Who needs Dropbox when Windows 8 has SkyDrive?

Apple’s Mountain Lion isn’t the only operating system gunning for Dropbox with native cross-platform cloud sync. Microsoft on Monday revealed its plans for SkyDrive which will include a new Metro-style Windows 8 app, integration into the Windows Explorer desktop, and the ability to retrieve any remote files (uploaded to SkyDrive or not) through SkyDrive.com for machines connected to the service.

“To build a SkyDrive experience on WinRT, we took an approach that we expect many web developers will choose to take on Windows 8. We built the entire app using modern web technologies like JavaScript, CSS, and HTML5, and because of our recent updates to SkyDrive.com, we were able to use the same JSON APIs and JavaScript object model that the website uses. The only difference on Windows 8 is that we bind the results to modern controls that were built for touch. This is part of the reason it’s so fast, and the touch behavior works so well (and works on Windows on ARM too,)” Mike Torres and Omar Shahine, Group Program Managers for SkyDrive said on Monday.

Third-party application developers will also have the option to save files to the user’s SkyDrive instead of locally, sort of like the way certain Android and iOS content creation apps have the option to save to Dropbox, Box, SugarSync, or other third-party cloud storage services.

An early version of the SkyDrive Windows 8 app will be bundled with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

The desktop application will integrate the user’s SkyDrive into their Windows Vista, 7, or 8 Windows Explorer. With the application installed, users will be able to drag and drop files up to 2GB in size for direct upload to their cloud storage. If these files are then changed on the desktop, they will automatically be updated in SkyDrive.

Finally, the update to SkyDrive.com will add a “Devices” heading that lets users connect to any remote PC to access files that aren’t expressly synced to their cloud drive. In order to do this, users will have to provide a second factor of authentication in the form of a code that is send to the user’s mobile phone or alternate email address.

Microsoft on Monday did not explicitly talk about storage allocation, but Torres and Shahine did mention that “SkyDrive for the desktop will also provide the ability to sync up to your available quota of storage (and the ability to unlock more),” and Microsoft’s demonstration video appears to show a 75GB capacity. With the Windows 8 Consumer Preview just around the corner, we’re excited to see what the new SkyDrive has to offer.

Article source: http://betanews.com/2012/02/20/who-needs-dropbox-when-windows-8-has-skydrive/

TCWH Announces Top 5 WordPress Web Hosting

The leading web hosting review site Top-Cheap-Web-Hosting.com comes out the Top 5 WordPress web hosting providers in 2012, based on WordPress hosting features, reliability, customer service, and price.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 20, 2012

After being reviewed more than 50 shared web hosts, Top-Cheap-Web-Hosting.com had come out a list of best WordPress hosting over the Internet. WebHostingHub, InMotion hosting, GreenGeeks, Arvixe, and MyHosting are considered as the Top 5 WordPress web hosting providers in 2012, rated based on WordPress auto installation, widgets, themes, extended features and affordability.

There are thousands of web hosts, and the vast majority of them meet the WordPress minimum requirement. Like flowers require the proper environment to grow, WordPress works better when it’s hosted with a right web host. Based on the Top 5 WordPress Web Hosting Announcement at TCWH, the WordPress web hosting are rated mainly from three aspects as following.

Auto Install

WordPress is well known for its easy installation, but under most shared web hosts, users are still have trouble with uploading WordPress files, WordPress configuration, MySQL configuration, themes and plugin configuration. The top 5 web hosts offer applications (e.g. Fantastico) in their cPanel or Plesk control panel that helps users setup WordPress in minutes, automate the further upgrade.

Plugins, Themes, Extended Features

WordPress provides some common features and limited themes by default. No one likes to have a private or business blog with completely the same theme as others. Some web hosts integrated with plenty of themes and plugins, which win the higher ranking. E.G WebHostingHub integrates 1112 themes that users can find their best favorite easily by colors, layouts, features and subject.


