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Japan's Whaling Fleet - 2009-10

4 x Sonic Cannons in 2009-10, compared to 1 in 2008-09
1 x Spotter Aircraft, compared to none in previous years
1 x Factory Ship
1 x Supply Ship
1 x Spotting Vessel, to trail Sea Shepherd's Steve Irwin
4 x Whale Hunter-ships

Japan's Killing Targets for 2009-10

935 x Mink Whales
20 x Fin Whales
50 x Humpbacks

Source: news.com.au, as of 16.12.2009

Sea Shepherd - Hunters Become Hunted - Documentary on Sea Shepherd's Work

Every year Norway, Iceland and Japan massacre about 1000 whales in the oceans of the planet, often in defince of international laws.  The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society takes direct action against whaling fleets to shut down their buchery in the ocean.

These videos will give you the facts on whaling in the oceans and Sea Shepherd's action against them.

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I'm setting up a Christmas donation for Sea Shepherd.  Anyone willing to pitch in $10, please donate directly at seashepherd.org, or email me (or leave a comment here) and I'll help you with the process.

Thank you for looking out for your oceans!


News from Operation Walzing Matilda (2009-2010)
Japan deploys military ships to protect whaling-vessels

MySQL Root Password Resetting

Log in as root and stop the mysql daemon. Now lets start up the mysql daemon and skip the grant tables which store the passwords.
mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables
You should see mysqld start up successfully. If not, well you have bigger issues. Now you should be able to connect to mysql without a password.
mysql --user=root mysql
update user set Password=PASSWORD('new-password') where user='root';
flush privileges;
exit;
Now kill your running mysqld, then restart it normally.
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Originally authored by Nick Anderson at Howtoforge.

ZOHO Projects looking good

ZOHO's been doing an amazing job in creating SaaS services.  I've been using CRM a bit, but am irritated by lack of integration with Google Apps Mail, since that's my main tool for day to day sales work.

Latest in the suite ist ZOHO Projects, which looks quite good.  Again, the key to sustainably using it would be integration with Google Apps Mail and Calendar.

The features look like a neat-copy of BaseCamp.  I'm still to figure out the USP's of Project.

However, for the same feature set, ZOHO Projects offers significantly better pricing.

David Garrett über Zwischenapplaus

ZEIT ONLINE: Zwischenapplaus von Klassik-Neulingen stellt die Nerven von Klassikkennern und Künstlern auf die Probe ...

David Garrett: Es war doch früher ganz normal, zwischen den Sätzen zu klatschen. Beim Jazz ist der Applaus nach einer Kadenz oder einem Instrumental-Solo selbstverständlich. Die heute vorherrschende Haltung, das gesamte Werk am Stück hören zu wollen, ist erst um etwa 1900 aufgekommen. Man darf nicht vergessen, dass Musik auch Unterhaltung ist. Ich finde, es darf keine stille Kunst sein. Musik ist keine Religion. Um sie zu genießen, braucht es keiner Andacht. Musik ist etwas Großartiges, man muss aber immer noch die Freiheit haben, sich zu ihr zu bewegen. Wer verkrampft im Konzertsaal sitzt, der kann seine Emotionen nicht wirklich ausleben. Wenn jemand klatschen will, bin ich der Letzte, der "psst" sagt . Das wäre ja unmenschlich.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen von..
Orpheus Musiktheater e.V. | info@orpheus-musiktheater.de

Perl Development Environment on Windows

The Perl runtime environment on a Debian 5.0 Virtual Machine worked out wonderfully.  It allows the (almost) same development environment to be run on a VM executing on a Win XP/Vista system (the host).  The Host and the VM operate in a virtual LAN.  So the VM can function as a server, while the host can be used
As a development machine where code is written Test (web)-clientJust bear in mind that the VM is the server for all practical purposes, and you can access it in any manner you'd access a LAN or Internet based server.

In my setup I use Ultra-Edit SSH-enabled IDE for Windows, which lets me connect to the Debian VM with over an SSH connection.

