'Open source is now mainstream..' (no replies)        
'Open source is now mainstream. More and more developers, organizations, and enterprises are are understanding the benefits of an open source strategy and getting involved. In fact, The Linux Foundation is on track to reach 1,000 participating organizations in 2017 and aims to bring even more voices into open source technology projects ranging from embedded and automotive to blockchain and cloud.'

- Mike Woster, Global Enterprises Join The Linux Foundation to Accelerate Open Source Development Across Diverse Industries, March 30, 2017


(Open Source) - '..“open innovation.” Companies such as AstraZeneca, Lilly, GSK, Janssen, Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi, TransCelerate, and others..'

'..Microsoft, is shifting over to open source for its development.'

          'We have no experience in stopping a nuclear war.' - Sidney Drell (no replies)        
'..My greatest concern is the lack of public awareness about this existential threat, the absence of a vigorous public debate about the nuclear-war plans of Russia and the United States, the silent consent to the roughly fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in the world. These machines have been carefully and ingeniously designed to kill us. Complacency increases the odds that, some day, they will. The “Titanic Effect” is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.'

'The harsh rhetoric on both sides increases the danger of miscalculations and mistakes, as do other factors. Close encounters between the military aircraft of the United States and Russia have become routine, creating the potential for an unintended conflict. Many of the nuclear-weapon systems on both sides are aging and obsolete. The personnel who operate those systems often suffer from poor morale and poor training. None of their senior officers has firsthand experience making decisions during an actual nuclear crisis. And today’s command-and-control systems must contend with threats that barely existed during the Cold War: malware, spyware, worms, bugs, viruses, corrupted firmware, logic bombs, Trojan horses, and all the other modern tools of cyber warfare. The greatest danger is posed not by any technological innovation but by a dilemma that has haunted nuclear strategy since the first detonation of an atomic bomb: How do you prevent a nuclear attack while preserving the ability to launch one?


..the Cuban Missile Crisis, when a series of misperceptions, miscalculations, and command-and-control problems almost started an accidental nuclear war—despite the determination of both John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev to avoid one. In perhaps the most dangerous incident, the captain of a Soviet submarine mistakenly believed that his vessel was under attack by U.S. warships and ordered the firing of a torpedo armed with a nuclear warhead. His order was blocked by a fellow officer. Had the torpedo been fired, the United States would have retaliated with nuclear weapons. At the height of the crisis, while leaving the White House on a beautiful fall evening, McNamara had a strong feeling of dread—and for good reason: “I feared I might never live to see another Saturday night.”


The personnel who command, operate, and maintain the Minuteman III have also become grounds for concern. In 2013, the two-star general in charge of the entire Minuteman force was removed from duty after going on a drunken bender during a visit to Russia, behaving inappropriately with young Russian women, asking repeatedly if he could sing with a Beatles cover band at a Mexican restaurant in Moscow, and insulting his military hosts. The following year, almost a hundred Minuteman launch officers were disciplined for cheating on their proficiency exams. In 2015, three launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, in Montana, were dismissed for using illegal drugs, including ecstasy, cocaine, and amphetamines. That same year, a launch officer at Minot Air Force Base, in North Dakota, was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for heading a violent street gang, distributing drugs, sexually assaulting a girl under the age of sixteen, and using psilocybin, a powerful hallucinogen. As the job title implies, launch officers are entrusted with the keys for launching intercontinental ballistic missiles.


..A recent memoir, “Uncommon Cause,” written by General George Lee Butler, reveals that the Pentagon was not telling the truth. Butler was the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, responsible for all of America’s nuclear weapons, during the Administration of President George H. W. Bush.

According to Butler and Franklin Miller, a former director of strategic-forces policy at the Pentagon, launch-on-warning was an essential part of the Single Integrated Operational Plan (siop), the nation’s nuclear-war plan. Land-based missiles like the Minuteman III were aimed at some of the most important targets in the Soviet Union, including its anti-aircraft sites. If the Minuteman missiles were destroyed before liftoff, the siop would go awry, and American bombers might be shot down before reaching their targets. In order to prevail in a nuclear war, the siop had become dependent on getting Minuteman missiles off the ground immediately. Butler’s immersion in the details of the nuclear command-and-control system left him dismayed. “With the possible exception of the Soviet nuclear war plan, [the siop] was the single most absurd and irresponsible document I had ever reviewed in my life,” Butler concluded. “We escaped the Cold War without a nuclear holocaust by some combination of skill, luck, and divine intervention, and I suspect the latter in greatest proportion.” The siop called for the destruction of twelve thousand targets within the Soviet Union. Moscow would be struck by four hundred nuclear weapons; Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, by about forty.

After the end of the Cold War, a Russian surprise attack became extremely unlikely. Nevertheless, hundreds of Minuteman III missiles remained on alert. The Cold War strategy endured because, in theory, it deterred a Russian attack on the missiles. McNamara called the policy “insane,” arguing that “there’s no military requirement for it.” George W. Bush, while running for President in 2000, criticized launch-on-warning, citing the “unacceptable risks of accidental or unauthorized launch.” Barack Obama, while running for President in 2008, promised to take Minuteman missiles off alert, warning that policies like launch-on-warning “increase the risk of catastrophic accidents or miscalculation.” Twenty scientists who have won the Nobel Prize, as well as the Union of Concerned Scientists, have expressed strong opposition to retaining a launch-on-warning capability. It has also been opposed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and former Senator Sam Nunn. And yet the Minuteman III missiles still sit in their silos today, armed with warheads, ready to go.

William J. Perry, who served as Secretary of Defense during the Clinton Administration, not only opposes keeping Minuteman III missiles on alert but advocates getting rid of them entirely. “These missiles are some of the most dangerous weapons in the world,” Perry wrote in the Times, this September. For many reasons, he thinks the risk of a nuclear catastrophe is greater today than it was during the Cold War. While serving as an Under-Secretary of Defense in 1980, Perry also received a late-night call about an impending Soviet attack, a false alarm that still haunts him. “A catastrophic nuclear war could have started by accident.”

Bruce Blair, a former Minuteman launch officer, heads the anti-nuclear group Global Zero, teaches at Princeton University, and campaigns against a launch-on-warning policy. Blair has described the stresses that the warning of a Russian attack would put on America’s command-and-control system. American early-warning satellites would detect Russian missiles within three minutes of their launch. Officers at norad would confer for an additional three minutes, checking sensors to decide if an attack was actually occurring. The Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack System collects data from at least two independent information sources, relying on different physical principles, such as ground-based radar and satellite-based infrared sensors. If the norad officials thought that the warning was legitimate, the President of the United States would be contacted. He or she would remove the Black Book from a briefcase carried by a military aide. The Black Book describes nuclear retaliatory options, presented in cartoon-like illustrations that can be quickly understood.


Although the Air Force publicly dismissed the threat of a cyberattack on the nuclear command-and-control system, the incident raised alarm within the Pentagon about the system’s vulnerability. A malfunction that occurred by accident might also be caused deliberately. Those concerns were reinforced by a Defense Science Board report in January, 2013. It found that the Pentagon’s computer networks had been “built on inherently insecure architectures that are composed of, and increasingly using, foreign parts.” Red teams employed by the board were able to disrupt Pentagon systems with “relative ease,” using tools available on the Internet. “The complexity of modern software and hardware makes it difficult, if not impossible, to develop components without flaws or to detect malicious insertions,” the report concluded.

In a recent paper for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Andrew Futter, an associate professor at the University of Leicester, suggested that a nuclear command-and-control system might be hacked to gather intelligence about the system, to shut down the system, to spoof it, mislead it, or cause it to take some sort of action—like launching a missile. And, he wrote, there are a variety of ways it might be done.


Strict precautions have been taken to thwart a cyberattack on the U.S. nuclear command-and-control system. Every line of nuclear code has been scrutinized for errors and bugs. The system is “air-gapped,” meaning that its networks are closed: someone can’t just go onto the Internet and tap into a computer at a Minuteman III control center. At least, that’s the theory. Russia, China, and North Korea have sophisticated cyber-warfare programs and techniques. General James Cartwright—the former head of the U.S. Strategic Command who recently pleaded guilty to leaking information about Stuxnet—thinks that it’s reasonable to believe the system has already been penetrated. “You’ve either been hacked, and you’re not admitting it, or you’re being hacked and don’t know it,” Cartwright said last year.

If communications between Minuteman control centers and their missiles are interrupted, the missiles can still be launched by ultra-high-frequency radio signals transmitted by special military aircraft. The ability to launch missiles by radio serves as a backup to the control centers—and also creates an entry point into the network that could be exploited in a cyberattack. The messages sent within the nuclear command-and-control system are highly encrypted. Launch codes are split in two, and no single person is allowed to know both parts. But the complete code is stored in computers—where it could be obtained or corrupted by an insider.

Some of America’s most secret secrets were recently hacked and stolen by a couple of private contractors working inside the N.S.A., Edward Snowden and Harold T. Martin III, both employees of Booz Allen Hamilton. The N.S.A. is responsible for generating and encrypting the nuclear launch codes. And the security of the nuclear command-and-control system is being assured not only by government officials but also by the employees of private firms, including software engineers who work for Boeing, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Lord Des Browne, a former U.K. Minister of Defense, is concerned that even ballistic-missile submarines may be compromised by malware. Browne is now the vice-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit seeking to reduce the danger posed by weapons of mass destruction, where he heads a task force examining the risk of cyberattacks on nuclear command-and-control systems. Browne thinks that the cyber threat is being cavalierly dismissed by many in power. The Royal Navy’s decision to save money by using Windows for Submarines, a version of Windows XP, as the operating system for its ballistic-missile subs seems especially shortsighted. Windows XP was discontinued six years ago, and Microsoft warned that any computer running it after April, 2014, “should not be considered protected as there will be no security updates.” Each of the U.K. subs has eight missiles carrying a total of forty nuclear weapons. “It is shocking to think that my home computer is probably running a newer version of Windows than the U.K.’s military submarines,” Brown said.In 2013, General C. Robert Kehler, the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the risk of cyberattacks on the nuclear command-and-control system. He expressed confidence that the U.S. system was secure. When Senator Bill Nelson asked if somebody could hack into the Russian or Chinese systems and launch a ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead, Kehler replied, “Senator, I don’t know . . . I do not know.”

After the debacle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Soviet Union became much more reluctant to provoke a nuclear confrontation with the United States. Its politburo was a committee of conservative old men. Russia’s leadership is quite different today. The current mix of nationalism, xenophobia, and vehement anti-Americanism in Moscow is a far cry from the more staid and secular ideology guiding the Soviet Union in the nineteen-eighties. During the past few years, threats about the use of nuclear weapons have become commonplace in Moscow. Dmitry Kiselyov, a popular newscaster and the Kremlin’s leading propagandist, reminded viewers in 2014 that Russia is “the only country in the world capable of turning the U.S.A. into radioactive dust.” The Kremlin has acknowledged the development of a nuclear torpedo that can travel more than six thousand miles underwater before devastating a coastal city. It has also boasted about a fearsome new missile design. Nicknamed “Satan 2” and deployed with up to sixteen nuclear warheads, the missile will be “capable of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France,” an official news agency claimed.


Russia’s greatest strategic vulnerability is the lack of a sophisticated and effective early-warning system. The Soviet Union had almost a dozen satellites in orbit that could detect a large-scale American attack. The system began to deteriorate in 1996, when an early-warning satellite had to be retired. Others soon fell out of orbit, and Russia’s last functional early-warning satellite went out of service two years ago. Until a new network of satellites can be placed in orbit, the country must depend on ground-based radar units. Unlike the United States, Russia no longer has two separate means of validating an attack warning. At best, the radar units can spot warheads only minutes before they land. Pavel Podvig, a senior fellow at the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research, believes that Russia does not have a launch-on-warning policy—because its early-warning system is so limited.

For the past nine years, I’ve been immersed in the minutiae of nuclear command and control, trying to understand the actual level of risk. Of all the people whom I’ve met in the nuclear realm, Sidney Drell was one of the most brilliant and impressive. Drell died this week, at the age of ninety. A theoretical physicist with expertise in quantum field theory and quantum chromodynamics, he was for many years the deputy director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator and received the National Medal of Science from Obama, in 2013. Drell was one of the founding members of jason—a group of civilian scientists that advises the government on important technological matters—and for fifty-six years possessed a Q clearance, granting him access to the highest level of classified information. Drell participated in top-secret discussions about nuclear strategy for decades, headed a panel that investigated nuclear-weapon safety for the U.S. Congress in 1990, and worked on technical issues for jason until the end of his life. A few months ago, when I asked for his opinion about launch-on-warning, Drell said, “It’s insane, the worst thing I can think of. You can’t have a worse idea.”

Drell was an undergraduate at Princeton University when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed. Given all the close calls and mistakes in the seventy-one years since then, he considered it a miracle that no other cities have been destroyed by a nuclear weapon—“it is so far beyond my normal optimism.” The prospect of a new cold war—and the return of military strategies that advocate using nuclear weapons on the battlefield—deeply unnerved him. Once the first nuclear weapon detonates, nothing might prevent the conflict from spiralling out of control. “We have no experience in stopping a nuclear war,” he said.


Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin confront a stark choice: begin another nuclear-arms race or reduce the threat of nuclear war. Trump now has a unique opportunity to pursue the latter, despite the bluster and posturing on both sides. His admiration for Putin, regardless of its merits, could provide the basis for meaningful discussions about how to minimize nuclear risks. Last year, General James Mattis, the former Marine chosen by Trump to serve as Secretary of Defense, called for a fundamental reappraisal of American nuclear strategy and questioned the need for land-based missiles. During Senate testimony, Mattis suggested that getting rid of such missiles would “reduce the false-alarm danger.” Contrary to expectations, Republican Presidents have proved much more successful than their Democratic counterparts at nuclear disarmament. President George H. W. Bush cut the size of the American arsenal in half, as did his son, President George W. Bush. And President Ronald Reagan came close to negotiating a treaty with the Soviet Union that would have completely abolished nuclear weapons.

Every technology embodies the values of the age in which it was created. When the atomic bomb was being developed in the mid-nineteen-forties, the destruction of cities and the deliberate targeting of civilians was just another military tactic. It was championed as a means to victory. The Geneva Conventions later classified those practices as war crimes—and yet nuclear weapons have no other real use. They threaten and endanger noncombatants for the sake of deterrence. Conventional weapons can now be employed to destroy every kind of military target, and twenty-first-century warfare puts an emphasis on precision strikes, cyberweapons, and minimizing civilian casualties. As a technology, nuclear weapons have become obsolete. What worries me most isn’t the possibility of a cyberattack, a technical glitch, or a misunderstanding starting a nuclear war sometime next week. My greatest concern is the lack of public awareness about this existential threat, the absence of a vigorous public debate about the nuclear-war plans of Russia and the United States, the silent consent to the roughly fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in the world. These machines have been carefully and ingeniously designed to kill us. Complacency increases the odds that, some day, they will. The “Titanic Effect” is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.'

- Eric Schlosser, World War Three, By Mistake, December 23, 2016


The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

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          3 Reasons why Chromebooks might be a good fit for your nonprofit        
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When we speak with nonprofit organizations, we often hear about the challenges related to technological resources. So when it comes to investing in new technology, it’s important to consider three primary factors:

  • Security: Does it keep my information private and secure?
  • Compatibility: Does it work with the programs I use?
  • Price: Is it within budget?
To address these questions, Google created the Chromebook, a series of laptops built with ChromeOS. The vision behind Chromebooks is simple — to create a safe, accessible, and affordable laptop. To improve user privacy and security, Chromebooks  automatically update to provide virus protection, encryption and safe browsing. For easy access and collaboration, they’re outfitted with Gmail, Google Docs, Hangouts (and nonprofits receive the full Google Apps bundle with 30GB of space per user at no charge). What’s more, they start at $169 USD & that’s for a laptop that has up to 10+ hours of battery life!
ASUS Chromebook C201 ($169)

Case Study

Charity:water, a non-profit organization that provides clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries, has a “100 percent model,” where every dollar donated goes directly to fund clean water projects. As a result, resources are limited. In order to cover operational costs like salaries and supplies, the organization relies on a few passionate and dedicated supporters. With this in mind, Charity:water transitioned to Chromebooks to improve the efficiency of its staff’s workflow. Now, employees can spend more time focusing on their goals and working towards their mission to nourish the world.

Want to learn more?

Chromebooks gives nonprofits unified access to the Google Apps suite, including:

  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides: Allows you to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time. They’re automatically backed up online, and you can also open and edit Microsoft Word, Powerpoint or Excel files.
  • Google Hangouts: Google Hangouts can be used to make phone calls, screenshare, and video chat.
  • Google Drive: Store, sync, and share documents in the cloud for secure and easy access.

As a nonprofit, you also receive discounted access to Chrome licenses, which give you management controls via the Chrome Device Management. Chrome Device Management is a unified way to manage all of your nonprofits’ users, devices, and data. For nonprofits, the Chrome management license is discounted to only $30 dollars — in comparison to $150!

Chromebooks are our vision for providing cheaper, easier to use, and more secure laptops. Installed with Google Apps out of the box, nonprofits can maximize impact, while saving both time and resources.

To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.

To learn more about Chromebooks for nonprofits, take a look at Google for Work’s Chromebook’s website. To take advantage of the Google Nonprofit license discount, a Google partner will reach out to you once you fill out the Contact Us form.

          Microsoft Ä°nternet Explorer 6’dan desteğini çekti        
Microsoft Ä°nternet Explorer Pazarlama Direktörü Roger Capriotti, Windows Team Blog’a yaptığı açıklamada IE6’nın vadesini doldurduğunu belirterek yürürlükten kaldırmayı planladıklarını ve süreci hızlandırmak için geçen Mart ayında IE6 geri sayım sitesi açtıklarını söyledi. Roger Capriotti IE6’dan tamamen desteklerini çektiklerini ve HTML 5 desteğinin de gelmeyeceğini söyledi. Net Applications’ın son verilerine göre, IE6 kullanımı resmi olarak Avusturya, […]
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        大家都已经知道了,消息面上, 7月7日,证监会核准了9家企业的首发申请。其中上交所主板4家,深交所中小板1家,创业板4家,上述企业筹资总额不超过65亿元。这自然被市场理解为利空消息,所以大盘低开也就是意料之中的事情了。不过,由于石化双熊以及钢铁、券商、煤炭等板块走势抗跌,抵消了小盘股题材股的跌幅,上证综指收盘跌幅仅有0.17%,盘中最低探至3203.21点,没有触碰到3200点整数关。但是创业板指数却大跌1.75%,乐视网复牌将出现连续三五个跌停的预期已经深入人心,所以创业板出现恐慌性抛售。创业板真是多灾多难,本来整体走势最弱,现在又要被乐视网的阴影笼罩。

           Συνεργασία PayPal - Skype στην Ελλάδα         
Η PayPal ανακοίνωσε σήμερα την συνεργασία της με το Skype, που επιτρέπει σε χρήστες στην Ελλάδα και σε άλλες 21 χώρες να στείλουν χρήματα σε άλλους χρήστες Skype με την PayPal μέσω της εφαρμογής Skype για κινητά. Με πάνω από ένα δισεκατομμύριο Skype downloads σε κινητά μέχρι σήμερα, οι χρήστες θα μπορούν να χρησιμοποιούν την PayPal απευθείας από την εφαρμογή Skype για να στέλνουν χρήματα απρόσκοπτα στο λεπτό – όπως, για παράδειγμα για ένα δώρο σε ένα μέλος της οικογένειάς τους στη χώρα τους ή και στο εξωτερικό.

Οι P2P πληρωμές αποτελούν για την PayPal μία από τις μεγαλύτερες κινητήριες δυνάμεις που αφορούν την δέσμευση του καταναλωτή (consumer engagement). Περισσότερα από 7 εκατομμύρια δολάρια την ώρα αποστέλλονται σε φίλους και συγγενείς παγκοσμίως μέσω της PayPal P2P, του Venmo και του Xoom. Με την συνεργασία με το Skype, παρέχουμε τη δυνατότητα P2P πληρωμών με την PayPal σε περισσότερα μέρη και σε διαφορετικές συνθήκες – όπου οι άνθρωποι συνδέονται online και mobile – όπως μέσω φωνητικής εντολής με τη Siri, σε chat με το Slack και σε email μέσω του Microsoft Outlook.com.

Η δυνατότητα αποστολής χρημάτων μέσω της PayPal στο Skype ξεκινάει την λειτουργία της σήμερα για τους χρήστες της PayPal και του Skype στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, το Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο, την Αυστρία, το Βέλγιο, τον Καναδά, την Κύπρο, την Εσθονία, τη Φιλανδία, τη Γαλλία, τη Γερμανία, την Ελλάδα, την Ιρλανδία, την Ιταλία, τη Λετονία, το Λουξεμβούργο, τη Μάλτα, την Ολλανδία, την Πορτογαλία, το San Marino, τη Σλοβακία, τη Σλοβενία και την Ισπανία. Η εφαρμογή αρχικά θα είναι διαθέσιμη στους πελάτες του Skype που χρησιμοποιούν την τελευταία έκδοση του Skype για κινητές συσκευές iOS και Android.

          Î— Adobe καταργεί οριστικά το Flash στα τέλη του 2020        

Ο θάνατος του Flash έχει προβλεφθεί εδώ και αρκετό καιρό, ειδικά μετά τις κινήσεις της Adobe τα τελευταία χρόνια, όμως σήμερα γνωρίζουμε και την ακριβή ημερομηνία που η πάλαι ποτέ δημοφιλής τεχνολογία του Internet, θα αφήσει την τελευταία της πνοή.
Αυτή δεν είναι άλλη από την 31η Δεκεμβρίου του 2020 σύμφωνα με σημερινή ανακοίνωση της Adobe, όταν και η εταιρεία θα σταματήσει να κυκλοφορεί αναβαθμίσεις για το Flash αλλά και να το διαθέτει στην αγορά σε οποιαδήποτε έκδοσή του. Στην ανακοίνωση η εταιρεία αναφέρει και ενδιαφέροντα στατιστικά στοιχεία που δείχνουν τη σημαντική πτώση στη χρήση ιστοσελίδων που χρησιμοποιούν την τεχνολογία. Συγκεκριμένα το 2014, το 80% των χρηστών του Chrome browser επισκεπτόντουσαν καθημερινά τουλάχιστον μία ιστοσελίδα με Flash περιεχόμενο, ένα ποσοστό που κατακρημνίστηκε στο 17% στις μέρες μας.

Μέχρι το τέλος του 2020, η Adobe θα κυκλοφορεί αναβαθμίσεις ασφάλειας σε συνεργασία με την Apple, τη Mozilla, τη Microsoft και τη Google προκειμένου να υπάρχει τυπική υποστήριξη στους browsers των συγκεκριμένων εταιρειών. Ήδη οι περισσότερες από αυτές τις εταιρείες έχουν προχωρήσει εδώ και αρκετό καιρό σε απενεργοποίηση του Flash περιεχομένου από τις ιστοσελίδες που φορτώνει ο χρήστης, και ο οποίος θα πρέπει να κάνει κλικ προκειμένου να εμφανίσει το σχετικό περιεχόμενο.

Η τεχνολογία Flash αν και δεν έκανε εύκολη τη ζωή των προγραμματιστών, εντούτοις έδινε τη δυνατότητα δημιουργίας εντυπωσιακών ιστοσελίδων, οι οποίες όμως δεν μπορούσαν σε καμία περίπτωση να είναι εξίσου εντυπωσιακές και σε φορητές συσκευές και ειδικότερα στα smartphones. Στην ιστορία έχει περάσει άλλωστε η απόφαση του Steve Jobs που από την πρώτη στιγμή είχε αποκλείσει την παρουσία του περιεχομένου Flash στο iPhone εξαιτίας των προβλημάτων που δημιουργούσε με την αυτονομία της συσκευής.

Επιπλέον τα τελευταία χρόνια, η άνοδος των ανοιχτών προτύπων HTML 5, WebGL, CSS και Javascript, δίνει την ευκαιρία στους προγραμματιστές να δημιουργήσουν εξίσου εντυπωσιακές ιστοσελίδες και web υπηρεσίες, με τη δυνατότητα αυτές να τρέχουν σε διαφορετικών ειδών συσκευές με ελάχιστες αλλαγές.


          Intel: Ασύμβατο το Windows 10 Creators Update         

Χιλιάδες χρήστες υβριδικών φορητών υπολογιστών δεν μπορούν να ενημερώσουν τα συστήματά τους στη νεότερη έκδοση των Windows 10.
Ορισμένοι χρήστες φαίνεται ότι δεν μπορούν να αναβαθμίσουν τα συστήματά τους στο Windows 10 Creators Update, καθώς η συγκεκριμένη έκδοση του λειτουργικού συστήματος είναι ασύμβατη με τους επεξεργαστές που αυτά διαθέτουν.
Προβλήματα μέχρι στιγμής έχει επιβεβαιωθεί ότι έχουν οι κάτοχοι υπολογιστών με επεξεργαστές Intel Atom της σειράς “Clover Trail”, η οποία χρησιμοποιήθηκε σε πλήθος υβριδικών φορητών υπολογιστών τα τελευταία χρόνια.
Η Microsoft δεν έχει τοποθετηθεί ακόμα επίσημα σχετικά με το ζήτημα, όμως η γνωστή κατασκευάστρια Acer επιβεβαίωσε την ασυμβατότητα με πλήθος επεξεργαστών, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των Atom Z2760, Z2520, Z2560 και Z2580.
Αν και η Acer δεν έχει δώσει ακόμα περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες, εξήγησε ότι η Microsoft είναι ενήμερη και οι εταιρείες εργάζονται από κοινού για την εξεύρεση λύσης. Είναι πολύ πιθανό πάντως το πρόβλημα να μην οφείλεται στους επεξεργαστές αυτούς καθαυτούς, αλλά στα ενσωματωμένα υποσυστήματα γραφικών.
Ας σημειωθεί ότι οι επεξεργαστές Clover Trail μπορεί να μην είναι γνωστοί για τις επιδόσεις τους, όμως βρίσκονται σήμερα σε εκατομμύρια ενεργά συστήματα που τρέχουν Windows 10, οπότε το πρόβλημα σε καμία περίπτωση δεν μπορεί να θεωρηθεί αμελητέο.


          Î•Î¼Ï€Î¹ÏƒÏ„εύεστε τα δεδομένα σας στο Cloud;        

Η Google ανακοίνωσε πρόσφατα ότι το Google Drive, δηλαδή η πλατφόρμα της για αποθήκευση στο "σύννεφο", μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί πλέον για το πλήρες backup των αρχείων που βρίσκονται στις αποθηκευτικές μονάδες του χρήστη. Άλλες σχετικές υπηρεσίες, όπως το Dropbox, το Apple iCloud και το Microsoft OneDrive, παρέχουν ήδη παρόμοια λειτουργικότητα, με άμεσο ή έμμεσο τρόπο.
Φυσικά, η χρήση του Cloud κατ΄αυτό τον τρόπο παρέχει σημαντικά οφέλη, όπως ευκολία πρόσβασης σε αρχεία από οπουδήποτε και μέσω οποιασδήποτε συσκευής, αλλά και αυξημένη ασφάλεια σε σχέση με τα συμβατικά μέσα τοπικής αποθήκευσης, τα οποία είναι πιθανότερο να αποτύχουν λόγω φυσικής φθοράς, ή να επηρεαστούν από κακόβουλο λογισμικό.
Δεν είναι λίγοι βέβαια κι εκείνοι που αντιμετωπίζουν με σκεπτικισμό το Cloud, αφού τους απασχολεί το ζήτημα της ιδιωτικότητας, ενώ δεν εμπιστεύονται ούτε την ασφάλεια των σχετικών υπηρεσιών, φοβούμενοι - και όχι άδικα, ότι οι υποδομές των εταιρειών δεν είναι άτρωτες απέναντι σε κυβερνοεπιθέσεις, που θα επέτρεπαν ακόμα και την υποκλοπή ευαίσθητων προσωπικών δεδομένων.

