Silver for Kontides in Oman

first_imgBy Nemanja BjedovPavlos Kontides earned a silver medal at the 2013 Laser World Championship at Oman’s Al-Mussanah Sports City on Saturday, trailing newly-crowned champion Robert Scheidt of Brazil by 13 points, after finishing the last race of the event in 13th position.“He sailed a perfect race, so well done to him,” said the 23-year-old Cypriot. “But with some consistent training, I will be able to up my game and I know next season I will be much better.“I am still learning and developing and Robert is at the peak of his game.“Age-wise he is 40 and at some stage will start to decline, whereas I am 23 and on the rise, so the odds are against him,” Kontides said.“I really wanted to savour the gold medal, but I will be trying my hardest again next time,” the Cypriot sailor concluded.Kontides became the first Cypriot athlete ever to win an Olympic medal for his country. He secured the silver medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games in the Men’s Laser class.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgFor more information, call La Mirada Transit Services at (562) 943-6776. County, L.H.H. to mull fire aid LOS ANGELES – The county Board of Supervisors at its 9:30 a.m. Tuesday meeting will consider an agreement with the city of La Habra Heights that would allow them to share fire protection. The automatic-aid agreement will allow the fire chiefs from the county and the city to develop a memorandum of understanding to detail the plan on the day-to-day operations. The board meets in room 381B of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. Disco, Diamond tributes in August WHITTIER – The city will present two concerts of 1970s music in August. “Boogie Fever” will bring back the sounds of the disco era from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Central Park, 6532 Friends Ave., Whittier. A “Hot August Night” Neil Diamond tribute will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road, Whittier. The concerts are sponsored by the Whittier Cultural Arts and Parks and Recreation commissions, Los Angeles County and the National Endowment for the Arts. Seating is festival-style and concertgoers may bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food and beverages will be available for sale. For more information, call the Community Services Department, (562) 464-3430. Head Start now enrolling children WEST WHITTIER – Plaza de la Raza Head Start is accepting applications for two programs for low-income children up to 5 years of age at Aeolian Elementary School, 11600 Aeolian St. Children must be 3 and younger for the Early Head Start program, while regular Head Start is for children between the ages of 3 and 5. The programs are free for all qualifying families, which must show proof of age for eligible children and meet income guidelines verifiable through income tax returns. Head Start prepares children for kindergarten; provides nutrition through meals and snacks, enhances social skills’ and develops reading, writing and science readiness among preschoolers. For more information, call (562) 692-4213 or (562)776-1301. Free health clinic coming to school WEST WHITTIER – Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital’s Care Force One mobile health clinic will make a stop Aug. 28 at Los Nietos Middle School, 11425 E. Rivera Road, to offer free vaccinations and physicals to local children. Immunizations are free of charge. Physicals are also free but by appointment only. For more information, or to make an appointment, call (562) 698-0811 Ext. 2273. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Planning Commission will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday to again discuss a plan to renovate the Uptown area. Commissioners are expected to discuss dining and entertainment, including such issues as alcoholic beverages, hours of operation and sidewalk dining. Parking also is expected to be discussed. This will be the commission’s second meeting to review the plan. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 13230 Penn St., Whittier. For more information, call the Community Development Department, (562) 464-3380. Discounted bus passes available LA MIRADA – The city will now be selling La Mirada Transit discount fare passes at $5 and regular fare passes at $10 at the Resource Center, Activity Center and gymnasium. The regular fare is $1 and discount fare is 50 cents for seniors 62 or older, Medicare cardholders and children under 5. Both the regular fare pass and discount fare pass are valid for 10 one-way trips. The service is provided in La Mirada through a contract with Norwalk Transit. There are also direct connections to regional rail service via Metrolink and Metro Green Line. last_img read more

