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Hockey Rivalry – A look back at the FSJ Flyers and DC Canucks

first_imgSaturday was Hockey Day in Canada and to celebrate the CBC along with Jim Hughson took a look back at what Jim Hughson calls “one of the great rivalries”.The rivalry they showcased was the Fort St. John Flyers and the Dawson Creek Canucks.  Have a look at this video below from the CBC that shows some great historical photos from days gone by in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.  You can also listen to an interview Moose FM’s Jon Zacks did with Jim Hughson at the beginning of the 2008/2009 season by Clicking Here – Advertisement –last_img read more

Hughes discusses future of QPR outcast Joey Barton

first_imgQPR manager Mark Hughes believes Joey Barton, who has attracted interest from Marseille, is likely to move on loan but says recent reports Rangers were looking to loan him to a League club in order to run down his 12-match ban were “completely false.”Click here for the QPR v Swansea quizSee also:Hughes: QPR ‘nowhere near’ Barton dealNo move for Mbia but Barton deal is closeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Oldest Shrimp Looks Shrimpy

first_imgPhysOrg shows a picture of a fossil shrimp found in Oklahoma next to a live shrimp.  They look identical, yet the article claims the fossil is 360 million years old – the oldest known decapod (a group containing shrimp, crabs, and lobsters).  The fossil shrimp even has fine preservation of the muscles of its tail, “extremely rare in fossils.”  The article claims it was preserved so well because it landed on the seafloor in acidic water with low oxygen, and then was “buried rapidly.”  As to what this find signifies, “The fossil is a very important step in unraveling the evolution of decapods,” one of the scientists from Kent State said.  “However, more finds are necessary.”Calling this complex animal an “important step in unraveling the evolution of decapods” is like finding a complete building, with pipes, electricity, structural steel, and all the interior and exterior furnishings, and calling it an important step in unraveling the evolution of buildings, then claiming that more finds are necessary to unravel the complete story.  What’s unraveling here is the evolutionary story itself.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

#3. Update on Coy Wolf sighting in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The #3 story of 2015 was: Update on Coy Wolf sighting in OhioAre there crosses between coyotes and wolves roaming the rural areas of Ohio? There is evidence to suggest that is the case and we have photos to prove it. There are clearly plenty of people around the state interested in the topic and other mysteries of Ohio wildlife.last_img

SaaS — Software Deployment Model of the Future?

