On Catholic Design

Remember the Total Consecration App I was promoting a while ago? The gentleman who designed that, Matthew Sich, is the man, and he has some words of wisdom for the online Catholic community:

It’s difficult to capture the essence of what I do with the few words afforded to a standard job title. After toying around for a while with a few variations, I usually settle with “web and iOS developer, and web and iOS designer,” but I always attempt to emphasize that I am a designer first and foremost because I believe this aspect is paramount. A person who has the ability to create a good message or develop a product but lacks good design will invariably run into trouble because one cannot reach the full potential of a message or product without it.

I raise this point because I believe Catholic media is very disappointing in modern society. I do not wish to say that the message is disappointing (not at all! The message is usually quite astounding) but that the way the message is presented is depressing. Modern Catholic media has absolutely no appreciation for design! …and yet they appear to be at a loss when trying to understand why their message has not been effective.

I believe the design is the most important part of modern media. If the design is not good then the message is worthless. Why? Because the first impression someone has of a website or an app or virtually any media is the design! A user passes judgment on a product (or whatever the media is) in the first few seconds of its presentation! The message could be great but if the design is not up to par, a user will always end up choosing the media with better design – but maybe not the greatest message. Simply look at Apple as an example. Why are they currently outselling Windows? Most end users don’t know many computer technical details: they’re interested in their ideas coming to life on the screen… and so many people are attracted to simplicity and aesthetics—the mark of Apple products.

I was lucky because I started with design. At age thirteen, I learned Photoshop by watching my brother design stunning illustrations and then moved on to motion design and visual effects a few years later. Perhaps because of this I’m a bit biased in believing design to be more important than the development or message: after all, great painting skills do not make one a great artist.  It is not lost on me that fantastic ideas may be stifled by a lack of skills in projecting those ideas. Nonetheless, good development fails without good design. We as Catholics should strive toward greater design in our message. We cannot be mediocre and hope people ignore the unflattering stage on which our message is set. If you want to become a better designer, don’t be lazy! Go look at the work of other designers! You will never become a good designer by simply knowing what buttons to press in Photoshop or by following online tutorials. You actually have to go out and analyze media and keep up with the latest trends. Never use the excuse that you are not capable or that time will not permit it! I have not learned all these things that I do now by following formal classes, I simply learned by trial and error. If you don’t have the time to learn, then don’t waist it by creating the message or product in question. All it takes in the motivation to strive for greatness in your design and not to simply settle for “good enough.”

There is no limit to design! I believe creators of Catholic media should strive to become greater designers because the design complements the message and, in turn, the message complements the design. The reason I started developing apps was to fill the design void in Catholic apps currently present on the app store. I hope that other creators of Catholic media realize the need for better design and attempt to implement it. I also hope that users of Catholic media begin to demand for better design form the creators of Catholic media. Again, never settle for mediocrity.

Matthew Sich grew up in Ukraine where he learned to speak Ukrainian as his first language. He began working with computers at the age of thirteen by first learning photoshop, then moving on to motion design and visual effects as a moderator at Videocopilot.net. Soon after he developed an interest in web development which eventually led to the development of iOS apps. Now 18, he works as a professional web designer and developer and iOS developer and UI designer while double majoring in computer science and communication arts at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Bloggers, take a look at your sites and ask yourself, “Does this look like a brilliant and passionate but technologically stupid, and graphically-illiterate Catholic made this?” Chances are, it does. Correct said suckage and let Holy Mother Church be exalted through the power of good web design. Mr. Sich, by the way, is working on a project for me, a project a million times larger in scope than BadCatholic, incredibly more involved, and 20 times more offensive. But it’s still a secret until, I hope, March 26th. Then the world will explode. Let this be the first clue.

Article source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic/2012/02/on-catholic-web-design.html

On Catholic Design

Remember the Total Consecration App I was promoting a while ago? The gentleman who designed that, Matthew Sich, is the man, and he has some words of wisdom for the online Catholic community:

It’s difficult to capture the essence of what I do with the few words afforded to a standard job title. After toying around for a while with a few variations, I usually settle with “web and iOS developer, and web and iOS designer,” but I always attempt to emphasize that I am a designer first and foremost because I believe this aspect is paramount. A person who has the ability to create a good message or develop a product but lacks good design will invariably run into trouble because one cannot reach the full potential of a message or product without it.

I raise this point because I believe Catholic media is very disappointing in modern society. I do not wish to say that the message is disappointing (not at all! The message is usually quite astounding) but that the way the message is presented is depressing. Modern Catholic media has absolutely no appreciation for design! …and yet they appear to be at a loss when trying to understand why their message has not been effective.

I believe the design is the most important part of modern media. If the design is not good then the message is worthless. Why? Because the first impression someone has of a website or an app or virtually any media is the design! A user passes judgment on a product (or whatever the media is) in the first few seconds of its presentation! The message could be great but if the design is not up to par, a user will always end up choosing the media with better design – but maybe not the greatest message. Simply look at Apple as an example. Why are they currently outselling Windows? Most end users don’t know many computer technical details: they’re interested in their ideas coming to life on the screen… and so many people are attracted to simplicity and aesthetics—the mark of Apple products.

I was lucky because I started with design. At age thirteen, I learned Photoshop by watching my brother design stunning illustrations and then moved on to motion design and visual effects a few years later. Perhaps because of this I’m a bit biased in believing design to be more important than the development or message: after all, great painting skills do not make one a great artist.  It is not lost on me that fantastic ideas may be stifled by a lack of skills in projecting those ideas. Nonetheless, good development fails without good design. We as Catholics should strive toward greater design in our message. We cannot be mediocre and hope people ignore the unflattering stage on which our message is set. If you want to become a better designer, don’t be lazy! Go look at the work of other designers! You will never become a good designer by simply knowing what buttons to press in Photoshop or by following online tutorials. You actually have to go out and analyze media and keep up with the latest trends. Never use the excuse that you are not capable or that time will not permit it! I have not learned all these things that I do now by following formal classes, I simply learned by trial and error. If you don’t have the time to learn, then don’t waist it by creating the message or product in question. All it takes in the motivation to strive for greatness in your design and not to simply settle for “good enough.”

There is no limit to design! I believe creators of Catholic media should strive to become greater designers because the design complements the message and, in turn, the message complements the design. The reason I started developing apps was to fill the design void in Catholic apps currently present on the app store. I hope that other creators of Catholic media realize the need for better design and attempt to implement it. I also hope that users of Catholic media begin to demand for better design form the creators of Catholic media. Again, never settle for mediocrity.

Matthew Sich grew up in Ukraine where he learned to speak Ukrainian as his first language. He began working with computers at the age of thirteen by first learning photoshop, then moving on to motion design and visual effects as a moderator at Videocopilot.net. Soon after he developed an interest in web development which eventually led to the development of iOS apps. Now 18, he works as a professional web designer and developer and iOS developer and UI designer while double majoring in computer science and communication arts at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Bloggers, take a look at your sites and ask yourself, “Does this look like a brilliant and passionate but technologically stupid, and graphically-illiterate Catholic made this?” Chances are, it does. Correct said suckage and let Holy Mother Church be exalted through the power of good web design. Mr. Sich, by the way, is working on a project for me, a project a million times larger in scope than BadCatholic, incredibly more involved, and 20 times more offensive. But it’s still a secret until, I hope, March 26th. Then the world will explode. Let this be the first clue.

