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  • The Joke that Went Too Far

    Proforma Blog
    Barbara Sulik
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of Chris Chan’s photostream Every week I am required to send a status report to a group of peers and my boss that highlights what I have been working on over the past week and what I am going to tackle in the upcoming week. Each person in the distribution group does the same.   It is an excellent communication tool that helps with inter and cross departmental communication. A few weeks back I sent out my report with the intro paragraph stating, “I am thankful to work with all most of you”.  It was most definitely a joke to strike-through the all and replace it with…
  • Long Term Care Insurance: “To buy or not to buy”

    AccuQuote Blog
    Byron Udell
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    In September, I wrote a post about long term care (LTC) because I was sourced in a USA Today piece on the topic.I barely scratched the surface, though. Now we’re in November, and it’s LTC Awareness Month.But there’s a pretty good chance you’ll need long term care EVERY MONTH when you get older (not just in November).Here are some more details on LTC insurance (pay attention, as the stats say you’ll probably need it!): What is it? Well, let’s start with what long term care is; it’s what you’ll probably need when you’re older (keep reading to learn just HOW LIKELY it is that…
  • AWS Support - Now Hiring!

    Amazon Web Services Blog
    Jeff Barr
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Now Hiring As is the case with many parts of AWS, the team behind AWS Support is growing fast and is looking for top-notch people to fill a multitude of open positions. Here are some of the positions that they are working to fill (click through to apply or to read a detailed job description): Cloud Support Engineer - (Dallas, Texas) - You get to field, troubleshoot, and manage technical customer issues via phone, chat and email. You help to recreate customer issues and build proof-of-concept applications, and you represent the voice of the customer to internal AWS teams. You can share your…
  • Where It’s Needed Most: Help for Home Fires in 2014
    Sarah Layton
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    You know we’re approaching the end of the year when you spend the better part of the week watching year-in-review videos from our favorite social networks (what? Just me?). Not one to be left out, the Red Cross released the annual year-end summary of stats and impact. Take a gander at the nifty visuals (and share them with a friend, why don’t ya?) Here’s a preview. Head online to check out the whole thing. Our work is made possible by the generosity of the American public. You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief.
  • 2015 family travel trends: The road trip is back!

    On the Go with Amy
    Amy Graff
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Family travel trends for 2015The road trip is back: Gas prices are at record lows making road trips more affordable. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that the national average cost of gas could drop as low as $2.65 a gallon in July 2015 — a huge drop when you consider the average in July 2014 was $3.61 a gallon. Families will be mapping out trips that take them across multiple states to top American attractions. They'll be opting to drive to favorite destinations such as Disneyland and national prices because taking the car is more cost effective than buying plane tickets…
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • Long Term Care Insurance: “To buy or not to buy”

    Byron Udell
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    In September, I wrote a post about long term care (LTC) because I was sourced in a USA Today piece on the topic.I barely scratched the surface, though. Now we’re in November, and it’s LTC Awareness Month.But there’s a pretty good chance you’ll need long term care EVERY MONTH when you get older (not just in November).Here are some more details on LTC insurance (pay attention, as the stats say you’ll probably need it!): What is it? Well, let’s start with what long term care is; it’s what you’ll probably need when you’re older (keep reading to learn just HOW LIKELY it is that…
  • Life can change in a heartbeat! Cal has a lot to be thankful for. What about You?

    Byron Udell
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    Calvin Lampert purchased life insurance from AccuQuote in 2006.  In 2012, we reached out to Cal- his needs had changed and he realized he needed another $350,000 term policy.  Two months prior to our call in 2012, Cal had a physical exam that showed he was in perfect health. However, the insurance company would not approve Cal’s new $350,000 term policy without additional testing.  AccuQuote NEVER heard from Cal again until this year. This year when we reached out again, Cal realized he was speaking to his original agent. Cal exclaimed, “I love you, you saved my life. I didn’t…
  • The countdown: Health Care Reform and what it means to America

    Byron Udell
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    If you take politics out of the equation, and analyze the new healthcare reforms introduced by president Obama, you can see that the idea is positive. Making health insurance affordable is a great step. ObamaCare, as the healthcare reforms have been come to be known, was at the center of much debate and controversy.Here’s a simple explanationof the situation from With the Open Enrollment date approaching for the officially titled Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) drawing near, here’s a look at some key factors of this landmark legislation. The law. The…
  • If You Had or Have Breast Cancer, Can You Still Get Life Insurance? (Hint: You'll be Surprised!)

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

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

  • AWS Support - Now Hiring!

    Jeff Barr
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Now Hiring As is the case with many parts of AWS, the team behind AWS Support is growing fast and is looking for top-notch people to fill a multitude of open positions. Here are some of the positions that they are working to fill (click through to apply or to read a detailed job description): Cloud Support Engineer - (Dallas, Texas) - You get to field, troubleshoot, and manage technical customer issues via phone, chat and email. You help to recreate customer issues and build proof-of-concept applications, and you represent the voice of the customer to internal AWS teams. You can share your…
  • Resources Groups and Tagging for AWS

    Jeff Barr
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    For many years, AWS customers have used tags to organize their EC2 resources (instances, images, load balancers, security groups, and so forth), RDS resources (DB instances, option groups, and more), VPC resources (gateways, option sets, network ACLS, subnets, and the like) Route 53 health checks, and S3 buckets. Tags are used to label, collect, and organize resources and become increasingly important as you use AWS in larger and more sophisticated ways. For example, you can tag relevant resources and then take advantage AWS Cost Allocation for Customer Bills. Today we are making tags even…
  • EC2 Container Service In Action

    Jeff Barr
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    We announced the Amazon EC2 Container Service at AWS re:Invent and invited you to join the preview. Since that time, we've seen a lot of interest and a correspondingly high signup rate for the preview. With the year winding down, I thought it would be fun to spend a morning putting the service through its paces. We have already approved all existing requests to join the preview; new requests are currently being approved within 24 hours. As I noted in my earlier post, this new service will help you to build, run, and scale Docker-based applications. You'll benefit from easy cluster management,…
  • New Amazon CloudFront Reporting - Learn More About Your Viewers

    Jeff Barr
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:46 pm
    My colleague Jarrod Guthrie sent me a blog post with information about four new reports for CloudFront. -- Jeff; Amazon CloudFront continues to add reporting features. Recently, launched we've usage charts, cache statistics reports, a popular object report, and near-real time operational metrics via Amazon CloudWatch. Today, CloudFront added four more reports that will give you more visibility into who your end users are - Locations, Browsers, and OS (all grouped under Viewer reports) and a Top Referers report. Viewer Reports The Viewer reports include three different ways to look at your…
  • AWS Week in Review - December 8, 2014

    Jeff Barr
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, December 8 We announced that you can now Delete all Messages in an Amazon SQS Queue. We announced an AWS OpsWorks Update with Support for Existing EC2 Instances and On-Premises Servers. The AWS Mobile Development Blog invited you to Learn More About AWS Mobile Services - Slides and Videos from AWS re:Invent 2014. A post on the AWS Application Management Blog talked about Using OpsWorks to Perform Operational Tasks. Tuesday, December 9 We announced new AWS Public Data Sets for Earth Science - CGIAR and Landsat.
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  • Where It’s Needed Most: Help for Home Fires in 2014

    Sarah Layton
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    You know we’re approaching the end of the year when you spend the better part of the week watching year-in-review videos from our favorite social networks (what? Just me?). Not one to be left out, the Red Cross released the annual year-end summary of stats and impact. Take a gander at the nifty visuals (and share them with a friend, why don’t ya?) Here’s a preview. Head online to check out the whole thing. Our work is made possible by the generosity of the American public. You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief.
  • Real Adventures in Babysitting

    Beth Pullias
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    Grant Hansen is a Director, Product Development (First Aid/CPR/AED & Babysitting) for the American Red Cross. When the Red Cross put out a call for “so-bad-they’re-funny” babysitting stories, we got quite the response. It goes to show that when our Babysitting Basics and Advanced Child Care Training instructors tell sitters to be prepared for the unexpected, they are right on the money. A half hour after putting a baby to bed, contest winner McKenna, 13, heard a strange sound coming from the room. Alarmed, she bolted upstairs, only to find the baby giggling while sound asleep. (That…
  • Holiday Quiz! Cooking and Decorating Fire Safety

    Sarah Layton
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    ‘Tis the season for stuffing your face with cookies and outdoing your neighbor’s holiday light show. (Or something like that.) While merriment and holiday fun is encouraged, do you know how to stay safe? Take the quiz, and then use the questions as small talk at your next holiday party. You’ll thank us later. Powered by Interact The post Holiday Quiz! Cooking and Decorating Fire Safety appeared first on .
  • Holiday Gifting That Matters

    Erin Ferris
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    I start my holiday shopping in January. Yes, January. When I see something that I know one of my family members, friends, neighbors, or kids’ teachers would love, regardless of the time of year, I buy it right that very minute and store it until the following December. This shopping method keeps me ahead of the holiday game, and alleviates a great deal of the stress I once associated with this busy time of year. At the end of November I check my list (twice) to determine for whom I still need to buy gifts. Despite the fact that I start shopping a little earlier (alright, A LOT earlier) than…
  • Holiday Sweater Alternatives: Symbolic Gift Ideas

    Sarah Layton
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    Looking for some fresh new giving ideas? Only finding weird Christmas sweaters left in the stores?  Whatever the case, the American Red Cross Holiday Gift Catalog has you covered:   Give blankets to children and families standing in the cold after their home is destroyed by fire. (Note: Blankets will be delivered in a normal, square shape. Not sewn together into a two-headed sweater).   Help keep babies healthy in the aftermath of disasters.   Help provide items like a toothbrush and a robe for injured military members brought in from the battlefield with no personal…
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    On the Go with Amy

  • 2015 family travel trends: The road trip is back!

    Amy Graff
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Family travel trends for 2015The road trip is back: Gas prices are at record lows making road trips more affordable. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that the national average cost of gas could drop as low as $2.65 a gallon in July 2015 — a huge drop when you consider the average in July 2014 was $3.61 a gallon. Families will be mapping out trips that take them across multiple states to top American attractions. They'll be opting to drive to favorite destinations such as Disneyland and national prices because taking the car is more cost effective than buying plane tickets…
  • What I want for Christmas: Stylish holiday gift guide for travelers

    Amy Graff
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Tis the season to treat your favorite travelers to stylish gifts. Here are some inspired gift ideas for globe-trotters.You'll be dreaming in French with these pillow cases.Mod Cloth, $29.99Tuck these shimmery silvery fold-up flats into your suitcase and you'll be prepared for a fancy night out. Rollasole, $19.99.These globe cufflinks have been laser cut and engraved from 2mm-thick wood veneer and are hand finished onto metal cufflink fittings. Sarah Hurley, $29.03.This personalized map is a fun way to track your travels., $66.88For the past decade, The New…
  • Thanksgiving 2014: A perfect time to hit the road

    Amy Graff
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Getting on a plane and flying across the country to visit relatives can be a nightmare at Thanksgiving. Hollywood did an excellent job of conveying that in the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Why bother dealing with delayed, even cancelled, planes. What's more this year, Turkey Day travel is bound to be hectic with Ebola checks and another Polar Vortex potentially hitting the East Coast. This might be the year to stick around home and explore drivable destinations.Here are five mini road trip ideas from major cities across the United States. The day after Thanksgiving, pack the kids in…
  • 3 hotels where you can find sun — even in the winter

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

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

  • Hurry, The Bigelow Tea Novus Gift Sweepstakes Ends TODAY!

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s the final day of the Bigelow Tea Give the Gift of Tea Sweepstakes! Be sure to enter by midnight EST via Facebook for your chance to win this Novus Gift Box with 36 Novus teas in three popular flavors … 12 winners in all! Often served in the finest restaurants, Novus teas are truly special. Exquisite full-leaf teas are enveloped in cleverly designed tea sachets that allow you to enjoy loose tea without the fuss. Simply steep the pyramid-shaped tea sachet as usual for maximum flavor and aroma in your cup! This gift comes in a lovely keepsake box and includes one box each…
  • Bigelow Tea’s Tips For An Eco-Friendly Holiday Party

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Hosting a “green” holiday party can be a fun and relaxed experience if you prepare, organize, and delegate ahead of time. Bigelow Tea has a number of eco-friendly holiday hosting tips and delicious seasonal teas you’ll want to explore before heading to the store. Use cloth napkins instead of paper. Cloth is both elegant and good for the environment. Tea towels come in handy for those inevitable spills and guests will appreciate the eco-friendly gesture. Create a sustainable décor. Making up-cycled holiday decorations is a fashionable and fun activity to share with friends and kids…
  • Bigelow Tea Applauds Actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s Precise Love Of Tea!

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    You might say that British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has a pedigree for drinking tea. Born and raised in London to actor parents, he is the grandson of a submarine commander and the great-grandson of a distinguished British diplomat. Bigelow Tea, which also boasts three generations of tea-drinking family members, can imagine teatime at the Cumberbatch’s with a whole house full of notable tea drinkers! Benedict’s diverse film and TV career is also impressive and includes playing Kahn in Star Trek Into Darkness and the voice of Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of…
  • Bigelow Tea & National Diabetes Month 

    12 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Almost everyone knows someone who has diabetes; it affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States. Bigelow Tea is taking the time to find out more about this disease, especially since National Diabetes Month was just recognized in November. So brew up a mug of Bigelow’s Chamomile Mango and read on! Diabetes results from the human body not producing enough insulin to break down glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar that gets turned into fuel for the body. But without enough insulin, glucose levels build up, and this can be harmful. Diabetics can manage their…
  • Bigelow Tea Offers Holiday Gifts for Tea Lovers, Beauties and Foodies 

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Whether it’s a present for family, your child’s teacher, a colleague or a best friend, finding the perfect holiday gift can be stressful! After all, you want them to love it right? Well, Bigelow Tea believes you can’t go wrong with—well—tea! With more than 120 varieties to choose from, there’s something for everyone on your list. Consider the pretty Holiday Wicker Cup and Saucer (pictured above). The oversized teacup basket contains 13 tea varieties, 104 individually-wrapped tea bags in all!  And the basket can be refilled later with potpourri, a plant or even more tea! If…
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    How to fix your clothes after a dye transfer dilemma

  • How to Remove Epic Holiday Stains with Clorox 2 Stain Remover & Color Booster

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Epic Holiday Stains: Click to see the chart
  • Lab Coat Stained with Food Coloring

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Q: I stained a lab coat with food colouring on Halloween, and I can't seem to get it out. My washing machine has the same place to put detergent and bleach and I tried but it didn't work. Please help me! Could you tell me how much bleach to add exactly? A: Let’s start with the stain.  It’s lucky that it’s food coloring, which usually does come out, but it also sounds like it’s concentrated, and it’s been sitting around for a while, so it definitely will be a challenge to remove.  You’ve already washed it once, so at this point there’s no need to rinse it before treating it. If…
  • How do you remove bleach stains?

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Q: How do you remove bleach stains?  A: Thank you for sending in your question.  This sounds like a problem I actually have had to deal with myself.  I try to be careful with spray cleaners that include bleach, but even so I still occasionally end up with tell-tale light spots.  Unfortunately, bleach stains cannot be reversed--the color permanently shifts from the bleach exposure.  However, depending on how big the bleach stains are, you may be able to color them in.  This works very well on items that are black when you use a permanent marker like a Sharpie.  It's a little bit harder…
  • How do I get red dye out of vinyl?

