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Top 5 Oracle Database Tech Releases of 2014
By Laura Ramsey
"It was a great year for Oracle Technology ... with so many great new features and products for Oracle DBAs, Data Scientists and Developers. Here's the Top 5 new technologies that we rolled out, with the resources you need to get started...from your friends here at the OTN Watercooler..."
Your Favorite Posts from 2014
By Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith, Product Manager at Oracle for Oracle SQL Developer, writes, "We've had another great year. Multiple product updates, 127 posts, and LOTS of questions asked and answered. Since it's that time of year, here's your, 'lazy writer, popular posts' update :)

Based on overall site traffic in 2014, your favorite posts from this year are:.."

  • Introducing the Oracle Database 12c VirtualBox OTN Image
  • Migrating SQL Developer Connections with Passwords
  • Creating Schema DDL Scripts to Multiple Files
  • Exporting Multiple Blobs
  • Connecting to Oracle on VirtualBox from SQL Developer on your Windows Host
  • Ask a Question
  • SQL Developer and TNSNames
  • How to Start the Debugger
  • How to Open the Modeler in SQL Developer
  • SQL Developer and the Oracle Client

Read on for details.

Use both LDoms and Solaris Zones combined
By Marcel Hofstetter
"On current SPARC Systems you can choose to use LDoms and/or Zones:

Using LDoms you are able to run independent Solaris Versions on the same SPARC Server. Dedicated Memory and CPUs makes LDom very efficient (Zero Overhead). LDoms can be live migrated to other SPARC Servers.

Solaris Zones are Application Environments running on a Solaris OS. Using Solaris Zones you run your Applications in different Versions and different configurations on the same Solaris OS..."

Oracle VM Highlights of 2014
By Honglin Su
Honglin writes, "As 2014 is coming to a close, it's time to have a brief recap and highlight the areas with Oracle VM that can help you achieve further efficiency, flexibility and cost savings in your virtualization journey.

Oracle VM application-driven virtualization is built for enterprise workloads. Designed and continuously tested with Oracle Database, applications, middleware, systems and third party applications, Oracle VM is proven in both Oracle production as well as customer's environments to deliver the massive scale and availability required. It's worthwhile to spend a few minutes to watch a short video clip here. If you missed some of the webcasts, you can register to view one of the webcasts on-demand..."

FLUX Meeting @ NSU - Red Hat Update - Thursday January 15th
South Florida Linux Users Group (FLUX)
Many thanks to the outgoing FLUX president, Adam Glass, who has run FLUX since it was established in September 1997. We appreciate your many years of great work!

We have a new NSU sponsor and a new meeting location:

  • NSU's Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS)
  • Carl DeSantis Building (specific room will be sign-posted and announced closer to the 15th)
  • 3301 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
  • Google Map

The speaker for our January meeting will be Jim Wildman of Red Hat. Jim is a Field Engineer and a true FOSS evangelist. He was our guest speaker at the 2013 ITPalooza event where he gave an amazing talk. Please RSVP

See you on Thursday January 15th!

IT - Technology
The 7 Notable Solar Power Plants Of 2014
Forbes, December 29th, 2014
"The rooftop solar market has gotten a lot of attention this year because of its projected growth in the residential segment and the intensifying competition among installers. But what's also noteworthy is a spade of big solar power plants that have risen from the ground out here in the Big Open West, where utilities are under state mandates to increase the amount of renewable energy they buy.

These power plants are a sight to behold..."

    Machine Intelligence Cracks Genetic Controls
    Wired, December 29th, 2014
    "Every cell in your body reads the same genome, the DNA-encoded instruction set that builds proteins. But your cells couldn't be more different. Neurons send electrical messages, liver cells break down chemicals, muscle cells move the body. How do cells employ the same basic set of genetic instructions to carry out their own specialized tasks? The answer lies in a complex, multilayered system that controls how proteins are made..."
      CIA takes blame for more than half of UFO sightings in late 1950s and 60s
      VentureBeat, December 29th, 2014
      "The CIA was responsible for more than half of all UFO sightings in the late 1950s and most of the 1960s - but those weren't little green men flying high in the sky, they were spies.

      For years, the CIA secretly flew its famous U-2 spy plane at altitudes of 60,000 feet or more above countries like the Soviet Union. Since no one believed manned flight was possible at such heights, many who spotted the planes believed they were seeing UFOs. The spy agency did nothing at the time to disabuse them of the notion..."

        Five Coolest 3D-Printed Things Of 2014
        EFYTimes, December 31st, 2014
        "Technology has taken a new leap in 2014. We have seen coolest tech stuff happening in this year. 3D printing was upgraded to new level in the year. We witnessed sci-fi movie-like technology taking shape in 2014. 3D printers have made our lives easier. Prototyping has become piece of cake with 3D printers. Today we have listed five things that were built using 3D printer in 2014..."
        6 Technologies That Will Change PCs in 2015
        IT World, December 30th, 2014
        "In an era of slick gadgets, PCs are the dinosaurs, ensnared in wire clutter, sporting tired 2D cameras and stricken with the occasional blue screen of death. Technology coming up in 2015, though, is set to make PCs more interactive, fun and perhaps noisier than you'd like them to be.