Affordability is the main consideration for most of bloggers whoever intends to have a private or business weblog based on the survey. So the cost effectiveness is another of the main ranking factors. The cost effective WordPress web hosting means that users can save money, but having a reliable shared we host with a strong technical support team background. E.G. InMotion hosting is the good example here. This is the reason why it’s topping in the recommended WordPress web hosting provider.

About Top-Cheap-Web-Hosting.com

Top-Cheap-Web-Hosting.com (TCWH) is a leading web hosting review and media website. TCWH, reviews web hosts unbiasedly based on the true experience and comments from real customers.

TCWH is a technical company, experienced on WordPress. By now, it has developed and sponsored multiple WordPress themes, which are released to the WordPress community. Read Top 5 WordPress Web Hosting.


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Austin Beat Music


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Austin’s underground electronic culture stands apart from the rest of the world. Diversity and imagination is the scene’s life-line. Each local artist possesses an original sound and a unique overall approach to music production. They consistently express a sincere appreciation for each other’s work which results in a creative and uncontaminated musical experience for all who listen. There really is a story to be told in the collaboration and perpetual support that is shared with everyone involved. Texas Music Matter’s host David Brown talks with the films producers to learn more about Beat Music culture in Austin,TX.

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Northborough LEPC to meet March 13, public invited

Northborough – The next meeting of the Northborough Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will be Tuesday, March 13, starting at 10 a.m., at the Northborough Fire Department. The public is invited to attend.

The agenda will cover old business, a review of emergency plans to date, a review of planing information, grant application and grants received, the town’s response to the October nor’easter, and new business.

The Northborough Fire Department is located at 11 Pierce St. To find out more about the LEPC, visit www.town.northborough.ma.us/Pages/NorthboroughMA_BComm/local/index.

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MHS student body comes together for YouTube video

(Photo)McCook High School Web Design II and III students show the sign they posted in the hallways to let students know about the lip dub video they were planning. First row, from left, Felicia Tapia, Mariah Poore, Olivia Paz, Elizabeth Wilcox. Back row, from left, Kelsey Collicott, Drew Bredvick, Trevor Pate, Tate Stang, Brett Guerra, Dylan Hays, Bill Ramsay, instructor. Not shown, Austin Hedke.
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McCOOK, Nebraska — It took weeks to plan, hours to edit, and three takes to shoot, but a lip dub video on YouTube captures almost every student and activity at McCook Senior High.

The six-minute video, created by students in MHS’s Web Design Classes II and III, follows various students lip syncing the song “Stereo Heart,” as they walk down the high school’s main hallway packed with students.

Groups of students, some representing different clubs or sports at MHS, some just being students, all acknowledge the camera with a burst of school spirit.

Nearly every one of 480 students at MHS participated, with even the faculty getting into the final shot where the entire student body is cheering.

It was important to get every kid involved, said Kelsey Collicott, one of the students involved in the video.

“We didn’t want the just varsity sports or just the seniors. We wanted everyone involved,” added classmate Elizabeth Wilcox.

After studying lip dub videos done by other high schools, the class thought they were ready to take one on themselves.

But they wanted it to be good. “One of the most important things to them was that it didn’t look like some ‘Godzilla’ movie, with the singers out of sync with the song,” instructor Bill Ramsay said.

The song selection alone took some time, as it had to be popular enough so all students could sing it, not something too old, and clean enough so the language was appropriate for high school.

Web Design students consulted faculty, recruited students for the project, and spent lunch hours on the timing and sequence.

Then there was the logistics of filming the students in the hallway, making sure each student or group was clearly viewed, and getting everyone into the gym at the same time for the final scene

After hours of editing, the video was completed and a week later, loaded on YouTube.

With already 6,500 hits this morning, it’s catching on and the Web Design students, as well as the student body, seemed pleased with the results.

After all that time put into the project, what’s next?

“Sit and watch the views,” joked Web Design student Drew Bredvick, who helped to edit the video.

And maybe invest in some video equipment. Principal Jerry Smith said he’s been deluged with requests from students who want to take the class next year.

Article source: http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/1817579.html

Storm brings mostly rain for Hampton Roads – The Virginian

Staff and wire reports

A winter storm that dumped wet snow through parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia on Sunday rolled into Hampton Roads on Sunday night with a mix of rain and snow.

