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Oracle Joins the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
An End-to-End Approach to IoT
Eric Renaud blogs, "Oracle has recently joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a global, nonprofit partnership of industry, government and academia created to facilitate the development of a global ecosystem for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Oracle understands that businesses are beginning to grasp the advantages of IoT both in terms of improving operational efficiency and extending external business opportunities. Oracle will actively work with the its fellow IIC members in order to drive further IoT innovation through the creation of new industry use cases and testbeds for real-world applications, as well as to participate in the working committees and task forces to spur innovation and drive standards in the Internet of Things (IoT) a focus on Industry..."

July 2015 Critical Patch Update Released
Oracle's primary mechanism for the release of security fixes across all Oracle products

Eric Maurice report that Oracle today released the July 2015 Critical Patch Update.

"The Critical Patch Update program is Oracle's primary mechanism for the release of security fixes across all Oracle products, including security fixes intended to address vulnerabilities in third-party components included in Oracle's product distributions.

The July 2015 Critical Patch Update provides fixes for 193 new security vulnerabilities across a wide range of product families including: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Hyperion, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle Communications Applications, Oracle Java SE, Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, and Oracle MySQL.

Out of these 193 fixes, 44 are for third-party components included in Oracle products distributions (e.g., Qemu, Glibc, etc.)..."

Oracle Global Partner Kick Off Replay
Video (on-demand)
The Oracle PartnerNetwork FY16 Global Partner Kickoff took place on June 23 at 9am PST. This event was an opportunity to get up close with Oracle executives Mark Hurd, Thomas Kurian, and John Fowler.

This year's program is a great way to learn about the ways you can accelerate sales & revenue through Oracle's full-stack offerings.

Watch the replay.

Here's how AI could fix the toxic nature of the internet
Business Insider, July 17th, 2015
"Venture outside the Safe For Work confines of the internet and you'll find off-the-scale offensive images that will rattle your brain.

Or you could provoke the ire of strangers on the internet, like Anita Sarkeesian, who runs a blog exposing the way sexist videogames depict and exclude women. On a daily basis, she receives sexual harassment and death threats from anonymous Twitter users. Last October, she had to cancel a Utah State University event because of an anonymous terror threat..."

    Speech Recognition: Glamour and deceit?
    ComputerWorld, July 13th, 2015
    "'To sell suckers, one uses deceit and offers glamour,' wrote John Pierce of Bell Labs in 1969 as he discussed speech recognition. Seriously, that was his advice against 'mad inventors or untrustworthy engineers' that weren't using a scientific approach.

    Glamour led to funding, which led to failure, which led to 'A.I. winters' in which funding disappeared. Is innovation still being stifled because of those previous failures, or is there a fear of new ideas?..."

      How artificial intelligence is changing economic theory, July 17th, 2015
      "A century of economic theory assumed that, given their available options, humans would always make rational decisions. Economists even had a name for this construct: homo economicus, the economic man.

      Have you ever met a human? We're not always the most rational bunch. More recent economic theory confronts that fact, taking into account the importance of psychology, societal influences and emotion in our decision-making..."

        Solaris 11.3 zones blog entries
        By Mike Gerdts
        Mike Gerdts writes, "When I was interviewing with the zones team a number of years ago, I was told that Zones were the peanut butter that was spread throughout the operating system. I'm not so sure peanut butter is exactly the analogy that I'd go for... perhaps something a bit more viscous and hip like Sriracha sauce. Whatever the analogy, there's a lot of innovation related to zones throughout Solaris by people that don't work on the zones team. Here's a sampling of zones-related hotness in Solaris 11.3 blogged about elsewhere..."
        Why Virtualization Drives the Cloud
        Friday Spotlight By Chris Kawalek
        Chris Kawalek writes, "We have a brand new digital white board video for you this week on why virtualization drives the cloud. The host is Oracle VM Product Management Director John Priest, and while the video is focused on Oracle VM, it has some great general purpose information in it, too. It would be interesting to folks interested in Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and just cloud infrastructure in general.

        Click here or the thumbnail below to head over to Oracle Media Network to give it a watch..."

        IT - Storage
        Replace Your NAS with Cloud Storage: The 8 Key Requirements
        Network World, July 16th, 2015
        "For cloud storage to be useful for unstructured data, it needs to provide equivalent flexibility, performance and productivity as enterprise storage systems

        The economics, scale, and manageability of cloud storage simply cannot be matched even by the largest enterprise datacenters.

        Hyperscale cloud storage providers like AWS, Google and Azure dropped prices by up to 65% last year and promised a Moore's Law pricing model going forward..."

        Evaluating new storage for virtualization options
        SearchServerVirtualization, July 17th, 2015
        "The proliferation of hyper-converged infrastructure is giving administrators more storage options for their virtual environments.

        Even with the array of software-defined storage and storage virtualization options available today, storage is still storage. Your VMs are not going to get any smaller, nor are they going to decrease in quantity. Organizations with existing storage frames have the experience with dedicated frames and storage networks. While this investment in hardware and personnel is often considerable, there's something to be said for consistency in both reliability and performance. Still, it's worth noting that features such as data mirroring, deduplication, encryption and disaster recovery options are now being offered in hyper-converged infrastructure products..."

        The Rise of Server SAN
        Wikibon, July 16th, 2015
        "Server SAN is software-led storage built on commodity servers with directly attached storage (DAS). Wikibon believes Server SAN is poised to disrupt traditional storage architectures over the next decade. As enterprise organizations begin to replicate the infrastructure of hyperscale giants, software will lead a transition where storage function migrates closer to the host. This will occur over a decade while stacks are made more robust and mature..."
        IT - Technology
        The impending end of Moore's Law is not Intel's biggest problem
        ITWorld, July 16th, 2015
        "Intel's latest earnings call was a real stunner because it confirmed a rumor I'd covered here and at the same time seemed to spell the end of Moore's Law, which has guided the company for 40 years.

        On the call, the company confirmed that it will build a third generation of processors with the 14nm process, taking another year than usual to get to a process shrink. The move to 10nm would not come until the second half of 2017..."

        The 10 most powerful supercomputers on Earth (slideshow)
        Network World, July 13th, 2015
        "The twice-yearly top500 listing of the world's most powerful supercomputers is out, and even if there are few surprises, the presence of a brand-new system on the top 10 is intriguing. Here's your illustrated list of the 10 mightiest computing machines on the planet, as of June 2015..."
          Everything you need to know about virtual reality
          PC World, July 17th, 2015
          "Two years and five iterations of the Oculus Rift later, it's finally time to start writing about virtual reality as a thing that's happening, not something that will happen. Less than six months from now the first of the heavy hitter consumer-grade virtual reality sets will hit market - Valve and HTC's Vive headset - and a few months after that we'll see the Rift finally do the same.

