Marshfield volleyball dominates Wisconsin Rapids

first_imgTigers improve to 5-3 in ValleyBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — With matches looming against the top two teams in the Wisconsin Valley Conference on Saturday, the Marshfield volleyball team wanted to make sure it took care of the business at hand Thursday.The Tigers started all three games strong and went on to beat Wisconsin Rapids 25-14, 25-11, 25-10 in a WVC match Oct. 6 at Marshfield High School.Marshfield is now 5-3 heading into the second conference tournament on Saturday at D.C. Everest. The Tigers will play first-place Everest and second-place Merrill as they look to make a push up the standings with only one week remaining in the regular season.Marshfield senior Stephanie Rhodes had eight kills in the victory, pushing her career total to 1,001, a milestone that coach Dawn Sadowska said was well-earned.“She’s been on varsity since she was a freshman, and year after year she’s been getting better,” Sadowska said. “We’ve asked more and more of her. She’s such a versatile hitter, and this year her blocking has been better than it ever has been for us.”Anna Ripp, who passed the 2,000-assist mark in her career last week, started the first game by serving six points in a row — three were aces — to push Marshfield out to a quick 7-1 lead.The Tigers finished just as strong, scoring the final eight points of the set, the final point coming on a Jamila Ougayour kill.Ripp had two aces to help Marshfield build a 5-0 lead to start Game 2 and served eight-straight points to begin the third set as the Tigers ran out to a 9-0 advantage. Marshfield was never challenged in either game.Ripp finished with 28 assists and six service aces, Alexa Aumann had a team-high 11 kills, and Maureen Cassidy had 15 digs to top Marshfield. The Tigers finished with 11 service aces overall.“Our plan was to serve aggressive, and we’ve been working on trying to run things faster,” Sadowska said. “I said every free ball, ‘We have to go quick because that’s our plan for this weekend,’ and they did a really good job of that.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Google Apps Premier Edition Launches – One Small Step Towards Google Office

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#web#Web Office The big news tonight is that Google has released a premier edition of its Google Apps package (previously known as Google Apps For Your Domain). I’ve been following the Web Office trend for a long time and, like everyone, have been particularly obsessed with Google’s gradual progression towards a Web Office suite. Tonight is another step towards fully challenging Microsoft Office, but there is still a ways to go. More on that in a minute, but first a quick overview of what’s in Google Apps Premier.The new ‘suite’ includes the existing Google Apps tools – Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Page Creator and Start Page. New to the package is Google Docs & Spreadsheets, a significant edition considering that word processing and spreadsheets are mainstays of Microsoft Office. A comparison between the free edition and premier is here. Also new of note is APIs “to integrate with your existing infrastructure” and ability to integrate with 3rd party applications and services. ‘Best of breed’ web apps is another theme we obsess over here at Read/WriteWeb – so APIs and 3rd party features will go a long way towards making Google Office an attraction for external developers and startups. Google wants to be the center of the Web Office ecosystem, a very wise strategy.CNET has a good summary of the other changes:“The new Google Apps Premier Edition costs $50 per user account a year. It includes around-the-clock telephone support, and 10GB of storage per user compared with 2GB. The new edition also includes a guarantee of 99.9 percent uptime for Gmail and application programming interfaces that businesses can use to migrate data, enable single sign-on and do other integration. A free version targeted at educational institutions, Google Apps Education Edition, offers the same features as the premier edition except for the storage size. There is also Google Apps Standard Edition, which is free, but lacks the features of the premier edition.”Over at Techcrunch, Marshall Kirkpatrick waxes philosophical (for some reason I had Orson Welles’ voice in my head as I read the following):“Beyond competition and concerns, tonight is a good time to recognize the incredible force of innovation that Google is as well. Its nearly full-service suite of sophisticated, integrated online services is something of historic proportion. Google‚Äôs technological brilliance is only beginning to be recognized. What do I mean by that? I mean that with its powerful algorithms to analyze and contextualize information, combined with its growing catalogue of information to analyze – Google is an epoch defining company. Send the world‚Äôs business communication through Google and the machine gets a whole lot smarter.”For now, I’m a bit more cautious about this news. I see it more as just another step for Google towards a full Office suite. There’s still no presentations app, CRM…. or JotSpot for that matter! Google Apps is still a fairly loose package of web-based office apps, not as integrated as it could be yet. The strength of a Web Office suite is collaboration and other web native functionality – whereas desktop office suites have much more sophisticated functionality. There’s also the small matter of offline functionality (which is starting to appear in web apps, but slowly) and whether businesses want to host their office with an external party like Google.But the gap is definitely closing, no doubt about it, between Google and Microsoft in office software. I’m waiting with interest on Google’s next step – which I’m guessing will involve more integration between their apps, a la something like Basecamp or Central Desktop. I’m also waiting to see some of the new web native features that JotSpot (a Google acquisition last year) had, plus of course missing apps like presentations.Previous R/WW Web Office/Google coverageGoogle Office: Image GalleryHow Google’s Gmail / Docs & Spreadsheets Integration Directly Targets MicrosoftMicrosoft vs Google Heats Uplast_img read more

