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  1. 11Apr 2014

    Tradeshow Recap – NAB Las Vegas 7-10 April

    NAB Las Vegas

    An amazing 98,000 visitors attended The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show held at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, with the 4 day event bringing together some of the biggest names in electronic media and entertainment, exploring this constantly changing industry and providing the latest ideas from content creation, management, commerce, delivery and distribution and finally consumption.


    Gordon Smith, the NAB President and CEO opened the eagerly anticipated event, with the cast of Everybody Loves Raymond including Ray Romano and the show’s creator Phil Rosenthal taking to the stage as part of the Television Luncheon to discuss the challenges faced in its early years as well as the huge success of the show, as they accepted induction to the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Insight was also provided into the extensive work and challenges involved in the production of the recent Sochi Winter Olympics, with discussions involving representatives from CBC Television, NBC Sports Group, the Olympic Broadcasting Services, TV 2 Norway and Sports Video Group on their undertakings to enable global coverage of the event.


    Further awards took place on Day 2 with Steve Harvey, radio and TV personality and bestselling author also inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame.  A key focus of the day was the Future of Broadcasting, with Cloud and Net Neutrality also covered.  Amazon Web Services’ Mark Ramberg presented on the use of Cloud technology for meeting the demands of anytime anywhere content delivery across all devices, as well as uses of the technology in film and broadcast production.  With the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rulings on net neutrality, World Without Rules – Is this the End of the Open Internet? proved an interesting discussion, with the pros and cons of the changes proposed and implications to the industry covered.


    A wealth of stars attended NAB 2014, Norm MacDonald of Saturday Night Live fame and known for his writing, producing and acting roles, together with comedian, producer and director Tom Green, and Criss Angel renowned magician and illusionist, accompanied Cali Lewis of GeekBeat TV in a lively discussion entitled NewTek Presents: Broadcast Minds, exploring the innovative ways in which loyal online audiences can be built along with commercial success, including the production of quality shows specifically created for online consumption.


    Additional super sessions included a chance to learn more about the massive internet hit Camp Takota, with a feature in Filmmaking in the Age of YouTube, with its stars Grace Helbig and Mamri Hart and producer Michael Goldfine reflecting on the methods used to create, market and distribute this online comedy success which took third place in the iTunes Independent Movie Chart.


    The Arc@des, ATSC Technology Pavilion, Connected Media World, Studio Experience and Futures Park provided the ideal opportunity to showcase the latest industry developments, with the Startup Loft and Sprockit areas focussing on newly created and market-ready businesses.


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  3. 07Apr 2014

    Find & Replace in Legal PDFs

    I am always looking for tools to help with my work as an attorney, faculty member and IT professional. Many pdfs have language that I would like to be able to change, but the traditional pdf tools are not up to the task. Infix PDF Editor has a large suite of tools. A favorite of mine is Find and Replace. It works just like the function in my favorite word processor. There is also a spell check and the various text formatting tools.
    Other functions allow objects to be manipulated. Lines can be added, including those with color. This allows sections of documents to really stand out. There are also various drawing tools (as in Paint and similar programs). Finally, there are the standard tools one finds in Acrobat and other pdf programs.
    PDF Editor is really remarkable because it combines aspects of different programs to allow one to edit PDFs as if they were a different form of document. I highly recommend Infix PDF Editor for editing tasks.
    - Jonathan Warshay

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  5. 06Apr 2014

    Anniversary of Microsoft 3.1 Release

    Microsoft released Windows 3.1 on 6th April 1992, and in doing so addressed a number of issues experienced with Windows 3.0, with over 1000 changes made offering enhanced usability following extensive client feedback.

    Improvements were made to the Windows Installation with the inclusion of the Express Install feature, with Custom Installation and Batch Install options together with improved network setup also available to users.  The set up programme was also able to detect additional hardware and software configuration compared to 3.0.


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  7. 31Mar 2014

    Tradeshows in April – 2014

    April looks set to be another busy month for tradeshows, here are just a few of those taking place both at home and further afield, offering a chance to catch up with the latest industry innovations and business opportunities.


    NAB Las Vegas 7-10 April


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    Venue: Las Vegas Convention Centre

    Opening Hours: 9am-6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 9am-2pm Thursday

    Overview: The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show welcomes over 93,000 visitors and 1600+ exhibitors to the world’s largest electronic media and entertainment marketplace, with multiple industries represented at the show.  With the tagline “Where Content Comes to Life” NAB covers the latest technology for content creation and delivery, with exhibitors confirmed at the event including:

    • Cinegy
    • Flanders Scientific Inc.
    • Sony Electronics
    • Tektronix Inc.
    • Tightrope Media Systems
    • Inc.