This morning, the National Weather Service was expecting the rain/snow mix to end by 8 a.m. with the wet weather clearing by mid to late morning. Temperatures above freezing overnight kept roads mostly clear in much of South Hampton Roads. The weather service received reports of a 1/2 inch of snow in Jamestown and 3/8 inch of snow in York County by late Sunday night.

This morning, about 1,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers were without service, mostly scattered throughout Hampton Roads. Shortly before 1 p.m., fewer than 500 were waiting for service. 

More than 12,000 in the Richmond area were waiting for service to be restored at 5 a.m. The company reported later this morning that 75 percent of the 40,000 customers affected by the weekend storm across its service area had their service restored. 

Some schools not already closed for today’s holiday were reporting closures or delays. See a complete list on WVECs website.

A high surf advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. and a coastal flood statement issued by the weather service said that tides were expected to be about 1 1/2 feet above normal at morning high tide. North winds are expected to subside by late morning, but rough surf and minor erosion are expected along Virginia Beach.

The Coast Guard warned of gale conditions in the mid-Atlantic region through today. Mariners not experienced in those conditions were told to stay in port. Several gale warnings were issued for winds in excess of 40 knots and wave heights up to 22 feet.

The forecast for today from WVEC was for an early morning snow shower, followed by a partly sunny, windy day with highs in the mid-40s. Winds were expected to be 12 to 25 mph, gusting to 35 mph. Tonight is supposed to be clear with lows in the lower to mid-30s.

On Sunday, across the band of southern states, the  winter storm dumped several inches of snow, triggering accidents on slippery roads and knocking out power to tens of thousands.

In Virginia, the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 were shut down following a two-vehicle crash that critically injured one man, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The accident was reported at about 6:20 p.m. on I-95 near the interchange with Interstate 295 in Prince George County. The male driver of one vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries, and an adult male passenger in his vehicle was hospitalized.

Snow began sticking in the Richmond area after dark, and Virginia State Police had responded to about 350 crashes by early evening.

Appalachian Power was reporting that 52,000 customers were without power Sunday night in central and southern Virginia, as well as West Virginia. Light snow was also falling on some parts of the Washington, D.C., area.

National Weather Service meteorologist Nick Fillo in Blacksburg, said 5 to 8 inches of snow had fallen in the Blue Ridge Mountains while about 3 to 6 inches had fallen on Virginia’s Piedmont region.

“This was our first real winter storm,” Fillo said.

The National Weather Service predicted that 2 to 6 inches could fall in southwest Virginia, with the higher elevations getting more snow.

Earlier Sunday, VDOT issued a traffic advisory for travelers throughout Hampton Roads, urging motorists to use extreme caution when driving.

VDOT crews salted and sanded roads and continued through the evening, a news release said.

VDOT offers the following tips for driving in winter weather:

  • Postpone unnecessary travel until conditions improve. If you must drive, know the current road conditions and weather forecasts.
  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, overpasses and shady spots. Also, if there is heavy snow, ice or high winds, be alert to potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees and power lines.
  •  Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and snowplows.
  • Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember, the plow is clearing a path for you.
  • Call #77 and 911 only for emergencies

The Associated Press and Pilot writers Jon Davenport, Dan Duke and Lauren King contributed to this report.



Article source: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/02/snow-icy-weather-reported-parts-hampton-roads

Are graphic designers ruining the web?

Are graphic designers ruining the web?
Data from websiteoptimization.com shows web pages have rapidly grown in recent years, but are graphic designers to blame?

In provocatively entitled article Graphic designers are ruining the web, John Naughton has argued designers are largely to blame for websites becoming increasingly bloated. In the early days of the web, he said, “the browser, not the designer, controlled how a page would look to the user,” and he argued that “there’s nothing that infuriates designers more than having someone (or something) determine the appearance of their work”, adding that designers then embarked on a campaign to exert detailed control over the appearance of web pages.

