SCC to host how-to event on photographing the solar eclipse on July 13

first_imgWith a little over two months to go before the solar eclipse, Southwestern Community College is gearing up for the once-in-a-lifetime event by hosting a presentation by photographer Johnny Horne at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, in Myers Auditorium on SCC’s Jackson Campus.This presentation will be a how-to on photographing the solar eclipse, which will occur on Aug. 21.“We are very excited to have Johnny Horne give this presentation,” said Lynda Parlett, SCC’s executive director of institutional development. “This a great opportunity to learn about capturing a photograph of the solar eclipse to share with future generations.”The session will also include information for budding and amateur photographers who wish to take pictures of planets, stars and astronomical events.Horne served as a staff photographer for the Fayetteville Observer for 44 years and is a contributing editor for “Sky and Telescope” magazine.He has also served on the technical support staff for “Sky and Telescope” total solar eclipse expeditions to Mexico, Africa and the Caribbean.In 1986 Horne photographed Halley’s Comet from the Australian Outback, and his astronomical photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide.last_img read more

In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of September 7, 2018

first_imgShare This!Who else has been off this week? I love 4 day weeks, but they do mess me up. What about you?This week, there’s a lot of news about Disney Cruise Line, see what Freeform has in store for celebrating Halloween, and more!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and RumorsBye. That’s what Guests said to a bug’s land this week. Share your favorite memories of this land that closed to make way for the upcoming Marvel land at Disney California Adventure.Could Disney Cruise Line make more of a presence in Miami? Things sure seem to look that way. Are you excited about this potential development?Disney has made a presentation to the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce about their hope to develop a destination at Lighthouse Point as a new potential cruise port.Effective Tuesday, September 11, Disney Cruise Line is adjusting its Final Payment and Cancellation Policy. This is a big change, so if you’re book a Disney Cruise, you’ll want to be aware of this one.I’m excited about this news personally. A brand new Vera Bradley/Disney line comes out today! I was worried that they had maybe stopped their partnership, since I hadn’t seen a new Disney pattern in a while.This past weekend, Spaceship Earth sprung a leak! Luckily, no major damage was done to the attraction.It appears that John Williams and Michael Giacchino could be scoring the music we hear while touring around Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! Get ready for some epicness, if this is true!Love these sketches of Mickey Mouse through the years!This year, Freeform will celebrate 31 days of Halloween! Besides a marathon of Hocus Pocus, I find the Decorating Disney Halloween episode most intriguing….will definitely set the DVR for that!Have you been following the Redbox/Disney saga? Well, this week, Disney received a major victory. Thoughts?In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to an Orange Bird Wallet by Loungefly and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.last_img read more

Spencer girls basketball tops Granton

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGRANTON — Lexi Baehr had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Spencer used a strong second half to defeat Granton 45-28 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball game Tuesday night at Granton High School.Spencer led 10-4 after the first quarter and busted the game open in the second half, outscoring Granton 26-16.Spencer (4-9, 3-8 Cloverbelt East) forced 17 turnovers and held a 14-4 advantage on made free throws in the win.Cheyenne Redcay had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs (0-11 overall and Cloverbelt East).The Rockets host Columbus Catholic on Friday. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 45, Bulldogs 28Spencer 10 9 11 15 – 45Granton 4 8 5 11 – 28SPENCER (45): Lexi Baehr 5-13 2-2 14, Courtney Buss 3-5 2-2 8, Nadia King 2-11 3-6 7, Kallie Reckner 2-10 1-2 6, Liz Endreas 0-2 4-8 4, Melissa Lehman 2-8 0-0 4, Katie Fleischmann 0-1 1-2 1, Abby Varsho 0-4 1-2 1, Katleynn Walter 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 14-57. FT: 14-24. 3-pointers: 3-14 (Baehr 2-4, Reckner 1-6, Fleischmann 0-1, King 0-2). Rebounds: 49 (Baehr 8, Varsho 8). Turnovers: 9. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 4-9, 3-8 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.GRANTON (28): Cheyenne Redcay 6-9 1-2 13, Dani Anding 3-16 1-3 7, Alanna Dix 1-8 2-3 4, Jessica Richmond 1-9 0-0 2, Jill Richmond 1-6 0-0 2, Cassie Bandt 0-1 0-0 0, Caley Leggate 0-0 0-0 0, Kellisa Rowe 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 12-51. FT: 4-8. 3-pointers: 0-10 (Je. Richmond 0-5, Ji. Richmond 0-3, Anding 0-2). Rebounds: 36 (Redcay 9). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 20. Fouled out: Anding. Record: 0-11 overall and Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Marshfield, Columbus Catholic soccer stars make all-conference