        Apple's iPad changed the way people viewed computers and spurred PC innovation. Hardware makers drew ideas from mobile devices, gaming consoles and even 3D printers to rethink the PC, and the resulting new technologies will have a profound effect on how laptops and desktops are used next year and into the future.

        Perhaps the most interesting idea is Intel's 'wire-free' PC, in which wireless technology will replace display, charging and data transfer cables..."

        Seven Turning-Points To Watch For In 2015
        Forbes, January 1st, 2015
        "Accountability is a good thing. Here are my predictions for 2014 and how they played out. Last year I called for: 1) continued progress for the U.S. economy, 2) acceleration of healthcare reform, 3) beginning of similar reform in higher ed, 4) big data impacting many sectors, 5) tech/media/fashion converging, and 6) robotics becoming pervasive. Looking back, I would say that the economic forecast was right on; healthcare reform went slower than I expected because of the botched federal exchange roll-out; higher ed reform is accelerating; big data is having various impacts [but that was a softball prediction]; slow roll-out of smart watches is beginning a tech/media/fashon convergence; and robotics became pervasive in interesting ways..."
        Free and Open Source S/W
        Top 20 open source stories in 2014
        By Jason Hibbets of Red Hat
        Jason writes, "What an outstanding year for open source and the community! We shared more than 800 stories on how the open source way is changing our world and pushing innovation to new limits. While there were a number of hot topics, the most noise seemed to gravitate around OpenStack, open hardware, and Linux containers, specifically Docker.

        The staff, in partnership with our Community Moderators and members of various open source communities, collected inspiring stories, conducted interveiws, highlighted new projects, and discovered how the open source philosophy is making the world a better place....

        And now, the top 20 posts from in 2014..."

        IT - Bitcoin
        6 Weird and Wonderful Bitcoin Events of 2014
        CoindDesk, December 29th, 2014
        "It's been a roller coaster year in bitcoin, and not just for the price.

        While companies like Circle ventured to make bitcoin a serious contender in mainstream finance, there were many events that highlighted the not-so-serious side of the currency. Here are six of the best..."

        Tech 2015: Block Chain Will Break Free From Bitcoin To Power Distributed Apps
        Forbes, December 31st, 2014
        "In many ways, the crypto currency Bitcoin had a very bad year in 2014. It has fallen from a value of over $1,000 per Bitcoin last January to just over $300 today. This volatility and the attendant speculation has led some critics, notably Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, to consider the cash alternative to be a form of 'the long con.' In positive economic terms, he questions whether Bitcoin can be a stable store of value..."
        Microsoft: Bitcoin Regulation Will Influence Expansion Plans
        CoindDesk, December 30th, 2014
        "Global tech giant and Internet pioneer Microsoft ignited a new wave of interest in both bitcoin and its brand with its surprise December announcement that it had integrated the digital currency as a payment option for digital goods.

        While widely lauded by the bitcoin community as a small but forward-thinking step, optimism about the move arguably reached fever pitch when just a day later its partner BitPay suggested Microsoft was already considering ways to expand the payment option globally.

        Speaking to CoinDesk, however, Microsoft offered a somewhat different take on its internal conversation regarding bitcoin. While the company did not deny that discussions about the technology were ongoing, the company sought to frame such conversation as typical for any of its products and services..."

        Gregory Maxwell: How I Went From Bitcoin Skeptic to Core Developer
        CoindDesk, December 29th, 2014
        "Bitcoin holds a lot of promise as a decentralized currency, but there are many technical issues to be tackled as adoption increases.

        No one knows this better than core developer Gregory Maxwell, who has been contributing to bitcoin's software since the early days.

        A long time open-source and cryptography advocate, Maxwell was an early contributor to Wikipedia and worked for the Mozilla Foundation. He is now a co-founder of Blockstream, which has raised $21m with ambitious plans to push forward the development of bitcoin to better secure its future..."

        Taking The Block Chain Out Of Bitcoin In 2015
        CryptoCoinsNews, January 2nd, 2015
        "Taking the block chain out of Bitcoin and applying it to concepts beyond currency will be a key part of 2015. Their trustless, decentralized nature and future smart contracts provide more than just currency.

        Today, block chains are the data structure core to decentralized cryptocurrencies. Block chains are bubbles of market-driven nascent economies and platforms of permissionless innovation.

        Block chains, the concept, are even more important than the bitcoins they safeguard..."

        Mike Hearn: How Bitcoin's Technology Advanced in 2014
        CoindDesk, January 2nd, 2015
        "In just a few days, bitcoin will have been in development for six years.

        For those of us who watched it grow from a humble Windows-only desktop application to today's global infrastructure, bitcoin's technology is simultaneously astonishing and frustrating. We marvel at how far it's come, and yet are impatient with how far it still has to go.

        Most media stories reviewing bitcoin's 2014 focus exclusively on the price. So, instead, let's take a look at what we achieved as a community this year, and take a look ahead at where things might go in 2015..."

        Cloud Computing
        Oracle Data Enrichment Cloud Service (ODECS)
        Coming Soon
        Sandrine Riley writes, "What are your plans around Big Data and Cloud?

        If your organization has already begun to explore these topics, you might be interested a new offering from Oracle that will dramatically simplify how you use your data in Hadoop and the Cloud:

        There is a perception that most of the time spent in Big Data projects is dedicated to harvesting value. The reality is that 90% of the time in Big Data projects is really spent on data preparation..."