first_imgBy now you’ve probably heard of the buzzword acronym SaaS — Software as a Service.  SaaS is a software deployment model where a service is made available to the customer via a network, typically the Internet.  CRM applications deployed as SaaS have been particularly successful, notably software by Salesforce.com, NetSuite, and Open Source SugarCRM.  SaaS software offerings are now beginning to show up in areas like ERP, BI, SFA, MRP, and Document Management.The SaaS model has a lot of positives.  Big pluses for this strategy is that it can free up a lot of infrastructure and startup costs are small.  With SaaS, the customer doesn’t see any installation media.  They don’t need to spec out and buy any servers or disk arrays.  They don’t need to dedicate people to train, support, and maintain the software.  Hardware and Software updates become transparent.  Software updates and patches get rolled out frequently and automatically, and the customer can be confident that they are always running on the most recent version of the software.  Overall, the SaaS model can make a lot of sense, especially for SMEs where IT infrastructure can be a distraction from the core focus of the business.With the SaaS software subscription model, customers have the luxury of being able to turn the service on or off like a utility, or to scale the number of active users up and down, as needed.  They only pay for what they use.  And if the software service doesn’t meet their expectations, it is easy to pull the plug.While there are a lot of pluses, SaaS may still not yet be an acceptable solution for large companies.  Even though software has become more customizable, many large companies will probably find that today’s generation of SaaS offerings isn’t sufficient.  And the higher exposure to risk from storing company data on third-party servers accessable via the internet probably is also not acceptable.  But the upside may outweigh these issues for many smaller companies.SaaS is the current buzzword.  Ten years ago, the buzzword was ASP and on-demand or utility computing.  In terms of the deployment model and the potential benefits between now and ten years ago, there doesn’t really seem to be much different between the definitions of ASP and SaaS.  What is different though is how technology has changed over the last ten years.  Bandwidth, CPU and Storage costs have all plummeted.Software Equity Group offers these statistics that show how dramatically costs have changed over the last ten years:– Bandwidth: $1100/megabit/month in 1995 vs. $128/megabit/month in 2005– Cage Space: $175/sqft/month in 1995 vs. $25/sqft/month in 2005– Disk Storage: $1,300,000/TB in 1995 vs. $3,300/TB in 2005 (SCSI RAID)– 1-CPU Server: $25,000 in 1995 vs. $1,000 in 2005 (web server class machine)– 4-CPU Server: $360,000 in 1995 vs. $38,000 in 2005 (with 16GB RAM)On-Demand performance has improved.  Applications have become more customizable.  And, in general, concerns about security have lessened. The business environment is different, and that is why the on-demand model is beginning to work.It looks like the market for on-demand solutions will only grow.  Software Equity Group estimates that currently 10% of software is sold via the SaaS model, but they expect that in the next 5-10 years that the percentage will grow to more than 25%.The world of ECM and Document Management solutions sold via SaaS is not non-existent, but it is still small.  We expect to see more growth in on-demand Document and Content Management in the near future.  Formtek ECM product is being sold via a subscription model by our partner LSC in the UK.  It’s a business model that is beginning to make a lot of sense and it will be interesting to see what happens with SaaS Document and Content Management.last_img read more

Build Your Own iPhone App with New Service from Sweb Apps

first_imgSweb Apps could function as a way for businesses to distribute mobile coupons, too. With buttons like “Photo Gallery” which can be renamed to anything you like (such as “Coupons” or “Specials”), businesses could update their apps with pre-designed mobile coupons, if they so wished. Lots of Potential, Future PlansNot that long ago, we wondered why there weren’t more iPhone applications for businesses available in the App Store. It’s possible that was because the tools to make building mobile apps easy were simply not good enough. With Sweb Apps, though, this could quickly change. Being able to build a mobile application with no technical know-how using a dead-simple onscreen guide is the sort of mobile service we’re sure many businesses have been dreaming about. (At least we hope so! We would love to track the sales at a few of our favorite local stores via our iPhones.)The company plans to introduce more features into their service in the future including premium buttons, Flash-based content (assuming Apple ever approves Flash on the iPhone), in-app advertising opportunities, and more. Next year, the company also plans to launch app builders for other mobile platforms including Android, Blackberry, and Palm Pre. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A company called Sweb Apps has just launched a new service which lets anyone build iPhone apps, even if you don’t have a technical background. The service is aimed primarily at small to medium-sized businesses who don’t have an in-house or on-call engineering team capable of developing mobile applications. Instead, using the Sweb Apps website, business owners can create their own iPhone application themselves in as little as five minutes, says the company.On the newly launched site at swebapps.com, a big orange button reading “Start Building” is all you need to click to get started creating your own iPhone application. Then, only six steps later, you’ll have a completed iPhone application ready for App Store submission, a process which Sweb Apps will handle for you, too. How to Build Your AppSince the service is designed for businesses, one of the first steps is to select your particular industry from the provided categories. At the moment, these include: Restaurant, Retail Store, Business, Non-Profit, Government, Education, Entertainment, and Customization, a category which lets you design your own personalized app if what you’re creating doesn’t fit into one of the other categories. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… From within each of these sections, there are various buttons to choose from. For example, in the “Restaurant” category, you can add buttons like “menu,” “reservations,” “map,” etc. There are even buttons for Facebook and Twitter which allow you to direct customers to your Facebook and Twitter profiles. Sample layouts are provided, too. After picking your buttons, you create your Sweb Apps account and submit the information about your business. The fifth step is to customize the application with your business’s personalized info. In the case of the restaurant app, for example, that would mean filling out the menu, listing your hours and address, and so on. The final step is to submit payment. Prices vary depending on which package you choose. Packages with 4 buttons are $200, 6 buttons are $300, and 8 buttons are $400. In addition, Sweb Apps charges a $50 one-time setup fee and a $25/month hosting fee. For an extra $10/month, business owners can optionally choose to add on a simple analytics package called “App Tracker” which lets you track the number of downloads and button clicks. By tracking this sort of information, it’s easy to tell which buttons are accessed most and which are being ignored, allowing you to re-design the app to better engage your customers. Customizations While the process of app building is extremely simple, and yes, we were able to create a basic app in a matter of minutes (we stopped short of paying for it of course!), the end result is a somewhat basic-looking application. But there are a couple of things you can do to spruce it up a little. For one, you’re able to select your own background color, and this can even be a custom color of your choosing. Sweb Apps also lets you upload your own button images instead of using the defaults provided. This would definitely give your app a more unique and personalized look, so it’s worth looking into. If you’re not all that handy with Photoshop yourself, it would be a good idea to hire a designer or crowdsource the project through a site like 99Designs or CrowdSpring and have someone create custom buttons for you. The Best Part: Real-Time Updates!If anything ever changes and needs to be updated, you simply return to your Sweb Apps account and make the changes there. Instead of waiting on Apple to approve the update as is done with traditional iPhone applications, the updates to Sweb Apps go live in real-time thanks to the company’s hosted Content Management System. With Sweb Apps, all the app’s content is housed in the company’s own database which is why it’s able to be updated on-the-fly (and why there’s a monthly hosting fee). The possibilities here are endless. This feature allows a business to promote one-time events, specials, coupons, sales, or anything else that would be offered on a limited time basis. This, in fact, may be the best feature of the app builder. Real-time communication with your customer base through the mobile is exactly what applications should provide, but when relying on Apple and their mysterious approval process, the delays involved often prevent this from happening. sarah perezcenter_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Twitter’s Open Engineering Initiative Gets Official Launch

