Press Release: MySQL, MariaDB Support Expanded in New Cerberus Update

SATS Technologies unveiled a new update to their monitoring software Cerberus™ as the company expands its support and compatibility to database management system MySQL and MariaDB.

Due to Oracle’s current ownership of MySQL, MariaDB has become the database engine of choice for many enterprises. With the new upgrade release of Cerberus Monitoring System, SATS now provides enhanced monitoring for MariaDB 10.x and MySQL versions 5.6. The fully redesigned Cerberus monitoring agent supports the TokuDB engine compression and multi-node/across zone replications. This allows Cerberus to pick up on slow speeds in MySQL replication before the problem develops.

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10 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Internet Browsing

I spend a lot of time on the internet, and I’ve become a de facto expert on getting the most out of my experience. I have accumulated some tips to improve your internet surfing; however, these tips are Chrome-exclusive and may not be compatible with other browsers.

1. More and more sites are opting to lock their website unless you turn off Adblock. For better or for worse, there are ways to go around the layover.

First, you can just block all scripts from running on a page. This is the easiest solution, but it comes with a caveat. Blocking JavaScript means that most sites will either look broken or simply not load unless you manually allow the site to run JavaScript (seen as a button on the right of your URL box) and refresh. You can, of course, manage exceptions. I prefer this method because blocking scripts means faster load times, improved privacy, and streamlined content without the frills.

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Press Release: SATS Announces Improved Microsoft SQL Server Support

SAN MATEO, CA – SATS Technologies has unveiled a new upgrade to Microsoft SQL Server rDBA service within a new version of its database monitoring suite Cerberus™ today. Now, clients can better monitor their virtual database servers, hosted in cloud environments, such as Amazon or OpenStack.

SQL Server is the most widespread database engine, though running it on cloud brings its own challenges. SATS developed a new version of its flagship database monitoring technology, Cerberus specifically targeting the cloud implementations of SQL Server database, from simple scalable standalone database instances up to complex SQL Server multi-node database clusters. Cerberus technology covers monitoring of cloud instances with proposed optimization for the usage, based on gathered statistics. With Cerberus, a business can have top database performance without worrying about cost. Cerberus provides near a real-time monitoring of over 80 various vital parameters of any typical SQL Server production implementations.

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White Paper: Why Consider rDBA Services?

In today’s digital world it is critical to maintain high-quality databases. Companies have several options in how to manage their databases: hire an internal Database Administrator (DBA), choose to operate entirely on cloud, or hire an external Remote Database Administration (rDBA) specialist.

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An internal team member has the benefit of being familiar with your business goals. This allows them to easily align their work on the database to management’s objective. However, in-house employees are expensive, especially if you include benefits, overtime, and taxes. The DBA works in an internal and rarely changing environment of a single company, which can cause your technology to stagnate. Leaving their job disrupts business continuity, as the replacement has to spend substantial time learning the intricacies of the database. A DBA’s availability outside work hours might be inconsistent. If the database goes down, they might not be able resolve the problem immediately due to being unavailable or overextended. By the time the issue is resolved, the database could have been down long enough to impact the company’s business or credibility. For many companies, the liability of in-house DBAs is far too great at too large a cost.

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Navigating the Chinese Mobile Game Market

The Chinese mobile game market has been evolving and growing exponentially, becoming the fastest growing market in the world. The Chinese mobile game industry is currently worth approximately $2.9B, second only to the USA at $3.2B. By 2015, the Chinese market is expected to exceed the worth of $3B. With a huge population on mobile phones interested in gaming, China seems like a logical next step for many games, but the market is a siren: it looks enticing, hiding the cacophony of roadblocks behind the allure of reach. The truth is, mobile games success in China requires heavy engagement at every step of the value chain. Many studios struggle to cater to Chinese gamers, not only because of cultural differences in gaming preferences, but also because a fragmented enough Android market that makes full market penetration difficult.

Over the past year, China’s mobile game market grew a staggering 280%, casting a shadow over the US’ growth rate of 81%. The growth spurt is no surprise – China has 600 million smartphone users, with 92% of all people aged 18 to 30 using them. Tencent, China’s largest internet company, launched a game center across their popular social platforms WeChat and QQ, gaining 570m users in 3 months. In an ecosystem that has such high mobile phone usage and the longest average commute times (Beijing being the worst offender at 97 minutes average), it makes sense that many consumers will turn to mobile gaming to pass the time. Nowadays, Chinese gamers spend an average of 32 minutes daily playing games. According to TalkingData, a Chinese data analysis firm, 15% of all Chinese mobile gamers spend more than 2 hours on games daily, and 48% spend half an hour to two hours.  But what to do with such a large user base? What kind of game would interest the largest chunk of such a huge demographic?

