C Disposes of Domestic Telecom Services
The disposals are part of Cable Wireless strategy announced in November to focus on serving multinational enterprises and service providers in continental Europe and to withdraw from domestic only services.IP eYe, backed by senior managers currently within Cable Wireless Northern European business, is buying the domestic businesses in the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Russia. IP eYe focus is on national and multinational businesses in Europe, offering web solutions, hosting, network integration and data services. Following completion, customers taking Cable Wireless domestic services will be served by IP eYe while those using Cable Wireless multi regional services will continue to be served by Cable Wireless. Additionally, Ip eYe will distribute Cable Wireless products in its own markets.sale of these businesses is expected to mark the first in a series of transactions across Europe that will allow us to provide an even higher level of service to our target customers, said Robert Drolet, CEO continental Europe, Cable Wireless. look forward to a close working relationship with IP eYe and Smart Telecom and ensuring a smooth transition for customers and employees.
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Edgar Allan Poe’s Unity Of Impression
When I sat down to write my mini story on "Alzheimer’s" I pretty much had on mind Edgar Allan Poe’s writing principle: Unity of impression. To bind the story together I used an object (a 100 burnt out light bulb) that would mirror and symbolize human life: that it eventually burns out.
Poe held that a good work has to be short enough to be read in one sitting. If it requires two sittings, the unity of impression and effect is damaged. That is why he was so critical of Milton’s long poem "Paradise Lost."
Because of that long held belief, Poe wrote only one novel: "The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym." A novel must be read by taking human bites of a few chapters at a time. He is particularly well known for his short stories of horror and terror, and also for his long poem, the Raven. Poe began his career writing Gothic fiction, especially through the tales of the macabre for which he is now so famous. In all his tales Poe never deviates from the "Unity" principle. In one of his letters, he writes: "In writing these Tales . at long intervals, I have kept the book unity always in mind . with reference to its effect as part of a whole."
The narrator of "Ligeia" at one point cites Lord Bacon’s dictum: "There is no exquisite beauty says Bacon, Lord Verulam, speaking truly of all the forms and genera of beauty, without some strangeness in the proportion." On the surface this seems to paradoxical, but on deeper reflection is holds some truth. In addition, Poe also observed that "The death . of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world."
With the above two observations, together with the "Unity" principle I wrote my story in one sitting. For those of you who have not read it, here it is:
Alzheimer, Love, and Mercy the Death of a Beautiful Woman
Glancing through my bookshelves I noticed a book entitled, The Things They Carried.
To fix the remembrances we value we carry or keep our favorite things. In my case, I value a 100 watt burnt out light bulb more than anything else I can think of. I will explain in a moment.
In the mid sixties, as both Mary Patricia and I were pursuing our separate careers, we had to juggle our time to hold our marriage together and to spend quality time with our first born daughter. As a budding concert pianist, Mary Patricia’s schedule was filled with auditions, recitals, and long practice hours. To pay bills I took a break from school and got a job. We needed help desperately.
One good day, it occurred to me that my mother in law a widow for many years who lived all by herself in a big house in Boston, perhaps should move in to live with us here in Manhattan.
"With Jim now in the Marines," I said to Mary Patricia, "she must be lonely."
"Mom misses Jim a lot." With a melancholy voice Mary Patricia went on, "I must admit she favored my brother. Sometimes I felt like I was a glass pane that she’d look through me. But not with Jim oh, no. Her gaze would always linger on him."
"You’re imagining things," I would say to soother her. "Moms love their children equally."
Mary Patricia agreed to talk to her mom. And to our relief, Portia welcome the idea and soon she moved in with us. For fourteen precious years Portia enriched and sweetened our lives, for in my long years of existence besides my wife I haven’t met anyone as noble and kind hearted as my mother in law.
Endowed with an eye for colors and patterns, in her mild manner, she would suggest that I change ties, that a particular jacket or shoes were more appropriate. Never for a single day or moment did I have to worry about loose buttons, frayed cuffs, or soiled or spotted garments. Portia inspected and maintained my personal attire, just as she had with her husband’s (a distinguished and famed Boston attorney).
