Welcome to the Maritime 21st Century and the New Quest for the Golden Fleece

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I remember as a child being glued to the TV, watching famous oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau navigate his way under the sea. I found myself entering this magical world, where I could join endless varieties of fish in their natural habitat and wonder at the strange beauty of the marine landscape. The ocean’s potential Cousteau was a true pioneer, a visionary ahead of his time. Back in the 1970s, he spoke of the oceans’ potential, predicting a time when the world’s energy crisis would be solved by harnessing tidal and temperature changes in the sea; when metal … READ MORE



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Artist Takes Wallpaper from Computer to Your Wall

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I obviously spend a lot of time in the world of technology. So when I hear the word wallpaper, my first thought is the background image on my laptop or phone. But the more tactile form of wallpaper – that goes on an actual wall – is making “a fashionable comeback.”

And one of Dell’s entrepreneur customers, the interdisciplinary artist Kathryn Zaremba, is poised to take advantage of this trend and, in fact, may be one of the catalysts for the renewal in wallpaper popularity.

Artist and wallpaper designer Kathryn Zaremba sitting in her studio

Hers is not the mirrored and flocked wallpaper of my 1970s childhood, however. Zaremba’s designs include everything from swans and avocados to Matisse-inspired abstracts.

“Wallpaper seemed like a melding of my life experiences, I want to make things that enliven a space, that provide creative energy and inspiration for its inhabitants,” Zaremba told Urban Outfitters. “An idea for a pattern can really pop up out of nowhere or sometimes it’s in a museum looking at works of art or it might come out of playful experimentation in my studio.”

She spent time on theater sets and sound stages during her first career (yes, while many her age are still figuring out their first, Zaremba is onto her second career). Zaremba experienced coast-to-coast art galleries, stage sets and science museums, which became learning labs for her future illustrations and designs.

Zaremba stepped away from stage and screen to attend the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri and went on to graduate school at The Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. It’s also where she founded her wallpaper business and co-founded The Lemon Collective, a workshop space in Washington D.C. that is focused “mostly on making and makers” The Washington Post reports.

Starting these endeavors after college, however, she did not have access to the same high tech equipment she did while in school. She connected with a Dell Small Business Technology Advisor who had tips on what tech would be good for her business – including a Dell Precision All-in-One.

“.. I’m pretty obsessed with it,” Zaremba says of her Dell Precision All-in-One. In the video below, she explains how she draws and cuts out shapes then digitizes them for her wallpaper. “I manipulate the shapes in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to make wallpaper that is uniquely me for clients.”

Often she needs to meet with those clients in their own space, so her Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (below) allows her to take a portable studio with her. She notes that it is strong enough to power the creation of high-resolution illustrations, and “makes it easy to show [clients] vibrant details, samples and renders of how the wallpaper will come to life in their space.”

She might need to add some video conferencing technology to her setup next because people around the world are taking notice of Zaremba’s wallpaper. Her Swansy Noir and Muse Variations designs were recently featured in Refinary 29 UK’s list of “Best Removable Wallpaper for Your Rented Flat.”

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop in tablet mode on a desk

Our Small Business Technology Advisors are available and ready to help with your tech questions so you can focus on running your business. From selecting the right systems to incorporating servers or creating networks for employees and clients near and far, they can make managing your technology easy.



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Female Filmmakers Share How to Drive Change

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There was a lot of talk around the lack of representation of women directors, producers and writers at Sundance this year. Following the Women’s Rally with Jane Fonda, Gloria Allred and Common, we held a panel discussion in the Dell Den with female filmmakers to talk about where we are today, where we are going and how we’ll get there.

Audience member asking question at female filmmaker panel discussion held by Dell at Sundance Film Festival 2018

Maybe the Academy Awards heard our roar given they nominated three women for Best Original Screenplay. If one of them wins, it will be the first time in 10 years.

But diversity and inclusion isn’t just a Hollywood and film industry conversation. It’s a big conversation in the tech industry, too. So I want to share a few calls to action from the panel and audience discussion with you that I think we can all act on starting today – #FemaleFilmmakerFriday.

Our panelists included filmmakers and media powerhouses Ondi Timoner (Director, Dig! and We Live in Public; two-time Sundance Grand Jury Winner), Robyn Moreno (Co-President, Latina Media Ventures) and Robin Houser (Director and Producer, Bias and CODE). We discussed how they’re using film to impact society and what their experiences are like in today’s world; as well as the underrepresentation for women and people of color on camera and in film.

Take a few minutes to watch it now, or skip past the video to see key takeaways about how we can drive change.

Takeaways for women in film, tech and everywhere:

  • Make unconscious bias conscious – this is the only way to change it.
  • Apply for those jobs and go for it. Robin Hauser shared a study on how women will not apply for jobs if they do not feel 90 or 100 percent confident they qualify.
  • If you have a child, go speak at their school. Young women need role models.
  • If you’re in a position to do so, hire more women and people of color. You can accomplish this by broadening your selection pool.
  • Be bold. We have more power than we think and we need to use it.
  • Acting agents need to help female actresses land the next film.
  • Include programs in schools to get young women and minorities interested in film.
  • Support Latin films and filmmakers by going to watch their films.  Vote with your wallet.
  • Be loud and own your voice. We can’t stay quiet.

One thing we are doing at Dell is investing in women and film. Dell is a sponsor of Robin Hauser’s Bias documentary, which she made on our technology. Super proud of that and of her amazing work and accomplishments.

Panelist and director, Ondi Timoner concluded the panel by challenging us to collaborate and not to compete with one another. She also encouraged us to challenge others and spread the conversation. I want to do that here. What calls to action would you add? What do you want to see change for women in film or the industry you are in?



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Hello,
I tried installing APM Lync Server Agent v8.1.4 from a command prompt with elevated privileges.
The installation failed because the prereq checker returned FALSE for user.isAdmin.

Installation has been attempted using a domain account with admin privileges, but the script
user.isAdmin is not able to recognize it.
In order to complete the installation I had to bypass prereq checker with SET SKIP_PRECHECK=1.

Are you aware of this and is it going to be fixed ?

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