SA research network now online

first_img7 April 2008The South African National Research Network (Sanren) reached a significant milestone last week when the first four research infrastructure sites went live in Johannesburg, representing a major step forward in the creation of an information and communications technology platform for South African research.Teams from the Tertiary Education Network (Tenet), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and second landline operator Neotel have worked closely together to deploy the network.In a statement last week, Neotel said the network marked a key change in the research and development community in South Africa, and was set to place local research and development on par with the best in the world.The Sanren project is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology and managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Meraka Institute, while Sanren is providing the network equipment and Neotel is providing the optical fibre circuit to ensure a high capacity backbone for the Johannesburg ring.Tenet currently secures internet services for South African universities and research institutions and provides operational services to Sanren, including national and international connectivity at the gateway, with operating costs being recovered by Tenet from the user institutions.“We are pleased that our participation in the Sanren project is contributing to the ultimate success of an initiative that is of national importance,” said Neotel Enterprise Services head Stefano Mattiello. “This is our contribution to the research and development community in South Africa.”Bandwidth key to development“Access to high bandwidth is key in world-class research and development,” said Meraka Institute project engineer Christiaan Kuun. “This translates to providing significant network capacity to research institutions in South Africa.”The research network is built upon the backbone of Neotel’s next generation network, which is flexible, scalable and custom made to the Sanren’s requirements.The four sites, which include the main campuses of Wits and UJ, as well as UJ’s satellite campuses in Bunting and Doornfontein, are on a shared 10 gigabits-per-second ring network, which connects them to each other and to a major gateway site operated by Tenet and hosted by Internet Solutions in Johannesburg.“Future plans are to make all Wits satellite campuses and the CSIR’s Johannesburg campus live at the same capacity,” Kuun said. “We also plan to upgrade the main campuses of Wits and UJ.”Research and higher educational institutions across South Africa will be eventually become connected to the Sanren as the network expands.“Tenet and the user institutions are delighted to work together with the the Department of Science and Technology and Meraka Institute on this exiting project that is reshaping research and education networking in South Africa,” said Tenet CEO Duncan Martin.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Major Newspaper Chain Goes Open Source

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “The Ben Franklin Project not only proves that websites and newspapers can be freed from the restraints of legacy, proprietary publishing systems, but also heralds the potential of an open and transparent news-gathering process. The Project allowed audience members to help shape editorial story budgets through crowd sourcing.”Ben photo by Mark Skrobola Related Posts Tags:#New Media#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The argument over the utility of open source has one more voter in the yes camp. This time, it’s the Journal Register Company, a U.S. newspaper chain with 170 publications. Calling it the Ben Franklin Project, the company tried open source for a month. Things went so well it decided to make it permanent and company-wide for its 18 daily newspapers and their websites. In a somewhat cutesy press release, the company declares its “independence from proprietary publishing systems.” Newspapers have seen a sustained drop in readership, and therefore in revenues, over the last half-decade. The ability to cut cost on something as elemental as production, by dropping expensive proprietary software, is exciting. But so is watching a company in an allegedly change-resistant sector see the light bulb go off over its head. last_img read more

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What to Consider When Leveraging File Sharing