Bush, Congress set for battle over kids’ health care

first_imgAt his news conference Thursday, Bush sought to get out ahead of the Democrats by painting them as big spenders and himself as a responsible steward of taxpayers’ money. He urged Democrats to pass a temporary extension of the health insurance program, and accused them of playing politics with children’s health care by waiting until the program was about to lapse to send him legislation they know he will veto. “In other words,” Bush said, “members of Congress are putting health coverage for poor children at risk so they can score political points in Washington.” Democrats, meanwhile, are trying to force Bush into the uncomfortable position of vetoing a bill covering 10 million children before any spending bills reach his desk. They are casting the president as the compassionate conservative who forgot his compassion. “They thought they were going to get a fight on spending appropriations, and what they’re getting is 10 million children’s health care,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the Illinois Democrat who is chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. “Sept. 30 is the deadline on kids’ health care. We’re going to meet that deadline and he’s going to get a chance to side with 10 million kids or not.” If Bush’s emphasis on fiscal restraint is angering Democrats, it is pleasing conservatives in Bush’s own party, who have long accused the president of allowing government spending to run amok. That criticism is percolating again in Washington this week from an unlikely source: Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, who in a new book has accused Bush of putting Republican politics ahead of fiscal responsibility. On Thursday, Bush defended himself. “I respectfully disagree with Alan Greenspan when it comes to saying that this administration didn’t handle the fiscal … issues we faced in good fashion,” he said. “As a matter of fact, we did.” In calling for Congress to pass a “clean, temporary extension” of the current State Children’s Health Insurance Program, Bush argued that the Democratic bill would raise taxes and allow children whose families earn up to $83,000 a year to enroll. The Democrats propose paying for the measure by raising the federal excise tax on cigarettes. But the chief Republican sponsor of the bill in the Senate, Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, said Bush “is getting bad information.” He said Bush’s reference to the $83,000 limit was drawn from a proposal put forth by New York state to receive an exemption from the program’s restrictions, which the administration recently denied. The senator said he appealed to the president directly Thursday morning, telling Bush a long-term extension of the current law would leave children uncovered, and that the $5 billion increase in the program the president has proposed is not enough to cover more children.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush, bracing for a series of battles with Congress over spending, threatened on Thursday to veto a bill expanding a popular children’s health insurance program, calling it “a step toward federalization of health care.” The program expires Sept. 30, and Congress is on the verge of renewing it by providing coverage to an additional 4 million children over the 6.6 million already enrolled, at an additional cost of $35 billion over five years. Bush says the bill would expand a program aimed at helping the poor beyond its original intent. The veto threat is just one of nearly a dozen the White House has issued recently aimed at a variety of bills, including measures on education spending and financing for medical research. With the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, Bush and congressional Democrats are headed for a showdown over spending similar to the one that preceded the government shutdown of 1995. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers have yet to complete action on any of their 12 major spending bills. But even if they do, Bush will not sign them; he has issued veto threats on 10 of the 11 appropriations measures passed so far by the House. last_img read more

Kings routed by Buffalo, 10-1

first_img Jeff Cowan, scoring late in the first period, had the lone goal for the Kings, who gave up 10 goals for the first time since a 10-3 loss to Washington, Feb. 13, 1993. The margin of defeat matched the Kings’ worst since a 9-0 loss to Montreal in the 1975-76 season opener. “They walked all over us,” Kings captain Mattias Norstrom said. “A loss like this you start to talk about pride. As a team, as individuals, we got embarrassed out there.” Goalie Mathieu Garon, coming off a 6-0 win at Boston on Thursday night, had the toughest night. Garon allowed four goals on 10 shots and was pulled twice, the final time after Hecht scored on a screened shot from the right circle midway through the first period. Hecht’s two other goals came against backup Adam Hauser, who allowed six goals on 24 shots in his NHL debut. The Sabres scored on three of their first six shots, the eruption beginning when McKee scored on a slap shot 1:06 into the game. Drury, set up in the slot by Grier, scored 13 seconds later, and Kotalik made it 3-0 off a rebound at 4:33. The margin of victory, however, wasn’t as important as the Sabres finally getting production in even-strength situations something coach Lindy Ruff had stressed all week. Buffalo finished with six even-strength goals, added three more on the power play, while Pominville also scored on a short-handed breakaway. Avalanche 4, Flyers 3: Alex Tanguay scored with 45.8 seconds left in overtime, helping Colorado spoil Peter Forsberg’s first game against his former team. Red Wings 4, Rangers 3 : Brendan Shanahan’s second goal of the game snapped a third-period tie and the Detroit Red Wings broke the New York Rangers’ streak of seven games in which they earned at least a point. Stars 2, Bruins 1, SO : Jussi Jokinen scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Dallas Stars to their season-high sixth straight win. Canadiens 6, Sharks 2 : Andrei Markov had two goals and two assists in a six-goal second period to help Montreal general manager Bob Gainey win in his Canadiens coaching debut. Canucks 8, Islanders 1 : Todd Bertuzzi scored twice on Vancouver’s first three shots en route to his fifth career hat trick and the Canucks chased New York goalie Rick DiPietro with three second-period goals. Coyotes 4, Maple Leafs 3 : Paul Mara, Geoff Sanderson, Ladislav Nagy and Fredrik Sjostrom scored goals to help Phoenix overcome a three-goal, first-period deficit. Blue Jackets 5, Panthers 4 : David Vyborny scored a power-play goal with 12 seconds left in overtime, and Pascal Leclaire made 48 saves for Columbus. Flames 4, Wild 1 : Jarome Iginla scored early in the third period to help Calgary snap a three-game losing streak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pominville, with a natural hat trick, and Jochen Hecht scored three goals apiece in Buffalo’s 10-1 win over the Kings on Saturday night. “It’s awesome,” Pominville said. “It doesn’t happen too often. So it’s fun to see the team work hard and have it finally pay off.” Excuse rookie forward Jason Pominville for not remembering the last time the Buffalo Sabres scored 10 goals. It hasn’t happened in almost 13 years, when Pominville was a 10-year-old growing up in Quebec. He won’t forget this one. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Hecht also will have fond memories of the game after recording the first career three-goal game in his six-year NHL career “Happy to get it out of the way, but it’s also great for ‘Pommer’ to get his first one, too,” Hecht said. Chris Drury had a goal and three assists, Ales Kotalik had a goal and two assists and Jay McKee and Daniel Paille also scored. Tim Connolly and Mike Grier had three assists each for Buffalo, which built a 5-0 lead 17 minutes in. The 10 goals were the most the Sabres scored since a 10-7 win over Detroit on Feb 24, 1993. And Buffalo’s five-goal first period was the team’s best since scoring five in a 7-1 win over Washington on Dec. 31, 2003. The Sabres also snapped a two-game winless streak (0-1-1), their longest since losing four straight from Nov. 2-9. last_img read more

