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New to Cloud-Based Performance Testing?  Here's a Quick Language Lesson by Dan Boutin OK, go ahead… admit it. You listen to Sirius/XM Radio channels 8 and 9 only. You haven’t noticed who the president is since Bill Clinton left office. If you haven’t had your mid-life crisis, you’re thinking about having it soon. And you may still call your test tool Mercury LoadRunner, refusing to acknowledge HP’s purchase of Mercury since it happened eight years ago. You want to get with the times, but you can’t. Why? Because you don’t speak the new language. And that language barrier is stopping you from entering the new world order in performance testing: cloud-based performance testing. So, I’m here to help you feel young again with a language lesson. Today, we’re going to translate your circa-1989 client/server tool terminology to today’s web and mobile cloud-based performanc... (more)

Airport Oddities: The Weirdest Things You Can Buy On A Stopover

Monday 12 August, 2013 Cheapflights.co.uk rounds up the strangest objects found in airport shops. With substantial experience scouring the globe, the team at Cheapflights.co.uk has compiled a list of the oddest items that can be purchased in airports around the globe. Although all equally weird, some of these items come with an interesting background story while the others are just simply good for a laugh (or cringe!). TOKYO, JAPAN: Need a lap to rest your head? No more need for a standard rounded neck pillow, Japanese men have moved on to the lap pillow. Quite simply, this contraption is a foam pillow shaped like a woman's lap and can be purchased in Narita International's duty free shops. Made to replicate the sensation a child would have resting his/her head on their mother's lap, the pillow is said to offer similar comfort to men during stressful times or when simpl... (more)

Two Data Centers Are Better Than One

We want to take this time to talk about Cloud based Disaster Recovery Solutions. Getting it out of the way, Solar VPS offers our clients with Cloud-based disaster recovery services which provide: 20GB to 200GB Backup Capacity Full Server Backups New Data Backed Up Incrementally Backups Stored for Three Days Newest Backup Replaces Oldest Multiple Points of Restore Backups Kept in a Redundant Offsite Data Center Facility To learn more about Solar VPS SolarSystem Disaster Recovery options, follow this link, SolarSystem DR. That said, we want to use this space to talk about Cloud Disaster Recovery Solutions and why they are so important. Geo-Redundant Offsite Data Center Facility We bolded, Backups Kept in a Redundant Offsite Data Center Facility, for a reason. Without question, the most important and vital aspect of a great Cloud based disaster recovery plan is the p... (more)

Motivated Team Of Mission Focused Technologists From Software AG Wins Rapid Integration Challenge of Plugfest

By ChrisScott Plugfest is a new phenomenon in the national security technology community, where participants compete in judged evaluations showing how well (and fast) they can create trusted situational awareness in a chaotic/realistic scenario using off the shelf software and existing data sets/streams. Hands down, one of the coolest things I have seen in months was PLUGFEST 2014, held in conjunction with AFCEA West in San Diego 10-13 Feb 2014. For context, consider what usually happens when we have a National crisis. In most cases, all the involved agencies spend the first hours forming up their teams and IT capabilities to work together. Precious time is wasted. Some examples:  The Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 or last year’s wildfires of Sierra Nevada, California or typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Having a plan to immediately gather accurate s... (more)

Dr. Vincent Malfitano Four Part Assisted Living Series - Part One

ANTIOCH, Calif., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- 11 Signs It Might Be Time for Assisted Living Part One The decision to help an aging adult move out of a current home is a complex one -- both emotionally and practically. Above all, you want the person to be safe and well. How can you all feel more confident about whether circumstances suggest that your loved one should no longer be living alone? Photo -  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140828/140820 Although every situation is different, looking at the following 11 signs will give you valuable information to help make the decision. Here are a few things that Dr. Vincent Malfitano thinks you ought to look out for. 1. Big-picture signs it might be time for assisted living Keep these big red flags in mind. Certain situations make it more obvious that it's wise to start thinking about alternate living arrangements.... (more)

Quincy Jones y Lionel Richie anuncian el lanzamiento de 'We Are The World 25 For Haiti'