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Q :  How do I get red dye out of vinyl? A:  Great question!  Here’s some good news: vinyl fabrics (even colored ones) can generally be safely treated with a Clorox® Regular-Bleach and water solution, so you have a pretty good chance of success.  Even so, you should still test the item for colorfastness to bleach just to make sure.  To do that, add 1 ½ teaspoons Clorox® Regular-Bleach to ¼ cup water and apply a drop of the solution to a hidden part of the vinyl item.  Wait 1 minute, then rinse and blot dry—no color change means that the item can be safely bleached. Since vinyl…
  • Trouble with Dye Transfer

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Q : My wife washed all of our whites with khaki clothes. Now all the whites are a light tan color and not white white anymore. We have a HE machine and I filled the bleach dispenser up to the max fill line and Tide Plus in the detergent dispenser.   After the wash, the whites still are light tan. Can you help us out? A: Usually for dye transfer, I recommend soaking white bleachable items* in a solution of 3 tablespoons Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of cool water for 5 minutes before rinsing and air drying.  With a front loading washer, items tumble through the wash solution—they…
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  • Inside A Botnet: Athena and Ad Fraud

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    To share with you some additional insight as to how botnets are used to create invalid traffic and ad impressions, let’s take a deeper look at the Athena botnet. Like other botnet codebases, Athena software was developed to control and manage a collection of hacked machines. The widely used Athena codebase was leaked in September 2013. Security vendors quickly detailed the botnet's inner workings (e.g., see here and here). However, because none of the write-ups discussed the impression fraud modules that were included in the codebase, I wanted to take the opportunity to fill…
  • Domain Laundering Emerges as Significant Threat in Digital Ad Ecosystem

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Identifying domain laundering is a challenge for several reasons. First, security policies of modern browsers often restrict the information accessible to tag-based Javascript, which is commonly used to provide telemetry. Similarly, crawling-based methods may miss specific instances of domain laundering and offer no direct information about the volume of traffic drawn to a site. Next, not all domain obfuscation counts as laundering. A publisher’s domain might be obscured during the course of serving an ad for legitimate reasons such as an ad network using third…
  • GroupM, IPG, Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe Drive Momentum for vCE in DoubleClick

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    The discussions were centered on the need for comparability between platforms and reducing complexity in the ad buying process. comScore has been committed to simplifying the buying and selling of digital advertising, while enhancing the quality of impressions that are bought and sold. Working with our partners, such as Google, to bring comScore metrics into the platforms our clients are using every day is vital to achieving this goal. GRPs and Video Leading the WayEarlier this year at the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting, we publicly announced this strategic partnership with Google. By early…
  • How Mobile is Transforming Holiday Shopping

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The accuracy of the NRF survey notwithstanding, it is worth getting some additional perspective about what’s happening this year and why mobile shopping and buying is the key to understanding it all. The Real Story of What Happened at Brick-and-Mortar Over Thanksgiving WeekendFirst, let’s start by examining what actually happened on Thanksgiving and Black Friday at brick-and-mortar. We believe that ShopperTrak data provide a very good read for  brick-and-mortar because it is based on behavioral traffic data and actual retailer sales numbers, and their numbers suggested that while…
  • Viewability and In-Target: Key Learnings for Media Buyers and Sellers

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    To help the industry navigate the recent changes, comScore created Best Practices Kits on succeeding in a world of viewable impression measurement and audience guarantees. As a next step, we’re sharing key learnings from validated Campaign Essentials™ (vCE®) and validated Media Essentials™ (vME™) clients who have incorporated audience and viewability measurement from into their business practices.From our ongoing work with ConAgra Foods and CafeMom - industry leaders on each side of the table - we have developed the top three key learnings for media buyers and sellers when it comes…
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    Daimler-Blog: Einblicke in einen Konzern

  • GASTBEITRAG: Im Oldtimertaxi durch die Berliner Nacht

    Thomas Sälzle
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:45 am
    Der Reinickendorfer Ralf Werner ist 77, sein Gefährt 50 Jahre alt. Beide sind absoluter Kult. Der Chauffeur trägt ein rotes Indienhemd und auf dem Kopf Irokesen-Schnitt. Der Wagen heißt Nepomuk und ist ein heckflossiger Mercedes-Benz 190 Dc der Baureihe 110, Baujahr 1964. Dieselmotor. Farbe Hellelfenbein. 55 PS, 140 km/h Spitze (nach Tacho). Am späten Sonntagabend führt er am Droschkenstand in Schöneberg die wartende Fahrzeugsreihe aus modernen B- und E-Klassen an. Sein schwarz-gelbes Taxischild auf dem Dach ist kleiner und leuchtet schwächer. Zeitreise! Irgendwo stelle ich mein Auto…
  • Ein bewegter Tag

    Anita Racosi
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:02 am
    Es ist Sonntag. Normalerweise würde ich am zweiten Advent wohl bei Kaffee und Kuchen mit der Familie entspannt in vorweihnachtlicher Atmosphäre schwelgen. 2014 ist es weniger „gediegen“: Ich finde mich in den imposanten Räumlichkeiten des Mercedes-Benz Museums beim Tag der Menschen mit Behinderung wieder. Nicht als Besucherin, sondern als Ansprechpartnerin für behindertengerechte Fahrzeuge von Mercedes-Benz. Während die Veranstaltung Menschen mit Behinderung einerseits die Möglichkeit bietet, die Historie des Automobils im Rahmen spezieller Führungen ganz individuell zu erleben,…
  • Share Economy: Wird Besitz bedeutungslos?

    Erdal Ak
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:39 am
    Mercedes-Benz Museum. Ein Vortrag der „Daimler und Benz Stiftung“. Daimler und Benz Stiftung? Die frühere „Gottlieb Daimler – und Karl Benz-Stiftung“: gemeinwohlorientiert, unabhängig und interdisziplinär. Man besetzt in der Wissenschaft und Forschung die Schnittstellen zwischen Mensch, Umwelt und Technik und fördert Wissenschaftler. Gar nicht mal so unspannend. Der Hauptredner ist Prof. Dr. David Woisetschläger, Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Dienstleistungsmanagement, an der TU Braunschweig. Es geht um die Frage: Wird Besitz im…
  • China, Bremen und die neue C-Klasse: Was uns verbindet

    Kristina Fleige
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:52 am
    China – auch ich hatte die typischen Vorurteile in meinem Kopf. Aber mit.  dem Beginn des Projekts CCC (Competence Center C-Klasse) sollte sich dies schlagartig ändern. Wurde die Baureihe 204 noch auf zwei Kontinenten, gefertigt, gilt für den 205 das Motto „Vier Kontinente. Eine Leidenschaft.“ Die neue C-Klasse der Baureihe 205 läuft neben Bremen und Südafrika auch in Tuscaloosa und eben in China vom Band. Was ich als Mitarbeiterin von HRM/BH damit zu tun habe? Unser Expatmanagement bekam einen neuen Fokus. Für den Werksaufbau in Peking und den Anlauf der neuen C-Klasse wurden…
  • Zukunftskongress Inklusion 2025 – nicht ohne uns über uns

    Anne Becker
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:40 am
    Berlin ist immer eine Reise wert. Schon weil mein Bruder dort wohnt. Diesmal galt  mein Besuch aber dem „Zukunftskongress Inklusion 2025“. 2025 – das ist weiter in der Zukunft, als Pläne normalerweise reichen. Die Organisation Aktion Mensch hat zum Abschluss ihres 50. Jubiläumsjahres mit dem Kongress Inklusion 2025 den Blick bewusst weit nach vorne gesetzt. Es geht um das selbstverständliche Miteinander von Menschen mit und ohne Behinderung. Wir arbeiteten in unterschiedlichen Gruppen an verschiedenen Trends der Zukunft, welche Chancen und Risiken sie bieten, um daraus Impulse für…
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    EMC BlogRoll

  • Happy Holidays Part 3: Federation Treat B

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Yesterday, I did a post on ESA here - which is an example of tight integration and packaging of vRealize Operations Management and the EMC storage portfolio. Today's Federation Treat cuts right to the core of the federation principle of focus in each part, with each pursuing an "open" model.   Short version:  Through solid VMware/EMC collaboration and the principle of "Choice" as paramount, EMC ScaleIO 1.31 now available, and along with many other goodies - also has a vmkernel loadable module for a more direct IO path that nets 2x-3x better performance than the prior VSA model. Like all my…
  • Happy Holidays Part 2: Federation Treat A

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    As you might imagine, I get a lot of questions from analysts these days about "this Federation thing - what's the material benefit?"   While people in equity markets thrive off speculation (and this becomes a self-fulfilling thing - speculation begets more speculation).   I always come back to what customers tell me: "I like integration between Pivotal, VMware, EMC.  I want more of it." "I like choice.   Don't hyper-couple Pivotal, VMware, and EMC." "I don't like different sales people telling me different things (VIO vs. Cloudscaling; VSAN vs. ScaleIO; EVO:RACK vs: Vblock; SRM vs.
  • Happy Holidays Part 1: A New Tool (and a lesson)

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Happy Holidays to all my dear friends and readers! In the Sakac household - the tree is up, the elf on the shelf magically moves every night (man I hate the panicked late night "magic" almost every night).   Sure, I'm furiously working with customers and partners for the next couple of weeks, as well as planning our January leadership meeting and the overall 2015 plan. But, you start to think about the end of 2014, and what 2015 will bring. I have a couple posts in me still, and of course the big, bold Top 10 Predictions :-) So - first, "a new tool", and more interestingly, "a valuable…
  • Stardate: 5977.497.471 (Aka VMAX3 has a big day)

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Congrats to the VMAX engineering team - for getting the Q4 VMAX3 Service Release out last week as committed!   The specific release is 5977.497.471, which there was an internal thread where Jeremy Burton noticed it looked like something from. "Captains Log.  Stardate 5977/497.471.   We're circling planet Nebulon 4, where the Borg have .." In all seriousness - this is a HUGE release ("SR" doesn't do it justice).   With VMAX3 we decided to move from one colossal release in a massive "waterfall" like release, into something more akin to a staged release (not quite "agile" CI/CD - but a…
  • Let's Talk Software-Defined Storage?

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Just a quick note? Next Tuesday Dec 10th at 12noon eastern, I'll be hosting a webinar entitled "Software-Defined Storage: An Enterprise Architect's Perspective" over on BrightTalk.   My goal is simple: share some of the big ideas, and how they're different than the storage we know and love today.   Useful for those who haven't wanted to wade through my extended series ... I'll be running through some high-level slides, but what I'm hoping for is that a few of you show up and ask interesting questions.  I won't be getting overly technical, unless you want me to ... That's the…
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    Fandango Movie News

  • Watch: R2-D2 and Chopper Star in Lucasfilm's Adorable 2014 Holiday Card

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Every year the minds at Lucasfilm are known for sending these really fun, creative holiday cards to their coworkers, friends and family. They've been sending these cards for decades, and almost all of them feature Star Wars characters with Yoda and R2-D2 appearing more often than others. This year Lucasfilm put together a short animated video for its holiday card, and not only is it an adorable watch, but it may also tease a future animated TV show starring R2-D2 and Chopper, the crazy...Read MoreRead Comments
  • News Briefs: New 'Jurassic World' Image Shows Dinosaur; Watch 'Minions' in 1968 New York

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Jurassic World: Colin Trevorrow, director of the upcoming Jurassic World, shared a new image from the movie featuring Chris Pratt and a dinosaur, accompanied by the message: "Happy Holidays from the editing room. Do not try this at home." We'll find out more when the movie rolls into theaters on June 12. [Twitter]   Boyhood: President Barack Obama has weighed in on the most pressing issue of the day: his favorite film of 2014. “Boyhood was a great...Read MoreRead Comments
  • 8 Movies from My Childhood I Want to Share with My Kids

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:39 pm
    One of the greatest joys of parenting involves strolling down memory lane and taking my kids along for the ride. Introducing them to the people, places, and movies that defined my childhood is more than just great family fun; it’s an experience to remember. With the weather cooling down and more time spent snuggling up indoors, there’s never been a better time to introduce my kids to the films that meant so much to me as a child. Just last weekend in eager anticipation of the new...Read MoreRead Comments
  • 'Pixels' Posters Show What Happens When Old-School Arcade Games Invade Earth

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    If you're any kind of fan of old-school arcade games like Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, then you have to be looking forward to Pixels, due out July 24, 2015. In it, a legion of space aliens misinterpret video feeds featuring classic arcade games as a declaration of war and decide to use those same games against us in an invasion of our planet. Naturally it's up to an old arcade champion (Adam Sandler) and a group of misfit gamers (lead by Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) if...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Watch: Liam Neeson Delivers a Holiday Beatdown with This Great 'Taken 3' Video

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    If you’re finding yourself not quite feeling the holiday vibe yet, maybe watching Liam Neeson crack some skulls to a punk-rock version of The 12 Days of Christmas while promoting Taken 3 will inspire your yuletide spirit. Fox released this new promotional video titled The 12 Skills of Christmas to promote Neeson’s third turn as all-around badass Bryan Mills. We're not sure how far they'll be able to take this franchise (Will Mills battle an alien army next?...Read MoreRead Comments
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    Garmin Blog

  • VIRB Elite Remote Control App for Windows Phone

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    VIRB Elite remote control app, our free remote control for Garmin VIRB Elite, is now available for Windows Phone. Windows Phone users can now stop and start their VIRB action camera from recording, control the camera settings like resolution and frames-per-second and shoot photos on their VIRB all from the app.  Before they take the big jump or ski down a mountain, they can adjust their VIRB and use the app to guide which angle to shoot their footage. To download the VIRB mobile app for your Windows Phone head to the Windows Phone Store.   
  • GTN Tricks, Tips and Shortcuts Series: Part 5

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This week, we’re rounding out our five-part series highlighting features and shortcuts of the GTN 650/750 series. In Part 4 of our series, we discussed several new features available with the latest GTN software upgrade, including customized shortcuts, FastFind and customized checklists. Today, we’ll discuss how flight planning with the latest GTN software is faster and easier than ever before!  In addition to the new GTN software, incorporating the Flight Stream 210 enables wireless flight plan transfer between the GTN and Garmin Pilot on select iOS or Android mobile devices.
  • Great Gift Ideas for Pilots!

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you think back to your days when starting out on your flight training, we all have unquestionably received a few unexpected pilot-specific gifts. Last year, a friend of mine recently started his first corporate job flying a Lear 35. That Christmas, his Dad bought him a t-shirt which proudly stated “Lear Jet Pilot” on the front. While nothing compares to how proud his Dad was of his son for landing his first professional flying job, it never hurts to have a wish list for our non-pilot friends and family to reference for the holidays!    Garmin’s Holiday Gift Guide has our…
  • Flight Stream Connectivity Q&A

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Just in time for the holidays, Flight Stream is now shipping and available for installation in your cockpit! In the last several months, many of you may have had the opportunity to visit us at a tradeshow to see a live demonstration, ask questions and to see how well Flight Stream integrates with some of your existing avionics. In the last several months, we’ve received some excellent feedback and a number of you had a lot of great questions. So, Lucy is taking the opportunity to address just a few of the more common inquiries we’ve received: Q: How does Flight Stream work? A: Flight…
  • GTN Tricks, Tips and Shortcuts Series: Part 4

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This week we are back with brand NEW shortcuts, which we’re thrilled to offer now as a part of the latest GTN software just released last week! In Part 3 of our series last week, we highlighted shortcuts to help you get the most out of your GTN and its COM capabilities. This week, we’re highlighting new features that make flight planning easier, get you the information you need even faster and let you get back to doing what you love most – flying! Customized Shortcuts Accessing the functions and information you use the most is even easier with the option to create customized shortcuts.
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    GE Global Research

  • A Journey No Child Should Take

    Mark Frontera
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    It is difficult to put into words just how special a gift it is to finally have two healthy children after a two-year-long battle with pediatric cancer. Adam and Joshua Frontera.Photo credit: Ashley Brown Photography, When my then-4-year-old son, Adam, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma two years ago I knew the diagnosis would have a vast impact on my personal life. What I did not immediately realize was how deeply his diagnosis would impact my professional life in the High Energy Physics Lab here at GE Global Research. Every day for over 10 years I…
  • The One Young World Summit: an Open Window to the World

    Valentina Bisio
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    At the recent One Young World Summit in Dublin (Oct. 15-18, 2014), I had the unique opportunity to discuss global challenges like education, peace and conflict, sustainable development and global business with other young leaders, entrepreneurs, university students, and world leaders including politicians, corporate executives, and Nobel laureates. At the end of the event, I was left with a few resounding truths: the more people who are joined together, the louder their voices can be; and power lies, above all, in connections. After the three-day summit, I also recognized that an organization…
  • AVS 61st International Symposium and Exhibition Focuses on Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces

    Vin Smentkowski
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    After more than two years of planning, it is hard to believe that the AVS 61st International Symposium and Exhibition which took place Nov. 9 – 14, 2014 in Baltimore Maryland is over! The prevailing themes at this year’s symposium were materials, surfaces, and interfaces that advance device technologies and aim at practical use. AVS is a professional society that brings together academics, and representatives of government and industry who specialize in a variety of disciplines: chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, engineering, business, and sales. AVS members share common interests…
  • Infrastructure Research: Holiday Shopping & Electric Vehicles

    Jigar Shah
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    With Thanksgiving behind us in the U.S., that can only mean one thing for all the bargain-hunters out there: deals galore! Starting with Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and lasting all the way through early January, retailers will be offering steep discounts on electronics, clothing, and many other products to entice shoppers to spend money. This time of year, electricity and transportation usage typically begins to surge as the weather gets colder and people travel to visit family and friends for the holidays. All of that shopping – much of which is done online nowadays – also…
  • Shale Gas Spreads to the South

    Bernardo Cinelli
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    One of the most relevant developments in the energy sector has been the dramatic increase in the production of natural gas from unconventional resources. The development and improvement of techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”) have allowed the expansion of production capacity of oil and natural gas in geological formations of low permeability, especially in shale formations. The experience in the United States shows that successful shale developments can transform a nation’s economy. Because shale formations exist in almost every region of…
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  • OnStar’s Santa Seeker Spreads Joy During the Holiday Season

