January 02, 2013

IBM DOVE: Big Blue enters the network virtualization battleground
IBM's virtual network overlay technology, called Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet(DOVE), will let engineers abstract the physical network infrastructure from hypervisor hosts, so they can make network changes in software rather than hardware. These network instances will better manage and support virtual machines as they migrate within and between data centers.

Big Data --- From Priests to Data Scientists and Back
If you were paying attention over the past few years to the book and subsequent Brad Pitt movie Moneyball and more recently to the Presidential Election in the USA there was a relatively new face in the crowd. That was the face of Nate Silver. He was the brains behind the FiveThirtyEight blog and was generally dismissed by many of the pundits. He proved all of them wrong by using data and his incisive mental skills to slice through the data and build accurate models of how the election work.

Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here’s How To Argue Productively
Turns out that brainstorming--that go-to approach to generating new ideas since the 1940s--isn’t the golden ticket to innovation after all. Both Jonah Lehrer, in a recent article in The New Yorker, and Susan Cain, in her new book Quiet, have asserted as much. Science shows that brainstorms can activate a neurological fear of rejection and that groups are not necessarily more creative than individuals. Brainstorming can actually be detrimental to good ideas.

How to Master a New Skill
We all want to be better at something. After all, self-improvement is necessary to getting ahead at work. But once you know what you want to be better at — be it public speaking, using social media, or analyzing data — how do you start? Of course, learning techniques will vary depending on the skill and the person, but there are some general rules you can follow.

Software-defined network technology interest now, future investment
While software-defined networking (SDN) technology seems to be on everyone's minds these days, vendors and customers have only touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding how software-defined network technology will change the enterprise network.

Will Cisco’s Focus on the Internet of Things Unlock Value
Cisco recently announced that the company plans to double its revenue from software, which is currently at $6 billion. CEO John Chambers said the growth will be mostly organic but will include some acquisitions. Cisco’s original business of routers and switches currently generates almost half of its total revenue. Cisco has already entered in the areas of cloud computing, data centers and applications. The company is aiming for eventually transforming itself into an all-round IT player in the "Internet of Things".

Anonymous: 'Expect us' in 2013
Along with a statement released over the weekend, which stated that the world should "Expect us 2013," the hackers issued a video boasting of cyberattacks which took place last year -- including temporarily shutting down the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and attacks against the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) web site in protest at the closure of file-hosting website MegaUpload.

Israel launches cyber warfare training program
According to The Jerusalem Post's report Wednesday, the program named "Magshimim Le'umit" has been in development for the past three years and targets outstanding pupils aged between 16 and 18 to join up. Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the country's computer systems are facing attacks from Iran and other countries, and such attacks are set to increase in the digital age. The goverment is also bolstering its ability to deal with these threats through the Israel National Cyber Bureau (INCB), he added.

The Data Explosion: Big Data and Development
Despite all of these challenges, big data could possibly be very useful with its early awareness, real time data and lowered feedback gap. As Global Pulse states “the promise of Big Data for Development is, and will be, best fulfilled when its limitations, biases, and ultimately features, are adequately understood and taken into account when interpreting the data.”

WiX v3.7 - MSBuild, Self Update and Reference Counting
In addition to the creation of Windows installation packages, WiX toolset also includes several extensions which extend the functionality of the toolset such as ability to install IIS web sites, creation of SQL Server databases and register exceptions in the Windows Firewall. With the help of managed and native libraries included with WiX SDK, you will be able to write code that works with Windows installer in both C# and C++.

Quote for the day:

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." -- Henry David Thoreau

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