| Blog: Computers
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Dell announced today it was chosen by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States General Services Administration (GSA) to provide those agencies with IT services and solutions worth up to $22 billion. These contracts will allow Dell to help both government institutions operate more effectively and efficiently through the use of IT and IT services.
The DHS award was made as a part of the DHS Eagle II contract. Dell was one of a number of contractors awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a period of performance of 10 years and an aggregated ceiling value of more than $20 billion. Under this contract, Dell will help DHS develop, maintain and implement a full-range of IT solutions to help the agency better accomplish its mission.
| Blog: Education
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The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the U.S., has selected Microsoft Office 365 as its faculty and staff email solution through implementation provided by SADA Systems, a Microsoft National Systems Integrator with Gold Competency. LAUSD chose Office 365 over competitors’ offerings due to the reliability, flexibility and security features of the service, as well as the opportunity to reduce the amount of time the district’s IT team spends on maintaining its infrastructure.
“With Office 365, we are supported by an integrated communication and collaboration platform that helps us work more efficiently and deliver better outcomes for teachers, administrators and students,” said Ron Chandler, chief information officer, LAUSD. “It also aligns with our vision for the district to move away from relying solely on our datacenter; the cloud enables us to free up resources and devote them to other mission-critical activities.”
| Blog: Internet
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Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday the global availability of OneDrive, its free, personal cloud storage service. Formerly known as SkyDrive, OneDrive gives people one place to store important photos, videos and documents that is accessible on the devices they use every day. The new OneDrive offers a host of new features, including improved video sharing and newly updated apps for Windows Phone, iOS, Android and Xbox. To celebrate the launch of OneDrive, Microsoft is giving the first 100,000 customers who access their OneDrive account after the launch an additional 100 GB of complimentary storage for one year (customers will receive a notice if they are among the lucky 100,000). Customers can monitor https://twitter.com/OneDrive for the announcement of the start time for this promotion.
| Blog: Cell-Phones
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AT&T and T-Mobile are in a fierce battle for gaining customers. This is good news for consumers in a Capitalist Country. The consumer will be lured by pricing plans and which company, “Offers the Most,” for the buck. That’s what lead me to switch to T-Mobile, but buyer be warned, there are some things to beware!
It seems T-Mobile through the first punch in this fight. Shortly after the FCC blocked the purchase of T-Mobile by AT&T, I found T-Mobile ads outlining how easy it is to switch. Essentially, they were promoting the fact that T-Mobile and AT&T both use GSM Phones. Therefore, an AT&T device will work on the T-Mobile Network (And vice versa)! But let me start with that aspect first. It is not easy to switch at all. The saleswoman at my Local T-Mobile store explained an incorrect process to me. She sold me the line before I could switch the phone over. Then I was left trying to procure an Unlock Code to use the T-Mobile SIM Card.
| Blog: Investing
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The Government is Gambling with Tax Payer Dollars! That's the sentiment felt by a lot of Americans regarding the GM Bailout. Closing the deal that kept General Motors afloat, left the US Treasury with 500 million shares of the company. A gamble? Yes in deed. Surely the hopes were the stock would rebound enough to repay the bailout.
GM stock closed at a new record of $49.90 at the day of the sale. The stock had quite a swing this year! Echoing a swinging 52 week range this year of $24.40 - $41.17. Sale of the stock occurred at intervals, with the most recent sale ending the remaining 31.1 million shares. The result is that the company remained intact but the people lost $10B. Still it is estimated that only 1.5 million jobs were saved. A gross number offsets the cost of saving these jobs. The numbers speak volumes regarding how grossly detached politicians are from business and, "what makes sense". We can only hope that GM remains intact and profitable with growing jobs in the future to rebound the loss sustained.
The following statement is attributable to General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson:
| Blog: Computers
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Dell leaders will join members of the E-Waste Solutions Alliance for Africa in Nairobi today to mark the opening of East Africa Compliant Recycling – the region’s first large-scale e-waste recycling facility – and the creation of a new e-waste business to be supported by a regulatory model tailored for developing countries.
