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Apple’s cloud database FoundationDB now open source

Apple has just released a new open source project on Github. FoundationDB is described as “a distributed database designed to handle large volumes of structured data across clusters of commodity servers”. The database system is focused on performance, scalability and fault-tolerance. Meaning …

Google and Netflix team up on Kayenta, an open-source project for automated deployment monitoring

A new open-source project from Google and Netflix aims to help other companies that want to modernize their application deployment practices but …

Unraveling the Legend of Polybius, the Most Dangerous Video Game of the 1980s

For several decades, a creepy urban legend has circulated in the darker corners of online forums devoted to vintage video games. The tale goes that …

How to Run a Company When You're the Only Employee

Running a business by yourself can be daunting. Focusing on what matters will boost your confidence and put you on the road to success.<p>Time is money. This is doubly true if you're running a small business. It's triply true if you're a sole proprietor--if the buck stops completely with you, no …

Cloudflare launches 1.1.1.1 DNS service that will speed up your internet

Not an April Fools’ prank<p>Cloudflare is launching its own consumer DNS service today, on April Fools’ Day, that promises to speed up your internet connection and help keep it private. The service is using https://1.1.1.1, and it’s not a joke but an actual DNS resolver that anyone can use. Cloudflare …

IDG Contributor Network: A different drumbeat: using Kanban for devops to smooth out your scrum cycles

Software development is all about rhythm. In scrum, different sprints might have different lengths, but they follow a predictable pattern. Plan, …

Lucid dreaming: how to teach yourself to be the master of your dreams

Have you ever wished you could fly, or time travel, or live like a king for a day?<p>For a select few people, those dreams are a reality – in their dreams at least. Lucid dreamers are able to consciously manipulate their dreams, turning their nighttime hours into an imaginative playground without …

Yes, DevOps is all about business growth, especially the digital variety

DevOps is now seen in one in four enterprises. It extends well beyond the bounds of the data center, as it opens up the path to disruption.<p>Everyone …

These 2 Books Will Help You Build a Brand Bigger Than Your Product

Seth Godin and Fabian Geyrhalter are authors of two books that explain how brands can be bigger than their products<p>Do you drink Evian water because it tastes better, or do you drink it because it is bottled in the Alps in Lake Geneva Switzerland? Do you shop at Tom's shoes because of the quality of …

Warren Buffett Says This 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful People From Everyone Else | Inc.com

Billionaire Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is 87 years old and still capturing the world's attention as the second richest person on the planet (as of this writing).<p>So, how has he done it? Actually, it's not so much about <i>what he has done</i> as it is <i>what he hasn't done</i>. …

Self-improvement

Quantum computing is going to change the world. Here's what this means for you.

by Alexandra Ossola January 8, 2018 Robots & Machines 40089<p>The science and tech world has been abuzz about quantum computers for years, but the …

Quantum Computing

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Entertainment

4 Money-Making Habits That Propelled Sara Blakely, Mark Cuban and Tony Robbins to Phenomenal Success

Success is proportionate to your focus on solving people's problems.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The global elites play a different game. Wealth is not created by wishing, manifesting and burning sage. Concrete plans, committed desire and wondrous persistence are the …

This 7-Step Formula Will Help You Reach Your Dreams in 2018. | Inc.com

Any serious achiever knows the importance and effectiveness of writing down their goals. It's not uncommon for very successful people to read their goals list at the beginning of each and every day upon awakening in the morning. Most people will not dispute the effectiveness in this daily ritual. …

Success

The World's Most Successful People Have This One Trait In Common | Inc.com

Many years ago, I was hired to coach a leader in an organization who by all accounts was successful, but he felt like he was hitting a wall in getting to the next level. What I noticed when I worked with him was that he was reading some great books on leadership, he attended excellent workshops, …

Instantly Be More Persuasive With These 12 Tips

Command, convince and convert the audience the next time you speak.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What if I told you that there is a strategy for increasing your conversions while actually doing less work? Would you be interested in knowing?<p>It isn't a new whiz-bang …

How to Finally Start Living on Your Own Terms | Inc.com

1. Stop consuming caffeine.<p>Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is they don't. Actually, we've become so dependent on caffeine that we use it to simply get back to our status-quo. When we're off it, we underperform and become incapable.<p>Isn't this absurd?<p>In his book, <i>The</i> …

Self-improvement

Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits | Inc.com

Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data, and spent millions trying to better understand its people. One of the company's most interesting initiatives, Project Aristotle, gathered several of Google's best and brightest to help the organization …

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How to Work 40 Hours (In Under 20) | Inc.com

I used to be one of those people who loved to brag about how busy he was. You know the type. Heck, you might even be one of "those" people...<p>I would work 60, 70, sometimes 80 hours a week--it was never enough. I wore my 'busy-ness' like a badge of honor... I loved telling you how unbelievably …

Time Management

This Scientist Has Come Up With A Mathematical Model For A Time Machine

After some serious number crunching, a UBC researcher has come up with a mathematical model for a viable time machine.<p>Ben Tippett, a mathematics and …

How, When, & Why to reset the PRAM & SMC on your Mac

Is your Mac acting just…<i>odd</i>? Stuff like drives not appearing, screens not adjusting correctly, Bluetooth problems, AirPort non connecting? Maybe your fan is running non-stop or your battery has said that it is 50% charged…for two days…and your MacBook is <i>plugged in</i>. Yeah, these aren’t problems that …

Operating Systems

Popular Mac App Developers Issue Urgent Malware Warning

It’s been a rough week in Mac security. First, Checkpoint warned users of a Trojan spreading in Europe that was the first of its kind. And now, one …

101 Quotes From Lao Tzu That Will Blow Your Mind Wide Open

Lao Tzu was an ancient philosopher and writer who founded the philosophical framework for Taoism, which has had a huge influence on Chinese …

New ASLR-busting JavaScript is about to make drive-by exploits much nastier

A property found in virtually all modern CPUs neuters decade-old security protection.<p>For a decade, every major operating system has relied on a …

Mountain Biking Causes Mental Illness: Find Out Now If You Are Insane

Mountainous Bicycling Dependence Disorder (MBDD) is a common but serious mental health condition in which an individual is physically and/or …

How to Write a Small Business Marketing Plan

Starting a small business takes grit, passion, determination, and focus. Coming up with an idea that is profitable and fills a market need is no …

5 Reasons to Avoid Writing a Business Plan

Detailed business plans can actually hinder rather than help you company's ability to grow.<p>A client of mine recently asked my opinion concerning one of his own clients, a medium-sized business struggling with shrinking revenues. When I asked what they were doing to turn the situation around, he …

39 logo fonts everyone should know

Typography can make or break the design of a logo. The right logo font can amplify the impact of your logo (and brand), while the wrong font could be …

This 1 Daily Ritual Will Make Your Life Better Forever

Get a head start for 2017. Start this daily ritual today and watch your life change forever.<p>With all that we have going on in our lives, we tend to get caught up in distractions, disruptions, and diversions.<p>Most of the time we're so busy keeping up--or catching up--that we're barely aware of the …

How to check which URLs have been indexed by Google using Python

Google Search Console can help you determine which of your website pages are indexed, but what about identifying the ones that aren't? Columnist Paul …

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