Downloads
Debian 5.0 Lenny Virtual Machine (150MB image, read readme.txt files)VMWare Player (a program that runs on the Win-Vista host and loads/plays the Debian VM image)

Understanding my Network

I'm profiting unbelievably from my constantly expanding network of business and private contacts.  After having functioned in this network for over a year, I am convinced that it's not a mere coincidence or luck that it is giving me so much back.


Inspired by some of the talks at the OXID Partnertag on e-Commerce topics I set out to read up a bit on how exactly search engines are observing huge amounts of Internet data as networks, such as the graphic on the right, and ranking them by relative quantitative value of importance.  The ranking process is highly mathematical.

Similar network theory has been researched extensively in faculties of electronics, telecommunications and of course mathematics.

I would like to use this space to try to draw parallels of how search-engines network information and rank it, to how network marketing and network sales works.

First off a few Internet resources:
Wikipedia definition of Social Network101 article on Google Pagerank (Wikipedia)tbc

Barcode for Google Logo

On 7th October (2009) - the birthday of the barcode!

JFire ERP, CRM, SCM

JFire claims to be a: ...the new, powerful and free ERP, CRM, eBusiness and SCM /SRM solution for business enterprises. JFire is entirely free/open-source software, uses the latest technologies (EJB 3, JDO 2, Eclipse RCP 3.3) and is designed to be highly customizable. This would a piece of software I'd love to test for confero24.com

SSL Certificates

Some sources for obtaining reasonably priced SSL certificates for your web-server.
http://www.namecheap.com/learn/other-services/ssl-certificates.asp http://www.instantssl.com/ssl-certificate-products/free-ssl-certificate.html (90 day free trial)
WhichSSL is an independent provider recommendation site which offers advise and comparisions.
Keywords for Google research.

Tagore & Eínstein: On Matter, Character and Music

Excerpted from: A Tagore Reader, edited by Amiya Chakravarty.

Tagore and Einstein met through a common friend, Dr. Mendel. Tagore visited Einstein at his residence at Kaputh in the suburbs of Berlin on July 14, 1930, and Einstein returned the call and visited Tagore at the Mendel home. Both conversations were recorded and the above photograph was taken. The July 14 conversation is reproduced here, and was originally published in The Religion of Man (George, Allen & Unwin, Ltd., London), Appendix II, pp. 222-225.


TAGORE: I was discussing with Dr. Mendel today the new mathematical discoveries which tell us that in the realm of infinitesimal atoms chance has its play; the drama of existence is not absolutely predestined in character.

EINSTEIN: The facts that make science tend toward this view do not say good-bye to causality.

TAGORE: Maybe not, yet it appears that the idea of causality is not in the elements, but that some other force builds up with them an organized universe.

EINSTEIN: O…

Online Storage Spaces

Online storage services such as DropBox have finally solved the problem of accessing files across multiple desktops. Here're are some of the more popular services, with the free space offered in paranthesis:
DropBox (2 GB)StoreGate (2 GB)I'm using the DropBox service and love it for the convenience, however wonder, if using multiple services could be disadvantageous in anyway. Your comments, and suggestions on more services welcome!

Trust!

A mutually satisfying business arrangement is the foundation of trust between businessmen. When either of the parties feels that they must comply to an unfair agreement, the seed of mistrust would have been sown then and there.

Joomla! Link Structure | Inter-Content Links

The Joomla! link structure has been mystifying me off late as I try to create some links in the content area without the template, menus etc. changing. Until now the only links I used were in menus, but never "inter-content" links.

According to Alledia's Understanding Joomla ItemID, there are two identifiers that are key to calling Joomla content - the ItemID and the ID. What these correspond to are alluded to in Alledia's article.

Key questions are:
Where to get the Id from
Where to get the ItemId fromThe Id is the content identifier, which can be noted from the Article Manager.

