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  • When Compassion Meets Compression
    Sarah Layton
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    As a new Red Cross employee, getting trained in the basics of CPR, AEDs and first aid were at the top of my list. I headed to Fort Belvoir this month to the on-site Red Cross chapter. (P.S., if you don’t know about the work the Red Cross does with the military, check it out!) My training was in a standalone house built during World War II, now converted to a Red Cross training center and chapter building. I was joined by many teachers, who were now required to take this training for their Virginia teaching license. There were also some aspiring babysitters and in-home daycare providers,…
  • Bigelow Tea Celebrates Red—And Pink!—Hatters

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Red Hat Society sure knows how to throw a tea party and has been dubbed the largest “play group” for women. This fabulous Society of ladies is all about fun, friendship, freedom, tea and of course those amazing hats! While the red hats are reserved for those over the age of 50, ladies who embrace the values of the Society—and love wearing lavender!—are called The Pink HattersBigelow Tea is thrilled to mark National Red Hat Society Day on Friday! Here are a few beverage suggestions for your next Pink or Red Hat gathering: The Society is all about color coordination, and…
  • Yes, it's possible: How to have a successful flight with a baby

    On the Go with Amy
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:54 am
    When you have a baby, you don't need to stuff your suitcases in the very back of the closet. Your travel life can continue.  In fact, newborns are often the best travel companions because they sleep often through flights.My husband and I brought our first child to Paris when she was only four months old and at the end of the flight a woman sitting in the row in front of us said that she didn't even know we had a baby. Our little girl didn't make a single peep.That said, before you jump on a plane with your bundle of joy, here are a few tips:1) Fly at the right age. Airlines will allow…
  • MySQL 5.5 to MySQL 5.6 Upgrade Support for Amazon RDS

    Amazon Web Services Blog
    AWS Evangelist
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:46 pm
    The Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) takes care of almost all of the day to day grunt work that would otherwise consume a lot of system administrator and DBA time. You don't have to worry about hardware provisioning, operating system or database installation or patching, backups, monitoring, or failover. Instead, you can invest in your application and in your data. Multiple Engine VersionsRDS supports multiple versions of the MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, and PostgreSQL database engines. Here is the current set of supported MySQL versions: You can simply select the desired version…
  • I'm dreaming of crystal clear lakes and majestic mountains this summer

    On the Go with Amy
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    With a new baby and two big kids, I'm counting the days until summer. No more late nights cajoling cranky tweens to type up history reports. No more rising at the crack of dawn to get children to school before their teachers mark them tardy.Summer is a time when we take a break from the harried madness and escape to faraway places where we can relax, reconnect and unwind.On past vacations, we've zip lined through the steamy rain forests of Hawaii, hiked around volcano craters in Bali and one summer we packed the family in the car and followed the length of the Mississippi River, visiting Mark…
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  • MySQL 5.5 to MySQL 5.6 Upgrade Support for Amazon RDS

    AWS Evangelist
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:46 pm
    The Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) takes care of almost all of the day to day grunt work that would otherwise consume a lot of system administrator and DBA time. You don't have to worry about hardware provisioning, operating system or database installation or patching, backups, monitoring, or failover. Instead, you can invest in your application and in your data. Multiple Engine VersionsRDS supports multiple versions of the MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, and PostgreSQL database engines. Here is the current set of supported MySQL versions: You can simply select the desired version…
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk for Docker

    AWS Evangelist
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    AWS Elastic Beanstalk makes it easy for you to deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud. After you upload your application, Elastic Beanstalk will provision, monitor, and scale capacity (Amazon EC2 instances), while also load balancing incoming requests across all of the healthy instances. Docker automates the deployment of applications in the form of lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers that can run in a variety of environments.  Containers can be populated from pre-built Docker images or from a simple recipe known as a Dockerfile. Docker's container-based model…
  • AWS Week in Review - April 14, 2014

    AWS Evangelist
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, April 14 We added AWS customer success stories from Belkin, Channel 4 (UK), Clipkit, Loggly, MairDumont,, and Pharmatechnik. Tuesday, April 15 We announced that you can now Evaluate Security Products With no Software Charges Using AWS Marketplace. Wednesday, April 16 The AWS Security Blog published a note on AWS Security and CVE-2014-0160 ("Heartbleed"). Thursday, April 17 The Amazon Mobile App Distribution Blog published some Tips for Getting Your Android Apps Looking Good on Amazon Fire TV.
  • Evaluate Security Products With no Software Charges by Using AWS Marketplace

    AWS Evangelist
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Have you shopped at AWS Marketplace lately? The selection keeps on growing and you can easily find, buy, and starting many different types of Software Infrastructure, Developer Tools, and Business Software: You don't need to worry about procuring a server, installing and configuring an operating system, or installing the actual software that you set out to use in the first place. AWS Marketplace is a short, direct path that will have you up and running in minutes. Because you can launch fully installed and configured software in minutes, you can easily try out one or more products until…
  • EC2 Update - Previous Generation Instances

    AWS Evangelist
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    We have made some important changes to the EC2 pricing and instance type pages. We are introducing the concept of previous generations of EC2 instances. Amazon EC2 has been around since the summer of 2006. We started with a single instance (the venerable and still-popular m1.small) and have added many over the years. We have broadened our selection by adding specialized instance families such as CPU-Optimized, Memory-Optimized, and Cluster and by adding a wide variety of sizes within each family. As newer and more powerful processors have become available, we have added to the lineup in order…
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  • When Compassion Meets Compression

    Sarah Layton
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    As a new Red Cross employee, getting trained in the basics of CPR, AEDs and first aid were at the top of my list. I headed to Fort Belvoir this month to the on-site Red Cross chapter. (P.S., if you don’t know about the work the Red Cross does with the military, check it out!) My training was in a standalone house built during World War II, now converted to a Red Cross training center and chapter building. I was joined by many teachers, who were now required to take this training for their Virginia teaching license. There were also some aspiring babysitters and in-home daycare providers,…
  • I Wish You’d Been Here

    Curtis Midkiff
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    By Duane Hallock,  Red Cross Advanced Public Affairs Team I really wish you had been with me in the mayor’s office. I was in Darrington, Washington, the small logging town hit hard by the March 22 mudslide that destroyed much of the nearby community of Oso. The slide buried about a mile of the highway connecting many of the 450 families in Darrington with their jobs, their grocery shopping and even the shipments to and from their lumber mill. On disaster assignment for the American Red Cross, I went to city hall with our district operations manager to talk about our work in the community.
  • From the Archives: Red Cross Dogs

    Amanda Browe
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    In honor of Pet First Aid Awareness Month, we look back at the role of dogs in the Red Cross. While the American Red Cross did not use dogs during World War I, several foreign Red Cross societies employed dogs that greatly aided the Allied forces during the war. A number of these dogs were attached to ambulance units and aided their handlers in the search for wounded soldiers. The Red Cross dogs were trained to seek out a wounded soldier and get as close as possible so the soldier could access the dogs’ saddle bags, which contained first aid supplies and rations. Instead of barking and…
  • Volunteers Map Fire-Affected Neighborhoods in Chile

    Jenelle Eli
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    When news of a major fire in Valparaíso, Chile made headlines on Monday, some people sent donations. Some people took to social media. And some people mapped. Not wasting any time, digital volunteers gathered at the American Red Cross headquarters Monday morning, grabbed some caffeine and began to make a detailed map of neighborhoods affected by the fire. The volunteers were in town attending a conference about OpenStreetMap—crowd-sourced mapping technology that’s been called the “Wikipedia of maps.” They congregated at the Red Cross building to work on individual projects, but when…
  • The Intersection of Work and Volunteering

    Kristiana Almeida
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Post by Jai Nassim You’ve probably noticed this week the Red Cross has been celebrating the good work of its volunteers. Volunteers come to us from all walks of life, and all backgrounds. It’s one of the things that make this organization a great place to volunteer—there’s something for everyone to do. In fact, volunteering can be as simple as showing up for work. Does your company have a volunteer program? If not, ask! Volunteering time with those you work with is a great way to give back to your community while building bonds between co-workers. The Red Cross offers a variety of…
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    On the Go with Amy

  • I'm dreaming of crystal clear lakes and majestic mountains this summer

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    With a new baby and two big kids, I'm counting the days until summer. No more late nights cajoling cranky tweens to type up history reports. No more rising at the crack of dawn to get children to school before their teachers mark them tardy.Summer is a time when we take a break from the harried madness and escape to faraway places where we can relax, reconnect and unwind.On past vacations, we've zip lined through the steamy rain forests of Hawaii, hiked around volcano craters in Bali and one summer we packed the family in the car and followed the length of the Mississippi River, visiting Mark…
  • Yes, it's possible: How to have a successful flight with a baby

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:54 am
    When you have a baby, you don't need to stuff your suitcases in the very back of the closet. Your travel life can continue.  In fact, newborns are often the best travel companions because they sleep often through flights.My husband and I brought our first child to Paris when she was only four months old and at the end of the flight a woman sitting in the row in front of us said that she didn't even know we had a baby. Our little girl didn't make a single peep.That said, before you jump on a plane with your bundle of joy, here are a few tips:1) Fly at the right age. Airlines will allow…
  • 60 Healthy Airplane Snacks

    13 Mar 2014 | 11:51 am
    Fruits > candies. Sweet little alphabet found here. When it comes to family trips, this isn't my first rodeo, and I like to think I have the prep-work down to a science. But I have to confess, between packing suitcases, repacking suitcases, scrounging around for missing flip-flops, remembering to charge everyone's electronics, and triple-checking tickets, something usually gets left for last minute, which means, of course, that it doesn't happens. Too often, it's figuring out what to bring for the all-important airplane snacking, which leaves us spending half our kids' college…
  • My Secret to Keeping Babies Safe From Turbulence

    24 Feb 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Julia en route to Hawaii, in her Baby B'Air vest.I know you’re probably distracted by that cute-as-a-button face, but please direct your attention to my daughter Julia’s red vest: it’s called the Baby B’Air, and I’ve used it while flying with all three of my kids.Over 90% of injuries to airplane passengers occur in-flight (that is, not while taxiing, taking off, or landing), a fact that was driven home by last week’s United Airlines Flight 1676, which encountered severe turbulence on its descent into Montana. Five people ended up in the hospital, and in addition, a passenger’s…
  • Take Off With This First Flight-Themed Kids' App

    3 Feb 2014 | 8:55 am
    What's brightly colored and cute, keeps your kiddos entertained, and prepares them for their first time flying? The new app from Smart Fish! "Frequent Flyer" guides players through the process of air travel, from packing a suitcase to driving to the airport, going through security, boarding the plane, and beyond. It also takes them on a whirlwind tour of the world, teaching them about different destinations and cultures aroundthe globe.First flights (or seconds or thirds) can be an understandable source of anxiety for young travelers; it's unfamiliar territory from start to finish. "Frequent…
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • Cindi Bigelow Asks How Nice Are People Really?

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I have had to do a fair amount of traveling lately for business and maybe I am just on a good roll of meeting people, but I have to say people are really nice. You just have to give them the opportunity. Everyone is alive and everyone cares but maybe they get caught up with the day to day, maybe they are completely preoccupied…whatever the thing that is going on in their life, I am convinced more than ever, if you give them the chance, you give them the benefit, they are really nice. Tonight I flew back from a sales call out west. When I walked into the waiting room of the retailer…
  • Bigelow Tea Celebrates Red—And Pink!—Hatters

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Red Hat Society sure knows how to throw a tea party and has been dubbed the largest “play group” for women. This fabulous Society of ladies is all about fun, friendship, freedom, tea and of course those amazing hats! While the red hats are reserved for those over the age of 50, ladies who embrace the values of the Society—and love wearing lavender!—are called The Pink HattersBigelow Tea is thrilled to mark National Red Hat Society Day on Friday! Here are a few beverage suggestions for your next Pink or Red Hat gathering: The Society is all about color coordination, and…
  • Happy Earth Day! Bigelow Tea Celebrates Sustainabili-TEA

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Happy Earth Day! Today isn’t just about celebrating our planet and going green for the day, but maintaining or even creating a green conscience throughout the year. From business practices and participating in the Ethical Tea Partnership, to carefully crafted packaging, Bigelow Tea and the Bigelow family has a history of newsworthy sustainabili-TEA. These practices make it that much easier for Bigelow Tea customers to help the environment as well. How much has Bigelow Tea conserved since 2007? Here are a few Earth shattering numbers: Electricity: Savings of 6,429,534 kwh; the…
  • Bigelow Tea Celebrates The Mighty Herb!

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you love layers of flavor in your food and beverages, you know that herbs make everything better! A pinch of oregano in pasta sauce. A dash of dill in potato salad. And, of course, herbs like mint, chamomile and hibiscus in your mug of tea. Saturday is International Herb Day and May 3rd is Herb Day … so Bigelow Tea says “let’s hear it for the herb!” To celebrate the herb, here are two fun “herb facts” that will impress your friends: *First, there’s no “tea” in herbal tea. A “tea” leaf is actually the leaf of the Camellia sinensis plant. Herbal…
  • Bigelow Tea Treasures National Garden Month

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    This month is National Garden Month, a celebration of flowers, vegetables and herb gardens everywhere! Bigelow Tea joins communities, organizations and individuals across the country that are celebrating gardening and the good green earth. But you know, Bigelow Tea shines in gardening all year long. From its successful Community Garden last summer (which will happen again this summer) to America’s largest Tea Garden the Charleston Tea Plantation, Bigelow Tea is “one” with Mother earth! The Bigelow family’s herbal tea selections are among the most popular with blends of fine…
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    Chrysler Blog

  • Chrysler's Easter egg hunt

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Easter means many things for many people. Not only is it a religious holiday but a holiday of traditions. Besides its very powerful religious significance, Easter is about discovery. Some popular traditions include the belief that the Easter bunny hides brightly colored Easter eggs and baskets filled with candy. Perhaps that's why a very creative Chrysler Group designer came up with the term "Easter eggs" to describe some of the hidden gems found in many of our cars, trucks and SUVs. Since it is Easter, I thought I'd share some of those surprises that can only be found deep inside…
  • Dodge Brand's "Wisdom" a viral sensation!

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Video Celebrating Brand’s 100th Anniversary Smashes Chrysler Group YouTube Record with Over 4 Million Views in 24 Hours The Dodge brand is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a new video starring centenarians that debuted yesterday (Thursday, 4/16) during the New York International Auto Show and has quickly become a viral hit amassing over 4,444,714 views in 24 hours – surpassing the 24-hour record views previously held by such Chrysler Group iconic Super Bowl commercials including “Born of Fire” (790,258) “Farmer” (542,817), “Whole Again”…
  • Live from New York ...

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
      The big auto show in the Big Apple has been a big one in recent years for Chrysler Group – and 2014 will be no different. The New York International Auto Show will see at least five new vehicles and two media events from Chrysler Group / Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Plus, this will be the first time NYIAS-goers will get an up-close look at the 2015 Chrysler 200, which is due to arrive at dealers this quarter. We’ll bring you a show-floor-look of the five vehicles via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our other social media platforms. That includes a Livestream of the Jeep®…
  • Record-Breaking Challenger

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    The ¼-mile record for the modern-day Challenger has been broken once again, and this time it was topped by the record-holder himself. Rob Goss and his 2009 Dodge Challenger with a DragPak kit bested the original record with a time of 7.32 seconds, more than half a second faster. The Challenger hit 187 mph and Goss was able to post the time during his first quarter-mile pass during the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Muscle Car Series in the Street Outlaw Class at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Fla., on March 22, 2014.   Since breaking the prior record in October…
  • Racing Vipers ready for return to Long Beach

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    A year ago, the racing Vipers of the SRT Motorsports team were happy to leave the ALMS race in Long Beach, Calif., with a pole position and a podium finish in the GT class. This weekend the Viper GTS-R race cars return to Long Beach with the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with more confidence and podium finishes in the first two races of this season. Drivers Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher in the No. 91 car and Kuno Wittmer and Jonathan Bomarito in the No. 93 car are well acquainted with the 11 turns of the Long Beach street circuit. So what does the team foresee for this race?
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  • Putting the Cross-Media Measurement Future into Focus: A Q&A with Manish Bhatia

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    comScore: Every news article you read today about media insists that the landscape is changing. What’s really the extent of this evolution?MANISH BHATIA: This is truly the golden age of media.  More and more people are consuming more and more content across more and more platforms.  The earlier fear of media cannibalization has receded as research has shown that consumers of media will access media on any and all platforms they can find it on, always choosing the best available option depending upon availability of content, screens and their location.The availability of content…
  • Are Mobile Operators Asking the Right Questions of their Subscriber Big Data?