Article source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic/2012/02/on-catholic-web-design.html

On Catholic Web Design

Remember the Total Consecration App I was promoting a while ago? The gentleman who designed that, Matthew Sich, is the man, and he has some words of wisdom for the online Catholic community:

It’s difficult to capture the essence of what I do with the few words afforded to a standard job title. After toying around for a while with a few variations, I usually settle with “web and iOS developer, and web and iOS designer,” but I always attempt to emphasize that I am a designer first and foremost because I believe this aspect is paramount. A person who has the ability to create a good message or develop a product but lacks good design will invariably run into trouble because one cannot reach the full potential of a message or product without it.

I raise this point because I believe Catholic media is very disappointing in modern society. I do not wish to say that the message is disappointing (not at all! The message is usually quite astounding) but that the way the message is presented is depressing. Modern Catholic media has absolutely no appreciation for design! …and yet they appear to be at a loss when trying to understand why their message has not been effective.

I believe the design is the most important part of modern media. If the design is not good then the message is worthless. Why? Because the first impression someone has of a website or an app or virtually any media is the design! A user passes judgment on a product (or whatever the media is) in the first few seconds of its presentation! The message could be great but if the design is not up to par, a user will always end up choosing the media with better design – but maybe not the greatest message. Simply look at Apple as an example. Why are they currently outselling Windows? Most end users don’t know many computer technical details: they’re interested in their ideas coming to life on the screen… and so many people are attracted to simplicity and aesthetics—the mark of Apple products.

I was lucky because I started with design. At age thirteen, I learned Photoshop by watching my brother design stunning illustrations and then moved on to motion design and visual effects a few years later. Perhaps because of this I’m a bit biased in believing design to be more important than the development or message: after all, great painting skills do not make one a great artist.  It is not lost on me that fantastic ideas may be stifled by a lack of skills in projecting those ideas. Nonetheless, good development fails without good design. We as Catholics should strive toward greater design in our message. We cannot be mediocre and hope people ignore the unflattering stage on which our message is set. If you want to become a better designer, don’t be lazy! Go look at the work of other designers! You will never become a good designer by simply knowing what buttons to press in Photoshop or by following online tutorials. You actually have to go out and analyze media and keep up with the latest trends. Never use the excuse that you are not capable or that time will not permit it! I have not learned all these things that I do now by following formal classes, I simply learned by trial and error. If you don’t have the time to learn, then don’t waist it by creating the message or product in question. All it takes in the motivation to strive for greatness in your design and not to simply settle for “good enough.”

There is no limit to design! I believe creators of Catholic media should strive to become greater designers because the design complements the message and, in turn, the message complements the design. The reason I started developing apps was to fill the design void in Catholic apps currently present on the app store. I hope that other creators of Catholic media realize the need for better design and attempt to implement it. I also hope that users of Catholic media begin to demand for better design form the creators of Catholic media. Again, never settle for mediocrity.

Matthew Sich grew up in Ukraine where he learned to speak Ukrainian as his first language. He began working with computers at the age of thirteen by first learning photoshop, then moving on to motion design and visual effects as a moderator at Videocopilot.net. Soon after he developed an interest in web development which eventually led to the development of iOS apps. Now 18, he works as a professional web designer and developer and iOS developer and UI designer while double majoring in computer science and communication arts at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Bloggers, take a look at your sites and ask yourself, “Does this look like a brilliant and passionate but technologically stupid, and graphically-illiterate Catholic made this?” Chances are, it does. Correct said suckage and let Holy Mother Church be exalted through the power of good web design. Mr. Sich, by the way, is working on a project for me, a project a million times larger in scope than BadCatholic, incredibly more involved, and 20 times more offensive. But it’s still a secret until, I hope, March 26th. Then the world will explode. Let this be the first clue.

Article source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic/2012/02/on-catholic-web-design.html

Let’s be patient with Rogic: Arnold




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Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold has pleaded for the hype around his Tomas Rogic to be cooled, amid calls for Holger Osieck to elevate the 19-year-old to the Socceroos.

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Rogic’s inspired goal, his second in four starts, sent the Mariners on the way to a 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix last Saturday night .

It sparked suggestions that Osieck, who saw Rogic’s impudent goal in the flesh, should bring Rogic into the training squad.



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But as he prepares to face Gold Coast on Wednesday night, Arnold threw a protective shroud around a player who made his mark at the EPL Academy in the UK before running into work permit problems.

“He’s a fantastic kid, but he’s only 19 and he’s not played rep football for Australia at any level,” Arnold said.

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“I think we should use a bit of patience here and let him continue to develop at the appropriate rate.


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“I hate it when people use comparisons, and say someone is the new Viduka or Kewell. He’s a fantastic talent in his own right, and Holger would have been impressed.


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“He’s a very loyal kid from an excellent family. Last year before he joined the Nike Academy I offered him a contract, and then we helped him get fit to go there.

“So when he came back after the move to Reading fell through, I was the first person he called. I told him I had a place but no money to offer, and he didn’t care. It was about playing where he feels comfortable.”

Arnold said he wasn’t surprised at the impact Rogic had made at the Mariners.

Central Coast will open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table if they win at Gold Coast.

Article source: http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/central-coast-mariners-coach-graham-arnold-pleads-for-patience-as-hype-over-tomas-rogic-escalates/story-e6frf4gl-1226277821463

Essential Tools for Website and Graphic Designers

Tools for excellent graphic design and website design are abundantly available online and offline. While each year, new tools are introduced in the market, there are some tools that are a permanent part of the tool-kit of a website designer and a graphic designer.
So whether you are a graphic designer, a website designer or a graphic designer cum website designer, you must have used the below mentioned tools more than once for creating aesthetically appealing projects. And, if you are a newbie, just entering field of graphic design/web design, these tools would simplify your tasks and help you in striking a positive impression on your clients.
• Adobe Photoshop- This is the most obvious and the most widely used tool in graphic design and web design. Even amateurs use this tool to hone up their photo editing skills. You can use it to enhance any photo and add special effects to it. You can do image retouching, realistic painting and photo creations for your projects. It is also used by web designers to create layouts for websites.

• Font Doctor- A graphic designer has to use several fonts while working on website design or print design. While using so many fonts, errors are bound to occur and this can be checked by using Font Doctor. It facilitates proper arrangement of your fonts, locate and repair font problem, remove corrupt font cache files and backup your entire font collection.

• BrowserShots- This is the best tool to check cross-browser compatibility of your web design. It becomes a key tool when you have used heavy graphics that are not supported by all browsers. With the help of BrowserShots, you can take screenshots of your web design in different browsers. It is a time-saving tool that makes the testing easy.