first_imgDons’ Fuerlinger named MSSC Player of the YearBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic and Marshfield high school boys soccer teams put together impressive winning seasons, and it showed as the teams’ respective conferences recently released their all-conference squads for 2016.Columbus Catholic, which won the Mid-State Soccer Conference with a perfect 12-0 record and finished 20-3 overall before losing in the WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinals, had five first-team and three second-team selections to the all-conference squad.Marshfield finished in third place in the Wisconsin Valley Conference at 6-5-1 and ended up 12-8-4 overall after losing in a WIAA Division 1 sectional final, just one win away from the state tournament. The Tigers had a pair of first-team and one second-team all-WVC honorees.Mid-State Soccer ConferenceMarshfield Columbus Catholic senior Tyler Fuerlinger was named the Mid-State Soccer Conference Player of the Year and was one of five Dons picked to the all-conference first team.Fuerlinger, Tim Gruenloh, Charles Payant, and Calvin Brown were unanimous first-team selections for the Dons. Ryan Dieringer was also a first-team selection. Fuerlinger and Brown also earned first-team all-conference accolades in 2015.Nadim Torbey, Nick Malovrh, and goalkeeper Bailey Keffer were second-team honorees for the Dons.Columbus Catholic’s Jeff Edwards was also named conference Coach of the Year after sharing the honor last season.“This team was very successful this year in many aspects,” Edwards said. “We set school records in goals scored and assists given, shattering the previous records. We had six players score at least 10 goals and nine players had double-digit points scored. That speaks to the versatility we had on offense. Our defense led the way, though, allowing only 10 goals in the regular season. Everything started from the back and went from there. I’m extremely proud of each and every player for all of the hard work and dedication they put in since June.”Wisconsin Valley ConferenceMarshfield senior midfielder/defender Alec Hinson was a unanimous first-team selection, and fellow senior midfielder/defender Luke McCann also was voted to the first team of the 2016 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Soccer Team.Hinson had three goals and four assists during conference play, moving to defense early in the year due to injuries and necessity.Marshfield senior Alec Hinson was a unanimous first-team selection to the 2016 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Soccer Team, as voted on by the conference’s seven coaches.“He is a great communicator and organizer on defense,” Marshfield coach Steve McCann said. “He wins balls in the air and takes great angles on balls. As a defender, Alec always seemed to make the right choice.”Luke McCann finished fifth in the Valley with 21 total points (eight goals, five assists).McCann also moved back to defensive midfielder midway through the season to help the Tigers build up their resistance.“This gave Luke more space to operate, helped our team defensively, and gave us better ability to get the ball switched side-to-side,” Steve McCann said. “Luke has excellent vision on the field and helps our team to be able to maintain possession and control with smart, accurate passes.”Senior Klaus Friedli was the Tigers’ lone second-team pick. He finished seventh in the conference in points with 17 (five goals, seven assists).Senior Collin Nikolai and sophomore Isaac Wellens were honorable mention choices for Marshfield. Nikolai finished with seven goals and two assists during WVC play.