first_imgFile sharing with your team, partners, vendors, and customers has raised productivity and efficiency levels to new heights. However, it’s also led to some challenges that must be addressed in order to continue leveraging the benefits of the process of file sharing. In the early days of file and folder management technique, teams were happy to collaborate on a level that didn’t involve sending endless email attachments after every document revision. Instead, they only had to access to one master document and one gallery for visuals that could be accessed from any device. Now, there are larger security issues. Greater use of temporary freelance talent, the availability of sensitive data and proprietary information, file sharing has become a more complex process. Data can now involve many decisions before ever leaving it’s owner. Before you share a file or folder, ask yourself these questions:What is the individual’s role?First, is this person internal staff or an external add-on, like a freelancer, customer, or vendor? Knowing what they do for the company will dictate what level of files and folders they should be able to access. Not only does this vetting protect critical information, but it also ensures nothing is inadvertently deleted or changed. For example, if the individual’s role is to produce content, then they would only be provided access to one folder where they could share their work. However, they might also be provided access to a photo or graphics folder to enhance their content.  How will they be using the files or folders you share?The purpose of accessing files is also important. Think about who will need to review, comment, edit, and approve what is in a particular file before sharing it. The answers to this question will guide the type of access you give. You may set a file to “view only” when that individual only needs to read a file versus editing access on piece. Even in view-only mode, you can still allow them to make comments; they just can’t edit any information out or add-in the piece. Be aware that not granting editing access can also hang you up on getting the work delivered if the editor or others have to sit around and wait for your permissions. If you put out a view only copy of something, stay attentive to the document so you can add in the recommended edits and changes that will be suggested. There may be other situations where view only means online access only. You can disable an individuals download capability. This ensures none of the information is copied or taken for some other purpose.If the individual needs to use a folder that is full of photos, memes, or video footage, then you can create a subfolder with only those files relevant to their project rather than access to the entire gallery. Alternatively, you can choose to share one or more image files — or have a separate individual with higher credentials add in these details. What length of time will the individual work with your company?Since many projects involve a freelancer, it’s important to limit the amount of time each person has access to certain files and folders. One of the latest features available that addresses access time is a tool that lets you set an expiration date for file sharing. Once you set the expiration date, you won’t have to remind yourself to change access and passwords when the project is finished and the freelancer is no longer involved. If you determine that a freelancer will remain onboard with your company, you can remove the expiration date, giving them the ongoing access you grant a regular employee. Does the individual have a specific clearance level?With growing security concerns faced by many companies, it’s critical to consider clearance level as a parameter for file sharing decisions. For example, government organizations or companies that are contracted to do work for governments must undergo security checks for each person involved. From there, individuals on the team are provided with a clearance level that dictates what they can read or work on. Consider that all of the “Wiki-leaks” situation would likely not have been an issue if this individual had not been a sub-contractor. Stats confirm that your regular  employees are less likely to try to  hurt your company. Align file sharing accessibility with your company’s security framework. This helps to ensure no information is left vulnerable within a subfolder or stray file. What information about the project do you need to track?When projects involve numerous team members, all of whom may be adding comments or edits, it’s critical to determine how many “chefs” you want in the file “kitchen” and how you can track what they do while there. This is where using the edit “post-its” out to the side of the doc are quite valuable. For example, you may want to see who has looked at the file to ensure everyone is staying current on their responsibilities. If there is an issue related to the changes, it helps to see a version history so you know who made what changes and when in order to resolve those disputes. Or, you can make sure that all contributors add “side” suggestions and only have one person as a “doc admin” with permission to make final changes.  Which individuals in your company should receive notification for a particular project? Not everyone assigned to a project needs to get alerts about edits or document changes. This article will guide how to set the notification filters.  Your company’s overall process of file sharing.File sharing delivers convenience, collaboration, and productivity. However, to get the most out of it while maintaining data security, you need a thoughtful approach for file and folder management. That means considering each person’s role, project involvement, security level, and length of time with the company — or length of time with access to this particular doc. These few quick considerations will help you determine filters and access levels for everyone on your team. Have an email that explains your company doc process in plain language that can be quickly sent to those who need to know; this includes your freelancers. By formalizing the file sharing process, a standard can be established for consistent actions and results. Everyone from the existing team to your new hires and future freelancers will know how your file sharing process works. This is a sponsored post for Dropbox. All opinions are my own. Dropbox is not affiliated with nor does it endorse any products or services mentioned. Tags:#contingency workers#Dropbox#Dropbox for Business#File Sharing#Freelance AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts last_img read more

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Twitter Chats: A Professional Development Tool

