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November Newsletter: Windows 8. Hot Mess or . . .
Windows 8. Hot Mess or Innovative Must Have?
[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”4452″ align=”left” size=”Small 150 width” quality=”95″]Microsoft’s launch of Windows 8 is creating plenty of stir, and reviewers give it mixed (really mixed) reviews. Some call it a Schizophrenic mess. Others, not so harshly, say that because of Windows OS dominance worldwide and its legacy support, there’s really no getting around it – eventually – that appearing to be the operative word.
Information Week, quoting a Gartner analyst, claims that while Windows apps dominated by up to 95 percent in the mid-90’s, that figure has dropped to 50 per cent in the last years, and overall less than half of the most common enterprise apps are now OS specific. In other words, the world is becoming less PC centric and more vested in the cloud. Nevertheless, Gartner claimed, IT departments are almost forced to consider Microsoft Office first, since the alternatives are still a work in progress, and because MS Office has an enormous worldwide footprint.
Importantly, Michael Silver, the Gartner Analyst, felt that up to 90 percent of IT departments will skip a broad Windows upgrade for at least a few years. According to Silver, Microsoft knows it, and the new Windows iterations are really all about selling more tablets and extending share of the mobile market.
Now for the Schizophrenia. According to most reviewers, Windows 8 loves to be touched. If you’re a Win tablet user, that’s not so bad. If you’re a PC user, it can be really annoying and frustrating. This is because it’s a touch-oriented experience from the get go, and using your mouse in the traditional way is confusing and unappealing. Add another odd iteration for low cost tablets, the RT UI, and things get foggier yet. This version won’t run existing applications, uses only the Metro UI, and is only available bundled with the new device you’ll have to buy. You’ll need all new apps (whose and when?), and currently costs about as much as iPad. So, any big benefit is yet to be discovered. It does, by the way, come bundled with Office, but that’s it. Oh, and what about all the apps you’ve come to know and love?
In all, however, at least for the time being, it appears that some 600 million (plus) PC’s will eventually need an upgrade, and the some 400 million new units sold will come bundled with, you guessed it, Windows 8.
New Reviews are coming in fast. Several informative links are below to help you digest the pats and pans.
Important Password Requirements for All New Users!
Visit our Help Desk to see the new requirements. We also strongly suggest existing users update their current passwords to meet this standard.
Microsoft Offers Free Upgrades to Office 2013 for Those Who Buy 2010 Now
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Truly Awful Passwords!
Following last year’s hack of some major Internet sites, checking your password savvy makes sense. Right? In SplashData’s annual list of the worst passwords, a few “duhs” come to mind, but there are also a few new twists and turns, so don’t, really – do not – use any of these, and think about how secure your existing ones are. Our new requirements as mentioned above should help you avoid these, but check your other online passwords.
Here are the top 10 most awful. Some other new ones that made the list? welcome, jesus, ninja, mustang, password1
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SiteVision Chosen to Enhance Roanoke City Mapping and Real Estate Data
[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”4032″ align=”left” size=”Small 150 width”] Roanoke, VA April 25, 2012: The City of Roanoke, VA, has chosen SiteVision, Inc. to upgrade, redesign and to migrate its Internet Citywide Mapping and Real Estate Data applications. The new Geographic Information System (GIS) will be designed to enhance an already robust application environment while providing important, new state-of-the-art mapping detail, reporting and printing functions.
As a seasoned veteran in the geospatial sector, SiteVision has been planning, developing and hosting GIS Internet applications since the mid 1990’s. The firm’s experience ranges from evaluating, recommending, and designing local, regional, and state GIS applications and related infrastructures, to developing national systems designed to store and access multiple petabytes of geospatial Information.
SiteVision and city officials will collaborate closely to integrate the existing system to the enhanced version. Among improvements, existing web application servers will migrate to more feature-rich ESRI ArcGIS server, Adobe Flex and Cold Fusion MX environments. New features will include floating, pull-down menus to permit rapid switching between various base maps. The redesigned site will also include Google Map and Google Street views. SiteVision will train city development staff and end users, as well as provide the city with extended telephone and online help desk support.
Community and Incentive website portals, a useful feature previously developed in cooperation with SiteVision, will be incorporated into the enriched site. Community information provides users with a summary of specific neighborhood information including school zones, voter precincts, trash collection, and youth athletic regions. The incentive portal provides a summary of City, State and Federal incentive programs available to a specific parcel.
As an experienced Internet application development, consulting, design and hosting firm SiteVision, Inc. (www.sitevision.com) provides solutions for a broad spectrum of markets and industries, as well as for state, federal and international entities. Expertise includes custom, back-end dynamic applications, consulting to achieve unique goals, geographic information systems (GIS), content management systems, hosting services including, map and GIS application hosting, as well as custom and dedicated hosting solutions. SiteVision, Inc. participates or is available through the following state and federal contracting vehicles:
- Virginia VITA CAI Supplier, Managed Staff Augmentation Services Contract (VA-051123-CAI)
- Virginia VITA Supplier, Hosting Services Contract
- Virginia eVa Procurement as a sub-contractor to various state and federal private contractor entities
- State and Federal Sole-source Contracting
The firm has its home office in Roanoke, VA, with sales offices in Charlottesville, VA and Miami, FL.