How do you record audits against software?

first_imgIn the world of effective software inventory management there are audits. Those audits are done comparing the software to physical installations or against budget. There are audits performed when a HFE (Human Factors Engineer) analyzes your usability or those done to ensure that you have sufficient disaster recovery elements in place.This happens every day against dozens of software applications and I have to ask the question — where do you record this data? Does everyone have individual approaches and simply has a spreadsheet containing the data? Is it recorded anywhere?I have to wonder where the value is in gathering data that has no reuse or exposure to the owners of the software solutions.So I’ve been bouncing around an enhancement to allow certain groups to register (and report) on audits. Internally some people hate it and some love it.What do you do?Do you have yet another application for capturing software audits?Do you do them at all?Let me know.Previous topics include Application inventory, what do you capture?,  Application inventory starts with a definition, Application inventory as a cost savings initiative, Application Inventory, the start of data sustainability? and How do you measure data quality in your Application Inventory?.last_img read more

German globetrotter starts hand-made adventure vehicles workshop in Maharashtra

first_imgMan and the machine: Guido Bothe with the HammerWhat does the Hindi word “chinkara” have in common with German’s “schnell”? Everything, to 47-year-old German expatriate Guido Bothe.Resident of Alibag and the mastermind of Chinkara Motors, run in partnership with wife Shama, Bothe produces hand-made adventure vehicles. His most famous is,Man and the machine: Guido Bothe with the HammerWhat does the Hindi word “chinkara” have in common with German’s “schnell”? Everything, to 47-year-old German expatriate Guido Bothe.Resident of Alibag and the mastermind of Chinkara Motors, run in partnership with wife Shama, Bothe produces hand-made adventure vehicles. His most famous is modelled after the smallest Asiatic gazelle, “sleek, graceful, nimble and very quick”.The Chinkara 1.8 S Roadster – the S stands for schnell, or “fast” in German – made its debut at the Mumbai Auto Show 2003, receiving much acclaim as India’s first indigenous sports car. The vehicle comes customised and takes three-and-a-half months to complete.Bothe’s most recent creation is the Hammer, which made its first appearance at Delhi’s DefExpo ’06 in February. The vehicle looks like a 1960s Corvette Stingray, with a machine-gun mount on the back and armoured in hand-fitted layers of Kevlar and ceramic. It weighs 1,100 kg and is equipped with a 130 hp engine.Bothe predicts that the Hammer has a “huge” potential market among border patrols, special task forces, forest departments and antipoaching squads. “Like a hammer, you get in, hit your target fast, then get out fast,” he explains.It is not a high turnover business. Bothe and his 11-man team of welders, moulders, mechanics and fitters have custom-built 11 of the Chinkara Roadsters since 2003; it will take at least 50 of them to be sold for the company to even break even on its investment.Each Chinkara Roadster costs between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 7 lakh and Bothe admits his consumer base isn’t large. But he isn’t worried. “Success in numbers is minuscule,” he says, insisting that Chinkara is in business for the long haul to “look at the fun-factor of vehicles”, especially since a growing number of people consider cars as “not just a means of transport”.advertisementShama handles the administrative responsibilities-besides, being an Indian she technically owns the company- while Bothe attends to the workshop, re-engineering and finishing auto parts into the works of his imagination. Since the company’s inception, Chinkara has expanded its product line to include all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and speedboats.In his youth, Bothe had travelled the world, experimenting with extreme sports and at 36, he took a holiday in Maharashtra where he met Shama while sailing with her cousin. “When I went back (to Germany), it was like being in the wrong movie,” he says.”People were white and grey. I had such a good time in India, I decided to move here and stay with the good times.”last_img read more

