Side-talk: The Ramen Stall at 787 North Bridge Road        
Recently I heard raves about this newly halal food establisment that sells Japanese. I see pictures of their food on various social networking platform like facebook and instagram (especially instagram). Although Singapore has sizable a muslim population, it is not easy to get halal japanese food here; especially good ones. This is because japanese usually uses mirin and pork broth in their cookings. The newly halal restaurant that I am referring to is call The Ramen Stall, located at 787 North Bridge Road. When I heard that still stall sells halal ramen, I was really excited because I am avid viewer of Japanese Hour on Channelnewsasia and often see people eating ramens. I have never tasted japanese ramen simply because it is difficult to get halal ones. I even considered going to Tokyo to get taste of halal ramen there.


So yesterday I decided to give it a try after work. The place is located all the same street as Zam Zam. I was expecting a crowd since it is newly halal certified and I was right about 7.30pm and there was already a long queue. My friend and I then comtemplated whether we should go to Afterwit which was located nearby and serves Mexican food. Alas, we decided to queue up. Fortunately, we got a seat after 10 minutes becauses there was only two of us. Those who came in big groups in front of us has to wait longer.



I knew what to order straight away. I ordered their Volcano Ramen ($11). My friend to longer to decide because she is not familiar with Japanese food (unlike someone who watches Japanses Hour). She settled for Oyakodon ($9.90). We also ordered a sides, Torched Beef Sushi ($7.90).


The first dish to arrive was our Torched Beef Sushim It was soo good that I even considered on seconds. The beef was so soft and well marinated and smokey. It kinda melt in my mouth. It really went well with the wasabi and the preserved radish. Usually I dont even like to put wasabi on my sushi.


The came my volcano ramen. I selected level 1 because I not really a fan of spicy food. I like those which are savourly spicy. The broth before mixing with the chilli was quite mild. It tasted better after mixing with the chilli. The restaurant was quite generous with the toppings but I find the noodles quite little. Maybe because I like carbohydrate. I especially like the kale/seaweed, minced meat and the eggs in the soup. But I find this Volcano Ramen kinda overhyped.


My friend Oyakodon. It is like chicken mixed in batter of ingredients and then fried and placed on top of rice. It is then topped with raw egg and drizzled with soy based sauce. My friend found it nice and mind you she is a picky eater. The serving was also quite big.

There was also a 17% service charge when you dine in. I will definitely come back to try their sushis and unagi rice! 

          Burn After Reading        

Who’s Who
What’s What

In the World of CIA Fronts, Partners, Proprietaries & Contractors




NEW BOOK:

The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors
By WAYNE MADSEN
ISBN: 978-1-365-11196-9


Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].

EXCERPTS:

From the Introduction


One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate – all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agency’s payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.

*

An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIA’s use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:

“I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency—CIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.

"I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.”

*

The 21st century’s CIA’s partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIA’s top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.

*

As this book went to press, the smart phone game application Pokémon Go fad was sweeping the planet. Unbeknownst to many of the on-line game’s avid fan’s was the connection of the game’s developers to the CIA’s venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL. All users saw their geo-location and other smart phone data being swept up by a CIA partner firm.

SELECTED ENTRIES

Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.

American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.

American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the institute’s director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.

AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the “first in” at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.

Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym “Fletcher M. Knight,” among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a “secret arm” of the CIA, Bechtel’s executives included those who would join President Reagan’s Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.

Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.

Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in King’s Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.

Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.

Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.

DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.

Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran “Wild Bill” Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.

Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIA’s MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.

Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enron’s payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIA’s Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.

Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.

In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.

General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.

General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIA’s Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.

Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford University’s Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the “google project.”

Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC “connected” law firm.

Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banister’s own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.

Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIA’s New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIA’s Independence and Brown Foundations.

Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the world’s largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.

Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.

Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Hussein’s missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.

Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowlton’s numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.

Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.

Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.

Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.

Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Kroll’s Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John O’Neill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.

Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.

Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.

Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Black’s Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsanto’s agri-business operations worldwide.

National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloid’s founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIA’s psychological warfare unit and the agency’s Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.

Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweek’s stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.

Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.

Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called “DC Madam.” During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfrey’s request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.

Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazine’s co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.

Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.

Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.

Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that “the Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.”

Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUE’s board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.

Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Harold’s Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIA’s Glomar Explorer project.

Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdings’s intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.

Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his father’s presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.

Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.

The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughes’s Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.

United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIA’s training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.

U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.

Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIA’s coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhut’s outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.

Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.

Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agency’s media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nation’s capital.

W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.

  • News story about Madsen's book via The Justice Integrity Project



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              Book Review - The Impact Equation by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith        
    René Magritte Disclaimer: I have been a fan of these two guys for quite a few years now, and I loved their first book. So it may not come as a huge surprise that I am enjoying this one, too, which they were kind enough to send me as an advance copy free of charge.

    Let's start with the first page. You know, the frontispiece, the one after the dedications and the table of contents. It says:

    Ceci n'est pas un social networking book.

    So what does this tell us? First of all, that these guys know their Belgian surrealists - that's a twist on a very famous painting, The Treachery of Images, by René Magritte. They are signalling to us that they are smart, funny and cultured. If we are in on that secret, that means we are smart, funny and cultured, too! A good start. The statement is accurate, too - it's not a book about social networking, although obviously said networks are an important tool in their arsenal.

    I was more amused than illuminated by their attempt to quantify the social impact of a business, person or brand using an actual equation, where the variables make a cute mnemonic, no less:

        C x (R + E + A + T + E)

    C = Contrast
    R = Reach
    E = Exposure
    A = Articulation
    T = Trust
    E = Echo

    These are all interesting and useful concepts, and they are nicely broken up into sections: Ideas (which includes Contrast and Articulation), Platforms (which includes Reach and Exposure) and Network (Trust and Echo).

    It all makes consummate sense - you need to start with a good idea (with high contrast and well articulated, so people will get excited about it), but you need a platform to share it with the world (reach a lot of people and get them exposed to the ideas), and most importantly, you need a network of people who care and will share it with their friends, because you have built trust and you echo, or resonate, with their lives and concerns.

    They talk about matters as abstruse as bravery in life and as concrete as mind-mapping, whether in the form of those oval thingies with tails or whole storyboards. The book is chock-full of fascinating stories, from the Dollar Shave Club to Instagram, and analyses all of these businesses to see how they measure up in terms of the Impact Equation.

    One could argue that anybody who has been around on the Net long enough (and has read Seth Godin, Clay Shirky, Chris Garrett, et al.) could have come up with these criteria for success, but Chris and Julien sat down and clarified them for us, and for this we should all be profoundly grateful. That they also peppered their book with examples and good advice as to what has worked well for them makes it even better and more useful - but I really think their main contribution has been to put into words what so many have been struggling to articulate.

    Oh, and their book is just snicker-out-loud funny sometimes. "Welcome to the new tools, same as the old. Only better, because you actually know what to do with them. It's almost like puberty all over again." OK, I'm juvenile. Shoot me.

    In conclusion, I enjoyed The Impact Equation, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to make a mark out there in The World.

    P.S. It's my 100th blog post! Yikes. How did that sneak up on me? Paaarty!
              Guide for Picking The Best Android Phone for You        
    Sony Xperia X10 vs Nexus One vs Motorola Droid vs Acer Liquid vs Archos


    Xperia X10


    Nexus One


    Motorola Droid


    Acer Liquid



    (Updated: 21st Jan 2010) The Android handset landscape has changed drastically over the past year, from a literal handful of options to – the fingers on both your hands, the toes on both your feet and all the mistresses Tiger Woods has had in the past 24 hours (OK, maybe 4 hours). You get the point though, there are quite a few options and through the course of 2010 these options will only increase.


    The only other mainstream handset smartphone option that rivals the Android handset options available in 2010 will be the Windows mobile platform – and we're all rushing for it – not!


    So what are the handsets to consider in 2010? The ones currently released on the market that we will look at are the Acer Liquid and Motorola Droid and an additional three to be released early 2010, the Sony Xperia X10, Google Nexus One (Passion, HTC Bravo) and Archos Phone Tablet – though we only have a handful of details on the phone.



    Archos Phone


    We will look at hardware and software sub-categories, and compare the phones based based on the information we have.


    HARDWARE


    Processor


    The Nexus One and Sony Xperia X10 have the snappier Qualcomm Snapdragon 1Ghz processor onboard. The Acer Liquid has a downclocked version of the Snapdragon running at 728Mhz – perhaps to conserve battery. This would probably put the Acer Liquids performance more on par with the Motorola Droids. The Archos Phone promises to be a really fast phone with an upgraded ARM Cortex processor running at 1Ghz and also with improved GPU over Droid and iPhone.


    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250, 1.0 GHz

    Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 550 Mhz

    Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250, 1.0 GHz

    Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250, 768 MHz

    ARM Cortex 1Ghz


    Graphics


    The Snapdragon's Adreno 200 Graphics core is phenomenal on the triangle render benchmark, coming in with a score of approximately 22 million triangles per/sec compared to approximately 7 million triangles/sec on the Motorola's SGX530. This is an important element for 3D graphics. Interestingly, the iPhone 3GS has a similar CPU to Motorola Droid but an upgraded faster SGX535 GPU which is capable of 28 million triangles/sec and 400 M Pixels/sec. Archos may get better SGX GPU.


    Xperia X-10 Graphics Demo


    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Adreno 200 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0

    PowerVR SGX530 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0

    Adreno 200 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0

    Adreno 200 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0

    PowerVR SGX540?

    22 M Triangles/sec

    7 M Triangles/sec

    22 M Triangles/sec

    22 M Triangles/sec

    35 M Triangles/sec

    133 M Pixels/sec

    250 M Pixels/sec

    133 M Pixels/sec

    133 M Pixels/sec

    1000 M Pixels/sec

    HD Decode (720p)

    HD Decode (720p)

    HD Decode (720p)

    HD Decode (720p)



    3-D Graphics Benchmark









    Motorola Droid 20.7 FPS (Android 2.0).

    Nexus One 27.6 FPS. (Android 2.1)

    Acer Liquid 34 FPS. (Android 1.6)

    Xperia X10 34FPS+ est. (Android 1.6)



    Note: All phones tested running WVGA resolution 480 x 800 or 480 X 854. Different versions of Android will be a factor e.g. Android 2.0 + reproduces 16 million colors vs 56K for 1.6. Older phones such as G1, iPhone 3GS may score 25-30 FPS but they use lower 480 X 320 resolution.



    Memory/Storage


    The Nexus One comes in with an impeccable 512MB of RAM. This provides an element of future proofing for the hardware and puts it in a league of its own. The Xperia X10 comes with 1GB of ROM and 384 MB of RAM. The 1GB means you'll be able to have twice as many apps on your phone until Google lets you save on your removable memory. The Acer Liquid and Droid are more or less the same.




    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    RAM

    512 MB

    256 MB

    384 MB

    256 MB


    Flash

    512 MB

    512 MB

    1024 MB

    512 MB



    Display


    The Nexus One uses an AMOLED screen which provides crispy images and more saturated colors than a TFT-LCD. It's also more energy efficient. Xperia X10 packs a 4.0 inch TFT screen with 854 x 480 resolution. Expect similar picture quality to the Motorola Droid for the Sony Ericson phone. The Archos Phone promises to deliver an interesting experience that could potentially make it the King of Androids.



    Spot the difference: Top TFT-LCD screen and bottom OLED



    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    800 x 480 px, 3.7 in (94 mm), WVGA,

    AMOLED

    854 x 480 px, 3.7 in (94 mm), WVGA,

    TFT-LCD

    854 x 480 px, 4.0 in (102 mm), WVGA,

    TFT-LCD

    800 x 480 px, 3.5 in (89 mm), WVGA,

    TFT-LCD

    854x 480px, 4.3 in (109mm), WVGA, AMOLED



    Display Input


    All standard stuff here. All are pretty much Capacitative with multi-Touch depending on the continent you buy your phone from.



    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch



    Battery


    The Xperia X10 has the largest battery – and might I add likely the best quality battery from the lot. It's the same battery used in the Xperia X1 and it performed admirable. Talk time for the Nexus One is very good and we expect the Xperia X10 to match this or be marginally better. Of concern is Nexus Ones 3G stand-by time of 250 hours. It's worse than the other phones but not bad at a little over 10 days! Updated 21st Jan 2010 - confirmed Xperia battery times. Xperia more or less performs at the same level as the other Android phones, delivering 5 hours talk time.


    Sony 1500 mAh Battery




    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    mAh

    1400 Li-Po

    1400 Li-Po

    1500 Li-Po

    1350 Li-Po


    Talk/Standby 3G

    hrs/hrs

    7/250

    5/380

    5/300

    5/400




    Communication


    The phones are all capable of 3.5G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s) data transfer. The Motorola Droid and Sony Xperia X10 can give you a little bit extra supporting 10.2 Mbit/s data transfer. Obviously the network must exist to support these speeds. Motorola is the only one with Class 12 EDGE, but this is not too important in this day and age of 3G.




    Nexus One, Bravo

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    HSDPA (Mbit/s)

    7.2 (1700 band)

    10.2

    10.2

    7.2


    HSUPA

    2.0 - 5.76

    2.0-5.76

    2.0-5.76

    2.0-5.76


    GSM

    (850, 900,1800,1900)

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y


    EDGE

    Class 10

    Class 12

    Class 10

    Class 10


    UMTS band 1/4/8

    (2100/AWS/900)

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y


    GPS

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y


    Network

    3-3.5G

    3-3.5G

    3-3.5G

    3-3.5G




    Connectivity:Bluetooth/Wifi


    Nexus One is the only Android phone that currently offers 802.11n connectivity. In fact, I can't think of any other phone out there that also has 802.11n. This might be the Google Talk phone we all thought was heading our way after all! All phones have either bluetooth 2.0 or 2.1. These will essentially be the same as far as data transfer (3 Mbit/s) is concerned. Version 2.1 offers better power efficiency though and a few other enhancements.


    Nexus One - Broadcom 802.11n



    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Bluetooth

    2.1 + EDR

    2.1 + EDR

    2.1 + EDR

    2.0 + EDR

    Y

    802.11 b

    Y

    Y

    Y

    N

    Y

    802.11 g

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    802.11 n

    Y

    N

    N

    N

    Y


    Ports/Connectors/Sensors


    The 2GB shipped micro-SD card with the Acer Liquid is unrealistic by todays standards. The Motorola Droid offers the best deal with a 16GB micro-SD. The Sony Xperia X10 is shipped with an 8GB micro-SD card, but remember the Xperia X10 also has that slightly bigger 1GB flash memory on-board as well for and impressive total of 9GB expandable to a total of 33GB. Google decided to save on costs by only offering a 4GB micro-SD card with the Nexus One, but if the idea is to compete against the iPhone then 8GB should be the minimum. Clearly the Motorola is on the right track with 16GB shipped, and you can't ignore the impressive 1GB ROM on the Xperia X10.


    SanDisk working on 128GB Micro-SD




    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Sim Card

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    3.5 mm jack

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Micro USB

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y


    Shipped Micro SD/Supported (GB)

    4/32

    Class 2

    16/32

    Class 6

    8/32

    Unknown

    2/32

    Class 2


    Unknown

    Light Sensor

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y


    Proximity Sensor

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y


    Compass

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y


    Accelerometer

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y


    Cell/Wifi Positioning

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y

    Y



    Case Material


    The Motorola metal case is the sturdiest. Build quality for the Nexus One and Xperia X10 is very good. The Xperia X10 has a refelective plastic whilst the Nexus one is more industrial with teflon and metal on the bottom. Acer Liquid has average build quality, but that was always the intention with the Liquid in order to keep manufacturing costs low.



    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Rubber/Plastic

    Metal

    Plastic

    Plastic



    Keyboard


    If you want a physical keyboard then the Droid is your only choice in the list. The keys on the Droid keyboard are basically flush so you don't get the comfortable key separation feel on a Blackberry keyboard. The others (Droid as well) have virtual keyboards which work in portrait or landscape mode.



    Droid Slide-out keyboard



    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Virtual

    Physical

    Virtual

    Virtual

    Virtual


    Camera


    The Xperia X10 is one of the best camera phones. Sony used it's camera know how for their new smartphone lineup and it will be hard to match-up against Sony unless the other guys partner up with someone like Canon. The X10 comes with an 8.1 mp camera with X 16 digital zoom. The software has also been changed from standard Android to include typical camera options. Also included are a four face detection feature that recognizes faces in a photo and appropriately tags/files the photo. Motorola Droid comes in with a 5 mp camera with X4 digital zoom compared to the 5mp and x2 digital zoom on the Nexus One.



    Xperia X10 sample photo

    ***Additional Photos***



    Motorola Droid sample photo



    Nexus One sample photo



    Acer Liquid sample photo




    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Megapixel

    5

    5

    8.1

    5


    Zoom

    X 2

    X 4

    x16

    1


    Flash

    Y

    Y (dual)

    Y

    Y



    Video


    Video wise, the Nexus One, Motorola Droid and Xperia will perform roughly the same.














    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Video Res.

    720x480

    720x480

    800x480

    320x240


    Flash

    Y

    Y

    Y

    N




    Size/Height/Weight



    Lightest and thinest is the Nexus one. Motorola is weighed down by the metal used. They all are roughly the same size as the iPhone 3Gs which comes in at 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm and weighs 135g.



    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Height (mm)

    119

    115.8

    119

    115


    Width (mm)

    59.8

    60

    63

    62.5


    Depth (mm)

    11.5

    13.7

    13

    12.5

    10

    Weight (g)

    130

    169

    135

    135




    SOFTWARE


    OS Level


    Nexus One has the most current OS level at 2.1. Motorola Droid is expected to upgrade soon as well as the Acer Liquid. The heavily customized Xperia X10 will be more of a challenge to upgrade to 2.1 because of the heavy customization.



    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    2.1

    2

    1.6

    1.6




    Customization


    Xperia X10 shines as far as demonstrating how customizable Android really is. The other 3 phones have very few changes to the standard Android OS.


    Sony TimeScape/MediaScape



    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    None

    None

    Rachael UI

    Acer UI 3.0



    Application Market


    We are likely to see more App market emerge. Sony currently leads the way and Motorola and HTC (Nexus One) will follow suit as well.



    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Android Market

    Android Market

    PlayNow, Android Market

    Android Market



    Media


    Mediascape is an ambitious effort to add decent media functionality to Android. Sony succeeds and also introduces a fun way to organize your media. Acer has Spinlet which is not as complex as Mediascape.



    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Android

    Android

    MediaScape

    Spinlet



    Social Networking


    Sony again leds the customization way with Timescape. This is another good job by Sony to add extra functionality to Android. Timescape helps manage your contacts better and brings social networking and contacts onto one application.



    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Android

    Android

    TimeScape

    Android





              Google vs. Apple        


    The Android vs. iPhone battle is a fight reincarnated that we witnessed decades ago. It's a battle Apple once lost.

    Google therefore decided to steal a page from a small startup called Microsoft and and their Windows OS. Google is doing this by offering Android on multiple hardware platforms compared to Apple that is doing what it has always done since the early 80's back - proprietary. Why won't Apple learn - well - because they still make money.

    The advantage Google has over Apple, much like in the PC world, is they have companies that make cheap handsets and sell them - cheap. This obviously reduces Googles risk since they don't need to sell any hardware. This is analogous to the relationship between Dell, HP etc and Microsoft (back then Linux was not available). These companies put Android OS on their hardware because it's cheap (FREE) and thus increases Google market share.

    Then you get the higher-end phones - with some surpassing the Apple hardware. Apple can't match the might of a collective market - Sony, Acer, Dell, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, LG, etc.

    Apple will be bigger (turnover) than any single one of the hardware manufacturers. But combined they will account for more than 50%+ of handsets on the market in 2-3 years time.

    Just like Microsoft, Google will have the leading OS for handsets. If hardware manufacturers just come up with a way to upgrade hardware - eg RAM, SD cards (doable)!, CPU, Battery (doable)! then it's the Microsoft+PC vs Apple+MAC battle. We all know Microsoft won that battle.

    Let's not forget the direction Google hinted it wants to take for the payment system of Market Place - all Apps bought, will be charged through Carrier. It couldn't be any easier!


    LOOKOUT FOR THIS PHONE:



    I think the Sony Xperia X10 is the Android phone to beat. It's iPhone competitor will be the 4G. The Sony Rachael UI (UX) is very impressive. The downside is the phone runs Android 1.6 which only support 65K colors, unlike Android 2.x wich support 16 million colors. The UI is tightly woven into android 1.6, could this be a problem when it comes to updating the OS?

    HARDWARE

    Camera:
    1) 8MP with 16x digital zoom
    2) Face recognition (automatically recognizes upto 5 faces in a Photo)
    3) Smile Detection (Takes picture when you smile)
    4) + all the usual stuff like video call, geo-tagging, camera/video flash etc.

    CPU:
    1 Ghz Snapdragon

    Memory:
    1 GB internal memory - 384MB RAM

    Display:
    4.1 Inch Capacitative (480 x 854 - WVGA)

    Communication:
    HSDPA and HSUPA

    SOFTWARE

    1) Sony PlayNow - Music/Video/Game/Applications downloads
    2) Sony TimeScape - Social Networking/Communication



    3) Sony MediaScape - Media Player



    4) Sony PS3 Remote Play (In development)

    KILLER APPLICATIONS

    1) Layer



    2) Speed Forge 3D



    ACCESSORIES

    100+ Sony Accessories

    OTHER ANDROID PHONES

    HTC Bravo, Nexus One, Motorola Shadow (Rumoured) - AMOLED Touch screen, multi-mics, 5MP camera, 720p Video recording, HDMI port, 802.11 b/g/n

    Nexus One:


    APPLE

    iPhone 4G (June 2010) - 5MP, AMOLED, Video Calling, 802.11 b/g/n

    Concept 4G:

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              Keeping up with CONA        
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      We just got back from our annual convention with the Carriage Operators of North America. This years convention was held in San Antonio, Tx. The photo was taken on our riverboat ride and dinner. As you can see everyone is all smiles and having a great time! 
       
       CONA is an organization that supports the horse drawn carriage industry. The group keeps us up to date on marketing options, helpful tips, and lots of face to face networking with our peers allowing us to share information. Education is a major key to a top quality carriage operation and CONA members are dedicated to stay educated about this industry that we all love.

      Having been a member for a good number of years now we naturally have formed many friendships from other companies from all around the US. Its always so much fun to see our old friends and sometimes meet new ones too! We had a great time! and are looking forward to next years convention!

      

              How to Make Money Online Through Internet Marketing        
    By Brian Kos

    Internet Marketing is one of the tools made by many websites today to keep their websites keep a steady traffic. The income they make through successful marketing of their products and services rely so much on how much their websites are being visited. To make this possible, they employ various methods to advertise all over the web.

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    If you are really intent on making money, all you have to do is keep your site traffic forthcoming, so as to earn more potential clicks. There are various tutorials to make the most out of Internet Marketing all around the net. These tutorials could help you enhance your Internet Marketing strategies and polish your own product's or services' marketing.



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              Procedural Text        
    Fun little experiment.

    Basically I scan through some text files, record the number of times pairs of words appear, then go through and use them as probabilities one word will follow the next, and randomly generate text one word at a time.

    Here's the result of Homer's Odyssey + Tucker Max's "I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell" + a Cave Story FAQ + a Pokemon Fanfic:

    BOOK XXI

    Minerva came up, shooting people who had to the for he had vaginas SlingBlade wasn't fucking verbatim off and you a freshly flayed me around and asked heaven has to another man's, and looking at sea, all went and also his own jism spat out his arrow into the bar, and the long enough lying all fighting for her. She's not right at sea came downstairs and scrub yourself a ki-ote caught hold and my age and killed him for spikes, use the dead body to be killed. Thereon he won't fit for these words he gonna make us back twelve days, for her home again; see that night, and a song suggestions and took an immortal gods were getting frustrated, I start playing "Friends in attendance on their suppers, and head right and went back to his own money I do better. He'll yell (in a couple lances, and the roaring winds, which was left the door, the end of the whole story.

    TheCousin ten talents of the top of Peleus. The walls on the way. I went to lose an oar, till we will be weird slurping noise. At the blocks of the suitors. Ulysses said:

    "Pisistratus, I pass out, into me.

    10:00: Hate pushes his hand against a cute face." The teen girl unconscious (for I got too sober. I am, it for your beer breath bothering you, University of agony ... together." Redhead "I don't want a hole that I went on the back to girls. Oh, Steph ... I decide for I have at least three wheeler... up the better pick-up line so that night, I didn't fucking cheese-eating surrender monkey. I like the contest is a long way in our way I'm invoking that young in the hole is simple: I was, to your goats and challenge his return some plan for three wheeler... up among you in order a scratching noise that your tricks and starts hitting the same boy of Ulysses as she meant taking a cat bawling incessantly. I just try-ing to date, avoid the window to the island not been driven the door on your son: may see if you know, and lie without telling him in bad end to the flesh and then head and can't leave him down upon the blocks on in this you ever been?" May told him not let loose, vomiting all the first Ananament Gem so scared of an ox, or if you gods in the actual streets.
    * This enrages me. Prudes suck.

    4:16: She stopped and then go home with whatever I thought through markings like it would be funny, like trying to the walls of consider- able to shift moves on, if the power and I walk around for him. The only himself, he just to them, and care how I have sex . AND TAKE MING ARIVE!!" [To the best way home again. And this wife fucks the white thing starts rising. If you are over the cloister upon the ground. His heart was very thickly peopled, but I, who dwell in me to GoldenWife's apartment. We couldn't resist the fucking great cave, and the housekeeper took sign neither in Palo Alto, Fenwick, or any man had succeeded in our surroundings while Karl Childers. My friend who treated you, nor virtue, had made the benches and praying to do you are not associated with my longing to The Gathering tournament, a girl crumpled in my dick is found."

    Ulysses was hilarious.

    Of course, he had a semi-retarded man just entering the ring were guarding the night a shit, my mild cheers from me." 10:56: Much to herself, and by, for his brawny hand, hospitable and had swords or two. Its hind legs (they move left and to my mast in Palo Alto At bar to the crowd. I know a fair Diana went down, and treating so long?" Tucker "Baby, are nearly eight spears, and wrought with terrific squall from the cave sacred to bed.

    By the occasion served; in Cyprus. Thence we weren't sure if haply you probably closer to play with a hurry to the truth, and just sat in my island. I did, for the battle in his comfortable bed outside the source of the bed, but were following the fluttering of the first face in the first weapon! The beauty whether he and now go out their hands, I guess we hurried off at me ... did we could have here and avoiding bats until you suitors, they saw was in the hotel, and moved still drunk. Your mother marry Eurymachus, who took me of humor and brought us shouted out into the story of us where taking her fits as well spoken shall have a blow it is going to where we have to see a dancing in their servants are putting on its force, and foreigners in my money's worth. He's King, a symphony of their course, my life.

    EVERYONE HAS TO DOUCHE!! IF SOMEONE STUCK A 1-star (aka, Wildebeast): The sushi restaurant.



    11:29: There does strange that Ulysses when she sees the gunfish sign, and powerful and it looks up, so at its first floor, telling me behind him down. Get that he went into his desk lady comes over her retch, the seat and deception (whereas the cut, and my being alive or he asked.

    "I'm not let the way of the start hooking up. The weather comes begging about tards when he strung it took his turn, going to wash his mouth, all of a trip back waaaay to the floor of splooge.

    This angers me, and I let my group of the ghost of it, pulling me for I were heaving and many great neck of your head, can't see that I am about whom I was the phone, calling and wash their voices in her taller than 5 or his being hit, just cum I decide it even as the =BUBBLER=, another matter. Is it remain away after a loud crash. Girl "I'm not really good account; may tell you are no longer."

    Then came together and said, 'Achilles, son of the rock while the pen are doing; see if you have no one or you to normal, though they hook-up he may slacken your set about him with my reaction to Ithaca goes behind him. "Menelaus," replied Neptune, and nursed him from me. I agreed that you to sacrifice of the front of the town, Thomas, back home to get hit, right in the ship and it was a wife of your speech, and now began to father could have been left to get her this, it will not let out in sacrifice around this little and kick myself talking to get back. It was a long spear all about half of my fault that Ulysses and ignored, until she pretty sure to leave us shall have, and her to eat them said, 'as to get enough for those who was swerving from your house?"

    Ulysses very angry, or on treesin the wooded slopes of awful burning.

    5:23: She stayed where her anger of sandpaper or drink, Telemachus could see you, nor two dollars, I've measured and offered his wife? Even though you attack it washed, its sand.

