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          The Star Wars Bounty Hunters for MSH   

Here are the MSH stats for the bounty hunters from Star Wars.
These were originally hosted by Ty States and I resurrected them from his old site.


BOBA FETT

A- GD (10)
S- EX (20)
E- IN (40)
R- GD (10)
I- RM (30)
P- RM (30)
H- 100
K- 70
R- EX
P- (-50) Equipment: Battle Armor
personally modified Mandalorian battle armor that covers his head, torso, and arms with no Agility penalties.
* Body Armor: RM (30) Material Strength and EX (20) protection from Physical and Energy attacks.
* Wrist Lasers: RM (30) Energy damage with PR (1 area) range.
* Rocket Dart Launcher: Can pierce IN (40) Material Strength or less. Tip is coated with poison (Poison, Knock-Out, etc.) of RM (30) intensity. FB (1/2 area range).
* Turbo-projected Grappling Hook: 20 meter (1/2 area) lanyard (RM (30) Material Strength) with magnetic grappling "hook" (RM (30) Magnetism). FB (1/2 area) range.
* Flame Projector: RM (30) Fire Energy damage in 1 meter cone. FB (5 meter (5.45 yards) (1/8 of an area)
* Concussion Grenade Launcher: IN (40) Blunt damage to all in one area. Has firing range of AM. Magazine carries 20 grenades.
* Jet Pack: For every charge used, he can move at FB Airspeed (30 MPH / 0.5 MPM) either 3 areas horizontally, or 2 areas vertically. His jet pack only has enough fuel for 20 charges.
* Sensor Pod: AM (50) Tracking ability.
* Infra-red / Motion Sensor: Integrated infra-red and motion sensors in helmet gives EX (20) intensity and range Infra-red vision in darkness. It also allows him to detect motion in front of him and to his sides with EX (20) intensity and range.
* Macro binoculars: Enables him to see objects at up to IN (12 area) range. Scope-linked into blaster rifle, allowing him to fire it at +2CS to his Agility (in addition to Marksmanship).
* Sound Sensors: Makes out sound at up to EX (20) range. It can tell where the sound is coming from with AM (50) ability. This only works in quiet areas.
* Internal Comlink: Can be linked to Slave I's control system (with beckon call) to have it operate under remote control (come to his location, fire weapons, etc.), or it can be tuned into other standard frequencies. It also has an external speaker.
* Broadband Antenna: Can intercept and decode most communications made on standard frequencies. As a result, Boba Fett can patch into shipboard communications.
* Winch: This is capable of lifting TY (221 pounds) weight (Boba Fett and his equipment only).
* Sealed Enviro Filter: Filter system can block out harmful molecules, or in case of insufficient or deadly atmospheres, the suit can seal drawing upon a two hour (1,200 turn) supply of air.
Blaster Rifle: Range: AM, Price: (Gun) GD (1,000 credits), (Power Pack) FB (25 credits)
Damage: IN (40) Stunning or Energized Force
Rate: 1, Shots: 100 per power pack
Material: GD (See Macro binoculars in suit description for bonus to hit.)
Comlink: This is a personal communication device. It has a SH-X (150) range. It can broadcast over countless different frequencies. It can pick up normal Standard Clear Frequencies (SCF's) (non-restricted bands). It can monitor one specific frequency and SFC's simultaneously. It costs FB (25 credits).
Wookie Scalps: Several dangle from his belt. His Popularity with Rebels, Wookies, and the like drops by -10.


Slave I:


This is Boba Fett's personal ship. It has the following:
* CONTROL: TY (6).
* SPEED: (Atmosphere) UN (40 areas) A.S. / (Space) SH Z (200 areas) A.S. / (Hyperdrive) CL 5000/1 (5,000/1) (100 x light speed)
* BODY: RM (30) vs. Physical and Energy.
* PROTECTION: RM (30) vs. Physical and Energy. * Shields: GD (10) vs. Physical and Energy.
* Sensors: Passive: AM (50) range /// Scan: UN (100) range ///Search: SH X (150) range /// Focus: TY(06)
* Sensor Mask: -2CS to detect Slave I at ranges of MN(75) or greater.
* Sensor Jamming: -3CS to sensors to identify Slave I as a ship instead of an ion storm, -2CS to detect the ship's vapor trail.
* 2 Twin-mounted Blaster Cannons: Fire Arc: Turret, Fire Control: +1CS to Agility for firing; Range: SH X (74 areas), Damage: RM (30) Energized Force.
* Concussion Missile Tube Launcher: Fire Arc: Front, Fire Control: +2CS to Agility for firing; Range: AM (17 areas), Damage: EX (20) Blunt to all in 1 area.
* Ion Cannon: Fire Arc: Front, Fire Control: +1CS to Agility for firing; Range: MN (37 areas), Damage: RM (30) disruption of electrical and mechanical devices.
* Tractor Beam Projector: Fire Arc: Turret, Fire Control: +2CS to Agility for firing; Range: UN (50 areas), Damage: RM (30) Tractor beam.
* Two Proton Torpedo Launchers: Firing Arc: Turret, Fire Control: +1CS to Agility for firing; Range: SH X (74 areas), Damage: None; attaches homing beacon or S-thread tracker which is mounted on dummy proton torpedoes and which magnetically attach to a target ship's hull. They have short ranges of 15-20 light years, utilizing the same technology as subspace radio's. The S-thread trackers send frequencies on HoloNet reciever bands, allowing him to track a ship to the side of the galaxy provided the ship passed HoloNet S-threads.
* Craft: Kuat Systems Engineering's Firespray Class: Firespray-31.
* Type: Sublight Patrol and Attack Craft.
* Length: 21.5 meters.
* Crew: 1.
* Passengers: 6 (prisoners).
* Cargo Capacity: IN (40) weight (40 metric tons). (It is currently converted into a high security holding area with force cages and restraints to hold the prisoners).
* Consumables: 1 month (30 days = 414,000 turns).
* Type: Space.
* Cost: N/A.
Talents: Marksman, Thrown Weapons, Languages, Astrogation, Pilot, Jet Pack Operation, Leadership, Crime, Repair-Tinkering, Computers, Demolition, Electronics, Detective-Espionage, Weapons Specialist: Mandalorian battle armor weapons.
Contacts: None. (As per employer. When job is over, it is doubtful that the employer or those in his/her/its employment will remain contacts.)
By WLB (WMLEBG@webtv.net)

BOSSK

F- RM (30)
A- TY (6)S- EX (20)
E- IN (40)
R- EX (20)
I- RM (30)
P- GD (10)
H- 96
K- 60
R- GD
P- 0 Powers: Claws EX (20) edged damage
Armor- Natural Hide TY (6) vs. Blunt damage
Equipment: Blaster Rifle RM (30) force damage
Grenade Launcher IN (40) force damage
Flamethrower RM (30) energy damage
Binders RM (30) material strength
Talents: W.P. Blaster Rifle, Martial Arts A, B, Pilot, Engineering, Detective/Espionage, Computers, Electronics.

4-LOM

Bounty Hunter/Droid F- TY (6)
A- RM (30)
S- EX (20)
E- RM (30)
R- RM (30)
I- RM (30)
P- TY (6)
H- 86
K- 66
R- GD
P- 0
Powers: Analytical Mind- +2CS to Intuition rolls on guessing the next move of their bounties.
Body Armor GD (10)
Equipment:
Blaster Pistol- EX (20) Force damage
Stun Gas Blower- RM (30) intensity
Talents: Medicine, Law, Pilot, Buisness/Finance, Engineering, Criminology, Detective/Espionage, Computers, Electronics, Languages.
By "MAD TITAN"

DENGAR

F- EX (20)
A- EX (20)
S- GD (10)
E- RM (30)
R- EX (20)
I- RM (30)
P- TY (6)
H- 80
K- 56
R- GD
P- 0 Equipment: Blaster Rifle- RM (30) Force damage
Concussion Grenades- IN (40) Force damage
Vibroblade- RM (30) Edged Energy damage
Talents: Guns, W.P. Blaster Rifle, Marksman, Martial Arts A, B, E, Acrobatics, Pilot, Crimonology, Detective/Espionage.
By "MAD TITAN"

IG-88

F- TY (6)
A- TY (6)
S- EX (20)
E- AM (50)
R- IN (40)
I- MN (75)
P- GD (10)
H- 82
K- 125
R- GD
P- 0 Equipment: Blaster Rifle- RM (30) Force damage
Talents: Guns, Marksman, Weapons Master, Pilot, Engineering, Criminology, Detective/Espionage, Computers, Electronics.


SHIP IG-2000


CTRL: AM
SPEED: SH-Z (Hyper-Space CL. 5000)
BODY: AM
PROT: RM Weapons: Forward Laser Cannons- AM (50) Energy damage
Ion Cannon- IN (40) Shields do not effect this weapon.
2 Tractor Beams- MN (75) strength
By "MAD TITAN"

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          Croquet : Virtual Worlds Platform   

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          Comment on The Extraterrestrial Messages of Nikola Tesla by Brian Steere   
In 'The book Wizard, the Life and Times of Nikola Tesla', a biography by Marc J. Seifer, it is clearly shown that when Tesla was first 'listening in' to radio signals relating to natural phenomena, he picked up an 'intelligent' repeated ordered signal. Because he thought himself the very first, he was unaware and unable to take into account that Marconi was running trials with the British Navy - and that that was what he picked up. And so it is also noteworthy that the very first wireless transmissions were in a sense eavesdropped - and that two rivals were invisibly entangled in such a way. It was also shown how at that time it was believed and expected that there was life on other planets - especially Mars - by many learned and respected people. There are many interesting details in the book on Tesla's personality and the times and society in which he lived - and which he played such a major role in changing - often without due acknowledgement. Although there was a cartel of corporate investment that used him and refused him - there were also aspects to his character that invited or played into this. While Tesla was a forerunner and pioneer of wireless or 'at a distance' communications and forces - he was not consciously at ease with a psychic-emotional intimacy as a direct participant in such communications, so his belief in life 'out there' and the means to communicate and travel beyond Earth's plane was normal to his thinking, his thinking recoiled from the recognition if 'incoming' intelligence THROUGH the vehicles or instruments of our physicality - even though his mental and imaginative capacities far exceeded most anyone else known in terms of uncovering, designing and testing new technological instruments without recourse to paper and plans. And so in his unique way he was an example of an incoming intelligence to the era of scientific change and technological application - wherever one ascribes that inspiration to. Some of what he invented was extremely dangerous to our level of responsibility - and some was seen as threat to the revenue streams of corporate investment and cartel power. My sense is that such power froze the development of science ever since and so what we have is a corporate capture or scientism that operates not unlike the corrupt Vatican of the previous version of abusing truths for private gratification and gain. The desire to mythologize Tesla is evident as fitting facets of his story to one the teller WANTS to be true. IE The demonisation of Edison and a good v evil narrative as a subtext for a sense of being denied or deprived by 'Them' whoever 'They' are seen to be now. Personalized blame narratives are THE device by which false ideas are protected from exposure - and correction. Yet in a sense I indicate that an ET connection is implicit to the Field of our true mental capacity - but that ET does not mean an 'alien will' but rather that a false set of ideas has alienated us from Our Self and that the physical existence is one in which all else is seen as conflicting or oppositional polarities - within which we seem to have a limited choice of pathways between birth and death by which to develop abilities of manipulation, adaptation and identification as our experience of Existence in, or rather through, form. Rewakening to the Electric Universe is re-opening to a terrain in which ancient catastrophe imprinted trauma on our species and provided the framework for such a profound experience of isolation, vulnerability and the need to mask power as well as mask to hide from it. Your thought is a vibrational attunement to your unique focus within Infinite Idea - and yet for the most part - what we take to be our thought, operates as a blocking or jamming signal. The 'matrix' of a mask or personified sense of fragmentation passes of as 'waking conscious', but as Jesus said 'My Kingdom is not of this world' - for sin, fear and guilt operate 'mind-control' and not a true sovereignty of will. Science needs to serve and align under true will and not mask itself in trojan disguise of 'serving humanity' when really fitted to the same old private agenda of self-specialness and self-blindness of presuming to assert or align in power OVER the will.
          Kerry's Deathbed Conversion   

CLEVELAND—Everything you need to know about Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential run—and therefore, everything a Democrat needs to know about taking the White House from an incumbent—is supposed to have been scrawled on a wipeboard in Little Rock 12 years ago by James Carville. "It's the economy, stupid," the phrase that has become holy writ, was only one-third of Carville's message. The other two tenets of the Clinton war room were "Change vs. more of the same" and "Don't forget health care." John Kerry has been running on two of those three planks, the economy and health care. But one day after talking with President Clinton on his deathbed—Kerry's, not Clinton's—the candidate has finally embraced the third: change.

Kerry offered a taste of his new message Monday morning at one of his "front porch" campaign stops in Canonsburg, Penn., but he waited until the afternoon in Racine, W.V., to unveil his new stump speech in full. The new message: Go vote for Bush if you want four more years of falling wages, of Social Security surpluses being transferred to wealthy Americans in the form of tax cuts, of underfunded schools and lost jobs. But if you want a new direction, he said, vote for Kerry and Edwards.

It's a simple and obvious message, but Kerry hasn't used it before. There were other new, even more Clintonesque wrinkles, too. Kerry talked about the same issues—jobs, health care, Social Security, education—that he's talked about in the past, but he had a new context for them: how Bush's policies were taking money out of taxpayers' pockets. The deficit, the Medicare prescription drug plan that forbids bulk-price negotiation and the importation of drugs from Canada, and the "$200 billion and counting" Iraq war all "cost you money," Kerry said, by increasing the cost of government. Kerry even pushed his health-care plan as a selfish device to put more money in voters' wallets (rather than an altruistic plan to cover the uninsured), in the form of lower health-insurance premiums ($1,000, he says). He also talked about a Clinton favorite, putting 100,000 new cops on the street during the 1990s, and he said he wanted to cut taxes for corporations by 5 percent to lower the cost of doing business in the United States. Talking about corporate tax cuts on Labor Day—if that's not a New Democrat, I don't know what is.

In West Virginia and later Cleveland, Kerry framed most of the new message around a mantra: "W stands for wrong. Wrong choices, wrong judgment, wrong priorities, wrong direction for our country." If you like those wrong choices, the lost jobs, "raiding Social Security," rising health-care costs, and "a go-it-alone foreign policy that abandons America," then vote for George W. Bush, Kerry said. If not, vote for me. The cost of the Iraq war is coming out of your pocket, he said, and it's taking away from money that could be used for homeland security. "That's W.; that's wrong," he said. With each issue Kerry raised—from Iraq to rising Medicare premiums to Social Security to jobs—he concluded his criticism of the president's policy by repeating, "That's W.; that's wrong."

It's not a perfect speech, nor is it delivered all that well. Kerry will never win an oratory contest with Bush, and he is fond of bizarre extemporizing. For example, he said, after being given a shotgun by a union leader to emphasize his support for hunting, "I'm thankful for the gift, but I can't take it to the debate with me." Still, even with Kerry's shaggy delivery, the speech—and more important, the message, if he sticks with it—should be good enough to get his campaign out of its latest sinkhole.

Sometimes, Kerry even improvises well. During the event in Canonsburg, Kerry was heckled by a small but noisy group of Bush supporters. But he managed to pull something out of Clinton's bag of tricks. When Kerry began talking about how the average family's tax burden has risen during the past four years, a man shouted, "Yeah, you're average, Kerry!" In response, Kerry adopted the tactic that Clinton used at the Democratic Convention in Boston: He embraced his affluence. "Just to answer that guy, 'cause he's right," Kerry said. "I'm privileged," just like President Bush. As a result, "My tax burden went down," Kerry said. "And I don't think that's right. I think your tax burden ought to go down."

Before today, Kerry's public image was starting to resemble that of a different Democratic candidate of recent vintage: the Republican caricature of Al Gore, a self-promoting braggart with a weakness for resume-inflating exaggerations. When Kerry was so angered by a Washington Post headline last week that he decided to speak directly after Bush's acceptance speech at the Republican Convention, he appeared to be imitating Gore's unfortunate tendency to let his campaign strategy be driven by the whims of the political media. Some Democrats feared that, by shaking up his campaign over the weekend and bringing in John Sasso and Michael Whouley, Kerry was overreacting in Gore-like fashion to some bad August press. On Monday, anyway, those fears seem overstated. The revamped Kerry campaign looks more like the Democrat who beat a president named Bush than the Democrat who lost to one.


