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The new mantra at IBM is speed, speed and speed. The design-oriented approach is promised to yield the agility they need in re-inventing themselves. Being 104 years old, IBM has changed course and re-invented itself may times. Now the focus seems to be cloud computing, analytics, and b...
by Ben Gosling.The average loan to value ratio of buy to let mortgages taken out in the last quarter of 2012 was just under 75%, meaning your typical landlord was putting down in deposit a little over a quarter of the value of a new property. We generally accept that 75% is the higher...
by Ben Gosling.Damage to property is inevitable. This is one reason why landlords might choose to take a deposit from their tenant – to hold as security against repair costs – but what constitutes property damage is a greyer area than you might think. Property damage law Broadly spea...
PITTSBURGH, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BHiveLab, a leading innovation lab focused on emerging marketing technology, announced today the launch of Objctify, a suite of developer tools designed to help marketers and IT professionals build Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
I’m proud to consider myself an upper middle class American . Why am I so proud about it? Because I haven’t been born in an upper middle class American family. I came to the USA 18 years ago with $200 in my pocket on a visitor’s visa. Don’t rush reporting on me to the Immigration autho...
JWT, the world's best-known marketing communications brand, today released its list of 100 Things to Watch in 2010. "Many of the items on our list reflect broader shifts we've been following, from growing awareness and action around health and wellness and the environment to warp-speed...
LeWeb is Europe's number one event for the web industry, and number two in the world. The 2008 conference was attended by participants from 40 countries and 300 journalists. Previous keynote speakers include Shimon Peres in 2006, Philippe Starck in 2007 and Paulo Coelho in 2008.
A long list of elected officials attended the event to hear from the REALTOR(R) community. They included Assemblymembers Paul Fong, Ira Ruskin, Bill Monning; San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Councilmembers Ash Kalra, Kansen Chu, Pete Constant, Pierluigi Oliverio, Rose Herrera, Sam Liccardo; ...
Whether at home or at sea, the owners of Paraffin are never without an incomparable wine collection. Here, their wine steward, Laurent Barbier, describes the special design features implemented in the construction of the yacht's wine cellar and dining room, and what he has to consider ...
Logabottle.com allows users to store their wine tasting notes online where they can be accessed from anywhere,anytime,either from a computer or mobile device with internet access.The founders of the site see emerging Internet technologies like AJAX as powerful tools in the effort to ne...
A barge trip on one of France's many canals provides the opportunity to disembark and venture inland. In this case, we chose to take some time to explore the vineyards of Bordeaux.
Joel Spolsky doesn't need my help in defending himself. But since he's my favorite blogger and a person I highly respect, I feel obligated to speak up. Mr. Curt Monash has written an article implying that Joel overestimates his importance while not achieving that much since he was able...
Responding to an article accusing Joel Spolsky that since his business has only 25 employees, Joel is not a successful businessman.
With PowerBuilder 11 Sybase gave developers what we have long hoped for – the possibility of taking an application created in a client/server architecture and turning it into a Web application, almost without having to move the code; and it's better if you don't use a server applicatio...
It only took 15 years but Wine, the open source Windows rewrite, so to speak, that lets Linux run Windows applications natively, has reached its first stable release, Wine 1.0. Compatibility isn't perfect, the Wine folk say, and not everything will run (particularly newer apps) but tho...
CodeWeavers announced the release of CrossOver Mac 7.0 and CrossOver Linux 7.0. Both version of CrossOver 7.0 will include support for Microsoft Office 2007 (including Outlook 2007), newer versions of Quicken, and the Adobe CS and CS2 line of products, particularly Photoshop.
Capgemini is helping Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc., achieve a leadership position in the spirits industry through SAP Business Suite implementation. Beam Global is leading the spirits industry through its innovation and achievement of a single-instance of SAP across its assets in th...
Sparkling wine and music on the deck of a luxurious cruise ship under the Caribbean stars at savings of at least 50 percent off retail combine for a Romantic New Year with MSC Cruises.
'I have yet to see any actual reasons for licensing under the GPLv3, ' Linus said. But 'if Sun really is going to release OpenSolaris under GPLv3, that may be a good reason. I don't think the GPLv3 is as good a license as v2, but on the other hand, I'm pragmatic, and if we can avoid ha...
Portable.NET has released PNET 0.8, its first packaged release in more than a year. There were many improvements over the course of the year, but the biggest were associated with the upgrade to the new Libjit JIT engine. The source code is at http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/d...