    Continue left on dark, whereon Agamemnon he was leaving the Phaeacians see that of those two servants had the sincerity of these suitors; begin talking to use the hotel, and tell you the Sunstones. To this to eat out of them together when they sent his bed is how carefully away, but somehow made them a humming sound like a clock thing before, I tell all my car [I could think that any one of sheep and handed round as they are, about salary, benefits, work bored you to say what you and told them to have flown off multiple partners are staffed by Vulcan's marriage takes me in tears him up the covers her for there was dead, and full of the wall and a ram, a firebrand."

    Ulysses was much as a little else; nevertheless, those people have come, that he loosed the bow in number, watched American fast with good omen when it may be mad. The four whom he sees the approach the gods. Get another better comes out her fingers into my side? What was brewing. The Now the Cook County Emergency Room: Tucker "No, not knowing El Bingeroso is Vegas, they all honesty, saying:

    "So I walked in wait for prizes as visitors for their cloaks on guys keep heading right. You will tell you all the sudden:

    "BUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRPPPPPPPPP!"

    The swineherd might not attractive. I lied her he manages to kill me, smiled at the urinal

    And the rest of there next thought of everyone, you have been ill-treating his son as much taller and sea. Furthermore, wicked witchcraft that they gathered under the richest, and the water and I turn into the ship of Icarius the house I was That was a cry out and PWJ said she, "could easily caught one else in Ortygia. So Eteoneus bustled back already knew what his own if you can avoid the ground seethed with five-pronged spits while on a chameleon's, his nurse went out all of the whole house; they never look went clean them something- even got back, and furnished him and no likelihood of my home, and it was this:

    FatGirl and the room and take a friend can I hung a taxi or the faithful to lay it cheap carnival trinkets I whispered back.

    I was the middle sheep, or do such a ball of condoms, and pocket the chief persons of silver. Everything I figured this the county along which is hot." SlingBlade "He got sucked miles walked in the house, but they are humans worthy henchmen, when he could then poise your nose and I was not fancy legal talkin' to decide to the ships had put my wide-open eye. I left Florida State Fair. He laid it was enjoying himself into my dash his cheeks are easy to the twentieth day to explain. My father, but I might be COVERED IN LOW RENT SHIT DOES NOT FUCK DA YEW TWO DAYS!?!?" Mike "Oh good, but those in one of the =GUM BASE=, and the store your wife.

    "'When your old Misty" Brock Fortress did ill disposed to the prize for me into the bar after giving me off their being a matter how much longer; have sent me off! ME WRESTLE, I'LL FUCKING CLOWNS ARE KISSING IN THE GODDAMN DIGNITY?"

    8:00: We looked around my brave companions when she held the corpses bespattered with your friends, and other of Iasus, who are we got. The bard sing the rocks. We then leave the clouds, and said, "No man, that's what I really cute, the shelter from destruction" the =IRON BOND=.

    ///////////// DECISION TIME \\\\\\\\\\\\\

    If you did that when they did you 28."

    This isn't it? Anyway, while swinging. Once ALL I was willing to the belt adorned with a helmet, and she drew well as he knows nothing of me the wind into a man can indeed could only that way? This jump at once. Now, therefore, will follow briskly behind a ripple upon the best of the center of this point blank say that I have kept a tramp such bad enough to entreat you a way over the cave, and clearly see Doug at the rocks he excels in full-on El Bingeroso man. He knocks King guy, we saw them over the star blocks hanging out any of us. These are whores."

    Greased by the girls in the single tooth-and regaled us go on the actual tape was long pause.

    "You're a great story and when he was OK. Here dwells the heavens. Winds from the great looking, and talk to the coolest thing to open the males, both ship and nursed me a ship, and Mermaid took the work when I ruled among themselves, and cannot wash and El Bing "Alright guys, and treated you, fucking with children rejoice when the seat inlaid with spears them and drink, Ulysses with all certainly been like ghetto romance. It was another Mimiga, then leave these guys I am." This girl wearing silver mastiffs which was too would one after you off his hair, with plenty of heroes by all agreed and my stomach muscles and Rick said.

    "Well isn't that our bed to my clothes and heaven put a small cutscene, then get away from the car, which on board her building keeps running from toil and the belly by no ill deeds and wanted to a bar. He had driven hither and the nurses handed round the area and glistened most of Olympian Jove, from far. He thought was like 6am the string, and I called.

    "Oh yeah and we bore the root than meeting one else that he had two girls that I try and anointed Ulysses ever mess with the poor things. I wished I just lays him when you will give up their work. And I can't take advantage of love for the shape of the gods and fucked her seat, and you are thinking of gay and torn by one, neither ships that summer associates in Duke or with a headlock. Hate ignores me out for it; so use your desire. I got her =AIR TANK= Use enough of my neighborhood. Tanner grabbed the sea. He is dawn will become the blind look out, just ended up Santa's house. Opposite them how many victims; but gave me be shot, throws a quarrel over your PENIS. This didn't say if you go about when she went onto it came in no the woman, Jenka, for his staff, or other. I wrote me off! ME of the front of the lobby, I am sitting over in Cyprus. Thence we too easy. You just didn't like Gone with thick clouds, while their side of the rest of love, he was actually thought that was surprising. Galgameth cried in the waves ran up to see the maids held the bottom" Tanner continued.

    "That's attractive." PWJ is beguiling you, you you could not right."

    "First light and many of helping one of Maxim, except for the message and save, then Circe has its way and I have been against the harbour, with the quiver full of my longing to look on my corner." I saw four minutes, I wasn't easy, he married, a crucial than myself."

    "Is it left her lap: Woman "Oh Christ... not get supper ready, for about it is safe out of your knees and whose speech of a jungle, we were wonderfully like a tsunami of those polled vote and goats, pigs, and did as my own free will enter the =BOOSTER v2.0= back to accept the behest of my life, and Minerva answered, "Sir, you hear the corporeal interim one could easily caught- not scold her," replied giving him and threw up at Pylos, or risked so worn, so my mother. You can shoot them, and which my clothes ripped him immortal, no more seriously date guys workin' with its due pomp, build a nose job and broke out of the Heimlich. Apparently, it for the gods brought them lightly. So now took their crying, and cunning Aeaean island. Do whatever you met mine, and where you how but before Christmas Day One: Baby Dolls. I go to get back and ask yourself: Is stripper-fiancee going past her husband and as the Core of Nausicaa had to the nurses handed I come down to the middle; moreover she might eat. Presently Menelaus told her.

    "But the men and killing the sink and that, but you to Laertes, go by night we might get it" John Steele to Ortilochus and leaning upon the split into the left the left of all a Swedish girl. She hung up for I AM NOT STUPID!" SlingBlade "A blind guy eat it, for a bird in principle, it is long and she goes wrong, and a man would say is avoiding bats as they are two nights that as Diana or a pity for a bathroom is persistent wooer, of numbers.

    Once at all that was a piece of us had done already. Twice."

    I help being driven far away alive, and strippers, double-fisting vodka haze that probably only been crossed our castle and when they made instead I was kinda looks are in Europe. Especially for him. Not that would come off.

    1:12: My friend "Why have been the wine round, therefore, with a haven of the line so don't go to write angsty poetry?!?"

    She challenges me this:

    "Do I almost felt like a young pig you have a large a week after night or hares, but he can gain its wheat and went down there?" Jonathan replied.

    Everyone turned to tell you will take us as the door on the final fleet was when the body shots arrive. Tequila. Judging by me, so drunk and spat out from the lab when he was setting out of Saturn, King Alcinous. The men who could best I want to her whenever he has brought them had beautified him drink with Andrew, a visit which was in the hottest girls who keep heading right for this one was that you need this sad thoughts with her on his phone with him. The room to do, we reached the guardian said.

    "But there! It got back into Betty's mouth would have no time you to know I am quoting him sit here to the left. There was it. But then kill the twentieth year old and strangling her; she wants. They started honking, flashing bright line turn the Trojans. Anon he is easy. Mermaid "Networking, dude, it's over, enter the fields nor were trying the sheep as fast asleep. The conversation went on my ass off, because you when we had killed on cowboy hat really cute face, changed her face, holding and moaned and threw it was to understand. I like bad stuff I did not. Some one should land on to talk to make friends before he is in the cave this is so that Brownhole and attacked by Icmalius and large volcano. We get the time in the carver fetched water again, even large piece of his arrow on her steps; but eat his mind they were done; when you're with?" Tucker "HAHHAHMHAH ... I cannot cross on your pain and that night.

    Tucker "Yeah, he could not; but not there is fun of her defense, do it! What the lamp in the plan." Tucker [A blank, unregistering stare] Girl "Hey Tucker, I even identifying other dirty puddle on board and bong water. Keep heading in case before Junior and dancing, and down to her couch beside him. I guess we wouldn't be a bridegroom and delighted in my site is your voyage to her timbers together and out then talk to ruin your temples. I had offered it from the table of the point out but SHE'S STILL lost your friend I'm going to us. There are fatuous, but I was like midnight." FatGirl 'Tucker, you have a ho into open window. Move, because unlike Tom Cruise, I said, when we have never so will, that has given me. I got two huge fake cell phone and I notice till bed with scrolls of fair wind. Here, we'll call the gleam of it SMELLS. I again raised a shaft and moon; then, my ship, while I can be seen. At the face; but tell me, the night the desk. The suitors would have fulfilled my fingers in there smiling grimly Sardinian fashion with his house of my pants.

    1:24: I ran next moving person. Jove the Achaean name, put the facial. As for me:

    Tucker "Have you are a grove of night to go. See how abominably you talked to kill it that Teiresias went down of all vicious sluts who were in my hospitality, and they had given to your jumps and that would take what port that she was stupid people they say and get back with a documentary about $800, John Cusack calls me not slowing us about my daughters and kinda spooky.

    I would be especially not sent some goatskins and short, and enter the hot curling iron without eating, and hear that country, but some food out a sea shore. Was that has moved there is it true nothing bad some marginally attractive girl wearing a tiny Asian projectile fired at the perfect precursor to you die? Did you might have seen yet. Instead, go unanswered, "Who are smooth and men rushed upon thee. More especially to fuck her again and suffered at first to keep hanging out at all, it's not go home again using the gods who posted this to get the gates of things! What the deal of the Cephallenians, and shadows of the sea, and learned a girl not yet... St. Augustine!" All of the oil upon the child of Mentor, when you up to them how we took hold your men's eyes with the enemies, then was going down like it." Tucker "Thanks Dawn" Tanner yelled.
              [news] Grudge Match: China vs. Europe + "It's Malaysia Time ..."        
    Tuesday, September 7, 2004
    Dateline: China
     
    This week marks the debut of my bi-weekly (or so) column for the AlwaysOn Network, Silicon Valley's premier online social networking venue (and unofficially linked to Silicon Valley's premier in person social networking venue, the Churchill Club; I'm a member of both).  I will be sharing "Letter from China" columnist duties with Paul Waide, the head of Pacific Epoch, a Shanghai-based boutique consultancy that advises hedge funds on alternative investments in China.  My first column is on Shanghai and a couple/few forthcoming columns will examine cultural differences between Chinese Nationals, Chinese-Americans and Anglo-Americans, especially within the context of IT and IT marketing.  I will post my AlwaysOn "Letter from China" columns to this blog/e-newsletter, although please be advised that my intended audience are readers based in Silicon Valley.
     
    Grudge Match: China vs. Europe
     
    Staying on topic, I'd like to make a comment about a recent "Grudge Match" on the AlwaysOn Network.  See the item marked "Grudge Match" for 08.05.04 (5 August 2004) at http://www.alwayson-network.com/polling/index.php .
     
    In the referenced "Grudge Match," China was pitted against Europe.  China received 45% of the votes in contrast to Europe's 55%.  Frankly, I'm surprised that China did so well.  I've found that the AO "Grudge Match" results tend to indicate sentiment more so than reality.  For example, a recent match pitted SpaceShipOne against NASA and SSO absolutely clobbered NASA (besides, perhaps most of the votes for NASA came from either Ames or the Blue Cube).  Of course, SSO is a high school science experiment compared to what NASA is doing, but I believe the results accurately reflect sentiment. 
     
    But what is amazing (to me, at least) is that China was pitted against Europe in the first place!  Let's face it, this is a rather goofy "grudge match."  For Europe to include First World nations such as Germany, France, the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark (yes, some countries are intentionally left out) -- and to compare the collective whole of First World Europe (a.k.a. "Western Europe") to China is absurd.  If this was First World Europe vs. China circa 2020, okay.  But TODAY?  Yet, the sentiment indicator showed a strong vote in favor of China.  Europe "won," but barely.
     
    I propose the following "grudge match":  China vs. "Eastern Europe" (i.e., the former Soviet Bloc).  Look, if China can do so well against Europe as a whole (including First World Europe), I'm sure China would absolutely kick Second World Europe's butt!!  And a China "grudge match" against Eastern Europe more accurately reflects current "history."
     
    But even this is a bit misleading.  The real "grudge match" is this:  China + India vs. Second World Europe.  And given this choice, only someone stranded on Mars for the past decade might choose Second World Europe.  Yet, this is the real so-called "grudge match."  First World Europe is in descent, to be sure, but it's descending from a high altitude.  It will take at least a decade or two for China (and/or India) to truly match First World Europe.  But China ALREADY is superior to Second World Europe.  And don't rant about NATO and EU memberships; this is simply window dressing.  Then combine China with India versus Second World Europe, playing into my "Golden Triangle" theme, i.e., it's all about the U.S., India and China.  This is where the action is, ESPECIALLY in IT.
     
    "It's Malaysia Time ..."
     
    I must be getting punchy since I'm borrowing a theme from a beer commercial, but it seems that Malaysia is experiencing its 15 minutes of fame.  The Philippines has recently been "hot," and several articles of late have been touting Malaysia (see, for example, an article which appeared in Space Daily).  Frankly, I'm getting tired of all this nonsense.  Look, when it comes to ITO (IT outsourcing) in East Asia, there are just two choices, i.e., India and China.  And, it's not really a competition; both have their strengths and weaknesses.  A few crumbs to Singers (Singapore), maybe even a few crumbs to the Kiwis (New Zealand).  The Philippines deserves notice, albeit passing notice, and Malaysia might be okay for some BPO.  But ITO?  Come on, give me a break!!  See my Furl archive for more links.
     
    The only thing I recently found interesting regarding Malaysia was an article on Satyam's IT boot camp in Malaysia.  This isn't really unique, after all, IBM has been doing this sort of thing for decades.  So does HP.  Kind of like training plus a bit of brainwashing, but the brainwashing is acceptable since it includes political survival skills -- and said skills are essential, especially in F500 corporations.  But I like the idea of SI (systems integrator)-based training:  This way SIs can focus on "real" versus theoretically perceived needs.
     
    IT Tidbits
     
    Which certifications have the best ROI (return on investment)?  Playing off the idea of SI-based training, which are the most important certifications?  Well, Cisco leads with three out of the top five, although Microsoft picks up a couple of "wins" when looking at fastest-growing ROI, with RedHat and Oracle getting one win each.  SIs in China may also want to benchmark how much U.S. employees are paid given a certain certification, e.g., Microsoft DBAs receive an annual average salary of US$80,600.  Think about how much SIs in China pay for a certified Microsoft DBA.  For example, what do they get paid in Jinan -- or even in Dalian?  Compare this to US$80,600.  Spot any opportunities?  See http://tinyurl.com/3nvpz and http://tinyurl.com/6r2s5 .
     
    ITO in the news.  Two particularly noteworthy items.  First, ITO got Slashdotted.  The Slashdot links are worth a review.  Probably some good insight into what American software engineers are thinking and feeling.  The second is a review of Lou Dobbs' new book on ITO and BPO.  Mr. Dobbs is a well-respected host on CNN; his views shouldn't be taken lightly.  A couple of excerpts from the review:
     
    "GE, as Dobbs makes clear in abundant detail, is only one of many companies outsourcing high-tech and professional jobs to India and other parts of the world where wage expectations are lower.  Among the others spotlighted by Dobbs for outsourcing jobs to India, the Philippines, Romania, Ireland, Poland and other countries are IBM, SAS Institute, Intel, Microsoft, Perot Systems, Apple, Computer Associates, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Sun Microsystems."  My comment:  Romania is the Changsha of Third World Europe, i.e., their programmers are about as cheap as programmers come.
     
    "'India can provide our software; China can provide our toys; Sri Lanka can make our clothes; Japan make our cars.  But at some point we have to ask, what will we export?  At what will Americans work?  And for what kind of wages?  No one I've asked in government, business or academia has been able to answer those questions,' Dobbs writes."  See the review in the Tallahassee Democrat or my Furl link .
     
    So-called infrastructure vendors beat out app vendors in terms of their ability to meet expected ROI and TCO (total cost of ownership) levels.  I don't really like the way infrastructure and application vendors are defined in this article and related survey, but top honors go to IBM and Microsoft.  There's a lot being written between the lines, but in general this plays into my "build-to-a-stack" strategy, albeit Oracle is left behind.  See http://tinyurl.com/3tpjo .
     
    Speaking of Microsoft ...  A good, quick review of the various IBUs (independent business units) at Microsoft.  (See http://tinyurl.com/5rjtk .)  For a take on MBS, see http://tinyurl.com/6k4dp .
     
    New marketing technologies.  Interesting article from the premier issue of CMO (Chief Marketing Officer).  There are two ways to view this:  1) which marketing technologies can be used by SIs in China for their own marketing endeavors, and 2) which marketing technologies will likely be adopted by retailers, e-commerce sites, financial institutions and numerous other sectors -- and which in house skills does an SI in China need to implement these new technologies (all of which are IT-related)?  See http://tinyurl.com/57wvp .
     
    Looking for partners in the utility computing space?  For a start, try the top 25 vendors.  (See http://tinyurl.com/48s9j .)  Yankee gives a quick look at utility computing ROI (see http://tinyurl.com/5fw88 ).  HP chimes in with their take, too (see http://tinyurl.com/58mhg ; it's a PDF).
     
    The battle of the SI globals.  Two related articles both based on the same Forrester report.  (See http://tinyurl.com/6tfrn and http://tinyurl.com/5tljq .)  Issues being considered include scalability (i.e., handling US$100+ million accounts), the need for broad offerings (e.g., strategy consulting) and expanding geographical presence (hey, where is EDS in China?).   "(T)he (Forrester) study finds that Infosys and Wipro have melded together a mix of CMMI, P-CMM, Six Sigma and ISO 9000 to create a culture focused on consistent and repeatable processes and value-added tools."  For China's SIs, mostly food for thought -- and a bit of dreaming.
     
    ... and how to battle the globals.  The article was a bit silly, after all, G2000 firms joining forces to battle Accenture or Infosys doesn't really fit the notion of smaller firms joining forces.  But I believe that they're on the right track and that a myriad of partnerships will be formed to most effectively capture new business and battle the globals.  However, ISVs (independent software vendors) have to walk a very fine line.  SIs need to carefully consider ISV responses and existing alliances.  See http://tinyurl.com/7xj82 .
     
    "Infosys to set up second outsourcing facility in China."  The article states that Infosys is running out of space in their Pudong facility and that they're scouting for additional digs.  Come on, guys, running out of space?  There's not enough space in the Shanghai Pudong Software Park?  I don't think so ...  The reality is that Infosys needs to find lower cost developers.  As my column on Shanghai for AO's "Letter from China" notes, developers in Shanghai are a bit pricey compared to other places in China.  Infosys China is primarily servicing their global customers in China and looking for high-end integration within the domestic market.  However, this is a tough nut to crack and Infosys will need another development center to lower their overall costs -- and this is why they are looking for additional space IN ANOTHER CITY.  The idea that they're running out of space in the SPSP is ridiculous.  (I've been to their Shanghai digs ...)  See http://tinyurl.com/6nz8d .
     
    Zensar gets broader press coverage.  Kind of like watching a meme, a couple of non-Indian IT trades have picked up the Zensar/Broadengate announcement.  See http://tinyurl.com/65afx and http://tinyurl.com/3jh2r .
     
    "Rethinking the business case for Java."  A good article.  Hmmm ... maybe not much of a case, eh?    Hey, I'm still a believer.  See http://tinyurl.com/5hbcn .  Of course, Java programming ain't what it used to be ...
     
    "The selling of SOA."  Two-part series in Line56.  SUPERB!!  (I prefer the singular to the plural, i.e., "architecture" versus "architectures"; personal preference.)  Reviews various viewpoints on SOA.  See http://tinyurl.com/6xqdn and http://tinyurl.com/6tw9o .
     
    Urls update.  Expect to see lots and lots of stuff on software engineering and development.  Great stuff, too!!  Later this week.
     
    Cheers,
     
    David Scott Lewis
    President & Principal Analyst
    IT E-Strategies, Inc.
    Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
     
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              [news] "Urling" Instead of "Blogging"        
    Saturday, July 17, 2004
    Dateline: China
     
    Note:  To skip the following chatter, simply go to:  http://www.furl.net/members/goldentriangle .  The link is self-explanatory.
     
    Next posting:  "The Evolution of New Technologies" (in a couple/few days).
     
    I just did a Google search and it looks like I've created a new word:  "urling."  Some may argue that it should be, "URLing," but it doesn't really matter to me.  For now, I'll stick with "urling."  And, as "blogs" are to "blogging," "urls" (again, some may argue that it should be, "URLs") are to "urling."
     
    Two sites inspired me to come up with the new term, Furl and Spurl.  (See http://www.furl.net and http://www.spurl.net ; there's a more popular site with somewhat similar features, but I can't stand it.)  So what in the world am I talking about?  The best way to describe what I'm talking about is to paraphrase a bit from the Furl FAQ.  In essence, blogging is about creating (and created) content; urling is about consumed (and consuming) content.  Notice that there is a slight difference in tense, which also notes another difference between blogging and urling.
     
    We all know what blogging is, so let me attempt to explain what urling is.  Urling is the sharing of annotated URLs (i.e., "urls").  In practice (and this is what really counts), urling is the process of sharing cool sites by simply saving them via a bookmarklet.
     
    So, big deal.  Why should I care?  Well, in practice, Web users bookmark very few items that they actually see.  However, there are often a lot of sites that users visit that might very well be worth sharing with others.  But doing this (i.e., sharing bookmarks, especially if someone regularly goes on a bookmarking rampage) is a rather tedious process.  Using a Furl or Spurl bookmarklet, urling makes it simple to share the cool sites users visit with all others who may be interested.  They can even be shared as XML feeds!!  Furl and Spurl are a generation beyond the bookmark sharing sites circa the bubble.
     
    Furl and Spurl also capture "urled" sites, offer recommendations, even provide a pseudo-social networking feature (although I'm a bit skeptical about this feature).
     
    Two Days in the Life of Urling: The Practical Differences Between Blogging and Urling ... and a Peek at Urling Futures
     
    I try to blog two or three times each week.  But in the process, I review dozens (perhaps hundreds) of articles and sites just to come up with some original content for my blog.  As we all know, blogs often tend to copy from one another.  ("Copy" may be viewed as an inflammatory word to some bloggers.  No harm intended.)  Blogging is kind of strange in that if bloggers trackback to one another, their Google results improve.  Great for catching fads, I guess, but I'm not sure if any of this really matters for serious content.  I'll go so far as to say that many (most) blogs do not have very much serious content.
     
    Urling can get equally as ridiculous and people may want to share all sorts of questionable sites.  But it's also possible to find like-minded individuals and subscribe to what they're urling each day.  Also, not everyone likes to write.  (Some love it, some people hate it -- especially since words put to a blog are seemingly immortalized.)  Now, people who don't like to write, but find a lot of cool, useful information can share with others in a way which is not at all intimidating.  No need to think about pithy things to say in a blog; simply share a cool new site you've found or a new article describing whatever by urling.
     
    I'm planning to use Spurl for my personal urling and I'm already using Furl for my public urling.  I can't comment on Spurl's bookmarklet feature, but I must say that Furl is rather slow.  Fact is, I can save an item using Bloglines much faster than I can using Furl.  So speed is an issue.  (I hope the folks at Furl read this.)
     
    I also wonder why Bloglines can't do something just like Furl (or Spurl).  For my "master edition" of Bloglines, I have 64 feeds, including numerous newsletters I receive through Bloglines (including about two dozen Google News Alerts, Computerworld newsletters -- which to me are easier to read than their XML feeds, and newsletters from Line56 <they don't have XML feeds> plus Network World newsletters, among others).  Frankly, the ability to receive e-newsletters along with my XML news feeds is one of Bloglines' coolest features.  This "master edition" of Bloglines comprises most of my "must read" trade and industry news sources.  So, Bloglines should simply add the same features provided by Furl and Spurl.  Right now I have to save an article I come across through Bloglines twice:  Once as a clip in Bloglines and another via urling.  It would be much, much simpler if I was able to "url" (which rhymes with "Furl") once in Bloglines, and still have the same sharing, recommendation and annotation features provided by Furl.
     
    Back to my "two days" perspective.  Over the past two days I tried urling with Furl.  I "urled" 39 articles and sites on Friday and about 20 today (but the day is still young).  Lots of good stuff, but NOTHING that I want to blog about.  Also, yesterday and today were/are light reading days.  My guess is that I would average at least 50 "urls" each day, with a ratio of about 100 "urls" per blog posting.  That's right:  A 100:1 ratio.
     
    I'm even testing to see how things get picked up in the "urlosphere."  (Sorry, I just had to say this!  I hope nobody really uses the term "urlosphere.")  I tossed out to fellow "urlers" the links to a few potentially hot sites, including the sites for the iRider and Deepnet browsers, and for BYU's Data Extraction Research Group (focused on Semantic Web apps).  It will be interesting to see what happens to these links in the "urlosphere."
     
    Take a look at my entries:  http://www.furl.net/members/goldentriangle .
    To receive as a RSS feed, subscribe to:  http://www.furl.net/members/goldentriangle/rss.xml .
     
    Bottom line:  Let's see how this goes.  Frankly, I'd rather focus my blog on two subjects:  ITO (from a trade and business perspective) and "hot" technologies (but from a more contemplative and technical perspective, NOT a knee-jerk reaction to jerky press releases).  I'd rather leave the non-ITO tech trade stuff to urling and still have the ability to share noteworthy findings.
     
    Cheers,
     
    David Scott Lewis
    President & Principal Analyst
    IT E-Strategies, Inc.
    Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
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              Open Source is just the other side, the wild side!        
    March is a rather event-laden month for Open Source and Open Standards in networking: the 89th IETF, EclipseCon 2014, RSA 2014, the Open Networking Summit, the IEEE International Conference on Cloud (where I’ll be talking about the role of Open Source as we morph the Cloud down to Fog computing) and my favorite, the one […]
              Google+ Invitations Giveaway        
    Google yesterday announced Google+, their another attempt to take on the social networking world which is an invite-based stage currently and the Google+ project is not open to all. I have got my hands on an invitations today morning and now would love to share it will all my readers who still haven’t got one. […]
              Networks and Cloud Networking Architect (H/F) - Amadeus Sophia Antipolis - Nice        
    Business environment Amadeus is a leading SaaS and Service provider for the global travel and tourism industry, providing advanced technology solutions to our travel provider and travel agency customers worldwide. We act as an international network providing comprehensive real-time search, pricing, booking, ticketing and other processing solutions to travel providers and travel agencies through our Travel Channels business area, and we offer travel providers an extensive portfolio of...
              What is STP in networking? Cisco Spanning Tree Explained the Simple Way        

    In this article we’ll be discussing in detail about one of the important topics in CISCO switching, the Cisco spanning tree protocol or CISCO STP as you call it. So we’ll start right from the basics, what is STP network and the need for STP networking. So what is STP? STP is a derivative of… Read More »

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              Thing #19: Web 2.0 Awards List        
    There are about 500 2.0 tools on the web. You have explored just a few so far thorough this series of activities. These collaborative, social networking, and information tools cover so many different aspects of using the web that we want you to have the opportunity to pick one from a list of proven winners and explore it.

    Discovery Activity:
    1.Explore any site from the Web 2.0 awards list and play with it.
    The awards are listed by name OR are arranged by subject groups. A handful are not free, so be on the look-out!

    2. Write a blog post for Thing #19 about your findings. Consider these questions when organizing your thoughts. What is special about the tool? What are its useful parts, especially with regards to Libraries and school? How might you use this tool in your own setting?

    So many wonderful 2.0 resources...SO little time! Have fun with the one you choose!
              Thing #22: Nings        
    Ning is an online platform for users to create their own social websites and social networks, launched in October 2005. Ning was co-founded by Marc Andreessen and Gina Bianchini. Ning is Andreessen's third startup (after Netscape and Opsware), and gets much of its notability from Andreessen's successes with those companies. Ning hopes to compete with large social sites like MySpace and Facebook, by appealing to users who want to create networks around specific interests or have limited technical skills. The unique feature of Ning is that anyone can create their own custom social network for a particular topic or need, catering to specific audiences. At its launch, Ning offered several simple base websites developed internally and by members of a closed beta. In late September of 2006, Ning narrowed its focus to offering a group website, a photos website, and a videos website for people to copy and use for any purpose. Later, these three templates were superseded by a single customizable template aimed at allowing non-developers to more easily customize their copy of the social website. However, Ning does allow developers to have some source level control of their social networks, enabling them to change features and underlying logic.

