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OpenStack, the much discussed open source cloud platform, is very rapidly gaining buzz on the employment scene.  There are more and more training and certification programs dedicated to it, but it's hardly the only hot cloud computing pl...
OpenStack, the much discussed open source cloud platform, is very rapidly gaining buzz on the employment scene.  There are more and more training and certification programs dedicated to it, but it's hardly the only hot cloud computing platform out there. CloudStack is also being implemented at many organizations, and workers with skills at platforms ranging from Eucalyptus to Amazon Web Services are in demand, too. If you're adding to your cloud skills and evaluating jobs focused on the cloud, one great resource to pay attention to is Dice.com's curated cloud computing community.  It includes news, blog posts, discussions and more, some focused on jobs in the cloud, and some focused on technical issues related to coud computing.  On Dice's cloud community page, you can find posts like "Addressing the Risks of Cloud Migration,"  as well as cloud computing jobs found all around the world. Discussions take place regularly on targeted parts of the cloud computing job market. Tech Target recently noted the following about the overall job market for people with cloud skills: "The OpenStack Foundation issued a report last month suggesting OpenStack skills provided richer returns for software engineers than other clouds...More generally, recruiters said, IT pros who can marry business strategy with cloud-based service delivery models are in high demand." In addition to its rich community site on cloud topics, Dice.com does regular analyses of how the employment scene looks for people with cloud computing and Linux skills. At the top of this page, you can add the site's coverage of and discussions on cloud computing to a regular feed that you can receive. And, for much more on rapidly proliferating cloud certification programs, see my previous post.  Related Activities Comments (0) Post a Comment Ask a Question Related Blog Posts Interest is Gathering in Apache's New Version of CloudStack (post comment) More OpenStack Training and Certification Resources Arrive (post comment) Apache Delivers CloudStack 4.2 (post comment)
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As we've reported on, Mozilla is realigning its entire company around its Firefox OS mobile platform, and now it appears that Firefox OS may be on the same upgrade and rapid release cycle that Mozilla has moved to for the desktop Firefox...
As we've reported on, Mozilla is realigning its entire company around its Firefox OS mobile platform, and now it appears that Firefox OS may be on the same upgrade and rapid release cycle that Mozilla has moved to for the desktop Firefox browser. Only weeks after the first Firefox OS phones arrived, Mozilla has announced a version 1.1 update that fills a number of feature gaps. Among other enhancements, adaptive search features are available right from the home screen, keyboard autocorrect is working, and there are now more carrier plans to choose from. The new version of Firefox supports more than 15 languages, which is an essential part of Mozilla's strategy, as it seeks to seed these phones in emerging markets. There is also MMS support for multimedia messaging, so you can quickly send and receive photos, audio and video.  Other enhancements include:  Contact Management enhancements Gmail and Hotmail contact import Add to contacts: You can add any phone number or e-mail address to your contacts that is listed in your call log, SMS messages or e-mail. Simply long tap the relevant information to directly create a new contact or add information to existing contacts. Dialer suggestions: Start entering phone numbers or names into the Dialer to quickly find a specific contact. Performance improvements: Experience faster application load times and smoother scrolling Firefox browser downloads: Save images, audio and video from the browser with ease Keyboard improvements: Auto correction fixes words that you accidentally misspell. E-Mail enhancements: Draft Mode: Automatically save in-progress e-mails offline so you can finish and send them later. Download audio and video attachments: Save audio and video e-mail attachments in addition to image files to your gallery Sending image attachments: Attach and send Gallery images directly within the e-mail application.  As you can see, many of these enhancements are already present on iOs and Android phones, but Mozilla has made clear that it is not competing with those types of smartphones right out of the gate. Rather, it is seeking to seed emerging markets with low cost phones that offer basic functions. According to Mozilla, there are hundreds of other improvements in the version 1.1 update. Related Activities Comments (0) Post a Comment Ask a Question Related Software Mozilla (34 alternatives, post review) Related Blog Posts With Shumway, Can Mozilla Pull an End Run Around Adobe's Flash Format? (post comment) Open Source Browsers Change Their Tunes on Extensions (post comment) Mozilla Delivers Beta of Touch-Enabled Windows 8 Firefox Browser (post comment)
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There has been a ton of buzz in the industry lately around hybrid cloud. From enterprises developing multi-vendor cloud strategies to hosting providers offering products that take advantage of different infrastructure types, there has be...
