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Paul Merrell

NIST releases 'historic' final version of Special Publication 800-53 -- Government Comp... - 0 views

  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology has collaborated with the military and intelligence communities to produce the first set of security controls for all government information systems, including national security systems.

    The controls are included in the final version of Special Publication 800-53, Revision 3 “Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations,” released Friday.

    NIST called the document historic.

    “For the first time, and as part of the ongoing initiative to develop a unified information security framework for the federal government and its contractors, NIST has included security controls in its catalog for both national security and non-national security systems,” the agency said. “The updated security control catalog incorporates best practices in information security from the United States Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Civil agencies, to produce the most broad-based and comprehensive set of safeguards and countermeasures ever developed for information systems.”

Gary Edwards

Why Cloud Computing is the Future of Mobile - 0 views

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    This one's for Florian. He's been wondering about mobile computing and that creeping sense of being left out of something big. The desktop is so not happening. It's day has come and gone. Now there is a study out from ABI Research, connecting mobile computing to the future of the Web. Good stuff:

    Intro Excerpt:The term "cloud computing" is being bandied about a lot these days, mainly in the context of the "future of the web." But cloud computing's potential doesn't begin and end with the personal computer's transformation into a thin client - the mobile platform is going to be heavily impacted by this technology as well. At least that's the analysis being put forth by ABI Research. Their recent report, Mobile Cloud Computing, theorizes that the cloud will soon become a disruptive force in the mobile world, eventually becoming the dominant way in which mobile applications operate.
Paul Merrell

FCC Questions AT&T, Apple Over Google Voice App Ban - Technology News - redOrbit - 0 views

  • The FCC chairman sent “inquiry letters” to Apple and AT&T on Saturday in order to get answers as to why the companies disapproved of a voice application developed by Google for the iPhone.

    "The Federal Communications Commission has a mission to foster a competitive wireless marketplace, protect and empower consumers, and promote innovation and investment," said FCC chairman Julius Genachowski.

    The letters involve Apple and AT&T’s latest decision to deny a Google Voice application from being offered on Apple’s App Store for the iPhone.

  • At this point, AT&T holds a contract with Apple making it the exclusive wireless carrier to offer the iPhone.
Gary Edwards

Java Script & PhoneGap: Open Source Solution for Multiple Mobile Platforms | Linux ... - 0 views

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    There is a never ending debate about which platform is best: Android, iPhone, Palm, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, or Symbian. But what if the correct answer is … JavaScript? Is this a joke? Not according to an open source project named PhoneGap.
Gary Edwards

Aspose.Word for NET 5.3.0 (Windows), from Aspose Pty Ltd - Software Downloads - TechRep... - 0 views

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    Overview: Aspose.Word is a powerful .NET component that allows any .NET application to work with Microsoft Word documents without utilizing Microsoft Word and Office Automation. Aspose.Word supports a wide array of features including new document creation, document manipulation, powerful mail merge abilities, exporting to multiple formats (DOC, PDF & HTML) and much, much more. Aspose.Word is truly the most affordable, fastest, feature rich Word component on the market. Aspose.Word application programming interface (API) is powerful and easy to use at the same time. Classes, properties and method names are easy to remember and understand: for example, Document represents a Word document, DocumentBuilder is responsible for building a document dynamically, and so on. Although this guilde provides many code samples, intuitively understandable interface allows you create working document producing applications having minimal knowledge of C# or VB.NET and Microsoft Word features. $899
Gary Edwards

Google Open Sources Heart and Soul of Google Wave Code - 0 views

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    Google programmers open source two components of the Google Wave messaging and collaboration prototype. One includes the Operational Transform, which forms the complex center of the Wave model. Google Wave is an example of the Pushbutton Web, where real-time communications rule the roost.

    Google July 24 said it released to open source the OT (Operational Transform) code, the framework that enables multiple people to edit a single document in real time across a wide-area network, as well as a basic client/server prototype that uses the wave protocol.