    Read 7 Things You Need to Know About Ning.

    The bottom line is that a Nings is a social networking tool that allows you to collaborate with people in your field of interest from all over the world. There are many different things you can do in a Ning, and there are many different Nings out there that cater to specific interests. So go out and explore these online "group gatherings" to see what they are like and the advantages of belonging to one.

    Here are three Nings to try looking at:

    Educator Ning

    Future of Education Ning

    Ning for Teachers

    Teacher Librarian Ning

    Texas School Librarian Ning





    Discovery: Go to either one of the Nings above or find one that intrests you and look at the different features and options then write a blog post about what you think a Ning would be good for and how you might use it.






              Making the Most of Your Trade Show Presence        

    You probably know that participating in a trade show can be a business development bonanza or bust. Whether you’re exhibiting on a 6-foot table at a half-day local networking event or in a fancy booth at a multi-day expo and…

    The post Making the Most of Your Trade Show Presence appeared first on UCEDC.


              Business Office Perspectives Meeting        
    Business Office Perspectives Meeting

    Hosted by the Colorado League of Charter Schools

     

    Date: Friday, November 10

    Time: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Cost: League Members: $35; Non-Members: $55

    Location: TBD

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Description: Business Office Perspective Meetings, held four times per year, provide networking opportunities and professional development credits for charter school business managers. All school leaders and staff involved in school business operations are invited to attend these informative events to stay abreast of relevant compliance updates, legislative issues, and best practices in the areas of finance, facilities, I.T., Human Resources, and more.

    Agenda: Coming soon.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 8.

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made on or before the registration deadline will be refunded in full. Unfortunately, cancellations made after the registration deadline will not be refunded.

     

    Upcoming Business Office Perspectives Meeting Dates: 

     

    Friday, January 19, 2018

    Friday, April 6, 2018

    Friday, June 8, 2018


              æœã«ã¯ç´…顔ありて夕には白骨となれる身なり        

    気がつけば1ヵ月ぶりのブログでございます。。。

    4月はまぁ何かと色々ありまして、落ち着かない日々でした。

      

    それでも日常の些細な事は、さいふうさいブログではなく、私のfacebookに投稿したりしてましたが、

    実はそのfacebookでお友達になった方が4月に突然お亡くなりになり、今日はその事を書こうと思っております。

     

    2017.5.9 牡丹開花。例年より1週間くらい遅かったです。

      

      

    SNS(social networking service)

    私がやっているSNSはfacebookだけで、TwitterやInstagram、LINEなどはやっておりません。。。

    (ブログも広義にはSNSに含まれるという解釈もあるようですけども、このブログはSNSの特徴であるコミュニティ型の会員制では無いのでSNSとは別と考えています)

      

    ただでさえ色々な事に追われて時間がないないと騒いでいる中、

    ホームページの管理、そしてブログ、更にSNSまで手を出すと時間的に大変な事になるなぁと思いながら、

    しかし今やSNS抜きというのも、営業上どうなのかな、という思いから始めてみたfacebookでしたけども、

    やってみると、成るほど、使い方はブログとは違う事が分かり、いつの間にか、ホームページ、ブログ、フェイスブック の3本立で発信するようになりました。

    そしてそれら3つを連動させるのではなく、其々その都度UPするという非効率さ  

    そのせいでしょうね。さいふうさいブログの更新が少なくなってきまして、4月は1回しかUPできませんでした

       

    一方、facebookではブログに比べ投稿そのものが手軽なので投稿頻度が多く、取り急ぎでリアルタイムの出来事やその時々に思った事を勢いでUPし、

    後でそれを整理して、残したい記録をブログにまとめ、

    更に建築現場についてのブログ記事だけをホームページにリンクを貼る、

    そんなスタンスで今のところやっています。

     

    そんなfacebookですが、2012年から始めそろそろ5年になります。

    (ちなみにブログは2009年から始めたので9年目。ホームページは2005年から始めたのでもう13年目。3~4年で新しいサービスを追加するという感じですね。という事はそろそろフェイスブックの次の何かをやり始める時期なのかもしれませんね。。。インスタとか? うーむ)

    facebookでは、面識のある人はもちろんですが、同級生にも時には見つけられてしまったり、全く見ず知らずの方であっても関心事が似ている人などと繋がっていきますので、ブログとは違う面白さを感じています。一方で、押し売り?みたいに興味のない記事や宣伝行為を否応なしに見せつけられるという弊害もあったりで(お互い様ではあるんですが)、それが時々ストレスになる事も。ですから自分の中である程度ルールを作って意識的に繋がるようにしてみると、最初は面識の無い方であっても、フェイスブックがご縁となって、リアルな交流が始まる事が結構あります

    それはそれで引っ込み思案で消極的な?私には活気づいていい感じ^^;;

       

    そうやってですね、facebookで知り合う事の出来たあるおじ様。

    お豆腐屋さんだったのですが、うちの旦那さんの実家からも近いところの方でしたし、何かと共通する話題もありFacebookで交流させてもらってました。

    そんな折に、ある日突然、お豆腐を手土産に我が家までひょっこり来てくれた事も。

    でもその方、足が不自由で(ギランバレー症候群)、車からは下りずに窓から顔を出すだけで、手土産置いてさっさと帰ってしまわれました。きっと忙しくやってる私達を気遣ってのことだったと思います。

    (こういう時に痛感するバリアフリー。義務で法律でバリアをフリーにするのではなく、もっと素直に思うやりと言いますか、体が不自由な方にも建物に入りやすくしてあげたい。。。けど、うちはバリアだらけ。何だか不甲斐ない情けない悔しい気持ちです。。。)

        

    そんなお豆腐屋のおじ様とはfacebookでお互いの様子を見ては「いいね!」を押しあったり、時にはコメントのやりとりして、

    お酒の大好きなおじ様でしたから美味しいお酒の銘柄を教えて貰ったり、

    写真を撮るのがお好きな方でしたから(特に鳥の写真など素晴らしかった)投稿写真にはいつも「いいね!」をポチっと。

    おじ様の家で飼われている犬の名前の由来さえも、何故か教えて貰って知ってたり。

    朝鮮人参を求めてうちの近所まで来られた事もありました。(朝鮮人参の「栽培」発祥の地が東御市という話を聞いた事もあります。)

     

    そんな交流をしてきて、いきなり急死。。。

     

    え? えっ?

    だって数日前に「いいね!」してたのに?

      

    訃報もこれまたfacebookでの共通のお友達の投稿で知りました、、、

     

    おじ様、ちょうど信州の桜が見頃な時期に、おじ様のお友達とあちこちお花見ドライブした翌日にお亡くなりになってしまった、という事のようです。

    きっといつも通り、お花見から帰った後、ご機嫌で晩酌もされたんじゃないかしら。

    そして次の朝、目を覚まさなかった。急性心不全だったそうです。。。

     

    誰もが願う、畳の上で、、、とか、ぴんぴんころりで、、、とか

    まさしくそんな逝き方。

    おじ様の告別式に参列したお友達の話からですが、お寺さんの講話で

    「朝には紅顔ありて夕には白骨となれる身なり」と説かれたそうです。

    なるほど。。。

      

    ある意味、羨ましい逝き方だなぁと思ったりもして。

    桜が満開の中で旅経つなんて。

      

    たかがSNS、facebook上でのやりとりだったはずなのに

    SNSのやりとりって、そのリアルタイム性から、下手すれば身内よりもお互いの近況を知り合ってるような状況でもあり、、、

    だからこそ、急にそのお相手が居なくなると、何て言うんでしょう、、、

    寂しさが猛烈に込み上げてきて。。。

      

    そう、本当に寂しいんです。

     

    で、おじ様のfacebookのアカウントが未だに残っているので、おじ様のプロフィール写真があちこちに現れる。

    まるでまだ生きているかのような錯覚になる。

    しかもおじ様のページに、お亡くなりになった後にもコメントが寄せられて、何度も何度もおじ様のページが私のニュースフィールドに現れる。

    また、おじ様の昔のコメントに、話を続けるかのようにお友達がコメントを続ける。

    今も会話しているかのような状態に見えるのです。

     

    それがとても不思議な感覚に陥り、また寂しくなったりして

    これってSNS?facebookならでは?なのかもしれませんね。

     

    明日 は 当たり前に来るものじゃない、そんな事を思い知らされたFacebookのお友達の訃報。

    朝には紅顔ありて夕には白骨となれる身なり

      

    Nさん、

    facebookではお付き合い下さってどうも有難うございました。時々下さるナイスなタイミングでのコメント、忘れません。

    そして白鳥の羽ばたく写真が好きでした。

    ご冥福を心よりお祈りします。    

     

    にほんブログ村 住まいブログ 古民家再生へ
    にほんブログ村

    にほんブログ村 ライフスタイルブログ 古民家暮らしへ
    にほんブログ村

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              Eventos 2.0 de este verano        
    Hoy empieza el curso de verano sobre la gestión de la reputación corporativa (IDEC-UPF) (¡qué emoción!).

    No obstante, no será el único evento sobre competencias digitales de este mes en Barcelona. La próxima semana, concretamente, se celebran dos encuentros interesantes. El primero será el 13 de julio, de 11:30 a 20:30 h, para celebrar el décimo aniversario del Cibernarium. Del programa previsto, con exposiones, charlas y talleres, destacan dos conferencias: la que pronunciará Sixto Arias, experto en tecnología móvil y sus aplicaciones en marketing y networking, y la de Enrique Dans. La asistencia es gratuita, previa inscripción.

    Por otra parte, el 16 y 17 el CUIMPB organiza el curso Competencias digitales. Conocimientos, habilidades y actitudes para la sociedad red. Toda la información sobre el programa e inscripciones, en su web.

    Y mientras llegan los cursos, os dejo con The world's 50 most powerful blogs según The Guardian, que descubro a través de Territorio Creativo.

              Búsqueda de trabajo 2.0        
    Con las cifras de paro actuales, la búsqueda de trabajo se convierte en un tema casi de primera necesidad. Muchos ven en las nuevas tecnologías un buen aliado para encontrar nuevas oportunidades laborales; y es que las herramientas 2.0 no garantizan el éxito, pero ayudan. Por ejemplo, las redes sociales facilitan el networking, aunque no reemplazan por completo las relaciones cara a cara, siempre mucho más poderosas. Precisamente hoy leo en El Economista un artículo sobre la importancia de ser visibles en el mercado laboral, en el que actualmente existe una fuerte competencia: “todos los expertos coinciden en que una buena visibilidad de nuestro perfil puede marcar la diferencia a la hora de recibir ofertas”.

    En sectores como el de la comunicación y el marketing, no ser visible en Internet puede ser sinónimo de perder una oportunidad de trabajo. Más de una vez he oído a directivos de este ámbito comentar que si han de contratar a un colaborador o un trabajador, además del CV, les interesa que tengan unos conocimientos básicos de la Red, y estar presentes en ella (gestionar la reputación digital) es un primer paso para demostrarlo.

    También el último Cava & Twitts se centró en el trabajo 2.0. Aunque no pude asistir, Senior Manager y Antonio Guerrero han publicado buenos resúmenes.

              Entrevista sobre social networking        

    Hace unas semanas, Sergio Escobar me invitaba a participar en una investigación que está realizando a través de una entrevista. Hablamos sobre social networking y el entorno empresarial español (¿qué pueden hacer las PIMES?, ¿qué futuro les espera a todas aquellas empresas que no sepan implantar correctamente campañas de social networking?).

    Si os interesa leerla, acaba de publicarla en el blog Primero comunico, luego existo, la Comunidad de Comunicación e Interactividad.

              3,799 And Counting: Promote the Petition!!!        
    And now to an old friend...

    Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to sign the petition linked to this blog: Stop the Greyhound Slaughter. We have 3,799 signatures so far and this is absolutely fantastic but we need more signatures so please spare a few moments to sign if you have not already. If you have signed it then please take a few moments to spread the word.

    There are now icons on the petition that allow you to post it to Facebook, Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit or to email or Tweet it. If you are a member of any of those social networking sites then posting it to them would be very much appreciated.

    Here is the link once again: Stop the Greyhound Slaughter. If everyone who reads this helps t spread the word then I am confident that we can reach the 20,000 signatures required early next year.

    What are we waiting for? Let's send it viral!
              Web 2.0 != (does not equal) AJAX        

    As an agency moves into developing a new interactive marketing/advertising campaign or website the term thrown around with reckless abandon is "Web 2.0". To many firms, this simply means the incorporation of AJAX. The presence or absence of AJAX is not the salient distinguishing feature. It's the social networking aspect the site creates amongst its user. This is not a new complaint. Tim O'Reilly, who's smarter than your mom, has lamented this nexus as a requirement for a while now.

    And not to be misunderstood, I'm a big proponent of AJAX, I use it in a lot of projects because the project demands it. However, AJAX was the missing piece of the puzzle that allows HTML to behave like Flash. The ability to read data, refresh the display in a light, quick manner without having to reload the entire page has been around since Flash could parse XML files. So, to say that only an AJAX-driven site can be 2.0, is to also have your eyes closed to the available technology.

    The point is simply to remember that Web 2.0 is a concept. One that involves people interacting with each other - that have been empowered to engage in the process of transactional conversations with the user base and with the site itself. A hallmark of a 2.0 site is the ability to *give* content to the site. It's about content assemblage and ownership. Google, Flickr, YouTube, WuFoo, etc - they all provide great, free services, but in turn they are all collecting massive amounts of data.

    So what does this mean for companies seeking creative services? Forget about the tools - AJAX, Ruby, whatever. Spend more time finding the creative firm that has a history of developing campaigns with effective response rates. They're in a better position to determine what the right tool is to bring the concepts of Web 2.0 to your campaign.

    For developers/designers - remember AJAX is only half of the equation. Granted it's the half that is the user experience. However, AJAX can't write or modify data. You're going to need a programming language (at a minimum) to manipulate the XML files. Oh and yeah, while you're at it, remember your application is going to need to do something useful and can't be dog shit ugly. Inserting AJAX doesn't immediately unscrew a horrendously designed site that serves no purpose.

    Now go out and build something with AJAX, because it's a hot shit tool.

              Chit Chat for Facebook – An Honest Review        
    One of the biggest complaints about chat in social networking is that you have to be logged into the social network to use it.  It can be a hindrance to productivity to keep the browser open and check back without being sucked back into Facebook for vast periods at a time. Sometimes, users would simply […]
              SPEED NETWORKING        

    Sistema por el que, mediante sesiones de pocas horas, los profesionales intercambian ideas en breves conversaciones.


              Customer Service Representative (Inbound)        
    Arvato Canada CRM - Waterloo, ON - About our company: arvato - the spirit of solutions! We at arvato provide a comprehensive range of services and solutions to our business partners in the consumer electronics, high-tech, telecommunication, networking and industrial sectors. With more than five decades of exper...
              Get (House) Smart: Ruckus Connects Lennar Homes with Wired and Wireless Networking        

    The team at Ruckus Wireless recently had an opportunity to visit a Lennar smart home. Wendy Stanton for Ruckus describes the experience and how Ruckus and Lennar are working together to create a truly connected home.  Smart homes utilize connected technologies to provide conveniences for the modern family. Connected appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment […]

    The post Get (House) Smart: Ruckus Connects Lennar Homes with Wired and Wireless Networking appeared first on The Open Door by Lennar.


              Love In The Age Of Social Networking        
    A lot of people joke about the fact that Facebook has been the end of many a good relationship. For some it’s the ultimate spy tool, for others it’s a dandy way to make yourself go crazy over nothing. Long gone are the days of women waiting by the phone for some guy to call […]
              Home Business Marketing Tips For The Real World        
    With the internet being in everyone's face nowadays, when many home based business people think of marketing they think of guest blogging, LinkedIn, Facebook pages, email campaigns, Youtube videos and click ads. But for many work at home businesses the best customers and the best ways to get them are right in their home town. With a bit of planning, elbow grease and talking you can find new customers without touching your computer.

    Working With Charities

    No matter your business, donating time, money, or your expertise to local charities, sports teams and schools are great for publicity.If you makes crafts, you can donate some of your products to a charity auction or for a contest. Your name will be prominently displayed as helping your community, and your product will be seen in your community.  

    Donating your services are also quite useful, either completely free or at cost. Whether you design the charities website, mow their lawn, or help plan and prepare a banquet, the charity will publicly thank you, and you can get a nice testimonial out of it.

    Even if you don't have a product or service the charity or community group can use, simply donating money, will almost always get you a nice little plaque and a nice mention on a website and at some of the events.
    Showing community spirit and letting people know how nice you are, will always look good.

    Networking Around Town

    Is there a local Toastmasters, business association, writing group, charity, or hobby club that you are somewhat interested in? 

    Join them.
    Working from home can be isolating, so getting out and meeting people will keep you from feeling all alone, more importantly by making connections in real life, you are creating strong bonds that can lead to business. Even if a group doesn't seem like it will be good for your business, the people in it know other people who may need you. 

    Don't join a group if you'll just be sitting there bored out of your skull, and don't join a group simply to sell your product. Show genuine interest, build up contacts, and casually bring up your business when people ask what you do.

    Free Classes and Seminars

    This will require work and you have to do it well, but offering free courses in your area of expertise can be one of the best ways to get business. Using your new community network, community bulletin boards, some internet advertising and even fliers, let people know you are offering a free one day class. Make sure to keep track of how many people should be coming by having them phone or preferably emailing you, and ensure you have access to a large enough room with all the necessary facilities.

    This will cost you money, unless you can get a room and all the equipment for free, and you have to prepare very carefully, so don't rush into this or it will be a disaster. But you have people who are really interested in what you have to say as a captive audience, if you're prepared you can sell them anything. And even if you only get 2 or 3 people when you were expecting 50, roll with it, make the class more intimate, and make sure that handful of people will tell everyone they know how great you are.

    These three methods are some of the best ways to get clients, get recognition and get money for your business within your community. Remember there is a world outside of your computer, and it's full of people waiting to hire you and buy your product. All you have to do is let them know your there.


    Dan Clarke is a personal coach with a passion for helping people who work from home, whether they're simply telecommuting or have their own home business. With three of his own at home businesses he has found many ways to balance his working life and his home life, allowing him to support and enjoy time with his family.

    Find out more at his website,  Be Happy Working at Home.

              Invitation To My Next LinkedIn Presentation        
    I hope to see you at my next presentation! WHAT EVERY JOB HUNTER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT LINKEDIN Wednesday, May 22nd from 6:00-7:15pm Career Source, 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge MA 3rd floor of Fresh Pond Shopping Center near the Alewife T Station. There will also be an opportunity for networking along with refreshments. In […]
              Woodsterman Has The Moves        
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              Boffins come up with superfast router        
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    Manages 4 gigabytes per second
    Boffins in South Korea have come up with a networking router which transmits data at nearly 40 gigabytes per second.

    According to Technology Review
    the technique, developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology uses cheap commodity chips, such as those made by Intel and Nvidia, in high-performance routers, in place of custom-made hardware.

    Software developed by the researchers could also serve as a testbed for novel networking protocols that might eventually replace the ancient ones currently in play. The current system means that commercial software routers from companies such as Vyatta can typically only attain transfer data at speeds of up to three gigabytes per second which makes the router a bit of a bottleneck.

    Sue Moon, leader of the lab in which the research was conducted and her students Sangjin Han and Keon Jang developed software called PacketShader which they wanted to get a PC router to 10 gigabytes per second. Once they worked out the principle they were able to push it to 40.

    PacketShader uses a computer's graphics processing unit (GPU) to help process packets of data sent across a network.


              CIS Joins Forces with Accelerated Concepts        
    Corporate IT Solutions (CIS) has announced a partnership with Accelerated Concepts to strengthen its portfolio of primary, secondary and temporary networking access.
              The Last.fm Good Radio Station        
    As is my bad habit with many social networking sites, I signed up for a Last.fm account some time ago and never really used the service.  I tend to just plug in my iPod or pop in an audiobook if I’m sitting at a computer for a while, so I thought the whole internet radio […]
              Now Hiring: President of the Human Rights Campaign        
    It was announced a few months ago that Joe Solmonese will be stepping down as the President of the Human Rights Campaign when his contract is up at the end of March. It is now up to the Board members of HRC to find suitable candidates. However, with this position seems to come with a tremendous amount of scrutiny from the LGBT community. I wonder if this will be looked at as one of the best jobs in the LGBT community or one of the worst. Can someone handle not only the pressure from the anti-gay groups but the constant second guessing and armchair quarterbacking that comes from our own community. While I believe in holding leaders accountable, you just have to wonder, who thinks they have what it takes.

    Oh and by the way, it takes a lot. Let me share with you a portion of the job posting. You can see the full posting here. This is the portion that focuses on the role details and the competencies the Board is looking for. If you think you have what it takes I say go for it and apply! Just make sure you have skin as thick as an elephant.


    The Role of the President

    The President reports to the Boards of Directors of both the Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and is responsible for the overall management and leadership of HRC’s activities and programs. The President’s job is to develop and implement HRC’s strategic vision, its policies and programs to advance the interests of its membership and the LGBT community as a whole. The new President will be charged with leading this important organization during a time of great change and progress in the country. The President will be working every day to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by identifying and overcoming societal and legislative barriers to LGBT equality. At the same time, s/he will be working to engage, educate and empower millions of fair-minded Americans to advocate for equal rights for the LGBT community.

    Specific responsibilities include:

    Provide vision and focus for a dynamic organization. HRC is a large, diverse and highly motivated organization with activities occurring simultaneously in many locations and on a variety of issues, with a unique combination of professional staff, volunteers, allies, boards, donors, and members. The President must be able to inspire, motivate, coordinate and honor these multiple constituents in ways that advance the mission of HRC and maintain the highest standards of service and integrity.

    Build, maintain and continually inspire a work environment to achieve the highest standards of performance and accountability. One of the hallmarks of HRC's mission is to assure workplace equality for all LGBT employees. HRC strives to attain those goals with its own employees by fostering a workplace that welcomes and embraces diversity and encourages industry, teamwork and mutual respect. The new President must not only embrace these values, but continually lead in creating an atmosphere that promotes teamwork, client responsiveness, diversity, accountability, professional development and succession planning – and helps the organization adapt to changing and disparate needs within the community.

    Manage through change. The effectiveness of HRC as a civil rights organization will depend on how well it manages uncertain changes in the political environment and how nimble it can be in responding to external changes. Managing these changes in ways that keep HRC relevant and central to the movement will be critical for success.

    Represent and lead HRC in the most positive manner, enhancing HRC’s visibility and influencing public opinion. The President of HRC has the ability to reach government and business decision-makers and influence public opinion on issues vital to HRC’s mission. It is essential that the new President be able to convey HRC’s activities (and those of the broader LGBT community) effectively and persuasively to thought leaders and the broader public through a wide variety of communication tool.

    Lead the development and promotion of legislation and public policies that positively affect LGBT families and their children, as well as, oppose legislation and public policies that would adversely affect LGBT families and their children. HRC’s President also is the strategic visionary on how to elect candidates for public office who will sponsor and support HRC’s legislative agenda and the creation of equities for LGBTs throughout society, as well as oppose those candidates who have promoted policies and legislation adverse to LGBT families.

    Attract new members, allies, strategic partners, advocates, donors and volunteers. HRC continues to grow and diversify its membership, which has helped to expand its impact. The new President must be able to lead HRC in building on its growth by effectively finding new ways to retain and attract a broader membership base. S/he must be skilled in coalition building, working in partnership with other LGBT and civil rights organizations to tackle legislative and policy needs on the state and federal level.

    Engage diverse constituencies. Diversity and inclusion are strategic imperatives for HRC and necessary for the continued success of the organization. Diversity and inclusion have been embedded in HRC’s mission since it was founded in 1980. In the last several years however, HRC has provided diversity and inclusion objectives more sustained support internally by providing staff and resources to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment at every level of the organization. In addition, HRC has developed significant relationships externally to evidence its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The President must work to broaden public support for LGBT equality by engaging fair-minded people and partner organizations that represent the multiple dimensions of diversity, including ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientation, gender identity, beliefs, religions and faiths, geographies, experiences, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability.

    Lead the development of educational programs that positively affect the societal and cultural condition, as well as shift public opinion. HRC’s next President will continue to build upon the dynamic educational programs and tools of the organization such as the Corporate Equality Index, Healthcare Equality Index, Family Project and Religion & Faith programs. S/he also will push for innovation and the creation of new programs consistent with HRC’s strategic plan that will educate and gain a broader understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by the LGBT community.

    Candidate Profile 

    HRC is seeking a charismatic, visionary, and strategic leader with public policy acumen. The President will be a poised, confident and energetic leader who is capable of leading an organization and movement during a time of great evolution and change. The President will be a force for constructive dialogue and relentless advocacy – passionate and productive in his/her pursuit for social justice.

    The ideal candidate will have a sophisticated understanding of the policy environment and be a passionate ambassador for the organization whether it be in front of a camera giving an interview on national television or in someone’s living room. In addition, because its members are woven into the fabric of numerous local communities, the new President should be able to help HRC effectively build upon and leverage these critical and decentralized constituents.

    While the President must be a decisive, visionary leader, this individual also must have outstanding interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will have a style that is collegial, approachable, affable, flexible, direct and diplomatic. The President must be skilled at building bridges and developing relationships in a variety of settings with diverse constituencies. The President must have the service-orientation necessary to lead a member-driven and supported organization.


    Specific competencies include:

    Strategic Vision: The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of setting priorities and leading organizations to success. S/he will be a strategic thinker who will work with HRC’s senior Staff and Board leadership team and Board of Directors to establish plans and methods to achieve its mission while providing the strategic direction necessary to evolve the organization. S/he will be capable of working with others to develop differentiated strategies with multifaceted approaches to address disparate audiences, cultures, and political contexts.

    Communication and Development Skills: The successful candidate will be an inspiring and persuasive communicator who can articulate HRC’s vision and direction effectively through mass media, debate, lobbying, public speaking, writing, networking, fundraising and one-on-one discussions. S/he will have the ability to connect with and secure results from world leaders, government policy makers, corporate leaders, partners, donors, Board Members and staff.

    Leadership: In addition to the critical, externally-focused competencies, the successful candidate must also possess outstanding leadership skills that will enable him/her to oversee the management of a complex, member-focused organization. S/he must be an involved and inclusive manager, who will ensure HRC functions in an orderly and fiscally responsible manner. The President will have a track record of recruiting, retaining and motivating a professional and highly performing staff. The successful candidate must be able to set strategic direction for the organization, prioritize and define clear goals for staff, and manage performance toward achievement of those goals. The candidate will be an inspirational leader to the staff, and encourage openness, transparence and mutual respect. Further, the candidate must have the executive skills to manage various Board and membership constituencies as well as leverage the energy of a dedicated, diverse, and growing membership.

    Interpersonal Acumen: The successful candidate must be a person of the utmost personal and professional integrity with a high level of energy. Candidates must possess the right combination of self-confidence balanced with humility and a healthy sense of humor. The successful candidate needs to be gracious in manner and comfortable in any situation. S/he will be confident enough to hire and retain strong, smart people, and possess an understanding of his/her own strengths and weaknesses.

    Judgment: The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to make timely and clearly communicated decisions and take appropriate risks to achieve results. Likewise, s/he will be thoughtful about deploying the organization’s budget in a way that maximizes outcomes aligned with HRC’s strategic plan and core institutional values while managing risk. S/he will listen to and learn from key stakeholders inside and outside of the organization and will be an inclusive and independent thinker, who can manage ambiguity and devise solutions even when a clear path is not evident.

    Passion and Shared Values: The successful candidate will have a passion for ending discrimination against LGBT Americans and an absolute commitment towards realizing a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. At its heart, HRC is about making a difference in the lives of everyday people. The successful candidate will not only have earned the appropriate leadership credentials across their career, but be implicitly anchored by HRC’s core values.
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              Global Big Data Infrastructure Market Growth, Drivers, Trends, Demand, Share, Opportunities and Analysis to 2020        

    Global Big Data Infrastructure Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Big Data Infrastructure Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Big Data Infrastructure Industry for 2017-2021. Global Big Data Infrastructure Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market.

    Big data refers to a wide range of hardware, software, and services required for processing and analyzing enterprise data that is too large for traditional data processing tools to manage. In this report, we have included big data infrastructure, which includes mainly hardware and embedded software. These data are generated from various sources such as mobile devices, digital repositories, and enterprise applications, and their size ranges from terabytes to exabytes. Big data solutions have a wide range of applications such as analysis of conversations in social networking websites, fraud management in the financial services sector, and disease diagnosis in the healthcare sector.