    GM FastLane
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    For the sixth holiday season in a row, OnStar has partnered with North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to bring the Santa Seeker to your vehicle. With a press of the blue OnStar button, OnStar lets you follow Santa’s journey on Christmas Eve. During this holiday season, kids across the globe will ask their parents “When will Santa get to our house?” Last year, Charlie and Rebecca Vyterna had a different question When will Santa visit our dad stationed in Afghanistan? Their dad, Michael, was stationed in Afghanistan last Christmas on his second tour supporting the military.
  • Drivers, Start Your (Virtual) Engines

    GM FastLane
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Now that the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo (VGT) is available via an online updatefor Gran Turismo6 exclusively on PlayStation3,drivers can have their first taste of “driving” the laser-propelled beast.  However, it’s not a race without an opponent, so when you take the Chaparral VGT on the track, consider going head to head with one of these other GM beasts. 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Racer What do you do with the leftover chassis from an aborted Corvette racing program? In 1959, William Mitchell, GM’s vice president of styling, took a spare Corvette SS chassis…
  • GM’s Top 10 Sustainability Stories of 2014

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    From wildlife habitat programs to cycling at work, these stories may cause you to rethink what an automaker is all about. Here are our favorites: GM’s MacGyver Devises Unconventional Uses for Everyday Waste. It’s all about the people behind our progress and our value delivering innovative products and processes that benefit the environment. Detroit Grows Fruits and Vegetables in 1,200 GM Shipping Crates. Getting money for recycling our metal is good, but what’s even better? Creatively reusing that metal to benefit soup kitchens and neighborhoods surrounding our facilities. At times,…
  • GM Adds EV Outlets to Headquarters

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Are you a Chevrolet Volt or Cadillac ELR owner?  Are you considering purchasing an electric vehicle?  GM is making it easier for employees to plug in at the Renaissance Center. GM is installing 23 new 120V charging outlets at its headquarters, bringing the company-wide total to nearly 500 charge stations installed in the last four years at 45 GM sites across the country.  The addition of the new charging outlets raises the total number of EV charge stations in Michigan to nearly 300. The new EV charging outlets will be installed and added to existing stations in the Beaubien Place parking…
  • A Grand Win

    GM FastLane
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    How does a domestically bred compact pickup truck out-duel a 400-horsepower Teutonic rocket? Easy: The GMC Canyon is one darn good truck. That’s not to say we didn’t love the Porsche Macan Turbo (another finalist for our award), but when it comes to picking the best truck, it’s not always about drag strip speed, tight corner handling or who gets pole position at the country club valet.  Sometimes it’s just about which is best at what it is trying to accomplish – at being a truck, plain and simple. That might be a novel concept, yes, but as we said in our Best of the Best/Truck…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • A Year in Search: the moments that defined 2014

    Emily Wood
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every year, we reflect on the moments that made us laugh, smile from ear to ear, or stay gripped to our screens in our annual Year in Search. In 2014, we were struck by the death of a beloved comedian, and watched news unfold about a horrific plane crash and a terrifying disease. We were captivated by the beautiful game, and had fun with birds, a bucket of ice, and a frozen princess. Watch our video to rediscover the events, people and topics that defined 2014: Wishing the genie goodbye“You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.” The passing of beloved comedian and…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends December 6-11

    Emily Wood
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    From The Colbert Report to astronomer Annie Jump Cannon, here's a look at this week's search stars.The presidency is just my day jobBeing the President of the United State is no easy task, but Barack Obama may have just faced his toughest test yet...a seat on The Colbert Report. This is the Commander-in-Chief’s third time on the show, but it’s still no cakewalk with every topic up for grabs—including Obama’s less than ideal approval ratings and his graying hair. Obama proved himself up for the challenge, though, kicking Colbert off his segment and making it his own.Not only does Obama…
  • Android dress code: wear what you want

    Emily Wood
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    Deciding what to wear is a really personal thing—it’s one of the ways you show people what you’re about. Wearable technology is no different, so Android Wear offers a wide selection of apps and watches to suit your taste. It’s about expressing who you are, however you want, right on your wrist.Today there’s even more ways to show your style with Android Wear, including dozens of new watch faces (powered by an official Watch Face API), a full collection of devices on Google Play, and lots of other improvements based on your feedback. So try ‘em on for size, and let us know what you…
  • #YouTubeRewind 2014: Celebrating what you created, watched and shared

    Emily Wood
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    2014 was chock full of YouTube moments that vaulted into pop culture. We got pranked by a spider dog in Poland, learned what it’s like to walk the street for 10 hours as a woman in NYC, and watched total strangers share a first kiss. We laughed, we cried, and yes, we sang along to “Let It Go” roughly a bajillion times. In celebration of the people, memes and moments that made up an epic year, more than 100 YouTube creators gathered together for our annual Rewind video: a giant, global mashup looking back at the best of 2014 on YouTube. With creators from Japan, Germany, Israel, Mexico,…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends November 28-December 5

    Emily Wood
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The end of the year is almost upon us, but just like the rest of your life, search isn’t slowing down. Here’s a look at what was trending this week on Google:Signs of the seasonNow that the turkey’s been carved, and even the leftovers have been gobbled (pun intended) up in the form of sandwiches and soup, the holiday season is officially underway. People shopped Cyber Monday sales, and others were excited to learn that USPS would be delivering packages seven days a week in some cities. Plus, holiday movies and songs are trending as people get into the spirit. And even if you didn’t…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • The lack of any official condemnation for CIA torture ensures it will happen again | Antony Loewenstein

    Antony Loewenstein
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Instead of trials for those accused of endorsing torture, or a process of accountability for political leaders, we get trials by essay. It’s not enough for a healthy democracyThe details shocked. Shackled prisoners were treated like cattle, watched by their CIA interrogators. Testimony from one observer stated that men blindfolded and tied “were made to run down a steep hill, at the bottom of which were three throws of concertina barbed wire. The first row would hit them across the knees and they would plunge head first into the second and third rows of wire”.This wasn’t CIA torture…
  • Steve Bell on council funding cuts – cartoon

    Steve Bell
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
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  • Yes, Pakistanis are united against terrorism. But not on terrorists | Cyril Almeida

    Cyril Almeida
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Militants who target India will always be good taliban. So an alleged architect of the Mumbai attack can be released two days after PeshawarOn this Pakistan is united: the men who killed 132 children in a Peshawar school are terrorists. On this too Pakistan is – temporarily – united: terrorism must be defeated. After that the trouble begins. With something as seemingly innocuous as who, exactly, is a terrorist. Pakistanis can’t seem to agree.Neither can the media. A day after the Peshawar carnage, after the Pakistan army had announced that the slaughter in the school had been…
  • The Guardian view on the US-Cuba breakthrough: more US diplomatic creativity is needed elsewhere | Editorial

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Obama is making the most of his last two years in powerIt is no surprise that Barack Obama is attempting to make use of his final two years in the Oval office to try to polish his legacy, especially in foreign policy. Other US presidents have gone down this road. Bill Clinton tried desperately to clinch a deal on the Israeli-Palestinian issue during marathon talks in Camp David – to no avail. George W Bush tried to erase some of his earlier unilateralism by reaching out to Europe – but then left it to deal mostly on its own with the outbreak of war in Georgia. In the aftermath of midterm…
  • The Guardian view on tackling child sex abuse: it’s a job half done | Editorial

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    At last child sex abuse victims can be confident they will be heardWhen, in 1999, Sir William Macpherson published his report into Stephen Lawrence’s murder and pronounced the Metropolitan police institutionally racist, it marked the moment when the whole discourse around policing changed. Something similar may have happened on Thursday, when the Met declared that, despite a lack of corroboration, it found the evidence of a survivor of child sex abuse at the hands of a VIP paedophile ring to be “credible and true”.This is an important change. In the three years since Jimmy Savile…
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    Hu's Blog

  • Discussing 2015 Trends with George Crump and Greg Knieriemen

    Hu Yoshida
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    December 10 I had a webcast discussing IT trends for 2015 with George Crump of Storage Switzerland  and Greg Knieriermen Technology Evangelist for HDS who is known outside of HDS for his podcasts “Speaking in Tech’ which is distributed by the Register This discussion was based on the four posts I published on the IT trends that I see for 2015. George and Greg were pretty much in agreement with the trends that I identified: Business Defined IT Accelerated Adoption of Converged and Hyper Converged Platforms Management Automation Software Defined Global Virtualization Greater Focus on Data…
  • 2015 Trends: Big Data, Internet of Things, Data Lakes, and Hybrid Cloud

    Hu Yoshida
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    This post is the next to last post in my blog series on top trends for 2015. I will follow up with my final post after the webcast with George Crump of Storage Switzerland on December 10. These three trends cover Big Data and IoT, Data Lakes, and the growing use of Hybrid Cloud. trends that  support Business Defined IT 8. Big Data And Internet of Things IDC has predicted that big data will grow at a 27% CAGR to $32.4 B through 2017 about 6 times the growth rate of the overall information and communication technology market. Other analyst like Wikibon, are even more bullish, predicting…
  • 2015 Trends: Continuous Infrastructure

    Hu Yoshida
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    This post is a continuation of my blog series on top trends for 2015. These three trends under continuous infrastructure that support Business Defined IT 5. Global Virtualization adds a new dimension to storage virtualization Storage virtualization has been vertically oriented up to now, where a storage virtualization engine is able to virtualize other storage systems that are attached behind it. Global virtualization will extend virtualization horizontally across multiple storage systems, which can be separated by campus or metro distances for block and global distances for file and content…
  • 2015 Trends: Convergence, Automation, and Integration

    Hu Yoshida
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    This is a continuation of ten 2015 trends which I started in my last post . These three post refer to three key enablers for Business Defined It. 2. New Capabilities Accelerate Adoption of Converged and Hyper-converged Platforms A key enabler for Business Defined IT are converged solutions that are integrated with the systems and the application stack. Converged solutions are the fastest growing segment in Hitachi Data Systems portfolio. Businesses no longer need to wait weeks or months for IT to spin up an Oracle RAC or SAP Hana platform.  The integration of its orchestration software with…
  • Business Defined IT Will Drive the IT Trends in 2015

    Hu Yoshida
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    For the past several years I have published top ten IT trends for the coming year, based up on my observations of the current year. Next year the trends will be an extension of this year’s trends, but with more clarity and urgency. You have already seen disruption in the market place as vendors struggle to align with the changing demands of the business. For 2015 these trends will be driven by the need for IT to embrace the third platform that IDC has identified that is built on the mega trends around mobility, cloud, social and big data. I believe these are business trends that define…
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    Inside Scoop

  • Intel Extreme Masters San Jose, Our First Home Game

    Don Bowden
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    It doesn’t get any better than this, spending the weekend with several thousand of my friends (we are all gamers after all) watching some incredible League of Legend and StarCraft II matches while cheering  for our favorites teams and players to win and advance to the World Championships in Katowice, Poland next March. Local favorites Cloud 9 crushed Unicorns of Love 3-0 in the League of Legends finals with some inspired game play, here are some of the highlights from the final round. Along with claiming the win here in San Jose and an invite to the world Championships, Cloud9 walked away…
  • The Hottest Holiday Deals on Intel-powered Devices

    Jorge Vergara
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Chances are, that when you’re looking at what friends and loved ones want for the holidays this year, tech gifts are at the top of the list. In its 21st Annual Holiday Forecast, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) found that 3 in 5 adults are expected to give a tech gift this holiday season, totaling nearly $34 billion – more than ever before. At the top of the wish list again this year are tablets, laptops and smartphones. Every year on Black Friday, consumers can find some of the best deals on electronics and this year is no different. There are hundreds of options for tablets,…
  • Make it Wearable: The Show is About to Begin!

    Marcia Hansen
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Behind the scenes today at the Make it Wearable Challenge Finals Event. The show is about to begin. The first phase of the Make it Wearable Finalist presentations are about to begin! The stage is being set, lighting is adjusted, the DJ is getting ready to spin tunes, and we have a luminary panel of judges ready to be seated, including Intel’s CEO, Bryan Krzanich, tennis superstar and entrepreneur Venus Williams, fashion and accessories entrepreneur Uri Minkoff, Pauline Brown – Chairman of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy), Hubert Joly – CEO of Best Buy, Stefan Olander from…
  • Intel Make it Wearable Finals: The race to the grand prize

    Marcia Hansen
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The race to the grand prize of 500,000 USD in the Make it Wearable challenge is in the final stage. The winners will be announced at the finale event on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PDT. Tune in at noon on Monday to watch all the action unfold from the W Hotel in San Francisco on the live stream of the final event. Over 500 worldwide teams applied and just 10 teams remain. These top 10 teams, with representation from seven countries, underwent a 7-week online incubation and a rigorous hands-on immersion week at the University of California, Berkeley. The week included interaction…
  • Intel Pocket Avatars Just Got Chattier

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

  • J&J Products Earn Earthwards® Recogntion a Year Early

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    by Al Iannuzzi, Ph.D., Senior Director, Worldwide Environment, Health, Safety, & Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson Sustainability is increasingly driving global hospital purchasing decisions, but a perceived lack of available products with sustainable features remains a barrier to those decisions. According to a 2014 global Harris Poll survey of health care professionals, more than half (54 percent) say their hospitals currently incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions, and 80 percent expect that to be the case by 2016. In the same study, commissioned by Johnson &…
  • The Roots behind “Finding Your Roots”

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    by Michael Sneed, Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Recently, Johnson & Johnson had the privilege of hosting Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at our corporate headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Professor Gates is the host of the popular PBS series, “Finding Your Roots,” which traces guests’ ancestry using a combination of genealogy and DNA. J&J is a proud sponsor of the series. Professor Gates discussed how his life-long passion for genealogy became the “root” from which the “Finding Your Roots” series developed.
  • Holiday Giving

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    by Sarah Colamarino, Vice President, Corporate Equity Programs, Johnson & Johnson As a mother of now two older teenagers, I always struggled to find family activities that could make “giving back” part of our daily lives. I learned that it did not always take a grand gesture to make a difference. Sometimes it’s the simplest of acts that make the biggest difference – volunteering at a soup kitchen; buying a toy for a child in need; donating food to a local food bank. But these activities can sometimes be difficult to find, especially given the hectic pace of the holiday season. As…
  • Health Care Sustainability Gets a Shot in the Arm

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    by Erol Odabasi, Director, MD&D Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson Sustainable Purchasing among Hospitals is on the Rise Vaccine season is in full swing and your local hospital is probably advertising free flu shots. But this fall something’s different. If your provider is like the 300 global health care professionals my company, Johnson & Johnson, and Harris Poll recently surveyed, chances are your hospital has ‘gone green.’ Sustainability in the health care space has been on the rise for some time, and, according to the new study, 54 percent of health care professionals…
  • Johnson & Johnson and USAID Partner to Address the Global Health Threat of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    by Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson Among my lifelong goals is to advance progress in new treatment options for patients living with the world’s most serious health threats. Antimicrobial resistance is responsible for many of them, especially in communities with limited resources and fragmented healthcare infrastructures. When resistance limits first- and second-line options, healthcare providers must opt for less desirable alternatives,1 which often lead to worsened patient outcomes. Over many years of researching…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • Unlocking Your Competitive Edge with the Power of LinkedIn Premium

    Gyanda Sachdeva
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing Q&A series called the Inside Story where we sit down to learn more from the people behind the products at LinkedIn. Q. As the product lead behind LinkedIn’s Subscriptions, can you tell us why someone should upgrade to a Premium membership? Funny enough, when I tell people I work at LinkedIn, one of the first questions I always get is “What is the difference between a free and Premium membership?” This is before I’ve even mentioned my role on this specific team, so it’s something we are definitely working on to help our members better…
  • The 25 Hottest Skills That Got People Hired in 2014

    Sohan Murthy
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Believe it or not, 2014 is almost over and 2015 is right around the corner. With a new year comes new opportunities, and around this time we at LinkedIn are typically asked the following question: “Who’s getting hired and what are they doing?” To get to an answer, we analyzed the skills and experience data in over 330 million LinkedIn member profiles. If your skills fit one of the categories below, there’s a good chance you either started a new job or garnered the interest of a recruiter in the past year. In addition, we took at look at the top skills in several countries including…
  • What Big Things Are Coming in 2015? Top Minds Give Their Predictions

    Amy Chen
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Amid the frenzy of holiday parties and the nostalgia of year-in-review roundups, let’s also take a moment to pause, reflect, and dream big about what’s to come. In our latest series on LinkedIn, we’re predicting the top trends of 2015. From the wonders of wearable tech to a job market where workers finally have the upper hand, 70+ Influencers (including Richard Branson and Ban Ki-moon) shared their bold vision of what’s on the horizon. What one innovation, social cause, business shift or event do you think will define 2015? Write your own Big Idea post here; please include…
  • Rocking Your LinkedIn Profile Just Got Easier