While the war in Vietnam was raging and seemed distant to many, in our household it was a daily threat. Jim Mary Patricia’s brother, Portia’s son was there. An occasional letter from Jim would relieve Portia’s anxiety. But the specter of doom filled her days.
Having lost my student deferment, I had no choice but to accept a commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army. After advanced training in Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Lawton in Oklahoma, I soon received my orders and shipped out to Vietnam.
While I came back from the war, Jim never did.
Yet Portia never begrudged her loss. She accepted Jim’s fate and his memory became a constant source of pride, for Jim had fallen with the gallantry of a true American hero in the battle for Khe Sanh. And many were the posthumous citations and medals that the Marines awarded him.
With my nerves shattered and suffering from hallucinations and nightmares, for a couple of years, Mary Patricia and Portia nursed me back to life. Like a divine angel of mercy Portia ministered to my shredded soul and body. My return to civilian life wasn’t easy, and had it not been for Portia, God knows what dark impulses would have seized my feeble reason.
When I got well and started working again, Portia once again looked after me with motherly love, respect, and sweetness. It seemed to me that she waited for the hours of the day to pass so that when I came home from work, she could greet me with a cup of hot tea and cookies.
At times I felt bad for Mary Patricia, for Portia’s attentions to her were not as expressive. Having grown up during the Great Depression, Portia was thrifty and not given to frivolous spending. Many a time, as I saw Portia use her 100 watt burnt out light bulb to mend my socks, I would ask Mary Patricia: "Wouldn’t it be more economical if I buy new socks? In today’s economy no one mends socks anymore."
"She did that for that dad. Let her be," Mary Patricia would reply.
Then one ill starred day an incident happened that was the harbinger of bad things to come.
Hot tea and cookies on the table by my side, I watched the 6 PM news. In the next instant, Portia walks in with another tray with cookies and hot tea. An awkward moment it was, for I was just as confused as she was. Realizing her duplicate action, Portia retreated to the kitchen carrying the tray, eyes filled with tears. I never gave it another thought until other little things started to become obvious that something was amiss.
Faced with the unmistakable facts that Portia wasn’t well mentally, we took her to a specialist. The diagnosis was ‘dementia caused by Alzheimer’s loss of memory.’
Portia became adamant and wanted to return to Boston to live in her own house again. But she no longer owned that house, for she had sold it when she moved in with us. And since her illness was progressing at a rapid pace, we had no choice but to install her in a facility that specialized in Alzheimer’s patients.
DemoWolf Releases Flash Player
DemoSuite is an application that Web hosts can use to create a custom branded Flash Player Flash player can be downloaded by their customers and used to view the Web host support tutorials directly from the customer Windows desktops. Customers no longer have to search for help on their host Web sites, and instead, can use DemoSuite Flash Player to view their host tutorials directly from their own desktops.
is a revolutionary new product that web hosts can use to provide faster support to their customers, and help differentiate themselves from their competition says Rob Moore, founder of DemoWolf. only is DemoSuite a great new support tool Moore continues, it is also great at promoting the host brand, as it puts their logo on the desktops of all customers who download it. Web hosts also have full control over building their tutorial movie lists and categories, including making an unlimited number of tutorials available to their customers.
cPanel to Launch Certification Program at cPanel Conference 2011
This program comes less than a week after the WHIR received images of an upcoming refresh to the software from an anonymous source.According to the press release, cPanel spent 12 months developing the program by evaluating, training and certifying tests. Set to launch at its upcoming conference in Austin in October, cPanel says the program will involve a examination and training process that employees and employers to evaluate cPanel skill levels.University will challenge the skills of those taking the exams, and reward those who pass with the confidence of knowing they have a solid understanding of cPanel software, technical product specialist David Grega, cPanel said in a statement.cPanel says its certification involves two programs: sales and technical. The technical certification consists of seven levels while the sales program has ten levels, according to cPanel.Subscribe to WHIR Newsletters Get Our Exclusive Report on "The Hosting Infrastructure Ecosystem".According to the press release, the first three levels of each program will be publicly available to all registered cPanel conference attendees.Additional training will be made available in various locations around the world beginning in the first quarter of 2012.cPanel says the testing process is not for those unfamiliar with cPanel, and the software that is used to test participants requires a 90 percent in order to pass. The exams are timed, and include open essay questions scored by cPanel in house experts.cPanel hopes to make the program a regular part of its conference, and plans to extend cPanel University training by travelling to corporate offices in 2012.
