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
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
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)
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!).
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)
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
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)
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)
ANTIOCH, Calif., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ --
11 Signs It Might Be Time for Assisted Living
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)
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)
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 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 -
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.
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)
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.
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)
#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)
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)