“We started to play really well at the end of September when we beat Wausau West 2-0 and ended up winning eight of our next 10,” Steve McCann said. “We ended up leading the WVC in scoring, shots, corner kicks, and fouls. We were really good at creating scoring chances. Our finishing was inconsistent but was definitely improving at the end of the year.”2016 All-Mid-State Soccer Conference TeamFirst team: *Tyler Fuerlinger, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; *Tim Gruenloh, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; *Charles Payant, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; *Calvin Brown, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; *Harrison Varline, Wausau Newman Catholic; *Connor Molski, Stevens Point Pacelli; *Chris Jensen, Stevens Point Pacelli; *Connor Schubring, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran; Ryan Dieringer, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; David Burgess, Northland Lutheran; Jacob Price, Northland Lutheran; Brad Maes, Stevens Point Pacelli; Rhein Zuelsdorff, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran; Tekoya Cosby, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.Second team: Nadim Torbey, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Bailey Keffer, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Nick Malovrh, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Chamong Lo, Wausau Newman Catholic; Fernando Juan, Wausau Newman Catholic; Corey Baron, Stevens Point Pacelli; Katie Craig, Tri-County; Coleton Schubring, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran; Austin Pagel, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.Honorable mention: Andrew Blanker, Stevens Point Pacelli; Grant Faulkner, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.Player of the Year: Tyler Fuerlinger, Marshfield Columbus Catholic.Coach of the Year: Jeff Edwards, Marshfield Columbus Catholic.*unanimous selection—2016 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Soccer TeamFirst team: *Alex Pagel, sr., D.C. Everest (goalkeeper); *Jack Mittelsteadt, sr., D.C. Everest; *Alec Hinson, sr., Marshfield; *Joey Dorgan, sr., Stevens Point; *Pet Hefferan, sr., Stevens Point; *Adam Hahn, sr., Wausau East; *Jonah Bakunowicz, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; *Jack Kiiskila, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Luke McCann, sr., Marshfield; Joe DeLoye, sr., Wausau West; Cullen Stangel, sr., Wausau West.Second team: Matt Altmann, sr., Stevens Point (goalkeeper); Brennan Krieg, jr., D.C. Everest; Seth Jaglinski, sr., D.C. Everest; Austin Zettler, sr., Merrill; Jarett Jones, sr., Stevens Point; Klaus Friedli, sr., Marshfield; McKenon Diekroeger, sr., Stevens Point; Matt Lukasik, jr., D.C. Everest; Nate Napiwocki, sr., Stevens Point; Nick Lange, sr., Wausau East; Dylan Bassuener, sr., Wisconsin Rapids.Honorable mention: Brayden McMahon, sr., Wausau West (goalkeeper); Gunnar Yonker, sr., D.C. Everest; Tamirat Knutson, fr., D.C. Everest; Keondre Porter, jr., Stevens Point; Ben Johnson, jr., Wausau West; Keegan Pulchinski, so., Wisconsin Rapids; Collin Nikolai, sr., Marshfield; Colin Lindvig, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Zach Ostrowski, jr., D.C. Everest; Brendan Leahy, so., Stevens Point; Elkin Thao, jr., Wausau East; Isaac Wellens, so., Marshfield; Austin Burgener, sr., Merrill; Mark Raasch, jr., Wausau West; Bryson Einerson, jr., Wisconsin Rapids.Player of the Year: Jack Mittelsteadt, sr., D.C. Everest.*unanimous selectionlast_img read more