Appshop Wins Oracle Hosting Bid
August 14, 2002 Oracle consulting, applications management and outsourcing company Appshop Inc.
Appshop said it hosted training for the OAUG?s last two North American events.
are honored to be selected to host Oracle applications training for OAUG members at these events worldwide through the remainder of this year, says Ravi Kulasekaran, CEO of Appshop. understand how important training is to users of the applications and are committed to helping them better understand how to get the most from their IT investment. Using the Sun infrastructure, Appshop says it offers rapid implementation, low cost and enhanced customer service for Oracle users. Interliant said it had also been chosen to provide technical assistance related to the school district’s Oracle Release 11i Applications implementation. Read More
Ensim Offers Password Manager 2
The release comes just a week after Ensim announced it added Unify Active Directory Manager 2.5, which includes the company latest web based management tools for Active Directory.
Password Manager can be installed in less than two hours. It reduces the number of calls to the help desk and maximizes employee productivity, enabling organizations of all sizes to reduce the number of help desk calls for password resets by more than 30 percent.
Using a simple web based interface, IT administrators can set and strictly enforce strong password policies by creating as many identity challenge questions as they wish that allow employees to verify their identity and securely reset their own passwords. Password Manager also provides a complete audit trail for compliance and security initiatives. great to set strong password policies, but it can also be a headache for IT departments and a drain on productivity, says Scott Young, VP of product marketing at Ensim. Ensim Unify Password Manager 2.5, we provide a simple, effective and reliable solution for solving the growing problem of password management. Password Manager 2.5 features many upgrades, including the ability for employees to reset their own passwords from the Windows log in prompt, meaning that any employees who have forgotten their passwords are no longer stuck at the Windows log in prompt.
Additionally, Password Manager 2.5 supports the higher security Identification and Authentication extensions that are now available and selected from the self service portal. Ensim Unify Password Manager 2.5 can be purchased on its own or as part of the Ensim Unify Enterprise Suite.
3rd str8 study to prove Fox News makes you stupid
"World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.""So the more you watch, the less you know. Or to be precise, the more you think you know that is actually false. This study corroborates a previous PIPA study that focused on the Iraq war with similar results. And there was an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that demonstrated the break with reality on the part of Fox viewers with regard to health care. The body of evidence that Fox News is nothing but a propaganda machine dedicated to lies is growing by the day. The sad thing is that their popularity is also increasing steadily. A steadily growing segment of our population has no interest in the truth and large numbers of them are even organizing against the truth. The Tea Party quickly comes to mind now doesn’t it?"
This problem is compounded by the fact that not all Republicans watch the Faux News Network. Lucky for them they can get the same scripted lies straight from the Republican party and the good old Newsmax "Comedy team’s" website.
How does one develop the mindset that allow this person to be repeatedly proven wrong on a multitude of subjects and still be convinced that they are 100% correct?
A large portion of this country has no interest in the truth, or proof of anything. I guess these people have the same level of blind faith in their political leaders as they have in their church leaders.
No amount of proof or information will ever change the mind that no longer has the need of either. This tribalism is true in countless dimensions, from income to accent to national origin to sexual activity to race to musical taste. Across the world, we perceive safety in that which is most like us, and danger in that which is different. The hatred of other races is simply one facet of this fear of "other" magnified and extolled. It is also true that there are and have always been individuals who will take advantage of this fear for their own personal gain."
White/Christian people are losing their dominance, and some don’t like it. Even to go so far as to re write history and say what African American people suffered here really "wasn’t so bad".
Added to their mantra that Native Americans should be grateful because Europeans brought "culture" to America.
And Fox is using it for gain. How else do you explain Beck moving from CNN to Fox, and doing a 180 degree turn on his views? His views are connected to a dollar sign.
Colocation Firm Phoenix NAP to Defend Against Taco Disaster
Colocation provider Phoenix NAP announced on Tuesday that it will provide disaster recovery services to Mexican fast food chain Del Taco.
