August 23, 2013: Weekly Roundup of Web Development and Design Resources

first_imgI’ll hire the designer who is open, collaborative, and inclusive over the brilliant designer who lacks those qualities. Always. #ux— Christine Perfetti (@cperfetti) August 21, 2013 7 Proofreading Steps: What steps do you take for proofreading? This list of tips comes from one of my favorite blogs, Daily Writing Tips. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: December 5, 2014An in-depth look at the design decisions of the Google and Apple map applications, announcement of the second edition of the Responsive Web Design book, and alternatives for adding related content to your posts/pages are a few of the resources you’ll find in this week’s roundup of web design and…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: October 28, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to improve user experience with micro-interactions, find a six-point checklist for creating accessible videos, discover some spooky CSS, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility,…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: September 18, 2015In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll find out how 15 user experience (UX) professionals describe UX designs, learn about a free webinar for testing website accessibility, discover what to look for in a payment gateway, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links” Building Responsive Websites Using Twitter Bootstrap: This tutorial by Syed Fazle Rahman is the second in the series of working with Twitter Bootstrap. Note: the tutorial is based on version 2.3.2. A tutorial for the 3.0 version is expected soon. User Experience30 Essential UX Tools: This collection of paid and free user experience tools is worth bookmarking. You’ll find mind maps, flow charts, site maps, wireframes, user testing, feedback, analytics, speed tests, and more. I was glad to discover Dr. Link Check, an online link testing site currently in beta.10 Interface Typos You Don’t Even Know You’re Making: Is it “through” or “thru”? Georgina Laidlaw highlights ten of the most common typos in her SitePoint article. Yep, I’m guilty. I didn’t know “thru” wasn’t a word. If you think progressive enhancement is stifling your creativity, you’re just being lazy. It’s not difficult, it just requires some thought.— Aaron Gustafson (@AaronGustafson) August 22, 2013 17 Periodicals For Usability Research: Where do you find peer-reviewed research? Thanks to Jeff Sauro for compiling this excellent list of user experience research journals and periodicals.AccessibilityAccessibility Through Video Captions: Alistair Campbell of Nomensa explains how YouTube can automatically caption your videos. As Campbell points out, sometimes the captioning results aren’t what you expect. It’s up to you to edit the captions, and thankfully, YouTube makes it easy to do. Inequality and the Internet: Why Some Remain Offline: In her letter to The New York Times, disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold points out their oversight in their recent article Most of U.S. Is Wired, but Millions Aren’t Plugged In for not discussing the digital divide between people with disabilities and those people who are not (yet) disabled. Using the ARIA Form Landmark: In this tutorial, Ted Drake explains the use of the ARIA form landmark. Though not currently supported by all browsers and screenreaders, Drake recommends including role=“form” as you add new code.Is Blu-Ray as Accessible as DVD?: Media Access Australia reports that the home entertainment industry hasn’t used the additional space available on Blu-Ray to increase accessibility. Rather the space has been used to add outtakes, story enhancements and interviews.WordPressWP in Higher Ed Hangout: My former higher education colleagues Curtiss Grymala and Chris Wiegman launch their monthly chat about WordPress in higher education this week. Join the discussion on Fridays at 2PM EDT.How to Embed Audio and Video Players in WordPress: With the 3.6 version, you can now easily embed audio and video players in your posts and pages. Steven Gliebe walks you through the steps and shares what file types are supported. Gliebe also shows you how to embed with a URL, shortcode or from another site.center_img This week’s roundup brings you news about the implementation of srcset in Webkit, a tutorial on how to use the HTML5 API for form validation, a collection of paid and free user experience tools, and more. If you’re new to my blog, I publish a post sharing some of my favorite CSS, HTML, accessibility, user experience and WordPress resources I’ve read in the past week. I’d love to hear how you use the resources in your projects. To my regular followers, I’ve changed the schedule to publish the weekly roundup on Fridays.Favorite TweetI have this problem. There are too many interesting things to do.