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  • If You Had or Have Breast Cancer, Can You Still Get Life Insurance? (Hint: You'll be Surprised!)

    AccuQuote Blog
    Byron Udell
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:10 am
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  There’s pink all over—in NFL games; on the streets; in the windows of buildings; and even in our office, where I’ve seen some pink streaks of hair (!).  I’m all for it.  If you read this blog, you know I feel strongly that Life Insurance Awareness Month (September), Long Term Care Awareness Month (right around the corner in November), and Disability Insurance Awareness Month (May) are very worthwhile initiatives, but they should not stop us from promoting and recognizing the importance of these vital products during the rest of the year as…
  • AWS Support Center Moves to AWS Management Console

    Amazon Web Services Blog
    Jeff Barr
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    We are moving the AWS Support Center in to the AWS Management Console in order to provide you with a better and more productive experience! You can now log on as a federated user and you can now manage your support cases more efficiently. Federated Access Support We recently gave you the ability to enable your users to sign in to the Console using SSO after authenticating themselves to your existing identity and authorization system. With today's launch, these users can now sign in to the Support Center with their existing (non-AWS) credentials. To learn how to set this up, read the…
  • No Tricks, Lots of Treats: Halloween Safety
    Sarah Layton
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Ah, Halloween. The time of the year to let your creativity and pop culture aptitude shine. In fact, our favorite unofficial mascot, Clarence Barton, went all in this year: Millions of us will take to the streets (er, sidewalks. Safety first!) to collect oodles of delicious treats. And most of us know some basic tips, like carrying a flashlight to stay visible and light your path. Whether you’re a Trick-or-Treater or a giver-of-treats, here are some key tips to remember this year: For the kiddos: Costumes: Use only flame-resistant costumes. Add reflective tape to costumes and…
  • 3 hotels where you can find sun — even in the winter

    On the Go with Amy
    Amy Graff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Anyone looking for some sun? Here are three hotels where you can soak up some rays, lie by the pool and get a tan even in the middle of winter.1) Best Western Fort Walton Beachfront, Fl.Could the decor in the lobby of this hotel be any cuter? The playful colors--flamingo pink, key lime pie green, ocean blue--recall those days in the 1960s when travelers were just discovering Florida's impossibly white beaches, turquoise waters, and fragrant orange groves. Better yet, this stylish property sits on a beach with sand that's like white sugar. 2) Best Western Beachside Inn, Santa Barbara,…
  • What Time Of Day Is Bigelow Tea Time?

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Bigelow Tea family firmly believes that any time―morning, noon or night―is tea time! Whether you like your tea as soon as you wake up in the morning, as an afternoon pick-me-up or just before you close your eyes at night … it’s all good! Enjoy your Bigelow Tea any hour of the day— just like @nicole_armeno who’s “forever drinking tea!” So let’s find out:  What time of day Is Bigelow Tea Time for you? What Time of Day is Tea Time for You? Photo by Linda Peall via
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • If You Had or Have Breast Cancer, Can You Still Get Life Insurance? (Hint: You'll be Surprised!)

    Byron Udell
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:10 am
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  There’s pink all over—in NFL games; on the streets; in the windows of buildings; and even in our office, where I’ve seen some pink streaks of hair (!).  I’m all for it.  If you read this blog, you know I feel strongly that Life Insurance Awareness Month (September), Long Term Care Awareness Month (right around the corner in November), and Disability Insurance Awareness Month (May) are very worthwhile initiatives, but they should not stop us from promoting and recognizing the importance of these vital products during the rest of the year as…
  • If You Don’t Think You Need Long Term Care Insurance, Think Again

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

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

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

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

  • AWS Support Center Moves to AWS Management Console

    Jeff Barr
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    We are moving the AWS Support Center in to the AWS Management Console in order to provide you with a better and more productive experience! You can now log on as a federated user and you can now manage your support cases more efficiently. Federated Access Support We recently gave you the ability to enable your users to sign in to the Console using SSO after authenticating themselves to your existing identity and authorization system. With today's launch, these users can now sign in to the Support Center with their existing (non-AWS) credentials. To learn how to set this up, read the…
  • New Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Add-In

    Jeff Barr
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Many enterprise-scale AWS customers also have a large collection of virtualized Windows servers on their premises. These customers are now moving all sorts of workloads to the Cloud and have been looking for a unified solution to their on-premises and cloud-based system management needs. Using multiple tools to accomplish the same basic tasks (monitoring, and controlling virtualized servers or instances) is inefficient and adds complexity to the development of solutions that use a combination of on-premises and cloud resources. New Add-In In order to allow this important customer base to…
  • New - Create Amazon WorkSpaces Golden Images

    Jeff Barr
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed desktop service in the Cloud. It allows administrators to provision cloud-based desktops that can be accessed from laptops (PC and Mac), tablets ( Kindle Fire, Android, and iPad), and zero client devices. Today we are making WorkSpaces even more flexible with the addition of a new image creation feature. Administrators can now create customized golden images for use within their organization. They can add additional applications, remove existing applications, and set configurations in order to provide their users with an environment that is appropriate for their…
  • AWS Week in Review - October 20, 2014

    Jeff Barr
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, October 20 We provided some options for Fast, Easy, Free Data Sync from RDS MySQL to Amazon Redshift. The AWS Java Blog published Part 2 of a series aimed at Introducing DynamoDB Document API. The AWS Windows and .NET Developer Blog kicked off a series of articles on Amazon DynamoDB with a look at the Low-Level APIs in the DynamoDB SDK. The Blog talked about Defending Against AWS Account Takeover Using ESP. A post on the ElasticBox Blog is Calling all AWS CloudFormation Users. Tuesday, October 21 We…
  • Multi-AZ Support / Auto Failover for Amazon ElastiCache for Redis

    Jeff Barr
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Like every AWS offering, Amazon ElastiCache started out simple and then grew in breadth and depth over time. Here's a brief recap of the most important milestones: August 2011 - Initial launch with support for the Memcached caching engine in one AWS Region. December 2011 - Expansion to four additional Regions. March 2012 - The first of several price reductions. April 2012 - Introduction of Reserved Cluster Nodes. November 2012 - Introduction of four additional types of Cache Nodes. September 2013 - Initial support for the Redis caching engine including Replication Groups with replicas for…
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  • No Tricks, Lots of Treats: Halloween Safety

    Sarah Layton
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Ah, Halloween. The time of the year to let your creativity and pop culture aptitude shine. In fact, our favorite unofficial mascot, Clarence Barton, went all in this year: Millions of us will take to the streets (er, sidewalks. Safety first!) to collect oodles of delicious treats. And most of us know some basic tips, like carrying a flashlight to stay visible and light your path. Whether you’re a Trick-or-Treater or a giver-of-treats, here are some key tips to remember this year: For the kiddos: Costumes: Use only flame-resistant costumes. Add reflective tape to costumes and…
  • What ProPublica and NPR Won’t Tell You About the Red Cross

    Laura Howe
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Laura Howe, Vice President, Public Relations ProPublica and NPR have been hyping their sensationalized attack on the Red Cross response to Superstorm Sandy, in distortion-filled stories that are the result of months of reporting that sought only to find negative information. Both of these pieces blatantly disregard the fact that hundreds of thousands of people who urgently needed our services were helped with food, water, shelter, supplies and other assistance. The results speak for themselves.  Our 17,000 Sandy workers – nearly all of them volunteers– served more than 17.5 million meals…
  • American Red Cross Responds to Inaccuracies in ProPublica and NPR Stories

    Laura Howe
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    This morning, NPR and ProPublica published stories detailing criticisms of the Red Cross response to Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac. The matrix below documents information provided to these news outlets that was omitted in their reporting.   Myth Fact The American Red Cross cares more about its image and reputation than providing service to those in need. Our mission is to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies, and that alone is what guided our service delivery decisions during Sandy and during every emergency.  With the help of our donors and 17,000 workers – 90% of whom…
  • 2 Minute Fire Drill: Can You Escape?

    Sarah Layton
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    120 seconds. Two minutes. That’s how much time fire experts agree that you may have to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. The Johnson family has the drill down: Did you catch everything they did? Make a fire escape plan with two exits out of every room. Practice your fire escape plan twice a year. Feel closed doors. If  the door is hot, use your second way out. Help family members safely exit to your meeting place. Go to your outside meeting place, and then call for help. Remember to get out, stay out and call 9-1-1. Do the drill with your family and post your…
  • Special Thanks to Our Volunteers, Employees and Donors During Sandy

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

  • 3 hotels where you can find sun — even in the winter

    Amy Graff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Anyone looking for some sun? Here are three hotels where you can soak up some rays, lie by the pool and get a tan even in the middle of winter.1) Best Western Fort Walton Beachfront, Fl.Could the decor in the lobby of this hotel be any cuter? The playful colors--flamingo pink, key lime pie green, ocean blue--recall those days in the 1960s when travelers were just discovering Florida's impossibly white beaches, turquoise waters, and fragrant orange groves. Better yet, this stylish property sits on a beach with sand that's like white sugar. 2) Best Western Beachside Inn, Santa Barbara,…
  • The best DIY travel-themed Halloween costume ideas

    Amy Graff
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Are you a traveler at heart? Show off your true passion on Halloween by putting together a travel-themed Halloween costume. We've tracked down some of the most fun and clever ideas for you and they're all costumes that you can put together yourself. Just as you have to plan ahead for your travels, you have to plan ahead for Halloween. Flight Attendant CostumeYou'll be flying high dressed as a flight attendant. (photography by Suzie Reecer)Inspired by the old-school Pan Am flight attendant uniforms, this costume requires a red or blue pencil skirt, white blouse, silk scarf, a smart pair of…
  • Fun and silly way to see San Francisco? Ride the Ducks!

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

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

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

  • What Time Of Day Is Bigelow Tea Time?

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Bigelow Tea family firmly believes that any time―morning, noon or night―is tea time! Whether you like your tea as soon as you wake up in the morning, as an afternoon pick-me-up or just before you close your eyes at night … it’s all good! Enjoy your Bigelow Tea any hour of the day— just like @nicole_armeno who’s “forever drinking tea!” So let’s find out:  What time of day Is Bigelow Tea Time for you? What Time of Day is Tea Time for You? Photo by Linda Peall via
  • Bigelow Tea Takes Notice Of Bindi Irwin’s Sweet Sixteen!

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    You have one guess to figure out what Bigelow Tea and Australian teen conservationist, Bindi Irwin, have in common … it’s tea, mate! It seems the sweet sixteen celebrated her milestone birthday on July 24 with a jungle-themed party at the Australian Zoo, some light reading, and a Chinese feast enjoyed with a traditional cup of tea.  Although the details of this mysterious cup have not been revealed, Bigelow Tea surmises it might have been a Chinese Oolong, a tea with mellow notes that complement Chinese cuisine. @SpoilSaffron tweets that it’s her favorite tea! The…
  • Enjoy Gobs of the Second Best Thing on Earth (After Bigelow Tea): Chocolate!