The ItemId is the unique identifier that Joomla! uses to construct your page with the different modules, their positions, and other such page-structure related decisions the CMS has to make.
In addition the option=com_content request parameter is needed to be passed in.

References
Understanding Joomla! URL' s and ItemIDs

Fun Stuff

Picked these up on the Internet..
They wade through pestilence
We call them wasted youth
The kids are running restless
Not a single f..king thing to lose
Give them enough rope
They'll f..king hang themselves for lack of things to doQuestion of the day

Who's Jesus?
A pretty cool guy whose reputation has been run down by his fan-club!

Groups: Deviating from Google Quality of Service

I administer some 10+ mailing lists using Google Groups and it has been disappointing to see that the service continues to carry bugs which had originally floated over an year ago and users have been complaining all along.

Case in point: Owners of groups are getting their messages to the group bounced back with the message:
We're writing to let you know that the group that you tried to contact (eb_xxx) either doesn't exist, or you don't have permission to post to it. There are a few possible reasons why this happened:

* You might have spelled or formatted the group name incorrectly.
* The owner of the group removed this group, so there's nobody there to contact.
* You may need to join the group before being allowed to post.
* This group may not be open to posting.

If you have questions about this or any other group, please visit the Google Groups Help Center at http://groups.google.com/support.

Thanks, and we hope you'll continue to enjoy Google Groups.

The Google Gro…

Poor Email Integration in Zoho-CRM

I've reported in the past about Zoho-CRM and my on-going love affair with the tool. See past posts.

Recently one of the technical support staff helped me setup POP3 access with my Apps/Gmail account. Having used it, email integration using this the POP3 mechanism seems quite rough at the moment. Following feedback for folks at Zoho and their user-community.

Pro's
Well, we finally have some email tracking in Zoho-CRM.Con's
Only received emails into Gmail account appear in the contacts list. What about CRM record of messages that originated from me?

Zoho's standard answer to this is: "Use ZohoMail to send all your emails, and we'll sort those the CRM ones under your Contacts". It's near to impossible to move to ZohoMail for us since we have long standardized on Gmail, and hence this is not really an option.
Feature Request
Not all conversations are releated to CRM (ex. emails relating to project work). It should be possible to hide/delete such mails from…

Microsoft Schemes the Next Big Wastage

This is in response to Joelle Alaya's article - Yahoo and Bing Teaming up Against GoogleI'm not sure if I'd call it a struggle between David and Goliath; this is more like three Goliaths in combat. But as you said Google is ready! I'm one of those people that has come to trust Google over the years, simply because of the merit of their services. Though I've used Microsoft products for twice the amount of calendar-time, I can't unfortunately say the same of them.

Google's incessant focus on search throughout their history is IMHO the sole reason why they continue to be the best search engine out there. Sure they have done tons of other stuff like Apps, Gmail, Android, Wave etc, but all of it is related to improving search. Here's a clue for Microsoft to stick to core-competences, instead of madly obsessing about domination in every new market that develops in course of industry evolution.

If Microsoft should take cues from the best ever Internet comp…

CMS for OrpheusDialog.de

CMSAfter reviewing Pligg for some 3 hours now, I'm tipping to not deploy it for the new OrpheusDialog.de site.

Pligg is a really nicely done PHP/MySQL based CMS which allows maintaining a site of articles contributed by a community. A large and growing community of article contributors can use Pligg to pool the knowledge into the community.

Exactly that seems to be the reason I would not be able to use it to deploy a "regular" website, with a number of purely-static pages and some dynamic pages such as Blog and integration with Twitter, FaceBook etc.

Requirements for OrpheusDialog.de
Easy managability of static content pagesIntegrated BlogAPI Artchitecture to connect with external systems, ex. FB, TwitterCMS Evaluated So Far
Pligg (PHP/MySQL)
Contenido (PHP/MySQL)To Be Evaluated
WebGUI (Perl)Bricolage (Perl, PostgreSQL)Web-App (Perl, flat-files)BigMedium (Perl, for-cost, open-source)Cyclone3 (Perl and XUL based)Mother-load of all/most CMS.