While Naughton admitted sites became more attractive and, in some cases, more user-friendly, he said this came at a cost: the average page swelling from 93.7kB to 679kB. He said designers and photographers ‘rejoice’ at this “epidemic of obese webpages”, but engineers “fume at the appalling waste of bandwidth”, adding that page weight makes many sites inaccessible to users in places with flaky internet connections.

Making the web richer

Designers we spoke to largely slammed Naughton’s assessment of the industry. Web designer Daniel Howells argued that design is “making the web richer”, and suggested Naughton “had no exposure to the many wonderful sites that leverage super-nimble, lean code that employ almost zero images”. Also a fan of minimalism, Howells added: “He’s missing the link between minimalism and beautiful designed interfaces.”

Designer and writer Daniel Gray thought Naughton’s argument was “lost by taking a shotgun approach to the web and then highlighting a single favoured alternative, as if the ‘underdesigned’ approach of Peter Norvig is relevant to any of the other sites he discusses”. Gray added: “News and photography sites are mentioned as examples of bulky sites, but the appropriateness of the quantity and size of the loaded items isn’t addressed. It seems ironic to me that I accessed his article thanks to some of the great steps forward in web design: mobile access to an RSS article via Twitter. And illustrating the piece with Naughton’s idea of good minimal design contrasted against a page full of LOLcats seems to be missing the point completely.”

Keith Butters, chief experience officer and co-founder of The Barbarian Group, also suggested Naughton’s argument about engineers wasn’t accurate: “He says they’re pissed about wasted bandwidth, but every engineer I know believes in the power of design to help communicate. Also, the premise of that piece is bullshit. I used text-only browsers way back when, and it wasn’t better. It’s sort of a sad bit of writing, wishing for the old idealism and blaming it on design.”

A lack of optimisation

Not everyone thinks Naughton was entirely wrong. Adaptive Web Design author Aaron Gustafson told us: “Graphic designers are not ruining the web, but a lack of web professionalism is. Without proper training and an appreciation of the ramifications of each decision that goes into building a website, you more than likely won’t make the right decision regarding optimising the user experience. This isn’t print and it’s not television – bandwidth is a factor.”

Gustafson said Naughton hints at the fact that a website’s beauty is more than skin-deep: “It’s well architected and well executed in addition to being attractive. Until more web professionals become aware of this, we’re doomed to see this trend continue. I can’t count the number of times I’ve spoken with web professionals about minifying JavaScript or compressing images and they brush it off as unnecessary, or how many sites include jQuery just to achieve a single, simple effect that would be easily achievable without the inclusion of a big library. Our profession needs to come to grips with the fact that every keystroke and every decision we make affects the user experience.”

Developer Matt Gemmell also thought Naughton had some good ideas and told us it’s “wilfully obtuse” to claim he was really saying graphic design was ruining the web: “Graphic design is a discipline whose output can most certainly include visual minimalism; there’s no such thing as ‘no design’, after all. Like Gustafson, Gemmell agreed page bloat is a concern, and that graphic design is a tool that can be used or mis-used.

A question of balance

However, Gemmell was also quick to point out that while designs can be gratuitous and distracting, they can also be “refined and aesthetically pleasing, in which case there’s substantial evidence such designs improve usability”. He argued it’s a common misconception that usability and aesthetics are at odds with each other: “Usability is primarily a combination of intuitiveness, selectiveness and visual appeal, rather than simplicity per se. Naughton’s chosen exemplar of the academic-like homepage of Google’s Director of Research is of course artificial and ungeneralisable, and entirely ignores the enormous role of visual appeal in influencing a person’s opinion.”

Ultimately, Gemmell thought websites were forced to compromise on any attempt at minimalism, due to needing funding (via the likes of embedded ads) and hooks to retain visitors (through rich media), but that Naughton’s basic point was nonetheless valid: “Designs should be judicious, and should complement and enhance the content, rather than detracting from it. Surely, that’s an argument that we can all agree on, irrespective of the unhelpfully inflammatory phrasing of the article.”