Running ruins knees? No way, says fitness freak Milind Soman

first_imgHyderabad, Jan 24 (PTI) Running ruins knees? No way, says fitness enthusiast Milind Soman, who has been running for nearly one-and-half decade but never down with single injury. “Its a perception (running puts knees at risk), but its not the truth. The truth is anything you do with wrong technique will cause you injury,” the 51-year-old model cum actor and avid barefoot runner told PTI here. Its not just about running. Its about any activity — dance and game, for example — that one does, with wrong technique, there is a chance of injury, says one of Indias first male supermodels. The whole thing about running for health and recreation is that the activity is taken up by people normally in middle age, after a gap of about 20 years, he said. “So, what happens is everybody runs when they are children till the age of 10 or 11. Then they stop running for 20 years before again starting running at the age of 35. Obviously the muscles you need for the activity and also technique, every thing deteriorates,” Soman explained. “Your body has not been doing it for so many years. And plus your weight changes, may be you become heavier…all the balances change. So, when you start running or do any activity or sport, you have to start very, very gradually. And as your body becomes stronger, then you have to increase. “What a lot of people do is they jump (after not running for 20 years) before they can run, and they run before they can walk. Its important to give ones cardiovascular system time to adapt, become stronger, be able to understand balance and coordination all over again,” he said. “Now, I have been running since 2003 and I have never been injured. I have always increased it very, very gradually. Whole purpose of doing endurance sport is to understand your body better, its not about timing, its not about competition, its about understanding your body, mind, potential”, says Soman. People in India are today engaged in fitness activities, unlike 20 years ago. “In fact, when I started running, I saw no body else running. People said Arey pagal daud raha he dekho! Group of people, every body who ran at the time were ridiculed. But its now kind of become admiration. Now its wow…I wish I could do that. It has become aspirational,” he said. In a country like India with no culture of exercise, sports, and fit lifestyle, people have started running in the thousands, inspired by each other. “Every political party, rotary club, every college, school, all organisations organise running events. This is something that ignites the aspirations of people. People are beginning to inspire each other, and thats how it grows,” Soman says. PTI RS GK GKadvertisementlast_img read more

Going Beyond the E-Newsletter: Five Essentials for Crafting an Engaging Email Marketing Program

first_imgDOWNLOAD THE SLIDES BELOW “RELATED DOCUMENTS,” OR VISIT http://tinyurl.com/nonprofit911 TO VIEW THEM IN SLIDESHARE. Do you have email newsletter fatigue? Maybe you’re struggling to find content for your monthly newsletter. Perhaps it’s just been tough to stick to a sending schedule. Or, maybe you’d much rather take a nap after hitting send than bother looking at those response numbers. Building loyal, engaged supporters starts with an engaging email strategy, so if you’re feeling a little fatigued with your newsletter (ugh!), there’s a chance your subscribers feel the same way (ack!).Join Suzanne Norman and Jim Hitch–our friends and partners at Emma–as they highlight the very best practices for crafting an engaging email strategy. From sign-up to send-off to follow-up, they’ll use nonprofit email examples to show you how to inspire at every turn. You’ll learn numerous tactics:    Growing your list    Developing fresh content    Working with your in-house team    Crafting stylish campaigns    Making the most of your response numbersAnd you’ll leave with everything you need to put together an email program that attracts, engages and inspires your audience.last_img read more

Chalk Talk: Mason Rudolph’s Biggest Weakness

first_imgOn paper, Mason Rudolph has been excellent this season. He has already thrown for over 2,200 yards and has 14 touchdowns this season. He logged 220 yards and a touchdown in a solid passing performance against Kansas.But while Rudolph is an efficient passer, he is by no means perfect. His biggest weakness actually has nothing to do with his passing ability; rather, it’s completely mental. Rudolph’s biggest weakness is his indecisiveness, and it showed in the Cowboys’ 44-20 win against the Jayhawks on Saturday.Watch this play, for example:sl_cross_sackThe Cowboys are running play action with a slot cross concept flooding the right side of the field. This particular play is known as a triangle read, as it has three receivers making a triangle on the strong side of the field.122-sl-crossTriangle concepts are designed to allow the quarterback to make quick decisions with all three receivers in his vision. And the play itself works — both McCleskey (on the slot cross) and Chris Carson (on the flat release) are open.openRudolph should have immediately looked to the cross and hit McCleskey as soon as he stepped foot on the Jayhawk logo. But Rudolph doesn’t properly go through his progressions and, because of his indecisiveness, gets sacked.Here’s another example, this time in the red zone:double_sackRudolph has an open receiver, but because he waits too long, he is forced to dance around in the pocket and is eventually sacked. The Cowboys are running what’s known as a double under or double china concept.double-chinaThe inside slot receiver runs a corner route, which is often taken advantage of in goal line situations to ensure one-on-one coverage (it was in fact used in this fashion by OSU in the fourth quarter on the goal line.)The other slot receiver is running an under route and can “climb” the open field to avoid the weak-side linebacker. The outside receiver is also running an under and is trailing the first under route (hence the term double under).midshotNotice in both the gif and the picture above how McCleskey is setting up his cornerback to beat him to the inside. Also notice in the gif how there is only one high safety and James Washington (inside slot) has one-on-one coverage on the outside-breaking route.Rudolph could have either passed it to McCleskey coming out of his break or made the pre-snap decision to lob it to Washington in the corner of the end zone. Instead, he held it and got sacked.These were not the only examples of Rudolph being indecisive. Sometimes, on third downs especially, he waits too long for a route to develop instead of pinpointing a receiver or taking his check down.throwHe also occasionally misses his windows in the progression of the play, which then forces him to sit longer in the pocket.quads_sackIt is important to reiterate that Rudolph is by no means an average quarterback. He consistently makes impressive throws and has been a huge factor in the Cowboys’ recent offensive success.He has also already recorded 41 career touchdowns and will leave OSU as one of the best quarterbacks in recent memory. But he still has his flaws, and this is his biggest one.The positive is that it isn’t because of a lack of physical ability and can be coached. Let’s hope that Rudolph can improve his decisiveness for this week’s game, because all eyes will be on him against West Virginia.What do you think Rudolph’s biggest weakness is? Leave your message below in the comments! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