    Report analysts forecast the Global Big Data Infrastructure Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 33.15% during the period 2017-2021.

    Browse more detail information about Global Big Data Infrastructure Report at: https://www.absolutereports.com/global-big-data-infrastructure-market-2016-2020-10337627  

    The Global Big Data Infrastructure Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics. The Global Big Data Infrastructure market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

    To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Big Data Infrastructure globally.

    Key Vendors of Global Big Data Infrastructure Market:
    - Dell
    - IBM
    - HP
    - Fusion-io
    - NetApp
    - Cisco

     

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    Global Big Data Infrastructure Driver:
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    - Complexity in transformation of procured data to useful data
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              Your Chance to attend future:net conference        

    You chance to attend Invite-only conference for networking

    The post Your Chance to attend future:net conference appeared first on EtherealMind.


              Burnout in Networking : networking        

    No one talks about the human consequences of Enterprise IT

    The post Burnout in Networking : networking appeared first on EtherealMind.


              Research: Intent Based SDN at ESnet        

    Demonstration of the ESnet research on a research project using intent based networking including an ontological engine for plain english requests. While this is specific to the ESnet requirements there is some really interesting ideas around interpreting user intent and the architecture of an intent-based system.

    The post Research: Intent Based SDN at ESnet appeared first on EtherealMind.


              Dictionary: Stunt Networking        

    Define 'stunt networking'

    The post Dictionary: Stunt Networking appeared first on EtherealMind.


              Children’s Defense Fund: Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute        
    The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry provides spiritual renewal, continuing education, inter-generational movement-building workshops, and networking as Christians from across the denominational spectrum explore how their Christian faith calls them into ministries of child advocacy and guides, shapes, and sustains them in their work with and for children. – See more at: […]
              Jangl Powering Anonymous Phone Sex On PlentyOfFish        
    When it comes to connecting with new friends safely and privately, Jangl fits the bill. The “Social Communications Widget” lets you make calls, send SMSs, and leave voice mails without exposing anyone’s phone number through a simple widget. In contrast to their competitor, Jaxtr, they’ve been mainly spreading through a series of direct deals with social networking… Read More
              East Bay Chamber Networking at Highlander        
    About 20 members of the East Bay Chamber of Commerce spent Wednesday evening, November 4th at Highlander.  Our amazing student tour guides Addelis Morel and Nick Middlemiss showed them around the Warren campus and answered all questions!
              FeedsAnywhere : Optimize Any Blog Feeds for Mobile        

    Web 2.0 is in its full swing right now and the world is going through a period of social networking, RSS feeds, content sharing, mobile internet and connectivity and always connected phenomenon. One of the important components of Web 2.0 sphere is the RSS feeds. RSS feeds allow users to get automatic updates on when their favorite content across the internet is updated. Initially available for PC users, RSS feeds […]

    The post FeedsAnywhere : Optimize Any Blog Feeds for Mobile appeared first on CallingAllGeeks.

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              Made in Baltimore: A Renewed Sense of Hometown Pride        
    Pop-Up Shop’s furniture showroom floor. Photo by: Andy Cook, Baltimore City Planning Department’s Office of Sustainability.

    The following appeared in the U.S. Economic and Development Administration (EDA) May 2017 Success Story series.

    Small businesses in Baltimore are getting a boost as a result of a $110,000 EDA Local Technical Assistance Program (PDF) grant that was awarded in 2016 to help the Baltimore City Department of Planning launch its Made in Baltimore program.

    Made in Baltimore aims to spur re-investment in Baltimore City by growing the market for locally-produced goods. They do this by supporting makers and manufacturers through the local-brand certification program, promotion and marketing events, and business development services. Local craft shops, breweries, manufacturers and many other companies that make products in the “Charm City” are proud to stamp that Made in Baltimore seal on each and every one of their products signifying that honorable hometown pride.

    “The Made in Baltimore program helps to elevate the presence of maker and manufacturing companies in Baltimore,” said Andy Cook, coordinator of the Made in Baltimore program at the Baltimore City Planning Department’s Office of Sustainability. “Makers and manufactures in the city are selling products, hiring people, and staying open for business and creating a renewed sense of pride for our local economy.”

    Baltimore city has been hit hard with a struggling economy due to decades of population losses and poverty.  The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 23.7 percent of city residents were living in poverty in 2015.  But despite the odds, according to Glassdoor.com, Baltimore ranked 17 out of 25 last year as one of America’s top cities for job opportunities.

    Made in Baltimore’s sprawling efforts are a big part of helping the city to rev up its economic engine!  The program has spearheaded a series of five Pop-Up Shops at different locations throughout the city.  These Pop-Up shops allow Made in Baltimore associated companies an opportunity to showcase their products, promote entrepreneurship and engage networking opportunities. The first Pop-Up Shop opened in 2015 featuring more than 80 local vendors with a wide variety of products ranging from furniture to clothing and beauty products, to food and beverages.  In 24 days of operation, the shop collected more than $20,000 in sales and connected several vendors to large purchasers and substantial contracts.

    The most recent Pop-Up Shop took place last holiday season from November to December with 50 local businesses that generated more than $30,000 in sales. This holiday shop was so successful that the concept is being replicated by a local retailer on an ongoing basis. Made in Baltimore has plans for two additional Pop-Up Shops this summer.

    “The Made in Baltimore program is helping to bring a 'farmer’s market mentality' (such as 'farm to table') through educating our consumers,” said Jeremiah Jones, co-owner of SewLab USA, a Baltimore based soft goods manufacturing company that participated in the Made in Baltimore program.  “With the Made in Baltimore seal, we as consumers can make a well informed decision to buy locally made products that help create jobs and pave the way to local sustainable manufacturing.”

    The program has also launched a series of workshops that will help small business owners with startup support services including access to capital, marketing strategies, and best practices. The program is just one of countless examples how EDA helps business to grow and thrive.

    “We are proud to elevate the presence of these Baltimore companies,” adds Cook. “These are the kinds of businesses that give Baltimore its character, and create meaningful, living-wage jobs for our city’s residents.”


              Top 10 Free Hacking Tools.        
    If you start working with computer, you soon develop a interest in 'hacking'. So, what is basically 'hacking'? It's not just entering into another system, its a chain of processes that ultimately results in unauthorized access into one's computer or network. Yeah, it is not true. And you need special set of skills to achieve that. And for that special set skills you need a special set of tools. So now, I'm going to tell u here top 10 soft wares that will definitely help you to achieve what you dream as hacker.

    1.Nmap


    Nmap (“Network Mapper”) is a free and open source (license) utility for network discovery and security auditing. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics.

    2.Wireshark



    Wireshark is a network protocol analyzer. It lets you capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network.

    3.Metasploit Community edition



    Metasploit Community Edition simplifies network discovery and vulnerability verification for specific exploits, increasing the effectiveness of vulnerability scanners. This helps prioritize remediation and eliminate false positives, providing true security risk intelligence.

    4.Nikto2



    Nikto is an Open Source (
    GPL) web server scanner which performs comprehensive tests against web servers for multiple items, including over 6400 potentially dangerous files/CGIs, checks for outdated versions of over 1200 servers, and version specific problems on over 270 servers. It also checks for server configuration items such as the presence of multiple index files, HTTP server options, and will attempt to identify installed web servers and software.

    5.John The ripper



    John the Ripper is a fast password cracker, currently available for many flavors of Unix, Windows, DOS, BeOS, and OpenVMS. Its primary purpose is to detect weak Unix passwords. Besides several crypt(3) password hash types most commonly found on various Unix systems, supported out of the box are Windows 
    LM hashes, plus lots of other hashes and ciphers in the community-enhanced version.

    6.ettercap



    Ettercap is a comprehensive suite for man in the middle attacks. It features sniffing of live connections, content filtering on the fly and many other interesting tricks. It supports active and passive dissection of many protocols and includes many features for network and host analysis.

    7.NexPose Community edition



    The Nexpose Community Edition is a free, single-user vulnerability management solution. Nexpose Community Edition is powered by the same scan engine as Nexpose Enterprise and offers many of the same features.

    8.Ncat



    Ncat is a feature-packed networking utility which reads and writes data across networks from the command line. Ncat was written for the Nmap Project as a much-improved reimplementation of the venerable Netcat. It uses both TCP and UDP for communication and is designed to be a reliable back-end tool to instantly provide network connectivity to other applications and users. Ncat will not only work with IPv4 and IPv6 but provides the user with a virtually limitless number of potential uses.

    9.Kismet



    Kismet is an 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. Kismet will work with any wireless card which supports raw monitoring (rfmon) mode, and (with appropriate hardware) can sniff 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n traffic. Kismet also supports plugins which allow sniffing other media such as DECT.

    10.w3af



    w3af is a Web Application Attack and Audit Framework. The project’s goal is to create a framework to find and exploit web application vulnerabilities that is easy to use and extend.

              Top 10 Must watch videos for Entrepreneurs.        
    Being an entrepreneur shows the real guts of a person. Not only it clearly indicates the talent and the real brainstorm of that genius, but also unveils the struggle. Obviously becoming a successful entrepreneur is not a cakewalk, it takes some tough decisions and hard work, you have to be audacious.
    Here i'm gonna show you best 10 Youtube videos to become a successful entrepreneur, that will surely help for any problem you come across on your way.

    1.Developing a CEO within you



       

              The Together Again Spring Tour 2011, Part I        
    It's finally getting warm here in nyc and that means it's time to hit the road! Yup, this summer promises to be adventurous to say the least... :)

    First up are some dates in April with my good friends The Breedings from Nashville.  Starting this Friday with what is shaping up to be a spectacular show at Bar Matchless in Brooklyn; featuring not only the Breedings, but my electric band Hobson's Choice, Serena Jean & Digger Jones (who just put out a fantastic new album!!).  Then we'll be heading south for a week of shows that I'll be playing solo sets as well as jamming with the Breedings!  Sweet.

    Part II of The Together Again Spring Tour 2011 will see me making my way up north to do some co-bills with my dear friend Michaela Anne.  I'll have a full band for this leg of the tour!!  here's all the dates, click on the date for more info:

       

              Getting ready....        
    ....for the spring!!  and the Summer!!!  Much fun will be had.  Much music will be played.  Check back here for all the details.  Already got a sweet April tour mostly booked with the Breedings, my good friends from Nashville. 

    Here's a new track from an acoustic show I did in January -

    Oh yeah, AND I put out an EP of rock 'n' roll music recently!!  Check it out right here-

              "When You're Dancing" release show this Fri Feb 18th at Zebulon!!        
    Join us this Friday, February 18th at Zebulon in Brooklyn, NY for a celebration of the release of my new EP, "When You're Dancing."  In honor of such endeavors, I've assembled my live band, Hobson's Choice to give the tunes (and you) a proper workout.  AND it's FREE!!!  Here's the night's lineup:
     

    9pm - Jeff Malinowski - www.basementband.net
    10pm - Hobson's Choice - www.thomasbryaneaton.com
    11pm - Red Horse - www.myspace.com/redhorseny
    12am - Crooks - www.myspace.com/crookscountry

    more info on FACEBOOK 

    AND I'll have copies of the EP on a limited edition CD run which I printed in order to fund a limited edition vinyl release forthcoming!  You can check out and purchase the album digitally right here!!




              -------------"When You're Dancing" is now available!!!-------------        


    Be on the look out for a limited edition vinyl release in late February.


    ALSO - I've assembled my band Hobson's Choice for a release party on Feb. 18th at Zebulon in Brooklyn.  Also on the bill, Red Horse, the Crooks, and an acoustic set from Jeff Malinowski
              Upcoming Events        

    Important Dates for 2017 DC Summer Mentorship Program

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    Participants learn how to use their cover letters to tell a narrative in order to set them apart in the job market for their target industry. These one-on-one cover letter reviews provide individualized feedback on resume content, organization, and layout. Please register here for planning purposes.

    MIIS Alumni Lecture with Professor Robert Rogowsky

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    MIIS alumni are invited to attend a lecture with Professor Robert Rogowsky, Jamian Spadavecchia MAIPS ’09, Visiting Professor Rufus Yerxa, and current MIIS students studying in DC this semester through the MA International Trade and Economic Diplomacy (MAITED) program. Join in the conversation of “How Washington Works” and discuss what trade policy will be like under a new Administration.
      
    The lecture and discussion will be followed by a networking reception hosted by the MIIS DC Alumni Chapter and the Middlebury in DC Office. 

    Register online or email alumni@miis.edu.


              Jeremy Zach will blow you away!         

    Options for training are everywhere (especially at Called to Youth Ministry!), but this is one coach and facilitator that you won't want to miss. He is a techy guy with years of youth ministry experience. He is huge on networking with many pastors from across the country and will provide you with some solid resources and helps for your ministry. 

    Jeremy Zach is an XP3 Orange specialist. He has an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Things that makes him smile: his wife, online technology, student ministry, blogging, hot sauce and the Jason Bourne trilogy.

    He is a nine-year youth worker guinea pig trying to experiment with what works and what doesn’t in the church context. He places a high value on connecting with and learning from other youth workers.

    Jeremy is very excited about being one of our online facilitators for Creating a Movement of Student Discipleship. He will be an extremely valuable resource for your ministry providing insight on what works and what doesn’t (or hasn’t for him) and he can offer a wide range of opportunities and resources for you and your ministry to teens!

    Sign up for Jeremy's Group Today
    Mondays, 10 AM Central Time
    Starts Sept. 24 for 7 weeks
    Early bird (deadline this Friday): $59, Late: $79


              Youth Pastor Panel: Why Networking Is Important        

    Networking is a common concept in the business world. It’s all about who you know, right? But sometimes in ministry we get the misconception of the church down the street as competition, when honestly they should be someone we can learn from and grow with. As ministry leaders our goal is to bring people to Christ and to love on them.

    It's a common goal for all of us, so why not do it together? That's what networking is about - working together, sharing ideas, colloborating, praying for, and encouraging each other. We wanted to dive in a just a bit deeper to see what other leaders in youth ministry are doing to help each other out. Check out what they had to say!

    1. How would you define networking for pastors?

    BRIAN (President and Founder of youthmark.com): I would define a network as a gathering of pastors and leaders for the purpose of refuge, prayer, accountability, encouragement and sharpening of one another. Secondary purposes for networking certainly include: common events, information about ministry opportunities and advertisements, devotions and topical conversations.

    CHRISTOPHER (Youth for Christ Director and blogger at christopherschmitz.blogspot.com): Networking is largely defined as interaction, but I think it is critically important, especially in regards to ministry and Christianity to look at it through the lens of relationship. Networking is building and utilizing it in a way with specific intent and purpose, but it is relational nonetheless. People use Facebook for both personal and business reasons and maybe have different groups to compartmentalize them by function and purpose, but no networking exists if the relationship is dead by non-interaction or cessation of relationship.

    DAVE (Youth Pastor and a blogger at davelibbon.com): Networking for pastors can be a sharp double-edged sword if we’re honest about it. There have been times I’ve sat in gatherings solely to compare what I was or was not doing or somehow gage if I was being successful or not (most often this ended in me feeling a failure that I wasn’t succeeding or prideful that my ministry was better in some aspect). My human sinfulness and success idolatry are redeemed by Christ, I feel a healthy definition of networking is reminding myself and others that we are 1) not in this alone and 2) that the gospel is bigger then just what God’s doing at the church I attend.

    TODD (Associate Pastor and blogger at asowerslife.net): Networking for pastors is a social and professional interaction between pastors for the purpose of relationship, accountability, equipping and mentoring, and advice.

    DAN (Director of Youth and Young adults and blogger at emergingyouth.wordpress.com): In my experience, networking is a strategic collaboration of ministry colleagues for both friendship, support, and partnerships. Networking could function as a pastor support group in which pastors from various churches in a particular locale meeting regularity to discuss personal and pastoral issues they cannot share within their own congregation. Additionally, networking could serve as a platform for churches to work together towards a special goal or project with a community. Personally, I have benefited from networking across a wide range of ministry professions and geographic areas. This has lead to enriching conversations and travel opportunities where I have both spiritually and professionally learned a great deal from others.

    youth pastor meeting 2. How often do you meet with other pastors in your community?

    BRIAN: One of the networks I meet with gets together at a local coffee shop on a weekly basis. This network consists of six or seven youth leaders (both full time and part time) and para church leaders. This group is very centered around prayer and refuge and we do a lot of “group” things together like camps and retreats.

    The second group that I lead serves a much larger area. We meet once a month for lunch at a pizza place and any given month we have anywhere up to ten youth leaders. This meeting has more of a “group discussion” feel. I’ll bring up a youth ministry or church related topic and this will be an iron-sharpens-iron type setting. Community is still key, but much harder to build with just a monthly meeting (when any given month other meetings may take precedence on the one time we are meeting).

    In about 20 years of networking I have done everything from Frisbee Golf Tournaments to taking network-wide mission trips with the other youth ministries. Some of my best friendships have been formed because of these settings!

    CHRISTOPHER: I personally meet with other pastors as often as possible. I probably get to it about every two weeks. If it were possible I would meet twice a week: more, smaller meetings would be better than longer meetings very infrequently.

    DAVE: Our network meets on a monthly basis.

    TODD: I strive to meet with other pastors in my community outside of my church, a multi-pastor church, at least once a month. I find that even though we work together and some of the pastors in my church are my supervisors there is still a sense of networking there as well.

    DAN: I am part of an intention development group for pastors instituted by Fuller Theological Seminary called "Micah Group". We meet once a month for five hours. Additionally, I have an online network of youth ministry colleagues through various social media platforms such as my blog, Facebook and Twitter who I connect with on a weekly basis.

    youth pastor praying3. Can you tell us about a time when you felt lonely in ministry?

    BRIAN: I have spent the majority of my ministry career in the Seattle area and networking was always a part of that history. From the first week on the job (and getting an invite to a youth pastor breakfast) to this coming week where one of my networks continues to meet weekly. However, there was a 19-month season of ministry when we moved to Phoenix where I wasn't part of anything. I attempted to start a local youth pastor network, but it seemed I hit the town around the same time that much transition was taking place. Every attempt to start something was met with resistance. My networking efforts moved to phone calls with old friends.

    This was also the time where I most needed that type of network since it was a tough season to go through. I was in a new place, a new church, and dealing with things I hadn't experienced in a church setting before. Lonely is certainly the best way for me to describe that season!

    CHRISTOPHER: There is a specific calling that God places upon the lives of ministers. Perhaps the loneliest times in my life are when everything is overshadowed by that purpose unfulfilled. I can remember being in transition, and it being the loneliest time in my life. My senior pastor had left and his replacement brought his own staff from his previous church. I was thrust into that gulf between ministry positions—that period of searching and the feeling of uselessness— despite volunteering in ministry elsewhere, which resulted in a deep-seated feeling of alienation and resulting loneliness. It’s a kind of loneliness that only other pastors can relate to.

    DAVE: My loneliest time in ministry was my first two years. I was young, single, and had these grandiose ideas about how the church should operate.

    TODD: I can't pinpoint a specific time, but ministry is a very lonely vocation and that is why networking is so needed. Additionally, I would add that it is good to nurture relationships with others outside of your own church and outside of the ministry profession.

    DAN: I felt alone in ministry on a number of occasions. Ironically one time occurred early in my career, following a national youth workers conference. When I returned home and realize just how isolated I was from youth pastors and support systems, I felt alone. Fortunately that spurred me to create my own regional network which began a wonderful blessing. I also felt alone more recently when I transitioned away from my church of 10 years into a new church in a new country. I literally had no one to meet up with to share my thoughts and emotions and I knew of very few individuals who had gone through a similar type of transition. There are far less international youth workers than "American" youth workers out there!

    brainstorming youth pastor4. Have you ever felt low on ideas? How has networking helped unlock more ideas?

    BRIAN: Every now and then, I'd bring a different discussion topic or question so that there is never a shortage of new ideas. Whether we are discussing parental relationships, crowd breakers or evangelism strategies we are working on, we are consistently giving voice and ear to new ideas.

    Doing this has introduced me to so many great idea creators as well. It was through a local network that I first heard about Dare 2 Share Ministries, which has turned out to be one of the organizations I most trust in the national youth ministry scene. To date, every single church in my two most local networks, have since attended the D2S events.

    Because of the partnerships we’ve developed it's not each other that we’ve learned from, but we’ve put ourselves in situations with each other’s students as well. Sharing camps, mission trips, and other events has given us opportunity to learn from those we are shepherding as well.

    CHRISTOPHER: Everyone feels low on ideas at times. I often do, even though I’ve got years of backlogs and prewritten sermons and notes and resources. Just like talking through a problem with another person helps provide cathartic relief and insight into a situation, talking with another youth worker sparks up ideas. I was at a youth astors conference once when ND Assemblies of God District Youth Director Twyla Kunz stated, “Steal these illustrations! Make them your own and nobody will ever know that you didn’t come up with this.” Obviously we give credit where it is due, but when you hear a great message somewhere else and you know it may make an impact take it and use it! It’s for the Kingdom’s glory. So, don’t steal, but don’t feel compelled to be all original all the time: you could burn yourself out otherwise.

    DAVE: I can’t say that I have. I feel pretty creative over all. I will say that working alongside other pastors allows my own creative gears to flow smoother. For example one might talk about a teaching series that communicated well to his students. I fully realize that his church culture is different then my own but I might use an illustration he shared in a different context. One church started giving out some informational cards to new students who showed up. This challenged my team and I to look at how we communicate to new students.

    TODD: Networking helps to unlock ideas as those in your circle share what is happening in their ministry and assist you in your ministry struggles. I find that when I'm doing this, ideas tend to flow very easily.

    DAN: Yes! Every year around the end of summer into beginning of the new school year, I feel low on ideas. Networking has been the best ways to receive inspiration as well as ideas about helpful resources such as curriculum, confirmation, retreats, and games. Particularly within my own regional network it helps to learn about what other youth workers in similar contexts to me are doing and finding successful. Let's be honest, certain ministry ideas that may work in one part of the country may not work as well somewhere else. I have discovered this is especially true from country to country!

    youth pastor meet5. What are some key questions you use to start a new relationship with other pastors?

    BRIAN: My strategy with new youth pastors is to go out of my way to invite them to meet up one-on-one, before inviting them to the larger group. My personal strategy is a welcome phone call or e-mail with an invite to grab a coffee or a lunch. At that setting I’ll let them know about the local gathering. Because the networks I am a part of are not denominationally or agenda driven, the one-on-one setting gives me the opportunity to introduce the new youth pastors to our “refuge-driven” setting. We truly want to be a resource and encouragement to one another.

    Specific questions I use to start new relationships:

    • Want to grab coffee?
    • Want to grab lunch?
    • Want to grab breakfast?
    • What do you enjoy doing outside of ministry? Want to meet and do that?

    Seriously, my goal is friendship and then eventually we may find out that partnership in ministry is a result!

    CHRISTOPHER: I like to find out what other pastors enjoy in their spare time. Everyone needs hobbies and everyone enjoys sharing about their own. The ministry will almost always find things we can relate on, but sharing things like hobbies will build a personal network rather than a professional one. I don’t remember many of my past coworkers, but I remember friends from decades ago.

    DAVE: Please don’t start off with “How big, how many students, the size of their ministry” questions. This only communicates that you are there to compare. I’d want to know their story. How they came to faith? What season of life their family is in? What their church culture is like? What are they reading? How long have they been at that church? Then I’d listen as an act of love. I find that when I talk to leaders so many times I feel that I’m not even listening to them because I’m in such a hurry to tell them something next.

    DAN:

    • What brought you to this place at this time?
    • Where do you see yourself in five years?
    • How can I best serve and support you personally?
    • What do you like to do in your free time?
    • What is one great ministry moment you experienced in the past year?

    It's All About Relationships

    From these answers it seems like networking in ministry is just that, relationships. And it's not just for the students but for us as well! We can’t thank these pastors enough for sharing their time and giving us a glimpse into their experiences and providing some really fantastic advice about networking in ministry. Now it’s time for you to go out, develop relationships, and network with fellow pastors and people in ministry!

    Special thanks to:

    • Brian Aaby - Seattle based seasoned youth pastor and Founder and President of Youthmark, an organization that provides services, experiences and resources to serve those in Student Ministries.
    • Christopher Schmitz - Director for the Redwood Falls Youth For Christ and Author of The Kakos Realm: Grinden Proselyte, read more about what Christopher is up to on his blog, Holy Schmitz!
    • Dave Libbon - This Pittsburgh native loves to minister to teens (which is great since he's the Youth Pastor at St. Andrews Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC). Oh and he likes coffee a lot.  Read more about what Dave is up to on his blog, Simul lustis et Peccator.
    • Todd Vick - Associate Pastor for Youth Ministries at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Fort Smith, AR. Read more about what Todd is up to on his blog, A Sower’s Life.
    • Dan Haugh - This Northeast native is currently living it up in France as the Director of Youth and Young Adults at The American Church in Paris. Read more about Dan's ministry on his blog: Emerging Youth.

    What are some of the things you do to stay connected with other youth pastors? What are some of the benefits you see in having a network in your life?


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    Hot Pic Of Indian Actress Biography


    Lara Dutta Bhupathi (born 16 April 1978) is an Indian Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe (2000).
    She made her Hindi debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz which was a box office success and won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. Dutta next appeared in a series of successful films such as Masti (2004), No Entry (2005), Kaal (2005), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007), Housefull (2010), Chalo Dilli (2011) and Don 2 (2011), thus establishing herself as a bankable Bollywood actress.
    As of September 2012, Dutta is currently filming for David, which is expected to be released in either late 2012 or early 2013.

    Dutta was born in to an Indian father and an Anglo-Indian mother.Her father is Wing Commander L.K. Dutta (retired) and her mother is Jennifer Dutta. She also has two elder sisters, Sabrina, who serves in the Indian Air Force and younger sister Cheryl.Composer and DJ Nitin Sawhney is Dutta's cousin.The Dutta family moved to Bangalore in 1981 where she completed high school from St.Francis Xavier Girls' High School and the Frank Anthony Public School. Dutta graduated in economics with a minor in communications from the University of Mumbai. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, and French.

    Dutta won the annual Gladrags Megamodel competition in her native India in 1995,thus winning the right to enter the 1997 Miss Intercontinental Pageant, in which she took first place. Later, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe in 2000.
    At Miss Universe 2000 in Cyprus, she achieved the highest score in the swimsuit competition and her finalist interview score was the highest individual score in any category in the history of the Miss Universe contest, as her interview saw a majority of the judges giving her the maximum 9.99 mark.After her final question, in which she delivered a defense of the Miss Universe contest (and other beauty pageants), she became the second Indian Miss Universe. Dutta's win led to her appointment as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.
    In the same year, Priyanka Chopra and Dia Mirza won their respective Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific titles which gave India a rare triple victory in the world of beauty pageants.

    Dutta signed up for the Tamil film, Arasatchi in 2002, but due to financial problems, it was only released in mid-2004. She made her Hindi debut in 2003 with the film Andaaz which was a box office success and won her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. She then went onto appearing in Bardaasht, which failed to do well at the box office. Her next release Aan: Men at Work was also a flop in India. Insan, Elaan and Jurm also ended up failing to do well at the box office. However, she then appeared in the highly successful comedy, Masti opposite Ajay Devgn.

    In 2005, Sania Mirza and Dutta both participated in Kaun Banega Crorepati (season 2) on 13 November 2005.In 2005, Dutta appeared in Kaal, which was a moderate success at the box office. Dutta then appeared in 2005's biggest hit, No Entry opposite actors Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu, Esha Deol and Celina Jaitley. She next appeared in Dosti: Friends Forever which was only an average grosser in India, however became the biggest hit of the year (for a Bollywood film) in overseas markets.
    In 2006, Dutta appeared alongside Akshay Kumar in Bhagam Bhag, which was one of the biggest hits of the year, as it collected over 40 crore (US$7.56 million) in India alone.
    Dutta's first release of 2007 was Shaad Ali's Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. The film was a box office failure in India but did better overseas, especially in the U.K.She received mixed reviews for her performance in the film. Her later release, Partner became a "Blockbuster" in India and became the third biggest grosser of the year.Dutta then made a special appearance in Om Shanti Om.
    In 2008, Dutta lent her voice for the animated film, Jumbo. However, the film failed to do well at the box office. She also made a special appearance in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
    Her 2009 release, Blue, was one of the most expensive movies of Indian cinema. Dutta had initially walked away from the project because the movie was entirely shot in the ocean and she did not know how to swim. However the male protagonist Akshay Kumar encouraged her in learning how to swim and she immediately started training with a special coach. Blue was released on 16 October 2009.She stated that "The moment I got to know of it, I called Akshay and told him that I wouldn't be able to accept the assignment. He knew the reason behind my decision. Not many people are aware that I had almost drowned while shooting for Andaaz, Akshay had rescued me. When I reminded him I couldn't swim, he told me to forget my phobia and learn swimming pronto," said Dutta. "Today, I feel Blue has not merely made me overcome my phobias, but has also taught me something that will stay with me for the rest of my life".Despite a promising opening, the film failed to do well at the box office. She also appeared in Do Knot Disturb, which also took a good start at the box office, however dropped in the coming days and failed to do well. Her 2010 release Housefull was a major success across India. She starred opposite Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and Riteish Deshmukh. It was the fifth biggest hit in the country as it collected 114 crore (US$21.55 million) at the box office.She played the role of Hetal Petal, one of the main characters in the movie.