          Î¤Î¿ Windows 10 Timeline δεν θα συμπεριλαμβάνεται στο Fall Creators Update        

Ένα από τα καλύτερα επερχόμενα χαρακτηριστικά του λειτουργικού συστήματος Windows 10 της Microsoft είναι αναμφισβήτητα το Timeline.
Με το Timeline θα είστε σε θέση να έχετε πρόσβαση στις εφαρμογές σας κατά μήκος πολλαπλών συσκευών, επιτρέποντας στην ουσία να μεταβαίνετε από τη μια Windows 10 συσκευή σας στην άλλη, για να συνεχίσετε τη δουλειά σας από εκεί που την είχατε αφήσει τελευταία.

Πρόκειται αναμφισβήτητα για ένα φιλόδοξο χαρακτηριστικό, και μάλλον περισσότερο φιλόδοξο από όσο θα ήθελε η Microsoft αφού δεν πρόκειται να διατεθεί τελικά στο επερχόμενο Fall Creators Update. Αυτό τουλάχιστον ξεκαθάρισε ο επικεφαλής των Windows 10, Joe Belfiore σε μία σειρά από tweets, υποστηρίζοντας επιπλέον πως το συγκεκριμένο χαρακτηριστικό που αποκαλύφθηκε τον Μάιο που μας πέρασε, δεν προοριζόταν να διατεθεί με το Fall Creators Update ούτως ή άλλως.

Αν και αυτό θα απογοητεύσει τους χρήστες που ήθελαν να το εκμεταλλευτούν το συντομότερο δυνατόν, το Timeline δεν πρόκειται να αργήσει να κάνει την εμφάνιση του, αφού λίγο μετά τη διάθεση του Fall Creators Update θα ενσωματωθεί σε Windows Insider build.

Με το Timeline η Microsoft θέλει να κάνει τη μετάβαση ανάμεσα σε συσκευές ή ακόμα και πλατφόρμες όσο απρόσκοπτη και εύκολη γίνεται. Η εταιρεία προσφέρει ένα calendar timeline που συγχρονίζεται ανάμεσα σε συσκευές και επιτρέπει στον χρήστη να κάνει τη δουλειά του σε μία δεύτερη συσκευή, συνεχίζοντας από εκεί που την είχε αφήσει στη πρώτη συσκευή. Για να επιτευχθεί κάτι τέτοιο, το Timeline εκμεταλλεύεται διάφορες τεχνολογίες της Microsoft, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της ψηφιακή βοηθού Cortana ή του OneDrive κ.ά. Η Microsoft οραματίζεται ένα Timeline που δεν θα λειτουργεί μόνο μεταξύ Windows 10 συσκευών, αλλά και μεταξύ Android και iOS συσκευών.


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          Cop Hate Rules the Evening at the 2015 MTV VMAs        

Whether jokingly implied or painfully obvious, the 2015 MTV VMAs did not hide their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement by providing some cop hate to go along with the movement’s mantra of violence and hatred towards police. All this while they sat safely inside the LAPD-guarded Microsoft Theater having their fun. I’m sure all of the celebrities arrived and left unguarded, especially Miss Miley Cyrus.

Actress Rebel Wilson made a show of saying “F*ck the Police Strippers” here.


          5 Best Joomla Security Extensions For You to Breathe Easy        

Apart from WordPress and Drupal content management systems, Joomla is the most popular CMS used all over the world to power websites of all sorts and sizes. Just like any other open-source CMS, Joomla powered sites also have to deal with hacking attacks. In fact, almost every day Joomla powered site encounter callous hackers who mutilate website pages, upload backdoors and steal or delete sensitive information. And sadly, most of the attacks cost website owners substantial amount of time and money in getting the damage fixed. And so, it becomes needful for website owners take all the possible measures into account that helps to strengthen security of their Joomla site.

In this post we have come up with a list of remarkably useful Joomla extensions that helps to secure your Joomla website. 



jHackGuard is an extension designed by Siteground that helps to protect the websites of Joomla users from being hacked. The extension is made publicly available to Joomla site owners, irrespective of whether they're using Siteground hosting services or not. This extension is a blend of a security plugin (that does the system work) and component (that helps to handle configurations) – that helps to protect a Joomla site by filtering the user's input data and integrating more PHP security settings. But, the plugin is disabled so that filters don't prevent authenticated administrators from performing their administrative tasks.

jHackGuard is compatible with Joomla version 3 and higher. And so, if you want to protect your site security running on an older Joomla version, you can choose to download the appropriate versions of jHackGuard for the older Joomla versions such as jHackGuard for Joomla 1.5 or other.

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El día sábado pasado, en la sede gremial de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén, se realizó la tercera clase del “Curso de capacitación y actualización sindical” que viene desarrollando la Seccional local y la asociación civil Gestar.

“Convenio Colectivo de Trabajo. Concepto, alcances y leyes aplicables” fue el tema que expuso la Dra. Mónica Sepúlveda, especialista en derecho laboral y accidentes de trabajo, en una exposición que tuvo una duración de más de tres horas. Concurrieron 32 personas entre Delegados de plantas de empaque e integrantes de Comisión Directiva local.

“Al terminar las 13 clases programadas, en donde se analizaran diversos tópicos relacionados a las normas que regulan la actividad, se entregaran certificados a los asistentes que hayan cumplido con el 70% de asistencia” explico Sergio Poblete, coordinador del curso de capacitación.

Marcelo Portiño, Secretario General de la Seccional local, expresó “estamos muy satisfechos con las ganas que demuestran los delegados y demás dirigentes en capacitarse, en la última jornada desarrollada los trabajadores quedaron muy enchufados con la exposición de la Dra. Sepúlveda, y estamos esperando para el próximo 18 de Septiembre en donde ella continuara con el tema del Convenio Colectivo 1/76 que regula la actividad del empaque de frutas frescas”.

Cabe recordar que este Curso fue declarado de interés social por la Legislatura de Rio Negro en la sesión del 31 de Julio pasado.

Pablo Amadeo Camarada

Secretario de Prensa

Comisión Directiva

Seccional General Roca

          Gacetilla de Prensa        

El pasado sábado 08 de agosto se agasajo a las niñas y niños que se acercaron a la sede del Sindicato de la Fruta de General Roca, en donde se realizó la Fiesta del Día del Niño para los hijos de los trabajadores del empaque.

“La Fiesta del Día del Niño la venimos realizando desde que asumimos en el 2004, es una actividad que nunca hemos dejado de hacer porque nos parece que el esfuerzo para agasajar a los más chicos bien lo vale y nunca es mucho. Uno siempre quiere lograr una mejor fiesta, pero los impedimentos económicos atentan contra ese objetivo y realmente hay que agudizar el ingenio para lograrlo”, expresó Marcelo Portiño, Secretario General del Sindicato Local.

“Los integrantes de la Comisión Directiva queremos agradecer la colaboración de las empresas Agro Roca S.A., Bermejo Hnos., Primera Cooperativa Ltda., Maresba, Zetone, Fruempac, San Formerio., Flor del Valle, Moño Azul, como así a la Mutual de la Fruta, a la Dirección de Cultura del Municipio de General Roca, a la asociación civil “Gestar”, y a Sur Teatro por el espectáculo, ya que gracias a sus aportes hemos logrado concretar una Fiesta del Día del Niño muy positiva”, manifestó finalmente Portiño.

Pablo Camarada

Secretario de Prensa

          Festejo día del Niño        

La Comisión Directiva de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de obreros empacadores de frutas de Río Negro y Neuquén realizará, el próximo día Sábado 08 de agosto de 2009, la Fiesta del Día del Niño, tal como lo ha venido realizando desde el año 2004.

Será a partir de las 15.00 horas e invita a todos los hijos de los afiliados a participar de este festejo para agasajarlos, habrá juegos de integración, títeres, golosinas, castillos inflables y el tradicional chocolate con bollitos.

El lugar es en la sede del Sindicato, ubicado en calle Misiones 1675 de esta ciudad. Los esperamos.

Pablo Camarada

Secretario de Prensa

          Gacetilla de Prensa        

Inicio Curso de Capacitación y Actualización Sindical

El día Sábado pasado, en la sede gremial de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén, se realizó el primer modulo del Curso de capacitación y actualización sindical”.

“Interpretación de recibos de sueldo y acuerdos de productividad” fue el primer tema del programa curricular del Curso, el que fuera dictado por el Secretario General Marcelo Portiño y por el Secretario Tesorero Mariano Grijera. Concurrieron unas 30 personas entre Delegados de plantas de empaque e integrantes de Comisión Directiva local.

“Estamos muy satisfechos con la concurrencia y notamos una muy buena predisposición de los compañeros a capacitarse, han participado mucho y bien, realmente estamos muy contentos. Este curso de capacitación lo estamos haciendo con mucho esfuerzo, pero contamos con la colaboración de la asociación civil “Gestar, promoviendo el desarrollo humano” quien es la organización que nos ayudo en la formulación del proyecto y es quien coordina y organiza las distintas actividades de este curso”, expresó Marcelo Portiño.

“El Viernes también nos llego una noticia que nos dio mucho animo para iniciar la capacitación, pues por iniciativa del Legislador Juan Elbi Cides del MPP, se declaró de interés social al curso de capacitación en la sesión de la Legislatura”, manifestó Portiño.

El próximo encuentro se realizará el día 15 de Agosto en la sede sindical de Misiones 1675 de esta ciudad, en donde se dictará la primera parte del modulo sobre el Convenio Colectivo de Trabajo que regula la relación laboral del sector del empaque, el que será dictado por el Dr. Jorge Crespo.

Pablo Amadeo Camarada

Secretario de Prensa

Comisión Directiva

Seccional General Roca

          Proyecto de Curso de Capacitación y Actualización Sindical        


La continua capacitación de los hombres y mujeres que representan a los obreros en las distintas plantas de empaque de la Seccional General Roca, es necesaria para que el accionar de estos representantes sean los adecuados en la defensa de los derechos de sus compañeros ante la patronal. Una de las propuestas que la conducción actual llevaba en su plataforma electoral en las últimas elecciones, era lo referente a la capacitación gremial de los delegados y demás dirigentes del sindicato de la fruta.

La Comisión Directiva de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Río Negro Y Neuquén, están convencidos de que este es un momento propicio para encarar este desafío, con la intención de aportar una formación cualitativa para que la acción de los dirigentes sindicales y delegados de plantas de empaque sea acorde a las necesidades actuales, con la convicción de que sólo a través de delegados capacitados y concientes de su rol, se puede confiar en la construcción de un sindicalismo moderno y responsable.

No nos precede experiencia en esta área y será necesario mucho esfuerzo, colaboración y participación de todos los que tenemos algún grado de responsabilidad en la representación de los trabajadores, esto así porque la defensa de los derechos de los obreros de la fruta a sido y será un compromiso que hemos asumido, y que así lo hicimos porque tenemos vocación de servicio.

Para lograr esta meta, y advirtiendo que la Asociación Civil “Gestar, promoviendo el desarrollo humano” tenía como principal inquietud la formación ciudadana, es que nos hemos unido para consumar el fin propuesto por ambas instituciones: la del Sindicato para mejorar la defensa de los derechos laborales de los trabajadores del sector, la de la Asociación Civil “Gestar” para tener ciudadanos cada vez más consientes de sus derechos y con conocimientos del modo de ejercerlos.

Esperamos lograr, a través de esta mancomunación de esfuerzo e ideales, mejores representantes gremiales y, en el proceso, mejores ciudadanos.

Comisión Directiva Sindicato de la Fruta- Seccional General Roca

Comisión Directiva- Asociación Civil “Gestar, promoviendo el desarrollo humano"


En los tiempos que corren se hace cada vez más necesaria la capacitación gremial, pues muchos de los delegados y demás dirigentes actúan en base a sus propias experiencias, la que lleva a un aprendizaje de prueba y error, y cuando se cometen errores en la defensa de los derechos laborales, los únicos perjudicados son los trabajadores que ven vulnerados sus derechos sociales. Con esto no queremos menospreciar la experiencia, pero a esto en necesario sumarle otros conocimientos.

Así, se hace cada vez más importante el acceso al conocimiento, pues este constituye un valor central, una necesidad y un derecho inalienable de los trabajadores. El conocimiento, en la hora actual, tiene un peso decisivo en la discusión con las empresas en la defensa de los intereses de los compañeros trabajadores del empaque.

El conocimiento es una herramienta indispensable, y se constituye en condición para pensar, proponer, defender y concretar estrategias de política sindical, educación no formal y acción social.

En el marco de este proyecto de capacitación, que en principio apunta a lo sindical o gremial, nos proponemos como meta, que sea mucho más amplio y abarcativo, ya sea en cuanto a los temas a desarrollar como también a los destinatarios; pensada para brindar posibilidades de acceso a todos aquellos a quienes la deseen, basándose en la solidaridad, la unidad y el reconocimiento de las experiencias previas de cada uno de los representantes de los obreros del empaque. De esta forma es posible integrar y reconciliar a los trabajadores de la fruta con su Sindicato.

También es necesario que la capacitación reconozca la diversidad y la diferencia de niveles y experiencias que traen los trabajadores, para de esta forma poner en práctica un principio básico de la sociedad: la igualdad de oportunidades.

Con este Curso de Capacitación Gremial buscamos dar respuesta a la necesidad de contar en los lugares de trabajo, con delegados que sepan representar los intereses de sus compañeros mostrando la solvencia necesaria para estar a la altura de la compleja realidad que presentan actualmente las relaciones laborales.


En esta primera etapa, la meta general es que quienes representan a los trabajadores estén preparados desde todos los aspectos (capacidad para negociar, asesorar, debatir, criticar, proponer, etc.) para realizar la tarea para la que sus propios compañeros lo han elegido.


El objetivo que se propone es:

  • Capacitar a los representantes gremiales de los conocimientos necesarios que les posibiliten transformarse en líderes en sus respectivos lugares de trabajo, así como actualizarlos en la nueva legislación aplicable al sector.
  • Resaltar el conocimiento y la preparación como un elemento central en la tarea de la defensa de los derechos de los trabajadores.
  • Posibilitar el mejoramiento de la negociación contractual, logrando enriquecer y revitalizar el accionar sindical.
  • Acrecentar la credibilidad de los dirigentes del sindicato ante la mirada de los compañeros trabajadores del empaque, lo que posibilitara un mejor posicionamiento ante los empresarios.
  • Resaltar valores tales como compañerismo, solidaridad, respeto a derechos y opiniones de terceros, ética, asociativismo, compromiso, responsabilidad, vocación de servicio.


Sede Gremial del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Río Negro y Neuquén de esta Seccional, sito en calle Misiones 1675 de General Roca.


Se hará a través de seminarios, cursos o talleres, siendo este último el método más propicio para que puedan darse una serie de intercambio de conocimientos y experiencias entre los participantes. Los encuentros se realizaran los días sábados, cuyas fechas tentativas están especificadas en el Programa Curricular, con una duración de 3 1/2 (Tres y media) horas reloj por encuentro, totalizando 42 horas al finalizar el Curso, haciéndose entrega del certificado correspondiente.


Los beneficiarios directos de estos encuentros de capacitación serán unas 65 personas entre delegados e integrantes de Comisión Directiva.


Los trabajadores representados por los asistentes, calculados en más de 2.500 trabajadores.

COSTO DE LA CAPACITACIÓN: El costo del curso de la capacitación será afrontado con recursos de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén y por la Asociación civil “Gestar, promoviendo el desarrollo humano”.

PROGRAMA CURRICULAR (con fechas tentativas de cursado)












CERTIFICADOS: Se extenderán certificados a quienes hayan cumplido con el 70% de asistencia.

EXPOSITORES: Cada uno de los temas será abordado por profesionales y/o personas idóneas en cada una de las temáticas a desarrollar.

FORMULACION, COORDINACION Y ORGANIZACIÓN: Lo realizará la Asociación Civil “Gestar, promoviendo el desarrollo humano”, pues este tipo de capacitación esta contemplado entre los objetivos estatutarios de la mencionada asociación civil, habiendo sido convocada por la gremial para la formulación del proyecto, la coordinación y organización de cada uno de los módulos, como así encargada de contratar a los distintos expositores.

Comisión Directiva Sindicato de la Fruta- Seccional General Roca

Comisión Directiva- Asociación Civil “Gestar, promoviendo el desarrollo humano”

          Gacetilla de Prensa        

Mariano Grijera, Marcelo Portiño y Pablo Camarada en la reunión de Comisión Directiva.

Sindicato de la Fruta y Pseudo-Cooperativas de trabajo

La Comisión Directiva del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén de la Seccional General Roca se reunió el pasado Martes en donde analizo cuestiones vinculadas a los trabajadores de las cooperativas de trabajo que hacen servicio de empaque en la región.

“Nos ha llegado información de que estas pseudos cooperativas están realizando maniobras fraudulentas para con los trabajadores que se desempeñan en esas empresas, haciéndoles firmar la renuncia como socios bajo la promesa de blanquearlos. Aún cuando estos trabajadores no están en la orbita de nuestro Sindicato, no podemos permitir que, además que se los explote, ahora también se los quiera estafar,” expresó Marcelo Portiño, Secretario General de la Seccional General Roca.

“Es por esta razón que estamos convocando a los trabajadores que se desempeñan en estas cooperativas de trabajo a que se acerquen al Sindicato para asesorarse antes de firmar algo. En la reunión de Comisión Directiva hemos decidido dar la mayor cobertura gremial que podamos, como así que es necesario redoblar el esfuerzo y las acciones tendientes a “blanquear” la situación de estos trabajadores que en temporada ganan 800 pesos, y con eso tienen que pagar grandes sumas a la AFIP en concepto de trabajadores autónomos. Así, nos encontramos con trabajadores-socios de cooperativas que tienen deudas con AFIP por sumas superiores a los 5.000 pesos,” continuo explicando Portiño.

“Detrás de estas cooperativas están los verdaderos dueños, que son las empresas frutícolas de la región, que explotando a la gente logran hacer suculentos negocios. Lamentablemente, también debemos reconocer que en la región hay dirigentes gremiales que no solo hacen la vista gorda en este tema, sino que también hacen su propio negocio. En esto nosotros marcamos la diferencia porque desde que asumimos venimos trabajando para que se sincere la relación laboral que existe en estas casi-cooperativas,” afirmo Marcelo Portiño.

Finalmente, la Comisión Directiva invita a todos los trabajadores de cooperativas de trabajo que prestan servicios de empaque a que se acerquen al Sindicato local ubicado en calle Misiones 1675, a fin de que se asesoren ante ciertas medidas que están iniciando estas empresas, medidas que tienen el claro objetivo de perjudicarlos.

Pablo Amadeo Camarada
Secretario de Prensa
Comisión Directiva
Seccional General Roca

          Gacetilla de Prensa        

Suspensión inicio Capacitación Sindical en el Gremio de la Fruta

La Comisión Directiva de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén decidió suspender el inicio del “Curso de Capacitación y Actualización Sindical” que estaba previsto para el próximo 11 de Julio, en razón de la Emergencia Sanitaria establecida en la Provincia de Rio Negro por la pandemia de la gripe A, como así se suspende toda actividad que implique concentración de personas en la sede sindical de calle Misiones 1675 hasta el 26 de Julio inclusive.

Asimismo, se informa que el Curso dará inicio el sábado 01 de Agosto en la sede Sindical en la que se hará la presentación del programa del curso, las expectativas de los participantes y se trabajara en el primer modulo que será de interpretación de recibos de sueldo y acuerdos de productividad, tarea que se desarrollara en una parte teórica para luego trabajar en la instancia de taller. Este primer modulo será dictado por Marcelo Portiño y Mariano Grigera.

Pablo Camarada

Secretario de Prensa

          Gacetilla de Prensa        

Capacitación Sindical en el Gremio de la Fruta

La Comisión Directiva de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén aprobó la realización de un curso de capacitación sindical dirigido a integrantes de la Comisión Directiva y Delegados de Plantas de Empaque de la Seccional local.

“Con un gran esfuerzo vamos a dar inicio la última semana de Junio al “Curso de Capacitación y Actualización Sindical”, que es un proyecto que teníamos pendiente y que por fin podemos concretar. Tenemos muchos Delegados nuevos y que requieren conocimientos para afrontar la responsabilidad que han asumido frente a los trabajadores, y también lo necesitan los demás dirigentes y Delegados, porque estamos convencidos que capacitarse y actualizarse es necesario para poder defender los derechos de los trabajadores con mayor eficiencia”, destaco Marcelo Portiño, Secretario General de la Seccional General Roca.

“Con un total de 12 encuentros distribuidos en seis meses, con un temario que va desde el análisis de nuestro Convenio Colectivo de Trabajo hasta la historia de los derechos laborales y de la Seguridad Social, técnicas de negociación y legislación laboral que regula la actividad e interpretación de recibos de sueldo, son algunos de los temas que expondrán expertos en cada área, para luego pasar a la instancia de taller con un cierre en donde cada grupo expondrá sus conclusiones”, finalizó Portiño.

Jornadas de Seguridad Social de Rio Negro

Por otra parte, Delegados de plantas de empaque e integrantes de Comisión Directiva de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de la Fruta están participando en las Jornadas de Seguridad Social de Río Negro en el marco del "Programa de Fortalecimiento Sindical para la Promoción y Defensa de la Seguridad Social Integral y Solidaria" que se esta llevando a cabo en la localidad de Allen, y que fueron organizadas por la Secretaria de Estado de Trabajo de Río Negro, Anses, CGT y CASFPI. En estas Jornadas, de tres días de duración (8, 9 y 10 de Junio), se están viendo temas tales como Sistema Integrado de Jubilaciones y Pensiones, Asignaciones Familiares y Prestación por Desempleo, y participan representantes de distintos gremios. Los disertantes son Norma Noseda, Maria E. Luengo y Horacio Sagman, los Dres. Hugo Di Génova y Walter Chaparro.

“Nosotros estamos participando con muchas ganas, ya que todo lo que sea capacitación es importante. Pero este tema en especial nos interesa ya que estamos trabajando junto a la candidata Nora Mancini en la elaboración de un proyecto sobre la seguridad social para trabajadores temporarios con el objetivo de que asignaciones familiares vinculadas directamente a la protección de los niños y niñas, como así de las mujeres trabajadoras, sean abonadas durante todo el año, independientemente de los días trabajados”, expresó Marcelo Portiño.

Pablo Camarada

Secretario de Prensa

          Gacetilla de Prensa        
Dirigentes de la Seccional General Roca del Sindicato de Obreros Empacadores de Frutas de Rio Negro y Neuquén coincidieron en objetar el proyecto impulsado por el Legislador Fabián Gatti, vinculado a la negociación paritaria de los trabajadores de la fruta, por considerarlo discriminatorio, inconstitucional y totalmente desacertado.
“Nos sorprende que haya legisladores que tengan tan poco conocimiento de la legislación que regula nuestra actividad, pues el Sindicato de la Fruta es un gremio Nacional, y CAFI también lo es, y por ende el ámbito de discusión y negociación de nuestros salarios se da en paritaria ante el Ministerio de Trabajo de la Nación, y además tenemos un Convenio Colectivo de Trabajo que dispone que la negociación se realice en ese ámbito. El desconocimiento de este Legislador realmente nos preocupa, y nos sorprende la liviandad que tiene a la hora de presentar proyectos de ley”, expresó Sergio Poblete, integrante de la Comisión Directiva.
Marcelo Portiño, Secretario General de la Seccional local del Sindicato, manifestó “queremos pensar que la intención no es mala, pero vemos que con la iniciativa de Gatti se nos sigue atacando y se nos hace cargo de los problemas de la fruticultura, cuando lo que deben hacer es buscar a quien se queda con el pedazo más grande de la torta, y que no somos nosotros. Además, nos preguntamos que significa esto de “garantizar las condiciones salariales para el normal desempeño de la actividad”, cuando con este proyecto se nos quiere coartar nuestro derecho a huelga, lo que nos lleva a pensar que esta hecha a medida de los empresarios empacadores, y no para defender a los productores.”
“Nadie desconoce que el momento en el que los trabajadores de la fruta somos fuertes para reclamar por los salarios es cuando comenzamos nuestras labores con el inicio de temporada. Pero tampoco nadie tiene en cuenta que las negociaciones paritarias se inician en el mes de Octubre de cada año, y no nos gusta llegar a un conflicto como el de este año, y esto queda demostrado porque hacía 20 años que no realizábamos una medida de fuerza de este tipo, y recordemos que somos trabajadores temporarios”, expresó Mariano Grigera, integrante de Comisión Directiva.
En coincidencia, Portiño agregó “los trabajadores de otros sectores realizan medidas de fuerza en cualquier momento, pero nosotros con el proyecto de este Legislador no podremos realizar ninguna medida de fuerza, viola nuestro derecho a huelga y precarizan aún más la relación laboral, lo cual entendemos que es inconstitucional, y además discriminatorio porque parece que el proyecto es solo para los trabajadores del empaque”.
Finalmente culmino diciendo “mientras nosotros trabajamos en la elaboración de proyectos inclusivos, como es el de pago de asignaciones familiares a los trabajadores temporarios para todo el año, Gatti elabora proyectos para coartar derechos a los trabajadores.”


Esta gacetilla fue emitida en razón de lo publicado por varios medios de prensa de la región, entre ellos el Diario Rio Negro en donde se puede ver la propuesta del Legislador Fabián Gatti:


          RESOLUCION LAUDO NRO. 1/09        

B.O. 13/03/09 - ST - Laudo 1/09 - Define incremento Concepto “Sueldo Básico” correspondiente a la Categoría Embalador de Primera de la escala salarial


Laudo Nº 1/2009

Bs. As., 27/2/2009

VISTO el Expediente Nº 101.214/08 del Registro del MINISTERIO DE TRABAJO, EMPLEO Y SEGURIDAD SOCIAL, y


Que por el Expediente citado en el visto tramitó la negociación mantenida, en los términos de las leyes Nº 20.744 (t.o 1976 y sus modificatorias), 14.250 (t.o. 2004) y 25.877, entre el SINDICATO DE OBREROS EMPACADORES DE FRUTA DE RIO NEGRO Y NEUQUEN y la CAMARA ARGENTINA DE FRUTICULTORES INTEGRADOS, en relación a las escalas salariales para la actividad de empaque de frutas frescas, en el ámbito de las Provincias de RIO NEGRO y NEUQUEN, con vigencia a partir del 1º de enero del año 2009.

Que luego de sucesivas audiencias celebradas ante la autoridad de aplicación, con fecha 16 de enero de 2009, ante el inicio de medidas de acción directa, se encuadró el conflicto en el marco de la Ley Nº 14.786, iniciándose un período de Conciliación Obligatoria por el plazo de CINCO (5) días, que en una primera etapa no fue acatado por el sindicato, tema éste ajeno a la cuestión en análisis.

Que con fecha 23 de enero de 2009 se dispuso la prórroga del período de Conciliación Obligatoria, por el término de DIEZ (10) días a partir de la CERO HORA del día 24 de enero de 2009.