          With that in mind, we thought it was high-time to get back to basics. What is virtual reality? What can you realistically do with it? And for that matter, what's the difference between augmented reality and virtual reality? What kind of PC will you need to partake? Do you even need a PC at all?..."

            New fuel-cell materials pave the way for practical hydrogen-powered cars
  , July 15th, 2015
            "Hydrogen fuel cells promise clean cars that emit only water. Several major car manufacturers have recently announced their investment to increase the availability of fueling stations, while others are rolling out new models and prototypes. However, challenges remain, including the chemistry to produce and use hydrogen and oxygen gas efficiently. Today, in ACS Central Science, two research teams report advances on chemical reactions essential to fuel-cell technology in separate papers..."
              Better Memory with Faster Lasers
              Science Daily, July 13th, 2015
              "DVDs and Blu-ray disks contain so-called phase-change materials that morph from one atomic state to another after being struck with pulses of laser light, with data "recorded" in those two atomic states. Using ultrafast laser pulses that speed up the data recording process, Caltech researchers adopted a novel technique, ultrafast electron crystallography (UEC), to visualize directly in four dimensions the changing atomic configurations of the materials undergoing the phase changes. In doing so, they discovered a previously unknown intermediate atomic state--one that may represent an unavoidable limit to data recording speeds..."
                8K TVs are the next big thing
                TechEYE, July 13th, 2015
                "While many people haven't got 4K TV screens yet in Western Europe, the vendors are already moving on to the next big thing - 8K TV screens.

                But 8K is a way off yet, because shipments haven't really started yet. Manufacturers of displays are always anxious to sell their wares - hence the hype over 3D TVs which never really failed to take off, despite the hype..."

                  IT - Bitcoin
                  "The Law Of Bitcoin" Book Released by 10 International Lawyers and Academics: The Definitive Guide to Navigating Bitcoin Law
                  Bitcoin Magazine, July 13th, 2015
                  "Published in July 2015 and available now, The Law of Bitcoin is a response to the great interest and need for a text focused on the law of cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin. This book is the first of its kind delving into cryptocurrency law in four jurisdictions: the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany. Written by knowledge leaders in the fields of law and cryptocurrency, The Law of Bitcoin addresses such topics as the intersection of cryptocurrencies and criminal law, taxation, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations, securities law, consumer protection, negotiable instruments, currency law and financial regulation..."
                  EU Court Rules Against VAT For Bitcoin Exchanges
                  Crypto Coin News, July 16th, 2015
                  "The European Union's Court of Justice Advocate reached a decision today on the validity of value-added taxation for Bitcoin trading.

                  After careful consideration of arguments from Estonia, Germany, Sweden, and members of the European Bitcoin industry including David Hedqvist, the court decided that the acquisition of Bitcoin was not a taxable event in the eyes of the VAT..."

                  10 Steps to a Better Bitcoin Wallet
                  CoinTelegraph, July 18th, 2015
                  "A very common question from new and current bitcoin owners alike is 'What bitcoin wallet is best?' The answers to this are as varied as the needs and functionality desired of each user. One size does not fit all, and this article will cover the necessary steps that need to be considered when creating and maintaining a bitcoin wallet..."
                  Walmart, Mcdonald's & More Now Able To Integrate Bitcoin Into Rewards Programs
                  Crypto Coin News, July 17th, 2015
                  "The web wallet service Snapcard has partnered with Ifeelgoods, a company that facilitates reward programs for companies with large customer bases such as Walmart and McDonald's. You guessed it: Ifeelgoods clients will now be able to reward their customers with bitcoin as opposed to silly digital goods or special coupons.

                  For Ifeelgoods, the partnership means that the company will be able to offer its services worldwide, as opposed to the 30 countries it had previously operated in..."

                  "Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It" Documentary Garners Several Awards
                  NEWSBTC, July 15th, 2015
                  "The documentary 'Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It' has been released this week and the film already garnered several awards. Last weekend, it was awarded the Best International Documentary and the Best Libertarian Theme during the Freedom Fest. It also won the 2015 Special Jury Prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival.

                  The documentary was produced and written by Torsten Hoffman, and licensed by international broadcasters and media companies including Neflix, CCTV, Samsung Electronics, Virgin Media, LG Electronics, Sky Deutschland, Orange and minor broadcasters in 20 countries..."

                  Standard Chartered Innovation Chief Bullish on Bitcoin for Financial Institutions
                  Bitcoin Magazine, July 16th, 2015
                  "Standard Chartered Chief Innovation Officer Anju Patwardhan is the latest senior banker to praise the potential of the blockchain technology behind Bitcoin as a way to cut costs and improve transparency for financial transactions, Finextra reports.

                  Standard Chartered is a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. It operates a network of more than 1,700 branches and outlets (including subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures) across more than 70 countries and employs around 87,000 people..."

                  IT - FOSS
                  Samba 4.2.3 Available
                  It Runs on Linux, July 15th, 2015
                  "Version 4.2.3 is the latest stable release of Samba and is available for download. Samba is an open-source software solution for accessing shared Windows folders over a network.

                  This release fixes over 40 issues discovered by the Samba development team, or reported by the users. Samba 4.2.3 adds IPv6 support to the Active Directory Server client side to which LDAP connects. Another new feature is SMB3 encryption and GnuTLS 3.4 is now supported..."

                  A Look At What's On The Horizon for libreOffice
        , July 16th, 2015
                  "Recently I returned to using a Linux desktop as my primary computing platform, and with that came LibreOffice as part of the default setup. I've been an OpenOffice user for almost a dozen years, but I knew that LibreOffice forked from OpenOffice in 2010. I decided to give LibreOffice a try and I loved it.

                  I wanted to find out more about the project, so I mentioned this to Rikki Endsley who helped me get in touch with Florian Effenberger, executive director of The Document Foundation, who in turn referred me to Italo Vignoli..."

                  Solaris Kernel Zones Verified Boot
                  in Oracle Solaris 11.3

                  Dan anderson writes, "Oracle Solaris 11.3 introduces Kernel Zones Verified Boot. To review, both Solaris Verified Boot and Kernel Zones were introduced in Solaris 11.2.

                  • Solaris Verified Boot verifies the RSA digital signatures of Solaris kernel modules before execution. For more information, see my blog on Solaris Verified Boot
                  • Solaris Kernel Zones partitions Solaris into multiple virtual computers each running their own independent Solaris kernel
                  • Solaris 11.3 extends Verified Boot functionality to Kernel Zones

                  Read on.

