The rewards of playing with rakeback are obvious. Most of the players will play only if there is a rakeback deal. And when you become a rakeback affiliate you gain doubly. One is that your conversion rate gets better and also you will have a bigger amount of job on your hands. This is because you will have to send rakeback to your players every month and this consumes a lot of your time. You will also have to calculate the percentage of rake which you agreed with your poker room. You will also have to distribute the rakeback to your players.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
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Thursday, June 28, 2007
Using a web framework based on the Model View Controller (MVC) project pattern may simplify the construction of Web applications in Java. In order to developers focus more efforts on the application domain representation rather than on employed technologies, web frameworks implement several project patterns and good practices, abstracting part of the complexity involved on applications development process.
Because it is a pattern with a very extensible architecture, MVC inspired the creation of many web frameworks, such as Apache Struts; Apache Cocoon; Spring MVC; WebWork and JavaServer Faces.
Among all these web frameworks, there are two that must be emphasized. On of them is Apache Struts Web Application Framework, the most popular among Java community. It is supported by Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The other web framework is conquering the admiration of the community. Its name is JavaServer Faces. Even though it doesn’t have Struts legacy, JSF attracts people because it brings back the interfaces development based on components and events.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has finalized a tender for 40,000 Lenovo desktops which can be installed with both Novell's Suse Linux and Microsoft's Windows XP Starter Edition.
According to C. Umashankar, managing director of Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (Elcot), the desktops will be deployed across schools and government departments in the state. Elcot is Tamil Nadu's state-owned IT supplier.
Umashankar said the desktops will be installed with either Suse Linux or dual-boot Windows XP Starter Edition/Suse Linux configurations, depending on the needs of the organization.
For instance, schools will be provided with Suse Linux desktops, while government employees who still require Windows in their work will get dual-boot machines, he told ZDNet Asia.
Dual-boot machines will cost 22,000 rupees (US$497) each, though this was not the initial price point quoted by the vendors, Umakshankar said, adding that Chennai-based IT company Origin Infosys will supply the Lenovo desktops.
He said that Elcot was originally quoted 21,800 rupees (US$492) for each Lenovo system, whether the preloaded OS was Suse Linux or Windows XP Starter Edition. After some negotiation, Elcot secured the final price of 22,000 rupees (US$497) for dual-boot systems, Umashankar said.
Suse Linux is a full-fledged OS with no restrictions on how the platform is used, while Microsoft's Windows XP Starter Edition does not allow users to run more than three software applications at one time.
According to Umashankar, users will be "encouraged" to use Suse Linux as far as possible.
Earlier this year, Tamil Nadu announced plans for all government agencies across the state to switch from Microsoft Windows desktop to Linux and the OpenOffice productivity suite. The move is expected to slash the local government's IT cost by 15 to 25 percent.
Preloaded Linux from a major hardware vendor is a great idea, but despite the rumors and constant talk swirling about the issue, I don't believe it will happen in the way that many would like.
The most recent talk of the preloaded Linux PC is the result of a poll Dell ran on its IdeaStorm Web site asking what users want from the besieged hardware vendor. More than 90,000 thousand respondents asked for it.
Dell in turn said it intends to work with Novell to certify corporate client products for Linux, including OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks and Dell Precision workstations. But you'll have to forgive my pessimism, as it's a story I've heard many times before.
Sure Dell is one of the leading vendors of Linux, but its attention is on Linux for the enterprise, focusing on servers as opposed to workstations or consumer desktops. It has offered optimized solutions for Linux deployments and even participated in Linuxworld Boston.
The closest it comes to flirting with consumers is with its N-Series computers, which are not even all that consumer-focused and don't come preloaded with Windows. Instead they include FreeDOS, the idea being that users can load their own flavor of Linux. N-Series machines are also offered with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Workstation edition pre-installed.
But the preloaded Linux on PC talk isn't only about Dell. Neither HP nor IBM/Lenovo preload Linux on their consumer PCs, though at various points over the last six or seven years all three companies have had stories or rumors swirling about them that pre-loaded Linux PCs were coming soon.
They have made significant Linux efforts for the enterprise and are involved in the Linux community in varying degrees. So why hasn't Linux appeared pre-loaded on PCs yet? It's simple: demand and dollars.
The basics of business
Dell, HP and IBM/Lenovo are in the volume hardware business, which is what the consumer market is about. None of the big three vendors will push goods they can't sell and support in large volumes. And they likely still don't consider the demand for pre-loaded Linux PCs high enough to try and meet.
As the Dell IdeaStorm site proves, the Linux community is a vocal one, so the call for pre-loaded Linux is growing louder. But the reality is that Linux aficionados can easily just download and install any number of Linux distributions they choose on any hardware they choose without cost.
It's providing support for these choices combined with the fact that those needing support would likely be Linux newcomers that raises a potentially huge barrier for vendors.
That's not to say that it can't be done. HP is proving it can make money from supporting Debian, which is something that no other major hardware vendor has been able to do.
The other issue with pre-loaded Linux comes down to money. Not in terms of money that the vendors might be able to make from Linux but money that they wouldn't get from Microsoft (Quote).
The software giant has a huge co-marketing budget for partners that advertise Microsoft products alongside their own. So when you see a Dell advertisement that includes a nice Windows Vista branded blurb, it's likely that Microsoft has helped pay for the ad.
Currently there is no Linux vendor with the financial wherewithal or consumer focus that can or will provide the big hardware vendors with that type of co-marketing cash pool.
Can it -- will it -- happen?
If the big hardware vendors are able to create their own support groups for a community Linux, they can in essence almost have their own operating system. Dell might "adopt" or sponsor the Gentoo Linux distribution and create a community of support for it. Then it would be Dell pushing out the Dell Gentoo Linux version with Dell's own dollars for a Dell co-branded solution.
The other option would be for an industry consortium, the Linux Foundation for example, to create a pool of co-marketing dollars that would help to entice the hardware vendors to offer pre-installed Linux options.
There is a lot of money to be made by hardware vendors offering preloaded Linux. If the vendor goes the community route, margins can be much higher by selling Linux than by selling Microsoft.
If a support organization can be created, the hardware vendor can also service the customer better instead of having to rely on a third party like Microsoft.
So far the preloaded Linux PC has been more myth than reality. Let's hope that Dell's new effort can move beyond that and create a real market opportunity for Linux on consumer PCs.
Monday, February 26, 2007
After collecting some 1,800 new product and service ideas from IT users and customers using an online "suggestion box," Dell Inc. has announced that it's taking the user suggestions seriously and will soon debut and sell a new line of certified, user-ready Linux-loaded desktop and laptop computers. The Dell IdeaStorm Web site, where customers and other IT enthusiasts can offer recommendations about future Dell products and configurations that they'd want to buy, was started on Feb. 16 by CEO Michael Dell, who is looking for ways to re-energize the company's sales and financial performance after several disappointing quarters. One post that got a lot of interest was the idea that Dell bring back a reasonably priced laptop computer that runs Linux.More>>