As tasty as raw, red meat in a bowl can be, sooner or later, you’ll wind up needing to cook something. When that time comes, having the recipes for food you love on hand is a must. If you’re content to kick it old school, you could keep track of your mom’s formula for making Vinete Prajite on a cue card and stash it away in a box under the sink. For those of us who prefer to live in the 21st century, One tsp. is a great way to go.
When you buy a product or invest in a service, it's reasonable to assume that you're going to get what you paid for. Sadly, this doesn't always happen. Computers break down. Credit cards get stolen and baggage gets lost. Often. At stressful times like these, the last thing any of us wants to do is navigate the byzantine phone system of a multi-billion dollar corporation to get the assistance that we, as their devoted customers, deserve. So of course, the first thing you'll have to do in order to get the assistance you deserve is navigate the byzantine phone system of a multi-billion dollar corporation in order to get the help you deserve. Unless of course you pay a visit to NoPhoneTrees, our Cool Site of the Week.
James Burke, who made the marvelous TV shows Connections and The Day The Universe Changed (worth buying or renting!) once demonstrated that one of the most important inventions in the history of information technology was the vertical array of storage shelves—the filing cabinet. Why? Because it allowed for a visual system of organization. It was the first database. It made it possible to access information a lot more quickly than spelunking through a stack of scrolls or books.
The computer, of course, makes it possible to have far more complex databases than will fit on a single wall, and provides near-instantaneous information retrieval. One of the first and most important (and possibly the most overlooked or taken for granted) uses for personal computers—after word processors and spreadsheets—was database handling.
Microsoft has announced a drag-and-drop, visual programming tool called Visual Studio LightSwitch. A stand alone product to begin with, the latest member of the Visual Studio family will eventually be available in future versions of Visual Studio. The tool is meant to enable business users to rapidly develop and deploy business applications regardless of the development skills or programming know-how at their disposal.
If you are not conversant with Visual Basic or C#, you can simply trust your ability to dabble with pre-built templates and tools to yield scalable business applications. According to Dave Mendlen, senior director of developer marketing at Microsoft, LightSwitch users are free to “use as much or as little code as they want.” As the applications are all Silverlight based, they can run on the end-user's desktop, inside a browser, or in the cloud with ample ease. MS plans to release a beta on August 23, with the final version expected sometime next year.
Oracle, which recently spent $7.4 billion acquiring Sun Micrososystems, announced on Thursday that it has agreed to scoop up Secerno, a provider of database firewall solutions for both Oracle and non-Oracle databases.
"The Secerno acquisition is in direct response to increasing customer challenges around mitigating database security risk," said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Oracle Database Server Technologies. "Secerno’s database firewall product acts as a first line of defense against external threats and unauthorized internal access with a protective perimeter around Oracle and non-Oracle databases. Together, Oracle’s complete set of database security solutions and Secerno’s technology will provide customers with the ability to safeguard their critical business information."
Secerno makes a bunch of hardware and software products called DataWall, which help block unauthorized activity in real-time. Oracle said it will use Secerno's products to augment its portfolio of database solutions, including Oracle Advanced Security, Oracle Database Vault, and Oracle Audit Vault.
Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 15.5, the latest version of Sybase's top-of-the-line database software, is also the first version capable of running entirely in memory.
"In-memory DBMS is an important dimension of the DBMS landscape, and will become more so in the coming years," said Carl Olofson, Vice President of Research at IDC. "The Sybase developments that provide transparent in-memory database management show clear leadership in the DBMS field."
The other new feature includes Advanced Backup Services. According to Sybase, ASE databases can be backed up on any Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) supported media, paving the way for faster backups, less system resources, and less cost.
Pricing for the Small Business Edition starts at $1,500.
Anticipation has been running high for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, a database upgrade that has logged over 150,000 downloads since its 2009 community technology preview release. And all those who downloaded it will be happy to know Microsoft has finally set a release date.
"SQL Server 2008 R2 showcases Microsoft's continued commitment to business intelligence and mission-critical workloads," Microsoft said. "R2 will be listed on Microsoft's May price list, and will be available by May 2010."
Codenamed Kilmanjaro, Microsoft will serve up SQL Server 2008 R2 in a variety off flavors, including a Datacenter edition and a Parallel Data Warehouse edition, the latter of which was formerly known as Project Madison.
The Datacenter edition takes the Enterprise product and adds application and multi-server management, virtualization, and support for over 8 processors and 256 logical processors, as we well as hgih-scale complex event processing. The Parallel Data Warehouse package will come preloaded on servers as a data warehouse appliance, ZDNet reports.
It's finally over, at least as far as the European Union is concerned. The big news in the IT industry today is that Oracle has officially been given the green light by EU regulators to proceed with its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
"I am now satisfied that competition and innovation will be preserved on all the markets concerned," said EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes, in a statement. "Oracle's acquisition of Sun has the potential to revitalize important assets and create new and innovative products."
It wasn't that long ago that EU regulators were singing a different tune. The major stumbling block had been Oracle's impending control of the free MySQL, which drew concern over what Oracle would do with the database software in light of selling its own database product. But those concerns were put to rest when Oracle agreed to a series of concessions, some of which included promising to pay $72 million over the next three years in R&D to improve MySQL, and extending MySQL's existing commercial licenses for up to five years.
"The Commission's in-depth investigation showed that although MySQL and Oracle compete in certain parts of the database market, they are not close competitors in others, such as the high-end segment," the EU said in a statement.
There's still work to be done, and before Oracle can pop the cork on the champagne bottles, it will need to convince regulators in Russia and China to jump on board. Protesters from the MySQL community recently turned their attention to these very markets in hopes of blocking the deal, but Oracle still says it expects "unconditional approval" to come soon.
After next week, Oracle's $7.4 billion roller-coaster ride will finally come to an end, as there remains little doubt that the European Commission will approve the company's acquisition of Sun Microsystems. With that being the case, protesters from the MySQL community have all but given up the battle in Europe and are now turning their attention to regulators in Russia and China, ITNews.com reports.
"The European Commission showed courage and competence during most of the investigation but looked very weak in the end," said MySQL founder Michael 'Monty' Widenius in a statement on Monday, adding that China and Russia "are powerful, self-confident, and open-source friendly countries and they have every right to do a better job on this than the EU."
Both nations are still investigating the deal and have yet to give Oracle the green light. So far, Widenius' helpmysql.org campaign has managed to attract 600 supporters in China and over 800 in Russia. On a global scale, the campaign stands at 30,000 signatures strong since its launch on December 28.
MySQL developers from around the world are doing what they can to convince the European Union to rule against Oracle's proposed $7.4 billion takeover bid of Sun Microsystems. And therein lies the problem: there's not much the MySQL community can do at this point.
In a last ditch effort to block the deal, developers took to emailing regulators from not just the EC, but also Russia, China, and various other countries. In addition, they've put together a petition signed by 14,000 MySQL users, all protesting the acquisition.
"In less than one week, during the holiday season, we gathered 50 times more customer support than Oracle claimed three weeks ago, when it presented a few hundred orchestrated letters from customers to the European Commission," MySQL creator Michael Widenius said in a statement. "The campaign has only started, and the number of signatures will double very quickly."
The problem for Widenius, and everyone else who opposes the deal, is that time is quickly running out. Oracle made a series of concessions that has EU regulators ready to approve the deal, and according to eWeek's sources, it's going to happen within the month.
Nevertheless, Widenius promised to keep drumming up support for his campaign right up until the bitter end, which might not be that far off.