October 27, 2011 |
Oracle Corp. boss Larry Ellison didn't used to like this cloud-computing thing. He expected Oracle would keep selling big business software systems, updates, and maintenance onto client servers, instead of letting customers move their secure data functions online to the world computing cloud. In a famous 2008 investor conference (you can watch it on YouTube), Ellison called the cloud-computing idea "gibberish" and "crap" and "idiocy. " But on Monday, Oracle agreed to pay $1.5 billion for RightNow Technologies Inc. , a Bozeman, Mont., firm that makes cloud-based customer-management software in competition with Newtown Square-based SAP Americas , Oracle's rival.
September 12, 2011 |
Like any good son, Fred Allegrezza wanted to make life easier for his mother. Unlike most sons with magnanimous ambitions, Allegrezza's actually led to a business - one aimed at helping the AARP generation turn on and tune in. To the Internet, that is. Allegrezza's business plan has a financial and a social bottom line - build profit and make isolation a less pervasive part of growing old. At the center of his entrepreneurial endeavor...
April 18, 2005 |
It took Greg Biffle a little while to overcome the mental and physical discomfort from a crash in practice at Texas Motor Speedway. It took hardly any time at all for him to make the rest of the field feel bad in yesterday's Samsung/RadioShack 500. "I was sore when I went to bed, sore when I woke up and I'm still sore," said Biffle, who ran over debris on the track during a Nextel Cup practice on Saturday, cutting down the right front tire...
January 1, 2002 |
Martin L. Fleishman, 75, of Rydal, a retired podiatrist, World War II pilot, ham radio operator, photographer, auto racer, and astronomer, died of cancer Friday at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Philadelphia. A renaissance man, Dr. Fleishman spoke to senior citizens groups about foot care and to schoolchildren about the mysteries of the cosmos. He practiced podiatry in Northeast Philadelphia for 30 years until retiring in 1987 and also taught podiatric surgery at several area hospitals.
March 7, 2001 |
Baltimore Orioles slugger Albert Belle reportedly has decided to retire. WBAL radio in Baltimore, citing unnamed sources close to the situation, reported that by tomorrow, the 34-year-old outfielder will announce his retirement because of an arthritic right hip. Bill Stetka, the Orioles' director of public relations, did not confirm nor deny the report and said no announcement has been scheduled. Belle has three seasons left on a $65 million, five-year contract. He will receive the remaining $39 million whether he plays or not. The Orioles have an insurance policy that reportedly will cover 70 percent of the amount.
November 28, 2000 |
Let's start with the basics, fellas. You can save yourself a lot of headaches this holiday shopping season if you arm yourself for battle before you take one step out the front door. Here goes: The first thing to ensure a quick, productive shopping experience is to go alone. You don't need friends or family members slowing you down as they try to drop hints about what you should buy them. Make a plan before you leave the house. Don't wait till you reach the crazed, overcrowded mall to decide what you want to buy your wife, kids or mother.
November 27, 1999 |
The Wal-Mart parking lot had seen better days. The large asphalt area was strewn yesterday with errant shopping carts and crumpled piles of abandoned circulars. Cars filled with frantic Christmas bargain hunters jammed into spots. Those less fortunate circled and circled and circled, looking for a place to park their sleighs. It was the official kickoff of the Christmas shopping season, and by early afternoon, Wal-Mart on Delaware Avenue had run out of many of its hot sale items.
June 3, 1999 |
It's not easy being cool, because as soon as you get it down to a science, BAM, the trends change and you're left with a closet full of Hawaiian shirts. Anyone who ran out and bought a Betamax or multicolored leg warmers in the '80s can relate. It's not as simple as wearing the right clothes, although the rags you pick play a big part in an individual's cool factor. Furniture, electronics, where you hang out, also play into the equation. Really cool people realize that summer is here and it's time to get the their act together.
May 10, 1999 |
The idea came from the news, a simple reminder to change your smoke-detector batteries when moving your clocks ahead or back in the spring and fall. At that moment, Jordan Wompierski, a 10-year-old always on the prowl for a new invention, had a breakthrough: Why not create a clock with a built-in smoke detector? From that idea came the Life-Time, a clock-and-detector-in-one devised by Jordan and his fifth-grade classmate Catherine Horan. The pair took first place at a regional invention competition, called Students Inventions Through Education, held in Pomona on April 28. Next month, their work will be submitted in Invent America, a program run by the U.S. Patent Model Foundation in Alexandria, Va. This is just the latest chapter in Jordan's career as a young inventor.
June 14, 1998 |
I'd like to tell you about an ongoing radio show that you could call "Truck Talk," which is nothing like Car Talk, the popular NPR program in which two brothers spend 70 percent of their air time laughing hysterically at their own jokes. "Truck Talk" features real truckers discussing real trucking issues that go to the very core of the contemporary trucking lifestyle, such as if the female driver approaching in the left lane has nice legs. You probably haven't heard this show, which covers America's roadways day and night, because you need a special radio to listen in. The only reason I know this is because I recently spent three months driving around America with my fiance, Signe.