Monthly Archives: October 2011

REVIEW: Plustek OptiBook 3800 Professional Book Scanner

Optibook 3800 scanner

Specially-designed to scan books, without the dreaded ‘shady-spine-bending’ of traditional scanners

By PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ Many people these days are throwing out their old flatbed scanners for more ‘upright’ pert multifunction devices, which makes the debut of new flatbed machines that much more challenging. Continue reading

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Filed under Document Management, Document scanning & imaging, Electronic Document Management & Delivery, Hardware Reviews, ICR - Intelligent Character Recognition, OCR - Optical Character Recognition, OMR - Optical Mark Recognition, Output management, Reviews, Scanning, Search

Glaring gaps as social injustices widen across nations – study

Justice for all

Justice For All

Wide gaps in social justice, comparison finds Britain only in the middle rankings

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Great Britain still has some catching up to do in terms of social justice, according to new research just published by the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

According to the study, among a total of 31 OECD nations, Britain occupies 15th place, in the middle of the ranking. Continue reading

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Filed under Business Continuity, Business Risk, Contingency Planning, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Industry News, Policy Management, Risk Analysis, Risk Assessment

Free video content downloader app hits the streets

YouTube's current headquarters in San Bruno, C...

Get the picture: Users' YouTube vids and others now grab-able with new app.

Version 1.20 can download video files from online service for free

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Click-2U has just released YouTube Downloader, afree software app that enables users to download videos from YouTube, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Metacafe, GodTube, Veoh, Vevo, Vimeo and others and convert them to other video formats. Continue reading

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Filed under Media Content, UGC - User-generated content, Vendor News, Video Content Management & Delivery (VCM), Web publishing management

REVIEW: Verbatim ‘Go Mini’ USB Optical Travel Mouse

Verbatim Go Mini USB Optical Travel Mouse

Small is beautiful when it comes to popping a cutesy yet fully-functional mobile rodent in your grab-bag
By PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ Despite the fact that notebook computers now come with embedded trackpoint or trackpads, the need for the precision and externality of an traditional mouse cannot be understated. Continue reading

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Disruptive technology sounds death knell for ancien régime

Guillotine

From Gutenburg to the guillotine - trad publishing for the chop

Literary establishment quaking as authors no longer need them

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ The publishing scene has changed beyond all recognition in the last ten years. At the beginning of the century, online book retailing represented only 5% of total book sales. Now that figure is closer to 30%. Continue reading

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South African Wal-Mart mega-merger in ‘fundamentally flawed’ claim

South African Commercial, Catering and Allied ...

Unions appealing rulings as 'flawed'

Appeal against Wal-Mart and Massmart merger in South Africa

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Court hearing commences today to determine whether the South African merger of Wal-Mart and Massmart can proceed, or whether the matter should be referred back to the Competition Tribunal for consideration.

Three South African Government Ministries, supported by labour federation COSATU, are appealing based on their claim that the earlier Competition Tribunal proceedings were fundamentally flawed and are seeking a full rehearing of the matter. Continue reading

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POLL: Should Britain be IN or OUT of the European Union?

Project 365 Day 125: Polling Station

Make your vote count. Image: anemoneprojectors

House of Commons to vote on referendum for the British people

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Reports from Westminster that an imminent decision on the British people finally being able to vote on whether to stay in or quit the European Union came a step closer today.

In mainstream media reports, such as those via the BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15354203 – it would appear that at this stage, even if the majority of British people vote to leave the European Union, the government has indicated in would not honour the decision. Continue reading

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Public sector shame as jobsworths jostle OAP injury claims

Newham - Environmental Health

Hypocrisy alive and well and living in Newham. Image: LoopZilla

No Win No Fee changes and the spending cuts will hit older people’s access to justice

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ A pensioner who fell over a broken drain cover in East London in 2009 has won compensation for her injuries from Newham Council after a two year fight for justice. Continue reading

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Filed under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Customer Relations Management (CRM), GRC (Governance, Risk & Compliance), Industry News, Risk Analysis, Risk Assessment, Risk Management

REVIEW: Verbatim Executive 500GB USB3.0 External HDD

Verbatim Executive 500Gb HDD

Portable drive with encrpytion, backup and power saving functionality

By PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ With the rise and rise of private cloud, NAS boxes and SSD portable media, the role of localised storage will always be as important if not more so than entrusting one’s priceless personal data to the vagaries of a remote public cloud, where one’s data may be lost, deleted, or simply vanish forever as happened to Flickr in recent times. Continue reading

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Filed under Data privacy, Data storage, Digital Media Management (DMM), Disaster Recovery, Hardware Reviews, Media Content, Mobile Content, Reviews

EFF proffers free guidance tips on good cellphone data management

Camera Phone Dump

A picture's worth a thousand words. Image: Rob Boudon

 

ECM Plus +++ The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just published a most interesting document on its web site called “Cell phone guide for Wall St protestors and Everyone Else’, which details guidelines to cellular phone users out and about on good governance of their handset’s valuable, personal data when out and about on the streets, with some useful tips on what to do and how to manage the data in cell phones and how to make sure the data is protected and backed up. Continue reading

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Senators call for privacy law update

Ron Wyden

Senator Wyden supporting privacy campaign

Senators Wyden and Kirk join EFF for conference and ‘Retro Tech’ fair

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ On October 18, US Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) will jointly call for updating U.S. privacy law to keep pace with 21st century technology.

