An Apps Driven Government? White House CIO Vivek Kundra and His Beliefs About the Cloud

first_imgalex williams Will Kundra succeed? We think so. But it will be another issue all together to gain adoption. The US. Congress is made up people who represent hundreds of constituencies. How they react to data centers shutting down will have its own affects on policy, no matter how great the benefits may be from cloud computing. TransparencyTransparency. We hear that term a lot but we’d argue that it’s a key reason why the American people have a more clear idea about the Obama Adminstration’s technology policy than prior administrations. It’s working for Obama and Kundera will continue to drive this topic. It’s illustrative of a core foundation of society in the belief that information about our government should flow freely. It also again demonstrates the power of the cloud. Takeaway: USA.gov and usaspending.gov are hallmarks of the Obama administration’s transparency. These services will continue to serve as examples for Kundra to show what can be achieved with cloud computing while continuing to embrace ideals centering around accountability. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… U.S. Government as a Platform: Apps Drive Public PolicyKundra maintains that the U.S. Government needs to operate as if it is a platform. The data generated from the platform must drive public policy. The federal government can not be an island separate from the people of the United States. Cloud computing will enable people to interact with the federal government, using the data to generate ideas and shift the debate about public policy issues.Takeaway: Cloud-based Data.gov is an example of the platforms that need to be built in order for the interaction to occur between citizens and the government. Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting An Infrastructure Shift Is UnderwayKundra talks a lot about the fundamental shift in infrastructure. He makes a connection between small business and the public sector. Small business is shedding its IT assets so they can save money but also work in real-time. it allows for productivity. The public sector can achieve the same results through consolidationTakeaway: It’s a matter of economics. Data centers consolidation and greater use of cloud-based applications can save billions. Upsides include cross-agency collaboration, greater degrees of interaction with citizens and a modern infrastructure for the workings of government. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Vivek Kundra is Obama’s evangelist for cloud computing.On Friday, Kundra, the White House Federal CIO, faced one of his first big tests as he testified before the U.S. Congress about cloud computing and why the Obama administration believes it’s key in helping the government modernize its technology infrastructure.To get a picture of what Kundra believes, Cloudbook featured several videos featuring the president’s technology advisor. In reviewing the videos, Kundra repeats four key points about why it is critical for the U.S. Government to adopt cloud computing:Government IT is outdated and sometimes antiquated. People work on mainframes at work and on any number of Web oriented platforms at home. Federal data centers now number more than 1,000. Consolidations is essential but so are smarter methods for using apps that leverage the cloud.. The private market is cutting back in data centers through private clouds, hybrids and public services. Cloud-based, data driven services can drive policy. What this requires are platforms that provide a base for interaction between constituents and stakeholders in federal agencies. Interoperability between agencies across platforms requires cloud-driven services with core sets of standards. In such an environment, apps provide a level of portability and means for decreasing the need for multiple on-premise servers to run one application.Transparency for Kundra means the capability to get real-tine access to public data. The cloud makes that more of a reality.On to the videos…Government Is Far Behind the Private SectorIn his address last month to the Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop, Kundra lead his discussion by underscoring the problems he faced on his first day of work at the White House. It was like walking into a technology environment that was 10 years old. Obama had to fight to get a Blackberry. He used the story to illustrate how behind government is compared to the private sector.Takeaway: Kundra argues for modernization, making it clear that the government needs to be on par with the private sector. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

DaVinci Resolve Tutorial: Extreme Color Looks

first_imgHighly-stylized extreme color looks are easy to nail down through heavy color tinting. Achieve radical color grades with this DaVinci Resolve tutorial.In a two-part post here and here last month, I took a look at recreating several Instagram-style looks in DaVinci Resolve. These discussions led us to analyze looks that were certainly stylized, but not all that extreme. One day, you may come across a project where your client is open to a more extreme approach. If you do, hug that client and work with them again. Let’s explore some of these looks.Approaching the GradeOne way to achieve radical grades is by employing heavy color tinting. To encourage a bit of an unrefined look, adjust the control surface sensitivity in the preferences beforehand. A higher sensitivity number will make the trackballs and dials slide around quicker, allowing you to dial in extreme looks fast.Try setting the RGB balance sensitivities to around 80 and watch the colors get thrown out of whack with the slightest push. It’s like coloring with