Florence E. Richardson, age 96 of Greensburg, Indiana

first_imgFlorence married July 17, 1943 to Lawrence L. Richardson, who passed away Feb. 3, 1998.Survivors include: 3 grandchildren, Jeff Durham of Indianapolis, Brian Durham of Yorktown, Indiana and Jeri Gramman of Greensburg; 5 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by 2 daughters (Judy Kay Richardson & Carolyn Sue Durham), 6 sisters and 6 brothers.Funeral Service: 1:00 pm Thursday at Dawalt Funeral Home.Visitation: 11 am until the time of the service on Thursday.Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery. Florence E. Richardson, age 96 of Greensburg, Indiana passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 at 3:38 pm, in Aspen Place Health Campus of Greensburg.Born April 20, 1921 in Salem, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late William I. and Louanna (Chastain) Gilstrap.She was a retired employee of the old Gould Powdered Metal Company in Salem, a member of the Bunker Hill Christian Church and had been a resident of Greensburg since 1993, formerly of Washington County.last_img read more

Home Affairs aiming to curb permit and document backlogs

first_imgSouth Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has given an assurance that applications for study, work, business, temporary and permanent residence permits will soon be completed.(Image: Pixabay)Brand South African reporterBriefing reporters on the department’s permitting regime in Pretoria this week, department Director-General Mkuseli Apleni said that as of November last year, the backlog on all permit applications, excluding applications by Zimbabweans, was approximately 38 039.Since then, the said that the backlog had been reduced by 24 323 applications, with outstanding permit applications currently receiving attention being 13 667.“The department has increased its capacity to deal with all permit applications, created as a consequence of the centralisation process has enabled the department to attend to 1 600 permit applications per day,” Apleni said.He said that with the department now being able to attend to 8 000 applications per week, the backlog should be substantially reduced or even eradicated by the end of March.“The reduction of the backlog on permit applications must be seen within the context of the overall commitment of the department to deliver quality service to the people as part of the fulfilment of its constitutional mandate,” he said.Leading normal livesApleni said that as the department, they will do everything in their power to ensure that all permit applications are attended to expeditiously to enable applicants to lead normal lives without the constant fear of arrest and deportation.“We recognise that most of these applicants contribute meaningfully to the growth and development of our economy and country. We have to do everything to ensure that such skills are retained in the country,” he said.First-time applicants for temporary residents will now get their permits after four weeks, while those applying for permanent resident will have to wait for six months or before as a result of the new measures.Centralised permit applicationsApleni said through centralisation, the department has assumed full control and accountability over all permit applications that are submitted at all regional offices across the country.The department has also implemented a filing system where all permits are held according to provinces, offices, category and date of application.The centralisation has contributed to the security of all permits since the department knows to whom permits are being issued and for what reason.Through the centralisation process, permit renewals of all categories are issued within 48 hours. The centralisation system has also enabled permits to go electronic.In this regard, the issuance of permits is now fully integrated with the Movement Control System which facilitates the entry into South Africa of visitors into the country.Permits for ZimbabweansAccording to Apleni, the total number of applications for Zimbabweans they have adjudicated stands at approximately 66 000 out of 275 762.“We have announced that the remaining applications will be adjudicated by 30 June 2011. This will include the adjudication and dispatch to regional offices of issued permits.“We have committed ourselves to concluding the documentation of Zimbabweans project by 30 June 2011,” he said.He further said Zimbabweans are still allowed to apply for permits: “The permitting regime in South Africa has not closed. We only closed the process for Zimbabweans nationals to apply for study, work and business permits on the relaxed conditions.“Any Zimbabweans nationals coming in can still apply for study, work and business permits although they will be subjected to and must comply with the normal requirements. It is only the special dispensation for Zimbabweans nationals that has closed,” he said.Source: South African Government News Agency, Department of Home AffairsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Madiba through the eyes of children