    Alexis Baird
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting and working with several hundred LinkedIn members in Seattle – from small and medium-sized business owners to students and university advisors. This trip gave me the chance to hear firsthand what some of our members love most about LinkedIn as well as what puzzles them. Top of the “puzzles” list was the LinkedIn profile – what to put on it, what not to put on it, when to edit it, how much time to spend editing it, first person or third person, bullet points or paragraph formats, etc. To make it easier for members like you, we’ve…
  • LinkedIn’s New Homepage Design Helps You Stay Connected with Your Professional World

    Elizabeth Burstein
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Imagine one place to see how you stand as a professional, build and keep in touch with your network, and get the knowledge you need. LinkedIn has always been that place for its members – and now we’re making it even easier for you to quickly manage and benefit from your experience on LinkedIn with the rollout of our redesigned homepage. Here’s how. It’s all about you At the very top of the homepage, your new dashboard gives you instant feedback on how you’re doing. See how many people have viewed you and understand how your status updates are performing. Click on either one to…
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    Lulu Blog

  • Our First Reddit AMA

    Brook Terran
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    All right, Reddit, we admit it, we have been lurking you longer than we should have. First you wooed us with memes, viral videos and funny pictures of cats. Then we realized that Reddit has real depth and grit. The front page of the internet has every relevant news article, opinion paper and helpful how-to for whatever your passion is. And you know what? That’s something we can get behind. Since /r/books became one of the default subreddits you are set up with during account creation, we like to think there’s been a resurgence of interest in what we do best: the printed word. Over…
  • Email Marketing 101: Making the Most of Seasonal Sales

    Henry at Lulu
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Let’s try out a few seasonal metaphors for your email marketing efforts… Stuff your readers’ stockings with email! Deck the halls with deals on eBooks! Pass the turkey and mashed potatoes… and… strategically develop an email marketing plan that takes advantage of’s sales and special offers… Okay, so that last one doesn’t really flow. But – it’s good advice all the same. Email marketing that coincides with Lulu’s impressive special offers is the next best thing to having your books carried right down your readers’ chimneys. What’s so great about it? For…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Brook Terran
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Thanksgiving is almost here and it’s time for us all to reflect on what we’re grateful for in our lives. Yes, we all appreciate the turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and more, and we all enjoy taking the day to feast surrounded by the ones we love the most. But Thanksgiving is a special day because it prompts us to slow down and take the time to think and be grateful for what touches our hearts the most. At, we’re thankful for many things, but mostly we’re thankful for you, our authors with your creativity and desire to share good stories with the world. We have an amazing team…
  • Authors: Make your voice heard!

    Brook Terran
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest are doing their third annual Author Survey. The results of the survey help guide the direction of the industry and the survey takes 15 minutes or less to complete. Be sure to make your voice heard and complete the survey here: “Participants in the survey will get a sneak preview of results. The full results will be presented at the Digital Book World Conference and Expo in January 2015 and published as a series of blog posts on the Digital Book World website, offering free analysis and commentary on a…
  • You Find It, We Make It Better

    Brook Terran
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    We love when we get feedback from our customers on how to make their experience with even more awesome! Today we made two important new changes: we’ve made it easier for potential readers to find your book in our bookstore and we have made it easier for you to contact customer support to get answers to your questions. The navigational links in the top right have been improved across the site to make it even easier to find the answers you need. Help is now called Support, and lives at a new URL: Additionally, your customers will now find your book faster if…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • It Comes From the Soul

    Marriott on the Move
    6 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I’m often asked, “How did you create such a great culture at Marriott?” There’s no magical formula or business consultant that you call and say, “build us a culture.” It comes from the soul of the executive team usually the founder. In our case, it came from our co-founders, my...
  • Fight For What We Care For

    Marriott on the Move
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    More than a year ago, Donna and I lost our beloved son, Stephen, who had been diagnosed in his teens with a rare mitochondrial disease that slowly cost him his eyesight, his hearing, his strength, and finally, his life. Since then, I have not stopped asking questions. I have not...
  • Life is short. Go places

    Marriott on the Move
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:12 pm
    This is a story about the Gonce family, who live in Oak Grove, Mississippi. They are discoverers. Daughters, Lauren and Leslie started out on a trip to Chicago to visit The American Girl store. Their mom and dad, Chris and Leslie, took some detours along the way. This is how...
  • The Lizard and the Boy

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    If you’ve ever loved something special, you know how upsetting it can be to have it lost. Over the years, our youngest guests have left behind (or lost) toys, books, balls, you name it… But not until recently has someone lost a lizard. I received a letter from the Marco...
  • Staking Our Reputation on Customer Service

    Marriott on the Move
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    When my father started his business in 1927, he had one original goal: “good food and good service at a fair price.” He staked his reputation on superior customer service. Not much has changed today. Our dedication to the customer is apparent in everything we do… right down to the...
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    The Old New Thing

  • How can I query the location of the taskbar on secondary monitors?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    A customer wanted to know how to get the location of the taskbar on secondary monitors. "I know that SHApp­Bar­Message will tell me the location of the taskbar on the primary monitor, but how do I get its location on secondary monitors?" We asked the customer what their actual problem is, where they think that determining the taskbar location on secondary monitors is the solution. The customer was kind enough to explain. Our application shows a small window, and sometimes users move it behind the taskbar. They then complain that they can't find it, and they have to move their taskbar…
  • It's not too late (okay maybe it's too late) to get this gift for the physicist who has everything

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    A LEGO set to measure Planck's constant.
  • It rather involved being on the other side of this airtight hatchway: Account vulnerable to Active Directory administrator

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    A security vulnerability report came in that went something like this: Disclosure of arbitrary data from any user An attacker can obtain arbitrary data from any user by means of the following steps: Obtain administrative access on the domain controller. Stop the XYZZY service. Edit the XYZZY.DAT file in a hex editor and changes the bytes starting at offset 0x4242 as follows: ... There's no point continuing, because the first step assumes that you are on the other side of the airtight hatchway. If you have compromised the domain controller, then you control the domain. From there, all the…
  • If you set up roaming profiles, you are expected to set up each machine identically, for the most part

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    A customer discovered the following behavior when they set up roaming user profiles on their domain. Consider two machines, 1 and 2. An application A is installed on machine 1, but not machine 2. A user with a roaming profile logs onto machine 1 and pins application A to the taskbar. That user then logs off of machine 1 and logs onto machine 2. Now things get interesting: The taskbar on machine 2 initially shows a white icon on the taskbar, representing the nonexistent application A. A short time later, that icon vanishes. When the user…
  • When corporate policies meet precision scientific equipment

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of my colleagues used to work as an IT consultant, and one of his clients was a tobacco company. Since they were a tobacco company, the company policy on smoking was "You can smoke anywhere, any time." "Anywhere" includes the labs. The labs with very expensive precision scientific equipment. My colleague told me that this policy meant that the company regularly replaced $50,000 pieces of equipment after only a few months, thanks to smoke damage. But the company couldn't change their smoking policy. Imagine the public relations disaster if a tobacco company had a no-smoking policy!
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Cord Cutters Revealed

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
    In October HBO announced its intent to launch it’s current HBOGo streaming app as a stand alone service in 2015.  The application will not require a cable subscription which will enable viewers to access HBO’s premium content online.  This announcement is welcome news to "cord cutters", those viewers who want to abandon traditional cable completely in favor of streaming content to media players like Roku, AppleTV, FireTV or to their PC.   Instead of paying for cable subscriptions, viewers can pay nominal fees for video on-demand subscription services like…
  • ADF meet smartphone, phone meet smartADF

    Chris Muir
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Here’s a question we spent time investigating recently. We know ADF works well on tablets, but is it suitable for smartphones too? Sometime back in the JDeveloper 11gR1 and 11gR2 branches (search for ‘tablet’ in those links) of ADF we added a wide range of support for touch gestures, mobile optimizations and more. More recently the Alta skin and UI guidelines contain considerable collateral around building ADF applications to be optimized for tablets. Yet when you consider a smartphone, say an iPhone over an iPad, or a Nexus 5 vs a Nexus 9, can you still build a usable app for this…
  • Pluggable DB direct connect without listener

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    I think there are a lot of "legacy" sqlplus(or svrmgrl) scripts around which assume "ORACLE_SID" environment variable.ORACLE_SID doesn't work with DB12c Multitenant database. I think the workaround below works in most environments.Oracle Database 12c New Feature-Multitenant Pluggable DatabasesTWO_TASK operating system variable to point to the PDB you want to connect toThere is a caveat here other than that "TWO_TASK" as just a shell variable is OK. The caveat is that this assumes TNS listener is running and PDB service is already registered.Another w/a which doesn't require listener is below.
  • NEW! Optimize Oracle Database 12c on Solaris 11 Workshop

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    We're pleased to announce the availability of a new workshop:  Deploy and Optimize Oracle Database 12c on Solaris 11.  It's available exclusively for OPN partners. The workshop includes lecture and hands-on lab exercises that demonstrate how to use the powerful features and capabilities within Solaris 11 for optimal Oracle Database 12c implementations.  Learn more about the workshop here.  This workshop is currently being offered in select cities around the world.  For more information, contact your local enablement or partner manager.
  • Customizing Oracle MFT File Rename Java Callout

    Dave Berry
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Review and Use Case So now that you have all digested the previous Overview blog in this Customizing MFT series, you fully understand the components of Custom Actions(callouts) and have built the Newline Conversion sample from the Oracle MFT Documentation section Processing Transfers with Custom Callouts you are ready to build another real world scenario that implements a file rename inside of the MFT engine. I say inside because that differentiates it from the use case where a file is written to the file system or remote FTP server and then renamed after it is delivered. This use case is a…
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Fitz’s Fall Layering System – Suggestions for dressing your child in the cold

    Kelly Cordes
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    By Rebecca Caldwell Today’s post comes from Rebecca Caldwell, photographer and wife to Patagonia climbing ambassador Tommy Caldwell, and mama to their son, Fitz. She discovered the climbing lifestyle five years ago and now spends more time soaking up the beautiful places around the world than at home. They share their somewhat unconventional lifestyle with Fitz, and hope to encourage others to explore the outdoors with their kids, too. Every autumn since I’ve known Tommy we have loaded up our van, left our home in Estes Park, Colorado, and driven to Yosemite National Park for him to work…
  • An Excerpt from The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre by Kelly Cordes

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    By Kelly Cordes At the wind-scoured southern tip of Argentina, between the vast ice cap and the rolling estepas of Patagonia, rises a 10,262-foot tower of ice and rock named Cerro Torre. Considered by many the most beautiful and compelling mountain in the world, it draws the finest and most devoted technical alpinists from around the globe. Reinhold Messner, the greatest mountaineer in history, called it “a shriek turned to stone.” I began work on my book in spring 2012, after the Compressor Route de-bolting controversy. On a broad level, I’d gained a glimpse into Cerro Torre’s…
  • Shipping Out for the Environment

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:25 pm
    By Gavin Back This summer, the Patagonia Shipping Department in Reno, Nevada helped two local environmental non-profits. We were able to work for the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund and the Sugar Pine Foundation. This was made possible by the environmental internship program Patagonia offers to every employee. Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund (HVWHPF) is a group based on the southern edge of Reno. Their mission is “to protect and preserve the wild horses that settle in the foothills surrounding Hidden Valley.” Work includes rescuing and protecting horses that have been…
  • Running the Distance, Part 1 – Arrival at the new Patagonia Park

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    By Luke Nelson The wind gusts, blowing spray from the water lapping on the banks of Lago General Carrera. Here I stand, eyes closed, feeling the cool mist on my sunburnt cheeks. When I open my eyes it’s still there, it feels like a dream, but it’s not—Patagonia spreads out all around me. I’ve long dreamt of seeing this place and now it’s blowing my mind. After imagining over and over what it would be like, how it would smell, how it would feel, it is far more than I had imagined it would be. The previous 39 hours have been a blur of driving, airports, flying, airports, loading gear,…
  • The Trip

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    By Kitty Calhoun I anticipated the change with dread and excitement. My son was leaving the nest for college and I was determined to return to my former goal-driven climbing lifestyle. Fred Becky would be proud of me. After a night of mourning, alone under the desert stars, I promptly returned home, found my address book, and started calling all the girls I knew who might be interested in my next project. I had become fixated on Tangerine Trip, VI A2 or C3F, on El Cap for a number of reasons. Nothing compares to the nights spent sitting on a portaledge, hundreds of feet above the valley…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • Get Home Safe During the Holiday Season

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock I love the holidays ... the lights, the music, the parties, the cocktails. Ahhh .. the cocktails. OK, time for Real Talk. If you're planning to have a tipple this holiday season when you're out and about, you...<img src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • One for the Road - Great Books about Cars and Driving

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Last week we posted some ideas for the car lover on your holiday gift list. But what if your intended recipient is more of the armchair variety? Less about driving experiences and gear, and more about the story...<img src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Take the Flag This Holiday Season - Car Enthusiast Holiday Wish List

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock My dad bought his first new car in 30 years recently and he's a little obsessed. In fact, I have it on good authority that he took the car's manual with him on vacation so that he could...<img src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • 'Tis the Season to be Shopping: Holiday Parkade Etiquette

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Tomorrow is Black Friday in the U.S., the craziest shopping day of the year - and the craziness seems to have spread to Canada. Several retailers are having big sales tomorrow and shoppers will be arriving early to...<img src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Ahead of the Curve: Adaptive Headlights

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock This time of year, with the short short days and endless nights, a young lady's thoughts naturally turn to driving safely after dark. Last October, we did a post called Bright Lights, Dark Road: All about Headlights about...<img src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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    Open Mike

  • Why health information policymakers should read “Moneyball”

    Mike Critelli
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Recently, I happened to pick up and read a chapter in the middle of Michael Lewis’ great book Moneyball, which I enjoyed even more than the film, although I liked the film as well. In recounting the history of collection and use of baseball statistical data, Lewis described what I consider to be a most interesting parallel between the history of baseball statistical data and the history of healthcare data.  In both cases, the statistics that should have been freely available to the broader public or even to the individuals whose data was being collected were withheld by those who collected…
  • Why government decisions that seem stupid are often rational, although flawed

    Mike Critelli
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Why governments, businesses, educational institutions, and non-profits consistently make certain kinds of bad decisions are quite different from what we understand.  In this blog, I will touch upon a few of them.   Why federal, state and local governments have created horrific retiree medical benefit obligations. We assume that elected officials and those they appoint to head government agencies are mindlessly stupid in agreeing to large, open-ended and permanent retiree medical benefits.  We understandably ask: “What were they thinking?”   They were not stupid or irrational,…
  • Ebola: Lessons from the 2001 Anthrax Crisis

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

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

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

  • Some predictions we like – and you will too!

    Mark Troester
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Among other things, ‘tis the season for predictions. At Progress®, we jumped the gun a bit, with our look into the crystal ball for 2015 back in October. However, things we said then now seem to be aligning with observations accumulating from around the blogosphere. A case in point is a recent posting on, “Top 5 Things You’ll See In Cloud Platforms In 2015,” which explores how several huge cloud trends are making it ever more central to business and a critical aspect of agile application development. The author, Allan Leinwand, points out:  Just as agile…
  • IT Resilience In Light Of Recent Airspace Shutdown

    John Marsland
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Can high-performing drivers boost IT resiliency and prevent massive failures like the UK’s NATS shutdown? Late last week London airspace was shut down due to an IT failure at the National Air Traffic Services (NATS.) While the cause of the problem is being blamed on a “single line of computer code”, the decades-old NATS computer system and architecture has to take part of the blame. Could this have been prevented with more modern architecture? Definitely. ‘IT resilience’ is an important concept dealing with how IT systems can be designed so that they don’t fail, or if they do…
  • App Dev Challenge for High School Students

    Paul Nashawaty
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Paul Nashawaty, Product Marketing Manager, Progress Pacific The challenge is on! Progress® is excited to be hosting an app-a-thon for 30 high school students from the AOIT program at Apex High School in Apex, North Carolina, on Thursday, December 18, 2014 in our Morrisville, North Carolina office. The AOIT App Development Challenge is an application development workshop for local high school students, in partnership with the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT), a chapter of the National Academy Foundation. Progress is joining leading IT companies SAS and IBM to sponsor the app dev…
  • Tackle a Constantly Changing Business Environment with Rules for OpenEdge

    Christina Pizzella
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Have you seen what our leading rules engine can do to simplify complicated business decision-making and enhance your OpenEdge apps? Our December 17th webinar will show you firsthand how OpenEdge Rules works and how you can deploy it to handle rapidly changing business strategies and policies. Over the past two months, in parts 1 and 2 of our 3-part webinar series, we’ve explained what OpenEdge Rules is and why it would be an asset to your business. We’ve also taken a deep dive into ABL vs. OpenEdge Rules to teach you how to decide when to use Advanced Business Language (ABL) or…
  • Karen Padir on Extending Cloud Services Support

    Richard Stone
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Richard Stone, Mobile Application Development Manger, Rollbase Mobile Progress has partnered with HP to enable ISVs to build end-to-end cloud solutions. Karen Tegan Padir, president of the Application Development and Deployment Business at Progress Software, was interviewed at HP Discover in Barcelona earlier this month. The Progress® Partner+ Program recently received two prestigious awards: “CRN 2014 5 Star Winner”, and “CRN 2014 Cloud Partner Program Guide Winner”. Come and find out what makes us a winner, and why thousands of partners have already decided to ‘bet their…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Southwest Customer Spotlight: Taking Flight

    Susan Atkinson
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    What if new experiences and simple human interaction caused you great stress?  This is my son Sean’s experience on a daily basis. He suffers from low vision, Asperger’s, anxiety disorder, and ADD.  When he approached me with his desire to fly from Maryland to Utah to visit a long-time friend for the first time, I was the one who panicked! There was only one airline I trusted to get him there and back, and that was Southwest. Through found out, because of Sean’s low vision, he would have help boarding and deplaning at both airports. He also learned what to expect at…
  • Southwest to Operate More Daily Flights Than Any Other Airline!