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Some things are just better together. Like Bogey and Bacall or Bey and Jay, tea and chocolate just work. Bigelow Tea’s two flavors that feature chocolate offer an unparalleled sensory experience—you might even say they’re sippalicious! Tomorrow, October 28, is National Chocolate Day, chocophiles everywhere will want to start sipping two exceptional Bigelow Tea chocolate and black tea blends: Chocolate Chai and White Chocolate Obsession. Chocolate Chai is a decadent treat with zero guilt. Add a splash of milk and sweetener and voila! Meet your new best friend. White…
  • How ‘Bout Them Apples? Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Apple Month

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

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

  • How to remove stains from polyester garments

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

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

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

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

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

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Google – aided in part by its ownership of the Android platform -- has perhaps the most expansive and far-reaching constellation of apps, with YouTube, Google Play, Google Search, Google Maps and Gmail all ranking among the top 15  mobile apps and all serving vastly different customer needs. Altogether, app constellations (defined here as a company with at least three apps) account for 13 of the top 15 mobile apps (Google with five, Facebook with three, Apple with two, Yahoo with two, and Amazon with one) and 22 of the top 50. Why are media companies increasingly pursuing the…
  • The 4 Ps of Marketing in a Digital World

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

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

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

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

  • Von Peking auf die Schwäbische Alb

    Amadeus Waldmann
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    Fünf Jahre für Daimler als “Manager Service Technical Support” in Peking sind vorbei und wir setzen unser Vorhaben mit einer Beiwagenmaschine der Marke Chang Jiang 750 von Peking zurück in unsere Heimat auf die Schwäbische Alb zu fahren um. Wir, das sind meine Frau Monika, unser 11 jähriger Sohn Rouven und ich. Unsere 16 jährige Tochter Tara nahm das Flugzeug, sie meinte, sie sei doch nicht verrückt sich das anzutun. Schwer bepackt machten wir uns Ende Juni von Peking aus auf den Weg. Wir hatten alles dabei: Zelt, Schlafsäcke, Therma Rest Matten, Hocker, Kocher,…
  • Gastbeitrag: Sponsoring? – Partnering!

    Michael Ilgner
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:58 am
    Der Weg nach Stuttgart-Untertürkheim ist für mich immer eine schöne Erinnerung an die eigene Zeit im Leistungssport. In den 90er Jahren habe ich in der Wasserball-Nationalmannschaft gespielt, und im ersten Jahr meines Wirtschaftsingenieur-Studiums an der Uni Karlsruhe eine Bundesligasaison auch beim SSV Esslingen. Im Winter haben die Heimspiele im Inselbad in Untertürkheim stattgefunden, und im Sommer viele Trainingseinheiten, auch mit der Nationalmannschaft in unmittelbarer Nähe zum heutigen Standort des Mercedes-Benz-Museum. Die Risiken des Sponsorings Dort habe ich vor kurzem an der…
  • Daimler by degree: My way to the trucks

    Michael Krummeich
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Getting up in the morning around 7, having a short shower, grabbing something to eat and heading to „Financing and Accounting“. I haven’t experienced this for almost 3 years now until I started my executive master program in Karlsruhe some weeks ago. But first things first. My name is Michael and I started working at Daimler in May 2012 after gaining my Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering earlier that same year. After graduating from university, I found myself in a complicated situation. The question was how to go on. There were just too many possibilities and things I was…
  • Von Finnen: Der Super-Truck “Highway Hero”

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

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

  • VSAN, VSAs and External Arrays

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    I had a bit of fun last week, commenting on Nigel Poulton’s blog post discussing this topic, among others.  What I really enjoyed was the polite but vivacious discussion that emerged in the comments. For the most part, people were disagreeing without being disagreeable.  How civil. That being said, I tend to reflect on things after the fact.  I came to the conclusion that it was an incomplete discussion on several levels.   If you’re not into storage stuff, perhaps this would be a good post to skip.  A friendly reminder: everything in this blog represents my…
  • Everything OpenStack at EMC, in Paris.

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I’ll admit to being somewhat amused by the OpenStack Summit planning call earlier today (At time of writing) because it’s possibly the smallest EMC event presence I’ve seen in a while. And that’s a good thing. Raise the Jolly Roger! Us brave few are sailing out from under the long corporate shadow and doing this guerrilla style. EMC has been making contributions to OpenStack since 2013 and is a core contributor to Cinder and Manila but Paris will reflect an escalation of community involvement over time. And hey, if I can use it as a lever to get deeper involvement with Free and open…
  • Hybridicity

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    OK, I’m a sucker for cool words. Especially when they neatly summarize a very complex and nuanced discussion.  I heard this one being used at one of our internal VMware meetings, and it rang like a bell in my brain.  I’ll reserve the right to give credit where credit is due when I track down the original source. Hybrid — as in hybrid clouds. “-icity” — a measure of degree, as in “elasticity”. Hybridicity: a measure of just how hybrid is a particular cloud computing environment.  In this context, more hybridicity is better than less hybridicity. If we’re…
  • Cloud Trifecta!

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Big news today – Cloudscaling, Maginatics, Spanning join the EMC family.   What’s the story behind each of these? I’m going to hit each of these in a seperate post to avoid making you all suffer more than usual from “Chad Verbose Blog Syndrome” (CVBS can cause serious eye-bleeding). There is a theme that links these: we are dead serious about all forms of cloud models, and investing to win – organically and inorganically. A short list of what we’re doing (some also called out today beyond the 3 cloud acquisitions): Investing in Cloud Foundry @ Pivotal – leading the PaaS wave…
  • Why Cloudscaling, and why now?

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Welcome to my Cloudscaling brothers and sisters?  So – this post will be about “Why Cloudscaling” and “Why now?”. Clearly – there is a real and growing model where customers are looking at different ways of building clouds.   I don’t entirely agree with all the points Randy Bias’ post here ( – but I agree with his main point – that we’re a good match. I **DO** think that there is a legitimate cloud model which is self-service, fully automated infrastructure on vSphere.   Heck – I think I can…
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    Fandango Movie News

  • News Briefs: The Tough Cookies in 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'; Cool 'Ex Machina' Trailer

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 best seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will make its way to the big screen next year, and with filming underway, the first official photo has been released. Striking a pose to make Jane Austen proud are Lily James (who describes her character as "a badass warrior"), Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Bella Heathcote and Suki Waterhouse. []   Steve Jobs Movie: Seth Rogen (above, in Neighbors) is in...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Costumes Inspired by This Year's Family Films

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Getting the family outfitted for Halloween? There’s plenty of costume inspiration to be found in this year’s crop of family films. Check out these six sources of great ideas for all ages. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: This adorable foil turkey pan will have your hero in a half-shell clamoring for more candy and pizza. Thanks to Crafts by Courtney for this super tutorial on everyone’s favorite mutant green reptiles!   The Lego Movie: This movie roared into...Read MoreRead Comments
  • News Briefs: Michael Bay Ready to Go to War; First, Spectacular 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' TV Spots

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    13 Hours: Michael Bay is in negotiations to direct 13 Hours, based on the 2012 terrorist attack in Beghazi, Libya that left the U.S. ambassador dead. Chuck Hogan adapted the book by Mitchell Zuckoff; the film focus on six members of a security team that fought to defend civilians at an American military compound. [The Hollywood Reporter]   Robopocalypse: Back in January 2013, Steven Spielberg decided to put the brakes on his planned production of sci-fi action movie...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Come with Us if You Want to See the First 'Terminator: Genisys' Images (Updated w/New Pics)

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Update: EW has released a few more images and storyboards from the film, which have been added below.       Obviously these two magazine covers are not actual stills from the movie. They're from an Entertainment Weekly promo piece dedicated to the movie, and maybe when it hits newstands this week it'll have some actual stills inside it. But even if it doesn't, this is the first exposure mainstream media is going to have to a...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Watch: Daniel Radcliffe Twists His Tongue Around a Famous '90s Rap Song

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Daniel Radcliffe is out promoting his new horror film – an adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel Horns – so it’s only natural that the actor wound up on The Tonight Show alongside host Jimmy Fallon. It’s also only natural that Fallon had something more than just a standard interview in store for the Harry Potter star, which you’ll see in the clip below. As it turns out, Radcliffe has an appreciation for lyrically complex hip-hop, revealing that he likes to...Read MoreRead Comments
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  • Halloween gift tag clip

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

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

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

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

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

  • Flying Aviation Expo: Parade of Planes!

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The first day of the FLYING Aviation Expo has been busy and buzzing with excitement so far and we’re only getting started! The weather in Palm Springs is perfect, (sunny and 85 degrees!) which is ideal for a weekend fly-in! The show kicked off yesterday with the “Parade of Planes,” where participating aircraft that have flown into the Palm Sprigs International Airport, taxiied from the airport, down the city streets (which are closed of course!) to the Palm Springs Convention Center. They’re on static display until Sunday afternoon, where the parade is then reversed so aircraft can…
  • #StepMore: Challenge #11

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Challenge #11: Instead of driving somewhere, walk. Take a selfie of you at your final walking destination and use hashtag #StepMore.    Rules:
  • Visit Garmin at the First Flying Aviation Expo

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The first day of the FLYING Aviation Expo in Palm Springs, California begins tomorrow and Garmin couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this inaugural event. Hundreds of airplanes are slated to fly-in for this unique, 3-day event, which runs through Sunday and features a series of seminars and events all focused around general aviation. Garmin is excited to be there showcasing the latest we have to offer in avionics and to answer any questions you might have regarding current or existing avionics in your aircraft. Looking to upgrade your aircraft to comply with ADS-B? We have several…
  • #StepMore: Challenge #10

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Challenge #10: Don’t forget to work out your calves today. Run the steps outside or in your house 10 times, take a selfie of how many steps you have and use hashtag #StepMore.   Rules:
  • Hike it Baby-and the HIB 30 Challenge

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Hike it Baby: Changing the world one little hike at a time. What is it, you ask? Hike it Baby is a new Mom (and Dad) group focused on getting women outside and active as quickly as possible.  "We believe that our world would be a better place if all parents stepped outside at least once a week for a walk in nature with their new baby," said Shanti, founder of Hike it Baby. "It’s Hike it Baby’s goal to support you and your family in doing that. We promise to provide a minimum of ONE HIKE PER WEEK throughout the cities we are located in rain or shine…
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    GE Global Research

  • Staying on Track for a Career in R&D

    Kristen Brosnan
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Last year I had a wonderful opportunity to give an invited talk at MS&T 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on staying on track in a career as a female scientist in an R&D environment. First of all, one of the amazing things about this talk was that the audience was the highest female-to-male ratio I have EVER seen in a technical meeting in materials science.  I was really impressed on how engaging the (mostly female) audience was and how eager they were to know what it is really like to work in R&D. Since then, I have presented on this topic – most recently on a visit to the…
  • PET Imaging: An Emerging Tool in the Fight Against Cancer

    Matt Webster
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    As breast cancer awareness month wraps up, it’s a fitting time to take pause and think about all those whose lives have been affected by this life-threatening disease. And, it’s also a time to look forward. Technology is constantly improving, and with it, breast cancer survival rates. Today, doctors are armed with more weapons than ever before, enabling faster, more accurate diagnosis and improved treatment options. For decades, x-ray mammography has been the standard for breast cancer imaging. In fact, GE Healthcare recently obtained approval to market 3D digital mammography systems in…
  • Imaging the Brain in Real-Time with a PET-Enabled “Helmet-Cam”