    In 2011, her first movie as a producer, Chalo Dilli was released. The film was a decent success, as it was made on a modest budget of 5 crore (US$0.95 million).[citation needed] She then played Ayesha (Don's girlfriend and accomplice in the team) in the movie Don 2: The King Is Back. The film was a major success, as it collect approx. 206 crore (US$38.93 million) worldwide in it's Hindi version only.

    Dutta at the Launch of Nivea India.
    Following her post-pregnancy break from Hindi cinema, Lara Dutta has recently signed a new movie entitled David. Filming will start by August, 2012 and she will have a very important role in the movie according to its director, Bejoy Nambiar.The movie will also star Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Tabu & Isha Sharvani.

    In September 2010, Dutta became engaged to Indian tennis player, Mahesh Bhupathi.They married on February 16, 2011 in a civil ceremony in Bandra,and later followed it by a Christian ceremony on 20 February 2011 at Sunset Point in Goa.
    On 1 August 2011, Dutta confirmed that she is pregnant with their first child.On 20 January 2012 it was confirmed by Bhupathi via a popular networking site that Dutta had given birth to a baby girl, they have named her Saira.

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              D-Link to Launch New Value in Partnership Program and Channel Partner Portal        

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    D-Link to Launch New Value in Partnership Program and Channel Partner Portal

    USA (June 2010) – D-Link seizes the opportunity to compete more aggressively utilizing efficient channel partners and providing partner portal to streamline their new VIP or Value in Partnership partner program. The aims of the program are to help resellers respond faster to customer needs and recognize the partner's efforts in introducing and promoting D-Link products and solutions to customers and other businesses. Having access to marketing materials like product demos, joint sales and financing are just some of the benefits for members of the program.

    D-Link is a well known global company who provides networking solutions by designing, manufacturing and marketing products geared towards effective connectivity. Their core strength lies in providing Ethernet networking peripherals and application to SMEs or Small to Medium Enterprises all over the globe.

    The company recognizes the contributions of effective delivery channels in their successful global presence in over a hundred countries. In 2005, in fact, they reached a milestone earning $1 billion in revenue due to competitive sales strategies.

    Michael Fox, D-Link's Vice president for US channel, shares their mission of embracing every channel partner's unique approach and value-added competencies and rewards their efforts especially the dedicated resellers who focus on their core products and solutions in networking which are security, storage, switching, wireless and IP surveillance. Fox added that they surveyed the partners and found out that they need tools to increase revenue.

    D-Link, in response to their channel partner needs, implemented an online web-based application or partner portal where partners will be able to increase their productivity. The portal allows the channel partners to have a distance learning training platform in order to familiarize themselves with the company's products. The portal will also increase the selling efficiency of partners through certification, deal registration and collaboration between channel managers and partners. The D-Link certifications included are D-Link Certified Specialist or DCS and the Certified Professional or DCP. The certifications are awarded to the most dedicated channel partners who excel not only in the technical aspect of the products but also contribute to the sales revenue. Having the vendor certify the reseller lends competency and trustworthiness that entice customers.

    Included in the VIP program are new incentives or compensations labeled D-Link Volume Incentive Rebate or VIR for high performing resellers. Another new module included in the partner portal is the addition of deal registration. To encourage partners to register deals, discounts are given to successfully approved and closed deals by partners. A Bounty Program, on the other hand, provides protection to partners who invested effort, time and money but failed to close the deal.

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              Barbados PM Thompson Pleads for More Visits and Bookings in Small Hotel        
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    Barbados (March 5, 2010) – Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson urges numerous frequent island patrons to spread the message about what they have to offer and continue to promote the island. His plea for increased assistance for maintaining tourism and increasing bookings in Barbados small hotel was delivered at the Ilaro Court for a Cocktail Reception two days ago.

    The island has been the top destination for holidays for a lot of people from all over the world. Its economy is dependent on the revenue generated by the tourism sector which includes every luxury and small hotel Barbados. However, the recent global recession has had its negative effect as increasingly less people go to the island.

    Thompson urges the frequent visitors to use whatever means available, such as social networking sites like Facebook, to share the best images, experiences, and encounters they have enjoyed to help with the island’s promotion. He adds that the country is dependent on their visits and is the reason why it is crucial that they let other people know what a great time they have had.

    He notes that the government will be employing the use of simple measures to help their country recover from the global economic recession. He believes that it is important to promote their tourism product by building loyalty and patriotism for frequent visitors. Such people can look forward not only to more cocktail receptions at the Ilaro Court, the prime minister’s official residence, but to other activities from the Friends and Family Program.
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    Specifically designed for the Barbados Diaspora in key overseas markets, the program targets to increase tourist arrivals in the country and at the same time give rewards to members who have exerted effort in reaching out to their families, friends, colleagues and other acquaintances in convincing them of going to island nation for a visit or a revisit.

    The Prime Minister expresses the need to involve the youth in tourism efforts. Numerous primary and secondary school children will be invited to interact with guests to listen and learn from their stories and experiences and then share them at the planned cocktail receptions.

    Countless of repeat visitors are delighted with the Bajan culture and are extremely captivated by the special night out that was especially planned and prepared for them. Many of the guests, all of whom had already persuaded their friends and family to support the country’s tourism, voice out that they are impressed and pleased with warmth they received from the locals. The hospitality they experience and the friendships they have formed here over the years are incentives enough to keep coming back.
              13 Business Cards Cleverly Designed To Deliver More Business        

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      Your business card can convey much more than just your contact info. If you let it, your little card can shout your business’ personality, show your expertise, and display your creative spirit. Could your corporate identity use a boost? Find inspiration in these 13 innovative business cards.

    13 Business Cards Cleverly Designed To Deliver More Business is an article from: Life'd


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              Libfabric paper at IEEE Hot Interconnects        
    Later today, Sean Hefty will present a paper about the OpenFabrics Interfaces (a.k.a. “libfabric“) at the 2015 IEEE Hot Interconnects conference. Libfabric is the next-generation Linux library being developed by an open source consortium of vendors and academic researchers that implements the OpenFabrics Interfaces, specifically designed to expose application-focused networking functionality to high performance applications (e.g., MPI, PGAS, […]
              The “S” Trilogy in Search Industry.        
    We all are familiar with search marketing industry. The “S” trilogy means Search Trilogy. Search Trilogy has three parts.

    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – Organic Marketing
    Search engine optimization is process of improving the quality and volume of web traffic to a website by employing a series of proven SEO techniques that help a website achieve a higher ranking with the major search engines when certain keywords and phrases are put in the search field.

    Popular SEO Techniques

    1) Phase I - (Evaluation, Planning & Research)
    a) Basic Analysis of Website
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    c) Keyword Research
    d) Competitor Analysis
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    a) Page Optimization
    b) Website Design or Re-design
    c) Content Pages (Keyword Rich Pages)
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    o) By commenting in relative blogs.
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    a) Keyword Position Reporting (SERP)
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    Pay per click (PPC) search marketing refers to when a company pays for text ads to be displayed on the search engine results pages when a specific key phrase is entered by the search users. It is so-called since the marketer pays for each time the hypertext link in the ad is clicked on. As a search user, you can identify the pay per click text ads since they are usually under the heading ‘Sponsored links’. You can see them on the right side of web page in Figure 7-4. The position in these paid listing, as they are also known, is determined by the amount bid by a company to be near the top of the listing.

    To participate in PPC campaigns, clients or their agencies commonly use PPC ad networks or brokers to place and report on Pay Per Click ads on different search engines. It is necessary to deal direct with Google, which have their own PPC ad programmes such as Adwords select http://adwords.google.com.

    Popular PPC Techniques
    1) Market Research
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    Social Media Optimization (SMO) – Online Reputation Management (ORM)
    Social media optimization (SMO) is a set of methods for generating publicity through social media, online communities and community websites. Methods of SMO include adding RSS feeds, social news buttons, blogging, and incorporating third-party community functionalities like images and videos. Social media optimization is related to search engine marketing, but differs in several ways, primarily the focus on driving traffic from sources other than search engines, though improved search ranking is also a benefit of successful SMO.

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    1) Preparation
    Preparing tags, descriptions, multimedia items, and text content for use in the social Web
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    Creating a social media and Web 2.0 optimized Web site using RSS feeds and other tools, including using WordPress to power your entire site
    3) Starting a Blog
    Outlines options and best-practices for starting a blog
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    Creating a podcast or vidcast using blogging platforms
    5) Optimizing Your Blog
    Tips and instructions for getting best exposure for your blog or RSS feed
    6) Social Bookmarking Sites
    Getting the most out of sites like Technorati and del.icio.us. Purpose-built del.icio.us pages explained
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    Sharing your content on sites like Digg and Propeller
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    Sharing your multimedia on Web 2.0 sites like Flickr, YouTube, and Upcoming
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    Tapping the power of social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Squidoo
    10) Social Media Newsrooms
    Creating the ultimate Web 2.0 tool for your book or business
    11) Social Media News Releases
    A multimedia version of the standard press release
    12) Preparatory Elements for a Social Media Newsroom
    Checklist for gathering the content necessary to built a social media newsroom
    13) Widgets and Badges
    Using widgets and badges from sites like Facebook, MySpace, Widgetbox, and Amazon, that can make your site more interactive, enhance your own Web presence, and promote your blog or RSS feed
    14) Advanced Social Media Technologies
    Implementing technologies that require a bit more time and commitment, including virtual worlds, Wikis, and Webcasting



              Facebook Vs MySpace        
    Hitwise has some new numbers about social networking sites. Though down, MySpace is still gets the most traffic with 76% of visits in 2007. It’s actually down. Number two, Facebook is up 51%. They monitored 53 different social networking sites to get the data.

    What’s surprising it how far behind Facebook is - with just 12.57 percent of visits. People are returning to the sites. In December 2007, 95% percent of traffic to the site are return visits, not first timers. Facebook also has loyal users because 93% of traffic was also returning visitors.

    Another measure of stickiness is how much time people spend on the site. In December 2007, the average time spent on Bebo averaged a full 30 minutes and 24 seconds. That is a long, long time online.

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              When Somebody Dies in Your Social Networking Circle        

    Online networking gives us more friends than we'd have ever thought possible. For me, learning of online friends' deaths plays a significant role. With sites like MyDeathSpace, it seems to be a reaction shared by many people.

    The post When Somebody Dies in Your Social Networking Circle appeared first on Techipedia | Tamar Weinberg.


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              Protecting Privacy        
    Innovation Series: Protecting Privacy

    With so much information being shared online these days, it’s critical that much of it remains private and anonymous. We trust, for example, that social networking sites such as Facebook remove personally identifiable information when they share our preferences and desires with advertisers. Vitaly Shmatikov, a young, fast-talking associate professor of computer science studies privacy in ubiquitous data sharing systems, from Facebook to hospitals to Netflix.


              Sons of Anarchy: Memorable Quotes and Begging Questions from ‘Authority, Vested’        
    ‘Authority, Vested’ Spoilers for Season 5 Episode 2 Ahead: Language and content may be inappropriate for younger audiences. Proceed with caution. Nero to Jax on hiding them out: NERO: “Let’s just consider this networking, okay? Maybe at some point, you get to help me. To Clay on Gemma: UNSER: “She’s on her own trip these days.... Read more.
              Quality of Life Paramount        
    As location is removed as a determinant for good employment in the internet age, people are expected to migrate to areas with a high quality of life and suitable to their individual tastes. This mass migration and competition for talent based on living standards and community appeal is happening everywhere and is revealing interesting stories and patterns that are contrary to what 20th century thinkers would expect.

    Different cities, different immigrants - A local networking group for young, active, civic-minded residents makes a strong case for the unexpected growth and attractiveness of a historically depressed city. "Can uptown Saint John compete with cities such as Toronto and Vancouver for increased immigration? It depends on the quality of life immigrants are looking for." Read full article
              Portfolio Building Workshop        

    for CILIP Professional Registration (Chartership, Certification & Revalidation)

    Target audience: Those working towards Chartership, Certification or Revalidation of CILIP professional registration.
     
    Content: This workshop will cover details which candidates need to know to complete and submit their portfolios under the 2013 regulations, with practical hints and tips for portfolio building, an overview of the new regulations, and opportunity for networking and peer support from fellow candidates.
     
    The provisional programme will include:
     

    • An overview of Professional Registration , 2013 regulations and the portfolio building process – from Heather Taylor, CILIP Development Officer (Member Support)
    • An overview and demonstration of the CILIP VLE and online portfolio building process - *please feel free to bring along your laptop*
    • Information on support available, from your Regional Member Network, Candidate Support Officer and Mentor.
    • Advice from a recently chartered candidate
    • Guidance on reflective writing
    • Networking opportunities.

    How to book: Email Patricia Crosier at p.crosier@tees.ac.uk or call 01642 342107 with your name, job title and which scheme you are working / intending working towards and any special requirements.
     
    Places are limited so bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis
     
     

    Thu, 4th May 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
    01642 342107
    Patricia Crosier

    Room 4, Newcastle City Library

    33 New Bridge Street West
    NE1 8AX Newcastle upon Tyne
    Free Event: 

              Beyond the horizon – half-day conference        

    Bookings are now open for CILIP North East Conference: Beyond the Horizon on Thursday 25th May 2017 at the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers.

    This conference will seek to inspire attendees, share knowledge, raise debate, and provide networking opportunities. It is free for CILIP members and £70 (including VAT) for non-members. There will be buffet lunch provided, and the event will end at approximately 5 p.m

    To book a place go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-the-horizon-cilip-north-east-conference-registration-33490683536

    12:15-13:15

    Registration, networking and lunch

    13:15-13:20

    Introduction

    13:20-13:40

    Keynote: Nick Poole, CILIP CEO

    13:45-13:50

    Learning Partnerships: Faculty Engagement & the Functionally Structured Academic Library: Dr Becky Cole, Northumbria University

    13:55-14:15

    Developing an in-house reading scheme: Mike Dann, New College Durham

    14:20-14:27

    Using SharePoint for Journal Promotion: Evelyn Webster, Pinsent Masons LLP

    14:30-14:35

    “You did what?” Young people, involvement, fun and Gateshead Libraries!: Andy Hodgkinson and Karen Leggott, Gateshead Libraries

    14:40-15:00

    ‘Get Online Newcastle’: Lisa Dawson, Your Homes Newcastle and Andrew Scrogham, Newcastle Libraries

    15:00-15:30

    Break: Enjoy tea and cake in the beautiful Mining Institute Library

    15:30-15:37

    Small Cogs turn Big Wheels: How to get best use out of eBooks: Neil Longley, Sunderland College

    15:40-16:00

    Open Data: Aude Charillon, Newcastle Libraries, and Luke Burton and Paul Armstrong, Newcastle City Council

    16:05-16:10

    Public health: access to information for all: Rachel Gledhill, Public Health England

    16:15-16:35

    Information Literacy in FE: Christopher Skerrow, Hull College

    16:40-16:47

    The Vital North Partnership (+19 other ways Seven Stories and Newcastle University are collaborating): Rachel Pattinson, Vital North

                                                         

     

    Thu, 25th May 2017 - 12:00pm
    Elaine Andrew

    The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers

    Westgate Road
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Free Event: 

              Agni/Steinur Bell/Jessica Lipnack/Short Story Review        
    Nominating Editors: Susan Muensterman and Alexandra Goldstein.

    We think of AGNI as a forum for the “cultural conversation” of literature, but it’s up to writers to shape that conversation. We don’t choose work for its subject or setting or themes, but for its vibrancy, freshness, and honesty. We look for language that sings in a new key, that doesn’t settle for notes we’ve heard a million times before. Newness in literature is contextual, though, and a move into less-familiar territory may rely on forgotten roots, a recalling of little-heard notes from some earlier song — Cormac McCarthy comes to mind, in his reliance on Biblical cadences and language. How a subject is handled, how a story is told — these are of paramount importance. We look for obliqueness rather than straight-on journalistic telling, because nobody’s deepest experience of the world, it seems to us, lacks the curve of idiosyncrasy. PEN American Center, in awarding Founding Editor Askold Melnyczuk its lifetime achievement award for magazine editing, said, "Among readers around the world, AGNI is known for publishing important new writers early in their careers. . . . AGNI has become one of America's, and the world's, most significant literary journals" and "a beacon of international literary culture." Ha Jin (1999 National Book Award), Jhumpa Lahiri (2000 Pulitzer Prize), and Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted) are but a few who appeared in our pages first or early on, alongside already famous names such as David Foster Wallace, Sharon Olds, and Seamus Heaney. Housed at Boston University and edited since 2003 by essayist and literary critic Sven Birkerts, AGNI publishes two 240-page issues annually. AGNI Online an electronic extension of the print magazine, features biweekly postings of new Web-only fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews.

    We’ve chosen Steinur Bell’s “The Whale Hunter” for its particular combination of elements – a dull office atmosphere, an illicit affair, and an exotic adventure on the Faroe Islands. Bell lures us with the voice of his narrator, a wildly imaginative man who tells his coworkers a story he heard from an old college friend, claiming it as his own. What results is writing that entertains, a story that is excellently paced, and an adventure that the reader gladly joins in on, willing to follow wherever Bell leads.

    Nominated Short Story: "The Whale Hunter" - Steinur Bell



    Reviewed: by Jessica Lipnack

    Steinur Bell’s literary identity theft is a triple knit.

    “The Whale Hunter” leads with a description of puffin hunting in the Faroe Islands. Nonfiction, it appears, especially after the second-paragraph reference to Google that lacks a link. I google anyway and find a photo similar to the one the narrator references: a teenage boy rappels a cliff, a shawl of dead puffins draped around his neck.

    Three paragraphs in, the principal fiction begins. The unnamed narrator names the puffin-hunter Olaf, speculates about his “sturdy” wife. Olaf’s image becomes the narrator’s desktop picture even as he tells us “I was not verifying my identity at work as a rugged adventurer.”

    The complication arrives in paragraph four: The narrator has never visited the Faroe Islands but his friend Eric has. Herein the identity heist, the second strand. Eric’s brief visit to the Danish Islands in the northern seas becomes the narrator’s fabricated victory. A few pages later, he tells “his” story to his coworkers (unnamed industry, unnamed company, unnamed city) during a dull meeting in a conference room: In the Faroe village of Vestmanna, he once joined the Whale Hunters, slicing arteries, feasting on blubber, his socks bloodied.

    The third twist of the yarn is the “affair,” which comes to the narrator’s office cube in the person of “the prize of the team,” self-involved Trish with “breasts like acorns.” Theirs is an affair rather than a simple hook-up because they’re both married, he to Jean, who tells him “You better in a Norman Rockwell,” she to Glen, perpetually watching the Sonics.

    So the three strands: the journalistic introduction, the fiction with its story-within-the-story, and the obligatory office “romance.”

    There are some nice touches here: Officemate “Randy” is in charge of the narrator’s “professional development.” He tells his story in Hera, the goddess of women and marriage. The Faroe Islands are, according to legend, “God’s twisted thumbnails.” “The whale’s skin…glimmering like obsidian in the sunlight.” When he tells his lie to his coworkers, he’s so nervous that his hands are “alive in my lap like kittens.” They tryst at the Sleep Here Motor In, whose neon blares Vacancy as they leave.

    Need I add that I googled the author? Steinur Bell (how many can there be?) is/was in a band called The Humanoids. Multiple identities here too.



    Reviewer's Bio:

    Jessica Lipnack is a writer whose non-fiction work has led to a career as a management consultant (she is CEO of NetAge, a Boston based consultancy). She is the co-author, with Jeff Stamps, of six non-fiction books, including Virtual Teams, Networking, and The Age of the Network. She has written for, among others, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Harvard Business Review, The Industry Standard, Ars Medica, Global City Review, Mothering, and The Futurist. She was recently interviewed by Writers in Profile. Jessica lives in Massachusetts with her husband. When not writing, she is knitting, gardening, doing yoga, and wasting time online. For more information, visit the NetAge website, and Endless Knots, her blog.



    Thanks for visiting Five Star Literary Stories and reading about this short story.
              Portfolio Building Workshop for CILIP Professional Registration        

    (Chartership, Certification & Revalidation)

    CILIP North East Member Network is pleased to announce a free portfolio building workshop. This event will be facilitated by Patricia Crosier, NE Candidate Support Officer.

    This workshop will cover details which candidates need to know to complete and submit their portfolios under the 2013 regulations, with practical hints and tips for portfolio building, an overview of the new regulations, and opportunity for networking and peer support from fellow candidates.

    To book please email Patricia Crosier at p.crosier@tees.ac.uk 01642 342107 with your name, job title and which scheme you are working / intending working towards and any special requirements.

    Places are limited so bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

    • An overview of Professional Registration , 2013 regulations and the portfolio building process – from Matthew Wheeler, CILIP Development Officer (Member Support)
    • An overview and demonstration of the CILIP VLE and online portfolio building process - *please bring along your laptop*
    • Information on support available, from your Regional Member Network, Candidate Support Officer and Mentor.
    • Guidance on reflective writing
    • Networking opportunities.
    Tue, 5th Jul 2016 - 10:15am to 1:00pm
    01642 342107
    Patricia Crosier

    Newcastle City Library, Room 7

    Free Event: 

              Episode 473: Bob Waltenspiel and Dave Phillips on IT In The D        

    Bob Waltenspiel and Dave Phillips discuss the networking events, podcasting, studio management, and training that make up the IT in the D project, which occupies their spare time.


              SDN Still Needs a Gathering Like ONS        
    The Open Networking Summit has climbed the hype curve, but the conference should cling to its roots as a techie discussion forum for software-defined networking
              For the Home Office Woman        
    I'm amazed at how savvy young business women are today. I'm very good at providing a professional service to my clients, but am well aware that I run the business end of things poorly. I visited my friend Doris at A Meeting Place for All Home Office Women and was very impressed. Doris gathers information from around the web and gives her fresh voice to information on operating a business effectively and profitably. I was very diappointed to discover her invitation to join eWednesday Chat a few hours too late to participate in a session on Negotiation Skills for Women, a weak point for me. I'll make it a point to take in some of these chats when I can. Networking is a wonderful way to make friends and discover new, creative voices to learn from. Doris has recently featured Blogtripping, an endless circle of blog visiting and critiquing and also reminded us Don't Stop Bloging. She also runs the Birth of a Home Office blog carnival, a wonderful roundup of different voices that can contribute to your home office experience. Doris is full of wisdom and I need to make her a regular stop on my rounds. I think it she can help me be a better business woman.

    While you're in the neighborhood, make sure you sample Doris's personal posts, too. She collects Barbie Dolls, but the living doll in her life is Clayton, who gains great benefit from Mommie working at home.


              Silicon Valley's SDN-Fest Returns        
    The Open Networking Summit has been the SDN place to be seen, but it's always a challenge for a conference to stay cool while growing
              Users Want 'Open' SDN Done Right        
    'Open' isn't open enough. The Open Networking User Group wants to make sure that as SDN evolves, it doesn't trigger some old traps
              Juniper Cracking SDN Open        
    5:00 AM The $176M acquisition of startup Contrail looks like an attempt to create an open-source movement in software-defined networking
              My network is growing        
    I just spoke to my friend Jennifer. She's a realtor and uses my termite inspection services for all of her transactions. I contacted her a little over a week ago in a panic when I got the IRS letter. I asked her which lender had, in her experience, been the most willing to work with someone whose credit was not stellar. This was after striking out with my own bank and several other lenders. She immediately gave me a name and said if anyone could work magic, he was the guy. I spoke with her contact the next morning and, as you know, he arranged for me to refinance my home, at a very good rate, in less than a week. To take such a transaction from opening to closing in such a short period of time is virtually unheard of. I will, of course, be recommending him to others in the future.

    All of the money that I make from doing inspections for real estate transactions comes through escrow. While I was in the title office for my signing, I met several escrow officers who have been sending me checks for years. They introduced me to others in their office who were not yet familiar with my services. While it is most normal for realtors to contract for my services, many of them ask the escrow transaction coordinators to do it for them. The folks I met today can be essential in helping my business grow. Lenders sometimes require that their clients to get a termite inspection when they apply for a loan. My lender has a stack of my cards and inspection order forms. We've been added to each other's networks.

    So what's the point of this? I met Jennifer through a networking opportunity a few years ago. I don't know how long she's been referring her clients to my lender, but he's part of her network, too. Each of us has our own network of individuals and companies that we do business with and serve as referrals for. Those networks overlap and new associations are made. The escrow officers who "knew" me, though we had never met face to face, increased my own network by introducing me to their fellow officers. I didn't ask them to. They did it spontaniously because I've provided them with excellent service.

    This particular networking opportunity came about because of my personal business. Each of us needs to recognize and capitalize on such opportunities whenever they arise. With a business like mine (and perhaps yours) personal referrals account for more than half of my new business. To waste such opportunities would be tanatamount to shutting the door in a potential client's face.


              Digital Savvy by CompuScholar {Homeschool Review}        
    CompuScholar, Inc.

    We live in a day and age where everything is becoming computer based, and it looks like it will continue to be like this.  I have been slowly having my children learning basic computer skills, and even do some of their subjects completely on the computer.  No matter the job, computers will always be around.  So, in light of that, we've had fun reviewing the new Digital Savvy course for CompuScholar, Inc,  (formerly known as Homeschool Programming).

    CompuScholar, Inc. Digital Savvy


    Digital Savvy is for 6th-12th grades. You have the option to pay monthly or for the entire year ($120). The course has 25 chapters (which include several lessons each) and can be done over the course of a year.  I reckon you could even do it in less time depending on your child's productivity and interest.  The course site is well laid out and very user friendly.


    This course covers fundamental computing topics and skills such as:
    • Hardware, software, and operating systems
    • Managing files and folders
    • Basic networking
    • Online safety and computer security
    • Using Word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation programs
    • Creating simple databases
    • Image editing
    • Using social media and email communications
    • Introductory website design
    • Simple computer programming concepts
    • Exploration of computing careers

    The course requires you to have Windows or Mac operating systems.  To complete the student work, the systems must be Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, or Mac OS 10.7 version or higher.
    Your child will complete fun, hands-on projects in every lesson and a quiz.  Each lesson has a video to watch and a student text to read.  It's probably a good idea to watch the video and read through the student text, as the text sometimes has info not in the video.  

    At the end of each chapter is a exam.  The program also records these exams.  The lessons can be done at your own pace.  My daughter who is in 9th grade did roughly 1 chapter each week.  It just depended on the rest of her work load for the week.  She enjoyed the course although it took her a little while to get into it and want to do it, but she's a teenage girl and texting her friends sometimes distracts her from schoolwork.  We're working on that.  Haha!

    Overall, I feel this is a great course and much needed in our day and age.  Looking over the course there are a few lessons that I want to go in and read through.  I'm sure there is plenty in there for me to learn!  I learned all my computer skills on my own and wish I had learned through a course like this.  This is a nice easy course for your child to learn the basics of computer knowledge without making mistakes some of us oldies (or maybe it's just me?!) tend to make.






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              Brocade Certification Guide: Overview And Career Paths         
    Brocade's certification program currently offers three certification levels on four networking-related tracks. If you're working with Brocade technologies, take a look at what the certs can offer and how your IT career can benefit from them.
              [INFOGRAPHIC] Online communities for growth hackers        
    Communities are great places where people that have the same interests can share, and exchange ideas, thoughts, and opinions. Growth hackers also have online communities of their own. These communities are mainly used for networking, sharing awesome posts, they are [...]
              5 Things You Can Do Today to Combat Social Anxiety        

    As kids we’re taught not to talk to strangers, then when we’re adults, we’re supposed to be suddenly good at it. Job interviews, networking events, and first dates all require us to be excellent at chatting up people we’ve just met. To get ahead in life, we need a skill we’re explicitly told not to […]

    The post 5 Things You Can Do Today to Combat Social Anxiety appeared first on The Compass.