My Google Checkout Wishlist

Google does an awesome job with most of it's products, but has left me begging for more when it comes to Google Checkout (GCO), especially the administration tools of this service. Here's my wish-list, in order of priority, and hope one of the GCO developers takes a look.
A way to submit tracking numbers for multi-line orders using GCO > Orders > specific_order
View invoices that have been sent (manually) from GCO > Tools > Email Invoices.

Is Europe Changing Faster than we Notice

The distribution of world religions is as below:

Dates Fixed for Oxid Certification Training

Dates have been fixed to the end of August for certification training of our employees in the following technical training programs:
OXID eShop Zertifizierung Technik Modul 1 – Professional Edition OXID eShop Zertifizierung Technik Modul 2 – Professional Edition OXID eShop Zertifizierung Technik Modul 3 – Enterprise EditionThe certification process is an advancement of our commitment to the Oxid community and our value-proposition of providing highly skilled and certified developers to e-Commerce agencies implementing shop systems based on the Oxid platform.

For constant updates, please bookmark this page or contact Ashant Chalasani by phone or email.

ZOHO Most Impressive

ZOHO's online SaaS products are looking ever more amazing by the day. At a technical level they are a legitimate competitor to Google. M$ probably doesn't come close with it's Office Live suite, but they'll probably get somewhere eventually with their "keep trying" mentality.

I'm using ZOHO CRM, and can't deny a definite improvement in my sales data organization, as well as productivity. This will be my choice of CRM tool.

I'll stick to Google Docs for now for historical reasons, in spite of superior functionality that's appearing on ZOHO.

Plane Crash revisted

Another tragedy in mid-air..

With the fateful crash, prolonged search and recovery of debris from the Air France A330 hogging the media bytes over the last week, you folks may like to see this about another crash over South America, which was forwarded to me recently.

A B737 had a mid air collision with the Embraer Legacy while cruising at 35,000 feet over South America. The Embraer Legacy, though seriously damaged with the winglet ripped off, managed to make a landing at a nearby airstrip in the midst of the Amazon jungle. The crew and passengers of the Embraer Legacy had no idea what they had hit. The B737
however crashed, killing all crew and passengers on board.



The two photos attached were apparently taken by one of the passengers in the B737, just after the collision and before the aircraft crashed. The photos were retrieved from the camera's memory stick. You will never get to see photos like this. In the first photo, there is a gaping hole in the fuselage through which you ca…

Fastest Sales Closure

Today I closed my fastest deal ever doing sales in the German B2B market. The first pitch to his customer was on 15th May, with closure coming in on 4th June - my all time record.

For those of you wondering what the fuss is all about, B2B sales, especially in a recession time like the one we face now, take upward of 3 months to close, sometimes even 6, 9 or 12 months. So getting the customer signed in within 3 weeks is something of a wonder!

The First Austrian Cloud Computing Company - Netmonic - A Review

Netmonic is the first ever indigenous Austrian cloud computing company. I decided to give them a spin, since I'm in need of dedicating an FTP server for our projects being done in India.

Technically it's all been working good so far. No untoward failures (unlike my first days with serverpronto), the server has been up since I signed up online. Here's my review as I continue to use the server.

Sign Up & Payments

Signup was straight forward at netmonic.com - registration form. I automatically got a virtual server assigned with user/pass sent over by email. Our company did have a special requirement of payment by bank-transfer, since we don't use company CC', so a quick round of emails had to be exchanged with the support@ address listed on their site. The original account I setup had to be overwritten, and they provided new login details, within a few hours the same working day.

Netmonic currently supports their Registration workflow only with Credit Cards, whi…

fixmbr - Repair Windows XP Master Boot Record

I happened to hose my MBR which pointed to a GRUB (boot loader for Linux) while uninstalling all Linux OS-es from a Laptop. In the process, the Windows boot records also got deleted, and the machine lay sans a valid boot-loader. Eventually the only OS that I was interested in having on this laptop was Win-XP.