first_imgThe Children’s Mandela offers a uniqueperception of the former SouthAfrican president. Author Tyne Doyle and publisher IainBryant at the book launch.(Images: Future by Design) MEDIA CONTACTS • Iain Bryant  CE, Future by Design  +27 83 445 1111 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela quotations book published • Mandela a free man 21 years ago • Mandela’s old offices restored • Mandela message to spread • New Mandela book releasedShamin ChibbaChildren possess a perspective of the world that can be more profound than those of adults. This is certainly true in The Children’s Mandela, a glossy coffee-table book that collects children’s anecdotes about former president Nelson Mandela.According to Iain Bryant, CE of publishing company Future by Design, the idea of compiling children’s thoughts came about just before Mandela’s 80th birthday, 13 years ago.The author, Tyne Doyle, was conducting an advertising campaign during which she asked children a series of questions about a particular fuel company.Doyle was astonished by the answers and wondered what children would think of someone like Nelson Mandela.“She visited various schools asking children, aged between six and 12, 25 questions and got some amazing answers,” said Bryant.Doyle chose 1 300 of the best answers out of a possible 40 000. Accompanying the text are 250 pictures created by some of the pupils who were quoted in the book.The Childrens Mandela is Doyle’s first foray into writing. The Johannesburg-born copywriter has won numerous awards in the local and international advertising industry, and has also been a finalist at the London International Advertising Awards.The Children’s Mandela is available at all leading booksellers at R345 (US$48) each and to higher volume corporate buyers at R260 ($36).SA’s future leaders share their thoughtsBryant said that though the book has insights by children, it is targeted at the adult reader.He added the book will not only provide the reader with a unique perception of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate but also a glimpse into the minds of the future leaders of South Africa.“Children are conscious about a lot of things,” said Bryant. “Adults underestimate how much children know and take to heart. It is not just one child who knows about things but a whole lot of them. We should not treat them like children. They are like little adults.”He said the book subtly reveals the impact of the former president’s moral conviction on South Africans.Bryant further stated that instilling a strong moral foundation in children at home is not enough and instead everyone, including government and business, should contribute to a moral society.Children’s minds simple yet profoundSimple questions such as “What was Madiba like when he was your age?” “Why did he go to jail?” and “If he was an animal which one would he be?” conjured some of the most original and thoughtful replies.“When asked what politics was, the answers ranged from ‘People fighting a lot’ to ‘It means driving around in a Mercedes-Benz’ and even ‘I want to cry when I hear that word’,” said Bryant.Twelve-year-old Kate said politics is about “Fat people who wear expensive suits and argue all day and get paid for it”.For the question “What did Mandela do on Robben Island?” 11-year-old Bruce said: “He broke rocks but his spirit was never broken, never broken.”Themes that inadvertently surfaced in the answers were crime, striking, litter and child molestation; topics that Bryant said children should not be exposed to.“It makes me angry to think children are exposed to these things,” he said.Reaching bestseller statusIn its first month of publication in November 2010, the book sold almost 3 000 copies and it’s currently on its way to becoming a bestseller.With backing from financial provider Nedbank’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Future by Design was able to plan a print run of 7 500 copies for South African readers. However, Bryant believes the international market could demand much more.The marketers have taken to promoting the book on popular social media websites Facebook and Twitter, with one quote tweeted on the latter website each day.last_img read more