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#twitter#web For those interested in the nitty-gritty, day-to-day challenges of developing and maintaining Twitter’s products and features, this blog will keep them up to date. Current posts include information on local trends, capacity issues and uses for Twitter’s translation libraries.They’re Hiring! The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jolie odell Related Posts For the past couple weeks, we’ve been following some interesting developments with Twitter – things that most end users probably would not know or care about.As we suspected, the quickly growing company is putting more emphasis on engineering, taking “steps… to make our engineering division more open and transparent,” according to the team’s infrastructure manager, Evan Weaver. “Much of Twitter’s success has been enabled by open-source software, and we want to give back,” he continues. And there’s a lot of giving back going on, from a new blog to new recruiting efforts. Read on, and let us know your opinions in the comments.An Open Source Directory This new directory lists all the public software that Twitter’s in-house developers have created or contributed to. “Everyone is welcome to use this software for their own projects,” Weaver wrote, “and if the project is Twitter-related, so much the better.”The Official Twitter Engineering Blog The icing on the cake is Twitter’s new recruitment methods. “We’ve updated our job descriptions to better reflect our company culture and the skills we’re looking for,” wrote Weaver. “My team is looking for performance, systems, and Ruby engineers, but the company is hiring across all groups, so check out our full listings.” Twitter also recently launched a recruitment Twitter account, with updates on blog posts and new openings.Finally, you can follow Twitter Engineering on Twitter – duh. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Tripura hikes social security pension

first_imgThe Tripura government has increased the allowance under the social security pension schemes to benefit the marginalised sections of society. The hike would be a minimum of ₹300 and a maximum of ₹500. A decision has also been taken to pay the social security allowance into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.A leader of the ruling BJP said the hike in social security pension was a commitment incorporated in the vision document released ahead of the Assembly elections last year. The party is completing one year in office on March 9.last_img read more