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

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

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

    GM FastLane
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Can’t make it to the SEMA Show and want the inside track on what Chevrolet has cooking this year? FastLane and The have you covered with all the Chevrolet SEMA news you can handle starting Monday night, before the doors to the show even open! Chevrolet will be hosting their annual SEMA media reception on Monday evening and you can watch the whole thing right from your laptop or mobile device. The reception live stream is set to kick off at 9:30 p.m. EST / 6:30 p.m. PST on Monday, Nov. 3 and can be viewed right here. Since the show is not open to the public, this is your ticket to…
  • Kicking a ’53 Chevy Into Gear

    GM FastLane
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    I am a high school teacher with a passion for classic vehicles and a goal to share that passion with my auto club students. I recently purchased a 1953 Chevrolet Pickup Truck for our student’s auto club to restore. I purchased the truck with my own money, but we’ll need a few more things in order to restore the vehicle to its original condition. Our goal is to restore this beautiful classic truck to its original glory. Not only is this a fun project for the students, but it also provides a lot of educational value. The students are engaging in project-based learning. They’ll work…
  • Bats, Batteries and Bowling Green: How Chevy Might Help #SavetheBats

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Scared of bats? Fair enough. But did you know just one bat eats up to 5,000 insects a night? More bats equals less mosquitos buzzing around your head. And less pesticides needed on our fruits and veggies to fend off those buggers. These furry friends provide necessary protection to our ecosystem. Unfortunately, a deadly fungus is killing them at a fast rate. Bats with white-nose syndrome act abnormally and wake from hibernation too frequently, leading to death. The little brown bat—once the most common bat in North America—is actually being considered for protection under the U.S.
  • Service in Action

    GM FastLane
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    After three months of hard work, the first class of General Motors’ Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician Training Program graduated this week. As part of the Army’s program “Soldier For Life,” Shifting Gears provided the training and skills necessary for veterans to become certified GM service technicians. The 12-week course includes classroom, online and hands-on technical training. Participants also receive career counseling, job-placement recommendations, and priority access to available GM service technician employment opportunities through GM’s authorized dealer network. The…
  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know Your OnStar Advisor Could Do

    GM FastLane
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Most people have a general notion of what an OnStar advisor can do when called upon by a customer. Asking for directions, for example, is a request advisors get more than five million times every month. On-Demand Vehicle Diagnostic checks, Emergency Services and general questions about a customer’s vehicle or account are also common requests. Yet, OnStar advisors have also helped in a lot of uncommon situations, which may not be top of mind for subscribers. Below are some of the lesser known use-cases where an OnStar assist can be very helpful: -          Pet Problems: If your…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Through the Google lens: search trends October 23-30

    Emily Wood
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Grab some candy corn and a caramel apple and settle in for a look back at another week in search trends:Time for trick or treatingWith today’s Halloween holiday, people are turning to the web to look for last-minute costumes and pumpkin-carving tips. Top costume searches include Elsa from Frozen, Anna from Frozen, Olaf from Frozen (people can’t just let it go, can they?) and Maleficent. Whether you’re trick-or-treating or not, get the most out of the twilight hours tonight—Daylight Savings Time comes to an end on Sunday, which means it will be getting darker earlier. At least you get…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends October 17-23

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

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

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

    Emily Wood
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Diet secrets from Zach Galifianakis, and cord cutting from a cable company?! Here's a look at another topsy-turvy week in search.A cast of charactersSearch will always have its fair share of characters and this week was no different. First up, moviegoers learned who’s next in line for Hollywood’s superhero treatment when Ezra Miller, star of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, landed the title role in the 2018 film The Flash. And whispers are swirling in Tinseltown that Gal Gadot's already impressive resume—she’s set to play the world’s most famous Amazonian, Wonder Woman—will soon…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • History and all its grisly facts are worth more than the illusion of memory | Jonathan Jones

    Jonathan Jones
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Cameron is wrong. Poppies muffle the truth about world war oneIn 1924 the German artist Otto Dix depicted a skull, lying on the ground, a home to worms. They crawl out of its eye sockets, nasal opening and mouth, and wriggle among patches of hair and a black moustache or are they growths of grass? that still cling to the raw bone.This horror comes from Der Krieg, a series of etchings in which Dix recorded his memories of fighting in the first world war. He was a machine gunner at the Somme, among other battles, and won the Iron Cross, second class. But he remembered it all as pure horror, as…
  • Scottish Labour: how the mighty are fallen | Diane Abbott

    Diane Abbott
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Its not for me to judge whats gone wrong. But assumptions about seemingly imperishable traditions have taken their tollFor an English MP the recent calamitous polling results on the Scottish Labour party are extraordinary. One poll indicated that Labour might hold on to only four seats in Scotland. One can only observe how are the mighty fallen!When I entered parliament in the late 1980s, the Scottish group of Labour MPs was a powerhouse. This was partly because there were so many of them. Scots were one of the largest single regional groups of Labour MPs. They were certainly the most…
  • The Guardian view on Fiona Woolf and the child sex abuse inquiry | Editorial

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    The government now faces the difficult task of finding an acceptable figure to head the inquiry, but it should also redraw the impossibly far-ranging terms of referenceThe home secretarys all-embracing inquiry into historical child sex abuse has become a humiliating shambles. To lose Fiona Woolf, the second inquiry chair forced out before it has even started, is a disaster. Theresa May must get a grip on the idea that this is an inquiry into establishment and institutional failings. It cannot be led by someone from an establishment background. She should accept the resignation of Mrs Woolf…
  • The Guardian view on the effectiveness of British foreign aid: a sharper focus on everyday corruption | Editorial

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Poor people in underdeveloped countries suffer from endless petty corruption. British aid programmes should be redesigned to make this less likely, even if this offends governmentsLocal communities in Nepal have for more than a decade benefited from a British-funded support programme which allowed them to implement their own projects for schools, bridges and other needs in a way combining democratic participation with spending procedures that limited opportunities for corruption. It was a success story for British foreign aid, which surely pointed toward an expansion of the scheme. Instead…
  • If I were king for a day, Id end the blight of poverty | Kwame Kwei-Armah

    Kwame Kwei-Armah
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Whether it be the relative first-world kind, or the absolute developing-world kind, poverty is a shameful stain on our common humanityAbsolute power for a day. Really? Only one? OK, ban racism? Ban white privilege? Ban excruciatingly long medical adverts on American television? Ah, I have it, ban emails! But can a day really change anything? Would the next day not bring the banned item back with a bloody vengeance? Whatever, the chance to get in the way of anything destructive for no matter how short a period has to be worth it, right?Over the past few years I have found my virulent hate…
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    Hu' Blog

  • High Speed Backup and Restore for Databases

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

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

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

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

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

  • Intel Pocket Avatars Just Got Chattier

    Marcia Hansen
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The selfie, animated emoticons, Facebook timelines, Pinterest boards and Tumblrs are just the tip of the self-expression explosion, which is making content creators out of us all. But for those feeling creative but perhaps a little camera shy, Pocket Avatars offers a refreshing over-the-top free messaging alternative. The app enables people to chat with friends using animated 3D avatars, which serve as alter egos for those not in the mood, or right situation, to put their real face on the screen. Launched in the U.S. in June, the free app has expanded to more than 33 countries, added 35 new…
  • Behind the Scenes Video & Pictures From Maker Faire NYC

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

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

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

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

  • Supporting World Psoriasis Day

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Janssen proudly joins the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) and the global psoriasis community to recognize World Psoriasis Day. Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated disease that affects more than 125 million people globally, or nearly three percent of the world’s population. Not only do people have to live with the uncomfortable and painful red patches, known as plaques, all over their bodies in many instances, but they are also at an increased risk for a variety of serious conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression. As leaders in this…
  • Johnson & Johnson Supports Spirit Day

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

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

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

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

  • The Lenovo-Motorola Deal: 5 Things You Should Know

    Gavin O'Hara
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The deal is done—Motorola is now part of Lenovo. So what does it all mean? Here’s our take. 1. The new Motorola-fueled Lenovo will be a major player in the global smartphone industry. When we woke up today our company was suddenly the world’s #3 smartphone maker. Lenovo’s brief but proud history in smartphones gets a massive boost from adding the well-established Moto and—most importantly—nearly 3,500 new colleagues around the world. 2. Motorola and Lenovo have a shared history of innovation. Some would argue the key to Lenovo’s recent success has…
  • Lenovo and Motorola: The Marriage of Two Innovators

    Kristy Fair
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Guest blog by Jeff Meredith, VP Marketing and VP/GM Tablet BU, Lenovo Mobile Business Group. Today marks an historic milestone for Lenovo and Motorola. It’s the first of many in a transformative journey that will shape our industry. To say I’m excited by the possibilities of what we can achieve together, is truly an understatement. We will combine Lenovo’s strong heritage of innovation and design with Motorola’s visionary iconic brand to deliver products that change the way people connect and experience technology.  As an iconic brand, Motorola has been at the…
  • Doing More with Less: Server Density

    Tay Foster
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Everyone is tasked with doing more by using less these days. Budgets stay the same (or are cut!), but the amount of work to be done continues to grow. Those of us in the IT world are very familiar with this concept. We must accommodate more data, more users and more applications every day. But all is not lost! The new ThinkServer systems are here to help. With the latest generation of Intel Xeon E5 processors, our ThinkServer RD550 rack server is designed from the ground up to do more in less space. For example, with two quad-port 10GbE AnyFabric mezzanine cards and three dual-port 10GbE…
  • Top 10 Things to Do When You Get Your New PC

    Caroline Lalla
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team After buying your new PC or tablet, we know you can't wait to get it up and running. If you’re new to Lenovo or are getting used to a new device and the Windows 8.1 operating system, follow these 10 steps for a seamless experience. Everything listed below can also be done directly through the Lenovo Companion app, which is preloaded on all Lenovo Windows 8.1 devices, so be sure to go there first! 1.  Get to Know Your New PC Lenovo Companion will be your go-to app for everything…
  • Why Did the Elephant Cross the Road?

    Andrew Jeffries
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Is it due to an ancient migratory instinct? Or perhaps to find tasty acacia leaves? Neither. It’s to find a better big data solution! This week, Lenovo is featuring an impressive Hadoop SQL demonstration at the IBM Insight event in Las Vegas, highlighting massive sequential query performance with IBM BigInsights analytics deployed on powerful, agile yet cost-effective System x3650 and System x3550 clusters. Migrate over to booth #406 and check out Lenovo’s validated solution and reference architecture for analyzing unstructured and structured data in an Apache Hadoop environment.
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • LinkedIn’s Q3 2014 Earnings

    Steve Sordello
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: We’d like to share with you the announcement related to our 2014 third quarter earnings. We’ll also be providing updates from the earnings call on StockTwits starting at 2pm Pacific Time today. Today, we reported our financial results for the third quarter 2014. LinkedIn demonstrated strength in the third quarter, leveraging the scale created by our member network to deliver growth across all three product lines. Revenue for the third quarter was $568 million, an increase of 45% compared to $393 million in the third quarter of 2013. Net loss attributable to common…
  • Map Your Professional Journey with SlideShare

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

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

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

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

  • Happy National Book Month!