— Dana Chisnell (@danachis) August 20, 2013CSS and HTMLTridiv: an amazing web-based CSS 3D editor: Julian Garnier created an amazing 3D editor that has caught a lot of people’s attention. Free and only available on Webkit, Tridiv creates complex animations and objects. Whoa, check out the animated spaceship demo on CodePen. Using the HTML5 Constraint API for Form Validation: Sandeep Panda gives an overview of how to use the HTML5 constraint API to validate form entries in this SitePoint post. HTML5 Tools From Adobe: If you haven’t been able to keep up with Adobe’s new development tools, this summary highlights the features in Edge Code, Typekit, Edge Inspect, Edge Reflow, PhoneGap Build.Responsive DesignWebKit Has Implemented srcset, And It’s A Good Thing: With srcset available in WebKit, developers can now specify a list of sources for an image attribute, which is shown based on the pixel density of the user’s display. What I found interesting is that srcset offers suggestions to the browser, that can be overridden by a user preference. Take time to read the discussion in the comments.Responsive Interview with Val Head: In this interview by Responsive Web Weekly, Val Head shares her background, current projects, and her favorite responsive web design implementation from 2013. I met Val at Rustbelt Refresh earlier this year, amazing designer.Aim to design systems, not pages and you’ll be much happier with the whole process. Get Involved with Online WordPress Communities: Are you looking to join an online WordPress community? Austin Gunter of WP Engine shares four active communities where you can share your work, ask questions, give answers to others, and learn more about WordPress.How to Create Category Templates in WordPress: Category templates can be helpful when you want a unique look and feel, or different features shown for a specific category.What I Found InterestingEight Evernote Upgrades You Should Know About: Did you know you can merge Evernote notes? Or that you can link to another note?My process for being where my feet are: Loved reading this post from my friend Leslie Jensen-Inman who shares how she stays grounded, moves forward, and maintains balance.Creativity happens when we make room for it to happen, when our spaces aren’t cluttered.last_img read more

Investment guru finds value in SA

first_imgTexas-based fund manager John Mauldin pays another visit to South Africa – and is amazed at the difference 13 years can make. In a newsletter article with a reach of over a million readers, Mauldin “finds value” in SA’s cities, hotels, restaurants and wines, notes the wave of new construction, and finds substance behind the pervasive optimism – along with huge investment potential.Finding Value in South AfricaEdited version of an article by John Mauldin9 February 2007I realized about halfway through my recent trip that it had been some time since I was in an emerging-market country. I have been to over 50 countries over the past 20 years, but recently most of my travels have been to Europe and Canada, with the occasional vacation trip to Mexico.As I observed South Africa, it was forcefully brought home to me that there is more to the emerging-market story than China, India and Brazil. There are any number of countries that are seeing robust growth and contributing to the world economy. It was reported at Davos this year that for the first time the developing world has a larger share of world GDP than the developed world.Here we focus on an emerging-market country that does not make as much news as it should.The mood among those I talked with in South Africa in the early 1990s, when I was traveling often to South Africa, was quite pessimistic. The economy was not good, due to international economic sanctions stemming from worldwide protests over the policy of apartheid. Changes and elections were coming, and it was not clear what would happen.The contrast today is amazing.World-class cities; cranes everywhereThere are construction cranes everywhere in the four cities I visited: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. Twelve years ago the 30 miles from Johannesburg to Pretoria was mostly agricultural land. Today it is one big city, with offices, malls and homes lining the freeway.Johannesburg is a world-class city, on a par with New York or London or any major city in terms of facilities, shops, infrastructure … and traffic. There are new shopping malls all over, and the stores are busy. The restaurants are excellent. The hotels I stayed in and spoke at were excellent and modern. The Sandton area is particularly pleasant.Durban is a tropical jewel on the Indian Ocean. Again, there was construction everywhere – a green, verdant city of a million people, with modern roads and great weather.I have been to Sydney, Vancouver and San Francisco. I love all of them. But for my money, Cape Town is the most beautiful city I have been to. Amazing mountains, blue water harbors, white sand beaches, with wineries nestled in among the mountains and valleys. The Waterfront area, where I stayed, is fun and vibrant.Again, an amazing amount of construction everywhere, especially in the Waterfront area, as investors from Dubai are pouring huge sums of money into creating a massive residential/business/ retail/restaurant development. There are several similar, quite large developments going up in different parts of Cape Town.Value for moneyI ate dinner one Friday night at a restaurant called Baia at the Waterfront. I find I really love the better South African chardonnays. My friends know I am something of a chardonnay snob. I like the better California wineries.I was pleasantly surprised to find more than a few South African chards the equal of their US counterparts, but at a third to half the price for the same level of quality. (I should note that a decent chardonnay in London or Europe is twice the US price.)Two of us had the best chardonnay in the restaurant and one of the better meals I have had in a long time, and the bill was