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The Impact of Web Caching By Alva Yashaswi Try to remember something that happened on your last vacation. How long did it take you to recall? Now, try to remember it again. You were probably able to recall it faster the second time — but, why? This is because as soon as you recalled the event the first time, your brain saved the information to your recent memory. The same concept applies to caching. Caching is a way of temporarily storing the contents of a webpage in locations near the user, similar to the way our memory works. There are several types of caching options available like database caching, application caching, and distributed caching. In this article, we’ll talk about web caching and how it affects user experience. What is web caching? Website developers use different techniques to optimize performance and improve speed. One such method is web caching, w... (more)

Managed IT Enhances JetBlue Business Model

New York-based JetBlue Airways created an airline focused on value, service and style. They've proven to be a trailblazer in the U.S. airline industry. They're also a communication technology early-adopter. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on their aircraft -- a first among U.S. domestic airlines. However, their core competency is centered upon air travel. They out-task the rest to service providers, wherever possible. JetBlue signed a new, six-year strategic agreement with Verizon Business to manage the airline's information technology ( IT) data center and communications network needs, as well as provide security and IT consulting services. Built on an IP Network Foundation Verizon Business will design and manage the transition of JetBlue's existing systems to a new global IT network infrastructure. The newly built Int... (more)

Speed Matters, but Dev Speed or App Speed?

In running, speed matters. But how the speed matters is very important, and what type of running is your forte’ should determine what you are involved in. As a teen, I was never a very good sprinter. Just didn’t get up to speed fast enough, and was consistently overcome by more nimble opponents. But growing up on a beach was perfect conditioning for cross country track. Running five miles in beach sand that gave way underfoot and drained your energy much faster than it allowed you to move forward was solid practice for running through the woods mile after mile. And I wasn’t a bad runner – not a world champion to be sure – but I won more often than I lost when the “track” was ten or fifteen miles through the woods. The same is true of mobile apps, though most organizations don’t seem to realize it yet. There are two types of mobile apps – those that are developed fo... (more)

First Official AOKP Jelly Bean ROM

Here is today’s top tech news. It’s a happy day for all you Android hackers out there, AOKP has released their first (official) code for Jelly Bean - while there have been “nightlies” for a while, the first release is the best. If you have a rooted Android device, head over to AOKP to check out what they have to offer (here). Glacier is here to make your data storage worries a thing of the past Amazon announces “Glacier” - which they call a ‘secure, reliable and extremely low cost storage solution.’ Amazon claims that this data service will be excellent for rarely accessed data, and offer costs as low as 1 penny/GB/month. Via TechCrunch, more here. Verizon blocking vacations in September for the iPhone 5 - this report, from Droid-Life, has VZW employees reported that they are not allowed vacation in the second half of September to get ready for the glut of customers... (more)

Election 2010, Philippines Style

Election season is in full swing here in Manila. The current president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (known as GMA) cannot be re-elected as president, even as it seems she wants to be. So several major names—and in the Philippines, you always run into the same major names—are competing for leverage and public affection in these months before the voters go to the polls in May 2010. The big news recently was the withdrawal of Sen. Mar Roxas from consideration. Roxas, who family names is among the most elite of the elite here, has been praised fulsomely for his principled decision. The praise is flowing because his decision has cleared the way for fellow Liberal Party Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to make his bid for the president’s office in Manila’s Malacanang Palace. The reality is that Roxas was running a poor fourth in the polls, with about 9 percent of voters sayin... (more)

British Airways Selects Progress Software SOA Solutions

Progress Software Corporation has announced that British Airways (BA) will use its portfolio of SOA solutions as a key part of its travel program to upgrade its IT systems. This will extend to the end of 2014 and will revolutionize travel by integrating over 600 different electronic systems and processes involved in getting BA passengers in the air. “With 300 locations around the globe, 25,000 users and more than 250 key applications, BA's goal is to transform the travel experience. The flexibility of the Progress SOA portfolio allows BA to extend the features of its e-commerce site right through to its airports, by allowing greater self-service functionality and 'plug and play' capability,” explained Gordon Penfold, CTO, BA. The result, according to Penfold, is to drive an agile business where rollout is easier, and cost and time are reduced. “The airport environme... (more)

This may be your last Windows upgrade, you better enjoy it!