• Blender- It is a free open source tool that facilitates 3D animation projects. The software is supported by all operating systems and enables graphic designers to create interactive 3D applications. Some of the useful animation tools available on Blender include a node-based compositor, textures, stimulation tools, modifiers and much more to produce high quality graphics.
• Adobe Kuler- It is another widely used tool by graphic and website designers for creating their own colour schemes and creating unique colour combinations through their Mykuler account. This tool is helpful when working on print and digital projects.

• FavIcon Generator- you can create several favourite icons using this online tool. Favicons are a great way of branding your website and increasing its prominence in your visitor’s bookmark menu

• Lorem Ipsum Generator- Almost every website designer or graphic designer uses this dummy Latin text to be able to see how the design looks when it is filled with content. You no longer have to look for dummy text and copy paste it to your web design.

• Five Second Test- This website allows website designers to test the landing pages of your website wireframes. It analyses the prominent elements of your design and helps you make the best of your web design.

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Article source: http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/your-news/story/essential-tools-for-website-and-graphic-designers/

A View Like No Other

TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ – Country Style (www.countrystyle.com) – one of Canada’s leading franchise companies since 1963 – is launching their annual ‘Turn Up A Winner’ contest in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, this month. The contest, running February 13th to April 29th (while supplies last) has an exciting new component that will be a first in Canadian cup contest history. Country Style will be giving away a Grand Prize of $1,000,000 as a lump sum as part of the ‘collect and win under the rim’ component of the contest. Customers are asked to collect the four words that make up the winning phrase – which is also Country Style’s new tagline – ‘Nothing beats Country Style’.

In addition to the ‘collect and win’ component, customers have the opportunity to win more than four million prizes instantly, as they turn up the rims of their cups throughout the six-week contest. Prizes include, 15 all-inclusive trips to Cuba from Transat Holidays valued at $2,500 each, ten 50-inch 3-D LCD plasma TVs courtesy of the Toronto Sun, discounts and $250 gift cards from Suzy Shier, discounts and yearly memberships for GoodLife Fitness, Toronto Sun trial subscriptions, Bookside Chocolat, Lays Chips as well as Country Style products.

The contest will run in 239 Country Style locations across Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Customers who purchase a medium, large or jumbo hot drink take-out beverage will receive a ‘Turn Up A Winner’ contest cup, limited to one cup per person per purchase at participating locations. Participants may also obtain a contest cup without purchase by submitting a self-addressed return envelope with proper postage to receive a randomly selected ‘Turn Up A Winner’ cup.

“We are thrilled to bring this exciting contest to our customers,” said Rita McParland, vice president of marketing, Country Style/Mr. SUB.

“We invite customers to enjoy a freshly-ground cup of premium Country Style coffee with their favourite breakfast sandwich in one of our newly renovated Country Style Bistro Delis, and share in a chance to win one million dollars,” she added.

Nothing beats Country Style
Country Style is focused on fresh, healthy fare made from quality ingredients. Their signature coffee blend is made from 100 per cent Arabica beans and hasn’t changed in more than 45 years. Using only carefully selected and harvested beans grown at a high altitude, each batch of the brand’s signature blend is roasted in small quantities to ensure maximum freshness. At each store, coffee beans are ground on-site before brewing to capture the full-bodied aroma of the beans in every cup. Pots of Country Style coffee are freshly brewed and held for only 30 minutes, heated at precisely 185°F (80°C) to maintain flavour integrity and guaranteeing that only the freshest possible coffee is served.

Healthy breakfast options on the go
Country Style’s recently updated menu now offers healthy meal choices, packed with flavour and freshness. New offerings such as the “Skinny” breakfast sandwich feature egg whites, tomatoes, lettuce and light mayo amd contain only 5 grams of fat. Country Style’s breakfast sandwiches are served all day, with more than 12 options to choose from, made with real cheddar cheese, and are available grilled on marble rye, Asiago Herb, Whole Wheat or Wheat and Honey bagels, English muffins or as a wrap. Customers now have the option to make any breakfast sandwich a “Skinny” by substituting egg whites.

Additional healthy breakfast options include the delicious Mixed Berry Yogurt Parfait, made with mixed berries, fat-free yogurt, low fat granola containing only 1.5 grams of fat, All Natural Oatmeal with no added salt or preservatives, and Country Style Multigrain Muffins that are trans fat free, a great source of Omega-6 and fibre and available in Blueberry and Cranberry or Honey, Flax and Oat flavours. Or, start the morning off right with a Country Style Smoothie made with fat-free vanilla yogurt and real fruit puree, available in Mixed Berry, Peach, Mango and Strawberry varieties.

As part of their new menu, Country Style launched new summer beverage items this year, including the Frozen Latte collection – available in Mocha Latte, Latte and French Vanilla Latte flavours – as well as Iced Coffee and Frozen Hot Chocolate.

With newly redesigned interiors, quality menu offerings, updated product packaging and free Wifi at select locations, Country Style is committed to providing an exceptional consumer experience.

About Country Style
Country Style has been one of Canada’s foremost franchise companies since 1963. Having recently re-vamped their menu, Country Style is focused on fresh, healthy fare made from quality ingredients. This includes their signature coffee blend made from 100 per cent Arabica beans, which hasn’t changed in more than 45 years, specialty drinks such as espresso-based authentic cappuccinos and lattes (in select locations), yogurt smoothies, freshly baked goods made on-site, Bistro Deli sandwiches, soups and more. For more information on a Country Style in your neighbourhood visit www.countrystyle.com, on Facebook www.facebook.com/countrystylecdn and get daily updates by following @CountryStyleCDN on Twitter.

Image with caption: “Rita McParland, vp marketing at Country Style/Mr. SUB (left) and customer Alex McLeish (middle) enjoy a ‘Turn Up A Winner’ morning coffee at the new location on 7 King East in Toronto. The contest launched on February 13 and runs until supplies last at participating locations across Ontario, offering customers a first-ever chance to win 1 million dollars cash by collecting the cups containing the words that make the phrase ‘Nothing beats Country Style’. (CNW Group/Country Style)”.

Article source: http://www.northumberlandview.ca/index.php?module=news&func=display&sid=13272

Tanking still tempting for strugglers




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The reaction was swift but too simplistic: priority picks are gone, so tanking is dead.

The tank is alive and well. Removing the freebie picks will not stop innuendo about jockeying for lower ladder positions if it is tight down the bottom.

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The No.1 pick in this year’s draft is a kid called Lachie Whitfield. Already, those in the know say you would much prefer to finish last than second last.

With the uncompromised drafts over, the top choice is up for grabs again.

But it is the leftover compensation picks that will make life really interesting in the tanking landscape.

Melbourne Demons, Adelaide Crows and Western Bulldogs have massive incentive to finish as low as possible if they drop out of the AFL finals race early.

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For losing Callan Ward to Greater Western Sydney, the Dogs received a first-round pick as compensation, which must be used in any draft up until 2015. That pick comes directly after the Dogs’ first pick.


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So if they activate the Ward pick this year and are out of finals contention by say round 18, there is an enormous lure to finish as low as possible. Finish 16th and the Dogs would get picks three and four in the draft. Finish 12th and they would get picks seven and eight. As a fan, what would you prefer?

