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Huawei has established itself as a solid provider of ICT infrastructure technologies across consumer, carrier and enterprise markets worldwide. CIOs and IT leaders should utilize this research to familiarize themselves with Huawei’s “all-cloud” strategy and ecosystem development….
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Keep your lawn green this summer!
The following five steps will allow you to significantly improve your lawn while saving a tremendous amount of water use throughout the year. The following five steps only take about 30 minutes across the entire year in order to properly improve your specific situation. The simple fact is you do not need to kill off your lawn in order to save significant amounts of water and contribute to the efficiency of water use within California.
By implementing these steps I personally experienced more than 30% reduction in my water use while my neighbors stood in awe of how florescent green my lawn was. When I showed my water bill and the savings to my neighbors they were in complete disbelief because they believed they had to kill off their lawn by reducing their water use to all zero but quite in fact this is not necessary. With proper maintenance, a lawn and your entire yard needs only a fraction of a the water necessary to keep it green and beautiful when you are not properly caring for it.
Step 1. Follow the sun (and the weather).
Often, many of us pay attention to the weather in order to select the right clothing for the day. However many of us ignore the fact that our lawns also need you to adjust your care according to the weather and the amount of sun your lawn will receive. So it is important to note what the weather will be like and the temperature ranges that your lawn will be experiencing along with you during the day.
Step 2. Penetrate your soul (leverage an aerator).
This simple little tool can be used to significantly change the absorption rate of water for your lawn. Imagine that you don’t aerate your lawn, without aeration the water sits on the top layer of soil and if you have a hill or sloped lawn it rolls right off only permeating the very top quarter-inch layer of topsoil. The goal for water efficient lawn is to maintain deep penetration of water into the topsoil and the only way to perform this without overwatering is through aeration. Aeration also has other benefits such as delivering nutrients further into the soil towards the roots of your grass. This is the single most effective way to reduce water usage and it only takes five minutes with this tool found at Home Depot at the following URL: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Hound-Dog-Steel-Spike-Aerator-HDP37/202605484
Step 3. Renew your body (sprinkle some seed).
Re-seeding is an essential step to keeping a quality lawn. Over time and age lawn degrades and the blades of grass simply don’t have the same luster as they once had similar to humans and aging. So it is important to re-seed on a regular basis usually in the springtime. There are many types of seed and you should try and match the type of seed that you already have if at all possible so that you can maintain the look the you desire. For me a simple fescue mix from my local Walmart or Home Depot was sufficient to maintain my own grass in the look that I desired.
Step 4. Take some vitamins (fertilize!).
The next step after aeration is to ensure that your grass has quality nutrients delivered directly to its roots, just like our bodies need vitamins so to do grasses and other shrubs we plant our yards. A simple $10-$15 fertilizer sprinkled across your lawn is sufficient to provide nutrients for almost 6 months and significantly improve the health of your lawn and provide for a florescent green and healthy color. This step takes only minutes once every six months. Ideally you can spread fertilizer with the same handheld spreader you use for the seed.
Step 5. Adjust your clocks! (water at the right time of day).
The final step in this process is to adjust your watering habits or your watering system to accommodate our newly renovated lawn. An unhealthy lawn without these maintenance techniques requires 2 to 3 times as much water, leading guidance from common Internet sources to claim watering must be 8 to 10 minutes per day in order for the desired look. However I have found that For my environmental conditions in Northern California, quite honestly a healthfully maintained lawn only needs one third of the amount of water across to the majority of the year with only exceeding this amount in the highest temperature period of the summer months. The best watering times for grass are during the morning hours between 4 and 5 AM allowing sufficient soak time prior to the sun rising and evaporating the moisture. For my use I also run my water in the afternoon at around 5 PM, ideally you do not want a moist soil all night long to avoid bacteria and moss growth during the evening.
This is a photo of my lawn and my bill usage graph with an over 30% reduction (year over year) in my water use.
http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/303099941/small-time-security-threats-bigger-concern By David Barkholz Automotive News March 9, 2015 The biggest threats to a dealership’s data aren’t Russian hackers breaking through electronic firewalls or robots trying a thousand passwords on security codes until they finally crack into the system. It’s more likely the mundane stuff that will cause a breach that enables personal consumer data to slip out of the store, said Brad Miller, director of legal and regulatory affairs for the National Automobile Dealers Association. Watch out, he said, for laptops that may contain sensitive files being stolen out of cars. A thumb drive that contains code capable of capturing passwords or data can be plugged into the laptop. Also, software vendors long ago dropped by a dealership may retain active pass codes that enable data to be taken from the dealership, unbeknownst to store employees, Miller said. Or pirates may send dealership employees a “phishing” email hoping to fool one into giving out information or a password that opens the system to the thieves. […]
http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/03/point-of-sale-vendor-nextep-probes-breach/ By Brian Krebs Krebs on Security March 9, 2015 NEXTEP Systems, a Troy, Mich.-based vendor of point-of-sale solutions for restaurants, corporate cafeterias, casinos, airports and other food service venues, was recently notified by law enforcement that some of its customer locations have been compromised in a potentially wide-ranging credit card breach, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. The acknowledgement came in response to reports by sources in the financial industry who spotted a pattern of fraud on credit cards all recently used at one of NEXTEP’S biggest customers: Zoup, a chain of some 75 soup eateries spread across the northern half of the United States and Canada. Last week, KrebsOnSecurity reached out to Zoup after hearing from financial industry sources about fraud patterns indicating some sort of card compromise at many Zoup locations. Zoup CEO Eric Ersher referred calls to NEXTEP, saying that NEXTEP was recently informed of a security issue with its point-of-sale devices. Ersher said Zoup runs NEXTEP’s point-of-sale devices across its entire chain of stores. In an emailed statement, NEXTEP President Tommy Woycik confirmed Ersher’s account, but emphasized that the company does not believe all of its customers are impacted. […]
http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240241763/Financial-sector-cloud-adoption-on-the-rise-despite-security-concerns By Caroline Donnelly ComputerWeekly.com 05 March 2015 The financial sector is slowly coming round to the idea of entrusting its apps and data to the cloud, but security remains a major stumbling block for many. That’s one of the key findings from the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA’s) latest research into how cloud is being used in the financial sector, which revealed more firms are using off-premise services but on a largely ad-hoc basis. The CipherCloud-sponsored report was compiled by CSA’s recently formed Financial Services Working Group (FSWG) and garnered responses from 102 participants – including banks, credit unions and insurance companies – across 20 countries. Out of those questioned, 61% of organisations said they’re in the throes of hammering out their cloud strategy, with between 39% and 47% looking to use a mix of in-house IT, private, public or hybrid off-premise environments. None of the participating organisations said they plan on adopting a public cloud-only strategy. […]