        CloudSigma Public Cloud built on Oracle Solaris
        Native Solaris-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering
        Mike Mulkey writes, "On September 30, 2014 CloudSigma issued a press release announcing a native Oracle Solaris-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering for the enterprise. And following on that press release, Robert Jenkins, CEO of CloudSigma, demonstrated how CloudSigma is deploying instances of Oracle Solaris in their public cloud in two separate presentations at Oracle OpenWorld 2014:

        - Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap [GEN7808] - Kernel Zones: Next-Generation Cloud Platform [CON7842]

        This is a significant strategic move by CloudSigma, leveraging Oracle Solaris features to meet their business objective of building high availability cloud servers and cloud hosting in both Europe and the US, and demonstrates Oracle Solaris and SPARC traction and value in the public cloud space..."

        6 game-changing Linux stories of 2014
        Swapnil Bhartiya in ITWorld
        Swapnil Bhartiya writes in ITWorld, "2014 may not have been the 'Year of Linux' as Jim Zemlin, the Executive Director of the Linux Foundation, would have wanted. But it was certainly was one of the most important years for Linux. Here are the top six Linux stories from the year 2014.

        • systemd
        • Debian forked
        • Buyout of SUSE/Novell
        • Red Hat changing focus
        • Netflix on Linux
        • Microsoft loves Linux

        Read on for details.

        IT - Cloud
        How the Cloud Provides an Extra Business Edge
        CIO Insight, December 29th, 2014
        "Enterprises that are adopting cloud-enabled business models reported that they're gaining a notable competitive edge within their industries, according to a recent survey conducted by Frost and Sullivan and sponsored by NetSuite. The study, 'Disrupt, Collapse, Transform: The Role of the Cloud in Industry Transformation,' indicates that organizations are turning to the cloud to improve existing customer relationship management (CRM) and e-commerce resources. They're under pressure to do so..."
        2015 Predictions of RackWare for Cloud
        Storage Newsletter, December 30th, 2014
        "RackWare, Inc., the software provider that integrates data center and cloud resources into a scalable and intelligently managed computing environment, announced top predictions for the year ahead in the cloud, particularly in cloud-based DR, datacenter heterogeneity and workloads in the cloud.

        Based on its observations, there has been significant progress made with cloud technologies in 2014, however there is plenty of room for advancement in 2015..."

          9 Cloud Trends For 2015
          Information Week, December 29th, 2014
          "In 2015, expect to see the cloud mature as a platform for hybrid operations, with cloud data centers achieving new efficiencies through containers...

          AWS took a decidedly enterprise-oriented turn in November, adding services such as AWS Aurora, a MySQL database service on steroids that can replace Oracle or an AWS Code Deploy service to make it easier to launch your workload on EC2. And that turn marks our first prediction for 2015:..."

          The Open Hybrid Cloud Catalyst in 2015
          Business 2 Community, January 1st, 2015
          "Chief executives have approved digital technology budgets and updated strategic plans, now the Line of Business leaders and their IT counterparts must address the tactical execution for 2015 and beyond.

          In hindsight, 2014 was a pivotal year for cloud service platform adoption. Regardless, the trend will accelerate next year. International Data Corporation (IDC) has shared their 2015 predictions about the global cloud computing platforms market, based upon their latest outlook.

          These predictions are intended to help senior executives and IT leaders capitalize on the most profound emerging market opportunities and plan for their future growth..."

          IT - CxO
          New Data, Same Old Dumb Bosses: 3 Lesson
          Information Week, December 29th, 2014
          "Corporate overlords finally take an interest in data. Too bad they don't understand it and will be tricked by crafty short-timers...

          Look! Data everywhere! Import it from your phone app; slice and dice it from your website; and soon, you will need a "warehouse" for Internet of Things data. Time, energy, and money: all targeted at nothing less of a goal than True Understanding of Customers and Business Direction. But since when did more data and better tools change the way that dumb people act? Let us review three lessons..."

            Get out of the weeds and lead
            Federal Computer Week, December 29th, 2014
            "From the day we were born, all the applause has been about 'what I have done well,' not 'what we have done well.' Look at your life and your experiences and then fast-forward to where you are today. I think you'll agree that for most of your life, your personal performance generated the lion's share of your positive rewards or negative consequences. It wasn't a group of people; it was you, you and more you.

            The exception is teamwork within or outside your family. If you have been a member of a real team of any kind, you may have picked up some insight into the way teams work and even into the way good leadership works..."

            25 Must-Reads for IT Leaders in 2015
            Insurance Networking News, December 29th, 2014
            "Each year, the Society for Information Management assembles a required reading list for its Regional Leadership Forum. For 2015, 24 books plus one movie are on the list of must-reads for IT leaders. What are the society's members reading, and what can you learn from this collection of business acumen, political wisdom and philosophical insights? Here we present the complete list along with brief summaries of what each tome has to offer..."
            The Top 10 Technology News Stories of 2014
            CIO Today, January 2nd, 2015
            "This year gave us plenty of headlines for the tech industry, both positive and negative. From the introduction of new devices like the iPhone 6 to enormous data Relevant Products/Services breaches at major companies, 2014 showed how technological developments are impacting all corners of the world. As we reflect on the year gone by, we've chosen what we think are the 10 most important technology stories of 2014...."
              Five Keys to Establishing Better IT Metrics
              CIO Insight, December 30th, 2014
              "In today's high-stakes and fast-changing IT environment, it's critical to build an effective framework based on the use of metrics. These guidelines can help.