There has been a ton of buzz in the industry lately around hybrid cloud. From enterprises developing multi-vendor cloud strategies to hosting providers offering products that take advantage of different infrastructure types, there has been a definite shift toward hybrid clouds as the preferred IT hosting model. But what is hybrid cloud? Is it using a public cloud with a private cloud? Or is it using dedicated hosting with a public cloud? Or could it be using an on-premise private cloud combined with an off-premise dedicated hosting provider? The answer is yes! Hybrid cloud could be any combination of using a public cloud, private cloud or dedicated hosting. With a hybrid cloud, you can spread your workloads across each of these different environments to run them where they’re the best fit for your application.read more
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It's not just Samsung, AnandTech has found that almost all Android vendors are playing fast and loose with benchmarks.
It's not just Samsung, AnandTech has found that almost all Android vendors are playing fast and loose with benchmarks.
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At Google we are passionate about introducing students from around the world to open source software development. Since 2005, Google has worked with over 10,000 students and over 440 open source projects in a variety of fields to create ...
At Google we are passionate about introducing students from around the world to open source software development. Since 2005, Google has worked with over 10,000 students and over 440 open source projects in a variety of fields to create more code for the masses. A call out to all students: if you have ever thought it would be cool to write code and see it make a difference in the world then please keep reading. We are excited to announce the next editions of two programs designed to introduce students to open source software development, Google Summer of Code (for university students) and Google Code-in (for 13-17 year old students). Google Summer of Code Back in 2005, Google made a commitment to support open source software contributors. In addition to our other programs to build and support the contributor base, we thought a great way to increase awareness was to introduce the wide world of open source to college students. Google Summer of Code was born: match student developers from around the world with open source software organizations to work on a project while on break from their universities. With over 8,300 mentors in 100 countries around the world, the 8,500 student developers have produced a stunning 50 million lines of code. The program will now be reaching its 10th instance in 2014. We told you on the Official Google Blog just a few highlights of what we’ll be up to this year, and now we want to tell you all the details: 10 visits to countries with high participation throughout the year. 10 developer events in promotion of the program. 10 mentors who have participated in Google Summer of Code will be featured on our open source blog. 10% additional student stipend (a total of $5500 for students who successfully complete the whole program). 10% more students than we’ve ever had participate in the program before. 10 more mentoring organizations than we’ve ever had in the program will be participating in Google Summer of Code 2014 10 year student reunion event will be held on Google’s Mountain View campus next year for all the students who have participated in the program. 10 year reunion mentor summit will be held on Google’s Mountain View campus for all our Google Summer of Code organization alumni. 10 students/organizations will be chosen to highlight their work at the Google booths at open source events throughout the year. 10 student projects from the past nine years will be highlighted on the open source blog and YouTube. We’re pleased to be running a program that touches a lot of lives around the world, and we hope this will be a celebration of all the accomplishments we’ve seen from so many of our participants. Watch this blog for announcements about our travel and our efforts over the next year. Here’s to 10 Things! Google Code-in - Program starts for students November 18th For the fourth consecutive year we are thrilled to announce Google Code-in, an international contest designed to introduce 13-17 year old pre-university students to the world of open source development. Open source projects are about more than just coding, and this contest highlights a variety of ways to contribute to open source projects. Every year, open source software is becoming more important around the globe; from government, healthcare, relief efforts, gaming, to large tech companies and everything in between. When you read the term open source do you think: What is open source? What types of work do open source projects do? I’ve only taken one computer science class, can I contribute to an open source project? I’m not really into coding, what else can I do to contribute to open source? I’ve never participated in open source or an online contest before, can someone help guide me? Open source sounds cool, how can I get started? If you’ve wondered about any of these questions and are a pre-university student (age 13-17) then we hope you will join i
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The US wouldn't uphold a ban on the import of some older versions of Apple iPhone and iPad, but it had no such qualms about banning some older Samsung Android smartphones and tablets from the US market.