Que con fecha 23 de enero de 2009, en la audiencia celebrada al efecto, la autoridad de aplicación propuso someter a las partes a un laudo en los términos y alcances de la Ley Nº 14.786, en razón de poder alcanzar una justa composición de intereses que garantice el mantenimiento de la paz social en la región, atento a los hechos de público conocimiento que han acontecido en la región del Alto Valle.

Que con fecha 24 de enero de 2009, la CAMARA ARGENTINA DE FRUTICULTORES INTEGRADOS manifestó su disponibilidad para encauzar la solución del conflicto por la vía del laudo arbitral, en tanto se den las condiciones para ello.

Que con fecha 25 de enero de 2009, el SINDICATO DE OBREROS EMPACADORES DE FRUTA DE RIO NEGRO Y NEUQUEN manifestó su acatamiento a las disposiciones que encuadraran el conflicto en los términos de la Ley Nº 14.786 y, en consecuencia, aceptó someterse al laudo propuesto por la autoridad de aplicación.

Que con fecha 27 de enero de 2009, se celebró una nueva audiencia en la sede central del MINISTERIO DE TRABAJO, EMPLEO y SEGURIDAD SOCIAL, destinada a consensuar los términos del compromiso arbitral.

Que luego de un breve cuarto intermedio, las partes aceptaron la cláusula propuesta por la autoridad de aplicación y suscribieron de común acuerdo el compromiso respectivo. Asimismo, ratificaron el contenido general del acuerdo celebrado el 7 de enero de 2008 y en especial la estructura de la escala salarial y los premios que surgen del convenio suscripto en dicha fecha.

Que en cuanto al procedimiento a sustanciarse, las partes acordaron que el árbitro sea designado por el MINISTERIO DE TRABAJO, EMPLEO y SEGURIDAD SOCIAL, dándose un traslado de UN (1) día para que ejerzan el derecho a que hubiera lugar. A su vez, se pactó el término de CINCO (5) días hábiles a los fines de ofrecer y producir la prueba, la que limitan exclusivamente a la informativa e instrumental, y dentro del mismo plazo presentar una memoria escrita, dándose luego un plazo común de DOS (2) días hábiles para alegar.

Que las partes establecieron que el cómputo del plazo indicado para el ofrecimiento, producción de prueba y presentación de memoria escrita corre a partir del día hábil siguiente a aquel en que quede firme la designación del árbitro. El cómputo del plazo previsto para alegar se contará a partir del día hábil siguiente al del cierre período de prueba.

Que finalmente, las partes estipularon que el árbitro dispondrá de un plazo de DIEZ (10) días hábiles para emitir su laudo, plazo que comenzará a correr a partir del día hábil siguiente del vencimiento del plazo para alegar.

Que mediante el artículo 2º de la Resolución de la SECRETARIA DE TRABAJO Nº 98 de fecha 2 de febrero de 2009 se designó al Dr. Leonardo Jesús AMBESI (M.I. Nº 18.317.925) cómo árbitro en el presente proceso de arbitraje voluntario.

Que con fecha 3 de febrero de 2009, el citado se notificó y aceptó el cargo para el que fuera designado, en tanto las partes quedaron notificadas de dicho dispositivo con fecha 5 de febrero de 2009, sin formular observación alguna.

Que con fecha 12 de febrero de 2009, las partes realizaron sus presentaciones, en tanto con fecha 13 de febrero de 2009 se ordenó su traslado y se clausuró la etapa probatoria, pasando los autos para alegar.

Que con fecha 16 de febrero de 2009 se notificó de lo precedentemente dispuesto la parte empresaria, en tanto que, con fecha 17 de febrero de 2009, hizo lo propio la parte sindical.

Que las partes presentaron sendos escritos dentro del plazo estipulado para alegar, pasando los autos a resolver con fecha 19 de febrero de 2009.

Que con fecha 23 de febrero de 2009, el Dr. Leonardo Jesús AMBESI decidió excusarse para continuar desempeñándose como árbitro en las presentes actuaciones, por las razones expuestas en el expediente de referencia, lo que originó el dictado de la Resolución de la SECRETARIA DE TRA BAJO Nº 258 de fecha 24 de febrero de 2009, por la cual se aceptó la excusación del mencionado y se designó a la suscripta como árbitro.

Que en este estado, con carácter previo, corresponde el tratamiento preliminar de cuestiones incidentales arrimadas por las partes, a fin de despejar el sendero que conduce al análisis sustantivo del asunto sometido a laudo arbitral.

Que en primer término, cabe aludir a la reserva expresada por la CAMARA ARGENTINA DE FRUTICULTORES INTEGRADOS en su escrito de alegato, donde impugna el contenido de la memoria y alegato presentados por el sector sindical, lo que a su parecer, derivaría en una violación a su derecho de defensa, por afectar el principio de contradicción.

Que al respecto, debe advertirse que, tal como se ha dicho, los términos del procedimiento han sido fijados de común acuerdo por las partes y, en el caso de las memorias y alegatos, no existen pautas expresas en lo relativo a las modalidades de cada presentación, más allá de los límites impuestos a los medios de prueba (cfr. fojas 80).

Que desde esta perspectiva, la riqueza u orfandad de los argumentos desplegados por las partes constituyen un motivo de consideración por el Arbitro pero en modo alguno pueden derivar en una causal que afecte la validez del procedimiento por ellas mismas articulado; máxime, cuando se encuentra registrado el pleno acceso a las actuaciones y a las posiciones interpuestas por la contraria.

Que en otro orden, la parte sindical ha expresado, en su alegato, el presunto perjuicio causado por parte del sector empresario en razón de la falta de convocatoria en término al personal, limitando así la temporada laboral.

Que al respecto, dichas circunstancias forman parte de la etapa previa a la formulación del compromiso arbitral y no se encuentran expresamente detalladas en los puntos acordados previamente, por lo que no pueden ser materia de evaluación del arbitraje, ceñido al temario estipulado por las partes.

Que delimitado el marco general por el que transitará el presente laudo, corresponde expedirse sobre la sustancia sometida a consideración.

Que los puntos sometidos al arbitraje voluntario son los siguientes:

1- Definir el incremento que debe ser aplicado a cada uno de los rubros remunerativos y no remunerativos que surgen de la escala salarial vigente para la actividad al 31 de diciembre de 2008 y que fuera pactada por las partes en fecha 7 de enero de 2008, respetándose la misma estructura y premios.

2- Definir el incremento sobre los premios por productividad previstos en acuerdos vigentes a nivel de las empresas comprendidas en el CCT 1/76, aplicándose en las mismas condiciones de tiempo, modo y lugar que rige de cada empresa conforme lo acordado por empleadores y sus trabajadores para la temporada anterior.

Que sobre el particular, las partes refieren que sus últimas posiciones en relación a los puntos acordados finalmente para someter al arbitraje, son las indicadas en el acta suscripta en esta misma fecha antes de pasar al cuarto intermedio.

Que ello significa que para la parte sindical el incremento salarial debería fijarse en un TREINTA Y CINCO POR CIENTO (35%), estimando que el incremento sobre los premios por productividad previstos en los acuerdos vigentes a nivel de empresas, también debería fijarse en un TREINTA Y CINCO POR CIENTO (35%).

Que por el contrario, para la parte empresaria el incremento salarial debería fijarse en un VEINTIUNO POR CIENTO (21%), en tanto correspondería establecer el incremento sobre los premios por productividad previstos en los acuerdos vigentes a nivel de empresas en un DIEZ POR CIENTO (10%).

Que de los antecedentes reseñados surge la existencia de una divergencia apreciable en las posturas mantenidas por las partes así como en la interpretación que realizan de la abundante prueba documental aportada.

Que sin perjuicio de ello, a pesar de la disparidad en evidencia, surge un elemento probatorio común, aportado por ambos sectores, que se identifica como “Costos referenciales de producción y empaque”, Convenio I.N.T.A. - U.N.C. - S.F.R.N., para las Temporadas 2006-2007, 2007-2008 y 2008-2009 (ver puntos 3.c., 3.d. y 3.e. de la presentación sindical y Anexo VIII de la presentación empresaria, referido a las dos últimas temporadas).

Que dicho instrumento, en su punto titulado “Retribución de la mano de obra”, expresa: “La cantidad de personal afectado al proceso de empaque varía según la capacidad y eficiencia de la planta de empaque.

Dada la diversidad de situaciones presentes en el sector del empaque de la región, no es posible determinar un único modelo representativo del mismo, más aún cuando no existe una relación directa entre tamaño del establecimiento/productividad/costos.

Esto se confirma al realizar un relevamiento de los costos asociados a la contratación de mano de obra en el sector. Surge allí la disparidad que existe en el costo laboral entre las diferentes empresas debido tanto a la relación laboral (convenio, cooperativas de trabajo) como a la productividad alcanzada” (cfr. punto 2.3.-).

Que lo expuesto refleja las características singulares de la actividad, que no permiten, en principio, adoptar conclusiones genéricas en uno u otro sentido.

Que ante ello, debe recordarse, como lo ha sostenido la doctrina, que “...es una realidad incontrastable que el conflicto forma parte de la vida social y en particular de las relaciones laborales, su contracara inexcusable debe ser la construcción de medios o procedimientos de solución de conflictos, aprovechando las herramientas e institutos que nos brinda el Derecho del Trabajo, a fin de que los efectos del conflicto recurrentemente inevitable, se minimicen en sus alcances cuantitativos, cualitativos y de duración, para beneficio de los actores sociales y de la sociedad en su conjunto” (cfr. RIMOLDI, Alberto, “Métodos alternativos de solución de conflictos en la negociación colectiva”, Derecho del Trabajo, noviembre 2005, pág. 1557).

Que en ese sentido, cabe aclarar que, aun cuando el arbitraje constituye una garantía constitucional reconocida al sujeto gremial (art. 14 bis C.N.), ello no obsta a reconocer su génesis como producto de la negociación. Así, se ha dicho: “La afirmación que alguna doctrina formula respecto del carácter transaccional del Derecho del Trabajo quizás pueda ser discutida en lo que hace al derecho individual del trabajo, pero parece más difícil negarla en lo que hace al derecho colectivo. Es de la esencia de esta rama tanto el conflicto como su superación por vía de la negociación. El arbitraje voluntario es precisamente el resultado de una negociación” (cfr. SIMON, Julio César - PAVLOV, Federico, “El renacer de un viejo remedio”, La Ley, Suplemento Convenios Colectivos, marzo 2007, pág. 3).

Que con lo expuesto, la suscripta ha deseado poner de relieve la naturaleza particular que reviste esta clase de arbitrajes, destinados a superar el cerco formado por las posiciones rígidas de los contendientes.

Que en este contexto, es dable interrogarse acerca de la pauta a tomar en cuenta para resolver las cuestiones planteadas. La respuesta se encuentra en los recientes pronunciamientos de nuestro Máximo Tribunal de Justicia, en donde se ha destacado que: “... en la relación y contrato de trabajo se ponen en juego, en lo que atañe a intereses particulares, tanto los del trabajador como los del empleador, y ninguno de ellos debe ser descuidado por las leyes. Sin embargo, lo determinante es que, desde el ángulo constitucional, el primero es sujeto de preferente tutela...” (CSJN, 14/09/2004, “Vizzoti, Carlos c/AMSA”, La Ley, Suplemento Especial Septiembre de 2004).

Que tal concepción ha sido integrada por el tribunal con la interpretación brindada a la garantía constitucional de asegurar “condiciones dignas y equitativas de labor, donde se enuncia un mandato que se proyecta sobre los restantes contenidos de la norma que, sin perder su identidad y autonomía, también son susceptibles de integrar el concepto de condiciones de labor. De allí que “equitativo” significa justo en el caso concreto (v. fallo citado).

Que en consecuencia, el arbitraje en el conflicto colectivo de intereses constituye una solución derivada de la negociación y no puede obviar ese origen transaccional pero a la vez, debe atender los principios y criterios que informan la relación laboral y la posición de cada una de las partes.

Que respecto al modo de resolver, se ha facultado a la suscripta para definir el incremento de cada uno de los rubros remunerativos y no remunerativos que surgen de la escala salarial vigente, con el único límite de respetar la misma estructura y premios.

Que esto implica la posibilidad, en el marco antes descrito, de adecuar individualmente los rubros señalados, en tanto y en cuanto no se altere el diseño general apuntado.

Que, como se señalara, la estructura salarial contiene un detalle de conceptos vinculados al Salario o Sueldo Básico junto a otros de valor fijo, siendo de naturaleza remunerativa y no remunerativa.

Que ello motiva la necesidad de establecer el aumento en tales rubros de manera diferenciada, a fin de alcanzar una recomposición equilibrada y efectiva de cada uno de los conceptos que integran la grilla salarial.

Que por lo expuesto, teniendo en cuenta lo anteriormente manifestado y la información aportada por las partes, se estima adecuado incrementar en un VEINTICINCO POR CIENTO (25%) el Sueldo Básico correspondiente a la Categoría de Embalador de Primera, máximo nivel de la grilla, con vigencia a partir del ámbito temporal fijado para el laudo.

Que en función del nuevo valor se calcularán los Conceptos de “Temporada” y “Presentismo”, de acuerdo a los porcentajes vigentes y se relacionarán en forma proporcional decreciente las restantes categorías y especialidades, de conformidad con la estructura salarial vigente.

Que asimismo, se estima pertinente incrementar la suma a percibir por el ítem “Reducción al Ausentismo”, en PESOS CUARENTA ($ 40.-), para la categoría de Embalador de Primera, con la relación proporcional decreciente que ello tendrá en las restantes categorías y especialidades, de conformidad con la estructura salarial vigente.

Que asimismo, se entiende necesario incrementar la suma remunerativa existente en PESOS CIEN ($ 100.-) y la suma no remunerativa existente en PESOS CIENTO VEINTE ($ 120.-), a fin de mantener una vinculación razonable en la estructura salarial aplicable, y posibilitar que la recomposición impacte a la totalidad de las Categorías.

Que en cuanto al aumento sobre valores actuales de los premios por productividad previstos en los acuerdos vigentes a nivel de empresas, se estima equitativo fijar su incremento en un DIECISIETE POR CIENTO (17%).

Que por último, debe dejarse constancia que el laudo arbitral tiene carácter de fuente de derecho conforme el artículo 1º, inciso c), de la Ley Nº 20.744 (t.o. 1976 y sus modificatorias) y los efectos de una convención colectiva de trabajo cuyo cumplimiento es obligatorio, en los términos de la Ley Nº 14.250 (t.o. 2004).

Por ello,



ARTICULO 1º — Definir el incremento del Concepto “Sueldo Básico” correspondiente a la Categoría Embalador de Primera de la escala salarial vigente para la actividad al 31 de diciembre de 2008 y que fuera pactada por las partes en fecha 7 de enero de 2008, en un VEINTICINCO POR CIENTO (25%), sobre los valores actuales, con vigencia a partir del 1º de enero de 2009 y hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2009.

En función del nuevo valor se calcularán los conceptos de “Temporada” y “Presentismo”, de acuerdo a los porcentajes vigentes, y se relacionarán en forma proporcional decreciente las restantes categorías y especialidades, de conformidad con la estructura salarial vigente.

ARTICULO 2º — Definir el incremento del Concepto “Reducción al Ausentismo” de la escala salarial vigente para la actividad a l 31 de diciembre de 2008 y que fuera pactada por las partes en fecha 7 de enero de 2008, en el monto de PESOS CUARENTA ($ 40.-) sobre los valores actuales, con vigencia a partir del 1º de enero de 2009 hasta el 31 de enero de 2009, el cual se relacionará en forma proporcional decreciente para las restantes categorías y especialidades, de acuerdo a la estructura salarial vigente.

ARTICULO 3º — Definir el incremento del Concepto “Suma Remunerativa” de la escala salarial vigente para la actividad al 31 de diciembre de 2008 y que fuera pactada por las partes en fecha 7 de enero de 2008, en el monto de PESOS CIEN ($ 100.-), sobre los valores actuales, con vigencia a partir del 1º de enero de 2009 hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2009.

ARTICULO 4º — Definir el incremento del Concepto “Suma No Remunerativa” de la escala salarial vigente para la actividad al 31 de diciembre de 2008 y que fuera pactada por las partes en fecha 7 de enero de 2008, en el monto de PESOS CIENTO VEINTE ($ 120.-), sobre los valores actuales, con vigencia a partir del 1º de enero de 2009 hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2009.

ARTICULO 5º — Establécese, en consecuencia, la siguiente escala salarial que regirá a partir del 1º de enero de 2009 y hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2009, correspondiente a la categoría de embalador de primera y cuyas sumas serán abonadas en forma proporcional decreciente a las otras categorías y especialidades, cuando así corresponda y conforme a la estructura salarial vigente:

Salario Básico: PESOS UN MIL QUINIENTOS                ($ 1.500.-).
Temporada (10%): PESOS CIENTO CINCUENTA                ($ 150.-).
Presentismo (30%): PESOS CUATROCIENTOS CINCUENTA       ($ 450.-).
Reducción al Ausentismo: PESOS DOSCIENTOS              ($ 200.-).
Suma Remunerativa: PESOS TRESCIENTOS                   ($ 310.-).
Sub-total Remunerativo: PESOS DOS MIL SEISCIENTOS DIEZ ($ 2.610.-).
Suma No Remunerativa: PESOS CUATROCIENTOS SETENTA      ($ 470.-).
Total: PESOS TRES MIL OCHENTA ------------------------ ($ 3.080.).

Las Horas Extras al CINCUENTA POR CIENTO (50%) y CIEN POR CIENTO (100%) se calcularán conforme la normativa aplicable.

ARTICULO 6º — Establécese un incremento del DIECISIETE POR CIENTO (17%) sobre los valores actuales de los premios de productividad previstos en los acuerdos vigentes a nivel de empresas, comprendidas en el C.C.T. Nº 1/76, aplicándose en las mismas condiciones de tiempo, modo y lugar que rige en cada empresa conforme lo acordado por los empleadores y sus trabajadores para la temporada anterior.

ARTICULO 7º — Las partes deberán presentar ante la autoridad de aplicación la escala salarial resultante de este Laudo, con el detalle para cada una de las categorías de la estructura salarial vigente, en el término de CUARENTA Y OCHO (48) horas de notificado el presente.


ARTICULO 9º — Regístrese, comuníquese, publíquese, dése a la Dirección Nacional del Registro Oficial y archívese.

— Dra. MERCEDES M. GADEA, Árbitro.

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          InfraRecorder, le logiciel libre de gravure sous Windows        
InfraRecorder est un logiciel libre de qui vous permettra de graver vos CD et DVD sous Microsoft Windows, il apporte bon nombre de fonctionnalités pour toutes sortes de gravure. En réalité, c’est une interface graphique pour cdrtools (anciennement cdrecord), une sorte de K3b sous Microsoft Windows. Parmi les fonctionnalités qu’il apporte: Création de CD/DVD de données, CD [...]
          F# + ML |> MVP Summit: Talk recordings, slides and source code        

I was fortunate enough to make it to the Microsoft MVP summit this year. I didn't learn anything secret (and even if I did, I wouldn't tell you!) but one thing I did learn is that there is a lot of interest in data science and machine learning both inside Microsoft and in the MVP community. What was less expected and more exciting was that there was also a lot of interest in F#, which is a perfect fit for both of these topics!

When I visited Microsoft back in May to talk about Scalable Machine Learning and Data Science with F# at an internal event, I ended up chatting with the organizer about F# and we agreed that it would be nice to do more on F#, which is how we ended up organizing the F# + ML |> MVP Summit 2015 mini-conference on the Friday after the summit.

          Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 Bluetooth BlueTrack Zwart, Rood Ambidextrous        

Normale prijs: € 39,95

Aanbiedingsprijs: € 33,95

          Microsoft Office Professional Plus, OLP NL, License & Software Assurance, 1 license, EN        

Normale prijs: € 1.032,95

Aanbiedingsprijs: € 939,95

          Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard        

Normale prijs: € 225,95

Aanbiedingsprijs: € 205,95

          Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard        

Normale prijs: € 109,95

Aanbiedingsprijs: € 99,95

          Dicota D31175 Helder Microsoft Surface Book 1stuk(s) schermbeschermer        

Normale prijs: € 49,95

Aanbiedingsprijs: € 42,95

          Special 320: MicrosoftEDU        

TWiT Live Specials (Video-HD)

At their Microsoft EDU even, Microsoft announced the new 13.5" Surface Laptop running the new Windows 10 S operating system. The company also made several announcements geared toward the Education market, including Office 365 for Education, View Mixed Reality, and Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition. Code Builder will let kids use programming languages like Tinker and Scratch to affect their creations in Minecraft.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guest: Ed Bott

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/twit-live-specials.

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          Special 314: Unboxing the Surface Studio        

TWiT Live Specials (Video-HD)

Microsoft's answer to the iMac, the Surface Studio, arrived at the Eastside Studio in Petaluma and Leo Laporte unboxed the elegant workstation.

The versatile machine has a 28" ultra thin PixelSense display, an Intel Core processor, as well as a 1 TB hybrid hard drive with 64 GB SSD. The Surface Pro also packs 8 GB of RAM, as well as Nvidia's GTX 956M. The unique design, with its hinge, allows the user to transform the machine from a traditional desktop to a tablet-like device. The Surface Dial can be used to customize shortcuts and provide a user interface for a variety of programs, including Spotify, Word, PowerPoint and Paint.

Host: Leo Laporte

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When I was forced to join some 45 months ago there was very little technical information here and I have watched this site evolve into one that offers a much deeper knowledge based level of support with much more to offer our newcomers.  They come here scared and in need of both hope and knowledge, today both can be found here, not so in the past.    I have assumed the role of cheerleader (no skirt jokes please) because it suits me and my current “cured” situation while those in the thick of it like Tex, Neil, and others provide a wealth of  experience and information from the front battle lines.  It is a blend that seems to work quite well, and one that I certainly hope will continue.  The reason “I’m still here” is that RCC remains my constant companion and while I don’t currently have a need based interest in the fight, if/when I do, I’ll know where to turn.  I long for the day when all of this is no longer necessary, but until that time the balance achieved over the last year or so has worked best in my opinion.

          Asal Mula Twitter, Situs Micro-blogging Terkenal        
Dalam dunia internet ekarang kelihatannya adalah masa keemasan dari situs-situs jejaring sosial. Fenomena Facebook yang sangat digemari (terutama di Indonesia) menjadikan sebagai suatu fenomena teknologi, social dan bisnis yang menarik. Selain Facebook, adalah Twitter yang juga mengalami kenaikan pamor diantara para pengguna internet.
Twitter sebetulnya lebih tepat jika disebut sebagai situs micro-blogging dari pada situs pertemanan/jejaring sosial. Melalui Twitter orang dapat saling berbagi pesan ataupun informasi dalam bentuk 140 karakter. Karena hanya memiliki 140 karakter terkadang Twitter suka disebut sebagai “sms internet”.
Simple tapi powerful, mungkin itu kesan yang bisa terlihat dari Twitter. Bagi para pengguna yang tidak memiliki waktu banyak atau tidak ingin wara-wiri surfing dalam situs pertemanan, Twitter menyediakan cara berinteraksi yang simple tapi efisien.

Coretan Konsep Layanan Twitter Oleh Jack Dorsey   
 Twitter masuk ke dalam 50 situs yang paling sering dikunjungi . Didirikan pertama kali oleh Jack Dorsey, dari perusahaan podcasting Odeo. Idenya sebetulnya cukup sederhana, mengkombinasikan SMS dengan situs jejaring sosial. Inspirasi dasar Twitter muncul dari SMS group messaging service TXTMob.

Jack Dorsey

Evan Williams

Awalnya layanan ini diberi nama “twttr”, terinspirasi dari nama situs sharing foto Flickr. Dan layanan ini awalnya juga hanya terbatas digunakan dalam internal perusahaan Odeo saja.
Juli 2006 layanan ini mulai diluncurkan untuk public dengan nama “Twitter”. Nama layanan situs tersebut diperkuat dengan logo burung dan arti nama “Twitter” sendiri yang artinya ; kicau burung. Saat peluncuran pertama kali Twitter sudah memiliki brand, nama serta identitas yang jelas, padahal pendirinya belum tahu akan seperti apa model bisnis layanan ini.

Oktober 2006, Jack Dorsey menggandeng Biz Stone, Evan Williams membentuk Obvious Corp untuk membeli asset Odeo serta Twitter. Selanjutnya Odeo dan Twitter menjadi perusahaan yang terpisah. Untuk sumber dana dari Twitter sendiri didukung oleh perusahaan modal ventura (yang umum sering mendanai perusahaan start up yang potensial) seperti ; Benchmark Capital, Institusional Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures. Proses pendanaan Twitter ini menjunjukkan bahwa dalam bisnis teknologi internet seringkali suatu model bisnis awal memerlukan “suntikan dana” yang kuat. Karena belum tahu kapan model bisnis ini akan mulai menghasilkan. Sehingga perencanaan keuangan yang kuat mutlak diperlukan agar bisa survive dan menghasilkan cashflow positif.

Tipping point (meminjam judul buku Malcolm Gladwell) dari Twitter muncul pada saat festival music dan film South by SouthWest Festival di Austin Texas 2007. Pihak Twitter dengan cerdik memasang dua layar televisi raksasa untuk menayangkan secara live, pesan-pesan Twitter. Akirnya Twitter mendapat pemberitaan yang positif setelah event tersebut dan angka Tweet melonjak dari 20.000 menjadi 60.000. Dan sampai tahun 2009 jumlah pengguna Twitter terus tumbuh sampai 1382%/ bulan, fantastik. Pelajaran untuk hal ini, bagi para pelaku bisnis, terutama bisnis start-up harus cerdas memanfaatkan momentum untuk mendapatkan pemberitaan positif mengenai produknya, istilah kerennya “tipping point”. Bukan suatu hal yang tidak mungkin setelah ‘tipping point” akan terjadi pertumbuhan yang eksponensial.

Twitter terus berkembang menjadi situs micro-blogging dan menjadi media alternatif yang menarik ditengah hiruk pikuknya situs-situs jejaring sosial, dijaman Internet Web 2.0. Twitter tahun 2009 menambahkan kolom pencari (search bar), popular topics yang kemudian menjadi trending topics. Inovasi ini telah menempatkan Twitter menjadi salah satu mesin pencari (search engine) yang khas dan unik. Mencari sesuatu berdasarkan topik-topik yang menjadi tema tweet para “Tweeps”.
Suatu bentuk pencarian yang real-time dan lebih human mind-oriented. Twitter juga menambahkan fitur “Twitter List” yang memungkinkan kita mengikuti dan membalas daftar authors, bukan hanya sekadar mem-follow autor individu.

Inovasi-inovasi Twitter tersebut berbuah manis, pada awal tahun 2010, Google dan Microsoft membayar puluhan juta dollar untuk memasukkan hasil pencarian Twitter kedalam hasil pencarian search engine Google dan Bing (milik Microsoft).

Ini adalah bukti Twitter mulai memiliki model bisnis yang potensial. Pesan moralnya adalah jangan pernah berpuas diri, pahami potensi kebutuhan pelanggan anda, lakukan perbaikan dan terobosan teru menerus. “Understand your costumers and revolve continuously , good is the enemy of the Great”.
Google sebagai pemain besar teknologi internet telah melaunching Google Buzz, sebagai bentuk media sosial Google. Buzz ini terintegrasi dengan layanan Google Mail. Dan Buzz ini bisa jadi sebagai pesaing terbesar Twitter.

Mampukah Twitter bertahan ?
Tapi yang jelas Twitter selama ini mampu memberikan layanan teknologi media sosial yang mampu menarik banyak pengguna, mulai dari individu sampai korporasi besar. Twitter mampu berperan sebagai media sosial alternatif yang menciptakan gaung tersendiri di era Web 2.0.