The 14 Best Stats From The Oklahoma State-Texas Tech Game

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Saturday’s game was a complete thrill. Here’s a look at some of the crazier numbers from a wild one in Stillwater.2: Only twice has OSU had a longer Big 12 winning streak than the six-game streak it is on right now. It won seven straight in 2011 and eight in a row in 2014-15.20.21: James Washington is averaging just over 20 yards per catch. It ranks him No. 2 nationally among players who have 50+ catches.8: Seasons in the last nine that OSU has won at least eight games. That is our new floor, and it is beautiful.10: Wins Mike Gundy now has over Texas Tech out of his 102. That is his most against any team.6*: Home wins for the Pokes this year which ties 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 for the most ever.16: By the time Tech comes back to Stillwater in 2017, it will have been 16 years since they won one there.338.4: Yards per game by Rudolph this year. He’s No. 5 in the country. Mahomes leads at 423.52: OSU is 52-6 in its last 58 games against unranked opponents.0.8: OSU continues to lead the conference in turnover margin per game at 0.8. Its next two opponents (TCU and OU) are both in the negatives.4: Three-and-outs forced by the OSU defense on Saturday. The most Tech had all year before this game was three.3: Times in the last four games OSU has rushed for 5+ yards per carry. It happened once last year.29: Straight games James Washington has caught a pass.4: 100-yard games for Justice Hill. The most for a freshman in OSU history.600: OSU just posted two straight 600-yard games (Kansas State and Texas Tech). The only other times it has done that? In 1988 against Texas Tech and Wyoming and in 2012 against Savannah State, Arizona and Louisiana.last_img read more

Stoops, Gundy Agree On One Thing Going Into Bedlam: OSU Has One Loss

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. At this point, I think I might be a little tired of the proselytizing by Mike Gundy about the Central Michigan game. Gundy said it again on Saturday after beating TCU and drove his point home on Monday on the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference.This came two days after Bob Stoops trumpeted for him after beating West Virginia in Morgantown.“In my eyes they only have one loss, if you play by the rules,” said Stoops on Saturday. “They review everything else out here. They review a first down. You couldn’t review if that play should have been allowed or not. I have one of those. I count myself with one extra victory. That one at Oregon that everyone counted as a loss. My record book is a little different than everybody else’s.”“Every coach I’ve talked to agrees and says the same thing,” said Gundy on Monday in response to Stoops. “Bob [Stoops] is excited about our conference and the success that we’re having. Most coaches know the difference in right and wrong and what happened in that game. So I’m sure that he genuinely feels that way.“I did not see his comments, but I heard somebody had said, ‘we review everything else in football, why can’t we review that a game was over?’ I think the committee sees us as a one-loss team in my opinion. I’m just nor sure that’s something they can admit publicly.”Stoops reiterated his sentiment in his Monday press conference.Bob Stoops, again: “Oklahoma State, to me, is a one-loss team and should be ranked higher than they are.”— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) November 21, 2016Of course this is all self-serving. Gundy wants OSU to have one loss because it would mean potential entrance into the College Football Playoff. Stoops wants OSU to have one loss because it would mean beating a one-loss team to end the season and potentially get into the CFB Playoff. I sort of laid out here why the loss doesn’t really matter all that much.Either way, at least Mike and Cale Gundy will have a galvanizing topic to discuss at Thanksgiving dinner this week.last_img read more