less than $100. The next day my partner, Prieur du Plessis, informed me that Baia was one of the most expensive restaurants in town.By way of comparison, you can easily spend two to three times that at a comparable restaurant in Dallas, and four to five times that in New York. Forget London.I began to ask about the bills for food, drinks and such for the rest of the trip. The country was uniformly about half what I would pay in Texas for the same quality.I stayed in a very nice five-star hotel (The Commodore) for six nights for less than $1 000, including several meals, laundry and my bar tab. Their walk-up price was much higher, but clearly you can get deals, and it was tourist season at that. The service was terrific and uniformly delivered with smiles.The exceptionally nice private game reserve (Itaga) we stayed at when I first arrived, trying to get over jet lag, was only a few hundred a night, including meals, wine and game runs. In short, after having been to London and Europe for my last few overseas trips, South Africa seemed like a bargain.Optimism fuelled by growthAnd it was not just the people I spoke to that were optimistic. Grant Thornton (a large international accounting firm) did a survey in the 30 countries in which they do business. The four countries with the most optimism and confidence were India, Ireland, South Africa and mainland China.Why such confidence? I think there are several reasons. The economy has been growing at a reported almost 5% a year for the past several years, which is quite strong. They have had 32 consecutive quarters of positive growth.But the official figures may understate the reality by a significant amount. If you look at the VAT (value-added tax) receipts, as well as other tax figures, some economists estimate the economy may be growing by 7% or more. Why the difference?There is a large “informal” economy in South Africa. While much of the income may not be reported, when something is bought and sold in the retail sectors, taxes are collected.The stock market has grown by over 25%, 47% and 41% for the last three years. Such a bull run is always a boost to confidence. But there are also some real fundamentals underlying the emerging-market bull markets.South Africa has a strong commodity sector, with numerous commodities and not just gold. JP Morgan thinks that earnings growth for South African companies, even adjusting for some anomalies, will be 20% this year, which should mean another good year for their local markets.This link between commodities and stock market prices is reflected not just in their stock market, but in emerging markets worldwide. Look at the close correlation for the last 10 years between the prices of commodities and the emerging-market equity index. I think this rather clearly shows the link between the recent rise in commodity prices and emerging markets. It is more than just a China story.Football as an economic driverThe attention paid to football (or soccer in the United States) is rising to fever pitch in South Africa. And for good reason: they will host the World Cup in 2010. They expect some 3 000 000 fans to show up.The government is using the occasion to spend some R400-billion (a little over US$50-billion) on all sorts of infrastructure projects. They are doubling the size of the major airports, which had already been significantly improved. Walking past the construction at the Johannesburg airport, you have to be impressed with the size of it.New roads and other forms of infrastructure are being added to prepare for the influx, but it will have the added effect of making the country more competitive, just as infrastructure in China has been a boost to that country, and a lack of infrastructure has limited India.The World Cup will also be a boost to tourism, already one of the most important sectors of the economy. Cape Town is becoming an international destination for vacations and conferences. The growth in tourism has been strong, showing 20% growth last year from 2005. 2006 was a record year.A deal-doing financial centreInterestingly, 75% of the traffic reported in the tourism growth is from Africa and the Middle East. While a lot of the people are vacationers, I think a goodly portion are businessmen and women from all over sub-Saharan Africa who look to South Africa as a deal-doing financial centre.South Africa has a quite strong, very competent and growing financial services sector that is a magnet for entrepreneurs from all over Africa seeking to find capital. South Africa also has a strong entrepreneurial class which is the base for much of the new business and development, not just in South Africa but in all of Africa.The rest of the world rightly sees South Africa as the place to launch into the rest of Africa.Problems common to emerging marketsAre there problems in South Africa? Of course, and some of them are quite serious. But that is the case in nearly all (I cannot think of an exception) emerging-market economies.While the overall crime rate is dropping, it is still far too high. Some rather high-profile crimes of late have resulted in a strong outcry for serious change.Corruption is an issue, but that is the case in almost every emerging-market country. The high levels of poverty are evident. Although employment is growing and more and more of the poor are being brought into the economy, there is still a lot of room for progress.The telecommunications infrastructure is hampered by a lack of