mobile growing its share of digital media time spent from 50% to 60% in the past year and owning a clear majority of time…
  • When Mobile Web Dominates Apps in an App-Dominated World

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Why Does a User Visit the App vs. the Website?Perhaps the best example of a browser-dominant media property is Wikimedia Foundation Sites, the organization that runs Wikipedia, one of the most popular sites on the web. But as popular as Wikipedia is, it remains one of the few large digital media properties that has succeeded on mobile despite a very small portion of its smartphone engagement occurring via app. In contrast, the smartphone audiences for most of the top properties spend the majority of their time on the app, not the mobile website. This is what you would expect given the many…
  • The Perils of Survey Data in Cross-Platform Measurement

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    The following article identifies the sources and magnitude of these survey-based errors and shows how they can be eliminated through the use of behaviorally-measured panels. The article was recently published in the June 2014 issue of the Journal of Advertising Research and is reprinted with permission.View Now: The Perils of Survey Data in Cross-Platform Measurement
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    Daimler-Blog: Einblicke in einen Konzern

  • Veni, Vidi, Vito: Transporter statt Techno im Berliner Kraftwerk

    Dan von Appen
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    „Transporter“ statt „Techno“: Das Berliner Kraftwerk bildete die Rohbau-Kulisse für die Premiere des neuen Mercedes-Benz Vito. Ein Ort wie eine Baustelle. Früher mal Heizkraftwerk, heute Szene-Kathedrale aus Beton und Stahl. Heute finden dort Konzerte statt (z.B. Max Herre) oder es tanzen Musik-Fans der maximalen Beats per Minute in der angeschlossenen Disco „Tresor“. Und weil überall Kabel aus der Wand hängen und der Putz bröckelt, möchte man am liebsten zum Werkzeug greifen. Ein Werkzeug will auch der neue Vito sein. Ein Fahrzeug, nützlich und genutzt von Handwerk,…
  • Perspektivenwechsel: Mit dem Daimler-Truck zum CSD

    Natalie Teglev
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    Manche Fahrgäste in der U14 zwinkern mir schelmisch zu, andere heben kritisch den Blick… Okay, so bunt wie heute bin ich wirklich selten. Der Anlass ist aber auch ein besonderer: Ich darf auf einem CSD-Lkw mitfahren, und zwar nicht auf irgendeinem, sondern auf dem von Daimler. Bisher habe ich die Leute auf den Trucks immer nur von unten bewundert, aus der Zuschauermenge. Auf dem Weg zur Aufstellung muss ich unwillkürlich an den Tag meines Umzugs nach Stuttgart denken: Wir waren gerade am Streichen, als eine Aufsehen erregende Menschenmasse zu wummernden Bässen unter meinen Fenstern in…
  • Sindelfingen ist viel schöner als Monaco

    Jonathan Knubben
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    Mit Lewis Hamilton auf Werksbesuch Lewis Hamilton steckt im Verkehr fest. Allerdings hat er keine Red Bull oder Ferrari vor sich, sondern Opel und Skoda. Er ist auch nicht auf der Rennstrecke in Monza oder Monaco unterwegs, sondern auf der Autobahn 81 irgendwo zwischen Sindelfingen-Ost und Böblingen-Hulb. Und schuld am Kolonnenfahren ist nicht das Safety Car, sondern die Straßenmeisterei, die sorgfältig den Grünstreifen zwischen den Fahrbahnen stutzt.Währenddessen wartet eine etwa 15-köpfige Gruppe aus Motorsportverantwortlichen, Mercedes-Leuten und Journalisten an Tor 3 des Werks…
  • My Day of Caring: A great expericence in Berlin

    Maria D'Apice
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    My first time in Berlin was back in 1998. I was 15 and I took part in a cultural exchange. At that time I was too young to appreciate Berlin, so my first impression was not really a positive one. I came back in June 2013 to start my great adventure in Mercedes Benz Bank when I joined the Italian team to build the new Italy Retail Collection division. I am Italian, but from January 2011 to May 2013 I lived and worked in Ireland. After two years and half in the emerald island I needed a change, so here I was. Now, my perception of Berlin is completely different: I love Berlin and I cannot…
  • DSP – Annual Conference 2014: vom Bachelor in den Beruf

    Julian Janko
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Daimler Student Partnership (DSP) – Das Studentenförderprogramm der Daimler AG. Nach etwa einer Stunde Zugfahrt war ich am Bahnhof Sindelfingen angekommen, Treffpunkt der diesjährigen Daimler Student Partnership Annual Conference. Mein Name ist Julian Janko und ich studiere Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen im 7. Semester an der Hochschule Esslingen. Das dsp-Programm ist das Studentenförderprogramm der Daimler AG und bietet, neben einer jährlichen Konferenz, die intensive Betreuung durch einen Personal- und Fachbereichs-Mentor sowie diverse Trainingseinheiten an. Am Bahnhof Sindelfingen…
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    Fandango Movie News

  • Watch: 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' Trailer Likes Monkeying Around

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Ben Stiller and his gang of historical-figure friends are back for another adventure in the upcoming Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and this time the crew is going on a road trip. Watch the first trailer below. The second sequel in the wildly popular franchise (the first two installments have grossed almost a billion dollars in worldwide box office) finds Stiller’s security guard and his band of historical misfits traveling to London to solve a mystery in the Egyptian wing of the British Museum. The third feature will also find the ensemble cast--including Owen Wilson, Robin…
  • Why 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Has the Perfect Movie Soundtrack

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    There are many things Guardians of the Galaxy has.  -- It has a great story about believing in who you are and what you can accomplish. -- It has a bunch of cool aliens you've never seen before. -- It has a fantastic lead hero whose charisma radiates above and beyond his intergalactic ass-kicking skills. -- It has Rocket Raccoon and Groot -- two of the most unique, exciting and memorable characters we've seen in years. We're talking instant-classic kind of characters. How many of you already own their toys and haven't even seen the movie yet? See, exactly.   -- It…
  • Infographic: Top 5 Comic-Con Movie Moments

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Comic-Con has become the place for movie studios to create buzz around their upcoming films. So whether you were in Hall H or following the action via social media, we've compiled the Top Five Comic-Con movie moments that you need to know about. Check it out...  Read MoreRead Comments
  • News Bites: Rian Johnson Talks 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:41 am
    Star Wars: Episode VIII: Rian Johnson (Looper), who was recently confirmed as the writer and director of Star Wars: Episode VIII, is already working on the film, which is set for release in December 2016. "I wanted to to play in this world, literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see," he said on the Chicago podcast Filmspotting. The filmmaker joked about how he got the job: "I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie Brazil. There’s a Brian Johnson out there who is really mad.” To prepare, he said he and his crew are watching movies…
  • Watch All the Big Movie Panels from Comic-Con

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    If you missed all the madness in San Diego this past weekend, good news is technology has your back. All of the big movie panels are now available to watch online, sans exclusive-footage reveals. Got some time to kill today? Here's what we think you should check out. See all of our 2014 Comic-Con coverage here.   The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (hosted by Stephen Colbert)   Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice   Avengers: Age of Ultron   Ant-Man   Mad Max: Fury Road   Bonus: Mad Max Press Conference   Interstellar   Crimson Peak  …
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  • Simple wall art

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
     I wanted to create some wall art for my daughter’s bedroom wall and I came up with this simple heart design. I really love my basic shape punches because they are so versatile and quick. For this geometric heart, I used my Block Party XL Squeeze Punch. I cut the squares in half across the […] The post Simple wall art appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Easy Diorama

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
     Here’s a quick project for crafters young and old – a simple 4-sided diorama, ready to be filled with your scenes of choice. Start out by drawing a large circle on a piece of 12″x12″ card stock (I drew around a dinner plate). Then do the same of 3 more pieces of card stock, so […] The post Easy Diorama appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Feather washi tape cake toppers

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    I love baking desserts and sweet treats and if you’re the same, why not finish your delicious creations with fun, handmade decorations. I took a piece of white card stock and covered a section with random lines of brightly colored washi tape. Then I used my Feather X-Large lever punch and punched shapes through the card stock […] The post Feather washi tape cake toppers appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • New Fabric Alert – Faux Suede by Spoonflower

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Spoonflower have recently added a new fabric to their repertoire and it’s going to be a hit, let me tell you! Their new faux suede is an upholstery weight, 54″ wide, napped fabric with a stain-resistant finish. Basically that means it is the ideal choice for covering chairs, cushions, stools, ottomans, benches and any other […] The post New Fabric Alert – Faux Suede by Spoonflower appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Cardboard Box Arcade

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are well into the throws of summer here, and between trips to the beach, swimming lessons, picnics and playdates, my kids are always looking for an opportunity to be creative at home. Having the kids work on making a cardboard box arcade will provide hours of fun and entertainment as well make memories to last a […] The post Cardboard Box Arcade appeared first on Fiskateers.
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    Garmin Blog

  • Team Fa-La-Me Repeats Bermuda Triple Crown with Garmin

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    The Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship just celebrated its 10-year anniversary and, for the first time since the inception of the event, had its very first repeat winner: Team Fa-La-Me. Of the three events that make up the Triple Crown (Bermuda Billfish Blast, Bermuda Big Game Classic and the Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament), fifty different teams fished at least one of the tournaments with almost thirty teams participating in every leg.  Over the course of nine days of intense fishing, a total of 156 billfish were caught and released.   Team Fa-La-Me owner…
  • Oshkosh Day 3: Stay up-to-date with Garmin!

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s been a busy week so far at AirVenture 2014! There’s so much to see and do at the world’s largest airshow this week and with good weather and great company, we wouldn’t rather be anywhere else. There’s also a lot going on at the Garmin booth this week you won’t want to miss! Be sure to bring your aviation portable to the Garmin booth for a free software update. It only takes seconds and it’s an easy way to make sure you’re flying with the latest features. Don’t worry - if you can’t be at the show, you can easily perform the free software update via WebUpdater on your…
  • Oshkosh Day 2: Five Reasons to Visit Garmin at AirVenture!

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    EAA AirVenture 2014 kicked off yesterday and customers crowded the Garmin booth to see what we have to showcase this year. We have a larger tent packed full of new products, awesome VIRB video and a lot of exciting and innovative features we are more than happy to demo for you!   So, what’s the buzz about? Below are Lucy’s “Top Five” reasons you need to visit Garmin at AirVenture this week: 1.   Connext Wouldn’t it be great to use your tablet or phone (both iOS or select Android mobile devices) to wirelessly stream information to/from your airplane’s…
  • 6 Months on the Road: Cruisin' With Susan

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Have you ever gotten the urge to quit your day job, pack up your stuff and just hit the road on an RV? That’s exactly what our friend Andrew did, and he’s letting us live vicariously with his blog, Cruisin with Susan.  After quitting his day job, Andrew converted a Doge Sprinter into a Class B RV and has set off for six months on the road with his mountain bike, Edge 1000 and VIRB Elite action cam.   We’ll be checking back in with Andrew throughout his journey, but in the meantime, be sure to check out his website and Facebook page!
  • Oshkosh Day 1: Visit Garmin in Hangar D!

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The official start to the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” is finally here! It’s a beautiful day today on the airshow grounds in Oshkosh, Wisconsin! With temperatures in the mid-70’s and sun filling the skies for second day in a row, we couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the week. The weather is just right, the scenery is beautiful and (most importantly!) there are TONS of airplanes!  Yesterday, we gave the media a sneak peek at Connext and the capabilities of Flight Stream 110/210, which proved to be a huge success! We showed them the latest new features…
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  • Pop Culture and the Robot Reality

    Weber Detroit
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Before arriving at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew I would be part of a panel about robotics, and I knew the Robot Rendezvous after party event would be hosted by actor Brent Spiner. Brent played the fictional TV robot “Data” on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Beyond that, I had no idea what I was in for. If you’ve never experienced it, the size and scope of Comic-Con can’t be adequately explained.  With more than 130,000 people attending, the levels of enthusiasm and interest are staggering. The four day event covered an amazingly wide range…
  • Parking Performance: The Chevrolet SS’ Automatic Parking Assist

    Weber Detroit
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    Enthusiasts can’t wait to get their hands on the powerful, sporty Chevrolet SS sedan, but thanks to its Automatic Park Assist function, drivers can actually keep their hands off the steering wheel when parking the car. A bona-fide performance sedan through and through, the SS is in its element on winding roads, tight switchbacks and even intricate road courses, thanks to its balanced weight distribution and sport-tuned, race-tested global rear-wheel drive architecture. Despite its agility, we know driving in crowded, congested cities poses some challenges to even the most skillful drivers.
  • GM Helps Veterans Shift Gears to Civilian Life

    Weber Detroit
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    This morning at the Pentagon, GM, Raytheon and the U.S. Army announced the Shifting Gears Automotive Technician Training Program.  This groundbreaking program will provide the training and skills necessary for veterans to become certified GM technicians. The transition back into civilian life after military service can be a difficult one.  In many cases, veterans have the skills necessary to qualify for a job but lack the civilian certification they need to be hired. For example, a soldier may have worked as a truck driver in the Army and, in doing so, gained the skills needed to be…
  • Six Stunning Cadillac Concept Cars