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Mobile operators' ability to leverage customer Big Data will be a key competitive advantage to retain subscribers and remain at the forefront of this dynamically changing industry. So the real question is – what should mobile operators be asking of their Big Data to compete in a world where there will be more mobile-connected devices than people on the planet?The Mobile Operators Question Guide below is designed to help operators discover the power of asking the right question and learn where to find the answers.PDF: Mobile Operators Question Guide Download nowcomScore solutions for Mobile…
  • comScore Video Measurement Leading the Upfronts

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    The rapid shift towards digital video viewing is necessitating a shift in how the industry approaches the process. While such large-scale changes do not happen overnight, it is clear that with each passing year the “upfronts” are morphing into the “allfronts.”To help buyers and sellers adapt to the emerging realities of the digital video era, they need the right tools and metrics across the core components of the buying and selling process. Specifically, they need: Planning metrics to help them evaluate the value of the inventory they are buying and selling Real-time campaign…
  • Putting the Digital Advertising Future into Focus: A Q&A with Anne Hunter

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    But this is only the tip of the iceberg, as there is still a lot to learn and to improve upon in terms of the efficiency and performance of digital ad delivery. So what are the big opportunities on the horizon this year for digital advertising? We talked with our own Anne Hunter to find out. Here’s what she had to say.comScore: What are the major opportunities for digital advertising in 2014?ANNE HUNTER: There are numerous opportunities for digital advertising this year and beyond. Fortunately, digital advertising systems are already in place and are widely used, so a big opportunity is to…
  • Lifting of MRC Advisory on Digital Ad Viewability Signals New Era of Accountability

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    This morning, the MRC announced it has officially lifted its advisory on viewable impressions for display ads. This is an important milestone for the digital advertising market as it green-lights the industry to transact using viewable impressions for display ads. Ultimately, this creates greater accountability and signals a fundamental shift in how digital ad buyers and sellers will transact going forward. comScore Releases Improved See-Through Rate for Viewability The MRC advisory, originally announced in November 2012, noted at the time that “the number of impressions in a campaign for…
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    Daimler-Blog: Einblicke in einen Konzern

  • Car of cultures: die C-Klasse in China

    Bernhard Rembold
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    Begonnen hat mein Verhältnis zu unserem Produktionsstandort in Beijing, China schon im Jahr 2008 mit der Aufgabe, die Logistik des CKD Standortes zu einer Großserien-Produktion überzuführen. Eine CKD-Produktion (Englisch für „completely knocked down“ = „in Teilen“) kann man sich wie einen großen Modellbausatz vorstellen: Alle Teile eines Autos werden vorkonfektioniert angeliefert, um sie dann zu einem Fahrzeug zusammenzubauen. So kümmert sich die Logistik hauptsächlich um die Einplanung und Steuerung der Fahrzeugproduktion und Bereitstellung der aller Fahrzeugteile, damit die…
  • Gastbeitrag: Mein Jahr mit dem smart fortwo electric drive – Teil 2

    Felix Laumen
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:33 am
    Heute Teil 2 meines Erlebnisberichts über ein Jahr smart fortwo electric drive fahren: Einsteigen, unter Strom setzen ( früher: „starten“) und lautlos losfahren. Dieser Betriebskomfort ist eigentlich der automobilen Oberklasse vorbehalten, die vor allem beim Diesel im Kaltstart doch noch ein paar Geräusche nach innen dringen lässt. Dann folgen die Karosseriebewegungen beim Gangwechsel – nicht so beim smart ed. Er legt ohne Gangwechsel – hat ja nur einen – Geschwindigkeit zu, lässig, geräuschlos bis etwa 30 km/h und völlig entspannend für den Fahrer. So durch die Stadt zu…
  • Gastbeitrag: Mein Jahr mit dem smart fortwo electric drive – Teil 1

    Felix Laumen
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:56 am
    Dies ist kein Blog über Elektroautos mit Betonung auf „Auto“, sondern ein Blog über Individual-Nahverkehr mit einem elektro-getriebenen Fahrzeug. Der Fokus liegt auf der Beschreibung der Durchführung eines resourcenschonenden Individualnahverkehrs, geschrieben aus dem Blickwinkel eines Anwenders.  Ein bischen Sendungsbewusstsein ist auch dabei –  Presseartikel der letzten Zeit, z.B. in Der Spiegel, die mir erzählen, dass Elektromobilität ganz toll ist, aber eigentlich doch nicht funktioniert, vergleichen nur direkt  Fahrzeuge mit Verbrennungsmotoren gegen solche mit…
  • Crosstown Traffic – Bus Rapid Transit

    Matthias Hoffmann
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    Der Stadtverkehr. Die meisten von uns kennen ihn oder haben zumindest schon von ihm gehört: You’re just like crosstown traffic/ So hard to get through to you/ Crosstown traffic/ I don’t need to run over you Crosstown traffic/ All you do is slow me down/ And I’m tryin’ to get on the other side of town… So der Refrain aus Crosstown Traffic, den Jimi Hendrix 1967 aufnahm. Stau – Baustelle – Unfall.  Einer meiner Lieblingssongs. Nicht unbedingt weil hier mit urbaner Mobilität gespielt wird und ich mich als Stadtplaner seit Jahren für städtischen Verkehr…
  • Daimler Hauptversammlung im ICC: Aufbruch und Abbruch

    Dan von Appen
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    Der Menschenauflauf ist gewaltig: 5500 Aktionäre, Gäste und Mitarbeiter strömen durchs Berliner Congresscentrum (ICC). Der früher metallisch-glänzende 70er- Jahre-Komplex sieht von außen mittlerweile so aus wie ein vor hundert Jahren notgelandetes „Schrottschiff  Galactica“. Macht nüscht, in Berlin ist ja bekanntermaßen fast alles „arm, aber sexy“. Dafür kann aber der Stern bei der Hauptversammlung im Saal 1 und Saal 2 sowie im Foyer mit den ausgestellten Fahrzeugen ziemlich glänzen. Allein im ersten Quartal hat Daimler rund 13,5 Prozent mehr Autos verkauft und ist…
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  • Happy Earth Day! By: Taking Off Take steps to decrease your...

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Happy Earth Day! By: Taking Off Take steps to decrease your carbon footprint this Earth Day! Delta customers & employees offset 2,689 metric tons of CO2 through the natureconservancy. Learn more here! 
  • Happy Easter  By: Taking Off  What’s the Easter Bunny’s favorite...

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Happy Easter  By: Taking Off  What’s the Easter Bunny’s favorite seat? The EGGS-it row! 
  • Inside Delta // Boston Strong By: Andre Slay, Delta Customer...

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Inside Delta // Boston Strong By: Andre Slay, Delta Customer Service Agent My name is Andre Slay. I am a runner, a devoted Delta employee, a pilot in training and an amputee running the 2014 Boston Marathon. I’m also a dreamer. I dream of flying planes, motivating others and running marathons, and under Delta’s umbrella, I am making these dreams a reality.  A year ago, I would have never imagined that I would be standing here today, with the thought of crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon in my rear view mirror. I began my journey at Delta three years after the motorcycle…
  • Earth Month // In-flight Recycling By: Taking Off  Did you know...

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Earth Month // In-flight Recycling By: Taking Off  Did you know that since 2007, we’ve recycled 2,476,295 lbs. of aluminum cans – the equivalent of aluminum used for 17 Boeing 747s? Learn more about our award winning  In-flight Recycling Program.
  • Mad for Mad Men By: Taking Off We’re mad for the...

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Mad for Mad Men By: Taking Off We’re mad for the madmen-amc Season 7 premiere taking off tonight! Don Draper reminds us to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. 
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    EMC BlogRoll

  • EMC World 2014 — VMware SDS Roadmap Discussions

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Yes, it's that time of the year again -- EMC World! I don’t do many industry events, but EMC World is mandatory for me — if you want to seriously talk storage (and everything that touches it!), it’s in a league all by itself.  The event, the people, the content -- all top-shelf. Now that I’m part of VMware’s storage and availability group, EMC World is particularly important, as it’s our best opportunity to meet storage and data protection professionals face-to-face -- and ask serious questions. The hot topic?  SDS -- software-defined storage -- something VMware is…
  • Digital Extortion

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    My blog has been off-the-air for the last six days or so.  Thousands of daily visitors would either get an error message, or perhaps a mangled version of text only. My blog service provider -- TypePad -- successfully fended off a massive DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack, but it took them many days to do so.  Thousands of their customers could only watch helplessly, day after day, and hope for the best. After all, our options were limited :) While the final story has yet to come out, there is strong evidence that this was an extortion attempt.  Ransom was demanded…
  • Dress for Success with Pivotal RabbitMQ

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    I recently finished writing a series of articles discussing next-generation applications and the new models of IT infrastructure that are often required to support them. My focus was primarily on the building blocks used in the new infrastructure. I’d like to turn my attention now to the application side of the discussion. I’ve mentioned several times that one of the key value propositions of Pivotal is the reduction of software development time, enabling companies to deliver better software experiences to their customers, at a pace faster than their competitors. Pivotal is trying to…
  • Notes of Encouragement

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:51 pm
    I have just completed a two-day "Energy Excursion" sponsored by the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. And I have never encountered more auspicious signs for a carbon-reduced energy future. The Winning Entry in the student-built Electric Car Endurance Race at Milford HS Over the two days, we rode a bus and donned hardhats to visit and learn from: a developer of a large- scale solar project, a coal-fired power plant, two geothermal plants from different decades, a century-old hydroelectric plant,  an energy and gas storage facility just being launched, a large wind farm, and a renewable…
  • Building A SDS Conceptual Model — Part 2

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Welcome back to an ongoing series, exploring the new world of software-defined storage. If you’d like to catch up, please take a moment to read the previous posts: “Introducing The Software-Defined Storage Series” “Why Software-Defined Storage Matters” “Building The SDS Conceptual Model — Part 1” In the last post, we introduced the notions of applications, their containers -- and policy.  We also discussed how policy is interpreted by the control plane, while mediating access to services and providing the required perspective to multiple stakeholders. In this post,…
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    Fandango Movie News

  • See the First Photos from 'Jurassic World'

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Jurassic World has begun filming in Hawaii, and to celebrate the studio has started dribbling out some fun tidbits for fans. Entertainment Weekly had the premiere of a trio of images from the set, which are the first official images from the movie. The most interesting picture is the one above of star Bryce Dallas Howard. We obviously shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but all-white dress, red hair and appropriately sharp business haircut has us pinning her down as someone who is up to no good-- or at least works for someone who is up to no good. Then again, maybe we're just…
  • How You Can Watch All Your Favorite Marvel Heroes Together in One Place This Summer

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    With Marvel movies set to dominate the box office for the next few weeks, the comic giant is looking to expand its influence in an entirely new arena: the live-action performance. The company has teamed up with the folks at Barnum & Bailey and Disney on Ice to create traveling superhero extravaganza Marvel Universe LIVE!, and we've got some behind-the-scenes footage to share with you today.   With the tour set to get underway this July, the production has already hired its cast of heroes and villains. The best part? Marvel owns all the rights to its characters in this…
  • News Bites: Iron Man Shares First 'Avengers 2' Photo; 'Flash Gordon' Returning; Jessica Chastain As Marilyn Monroe

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Avengers: Age of Ultron: Robert Downey Jr. has shared his first photo from the set of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. We don't think that's Iron Man's new costume, but we'll have to wait until the movie arrives in theaters on May 1, 2015 to be sure. [Twitter]   Flash Gordon: A new version of Flash Gordon is heading to the big screen. Alex Raymond created the sci-fi hero for a comic strip adventure first published in 1934. Since then it's been adapted in just about every media imaginable, most notably the 1980 movie version (starring Sam Jones). Now Fox has…
  • 'Frozen' Will Get a Broadway Musical Before a Big-Screen Sequel

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Ever since Disney's Frozen turned into this phenomenon that has now placed it among some of the highest grossing movies of all time, fans have been eager to learn what's next, especially in an age where almost every successful movie immediately gets a sequel. Things are different with Frozen, though, because it was really the ridiculously catchy songs that turned it into a hit, and if you look back at Disney Animation's track record when it comes to its musical movies (The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast), none of them have gotten straight-up,…
  • News Bites: Vin Diesel Posts a Pic with Paul Walker's Brothers, Plus Seth Rogen Teams with Kevin Hart and More

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Fast & Furious 7: Recently we learned that Paul Walker's brothers Caleb and Cody would be helping to "complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production" of Fast & Furious 7. Now Vin Diesel has shared a photo of himself with Caleb and Cody, along with a poignant note that reads in part: "After spending time with his biological brothers, I must say to the parents, you raised some great kids." [Facebook]   The Longest Night: Best known as a producer (everything from Raiders of the Lost…
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  • Lovely butterflies

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
     Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Instagram will know that I have a thing for monarch butterflies. In fact, we’ve been rearing them from eggs to caterpillars, catching the metamorphosis into chrysalises  and then watching in wonder as butterflies eventually emerge. We’ve come to consider these amazing little things as pets and the children […] The post Lovely butterflies appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Springtime crafts round-up

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bunny Ear Macarons Mini Basket Place Settings Floral Wreath Crowned Easter Eggs DIY DIY Paper Spider Mums Springtime is such a refreshing time of the year. Colors begin to appear on the landscape and everything seems fresher and cleaner. I definitely feel the need to start afresh, to clean, tidy, sort and organize when April/May […] The post Springtime crafts round-up appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Bird’s nests

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Crafting and chocolate is probably one of my very favorite combinations, do you agree? Here’s some cute little bird’s nests I made up, that I’ll use to decorate the table over Easter, for my children (and for me too!) Start by taking a brown piece of cardstock and running it through a paper crimper. Cut the […] The post Bird’s nests appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Datura by Deer and Doe

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    This has been the kids’ last week at school before Spring Break and boy are we ready for a week off.  I used to be a teacher and so I can also imagine how their teachers must be feeling! Considering I’ll be spending more time with my littles than usual next week, I spent this […] The post Datura by Deer and Doe appeared first on Fiskateers.
  • Using gold leaf with stamps

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Ever fancied using gold leaf in your projects, but didn’t really know where to start? Perhaps you need a cool technique to glam up your card for our Back to Basics cardmaking challnege? Whatever the reason you’re curious about gold leaf, let me show you a cool way to use it with stamps. You’ll need […] The post Using gold leaf with stamps appeared first on Fiskateers.
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    Garmin Blog

  • Touchscreen vs. Button: Which Chartplotter Type is Best for You?

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
      With so many mainstream electronics utilizing touchscreens these days, it’s easy to see the appeal in having the marine electronics installed on a boat use a touchscreen as well.  With many units offering easy scrolling and pinch-to-zoom capabilities, the touchscreen has brought a new level of control to the helm.  Yet, there is still a strong contingent of boaters and anglers that prefer to have a button interface.   Both provide the same information and benefits but vary slightly in the way you interact with the chartplotter. Touchscreen: The touchscreen…
  • Garmin Pilot Update for Android Adds Track-Up, SafeTaxi and More!

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:41 am
    The weather is warming up and the sound of airplanes buzzing around seems to be filling the sky lately. If you’re like me and you plan to fly this weekend because the weather is (finally) cooperating, check out the latest Garmin Pilot update for Android before you takeoff! This update encompasses a number of features, which aid in situational awareness during every phase of flight, so you won’t want to miss it!  Taxi Prior to take-off and after landing, SafeTaxi diagrams are now available on the moving map page, which conveniently geo-reference your aircraft’s position on the…
  • Garmin Aviation Gains Altitude at Sun 'n Fun and AERO

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    In the last several weeks, two major airshows have sent a number of us at Garmin on a worldwide tour promoting our products – Lucy included! In just one day, I found myself traveling via plane, train, automobile and ferry, just to get to AERO in Friedrichshafen, Germany.  Needless to say, it has been a whirlwind of travel for many of us at Garmin and to go along with it, several announcements were made and even a few awards were received along the way! Sun ‘n Fun was the debut of G3X Touch and we were very pleased with how well it was received! Based on feedback from our…
  • Pushing through when a race doesn’t go as planned

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    No matter how much prep work we do, things can always go awry on race day. Professional triathlete Luke McKenzie shares his tips for pushing through the mishaps. Try not to rush, and accept help when you need it. When things start to unravel, try to keep steady and not attempt to rush through things to make up time. At a recent Ironman an injury caused me to lose time during my swim. Things were made a lot worse when I was rushing to get my helmet on my head I pulled the buckle off the strap. I spent roughly two minutes re-threading it while the transition emptied around me. I got on my bike…
  • Garmin Announces New Vector Pedal Pod Size

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    We’re excited to announce today that Garmin’s unique pedal-based power meter, Vector, now has a larger pedal pod option. The large set fits crank arms 15-18 mm thick and 44 mm wide. With this additional crank arm clearance, Vector fits almost any bike. Easy to install and transfer from bike to bike, Vector delivers objective, repeatable metrics for training and assessing performance, including total power (in watts), cadence, torque effectiveness, and pedal smoothness. Vector also measures balance between left and right to train for maximum efficiency, and transmits data to a compatible…
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    GE Global Research

  • #SpringBreakIt – Pushing Super Materials to the Limit this Spring Break

    Joseph Vinciquerra
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    I lead GE’s Materials Processing and Testing team here at Global Research. We partner with scientists and engineers from across GRC and our GE businesses to understand and predict how next-generation materials will behave in the challenging environments which they must perform. Together, we are developing some of the most sophisticated and cutting-edge material systems for GE, including composites, ceramics, and high-performance superalloys for numerous GE industrial products. As you’ll see in the videos below, we put our materials through some of the most demanding tests to ensure they…
  • Ecoassessment COE: Inspiring a more sustainable world

    Angela Fisher
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Human activities are changing our world. Current and future generations face serious challenges around issues such as climate change, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, diminishing resources, land use change, air pollution, and acidification.  In addition, societal and economic changes such as population growth, increasing energy needs, and advancement in economic status of previously under-developed regions place increased pressure on limited resources. The world’s environmental challenges present an opportunity for GE to do what it does best: imagine and build innovative solutions…
  • Inspiring the Next Generation through FIRST Robotics

    Doug Wildes
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    I got involved with FIRST robotics when our 6th grade daughter joined a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team in 2006. I went along as a parent and started helping. When our daughter moved up to high school, she and I joined Shenendehowa’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, Team 20, the Rocketeers.  I joined the FIRST teams to support our daughter, and because they aligned with my life-long zeal for designing and building things. FIRST gives us a new robotics challenge to solve each year and only six weeks in which to solve it. We have an interesting collection of materials and tools to use,…
  • New Pumping Technology for Unconventional Oil and Gas Wells

    Jeremy Van Dam
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    About a year ago at this time, I introduced you to a few of the technologies we’re developing at GE Global Research to support our Artificial Lift business and the new Oil and Gas Technology Center that will soon be under construction in Oklahoma City. Now, I’d like to update you on our progress, and specifically, show you what we’re driving in the lab that will enhance our customer’s ability to reach unconventional oil and gas reserves that, right now, go largely underutilized. We are making great strides in our ongoing effort to advance the technology that goes inside electric…
  • Building Collaboration into the Manufacturing Platform

    Ben Beckmann
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Technology makes the world smaller. This is pretty much old news for anyone who has an Internet connection or iPhone. What was once impossible has quickly become the norm. From e-mailing colleagues in Bangalore to holding face-to-face meetings with teams in Shanghai, technology has allowed us to instantaneously connect with billions of people around the world. This drastic shift in the way we communicate is ushering in new ways of doing business. Many companies embrace telecommuting and/or freelancing, which eliminates geographical boundaries and helps to lower costs. Others utilize online…
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  • Chevrolet’s Performance Car Lineup: 14 Distinct Models

    Weber Detroit
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    If variety is the spice of life, then Chevrolet’s performance car lineup has to be quite spicy. With fourteen different performance models available for the 2014 and 2015 model years, there’s bound to be a Chevrolet performance vehicle that suits you. Nine of those 14 vehicles belong to the Camaro portfolio, which is broader than ever before, thanks to the addition of the 2014 Camaro Z/28, the most track-capable Camaro ever produced. Also, joining the performance lineup for 2014 is the Chevrolet SS, which blends the Camaro’s rear-wheel drive performance with the…
  • A Car For Every Talent: Camaro’s Performance Portfolio

    Weber Detroit
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Ever since the first Z/28 was introduced in 1966, there have been Camaros built specifically with the racer in mind. Today, the performance Camaro portfolio is as robust as it has ever been, with the 1LE, ZL1, and Z/28 all ready to tear up some tarmac on the weekends. But while they may all fall under the performance umbrella, each model serves its own purpose, and is ideal for a certain type of racer. We sat down with Mark Dickens, Director of Performance Vehicles, who has driven each one to their limits on the track. Below he shares what makes each model so special, and who should look to…
  • Earth Week Guest Post: Three Questions on Sustainability with GM Employees

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Our employees are the lifeblood of our organization. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles. With more than 219,000 spread across the globe, they are helping the company move the needle when it comes to a variety of topics. Including sustainability. The more we talk about sustainability with them, the more we realize just how many are interested in the work we are doing to protect the environment. In some cases, they’ve taken it upon themselves to spread their enthusiasm for the environment to their community. In advance of Earth Day, we…
  • Earth Week Guest Post: Operating a Company to Account for Local Issues and Global Changes: What Have We Learned?