Clearleft partner Andy Budd told us that the main issue with the article was really that it confuses and conflates a variety of issues. He said the web is no longer a collection of static pages and if you compare like-for-like, sites probably haven’t expanded as much as the article suggested. However, Budd noted: “But bandwidth has risen steadily over time, and site owners have used this extra capacity to deliver richer experiences. So while when I started using the web I could be sat for ten minutes waiting for a JPEG to progressively load, it’s now possible to stream HD video almost instantly.”

Design is a fraction of the web

According to Budd, the mistake Naughton makes is to assume extra page weight is down to graphic design, and lay too much blame at the feet of designers: “If you look at the weight of any major site you’ll see that design only accounts for a fraction of the overall size. And while the author believes only words count as content, images and videos are just as important [and can be] integral to the story.”

Budd also told us that much of the weight of today’s sites comes from additional functionality added in order to improve usability: “Things like auto-completing search queries, auto-checking the existence of usernames or ensuring that details you’ve entered into your shopping basket are correct.” And while he admitted some designers do try to control every pixel – something Naughton rallied against – they are in the minority: “You see, good design isn’t about being flashy – it considers the content and aims to present it in a way that aids comprehension rather than detracts from it. Good design also concerns itself with how services are to be used, and will often focus on making them as simple and easy to use as possible. That doesn’t mean stripping away all design. Instead it means making sensible choices around layout, positioning, and legibility to enhance the user experience. As such, it’s wrong to blame all designers for the issues outlined as they are usually the ones fighting for the simplicity Naughton so dearly craves!”

Article source: http://www.netmagazine.com/news/are-graphic-designers-ruining-web-121780

The Origins of Rex

About This Blog

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Errol’s most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God: A History of the Rex Organization. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Peggy, to anywhere they can get away to, but some of his favorite spots are the Caribbean and historic locations around Louisiana. You can reach Errol at (504) 830-7235 or errol@myneworleans.com.

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Local SEO Company, RevBuilders Marketing President Appointed to Fauquier …



“I love helping people grow their businesses through increased exposure, and that’s a big part of what local chambers

Gainesville, VA (PRWEB) February 20, 2012

Scot Small, President and CEO of RevBuilders Marketing, a leading SEO company, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce.

RevBuilders Marketing is a web design and online marketing company located in Gainesville, Va. which specializes in SEO, Search Engine Optimization. Small was appointed to the Chamber board because of his presence in and work for the local business community.

The Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit association of businesses in the Fauquier County area. The stated goal of the chamber is to help businesses by promoting a business environment in the county which is receptive to commerce, as well as promoting economic growth in the area.

This is the first time Small has served on the board.

When asked about his recent appointment, Small was enthusiastic. “I love helping people grow their businesses through increased exposure, and that’s a big part of what local chambers of commerce like the one in Fauquier County are about. I’m looking forward to helping the chamber reach its members and help them develop into mature, successful businesses.”

If you are interested in learning more about online marketing or about how SEO works, visit http://www.RevBuilders.com, or contact Scot Small at 703-229-0825.

About RevBuilders Marketing

RevBuilders Marketing is a full-service online marketing agency, offering a complete range of integrated online marketing services: SEO or Search Engine Optimization, Paid Search Management, Social Marketing, Email Marketing, and Content Writing. In addition, through effective Web Design and conversion optimization, RevBuilders converts the increased SEO traffic into leads and sales for their clients. RevBuilders Marketing is located in Gainesville, Virginia, serving a client-base across the country. Visit RevBuilders.com for more information.



Article source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/seo-company-marketing/web-design-revbuilders/prweb9208951.htm

Active Web Group, Inc. Offers Businesses Free Mobile Website Consultation

Active Web Group, Inc. (AWG), a leading online marketing company headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, today announced a Free Mobile Website Consultation for online businesses. The analysis is offered to all businesses seeking to expand their web presence by facilitating their website’s access from mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones.

