WOW...this is exciting.........
- Monitor home energy with AMEE: Create an energy monitor using XML, Ruby, Rails, and Ajax : this tutorial is for any developer interested in working with energy
data on the Web, with a particular focus on electricity data. You will
use a number of technologies, including XML, Ruby, HTTP, Atom, Rails,
Google Charts, and a little bit of Ajax thrown in for good measure.
This ties in quite nicely to my daily monitoring of my energy consumption
and fyi...thank goodness the energy consumption is going down...as our temperatures have moderated...our usage has declined:
Hard to resist the idea of turning garbage into gold.....it can be done.....all a matter of recycling....
Granted nothing in life it "truly" free.....but close enough. Now available on developerWorks...the fully loaded code...not the trial code....check it out at IBM Lotus Domino Designer code
....all you have to do is give a little information as you normally do on a download and the code is yours....hence the not "truly" free. Shall we call it no-charge, readily available, no monetary excchange or just call it GREAT!!.
Perfect timing, today is the anniversary of the first computer network wiretap
with the quote that if “If we aren’t vigilant, cybercrime will turn the internet into the Wild West of the 21st Century"
The wild times on the web...sure we all worry about it....but what can be done? Lots more today than in 1995. Check out this new article
to learn more about how you can use open source tools to test your site for vulnerabilities as attacks do happen. As developers, understanding how a site can be attacked is paramount to making it secure. Discover some of the more common attacks, and learn about the tools you can use to spot them.
Have you seen the new (ok...maybe just new to me) trial download page on developerWorks
What's new? (or still just new to me?) the RSS feeds for product trial downloads!!!
And more...with so many options -- trial downloads, online trials, sandboxes, cloud offers, and betas -- there is now a FAQ to steer us to the best options.
I've recently become a fan of RSS feeds. I used to use them...then they overwhelmed me...and now I am back. Speaking of RSS readers and feeds.... check out this nice blog post
about getting started.
Lastly, for some reason using RSS feeds seems very Smarter Planet
to me? Is it?
There is so much to discover on developerWorks and the Rational Software Request for Enhancement (RFE) Community Site
is one of them.
A place to give suggestions for future products....a place where reasonable ideas have a chance of being heard. All we want sometimes is just to be heard.
If you have an idea to help improve any of the Rational products, dive right in....here's your chance to search, view , comment on, vote for, watch, submit and track product requests for enhancements (RFEs). Give it a try....let your voice be heard.
Build your own virtual software factory? What a great analogy....I like simple....
For a moment, think of your software and systems delivery operations as a factory. Software products move through different departments—including analysis and planning, design and construction, delivery and operations—in much the same way traditional products move through a factory assembly line. No matter where the departments are globally, they can still produce high quality results as though they were in the same location.
How do you ensure that your factory is operating at optimal efficiency? Ask yourself these questions, and take action on the answers with the ultimate goal of reducing costs without compromising quality.
- What can we do now that will have immediate impact?
- How do we start developing realistic plans to meet achievable goals?
- What approach can we take to make a measurable difference?
- How can we quickly realize process improvements and reduce costs?
- How can we leverage technology investments that we’ve already made, but not deployed?
- What critical gaps do we have that can be fixed with a focused investment?
See the demos
and give your software factory a health check.
One of my favorite quotes is "Change is constant. Growth is optional. Choose wisely" Change is the only constant in business today in the face of change.
From an IT standpoint, that can mean different organizations will
leverage IT assets and services in different ways. What do Cloud, Green Security and Tivoli have in common? Demos!!!
Check out what I found : Tivoli and Green IT - Datacenter Efficiency
· Part One: IBM CloudBurst Overview
· Part Two: IBM CloudBurst Technical Demo
· Part Three: IBM Smart Business Test Cloud Tivoli Data and Application Security
Tivoli Identity and Access Assurance Tivoli Security Management for z/OS
Want more info? Join the dialog
on the Tivoli forums.
As I mentioned in a previous blog
... .free software
is a good thing
But sometimes you want more....so I found more about XPages
Steve Castledine has just created a new framework that will allow developers to quickly create a new XPage application using OneUI. It gives you an option of a 2 or 3 column layout, this could prove very useful when you want to quickly see the power of XPages. It has the following key features.