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Learning in today’s modern economy starts with a recognition that disruption, speed and complexity have changed the world in which we manage our businesses and govern our societies.  These developments create major risks, but they also yield important opportunities.  This is especially true in managing large enterprises that must account for local issues and cultures in their operations, while adapting to major changes in global society. During the past decade the World Environment Center (WEC), a global non-profit organization that works with major companies, has implemented projects and…
  • All-new 2015 GMC Yukon Quiets the World Outside

    Weber Detroit
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    As a mother of two young children, General Motors engineer Michell Shippy understands how therapeutic a quiet drive on the road can be. She took into account this personal experience when helping to design the interior cabin of the all-new 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. The SUV offers interior quietness that makes it a pleasure to drive. We spoke with Michell to learn more about the enhancements engineers made to advance quietness in the all-new Yukon. Fastlane: Can you tell us about your role with GM, and on this particular project? Michell Shippy: I am one of two wind noise development…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Go back in time with Street View

    Emily Wood
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve ever dreamt of being a time traveler like Doc Brown, now’s your chance. Starting today, you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We've gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world.If you see a clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image, click on it and move the slider through time and select a thumbnail to see that same place in previous years or seasons.Now with Street View, you…
  • Going solar with SunPower

    Emily Wood
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Just because Earth Day is over doesn’t mean we’re done doing good things for the planet. Yesterday we announced our biggest renewable energy purchase yet: an agreement with our Iowa utility partners to supply our data center facilities there with up to 407 megawatts of wind energy.Today, we’re taking another step towards a clean energy future with a major new investment. Together with SunPower Corporation we’re creating a new $250 million fund to help finance the purchase of residential rooftop solar systems—making it easier for thousands of households across the U.S. to go solar.
  • Ok Glass… Let’s celebrate Earth Day

    Emily Wood
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Part of honoring Earth Day is celebrating the people who dedicate their lives to protecting our planet’s most vulnerable species. You’ll find one of those people in the tall grasslands of Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, where Sabita Malla, a senior research officer at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is hard at work protecting rhinos and Bengal tigers from poaching. She spends her days collecting data about wildlife in order to track the animals, assess threats, and provide support where needed. Now, she’s getting help from something a bit unexpected: Google Glass. Last year, WWF started…
  • Through the Google lens: this week’s search trends

    Emily Wood
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    What did you search for this week? What about everyone else? Starting today, we’ll be sharing a regular look back at some of the top trending items on Google Search. Let’s dive in.From afikomen to 1040EZPeople were looking for information on Palm Sunday and Good Friday ahead of Easter; searches for both days were even higher than searches for the Pope himself. Turning to another religious tradition, with Passover beginning on Monday we saw searches rise over 100 percent for Seder staples like [charoset recipe], [brisket passover] and of course [matzo balls]. Alongside these celebrations,…
  • Providing more CS professional development for K-12 teachers with an expanded CS4HS

    Emily Wood
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    For more than five years, we’ve provided free and inexpensive teacher professional development trainings in computer science education through Computer Science for High School (CS4HS). In this program, Google provides funding and support for experts to create hands-on professional development training in CS education for K-12 educators. The goal is to arm teachers with the knowledge they need to help their students succeed in the field. The program has already trained more than 12,000 teachers, and reached more than 600,000 students—and we’ve gotten great feedback over the years (a 95%…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • First Dog on the Moon on why the royals should beware of Australia - cartoon

    First Dog on the Moon
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Think of the baby! Australia may not be a suitable country for a tiny, cute royal offspring! First Dog on the Moon explains why Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading...
  • Theres zero public demand for fighter planes ... but we'll spend $12bn anyway | Jeff Sparrow

    Jeff Sparrow
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Ordinary Australians might not care about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter acquisition, but the Very Important People do and thats what mattersYesterday, the Australian federal government committed an additional $12bn fighting climate change. "In view of the scientific consensus, wed be remiss to do anything else," said Tony Abbott.Oh, wait. No, that money went on 58 new fighter planes, in the most expensive defense commitment in Australian history. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter acquisition would allow Australia to participate in future military coalitions alongside the US the main…
  • Let us bring the Anzac spirit home | Penny Wright

    Penny Wright
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Progressive thinkers tend to demur from any discussion of Australias military history. It's a shame, as there is much to embrace without glorifying the idea of warMy family, like so many others around Australia, was directly affected by conflict. My father served in New Guinea in the second world war. He didnt talk much about what he had been through, and often spent Anzac day alone in his shed. In 1995, 50 years after that war ended, I wrote him a letter thanking him for his service. It said: Australia is a great country our democracy, our sense of justice, our humour, our egalitarianism all…
  • In praise of ... Miriam Clegg | Editorial

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Nick Clegg's wife interrupted the deputy PM to challenge him to deny the popular prejudice that real men don't do childcareMiriam González Durántez surely spoke for every mother when she interrupted her husband at a press conference where he was launching Cityfathers a networking outfit for, obviously, fathers who work in the City. Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister as well as the father of three children, looked genuinely as if he feared that his wife, a lawyer, was about to pillory him for talking the talk but not walking the walk when it came to putting in the hours at home.
  • London borough elections: Britain's other other country | Editorial

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    London elected 14 more MPs than Scotland in 2010 this other country is under parliament's noseWestminster's insular punditry is waking up to the fact that this is, already, a disunited kingdom. The Scottish referendum is prompting calculations about how the Commons would work without 59 MPs from a land where Conservative parliamentarians are almost extinct. As Whitehall blunders about in support of a no campaign fighting in an unfamiliar culture, Gordon Brown re-enters the fray as a reasonably popular figure. Independent or not, Scotland is already another country.But there is another chunk…
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    Hu' Blog

  • Continuous Cloud Infrastructure: Taking Storage Virtualization to the Next Dimension

    Hu Yoshida
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Continuous Cloud Infrastructure: Taking Storage Virtualization to the Next Dimension Today, Hitachi Data Systems  announces the next step in storage virtualization, taking it to the next dimension to provide a continuous cloud infrastructure. When Hitachi announced Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) with its modular architecture, we marketed it as 3D storage with the ability to scale up with the addition of cache modules and Intel processors, scale out with front and back end director boards, and scale deep through virtualization of external storage. Last week I blogged about the progression of…
  • What is the next step in Storage Virtualization?

    Hu Yoshida
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    In 2004 Hitachi Data Systems introduced the Universal Storage Platform, USP, which was the first storage array that could attach and virtualize third party Fibre Channel storage arrays. Instead of following other vendors by doing virtualization through an appliance that added complexity and another layer of management in the Storage Area Network, Hitachi chose to do virtualization through the storage controller.  By virtualizing external storage through the USP controller, the virtualized arrays could inherit the latest capabilities of the USP and be managed through the USP management…
  • Business – Not Company Size – Should Define Storage Infrastructure

    Hu Yoshida
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Traditionally, storage has been defined as either midrange or enterprise, based on the assumption that midrange or smaller customers did not need the performance and availability of larger enterprise customers. As a result, midrange storage could be built on a simpler, lower cost, dual controller architecture, where one controller supported the other controller in an active/passive mode. In other words, the data that was being stored in one controller cache was copied into the other controller cache so that if the primary controller failed the data in its cache could be protected and…
  • Internet of Things and Train as a Service

    Hu Yoshida
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Last week I was in the UK and had an opportunity to get an update on the Hitachi Train project, which was initially installed for the London Olympics. There has been a lot of progress in the past four years. Mechanized rail transport first appeared in England in the 1820s, almost 200 years ago. Today there is a major initiative underway in the UK to convert its 40-year-old, diesel, intercity train system to electric trains using innovative technology from Hitachi. The Internet of things, where sensors and machines are interacting with each other, will play a major role in this project. These…
  • Gartner’s Critical Capabilities Provides Transparency

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Gartner has long been a major influencer in many technology markets. Many CIO’s include Gartner’s research assessment to support their evaluations before they make a buying decision.  Up to now, Gartner’s research methodology was comprised of the Magic Quadrant, also known as the Magic window for the graphical way that technology providers are positioned in four quadrants representing their position as Leaders, Visionaries, Niche Players and Challengers. For emerging or mature markets, Gartner’s MarketScopes is represented as the best tool to help clients understand how the…
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    Inside Scoop

  • Happy Earth Day! Be Green: Recycle Your Old Electronics Today

    Jessica Hansen
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Every year on April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day – a day to celebrate the little blue planet we live on and think about how we can better take care of it. Earth Day’s origins trace back to Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson (credited as Earth Day’s founder) and the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. What started in the U.S. is now celebrated across the globe as a call to action to combat climate change and reduce the demands we place on our precious resources. In keeping with the spirit of Earth day, I thought it would be a good time for a reminder that it’s…
  • Get Rid of the Digital Clutter

    Jessica Hansen
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Do you have digital clutter? Devices in the home that are not your go-to device, but are gathering dust in the corner, or used like a digital library for your favorite photos, videos and information? If so, you are not alone. Almost half of Americans (47 percent) are keeping their old tech devices long after they are useful, according to a new Intel survey. One in four Americans keep these outdated devices because they contain important information such as photos, videos and music that they aren’t certain how to transfer to a new device and still want to be able to access from…
  • Intel Extreme Masters Singapore 2013

    Don Bowden
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    We are here in Singapore as part of the Sitex consumer electronics show for the next stop on the Intel Extreme Masters world tour. This tournament stop will feature the top professional StarCraft II and League of Legends players from South East Asia and Korea competing for cash prizes totaling $75,000. As an added bonus we are giving amateur players the opportunity to compete in a special League of Legends tournament where the amateur players have a shot at taking home $20,000 in prize money, not a bad pay day for both professionals and amateurs. With both League of Legends and StarCraft II…
  • Acer Iconia W3-810 has lots to offer at an affordable price

    Liz Garcia
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    The Acer Iconia W3-810 has a lot to offer for a tablet One of my favorite perks here at Intel is getting the opportunity to take home and try out some of the devices in Intel’s demo room. So when I was asked if I would like to try out the Acer Iconia W3-810-1600 this past summer I did not hesitate to say yes. The tablet did come with instructions, but I didn’t bother to read them. Why? Well, I wanted to see how intuitive it was to use this device. This tablet is essentially a mini PC The W3-810 is an 8-inch tablet which I find it to be a perfect tablet size for me. It fits into my small…
  • Intel Extreme Masters – We’re in Sao Paulo Brazil Baby!

    Don Bowden
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    It’s not only the weather that’s hot here in Sao Paulo, the League of Legends (LoL) competition has set the place on fire. The Brazilian crowds have been going nuts watching the Brazilian team paiN Gaming advance to the finals where they put up the good fight, but it was the powerhouse European team Millenium that took them down 2-0 and walked away with the $15,000 first place prize money. The crowds for LOL have been amazing, when the doors opened at 10:00am on the first day of competition approximately 1000 screaming Brazilians rushed through those doors, and with in minutes, the 425…
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • Doing Good in the Neighborhood

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s note: Johnson & Johnson has more than 128,000 employees around the world.  Throughout 2014, we’re going to bring you their unique stories.  Whether they are employees who work with a nonprofit, mentor children, or simply volunteer at their local soup kitchen, we want to show that small acts of kindness can make big changes in the world we live in.  These stories have inspired us, and we hope they’ll inspire you, too. “Those who can lead have an obligation to do so, in the realm of citizenship…”  General Robert Wood Johnson, 1949 Name: Reed Jaboro Position and…
  • The Johnson & Johnson Culture of Health & Wellness Series: Part Two

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Samantha Gilham, Graduate Fellow, Corporate Communications Editor’s Note: Here at Johnson & Johnson, we don’t just “talk the talk,” but we also “walk the walk” when it comes to health, especially with our employees.  Around the world, J&J employees have access to a variety of health-related resources.  Global Health Services or as we know it, Live for Life, includes access to occupational health nurses or physicians providing screenings and heath related services, Employee Assistance Professionals who support healthy emotional and mental well-being, and Wellness…
  • PFLAG Honors J&J Commitment to LGBT People in the Workplace

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    by R. Scott Creighton, Global Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Companies Last week an event several years in the making took place in New York City that is cause for celebration for my Johnson & Johnson colleagues. On behalf of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, our Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky accepted the Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award from PFLAG, the largest grassroots-based family organization providing support, education and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies…
  • Digitizing Nostalgia: Behind The Scenes Of BAND-AID® Brand’s “Stuck On Me” Jingle Contest

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Devon Eyer, Corporate Communications, Social Media at Johnson & Johnson Editor’s Note: Today, BAND-AID® Brand kicks off its second annual “Stuck On Me” jingle contest in the United States.  We caught up with Michael Park, Assistant Brand Manager of BAND-AID® Brand, to learn more about what it’s like to give a nostalgic piece of J&J history a digital twist. BlogJNJ:  Tell us about the origins of the BAND-AID® Brand “Stuck On Me” jingle contest. Michael Park:  The iconic “Stuck On Me” jingle dates back 39 years, when Barry Manilow first created and sang it.
  • 2014 Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award Acceptance – Alex Gorsky

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Editor’s Note:On April 10, PFLAG honored Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies with its 2014 Straight for Equality in the Workplace Award.  Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky attended the Straight for Equality Gala  in New York and accepted the award.  You can read his remarks below. by Alex Gorsky, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson On behalf of the 128,000 men and women of Johnson & Johnson I am proud to accept the 2014 Straight for Equality in the Workplace award given by PFLAG, Parents, Families and…
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    Lenovo Blogs

  • The Chocolate Factory Becomes Cloud Ready

    Beth O'Shea
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    GUEST BLOG BY LAURA FROMBACH AND KEN LANCASTER… Remember Lucy and Ethel? OK, maybe we're dating ourselves, but there’s a classic Lucy and Ethel skit that reflects the pace of IT today. They’ve just been hired to work in the chocolate factory and if a single piece of candy gets by them, they’re fired. All is well…for about 10 seconds. Then the chocolate comes out faster, faster and faster! There is no way they can keep up, so they improvise all sorts of ways to hide what they can’t wrap. The boss tells them that they are doing splendid and then yells,…
  • Migration from XP: Why It’s a Must

    Jason Yelton
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Familiarity is the enemy of progress. Why get something new if what you have still meets your needs? That is the thinking among some Windows XP users who are resisting a migration to Windows 7 or 8. The problem is on April 8 Microsoft officially pulled the plug on supporting the 13-year-old operating system. This means Microsoft, which stopped selling XP in 2008, is no longer sending out security patches for XP. And that should be a major concern for any XP user. According to estimates, XP users remain a sizeable group, with as many as 500 million still latching on to their XP-loaded…
  • LinkedIn Group - Lenovo Partner Network, North America

    Michelle Lee
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Post by Jason Yelton, Senior Manager, Marketing. Channel partners generate 85 percent of Lenovo’s business. We understand that to continue growing our business, we have to make every effort to help you grow yours. And to accomplish that, ongoing communication between Lenovo and our partners is a must. That’s why we are launching Lenovo Partner Network North America LinkedIn Group, and we invite you to become active participants. Our goal is to create a forum for a free exchange of ideas about topics directly pertaining to Lenovo and to industry news and trends. We will use…
  • Big Data Solutions For Small & Medium Businesses

    Beth O'Shea
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    For the last several years, the Big Data momentum has steadily increased as large firms see the value of investing in data analytics. According to Wikibon, the US Big Data market reached $18.8B in 2013, with computer hardware encompassing 38 percent of IT sell-through. For large enterprises, the upfront capital investment of compute and networking clusters provide quick financial returns, as these companies are able to leverage their IT investment to reduce operating expenses or monetize professional services. Financial firms use data analytics to create an environment for fraud modeling in…
  • SA120 DAS & CacheCade for Automated Data Acceleration

