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Today Cisco announced the winners of its AXP contest. If you haven’t heard of the contest before, you aren’t alone. It was an interesting combination of people, places and events. The goal was to design an application for a relatively new add-on module to Cisco routers called Application eXtension Platform (AXP), a Linux “blade” that allows third-party applications to be integrated with Cisco’s IOS router operating system and network applications. It has its own CPU and can store from 1 GB to 160 GB of data, depending on the model. Here is a more details Q&A about the AXP. Earlier this year, Cisco announced the contest and a $100,000 prize purse. They received 100 submissions from teams around the world, and the three finalists were announced this week. Check out the winning entry from MAD Network here – it is a very clever use of a variety of materials to explain ... (more)

New Features in PowerBuilder 11.5

In the previous articles in this series, we looked at FDCC changes (part 1) and GUI enhancements (part 2) in PowerBuilder 11.5. In this article, we'll be looking at the enhancements that were added to PowerBuilder 11.5 that are specifically related to .NET targets. The one thing we won't be covering in this regard is the .NET security enhancements that were covered in a previous PBDJ article: "Applying Code Access Security in PowerBuilder .NET Applications" by Maggie Lv. Strong Named Assemblies The .NET framework allows the author to sign an assembly so that it has a "strong name." Such signing provides a number of benefits including: Verification of the integrity of the assembly. The .NET runtime will ensure that the assembly being loaded has not been modified. Versioning. You can have several different versions of the assembly installed and each application will u... (more)

Azure CLI Day 25 – mobile preview enable

In my previous post (http://thinkfirstcodelater.com/blog/?p=3242) I showed you how to view the list of preview features available to a Windows Azure Mobile Service. In this post I’ll show you how to enable a preview feature. Once again, just a reminder that I’m using the command line tools on a MacBook Air with OSX (Mountain Lion) installed, and I’m using Google Chrome as my default browser. However, the experience should be identical on Windows and Linux as well. Open an instance of your command line (Terminal, Bash, Command Prompt, etc.) and type the following: azure mobile preview enable -h In order to enable a preview feature you need to provide two parameters: The name of the service you want to enable the feature for The name of the preview feature you want to enable At the time of this writing the only preview feature available is SourceControl. This feature... (more)

Announcing @LinuxAcademyCOM to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | #SDN #AI #Linux

SYS-CON Events announced today that Linux Academy, the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Linux Academy was founded on the belief that providing high-quality, in-depth training should be available at an affordable price. Industry leaders in quality training, provided services, and student certification passes, its goal is to change lives by teaching Linux and cloud technology to the tens of thousands of students that learn at the Linux Academy. For more information, please visit https://linuxacademy.com/. @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, and is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock... (more)

Sugar on a Stick

Sugar, the novel Linux-based interface developed by One Laptop Per Child (OLTP), has been freed from the cute little "$100" green-and-white XO Ur-netbook invented to run it. It can now be downloaded to a $5 1GB USB drive and run on any PC, netbook, or Mac, even some "antiques." It runs on x86 Macs with a helper CD and in Windows using virtualization. The release, dubbed Sugar on a Stick, was created by Sugar Labs, formed last year when OLTP's number two guy Walter Bender broke with OLTP boss Nicholas Negroponte over making the next-generation XO into a dual boot machine running a special stripped-down version of Windows to make the XO more popular. The initial Strawberry version of Sugar on a Stick, announced at LinuxTag in Berlin Wednesday, can be downloaded for free at www.sugarlabs.org/. It includes 40 programs such as Read, Write, Paint and Etoys. Other program... (more)

IBM Reads Orwell’s “1984,” Tries Rewriting History

Opening Keynote at Cloud Expo Once the news got out that it had welched on its 2005 patent pledge to the open source community and had threatened TurboHercules (TH) with patent infringement, IBM had to come up with some cover story or another to contain the fallout. So it switched places with many of its observers and turned conspiracy theorist, accusing Turbo Hercules of guilt by association. Besides calling TurboHercules a couple of dirty names - a stock response to any threats to its monopoly in order to scare away its rivals' customers... And besides claiming that it didn't really flat out actually and in fact accuse TH of infringing - "we did not make any explicit assertions or claims," it said, "that TurboHercules had violated" that list of 173 patents and patent applications we sent them under the assertion that "IBM believes [this IP] will be infringed by an... (more)

Ubuntu 1, Windows 0

Frank Cohen's Blog PushToTest is setting up a new test lab to check builds of TestMaker. We bought Toshiba Satellite (A216) laptops for the lab. We tried installing Windows XP over the pre-installed Windows Vista. Toshiba does not provide XP device drivers for the laptop and they actively discouraged me in doing so in a support call. In the end I found no way to get the network adaptor to function under Windows XP and had to reinstall Vista. This made me wonder how much work is involved in producing XP drivers for a laptop? I installed Ubuntu on the Toshiba laptop. Ubuntu installed in 15 minutes - 49 for Windows XP and 125 for Windows Vista. Ubuntu's desktop came right up. I opened the pre-installed Firefox browser and found I could browse the Web immediately. Ubuntu installed a network adaptor for the Toshiba laptop. I shake my head at this Windows foolishness! -F... (more)

Linux Recovery - Tips & Tricks

Partitions created in the hard drive enable you to install different operating systems. A partition table is positioned at the first sector (cylinder 0, head 0 and sector 1, Master Boot Record) of every hard drive. This table contains the information about locations and sizes on the hard drive. Corruption in a partition table can occur due to improper system shutdown, file system corruption, software bugs and more. Once the partition table is corrupted, the user may not be able to boot a particular operating system. Furthermore, the data saved in the unbootable partition becomes inaccessible. In such situations, you need to restore the data from the latest backup. To recover the data completely, in case of no backup availability, you need to use effective Linux Data Recovery application. To perform dual boot on the computer system, the user installs two operating s... (more)

Xandros Creates Enhanced User Experience for Netbook Users with Moblin V2

Xandros has announced it is developing software products based on the recently released Moblin Version 2 project for Intel Atom processor-based platforms. The new version of Moblin will enable Xandros to provide customizations with advanced Internet, media, social networking and graphics capabilities for the ASUS Eee PC. The Eee PC defined the netbook revolution by combining fast boot, low-power technologies together with a next-generation user interface. Moblin v2 enables Xandros to further enhance the Eee PC user experience by delivering advanced graphics capabilities such as drop shadows, spin, bounce and 3D animation that are universally available to all applications. By combining core Moblin v2 technologies with Xandros' own proprietary technologies to provide social networking, multimedia content management, PIM, Web, and other services, Xandros will exceed t... (more)

Tomorrow’s IBM “Smart Business” Cloud Computing Strategy

The NY Times broke IBM’s embargo this morning by publishing their story on IBM’s new cloud computing initiatives.  I’ve posted the full release here on CloudBzz. The diagram below gives a bit of insight into where IBM is today and where they are heading. IBM is also updating their collateral with a bit more detail.  Here is a fact sheet for their Smart Business initiative: Fact sheet: IBM Smart Business Smart Business is IBM’s commonly branded set of cloud computing offerings for business. This set of offerings gives clients three choices to deliver and consume cloud services to drive efficiency, productivity and control. Smart Business Services – cloud services delivered: 1: Private cloud services, behind your firewall, built by IBM. 2: Standardized services on the IBM cloud Smart Business Systems – purpose-built infrastructure 3. IBM CloudBurst: Pre-integrated har... (more)

Why Microsoft Should Finally Buy Citrix

DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that. Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization products to compete with VMware. As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)