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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

25 things that are better because of Linux (and open source)

By John Terrill, Corporate Communications, Red Hat

Twenty-five years ago today via a short Usenet post, Linus Torvalds shared the first iteration of a free, hobby operating system that he had developed. Of course, what became known as Linux is now far, far more than a hobbyist’s OS and spawned a wave of innovation that significantly changed the IT landscape. While Linux is the poster child, open source is also about far more than an operating system (although it remains critically important!). The underpinnings of open source, from transparency and collaboration to freedom and broad dissemination, have spilled out well beyond the confines of enterprise technology to greatly impact both the world of consumer technology as well as the global business climate at large.

We’ve picked out 25 things that we think are better thanks to Linux and open source; some of these may not exist without an open source backbone, while others may have evolved out of necessity, but would likely be unrecognizable to today’s counterparts. So what made our list?

Global Industry
  1. Real-time trading - We take near-simultaneous financial transactions almost for granted, as being able to move money, make stock trades and conduct other financial transactions is functionally an on-demand service. But all of this would likely not be possible without the real-time functionality of the Linux kernel, which powers more than 50 percent of the world’s financial transactions and backs 100 percent of Fortune 500 banks.
  2. The global technology economy - Linux and other open source projects built on top of it have helped to drive the a standardization of IT, allowing for more interoperability across the world’s business environment. Via a common “language of IT,” services and software are better able to grow and evolve across traditional geographical boundaries, fostering a truly global technology marketplace.
  3. Government IT - Driven by the price efficiencies, innovation and scalability of first Linux and then open source at large, government agencies have a rich history in open source and are now driving towards becoming models of open source efficiency. Most recently, the U.S. federal government’s Second Open Government National Action Plan (pdf) emphasized use of open source, and contribution back to open source communities to help foster innovation and lower costs.
  4. Connected cities - Networking the critical aspects of a city, from manhole covers and traffic lights to emergency services and severe weather alerts, requires computing at a massive scale. It’s Linux, not a proprietary operating system, that provides this vast scalability while also offering the underlying capabilities to abstract the various computing layers to make managing such a complex deployment manageable.
  5. Air traffic control - The Federal Aviation Administration, the point of truth for North American aviation management, oversees nearly 24,000 flights per day...and it’s all run on the scalable, secure platform of Linux.

Monday, August 29, 2016

IT News Week 4 Aug 2016

For IT News Week 2 Aug 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 26, 2016 - Kaspersky Lab study proves: Smartphones distract us and make us less efficient at work
  • PR - Aug 25, 2016 - DigitasLBi and Oracle Launch Dedicated Solutions Group
  • PR - Aug 25, 2016 - Bridging Malaysia’s Talent Gap in GBS Sector
  • PR - Aug 25, 2016 - Sophos Expands Central Cloud-Based Management Platform with Sophos Email
  • PR - Aug 24, 2016 - Brocade Analytics Monitoring Platform Delivers Unprecedented Insight Into Storage Networks
  • PR - Aug 23, 2016 -Kaspersky: Financial Attacks Grow by 16% in Q2 2016 as Malware Creators Join Forces
  • PR - Aug 23, 2016 - CyberSource enables to reach new markets faster, safer, and with confidence

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Exclusive Interview with BIOSTAR President Paul Wang

Aug 25, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan

BIOSTAR, a time-honored brand, has had professional experience in the motherboard market and IT industry for thirty years. It is literally a very special year for BIOSTAR and more good things are coming its way. BIOSTAR turns loss into profit and Qisda builds a partnership with it by becoming one of its shareholders. Paul Wang, the founder and the president of BIOSTAR, had an exclusive interview with The Apple Daily, a newspaper printed in Taiwan and he said: “We take diverse strategies for the business and concentrate on the sales of motherboard targeted for the high-end gaming market to run our business. Moreover, the sales of IPC has been growing rapidly and steadily in recent years. To show our ambition to our long-term customers, we have launched BIOSTAR solid state drives (SSD) this August in Asia, which marked our first steps into the SSD market and to show our intention and potential that we can offer a wide selection of products to the IT market. BIOSTAR and Qisda have been co-operating in perfect harmony and will continue to collaborate with each other for industrial control in the near future.