serious competition. Access to the internet is limited in many areas, and it is really slow where it does exist. This will improve in the coming years, but it is a serious handicap to business. There are power shortages and the need for more power-generation plants to keep up with the growth.But all these areas are (mostly) going to improve.Potential in African farmlandI see a lot of opportunity in South Africa in particular and Africa in general. Let’s look at one area where there may be more than a little potential in the future.I think there is deep long-term value in African (not just South African) farmland. Right now, given the nature of US and European subsidies to agriculture, it is hard for developing-world farmers to compete. But that will change in the next decade.As I have written before, “Old Europe” and the US are going to come under intense government budgetary pressure due to the high levels of pension and medical costs they have promised their retiring boomers. Europe is particularly vulnerable.Quite simply, Europe cannot afford to keep the pension promises they have made and pay for any other normal government expenses without raising taxes. Except that they already have economy-stifling high taxes.Budgets are going to have to be cut in other areas. At some point, sooner rather than later, agricultural subsidies are going to come under pressure, as politicians must decide where to find the money to pay for the promised pensions and health care. There are more voters who are older and on pensions than there are farmers.I can count votes, and it is not hard to predict the result. It will be with a lot of fighting, but in the medium run the agricultural subsidies in Europe are going to have to go.When the writing is clearly on the wall, Europe will start to negotiate on those subsidies, trying to get something for what they will have no choice but to give. Part of that will be to reduce US subsidies as well.Africa will become a breadbasket for much of Asia. With China pressed for water and much of its agricultural land being used for development, China will need to import more food. And as the rest of the world becomes more developed, there will be an increased demand for meat, which means an even bigger demand for feed grains for livestock. The growing use of ethanol is increasing demand for corn, absorbing more of the world’s land use for energy corn rather than for food.The simple fact is that as the world grows more prosperous we are going to need more grain and other foods. Where is the land we are going to need to feed the world? There is an abundance in Africa, along with the needed water and labor.And as African countries upgrade their infrastructure, it will improve the ability of farmers to get their grains to market at profitable levels.There is much to like about emerging markets. That is where a great deal of the real potential growth in the coming decades will be. And South Africa will be one of the better stories. If you are not doing business there already, you should ask yourself, why not?This is an edited version of an article published in the 9 February 2007 issue of John Mauldin’s free weekly investment e-letter, Thoughts from the Frontline.Mauldin is president of Millennium Wave Investments. A recognized expert on investment issues, he is a frequent contributor to financial publications such as the Financial Times, and a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. His book “Bull’s Eye Investing” made it onto the New York times best seller list. In his latest book, Just One Thing, “twelve of the world’s best investors reveal the one strategy you can’t overlook”.last_img read more

On Sensationalism and New Media

first_imgMartijn van Osch did an experiment with digg, in which he submitted a story about a company that made a girl undress in the shopping window of its store in Copenhagen. richard macmanus Tags:#New Media#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts In his post he linked to a short movie available of the girl undressing and the people gathering to get a glimpse of her. He thought it would be perfect for digg. Says Martijn:“Entertainment and sex in one message. Great! The technology-element is the fact that the girl is only a projection on a see-through screen. Sex, check. Entertainment, check. Technology, check.”The story, entitled Girl undresses in 3D, got well over 800 diggs and apparently Martijn got around 11,000 visits to his site as a result. Despite this page views bounty, Martijn thinks the results of his experiment show worrying signs for the future of media:“The fact that ‘Girl undresses in 3D’ can become the number one top story on a website which is referred to as an example of future media models, scares me.”My opinion? Well this really speaks more about digg’s current target audience than the actual digg system. But in fairness you only need to look at the raging success of new Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag, to see that even us older geeks are prone to getting giddy on sensationalism. Of course the same thing happens in ‘old media’ – e.g. tabloids and indeed most mainstream news publications serve up a steady fare of sensationalism. It sells and that’s the ugly truth. In the new media world, it’s just as true. Not just for digg, but the blogosphere – as Russell Beattie summed up nicely a couple of weeks ago:last_img read more

The Bandwidth Paradox—How Pokémon GO Pushes Connectivity Boundaries and Data Center Demands

