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How Apollo 11′s 1.024MHz guidance computer did a lot with very little

 

early 44 years ago computer hardware was in an entirely different place than it is now. The levels of performance don’t even fit on the same scale. The anniversary of the Apollo 11moon landing is upon us, and those brave space pioneers got by without a 3GHz multi-core CPU. The guidance computer used on the Apollo 11 mission ran at only 1.024 MHz.

The moon landing was the height of technological achievement at the time, and some of the rocket technology is still relevant today. That computer, though, has been left in the dust. In fact, it was well and truly obsolete a few years after the landing.

The Intel 8086 came about roughly ten years after the Apollo landing, marking the beginning of x86. Apollo 11’s computer had 4 registers — essentially slots for holding numeric values. The 8086 boosted that to eight 16-bit registers.

The IBM PC XT ran the next version of that chip, the famous 8088. This computer ran at 4.077MHz, which sounds incredibly slow by today’s standards, but is still four times faster than the Apollo 11computer. The XT also packed in eight times the memory used on Apollo 11.

The Apollo 11 guidance computer actually had some impressive software features for a system that didn’t even run a graphical interface. It could multitask up to 8 different operations, but it didn’t work the way we think of multitasking. Today’s operations use preemptive multitasking that allows the OS to distribute computing resources as needed. On Apollo 11, programs were in charge and had to give control back to the OS periodically. A kind of virtual machine was used to allow developers to mix hardware-level instructions with virtual machine commands within the same assembler code.

Inputting commands required translating the English words into “verb noun pairs,” which could be input as numbers. There was a handy sign in the cabin as a reminder. To top it all off, none of the computer’s systems were software upgradeable. All the code was stored in read-only memory. Several years after Apollo 11, Apollo 14 was forced to manually input the code to patch a system malfunction — it took 90 minutes just to type it in.

Maybe your computer is a little sluggish, and your smartphone is a couple years old, but you have it better than those astronauts

Hyland Software Named as a Best-in-Class ECM Vendor for three categories in Insurance Technology Assessment

CEB TowerGroup recently named Hyland Software a Best-in-Class enterprise content management (ECM) vendor for insurance companies in three categories in its evaluation of ECM solutions providers in the space. Hyland was named Best-in-Class for: User Experience, Enterprise Operations Support and Enterprise Support.

The report identifies both current and future market drivers, identifies the needs of the industry and lists notable solutions providers. CEB TowerGroup selected vendors based on quantitative and qualitative analyses of each vendor’s solution features and functionality, understanding of customer needs and implementation of leading practices to maximize efficiency and ROI.

“Selection as a Best-in-Class solution within CEB TowerGroup’s insurance vendor review verifies the relevance and ongoing benefits ECM solutions can provide insurance companies. It illustrates Hyland’s ability to offer insurers a solution that can streamline their processes, enabling them to run more efficiently and cost-effectively across their entire organization,” stated Cheryl Nulman, Hyland’s insurance industry marketing manager.

CEB TowerGroup named Hyland Software’s OnBase a Best-in-Class solution for:

  • User Experience,  for its attributes that directly contribute to enhancing the productivity of employees across the organization
  • Enterprise Operation Support, for its attributes that support and facilitate business operations enterprise-wide
  • Enterprise Support for Hyland’s influence and ongoing relationship with customers

“Our industry expertise, coupled with the high-value we place on customers’ feedback helps to create leading solutions to meet insurers’ needs. Our agile approach increases our viability in the industry and ensures an advanced solution offering,” Nulman said.

“As insurance executives evaluate new IT products to support their business needs, many are overwhelmed by the volume of technologies available,” said Aaron Kissel, executive director, CEB. “CEB TowerGroup is the only advisory group qualified to evaluate such a broad range of insurance technology tools and to help insurers navigate the increasingly complex landscape.”

*Technology Assessment Disclaimer– CEB does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our CEB TowerGroup publications and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors rated “best in class.” CEB TowerGroup research publications consist of the opinions of CEB TowerGroup’s analysts and should not be construed as statements of fact. CEB disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Hyland Software

For over 20 years, Hyland Software has helped our more than 11,500 lifetime customers by providing real-world solutions to everyday business challenges. That dedication is why Hyland realizes double-digit growth, and why 98 percent of our customer base continues to renew its annual maintenance. Our customers see the ongoing value of partnering with Hyland and continue to work with us year after year.

