How to find Boston IT Consulting. Operating a business anywhere is a complicated and difficult matter, and it is virtually impossible to be an expert in everything that is involved; you may therefore benefit from IT consulting. Boston businesses often seek out these types of services as they grow and expand, because naturally their information technology needs become exponentially more complex. When should a company seek out IT consulting? Boston business owners and corporate management virtually always ask this question at some point.

The world “consultant” is actually derived from Latin consultant, a direct ancestor if the modern Italian consiglieri and is related to English words such as consul and council. There’s nothing particularly arcane about a consultant; s/he is simply someone with a high level of expertise in a given area, such as technology consulting. Boston business owners and managers who feel out of their depth when having to deal with computer systems will benefit greatly from access to an IT consultant.

A qualified IT Consulting Boston firm can help you determine and clarify your information technology needs in terms of hardware and software issues, data transfer and storage, Internet access and monitoring, servers, security issues and more. If you already have an IT system in place, such a consultant can also help pinpoint weaknesses in the system, such as bottle necks. Here is a fact of which many people – even business experts – are unaware: most data bottlenecks are not due to processor speed (or lack of it)! Although it is true that a 3 Ghz Pentium will run faster than a 500 Mhz Intel, the real issues are memory (RAM) and hard drive access speed. An expert from your local Boston IT consulting firm can show you how setting up a series of “mirrored” hard drives in what is called a RAID array can double or even quadruple data transfer speeds.

You can also learn how to reduce costs associated with the operation of you IT system by accessing IT consulting. Boston business owners and corporate managers can learn more about outsourcing as well – when to do it, how to do it, and with whom to do it. It’s a great way to externalize the cost of doing business while increasing and internalizing profitability, thereby insuring that investors and shareholders are provided on maximum return.

By accessing IT consulting, Boston companies are learning to operate more efficiently and enjoying greater profitability; you owe it to your business to learn what a qualified IT consultant can do for you.

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Cinco de Drinko @ The Greatest Bar
Event on 2017-05-06 21:00:00
Saturday, May 6th At The Greatest Bar   Boston VIP List Presents   Cinco de Drinko   Join us at The Greatest Bar, Saturday, May 6 for our annual Cinco de Drinko party. We'll be giving out beads, glow sticks, & more. Reduced entry with boat cruise ticket stub With four floors and three bars, it’s Boston’s hottest Saturday night destination!   DJ's of Jinx will be dropping the city’s hottest beats!   House, Top 40, & EDM   For VIP Tables, Parties, Bachelorette Parties, Birthdays, or to Get Listed contact us at: Text or Call: Sunny 617-335-5582 Follow us on Twitter: @BostonVIPList On Instagram: @BostonVIPList Like us on FaceBook:   THE GREATEST BAR | 262 FRIEND ST | BOSTON

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262 Friend Street
Boston, United States…

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If you have never been to Boston, also called “Bean Town” then you owe it to yourself to go. There is always something cooking in Boston and many of the historic sites as well as annual events are close to the city center. Much of what takes place in Boston does so at Faneuil Hall Marketplace or the Boston Common, which is the largest park in Boston.

Some of the Boston city events that you can partake in when you visit this city in Massachusetts include the following.

Founder’s Day

Founder’s Day is not just a day, but a weekend of celebration and re-enactment of events that took place prior to the Revolutionary War. Founder’s Day celebrations are held during the second weekend of November and include a mock debate at Faneuil Hall Center about whether the colonies should seek independence as well as the famous ride of Paul Revere that takes place from the Hall to the House of Paul Revere. This is one event that you will not want to miss when you visit the city of Boston.

Caroling in the Common

Each Sunday in December, bring your voice to the Boston Common where you can sing Christmas Carols in the center of the Common. Caroling in the Common is open to anyone who wants to join in the festivities and is a free event. The Boston Common is also alive at this time of the year with ice skating, hot chocolate and hot chestnut vendors. If you visit Boston during the winter months, you will enjoy Caroling in the Common each Sunday during December.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and no where will you feel more Irish than in Boston. Boston is home to many Irish Americans and there are many events that take place throughout the city on this day. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one, and you can also participate in the annual Cheers St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner at the Cheers restaurant located in Faneuil Hall. You can also visit the site of the exterior of Cheers, the long running and much loved television show, on Beacon Hill. Many of the Pubs in the area serve green beer for this event and also feature corned beef and cabbage.