    Weber Detroit
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    When the Cadillac Motor Company formally became part of General Motors 105 years ago today, few suspected the brand would become a barometer of style. Yet over the past century, Cadillac has continually set new standards for automotive design and luxury, as best illustrated by these six notable concept cars. 1954 Cadillac El Camino Of the three Cadillac concept cars built for the 1954 Motorama, two hinted at the potential of a low-slung, two-seat sports coupe. Both the La Espada and the El Camino were longer and wider than Chevrolet’s Corvette, but also boasted fiberglass bodywork and a…
  • Technologies and Companies Work Together for a Cleaner, Smarter Energy Future

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    We are geeked about smart grids. Integrating renewable energy and electric vehicles is the future of vehicle charging. In short, these different green technologies are working together to improve the efficiency of the energy infrastructure as a whole. Now the industry is working together to make EVs a more viable choice for consumers and EV charging a less energy intensive drain on the electric grid. Today we announced we’re partnering with seven other global automakers, 15 electric utilities and the Electric Power Research Institute to develop and implement a standardized smart grid…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Through the Google lens: search trends July 18-24

    Emily Wood
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Based on search, it seems like a lot of you spent the last seven days slurping ice cream cones, jamming to pop parodies and starting the countdown to a certain February flick. Could be worse. Here’s a look at what people were searching for last week:Fifty shades of searchSearchers were “Crazy in Love” with the new trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, set to a special Beyonce recording of her 2003 hit. There were more than a million searches this week for the ….ahem… hotly anticipated movie, which comes out next Valentine’s Day. In addition to the trailer, people were also looking for…
  • Little Box Challenge opens for submissions

    Emily Wood
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    These days, if you’re an engineer, inventor or just a tinkerer with a garage, you don’t have to look far for a juicy opportunity: there are cash prize challenges dedicated to landing on the moon, building a self-driving car, cleaning the oceans, or inventing an extra-clever robot. Today, together with the IEEE, we’re adding one more: shrinking a big box into a little box. Seriously.Of course, there’s more to it than that. Especially when the big box is a power inverter, a picnic cooler-sized device used to convert the energy that comes from solar, electric vehicles & wind (DC…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends July 11-17

    Emily Wood
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The World Cup is over and order has finally been restored to the universe. Now that football mania is behind us, searchers are getting the latest info about the world off the pitch. From Tesla announcing their cheapest car ever, the $35,000 Model 3 (OK, so “cheap” is relative) to the tragic events surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, read on to see what trended this week.Cutting the cord … but not reallyNetflix binge-watchers had a near-panic attack when rumors swirled that beloved show Orange is the New Black was getting the axe. But have no fear, friends—the show lives to see…
  • America's businesses are using the web to grow

    Emily Wood
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Over the past few months, we’ve had the chance to talk to businesses all over the country and hear stories of how they’ve become successful. For many, it’s pretty simple: the Internet. The web is helping businesses and communities across the U.S. to grow and succeed. In fact, last year Google’s search and advertising tools helped provide $111 billion of economic activity for more than 1.5 million businesses—advertisers, publishers and nonprofits—across the U.S.Take Go2marine, a boat supply company located on Bainbridge Island, off the coast of Washington State. Because of their…
  • From superheroes to the battle of the battles—the World Cup through search

    Emily Wood
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Yesterday, Germany won their fourth world championship, and, over the course of the last month, the world watched them do it—in Brazil, in bars and living rooms around the world, on their phones and laptops and tablets. This World Cup was the most digital, most connected, and most searched global event we've seen to date. There were more than 2.1 billion tournament-related searches on Google, many of which we shared on our trends hub. Looking at the trends from each match, you’ll see some topics that you’d expect to catch the world’s attention, such as top players and…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Why nothing will dent Vladimir Putins soaring popularity at home | Marc Bennetts

    Marc Bennetts
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Neither western sanctions nor claims of Russias involvement in flight MH17 influence its citizens, who live on a diet of state propagandaThere is a satirical cartoon doing the rounds online in Russia that depicts a figure slouched in front of a television set, both the screen and the anonymous viewers brain filled with identical swirls of bewildering electronic static. Drawn by Russias finest political cartoonist, Sergey Elkin, it is at once a powerful portrayal of the stupefying influence of Kremlin-controlled TV and an indication of why neither increasingly harsh western sanctions nor…
  • Brits abroad, feel no shame! We cant let the Germans spoil our summer | Holly Baxter

    Holly Baxter
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Bild warns its readers of our vodka cough and underwear amnesia. Theres no need to be defensive just pass me a discount cocktailThere are few phrases that strike as much fear into the heart of the international community as Brits abroad. Really, its with good reason; as someone who personally suffered through a number of Thomas Cook package holidays in my youth and once visited Malia out of choice as a fledgling adult, I can attest to the fact that even British people feel the fear. My own stand-out memories include licking a Mancunian teenagers neck while dressed in a miniskirt in a bar…
  • Have you ever had fantastic, unusual, eccentric customer service? | Open thread

    Open thread
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    A flight attendant told flyers who had been at a music festival that police with sniffer dogs awaited their landing. Tell us if you think this warning was first class or inappropriateAn Australian airline has apologised after a flight attendant warned passengers travelling back from a music festival to dispose of any drugs they might have on them. A member of the Jetstar cabin crew on the flight from the Gold Coast reportedly used the public address system to warn flyers that sniffer dogs would be waiting at Sydney airport to search out any contraband, and advised worried revellers to flush…
  • Should victims of crime be allowed to choose the punishment?

    Guardian Staff
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne has launched a scheme in Sussex that allows the victims of minor crimes to choose the punishment perpetrators receive. The victim can select from a list that might include compensation or repairing damage, and ask for compensation. Is the scheme a good idea? Continue reading...
  • In Europe 1914 every leading player had his hand on a smoking gun | Richard Norton-Taylor

    Richard Norton-Taylor
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    For Britains leaders the run-up to the first world war was marked by love letters and visits to the zoo their complacency stands as a shocking lesson for us todayOn 1 August 1914, Herbert Asquith, the prime minister, wrote one of his many letters to Venetia Stanley, his young and intimate confidante. I can honestly say, he told her, that I have never had a more bitter disappointment.He did refer to the increasingly dangerous international crisis and to what he called the Manchester Guardian tack, namely that the government should state that Britain would stay clear of any continental war. But…
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    Hu' Blog

  • Will the All Flash Array Market Go Away? – Response

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

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    In this competitive IT market we are constantly looking for new technologies. Venture capitalists make their fortunes on discovering and promoting new technologies before they cash out and go on to the next big thing. It is tempting to jump on every new promotion to be on the cutting edge. However, many of these technologies may fail or have a very short life span before they are replaced by newer or more comprehensive technology solutions. Unfortunately when this happens with storage, we are often left with the legacy of stranded storage, with tons of data that must be migrated to be usable…
  • Shirt Sizes are not the Way to Buy IT Infrastructure

    Hu Yoshida
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Last week we had an internal meeting in Santa Clara with representatives from all the geographies in Hitachi Data Systems. Since last week was also the finals for the World Cup in Football, we all received football shirts emblazoned with the words “One Hitachi”. As you can imagine, with an international audience, one size does not fit all. Prior to the meeting we all had to submit our shirt sizes, S, M, L, or XL. But even then, a size M in the US or UK is not the same as a size M in Japan or Hong Kong. Luckily we had enough of an assortment of sizes that we could swap around to find the…
  • Forrester and Gartner Evaluate Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform

    Hu Yoshida
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Gartner published their Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems in June 2014. This is the first Integrated Systems report, which Gartner defines as “combinations of server, storage, and network infrastructure sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit.” Based on this definition, Hitachi Data Systems’ Unified Compute Platform was evaluated and included in this Magic Quadrant report. We believe HDS should be a clear leader given that our management software is not only “sold with” but also is orchestrated by the UCP Director for…
  • Technology without Social Innovation and Globalization will not Advance Civilization

    Hu Yoshida
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    Ray Kurzweil, an American author, scientist, inventor, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google was quoted in Time Magazine in March 2012 saying: “A kid in Africa with a smart phone has access to more information than the president of the U.S. 15 years ago.” This is a powerful statement about the power of technology. However, that child in Africa will not be able to benefit from that wealth of information like a child in Silicon Valley. The reason for this is that the social infrastructure is not there to support that child in Africa as it is in Silicon Valley. Technology without…
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    Inside Scoop

  • Why RealSense is REALLY Important

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

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

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

    Michael A. Bell
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:53 pm
    What do you get when you combine some interesting new technology with avatars and mobile chat messaging capability?  A completely new way to connect, chat and have a little fun! Over the years, our very own Intel Labs have become known as a place for innovation and technologies that often shape the future of computing and the consumer experience. Sometimes it is significant standards-based technologies like USB, other times it is incremental technologies that we integrate into our products. Not all Intel Labs projects make it to the big time, but occasionally there are projects interesting…
  • LIVE! With Kelly and Michael “Top Teacher Week” Finalists Presented With Intel-powered Devices for Their Classrooms

    Jessica Hansen
    16 May 2014 | 2:23 pm
    This week, Intel participated in the fifth annual LIVE! with Kelly and Michael “Top Teacher Week” program which honors teachers across the United States. Educators are nominated by members of their communities who want to recognize their outstanding dedication and contributions to their schools. On Monday, the show honored “Top Teacher” finalist Athena Davis of Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Tennessee. According to her “Top Teacher” nomination, Ms. Davis is an “amazing and creative teacher that inspires greatness from her students.” She teaches several subjects, hosts a…
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • World Hepatitis Day — Why We Should All Think Again

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

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Editor’s note: Johnson & Johnson has more than 128,000 employees around the world.  Throughout 2014, we’re going to bring you their unique stories.  Whether they are employees who work with a nonprofit, mentor children, or simply volunteer at their local soup kitchen, we want to show that small acts of kindness can make big changes in the world we live in. These stories have inspired us, and we hope they’ll inspire you, too.   “Those who can lead have an obligation to do so, in the realm of citizenship….”  General Robert Wood Johnson, 1949  By Carrie Arndt, Director of…
  • Our Statement on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

    18 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    By Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Chairman, Janssen We are profoundly shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine. Our grief is compounded by the news that many of the passengers on the flight were members of the HIV community traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.  This includes many close friends and longtime partners of Johnson & Johnson, including visionary HIV researcher Dr. Joep Lange with whom I have personally worked with for…
  • Making a Difference at the FIFA World Cup™

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Throughout the FIFA World Cup™, Johnson & Johnson was proud to make a difference on and off the field. Now that the tournament has concluded, take a moment to learn about how Johnson & Johnson cared for the health and well-being of all those involved, as well as throughout Brazil. TOUR DO CARINHO AND WORLD BLOOD DONATION DAY: Caring for Families in Brazil FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra The Johnson & Johnson Tour do Carinho (Caring Tour) culminated at the end of May, becoming one of the largest blood donation campaigns in Brazil. In conjunction with the company’s CARE…
  • Why I Raced to Brazil

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    By Peter Monk, Senior Account Manager, Janssen Immunology UK My great passion is football and helping those less fortunate than myself. Despite my obvious physical disability in only having one arm, I consider myself lucky.  I do not live in poverty or have cancer, and I want to help people as an employee of Johnson & Johnson, but also through my personal contribution as an individual. Volunteering and being able to give back to others really matters to me because we can touch people’s lives by making a difference, however big or small. That is why I was proud to stand along my UK…
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    Lenovo Blogs

  • Meet Windows 8 Rockstar and New LenovoDev Expert, Iris Classon

    Krista Summitt
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    She was given a  Microsoft MVP Award, has developed a slew of Windows 8 apps and even co-authored a book. And she loves extreme sports as well. Meet Iris Classon, one of our latest Lenovo forum users, who will be helping us out in our Windows 8 app developer boards. Iris is a sought-after developer conference speaker, writer, blogger, Microsoft C# MVP and member of MEET (Microsoft Extended Experts Team) with a tremendous passion for programming. She has had a remarkable career path that proves that nothing is impossible- switching from being a licensed and registered clinical…
  • Lowering Data Center Costs

    Beth O'Shea
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Studies have shown that data center cooling costs are equal to or greater than the cost of powering the IT equipment itself. One way to reduce these cooling costs is by operating the data center at higher temperatures. This allows innovative data-center cooling strategies to be employed. As examples, fresh-air and chiller-less cooling technologies can be used. In fact, many new data-center facilities are being built in areas where the local climate lends itself to these technologies. Existing facilities can also benefit from cold-isle containment strategies segregating…
  • A Visit to Mili Pictures, the Realization of a Chinese Animation Dream

    Lenovo Workstation Team
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    “Arts Enlighten Technology, Technology Drives Arts.” This famous remark of John Alan Lasseter, the founder of Pixar and winner of two Academy Awards, mirrored the importance of technology in 3D animated films. Dragon Nest: Rise of the Black Dragon, China's most expensive 3D animated feature film, has featured exquisite production that is beyond compare in many aspects in China’s animation sector. Lenovo ThinkStation workstations were the powerhouses behind the creative, with integrated solutions from front-end visual design to back-end rendering. At the eve of the launch…
  • Server Management Automation

    Ken Timmons
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    The IT industry is continually evolving, but one constant is that IT administrators are being asked to do more with less — while still enabling business growth and maintaining service levels to their customers. Providing highly reliable infrastructures to host business-critical applications while responding quickly to business and market changes, is a challenge made more difficult when considering constrained budgets and fewer available resources. Automating portions of IT operations that are repetitive, manual and error prone can immediately reduce costs and increase service levels,…
  • [ID]#BUILTTOEXPLORE :  10 perangkat bagi yang bercita-cita menjadi musisi

