Firefox Gains On Internet Explorer In Businesses

Posted By Faye

Date: April 16th, 2015

Category: Announcement

Hidden in the numbers is an indication that Internet Explorer 7 is having trouble finding traction as companies are sticking with the 6-year-old Internet Explorer 6. Microsoft released IE7 in October 2006, but 55.2% of companies still used IE6 as of December 2007. Only 23.4% of companies used IE7, barely outpacing the growth and use of Firefox. Firefox 2.0, also released in October 2006, “almost completely replaced” the previous version of Firefox, version 1.5.

That result, along with Firefox’s growth despite the fact that “Mozilla continues to expend little energy on wooing IT managers to formally adopt Firefox,” as the report notes, could indicate that employees rather than IT managers are driving Firefox adoption.  

データのバックアップ-オンライン

Posted By Faye

Date: April 9th, 2015

Category: Imp @ja


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私達は皆、自分のPCのファイルをバックアップする必要があります。 これはユーザーが行う必要がある重要な項目です。 しかし、あまり気にかけない人がほとんどのようです。 これを怠ると重要な書類、写真、ビデオ、連絡先などを失うことになります。 残念ながら、ハードディスクは貴方のファイルを保存するのに必ずしも安全な場所ではありません。 ハードディスクには寿命があります。 典型的には8-10年の寿命しかありません。 これは電力の急激な流れで完全に停止してしまうことが無い場合です。 修復アプリケーションを使用することもできますが、時間が掛ります。失ったファイルをアプリケーションで修復するより、予防するほうが良いでしょう。 原則として、新しい重要なファイルが作成されたらすぐバックアップをすることをお勧めします。

バックアップしたい重要なデータは以下のものがあります。

  • 家族の写真
  • 書類
  • ブックマーク
  • アドレス帳
  • 電子メール
  • 仕事のファイルとフォルダー

貴方が保存したいファイルもあるでしょう。 ハードドライブが故障した時のためにどのファイルを保存するかは貴方次第です。 ハードドライブが故障した時、どの情報を保存しておきたいか考え、自分のコンピューター内を探してみるとよいでしょう。

Are Driveless Cars A Bad or Good Idea

Posted By Marie

Date: April 2nd, 2015

Category: Automotive

Are you ready for self driving cars? A car that park itself, sense other objects, cars and pedestrians? Yes you read it right, a driverless car where you as a usual driver can now relax and have more time to read book, browse your laptop without having to worry about navigating through traffic after a long day at work! This might sound like a science fiction, but did you know that these kinds of cars are being tested now? Google, Ford and various car manufacturers are already testing it. Expert engineers at Volvo believe it could happen within ten years from now.

The main goal of this new technology is to save fuel, lessen the mental stress and most importantly, reduce the number of traffic deaths and crashes, which appears to be the high cause of death rate in many countries like USA. The car could also connect to a wireless internet and a gps to exactly know where it should be going. Although this seems to be pleasing in the ears, this new technology still brings us up few issues that we should be aware of, including higher cost to the consumer, the need for more advanced infrastructure, the safety and hacking concern and the law that will eventually govern autonomous cars. Let’s go on these issues one by one.

• COST. Definitely, autonomous cars or driverless cars will cost consumer at least three thousand dollars more than the average cars price, and not all can afford to spend extra amount of money despite the fact that many people are enticed in driving such a vehicle. Auto manufacturers are more likely to appeal to more buyers if they are able to keep costs down, which is merely impossible.
• INFRASTRATURE. The infrastructure does not have enough support for autonomous cars. In addition to designing sensor systems that can detect other vehicles and objects they will also need to come up with a universal system that will enable cars to communicate with one another. This may prove to be an issue if many of the cars on the road will remain traditional cars. In addition to sensing other vehicles, cars will also need to be able to interpret traffic lights, signs and guard rails.
• SAFETY. If autonomous cars will depend on computers, hacking and viruses could be a possible issue. Therefore, we could not really say that using the driverless cars is safe enough.
• LAWS. We might be wondering now about what sort of laws will rule driverless cars. For example, a car that ran a red light? Who will be responsible for it? Will it be the driver of the car if the car is driving itself? Unfortunately, the government and some politicians are still refusing to even acknowledge such issue.

There is still so much work to be done. Everyone will surely have its own opinion about whether driverless cars are a good or bad idea. Would it really solve more problems than it would create? A question that, I think, time could only answer.