To install a fresh new Win-XP (actually Win NT) boot-loader
B from the Win-XP installation Enter the "Repair" mode and find your way to the DOS promptType in the fixmbr command, and let it replace the MBR completelyExit and reboot

Firefox Plug-in for KeepInTouch KIT

I'd love to have an FF plug-in that will allow adding email addresses of contacts, say when reading email, organizing CRM records or social-networking, to KeepInTouch (Google Code site).

It should be possible to
select an accountselect a mailing listadd f_name, l_name and email addressby selecting a string an right-clicking on FF pages.

Some Resources
Eric Hamiter's Hello World! TutorialAdding search plugins (tons of resources linked on left-menu)XUL / MDC DocumentationFirefox Extension Development Tutorial

German phrases

This will help with my weakness in German conversation - small talk!

http://www.phrasen.com/uebersetze,Das-hoert-sich-gut-an,88302,d.html

(to the right, an unrelated "touching moment")

Of Collosal Political Errors - East German Industrial Development, Post Reunification

These days, I don't read the newspaper, never watch TV and just sometimes pop-in news websites for current affairs. But I do read the Time magazine fairly regularly. This week, the cover-story was how economy-managers worldwide could take cues to solve the current global recession from Germany's experience of managing the economic integration of the earlier Eastern and Western Germanies.Those of us who live in Germany know that there are still many unresolved problems in the East such as out of proportion unemployment, aging population (emigration of youth), industrial under-development etc. Time's 18 May, 2009 article mentioned one collosal error made at the time of planning and executing the German Reunification under Chancellor Kohl back in 1990 - that of exchanging the East and West German Marks at par, one of one for each, while the real value of the Eastern Deutsche Mark (DM) was only a fourth of it's western counterpart. This automatically over-valued east-Ge…

XAMPP Port 80 and (mischevous) Skype

Don't know why Skype has to block port:80, but it apparently does, which prevents XAMPP, or any other instance of Apache/2 to run. This snippet from ApacheFriends helped isolate the probem.(7) You have other software, such as the Internet Telephone "SKYPE" which also blocks the port 80. (thanks Peter! ) However, one can change the SKYPE port: Actions -- > Options --> Connection. Here remove the check mark at "Port 80" for an alternate port. Restart Skype and also it should work.

Zoho CRM

I'm enjoying Zoho CRM, as my staff moves tons of data into it right at the moment. Check this blog post..

What I like in Zoho CRM:works faster than sf.comhas a benign image, whereas sf.com has a monopolistic suck-em-for-more-profit predatory image (above episode included)has all CRM features I need3 free accounts and 12$ per month is generous. ThanksWhat I don't like:
Google Calendar is still the best for managing todo's. Can Zoho CRM make it easier/faster to manage tasks?seems to be a clone of all CRM SaaS deals out there. Innovation anyone? (for ex. I would appreciate a Firefox plugin alá twitterfox, which lets me add activities fast)I managed to import my Google Apps account contacts to Zoho Contacts, but not further down into CRM.Small quirks like, the Open Tasks list doesn't sort by date (descending), so I don't get my immediate to-dos at the top of the listStyling gets messed up in Google Chrome (not sure whose fault this is)They are competitive with Google, w…

Layer3 Model for Indian IT SME's in Europe

This is the first article from the series I hope to finish for Indian IT SMEs' participation in the European, more specifically the German-speaking European market, mentioned earlier in my blog.