South Africa’s global reputation ‘steady’

first_img South Africans provided high rankings in the people, tourism and culture categories, but were more critical about areas such as governance and immigration/investment. The latter refers to a country’s ability to attract talent and capital, its economic prosperity, equal opportunity, and the perception that it is a place with a high quality of life. The country’s economic and business conditions are also measured.Bridging the gap The report notes that there remains a large gap between the top 20 nations (the “haves”) and the bottom 30 (the “have-nots”) when it comes to investment/immigration, the pillar that focuses on growth potential. “Developed nations still command the respect of the world when it comes to education quality, social equality, strong businesses and the overall quality of life,” the report says. The lower-ranked nations also lag when it comes to science contribution, creativity and quality products, scoring, on average, 15 points below the leading nations of the top 20. “Their governments, too, fall a distance behind the leading nations, scoring an average of over 14 points below,” the report notes. South Africa weakest score is in the area of governance, although it outdoes its BRICS partners India and China in this category.Tourism, culture, people The cultural reputation of a nation is considered to be among the most volatile of all indices, but South Africa’s standing in the culture category remains its strongest asset – the country is ranked 27th, up from 28 last year. South Africa slipped slightly to 34th in the people category, which measures people’s friendliness by whether respondents would feel welcome when visiting the country. South Africa’s rank of 34 for tourism is the same as the past two years.Selecting the countries The list of 50 nations is based on their political and economic importance in global geopolitics and the flow of trade, businesses, people and tourism activities. Regional representation and the diversity of political and economic systems are also taken into consideration. SAinfo reporter and GfK.com South Africa: 36Egypt: 41United Arab Emirates: 40Saudi Arabia: 45Qatar: 46Kenya: 47Botswana: 48Nigeria: 49Iran: 50 18 November 2013 South Africa’s global reputation has held steady in this year’s Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index, an annual survey of 50 countries regarded as playing important roles in international relations, trade and flow of business, and cultural and tourism activities. South Africa maintained its 36th position in the latest survey, which was released on Thursday with Botswana entering the rankings for the first time at 48, just ahead of Nigeria and Iran. For the survey, opinions from nearly 20 500 people in 20 core panel countries – one of which is South Africa – are polled online. The respondents rate 50 countries on questions in six categories: exports, governance, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment. The index measures the power and appeal of each country’s “brand image” by examining its competence in these categories. The 2013 study found that South Africa was outperforming its counterparts in Africa and the Middle East in terms of reputation. Good news “Coming in the wake of the South Africa’s inaugural Competitiveness Forum, the 2013 Nation Brands Index results are very good news for South Africa,” Miller Motola, chief executive of Brand South Africa, said in a statement on Friday. “The National Development Plan is a strong plan, which, if implemented, will see us make strong gains in the important categories of governance and immigration and investment. We are already on track to achieve those goals, as set out in Vision 2030,” Matola said. While South Africa’s rankings have remained unchanged in exports (37), governance (40), tourism (34) and immigration/investment (38), its improvement in the culture pillar to 27 was “fitting”, Matola said, “since we are proud of our history and diversity and this is one of our greatest strengths”. Although South Africa showed a slight decline in the “people” pillar to 34, this trend was evidenced across most of the 50 polled nations. South Africa’s stable position as a nation brand is important because the way a country is perceived can make a significant difference to the success of its business, trade and tourism efforts, as well as its diplomatic and cultural relations with other nations.Top achievers The average scores attained by the study’s top 10 remains “virtually identical” to what they were in 2008, the report says. The US retains its top spot as the nation with the best overall reputation for the fourth year in a row. Voted as the most attractive country for immigration and investment for the fourth year running, the US’s position may be under threat as its score has shown one of the biggest falls of any nation since last year, the study’s founder, Simon Anholt, said in a statement. The survey’s top 10 for 2013 are:The United StatesGermanyThe UKFranceCanadaJapanItalySwitzerlandAustraliaSwedencenter_img Most countries displayed a “remarkable stability”, the report says. The notable exception is Spain, which has struggled to emerge from its debt crisis.BRICS block Brazil (20) is the only country in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping to appear in the index’s “second tier”, rising incrementally between 2008 and 2011, but cooling slightly in the post-Lula da Silva era. Russia’s reputation is described as “noticeably volatile”, due in large part to the country’s governance positions. It is ranked 22nd. China’s ranking at 23 was affected by “noticeable losses on their investment appeal”, reflecting a trend across the world, Anholt said. India at 31 has experienced “considerable downward movements” between the last two readings, the report notes.South African success South Africa is the “strongest performer” of the nine countries selected to represent the Middle East and Africa. Nation Brands Index – Middle East and Africa:last_img read more

MTN-Qhubeka invited to Tour du Suisse

first_img11 March 2014 Further evidence of Team MTN-Qhubeka’s growing status was provided on Monday when the South African UCI Professional Continental cycling team was given a wild card invitation to be part of the 78th Tour de Suisse, a World Tour stage race taking place from 14 to 22 June. The World Tour includes cycling’s Grand Tours, the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana. MTN-Qhubeka’s goal is to earn invitations to the three events. Hard work paying off “Our World Tour programme keeps growing and shows the hard work the team put in last year is paying off,” Team Principal Douglas Ryder said in a statement. “We have had some fantastic results recently in stage races with our African and South African riders and to be able to race in a World Tour stage race as iconic as the Tour de Suisse is huge. “Many teams use the Tour de Suisse as a final preparation race for the Tour de France, and so for Africa to be a part of this race is just a massive opportunity,” Ryder said. “Linus Gerdemann will lead the team in this event, a race he has participated in six times previously and where he won his first race as a professional cyclist.”‘My most favourite race’ Gerdemann is excited to see his new team in his favourite race. “The Tour de Suisse is my most favourite race of all races,” he said. “It is incredibly well organised and races on the most beautiful terrain. It is also where I won my first professional race so it will always be a special race for me. “Our team is very well suited for this race and we will work hard to do a good result there.”2013 victories Last year, Team MTN-Qhubeka recorded the second most wins among Pro Continental teams, with 16 victories. The most high profile of those was Gerald Ciolek’s stunning win in the Milan-San Remo. They will be joined at the Tour de Suisse by two other wild card teams, the Swiss Professional Continental Team IAM Cycling and the Polish team CCC Polsat Polkowice. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: April 4, 2019