Easy out of the box layout so you can start building your XPage application
Has 2 or 3 column layouts simply by dragging the appropriate custom control onto your XPage
Login and Search functionality
Tab and Menu item highlighting
Handles browser languages, so if you add the appropriate property file for that language XPages will use it automatically
Uses standard css shipped with XPages, however also contains themes for new v2.1 of OneUItogether with additional themes metal, gold, red, green
Automatic Sidebar, links box, footers, tab menus custom controls built in. Others coming soon.
Here are links to resources:Demonstrations:Template download Getting started doc
It is happening it Italy.....wouldn't it be great if it happened everywhere?
For every IBM System z10 installed, the IBM Italy team plants a tree at La Pica Botanical Garden
in Modena province. Developed with the support of teachers of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, La Pica Botanical Garden has arisen out of the work and commitment of a group of volunteers in appreciation for the environment. The IBM team invites clients and schools to participate in the planting which they have been doing since May 2008. The team places a plate at the base of the tree that carries the serial number of the machine.
How cool is that?
No seriously...how cool is it? Mainframes may be "old" but they are ever so young at heart. System z virtualization is driven by 40 years of investment. Mainframe virtualization helps maximize data center return on investment because with it, and the ability to run it at 100 percent utilization, which can consolidate workloads at up to a 30 to 1 ratio. The System z provides opportunity for large-scale consolidation driving down both cost and energy consumption – generating savings of up to 80 percent compared with distributed data centers.
It really is about the whole package - power efficiencies and software savings - and that drives green!
Want more on virtualization: the basics
Want to know more about System z: check out New to System z
A computer system that can simulate the thinking power of a cat's brain.
Notice it says "power" vs the real thinking because as everyone knows, what a cat is thinking beyond food, pet, litter box, play and give me attention is just close to impossible. Of course it is fascinating and with the 1 billion neurons and 10 trillion synapses, at just 4.5 percent of a human brain, the computer can sense, perceive, act, interact and process ideas without consuming a lot energy. Being able to mimic the low-energy, high-processing capability of a brain is something researchers have been striving to achieve in computing for years. But the real thinking? Will the computer want to come sit on my lap? Nah.
By combining the cat-brain-sized computer system with a special algorithm, called Blue Matter, that maps the human brain, the scientists are able to test how brain structure affects function. Eventually, they hope to uncover how the human brain’s circuits can perform small and large computations, and then use that information build a chip that has a brain-like architecture.
Scary and cool.....and am actually glad they started with a cat vs a dog brain. This will go down in both human and feline history. I can hear it now "cat's rule, dog's drool"
101 for DB2 for Linux ,UNIX, and Windows
Have you attended a virtual briefing yet? Give it a try....start with this short one hour one.
Tuesday, 8 DecemberTime:
1:00 p.m. (ET - USA)Duration: 1 hour
Note: Please sign up and attend the briefing 30 minutes before the
start of the event to go through system check.
Better performance translates to greater revenue, greater customer
satisfaction, and greater ability to meet SLAs. Tired of the finger pointing
among staff when performance is an issue? Find out how you can create exception
monitoring metrics, track and measure performance indicators, and quickly
diagnose performance problems when they arise. Use IBM DB2 Performance Expert
and Extended Insight Feature to make the process easier and more efficient.
What you will learn:
- The nature of performance issues and most common DB2 for Linux, UNIX and
- A performance approach and how tooling enables quick and accurate ways to
find the issues
- How to create and monitor more effective performance indicators to meet SLAs
and improve client satisfaction
- How to enable end-to-end database performance monitoring for Java
applications to isolate performance issues in minutes
- How to foster collaborative approaches to problem solving among IT
- Virtual briefings are simple and easy
What are you waiting for? Simple to sign up
and only an hour of your time
Not sure what this
all about but it does intrigue me. Breakaway Build....interesting name...and so many links to find other links. I just might attend.
What do I read or watch?
Every week developerWorks
publishes new articles, new blog posts appear on My developerWorks daily, and now we can follow microblogging from the HOME page on My developerWorks.
Then there is IBM Research
.....and I tend to watch Zurich
, and Haifa
Lastly, for entertainment and enlightenment, I visit Ted
. There are sooooooooooooooooooooo many ideas worth spreading.