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Software is eating the world and Atlassian is getting fat — Online Collaboration

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Software is eating the world and Atlassian is getting fat — Online Collaboration:

The Australian software company offers tools to help teams build software and it’s had a phenomenal run of 40 straight quarters of profitability, pulling in more than $100 million in revenue last year (with exactly zero salespeople). Entirely bootstrapped for the first six years of its existence, the company is now rumored to be pondering an IPO.

To be clear, Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) is a requirement, not a benefit of Microsoft the Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC)

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After my What are the benefits of the Microsoft Partner Network Small Business Competency? post on Friday, I received some inquiries from current SBSC members saying that the Action Pack benefits were missing under the SBSC column in the chart and should be there because the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) is a benefit of the Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC). After a few of these inquiries, including a flat out statement of, “But I have to have Action Pack to get SBSC, so it is a benefit,” it became clear that there is a misconception out there among
some current SBSC members, so I am putting up this post to put this misconception to rest. Let’s start with a quick level-setting: What is a benefit? A benefit is something you receive because you achieve something else. Think of it this way, if you accomplish X (a requirement), you receive Y (a benefit). Based on this, if you don’t accomplish X (the requirement), you don’t receive Y (the benefit). So for the benefits of SBSC, these would be things you receive because you become an SBSC member. On the flipside, it means that if you do not...(Read whole news on source site)

Use Internet Explorer in Google Chrome

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Here’s an interesting extension to Google Chrome called “IETab” that lets you use Internet Explorer from Google Chrome browser. To use Internet Explorer in Google Chrome , download and install the IETab Extension for Chrome . You can now start using Interner Explorer directly from Google Chrome without opening Internet Explorer You can also configure [...]

Cloud is the Next iPhone (for IT)

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It was the year 2006. The year Google acquired YouTube for a mere $1.65B, Pavarotti opened the Winter Olympics and Germany hosted the World Cup. After successfully branching out into music players, Apple is hinting at releasing a phone. The excitement is building, but the smartphone market is dominated by Blackberry. Microsoft's Windows Mobile has been in the market for a few years and is steadily growing in popularity because it's a
more accessible developer platform. Then on January 9th, 2007 the world changed. Not just the technology world, but the world as we knew it. Yes, Steve Jobs only showed a product, the first iPhone, but what he really showed the world what it's like to be connected and have access to the internet at all times. The...(Read whole news on source site)

Transit of Venus - 5/6 June 2012

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Next month there will be a transit of Venus. These occur as pairs a few years apart. I remember the last which was in 2004. I was able to watch the start of it using some welder's glass to protect my eyes. I watched the end of it using a web cam from a telescope in Norway. Currently I am looking for a list of telescopes for this year similar to the 2004 list at

Here are some links about it:


GUID guide, part three

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Let's recap: a GUID is a 128 bit integer that is used as a globally unique identifier. GUIDs are not a security system; they do not guarantee uniqueness in a world where hostile parties are deliberately attempting to cause collisions; rather, they provide a cheap and easy way for mutually benign parties to generate identifiers without collisions. One mechanism for ensuring global uniqueness is to generate the GUID so that its bits describe a unique position in spacetime: a machine with a specific network card at a specific time. The downside of this mechanism is that code artifacts with
GUIDs embedded in them contain easily-decoded information about the machine used to generate the GUID. This naturally raises a privacy concern. To address this concern, there is a second common method for generating GUIDs, and that is to choose the bits at random. Such GUIDs have a 4 as the first hex digit of the third section. First off, what bits are we talking about when we say "the bits"? We already know that in a "random" GUID the first hex digit of the third section is always 4. Something I did not mention in the last episode was...(Read whole news on source site)