The US wouldn't uphold a ban on the import of some older versions of Apple iPhone and iPad, but it had no such qualms about banning some older Samsung Android smartphones and tablets from the US market.
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Given our challenges with September I thought a comment about our preparation for the October release appropriate. September caused us to spend time examining some of the processes we're using for updates. We have made adjustments ...
Given our challenges with September I thought a comment about our preparation for the October release appropriate. September caused us to spend time examining some of the processes we're using for updates. We have made adjustments to our pre-release procedures for testing, release preparation and communication. For me, this is the first release in my 3 years of leading this team that was intensely personal. The outreach from customers and the engagement I've had with Susan Bradley and others pertaining to September has been very educational, and has put an exclamation point on something that everyone on my team understands: Our customers are very passionate, they want and need our support. I am thankful that we have dedicated IT professionals who are as open and willing to provide us the feedback we need to get better. If our language in prior communications was not clear, please allow me to say this: We apologize for the issues caused by our September update. We strive to provide an outstanding customer experience, and we fell short of that commitment in September. The challenges we faced in September were internal timing issues. Late changes caused us to do things at the last minute in an attempt to ensure our release was of the best quality possible. Unfortunately our changes resulted in a situation that was worse than the one we fixed. Zeroing in a bit further, the issues were not that things were "late," it was that the final release version of the shipping packages arrived in a staggered fashion. That they landed at different times in the ship cycle created difficulty in a number of operational contexts. We are pretty familiar with late-breaking changes, but in some cases, even the 190 years of combined release experience on my team can't overcome some of the challenges introduced by late stage churn. Adjusting for this we have implemented (re-established) a normal timing and cadence for updates. Between development, build, test, packaging, we're focused on reducing the variability within the system, giving every internal team a greater opportunity to evaluate release candidates in total. Another area where we received feedback was our communication pattern for changes to our update releases. We use a combination of KB Article updates, Social Media, our Support forums and our Support teams to get the word out when we need to alert folks of issues. The synchronicity of those updates was a little weird in September, mostly due to the need to find the first available channel to communicate. Some latency is natural when we are moving quickly to remedy a problem. Moving forward, however, we will have a much more coordinated approach for communications. Our blog posts and social media updates (what we are able to do most easily) will reflect what our support teams are saying, what our forums entries communicate, etc. Additionally we are working with our Customer Support teams on better early warning guidance and other areas that will improve the customer experience in situations where issues are evident in our update releases. I'm at the edge of diving into the "Inside Baseball" talk that only makes sense to those who know exactly how we do this work so I'll leave it at that for now. But the effect should be clear in the future, and I look forward to your feedback on our changes in these areas. We are looking at additional investments to make MSI patching for enterprise updates easier. Stay tuned for more news in this area. What we also learned in this release is the efficiency of Office 2013 Click to Run SKUs, specifically Office 365 and other retail versions of our 2013 release. Because these are whole image updates and stream to the desktop clients automatically, the challenges manifesting for MSI customers did not impact Click to Run. Something we've always known internally, but is now more evident externally is the efficiency of Click to Run updates and the relative ease of staying in sync with changes we pub
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Dubbed "The Code Warrior" by Vanity Fair, Mikko Hypponen has been involved in addressing some of the most high-profile computer viruses in history. He has assisted law enforcement in the United States, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases...
Dubbed "The Code Warrior" by Vanity Fair, Mikko Hypponen has been involved in addressing some of the most high-profile computer viruses in history. He has assisted law enforcement in the United States, Europe and Asia on cybercrime cases and has written computer security expose's for Scientific American, Wired, Foreign Policy and The New York Times. Today he is Chief Research Officer at F-Secure in Finland and a just-confirmed keynote speaker for LinuxCon/CloudOpen Europe taking place October 21-23, 2013 in Edinburgh. Hypponen will be talking about the biggest computer security story of the year, that of the NSA and PRISM, in a talk titled "Living in a Surveillance State." He is also expected to talk about the role the Linux community can play in ensuring the security and privacy of the Internet and mobile devices. To get more detailed than that, you'll have to register to attend the event or tune in via live stream Wednesday, October 23 at 10:15 a.m. BST. It's worth noting that Hyponnen speaks directly after Linux creator Linus Torvalds takes the stage. If you can't join us in person, just tune into both talks via the live video stream. For more information about LinuxCon Europe, including co-located events and a James Bond-style evening event with casino games all taking place in a castle, please visit the Linux Foundation LinuxCon/CloudOpen Europe site.
