Why you should care about DEMO

DEMO Fall 2010 - Exhibitors Orientation

Image by The DEMO Conference via Flickr

At this point, you might be asking yourself, “what the heck is DEMO?” As stated on their website: “DEMO is a launchpad for emerging technologies.” DEMO events have been going on for about 20 years. The events provide an opportunity for companies launching emerging technologies to interact with their peers, potential investors, and others interested in their products. Read more of this post


Jitterbit/Thomas Nelson ETL Case Study

In today’s complex technology environment, having the right ETL (Extract Transform Load) tool is a top priority for many enterprises. In the past, my team has built its own ETL tools. While they have worked well for us, maintenance and support in a rapidly changing world has become somewhat of a nightmare. Read more of this post

YouTube – The Internet of Things

Drag and Drop with Javascript

I found the following article by Mark Kahn: How to Drag and Drop with Javascript while working on a solution for dragging and dropping boxes on web page. Mark’s example works really well except for one small problem: in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome, the boxes disappear as you drag them on top of each other…only to reappear after you’ve released the mouse button. IE works properly. While not a big issue, it’s a little annoying.

I did a little digging and found the solution. In the mouseMove function (shown in the article), there are two lines of code that find the current position of the box that’s being moved:

dragObject.style.top  = mousePos.y – mouseOffset.y;
dragObject.style.left = mousePos.x – mouseOffset.x;

In order to work properly in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, the calculations need to have to include a “+’px’” to identify the coordinates as pixels:

dragObject.style.top  = mousePos.y – mouseOffset.y+’px’;
dragObject.style.left = mousePos.x – mouseOffset.x+’px’;

This should work in all Javascript enabled browsers and is technically the right way to perform calculations involving pixels.

Online Storage Buyer’s Guide

InformationWeek has developed a guide to Online Storage Providers: Online Storage Buyer’s Guide. What is your organization doing regarding online storage? It’s an area that we’ve only begun to explore from an enterprise perspective.

I’d be interested to hear from anyone regarding enterprise use of online storage.

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