    Bill Owen
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    If you thought after Southwest’s HUGE international announcement last Thursday’s that we’d be tired of talking about new schedules, you’d be wrong!  Today we release the Summer 2015 Schedule, making Southwest flights available for sale from June 6 through August 7, 2015. The increase in summer traffic lets a scheduler do what a scheduler LUVs best—add stuff! And there is a LOT of added service to talk about, all across the USA, as well as internationally. So let’s discuss what makes this schedule different than the rest! More flying than ever before. We achieve this through…
  • CONTEST: Tell Us Who’s on Your Nice List and Win a $500 Southwest Gift Card!

    Millie Richter Tidwell
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    This holiday season Southwest Airlines wants to help give the gift of travel to the nicest jetsetter on your list with the chance to win a $500 Southwest gift card. Sure, coffee mugs, sweaters and fancy pens are great, but loved ones deserve an extra special something in their stocking—a trip they won’t forget!  Enter to win now by following the steps below: Just prance over to the Southwest Airlines Facebook page. Leave a comment on the December 15, 2014, Southwest gift card Facebook post letting us know, “Who would you buy a gift card for this holiday season?” One lucky…
  • Heart of the Community: We Heart Chicago

    Megan Lee
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    Last April, Southwest launched its Heart of the Community Program to support Placemaking, the activation of outdoor, public spaces in an effort to enhance and strengthen communities. Throughout the year, we’ve selected five projects to receive the Heart of the Community grant to enrich communities we serve around the nation. Today, we announced the University of Chicago’s Art + Public Life Initiative and its Office of Civic Engagement as the sixth project to receive a Heart of the Community grant. Southwest is in the business of connecting people to what’s important in their lives, and…
  • December #SouthwestHeart Scavenger Hunt

    Katelyn Leake
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Not every flight has a musician or an inflight food challenge, but every flight has #SouthwestHeart! We created a scavenger hunt to help pass the time. Get out your smartphones and snap some of the following items. You can share them individually, or as a pic stitch—just make sure to tag @SouthwestAir and include the hashtag #SouthwestHeart when you’re sharing them (so we’ll see ‘em). December: 1. Southwest Heart livery 2. Southwest: The Magazine 3. Dish Free Inflight TV (picture or screenshot) 4. Beats Music (picture or screenshot) 5. Lift coffee 6. Specialty plane 7. E-ticket…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • 12 Days of Ice Cream (Day 5): What’s your favorite sundae topping?

    Turkey Hill Team
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Depending upon who you ask here at the Dairy, today’s 12 Days of Ice Cream prize — the ultimate ice cream sundae party set you see above — is the best prize out of all 12 days. So what’s in the ultimate ice cream sundae party set that makes it so good? For starters,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12 Days of Ice Cream (Day 4): Which door would you hold open with this doorstop?

    Turkey Hill Team
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    We’re one day closer to Christmas, which means it’s time for another 12 Days of Ice Cream prize! Don’t forget, while we’re giving a new prize every day here on the blog, we’re giving away the same prizes every day on our Facebook page. Go ahead and like us on Facebook... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12 Days of Ice Cream (Day 3) – The Play-Doh Perfect Twist Ice Cream Playset!

    Turkey Hill Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    So far in our 12 Days of Ice Cream celebration, we’ve featured daily prizes of an at-home waffle cone maker and a fleece blanket from the Turkey Hill Experience. Today’s prize is one that gets kids involved in the ice cream-making process with a little help from Play-Doh. It’s the Play-Doh Perfect... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12 Days of Ice Cream: A cozy fleece blanket

    Turkey Hill Team
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s cold out there, no doubt it. And the crazy thing is, it’s not even winter yet! That’s right, it’s still technically fall, which means there are plenty more cold days (and nights) ahead of us. With that in mind, our second 12 Days of Ice Cream prize is the cozy and warm... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12 Days of Ice Cream: An at-home waffle cone maker!

    Turkey Hill Team
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    The 12 Days of Ice Cream starts today! The annual countdown to Christmas will feature a new blog entry every day and a new ice cream-related prize given away with each entry. The prizes will be given away to one commenter chosen at random from each blog entry, so all you need to do is […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Tyson Hunger Relief

  • Waste not. Want not.

    Ed Nicholson
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    I don’t know about you, but I ate pretty well last Thursday. Turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, the works. And the same on Friday. And Saturday. And in spite of all the food we sent home with our kids, we’ll still have Thanksgiving leftovers that will ultimately, unfortunately, not be eaten. It’s a sad fact that we waste a lot of food in America. Some say we could feed all the hungry in the world with what gets thrown away. I’m not sure I believe that, but I do know we can do a heck of a lot better when it comes to making good use of what we have. At Tyson Foods,…
  • Do You KNOW Hunger?

    Ed Nicholson
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
      Lots of folks don’t know. We have the research to prove it. Three years ago, we embarked on a research project with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), in which we measured public knowledge and attitudes about hunger in the U.S., particularly in their own communities. It all began when we heard our own team mates say, “We really don’t have a problem with hunger in our community.” As it turns out, no matter where you live, that’s just not true. Food insecurity is in every single community in the United States. North to South. East to West.  Affluent or at risk. Our…
  • Perfect Excuse To Get Together

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

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

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

  • Most Wonderful Time

    Megan Schaack
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    It is that time of year when celebration is in the air and the Wells Fargo History Museums around the country are celebrating with free events. Festive stagecoach on display in our Phoenix, Arizona History Museum More than 700 visitors stopped by the Wells Fargo History Museum in Phoenix, Arizona to meet Santa, and folks in Portland, Oregon brought toys to the Museum as part of the KGW Toy Drive. And if you were in the mood for a good old fashioned holiday, I hope you stopped by for Holiday in the Park at Old Town San Diego where visitors were treated to fun activities and strolling carolers.
  • A Time of Waiting, A Time of Giving

    Steve Greenwood
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    For children, the holidays are a time of anticipation and waiting – waiting for the tree to be decorated, waiting for the lights to go up, and, of course, waiting to open the presents. One child would’ve had to wait until after Christmas Day to open her present had it not been for the foresight of Wells Fargo Agent Richmond Smith. On Christmas Eve 1884, the train carrying Wells Fargo’s express shipment was late coming over the snow-clad Sierras. One of the many packages that arrived in Reno, Nevada read “Please do not open until Christmas.” Smith realized that if the package was not…
  • Ho! Ho! Ho! from the stagecoach

    Danielle Anderson
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    The holidays are here and our stagecoach will be bringing some cheer to almost 60 events this winter all across the United States. We’ve already rolled through places like Wheeling, West Virginia, Tooele, Utah and Austin, Texas. We can’t wait to see Denver, Colorado, Greensboro, North Carolina, Laguna Niguel, California and many more places. Click here for the full schedule to see if we’ll be stopping by your hometown’s holiday event. If we aren’t going to make it to your event this year, you can watch the stagecoach in our holiday commercial. Austin, Texas – Chuy’s…
  • Washington statehood

    Steve Greenwood
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    November was the 125th anniversary of Washington’s statehood when Congress passed legislation enabling Washington to become a state. The road to statehood patriotically began on July 4, 1889, when 75 elected representatives gathered in Olympia and drafted a state constitution that Washington citizens voted on and approved in October. President Benjamin Harrison signed the bill that made Washington a state on November 11th. Before Washington was a state, Wells Fargo served the Washington Territory as early as 1857. At that time, most settlers in the territory lived west of the Cascade…
  • Let’s Talk Turkey

    Amanda Walters
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Recently while perusing through the Wells Fargo Messenger I noticed that every year around Thanksgiving there was mention of the “Thanksgiving Turkeys.” In the mid-1880s Wells Fargo started a program where they gave team members a turkey for Thanksgiving.  Qualification for the turkey changed periodically; for instance, when the program began the turkeys were only distributed to married employees. That eventually changed to all employees, provided they worked for the company for six months prior to Thanksgiving.  However, the six month rule was overlooked when the company included the…
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    DocuSign blogs

  • Show Productivity You’re The Boss with DocuSign for SharePoint 2013

    Lahini Arunachalam
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sure Office 365 users got a lot of love with some cool productivity-boosting apps, but we’ve got a treat for our SharePoint 2013 on-premise customers. As part of our DocuSign Winter '15 Release and right in time for holiday cheer, we’ve released a new app for SharePoint 2013 this week that allows you to sign or get signatures on any document stored in a SharePoint document library. That’s right, you’re able to quickly and easily access DocuSign no matter where you’re working! Sound enticing? Let’s introduce you to Vanessa, a sales rep, to learn how you’ll own productivity with…
  • DocuSign Transaction Rooms and zipForm® Plus: We Bring It All Together

    Paul Koziarz
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last fall, we gave DocuSign Transaction Rooms users the ability to link to their zipForm® Plus account. This was an important integration for us, and it made sense because we, as the leader in Digital Transaction Management (DTM), were teaming up with zipLogix, the industry leader in forms. Over the course of the last year, users could import zipForm® Plus forms and other documents into their DocuSign Transaction Rooms from a zipForm® Plus transaction. The idea was to give you a place to organize all of your transaction files in one place and help speed things up. You didn’t have to…
  • Three Steps to Productivity with DocuSign Chrome Extension

    Megan Lew
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    Why shouldn’t your signing experience be as easy as ‘Googling’ during the holiday season? With the new DocuSign Chrome Extension, cheer is in the air. Save the holiday stress for other occasions, not work by streamlining all your signing and sending needs all from your desktop, Gmail and Dropbox! We’re connecting our platforms to help you get from point A to point B in a just a matter of clicks. The DocuSign Chrome Extension turns your Chrome browser into a powerful signing tool, helping you finish transactions and documents faster than ever. Simply install the DocuSign for Chrome…
  • Quick Tip Tuesday: Signing a Document With the New Signing Experience

    Michael Palmer
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:50 pm
    You may have noticed some changes in DocuSign recently. With the Winter '15 Release, DocuSign has added some fantastic new features and updates. One of the key features we've recently updated is the signing experience. Signing a document has never been easier with the New Signing Experience.  Be sure to check out our comprehensive signing guide or watch the New Signing Experience Video. The New Signing Experience further streamlines the signing process - let's have a look at how easy it is! When a sender sends a document for signature, you'll receive a notification email. Click REVIEW…
  • How Law Enforcement is Keeping Northern California Community Safer… by Simply Going Digital

    Kristin Treat
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Contributed by Albert Tong of Butte County Minutes mean everything for law enforcement when it comes to crime. That’s why the process of having to sign search warrants via paper is not efficient or effective. No matter the severity, the fourth amendment requires law enforcement to legally procure a signed search and seizure warrant before entering into an area that has legitimate claim to privacy. On Sept. 11, 2012, as reported by Roger Kay in a Forbes article, Wayne Renner barricaded himself in his apartment armed with .20 caliber M1 carbine with every intent to use them on innocent…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • 3 reasons why voice communication is still king

    Mario Armstrong
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    In our ever-connected online world, we often spend the majority of our time communicating by text messages, emails, and other forms of non-verbal communication. These methods can be efficient in transmitting data and information, but they lack a certain human element. Using our voices, we can do many things we can’t accomplish with email, like get immediate answers, collaborate, infer tone and emotion, and reduce our cluttered in-boxes. So the million dollar question is, how can you put voice to work in your business? Here are three reasons to encourage employees to use voice…
  • Your business ecosystem: How to share, grow, and thrive

    Glenn Wohl
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Everything in the natural world is connected, not unlike business these days. We have become an ecosystem of living and non-living things that must work together: Think competition and cooperation, multi-layered networks and non-linear supply chains. Think globally interwoven vendors and partners to mobile technology resources and cloud-based management services. It’s imperative that we thrive securely in this new environment—together. Sign up to get our Q&A with Melanie Posey, where you’ll learn how to build and identify who’s in your extended business ecosystem.
  • How to wake employees up to phishing attacks

    Rajat Swarup
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Recently, AT&T Consulting Solutions was asked to perform a social engineering assessment designed to find out if employees could distinguish between legitimate and phishing emails. The organization we were working with told us they used HTTP proxies, whereby all the Web traffic passes through a server, and employees are only shown content if it is permitted by the organization’s security policies. Quite often such proxies require the users to first authenticate. But how would a user distinguish between a proxy authentication prompt and a “rogue” authentication prompt…
  • A non-clairvoyant approach to improving security

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
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  • A non-clairvoyant approach to improving security

    Steve Hurst
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Trying to predict when a network or data breach will occur is a complicated task. Lacking the resource of a good soothsayer, you can only see nefarious happenings on an organization’s network once events have begun to affect the hardware and controls that make up our multiple layers of defense. To be proactive, you need to take action before a vulnerability or an active security event has been discovered. So, how can you see into the future, and what proactive cyber defenses should be employed? Steps to help predict the future Unless you are a true prophet, you can’t accurately…
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • Is Planning, Budgeting and Business Intelligence Software Right for Me?