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

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

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

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

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

  • From Comic Books to Content Studios

    Marriott on the Move
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    1967 comic book featuring instructions on how to make a jello mold. It all began in the late 1960’s when we published comic books for customers to read in our Hot Shoppes restaurants. We had celebrity articles on personalities like Sally Field, who was starring in “The Flying Nun.” You...
  • Thanks for Thank-You Notes

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

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

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

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

  • Why is the FAT driver called FASTFAT? Why would anybody ever write SLOWFAT?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Anon is interested in why the FAT driver is called FASTFAT.SYS. "Was there an earlier slower FAT driver? What could you possibly get so wrong with a FAT implementation that it needed to be chucked out?" The old FAT driver probably had a boring name like, um, FAT.SYS. At some point, somebody decided to write a newer, faster one, so they called it FASTFAT. And the name stuck. As for what you could possibly get so wrong with a FAT implementation that it needed to be improved: Remember that circumstances change over time. A design that works well under one set of conditions may start to buckle…
  • The contents of the Start page are not programmatically accessible

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A customer wanted to know if is possible for an application to edit the user's Start page. No, there is no interface for editing the user's Start page or even knowing what is on it. The Start page is the user's personal space and applications should not be messing with it. Imagine if it were possible. Every application would edit the Start page to put themselves at the front! It turns out that the customer wanted their application to make some changes to the user's Start page when it was installed. Specifically, they wanted to hunt down tiles belonging to their competitors and delete them,…
  • A question about preventing the system from going to the idle state turns out to be misguided

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A customer asked how they could have their program prevent the system from going to the idle state. Specifically, when the system goes idle, the application gets into a weird state where it starts leaking memory like crazy. The program normally uses around 100MB of memory, but when the system goes idle, something funky happens and the program's memory usage shoots up to 4GB. To avoid this problem, they want to prevent the system from entering the idle state. Now, if your application is a special-purpose program running on a dedicated computer, then blocking the entry into the idle state might…
  • Enumerating the ways of distributing n balls into k boxes

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Suppose you had n indistinguishable balls and k distinguishable boxes. Enumerate the ways of distributing the balls into boxes. Some boxes may be empty. We can represent each distribution in the form of n stars and k − 1 vertical lines. The stars represent balls, and the vertical lines divide the balls into boxes. For example, here are the possible distributions for n = 3, k = 3: 3+0+0 2+1+0 2+0+1 1+2+0 1+1+1 1+0+2 0+3+0 0+2+1 0+1+2 0+0+3 This visualization is known in combinatorics circles as stars and bars. From this visualization, we see that what we are doing is taking n + k −…
  • Debugging a hang: Chasing the wait chain inside a process

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

  • Internet of Things— Superfood for your Business

    Kem Butller-Oracle
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    By Ward Quarles - JD Edwards Director Popeye is depicted as capable of creating solutions to problems that everyone else thought were insurmountable. After consuming his superfood, spinach, solutions were possible because of his superhuman strength.  Will the Internet of Things become superfood to our businesses? The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next frontier in technology and business development.JD Edwards customers are exploring IoT technologies that allow them to capture, transmit and analyze an unprecedented amount of data, much of which was trapped in their ERP systems. More…
  • Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux will be Featured at Dell World 2014

    Zeynep Koch
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Happy Halloween everyone!   This year, like in the past, Oracle Linux is featured in DellWorld at Austin, Texas, November 4-6. There are two Breakout Sessions and Oracle Stand you can visit to get more information about the Dell Integrated Systems with Oracle Databases (DISOD) based on Oracle Linux. Session MT11: Lowering the cost via appliances and Dell engineered solutions  How can you lower your total solution costs, improve performance and availability and reduce maintenance for your Oracle workloads? Come learn about Dell server and storage engineered solutions and new…
  • Multiple vulnerabilities in Bash

    Ritwik Ghoshal
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    CVE DescriptionCVSSv2 Base ScoreComponentProduct and Resolution CVE-2014-6271 OS Command Injections vulnerability 10.0 Bash Solaris 11.2 Solaris 10 SPARC: 126546-07 X86: 126547-07 Solaris 9 SPARC: 149079-03 X86: 149080-02 Solaris 8 SPARC: 150512-01 X86: 150513-01 CVE-2014-6277 OS Command Injections vulnerability 10.0 CVE-2014-6278 OS Command Injections vulnerability 10.0 CVE-2014-7169 OS Command Injections vulnerability 10.0 CVE-2014-7186 Buffer Errors vulnerability 10.0 CVE-2014-7187 Buffer Errors vulnerability 10.0 Note: Solaris 11.1 and Solaris 11 customers are recommended to…
  • Friday Spotlight: Managing Oracle VM 3.3 from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

    Honglin Su
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    In the previous blog, we announced that the new virtualization plug-in ( for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control was available. With the latest virtualization plug-in update, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c works seamlessly with Oracle VM Manager 3.3. In today's blog, Daniel Ritzman, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, covers how to use the new plug-in to enable Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to manage an Oracle VM 3.3 installation. There are two ways to acquire the latest plug-in versions. You can download the plug-in from OTN or use…
  • Best of OTN - Week of October 26th

    CassandraClark -Oracle
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Java Community - Your spooky pirate, Tori Wieldt, OTN SR. Java Community Manager JavaOne sessions available - This year at JavaOne we captured video of some of the biggest sessions. For the rest of the sessions we captured the audio and synched it with the presentation deck. We'll be rolling out sessions every couple of weeks, so check back often for the latest content and follow the JavaOneConf twitter handle for announcements.Java SE 8 on - With the release of Java SE 8 Update 25, the Java SE 8 runtime is now available on as the default JRE for end-users. New Java…
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Dirtbag Diaries: Tales of Terror Vol. 5

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    By Fitz & Becca Cahall Ghost stories. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, ghost stories have a way of seeping into your mind. And, if they're really good, suddenly, that soft rapping on the window or the flickering lights become more ominous--like we've primed out minds to seek another explanation. In part, that's the fun of ghost stories. But how do we explain those things we had no intention of seeing? Our Tales of Terror winners, Justin Gero and Melina Coogan, present tales of seeing something they really, really didn't want to. Listen to "Tales of Terror Vol. 5" by The Dirtbag…
  • Lowdown on Down: Patagonia introduces 100% Traceable Down

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    From this season (fall 2014) forward, all Patagonia down products contain only 100% Traceable Down. This means all of the down in all of our down products can be traced back to birds that were never force-fed and never live-plucked—we never blend with down we can't trace. The Traceable Down Standard provides the highest assurance of animal welfare in the apparel industry. We began working in 2007 to achieve this, and are the only brand to have done so. Artwork: Geoff McFetridge This is a proud milestone for us. Longtime Cleanest Line readers will recall our first post on this issue,…
  • Benefit Corporation update: Patagonia Passes B Impact Assessment, Improves Score to 116

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

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

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

  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: Safety Tips for Hallowe'en Driving

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Tomorrow night is Hallowe'en and the streets will be full of kids seeking the ultimate score - candy! These kids will be high on sugar. They will be running around excitedly. And even though we all know that...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Monthly Poll: Do you "trick out" your car for Hallowe'en?

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

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

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock It's October. I know you don't want to think about it .. neither do I. It was just yesterday we were enjoying a BBQ party out on the patio. But it's time to face reality ... winter is...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
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    Open Mike

  • Ebola: Lessons from the 2001 Anthrax Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

  • Don’t Be Afraid of Your Data

    Adam Breakey
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Happy Halloween!! It’s spooky out there today – with gules, goblins and ghosts roaming about. Moreover, it’s even spookier inside the offices of many marketers, as they’re trying to wrap up their data analysis before hitting the candy. One of the horrors of data analysis is getting a clear picture of your operations, especially when your data analysis software has to access data residing in fragmented silos across your organization. And this is a critical issue for many marketers. Marketing analysts, sales operations, customer support teams and ISVs struggle to access, combine,…
  • BYOD is on the Rise

    Paul Nashawaty
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Paul Nashawaty, Senior PaaS Strategist, Progress Pacific and Modulus The acronym BYOD gets thrown around a lot these days and, no, it doesn’t have anything to do with alcohol. “Bring Your Own Device” refers to a growing trend where workers use their own smartphones, tablets, and computers to get work done rather than the devices provided by their workplace. this is already happening, oftentimes without the employer’s knowledge. BYOD could be seen as a security threat to some organizations, but a properly implemented BYOD policy including protection against data leaks could be a major…
  • New CMO Melissa Puls Talks About What Concerns CMO’s Today and Shares Her Recipe For Lead Generation

    Christina Pizzella
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Last week we announced that our new CMO, Melissa Puls, had officially joined the Progress team. Here’s a Q&A with Melissa about her first impressions of the organization, her recipe for lead generation. Progress Exchange ‘14 was your first experience of the show. What surprised you the most about the event? I was blown away by the loyalty of the Progress customer and partner base. During Jerry Rulli’s keynote he asked participants to stand up if they’d been with Progress for 15 years and nearly half of the room stood up! The energy and enthusiasm was palpable, and I was struck by…
  • Increasing Restaurant Profitability with Progress

    Christina Pizzella
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Franchise Technologies, a leading provider of POS software systems and a Progress Partner for over 20 years, is making the Quick Serve Restaurant industry more efficient and cost effective by using Progress Rollbase, Modulus and OpenEdge. In case you aren’t familiar with Franchise Technologies, they provide POS software integration and operations solutions to 35,000 licenses and over 3 million users in more than 15 countries around the world. The company’s ability to continuously adapt to change and capitalize on new opportunities has enabled it to differentiate its state-of-the-art…
  • Happy Halloween at YHack 2014!

    Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Eduardo Pelegri-Lopart, Developer Evangelist, Progress Software Don’t be scared…it’s just hacking! Do you want to spend a different type of Halloween weekend? Are you “close” to New Haven, CT?  Do you like to hack?  If you replied yes to these questions, come spend the weekend with us at YHack, at Yale University (Lux et veritas, and all of that…). Progress Software Sponsors YHack at Yale University The organizers are expecting over 1000 participants and Progress is one of the sponsors of the event.  Representing us will be our esteemed engineers Shelley Chase and…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Flashback Friday: Seafair

    Richard West
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Similar to the way AirTran Airways helped introduce Southwest to Atlanta in 2012, Morris Air paved the airway to the Pacific Northwest during the year following their becoming part of our family in late 1993. And, as part of that expansion, Seattle—the birthplace of our Boeings—became our 39th station when it landed on our route map in the summer of 1994. In addition to being home to some great coffee and music genres that put Seattle on the recording artist radar in the early ‘90s, it also has a rich heritage in both the nautical and aeronautical worlds.  To help celebrate this…
  • Who LUVs You—Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: The Great Halloween Costume Reveal!