BIOSTAR has gotten to first base with the net benefits making it return to the black in the second quarter of 2016 due to the diverse strategies for enterprise transformation, finally ending the deficit for the past six quarters. On the other hand, Qisda has injected funds and resources into BIOSTAR as icing on the cake for its business since Qisda bought fractional interests from BIOSTAR on the open market in 2015 to become the largest outside shareholder at BIOSTAR.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Workstyle Innovation By Ricoh

Aug 23, 2016:

Ricoh Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. today introduced the next generation of business processes defined as Workstyle Innovation, a term originally coined by Ricoh. The new workstyle is said to revolutionise the way businesses, small or large, operate.

The Workstyle Innovation is truly the future of office automation available from Ricoh across the globe, encompassing a number of building blocks focused on key customer technology concerns such as Intelligent Device, Mobility, Business Process, Cloud, Connected Office and Autonomous Support.

Intelligent Device – Ricoh’s core technology MFPs, Printers, and other devices act as a development platform for users to utilise and create limitless applications to meet specific business requirements. Combined with an intuitive user interface and design suite, it can adapt to any workstyle.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Waze Announces Global Event Partner Program

Aug 12, 2016:

Calling all stadium, marathon, and event organizers! Today, we’re thrilled to introduce the Waze Global Event Partner Program which will help partners outsmart event-related traffic and better communicate road information with attendees and the broader community.

With more than 65 million monthly active Wazers globally – and more than 4,000 events successfully supported to date – Waze will provide partners with custom access to its traffic management technology and communications channels in exchange for partners’ advanced and real-time road closure and traffic information.

Who’s on board?

We’re kicking the program off with 20 inaugural partners spanning North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia, including:
  • E15 and its six professional sports team partners: Atlanta Falcons (Georgia Dome), Washington Redskins (FedEx Field), Detroit Lions (Ford Field), Washington Nationals (Nationals Park), and Atlanta Hawks (Phillips Arena).
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ 30 global events, including New York, Montreal, Mexico City, and Madrid.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

PIKOM Unveils ICT Job Market Outlook in Malaysia 2016

Aug 11, 2016

The average monthly salary of an ICT professional in Malaysia grew from RM7,706 in 2014 to RM8,114 in 2015,  an increase of 5.3%. This year, the projected average monthly salary is RM8,496, a 4.7% increase over 2015.
In 2015, an IT Project Manager in Malaysia earned more than their counterparts in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and India but much less than the ones in United States, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong.
These are some of the many interesting findings in the National ICT Association of Malaysia (PIKOM)’s ICT JOB MARKET OUTLOOK IN MALAYSIA 2016 report.

Digital Workplaces: A More Level Playing Field for Smaller Businesses

by Yaj Malik, EVP and Managing Director, Sage Asia

The concept of a modern day digital workplace is going through some revolutionary thinking. Recent technology and behavioural trends such as bring your own devices (BYOD), Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual teams are driving a dramatic transformation to the workplace. Increasingly, we are seeing a transition from individualised, physical workspaces to a digital ecosystem with no physical boundaries.

Yaj Malik, EVP and MD, Sage Asia

It is understandable that both employers and workers alike are having reservations about what the future holds for workspace design. For employees, especially millennials who grew up familiar with computers, mobile devices and the Internet, it seems natural that a modern-day workplace needs to provide for seamless digital lifestyles that blurs the line between their personal lives and professional work spheres.

At the same time, employers who are eager to attract and keep millennial talent, are concerned with providing them with a workplace that is conducive for creative thinking, collaboration and open communication as well as efficiency and productivity. This is crucial too as millennials currently make up more than half of the global workforce, according to a recent survey by Deloitte,

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

ProjectSauron: Top Level Espionage Platform Covertly Extracts Encrypted Government Comms

Aug 9, 2016:

In September 2015, Kaspersky Lab’s Anti-Targeted Attack Platform flagged an unusual feature in the network of a client organization. The anomaly led researchers to ‘ProjectSauron’, a nation-state threat actor attacking state organizations with a unique set of tools for each victim, making traditional indicators of compromise almost useless. The aim of the attacks appears to be mainly cyber-espionage.