                  Oracle Solaris 11.3 Blog Posts
                  Part Two

                  Larry Wake writes, "We've got another wave of blog posts related to last week's beta release of Oracle Solaris 11.3. (If you haven't seen the first round of 30+ posts, feel free to take a look at those, too.)

                  IT - DevOps
                  The Myth of DevOps as a Catalyst to Improve Security?
        , July 16th, 2015
                  "Few topics within DevOps discussions elicit more controversy than the relationship between DevOps and information security. Do DevOps practices help to improve security, or do most organizations simply automate and bring their existing bad internal processes along into DevOps? With this topic in mind, I recently had an engaging conversion with Adam Muntner on this and more, and thought it would also be of interest to readers..."
                  Cloud Computing
                  Cloud Adoption Patterns for Enterprise
                  By Tejas Joshi
                  Tejas writes, "Cloud adoption has become a main stream strategy for Organisations to deliver innovation, agility, better TCO etc. But there are many big and small enterprises that are struggling with successful cloud adoption even after four years of hype and maturity. One of the primary reasons that some enterprises fail is due to misalignment with its business strategy, market dynamics, lack of appreciation of different types of Cloud adoption patterns..."
                    IT - Cloud
                    Top Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service Vendors (slideshow)
                    CIO, July 13th, 2015
                    "The cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) space is undergoing major upheaval this year, according to research firm Gartner. In its 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, Gartner analysts found service providers were shifting strategies as the ecosystem consolidates around market leaders.

                    Here are the major IaaS players identified by Gartner, along with recommended use cases for each..."

                    Insider Secrets for a Security Leader to Assess a Cloud Provider
                    CSO Online, July 15th, 2015
                    "Leading Security Change contributor Joan Pepin shares her insider knowledge of what to look for and how to get accurate answers when assessing the security of a cloud provider

                    For the last 4.5 years at Sumo Logic (Sumo for short) I have been working to help build the once tiny startup renting a shared loft above a bookstore into the cloud-first big data powerhouse we are today. This puts me in an interesting position when I am asked to review other cloud providers' security, privacy and compliance postures as part of our own procurement process...."

                    Top Business Issues When Moving to the Cloud
                    Data Center Knowledge, July 16th, 2015
                    "When planning a move to the cloud, CIOs often worry about if and how legacy applications will migrate successfully, what level of security and archiving they need, whether they have the right internal skills, and which cloud providers and toolsets are best.

                    There are also a number of business issues to consider, such as the changing nature of contracts and new considerations for budgeting and financial planning..."

                    Businesses Look to Cloud to Reduce Costs, Improve Efficiency
                    eWeek, July 13th, 2015
                    "The vast majority of businesses are pursuing a cloud adoption strategy with the primary goals of improving IT efficiencies and reducing costs, according to a survey of 279 IT professionals by Cloud Cruiser and Dimensional Research.

                    According to the survey findings, reducing costs and looking for IT efficiencies continue to be the top benefits companies seek with their migration to the cloud.

                    Nearly three-quarters (72%) of respondents indicated that tracking cloud usage and costs is extremely or very important to their IT function, which applies to all cloud deployment models including private, third-party private, public and hybrid..."

                      How Organisations can Embrace The CIO as Cloud Enabler, not Cloud Gatekeeper
                      Information Age, July 15th, 2015
                      "CIOs need to become enablers rather that IT gatekeepers when it comes to adopting cloud technologies within the enterprise...

                      As a result of new and advanced technology, significant transformation has been made to the way enterprises operate. Business units, particularly software and web development teams, but also marketing, HR and finance, want to take advantage of the new generation of cloud services, meaning that an interest in cloud technology is no longer solely the domain of the IT team..."

                        3 Myths about Cloud and Security
                        Information Age, July 14th, 2015
                        "Much of the negative chatter about cloud security is unfounded, and is simply an extension of what is already being dealt with across physical infrastructure ...

                        Businesses regularly ask whether transition to the cloud is secure. The question is understandable, as there has been a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt across the industry over the past few years.

                        Gartner thinks that cloud computing, by its very nature, is uniquely vulnerable to the risks of myths. So here are some common statements against cloud, and why they are better classified as myths than truths..."

                        9 Spectacular Cloud Computing Fails
                        InformationWeek, July 15th, 2015
                        "For some of you, the cloud failures listed here may simply highlight areas where cloud service providers need to grow or adapt in order to better service their customers. For others, the examples may be more personal, as your data or applications may have been affected....

                        Most of us have heard about at least one spectacular cloud failure, and some of us have been directly affected by one. While cloud technologies and security mechanisms continue to mature, they still suffer the same types of issues as in-house infrastructures. The primary difference, however, is that cloud failures impact many more users than an in-house problem would and therefore have greater visibility when problems occur.

                        Failures that plague cloud service providers tend to fall into one of three main categories:..."

                        Google Opens its Cloud to Microsoft Workloads
                        Network World, July 14th, 2015
                        "Google today expanded support for Windows workloads running on its cloud, a move that the company hopes will better position its Google Cloud Platform to court enterprise customers.

                        Google is looking to catch up with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market, according to researchers. Supporting Windows OSs is seen as somewhat of a table-stakes feature to attract enterprise customers..."

                        How to Define Hybrid Cloud Service-Level Agreements
                        Search Data Center, July 16th, 2015
                        "Public, private or hybrid cloud: end users don't care where their IT services are hosted -- unless a service goes down or data is lost -- then the pressure is on IT. As IT organizations adopt hybrid clouds, defining service-level agreements (SLAs) becomes increasingly difficult. However, it's not impossible. With a bit of foresight and understanding, IT can weave together a cloud service-level agreement that meets service levels as well as regulatory compliance, security and governance requirements..."
                        How to Reshape IT Departments to Win in Cloud
                        SearchCloudComputing, July 16th, 2015
                        "When it comes to moving toward the cloud, technical staff seems to need the most help to start thinking in terms of clouds. The biggest hurdle for them is getting over the idea that, in this era of clouds and choice, IT is not the customer anymore. IT is about the business.

                        Say what you want about cloud computing, but it's here to stay. It isn't surprising cloud is popular with senior leadership in companies everywhere..."

                        WW Cloud IT Infrastructure Spending Forecast to Grow 26% in 2015 - IDC
                        Storage Newsletter, July 14th, 2015
                        "According to the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, total cloud IT infrastructure spending (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) will grow by 26.4% in 2015 and will reach $33.4 billion, accounting for a third of all IT infrastructure spending, up from 28.1% in 2014.

