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  • LINK live supports LINK AMERICAS Foundation’s concept of Technology Serving Humanity. The interactive show covers a variety of topics in the digital space, including digital literacy, people-generated media, bridging the digital divide and universal access through broadband and other technologies.
  • You may have seen reports today regarding a major announcement next week from federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra on the government's cloud computing initiative. The source of most of those reports is this release from NASA's Ames Research Center in California, which says only that Kundra "will outline his vision for a new federal government cloud computing initiative". As the home of NASA's cloud computing initiative (cleverly dubbed "Nebula"), Ames seems like a natural choice to reveal the government's new cloud strategy.

    Nextgov has confirmed that the event next week will include the unveiling of the cloud computing storefront Kundra first mentioned in July. The site will initially only include cloud services and offerings from vendors currently on GSA's Schedules program. However, the agency is actively working with technology companies like Amazon.com that don't normally sell to government to help simplify the process of joining the Schedules.

  • One of Maria Klawe’s lifelong passions has been increasing the participation of women and other underrepresented groups in science and engineering, especially in areas such as computer science, where such participation has significantly declined over the past three decades. She was the first woman to serve on the board of the Computing Research Association (CRA); during her tenure on the board, she and Nancy Leveson (then with MIT) co-founded the CRA’s highly successful Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). As if serving in these capacities were not enough (simultaneously with holding an important faculty position at Princeton University), Klawe has served on the board of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology since its inception, and as its chair from 2003–2008.
  • As the new annual technical conference covering All Matters Linux, LinuxCon will be informative and educational for a wide range of Linux developers, experts and enthusiasts. LinuxCon offers a thorough and diverse conference program this year, led by the best technical talent, decision makers and industry experts in the Linux community. Speakers include Linus Torvalds, Mark Shuttleworth, Bob Sutor, Greg Kroah-Hartman, Matt Asay and many more industry experts and luminaries.

    If you can't make it to LinuxCon this year, you can participate remotely through our live video stream, including all presentation slides in parallel. Keynotes are free and three days of conference sessions are only $99!

  • John Kotter got an enviable — if unintentional — endorsement when then-candidate Barack Obama began inserting the phrase a sense of urgency into his comments about the economy. A Sense of Urgency (Harvard Business Press, 2008) is the title of Kotter's latest book on fostering change in organizations — a subject the Harvard Business School professor has owned since publishing the seminal Leading Change, in 1996.

    Kotter believes there are two kinds of urgency — and, like cholesterol, one is good and one is bad. The good kind is characterized by constant scrutiny of external promise and peril. It involves relentless focus on doing only those things that move the business forward in the marketplace and on doing them right now, if not sooner. The bad kind — to which many companies have recently succumbed — is panic driven and characterized by breathless activity that winds up producing nothing demonstrably new.

  • Web accessibility for the Twitter website application

    Accessible Twitter is an alternative to the Twitter.com website. It is designed to be easier to use and is optimized for disabled users. Learn more about web accessibility.

    This web site application is in Alpha stage. Refer to the Development Tasks further down this page for items currently in progress.

    Learn more about Accessible Twitter on the About and Features pages. You may also read a lengthy list of user feedback and blogs/articles about this application.

  • There are many articles by many experts (myself included) extolling the virtues of listening to customers. In fact, there are so many of these propaganda pieces that this question might naturally cross your mind: if listening to customers is so great, why do we need so much propaganda? I’ll tell you the honest truth: listening to customers is gruesome, uncomfortable, and painful work. Sure it has its moments, but then so does getting stranded on a desert island.

    Yet few products these days can succeed without their online community, and the insight you can gain from interacting with that community is unparalleled, despite the pain. But to take advantage of that learning, you have to avoid the absolutely one and only cardinal sin of community management: not listening.

  • The FDIC is often appointed as receiver for failed banks. This page contains useful information for the customers and vendors of these banks. This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership. Failed Financial Institution Contact Search displays point of contact information related to failed banks.
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  • In the old days, before ubiquitous Internet connections and social networks, I always turned to TV Guide’s Fall Preview issue to get information about my favorite TV shows, find out what was going to make its debut and to find out when I could actually catch said shows. Today, technology and the web has made not only finding information, reviews and opinions of television shows easier and faster than ever before, the online video revolution means that we can actually watch most of those shows from the comfort of our laptops.
  • The Open Solutions Alliance consists of leading companies dedicated to making enterprise-class open software solutions work together. We help customers put open solutions to work by enabling application integration, certifying quality solutions, and promoting cooperation among open solutions developers.

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