The new regulatory model was developed by Kenyan officials and representatives from non-governmental organizations and the IT and e-recycling industries. The hub was designed by industry, in collaboration with policymakers.
A practical, sustainable regulatory approach
Developing regulations from Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority will help generate capacity for the new e-waste hub by requiring electronics companies to meet certain thresholds for e-waste collection and treatment.
Underscoring the regulatory framework is the recognition that, particularly in developing countries, e-waste has monetary value. That value, combined with the lack of a sustainable e-waste recycling infrastructure in East Africa, likely would have abated the effectiveness of common regulatory approaches to funding and managing e-waste collection and recycling, such as import fees. Those means also could make computing less affordable for Kenyan citizens and public and private-sector organizations.
| Blog: Computers
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The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, on 12/05/2013 announced it has successfully disrupted a rampant botnet in collaboration with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and leaders in the technology industry, including A10 Networks Inc. The Sirefef botnet, also known as ZeroAccess, is responsible for infecting more than 2 million computers, specifically targeting search results on Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines, and is estimated to cost online advertisers $2.7 million each month. Today’s action is expected to significantly disrupt the botnet’s operation, increasing the cost and risk for cybercriminals to continue doing business and preventing victims’ computers from committing fraudulent schemes.
This is Microsoft’s first botnet action since the Nov. 14 unveiling of its new Cybercrime Center — a center of excellence for advancing the global fight against cybercrime — and marks the company’s eighth botnet operation in the past three years. Similar to Microsoft’s Citadel botnet case, the ZeroAccess case is part of an extensive cooperative effort with international law enforcement and industry partners to dismantle cybercriminal networks and ensure that people worldwide can use their computing devices and services with confidence.
“This operation marks an important step in coordinated actions that are initiated by private companies and, at the same time, enable law enforcement agencies around Europe to identify and investigate the criminal organizations and networks behind these dangerous botnets that use malicious software to gain illicit profits,” said Troels Oerting, head of the EC3. “EC3 added its expertise, information communications technology infrastructure and analytic capability, as well as provided the platform for high-level cooperation between cybercrime units in five European countries and Microsoft.”
| Blog: Automotive
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On November 4th, 2013, Chevrolet revealed six new concept trucks and SUVs on the eve of the SEMA Show, the annual convention of automotive performance parts and styling accessories. The uniquely styled vehicles represent performance and personalization variations of the 2014 Silverado 1500, as well as the all-new 2015 Silverado HD, Tahoe and Suburban.
The concepts include the performance-oriented, lightweight Silverado Cheyenne, a Brad Paisley signature-edition concept, a sinister-looking all-black Tahoe and even a Tahoe police vehicle. Each wears genuine Chevrolet Accessories available from Chevrolet dealerships, allowing customers to personalize their trucks to their interests.
“Chevrolet’s lineup of full-size trucks and SUVs is all-new and stronger than ever,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “No matter what your needs, whether it’s hauling lumber to a work site, delivering your kid’s soccer team to a game or towing your boat on a weekend fishing trip, Chevrolet has the vehicle with the capability, dependability and connectivity today’s truck customers want.”
| Blog: Politics
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7 Days ago, I found myself at the offshore community of Mystic Island New Jersey. I was there for business purposes and meeting two people, that were complete strangers, during a brief meeting. The start of our conversation launched with the majority of Construction projects occurring in the area. Then our focus shifted on the purpose for my visit. Behind the two others was a freshly stilted home, exposed to the elements with no siding. "Ya think it's high enough now?" one of them asked. "I doubt we will ever see a storm like that again," I replied.
My perspective ignited a lot of negative sentiment in the two others. First, raising a home on stilts, as I recall from living in California, is the worst thing for any type of ground shaking tremors. This house was raised to a ridiculous level. I'd say the pilings were at least 12' high. Earthquakes and tremors are something that we too recently experienced. The other thing I thought is why raise a Ranch Style house? After all, Ground Floor Living is the idea behind a Rancher! I have been a NJ resident for at least 38 years of my life. I remember two Hurricanes.
| Blog: Computers
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On Tuesday, Microsoft Corp. released its Security Intelligence Report volume 15, which analyzes threat intelligence from more than 1 billion systems worldwide to provide in-depth perspectives on exploits, vulnerabilities and malware to help customers manage risk. Among other intelligence, the report examines the security risk that consumers and businesses face when using unsupported operating systems and software and looks at the implications of using Windows XP once support, including security updates, ends April 8, 2014. In addition, new telemetry compares the security of modern operating systems such as Windows 8 with older operating systems such as Windows XP that, according to StatCounter, make up approximately 21 percent of operating systems used today.