    Stephanie Hing
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bisa memakai musik yang dramatis, kami sarankan The Final Countdown oleh Europe. Itu cara favorit kami untuk bersiap-siap akhir musim panas - bahkan jika suara bising dari weker kamu mungkin butuh perbaikan.  Tapi ini sedikit kabar baik: Semester mendatang adalah saatnya kamu mencari tahu "diri kamu" dan kalau kamu pikir itu melibatkan musik dalam segala cara atau bentuk, kami telah mengumpulkan beberapa alat yang jelas harus kamu isi ke Yoga 2 Pro kamu. #1. Spotify Entah kamu bercita-cita jadi seorang pianis, gitaris, pemain biola atau DJ, setiap calon musisi harus memiliki akses ke…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • How We Built the LinkedIn Profile so Opportunities Can Find You: Inside Story with LinkedIn’s Product Lead for Identity Products

    Kevin Simon
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing Q&A series called the Inside Story where we sit down to learn more from the people behind the products at LinkedIn For the second interview in our Q&A series, “Inside Story”, we sat down with Kevin Simon, Director of Product Management for LinkedIn’s identity and search products, to get his thoughts on the shifting perceptions of a professional identity and what inspires him and his team at LinkedIn. Q: What would you say one of the biggest changes has been for professionals over the past ten years? It’s no longer just about finding…
  • Give and Take: LinkedIn Speaker Series with Adam Grant

    Christine Schmidt
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Being a giver resonates with a core part of who we are: we want to feel like we are generous and help others. LinkedIn Influencer Adam Grant’s latest research shows that nice guys finish first, but we all know that another contingent of nice guys also finish last. As I read Adam’s book, Give and Take, I assessed my own personality: am I a giver or a taker? Doesn’t the act of raising my hand and saying I’m a giver make me exactly the opposite? These were some of the questions Adam raised when he came to LinkedIn as part of the Linkedin Speaker Series. He is one of LinkedIn’s most…
  • Your New LinkedIn Profile Makes You Ridiculously Good Looking on Mobile, and in Meetings [SLIDESHOW]

    Charlton Soesanto
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hi, I’m Charlton. What if, minutes before you met me for the first time, someone whispered in your ear and reminded you not only where I work (LinkedIn) and what I do (product management), but also who we both know in common, whether we overlapped any years in school, or if we worked at the same company? If you knew what we had in common or any of my interests (say biking or Latin poetry), chances are that we’ll probably have a pretty great first conversation. Today, we’re excited to share that our new LinkedIn Profile on mobile does all the above. Your LinkedIn Profile is your…
  • Does Studying Fine Art = Unemployment? Introducing LinkedIn’s Field of Study Explorer

    Kathy Hwang
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    We recently invited several high school students to LinkedIn’s campus to talk to us about how they are navigating their search for the right University. While each student had a unique story, and faced their own set of challenges when deciding where to go, what to study and how to think about their future careers, one story really jumped out. Candice is a junior in high school who has dreamed of studying art for as long as she can remember. However, as she kicks into high gear with her college search, she keeps hearing some version of this: “If you choose to study fine art, you’ll never…
  • So You Think You’re a LinkedIn Profile Expert

    Rom Bronfman
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    You added a profile photo to your LinkedIn Profile on day one — and your experience from the past ten years is fully represented on your LinkedIn Profile. Your time with the local Boys and Girls Club is covered under Volunteer Experience & Causes and you’re feeling like a LinkedIn pro. When I joined LinkedIn more than a year ago, I fancied myself a LinkedIn expert.  I’d checked all the boxes, shared content with my network and made sure my profile was always a true representation of where I was in my professional journey. What I’ve since learned is that as we as professionals…
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    Lulu Blog

  • Lulu Jr. is launching new educational programs

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

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

    Meg @ Lulu
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    What first motivated you to write a book? I’ve always been a voracious reader, particularly of fantasy novels. Writing seemed like a natural extension of all this reading; the practice of building a world, filling it with people, thinking of stories to breathe life into that world–that all became a fun diversion for me as a young girl. I’ve just been writing ever since. What did you find to be the biggest challenge about the writing process? For me, the biggest hurdle when it comes to writing a story is actually getting it down in words. Dreaming up plots and premises is fun…
  • Top 10 Tips: Your Book should (actually) look like a Book

    Meg @ Lulu
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    New authors are always excited to announce the publication of their latest work. After months or years of writing, rewriting, editing and re-editing, just getting through the publishing wizard feels like a monumental accomplishment. To celebrate this milestone, new authors often post an announcement in the Lulu Author Workshop forums. Expecting praise, adulation, or maybe just a friendly slap on the back, these newly minted authors are often shocked by the scathing criticism they receive from their fellow Lulu authors. No one has ever accused authors of being overly kind or supportive, but…
  • Top 10 Tips: Think Like a Librarian

    Meg @ Lulu
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Something you should know…librarians dream in Metadata. “Meta what?” you ask. Metadata is data about data. In eBook terms it consists of your title, subtitle, author name, category, etc. For those of you who remember the 1900s, metadata would be the cards in a card catalog. When eBook buyers search for something to read, it’s your metadata that they find. Let’s take a look at an example of very bad metadata. Imagine putting this in your title field: “My Journey to Self Fulfillment and Profit Relationship Singles Conspiracy Diet Recipe free Coupons Weight Loss (A Book About…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • A Better World for Business

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

    Marriott on the Move
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Bill Marriott with his sons in 1970, learning how things work in a hotel kitchen. My father grew up on his father’s farm, just west of Ogden, in the small town of Marriott, Utah, which was settled by his grandfather, John Marriott after he crossed the plains with the Mormon...
  • Farewell to Murphy

    Marriott on the Move
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Listen to blog Our beloved golden retriever, Murphy, recently passed away. He had been a wonderful member of our family for 13 years. Murphy was our third golden retriever. He brightened our lives with sweetness and goodness. The only thing he ever asked from us was to be petted. He...
  • A Tale of Two Graduations

    Marriott on the Move
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Gonzalez & Marriott Families at Cornell University Graduation I recently attended the graduation ceremonies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Our grandson, Matthew, was receiving his masters in hotel administration. It was a great thrill to see him walk across the stage and receive his diploma. Matthew is our daughter...
  • From Homeless to Homeowner

    Marriott on the Move
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    When we acquired the management business of Gaylord Hotels, we discovered that their corporate culture mirrored ours. Their employees are called “Stars” and they do much to celebrate them and provide opportunities for them. Each year we select nine or 10 associates from around the world to honor with the...
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    The Old New Thing

  • What is the strange garbage-looking string in the "command" value of a static verb?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A customer from a major software vendor asked, "What is the significance of the command value that can be found under HKCR\⟨progid⟩\shell\open\command. It appears to be a copy of the default value, but with the program name replaced with apparent garbage. We've seen this both with Microsoft products as well as products by other companies. There is no mention of this value in the documentation on static verbs." Name Type Data (Default) REG_SZ "C:\Program Files\Contoso\CONTOSO.exe" /NOLOGO "%1" command REG_MULTI_SZ 34GY`{XL?{Y)2S($,PP>c=@0l{Ja0N8KUwy@4JdO /NOLOGO "%1" The customer…
  • If you want to be notified when your app is uninstalled, you can do that from your uninstaller

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    A customer had a rather strange request. "Is there a way to be notified when the user uninstalls any program from Programs and Features (formerly known as Add and Remove Programs)?" They didn't explain what they wanted to do this for, and we immediately got suspicious. It sounds like the customer is trying to do something user-hostile, like seeing that a user uninstalled a program and immediately reinstalling it. (Sort of the reverse of force-uninstalling all your competitors.) The customer failed to take into account that there are many ways of uninstalling an application that do not involve…
  • Did the Windows 95 interface have a code name?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Commenter kinokijuf wonders whether the Windows 95 interface had a code name. Nope. We called it "the new shell" while it was under preliminary development, and when it got enabled in the builds, we just called it "the shell." (Explorer originally was named Cabinet, unrelated to the container file format of the same name. This original name lingers in the window class: CabinetWClass.)
  • Finding the shortest path to the ground while avoiding obstacles

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today's Little Program solves the following problem: Consider a two-dimensional board, tall and narrow. Into the board are nailed a number of horizontal obstacles. Place a water faucet at the top of the board and turn it on. The water will dribble down, and when it hits an obstacle, some of the water will go left and some will go right. The goal is to find the shortest path to the ground from a given starting position, counting both horizontal and vertical distance traveled. ⬤ • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •…
  • How do I obtain the computer manufacturer's name from C++?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Some time ago, I gave a scripting solution to the problem of obtaining the computer manufacturer and model. But what if you want to do this from C++? I could translate the script into C++, or I could just point you to Creating a WMI Application Using C++ in MSDN. In particular, one of the WMI C++ Sample Applications does exactly what you want: Example: Creating a WMI Application. The only things you need to do are change SELECT * FROM Win32_Process to SELECT * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem, and change Name to Manufacturer, and then again to Model.
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • LDAP Enhancements in 12.2.1

    Owen Allen
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    In Ops Center 12.2 and older versions, there were limitations on how a user pulled from an LDAP could log in to Ops Center - basically, users could only log in using the user name field. One of the improvements in version 12.2.1 is that an Ops Center Admin can designate other fields, such as email address, name, or member ID, to be used when logging in to Ops Center. The Admin Guide's section on Users and Roles has more information about adding users from directory servers.
  • Redstone’s John Klein Named Iowa Entrepreneur of the Year

    Kellsey Ruppel
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Iowa named member John Klein as “Entrepreneur of the Year” during their annual meeting on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Des Moines. Klein and partner, Jason Stortz, started their computer consulting business five years ago in Klein’s basement. Since its humble beginnings, Redstone Content Solutions has grown to become a nationally recognized leader among information technology service businesses. (source) “John is recognized by his fellow EOers as a leader who lives the EO Vision of business growth, personal development and community engagement,”…
  • Application Composer Series: Object Relationships Explained

    Richard Bingham
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Introduction The post is accompanied by a new video on our YouTube channel, and through both we'll explain the key aspects of the relationship functionality available in Application Composer. You can find many of the basics covered in the Extending Sales guide, however as there are subtle differences in the functionality and how you choose to use it we'll highlight those key points that may affect the design of your customizations. The ability to relate Business Objects together allows you to display and manage all the data required to meet a specific task. Standard objects are already seeded…
  • What’s new in Oracle Commerce v11.1 for Retail

    David Dorf
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    The following is a guest article from Srini Rangaswamy, Solutions Market Director for Stores & Commerce at Oracle Retail: Delighting your customers with seamless and relevant experiences is central to Commerce Anywhere or Omni-channel vision. The recent Oracle Commerce v11.1 release is packed with new capabilities to enable retailers to deliver seamless experiences – both in-store and online. Let’s start with in-store experience first. Though the revenue contribution from online channels are growing exponentially physical stores continue to remain an important channel for retailers to…
  • Testing MySQL repository packages by Ramana Yeruva

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
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    The Cleanest Line

  • 2014 Bike to Work Week Recap
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Reno Recap By Gavin Back The numbers are in from Patagonia’s Bike to Work Week and this was the Reno DC’s best year yet! We had a total of 118 people riding for a total of 4,550 miles ridden. This means a total of $4,550 donated to an awesome local non-profit, the Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis seeks to promote cycling and bike safety, and distributes bikes to children in the Reno area. We would like to thank the members of Kiwanis who took time to visit the Reno DC prior to Bike to Work Week and helped Casey and Eric tune our bikes. All four of you did a great job keeping us safe on the…
  • Solutions Series, Part 5: Taking Action

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    By Annie Leonard In my last essay, I talked about an updated vision of environmental changemaking, one that recognizes that many businesses are potential allies in the transformation to a responsible sustainable economy. Not all businesses, mind you, but a good number really do want clean energy, safe products, and decently paid workers. This time, we’ll talk about what we can all do to scale up these kinds of solutions, whether we work within a business or we use its products and services. When I talk to all kinds of people working to make today’s companies more sustainable, often…
  • Thai Boxing

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:32 pm
    By Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll “Climb it for me!” he yelled as I walked out of the hospital room. I gladly would if I could, I thought to myself, but this one might just be too hard. I can’t make any promises. A few days earlier, after a nice enjoyable day of climbing, we were heading back to my friend Sasha’s house to cook up some grub. He was on his motorbike, I was driving his van. Life was sweet. In a split second everything changed. An old man came out from a side road and didn’t see the motorbike coming. We had some good adventures lined up for the week, but now Sasha was…
  • Patagonia’s Plastic Packaging – A study on the challenges of garment delivery

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    By Nellie Cohen & Elissa Loughman Patagonia’s finished goods factories package each individual product we make in a polybag. Some of our direct customers (people who order from our catalog or have expressed disappointment in the amount of waste generated by polybags. This customer feedback inspired us to investigate ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated from Patagonia’s product packaging. Editor’s note: The tone of today’s post is a bit formal due to its origins as an internal case study. It’s a good look into the workings of our company and the…
  • Stepping from Sand to Pavement – San Sebastián Surfilm Festibal 2014

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    By Tom Doidge-Harrison Travel in all its various guises is at the heart of surfing, so it was appropriate that there was a little of it involved for most of the people—Patagonia or otherwise—at this year’s Surfilm Festibal in San Sebastián, Spain. They say that change is good and that exploring new places nourishes the soul, but Nora, my three-year-old daughter wasn’t letting on if it did. Changing time zones with a small child is a test of a parent’s reserves of patience. From her perspective, though, once we were in country and with day time operations revolving around…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • 6 Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool in the Heat

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    Photo: iStock Every time I get into my car these days, it's like I'm walking into a Bikram yoga class - unbelievably hot and instantly sweaty. Since we made the switch from underground parking to street parking a few years...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Bike Alert! Keeping Summer Cyclists Safe

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock This sobering statistic came across my desk the other day: about 100 cyclists per month are injured in Vancouver between May and October. Sadly, that number is just a drop in the bucket - according to the CAA,...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Five Essential Items to Bring on Your Summer Road Trip

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Heading to the cottage, embarking on a camping adventure or just enjoying the scenery slide by - road trip season has officially kicked off! As a road trip enthusiast myself, I thought that now seemed like a good...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Monthly Poll: Could you pass your Learner's test today?