                        Private cloud IT infrastructure spending will grow by 16.8% year over year to $11.7 billion, while public cloud IT infrastructure spending will grow by 32.2% in 2015 to $21.7 billion. In comparison, spending on non-cloud IT infrastructure will remain flat at $67 billion..."

                        IT - CxO
                        Why Listening to Your IT Users Matters
                        CIO, July 13th, 2015
                        "A confirmation bias is the tendency to fit new evidence into an existing mode of thinking. It is also the tendency to look only for new evidence that would fit into an existing mode of thinking.

                        Confirmation bias is not all bad since the sun rising each morning does not send us scurrying under the bed to hide from the bright light, but fits into our existing mode of thinking that morning follows night..."

                          Why CIOs Must Change Their Leadership Style (slideshow)
                          CIO Insight, July 17th, 2015
                          "A clear majority of CIOs are redefining the essence of their leadership, according to the 2015 Gartner CIO Agenda survey report. The report, titled "Flipping to Digital Leadership," indicates that CIOs are placing less emphasis on command-and-control duties so they can articulate a broader, more strategic vision. As part of this, they're pushing business intelligence and analytics to the top of the IT investment priority list..."
                          Assessing the Value of Cyber-Insurance
                          ComputerWorld, July 14th, 2015
                          "I've ventured into new territory lately: cyber insurance. Here's why.

                          Hotel chains. Zoo gift shops. Amusement parks. Our own U.S. government's Office of Personnel Management. Security breaches continue to abound, apparently undiminished. And they are all over the news, which is causing me no end of headaches at work (especially with the overly dramatic coverage the network news provides). Just today, Trump Properties announced a security breach that compromised credit card numbers, with a particularly telling statement: 'Like virtually every other company these days, we have been alerted to potential suspicious credit card activity and are in the midst of a thorough investigation.'

                          'Like virtually every other company' - except mine, as long as I can prevent us from being a victim like all the others..."

                          Cybersecurity Gains Higher Profile Among Chief Financial Officers
                          Dark Reading, July 14th, 2015
                          "A new report by Deloitte shows how important cybersecurity risks really are at the board room level, as the nation's top financial executives expressed their concerns about how security risks could impact their companies' bottom lines. In its CFO Signals 2015 Q2 survey report, Deloitte found that CFOs consider cyberattacks one of the most threatening crises to potentially impact their enterprise financial health...
                          Understanding PCI Compliance Fines: Who Is In Charge of Enforcing PCI?
                          HelpNet Security, July 16th, 2015
                          "If your business stores, processes, or transmits data from payment cards, then you are subject to the requirements of the PCI DSS. This set of security controls is designed to help merchants combat data theft, protecting both consumers and merchants' own reputations. When a business fails to satisfy those rules, they can be subject to significant financial penalties. But who exactly is in charge of enforcing PCI?

                          This is a point of confusion for many merchants. The answer explains a great deal about how PCI actually works..."

                          Bad IT: Don't make these mistakes in your organization
                          InfoWorld, July 13th, 2015
                          "We've all worked at 'that place,' where processes weren't followed, best practices were unheard of, and dysfunctional rhythms and routines were the law of the land. In some ways, these experiences can be our greatest teacher, providing an object lesson in how things are not supposed to work.

                          Here are some real-life examples of less-than best practices, performed both by IT organizations and IT pros themselves, as well as the lessons that can be learned from them..."

                            What CIOs really think
                            FCW, July 17th, 2015
                            "Last month, the Professional Services Council and member company Grant Thornton released the 25th Annual Federal CIO and Chief Information Security Officer Survey. This year's report, 'Expanding the Role of the CIO: Integrating Mission, Innovation, Technology, Services and People,' provided a number of interesting insights into CIO priorities and challenges. The report is worth reading by both government and industry leaders and will hopefully foster additional conversations on how to leverage technology to deliver effective mission results.

                            Here are some of my takeaways:.."

                            vBeers @ Miami - Mike's At Venetia
                            Wednesday, July 22nd. 2015: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
                            Join us for the next vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in Miami, Florida, USA. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida.

                            Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

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

                            Mike's @ 555 NE 15th St, Miami, FL 33132

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

                            Content Catalog is Live
                            Oracle OpenWorld 2015
                            Lauren McKay, writes. "Dive in. Browse. Sample. Plan.

                            We're pleased to announce the Content Catalog tool is officially live on the Oracle OpenWorld website. More than 1,000 sessions have been posted--with many more being added each day.

                            This year we've introduced new filtering and search capabilities that should help you in discovering the sessions and labs most pertinent to your industry or job function. Not only can you search by products and programs, but you can also search specific company and speaker names. We invite you to browse the rich content available at Oracle OpenWorld this year..."

                            IT - Networks
                            Would You Change Hotels For Better Wi-Fi?
                            ITProPortal, July 16th, 2015
                            "We use Wi-Fi almost without thinking about it, but a new survey of users in the US and Europe reveals just how big an impact it has on our daily lives and what we're willing to do to stay connected.

                            Network company Xirrus polled hundreds of people about their Wi-Fi habits and expectations. The results reveal the far-reaching impact Wi-Fi has on users' lives, as well as its importance to the future..."

                            IT - IoT
                            The Security of Things: IoT and cybercrime
                            Information Age, July 17th, 2015
                            "The Internet of Things (IoT) is heralded as the next disruptive technology to transform the economy, business and consumer lifestyles alike. However, as cybercrime becomes a national issue, IoT presents the biggest opportunities yet for sophisticated hackers to capitilise on vulnerabilities and breach the network.

                            Cisco predicts there will be as many as 25 billion connected devices by the end of the year, a figure that they suggest will double to 50 billion over the next five years...

                            Connected Cars - The Challenges And Benefits
                            ITProPortal, July 18th, 2015
                            "Internet of Things is transforming the automotive world by developing connected car technologies that offer significant benefits to carmakers and consumers alike. Generally, connected cars are meant to reduce traffic congestion, fuel consumption, emissions and most importantly, road accidents.

                            It seems the phrase 'reduce waste, loss and cost,' is a mantra to the automotive sector, and automakers are among the most enthusiastic proponents of IoT. Almost all the automotive OEMs along with mobile operators are investing in connected cars programs..."

                            Chip Vendors Hit the Ground Running With Thread IoT Spec
                            ITWorld, July 15th, 2015
                            "Connected home device makers can already see the guts of future products that will use the Thread wireless protocol. Now's a good time to get those going, judging from a new Internet of Things forecast.

                            The Thread Group released its specification for low-power mesh networks on Tuesday, and two companies that helped to develop the spec have already announced components based on it. Vendors developing home IoT devices can start to work with those platforms now to get ready for Thread certification starting in September. Certified Thread devices should start going on sale by the end of this year..."