first_imgIt’s Saturday. No work emails to return, PowerPoint presentations to perfect, or staff evaluations to consider. That’s because you’re an IT data center manager who, removed from the concerns of predictive capacity planning, energy consumption, and cooling monitoring, can finally attend your daughter’s afternoon soccer match.You look over at your wife. Sure enough, she’s at the sideline facing the field of play—but with her head deep into her iPad. You think, “Why not?” and reach for the large-screen smartphone poking out of your cargo shorts—the one with the 128GB storage capacity to accommodate both your iTunes library and the 50 or so apps you’ve downloaded. A quick game of “Words with Friends”—no one will notice.That’s when your daughter comes off the field and hands you her iPhone. She wants you to take a Snapchat video of  her in action. Because you’re old enough to remember the Polaroid Instant Camera, you can’t fully grasp the purpose of shooting and transmitting video that will self-destruct in 10 seconds after the recipient sees it. But you’re a family. And so you run along the pitch, framing up your daughter as best you can as she chases down a loose ball, fully aware that 50KB of data will be stored on a server somewhere, albeit for only 30 days.One hundred-fifty million people use Snapchat every day. No matter how ephemeral, that’s no small amount of data. Moreover, the playing field for mobile apps is much broader than MapQuest or Pokémon GO, the free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices, which became so wildly popular this summer that there were reports of it causing some players to walk blindly off a cliff and others into traffic. With more than 75 million users currently playing Pokémon GO, with one player, averaging about 4 hours of play time a week, 250MB of data is generated and 18.75PB of data—assuming of course players are doing this on the weekend. Next year, Statista predicts that  mobile  app  downloads  will reach 268.69 billion. To adequately manage this unprecedented level of capacity, data centers need to up their compute, storage, and memory capabilities.IN FREEDOM BEGINS RESPONSIBILITIESConsumers’ insatiable demand for connectivity doesn’t begin and end with mobile apps. This year, Gartner predicts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide, up 30% from 2015, and reaching 20.8 billion by 2020.While there’s an undeniable sense of freedom in being able to sneak in a game of digital Scrabble or to Shazam the song you hear on the radio during the drive from the game to your home, where a smart thermostat is remotely adjusted to the perfect room temperature, the paradox is that all this anywhere, anytime, anything connectivity is not, actually, free. For one, analysts believe the Internet of Things (IoT)  will be  the  single largest  driver of IT expansion in larger data centers. The repercussions ripple forth from the rack level, to the data center’s energy efficiency and power consumption, to its impact on the electrical grid and carbon footprint, to the welfare of the planet. According to a recent report by the market research firm IDC, in 3 years, IoT will need 750% more data center capacity in service-provider facilities than it consumes today. By 2020, data centers in the U.S. alone will require six times the electricity of New York City, and produce nearly 100 million metric tons of carbon pollution per year. Clearly, there’s no sign that consumers’ obsession with connectivity will slow down, forcing IT and data center operators to responsibly deal with this bandwidth paradox head-on.BRAVE NEW WORLD OF CONNECTED PEOPLE, PLACES, AND THINGSIronically, most IoT smart devices aren’t in your phone or home, they are in factories (the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT) and retail businesses (beacons paired with mobile apps are being used in stores to monitor customer behavior and deliver advertisements) as well as healthcare. They’re increasingly in your car: by 2020, it’s estimated that 90% of cars will be connected to the internet. They are where the rubber meets the road: By equipping street lights with sensors and connecting them to the network, cities can dim lights to save energy, bringing them to full capacity only when the sensors detect motion from automobiles.They’re on your body: Wearables will become a $6 billion market this year, with 171 million devices sold, up from $2 billion in 2011 and just 14 million devices sold. They’re in your body, but that’s  actually old news: In 2008, Proteus Digital Health created a pill with a tiny sensor inside of it. The sensor transmits data when a patient takes his medication and pairs with a wear- able device to inform family members if it’s not taken at the right time.We’re living in a brave new world of connected people, places, and things, and the expectations for these technologies are high. In today’s 24/7 business and leisure worlds, the ability to transmit, process, and receive data at lightning-fast speeds is critical. Customers expect on-demand access to services and don’t want to wait for pages to load, apps to function, or things to connect to them or inanimate objects.Businesses’ and consumers’ bottomless appetite for connectivity is impacting how enterprises evaluate solutions that boost efficiency inside the data center to keep up with every Snapchat, Netflix binge session, or Instagram selfie. With