    3 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Between writing for PumpTalk and being out on the world, I feel that I have a pretty good handle on the rules of the road. But then I came across this video on the Globe and Mail, demonstrating that many...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Fido On Board - Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Car

    26 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock We're headed over to Pender Island for our first road trip of the summer next week and we're bringing our dog Emmy Lou. Even though Emmy is super super old, she still perks up in a new place...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
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    Open Mike

  • 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.   Henry Ford’s comment was possibly true, but…
  • Higher minimum wages: “gentrifying” the job market

    Mike Critelli
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Over the years, I have met many elected officials, more often than not, Democrats who, from a combination of wanting to make peoples’ lives better through laws and regulations and resentment against successful people, advocate sweeping changes to “redistribute wealth” or “reduce income inequality.” More often than not, they fail to achieve their goals, because, despite compelling evidence to the contrary, smart or rich people who are determined and agile find a way to turn every new law, regulation, or changed market situation to their advantage.   Most of those who are poor…
  • The Flawed Congressional Budget Office Report on the Effects of Minimum Wage Increases

    Mike Critelli
    20 Feb 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The Congressional Budget Office (“the CBO”) published a report on February 18, 2014, with its estimates of the effect of a federal minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $10.10.  The headlines from the Report would appear to support the finding that the increase would cost 500,000 jobs, but would lift 9 million families out of poverty and produce more real income from the country as a whole, because those benefiting from the minimum wage would spend more and create additional jobs and income.  Not surprisingly, one candidate sent me an announcement with a solicitation and with her…
  • The “real” scoop on pharmacies, drug companies, and health insurance plans

    Mike Critelli
    15 Feb 2014 | 3:48 pm
    One of the funniest comedians I ever saw in person was Robert Klein, back in 1973, when I was a law student at Harvard and he performed at the Passim Coffee House in Harvard Square.  One remark he made that night comes back to me whenever I think about the healthcare industry.   Klein’s comic style was to point out something we all see every day and to give us the “real” scoop on it.  I remember him talking about life insurance and contrasting the TV ads at the time, which proclaimed “Insurance is love.”  He then said:  “That’s not what life insurance is really all…
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    Progress Newsroom

  • New Tableau to MongoDB ODBC connection that respects NoSQL data

    Sumit Sarkar
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Tableau analysts may or may not know about the challenges in exposing NoSQL data sources, such as MongoDB, to data visualization tools like Tableau, Qlikview, Spotfire, Microstrategy, SAP Lumira, SAS, Birst, etc.  Progress DataDirect loves a good challenge and engineered the first reliable SQL connector to MongoDB using ODBC/JDBC.  Progress Software acquired the Modulus Node.js and MongoDB development platform, so we might know a thing or two about MongoDB data – rather than follow the widely unpopular flattened schema approach. Getting Started on reliable Tableau connectivity…
  • The Odata Connection

    Jeff Reser
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Data access for mobile and web apps has long been a pain point for many businesses, but the problem is becoming increasingly challenging as more and more people turn to turn smartphones as their primary devices. This is putting pressure on businesses to develop apps, and develop them fast. The lack of standardized connectivity, such as an ODBC or JDBC equivalent for mobile development, left a lot of data siloed and underutilized. However, with the recently announced capabilities of DataDirect Cloud, businesses can leverage the Open Data Protocal (OData) to address those issues. For those that…
  • The Mobile First Approach is Short-Sighted (Updated with SlideShare Link)

    Mark Troester
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Mark Troester, Senior Director, Progress Pacific Product Marketing Mark Troester explains why ‘mobile first’ is a misnomer because application developers must first think about the needs of the user—who now use mobile devices more often than desktops. Last week, Chloe Green at Information Age commented on the new mobile application usage numbers announced by the major social networks. LinkedIn, for example, announced that it expects a full 50% of its users to access its network from its mobile app by the end of the year. Similar numbers have prompted vendors like Google and Microsoft to…
  • PaaS eases the pains of M&A

    Paul Nashawaty
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Paul Nashawaty, Product Marketing Manager, Progress Pacific How can merged companies benefit from cloud-based ERP applications? And what benefit could Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) bring? Remember when you first moved into your college dorm or the first time you rented an apartment with a friend or significant other? If your experience was like mine, I imagine there was a little chaos and a lot of waste. Suddenly, you have two of everything. Two sets of silverware, two sets of plates, two sets of pots and pans. Then, of course, you have to learn how to live with that person and adapt to their…
  • Partly Cloudy

    Paul Nashawaty
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    A recent article in Forbes from contributor Joe McKendrick explores the results of a new study that finds when it comes to cloud management and budgeting for IT, confusion abounds. The 415 executives surveyed expressed great interest in cloud, but felt uncertainty about pricing options and how to best manage cloud platforms. Our philosophy at Progress is that IT departments looking to adopt a private or public cloud should seek flexibility in terms of deployment and pricing. Challenges such as integrating on-premise or cloud data into an application quickly and deploying applications in…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Some Snappy Ideas: Seven Travel Pics for Instagram

    Erin Boren
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you’re like me, you take around a million photos on any given vacation—sometimes it’s even more, depending on the length of the trip.  Obviously I can’t post all of them, so I do my best to pick out my favorites.  Here’s a list of my must-have pics for your Instagram feed.  Be sure to use #SWApic and check out our Southwest Instagram! 1. In Your Bag: Are you packing light, heavy, or somewhere in the middle?  And what’s your must-have, can’t-leave-without item? 2. On the Way: Get excited!  Travel adventures have just begun.  Snap a pic on the…
  • SWA Meteorology: Thanks, Canada!

    Rebecca Miller
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    It was just two weeks ago we were experiencing the “return of the Polar Vortex” in the middle of summer, a highly unusual occurrence, or so we thought.  Now another round of welcome cool air is bringing much needed relief for the eastern half of the nation.  Is it another Polar Vortex?  Nah, this time, it’s cool air from Canada. Listen to a forecast on TV or read a forecast online, and you’ll often hear or see the words “a cold front from Canada is responsible for this summer season cold blast.”  Our Canadian friends sometimes get a little miffed over that.  Certainly not all…
  • Paying it Forward to West Africa

    Judy Ankrah
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Growing up in Ghana, West Africa, I faced many challenges.  I was lucky compared to most, especially since I was able to attend the university.  Now, as a Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant, I recognize that the opportunities I had at a young age helped me reach success. The challenges I faced growing up inspired me to help less fortunate kids in the neighborhood where I grew up.  I offered them basic education and food, which is more than most African children receive. In 2007, I opened Christian International Academy, in Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa for children in kindergarten through…
  • Going Green: Five Ways to Green Your Camping Trip

    Marnie Brown
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Take full advantage of the outdoors these final weeks of summer and plan a camping trip with family or friends.  There is no better way to get in touch with nature and save some green.  Camping fees are generally inexpensive, as are the activities that go along with camping, such as hiking, bird watching, fishing, and, of course, picnicking! Make sure to treat parks, campsites, and other outdoor attractions with respect.  If you spend time outdoors, keep in mind these five green tips: Tidy up: Whether you are camping for a few days or picnicking for an afternoon, make sure everything you…
  • Nonstop Love: CHICA-GO

    Patty Greene
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Beginning October 13, Dallas Love Field is FREE!  The restrictions of the Wright Amendment will be gone, ushering in nonstop destinations that span from coast to coast.   Southwest has been counting down the years and weeks (literally—we have a billboard at the Love Field entrance and a countdown clock in our Headquarters lobby) until we can say, “Goodbye, Wright Amendment. Hello, America!”   We are excited to begin this new era by serving five new nonstop destinations on October 13, followed by ten additional new nonstop destinations on November 2.  The addition of these 15…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • Turkey Hill Limited Batch All Natural Banana Peanut Butter has arrived!

    Turkey Hill Team
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Some foods and flavors are just meant to be together. Bacon and burgers, ketchup and french fries, peanut butter and bananas. While it might be awhile before you see the first two combos in an ice cream flavor (and that’s probably a good thing), Turkey Hill is happy to announce that we’ve... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Our final National Ice Cream Month prizes! Which one would you choose?

    Turkey Hill Team
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    National Ice Cream Month is drawing to a close (only six more days!), which means it’s time for our final weekly prize offering. If you’re a little bummed out that National Ice Cream Month will be ending soon, you shouldn’t be, because you can celebrate ice cream ALL YEAR ROUND.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • RECIPE: Ice Cream Sandwich Cake (what would you top yours with?)

    Turkey Hill Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Those of you who live in central Pennsylvania will want to wake up early on Friday morning (or set your DVRs) because Turkey Hill will make TWO live, in-studio appearances on ABC-27’s morning news. Our first appearance will be around 6:10 a.m., when we’ll talk about National Ice Cream Month and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A few ideas to help you celebrate National Ice Cream Day (Anyone got any others?)

    Turkey Hill Team
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    You’re probably already aware that July is National Ice Cream Month, but the reasons to celebrate keep on coming, because today is National Ice Cream Day! National Ice Cream Month all started in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New prizes! Which of these ice cream bowls would you choose?

    Turkey Hill Team
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    This week brings three new prizes, and the theme is ice cream bowls. Chances are, you’ve already got an ice cream bowl (or two or three) at home, but you can always use one more, right? Oh, and don’t forget that tomorrow (Sunday, July 21) is NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY, so stock up today so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Tyson Hunger Relief

  • Perfect Excuse To Get Together

    Anna Kimble-Roberson
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    It seems unbelievable that we’ve already passed the Fourth of July, indicating that not too long from now we’ll be waving goodbye to 2014 and saying “HELLO!” to 2015. During the celebration of America’s independence, we take time to reflect on the many sacrifices made for our great country and to appreciate the freedoms and liberties we have. For many, it’s time shared with family and friends, which usually includes a good meal and great conversations under a sky of fireworks. Our friends at the Urban League of Middle Tennessee know all about seizing the…
  • Why We Do What We Do – KNOW Hunger Nashville Holds a SNAP Challenge

    Jeffrey Wood
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:06 pm
    All along in Nashville the KNOW Hunger Nashville team and our partners have rallied around a singular cause, to raise awareness about hunger and nutrition in the Nashville area. On May 29th, we came one step closer to meeting our goals in this area with a total of 25 key leaders from across the community in the areas of faith, hunger awareness, community betterment, politics and agriculture at a SNAP Challenge event held at Tennessee State University. SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – it’s what used to be known as the federal food stamp program. SNAP Challenges…
  • Adversity on the Field

    Anna Kimble-Roberson
    1 May 2014 | 11:46 am
    Prior to joining Tyson Foods, I had the privilege of working for a World Champion NFL team, so I have seen excellence on and off the field first-hand, alongside the hard work and preparation it takes to get there as a unit. So when I tell you that I could not be more PROUD to now work with my GREAT teammates at Tyson, it does not begin to explain how I feel about this organization – who we are and what we do to feed families. In light of the recent chain of weather events that have unleashed mass destruction and impacted hundreds of lives across the South, how grateful I am to work for a…
  • It’s the least we could do

    Ed Nicholson
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    I’m with the Tyson Meals that Matter team in Mayflower, Arkansas.  I’ve seen lots of tornado damage in my career with Tyson, going back to the ’96 Moore, Oklahoma storm.  Joplin and Alabama in 2011.  Moore again last year; to name a few. I don’t care how much one might have seen, you never cease to be amazed at the stuff nature can do. I’m grateful for and proud of the people in this company I work for, who are always willing to drop what they’re doing to go help out.  It might get easy to get too proud of what we’re doing, but for the contact…
  • Mid-Week Hope Break

    Jeffrey Wood
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    KNOW Hunger Art Contest Winners1st Place: Emily Miller, Jackie Martinez and Briana London – MLK Jr. Academic Magnet School; 2nd Place: Emma Jones – MLK Jr. Academic Magnet School; 3rd Place: Kayla Smith – John Early Middle School Writing a mid-week update on happenings for the KNOW Hunger Nashville project that is sure to leave you with a bit of hope. Just two weeks ago on March 26 and 27, the team was busy being part of the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Spring Symposium and the Family Supper Program, a joint partnership with the Urban League of Middle…
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    Guided By History

  • Load a stagecoach for yourself in Minneapolis!

