Celebrate Freedom Fridays with a ‘selfie’

first_img10 April 2014South Africans are encouraged to show their pride, wear their colours, take a “selfie” and upload it on social media using the hashtag #FreedomFridaySelfie and/or #20YOFSelfie as the country builds up towards its 20 Years of Freedom celebrations.See the latest “SAselfies” on Twitter: #FreedomFridaySelfie and #20YOFSelfieThe Department of Arts and Culture has reminded South Africans to mark this week’s Freedom Friday by wearing anything that makes them feel proudly South African.Leslie Sedibe, CEO of Proudly South African, said: “The Freedom Friday selfie initiative is an outstanding platform for proud South Africans to express their pride and love for our beautiful country and all who live in it.“Great strides have been made over the past 20 years, and it’s important for all of us to unite and collectively celebrate. We support the call for everyone to wear their SA colours with pride each Friday.”Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said: “We have reason to celebrate our achievements since 1994.“Our country still faces challenges, but together we can work towards a shared and prosperous future, with less than two weeks to go before Freedom Day, April 27, as part of the celebration, let us wear and show off our pride in being South African.”Freedom Fridays form part of the build-up programme towards the 20 anniversary celebrations of our freedom and democracy on 27 April. At the same time, it aims to promote and deepen social cohesion and nation building.Every Friday, people are encouraged to wear anything that expresses their national pride, including the flag, the jerseys of their favourite national sporting teams or anything that reflects their unity as a nation.The campaign is a partnership between the department, Brand South Africa, Lead SA, the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and Proudly South African.Yusuf Abramjee of Lead SA called on the nation to support the initiative. “Freedom Fridays campaign is a powerful platform for us all. Together, we can make a difference.”The public can use a mix of social media sites to share their stories and thoughts on the last two decades of democracy:Twitter: @20_yofFacebook: 20YOFSource: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

VoltDB Launches Open-Source “Next Generation” Database Management System

first_imgTags:#enterprise#news Data is held in memory (instead of on disk) for maximum throughput, which eliminates buffer management.VoltDB distributes data – and an SQL engine to process it – to each CPU core in the server cluster.Each single-threaded partition operates autonomously, eliminating the need for locking and latching.Data is automatically replicated for intra-cluster high availability, which eliminates logging.VoltDB performance scales out near linearly by simply adding additional servers to the cluster.Other database projects that store data in memory include Oracle‘s TimesTen and MySQL when using Memcached.The recently funded startup FluidInfo‘s FluidDB is also experimenting with new approaches to the database.Last year we asked whether relational database is doomed due to its problems scaling. VoltDB’s may save the relational database paradigm by solving the scalability issue and implementing innovative new features while retaining the advantages of the traditional model. Non-relational databases will probably continue to play a role in enterprise, but relational databases clearly aren’t dead yet. VoltDB, an open-source “next generation” database, graduated from beta last week. The company, under the leadership of Postgres and Ingres co-founder Mike Stonebraker, claims its product is extremely scalable and 45-times faster than traditional database products. VoltDB is targeting enterprises such as software-as-a-service providers, financial traders, online businesses or any organization that requires “systems with large, fast-growing transaction volumes.” VoltDB is one of many projects trying to re-invent the database.After over 30 years of dominance, the traditional relational DB model is being challenged by several companies. Charles Babcock, writing for Information Week, compares VoltDB to Cassandra, CouchDB and MongoDB, three non-relational database projects. Babcock notes that unlike those projects, which aren’t designed as transactional systems, VoltDB will “always return the same answer to a query,” and preserves developers’ ability to use SQL.Other VoltDB features include: IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more