first_imgFeds investigating fatal shooting of suspected shoplifterFederal atuhorities have launched an investigation into possible civil rights violations by a Deptford, New Jersey, police officer who fatally shot a suspected shoplifter who they allege aggressively drove toward him as she attempted to flee. The review comes nearly five months after a grand jury in Gloucester County declined to recommend charges against Sgt. Kevin Clements in the death of LaShanda Anderson in the June 9 confrontation outside the Marshalls store at Deptford Crossing.In a March 15 letter to the lawyers representing Anderson’s family in a potential civil suit, Paul D. Colangelo, first assistant county prosecutor, advised that “the Federal Government is reviewing my office’s investigation to determine if Sgt. Clements committed any civil rights violations in his use of deadly force that resulted in Ms. Anderson’s death.” County Prosecutor Charles Fiore and federal authorities declined comment on the letter and documents obtained by The Inquirer under the state’s Open Public Records Act.The letter was in response to a request seeking the prosecutor’s complete investigative file into the case, which Fiore denied. Clements fired, striking Anderson, 36, of Philadelphia in the left side of her head and arm, authorities said. She died at the scene. Two alleged accomplices in the $3,400 shoplifting spree were eventually taken into custody. [Source: The Inquirer]- Sponsor – Shoplift arrest uncovers 8 warrants in 4 countiesIt was a “see something, say something” moment for some Roseville, California, retail employees that led to the arrest of a man with eight warrants out in four counties. On Tuesday morning, Roseville police say employees saw a man, later identified as David Franklin Tietjen, apparently casing some items at a store. Another man, Nathan Mark Gallagher, was seen circling outside in a car.When officers arrived, Gallagher took off. But he eventually pulled over and officers found over $2,000 worth of stolen items in his car. Gallagher, as officers also found he had 8 warrants for his arrest from 4 counties. Tietjen also led officers on a short foot chase but was also soon arrested. Both men have been booked into jail facing charges of organized retail crime.   [Source: CBS13 Sacramento]Shoplifting trio have their ‘case filed’The cases of three people arrested for shoplifting at the Kohl’s store at Rhode Island Mall on March 9 have been filed for one year. Richard Irvin, 28; Tristan Irvin, 25; and Alisha Leonard, 30, all pleaded no contest to various misdemeanor charges stemming from their theft of more than $500 in merchandise from the store.Third Division District Court Judge Joseph Ippolito Jr. handed down the ruling on March 21 for each charge of conspiracy and removal of an anti-theft device against Richard Irvin, of Hyde Park, MA, imposed a no-trespass order, and ordered Irvin to pay $186.75 in court costs. In a separate court hearing on March 11, Ippolito filed charges of shoplifting and conspiracy against Tristan Irvin, of West Warwick, and imposed a no-trespass order and $186.75 in court costs. The third person, Alisha Leonard, also of Warwick, received a similar judgment on March 21. Under Rhode Island state law, the cases can be reinstated if the three are arrested again within the next year, or fail to pay court costs.   [Source: Warwick Post]Felony theft increase ready for House voteA Florida House proposal that would increase a threshold for felony theft charges from $300 to at least $1,000 passed its final committee Wednesday, preparing it to go to the House floor for a vote.  Efforts to raise the threshold amount for the first time since 1986 have stalled in the Legislature in the past. This year’s proposal (HB 589) has steadily moved forward in the House, as criminal-justice reform advocates say there is momentum to pass such measures. Yet, past arguments against the proposal have re-emerged during this year’s Session, as demonstrated during a House Judiciary Committee debate Wednesday.The Florida Retail Federation, whose members include Target, Walmart and Walgreens, opposes easing retail theft sanctions. James Miller, a spokesman for the organization, said his group’s focus is “specifically on strengthening punishment for organized retail crime and the repeat offender.” Under the bill, someone who steals retail property that is valued at $300 or more could still be charged with a third-degree felony if the offender coordinated with other people to commit the crime or if the offenders stole another item from a different store within a 48-hour period.   [Source: FLAPOL]Traveling group charged with ORCOn March 16, at about 6:52 p.m., police were dispatched to a report of theft at a Michael Kors outlet in North Bend, according to Snoqualmie police in Washington state.. The officer took a report, and after viewing high quality video, took still photos from the footage of the suspects to reference later on. The officer, while driving by another store, located the four suspects, three females and one male, and observed them speaking with each other through the clear windows of another business. He witnessed the suspects split up inside the store, a common practice in organized thefts, authorities said.The officer waited outside the storefront. Two of the three females exited the store and were detained. Back-up officers arrived and the lead officer entered the store, taking the male suspect into custody for theft. The final female suspect was also detained. Among the items stolen were apparel, shoes, purses and sunglasses taken from the Nike store, Coach, Michael Kors, Under Armour, Cutter & Buck, Eddie Bauer locations in the Premium Outlet Mall. The four suspects have long criminal histories that include prior theft charges, possession of stolen property, residential burglary, forgery and ID theft. The investigation remains open and the charges have been referred to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.   [Source: Valley Record]Rumpus with shoplifters ends in 2 arrestsPolice in University Heights, Ohio, were called to Macy’s, where loss prevention associates were engaged in a struggle with a man, 19. The man was subsequently subdued and arrested on a charge of grand theft. Also with man was a girl, 17.  She was charged with theft and robbery. The names of the subjects were not released.   [Source: Cleveland.com] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Innovation/SaaS: As Software Evolves, Where Will it Take Us?