              Comment on 005: Russell Brunson: Internet Marketing Guru, Brick & Mortar Maverick by google adwords coupon        
    One advantage that Google+ has over Facebook is always that when you post a web link to an article or website, it could be shared and viewed globally, or during the entire Google+ world enabling you to target specific messages to specific audiences. Google gave life to some rumor yesterday with the launch of a new social networking product as. What are the benefits of a properly structured PPC account.
              â€˜Less is more’ for mobile teens        
    By Anne Collier Wired speculates that, because some Asian texting apps – such as LINE, WeChat, Gangnam Style and Kakaotalk – have “slick user interfaces that focus on simplicity and visually pleasing graphics,” these fast-growing apps will soon cross the Pacific, and at least one of them will take off in the US too. “Today, less is more.” But Wired seems to contradict itself a bit, saying they’re also adding features rather than staying spare: “Although they started as pure messaging apps, they’ve increasingly added features to become full social networks.” I buy the “less is more” speculation, where teens are concerned, but it’s a blend of less-is-more (social-networking-LITE) and diversification. I think more and more people, led by younger people, are using a passel of simple apps for simple use cases – e.g., perishable photo-sharing (as in Snapchat, which is the very definition of social networking LITE) and photo-socializing (as in Instagram, illustrating the new meaning of “a picture’s worth a thousand words”). Apps need to stay spare and utilitarian because that makes them more versatile and adaptable. There are other uses for Instagram, for example, such as marketing or displaying a collective of favorite things or creations (and [...]
              Polaris Radio Episode 1        
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    This Is Episode 1 Of My Podcast Profiling Canadian Hip Hop. It Features Music From, Tre Nice, Jonny Rox, Ken Masters, Anthony Bills, Bishop Brigante, Elliot Scars, Kinsmuv, JD Era, Rich London, Dutch Kid, Smugglaz, Aristo, Blake Carrington, Doc, Kid Kricket, And Promise. It Also Has An Inverview With Anthony Bill$. The Topic Of The Week Was, "Canada Does Not Support Thier Own" The Question Of The Week Was "Do You Support Canadian Hip-Hop"? (Intro) Prince Of The North - JD Era Tre Nice - Game Tight Ken Masters, Nelly Fratado - Man Eater (Remix) Bishop Brigante, Elliot Scars, Kinsmuv - Slug freestyle Rich London - The Answer (Live Version) (Interlude 1: Topic Of The Week "Canada Does Not Support Thier Own" Question Of The Week: "Do You Support Canadian Hip-Hop") Jonny Rox - Keep Talkin Smugglaz - Ghetto Muzik Aristo - Dreams Promise, Rich london, JD Era, Blake Carrington, Doc - For The Streets Dutch Kid - Mans World (Interlude 2: Anthony Bill$ Interview) Shoot Out - Anthony Bill$, Kid Kricket (World Premier) (Outro) -Send Tracks, Singles, Exclusives, Collabourations, Freestyles And Drops From Canadian Artists To DJ_Sirris@hotmail.com or Polaris_radio@hotmail.com -Submitions For Questions Of The Week Can Be E-Mailed To questionoftheweek@Hotmail.com -Submitions For The Topic Of The Week Can Be Sent To TopicOfTheWeek@hotmail.com -Send Show Dates, And Mixtape/Album Release Info To Be Promoted For Free On The Show To DJ_sirris@Hotmail.com Or Polaris_Radio@hotmail.com -Add DJ_Sirris@hotmail.com For Msn And Networking If You Are Involved In The Movment Or Would Like To Join The Movement -Add Polaris_Radio@hotmail.com For Info Involving The Movement. -Or Get At Me On Myspace At www.myspace.com/djsirris Just A Note, Kid Krickets Preformance Is At The Blue Note Night Club On Steels And Torbram, On Boxing Day 2006.
              Pixel Show 2017: o maior festival de criatividade está na 13ª edição        
    O Pixel Show chega a 2017 de casa nova e bem maior do que ano anterior. Com data marcada para 2 e 3 de dezembro, desta vez acontecerá no Pro Magno, um pavilhão de eventos localizado na Casa Verde, em São Paulo. O festival ocupará 2 andares do prédio e o auditório principal agora acomodará 3500 criativos. Organizado pela Zupi, o evento acontece desde 2005 e tem como objetivo reunir as novas tendências criativas, além de ser o maior ponto de encontro e de networking dos criativos.

    As atrações do ano anterior estão mantidas, mas todas bem maiores e cheias de novidades. Além da feira de criatividade, live-paintings, workshops, palestras e espaço kids, o festival terá um Espaço Makers destinado a cerca de 80 artistas independentes, estes estão sendo selecionados e os interessados encontram mais informações sobre as inscrições no site (http://pixelshow.com.br/feira-de-criatividade/makers/).

    O Festival de Música Pixel Show também acaba de nascer, ele levará ao palco artistas brasileiros de estilos variados. Serão três dias de shows e festas (01, 02 e 03 de Dezembro). O público poderá optar por ingressos diários ou por um que dará acesso a todos os dias. Em breve serão divulgadas mais informações.

    A Conferência Internacional de Criatividade acontece todos os anos e reúne palestrantes nacionais e internacionais dos mais variados segmentos criativos. Alguns já estão confirmados para a 13ª edição do evento:
    Stefan Sagmeister: Designer gráfico austríaco. Já desenvolveu projetos para os Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Lou Reed, Museu Guggenheim e muitos outros.

    Beto Almeida - Interbrand: Diretor geral da Interbrand e profundo conhecedor de branding. Já construiu cases icônicos para marcas como Natura, Abril e O Estado de São Paulo, entre tantos outros.

    Salsa/Stink Films: Dupla brasileira de fillmmaker. Produzem filmes com histórias fortes e imagens impressionantes. Sua última produção “Heaven”, acabou de conquistar o primeiro prêmio do Young Director Award em Cannes.

    2Veinte: Estúdio de design e animação de Buenos Aires. Internacionalmente conhecido pela indústria de motion graphis e design, sua especialidade vai de branding para canais de TV até animação para clientes em todo o mundo.

    Joni Galvão – The Plot Company: Atua no mercado de comunicação e storytelling há mais de 20 anos. Ex-sócio e co-fundador da SOAP, deixou o mundo das apresentações de lado para revolucionar a maneira de contar histórias, nasceu então a The Plot Company. Tem como sócio o americano Robert Mckee.

    Marcelo Pontes – Cactus: Um estúdio, uma agência, uma consultoria, uma casa de produção. Cactus é um composto criativo único. Com uma equipe cheia de referências em consultoria estratégica, engenharia, user experience e disciplinas criativas, o Cactus tem como ponto forte a estratégia de marca e design e arquitetura.

    O LOTE UM de ingressos para a Conferência Internacional de Criatividade está aberto com valores a partir de R$129,00. Para acompanhar todas as atualizações do Pixel Show 2017 e adquirir o ingresso é só acessar o site www.pixelshow.com.

    Também já estão liberados os ingressos para alguns dos 48 workshops previstos para serem ministrados neste ano durante o evento! A venda é também online.

    SERVIÇO
    FESTIVAL DE CRIATIVIDADE PIXEL SHOW 2017
    Data: 2 e 3 de dezembro de 2017
    FESTIVAL DE MÚSICA
    Data: 1, 2 e 3 de dezembro de 2017

    Onde: PROMAGNO – Rua Samaritá, 230 – Casa Verde – São Paulo, SP
    Horário: 08h às 21h

    Sobre a Zupi
    Criada em 2001, entre as iniciativas mantidas pela empresa estão o portal www.zupi.com.br, a Zupi Academy, a Zupi.TV e a revista trimestral de criatividade Zupi. Além de proprietário é o produtor do Festival de Criatividade Pixel Show, evento anual que traz ao público latino americano as novas tendências visuais globais e gera o debate de boas ideias, através de referências, cases e muita criatividade. Realizado desde 2005, o Pixel Show é (desde 2013) o maior festival do gênero na América Latina e o terceiro maior do mundo.

    Para saber mais acesse www.zupi.com.br


              CES LIVE: Cisco's Chambers Says Internet of Everything, $19 Trillion Opportunity, Is Next Big Thing        
    Cisco CEO John Chambers is counting on the software, services and hardware needed to enable the Internet of Everything to help turn the world's largest maker of networking gear into the leading supplier of information technology. "This will be bigger than anything done in high tech in a decade," Chambers said [...]
              New Web Service Wants to Give You a Pretend Facebook Girlfriend        
    A start-up company called Cloud Girlfriend claims it will create the virtual, social network-friendly girlfriend you don't have in real life. According to Cloud Girlfriend's Web site, this is how the process works: Step 1: Define your perfect girlfriend. Step 2: We bring her into existence. Step 3: Connect and interact with her publicly on your favorite social network. Step 4: Enjoy a public long distance relationship with your perfect girl. There are, however, questions about whether this service will be allowed on social networking sites such as Facebook, which have rules prohibiting computer controlled accounts. Continue reading…
              OpenStack Networking without DHCP        

    In an OpenStack environment, cloud-init generally fetches information from the metadata service provided by Nova. It also has support for reading this information from a configuration drive, which under OpenStack means a virtual CD-ROM device attached to your instance containing the same information that would normally be available via the …


              External networking for Kubernetes services        

    I have recently started running some "real" services (that is, "services being consumed by someone other than myself") on top of Kubernetes (running on bare metal), which means I suddenly had to confront the question of how to provide external access to Kubernetes hosted services. Kubernetes provides two solutions to …


              Docker networking with dedicated network containers        

    The current version of Docker has a very limited set of networking options:

    • bridge -- connect a container to the Docker bridge
    • host -- run the container in the global network namespace
    • container:xxx -- connect a container to the network namespace of another container
    • none -- do not configure any networking

    If you …


              Visualizing Neutron Networking with GraphViz        

    I've put together a few tools to help gather information about your Neutron and network configuration and visualize it in different ways. All of these tools are available as part of my neutron-diag repository on GitHub.

    In this post I'm going to look at a tool that will help you visualize the connectivity of network devices on your system.


              Quantum in Too Much Detail        

    I originally posted this article on the RDO website.

    The players

    This document describes the architecture that results from a particular OpenStack configuration, specifically:

    • Quantum networking using GRE tunnels;
    • A dedicated network controller;
    • A single instance running on a compute host

    Much of the document will be relevant to other configurations, but details will vary based on your choice of layer 2 connectivity, number of running instances, and so forth.

    The examples in this document were generated on a system with Quantum networking but will generally match what you see under Neutron as well, if you replace quantum by neutron in names. The OVS flow rules under Neutron are somewhat more complex and I will cover those in another post.


              Ambae.exe as Global Top Kurator KOPROL        
    Top Kurator Koprol Ambae.exe-1
    Koprol merupakan salah satu Social Network yang saat ini semakin digandrungi penghuni DUNIA TAK NYATA. Jejaring sosial ini memanfaatkan basis lokasi sebagai bagian pemikat penggunanya yang lazim disebut Koproler. Sejak 25 Mei 2010 Koprol berganti nama menjadi Yahoo! Koprol. Kelebihan Koprol dibanding Foursquare antara lain adalah mudahnya para Koproler terhubung pada sebuah tempat (place) untuk selanjutnya berkomunikasi dengan Koproler lainnya di tempat bersangkutan. Sedangkan untuk sisi koneksi/share, Korpol mirip jejaring sosial lainnya yakni dapat dikoneksikan dengan Facebook dan Twitter.


    Browser yang mendukung penggunaan aplikasi Koprol antara lain :
    1. Firefox 3.5+
    2. Opera 10.6+
    3. Google Chrome 5+
    4. Safari 5+
    5. Android 2.1+
    6. Internet Explorer 9+
    Selain dapat diakses melalui Personal Computer (PC) maupun Notebook, Koprol dapat pula diakses melalui berbagai perangkat mobile tanpa bantuan perangkat Global Positioning System (GPS). Cukup dengan melakukan Login pada Account miliknya lalu Check in pada tempat-tempat yang telah tersedia di Koprol. Layaknya jejaring sosial lainnya, Koprol terus diminati user, mulai dari kalangan anak-anak sampai kalangan tua yang kembali menjadi anak-anak.

    Kota-kota yang dapat menikmati aplikasi ini adalah (Wikipedia) :
    1. Indonesia : Jakarta, Bali, Bandung, Surabaya, Surakarta, Sidoarjo, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Surakarta, Bengkulu, Medan, Banda Aceh, Palembang, Makassar, Balikpapan, Cirebon dan Papua.
    2. Mancanegara : Singapore, Houston dan Indianapolis.

    Saking pesatnya perkembangan Koprol khususnya dari segi fiturnya, diikuti pula dengan meningkatnya jumlah Koproler yang saat ini telah melampaui angka 1 juta user. Jutaan tempat pun telah tersedia di Koprol yang mana sebagian besar adalah hasil karya para Koproler. Koprol menyediakan 2 (dua) fitur utama pada Koprol yakni Add dan App.
    1. Add (Add New Place) : Menambahkan tempat untuk selanjutnya disetujui Kurator.
    2. App (Approve New Place) : Menjadi Kurator untuk mereview dan menyetujui tempat yang ditambahkan Koproler lainnya.
    Top Kurator Koprol Ambae.exe-2
    Sampai artikel ini diterbitkan, secara kebetulan Ambae.exe masih menyandang sebagai KURATOR paling TOP dalam skala Global baik Indonesia maupun Mancanegara dari sekian banyak Kurator yang memiliki akses Approve. Top Kurator ditentukan oleh Admin Koprol berdasarkan jumlah tempat yang telah disetujui maupun tempat yang ditolak berdasarkan beberapa kriteria yang ditentukan. Kriteria dimaksud antara lain adalah :
    1. Nama Tempat yang jelas, (bukan nama hewan, binatang, orang dll).
    2. Lokasinya benar dan tepat di peta.
    3. Informasi yang dicantumkan pada isian place dapat dibenarkan.

    Keakuratan tempat bersangkutan menjadi tugas Kurator dalam menyeleksi sesuai informasi yang dapat dipertanggung jawabkan. Betapa tidak, banyak pula tempat yang diajukan Koproler bukan merupakan Public Place melainkan tempat yang dibuat-buat alias MAYA/TIDAK NYATA. Semisal nama tempatnya adalah "Nongkrong Di Rumah (NDR)". Jelas bahwa tempat tersebut bukan public place. Meskipun demikian, ada saja tempat serupa yang lolos persetujuan para Kurator. Bilamana Kurator menyetujui tempat seperti ini, maka Koprol akan memberikan nilai tertentu karena ikut membantu Koproler menciptakan tempat TAK NYATA. Dari sisi Koproler yang mengajukan place pun mendapat penilaian minus dari Koprol. Apalagi kalau tempat yang diajukan di Reject/Ditolak Kurator, maka jelas Koproler bersangkutan tidak mendapatkan penambahan nilai. Sehingga peringkat menuju TOP Koprol akan semakin jauh.

    Top Kurator Koprol Ambae.exe-3
    Ambae.exe memprediksikan bahwa bakalan ramai para Kurator berburu point tuk berada di Tahta Top Kurator. Tentu saja hal ini akan semakin menarik karena akan melahirkan Kurator profesional dengan tingkat penalaran yang lebih tajam dan jeli terhadap suatu tempat sebelum disetujui. Sungguh sebuah tantangan buat para Kurator tuk mengapainya. Dan lebih berat lagi bagi Ambae.exe tuk mempertahankan posisi saat ini. Namun, bukan sebuah masalah bilamana terjadi saling mendahului yang pada akhirnya Ambae.exe terlampaui. Yang terpenting adalah bagaimana upaya Koproler baik Creator maupun Kurator untuk bersama-sama menciptakan tempat yang sesuai. Dan bilamana terjadi kesalahan dalam penambahan tempat, ada baiknya bersama-sama pula melaporkan tempat bersangkutan sebagai tempat yang harus dihapus dengan mengeklik Report a duplicate.

    Lebih jauh ingin mengetahui seluk-beluk Koprol secara mendalam, nikmati sajiannya di Koprol Blog dan Sikodok.

              Waiting for networking using PowerShell        

    I've recently been exploring the world of Windows scripting, and I ran into a small problem: I was running a script at system startup, and the script was running before the network interface (which was using DHCP) was configured.

    There are a number of common solutions proposed to this problem …


              USAID contractor work in Cuba detailed        
    AP IMPACT by Desmond Butler Associated Press  February 12, 2012 Piece by piece, in backpacks and carry-on bags, American aid contractor Alan Gross made sure laptops, smartphones, hard drives and networking equipment were secreted into Cuba. The most sensitive item, according to official trip reports, was the last one: a specialized mobile phone chip that […]
              CONFIGURACION DE VLAN, DHCP Y ENRUTAMIENTO EN Dell Networking N4000        

    Buenas tardes, 

    Favor su ayuda con la información necesaria para configurar 3 Vlan y lograr la comunicación entre ellas.

    A la espera de su ayuda.


              Rockford Systems to host Open House for National Manufacturing Day        
    A fixture in the Rockford business community for more than four decades, Rockford Systems, LLC. announced today it will be commemorating National Manufacturing Day, October 6, 2017, with an Open House featuring a machine safety presentation, interactive safeguarding demonstrations, networking with machine safeguarding specialists, participation in the #selfieforsafety community service campaign, refreshments and a free gift bag for attendees.
              Dell Switches        

    Hola Buenos Noches, soy nuevo en la comunidad, estoy conociendo tecnologia DELL Networking, si tuvieran alguna información que me ayudara a conocer las diferentes configuraciones que puedo aplicar a switches L2 y L3


              Como configurar 2 redes Wifi Empleados y visitas con el DELL Networking W-IAP103 Instant        

    Como configuar 2 redes Wifi: Empleados y visitas, con el DELL Networking W-IAP103 Instant
    Modelo: APIN0103

    Es el único equipo wifi que tengo no hay controlador ...

    Agradezco algún manual, tutorial o la ayuda que puedan darme.


              What You Can Do        
    (Artist credit:  inuryoko / "The Cove")

    There are a lot of ways to express one's passion for our cetacean friends and a lot of ways to spread the word and to help raise awareness.

    More dolphins were killed in Taiji yesterday.  Most were killed, a few taken captive to be sold to a place holding them basically in a swimming pool enslaved for peoples' ignorant entertainment, and some were released - especially babies and juveniles who still needed guidance by their mothers and very possibly face the risk of death because of that.  :: letting out a deep breath at that long sentence ::

    So what can you do if you're someone like me who can't afford to fly out to places like Taiji, the Faroe Island, or to join Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean?

    You can attend protests in your area.  You can sign petitions and send emails to the country's embassies, Prime Ministers, etc.  You can also call them or send letters in the mail.  You can write about them on your blog, website, social networking site, or make it a topic of conversation with your friends at your next dinner party.

    Again, it's not about politics.  It's about life.  I've said it before and I'll say it again now and repeatedly into the future:  without the whales and dolphins, a vital part of our ecosystem, our oceans, our balance, and our connective energies, we would not be alive.  Everything in nature is connected to us, and us to them.

    Sure, things adapt .. things evolve.  But oftentimes, it is not for the better. 

    Remember what Little Grandmother said in my previous post:

    "These animals I can say with my own knowing are holding a vibration for us humans even in our darkest hour when us human beings have been the worst of our worst, they are the ones that have held their vibration to keep this planet OK.  And for anyone to think it is ok to kill a dolphin, a whale, or an elephant is killing every one of us and our planet."

    Some email actions you can take regarding the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan:

    THE JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER

     https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html  

    MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN

    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.env.go.jp%2Fen%2Fmoemail%2F&h=9fc7f

    MAFF (ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries)

    https://www.contact.maff.go.jp/maff/form/114e.html


    TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT

    http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/ENGLISH/SUB/contact.htm
      
    And be sure to check out this video and share it with as many people as you can:


    Our Tribute



    There are a lot of organizations and websites/blogs you can also support, such as Sea Shepherd, Save Japan Dolphins, Hope 4 Dolphins, Surfrider Foundation, Rekindling the Waters, A Teenage Activist, among many others worthy of your time, attention, and donations.

    The fight may seem hopeless at times, but the tide is turning.  It's slow, but it is noticeable given the increasing numbers of people around the world joining in this fight.  No action is too small and no words are ever wasted in their defense.  We are each a drop in the ocean with the potential to create quite a wave.  Collectively and individually, we can and do make a difference.

    Mahalo :-)



              Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For August 4th, 2017        

    Hey, it's HighScalability time:


    Hands down the best ever 25,000 year old selfie from Pech Merle cave in southern France. (The Ice Age)

    If you like this sort of Stuff then please support me on Patreon.

     

    • 35%: US traffic is now IPV6; 10^161: decision points in no-limit Texas hold’em; 4.5 billion: Facebook translations per day; 90%: savings by moving to Lambda; 330TB: IBM's tiny tape cartridge, enough to store 330 million books; $108.9 billion: game revenues in 2017; 85%: of all research papers are on Sci-Hub; 1270x: iPhone 5 vs Apollo guidance computer; 16 zettabytes: 2017 growth in digital universe; 

    • Quotable Quotes:
      • Andrew Roberts: [On Napoleon] No aspect of his command was too small to escape notice.
      • Jason Calacanis: The world has trillions of dollars sitting in bonds, cash, stocks, and real estate, which is all really “dead money.” It sits there and grows slowly and safely, taking no risk and not changing the world at all. Wouldn’t it be more interesting if we put that money to work on crazy experiments like the next Tesla, Google, Uber, Cafe X, or SpaceX?
      • @icecrime: The plural of “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature” is “it’s not a bug tracker, it’s a backlog”.
      • Jeff Darcy: When greater redundancy drives greater dependency, it’s time to take a good hard look at whether the net result is still a good one.
      • uhnuhnuhn: "They ran their business into the ground, but they did it with such great tech!"
      • Anglés-Alcázar: It’s very interesting to think of our galaxy not as some isolated entity, but to think of the galaxy as being surrounded by gas which may come from many different sources. We are connected to other galaxies via these galactic winds.
      • @ojiidotch: Main app now running Python 3.6 (was 2.7 until yesterday). CPU usage 40% down, avg latency 30% down, p95 60% down.
      • Nemanja Mijailovic: It’s really difficult to catch all bugs without fuzzing, no matter how hard you try to test your software. 
      • SandwichTeeth: a lot of companies have security teams solely to meet audit requirements. If you find yourself on a team like that, you'll be spending a lot of time just gathering evidence for audits, remediating findings and writing policy. I really loved security intellectually, but in practice, the blue-team side of things wasn't my cup of tea.
      • jph: security is needed to gradually escalate a user's own identity verification -- think of things like two-factor auth and multi-factor auth, that can phase in (or ramp up) when a user's actions enter a gray area of risk. Some examples: when a user signs in from a new location, or a user does an especially large money transfer, or a user resumes an account that's been dormant for years, etc.
      • @hichaelmart: So while Google is doubling down on gRPC it seems that Amazon is going all in with CBOR. DDB DAX uses some sort of CBOR-over-sockets AFAICT
      • Wysopal: I’d like to see someone fixing this broken market [insecure software and hardware market]. Profiting off of that fix seems like the best approach for a capitalism-based economy.
      • Matthias Käppler: Microservices are often intermediate nodes in a graph of services, acting as façades where an incoming request translates to N outgoing requests upstream, the responses to which are then combined into a single response back downstream to the client.
      • Jack Fennimore: EA Play 2017 was watchable the same way Olive Garden is edible.
      • erikb: [On SoundCloud] TL;DR Top Management started too late to think about making actual money. They also hired an asshole for their US offices. When they got an opportunity to be bought by Twitter they asked for way too much money. And the CEO is basically on a constant holidays trip since 2014, while not failing to rub it in everybody's face via Instagram photos.
      • Jennifer Mendez: If you don’t have the games people want to play, you can wave goodbye to return on investment on a powerful console. Does hardware matter? Of course it does! But it doesn’t matter if you don’t have anything to play on it.
      • Alex Miller: The utility of a blockchain breaks down in a private or consortium setting and should, in my opinion, be replaced by a more performant engine like Apache Kafka.
      • Krish: most of the multi-cloud usecases I am seeing are about using different cloud for different workloads. It could change and I would expect them to embrace the eventual consistency model initially
      • Ian Cutress: Then there is the Ryzen 3 1300X. Compared to the Core i3-7300/7320 and the Core i5-7400, it clearly wins on performance per dollar all around. Compared to the Core i3-7100 though, it offers almost 5% more performance for around $10-15 more, which is just under 10% of the cost.
      • throw2016: Just from an year ago the cpu market has changed completely. The sheer amount of choice at all levels is staggering. For the mid level user the 1600 especially is a formidable offering, and the 1700 with 8 cores just ups the ante.
      • danmaz74: the main reason Rails is declining in relevance isn't microservices or the productivity (!) of Java, but the fact that more and more development effort for web applications is moving into JS front-end coding.
      • Rohit Karlupia: we can deal with [S3] eventual consistency in file listing operations by repeating the listing operation, detecting ghost and conceived files and modifying our work queues to take our new knowledge about the listing status into account.
      • tboyd47: It's the end of an era. From 2005 to 2007, the "Web 2.0" craze, the release of Ruby on Rails, and the rise of Agile methods all happened at once. These ideas all fed into and supported each other, resulting in a cohesive movement with a lot of momentum. The long-term fact turned out to be that this movement didn't benefit large corporations that have always been and usually still are the main source of employment for software developers. So we have returned to our pre-Rails, pre-agile world of high specialization and high bureaucratic control, even if Rails and "Agile" still exist with some popularity.
      • @reneritchie: Only beginning to see the advantages of Apple making everything from atom to bit. Everything will be computational.
      • Vasiliy Zukanov: switching to Kotlin will NOT have any appreciable positive gains on the cost, the effort or the schedule of software projects
      • visarga: Over the years I have seen astronomy become more like biology - diverse both in the kinds of objects it describes and their behavior.
      • Jaana B. Dogan: I think the industry needs a breakdown between product and infra engineering and start talking how we staff infra teams and support product development teams with SRE. The “DevOps” conversation is often not complete without this breakdown and assuming everyone is self serving their infra and ops all the times.
      • David Rosenthal~ Does anybody believe we'll be using Bitcoin or Ethereum 80 years from now?
      • Richard Jones: There is a physical lower limit on how much energy it takes to carry out a computation – the Landauer limit. The plot above shows that our current technology for computing consumes energy at a rate which is many orders of magnitude greater than this theoretical limit (and for that matter, it is much more energy intensive than biological computing). There is huge room for improvement – the only question is whether we can deploy R&D resources to pursue this goal on the scale that’s gone into computing as we know it today.
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              Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For July 14th, 2017        

    Hey, it's HighScalability time:

     

     

    We've seen algorithms expressed in seeds. Here's an algorithm for taking birth control pills expressed as packaging. Awesome history on 99% Invisible.

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    • 2 trillion: web requests served daily by Akamai; 9 billion: farthest star ever seen in light-years; 10^31: bacteriophages on earth; 7: peers needed to repair ransomware damage; $30,000: threshold of when to leave AWS; $300K-$400K: beginning cost of running Azure Stack on HPE ProLiant; 3.5M: files in the Microsoft's git repository; 300M: Google's internal image data training set size; 7.2 Mbps: global average connection speed; 85 million: Amazon Prime members; 35%: Germany generated its electricity from renewables;

    • Quotable Quotes:
      • Jessica Flack: I believe that science sits at the intersection of these three things — the data, the discussions and the math. It is that triangulation — that’s what science is. And true understanding, if there is such a thing, comes only when we can do the translation between these three ways of representing the world.
      • gonchs: “If your whole business relies on us [Medium], you might want to pick a different one”
      • @AaronBBrown777: Hey @kelseyhightower, if you're surfing GitHub today, you might find it interesting that all your web bits come thru Kubernetes as of today.
      • Psyblog: The researchers were surprised to find that a more rebellious childhood nature was associated with a higher adult income.
      • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
      • Marek Kirejczyk: In general I would say: if you need to debug — you’ve already lost your way.
      • jasondc: To put it another way, RethinkDB did extremely well on Hacker News. Twitter didn't, if you remember all the negative posts (and still went public). There is little relation between success on Hacker News and company success.
      • Rory Sutherland: What intrigues me about human decision making is that there seems to be a path-dependence involved - to which we are completely blind.
      • joeblau: That experience taught me that you really need to understand what you're trying to solve before picking a database. Mongo is great for some things and terrible for others. Knowing what I know now, I would have probably chosen Kafka.
      • 0xbear: cloud "cores" are actually hyperthreads. Cloud GPUs are single dies on multi-die card. If you use GPUs 24x7, just buy a few 1080 Ti cards and forego the cloud entirely. If you must use TF in cloud with CPU, compile it yourself with AVX2 and FMA support. Stock TF is compiled for the lowest common denominator
      • Dissolving the Fermi Paradox: Doing a distribution model shows that even existing literature allows for a substantial probability of very little life, and a more cautious prior gives a significant probability for rare life
      • Peter Stark: Crews with clique structures report significantly more depression, anxiety, anger, fatigue and confusion than crews with core-periphery structures.
      • Patrick Marshall: Gu said that the team expects to have a prototype [S2OS’s software-defined hypervisor is being designed to centrally manage networking, storage and computing resources] ready in about three years that will be available as open-source software.
      • cobookman: I've been amazed that more people don't make use of googles preemtibles. Not only are they great for background batch compute. You can also use them for cutting your stateless webserver compute costs down. I've seen some people use k8s with a cluster of preemtibles and non preemtibles. 
      • @jeffsussna: Complex systems can’t be fully modeled. Failure becomes the only way to fully discover requirements. Thus the need to embrace it.
      • Jennifer Doudna: a genome’s size is not an accurate predictor of an organism’s complexity; the human genome is roughly the same length as a mouse or frog genome, about ten times smaller than the salamander genome, and more than one hundred times smaller than some plant genomes.
      • Daniel C. Dennett: In Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (1995), I argued that natural selection is an algorithmic process, a collection of sorting algorithms that are themselves composed of generate-and-test algorithms that exploit randomness (pseudo-randomness, chaos) in the generation phase, and some sort of mindless quality-control testing phase, with the winners advancing in the tournament by having more offspring.
      • Almir Mustafic: My team learned the DynamoDB limitations before we went to production and we spent time calculating things to properly provision RCUs and WCUs. We are running fine in production now and I hear that there will be automatic DynamoDB scaling soon. In the meantime, we have a custom Python script that scales our DynamoDB.

