I’ve read that a tree will mature much quicker from a twig or a cutting than from a seed. You can propagate something new and even stronger than the original – not unlike how a Baby Groot can grow up to save Star Lord’s team.But, I’m not a horticulturist or even a comic book aficionado. What I am is Dell’s chief blogger and today I’m excited to officially welcome you to Direct2DellEMC.This blog builds on the legacy of Dell’s first blog, Direct2Dell, and merges the strength of content from three other blogs: EMC Pulse, EMC Reflections and Dell4Enterprise. That’s what got me thinking about growing something new from more than a seed, as well as a certain extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature.Like blending Dell’s go-to-market strength with small business and mid-market customers, and EMC’s strength with large enterprises, makes Dell EMC a market leader in many of the most important areas of the information technology market, bringing these three blogs together will make it easier for our readers to find the information they need, and to discover more that we have to offer.Here, subject matter experts will share how we enable organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies.In fact, it’s already begun. We actually brought the new site to life before today’s official launch in order to work out any kinks and at least one high-profile online influencer has already begun sharing our posts:“One-Two Punch Drives Midrange Storage Momentum @DellEMC https://t.co/zEawr5yn6r“— Michael Dell (@MichaelDell) May 2, 2017ShareJust as the launch of Direct2Dell more than 10 years ago signaled that we were committed to hosting unfiltered conversations on topics of interest to our customers, the official launch of Direct2DellEMC is our invitation for you to connect directly with us.And I commit to do my best as Dell’s chief blogger to bring you interesting, unique news, stories and discussions on both Direct2Dell and Direct2DellEMC.I’ll leave the tree growing to our friends at The Conversation Fund.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago home of Emmett Till, the Black teenager whose 1955 lynching galvanized the civil rights movement, has been granted landmark status. The Chicago City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that protects the South Side home from demolition. Till was 14 in the summer of 1955 when he went to visit family in Mississippi. There he was killed by a mob of white men who accused him of whistling at a white woman. His death became a flashpoint for the civil rights movement when his mother insisted his mutilated body be placed in an open casket so the world could see what happened.
LYON, France (AP) — A French court has ordered the state to pay 7.3 million euros ($8.9 million) to 727 former coal miners for the anxiety caused by a career of exposure to toxic substances. The case could set a precedent for other former miners or those working in dangerous environments without protection. “Anxiety” damages allow compensation for people who are not sick but who could become sick because of past exposure. The labor court in the northern city of Douai found the state responsible Friday and ordered payments of 10,000 euros each to the 727 former miners. France nationalized its coal mines after World War II and closed the last one in 2004.