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A news report in the Hawaii Star Bulletin reports that if the state converted to cloud computing, it could cut its capital investment by about 60% to 70% through eliminating the need for costly information technology (IT) purchase, maintenance and upgrades. Take the Aloha state’s Department of Education, and theorize that it spends $25 million on IT and $40 million on electricity (I don’t know if those are really the numbers.) “Assume half (nighttime/weekend usage) of that electricity is for servers, air conditioners for servers, computers, printers, copiers and electronic devices that schools don’t shut off when they go home,” says the Star Bulletin. “Power-management software will turn those off, cutting electricity use.” One vendor, GreenIt, estimates that among the 30,000 PCs in Hawaii’s 170 schools, DOE’s program could save it up to $2.5 million every year. C... (more)

Congress should ratify the Paulson plan as-is

It seems today is the day when everyone is putting their stake in the ground, so I thought since I have a blog, and a stake, I should put my two cents in too. First, when people ask why should we the people bail out Wall Street when they caused the problem in the first place? Well, they did, but so did the rest of us. If you took out a second mortgage to pay living expenses or to buy luxury, you were living high on the real estate bubble, you caused the problem too, and we're bailing you out. Might as well start placing responsibility where it really belongs, and take some yourself. Second, I know these Republicans are dicks, and they lied about the pretense for war, and just yesterday they admitted to discussing torture in The White House (which is worse than what Bill Clinton did in the White House). There's no reason to trust them, but I've weighed all the evidence... (more)

Pearl Harbor, Punchbowl and My Grandparents

[Written on Pearl Harbor Day] I want to take a quick break from 26 Short Topics to share a bit of history you might not know about.  This has nothing to do with technology, security or our awesome BIG-IP solutions but felt compelled to honor both my grandparents and service men/women everywhere today. I am Hawaiian (1/8th, direct from Kekaulike line), was born there and most of my ancestors lived there while it was still a Monarchy.  My great(s) and present grandparents all were born and raised and some witnessed the destruction that day.  A shell had even landed in my grandmother’s backyard while they were at church!  Both my grandfathers played a significant role in the days and weeks following the bombing.  One of my grandfathers was a carpenter and lived in Pauoa Valley (O’ahu) which is situated right next to Punchbowl, National Cemetery of the Pacific.  While ... (more)

On-Board Navigation for Android Phones

NAVIGON announced at CES an upcoming release of its on-board navigation application, MobileNavigator, for Android mobile phones in North America. Expected availability in spring 2010, MobileNavigator brings premium navigation features and experience from its well-received iPhone application. This, in tandem with the Windows phone platform announcement today, marks three major smartphone navigation solutions available in 2010 from NAVIGON. “For over 16 years NAVIGON has been a leader in the development and deployment of exceptional navigation technology, which we now utilize for Android phones,” said Michael Roach, NAVIGON’S president for the Americas. “With a rapidly expanding user base, Android provides an exceptional platform for premium navigation capabilities. MobileNavigator seamlessly delivers an excellent on-board experience comparable to standalone persona... (more)

A Developing Country That Can Teach Hawaii an IT Strategy Lesson

IT Strategy on Ulitzer Vietnam is in the process of upgrading the entire country’s IT system. With support from organizations such as the World Bank, Vietnam is rebuilding not only physical infrastructure, but also starting from the ground up building new IT systems – including a large scale virtualization strategy. Hawaii may not be so progressive. The first line of an Associated Press story on Hawaii’s lack of a functional IT strategy goes like this: “In many ways Hawaii’s government runs its computers like the Internet age hardly happened.” (AP) The story goes on to expose Hawaii’s lack of IT policy, the fact they are using old systems, a mixture of Apple and PCs for individual users, have a 1960s version of disaster recovery (offsite physical diskette storage), and other parallels with industry that add more discouraging evidence to Hawaii’s IT shortfalls. Sens... (more)

