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The amazing tech folks here at Mix09 have already gotten a good number of talks published.  .NET RIA Services Talk   Building Business Apps with SL3   Silverlight 3 Overview, Silverlight Out Of Browser See the full session list: http://sessions.visitmix.com/MIX09/ ... (more)

ASP.NET MVC For Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

If you haven’t heard yet, Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is now available for MSDN subscribers to download. It will be more generally available on Wednesday. You can find a great whitepaper which describes what is new for web developers in ASP 4 which is included. One thing you’ll notice is that ASP.NET MVC is not included in Beta 1. Right now, if you try and open an MVC project with VS 2010 Beta 1, you’ll get some error message about the project type not being supported. The easy fix for now is to remove the ASP.NET MVC ProjectTypeGuid entry as described by this post. Microsoft is working hard to have an out-of-band installer which will install the project templates and tooling for ASP.NET MVC which works with VS2010 Beta 1 sometime in June on CodePlex. (via Phil Haak’s blog) Related posts:Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Available Today! On Monday, May 18th, Visual Studio ... (more)

Technosummits' Highlights Innovation in Digital Convergence Summit London 25 November 2009

LONDON – September 3, 2009 – Technosummits, the business technology events organisation recently announced that “Promoting growth and innovation in a converged world” is the theme for Digital Convergence Summit 2009 to be held at The Courthouse Hotel London on Wednesday, November 25, 2009. The Digital Convergence summit is the premier event in the telecoms, media, entertainment, and technology sector looking into some business opportunities presented by the coming together of the separate worlds of audio, video, data and voice communication services. This summit will explore current and emerging technologies that are blurring different sectors including telecoms and digital media. It will explore and discuss issues on converged services and devices to address the needs and challenges of a convergent world. Key discussion points will also include Triple play, TV-Int... (more)

Microsoft Surface Pro 2: Five Things It Needs

With the release of the Windows 8 Surface Pro, Microsoft has reclaimed some of the good will it lost with the Surface RT. Unlike the earlier Surface product, the Pro features the full version of Windows 8, uses a powerful Intel Core i5 CPU, and can install and run just about any software app that a standard laptop or desktop PC can. But while it’s probably the single best example of a Windows tablet we’ve seen to date, it’s far from perfect. The modest battery life, high price, and lack of features all mean the Surface Pro is unlikely to be your main PC, or a serious challenge to popular tablets such as Apple’s iPad (although some will insist that’s an apples-to-oranges comparison). Having used the Surface Pro, I’m happy to say that it’s one of those products that come off even better in person than on paper. Read the full story at CNET. ... (more)

Dynamic Memory–Not Your Father’s Memory Overcommit : 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 3 of 20)

Part 3 of our “20+ Days of Server Virtualization” series is about Dynamic Memory in Hyper-V.  As the title suggests, this is not your Father’s Memory Overcommit. “Memory Overcommit?  Isn’t that a VMware capability?” In the context of virtualization, yes.  (It may be something addressed in the field of Neuroscience, but I’m no rocket scientist…) Before we talk about it, let’s take a look at the word “Overcommit” (from The Free Dictionary): O·ver·com·mit (vr-k-mt) v. o·ver·com·mit·ted, o·ver·com·mit·ting, o·ver·com·mits v.tr. To bind or obligate (oneself, for example) beyond the capacity for realization. To allocate or apportion (money, goods, or resources) in amounts incapable of replacement. v.intr. To be or become overcommitted. That phrase “beyond the capacity for realization” is important.  To overcommit memory means to obligate more memory be used than the capacit... (more)

Caching: Up and Down the Stack

The other month I presented Caching Up and Down the Stack at the Boston Web Performance meetup. It was great to get the chance to present to the 60+ people who came out for the talk. Unsurprisingly, many of the people there knew a lot about caching in all of the different levels I touched on, and some great conversation developed. I covered six of the major areas of caching available to web devs today. On the HTML / JS / CSS side, you can use client asset caches, full-page HTTP caches (like Varnish) and partial template caches. On the back end, you can use generated code caches, manually cache objects in memory or nearby services or even enable your database’s query cache (though, as the audience reminded me, if you’re using MySQL, just don’t. See below for why). Caching at each layer has advantages and disadvantages, and throughout, you’ll only be effective if you... (more)

Can Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Improve BYOD Security Issues?

Bring Your Own Device policies have fascinated both the corporate world and the tech world for some time now. Part of the allure is the added productivity and the added ease of use for workers. But, that doesn't explain why there are thousands of tech pieces on BYOD policies, failings and warnings. The truth is, we're all fascinated by how it flawlessly bridges the gap between home and work life. BYOD first sprung up as Millennials demanded more flexibility, more control. They wanted less of a barrier between work and home life, and working from their iPads while watching Netflix at home struck the perfect balance. Then, there were the problems that inevitably followed. Companies realized that employees' devices are almost never as secure as corporate machines. When devices got stolen, there weren't many options to deal with the situation, and sensitive company inf... (more)

Thinking About Enterprise Mobility, Digital Transformation and Doctrine

Last week I was in Europe speaking and teaching enterprise mobility and digital transformation strategies.  I worked with several large multinational companies where I heard the same questions asked, "How do we convince our executives that we must change, and invest in change?  How do we establish a culture of innovation, capable of winning in a world of digital transformation?"  The change they were referring to had to do with the convergence of the physical world with the digital and its impact on markets.  These changes are introducing new ways of selling, marketing, manufacturing and moving products in a digital world that is rapidly being transformed as a result of innovations in social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies.  We are seeing entire industries and marketplaces turned upside down as a result of these innovations.  How can companies deal with ... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

The Quigley Corporation Reports First Quarter 2009 Results

DOYLESTOWN, Pa., May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Quigley Corporation, (Nasdaq: QGLY) www.quigleyco.com today reported net sales of $4.0 million, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009, compared to $5.3 million reported for the same period in 2008. The decrease in net sales for the first quarter of 2009 reflects a market-wide decrease in consumer purchases of cold remedy products as reported by Information Resources Inc., ("IRI") data, general economic weakness and lower incidence of colds by consumers. Net sales for the first quarter of 2009 reflect the benefits of the Kids-EEZE(R) Chest Relief product line, which was launched in August 2008. As part of ongoing initiatives to support consumer awareness, the Company continued to implement its advertising and targeted couponing campaign to promote the COLD-EEZE(R) brand. The loss from continuing operations... (more)

RiT Technologies Reports Q1 2009 Results

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RiT Technologies (NASDAQ: RITT), today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. Revenues for the first quarter of 2008 were $1.6 million compared with $4.8 million for the first quarter of 2008. Net loss for the quarter was $(1.95) million, or $(0.09) per share (basic and diluted), compared to $(1.1) million, or $(0.08) per share (basic and diluted), for the first quarter of 2008. Comments of Management "Our first quarter results were far below our expectations, reflecting the severity of the global credit crunch and the uncertainty that has gripped our target markets, causing potential customers to freeze and/or delay infrastructure initiatives," commented Mr. Avi Kovarsky, RiT's President & CEO. "Although it is difficult to make projections regarding our future performance, we... (more)

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