ProjectSauron is particularly interested in gaining access to encrypted communications, hunting them down using an advanced modular cyber-espionage platform that incorporates a set of unique tools and techniques. The most noteworthy feature of ProjectSauron’s tactics is the deliberate avoidance of patterns: ProjectSauron customizes its implants and infrastructure for each individual target, and never reuses them. This approach, coupled with multiple routes for the exfiltration of stolen data, such as legitimate email channels and DNS, enables ProjectSauron to conduct secretive, long-term spying campaigns in target networks.

ProjectSauron gives the impression of being an experienced and traditional actor that has put considerable effort into learning from other extremely advanced actors, including Duqu, Flame,Equation and Regin; adopting some of their most innovative techniques and improving on their tactics in order to remain undiscovered.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

IT News Week 2 Aug 2016

For IT News Week 5 Jul 2016.

For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news.
  • PR - Aug 11, 2016 - Brocade vADC Solution Now Available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace
  • PR - Aug 11, 2016 - BAE Systems Launches Interactive Demonstration Environment
  • PR - Aug 10, 2016 - Blunt: Could it be world's most advanced umbrella ?
  • PR - Aug 10, 2016 - ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix RX 470
  • PR - Aug 4, 2016 - Kaching Partners iSYNERGY for MyKad Smart Shopper Loyalty Program on BearInBag
  • PR - Aug 3, 2016 - Microsoft marks Windows 10 anniversary with major updates
  • PR - Aug 3, 2016 - [Pre-order] Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with FREE Mystery Gift Now at 11street
  • PR - Aug 3, 2016 - Dimension Data Runs The Extra Mile to Promote Health and Wellness
  • PR - Aug 3, 2016 - Green Packet Strengthens Southeast Asia device business via 22% stake in Yen Global Berhad
  • PR - Aug 2, 2016 - Taipei, Taiwan - BIOSTAR Debuts G300 Series Solid-State Drives

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

BTI & INSEAD Join Forces to Develop Next Generation Leaders in Asia Pacific

Aug 2, 2016:

BTI® Consultants, a global leadership consulting firm, and INSEAD will be offering a pioneering leadership development programme for future leaders across Asia Pacific including Malaysia.

The Future CEO Programme, the first of its kind, is designed to enhance leadership capabilities and address succession planning issues so organisations can develop a ready pool of leadership talent.

“Insights on leadership succession planning consistently indicate that while organisations may be aware that succession planning is a critical component of robust leadership development practices with strategies in place, execution is seriously lacking across companies in Asia Pacific,” says BTI Consultants Managing Director & Vice President Asia Pacific, Anthony Raja Devadoss.

Anthony Raja Devadoss, Managing Director and Vice President of BTI Consultants, Asia Pacific

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

How to make use of older drivers in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 ?

Automatic driver installation is a feature of Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 - Vendors would publish device drivers as Windows updates.

Nonetheless, sometimes you may want to make use of an older driver version instead of the newer driver automatically downloaded by Windows 10.

The solution is quite simple - go to Device Manager to roll back the driver.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Zenrooms offers 50% OFF flash sale on 8 August

Jul 29, 2016 - Singapore:

ZEN focuses on a simple but effective recipe of providing a reliable budget experience with clean and simple rooms, at the lowest prices. Focused on democratizing travel by disrupting the old fashioned hotel sector, ZEN started its operations in Indonesia in mid-2015 with 10 of the country’s best budget hotels. ZEN is now Asia’s fastest growing hotel company, with lower prices and greater reach than traditional hotel chains.

In its first year, ZEN has allowed hundreds of thousands of travelers to explore Asia. Notably, it recently became the first hotel operator in Bali, with its shiny red signage visible across the island - each lollipop representing a quality checked location at attractive rates. In 2016, ZEN has also teamed up with AirAsia, FoodPanda, Lazada and Uber and has enjoyed strong public satisfaction ratings at its travel agent partners Agoda, and Expedia.

To celebrate its 1st year anniversary, will be hosting a 50% OFF flash sale on 8 August (for 3 hours only, 7-10pm GMT+7). During the online bash, ZEN’s double rooms across Asia will be available for as low as USD7 per night - the best room rates in the region.