FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  confession computer blue feline neuron matter cat technology 2 Comments 1,393 Visits
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"
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  tivoli green confession cloud smarter_planet security green_it 2 Comments 2,808 Visits
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.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  windows technical db2 confession unix learn virtual linux briefing 1 Comment 1,896 Visits
Performance Management 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.
Date: Tuesday, 8 December
Time: 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:
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  system_z smarter green mainframe virtualization green_it planet confession 1,623 Visits
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
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:
Getting started doc
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  agile jazz scum confession rational team software concert 1,743 Visits
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.