Hauppauge, NY (PRWEB) February 20, 2012

Active Web Group, Inc. (AWG), a leading online marketing company headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, today announced a Free Mobile Website Consultation for online businesses. The analysis is offered to all businesses seeking to expand their web presence by facilitating their website’s access from mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones. Active Web Group encourages all decision-makers to consider the value of an online review relative to their business by visiting Active Web Group to sign up for this no-cost evaluation.

“A mobile site is an ideal way to further monetize online businesses,” notes Pat Norton, Vice President and Director of Business Development, Active Web Group, Inc. “However it is not a stripped-down version of their existing website.” Norton cites the surge in the popularity of mobile devices is going to continue to grow in the foreseeable future. And advises that interested business owners investigate what this trend can mean for their website. AWG can assist them to avoid common rookie mistakes when creating a mobile site. ‘Our goal is to facilitate the process and allow them to gain their share of this exponentially expanding market,” Norton concludes.

Active Web Group’s Free Mobile Website Consultation is comprehensive and evaluates a site’s design effectiveness and its search engine visibility. Presented with details about how their site may be transformed into a powerful sales-generating tool, many businesses then opt for AWG’s award-winning and search-engine friendly, customized mobile web designs.

Active Web Group is an industry leader known for its highly effective, search engine-friendly web designs and redesigns. A full-service agency, Active Web Group also has extensive experience in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Programming (all proficiencies including php, asp and asp.net), Email Marketing, Website Content Development, Graphic Design, E-Commerce, Magento Ecommerce, WordPress Ecommerce and custom solutions and Pay-Per-Click Marketing.


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Article source: http://www.timesunion.com/business/press-releases/article/Active-Web-Group-Inc-Offers-Businesses-Free-3343576.php

Google Launches Test Version of Chromium Browser with Dart Virtual Machine

Google has launched a test version of the Chrome browser that can run various programs written in Dart – the language Google designed for improving upon limitations of JavaScript.

Dart was developed by Google for improving web programming and facilitating a better performance via a language the company believes is suitable for large scale Web applications. However, it was not a smooth sailing for the programming language as many companies preferred improvements in the JavaScript rather than going for another language.

Google software engineers Anton Muhin, Pavel Podivilov and Vijay Menon, in an official Google Chromium blog stated, “Dart has been designed from the start to work with the entire modern web, and we’re simultaneously continuing to improve our fast Dart-to-JavaScript compiler. Both the Dart VM and modern JavaScript engines are first-class targets for Dart.”

“This release of Chromium with Dart VM integration is a technology preview, and should not be used for day-to-day browsing. After more testing and developer feedback, we plan to eventually include the Dart VM in Chrome,” they further added.

This test version of the new Chromium is available for Mac OS X and Linux for the time being and the Windows version will be launched soon.

Article source: http://www.itproportal.com/2012/02/20/google-launches-test-version-of-chromium-browser-with-dart-virtual-machine/

Crossing the Line

Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 08:34:00 -0600
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Subject: Fwd: Need calls on charter school bill

Make sure you tell your staff and PTA people that I have talked to Senator Chris Massey who is on the education committee. Senator Massey is 100% on board to support the amendment that charter schools can only be placed in unsuccessful school districts. The Senate bill allows charter schools in successful school districts.

Spend your time calling the people listed that is not on our side about this issue.



—– Forwarded message from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) —–
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:53:48 -0600
From: Nancy Loome
Reply-To: Nancy Loome
Subject: Need calls on charter school bill
To: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Dear Milton,

The Senate Education Committee will vote on the charter school bill on Tuesday morning.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET THE BILL AMENDED to achieve our goal of improving student achievement and providing good options for kids who are trapped in chronically underperforming schools.


* RESTRICT CHARTERS TO CHRONICALLY UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOL ZONES – We cannot afford to create /more/ schools – more administrators, more buildings, more overhead – in places where we already have excellent public schools.
* PROHIBIT VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOLS – It is astounding that anyone would want to allow virtual charters into Mississippi. In other states, virtual charter schools have moved student achievement backward while their executives have pocketed a fortune – /in state tax dollars/! Read about it here[3].
* REQUIRE A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS FROM CHARTER SCHOOL MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS – We can’t afford to waste scarce taxpayer dollars on inexperienced “mom and pop” charter organizers who don’t know what they are doing.
* ENSURE THAT FOR-PROFIT COMPANIES CANNOT RUN CHARTER SCHOOLS – For-profits cut corners on education to rake in greater profits. The bill has a loophole that will allow this.