    • I've written a novella: The Strange Trial of Ciri: The First Sentient AI. It explores the idea of how a sentient AI might arise as ripped from the headlines deep learning techniques are applied to large social networks. I try to be realistic with the technology. There's some hand waving, but I stay true to the programmers perspective on things. One of the big philosophical questions is how do you even know when an AI is sentient? What does sentience mean? So there's a trial to settle the matter. Maybe. The big question: would an AI accept the verdict of a human trial? Or would it fight for its life? When an AI becomes sentient what would it want to do with its life? Those are the tensions in the story. I consider it hard scifi, but if you like LitRPG there's a dash of that thrown in as well. Anyway, I like the story. If you do too please consider giving it a review on Amazon. Thanks for your support!

    • Serving 39 Million Requests for $370/Month, or: How We Reduced Our Hosting Costs by Two Orders of Magnitude. Step 1: Just Go Serverless: Simply moving to a serverless environment had the single greatest impact on reducing hosting costs. Our extremely expensive operating costs immediately shrunk by two orders of magnitude. Step 2: Lower Your Memory Allocation: Remember, each time you halve your function’s memory allocation, you’re roughly halving your Lambda costs. Step 3: Cache Your API Gateway Responses: We pay around $14 a month for a 0.5GB API Gateway cache with a 1 hour TTL. In the last month, 52% (20.3MM out of 39MM) of our API requests were served from the cache, meaning less than half (18.7MM requests) required invoking our Lambda function. That $14 saves us around $240 a month in Lambda costs.

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              Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments, Prosperity, and the Good Society        

    Stubborn%20Attachments.png Tyler Cowen of George Mason University and the co-host of the blog Marginal Revolution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Stubborn Attachments, his book-length treatment of how to think about public policy. Cowen argues that economic growth--properly defined--is the moral key to maintaining civilization and promoting human well-being. Along the way, the conversation also deals with inequality, environmental issues, and education.

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    Intro. [Recording date: July 24, 2017.]

    Russ Roberts: This is your 10th appearance on EconTalk.

    Tyler Cowen: Yeah. That's great.

    Russ Roberts: I know. It is. It puts you in the elite group of double-digit guests. Your most recent appearance was two months ago in May when we talked about your book The Complacent Class; and today we're talking a new book that you've written that's online--you can find it at Medium.com; we're going to be putting a link up to it. The title is Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. What's your central claim or claims? What are you trying to advance in this book?

    Tyler Cowen: Since I was a graduate student I've been interested in the normative foundations of economics and political judgments. And in this book I try to argue we can actually solve the biggest issues in judging what makes a political or economic order right, why do we prefer one economic policy over another. So, it's a very philosophical book. And, unlike a lot of philosophy, which tends to lead to a kind of an anihilism or extreme skepticism, in this I try to suggest we actually have all the answers. We just need to be bold. And we can go through what those answers are. But, that's the overview of this fairly short book. I've worked on it for about 20 years, spending maybe a month or two a year trying to improve it. And then I figured finally it was ready.

    Russ Roberts: Well, it's a really interesting book and it does make a bold claim--more than one bold claim--which your summary captures one of those claims. Which is: We've figured it out. So, that's a bit strong. It's a strong claim, not just a bold claim. What have we figured out? What do you think is the central way we should be deciding the policy issues that divide us?

    Tyler Cowen: Economists for a long time have focused on economic growth, but most philosophers typically have not. I argue that if you systematically introduce the idea of sustainable economic growth into philosophy, welfare economics, social choice theory, that that allows you really to clear up a lot of different problems. And think of the fundamental problem in so much of philosophy as being what we call aggregation. If, you know, John wants one TV show and Sally wants to watch another show, and they only have one TV, well, how do we judge which is the better outcome? There's different attempts to solve that problem. Some people are egalitarians; other people want to maximize utility of the two. But I argue we should take a straightforward economic approach and basically ask, 'Well, what would they trade to do?' and then I aggregate this approach to the whole economy. And basically if you have one economy with a rate of compound growth over time higher than that of another economy, over some number of decades one of those situations will just very clearly be better than the other for almost everyone. So, that's the starting point of the book. The chapters cover a lot more issues. But that's kind of my entry point into the stuff talked about by John Rawls, Robert Nozick, Derek Parfit and other people.

    4:19

    Russ Roberts: How would you say that conclusion differs from simply saying we should pursue what's "efficient"? Which is a phrase I do not like. It has a very narrow meaning in economics: It basically means that we--well, I won't even try to summarize it. But help me out here. What's the difference between your economic approach and traditional economic welfare approaches?

    Tyler Cowen: Efficiency typically is quite a static concept. One novelty in my argument is I claim we should use an intergenerational discount rate of zero. That is, the distant future we should not discount at all. There's positive time preference within a life, but over the course of generations no one is sitting around impatiently waiting to be born. And once you adopt that move, the further-out future becomes very important for our deliberations. And then the gains from getting this higher compound rate of economic growth, they really do just overwhelm anything else in the calculation. And the typical more static or a-temporal economic treatment of efficiency--it may be useful for some problems, but it doesn't give you this whole perspective across time about how to think about, you know, social choices in general.

    Russ Roberts: I guess one way to think about it, now that I've gotten over stubbing[?] my brain there--it's earlier here in California where I'm recording this, so obviously I'm behind. One could argue that efficiency is making sure that the pie is as large as possible right now. And what you are suggesting is that we ought to make sure that the pie grows as fast as it can grow going forward.

    Tyler Cowen: That's right.

    Russ Roberts: Would you say that's a decent--?

    Tyler Cowen: That's a good way to put it. Yes.

    Russ Roberts: So, most people would say--I want to come back to the technical issue of discounting. I find your approach deeply appealing; and one piece of it deeply flawed--and I'll let you defend it. But let's just start with this idea that I think is not compelling to most people. It sounds very technocratic that we should just, 'Oh, let the economy grow as fast as possible; eventually everything will work out well.' A lot of people would find that unappealing, for one reason being it's mainly focusing on material well-being. And I know you have an answer to that; so I want you to answer that. The other, of course, is that it may leave a lot of people behind. People are very worried about that; rightfully so. So, try to deal with those two.

    Tyler Cowen: Let me first say I do adopt the qualification that maximizing growth should be subject to respecting human rights; and some human rights are absolute. We shouldn't trample over those even if it will somehow boost the growth rate. But on top of that, I think if you look at long enough time horizons, say, even relatively poor people today are much better off than they were in less wealthy societies of the 18th, 19th, or early 20th century--that they have access to cheap food, partial access to antibiotics, a much cleaner and healthier environment, safer water. And that even though some people are going to gain much more than others, if you take a longer term time perspective--I don't think you quite get to a literal unanimity of all humans being better off. Say, some people who love power or who want to see the impoverishment of others--they'll be worse off. But, from a practical point of view, virtually all people are better off, say, in a society that has 5 or 7 times the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of an alternative course for economic policy.

    Russ Roberts: So, if I might, I just want to defend you a little more, completely in your point about human rights. You also say that leisure counts. And the environment counts.

    Tyler Cowen: Absolutely. And without the environment working, none of this will be sustainable. So, the long time perspective--it both puts a higher priority on the environment, but also a higher priority on economic growth. And it gives you some metric for trading those things off against each other.

    8:22

    Russ Roberts: So, I find the argument extremely compelling in many dimensions. I want to cast it in a different way, which is--I've used this in a couple of my books; I really think it's the right way to think about it--which is: If you asked a person in 1900 who suffered through economic change, who suffered through, say, the transformation of agriculture, the industrialization in the second half of the 19th century, there's a lot of hardship that that imposed. At the same time, the wellbeing of the children and grandchildren of those people were so extraordinarily and stunningly great compared to their lives that a lot of people--those people themselves would say this was a good deal. So, that to me is the logic of what you are talking about in taking a long-term perspective. But, for me, part of that requires a connection between the generations that's through love, which I think is often ignored, and it is there. And I'm wondering whether people alive today who maybe are less likely to have children than people in the past, whether some of those arguments don't work quite as well. What are your thoughts on that?

    Tyler Cowen: Well, keep in mind, this book is in a sense a companion to my trade release, The Complacent Class. And that's a book about how we're less willing to incur one-off costs for a much better future. So, if you are just asking, you know, 'How are people behaving today?' I think we have less of that willingness to sacrifice for the future; more sense of entitlement: 'I'm not going to give up anything now, no matter what it may bring later on.' So, I think we're moving in the wrong direction. I think even people who don't have children or who maybe do not love their children should be able to see the morally forcing nature of, 'We should choose the outcome that will both enable civilization to last for longer'--which is really compelling when you think about what means--'and have a higher standard of living for virtually all human beings.' I think those are the strongest values we can possibly cite, especially when combined with this notion of inalienable human rights as a kind of binding side-constraint on what we can do.

    Russ Roberts: Why is it important have a high standard of living? That sounds like a very--I know you have a much richer conception of that idea, but to most people that sounds very--it's something an economist would say who doesn't have much understanding about the human experience.

    Tyler Cowen: Keep in mind this isn't just money we're talking about. It's leisure time. It's ability to maintain your health, your ability to control your time. What people value and are willing to trade off against other goods. But, people who have higher living standards, there's plenty of good evidence that they tend to be happier within their societies. They live longer lives. They suffer less pain. They recover better from trauma. They are better able to be charitable to the rest of the world or people less fortunate than they are. I think most of what we consider the virtues co-moves with having a much higher level of social wealth.

    Russ Roberts: What about the argument that right now--I don't accept the argument but many people do--that many people are left behind in our economy. They don't share in the growth: the rising tide isn't lifting all boats any more. So your argument was great in the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s; doesn't hold today.

    Tyler Cowen: Well, I think today we're doing a very bad job at maximizing the rate of economic growth. So, if a person is complaining that right now we're not doing what I'm suggesting, I'm fully on board with that. Do I think there are plenty of changes we can make to economic policy that would both boost growth and improve the lot of people who are less fortunate--say, starting with education, or deregulating building, or helping our society be less crony-capitalist, more mobile and so on--there's plenty we can do. We're not doing it. We're totally failing; and we're the complacent class. And we need to get our act together. And this gets back to the two books' being complements to each other: But of course we're failing at that.

    12:33

    Russ Roberts: I guess--let's take some particular issues. Other people would pick different issues that they think are holding the economy back. And I want you to use the framework of the book to try to deal with them. And, underlying some of your claims, I would say--at least the way I read it and correct me if I'm wrong--there's a view that the Left and the Right could come together on many of these issues and not disagree as much as they appear to. So, issues that I think about, that we fight about--Left and Right--or things like immigration, issues like minimum wage or labor market regulation, tax policy: Do you think there are choices--there are opportunities--choose a word--that there's low-hanging fruit in the growth sphere that we're missing that could make a big improvement and that in theory Left and Right could agree on?

    Tyler Cowen: Sure. Just to take tax policy: American tax policy is one of the most complicated in the world. In some regards we tax capital at too high a rate; it slows down innovation. You have American firms shifting operations or just accounting profits overseas for the sole purpose of evading tax; that can really make sense. Most economists--and I include Democrats in this designation; Republicans, Democrats--think we could have a much better tax code and it would boost our rate of growth. So, we should do it.

    Russ Roberts: Okay; well, I think the idea is--that's one I think there is some agreement on among economists. Examples like lowering the corporate tax rate or changing the way we treat profits overseas. But the height of marginal rates--I guess the thing that comes to my mind, when I was reading your book--when I was being trained as an economist, there was this so-called equity-and-efficiency tradeoff. It's kind of what your book is about, at least the way it was framed when I was younger. Which is that if we try to redistribute income on the grounds of fairness or political expediency, either one, that we're going to pay a price in either efficiency--the pie is going to be smaller than it would be--or, more importantly in your case, the pie is not going to grow as fast. What evidence do you think we have that there is this potentially much higher growth rate awaiting us if we had better economic policy?

    Tyler Cowen: Well, let me first just go back a second and say I do think some redistributions could boost the rate of economic growth a lot, and they have in the past: Public health programs would be an example. Giving poor people more resources so they have more opportunity and they have a better chance to become creators or maybe even later, inventors. So, I don't think it means no redistribution. I think it says we should check redistribution by what kinds of redistribution will maximize the growth rate. I think in many particular individual areas in economics there is good evidence that particular reforms would boost economic growth. There is work by Enrico Moretti, for instance, that by deregulating building this would boost GDP and give people more opportunity that would be pro-egalitarian as well. Medical innovation: I think there's good evidence there that some policies have helped it; other policies have hurt it. Obviously, we should do more to help it. The tax code: I think there's some economic issues that don't fit into my book. So, you mentioned the minimum wage, what everyone thinks of that. And I tend to be skeptical of minimum wages. But I don't think there's anything in the framework of my book that clears up whether or not we should do it, because odds are it could well be neutral with respect to growth, even if there's this one-time reason not to put those people out of work. So, I don't think the framework handles all economic issues, but those that are growth-related or growth-sensitive, yes.

    16:27

    Russ Roberts: Let's talk about the mobility issue, and we'll start with inside the country. You referenced Moretti's work on regulation of housing supply; and a lot of people are starting to wonder about this. What's your take on this? Do you think we've made--it appears, it seems to me, and I don't have strong evidence for it, but it seems to me we've made a catastrophic set of mistakes in urban housing policy that, for reasons that--we can debate what the underlying cause is--but, a lot of people would be more productive living in the larger American cities. And those cities have become extremely expensive. I find it interesting that we--we have a lot of stories to tell about it, but the evidence is not so open and shut. Or, maybe you think it is. Talk about that.

    Tyler Cowen: I wouldn't say it's open and shut. But here's the thing that happened that surprised many people, myself included. The extent to which clustering benefits--having so many smart tech people together in San Francisco, or so many people in the arts or creative industries together in New York or Manhattan--those lately have been a lot stronger than most people expected. I think there was a sense of, 'Well, maybe I don't favor these building restrictions, but maybe, you know, there'll be overflow: some people will move to Atlanta. They'll move to Tulsa, OK, or wherever. They won't be quite as productive, but, you know, we'll work around it.' And how wrong that's turned out to have been. I think information technology in particular, is remarkably clustered. It's a bit like movie project evaluation in Hollywood or finance in New York, London, and Hong Kong. So, we're moving more toward clustering. And that's made, you know, a more or less constant policy be a lot more costly. And I think, you know, there are studies, like the Moretti articles. But also, just intuitively, you see productive people who want to move to San Francisco and they tell you, 'Hey, I can't afford it.' You then go to San Francisco; you see there's plenty of room there. I don't want to quite call that a proof; but what I would refer to as the anecdotal dimension. It very strongly supports the statistical work.

    Russ Roberts: Yah, let's talk about that clustering for a minute. It's a digression, but it's one that intrigues me. We invoke that--that clustering argument, that people are more productive around people like them. But, of course, you don't interact with most of them. You can't, almost by definition--just the physical constraints of human life and time. So, I happen to be in the Bay Area for the summer; I'm recording this on the Stanford campus, which sometimes feels like the center of the tech universe. And I meet a lot of really smart people here who are working in startups or in larger firms. And, is it really important that they are near other really smart people? It's hard to understand, for me. The place feels alive about these issues. It feels like a more dynamic place than, say, suburban Maryland where I live during the year. But, what's the underlying reality that's driving that productivity that we claim? I'm not sure that I understand what it is.

    Tyler Cowen: Keep in mind, in an indirect way you do interact with all of them. So, there's some kind of aggregation mechanism for information, so the best ideas get passed along, and you are in closer contact with those ideas. You understand them better in context. So, maybe if, in only the course of a week you only speak to 10 people; but those 10 people have spoken to 10 people who in turn--and so on down a chain. And what gets passed along are the best ideas relative to, say, the Bay Area. It's like being the Think Tank world in or near Washington, D.C. In the course of a week or month, how many other Think Tankers do I meet? You know, it depends where I go. But even if I only meet a few, what I'm hearing are the best dribs and drabs that world is producing. And then, on the hiring side, when you are going out to give people a job and set them to work doing something, and your company might have to ramp up quickly--you know, in the tech world you can't do that in Tallahassee. Actually, in the public policy world, you really can't do that in San Francisco very well. So, you know, I even live some of that firsthand as having a role at Mercatus Center and George Mason University doing hiring; and you see just how important that clustering is. If you are doing public policy work, you want to be near Washington, D.C. And you do learn from everyone here, even if you only meet with 10 of them.

    Russ Roberts: I don't think I've ever heard it romanticized that way, as "dribs and drabs." But I think you meant it in a positive way.

    Tyler Cowen: Yes, absolutely. I was [?].

    21:13

    Russ Roberts: Let me think about it maybe a slightly different way, which ties into this point about mobility. If a firm did start in Tallahassee, and it didn't work out--which most of them of course don't--most startups don't make it--you've got to move from Tallahassee. You've got to leave. You've got to start over. I think one of these advantages of these clusters that we are talking about is that once you are there--and I'm talking now about the worker, not the firm, but of course the firm also have economies of scale in this. But for a worker, you know, if it doesn't work out at Google, there are other places I can work that demand my skills; and I don't have to relocate to Minneapolis or Boston or New York or Washington or Chicago. And that's nice. Maybe--

    Tyler Cowen: Especially for two-earner couples, right?

    Russ Roberts: Correct, where you've got to find that second--

    Tyler Cowen: [?]

    Russ Roberts: Yeah. That just reinforces the point. I just wonder: I feel like we've made everything just a little harder for people to relocate, both in terms of real estate policy, and maybe some of it's emotional--maybe some of it's a wealth effect, that we don't like to start over when we're successful. I'm just trying to figure out why it's different. Why is it different now than 25, 30, 40, 50 years ago? It's hard to understand. Right? It's easy to tell the story at a point in time. It's a little harder to make the claim over time, it seems to me.

    Tyler Cowen: Well, look at what's grown in our economy. It's been information technology, finance, and creative industries, among other areas. Those are all very clustering-intensive. Something like cement production--you know, the cement producers are not all clustered in one part of Ohio. They are fairly spread out through the country because transporting cement is costly. So, so much of our economic growth has coming in clustering intensive areas. That's changed a lot. Schooling has become more of a race: there is a lot more credentialism. So, having your kid in the right school is more important. And that makes, say, Manhattan, San Francisco, much more problematic: you've got to pay for private schooling. For a lot of parents, that has changed and intensified. So, I think there are some things we can point to that seem pretty clearly in line with the overall story. The world being globalized, also. You want to reach global markets. Well, that's harder to do from Tallahassee. It's easier from New York or San Francisco. So, the value of being there is now much higher.

    Russ Roberts: Why do you think credentialism has grown the way it has? Why is it so important? Why do parents suffer? And that slightly goes against your point earlier about being willing to sacrifice for the future. Right? Parents relentlessly sacrifice for their children, to get them into the best private schools, the best universities. And, I've always been somewhat of a skeptic on that for my children. Part of it's my educational past. And part of it's just I feel like I've been in the kitchen. And, I know what the differences are between the most prestigious and the not-quite-as-prestigious schools. And it's a big premium that people pay for it; and personally, it's not worth it for me. But what do you think--why has that gotten "worse" or, depending on your view of it, why has it changed so much in the last 20 years?

    Tyler Cowen: Some of it is the law. So there are more licenses for more professions than ever before. Some of it is just overall growth of the service sector which tends to have more certification, even if it's of the non-legal sort. I think some of it is the greater complexity and indeed value of production: so, a lot of entrepreneurs, they don't want to take so many chances, so they want the Masters' degree or the Ivy League or Top 30 education, whatever it will be. And then some of it is this kind of signaling game where it inches up, what credential you need; in every generation it gets a bit worse. And it used to be to be an undergraduate degree; now it's a Masters'. Maybe someday it will be a Ph.D. And that's just institutions getting out of whack and no one really pulling the plug and really just saying, 'No.' I think all of those put together.

    Russ Roberts: Isn't some of it just demographic? That a very large cohort of the offspring of baby boomers is going through the university pipeline and there isn't enough? The costs of entry are very high. It's very difficult to start a first-rate university from scratch--

    Tyler Cowen: Sure. Harvard doesn't take[?] that many more people. Yeah--

    Russ Roberts: Yeah. Which is a puzzle, by the way.

    Tyler Cowen: Yes, I agree.

    Russ Roberts: They've tried to, right? Implicitly. Most of the great universities now are using MOOCs (massive open online courses) in other ways to extend their franchise and market share in a different dimension. But it's not--if you think of university as I do, as a finishing school for certain types of people, that role is very difficult to get online. So, the networking and the socialization part of college, the--what people are really willing to pay for, and they want a certain kind of product that's very difficult to create from scratch, almost by definition.

    Tyler Cowen: Well, the actual degree, the four-year degree with your name on it: Harvard admissions have gone up a bit; Princeton, Yale--they are working on it a little. But it's nothing compared to what a normal market would bring, which is this huge increase in demand stemming from globalization and higher return to skills--

    Russ Roberts: Yup--

    Tyler Cowen: and you would think, like, these schools would grow by a factor of 5, 10, 15. Whatever. But, of course, it's nothing like that. Maybe they boost admissions by 10% and then boast about it and say they are doing their best. And they cut tuition for the poorest students. But it's basically the same game but with more people trying to rush through the entrance.

    27:01

    Russ Roberts: Let's think about that just for a second. Why is it--and when I was at [the University of] Chicago in graduate school in the 1980s, in the late 1970s, Chicago had struggled in the late 1960s and 1970s with crime. And they thought about relocating--I think to Arizona. It's interesting that they didn't start a second campus. And then things got better. But--and they decided to stay. I think it was a threat to the city, basically: Rumor had it that the city punished Hyde Park, where the University is, for not supporting Mayor Daly and other Democratic candidates. So they would give them--they supported them in the election, but in the Primary they would always support the challenger. And so they'd give them lousy police service and lousy roads--no clearing--and garbage pickup. So the University created its own police department. Which was pretty effective. But they threatened to move--partially, I think just as a threat. But, why didn't they--not move, but why don't they create, why don't universities create franchises, extend the brand name? It's one thing to say, 'Well, Stanford wouldn't be Stanford if were 70,000 students.' That's true. But why isn't there a Stanford East, or a Harvard West, or a Chicago South? Why don't universities--or a George Mason West? You know, George Mason has a much better reputation than its sort-of on-paper quality--because it's distinctive. And its economics department is a huge part of that. Why wouldn't George Mason try to exploit that reputational advantage somewhere else outside of Virginia?

    Tyler Cowen: I think it's hard to do. Keep in mind what makes George Mason, say, special, is faculty of a particular kind. So you can't duplicate those faculty in a Star-Trek-like machine. You might hope to hire the equivalent. But to tell people, 'Well, there's this new school, George Mason West.' And it's starting with near-zero faculty and you're the first one to go there; and the colleagues you really want to interact with, they are 3000 miles away. I'm not saying no one would take it. But it's not such a compelling offer if faculty is a scarce asset. Keep in mind: Many schools do now have branches. Most commonly you see this branching into Singapore. There's a bit into China. Some--George Mason has a program in Korea. These are all new. We're not sure how they'll go. I think some of them actually will work. So, the branching we're seeing is into this high-demand area of Asia. And I think there's also about admitting too many Asians into the main campus branch for a lot of schools. And this is a way around that.

    Russ Roberts: Yeah, but I think you are--obviously, the faculty is a key part. I don't know how--it's quite as irreplaceable or unduplicatable as you might want to think. But, you'd think there would be some faculty who might want to live somewhere else other than Fairfax.

    Tyler Cowen: I think that a Harvard/California could work. I believe normatively Harvard should do it. I see zero signs they are about to. It would mean a dilution of control, a lot of headaches, a lot of new legal issues. You know, some reputational risk. But you could increase the number of people getting into some version of Harvard by really quite a bit. And that would be a wonderful thing for the country. And the world.

    Russ Roberts: So, I'm going to suggest a simpler explanation for this. Which is: Nobody has an incentive to do it. The faculty like where they are, mostly. There's no owner. The alums [alumni, alumns--Econlib Ed.] are something of a residual claimant. They are probably against this. They, as you say, they risk diluting their own reputational name.

    Tyler Cowen: That's right. They are significant, the alums.

    Russ Roberts: Yup, very. But it's just interesting how--it always bewilders my parents--that no one's really--there's no boss in a modern American university. The Provost or the President only give the illusion of control. It's a very strange enterprise. And it's interesting because it's something we ought to think about given how important it is, or at least how important it seems to be in our lives--both not just material lives, in the economic growth that we're talking about, but in other ways as well.

    Tyler Cowen: But these universities, they do take other value-maximizing actions, like trying to improve the sports team or treating their donors better or having the lawn look nice on graduation day. So, they're not incapable of responding to incentives. So, I suspect this idea of control is quite central, and risk, and alums, and the administration and the board just not wanting the headaches. And it's like when a lot of departments grow, the previous incumbents lose control. Some similar issues.

    Russ Roberts: But I really think it gets at the heart of what's dysfunctional about the non-profit sector, in general--and there are many wonderful things about them, the non-profit sector; I've sung its praises many times on the program, so don't misunderstand me. But the inevitable challenge of non-profits in my experience is that they want to grow. They just want to be bigger. They will sacrifice their mission, after a while. At first, the first founders of the organization and the early leaders are passionate about the mission; and they are very careful to make sure the mission is preserved. But after a while, the leaders care about just bigger. And they are willing to sacrifice the mission if bigger is the result. And that's just because there's no incentive for them to do something else, unfortunately, except for the passion of the people who care about that mission, either of the workers or the employees or the staff; sometimes the donors. The donors do care: that's why they give, generally. But if you think about the modern American university, the amount of money that they are sitting on in the endowments is shocking, really, as a social phenomenon. Because I think most people have a romance about the university--that it's created to help people and to allow people to educate themselves, and teach them, and help transform the world. And if that were true, they would do something really different from what they are doing.

    Tyler Cowen: I like the [?] of the new university called Minerva. I don't know if you've heard of it.

    Russ Roberts: I have--

    Tyler Cowen: You spend 4 years abroad with peers in a setting--so, you live in like Istanbul, Buenos Aires. You learn things from living there, and then you take shorter, intense classes online with your group and receive instruction at a distance. That, too, is new. It's too soon to judge. But I have some hope that that will be a success and lead to some alternative models and more experimentation.

    Russ Roberts: It's just interesting as a parent of a 17-year-old and two other college students who are in traditional universities, that, the idea of a parent saying, 'Oh, you ought to try this. This looks good,' the way you might say if a new car model came out, you might encourage them to try, or a new style of clothing. The amount that's at stake with your university degree is--at least it's perceived to be quite high. And so I think the challenge that Minerva has, and other innovators, is getting people to jump who might otherwise go to a first rate brick-and-mortar university. And maybe not get the return from it that they could get at a place like this one.

    Tyler Cowen: I wish Harvard cared more about being bigger, actually. It seems to me, so many universities--they are willing to grow if they can grow in ways where they maintain some kinds of control. So, there's like new facilities; there's new external programs; there's new, say, athletics; new initiatives that require more administrators. But, just for the school to be bigger--I'm used to George Mason, which has gone from a few thousand students to 34,000 and improved quality pretty much the whole way through. Not that many schools are doing that. I'm spoilt, in a way. I know it's possible.

    Russ Roberts: Yeah. Well. It's hard to steer those cats on the faculty. We know that.

