Humboldt Crabs offense scores early and often in blowout win over Sacramento M’s

first_imgArcata >> It took the Crabs all of four batters to match their hit total from their game two nights earlier.It was also a precursor of things to come. Humboldt’s offense didn’t let Wednesday’s lack of hitting carry over into its weekend series and gave right-handed Matt Becker plenty of early offensive support in his first start of the summer, as the Crabs rolled to a 20-2 win over the Sacramento M’s at the Arcata Ball Park on Friday night.The Crabs — who improved to 18-3 on the season with …last_img read more

SA business ‘to help rebuild Zim’

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 7 April 2009 The South African business community was ready to start investing in Zimbabwe, Business Unity SA (Busa) president Patrice Motsepe said after a high-level meeting between a South African business delegation and the Zimbabwean government in Harare on Monday. “I have confidence that anyone who commits resources to Zimbabwe will see that the country is a good place to do business in,” said Motsepe, chairman of mining firm African Rainbow Minerals and owner of South African Premier League soccer club Mamelodi Sundowns. The 22-member Busa delegation met with President Robert Mugabe, Finance Minister Tendai Biti, and the local business community. The delegation included representatives from South Africa’s mining, retail, infrastructure, agriculture, transport, financial services and health care sectors. Busa said business leaders from Aspen Pharmacare, Massmart, Netcare, PPC Cement, Old Mutual, Price Waterhouse Coopers and the Industrial Development Corporation also participated. Motsepe expressed satisfaction at the progress being made by Zimbabwe’s new unity government in creating a conducive environment for business in the country. Zimbabwean state newspaper The Herald reports that the government, meeting at a weekend retreat at Victoria Falls, had agreed on a 100-day action plan to restore basic rights, heal political scars and boost international trust in the country. According to The Herald, the retreat was marked by a high degree of consensus between President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party and his former opposition rivals, the Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Addressing the meeting, which was sponsored by the World Bank, Tsvangirai again called on the West to “engage with us on our economic recovery programme”.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Google Finally Enables Push Gmail for iPhone and Windows Mobile

first_imgGoogle just announced that its users can now get their Gmail messages pushed directly to their iPhones and Windows Mobile phones. Push Gmail is now a feature of Google Sync. Google started to support the iPhone, iPod touch, and Windows Mobile in Google Sync earlier this year, but at that time, it could only push calendar and address book changes directly to these phones. Finally, Gmail users will now be able to see messages in the iPhone’s mail app without having to regularly ping Google’s servers for updates.Google provides a good set of instructions for how to get this to work with your iPhone and Windows Mobile device, though it really doesn’t take much more than just a few minutes to get this to work. As Google has licensed Microsoft Exchange for this feature, you simply bypass the Google Mail setup wizard on the phone in favor of a Microsoft Exchange account and then follow these instructions. If you are already using the calendar and contacts sync, all you have to do is flip one switch in your Microsoft Exchange setup on the phone. Google Sync supports Google Apps accounts, just make sure you enable this feature in your Google Apps dashboard.Google, of course, already offered this feature for Android users and Blackberry devices. For iPhone users – and especially for business users – this is a big deal, however, as it finally allows Google to offer a feature that Yahoo Mail users were able to enjoy from the day the iPhone launched. It’s also worth noting that other services like Nuevasync have offered iPhone users a way to route around this problem for a while already.It’s important to note that the iPhone only offers support for a single Exchange account, so you can’t use this new feature to push mail from both a personal and a business account at the same time, for example. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

MySQL Vs. MariaDB: Power Plays By Expanding Communities

first_imgbrian proffitt Tags:#MariaDB#MySQL#Oracle Related Posts David Axmark and Monty WideniusMariaDB, the open source fork of the popular MySQL relational database, is slowly but surely making inroads in the MySQL user base by building a stronger community. Clear evidence of that comes with the report from The Register today that Google is assigning a full-time engineer to the MariaDB Foundation. But Oracle is responding with its own plans to diversify its own MySQL developer community.In itself, Google sending a single developer to MariaDB might not seem like big news, but it points to a growing trend for MariaDB in its battle against predecessor MySQL. MySQL has become increasingly isolated as an open source project since the open-source database was acquired by Oracle when the software giant purchased Sun Microsystems.“Isolated,” in this case, points to the growing perception that Oracle does not accept many outside contributions for the MySQL database, which is dual-licensed under the GNU General Public License for developers and a commercial license for customers. The GPL is key here: any project that forks away from MySQL and makes code changes to improve upon the original MySQL code is required to publish the source code for those changes somewhere, presumably for the benefit of the MySQL team.This is the very heart of free software “copyleft” development: it ensures that improvements can be shared among many related projects. But critics such as Monty Widenius  the original creator of MySQL and the newer MariaDB project, maintain that Oracle is deliberately keeping the number of accepted contributions low. There is no rule in the GPL, after all, that says code changes have to be accepted by the parent project.The effect of such policies, critics charge, is that as forked versions of MySQL like MariaDB are changed, it is increasingly difficult to maintain compatibility with MySQL. While some forked projects in the open source world don’t give a flying fig about compatibility  MariaDB most certainly does—otherwise, it would not be able to be a one-to-one replacement for existing MySQL databases.This is why Widenius and his MariaDB team are geared up about Google’s participation: they believe that strength in diversity will make MariaDB a better project and one not controlled solely by a single commercial entity. Indeed, the Register article speculates that this is why Google is coming on board: their own Cloud SQL product is based on MySQL, and therefore has its destiny tied to the whims of Oracle. Getting more involved with MariaDB is a good piece of insurance, should Oracle get squirrelly.SkySQL CEO Patrik Sallner gave The Reg his theory on why he thinks Google is joining in. ‘There are quite a few companies not financially sponsoring the Foundation but [which] are providing resources, because they see the value of being part of the community. That’s another thing we learned from MySQL, to make sure there are enough contributors. At MySQL there were not that many externally,’ he said.‘None, none,’ Widenus [sic] chipped in during our conversation.Did Oracle Pick Up The Clue Phone?Widenius may have gotten ahead of himself with that statement to the Register, as Oracle may be wising up to the fact that if it wants to keep interest going in MySQL as an open source project, it has better start opening the shell a little. As recently as last month, MySQL Community Manager Dave Stokes made a public call for external contributors for MySQL.Stokes’ request was met with some derision, with complaints about his mentioned requirement for contributors to sign the Oracle Contributors Agreement. Such agreements can rankle those in the open source development community, since they usually mean giving up license control and even intellectual property rights for submitted code to the project host.Former MySQL Community Manager Giuseppe Maxia came to Oracle’s defense a few days later.“I may not like it, but licensing was still a consistent part of the business when I left Oracle, and I assume it still is. Since this “feature” helps paying the developers that create open source software, I believe it is a reasonable trade-off.“Besides, also MontyProgram asks the same thing, and so does Apache and Canonical,” Maxia wrote.Maxia also cited that in his experience, contributing to MySQL code is more difficult than other projects, due to the intricacy of the database’s source code itself.If Oracle’s call to action has the intended effect, it should increase the diversity of the MySQL community, and perhaps allay ongoing fears that Oracle will always dominate the destiny of MySQL and can’t be trusted.But that won’t stop the MariaDB team from using the “more open than MySQL” tactic to win over business customers and their developers. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more