AzoftSpotlight

One working place becomes by 30% cheaper

By Andrey Systerr on January 28, 2011

This article is devoted to implementation of "multiseat" with hardware acceleration on basis of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. The example that I describe is already set in operation, the system is successfully working for about half a year in an office in Minsk, Byelorussia. The problems of implementation and realization are described by an usual student who works up as a system administrator.

Introduction

I was working as a system administrator in a small office in Minsk when our company took a decision to renew the computer park. At that time I was faced with a problem. Modern computers have efficiency level that is much higher than office computers need.  Furthermore efficiency differences don't really influence the price. Cheep computers based on Atom cost practically same money like more efficient computers based on Amd and Intel processors (motherboard with Atom processor costs about $100-150, May 2010, Minsk, same price in October 2010).

Randomness Factor in Computer Graphics

By Sergey Kalantyr on January 24, 2011

I am particularly interested in computer graphics and I notices that a combination of rules and randomness can unexpectedly result in very beautiful things.

On the one hand computer graphics is obvious when you look at such image, on the other hand randomness factor makes these pictures unique and unpredictable. One more thing that I noticed is that multiple repetition of plain forms completes harmonic pictures.  Like many programmers I've written much painting code. I started in the far 1993 with Basic for Spectrums, then Pascal, С++. Computer screens become better and better, resolution becomes bigger and bigger, processors become faster and I decided to «revive the customs of the old days» I wrote my next "electric artist" at C# (using GDI+). Algorithm is easy:

A Guide to HTML Newsletter: Cross-browser and Cross-mailer Markup

By Arthur Koch on January 20, 2011

I'd like to share my experience in sphere of cross-browser and cross-mailer newsletter markup. Cross-mailer here means a correct displaying of editing in all mail clients. For a long time I professionaly engaged  on html newsletters markup for different customers around the world. The rules I mention here apply to the following mail clients and web-interfaces: MS Outlook 2003-2010, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail (Classic), Thunderbird 2.0-3.0, Hotmail, Windows Live Mail, Apple Mail 3-4, AOL Mail, Lotus Notes 8-8.5.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for all of our customers, partners and colleagues!

By Emma Brem on December 24, 2010

 

 Dear partners, we wish you Merry Christmas, Successful New Year 2011 and Happy Holidays! We have really enjoyed working with you this year. Thank you for being such a special part in our success and progress and exciting businesses we would like to look back with pleasure on year 2011. We are proud and happy that we realized many interesting and effective projects with you and our team. On this note we would like to thank you for the excellent cooperation and for the trusting in us, our skills and work. We hope that next year we will continue to develop our cooperation and improve the service. We anticipate new great achievements, new challenging projects and hope to get new customers and partners. Best regards and season greetings from Azoft! Happy New Year and Merry Christmas.

Interview with Alexey Bragin, Project Coordinator of ReactOS

By Emma Brem on November 23, 2009

We are happy to have an opportunity to talk with Alexey Bragin, the Project Coordinator of ReactOS – an open source Windows analog. ReactOS is getting more and more attention in press and over the Internet. We are asking Alexey questions often arising among potential users and developers.

Microsoft Bing walks to iPhone through the backdoor

By Emma Brem on October 25, 2009

Microsoft’s search engine, Bing is moving to the iPhone platform in uncommon way: via applications that use Bing API. The most bright example of such apps is Robotvision – a Bing location-based service for iPhone that became available at the Apple Store in a recent time. The application uses iPhone 3Gs GPS module and camera to provide users with information about the nearby environment (e.g. restaurants, businesses, etc.). The application retrieves this data from Bing SE. It also has Twitter and Flickr integration. But the most notable feature of this solution is one called augmented reality: as you change the position of the device to horizontal by flipping it, the units you were looking at through the camera begin to be shown as markpoints on a map.

Azoft is on Universal VCS Data Migration Solution Development

By Emma Brem on September 25, 2009

Using several different Version Control Systems (VCS) is typical for companies of any size and scale.

The reason is that sooner or later any company feels a necessity of a newer VCS. This necessity may be based on different factors varying from low performance and absence of GUI to the price factor and VCS concept (traditional or distributed).

But transition to a newer VCS doesn’t cancel the usage an old one: in case of projects’ transfer to a new system, one won’t be able to work with changes history. This usually results in a situation where all the old projects continue to be supported by an old VCS, while the new system is being used only for new projects.

Chrome Frame by Google: Turn your IE into Chrome!

By Emma Brem on September 22, 2009

163 google chrome frame Chrome Frame by Google: Turn your IE into Chrome!

Google brings into being its Chrome Frame: an open source plugin for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The plugin that weights around 500 Kb can be installed on IE 6, 7, or 8 without any additional coding and allows IE to support HTML5 and other modern web technologies that Explorer just can’t handle at the moment. Despite of Internet Explorer is still being the most wide spread browser, the majority of its users are unhappy with it. Of course, speaking of web standards & technologies, in the latest versions of IE things started to get better, but it is still far behind the niche’s monsters: Opera, FireFox, Chrome, and Safari.