The agreement enshrines the pretzel-like position Novell has been forced to adopt because it appears to be paying Microsoft not to sue its customers for using Linux. In a one-sentence disclaimer it says that, 'Nothing in this agreement shall imply, or be construed as an admission or ac...
If you aren't yet ready to consider France heaven, it might be that you haven't sampled the right bottle of cognac. Writer Scott Rose here gives a primer on cognac culture and guidelines for finding the crème de la crème of cognacs.
Of all the words that comes to mind when describing the remarkable wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, glamorous is not high on the list. Here in the southern Rhone valley you won't find multi-million dollar wineries or multi-star restaurants. And despite the name, there?s hardly a chateau ...
Cruising the waterways and canals of the south of France aboard a charter yacht is a cross between caravanning and walking in the countryside but with the added fun of being on board a yacht which to our minds at least is the only way to travel when on vacation.
Imagine yourself on a yacht charter along Turkey's storied Turquoise Coast. You spend your morning snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, here and there glimpsing Byzantine amphora bearing testimony to the region's rich history.
'A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.' - Groucho Marx. People have begun to understand that a properly implemented SOA has the potential to improve business agility and adaptability to changing business conditions, but we're still suffering from...
There are many ways to arrive in Venice but perhaps the very finest way is to do so in your own yacht. Fortunately in recent years several companies have set up shop offering self-drive motor yachts, which enable sailors to undertake such an adventure. We chose to use Connoisseur a Br...
Western Mediterranean Terms (WMT) - The charter fee includes the use of the yacht and equipment, the crew's wages and insurance. The charterer will be charged at cost for all other expenses including fuel, food and beverages for the charter party, berthing charges and port taxes, char...
Attending the show will be charter yacht agents and brokers from the USA and the Caribbean, as well as contingents from Greece, Spain, Italy, Monaco, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Yachts will be centrally located at the Port de Plaisance Marina ...
One of my key tasks at Wine.com (the Magenic project for which we were awarded Microsoft's 2005 Worldwide Partner of the Year Award for a Custom Development Solution) was architecting a sales tax calculation Web service capable of supporting the tremendous volumes of traffic encountere...
Sanremo, an hour?s sail from the French border and a mere 20 miles east of fairytale Monaco, it is the perfect stop for those who crave the richness of a sophisticated city with none of the downsides - except for the crazy drivers! Thankfully the yachts adopt a more prudent approach wh...
Once upon a short time ago a French man named François Spoerry had a unique and watery vision for his yacht. His wish was to create a beautiful home where he could moor his boat in the backyard - the visionary Gallic was an avid sailor as well as being a creative architect. And lucky f...
Cruising the canals of the Camargue in the South of France is to sample a vacation experience like no other, as you enjoy the local food and wine together with the flexibility, freedom and fun that only a self-catering yacht vacation can offer.
The place is being developed faster than you can say 'conch fritter', though, and the assortment of inns, resorts, hotels and other places to hang hat and anchor can be a challenge to negotiate. Here we profile four hotels of disparate flavors, each catering to a particular type of tr...
I was lucky enough to be Documentum's first employee in Europe in 1993. While there, I worked closely with Geoffrey Moore and got 'religion' about understanding not just the so-called 'chasm' but the whole marketing model and its implications for strategy, marketing, product, and opera...
Mohonk is many things at once; an historic castle perched on the summit of a glorious mountain, with luxurious, TV-less rooms, tall ceilings, acres of wood, and lounges with stately libraries. But it's also a retreat where silence gently shakes the horns, crowds and work concerns out ...
Google will be bringing the Summer of Code (SOC) back this year. College students from around the world will be paid $4,500 by Google to work on Open Source projects, and Mono and DotGNU will be participating again, as will the WINE project (a Mono bridge is one option for a WINE proje...
Contrasting events in May showed a clear difference in perspective over AJAX, considered by some to be the number one story in the IT world today. Whereas AJAX was the main story at JavaOne in San Francisco, it was nowhere to be found across the continent at Sapphire '06 in Orlando.
In 1998, I got my hands on Mitchell Waldrop's book called 'Complexity'. Ever since, I've been on an amazing journey discovering one of the most profound developments in modern science. Complexity, or more formally, the study of complex systems, is about unifying themes that run through...
Mono has released version 1.1.13.5 and 1.1.14. Version 1.1.13.5 is actually the first release since 1.1.13, even though there were four internal releases in between. The purpose of this release is to document the changes in those releases; there are no new features in this release, jus...