                            IoT: AllSeen Gains IBM, Thread Releases Wireless Networking Specs for Developers
                            The VAR Guy, July 16th, 2015
                            "Internet of Things (IoT) open source consortium AllSeen Alliance, backed by the Linux Foundation and anchored by Qualcomm's (QCOM) AllJoyn open source device detection technology, said IT heavyweights IBM (IBM) and Pivotal have joined the group among 13 new members..."
                            Measuring the Economic Potential of the Internet of Things
                            Wall Street Journal, July 17th, 2015
                            "Like many technological advances, the Internet of Things has been long in coming. Ubiquitous or Pervasive Computing dates back to the 1990s, when neither the necessary low-cost devices nor ubiquitous wireless networking were anywhere near ready. But IoT has now reached an inflection point, with over 10 billion interconnected smart devices already out there, a number that's expected to rapidly expand to tens of billions by 2025 and to hundreds of billions in the decades ahead..."
                            IT - Linux
                            Free (online) Linux Training/Courses
                            It Runs on Linux, July 17th, 2015
                            "Linux is everywhere; on your phone, in your satellite receiver, in your car, even in your refrigerator - And it runs most of the Internet, because most web servers do run Linux! Learn more about Linux with these free online courses and tutorials..."
                            Five Lightweight Linux Desktop Environments
                            ITWorld, July 13th, 2015
                            "There are many different desktop environments for Linux, but not all of them work with older or less powerful hardware. Fortunately, there are also plenty of lightweight desktop environments for Linux. The Register has a helpful roundup of the top five lightweight desktop distributions.

                            Scott Gilbertson reports for The Register:.."

                            OS X Versus Linux
                            ITWorld, July 14th, 2015
                            "OS X and Linux users share a similar desire to avoid using Windows. But after that the two groups often split apart when it comes to the question of OS X versus Linux. Which operating system is the more practical option for users that don't want Windows? A writer at Datamation explored that question and ultimately sided with Linux..."
                            Linux Still Rules Supercomputing
                            ZDNet, July 14th, 2015
                            "The latest list of the world's fastest supercomputers, Top500 June 2015, shows the fastest of the fast growing ever more powerful. It also shows Linux is still number one with a bullet when it comes to supercomputing.

                            Overall, the total combined performance of all 500 systems has grown to 363 Petaflops per second (Pflop/s). Last November, the sum of all supercomputers hit 309 Pflop/s and a year ago it was "only" 274 Pflop/s. This performance is measured by the Linpack benchmark..."

                            The best Linux distributions for beginners
                            PC World, July 15th, 2015
                            "Linux has many hundreds of distros, but the best ones for beginners have more hand-holding and some Windows-like familiarity.

                            Dabbling for the first time in Linux starts with choosing a Linux distribution. A typical 'Linux' system is built up of software from many different open-source projects, including the Linux kernel. Linux distributions-or 'distros'-are the projects that package all this software into an easily installable, usable operating system.

                            Trying a Linux distribution is extremely easy..."

                            IT - Operations
                            Evil Conspiracy? Nope, Everyday Cyber Insecurity
                            InfoWorld, July 14th, 2015
                            "Last Wednesday, the world's largest stock exchange went down for half a day, the world's fifth-largest airline grounded its planes for a few hours, and The Wall Street Journal's home page went missing, all within a few hours of each other.

                            No wonder speculation was rife that a large-scale cyber attack was under way. But by the end of the day the Department of Homeland Security had declared unequivocally that this triple threat was merely a coincidence -- random outages that happened to fall on the same day. I believe it..."

                            Comatose Servers Draining Data Center Efficiency
                            GCN, July 13th, 2015
                            "With government IT departments facing tight budgets, looking for ways wring every bit of performance from computers in data centers makes sense. Unfortunately, not every data center machine is running at peak efficiency. In fact, some are hardly running at all.

                            In one data sampling, 30 percent of physical servers had not delivered information or computing services in six months or more, according to a report released by IT consulting firm Anthesis Group in conjunction with Stanford University and TSO Logic, a provider of data center analytics tools. And those idle data center servers represent a $30 billion dollar worldwide loss, Data Center Knowledge reported..."

                            Putting The Data Back Into the Data Center
                            NetworkComputing, July 15th, 2015
                            "Data centers are shifting away from a compute-centric to a data-centric architecture in order to deal with the massive deluge of data.

                            Somewhere along the line somehow someone seemed to try to take data out of the data center. The continued advance of Moore's law shifted the focus from data to computing..."

                              Small IT, Big Problems: Log Data Reveals the Unknown
                              InfoWorld, July 14th, 2015
                              "Small IT teams, like large IT teams, depend on up-to-date information for troubleshooting, security incident investigations, and other important tasks. Pinpointing and prioritizing issues quickly and efficiently can mean the difference between crisis and success for a business, regardless of size. Much of this critical up-to-date information comes in the form of log data..."
                              IT - Security
                              The Myth of Human Weakness iIn Security: How to Turn Staff Into Active Network Defenders
                              ZDnet, July 14th, 2015
                              "Training employees to detect phishing campaigns must become a "top priority" for enterprise executives, according to Rohyt Belani, CEO of PhishMe.

                              Corporate networks and systems are a constant target of cyberattacks. Hackers may be out to steal valuable data, consumer records, account credentials or trade secrets. They may also wish to simply cause damage to business systems to make a political point or to ruin a firm's reputation. The reasons for cyberattacks are endless, and unfortunately, it is now a matter of when -- not if -- a business with online operations is targeted..."

                              How OPM Data Breach Could Have Been Prevented
                              CIO, July 13th, 2015
                              "The recently disclosed data breach at the U.S. government's Office of Personnel Management follows a long history of lax security at the agency, according to the inspector general's office.

                              In testimony before a joint House subcommittee hearing, Michael Esser, OPM's assistant inspector general for audits, told lawmakers that the agency's "long history of systemic failures to properly manage its IT infrastructure" may have invited a pair of related hacking incidents that compromised more than 21 million current and former government employees' personal information..."

                              Why you need to care more about DNS
                              CIO, July 15th, 2015
                              "There's one key part of your network infrastructure that you're probably not monitoring, even though it keeps you connected, can tell you a lot about what's happening inside your business - and is an increasing source of attacks. DNS isn't just for domain names any more..."
                              Inside a Vicious DDoS Attack
                              Dark Reading, July 14th, 2015
                              "On Sunday, May 17, cybercriminals launched a vicious distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against my company, HotSchedules, a cloud-based service supporting more than 2 million workers in restaurants, hospitality, and retail industries. For 45 hours, from Sunday night to Tuesday afternoon, the assailants prevented employees from checking and managing their schedules -- and never stated a motive..."
                                The Most Damaging Ramifications of DDoS Attacks
                                HelpNet Security, July 14th, 2015
                                "More than half of IT security professionals (52 percent) said loss of customer trust and confidence were the most damaging consequences of DDoS attacks for their businesses, according to a survey conducted at RSA Conference 2015 and Infosecurity Europe 2015 by Corero Network Security.