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Last week, I reported that the Apache Software Foundation has delivered its CloudStack 4.2 open source cloud computing platform.  The foundation announced the arrival of version 4.2 online, and has been steadily updating CloudStack ever ...
Last week, I reported that the Apache Software Foundation has delivered its CloudStack 4.2 open source cloud computing platform.  The foundation announced the arrival of version 4.2 online, and has been steadily updating CloudStack ever since Citrix contributed  it to Apache and the open source community. CloudStack doesn't get as much attention as OpenStack does, but a number of organizations use it and like it, and now some positive notices about the new version and its growing usage are arriving. Version 4.2 of CloudStack is the second release of the platform since Apache started overseeing it. If you've followed the history of the Apache Software Foundation, you know that it has done a good job as a steward of numerous open source projects. CloudStack is classified as a top-level project at Apache. InfoWorld notes that CloudStack version 4.2 has easier upgrade and installation features, and adds that Chip Childers from the ASF reports that the platform has enthusiastic users in "hundreds of production environments," including one with 40,000 physical hosts. (It's worth noting that CloudStack is mostly used for private cloud infrastructure, not Amazon Web Services-style public cloud services.) In this post, you can find an interesting analysis of CloudStack's usage versus other popular cloud platforms.  It notes that community participation in and usage of CloudStack are increasing, but OpenStack still leads the pack among open source cloud platforms. It's good to see Apache serving as a dedicated steward of CloudStack. That will only keep the cloud arena more competitive, ultimately benefiting users.  Chip Childers of the ASF Related Activities Comments (0) Post a Comment Ask a Question Related Blog Posts More OpenStack Training and Certification Resources Arrive (post comment) Apache Delivers CloudStack 4.2 (post comment) More Providers of OpenStack Solutions for Private Clouds Arrive (post comment)
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Slowly but surely, Google is following proven principles of openness to increase adoption of Google Apps--especially in the business world. The company has made no secret of the fact that it wants to win more enterprise users over, and c...
Slowly but surely, Google is following proven principles of openness to increase adoption of Google Apps--especially in the business world. The company has made no secret of the fact that it wants to win more enterprise users over, and convince enterprises that they should move from Microsoft's Office productivity applications to Google Apps. Now, in a move designed to make it easier for users to share documents online, Google has changed its policies regarding document sharing for the Apps suite. Starting now, users without a Google account can get access to shared Apps documents in the cloud. According to Google's announcement: "We are making it easier to share Docs, Slides and Drawings with people who don’t have a Google Account. As a result of this change, files shared outside your domain to an email address not linked to an existing Google Account can be viewed without having to sign in or create a new Google Account. If a file is shared with edit or comment permissions, the recieving user must still sign in with a Google Account in order to edit or comment on that file....When a user directly shares with individuals who do not have Google Accounts, those recipients will be able to view the file without signing in." It's worth noting that there still is an option in the Apps admin console that can disable this type of sharing, but Google is definitely opening Apps documents stored online up to a broader set of users by making sharing policies more relaxed.  As it focuses on the giant market share that Microsoft Office still has, Google has also recently made it easier to work with Microsoft Office files directly from the Chrome Browser. Via its QuickOffice acquisition, Google Chrome users can work with Microsoft Office documents in more and more ways. As far as Google Apps policies go, Google still has not made it possible for users without a Google account to edit Apps documents, but at least they can now share them with other users in terms of viewing them.  Easy document sharing is certainly one of the benefits of using apps that reside in the cloud. Related Activities Comments (0) Post a Comment Ask a Question Related Software Microsoft Office (13 alternatives, post review) Quickoffice (add alternative, post review) Related Blog Posts Chrome for Windows 8 Takes on Chrome OS-like Look and Features (1 comment) The Latest Chrome Browser Features Innovative Image Searching (post comment) Chromebooks Grab Share in Back-to-School Purchases (post comment)
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