Donations to LP Benevolent Fund Will Be Made by Checkpoint for NRF Protect Demos

first_imgCheckpoint Systems will make a donation to the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund for each of the first 200 product demonstrations it provides to retailers from June 12-13 at NRF Protect conference in Anaheim, CA. The Loss Prevention Foundation established the LP Benevolent Fund to aid the families of LP professionals who have lost their lives while conducting the duties of their profession.According to Stuart Rosenthal, vice president of sales and marketing for Checkpoint’s Alpha High-Theft Solutions, “We are honored to continue our support and contribution to this memorial fund as we understand the service LP professionals provide retailers and the consumers who visit their stores. Please stop by our booth for a demo of our products and help us continue our support of the LPBF.”Some of the products to be demonstrated at Checkpoint’s booth 701 include:- Sponsor – S20: Driven by design, this revolutionary antenna rewrites convention, bringing to the market for the first time an attractive, customizable, feature rich antenna contained within a sleek 3.5-inch footprint. Ideal for Apparel stores or other retailers wishing to maximize trading space and to keep store entrances clear and inviting. Powered by Checkpoint’s proven and respected EVOLVE electronics, the new configuration delivers full system connectivity for remote servicing and consolidated management reporting.HALO software platform delivers powerful, modular, data driven performance that transforms data into efficient actionable insights for day-to-day retail operational successes. Provides detailed intelligence about the state of retail business through easy to use dashboards, graphs and charts. Focuses on real-time inventory visibility,optimized production and supply chain fulfillment areas.NEO is an innovative electronics platform that delivers enhanced detection and connectivity to retailers, enabling them to improve store operations. The powerful new electronics represent a seismic shift in the way radio frequency-based (RF) EAS solutions perform in store and enable the sensors to become a key part of the connected store.Mass Personalization: Checkpoint’s design service team works with a retailer’s own store designers to develop personalized antennas that complement the store design. The individual creations are powered by Checkpoint’s market-leading connected electronics platform, delivering beautiful designs with best-in-class performance without compromise.Super Flag Tag: A dual-function RF label that not only safeguards against theft, but also product tampering — enabling retailers and brands to protect a variety of products without obscuring messaging. There is no other RF label on the market that combines all these benefits, enabling clear visible source tagging without obscuring legal wording or branding.ShoeLok offers a small size with big protection on shoes where traditional protection devices don’t work. Our unique design allows for easy application, easy removal at POS, and does not inhibit customer try-on — all without damage to the shoe.S3vx is your key to advanced product protection. Our unique S3Vx platform associates the store to the key and the key to the security device. S3Vx solutions stop defeats in its tracks. This innovative and cost-effective platform takes your product protection program to a whole new level.Enforcer is the only solution that effectively disrupts ORC. Our innovative patent-pending solutions, when activated through your EAS system, destroy the resell value of the stolen merchandise and dissuade future thefts. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Scaling Business Intelligence with Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series (code-named “Westmere”)

first_imgBy how much a drop-in CPU upgrade can boost your server app performance? By 1.2x,… 1.4x? Please find below a report how even astonishing 1.64x can be possible.Recently, Intel has launched the Xeon® Processor 5600 Series (formerly known as “Westmere”). The new CPU is an upgrade for the 5500 Series with two remarkable improvements:• 50% more cores in a single CPU: six instead of four• Higher frequency: 3.33 GHz instead of 2.93 GHzThese and many other enhancements (like larger last level cache and fast encryption/decryption instructions) boosted many well known benchmarks.There is an exceptional result I am especially proud of: Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series provided up to 1.64x performance gain for the SAP BusinessObjects* Explorer, accelerated version (including SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator). This software combines intuitive information search and exploration functionality with the high performance and scalability of in-memory analytics. If you want to feel this intuitiveness and breathtaking speed even on tremendous data volumes, please visit http://microfinance.sap.com/, it takes only a minute to register.SAP and Intel have collaborated for years to deliver SAP NetWeaver BW Accelerator (backend for the accelerated version of SAP BusinessObjects* Explorer) as an extraordinary business intelligence appliance, optimizing and tuning it to utilize the advantages of Intel architecture. As a result, our customers will benefit from almost perfect scaling with the new CPU upgrade. Theoretically, the improvement one could hope for is about (6/4)x(3.33/2.93)=1.70x (through the increased core count and increased frequency). That means an amazing scaling efficiency of 96% is achieved!For more details please see the attached solution brief “SAP BusinessObjects* Explorer, Accelerated Version, and SAP NetWeaver* Business Warehouse Accelerator on the Intel ® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series”. If you have questions, let me know (send me a private message or post a comment here), I will be happy to answer.Enjoy your new Intel® Xeon® Processor 5600 Series!last_img read more