                                In addition, 22 percent of respondents indicated that DDoS attacks have directly impacted their bottom line - disrupting service availability and impeding revenue-generating activity..."

                                Can you spot phishing emails? They've hit a new level of quality
                                Information Age, July 15th, 2015
                                "As the quality of phishing emails reaches a new level of deceit, here's what organisations should do if an employee falls foul to an attack...

                                Phishing attacks are getting better and better every day and even the latest spam filters let them through.

                                One currently being sent out to many email addresses in Germany appears to be from DHL about tracking orders on the way to the recipient's house...."

                                  Been Hacked? Now to Decide If You Chase the WHO or the HOW
                                  The Register, July 14th, 2015
                                  "Imagine a security researcher has plucked your customer invoice database from a command and control server. You're nervous and angry. Your boss will soon be something worse and will probably want you to explain who pulled off the heist, and how.

                                  But only one of these questions, the how, is worth your precious resources; security experts say the who is an emotional distraction.

                                  That's my takeaway after exploring the cyber crime attribution debate for several months, and although it's not the industry's unanimous position: defence intelligence officials, top security thinkers, serving CISOs, ex-cops, and former bank boffins speaking don't entirely agree on on the value of pinning a hack on an individual or group..."

                                  Cyber-security's dirty little secret: It's not as bad as you think
                                  The Register, July 18th, 2015
                                  "New research from the Global Commission on Internet Governance has reached a surprising conclusion: cyberspace is actually getting safer.

                                  The report [PDF] starts from a simple enough premise: while we are constantly told that incidents of cyberattacks and online security threats are increasing, are they growing relative to the expanding size of the internet?

                                  In other words, while 10 homicides in a small town of 1,000 is terrifying, 100 in a city of 10 million would be considered low. The second is still 10 times the first..."

                                  Oracle's critical security update: 193 problems fixed in latest patch
                                  ZDNet, July 15th, 2015
                                  "Oracle's July critical patch update includes security updates and patches for 193 vulnerabilities including remote exploits and authentication issues.

                                  The California-based company's July 2015 Critical Patch Update includes 193 fixes, 44 of which are for third-party components included Oracle product such as Qemu and Glibc.

                                  In total, 10 fixes have been issued for Oracle Database, and two of the vulnerabilities fixed allow for remote exploitation without authentication. The vulnerability, CVE-2015-2629, has been given a CVSS Base Score of 9.0 for the Windows platform and 7.5 for Linux and Unix platforms..."

                                  IT - Careers
                                  Job Seekers Beware! You Could be Applying For a Scam
                                  Business 2 Community, July 15th, 2015
                                  "CBS reports for every legitimate job posting, there are at least 60 scams. Scammers flock to online job boards and pose as legitimate employment opportunities, making it difficult for potential applicants to tell that they're applying for a scam. The goal of these scams is to easily obtain personally identifiable information, financial information, or commit common check fraud schemes..."
                                    Who's Managing The Career Plan?
                                    Business 2 Community, July 18th, 2015
                                    "Not everyone wants to be a manager or should be one. Lots of people are more comfortable as subject matter experts, sole contributors, or administrators than as implementers. Not everyone needs multiple promotions to feel satisfied and productive.

                                    And while some people do pursue a career trajectory based on a dream they've cherished since childhood, many more find their path through a combination of accident and serendipity..."

                                      How to Use Video to Improve IT Recruiting
                                      CIO, July 13th, 2015
                                      "Sure, video killed the radio star, but the technology is breathing new life into inefficient, time-consuming and stale recruiting practices and allowing organizations to cut time-to-hire while increasing talent quality.

                                      Demand for greater video integration in B2B communication platforms is accelerating rapidly, driven by the prevalence of consumer applications like FaceTime and Skype and by the availability and affordability of cloud infrastructure, says Craig Malloy, CEO of unified communications, collaboration and video solutions firm LifeSize..."

                                      To Up Your Value, Be a Master of Time
                                      ComputerWorld, July 13th, 2015
                                      "Whether you are an IT manager or an individual contributor, there's one thing you can always do to increase the value you provide to your organization, get yourself noticed and increase the likelihood that you'll get a promotion. It doesn't matter whether you want to stay technical or move in a managerial direction. It doesn't matter whether you are just starting your career or are a veteran. At every level of every organization, the ability I'm talking about is always in short supply..."
                                        How to Mess Up Your First Days On the Job
                                        InformationWeek, July 13th, 2015
                                        Got a new gig? Congratulations. Make sure you start off on the right foot by avoiding these rookie slip-ups during your first few weeks at a new job...

                                        You nailed the interview and got the job -- congrats! Now it's time to make a strong, positive first impression on your new managers and colleagues.

                                        Nervous? Of course you are. If you're embarking on a new IT role, you have already undergone a painfully lengthy interview process and are likely hoping the effort pays off..."

                                          Do Staff Perks Keep Employees Loyal?
                                          ITProPortal, July 18th, 2015
                                          "It's a question that CEO's and managers around the world will be thinking: How can I keep my employees loyal?

                                          In the modern working world, staff loyalty is almost a thing of the past. Whereas employees used to stay at the same company for most, if not all, of their careers, jumping from one job to another in quick succession has become the norm..."

                                          Keeping Skills Fresh in Tech pays off
                                , July 16th, 2015
                                          "Feeling burned out? Uninspired? Or, even worse, unemployed? Maybe it's time to update your stagnant skill set to take on cool new projects in your current company, or to make your resume stand out.

                                          My career in tech publishing hasn't lasted almost two decades because publishing is a particularly easy and lucrative field, full of print magazines and awesome editing opportunities. Instead, I attribute my success to three factors: luck, networking, and skill..."

                                            Method to Untangle, Analyze 'Controlled Chaos' Devised
                                            Science Daily, July 13th, 2015
                                            "A researcher at Indiana University has developed a new mathematical framework to more effectively analyze 'controlled chaos,' or how interactions among highly complex systems affect their operation and vulnerability.

                                            The new method could potentially be used to improve the resilience of complex critical systems, such as air traffic control networks and power grids, or slow the spread of threats across large networks, such as disease outbreaks..."