    The Google Wave Federation Protocol is an open extension to the XMPP core protocol, geared to allow near real-time communication of wave updates between two wave servers.
Maluvia Haseltine

OpenNebula :: The Open Source Toolkit for Building Clouds - 0 views

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    OpenNebula is a Virtual Infrastructure Manager that orchestrates storage, network and virtualization technologies to enable the dynamic placement of multi-tier services (groups of interconnected virtual machines) on distributed infrastructures, combining both data center resources and remote cloud resources, according to allocation policies. OpenNebula provides internal and Cloud administration and user interfaces for the full management of the Cloud platform.
Gary Edwards

How to build a desktop WYSIWYG editor with WebKit and HTML 5 - Ars Technica - 0 views

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    Web technologies are increasingly being used on the desktop to bring richer user interfaces to conventional applications. In this tutorial we will show you how to use the WebKit HTML renderer alongside native GTK+ widgets to make a desktop WYSIWYG editor with Python.
Paul Merrell

Sig.ma - Live views on the Web of Data - Sindice Blog - 0 views

  • While Sig.ma is by no mean the first data aggregator for the Semantic Web, its contribution is to show that the sum is really bigger than the single parts and exciting possibilities lie in a holistic approach for automatic semistructured data discovery and consolidation.

    In Sig.ma, elements such as large scale semantic web indexing, logic reasoning, data aggregation heuristics, pragmatic ontology alignments and, last but not least, user interaction and refinement, all play together to provide entity descriptions which become live, embeddable data mash ups.

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      Interesting experimental data aggregator for the Semantic Web. 7-minute video is well worth the watch.
Jackie Fields

IT Management Conference & Expo in NYC Oct.14-16 - 0 views

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    http://www.manageit.me ---The greatest minds in IT in 50+ presentations : top industry-leaders: Creator of MySQL Michael "Monty" Widenius, Internet Celebrity Gary Vaynerchuk, Co-Creator of PHP & Zend CTO Zeev Suraski, Richard Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations & Pioneer of Agile eXtreme Programmi...
Paul Merrell

Antitrust Chief Hits Resistance in Crackdown - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • WASHINGTON — President Obama’s top antitrust official and some senior Democratic lawmakers are preparing to rein in a host of major industries, including airline and railroad giants, moving so aggressively that they are finding some resistance from officials within the administration.
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      Predictable. Government regulatory agencies tend to become dominated by the regulated industries in no small part due to the "revolving door" that sees particular officials shuttling back and forth between working for industry and government. As former Senator Scoop Jackson said, the perennial problem with regulatory agencies is who will police the police? Now the Obama Administration's antitrust reformers hit the obstacle of regulatory agency bias toward the regulated industries. The monopolists fight back.
Paul Merrell

Microsoft's EU Offer Gets Cautious Welcome From Rivals - PC World - 0 views

  • One industry source closer to Microsoft believes the software giant has lost its will to fight in its long-running antitrust battle in Europe.

    "They don't have the appetite to fight anymore. Now their aim is to settle up and make sure that other technology firms, like Google and IBM, are held to the same antitrust standards," said a person familiar with Microsoft's thinking who asked not to be named.

Gary Edwards

Stephen Peront : Custom Document Format Interoperability - bound business processes - 0 views

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    Custom Document Format Interoperability

    You may have heard that Office 2007 SP2 will now support editing files in the OpenDocument 1.1 (ODF) format. This document format was added to Office's long list of supported documents formats to give customers more choices for the format they use to save their documents.

    In addition to allowing you to edit the ODF 1.1 format within Office 2007, SP2 also supports a new External File Format API that can be used to edit other document formats as well. With this API, users can choose to save their documents in any format they want. In this post we will explore how to use the API to enable Office 2007 to edit our own custom document format. We will then use Office 2007 to save our custom format as DOCX, ODT and HTML.