Adelaide are in an identical position with the Phil Davis compensation pick.

And let’s not forget the Demons, who were awarded a king’s ransom for losing Tom Scully to GWS.

The Demons were awarded a pick halfway through the first round of the draft, which remains in place regardless of finishing order.

But they also gained another first-round pick under the same deal as Ward and Davis. So the Dees have similar incentive to slide late to snare better draft picks.

Article source: http://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/afl-premiership/afl-announces-overhaul-of-priority-draft-system-to-prevent-claims-of-tanking-by-bottom-teams/story-e6frf3e3-1226277753209

Major Changes For Article Marketing Website Announced By Article Search Engine …



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    Updated 12:02 p.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    Native Houstonian named new bishop

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    HTML5: An open standard to rule them all?

    Although vendor-written, this contributed piece does not advocate a position that is particular to the author’s employer and has been edited and approved by Network World editors.

    The app development debate about whether to go native, use HTML5 or employ a hybrid approach rages on, with HTML5 gaining the backing of heavy hitters such as Facebook and Amazon. But while the latter builds a strong case for success, it isn’t as simple as that.

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    Work began on the HTML5 in 2004 and its development was closely watched by Web developers for several years. However, a public letter by Steve Jobs published in 2010 titled “Thoughts on Flash” pushed it into the limelight and to the top of the media’s agenda.

    IN PICTURES: 12 essential programming tools for the mobile Web

    TECH ARGUMENT: Adobe Flash vs. HTML5

    The idea of “write once, run anywhere” has been the goal of the majority of the software industry since the mid-1990s, ever since the arrival of Java. Following this, several standards, companies and initiatives have come forward and failed in realizing this ideal. So, is the time right for the mass adoption and application of a “new” open standard?

    HTML5 does tick most of the developer boxes. With a plethora of OS contenders, growing unease around the iOS walled garden, and public outcry surrounding the fragmentation of Android (an open standard in itself), the market conditions and mindset is ready for an alternative.

    This is particularly true when you consider the impact, as well as associated challenges, that the consumerization of IT has brought on enterprise mobility initiatives. Organizations are putting their IT departments under pressure to innovate, but the question remains, where to start?

    Within any organization, most likely, there are multiple devices that need to be supported — each with a unique hardware and software configuration, and each requiring a dedicated native application to be built from scratch to ensure it fits the end-user requirements. It also needs to provide a compelling user experience that is comparable with mainstream externally developed applications, and meet with the relevant app store approval criteria.

    HTML5 clearly offers significant cost, time and headache-saving benefits to the IT department. A HTML5 application can be run on Android, iPhone or BlackBerry devices and CSS3 features can be leveraged to automatically adjust the application page layout.

    The fact that HTML5 apps are delivered as mobile Web applications can bypass the stringent and lengthy app store approval processes, quickly and easily providing new functionality and bug fixes onto the application server with immediate effect.

    Web skills are also much more likely to already exist within an organization and the ability to reuse existing code brings other advantages when looking to lower barriers for widespread adoption of mobility at every level of the organization.

    HTML5 and the enterprise user

    While HTML5 clearly offers benefits, specifically when it comes to the development and deployment of mobile applications, does it mean that it’s the right solution?

    Article source: http://www.itworld.com/software/251918/html5-open-standard-rule-them-all

    HTML5: an Open Standard to Rule Them All?

    Network World

    Although vendor-written, this contributed piece does not advocate a position that is particular to the author’s employer and has been edited and approved by Network World editors.

    The app development debate about whether to go native, use HTML5 or employ a hybrid approach rages on, with HTML5 gaining the backing of heavy hitters such as Facebook and Amazon. But while the latter builds a strong case for success, it isn’t as simple as that.

    Work began on the HTML5 in 2004 and its development was closely watched by Web developers for several years. However, a public letter by Steve Jobs published in 2010 titled “Thoughts on Flash” pushed it into the limelight and to the top of the media’s agenda.

    IN PICTURES: 12 essential programming tools for the mobile Web

    TECH ARGUMENT: Adobe Flash vs. HTML5

    The idea of “write once, run anywhere” has been the goal of the majority of the software industry since the mid-1990s, ever since the arrival of Java. Following this, several standards, companies and initiatives have come forward and failed in realizing this ideal. So, is the time right for the mass adoption and application of a “new” open standard?

    HTML5 does tick most of the developer boxes. With a plethora of OS contenders, growing unease around the iOS walled garden, and public outcry surrounding the fragmentation of Android (an open standard in itself), the market conditions and mindset is ready for an alternative.

    This is particularly true when you consider the impact, as well as associated challenges, that the consumerization of IT has brought on enterprise mobility initiatives. Organizations are putting their IT departments under pressure to innovate, but the question remains, where to start?

    Within any organization, most likely, there are multiple devices that need to be supported — each with a unique hardware and software configuration, and each requiring a dedicated native application to be built from scratch to ensure it fits the end-user requirements. It also needs to provide a compelling user experience that is comparable with mainstream externally developed applications, and meet with the relevant app store approval criteria.

    HTML5 clearly offers significant cost, time and headache-saving benefits to the IT department. A HTML5 application can be run on Android, iPhone or BlackBerry devices and CSS3 features can be leveraged to automatically adjust the application page layout.

    The fact that HTML5 apps are delivered as mobile Web applications can bypass the stringent and lengthy app store approval processes, quickly and easily providing new functionality and bug fixes onto the application server with immediate effect.

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    The Exhibitor Show 2012 Las Vegas Booth 1166 Design & Promote Exhibiting

    Check Out Design Promote At The Exhibitor Show In Las Vegas 2012 At Booth # 1166, Learn About Internet Marketing, Web Design and SEO For The Trade Show Industry.

    /EINPresswire.com/ NAPERVILLE, IL – The Exhibitor Show 2012 Conference takes place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, from March 4 to March 7, 2012. Design Promote, a leading provider of SEO services for the trade show industry, will be attending this worldwide conference. Design Promote has developed their own niche in the trade show and conference marketing industry, and services over 30 clients in that genre alone. Although they have a strong internet marketing client base with trade show display dealers across the US, their goal is to expand their expertise across the entire trade show industry at Exhibitor 2012. Some of the other trade show related companies they want to focus their attention on at this show are trade show shipping, booth staffing, furniture rental, lead retrieval, trade show technology and others.

    Design Promote has a wide range of internet marketing services available, including social media marketing, newsletter management, web design, search engine optimization – SEO, and anonymous website lead generation, all available in a custom package suited for each client. Since Design Promote is an industry leader in SEO and has already established themselves as experts in the trade show internet marketing industry they can help to make your trade show company an online success. Bruce Jones the owner of Design Promote has over 12 years of experience in the trade show industry while serving as service manager, technology manager and internet marketing manager for the Chicago area Skyline dealer Tradetec Skyline and as an exhibitor at previous companies he worked at.