                                              Fact or Fiction: A Low Cost of Hire is Always Good
                                              Business 2 Community, July 17th, 2015
                                              "We often hear the phrase 'less is more' tossed around in a variety of everyday scenarios. No matter what the situation, the idea is simple: put in less of X, get more of Y. And who doesn't love a steal of a bargain? If we find a home that's under market, 'less is more.' If we happen to find a great deal on a car, 'less is more.' And, in the case of talent acquisition, if we're able to hire a job candidate for less money than we originally thought? You guessed it, 'less is more.'..."
                                                IT - Virtualization
                                                5 Reasons Why Docker Is A Billion Dollar Company
                                                Forbes, July 16th, 2015
                                                "I have seen a lot of billion dollar valuations lately that have left me scratching my head. Many of those are in the B2C or social media space where companies are measured more on 'eyeballs' (the number of active users) and less on things like revenue or business models. So after Docker cracked the billion dollar club with a $95M round I decided to research exactly what it is about containers that could drive this type of valuation..."
                                                VMware's Photon torpedoes the competition
                                                ZDNet, July 9th, 2015
                                                VMware created the Photon Linux distribution to act as a new container host operating system (OS) for popular containers such as Docker, rkt, and Garden. VMware developed this new lightweight Linux distribution to enable companies to run what it calls "cloud-native" applications (apps), which are containerized applications. As VMware puts it, "...they're designed for the mobile cloud era".
                                                Docker is a tidal wave: Ride it or drown
                                                Container Journal, July 13th, 2015
                                                "Docker is to containers what Kleenex is to facial tissue, Coca Cola is to soda, and QTips is to cotton swabs - the brand is essentially synonymous with its underlying product. The meteoric rise of Docker is still in its early stages and its bringing all container technologies with it along for the ride. A year ago you could have been forgiven for asking 'Who's Docker?' or 'What are containers?', but asking that question now means you're behind a quickly moving curve and quickly becoming obsolete..."
                                                How to get systems administrators and developers to agree with Docker
                                      , July 14th, 2015
                                                "The use of Docker as an application container management system has become standard practice for developers and systems engineers in the space of just two years. Some like to say that haven't seen such a technological advance since OpenSSH. Docker is now a major player and is widely used in cloud systems architectures. But more than just that: Docker knows how to win developers over.

                                                Let's take a look at an overview of what we've done with Docker, as well as an assessment of the future and of the competition that is appearing on the horizon..."

                                                IT - Email
                                                Spam Falls Below 50% of All Email for the First Time Since 2003
                                                VentureBeat, July 17th, 2015
                                                "Good news for all of us who still have to use email: spam rates are dropping! In fact, junk messages now account for just 49.7 percent of all emails.

                                                The latest figure comes from security firm Symantec's June 2015 Intelligence Report, which notes this is the first time in over a decade that the rate has fallen below 50 percent. The last time the company recorded a similar spam rate was back in September 2003, or almost 12 years ago..."

                                                The Ultimate Guide to Gmail backup
                                                ZDNet, July 13th, 2015
                                                "Almost exactly a year ago, I moved off of Office 365 and Outlook and onto Gmail. Many of you thought I'd regret the move, but I have to tell you that Gmail has been a nearly frictionless experience and I don't think I'd ever go back to using a standalone email application.

                                                Many of you also asked the one question that did have me a bit bothered: how to do backups of a Gmail account? ..."

                                                  Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Implementation Specialist Boot Camp
                                                  This class is a 3-day live virtual class offered FREE of charge to selected Oracle Partners
                                                  Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance Implementation Boot Camp is designed to prepare partners to understand the core concepts and practical knowledge required in order to successfully pass the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Essentials certification exam and become an Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Implementation Specialist...

                                                  This class is a 3-day live virtual class offered FREE of charge to selected Oracle Partners.

                                                  IT - Database
                                                  Two Ways to Encrypt Database Backups with SQL Server
                                                  Search SQL Server, July 16th, 2015
                                                  "SQL Server 2014 provides two features that let database administrators easily encrypt database backups. An expert provides two demos that show you how...

                                                  During the past decade, customer and business data residing in databases has become the main target for hackers attempting high-tech theft. As a database administrator, it is our responsibility to ensure that sensitive data is not only secure within an organization but also when it travels outside the organization through networks or is taken to offsite storage for safekeeping on backup media..."

                                                  IT - Big Data
                                                  How Marketers Are Using Big Data
                                                  Business 2 Community, July 16th, 2015
                                                  "As a marketer, I know that my fellow colleagues are always looking for ways to generate more leads. More importantly, we are looking for techniques, tools, and best practices that will allow us to generate the most quality leads for our company.

                                                  Actually generating quality leads is a major challenge many marketers face. According to a survey from MarketingSherpa, 73% of b2b marketing leads are not sales ready. If marketers are going to help their company drive revenue, then the leads they generate must be of value. In other words, the lead should at least be in-market for what your company is selling..."

                                                    Big Data Market Expected to Grow Rapidly Through 2019
                                                    eWeek, July 14th, 2015
                                                    "The big data software market will grow nearly six-fold by 2019, according to IT research firm Ovum's latest market size and forecast report on information management software.

                                                    The report highlights the fact that while big data software in 2015 is just a small part of the overall market for information management, it is set to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50 percent through 2019 and play an increasingly important role that will position big data analytics as a core capability for many enterprises by 2019..."

                                                    Open Data Portals: A Checklist for Success
                                                    GCN, July 13th, 2015
                                                    "When deciding which open data portal makes sense for a government agency, it is important to know what exactly makes for an effective platform.

                                                    According to a recent webinar led by Dale Lutz and Stewart Harper of Safe Software, agencies should think carefully about the type of data they will share, and the gauge whether a solution being considered can deliver on the following criteria:..."

                                                      Streaming Analytics Enter the Fast Lane
                                                      InfoWorld, July 16th, 2015
                                                      "A living application doesn't need to store data any more than a living organism needs to 'store' its blood. Streaming data analytics is in fact the bloodstream of modern applications.

                                                      In making that observation I want to say: What a difference a a year makes. Less than a year ago, I characterized streaming analytics as 'the outlier in discussions about big data architectures.' Now, with the rapid rise of the streaming economy and the recent avid adoption of Spark Streaming, the topic has gone mainstream (pun intended)..."

                                                      Six Steps to Insight Advantage in a Big Data World
                                                      ITProPortal, July 18th, 2015
                                                      "In the knowledge economy, superior knowledge is the most compelling source of competitive advantage. Despite the self-evident nature of the above statement, few companies have made insight advantage an explicit strategic objective.