    Millie Richter Tidwell
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Between the new livery, new international destinations, and the repeal of the Wright Amendment, it’s been a Hard Day’s Night of tedious work for Southwest Employees across the Company.  For years, we Let it Be, but with Fearless Leaders and A Little Help from our Friends, we decided to Come Together to accomplish these feats! Don’t Let Me Down, now is the time to Twist and Shout about these achievements.  Who better to lead the celebration than our own Fab Four who inspired us all to believe that All You Need is Love.  Give up All Your Loving for none other than Chairman, President,…
  • LUV Seat: Giving Back Globally

    Rachel Barry
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    This summer, Southwest Airlines announced the LUV Seat: Repurpose with purposeprogram, a global initiative to upcycle 43 acres of leather seat covers that were removed when we retrofitted our aircraft.  We knew we didn’t want to just discard it in a landfill or shred it, and thus, the LUV Seat journey began.  We called on Employees and Customers to help us find organizations that could turn the seats that once carried our Customers from place to place into beautiful new products, all while making a positive difference in the world.  We are proud to announce that our collaborators in the…
  • Going Green: Four Ways to Have a Green Halloween

    Victoria Campbell
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Halloween is this Friday, and we’re getting ready to have a spooky celebration!  In honor of our favorite holiday, we thought we’d share some green Halloween tips with you. What better way to celebrate the haunting holiday than with some ghoulishly green habits! Give green treats.  Instead of purchasing a bag of mass-produced candy, try giving out treats that are green-friendly, such as organic candy, which you can often find online.  You can also hand out small trinkets/gifts such as seed packs to trick-or-treaters. Buy natural décor.  Decorate your home with natural decorations…
  • Oh, The Places Southwest Has Taken Me

    Kelly Wurzbach
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    When my children were younger, I loved to read them Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.  Back then, I never imagined all the different places I’d go and opportunities I’d have by working at Southwest Airlines.  Most recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer with the Fireman Rob Foundation and help raise the spirits of sick children at Methodist Children’s Hospital. In February, my San Antonio Center Cohearts and I sold and delivered Valentine’s Day candy roses to raise money for the Fireman Rob Foundation, which uses this money to purchase and deliver Gund Teddy Bears to…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • Facebook highlights: What’s on the schedule at Turkey Hill!

    Turkey Hill Team
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Can you believe October is almost over and November (NOVEMBER!) is just a few days away? We can’t, especially with this beautiful weather we’ve been having here in Lancaster County lately. But crisp, fall weather will be here in no time, and we’re pretty excited about that, too.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fall recipes: Which of these two drinks would you choose?

    Turkey Hill Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Quick, name two beverages that are synonymous with fall. If you said “apple cider” or “anything pumpkin spiced,” you’re correct! We recently put our Organic Iced Teas to the test in our kitchen to see if we could create some tasty apple and pumpkin alternatives for autumn sipping. While most iced... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Recipe: Who’d like some dirt salad?

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

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

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

  • The stolen bike in Portland

    Steve Greenwood
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Portland is known as a bike-friendly city and many Portlanders even enjoy commuting to work by bike. Like other parts of the U. S., bikes came to Portland during the late 1800’s and took off after 1900 with the opening of cycle shops such as Fred T. Merrill’s Cycle Company and Ballou & Wright. Opening in 1901, Ballou & Wright sold bikes, motorcycles, and cars. The business was so successful that they expanded their operations by building a large warehouse that still stands today in the Pearl District.   Bicyclists in Portland (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) Early in their…
  • Where does your paper come from?

    Steven Greenstein
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    From the Wells Fargo Corporate Archives We use paper every day. Even in this digital world paper is still sometimes necessary for communication and business transactions. But before the computer era, everything had to be done on paper, calculations, business transactions, letters, checks, and a myriad of other things. But what exactly is that medium itself? How has it changed? Most paper today is made from wood pulp, but that isn’t the only source of paper. Many fibrous plants make good sources of paper, including its original form, papyrus. Old paper can also be used to create new paper,…
  • Discovering a Delaware anniversary

    Charles Riggs
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Alyssa Bentz, Wells Fargo Historian, is from Delaware; she grabbed this story from the inbox before any of of even saw it! All yours, Alyssa… (CR) Being a Delaware expatriate, imagine my surprise and delight when we serendipitously found a new story of Wells Fargo’s history in Delaware. It all started with a mislabeled picture. Historic pictures sometimes have names, dates, places, interesting anecdotes, and other notes scribbled on the back or margins. But sometimes, these notes are incorrect. A collector and friend of our department sent us a copy of this picture from his…
  • Here, there, everywhere

    Ryan Baum
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    As much as I love rich mountain scenery, with green forests and sky blue lakes, I am equally fascinated with desert scenery. What may appear as austere is actually filled with beauty, is where the hardiest have learned to survive. This past summer I took a family trip through Elko, Nevada. I had heard so much about it and its history: Connection with the Oregon Trail Situated along the Humboldt River, Nevada’s longest river A city formed by the passing of the transcontinental railroad The railroad pulled commerce away from the earlier central overland route of stagecoach and Pony Express in…
  • International Ad Help

    Anna Lucas Mayer
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the 1970s as Wells Fargo was expanding international business, prints ads featured our stagecoach in iconic landscapes on various continents. It was depicted in front of a foggy Tower Bridge in London and the Hong Kong skyline, as well as rolling past Mt. Fuji in Japan and Chichen Itza in Mexico. Wells Fargo International print advertisement, London, 1974 (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) Wells Fargo International print advertisement, Hong Kong, 1974 (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) Wells Fargo International print advertisement, Japan, 1974 (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) Wells Fargo…
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    DocuSign blogs

  • Every Legal Practice Needs Express Efficiency: Let’s take it to the Cloud

    Ryan Hutnick
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Contributed by Jason Gershenson, Attorney at Gershenson Law, LLC.  As an attorney and founder of Gershenson Law, I wholly believe in implementing any process that simplifies burdensome workflows. Clients are signing corporate documents, a lot is on the line. There is a potential for the next billion dollar company to be started and time is of the essence. Fortunately, there are tools readily available to save everyone time, money and worry over chasing down documents. Vital in my arsenal are Cloud based apps, such as Google Drive and DocuSign for Google Drive, a powerhouse combination of…
  • Your Digital Adoption Playbook: Facilitated Sanity for your Operations Team

    Raminder Singh
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post is installment 2 of our 6-part series: “Adoption Playbooks: Providing a deployment framework to maximize results.” Check back each week for the latest blog post authored by a member of our Customer Success Architect (CSA) team where we will share deployment best practices from real-world implementation experiences in the field.  We hope you will find these blog posts and the accompanying white papers insightful.  When it comes to work orders, you’ve probably heard this story before. Before kicking off a new project, you dance to this oldie, (that’s not goodie): nailing…
  • What's The One Thing That Can Block Success for Investors and Brokers ..

    Rob Cuningham
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Imagine a face-to-face meeting between an investor and his/her broker. In the middle of the table is a cluster of paperwork, choking this simple process for both the investor and their broker. Flash the perspective to the investor, who we’ll call Stephanie – who hopes her hard earned money will build and increase over time. Stephanie is sitting across from her broker, so signing any accompanied paperwork isn’t an issue. However, keep in mind that this backdrop is imagined. In the real world, Stephanie travels for work and is never in the same place for more than a few days.  What will…
  • The Latest from TechEd Europe: The Sleekest Features that Boost More Productivity for Office 365 & DocuSign Users

    Jamie Bothwell
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    This week in Barcelona Spain, the Office 365 team announced several new ways for developers to tap into the power of the Office 365 platform to offer more value and tools to customers. The announcements were revealed at Microsoft's TechEd Europe conference, and we are honored to be included in the excitement as a launch partner.   DocuSign and Microsoft announced a long-term, strategic partnership to bring DocuSign's industry-leading eSignature and DTM solutions to the more than 1 billion Office users around the globe. Since then, the DocuSign team has been working hand-in-hand with the…
  • Cloud = Collaboration: An Interview with Brent Frei, Co-Founder and CMO of Smartsheet

    Mat Rider
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Smartsheet redefines collaboration and workflow management with its enterprise-ready cloud app. Just take the classic spreadsheet and mix in the features that pack a punch, like file-sharing, real-time collaboration, and work automation, make it a powerful tool for coordinating anything. Smartsheet partnered with DocuSign to provide an integration that extends project workflows, making it easy to plan, track and manage projects that require approvals and signatures. We recently sat down with Brent Frei, one of the co-founders and CMO of Smartsheet to get a pulse on his take on the Cloud and…
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  • Why RB Inspires Me to Look for Something More

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Diversity. Risk. Achievement. Game-changer. Street-smart. Celebrate. These are the words that when coined together, define my experience at RB. Assume if every person at work was exactly alike  – if they talked the same, acted the same, had the same tasks to do and, most significant of all, if they all had the same routine everyday! The workplace would be extremely dull! With no enriched variety, there would almost be no point working.   They are not kidding when they say ‘You’ll be thrown in the deep end’, because that’s what it feels like initially, but this prior…
  • My Learning Experience at RB So Far

    Lauretta P
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Hi, I’m Lauretta! After the completion of my Bsc in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2012, I joined RB Nigeria as a Management Trainee (MT). I was asked to share my experience as an MT and I thought I could also share it here to encourage anyone seeking to build a career with RB.   What I’ve been doing on my training program As part of my training program in RB Nigeria, I have been exposed to various departments: production, procurement, planning, and operations excellence (OPEX). I also had trade visits to understand the Sales function. Right from my first month, I…
  • Why RB Was the Right Company for My First Internship

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

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

    14 Jan 2014 | 2:07 am
    Last week, because I am a fairly young RB employee, I had the chance to participate in the international research event on the subject of  ‘Labour values of the youth and developing young talents in company management’, held by the Higher School of Economics in partnership with Oxford CLS Campus. The study’s purpose is to identify which values of younger workers should be taken into account when developing programmes for selection, orientation and retention of young prospective employees. It also hopes to understand what tools and programs could help HR to balance the interests of…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • Is cloud networking a head-scratcher?

    Rene Dufrene
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Today I took Google for a spin and searched the term “cloud computing.” As expected, the phrase appeared a lot — nearly one million times in search in the past 24 hours. When I then searched for “cloud networking,” the term appeared only about 400 times in the last 24 hours. While my experiment is informal, it certainly demonstrates that the phrase “cloud computing” has mindshare among those researching services to solve their technology challenges, while the phrase “cloud networking” is far less top-of-mind. This continues to be a bit of a head-scratcher to me. Here’s…
  • California court ruling changes BYOD landscape

    Curlis Phillip
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    A recent court ruling by the California Court of Appeal creates yet another headache for organizations implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. The Court of Appeal in Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service stated, “We hold that when employees must use their personal cellphones for work-related calls, Labor Code section 2802 requires the employer to reimburse them.” This case only covers telephone calls. But personal data and apps, as well as home WiFi use for work-related activities, may be soon to follow. According to a recent ABI Research blog on the ruling by analyst, Dan…
  • Connectivity-wise, where do you stand?

