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Tony Perkins: AlwaysOn 2009 & What’s Next?

July 31, 2009 by  

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At the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit yesterday in Palo Alto, Tony Perkins gives a recap of the event, talks about new innovations over the past year and what’s next with his upcoming conferences GoingGreen West and AlwaysOn OnDC in Washington, both in the fall.


The Italian World Channel: All Things Italian

July 31, 2009 by  

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Italian World Channel’s CEO Enrico Beltramini talks to us at AlwaysOn this week about “all things Italian.” “We in Italy are very romantic and charming,” he says. Beauty,design, travel, lifestyle and love. They also have a Books and Blues section, as well as Cinema and Celebrities. More from Enrico below.


SaaS Goes Open Source: Kaltura’s Yekutiel Tells Us Why

July 31, 2009 by  

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Kaltura’s Ron Yekutiel talks to us about open source and video. They organized and participated in a SaaS Goes Open Source panel at AlwaysOn this week, together with SpikeSource, Zimbra, Acquia, Fenwick & West and Alfresco. It’s disruptive he says, but tears down those gardened walls giving corporations better control, flexibility and better integration. More from Ron on the SaaS model, video and open source below.


My6Sense Updates Us

July 31, 2009 by  

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Barak Hachamov and the My6Sense team gathers in Palo Alto to talk about their updates and upcoming iPhone app.


Tea-Time at the Top of the Rockies? You Bet

July 30, 2009 by  

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Horseback riding up to the Lake Agnes Teahouse in Lake Louise is a highlight on this tour that’ll be hard to forget.  I’ve been to Lake Louise before, but never ventured up the trails.  Now, I’m counting down the days until I can back again and go even further, up to the Beehives. All you have to do is look at the photos that Carolyne took and see for yourself what you could be (and really should be) experiencing at one point in your life.  If you’re a hiker, the three and a half kilometer climb to the top of Lake Agnes will be exciting. It’s at an elevation of 1,300 feet. We even saw a brave soul partly jogging some of it (he must have had his Frosted Flakes that morning). I, on the other hand, was very excited to saddle up (courtesy of Brewster Stables) and enjoy the climb with a little help from my one-and-only, Nugget.   As a side note, I’ve been telling Carolyne for the last few weeks just how much I loved the word Nugget.  It’s funny how that worked out. Back to my thoughts about the day. Don’t forget your camera and…

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Protecting People Against Surveillance & Fraud

July 30, 2009 by  

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During my recent trip to Cambridge, I ran across Steven Murdoch, who is a post-doctoral researcher and developer at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and is working on the Tor Project, which is free software and an open network built to help protect people against surveillance. StevenMurdoch_Eva13 The Tor Project is being used today by human rights workers, journalists, bloggers, law enforcement, and ordinary people. Tor also helps resist censorship, allowing people to access websites which are being blocked, and protect themselves when publishing sensitive material. I am working on how to improve the performance and usability of the Tor. Another project Steven has been working on is around banking security. Since 2006, the UK has moved to using smartcards for credit and debit cards — so called Chip & PIN. While in many ways this is an improvement of security over the older system, there are a growing number of fraud victims who are not being refunded by their bank. The banks claim that Chip & PIN is secure, and so anyone who states that they are the victim of card fraud is either mistaken, lying, or has been negligent. Steven’s research evaluates the…

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Head hunting in Mikawir

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Nearly 2000 years ago, on a beautiful mountain, over looking the Dead Sea, John the Baptist became yet another casualty to then King Herod, an overzealous, maniacal tyrant who requested his head as a birthday present. Hardly surprising, given he had already become known for murdering members of his own family, including several wives as well as Rabbi’s. All in an attempt to thwart the spread of Christianity, to which King Herod eventually converted anyway. Machaerus, a site unknown to even most Jordanians sits nearly 30km outside of Madaba. Nestled between Mt. Nebo; where Moses was shown the Promise Land and Wadi Mujib; one of the regions most fantastic canyon/river hikes. While most of the known tourist sites, such as Petra or Jerash or even the Baptism site of Jesus are over crowded with foreigners covered in camping clothes some sly salesman suggested were appropriate for the desert, Mukawir remains undiscovered and almost entirely desolate. Hiking 15 minutes nearly straight up hill to be met head on with a series of columns and dilapidated walls, the remnants of the castle itself are hardly impressive. Yet, the views of the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley are unprecedented. Having done this…

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Grand Dame of Union Square Shines

July 30, 2009 by  

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The Westin St. Francis, which has towered over San Francisco’s Union Square since 1904, has undergone a $40 million renovation. I toured the hotel with General Manager Jon Kimball recently to see the redesign of the main lobby and the rooms in the historic building overlooking the square.
The new decor is both classic and contemporary, which was the concept behind the project — to refresh the St. Francis, which is known for its elegance, sophistication and the integral role it plays in the city and its history, he said. One of the first new features of the renovation was the Clock Bar (right) which opened just off the lobby in July last year. It’s been a popular spot since then, making a name for itself for its unique cocktails. The is a terrific place to start — or end — a night on the town. Two columns lined in lovely colored glass hold clocks showing the time in cities around the world. The theme springs from the St. Francis’ famous Great Magneta Grandfather Clock, built in 1856 in Europe (it was shipped by steamer around Cape…

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