    Our Custom Document Format

    For the purpose of this article, we have a company who needs to manage their sales pipeline information. The data is available as XML, but they do not want to spend the money to build a custom editor. They just want to let their users edit the pipeline data in Word, as a table. They give these files an extension of SPLX (i.e. Sales PipeLine Xml)

    The sales pipeline information is made up of a series of SalesItem tags, each with a unique id that represents the index of the item. They track the name of the customer (CustomerName), how much the deal represents (DealValue) and a percent that represents how confident they are that the sales opportunity will close (ConfidencePercent).
Paul Merrell

Press_release_20_July_2009_-_Ecma_Technical_Committee_46_has_delivered_the_OpenXPS_Stan... - 0 views

  • The two year effort of Ecma TC46 was rewarded on June 16, 2009 in Budapest, Hungary, with the Ecma General Assembly approval of ECMA-388, the Open XML Paper Specification.
  • During the voting process, the Ecma General Assembly noted that the efforts of TC46 to provide explanatory materials were most appreciated. These materials are available at http://www.ecma-international.org/memento/TC46-availabledocs.htm.
Gary Edwards

The Productivity Point of Assembly - It's Moving! (Open Wave) - 0 views

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    This commentary concerns the Microsoft Office Productivity Environment and the opportunity presented as Microsoft tries to move that environment to the MS-Web stack of servers and services. The MS-Web is comprised of many server side applications, but the center is that of the Exchange/SharePoint/MOSS juggernaut. With the 2010 series of product and services release, Microsoft will be accelerating this great transition of the Microsoft monopoly base.

    While there are many Open Web alternatives to specific applications and services found in the 2010 MS-Web stack, few competitors are in position to put their arms around the whole thing. This is after all an ecosystem that has been put in transition. Replacing parts of the MSOffice ecosystem will break the continuity of existing business processes bound to that productivity environment. This is a disruption few businesses are willing to tolerate. Because of the disruptive cost and the difficulty of cracking into existing bound business systems without breaking things, Microsoft is in position to charge a premium for comparatively featureless MS-Web products and services. Given time, this will no doubt change. And because of the impossible barriers to entry, Microsoft has had lots of time.

    Still, i'm betting on the Open Web. This commentary attempts to explain why......

    I also had some fun with Google Docs templates. What a mess :)
Gary Edwards

Google's Wave of the future is genius, but will it work? :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Andy ... - 0 views

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    This is a really good descriptive "story" about Google Wave, and why it' revolutionary.
Paul Merrell

HTML5's Flash and Silverlight 'killer' potential chopped * The Register - 0 views

  • Much has been made of how HTML5 will "kill" proprietary media tools and players from Adobe Systems and Microsoft.

    The idea has been partly predicated on the fact those working on HTML5 would enshrine a baseline spec for audio and video codecs everybody could agree on, buy into, and support.

  • But the hope of a universal media experience is now dead, at least for now. Apple, Mozilla, Opera, Microsoft, and - yes - Google could not agree on a common set of audio or video codecs for use in the proposed HTML5 spec.

    That means major browsers and media player will continue to implement the codecs and APIs ordained by their owners as they’ve always done, leaving developers and customers to pick a side or go to the additional cost and effort of supporting different players.

Maluvia Haseltine

Apatar - Open Source Data Integration & ETL - 0 views

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    Join your on-premises data sources with the web without coding. Feed data from/to APIs, mashups, and mashup building tools.
Gary Edwards

The Battle Of Microsoft Mirrors The French Revolution | BNET Technology Blog | BNET - 0 views

  • Of course, we can believe the "three guys without a garage" (http://www.robweir.com/blog/2007/10/cracks-in-foundation.html) that IBM, Sun, Google, Oracle and Microsoft are plotting together to destroy interoperability, while pretending to be competitors, with little ol' me as the evil genius in charge.
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      rcweir is once again citing himself as the authoritative reference. This particular blog is filled with lies and distortions. The facts involved are thoroughly documented, and rcweir knows this. He lies anyway.
Gary Edwards

Compatibility Matters: The Lessons of Massachusetts - 0 views

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    This document discusses the primary reason ODF failed in Massachusetts: compatibility with the MSOffice productivity environment, and, the billions of binary documents in use by MSOffice bound workgroups and the business processes so important to them.
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