Seamless integrations with policy administration, core administration and claims management systems speed processing times across the entire insurance lifecycle from underwriting to policy services to claims, which increases customer service. Using OnBase, insurers are able to increase profitability through accurate and consistent underwriting decisions while decreasing response times and costs associated with claims.

Microsoft Expands Bing Features People Autosuggest

Jakarta-Microsoft has just announced the company will expand the feature browser engine Bing Autosuggest People. This one feature is now not only automatically suggest information that includes humans, but many other things.
Bing Autosuggest People is a feature that can be recommended based on the first few words are typed. This feature then sort a list of words related to selected by the user.
“Bing’s new feature could understand a word that the user types that may have different meanings that can give you many options can be selected according to user interest,” as Microsoft’s statement as reported by The NextWeb, Thursday, July 18, 2013.
Microsoft launched this feature in May 2013 with the aim of helping users find information Bing celebrities, athletes, military, or even a friend whose profile stored on LinkedIn. Now, People Autosuggest new Bing feature automatically suggests brands, movies, albums, place, software, sports, animal species, and much more.
For example, when a user types a word Pitbull, People Autosuggest feature will help recommend the name of the artist singer started to kind of animal. Users simply select the desired search recommendations.
Bill Gates’s company gave the example of two other words, Harry Potter and the Empire State Building. When users type in Bing Harry Potter, will feature gives you the option in terms of literature, the characters, and the title of the movie. While the word ‘Empire State Building’, Bing will not give you much choice but according to a summary from Wikipedia because Microsoft users can only be directed at one place only.
To determine differences in every word that is typed, Microsoft Bing complement with a technology called Satori. This technology to understand the relationship of millions of people, places, and things in terms of the real and digital world.

Application Encryption VSEncryptor

File Protector Portable Applications

VSEncryptor is an application that can be petrified our encryption protects files and text by scrambling the contents and form of the original will only display such content if the correct password is entered.

Portable VSEncryptorVersi this application is free. However, although it does not require installation, by default it has several options to change the entries in the registry. If you choose to install this application, note that it will replace the search engine and homepage in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Unless you choose a custom installation, you can prevent these changes on your browser.

Although the application user interface is so simple and less attractive, but its function is quite good. In the main window there is a list of “encryption algorithms” which is quite interesting. You can select AES (128/192/256-bit) RC2/4/5/6, DES and Triple DES, Blowfish, Twofish, Serpent, Camellia, Skipjack, CAST-256, MARS, IDEA, SEED, GOST, XTEA, and SHACAL-2.

VSEncryptor can use these algorithms to randomize the plain text and other types of files. As soon as you press the encryption button, this app will ask you to enter a password that will also be used to decrypt the data.

It does not take long to encrypt the plain text, as well as encrypting other types of files. To file size of about 20 MB, it only takes a few seconds. Encrypt speed also depends on the chosen algorithm. By default, the encryption result is stored in the same location as the original file, but we also can change it as you wish.

By default again, VSEncryptor add a new file extension that is <. Encrypted> for encrypted items. The same option is also available to decrypt the file, only the extension form <. Decrypted>.

WhatsApp Luncurkan Fitur Baru di Windows Phone

Jakarta – WhatsApp is one of the instant messaging service that can be used by many types of cell phone operating system. Not surprisingly, WhatsApp has 250 million active users. According to the Wall Street Journal website, this amount is equivalent to the number of users on Twitter, Facebook Messenger, and Skype.
What’s more, the instant messaging application also does not include ads in their services. Users were not bothered by ads that sometimes appear like the other instant messaging services.
Now, WhatsApp update the application with new features for Windows Phone users. Some of the new features that include
1. Make voice calls;
2. Background API (Application Programming Interface) which can play music;
3. New Smiley;
4. Notifications are updated to the user;
5. Quick summary (if the application is open and the user clicks the notification, the application will open fast like on Android);
6. The user will be asked whether you want to save the conversation history, users can arrange it through the settings menu, and
7. Images are displayed larger.
Updates on Windows Phone devices can be downloaded in Windows Phone Store.

Software AG Named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites

Software AG today announced it was positioned by Gartner, Inc., a leading industry analyst firm, in the Leaders Quadrant of the recently published Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites. In gaining this recognition, vendors were evaluated based on completeness of vision and ability to execute. The quadrant evaluates the application integration and SOA project market, which are strategic for Software AG as a vendor of application infrastructure middleware.

“We believe Gartner naming us as a leader with the furthest position on both axes in the Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites* is a validation of our product innovation, high quality services and strong go to market model,” said Dr. Wolfram Jost, Software AG’s Chief Technology Officer. “Our goal is to continue to deliver the most comprehensive, innovative infrastructure middleware offerings that improve business outcomes of our customers, while enabling them to achieve better agility and drive growth.”