    Heidi Berg
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Visitors to the Wells Fargo History Museum in Minneapolis like to imagine how different things were in the early years of Wells Fargo. One of the easiest places to experience that difference is our replica stagecoach. Visitors are invited to climb inside, feel how it moves and get an idea of what it would have been like to travel in one. Still, they are often amazed by the idea that nine passengers would have fit inside, and that still more would have been seated on top.  It’s difficult to imagine the tight quarters which nineteenth-century travelers encountered. Full stagecoach in…
  • Stationery not stationary

    Ryan Baum
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    1855 Wells Fargo cover (Ryan Baum collection) The stagecoach is Wells Fargo’s icon. It’s our Brand, our corporate identity that represents our commitment to customers, that we’re with you now and over time. Branding has been part of Wells Fargo’s identity since the very beginning: historic documents and stationery show how Wells Fargo branded itself in the past, and how we identified the Company and supported customers. The stagecoach transported people and bullion, and something equally valuable in frontier days—information, letters and newspapers. Initial envelopes…
  • At the beach

    Charles Riggs
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Summer is at its mid-point. (Between the end of school, that is, and back to school.) You’re at the beach just about every day, right? Of course you are. Mr. Weatherball at the beach (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) Wells Fargo’s Corporate Archives has a print ad from the 1950s featuring “Mr. Weatherball,” who personified Northwestern National Bank (Minneapolis and the midwest) and was used in a variety of ads in those years. In this one, Mr. Weatherball joins Maureen on the beach as reward for helping her finance a beach vacation. Who says financial knowledge isn’t fun?
  • Wealth over time

    Charles Riggs
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Wealth is accumulated over time for most people. The trick is to stick with some fundamentals, keep your eye on the ball, and involve professionals. Many of us, however, imagine ourselves striking it rich in one moment, making the big score and eliminating worry. Here’s a terrific image from our historical collection. It’s an ambrotype, and dates approximately to the late 1850s, about the time Wells Fargo opened for business. The man holds a good sized nugget of ore, and the couple seems satisfied. They look to have hit it big, and are celebrating with some fine clothes and a…
  • Wells Fargo at bat

    Christy Horton
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Summertime is in full swing, and we are about half way through the official 2014 Major League Baseball season. One of the interesting things about banks from across the country is that many of them have had their own baseball teams. In the Wells Fargo Corporate Archives we often come across great images of the employee teams, including this one from our old express office in Denver. Here are a few baseball teams from Wells Fargo’s past I want to share with you. Having grown up in Los Angeles, baseball games mean Dodger stadium, with Dodger dogs and peanuts. This is hard to admit now…
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    Xerox Blogs

  • Alles Yoga, oder was?

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

  • Real Estate Connect – Connecting with Customers and Consumers

    Farah Ahmed
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Contributed by Katie Lance, CEO & Owner of Katie Lance Consulting  DocuSign was excited to be part of Inman News’ Real Estate Connect San Francisco, the groundbreaking annual event now in its eighteenth year. This year’s conference ran from July 16 through July 18, providing an opportunity for real estate professionals to mix, mingle and expand their knowledge of industry-related trends and technology. As a gold sponsor of the event, we had a number of activities on tap. On Tuesday, July 15, we sponsored the Broker War Room, which was the place to be for brokers who were looking to…
  • Procurement for the Naturally Curious: An Interview with Autodesk’s Kevin Dowd

    Anu Gardiner
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    An interview with Kevin Dowd, Global Head of Procure to Pay at Autodesk  Taking inspiration from "Corner Office: conversations about leadership and management" from the New York Times and Inc. Magazine's "The Way I Work", we look forward to featuring Procurement/Supply Chain leaders on this blog series.  I’m excited to introduce Kevin Dowd, Senior Director of Global Procure to Pay at Autodesk, a prominent Procurement leader in the Bay Area. I have known Kevin for many years as a colleague and a friend and it was a pleasure to trace his professional journey to becoming a Procurement…
  • Quick Tip Tuesday: Add Extra Security to DocuSign Envelopes with Signer Authentication Access Codes

    Michael Palmer
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every DocuSign envelope uses email authentication for security. If you require an extra level of security on your documents, you can add additional authentication methods.  In addition to the standard email authentication, DocuSign provides three authentication methods and allows you to select one or two additional authentication options for each envelope recipient. You can use different authentication options for each recipient. When using the Access Code Authentication option, signers must enter an access code you've created prior to viewing the document.This is a common form of additional…
  • 3 Big Patient Trends Healthcare Providers Should Know

    Farah Ahmed
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Contributed by Nick Sorensen, Chief Operations Officer at American Healthcare Lending  A lot has been said about the challenges we are collectively facing as our entire healthcare system experiences a dramatic shift on a number of fronts. At the top of the list for healthcare providers is the shift in financial responsibility for healthcare payments from payers to consumers. As William Fox, SVP of Payment Strategy for Emdeon, said recently in an article for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), “Healthcare providers and payers are rapidly moving into a new…
  • Digital Government = Happier Citizens

    Farah Ahmed
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Catherine Kunst, Director of Operations at Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA).  Why should your government office wire up with digital tools? That’s simple: the government serves the people and the people demand digital. While many may think that the government’s recent experimentation with electronic processes rallies for paper’s defense, I see invaluable opportunities for government – big and small – to reap countless benefits. As Director of Operations at Colorado’s Statewide Internet Portal Authority, I serve as a procurement mechanism for governments and…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • The Rise of a New Domain in Network Cloud Technology

    Tom Siracusa
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Enterprise IT is currently moving through an accelerated pace of innovation that is driving more change today than during any time in recent memory. Whether it involves managing virtual machines at scale or a total reinvention of how applications are deployed and managed in the cloud, all these innovations have one thing in common: they require access to robust networking services to actually work. With that issue in mind, we at AT&T set about rethinking the role of the network in the modern enterprise. Thanks to the rise of mobile computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), there are…
  • Integration as a Service at the Hands of a Master Service Integrator

    Jeremy Tudor
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    As your company changes and grows, so too will your connected infrastructure needs. For a period of time, you may be able to handle the changes on your own, perhaps with additional IT staff or reallocation of resources. But there will come a point when the “slap a band aid on it” quick-fix or reactionary triage won’t cut it. For one, it is extremely time-consuming to get optimal performance from technologies not designed to work together. And gaps in resources, tools and processes can create barriers for making needed changes. Instead of acquiring and maintaining resources to deploy and…
  • Technology Enables Efficiency

    John Schulz
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Intuitively, it makes sense that many of our products and services have the power to reduce environmental impact and save companies money at the same time. Research supports that intuition. According to the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) SMARTer 2020 Report, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry eliminates seven times the emissions it creates. More specific to our own products and services, an AT&T-sponsored study by CDP and Verdantix found that by 2020, U.S. businesses with revenues of more than $1 billion can collectively achieve financial benefits of…
  • How We Launched a Successful K-12 Mobile App

    Sal Costanzo
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    About a year ago, my school district started on a journey to make information access easier for our community. Now, in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana, there’s a new way to access information: by mobile app. Parents, students, and faculty in our school district can look to one place to find the school-related information they need. It’s easy to see how having an app can be useful. The app gives our community a quick and easy way to access the school district’s news, events, maps, feedback, and more. To help other school districts learn from our experience, I’d like to share…
  • Omni-Channel in Action

    Dana Stoker-Jones
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Connected consumers are controlling their interactions with retailers. They expect a seamless experience, regardless of their choice of device or where they are in the purchasing cycle. How can retailers successfully fulfill consumers’ habitual desire for immediate access to information and resources? A consumer-centric, omni-channel approach is key. Building an integrated strategy around the consumer gives retailers the opportunity to deliver value-added personalization at every stage of the shopping journey. See how innovative solutions combine to delight, attract, and retain customers.
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • No Time for Budget

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

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

    Alan Hart
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I just read an interesting report published by accounting software research firm, Software Advice titled:  Small Business Accounting Software Buyer View 2014.  It was compiled and written by Noel Radley, Managing Editor, Software Advice and can be found at the following link: Accounting Software Buyer View 2014. The report was compiled from data acquired from surveying several hundred buyers primarily representing small companies, with the majority of them under 500 employees and under $50 MM in annual revenue. Buyers were questioned on their search for the right accounting software for…
  • CEO – CFO Dysfunctional Relationship

    Alan Hart
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:51 am
    An often-overlooked reason Recently there was a question posted on (an online resource and professional network for senior finance, accounting and related professionals) on the often-dysfunctional relationship between CEOs and their CFOs, and trying to explore the underlying reasons for that and what can be done to prevent it. There were a lot of answers posted by contributors participating in the “Ask the Experts” feature of this website, including my own little input in an area I thought was important. In my work I interact with company upper…
  • Automated Budgeting and Business Intelligence for Manufacturers

    Alan Hart
    21 Jun 2014 | 10:36 am
    Are you ready to automate the budgeting process? In my consulting practice I frequently work with small and medium size manufacturing companies.  While many of them have been able to fully automate their accounting systems, there is still a lot to be desired in the area of automated budgeting, forecasting and business intelligence. Over the years I saw companies transition from partial or even complete manual accounting (yes, the system where you keep track of your inventory and other accounting data by using inventory cards, account ledger cards, etc.) to fully automated accounting and ERP…
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  • Don’t Let Overtime Non-compliance Sucker Punch Your Bottom Line!

    Karen Bell
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Not complying with overtime provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Fair Labor Standards Act” (FLSA) can lead to hefty payouts of back wages and penalties, not to mention the headache of collective action lawsuits and expensive settlements. Willful violators may also be fined and prosecuted criminally, and a second conviction may result in (gulp!) imprisonment. Need proof of the pain we’re talking about? Here are real-life examples of what companies have had to shell out: Blog tags: Corporate
  • Achieving Competitive Advantage through your Workforce

    Karen Bell
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    According to industry analyst Barry Wilderman, some business goals are, and will always remain, old school―and delighting the customer is chief among them. One way to do this is to proactively optimize the modern workforce to ensure that excellent customer support and a superior customer experience are a given. Today it is therefore more important than ever for organizations to manage their workforce effectively, gain the needed visibility to ensure that customer and administrative tasks are completed quickly and cost effectively, and to rely on technology to help bridge this gap. Blog…
  • Recording Work Time — A Basic Responsibility with Big Consequences

    Karen Bell
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Let’s start by stating the obvious: you need to be recording the work time of your non-exempt employees. That’s nothing you didn’t know, right? But were you aware that the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 7 in 10 companies are not compliant with wage & hour laws? That’s definitely not a statistic you want to be part of! According to compliance expert and labor law attorney, Brian Dixon, of the labor law firm Littler Mendelson, U.S. federal labor regulations dictate that tracking non-exempt employee time is a basic, non-delegable responsibility for employers. And while it…
  • Are your Employees Getting “World Cup Flu?”

    Siddharth Deb
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:13 am
    The FIFA World Cup 2014, the world’s biggest sporting event, started in Brazil on June 12 and will be watched by over 800 million viewers every day on television until the grand finale on July 13. Since the matches are usually held during the day, employees in companies located in the Americas and Western Europe will find that their work hours may overlap with crucial games involving their favorite teams, while millions across Asia and Australia will get to view matches late in the evening, or at night. However, “World Cup flu” is one thing that many companies won’t be able to avoid.
  • Hyson Products uses Replicon to streamline HR processes and save money

    Siddharth Deb
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:39 am
    Hyson Products, part of the Barnes Group, is based in Brecksville, Ohio, and manufactures precision springs, stampings, and custom metal products for aerospace and industrial applications. Before Replicon—manual procedures wasted time and effort Before Hyson started using Replicon, the HR department had to collect paper timesheets submitted by nearly 100 employees, manually transcribe all the data into a spreadsheet, and then run each timesheet through a scanner. The spreadsheet and scanned timesheets had to be emailed to the financial accounting team, which used the data to process the…
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    ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

  • Enter for the Chance to Win the 2014 DIY Network Blog Cabin Sweepstakes® Today!