    The Exhibitor 2012 conference will allow trade show companies to get a sense of what Design Promote can do for them, and also let the company show off how focused they really are on helping their clients in any way possible. Design Promote will be showcasing their partnership with VisiStat and their anonymous website visitor, business to business lead generation system called LeadCaster. You can learn more about LeadCaster and sign up for a free trial here: http://www.designandpromote.com/leadcaster/

    “Design Promote has clients from New York to Hawaii, and I’m proud of our diversified client base and wide range of companies we work with. We see and learn so much from the variety of companies we deal with that it allows us to continually improve and expand our expertise, as well as our customer service,” said Bruce Jones, CEO of Design Promote (http://www.designandpromote.com)

    While the company may be internet marketing experts across the United States, Design Promote is looking forward to growing their business in the trade show niche by having their own booth at the 2012 Exhibitor Show. The five-day Exhibitor 2012 event gives leaders in the trade show industry the chance to see how Design Promote can help them strengthen their online presence, increase website traffic and capture more leads that turn into sales. While at the 2012 Exhibitor Show stop by Booth # 1166 and have Design Promote run a few reports on your website and learn how they can make your trade show company more successful by partnering with them.

    “Stop searching for new customers using traditional advertising and marketing strategies, use inbound marketing to help your customers find you online easier when they are looking for your products or services. We help you to stand out clearly from the crowd. Design Promote makes it our business to get your business noticed,” concluded Jones.

    About Design Promote:
    Design Promote is a full service internet marketing firm with a focus on the trade show and event industry. They help their clients get found online with search engine optimization, SEO, social media, and awesome eye-catching websites designed to convert visitors into leads and sales by using inbound marketing strategies. Their clients range from local small businesses to global corporate manufacturers including three INC 5000 winners.

    For more information go to www.designandpromote.com

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    Borough May be on Brink of Digital Age

    The ease and instant gratification of online bill payment has spread to nearly every aspect of daily life, from phone and utility bills, to online banking. Now, the Matanuska Susitna Borough is poised to follow suit, and may make government services as easy to resolve as a PayPal purchase

    KTNA’s Lorien Nettleton has more

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    The Mat Su Borough is poised to join the digital age by making several legal services available online. The Borough Assembly will discuss a resolution at tonight’s meeting, which, if passed, will clear the way for the Borough’s technology department to provide online access to a broad range of services such as business licensing, pool passes, and parking permits.

    Shannon Post is the Borough’s Chief Information Officer, and she says the resolution would bring the borough into the 21st century, and make the government easier to navigate for the average citizen.

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    The Resolution before the assembly would re-appropriate leftover money from another IT project which was recently completed well under budget. Post says online access to services is the number one request the IT department receives, saying they receive requests on a daily basis.

    Making all the various permitting and payment processing for borough government available in one location will be no small task, but Post says extending online services to all aspects of government will ultimately provide an ease of access that will benefit all citizens, from residents working remotely on the north slope to entrepreneurs overseas, to rural residents who aren’t well-disposed to make a two-hour drive to Palmer to file for a parking permit or pool pass.

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    The digital services plan will also investigate the option of installing self-service kiosks in Borough buildings to help cut down on lines and speed up transactions.

    Article source: http://ktna.org/2012/02/21/18318/

    Customized search tools enabled on the North Carolina real estate website of …

    EUGENE, OR – February 21, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, real estate broker Deborah Cooke and IDX, Inc. announce the unveiling of the unique, thorough and comprehensive real estate website Cooke has synced with an IDX solution. The IDX Broker software she has integrated onto her search page gives Cooke and her clients a detailed database of Raleigh, North Carolina listings, displaying thousands of Triangle MLS (TMLS) listings seamlessly and instantly. Home seekers can experience an online property search comparable to none, thanks to the IDX enabled website Cooke hosts.

    Five unique search functions further simplify the ease of finding a home online for potential Evansville buyers. Basic, advanced, map, address and listing ID searches allow home seekers to create and customize their own search parameters by which to narrow and focus their search of the TMLS database. By erecting guidelines to retrieve only the most relevant properties to their search, clients of Cooke can quickly and easily find the home of their dreams online. IDX Broker software even gives home seekers the ability to save their search specifications, use them during later scans of the website Cooke supports, or utilize them as the basis for email notifications, which alerts potential buyers when a home that meets their needs and saved parameters is listed by TMLS.

    An administrative login page allows Cooke to efficiently and effectively manage all aspects of her website, from an unseen and personalized access page. Changing and customizing the look, layout and functionality of her search page has never been simpler, thanks to the IDX solution she employs. Cooke can edit the CSS and global wrappers of her page effortlessly, creating a more recognizable brand for her real estate business and website. IDX Broker software has given Cooke and her clients so many unique and valuable tools to simplify the online real estate marketplace.

    About Deborah Cooke

    Deborah Cooke is a real estate broker with Fonville Morisey Realty of Raleigh, North Carolina.

    About IDX, Inc.

    Based in Eugene, Oregon, IDX Inc. is nationally known as a leading provider of real estate search applications. IDX, Inc. actively manages over $1 trillion worth of active listings data from over 450 individual Multiple Listings Services (MLS). IDX, Inc. provides integrated IDX software, customizable listing search utilities and lead management tools for real estate based websites ( IDX Broker ). In addition to the primary web-based software, IDX also provides an integrated WordPress widget for use in WordPress based blogs and websites ( IDX Broker WordPress Plugin ) as well as a dedicated mobile application available for the iPhone and iPad ( myAgent IDX ). The entire suite of real estate software available from IDX is easy to manage and maintain and helps real estate professionals display real estate data from their multiple listing service (MLS) regardless of their technical ability. For more information on all the services provided by IDX, Inc. please visit www.idxbroker.com .

     

     

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    Options Evolving for Mobile HTML5 Developers to Get Paid

    shutterstock_mobile_payments_cartoon_150.jpgThe groundwork for a robust mobile Web app ecosystem was laid in 2011. The HTML5 spec evolved and major players began taking note that, hey, there might be some potential with the mobile Web … if only it could be monetized. Mobile developers are certainly testing out HTML5 apps and where the developers go, the tools providers will follow.

    For mobile developers, there are more tools to choose from than what IDE and framework to write code in. Developers also need to make money. In recent weeks we have seen several companies come out with payment models for HTML5 mobile Web apps looking to get an early slice of the pie that forecasters expect to grow exponentially in the next few years.

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    CorSource Technology Group Taps McBru for Branding and Web Design

    PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
    Leading tech b-to-b marketing communications agency McClenahan Bruer Communications (McBru) is delighted to announce Beaverton, Ore.-based software and IT services company CorSource Technology Group (CorSource) as a new client. McBru is working closely with CorSource executives to create a new branding and messaging strategy for the company, to be followed by an updated web strategy and new website design.

    CorSource selected McBru because of the agency’s deep understanding of the needs and drivers of technical audiences as well as its branding, messaging and website design expertise.

    “McBru viscerally understands our key audiences and their needs, and has a knack for overlaying that knowledge against our key business objectives,” said Andrew Hermann, CorSource’s chief marketing officer. “I could tell from our initial conversations that they could provide the kind of expert counsel, grounded in strong business and marketing knowledge, that will help us get to the next level.”