              Over the last decade, CIOs have faced growing challenges related to managing enterprise information technology and ensuring that systems deliver maximum results and ROI. At the center of this complex equation: IT metrics.

              The ability to gauge costs, speed, efficiency, performance and overall productivity is critical. Here are five factors that CIOs should focus on:..."

              451 Research: 6 Cs Will Dominate Disruptive Trends in 2015
              The VAR Guy, December 29th, 2014
              "Six critical components including containerization, cloud security and data center convergence will be the most preeminent disruptive IT trends in the industry during 2015, according to 451 Research. The addition of server closets, 'crowd workers' and the coexistence of traditional and DIY data management round out the research company's list of big trends for 2015..."
              Are Enterprises Ready for Billions of Devices to Join the Internet?
              Wired, December 29th, 2014
              "There are currently more devices connected to the Internet than there are people in the world. The Internet now connects a staggering 10 billion devices today. And this number will continue to grow, as more devices gain the ability to directly interface with the Internet or become physical representations of data accessible via Internet systems. This trend toward interactive device independence is collectively described as the Internet of Things (IoT).

              To put the IoT's explosive growth into perspective, Gartner estimates the IoT market at 26B devices by 2020. Cisco says IoT will add over $14 trillion dollars in economic value add by 2020..."

              6 IT Trends To Watch In 2015
              Information Week, December 29th, 2014
              "To shepherd in the new year, I've created a list of 15 IT trends for 2015 from which I list six here.

              They're in no particular order, and most are not new -- they're just more relevant in 2015 given the long lead time for mass corporate adoption of new technologies, practices, and thinking despite what industry pundits get excited about and predict..."

                Here's an easy way to identify potential leaders via email
                VentureBeat, December 29th, 2014
                "As the Boulder startup community evolved, I started to become inundated with people who wanted to get involved. Some of these were locals while others where people looking to move to Boulder, or who had recently moved here. Some were people known to me while others were new relationships.

                As the momentum, size, impact, and reach of the Boulder startup community grew, I found myself overwhelmed by the amount of requests I was getting to get together, meet, explore ways to work together, and just generally share food and drink in the quest for figuring out ways to work together.

                A while ago I came up with an approach where I could separate leaders from doers from everyone else..."

                  vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed January, 14th
                  6pm - 9pm
                  Please join us for the next vBeers @ Broward. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Broward County, Florida, USA.

                  The next Broward meeting will be at the Funky Buddha Brewery, which is located in Oakland Park, just a few minutes East of I-95.

                  This event will be sponsored by Volico Hosting (beer) and Nexenta Systems (pizza).

                  Bring your sense of humor and get ready for some great IT and virtualization conversations with some of the best people in South Florida's IT community. Please encourage to IT friends and colleagues to attend!

                  • Funky Buddha Brewery
                  • 1201 NE 38th St
                  • Oakland Park, FL 33334

                  Please RSVP at the vBeers South Florida page for this meetup.

                  Join us for one of the three South Florida vBeers events. The South Florida vBeers events happen three times a month, once per county:

                  IT - DR
                  Cloud DR dominated 2014 disaster recovery trends
                  SearchDisasterRecovery, December 29th, 2014
                  "Cloud disaster recovery became the overarching theme for DR in 2014, dominating products and services from new and established vendors.

                  The cloud stood at the forefront of disaster recovery trends in 2014, as cloud DR became a constant theme in the news. The year was dominated by new and upgraded cloud DR offerings from established vendors and startups..."

                  IT - Networks
                  Ways to Safely Use Free Public Wi-Fi Despite the Risks
                  Business 2 Community, December 30th, 2014
                  "Free public Wi-Fi is becoming more and more common these days. A lot of cities and towns across the globe already have it. Governments in a lot of countries like Greece and others are already planning to offer free Wi-Fi for the whole country. Besides, a few countries are also hoping that offering free public Wi-Fi can help enhance their economy. Beyond all these, it surely feels great for a person to use this free service. But there's something more to it.

                  Is free Wi-Fi completely safe?..."

                  2014's top three depressing network stories
                  ZDNet, December 29th, 2014
                  "I wish I could say things were just peachy on the networking side of computing and the Internet in 2014 but I can't.

                  True, software-defined networking (SDN), especially in open-source projects such as OpenDaylight, will be revolutionizing data-center networking. Within the data-center we're also seeing faster throughput than ever thanks to inventions such as the new Broadcom BCM56960 chip, which can support 3.2 Terabits per second of bandwidth, or 128 ports of 25GE on a single chip. And, for short reaches anyway, the latest DSL standard promises us 1 Gigabit per second speeds. Last, but far from least, 802.11ac-2013 is getting us closer and closer to having real-world gigabit Wi-Fi speeds.

                  That was the good news. Now for the bad, going from least bad to the worst...