Facebook for Android Bug Holds Lessons for Developers, Users

first_imgRelated Posts Where It Came FromParse developer David Poll was working on the Facebook features for the company’s Android client when he noticed that a certain line of code was showing the entire access token in his “logcat” viewer. Logcat is a common Android debugging tool that tracks what applications and system processes can write. Facebook also apparently uses logcat. Whenever Poll logged into his test application through the Facebook SDK, he got this line of code: Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Another lesson for developers: There are right ways and wrong ways to announce security vulnerabilities in other companies’ software. In this case, Parse notified Facebook in February and respected the social platform’s wishes not to make the bug public until now. Facebook worked with major publishers to update their apps before allowing Parse to announce the bug.The lessons for users are simple: 1. Make sure you know what permissions your Android app is requesting. 2. Make sure to keep your apps up-to-date. In this case, any application that has “READ SENSITIVE LOG DATA” has the ability to obtain the access tokens in the Facebook SDK. “There are legitimate reasons to request this permission, but users should be wary of any app that requests this permission unnecessarily,” Poll wrote. While Facebook has squashed the bug, that does not mean it has been eradicated. It still exists in Android apps using the old Facebook SDK. It also exists on users’ devices that have not updated apps from publishers who have fixed the hole. The ultimate lesson here is that you can never be too careful. That goes for developers and consumers. The only way to avoid these kinds of vulnerabilities is to be diligent: for developers in how you write your code, and for consumers in how you approve permissions with the apps you update. Update — Fred Wolens of Facebook’s policy communications team:We applaud the security researchers who brought this bug to our attention for responsibly reporting the bug to our White Hat Program. We worked with the team to make sure we understood the full scope of the vulnerability, which allowed us to fix it and get an updated SDK in the hands of developers without it being exploited. Users are only vulnerable if they have a previously installed malicious application on their system that they have granted the “Read Sensitive Log Data” extended permission. Users can protect themselves by downloading the latest version of their applications and uninstalling any untrustworthy apps. Due to the responsible reporting of this issue to Facebook, no one within the security community has evidence of an application abusing this vulnerability. We have provided a bounty to the team to thank them for their contribution to Facebook Security.Images courtesy of Shutterstock. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … App updates may not seem like a big deal. Sure, they fix bugs and provide fun stuff like new features and enhanced user interfaces. But they can also patch potentially serious security holes. Case in point: a recent Facebook vulnerability found in the company’s Android software developer kit (SDK). A developer for San Francisco-based mobile cloud service provider Parse stumbled across some peculiar activity in his code and did some digging. As it turns out, that code could have been extraordinarily painful for developers, users, Facebook and any app that uses its SDK. Only an app update could keep that from happening. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement This wasn’t a problem as long as it was only Poll’s logcat and he was the only one that could see it. So Poll tested a couple other applications from large developers like Zynga and Foursquare – and found the same line!Poll knew that there was an Android on-device logcat viewer called CatLog that let developers see logcat information while debugging an application. Poll figured that he could write a simple app that could scrape the output of the Facebook SDK to steal Facebook access tokens from the device.This could be a big problem. If you can scrape the Facebook SDK for access tokens, you basically have full permission to do as you please with that person’s login information. A developer with malicious intent could spam a user’s Facebook profile or carry out any other sort of bad behavior – and the culprit would look like the app that had been hacked, not the user or the token thief. Imagine how embarrassing it would be if it looked like Foursquare was posting spam and spyware to Facebook through an unknowing user’s app! Poll created a proof-of-concept app that he called “FacebookThief.” With 20 lines of code, the app could “masquerade as any Facebook user that logged into any app on the device that used the Facebook SDK.” Poll and Parse reported the issue to Facebook (and were paid through Facebook’s “bug bounty” program). Within 24 hours, the issue was fixed and Parse was able to integrate the new version of the SDK into its service.Lots of LessonsThis scenario offers lessons for both consumers and developers. As Poll points out in Parse’s blog post, the Facebook Android SDK is, “software that runs on the client and is built into other applications, so Facebook has no real way to push this update out to all of its developers.” Developers need to download the new version of the SDK and manually implement it and then resubmit their apps to various app stores. There is no guarantee that app publishers are going to do that either because they have stopped supporting the app in question or are just lazy (yes, there are lazy developers out there). Relying on third-party client SDKs means that you are running someone else’s code in your app. When there is a problem with that SDK, you are at the mercy of that client. Facebook is fairly responsive when it comes to updating its developer tools. Other companies are not. Before you use third-party SDKs, ask yourself if you trust the provider of the software and make sure it is responsive to bugs and can quickly iterate patches. Ultimately, the Facebook Android SDK exploit came down to one line of code: Tags:#Android#mobile#Trends last_img read more