    Anthony Fontana
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    In life, there are awesome sweepstakes, and then there are unbelievably crazy knock-your-socks-off amazing sweepstakes. Introducing the 2014 DIY Network Blog Cabin Sweepstakes, with prizes so grand we believe it belongs in the latter group. Now that we’ve got your attention, listen up. Three fantastic prizes are up for grabs for one extremely lucky winner. What kind of prizes, you ask? A three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom, lakeside retreat located in Winter Haven, FL Beautiful, custom furnishings and  artwork An all-new MasterCraft NXT 20 wakeboard boat A $50,000 cash prize provided…
  • First Time Moving to a Big City? Tips and Things You Need to Know

    J.T. Ripton
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    JT Ripton is a freelance writer out of Tampa, covering a myriad of topics, real estate and home improvement being a couple of them. You can follow him on Twitter @JTRipton! From the moment you step foot into your new place, it will become very clear that big city living is much different from life in a small town or suburb. It’s faster, bigger, maybe even stinkier. But you’re here! You’re excited. And you have no idea how to behave. Any big city has a certain culture that locals are expected to adhere to, so you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the city’s…
  • Couponing: Where to Start Saving

    Rachel Beger
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    It’s always great to get more for less. Couponing has recently blown up into this way of life where people get $900 worth of groceries for about $12, but that’s a little extreme for the average shopper. After all, who needs 200 sticks of deodorant? If you’re looking to cut back on your budget, you don’t have to go big or go home. Couponing can be simple and relaxing once you learn a few entry-level tricks of the trade. With a little bit of planning and organization, you’ll be saving money in no time. Collect Coupons Before you head out to the store, check out these coupon sources…
  • Unique Home Series: Closets

    Miranda Crace
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Making your home uniquely you can be a hard thing to do. You ponder about what colors, styles and themes to use in each room so you’re comfortable in your home. I know I’m constantly trying to find new décor pieces to change up a room depending on the time of year or what mood I’m in. We give so much thought to the rooms in our homes, but what about the smaller spaces like closets? Closets may not technically be a room, but they are another space you can change up and add a personal touch to. For this installment of the unique home series, we’re going to look at some unique closets…
  • Jobless Claims Fall Significantly – Market Update

    Anthony Fontana
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Headline News from Last Week FHFA House Price Index – FHFA prices rose 0.4% in May, but the year-on-year rate slowed by 0.6 to 5.5%. Existing Home Sales – Home sales picked up sharply in the second quarter following a lull in the first quarter. Sales of existing homes rose 2.6% in June to a higher-than-expected annual rate of 5.04 million. MBA Purchase Applications – The purchase index edged 0.3% higher last week but followed an 8.0% decline in the prior week. Year-on-year, the index is down 15.0%. Jobless Claims – Claims fell a very surprising 19,000 last week to a…
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    NACD Blog

  • Voluntary Public-Private Partnership on Cyber-Risk Oversight

    Adam Lee
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security selected and posted the NACD Director’s Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight on the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program website. At a press conference yesterday, four panelists, Ken Daly, president and CEO, NACD; Mark Camillo, head of cyber products for the Americas Region, AIG; Larry Clinton, president and CEO, ISA; and Dr. Andy Ozment, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS, spoke generally about cybersecurity as an issue for directors, and specifically about the contents of the handbook,…
  • Through the Boardroom Lens

    Ashley M. Marchand
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Directors attending the recent NACD Directorship 2020 event in Denver, Colorado engaged in group discussions about how boards can anticipate and effectively respond to environmental and competitive disruptors in the marketplace. The half-day symposium at the Ritz-Carlton on July 15 was the second of three NACD Directorship 2020 events this year addressing seven disruptive forces and their implications for the boardroom. Summaries of the Denver speakers’ main points are available here. Following each speaker, directors developed key takeaways for boards. Those takeaways fell within the…
  • The Environmental and Competitive Disruptors That Lie Ahead

    Ashley M. Marchand
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    More than 100 directors gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver on July 15 to hear expert speakers put a boardroom lens on the competitive and environmental forces that are having a far-reaching impact on companies across industries. The half-day symposium was the second of three NACD Directorship 2020events this year. The forums are addressing seven disruptive forces (competition, demographics, economics, environment, geopolitics, innovation, and technology)—the major trends and transitions expected to drive significant change for companies and industries in the near future—and the…
  • Responding to Activist Challenges in the Boardroom

    NACD Staff
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Recently, NACD convened the spring 2014 meeting of the Nominating and Governance Committee Chair Advisory Council. Delegates discussed the impact of activist investor challenges in the boardroom, with guests Janet Clark, a former director of Dell and Bill McCracken, a former chairman of CA Inc. This session built on dialogue from the council’s previous meeting in November 2013, where delegates discussed shareholder activism from the investor perspective with two representatives of activist hedge fund Trian Partners: Nelson Peltz, CEO and founding partner and Brian Schorr, partner and chief…
  • How Boards Can Strengthen the Risk Oversight Dialogue With Management

    NACD Staff
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    This spring, members of the NACD Advisory Council on Risk Oversight convened in Washington, D.C., to discuss how boards can strengthen their dialogue with management on risk oversight. Participants—including Michael Hofmann, the former chief risk officer of Koch Industries and current director of Calpine—shared experiences, lessons learned, and effective approaches for embedding risk in board-level strategy dialogue. From that discussion—detailed in the meeting’s Summary of Proceedings—delegates focused on these steps directors can take. They include: Establish a clear definition of…
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    The WhitePages Blog

  • Rain or shine, we mini golf.

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

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

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

    Rebecca Carroll
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:21 am
    Oh, Dad: he might be the top dog at home, but have you ever come across someone who shares a name with one of television’s favorite fathers?. We looked at new “dad-a”  and found that a number of John Waltons (1,459 people), Jim Andersons (1,304 people), and Tim Taylors (1,096 people), are living among us, possibly asking, “Were [...]The post Happy Father’s Day: Most Popular TV Dad Names appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • Mr. Number Even More Useful for Call Blocking? You Betcha!

    Lori Roth
    30 May 2014 | 9:08 am
    Today, WhitePages released a new version of  Mr. Number, and added a new feature to the popular call & text blocking and spam identification Android app. The newest release of Mr. Number gives users even more insight and control–by automatically adding names for recent callers or texters not already in your address book or identified [...]The post Mr. Number Even More Useful for Call Blocking? You Betcha! appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
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    Miratel Solutions

  • 5 top social media tips for nonprofits for July

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to our second monthly summary of the best social media tips for nonprofit fundraising. Time-saving tips, audience growth ideas and suggestions to improve donor interaction can each help your nonprofit to better engage with donors and create new opportunities locally and beyond. My goal is to help make your time spent on social media more efficient and effective to enable your audience are able to find, follow and share your latest news. Here’s a link to the top six nonprofit social media tips for last month, now let’s see what July had to offer. Twitter: Activate Twitter…
  • 10 Most Tax Competitive Countries According to KPMG Report

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Taxes are something that matter to every individual and business – they are one of the few certain things in life. Taxes can play a role into how lives are lived and business is conducted. As a Canadian call centre we were interested to see how our country compared on a global scale for tax competitiveness. We’ve explored where Canada ranked before in posts like the best country to live, the smartest countries, the happiest countries, the  most peaceful countries, the friendliest countries, the most charitable countries, the best countries for quality of life, the best countries…
  • AFP Nonprofit fundraising special events study highlights online tools

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Exactly a week ago I wrote about a new study from the Association of Fundraising Professionals which takes an in-depth look at nonprofit fundraising via special events. The initial post examined findings pertaining to event fundraising including staffing, event types, revenues and frequency. The success of special events are extremely reliant on donor response rates which is aided by successfully building awareness of such events. An interesting extra layer to the report was a study of the various tools and methods used by nonprofits in promoting these events in the first place which…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Falafel Waffles

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. 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. If you are not a full-time vegan, it might seem daunting to make a vegan meal that is satisfying and won’t leave you missing meat and our weekly recipe share aims to accomplish just…
  • 10 key findings to help nonprofits reach Millennials

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Successful nonprofit fundraising activities are extremely reliant on planning, forecasting and research and every charity is keen to ensure best practices are in place for today, tomorrow and much deeper into the future. So much of what we read and research directly impacts today and tomorrow but we may be overlooking the future at times and when it comes to the donors of tomorrow your audience will be the ‘millennials’. Millennials is the word used to define the demographic of today’s youth and young adults much as we previously had baby boomers or Generation X and Y. In…
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    Oakley :: Community

  • National Hot Rod Association and Oakley Team Up for Veterans

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    At Oakley we know how important Infinite Hero Foundation’s work is, but stories of troops’ challenges and successes resonate significantly more when coming from the mouths of veterans themselves.
  • Oakley Learn to Surf: Cabo San Lucas

    25 Jun 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Oakley Learn to Ride strikes again! This time in the warm and tropical Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. On hand to share their professional expertise were surfers Sage Erickson and Malia Ward.
  • May 2014: A Month in Photography

    4 Jun 2014 | 10:09 am
    Some of the best photos involving Oakley athletes from the month of May 2014.
  • New Eyewear for Cyclops Revealed in X-Men: Days of Future Past

    27 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    It is always a roll of the dice when the sequel to a beloved movie is born. Will it live up to the original? Will it remain true to the heritage of the story? Or will it tarnish the memory of its predecessor? In the case of Marvel’s ever-popular X-Men franchise, their reputation aligns with the former and the latest release, X-Men: Days of Future Past, in theaters now, only extends that legacy.
  • April 2014: A Month In Photography

    6 May 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Enjoy some of the best photos to come out of all of the sporting action in the month of April. Oakley athletes were high flying and speed racing, per usual. Here is the visual proof.
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • Happy Employees and Getting Your Business to the Top

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

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

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:58 am
    From April 29, through May 1, 2014, CRM experts and SugarCRM proponents gathered in San Francisco for  SugarCon 2014. The three day conference included dozens of expert panels, training sessions, and plenty of time to meet with the best of SugarCRM’s partner program over food and drinks. This year’s theme, “The Power of i” focused on the capability of Sugar to put sales and marketing power within a business into the hands of the individual. Rather than leave customer information at the hands of a sales team, Sugar helps users across a variety of departments get the information they…
  • Redefining Application Modernization Using Continuous Delivery

    6 Jun 2014 | 5:34 am
    We live in an age of customer fulfillment, where application engineering practices are going through constant change. Decades old applications can no longer satiate the needs of today’s socially engaged consumer. This change is forcing management teams to rethink existing applications and, in many cases, start from scratch to create a product capable of meeting market demands.One solution to  key modernization challenges is for organizations to create a strategic plan to build adaptable business applications. This can help a business disrupt their industry;rather than be…
  • Elastic Development Framework— Saving TCO in Application Expansion

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    The nature of app engineering for enterprise businesses is changing fast, and it’s bringing with it new budget black holes; consuming valuable time, energy, and money.So what are these black holes? They’re more common than you think;  in fact, the most common types of costs associated with developing apps are: on-going operating costs and the need for future investments (like upgrades). So what exactly are these challenges? Can they be avoided? How can you make sure you’re not breaking the bank with every new and upgraded app? In order for your business to succeed and stay on-time and…
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • SF Recycling Centers Causing Friction Among Locals

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

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:13 am
    Albertsons, a grocery chain with more than a thousand locations nation-wide, has agreed to pay $3.3 million dollars to settle a case brought against them alleging stores in California mishandled the disposal of hazardous waste. In the lawsuit, filed in the Orange County Superior Court, several government agencies accused Albertsons of illegally transporting and disposing of dangerous and possibly deadly materials including pool chemicals, batteries, and various types of over-the-counter medication. It was claimed that these products were disposed of in dumpsters meant for non-hazardous…
  • San Francisco Looks Towards Becoming A “Zero-Waste” City by 2020

    10 Jun 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Adding to their long list of groundbreaking waste-reduction measures, the city of San Francisco is looking to see the fruits of their labor culminate with a complete end to all landfill contributions by the year 2020. Though it seems like quite a lofty goal for a modern metropolitan city, SF’s senior Commercial Zero Waste coordinator Jack Macy is confident that it can be reached. Since 2002, Macy has worked towards getting some of the most progressive waste management legislation passed, including requiring construction waste to be recycled, banning plastic bags from the checkout line in…
  • The Low-Down on Lowes: Lowe’s ordered to pay $18.1 Million Settlement for Environmental Violations

    18 May 2014 | 3:29 pm
    36 years ago, the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, New York, began coming under serious scrutiny as disproportionate rates of reproductive disorders (miscarriages and birth defects) among its residents sparked an investigation which disclosed that the community had been built on a former chemical waste ground used to dump over 20,000 tons of toxic waste – and the city knew it. Two years later, and multiple civic actions to pressure government to relocate residents, culminated in a declaration that the city was a “national emergency” by President Jimmy Carter, who then…
  • Upcycle It! Turning Trash into Treasure

    1 May 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Making stuff out of junk lying around goes back to our earliest memories of making pies out of mud.  It’s instinctive…and it’s as much a part of being a kid, as getting ice cream all over your face.  For the past two years, kids have been getting to be kids – and – do something great for the planet at the Richmond Art Center’s second-annual maker festival: Upcycle.  The family-centric event invites kids of all ages to make art and essentials out of, well, junk.  While families create art from the stuff of landfills, they also are treated to some timely lessons about how they…
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • Going above and beyond to support our nation’s heroes

    Joel Stamp
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    I was just 19 years old when the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001. I was a student at Iowa State University and a lower enlisted member of the National Guard. I graduated from college in 2004, was commissioned as a second lieutenant and started my first job. In 2007, I began work at General Mills. Then I was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq where I served as a platoon leader and executive officer of a Heavy Equipment Transportation company. I was deployed for duty for 13 months and was able to return to work at General Mills at the end of 2009. During my deployment, General Mills…
  • Sound Chex goes behind the scenes with Rixton

    Lynne Morioka
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Snacking and music go hand-in-hand. To celebrate this pairing, Chex Mix is partnering with British band Rixton who will hit the road for their first headlining tour of the U.S., kicking off in Boston today (July 30). The “Broken Heart Tour” is sponsored by Chex Mix who teams up with Rixton on an upcoming “Sound Chex” video series to capture some behind the scenes moments between tour stops. Chex Mix will also be stocking Rixton’s tour bus with more than 20 flavor varieties as they perform sold out shows around the country. In March, Rixton released their debut EP…
  • How the weather forecast impacts food supply

    John Church
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Weather is often something people think about as they’re walking out the door in the morning or as they make weekend plans. But, for a food company like General Mills, it’s a much longer-term consideration. Weather conditions such as drought, floods and excessive heat, can decrease yields on crops like corn, oats and wheat. Changing weather patterns can also impact our ability to deliver quality products to our consumers and value to our shareholders. As weather volatility increases, General Mills recognizes the need to mitigate the climate change risks presented to humanity, our…
  • A race that really matters

    Rene Robers
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Professional race car driver John Andretti just hosted a week of events in Indianapolis to benefit Riley Hospital for Children, for the 18th year. I was proud to support them, along with my team based in Cincinnati. The events – the “Kroger Race for Riley presented by Cheerios” - lead up to the weekend of the Brickyard 400. They always include a special visit to Riley Hospital for Children, a go-kart race, and a supermarket sweepstakes event at a local Kroger store. On Friday, July 18, the Race for Riley commenced with the annual Child Life party at the hospital, filled…
  • “Official Cereal of Dadhood” shows us #HowToDad

    Lynne Morioka
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Dads. They follow their kids on Instagram, they give high fives, they’re not fazed by excellent kid stunts and they can still get the young ones to take out the trash. And now, Peanut Butter Cheerios in Canada –  the “Official Cereal of Dadhood” – is celebrating modern fathers with #HowToDad. “It just made sense to declare Peanut Butter Cheerios as ‘The Official Cereal of Dadhood,’ because like great dads, Peanut Butter Cheerios lie somewhere in the intersection of awesome and responsible,” says Josh Stein, creative director, Tribal Worldwide – Toronto…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • The Urgency of Leadership Development

    China Gorman
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In March I discussed a few takeaways from Deloitte’s “Global Human Capital Trends 2014” survey. After relooking through the report, I think it would be worthwhile to mention some of the other global trends for 2014. I previously discussed the need to reskill HR teams, one of the top four (out of 12) global trends that survey respondents perceived as most urgent.
  • Three Steps to Transforming Your Culture

    Lillian J. LeBlanc
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Changing the culture is a process, not a one-time initiativeCreating a great workplace is easy when you have a great culture. Employees are likely to be engaged and happy in organizations where trust abounds and communication flows freely. However, many organizations struggle with cultures characterized by departmental silos, hidden agendas and information that doesn’t cascade as quickly or smoothly as it should.
  • Financial Stress? What Financial Stress?

