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Wish I had time to explore them all; I don’t so I’ll bookmark it for later.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215504/22_free_tools_for_data_visualization_and_analysis

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9214755/Image_gallery_22_free_tools_for_data_visualization_and_analysis?source=rss_applications&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+computerworld%2Fs%2Ffeed%2Ftopic%2F9+%28Computerworld+BI+and+Analytics+News%29

I’m already using a few of these, including R – and I find the Google Refine very compelling. So much data, so little time.

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By Eric Siegel, Ph.D.

Prediction Impact, Inc.

http://www.predictionimpact.com

These strategic objectives can be attained to their full potential only by employing predictive analytics:

1. Compete – Secure the Most Powerful and Unique Competitive Stronghold

2. Grow – Increase Sales and Retain Customers Competitively

3. Enforce – Maintain Business Integrity by Managing Fraud

4. Improve – Advance Your Core Business Capacity Competitively

5. Satisfy – Meet Today’s Escalating Consumer Expectations

6. Learn – Employ Today’s Most Advanced Analytics

7. Act – Render Business Intelligence and Analytics Truly Actionable

Seven Reasons You Need Predictive Analytics Today 06 2011.pdf

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An Ethiopian-born man in custody for carrying a backpack with “suspicious items and products” inside Arlington National Cemetery overnight is a U.S. Marine Corps reservist, military and law enforcement sources tell Fox News.

Yonathan Melaku, a 22-year-old Lance Corporal Marine corps reservist who lives in Virginia and who is Muslim, has been identified as the suspect in custody, Fox News has learned.

Sources close to the investigation also said a notebook believed to belong to the man was found containing threatening phrases like “Al Qaeda,” “Taliban rule” and “defeated coalition forces.”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/17/suspicious-vehicle-shuts-down-several-major-roads-near-pentagon/#ixzz1PYsBNtlG

1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by
a. Superman
b. Jay Leno
c. Harry Potter
d. a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by
a. Olga Corbett
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:
a. Lost Norwegians
b. Elvis
c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4. During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
a. John Dillinger
b. The King of Sweden
c. The Boy Scouts
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
a. A pizza delivery boy
b. Pee Wee Herman
c. Geraldo Rivera
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
a. The Smurfs
b. Davey Jones
c. The Little Mermaid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:
a. Captain Kidd
b. Charles Lindberg
c. Mother Teresa
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
a. Scooby Doo
b. The Tooth Fairy and The Sundance Kid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
a. Richard Simmons
b. Grandma Moses
c. Michael Jordan
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
a. Mr. Rogers
b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill’s women problems
c. The World Wrestling Federation
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by:
a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
b. The Supreme Court of Florida
c. Mr. Bean
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
a. Enron
b. The Lutheran Church
c. The NFL
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

13. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
a. Bonnie and Clyde
b. Captain Kangaroo
c. Billy Graham
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

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Thank you mxToolbox

I’ve had a terrible week in amateur, volunteer web/mail administration.

First, my shared hosting account invoice went unpaid for long enough that service was terminated. I didn’t know this, because I had an old email on file – I became aware when web and email services were suddenly unavailable. It took a full day to figure out that I needed to pay someone to get the host back up – that was a 30-hour outage. (memo to self: remember to change email on account profile before next June.)

Then, in a completely unrelated move, the DNS provider up and died in a DoS attack. http://freedns.afraid.org had been a rock-solid (and free) provider, but they just stopped working 36 hours ago. I couldn’t even access my account control panel. So now I had two tasks: Find a replacement DNS host, and reconstruct the zone files for four domains from memory.

Why no backup? Why no redundant DNS? It’s so full of fail, isn’t it? As our pastor said on Sunday, “If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger.” I’m focusing on this as a learning exercise, and glossing over my distressed mail account holders. (Sorry, Honey.)

The replacement DNS host is a good one: http://cloudflare.com Fantastic control panel, and easy to use. Problem is, 24 hours after making the switch, the records had propagated, and mail still wasn’t flowing. Enter the savior: http://www.mxtoolbox.com This is a dig/nslookup/smtp test suite on steroids, with a diary, smart linking, everything you could think of. It quickly pointed out to me that the MX record for my wife’s business email account was pointing to a CNAME on bretshroyer.org that didn’t exist – CloudFlare had magically “inserted” it for me. I created the CNAME record on bretshroyer.org, and everything just worked.

Lesson learned here: when you can’t see your zone file, and you’re relying on the management UI, you don’t really know what’s in your zone file. Shame on you, CloudFlare.

Lesson #2: it’s a poor web admin who doesn’t have redundant DNS hosting. Sorry again, Honey.

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