 Sumber : http://www.feedberry.com/2010/03/04/asal-mula-twitter-situs-micro-blogging-terkenal/

          Fix your Xperia X10        
Many reviewers test a product over a period of 1 week and feel they can adequately give someone advice on whether or not to buy a certain product. I’ve lived with the Xperia X10 for almost a year now so my review is very personal and will touch on all the –ve’s and positives for the phone.


The camera on the phone is great and it was one of the key buying points when I got the phone. I have however realised that I don’t use the camera nearly as often as I thought I would. The camera is good compared to other phones, but no where near as good as a good 5 megapixel camera – such as Canon IXUS range.

The dedicated camera button can take 4-10 seconds to launch camera app – that is annoying. I have not found a fix for that yet.

TimeScape and MediaScape

Those 2 apps were another reason I bought the phone. They were great for about 2-3 weeks, after which I wanted toknow how to get rid of them. The problem with those 2 apps is that you can get many apps on the market that can do a better job. For example, I don’t use MediaScape for music or video – instead I use PowerAmp and RockPlayer. Not X10 users I know use MediaScape. As for TimeScape – I used it for 1 week and never touched it again. It’s a shame that these are the 2 apps that hold back quick Android updates on the X10 – one has to wonder just how important they are to Sony Ericsson (yes no user would mind if you got rid of them)?

Perhaps Sony Ericsson would do well to offer a customised version of X10 and a non customised version. If there was ever a phone that could have toppled the iPhone it was this phone. Sony Ericsson needs to be very careful not to fall in the Microsoft trap – for 10 years Microsoft thought it had the formula for Smartphones figured out. Users view their Smartphones like Computers. When a new OS comes out – give me the ability to update. If Sony Ericsson employees have computers, they will understand how important it is to be able to remove manufacturer add-ons – like MediaScape and TimeScape. Instead of wasting money on MediaScape why not just buy PowerAmp????

On the Move Music Player Test

You cannot select music using MediaScape if you’re walking. IMPOSSIBLE! The buttons are too small and the swipe bar at the bottom is just too thin. iPhone music player buttons are bigger and easy to select music as you walk. Blackberry Bold is also easy, albeit not touch screen. Sony Ericsson – maybe it’s time you fired you UX team! Seriously, pick uo one of the phones and walk at a moderate pace and try and select Album – Scroll to one in the middle of the list – select a song in the middle of the album! IMPOSSIBLE! Yet, this is an afterthought for iPhone or people who download a 3rd party app!

Fixing Headset Volume on Xperia X10

A quick look around on any train ride and ½ the people have headphones on. Music player functionality just has to be spot-on in this day and age where the iPod/iPhone set the benchmark over 3-4 years ago.

The headset volume of Xperia X10 running Android 1.6 is just terrible. Many of you will say that the X10 is now on Android 2.1 Éclair. Great – so I retested and decided that the 2.1 results would be the best and most up to date. I compared it to 2 of my old phones – the iPhone 3G the Blackberry Bold (9000) and my wife’s iPhone 4. I conducted the test with a pair of in-ear JVC-FXC80 headphones and over-ear AKG 701. The X10 volume is still terrible. It is about ½ as loud as the iPhone 3G. The Blackberry Bold is very loud and clear – the iPhone 4 has no reception but sounds great all the same.

I downloaded PowerAmp and tried to boost the volume that way. DISTORTION! That’s right, when it’s loud the music is simply too distorted. This is obviously not the fix for the volume. PowerAmp is a great music player, but it is definitely not going to sort out your music playing experience on the X10.

I did a quick search using Google and there were suggestions that the Nordic ROM would fix the headphone problem. So at last after almost 10 months I decided to download a custom ROM and root my phone whilst I was at it.

So I went here - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=835308 and downloaded the custom ROM, loaded it on the X10 and fired up the music player.


Yes, the music is now louder. Shame on you Sony Ericsson!

Saving Battery

Here is the best tip anyone can give you. Download a plain black background and use it as your wallpaper. Turn down your screen brightness (contrast is better with the black wall paper) and there you have it. 20-30% better battery!


Does anyone actually use the Default X10 keyboard? I use SwiftKey.

Making Phone calls

The buttons are now bigger and pressing the call button does not tale you to another menu item like in 1.6 but makes the call! Good job. I think the calling functionality is good. Just make the letters a little bigger on the contacts menu.


In hindsight I probably should have gone for the Google Nexus One. The fact that it receives updates before any other phone is justification enough. I have lived on Android 1.6 for almost 12 months and my contract ends in 6 months time. Logic would suggest – once bitten twice shy. The other reason is the volume on the Nexus One. I could play my music properly.

My next phone will run be an HTC or Vanilla Android. I’m not interested in silly customisations that delay software upgrades – HTC somehow has their upgrades figured out.

In 6 months time I’ll upgrade to a phone with better than 640 x 960 resolution. If Samsung can get AMOLED screens to 640 X 960 then they have a winner. But it would be silly to play catch up with the iPhone. I would suggest 640 X 1024.
          Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: Has The Playing Field Changed Since it Was Announced in 2009?        


The hardware was great when it was first introduced, things I would suggest to make this phone truly great hardware-wise are:

  • AMOLED screen
  • At least 8GB internal memory
  • 512 MB Ram
  • HD Video (720P)
  • HDMI output

Those changes alone (even running Android 1.6) would see this phone sell like crazy. I'd go as far as saying just having 16GB of internal memory and micro-SD would make this the best phone to get.

Negatives Hardware

Last year when Sony announced this phone it was the best hardware you could get. Now HTC Bravo, HTC Supersonic, Nexus One, Motorola Motoroi changed this since they introduce 720p video recording, AMOLED screens, 512 MB RAM, HDMI output depending on the particular phone.


The Sony UX interface is great, but the OS holds back the hardware. It's like taking a Ferrari for a spin during rush hour! Android 1.6 really holds back the hardware and here's why:

  1. No HTML5 support

  2. Poor white/black ratio compared to Android 2.0/2.1

  3. Microsoft Exchange support not good/missing

  4. No live wallpapers

  5. Android 2.0 has better keyboard

  6. Android 1.6 Only supports 65K colors vs 16 million for 2.0/2.1

  7. Android 1.6 does not combine e-mail inboxes from multiple accounts in one page – does MediaScape offer this?

  8. Search functionality for all saved SMS and MMS messages

  9. Auto delete the oldest messages in a conversation when a defined limit is reached – does MediaScape provide this?

  10. Support for double-tap zoom

  11. No Bluetooth 2.1 (No Object Push Profile and Phone Book Access Profile) – MediaScape?

  12. Android 1.6 has no multi-touch support

  13. Android 1.6 has limited Speech-to-text support compared to 2.1 (All text fields!)

  14. Android 2.1 has additional home screens

          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!


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?


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.

1 Ghz Snapdragon

1 GB internal memory - 384MB RAM

4.1 Inch Capacitative (480 x 854 - WVGA)



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)


1) Layer

2) Speed Forge 3D


100+ Sony Accessories


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:


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

Concept 4G:

          Rilasciato VM Explorer 6.3: backup per host vSphere e Hyper-V        
La soluzione, distribuita in Italia da CoreTech, con la nuova versione 6.3 presenta novità che lo rendono ancora più maturo ed interessante rispetto al passato: il supporto per vSphere 6.5 e la funzione di ripristino granulare della singola email o mailbox di Microsoft Exchange. La nuova release richiede come prerequisito obbligatorio il pacchetto .NET 4.6.2 e, se durante il […]

          A força dos Blogs na Internet        
Blog é a mais inovadora ferramenta de comunicação e marketing surgida nos últimos anos. Em 2007 a palavra BLOG foi considerada pela revista TIME com a palavra do ano.
Muitas publicações sobre o assunto, como é o caso do livro Blog Marketing, de Jeremy Wright, têm destacado o potencial dessa nova mídia como instrumento de promoção de marcas e fidelização de clientes, além de se constituir também num importante elo que possibilita uma melhoria significativa na relação entre empresas e clientes.
Revistas de prestígio internacional como a Fortune e a BusinessWeek têm dado destaque ao assunto blog como o importante instrumento de marketing que ele é.
A mídia convencional se rendeu ao poder dos blogs e todo grande jornal, revista ou emissora de televisão tem o seu time de blogueiros/colunistas que buscam manter um diálogo diferenciado aos seus leitores/ouvintes/telespectadores. Por outro lado, empresas como a General Motors, a gigante da informática, Microsof, a Google, a Apple e tantas outras nacionais e internacionais utilizam a mídia blog para melhor se comunicar com clientes e funcionários.
O mundo das comunicações nunca mais foi e jamais será o mesmo depois do advento dos blogs. O fenômeno há muito se tornou objeto de estudo acadêmico e muitos são os artigos, teses e tratados que abordam o tema de forma apaixonante.
Por tudo isso, faz-se necessário que a sua empresa não perca a oportunidade de fazer parte dessa revolução que está mudando o mundo, conforme profetizou o blogueiro e jornalista americano Hugh Hewitt, autor do livro Blog – Entenda a revolução que vai mudar seu mundo.

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          Satan in a Sunday Hat        

As most of you probably won't be familiar with the above term, I shall elaborate. Ok, I'll give you a clue- it's another True Blood reference. The term is used by the characters Tara and her cousin Lafyette- a term they've inherited from Tara's alcoholic (but delusively devout) mother Lettie-Mae, meaning that 'if something looks too good to be true, then it probably is.' I just love in Season Two when Lafyette tells Tara that her new beau Eggs is 'Satan in a Sunday hat, girl. I'm trying to tell you, Satan in a f***ing beautiful Sunday hat.' You gotta love Lafyette. Anyway- for me- this phrase kind of sums up the whole vibe of the show. From the title sequence onwards, the juxtaposition of religious fanaticism and ecstatic spirituality with images of sexuality, violence and decay captures that whole Southern Gothic vibe that the entire show encapsulates. The contradictory images of religious purity and sexuality, violence and death kind of point to the idea of dark truths that lurk behind the stereotypically polite/devout Southern facades, and this idea continues to be explored throughout the entire programme. First of all, you've got the central relationship; you have Bill- a dark, dangerous, mysterious Vampire and Sookie- a pure, innocent, blonde-haired, blue-eyed virgin; two entirely different characters, one a metaphor for darkness and the other for light- falling desperately in love with eachother.

I love the way that the use of wardrobe in the programme reflects this theme; suddenly, the sweet, sundress-wearing Sookie is getting bloodstains on her floaty white nightgown courtesy of the the smoldering, leather-clad Bill Compton and his piercing fangs. The scene where she runs barefoot through the graveyard in the darkness to make love to Bill for the first time, said flowing white nightie glowing faintly in the moonlight, just makes my heart stop. The mix of dark and light seems to be mirrored by the pure and good Sookie Stackhouse with her golden tan, sunshine hair and floral prints getting mixed up in the dark and seductive world of stone-cold, deathly-white Vampires. Likewise, you've got Lettie Mae attending Gran's funeral in her Sunday finest, church hat and all, when really she is an alcoholic who believes she has a 'demon' inside of her. Then you've got the Fellowship of the Sun Church storyline in Season Two- Steve and Sarah Newlin are all sunny smiles and matching, buttercup-yellow outfits, when really they are leaders of a vampire hating cult (basically a metaphor for deluded, religiously fanatic homophobes who call themselves Christians.)  The entire idea of darkness lurking beneath an exterior of beauty is summed up by Tara in season one, when she rages at her newly-reformed mother and her church-going friend that 'you can lie to yourself and everybody else, but when you go to bed, you just as f***ed up and miserable as I am, and going to church, and wearing a crazy-ass hat, ain't gon' make you a better person.' (Yes, I did spend ages going through each scene on the box set to find that exact quote, and yes, I did have to replay it 3 times before I got it word-for-word ;-) ).

Anways, let’s get onto the fashion. About this time last year, when I first got into True Blood, I was totally loving the whole Sunday dress/ church hat/southern Belle theme but with added creepy vibes that was depicted in parts of the show’s wardrobe. Think old-fashioned white church dresses complete with matching hats and fans from the blood-spattered worship scenes in the opening sequence, and Sookie’s lemon coloured sundresses accessorized with none other than Alice bands and bleeding fang punctures. It seemed like everywhere I went there were pretty, chiffony vintage dresses in respectable knee-length styles and candy colours which were just begging to be taken to church and worn with a Sunday hat/vintage fascinator. For weeks, my head was filled with visions of old fashioned hair rolls (like Sookie’s when she wears the lilac chiffon dress Bill buys her) and pleated fabric in pastel hues. However, one can’t exactly stroll down to Sainsburies in this sort of attire. I waited patiently, but sadly, I didn’t exactly receive heaps of invites to attend christenings, summer weddings or holy communions (or one of those gospel choir concerts in the Deep American South that you always see in films like Forest Gump and The Color Purple. Is it weird that I’ve always wanted to go to one and wave one of those fans? Ok, don’t answer that.) 

I did get to work the look at a few occasions that summer, but sadly, my fashion dreams didn’t get to be lived out any more than that, so I’ve decided I’m carrying on with the theme this spring. I have a holy communion to attend this May, and I’m already SUPER excited about my outfit. I did find the perfect dress- it was kind of like the blue one Kate Middleton wore when she and Prince William posed for all those engagement piccies- but it had to be altered and it sort of got totally ruined and butchered in the process. I know- don’t.  It was gutting. But after seriously mourning my vintage tragedy, I had to take a deep breath and let it go. These things happen. (Although I still haven't had the heart to throw it away.) But hey, I’ve always got my never-ending store of ideas inside my head- I’m sure I’ll pull something from my imaginary vault.
 Me working Sunday-dress chic at a wedding back in the summer
Moi again, taking my vintage dress for a spin on the dancefloor

So. I'm thinking pale, pretty ice cream hues, faded floral prints, nipped in waists, airy cotton fabrics, sun-bleached gingham, cream lace tights, ankle socks, softly falling pleats and tea-coloured accesories, but all with a dusky, faded sort of look to imply a Gothic undertone. Think crumpled cotton Sunday dress, dusty from a dirt road in the Southern heat, or Sookie in her cherry-print sundresses with a devilish flash of cleavage. Or I'm thinking I could add a subtly dark, creepy undertone by patting on some deep red lipstick with my finger for a bloodstained lip effect. I think there's always something a little creepy anyway about looking too sweet and innocent and perfect- like with china dolls. They have those pretty porcelain faces and angelic curls and those huge, innocent, long-lashed glassy eyes- but everyone finds them a little bit scary. Here are some pictures which capture the creepy, Southern Gothic, dark-meets-light ambiance of True Blood and the whole Satan in a Sunday hat concept. Be inspired, be very inspired :-)
Grainy image of gospel-worshipers from the opening sequence
Lettie Mae in her Sunday best

Sunny smiles and hate messages; Sarah Newlin with her 'no special rights for dead people' apron.

  A graveyard steeped in darkness provides the perfect backdrop for Sookie in her pale blue printed sundress.

         Another haunting still from the opening sequence

           Lettie Mae works florals and a hat at Gran's funeral.
Sookie wearing a white cotton sundress for a date to solve vampire mysteries at Fangtasia
Sookie looking like 'vampire bait' in another fifties style sundress

Classic Sook on the right. I cannot even tell you how much I love Sookie's yellow ensemble. Just the perfect look to solve vampire crime in Dallas.
I felt it deserved two pictures ;-)
Seductive, smouldering Bill in his dapper vampire finest, and Sookie looking sweet as sugar in her lilac dress (the one he buys for her- awwww) and her hair swept up in that elegant forties-style hair roll. This picture just makes me fall in love with the gorgeous Bill just a little bit more each time I look at it.
LOVED this moment. Sookie unwrapping the beautiful lilac dress from Bill...

Collection of images from the opening credits...kind of a mood board for the creepy Southern Gothic vibe.
Beautiful image from the film adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple
Another still from The Color Purple
 A few of the vintage dresses I have to work with. From left: yellow floral dress, only £2 from Greenwich Market! (Was altered ALOT though), bright blue dress (the one that got ruined-it's too short and the hem is wonky) purchased from an old lady selling her old clothes, dusky blue one-shoulder dress, Greenwich Market (was taken up a lot), floral dress, Rokit Vintage, yellow pleated skirt, purchased from the aforementioned old lady (also taken up a lot).
Same but without the bright blue dress.

Also, I've recently got really into lookbook.nu, a website where anyone can join and post pictures of their outfits. It's an online treasure trove of endless style inspiration, and I must admit that I am a little obsessed. One girl that I'm a fan of is Dee. N, whose sugary sweet Sunday dress and straw hat looks are totally part of the inspiration behind my Satan in a Sunday hat look. Do check her out, she's amazing!
Thanks for reading, and please leave your comments :-) xxxx 
          Winzip 18 Pro with Patch and Serial Key        
Winzip 18 Pro
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          Emmys 2015: See all the red carpet photos        
The 2015 Emmys are here, and while, sure, it’s fun to see who wins, let’s face it — it’s the red carpet we really want to see. Here are all the looks from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. And follow along with social media reaction to the show below.
          Internet Download Manager 6.18 build 2 Final Retail        
Internet Download Manager 6.18 build 2
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Internet Download Manager has a smart download logic accelerator that features intelligent dynamic file segmentation and safe multipart downloading technology to accelerate your downloads. Unlike other download accelerators and managers that segment files before downloading starts, Internet Download Manager segments downloaded files dynamically during download process.

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          Internet Download Manager IDM 6.17 Build 2 Final        
IDM 6.17 Build 2 Final
Internet Download Manager IDM 6.17 Build 2 Final | 5.09 MB

Internet Download Manager (IDM) is a tool to increase download speeds by up to 5 times, resume and schedule downloads. Comprehensive error recovery and resume capability will restart broken or interrupted downloads due to lost connections, network problems, computer shutdowns, or unexpected power outages. Simple graphic user interface makes IDM user friendly and easy to use.Internet Download Manager has a smart download logic accelerator that features intelligent dynamic file segmentation and safe multipart downloading technology to accelerate your downloads. Unlike other download managers and accelerators Internet Download Manager segments downloaded files dynamically during download process and reuses available connections without additional connect and login stages to achieve best acceleration performance.

Internet Download Manager supports proxy servers, ftp and http protocols, firewalls, redirects, cookies, authorization, MP3 audio and MPEG video content processing. IDM integrates seamlessly into Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape, MSN Explorer, AOL, Opera, Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Firebird, Avant Browser, MyIE2, and all other popular browsers to automatically handle your downloads. You can also drag and drop files, or use Internet Download Manager from command line. Internet Download Manager can dial your modem at the set time, download the files you want, then hang up or even shut down your computer when it's done.

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          Ù…يكروسوفت تحذر المستخدمين من تعرض حساباتهم للاختراق من قبل جهات حكومية        

صرحت شركة ميكروسوفت امس يوم الاربعاء عبر بيان صحفي انها ستكفل الحماية الكاملة لمستخدمي خدمة بريدها الالكتروني Outlook وايضا مستخدمي خدمة التخزين السحابي One Drive من اي محاولات لاختراق الحساب من جهة حكومية
وصرح نائب رئيس شركة ميكروسوفت "Scott Charney" تحذير المستخدمين من الاختراق من جهات حكومية يأتي نتجية لانها تعد اخطر محاولات الاختراق وتكون معقدة بشكل كبير مقارنة بمحاولات الاختراق العادية وايضا صرح بأن لم يتم تسريب اي معلومات شخصية لاي ايميل موجود علي خدمتها البريدية رغم تكرر محاولات اختراق الحسابات من جهات حكومية
وصرح ايضا انه سوف يتم حماية المستخدمين عن طريق زيادة الامان عن طريق زيادة قوة تعقيد كلمة المرور الخاصة بالمستخدمين بفرض قوانين جديدة وايضا تسجيل الدخول عن طريق خطوتين.
كما نصحت شركة ميكروسوفت تجنب رسائل المزعجة ( Spam) والرسائل مجهولة المصدر والتي تستدرج المشتركين للحصول علي معلومات شخصية سواء للتجسس او للاختراق.
كما ايضا انتقل الامر لشركة ياهو وقد حذرت مستخدميها ايضا من الاختراق وذلك عن طريق اتباع عدة اردشات ويمكننا ان نلخصها لكم في الاتي :
- عدم فتح الرسائل المزعجه او الرد عليها
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- عدم الافصاح بأي معلومات شخصية لاي صديق علي البريد الالكتروني
وانشاء الله تتجنبون الاختراق سواء من شخص عادي او من جهات حكومية

          Ð˜ÑÑ‚ория компании Hunter        
Американская фирма «Hunter Engineering» (Хантер Инжиниринг) заслуженно занимает место мирового лидера в области производства стендов «ÑÑ…Ð¾Ð´-развал». На предприятии производится не менее половины всех стендов для регулировки углов положения колес в мире. Многие кажущиеся сегодня обыкновенными для стендов «ÑÑ…Ð¾Ð´-развала» свойства, такие как использование монитора и общей базы данных было впервые реализовано на автоинструменте Hunter. Стенд Hunter S211 (1992 год) был первым в мире прибором для регулирования развала-схождения, использовавшим Microsoft Windows в качестве операционной системы. Hunter Engineering — масштабная частная фирма, объединяющая четыре завода в районе Юга и Среднего Запада США. Президент и обладатель компании Стивен Франклин Брауэр был назначен в 2000 году послом США в Бельгии, занимал эту должность до 2004 года. Оборудование Hunter рекомендуется большим количеством производителей автомобилей и шин, а также их официальными представителями во мире. Hunter производит специальные «Ð´Ð¸Ð»ÐµÑ€ÑÐºÐ¸Ðµ» стенды для моделей Skoda, Audi, Volkswagen, Seat (VAG 1944, VAS 6232), Opel и Renault, Mercedes-Benz (HTA-MB, HTA-MB-R), BMW (KDS и KDS II), Jaguar&Land Rover. Предприятие Hunter Engineering — общепризнанный лидер в области производства оборудования для обслуживания и ремонта автомобилей. Ли Хантер первым применил способ быстрой зарядки аккумуляторных батарей, когда все утверждали что это нереально. Он продолжил поступательное развитие успешной компании, которая претворяла в жизнь остальные его идеи, которые вскоре сделали революцию в сфере оборудования для автомобильных колес. В настоящее время фирма Hunter Engineering изготавливает и продает широкий ассортимент автосервисного оборудования для всего мира. Среди продуктов Hunter − стенды проверки подвески, компьютеризированные стенды «ÑÑ…од-развал», расточки тормозных дисков, компьютеризированные балансировки колес, шиномонтажные станки (стенды), автоподъемники. Hunter Engineering Company обязана своим основанием разряженной АКБ. Ли Хантер младший, 23-летний студент архитектурного колледжа в Сент-Луисе, мучился с постоянно подводившим его аккумулятором его Паккарда. В 1936 году требовалось несколько дней для зарядки аккумуляторной батареи. Хантер стал искать метод более оперативного решения подобных проблем. При помощи бывшего профессора электротехники Университета Вашингтона в Сент-Луисе, он занялся опытами и вскоре это дало плоды. Его зарядное устройство для быстрой зарядки было основано на принципе дивертерного генератора. Началось массовое производство нового прибора. Во времена Великой Депрессии, Lee Hunter, Jr., Manufacturing Co. сбывала установку Kwikurent так быстро, как только успевала ее изготавливать. Отслужив в Армии США в годы Второй Мировой Войны, Хантер прибыл обратно в Сент-Луис в 1946 году. Он возобновил бизнес, на этот раз под эмблемой Hunter Engineering. Фирма начала выпускать новое детище Хантера — установку для балансировки колес автомашин. Одновременно Хантер приступил к созданию сети продаж, впоследствии ставшей крупнейшей в сфере продаж и сервиса в США. Ли Хантер заложил хорошую базу для начала продаж автоинструмента Hunter Engineering во всем мире. 1955 год стал годом изобретения Хантером нового стенда регулировки развала-схождения «Lite-A-Line», ставшего новой основой отрасли. Этот стенд стал первым упрощенным лучевым прибором для регулировки углов установки колес. Датчики, которые крепились на колеса, позволяли анализировать прохождение лучей света для получения правильного расположения колес. Инновации в области автомобильной промышленности сделали компанию Хантера лидером отрасли в 1960-е годы. В 1962 году «Tune-Align» стал первым оптомеханическим стендом с применением компенсации биения колес, важнейшего фактора точности измерений. Хантер продолжил увеличивать объемы экспорта, и в 1964 годы получил от Департамента Торговли США награду за развитие экспортного направления. Когда старый завод на Лейдью Роад стал мал, фирма Hunter в 1964 году переместилась в новый комплекс площадью 9,3 га возле международного аэропорта Сент-Луиса, где было производство, офис и учебный центр. Очередной ступенью развития Hunter стал в 1969 г. “F60 Compute-A-Line”, первый надежный компьютеризированный динамический стенд регулировки «Ñ€Ð°Ð·Ð²Ð°Ð» схождения». В 1973 г. открыт учебный центр в Бриджтоне, рядом с основным офисом Hunter, с 18ю полностью оборудованными постами общей площадью почти 4000 квадратных метров. Этот центр быстро стал ведущим в отрасли. В 70-е Хантер выпускал все более совершенные стенды. “ Electron-A-Line”, представленный в 1974 году, использовал электронные датчики, а информация обрабатывалась компьютером. Через 3 года стенд S7 Electron-A-Line применил технологию регулировки четырех колес, удовлетворяя спрос на обслуживание набирающих популярность машин с независимой задней и передней подвеской. В 1981 году Стивен Брауер назначен главой компании, это была первая смена руководства после основания предприятия. Брауер работал на фирму с 1971 года, и был назначен на должность вице-президента в 1978 году. Именно ему суждено вести компанию во времена ускоренного расширения и создания новых технологий. В последующие 10 лет предприятие увеличилось в 5 раз, расширяя экспортные и внутренние отделы продаж, и приобрело крупнейший коллектив разработчиков. “Hunter A111” выпущен в 1982 году. Он стал прототипом новейших компьютерных стендов «Ñ€Ð°Ð·Ð²Ð°Ð»-схождения». Основной инноваций стало первое использование ЭЛТ-монитора и встроенная база данных спецификаций. Через 3 года стенд “Hunter C111” уже производился с более производительным процессором и был оснащен системой подсказок для начинающих. Стенд “Hunter D111”, (1986 г.) уже снабжен цветным дисплеем. Линейка стендов “111” продолжилась с выпуском 311 стенда и далее модифицированного 511 стенда (2002 г.). Компьютер уже имел процессор Motorola, обеспечивает полноцветную графику при очень приемлемой цене. В 1992 году стенд компании Hunter уже оснащен операционной системой Windows. Программа Winalign автоматизировала многие этапы регулировки, ранее производившиеся вручную. Она демонстрировала фотографии подвески и видеоролики, автоматически вычисляла все необходимые параметры для ровного положения рулевого колеса, корректировочные размеры шайб и втулок и даже рекомендовала инструмент для регулировки. Программа Winalign получила множество призов в США. Через полвека после создания Hunter Engineering, Ли Хантер введен в Автомобильный Зал Славы, находящийся в Деарборне рядом с Детройтом. Имя его красуется рядом с именами Генри Форда, Луи Шевроле, Вальтера Крайслера, Сокиро Хонды. Надпись гласит, что Хантер «Ð²Ð½ÐµÑ огромный вклад в развитие автомобиля и автомобильной промышленности». В 1993 году фирма Hunter изобрела беспроводную передачу данных от датчиков «Ñ€Ð°Ð·Ð²Ð°Ð»Ð°-схождения» и выпустила новую линейку балансировочных станков на процессорах Hunter DSP. Очередное новшество Hunter внедрил в 1997 году, когда была обнародована новая технология. Стенд GSP9700 имел устройство для вычисления вибраций, вызванных деформацией колесного диска и неоднородностью свойств резины. Это было первое и единственное устройство, измеряющее силовую неоднородность от неравномерной жесткости резины и биения диска, доступное по цене. Стенды Hunter серии 811 управляются 32-битной версией WinAlign 9.0, оснащены приводом DVD, содержат обучающее видео MPEG-2. Обновляемая в реальном времени трехмерная анимация помогает упростить процедуру регулировки. Цифровые фото и видео справочные материалы помогают обеспечить механику мгновенный доступ к необходимой информации. Возможно обновление спецификаций через Интернет. В 1998 году Hunter начал производство DSP400, первой системы измерения 3D-технологии на основе цифровых фотокамер. Новые датчики имеют надежные мишени-отражатели. Защищенная патентами технология обработки изображений позволяет с помощью видеокамер измерять положение и ориентацию колес в пространстве, быстро обеспечивая результат. Фирма “Hunter” с гордостью афиширует, что корпуса датчиков DSP300 и DSP500 изготовлены из «Ð¿ÑƒÐ»ÐµÐ½ÐµÐ¿Ñ€Ð¾Ð±Ð¸Ð²Ð°ÐµÐ¼Ð¾Ð³Ð¾» пластика, используемого в изготовлении истребителя F16. В датчиках DSP400 и DSP600 применяются четыре цифровых камеры вместо двух, устанавливаемых другими фирмами. Многие считают, что стенды развал-схождения “Hunter” являются наиболее точными, долговечными, надежными из всех стендов развал-схождения. Новейшая модель “HawkEye” (3D) является продолжения высочайших стандартов качества оборудования “Hunter”.
          Preserving Taxpayers’ Rights Act (H.R. 3220) Slashes IRS Waste        

With Republicans controlling every branch of government, eliminating Internal Revenue Service (IRS) inefficiencies should be a no-brainer. Rep. Jason Smith’s (R-MO) Preserving Taxpayers’ Rights Act, H.R. 3220, will do just that. This bill eliminates wasteful tactics used in IRS audits and evaluations of tax disputes.