    Mike Gillespie
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    As a consumer products company, it’s vital that you deliver on your brand promise every day to earn and maintain the trust, repeat business, and loyalty of your customers. It’s also important to continually innovate around the voice of your customer and to deliver a personal and consistent brand experience to each individual. Finally, the right product has to be on the right shelf, be it physical or virtual, at the right time — the time when they are ready to buy. Even as you connect with consumers while still trying to grow margin and share, reduce costs, and meet compliance…
  • Use AT&T Toggle to switch between accounts

    Mario Armstrong
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    With all of the boons to productivity offered by smart devices, for employees, it’s becoming increasingly harder for employees to separate work time from personal time. Checking email late at night and on the weekends used to mean you were an executive, but today many workers are expected to be on call, 24/7. How can businesses continue to support an economy where employees are able to be productive via smart devices all the time, but also keep those employees happy and satisfied with their work-life balances? A two-step program could be just what your smartphone rollout needs: 1.
  • Three reasons every business needs a managed Wi-Fi provider

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    We all do it – whether we’re checking emails, managing our banking, or watching our favorite TV show, we rely on almost constant Internet access wherever we are. These days, if you’re open to the public, you’re expected to provide fast, reliable Wi-Fi access. Without a technical team behind you, this can be a tough, time-consuming challenge. Join us for a live webinar on November 12 at 2:00 pm ET to hear from AT&T managed Wi-Fi lead product manager, Charlie Scott. He’ll show how managed public Wi-Fi services offer the 24/7 support and monitoring needed to provide highly…
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • Accounting and Business Data Come to Life

    Alan Hart
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    How a simple setup can empower your business decision-making process I recall consulting to a small manufacturing company (about 350 employees) a few years ago where I was tasked with setting up a reporting system and some fundamental internal control and internal audit functions.  The first thing that struck me was the incredible amount of data flowing out of the accounting system.  Just about any data residing in the accounting software database was accessible, either through standard reports or custom database queries.   Typically I see this in larger organizations with more…
  • A new way to look at IT budgeting

    Alan Hart
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Let’s look at both costs and benefits Of the many articles that are published on, one particularly got me to think about a popular topic I’ve had to deal with quite a bit in last 10-15 years, namely, Information Technology Budgeting.  This article, titled “Keep an eye to value in the IT budgeting process”, and is authored by Rob Livingstone, Owner and Principal, Rob Livingstone Advisory. The main point the author is trying to make is that while IT costs can be relatively easily forecasted and formally budgeted, the value that these costs will (and…
  • How Much of Your Credit Line Can You Tap?

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

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

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

  • 5 Questions: Nancy Pfund on double bottom line investing, women in finance

    Brett Cole
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Nancy Pfund is the founder and managing partner of San Francisco-based venture capital firm DBL Investors. Ms Pfund started her career, after degrees from Stanford and Yale universities, at the famed U.S. west coast investment bank Hambrecht & Quist. When H&Q was sold to Chase Bank, which then acquired J.P. Morgan, Ms Pfund became a […] The post 5 Questions: Nancy Pfund on double bottom line investing, women in finance appeared first on ansarada.
  • Deals for M&A rainmakers begins in earnest

    Brett Cole
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    In the greatest M&A bull market since 2008, senior M&A bankers are seeking their next deal. And this one is personal. A raft of worrying earnings reports this year has finally convinced some M&A rainmakers to seek sunnier climes at bulge bracket Wall Street rivals, boutiques, or even to hang out their own shingle if they […] The post Deals for M&A rainmakers begins in earnest appeared first on ansarada.
  • Detailed notes on M&A? Fuggedabouit

    Brett Cole
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The Epicurean Dealmaker, contrary to earlier promises to terminate his blog, has posted a nice piece on why M&A bankers will not follow the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court’s advice and chronicle their deals. “I find his proposal that we make our lives—and those of our clients—before his and other benches easier by documenting […] The post Detailed notes on M&A? Fuggedabouit appeared first on ansarada.
  • Silicon Valley M&A set to rise

    Brett Cole
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Silicon Valley bankers, it seems, are spending as much time looking at demergers as advising on potential acquisitions. Goldman Sachs and Allen & Co are advising Ebay on the separation of the PayPal business. Hewlett Packard has also retained Goldman Sachs to advise it on the split of its personal systems and printing businesses from […] The post Silicon Valley M&A set to rise appeared first on ansarada.
  • Evercore, Greenhill paint rosy M&A picture

    Brett Cole
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    If gaining a temperature of the current M&A market is your goal, look no further than Evercore’s third quarter earnings. In the three months to September 30 compared to the three months to June 30, Roger Altman’s burgeoning investment bank says its: Investment banking earned advisory fees rose eight percent to 162. Fees in excess of […] The post Evercore, Greenhill paint rosy M&A picture appeared first on ansarada.
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  • POODLE does not affect Replicon customers

    Siddharth Deb
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Researchers have discovered a new vulnerability in the SSLv3 (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption standard that has been widely used in the Internet for the past 15 years. Dubbed “POODLE,” which stands for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption, this flaw could potentially allow unauthorized decryption of encrypted text sent over SSLv3 connections between a server and a web browser. Blog tags: Corporate
  • How organisations in the UK can use time tracking solutions to claim R&D Tax Relief

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

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

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

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

  • Miles for Military Application Deadline Draws Near

    Amanda Pallay
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    If you’re an active-duty service member hoping to reunite with your family this holiday season, Quicken Loans and Operation Homefront can help. We’ve partnered together to honor those who help defend our country and protect our freedoms: our nation’s military. Through our Miles for Military program, we’re providing 2 million miles of air miles – that’s more than 400 round-trip tickets! Request a Ticket Whether you want to head home to visit family, or you want to have your loved ones come visit you – it’s up to you! The main application requirement is that you’re an…
  • 6 Things You May Not Know Are Hurting Your Credit Score

    Anthony Fontana
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    If you’re like me, you forget things. A lot of things. Thankfully, I have sticky notes to get me through life, although sometimes even they can’t help me remember everything. I’m talking about things like paying rent, my car payment and utilities. If it seems ridiculous that I have a hard time remembering to pay the same bills every month, it is, but that’s a different conversation. This conversation has more to do with the consequences of forgetting to pay bills on time, among other things that could impact your credit score. Late Rent Say your rent is due the first of every month,…
  • Federal Reserve Press Release in Plain English 18.0

    Bob Walters
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Bob Walters is chief economist and vice president of the Capital Markets Group at Quicken Loans.  It’s October and that means one thing – it’s time for the Federal Reserve to meet again. They did, Wednesday. The big news was the official end of quantative easing, or the Fed buying mortgage and Treasury bonds to keep mortgage rates low. It’s been five years since they started and the results have been the lowest mortgage rates in modern history. It’s something college finance and economics professers will be talking about for years. In other news, the Fed is confident the economy is…
  • Introducing the Zing Education Guide to Managing Your Finances After the Loss of a Loved One

    Clayton Closson
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Managing finances after the death of a loved one can be a difficult task. There are many things to keep track of, however there are steps you can take to make the process much easier and less stressful. That’s why we created our latest Zing guide: “Managing Your Finances After the Loss of a Loved One.” We want to make sure you know exactly what to do so you don’t find yourself in a situation of financial distress. Knowing you have your finances together will provide a little bit of comfort in your time of grief. In a nutshell, this guide can help you Manage funeral and other related…
  • Choosing the Right Bank for You

    Kevin Graham
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    If you take out a loan or purchase a car, you shop around to find the opportunity that best fits your situation. It makes sense to do this. Why shouldn’t you do the same with your bank? Samirian Hill, president of BudgetWise Financial Solutions, said there are three key considerations when choosing a bank: lifestyle, usage and fees. Lifestyle Hill said the first consideration should be your financial habits, as what you do could determine which bank is right for you. You should ask yourself a few questions. “Do you prefer a community or regional bank, or a larger national or international…
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    NACD Blog

  • NACD BLC 2014 Breakout Session – Going Beyond: Stories of Pushing Past Personal Limits

    NACD Staff
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    It should go without saying that governance in today’s complex business environment is no walk in the park. But are there lessons to be learned from a run in the Sahara? At the recent 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Steinman aimed to provide the answer to that question in a session titled “Going Beyond: Stories of Pushing Past Personal Limits.” In the session, Steinman told the story of the creation of her latest film, “Desert Runners,” which follows people who take on the formidable challenge of competing in the 4 Deserts Race Series (4…
  • NACD BLC 2014 Breakout Session – Inside the SEC: Anatomy of an Agency

    NACD Staff
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is charged with maintaining fair and efficient markets, facilitating capital formation, and, like directors, protecting investor interests. This regulatory arm of the federal government has a significant impact on businesses, but many may not effectively understand the commission’s inner workings. Providing directors with an insider look at the SEC was a panel comprised of: Mark D. Cahn, former general counsel of the SEC’s Office of the General Counsel, and partner at WilmerHale; Thomas J. Kim, partner at Sidley Austin and former chief counsel…
  • NACD BLC 2014 Breakout Session – Mindfulness Revolution

    NACD Staff
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    In Buddhism, mindfulness is a facet of meditation in which an individual focuses their attention on the thoughts, feelings, or sensations happening in the moment. In psychology, studies suggests that mindfulness improves an individual’s quality of life, boosting memory and reducing stress and anxiety, among other benefits. In business, the adoption of these techniques has shown to improve productivity—so much so, that even Fortune 50 companies and the U.S. military are integrating mindfulness practices into the workday. Mindfulness expert Janet Nima Taylor—an American Buddhist nun,…
  • Complexity and the Boardroom

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

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

  • Nightmare on Name Street: Top 13 Horror Movie Monikers

    Rebecca Carroll
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Do you have a Michael Myers, Norman Bates or Stephen King as a neighbor? In honor of Halloween, we took a look at the 13 most common names in the country shared with horror movie villains, as well as a few famously frightening directors and authors. Taking the top spot on the list – and [...] The post Nightmare on Name Street: Top 13 Horror Movie Monikers appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Whitepages Powers Next Generation T-Mobile Name ID Service

    Bill Brooks
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I am thrilled to announce that starting today, Whitepages will be powering the next generation of T-Mobile’s Name ID service, debuting in the new Sony Xperia® Z3 and available in stores now. This new Name ID service makes unknown numbers go away. With T-Mobile Name ID, you can identify unknown callers, receive alerts about spammers and [...] The post Whitepages Powers Next Generation T-Mobile Name ID Service appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Twitter’s Smart Bet on Mobile Phone Numbers as Identity

    Suja Vaidyanathan
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
      Last week, Twitter announced a new service called Digits, which aims to replace email address and password login on mobile applications. Email addresses and associated password or single sign-on, usually with Facebook, are the most popular ways to log in to websites. While single sign-on works reasonably well in mobile apps, it is cumbersome [...] The post Twitter’s Smart Bet on Mobile Phone Numbers as Identity appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • 5 Tips to Protect Yourself From Mobile Phone Scams

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

    Suja Vaidyanathan
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
      Last week I discussed how mobile phone numbers are coming to represent the identity of the user. One related topic I found fascinating is the Indian Identity Project. The Indian Identity Project, or Aadhaar, is an ambitious project to provide a digital identity for every Indian citizen, members of the second most populous nation [...] The post Finding Inspiration in the Indian Identity Project appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
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  • Week’s Top Stories: October 25 — 31, 2014