a fat marker as opposed to a thin pencil. It’s going to get a little messy.Click the gear icon on the bottom left in Resolve’s interface and select the Control Panel preferences. To see dramatic changes, alter the RGB sensitivities for the lift, gamma and gain to somewhere around 80, out of a maximum value of 100. Just for today, throw realism out the window. Let’s abandon natural skin tones in favor of a color treatment that imposes itself on the image. The challenge will still be to make our images look visually interesting.Executing the LooksHere’s the image we’ll be working on. I picked it because it is fairly neutral, but mainly because this lady looks awesome. She’s the perfect canvas for some extreme grades.As always, perform an initial balance on the image, then create a new node for screwing with the colors. Here are some looks I came up with, along with the color wheel “answer keys.”Depending on the type of image you choose, the colors will react quite differently at the outer limits, but since we’re thinking outside the box, there are really no wrong answers. At such extremes, adjusting the saturation by a smidgen will lead to another look itself, so try that too. Trust your eyes and visual acumen to guide you to what looks good. Pushing the Concept FurtherWhile we’re not touching the luminance values too much for the purposes of this tutorial, it can be helpful to use luminance to qualify sections of the image in the interest of processing them separately. First, pull just a luminance key on half of the image. To do this, increase luminance Low Clip or decrease luminance High Clip.When about half of the image appears in the qualification, soften the corresponding Softness control. This will ensure that extreme corrections will still have a smooth falloff in the extreme color ranges.I’ve pulled the High Clip down on just the luminance, then increased the High Soft enough to gradually recede the correction. Then I created an Outside Node to color the values outside the first node. On the newly keyed portion of the image, go crazy with one of the trackballs. When you’ve destroyed the image to your liking, create an Outside Node to invert the qualification and tint that part of the image.This creates a more controlled look that can be tuned in greater detail. Now that both sides of the shot are tinted, experiment with the qualification point in the original node. The image changes as values are included or excluded.   To further complicate our look, create another node and qualify a different section of the luminance, maybe this time from the bottom third of the image. Tint that with a different color altogether. Maybe this node could even be desaturated. Now you’ve got a bunch of colors playing against each other in psychedelic glory.In addition to the luminance split above, I’ve added a third node that selects a more narrow range of luminance values. Then I went wild on everything for a different look altogether. Dial it BackNow that we’ve got a bunch of insane looks, let’s see if we can make them more usable for a traditional job. If you balanced your shot in a separate node at the beginning, you can mix it with the extreme node(s) to bring the look closer to normalcy. To do this, select the Key tab in the lower-middle section of the screen and adjust the Gain parameter underneath the Output heading.A value of less than one will essentially lower the opacity of the node correction to mix it with the base correction node. Increasing the value of Gain more than one won’t accomplish anything.Setting the Output Gain to 50% pulls one of our extreme looks back into a more commercial realm. When you’re destructing your image, keep track of digital degradations. It’s up to you to determine if these are acceptable for your grungy look. If not, consider dialing back your look, as colors in the vectorscope can also clip out. Alternately, try using noise reduction or soft clipping to limit the amount or severity of artifacts.Yikes! This is what clipped colors in the vectorscope look like. Yeah, you can slice colors too, just like whites are sawed off on an overexposed image. Sure, we’re going for something extreme, but you may want to avoid this. Going ExtremeExperiment with how different colors and the image ranges play off each other. This will actually inform traditional grading approaches for more conventional jobs. Taking colors too far can be instructive. See what kind of crazy results you can come up with, then dial them back into the realm of acceptability.Here’s our palette of nine looks. Hopefully you can see the huge range of possibilities in color grading, no matter how extreme your client wants to go.If you’re feeling gutsy, why not try some of these out on your next commercial job? Your client may think you’re insane, but maybe they’ll be into a unique style that makes their commercial stand out from every other ad. As colorists it can become easy to color each project in a similar manner, and playing around with images in an extreme way can help things from getting stale. Have fun and check out these additional DaVinci Resolve tutorials:Color Grading: Bleach Bypass Looks in DaVinci ResolveSunkissed and Sepia Looks in DaVinci ResolveThe Isolated Color Look in DaVinci ResolveDid this DaVinci Resolve help you see color grading in radical new ways? Got any examples of extreme looks you’d like to share? See you in the comment section!last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly at Youth Summit: “I want to coach Indian team”

