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Ever wonder how CDC scientists merge old-fashioned detective  Two photos from Where Children Sleep: Photographs by James Mollisonworkwith high-tech science to crack the cases of mystery diseases? Get the Story! Visit the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at CDC Headquarters.

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Yellow Daisy Festival is free with paid parking admission. Vehicle entry to the park is $15 Stone mountain

The Georgia State Fair sep 30 $10 Universal Fairs purchased the Georgia State Fair in 2011 and in 2012 decided to hold the spring fair as well as add a fall fair hosted at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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Atlanta is the sprawling capital of Georgia. It played an important part in both the Civil War and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta History Center chronicles the city’s past, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is dedicated to the African-American leader’s life and times. Downtown, 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Olympics, encompasses the massive Georgia Aquarium.Looking for what to do around atlanta. click here for things to do around atlanta

Fall might very well be heading towards a cold breeze, with the winter getting in  and kids heading back to school, but there are still wonderful ways to get out and enjoy all that Atlanta have to offer. Just because school days are here doesn’t mean that you have to suffer the monotony of a daily routine. get out on the town with the family with these exciting events!

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imagesIndian food, with its hodgepodge of ingredients and intoxicating aromas, is coveted around the world. The labor-intensive cuisine and its mix of spices is more often than not a revelation for those who sit down to eat it for the first time. Heavy doses of cardamom, cayenne, tamarind and other flavors can overwhelm an unfamiliar palate. Together, they help form the pillars of what tastes so good to so many people.For food and dinning click here The best indian resturant around atlanta

 


imagesIndian spices include a variety of spices grown across the Indian subcontinent (a sub-region of South Asia). With different climates in different parts of the country, India produces a variety of spices, many of which are native to the Subcontinent, while others were imported from similar climates and have since been cultivated locally for centuries.

Spices are used in different forms – whole, chopped, ground, roasted, sauteed, fried and as topping. They blend food to extract the nutrients and bind them in a palatable form. Some spices are added at the end as a flavouring and are typically heated in a pan with ghee or cooking oil before being added to a dish. Lighter spices are added last, and spices with strong flavour should be added first. Curry is not a spice, but a term used by western people and refers to any dish in Indian cuisine that contains several spices blended together and could be with a gravy base or a dry item.For Indian grocery around atlanta click here

 







 





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Seagate’s 60TB monster

Seagate’s 60TB monster

That would be a 60TB Seagate SSD. Let that sink in: A 60 freakin’ terabyte SSD.

Seagate didn’t provide many details about its majestic creation except, well, that it exists. The company hopes to start shipping it as early as next year, and eventually roll out 100TB versions in the same form factor. That form factor, by the way, fits into a hard drive-sized 3.5-inch storage slot, rather than the 2.5-inch design used by most SSDs. Nobody said squeezing in 60TB of capacity was easy.

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Why design principles shape stronger products

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Our design team didn’t have any design principles and it was difficult to determine design success.

My job is to design and improve/redesign a legacy CRM system for real estate professionals. We often ran into design limitations because we didn’t have any principles to refer to. Our users have a love/hate relationship with the product. Some users think it’s a great lead generation tool that boosts their business and helps to manage their contacts. Some of them think it’s cumbersome, time-consuming to complete tasks, buggy and not user-friendly. There is so much to improve, but what are the restrictions?

New features vs. existing problems

We collaborate with our user research team to conduct user testing/interviews. It varies from testing existing features to redesigning a prototype. We gather user feedback and categorize them to define or confirm usability issues. We go through the cycle of user testing, design, and iterate. Yet, while we working hard improving the product, new features are often requested. This can be frustrating, especially on a page that already has usability issues. The more functions you add, the more complex it becomes.

Legacy design patterns

At work, we have our legacy design patterns. Thus, new designs are always tied into consistency. In theory, consistency is necessary because we don’t want to detract from what users are doing. Though at the same time, we want to move fast and reduce task clicks. But then we would have to sacrifice consistency. What should we do? How should we rank consistency and efficiency? Which is more important?

User needs vs. Design needs

Through user testing, we learned that user needs often don’t match design needs. Admit it, don’t we all have the tendency to design based on our hypothesis? We think we understand the user flow without further user research. The truth is that we aren’t always right. The lessons impart a human-oriented sense of “why?”. Why don’t users just get it? Why can’t they find such an obvious button? Why wouldn’t they want to use a function that we think is useful? Why don’t they like the existing features? So many why that confuses us.

We learned that the company built the CRM over years. It was developed from version 1 to 2, and now version 3. The legacy patterns worked for the previous versions, why won’t they do the same on the current one? We started to realize that the users are different. When you are dealing with diverse users, it’s important to first understand their needs. Learn who they are, what we need to design for. Make sure you know what their user stories are, and what their journey map is like.