The conference comes the same week as the 25th anniversary of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the main federal law setting standards for government surveillance of digital technologies.

ECPA – signed at a time when mobile phones were the size of bricks and the World Wide Web didn’t even exist – is woefully outdated, putting Americans’ privacy at risk as technology continues to advance. Continue reading

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Charges for state inspections will hit small firms hardest

NAMM 2007 - Mr Jobsworth.

Concerns over 'revenue generating' inspections. Image: Eleventh Earl of Mar

Proposals for ‘elf’n’safety’ jobsworths to charge for inspections

ECM Plus +++ Draconian new state proposals to charge small enterprises for ‘material’ faults found during inspections by the Health and Safety Executive could damage relationships and may be seen as a way to ‘raise revenue’ rather than improving compliance, says the Federation of Small Businesses in response to a consultation which closed Friday.

In a classic case of ‘mission creep’, the HSE quango is proposing to ‘extend’ its current systems of ‘cost recovery’ to include a ‘fee’ for ‘intervention’ where an inspector will charge for the inspection and any subsequent actions when a ‘material’ fault has been found. Continue reading

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Government’s carbon tax con bashing business in Oz

Koala bear nailed to the tree

Carbon con chaos hurting Oz. Image: laRuth

Australia’s draconian carbon tax is another scurrilous cost burden on a struggling industry

ECM Plus +++ Speaking at the Australian Tourism Directions Conference in Canberra, David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recognised Australia’s commitment to the promotion of travel and tourism, but attacked the carbon tax announced by the Australian socialist government yesterday.

Australia is now the seventh largest travel and tourism economy in the world and it is set to maintain this position over the next 10 years. International arrivals are continuing to grow and spending by international visitors in Australia has grown by around a third since 2005. Continue reading

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Quango tinkering ignores true diversity on company boards

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Still no room for disabled in diversity

Financial Reporting Council ignores disabled talent in favour of just women in touting ‘benefits of diversity on corporate board appointments

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ The FRC has proclaimed changes to their ‘UK Corporate Governance Code’ and is urging companies to respond ‘rapidly’.

FRC has decide to amend Britain’s Corporate Governance Code was meant to strengthen the “principle” on boardroom diversity. Continue reading

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Inventor pioneer joins fight against GPS tracking

Artist Interpretation of GPS satellite, image ...
GPS tracking abuse challenged in court

Coalition urges U.S. Supreme Court to block government abuse of surveillance technology

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ The principal inventor of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other leading technologists have joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in urging the U.S Supreme Court to block the government from using GPS tracking without first getting a warrant, arguing that the massive collection of sensitive location data should require court oversight. Continue reading

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Troy truth seekers drive into digital asset marketing

Triumph TR7 V8

Auto assets - oft copied, never surpassed. Image: rutthenut

Digital asset delivery community for automotive OEM launched, as SaaS-based TRUexchange and TRUcore SOA enable collaboration for auto makers

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Managed file transfer specialist vendor Trubiquity has rolled out a new digital asset delivery community for marketing arms of automotive OEMs. Continue reading

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System of a Double Down: First 10 hour DDoS attack crashes SoundCloud

Denial of Service Attack

DDoS attacks. Image: kryptyk

On-line cloud firm decked by double major outages in weekday Distributed Denial of Service meltdown

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ On Tuesday October 4 at approximately 8:40pm CET, SoundCloud’s Operations team were alerted to an unusually high amount of unidentified traffic leading to a complete network outage. Within minutes, the company’s Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering and Head of Operations and all available operations engineering resources were deployed to investigate the issue and the company said it “worked around the clock” to locate and resolve it. Continue reading

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New document scanning node opens in Stafford, England

Iron Mountain. Records and data storage facili...

Iron Mountain facility in Staffordshire, England.

Iron Mountain unveils Europe’s largest document scanning and indexing centres

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Iron Mountain has just opened one of Europe’s largest document scanning and indexing centres for organisations to manage information in the face of what it calls “increasingly stringent national and EU regulation”. Continue reading

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Filed under Data privacy, Data storage, Document archiving & retrieval, Document Automation, Document Management, Document scanning & imaging, Electronic Document Management & Delivery, Forms management, processing, eForms, Information Governance, Information Management, OCR - Optical Character Recognition, Records & Information Management (RIM), Regulatory Compliance, Vendor News

WEEKEND PLUS: SharePoint Killer snuffs with hybrid ECM

Firebird (database server)

Flaming avians

Firebird-based Centric proffers on-demand enterprise content management

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Centric ECM has become the first software provider to offer what it calls businessw-class Enterprise Content Management as ‘a true hybrid’ solution and alternative to SharePoint.

According to the company, Centric ECM uses an open-source Firebird database with a WCF based server connection to provide an alternative to expensive ECM software “such as those offered by Microsoft, Autonomy and Open Text” the company said. Continue reading

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