          Dubya Dubya Two   

NEW YORK—There's an old rule of thumb in high school and college debating: The first side that is forced to bring up Hitler to defend its case automatically loses. (Sorry, MoveOn.org.) Referring to Der Fuhrer is a desperate act, the crotch-kick of rhetorical devices. It may get you out of a streetfight, but it is cause for disqualification in more formal settings, like political conventions.

But if you expand the Hitler rule to include all references to World War II, President Bush would have lost this election on a technicality several years ago. After all, if reflecting the glory of the Good War upon yourself is the only way you can make the case for combat, your case isn't very good. Whenever the president is backed into a corner, he relies on a specious historical analogy to defend his policies. Iran, North Korea, and Iraq = Axis. Reconstructing Iraq = Reconstructing Japan. The analogies made by the president and his allies aren't always clear—why is Saddam, for example, compared to Hitler instead of Tojo or Hirohito?—but no one seems to notice.

This administration's embrace of Dubya Dubya Two to defend its foreign policy is as tiresome as the tendency among liberals to believe that the phrase "another Vietnam" is always sufficient proof that the antiwar side is right. So, I was going to challenge the Republican Party at this convention to make the case for its policies without referring to World War II, but it appears that I'm too late. On Sunday evening, excerpts of Rudy Giuliani's Monday night speech were e-mailed to the press. Here's Giuliani on why Bush is a good president: "There are many qualities that make a great leader, but having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader." Rudy's first example: "Winston Churchill saw the dangers of Hitler when his opponents and much of the press characterized him as a war-mongering gadfly." Come on, guys. You lost the bet, and the convention hasn't even started yet.

The hoariest cliché in politics (other than "hoariest cliché") is that elections are about the future. But it may be proven wrong this year. The Democrats held the all-Vietnam-all-the-time convention in Boston, and the Republicans look like they will flip the calendar back a few years further in New York. When the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth moved on to John Kerry's activities as an antiwar protester during Vietnam, the presidential campaign seemed to be creakily lurching toward the present, but with only two months to go, we may not have enough time to get there. And now that the GOP wants to talk about the '40s, we don't have a chance.

"We have seen these kind of times in the past. We have seen a former enemy of America, Japan, become an ally in peace," President Bush told USA Today last week. The administration strenuously objected when people tried, on the eve of war in February 2003, to compare Iraq to postwar Japan. Before the war, the Bushies got into a tizzy when anyone suggested there would be a seven-year military occupation. More like 30 days, or six months, or at the absolute maximum two years, they insisted. Now the president trots out the MacArthur comparison every chance he gets.

Earlier this month in Columbus, Ohio, I saw Bush talk about "having Kobe beef" with the prime minister of Japan. "And here we are talking about peace," he said. "Someday, an American President will be talking to a duly-elected leader of Iraq, talking about the peace, and America will be better for it." Here was Bush on Sunday in Wheeling, W.Va., combining two of the most-overused historical analogies in politics, World War II and Harry Truman: "We've done this kind of work before. One of my closest collaborators in peace is the Prime Minister of Japan. It wasn't all that long ago in the march of history that my dad and your dads were fighting the Japanese. And yet here we are, because we insisted upon the transforming qualities of liberty, we insisted that Japan be given a chance to self-govern and be a democratic nation.  We believe that even an enemy could accept liberty as a way of life. Fortunately, my predecessor, Harry Truman, stuck with that point of view." If Bush could have squeezed in a "party of Lincoln" reference and a Cold War riff, he would have hit the historical analogy Grand Slam. (For Democrats, replace "party of Lincoln" with Selma.)

George W. Bush is not FDR, and war opponents are not Neville Chamberlains. I'm tempted to engage the GOP in the historical debate to point out, for example, that one of the lessons of World War II was that international institutions like the United Nations and NATO would help keep the peace in a dangerous world. (That's something Bush claimed to believe in 1999 when he was campaigning for the presidency for the first time. "My goal, should I become the president, is to keep the peace," Bush said in his first debate in New Hampshire, according to Frank Bruni's Ambling Into History. "I intend to do so by strengthening alliances, which says, 'America cannot go alone.' ") Or to point out that the reconstruction of Japan—no sovereignty, no flag, no national anthem, no diplomatic relations—was very different from the Bush policy in Iraq. Or, for those who prefer the Cold War analogy, that President Kennedy agreed during the Cuban Missile Crisis to remove missiles from Turkey in exchange for Khrushchev's removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba.

But that makes it sound like we should be negotiating with Osama Bin Laden over Turkey, which obviously isn't the case. So let's just say that historical analogies are, on their own, insufficient to prove much of anything. I say Saddam, you say Hitler. Let's call the whole thing off.


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          Mystery Candidate   

MASON CITY, IOWA—Whatever John Kerry is doing right in this campaign, he isn't doing it on the stump. At least, that's my impression after watching him last night. Granted, it was the end of a long day for the senator, who spent much of it flying around Iowa by helicopter, and Kerry is a notoriously erratic speaker. The speech I watched him give had the quality of a rambling answering-machine message—Where is he going? What is he talking about? Will it ever end? But Kerry is the candidate that I've seen the least of in person, so I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe I've just never seen him on a good day. If his momentum in the polls is for real, he must be doing something right.

There's a nugget of a theme in the middle of the speech, where Kerry uses President Bush's aircraft-carrier "Mission Accomplished" banner (derision of which is a surefire applause-getter in Iowa and New Hampshire alike) as a device to critique President Bush's domestic policy. "What mission?" Kerry asks. What about the mission to provide jobs for the unemployed, or to alleviate the high cost of prescription drugs, or to help family farmers, or to decrease the number of uninsured, or to clean up the environment? On those counts, "It's not even mission attempted," Kerry hollers. "It's mission deserted! Mission abandoned! Mission not even tried!" (Kerry returns to this theme at the conclusion, when he says Democrats will hang their own "Mission Accomplished" banner when they send President Bush back to Texas.)

In his first 100 days as president, Kerry says, he would issue an executive order that prohibits government officials from working as lobbyists for five years after they leave public life. He vows that every meeting between an official and a lobbyist in his administration would be public record. He makes an eloquent case for providing health care for the uninsured, saying, "Health care is not a privilege for the powerful and the wealthy. It is a right for all Americans." And he gets the automatic cheers any Democratic candidate gets when he refers to John Ashcroft by promising to "appoint an attorney general who is outside politics" and who will "not pursue a political and a religious agenda."

The audience doesn't seem wowed by Kerry, and he isn't bum-rushed by supporters the way I've seen crowds swarm around Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, and to a lesser extent on Thursday afternoon, John Edwards. What am I missing? I wonder. But driving between Dean events today, I hear a radio ad that might provide part of the answer. It supports Ryan Lizza's theory that Kerry is gaining ground by pushing an anti-tax message. Unlike unnamed other candidates, "John Kerry is not going to raise taxes on the middle class," the announcer says.

Kerry didn't directly criticize Howard Dean or Dick Gephardt on Thursday (though the veteran who introduced him did criticize Dean when he compared Kerry's Vietnam experience to "another candidate" who "asked for a deferment" and then went skiing). But he emphasized tax reform, not just the repeal of the Bush tax cuts. "I'm not looking for some great redistribution" or a "confiscatory" tax scheme, he says. "I'm looking for fairness." He also promises to "scour" the tax code for provisions that benefit "Benedict Arnold" companies and CEOs who move their assets offshore to escape taxes. Fifteen years ago, Kerry says, U.S. businesses had $250 billion in offshore assets. Today, it's $5 trillion. "This system is rigged against the average American," he says. "America is losing its democracy to a dollar-ocracy."

If Kerry's lead in the polls is accurate, and if it's attributable to his message on tax cuts (two pretty big ifs, in my opinion), Dean's decision to withhold his tax-reform plan until after the Iowa caucuses will be considered a major miscalculation. Instead of betting everything on Iowa and New Hampshire in an attempt to end the campaign before it began, Dean overconfidently decided to keep part of his platform in his quiver, presumably hoping it would have greater impact during a later stage of the campaign.

But what's bad news for Dean could be good news for the rest of the country. For years, pundits have complained that Iowa and New Hampshire have too much control over the presidential nominating process. This year, most people thought Iowa and New Hampshire would be even more important, because the condensed primary schedule would create unstoppable momentum for the winning candidates. But it looks like Terry McAuliffe's plan is having the opposite effect: By cramming so many primaries and caucuses into a small part of the calendar, McAuliffe created something much closer to a national primary than ever existed before. Joe Lieberman and Wesley Clark are taking advantage of the new game by staking their candidacies on the states after Iowa and New Hampshire. And if John Zogby is right about John Kerry, Howard Dean may be forced to do the same thing.


          See Dick Run   

SIOUX CITY, Iowa—Dean season! Gephardt season! Dean season! Gephardt season! If any lingering debate remained over which presidential candidate is currently enjoying his media moment, my two days with Dick Gephardt settled it. The 20 national reporters who follow Gephardt for all or part of his campaign swing from Des Moines to Sioux City are the latest sign that not only have the leaves turned in late October, but so have the media.

I came along to witness firsthand the evidence for something I wrote earlier this month after the Phoenix debate, that Gephardt's hard-nosed and well-organized Iowa campaign presents, at the moment, the biggest obstacle to President Dean (or, to be fairer, Democratic Nominee Dean). But I missed the media conspiracy memo that told everyone else to show up, too. During Gephardt's weekend swing in Iowa two days before, only three national reporters trailed the candidate. But now, David Brooks is here. So are Mara Liasson of NPR and Carl Cameron of Fox News. Throw in reporters from ABC, MSNBC, Knight Ridder, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, and the New York Times. (Counting Brooks, on Wednesday there are two New York Times writers following Gephardt.) Just for the sake of overkill, there are reporters from the British press and from Japanese television along for the ride. At one event in Pocahontas, Iowa—a town with an absolutely gigantic statue of the Indian princess outside her teepee welcoming visitors from the highway—the number of journalists nearly matches the number of prospective caucus-goers.

The Gephardt campaign pushes its slow-and-steady-wins-the-race angle (or is it a plea for votes from Maryland Terrapins alums?) by emblazoning "Fear the Turtle!" on the front of the press itinerary, complete with a little clip-art turtle on every page. The packet includes the latest Iowa poll results, which show Gephardt and Dean in a statistical tie for the lead, with Kerry and Edwards lagging behind. For good measure, the campaign throws in last week's favorable press clippings, including Des Moines Register wise man David Yepsen's assertion that Gephardt is the Iowa front-runner and that Dean has "plateaued" in the state. Also enclosed is a much-discussed Washington Post report—distributed, in truncated form, to voters at campaign events—that Gephardt is the candidate "many prominent Republicans fear the most." Not included is a delicious metaphor for Gephardt supporters to latch onto: While hurtling from campaign stop to campaign stop in Iowa over the past few months, the Dean van has been pulled over multiple times for speeding.

At his first stop, a senior center in Des Moines (the first of three consecutive senior centers visited by the campaign), Gephardt is supposed to deliver a "health policy address," but it turns out to be a rehash of old Howard Dean quotes about Medicare. (Later, while being ribbed by reporters about the false advertising, Gephardt's Iowa press secretary, Bill Burton, protests that he never called it a "major" policy address.) The newest wrinkle: Gephardt wants to paint the 1997 balanced budget accord—generally thought to be one of President Clinton's major accomplishments, and one supported by Dean—as a "deep, devastating cut" in Medicare.

While Gephardt speaks in front of a sign that reads "Protect Social Security" and "Protect Medicare" over and over, like computer-desktop wallpaper, I wonder: Does he really want to play this game? Dredging up old quotes and votes about Gephardt's onetime conservatism is what helped to derail his '88 campaign. He voted against the establishment of the Department of Education. He voted for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion. He voted to means-test Social Security and to eliminate cost-of-living adjustments from the program. He voted for Reagan's 1981 tax cuts. He opposed an increase in the minimum wage. Does a man with a legislative record this long and varied really want to ostentatiously declare, "There are life-and-death consequences to every position taken and every vote cast"? If that's so, how many times was Dick Gephardt on the side of death?

For now, however, it's a more recent House vote that's preventing Gephardt from running away with the Iowa race. At nearly every campaign event I attend, Gephardt is forced to deliver, in effect, two separate stump speeches. The first is the one he would like the campaign to be about: universal health care, jobs, and the immorality of rapacious multinational corporations. Gephardt's not anticapitalist: "Capitalism is the best system," he says in Pocahontas. "But capitalism has to have rules, so the capitalists don't destroy the very system" they benefit from.

He describes his visits to Mexico, China, and India, where workers live in the cardboard boxes used to ship the products they make. "I smelled where they live," he says. They live without electricity, without running water, with raw sewage running down the streets and next to "drainage ditches filled with human waste." "They live in worse conditions than farm animals in Iowa," he continues. "This is nothing short of human exploitation, that's what it is, for the profit of some special interests in the world." I'm not sure I agree with Gephardt's proposed solutions—though I'm intrigued by his notion of a variable international minimum wage—but there's no denying that he's a powerful critic of global capitalism's excesses.

Then, once Gephardt has finished and the applause has subsided, almost invariably a voter raises his hand to ask: What about Iraq? Was this war about oil? How can we recover the world's respect? How can we pay for all your programs with a war on?

At this point, Gephardt is forced to unveil stump speech No. 2. Sept. 11 changed everything, he says. Government's highest obligation is to protect American lives. In a Gephardt administration, the highest priority would be to prevent a nuclear device—"dirty or clean"—from going off in New York, Los Angeles, or Des Moines. That's why he decided Saddam Hussein needed to be removed. He supported the war because he believed the estimates of the CIA and the warnings of former Clinton administration officials, not because he listened to President Bush ("I would never do that").

Slowly, Gephardt's defense of his vote for the congressional war resolution transitions into a critique of the president. Though in an interview he insisted that the president was smart, on the stump he's not shy about insinuating that the president (whom he often refers to as "Dubya") is stupid. "He's incompetent," "He frightens me," "He's hard to help," I told him America founded the United Nations because "I wasn't sure he knew the history," and "If you'd been meeting with him every week since 9/11, you'd be running for president," too. Because Bush refused to negotiate with Kim Jong Il, North Korea is now "weeks away" from producing nuclear bombs. Bush abandoned the peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine, saying, "It's not our problem." He's arrogant. He doesn't play well with others. By the end, people are satisfied enough with Gephardt's explanation, and maybe even a little terrified, but you get the sense that they're not enthused by it.

But Gephardt isn't counting on enthusiasm. He has a couple edges on Dean, in addition to his obvious union support. For one, a surprising number of Iowa Democrats just don't like the former Vermont governor. The opposition to Gephardt tends to be substantive, based on his support for the war or his failure as Democratic leader to enact a more Democratic agenda. But the opposition to Dean is stylistic, or maybe even cultural. In socially conservative Iowa, sometimes you hear it whispered: Where's Dean's wife? Before Gephardt arrives at an event in the town of Ida Grove, I overhear a woman grumble about Judith Steinberg's refusal to campaign for her husband. "I can't get used to that," she tells her companion. "It's supposed to be a family thing."

By the same token, Gephardt never fails to mention the "church loans" and "church scholarships" that allowed him to attend Northwestern and then Michigan law school. He also refers to his son, Matt, who survived prostate cancer as an infant, as a "gift of God." I don't think I've ever heard Howard Dean say the word "God" in reference to anything.

Just before the last stop in Sioux City, I'm granted a 10-minute ride-along interview with Gephardt. I've got a number of questions, but the one I really want an answer to is this: If balanced budgets and free trade—two things that don't get a lot of emphasis in the Gephardt platform—weren't the secrets of the Clinton economy, what were? Higher taxes for the rich? Gephardt explains that the '97 budget accord wasn't needed to balance the budget, and then he tries to explain why Bush's steel tariffs—which Gephardt supported, and which made the United States lose manufacturing jobs—aren't analogous to the retaliatory tariffs Gephardt wants to be able to impose on foreign products or factories that don't comply with minimal labor and environmental standards. Soon enough, we're so sidetracked that I've forgotten entirely what we were talking about.

But afterward, when I'm once again following Gephardt in my rental car, I'm left with my question: Clinton balanced the budget and promoted free trade, and the economy boomed. President Bush ran up enormous deficits and put new restrictions on trade, and the economy sputtered. Isn't Dick Gephardt's plan closer to President Bush's?


          Comment on OSU Libraries IT Infrastructure Move January 5 by IT Announcements: Project Updates, Training, and Planned Maintenance - Information Technology   
[…] Beginning at 7:00 am on January 5, IT will be moving OSUL servers and storage devices to the State of Ohio Computer Center (SOCC). Available services will include: internet, email, calendars, printing, and a single web page at library.osu.edu. Get more details about the infrastructure move. […]
          The New Seward.com!   