Bean Town Days

The great baked-bean bake off takes place every Memorial Day weekend at the Boston Common. The Bean Town Days also features a fair with craft vendors and a carnival. You can enter your own baked beans into the contest for the best baked beans in a variety of different categories when you visit Bean Town Days. See how Boston got its name if you happen to be in the city during Memorial Day weekend.

Esplanade Art Festival

The Esplanade Art Festival is held the first Saturday of August and features the art work of some of the finest local artists. Whether you are looking for original art or just want to browse, you can find it when you visit the Esplanade Art Festival annual event every August. Other art events are held at the Fogg Art Museum and Harvard University Art throughout the year.

Boston is a very historic city that features events that all will enjoy. No matter what time of year you decide to visit Boston, there is sure to be some event taking place.

Joe Deacon loves to travel and
Boston events are some of his favorite must-see events. Go to and see a schedule of Boston, MA events running at the time of your visit.

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Some cool springfield images:

2015 Camp Invention
Image by Illinois Springfield
For the first time, the University of Illinois Springfield hosted Camp Invention, a national summer enrichment day camp program for first through sixth graders designed to foster innovation and creativity while also building self-esteem, teamwork, persistence, and goal-setting skills.

2015 Camp Invention
Image by Illinois Springfield
For the first time, the University of Illinois Springfield hosted Camp Invention, a national summer enrichment day camp program for first through sixth graders designed to foster innovation and creativity while also building self-esteem, teamwork, persistence, and goal-setting skills.

2015 Camp Invention
Image by Illinois Springfield
For the first time, the University of Illinois Springfield hosted Camp Invention, a national summer enrichment day camp program for first through sixth graders designed to foster innovation and creativity while also building self-esteem, teamwork, persistence, and goal-setting skills. …

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Regional Aquatic Workshop 2017
Event on 2017-05-08 08:00:00
The 31st Regional Aquatic Workshop, hosted by the New England Aquarium, will be held in Boston from May 8 – 12, 2017, and promises to be another signature meeting of great presentations and wonderful networking opportunities.  Be sure to get your Wicked RAWesome T-shirt under "additional items" when you are checking out. 

at Seaport Boston Hotel
1 Seaport Lane
Boston, United States…

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One genre that appeals to most everyone is pop music owing to its light and catchy qualities. Pop music is so aptly called because it is a categorization that is largely based on the popularity of a song. There is no clear and distinct parameters to classify a song as pop music. For the most part, its popularity should translate to records sold and radio air times.

Pop music is a combination of various styles influenced by the evolving music forms. The development of pop music is one that is progressive, rolling over from generation to generation to snowball into its current form. As this is so, pop music has taken so many forms through each decade to reflect the musical preference of a particular generation.

Rich Vocals

During the 50s, popular tunes were those that were vocally rich with a string accompaniment and a vocal chorus back up. Country music and American folk music were great hits along with variations of standard formats. Great American songbook classics, crooners and big band singers adopted other musical techniques to give their music a modern twist. The listening public lapped these enhancements up and caused songs like Mack the Knife and Singing the Blues to top the charts. In contrast to these classics, rock and roll likewise rocked the American music industry with fast and infectious beats of Rock Around the Clock, Heartbreak Hotel, and Tutti Fruitti. These tunes not only rocked the airwaves, they also rocked the dance floors.

All in the Band

The next decade brought in what is called as the novelty song characterized by humorous lyric combined with melodies that are simple yet catchy (i.e. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, California Girls, and Good Vibrations). Worthy of note is the fact that the vocal harmonies and lyrics of these songs revolved around Californias surf, girls and cars. Thus the label Surf pop. Other popular music during the sixties were youth-oriented band music in up-tempo beat, I Want to Hold Your Hand,Cant Buy Me Love, Downtown, and To Sir With Love.” African American music likewise joined the popular music scene with its doo-wop style that gives prominence to melodic sounds and vocal harmonies. Rhythm and blues as well as Motown soul music were also chart-toppers during this period.