    China Gorman
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What are organizations doing to help employees manage financial difficulties? SHRM (in collaboration with Elevate) explored this question in their recent survey “Employee Financial Stress.” They found that 61% of HR professionals would describe their employees’ financial health as no better than “fair,” where 38% would describe theirs as “very good” or “good.”
  • Working Parents Feel More – Not Less – Stress

    China Gorman
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bright Horizons recently conducted a national study, “The Modern Family Index” that explores what it means to be a working parent today. The study revealed some insightful points, including that working parents still perceive that their responsibilities with their family may cause them to experience significant challenges at work.
  • #GenMobile

    China Gorman
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    State of Mind Not Function of AgeWe’re at a turning point with mobile technology. For many users, tablets and smartphones are no longer a convenience or entertainment tool, but a necessary part of their working lives. A recent survey by Aruba Networks identifies these users as “generation mobile.”
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Clients Prefer Comprehensive Financial Planning

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    According to an online survey by the CFP®  Board of Standards, which surveyed more than 1,000 Americans 18 years of age or older, about 70 percent said they would prefer to work with a financial advisor who provides comprehensive financial planning services, compared with 30 percent who said they want to work with someone who specializes in a single area, such as retirement. In fact, an overwhelming 91 percent of those surveyed said they expect the advice they receive from a financial advisor to take into account their total financial situation. “As Americans’ finances become more and…
  • Summit Brokerage Services, Announces Agenda and Theme for its 2014 Convention

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Summit Brokerage Services, Inc. the Highest Rated Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*, announced today the agenda and theme for its 2014 National Convention at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, October 9-11, 2014. The theme of the three-day Convention, Summit’s Superheroes, will focus on providing Summit’s advisors with the tools and strategies for them to discover and maximize their inner superhero powers and continue to grow their businesses. “Every day our financial advisors act as superheroes by helping their clients make sound financial decisions which have a profound effect…
  • Summit Brokerage Recognized as an Elite Independent Broker-Dealer in Financial Planning Magazine

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Summit Brokerage Services, Inc.the Highest Rated Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*, was recognized today in Financial Planning Magazine as an Elite Independent Broker-Dealer. In the article, 4 Elite IBDs You May Not Know, Andrew Pavia discusses how Financial Planning tracks several performance statistics of Broker-Dealers and how outperformance in this category makes these broker-dealers worth watching. Specifically, Pavia mentions the number of high-end reps which is considered production of above $150,000. Pavia says, “Summit has the most advisors with production above $150,000…
  • Why is Generation X Going Broke?

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Gen X is perhaps more diverse than any other generation when it comes to race, ethnicity and culture. They are earning money, spending it, and have become growing, important consumers to marketers worldwide. So why is Generation X – those 65 million kids born between 1964 and 1980 – going broke? A report by the Pew Charitable Trusts entitled, “Retirement Security Across Generations: Are Americans Prepared for Their Golden Years?” examines the savings behavior of five age groups before the Great Recession. The research also explores how wealth losses during the recession affected each…
  • Top Financial Mistakes When Going Through a Divorce

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Breaking up is hard to do and divorce can be expensive. When you’re going through the pain and emotional battles of a divorce, it’s easy to overlook financial issues which can hurt you years later. offers advice on the top costly financial mistakes people make when going through a divorce. Don’t Be a Financial Victim. If you suspect your spouse is planning a divorce, make copies of all important financial records, including account statements (savings, investment, real estate partnership) and data which relates to your marital lifestyle (checking accounts, charge card…
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • Customer Retention Isn’t Enough: How to Grow Customer Advocates

    Rhonda Basler
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    The most basic business tenet is as true today as it was hundreds of years ago: businesses need new customers and they need to retain current ones. Coming out of a somewhat lingering recession, how do you go about doing this? How is it different today, than it was last year? People don’t trust advertising.   They trust what other people say about your company’s products or services.  Brand reputation is created more by human conveyance than by Super Bowl commercials, magazine ads and self-promotional YouTube videos. According to a McKinsey & Co. study, 66% of the economy is being…
  • Happy Fourth of July From Hallmark Business Connections

    Heather Teskey
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Every year Hallmark Business Connections recognizes the importance of thanking the members of our nation’s Armed Forces. The Fourth of July is not only a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends, to celebrate and enjoy parades and fireworks, but it’s also a time to honor the true meaning of the Fourth by honoring our nation’s active duty U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans. As you celebrate Independence Day, be sure to have a fun, festive and safe celebration. From all of us at Hallmark Business Connections, we wish you a happy Fourth of July! The post Happy Fourth of…
  • Walk Your Way Toward Workplace Health Promotion

    Jennifer Patel
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Walking while you work may not only improve employee health, but it may also boost workplace productivity, according to recent research from the University of Minnesota.  The study followed a group of 40 employees whose offices were retrofitted with treadmill desks to be operated by employees at up to 2 miles per hour.  Over the course of a year, employees’ workplace performance and interaction with supervisors and co-workers increased substantially due to using a treadmill while working. There are many ways to inspire and encourage workplace wellness, including walking during lunch,…
  • Employee Engagement: Getting at the Heart of What Truly Matters to Employees

    Jonathan McClellan
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:30 am
    Employee engagement.  It’s a concept that organizations prioritize for a number of different reasons.  Forbes notes that engaged employees are more likely to be motivated, committed to their employer, and focused on achieving business goals and driving the organization’s future.  Disengaged employees, on the other hand, can impact workplace productivity, office morale, and individual stress levels. With 70% of employees reporting they’re disengaged at work, employers must find ways of inspiring deep and lasting engagement around the office.  But what is employee engagement really? …
  • Take Wellness Into Account When Traveling

    Jennifer Patel
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    Throughout your career, the occasional work trip is a certainty few can avoid. Wherever the road takes you, embrace the journey toward better health. From 9-5 and well beyond, by plane, train, car or bus, there are numerous ways you can live a healthier life while traveling or commuting. It just takes a little extra effort and planning. It’s easy to feel like you’re too busy to stay healthy while traveling or commuting. The excuses are plentiful: Your space is too cramped, you can’t find decent food options or you’re just simply out of your rhythm because the day is too long. Having a…
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • Direct Mail Production: Spotlight on Specialty Equipment

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

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

    Leah Averre-Smith
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    Have you ever tapped a customer on the shoulder (and by “shoulder” I mean mobile­­­ device), and offered them an incentive just as they’re about to walk away from your product? The technology has been around for a while, however it wasn’t until this year’s 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference that these shoulder-tapping devices, called beacons, got their spotlight. What are these beacons and how do they work? Essentially they’re low-powered, low-cost transmitters that notify mobile devices of their presence. The most well-known beacon is Apple’s iBeacon. SXSW is a huge…
  • What I Gained from South by Southwest

    Melissa Martinez
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:42 pm
    It’s been two months since I attended South by Southwest (SXSW), but the experience hasn’t gone stale. The food was tasty, the music was invigorating, and the technology was pretty impressive. There were also some helpful and insightful pieces of information that I vividly remember, and continue recalling today. Social Media and the 50+ Market   The 50+ population is continuing to increase rapidly, and for the next 18 years, boomers will be turning 65 at a rate of about 8000 a day. This segment holds 2.3 trillion dollars in disposable income. 60% of those ages 50–64 are using…
  • Direct Mail Production: Spotlight on Inkjet Print

    Kelsey Comes
    29 May 2014 | 2:26 pm
    If you have a printer at home, chances are it’s an inkjet. Anderson’s five commercial inkjet machines are bigger and more complex than the average desktop model, but they operate on the same printing principles. The Basics Inkjet printers operate by using heads to spray droplets of ink onto the paper below. Commercial inkjet printers are hooked up to a computer, just like a home printer. The heads are mounted over a conveyer belt that carries pieces of paper under them—at Anderson, these pieces are most commonly postcards, glued self-mailers, and closed-face #10 envelopes, all in need…
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    Barefoot Yoga Blog

  • Grace’s Pick of the Week: Indian Rosewood Yoga Blocks

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The Indian Rosewood, or dalbergia sissoo is a premium timber used for making musical instruments, furniture, carvings, tools and boats. It is very durable and strong with naturally golden to dark brown tones. As a block, it gives great support and stability. Our Indian Rosewood Yoga Blocks are a beautiful sustainable prop for your yoga practice. […]
  • Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month: Farzaneh Noori

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Our teacher of the month for July is Farzaneh Noori, co-founder of Yoga House in Pasadena, California. She has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 20 years, and has studied with a number of influential yogis in the process, including Tias Little, Paul Grilley and Jill Miller. She focuses strongly on the healing properties of yoga, and some […]
  • Uddiyana Bandha

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Uddiyana Bandha is the second of the inner lock in yoga. Uddiyana in Sanskrit means to ‘fly up’ or ‘rise up’. This suggests all your inner organs – the abdomen, the diaphragm and the stomach – moving up and rising toward your spine. In the abstract, it means moving your energy from your mula bandha […]
  • Lauren’s Pick of the Week: Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Our beautiful Sari Pattern Yoga Mat Bags come in a variety of authentic Indian sari patterns and a rainbow of beautiful colors. They are large enough to hold yoga mats of almost any size, and come with a comfortably wide strap for carrying over the shoulder or cross-body. The front pocket can easily hold your keys, phone and wallet […]
  • Demystifying Mula Bandha

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
      Mula in Sanskrit means ‘root’, ‘base’, ‘foundation’, ‘beginning’, ‘origin.’ Bandha means ‘catching hold of’, ‘fetter’, ‘bondage.’ Mula Bandha, or root lock, is one of four bandhas mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradiprika and the Gheranda Samhita. The root refers to the pelvic floor or more precisely, the perineum. It is not the muscle that […]
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  • Merchant Warehouse Brings Multi-Channel Capabilities to Businesses

    Merchant Warehouse
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    SHARE Genius platform offers a seamless cross-channel experience for retailers of all sizes Boston, MA – July 31, 2014 – Payment technologies leader Merchant Warehouse® today announced new multi-channel capabilities. The latest additions, part of a growing list of new features offered by Merchant Warehouse, allow businesses of all sizes to provide a seamless customer shopping – and payment - experience in-store, on-line and on-the-go. Merchant Warehouse takes the complexity out of doing business on multiple platforms by providing retailers with holistic, streamlined solutions that…
  • Merchant Warehouse Announces Latest Evolution of the Genius Customer Engagement Platform

    Merchant Warehouse
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    SHARE Genius Platform Brings Advanced Point-of-Sale Functionality to Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Boston, MA – July 30, 2014 – Payment technologies leader Merchant Warehouse® today announced a series of new features and functionality within its proprietary Genius™ Customer Engagement Platform™. These new platform enhancements, including signature on-demand, line item display and on-screen advertising, deliver ‘big box’ retail solutions to enable small and mid-sized businesses to deliver a significantly enhanced experience at the point of sale.. The world of payments is rapidly…
  • Retail Credit and Debit Card Processing Volume for June 2014

    Merchant Warehouse
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    SHARE While brick and mortar retail business owners may have experience a slow down in their processing volume compared to May, they are still currently processing more than they were at this time last year. In fact according to First Data's SpendTrends credit card processing volume is up 3.9 percent compared to the previous June, which was up over 8 percent compared to 2012. Debit and Pin Debit transaction volume growth were both up2 and 3.3 percent respectively compared to their 2013 numbers.One item for merchants to be aware of is that credit card volume growth has outpaced debit and…
  • Gift Cards - Benefits and Value for SMBs

    Michael Gavin
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE  If you own a business and don't already offer gift cards, it's time to rethink things. Regardless of what you sell, chances are that plenty of people would be interested in buying gift cards from your company. Without making them available, you're missing out on an amazing array of benefits and, most likely, are falling behind the competition. The bottom line is that there's no good reason not to offer gift cards. Not convinced? After considering a few basic statistics and learning about some of the top benefits, you’ll likely feel differently.Gift Cards are BoomingA quick…
  • Yeah, I got my first EMV-enabled card!