                  6 Insecure Internet Protocols That Need Urgent Attention!
                  EFYTimes, December 30th, 2014
                  "Internet started and was created around various protocols. These protocols were designed to fit together and form the network of computers to share and collaborate data. Some of these protocols are designed to ensure data security while, some are designed to serve the need. Some of the security protocols are ignored over the years and they didn't receive any update. These protocols can be easily exploited. Today we have listed six such internet protocols that are on the verge to be replaced or outdated..."
                  IT - Operations
                  The 'Third Era' of IT will bring massive changes to the data center
                  VentureBeat, December 29th, 2014
                  "Imagine you worked in a data center a decade ago and then moved to a remote island. Ten years later, you've returned and it's your first day back in the data center. You walk in and survey your surroundings. The servers have all been virtualized. Much of the software controlling them has changed.

                  In short, it's a very, very different world..."

                    Data center cost calculator to keep you on budget
                    SearchDataCenter, December 30th, 2014
                    "Calculating the cost of setting up a data center is complicated. Total data center cost spans from the capital investment in building or acquiring a facility, to the fine details of operating expenses, such as maintenance for fire suppression systems.

                    The attached data center cost calculator covers capital and operating expenses over a nine-year window for a traditional data center building, not containerized options. The spreadsheet is meant as a guide and a starting point for discussion. It may differ from your company's accounting schemes, due to taxes or other financial rules..."

                      We Don't Need No Stinkin' Change Management
                      Business 2 Community, December 31st, 2014
                      "In a previous post, I wrote about the customer experience inflection point. I stated: There comes a time in every company's history, present time, or future when it must change or adapt - or die. In order to change or adapt, there must be some systematic process in place, a process that gets everyone on board and marching to the same beat; that process is often referred to as change management.

                      On Wikipedia, change management is defined as: an approach to transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations to a desired future state. In organizational change, the approach is structured to ensure changes are smoothly and successfully implemented to achieve lasting results.

                      Why is change management important? ..."

                      5 Hyperscale Lessons for Mainstream Datacenters
                      Information Week, December 30th, 2014
                      "Management practices from the HPC world can get even bigger results in smaller-scale operations.

                      In 2014, industry watchers have seen a major rise in hyperscale computing. Hadoop and other cluster architectures that originated in academic and research circles have become almost commonplace in the industry. Big data and business analytics are driving huge demand for computing power, and 2015 should be another big year in the datacenter world..."

                      IT - Security
                      8 Tips to Improve Cybersecurity in the New Year
                      CIO, December 29th, 2014
                      "Some of the cyber incidents we dealt with in 2014 include malware infections, compromised servers, and ransomware, to name a few. We can expect more of the same in 2015.

                      While we can - and certainly will - leverage cutting-edge technology to address new threats, we can - and must - leverage human behavior and best practices as a means for shoring defenses. Let's take a look at some ways organizations can minimize risks..."

                        A 2014 Lookback: Predictions vs. Reality
                        Dark Reading, December 29th, 2014
                        "It was a tumultuous year for cyber security, but it drove the adoption of incident response plans and two-factor authentication.

                        At the beginning of the year, I made a series of cyber security predictions for 2014. Some proved true, while others are happening a little more slowly than I anticipated. Let's see how they stacked up against reality.

                        I predicted that in 2014 incident response would finally mature as a business process, and it seems that sentiment is well on its way to becoming reality..."

                        4 Infosec Resolutions For The New Year
                        Dark Reading, December 30th, 2014
                        "Don't look in the crystal ball, look in the mirror to protect data and defend against threats in 2015.

                        As the year draws to a close, security gurus begin the annual ritual of predicting what horrors will befall us after the calendar turns from December to January. While this gloomy approach ignores the potential for actually improving infosec, it also sidesteps the opportunity for reflection. The truth is, any security incidents that will occur in 2015 will be the result of lingering errors created in the past. Here are four dangers that will continue unless we resolve to act now..."

                        Top 10 Security Incidents and Vulnerabilities of 2014
                        eWeek, December 30th, 2014
                        "This past year has been one of the busiest ones on record for IT security professionals, with a seemingly endless stream of high-profile exploits and software vulnerabilities. At the end of 2013, Target revealed what turned out to be the first of many retail breaches over the next 12 months. Retailers large and small were in the news over the course of 2014, with breaches at Home Depot, Staples, Dairy Queen and even the nonprofit Goodwill Industries.

                        Retailers weren't the only ones under attack in 2014, however; the open-source software development movement was under scrutiny due to several high-profile security incidents. The OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability that was first disclosed in April had a wide-reaching impact and consequences that took months to unravel..."

                        IT Security in 2015: Four Trends to Watch
                        eWeek, December 31st, 2014
                        "The trends are very clear, and they point to a year that will be exceptionally challenging for IT security professionals.

                        In any given year, there are a number of IT trends driven by evolutionary factors with leading indicators that are present in the prior year. Looking into the crystal ball to see what's in store for IT security in 2015, there are some clear trends that emerged in 2014 that serve as harbingers of security trends in 2015..."

                        10 Top Security Stories of 2014
                        CIO, December 31st, 2014
                        "In 2014 we saw cyberthreats and data breaches on a scale we've never experienced before. Retailers, banks, gaming networks, media and entertainment titans &#8212; all felt the hit.

