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Brief History of the Internet

The Internet has revolutionized the computer and communications world like nothing before. The invention of the telegraph, telephone, radio, and computer set the stage for this unprecedented integration of capabilities. The Internet is at once a world-wide broadcasting capability, a mechanism for information dissemination, and a medium for collaboration and interaction between individuals and their computers without regard for geographic location. The Internet represents one of the most successful examples of the benefits of sustained investment and commitment to research and development of information infrastructure. Beginning with the early research in packet switching, the government, industry and academia have been partners in evolving and deploying this exciting new technology.

The History of Mana

Like 'tattoo,' 'taboo' and 'tiki,' 'mana' is a word from the Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family. In twenty-seven of these languages, the word mana means something like 'supernatural power.' Pacific Island cultures are the origin of the concept of mana, and yet more people in the world have learned about the concept from WoW or other fantasy games. The concept is a staple of the global culture of fantasy novels and video games, many of which feature a blue bar of magical energy called 'mana.'But how did this happen? How did a concept from Pago Pago become part of global gaming culture? How did an Austronesian spiritual force come on board the Exodar, and become part of the life of my draenei shaman? To answer this question we have to return to the Pacific, and to the Austronesians themselves.

The History of Mana

Wilson's Algorithm

Wilson's algorithm uses loop-erased random walks to generate a uniform spanning tree - an unbiased sample of all possible spanning trees. Most other maze generation algorithms, such as Prim's, random traversal and randomized depth-first traversal, do not have this beautiful property."

Wilson's Algorithm

Wilson's Algorithm

Rufus: Create bootable USB drives the easy way

Rufus is an utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.It can be especially useful for cases where:you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installedyou need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOSyou want to run a low-level utilityDespite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!

Mark Russinovich

Told by the six-foot, five-and-a-half-inch Russinovich in his wonderfully straightforward way, it's a tale that lays bare the unapologetically ruthless attitude that pervaded Microsoft in the '90s and on into the aughts, an attitude that brought it enormous success but also landed the company in hot water with regulators and ultimately hampered its ability to compete in the more open and collaborative world of the modern internet. But the postscript to the tale-where Jim Alchin, the head of Windows, tries to hire Russinovich-also shows that Microsoft is more complicated than you might expect, that the company is capable of change, however long that change might take.

Deploying System Center 2012 Service Manager

This guide helps you deploy System Center 2012 - Service Manager in one of several different scenarios. The scenarios range from a simple, one-computer scenario to a four-computer scenario that is designed to support production-type environments. In addition, this guide shows you how to register a Service Manager management group with the Service Manager data warehouse so that you can generate reports. You have the option of deploying the Self-Service Portal so you can provide access to Service Manager through a web browser. To improve performance and provide for redundancy, you can deploy additional secondary Service Manager management servers.