always-on connectivity, predicting and planning for unexpected upticks in traffic is a complex process. So when Gartner predicts that another5.5 million new things will get connected every 24 hours this year, short of packing up the family and moving to the Kingdom of Bhutan for a permanent digital detox, what is the data center manager or IT facility administrator to do?SOUND DATA CENTER DECISION MAKING REQUIRES GRANULAR DATAData center managers require accurate information concerning power consumption, thermals, airflow, and utilization in order to take appropriate actions. Before you can intelligently reduce your data center’s energy consumption, you need to know what its current consumption is. Monitor- ing energy consumption is the first step to managing a data center’s energy efficiency, and benchmarking helps you understand the existing level. Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency (DCIE) are internationally accepted benchmarking standards developed by the Green Grid consortium that measure a data center’s power usage for actual computing functions, as opposed to power consumed by lighting, cooling, and other overhead. A data center that operates at 1.5 PUE or lower is considered efficient. Identifying where power is lost is the key to making a data center run more efficiently. By address- ing inefficiencies at the rack level, you can optimize by row and  eventually  address the entire data center’s efficiency. This will reduce power consumption and related energy costs—in both operating and capital expenses—and thereby extend the useful life of your data center.Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is software that converges IT and building facility functions to pro- vide engineers and administrators with a holistic view of a data center’s performance. DCIM provides increased levels of auto- mated control that empower data center managers to receive timely information to manage capacity planning and allocations, as well as cooling efficiency.Utilizing our own Intel Data Center Manager solution across data centers in multiple countries, Intel was able to receive detailed information about server power characteristics that helped us set fixed-rack power envelopes and enabled us to safely increase server count per rack, which improves data center utilization. Meanwhile, real-time power consumption and thermal data have allowed us to manage data center hotspots and perform power usage planning and forecasting. Leveraging power usage planning and real-time monitoring allows you to fit more servers in your rack, providing an increase in compute capacity available. More often than not, rack density increases in the ranges of 25%–50%. With 50% more servers, there would be less pressure to keep up if, say, your new AR game took off and had 75 million active users instead of the 25 or 50 million originally forecasted.Because heat is a leading cause of downtime in data centers, a lot of energy is expended to keep rooms filled with racks of computers and other heat-producing IT equipment cool. Some experts claim a data center’s infrastructure may be responsible for as much as 50% of the data center’s energy bill, a sizable dollar amount com-ing from cooling equipment. The energy required by this cooling equipment may come at the expense of actual compute power. So reducing the power fed to data center’s cooling solution may allow greater utilization of its power resources for actual business.Operating a data center in a High Temperature Ambient, or HTA environment, otherwise known as running a server “hot,” for example, raises the inlet temperature of a server while staying below component specifications. This can decrease data center chiller energy costs and increase power utilization efficiency. Some DCIM platforms can extract temperature ratings from storage devices, power distribution units, and even networking devices to pro- vide information on cooling and heating. Hence, the transparencies these software platforms provide to power and thermal management directly impact an organization’s bottom line. While it may seem counterintuitive, a 4-degree temperature increase in the average 300-rack 3MW facility can save 20% in cooling costs.So, join your son for that game of “League of Legends,” sit down for that Pinterest tutorial with your daughter, “Like” the latest Facebook video posting of your wife’s Zumba class, and buy that Moov Now fitness wearable. If you deploy a DCIM solution at your data center, you’ll probably have a lot more time on your hands. And you won’t want to put on any weight  while  sitting  around  all weekend binge-watching House of Cards on your smart TV.last_img read more

Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Pacers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Damian Lillard scored 26 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 19 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to lead Portland (24-21). C.J. McCollum scored 16 points and Shabazz Napier 13 for the Blazers.Just six weeks ago, the Blazers lost six consecutive games during a late-November, early December stretch. But starting Dec. 28 with a victory over Philadelphia, Portland has returned to its winning ways in Moda Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Overall our team has just locked in a little bit more,” Lillard said. “We had a rough stretch. We’re not the first team or the last team that’ll have that. The important thing when you have times like that is to stay together and stay with it. I think we’re just in a better place on the floor as a group.”Several wins during this streak looked like Thursday’s, a game in which Portland had most of the answers during the fourth quarter. Tied at 74 after three quarters, the Blazers outscored Indiana 26-12 during the final period to pull out the win. “That’s the hustle game you have to win,” McMillan said. “We have to give help to our bigs down in the paint. They outworked us, and won that game.”Nurkic had one of his most productive games as a Blazer, missing his career high by three rebounds. Nurkic got going early, hitting his first three shots during the first five minutes. Stotts said he didn’t recall running plays for Nurkic, saying he was doing it all on effort.“When he got in the paint, he was finishing early,” Lillard said of Nurkic. “He played strong. Even on the defensive end, he was contesting shots at the rim. . When he plays that way on both ends, we’re a much better team.”Indiana was without forward Myles Turner, the team’s second-leading scorer this season. Turner has missed five consecutive games with a right elbow injury.McCollum sprinted from the floor to the locker room early in the fourth quarter with a brief bout of nausea, but returned a few minutes later.Portland led 52-47 at halftime, and the difference was a pair of buzzer-beaters: McCollum’s 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter, and Lillard’s desperation layup off a drive to finish the second quarter.TIP-INSPacers: The last time Indiana won in Portland was Nov. 28, 2007. … Of the 12 games Turner has missed this season, two came against Portland. … Lance Stephenson missed the team’s morning shootaround with an illness, but played. He finished with no points on 0-of-6 shooting from the floor and missed both of his foul shots. … Indiana is 2-1 on its current five-game road trip, having won at Phoenix and Utah.Trail Blazers: Led by 12 boards from Nurkic, Portland outrebounded Indiana 29-18 in the first half. … Nurkic had a double-double in the first half with 12 points and 12 rebounds. … Portland swept the season series from Indiana for the third time in four seasons. The Blazers won 114-96 over the Pacers on Oct. 20. … Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds in his last four games against Indiana.MAKING UP FOR POOR SHOOTINGPortland won despite shooting just 39.4 percent from the floor (37 of 94), and 31.2 percent from 3-point range (10 of 32). Only once has Portland shot worse and won a game this season.The Blazers made up for it in other ways, like free throw shooting. They were 16 of 16, the third time they’ve been perfect from the line in a game this season, an NBA high. The Blazers also converted 14 offensive rebounds into 24 second-chance points. “In the third quarter, I thought we gave them a lot of opportunities,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “In the fourth quarter, it was good to see the lead expand without having very many mistakes.”Portland took control late in the third quarter, when the Blazers held Indiana scoreless for more than five minutes. It was part of Portland’s 21-2 run, during which Shabazz Napier scored eight points to help erase a six-point deficit and give the Blazers an 89-76 lead midway through the fourth quarter.Napier kick-started the rally during the final seconds of the third quarter, when he made a backcourt steal, then hit a corner 3-pointer as time expired to tie the game at 74.Victor Oladipo and Darren Collison scored 23 points each for Indiana (24-21).Indiana coach Nate McMillan had an eye on the stat sheet in assessing what went wrong for the Pacers. Portland outrebounded Indiana 57-46, and scored 24 second-chance points to the Pacers’ 10.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Embiid drops 26 as Sixers nip Celtics Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid MOST READ Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard shoots over Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. The Trail Blazers won 100-86. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland’s home court was once one of the NBA’s toughest for visitors — but was a source of frustration for the Trail Blazers earlier this season.But they appear to have their home mojo back, as the Blazers won their fifth consecutive home game Thursday night, beating the Indiana Pacers 100-86.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

16 days ago​Chelsea hero Nevin: Man City, Juventus would’ve loved Jorginho

first_img​Chelsea hero Nevin: Man City, Juventus would’ve loved Jorginhoby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea winger Pat Nevin believes that Manchester City and Juventus are two clubs that would have loved to sign Jorginho this summer.Many fans were assuming that Jorginho would be the first casualty of the Frank Lampard era, given he was a Maurizio Sarri favorite.But Lampard has found a place for the Italy international, making him one of the key midfielders of his new-look attacking setup.And Nevin believes the playmaker has enough quality to interest the top clubs in Europe.”To be honest I thought Jorginho was fabulous last season as well and didn’t buy into the no-forward-passing problem being his fault or even true,” Nevin told the club’s official website.”It was the style of the team and in the end it was successful as we know. There were even a few occasions when he was booed at the Bridge last season and it really upset me. He is the bravest player you will ever meet because of where and how often he takes the ball.”He also controls games as well as just about anyone on the planet just now. Happily Frank agrees and has let him off the leash to be more positive and take a few chances going forward more quickly.”I agree it is even better now than it was last season for our number five. Everyone else does seem to be seeing his attributes now though and it is a huge relief. I would have hated to lose him to Juventus or Manchester City, because that is the standard of clubs that would have grabbed him in a heartbeat.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Softball Ohio State heads to Knoxville to begin NCAA tournament