This announcement comes a few months after Phoenix NAP launched its public cloud offering Secured Cloud that features pay as you go pricing and has a white label option.
According to its website, the first Del Taco opened in Yermo, California, in 1961, and it is the second largest Mexican fast food chain in the US. It has more than 530 restaurants in 16 states.
are thrilled that Del Taco has chosen Phoenix NAP to fulfill its disaster recovery needs, Ian McClarty, president of Phoenix NAP said in a statement. in one of the safest from natural disaster cities in the United States, our facility is an ideal location for both primary and disaster recovery services, and we look forward expanding our relationship with Del Taco. NAP says its data center is a prime location for disaster recovery since the likelihood of environmental disasters like tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and major flooding is minimal to non existent in the Phoenix metro area. Phoenix NAP has a 100 percent uptime service level agreement for power, cooling and humidity.
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Nap operates a modern facility which gives us a strong sense of security that our servers will always be functioning. Their dedicated 24/7 staff made our installation and transition experience problem free, James Howarth, director of technical services at Del Taco said in a statement.
Claranet Acquires French Web Host Typhon for
British managed servicesprovider Claranet announced on Monday it has acquired French web hosting provider Typhon for $5.51 million.
This marksClaranet third acquisition this year, following its previous buys of managed technology services provider Star Technology Servicesand Portuguese hosting service provider CGEST.
The acquisition further solidifies Claranet’s position as the mid tier provider of integrated hosting and network services in the UK and continental Europe, according to the press release.
Typhon provides web and open source hosting services, such as Drupal based hosting, out of its head office in Paris and a US data center in New York. The data centeris mainly used to provide services back to the hosting provider European customers which specifically require a North American presence for their platforms.
The acquisition will helpcreate new opportunities for Typhon customers, partners and employees, as well as benefit the company from Claranet’s pan European operations.
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The acquisition broadens Claranet portfolio of managed services while expanding its staff to over 700 employees, over 4,700 customers and operations in six European markets.
The new combined company will have annual revenues of over $200 million.
announcement confirms our ambition to become the clear leader for managed services across Europe, while the acquisition of Typhon also positions Claranet as the leading provider for web hosting and applications in France, said Charles Nasser, CEO and founder of the Claranet Group. mission is to provide services that help its customers make the most of internet enabled technology, and to achieve the benefits this can deliver for their business. The three acquisitions this year move Claranet a major step forward in terms of our growth and capabilities, which would otherwise have taken us many years to achieve organically. acquisition has been funded through debt and supported by Claranet’s partnerships with The Royal Bank of Scotland, Ares Capital Europe and Abry Partners.
Earlier this year,Claranet selected Abiquo enterprise cloud to power its virtual data center service.
Talk Back: Do you think that Claranet acquisition of Typhon will be a good fit? Do you think this acquisition will mutually benefit Claranet and Typhon? Will the acquisition Let us know in the comments section.
DRT Plans 170K Square Feet of New Data Center Space
The news follows the company recent announcements that it signed leases with two customers for the new 132,300 square foot data center in Ashburn, Virginia, as well as expanded power and data center space at its 210 N. Tucker property in St. Louis.The facilities will be built in the company top markets, which includes over 53,000 square feet of data center space in Northern New Jersey, about 34,000 square feet of space in the London metro area, about 29,600 square feet of space in Northern Virginia, over 22,000 square feet of space in San Francisco, and about 33,000 square feet of space in the Dallas metro area.response to the increased demand for our Turn Key product, we are accelerating our development plans in these key markets and expect construction to be completed by mid year, says Michael Foust, CEO of Digital Realty Trust. redevelopment program is an essential component of our growth strategy. We are also focused on optimizing space in existing operating facilities to meet local demand for highly improved datacenter space while maximizing the returns to our shareholders. addition to these projects, Digital Realty revealed its construction plans to add data center space to some of its existing properties.Subscribe to WHIR Newsletters Get Our Exclusive Report on "The Hosting Infrastructure Ecosystem".These include its 600 Federal Street facility in downtown Chicago, 210 North Tucker Boulevard in St. Louis, 113 North Meyers in Charlotte, 2323 Bryan Street in downtown Dallas, and its Quannapowitt Parkway property in the Boston metro area.