For years and still today Indian IT SME's have struggled to find opportunities for adding value in the European market. I have argued that this is principally because of the lack of ingenuity of business-models on the part of IT services companies from India. For far too long, they have focused on one and only one value-proposition, that of low-cost development resources. I believe it is now time to stop betting the farm on that one value-point, and start identifying under served opportunities, which the same strengths that have propelled Indian IT service companies into global fame, can serve.
The Layer3 Model which I'd like to propose here, segments the market into 3 horizontally laid out layers for visualization purposes. At the left end is Layer-1 where an Indian IT SME fits.…

Apache2 VirtualHost configurations

I'm unable to get rid of these warning messages on one of my webservers: ashant@washington:~$ sudo apache2ctl configtest [Sun Apr 26 00:16:19 2009] [warn] _default_ VirtualHost overlap on port 80, the first has precedence [Sun Apr 26 00:16:19 2009] [warn] _default_ VirtualHost overlap on port 80, the first has precedence [Sun Apr 26 00:16:19 2009] [warn] _default_ VirtualHost overlap on port 80, the first has precedence [Sun Apr 26 00:16:19 2009] [warn] VirtualHost eby.xxx.com:80 overlaps with VirtualHost admin.xxx.com:80, the first has precedence, perhaps you need a NameVirtualHost directive [Sun Apr 26 00:16:19 2009] [warn] VirtualHost www.xxx.com:80 overlaps with VirtualHost eby.xxx.com:80, the first has precedence, perhaps you need a NameVirtualHost directive Syntax OK These are the VirtualHost tags for each of the subdomains noted above.
ServerName admin.xxx.com
ServerAdmin it@xxx.com

DocumentRoot "/home/xxx/www/admin/"

CustomLog /var/log/apache2/xxx.com/access.log combined

Black Book Blunders

First posted at indescon.org group on Xing.
Not sure if the public gives any credit to this 8-page report with a big-fat title, which seems to have been done on a flight from New York to Florida, but it seems to have been cooked up to targetedly discredit India as an offshore-destination.

Notice that in the Introduction section the authors take reference to terrorist events (plural) in India. For starters, there was just one terror attack, in Mumbai, on the 26th November, 2008. But hey, wait...

under Methodology > Primary Research, it has been stated that the data for this report has been collected between Oct 20th and Nov 12th!! Makes me asks - were the conclusions for the report made before the data was collected (and the attack on 26/Nov used as basis for conclusions)??

I don't want to pick on this one detail too much, but it looks like all nearshore destinations have been fully eliminated from the risk-list. (Moscow has been included in the safe-list).

Besides, since when have D…

Black Book Blunders

First posted at https://www.xing.com/net/indescon/

Not sure if the public gives any credit to this 8-page report with a big-fat title, which seems to have been done on a flight from New York to Florida, but it seems to have been cooked up to targetedly discredit India as an offshore-destination.

Notice that in the Introduction section the authors take reference to terrorist events (plural) in India. For starters, there was just one terror attack, in Mumbai, on the 26th November, 2008. But hey, wait...

under Methodology > Primary Research, it has been stated that the data for this report has been collected between Oct 20th and Nov 12th!! Makes me asks - were the conclusions for the report made before the data was collected (and the attack on 26/Nov used as basis for conclusions)??

I don't want to pick on this one detail too much, but it looks like all nearshore destinations have been fully eliminated from the risk-list. (Moscow has been included in the safe-list).

Besides, since when…

Open Office 3.0 Surprises

Has anyone noticed the pleasant surprises in the Open Office 3.0 release?
It includes OO-Draw, which is a Visio-like drawing tool.  I used Lanflow from Pacestar (single user license for 89$) for the purpose previously, but it's nice to have a tool within the OO-Suite.  I'm keen to see if network diagrams are possible with Draw.
For those of you using OO in technical academia, OO-Math will let you write formulae, equations etc conveniently.
Download OpenOffice 3.0.x

New Business Models for Indian IT SME's

Since the service industries revolution in India of the 1990's a majority of IT SME's have focused on providing software and systems development for customers in USA, Middle-East, UK, Japan and other smaller markets like Singapore/Malaysia, Australia/NZ and Africa.