first_imgUse these icons when you are tweeting: This allows you to Tweet at, or respond to, someone directly.This allows you to ReTweet someone else’s tweet; i.e., send it to your Twitter followers.This allows you to Favorite someone’s Tweet; i.e., indicate that you like what they have shared. (Note: This function is now represented by a heart instead of a star.)Happy tweeting! I hope to see you on a personal finance Twitter chat soon. You can then Tweet or Retweet whatever you wish, and the http://www.tchat.io/ application will add the hashtag on for you so that you too can join the conversation! By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®Rutgers Cooperative ExtensionIn early June, as part of the 3-Day Virtual Learning Event (VLE), the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) held a series of three Twitter chats using the hash tag #MFLNchat. The MFLN VLE information page with archived webinars is  located here. The purpose of the Twitter chats was to extend conversations in the “chat” section of the webinars about encouraging positive financial behaviors through motivation, coaching, and counseling.Prior to the three Twitter chats, a “Lite” Twitter Cohort was held to introduce chat participants to the basics of using Twitter. Each day for two weeks, cohort 36 cohort participants received e-mailed messages about using Twitter. Materials for the cohort are available here. Participants used the hashtag #twittercohort to hold asynchronous conversations with one another.Twitter chats, on the other hand, involve synchronous conversations. As the number of Twitter users has grown since its inception in 2006, so has the use of Twitter for financial education. An increasingly outreach method is Twitter chats, which use the hashtag (#) symbol to hold a “conversation” through an organized stream of tweets from people interested in the same topic (e.g., credit).The formatting convention used to organize Twitter chat threads is Q1 for Question 1 and A1 for participant responses to that question, with 8 to 10 different questions per one-hour chat. All users have do is log in to a Twitter application such as Tchat.io or Twubs.com at a designated time and time zone, type in the hashtag for the chat, and start responding to and/or asking questions to engage with others.The MFLN plans future professional development Twitter chats and encourages Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) staff to participate. Feel free to “lurk” for a while, if you’d like, and then jump in. Another good idea is to observe, and then participate in, these regular personal finance Twitter chats: #creditchat (Experian, 3 p.m. ET on Wednesdays), #wbchat (WiseBread, 3 p.m. ET on Thursdays), #cashchat (@MsMadamMoney, 12 noon ET on Fridays), and #mcchat (Money Crashers, 4 p.m. ET on Fridays).Below are some screen shots that further explain how to navigate a Twitter chat:Go to as http://www.tchat.io/In the top, right corner click on “Sign In”If you are already logged into your Twitter account, this box will prompt you to “Authorize TweetChat…to use your account”. You then click on “Authorize App” For Example:Experian Tweetchat’s hashtag is “#CreditChat”Wisebread Tweetchat’s hashtag is “#WBchat” If not it will ask you to log into your Twitter account. Log in with your Twitter handle and password. Then, in the top left hand corner, type in the hashtag you are following and then press, “Go” You will then be taken to a stream of Tweets, only with the hashtag you typed in during the last step.last_img read more

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Liverpool loses at last-place Swansea 1-0 in big EPL shock

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron’s numbers sliding while Cavaliers slip in standings Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHcenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next LATEST STORIES Liverpool nearly grabbed an equalizer in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time, when Roberto Firmino headed against the post and substitute Adam Lallana’s shot on the rebound was deflected over by the lunging Mawson.“Last weekend feels like it was half a year ago,” Klopp said. “It’s not what I’m interested in. I’m frustrated and angry.”Swansea stayed in last place but was tied on 20 points with West Bromwich Albion, three off safety.Fourth-place Liverpool was only two points ahead of Tottenham in the race to secure one of four qualification spots for next season’s Champions League.Liverpool hadn’t lost in the league since Oct. 22, a 4-1 defeat at Tottenham.ADVERTISEMENT Liverpool’s Sadio Mane reacts on the pitch, during the English Premier League soccer match between Swansea City and Liverpool, at the Liberty Stadium, in Swansea, Wales, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)SWANSEA, Wales — A week after inflicting Manchester City’s first loss in the English Premier League, Liverpool lost at last-place Swansea 1-0 on Monday and ended its 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions.Alfie Mawson’s 40th-minute strike secured one of the most surprising results of the season on a night Liverpool’s usually lethal attack toiled at Liberty Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “If you put a Formula One (car) in London at 4 o’clock in the traffic, the Formula One (car) will not run very fast like it should,” Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal said. “It was exactly what we should do to play Liverpool — put them to play the way they don’t like.”It was a far cry from Liverpool’s devastating display in its 4-3 win over runaway leader City eight days earlier when Juergen Klopp’s team didn’t seem to miss the departed Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona for 160 million euros ($192 million) this month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLiverpool could have done with Coutinho’s creativity against a Swansea side that defended stoutly, stifling Mohamed Salah for the most part, and took its only real chance.From a Swansea corner from the right, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk could head the ball only back into the danger area where it hit the shins of Federico Fernandez. His central defensive partner, Mawson, shot on the turn from eight meters and it flew into the corner past goalkeeper Loris Karius. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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Novak Djokovic adds Radek Stepanek to coaching team