When the IRS notices a discrepancy between an individual’s reported income and information from third parties, it issues a notice of deficiency. A notice of deficiency indicates that the taxpayer has 90 days to either agree to a proposed increase in tax liability or appeal to resolve the discrepancy by providing previously unreported information. Far too often, appeals processes are funneled into Tax Courts rather than the IRS’s own Office of Appeals established for this precise purpose. Litigation burdens both taxpayers and the IRS with unnecessarily expensive procedures.

H.R. 3220 eliminates this tautology by establishing a legal right to have disputes heard by the IRS Office of Appeals before litigation is considered. It also creates stricter criteria for the IRS to designate cases for litigation, permitting only those involving recurrent legal abuses that impact many taxpayers, not just individual income disputes.

Another wasteful practice fixed by this bill is the use of designated summons during corporate tax audits. A designated summons forces a corporation, or relevant parties, to appear before court and provide information. When ordered, a designated summons unilaterally and indefinitely suspends an audit process. Sometimes, the IRS uses these summonses to compel information from a corporation without evidence of wrongdoing or noncompliance. An indefinitely suspended audit process can last for years. Under H.R. 3220, the IRS will only authorize designated summonses when a corporation is notably noncompliant.

Lastly, H.R. 3220 prevents the IRS from hiring outside lawyers to conduct or take testimony in a tax audit. The IRS has its own staff of government tax law attorneys for this purpose. One of the promises of the IRS Office of Appeals for deficiencies and audits is an objective and unbiased process. This is not possible when private firms, which have their own interests and clients, handle information explicitly intended for the government. H.R. 3220 rectifies this potential privacy breach.

The Preserving Taxpayers’ Rights Act is a necessary reform that eliminates government waste, defends taxpayers’ legal rights, and protects privacy. There’s no justifiable reason to oppose any of these objectives, which is why a bipartisan group of cosponsors joined Rep. Smith in introducing this bill, four Democrats and three Republicans. If members of Congress support efficiency and accountability, they must support this bill.

          Visor de archivos MDB en Linux        

Hace unos años escribí un post sobre cómo convertir un archivo MDB a ODB, pero desafortunadamente no funciona con la última versión de LibreOffice. Por suerte, existe un software para GNU/Linux llamado mdbtools, que contiene una serie de utilidades para consultar las bases de datos MDB (de Microsoft Access), así como exportación a CSV. La […]

El artículo Visor de archivos MDB en Linux pertenece al blog The Power of Mind.

          NEWS: Gartner places Microsoft OneDrive in the Leaders Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms        
Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a Leader in the new CCP Magic Quadrant Report for 2017. In addition to being positioned as a Leader, Microsoft was placed highest for Ability to Execute. Each year, Gartner evaluates vendors in the enterprise file sync and share market (now Content Collaboration Platforms). It then looks at a variety […]
          EVENT: Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017 – Seattle, WA, Sept 13, 2017        
Web developers take heed!  Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 is no longer being invested in & Microsoft Edge will be replacing IE11 as the OS browser for all Windows versions in the future. Get involved with the summit today! Microsoft Edge Web Summit is a free conference presented by the engineers building Microsoft Edge. The main […]
          INFO: Microsoft Workplace Analytics Resources & Licensing        
It’s been a little sketchy on the details on how Workplace Analytics is licensed so I thought I’d share what our PM has said is the general costs (sans Volume Discount) of the new technology. Workplace Analytics is available for enterprise level organizations (5,000+ seats) and costs $6/license/mo for enterprise SKUs (with the exception of […]
          RELEASE: Microsoft Workplace Analytics for Office 365 Enterprise        
Microsoft Workplace Analytics—a powerful new organizational analytics solution—is now generally available. Workplace Analytics uses a variety of techniques to learn about a workgroup’s productivity through *anonymous* examination of emails, calendars, & potentially information pulled from HR databases. Microsoft Workplace Analytics is available as an add-on to any Office 365 enterprise plan.  The add-on costs depend […]
          NEWS: Microsoft Azure Stack is ready to order now        
Throughout the Technical Previews, we’ve seen tremendous customer and partner excitement around Microsoft Azure Stack. In fact, we’re speaking with thousands of partners this week at our Microsoft Inspire event. Our partners are excited about the new business opportunities opened up by our ‘One Azure Ecosystem’ approach, which helps them extend their Azure investments to […]
          NEWS: Microsoft signs agreement to acquire Hexadite        
<taken from the announcement post> Microsoft Corp. has signed an agreement to acquire Hexadite, a company delivering agentless, automatic incident investigation and remediation solutions. The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. Once closed, the acquisition will build on the successful work Microsoft is already doing to help commercial Windows 10 customers detect, investigate […]
          NEWS: Windows 10 Enterprise VMs coming soon to Microsoft Azure        
Yesterday, we made a big announcement, essentially making it possible for customers to license & run “Windows 10 Enterprise” within a VM in Microsoft Azure cloud. (or other IaaS services) Today, we’re making two announcements that provide our business customers with greater choice. The first is that virtualization use rights will be coming to Windows […]
          Looking for ASP.NET Core 2 Hosting? Try This Provider!        
 As we know that Microsoft just updated .NET Core to .NET Core 2.0. We have written about what’s new in ASP.NET Core 2 on our previous post. Now, in this post, we would recommend several providers that will be the best place to host ASP.NET Core 2 With this release, there are only few providers…
          What’s New in ASP.NET Core 2?        
 Microsoft just updated their .NET Core version again, yes it is .NET Core 2. What changes in .NET Core 2? We will discuss it below. Hello!!! What’s New .NET Core 2? 1. Release Date Keep an eye on the .NET Core roadmap over at GitHub. It currently says Q2 for a preview/RC type release and Q3 for general…
          Microsoft apuesta por el aluminio transparante en su smartwatch        
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El próximo paso de la industria de la electrónica de consumo se dirige hacia nuestras muñecas, ya que tanto Google como Apple y Samsung están desarrollando sus propios smartwatches. Los de Redmond no quieren perder la posibilidad de hacerse con[...]

La entrada Microsoft apuesta por el aluminio transparante en su smartwatch aparece primero en MuyWindows.

          Microsoft Home, le echamos un vistazo a la casa del futuro        
Microsoft Home, le echamos un vistazo a la casa del futuro

Un equipo de investigadores de Microsoft ha diseñado lo que ellos creen será la casa del futuro, donde se darán cita, según ellos, un buen puñado de Surfaces y otros dispositivos avanzados. En esta futurista casa se ven peculiaridades como[...]

La entrada Microsoft Home, le echamos un vistazo a la casa del futuro aparece primero en MuyWindows.

          Até logo/ See you!        

Perfumados leitores,

Há um certo tempo minha vida se tornou uma espiral de responsabilidades cada vez mais frequentes, fruto de recompensas e desafios com relação à minha carreira e vida pessoal. Se por um lado, isso é muito compensador. Por outro lado, atualmente tive que fazer escolhas. Uma delas é dizer, de forma oficial, até logo!
Confesso que não consigo fazer as coisas de qualquer jeito e tudo tem que ter tempo e qualidade, principalmente com relação ao Perfume da Rosa Negra, um espaço virtual apaixonante sobre perfumaria que me proporcionou conhecer muita gente apaixonada por perfume e muita gente que é referência em Perfumaria , que respeitou o meu conhecimento e minha paixão, além de ter me proporcionado projetos de muito valor.
Sou grata aos leitores e a todas as pessoas que acreditaram em mim. Também agradeço a Deus o tempo a que me dediquei intensamente ao Perfume da Rosa Negra.  Fiz tudo isso com muito amor. Tive muitas alegrias mas também muitas decepções e tudo isso faz parte da jornada. A experiência foi sempre divina, a cada perfume e tudo está guardado: cada sentimento com relação às fragrancias e, cada sensação Ãºnica através do olfato que eternaliza os momentos perfumados na alma. O melhor de tudo é que, onde coloquei a minha marca, as pessoas passaram a conhecer mais sobre as fragrancias e o valor disso é imensurável.
Não retorno tão logo e, por estranho que pareça, digo um até logo feliz.  Sei que não serei a primeira blogueira de fragrancias que se afasta por um tempo. Muita gente boa, de excepcional talento em perfumaria, também disse adeus por um período. Durante esse tempo, além de todas as novas jornadas, quero repensar a própria perfumaria. O Perfume da Rosa Negra não deixa de existir. Como diria Flaubert, Perfume da Rosa Negra c'est moi. Eu sou Rosa Negra e ela vai exalar um perfume em outros cantos desse mundo.
Despeço-me feliz. Preciso levar algumas responsabilidades e projetos adiante, dentre eles está a perfumaria. Certamente eu voltarei e o blog só será a extensão de algo muito maior porque a perfumaria está no meu DNA. Voltarei com mais força e com ideias grandiosas que há muito tempo estão na minha mente e que só essa bela Arte merece.
Enquanto isso, deixo-lhes o meu legado perfumado , de coração!
Sigam cheirosos!
Abraços perfumados,
Cris Rosa Negra
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          Office 2010 [Lançamento]        

Entre as novidades da versão 2010 estão o uso do ribbon em mais aplicativos da suíte (como o Outlook) e a inclusão da versão 64 bits.

O Office é um dos produtos mais lucrativos da Microsoft. A suite Office 2010 conta com versões 64 bits de modo a explorar todos os recursos de memória e desempenho de processamento que o Windows 7 vai oferecer aos computadores.

A informação é baseada numa análise às cópias de teste do Office 14. A opção de 64 bits é coerente com a estratégia definida pela Microsoft, que afirmou exigir que aplicações de terceiros suportem os 64 bits para receberem o selo “Windows 7 capable”.

* Word
* Excel
* PowerPoint
* Outlook
* OneNote
* Access
* Publisher

Estilo: Office
Idioma: Inglês
Tamanho: 708 Mb
Formato: Bin
Hospedagem: DepositFiles/MegaUpload


          15 dicas para deixar o Windows XP mais rápido        
Confira 15 dicas para deixar o Windows XP mais rápido

Quanto mais se usa o computador, mais lento parece que ele fica. Às vezes isso pode ser verdade. Compilamos uma série de 15 dicas que devem deixar o seu computador pelo menos um pouco mais rápido.

1) Memória RAM = velocidade
O equipamento mais importante na hora de se ganhar velocidade é a memória. Quanto mais RAM, mais rápida será a máquina. Grande parte das dicas para deixar o PC mais veloz, giram em torno de como melhor utilizar a memória.

2) Não deixe abertos aplicativos que não usa
Vá em executar e digite "msconfig" e clique em OK. Vá na aba inicializar e desmarque os itens de inicialização que você não utiliza. Estes são os programas que o Windows executa ao inicializar o computador. Clique em OK e reinicialize a máquina. Muito cuidado para não desmarcar itens importantes: se não souber o que é, melhor deixar assim.

3) Desabilite opções de visualização
Abra o Painel de Controle e clique em Sistema. Abra a aba Avançado e dentro de Desempenho, clique no botão configurações. Na aba efeitos visuais, selecione a opção "Ajustar para obter um melhor desempenho".

4) Arquivo de paginação
Quem tem bastante RAM (pelo menos 1 GB) pode desabilitar o arquivo de paginação que o Windows XP utiliza. Este arquivo é um auxiliar da memória, mas no HD. Como a RAM é muito mais rápida que o HD, a velocidade aumenta. Entretanto, se você tem o costume de abrir muitos programas ao mesmo tempo esta opção não é recomendada, já que em seguida a RAM lota.

5) RAM sem dll
Algumas vezes o Windows preserva arquivos de biblioteca (.dll) na memória até mesmo depois que o aplicativo foi encerrado. Isto é feito para que, caso o programa seja reaberto, não seja necessário recarregar a dll.

Para mudar isso, vá em executar e digite "regedit" e clique em OK. Encontre a pasta HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion Explorer. Crie dentro dela uma nova chave chamada AlwaysUnloadDLL com valor 1. Feche o programa e reinicie a máquina.

6) Indexação automática
O Windows XP faz uma indexação de todos os arquivos do HD para facilitar na hora de fazer uma busca. Este processo pode deixar o computador mais lento e ocupa memória. Para desativar este serviço, vá no Painel de Controle e abra "Adicionar e Remover Programas". Vá em "Adicionar/Remover Componentes de Windows" e desmarque o item "Serviço de Indexação", depois clique em Avançar. Tenha em mente que o computador vai ficar mais rápido, mas as buscas, mais lentas.

7) BootVis
A Microsoft desenvolveu uma ferramenta que faz uma análise dos itens na incialização e os ordena de forma a funcionar de forma mais rápida. O programa, chamado de BootVis, não é mais distribuído pela empresa no site, mas pode ser facilmente encontrado em sites de download pela web. A velocidade de boot melhora consideravelmente com o uso do aplicativo.

8) Atualizar drivers
Mantenha os drivers de vídeo e da placa-mãe em dia. Muitas vezes os drivers contêm atualizações que fazem uma grande diferença.

9) Limpeza de disco
Faça pelo menos uma vez por mês uma limpeza de disco. Clique em Meu Computador, na área de trabalho. Clique com o botão direito sobre o ícone do seu HD principal e vá em "Propriedades". Ao lado do gráfico de capacidade, há um botão chamado "Limpeza de disco". Clique.

10) Atualize o Windows
Visite com freqüência o site de atualização do Windows. Baixe sempre todos as atualizações chamadas "críticas".

11) Não particione o HD
O Windows funciona mais devagar com HDs com partições. Dados não estão mais protegidos em partições diferentes e para reinstalar um sistema não é obrigatória uma formatação.

12) Limpe o computador
Pelo menos uma vez por ano, abra o o computador e com um ventilador expire pó e sujeira, além de conferir se os ventiladores estão funcionando de forma correta.

13) Antivirus
Antivirus é um tipo de programa que deixa o computador mais lento. Todas as informações que a máquina processa ou passam pela rede ele inspeciona, tornando tudo mais devagar. Ainda assim, é um programa fundamental para a proteção da máquina. A solução é escolher um produto que utilize pouca RAM. Consulte os sites de empresas de segurança (como, por exemplo, a McAfee - www.mcafee.com/br/default.asp) para ver o que seu PC precisa.

14) Número de fontes
PCs com mais de 500 fontes instaladas ficam bastante lerdos. Tente manter menos fontes carregadas.

15) Desabilite a restauração do sistema
A restauração do sistema pode ser muito útil na hora de problemas, mas guardar todos esses dados consome literalmente diversos Giga. Para desabilitar a função de restauração, abra o Painel de Controle, clique em Sistema e abra a aba "Restauração do sistema". Desmarque a opção "Desativar restauração do sistema" e clique em OK.
          ADOBE Photoshop CS4 Extended Full        

Requisitos Mínimos

- 1.8GHz or melhor.
- Microsoft® Windows® XP com Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recomendado) ou Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise com Service Pack 1 (32-bit Windows XP e 32-bit e 64-bit Windows Vista)
- 512MB de RAM (1GB recomendado)
- 1 GB de espaço livre em disco para a instalação; será necessário espaço livre adicional durante a instalação (não é possível instalar em dispositivos de armazenamento com base em flash)
- 1,024x768 display (1,280x800 recomendado) com 16-bit video card
- Alguns recursos acionados por GPU precisam de suporte gráfico para Shader Model 3.0 e OpenGL 2.0
- DVD-ROM drive
- Shader Model 3.0
- Software QuickTime 7.2 necessário para os recursos multimídia

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          Visio Stencil and Template for UML        
Visio Stencil and Template for UML 2.2
"The UML stencil for Microsoft Visio supports complete UML 2.2, i.e. UML use case diagram, class diagram, package diagram, object diagram, composite structure diagram, interaction diagram, sequence diagram, communication diagram, interaction overview diagram, activity diagram, state machine diagram, component diagram, deployment diagram, profile diagram, timing diagram, and all symbols of the UML 2.2, specified in OMG UML Superstructure Specification, formal/2009-02-02, as well as all previous UML versions, UML 2.1, UML 2.0, UML 1.5, UML 1.4, UML 1.3 and UML 1.1."

          Rounding numbers in Access        
Microsoft Access tips: Rounding numbers in Access: "Rounding in Access"
          Feeling Fuzzy        
"SimMetrics is an open source extensible library of Similarity or Distance Metrics, e.g. Levenshtein Distance, L2 Distance, Cosine Similarity, Jaccard Similarity etc etc. SimMetrics provides a library of float based similarity measures between String Data as well as the typical unnormalised metric output."

Python: difflib
"This module provides classes and functions for comparing sequences. It can be used for example, for comparing files, and can produce difference information in various formats..."

SSIS: Fuzzy Lookup Transformation
"The Fuzzy Lookup transformation performs data cleaning tasks such as standardizing data, correcting data, and providing missing values."

          Windows Sysinternals        
Windows Sysinternals

- Process Monitor

- Process Explorer

- Autoruns for Windows
Microsoft Download Center: SyncToy 2.1

My Digital Life: Schedule SyncToy to Run and Automatically and Repetitively
          Are South African's the most disrespectful online?        
5FM — In a recent survey released by Microsoft, it showed that South Africans were amongst the worst in the world when it came to online habits and how we interact with others. We asked Tumelo "TK" Komape (Digital Manager at the City of Joburg) and Ben Winks (Independent Legal Consultant specialising in Social Media) to unwrap this topic.
          Comment on Reasons of OST File Corruption and OST Recovery Method by mike        
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          Education for Real-World Data Science Roles (Part 2): A Translational Approach to Curriculum Development        

This study reports on the findings from Part 2 of a small-scale analysis of requirements for real-world data science positions and examines three further data science roles: data analyst, data engineer and data journalist. The study examines recent job descriptions and maps their requirements to the current curriculum within the graduate MLIS and Information Science and Technology Masters Programs in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Pittsburgh. From this mapping exercise, model ‘course pathways’ and module ‘stepping stones’ have been identified, as well as course topic gaps and opportunities for collaboration with other Schools. Competency in four specific tools or technologies was required by all three roles (Microsoft Excel, R, Python and SQL), as well as collaborative skills (with both teams of colleagues and with clients). The ability to connect the educational curriculum with real-world positions is viewed as further validation of the translational approach being developed as a foundational principle of the current MLIS curriculum review process


          Comment on Phil Spencer Confirms – Minecraft is Now Owned by Microsoft by Can Any Survival Game Ever Beat Minecraft at this Point?        
[…] that Minecraft’s intellectual property was appraised, and then bought, by Microsoft for $2.5 billion should speak volumes about […]
          Install and Use exfat USB under Ubuntu        
Ubuntu exFAT

exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) is a Microsoft file system optimized for flash drives. exFAT can be used where the NTFS file system is not a feasible solution (due to data structure overhead), or where the file size limit of the standard FAT32 file system is unacceptable.

exFAT has been adopted by the SD Card Association as the default file system for SDXC cards larger than 32 GB.

Native Linux support for exFAT is still limited. As of 2010, a working implementation under FUSE exists, which reached version 1.0 in 2013. So we need to install exfat-fuse and related packges in Ubuntu for using exFAT.

Install exfat package under Ubuntu

Update all repositories.
jose@jose-ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get update

Installing the below 2 packages.
jose@jose-ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

Use exFAT USB under Ubuntu

If Ubuntu doesn't auto-mount your exFAT formatted driver, you could mount exfat USB manually after installed the above 2 packages.
jose@jose-ubuntu:~$ sudo mkdir /media/xxx
jose@jose-ubuntu:~$ sudo mount -t exfat /dev/sdxx /media/xxx

/media/xxx - means specific folder for exfat partition.
/dev/sdxx - means your exfat partition.
  1. How to enable exFAT in Ubuntu 14.04

          Small Business Free Important Article For Small Business        
Finding specific information about small business might not be easy but we have gathered very helpful and relevant information about the general subject matter, with the ultimate aim of helping you out. Even if your search is about other small business information, such as sba 504, cnn money, small business ownership or even small business marketing help, this article will prove very helpful, to say the least.

Keep your business life and personal life separate. You may work together in a small business partnership and live together, but you shouldn't work and live together at the same time. Businesses create stress and relationships create stress, especially with a small business partnership. Dealing with both at the same time can be more than one person (or two) can handle.

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Sabes cuánto me gustaría estar en una isla desierta sin conexión alguna? Deseo tantas cosas, quisiera desentender las letras, desentender las palabras, desentender las razones motivos y sentimiento alguno que encuentre ese rinconcito que todos llaman corazón, el cual para mi hoy tiene un nombre indefinido.

Tengo tantas ideas, palabras, frases, ruidos, memorias, recuerdos, imágenes, puestas de sol, lluvias, caricias, besos, y un sinfín de cosas, mi pecho caja fuerte guardadora de tantos sentimientos encontrados que por más que expreso no atiendes.

Crees en el amor?

El chico de a lado pregunta. Mi reacción es realmente indifirente a la situación, no se quien es y ni siquiera se quien es, ambos estamos en esa banca por casualidad. Yo fumando un cigarro y dejando que el viento lo consuma mas rápido, solo esta entre mis dedos por que adoro su aroma en ellos.

No respondo a la pregunta antes dicha, y el chico que me acompaña en la banca vuelve hacerla, crees en el amor?.

Él, sin si quiera saberlo ha dado en un punto en el que a mi podría destrozárseme el corazón con solo mencionar amor.

Mi mirada se fija en él, y mientras volteo voy descubriendo quien es ese que me pregunta, si voz clara y no muy fuerte me hacia pensar que era un chico agradable, y no me equivoque, sus facciones son tranquilas, serias y serenas, su boca apetecible de labios medianamente gruesos, sus ojos un poco rasgados, pestañas medianas, cejas gruesas, nariz ancha, alto, alto a mi lado. Como pude ver todo eso en tan poco tiempo? No lo sé, solo me di cuenta de lo que es.

Ese pequeño espacio de tiempo me permitió escuchar el latir de su corazón mientras me volvia a preguntar si creía en el amor, escuche su respiración entre cortada, me di cuenta de sus suspiros que entraban y salían de su pecho, sus manos estaban posadas sobre sus piernas y su mirada estaba fija al frente. Él, necesitaba una respuesta de mi, pero por qué? No me conocía, no sabia quien era, ni mi nombre, ni mi esencia, mi mirada seguía postrada en él, su respirar me gustaba, su serenidad me inquietaba, su aroma que en momentos llegaba a mi nariz quemaba mi nariz de la la forma más dulce y agradable.

Debía responder a su pregunta? Su insistencia y ansiedad por escuchar mi respuesta era llena de ansiedad.

Él: Señorita podría usted responder a mi pregunta? Necesito saberlo.

Ella: En realidad, mi respuesta es larga, no podría terminar de hablar ahora y quizá mucho menos llenarte con ella.

Él: No importa, estoy dispuesto a escuchar cada palabra que venga de ti.

Su mirada seguía viendo al frente sin si quiera voltear a verme.

Ella: pero por que me preguntas a mi, habiendo tantas personas en este lugar?

Él: por que estas aquí en mi banca, una banca en la que suelo sentarme a esperar, y eres la primera persona que viene a usar este espacio a mi lado. Tu aroma combinado con el cigarro que fumas es distintivo. Y estas aquí conmigo.

Ella: sin palabra alguna suspira y comienza hablar…

Que si creo en el amor?

Si, soy una ferviente creyente de eso que los demás llaman amor, ese que sale de tu pecho y se da sin razón alguna, ese que la otra persona se gana sin saber por que, creo en el como la cosa mas bella existente en este mundo, creo en el amor y toda clase de sentimientos que con el conlleven, soy una adicta y alcohólica del amor.

Él: (siguiendo con su mirada al frente) pero por que permites que una lagrima salga de tus ojos?

Ella. Extraño tenerlo conmigo…

Él: dime más, en realidad existe?

Ella: sigue hablando…

Claro, el amor existe, muchos dicen que es solamente un estado mental o cosas asi, pero si lo sintieran como yo lo siento sabrían que no es nada de eso, las demás buscan razones para justificar lo injustificable, el amor es lo que es y no importa lo que digan los boleros y los tangos, el amor existe mientras tu en verdad lo desees y lo tengas, y tengo tantas marcas en el cuerpo que si las pudieras ver te darias cuenta de cuan real es el amor.

Él: (el chico quedándose en un suspiro profundo continua) podrías hablarme de esa marca que llevas en el pecho, esa que tu blusa deja un poco al descubierto.

Ella: sorprendiéndose de las cosas se pregunta entre si, pero como pudo darse cuenta, si ni siquiera me ha regalado una mirada. Llevando la mano a su pecho y tocando esa cicatriz llena de verdades y realismos continua con la charla.

Muy bien, esa marca de amor tiene una gran historia, esta llena de momentos, palabras, que la vida me regalo, contiene besos ,caricias y palabras de amor, cosas que hoy realmente extraño y sin las cuales no puedo vivir, creo que desde que naci es parte de mi, toda clase de amor, amor de pareja, de novios , amor de familia, amor de amigos, bien dicen ahí que las mujeres estamos hechas para amar y cuidar.

Él: (con una ligera reacción me regala la primer mirada)

Sus ojos obscuros me miran por primera vez, son tan lindos, y su mano se retira de una de sus piernas llevándola a mi cara y secando las lagrimas que salen de mis ojos, pero por que su mirada sigue viendo tan fijamente a un lugar desconocido. Y me dice:

En realidad y muy en el fondo sabia todo eso que me respondiste, tu aroma con ese ligero toque diferente al de las demás personas me decía que eras diferente, escuchar el latir de tu corazón cuando te pregunte sobre el amor, tu ligero nervio y tu ligero aroma tristeza y ansiedad me hicieron querer preguntar y afirmar lo que en 5 minutos pensé.