    Beth O'Shea
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    GUEST BLOG BY TAY FOSTER ... You heard about our recent ThinkServer SA120 direct-attached storage (DAS) announcement, right? Right? It’s amazing and unique in that it’s the only DAS array that has 3.5-inch drive bays in the front and 2.5-inch drive bays in the back. Single enclosure configurations are available with up to 48TB of NL-SAS HDDs combined with up to 3.2TB of high-performance Intel SSDs. This innovative “Think” design provides an optimal tiered storage solution in one compact 15.5-inch deep 2U chassis. Are you looking for the easy button for performance…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • Scattered Optimism for Future of Global Economy: LinkedIn Economic Confidence Outlook

    Sam Gager
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    LinkedIn now has more than 300 million professionals around the world from nearly every major industry and job level, including many executives and managers. Together, they represent a wealth of professional knowledge, insights and opinions. With the health of local and global economies on everyone’s radar, we decided to tap into the minds of senior business leaders on LinkedIn to get a sense of where our economy is headed in the near future. In the first quarter of 2014, we surveyed more than 14,000 senior business leaders on LinkedIn in the 16 countries around the world that represent…
  • Professional Photos on LinkedIn Are Worth a Thousand Opportunities

    Nicole Williams
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    In this time-constrained world, we don’t have a thousand words to explain to hiring managers, potential clients, colleagues or future bosses who we are as professionals. Instead, let your photographs do the talking. I’m not talking about pictures of after-work tequila shots and bikini vacation photos in the bars. Keep those far, far away from the Internet because you just never know who is going to see those photos and how they might affect the way people perceive you professionally. But the right picture is worth a thousand words if you can use it to reinforce your brand and build…
  • Career Curveballs: 60+ Influencers on Overcoming Setbacks

    Isabelle Roughol
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
      This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers share how they turned setbacks into success. Read all their stories here. No career is a steady move from base to base — entry level to senior level to executive level — until you make it home and enjoy a well-deserved rest in the dugout. Even the most successful professionals have curveballs thrown their way and have to hit them, duck, veer, adapt. This week and next, 60+ LinkedIn Influencers – the top minds in business – share the stories of those moments when they’ve had to handle surprising career twists,…
  • The Next Three Billion [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Deep Nishar
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are excited to announce that we reached a big milestone today: there are now more than 300 million LinkedIn members in the world! More than half of these members come from outside of the U.S., while there are 100 million members in the U.S. While this is an exciting moment, we still have a long way to go to realize our vision of creating economic opportunity for every one of the 3.3 billion people in the global workforce. To get there, we are delivering personalized experiences built around members and their identity, network and knowledge. We believe this focus will give us the ability to…
  • How to Represent Your Unique Career Path on Your LinkedIn Profile [SLIDESHARE]

    Lisa Rangel
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Most career paths today are not linear—people hold temporary roles, take on new roles within the same company, take time off, have gaps of unemployment, and even change industries altogether. Our career paths are not meant to be simple, and the truth is, some of our most trying career (and life) moments can teach us the most. Wherever your personal career journey has taken you, it’s important to figure out how to communicate that story to a potential employer. Here’s how to represent the following scenarios on your LinkedIn Profile: Representing Unique Career Paths on LinkedIn from…
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    Lulu Blog

  • Print-on-Demand, saving the Earth one tree at a time

    Meg @ Lulu
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Original post provided by Morgan Siem In honor of Earth Day, here are some important, “did-you-know?” facts about why Print-On-Demand (the Lulu-way) is a sustainable alternative to Traditional Offset Printing: No book is printed before it is bought and paid for. This differs from the traditional method in which thousands of copies are printed before ANY of them are bought and paid for by the consumer. This “print & pray” approach involves unnecessary risk due to the large capital expenditure involved in offset print runs for publishers. Zero material waste in the manufacturing…
  • Introducing the Wrimo Accelerator Authors

    Meg @ Lulu
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    Last November Lulu launched, an initiative aimed at helping National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participants reach their author goals. As part of this initiative, Lulu started the Wrimo Accelerator Program to identify the most promising authors and books from all of the NaNoWriMo submissions. After weeks of combing through thousands of manuscripts using a specific criteria, we identified nine individuals as Wrimo Accelerator Authors. As a prize, these authors were awarded the royal publishing treatment. Their prize package included everything from book cover design to…
  • Announcing our first “Ask Lulu’s Experts” live tweet chat!

    Meg @ Lulu
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    Hey Lulus, Next Wednesday, April 23rd, Lulu will be hosting our first live tweet chat from 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST. We will have all of our experts answering all of your questions, from “how do I distribute my book globally?” to “what is the best way to market my eBook?” and everything in between. Interested in participating? Simply follow and tweet us using hashtag #LuluExperts between 1:30 and 2:30 PM and we’ll have one of our experts respond in real time. In the meantime, check out our newly launched eBook – Author’s Guide to success: A Complete…
  • Tearing down the wall! Lulu now offers new print packages to fit everyone

    Meg @ Lulu
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    When Bob Young, Lulu’s founder, tore down the barriers to bringing a book to market, he knew millions of people would benefit. Since made its debut more than ten years ago, people from every corner of the globe have created works for every reader in every genre. Fiction writers have found and delighted new audiences. Memoirists have left important legacies. Educators have removed obstacles to knowledge. Physicians have shared life-saving research and information. Biographers have celebrated fascinating lives. Entrepreneurs have launched and grown new businesses. That’s…
  • Top 3 Ways to Ensure Self-Publishing Success

    Meg @ Lulu
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    Contributed by Dan Dillon, Lulu Director of Product Marketing I recently had the pleasure to co-present a webinar with Bowker on Self-Publishing: Your Path to Success. Ralph Coviello, publisher relations manager at Bowker, shared copious insights into how the self-publishing landscape has taken shape over the past few years, as well as how it may continue to evolve. From all the great observations and advice, I’ve distilled the three most important lessons to be gleaned for your success in self-publishing. 1. Publish in multiple formats It stands to reason that the more products you…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Deciding to Decide

    Marriott on the Move
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    Touring the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC due to open in a few weeks. There are many things that I learned while growing up in my church. One was what former church presi­dent Spencer W. Kimball termed “deciding to decide.” For me, I personally decided that I simply wouldn’t do certain...
  • Marriott's 'Spirit to Serve' is in Good Hands

    Marriott on the Move
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    When I was a boy and young man, community service was of little or no interest to me. I’m not sure why. Perhaps I considered my Naval service career enough. No one had even thought of recycling or wearing a seat belt for that matter. We had sacrificed during the...
  • Renovating Riyadh

    Marriott on the Move
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I remember travelling across the world to the desert sands of Saudi Arabia in 1979. We were starting to open hotels all over the world. With its rich culture and strong heritage, Saudi was the best place to plant our first flag in the Middle East. The Riyadh Marriott Hotel...
  • Take Me Out to the … New Baseball Academy

    Marriott on the Move
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:28 am
    The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The smell of fresh popcorn and peanuts in the air. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening day for baseball fans. So much potential and promise for your favorite team to make it all the way to the Fall...
  • Dr. DeSanctis - A Great Role Model for Me

    Marriott on the Move
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:13 am
    Dr. DeSanctis' Care Made a Lasting Impact on Me After My Boating Accident A recent article in The Boston Globe was titled, “After six decades of devotion, the doctor is out.” In 1978 my father was admitted to Mass General Hospital in Boston after suffering several heart attacks at our...
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    The Old New Thing

  • How do I programmatically create folders like My Pictures if they were manually deleted?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    A corporate customer had a problem with their employees accidentally deleting folders like Videos and Pictures and are looking for a way to restore them, short of blowing away the entire user profile and starting over. They found some techniques on the Internet but they don't always work consistently or completely. What is the recommended way of recreating these missing folders? It turns out that the customer was asking a question that I answered many years ago, but looking at it from the other side. To recreate a folder, call SHGet­Folder­Path with the flag CSIDL_FLAG_CREATE, or call…
  • Le Chatelier's Principle in action: Administrative overrides

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today we have another example of Le Chatelier's Principle as interpreted by John Gall: Every system resists its proper functioning. There was a video card manufacturer which was using the AppInit_DLLs key so that they could inject their DLL into every process. I have no idea why. Perhaps to get a nice bonus. In Windows Vista, the AppInit_DLLs registry key was deactivated for both engineering and security reasons. Oh no! Undeterred, the video card manufacturer issued an update to their driver so that in addition to adding themselves to AppInit_DLLs, they also set the administrative override…
  • How can I get information about the items in the Recycle Bin from script?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today we'll do a scripting version of an old C++ program: Printing information about the items in the Recycle Bin. (How you wish to act on the information is up to you.) This is a pattern we've seen a lot. Bind to a folder, enumerate its contents, extract properties. var shell = new ActiveXObject("Shell.Application"); var recycleBin = shell.NameSpace(10); // CSIDL_BITBUCKET var items = recycleBin.Items(); for (var i = 0; i < items.Count; i++) { var item = items.Item(i); WScript.StdOut.WriteLine(item.Name); WScript.StdOut.WriteLine(item.ExtendedProperty( "System.Recycle.DeletedFrom"));…
  • Raymond's house rules for Easter Egg Hunts

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of my colleagues frustrates his family by hiding the eggs for the annual Egg Hunt way too well. "Apparently, drawers and freezers are out of bounds in the traditional egg hunt." Here are my house rules for Easter Egg Hunts: All eggs must be hidden within the implied egg-hiding area. No sneaky outliers. All eggs must be at least partially observable by egg-hunters without disturbing anything. No hiding in drawers or under flowerpots, or putting them on top of a tall piece of furniture that a shorter egg-hunter cannot see. However, you may still have to work to see them. They might be…
  • How do I set a breakpoint on a function whose name contains spaces or other special characters?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you use one of the command line debuggers based on the Debugger Engine, you can set a breakpoint on a function whose name contains spaces or other special characters by quoting the symbol name. The trick here is that you do not quote the entire string; you quote only the symbol name. 0:001> bu @!"CSimpleArray<wchar_t *>::CSimpleArray<wchar_t *>" Note that the quotation marks do not go around the part. They go only around the symbol. (Otherwise, the debugger thinks you are setting a breakpoint action.) Another trick for setting breakpoints is using tab autocompletion for…
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    Molson in the Community

  • Kamenitza Fan Cup Receives Award for Responsibility

    Melisa Chung
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    For 11 years, Kamenitza has hosted the biggest amateur soccer tournament in Bulgaria, aptly named the Kamenitza Fan Cup. At this year’s 11th annual Responsible Business Awards, the Kamenitza Fan cup received the first runner-up award for excellence in cause-related marketing. The annual awards ceremony, organized by the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum, recognizes those Bulgarian businesses that excel in corporate social responsibility. The Responsible Business Awards is the most prestigious CSR competition in Bulgaria and this year a record number of companies participated. A total of 56…
  • Recognizing a Champion of Hope

    Melisa Chung
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:02 pm
    We’ve always known that being a great beer company involves more than just brewing. In that tradition, the Denver and Golden offices hold an annual giving campaign to support the Mile High United Way and make a positive impact in our community. This year’s campaign raised a record breaking $175,000 – an increase of 30% over last year! Each year, Mile High United Way honours exceptional companies for their outstanding employee campaigns and demonstrated commitment to the community. Molson Coors received the Champion of Hope award, which recognizes companies who go above and beyond…
  • Zagrebačka Pivovara shines at Croatia’s Night of Museums

    Melisa Chung
    12 Feb 2014 | 6:15 am
    Night of Museums is a unique cultural event providing locals and tourists the opportunity to tour multiple museums, which remain open until late at night for free. It started in Croatia in 2005 and Zagrebačka Pivovara, a Molson Coors company, joined as a partner five years later. On January 31, for the fifth consecutive year, Zagrebačka Pivovara surprised many visitors with a night of entertainment and educational programs at the Museum of Zagrebačka Pivovara. Visitors were able to return to the past as a part of the historical overview that included newspapers from the 1892 which included…
  • Nous vous présentons nos athlètes du programme Appuyons un champion de Molson Canadian

    11 Feb 2014 | 5:37 am
    Le lancement des Jeux olympiques ayant lieu sous peu, Molson Canadian souhaite vous présenter nos 10 athlètes financés par le programme Appuyons un champion: Laurent Dubreuil Patinage de vitesse – longue piste Keltie Hansen Ski acrobatique – Demi-lune Jessica Hewitt   Patinage de vitesse – courte piste Genevieve Lacasse Hockey sur glace féminin (gardien de but) Phillipe Marquis Ski acrobatique – Bosses Eric Radford Patinage artistique en duo avec Meaghan Duhamel Sarah Reid Skeleton Georgia Simmerling Ski Cross Cody Sorensen Bobsleigh à 4 hommes: Freineur –…
  • Meet our Molson Canadian Fund a Champion Athletes

    Melisa Chung
    5 Feb 2014 | 10:59 am
              With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games about to kick off, we’d like to introduce you to our ten Fund a Champion Athletes: Laurent Dubreuil Speed Skating – Long Track Keltie Hansen Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe Jessica Hewitt   Speed Skating – Short Track Genevieve Lacasse Women’s Ice Hockey (Goalie) Phillipe Marquis Freestyle Skiing – Moguls Eric Radford Figure Skating – Pairs with Meaghan Duhamel Sarah Reid Skeleton Georgia Simmerling Ski Cross Cody Sorensen 4-Man Bobsleigh: Brakeman Canada 2 Lenny Valjas Cross Country Skiing In September each athlete received…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • OpenWorld /JavaOne 2014 in SFO 「超早割り」の締め切り迫る!

    OTN-J Master
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    米国内最大でのオラクルのイベント、OracleOpen WorldとJavaOne、今年は9月28日から10月2日までサンフランシスコで開催されます。 OpenWorld 2014オフィシャル・サイト JavaOne 2014オフィシャル・サイト 5月2日(金)までに登録されると、”Early Bird”スペシャル価格よりもさらに多くのディスカウントを受けられる、”Super Saver”価格が適用されます。…
  • The Future of Application Development Tools at Oracle by Tori Wieldt

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Last week we met with Chris Tonas, Vice President of Mobility and Application Development Tools at Oracle, to hear his take on the latest in the world of Java tooling and development frameworks. Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your role at Oracle as it relates to development tools? A: I lead the organization that is working on Oracle’s software development tools and frameworks, specifically, the teams that build our offerings for Java developers - whether in NetBeans, Eclipse or JDeveloper. Our team also builds the tools and frameworks that are used by developers working with…
  • SOA Suite 11g On-Demand, Self-Pace Course Now Available

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    The SOA Suite 11g Implementation Boot Camp, a 4-day live course for Oracle Partners, is now available in a self-paced, on-demand form on the SOA Suite 11g Implementation Guided Learning Path (GLP). The GLP contains all the lectures and hands-on labs from the live course. A VirtualBox appliance is used to support the 15 hands-on labs. The on-demand format allows students to experience a lecture segment or perform a lab exercise whenever they have time. Students can work through the materials at their own pace on their own computer. Support is provided via an email link with the OPN solution…
  • Enkitec Extreme Exadata Expo, Dallas, Texas, US, June 2-3.

    Javier Puerta
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Enkitec, an Oracle Platinum Partner with great skills around Exadata, are celebrating the "Enkitec Extreme Exadata Expo (E4 2014)" in Dallas, Texas, US, on June 2-3. The conference with a focus on the Oracle Exadata platform. E4 brings together a team of skilled Exadata and Big Data experts to present a deeply technical and educational agenda. See Agenda and Registration details here
  • Oracle Mobile Platform Breakfast Seminar Series - Australia

    Mala Narasimharajan
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Written By: Juliana Button, Director - Fusion Middleware  With the escalating usage of smart phones, we are already seeing mobile phones replacing cameras, cash, maps, remote controls, boarding passes and more.  Smartphone and tablet sales continue to accelerate. IT has a clear opportunity to work with line-of-business leaders to establish enterprise, cross-channel mobile strategies.  With keen interest in Mobility from the Australian market, we recently hosted Breakfast Seminars in Sydney and Melbourne with 60+ attendees in each location, to provide an update on the Oracle…
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: The Treewok

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    By Fitz & Becca Cahall The average American spends a third of their income on housing. Almost as much as the next two greatest expenses — food and transportation — combined. So, theoretically, if you just stopped paying for housing, you could earn a living working three days a week. Or two thirds of the year. Today, we bring you a story about the pursuit of snow, world domination and cheap rent. It’s imperfect. It comes with inconveniences. Trade-offs. But, at the end of the day, what would you rather trade in? Convenience? Or time spent chasing down dry rock or fluffy snow? Listen…
  • Imagine

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    By Gavin McClurg, photos by Jody MacDonald Sailing around the world isn’t new. Historians recently learned that Chinese merchant ships in the latter 15th century, which were grander, faster, and better equipped than Spanish and Portuguese fleets (Magellan, Columbus, Gama, etc.), used trading routes that vary today only because of the Suez and Panama Canals. These canals eliminate the need to navigate the treacherous Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, respectively. Today, we call these routes the “milk run.” When you start at X and sail to Y, there is a very sensible time of year to do it…
  • DamNation: America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2014, Updated Tour Schedule & Recent Awards

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    It’s been a month since DamNation made its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas. First and foremost, we would like to thank all of the people who’ve come out to see our film. Your support is greatly appreciated. Moving forward, we have a bunch of news and some important action alerts to share, so let's get to it. America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2014 When, as a young man, DamNation co-producer Matt Stoecker witnessed migrating steelhead jump at, and bounce off, Stanford University’s Searsville Dam on San Francisquito Creek, he recognized the destructive power a single dam can have…
  • Climbing in Iceland with Loki the Deceiver

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Kitty Calhoun Iceland is a land of extremes – stark beauty within a harsh, unforgiving landscape and an equally daunting climate. Volcanoes are still erupting, earthquakes are nearly constant, yet the geothermal water provides Iceland with most of its energy needs and natural hot springs ease the cold of winter. Eleven percent of the country is covered with glaciers. Sighting of the aurora borealis is common. The coast is dotted with steep cliffs, overhung by glaciers and blasted by wind off the ocean. Yet over 300 species of birds nest in these cliffs, eider ducks (think eiderdown)…
  • Home

    28 Mar 2014 | 9:11 am
    By Patch Wilson Growing up in Cornwall, in the UK, it’s easy to feel blessed when you’re young. I thought we had the best waves ever, and in some ways it’s true. When you’re a kid, the waves at home are all you really need. But quickly the realization sets in – as you get a bit bigger and aren’t so scared of what the ocean can throw at you – you want more. I‘ve travelled to the other end of the planet to get my fix of heavier hollower waves. But over the last 10 years or so I have come to realize that what I’m really looking for is right on my doorstep. Here are some photos…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • No More Flats: Are Airless Tires the Future?