Gartner’s evaluation of Software AG is primarily based on its flagship offering webMethods Suite V9.0. It includes tightly integrated products such as webMethods Integration Server as an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Terracotta Universal Messaging for fast asynchronous messaging, webMethods Trading Networks for B2B integration, webMethods BPMS for process orchestrations and monitoring and CentraSite for metadata lifecycle management.

The nexus of four forces – cloud, mobile, social, and big data – are presenting unprecedented new opportunities to innovate and grow the business. With webMethods Suite, organizations can take full advantage of these opportunities by establishing a strong but flexible integration backbone to build new applications. It allows organizations to leverage existing IT investments while managing the proliferation of data, devices, and services resulting from the four forces.

Unlike other solutions in the market, the webMethods Suite is an open, cross platform solution. It delivers capabilities as building blocks that fit together allowing customer implementations to grow as their needs grow. It is also easy to use across all lifecycle stages from design to production, lowering total cost of ownership. Strong lifecycle governance baked into the platform helps companies maximize reuse and align closely with business needs.

Complimentary copies of Gartner’s report are available at www.softwareag.com/recognition.

* Gartner Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites by Jess Thompson, Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Daniel Sholler, Ross Altman, Kimihiko Iijima, published 27 June 2013.

About the Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Software AG

Software AG (SOW.F) helps organizations achieve their business objectives faster. The company’s big data, integration and business process technologies enable customers to drive operational efficiency, modernize their systems and optimize processes for smarter decisions and better service. Building on over 40 years of customer-centric innovation, the company is ranked as a leader in 15 market categories, fueled by core product families Adabas and Natural, ARIS, Terracotta and webMethods. Software AG has ca. 5,300 employees in 70 countries and had revenues of €1.05 billion in 2012.

HighJump Software Names Jonathan Kwok to Lead APAC Sales Channel

HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today it has named Jonathan Kwok director of Asia-Pacific (APAC) sales. Based in Shanghai, he is responsible for channel management and will lead the expansion of the HighJump™ Supply Chain Advantage suite in the region.

Kwok has nearly 20 years of experience in logistics software, from development and system design to professional services and channel management with some of the largest supply chain solution companies in the world. He was drawn to HighJump Software because of its adaptable solutions’ early success in China and Southeast Asia.

“APAC is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, and companies here are under huge pressure to react quickly to market and consumer demands,” said Kwok. “HighJump Software has a flexible, agile and adaptable warehouse management system that companies here need and this distinguishes them in the market. I am thrilled to be part of an organization that is so committed to the Asia-Pacific region and lead its expansion.”

“Jonathan brings the depth of experience and expertise that I am looking for to lead APAC. He has run a business in China, which is so important to the success of this huge market. And he is based out of Shanghai, which is a strategic location for building networks in Greater China, India and Southeast Asia,” said David Houser, vice president of international sales, HighJump Software. “Jonathan is a key addition to our team and we are delighted to have him on board.”

HighJump Software also has a research and development center in Shanghai that supports the entire supply chain product suite.

About HighJump Software Inc.
HighJump Software is a global provider of supply chain management software that streamlines the flow of inventory and information from supplier to store shelf. HighJump Software solutions for distribution and logistics, direct store delivery, trading partner connectivity, mobility and manufacturing include: warehouse management systems, transportation management systems, route accounting systems, manufacturing execution, mobile sales, the TrueCommerce™ EDI Solutions Platform.

Accela Releases Civic Hero App for Windows 8

Accela, Inc., the leading provider of civic engagement solutions for government agencies, announced today that its Civic Hero app is now available for Windows 8. With Civic Hero for Windows 8, Accela is providing entire communities with an innovative app that empowers citizens to report non-emergency community issues such as graffiti, potholes, or damaged public property to local government.

“We’re very excited that Civic Hero is now available on Windows 8,” said Maury Blackman, Accela President and CEO. “This opportunity provides an amazing user experiences and offers features that will delight our user base. Now more government agencies and citizens will be able to access our expanding platform of applications and will realize the true value of citizen engagement. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Microsoft to bring additional apps to market.”

