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On2 Technologies LogoGoogle recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of On2, a company which produces high-end video encoding formats. This move has led to speculation that Google may be trying to break the current stalemate in the Web video format wars with its own better-positioned contender.

 

In looking at proposals that have been funded over the years, one interesting element of succesful grantwriting that is becoming more and more important is evaluation.

I don't see many folks using burndown reports to manage their projects. Maybe because it is not a standard Microsoft Project (MS Project ) report and it is a pain to generate from raw MS Project data using a spreadsheet. More on this in a moment.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Shahan.As a server administrator, I have to fight a never-ending battle against the likes of exploit bots, spam bots and crackers. But one recurring issue I have experienced has come from an unlikely source: search engine spiders or, more specifically, Microsoft's MSNBot.

I was thinking recently about a grant that Butte-Glenn Community College District (BGCCD) submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) two years ago. This prompted me to look at grants targeted to community colleges. The NSF Advanced Technology Education (ATE) is specifically designed for community colleges.

Photo courtesy of Whitehouse.govI have noticed that the current grants our community college district has received from the state of California have already been halved in this current fiscal year, with many not even seeing the light of day next fiscal year 2010-2011. Our state, along with at least forty others, is suffering from the prolonged recession.

I don’t know about you, but for years I’ve struggled with the complexity and frustration of project scheduling. I’ve found Microsoft Project to be all powerful, yet all consuming in time and effort, and unrealistic in predicting outcome.

There was recently a glitch in the document Rights Management Service (RMS) used in Microsoft Office 2003 which is preventing users from accessing any RMS-enabled documents. This problem was caused by Microsoft accidentally letting a security certificate expire, thus preventing the RMS authentication from completing.

The fifth version of ECMAScript has now been finalized and published as an Ecma International standard. ECMAScript, which is more commonly known as "JavaScript", is the programming language that provides for much of the interactivity in modern web applications. This is the first major new version of the language since the third edition, which was published in December 1999.