Mientras el acaricia la cara de la chica el silencio se hace mutuo, ni los pajaros cantan , ni la gente es ruidosa, como si todo se hubiera puesto de acuerdo en guardar silencio.

Ella acomodándose a la caricia suspira y siente esa pequeña caricia como suya y sonríe.

Él: sonríe y le dice…

Yo también creo en el amor…

Sus palabras retumbaron en mi pecho de la forma mas divina, hace mucho que no escuchaba la palabra amor…

Ambos en esa pequeña charla creamos una burbuja donde el mundo desapareció y el tiempo se hizo indiferente a las cosas, dejo de importarnos todo y solo fuimos uno.

Abro los ojos y lo miro, su mirada sigue fija a ningún lugar y le digo:

Eres ciego verdad?

El responde, si, no lo habías notado? Por eso es que me fijo tanto en tu aroma y reacciones, no veo las facciones, solo veo más allá de lo que un cuerpo, una cara y dos parpadeos tienen para este mundo.

Ella lo mira sorprendía a su respuesta y de pronto de sus labios fluye una linda palabra que lo hace llamarlo “amor”…

La distancia entre ella y el es tan poca, ella quiere que sus brazos la acurruquen dejándola escuchar mas de cerca su palpitar, él, solo suspira y la toma de la mano dejando que el tiempo corra y sus silencios hablen y se unan en una sola palabra,


          Insulina para el corazón.        

Y aun puedo recordar la ultima vez que dormi entre tus brazos, esos brazos largos que contienen esas manos suaves que pueden deslizarse por mi cuerpo sin ninguna complicación, esas manos que se ajustan sin problema alguno a mi cintura, y todo mi cuerpo.

Esa ultima vez que dormí, quizá una hora o un poco más, a veces darse cuenta de las cosas duele, pero ese pequeño dolor fue no tanto, pude ver como mi cuerpo hace un encaje u acoplamiento perfecto al tuyo, tu pecho acepto alegremente mi cabeza y tus manos volvían acariciar mi espalda recorriéndolo de norte a sur y de este a oeste. Tu aroma nada cambiante, sigue siendo el mismo, el aroma de tu sudor combinado con tu desodorante siempre ha sido uno de mis vicios, aunque para algunos pueda sonar o parecer asqueroso, eres una persona de la cual me encanta su aroma y alguna vez lo escribi en otro post. Ese aroma que al entrar a mi nariz quema mi nariz, pero no duele, es un aroma que llena mis pulmones dejándolos totalmente deseosos de seguirlo respirando, al igual que mi cuerpo y no diferente a las demás ocasiones quedo lleno de ansiadades y ganas de volver a ser acariciado por ti.

Tu sonrisa suave y timida es una de las cosas que siempre me ha gustado ver en tu rostro, esa sonrisa dibujada en cámara lenta, sí, en cámara lenta, dejando a la vista esa dentadura delineadamente perfecta, con tus dientes perfectamente cuadrados y esquinas redondas, algunas veces tu sonrisa no me deja ver tus dientes, son varias sonrisas las que he contado, pero sin duda solo hay una que se me apetecería ver hoy.

Tu aroma, si!...soy una y la mas exquisita y ferviente adicta de tu aroma, del aroma que emana de cada parte de tu cuerpo es totalmente agradable y digno de beberse ese aroma, hay un lugar especial que en ti el cual su aroma podría suicidarme.

Hay una imagen, en realidad muchas pero una en especial que mi mente no olvida, soy egoísta y no la compartiré, comencemos y regálame tu aroma.


Hace tanto tiempo que no escribo, pero creo que no escribo por que e realidad sea buena para hacerlo, el ser bueno o buena en algo no es algo que en realidad me preocupe, escribo porque en realidad es solo un desahogo de emociones y sentimientos que chocan en mi pecho. Todo se junta en un solo sonido explosivo queriendo salir de entre mi garganta.

Tengo tantas lagrimas atoradas, confusiones y decepciones, gritos y golpes, que se revuelven entre tarareos de canciones antes escuchadas que comienzan a formar un soundtrack de mi vida, momentos que se convierten en los mas atesorados que me hacen darme cuenta que en realidad paso y que no fue producto de mi loca imaginación deseosa de eso a lo que los demás llaman amor.

Cuando llegaste YO era solamente unos cimientos débiles sin amarres o siquiera algo fuerte que las mantuviera de pie, encontraste una mujer débil y llena de dolores en el corazón,pero cuando apareciste fuiste una luz que ilumino y ayudo a construir un gran edificio de mujer, fuerte,madura y que creció en varios sentidos, pero que no deja de ser débil en ciertos aspectos. Aspectos del corazón, esos aspectos que simplemente son difíciles de madurar y difíciles de controlar, tengo un corazón de pollo enormemente frágil, que llora, que ríe, que ama, que SE ENTREGA. Quizá eso es mi peor defecto, pero es que acaso no hay que entregarse en esos momentos llamados amor? Es que acaso hay que ser de piedra y dibujar y desdibujar sonrisas falsas en mi rostro y el tuyo? Debo dibujar y desdibujar caricias de tu piel? A caso debo mentir y hacerte creer que de verdad te amo. Llevarte a un mundo lleno de dibujos sangrientos que te lleven a tu loco frenesí?

Se que mis palabras no tienen sentido ni conexión alguna palabra a palabra, quizá, sí, quizá nisiquiera lo entiendas, pero sabes, por primera vez no me importa si lo entiendes o no, no me importa siquiera si yo lo entiendo, solo dejo que mi mente fluya por mis dedos para dejar salir cada sentimiento y cualquier cosa que este dentro de mi pecho, dentro de mi cabeza.

No me importa en lo mas minimo contar una historia detallada de las cosas, afirmo que algún día no muy lejano lo hare, contare cada momento vivido, sentido y re vivido, contare sin nombre ni fechas cada una de aquellas perversiones sanamente insanas que aprendí amar de ti. desde tu forma tan timida de ser, hasta el momento mas insano de nuestras perversiones que llevaron a nuestros cuerpos a ese limbo donde nadie nos podía ver o juzgar de tener nuestros cuerpos juntos en un vaivén erotico de amor …si, AMOR y no sexo, caricias y no mentiras, sonrisas y no falsedades, todo eso que me nacía del corazón hacia fuera y no de dientes para fuera, todo eso QUE NUNCA SE DESDIBUJO.

Algún día alguien sabrá más allá de las cosas, algún día …alguien sabrá que fuiste real.


Despierto y veo las cosas de otro color, no siempre es rosa, o quiza ese rosa que llamamos rosa no es tan rosa,quiza es morado o turquesa, pero nos ponemos en nuestro papel de que es rosa, y no hay poder humano que nos haga cambiar de opinion.

Desperte abrazada a tu camiseta que aun mantiene tu aroma, o quiza soy yo la que aun mantiene el aroma de tu cuerpo,caricias,besos y sudor de los cuerpos luchando por amarse otra vez,era inevitable olerte la noche de anoche, mientras dormia podia reconocer el aroma, y cada ves que me movia tu aroma era más fuerte y excitante. Te metiste en mis sueños, me hiciste el amor, cubriste cada parte de mi cuerpo con tu sudor, con tus besos, con tus caricias.

Desgraciadamente, esta vez no te pude escuchar, es la primera vez que te sueño y no puedo escuchar tu voz y raramente era yo la que estaba contigo en la cama, pero era tambien la que miraba desde los asientos, era la que sentia pero tambien la que veia, eramos 3 en una habitacion.

Podia ver como me hacias tuya, podia ver nuestros cuerpos unirse en uno…si!

Todo se resume aun “podia”.


De fondo, una pared blanca me rodea, se que es blanca ya que puedo oler su aroma, si es algo distintivo puedo distinguir el aroma de los colores, el techo tiene un color salmón. El aire huele a frio y el lugar en el que estoy es poco cálido.

Mis manos están a mis costados, mis piernas no las siento, pero se que puedo moverlas, el frio me ha entumecido el cuerpo, mientras escucho mi respirar, puedo escuchar el palpitar de mi corazón, y siento la sangre correr por mis venas, debo decir que el frio me quema hasta los huesos y esa pequeña sabana con olor “azul” no me mantiene a mi temperatura.

Mi cabello ha crecido, puedo sentirlo abultado en mi nuca, mis uñas ahora son largas, como siempre quise, pero que mi maldita manía de morderme las uñas me dejaba mantenerlas largas…

Mientras estoy ahí recostada, puedo oler el aroma del color de mi playera favorita, y con el aire vienen a mi olfato otros distintivos aromas….

Sudor fresco, cabello húmedo, ropa limpia…entre tantos aromas hay uno muy distintivo, tu aroma a preocupación, ansiedad y tristeza. También puedo escuchar el morder de tus uñas y el pasar de tu saliva por tu garganta de pronto unas frases brotan de tu boca “hasta cuando piensas mantenerme asi?”

Por mi cabeza pasan recuerdos, cuánto tiempo estuve dormida? Qué pasó?

Tú a mi lado quizá día y noche, quizá todo este tiempo que decidí dormir y no despertar, quiero saber que es lo que paso, quiero saber que hice. Comienzo a recordar poco a poco, estaba triste, estaba sola, creí que no regresarías y tome lo primero que encontré y lo que hasta ahora me mantiene dormida y hasta hoy me dejo volver a reconocer aromas y escuchar tu voz otra vez.

Necesito despertar, he escuchado tu voz y no lo puedo creer, necesito abrir los ojos, necesito urgentemente volver a respirarte de cerca, necesito que tus brazos me encarcelen cerca de tu cuerpo…..

Mi intento es fallido, no los puedo abrir, y tampoco puedo hablarte…poco a poco tu aroma se va y tu calor se aparta de mi mano. No puede ser!!! Por que no puedo despertar?

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           Nokia Lumia 730 Dual-SIM , Lumia 735 , Lumia 830 and Lumia 930 Mobile From Microsoft Corporation | Lumia 730 ,735 , 830 Features, Specifications & Price In India        
Microsoft Devices announced the rumoured Superman codenamed selfie phone. The Nokia Lumia 730 and Nokia Lumia 735 have similar looks and innards, the only difference is that the Nokia Lumia 730 is a Dual SIM handset supporting 3G connectivity and the Nokia Lumia 735 can handle a single LTE connection and can be charged wirelessly. The prices of the Lumia 730 and 735 are 199 and 219 Euros respectively. When they arrive in India in bright green, bright orange, dark grey and white colour variants at the end of this month, we can expect the prices to hover around Rs. 16000 and Rs. 18000 respectively.

Nokia Lumia 735.
Nokia Lumia 735​
The Nokia Lumia 730 Dual-SIM and Lumia 735 sport a 4.7inch OLED display with ClearBlack tech. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and supports supersensitive touch. We were disappointed to see that Microsoft has left out Glance Screen in both these devices. Underneath we find a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM running Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia Denim edition.

Nokia Lumia 730.
Nokia Lumia 730 Dual-SIM​

Microsoft says that both of these smartphones are “the ultimate selfie and Skype smartphones” and it isn’t kidding. The Lumia 730 and 735 have f/2.4 aperture wide angle 5MP sensor that can accommodate as many friends as you like. It also preloads the phones with its new Selfie app which not only lets you access the front camera quickly but also lets you add filters and skin enhancements and even lets you slim down your face and blur out the background. For select markets it is offering a free three-month Skype Unlimited World subscription that lets you make calls to mobile and landline phones. On the rear you find a 6.7MP auto-focus camera with BSI sensor and 4x zoom capable of recording Full HD videos at 30fps. The only foible is that the phone does not have a physical shutter button like its recently launched big brother.

The Nokia Lumia 730 and 735 have a smaller 8GB internal memory which can be expanded with the help of microSD cards of up to 128GB. It throws in 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage as well. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and microUSB. Like all Lumia family member you get free voice guided navigation and offline maps with the help of Nokia HERE maps service. The company claims that the user removable battery will last for 25 days on standby and offer 22 hours of talk time.

           Microsoft Launches New Nokia Lumia 730 Dual-SIM , Lumia 735 , Lumia 830 and Lumia 930 | Lumia 730 ,735 , 830 Features, Specifications & Price In India 2014        
Microsoft Devices announced the rumoured Superman codenamed selfie phone. The Nokia Lumia 730 and Nokia Lumia 735 have similar looks and innards, the only difference is that the Nokia Lumia 730 is a Dual SIM handset supporting 3G connectivity and the Nokia Lumia 735 can handle a single LTE connection and can be charged wirelessly. The prices of the Lumia 730 and 735 are 199 and 219 Euros respectively. When they arrive in India in bright green, bright orange, dark grey and white colour variants at the end of this month, we can expect the prices to hover around Rs. 16000 and Rs. 18000 respectively.

Nokia Lumia 735.
Nokia Lumia 735​

The Nokia Lumia 730 Dual-SIM and Lumia 735 sport a 4.7inch OLED display with ClearBlack tech. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and supports supersensitive touch. We were disappointed to see that Microsoft has left out Glance Screen in both these devices. Underneath we find a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM running Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia Denim edition.

Nokia Lumia 730.
Nokia Lumia 730 Dual-SIM​

Microsoft says that both of these smartphones are “the ultimate selfie and Skype smartphones” and it isn’t kidding. The Lumia 730 and 735 have f/2.4 aperture wide angle 5MP sensor that can accommodate as many friends as you like. It also preloads the phones with its new Selfie app which not only lets you access the front camera quickly but also lets you add filters and skin enhancements and even lets you slim down your face and blur out the background. For select markets it is offering a free three-month Skype Unlimited World subscription that lets you make calls to mobile and landline phones. On the rear you find a 6.7MP auto-focus camera with BSI sensor and 4x zoom capable of recording Full HD videos at 30fps. The only foible is that the phone does not have a physical shutter button like its recently launched big brother.

The Nokia Lumia 730 and 735 have a smaller 8GB internal memory which can be expanded with the help of microSD cards of up to 128GB. It throws in 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage as well. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and microUSB. Like all Lumia family member you get free voice guided navigation and offline maps with the help of Nokia HERE maps service. The company claims that the user removable battery will last for 25 days on standby and offer 22 hours of talk time.

          Our Final Super Bowl Prediction Post        
Enough with the tears and memories...there will be more time for that later.  Let's talk about the biggest sporting event on the planet before we flat-line.  I've been breaking down the Super Bowl in my own unique way since this blog’s creation. This is the 9th year that I've instituted my 15-prong attack to figure how Sunday's game will shake out. I can't remember if the system is 6-2 or 5-2 so we'll just assume that we are 6-2. It picked Denver last year even though I kept saying throughout that I hated that pick (and bet against it).  I expect to continue our traditional winning ways this year. As a reminder, I don't know how this breakdown will go until I finish it. Personally, I have no real feel on this game at all. I can’t look at either team and say “yes, this is why they will definitely win” as I have been able to do in the past. This is a tough game to handicap. The line opened at SEA -2.5 but has gone bonkers and has settled on New England -1 with an O/U of 47.5.
Remember, RIBS are on the line (and we have a new leader):

13-7: JSaul
12-8: G$, Drew, Ide, Iceman
10-10: Buke, Andrew B
9-11: Lacey, Seal, Jeff
8-12: Mr. Ace
7-13: Prime...an embarrassment
Lover of getting pegged: -Rex

It's a five stud race to the finish.  The tie-breaker will be Gronk receiving yards using Price is Right rules (because as we all know, in football, LOW MAN WINS).  Let's fire up the Predictifier one last time:

QB - Tom Brady is possibly the best QB to ever live so he is definitely ELITE.  Rusty Dubs is well on his way there at this pace.  However, rumors are swirling on Twitter that he definitely had a concussion against GB (TOTES OBVZ) and is still dealing with headaches now.  Also, Brady bangs Gisele while Rusty is nailing Snowphat (left and a man) and is probably gayer than Michael Sam.  NE +4

RB - Lynch is the goddamn best.  Treating the media like the filth that they are and celebrating with dick grabs and candy is just amazing.  Blount is a piece of shit and deserves nothing but bad things.  SEA +5

WR/TE - You really have to give Seattle a ton of credit for doing what they've done the last two years with absolutely zero decent wide receivers.  Doug Baldwin is terrible.  The Patriots have the three best pass catchers in this game (if not more).  I haven't done any prop research yet but I will probably go over on Brandon LaFell's total yards.  Have a feeling that he's going to have a big role.  Gronk gets extra points for A Gronking To Remember.  NE +6

OL - The Seahawks have a guy named JR Sweezy which is the least white name a white man has ever had.  As you remember, the Pats had #77 Nate Solder score a receiving touchdown last game.  We favor #77's making the score sheet here.  NE +3

DL - When you start a guy from Bowling Green, you are inferior always.  Michael Bennett (the DL, not the horrible RB from Wisconsin from about a decade ago) wore a hilarious cowboy hat to Media Day.  Props to that.  SEA +2

LB - I really like both Bobby Wagner and Jason Collins or whatever his name is.  Malcolm Smith is still there I think and he won the SB MVP last year somehow.  Circle gets the square. SEA +2

DB - There is no doubt that Richard Sherman and Revis are the two best CBs in the league (Peterson is third and Justin Gilbert is last).  Chancellor and Thomas are badasses and I can't wait to watch them deal with Gronk.  I think that Patrick Chung sucks though and Brandon Browner is the most OVERRATED CB in the game.  Dude holds on every route.  SEA +3

K/P - Still have not forgiven Belichick for getting rid of ZOLTAN.  Gostkowski and Hauschka are both incredible kickers (takes one to know one).  SEA wins the points though because Jon Ryan is a touchdown throwing machine and trolled Big Gay Aaron Rodgers after he did it.  Respeck, BRAH! SEA +2

Return Game - A bald idiot once constantly mouth-queefed that "SPECIAL TEAMS WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS" and it has to be true with these two squads.  I mean, each team features a white punt returner.  That is huge.  PUSH DUE TO EQUAL GRIT

Coach - I am not much of a Pete Carroll fan but at least he doesn't cheat.  However, McDaniels is killing it with formations and schemes and that could be a deciding FACTor.  That leads me to ask the question: Is Josh McDaniels a FACTorback?  NE +3

City - Would I rather spend a weekend in Seattle or Boston?  LOL!  I'll take mountains over fall foliage every day.  SEA +4

Fans - Who do I hate more: SeaHulk and the 12th Man (blatant rip-off of Texas A&M by the way) or Tommy From Quincy and people of that ilk.  Maybe I'm growing soft over the years but I find the 12th Man to be way more nauseating.  Probably because you can shut up any Pats fan by mentioning that they can't be ELI.  Also, I'm a fan of Li'l Poopson.  NE +2

Celeb Fans - I can forgive Seattle for embracing Macklemore because they have Johnny Karate on their side.  Bostonians can go to the Hell of Hell forever.  SEA +5

Organization - Bob Kraft killed his wife instead of just divorcing so that he could fuck models.  And now he wants an apology from the NFL even though he and Goodell play tummy-sticks on the reg.  I feel like the Seahawks owner is the Microsoft guy or the Starbucks guy or Boeing or some such thing that I've used plenty of times.  SEA +3

Against The Spread - Seattle was 11-7 against the number this year while the Patriots were 10-8.  The team that makes people the most money gets the point.  SEA +1

Add it all up and The Predictifer has...

Seattle goes back-to-back with a 27-18 (SEA Under) victory in Super Bowl 49 at Burke's House.  It's pretty simple: who wins the middle of the field when New England has the ball?  I like those safeties more than Gronk and Edelman.  Put me down for Gronk with 77 yards because that is the best number.

It should be a great game.  All week, I was thinking New England but The Predictifier brought up a lot of great points.  I believe in sports karma and thus there is no chance in Detroit that the Patriots deserve to hoist a trophy Sunday night.  Then again, this has been a God awful year for the NFL so what better way to cap it off than by having the cheaters win.  As for my slovenly ways, I have decided on making a taco pizza (sheet style) and I very much looking forward to making that.  I don't know who I am rooting for (probably will be Seattle) but I know that I am definitely on Team Katy Perry.  See you Monday.  Enjoy the Super Bowl.
          Según informes, los Gamers invierten más tiempo jugando en Xbox        

 Con la PlayStation Pro y próxima consola de Microsoft, la Xbox Scorpio, tratando de ofrecer a los jugadores una experiencia de juego aún más envolvente, hoy nos fijamos en el tiempo que los usuarios dedican normalmente a esta actividad. Se le hizo una encuesta a 17.990 de usuarios de las consolas, cuánto tiempo pasan jugando […]

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          Free ebook: Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals from Microsoft Store        

Free ebook: Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals from Microsoft Store



          Computer trouble        
I bought my first computer in 2007, when I was a student. I had just met Y, and him being a computer junkie, helped me pick the right one out. He came over, attached this wire here, and that wire there and voila.
A year later we moved in together and my computer became our computer. I still had all my mega heavy junk files on it, and Y would do backup sessions, add more memory, reboot and all the other things computer guys know how to do to get your computer working.
Over the years, the only thing that remains from "my computer" is the box. I think every single component has been upgraded, removed, replaced or just thrown out. But I still think of it as mine.
Last week one of the memory drives went kaput. Y tried to save what he could, and rebooted everything. I started to save all my work, and anything I actually cared about on an external drive. We got that up and running, and so for now we have a Microsoft default screensaver and about 3 programs.
None of my graphic programs would work, the whole computer would shut down. All we have is paint. I don't even know how to use that. Even my phone has more functions that my computer right now. But I hate to think that this old box will have to go, we've been through so much!
I really wanted to blog about my Sew Lux BOM, or my I Heart you quilt, I took pictures, but they really need some working on, I can't even crop.
I'll just have to write about them, and take more pictures later.

I am really, really enjoying this BOM. I like to wait until I have 2 blocks and then make them together. They're quick and easy to put together, and so much fun. It's a lot less stressful, I don't have to worry that I'm taking too long, or getting bored, I'm just sewing them as they come.
I will definitely be joining in the next BOM, which is supposed to be up for viewing next month.

old BOM pictures

My I Heart You quilt is so close to being finished! I completed the top panel and cut the border. I have the binding all cut and pressed, I just need to buy some plain white backing and filling. I think I'll go simple with straight lines. I still need to my master free form quilting!
I can't wait to share it, I am so proud of myself, I truly love that pattern.

What a boring post without any pictures, but I do have one to share!
2 weeks ago we got a new kitten, Y picked him out and gave him his name- Albert. I think he looks like one, he's got a little beard and I think he's quite smart.
He's a fun little guy, way to energetic! I love the little guy and he's growing like crazy, I just think of him 3 weeks ago when we picked him out how absolutly tiny he was!
I know right now we sometimes have a hard time keeping up with him, but that soon he'll just be a lazy cat and we'll miss those days he always wanted to play.
Now, if I thought taking pictures of food and fabric was difficult- taking a picture of a kitten is way harder!
Meet Albert ♥

          Volunteering: Gray whale research in Canada!!        


The Society for Ecological and Coastal Research - SEACR - is a non-profit organization, established in 1998, dedicated to scientific research on the ecology of near-shore marine systems. SEACR is sponsoring several long-term ongoing research projects on gray whale ecology in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, Canada. The projects are organized and run by the Whale Research Lab of the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (http://www.geog.uvic.ca/whalelab/ ).


Enthusiastic individuals with a keen interest in nature and science are invited to discover the challenges of marine field research along Canada's coastal rainforest through SEACR's Marine Research Intern Program!

MRIP is a volunteer program where Research Interns assist experienced and dedicated marine biologists and ecologists with their field research. Through MRIP, Research Interns will live and work at a remote research field-station in the coastal rainforest of Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, to aid researchers with ongoing field research related to coastal and marine ecology.

Internships are offered on a competitive basis, at cost and provide invaluable exposure to boat based field work, the Pacific coastal ocean environment, marine mammal research, intensive training and mentoring in marine ecology, and encouragement to work and play hard!

We are offering 2 or 4 week Marine Research Internships for June 2010. There is no deadline to apply. However, approved applications are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first serve basis and spaces are quite limited.


This internship is an excellent opportunity for an individual working toward a career in marine science to gain practical experience in the field. Ideal candidates possess a personal interest in marine ecology and a commitment to conservation research.

Marine research is difficult and challenging work, so being a Research Intern is not for everyone! Those who wish to participate in MRIP must be in good physical health, especially free of back and leg injuries, as the field hours (in the boat and in the lab) can be long - though very satisfying! This is not a program that certifies individuals in field research. It is, however, an experience that delivers a unique opportunity for education, development of field ecology research skills, travel, and enjoyment of wildlife.


Flores Island is the home of the Ahousaht First Nations peoples and is nestled in world-famous Clayoquot Sound, in the Pacific Coast rainforest. Flores is an excellent place to learn about marine ecology and the study of nature. Along with learning field and technical skills during the course of work, when the opportunity arises Research Interns may engage in informal talks with graduate students, take hikes along the Wild Side Trail, have beach campfires, and interact with the Ahousaht First Nations peoples. Professors from the University of Victoria, local scientists and previous MRIP researchers will be frequent visitors to the field research station.

Flores Island's natural beauty, sandy beaches, and abundant wildlife will keep you enthralled. Being here is the experience of a lifetime.


To qualify as a candidate for the MRIP, see the preaplication process on our website: http://www.geog.uvic.ca/whalelab/seacr-application.html

Unlike many other volunteer internship opportunities, SEACR provides and organizes the room and board for our interns at cost. The internship package includes basic accommodations and three meals per day at the research station. Interns and research staff live together and are responsible for cooking and cleaning duties. Rooms are shared with at least one other person. The internship costs do not include transportation to and from the research camp on Flores Island, personal items, or special dietary requirements. A non-refundable $500 deposit is required upon acceptance to MRIP.

Two week Internship - $ 2200 Cdn
Four week Internship - $ 3400 Cdn

If you are interested in applying for a position, please see the details of our application process on our website http://www.geog.uvic.ca/whalelab/seacr-application.html

Questions regarding the MRIP application or internships can be directed by email to: UVICwhalelab@gmail.com

Christina Tombach Wright
Intern Coordinator
Society for Ecological and Coastal Research
P.O. Box 35052
Victoria, British Columbia

          Volunteering: orcas in Spain!        
The research group CIRCE (http://www.circe.biz) is seeking applications from volunteers to help with fieldwork on killer whale energetic budget in the Strait of Gibraltar. Fieldwork will take place from 5 April to 31 May 2010.

Killer whale project:

The killer whale population of the Strait of Gibraltar has a diet mainly based on Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus). This population is believed to be in danger due to the rapid decrease of their prey under human fishing. They usually feed on tuna using an "endurance-exhaustion" technique. This behaviour can be easily observed from 2
land based stations on top of the cliffs off La Breña national park, Andalucia, South of Spain. We wish to collect behavioural and positional data (using binos and theodolite) from these land stations as well as blow rates to assess the energetic budget of this foraging technique.

Volunteers should be available at least for one week study (see http://www.circe.biz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93&Itemid=103 and http://circe-volunteers-2009.blogspot.com for last year project blog) but long period availability is possible. You will be responsible for your transport to and from the main centre, but once there, we will provide accommodation and transport to the land stations. Food will be at your own expenses.

Successful applicants will:

- have a mature attitude towards marine mammal research
- be autonomous and quickly operational
- be able to live and work constructively with others in a team
- speak fluently English and/or Spanish

Preference will be given to those who:

- have previous experience in theodolite handling, including whale tracking
- have previous relevant marine mammal field experience

Applicants should send an email introducing themselves to ruth/circe-asso.org. The email should include an outline of why you would like to work on this project, your qualifications and previous experience. Please also attach a brief CV.