Microsoft Dynamics and Outlook Integration

Posted By Faye

Organizations, be it small or big, seek ways to improve the efficiency of work from all the perspective—be it sales, marketing, productivity, and the least to Outlook integration—we want things to be done in an organized and hassle-free manner. Microsoft Dynamics CRM helps us meet most of our problems with this regard. Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration with Microsoft Outlook is the widely used email software for many organizations and the most used application in the Office suite. Microsoft Dynamics integration with Microsoft Outlook allows for improved integration and implementation by users who are already familiar with the layout of Outlook. Moreover the integration with Outlook means we as a user waste less time switching between programmes, thus improving output in the office.
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Apple patches keep coming: Mac OS, Safari beta fixed

Posted By Faye

Date: March 26th, 2015

Category: Apple

Apple kept its rush of year-end security patches coming Monday, issuing a flurry of fixes for its Mac OS X operating system and the test version of its Safari browser.

Monday’s patches included a whopping 31 updates for the Apple operating system. The Mac OS X patches fix components ranging from the Address Book and iChat software to under-the-covers operating system components such as ColorSync, the IO Storage Family, and the Perl, Python and Ruby programming languages.

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Canon U.S.A. Adds Two New Multifunction Systems to Its Color image RUNNER Series

Posted By Faye

Date: March 19th, 2015

Category: Announcement

An announced was made for the addition of the Color imageRUNNER c3480 Series and the Color imageRUNNER C3080 Series by the Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leader in document imaging and office solutions. The Color imageRUNNER C3480/C3080 Series models bring time-savings, joining the Color imageRUNNER C2550 announced in Febraury 2008, performance and high-quality output ot smaller offices and workgroup environments.Robust finishing options, advanced security features, and low energy consumption, as well as compatibility with a wide selection of accessories. Offering web connectivity, accelerated paper management, that the Color imageRUNNER c3480 and c3080 systems are available in either a “base” or “I” version, and can be customized to meet diverse document management needs.

Customer Intimacy and Empathy are Keys to Innovation

Posted By Faye

Date: March 12th, 2015

Category: Business



“Above all, we know that an entrepreneurial strategy has more chance of success the more it starts with the users — their utilities, their values, their realities … the test of an innovation is always what it does for the user…it is by no means hunch or gamble. But it is also not precisely science. Rather, it is judgment.” — Peter Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Just because a company is spending money on research (such as markets, customers, or new technologies) and development doesn’t mean they will get innovation. Innovation, as with advertising, training, or many other organization investments, depends on the quality of the investment as much as the quantity of resources put in it. A high proportion of innovative new products, services, and companies flop. That’s often because managers build better mousetraps without first making sure there are any mice out there. Or that people still want to catch them.

Many innovations come from a deeper level of customer and market understanding. They go beyond what current customers say they need. They solve problems that customers either don’t realize they have or didn’t know could be solved. These innovations create needs and performance gaps only once customers start using them and get turned on to the possibilities.

Every product and service we now take for granted was once silly, interesting, or just an odd curiosity. What would we have said to a market researcher asking about a video machine for our TV when there were few movies to rent? How about CD players when there were no CDs to buy? What about a bankcard to withdraw cash from an ATM? How about a personal computer? In the fifties, how highly would we have rated the need for jet planes when our business was conducted within a few hundred-mile radius of our office?

These are a few examples of the thousands of innovations that customer or market research and competitive benchmarking would never have identified a need for. The companies who pioneered these sorts of innovative breakthroughs had years of spectacular revenue growth and market leadership.

Walking in Our Customer’s Shoes

“The need for innovation on an unprecedented scale is a given. The question is how. It seems that giving the market free rein, inside and outside the firm, is the best — perhaps the only — satisfactory answer.” — Tom Peters, Liberation Management: Necessary Disorganization for the Nanosecond Nineties

Innovation is a hands-on issue. It calls for an intimate understanding of our current customers and markets, potential new customers or markets, team and organization competencies and improvement opportunities, vision, values, and mission. We can’t develop that intimacy from a distance. Studies, reports, surveys, graphs, and measurements wouldn’t do it.

Effective innovation depends on disciplined management systems and processes. But it starts with people. People searching for creative ways to do things better, different, or more effectively. People trying to understand how other people use, or could use, the products or services their organization could produce. That makes innovation a leadership issue.

Beyond the management tools of surveys, focus groups, and the like, innovation leaders find a multitude of ways to live in their customers’ world. They’re learning how to learn from the market, not just market research. Innovation leaders look for ways to align the organization’s product and service development competencies with latent or unexpressed market and customer needs. Since customers don’t know what’s possible, they often can’t identify innovations that break with familiar patterns.

At the other extreme, leaders recognize that their organizations are constantly in danger of developing products and services with little or no market appeal. So many new (or extended) products and services come from empathic innovation. These are innovations that flow from a deep empathy and understanding of the intended customers’ problems and aspirations.

Through living in and empathizing with their customers’ world, innovation leaders focus their organization’s development capabilities on solving problems or meeting needs that customers may not realize could be done.