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    This week, from the "cool things for your car" file - airless tires! Back in 2011, tire manufacturer Bridgestone introduced AirFree, their take on airless tires. Take a look at the video to see these beauties in motion: The tires...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Cars for Ladies?

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock While researching another post a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across a story about the FUSO Canter Eco Hybrid Canna, the first cube van designed specifically for women, which premiered at the Toyko Motor Show last year....<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Monthly Poll - Who Follows the Rules of the Road Better, Pedestrians or Drivers?

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock One of the intersections near my house recently added an advance green arrow in the left hand turn lane, one of the many traffic safety upgrades Vancouver has been conducting lately. The other night, however, when I was...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Cars in the Mist: Tips for Driving in the Fog

    27 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock I was reading on CBC the other day about how most of southern Manitoba kicked off the first day of spring shrouded in fog. Not a great way to begin the season, but spring is often a misty...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • The Spring Tire Switch - Storing Your Winter Tires

    20 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Spring is fast approaching and if those snowstorms back east finally give it a rest, you'll be swapping out your winter tires soon (fingers crossed!) After a winter like we've had, you'll want to take some extra time...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
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    Progress Newsroom

  • New eBook: Get your Fast Pass to SaaS

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market is expanding rapidly and it shows no signs of slowing. If you are considering moving to SaaS, or if you need advice because you already have a SaaS application, our new eBook can help get you on your way. This book provides an overview on some of the important things to consider. It contains practical information, tips and guidance on pricing your SaaS app, sales considerations, and exporting your SaaS app into new markets. Our book will help you gain insights and best practices as you move to a SaaS model. You will be able to deliver value to your…
  • Powerful data access keeps employees on the same page

    Progress Pacific
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Employee access to data could prove hugely valuable. Developing and delivering tools that empower employees is an important part of business leadership today. There are some critical details that must be taken into account, however. For instance, these professionals won’t be using the applications in a vacuum. They will be cooperating with one another, which the software can accommodate. Data access and sharing Having high data visibility is a potentially powerful differentiator, no matter the field in question. This factor is even better when employees gain self-service access to…
  • Oracle Timesten Database Gateway for ODBC for realtime downstream connectivity

    Sumit Sarkar
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Oracle TimesTen is an in-memory database that can be used as the core database of record or as a cache database for Oracle.  When used as a core database for data intensive workloads, we’re seeing significant demand to setup an Oracle Database Gateway to federate TimesTen data for downstream applications, including those built on Oracle. Downstream with Oracle TimesTen without a paddle If you search Oracle Support, you’ll find that the Oracle TimesTen client by itself is not supported with the Oracle Database Gateway for ODBC per Oracle Support, “Connecting Oracle to…
  • App developers can unite through PaaS

    Progress Pacific
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    A unified app development department, enabled by PaaS, can be a valuable asset. Ensuring that an entire application development team is capable of pulling together and staying on the same page is a challenge. Or, rather, it was before Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) deployments emerged as a leading technology framework for these efforts. Logging into these easy-to-use solutions adds a number of powerful capabilities for software creators, including teamwork enablers. Connecting to the solutions The nature of the cloud immediately marks PaaS environments as something different than legacy…
  • Pacific Makes Service a Priority

    Progress Pacific
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    When eating at a new restaurant, what do you take note of? How do you decide whether or not you will be coming back? When I eat out, I make an opinion about both the food and the service. I might find one to be better than the other. I might be pleasantly surprised by both, or I might leave the restaurant shaking my head saying, “The food was great, but the service was terrible!” Bad service usually means I won’t be returning, no matter how delicious the food. The IT world’s growing reliance on the cloud is can be compared to such an experience. Developers are no longer simply the…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Going Green: Five Egg-cellent Things to Do with Easter Leftovers

    Alyssa Eliasen
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Holidays are a great time to for us celebrate with family and friends, as well as a great opportunity to maintain a green filter to make sure that we are reusing and recycling as many items as we can.  As with many other holidays, Easter celebrations can have extra items left over that can be used for a variety of other purposes.  Here are some ways that you can reuse some items that are left over from Easter: Put discarded eggshells into your compost pile or directly into the soil to help plants grow.  Eggshells are very high in calcium and can be great for your garden. If you hosted an…
  • Greening up the Blue Planet

    Kathleen Rogers, President and CEO Earth Day Network
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    I serve as president and CEO of Earth Day Network, and as you might guess from the name of our organization, a healthy Earth is the place we LUV the most. That’s why we work with select corporate sponsors like Southwest Airlines to provide civic engagement opportunities at the local, state, national, and global levels.  One of the core principles shared by Southwest and EDN is a heartfelt commitment to bettering the communities we serve. For example, our Canopy Project aims to protect natural lands and preserve the environment for all people. But rather than focusing on large-scale…
  • Off the Clock: Sealed with a Kisa

    Millie Richter Tidwell
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    At Southwest, we are known for our unique Culture and Fun-LUVing Employees.  And believe me when I say that they are as interesting off the clock as they are when they are working!  In fact, we often spotlight Employees and their hobbies in our Employee magazine, LUVLines.  Meet Pam! Pam Graham Finance Business Process Consultant I have rescued greyhounds for a long time; fostering more than 100 dogs so far!  Kisa is a special rescue who I have trained to be a therapy dog.  Together we visit assisted living centers, hospitals, libraries, and other events, and the response to Kisa is…
  • Ahhh … That New Plane Smell!

    Bill Owen
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    There’s nothing like the smell of “new”—new houses, new cars, and of course, new airplanes! I was recently able to join two dozen of my Southwest Family Members in picking up one of our brand-new 737-800s from our friends and partners at Boeing.   It was one of the most exciting and FUN experiences of my 35 years in this industry! There’s more to picking up one of these amazing machines than you would imagine, and it winds up being much more like closing on a house than buying a new car.  Just as you don’t close on a house from your new home’s living room, you don’t close…
  • Going Green: Reducing Your Impact and Making a Difference

    Alexis Anderson
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    I recently volunteered at the Texas Tree Foundation with my fellow interns, and it really reaffirmed for me how important it is to be aware of the world around us and the importance of our natural resources … like trees!  According to Urban Forestry Network, a single acre of a forest absorbs up to 2.5 tons of carbon every year.  I had the opportunity to help care for young trees, and I learned that a single tree can provide oxygen for two people.  Volunteering at a local nonprofit like the Texas Trees Foundation, the Student Conservation Association, or with your local park is a great…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • FroYo vs. All Natural: Which of these flavors will you try first?

    Turkey Hill Team
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Last week, we introduced you to two of our April Limited Edition Ice Cream flavors — Chunky Peanut Butter and Sweet Potato Pecan Pie. Like we mentioned in that entry, those two flavors aren’t the only new additions to the Spring Limited Edition line-up. We’re also excited to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Which of these two Limited Edition flavors are you most excited to try?

    Turkey Hill Team
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    April is an exciting month, not just because it ushers in a new baseball season (which is always exciting), but because it means FOUR new Limited Edition flavors will join the Turkey Hill Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt lineup. Today, we’ll offer a taste of two of those flavors. Stay tuned for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Caption this photo: I scream, you scream!

    Turkey Hill Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Spring is here (although you wouldn’t know it from the forecast of snow (!!!) tonight here in Lancaster County), and summer is right around the corner. That means many things but, for ice cream lovers, it means a chance to grab some ice cream at your local scoop shop. The little boy in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • April prize: Which topping would you put in this heated sundae bar?

    Turkey Hill Team
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    Who doesn’t love a good ice cream sundae? It’s a rhetorical question, of course, because EVERYONE loves a good ice cream sundae. The only question is: Which toppings will you put on that sundae? Butterscotch? Chocolate fudge? Caramel? Crushed peanuts? Cookie and candy bits? Whipped... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Turkey Hill Team
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
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    Tyson Hunger Relief

  • Mid-Week Hope Break

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

    Jeffrey Wood
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Since the August 2013 launch of the KNOW Hunger Nashville project, we’ve been enthusiastically organizing and planning our outreach and commitment to the Nashville, Tenn. community through 2015. We’ve got some great stuff planned! To recap, KNOW Hunger Nashville is a two-year partnership and initiative between Tyson Foods, Urban League of Middle Tennessee  and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to raise awareness of food insecurity and nutrition education in the Nashville area.  The HBCU Wellness Project team kicked off the 2013 Wellness Expo at Bicentennial State Park in…
  • #GivingTuesday: It’s not about your turkey leftovers!

    Susan Beebe
    1 Dec 2013 | 11:17 pm
    #GivingTuesday is not for “giving away” your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. Nope, it’s about you and I joining the masses of kind-hearted folks giving together online! Think of it as global crowdsourced kindness. Originally, the Gates Foundation created Giving Tuesday as a response to Cyber Monday and Black Friday. I like this new holiday as it shifts the primary focus of our spending from our own needs towards the needs of others. So, Giving Tuesday is a special day where you and I can join forces and change the world by donating online to our favorite charities. Think of all the money…
  • #FoodThanks

    Ed Nicholson
    27 Nov 2013 | 6:44 am
    Every day I have the honor to work with and around people who make food.  They work hard.  From the farm, to the production plant, to the folks who sell and deliver the food, all the way to the people who perform essential jobs behind desks—they care about what they do and the products they make.   They feed those products to their own families, but they know a lot of other families are enjoying them, too.  I’d really like for the people who disparage big bad companies to meet each and every one of them. As we pause and reflect on our blessings this week,  I’m thankful there…
  • Stop, look and listen before you accuse.

    Ed Nicholson
    19 Nov 2013 | 1:25 pm
    Some of my good friends are posting a link to a blog story indignantly pointing to a food drive being held in a WalMart store in Ohio, to benefit fellow associates in need during the holiday season.  (The food drive was initiated by the associates at the store, not as a corporate program).   There’s a suggestion therein that this would never occur in a place that paid a “living wage.” I’m not here to either defend or pass judgment on WalMart’s wages.  That discussion occurs in plenty of other places. However.  Circumstances place people in need.  Those circumstances can turn…
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    Guided By History

  • Earth Day 2014

    Charles Riggs
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    This is Earth Day, the annual event to promote awareness of the environment and our place in it. Wells Fargo’s Environmental Forum blog marks the occasion—as they do every day, really. Check it out! Earth Day 2014 has a focus on Green Cities. How to make the cities where we live more sustainable is, of course, based on our everyday actions as individuals. Our actions, as Environmental Forum says, “In the Office; In the Community; In the World”. Earth day is over 40 years old. The early years, the 1970s, were a decade of everyday environmental awareness, due to many shortages of…
  • Wells Fargo in Texas

    Charles Riggs
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Overland Mail stagecoach in Texas, 1861. From ambrotype. (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) In 1852, Henry Wells and William Fargo founded a banking and express company to deliver reliable financial and transportation services to customers on the frontier. Wells Fargo sent gold, mail, and express shipments by the fastest means possible. Wells Fargo’s story in the Lone Star State goes back to the beginning. Wells Fargo’s banking heritage in Texas goes back to 1854, and the F. Groos & Company merchant banking firm in Eagle Pass. Texas law at the time forbade banks and unreliable…
  • Tax time

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    1991 article on “Right Back Refund” (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) For those of us in the U.S., the deadline to file personal income taxes is swiftly approaching!1  Tax Day can still cause a mad rush to the post office, but in vastly increasing numbers, taxpayers are opting to file electronically. E-file has been around since 1986, when the Internal Revenue Service sought to make the tax process more efficient.  In the beginning, only professional tax preparers could use e-file, and an IRS employee had to manually plug in a modem each time tax returns were transmitted. In…
  • Wells served

    Charles Riggs
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Christopher Adix is Museum Assistant at our Phoenix Museum. He also works as a tour guide at Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school of architecture).  He lives in Scottsdale with his wife, three children and two dogs. When not working, Chris is camping and hiking, visiting other museums or vacuuming dog hair. Chris Adix (Wells Fargo History Museum) Chris could probably start his own museum some day with his collections of old oscillating fans, Tonka trucks, sleds, matchbox cars, and lanterns. (CR) Wells Fargo recently celebrated our 162nd birthday. This longevity is…
  • S.S. Central America

    Charles Riggs
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:34 am
    Steve Greenstein works in our Philadelphia History Museum. This is his third blog for Guided by History. (CR) When Wells Fargo & Company was founded in 1852, the overland stagecoach travel was six years in the future. Wells Fargo shipped express from San Francisco to points east via steamship to Panama, crossed there by rail, then by steamship again to the final destination. This steamer route operated as a partnership between the Pacific Mail Steamship Company (Pacific Side), and the United States Mail Steamship Company (Atlantic side). Ocean passage was often dangerous—storms, delays,…
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    DocuSign blogs

  • DocuSign @ Tech Day 2014

    Ergin Dervisoglu
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:24 am
    Are you going to be at the world’s largest Startup Event, Tech Day 2014? For the second consecutive year DocuSign is sponsoring Tech Day at Pier 92 in Manhattan on Thursday (4/24) and we couldn’t be more excited. This free event will once again have 400+ Exhibitors, 10,000+ attendees, press, analysts, the whole works. And of course DocuSign will be rockin our tech booth in prime location just as you enter the pier. Stop by to learn why companies big and small absolutely LOVE DocuSign, watch live demos, meet the staff, and get some free schwag. DocuSign is very aware of the challenges that…
  • Celebrate Earth Day & Switch From Paper to Pixels

    Robin Joy
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    What began in 1970 in the United States is now a global event – Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. As a longtime Earth Day celebrant (as a kid I’d spend that day cleaning beaches on Lake Michigan), I share the sentiment of renowned naturalist John Muir who said, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” It’s all connected. And that’s why I particularly enjoy working at a company that has such a positive impact on the environment. Last year the DocuSign global network spared 158,410 trees – which translates to…
  • Procurement, the Unsung Hero

    Anu Gardiner
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    As someone who runs Procurement at DocuSign, I am very excited to invite conversations about Procurement in our thought leadership series.  We hope to cover topics of all shapes and sizes on how best-in-class Procurement teams are developing in today’s business environment.  Please welcome Doug Seward of DocuSign as our first guest blogger.   Conventional media hosts much chatter about healthy and sustainable business practices. Often times, newspapers and other critical sources identify a singular individual as responsible for a businesses’ balance sheet.  In real life, a team shares…
  • Quick Tip Tuesday: Modifying Access Setting in DocuSign Transaction Rooms

    Michael Palmer
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Some documents shared in a DocuSign Transaction Room may need to be shared with specific parties, while remaining invisible to others. For example, a real estate agent on the buy side shouldn't be able to see documents from the list side, and an inspector may not need access to buy or list side documents. So you've created a transaction room, added people and documents to the room, now what? Today's quick tip will show you how to modify these access options with ease on your computer or iPad. Note: As an agent, you can only adjust access settings on documents…
  • Quick Tip Tuesday: Getting Started With DocuSign Transaction Rooms

    Michael Palmer
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    DocuSign Transaction Rooms are a key feature of DocuSign for Real Estate Plus. DocuSign Transaction Rooms are a simple, secure, mobile way for Real Estate professionals (Realtors) to manage their transactions. With Transaction Rooms, you have the capability to store, share and eSign documents with anyone, at any time, and in whatever manner you need to. It means always being prepared for your clients, and staying organized & compliant in one central application. Acting as a hub, Transaction Rooms allow you to ditch your eFax line, and further your pursuit in being a truly paperless…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • The Dawning of M2M

    Andy Geisse
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Machine-to-Machine (M2M) has come a long way. Only a few short years ago customers were quick to dismiss M2M (also known as “The Internet of Things”) as too complicated. Today customers are deploying these solutions in a growing variety of applications. For example, AT&T recently announced an alliance with IBM to develop “Smart Cities” solutions that capture and analyze data from a wide range of devices, including utility meters, subway trains and traffic lights. Each produces real-time data that can be used to dynamically shape urban planning and manage city budgets. AT&T has…
  • Lock It or Lose It: Not Your Car, Your Apps & Data

    Velera Wilson
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I read that in some states, owners are fined if their vehicles are unlocked. According to police, car theft largely occurs due to unlocked vehicles, and the fine helps decrease overall crime. As I read the article I wondered, how many people must leave their cars unlocked to make this a finable offense? And what are the reasons cars are left unlocked – is it negligence, habit, a quick errand? Taking this thought further, in the enterprise, how often do organizations leave their apps and data “unlocked?”  What are the reasons the apps are unlocked – is it belief that nothing…
  • Security from the Inside Out

    Michael Singer
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s security professionals have the challenging job of protecting their organizations from persistent security threats while fostering a collaborative and flexible environment for workers. When the security community comes together and puts our collective knowledge and experience into action, important idea-sharing and learning can take place. A good example of this happened last week at the InfoSec World Conference in Orlando. At the event, professionals from across the industry and the world shared their expertise, advice, and lessons learned. I was fortunate to be among those who…
  • New Consumer Technologies Are Disrupting the Marketplace

    Curlis Phillip
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Some of the hottest consumer gadgets and technologies were unveiled at the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in January.  Wearable devices, embedded sensors, self-driving cars, and 3D printing were among the technologies that fueled excitement and captured attendees’ attention. Promising to simplify consumers’ lives, these uber-cool products are the latest disruptors on the technology scene. Next generation consumer technologies are also changing how we how work, interact with customers, and grow our business. They are creating opportunities in the healthcare, transportation, and…
  • Gartner Recognizes AT&T in Magic Quadrant

    Paula Waldron
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Leading research and advisory firm, Gartner, Inc., has positioned AT&T in the Leaders Quadrant of its February 26, 2014 “Magic Quadrant for Global Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP)” report. The Magic Quadrant evaluates security providers on their ability to execute and their completeness of vision, and was developed as a guide for enterprises evaluating MSSPs. Security Solution Services AT&T offers a wide range of security services, availability and recovery services that provide integrated business continuity and security solutions to support complex networking…
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • Are you Employing Leading Indicators in your Budget?