first_imgFormer world number one Novak Djokovic said on Thursday he had added close friend Radek Stepanek to his coaching team and was excited to be working with the Czech.American Andre Agassi, eight-time grand slam champion, will continue to coach Djokovic at the grand slams with 39-year-old Stepanek stepping in at other tournaments.”Radek is one of my very close friends on the tour and I was always impressed with his level of determination, passion and love for the sport,” Djokovic said in a statement.”The fact that he just recently retired speaks volumes of his love for the game.”He has lot of experience and knowledge, and has played on a high level for many years. I am excited to join our forces and cannot wait to compete again having a new team to back me up.”The 30-year-old Djokovic, who has won 12 grand slam titles, suffered a year-long dip in form before an elbow injury forced him to retire in this year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals. The Serb has not played competitively since.Djokovic lost the world number one ranking to Andy Murray 12 months ago, leading him to cut his coaching ties with German Boris Becker, and after a second-round exit at this year’s Australian Open he parted ways with his back-up team in May.Stepanek, 39, reached a career-high number eight in the world rankings and twice helped the Czech Republic win the Davis Cup before announcing his retirement this month.He was also looking forward to the challenge of helping Djokovic return to winning ways.advertisement”I’m honoured to be a new member of Novak’s team,” said Stepanek. “It is a new and exciting challenge for me, which I’m looking forward to, and I believe that as a team we can help Nole (Novak) reach his goals.”As long-time friends off the tennis court, I believe that our friendship and similar views will translate onto the court as well, and we will share some memorable moments together.”Djokovic, 12th in the world rankings, is due to start his comeback at the Abu Dhabi exhibition event in December.last_img read more

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Disturbed Photo by ShutterstockGrammynominated r

first_imgDisturbed. Photo by ShutterstockGrammy-nominated rock band Disturbed will perform at Fiserv Forum on Sunday, Oct. 13. The show is part of the group’s Evolution tour, featuring metal band In This Moment as its opening act. The tour, which launched in January and is now on its second leg, coincides with Disturbed’s newest album of the same name, which was released last year. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 26, at 10 a.m., and can be purchased at Fiserv Forum’s website. Every ticket purchased online includes a choice of a CD or digital copy of the “Evolution” album.Customers will receive instructions via email on how to redeem the album after ticket purchase. A limited number of VIP tickets will also be available. “‘The Night’ of Oct. 13 will be one to remember as we welcome Disturbed to Fiserv Forum,” said Raj Saha, general manager at Fiserv Forum. “‘Remember’ to get your tickets immediately.”Disturbed formed in 1996 and has since sold 16 million albums globally, landing 12 No. 1 singles at Active Rock Radio. Hit songs include “The Sickness”, “The Sound of Silence” and most recently “Oh Lord.”Fiserv Forum, which opened to the public Aug. 26, has hosted a variety of artists including The Killers, for the arena’s grand opening show on Sept. 4, and most recently, Ariana Grande. So far, 51 concerts, shows and special events have been announced for the venue, including 42 within what will be its first 12 months of operation.By comparison, the Bradley Center hosted 21 concerts during its busiest fiscal year, which was from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008, said a spokesperson, adding the arena was home to four, sometimes five home teams, which limited its availability for hosting concerts and other special events.The upcoming concert lineup at Fiserv Forum includes:Mary J. Blige and Nas, July 30John Mayer, Aug. 6Backstreet Boys, Sept. 11Jonas Brothers, Sept. 17The Black Keys, Oct. 4Heart, Oct. 12Disturbed, Oct. 13Miranda Lambert, Oct. 18Elton John, Oct. 19Banda MS, Nov. 1Celine Dion, Nov. 3Jurassic World Live Tour, Nov. 7 to 10The Chainsmokers, Nov. 12 Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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