TypePad Blogs Get More Relevant With Zemanta Recommendations

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market john paul titlow Tags:#Blogging#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Life just got a little easier for bloggers who use TypePad. The hosted blogging platform announced that it is integrating Zemanta’s content recommendation tools into its service, which suggests links to related stories from across the Web. Zemanta also generates in-text links to related information. For instance, if you mention Mark Zuckerberg in a post, the platform will suggest linking to his Wikipedia entry. If it’s about a movie, the IMBD andRotten Tomatoes pages will be pulled in automatically.Such features save time and effort, but they also pull in contextual links and tags that publishers weren’t necessarily thinking of including. Zemanta also operates a library of millions of fair-use images that bloggers can upload. This is something that one can easily find themselves on Flickr or other image search engines, but building it into the CMS saves this step and streamlines the process, if even a little bit.“Zemanta is about writing better. Writing better is about better context, better imagery,” says Jeff Reine, TypePad’s GM.Adding Zemanta is part of an ongoing strategy that Typepad is pursuing. Over the last year the company has also integrated Aviary, the online image editing service, into its platform. People have been innovating in online publishing for over a decade and the space has reached a certain maturity. That’s giving Typepad the ability, Reine says, to “pull the best pieces together.” TypePad is owned by ReadWriteWeb’s parent company, SAYMedia.Photo by Raúl Hernández González.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Remembering the Mini – The end of an era

first_imgA moment of silence for the miniI suppose I need clarify of which mini I speak.  It isn’t the car and it is not the skirt .The mini I refer to is that mid-sized server that runs the applications that your company depends on.  There are quite a few flavors in this class, from the classic VAX with Cutler’s first child VMS ( moment of silence), to the Unix family – all those AIX boxes running on power processors, the Solaris bunch running on various flavors of Sparc, and HPUX on PA-RISC and Itanium.It is the twilight for the mini server.  Of course, like an Alaska summer, twilight may last a really long time.My rationale for this position has to do with the size of the enterprise IT problem, and the capacity of the server.background: In the past there have been “tiers of servers” at the “low” end we have all those “x86” boxes running variants of Windows and Linux.  In the middle we have the class above, and at the high end mission critical level there have been mainframes, Superdomes, Non-Stop, and other run the world systems.   Application demand has also grown, but the individual application growth has not matched the growth in server capacity.  The middle class is being squeezed.  Just check those TPC and Spec numbers vs SparcWhat has changed:The performance of the Xeon – Xeon base x86 servers have eclipsed the performance of the “mini” architecturesThe X86 OS is ready for prime time – Companies can run their largest applications on Xeon platforms with Windows orLinuxXeon Virtualization – Virtualization allows IT managers to fully utilize powerful hardware, and optimize their data centerGrid solutions – Grids and clouds provide near limitless scale with Xeon platforms, without the need for monster SMP solutionsLead Platform – The primary development, and first release, platform for many ERP and Database providers has shifted to Xeonexample – 1n 2002 A large company payrol system, that I worked on, required a 16 way mini platform to meet service levels – all data processed in less than 7 hours.  Today that same application fits easily into a four processor Xeon platform.  By this time next year it should fit easily into a two socket Xeon box.  The motivation for a “Mini” servers in this environment has vanished.Almost every enterprise application today runs best on a Xeon processor based server.   Customers building out new capacity are optimizing on a Xeon based, virtualized architecture.   For web servers, data base applications, and ERP systems , Xeon based servers provide great price performance and phenominal performance.If there is a soft spot in your heart for the mini, take a few minutes, visit the data center, and spend some lquality time while you still can.last_img read more