Inspirations

We came to the conclusion that we need to create a set of design principles. I set up a design team meeting and required everyone to present their ideas. I recommended a website called Design Principles FTW for inspirations. You can look up design principles from a list of companies, such as Google, Facebook, Apple.

Define Design Principles

We generated solid design principle ideas from the presentation. We needed to go deeper and define what they are. I set up a second meeting and asked everyone to write down their principles on sticky notes. Then we all put them up on the wall to group them and rank the importance.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

As we started to figure out what the design principles should be, we needed a better way to visualize them. Back in June, I wrote a Lyft redesign article and talked about their design principles. They used a pyramid shape ( Maslow’s hierarchy of needs) define the importance of order. It inspired me and I decided to give that a try.

I printed out the design principles we created and cut them into pieces. I drew a giant pyramid on the white board and put a sample of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs next to it. Each of us got a set of principles and put them into the pyramid based on the way we wanted to rank them.

Prioritize design principles (round 2)

Oops, conflicts occur

We realized there were a few conflicts. We can’t decide which is more important, consistency or efficiency? We had a long discussion. At the end, we decided to group consistency and efficiency together. The reason is that it often differs depending on what project you work on and where you are during the process. For example, our engineers prefer consistency because they already built an style library. As designers, we have empathy for our users because of the extra number of clicks they have to go through. We want retention! We want to attract existing users of competitor’s product to our product! We know some legacy patterns are stopping us from accomplish it. Why not explore options that can actually help them run their business more efficiently? What if there is a need to prioritize efficiency over consistency for a specific case?

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Here is something I learned from design events:
Don’t be afraid of creating new patterns if specific legacy patterns aren’t working well. Communicate with the engineers and product managers, help them understand the special needs. Hopefully, that way you can get your new design patterns into the next sprint.

Finalize Design Principles

We were so excited! Then, we paused. “Collaboration” exists in every step, we should take it from the pyramid. Beauty is an effective word, but why don’t we make it sound more artistic and fancier?

Prioritize design principles (round 2)

We had an idea to visualize the pyramid with pictures of examples next to it. I thought about how burgers are made, with bread, meat and sauce. I tried a few ideas and decided that meat is too specific. I replace “Meat” with “Ingredients”, as it’s more broad and presents psychological needs better.

Here is what we ended up with:

  • Know your user = Bread (Basic needs)
  • Clarity + Consistency & Efficiency= Ingredients (Psychological needs)
  • Aesthetics = Sauce (Self-fulfillment needs)

Design Principles

Here is a diagram I created. The concept should be self-explanatory and visualizes the importance of each principle.

Definition:

Know your users

  • Understand user needs. Understand what their needs are before being able to deliver the right solution. Know your users by understanding their goals and frustrations through interviews.
  • Show empathy by adapting to user needs. Be aware of user needs and actual behavior. Manage your user’s expectations and understand that you are not your user.

Clarity

  • Clarity is all about the relationships between elements. Consider the relationships between items on the page and structure the page based on importance.
  • Create structure and hierarchy. Provide timely feedback that engenders confidence in the system. Users should know the consequence of each action they take.

Consistency

  • Consistent interfaces. Allow users to develop usage patterns. Use standard controls and gestures consistently so that they behave the way people expect.
  • Consistent language. Use the same term when referring to a particular action or object, and communication pieces to avoid confusion.
  • Consistent use of established patterns. Users look for patterns they already know to shorten the learning curve and understand new experiences across programs.

Efficiency

  • User experience is seamless. It works across various screen sizes, platforms, and products. Efficiency matters when people are likely to use the app a lot and they are prepared to spend time learning it.
  • Efficient systems respect your time. Efficiency reflects the drive to get users to their goal by designing the shortest amount of time/number of clicks on task.
  • Leverage technology to drive efficiency. Use technology to adapt to existing behavior instead of making users adapt to computers.

Aesthetics

  • First impressions matter. A system that looks beautiful can further engender confidence and trust in the system
  • Aesthetics is a quality that people recognize, want and need. It’s seenin design also in life, it makes the use of that interface enjoyable.
  • Delightful. Your customers will look forward to using your product when it is pleasant to use.

Importance

Recently I listened to a Podcast by Julie Zhuo, the VP of product design at Facebook. She talked about how crucial is it for a startup to establish a clear set of design principles early. Her insights boost my confidence believing our principles will make our products better.

A lot of the purpose of having design principles is to really align people around what matters.

A good set of principles encodes that so everyone can have this shared sense of what’s important for us and what’s true to us. When new people join or when your company’s scaling, then it becomes easier for them to understand those things that are so unique and so important about the way that you do things and what you value.

We care about simplicity, and we care about people. When push comes to shove and you have to make a trade off, how are you, in those moments, as a team or a company going to prioritize? What are you going to care about the most?

