Archive for May, 2010

Google encrypted

May 30th, 2010

 Google is rolling out an  encrypted version of its search engineto protect Internet users from having their searches sniffed by others on their network. The new version of Google is SSL encrypted is located at Like many of Google’s other changes, it’s being rolled out slowly to all users who choose to search securely.

SSL search means that an encrypted connection is created between your browser and Google’s servers. When you perform a search, your search terms and whatever results come back will only be visible to you—anyone sniffing packets on your network won’t be able to see for w at you’re lsearching.

What Is Universal Search?

May 29th, 2010


Search your  company information quickly with the familar  Google, context-sensitive ,Search  Appliance. Universal search is the ability to search all content in an enterprise through a single search box. Although content sources might reside in different locations, such as on a corporate network, on a desktop, or on the World Wide Web, these appear in a single, integrated set of search results.

The Google Search Appliance provides many capabilities and features that–when used–enable you to enhance universal search and the search experience for your users 

The Google Search Appliance is a one-stop search and index solution for businesses of all sizes. When users search for information, the Google Search Appliance returns a single set of search results that are integrated from different types of sources.The Google Search Appliance crawls and indexes content from many sources:

  • File shares-Files in 220 different formats, such as HTML, PDF, Microsoft Office, and many more
  • Intranets- All files on your intranets or other web servers
  • Content Management Systems-Information in content management systems, with built-in connectivity to EMC Documentum, IBM FileNet, Open Text Livelink, and Microsoft SharePoint
  • Enterprise applications-Information in your business applications, using Google’s OneBox for Enterprise, which enables a search appliance to connect with enterprise applications, such as Customer Relations Management (CRM) systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, and financial databases
  • Databases-Records in relational database management systems, including IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and Sybase
  • World Wide Web-Information on the web

SR1m for prized beauty camel

May 29th, 2010

Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state oil company, has been ordered to pay SR1m ($266,000) for causing the death of a prized beauty camel. The rare black camel fell into a hole in the desert that Aramco had dug and filled with oil,

Gold bar vending machine

May 29th, 2010

Try the world’s first gold bar vending machine in  Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace  The Gold To Go machine, is covered in 24-carat gold, and dispenses one, five and 10 gram bars and for theose who can afford to stay at Emirate’s Palace,  one ounce bars of gold.

Change to some school timetables

May 27th, 2010
  • The start of the school year will be deferred from September 5 to 12, after Eid celebrations.
  • Exams of the end of first semester will start on December 12 and the holiday will begin on December 19 for two weeks.
  • The second semester will start on January 2 2011.
  • Students will sit for exams on March 20 with the second semester break starting on March 27 2011. 
  • The third semester will begin on April 3 and exams will start on June 19.
  • Final results will be announced on June 28, with summer holidays beginning on July 14.
  • The new timetable applies to all government and those  private schools following the UAE Ministry of Education curriculum,
  • The school year will remain at 180 days.

Etisalat to compensate drivers for SMS problems

May 27th, 2010

Five-day outage of SMS parking system left motorists unable to pay using mobile phones. ( note Etisalat board took $10.2m in bonuses  and the number of cars in the UAE is expected to grow> 7% this year)

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition

May 25th, 2010

A recently published whitepaper is now available on TechNet that describes the benefits of deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and scenarios in which its features can be applied.

Dynamics AX Workflow Video

May 25th, 2010

See  Josh Honeyman (Snr Dev Lead on Workflow) ina   channel e ‘Building Business Process into your Application’ uses Dynamics AX as a case study of how to build workflows.

He explains the current workflow framework within Dynamics AX 2009 including and  the future of Workflow in Dynamics, ‘Near future’ with WF 4.0 and the long term future involving OSLO repositories.

 To configure your workflow in a flow-chart style interface is a huge value-add.

Opt out of expensive Spam text messages

May 24th, 2010

The UAE’s Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA) has instructed operators du and Etisalat to allow customers to block unwanted text message ‘spam’. From June this year, mobile customers will be able to unsubscribe themselves from lists used by firms to send out advertising or promotional messages, TRA director general Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim told UAE daily Emarat Al Youm. Al Ghanim said that the changes would not affect messages from banks, but that otherwise customers would enjoy a streamlined process when it came to opting out of receiving unwanted messages.

13-year-old becomes youngest person to climb Everest

May 22nd, 2010

With bad news around every corner from Volcanic ash, plane crashes, major oil spills, and tumbling stock markets  it was a pleasure to read the =incredibekl achievement of the American boy who scaled the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) summit of Mount Everest from the Tibetan side.