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Over €2000 raised at annual Run in the Dark event – pic special

first_imgThe annual Run in the Dark event had another successful outing as the public turned out in high numbers to participate. A pop-up edition of the global fundraising movement was held on Thursday to raise funds for the Mark Pollock Trust – with over 350 in attendance and €2600 raised in total.The Mark Pollock Trust strives to find a cure for paralysis and promotes universal access to eksobionics exoskeletons for paralysed people, stroke patients, those with MS and other neurological conditions. The organisers would like to extend their thanks to Anita Jackson and Johnny Loughrey for bravely demonstrating walking in the exoskeleton, Brid ni hici, Michael, Danny and Minnie O’Donnell for entertaining the crowd and to cois Farraige Bakery, the Ivy Bistro, Siopa Mhici and Donegal hygiene for sponsoring the refreshments on the night.Photos by Bríd Sweeney.  Over €2000 raised at annual Run in the Dark event – pic special was last modified: November 18th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Mark Pollockmark pollock trustrun in the darklast_img read more

RWW Live Special: 2008 Year in Review (Updated With Audio)

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… For the final RWW Live show of the year today, the ReadWriteWeb writers and a couple of special guests got together to review the year in Web technology. Joining host Sean Ammirati were Marshall Kirkpatrick, Sarah Perez and Richard MacManus from ReadWriteWeb. We had two special guests who joined the call while we were live: Allen Stern of Center Networks and Kevin Marks of Google. Thanks to both of them for jumping in at the last minute. Here is the audio recording of the show:Download MP3In the call we discussed the highlights of 2008: the top Web companies, the biggest technology trends – including an especially good conversation on open versus closed systems – and finally some predictions for 2009. We also touched on some of the 2008 in Review posts we’ve published in December:Top 100 Products of 2008Best LittleCo of 2008 & Most Promising for 2009Best BigCo of 2008: AppleWe look forward to doing more RWW Live shows in 2009! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#2008 in Review#Podcasts#web#Year in Review Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Setting a Deliberate Path to Principal Engineer

first_img[Originally posted on ]I ran into Cathy Spence (@cw_spence) at the Intel IT Leader’s Summit in San Jose. She mentioned she had just found out she was promoted to Principal Engineer. I realized I didn’t know much about the process or what that really means, so I interviewed her recently after everything was announced. I assume the process is similar in IT and tech groups at other companies, so I thought I’d share her story.Here’s our conversation.Tell me about what you do at Intel.I have two jobs.  First, I’m the Hosting Portfolio enterprise architect and my domain expertise is in Cloud Computing.  One area where I go deep is in Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) where I am the technical domain owner and have overseen the path to production. In short, I provide direction on how Intel IT can use the cloud to better run Intel’s business.My second job is that I run the technical arm of the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA). The ODCA is an industry group that has come together to express requirements for Cloud Computing.  It consists of ~300 companies including BMW, Lockheed Martin, SAP and the National Australia Bank.  The best part is working with my peers in other companies and learning how they are dealing with the same challenges that we are addressing in Intel IT.You have built a pretty amazing career in engineering, what’s your background?My education is in engineering and computer science. I went to Trinity College in Hartford, which had a very small engineering department, then at Harvard I studied software engineering in grad school.  For many years I worked as a software engineer, became a supervisor and eventually I ran a consulting practice.  The focus of the consulting was helping customers use Intel components in computer-telephone solutions.  This practice manager job provided me some great customer focus and I learned a lot about business.  After that, I moved into IT where I have been for 10 years, in research and enterprise architecture teams.Congratulations on your recent promotion to Principal Engineer. What exactly is a Principal Engineer?A Principal Engineer (PE) is a very senior individual contributor in Intel’s technical career track.  In order to be considered for this promotion, you must demonstrate accomplishments in a set of readiness indicators.  Not only are you expected to be a deep technical expert with significant impact in your technology area but you also must demonstrate strategic contribution and be a role model & mentor within the organization.Intel IT promoted three individuals to PE this year including two women. That brought the total number of women PEs in IT to 5 out of 25 in total. That’s significant progress for us technical women.Tell me about your journey, your path to Principal Engineer.It took years of hard work to get to this point. In order to have enough impact, I had to build up enough critical mass working with my team. You can’t do it all by yourself; you have to bring the team with you and carve out your specific contribution.  And that takes time and energy.Plus you have to have enough visibility so that you are immediately associated as the expert in your area.  Think of it as your brand identity.  When you hear about cloud computing, I hope my name comes to mind – especially PaaS (platform as a service), which is my deep technical area.  One way I created visibility was to sponsor a global series of hackathons in Intel IT.  The hackathons not only trained developers on how to build apps for the cloud, they also introduced them to concepts around PaaS.  A bigger impact was created by combining a few purposes together.  People remember you for those big impact accomplishments.Did you get sponsored?Your manager nominates you for a principal engineer based on the readiness indicators. A lot of work goes into preparing the nomination package including your academic credentials, your claim-to-fame projects (so you have be known for delivering something pretty big), and your publications & patents. You also need to have recommendations from senior technical and business leaders and external influence. It comes down to the evidence that you have crossed the high bar – and have others inside and outside the company willing to testify on your behalf.What’s changed in short time since this was announcement? Where do you go from here?I’m rethinking my scope of responsibility now. There have been some leadership changes and movement within the IT organization, which opens up opportunities. I need to up-level my perspective, take even more leadership and create opportunities for more people to contribute.Do you have advice for other women engineers?Know it’s possible – women can be successful in this kind of field. If you are on an engineering path, step back out of the day-to-day work and take a look at the bigger picture.  Advancement to the principal engineer level is a multi-year journey. Do the things on the horizon that move you toward it and be deliberate!What else could we do to help technical women chart their career paths?- KelliFollow Cathy Spence and Kelli Gizzi on Twitter: @cw_spence and @kelligizzi with the hashtag #IntelITGet the latest from the Intel IT team, download the Intel IT Business Review mobile app. read more