                        Perhaps it is no surprise, then, that the most popular security story of the year was a look into the future at security trends that are likely to dominate the coming year, and number two was a step-by-step exploration of how the Target breach likely occurred. Security issues around mobile, cloud and the Internet of Things all piqued your interest. Here are's most-read security stories of 2014..."

                        The Top 15 Security Predictions for 2015
                        Government Technology, December 28th, 2014
                        "Predictions are everywhere. Most security companies now make them. As I examined 2015 lists and checked them twice, everyone is saying that our online situation will get worse. But how much worse? What surprises await us? Here's what technology experts are saying - along with my naughty and nice labels..."
                        IT - Careers
                        5 Skills That Will Get You Hired In 2015
                        Business 2 Community, December 30th, 2014
                        "Do you possess strong communication skills? Do perform well in a team setting? If so, it's very likely you'll be a highly sought-after candidate in 2015.

                        According to a November 2014 report by NACE, leadership, the ability to work in a team, and strong communication skills are just a few of the top skills employers are looking for in candidates in 2015.

                        As you prepare for your job search, it's important to be aware of these top skills that will get you hired in the new year:.."

                          10 Top Career Stories of 2014
                          CIO, December 30th, 2014
                          "CIOs had an eye-opening year in 2014: Faced with an increasingly competitive talent market, many realized they'd need to improve their IT hiring strategies and focus on retention to stay competitive. The lack of diversity and the scarcity of women in IT drew well-deserved attention. And many IT leaders began to realize just how important social media and mobile technology are to their organization's recruiting strategy. Here are the 10 most-read leadership, executive and c-suite-focused career stories of 2014..."
                            These Ten Zombie Phrases Are Killing Your Resume
                            Forbes, December 29th, 2014
                            "I wrote my first resume in 1982, when I was twenty-two. Doesn't that seem like a million years ago? Back then, the resume-writing standard was that we all tried to sound exactly like everyone else in our resumes. We were trying to fit some kind of ancient corporate standard.

                            We thought it sounded very professional and up-to-date to call ourselves 'Results-oriented professionals' and 'Motivated self-starters' in our resumes. But then again, in 1982 we thought Madonna was the coolest thing on the planet. It was a different time. My Gen Y friends weren't alive in 1982..."

                              Career Tips For 2015
                              Business 2 Community, December 30th, 2014
                              "Yes, a New Year is upon us, and it happened faster than we thought. What else is new?

                              I think that there will be a lot of changes in the workplace in the coming year. There will be a shortage of talent, especially top notch digital talent. Today, digital marketers, digital strategy folks, SEO talent, and programmers are all very hard to find.

                              If you don't have those skills, acquire as much game as you can learn.

                              More people will be moving around this year than ever before. Some companies will portray them as opportunists. Companies killed company loyalty and not employees..."

                                Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace
                                The Washington Post, December 30th, 2014
                                "A year ago, my boss announced that our large New York ad agency would be moving to an open office. After nine years as a senior writer, I was forced to trade in my private office for a seat at a long, shared table. It felt like my boss had ripped off my clothes and left me standing in my skivvies.

                                Our new, modern Tribeca office was beautifully airy, and yet remarkably oppressive. Nothing was private. On the first day, I took my seat at the table assigned to our creative department, next to a nice woman who I suspect was an air horn in a former life..."

                                  IT - Social Media
                                  5 Megatrends: Social Media Predictions For 2015
                                  Business 2 Community, December 30th, 2014
                                  "... As is my habit, rather than creating my own post, I've scoured the Internet (via Storify) to bring the best social media predictions for 2015 to you.

                                  5 MegaTrends

                                  Of course, trends emerge in these social media predictions for 2015 from leading social media companies. Let's take a moment to talk about these trends: ..."

                                    IT - Virtualization
                                    Docker, CoreOS Push Containers To Center Stage
                                    Information Week, December 29th, 2014
                                    "Containers aren't just good for developers. They're good for cloud workloads, if their supporters can get the security right.

                                    It's hard to look back on 2014 and not conclude that containers will play some significant future role in the cloud. Right now everybody -- apparently including Red Hat and Google -- agrees that containers in the cloud should be run in a virtual machine.

                                    But with containers, we're nearly where we need to be for the ideal, streamlined cloud workload vehicle. The container isolates one application from another on a host, has its own API access through which it may be commissioned and decommissioned without affecting other apps, and makes highly efficient use of a shared operating system kernel. It scales up and down quickly and easily, provided the resource is available. What's not to like?..."

                                    IT - Email
                                    Forget Facebook and Snapchat: American Workers Still Need Their Email
                                    Re/code, December 30th, 2014
                                    "They can hack it, spam it, even slam it as so old-school. But American workers can't live without their email.

                                    About six out of 10 working Americans surveyed recently consider email 'very important' to their jobs, making it the most critical digital tool in the American workplace today, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. About a quarter of the workers surveyed say mobile phones are critical to their work, while 35 percent say land-line phones are. A measly four percent consider social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter 'very important' in the workplace..."

                                    Email rules, according to Pew Internet study
                                    GIGAOM, December 31st, 2014
                                    "A new report by the Pew Internet Project shows that email is still the killer app for work.

