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Comment: Try a few of them (Score 1) 350

by EdA (#39937055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?

When I got my first digital camera I sent about $10 worth of the same images to two vendors (Snapfish and Kodak) then I compared the results.
Kodak won hands down. I could have tried a larger set of services. Kodak had a scenario where you could pick up the prints at CVS or Walgreens with no shipping charges, but that ended I think. So you may want to take into account how to avoid shipping. /Ed

+ - 4PSA Introduces New Online Presence->

Submitted by elenac
elenac (875136) writes "Orlando Fl, February 14, 2011 — 4PSA, the developer of multiple software solutions for cloud computing, best known for its leading edge VoipNow Cloud Computing Unified Communications solution, has announced today the availability of a new online presence, as well as of back-end automation and global branding solutions that emphasize both the company culture and the marketing strategy.

The two dominant colors of the 4PSA brand are now green and orange and they reflect 4PSA’s vibrant energy and commitment to the core values of life. The company translates these concepts in its innovative software products that optimize the use of vital resources through cloud computing and allow people to stay in touch and collaborate with the help of Unified Communications.

The company website available at www.4psa.com has been redesigned, optimized, and simplified. Visitors can now locate information even more easily, while customers can log in to powerful portals that allow them to manage their business and technical relationship with 4PSA. The website is also leveraging the automation technologies developed by the company to provide customers with an enhanced experience.

"Thanks to our latest back-end development, we have streamlined and optimized many internal flows and resources that normally required human intervention or monitoring. While it might not be obvious, one the most important things we wanted to improve is customers’ ability to locate the information relevant to their business. Usually, this issue is not covered by software automation products because they gather most of their intelligence from the provider’s perspective. We believe that focusing on the customer is critical for business success," stated Bogdan Carstoiu, 4PSA’s CEO.

The new management portals available for 4PSA customers and partners are called Business Zone and Support Zone. "One of the most important things we’ve learned while studying our customers’ behavior is that business people have different requirements than technical people and what’s obvious for them might not be so obvious for the others and vice versa. That’s why we have designed a portal where business people can manage software licensing, billing information, orders, invoices, provisioning etc. and another portal where technical people can get in touch with our support engineers, access the Knowledge Base and technical documentation, review the history of the incidents they came across with us etc. These two portals are different in design and flow." Mr. Carstoiu added.

While the two portals, Business Zone and Support Zone, vary in form and concept, they can be managed from a single point by the customer representative. Together with the back-end systems, they will allow the company to launch new services in the months to come.

About 4PSA

4PSA® is a leading innovative software development company, specialized in applications that run on computer clouds. The company provides, under the 4PSA® brand, solutions that help service providers and enterprises better manage their IT infrastructure, automate processes, and deliver improved communication services.

The 4PSA flagship solution is VoipNow® Platform, a suite of software applications designed to accelerate Unified Communications adoption by businesses and end-users. The products are built around cloud computing and provide unrivaled performance with the most comprehensive features, massive scalability, and the ultimate in automation. 4PSA’s success is based on excellence, innovation, and customer-driven processes. The company's business processes are supported by the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certified by TÜV CERT.

For more info, please visit www.4psa.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/4psa or join our LinkedIn group at www.4psa.com/linkedin."

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+ - Feds checking post-vaccine seizures in young kids->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said there have been 36 confirmed reports of seizures this flu season in children ages 6 months through 2 years. The seizures occurred within one day after they were vaccinated with Fluzone, the only flu shot recommended in the United States for infants and very young children. Ten of the children were hospitalized, but all recovered."
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+ - Rumor: iPhone nano to Drop Local Memory in Favor o->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "'Significantly lighter' and "about half the size of iPhone 4," the rumored iPhone nano is described as featuring "an edge-to-edge touchscreen" and "voice navigation."

Apple is apparently working on a revamped MobileMe online services suite apparently set to go free this June. The service should be bundled with the smaller iPhone to play an important role as an online "locker for personal memorabilia such as photos, music and videos, eliminating the need for devices to carry a lot of memory," authors Yukari Iwatani Kane and Ethan Smith underscored. This is where the real kicker comes in.

Popular Apple blog Cult of Mac dropped a bomb Monday claiming the iPod nano will have no local storage whatsoever. Powered by "a cloud-based iOS", the iPhone nano would keep your images, movies, music — everything — in the cloud, editor-in-chief Leander Kahney wrote:

'The iPhone nano will have no memory for onboard storage of media, our source says. It will have only enough memory to buffer media streamed from the cloud. The iPhone nano will pull ALL it's content from MobileMe.

When users buy a movie or TV show on iTunes, it's available to stream to their iPhone or iPad. The service is based on technology from LaLa.com, a streaming service that Apple bought last spring and then shut down.'"

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+ - Tesla v. Edison Mad Lib->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla — a former master and apprentice who had a falling out and a professional battle to see who could power the U.S. But what if they had an actual throw-down? Who would win? To find out, try the PhysicsBuzz Tesla v. Edison Mad Lib."
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Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Protein ... and Now Fat 210

Posted by timothy
from the visit-the-chiba-clinic-for-an-upgrade dept.
ral writes "The human tongue can taste more than sweet, sour, salty, bitter and protein. Researchers have added fat to that list. Dr. Russell Keast, an exercise and nutrition sciences professor at Deakin University in Melbourne, told Slashfood, 'This makes logical sense. We have sweet to identify carbohydrate/sugars, and umami to identify protein/amino acids, so we could expect a taste to identify the other macronutrient: fat.' In the Deakin study, which appears in the latest issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, Dr. Keast and his team gave a group of 33 people fatty acids found in common foods, mixed in with nonfat milk to disguise the telltale fat texture. All 33 could detect the fatty acids to at least a small degree."

Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game 196

Posted by Soulskill
from the pick-up-and-play dept.
suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Engadget: "Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad. Interestingly, not only is the development cross-platform friendly, but the game itself (a simple Indiana Jones platformer was demoed) saves its place and lets you resume from that spot on whichever platform you happen to pick up."

Comment: Unheated warehouse (Score 1) 1127

by EdA (#27561611) Attached to: Worst Working Conditions You Had To Write Code In?

On my first business trip I went to Australia, left 90F weather for 45F. After 26 hours of travel I went right from the airport to the unheated warehouse where we were staging for a trade show.
Half of my equipment didn't show up so I had to recode my demo with the equipment that had arrived. The software package was buggy and if you did certain operations you'd lose your work.

The warehouse had 2 refrigerators, one with all beer. The other was all chocolate. /Ed

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