first_imgIt’s hard to keep up with the daily web technology trends and announcements, much less try to extrapolate where things will be five or ten years from now. But Timothy Chou, former President of Oracle on-Demand, tries to do just that in an Informationweek’s Optimize magazine by predicting four lessons for the future of enterprise software.1. Keep it Simple. Google is an example of a company that has become great by keeping their focus and providing a service that is simple and easy to use — information search monetized by targeted ads. Chou sees a future of software composed of very many highly-focused services from many vendors delivered on-Demand.Infrastructure costs will continue to plummet. And platforms like Amazon’s EC2 will make it easy for vendors to deploy on-Demand services. The foundation is in place to encourage the growth of thousands of specialized on-Demand services.On-Demand services will be very low-cost and sold at high volume. Traditional software sold in the range of $100/user/month. Software sold as SaaS is now being sold more on the range of $10/user/month — a drop of a factor of ten. Chou thinks that in the not distant future that those costs will drop by yet another factor of ten.For non-business use we’re already seeing costs plummet to nothing. Google Apps offers an introductory business bundle for small companies that is free. Zoho Office offers database applications, documents, and project planning for free or nominal costs.2. Software as a Commodity. The focus of computers has moved from hardware to software over the years. Chou sees another transition where software becomes more of a commodity and the value to consumers will center on information.3. Business software to become more game-like. Games have historically excelled at state-of-the-art graphic presentations and interactivity. On-line global multi-player games are experimenting with new elements of group collaboration. Business software can learn much from game software capabilities in the areas of graphics and collaboration.4. Software will be more service-based than product-based. Increasingly software companies are relying more on service dollars rather than dollars stemming directly from products. From 1996 to 2005 services revenues grew. For example, Sun Microsystems shifted from 0 to 40 percent, and IBM moved from 30 percent to more than 50 percent.last_img read more

How Not to Use Apache Hadoop

first_imgRelated Posts Sometimes best practices and practical tips can obscure mistakes that you should avoid. Sometimes what you really need is a list of worst practices.Iwona Bialynicka-Birula has written a post organizing things not to do in Apache Hadoop into three categories: efficiency, scalability and reliability.Bialynicka-Birula writes:The problem with Hadoop is that it is relatively easy to get started using it without an in-depth knowledge of what gives it its powers and without this, you are more likely than not to design your solution in a way which takes all of those powers away. So let’s take a look at the few key features of Hadoop and what not to do to keep them. Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#Big Data#hack See also:HBase Dos and Don’tsMongoDB Gotchas for the Unaware User. klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Nordic telco TeliaSonera had 1349 million TV subs

first_imgNordic telco TeliaSonera had 1.349 million TV subscribers at the end of March, up 10.8% or 131,000 on the previous year. Growth in the quarter to March amounted to 17,000, or 29,000 excluding Norwegian provider NextGenTel, divested by TeliaSonera last year. The total TV number included almost 600,000 subscribers in Sweden.TeliaSonera’s overall broadband base declined in the same period to 2.375 million, down 4.7% year-on-year.last_img