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It was former Presidential Candidate and founder of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Ross Perot who famously said “The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.” A quote which may strike resonance with the world’s politicians as they continue to wrestle with the major challenge of setting a global green agenda whilst battling tough economic conditions. President Obama’s second term inaugural speech certainly won plaudits for his determination to tackle climate change, his powerful statements deliberately pitched to be emotive on a global stage, whilst reassuring an American nation still reeling from the effects of hurricane Sandy. “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” And “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgm... (more)

Cloud Computing - The New Rock n' Roll

Two news items have caught the attention this week, and both brought the John Lennon and Paul McCartney penned Beatles classic “The Fool on the Hill” to mind (more specifically the line “Well on his way, his head in a cloud”). One piece compares data centers with rock stars and the second, globally reported, contained President Obama’s $3.8 trillion 2011 budget blueprint designed to pull the US economy’s deficit out of the danger zone. Although the headlines might appear unrelated, the actual content of both pieces reveal two sides of the same coin. The coin being Cloud computing... (more)

The State of the Internet Past and Present

Kudos to JESS3 - a creative agency that specializes in web design, branding and data visualization - for this excellent ‘State of the Internet’ presentation. When you take a step back and consider the mind boggling numbers presented throughout this vid, you realise just how far we’ve come since Nicholas Negroponte of MIT Media Labs said back in ‘97 that “the internet was the most overhyped, underestimated phenomenon in history.” Hindsight is a wonderful thing but how must the guys at Newsweek feel when they look back through their archives and read this piece from Clifford Sto... (more)

iomart Hosting's Cloud Computing Platform Helps Nova International

More than half a million people will visit the site over this coming weekend for the Bupa Great North Run, as well as registering for Nova's other Great Run events in Edinburgh, Sheffield and Portsmouth which take place in October. Chris Kewin, IT Director at Nova International, said: "iomart Hosting's technical expertise and support provides relief to Nova's small but busy IT team. It's critical for our business that we have a 24/7 scalable service. Nova is looking seriously at cloud technology on which to build third generation systems that can scale out rather than up.  Cloud ... (more)

Why we need to get behind Scotland’s new E-skills Initiative

The UK Government has this week finally thrown its weight behind the campaign to improve the teaching of computer science in our schools. As it reviews ICT provision in the curriculum it will be the responsibility of government to work with industry to ensure that computer skills are now taught properly. The government’s statement follows the publication in February of the Next Gen report co-authored by Ian Livingstone and Alex Hope, which highlighted the poor quality of computer teaching in schools as one of the biggest obstacles to growth for the video games and VFX industries i... (more)