    Alan Hart
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:13 pm
    How to make leading indicators work in your favor By Alan Hart In traditional budget preparation people look at past performance (revenue, expenses, etc.) and try to set a new budget based on these numbers and a set of reasonable goals, so the new budget usually scales from a previous year.  Use of drivers is limited and reliance on key performance indicators (KPIs) hardly exists. By using past actual performance data, for example: sales, gross margin and operating expenses, many key KPIs can easily be measured and presented.  Examples might include revenue per employee, revenue per square…
  • Centage featured in CIO Review

    Dave Winterhalter
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    CIO Review just released its latest corporate finance technology issue and Centage was named one of 10 companies featured as the “Most Promising Financial Planning & Analysis Software Providers”. According to the article, “The company’s easy-to-use and scalable budgeting, planning, and forecasting solutions (Budget Maestro) allow small to mid-market firms to automate many of their time-consuming and error-prone activities associated with spreadsheet budgeting, and generate accurate budgets and forecasts.”  It goes on to say, “Budget Maestro dramatically shortens budget cycle…
  • Payroll Expense Planning as part of the Budget Process for Non-profits

    Chris Howard
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This is the first in a series of  posts for non-profit organizations that focus on how better budgeting can lead to better planning and decision making.Non profit organizations largest expense is people, so not surprisingly it tends to be the central focus of the planning process and the most challenging to budget.  If you have a payroll tool you can certainly load the resulting expenses into your budget.  But as good as payroll tools are for employees currently hired they don’t offer much for modeling future hires.  The payroll expenses is not only driven by the headcount, hourly…
  • CFO’s Big Picture – Can you Leverage Available Data and Technology?

    Alan Hart
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:02 pm
    How the CFO role evolved and is more dependent on information technology The CFO’s office has changed considerably over the years.  While the title still stands for “Chief Financial Officer”, many of the duties of a typical modern day CFO are not financial in nature. These range from legal and compliance, to risk management, to overseeing the IT and HR functions and other responsibilities. I remember in years past that CFOs were almost always accountants by training, many with a CPA designation.  Nowadays, we see more general business professionals take on the CFO office, occasionally…
  • Are You Still Consolidating Financial Statements in a Spreadsheet?

    Alan Hart
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Why consolidating financial statements in a spreadsheet is a very bad idea It seems that ever since there was a spreadsheet people have been relinquishing many tasks and responsibilities to it and for apparently good reasons.  It was easy to set up and perform all but the most complex functions and it was available everywhere. Admittedly, an application such as Microsoft Excel which took the business world by storm (have you seen a non Excel spreadsheet used lately?) is a lot more powerful than its earlier versions.  While packing an impressive collection of features suitable to anything…
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  • Heartbleed Update: SaaS Customers Required to Change Passwords

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    About two weeks ago, independent research teams identified a vulnerability in OpenSSL― the technology that powers encryption across much of the Internet. The news of this vulnerability, popularly referred to as the “Heartbleed bug,” has spread rapidly from tech blogs to the mainstream media. Akamai, our Content Delivery Network provider, assured us last week that Replicon was not affected by this vulnerability. We learned today, however, that an independent security researcher contacted Akamai this past weekend about defects in the software they used to protect their SSL keys. A bug, in…
  • Organizations Increasingly Embrace Shared Services

    Karen Bell
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    Paring costs has been critical for organizations that were hit hard during the recession. Many have migrated to a shared services approach due to the mounting business pressures, and many more are seriously exploring the idea. Blog tags: Shared Services Management
  • Time to Get Serious about your Time-off Policies

    Vivek Gopalpuria
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    For most organizations, time-off management is an essential part of managing their workforce. Unscheduled time off, for instance, can throw a wrench into established employee schedules and can cause potential overtime and compliance issues. But whether scheduled or unscheduled, employee absences have a huge impact on the overall productivity of an organization, and can directly affect the bottom line. Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • Corporater’s Time Tracking Goes Global

    Siddharth Deb
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Corporater Inc. is a privately held company established in 2000 with its headquarters in Norway. As a major provider of Enterprise Performance Management solutions, Corporater helps businesses of all kinds effectively maintain organizational alignment and execute strategy. Blog tags: Corporate
  • Getting the Desired Value from Shared Service Center Initiatives

    Vivek Gopalpuria
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Shared services centers (SSCs) are growing in popularity as organizations increasingly understand the savings potential that can be realized. But what exactly is an SSC, and how can your organization benefit? In simplistic terms, ‘shared services’ is the consolidation of business operations used by multiple business units within the same organization. The idea behind setting up an SSC is to be able to centralize and standardize processes across all services domains to reduce operating costs, drive economies of scale, establish and follow best practices to improve service levels, and build…
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    ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

  • Real People with Real Solutions. Quicken Loans Puts YOU First

    Keith Guyot
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    A lot of companies promise it, but few actually can deliver. At Quicken Loans, we’ve made it our mission to help Americans get a mortgage to buy or refinance a home. But we go beyond that. We make it as easy and simple as possible for people to get through the mortgage process and get back to the things that are important to them. In our most recent television commercials, we invite you into the Quicken Loans offices right in downtown Detroit, Michigan, so you can see some of the people working on getting you the home of your dreams, or helping you lower your mortgage rate and monthly…
  • Mortgage 101 Webinar – Check It Out This Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET!

    Clayton Closson
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Great news, Zing readers. This Thursday at 3 p.m. ET (April 24, 2014), Quicken Loans is hosting the aptly titled Mortgage 101 webinar. And the best part? It’s FREE! We’ll discuss the latest on mortgage rates, the housing market, and pretty much everything you need to know to make sure that you’re in the best position when you buy a home or refinance! Here is a summary of what we’ll talk about: Current mortgage market – primarily the great opportunity that still exists to save money with the lowest mortgage rates in several generations, and the trends for rates.   Four main…
  • Five Money-Saving Fix-Ups for Spring

    Stephanie Koske
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Spring is here! Wait, no it’s not. Winter is back – and there are 3 inches of snow on my car. Wasn’t it just 70 and sunny yesterday? If you, too, live in a place where this year’s polar vortex has played games with your heart, there’s a chance that wicked weather system made its mark on your home’s exterior as well. Once Mother Nature finally gives us the go-ahead to start dining al fresco, mowing the lawn, planting perennials and all that other stuff you might enjoy doing in your yard, it could be hard to resist slacking on the spring chores and maintenance calling your name. But…
  • Average Mortgage Rates Decrease for Second Consecutive Week – Market Update

    Anthony Fontana
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Headline News from Last Week Retail Sales – After rebounding 0.7% in February, March Retail Sales jumped 1.1%. Much of the latest advance came from motor vehicles, which increased 3.1%. Consumer Price Index – Consumer price inflation warmed up a bit in March, topping expectations at the headline and core levels. Headline inflation rose 0.2%. Housing Market Index – For a third consecutive month, the Housing Market Index was lower than expected, falling below the breakeven point of 50 once again (47). Housing Starts – While Housing Starts picked up in March, it wasn’t as much as…
  • Ask Crew Chief Luke Lambert Anything on Reddit This Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET

    Keith Guyot
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Attention NASCAR fans! Quicken Loans Racing is bringing the fans another Reddit AMA this Friday, April 25, at 3:30 pm ET! That’s right, from 3:30 p.m. ET to 4:00 p.m. ET, Luke Lambert, Crew Chief for the No. 31 car, will be answering fans’ questions on Reddit in a post called an Ask Me Anything (AMA). What Is Reddit? Reddit is an online community made up of millions of people who post user-generated content, news articles and pictures. Posts are divided into subreddits, which are mini-communities broken up by interests, subject matters and help forums. For example, if you’re…
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    NACD Blog

  • The Value of Your Voice

    NACD Staff
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Here at NACD our annual governance surveys—public, private, and nonprofit—underlie nearly every aspect of the organization’s activity. From our Blue Ribbon Commission reports, to peer exchanges and our annual Board Leadership Conference, data collected from the thousands of respondents informs discussions, forums, topics, and future events. Beyond the boardroom, the trends, statistics, and perspectives captured in these surveys provide those in the C-suite, investors, and stakeholders with crucial information on the current state of corporate governance in the United States. In the…
  • NACD Directorship 100: A Call for the Most Influential

    Judy Warner
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Wanted: The names of corporate directors and corporate governance professionals who you believe represent the very best in corporate America. Attributes include experience, integrity, knowledge, and courage. The call for nominations for the 2014 NACD Directorship 100 is now live at It takes only a moment to nominate a colleague or peer. Multiple nominations are encouraged. All NACD members are invited and encouraged to participate in our online poll. The NACD Directorship 100 is the annual lineup of the most influential people in the boardroom and corporate…
  • Why We Do What We Do

    Henry Stoever
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    A recent meeting with NACD Chair Reatha Clark King has revealed some compelling thoughts on why good corporate governance matters and why we at NACD do what we do.  Over the last 37 years, NACD has researched, documented, and published leading boardroom practices including Blue Ribbon Commission reports, handbooks, white papers, and surveys. Our intent is to advance exemplary board leadership. As I dug into the question of why we do what we do with directors who serve on NACD’s board, I used a classic marketing approach to define higher order, emotional benefits. A benefit-oriented…
  • Small-Cap Boards: Challenges or Opportunities?

    Henry Stoever
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:53 pm
    As NACD works with corporate directors of public, private, and nonprofit boards to oversee and ensure the long-term sustainability of the enterprise and bolster investor confidence, I am frequently asked: “What companies have the most significant challenges?” While unique challenges certainly exist across boards of all company types, many view the roles of small-cap public company boards to be quite challenging. These unique challenges span time and effort (workload) requirements, compensation, talent, financing, regulation, risk, strategy, competition, and internal resources, just to…
  • How Small-Cap Directors Can Surmount Challenges, Capitalize on Opportunities

    12 Mar 2014 | 1:23 pm
    While legislation—such as the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)—has eased some of the burdens small companies face when looking to go public, many of these companies now face the challenge of establishing effective governance structures. Limited resources and smaller staffs can lead to blurred lines between operations and oversight. Additionally, recruiting the right talent can also be difficult since small-cap companies may compete against their larger peers for talent. Though lesser in market cap, these companies are growing in relative number.
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    The WhitePages Blog

  • Harris Poll Breaks Down Reasons Americans Block Calls

    Michael Bolling
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    WhitePages released a new Consumer Call Blocking study today outlining the top reasons smartphone users block calls and texts. The study was conducted by Harris Poll in December 2013 among 1,001 smartphone users. Findings from the Consumer Call Blocking study include: 1 in 5 Use Call Blocking – 22% of smartphone owners use mobile apps [...]The post Harris Poll Breaks Down Reasons Americans Block Calls appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • If they won’t stop calling, block ‘em!

    Michael Bolling
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    For all of the convenience and functionality cell phones have provided there is one not so pleasant byproduct to our faithful pocket companion: Unwanted calls and texts.  Americans block calls for many reasons, from dodging those pesky telemarketers and scammers to avoiding awkward conversations with the ex.  Whatever the reason there are apps available which [...]The post If they won’t stop calling, block ‘em! appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • 5 Tips to Protect Yourself from Phone Scams

    Rebecca Carroll
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Phone Scams are really making headlines these days. For example, the IRS recently put out a warning about a scam where callers pose as IRS agents and attempt to gather personal information about the person they are calling. Many of these scams are based on greed – wanting you to think you’ve won the lottery, [...]The post 5 Tips to Protect Yourself from Phone Scams appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • No Blarney: Murphy Most Popular Irish Surname in Boston & Chicago

    Suryn Longbotham
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:07 am
    Chicago, it’s your lucky day. Chicago tops Boston, another stronghold of Irish ancestry, if you’re tallying Irish last names, according to our data. Even with Mayor Walsh heading up Boston, the City of Big Shoulders has people with Irish surnames and that’s not even counting Mrs. O’Leary (whose name makes the Top 10 in [...]The post No Blarney: Murphy Most Popular Irish Surname in Boston & Chicago appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
  • 50% of Oscar nominees have truly original names

    Liz Powell
    27 Feb 2014 | 10:49 am
    We’ve been officially swept up in Oscar frenzy, and today unveiled some factoids around the names of the 10 Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar Nominees, including how many others in the U.S. share those names. Based on data from, Amy Adams has the most popular name, while Leonardo DiCaprio, Chieweld Eiofer, Judi Dench, [...]The post 50% of Oscar nominees have truly original names appeared first on The WhitePages Blog.
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  • Periodic Payment Orders

    GC Editor
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Here we bring together the GC Capital Ideas two part series on periodic payment orders authored by Victoria Jenkins:  Time Off for Certain Behavior, Part I: Behavioral economics is a fascinating... Continue reading...
  • GC Capital Ideas Review of Terrorism’s Impact on Insurance and Technology

    GC Editor
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Here we review some recent GC Capital Ideas stories related to the issue of terrorism, addressing the impact on both the insurance industry and technology: Chart: Countries Operating Compulsory or... Continue reading...
  • GC Capital Tip: Tagging

    GC Editor
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Every article on GC Capital Ideas is “tagged.” Tags are nothing more than keywords used to label a particular article. Since few stories deal with only one topic, tags give you several... Continue reading...
  • GC Capital Tip: Talk to the Author

    GC Editor
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Do you have a question about one of our articles? If so, contact us. Longer articles on GC Capital Ideas have a “contact” link right at the top. Clicking it will open your e-mail program... Continue reading...
  • Week’s Top Stories: April 12 – 18, 2014

    GC Editor
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman Publish Third Annual Insurance Risk Benchmarks Report: Guy Carpenter and its sister company, Oliver Wyman, the international management consulting firm, published the... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • 10 Best Countries with the Highest Average Salary

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Being a Canadian contact centre we try to keep apprised of how our country and its cities compare on the world’s stage and we have featured this interest in posts like best country to live, smartest countries, the happiest countries, the  most peaceful countries, the friendliest countries, the most charitable countries, the best countries for quality of life, the best countries for business, the top countries for life expectancy, the best countries for working women, the best country for child well-being, the best countries from social progress, the best countries for…
  • 5 tips to ease your transition to the new Twitter profile

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We’re here to help you keep current with major changes to social media when managing strategies to promote your nonprofit fundraising organization online. Whether you’re looking to attract new donors or communicate with existing ones, chances are that Twitter is already one of your regular channels. As I wrote a few months ago, Twitter are now unrolling a completely new profile page which would see major visual changes to your profile. Now (for most users) that these changes are arriving, on initial inspection it is much bigger, much bolder, arguably louder and definitely…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Mexican Rice Soup

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another installment of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share series. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. It might seem daunting to make a Meat-free meal, especially a vegan one, but that is where we come in to help. Every Monday we feature a new vegan recipe to help take the…
  • Mobile-optimized or mobile-ready, don’t lose nonprofit fundraising donors by choosing the wrong one

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If you haven’t noticed yet a technology stampede is taking place and it looks set to continue. Nonprofits both large and small are urgently looking to convert their websites to be user-friendly on mobile devices if they haven’t done do already, in fact many have and yet may still be missing the benefits because there are two approaches to making these changes. Technology updates these days are rarely slow in taking place and the migration of the online audience from desktops/laptops to phones and tablets has been the most accelerated of all. It was only about five years ago that…
  • A Taste for Life – Hope Made Delicious on April 23, 2014

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As a Canadian contact centre, we are proud of the CSR business values that govern our operations and we take equal pride in the CSR efforts of other Canadian organizations and have featured some of those efforts in posts like the 10 Most Sustainable Canadian Companies from the Global 100, the Bell Let’s Talk Day for Mental Health Issues, the Giada De Laurentiis Celebrity Chef’s Challenge for Mount Sinai, the 10 Most Sustainable Global Retailers, the 10 Most Sustainable Companies, the 10 Green Business Leaders, the B Corp Best for the World List and the top 10 North American retailers…
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    Oakley :: Community

  • March 2014: A Month In Photography

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Dealing with “Post-Olympic Depression?” Have no fear. The Oakley teams are in action all around the globe from alpine ski racing, to surfing, supercross, F1 and more. Check out some of the best images to come from the month of March in our latest photo gallery showcasing the finest that Oakley athletes have to offer.
  • February 2014: A Month In Photography

    4 Mar 2014 | 11:06 am
    February marked the 22nd edition of the Winter Olympic games and boy did Team Oakley shine in Sochi. From gold medals in the women’s slalom, men’s slopestyle skiing, women’s slopestyle snowboarding, speed skating, moguls and more, the Oakley athletes took to the venues of Sochi, Russia and hit their marks. While Sochi was the hot spot for athletic competition in February, it wasn’t all that was going on in the world of Oakley athletes. Check out the best photos to come from the month to recap all of February’s action.
  • Oakley Opens Blast Doors to the Future with "Disruptive by Design"