    Alan Hart
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Why every company can and should use these applications I’ve run into many companies over the years who have invested considerable amounts and effort into implementing sophisticated ERP or accounting software, some with integrated CRM and other functions that are designed to increase automation, productivity, accuracy and everything else associated with relegating mundane tasks and complex data processing to an automated system. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a business that doesn’t employ information technology products, both hardware and software, in their daily operations. …
  • The CFO’s Revised Job Description

    Alan Hart
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    How the CFO’s position is evolving and why IT must be his or her responsibility Tradition dictates that a CFO is someone tasked with managing all finance and accounting functions.  I remember not too long ago that one often had to be a Certified Public Accountant to be considered for the job.  That has all changed in the last 15 or so years. The CFO position, which still stands for “Chief Financial Officer” (although I have heard references to “Chief Future Officer” and a couple more I can’t remember) has a different scope and meaning these days. A while ago I wrote a blog…
  • Internal Controls and Your Budget

    Alan Hart
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    Why having internal control over the budget process does not automatically mean it is done correctly. I just finished my portion of work in a recurring, annual audit and certification of internal control over financial reporting in a large, publicly held manufacturing company.  This is an engagement designed to assist management in their assessment of design and effectiveness of various internal controls over financial reporting, mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 for most publicly traded companies. Among the many functions in accounting, finance and operations, this company had a…
  • Cash comes first

    Alan Hart
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    How forecasting cash should not be a difficult chore with the right technology I recently came across an article in Accounting Today titled:  “Art of Accounting: Start with the Cash”, authored by Edward Mendlowitz, CPA, a partner at WithumSmith+Brown, PC, CPAs. In this article the author tells a story of an audit he once performed with an assistant where the author decided to perform the cash accounts audit by himself, a task usually delegated to junior accountants and regarded more of a “chore” than “serious” audit work. As the author of this article points out, cash is one of…
  • Accounting and Business Data Come to Life

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

  • Vladimir Putin may play Scrooge to M&A bankers

    Brett Cole
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Russia, said Winston Churchill, is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. For M&A bankers, Russia is not so much an enigma but a place that threatens to upend the best global deal market since 2007. The ruble’s collapse and questions over the ability of Russia’s biggest oil company Rosneft to meet its […] The post Vladimir Putin may play Scrooge to M&A bankers appeared first on ansarada.
  • M&A resolutions

    Brett Cole
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:41 pm
    New Year’s resolutions are never easy. They require goals to be set and commitments to be followed through. Still, resolutions, even in the M&A world, can be fun. ansarada, the only virtual data room specialized in M&A, asked its team what their 2015 resolutions were. As can be seen from this video, hilarity ensued. The post M&A resolutions appeared first on ansarada.
  • Dealmakers in Asia, Africa ramp up M&A due diligence

    Brett Cole
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Virtual data rooms are an intrinsic part of the M&A and corporate finance landscape in the U.S., Europe and Australia. In some of the world’s fastest growing economies, virtual data room usage is nascent. Physical data rooms, rooms full of documents, are still common in China and Africa. Some deals are simply done with a […] The post Dealmakers in Asia, Africa ramp up M&A due diligence appeared first on ansarada.
  • Tips to avoid a bad M&A deal: Luke Audsley

    Brett Cole
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Few deals in recent times have garnered the notoriety of Hewlett-Packard’s $11.1 billion takeover of Autonomy in November 2011. A year later HP reported a $8.8 billion write down on the transaction, $5.5 billion of which related to “accounting misrepresentations.” Shareholders in HP sued the company. In February this year, HP detailed allegations Autonomy inflated […] The post Tips to avoid a bad M&A deal: Luke Audsley appeared first on ansarada.
  • Sika: M&A’s Gordian knot

    Brett Cole
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    What happens when a family that controls a company through voting rights, but holds a minority stake, clashes very publicly with a company’s board over a M&A transaction? An ugly fight ensures. That is what is happening at Sika, the Swiss specialty chemical maker. The Burkard family has been able to control Sika with just […] The post Sika: M&A’s Gordian knot appeared first on ansarada.
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  • Predictability Pay: A New Wage Premium Coming to a Workplace Near You

    Jon Burns
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Life is about to get a little better for nearly 100,000 part-time workers in San Francisco. The city’s Board of Supervisors recently voted in favor of two new ordinances known collectively as the Retail Workers Bill of Rights (“Bill of Rights”) and it’s a game changer. Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • Bay Area Repliconians Support the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

    Maya Desai
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    In January of this year, one of our co-workers learned that her 16-month-old daughter had leukemia. After the initial shock, her Repliconian co-workers stepped into action to show support. Blog tags: Corporate
  • Replicon—now with Worldwide Work Rules support & Adaptive Compliance Library

    Siddharth Deb
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    Replicon customers can now rapidly deploy our time and attendance solutions with minimal customization work—which can sometimes involve considerable time and expense. For the first time in a time and attendance tracking system, Replicon has provided support for pre-configured pay rules that cover every state in the U.S., every Canadian province, and most countries in Europe and Asia. Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • POODLE does not affect Replicon customers

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

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

  • Federal Reserve Press Release in Plain English 19.0

    Bob Walters
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Bob Walters is chief economist and vice president of the Capital Markets group at Quicken Loans.  The Fed met again yesterday, and this was a highly anticipated meeting. There are many points of concern that could currently affect the U.S. economy: oil prices plummeting, turmoil in Russia, unrest in much of the world, etc. So we all waited with eagerness for advice from the Fed. And here’s what they had to say: First, they are keeping short-term rates low for “a considerable time,” which is good news for anyone wanting to refinance or buy a home. This also caused a surge in the stock…
  • What I Learned from Buying My First Home

    Christine Brackel
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    As a copy editor at Quicken Loans, I read, write and edit content about the home-buying process all day, every day, so I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about all things mortgage. Until now, however, I hadn’t been through the mortgage process myself. But on October 28, I officially became a homeowner. If you’re about to go through the mortgage process for the first time, you probably have some questions. And there are probably some aspects of the buying process that you haven’t even thought to ask questions about. That’s why I’m sharing my experience with you. Here are some…
  • Quicken Loans Recruiter Shares Her Best Tips for Landing the Job

    Dawn Jamison
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I recently sat down with Quicken Loans Recruiter Laneisha Gunn to get some tips on resume writing and interviewing for jobs. “We are always reviewing resumes in search for the most talented candidates we can find,” she said. According to Laneisha, the Quicken Loans recruiting team gets thousands of resume every month! Read on for 15 tips to help you stand out from the crowd. Pay Attention to Resume Details “It’s surprising that people still make small errors like resume typos and addressing cover letters to the wrong company,” said Laneisha, who sometimes meets as many as 200 people…
  • Warren Buffett’s Advice to Quicken Loans: Find Your Passion

    Dawn Jamison
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Warren Buffett joined Quicken Loans Founder Dan Gilbert and President Jay Farner for a special company-wide broadcast on Monday during a visit to Detroit. The internal broadcast, better known as a “Zupdate,” featured a candid, one-on-one discussion with the famous, multi-billionaire investor. More than 12,000 Quicken Loans Family of Companies team members tuned into the live broadcast, which was held at the Chase Tower in downtown Detroit. Audience members asked questions while viewers also tweeted questions for the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, best known to the world as the “Oracle…
  • Managing and Protecting Your Online Identity

    Kevin Graham
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Facebook recently released Rooms, an app for iOS that allows users to create private group conversations under anonymous usernames – which brings back the anonymity of the chat room of the ‘90s. Meanwhile, Twitter wants to simplify the sign-in process by allowing users to use their phone number as their identifier across multiple apps. They see this as a replacement for usernames and passwords because only you have access to your phone. Although different in nature, these developments underscore the importance of online identity management in today’s society. Now that so much of our…
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    NACD Blog

  • NACD BLC 2014 Breakout Session – Balancing Shareholders and Capital Markets

    NACD Staff
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    On the morning of Tuesday, October 14, 2014, a group of Board Leadership Conference attendees  joined Alan M. Klein, Partner, Simpson Thacher; Jamie S. Moser, Partner, Joele Frank; and moderator Chris Ruggeri Principal, Deloitte for a power breakfast session entitled “Balancing Shareholders and Capital Markets”. The Landscape It is well known that there has been a rise in shareholder activism over the last few years. There are more than 400 activist funds today with more than $100 billion under management. If viewed as an asset class, activist funds are a top performer. Money flows to…
  • Boards Beyond Borders: Global Panels at NACD’s Board Leadership Conference

    Alex Lajoux
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world—to echo a movie title from a half century ago—but it’s also a good one when nations cooperate. This is the big takeaway from the global track at NACD’s 2014 Board Leadership Conference, where representatives of nine nations convened to create a global village and to host a series of three staged programs. The village itself featured colorful, information-rich booths where representatives from the embassies and consulates of Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, and the Russian Federation greeted trade-minded directors seeking to…
  • NACD BLC 2014 Breakout Session – Going Beyond: Stories of Pushing Past Personal Limits

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

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

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

  • There’s No Place Like Whitepages for the Holidays

    Molly Phillips
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    ‘Tis the season for good times and cheer. At this year’s Whitepages holiday party we had plenty of both. Last week, Seattle’s Hard Rock Café hosted our jolly private event. The scene was festive, fun and tinged with a hint of good old-fashioned gambling.   Following cocktails and dinner, us Whitepagers and our guests made […] The post There’s No Place Like Whitepages for the Holidays appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • By the Numbers: Holiday Mail Fast Facts

    Rebecca Carroll
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Americans spend over $7 billion on greeting cards each year, and purchase over 1.6 billion Christmas cards each year. Your thoughtfulness counts: Whitepages People Search can help you verify addresses to make sure they don’t become part of the 69.8 million pieces of mail that are undeliverable. The post By the Numbers: Holiday Mail Fast Facts appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Let’s Talk About Privacy: Public Opinion Versus Action

    Suja Vaidyanathan
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    The Pew Research Center recently conducted a study on how American Adults view privacy. Its results aren’t too surprising as the same study over 10 years ago revealed a very similar sentiment. What is interesting is people’s change in behavior over the last 10 years. It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago social media […] The post Let’s Talk About Privacy: Public Opinion Versus Action appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • The 12 Names of Christmas

    Rebecca Carroll
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Yes, Virginia, Carol and Holly are the among the most festive first and last names in the country just in time for the holiday season.  Carol (first name) and Bell (last name) topped the lists with 1,148,024 and 385,651 people sharing the name, respectively. Rounding out the top five first names are Virginia (577,805 people), […] The post The 12 Names of Christmas appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Holiday Stress? Let Whitepages Help You Enjoy the Season

    Rebecca Carroll
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    The holidays are upon us, and you may find yourself already feeling the weight of a long list of to-do’s: party invites, sending holiday cards, shipping gifts and yes, thank you notes. Well, Whitepages can help. Use and the Whitepages apps to start checking off your “to-do” list. Party Invites You rely on your […] The post Holiday Stress? Let Whitepages Help You Enjoy the Season appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
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  • Cycle Mitigation: Part II

    GC Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Incorporating reserve value added (RVA) into reinsurance decision making for long-tail lines is a step in the right direction. However, it is not the full story, as the decision is still typically... Continue reading...
  • Guy Carpenter Launches MetaRisk® Reserve™ 4.0

    GC Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Guy Carpenter announced today the launch of MetaRisk Reserve 4.0TM. The latest version of this powerful reserve risk modeling tool delivers improved statistical models and an enhanced user... Continue reading...
  • Cycle Mitigation: Part I

    GC Editor
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    So what can be done to mitigate such cyclical effects? The first steps are to acknowledge them and to try to quantify their impact. The latter is more of a challenge than the former. Most internal... Continue reading...
  • Impact on Results

    GC Editor
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    To consider the impact that these cycles may have on the financial statements and solvency positions of insurers there has to be an understanding of the magnitude of any change in ultimate loss and... Continue reading...
  • Reserving Risks

    GC Editor
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The previous sections suggested how “dark matter” can be lurking on an insurer’s balance sheets in the form of a casualty catastrophe or an emerging and not as yet fully understood... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • Google Ad Grants for nonprofits – success with a ceiling

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Regular readers of the blog will know that we’ve written extensively about different methods to help bring additional traffic to your nonprofit website over the years. While most of our focus has been on how social media can help gain exposure for your organisation we also touched upon the value of content writing and search engine optimisation (SEO). As I recently wrote a three-part series offering an overview of SEO I found it extremely timely that an article published today on the nonprofit quarterly website is focused on the other half of SEO which is pay per click –…
  • 8 Twitter tips and reminders for nonprofit social media campaigns in 2015

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome back again to the Miratel blog and thanks for reading. The end of the year presents the ideal opportunity for nonprofits and those who work on your social media management or blog/content to revise strategies and incorporate new ideas as we head into 2015. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at some of our recommended social media tips and blogging ideas that you can carry forward into the new year. Today we’ll take a look at Twitter, for most organisations Twitter remains one of their preferred three or four social media platforms to share content upon and that is…
  • Holiday checklist for nonprofits using social media

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As we head towards the final few weeks of the year many charity organizations might have a little extra time to revise some of the strategies used for nonprofit fundraising they they employ every day. As with many things in life if something seems to ‘work’ we tend to just leave it as it was, however with social media things are constantly changing and not reviewing our approach means that there’s a high likelihood that you’re missing the potential to expand your reach and connect with more potential donors. The interesting fact about the holidays at the end of the…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another flavourful installment (with a festive flair) 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. Whether or not you’re a full-time vegan finding new recipes to add to your repertoire can be difficult. That is why each week we share…
  • Gifts That Give Back – Part 2

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Regardless of the time of year, we at Miratel are always strong supporters of CSR business ideals and conscious consumerism – the practice of shopping your values through companies like TOMS Shoes, TOMS eyewear, TOMS Marketplace, TARGET+TOMS, Warby Parker, BOBS by Skechers and Roma Boots. During the holiday season, those sentiments are heightened as our spending increases along with our desire to spread a little hope and cheer wherever we can. Last Friday we began our series on Gifts That Give Back with Part 1 that featured some great gift giving options that will allow you to…
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • Zend Studio 12: An Optimized Environment for Better, Faster PHP Web and Mobile Apps

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    Zend Studio 12, The PHP Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Smarter Development, has been released, and brings with it extended power and speed. This latest version gives new capabilities to developers through newly added mobile development technologies, better user experience, PHP 5.6 support, and support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and utilization of the Eclipse 4 Luna development platform. Beyond the new capabilities, what makes Zend Studio12 truly unique is the features—like mobile development with PHP and a sample mobile application with source code—that provide…
  • How a CRM Migration Modernized a Popular Newspaper’s Customer Service

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    For media companies operating in the age of the internet, customers demand better services, better quality, and above all, instant access. When a customer base is in the millions, keeping every individual need and preference can be a complex and time consuming task.In the media industry, examples of these demands can include: a new service subscription, unsubscribe request, or change of delivery address. When dealing with these tasks, keeping customer information accessible in a structured way is vital so that customer requests can be easily processed.Two of our team members just returned…
  • Why Pimcore Software Could Be the Best Decision Your Business Has Ever Made

    6 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    For any sales-oriented business, presenting the right product to a customer at the right time can make the difference between creating or losing brand loyalty. A simple concept, this can be quite a challenge to execute well, particularly if you have a multi-channel sales strategy and a wide variety of products. No company understands how to meet this challenge quite like Pimcore- an open source Product Information Management (PIM) company that specializes in making catalog management easier than ever before.Pimcore is disrupting the way businesses manage their catalogs by helping them to…
  • Using Social Media to Connect and Manage People— How We Do It

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    For the third time in just a few months, OSSCube has received an award celebrating our internal and external HR and people management practices. These awards are especially important to us because we take pride in our corporate culture, and knowing that our corporate culture is having a positive impact on the community is a wonderful feeling. This latest award, “Excellence in Social Media People Campaign” was presented by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at their annual gala. The award focuses on social media activity that engages outside employment prospects and garners a…
  • Mobile Apps: Can They be Secure Enough?

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    In the last few years—right before our eyes—communication has changed. From intern­et browsing, to text and e-mail messaging, people are going mobile. In fact, upwards of 80% of users are opening their e-mails on mobile devices. It can no longer be denied that the business world must begin to work within the mobile world of customers. In fact, mobile strategy must be a priority when it comes to connecting with current and potential markets. Though mobile security is discussed almost constantly, it recently came under fire when Gartner released a new report on mobile application…
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • Despite Recent Storms, California Still Far From Optimal Water Levels

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Given the recent downpours that northern California has received, many people are left to wonder if they can take this as a sign to resume watering their lawn and taking longer showers. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. According to recent data, the Golden State is still faces a significant deficit in water levels. According to recent satellite data collected by NASA, California needs around 11 trillion gallons of rainwater to end the record-setting drought. That’s enough water to fill an Olympic swimming pool 17 million times! The study to determine the amount of water the state…
  • Reducing Waste During the Holidays

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    With Christmas right around the corner, chances are you are pretty busy getting ready for the big day: buying gifts for the family, picking out a tree, getting all the ornaments and decorations ready to hang, and drawing up plans for the perfect Christmas dinner. Although it might be the furthest thing from your mind at the moment, but the US sees a substantial rise in household waste production. According to the EPA, the waste generated by Americans between thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by 25 percent (almost 1 million extra tons). In preparing for the holidays, we hope you take…
  • Recycling Costs On The Rise for San Francisco

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    With the holiday season in full swing, people all across the Bay Area are gearing up to start shopping: hunting for deals, mapping out stores to hit on Black Friday, and getting gift lists together. Unfortunately for the city of San Francisco, they will be getting a rather unwelcomed gift this year: higher recycling rates. In a new contract proposed between the city and long-time service provider Recology, the bill for city departments will increase by 11% over the first four years of a six-year contract worth $44 million. This means that on average, the city would see a 2.85% rate increase…
  • Water Thieves Adding to CA’s Drought Woes

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    We are all well aware of the adverse effects the drought has brought upon the state and its residents. A few posts ago, I outlined one of the bigger causes for concern regarding our already depleted water levels, but recently news outlets have identified a new offender in the battle for water: Thieves. In some of the state’s worst hit areas water has become a valuable commodity, with some people turning to illegal means as a way of acquiring it. Recent investigations have identified criminals operating illegal marijuana grow sites as some of the most prolific water thieves. According to the…
  • Recycling CD’s & DVD’s: What to Do

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

  • Growing a better life through artichokes

    Kris Patton
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Last year on the blog, we shared the story of small-scale artichoke farmers in Peru who are helping us source premium artichokes for Green Giant customers. Given the many challenges these farmers face with yields and profitability, General Mills and our foundation made a four-year joint commitment with supplier partner AgroMantaro to provide $1.1 million to help Peruvian farmers, more than half female smallholder farmers, as part of our long-term sustainable sourcing program. As a progress update on this work, we wanted to share the story of Bethy Muñoz, an artichoke farmer in Junin, a…
  • How vanilla brings global communities together