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has said on Saturday that he would like to be the coach of the Indian team, if such an opportunity comes his way. “Though it’s not my immediate goal, I will like to coach the national team. It will be a great honour,” Ganguly said on Saturday while addressing the India Today Youth Summit in Delhi. He will, however, like to do things differently from former India coach Greg Chappell because of which he had to lose his captaincy and later his place in the team. “I think the captain is the boss of the team, the coach should remain backstage,” he said.In the session Going For Broke chaired by Headlines Today Executive Editor Rahul Kanwal, Ganguly said his coaching will revolve around five central rules: friendly relations with media, no use of media to sideline a player, being honest with players, work with the players, gaining their confidence and staying at the backstage. On being asked what keeps him going, the Bengal Tiger said that the love for the game inspired him to make several comebacks. “After I was dropped from the team in 2006, even my father thought I would not get any chance. But I had faith in myself. I still get high when I score runs,” he said. He admitted cricket was not his first choice. Like most Bengali teenagers, his first love was football. But injuries forced him to give up football and he turned to the game he would rule when he was in Class IX. “My elder brother played cricket, so I started going out with him to play. That’s how it began,” said Ganguly. He also said that his cricketing journey, filled with so many ups and downs, has moulded his character. It has taught him that winning was not always everything. “Of course people expect you to win every time, and you can’t move ahead if you don’t deliver, but the most important part is the amount of struggle you go through to achieve your goal.” he said, “There are more bad days in sports than good ones. But people remember the good days only.” He said that failures have made him a better person. On being asked how it felt to sit out of the team, Ganguly said that it was like a punch to his face. “When I was out of the team, the newspapers made me feel like everything I had done for Team India was wrong. Then I got picked up after six months and suddenly people said there was none better than me. That’s when I realised winning is not everything,” he said adding that “it’s not important how many times you fall, but how you get up every time”. He advised youngsters not to worry much about winning as that adds pressure.  “If you are honest to you profession, some day you will surely win.” The southpaw also praised the efforts of boxer Mary Kom who despite several hardships and obstacles has brought glory to the country by becoming World Woman Boxing Champion five times in a row. The most successful Indian captain ever, Ganguly attributed his success to his teammates. “A team-mate is as good as his team. I had so many talented players in the team and they delivered. We must remember cricket is a team game.” Among all the captains he played under he singles out Tendulkar as the best. “Everyone, including my father, points to Tendulkar’s captaincy record when I say this, but I really blossomed as a cricketer under Sachin,” he said. Ganguly, who opened in ODIs with Tendulkar, said that he considered the 60-plus partnerships with the master blaster as the most memorable in his career. “After we lost to Australia in the World Cup 2003, there was a huge public reaction against our dismal performance. Our next match was against Zimbabwe and I was very tense. Tendulkar came up to me and said that it was the most crucial game of his life and we must win it. It was a small partnership, but it changed our course in the World Cup and we reached the final,” he said. On being asked if he could do something differently in the 2003 World Cup final, he said, “I wish we could bowl better. Every time I asked Zaheer to bowl a particular delivery, he did the opposite.” He also admitted that his tactic of keeping former Australian captain Steve Waugh waiting for him during the toss was a deliberate one. “It was my way of being at the same level as they were.” He also recounted his encounter with Steve Waugh the very next year at Brisbane where Waugh had asked him, “Could you be on time for the toss this time?” “Only if you stop writing,” replied Ganguly. Clearly in a mood to interact with the youngsters present at the summit, Ganguly was at his wittiest best. “Was hitting sixes against leg spinners your success mantra,” asked one delegate to which Ganguly replied, “It was my way of venting out my frustration after facing the fire from the Pollocks and Bret Lees.” On being asked how he had felt after taking off his shirt at the Lord balcony after India had won the NatWest series against England, he said, “I felt cold as it was very cold in London.” He also said that he might take off his shirt again if Kolkata Knight Riders win the IPL. Ganguly believes that Indian cricketers are not involved in match-fixing. He however refused to agree that it’s not about Pakistani players only. “The bookies know who to approach. They observe the players, their behaviours and how they speak to the press or on TV.” On being asked how he dealt with the match fixing crisis after he took over the reigns of Team India in 2000, he said, “Almost all the players were new. So we made a fresh beginning. We did not talk about it. I did not have to deal with it much.” Ganguly also sees no wrong in politicians managing sports. “If their intentions are right, anyone can manage sports. But it’s better if administration is managed by politicians and the sports aspect by players,” he said. The former India captain believes that the Commonwealth Games in India will pass off successfully. “India has the huge ability of surviving disasters. It’s not okay to blame one person for what is happening. If it fails, all are to be blamed.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more