Cloud Computing promises to move all functionality into the cloud. At the same time the consumerisation trend is driving the use of consumer electronics such as of the shelf laptops, iPhones, MacBooks and home entertainment centers as access devices. Typically these devices will be cool, flat, inexpensive and it’s doubtful they will have a physical keyboard. But more interestingly – at least from a service management perspective – is that it will no longer matter how these devices are configured and even whether they run Windows, Chrome, Linux or some kind of mobile derivative. Many organizations are planning their upcoming transition to Windows 7 as the first step towards such a new consumerised, cloud centric future. Through this approach they aim to achieve short term efficiencies while at the same time reaping some of the future benefits already. Putting the wor... (more)

TM Software Announces Enterprise Features and Scalability for Popular Tempo Timesheets JIRA Add-on

Reykjavik, Iceland, June 18, 2013 --( TM Software’s popular Tempo Timesheets add-on for JIRA has led the way in time tracking, resource planning, and project management functionality for organizations around the globe. With its recently added features, including flexible permissions settings, international workload and holiday schemes, and Agile improvements, Tempo Timesheets now offers large-scale Enterprise organizations an all-in-one solution for time-tracking, project management, resource planning, business analytics, and more. Tempo Timesheets’ new permissions settings give users greater control over who can access what information within Tempo. Customizable workload and holiday schemes enable businesses with distributed teams working around the world to set up multiple schemes according to expected employee workloads, incorporating local holidays and ... (more)

Downtown Vancouver Hotel Deals Heat Up This Winter

VANCOUVER, BC -- (Marketwired) -- 11/20/13 -- Everyone loves a sale. And at this time of year, when a sale doesn't involve battling throngs of holiday shoppers, so much the better. In fact, all travellers need is a calendar and a seat at the computer in order to catch one of the best Vancouver waterfront hotel deals available this season. At the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, luxury is available to everyone via two special promotions. The first, See the City and Save, caters especially to British Columbia residents who fancy a wintertime staycation. Available from Thursdays to Sundays until January 12, 2014, the package includes daily breakfast for two at the hotel's recently renovated Showcase Restaurant and Bar, as well as stellar rates starting at $119 CAD per night. Visitors can also experience the exceptional comfort and service of these Vancouver ... (more)

Teamsters: NetJets To The Middle Class: Subsidize The Global Super-rich

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK/B) NetJets, Inc. is demanding compensation and benefit cuts from more than 600 employees represented by the Teamsters Union as part of a plan to lower prices for its wealthy customers. The Columbus, Ohio-based business jet operator is owned by Warren Buffet's holding company and provides business and leisure travel to the global super-rich. "The middle class employees I represent will not agree to take pay or benefit cuts so a Wall Street banker can take a cheaper vacation on his private Gulfstream jet," said Paul Suffoletto, President of Teamsters Local 284. The union represents NetJets flight attendants, aircraft mechanics, maintenance controllers, aircraft cleaners, aircraft fuelers, stock clerks and flight dispatchers. A NetJets website states a "core negotiation requirement" is "... (more)

Must-Haves for Your Summer Vacation Bag

PINELLAS PARK, Fla., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- With summertime in full swing, vacationers are packing their bags for the nearest beaches, parks and poolside locations. Spending an increased amount of time outdoors is common during the summer months, but before you start soaking up those rays, be sure you are properly equipped with the right products to help you stay healthy. Dr. Melonie Clemmons, independent doctor of optometry at Wal-Mart Vision Center, offers some helpful tips on what you should pack in your bag to ensure your time outdoors is both fun and healthy: Always pack sunscreen to protect your skin from premature aging and skin cancers Make sure you choose a sunscreen product with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and remember to reapply after swimming, sweating or toweling dry.(1) Bring along protective eyewear to block the sun's harmful UV ... (more)