SEN. CHRIS MASSEY CAPITOL: 601.359.3252 PERSONAL:xxx.xxx.xxxx


If your senator is not listed above it is because we do not have your street address and zip code in our database. Click here to find your legislator. Click here to send us your street address and zip code.

Your legislators really need to hear from you on this issue. Most of them don’t know a lot about charter schools, and they need to know where their constituents stand. This is a very important vote for public education.

You can get more information about The Parents’ Campaign’s position on charter schools here – HOW CHARTER SCHOOLS COULD HELP THE CHILDREN OF MISSISSIPPI WHOSE NEED IS GREATEST and HOW CHARTER SCHOOLS COULD TAKE US BACKWARD IF NOT GOVERNED UNDER VERY STRONG CHARTER SCHOOL LEGISLATION. Please make those calls. Our kids are counting on us!



Nancy Loome, Executive Director
The Parents’ Campaign

Article source: http://yallpolitics.com/index.php/yp/post/31526/

Phillies’ rotation murky behind three aces

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – This is what life after Four Aces looks like: Vance Worley, sporting a new bushy hairdo, is the subject of ribbing from major-leaguers because he’s one of them. Joe Blanton, freed from the purgatory of solitary rehabilitation, is step-for-step with his teammates. Kyle Kendrick, owner of a brand-new $7.5 million contract, is holding a makeshift news conference in the cafeteria.

There are more questions than a spring ago, when photo shoots and grandiose predictions dominated a pitching staff’s time. A thin layer of uncertainty hovers over the back of the Phillies rotation.

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At the top, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels are unmatched. Pitching coach Rich Dubee dubbed Worley the fourth starter as camp officially opened Sunday. Every discussion about Blanton requires the word if. An elbow injury and persistent trade rumors will do that.

The Phillies signed Kendrick to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million on Sunday. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. cited “cost certainty” – in other words, the 27-year-old righthander will not earn a significant raise again in 2013 through arbitration.

But the contract shows increased faith in a pitcher whom the Phillies appear to value more by the day. When asked whether Kendrick could start 25 to 30 games for these Phillies, Dubee issued a strong vote of confidence.

“Very much so,” Dubee said. “I think there probably would be a lot of teams comfortable with Kyle Kendrick as a starter.”

Right now, he’s the sixth in a rotation of five, but that could change depending on Blanton’s status. It’s the beginning of spring training, so there must be Blanton trade rumors.

“I wouldn’t know what to do if they didn’t come along,” Blanton deadpanned Sunday morning. “I don’t even pay attention anymore. It’s a business. We all understand that. No one takes it personal.”

The latest: The Phillies, according to numerous published reports, talked to the New York Yankees about A.J. Burnett, who ultimately was traded to Pittsburgh. To fit Burnett into the rotation and payroll, the Phillies would have been forced to deal Blanton to another team, perhaps in a three-way deal.

That’s where the reality of any Blanton rumor comes to a screeching halt. No one will trade for Blanton, who pitched all of 411/3 innings in 2011, right now unless the Phillies eat all of his remaining $8.5 million salary. And the Phils want to trade Blanton to free up money, so that’s not happening.

Does that preclude a Blanton trade from happening later this spring? No. By reportedly inquiring about Burnett, the Phillies showed their hand; they are seeking an upgrade.

Amaro was asked Sunday whether he is pursuing such a move.

“Right now, I think we’re pretty comfortable with our rotation,” Amaro said. “I like the way we set up. Vance had a very good year last year. Joe Blanton, if he’s healthy, is going to be a good pitcher for us. That is still an ‘if’ because of the year he had.”

Blanton first must prove he is healthy in spring training before the Phillies are able to explore any other options. The righthander battled a nebulous elbow ailment for most of 2011. He will begin spring training on the same throwing program as the rest of the pitching staff.