Cacophony of Sounds

From the 1970s to the present, pop music is as diverse as they come. A slowdown in musical tempo was seen in the early seventies when folk-based artists took center stage. Popular during these times were songs written by the singers themselves. Tempos picked up again towards in the second half of the decade when disco-dancing became a favorite pastime among the youth. Dance tunes Play That Funky Music, Staying Alive, and YMCA dominated the airwaves and the disco scene.

The 1980s and 1990s music scene was composed of music soundtracks, international hits, rock and roll, and pop icon duets. Another music development in this decade is the advent of charity records where artists put their talents together to raise funds for a cause. Particularly characteristic of the last two decades are the prevalence of songs by female artists like Mariah Carrey, Celine Dion, and pop icon Madonna. The new millennium kept with soulful ballads, hip hop pieces and dance tracks. Movie soundtracks remained chart-toppers.

Pop music is a genre that will always be around. People will always listen to music and music labels and radio stations will continue to track what songs people are listening to. For as long as people are playing and listening to music, there will always be a chart-topper.

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17/18 Chamber Arts Series: Emerson String Quartet
Event on 2017-05-05 20:00:00

Duke Performances 2017/18 season ticket packages — including the Pick-Four or More, Chamber Arts Series, Piano Recital Series, and Vocal Ensemble Series — will go on sale to the general public on TUESDAY, JUNE 20 at 11 AM. Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

Renewal deadlines for current subscribers for Duke Performances season ticket packages are as follows: Chamber Arts Series (Friday, April 21), Piano Recital Series (Friday, May 26), and Vocal Ensemble Series (Friday, May 26).


The Emerson String Quartet is, bar none, the most celebrated American string quartet in existence. With nine GRAMMY awards, a catalogue several dozen albums deep, an Avery Fisher Prize, and a fifty-two-disc Deutsche Grammophon box set to its name, the Emerson maintains what The Boston Globe once called “an extraordinary fusion of experience and authority with audacity and freshness.” In 2013, the Emerson added cellist Paul Watkins, its first personnel shift in more than three decades. The transition, as The New York Times noted, has been flawless.

In its third visit to Duke since that change, the Emerson links three essential twentieth-century quartets with the farewell of a master. They begin with Samuel Barber’s only complete quartet, op. 11, the devastating and beautiful precursor to his immortal Adagio for Strings. Though Anton Webern’s Six Bagatelles for String Quartet lasts just five minutes, its embrace of atonality and open-ended fragments was remarkable for its time. Béla Bartók’s riveting third quartet is as complex melodically as it is emotionally. The Emerson close the Chamber Arts Series with Beethoven’s Quartet No. 13, op. 130, whose alternate finale, penned to mitigate the shock of its initial closing fugue, is the last music he ever wrote.

at Baldwin Auditorium
1336 Campus Drive
Durham, United States…

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Attending an excellent public school is one of any parents highest priorities. For those living in or considering a move to Boston, the award-winning Boston Schools are an excellent choice. Boston Schools and their governing board have the following plan in place to continue the excellence that is the most appealing feature for parents and the community.

A national commendation to the district of Boston Schools was recently awarded by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). The award considers a variety of print and on-line publications in its annual awards competition. Publications of two Boston Schools have earned Awards of Excellence: the Boston Public Schools Career and College Guide, and The Boston Educator.

“Effective communication is critical to engaging students, families, staff, and the community in the success of Boston Schools,” said Superintendent Michael G. Contompasis. “I am pleased that our improved communications efforts have been recognized, and I congratulate the Boston Schools staff and external partners who worked to create these award-winning products.”

On September 19, 2006, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, School Committee Chair Elizabeth Reilinger, and Interim Superintendent Michael Contompasis traveled to New York City to accept the Broad Prize for Urban Education from Eli Broad and the Broad Foundation as the most improved urban school district in the country. The Broad Prize includes $ 500,000 in scholarship money for the students of Boston Schools. This was Boston’s fifth year as a finalist. Boston has earned a total of $ 1 million in scholarship money, having earned $ 500,000 total for being selected as a finalist in the previous four years.