As my first consulting company, The Achieve Group, was working with current and prospective Clients to move beyond the training field to organization improvement, we stumbled across the need for senior management education, strategy formulation, and implementation planning sessions. This came from working closely with Clients struggling to get people in their organization trained and using new approaches to customer service, quality improvement, and teams. It became clear that how the senior management group pulled everything together and led the effort was the key stumbling block or stepping stone to the whole effort. After experiments, pilots, and few failures, Achieve’s highly successful executive retreat process evolved and developed to meet a need no one had anticipated.

Firefox calls for HTML5 support

Posted By Faye

Date: March 5th, 2015


Apple is known for its intense criticism of Adobe’s Flash platform and has created huge waves when it refused to put in Flash support for the iPad and iPhone. The company has, instead, thrown its support for HTML5.
Apple has now gained another supporter in Mozilla, creators of the popular Firefox browser. The company has announced that people should support HTML5 and should use it whenever possible because Adobe Flash is, as they colorfully put it, “plugin hell.”
Firefox’s support for HTML5 is further bolstering its prominence and could be considered as another nail in the coffin of Flash.

The Social Web – Riskier that Ever

Posted By Avatar

Ever since sexual predators started to use social networks for their predatory behavior people have been told again and again that they should be frugal when it comes to personal information due to threats that exists on all corners of the internet. With the pornography ring busted in Australia recently, people still fail to notice that the information the place on the net through the many social networking sites is subject to the eyes of everyone and we do mean everyone.
Imagine a sexual predator in your hometown posing as a person with the same interests as you that you feel you have known her for years, then it turns out to be that the she was a he who has been stalking you online and physically for quite sometime. Do you need the ending? This is becoming more and more common and with younger children starting to use the web as a socializing platform from home the problems that can arise such as the one we discussed in endless. The internet is a dangerous place from the beginning and one of the main problem is that you really never know who you are in a chat session with, for real. They can be anybody and anyone around you or even half way around the world and that is a side of the internet that may need some checking. The transparency of the net that makes it too good to be true (it allows people from all over the world to get information on just a bout anything they fancy) is a double edged sword that can be turned against you in an instant.
Identity theft, fraud and many other crimes have now evolved around the internet and more and more of us are getting victimized. The experts have long advised us that if you deem information to be confidential or that you want to remain anonymous with regards to the use of the internet, best to keep your personal details to yourself and off the net. Even secure and encrypted sites can be hacked and there is no sure fire online security system that can provide total security and anonymity.privacy.jpg

Variance Swap – Risk Management Tool For Big Investors

Posted By Faye

Date: February 26th, 2015

Category: Investing



A variance swap is a derivative financial product designed to be a risk management tool for large professional investors. It allows them to manage portfolio risk by either hedging (removing risk) or, where appropriate, by speculating (increasing risk). Variance swaps trade mainly in the over-the-counter (OTC) market.

The basic features of a variance swap may be explained by examining the payoff earned by each party to the transaction. In simplified terms, a party’s pay-off from a variance swap is given by the following formula:

($Notional amount) * (A2 – B2) x 100

where

A = forward realized volatility (expressed as a decimal)

B = swap strike level (expressed as a decimal)

In plain terms, the above formula indicates that payoff is determined by taking the notional amount and multiplying it by the difference between the forward volatility squared minus the strike level squared. This product is then multiplied by one hundred merely as an adjustment to correct for the fact that A and B are expressed in the formula as decimals rather than percentages.

The above formula is a basic representation of a variance swap payoff. Actual variance swap contracts are likely to have more complicated expressions, but the essence is captured in the above expression.

On the day the swap is traded, the two parties agree a strike price as well as the notional value for the contract. The strike price is the base or reference level against which future realized volatility will be compared. The notional value can be any amount agreed by the parties.

Assume two parties agree to enter into a three month variance swap on the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index with a strike price of 20 percent and a notional amount of $100,000. The buyer of the swap pays the seller $100,000 and will receive the volatility realized during the contract period. At the swap expiration date, the realized variance is measured to have been 10 percent. The payoff to the swap buyer is $100,000 x (0.202 – 0.102) x 100, or $300,000. The swap seller pays the buyer $300,000. The buyer made a net gain and the seller a net loss, of $200,000.

Most financial securities decrease in value if their price volatility increases. The larger the portfolio the larger the value loss caused by price volatility. Variance swap contracts are a complex product designed for professional portfolio managers not small investors. They allow flexible terms and come at relatively low cost.

Variance swaps are a recent financial innovation introduced during the 1990s. The first known variance swap traded in 1993 with the FTSE Index as the underlying asset. Significant volumes have traded in the OTC market since about 1997. A three-month variance futures contract has traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange since 2004.