    CorSource will be offering customers a single point of contact for a comprehensive range of technology services that include custom software consulting, engineering and development, plus IT staffing. To reflect this new direction, McBru will be helping the company develop new brand positioning and correlating messaging. McBru will also develop a website that embodies the new brand.

    “Branding and identity development is some of the most interesting, challenging and fun work we do, and CorSource is a fantastic company to work with,” said Kerry McClenahan, McBru CEO. “It is a pleasure and an honor to work with such an intelligent, talented, high energy group. They clearly have a bright future ahead.”

    About McClenahan Bruer Communications

    At McBru, we focus exclusively on marketing for tech business-to-business companies. Our clients win awareness and preference in their markets because we understand technically savvy decision makers, from CEOs to engineers. Plus we’ve honed the processes, programs and creative that deliver measurable results. That’s why leading IT, software, semiconductor, electronics and other global tech companies choose McBru for advertising, influencer relations, social media, content marketing, lead nurturing and audience engagement. For additional information, visit
    http://www.mcbru.com or call 503-546-1000.

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    Sheridan: "We Absolutely Believe In Being Physical"

    Opening statement from Bill Sheridan.
    “First, I just want to thank the Glazer family, Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano for the opportunity they are giving me here with the Tampa Bay Bucs. It’s an opportunity I am very, very excited about and one that I absolutely recognize the magnitude of the responsibility that goes with that job. I just want to share with you a couple things that helped my candidacy here when I visited with Greg. Right from he get-go we saw a lot of things on a very eye-to-eye level, especially about how defense should be played and taught. Not necessarily in a particular order, but the number one statistic in defensive football is scoring defense and that obviously that will be an emphasis in everything we do. Obviously, if you keep people out of the end zone you are going to win games in this league. Another concept that I know Greg talked about when he talked about the offensive side of the ball, on the defensive side of the ball we absolutely believe in being physical and out-physicaling our opponent and actually attempting to physically dominate our opponent. We recognize this is predominately a passing league and the fans love to see the ball thrown all over the park and touchdowns passes and that kind of stuff. But we understand and recognize that games are really won on the front and we have a good young front here. And we are definitely going to talk and coach to our players about being aggressive and attacking and bringing everything across the line of scrimmage towards the opponent.”

    Opening statement discussing watching film from last year’s Tampa Bay defense.
    “In the short time I have been here we have looked at some film of last year’s Buccaneers defense. Not nearly to the extent we will. We are trying to get ready for the combine here in the next couple of days. One of a few things that really stood out was the volume of big plays they gave up here a year ago. One really encouraging thing we have seen when we watched the film was all of it is correctable. And that is the one thing that can and will be corrected is the sheer volume of big plays – which is plays that you might call plays of 20 yards or more – and a lot of that has to do with great effort and pursuit to the ball, which again, Greg and I saw that exactly the same from an important standpoint.”

    Opening statement on the expectations of his players.
    “I think the last thing in just regards to dealing with players in the time I have been in the NFL, all NFL players want to be great and are willing to do whatever you lead them to do to be great. They all want to be successful and win games. And so if you can show them how to do that, but more importantly, if you can be demanding of them, and that is something we definitely as a defensive and a full staff here – be with our players – we are going to demand the exact. They may never get to the expectations we have or we may be coaching them the exact same coaching points from July to January, but being demanding of your players in regards to the effort and execution. Those are the two things that win in the National Football League. If you can get your players to believe in your system and play as hard as they possibly can on each down and also get them to execute their jobs within the defense, that’s what wins.”

    Opening statement on the way Sheridan and his staff will teach the defense to the Buccaneers players.
    “In regards to the teaching style on the defensive side of the ball, we view ourselves as that – we are teachers. It is our job to communicate not only the schemes and the techniques we expect our players to execute, but to motivate them to perform them at the top level. Everything we do will be with energy and urgency and even though the season – as you guys know – is a marathon. But in a moment-to-moment basis there has to be a sense of urgency. From the 8:00 a.m. position meetings in the morning to everything you do in the practice, everything will have a tremendous amount of urgency to it. Our staff is all about correcting and teaching. We are not interested in justifying or explaining we are about finding what the issues are and correcting them and get them taught to the extent we need to, to win.”

    Opening statement on his lone season as the New York Giants defensive coordinator in 2009, which resulted in his dismissal following that season.
    “If you will let me I just want to address – a thing maybe you guys are dying to get to – I just want share with you my experience in New York and how that affected my candidacy here. First I want to say when I left New York and I talked to John Mara and Jerry Reece and Tom Coughlin I explained to them, as I did Greg when I took the interview here – I take, and took full responsibility for the fact we didn’t take good enough defense at the end of the year when I was coordinating that year. That was the first thing. Because I was put in charge of that and the bottom line was at the end of the year we didn’t keep the people out of the end zone good enough to be successful. If I can share with you a couple thoughts, the couple things that happened and a couple things I think that will b distinctly different here. When I was in New York I inherited the job there. I was promoted from within and we maintained the exact same staff that we had had the previous three or four ears with the exception of the linebackers coach that we brought in to replace me. Even though we started off the season 5-0 and had the number one-ranked defense in the National Football League, after sustaining a couple of season-ending injuries to some of our starters Antonio Pierce and Kenny Phillips, a first-round safety from Miami, Fla. we started to falter and we hit a skid during the middle of the season. I think in hindsight looking back one of the things we probably did was we assumed as a defensive staff. We assumed because we made the playoffs for four previous years that things would get turned around and that things would get better. The exciting thing about this opportunity is the fact that Greg is assembling an outstanding coaching staff with people that are coming from different backgrounds. Now as we go through OTAs here and into preseason camp and as we go through each game-planning session during the week we will be going over everything in a tremendous amount of detail so that we are making sure we are on the same page and that nothing will be assumed – because we have not been together. That’s kind of exciting from that standpoint.”

    Continuing the discussion about his lone season as defensive coordinator for the Giants in 2009.
    “The second thing that happened was when we sustained those injuries in the early to middle part of the year, in an attempt to help the new players that we were bringing in and working with – and some of those players were free agents off the street and they were bringing them in and they had to play in our lineup at the end of the year – I think we tried to be very simple for them to give them a chance to actually execute. In hindsight, again I think we might have been guilty about being too simple because it’s great for your own players because you present them a simplistic scheme that they can execute on Sundays, but you aren’t posing enough issues for the teams you’re playing against. You aren’t giving them enough problems. In hindsight, those are two things that are probably shoulda, woulda, coulda or definitely will look at going forward. I just wanted to share some of those thoughts with you and I’m looking forward to taking your questions.”

    What did you like about this defense based on your film study and where are the biggest areas of weakness?
    “That’s a good question. In general – very generally – they are young, which I think is great because they are only going to get better. Do you know what I mean? Guys aren’t stuck into a five- or six-year rut where maybe if they have been in the league half a dozen years that’s probably what they are as a player. Our players are young and they are only going to get better. As I mentioned earlier, I think we have a potentially very good young front. That’s a great way to start. The team that just won the Super Bowl won it that way and we won it in 2007 that way as well. Those two things – I think there is a lot of youth on the defense and that’s exciting because you change guys, and I think the front is potentially very good, which is a great way to get it started.”