    25 Feb 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Oakley, Inc. today announced details of the company’s Disruptive by Design brand platform and signaled its intent for the future. A principle that has been ingrained in the foundation of the brand since 1975, Disruptive by Design will become the brand voice for Oakley’s next chapter of industry innovation – #disruptivebydesign.
  • January 2014: A Month In Photography

    4 Feb 2014 | 1:29 pm
    It’s a new year. All slates have been wiped clean and athletes all get a fresh start. Find out how some of Oakley’s best competitors took advantage of the new year by viewing the best images from the month of January 2014.
  • That Hat: Kip Moore’s Oakley Look Picks Up Steam at CMA Awards, New Music Video

    15 Jan 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Some artists in showbiz are known for their scandalous style. But for Kip Moore, it’s all about the hat. Oakley’s ultra unique ‘Country music star and avid surfer’ combo personality has been making ladies swoon all across the United States on his rapid rise to fame this year – sticking his ‘I wear what I want and what I like’ attitude in the face of everyone from the traditional Nashville fan to his own record labels. In short, he rocks whatever he loves – and whatever reflects his personality. First known for his original red trucker cap, Kip’s look is now lined with…
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • Elastic Development Framework— Saving TCO in Application Expansion

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

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    At OSSCube we’re in the business of solving problems. We help people choose solutions that best fit their business, and we do it in a unique way. Our philosophy is deeply rooted in the open source technology community; and its growth is vital to ours.  Because we are so invested in the open source, the annual Black Duck “Future of Open Source Survey” is one of the highlights of our year. This survey compiles responses from vendors and non-vendors across a variety of industries, and polls their knowledge and use of open source technology. The point is to show how open source is…
  • The Power of Social Entrepreneurship: As seen in FEED

    28 Mar 2014 | 3:39 pm
    This year at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, TX, Lauren Bush Lauren--founder of FEED Projects--held an informative and compelling session about social entrepreneurship, and the global impact of social business for good.Since the birth of the social media craze, businesses have been trying, succeeding, and failing at figuring out exactly how to make social work for a brand. Lauren Bush Lauren has figured out her own way. She founded FEED Projects; a business focused on providing meals for those around the world who have little access to nutritious food, has been…
  • Mobile, Social, and Keeping Up With the Pace of Business in 2014

    27 Feb 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Recently, OSSCube attended the CIOSynergy conference in Atlanta, Georgia as a Gold sponsor. CIOSynergy is an event that takes place all  over the US and brings together CIOs and CTOs in a forum where they can listen, learn and discuss issues that they are facing today.In Atlanta, one of the most popular topics involved the social era and how it has led to the growth of mobile, and an inability for many companies to keep up with the pace of business. Built on the fast-changing platform of open source, OSSCube has become a seasoned vet at “keeping up” with new trends, and we want to…
  • 4 Reasons Hadoop’s Adoption for Big Data Will Continue to Thrive

    13 Feb 2014 | 10:48 pm
    In the big data world, , Hadoop is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Recently, as big data exploded, Hadoop has become an important tool for anyone interested in data science. Hadoop changing the way businesses store and analyze massive volumes of data. With the introduction of Hadoop 2.0 and YARN, as the next generation Hadoop resource manager, organizations are moving quickly toward adoption.According to Transparency Market Research, Hadoop Market is Expected to Reach $20.9 Billion (USD) Globally in 2018.Still, with all this growth and expansion, there is the question: “will this…
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • Garbage Collection Fees Going Up in Berkeley

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The money is not there in waste collection. That’s what the city of Berkeley has come to realize, as it moves to offset its loss (or projected loss) of nearly $3 million in waste pickup services, by increasing garbage collection rates by 25% coming into effect July 2014. In addition to this, Berkeley residents will notice some new language on their bills; “Zero Waste Services” will replace “Refuse”. According to city officials, they simply weren’t charging enough to cover the associated recycling and compost pickup costs. In a recent meeting of the City Council of Berkeley,…
  • Is it Too Early to be Green in Space? The Trash Continues to Culminate

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    Human waste isn’t isolated to merely the surface of the planet Earth. Since the moment the people of this planet began an interest in space, the amount of trash left behind has expanded. Whether it is the remnants of a rocket booster or decommissioned orbiting satellites, there is a great deal of trash above the heads of everyone. In rare instances, some of this trash has made it back to Earth’s surface. Luckily, there has yet to be a fatality from this orbiting danger. A Lot of Debris Up There - By 2010, approximately 3700 inactive satellites had been detected as well as more…
  • Bags Banned On Either Side of the Caldecott Tunnel

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Single-use or plastic bags are up for a ban in Walnut Creek, due to take effect fall 2014.  The ban was reached in a 4-1 decision by the city’s council members recently bringing the city into the fold of over 100 other cities throughout the state of California who have enacted such a measure. Walnut Creek is the fifth city in the county to enact such a ban.  The ban will prohibit plastic single-use bags at all restaurants and retail stores, as well as supermarkets and pharmacies. Assessments in Walnut Creek found that plastic bags litter waterways and cause environmental degradation. By…
  • Growth of the Green Movement [Infographic]

    27 Mar 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The roots of the “green” movement, now present throughout the world, originated during the industrial revolution as citizens first became aware of the negative impacts of pollution. Today, with ever-increasing amounts of waste generated by consumers and our industrial complex that manufactures all of the products used by our modern society, as junk haulers we see the environmental challenges affiliated with waste and junk disposal on a daily basis. At Fast Haul, we strive to recycle as high of a percentage of the junk and trash that we pick-up as possible. In the infographic…
  • San Francisco: Where Earth Day Took Flight

    19 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Philadelphia may be the city of “Brotherly Love”, but San Francisco…is the city of “Motherly Love’.  In 1971, the United Nations designated March 20th as International Earth Day, a day which has been celebrated around the world, but it was first celebrated in San Francisco, CA.  Why March 20th? That day is the first day of spring, also known as the vernal equinox. What does this day signify? In the words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion last year, “International Mother Earth Day is a chance to reaffirm our collective responsibility to promote harmony with…
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • Meet the eighth grade author inspiring us all

    Lynne Morioka
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Having Asperger’s Syndrome often made Armond Isaak feel lonely and isolated, so he teamed up with author and illustrator Nancy Carlson and wrote a book to help other kids with Asperger’s as well as their friends and family members. Armond was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was in third grade. Asperger’s is a developmental disorder often involving delays in socialization and communications skills. Heidi Isaak, Armond’s mom and a customer account manager in sales at General Mills, said that when Armond was diagnosed in 2008, their family couldn’t find any books written with kids…
  • Watershed stewardship is in our sweet spot

    Ellen Silva
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    At General Mills, we do our best to help our employees find the roles in which their personal passions and talents overlap with business priorities. We know this intersection is where employees will be most successful and fulfilled and the company will gain the most value from their work. I believe I’m in exactly such a position as I work toward establishing a successful watershed stewardship strategy for General Mills. I refer to myself as an ageless hippie. An avid organic gardener from my college days, I washed cotton diapers for my kids and sewed clothes for them and now I spin my…
  • Cross-pollinating with Whole Foods

    Monte Olmsted
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    General Mills has been working to protect bees and their habitats for years. We’ve created a sanctuary for bees at our research farm in Le Sueur, Minn., and established bee-friendly habitats on 10 Minnesota farms and next to Muir Glen tomato fields in California. We’ve also begun funding a 700-acre almond orchard near Fresno, Calif., to produce bee-friendly almonds. Beginning this month, our Cascadian Farm brand is leveraging our bee-friendly good deeds to promote some cross-pollination with Whole Foods Market. In April, Cascadian Farm introduced Buzz Crunch Honey Almond cereal…
  • Careers in information technology

    Kevin Hunt
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    General Mills routinely ranks among Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT. In fact, we’ve appeared on the list every year since 2000 and in the top 15 for the past fourteen years. I had a chance to talk about the types of information technology careers at the company, as well as the projects involved, with Sue Simonett, our vice president of IT, and chief technology officer. In this video, Sue says IT professionals at General Mills can find a variety of opportunities and projects, as they build their careers. You can listen to our entire conversation in this audio clip.  …
  • Box Tops brings an important message to Atlanta

    Sebastian Flores
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Box Tops for Education united parents, teachers, and community leaders this month, in an effort to make a real impact on education in the Atlanta school system. It was the third year that the Box Tops team has held a Town Hall event in Atlanta, to inspire the community to take proactive strides in the education of their children. Box Tops invited education thought leaders to bring their experiences and insights from their respective areas of expertise, and engage in a panel discussion shedding light on the education of our youth and how the Box Tops program is positively impacting education.
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • The Stress Test: Most Employers Fail

    China Gorman
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We all know that a stressful work environment can impact employees’ mental, physical, and emotional health, as well as impact their engagement and productivity, but a new study from Monster reveals just how many employees are saying no to “sticking it out” in stressful work environments, and seeking jobs elsewhere.
  • HR & Video: A Match Made in Heaven?

    China Gorman
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A recent global survey, “Global View: Business Video Conferencing Usage and Trends,” conducted by Redshift Research on behalf of Polycom, Inc. dives into recent shifts in the way HR is communicating and shaping business culture. Major discoveries of the report included the ways Human Resource executives perceive and are using video and video conferencing technology. The data suggests that a move towards video provides advantages for talent management, staffing, training, productivity and flexible work enablement.
  • 3 Benefits of Being Named to “The List”

    Jessica Rohman
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    ...Including a 30% Spike in Resume SubmissionsAt our Great Place to Work® Conference last week in New Orleans, I was interested to hear two FORTUNE Best Companies to Work For® reflect on the value they’ve seen in being named to “The List.” After all, the process to apply requires a bit of effort, but the resulting ROI is well worth it—making a positive impact on employees, prospective employees, and customers alike. Leaders from NetApp and Credit Acceptance gave insight into some of the benefits associated with their List Status. 
  • The Best Recruitment Strategy? Being a Great Workplace!

    China Gorman
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A look at LinkedIn’s recently released “Talent Trends 2014” report provides some interesting data about what’s on the minds of today’s professional workforce. As the study confirms, we live in an age of unprecedented transparency. LinkedIn's platform itself provides this point, and this ever-increasing transparency is certainly changing the landscape of talent acquisition. Talent brand, which LinkedIn equates with being a great place to work, is clearly important to today’s labor pool when planning a career or a job change. This line of thought underscores why…
  • ACUITY Employees ♥ Their Workplace

    Tabitha Russell
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Announcing the We Love Our Workplace Video Contest WinnerThe 2014 Great Place to Work Conference wrapped up on Friday, when attendees had the opportunity to watch our We ♥ Our Workplace video contest finalists’ entries, choosing the winner before heading out to explore New Orleans! The five creative, emotional and funny videos helped reinforce what the conference, and Great Place to Work mission, are all about. After much anticipation, we’re excited to announce the winner of the contest.
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Summit Brokerage Services Welcomes New Advisor

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Boca Raton, FL, April 22, 2014 – Independent financial advisors Greg Couch, Brad Montell and Tyler Montell of Meridian Wealth Management have recently joined Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., the #1 Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*. Previously affiliated with Spire Securities, the team has two offices in Kentucky (Lexington and Shelbyville) managing $200 million in client assets. Meridian Wealth Management offers their clients a fee-based service model which provides their clients greater flexibility and customized investment options. Greg Couch said, “Summit is the perfect…
  • Overcoming Fears of Going Independent

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Why become independent? It’s a question many financial advisors at wire houses and regional broker-dealers think about. Those who have gone independent say it’s the best thing they’ve ever done with no more “suits” putting the pressure on to sell specific products and making sure your numbers are on target. Of course, there’s also the increased payout. Going independent offers the freedom to create and structure a business model that fits you and your clients, ultimately serving them with greater consistency and creating a better client experience. According to research and…
  • When Advisors Should Outsource

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    Outsourcing can be one of the most important aspects for financial advisory businesses. Studies show advisors who spend more time with their clients tend to be the most successful and compensated. In the financial advisory world, time is money. The more time independent financial advisors spend with their clients, the higher their revenue. Outsourcing can maximize your time and get you back in front of your clients. For example, if you currently spend an hour a day scheduling appointments, you could, instead, hand tasks off to an assistant and use those five hours meeting with clients each…
  • Summit Brokerage Services Welcomes New Advisor

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Financial advisor J. Whit Story of Colony Financial in Fitzgerald, GA has recently joined Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., the #1 Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*. He was previously affiliated with First MidWest, where he managed $65 million in client assets. Story brings 18 years of industry experience. “We joined Summit because of their diverse product offerings and their willingness to service the advisor first. Their vision of servicing the advisor which is echoed in all of their home office associates was the driving force for us to join Summit,” Story said. For more…
  • What’s Your Five? Study Suggests Advisors need at least Five Methods for Communication with their Clients

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In the ever-growing world of technology, client communications have become more of a challenge for independent financial advisors. The reason isn’t because it’s difficult to find a way to communicate with clients, but because there are so many options, it is difficult to determine what advisors should be doing with their clients. As an advisor, ask yourself the following questions regarding communications: What channel should I use for communication? Are in-person meetings best? Where should I meet? Are phone calls preferable? Is an email better than a phone call? How do I fit in…
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • Taking Wellness Into The Office

    Jennifer Patel
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    As wellness programs evolve, do the driving factors and incentives follow suit? I recently jumped on the phone to speak with Alex Palmer of Incentive Magazine for the publication’s April issue to discuss what drives wellness programs throughout modern day program changes. While many of my client discussions focus on the ROI of a wellness program, my discussion with Alex highlighted the potential shift from traditional wellness programs to modern day well-being programs and the consistent role of program rewards. First of all, what’s the difference? While traditional wellness programs are…
  • Adapting Recognition Through The Leadership Stage

    Jonathan McClellan
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    As we begin to move past the producing stage of the career life cycle, we enter what we like to call the “leading stage” of employment. At this point, as a manager you should begin to look for ways employees initiate change themselves. Through their tenure, employees will capitalize on their increasing confidence and attract the attention of like-minded people to tackle the larger internal organizational problems. The question is: how should managers use recognition to influence the engagement levels of their employees when they already go above and beyond simply doing great work and…
  • Workplace Wellness Communications: Why Do They Matter?

    Jennifer Patel
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    Workplace wellness programs, as we’ve written about recently, have been in existence for years because of the impact they can have on employee productivity and engagement.  In fact, an Aflac Workforce study shows that employees who work for companies with wellness programs report having greater job satisfaction—67% believe their employers take care of them. But while many companies launch wellness initiatives, program goals often fall short of expectations due to inadequate communications with employees.  According to research from JD Power & Associates, 75% of employers feel they…
  • Why HBC?

    Rhonda Basler
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    My sons are way past the toddler-version of Why? They’re firmly entrenched in the way-less-cute Why of pre-adolescent snark. In our careers, we ask a lot of Whys…from Why does it work this way? to Why do I do what I do? When we talk about Hallmark in the B2B space, people wonder why. At Hallmark Business Connections, we’ll tell you there’s no such thing as business-to-business. There’s only person-to-person. Whatever you choose to call them—customers or employees, clients or staff—your results are based on people, their actions and attitudes. We help build the relationships that…
  • Recognizing Employees and Reinforcing Positive Results

    Jonathan McClellan
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    The producing stage of the career life cycle is all about recognizing and reinforcing results. When we talk about results, we are referring to the direct and measurable impact an employee has on an organization. At this point in the career cycle, it’s important for managers to closely examine specific performance indicators to determine an associate’s consistency. During this time, managers should seek out opportunities to recognize employees to celebrate wins and victories across their teams by examining performance including project completion, driving and hitting measurable goals,…
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    Skiddle Blog

  • Security update: The Heartbleed vulnerability

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:04 am
    On April 7th 2014, a serious internet vulnerability “Heartbleed” was announced in the latest version of a software component ‘OpenSSL’ which is used to encrypt traffic on the majority of websites using SSL. The bug could allow others to intercept private data from affected servers. It is estimated that this vulnerability affects over 66% of all secure internet websites, including many high profile websites such as Yahoo, eBay, Google and even your online banking. At Skiddle we take your security very seriously. As soon as this vulnerability was announced, our security…
  • Editorial Job in Longridge near Preston, Lancs.

