Back in October, jamgrass-upstarts Kitchen Dwellers were on tour with rising stars Twiddle, and formed a undeniable bond with guitar player and vocalist Mihali Savoulidis. The relationship led to several guest appearances throughout the tour, with Mihali joining the Kitchen Dwellers to add his trademark guitar fireworks to their nightly pickin’ party.One such guest spot took place in Denver at the Ogden Theatre on September 30th, when Mihali jumped on stage to help out with Kitchen Dwellers’ original track “Visions of Mohr”. See below for pro-shot footage from this awesome guest spot.As a bonus, also check out a full set of Kitchen Dwellers (featuring another version of “Visions of Mohr” with Savoulidis) from their show at the Eagle’s Ballroom in Bozeman, MT on October 8th.Make sure to catch Kitchen Dwellers, Tim Palmieri, and Upstate Rubdown this Friday, November 11th as they hit American Beauty in New York City. You can find tickets here.
If your IT organization is worried about how to fight the botnets to bitcoins threats, you needed to be at Dell Enterprise Forum in San Jose, California.I had the opportunity to present and engage with our customers and partners at two breakout sessions: “Expand Your Portfolio with Dell Security Solutions” and “Best Practices for Combining Dell SonicWALL and Dell Networking.” The latter was a collaborative effort with Bala Pitchaikani, head of Product Management, Dell Networking. More than 1,500 people attended these sessions as well as the exhibit hall demos and hands-on tutorials.The first ‘Connected Security” session was for our channel. Every single day companies are being probed, exploited, and infected. They lack the tools to visualize and counter these threats. To combat these cyberattacks, partners can expand their offerings to sell our big iron: Dell SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewall appliances. The key functionality is the ability to ‘see’ what applications are running on the network and who is running it, regardless of port, protocol, or file size. Add bandwidth management of important business applications (Voice over IP, email, online collaboration, etc.) and the network administrator can implement policy without having to decipher cryptic protocols and configure in a trial-and-error methodology.Next up, I joined forces with my colleague, Bala Pitchaikani, advanced technical networking and security break out. We dove into how well Dell SonicWALL Next-Gen Firewalls and Dell’s Force 10 deliver interoperability for high availability deployments. These solutions will protect the enterprise against sophisticated malware, very targeted, zero-day exploits by foreign sponsored cyberattacks that utilize unlimited resources.Bala spoke initially about the strengths of Dell’s Force 10. We are blending rich capability with the marriage of Dell networking and security. Their orchestration framework is the fastest selling product for Networking at Dell.Representing Dell Security Products, I discussed how our customers and partners are faced with relentless invasion from of state sponsored attacks, botnets to mine bitcoin and ransomeware.Why do traditional firewalls fail?The epic fail that is happening in the marketplace is that organizations do not deal with security. Most firewalls do not protect you. Eighty-one percent of companies will turn off security to increase performance – access trumps security all of the time. Dell’s Next-Generation Firewalls deliver Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI), anti-malware, SSL Decryption, and allow you to delineate and differentiate what malware is infecting your network. Application identification and visualization illuminate what percentage of your bandwidth is being used by iTunes or training. NGFWs literally give you the control to click and implement a policy and forensics to drill down on all network activity.Poisonous attacks will continue to evolve, disrupt and steal from organizations. To learn more, here are two technical whitepapers: “Dell SonicWALL NSA E-Class and Dell Force 10 S-Series- Better Together” and “Full L2 and L7 Redundancy Solutions Using Dell SonicWALL and Force 10.” Here is a recent video highlighting Amerijet, an air cargo company, who has implemented Dell Networking and Dell SonicWALL solutions. Come back next year to Dell Enterprise Forum 2014.
19Feb Rep. Griffin urges governor to revise, reissue plans for DEQ, water safety State Rep. Beth Griffin today called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to revise a previous plan and issue another executive order reorganizing the Michigan Department ofEnvironmental Quality in an effort to expand environmental protections, increase access to safe and clean drinking water, and improve the health and safety of Michigan’s citizens.Griffin, of Mattawan, said the Legislature recently rejected an executive order reorganizing the department because a portion of the order overstepped the fundamental division of powers between the governor’s office and Legislature.“The new governor’s decision to eliminate three legislatively established commissions was an overreach of executive authority. The Legislature had a duty to act in its constitutional role as a check on the executive branch,” Griffin said. “I believe that same executive order also included many good ideas for Michigan, but because the Legislature does not have the power to edit individual lines of an executive order it had to be rejected in its entirety.”The review commissions the governor’s executive order would have abolished were put into law last year to give citizens a much-needed voice in the rule-making process, increasing the transparency and accountability of the DEQ. Prior to the creation of review commissions, citizens and small businesses had no recourse to appeal new rules made by the DEQ and were stuck with the consequences, unless they decided to pursue costly and time-consuming appeals through the courts.Griffin’s resolution calls on the governor to submit a new and revised executive order that does not include the elimination of these committees.“I’m committed to safeguarding the health and safety of Michigan families by protecting the environment and improving access to safe, clean drinking water,” Griffin said. “I’m asking the Governor to resubmit the Executive Order without elimination of the review commissions that were established by law. I’m confident we will find a lot of common ground if we work together on responsible reforms to protect and improve our water resources for all Michigan families.”House Resolution 26 has been referred to the House Government Operations Committee for consideration.### Categories: Griffin News
Intel has acquired the next-generation video codec software developed by RealNetworks and about 190 patents and 170 patents pending for US$120 million (€76 million).Under terms of the sale, RealNetworks retains certain rights to continue to use the patents in current and future products.In addition to the sale of the patents and next-generation video codec software, RealNetworks and Intel signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on future support and development of the next-generation video codec software and related products.“As the technology industry evolves towards an experience-centric model, users are demanding more media and graphics capabilities in their computing devices. The acquisition of these foundational media patents, additional patents and video codec software expands Intel’s diverse and extensive portfolio of intellectual property,” said Renée James, Intel senior vice-president and general manager of the Software and Services Group. “We believe this agreement enhances our ability to continue to offer richer experiences and innovative solutions to end users across a wide spectrum of devices, including through Ultrabook devices, smartphones and digital media.”