    The Bucs had similar injuries to starters and had to bring in guys off the street, too. As a staff, do you need to have veteran role players and guys that can step in and actually play at a high level, and is that where free agency becomes important?
    “I think free agency was critical every offseason. Obviously, Greg, Mark and our staff will do a great job of analyzing what is out there and what is the best fit for us. I think your point is very well made in the fact that a veteran NFL player – even if it is a third- or fourth-year guy – at least has been around NFL defenses and can digest something maybe even coming in on a Tuesday and can line up as a backup on a Sunday the following week. As opposed to sometimes … because the college defenses are a little bit different, especially with the hash marks and how they are put together, I think there is a big learning curve for the rookies when they come in. If you are able to get a guy that has been around some other NFL teams a lot of time the terminology is similar and the schemes are similar to where they can line up for you in a short period of time. Free agency is critical.”

    Is there enough leadership on defense on the current Tampa Bay roster?
    “I don’t know that yet. I really don’t. I haven’t been around the players but a handful of them that have been through the facility in the last couple of days. I know when we come back from the combine we’re going to be diving into free agency, but that’s something I’m going to be looking forward to find out who are really the bell cows of the defense, outside of Ronde [Barber], which everybody recognizes. But I really don’t have a feel for that and once something is critical and something that we’re looking forward trying to find out as we get around our players more when the offseason program starts.”

    Speaking of Ronde Barber, has there been any dialogue with him about having him return for a 16th season?
    “I haven’t hardly reached out to any of the guys other than some of the guys I’ve bumped into at the facility here the last couple of days. Right now we’re concentrating on getting ready for the combine coming up. When we come back free agency will be a priority. At that time I know Mark and Greg and I will start talking about defensive needs and our current roster and where the needs are and how we’ll address free agency. But a lot of that stuff has not been talked about in the short time that I’ve been here. Our biggest sense of urgency now is to get ready to go down to Indianapolis and try to make the best use of the four or five days while we’re in town there to evaluate the draft prospects.”

    When looking at the defensive film from a year ago, was there a common thread that you saw that led to the Bucs struggling so badly?
    “Two things. One, they’re very correctable from a technique standpoint. There’s not a tremendous amount of variety in the NFL. There are only so many different coverages you can make up. People are playing similar types of coverages and schemes – 3-4, 4-3 – there are just about a half a dozen ideas you can have. But I think when we watch the film, and again, we’re watching the worst plays, we haven’t seen any of the TFLs (tackles for loss) or the sacks, we know those are good and they’re good and we want more of those, but we’ve watched the worse just to get a feel for our personnel and what some of the real issues were.”

    Continuing the discussion about watching the Bucs’ defensive tape from a year ago.
    “A lot of it is first just the techniques that you see. The one common thread was, on the big pass plays anyways, there wasn’t any pressure. I don’t mean just four-down pressure. Of course, if you can pressure the quarterback with four-down you’re going to win in the National Football League, but from a schematic standpoint it was kind of ironic that … the one thread when we watched, it was all just four-man rush. You’re vulnerable, somewhat, because the passing game is so fantastic in this league, the skill level for the passers and catchers is so fantastic, that unless you disrupt the guy throwing it it’s tough sometimes to match up and cover the down-the-field routes, and we recognize that.

    “So it’s very easy to sit up in the stands and critique the DB that got beat on the 7 cut, everybody can see that, but the fact that the quarterback had a thousand four, a thousand five to throw the ball, that’s not fair to the guy that’s trying to play on the back end. So that was one common thread we saw. That’s not to imply that the Bucs didn’t pressure last year. Obviously, they had more success when they did and most people do if their pressures are executed effectively. But that was one common thread, it was mostly just four-man rushes.”

    Greg Schiano talked about wanting to play a very aggressive style of defense. Is that a vision that you share?
    “I think two things. One is that everything we do defensively, even in a non-pressure scheme, will be all aggressive across the line of scrimmage techniques, especially in our front. We always say, we don’t let the offense climb up on us. You definitely have to pressure in this league, you can’t just rush four and say we’re good enough on the back end or we’re good enough with our front four. If you can do that, that’s great, and there’s a place for that in every single game. But you need to pressure. One, is it turns your player loose and gets them a chance to run at the ball, run across the line of scrimmage. The other thing is obviously it poses problems for the other side of the ball, the offense, which you definitely want to create for them.”

    Continuing the discussion about pressure defense
    “I think [pressure] an overused term, people love to talk about pressure and blitzing and how much and all that stuff, and you have to do it in a calculated form because the offenses get prepared for that, too. And if they know what’s coming and when it’s coming and how it’s coming, they’ll have an answer for it. There’s always and X’s and O’s answer for everything on both sides of the ball. So you definitely have a strategy and a percentage in mind of pressure. It needs to be calculated and it needs to be changed up and not always consistent so that they don’t get a beat on what you’re doing.”

    ”

Want will be your base defensive scheme?
    “In the building right now we have four-three personnel, that’s what they drafted for and we will go that way, of course, because that’s the makeup of our front seven. To try to convert to that in a single offseason would be very ambitious and you don’t need to. Half the teams on the league are doing three-four or four-three so we will definitely be a four-three. But when you watch film you see all the teams, particularly the 3-4 teams, which I came from in Miami, we look like four-down a lot, even though we are going to be a 4-3 personnel. We’ll look like an odd front plenty of time, but the actually guys will be four down guys with three linebackers.”
     
    What about the gap responsibilities?
    “I wouldn’t say that (it will look like the Giants), although it’s easy to say that because it’s a four-down defense. When you play an eight-man front and you decide to bring a safety off the back end and bring him down in you can afford to play one-gap responsibility, you can play your guys a little thinner on their shades and a little more vertical. When you’re playing tow high, which you definitely have to play in this league because of the quality of the wide receivers, somebody in your front seven is going to have to two-gap. Not your whole front seven, you don’t have to play an odd two-gap technique, but somebody on one of your edges, either your six technique or your open side end, especially if you get into one back sets, they can put you in situations where you’re better off if you can two-gap maybe one of yours guys. So yes, (they will have to learn a variety of techniques0 but they’re carryover in all of it. The mechanics of the techniques don’t change. It’s the alignment shades and the bottom line responsibilities.”
     
    What are your early impressions of Mason Foster?
    “I loved Mason coming out. When I was in Miami I gave him a very high draft grade. I just thought he made a ton of tackles at Washington. And I can’t speak to how he looked last year, I know on the passes plus-20 cut up that we’ve been watching he didn’t look too great, but nobody did. But I liked him a lot coming out last year. I really pushed for him in the Dolphin draft. As far as where he liens up, I can’t speak to that yet until we assess= free agency and the draft and then look at our overall package. But I will say this, he’s a linebacker, and to me if you’re a good linebacker, you should be able to play Sam (strongside), Mike (middle) or Will (weakside). You’re off the ball in a two-point stance, you’ve got similar key progressions, and very similar coverage responsibilities. I’m not hung on pigeon holing guys into specific positions. You’re a linebacker, and he definitely has talent.”
     
