Why Should Businesses Care About Big Data?

Big Data and Business Intelligence are a hot topic right now in IT and business circles. However, it can be a difficult subject to grasp based on what you might read from different technology vendors and business analysts. This is because, depending on how you use the term, Big Data can mean different things to…

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Making data centers more efficient with greater virtualization

One recent trend in data centers is the concept of being able to provision virtual machines on any available resource, with the actual hardware implementation being transparent to the user. This approach can increase efficiency by maximizing the use of blades and other resources, as well as by centralizing management of all resources on the…

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Don’t let fancy CLR debugging slow you down

There are a number of tools you can use for debugging CLR integration code in Visual Studio 2005, such as the test.sql page and a special CLR debugger. Unfortunately, each new tool comes with its own quirks and setup headaches. Our recommendation is to avoid using these fancy tools unless you need to troubleshoot why…

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Perform fail-safe firmware upgrades

A key component to maintaining the reliability and efficiency of your network is keeping the firmware on your network devices up-to-date. As you know, these devices can include managed switches, routers, wireless access points, and intrusion detection systems among others. Unfortunately, the device’s documentation doesn’t always provide the proper procedures for upgrading the firmware successfully.…

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A situation where a Lightbox effect can increase usability

One of the more ubiquitous techniques used on the web is the so-called “Lightbox” effect (or pseudo popup), whereby CSS and JavaScript create the impression of a custom dialogue box appearing on the screen. You can easily create this effect with various jQuery plugins such as Colorbox (http://plugins.jquery.com/colorbox/). While the technique is often associated with…

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Export Illustrator files in PSD format for seamless integration with Photoshop (Illustrator CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014, Photoshop CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014)

You can copy and paste Illustrator artwork into Photoshop, but that doesn’t preserve layers or text editability. For a better option, export it instead. To export your Illustrator files as editable PSD files, choose File > Export. In the Photoshop Export Options dialog box, set the options to suit your needs, including color model and…

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