                                    The study's authors, Kristin Purcell and Lee Rainie, wrote, 'Six in ten (61%) American workers who use the internet say email is 'very important' for doing their job, and 54% say the same about the internet. Far fewer workers describe landline phones (35%) or cell phones and smartphones (24%) as 'very important.' Just 4% say social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn are 'very important' to their work'..."

                                    Security pros announce Dark Mail Technical Alliance
                                    Bit-Tech, January 2nd, 2015
                                    "A quartet of well-known security researchers have announced the formation of the Dark Mail Technical Alliance, designed to create an easier method for end-to-end encryption for email.

                                    Founded by Phil Zimmermann, Jon Callas, Mike Janke and Ladar Levison - known for Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), Silent Circle, and Lavabit respectively - the Dark Mail Technical Alliance has announced as its mission no less than a secure and straightforward end-to-end encrypted email standard..."

                                    IT - Big Data
                                    My Big Data Resolution for 2015
                                    Business 2 Community, December 31st, 2014
                                    "I generally like precision, and I strive for it in my writing and thinking. It certainly helps in communicating ideas., However, I have been pretty relaxed in how I use the term, Big Data. I've used the term to refer to the size of the data set (e.g., 'We have Big Data.'). I have even used it to describe a method (e.g., 'We are using a Big Data approach.'). Still other times, I have used it as a general label (e.g., 'Big Data is the future.').

                                    In a survey of Fortune 1000 technology executives, 30% of the executives found the term, Big Data, confusing and misleading and 53% said it was overstated. With my inconsistent use of the term, perhaps I am merely contributing to their dislike of the term.

                                    So, I am making a New Year's resolution for 2015. I will be more precise when I use the term, Big Data..."

                                    The Mirage of Data
                                    Business 2 Community, January 2nd, 2015
                                    "Big Data and data-driven marketing are two of the most prominent business buzzwords.

                                    New technologies are giving businesses access to larger amounts of data and tools that help us analyze data faster, in larger volumes than ever before. It feels empowering in our quest for the answers. We want data to illuminate the way for us.

                                    Data enables us to make the right decisions and to bulletproof our plans - Or does it?..."

                                    Top Trend Predictions for Big Data in 2015 (Part I)
                                    ESG, December 30th, 2014
                                    "I have no crystal ball, so I can't peer into the swirling fog and read the future. This is a constant disappointment, but explains my fantasy football results. What I do have is better though: The crowd-sourced wisdom of many, many leaders in the world of big data. Based on all the candid conversations with customers and vendors, I can predict with some confidence the following trends for 2015..."
                                    Universities Increasing Programs for Data Scientists
                                    Wall Street & Technology, December 29th, 2014
                                    "Capital Markets Outlook 2015: Investment in big data continues to increase, but it all means squat if there's no talent to program the tools, analyze the results, and create business value. Universities are responding by creating programs to train a generation of data scientists in technical and business capabilities..."
                                    5 big data trends to watch out for in 2015
                                    VentureBeat, December 30th, 2014
                                    "What a difference a year makes. At the end of 2013, the industry was still debating whether Hadoop and related big data technologies were going to become mainstream or were just niche technologies for Internet companies.

                                    A year later, the answer is clear - Hadoop is without question the foundation of the new data stack, the first of the Hadoop distributions (Hortonworks) is now a public company, with others sure to follow. This is putting a spotlight on the next layer up the stack - big data analytics - and the use cases that will be unlocked and transformed by collecting and connecting vast quantities of raw data and empowering business analysts with new capabilities. In 2015, we'll see the impact of big data across almost every industry sector, and there will be a multitude of proof points that go beyond vague claims often seen today.

                                    Here are five trends to watch for over the next 12 months:..."

                                    Big Data and CRM Help Public Broadcaster Attract More Donors
                                    CIO, December 29th, 2014
                                    "Public TV and radio station WGBH wanted to build deeper relationships with current and potential members, but the Boston-area PBS and NPR affiliate couldn't easily analyze its donor data from within its Salesforce customer relationship management system. That put targeted marketing efforts beyond reach, says Cate Twohill, the station's senior director and managing partner for CRM services..."
                                    8 Predictions About Big Data Technology In 2015
                                    EFYTimes, December 29th, 2014
                                    "Big data technologies have seen a huge boom in recent years all over the world. Throughout 2014, lots of big data initiatives have come into notice from the enterprise sectors. Big data deployments have increased across organisations. This trend is expected to move upwards further in the upcoming year...

                                    There are lots of predictions coming about big data technologies in 2015. Here are eight out of them in an assorted way:..."

                                    IT - Mobile
                                    Mobile 2014 - Highlights and Milestones
                                    Always On Real-Time Access, December 29th, 2014
                                    "At the dawn of the Connected Intelligence Era, mobile continues to shape the digital landscape of opportunities and disruptions. 2014 was an incredible year with some key milestones, tectonic plate tremors, and events of significant consequence for the decade. In no particular order, the highlights and milestones of Mobile 2014 were:..."
                                      The 10 Most Popular Apps Of 2014
                                      Business Insider, December 29th, 2014
                                      "As 2014 comes to a close, it's always interesting to find out which smartphone apps are used the most.