Applications will be accepted until 15 March although early application is recommended as applications will be examined in order of reception.

For more information, see
(also available in Spanish and French) or contact ruth/circe-asso.org.

All the best,


Ecology, Behavior & Conservation of Marine Mammals, A Unique Field Course in the Drowned Cayes, Belize

DATES: May 26 - June 8, 2010 (inclusive of travel)

Caryn Self-Sullivan, Ph.D., Bruce A. Schulte, Ph.D., Katherine S. LaCommare, M.S.
LOCATION: Spanish Bay Conservation & Research Center at HP Adventure Lodge,
COSTS: $2595 includes, housing, meals, field trips, ground & water transfer fees, research & materials fees; DOES NOT include airfare, books, tips, or credit hours
DEADLINES: Early Registration ($50 Discount) & and Deposit due March 1st, 2010

Want to be a Marine Mammal Biologist? Or a Behavioral Ecologist? Here's your chance to join our research team for two intense weeks of total immersion into the world of Animal Behavior, Antillean manatees, bottlenose dolphins in Belize! You will become totally immersed into island living, the study of ethology (animal behavior) and the biology of manatees and dolphins through lectures and learning activities, literature review, debate, projects, and field research. This unique field course combines an overview of the ecology, behavior, and conservation of sirenians and cetaceans with hands-on manatee & dolphin research in the Drowned Cayes, Belize. You'll spend 3-4 hours on the water each day learning about the environment as we explore a labyrinth of mangrove islands, seagrass beds, and coral patches searching for elusive manatees and charismatic dolphins. You'll collect behavioral and environmental data and learn about photo-id techniques; you'll develop a Fact Sheet or Activity Booklet about a related topic to be published by the Hugh Parkey Foundation for Marine Awareness & Education and/or Sirenian International. Extra-curricular activities include diving or snorkeling at Turneffe Atoll, and exploring an ancient Maya City.

This unique course has a work load equivalent to 4 university credit hours and is divided into 4 major components: lectures and learning activities (~1 hour per day), independent reading and assignments (~2 hour per day), data collection in the field (~4 hours per day), project development (~1 hours per day) and debate/group discussion of reading materials (~1 hours per day).

Want credit towards your degree? No problem! Sign up for independent study with an advisor at your school and pay the appropriate fees. The course has 70 contact hours and is comparable to a 4 credit university course. Just have you advisor contact Dr. Self- Sullivan (cselfsullivan@georgiasouthern.edu) to discuss the requirements for credit. Remember, if you are interested in getting independent study credit for this course at your school, you must make arrangements IN ADVANCE with BOTH your advising faculty and the course instructor. Credit hour fees must be paid directly to your school and you must fulfill any Study Abroad requirements at your school.

COURSE CONTENT OVERVIEW (Lectures & Learning Activities)

- The Order Sirenia: Manatees and Dugongs of the World
- The Order Cetacea: Whales and Dolphins of the World
- The Local Research Project: Manatee & Dolphins of the Drowned Cayes
- Animal Behavior: Ethology and Behavioral Ecology - The Scientific Perspectives
- Ecology - Interactions between Manatees, Dolphins, and their Environment
- Marine Mammals under Human Care in Zoos and Oceanariums
- Marine Mammal Science: Research Design, Data Collection Methods,
- Analysis of Data, and Interpretation of Results
- Marine Mammal Conservation and Advocacy: The Status of Extant Marine Mammal Species


We recommend two books (optional) as primary resources on manatees and dolphins:
- The Florida Manatee: Biology and Conservation, by Roger L. Reep and Robert K. Bonde, University Press of Florida
- The Bottlenose Dolphin: Biology and Conservation, by John E. Reynolds, Samantha D. Eide, and Randall S. Wells, University Press of Florida

A selection of primary literature will be sent to you in electronic format in advance of the course. Students are required to print out these articles and bring them with them to Belize.There is also a library of books and archived journals, including Society of Marine Mammalogy, Animal Behavior, and Conservation Biology journals, in our library onsite in Belize.


The course fee of $2595 includes all transportation, course, field trip, and living expenses from your arrival at the PWG airport in Belize on May 26th to your departure on June 8th. You are responsible for tips, insurance, and round-trip airfare to Belize (BZE).


To register for course, please visit

For more information on the course, please email caryns@sirenian.org or cselfsullivan@georgiasouthern.edu

For more information on the instructors, please visit
http://sirenian.org/caryn.html and http://bioweb.wku.edu/faculty/Schulte/Default.asp

For more information on the facilities, please visit

Download a Course Flyer at

Caryn Self-Sullivan, Ph.D.
President & Co-founder, Sirenian International
Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University
Mobile: 540.287.8207 | Fax: 540.242.9196
Email: caryns@sirenian.org or cselfsullivan@georgiasouthern.edu

          Volunteering: Capricorn Cetaceans Project!        

The Capricorn Cetaceans Project is currently accepting applications for volunteers,interns and research assistants for the Australian winter season from June to September 2010.

The Capricorn Cetacean Project started in 2006 as part of Cagnazzi Daniele PhD study. The primary aim of this project was to study inshore dolphin species primarily on two threatened species the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and the Australian snubfin dolphin in the Southern Great Barrier Reef, from Gladstone to Shoalwater Bay,
Queensland Australia. With the years this project evolved including studies more species.

Field work include daily coastal surveys, coastal expedition and reef expeditions. Coastal daily surveys will be conducted on a 6m center console vessel, due to the extension of the study area launching points vary depending on the weather and surveys needs. Costal expeditions will be organized to survey the most remote areas, several hundred km away from any human activity. These expeditions will last between 4 and 5 days, during which we will sleep in a camp set up on unexploited beaches where with some luck we will fish our dinner. Reef expedition (50 miles away from the coast) will be done with a 13m long 5 star powered catamaran with all the comforts.

Nights will be spent within the lagoons of breath taking coral islands (Lady Musgrove, Lady Elliot, Heron Island and Fitzroy Reef) that will be possible to explore during the afternoon at the end of the work day. Snorkeling is also possible and worthwhile,and as I am a diving instructor upon interes we can organize some dives too.

During field work we will applied standard technique normally used in cetaceans studies and we will also collect skin samples using a biopsy pole and a PAXARM biopsy system.

These are the major projects on which we will be working:

- Modelling habitat suitability of coastal dolphins along the QLD coast

- Population genetics and phylogeography of Australian snubfin and humpback dolphins in Australian waters: defining appropriate management units for conservation

- Taxonomic status and ecology of a undescribed form of spinner dolphin "pigmy spinner dolphin" (Stenella spp) from the Capricorn Bunker group, Southern Great Barrier Reef.

- Use of non-destructive toxicology biomarkers and residue analysis to assess the toxicology status of humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) and snubfin dolphins (Orcaella heinsohni) in Australian coastal waters

- Estimating population size of inshore dolphins species in Central Queensland using DISTANCE techniques.

Furthermore we will continue with the collection of data from all cetaceans species sighted during our surveys, such as dugongs, offshore bottlenose dolphins, inshore bottlenose dolphins, spinners dolphins, humpback whale, Minke whales and False killer whales. We will also continue collecting photo-id data on humpback and snubfin
dolphins to increase accuracy of population estimates and to estimate population trend.

While on land the team will share a house in Yeppoon a nice costal town in Central Queensland, accommodation including internet and power is free,while we will share the shopping costs for the food.

The possibility of an internship will be evaluated directly with the interested person.

Volunteers are not required to have any previous experience except for a profound interest in cetaceans and a background in marine studies or similar. Application from volunteers for less than 2 months will not be considered.

One research assistant position is also available and potential candidates are required to stay for the full four months. Research Assistant need to have previous experience with boat handling and field work studies. The successful applicant will have the food costs plus a weekly reimbursement to discuss directly with me.

Interested applicants should forward a letter and their CV directly to me dcagna10@scu.edu.au

For more detailed information do not hesitate to contact me

Daniele Cagnazzi
Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre
Southern Cross University
2480 Lismore NSW Australia
PH: +61 0266203815
FAX: +61 0266212669

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          Volunteer: California!        


The California Wildlife Center in Malibu, California, seeks applicants for spring and summer internships working with stranded marine mammals. These are part time 8-week internship positions beginning March 15th (Spring session) and May 15th (Summer session). There is some flexibility of start dates. These internship positions are unpaid.

Summary/Program Description:

The California Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured, orphaned and sick native wildlife. CWC fulfills this mission through marine mammal rescue, and treatment of avian and terrestrial wildlife in our rehabilitation hospital.

This internship will provide an exciting and challenging educational
experience in the marine mammal field, while also allowing for additional hands-on experience with other native California wildlife. The interns will be working closely with the Marine Mammal program staff in all aspects of stranding response, including logistics, assessment, capture/restraint,transport to the marine mammal rehabilitation facility, and public relations. In addition, interns will provide support to CWC Hospital staff in animal husbandry tasks for avian and terrestrial wildlife.

Intern Responsibilities & Qualifications:

- The internship is open to all applicants at least 18 years of age or older. Undergraduate students and non-students alike are encouraged to apply.

- If the intern intends to receive academic credit, the intern will be responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institutions.

- Spring internships are 3 days a week, minimum 24 hours per week for 8 weeks.
- Summer internships are 4 days a week, minimum 32 hours per week for 8 weeks.

- Due to the unpredictable nature of marine mammal stranding response, interns may sometimes be required to work beyond their normal scheduled hours.

- Interns must be able and willing to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays.

- Interns will be required to have good physical strength and the ability to lift/carry 50 lbs. Interns need to have the ability to
multitask and work in a fast paced environment.

- Animal care and/or marine mammal experience is a plus but not required. Applicant must demonstrate proof of negative TB test within the past year and a current tetanus vaccination.

Under supervision of Marine Mammal staff, duties will include:

- Answering and responding to all calls, pages and messages concerning
marine mammals in a timely and courteous manner
- Assessing stranded marine mammals
- Coordinating and leading responder team in the capture and handling of stranded marine mammals needing medical attention
- Coordinating transport of stranded marine mammals to the rehabilitation facility
- Completion of NMFS Level A data sheets. Maintaining detailed database records of Malibu strandings, including reports of stranding, human interaction issues, etc.
- Assist with marine mammal necropsy and sample collection
- Ensuring marine mammal-designated equipment is kept in clean working order
- Maintaining good rapport with representatives of various public agencies


Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. Must have own transportation and current drivers license. Very limited on-sire housing is available (i.e., up to 2 individuals at a time). All individuals selected for on-site housing, regardless of Session, will be required to complete 40 hours/week.

Application Process:

Interested individuals must send the following:

* Letter of intent
* Resume
* Two letters of reference

Your letter of intent must state the Session you are applying for and detail interests, experience, housing accommodations and availability.

Submit the above items via regular mail or email (preferred) to:

California Wildlife Center
Attn: Cynthia Reyes
P.O. Box 2022
Malibu, California 90265
Email: Cynthia@californiawildlifecenter.org

If you would like to find out more about our Organization, please visit our website at

          Volunteering: Iceland!        
Assistant for Seal Research in Iceland

The Icelandic Seal Center in Hvammstangi, North West Iceland and the Institute of Freshwater Fisheries are looking for research assistants for the summer of 2010. The work will consist of assisting in research on ecology and ethology of seals. It is necessary that the applicant in concern has a driver's license and preferably has finished at least a B.Sc degree in biology.

For further information, please contact Sandra Granquist on sandra@veidimal.is

You are also welcome to visit
www.selasetur.is and www.veidimal.is

          Volunteering: Alaska!        
Petersburg Marine Mammal Center Internship Opportunity - 2010

Located in Petersburg, Alaska´s Little Norway, this project takes place on Mitkof Island in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Petersburg is also known as the Whale Research Capital of Alaska because of the many world-renown marine mammal researchers who use Petersburg as a base of operation.

PMMC is a non-profit organization formed in 1998 to assist research efforts and be a depository for information on research and sightings of marine mammals in Southeast Alaska. We have a small center located in the Viking Travel Building which is on Main Street in downtown Petersburg. The center is manned by interns during the summer months and the Board of Directors carries out the functions of PMMC year-round.

This intern program allows students the opportunity to earn college credit while learning about marine mammals and serving the public. Individuals not in a college program, but with a strong interest and good background in marine mammals are also invited to participate by showing strong professional or life goals with marine mammal interpretation. Indoor exhibits, including an interactive computer kiosk, focus on marine mammal life history and distribution. Two interns will be working at the Center staggered shifts for six days out a week where the work includes, but is not limited to:

- Staff the Center during open hours. Manage operations, sales and petty cash.

- Interpret Alaska marine mammal information for Center visitors and public.
- Assist and help coordinate where possible with researchers using center.
- Prepare/deliver Alaska marine mammal presentations to visitors and small groups.
- Facilitate community outreach and public education of Alaska marine mammals.

Project Duration

Two 8-10 week Intern positions are available beginning mid-June through August 31st.


The volunteer will be accommodated in Forest Service housing near the center of town, making it easy to access to the community and to the Center. The room is shared so both interns must be of the same gender.

Internship Requirements

- must be in an internship program through an accredited university or demonstrate a strong interest and background in marine mammals
- physically fit

- desire to gain skills in the environmental education field
- interested in working with visitors
- possess an interest in working on small projects for the Center
- possess a positive attitude!


This is currently an uncompensated internship (other than the housing provided).

Application Process and Deadline

To apply please download a PDF application from our website

Applications deadline is February 28th, 2010 and successful applicant(s) will be notified by March 15th, 2010.

Jeff Reynolds

          Live Internet Streaming of the GE’s DA/DMS Applications in Smart Grid Seminar        
Live streaming of GE’s Advanced DA/DMS Applications in the Smart Grid Seminar hosted at UTC will begin Monday, April 30, at 8:00am eastern time. The live stream is divided into two sessions, accessible via the links below. Please see the agenda for a list of topics scheduled for each session. Part 1 8:00am-11:30am Part 2 12:30pm-4:30pm The live stream uses Microsoft Silverlight. A complete list of system requirements can
          Bill Gates’ Donkey Game Becomes Available on iPhones and Apple Watches        

Bill Gates is known for many things, and one of his greatest achievements was to co-found one of the world’s most famous software companies: Microsoft. However, Gates also has plenty of other notches in his belt, including programming the world’s first PC game. The game in question was actually co-written by Gates back in 1981, and […]

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          Blackberry Ceases Hardware Division        

Blackberry’s position in the smartphone market has been precarious for some time, and they’ve struggled to compete with Apple and a huge range of other manufacturers. Of course, the same predicament applies to Microsoft’s mobile division and encouraging developers to invest time into a platform with such a small market share is frankly, impossible. Eventually, […]

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          iOS 10 Won’t Collect Data If You Don’t Want It To        

These days the whole decision behind companies and software comes down to as simple a thing as their policies and in that regard Apple seems to be taking on Microsoft by creating an opt-in policy for iOS 10. The new technique, one which Apple is calling its “differential privacy” will collect information without going after […]

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          Microsoft Translator Can Now Translate Text From Images        

Isn’t it just annoying when you go away on Holiday or spot something and sit there for five minutes wondering what the text even says? Microsoft is looking to make it a little easier on us with a Translator that won’t just do text but can also translate text from images. While it was available […]

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          Visual Studio Will Now Include Xamarin        

Microsoft recently brought out Xamarin, software based on letting people create programs using C# and .NET operating systems which can then be ported to both iOS and Android. This meant that using the Microsoft based languages you could develop software for a variety of phones. It’s now been revealed that if you are interested in […]

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          Windows Phone Won’t Be Getting Ported Android Apps        

Microsoft is known for their software, with Windows 10 being offered as a free upgrade, with everyone from offices to the Pentagon. Windows 10 isn’t the only software Microsoft hopes people will pick up. Windows 10 mobile was destined to be great but recent sales and rumours could see the mobile phones ending. One of […]

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          Windows Phone Market Share Falls        

Microsoft’s entry into the smartphone market has been extremely challenging due to the popularity of Android handsets, and Apple’s loyal user base. Despite the company’s best efforts to hone a user-friendly operating system, it’s really struggled to make an impact. Unfortunately, Windows Phone users are a niche, and many app developers like Snapchat refuse to […]

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          Ballmer Wants Windows Phones to Run Android Apps        

After release, Windows phones have experienced some difficulty. From hardware issues to software difficulties, Windows Phone has gone from windows 8 mobile, to 8.1 and now with Window 10 coming to mobiles Microsoft are more determined than ever to help improve the experience for their users. Project Astoria was an idea by Microsoft to run Android and […]

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          contoh soal try out mtk 5 tp. 2012-2013        





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Isikan identitas Anda ke dalam Lembar Jawaban Komputer (LJK) yang tersedia dengan menggunakan pensil 2 B, sesuai petunjuk di Lembar Jawaban Komputer (LJK).
Silanglah (X) jawaban pada huruf yang Anda anggap benar ke dalam Lembar Jawaban Komputer (LJK).
Waktu yang disediakan 120 menit untuk mengerjakan tes tersebut.
Jumlah soal sebanyak 40 butir untuk Matematika, pada setiap butir soal terdapat 4 (empat) pilihan jawaban.
Periksa dan bacalah soal-soal sebelum Anda menjawabnya.
Laporkan kepada pengawas ujian apabila terdapat lembar soal yang kurang jelas, rusak, atau tidak lengkap.
Tidak diizinkan menggunakan kalkulator, HP, tabel matematika atau alat bantu hitung lainnya.
Periksa pekerjaan Anda sebelum diserahkan kepada pengawas ujian.
Lembar soal boleh dicoret-coret, untuk mengerjakan hitungan.
Apabila ada jawaban yang Anda anggap salah, dan Anda ingin memperbaikinya, caranya hapuslah dan ganti jawaban yang Anda anggap paling benar.

Pilihlah jawaban yang paling benar !

Hasil dari 12.783 – 68 x 53   adalah ....
Pak Arip membeli 78 pak buku. Setiap pak berisi 20 buah. Pak Arip menjual 782 buah buku. Buku yang belum terjual adalah  … buah
Hasil dari -28 + 37 x ( - 13 )  adalah ....
– 509
– 117
Ibu membeli  5  kg tepung terigu kemudian membeli lagi 3 kg, tepung tersebut digunakan untuk membuat kue 6  kg, sisa tepung terigu ibu adalah ... kg
Hasil dari 5   x    :  0,25 adalah .... 

Perbandingan berat badan Wawan dan Joni 3 : 4. Jika jumlah berat badan mereka 84 kg, maka selisih berat badan Wawan dan Joni adalah …  kg
Urutan pecahan dari terbesar adalah ....
 ; 0,35 ; 45 % ;0,25
 0,75 ;  ; 25 % ; 0,2
 ; 0,5 ; 25 % ;
0,4; 35 % ; 0,45 ;  
FPB dalam bentuk faktorisasi dari 64 dan 96 adalah ....
25 x 3
26 x 3
KPK dari 42, 56, dan 84 adalah ....
Bel A berbunyi setiap 35 menit sekali, sedangkan bel B berbunyi setiap 45 menit sekali. Jika kedua bel  tersebut berbunyi bersama-sama pada pukul 09.00, maka kedua bel tersebut akan berbunyi bersama-sama lagi pada pukul ....
Sinta membeli 24 tangkai bunga mawar putih dan 32 tangkai bunga mawar merah. Sinta merangkai bunga mawar dengan jumlah yang sama banyak. Banyak bunga mawar merah dalam satu rangkaian adalah ….
Hasil dari 242- 132 adalah ....
Hasil dari  adalah ....
Sebuah bak penampungan pasir berbentuk kubus dengan daya tampung 3.375 m3. Tinggi bak tersebut adalah  ...  m
Jarak tempuh lari estafet 1,5 km. Jika pelari pertama menempuh jarak 500 m, pelari kedua menempuh jarak  6.500 dm, dan sisanya ditempuh oleh pelari ketiga. Maka jarak yang ditempuh pelari ketiga adalah . . .  m
Sebuah bak mandi berukuran panjang 60 cm, lebar 50 cm, dan tinggi 50 cm. Bak mandi diisi air dari kran. Air kran dapat mengisi hingga penuh 15 menit. Debit air yang mengalir dalam kran tersebut adalah … liter/jam
Sebuah truk membawa muatan 3 ekor kerbau yang masing-masing beratnya 0,095 ton ; 2,05 kuintal ; dan 300 pon. Berat ketiga kerbau adalah … kg
Jarak kota A ke kota B sejauh 180 km. Salsa naik sepeda motor pukul 09.00 dari kota A ke kota B dengan kecepatan rata – rata 70 km/ jam. Pada waktu yang sama Mail berangkat dari kota B ke kota A mengendarai sepeda motor dengan kecepatan rata – rata 80 km / jam. Bila mereka melalui jalan yang sama, maka mereka berdua akan berpapasan pada pukul .....
Perhatikan pernyataan di bawah ini!
Mempunyai empat sisi sama panjang
Mempunyai dua sudut lancip dan dua sudut tumpul
Kedua diagonalnya berpotongan tegak lurus
            Pernyataan diatas merupakan sifat-sifat dari bangun datar....
belah ketupat
jajar genjang  
persegi panjang
Perhatikan gambar pencerminan berikut!


                        I                                   III

            II                                             IV

            Hasil pencerminan bangun datar yang benar ditunjukkan oleh gambar….

Perhatikan gambar bangun ruang di bawah ini !

            Banyaknya rusuk pada gambar tersebut adalah ….
Perhatikan pasangan bangun berikut!

(1)                                                        (2)

     (3)                                                   (4)

Pasangan bangun yang sama dan sebangun adalah ….
1 dan 2
2 dan 3
1 dan 4
2 dan 4

Perhatikan gambar di bawah ini!



                (ii)                            (iii)                                           (iv)

Yang termasuk jaring-jaring limas segitiga adalah ....
Perhatikan gambar berikut!



            Luas bangun datar di atas adalah … cm2
Perhatikan gambar berikut!



Luas bangun di atas adalah … cm2
Luas bangun di samping adalah ... cm2
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Sebuah akuarium berbentuk kubus dengan luas sisi 400 dm2. Jika ¼ volume air sudah diisi maka volume air  yang diperlukan untuk mengisi akuarium lagi adalah … dm³
          Congratulations Nick Colebourn - Microsoft Certified Master        

Congratulations to Nick Colebourn who was brave enough to take his MCM lab exam in Seattle during PASS last month (at very short notice!) and is now a Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server!


Nick’s momentous achievement is especially exciting for us as he’s now the 5th member of our team to achieve Microsoft’s highest technical qualification for SQL Server – Coeo now has more SQL Server MCM’s than any other Microsoft customer or partner in the WORLD!

Thank you Nick, and congratulations; it’s well deserved and we’re all very proud of you!


Christian Bolton - MCA, MCM, MVP
Technical Director
http://coeo.com - SQL Server Consulting & Managed Services

You can read more about the Certified Master program on Microsoft’s website here: http://bit.ly/aOFLxm

          Congratulations to Gavin Payne–Microsoft Certified Architect        

Huge congratulations to Gavin who became the 6th person in the WORLD outside Microsoft to qualify as a Microsoft Certified Architect in SQL Server today.Gavin Payne - Architect Extraordinaire

Gavin’s worked so hard for this since the start of the year and all that work culminated in a grilling 4 hour review board during the PASS summit in Seattle less than 2 weeks ago -- he received his official results last night.

To put things into perspective, there are only 25 people on the planet that are qualified to this level in SQL Server; only 6 of those don’t work for Microsoft; and 2 of those work for Coeo.

Coeo is the only partner in the UK to have an MCA in SQL Server, and now we have 2!

Well done Gavin, we’re all very proud of what you’ve achieved!


Christian Bolton - MCA, MCM, MVP
Technical Director
http://coeo.com - SQL Server Consulting & Managed Services

You can read more about the Certified Architect program on Microsoft’s website here: http://bit.ly/4ar5QP

          Hekaton – SQL Server’s in-memory database engine        

Microsoft have just gone public at the PASS Summit in Seattle about a new SQL Server engine that they’re working on which is optimized for high-memory servers – an in-memory OLTP database engine which is built-in to SQL Server rather than a separate entity.  This means that you can move just the performance critical parts of your database to Hekaton.

The new engine really pushes the performance boundaries by eliminating as many instructions as possible:

  • Main memory optimized tables which are decoupled from on-disk structures;
  • Everything is lock and latch free;
  • More work is pushed to compile time so your T-SQL code is compiled natively into low-level code.

We’re already working with a customer on an early adoption program so expect to hear from us on what we learn about implementing it!


Christian Bolton - MCA, MCM, MVP
Technical Director
http://coeo.com - SQL Server Consulting & Managed Services

          Showing support for Movember 2012        

01-11-2012 11-09-07Somehow, I managed to miss Movember last year but this year I’m lined-up to grow an outrageous moustache for charity.

Movember is a global movement which aims to raise awareness of men’s health and supports prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.  On the 1st of November hundreds of thousands of men around theClean shaven on Day 1 world will start a journey to grow and groom a moustache for the 30 days of November becoming walking, talking billboards for men’s health.

I’ll also be parading my Mo’s progress in Seattle next week during the SQL PASS Summit so be sure to look out for me and show some support!

If you’d like to give a donation to support this worthy cause you can visit my Mo Space by clicking on the logos where you’ll also find more details about Movember and where the money goes.

Finally, if you’re a Coeo employee, customer, or partner and you’d like to join the Coeo Mo Bro Team drop me an email and I’ll sign you up!

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Thanks for your support!

Christian Bolton - MCA, MCM, MVP
Technical Director
http://coeo.com - SQL Server Consulting & Managed Services

          Welcoming Karl Grambow to Coeo        

After a massive search for our next ‘Mission Critical SQL Server DBA’, I’m very pleased to announce that we welcomed Karl Grambow into our team this week!Rambo?

Karl joins us from Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) in the UK and started his career as a SQL Server 6.5 Developer before moving quickly into the operational DBA space where he’s been ever since.

He also dabbles in .NET and SSMS-Addin development and has created a versioning tool called SQLDBControl.

Outside of work he enjoys photography and Formula 1 and has recently become a Dad for the second time (congratulations!).

Welcome Karl, we’re all looking forward to working with you!

Karl will be manning our stand at SQLBits10 this week so if you’ll be there, be sure to say come over and say hi.


Christian Bolton - MCA, MCM, MVP
Technical Director
http://coeo.com - SQL Server Consulting & Managed Services

          SQL Server troubleshooting in Chinese…        

If you feel like you know everything there is to know about SQL Server 2008 and you wish Microsoft would just hurry up with SQL Server Denali so you can learn some new stuff, here’s something to try while you wait: troubleshooting SQL Server 2008 in Chinese:


I arrived home today to find a couple of copies of  the newly translated Chinese version of Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting waiting for me and I’ve been flicking through it this evening in childish awe that someone would want to go to all that trouble.


Thank you mystery translators for such an object of curiosity to decorate the Coeo office, I hope your efforts are rewarded well and it proves to be a popular read in China!


Christian Bolton – Coeo Ltd
Technical Director
Microsoft Certified Architect: SQL Server
Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server
SQL Server MVP
Follow me on Twitter|Watch me at SQLBits

          Coeo are giving away the entire SQL Server MCM reading list at SQLBits        

I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll be giving away the entire recommended reading list for the Microsoft Certified Master on SQL Server 2008 certification to one lucky attendee at the upcoming SQLBits 8 event in Brighton between 7th and 9th April 2011.