Anup Ghosh on Cybersecurity in 2012: Let’s break the security insanity cycle

Editor’s note: the post below by Anup Ghosh first appeared on the Invincea blog and is republished here with the author’s permission. bg Prediction 2012: Hackers Will Find New Fertile Ground to Pharm Posted by Anup Ghosh on November 29, 2011 Invincea is on record that the year 2011 will go down as the year the fundamental underpinnings of Internet security fell. In fact, it is the bloodiest year on record for Internet security. Not only did we witness compromises of Certificate Authorities to forge digital certificates, the compromise of the market-leading two-factor authentication product, and SSL, but also the rise of the Hacktivist in taking down major corporations publicly. Once again, it’s that time of year where we not only reflect on the year behind us, but also contemplate what the future holds. The 2011 List In thinking about 2012, it’s worth a look-back to ... (more)

Oracle Day in Honolulu, January 28, 2014

Converge, Connect was the theme of the Oracle Innovation Forum in Honolulu, Hawaii. With an attendance of over 100 there were lots of interesting discussions. The event took place in the ball rooms of Westin Moana Surfrider on the beach side of Waikiki. The event started off with the key note, Innovation in Practice by Gayle Fitzpatrik focusing on innovation, convergence and integration. She touched upon Oracle Cloud Solutions. 25 million Users, and over 10000 customers makes a compelling case. There were many slides showing how Oracle Cloud Solutions were better than others in all respects including flexibility, security, and performance. She also spoke about the dawn of the M2M era and the Internet of things. In any case business should be good in the coming years with over 50 billion connected devices. Some examples of Oracle solutions adopted by industry was also mentioned with... (more)

AT&T Plans $1 Billion Investment in 2010 in Network Capabilities, Solutions and Applications For Businesses

DALLAS, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T* plans to invest approximately $1 billion in 2010 to scale its delivery of applications, mobility and cloud services for global companies, to expand small business services within the United States and to continue extending its network globally. The 2010 investment program for businesses is part of AT&T's overall existing capital plan. With business customers seizing the opportunities created by the continued proliferation of high speed communication networks and mobile computing devices worldwide, AT&T's 2010 program includes: Scaling Application Services - enhancing AT&T's current portfolio of flexible collaboration services and applications such as managed hosting, cloud-based services, Telepresence, Unified Communications, Digital Media Solutions and security. Enterprise Mobility Applications - continuing AT&T's... (more)

New E-Book Offers Introduction to the Travel Industry and Its Many Careers

SONOMA, Calif., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelmedia today released its educational, motivational e-book, Travel and Tourism: Opening Doors for Your Future, an introduction to the business of travel and tourism. The e-book covers much of the same subject matter as a beginning college class.  It is rich with tutorials and integrated online video and is aimed at students, aspiring professionals or individuals considering a career change.  The independent study e-book is based Travelmedia's multi-module classroom version, used by travel industry educators in schools and universities around the world. Travel and Tourism: Opening Doors for Your Future explores the many career opportunities the travel industry offers and outlines the technical and people skills required to enter and advance in the industry.  Its eleven subject modules delve into the history of the... (more)

VSE Corporation Subsidiary Akimeka Awarded 5-Year Contract

VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC) reported today that subsidiary, Akimeka, has been awarded a prime contract by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Tricare Management Activity (TMA). VSE was one of seven awardees of an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract which has a five-year period of performance and a total cumulative contract value not to exceed $300 million for the entire program. The contract will support the Pacific Joint Information Technology Center (Pacific JITC) out of Kihei, Maui, Hawaii in the areas of Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) proof of concept demonstrations and product prototyping. Akimeka will support the Military Health System fulfill its mission to rapidly research, test and develop warfighter medical solutions and products, through pilots or prototypes that provide mission critical value and a... (more)

Crescent Resources Grows Presence In Florida With Acquisition Of Oakland Park

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Crescent Resources, LLC has acquired the 258-acre Oakland Park residential community between the Town of Oakland and City of Winter Garden, Fla., from its original developer, Castle & Cooke. Located 14 miles west of downtown Orlando, Oakland Park is a certified green development by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) and has approximately one half mile of shoreline on Lake Apopka and direct access to the West Orange Trail. "Castle & Cooke's vision for Oakland Park is innovative, environmentally conscious and beautifully executed, which is in keeping with Crescent's development philosophy," said Margaret Jennesse, senior vice president of Crescent Resources. "We are quite excited about the future of this community and building upon the existing vision. We have spent considerable time researching the market to find... (more)