Dez Bryant, Josh Norman Scuffle During and After Thanksgiving Matchup

first_imgThings got chippy between Dez Bryant and Washington Redskins defensive back Josh Norman during their teams Thanksgiving day matchup on Thursday.It started when Norman made a bit of an underhanded play, twisting Bryant’s leg after the pro-bowl receiver was already down.From that point, tempers escalated quickly — and Bryant even grabbed his facemask after the game in a heated exchange.jakerussell: Josh Norman and Dez Bryant aren’t in the holiday spirit Fox NFL Postgame https://t.co/iDF98DhEPp pic.twitter.com/4UKPaleMKA— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) November 25, 2016In the locker room after the game, Dez didn’t mince words about Norman.“That guy is soft, man,” Bryant told the Dallas News after the game. “He is really soft. I was telling him, Washington needs to get their money back. You’re supposed to be a lock down corner, you can’t even play man to man.”This isn’t the first time the two have had their issues. Last season, when Norman’s Carolina Panther’s played the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, he suggested a similar idea concerning Bryant’s contract he received from the Cowboys when he said Dallas should “get Dez’ 70 mil back.”After the game, Bryant went to Twitter to air out his feelings on the matter.Dez retweeted a video clip of himself beating Norman on a route on Thursday.All through the week I will post film how Norman got exposed… https://t.co/WKWE9IdQYr— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 25, 2016Then addressed the on-the-field, off-the-field discourse of Norman.I’m not disrespectful to players in league ..I love this game but Norman takes it past football.. if you going spit fire be able to take it— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 25, 2016Here was Norman’s statement about he and Bryant’s exchange, which he later recanted. Josh Norman said Dez Bryant approached him and told him, “Where I’m from, we unload the clip” to start the postgame scuffle #Redskins pic.twitter.com/E9RRBvRkoV— Master Tesfatsion (@MasterTes) November 25, 2016Bryant added his two cents on Norman’s accusation.Honestly I can’t believe he’s on tv lien.. I have kids bra it’s not that serious https://t.co/rGuinINfXT— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 25, 2016Bryant put the issue to rest on Twitter once he had apparently had some time to reflect on the matter.I just finished watching my interview on espn… I shouldn’t have even stooped down to that… we have something special here in Dallas— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 25, 2016Four days later, it seems both have decided to move past the tiff, with Bryant having this to say.“I wish I never did what I did, but that’s OK because it’s over with now,” Bryant said Monday. “I’m not even focused on that. I’m not even fitting to open up another can. It’s all said and done. I wish I never done it. It happened. It’s over with.”Cowboys-Redskins is one of the most heated rivalries in the NFL, so it sounds like this heated exchange between two of the most polarizing figures in the league may just be put on pause until they next time they meet on the field. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Houston Area 4-Star Receiver Names OSU in Top Schools

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Woodard is a big name to keep an eye on in the talent rich state of Texas playing for Lamar High School. With close to 30 Division I offers, it’s easy to see why schools love him. He’s coming off a junior campaign in which he tallied 42 receptions for 909 yards and 15 touchdowns. With a 6-foot-1 frame and breakaway speed, he will continue to be a big name in the coming months to watch. After nabbing commitments in January, February and early March, it’s been quiet on the recruiting trail. The 2018 class currently has four commitments, but with scholarships in high demand and schools aiming to get those spots filled before summer, you’ll start to see more commitments in the coming weeks and months. OSU has made a habit of capitalizing around spring football and the spring game.For now, it’s the time of the season when prospects are narrowing their lists. The latest recruit is four-star wide receiver Al’Vonte Woodard, who named OSU in his top schools this week. Also on his list is Baylor, West Virginia, Clemson, Texas, Indiana, LSU, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.last_img read more

25 days agoMan Utd chiefs fear Eric Bailly facing longer out

first_imgMan Utd chiefs fear Eric Bailly facing longer outby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chiefs fear Eric Bailly won’t be seen until the New Year.The Sun says Bailly’s slow-moving progress from a nasty knee injury have left Manchester United officials in fear that the centre back won’t make a return to fitness until the New Year. Bailly is struggling to recover from a knee injury that has seen the 25-year-old sidelined for the duration of the current campaign, having picked up the knock during a pre-season outing against Spurs.The Ivorian underwent surgery in early August and club doctors were optimistic that the defender would make a speedy recovery.However, medical staff have been surprised at the length its taken for Bailly to recover. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more