    Will this be a Bill Sheridan defense or a collective effort?
    All of that got discussed when we visited and I view it as a gigantic advantage. Along with having butch Davis on our side of the ball, I don’t know how Greg is titling him as a defensive consultant; I view that as a huge plus. I think our defense, it’s going to be Greg Schiano’s defense, because he’s our head coach and I’m coordinating it for him. Obviously he hired me because he feels I have a lot of experience and knowledge and competence and I’m excited about jumping into it and trying to mesh our ideas together, but it’s Greg’s defense for sure. He’s an outstanding defensive coach and was long before he was ever a head coach at Rutgers. And so that was all discussed on the up and up when we interviewed so I know exactly what I’m getting into. But like I said, I view it as a huge plus. Some people might view it as being too interfering but I don’t view it that way at all. It’s going to be great to have Greg as a resource and Butch.
     

    Article source: http://www.pewterreport.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=20&view=item&layout=item&id=7790

    Tour’s mission in Hampton: more black doctors … stat – The Virginian

    HAMPTON

    Of the nearly 1 million doctors in the United States, less than 4 percent are black, compared with 12.6 percent of the overall population, according to 2010 numbers.

    Dr. Kameron Matthews wants that to change.

    Her vision drives the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, a bus full of doctors, dentists and medical school students traveling this week to five historically black colleges and universities. Their first stop, on Monday, was at Hampton University.

    “I know there could be others doing what I’m doing on a daily basis,” said Matthews, a primary care physician in Chicago. “It doesn’t take much to get those others to where I am.”

    Though blacks, Native Americans and people of Latino or Hispanic origin accounted for about 28 percent of the U.S. population in 2008, they represented only about 12 percent of the nation’s medical school graduates in the past three decades, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Virginia recorded similar numbers.

    Matthews teamed with other doctors to create the tour because they wanted to ensure that minority students have the logistical information and support needed to launch a medical career.

    Their seven-hour program provides tips on interviewing, test-taking and applying to medical and dental school. The doctors also offer advice, encouragement and, in some cases, serve as mentors.

    Over a lunch of sandwiches and chips, Dr. Renee Volny told two students that keeping in touch with their mentors made it easier for them to write glowing recommendation letters.

    “Don’t be discouraged if you’re hoping for someone to mentor you and they’re not reaching out,” she said. “Contact your mentor.”

    Years ago, Hampton University gave that kind of help to Dr. Alden Landry, one of the tour’s co-directors. As a Hampton High School student, Landry participated in a university program that set him on the path to medical school.

    “I didn’t even know the process of becoming a physician until I did that program,” said Landry, an emergency room physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

    A physician’s race can make a difference for patients. Those cared for by doctors of the same race say they’re more satisfied with their visits and more engaged in their treatment, according to research.

    Minority physicians also are more likely to treat minority patients. In 2007, more than 45 percent of black medical school graduates said they planned to practice in an under-served area compared with about 21 percent of all graduates.

    “They’re more interested in helping their own community,” Matthews said.

    Minority medical students also can help their peers better understand needs and perceptions of patients with different backgrounds, a concept known as “cultural competence” in health circles.

    However, minority students often struggle to get in the door. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges:

    - 37.9 percent of black medical school applicants were accepted in 2007, compared with 44.6 percent overall.

    - 59.1 percent of black students entered medical school in debt, over 10 percentage points higher than the next-closest race.

    - 44.4 percent of black students entering medical school owed $25,000 or more on their pre-medical education, the highest among the races.

    According to Hampton University students, lack of information, confidence or money can prove to be obstacles. So can reluctance to continue school after college.

    “The whole idea of not being able to really work until you’re 30 doesn’t resonate well,” said Kyle Mason, 21, a kinesiology student from Minneapolis.

    About 12 percent of the incoming class at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk comes from under-represented races and ethnicities – higher than in previous years, said Dr. Richard V. Homan, the school’s provost and dean.

    To help attract minorities, EVMS has built relationships with nearby historically black colleges and is a partner in a bachelor’s/medical degree program that allows some higher-achieving students to be admitted to EVMS without taking the Medical College Admission Test.

    Homan hopes to do more, including adding a “vice president for diversity” position. In his prior post as dean and president of Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, he helped to develop a “holistic review” admissions process that weighs factors, such as family and community backgrounds, along with grade-point averages and MCAT scores.

    “My career goals have always been to provide opportunities for those individuals that weren’t afforded opportunities that were afforded me,” Homan said.

    Ariel James was among dozens of students wrestling with sample MCAT problems in a hushed Hampton University student center ballroom.

    She began thinking about medical school when she was growing up in Suffolk, helping her mother study for nursing exams. Now 25, James has a biology degree from Norfolk State University. She’s working toward a master’s degree in medical science, then medical school.

    James predicts the percentage of black doctors will rise with her generation.

    “With loans, with scholarships, with encouragement from people who look like us, we can really step it up and get more physicians of color out there,” she said. “It’s not impossible.”

    Amy Jeter, 757-446-2730, amy.jeter@pilotonline.com

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    Article source: http://hamptonroads.com/2012/02/tours-mission-hampton-more-black-doctors-stat

    Developers flock to HTML5

    HTML5 is rapidly gaining traction in the mobile application ecosystem. Many new smartphone browsers support it and most mobile developers are already using the language to build Web-based applications.  In addition, operators such as ATT Mobility (NYSE:T) have started promoting it as a means of streamlining app development and expanding market reach for mobile software products. Research firm Strategy Analytics projects annual sales of HTML5 handsets will reach 1 billion units in 2013, up from 336 million in 2011. The transition in mobile to HTML5 is in its early stages, but analysts agree the technology is here to stay. What are the chief benefits to developers of HTML5? Special feature

    Article source: http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/developers-flock-html5/2012-02-21

    Surrounding towns respond to Westborough apartment fire

    By Bonnie Adams,
    Government Editor

    e a 4-alarm fire at the Park Village West apartment complex in Westborough this morning.

    Firefighters from six local towns battle a 4-alarm fire at the Park Village West apartment complex in Westborough this morning.

    Westborough – Fire crews from Shrewsbury, Northborough, Hopkinton, Marlborough and Grafton were called to help the Westborough Fire Department battle a four-alarm fire at the Park Village West apartments, located at 135 East Main St.

    The fire started in a third floor apartment and quickly spread to the attic of the building shortly before 11 a.m. Crews from area towns responded to assist Westborough firefighters, including a ladder truck from Northborough. Several firefighters were seen on the building’s rooftop, cutting holes into the roof to vent the fire.

    Several people were transported to the hospital via ambulance; their injuries were not known but did not seem to be serious.

    The fire was reportedly started in a third-floor apartment in this building and quickly spread to the attic.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Crews from five towns assisted Westborough in containing the fire.

    Firefighters are on the rooftop of the building, cutting holes into the roof.

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    Article source: http://www.communityadvocate.com/2012/02/21/surrounding-towns-respond-to-westborough-apartment-fire/