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What’s Big Data?

As Big Data takes on ever-increasing challenges in helping to make sense out of massive amounts of information, this article helps us undertand its true impact….

Gigaom

Some people say big data is wallowing in the trough of disillusionment, but that’s a limited worldview. If you only look at it like an IT issue it might be easy to see big data as little more than business intelligence on steroids. If you only see data science as a means to serving better ads, it might be easy to ask yourself what all the fuss is about.

If you’re like me, though, all you see are the bright lights ahead. They might be some sort of data nirvana, or they might be a privacy-destroying 18-wheeler bearing down on us. They might be both. But we’re going to find out, and we’re we’re going to find out sooner rather than later.

This is because there are small pockets of technologists who are letting their imaginations lead the way. In a suddenly cliché way of saying it, they’re aiming for 10x…

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Windows Blue

This past week copies of Windows Blue were leaked. Windows Blue is the code name for the next iteration of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. What was revealed by this leak is some of the future direction that Microsoft is pointing towards with concern to its latest OS. For instance, the desktop’s relevance is certainly heading in a downward trajectory. Improvements to core applications, management of settings (think Control Panel), windows management (half screen snap), are just some of the ways MS is sending us the message… desktop will be taking even more of a backseat to the touch UI implemented in Windows 8.

Smaller tiles and easier management of the Start screen will answer some of the critics of one of the more unpopular features in Windows 8. Personalization with colors will be easier. New swipe gestures are supported.

SkyDrive will be more integrated than before. Clearly, the app in Windows 8 does not support the addition of new files to your SkyDrive. The new SkyDrive app hints at features to support improved file management, sharing of files and a backup solution.

With the decline in the sales of traditional PCs and the huge projected growth in touch sensitive devices, the emphasis and commitment to touch is well on its way.

Here is a link to an article in PC Magazine by Brad Chacos to help you with some more observations on the changes coming in Windows Blue.

Getting the most out of your bandwidth provider!

The following link is an article on the Computerworld site by author Mark Gibbs and highlights several tools that you might find helpful in estimating the bandwidth speeds you are getting from your provider. Nothing worse than paying for bandwidth you are not receiving, or user complaints about network service! An earlier post gave some basic tips on calculating basic bandwidth requirements for your own environment. Once you know what you need, and have purchased the necessary service, its important to occasionally check and see if you are getting what you paid for!.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9237582/Four_tools_for_checking_bandwidth?source=CTWNLE_nlt_entsoft_2013-03-14

As the article headline suggests, a basic calculation of some bandwidth requirements that you may need to estimate for your own situation. As we add new cloud based services and telephony components to our application mix for employees the incremental demand on bandwidth can be easily overlooked, resulting in some very unhappy staff.

TeraGo Networks

Following our posts about choosing the right Internet Service Provider (ISP) and internet technology for your business, many of you had a follow up question; How do I know how much bandwidth my business needs? This is a great question because if you get too much bandwidth, then you end up paying for more than you need. If you get too little, your employee’s productivity can suffer, which can impact your company’s bottom line.

Although it’s a fairly straight forward question, the answer is somewhat complicated because every business has different needs. Also, those needs can be subject to change, depending on a multitude of variables. For example, if your business is seasonal, then you will require more bandwidth during the peak season and less during the off season. Other variables may include employee size, office location, or how your team uses the connection. If your employees are sending hundreds…

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The availability of apps in the Windows Store will continue to be an issue for Windows 8 as the inventory continues to grow. Here is another important additio

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TECHNEWS

Introducing the Twitter App for Windows 8

Twitter for Windows 8 brings you all the design, features and functionality of Twitter combined with the fast and fluid technology of Windows 8:

· The Discover (#) icon shows you new topics from people in your network and other information like Trends and Who to Follow suggestions.

· The Share charm makes it easier to tweet links, pictures and opinions to your followers from anywhere in Windows 8….

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Deleting a SharePoint Library

Sometimes it happens that we need to trim old libraries and delete them from our SharePoint site. Sometimes we are just looking to reorganize our site. In any case, the following video will help you learn how to delete a SharePoint library…

Win8 Hyper-V

In order to use the new virtualization service in Windows 8 your processor needs to support a feature referred to as Secondary Level Address Translation (SLAT). Without SLAT, you will not be able to add the Hyper-V service to your host, so it would be helpful to know if you have this available or not.

 

This article from How-To-Geek ( http://www.howtogeek.com/73318/how-to-check-if-your-cpu-supports-second-level-address-translation-slat/ ) will explain more about SLAT and how to download a great tool from Mark Russinovich called CoreInfo. This tool gives you the information you need to see if your processor supports SLAT. Here is the direct link to his download, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc835722.

 

In order to install Hyper-V on your Win8 machine you need to access the Programs and Features applet within Control Panel. (Same idea as in Win7). If you are using a mouse-driven version of Win8, hover your mouse in the far bottom left-hand corner and right-click while you see a thumbnail of the Start Page. A new menu will open from which you can select Control Panel. In Control Panel, select Programs.


 

After you have clicked on “Turn Windows Features On or Off” you will see the following:

 


 

Enable Hyper-V by putting a checkmark in the appropriate box. Notice in the above image that “Hyper-V Platform” is greyed out. This is because this host does not have support for the SLAT capabilities discussed above.

In order to manage Hyper-V you can access the Management Console via Administrative Tools, also in Control Panel. Go to “System and Security”

 


 

Once in Administrative Tools, you will see a choice to manage Hyper-V:

 


 

Open up Hyper-V Manager and you can start building your virtual environment. I recommend right-clicking on the shortcut and choose to pin to your Start Menu, and, if you like, pin to your task bar.

 


 
 

That’s all for today on WIn8 Hyper-V installation.

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