This series of articles highlights a few new business models that could help Indian IT SME's survive the global recession of 2009-2010 and drive a new era of growth.
Value Added Resale (VAR) services for established product platformsPartnership for product companies from US and Europe to enable penetration into the Indian domestic marketAdaptation products and tools made in India for overseas markets, in cooperation with local partnersTo be continued...

Google Docs Rocks again!

Just when Google Docs was starting to stale and pale in features, a bunch of new features are charming the public again.

Check out Forms in the G-Docs Suite. (I'm so happy my subscription on Survey Monkey expired;)

Using these features, I'm hoping it will be possible to spin new forms and make data from Spreadsheets available on my Joomla! sites.

http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=473&t=272566
http://tinymce.moxiecode.com/punbb/viewtopic.php?pid=20817

3 Features that Keep Taking me Back to Open Office

Three features that I miss in Google Docs and which keep taking me back to Open Office are:
Templates: I can't possibly work on business documents without creating and storing templatesDocument Variables: Several documents, for ex. contracts, project protocols etc, need changing a set of variables.Merge with Spreadsheet: Serial letters that allow integration with a Google Spreadsheet are a must for heavy users of office software.The good news is that Open Office handles these features well.

Lohnsteuer-Rechner 2009

Wieviel Lohnsteuer zahlen Sie? Berechnen Sie hier Ihr Nettoeinkommen mit Ihren Sozialabgaben. Mit diesem Online-Lohnsteuerrechner.

Lohnsteuerrechner

Wer zahlt wie viel in die Rentenversicherung ein?

Mehr netto: Freibeträge auf der Lohnsteuerkarte nutzen - This article suggests Werbekosten (including transportation to and fro place of work) can be deducted from Lohnsteuer calculation.

Fun with Business Intelligence

Of late, on behalf of a customer, I've had the opportunity to work on the fascinating world of Business Intelligence.

This article by Cindi Howson at B-eye-Network does a good overview of the subject.

Other interesting resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OLAP_cubehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Data_warehousing

Stop EU Patents

Way back I voiced against software patents in Europe.

It's time to rejuvenate the fight. Learn all about why software-patents will kill competition in our industry and Sign a petition today!

on Satyam..

... had to let off some steam on this guy..

René,

What happened is unfortunate, and one can point a "moral-finger" at Raju. Through criminal prosecution, the law should take it's course.

But let's not forget, before using words like "shame on...", that this very man..

* created a company from scratch (1 employee in 1987)
* that had run well for some 22 years,
* created thousands of job over the years,
* fed many families,
* paid taxes to Republic of India,
* made many 1000's rich in the stock market, and,
* created an IT company that many millions have been proud of for many years (and still are).

So while wrong-doing should be punished, and will be, little guys like you and me should use some retrain in our language!

Ashant

Visual Guide to the 2007-08 Financial Crisis

Eye Sight to a Billion

Professor Josh Silver has devised a pair of glasses which rely on the principle that the fatter a lens the more powerful it becomes. Inside the device's tough plastic lenses are two clear circular sacs filled with fluid, each of which is connected to a small syringe attached to either arm of the spectacles.

Full article at:

Inventor's 2020 vision: to help 1bn of the world's poorest see better | Society | The Guardian

Logging in Perl

For months now, my learning curve of Perl had completely flattened, in spite of the infinite richness of the language and my low knowledge-level of it. Finally, the problem of efficiently monitoring my KeepInTouch and SellerBay production usage apps are addressed in Log4Perl, seems to offer the next skill-upgrade opportunity in Perl.

Log4Perl is an easy, sophisticated, and everything-in-between logging API to Perl applications. Among it's capabilities:
log to a log-file of your choice, or to STDOUT, or to STDERR
dispatch emails for certain application runtime conditionsconfiguration in an external conf-file, or inline in code... much more ...
I'm mainly keen to monitor scripts run by my cronjobs, whose performance I'm unable to track on a daily basis otherwise.

Resources
Comprehensive manpage at CPANArticle on Perl.com, for practitionersLog file conversion patternshttp://log4perl.sourceforge.net/