Welcome to the new online home of the Seward Chamber of Commerce, Conference & Visitor Bureau. We’ve updated our website for a lot of good reasons – most obviously, for mobile compatibility. It’s important that visitors can easily find and enjoy the content on these pages on any mobile device, and it’s important to our ... Read more

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          Spearfishing with Pastor Jeff Bartz   
This Mutton Snapper made for excellent table fare. 
(Our camera is on the fritz at the moment so today’s blog post comes from the archives of my mind, reminiscing about a wonderful family outdoor adventure from not so long ago…………….)

It was late March of 2008 and my son-in-law, Jeff Bartz and I were treading water while catching our breath between dives. An Associate Pastor at Grace Baptist Churchin Batavia, Jeff and I had earlier been discussing the numerous barracudas we’d been seeing while spearfishing and we agreed that it was probably not a good idea to target one of the toothy critters – there’s no telling how they might react.

We were on a week-long family vacation on the Bahamian Island of Abaco and Jeff and I intended to spend as much time as possible hunting for our dinner. By Bahamian law, spearfishing may only be done with a Hawaiian sling and wearing mask, fins & snorkel – no mechanized devices and no scuba gear.  Spearfishing with a Hawaiian Sling is tricky business. Attempting to spear a barracuda with a sling can be a risky proposition. 

With disposable camera in tow, Sammy Bartz displays a sea biscuit. 
Everyone in the family donned mask, fins & snorkel for this adventure.
Our routine was to rent a boat and motor through the Sea of Abaco and then beyond the barrier island of Man ‘O War Cay. A half to three quarters of a mile out, the sea floor is a vast maze of coral reefs, each of them an adventure in itself. This was the home of colorful fish, sting rays, sea turtles, sharks and much more. But each day we hunted for dinner and our intended quarry was grouper, snapper and lobsters. Here, within the confines of the deepest and largest reefs, those farthest away from shore, the sea is the color of several shades of turquoise. Beyond the outer reefs the water becomes cobalt blue and drops off into abysmal depths. 

Anyway, back to Jeff and the barracuda. I had just surfaced after a dive and was catching my breath when I saw this big, toothy critter just below the surface facing the open water to my left. He didn’t appear to be watching me, but with a barracuda’s eye placement being what it is, one never can tell. One moment it was perfectly still, only its pectoral and ventral fins moving ever so slightly, then, in the next instant a silver flash passed by my head – it was the 5 ft. long shaft of Jeff’s sling and I watched as it hit its intended mark.

Pastor Jeff, displaying his Hawaiian Sling prowess!
Was I surprised? Yes sir! Was the adrenaline flowing? You could say that! The Barracuda immediately went ballistic, heading to the surface, then downward, bouncing off coral heads. This went on for perhaps a full minute and all the while I tried to keep the wounded fish in sight. It finally expired on the bottom in 40 ft. of water, the spear still intact. Filleted and grilled with lemon pepper and almonds, it was delicious and enjoyed by the entire family.
The Bartz family in front of the cemetery at Man 'O War Cay.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, Jeff is the Associate Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in my hometown of Batavia, NY.  He and Senior Pastor, Donald Shirk are two amazing men of God, following Christ's beckoning from Matthew 4.19; And He said unto then, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."  Worship Service is every Sunday at 9:45 am and they would love to have you come hear the Good News.

Until Next Time,
Jim & Claudia

          An Information Security Place Podcast – 8-20-13   
We’re back to work. Show Notes: InfoSec News Update – Scan the Entire Internet in less than 45 minutes!! – Article Link and tool link Zuckerberg’s Profile Hacked – Link FDA Issues Guidelines on Wireless Medical Devices – Link OWASP Top 10 Update – Link Malware Sandboxing Not Working – Link Sparty: MS Sharepoint and …

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          JAVA UI Lead /Architect (Angular.JS / react.JS )   
CA-San Jose, Position : JAVA UI Lead /Architect (Angular.JS / react.JS ) Location : Flexible to relocate to East Coast in any of our project. Experience : 8 to 15 years in Front end Technology Job Description -Create html templates based on design patterns provided - manage page templates to be responsive for supporting multiple devices -close coordination with JavaScript developer for intigrating html and Jav
          A Grad Scheme & A Marketing Internship...   



Hi all.

There's a raft of new opportunities for you lot out there at the moment. Karmarama and What Now are both looking for talented graduates.

So, without further ado, here's more about both:

1) Karmarama


We're on the lookout for four bright, bold and ambitious people who will make good things happen in our Account Management Department.

If you show us that you’ve got some fire in your belly and some stories to tell, we’ll invite you on to our Kadet Scheme, where you’ll compete for a job in Account Management. We will be taking on 4 Karma Kadets for 2 months over the summer, with one of our Kadets bagging a full time role at the end of the internship.

You could be graduating this summer, or you might have got your experience from somewhere else – either way we’d like to hear from you.



Applications are open now, and the closing date for entries is 4th March 2013

All the details are at our Facebook page. You can follow us on Twitter at @karmakadets and our current Kadets @karmakadetkatie @karmakadetalex for further updates on the scheme!


2) What Now?!


What Now?! is an innovative new product that aggregates the best local information so travellers can use their smart mobile devices to discover interesting things nearby when they arrive in a new place – all without paying for data roaming.  We were a finalist at the London Startup Weekend last year and are busy helping bring the product to life. Tony, the founder, comes from a background of working in various advertising agencies and marketing client-side, before leaving to study for an MBA and, ultimately, set up What Now?!.  

What Now?! aims to launch in London and Barcelona in the early summer period.  We are currently looking for a marketing intern who can help with the following:


  • Manage social media activities – including Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Google Plus
  • Develop strong links with the travel blogging community (like/dislike, make suitable and valuable comments, make suggestions, engage people)
  • Co-ordinate our overall launch marketing activities
  • Monitor and report on progress and key findings
  • Promote blog content
  • Collaborate with our fast-paced, entrepreneurial and fun team

The ideal candidate:

  • Is not just familiar with, but also active social media sites and has a strong online presence. In particular, the ideal candidate would be very familiar with Twitter and its partner platforms (HootSuite, TweetDeck etc.)
  • Possesses excellent written communication skills, so they can make the right judgements on what to post without damaging the brand. Our social tone of voice is important
  • Has top-notch social skills - and a sense of humour!
  • Is a self-starter with the ability to work independently and make judgement calls
  • Has a passion for travel, culture and all things Social Media

Working in a startup is an incredible learning experience and you would be exposed to a huge amount of diverse business and marketing experiences.  The internship length is flexible depending on the right candidate and there will be a small salary to cover expenses

The internship will be a great opportunity for the right candidate – and, even if your passion is to work in an advertising agency and not take up a full time role with us afterwards, it would look great on your CV.  If this sounds interesting to you, then please email a CV and covering letter to tonys at whatnowtravel.com.

Good luck, all.
          Pentagon Shelves Blast Gauges Meant To Detect Battlefield Brain Injuries   
The Pentagon has quietly sidelined a program that placed blast gauges on thousands of combat troops in Afghanistan. NPR has learned the monitoring was discontinued because the gauges failed to reliably show whether service members had been close enough to an explosion to have sustained a concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury. But the small wearable devices did produce a trove of data on blast exposure that could eventually have helped researchers understand the links between bomb blasts, concussions and brain diseases. And they produced evidence that many service members are exposed to worrisome levels of blast pressure simply by being near a heavy weapon when it's fired. The decision to warehouse the blast gauges is "a huge mistake," says retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli , who was the Army's vice chief of staff before retiring in 2012 and is now the chief executive officer of One Mind , a nonprofit focused on brain illness and injury. Mild TBI was the signature wound of the wars in
          China introduces a communist tablet: the Red Pad [... at a non-proletarian price of US$1,600]   
January 20, 2012
By Molly McHugh
Digital Trends

The extremely expensive tablet will marketed specifically towards party officials.

If you thought iPads were expensive, think again. A new Chinese tablet called the Red Pad will cost $1,600 dollars, but not just anyone can buy it, even if you do have the money.

After heavy criticism over its price from Chinese consumers, marketing and advertising featuring the Red Pad seemingly disappeared. Now, the Economic Times is saying that the manufacturer will only sell the tablet to bureaucrats and not the public. Originally the device was going to be available for anyone with the money (or the ability to subsidize the purchase), but the public backlash was so strong, the manufacturers decided to change its marketing tactics. It now looks like some back-pedaling occurred, and as a result the tablets availability will be limited to only Party officials.

But it’s not only the cost that will appeal to party members either. The Red Pad is specifically built to cater to their needs: the tablet from Red Pad Technology (which is supposedly in cahoots with the country’s Ministry of Information Industry) comes packaged with government database access and integration with the communist mouthpiece website, People’s Daily.

What’s possibly most amusing about the Red Pad is its operating system. The 9.7-inch Red Pad uses the Android OS, which is surprising considering China’s ongoing issues with Google. Aside from its ironic use of this platform and outrageous price, the Red Pad is similar to any other tablet: it features an A9 dual core processor, Wi-Fi and 3G support, 16GB of flash storage, with a sub 10-inch touchscreen display.


Last month we heard that a personalized iPad application was being developed for UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The supposed app would give him immediate access to government affairs and news. While the degree of this app has been questioned (it’s possible it’s merely a secure, Flipboard-like portal to this data), it’s clear that government leaders have become taken with tablets.

          9 Netflix TV shows you should definitely download   
CNET's Cheapskate Rick Broida has compiled a list of TV shows available on Netflix for download right now. Here's a quick look at 9 shows worth filling the storage space on your device.
          State Legislators Want Surveillance Cameras To Catch Uninsured Drivers   
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:A Rhode Island legislative committee has approved a bill that would greatly expand the surveillance state through the deployment of license plate readers. For the first time in the US, these devices would be attached along Rhode Island highways and roads for the stated purpose of catching uninsured motorists from any state... The legislation spells out that the contractor for the project would get 50 percent of the fines paid by uninsured motorists ensnare ...
          SyncMate 3.6   
SyncMate is a multifunctional sync app for your Mac which will sync it with mobile phones, other computers, portable devices and online accounts within one app!
          Survey Says: Raspberry Pi Still Rules, But X86 SBCs Have Made Gains   
DeviceGuru writes: Results from LinuxGizmos.com's annual hacker-friendly single board computer survey are in, and not surprisingly, the Raspberry Pi 3 is the most desired maker SBC by a 4-to-1 margin. In other trends: x86 SBCs and Linux/Arduino hybrids have trended upwards. The site's popular hacker SBC survey polled 1,705 survey respondents and asked for their first, second, and third favorite SBCs from a curated list of 98 community oriented, Linux- and Android-capable boards. Spreadsheets com ...
          Should Your Company Switch To Microservices?   
Walmart Canada claims that it was microservices that allowed them to replace hardware with virtual servers, reducing costs by somewhere between 20 and 50 percent. Now Slashdot reader snydeq shares an article by a senior systems automation engineer arguing that a microservices approach "offers increased modularity, making applications easier to develop, test, deploy, and, more importantly, change and maintain." The article touts things like cost savings and flexibility for multiple device types, ...
          S2U2 (Slide2Unlock 2) 2.43   
S2U2 is a simple lock/unlock application which has the iPhone style slide unlocking. It can be used as a screensaver while you don't use your device.
          Villain Supply (humor)   
Order supplies for villains online, ranging from conventional weapons to doomsday devices.
          Support Technician - Cerner Corporation - Kansas City, MO   
Support Technicians provide technical support and troubleshooting on devices such as computers, phones, AV equipment, etc. The Support Technician helps internal...
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          Playing with 360 Photospheres   
Playing with Google’s beautiful Photospheres (interactive, Streetview-like panorama photos hosted within Google Maps) you’ll quickly notice that Photospheres aren’t thoroughly supported on mobile devices (yet). It’s currently a little risky to share links pointing to Photospheres on Google Maps – … Continue reading
          Norton Mobile Security Lite for Android   
Norton Mobile Security Lite protects your Android mobile device against loss, theft and malware.
          Retweet Worthy Tweets: #amwriting    




This next one is interesting.
Can an author fund a book or even make a living while writing a book?
Perhaps with Patreon!



Some great proofing tips.


















          Get To Know Your Characters Better With This Novel Device by Robert Wood #repost   
The following is a repost from here.

Get To Know Your Characters Better With This Novel Device

Writers have a lot of different ways of getting to know their characters. Character biographies, for example, allow you to figure out a character’s backstory, defining who they are and where they’ve come from. Hot-seating, a technique borrowed from actors, involves either imagining a character or pretending to be them, answering a series of questions designed to burrow down into their subconscious. They’re great devices, but they’re limited by perspective – you’re dealing with either the literal truth about a character or that character’s understanding of their own story.

As has been observed before, we’re all the hero of our own story, but your novel can’t be peopled entirely by heroes. That means you need to find a different perspective and, in this article, I’ll be sharing a device that does exactly that.

Read the rest here.




          Samsung to sell off refurbished Galaxy Note 7s: reports   

The world’s biggest smartphone maker Samsung will next week start reselling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices after a humiliating recall over exploding batteries last year, news reports said Tuesday. Samsung Electronics declined to comment...

The post Samsung to sell off refurbished Galaxy Note 7s: reports appeared first on Capital Lifestyle.


          Membetulkan Grub Rescue Ubuntu   
Empat hari yang lalu ketika saya menginstall ulang Ubuntu saya, terjadi error grub rescue. Setelah bertanya pada om kita semua (google :v), saya berhasil menemukan solusinya. Dan sekarang saya akan membagikan solusinya bagi Anda yang terkena masalah ini juga. Tapi ini hanya untuk Ubuntu Desktop, tidak untuk Ubuntu Server. :)

Untuk memperbaiki masalah ini, Anda harus menyiapkan Ubuntu Desktop Live CD Anda karena kita akan membutuhkannya.

Catatan: Jika Anda tidak mengikuti perintah-perintah dibawah ini dengan benar, kemungkinan Anda akan mendapatkan error : /usr/sbin/grub-probe: error: cannot stat 'aufs'

Langkah-langkah yang harus Anda lakukan adalah:
1. Lakukan boot melalui Ubuntu Desktop Live CD Anda.
Jika muncul tampilan seperti ini klik "Try Ubuntu"
2. Jika tidak muncul tampilan seperti di atas, bukalah Terminal dengan menekan:
    CTRL + ALT + T

3. Ketik perintah ini di terminal: sudo fdisk -l
    Perintah tersebut akan menampilkan seluruh partisi Anda.










     Partisi dengan System berupa Linux adalah partisi untuk Ubuntu Anda.
     Pada screenshot partisi tersebut berada di /dev/sda11

4. Mount partisi ubuntu Anda dengan mengetikkan perintah:
    sudo mount /dev/sdXX /mnt  (contoh: sudo mount /dev/sda11 /mnt)

5. Lalu ketik perintah:
    sudo mount /dev/sdXX /mnt/boot

6. Mount virtual filesystems:
    sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev 
    sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
    sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys

7. Agar hanya grub utilities dari Live CD saja yang dieksekusi, ketik:
    sudo mount --bind /usr /mnt/usr
    sudo chroot /mnt

8. Lalu ketik:
    update-grub
    update-grub2

9. Install ulang grub
    grub-install /dev/sdX (contoh: grub-install /dev/sda tidak perlu menggunakan angkanya)

10. Verifikasi grub yang diinstall
     sudo grub-install --recheck /dev/sdX

11. Keluar dari chroot dengan menekan CTRL + D

12. Unmount virtual filesystems
     sudo umount /mnt/dev
     sudo umount /mnt/proc
     sudo umount /mnt/sys
     sudo umount /mnt/boot

13. Unmount Live CD /usr
     sudo umount /mnt/usr

14. Umount device terakhir
     sudo umount /mnt

15. Reboot
     sudo reboot

Sekian dari saya untuk hari ini, sampai jumpa lagi dilain topik. ^_^

Sumber : http://opensource-sidh.blogspot.com/2011/06/recover-grub-live-ubuntu-cd-pendrive.html
          07/26/17: Nanoenergy 2017   
An international conference on Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials & Thin Films for Energy Applications.

nanoenergy.jpg

The 4th NANOENERGY conference will address the theory, design, research, discovery and development of new materials and nanotechnologies in relation to the field of energy applications (e.g. in energy harvesting, production, storage, transfer and use, etc.). NANOENERGY aims to bring together academia, industries and policy makers interested in the application of nanotechnology in the energy sector. A wide range of disciplines will be included from theory to experiments, device development, technology demonstration, manufacture and scale-up of nanotechnology applied to energy.

The conference chairs are Professor Peter D. Lund (Aalto University, Finland) and Professor Jawwad A. Darr (University College London, UK).

A Finnish-Chinese Symposium on Advanced Fuel Cells and Materials will be held in parallel to the Nanoenergy conference. The participants of the conference can attend the first day of the symposium. Further information on the symposium on the conference website.

Abstract submission deadline is 22 March 2017.
To submit an abstract click here: http://www.nanoenergy.co.uk/abstracts.html

Early Bird Registration by 27 May 2017: http://www.nanoenergy.co.uk/registration.html
 

Tentative Programme Outline

• Thematic Nanoenergy sessions
• Add-ons
– Young Scientist as an entrepreneur
– Training tutorial and workshop
– Industry excursion and exhibition (e.g. ALD)
– Aalto Nanocenter & Micro & Nanotechnology Center
– High-level Panel discussion on future directions
– Meet the Nano Journals
• Social Arrangements (Nature Walk, Urban Mill, Energy Garage, Aalto Design Factory)
• Global Nanoenergy Prize, Best Poster Awards (1-3)


Further information:

Dr. Muhammad Imran Asghar
Conference Coordinator
NANOENERGY 2017
Email: nanoenergy2017@aalto.fi

http://www.nanoenergy.co.uk/


          Menstabilkan Koneksi Internet 2   
Setelah dulu sempat membuat artikel untuk menstabilkan koneksi internet yang sering putus dengan cara melakukan ping melalui command prompt, sekarang saya mau berbagi lagi nih. Tetap sama topiknya, yakni menstabilkan koneksi internet juga. Tapi yang kali ini agak berbeda, soalnya tidak melakukan ping.. :D

Pengen tahu??? Lanjut baca bro.. XP
Karena sejak kemarin koneksi internet saya selalu putus-putus walaupun sudah melakukan ping, apalagi saat bermain Ragnarok. Akhirnya saya putuskan untuk browsing tentang menstabilkan koneksi internet lagi. Dan alhamdulillah saya bisa menemukannya dari forum IDWS. Saya tidak tahu sang TS mendapatkan cara ini darimana, tapi yang pasti cara ini benar-benar work 100% bro.. ^_^

Yuk kita mulai saja... :P
  1. Pertama, klik kanan My Computer, lalu klik Properties.
  2. Klik tab Hardware, lalu klik Device Manager.
  3. Cari yang bertuliskan Modem, klik dua kali.
  4. Lalu klik dua kali pada nama modem Anda.
  5. Sekarang pilih tab Advanced.
  6. Pada kotak Extra Initialization Commands, ketikkan +MS=V34
  7. Klik Ok.
  8. Reconnect modem Anda.


Saya menggunakan modem Smart AC682 dan cara ini berhasil, saya bermain Ragnarok dari pagi sampai sore tanpa putus.. ^_^

Note: "Hanya berlaku untuk modem-modem baru, saya tidak bertanggung jawab dengan apa yang terjadi pada modem Anda jika Anda menggunakannya pada modem tipe lama."

Sekian dari saya, semoga bermanfaat. ^_^

          Cara Install Modem di Ubuntu 9.10   
Disini saya akan menggunakan wvdial jadi sebaiknya download dulu wvdial disini:
  1. libuniconf4.4_4.4.1-0.2ubuntu2_i386.deb
  2. libwvstreams4.4-base_4.4.1-0.2ubuntu2_i386.deb
  3. libwvstreams4.4-extras_4.4.1-0.2ubuntu2_i386.deb
  4. libxplc0.3.13_0.3.13-1build1_i386.deb
  5. wvdial_1.60.1_i386.deb
Setelah anda mendownload wvdial silahkan install 4 file tersebut melalui terminal. Misalkan Anda mendownload file tersebut di folder Downloads, maka:


~$ cd Downloads
~$ sudo su

# sudo dpkg -i libxplc0.3.13_0.3.13-1build1_i386.deb
# sudo dpkg -i libwvstreams4.4-base_4.4.1-0.2ubuntu2_i386.deb
# sudo dpkg -i libwvstreams4.4-extras_4.4.1-0.2ubuntu2_i386.deb
# sudo dpkg -i libuniconf4.4_4.4.1-0.2ubuntu2_i386.deb
# sudo dpkg -i wvdial_1.60.1_i386.deb

# exit
Istilah-istilah:
  • Cara buka terminal. Klik Application –> Accessories –> Terminal.
  • Biasanya saat di terminal ada kalanya membutuhkan password. Dan password yang anda ketikkan tidak akan kelihatan jadi teruskan saja ketikkan password anda. Kemudian tekan Enter dan kalau sukses maka perintah yang anda masukkan akan dieksekusi. Dan tidak meminta password lagi.
CARA #1
  1. Sebelum install cabut semua usb device di komputer Anda kecuali mouse. :D
  2. Setelah itu, colok modem Airflash/apapun modem anda ke komputer. Tunggu sampai muncul drive baru seperti biasa ketika kita colok USB Flash Drive.
  3. Kemudian klik kanan drive baru tersebut klik EJECT bukan yg lain.
  4. Buka terminal dan ketikkan perintah berikut lsusb
  5. Maka akan muncul beberapa baris kalimat seperti ini :
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 21f5:2008
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0ac8:3343 Z-Star Microelectronics Corp. Sirius USB 2.0 Camera
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  6. Perhatikan yang saya bold. 21f5 = id vendor sedangkan 2008 adalah id produk. Kalau modem Anda tipe lain, biasanya seperti id vendor dan id productnya akan berbeda.Untuk mengenali id vendor modem biasanya sih tidak ada embel apa-apa lagi di belakangnya. Atau kalaupun ada embel2 lagi biasanya qualcomm, dll dari perusahaan telekomunikasi.
  7. Masih di terminal dan ketikkan kode berikut gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/99-evdo-modem.rules
  8. Akan terbuka seperti notepad setelah itu copy dan paste kode berikut SYSFS{idVendor}==”21f5”, SYSFS{idProduct}==”2008″, RUN+=”/usr/bin/eject %k kemudian save.Note: Pada {id vendor} dan {id product} sesuai modem Anda.
  9. Kemudian ketikkan perintah ini di terminal sudo modprobe usbserial vendor=0x21f5 product=0×2008
  10. Selanjutnya ketikkan dmesg
  11. Saya asumsikan Anda sudah menginstall wvdial, kalau belum maka Anda harus install wvdial dulu sebelum bisa melangkah ke step selanjutnya. Kalau sudah maka step ini bisa dilanjutkan. Ketikkan perintah sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf maka akan muncul seperti notepad dan selanjutnya tambahkan kode berikut ini (jangan hapus kode yg sudah ada disana) :
    [Dialer flexi]
    Auto DNS = on
    Init1 = ATZ
    Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
    Stupid Mode = yes
    Modem Type = Analog Modem
    ISDN = 0
    New PPPD = yes
    Phone = #777
    Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
    Username = *******@free
    Password = ******
    Baud = 460800
    Dial Command = ATDT
    FlowControl = CRTSCTS
    Ask Password = 0
    Stupid Mode = 1
    Compuserve = 0
    Idle Seconds = 3600
  12. Sekarang jalankan perintah : sudo wvdial flexi
  13. Jika muncul tulisan berikut ini :
    –> WvDial: Internet dialer version 1.60
    –> Cannot get information for serial port.
    –> Initializing modem.
    –> Sending: ATZ
    ATZ
    OK
    –> Sending: ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
    ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
    OK
    –> Modem initialized.
    –> Idle Seconds = 3600, disabling automatic reconnect.
    –> Sending: ATDT#777
    –> Waiting for carrier.
    ATDT#777
    CONNECT
    –> Carrier detected. Starting PPP immediately.
    –> Starting pppd at Sun Jan 3 15:19:52 2010
    –> Pid of pppd: 2054
    –> Using interface ppp0
    –> pppd: ?u` @l`
    –> pppd: ?u` @l`
    –> pppd: ?u` @l`
    –> pppd: ?u` @l`
    –> pppd: ?u` @l`
    –> local IP address 1**.1*.1**.2** –> ini mungkin berbeda
    –> pppd: ?u` @l`
    –> remote IP address 1*.1*.2*.* –> ini mungkin berbeda
    –> pppd: ?u` @l`
    –> primary DNS address 1**.1**.1**.1** –> ini mungkin berbeda
    –> pppd: ?u` @l`
    –> secondary DNS address 1**.1**.1**.1** –> ini mungkin berbeda
    –> pppd: ?u` @l`Itu berarti anda sudah terkoneksi ke internet. Dan masih di terminal tekan CTRL + Shift + T kemudian ketik perintah berikut : ping -s -t yahoo.com
  14. Untuk disconnect atau mematikan koneksi tersebut anda cukup tekan CTRL + C
Cara ini juga bisa digunakan pada modem usb lainnya.. :D
Semoga bermanfaat..

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          Charging Your Devices Could Soon Be as Simple as Connecting to WiFi   
Disney researchers have developed innovative technology that will allow people to charge their devices in a truly wireless fashion If this technology could be commercially adopted, it could revolutionize the way that we use and create everything from smartphones to AI robots It seems like almost everything has gone wireless. Yet somehow, when it comes […]
          Spy vs Spy: Stuck in the Funhouse   

Funhouses are only fun when you can leave them. When the distorting mirror images become your new, day-to-day reality construct, then it's not so much fun anymore. 

I dreaded the 2016 Election because I had a very strong feeling that no matter who won we'd be plunged into a dystopian paradigm in which major power blocs would erupt into all-out warfare. And I sensed that neither Trump nor Clinton possessed the political skills or the communicative powers to keep the carnage fully out of our view. Or our path.


And I was right.


Trump's only been in office for a little over two months and I'm exhausted already. I'm certainly not alone in this. It all feels like a TV sitcom in its seventh season, well after the writers ran out of story ideas. The shark has been good and jumped. And the ratings (the approval ratings, in this case) are plunging too.


What is truly demoralizing though is the utter transparency of the secret war playing out, the seemingly endless spy vs spy thrust and counter-thrust, and the obvious deceptions. Even more so is the Animal Farm-like metamorphosis of the Democratic Party into a full-blown, funhouse mirror of McCarthy-era Republicans, but with Glenn Beck-worthy conspiracy theories thrown in for good measure.


I don't know about you but all of a sudden the world seems especially cold, hard, gray, harsh. Masks are coming off, velvet gloves tossed into wastebins. It doesn't seem to matter who wins the scorpion fight, you're still stuck with a scorpion.  

We can't call out the play-by-play because it's largely being acted out behind closed doors. But we can look at the collateral damage and make certain speculations. There's no doubt that it would all be just as bad-- probably worse-- if Hillary won. Even so, this all feels especially grating.

You've probably seen this story:
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Friday apologized to the owner of a Washington pizzeria that became the subject of a conspiracy theory about human trafficking last year. 
Pizza shop Comet Ping Pong was thrust into the spotlight last year after a gunman allegedly fired a shot inside the restaurant. The suspect said he was investigating the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, were operating a child sex trafficking ring out of the restaurant. 
The theory, which became known as Pizzagate, had circulated among far-right conspiracy theory websites and social media accounts. 
“In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him,” Jones, who runs Infowars, said in a video. James Alefantis is the owner of Comet Ping Pong. 
Jones said his website relied on reporters who are no longer employed by Infowars and that video reports about Pizzagate were removed from the website. He also invited Alefantis onto the show to discuss the incident.
It was preceded by this story:
FBI’S RUSSIA PROBE EXPANDS TO INCLUDE ‘PIZZAGATE’ THREATS 
According to McClatchy News, the FBI’s Russian-influence probe agents are exploring whether far-right news operations, including the pro-Donald Trump sites Breitbart News and Infowars, “took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives.”  Trump’s ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son, a member of the Trump transition team, were among those who boosted the so-called “PizzaGate” pedophile conspiracy theory.
I doubt this will quell the fervor among the Pizzagaters on sites like 4chan and Voat. Given the suspicion many on the fringes regard Jones with it may in fact give the flagging movement a fresh jolt. Jones' apology may also have to do with the drive to purge YouTube of "extremist" content and the controversy over the use of advertising on videos corporate clients find objectionable. A World without Sin, as our Gordon might put it. 


Washington Post headline, pre-election.

So much for theories that the FBI was ready to make mass arrests of prominent Washington figures related to Pizzagate.  Has any "mass arrest" Internet story ever panned out?  

Maybe it has:
Donald Trump became president on Jan. 20. And in one short month, there were more than 1,500 arrests for sex crimes ranging from trafficking to pedophilia.  
Big deal? You bet. In all of 2014, there were fewer than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests, according to FBI crime statistics. Liz Crokin at TownHall.com has put together a great piece on the push by the Trump administration to crack down on sex crimes. And she notes that while "this should be one of the biggest stories in the national news... the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?
This may have nothing to do with Trump-- in fact, it's likely it doesn't-- since these kinds of actions are planned out months in advance. The arrests continue, in case you were wondering, with major busts going down on a near-weekly basis. Someone's cleaning house. 

For what it's worth, I always reckoned that Pizzagate was in fact cover/distraction for a more hidden struggle, one that would take place under the radar*. As I noted back in November:

No one is saying as much but this very much feels connected to a deeper, more covert war. 
Why would I say such a thing? Because at the same time the Pizzagate story went dark we've seen major strikes taken against international pedophilia, which actually is a global conspiracy, with its own networks, secret codes and moles within established centers of power such as schools, police departments and governments.  
With such combustible accusations-- and such potential for a scandal that could quickly spread out of control (ie., involve political figures you're not trying to destroy)-- you'd naturally expect the action to go dark and the fall guys to be placed pretty far down the foodchain. (Remember that a prior investigation bagged one of the most powerful people in Washington at one time, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert).†


"EVER WONDER WHAT IT'D BE LIKE TO DIE IN A PLANE CRASH?" 



It may be sheer coincidence, but James Alefantis' former partner suffered a major heart attack this week
Media Matters for America founder David Brock was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. 
According to a press release from MMA, the founder of the liberal media watchdog and analysis website was rushed to the hospital early Tuesday afternoon and received treatment.
Sure, it may be coincidence. But I couldn't help but remember this story, published soon after the election
Dems to David Brock: Stop Helping, You Are Killing Us 
Democrats know they need someone to lead them out of the wilderness. But, they say, that someone is not David Brock.

As David Brock attempts to position himself as a leader in rebuilding ademoralized Democratic Party in the age of Trump, many leading Democratic organizers and operatives are wishing the man would simply disappear.
 
"Disappear." Huh. 
Many in the party—Clinton loyalists, Obama veterans, and Bernie supporters alike—talk about the man not as a sought-after ally in the fight against Trumpism, but as a nuisance and a hanger-on, overseeing a colossal waste of cash. And former employees say that he has hurt the cause.
It's worth remembering that Breitbart.com Andrew Breitbart died of a heart attack at the age of 43. A year before he'd posted a cryptic tweet that some have since linked to the Pizzagate imbroglio.  Just before his death he hyped some revelation about Barack Obama's past. 

A coroner in the office handling Breitbart's body subsequently died of arsenic poisoning. The day Breitbart's autopsy results were revealed, in fact.

COME BACK ROY COHN, ALL IS FORGIVEN


We also saw James Comey revive Russiagate, which had been flatlining after Vault 7. Any illusions among Trump fans that the FBI was secretly on their side were ground into powder, between this revelation and the Pizzagate conspiracy investigations. 

One can't help but wonder if the New Praetorians (I've noticed that the Praetorian meme has been picked up by more prominent commentators, but you heard it here first) are losing their last shred of patience with Donald Trump's shenanigans and are planning imminent regime change: 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump’s associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats. 
In a bruising five-hour session, the FBI director also knocked down Trump’s claim that his predecessor had wiretapped his New York skyscraper, an assertion that has distracted White House officials and frustrated fellow Republicans who acknowledge they’ve seen no evidence to support it.
How surreal is the world in which you know live in? So much so that mainstream political site The Hill is comparing the action in Washington to a Stanley Kubrick film, one which has become notorious for the conspiracy theories that have been projected onto it (and is well familiar to Synchronauts):
On the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Shining, Stephen King must be wondering if Washington is working on its own sequel. For the last couple months, Washington has been on edge, like we are all trapped in Overlook Hotel with every day bringing a new “jump scare,” often preceded by a telltale tweet. Indeed, a Twitter whistle has replaced suspenseful music to put the entire city on the edge of their seats. 
In this Shining sequel, however, people are sharply divided on who is the deranged ax-wielding villain in this lodge, the president or the press. Ironically, with the recent disclosure that some of the Trump campaign may indeed have been subject to surveillance, the president is looking more like Danny Torrence, a character dismissed for constantly muttering “redrum, redrum” until someone finally looked in a mirror at the reverse image to see the true message.
Yeah, I'm not really feeling that metaphor there, but whatever. It's been that kind of year.

Now the Internet is burning up with theories that disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has "turned" and is going to testify against the Trump Administration, or at least figures attached to it. 


It's hard to imagine a three-star general can be stupid enough to be guilty of things Flynn's been accused of but that may speak to a culture of impunity in Washington, in which your misdeeds are only punished if you get on the wrong side of the wrong people.

LIKE A BAD CYBERPUNK NOVEL


One wonders if the secret war has spread outside Washington. Car service giant Uber seems to be having a major run of rotten luck lately: 
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises. 
In a photo posted on Twitter, one of Uber’s Volvo self-driving SUVs is pictured on its side next to another car with dents and smashed windows. An Uber spokeswoman confirmed the incident, and the veracity of the photo, and added that the ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh operations.

The incident also comes as Uber, and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, are currently under scrutiny because of a series of scandals. The ride-hailing company has been accused of operating a sexist workplace. This month, the New York Times reported that Uber used a tool called Greyball to help drivers evade government regulators and enforcement officials. Kalanick said he needed "leadership help" after Bloomberg published a video showing him arguing with an Uber driver.
So who did Kalanick piss off? 

Coincidentally- there's that word again- the crash comes soon after Wikileaks revealed that CIA hackers had the ability to override the computer systems in automobiles. From Mashable:

WikiLeaks has published a trove of files it says are linked to the CIA's hacking operations — which apparently includes efforts to hack into cars.  
The first in a series called "Vault 7," "Year Zero" supposedly comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.  
"Year Zero" details the CIA's malware arsenal and "zero day" exploits against Apple iPhones, Google's Android operating system, Microsoft Windows and even Samsung TVs.  
 According to a document from 2014, the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. 
Oh, that's reassuring. Speaking of control systems, apparently pimps are controlling prostitutes with RFID chips:
It turns out this 20-something woman was being pimped out by her boyfriend, forced to sell herself for sex and hand him the money. 
 “It was a small glass capsule with a little almost like a circuit board inside of it,” he said. “It's an RFID chip. It's used to tag cats and dogs. And someone had tagged her like an animal, like she was somebody's pet that they owned.” 
This is human trafficking. It’s a marginal issue here in the U.S. for most of us. Part of that is because the average person isn’t sure what human trafficking – or modern day slavery – actually means.
Technology is our friend, right? And now this: 
Turkish Hackers Threaten To Wipe Millions Of iPhones; Demand Ransom From Apple 
Today, courtesy of CIO, we learn that a group of hackers referring to themselves as the "Turkish Crime Family", has been in direct contact with Apple and is demanding a $150,000 ransom by April 7th or they will proceed to wipe as many as 600 million apple devices for which they allegedly have passwords. 
The group said via email that it has had a database of about 519 million iCloud credentials for some time, but did not attempt to sell it until now. The interest for such accounts on the black market has been low due to security measures Apple has put in place in recent years, it said.

Since announcing its plan to wipe devices associated with iCloud accounts, the group claimed that other hackers have stepped forward and shared additional account credentials with them, putting the current number it holds at over 627 million.

According to the hackers, over 220 million of these credentials have been verified to work and provide access to iCloud accounts that don't have security measures like two-factor authentication turned on.
 
Of course, if credible, with an ask of just $150k, this is the most modest group of hackers we've ever come across.
Given the war that's erupted between the increasingly aggressive Turkish government and the EU, money may clearly not be the object here. Turkish PM Erdogan is clearly set on reconstructing the old Ottoman Empire and shivving Apple might just be part of the march.

Besides, Turkey is taking that recent coup attempt-- which is almost universally blamed on the CIA-- very personally.


Speaking of the EU, we've seen stories that Trump advisor Steve Bannon wants to dissolve the union. Which may be why Trump-adversary John McCain announced his unalloyed support for it- and the "New World Order" (his words, not mine):
The world "cries out for American and European leadership" through the EU and Nato, US senator John McCain said on Friday (24 March). 
In a "new world order under enormous strain" and in "the titanic struggle with forces of radicalism … we can't stand by and lament, we've got to be involved," said McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate who is now chairman of the armed services committee in the US Senate. 
Speaking at the Brussels Forum, a conference organised by the German Marshall Fund, a transatlantic think tank, he said that the EU and the US needed to develop "more cooperation, more connectivity". 
"I trust the EU," he said, defending an opposite view from that of US president Donald Trump, who said in January that the UK "was so smart in getting out" of the EU and that Nato was "obsolete". 
He said that the EU was "one of the most important alliances" for the US and that the EU and Nato were "the best two sums in history", which have maintained peace for the last 70 years. "We need to rely on Nato and have a Nato that adjusts to new challenges," he said.
Would McCain speak this way to a domestic audience? Of course not. Or maybe he would- I can't tell which way is up anymore. But either way it's good to know where he really stands.

Like McCain, China continues to sound a similar note of support for globalization, on which its very economic survival so desperately depends:
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli told a gathering of Asian leaders that the world must commit to multilateral free trade under the World Trade Organization and needs to reform global economic governance. 
“The river of globalization and free trade will always move forward with unstoppable momentum to the vast ocean of the global economy,” Zhang said. China will remain a strong force in the world economy and for peace and stability, he said, adding that countries must respect one another’s core interests and refrain from undermining regional stability. 
I suppose this is why China is off the target list for our new Cold (?) Warriors.

I've resisted posting on all this because it's all so depressing. I've actually written a few pieces on this chicanery that I ended up roundfiling. But I suppose I just wanted to go on the record about all this skullduggery, for posterity's sake.



UPDATE: Sex trafficking arrests and trials continue to proliferate. Most recent bust, an international ring in Minnesota. There is way too much activity going down in too short a time for this to be spontaneous.


* Which is exactly why I refrained from commenting on it here for the most part, instead noting that it had become a kind of memetic virus in much the same way that the Franklin/Boy's Town scandal had in the 90s. (Note that prior to the election-- and Pizzagate-- Trump nemesis the Washington Post was all over the issue of sex trafficking in the nation's capital). 

† The ongoing legal and police actions coinciding with the moves to shut down the Pizzagate fringes on the Web seem like the exact kind of action one would expect if there were a serious operation at work. Shutting down the Internet chatter makes perfect sense in this context because it can only complicate cases made by prosecutors. 
          Kingsley Amis: A Wit, and a Bit of a Shit   
For Kingsley Amis lionized novelist, acclaimed wit, English sophisticate — one of the happiest moments of his life arrived while he was in Champaign-Urbana, IL, just a few miles north of here.
In March 1959, while spending a year at Princeton, the novelist traveled to the University of Illinois to lecture on the topic The Angry Young Men and After. Amis was often an anxious traveler and a heavy drinker, but not this time.
“On the afternoon of his lecture, after a single drink at lunchtime, ‘I reached a state of dazzling euphoria, as has happened to me only three or four other times in my life, and never since,’” his biographer Zachary Leader wrote in The Life of Kingsley Amis.
“At the lecture itself, and the party afterwards, ‘I was at the apex of my form.’ As the party finished, Amis overheard one faculty wife ask another, ‘How much do you think there is in national character. Have you ever met a reserved Englishman?”
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Pleasure seemed to be the point of the Amises’ year in Princeton.
“As a couple, the Amises ‘inspired a whole year of husband- and wife-swapping,’” Leader wrote. “Amis made passes at every attractive woman he saw, regardless of marital status. He propositioned Betty Fussell while she stood in the bathroom washing out a nappy. He made a pass at Mary Keeley, at Gene Davis, at Liz Moynahan, at Jan Richardson, at Phil Fraser, all married to friends. ‘It was compulsive,’ remembers Keeley, but ‘if you said no it was all right … he wouldn’t press it with people who would have a problem, but otherwise he never gave up.’
“‘You had to look to your wife,’ Russell Fraser remembers. ‘What he said to me when I bristled at him was ‘Nothing personal, Old Man,’ and in a very extraordinary way that must have been so.’
“A number of the passes led to affairs, several of them serious. ‘There was no scandal left in who had slept with Kingsley,’ Betty Fussell wrote. ‘Who hadn’t?’”
Amis wrote a poem about a fairly typical day in which his narrator returns home after a “fearsome thrash with Mrs. No-Holds-Barred” to find that his wife has kept his dinner warm.

Nice bit of haddock with poached egg, Dundee,
Buckets of tea, a light ale or two,
And ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘Danger Man,’ the Late Night Movie
Who’s Doing Better, then? What about you?
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In Leader’s biography, Amis comes off as talented and honest but repellently selfish, something like his character Roger Micheldene in One Fat Englishman: “Of the seven deadly sins, Roger considered himself qualified in gluttony, sloth and lust but distinguished in anger.” Amis displayed something of an only child’s greed, saying more than once that he wanted “more than his share” and that before anybody else got served any.” His childhood also left him a legacy of fears. He wouldn’t fly, and he had an absolute horror of the dark, and of being left alone. 
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In Leader’s book, George Orwell is quoted as saying, “It is probable that many people who could consider themselves extremely sophisticated and ‘advanced’ are actually carrying through life an imaginative background which they acquired in childhood.” Amis had a flair not only for comic literary invention but also for recognizing the good qualities of popular culture. To that end, Amis wrote the first and best of the James Bond novels not penned by Ian Fleming himself, Colonel Sun.
This sophisticated novelist also wrote a book-long analysis of Bond, and had a lifelong affection for jazz and science fiction.
“Leader begins by asserting that Amis ‘was not only the finest British comic novelist of the second half of the 20th century but a dominant force in the writing of the age,’ wrote Andrew Motion in the Guardian. ‘He then outlines the six themes that shape his book: the influence of Amis’s early upbringing, ‘the aggression which is so marked a feature of his character and writings,’ his ‘astonishing energy,’ his sense of ‘writing as a craft or profession,’ his ‘hostility to distinctions between high culture and low,’ and his ‘lifelong obsession with egotism, selfishness [and] inconsiderateness.’’
No wonder he became a right winger.
“It’s easy to think of other lives that have turned to comedy as a means of coping with anxiety, but in Amis’s case the solution was remarkably bold,” Motion said. “To start with, he took his cue from jokey relatives, relishing extravagant stories and turning himself into a brilliant mimic: it was an effective way of making friends and influencing people. Soon, though, he sharpened his wit into a device for cutting people down to size, and for characterizing an entire epoch’s hypocrisies and silly self-deceptions.”
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Amis had a rigorous early 20thcentury education at the City of London School, a day school for boys on the banks of the Thames near the Millennium Bridge. And he excelled at it.
“When Martin Amis became a writer, he and his father often talked late into the night about literature and other matters,” Leader wrote. “The son would marvel at the father’s memory: ‘My God, he knows all English poetry.’ Ten lines here, twenty lines there, of Shakespeare, Milton, Marvell, Rochester, Pope, Gray, Keats, Wordsworth, Byron, Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, Housman, Owen, Kipling, Auden, Graves and of course (Philip) Larkin.”
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Here’s an example of the kind of teaching novelist Kingsley Amis got, in this case from the Rev. C.J. Ellingham at the City of London School, who said: “Vigorous English is not merely to be used when you are excited or angry. Any English which does its work well, and shows exactly what the writer means, is vigorous. Feeble writing leaves the reader to do all the work.”
Ellingham went on to say: “Do not try to bluff the reader. It is your work to describe, and if your words are inadequate, no verbal device will make the reader do your work for you. If you are describing a sunset, and feel that ‘the sunset was beautiful’ is not enough, it is a bluff to write ‘the sunset was amazingly beautiful.’ You have not avoided the duty of describing the sunset. You have made your task harder, for now you must show that it was amazing as well as beautiful.”
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“‘All Old English and nearly all Middle English works produced hatred and weariness in nearly everybody who studied them,’ Amis recalls. ‘The former carried the redoubled impediment of having Tolkien, incoherent and often inaudible, lecturing on it.’ (Tolkien, he wrote elsewhere ‘spoke unclearly and slurred the important words, and then he’d write them on the blackboard but keep standing between them and us, then wipe them off before he turned around.’)”
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In a poem, Amis described the qualities that attracted him to Hilary Bardwell, the girl who would become his first wife.

In ’46 when I was twenty-four
I met someone harmless, someone defenceless
But till then whole, unadapted within;
Awkward, gentle, healthy, straight-backed,
Who spoke to say something, laughed when amused…

It helped that she was unintimidated by him and that she understood his fears, for example of walking home alone at night. She also recognized his adolescent streak of selfishness, apparent in what Leader calls his “….ambivalences, the sort that led him to argue Hilly first into and then out of bed, then to be angry with himself for having done so. ‘Women appear to me as basically dull, but as basically pathetic too,’ he writes… ‘and while this makes us annoyed, it still doesn’t allow us to say rude things to them, about them, It is one’s very indifference to their feelings that turns one’s anger into pity a-bim a-bom a-bem-bammy-bum.’”
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Amis and Hilly were hurried into marriage by a pregnancy, after strongly considering an abortion. Philip Amis (named for Amis best friend Philip Larkin) Aug. 15, 1948, and Amis wrote this to Larkin: “My little son has very fair hair and a conical head (it will not stay conical, they said), and a face like that of an aging railway porter who is beginning to realize his untidiness had meant he’ll never get that ticket collector’s job he’s been after for 20 years. His weight, they said, would be about eight pounds. I don’t know what this business is supposed to make you feel; I feel just the same as before. Hilly is very happy and glad, as I am, to have something to name after you.”
Larkin and his girlfriend Ruth Bowman visited the Amises a couple of months later, and Ruth noted that while they seemed happy together, she cast a cold eye on Amis’s “detached viewed of marriage and fatherhood.”
“Amis and Larkin spent most of the visit closeted together ‘playing jazz records, drinking and having a thoroughly and exclusively masculine good time,’” Leader wrote. “Ruth liked and admired Hilly but felt sorry for her. She seemed ‘permanently tired out,’ yet ‘accepted her new life placidly enough, and put me to shame with her even temper and unfailing good humor.’
“Only once did Ruth see Hilly angry. On a fine afternoon she and Hilly set out to walk to Witney, leaving the baby in Amis’s care. The sleeping infant was put in his pram in the garden and Amis was instructed to bring him in immediately if the weather turned. In the middle of the walk, there was a sudden, heavy thunderstorm and Hilly, worried, insisted they return home straight away. On opening the front door, the two women were hit by the sound of jazz at full volume, ‘but of pram and baby there were no sign. Poor Hilly dashed outside to find a very wet baby lying in sodden blankets. Kingsley was mildly surprised at his wife’s rage. He assured her he had no knowledge of rain.’”
“Kingsley Amis was a lenient father,” his other son, novelist Martin Amis, later reported. “His paternal style, in the early years, can best be described as amiably minimalist — in other words, my mother did it all.”
At age 20, pregnant with Martin, Hilly found and read Amis’s journal. “She was bored and couldn’t stop herself,” Leader wrote. “It contained explicit references not only to other women but to how he hadn’t wanted a child. There was detailed description of a pass he made at Hilly’s best friend, which she resisted at first but finally succumbed to. There were pornographic passages. There were also passages about Hilly, including tender and tormented passages. ‘Why is Hilly crying as if her heart would break? I can’t bear to hear somebody break her heart like this.’
“Hilly knew told Amis she’d read the journal and never said anything to the best friend, but she half suspected Amis knew. ‘He’d leave it around with private written on it,’ she recalled; ‘he quite liked torturing me in a funny way.’”
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Amis wouldn’t fly, but traveled extensively by land and sea. “Jane remembers the train journey from St. Louis as ‘splendid;’ it took three days and two nights to reach Mexico City,” Leader wrote. “Here Amis experienced his first earthquake, a 40-second tremor. ‘No damage,’ he reported to the Conquests on 5 February (1968), ‘but by Christ I thought the old coronary was upon me.’
“The touring began with a trip to Acapulco, which everyone hated and where Amis’s suitcase was stolen from the car roof-rack within 30 seconds of arrival (the suitcase contained nothing important to Amis, only every item of expensive tailoring he possessed). The one good thing Amis had to say about Acapulco was that it supplied him with a possible opening sentence for a James Bond story: ‘Bond had never liked Acapulco.’”
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“Sex is a momentary itch, love never lets you go.”
— Kingsley Amis

“It is no wonder that people are so horrible when they start their life as children.”
— Kingsley Amis

“Self-criticism must be my guide to action, and the first rule for its employment is that in itself it is not a virtue, only a procedure.”
— Kingsley Amis

“Outside every fat man there was an even fatter man trying to close in.”

— Kingsley Amis

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          Smartphone Smarts During Trade-In   
The typical cellphone user upgrades every 18 months. Trade-in programs like those recently announced by Apple and Walmart could spark even quicker stampedes for the latest-and-greatest models – with turned-in phones still full of personal data. “Most people consider a smartphone a communications device,” notes Adam Levin, former New Jersey Director of Consumer Affairs and founder of Identity Theft 911, a provider of identity management and breach-response services for businesses. “What many people don’t realize is that it’s a data …
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          Putting your House on the MLS is not enough   
Just POSTING your house onto Realtor.com  or MLS.ca is not enough to market your home. You want to attract a wider pool of international buyers who will qualify themselves into loving your home.

New technological advancements in real estate are piling up, making your habits grow old much faster. These cautionary tales from the plugged-in crowd at Inman Connect this year reveal ideas and practices that practitioners should ditch as they move toward a more connected world.Favoring Traditional Listings Over an Interactive ExperienceConsumers are demanding a more dynamic experience while searching for homes online, but many real estate companies aren’t offering 3-D listings because they fear the impact the technology could have on the role of the agent, says Marc Haguenauer, CEO of Vieweet, a company offering tools to shoot 3-D video and virtual reality. “Brokers fear that if you’re using virtual tours as a marketing device, you’re giving away too much information right away and losing leads,” he says.The idea that the enhanced detail of 3-D listings takes away from the importance of an agent is a fallacy, says Mark Tepper, vice president of sales and business development for 3-D camera maker Matterport. He says richer listing detail gives international buyers and those who can’t be there in person to see the property a reason to call. “What it will do is bring you better-qualified buyers and open you up to a global market,” Tepper says.Up next is virtual reality, whereby real estate pros can create a virtual world inside a home. Though the technology is still evolving, Tepper says 3-D will help usher virtual reality into everyday marketing tasks. So it’s important to get a handle on 3-D now so you’re ready for what’s coming next.Outsourcing Technology Education to VendorsBrokers often seek out vendors for training on new technology platforms, but it’s time to rethink that strategy. “We have so many tech tools available, but adoption is a challenge because of the broad demographic of our agents,” says Dina Di Maria, senior vice president of information technology for NRT, a residential brokerage whose brands include Coldwell Banker, Sotheby’s, and ZipRealty. http://realtormag.realtor.org/technology/feature/article/2016/02/3-technology-habits-you-should-kick

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          Digital Imaging arrives in Toronto   
When home sellers see that you’ll be presenting their property online in immersive 3D, they will be blown away. A Matterport 3D Showcase™ makes you the clear choice to list any property. 

Digital Imaging Toronto is revolutionizing how real estate photographers, brokerages and agents showcase residential and commercial properties. The Matterport 3D technology is simple, powerful and effective. The ultimate home Viewing instrument that allows you to measure and create floorplans. 

A 3D Showcase™ is an online experience that lets home buyers move through a property and see it from any angle. Even get a completely unique sense for the place with our “dollhouse” view. Try it here!

 

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  • Restaurant or Pub displaying their venue 
  • Homes under construction displayed in stages of completion 
  • Stores that have an online shopping presence 
  • Commercial Real Estate Brokers to display retail or office space. 
  • Home designers to display what could be changed. 
  • Insurance Companies for Claims or Verification Museums, 
  • Art Galleries and other Venues 


 Matterport is a key part of the optimal “click and mortar” showroom and commerce experience. The Matterport Pro 3D Camera and Capture App for iPad automatically produces high-quality immersive 3D models in the hands of any user. As the camera gently spins, it captures the colors and contours of a space—and calculates dimensions and spatial relationships between objects. Other laser-based camera systems are cumbersome, expensive and take days to create a 3D model. Access and organize your 3D models. 

The Matterport 3D Portal is a management and distribution platform for all of your 3D models. Access and organize your scan jobs and models, collaborate with your team, share models with clients, and publish models to the general public. All of your 3D models are uploaded into the folder you designate for each user. Cloud-based creation and hosting of high-fidelity 3D models. 

The Matterport Cloud executes an extensive set of computer vision algorithms to process the photography and 3D data, creating a 3D model that combines HDR-quality imagery with dimensionally accurate geometry. In this way, geometrical data is converted into an efficient polygonal mesh, which can be easily streamed to the Matterport 3D Showcase media player. 

Be there. From anywhere. Once a Matterport 3D model is hosted in the Matterport Cloud, viewers anywhere in the world can explore these spaces from their desktop or mobile device. The result? A totally immersive experience that literally transports you. 

 This functionality is now available on Virtual Reality platforms like VR Googles. http://matterport.com/virtual-reality/ News Releases http://matterport.com/in-the-news/ 

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          Development Journal: Week 6   
Here am I with my weekly report. I've decided to write at the end of each week the tasks I have accomplished to keep track of what I'm doing, and why not, also motivate myself to get more things done.

I have been working in a simple game for Android/iOS called "MagneBot" for a while now, I was using V-Play Game Engine because when I decided to start with this game, V-Play seems easy and familiar to me. V-Play lets you code your games using QML (which was something I was REALLY familiar at that moment) and a Box2D plugin for the psychics, so far so good, making the first prototype was really easy and fast, which is really good if you are just starting with game development.




Believe me, right now it looks NOTHING like that, well, don't expect awesome 3D graphics or anything like that either, the game it's the same, but we don't have just boxes now :P

This is MagneBot
(My first attempt to create a Character with Blender, be patient)

The problem with V-Play started when following the documentation and checking with what other games really similar to mine did, I started to have some bugs with the sprites animation in different screen resolution (which is important if you want your game running on different devices) that seems that they were related to something I needed to do (play with the size of the character constantly) for the game mechanics. My thoughts were: ok, no problem, i can find some workaround to this... BUT then I realized that to be able to show adds in my game, I need to use the V-Play plugin for that (which I'm paying with the license of the engine I bought, max subscription time 1 year)... ok, I have access to that plugin, BUT (again) when my license expires in a couple of month I will be force to renew it or the plugin for monetize your app will stop working... that wasn't fun, specially since I have been working with Unity3D these past months, and Unity3D is incredible!!! AND it lets you use plugins for monetization for free... so taking into consideration all the limitations I was having, I decided to migrate the game (which was almost done) to Unity3D. So, I have been working in the migration of this game to Unity3D this week, so far everything is great!


And THE OTHER IMPORTANT THING I've been developing this week was a new game (the idea came to me on wednesday) called "Into The Light". I'm really excited about this game! The idea is to finish both games for mid-March (NO MORE DELAYS) because I want to submit "Into The Light" for a contest.
With "Into The Light", considering that there isn't much time, the idea was to try to use the Asset Store and things with public license as much as possible. I'm really happy about how things are moving forward with this, and I think the mechanics for this game is going to be really enjoyable. Maybe next week I'm going to be able to show some video or something about the game, for now I just leave you with this image:


That's pretty much all for this week, let's see what we have for next week.

Bye!
          TvStalker (Ubuntu Touch client and web integration)    
Client for Ubuntu Touch of TvStalker, you can see how the changes in your account affects what you see in the browser and what you see in the tablet, and how fast is to browse and check out your tv shows in the device.


          Accelerate MXNet R training (deep learning) by GPUs and multiple machines   
Here we focus on the MXNet training acceleration: GPU (device) utilized training, distribution training by multiple machines, and active learning (online learning).
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          Re: Why I can’t kick the Apple iPhone habit   

Great article Robert. I love to hear about people's experiences with each and how it caters to your usage patterns. I wish more people would understand that it's a personal choice to use these devices and there is no universal truth. Different strokes for different folks...and all that.


          Re: Why I can’t kick the Apple iPhone habit   

I agree the gap between Android and iOS is narrowing, but I believe when the gap completely closes, I'll still prefer the Apple ecosystem since they ALWAYS consider the hardware and the software combination. I've been down that road that Android is going and I didn't like it. You have a bunch of different handsets with a hodgepodge of Android implementations and very little consistency. With that said, I respect Android and the people who use the devices, but it's simply not for me.


          The Most Popular Electronic Device in America: the Television or the Mobile Phone?   
Would you guess more Americans own a television or a mobile phone? We answer that question and share additional findings on American media usage and electronic devices of choice.
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We recently recounted the top five rumors regarding the next generation iPhone 5. Complete with a rumored Liquidmetal casing, we got to thinking: if five months’ time promises space age Liquidmetal, what will the cell phone be like in, say… 20 years?
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          Google Patents Rear Side Touchpad For Future Pixel Smartphone Control   
Google Patents Rear Side Touchpad For Future Pixel Smartphone Control A current smartphone trend has seen vendors put fingerprint readers on the backs of our devices, which also might beg the question, "what else could we put back there?" According to a newly granted Google patent, a touchpad could be in the cards for the Android creator's future branded Pixel smartphone devices. If that sounds a bit bizarre,
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          Here's What's Cooking This Week:   
Week one of running vegetarian-style:

Poor man's Caviar:
This one is easy- just mix everything together, let it sit for 24 hours, grab some tortilla chips or other favorite dredging device. I'm adding avacados upon serving. Yummo!!

1 (14 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15.5 ounce) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 (14 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can white corn, drained
1 cup finely chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or amount to taste
**of course, you can substitute kidney beans or white beans, or any other kind of beans**

RAMEN NOODLE CABBAGE SALAD
This a favorite "go-to-recipe" of my mom's.  She served it at Christmas Eve get-together and even my kids loved it.


1 head cabbage, shredded
8 green onions, sliced
3/4 c. sunflower seeds/chopped walnuts/almond slices/etc...
2 pkgs. Ramen noodles oriental, uncooked

Crush the Ramen noodles and brown them in a skillet with slivered almonds or walnuts (and sunflower seeds). Let them cool slightly and add them to the shredded cabbage. (I might add shredded carrots here, too)  I also added a few handfulls of raisins.  ***I'm all about building from the basis of a recipe**
Mix the following together and pour over the cabbage salad.

1 c. oil of choice

2 tbsp. vinegar
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
**I also added a generous amount of soy sauce, perhaps as much as 1/4 cup***

Toss it all together and enjoy!!!

Cream of Asparagus Soup  (borrowed from a cookbook I have)
2 lbs. fresh asparagus
1 1/2 tbs. butter
2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp flour
2 cups water
2 cups hot milk (lowfat/soy/etc...)
2 tsp dill
1/2 tsp tarragon
white pepper to taste

saute chopped asparagus and onions in melted butter and salt for about 10 minutes.  Sprinke 2 tbsp flour while stirring constantly over low heat. (5-8 minutes)  Add water, stirring constantly and bring to a boil. Bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Add remaining flour and cook for another 10 minutes.  Puree the soup with the milk and season with dill, tarragon, and white pepper. 

**I am making this right now and I think that I will add some cooked diced potatoes after it is purreed.**

Other ideas for the week:
I bought some great cilantro/black bean veggie burgers that we tried last night on whole wheat rolls, vegan mayo, onion....they were great.

I have lots of sweet potatoes and plan to use them liberally

I also bought some Tempeh that we love to slice up into small sticks, saute them up, and use as dippers for hummus

I'm going to try the new Acai smoothie packets that I bought with some frozen berries and bananas - just to see how they go.

THOUGHTS????
          Device for absorbing mechanical energy for motor vehicles   
A device (1) for absorbing mechanical energy for motor vehicles, wherein the device (1) has a honeycomb-like cavity structure (2) and is arranged between a first body section (3) and a second body section (4). In order that, in the event of a crash, the body sections (3, 4) are not displaced relative to one another, the device (1) can be deformed during the absorption of mechanical energy, wherein the deformation generates a force-fitting connection between the two body sections (3, 4). The device has a centre of rotation (12) about which the device (1) can be deformed in a rotational manner during a deformation, such that a force-fitting connection is generated between the two body sections (3, 4).
          Tank recess   
A tank recess for motor vehicles comprising a recess body having a device for fastening to a vehicle body opening from outside and having a tank feed line sealing portion, characterized in that the recess body has a fold-over sealing edge on the base portion, such that a flange on an inner metal plate of the vehicle body opening is encompassed by the fold-over sealing edge, such that in the installed position the sealing edge is able to be placed sealingly around the flange of the vehicle body opening.
          Tailgate enclosure apparatus   
An enclosure device for forming a secured enclosure area within a cargo area of a vehicle is disclosed. The enclosure device includes a front panel and a generally planar deck panel that extends from the front panel. The deck panel includes a pair of pair of spaced apart left and right sides that are adapted for extending over the wheel wells and the sidewalls. The deck panel also includes an aft edge that is adapted for extending to a location directly below an upper lip of the aft end of the cargo area when the front panel is adapted for fastening to the vehicle. At least one of the spaced apart left and right sides includes an abutment edge that is adapted for being positioned next to the sport cage upright, so that the secured enclosure area is created below the deck panel.
          Wind protection device on an openable roof portion of a motor vehicle   
Wind protection device on an openable roof portion of a motor vehicle having a curved wind deflection member on which a flexible wind protection structure is retained and which has at least one lateral wind deflection arm which can be displaced by means of a guiding mechanism in the vertical direction and in the longitudinal direction of the openable roof portion in such a manner that the curved wind deflection member can be displaced between a lower rest position and an upwardly deployed operating position in which the wind protection structure is set up. The guiding mechanism includes a resilient unit in order to support the movement of the curved wind deflection member into the operating position thereof. The guiding mechanism also has a linear force guide having a curved guiding path, along which the curved wind deflection member is displaced in the longitudinal and vertical direction relative to the roof portion.
          Device for opening and closing a sliding door and method for assembling the same   
A rail unit includes a lower rail, which guides the movement of a guide member connected to a sliding door, a front bracket, which is provided on the lower rail and fixed to a vehicle body, a rear bracket, and a center bracket. The rail unit is inserted into a first insertion hole, which is located below a lower panel provided on the vehicle body at a position below a door opening and opens outward in the vehicle body in the lateral direction of the vehicle. A drive unit is inserted into a second insertion hole, which is formed in the lower panel and opens upward in the vehicle. The drive unit is layered on an upper side of a drive pulley provided in the center bracket to rotate the drive pulley.
          Harddisk Definition   


Hard disk drive (HDD)
A computer hard disk drive (HDD) is the mechanism that controls the positioning, reading and writing of the hard disk, which furnishes data storage. A hard disk drive -- often shortened to hard drive -- and hard disk are not the same thing, but they are packaged as a unit and either term can refer to the whole unit. Hard disk drives can be found in desktop computers, mobile devices, consumer electronics and enterprise storage arrays in data centers.
5 Data Storage Technologies to Watch in 2016
For the past 13 years, the experts at SearchStorage.com have honored the best and brightest technologies for the upcoming year. As always, we're proud to present a batch of technologies we believe will make a big impact on the data storage market.

History of hard disk drives
The hard disk was created in 1953 by engineers at IBM who wanted to find a way to provide random access to high capacities of data at a low cost. The disk drives developed were the size of refrigerators, could store 3.75 megabytes of data and began shipping in 1956. Memorex, Seagate and Western Digital were other early vendors of hard disk drive technology.
Hard disk drive form-factor size has continued to decrease as the technology evolves. By the mid-1980s, 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors were introduced, and it was at this time they first became a standard in personal computers (PCs).
Hard disk drive density has increased since the technology was first developed. The first hard disk drives were able to store megabytes of data, while today they are in the terabyte (TB) range. Hitachi released the first 1 TB hard drives in 2007. In 2015, HGST announced the first 10 TB hard drive.

Speech Recognition
 Mobile With Devices


Since the dawn of modern gaming, we’ve always expected consoles to go through a cycle before gracefully bowing out as a new generation takes center stage. With the Xbox One and now XBox One X (Project Scorpio), all of that is changing.

Microsoft isn’t even sure if they’re going to do another generation of consoles after they release Project Scorpio/Xbox Two. Of course, these kinds of claims send a ripple effect through the industry, but I’m here to put your mind at ease. Join me as we discuss Microsoft’s comments and why console players have nothing to worry about.

Looking Past The Headlines: What Microsoft’s Comments Really Mean

Xbox Games Marketing head, Aaron Greenberg, made headlines when he said that the current generation of consoles, XBox One X/Project Scorpio included, would be the last one you will see from Microsoft.

At face value, that seems like a death knell, but it’s not. Microsoft is trying to change the game, literally. Speaking with Engadget at Gamescom, Aaron Greenberg went into more detail on this bold statement:

“I think it is … For us, we think the future is without console generations, we think that the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware, we’re making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio. We’re basically saying ‘this isn’t a new generation, everything you have continues forward and it works.’ We think of this as a family of devices.

But we’ll see, we’re going to learn from this, we’re going to see how that goes. So far I’d say based on the reaction there appears to be a lot of demand and interest around Project Scorpio, and we think it’s going to be a pretty big success. If the games and the content deliver, which I think they will do, I think it will change the way we think about the future of console gaming.”

Instead of consoles coming and going, Microsoft is looking towards a future where the platform doesn’t fade. Part of this is already in motion with XBox One X (Project Scorpio) being compatible with all your Xbox One games and accessories.

Microsoft has also promised zero exclusive titles for Scorpio, but that doesn’t extend to VR. We know that this new console will support virtual reality, and these experiences will be exclusive to the console since the other Xbox platforms don’t have the power to do VR.

We’ve heard Xbox boss Phil Spencer talk before about consoles that continued to innovate instead of staying static for seven years or more before being replaced. This, combined with the notion of an Xbox Family that leaves no game or accessory behind when you upgrade, is all part of this initiative to blur the lines between consoles and generations.

XBox Two
XBox Two Design by Danny Haymond

Microsoft cites the smartphone industry as their main inspiration for this new plan. Greenberg explained by saying:

”For us, we think the future is without console generations; we think the ability to build a library, a community, to be able to iterate with the hardware, we’re making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio. We’re basically saying, ‘this isn’t a new generation; everything you have continues forward and it works. We think of this as a family of devices.”

Okay, so given that information, let’s break down this news:

  • Microsoft isn’t stopping their game business after Project Scorpio (XBox One X) releases
  • Microsoft will continue to make new hardware in the future, they're not going to stop with Scorpio.
  • They are focusing on creating a singular platform across multiple devices, thus removing the hard boundaries that define console generations.
  • Instead of major leaps forward every seven years, we’ll probably see more consistent console releases from them.

Now that we’ve discussed the facts, it’s time to start speculating. Will this new venture work for Microsoft, and if so, how does it affect the other members of the console industry?

XBox One X Gamers

Microsoft’s Bold New Steps: How Will Sony and Nintendo React?

It seems that smartphones have been a major influence on the console industry, because Microsoft aren’t the only ones taking cues from the resident kings and queens of portable devices. Sony and Nintendo have been busy changing their strategies as well.

For example, if we look at the rumors surrounding the PS4.5 (PS4 Neo), everyone expected a reveal at E3 2016, but Sony decided to wait. PlayStation boss, Andrew House was especially surprised when Microsoft decided to announce XBox One X (Project Scorpio) over year in advance.

Speaking with The Guardian, this is what he had to say:

”I was surprised by the step of announcing something over a year ahead of time. The dynamics of the tech industry are such that there’s a much heavier emphasis on immediate gratification than there was. A lot of that is to do with how Apple has very cleverly and elegantly managed the ‘available now’ approach.

We experienced this ourselves, when, in 2013, very much in line with our previous strategies, we announced a concept and a name for PlayStation 4, and everyone said ‘where’s the box? How dare you?!’ That was the point we realized, well, we hadn’t changed, but the world around us had.”

Further on in the interview, Andrew House explained that the PS4 Neo is meant to be a high-end PlayStation 4 and not a next generation console. In addition, he said that smartphone has taught customers to expect a different rhythm of innovation in their technology.

That being said, he also cautioned against turning the traditional cycle into a 18-month/two-year rhythm because then we would lose out on the big “wow” moments that a new piece of hardware provides. It’s a balance for them, because House also mentioned that Sony typically loses gamers during the later years of a cycle because they are heading to PC where the graphics and technology are more current.

A high-end PS4 would keep them inside the PlayStation brand, and that’s similar to what Microsoft is doing. The PS4 Neo is also reported to use the same accessories and games you would use on a PS4, similar to how Microsoft is focusing on leaving no gamers behind.

In the case of Microsoft and Sony, both are playing and both are clearly looking to the smartphone industry for inspiration. Nintendo, however, has been extremely quiet on their plans for the future. We know their new console, the NX, is coming in March of 2017, but we know very little about it.

That being said, rumors suggest that it will be a console/portable hybrid. Top this off with the release of the widely popular Pokemon GO app, and it’s clear that Nintendo is also taking cues from the mobile phone industry.

So in the end, what does this mean? Well, if Microsoft is truly setting the example for the future, we’re going to see consoles come out more often, similar to the way smartphones get newer models every few years.

The idea is that these aren’t “next-generation” consoles. Instead, they’re a newer and more high-end option that keeps pace with technology. You won’t be pressured into buying it, though, because when you are ready to upgrade, everything you’ve bought will work on the new box.

Because there’s no hard boundary between any one of the consoles, the concept of a “generation” as we know it, ceases to exist.

Now, Microsoft never said they would release a new console every two years, but you can bet that they won’t wait 7-years either. We’re going to see new hardware over the course of a lifecycle. This is right in line with Phil Spencer’s comments at the Xbox Spring Showcase in 2016:

”When you look at the console space, I believe we will see more hardware innovation in the console space than we’ve ever seen. You’ll actually see us come out with new hardware capability during a generation allowing the same games to run forwards and backwards compatible because we have a Universal Windows Application running on top of the Universal Windows Platform that allows us to focus more and more on hardware innovation without invalidating the games that run on that platform.

In addition to playing your games on any version of Microsoft’s console, they are also promising (at least for now) zero exclusives to the XBox One X (Project Scorpio). Games will look and play better on the new system, but they will also work on any version of the Xbox One.

Combine this with the announcement of the “Play Anywhere” program that lets you have copies of certain games on both Xbox and Windows PC, and you’ve got all the trimmings of this universal “single generation” future Microsoft is planning for.

At the end of the day, Project Scorpio (XBox One X) won’t be the last console from Microsoft. It’s the first in a new breed of consoles that tear down the boundaries between generations. This may be the last generation, but it’s not the last we’ll see of Xbox. You can count on that.

How do you think Microsoft will progress with this new plan of theirs? Are you excited about this potential change in the industry? Let us know in the comments!

Note: The thoughts expressed in this article are the opinions of the author (Bradley Ramsey) and do not yet represent facts or the opinions of Microsoft. Although it will probably be accurate, for now it is pure speculation. Thanks for reading!

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          Microsoft Enters VR: Why Project Scorpio (Xbox 2) Will Use Oculus Rift   
Xbox 2 Oculus Rift

Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) has been announced and one of the most interesting things we know about Microsoft’s new console is that it will indeed support high-fidelity virtual reality. While we don’t have an exact answer as to which headset the console will support, there’s enough evidence to support our theory that Xbox 2/Project Scorpio will work with the Oculus Rift.

Join us as we look at the various breadcrumbs Microsoft has been leaving on the internet, and how we pieced together this revelation.

Project Scorpio (Xbox Two) Will Support VR, But Microsoft Isn’t Making It

Our first chunk of evidence comes from an interview between Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and Wired magazine. In this interview, Phil Spencer took some shots at both the Xbox One and the PS4, saying that when he spoke to VR developers, they told him that 6 teraflops of processing power were needed to provide a true VR experience.

To this point he added that today’s consoles don’t have that kind of power, specifically calling out the Xbox One and PS4. He’s right, but still, you can’t help but think he said that on purpose. As he went into more detail, Spencer said that the focus was on providing a high quality VR experience:

"The truth is, a console can run a 2-D version of Doom or Fallout today, which a PS4 and Xbox One can, is not going to be able to do a stereoscopic, high-framerate version of those games. We don’t want to force VR into a middle ground between the scale that we see in mobile, and what our customers expect."

He went on to say that the “best place for VR innovation is the PC,” and that Microsoft is seeking to take that innovation and bring it to the console space. This narrows down the candidates to Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. What about a Microsoft-developed headset, I hear you ask? Spencer shot down this idea in the interview, saying:

"Right now we are not focused on a first-party VR hardware device.”

Now that we’ve narrowed down the candidates to the PC virtual reality space, let’s find out why we believe the Oculus Rift is destined for Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio).

Everybody Loves Oculus: Microsoft’s Partnership With the Rift

Everyone remembers the underdog story of the Oculus Rift’s rise to success. What began as a Kickstarter campaign is now one of pioneers of VR on the PC. Even bigger waves were made when Facebook decided to buy the company for a cool $2 billion.

This wasn’t the end of Oculus Rift’s partnerships either. The following year, Microsoft also announced a partnership with the Rift. As part of this agreement, Oculus Rift headsets were set to ship with an Xbox One wireless controller and the adapter needed to use it wirelessly on the PC.

Furthermore, Xbox One games can be streamed to the headset and playable in a 2D format. Finally, the headset is also natively compatible with Windows 10. While this deal was originally for the PC space, it would be outside the realm of reason to assume it will extend to Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) as well.

What About Fallout 4 VR?

Hold on a second, though, didn’t Microsoft confirm that Fallout 4 VR was coming to Project Scorpio at E3 2016? They did indeed, and Todd Howard of Bethesda Games seemed excited about the prospect saying:

"We’re moving Fallout 4 to VR, and to have a console that can support that, at the resolution and speed that we really want, I think it’s gonna be magical."

I couldn’t agree more, but what throws a wrench in our gears is the fact that the VR version of the game has been, up until now, only confirmed for the HTC Vive. Bethesda was very clear about this, and it brings to mind the question of why they didn’t mention Oculus Rift in their Fallout 4 VR announcement.

The answer lies in some bad blood brewing between the two companies. In 2015, there was a lawsuit between Bethesda’s owner, ZeniMax, and Oculus Rift. As part of this lawsuit, Oculus was being sued for “illegally misappropriating ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology, and infringing ZeniMax copyrights and trademarks.”

The lawsuit came about when Doom’s co-creator, John Carmack, left id software to join the Oculus Rift team. He is being accused of allegedly providing technology and information to Oculus before his department from the ZeniMax-owned id Software.

This debacle could be the very reason why Fallout 4 isn’t being developed for Oculus Rift. Since we know it’s coming to Scorpio, that puts a bind on our theory. If Bethesda isn’t making the game for the Rift, but they are bringing it to Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio), then that would suggest that Microsoft is pushing the HTC Vive to the console.

That would of course require them to partner with the Vive’s creator, Valve, which is a direct competitor to Microsoft in the PC space. It’s amazing how quickly politics can muddle a perfectly good theory.

Even so, we have until Holiday 2017 before the Xbox Two (Project Scorpio) is released. Hopefully by then this whole mess can be cleared up and Microsoft can extend their partnership with Oculus to the console, nice and smooth.

Personally, I think the HTC Vive is the superior headset in terms of technology, but I also know that the Vive costs $800, so you’ll have to forgive me if I’m leaning towards the rift, though its price isn’t much better.

In the end, most of the evidence points to the Oculus Rift as Microsoft’s chosen third-party headset for Project Scorpio (Xbox 2), but legal issues and the announcement that Fallout 4 VR would be coming to the platform put a few obstacles in the way of confirming this theory.

Which VR headset would you like to see on the Xbox 2? How do you think these legal matters will play into the ultimate decision? Do you wish Microsoft was doing a first-party headset besides the HoloLens? Let us know in the comments!

Note: The thoughts expressed in this article are the opinions of the author (Bradley Ramsey) and do not yet represent facts or the opinions of Microsoft. Although it will probably be accurate, for now it is pure speculation. Thanks for reading!

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          Fru Proves That the Kinect Deserves Another Chance on Xbox Two (Project Scorpio)   

The Kinect was supposed to be Microsoft’s foray into the world of motion-controlled gaming. Originally released at a time when the Nintendo Wii was the most popular game console for mainstream gamers, it never found the success it deserved. Microsoft tried again with Xbox One and still the device is collecting dust.

That is, until Fru released in summer of 2016. Read on to find out how this little gem of a game revived my faith in the Kinect and more importantly showcases why the device deserves another chance on Xbox Two.

Fru: The Little Game That Could

This little-known game is one of the only Kinect exclusive titles to release in some time. It’s also sadly one of, if not, the last one we’ll see on Xbox One. Here’s the problem with that:

Fru is Fantastic!

This game proves that the Kinect has potential, if only it were given the talent and support it needs. Read on to find out why I believe the third time’s the charm with Kinect, and why it should get another chance on Xbox Two (Project Scorpio).

So, what makes Fru so special, I hear you ask? Let’s start with a look at the game itself. Check out the screenshot below.

Fru Xbox One Kinect

Fru is a game where you guide a small character through side-scrolling levels much like you would in a classic Mario game. The twist comes in how your body interacts with the game via the Kinect. When playing the game, you’ll see your silhouette standing in front of the environment.

As your body moves across the levels, you’ll be able to reveal invisible platforms, or create obstacles for your character. By moving yourself to create paths for the main character, or get out of their way, you are then able to use the controller in your hand to navigate the area.

It starts simple, but the game slowly ramps the difficulty. You’ll find yourself balancing on one foot or using your hand to create a platform for the game’s character. This level of interaction between a classic side-scrolling game and the real world is what makes Fru so amazingly unique.

The Kinect’s best games usually apply this kind of full body experience. Another example is Dance Central, which also tracks you from head-to-toe. Kinect’s best moments are when full body motion is combined with innovative gameplay.

The game’s platforming is fairly simple, which is a blessing when you’re playing a videogame version of Twister by holding your arm out while balancing on one foot. Unlike most other Kinect games, Fru doesn’t rely on the premise of your body revealing platforms or obstacles the whole game.

In the second of the game’s four areas, your body becomes a bubble of water. Watch as the main character jumps into your silhouette and swims through you to their destination. It’s quite unique. In the third area, you’ll use your body to hit switches in the level, and the fourth pits you against molten lava.

The game suffered a few delays, presumably because the developers were wrestling with the Kinect. In the end, though, it works flawlessly. Fru is easily one of the best performing Kinect games ever made.

The true problem with Kinect from the beginning was developers not having a complete understanding, or more importantly, a powerful enough device to create the experiences they wanted. The jump in quality from the first Kinect to Kinect 2.0 is noticeable, but a Kinect 3.0 would be the pinnacle of Microsoft’s vision.

We already know that Xbox One S won’t work with Kinect unless you have an adapter, but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming that Project Scorpio/Xbox Two will offer a Kinect 3.0.

Why Xbox Two (Project Scorpio) Should Introduce Kinect 3.0

Motion gaming has fallen to the wayside, but the technology isn’t down for the count. With the rise of virtual reality, we’re seeing a need for this type of tech. Whether we’re looking at the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, or even the PlayStation VR, all of them have some sort of camera or tracking device.

This is the secret ingredient that makes VR work. Since these games boast the ability to track your head movements as you look around the environments, a camera is needed to follow your movements and translate that into the game.

We know for certain that Project Scorpio (Xbox 2) will use virtual reality. If Microsoft takes a page from Sony’s playbook, they’ll use pre-existing technology to create the camera they need. PlayStation has the PS4 Camera for this purpose, but Microsoft has the unique opportunity here to tweak the Kinect further and use it to power their VR headset of choice.

You could counter this by saying that a more simple camera would also do the job, and you’d be right, but after playing Fru I feel like there’s too much left in terms of the Kinect’s potential for it to be left on the table.

Not taking into consideration the money Microsoft has poured into the device, we have to consider how far this technology has come since the days of the Nintendo Wii. With an enhanced Kinect 3.0, Xbox Two (Project Scorpio) could not only power a VR headset, but it could also support the best games the Kinect has ever seen.

A combination of the right technology and the right approach like we saw with Fru could really give Microsoft a powerful combination of VR and motion gaming options. While I know this could easily go either way, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Fru and I firmly believe that the Kinect still has life left in it.

As of April 2016, Microsoft said they still have some cool stuff planned for the Kinect on Xbox One like Cortana and the like. It’s hard to say what they mean by that, but if Fru is any indication, let’s hope they don’t abandon the device.

It just needs the support it deserves and the technology to make it happen. The ball’s in your court Microsoft, make me proud.

Have you played Fru on the Xbox One? Would you like to see a Kinect 3.0 on Project Scorpio/Xbox 2? Let us know in the comments!

Note: The thoughts expressed in this article are the opinions of the author (Bradley Ramsey) and do not yet represent facts or the opinions of Microsoft. Although it will probably be accurate, for now it is pure speculation. Thanks for reading!

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          The Xbox One S is Coming, But You Should Wait For Xbox 2    

E3 2016 was packed with some of the biggest announcements in recent memory. For starters, Microsoft announced not one, but two new Xbox consoles. One was the Xbox One S, releasing on August 2nd, 2016, and the other was Project Scorpio (also known as Xbox 2).

We have to wait until holiday 2017 for Xbox Two, but with Xbox One S coming out very shortly, we ask the toughest question of all: "should you buy an Xbox One S, or wait for Project Scorpio (Xbox 2)?" Wonder no more my friends, it's time for us to find out!