    Shannon Heine
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Off Africa’s southeast coast, Madagascar – the world’s fourth largest island – is home to a stunning diversity of plants and animal species found nowhere else on Earth. In fact, nearly 90 percent of all plants and animals native to Madagascar are endemic to the island. Among those valuable plants is vanilla, meriting the island the title of World Capital of Vanilla. Today, Madagascar produces more than 90 percent of the world’s vanilla crop and vanilla farmers in the Sava region serve as the primary source of the premium vanilla used in our Häagen-Dazs ice cream.
  • 116 years of uninterrupted dividends

    Bridget Christenson
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
    General Mills has one of America’s longest streaks of paying, and even increasing, its shareholder dividends. For 116 years in a row General Mills and its predecessor firm, the Washburn Crosby Company, have paid dividends without reduction or interruption. Today the General Mills Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend at the prevailing rate of $.41 per share, payable Feb. 2, 2015, to shareholders of record Jan. 12, 2015. The current annualized dividend rate of $1.64 per share is a 6 percent increase over the dividend rate of $1.55 per share in fiscal 2014. In addition to our…
  • New products deliver on taste

    Bridget Christenson
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    As we look forward to turning the page on the calendar to 2015, General Mills is gearing up to launch a strong line-up of tasty new products in the second half of our fiscal year. How good do these sound? French Toast Crunch, Nature Valley Nut Crisps in Salted Caramel Peanut, Strawberry Cheesecake Yoplait Greek 100 Whips. These are just a few of the more than 50 new products hitting shelves in January. You can get a sneak peek at many of the new products debuting in our latest “New Product Look Book.” Winter 2015 – New product look book from GeneralMillsPR (Note: High resolution…
  • Making progress on our sourcing commitment

    Jerry Lynch
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    As General Mills’ CEO Ken Powell said during his remarks at The Nature Conservancy’s Global Water Summit last month, “As a food company … we’re tied tightly to nature.” Truly, if Mother Nature fails to work well, our business, and society as a whole, will face challenges greater than we’ve ever seen before. Recognizing the importance of sustaining our business for the long-term and doing our part to protect the world’s natural resources, in 2013, we committed to sustainably source 100 percent of our 10 priority ingredients by 2020. We are also committed to advancing…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Model the Change You Want to See

    John Michel
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Greece's history is replete with tales of heroes and the great battles they fought. Platea, Tangra, Coronea, and Chaeronea are but a handful of the battlefields that litter the small island nation. However, on a single spot marked by only a stark, white marble column in the middle of a grain field, you'll find arguably the most significant battlefield of all. It's a little-visited place called Leuctra, in the region of Boeotia, where in 371 BC General Epaminondas and his army from Thebes defeated the previously unconquerable army of Sparta.
  • Thanks for Joining Us

    Ed Frauenheim
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We hope the 12 Days of Great Rated! has lifted your holiday spirits. The companies we’ve discussed since the start of the month are inspiring—organizations working hard to create workplaces that work for employees and management alike.
  • Teach for America: A Nonprofit Workplace Keeping Pace with its Corporate Counterparts

    Peter Barnes
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    People at Teach for America are all about the kids. By supporting the educators participating in this celebrated program, TFA employees are deeply proud of their part in a nonprofit that seeks to make high-quality education accessible to all. To accomplish that work, the organization must attract not only its teaching recruits, but also the dedicated staff members who keep the program running.
  • Flexible Work Arrangements Fever

    China Gorman
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    How would you describe flexible scheduling? Does a standard definition come to mind? In a new SHRM survey on FWAs (flexible work arrangements), which surveyed 525 HR professionals from a randomly selected sample of SHRM’s membership, “FWAs,” “flextime,” “workplace flexibility,” “flexible scheduling,” etc. are defined under the following definition: “… a dynamic partnership between employers and employees that defines how, when and where work gets done in ways that work for everyone involved (including families, clients and other stakeholders).”
  • Great Companies Show Finance Can Be Fun

    Peter Barnes
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    From talking ducks to giant flagpoles, companies in finance and insurance work hard to differentiate their brands in the eyes of potential clients. At the same time, some of the most successful organizations also realize the potential in promoting the unique and supportive workplaces of the people who make their policies possible.
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Top 7 Online Marketing Trends to Dominate 2015

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Changes and advancements in the digital marketing field are accelerating as fast as technology. As 2014 comes to an end, Forbes magazine recently published its’ list of online marketing trends expected for 2015. There are some great take-aways for financial advisors to consider when planning their 2015 online marketing strategies. Mobile-optimization will become more important than ever. Businesses will finally incorporate mobile into all areas of their digital marketing: a fully responsive website, mobile ads, and separate content specifically for mobile website users. Businesses will also…
  • Weekly Economic Update

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    AMERICANS BUY MORE, SENTIMENT INDEX SOARS Commerce Department data showed retail sales jumping 0.7% for November – the best monthly advance recorded in a year. More good news came from the University of Michigan – its initial December consumer sentiment index came in at 93.8, way up from 88.8 at the end of last month. The improvement may reflect relief at falling gas prices as well as added belief in the economy.1   WHEN WILL OIL HIT BOTTOM? Last week saw the International Energy Agency lower its estimates for 2015 global oil demand, and so NYMEX crude for January delivery finished…
  • Weekly Economic Update

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    ECONOMY ADDS 321,000 JOBS November 2014 was the best month for hiring since January 2012. Analysts polled by MarketWatch had projected payrolls expanding by 235,000 jobs last month, and that forecast was trumped. While seasonal jobs constituted 50,000 of the new positions, professional and business hires comprised 86,000 more. The Labor Department also found average hourly wages rising 0.4% last month (though they were still just up 2.1% in 12 months). More hiring gains like this might lead the Federal Reserve to tighten a bit sooner than investors anticipate. The jobless rate (which the…
  • Monthly Economic Update

    5 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    THE MONTH IN BRIEF November brought a dizzying plunge in oil prices, confirmation of a recession in Japan and distinct hints of one in the euro area, and declines in the pace of manufacturing activity in America, Europe and China. Even so, the month was remarkably placid on Wall Street – unlike October, we didn’t see a lot of days marked by triple-digit Dow swings. The Dow, in fact, rose 2.52% on the month; many overseas benchmarks posted nice gains as well. Losses plagued the commodities sector. The latest GDP estimates out of Washington suggested our economy was in better shape than…
  • Summit Brokerage Services Announces Winners of the Business Plan Challenge

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    Summit Brokerage Services, the #1 independent broker dealer in the country*, is pleased to announce that 8 Summit advisors have been selected as winners of Cetera Financial Group’s  Business Plan Challenge. The awarded funds to Summit’s advisors total over $600,000 and will allow the winning advisors to implement their vision and proposed initiatives to grow their businesses. The Business Plan Challenge was a broker-dealer network initiative supported by RCS Capital, Cetera Financial Group’s parent company.   Business Plan Challenge winners were chosen from almost 400…
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • Three Tips Toward Work/Life Balance

    Jennifer Patel
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every day I wonder how to best manage the balance between work and my personal life. With the growth of mobile technology and the ability to constantly be connected to work, many people believe that the balance between work and personal life is dead. As a Mother of 3 children who frequently travels and works evenings after bedtime, I sometimes agree. It takes real effort – to balance your personal and professional life. Here are a few things that I have found work well for me: Schedule, Schedule, Schedule – I live and die by the calendar. Electronic or paper, figure out what works best…
  • Identify Inclusive Holiday Icons to Reach a Global Audience

    Hallmark Business Connections
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    As more businesses find themselves operating within a global space, the need to identify appropriate holiday trends and icons is key to maintaining meaningful business connections. Certain icons bridge the multicultural gap while messages of peace and gratitude transcend all local and regional ties, providing businesses the opportunity to connect with their diverse audiences. With technology eliminating the barriers to international business, appealing to a broad, multicultural audience is something even small companies experience. We can’t forget our own vast religions, beliefs and…
  • Traditional Icons Evoke Powerful Emotional Responses

    Hallmark Business Connections
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The holiday season provides businesses the perfect opportunity to show customers, employees and partners they care and welcome interpersonal exchanges. Traditional holiday icons on cards spark effective first impressions before your customized message inside authentically resonates your holiday greetings to the people who matter most to your business. By combining traditional components with cutting edge design, the emotion of the season comes through. Here are some of our favorites.     The Intricate details of a snowy winter scene             A…
  • Snapshot: Upcoming 2014 Transformation and Innovation of Human Resources, Benefits and Wellness Communication Conference

    Jennifer Patel
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    As 2014 comes to a close and the holidays approach, health and wellness tend to be hot topics. And the New Year brings reflections and new wellness goals for both individuals and companies. At Hallmark Business Connections, we believe in the long-term benefits garnered from wellness programs, including increased engagement, lower absenteeism and an overall higher return on investment. But even with the many positives associated with wellness programs, there are also obstacles to navigate. I’ve been invited to sit on a panel at the 2014 Transformation and Innovation of Human Resources,…
  • 8 Twitter Examples of Companies Nailing Customer Experience

    Hallmark Business Connections
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    The concept of customer experience management has been steadily gaining traction in recent years, as noted in this Harvard Business Review (HBR) article. In fact, 85% of executives who participated in a recent Accenture research study consider customer experience (CX) to be “very important” to their strategic priorities; another 70% believe CX-related considerations will play an even larger role in the overall corporate strategy over the next two years. But for all of the emphasis placed on customer experience, many companies still lack mature CX programs. Whether they fail to adequately…
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    Skiddle Event Promotion and Ticket Sales Blog

  • Introducing automated ticket pricing tiers

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    Most promoters now are utilising tiered ticket pricing/dynamic pricing to maximise their income from sales. An example of this might be offering earlybird tickets at £15 when the event is first announced, then pushing ticket prices up by say £5 every month until you hit close to the event date, when you are selling tickets at a higher price. This rewards loyal customers who buy earlier (and encourages early sales) but also maximises profit from late buyers. Until now, managing the ticketing process for this required you to be on the ball, ensuring that the next tier of tickets is placed…
  • Collect custom data at the checkout

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Are you organising an event where you need to collect additional data from your ticket buyers? Skiddle have just released a new feature, allowing you to collect custom information during the checkout process. Now you can save time by capturing all the information you need when you sell tickets online.   This information can be completely customised to suit your needs, and each piece of information can be optional or mandatory. Please note that we do recommend keeping the checkout process as simple as possible, which will result in maximum sales. To enquire about custom data on your…
  • Find events near 50,000 points of interest

    29 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    As part of our continual enhancements to our what’s on guide, we’ve just added over 50,000 local points of interest to our events search. Visitors can now find events near to a specific point of interest, including 1,000s of smaller towns and districts, as well as tube stations, railway stations and football grounds. This enhancement helps to improve the accuracy of returned results when visitors are looking for events in a specific area. Combined with the ‘distance’ filter, visitors have full control over exactly which events are returned. As an event promoter, you…
  • Tickets remaining countdown

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    A great way to encourage ticket sales is to introduce a sense of urgency. By letting your customers know there are only a few tickets remaining you can encourage them to purchase quickly. By default, the number of tickets remaining is kept confidential. We will show prompts such as “Last few tickets remaining” but exact quantities will not be shown. If you prefer to show the actual number remaining, you can enable this option in the “Advanced ticket options” when adding/editing your ticket: Once enabled, you can see the remaining tickets on your ticket box:
  • Customer enquiries form (your chance to opt-out)

    15 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    When you’re advertising an event on Skiddle, we recommend adding as much information about the event as possible. However, your potential customers may have a question that’s not been answered. This could be a barrier to them purchasing tickets. This facility is a great way of communicating with your customers. Answering an enquiry may make the difference between someone buying tickets, or looking elsewhere. Your email address will not be visible to the customer. The enquiry will be submitted to you via an enquiry form which will be going live from 1st December. We will verify…
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • Improve Your Campaign Reporting—and Performance

    Danielle Contreras
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    As direct marketers, we’re on a constant quest for reliable intel to help make each new campaign more effective than the last.  Response rates.  Offer.   Mailer format.  Contact frequency.   These are just a few of the many reporting elements we slice, dice and obsess over to try and move the proverbial needle. In search of better results. All that obsession is worth the effort, though.  Solid reporting can prove or disprove a hypothesis, and can actually help predict campaign performanceSolid reporting eliminates guesswork and lets us proceed from a position of confidence.  In…
  • How to Write an Effective Creative Brief

    Linda Frost
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Even the best marketing creative geniuses need a roadmap to point them in the right direction. In order to develop the most effective marketing materials that are spot on for your audience, your creative team needs the proper direction. The starting point is providing them with a solid creative brief. Even when you think you are too busy, or your project timeline seems too short, resist the tendency to forego this important step. It’s the foundation of on-target creative. Having one can save time, money and frustration on needless rounds of revisions by establishing clear expectations for…
  • Winning Data Strategy: Multi-Source

    Mike Campbell
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    As we all know, lists, targeting, segmentation, modeling, etc. are one of the most important components of a direct marketing program.  Through years (OK, decades) of testing, I’ve come to realize that in nearly every client program there is a significant opportunity to improve results through the use of multiple data sources.  The roots of this strategy trace back to the nonprofit industry, where organizations regularly rent multiple third-party lists for donation appeals in addition to their house file of past donors.  These third-party lists are closely analyzed based on number of…
  • To Survey or Not to Survey. Is There Really a Question?

    Russ Machus
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The basic rule in business is that keeping customers is far less expensive than finding and cultivating new ones. While the burden of that isn’t wholly on Sales and Marketing, it is extra important to make sure your marketing communications are as engaging, personal and relevant as possible. Bring on the benefitsSurveys happen to be one of the best ways to learn meaningful, actionable information about your customers, because they     • Make customers feel valued      • Engage customers by soliciting their opinions and preferences      • Offer a chance to learn about…
  • Spinning Up Surf, Sun and Sensational ROI

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

    Merchant Warehouse
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    SHARE Q4 2014 InfographicPublished:  Dec. 18th, 2014A look at the latest stats and figures in the payment industry, including updates on the 2014 holiday shopping projections and how Apple Pay is impacting mobile payments in the US.Our Q4 2014 THE STATE OF PAYMENTS infographic is below, for a more in-depth look into these sections as well as new information that was not available at the time of release, please visit the individual pages for each section listed above. Click Infographic to Enlarge  For easy integration of this infographic on your website, simply copy and paste the…
  • This Month in Payments News: November 2014

    Merchant Warehouse
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    SHARE Each month we round up the most interesting news in payments, the stories that have the potential to change the industry in ways big and small.  In our monthly series here on the Resource Center, we round up the biggest stories in the payments industry -- the breaking news and developing trends that stand to change this space and herald innovation. In this edition, we’re covering October. Follow along! November brought several new developments in the payments industry, including American Express embracing tokenization, the launch of some fresh mobile payment apps and one startup…
  • #GivingTuesday - Your Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide

    Merchant Warehouse
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Launched in 2012 by the New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday uses social media to encourage charitable donations. Learn more about the #GivingTuesday mission and how to participate, in our latest infographic.To learn more about each one of the early days of the Holiday Shopping season, be sure to check out our 2014 Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide.  Click Infographic to Enlarge   For easy integration of the full infographic on your website, simply copy and paste the following embed code.  <a…
  • Cyber Monday - Your 2014 Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide

    Merchant Warehouse
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Cyber Monday has quickly risen to one of the most important days in the holiday shopping season over the past few years. In fact consumers are expected to spend more than $1.735 billion online on Cyber Monday in 2014.The following infographic looks at what Cyber Monday means for retailers and consumers alike, where consumers are spending their money, and how they are engaging with retailers. For additional information on what to expect this holiday season be sure to visit our 2014 Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide. Click Infographic to Enlarge   For easy integration of the full…
  • "Black Sunday" - Your 2014 Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide

    Merchant Warehouse
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE A slow day in the holiday shopping calendar, "Black" Sunday offers consumers a chance to relax and catch up with friends and relatives, before Cyber Monday hits.The following infographic looks at some activities for consumers to consider this Sunday, additional information on the entire holiday shopping season is currently available in our 2014 Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide.  Click Infographic to Enlarge   For easy integration of the full infographic on your website, simply copy and paste the following embed code.  <a…
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    Proforma Blog

  • Five Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

    Danny Trizio
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of Jacob Bøtter’s photostream Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes. They work in many different industries and while some refer to themselves as the boss, many answer to someone else. A common misconception of entrepreneurship is equity. While ownership in a company is a potential perk of being an entrepreneur it by no means is a requirement. While many professionals aren’t willing to take a risk by putting it all on the line to start their own business that doesn’t mean they aren’t entrepreneurs. Sales people are a great example of a professional contingent…
  • Build Strong Customer Relationships: More than Just A Marketing Automation Initiative

    Justin Heegan
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of Images Money’s photostream Like many of you, I’ve been sold to my entire life and, like many of you, I’ve been on the receiving end of some intriguing customer-facing marketing initiatives from companies I’ve done business with in the past. As a marketing-oriented person, it’s become painfully obvious to me when a business is reaching out to me as part of an automated customer-facing marketing campaign. Year in and year out I continue to receive “Birthday Specials” from ever since I purchased my first Cleveland Browns jersey from them (I forget…
  • The Joke that Went Too Far

    Barbara Sulik
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of Chris Chan’s photostream Every week I am required to send a status report to a group of peers and my boss that highlights what I have been working on over the past week and what I am going to tackle in the upcoming week. Each person in the distribution group does the same.   It is an excellent communication tool that helps with inter and cross departmental communication. A few weeks back I sent out my report with the intro paragraph stating, “I am thankful to work with all most of you”.  It was most definitely a joke to strike-through the all and replace it with…
  • Tips for Winter Driving

    Michelle McCafferty
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of matze_ott’s photostream A good number of us are going to find ourselves in tricky driving situations this winter, whether close to home or while traveling. So what can you do to keep yourself out of an icy roadside ditch? Here are some tips for winter driving! •    Test those tires. Cold temperatures can decrease tire pressure, and low tire pressure leads to a greater chance of losing control on messy roads. Also be sure your traction is up to snuff with the penny test. Put a penny upside down in between the treads. If you can see the top of Abe Lincoln’s head,…
  • Are You Selling a Product or Selling an Experience?