    GC Editor
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman Publish Annual Insurance Risk Benchmarks Research: Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Marsh & McLennan Companies, released the 2014... Continue reading...
  • Affordable Care Act: Health Insurers Addressing the Need to Develop New Strategies

    GC Editor
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Phillip Barker, Senior Vice President Contact It has been a little over four years since the enactment and subsequent implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more widely... Continue reading...
  • Cyber Insurance Coverage: Limits

    GC Editor
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Average limits purchased by companies with revenues exceeding USD1 billion rose 10 percent in 2013 to USD28.2 million from USD25.7 million in 2012. For companies of this size, financial institutions... Continue reading...
  • Guy Carpenter Publishes Flood Risks in Asia — A Detailed Study

    GC Editor
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Guy Carpenter today released a new report titled Flood Risk in Asia - A Detailed Study. The report provides an in-depth study of the flood potential in Asia along with the prevention and protection... Continue reading...
  • Managing Reserve Risk

    GC Editor
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Michelle Harnick, Managing Director Contact Given that the leading cause of financial impairment of insurance companies is inadequate reserves and our view that a reserve “cycle” not only... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • 2014 Nonprofit fundraising data shows encouraging signs through August

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We’ve written a great deal about nonprofit fundraising results so far in 2014 compared with 2013 and seen some consistency in the overall results. Most studies have shown that this year is shaping up to be a healthy one in terms of fundraising revenues with the vast majority of organizations reporting either an increase in funding or support remaining ‘about the same’ as seen in 2013. Considering that last year returned good results for the sector these indicators would signal an encouraging set of performances for the year that’s still ongoing. As we quickly head into…
  • 8 key nonprofit fundraising findings from technology study

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The 2014 Fundraising Technology Trends Study contains a wealth of information about nonprofit fundraising and how technology is being used and what the overall benefits of this adoption are proving to be. It’ll come as no surprise that organizations that are keeping up with the technology trends are reaping the greatest benefits overall but some of the data could be a red flag for smaller or less technically equipped charities that are at risk of falling behind and losing potential donors due to some of the gaps that have developed. The report contains layers of excellent information…
  • Yelp Foundation selects 2014 nonprofit grant winners

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The digital age has seen the rapid rise of many companies but one that stands out in their support of nonprofits in addition to being useful to almost anyone seeking user reviews of businesses online is Yelp. If you’ve ever been trying to research a local restaurant, bookshop, dentist or practically anything chances are you may have used Yelp at some point. In fact many people depend upon the crowd-sourced review website almost daily and it’s become the 31st most popular website in terms of overall traffic within the United States according to Founded in 2004,…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Pumpkin Gnocchi with Garlic & Sage Butter

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for a Halloween edition of our Meatless Monday recipe share series. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. With Halloween being this week and pumpkins being carved, we thought we would offer a recipe that makes use of this seasonal squash (it’s actually a fruit!) beyond the…
  • 10 Highlights from Toronto Vital Signs Report 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As a Toronto call centre, we look forward to the release of the Toronto Vital Signs Report each year as it provides “a consolidated snapshot of the trends and issues affecting the quality of life in our city and each of the interconnected issue areas is critical to the wellbeing of Toronto and its residents.” I have explored how our city (and country) performs on the global stage in posts like the best country to live, the smartest countries, the happiest countries, the  most peaceful countries, the friendliest countries, the most charitable countries, the best countries for…
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    The Allstate Blog

  • 10 Things You Should Do Before Buying a Used Motorcycle

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    If you are ready to buy the used motorcycle you’ve always dreamed of, do your research before making this major purchase. Consider these 10 tips to help you make an educated decision. 1. Decide what type of bike best fits your lifestyle. If you are planning on long rides — even cross-country — you may want a touring model with all the bells & whistles (heated grips, seat and foot warmers, surround sound, cruise control, etc.) to make your journey a little more comfortable. A sport bike, however, might be more appropriate for shorter rides. You should definitely evaluate your…
  • Wants vs. Needs: When to Dip Into Your Emergency Fund

    Nicole Markle
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    Having an emergency or back-up fund is important. This money that is set aside for unplanned expenses is separate from your retirement savings and college savings accounts. According to a study by, only 26 percent of Americans have an emergency fund. Personal finance experts advise keeping a minimum of three to six months of expenses or more in your fund as a cushion. But how do you know when it’s appropriate to tap into that rainy day stash? It boils down to wants vs. needs. According to financial expert Dave Ramsey there are three ways to measure whether a situation…
  • 5 Small Business Stressors – And How to Combat Them

    Nicole Markle
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    You don’t have to settle for stress-induced heartburn and migraines just because you’re running your own business. Entrepreneurs can do plenty to ease the pressure on themselves and their employees, says David Ballard, director of the Center for Organizational Excellence for the American Psychological Association (APA). In fact, decreasing stress in your company can have a direct effect on your bottom line: Less-stressed owners and employees are often more productive and creative, become better problem-solvers, and take fewer sick days than frazzled workers, Ballard says. Here are the…
  • QUIZ: Are You a Home Maintenance Maven?

    Amy Tyszkiewicz
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Think you’re a home maintenance whiz? Check to see if your house is in tip-top condition with this quiz. Javascript is disabled Javascript is disabled on your browser. Please enable it in order to use this form. Loading Home Maintenance Quiz Scrub-a-dub in the ____. This piece of home equipment needs to be regularly cleaned to help reduce the buildup of dirt, odor and residue. Tub Dishwasher Washing machine Hose Home Maintenance Quiz Correct! Your washing machine needs regular maintenance  just like the rest of your home  so it can get rid of those pesky grass stains for a long time…
  • Home Safety: Get Your Move On

    Debbie Hanson, First Alert
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’re one of millions of Americans moving into a new home this year, be sure to make safety a priority in your new home. Almost every living space can harbor dangers – some hidden and some in plain sight. Luckily, there are ways you can help keep your family safe from some common dangers. Get an Insurance QuoteCurious what Allstate can do for you? Get a quote here. Get a Quote Share this infographic on your site.Infographic courtesy of The Allstate Blog. The post Home Safety: Get Your Move On appeared first on The Allstate Blog.
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

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

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

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

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    In the wake of the recent controversy over the city of Oakland offering a 10-year contract to a rival company, Houston-based Waste Management has decided to take their grievances to court. Waste Management, the nations largest trash and recycling hauler, claims that the Oakland City Council hindered the bidding process in order to stack the odds in favor of the West Oakland-based California Waste Solutions (CWS). Citing the fact that CWS has never held a garbage hauling contract, submitted proposals past the agreed-upon due date, and failed to comply with Oakland’s contracting rules, Waste…
  • Leaky Pipes Not Helping California’s Drought

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

  • What’s scarier than a zombie?

    Monte Olmsted
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    What’s scarier than a zombie? A hungry zombie. What’s scarier than a hungry zombie? A hungry zombie with a good idea. That’s the scary truth uncovered by the new TV and movie spots for Totino’s Bold Pizza Rolls. And it’s an especially relevant message for Halloween. The campaign includes television and movie spots that began airing earlier this month and will continue through December. Of the two zombie-inspired spots, the “Helium Zombie” commercial is the overwhelming hit, having received nearly 5 million views on YouTube. The other spot in the campaign is “Roller…
  • Revealed: The official apron of the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest

    Amanda Grayson
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Letterpress printing and baking don’t have many ties – unless you count the official apron of the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. When 100 finalists compete in the Bake-Off Contest next week in Nashville Tennessee, they’ll be wearing aprons designed by Hatch Show Print, one of America’s oldest letterpress printing shops. Hatch is located in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum building which is connected to the Omni Nashville Hotel where the Bake-Off Contest will take place. Each letter, number, star and boot on the country-themed apron originated from a wooden block or metal…
  • The ultimate guide to Monster Cereals

    Lynne Morioka
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “I remember my brother ‘claiming’ Count Chocula, my sister Boo Berry, so that left me with Franken Berry, as the youngest,” says Tim Starry of Tucson, Arizona. “Without divulging my age, I will say I have been enjoying Franken Berry for more than 30 years.” Starry is a Monster Cereals super fan (Franken Berry, in particular). He loves the taste of the marshmallows, the strawberry-frosted cereal, the ratio of cereal to marshmallows and that it tastes equally terrific with milk as it does when snacking on it right out of the box. “Besides the quality and childhood memories, I…
  • Celebrity chef Carla Hall will host the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest

    Kevin Hunt
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Pillsbury has named Carla Hall of ABC’s “The Chew” the official host of the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, coming up Nov. 3, in Nashville, Hall’s hometown. She will walk the Contest floor at the Omni Nashville Hotel, visit with the 100 finalists and then emcee the Bake-Off Contest Award Show later that night. Hall will announce the four category winning recipes selected by Contest judges to advance to the competition’s final stage – a public online vote which will open following the Award Show on Nov. 3 and run through Dec. 2 – to vie for the $1…
  • How to have a howlin’ Halloween

    Lynne Morioka
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just need a crazy quick dinner before Trick or Treating, we’ve got your Halloween needs covered. Kid-friendly Halloween party Even little monsters need refreshment and these Candy Corn Smoothies hit the spot! Serve mummy dogs with a side of Halloween sweet potato fries that are fun, irresistible and not candy! Wow the crowd with a pumpkin cake that has an amazing surprise inside! Adults-only Halloween party Get the party started in spooky style with a Black Widow Martini. Don’t settle for traditional cocktail sauce when your guests…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Six Strategies for Attracting Talent: Strategy #3

    Jessica Rohman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Ensure Pay is Fair and Benefits are Enticing Creating a rewarding work environment for potential employees is not just about providing a healthy paycheck. Rewards can also include having meaningful opportunities for recognition, the feeling of making a difference in the world, being a part of a successful team, and more.
  • What War for Talent?