                                                      Many will not even have been considered it a competitive dimension, so before outlining the steps required to achieve insight advantage, we should start with a definition..."

                                                        Big Data Projects go Beyond IT Infrastructure
                                                        Search Data Center, July 17th, 2015
                                                        "Big data creates a big test for enterprises: finding the right employees who can meld the technology and business needs in a way to make the data useful.

                                                        In enterprises, it is a widely accepted notion that big data has huge potential to deliver business value. But how do you derive that value?

                                                        IT pros this week shared their challenges in making use of big data and how combining data scientists, IT pros, social scientists and business leaders can turn the data into useful information..."

                                                        IT - Mobile
                                                        Smartphone 'Upgrade Fatigue' Sets In As New Models Disappoint
                                                        CIO, July 16th, 2015
                                                        "Are you a bit disappointed with your new Apple iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6? If so, you're not alone. An analysis of more than 600,000 online reviews and comments posted by smartphone buyers during the past six months suggests consumers are jumping off the upgrade merry-go-round..."
                                                        IT - BYOD
                                                        The BYOD Debate is Not Over
                                                        ComputerWorld, July 17th, 2015
                                                        "While a recent U.S.-based poll of 375 IT professionals showed the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) fad is fading, there's new evidence showing that BYOD still has plenty of life.

                                                        According to a new online poll, most workers use personal mobile phones for work tasks, often outside of work hours. Some 1,320 workers in the U.S., U.K. and Spain responded to the poll, conducted in May..."

                                                        BYOD Explained
                                                        ITProPortal, July 13th, 2015
                                                        "The heated discussions around the recent Kaspersky Lab cyber-attack and the major OPM data breach have again brought the information security issue under the spotlight.

                                                        This time, the discussion doesn't only focus on how to fortify the external protection shield, but also emphasises on how important it is to strengthen the enterprise control over the emerging employees who work from their own devices..."

                                                        BYOD Users Worry Employers Can't Keep Private Data Safe
                                                        Network World, July 14th, 2015
                                                        "Workplace smartphone and tablet users worry a lot about their personal information remaining private from their employers - and only a relatively slim majority trusts their employer to keep that data safe, according to a Harris Poll survey released today, which was commissioned by MDM vendor MobileIron..."
                                                        Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                        Vol 209 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 208 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 207 Issues 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:

                                                        • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0
                                                        • ZFS in Oracle Solaris 11.3
                                                        • Oracle Solaris 11.3: Securing and Simplifying the Enterprise Cloud
                                                        • New features in Oracle Solaris Zones
                                                        • PF Firewall for Solaris
                                                        • Best Practices to Adopting a Successful Cloud Integration Strategy
                                                        • Release of Oracle Solaris 11.3 Beta
                                                        • Update to Big Data Appliance (BDA) X5-2
                                                        • Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 is out!
                                                        • Secure Live Migration

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

                                                          IT - Encryption
                                                          Encryption with Backdoors Is Worse than Useless -- It's Dangerous
                                                          InfoWorld, July 13th, 2015
                                                          "Last week FBI Director James Comey testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee about the use of encryption among terrorist groups. For anyone who understands the critical role that encryption plays in the Internet and our private data networks, many of the exchanges between Comey and the senators on the panel were not only revealing, but rather disturbing.

                                                          Examples abound, but a few stick out. For instance, while discussing various types of encryption on data communications and devices, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said this:.."

                                                          Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2
                                                          Published As International Standard 26300:2015 By ISO/IEC
                                                          "The Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF) Version 1.2, the native file format of LibreOffice and many other applications, has been published as International Standard 26300:2015 by ISO/IEC. ODF defines a technical schema for office documents including text documents, spreadsheets, charts and graphical documents like drawings or presentations..."
                                                          Dev Tools for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service
                                                          Introductory videos and more
                                                          Carlos Chang blogs, "You've undoubtedly read about Oracle latest cloud service, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (node.js, built in mobile services, mobile analytics, life cycle management, server side elopement) If not, go to and check out the introductory videos and more.

                                                          What about the mobile clients you ask? What about tool support? Eclipse, one of the most popular IDEs on the planet? ..."

                                                          IT - Java
                                                          Enterprise Java Moves Back Into the Spotlight This Fall
                                                          InfoWorld, July 16th, 2015
                                                          "Java EE (Enterprise Edition), which is geared to running large-scale network applications, has taken a backseat lately to Java SE (Standard Edition) as far as the buzz each has been creating. While Java SE 8 was released last year to much fanfare, the last major release of Java EE, version 7, was introduced more than two years ago. But Java EE will take center stage at the upcoming JavaOne conference.

                                                          Although the San Francisco conference does not begin until October 25, Oracle already has published session descriptions for the event, which reveal topics including Java EE, Docker, and the Internet of things..."

                                                          IT - Developer
                                                          8 Free Sites That Teach You How to Program (Slideshow)
                                                          CIO, July 15th, 2015
                                                          "If you're interested in coding or want to make a career change, you don't need to enroll in an expensive undergraduate or graduate program. You can learn for free, on your own time and from the comfort of your home.

                                                          It's a great opportunity to get into a new line of work that has an increasing demand. To help get you started on your programming journey, we've compiled this list of websites where you can learn to code for free..."

                                                            How Continuous Delivery is Changing Software Development
                                                  , July 13th, 2015
                                                            "When you start to implement a new methodology, it's very easy to get bogged down by the specifics and lose sight of the overall goal. With Continuous Delivery, we see endless debate about whether to use Puppet, Chef, or Salt for deployment, or discussion about how to build a CD pipeline with containers. These are just technical challenges to overcome. They're implementation details that have little to do with why CD is such a powerful choice for businesses.

                                                            What's the most important metric for your software? ..."

                                                            Learn Java with NetBeans IDE
                                                            by Joel Murach and Michael Urban (660 Pages)
                                                            "We've designed Murach's Beginning Java with NetBeans specifically for beginning programmers and programmers with limited experience who want to learn Java at a professional level. By the time you finish this book, you'll have all the core Java skills that you need to move on to web or Android programming..."
                                                            Nexenta News
                                                            July 22 Webinar: NexentaEdge Out Scales its Object Storage Competitors
                                                            Oscar Wahlberg (Nexenta), Ashish Nadkarni (IDC) - July 22, 2015 10 AM PDT (1PM EDT - 18:00 GMT)
                                                            With the first and only object and block storage solution that provides petabyte-scale cluster inline deduplication and compression, NexentaEdge leads the competitive object storage market. Join Nexenta's Oscar Wahlberg and IDC's Ashish Nadkarni to discuss and learn about the object storage landscape, its future and use cases around OpenStack clouds, object based active archives and Big Data applications.


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