By using their Windows 8 devices, citizens can simply select the type of issue they are reporting, take or add a quick photo or comment and they are done. Citizens can also review and comment on issues reported by others. Government agencies will benefit from utilizing Civic Hero in the following ways:

  • Automatic report routing to only receive service requests within your jurisdiction and areas of responsibility.
  • Tight integration with Accela Automation, allowing agencies to leverage the workflow engine to assign and track reports.
  • Prioritization of reported issues through community feedback.
  • Elimination of duplicate requests.
  • Good will from citizens when they utilize a convenient and useful app that makes communicating with government easy and efficient.

“Civic Hero for Windows 8 offers significant benefits to government agencies and citizens by enabling a fast and transparent method for reporting non-emergency issues,” said Steve Jenkins, senior director of government partners, Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector. “Accela’s easy-to-use app helps cities, citizens and government employees stay engaged with their communities on their Windows 8 devices with convenient access virtually anywhere.”

The Windows 8 version of Civic Hero joins existing versions deployed on leading mobile platforms including iOS and Android. For more information on Accela’s mobile applications, including Civic Hero, visit www.accela.com/civic-apps.

About Accela

Accela, Inc. provides the leading civic engagement platform, powering thousands of services and millions of transactions daily for large and small public agencies worldwide. We connect government to people and accelerate and streamline land management, licensing, asset management and public health and safety processes. Accela’s Civic Cloud includes a complete platform, both packaged and tailored solutions and cloud-based, office, mobile and social applications to support government agency, business and citizen needs. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., with international offices in Australia and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit www.accela.com.

Revealed, Microsoft SkyDrive Allow Skype and Tapped

A document reveals how Microsoft is working with U.S. intelligence agencies to read messages from users, including helping the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) secret unlock code Microsoft, Australia Guardian reported on Friday (07/12/2013).

Confidential documents obtained by the Guardian of Edward Snowden, U.S. intelligence whistleblowers, said the level of cooperation between Silicon Valley and American intelligence agencies in the last three years.

The document, among others, suggests, Microsoft helped the NSA to read the conversation at the new portal Outlook.com by giving the company secret code. NSA has access to Outlook.com including Hotmail before the messages are written in the form of a code (encrypted).

Microsoft is working with the FBI this year that the NSA get easier access to the data warehouse via Prism SkyDrive which has 250 million users in the world.

Microsoft is also working with the FBI to the intelligence agencies “understand” the issues that potential Outlook.com that allows users to use the e-mail alias for them.

In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA is proud to mention that the NSA has been able to increase the amount of video that they can access through Skype as much as three times through the Prism program. The materials obtained from Prism program routinely accessed by the FBI and CIA. One of the documents referred NSA has the name “team sport”.

Snowden documents also reveal the tension between Silicon Valley and the Obama administration. Leading technology companies lobbying the government to be allowed to express the depth of their cooperation with the NSA to address customer concerns in terms of privacy.

Corporate leaders are not trying to claim that they have collaborated and worked with intelligence agencies like NSA documents mentioned in the argument that the process is carried out according to the lawsuit.

In a statement, Microsoft said, “If we increase the capacity (upgrade)-prudok and updating our products, we are not exempt from having to comply with applicable laws, both now and into the future.”

Microsoft reiterated his argument that they provide the customer data “only in response to government requests, and we only serve the demand for specific address or identity”.

Last June, the Guardian reported that the NSA claims to have “direct access” program through the Prism system leading internet companies including Microsoft, Skype, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Yahoo.

Google Maps Can Detect Traffic Accidents

Jakarta – Google has just updated the Google Maps application with new features. This feature comes reports of traffic accidents and the number of ways to access the various facilities.
Google Maps with accident information can be used on Android and iOS based devices. Overall, this application displays maps and their reliable navigation and traffic information.
Warning about the accident will appear on the map showing traffic flow and road construction. This information is also recommended that these options are not stuck in traffic around the accident site.
Last June, Google bought Waze, the creator of popular apps that inform traffic flow. But Google has not confirmed whether Waze’s data associated with this application or not.
The new application also allows users to find out if the place you want to target viable or not. Features »Explore” display greeting cards enjoy a meal and good night.
Through these features, users can be helped with a variety of information about the place in detail. There is also a rating system that allows users to find somewhere assessment.
Google Maps with navigation devices had previously been released for the Android and iOS platform. Product Manager for Google Maps, Nobuhiro Makida, said the superior feature of this application is the My Location, search, and referrals.
“Through My Location, users can know of its existence through the map, even if the device does not have GPS,” said Makida.
Next is a local search to find a business category. While referrals are the best route to a destination, even if the user is driving, walking, or taking public transportation.
Features can indicate the distance and direction of travel time to get to the destination. The Google Maps Navigation can be run via voice commands.