Off the Shelf or Custom Tailored Compute?

first_imgBy Rob Hayes – Intel VP, Data Center Group, GM, Data Center Group Strategic PlanningCommon off the shelf, general purpose computing solutions deliver increasingly faster performance and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to fixed function appliances.  Intel continuously improves the performance per TCO of general purpose computing through our investments in Moore’s Law and we have “perfected” the concept of designing a great processor and manufacturing millions of them (per day!) exactly the same.  As more industries have been attracted to general purpose computing on Intel Architecture, the system requirements and workload attributes have grown more diverse, creating tension with the general purpose “one size fits all” model.Historically, enterprise IT consumed the majority of server CPUs – driving a specific set of requirements.  More recently, developers of public cloud services, high-performance computing applications, and telco services also seek to benefit from the standard high-volume economics of Intel’s ecosystem and gain the agility of quickly deploying software-based services.  These new applications have differing requirements for performance, I/O, security, manageability, etc. making it difficult to serve all user needs with one product line.  The challenge is how to enable great performance for a range of workloads and the ability for customers to integrate their unique value into IA platforms without sacrificing the economic benefits of common off the shelf silicon.To address this challenge, Intel has been building new capabilities to tailor our general purpose products into workload-optimized derivatives with various combinations of processor cores, accelerators, I/Os, and custom logic.  Some examples: These capabilities allow Intel and our partners to leverage the IP building block designs and manufacturing processes from our general purpose product line to create workload-optimized and custom products on Intel Architecture that provide optimal performance for the desired application.  The best of both worlds.This blog originally appeared on The Data Stack. Cores:  Intel has designed a family of processor cores that are each optimized for different types of workloads – integer and floating point, scalar and vector, latency sensitive and high-throughput processing.Accelerators:  We created a variety of workload accelerators to offload the CPU of routine functions like compression, encryption, graphics, media transcode, packet inspection and filtering, and others.I/Os:  We offer a broad range of standard interfaces such as PCI-Express, Ethernet, SATA, DDR, USB, etc. as well as proprietary high-speed and memory-coherent interfaces for tight integration with the processor.Custom logic:  For customers who want a custom-tailored product, we can integrate their unique value into custom CPUs and/or ASICs through our SoC design methodology and Intel Custom Foundry design tools and manufacturing services.last_img read more

4 ways to get people to trust your organization

first_imgReader Sonia emailed me today to note her local paper is doing a series of exposes on charity. (Fortunately, Sonia’s organization is not in this story – nor shoud it be!) But Sonia worried this type of coverage, by raising doubt about charity in general, could hurt giving to her organization.Here’s what I told her:You want to regularly assure all of your donors and prospects that you’d never be caught up in the shenanigans exhibited by the sorry crew in the paper. You do that by how you behave, not by what you claim:1. Show how you stretch your dollars in tough times. Show how you pinch every penny to ensure that the hard-earned gifts of your supporters go to your programs and not inefficiencies. Show you’re a careful and thoughtful steward of their contributions. 2. Be specific in your appeals. What is the need? What will donor dollars achieve? Be as tangible as possible. There is a reason people love and Donors Choose. 3. Show where the donation goes. When you thank donors, are you quick about it? Are you specific about where the money went? Do you provide them with regular progress reports on the results of their donations? 4. Whenever possible, have third parties attest to your effectiveness. Make sure as much of your messaging as possible is said by donors, trusted third-parties and beneficiaries rather than just you. In short, I’d focus on living up to this list rather than lamenting the newspaper story. You don’t need people to trust charities. You need them to trust you.last_img read more

Simon Cowell Joins Cruelty Free International Global Campaign To End Dog Experiments

first_imgSimon Cowell and a team of celebrities have been photographed with their companion dogs by world renowned portrait photographer, Rankin, to launch a global campaign by Cruelty Free International to end the use of dogs in experiments.Simon Cowell by Rankin joins Cruelty Free International to end dog experimentsSimon was joined by Squiddly, Diddly and Freddie in Rankin’s London studio to tell the world that dogs do not belong in laboratories.Simon stated: “I have always loved dogs but had no idea how much happiness they would bring to my life. Squiddly, Diddly and, now, Freddie are hugely important members of my family – and even the thought of any dog being mistreated sickens me. That’s why I’m supporting Cruelty Free International – to stop dogs being used for experiments in laboratories around the world. No dog should be treated in such a way. After all, they are man’s (and woman’s) best friend.”Michelle Thew, CEO, Cruelty Free International said: “We are thrilled to have Simon’s support for our global campaign to end experiments on dogs. There are strong ethical and scientific reasons against using dogs in research. Dogs are trusting and forgiving yet they are being betrayed in their thousands by humans, the very ones they look to for affection and reassurance.”Every year, thousands of dogs suffer in cruel experiments across the world. In the US, 59,358 dogs were used in experiments in 2014. The top five states using dogs were Ohio (5,252), New Jersey (5,035), Michigan (4,694), Wisconsin (4,894) and Minnesota (3,350).Beagles are the most commonly used breed. They are mainly subjected to poisoning tests (known as toxicity testing) in which they are force fed, forced to inhale or injected with drugs and chemicals to see what dose will sicken or kill them. Even industrial chemicals and agricultural products such as pesticides and weed-killers can be tested.The Cruelty Free International campaign places the use of dogs in experiments on the global political and public agenda; raising public awareness and persuading governments, regulators and key decision-makers to end the use of dogs in testing.last_img read more