MSNBC is reporting that Latinos could give President Barack Obama and the Democrats an edge in battleground states in 2012 Why? States like North Carolina, Virginia and Nevada aren't thought of as immigration portals or left-leaning strongholds. The 2010 census revealed that in the past decade, the adult Latino population has nearly doubled in Nevada, Virginia and North Carolina. Also, it's increased by 60 percent or more in two Midwestern battleground states, Indiana and Ohio, which means that Latino voters will play a major role in those elections. In Nevada, for example, Latinos were about 11 percent of registered voters in 2008, according to the census' Current Population Survey. About 90 percent of those registered actually voted, and according to exit polls, 76 percent of them cast ballots for Obama. A similar thing happened in Colorado. Former president George W. Bush won Colorado and Nevada in 2004, while Obama won both states in 2008. The census data are confirming what … [Read more...] about Latino Voters Will Make the Difference in 2012
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Joshua McKenty, CTO and Co-Founder of Piston Cloud, and Shawn Madden, Product Manager, dropped by to discuss version 3.5 of Piston Cloud, an OpenStack based cloud framework for on-premise, private clouds. I've spoken with them before and have enjoyed both the depth of their knowledge about OpenStack and their subtle sense of humor. (Please see Piston Cloud adds Iocane Micro-OS to OpenStack for a summary of our last conversation.) Piston Cloud OpenStack 3.5 Here's a quick summary of Piston Cloud's 3.5 release: Automates the orchestration of an entire private cloud environment on commodity servers. New release includes support for Icehouse, added security features and more flexibility. Enables companies building web, mobile, and big data apps to bring new products to market faster. Special Feature Cloud: How to Do SaaS Right Software as a Service offers irresistible benefits for organizations of all sizes — from cost savings to scalability to mobile accessibility. We offer … [Read more...] about Will Iocane make the difference? Piston Cloud releases OpenStack 3.5
Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson recently got into some hot water over apparent misstatements in his official bio that added a bachelor's degree in computer science to his accounting degree. It's not clear if the erroneous credential was a mistake, but if it was intentional, Thompson may have been feeling the pressure to show technical acumen. But is technical background really essential to lead or work in the tech industry? Tech entrepreneur and educator Vivek Wadhwa, for one, recently wrote that "Silicon Valley needs humanities students." It's time to take on the prevailing conventional wisdom that tech companies need to be run and staffed by tech grads, he advocates. Could, say, a philosophy major help run a tech company? Wadhwa points to the example of Damon Horowitz, a philosopher and serial entrepreneur who co-founded Aardvark, which sold to Google for $50 million, and is presently the in-house philosopher and director of engineering at Google. Wadhwa also references his 2008 … [Read more...] about Why humanity grads make the best technology leaders
Over the years, I have used pretty much every kind of computer available from the Atari to the Amiga to the Mac, PC, and even Linux boxes. Lately, I've been fascinated with the differences, especially the difference between the Mac and a Windows-based PC, since they each have their adherents. It's only recently that I finally isolated a factor that I feel is often overlooked, but very important: precision. Actually, I think it is better described as preciseness. In most cases, it has to do with the sluggish nature of some machines and the resolution of the screen. But it's more than resolution. This reminds me of the various machines that used to have what I call chubby arrows. The first machine that I recall having this ran the Digital Research GEM operating system, the OS that was systematically destroyed by Microsoft in the early days of the GUI. Looking back on it, I never liked the feel of the OS because it had a big, chubby pointer that never gave the user the impression of … [Read more...] about Precision Makes the Difference
The Choice Is Yours Until recently, PC buyers had little choice about what kind of storage to get in a laptop or desktop. If you bought an ultraportable, you likely had a solid-state drive (SSD) as the primary drive (C: on Windows, Macintosh HD on a Mac). Every other desktop or laptop form factor had a hard disk drive (HDD). Now, you can configure most systems with either an HDD or an SSD, or in some cases both. But how do you choose? We explain the differences between SSDs and HDDs (or hard drives), and walk you through the advantages and disadvantage of each to help you decide. HDD and SSD Explained The traditional spinning hard drive is the basic non-volatile storage on a computer. That is, information on it doesn't "go away" when you turn off the system, as is the case with data stored in RAM. A hard drive is essentially a metal platter with a magnetic coating that stores your data, whether weather reports from the last century, a high-definition copy of the original Star Wars … [Read more...] about SSD vs. HDD: What’s the Difference?