The report found these top three worldwide threats for those running Windows XP:
| Blog: Investing
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Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA) has hired Doug Field to be its Vice President of Vehicle Programs, responsible for driving development of new vehicles. Doug is an accomplished leader and engineer of innovative, high-technology products, most recently serving as Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering at Apple. Doug led the development of many new products at Apple including the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac. Doug began his career as an engineer at Ford Motor Company.
“Doug has demonstrated the leadership and technical talent to develop and deliver outstanding products, including what are widely considered the best computers in the world,” said Elon Musk, Tesla co-founder and CEO. “Tesla’s future depends on engineers who can create the most innovative, technologically advanced vehicles in the world. Doug’s experience in both consumer electronics and traditional automotive makes him an important addition to our leadership team.”
“Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple,” said Field. “I started my career with the goal of creating incredible cars, but ultimately left the auto industry in search of fast-paced, exciting engineering challenges elsewhere. As the first high tech auto company in modern history, Tesla is at last an opportunity for me and many others to pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world—while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley.”
| Blog: Relationships
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Dating and "desperate" may start with the same letter, but they are not synonymous. Never were and never will be. However, people assume them as equal because of the addition of one word: Online. Online (+) dating is often equated to a sense of desperation that is never really the case.
Come on, people just want to immerse themselves in some fun and just because they engage in some online dating site doesn't mean they're hooking up and getting married in three days.
As a matter of fact, a lot of couples these days have exchanged "I dos" with people they met through their laptops. It's actually an upgraded version of courtship, which allows two different people to meet and be the missing pieces in each other's romantic jigsaw puzzle.
| Blog: Society
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THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Please have a seat, everybody. Good morning, and welcome to the White House. Today I’m here with leaders from business, from labor, from faith communities who are united around one goal -- finishing the job of fixing a broken immigration system.
This is not just an idea whose time has come; this is an idea whose time has been around for years now. Leaders like all of you have worked together with Republicans and Democrats in this town in good faith for years to try to get this done. And this is the moment when we should be able to finally get the job done.
| Blog: Real-Estate
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Mold is everywhere! It’s already in your house, it’s in your yard, and it’s on just about every surface. If you have a house on the Market, one thing that can send potential buyers running to a Lawyer and withdrawing an offer is a Home Inspection stating, “Toxic Mold,” was found. But Buyers beware, all mold should be considered harmful.
Mold, has previously been categorized into two common groups. They are Common Mold (Mold) or Toxic Mold. As described, Common Mold is common. It is the Mold that is more likely to be found. Common Mold is NOT something to pass-off as being safe. Mold releases airborne spores that can be harmful to certain individuals or people with certain conditions.
| Blog: Computers
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Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced the global availability of Windows 8.1, a feature-rich update to its popular Windows 8 operating system, enabling customers to create experiences that keep pace with their lives — at work, at home or on the go. Beginning Oct. 17, consumers with a Windows 8 device in more than 230 markets and 37 languages can download the free update via the online Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available on new devices and as boxed software starting Oct. 18 at retail locations around the world.
Windows 8.1 evolves the Windows vision for highly personalized computing while showcasing Microsoft’s continued commitment to rapid and responsive development. It marks a wave of new, innovative devices coming for consumers and businesses — from the convenience and mobility of tablets and 2-in-1s to the productive experience expected from laptops, all-in-ones and specialized industry devices. Many of these new devices are touch-enabled and will deliver advancements in processing power, battery life and design, across a range of price points.
Windows 8.1 offers a host of increased customization refinements and functional improvements, including the following: