Tuesday, May 26, 2009

XBRL Training

The SEC mandate for XBRL filings is just a few days away, and many people are still struggling with learning XBRL, how to create an extension taxonomy, or how to prepare a filing.

I am pleased to announce that we’ve just published a new FREE course in our Altova Online Training series that teaches technical users all the necessary information. Introducing the Altova XBRL Training:

After an introduction to XBRL and the XBRL filing process, you will learn to create an extension taxonomy in the XMLSpy XML editor. Then you'll learn how to get your company's back-end data into compliant XBRL filing documents using MapForce's graphical data mapping interface, and explore how to automate this process by generating code in Java, C#, or C++. The final module completes the process and focuses on StyleVision and XBRL report generation. You'll see how easy it is to create a straightforward XBRL report with drag-and-drop functionality to render XBRL in human-readable formats: HTML, PDF, and MS Word.

More information on the new XBRL training is on the Altova Blog and in the Online Training section on the Altova website.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Electric Armadillo at the VOR start

It’s been a little over a week since the Volvo Ocean Race started their leg 7 in Boston, and the boats have already arrived in Galway, Ireland, this past Saturday. Amazing to see them cross the Atlantic in just 7 days.

Here is a nice shot of our boat, Electric Armadillo, as we were in Boston harbor taking pictures at the VOR start of leg 7 last weekend:


I received this photo from our friend Peter Nielsen, editor-in-chief of Sail Magazine. For more coverage on the VOR check out this story and these photos on their website.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Volvo Ocean Race – Start of Leg 7

Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race started in Boston today, and we took our boat into Boston harbor to watch the start of the race. What started out as a beautiful and sunny day quickly turned into pea soup at noon when the fog started to rolled in.

The Volvo Open 70 racing boats are, of course, spectacular to watch – especially when you can get a few photos up close.  Here is Puma:

And here is Ericsson 3:

The harbor was as busy as ever with over one hundred spectator boats watching both the race of the fleet inside Boston harbor and the departure of the fleet.

As we left the harbor and were already on our way back to Salem Sound, we encountered the last boat in the fleet, Green Dragon, as she disappeared into the fog on her way to Galway, Ireland.

More photos as well as high-res versions of the above images can be found on my personal photo website.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Kernel of truth

Sometimes I think there’s a kernel of truth in these “Hello, I’m a Mac….” ads from Apple. Take for example the error message that I just received from Vista:


This error was presented after I installed a bunch of updates that Vista suggested I should install. The “Get help with this error” message doesn’t provide meaningful help either…