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Virtual vs Tangible: The Cloud or Cluster Servers?

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Photo Credits: Robert Gibbs

If you’re doing business in the modern world, there’s a very good chance you have a website. While you might not give it much thought – other than if it’s up and available or not – changes in technology are going to force you to make a decision about your web hosting at some point or another.


NSA Internet Spying Sparks Arms Race

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Companies Scramble to Create Offshore Data Centers

Photo by Vivek Patankar / Flickr

Is the NSA in America spying on your data? Possibly. This has many individuals as well as corporations worried. Big companies have it a bit easier because they have millions or billions of dollars to spend on solutions to escape the “evil eye of Mordor” as it scans the virtual world at will.

When you start to look at what some companies are doing, it’s quite surprising in a lot of ways. Ever since Snowden came forward and let the world know what the NSA was doing to spy on people around the world, companies have been trying to jump on the opportunity made available by all the paranoia about data security.


More About NSAS Massive Utah Centre

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Photo: foxnews

NSA has taken it upon itself to “Defending Our Nation. Securing our future”. Obviously,this is not something that can be done in the observable public space;in fact, not even in the restricted government space. It has a space of its own where no man can ever go anywhere near. In Wall Street Journal’s considered view, NSA’s convenient datacenter solutions at Utah is the “symbol of the spy agency’s surveillance prowess”.


Christian Groups Sue To Stop Kansas Schools From Adopting Science Standards

Thursday, November 7th, 2013


Things That Make You Go, Hmmm

Photo by epSos .de / Flickr

Two Kansas groups, in Federal District Court, are challenging their State Board of Education’s implementation of updated science standards in state schools, which were adopted in June 2013 and apply to kindergarten through 12th grade students. The Kansas City Star reports the state has had six different sets of standards in the last 15 years. These appear to have shifted from election to election. (more…)

A GIS Laboratory, Indeed

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Arizona State’s GIS master’s program thrusts students onto the leading edge of the field—and geospatial technologies

A good place to get a sense of where the geographic information system (GIS) field is headed is Lattie F. Coor Hall at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. That’s the home of the 30-credit-hour Masters of Advanced Study in GIS (MAS-GIS) Program within ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Here, students are exposed to not only the latest GIS concepts but also ever-evolving technologies.

ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning offers additional options for GIS studies, including an undergraduate certificate and an undergraduate degree program that is in development. Like all master’s programs, though, the MAS-GIS is designed to convey the most advanced concepts in its field.

The program was developed from 2002–2003 and launched in 2004 by Dr. Robert C. Balling, Jr., who had overseen ASU’s Office of Climatology for 18 years. Balling—the associate program director—and several faculty associates—including Nik Smilovsky, MS, GISP, product specialist for Topcon Positioning Systems dealer RDO Integrated Controls in Phoenix—part of RDO Equipment Co.—teach a total of 10 courses in the program, which also includes an internship and capstone GIS project in the final semester. Typically, students start in the fall semester and complete their studies in 12 months.

Dr. Robert C. Balling, Jr., associate director of the Masters of Advanced Study in GIS (MAS-GIS) Program at Arizona State University, developed the curriculum for a program that has provided advanced training for more than 250 students since 2004.


“The Brooks Act at 40: A Law that Works” by Christopher M. Stone

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Author: Christopher M. Stone

On this day 40 years ago, October 27, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law a little noticed, bipartisan bill that sailed through Congress.

The “Brooks Act”, named for its sponsor, then-Representative Jack Brooks (D-TX), provided for an innovative and creative way to select firms to perform architecture, engineering and related services by contract to federal agencies.  Years before “best value’, “past performance” and other modern procurement processes were even dreamed of, Messrs, Nixon and Brooks, political rivals, and other Republicans and Democrats had the vision to recognize the “lowest bid” did not always mean the best deal for the taxpayer.

Have you ever wondered by countries like Haiti and Mexico suffer such abject building failures when earthquakes of similar or greater magnitude are less severe in the United States?


Alioscopy Announces Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6 Extended Alioscopy-Ready

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Article source: Alioscopy

Alioscopy Enables Millions of Adobe Photoshop Digital Imaging Artists to Generate Alioscopy-ready ‘No-Glasses’ 3D Content

Alioscopy® USA, a 3D technology provider today announced that Adobe® Systems Incorporated has integrated its Alioscopy auto-stereoscopic, 3D multi-view algorithm as a new feature in Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 Extended software.  As more and more digital imaging artists create content in stereoscopic and auto-stereoscopic 3D, Alioscopy offers a unique patented process for generating 8-view images for viewing and play-back on auto-stereoscopic 3D HD LCD displays.


Ted Talk by Mark Raymond – Innovative architecture to ensure a sustainable future

Monday, March 19th, 2012

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Mark Raymond studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and since returning to Trinidad in 1993 has been responsible for a wide range of architectural, urban design and planning projects throughout the Caribbean. Mark has lectured on his work at the Caribbean School of Architecture in Kingston, Jamaica, UNPHU in Santo Domingo, London Metropolitan University and more recently at Yale University. He is interested in the capacity of innovative architectural, urban and landscape design to ensure a sustainable future.


SketchUp Pro Features

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Google SketchUp Pro is a simple but powerful tool for exploring and presenting your ideas in 3D. SketchUp Pro is everything traditional CAD software isn’t — quick to learn and intuitive to use. This video shows some of the features of Sketup Pro:


Bentley: - Countless CAD add-ons, plug-ins and more.

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