    FOE Tokyo 2014 16-18 April


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    Venue: Tokyo Big Sight, Japan

    Opening Hours: 10am-6pm Wednesday, Thursday, 10am-5pm Friday

    Overview: FOE Tokyo 2014 is the 14th Fiber Optics Expo, 1 of 4 events which form the Photonix Expo, with the Laser & Application, Optics and Optical Measuring/Analytical System Expos all running concurrently.  As well as showcasing leading edge technology, the extensive Conference Programme looks set to cover areas such as Cutting Edge Evolving Optical Fibre and Cable Technology, Latest Developments in Software Defined Optical Networking, Advances in Cloud Services and Optical Transmission for Data Centres.  Global leading organisations participating include:

    • Fujitsu Optical Components Ltd
    • NTT Electronics Corp
    • IBM Research GmbH
    • NEC Labs America Inc.
    • Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp
    • Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    • Hitachi Ltd


    Service Desk and IT Support Show 29-30 April


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    Venue: Earls Court, London

    Opening Hours: 9.30am-5pm

    Overview: Closer to home The Service Desk & IT Support Show takes place in April, providing the ideal opportunity to identify ways of reducing operational costs and gaining expert advice on improving your business with over 250 IT service management solutions presented at the event. With interactive workshops, seminar programmes and panel discussions all featuring over the 2 days, the show also provides excellent networking opportunities and names already confirmed to exhibit include:

    • Hewlett Packard
    • Global Technology Solutions
    • ManageEngine
    • Service Desk Institute
    • TATA Consultancy Services


    The Grey Matter

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  9. 28Mar 2014

    Tradeshow recap – Internet Retailing Expo, Birmingham

    As expected, over 5,000 visitors attended the Internet Retailing Expo this week, held at Birmingham’s NEC with the 2 day event playing host to over 200 exhibitors, focusing on the latest in retail and supply multichannel products and system solutions.


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  11. 24Mar 2014

    Anniversary of the Launch of Apple’s OS X

    Following the successful launch by Apple of the Mac OS X Server 1.0 on March 16th 1999, the Mac OS X desktop version known as Cheetah was released 2 years later on March 24th 2001 superseding the Mac OS 9.  The new generation of operating system was based on technology developed by Steve Jobs’ company NeXT through its OPENSTEP system, a move which saw Apple purchase NeXT and Jobs famously return to the company he co-founded taking the position of interim CEO.


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  13. 22Mar 2014

    Intel Pentium Processors


    March 22nd marked the anniversary of Intel’s release of fifth generation microarchitecture with the Pentium processors making their first appearance in 1993. X86 compatible, the Pentiums superseded Intel’s 486 technology and became a global brand which has extended over 2 decades.


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  15. 14Mar 2014

    Tradeshow Recap: The eShow Barcelona


    The eShow Barcelona took place this week at the Fira de Barcelona Exhibition Centre, attracting over 13,000 visitors to the 2 day event.  With everything e-commerce under one roof, over 120 exhibitors were at hand covering every online aspect from hosting and cloud computing to digital advertising and signage, affiliation opportunities and drop-shipping.


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  17. 10Mar 2014

    13 years of the FSFE

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    Today, March 10, marks 13 years since the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) was founded in 2001. Formed to support the free software movement in Europe, the FSFE was awarded the Theodor Heuss Medal in 2010 for its work for freedom in the information society.

    The FSFE work on many projects and campaigns within the information society, including but not limited to:

    • World Intellectual Property Organisation
    • European Union v Microsoft
    • Software patents in Europe
    • Freedom Task Force
    • Document Freedom Day
    • EURA v Slovak Tax Authorities


    The founding president of the FSFE, Georg Greve, lives in Switzerland and is a software developer, author and academically trained physicist. Before handing over presidency of the FSFE to Karsten Gerloff in 2009, his responsibilities included supporting local representatives, political and legal issues, informing journalists and coordination of the General Assembly.

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  19. 05Mar 2014

    A look at Yahoo!


    We’ve all heard of Yahoo! – back in the late 90s and early 00s, Yahoo was one of the biggest and most popular search facilities online, and even despite the dot-com bubble burst in 2001, it continued and continues to this day to be one of the key players in the online search market, as well as offering free email services, a comprehensive website directory and a question and answer service, aptly named Yahoo! Answers.


    Have you, however, ever heard of Jerry’s guide to the World Wide Web? Well, if you haven’t, you have now, and if you’re wondering where we’re going with this, the answer’s simple – this was Yahoo’s name before it became Yahoo! A website that was a directory of other websites, Jerry’s Guide (aka David and Jerry’s Guide) to the World Wide Web was set up in January 1994 by Jerry Yang and David Filo, electrical engineering graduates from Stanford who realised early the power of the Internet and what it could mean for those searching online, and formed the directory to cater to user’s needs by listing other websites in a hierarchy. When it appeared obvious that the idea was a good one, they changed the name to Yahoo!, only two months after they had started in March 1994, and registered on January 18, 1995, a year nearly to the date they’d begun.


    The name Yahoo! itself has often been coined to mean different things. The term “Yahoo” in itself means, “Yay”, “I’ve found it”, “yes”, and other positive terms – great for a facility online used by people find things. Various acronyms have also been accredited to the name, although the official acronym used by the founders is “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle”. This refers to how the hierarchial Yahoo! Database was arranged at the time, and the terms “officious” and “oracle” referenced the office workers who would be using the website, and the fact the results rendered were the “source of truth and wisdom”, respectively.


    In recent years, Yahoo has seen a decline since its’ heady days of owning the Internet, but is still particularly popular as a search engine and directory in the US. July 2013 saw Yahoo outperform Google in the number of searches performed where users clicked through to websites listed in its SERPs, the first time since 2011.

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