    Jimmy Coultas
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    Skiddle is the UK’s largest what’s on guide and leading ticket outlet for festivals, clubnights, gigs, sporting events, corporate events and much more – plus we offer other booking opportunities including hotels and restaurants. We are looking for an Editorial Assistant to engage with all of these things, so the successful applicant will receive free entry to some of the events on sale on the site. We are currently on the look-out for a new staff member to support our growing editorial department. As an Editorial Assistant you will be responsible for helping write articles to…
  • Affiliate Update 19th March 2014

    Simon Dalley
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:08 am
    Cheers for checking out our latest Affiliate Update – in here you’ll find this weeks top 6 picks, a few popular festivals plus we’ve selected some Easter events for you to give a bit of a push. For those of you that don’t know what the affiliate ticket programme is all about head over to and we’ll fill you in! If you’re already an affiliate, if you’ve reached the payout limit please email or call 0843 289 3333 to claim your money. We’re here to help, if you have any questions please get in…
  • Happy Birthday to the World Wide Web, Where Would Event Promotion Be Without You

    Simon Dalley
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    Today the World Wide Web turns 25 and it’s likely many event promoters barely remember life before the internet boomed. Without a doubt the world wide web has changed the way event promotion happens in the UK, it’s gone from a largely broadcast marketing activity to a much more targeted, narrowcast activity which is often back up by one or two of the more traditional promotion options. The traditional options still exist, however you’d be hard pushed to find a promoter solely relying on posters, flyers, billboards, newspapers, magazines, radio, tv and DMs to spread the word…
  • March 12th Affiliate Update

    Simon Dalley
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:46 am
    Welcome to the latest March Skiddle Affiliate Update. If you’re not already an affiliate, head over to and sign up - if you are then read on! We’ve got our top 6 picks of the week for you to work on, festivals plus it’s St Patrick’s coming up this weekend / start of next week – so we’ve included a few of those. Remember if you’ve reached the payout limit please email or call 0843 289 3333 to claim your money. We’re here to help, if you have any questions please get in touch! How can you…
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    Anderson Direct Marketing : Blog

  • Affordable Care Act: The New Landscape for Healthcare Marketing

    Bethany Farrelly
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    In 2013 the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, which changed the healthcare landscape drastically, and sent consumers and marketers into the flurry of a whole new system. We at Anderson Direct Marketing are intrigued with this restructure, both in a personal way and also for what it means to our clients in the healthcare space. Facts and Perceptions 1 in 6 Americans are uninsured – this is the primary driver for the ACA ¼ of uninsured projected to enroll in a plan this year during the 2013-2014 open enrollment An overwhelming number/amount of consumers do not understand ACA 40% said…
  • Importance of Brand Consistency in Your Marketing Campaign

    Chasity Lohmann
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    When is the last time you tried to convey a concept to a person who had a different primary language than you? Or even a different cultural background? I personally ran into this when I moved from the Midwest to the West Coast and found differences in my dialect and terminology.  I was even diagnosed as having a case of a “hard Midwesterner accent.”  My enunciation of certain vowels was easily identifiable by locals and harassed as being “different,” and I was asked over and over again to repeat that word for their amusement. I was also informed that I was calling certain things by…
  • Top 5 Things You Can Do to Optimize Your Email Marketing

    Leah Averre
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:19 pm
      1.       Improve overall optimization by spending time on strategy: Based on The New Metrics for Email Marketing by Marketo, companies who perform extremely well in email marketing spend more than 3 times the amount of time per month on strategy than the average company. Review and implement the following tips that are easy to adopt and offer you optimal ROI on your email campaigns. 2.       Lower your bounce rates by ensuring your data is clean:  Use real-time email validation to prevent bounces. Scan list for obvious bad email addresses. Provide a way for customers to…
  • Design Trends: What’s So Great About Flat Design

    Steve Stanard
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
     As my good friend Tracy likes to say, flat is where it’s at. And she’s right—flat design is everywhere you look. Direct marketing in particular has always worked best with simple, uncomplicated language along with design that eliminates any elements that don’t support the communication. Flat design is not only the perfect form to serve that function, it was specifically developed to do just that. The best marketing approach is the clearest and most direct. And that is what flat design is all about. So, what is flat design? Flat design is a rejection of all things beveled,…
  • Five Sessions I Don’t Want to Miss at South by Southwest (SXSW)

    Melissa Martinez
    4 Mar 2014 | 11:41 am
    Food, technology, music.  There is much to be excited about at South by Southwest (SXSW).  Three of us at Anderson will be attending, including me, to soak up the sights and sounds plus sit in on sessions so that we can bring you the latest in interactive marketing. What’s working in mobile marketing?  How can we use social media to reach the mature audience?  Which social media data is most effective?  These are just a few of many questions I want to answer. Here are five sessions I hope will give me answers.  Check them out. What Social Media Analytics Can’t Tell You >>…
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    Barefoot Yoga Blog

  • Lauren’s Pick of the Week: the Original Eco Yoga Mat

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    April is Earth Month! Give some love to Mother Earth with environmentally friendly yoga products. Our Original Eco Mat is all-natural and completely biodegradable. Made with natural jute fiber and rubber, it feels like practicing on the ground! With zero chemical additives, this is a great gift for the eco-conscious yogi. *Does contain latex (naturally occurring […]
  • Top 5 New Activities to Try this Summer!

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    It’s that wonderful time of year filled with new growth and new adventures, not to mention the beautiful summer weather fast approaching! What better time to try out some new activities? Below are 5 we love! 1. Skydiving Many people have heard of it, but few have done it! If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this […]
  • Barefoot Yoga Mexican Blanket Featured in May Yoga Journal

    Barefoot Yoga
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    Our yellow Deluxe Mexican Yoga Blanket was featured in the May issue of Yoga Journal, on newsstands now! Blankets can be one of the most valuable and versatile yoga props. Our Mexican Yoga Blankets are the highest quality, made of a recycled blend of cotton and acrylics. Visit to view our full selection of yoga […]
  • Barefoot Yoga Bamboo Block Featured in Yoga Journal’s Green Gear Guide

    Barefoot Yoga
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Barefoot Yoga’s Bamboo Yoga Blocks are featured in Yoga Journal’s Green Gear Guide, on newsstands now! Unlike a tree which can take decades to grow to maturity, bamboo is ready to harvest within 4 to 5 years. This means that our Bamboo Blocks are much more sustainable than wood, while still offering the stability that […]
  • Yoga at your Desk

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    With most of us working on computers, it’s no wonder our eyes can feel tired and strained. Here is a simple exercise to relieve that. Close your eyes and  cup up your hands over the eyes, leaving space between your palms and your eyes. Make sure there is not light seeping through. Open your eyes […]
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  • Mobile Point of Sale: Opportunities for SMBs

    Russell Harty
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Explosive growth in credit card payments, mobile technologies, and ever-changing consumer expectations are driving retailers to leverage new strategies and applications to deliver a more seamless shopping experience. Eliminating long check-out lines, offering alternative in-aisle checkout and customer service options and even providing self-service shopping opportunities are key focus areas for retailers. From mobile payment acceptance at the countertop to mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) technologies, retailers of all sizes are seeking out new applications and deploying progressive…
  • 20 Minute Insights with Jason Sherman - Mobile Payments

    Jason Sherman
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE An in-depth look at one of the hottest topics in the payments industry today - "Mobile". Examining mobile commerce, mobile acceptance, and mobile payments, Merchant Warehouse's Sales Training Coordinator, Jason Sherman, provides viewers with all the latest information they need to know about the world of mobile. Video TranscriptHello everybody! My name is Jason Sherman and welcome to our very first 20 Minute Insights Session. So, today we are going to focus on mobile and how it relates to the payments world.So mobile is a huge phrase in the payments world right now. There is a ton…
  • Top 6 Money Management Tips for Small Business Owners

    Merchant Warehouse
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    SHARE Whether you're running a small business as a first-time entrepreneur or as a seasoned veteran, you know by now that money management is one of the keys to success. The trouble is that knowing something and doing something are two different things. The following presentation looks at six of the top tips for small business owners looking to improve their money management skills.
  • Merchant Warehouse Open Sources Netty

    Dominic Lachowicz
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    SHARE The Merchant Warehouse team is excited to announce that we’re open sourcing Netty – a small, fast, embeddable web server and ASP.NET application server. Netty was inspired by Jetty – an embedded Java web server and Servlet container. Like Jetty, Netty is designed to run in-process, which is extremely useful when you want to quickly start serving static or dynamic content, but don’t want or need the overhead of using IIS. Anything that you can host in IIS, you should be able to host in Netty including: ASP.NET web pagesSOAP web services written using WCF or ASMXRESTful web…
  • Stats Don’t Lie – Service Counts Towards the Bottom Line

    David McSweeney
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Deliver an amazing customer experience. It is a core focus for our organization and the beacon by which we measure and evaluate our performance. While some companies focus exclusively on acquiring new customers, ours dedicates a significant amount of resources and effort to customer retention; cultivating ‘Raving Fans’ within our client base. Customers genuinely care about the service they receive. Oftentimes, ongoing service outweighs their opinion about the original product they purchased. Following are just a few key statistics that demonstrate how service impacts customer…
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  • Score Marketing Wins with Single Hits and Big Home Runs

    Rich Mistkowski
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of kelly.sikkema’s photostream In baseball, the home run hitter gets a lot of attention. But what about the hitter with all of the singles? One could argue he makes a “ton” of money too, so who cares about the attention? (That’s a post for another day.) So here are a couple of questions for you regarding your marketing efforts: •    Are you swinging for the fences? •    Are you going for singles and doubles? •    Or are you doing all of the above? To be honest with you, there is no right or wrong answer. It all comes down to what works best for your…
  • Do You Follow Through?

    Tom Zobel
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of Bill Morrow’s photostream In this modern age of technology it’s super easy to communicate with people. Most of us have smartphones and are able to access emails and messages almost instantly. However, for as easy as it is to receive and disseminate information, it’s become just as easy to ignore it and not send a response. Not everyone’s good at follow through. I’ve had a few people send me messages on LinkedIn, asking me if I’d like to be a part of a focus group or if I’m interested in X or Y. I respond, express a little interest and ask a few questions.
  • 10 Tips to Jumpstart Your Productivity

    Christopher Range
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of nicksarebi’s photostream Looking to increase your productivity?  Of course, we all are looking to get the most out of each day.  In today’s world, we are busier than we have ever been before.  While we have more technology tools that streamline our lives, we seem to have more and more to do and less time to do.  Productivity is the combination of intelligent planning and focused efforts.  Here are 10 tips offered to help you manage your time, some of which are common sense, others that you could put your day on the right track this minute. 1.    Make a Daily…
  • Following the ‘3F’ Philosophy

    Blake Hardin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    After 20 years in client service in one role or another, I have come to rely on what I lovingly refer to as the ‘3F’ philosophy for evaluating client relationships and thus, how to know what relationships to spend time cultivating and which ones to let go. WHAT? You say. Let a client relationship go? YES. Cutting ties with clients that don’t fit the mold is just as beneficial as adding ones that do, or better yet, growing ones that already do. The ‘3F’ philosophy of client evaluation is as simple (and as complicated) as this: Fun. Fame. Fortune. (Not necessarily in that order).
  • The Perfect Items for Your Employee Incentive Program

    Kate McCall
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of Texas State Library and Archives photostream Telling your employees they have done a good job, or that you really appreciate the extra effort they have been making to hit their goals, is important. It boosts employee morale, encourages continued success and lets workers know their hard work is noticed. It also never hurts to pair these words of praise with gifts and other tangible rewards. In the Incentives, Motivation and Workplace Performance: Research & Best Practices Study done by The Incentive Research Foundation, 99% of surveyed employees and managers said they…
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  • 11 Persuasion Techniques To Use As Your Professional Super Power

    Barry Chignell
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Imagine being able to get anything you wanted or needed in your professional life. From landing sales and acquiring new customers to a pay rise or promotion, your power of persuasion plays a large part in what result you get. We all use persuasion in our professional lives, in varying degrees, pretty much every day. Some people are naturally persuasive, and are easily able to steer a strategy or conversation in a certain way, that suits them. Others find convincing others a little more difficult. There are a number of techniques that can be used to improve your powers or persuasion and…
  • 8 Elements Your HR System Should Include In 2014

    Barry Chignell
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    Technology advances have benefited businesses and people in many ways. Augmented reality, 3D printing and 4G were unheard of 5 years ago. Now you can wear technology, translate any language, receive directions through your glasses and be constantly aware of your vital signs as you work out. But what about HR systems, what should you expect from your people data software, and it’s supplier, in 2014? Available anywhere, anytime Software as a Service (SaaS) has enabled businesses to benefit from 24/7 access to its people data for over 15 years*. The cloud enables employees and managers to…
  • 10 Easy Ways To Create And Maintain A Healthy Workplace

    Barry Chignell
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    There are many benefits of a healthy working environment, including increased productivity, happier employees, reduced absence and general wellness. Adopting as many of the following suggestions will improve your day, that of your colleagues, and your boss will be happy due to the happier, healthier environment you have created. 1) Get moving Encouraging regular exercise and activity is a great way of improving the general health of employees. This could be an initiative to get people riding bikes to work, after work sporting activities, or simply going for a walk during the lunch break. Any…
  • The Beauty Of Data

    Barry Chignell
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    We all use data every day, and data is collected about us every day. The term big data has been popular over the last couple of years, there are numerous articles and tutorials on the internet about using the huge quantity of information that is collected by businesses. Indeed CIPHR is a system that stores your HR data and allows you to use this information to strategise, automate and streamline processes, and even pass the responsibility of data entry to the individual the data relates to. One of the challenges that is faced with big data is the ability to vizualise it in a meaningful and…
  • 8 Ways You Can Boost Your Career Today

    Barry Chignell
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Doing a great job and going home happy is something we all enjoy, it definitely beats the opposite. There are some very simple and effective ways that anyone can boost their career path and inject it with positive elements, today. Some of these things you may do already, others you may not, either way they are all actions that are easy to perform and will attract positive results from your colleagues and managers alike. 1) Have the right attitude Simply being seen to be positive, arriving a little earlier and having the ‘right’ attitude is an effective strategy to get noticed for…
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    Anywhere Pad » News

  • Anywhere Pad Unaffected by Heartbleed Vulnerability

    Anywhere Pad Team
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    We would like to assure our users that Anywhere Pad is not affected by Heartbleed, the serious vulnerability found in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library. OpenSSL is used by majority of online sites to secure data on the Internet and to protect the privacy of customers, but the Heartbleed bug allowed attackers to access the encryption keys used to safeguard confidential information. Criminals in possession of these keys could decrypt data in traffic between a user and a website’s server. For more than two years, this breach remained undetected until it was discovered in early…
  • The Electronic Board Meeting As We Know It

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:16 am
    Before the electronic board meeting became well-known in corporate circles, the use of tablets and smartphones was generally not encouraged in board meetings. Business leaders weren’t shy about expressing their opinions against mobile devices in the boardroom, even going so far as giving reasons why they should be banned. Obstacles to Adoption The main reason why mobile devices were perceived as bad was because they caused distraction in board meetings, and not engagement. Directors would sneak in an email or two under the table instead of focusing their attention on the discussions at…
  • Evaluating Board Performance Using Corporate Governance Software

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:21 am
    Just as anyone within a company — from the interns to C-suite managers — gets evaluated based on performance, members of the corporate board should also be assessed for their effectiveness as directors. Also, with the increasing rate of shareholder activism, the pressure on directors to perform better is stronger than ever. Shareholders demand not only good performance from the corporate board as a group, but also transparency in the individual actions of its directors. To achieve this, the corporate board should have a set of standards against which to evaluate board performance.
  • Feature Spotlight: Board Portal Access Right Control

    20 Mar 2014 | 4:19 am
    When people think of security breaches, people often think of hackers trying to find their way in a system. But security breaches aren’t caused by external factors only; they can also come from within. And sometimes, they aren’t always intentional. For example, information meant for the VP of Finance may not necessarily be information meant to be seen by the VP of Human Resources. But if the latter gains access to that particular information by accident because of lack of tight security, then you’ve got a security breach in your hands. We’d like to highlight a board…
  • Board of Directors and The Art of Taking Risks

    17 Mar 2014 | 3:29 am
    According to a research by Liberty Mutual, 53 percent of extension ladder accidents result from the ladder moving. Given this alarming statistic, the company has advised people to ensure that a ladder’s feet are firmly supported on the ground before climbing it. Liberty Mutual is talking about literal ladders, but we can take the advice and apply it to C-suite leadership. Corporate boards are encouraged to climb the ladder but they have to make sure the ladder’s feet are planted solidly on the ground. In other words, corporate boards should take risks, but only if those risks have…
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  • Ultimate Search Engine Optimization Tips 2014

    karan singh chauhan
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Search engine optimization is a process to make your website more valuable for your readers. It helped people to find website through seo process. I have visited many popular websites. And gather some must read search engine optimization tips for my readers. I think this tips are evergreen. All Time Favorite SEO tips 2014: Title Tag Optimization Are you known that title tag optimization is the first seo process? If you neglect this then you will be sure ruined by search engine. You already read many search engine optimization tips from anywhere or from well populated website like sep or sej…
  • Top 20 High PR Microblogging Sites List of 2014

    karan singh chauhan
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Well after so much time, Today I am going to post some popular and high page rank Microblogging sites list of 2014. These sites are too useful for blog post promotion online and getting quality website backlinks for free. Micro blogs allows user to exchange small elements of content such ?? short sentences, individual images, video links which is called as micro-posts. Microblogging is somehow same as social networking. Microblogging provides us the ability to let your friends or followers know what you are up to, using up to 140 characters etc. Actually These Microblogging sites are…
  • Revolutionize your Blogs with these Easy Tips

    karan singh chauhan
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Introduction: Blogging has gained immense popularity and greater acceptability in recent times, thanks to its attractive designing and layouts, bold lettering styles and well crafted headings, excellent, timely and useful content that is also interesting and informative to most users and is also an effective tool for voicing personal opinions and individualized thoughts on many important subjects of daily living. Bloggers offer many personalized, interesting and multifaceted views on critical issues and thus blogging not only enhances reader experiences but also strengthens dissemination of…
  • Writing an Engaging Blog Post: Top 5+ Ways

    karan singh chauhan
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:11 am
    Huh! Finally Exams are Over and its time for an Exciting blog post on Writing Engaging Blog Post Ever! Well Internet is all about reading articles and get knowledge but that makes it very difficult to get people to read your posts only. So That’s why making blog post engaging is too important, hence Reader engagement is must. Therefore you cant say your blog is successful unless until your posts are shared, commented, liked and readable. Hence writing engaging posts, ones that draw the reader in and invite them to join the conversation in the comments area. Articles with zero comments and…
  • How to Enable EFT to Receive Payments for Indian AdSense Publishers?

    karan singh chauhan
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:29 am
    Well EFT stands for Electronic Fund Transfer and its an very old procedure for transferring funds directly to anyone bank’s account from Internet. Well these are the very common methods of transferring funds but now the good news is that Google AdSense also supports that for Indian People. Thus Google has officially decided to start  EFT i.e Electronic Fund Transfer payments for Adsense Publishers located in India etc. This is also called as wire transfer payment and already available to some foreign countries like Australia, United States, Italy etc. So what are you waiting for, ignore…
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