OSU senior Lena Springer (26) pitches during the game against Rutgers on April 1 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Emily Hetterscheidt | For The LanternIt’s hard to believe Minnesota shut out Ohio State’s softball team 6-0 in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday when you hear the Buckeye players speak.“I just think we’re kind of firing on all cylinders right now,” senior pitcher Shelby Hursh said. “The pitching’s doing well. Hitting is back around. Our defense, we were amazing last weekend.”“I just think, when all that comes together, we’re so good and I don’t think you can ignore that.”The team was happy with the result — OSU’s first appearance in the Big Ten tournament championship game in 10 years — but believes there is more to be accomplished.“We have a lot of unfinished business to handle and we’re not going to just bow down,” sophomore infielder Lilli Piper said.The Buckeyes (36-16) will look to back up their words when they head south to take on South Carolina-Upstate (41-11)  in Tennessee at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.OSU earned an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament and was placed into the Knoxville Regional as the No. 2 seed with USC-Upstate, Longwood and No. 8 Tennessee. Last year, OSU also competed in the Knoxville Regional, but was knocked out after falling to Arizona (2-0) and Tennessee (10-1).If the Buckeyes beat USC-Upstate, they will face the winner of Friday’s Tennessee-Longwood matchup. But if they lose, they will face the loser of Tennessee-Longwood and would have to win their next four games to avoid elimination. “Just knowing that coming out as strong as possible so people then know that we mean business and we’re there. Coming out and playing strong the very first game, knowing that no one’s going to stop us,” Piper said.Unlike OSU, who throwsfour pitchers, only two players have thrown more than 20 innings in the circle for the Spartans all season — seniors Lexi Shubert and Holly McKinnon.McKinnon is 24-7 with a 1.36 ERA, having pitched 196 innings with 207 strikeouts. Shubert has a 19-4 record with a 1.43 ERA in 156.1 innings. Despite the duo’s success, Piper is certain her team will be able to get on base and accumulate runs.“I think just being relaxed, knowing that our offense is going to be better than their pitching and that’s what, in our head, is important to us,” Piper said. “That there’s no one that they’re going to put that we’re not going to go right through them.Piper, a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection, leads the team in batting average (.424), home runs (17), RBIs (51), runs (46), slugging percentage (.785) and on-base percentage (.420). Seven OSU starters maintain a batting average higher than .270.Upstate batters don’t struggle to reach base either as eight players have batting averages higher than .285. The Spartans have proven dangerous once they get on base as five of their players have stolen at least 10 bases. Sophomore shortstop Ashley Gilstrap leads the team with a .343 average and has converted 32 steals on 34 attempts.OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said Hursh will likely be the starting pitcher against Upstate on Friday. She feels confident in Hursh and her other pitchers because they’re facing fresh competition.“I think it’s an advantage to our pitchers that these hitters haven’t seen them again and again,” she said. “I mean, Michigan State saw us for the fourth time in like three weeks (in the Big Ten tournament). I think it will help our pitchers have a better mindset because they know that these hitters haven’t seen them.”Hursh holds a 15-5 record with a 2.33 ERA. She leads the team with 129 innings pitched, 115 strikeouts and five shutouts. Kovach Schoenly signs extensionOn Wednesday, OSU announced Kovach Schoenly would remain the Buckeyes’ coach through the 2020 season as her contract was extended four years.The softball coach came to OSU after spending six seasons at the helm of Miami (Ohio). Since she took over in Columbus in 2013, the Buckeyes hold a 163-105-1 record and the team has made the NCAA tournament twice. OSU’s 35 wins this season are the team’s most since 2010.“The program is in a good place as athletes have excelled in the classroom, on the field with back to back NCAA bids and in the community with increased fan support,” said T.J. Shelton, associate athletics director for sports administration in a press release. “This is a clear sign that it’s heading in an upward trajectory.”Kovach Schoenly’s 163 wins at OSU are the most by any softball coach in their first five years at the school in program history. read more