    Jenn Reichenbacher
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE A milestone. I open my mail on just a regular day to find it – something I have been waiting for – my first EMV credit card. Standard to some and irrelevant to others, as a professional in the payments space, I actually understand EMV and what it means to me as a customer as well as the industry at large. It’s no secret that the U.S. is one of the last countries in the world to adopt EMV. For those not familiar with EMV, the cards look pretty much the same as traditional magnetic stripe card, exclusive of an integrated circuit or ‘chip’ within the card – but, they greatly…
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    Proforma Blog

  • The Power of Staying “In the Know” on Social Media

    Justin Heegan
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image courtesy of Hakan Dahlstrom’s photostream Even those of us who’ve never seen a game of professional NBA Basketball have probably heard the name “LeBron James” at least once over the past few weeks. The 29 year-old basketball phenom was set to make his “Decision” regarding what team he’d play for in the coming season and everyone was talking about it from New York to Los Angeles. With this kind of commotion, everyone took to social media to read the latest updates; some sports writers who were commenting on the topic received hundreds upon thousands of followers in just…
  • How to Let it Go!

    Stephanie Novacek
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Image courtesy of Georgie Pauwels photostream We all have times at the office where we run straight into the wall of frustration and setbacks. I find myself dwelling and over-analyzing these situations for days. But I’ve found this only ruins the week and takes my attention off of work. Whether the conflict comes from a disagreement on how to proceed with a new project, or is your own doing, we all need to remember to let it go. Here are some helpful tips on how to let it go and get back on track! Focus on what you can do - Realize almost nothing goes exactly as planned. So focus on what…
  • Tech Matters: The Need for Speed

    Shawn Philpot
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Image courtesy of jonel hanopol’s photostream No other adage applies to business as much as “time is money.”  Everything is on a tight schedule and one mishap can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.  With this in mind many business neglect to make sure that their Internet is up to speed. There is a fear in selecting the appropriate service and speed because many of us don’t know what those numbers mean but the tech matters. I will break down two important aspects that are related to each other, but they’re not the same: Internet speed and bandwidth. The internet speed is…
  • 3 Reasons Why Context Is Queen and Content Marketing Can No Longer Be Ignored

    Tony Zayas
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Image courtesy of Sean MacEntee’s photostream The rise and growth of content marketing has virtually transformed the way that businesses interact with their prospects, customers and clients online. It has changed the expectations of what type of information can and should be available from businesses and it has empowered the consumer. And for all of this, context has become a very close second to content. Content is still King, but… The saying, “Content is king,” has held true for a very long time. On the web this has been a universal truth, through and through. But in…
  • 5 Useful Tips When Asking for a Raise

    Barbara Sulik
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of Philip Taylor’s photostream Do you feel like you should be earning more money?  Are other people in similar roles earning more than you?  Has it been more than 12 months without a performance increase?  Here are some tips to ask your Supervisor for a raise. 1.    Schedule a time to meet with your supervisor The big question is whether you should indicate what you want to talk about or not.  Only you know the culture of your organization and the relationship you have with your supervisor.  Disclosing why you want to meet allows your supervisor extra time to come…
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  • How To Manage Your Emails Like A Pro

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Do you feel that there’s not enough time in your day to wade through and clear your inbox? Administering your emails efficiently releases time and allows you to be proactive, concentrating on strategic activities. Here’s how to manage your emails like a pro 1) Learn your email program To learn shortcuts, little tricks and ways of cutting the time it takes to perform certain tasks, you need to take the time to learn about your email software. Most systems offer the ability to automate, filter and create rules based on email criteria. There are countless articles online (and…
  • Office Design – More Important Than You Might Think

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Having a nice environment to work in is obviously better than a horrible office that you can’t wait to get out of. What about the tangible, real world benefits of improving your office space, how will it actually help your business, and it’s employees, to prosper? If you’re office based then chances are that you’ll spend the majority of your time at your desk, with the same view and with the same people. Making sure that this environment is as pleasant, healthy and productive as possible can reduce costs, increase profits and create a happy and engaged workforce. The…
  • 9 Easy (And Mostly Free) Ways To Increase Morale In The Office

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Even in the happiest of offices there are those days where morale may dip a little. Luckily there are certain things that management and leaders can do to raise spirits and help prevent the office atmosphere from effecting productivity, engagement and the general wellbeing of your employees. 1) Take an interest As a leader you should already have a vested interest in the day to day activities of your subordinates, including any challenges they may have. It is, however, all too easy to lose track and become distant from your team or department due to other commitments. Making time to pro…
  • Want More Influence In HR? Here Are 6 Ways To Achieve It

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    A company’s greatest asset is its employees, the HUMANS that work every day to drive the business forward. As such, human resources professionals are those best qualified to manage, strategise and advise on best practices where human capital is concerned. But how can HR gain the influence within the business that they deserve? 1) Know your audience and be prepared to speak their language In order to be heard in HR you need to know your audience and what makes them take notice and listen. In many cases this will be the financial impact of what you’re proposing, but it could also be…
  • 5 Essential Google+ Communities For HR Professionals

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Google+ is an underused and often overlooked resource for inspiration, news and communication. One of the great features of the platform is it’s lively communities which cater for every topic under the sun. below are 5 such communities that are particularly useful for the HR professional. Social Recruiting This is a community for recruiters – in house or agency, hiring manager or HR. TalentCulture – World of Work An open online community of talent-minded professionals devoted to advancing the World of Work, Recruiting, HR Tech, Social Learning, Building Leaders and…
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    Anywhere Pad » Articles

  • Anywhere Pad Featured in The Edge Singapore

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

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

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

    Alexandrea Roman
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:24 pm
    A board package is more than just a compilation of documents; it is a catalyst for knowledge transfer and discussion in a board meeting. But because there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to putting together a board package, different organisations follow their own processes. However, some practices are effective, while others are mistakes. Is your organisation guilty of committing the latter? Here are typical board package mistakes and why organisations should stop making them: 1. Using printed board packages or the wrong digital tools Some organisations still stick to paper-based…
  • What Your Board Book Solution Says About Your Organisation

    Alexandrea Roman
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:02 am
    When it comes to choosing a board book solution, organisations have four options: paper, homegrown system, third-party tools, and board portal software. You may not realise it, but your choice of a board book solution says a lot about your organisation, particularly about its attitude toward technology and its priorities. Does your organisation send the message you want it to send? Read on to find out. Delayed: Paper Organisations that still choose to use paper for their board meetings are seen as traditional. In certain situations, sticking to tradition is a positive thing, but not in this…
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    Blogging Ways

  • How to Use Free 3G Internet on Vodafone? Latest Trick 2014

    karan singh chauhan
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Are you looking for- Latest Vodafone 3G Trick to Use Free Internet ? Vodafone 3G Proxy trick 2013-2014 Free 3G/GPRS internet on Vodafone New Sims If Yes, then you all are at very right place, as today I am going to tell that. In this article, I am going to tell you How to Use [...]How to Use Free 3G Internet on Vodafone? Latest Trick 2014 is a post from: Blogging Ways
  • List of Top 10 Female Bloggers Blog in 2014

    karan singh chauhan
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Now a days Women’s are equally considered along with Men’s. They were treated as the key for success behind every men. Without Women’s (a wife, a daughter and a mother), world is no more exist. Therefore today’s post is all about Top Most Popular Female Bloggers in 2014 and their blogs. These are the best [...]List of Top 10 Female Bloggers Blog in 2014 is a post from: Blogging Ways
  • Top 10 Premium Blogger Blogspot Templates in 2014

    karan singh chauhan
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Looking for Top 10 Premium Blogger Templates 2014? or planning to run your own blog, consider Blogger as one of the platforms you should look into. Blogger is a popular blog-publishing service which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a sub-domain of Therefore today i am [...]Top 10 Premium Blogger Blogspot Templates in 2014 is a post from: Blogging Ways
  • 4 Things that Most of the People Hate in a Website

    karan singh chauhan
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:14 am
    Hello Friends! Hope you all are enjoying your day. Now I am here with a very interesting topic. This article is very useful for new bloggers. In this article you can learn some things that people will hate in a website. People do many mistakes in their websites and these mistakes decrease lots of visitors [...]4 Things that Most of the People Hate in a Website is a post from: Blogging Ways
  • Giveaway #1- Win 5 Single Site License of SEOPressor V5 Premium Plugin

    karan singh chauhan
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Its being great excitement here as today Blogging Ways going to announce its first free Giveaway of SEOPressor V5 plugin for his readers. Recently If you know that I have done a complete review on it and believe me it actually works. Hence this plugin consists of all SEO features till today. Therefore today I [...]Giveaway #1- Win 5 Single Site License of SEOPressor V5 Premium Plugin is a post from: Blogging Ways
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    Export Compliance Blog

  • Export Compliance Antagonist Dennis Rodman May Lose His BFF to a Pro Wrestler

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

    Lori Padley-Lee
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    What’s happening in European financial institutions? OFAC wants to know. There’s a lot of scrutiny facing European financial institutions these days, leaving some to wonder why overseas banks are under such a large microscope – a microscope held by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The official answer according to The New York Times is that American banks typically avoid processing transactions with Iran, Sudan and other sanctioned nations. In general, financial institutions on this side of the pond are diligent about performing OFAC screening on potential clients,…
  • Only in the Movies: Export Compliance Gets a Hollywood Rewrite

    Lori Padley-Lee
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    A man-made menace to society? Not with the enforcement of export laws. Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen Transformers: Age of Extinction yet, you may want to delay reading this week’s blog! The summer blockbuster movie season is in full swing, with Transformers: Age of Extinction appearing at the top of the box office standings over the Fourth of July weekend. But while the film may be a crowd pleaser, it gets an “F” when it comes to export compliance authenticity. It’s not that any of the characters are dodging their Export Control Reform (ECR )reclassification obligations, or not…
  • OFAC Lenience? Don’t Bank on It

    Lori Padley-Lee
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Unless you have an extra $9 billion lying around, take care to avoid violating sanctions. French financial services company BNP Paribas, (named the fourth largest bank in the world by Bloomberg and Forbes), has set a record we’re certain they’d gladly relinquish to someone else if only they could. They’ve been ordered to pay a fine of nearly $9 billion over alleged U.S. sanctions violations (something that a Restricted or Denied Party Screening process combined with a country export license system could have prevented). The fine would amount to the largest penalty ever inflicted upon a…
  • What Do Deemed Export Violations and Social Media Have in Common?

    Lori Padley-Lee
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:33 am
    Using social media wisely can protect you from dangerous compliance missteps. Not long ago a teenager made news for throwing a party in his parents’ absence. What’s so newsworthy about that? He advertised the party on Twitter, and as a result an estimated 1500 to 2000 people showed up. The kids caused over $70,000 damage to the house (to be fair, it’s pretty tough to stand shoulder to shoulder with over a thousand people and not knock over a vase or two).  This young host learned a lesson about social media that every company with an online presence should keep in mind. Particularly…
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    P1 e-Social

  • 11 Tips to Tweet Properly

    P1 Buddy
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Twitter is not only for the young, tech-savvy kids; parents, businesses, and even politicians have hopped on the wagon to Twitter Town. Similar to cell phones, emails, and social marketing tools – you can only outrun Twitter for so long. As a beginner, you’ll find that Twitter uses cutesy names […] The post 11 Tips to Tweet Properly appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • 5 Ways To Protect Your Online Privacy

    P1 Buddy
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:31 pm
    The internet has become an essential need in our lives. We rely on the internet to connect with people via email and social media, we shop for clothes and search for information whenever we have access to the internet. Free public wifi has made it convenient and cheap for us […] The post 5 Ways To Protect Your Online Privacy appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Why Are Malaysians Obsessed With Selfies?

    P1 Buddy
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Selfies – we love them, we hate them, but we just can’t get away from them, especially in Asian countries! It has become one of the most popular social trends in Malaysia. Selfies are constantly in the news – as a way to raise money for charity (#nomakeupselfie), the inappropriate […] The post Why Are Malaysians Obsessed With Selfies? appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • 8 Entrepreneurship Lessons from P1′s CEO

    P1 Buddy
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:54 pm
    In late May, we had the chance to pick the brains of CC Puan, the CEO of P1, to get his take on entrepreneurship and what it takes to succeed. Here are the 8 lessons we learned from him. 1. Be passionate about what you do Deep in my heart, I’m […] The post 8 Entrepreneurship Lessons from P1′s CEO appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Top Ramadhan Buffet Places in Kuala Lumpur And Selangor

    P1 Buddy
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    The holy month of Ramadhan  is here, a special time for Muslims to reflect and renew. This month of Ramadhan marks the period of fasting, the cleansing of the mind and the body. Even for the non-Muslims in Malaysia, Ramadhan is an exciting time. Food, cultural and festive activities are offered […] The post Top Ramadhan Buffet Places in Kuala Lumpur And Selangor appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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