    China Gorman
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Accenture’s 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey compares the expectations and perceptions of 2014’s university graduates with the realities of the working world according to both 2012 and 2013 graduates. This comparison casts a focused and specific lens on the issue of entry-level talent development, and gives us some insightful data.
  • Six Strategies for Attracting Talent: Strategy #2

    Jessica Rohman
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Highlight the Impact Employees Can Make by Working at Your Company What impact does your company have on the world? A sense of impact and purpose are critical components of a great workplace. Moreover, according to studies conducted by the University of Michigan, when employees know how their work impacts the lives of others, their company or the world around them, their productivity, morale and job satisfaction increase significantly.
  • World-Class Workplaces

    China Gorman
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Thanks to the best workplaces, a better world is on the horizon. That’s the hopeful news as Great Place to Work reveals the 4th annual World’s Best Multinational Workplaces. In announcing the list of the 25 best multinationals, Great Place to Work also released a new study titled The Dawn of the Great Workplace Era. The report shares our finding that the best workplaces around the world are getting better, and are helping to shepherd in a new, more hopeful economic age.
  • 5 Reasons to Work at a Great Workplace

    Ed Frauenheim
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    1. It’s funGreat workplaces make work more like play. Or at least build a lot more play into the work experience than companies overall. Fun is partly about perks, but it’s mostly about culture. About rituals like Nerf gun fights, happy hours, birthday bashes and group volunteer days.
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Financial Horror Stories

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Boo! America’s favorite frightful day is approaching and the day is filled with more than ghosts, goblins and candy! In the spirit of Halloween we’ve gathered some of the most frightful financial horror stories to share. WARNING: Don’t let these horror stories happen to you! Having your new car wrecked, only to discover your insurance carrier only covers the (lower-than-cost) Blue Book The IRS has reported several variations of a refund-related bogus e-mail, which falsely claims to come from the IRS. The email tells the recipient he/she is eligible for a tax refund for a specific amount…
  • Summit Brokerage Services Welcomes New Advisor

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Financial advisor Barry Barbernell in Laguna Niguel, CA has recently joined Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., the Highest Rated Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*. He was previously affiliated with United Planners’ Financial Services, where he managed over $20 million in client assets. Barbernell brings 26 years of industry experience servicing each client’s unique financial position. “I joined Summit for numerous reasons, including their home office associates’ approach to servicing reps, their innovative practice management support and resources to allow me to acquire…
  • Weekly Economic Update

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    GAINS IN NEW & EXISTING HOME SALES According to the National Association of Realtors, the pace of resales improved 2.4% in September. NAR reported fewer sales of distressed properties and more home sales to families versus investors. The Census Bureau measured only a 0.2% rise in new home buying last month, but a 17.0% annualized advance.1 LITTLE INFLATION PRESSURE, LESS PRESSURE ON FED September saw both the headline and core Consumer Price Index rise 0.1%, putting the yearly gain for each at 1.7%. If inflation continues to be so mild, the Federal Reserve may choose to stand pat on…
  • Summit Brokerage a Top Sponsor for the ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., ranked the #1 Independent Broker-Dealer in the country*, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the South Palm Beach, FL American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk. In addition to having over 40 associates from Summit’s Boca Raton office participate in the walk on October 25th, Summit sponsored the Survivor’s Breakfast Tent. The Survivor’s Breakfast tent served over 400 cancer survivors to a special breakfast, massage chairs and goodie bags. As of the date of this press release, Summit has contributed and…
  • Summit Brokerage Services Welcomes New Advisor

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Financial advisor Marc Linsky of E Street Financial with offices in New Jersey and Florida has recently joined Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., the Highest Rated Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*. He was previously affiliated with Lincoln Financial Securities, where he managed over $170 million in client assets. Linsky brings 29 years of industry experience and specializes in working with retirees to create comprehensive financial, estate, tax and long-term plans. “I chose Summit based on their track record of assisting advisors in growing their businesses, as well as, my desire to…
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • Snapshot: Upcoming Cerner Health Conference Presentation

    Jennifer Patel
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Wellness programs have come a long way over the years, becoming more incorporated into the general structure of healthcare. As this space continues to evolve and change, businesses need to develop new and creative ways to effectively target their employees. On Nov. 4, I will chime in with other panelists at the 2014 Cerner Health Conference to help companies transform and accelerate their wellness initiatives through creative tools and tips. During this panel, you will learn more about microtargeting and its ability to spark wellness program interest through targeted communications and…
  • Eliminating the Subjectiveness of Customer Experience Metrics

    Rhonda Basler
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    First things first, to focus on customer experience metrics requires a good deal of focus. Hard to do when you’re in San Diego…       …And while my hometown team, the Royals are in the World Series (first time in 29 years, folks!). But, I prevailed in focusing on CX for three whole days – with only a few interruptions to enjoy the view and watch baseball. Ironically on Wednesday I took a customer experience tour of Petco Park with my fellow CX professionals while wearing my Royals t-shirt under my suit jacket. As a thought leader at Frost &…
  • Answers to Common Questions About Employee Recognition

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

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

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

  • How we use our social networks

    Jimmy Coultas
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    We’ve changed the way we do things on our social networks. As we’ve watched our audiences evolve and also the networks themselves undertake huge changes, we’ve had to react to make sure that we maximise them not only for our own potential, but for the thousands of promoters that use us to sell their tickets. This blog post is to relay exactly how these changes affect you, the people who sell tickets with us, and how you can capitalise on the way we now do things for your own gain. We need fresh content from promoters to push via our networks, so here is a guide to how to feed us info…
  • New advanced ticket options

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

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

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

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

  • Spinning Up Surf, Sun and Sensational ROI

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

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

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

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

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

    Merchant Warehouse
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE This Saturday, November 1st, will officially mark the beginning of retail’s busiest time of the year – the holiday shopping season. According, the National Retail Federation estimated that the holiday shopping season can make up 40% of a retailers’ revenue for the entire year. The Thanksgiving holiday alone has produced a series of complimentary “shopping holidays” appropriately coined Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Companies like American Express have also gotten in on the action and have launched programs like Small Business Saturday to not only help small…
  • TouchBistro and Merchant Warehouse Team up to Deliver Apple Pay to Restaurants

    Merchant Warehouse
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Merchant Warehouse GeniusTM Customer Engagement PlatformTM supports NFC, enabling TouchBistro locations to readily accept payments via Apple Pay  NYC and BOSTON – October 27, 2014 – TouchBistro and Merchant Warehouse today announced that the companies are working together to ensure restaurants and food service businesses that use the TouchBistro POS solution have access to the widest selection of options that patrons can use to pay for their food and drink orders. TouchBistro uses the highly secure Merchant Warehouse Genius Customer Engagement Platform to process payments made…
  • EMV Transactions: What You Need to Know

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

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

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

  • Why You Should Implement A Gag Order At Your Next Meeting

    Barbara Sulik
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of David Goehring’s photostream In a previous life I worked for the Chief Security Officer for a large hospital.  I was often present in the Incident Command Center during critical times such as facility closures, new facility openings, and even visits from the President of the United States.  Within the Incident Command Center there was a gag order in place meaning that you didn’t speak unless spoken to.  This was critical for the efficient transfer of information. While I am no longer involved in security briefings I still believe in the gag order.  I am sure you…
  • 6 Keys to Uncovering the Mystery of a Press Release

    Kendra Smith
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image courtesy of Niuton may’s photostream If you’re tired of reading glowing articles about your competitors in the news, it might be time to try your hand at writing a press release to get your own good news in the media. Press releases are one of the most powerful tools in public relations. Getting the right message, in front of the right reporter on the right day can result in invaluable press coverage. For most people, there is a mystery surrounding how to write an effective press release. While there is no magic formula for all announcements, here are some helpful tips to help…
  • Maximizing the Open Rate of Your Marketing Emails

    Justin Heegan
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of Maria Elena’s photostream When you’re sending out an email of any type, be it a communication to a large group of contacts, or a personalized message to one individual, you will inevitably have the same thought cross your mind at some point before you hit “SEND.” Will [insert name(s) here] open/read this email? It’s a good question to ask and, at the end of the day, it will usually come down to an understanding of your audience. Here are a few good tips for crafting a subject line that will help maximize your open rates for emails. Avoid using salesy words…
  • Cluttered Inbox?

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

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

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    There are definite, proven benefits of a dog in the office, but there are also considerations that should be made regarding the potential disadvantages.  Are You Barking Mad To Allow An Office Dog? According to, 16% of workers were reported to have office pets and 55% said they’d be more motivated if they had a furry (or scaled) friend in the office. Caring for an office pet depends largely on what type of animal it is, a fish for instance, is fairly easy to maintain whereas a dog would require a lot more thought and dedication to care for properly. The benefits of…
  • Use LinkedIn To Embark On Your Dream Career

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

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

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

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

  • Anywhere Pad Gears Up Against POODLE

    Anywhere Pad Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    After Heartbleed and Shellshock comes the latest security threat, POODLE. It sounds harmless and cute, but the innocuous name belies the danger this bug presents. POODLE, an acronym for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption, is a bug that exploits a weakness in version 3 of the Secure Sockets Layer protocol (SSLv3), which is a protocol that encrypts the traffic between a website and a browser, or between a web server and an email client. POODLE wreaks havoc by allowing Continue Reading » The post Anywhere Pad Gears Up Against POODLE appeared first on Anywhere Pad.
  • Jetsetting CEOs Reveal Their 15 Best Travel Tips and Must Haves

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

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

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

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

  • Real World Export Compliance Horror Stories – Part Two

    Peter Mollard
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Halloween is upon us and many of us, young and old, take advantage of the opportunity to don a disguise and play the age-old game of ‘trick-or-treat’ with our friends and neighbors. When exporters engage in such tricky behavior however, it can conjure up horrors of a whole other kind. Attempting to disguise illegal exports can have severe ramifications for transgressors. The government is constantly on the watch for such tricks and invests significant resources towards the identification and punishment of violations. It’s hardly fun and games when you step outside the bounds of export…
  • To Russia with Love: Thwarted ITAR Violations Straight out of a Movie

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

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

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

    Lori Padley-Lee
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Don’t forget risk mitigation when rolling out the red carpet for international visitors. Whether you’re a corporation or a research institution, if you’re welcoming international visitors to your facility you have a legal obligation to avoid exposing them to unlicensed technology, blueprints, equipment used in your manufacturing process and other controlled data. Export compliance violations don’t just happen to exporters who ship goods across borders.  Export compliance violations can occur on your own organization’s premises – in the warehouse, in a laboratory, even in the…
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    P1 e-Social

  • Sugar, We’re Going Down!

    P1 Buddy
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:44 pm
                  #P1NostalgicNation Competition Task 3 – #MakeAFall Do you remember that science class experiment where you had to drop an egg with a parachute to see if it would break? Well, we do! P1 challenges you to make a parachute, any material will do, […] The post Sugar, We’re Going Down! appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Making Payments On P1

    P1 Buddy
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
                          P1 has prepared many Payment Channels and Payment Modes for subscribers’ ease and convenience to pay their P1 bills. Here is a rundown of where and how to pay your P1 bill: Auto Pay Pay by auto-charging your credit […] The post Making Payments On P1 appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • 12 Ways To Survive The Coming Zombie Apocalypse In Kuala Lumpur

    P1 Buddy
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    It was only a matter of time but it’s finally gone and happened, it’s the start of the Zombie apocalypse as the hordes take over Publika in KL on the 31st October for the interactive survival-horror game Zombie ApoKLypse. There are going to be zombies everywhere trying to eat your […] The post 12 Ways To Survive The Coming Zombie Apocalypse In Kuala Lumpur appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away.

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

    P1 Buddy
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
                              The hat that Pharrell Williams wore at the Grammy Awards in January grabbed headlines and left quite an impression on social media, catapulting it to celebrity status in its own right since then. What’s the story behind […] The post The Pharrell Williams Hat Story appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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    B2B Inbound Marketer Blog

  • The ROI of Mixing Outbound with Inbound Marketing

    Mila Staneva
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Once upon a time, Outbound was all the marketing around When was the last time you read something on outbound marketing? Yes, you know,  outbound: spending money to make sure your message reaches people. You physically try to get their attention, usually by interrupting (hence the term “interruption marketing”) what they are doing either by a sales call or an advertisement. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Side of Outbound Marketing  The good thing about outbound is that it is easily measurable. The price is fixed: you need this amount of money to reach this amount of…
  • Last Week Today with Social Media

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

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

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

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