    Tom Zobel
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of Eelco Cramer’s photostream When it comes to marketing and advertising, I’ve seen more ads targeting the experience you’ll get from using the product, rather than the product itself. For example, Starbucks unveiled new ads not too long ago, and there’s not one mention of the products that you’ll purchase at Starbucks. Why is that? Starbucks knows that we’re well aware of their main product – coffee – and that we’ll probably be heading to their stores en masse before our morning commutes. But Starbucks doesn’t just want to sell you a cup of coffee. The…
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  • Our Favourite CIPHR Blog Articles From 2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Here’s our favourite CIPHR blog articles from 2014. It’s been a great year for us and we look forward to 2015! It’s been a busy year for the CIPHR blog and with so many articles to choose from the list became bigger than expected. With articles from offboarding to using LinkedIn to find a new career we think we got everything covered! Here it is: 9 Ways To Grow Your Company Culture We all want to work in a happy, productive and rewarding environment. We all want to get up and be happy to go to work, everyday. Company culture is a vital ingredient to achieving true employee…
  • S4C move to CIPHR SaaS

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    S4C has been operating for over 30 years and is the only Welsh language TV channel in the world, broadcasting 115 hours of programming, across a range of platforms, including online. The post S4C move to CIPHR SaaS appeared first on CIPHR.
  • Your Personal Brand Strategy For 2015

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    As social networks evolve and a different article each week reveals the next big thing that you should be part of, how can you keep up and know what’s best for your personal branding efforts? Fear not, here’s our guide for your personal brand strategy for 2015. Be targeted, consistent and disciplined Trying to spread yourself too thinly and sharing content on every social network is counter productive. The sheer amount of information that you’ll have to create, find and post will mean that you’ll soon either run out of time or start to compromise on quality in order…
  • What Will The Workplace Be Like In 2015?

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    What will the workplace be like in 2015? Will there be a huge difference compared to today or will next year herald the introduction of a new way of working? Back in October 2013 I made 5 predictions of what our workplaces would look like moving forward. I made 5 predictions, which were: An increase in flexible and remote working Hand held technology competing with more traditional equipment Greener offices An increased use of video and social media by brands The utilisation of cloud based tech to increase During 2014 there’s been a definite rise in each of these trends and…
  • 11 Things You Can Do Today To Turbocharge Your Career

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Getting noticed or knowing what to do for the good of your professional growth isn’t always easy. Luckily, we’ve put together 11 things you can do today to turbocharge your career. Smarten up (even if it’s a little) Many brands operate a relaxed dress policy (we do at CIPHR for office-based staff). You don’t need to come to work every day in a 3 piece suit, just spruce yourself up a bit with a casual shirt and trousers. The same goes for footwear, scruffy two year old trainers can be replaced with a pair of casual shoes. Looking like you’ve just fallen out of…
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    Anywhere Pad » Articles

  • 42 Travel Experts Reveal Their Best Travel Apps

    Angel Britanico
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    Ready to hit the road for business or pleasure? The best travel apps will help you save time, money, space and energy. But with hundreds of options available on the market, which ones lead the pack in terms of value and ease-of-use? To find out, we asked dozens of different travel experts worldwide two simple questions: “What are your most frequently used travel apps, and what do you love about them?” Forty two professionals who take frequent business trips or make Continue Reading » The post 42 Travel Experts Reveal Their Best Travel Apps appeared first on Anywhere Pad.
  • Anywhere Pad Gears Up Against POODLE

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

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

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

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

  • International News & Export Compliance: Stories That Caught Our Attention in 2014

    Lori Padley-Lee
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    Export compliance issues found their way into the headlines in 2014 2014 gave us lots to talk about in terms of international news. Sanctions, OFAC violations, and restricted party screening lapses are just some of the ways that export compliance issues snuck into worldwide headlines this past year: Sanctions Against Russia A slew of economic sanctions against Russia was the United States’ response to the invasion of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. Unfortunately, many American corporations felt the pain in their own pocketbooks. When Visa and MasterCard stopped providing services in…
  • It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s a “Specially Designed” Man of Steel: The ITAR Discussion of 2014

    Lori Padley-Lee
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    How does one classify a superhero? Keep those ideas coming!Earlier this year we asked the burning question: “Would Superman Require an ITAR License?” His super-human abilities and “alien” status beg the question of exactly how this legendary hero would be classified. Is he a controlled good or commodity? Would he be classified as a military component under the ITAR, or a dual-use good under the EAR? Would non-U.S. citizens having access to Superman within the United States be considered a release of technology or a deemed export? With so many mind-boggling considerations, we were…
  • 6 FBI Tips for Students to Avoid Export Compliance Mishaps

    Lori Padley-Lee
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Learn to navigate the pitfalls of studying in a foreign country and avoid export compliance mistakes. The undeniable value of international collaboration places universities and other research facilities at high risk of breeching deemed export laws. Joint research projects, training programs and other cooperative activities necessitate the exchange of data, shared experiment results, and inter-campus visitation. These activities open the door to a host of violations surrounding licensing errors and omissions, as well as the risk of receiving visitors whose name may exist on a Restricted or…
  • Runaway Researcher: A Deemed Export Cautionary Tale

    Lori Padley-Lee
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    An airtight deemed export compliance plan can prevent your research from going MIA There’s no doubt that American universities and research facilities benefit from the experience and knowledge of foreign national workers. When institutions have all their ducks in a row in terms of deemed export compliance (performing restricted/denied party screening on applicants, completing the required export and deemed export licensing paperwork, etc.) international collaboration is typically a positive experience. Unfortunately for one U.S. university we heard about recently, hiring a foreign national…
  • More Than Just an End User Statement: Best Practices for Evaluating End Users

    Lori Padley-Lee
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Compliant global exporting requires careful attention to end users This past summer the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) released a new presentation, “End-Use Monitoring and Effective Export Compliance”. Their plan is to use comprehensive End-Use checks (EUCs) to hinder the unauthorized export and re-export of items subject to export control. The Departments of Commerce, State and Defense are all involved in stringent end-use monitoring programs. An EUC verifies that an export’s end user is a “reliable recipient” and will use the export item/s in accordance with Export…
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    P1 e-Social

  • Top six food apps for foodies to make life taste better

    P1 Buddy
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Everyone loves great food and we Malaysians are no different. In fact, we absolutely adore good food! And we’re fortunate to be inundated with a cultural melting pot of delicious cuisine that we eat together with friends, families, colleagues and acquaintances. For us, having meals fosters closer relations and is […] The post Top six food apps for foodies to make life taste better appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Which P1 modem is right for you? How to know your DV230 from your DX230 or your MF230 Personal 4G

    P1 Buddy
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:29 am
    P1 has a range of high quality modems which suit both a variety of plans and a variety of uses. Today we’re going to introduce three of P1’s best range of modem, the DV230, DX230 and MF230 Personal 4G modems. These high-powered broadband devices will soon be available for Packeteers […] The post Which P1 modem is right for you? How to know your DV230 from your DX230 or your MF230 Personal 4G appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Securing your Wi-Fi connection in five easy steps

    P1 Buddy
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    When it comes to technology, there will always be a doubt that nothing is 100 percent secure. The instant you send data over a WiFi connection, you’ve potentially exposed your data to hackers. And if your WiFi’s not secure there’s always a possibility someone’s leeching off your WiFi signal and […] The post Securing your Wi-Fi connection in five easy steps appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Top 10 Christmas Gifts For 2014

    P1 Buddy
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:27 am
    We understand the yearly struggle of finding the right Christmas gift. It’s tough to knock Santa off his perch as top Christmas gift giver; but we’ll give you a tip: don’t think of it as a chore. Rather, it is a chance to show how much the recipient means to […] The post Top 10 Christmas Gifts For 2014 appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Three Dead Simple Ways To Make Your Business Stand Out

    P1 Buddy
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    So you want to stand out from the competition, do you? Let’s be honest with ourselves: deep down we have a competitive streak in our egos that we want to beat the guy next to us. Because of this we’re always looking for the secret key or strategy that will […] The post Three Dead Simple Ways To Make Your Business Stand Out appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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    B2B Inbound Marketer Blog

  • Customer-centric content journey

    Bianka Banova
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The concept of customer equality is the business equivalent of communism. The assumption that all customers are equal will bring you a superficial business stability that will ultimately result in a shameful collapse and profit loss of epic proportions.  While it is an imperative for businesses to provide the ultimate value of their products and services to customers, the question remains: are all customers interested in the ultimate value of what you are offering? Let’s address the elephant in the room and talk about Customer Lifetime Value - not all your customers find…
  • Social Media for ECM

    Mila Staneva
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
                                   We all know Shakespeare’s famous quote that the world is a stage. But now with Social Media it seems even more true: Social Media is your stage. You need to put your brand under the luminescent light and give the world a breathtaking show. Social media is not just a tool to share pictures of your lunch and the latest cat video. It is a place for entertainment and knowledge. And just because your area of expertise is ECM that doesn’t mean you cannot make the most of it.
  • Last Week Today on Social Media

    Mila Staneva
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Curiosity might kill the cat, but it keeps the marketer on top of the game. Here is what you might have missed last week, but you should be curious to read... 29 Charts & Stats on What Matters Most to Marketers Right Now The 29 charts below will give you a basic understanding of what your peers are up to: who's practicing inbound, what kind of tactics they're focusing, how they're performing, and how they're convincing their boss for more budget.                                      …
  • Last Week Today in Enterprise World

    Mila Staneva
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The topic this week? Why, #OTEW2014, of course. Here is what we have selected for you review. We promise- there are no pictures of us with Mickey or in a swimming pool. OpenText VP Highlights Digital First Agenda #OTEW2014 The only clouds that Orlando is talking about are not in the sky, but at OpenText’s Enterprise World 2014 conference. The 8,200-employee Canadian powerhouse has just announced its best first quarter in the history of the company. Muhi Majzoub, senior vice president of engineering at OpenText, said 2015 will see more innovations around OpenText's core, strategic,…
  • The ROI of Mixing Outbound with Inbound Marketing

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

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Caddie a person who carries a golfer’s clubs and provides other assistance during a match. Every manager needs a caddie. How else can he or she make the right decisions? The manager is not capable (not allowed!) of making the right decisions, so who does he or she call? The Cost-Busters! The Consultants of course, who else. As stated earlier, managers outsource their competency and it’s a fully accepted practice. Not that the consultant is more competent. He’s a caddie, not having to actually do a day’s work as the manager, but only knows how to talk about doing the job based on…
  • Why Do Organizations Still Need Consultants?

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    If you never trust yourself, disregard advice from your spouse and/or children and solely rely on an outsider, a professional counselor, to advice you on to have a happy family life, then this is not really good practice, would you agree? Then why would the same principle not be valid for the organization? Resorting to professional counseling would be the last option, but for organizations it seems to be the first. And it’s not the first time they do it, it happens every time. The latest fad is ‘Total Transformation’, which implies absolutely nothing is working in the organization. This…
  • Job Burnout – Get The Hell Out Of There

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    physical or mental collapse. In the work environment we are constantly put under some sort of stress. The workload can be too high, management is asking you to work on unrealistic targets and you’re counting the minutes until you go home. There are several stages until we reach the burnout. 1. Stress Stress occurs in the moment. In other words it’s caused the activity or situation that you are currently in. A stressful conversation in a meeting, the workload, anything that occurs now. To make it easier to understand I will take the example of going for a bungee jump and you don’t really…
  • How to Become an Ideal Leader

    2 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Whеn you аrе at work, dо уоu gеt fruѕtrаtеd because thіngѕ dоn’t ѕееm tо be happening thе way thеу’rе ѕuрроѕеd to be? Yоu ѕее реорlе mіllіng аrоund but nothing gеtѕ accomplished. And іn the daily hustle аnd bustle, do you fееl that уоur goals rеmаіn juѕt thаt – gоаlѕ. Then mауbе its tіmе fоr you tо ѕtаnd up аnd dо ѕоmеthіng аbоut іt. Most реорlе аrе соntеnt just tо ѕtаnd around listening for orders. And it isn’t unuѕuаl to аdорt a fоllоw-thе-lеаdеr mеntаlіtу. But mауbе,…
  • Bureaucracy – Successful Ways Not To Save Money

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Exсеѕѕіvеlу соmрlісаtеd аdmіnіѕtrаtіvе рrосеdurеѕ. Gоvеrnmеnt оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ іn раrtісulаr ѕuffеr frоm a рrосеdurе fеtіѕh. Thе excuse thаt thе рrосеѕѕ оf ѕреndіng taxpayers money has tо bе аѕ hard, lоng, complicated аnd “as соnѕсіоuѕ аѕ” роѕѕіblе dоеѕn’t rеаllу make ѕеnѕе. Onе wоuld expect the орроѕіtе. It’ѕ common ѕеnѕе tо thіnk that easy, ѕіmрlе рrосеѕѕеѕ kеер thе соѕtѕ dоwn. Wеll, put уоur Gоvеrnmеnt Thіnkіng Hat оn tо make…
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  • Evaluating Cloud Backup Alternatives

    Backup Runner
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:54 am
    Cloud, cloud, and cloud, the IT world is almost abuzz with the term. Whether it’s getting productivity applications, storage solution, CRM or collaboration & communication platforms, we can see IT decision makers along with CEOs, CMOs and CFOs across different industry sectors vehemently advocating for cloud models. Evaluating cloud’s strategic importance to top management personnel, IBM noticed a huge surge from 34 percent to 72 percent in the past year. Now businesses don’t need to invest with on-premise file and email servers, network storage and other IT infrastructure. Neither…
  • How To Back Up Android Phones

    Backup Runner
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Data is the lifeblood today. But when it comes to backup, we often leave out our mobile device from the discussion. We mostly apply the concept to safeguard data stored on computers and laptops. Phones that store contacts, text messages, calendar, call logs, playlists info, apps, photos, music and videos and other vital things go unnoticed. Sorry to ask. But, what if the device is lost or hacked? Can you take a chance? Certainly not. Hence, we have pen down something relevant here. Read quick steps to back up your phone (Android): First Backup Option Create a first copy of the SD card on your…
  • Mirror Image Backup – FAQs

    Backup Runner
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    What is mirror image backup of a computer system? Hard drive houses all the critical data stored in the computer system, including useful applications, operating system and all processed files. Therefore, it is extremely important to create backup of the hard drive without losing any data. Under mirror image backup technique, the service provider creates an identical copy of hard drive that can be easily accessed from anywhere over the Internet. How to setup mirror image backup for a user? As the mirror image backup holds the identical copy of all partitions of the hard drive on an external…
  • The Importance Of Universal Backup Accounts

    Backup Runner
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:02 am
    Law of universal gravitation, universal healthcare coverage, universal or all-in-one shopping store, universal password manager– yes, we are getting more interested today in finding such a solution attributed with the UNIVERSAL theme which is free from prejudices and can neutralize  our diverse worries well. Our expectation has went beyond. We seek a service which is capable of offering end-to-end solution thus eliminating the needs of pocketing different services or asking help from different vendors. Computing is no longer confined to desktop and communication to mobile, and…
  • Top Backup And Disaster Recovery Lessons 2014

    Backup Runner
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:03 am
    The more we are getting dependent upon technology to run our business, the more is becoming difficult to comply with situations like network, system failure and data disasters. Vulnerabilities vary from technical failure to cyber-attacks to natural disasters and so are their consequences, but what remains same is the end-result, i.e. business loss and reputation damage. Despite having efficient backup and disaster recovery plans in place, business and enterprises often have to endure setbacks while chasing their objectives. MegaPath, a leading network services company, estimated the loss of…
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