“… the School Committee, Superintendent Contompasis and his staff have been working hard to accelerate the improvement in all of the city’s schools,” Mayor Menino said. “This award today could not have been accomplished without the hard work of the staff in Boston Schools and of the students and their families who make Boston Schools an exciting place to be and a great place to learn.”

There are 146 schools in the district of Boston Schools. The enrollment in Boston Schools is 57,000 students.

Boston Schools have a unique history; it is the first district in the United States to open a school; the Boston Latin School was founded in 1635, and Mather, the oldest public elementary school opened it doors in 1639. The public school system in Boston Schools is the oldest public school system, started in 1647, and opened the nation’s first public high school in 1821.

Truly, a public school system that serves, that has a rich history, and continues to be recognized nationally, is one that all Boston Schools parents (or parents considering a move to a new city) should consider enrolling their children in.

Patricia Hawke is a staff writer for Schools K-12, providing free, in-depth reports on all U.S. public and private K-12 schools. For more information please visit Boston Schools

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Background – State Privacy Regulations

State privacy regulations safeguarding personal information have been established by over forty states. One of the most recent states to establish privacy regulations and security breach notification requirements is Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Privacy Regulations are the most comprehensive state regulations, and they are likely to become the model for other states. The Massachusetts Privacy Regulations require businesses and other holders of personal information to ensure that consumers’ information is kept safe. The Regulations may affect how your business protects certain confidential personal information, even if you are not located in Massachusetts.

The impetus for the Massachusetts Privacy Regulations included over 450 reported cases of stolen or lost personal information that affected nearly 700,000 Massachusetts residents during 2007-08.

Businesses and other organizations should achieve compliance with at least the minimum requirements of the Massachusetts Privacy Regulations. Doing so will likely minimize future compliance efforts as states and the federal government strengthen their requirements for protecting personal information.

Massachusetts Privacy Regulations 201 CMR 17.00

The Massachusetts Privacy Regulations affect companies in all 50 states. The Regulations apply to all businesses and legal entities that collect or store confidential personal data regarding consumers and employees residing in Massachusetts. and to consumers with no physical presence in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Privacy Regulations preserve the privacy of consumers and employees by increasing the level of security on personal information held by businesses and other types of organizations. The Regulations mandate that personal information, including a combination of a name along with a Social Security number, bank account number, or credit card number be encrypted when stored on portable devices, or transmitted wirelessly or on public networks. Encryption of personal information on portable devices carrying identity data including laptops, PDAs and flash drives must also be implemented by Jan. 1, 2010, ensuring increased protection of personal information.

The majority of personal information security breaches involve the theft of portable devices. Data encryption significantly neutralizes consumer risk if information is lost or stolen. The regulations require businesses to encrypt documents containing personal information sent over the Internet or saved on laptops or flash drives, encrypt wirelessly transmitted data, and utilize up-to-date firewall protection that creates an electronic gatekeeper between the data and the outside world and only permits authorized users to access or transmit data.

The Massachusetts Privacy Regulations require businesses and other organizations to prepare and maintain an up to date Written Information Security Program (WISP) to achieve compliance with the Regulation and to prepare for compliance audits. Conducting a State Privacy Regulation Compliance Survey is a highly effective way to gather comprehensive information required for creating a WISP and achieving compliance with privacy regulations. Personal Information Privacy Compliance Surveys collect information from your company’s employees about their handling of employees’ and customers’ personal information.

State Privacy Regulation Compliance Surveys

State Privacy Regulation Surveys assess how companies and other types of organizations currently handle employee and consumer personal information as part of their effort to comply with state privacy regulations.

The Massachusetts Privacy Regulations Survey gathers comprehensive information that identifies what needs to be done to comply with the Massachusetts Privacy Regulations. The survey collects a wide range of information from employees located in Massachusetts and across the U.S.  Survey reports provide data about the handling of private customer and employee information for the organization overall and for each organizational unit.

Complying with the Massachusetts Privacy Regulations and other state personal information privacy regulations requires knowing which employees in your organization receive, handle, store (including on-site and 3rd party off-site storage), transmit and perform other processes with personal information in electronic and paper formats. Companies are also required to know the sources and where, how and how frequently personal information is received, handled, stored and transmitted. The Massachusetts Privacy Regulations also require having control over document/data retention/destruction schedules where personal information is included.…

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