“I feel really good so far,” Blanton said. “I didn’t really stop throwing through the winter. I’ve had no problems.”

The Phillies’ decision-makers are more reserved when it comes to discussing Blanton.

“We don’t know exactly where he’s at until we get him some work,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “We have six starters. He’s definitely one of those guys.”

Of course, Blanton’s health is important regardless of where he pitches. If the Phillies see improvement, they could keep him. If another team likes what it sees in Blanton and is willing to assume a chunk of his salary, the Phillies could move him in the right deal and rely on Kendrick with Joel Pineiro et al. behind him.

Indeed, life after Four Aces is more complicated.


Contact staff writer Matt Gelb at mgelb@phillynews.com or @magelb on Twitter.

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After months of planning and development, the team at SEO Positive is proud to announce the launch of its fully optimised mobile website, which was created by the developers at sister company Positive Web Design.

The SEO company has made no secret of the fact that it appreciates the marketing capacity of mobile search as more and more consumers choose to surf the web and purchase items via smartphones, tablets and other portable devices.

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Peter Andrease, Lead Web Designer, agrees that it’s a crucial move for the firm. “We’re dedicated to leading by example and have been talking with our clients extensively about the relevance and importance of a mobile website,” Peter states. “Now we have a platform of our own, we’re in a better position to explain the benefits of developing and optimising an entire site for mobiles.”

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The CA six tips of the day for Feb. 20

Region – Today is Monday, Feb. 20, Presidents Day. In spite of the fact that in 1792 President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act, which regulated the U.S. Postal Service, all post offices are closed today. But stores are open – so be sure to check out the Community Advocate and shop your local merchants.

Here are six other tips for today –

1. The Red Cross will be holding a blood drive today in Northborough. All donors will receive a coupon good for a free tax return from Liberty Tax. http://www.communityadvocate.com/2012/02/08/northborough-american-red-cross-blood-drive-2.

2.  Here’s a cool idea from the Post Road Art Center in Marlborough – creating art from supplies in a provided bag. More details are here – http://www.communityadvocate.com/2012/02/08/marlborough-its-in-the-bag-artwork-drop-off.

 3.  Southborough has named a new Fire Chief, Joseph Mauro. http://www.communityadvocate.com/2012/02/17/joseph-mauro-named-new-southborough-fire-chief.

 4. Thanks to the mild weather (and just in time for February vacation week), tree clearing has been completed at the Sandra Pond Reservoir in Westborough.

 5. Put the kids to work this week by testing all your electronics and computer equipment etc. That way when Hudson’s electronics and recycling day comes around on March 10, you’ll be all set to drop off your equipment that no longer works.    


 6. If you’re in Shrewsbury, take the kids to see the “Schoolhouse No.5,” the oldest school in town. Check this link for more information – http://www.communityadvocate.com/2012/02/13/of-historical-note-learning-corner.

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Omega’s 8-channel thermocouple module is web-enabled

Unit furnishes eight digital I/O lines for configuring alarms.

— Test Measurement World, 2/20/2012 7:00:00 AM

In addition to eight thermocouple-input channels, the
OM-WEB-TC measurement device from Omega Engineering offers an embedded web
interface that lets you access current data and configuration settings using a
standard browser. No external software is required. All that is needed is a web
browser with JavaScript support and a TCP/IP connection.

The OM-WEB-TC accommodates J, K, T, E, N, R, S, and B type
thermocouples and provides built-in cold-junction compensation and
open-thermocouple detection. Thermocouple type is software-programmable for
each channel. All hardware-configurable options are selectable through the web
browser or with the supplied Instacal utility software. Eight digital I/O lines
are available for user-configurable alarms.

You can connect the device’s 10Base-T Ethernet port to a
LAN or WAN using the supplied Ethernet cable. You can also connect the module
to a single computer through a hub using the supplied Ethernet cable or
directly to a computer using a standard CAT-5 crossover cable. Onboard LEDs
display the status of communications and external power.

Price: $599.

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