                                      Each year, Nielsen, the company that measures TV ratings, also releases a list of the most popular apps of the year, breaking things down by how many average unique users each app has.

                                      We have collected all the apps in one place for you, along with the links to download them if you find something you like..."

                                        The One Mobile Trend You Can't Ignore In 2015
                                        Business 2 Community, December 30th, 2014
                                        "In 2014, apps changed the way brands interact with consumers - not only when it comes to traditional transactions, but by inspiring new ways for organizations to create value and trust. The shift in attention to apps is driven by a user base demanding ease of use, mobility, and quick benefit. In many ways, it's users who are defining the future of mobile.

                                        Until now, brands have kept up with the demand for new app development. As users evolve, so do their expectations. Supply and demand in the app space is higher than ever before; but the actual quality delivered doesn't yet meet those expectations..."

                                          IT - BYOD
                                          NPD: Tablets Growing at Faster Rate Than Any Connected Device
                                          The VAR Guy, December 29th, 2014
                                          "A reported 109 million tablets are in use among U.S. consumers, according to ZDNet, citing figures from The NPD Group's Connected Intelligence, Connected Home Report. This drastic rise in tablet ownership marks an increase of 35 million devices from last year, officially making tablets the fastest connected mobile device on the market.

                                          But if tablets are as popular The NPD Group claims, then why are sales dropping faster than ever?..."

                                            Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                            Vol 202 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 201 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4
                                            We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                            • Run your Java Applications faster
                                            • Oracle Buys Datalogix
                                            • Linux and open source 2014: It was the best of years, it was the worst of years
                                            • Hurd Around The World: Five Things You Need To Know About Your Business
                                            • New features in ksplice uptrack
                                            • Oracle Social Cloud
                                            • Solaris Studio : C/C++ Dynamic Analysis
                                            • How Linux containers can solve a problem for defense virtualization
                                            • What Does Complete Look Like for Oracle?
                                            • Running E-Business Suite on Exalogic and Exadata

                                            The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

                                              IT - Server
                                              Open Server Summit Shines on Software-Defined Architectures
                                              ServerWatch, December 29th, 2014
                                              "The world of a completely software-defined data center (SDDC) is not that far off and, in fact, you can see most of the major components on display today from many vendors.

                                              The Open Server Summit 2014 was held in Santa Clara, CA last month and had most, if not all, of the key SDDC technologies on display. You can see a list of the topics on the OSS2014 website and even download a copy of the proceedings if you want to see for yourself..."

                                                Choosing the best server OS: Linux vs. Windows comparisons
                                                SearchDataCenter, December 29th, 2014
                                                "When determining the best commodity server OS for a data center, you have various Windows and Linux options. And they're anything but equal.

                                                In the corporate data center, Windows and Linux-based servers work side-by-side. But which is the best server operating system for your changing workloads?

                                                Experts Sander van Vugt and Brien Posey compare Linux vs. Windows Server on key points to determine the best server OS and dispel some common myths about both options. Follow their assessments of functionality and hardware compatibility, resource requirements, stability and security, as well as cloud-readiness, cost and support..."

                                                5 Reasons Why NetBeans Should be in Every Developer's Toolkit
                                                YouTube Video By Mark Stephens
                                                Mark Stephens has been working with Java since 1997. He is an Entrepreneur and software developer who setup IDRsolutions in 1999. IDRsolutions have a Java PDF library and a PDF to HTML5/SVG converter which are used by clients worldwide. He has an MSC degree in Computer Science and an MA in Mediaeval History and has a detailed knowledge of Byzantine and Ottoman History. So DevFest is his dream conference as he gets to combine both coding and mediaeval castles/cathedral and cisterns.

                                                He writes, "If you have never heard of NetBeans, think that NetBeans is just a Java IDE, want to write better code, want to play with cool new technologies, or just want a better way to develop desktop applications quickly, this talk is for you.... I will give you a whistle stop tool of the multiple languages NetBeans supports, show you the built in examples and tools inside NetBeans for developing, testing and improving code, automating functions with netBeans, introduce you to the platform and show you how easy NetBeans makes it to build applications with very little code..."

                                                Video on YouTube

                                                NetBeans Top 5 Highlights of 2014
                                                By Geertjan Wielenga
                                                Geertjan writes, "It's been a great NetBeans year in 2014 and here are the highlights as I see them!

                                                • Release of NetBeans IDE 8.0, 8.0.1, and 8.0.2
                                                • Continually growing commitment and innovation around HTML5
                                                • Very successful JavaOne 2014 and more NetBeans Days
                                                • NetBeans Dream Team expansion
                                                • Books

                                                Read on for details ...

                                                Multiple vulnerabilities in NTP
                                                resolved as of ntp-4.2.8

                                                NTF's NTP Project has been notified of a number of vulnerabilities from Neel Mehta and Stephen Roettger of Google's Security Team.

                                                The two most serious of these issues and four less serious issues have been resolved as of ntp-4.2.8, which was released on 18 December 2014. Latest version of NTP shipped with Solaris 10 and Solaris 11.2 is not impacted by CVE-2014-9293 and CVE-2014-9294.

                                                Please upgrade to Solaris 11.2 SRU 4.4 or Solaris 11.1 SRU 13.6 to install the Solaris 11.x IDRs.

                                                workaround instructions

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