Click here to see the full list on Amazon.co.uk

This dream collection of books, worth the over £500, will be useful to anyone who considers SQL Server to be a significant part of their career and will provide essential preparation for anyone pursuing the certification.

If you are studying for the MCM qualification or even just thinking about it, make sure you come and visit our exhibitor stand on the 8th and 9th April to share your MCM preparation stories with us and get more details on how to enter the competition.

Click here to read more about  Microsoft Certified Master- Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

Good luck!


Christian Bolton – Coeo Ltd
Technical Director
Microsoft Certified Architect: SQL Server
Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server
SQL Server MVP
Follow me on Twitter|Watch me at SQLBits

Coeo - The SQL Server Experts

          Welcoming Gavin Payne to Coeo        

I’m very pleased to announce that Gavin Payne starts with us today as a Senior Consultant! Gavin11

We’ve known Gavin for a while now through his work in the UK SQL Server Community and when a role came up in our consulting practice I took the opportunity to talk to him about it.

Gavin brings a broad range of experience from his recent background as a Solution Architect and has a particular interest in virtualization which is very prominent in the work that we do so we’re thrilled to have him on board.

He’s also presenting a couple of sessions at the upcoming SQLBits conference in Brighton where Coeo is once again sponsoring and exhibiting so be sure to congratulate him in person if you’re going to be there!

Gavin has a prolific online presence so be sure to subscribe to his blog and follow him on twitter!

Blog: http://blog.gavinpayneuk.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/gavinpayneuk

SQLBits: http://sqlbits.com/Speakers/Gavin_Payne


Welcome Gavin!

Christian Bolton  - MCA, MCM, MVP
Technical Director
http://coeo.com - SQL Server Consulting & Managed Services

          Learning about sparse columns and filtered indexes        

I’ve been brushing up on sparse columns and filtered indexes recently and two resources stood out for me as indispensable so I’d thought I’d share them.

Those of you studying for Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server will no doubt have found the Readiness Videos published on TechNet and Kimberley Tripp’s (Blog|Twitter) webcast in this series on Sparse columns provides an excellent resource showing different schema designs and specifically where sparse columns fit in.

MCM Readiness Video on Sparse columns by Kimberly Tripp


The second resource is a session from this years PASS Summit (2010) by Don Vilen (Twitter) called Filtered Indexes, Sparse Columns: Together, Separately (AD203).

I thought this session was great and in combination with Kimberly’s Not a filtered indexwebcast provides the perfect background for anyone wanting to learn this topic, especially for those studying for the MCM knowledge exam.

If you attended PASS you should have a login to stream Don’s session but if not you can buy the official DVD’s from http://www.sqlpass.org The DVDs are worthy investment considering how much material you get access to!




Christian Bolton  - MCA, MCM, MVP
Technical Director
http://coeo.com - SQL Server Consulting & Managed Services

twitter: @christianbolton

          ×ª×’ובה לפוסט: "Q&A: Microsoft, UML and Software Factories" מאת "Claudio Perrone"        
The fundamental problem is that UML is perfectly suitable for documentation but not sufficiently rigorous for code generation. Most people I know (including me) use UML to sketch models and often annotate extra information using an informal language (i.e. English :-)). While UML is not necessarily "difficult", trying to use it as a programming language is time consuming simply because the formal notation is not specific enough to describe the domain accurately. Personally, it didn't take me long to realize that, in order to create models that can be used for code generation, we rather need simple and more focused languages that can easily capture our intentions in a particular domain. Luis (if you haven’t done it yet) have a look at the soon-to-be-released DSL Tools that Roy refers to (and yes, they are integrated into VS 2005). Admitedly, they are still pretty rough, but my guess is that it won't take long before Microsoft will dominate (also) this space.
          ×ª×’ובה לפוסט: "Q&A: Microsoft, UML and Software Factories" מאת "Luis Angel"        
I agree that UML is too complicated, and most people, me included, use basically Use Cases, Class and Secuence diagram. But the question is: is there any good DSL tool out there, integrated with VS.NET 2005? I know that you can use the class diagram designer included in VS.NET, but it's too simple, and there is no secuence diagram equivalent, and they use to be very usefull to describe some middle-complex algorithms). I think it's not neccesary a XDE equivalent -by the way, XDE is not working now in VS.NET 2005 8·( - but it's neccesary a tool more usefull that this class diagram designer. Any options?
          ×ª×’ובה לפוסט: "Q&A: Microsoft, UML and Software Factories" מאת "Ido Samuelson"        
Yep, MS only took the UI part :) symbols and arrows...(and the most used and basic ones) haha
          By: Paul Chaney        
Dave, I don't see anything wrong with representatives within these companies getting together to discuss issues they face which may (or may not, I don't know) be unique to their situation. What I do wonder about is why they felt the need to crow about it, other than the fact that Andy Sernovitz is leading the initiative and, well, I guess, as former President of WOMMA, it's sort of written into his marketing DNA. Speaking of which, what's wrong here is not that these companies chose to participate in this private club, or even that Sernovitz chose to make some noise about it. What's wrong is the very thing to which you alluded, that the fabric from which these corporations are made -- indeed, their very DNA -- is ill-suited to accommodating an effective conversational media marketing campaign. Until that changes, what we end up with is, to quote Seth, a "meatball sundae." PS: I will give Dell a pass. Like Jake, I think they've done a pretty good job responding to Dell Hell, even though it took that kind of rude awakening to get them to where they are. I'll also have to give some credit to Microsoft as well. I mean, they did give birth to the Scobleizer, Channel 9, and thousands of employee bloggers, and all the while their corporate blogging policy was summed up in two words, "be smart." Maybe they're in there to mentor the less fortunate among the group. Anyway, interest conversation thread. Frankly, the chatter about the Blog Council is of much greater interest to me than the announcement about it.
          By: Jeff Nolan        
I have mixed feelings after reading the stuff on the site, the blog posts, and lastly, the comments. It's all well and good to talk about "conversations" (a word that, seriously, needs to fall on it's sword at this point), and grassroots, and the value of listening, and really, I drink that koolaid. But having said that, blogging has been mainstream for at least a couple or 3 years now and for the most part it really isn't dramatically changing these companies. They are adopting the technologies and the networked approach to messaging a group of constituents but it's not going to completely change the way they interact with their markets. Dave, with all due respect, these companies weren't at Blogworld Expo because the bloggers that are there, for the most part, don't give a shit about enterprise software, healthcare, or banking... and that's exactly what at least 3 of these companies do. The problem with the blogosphere is discovery and targeting, not engagement itself. Companies can identify the top 25 blogs they want to work with but beyond that they are clueless and the blogosphere itself does little to help them. Lastly, several people have commented that these companies just want to have customers but not have them talk, or that they don't have a clue about how to engage them. That's pure bullshit and reflects a shoot from the hip attitude than any real reflection on what these companies do. Does anyone really think Microsoft doesn't understand how to engage it's customers? I can speak for SAP given that I spent a lot of years there, they have an online community called SDN that generates around a million unique visitors a month to the blogs, wikis, forums, and a really innovative rating and ranking system. This is a company that understands better than most how to engage it's customer base. I looked at the site this morning and wasn't impressed, but I also understand that putting a pillow over it to smother it won't be productive either. Ultimate success or failure with be less about bold strokes and more about incremental moves. Lastly, yeah a press release... but that's how most of the world still works and if you want to get attention inside other large companies, which I would imagine these guys do, then a PR is the way to do it.
          Code Pride - Fiero del mio codice        
Essere fieri del proprio codice è difficile (e controproducente se si è egotici) per un programmatore: spesso è brutto, fatto in fretta, per necessità abbozzato e mai più rivisto. Senza considerare poi che il codice vero e proprio lo vedranno poche persone, e che più spesso verrà usato da persone che dovranno solo manutenerlo, e per questo ti odieranno.
butto il codice nel cestino finchè totoro guarda
Totoro esprime correttamente il mio stato attuale

Facendo quindi una conta sommaria di quello che in 13 anni di lavoro può succedere se ne fanno tante:
  • Scrivere codice orribile
  • Lavorare con codice orribile
  • Usare software orrendo (visual source safe su tutti)
  • Appassionarsi di concetti che non userai mai
  • Garantire retro-compatibilità a dir poco "tediose"
  • Odiare il proprio hardware
  • Odiare l'hardware dei clienti
  • etc
Ma per quanto la somma di tutti questi fattori possa andare al positivo o al negativo, nella mia vita di programmatore posso dire che una cosa è stata più importante di tutte le altre:

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          Consumer Reports pulls Surface recommendation due to reliability problems        
Microsoft wants to lock you into its Surface ecosystem with an interesting upgrade promotion, but maybe now’s not the time to buy a Surface laptop or desktop. Instead, considering a Mac might not be a bad idea, especially if you plan to use the device for more than a couple of years. The breakage rate of Surface devices is significantly worse than other laptops and tablets, Reuters explains, citing a new Consumer Reports study. The non-profit organization removed the “recommended” designation for Surface products after discovering that an estimated 25% of Surface owners part of its study experienced “problems by the end of the second year of ownership.” In total, the company surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners, but it’s unclear how many of them were Surface holders. “If you are very concerned about how long your products are going to last, it might be better for you to go with a brand that has a higher predicted reliability,” Consumer Reports’s Jerry Beilinson told Reuters. He added that the study found Apple’s devices to be the most reliable. The comparison with Apple’s Mac is only to be expected given that Microsoft pitches its Surface devices as computers capable to rival MacBooks and iMacs both when it comes to performance and product quality. Among the Surface problems owners discovered, Consumer Reports that Surface devices can freeze or unexpectedly shut down, and owners experience touchscreen issues. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft doesn’t like the findings. “We don’t believe these findings accurately reflect Surface owners’ true experiences or capture the performance and reliability improvements made with every Surface generation,” the company said. Interestingly, Microsoft’s newly unveiled Surface upgrade program allows owners to upgrade after 18 months. By enrolling in it, one could avoid the problems that appear by the end of the second year of ownership, if that’s still a thing.
          The next major Xbox One update might make the dashboard usable again        
Microsoft has tooled with the Xbox One user interface pretty frequently since the console launched in 2013, but no matter how much work the developers put into it, the dashboard is still difficult to navigate and as slow as its ever been. Thankfully, on Monday, Microsoft unveiled another major overhaul that is set to arrive for Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Ring of testing starting this week. First and foremost, the upcoming update will completely overhaul the Home screen on the Xbox One dashboard once again, putting an emphasis on personalization. The new and improved look is part of Microsoft's Fluent Design, which should make the interface faster and smoother than ever before. Once the update rolls out, Xbox One owners will have the ability to customize the Home screen how they see fit, adding apps, games, friends and more to the screen they see when they launch the console. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeA2FmPT7xk In addition to the new Home screen, Microsoft has also updated the guide to make it easier to navigate between tabs on the dashboard. The guide features the same content, but it has all been reoriented horizontally to make it easier to quickly flick between the tabs and find what you're looking for. Plus, it looks infinitely faster than the current guide, which has a tendency to lag. Finally, the Community section is getting upgraded as well with a new activity feed and tools to make it easier to find new Clubs you might want to join. Beyond the Xbox One, Microsoft is also making easier to enable and disable Game Mode on Windows 10 by putting a switch on the Game bar. As much trouble as Microsoft has had deciding on an interface that works for the Xbox One, this update looks promising. No release date yet, but it should be available for everyone later this fall.
          Microsoft is making a keyboard cover for Apple’s iPad        
While the iPad will always play second fiddle to the iPhone, it's been a hot topic over the past 24 hours. First, we learned from Apple's earnings report that iPad sales grew significantly for the first time in ages. Then, hours later, WinFuture spotted a surprising listing on a download page on Microsoft's website that seems to indicate that the company is working on an iPad Touch Cover. Back in April, Microsoft uploaded a series of PDF documents related to lithium batteries. Many of the items on the list were familiar Microsoft products, such as the HoloLens, the Surface Book, the Xbox One Battery Pack and dozens of Lumia and Nokia smartphones. But one items in particular stands out: "iPad Touch Cover (Model 1719)." So what exactly would a Microsoft iPad cover look like? Unfortunately, the related PDF file doesn't include any photos, mockups or sketches, but it does include one vital clue about the device: it will contain a small lithium battery, which implies that the case will also feature a wireless keyboard. As WinFuture points out, Logitech's iPad keyboard covers contain virtually the same batteries. The Touch Cover naming, which Microsoft has also used with Surface cases in the past, points to a keyboard on the inside of the case as well. Whether or not the Microsoft iPad Touch Cover ever sees the light of day remains to be seen, but the two companies have been collaborating more frequently in recent years. The Office suite finally came to the iPad and iPhone back in 2014 -- apps which just so happen to work better with keyboards.
          If companies were countries, here’s what our currency would look like        
This week's Apple earnings call revealed that the company has an absolutely mind-boggling cash hoard of over $261 billion. If Apple were a country, its cash reserve would rank 11th in the world, ahead of Singapore and Germany. As we steadily march closer to a future where corporations and CEOs are universally more influential than elected officials, artist Jade Dalloul is answering an importation question: what would currency actually look like if Apple, Google, or Microsoft ruled the world? Clearly inspired by the design of the Euro and British pound, Dalloul rendered impressively believable bills baring the likenesses of tech leaders like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, as well as other corporate big shots like McDonald's franchisor Ray Kroc and Starbucks president and CEO Kevin Johnson. The result is a stack of bills that seem at once absurd and yet completely believable, with company logos and imagery dotting the background of the currency and appropriately heroic portraits of their most influential leaders. "I took brand’s missions statements as if they were states Mottos, used the picture of companies’ founder as if they were intellectual and political figures, and displayed up strong brand icons the same way regimes had highlighted ideologies," Dalloul explains on his website. "Doing so, I also tried to root legitimacy of these brands in putting places related to their history, like the first gas pump for Shell, or the new Apple campus." Whether it's Apple Pay, Android Pay, or sending money to friends on Facebook, every major tech company seems to be dabbling in payments these days. This project is an interesting reversal of that, and while we probably won't ever see the likes of Steve Jobs on our cash, it's interesting to wonder "what if?"
          Microsoft has an ambitious new plan to get you a new Surface every 18 months        
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a new Surface Plus program for regular users and businesses, which will let you upgrade your Surface computer every 18 months. Furthermore, paying for a Surface PC, whether it’s a Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, Surface Book, or Surface Studio, will become a lot easier. Microsoft’s Surface computers aren’t the cheapest Windows machines you can get right now, no matter how Microsoft advertises them. But that’s where the Surface Plus plans can help. Essentially, you’ll be able to pay for your next Surface purchase in installments, spread over at least 24 months. You get 0% APR if you pay for the laptop or PC in 24 months, and 19.99% after that. Qualifying customers who want to upgrade their Surface of choice after 18 months can do so if they desire, for no additional cost, as long as they return the previous Surface device, which has to be functional. They’ll still have to get a new 24-month payment plan and credit agreement from Klarna. It’s unclear from Microsoft’s wording whether the 0% APR will apply to the new contract. The Surface Plus plan also includes dedicated service and support, and a free year of in-store support and technical assistance. The business version of the plan comes with other perks, including support for financing a 55-inch Surface Hub on top of all the other Surface devices, Office 365 for Business, device protection, and flexible terms — read all about Microsoft’s Surface Plus plans at this link. Also on Tuesday, Microsoft announced back to school promotions — check them out at this link.
          Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update just got several new features        
Microsoft has been working extremely hard to make Windows 10 the most capable and appealing version of its desktop operating system ever, and it's already made some great progress. Once flooded with compatibility issues and bugs, Windows 10 has come a long way since its launch, and with the Fall Creators Update Microsoft promises it's going to be even better. A newly released insider build of the OS gives us an idea of what to expect, and as PCWorld reports, Microsoft has snuck in several new features. For starters, the recent update includes some much needed functionality for the built-in Cortana assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to do much more than simply search for info or get the forecast. Windows users will be able to command Cortana to lock their computer, sign out, or even shut the machine down completely. Cortana's default "I can't find it" web search response to complicated queries is also being overhauled with a new preview pane that slide out of the search results box rather than launching a full Edge browser page. Perhaps most interesting of all the additions, Windows 10 will now play nicely with Android phones, allowing you to push an open web page from your smartphone to Microsoft Edge on your PC. It's a handy feature that mimics the Handoff feature between iOS devices and Mac computers, and it's yet another very clear sign that Microsoft realizes its Windows Phone platform is pretty much dead in the water. Lastly, the Creators Update appears to be doing away with mandatory logins under certain circumstances. Rather than popping up the pesky login screen when your computer boots up to apply updates, it will simply send you straight back to your desktop. Additionally, the login process can be tweaked to do away with the login screen even during manual reboots and startups, so you'll never have to see it again if you really don't want to.
          Every Xbox One and Xbox 360 game you can download for free in August        
As we approach the end of summer and students everywhere prepare to go back to school, Microsoft is doing its best to ease the pain and suffering by releasing one of the best Games with Gold selections of the year in August. If you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription, you're going to want to add all four of these great games to your collection while they're free on the Xbox Store. August's Games with Gold will kick off with Slime Rancher on the Xbox One, a game in which you have to round up slime monsters for your ranch. Everyone's favorite physics-based motorcycle side-scrolling racer Trials Fusion will also be free to download in August, while Xbox 360 owners will kill countless evil angels in Bayonetta and shoot up Mars in Red Faction: Armageddon. Here are the details on the availability of the Xbox One and Xbox 360 Games with Gold for August:
  • Slime Rancher ($19.99 ERP): Aug 1-31 on Xbox One
  • Trials Fusion ($19.99 ERP): Aug 16-Sep 15 on Xbox One
  • Bayonetta ($19.99 ERP): Aug 1-15 on Xbox 360 & Xbox One
  • Red Faction: Armageddon ($29.99 ERP): Aug 16-31 on Xbox 360 & Xbox One
You’ll save almost $90 if you pick up all four games and can add up to 4000 points to your gamerscore. Also, keep in mind that each of the Xbox 360 titles are backward compatible with the Xbox One, so even if you don’t have an Xbox 360 on hand, you can still download all four games listed above. You can check out footage of all four of August's free Games with Gold in the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfnu49hQ26E
          Windows 10 will make old computers obsolete        
Just because your computer can run Windows 10 with aplomb right now, it doesn’t mean it’s going to get all the Windows 10 versions that Microsoft will launch — and the company won’t move past number 10 anytime soon, so they’ll all be Windows 10 versions. This shouldn't sound too surprising, as the same thing happens with Macs: Aging models get discontinued as macOS gets more sophisticated. But it turns out that some users rocking Intel Clover Trail Atom machines were surprised to discover an unpleasant message while trying to get the latest Windows 10 Creators Update installed. "Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC," the message said, advising them to not proceed with the install. This may sound like a counterintuitive move for a company that annoyed users with Windows 10 update prompts. All of a sudden, the company seemed to be dropping support for some unlucky people. But, as PC World explains, Windows 10 support is not entirely a Microsoft-only matter. The company will only support a device for as long as the chipmaker keep supporting the processor that powers it. In this case, Intel dropped official support for Clover Trail CPUs, which means Microsoft had to kill support for all the computers based on Atom chips. “[These] systems are no longer supported by Intel... and without the necessary driver support, they may be incapable of moving to the Windows 10 Creators Update without a potential performance impact,” Microsoft says. So even if your Atom PC experience is still great, you can’t have Creators Update or any of the updates that will follow it. PC World rightly points out that Microsoft’s statement is worrying because of its broadness. The company may choose to suspend updates for any device as long as a particular component stops receiving official support from the manufacturer. But Microsoft did say it’s working with chip makers to find support for older hardware. It’s not like Microsoft wants to stop the growth of Windows 10 by preventing devices that could run the software from actually installing the latest updates. From a different point of view, if your computer’s chip is so old that it won’t receive official support anymore, it’s probably time to consider an upgrade.
          Microsoft has a crazy plan to get high-speed broadband to everyone        
Microsoft is very aware that internet speeds in rural America are no match for broadband service available in urban areas, and has a plan to fix it: Using your existing TV connection. Microsoft won’t just install some sort of contraption that will turn your TV into a broadband beaming device. Instead, the company wants to use white spaces, or those TV channels that aren’t used for TV broadcasting, to bring broadband access to more than 2 million people in the US. According to the The New York Times, Microsoft on Tuesday will announce plans to start a white spaces service in 12 states including New York, Texas, Washington, Virginia, Michigan, Maine, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. However, Microsoft will not become an internet service provider. The company will work with local companies including the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities in Virginia and Axiom Technologies in Maine, sharing investment costs and revenue. Microsoft president Brad Smith told The Times that white spaces are “the best solution for reaching over 80 percent of people in rural America who lack broadband today.” White space technology is sometimes referred to as “super Wi-Fi,” as it behaves just like Wi-Fi but over greater distances. The signal is more powerful than cellular service, as the frequencies can penetrate walls and other obstacles. Thus, white space tech could bring broadband speeds to more than 24.3 million of people in rural America who do not have internet access. Microsoft has to work with regulators to obtain the rights of using white spaces, but also with device makers. Currently, devices capable of using white space connections are rare and expensive. But Microsoft will demonstrate four devices that would cost below $200 next year.
          Microsoft’s new 365 is an all-in-one software bundle — but there’s a catch        
Microsoft on Monday introduced a new product that combines its best software products in to one. It's called Microsoft 365, but don't rush to get your wallets just yet. Microsoft 365 targets businesses, so you won’t find it in consumer electronics stores. The bundle includes Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, and will come in two versions including Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business. Microsoft 365 Enterprises targets large organizations, and it has two options, including E3 and E5, that will be available for preorder on August 1st. If you own a small-to-medium size business, then Microsoft 365 Business is for you. The bundle supports up to 300 users and integrates Office 365 Business Premium — Office 365 Enterprise is paired with the Enterprise offers. Microsoft 365 Business debuts in public preview on August 2nd, and will launch worldwide this fall for $20 per user per month. Small-to-medium customers will also get three new apps in their Office 365 Business Premium pack, including Microsoft Listings (email marketing service), Microsoft Connections (publish information on top sites), and Microsoft Invoicing (professional invoices). Microsoft’s mileage tracking app MileIQ will also be included in this plan. Microsoft will talk about all these software products during its Inspire partner conference on Monday. Additionally, Microsoft will also launch a cloud product called Azure Stack at the event, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella taking the stage to present updates on Microsoft’s plans for the future.
          Comment on AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy: Survey on Workplace Climate by Jamie M.        
Great survey! But the link above doesn't work properly. If you click that link it tries to open Microsoft Outlook, however it does work if you just copy and paste the link into a browser manually.
          How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10        

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          Windows 8.1 users.....UPDATE        
I installed 8.1 a while back, and recently I've been constantly getting the message that the display adapter has stopped responding and has recovered. So off to Google for a a solution.
It seems I have to update the driver for my gpu, which is a sapphire radeon hd7700 series, less than a year old. I'm already using the 14.4 64bit driver which is the latest. So I tried the rc beta, exactly the same result. Uninstalling the driver, using an amd tool to completely remove the drivers gives me a basic adapter with a microsoft driver. Updating the driver from the adapter properties tells me I already have the best driver installed. During the writing of this post the adapter has reset the display twice!
Do I have to invest in a new gpu card, which by the way would use the same driver as I've looked at an r7 250 2gb gpu.
The thing is, the adapter doesn't reset if I'm gaming, I can run Wolfenstein New Order no problems at all. It occurs on start-up, and if I view a video on facebook or youtube. So I have re-installed the flash player which didn't help. Also watching a video on gom player is no problem either.
There just doesn't seem to be a fix. Should I be looking at downloading earlier drivers, say 13 series and trying it or is this a windows 8.1 bug? Anyone got any thoughts on this? Cheers.





プログラムでは各言語のlinterやciのテストを通すことで、レビュー前に単純な誤りに気づくことができます。typoやsyntax errorのようなささいなことを人間がやっていると疲れるので、機械が勝手にやってくれるのはいいですね。自然言語にもlinterっぽいものはいくつかあって、例えばMicrosoftのwordなどはそうでしょう。研究論文を書いてるときに簡単な誤りはwordに投げてざっとチェックして、というのをやっていました。



自然言語もプログラミング言語と同様に文法を持ちますが、最大の違いは曖昧性の有無でしょう。自然言語処理の大部分は曖昧性をいかに扱うかとの戦いといっても過言ではありません。自然言語処理の研究分野でも最近誤り訂正の話題は活発に議論されていて、コンペティションも開かれています。Shared taskで有名なCoNLLでも2013年にテーマになりました。


文書をコードとして扱う from Recruit Technologies


  • 様々なマークアップ言語に対応している
    • markdownを含め、LaTeXにも対応
  • 日本語や英語など様々な言語に対応
  • 必要ない指摘は設定でオフにできる
    • 「誤りと指摘されたこの箇所は自分は誤りだとは思わない」というのがよくあるパターンですが、うざいと思ったら設定でオフにできます


% brew install redpen


  • InvalidSymbol
  • KatakanaEndHyphen
  • EmptySection



% redpen --format markdown --conf /usr/local/Cellar/redpen/1.8.0/libexec/conf/redpen-conf-ja.xml ~/Dropbox/_posts/2017-03-20-清算用Slack-botを書いた.md 2>/dev/null
2017-03-20-清算用Slack-botを書いた.md:14: ValidationError[SentenceLength], 文長("121")が最大値 "100" を超えています。 at line: 昔のことは忘れてしまうので、清算用のSpreadsheetを作ろうとしましたが、出先で開くのは手間なので、slackからできるといいよねという妻の声がありましたが、外部でちょうどいいサーバーを持っていなかったので、そのときは流れました...。
2017-03-20-清算用Slack-botを書いた.md:14: ValidationError[CommaNumber], カンマの数 (5) が最大の "3" を超えています。 at line: 昔のことは忘れてしまうので、清算用のSpreadsheetを作ろうとしましたが、出先で開くのは手間なので、slackからできる といいよねという妻の声がありましたが、外部でちょうどいいサーバーを持っていなかったので、そのときは流れました...。
2017-03-20-清算用Slack-botを書いた.md:14: ValidationError[DoubledConjunctiveParticleGa], 一文に逆説の接続助詞 "が" が複数回使用されています。 at line: 昔のことは忘れてしまうので、清算用のSpreadsheetを作ろうとしましたが、出先で開くのは手 間なので、slackからできるといいよねという妻の声がありましたが、外部でちょうどいいサーバーを持っていなかったので、そのときは流れました...。
2017-03-20-清算用Slack-botを書いた.md:24: ValidationError[InvalidExpression], 不正な表現 "俺" がみつかりました。 at line: 俺は好きなエディタで書きたいし、gitでコード管理したいし、何ならTypeScriptで書きたいんじゃー、と思っていたところでいいエントリを見つけました。
2017-03-20-清算用Slack-botを書いた.md:29: ValidationError[InvalidExpression], 不正な表現 "最高" がみつかりました。 at line: 最高です、IDEAでリファクタリングや定義元に戻るとかもできるようになったので完璧です。




(el-get-bundle karronoli/redpen-paragraph.el)

(define-key markdown-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-r") 'redpen-paragraph)

(defvar redpen-commands
  '("redpen --format markdown --result-format json2 --conf /usr/local/Cellar/redpen/1.8.0/libexec/conf/redpen-conf-en.xml %s 2>/dev/null"
    "redpen --format markdown --result-format json2 --conf /usr/local/Cellar/redpen/1.8.0/libexec/conf/redpen-conf-ja.xml %s 2>/dev/null"))

(defvar redpen-paragraph-force-reading-whole t)

これでC-c C-rで校正の結果が出てきて、編集すべき箇所にすぐに飛べるようになったので、快適になりました。



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