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Nintendo: Beginning of the End?

After more than half a century as a leader in the video game industry, Nintendo is in trouble. Revenue has fallen in fiscal year 2014, and stakeholders have been getting antsy over Nintendo’s recent string of blunders. The Japanese conglomerate let its weaknesses grow, failing to address even the most prominent issues, until they grew too big to ignore. Now, the company faces some hard choices, and needs to take a good look at the hole they dug themselves deep into. Have they learned from their mistakes? And what were those errors in judgement, anyway?

An evolution of Nintendo controllers (Source)

In 2012, Nintendo launched their new handheld console, the Wii U. Opening sales were dismal, but not unexpected: Nintendo’s 2011 console, the 3DS, required a significant price drop (from $249 to $169) and the release of a beloved franchise game, Pokemon X and Y, to gain momentum. By 2014, the 3DS sold 43.33 million units, and 12 million copies of Pokemon X and Y. Nintendo assumed that with new games added to the repertoire, more consumers would flock to the Wii U. The reality was much more grave.

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Situation Analysis: Economic Inequality

Economic inequality was once a thing of the past in the United States. However, with the aid of globalization and financial deregulation, the issue has again resurfaced and went straight into the political limelight, triggering powerful, but unsuccessful movements such as Occupy Wall Street. The problem is growing, and not even an economic crisis slowed the disparaging gap between the rich and the poor.

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Economic inequality has become one of the most talked about issue in today’s politics, especially following the routine economic collapse of various countries across the Western world since 2008. The United States of America has seen much social unrest as more and more citizens become frustrated at their seemingly static socioeconomic status while watching the rich get richer. Currently, the USA is ranked third among all the advanced economies in the amount of income inequality, per the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality. It seems to be getting worse, from the collapse of the middle class to rising costs of living and lowering of wages. Issues like healthcare and government aid – referred to by the more elite as “handouts” – have become issues of the poor, issues that are talked about but never really resolved. Nowadays it seems like the public is at war with the government: spurts of rebellion can be observed throughout the past few years, such as the Occupy Movement, and the average citizen’s disgruntled opinion on the state of the nation is resonated throughout America. Congress’s approval rating has pummeled into an all-time low starting in 2013. Gallup, the organization who has been monitoring a variety of political data since 1935, has attributed this rating due to the Congressional stalemate: a Republican majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate. However, it goes deeper.

Economic inequality is not an issue to be taken lightly; enraging the masses has not tided over well for many governments in the past. But understanding why economic inequality has taken on an integral role in the political atmosphere and what implications it has – both if the government were to step it and offer a solution as well as if nothing is done about the expanding problem – on the USA’s sociopolitical structure.

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Risk Analysis: Russia

Russia has been heralded as an up-and-coming economy for a while now. With increasing GDP, inclusion in the BRIC alliance, and winning the draw to host both the Olympics and the World Cup, it’s no wonder that, on paper, Russia seems like a new economic super power. But is this the reality of the situation? Is Russia really business-friendly? The answer is a solid no. There are many risks involved in international business, but Russia, despite the good statistics, is a mess not ripe for foreign investment yet.

St. Petersburg, source: Ivan Smelov

The greatest risk in doing business in Russia is the corrupted socioeconomic environment that puts companies at a disadvantage as they are forced to pay out of their pockets. The more capital you have, or the more you expand, the more bribes your company will have to pay. Most of the affected firms are brick-and-mortars, who need to seek licenses and leases through corrupt bureaucratic agencies. Online businesses are, fortunately, less susceptible to this risk because they are harder to target, even if their servers are on Russian soil.

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Minimalism

Minimalism has been all the buzz for the last few years. We’ve all noticed the shift to flat design, the simplification and decluttering of websites and apps alike. But the movement goes deeper than appearances.

A minimalist’s dream house; source.

To older generations, especially those who survived the Great Depression, accumulation of things was equal to wealth. Money could come and go with the economic rollercoaster, but things would last long after the banks collected their loans. In today’s globalized world, obtaining things isn’t hard. Increasingly efficient logistics make anything we want available quickly and cheaply. Buying and accumulating things isn’t what it used to be.

Not only that, but we have digitized our consumption. We buy apps, ebooks, and mp3s instead of hauling to the store to buy a physical copy; it’s more cost efficient and hassle-free. Millennials are undoubtedly more environmentally-conscientious than previous ones, and care about the environmental impact of their consumption. That could mean more DIY, upcycling, self-sufficiency, anti-consumption, green habits, and frugality.

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