LOS ANGELES, February 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Quincy Jones, productor, y Lionel Richie, co-escritor del icónico himno de 1985 "We Are The World", han anunciado hoy los detalles relacionados con la presentación mundial y distribución global de la versión contemporánea de la canción y vídeo de acompañamiento We Are The World 25 For Haiti. Grabada el 1 de febrero en el mismo estudio en donde se grabó la original hace 25 años (Henson Recording Studios, anteriormente A&M Recording Studios), esta nueva versión, en la que Jones y Richie han sido los productores ejecutivos y productores, se ha creado en colaboración con los productores ejecutivos Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips y Peter Tortorici; los productores Humberto Gattica y RedOne; y los co-productores Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren y Patti Austin, en beneficio de ayuda para los damnificados por el terremoto de Haití y la recons... (more)

Internet Business Transactions near 450 Billion a Day

By D. Bruce Johnston, President and CEO, DBJ Associates Commerce on the Internet continues to skyrocket. Chad Levitt, author of the “New Sales Economy Blog,” recently wrote a post, “Sales Reps, Are You Ready for the Digital Universe?,” based on information he gleaned from a recently released IDC report on predictions for the year 2020. Here are some of the major findings from the IDC report: Between now and 2020, the amount of digital information created and replicated in the world will grow to an almost inconceivable 35 trillion gigabytes as all major forms of media – voice, TV, radio, print – will complete the journey from analog to digital. Last year despite the global recession, the Digital Universe, set a record. It grew by 62% to nearly 800,000 petabytes. A petabytes is a million gigabytes. Picture a stack of DVDs reaching from the earth to the moon and back. ... (more)

Kevin's Mobility News Weekly - July 8, 2010

Kevin's Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter that is made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week. I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article. I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around enterprise mobility. You can read archived newsletters here - http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/kevins-mobility-news-weekly.html You may also find Kevin’s M2M News Weekly on the subjects of M2M (machine-to-machine) and the mobile embedded device market of interest. http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/m2m.html ******** Microsoft discontinued its Kin cell phone effort just weeks after launching a pair of Kin-branded gadgets with Verizon Wireless. "We have made the decision to focus exclusively... (more)

Open Letter to Tom Scott at Klouchebag

It's been four years since our last economic bubble and eleven since our last technology bubble, so it's possible that another one is coming soon. Or not. Your guess is as good as mine. I suppose I could pontificate about why one is coming (hint: see Instagram @ $1B), but that doesn't help anybody. Instead, I've decided to create an open plan to take advantage of the existing hype in the market, across multiple vectors. So I've decided to write an open letter to Tom Scott, creator of Klouchebag. Dear Tom, Big fan of Klouchebag. Built in just a few hours. Hosted in the Cloud. Leveraging APIs to access realtime data. All the checkboxes for success in today's web. And it came at just the right time, since Klout has obviously jumped the shark with this article in Wired magazine. Not only does Klouchebag boldly claim dominion as "The Standard of Asshattery", but it plays ... (more)

IT Chaos Theory: The PeopleSoft Effect

#cloud #devops A robust integration ecosystem is critical to prevent the PeopleSoft effect within the network In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions, where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from the theoretical example of a hurricane's formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks before. -- Wikipedia, Butterfly Effect Many may not recognize the field of IT chaos theory (because technically I made it up for this post) but its premise is similar in nature to that of chaos theory. The big difference is that while Chaos Theory has a butterfly effect, IT Chaos Theory has a PeopleSoft effect. In IT Chaos Theory, the PeopleSoft effect is the sen... (more)

3D Maps and the Real World of Mobile Workers

I read yesterday about Apple dumping Google Maps and making a big investment in their own 3D mapping technology solution.  I was interested specifically in the 3D aspect of Apple's announced mapping solution.  Since the real world is in 3D, the more 3D the better. A few years ago I worked on several mobile software projects with a facilities management company.  These projects were very interesting as they involved 3D considerations.  Facility managers need to know things like location and count of electrical outlets,  light fixtures, heaters, network cables and remodeling projects that are not included in the original plans.  Why?  It is their job to assess, maintain and repair the facilities and keep them compliant with local regulations and fire codes, so they must know what they are working on. In some cases, facilities management company will bring into a room 3D... (more)