Jessie Chen

NASSTA is conducting Ganesha Idol Making workshop on September 3rd 2016 on occassion of Ganesh Chaturdi

NASSTA is conducting Ganesha Idol Making workshop on September 3rd 2016 on occassion of Ganesh Chaturdi on September 4th Register Here

NASSTA is organized exclusively for furthering charitable, religious and educational causes.

To conduct charitable activities such as medical aid, relief to people affected by natural calamities, organize shelters to the homeless, annadaana (feeding) to the destitute. To translate, print, publish or distribute books, periodicals and literatures to promote the goals and objectives of the organization.

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China builds world’s most powerful computer

China builds world’s most powerful computer

A new supercomputer from China has topped the latest list of the world’s most powerful machines.

The 93 petaflop Sunway TaihuLight is installed at the National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi.

At its peak, the computer can perform around 93,000 trillion calculations per second.

It is twice as fast and three times as efficient as the previous leader Tianhe-2, also from China, said Top500 which released the new list on Monday.

Its main applications include advanced manufacturing, weather forecasting and big data analytics, wrote Jack Dongarra in a paper about the new machine.

It has more than 10.5 million locally-made processing cores and 40,960 nodes and runs on a Linux-based operating system.

For the first time since the list began, China has overtaken the US with 167 computers in the top 500 while the US has 165.

“Considering that just 10 years ago, China claimed a mere 28 systems on the list, with none ranked in the top 30, the nation has come further and faster than any other country in the history of supercomputing,” said Top500.

The US has four supercomputers in the top 10 of the Top500 list, while China has two which currently occupy the top two places.

The other positions in the top 10, published twice a year, are occupied by machines from Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

“As a computer scientist it’s difficult writing software that can take advantage of and control large numbers of computer cores,” said Professor Les Carr from the University of Southampton.

“This is why supercomputers are restricted to specialised applications – you need very specialised computing needs to take advantage of them.

“They are like extremely high-spec Grand Prix racing cars – they are fantastic for racing on circuits but they’re not great for travelling from London to Edinburgh.”

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language for cloud development

Which programming languages are most appropriate for use in the cloud? That question, in essence, is the topic of discussion for the twelfth episode of The New Stack at Scale podcast, now live onSoundCloud and iTunes.

The format of this episode is a little different. First, The New Stack’s Scott Fulton presents a special segment on programming languages, particularly Go, in a cloud-native environment, with Red Hat Principal Software Engineer Vincent Batts, as well as Lead Software Engineer Chris Haupt and Product Manager Victor Soares from New Relic.

Then host Alex Williams (founder and editor in chief of The New Stack) and I are joined by “the famous Adron Hall,” a Portland-based developer working on issues related to scalability and deployment of large-scale systems, including DevOps

Static vs. dynamic programming languages

Scott’s segment [time code 1:51] points out the differences between dynamically typed and statically typed programming languages in the “cloud native ecosystem.” In particular, the segment talks about the rise of Go, for which New Relic has just released a new agent. (Be sure to read Ready? Steady. Go! Public Beta of Go Support Opens in New Relic APM.)

Scott notes that since it was originally developed for Google’s internal use, Go seems particularly well suited to “help developers looking to integrate static server-side development with dynamic client-side development” in cloud native environments. Even though the Go community has grown significantly as companies like New Relic use it to build new products and applications—including New Relic Infrastructure—Go hasn’t yet barged its way into most programming language top 10 rankings [18:08]. (For more information, see The Most Popular Programming Languages of 2016.)

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According to Adron and Neha [26:11], that’s partly because Go is a relatively new language, and developers may be waiting for build-outs of more mature tooling, including IDEs and specific frameworks. More important, though, according to Adron, many traditional companies outside the San Francisco/Seattle/Portland axis of new internet companies are not yet living in the cloud-native, polyglot world of microservices architectures, containers, and multiple single-purpose applications that Go helps enable.

To put it simply: “As goes cloud, so goes Go!”

Listen to the entire podcast for much more on Go and cloud-native environments, including how long it takes to “jump on the Go train.”

Fredric Paul

The Illusionists hits the Fox Theatre stage on September 27- October 2

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Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, and disappearance. This group of world-class performers take their cue from the showmanship of the great illusionists of the past – such as Harry Houdini – and pair it with a new and updated contemporary aesthetic, whose set and costume design lend the genre a theatricality and artistry that has rarely been seen before.

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Harry Potter Trivia Night on Nov 29th 8pm – 11pm (21+)

On November 29, dust off your crystal ball and wands for a magical night of HARRY POTTER TRIVIA! (21+)

Diesel Filling Station, known for it’s infamous weekly NERD CORE TUESDAY TRIVIA is partnering up with Markster Con to offer-up a once-a-month SPECIAL EDITION! Yep…that’s right – in addition to being able to get your general nerd knowledge out weekly, once-a-month you can break out your ultra-knowledge for special themes, with all rounds dedicated to that month’s topic.

FREE – no admission

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