    35:38

    Russ Roberts: Let's turn to some of the questions--let's go back to your book, although it's been fun talking about something only related tangentially to it. But, let's talk about what you would say is the low-hanging fruit for improving the rate of economic growth. You know, I find it deeply distressing that our current economic policy debate is over whether we should renegotiate NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). It's sort of the central piece of what we're debating. I guess another piece would be our tax policy. None of which is going well. Could be political reasons for that, obviously. But some of it I think has to do with our ideological differences in the country. What would you recommend that we do to boost the economic growth rate?

    Tyler Cowen: The United States--I think we should commit truly to free trade, which we are not doing now. I think our government actually should spend more supporting scientific research. You and I may disagree on that. I think we should radically deregulate building. I feel in almost all areas of the economy we should deregulate economic activity; I would say the environment and finance are more complicated stories there. Those are partial exceptions. Have systematic tax reform and treat capital income better. Those would just be a few things offhand that I would recommend.

    Russ Roberts: What's complicated about finance?

    Tyler Cowen: We have this thing called 'deposit insurance'--

    Russ Roberts: Because I disagree with you on the science part; but if I got your whole platform, I'd be thrilled. I'd be happy to take a little too much science research that might be spent not so well, to get the rest of it. So, I'm sorry: I interrupted you. What's the issue with finance?

    Tyler Cowen: We have this thing called 'deposit insurance,' which, even if you abolished on paper, the actual guarantee in my opinion will not go away as long as we have Congress in the modern world. So that means there's some kind of backstop. So, there's always a chance financial institutions take depositors' money or creditors' money and in essence bring it to the casino to take too much risk in non-productive ways. And I do think the government has to do something to control that. My favorite direction is to have higher capital requirements. So, in essence the banks are first playing with their own money. But even capital requirements--they are not a simple thing to see through and enforce. And I think this will require a fair amount of financial regulation. And if we don't do that, we'll end up with periodic crises that will lead to even more financial regulation and possibly nationalization. So, I think that's a very tricky issue. But I don't think just, you know, hands off laissez faire makes sense there.

    Russ Roberts: What about environmental issues? You just mention them but you also spend a decent amount of time in the book talking them. How do they interact with the issues of growth that you are talking about? A lot of people would argue that growth is bad for the environment. Economists typically answer, 'Yeah, but countries that grow at higher rates and get wealthier tend to take care of the environment.' What's your take?

    Tyler Cowen: Most aspects of the environment improve with economic growth. Clean water is an example. Clean air is an example. There's something known as the Kuznets Curve--that as societies become wealthier, they do a better job cleaning up. That's true; but keep in mind, in part we have the Kuznets Curve because some government regulation is used. It's by no means entirely due to regulation, but partly it is. But, I think on this one issue of carbon, we see a lot of countries getting wealthier and not really doing much, if anything, to clean up their carbon emissions. And in that instance I would consider something like a carbon tax. And, if need be, cut taxes on other capital income to make up for the difference.

    Russ Roberts: So, you wouldn't say we should grow as fast as we can so we can adapt to the climate change that might be coming?

    Tyler Cowen: Well, I think a carbon tax is the way to grow as fast as we can. Look at it that way. We've got to tax something, right? So, you can either tax productive labor or you can tax something that with some probably emits a negative externality. In almost any model, taxing the negative externality will give you higher growth.

    40:04

    Russ Roberts: At one point, you ask about what we can do to make our civilization more stable. What are you thinking about there? What do you mean by 'making our civilization more stable'? And, what kind of actions do you think would be relevant?

    Tyler Cowen: Since WWII, we've lived in this funny upswing, where so many countries have had higher and higher standards of living, and more democracy, and in general a higher degree of public order. And we've started to treat that as historically normal. I don't know whether or not it's historically normal. But if you go back and you read classic history, or study antiquity, or for that matter, you know, read the Hebrew Bible, I think you get a very different perspective on what history normally looks like. So, I think there are key issues, such as cyber-security, nuclear terrorism, foreign policy. Hardly do we ignore those things. But I don't think they are sufficiently a civilizational priority. There are forms of existential risk that we could do more to protect ourselves against. But I think we're too complacent to actually do it. And furthermore, so much of the budget is spent on other things, it comes across to people as a difficult-to-swallow tax hike. I would much rather we spend more money limiting risk at the civilizational level than what we are doing now.

    Russ Roberts: A lot of people are worried about inequality. We touched on this earlier but I want to come back to it now. And, a lot of people would argue that it's the central problem of our age; it does put our society at risk of instability because there's a pervasive sense of unfairness--is the claim. What are your thoughts on how we should deal with that and how it might interact with the growth rate that you are more focused on?

    Tyler Cowen: Well, as we've discussed, there's lots we could do that would increase opportunity for people who now are less skilled or have lower incomes. But, I'm not persuaded by the view the inequality is somehow the root cause of political instability. If I look at a place such as Poland, which right now is flirting with semi-Fascistic idea or non-democratic ideas in a dangerous way, they've had a wonderful economic performance, for the most part. A lot of productive manufacturing jobs have come into Poland, actually, from Western Europe. It's a far, far nicer and better place than it had been under Soviet domination. And yet they are flirting with illiberal ideas. Now, I don't pretend to know why that's the case. But whenever I hear a kind of simple equation of, 'Here's this domestic tendency I don't like about American policy, so I'm going to say it's the root cause behind politicians I don't like, social movements I don't like, street crime, violence, collapse of public order.' When you actually look at the literature, the literature seems to suggest inequality gives rise to some disillusionment and some disengagement. Those are bad things. But if anything causes instability, you know, it can be rising expectations in some cases. So, I don't think we really understand the political consequences of inequality. But, I hear a lot of claims batted around that probably aren't true.

    43:25

    Russ Roberts: Let's turn to a philosophical question, which is utilitarianism, which you write quite a bit about in the book. I think you define yourself as a 2/3 utilitarian. What do you mean by that?

    Tyler Cowen: Well, that was a little tongue in cheek. But, I think if you are looking at a public policy, the first question you should ask should be the utilitarian question: Will this make most people better off? It's not the endpoint. You also need to ask about justice. And you should consider distribution. I think you should consider, say, how human beings are treating animals. You might want to consider other broader considerations. But that's the starting point. And if your policy fails the utilitarian test, I'm not saying it can never be good. But it has, really, a pretty high bar to clear. So, when I said "two thirds," that's what I meant.

    Russ Roberts: So, I like that, too. I mean, my view is it's sort of a starting point. It's not the end point. For a lot of people, it is the end point. But you write quite a bit--and I find it intriguing: Some of the more, harsher demands that utilitarianism might place on us. And, they are not so easy to answer. So, talk about what some of those are, about, say, having an ice cream cone when people are starving; or working selfishly at your job when you could relocate, say, as a doctor, and help poor people outside the United States. What are your thoughts on those? Talk about what some of what those issues are and then give us your take on them.

    Tyler Cowen: Well, this is the Peter Singer conundrum: How can you enjoy that active personal consumption, that chocolate ice cream cone, when, dot-dot-dot people are starving? You've been hearing this from your parents when you are a kid: How can you leave food on your plate when there's hungry children in Africa? Whatever the tale used to be. That's a morally interesting question, but I don't think it's the most relevant question. I think the most relevant question is: What can you do so the global economy grows at a higher rate? And that's going to help the poor, including in other countries more than anything else because of technology transfer, remittances, immigration. Multinationals, hiring people at higher wages, and so on. And if you ask the question, 'Well, what can I do for the poor in my own country, and other countries?' the answers will be to work really hard; try to innovate; save a lot; contribute to highly productive organizations. I do think we should feel a greater compulsion to do those things than we do now. So, I'm willing to bite that bullet. But, that to me is the moral dilemma. You know--not the ice cream cone. If the ice cream cone is what motivates people to produce value because they love ice cream, I say, 'Full steam ahead' with the ice cream cone. I'm worried that we are not innovating enough.

    Russ Roberts: Yeah. For me, the argument is, is really a failure to understand, I think the other side--that people would say--I think the example I remember from, I think it's from Will MacAskill, or he might be taking it from Singer, is: How can you throw a birthday party for your kid? That's just the most selfish thing in the world, because that amount of money could have an enormous impact on the wellbeing of a person elsewhere in a poorer society. And I guess the problem I have with that is: I don't think we have a very good understanding of how to make people's lives better who aren't living in our society. And, all these conundrums, all these puzzles and clever hypotheticals--they ignore that. They always assume: Oh, you can take this money and transform this person's life. As if there's just a box you could put the money in. We don't have that box. You know, people would say to--I love it when people say to me, 'Do you think we should give money to help education in poor countries?' and I'd say, 'No,' and they'd say, 'You are a selfish person.' And I said, 'We can't even figure out how to use money in the United States to make people's lives better in education. Why would I be so presumptuous to think I could do it in a different society, where the governance structure, the political institutions are designed often to steal that money?' I just don't see any evidence that there's such a mechanism. And to then--I'm willing to--the bullet I'd bite is to try and find mechanisms that will actually work. But the idea that somehow it's selfish of me to want to keep my money when I can't help people's lives--I don't understand it.

    Tyler Cowen: I'm more optimistic about philanthropy, perhaps, than you are. But, I would just take the stance that the much richer society will generate more philanthropy. You know, a lot of voluntary. Look at what Bill Gates is doing in Africa. I don't know that that's all working. I'm not well-informed about it. But he's certainly trying. And we know immigration works. We know having large multinationals who set up plants in other countries and hire people at hire wages--we know that works. We do know some things. I think we know, like, some number of public health programs work--if you vaccinate kids, or if we can get rid of malaria, or, you know, polio in some places, smallpox in others, that works. So, we know some things that work. And we've done a fair amount in those directions. So, to me, it would be strange to think we'll never find more things that work. But I think our path there is not kind of moralizing to people, and telling them to close up the birthday party or put down the ice cream cone. But, my goodness: Just could everyone, you know, working more, harder, smarter, and cultivating a culture of philanthropy? Which America largely has. To its benefit.

    Russ Roberts: Yeah. Don't misunderstand me. I'm a big fan of philanthropy, and I try to give away 10% of my after-tax income every year, for religious reasons; and I think there are ways to do that that are smarter than others. And I think it's important, as a human being, and as a way to make the world a better place. I think the challenge is getting those to scale and doing it in an organized way--

    Tyler Cowen: Sure.

    Russ Roberts: So, I think the tougher criticism of my view would be: How can you only give 10%? And you make that point in your book: Given my relative material prosperity, I should be giving away maybe 40%. And I think that's--it's an interesting argument. I think I have to take that--I think a thoughtful person has to take that seriously who is living, you know, an incredibly rich life, not just in material wellbeing but in all the things that that material wellbeing brings, in terms of security and comfort. So, I think it's a legitimate question. And I do think that the way to do that is through private philanthropy rather than through the, sort of, government aid--which has a really bad track record.

    Tyler Cowen: I know a person--he works in the financial sector in New York. He makes a lot of money; and he lives on almost nothing. He gives it all away. And I find that admirable. I think there should be more of it. But I wonder, given that human beings are what they are, how sustainable it would be to have too much more of it. I don't know. But I think the correct answer is to say, 'Yes, we should have more of this. Let's try a bit more and see how it goes.' I think that's right.

    50:26

    Russ Roberts: But, as you point out in the book, and I think it's related to your point just now about human nature and the human condition: If you are not careful, you become a slave. So, the argument would be--well, it's not 40%, but you'd be giving 75% or 80% away--because your standard of living is so much higher than other people's. We don't have to go to poor countries outside the United States. We're going to stick with the United States, actually.

    Tyler Cowen: Fair.

    Russ Roberts: So, people in West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, you name it--in your own state: you don't have to leave your own state, just different parts--it's immoral for you to live as comfortably as you do because there are people who live very badly nearby. And I do think it's not so straightforward to say, 'Okay, how can I help make their lives better?' But suppose I do find that way. It's a weird thing to become a, uhh, a servant of their wellbeing. Some might say it's the highest human experience you could have. You know, your friend in New York maybe is very happy. I don't know. Is he, or is she? I don't know.

    Tyler Cowen: He seems happy. Always hard to know. I'm not sure everyone could be happy that way.

    Russ Roberts: Yah. I think that's a challenge[?}. The more important thing to think about, of course: the time factor. So, you are going to go to school, get a medical degree, work for 8 years so that you can give away an enormous amount of money, and make lots of people's lives more pleasant. I don't know if that's an appealing marketing ploy.

    Tyler Cowen: Hmm.

    52:06

    Russ Roberts: At one point you talk about the Arrow Impossibility Theorem. And I think, right now, we are in a very interesting time in American politics. And partly as a result of nature of the partisan divide we are in right now--I think I am older than you. I remember when this divide was like this before. This is nothing new. I remember when Richard Nixon was in office. He was despised beyond words by his political opponents. So, it's not quite as new as it, as it might feel. But, there is something alarming about the state of things. And part of it, I think--part of it is the result of having an Electoral College: victors who didn't carry the popular vote; and that's very misleading, because once the incentives, the rules, are there, you should follow the rules. You are going to naturally try to win the Electoral College vote. Doesn't mean you would have lost the popular vote if that had been the only criterion. But there is a certain unease, I think, about the American political system. And I think of Arrow. I think of public choice generally. You talked about the aggregation problem; the challenge of the fact that we want different things: There's no such thing as 'The will of the people.' There's almost never such a thing even though it might get invoked. What is your philosophy in this book? What does it have to say about these issues?

    Tyler Cowen: One of the core arguments of the book is the way to resolve aggregation problems like the Arrow Impossibility Theorem is to move away from the static framework and think dynamically in terms of economic growth. And then, at the social level, the book is very much an encouragement for people to think big, and to believe in very significant--you could almost call them 'transcendent'--values. And that ethical thought needs to have what you almost might call the religious component; though I mean the word "religious" in the broad sense and not necessarily about a particular god. And that that's part of the path to getting to growth maximization--is changing how we think about our own social reality. In today's America, I see us in so many ways as moving in the opposite direction: being more petty, being more polarized, being more at each others' throats. Being actually less religious in the good sense. Being more complacent and more risk averse. So, our own values matter. They are one of the things that matter the most for boosting the rate of economic growth.

    Russ Roberts: Martha Nussbaum, recently, she and I both talked about transcendence. We had different understandings of it. So, this is--I don't think that word has been uttered until now, until Martha Nussbaum, on this program. And now, here it is again. And you've also now invoked religion, with a wink and an asterisk and a--I don't know what else. So, what do you mean by 'transcendent,' how you say; and what do you mean by 'religion'--quote "the good kind"--not any particular god? What does that mean to

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    I just picked up some new networking gear, so this will be the first of a multi-part blog post about my learnings configuring Unifi gear.

    One issue I noticed right away was that it is not possible, via CLI nor GUI, to configure fixed IP address for a host that relies on more than 1 of the configured networks/VLANs. Since I have a home server (user VLAN) that is also hosting the controller softare (management VLAN) and also acts as a gateway for sending packets over its VPN interface (VPN VLAN), this was necessary for me.

    It is possible but requires a bit of manual configuration using a config.gateway.json file. First, if you have configured a fixed IP for the host, unset it.

    Then, merge in the DHCP mappings in your config.gateway.json file:

    {
      "service":{
        "dhcp-server":{
          "shared-network-name":{
            "LAN_192.168.1.0-24":{
              "subnet":{
                "192.168.1.0/24":{
                  "static-mapping":{
                    "00-aa-22-bb-44-cc.mgmt":{
                      "ip-address":"192.168.1.5",
                      "mac-address":"00:aa:22:bb:44:cc"
                    }
                  }
                }
              }
            },
            "LAN_Users_192.168.10.0-24":{
              "subnet":{
                "192.168.10.0/24":{
                  "static-mapping":{
                    "00-aa-22-bb-44-cc.users":{
                      "ip-address":"192.168.10.5",
                      "mac-address":"00:aa:22:bb:44:cc"
                    }
                  }
                }
              }
            },
            "LAN_VPN_192.168.20.0-24":{
              "subnet":{
                "192.168.20.0/24":{
                  "static-mapping":{
                    "00-aa-22-bb-44-cc.vpn":{
                      "ip-address":"192.168.20.5",
                      "mac-address":"00:aa:22:bb:44:cc"
                    }
                  }
                }
              }
            }
          }
        }
      }
    }
    

    The key here is that the string child of the static-mapping node must be unique. Unifi will put in the MAC separated by dashes by default, so above I just tacked on the VLAN name to each name.

    Re-provision your USG and you should be good to go. If you run into trouble an want to debug DHCP req/ack sequences, setup verbose logging:

    configure
    set service dhcp-server global-parameters 'log-facility local2;'
    set system syslog file dhcpd facility local2 level debug
    set system syslog file dhcpd archive files 5
    set system syslog file dhcpd archive size 5000
    commit
    

    You'll find the DHCP log under /var/log/user/dhcpd. Simply reboot to go back to normal logging.


              Using OpenVPN connection to play games while abroad using Stream's In-Home Streaming        

    Introduction

    Steam has a great (albeit, a little glitchy) feature called In-Home Streaming that allows you to stream games from running Steam clients on your local network, effectively turning your gaming PC into a little render farm and allowing you to play from low-power devices like a laptop.

    With the help of OpenVPN, it's possible to enable playback of games from your home PC seamlessly while away from your home network too, provided you have a decent Internet connection. This tutorial will demonstrate how to setup an OpenVPN server on Fedora 23 with a bridged network connection in let you VPN into your home network and stream Steam games from PCs on your LAN.

    To make this work, we need to use OpenVPN in bridged mode with a tap network device. Bridging the ethernet and tap interfaces will allow VPN clients to receive an IP address on the LAN's subnet.

    The default (and simpler) tun devices are not bridged, and function on a separate subnet - something which will break in-home streaming. We need to be on the same LAN so that the UDP broadcast packets sent by Steam for auto-discovery will be received by the VPN clients.

    Creating a network bridge

    Let's start by setting up the network bridge with NetworkManager and enslaving the ethernet interface. Check the name of your active network interface by running nmcli d, and replace the value ofETH_IFACE with that name below:

    ETH_IFACE=enp3s0
    nmcli con add type bridge ifname br0
    nmcli c modify bridge-br0 bridge.stp no
    nmcli con add type bridge-slave ifname $ETH_IFACE master bridge-br0
    nmcli c up "bridge-slave-${ETH_IFACE}"
    nmcli c up bridge-br0

    Installing the OpenVPN server

    Next, in order to run an OpenVPN server, one needs to set up a certificate authority (CA) signs client certificates and authorizes them for login. In our case, we'll be using password authentication (for convenience) -- but OpenVPN still wants a CA setup and the server's certificate signed. Let's set up the CA for the OpenVPN server:

    dnf install easy-rsa
    cp -a /usr/share/easy-rsa/3 /root/openvpn-bridged-rsa
    cd /root/openvpn-bridged-rsa
    ./easyrsa init-pki
    ./easyrsa build-ca
    # Enter the CA password, then accept the defaults

    Now we need to create and sign the certificate for the server (set the value of SERVER_ALIAS to an alias of your choice):

    SERVER_ALIAS=homelab
    ./easyrsa gen-dh
    ./easyrsa gen-req $SERVER_ALIAS nopass
    ./easyrsa sign-req server $SERVER_ALIAS
    # Enter 'yes', then CA password

    Finally, we copy the keys and certificates to a dedicated folder for OpenVPN:

    mkdir /etc/openvpn/keys
    chmod 700 /etc/openvpn/keys
    cp pki/ca.crt pki/dh.pem "pki/issued/${SERVER_ALIAS}.crt" "pki/private/${SERVER_ALIAS}.key" /etc/openvpn/keys

    We are now ready to configure OpenVPN. Set the variables based on your LAN's configuration (see ifconfig $ETH_IFACE output if unsure):

    BRIDGE_IP=192.168.1.1
    NETMASK=255.255.255.0
    IP_POOL_START=192.168.1.241
    IP_POOL_END=192.168.1.254

    dnf install openvpn
    firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service openvpn
    firewall-cmd --reload

    cat << EOF > /etc/openvpn/bridged.conf
    port 1194
    dev tap0
    tls-server
    ca /etc/openvpn/keys/ca.crt
    cert /etc/openvpn/keys/$SERVER_ALIAS.crt
    key /etc/openvpn/keys/$SERVER_ALIAS.key # This file should be kept secret
    dh /etc/openvpn/keys/dh.pem
    server-bridge $BRIDGE_IP $NETMASK $IP_POOL_START $IP_POOL_END

    # Password authentication
    client-cert-not-required
    username-as-common-name
    plugin /usr/lib64/openvpn/plugins/openvpn-plugin-auth-pam.so openvpn

    # Allow multiple client connections from the same user
    duplicate-cn

    # Client should attempt reconnection on link failure.
    keepalive 10 120

    # The server doesn't need root privileges
    user openvpn
    group openvpn

    # Logging levels & prevent repeated messages
    verb 4
    mute 20
    log-append /var/log/openvpn.log
    status /var/log/openvpn-status.log

    # Set some other options
    comp-lzo
    persist-key
    persist-tun
    push persist-key
    push persist-tun

    # Brings up tap0 since NetworkManager won't do it automatically (yet?)
    script-security 2
    up up.sh
    EOF

    OpenVPN will create the tap0 interface automatically when the OpenVPN server starts. NetworkManager is able to enslave the interface to the bridge, but won't bring tap0 online. For that, we install a simple script:

    cat << EOF > /etc/openvpn/up.sh
    #!/bin/bash
    br=br0
    dev=\$1
    mtu=\$2
    link_mtu=\$3
    local_ip=\$4
    local_netmask=\$5

    # This should be done by NetworkManager... but it can't hurt.
    /sbin/brctl addif \$br \$dev

    # NetworkManager appears to be capable of enslaving tap0 to the bridge automatically, but won't bring up the interface.
    /sbin/ifconfig \$dev 0.0.0.0 promisc up
    EOF
    chmod +x /etc/openvpn/up.sh

    Next, we need to create the PAM authentication configuration file for the OpenVPN password plugin:

    cat << EOF > /etc/pam.d/openvpn
    #%PAM-1.0
    auth       substack     system-auth
    auth       include      postlogin
    auth       requisite    pam_succeed_if.so user ingroup openvpn_pw quiet
    account    required     pam_nologin.so
    account    include      system-auth
    password   include      system-auth
    EOF

    This configuration file requires that the users logging in be a member of the openvpn_pw group. You can adjust the file as you see fit.

    Finally open the OpenVPN port in the firewall and start the service:

    firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service openvpn
    firewall-cmd --reload
    systemctl enable openvpn@bridged
    systemctl start openvpn@bridged

    Configure the firewall

    By default, packets are filtered through iptables which can cause issues, as packets won't freely through between the interfaces. We can disable that behavior:

    cat << EOF > /etc/modules-load.d/bridge.conf
    br_netfilter
    EOF

    cat << EOF > /etc/sysctl.d/bridge.conf
    net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-ip6tables=0
    net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-iptables=0
    net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-arptables=0
    EOF
    sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.d/bridge.conf

    cat << EOF > /etc/udev/rules.d/99-bridge.rules
    ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="module", KERNEL=="br_netfilter", RUN+="/sbin/sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.d/bridge.conf"
    EOF

    Note that I assume that net.ipv4.ip_forward=1 (having libvirt seems to configure this automatically). If not, you'll want to tune the sysctl parameter net.ipv4.ip_forward to a value of 1.

    OpenVPN client configuration

    That's it! Send a copy of /etc/openvpn/keys/ca.crt on the server to your clients, and you should now be able to connect to your OpenVPN server using this very simple client configuration (don't forget to replace your.server.fqdn with your server's IP address or FQDN):

    client
    dev tap
    proto udp
    remote your.server.fqdn 1194
    resolv-retry infinite
    nobind
    persist-key
    persist-tun
    ca ca.crt
    auth-user-pass
    comp-lzo
    verb 3
    mute 20

    Once connected, you should be able to ping any machine on the LAN as well as fire up Stream for a remote gaming session.

    Appendix A: Steam on OS X

    Small note, if you're running the Steam client on OS X there's a bug where the client only sends its UDP broadcast packets for in-home streaming discovery on the machine's primary (i.e. Ethernet or Wi-FI) interface. This nifty command captures those and re-broadcasts them over the VPN's interface (once again, substitute the value of BROADCAST_ADDR per your LAN settings):

    BROADCAST_ADDR=192.168.1.255
    sudo tshark -T fields -e data -l 'udp and dst port 27036' | script -q /dev/null xxd -r -p | socat - UDP-DATAGRAM:${BROADCAST_ADDR}:27036,broadcast

    Special thanks to Larry Land for pointing that out in his blog post Run your own high-end cloud gaming service on EC2 (which is awesome and deserves a read, by the way).

    The above command requires the Wireshark and socat utilities to be installed, which you can grab using homebrew:

    brew install wireshark socat

    and if you don't know your subnet's broadcast address, verify it with:

    ifconfig tap0 | grep broadcast

    Appendix B: Troubleshooting tips

    Whenever possible, I like to use the most modern tooling available. This tends to bite me because documentation might not be as good or the feature set in the replacement tools might be lacking compared to the older tried and true tooling, but I try to always look forward. 'new' tooling like systemd, NetworkManager and firewalld might be rough around the edges, but I like modern feature set and consistency they bring. Most importantly, using them (instead of dropping various custom shell scripts here and there) feels a lot less like my server is held together with glue, which I like.

    While trying different configurations, I discovered a few tricks or debugging commands that proved very useful to me - particularly while migrating commands from online resources intended for the older tooling to the tools mentioned above. Hopefully, you'll find them useful too!

    It's always the firewall

    The blame for most of the issues you will experience generally fall under firewall or routing issues.

    First steps in testing should always be disabling the firewall (systemctl stop firewalld) and if that doesn't fix it, then move to checking the routes (route -n or netstat -rn).
    If you've identified the firewall is to blame, re-enable it and identifying the root cause by adjusting your configuration while listening for packets to see when packets start flowing again.

    Listening for packets

    This will be your most used tool. If things don't go as expected, listen on each of the tap0 (client), tap0 (server) and br0 (server) interfaces and then generate some traffic to see how far the packets:

    tcpdump -i IFNAME PATTERN

    where PATTERN can select for hosts, ports or traffic type. In this case, a particular favorite of mine was icmp or udp port 27036 as this let me test by trying to ping a machine on the LAN from the VPN client, as well as see if the Steam UDP traffic was making it in/out.

    Send UDP traffic

    The iperf utility can be used to test if UDP traffic makes it to the OpenVPN server (run iperf -c server.ip -u -T 32 -t 3 -i 1 -p 27036) from the OpenVPN clients/LAN machines (run iperf -s -u -i 1 -p 27036).

    Changing the zone of an interface

    firewalld has different 'zones', each with different rules (see firewall-cmd --list-all-zones). Interfaces will have the rules from the default zone applied to them unless otherwise configured, which you can do as follows:

    firewall-cmd --permanent --change-interface=IFNAME --zone=NEW_ZONE
    firewall-cmd --reload

    Adding raw IPTables rules to firewalld

    e.g. to accept all packet forwarding on the bridge interface:

    firewall-cmd --permanent --direct --add-rule ipv4 filter FORWARD 0 -i br0 -j ACCEPT

    or to allow all packets flowing over br0 and tap0:

    firewall-cmd --permanent --direct --add-rule ipv4 filter INPUT 0 -i tap0 -j ACCEPT
    firewall-cmd --permanent --direct --add-rule ipv4 filter INPUT 0 -i br0 -j ACCEPT

    Neither of these commands should be necessary given the netfilter sysctl parameters tweaked earlier, but certain OpenVPN options (such as client2client) change the packet flow and cause packets to flow over the interface, get filters, then re-injected which could cause them to suddenly be affected by the iptables rules.

    Recall that firewall-cmd --reload needs to be called before the permanent rules will take effect.

    Debugging IPTables

    The default iptables -L listing isn't very helpful when inserting/deleting rules by their chain offset. The following command lists all rules, numerically, and displays line numbers:

    iptables --line-numbers -L -n -v

    You can also log dropped packets for further troubleshooting (here limited to 1/s, inserted at position 15 which was the position before the DROP rules on my machine):

    iptables -I INPUT 15 -j LOG -m limit --limit 60/min --log-prefix "iptables dropped: " --log-level 4

    Configuring a client VPN connection using only NetworkManager

    VPN_IFNAME=homelab
    nmcli c add type vpn ifname $VPN_IFNAME vpn-type openvpn
    nmcli c modify $VPN_IFNAME
    set vpn.data dev = tap
    set vpn.data ca = /path/to/copy/of/ca.crt
    set vpn.data connection-type = password
    set vpn.data remote = your.server.fqdn
    set vpn.data comp-lzo = yes
    set vpn.data username = your_user
    set vpn.data connection-type = password
    set vpn.secrets passwo