Sizing Up The Xbox One S: Is it Worth Your Money?

Let’s start by looking at the Xbox One S in a world where Project Scorpio/Xbox Two hasn’t been announced. The Xbox One S offers a 40% smaller box with 4K video output, up to a 2TB hard drive, and HDR visuals.

It’s nice, and the larger hard drive option means you can finally have more than 500GB of internal space in a world where some games pass the 50GB mark on their own. Beyond these major features, the Xbox One S also adds a few other small tweaks:

  • A “robot white” color
  • A New Xbox controller with a Bluetooth connection
  • Physical power button instead of a touch-sensitive one
  • The device pairing button is on the front instead of the side
  • Anywhere from 500GB to 2TB of storage
  • Taking all of these thing into account, it’s not bad. If you’re a Kinect owner, though, you won’t be happy to find out the Xbox One S doesn’t have a port for it. You’ll have to purchase an adapter unless you already own a Kinect or Xbox One. The adapter is $49.99.

    On top of all this, the external power brick is now inside the system so you don’t have that extra burden. The HDR feature is the only real change in terms of hardware and only works on televisions that support it.

    This feature allows colors to be displayed in richer and more dynamic tones, but it’s possible that we won’t see this feature in every game because of its complexity. There are three models of the Xbox One S to choose from:

    • The 2TB version for $399 launching August 2nd
    • The 1TB version for $349 which is bundled with Madden NFL 17
    • The 500GB version for $299 which includes Halo 5 and the Halo: Master Chief Collection

    For someone who doesn’t own an Xbox One, this could be enticing. After all, Microsoft announced at there will be no Scorpio exclusives and that everything will be forwards and backwards compatible.

    Even so, you’d be doing yourself a favor by waiting. Let’s find out why you should wait for Xbox Two instead of buying an Xbox One S.

    3 Reasons to Wait For Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio)

    Let’s be honest here: Xbox One S is nothing more than a slim Xbox One with a larger hard drive. The hardware is almost 100% identical otherwise. If we turn our gaze toward Xbox Two, we’re seeing a huge leap in power and innovation.

    Here are three reasons why you should wait for Project Scorpio/Xbox Two:

    1. Xbox Two is The Future

    Xbox One S doesn’t offer enough of an upgrade to warrant buying it, not when Project Scorpio (Xbox Two) is coming out in holiday 2017. This slim upgrade offers 4K video, but the Xbox 2 promises 4K gaming.

    Virtual reality is the future, and yet Xbox One S has nothing of the sort. Meanwhile, Project Scorpio is promising some kind of VR support when it releases. Xbox One S has the same hardware as the original model, but Xbox 2 is promised to be “the most powerful console ever built.”

    This slim model doesn’t even fall into the same category as PS4.5, so it’s really just an oddity to fill the gap between Xbox One and Xbox 2. Gamers shouldn’t waste money on something that doesn’t change the game when the real leap forward is less than a year-and-a-half away.

    2. Everything Moves Forward

    While Microsoft is saying Scorpio won’t have any exclusives, they are also saying that all of your games and accessories will play on the new system. That means that your current Xbox One is just fine. All of those games, controllers, and accessories will move forward to Xbox Two without any trouble.

    There’s no need to refresh your hardware when everything moves forward. You don’t even need to sell your system or your games while you wait. This reason alone is enough to justify waiting for Xbox Two.

    3. Save Your Pennies For Project Scorpio (Xbox Two)

    We don’t know how much Xbox Two is going to cost when it releases in 2017, but if you drop up to $399 on an Xbox One S, you’re losing out on money you could be saving for Project Scorpio. If you buy one of these slim systems in the hopes of getting an upgrade, you’ll be wasting your money.

    Instead, you should set aside whatever money you planned on spending and when pre-orders open up, drop that cash on the Xbox 2. This makes a lot more sense than spending extra money on a console that is identical to the one you have, just smaller.

    Time to Decide

    The future of gaming is coming in holiday 2017 when Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) releases. The Xbox One S is for those who don’t own an Xbox One and are coming late to the party. For current owners, it makes a lot more sense to wait and purchase the next generation console from Microsoft.

    Will you be waiting so you can purchase Project Scorpio/Xbox 2? Let us know what you plan to do in the comments!

    Note: The thoughts expressed in this article are the opinions of the author (Bradley Ramsey) and do not yet represent facts or the opinions of Microsoft. Although it will probably be accurate, for now it is pure speculation. Thanks for reading!

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          The future of telemedicine for the management of heart failure patients: a Consensus Document of the Italian Association of Hospital Cardiologists (A.N.M.C.O), the Italian Society of Cardiology (S.I.C.) and the Italian Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (Digital S.I.T.)   
<span class="paragraphSection">Telemedicine applied to heart failure patients is a tool for recording and providing remote transmission, storage and interpretation of cardiovascular parameters and/or useful diagnostic images to allow for intensive home monitoring of patients with advanced heart failure, or during the vulnerable post-acute phase, to improve patient’s prognosis and quality of life.Recently, several meta-analyses have shown that telemedicine-supported care pathways are not only effective but also economically advantageous. Benefits seem to be substantial, with a 30–35% reduction in mortality and 15–20% decrease in hospitalizations. Patients implanted with cardiac devices can also benefit from an integrated remote clinical management since all modern devices can transmit technical and diagnostic data. However, telemedicine may provide benefits to heart failure patients only as part of a shared and integrated multi-disciplinary and multi-professional ‘chronic care model’. Moreover, the future development of remote telemonitoring programs in Italy will require the primary use of products certified as medical devices, validated organizational solutions as well as legislative and administrative adoption of new care methods and the widespread growth of clinical care competence to remotely manage the complexity of chronicity.Through this consensus document, Italian Cardiology reaffirms its willingness to contribute promoting a new phase of qualitative assessment, standardization of processes and testing of telemedicine-based care models in heart failure.By recognizing the relevance of telemedicine for the care of non-hospitalized patients with heart failure, its strategic importance for the design of innovative models of care, and the many challenges and opportunities it raises, ANMCO and SIC through this document report a consensus on the main directions for its widespread and sustainable clinical implementation</span>
          ANMCO/AIAC/SICI-GISE/SIC/SICCH Consensus Document: percutaneous occlusion of the left atrial appendage in non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients: indications, patient selection, staff skills, organisation, and training   
<span class="paragraphSection">Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and its prevalence is increasing due to the progressive aging of the population. About 20% of strokes are attributable to AF and AF patients are at five-fold increased risk of stroke. The mainstay of treatment of AF is the prevention of thromboembolic complications with oral anticoagulation therapy. Drug treatment for many years has been based on the use of vitamin K antagonists, but recently newer and safer molecules have been introduced (dabigatran etexilate, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban). Despite these advances, many patients still do not receive adequate anticoagulation therapy because of contraindications (relative and absolute) to this treatment. Over the last decade, percutaneous closure of left atrial appendage, main site of thrombus formation during AF, proved effective in reducing thromboembolic complications, thus offering a valid medical treatment especially in patients at increased bleeding risk. The aim of this consensus document is to review the main aspects of left atrial appendage occlusion (selection and multidisciplinary assessment of patients, currently available methods and devices, requirements for centres and operators, associated therapies and follow-up modalities) having as a ground the significant evolution of techniques and the available relevant clinical data.</span>
          Comment on All Time Top Ten: Right Fielders by elfego   
Cap, we're gonna' have to find you gainful employment as the 'informed' know there isn't even one phase of this game that Robinson did better than Clemente! Wait a second, he did hit more BACKSPIN LOBS(LAZY FLIES THAT CARRY ARTIFICIAL DEVICE CALLED AN OUTFIELD WALL) more frequently. Of course, as defined by physics dudes Clemente's more perfect line drives had MORE ENERGY! Cap, you've got to come to accept that baseball's format is seriously flawed.
          RCA Nevo Smart Device Remote $9.09 at Amazon   
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          September 26th with guest Garry Gilka   
For over 30 years Gary has applied his engineering experience to develop technical solutions that enhance productivity, quality, safety and profitability for the industrial, medical, aerospace and manufacturing sector. Gary has developed technical devices and instruments including the Mel Meter series, which is named after his late daughter. These devices are specifically designed to help […]
          NILFS on Jaunty   
The latest release of Ubuntu includes the long awaited Ext4 FS (works flawlessly on my system).
Ext4 is faster & more secure but still lacks the ability to manage FS snapshots (ZFS excels in that, but runs only in FUSE on linux).
An interesting alternative is NILFS:
NILFS is a log-structured file system supporting versioning of the entire file system and continuous snapshotting which allows users to even restore files mistakenly overwritten or destroyed just a few seconds ago.


NILFS maintains a repo for Hardy, the Jaunty repos contain only the user land tools which won't do us much good since we need the kernel module as well, this leaves us only with the option of installing it from source (still quite easy).


# a perquisite
$ sudo aptitude install uuid-dev
# installing kernel module, result module resides in /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/kernel/fs/nilfs2/nilfs2.ko
$ wget http://www.nilfs.org/download/nilfs-2.0.12.tar.bz2
$ tar jxf nilfs-2.0.12.tar.bz2
$ cd nilfs-2.0.12
$ make
$ sudo make install
# installing user land tools
$ wget http://www.nilfs.org/download/nilfs-utils-2.0.11.tar.bz2
$ tar jxf nilfs-utils-2.0.11.tar.bz2
$ cd nilfs-utils-2.0.11
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

Creating a file system on a file (ideal for playing around):

$ dd if=/dev/zero of=mynilfs bs=512M count=1
$ mkfs.nilfs2 mynilfs

The FS is only a mount away:

# mounting the file as a loop device
$ sudo losetup /dev/loop0 mynilfs
$ sudo mkdir /media/nilfs
$ sudo mount -t nilfs2 /dev/loop0 /media/nilfs/

Now lets create a couple of files:

$ cd /media/nilfs
$ touch 1 2 3
# listing all checkpoints & snapshots, on your system list should vary
$ lscp
CNO DATE TIME MODE FLG NBLKINC ICNT
7 2009-05-01 01:08:09 ss - 12 6
13 2009-05-01 19:05:34 cp i 8 3
14 2009-05-01 19:05:59 cp i 8 3
15 2009-05-01 19:07:09 cp - 12 6
# creating a snapshot
$ sudo mkcp -s
# 15 is the new snapshot (mode is ss)
$ lscp
CNO DATE TIME MODE FLG NBLKINC ICNT
7 2009-05-01 01:08:09 ss - 12 6
13 2009-05-01 19:05:34 cp i 8 3
14 2009-05-01 19:05:59 cp i 8 3
15 2009-05-01 19:07:09 ss - 12 6
16 2009-05-01 19:08:59 cp i 8 6

# our post snapshot file
$ touch 4

Now lets go back in time into our snapshot, NILFS enables us to mount old snapshots as read only FS (while the original FS is still mounted):

$ sudo mkdir /media/nilfs-snapshot
$ sudo mount.nilfs2 -r /dev/loop0 /media/nilfs-snapshot/ -o cp=15 # only snapshots works!
$ cd /media/nilfs-snapshot
# as we might expect
$ ls
1 2 3

NILFS has some interesting features, its not production ready yet however it sure worth looking after its development.
          VMware recovery methods   
Iv been using VMware server and player for a time now and usually the hosted OS is XP, it happens to be that iv had the "luck" to witness the crash/corruption of such images and have devised two nifty tricks/methods of data recovery that i think worth sharing.
The first is for data recovery for an unbootable image, it matches cases in which you don't seem to be able to boot XP up but the image itself is readable & loaded by VMware (you see the black screen loading), the basic idea is to change the first boot device of the image to a Linux live cd (Ubuntu works perfectly), after booting up all you need to do is to mount the NTFS folder and copy it out (by scp, thumb drive, etc..).
The second one is more complex and comes to handle a case in which the image dose not load at all (vmware complains about a corrupted vmx file), in order to recover from this state there are a couple of prequisits:

  • VMware server installed.

  • You have another working XP image with a vmx file.

  • The corrupted image has a snapshot of a working state


The solution in this case is to copy the working vmx file into the folder of the corrupted image, load this image in VMware server and replace all the hard drive entries with the corrupted machine images, now all that is done is to revert to the last saved snapshot and see how the system is restored!
I hope that these two little methods help you as much as they helped me.
          Keeping your Zen with Linux   
Creative mp3 players seemed to be a reasonable choice in the early IPod mania days, the single main problem that iv had for years with my trusty Nomad Zen Xtra is the fact that there was no Linux interoperability what so ever, the only (somewhat shaky) solution was to wait for Gnomad to mature.
Things has changed and the Zen access has worked with Gnomad, but two major issues remained:
  • No automation possible (like latest podcast copying with a matching playlist generated).

  • Ugly and limiting UI to deal with.


After a bit digging iv found mtpfs which is a FUSE file system that can mount MTP devices, installation and usage are simple as:

$ sudo aptitude install mtpfs
$ sudo mkdir /media/zen
$ sudo mtpfs -o allow_other /media/zen/ # allowing other enables non root access to zen folders
$ ls /media/zen
Music My Playlists Playlists WMPInfo.xml

The Music folder holds all the mp3 files in a flat structure and the Playlists folder hold m3u files in the following format (the player root is /):

/Music/Outlaws64.mp3
/Music/uupc_s01e18_high.mp3
/Music/JavaPosse217.mp3
/Music/seradio-episode117-branSelicOnUML.mp3
/Music/CyberSpeak_98_Nov_16_2008.mp3

Its quite easy to see how to automate the podcast download and copying combined with podget utility, my Zen has been restored :)
          Handheld POS Termnial development by THINKNEXTDIGITAL   
we want to design a Handheld POS system with attached features You have to select the processor and other chips accordingly. However we have to make sure the production cost of the device is not... (Budget: ₹37500 - ₹75000 INR, Jobs: Circuit Design, Electronics, Embedded Software, Microcontroller, PCB Layout)
          Apple 6 users complain give their complaints to the company   
Given the controversy that has generated the new Apple 6, a device that can be easily folded with hands, the company said on Thursday that the nine reported cases are “extremely rare.” In a video posted online it is shown as the engine is being blended with little effort. “If given...
          Samsung Jio Offer – Get Free Up To 15 GB Extra Data On Every Recharge For Samsung Devices   

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          Kaspersky Internet Security for Android -1 Year Of Rs 365 At Just Rs 74 – Amazon   

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          US airline security: No expansion of laptop ban   
US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday unveiled enhanced security measures for foreign flights arriving in the United States in what officials said was a move to prevent an expansion in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices.
          "Big E Bullshit"   
I am getting damned tired of turning on my TV and computer only to find out there is another problem with my video and internet reception! I got up early this morning to do some work and catch up on emails only to find both devices blankly staring back at me with these vague "You will not be entertained or get any online stuff done for an indefinite amount of time" messages.




I live in a fairly new building complex and I know from my past technical experience that the network here is a state-of-the-art fiber optic system capable of wonderful things. Why the provider, "Big E", can't keep it operating is beyond me. I suspect a weakness in the human factor is to blame. The infrastucture is there but not enough skill, knowledge or planning to make it work reliably.



I literally spent hours on the telephone trying to work things out with sometimes ill-mannered, cryptic help desk personnel and have had many visits by technicians. One time a tech guy called when I was in the shower and because I failed to answer the phone right away he left and cancelled my service request. I couldn't get another appointment until 4 days later. They come, do some things to make it work and it ultimately fails later.

The services are not cheap either. There is no competition for my business. The UAE has some of the highest communication rates in the world. Back home there would be 3 or 4 providers vying for my money, I had a choice, Here, take it or leave it. For the amount I pay I expect much better service.

I cringe whenever I fire up the laptop or turn on the television as I anticipate yet another problem. With the monopoly here I can't expect it to get better as they have no incentive to improve. I am stuck and it seems I have to deal with it. Such a waste of my time and theirs..

So here I sit after yet another unproductive, tedious help desk call awaiting a field technician to contact me. Apparently its a hardware failure, seems to be not enough LEDs are lit up on my fiber optic modem. I have a 12 hour graveyard night shift later today and I'll bet the tech's call will come right in the middle of my afternoon snooze. Past experience almost guarantees it.

Nothing is easy! Dammit! I pay enough for online access and I expect it to be reliable. Did I mention the internet is censored here too?
          Songkran   
I have been in kind of a mental slump lately. Maybe it is the return of the heat to this region, or maybe it is fatigue due to my brutal work schedule.All I know is that I have had a severe case of dont-give-a-shit-itis in the past couple of months. A possible cure for this condition presented itself in the form of an invitation to join a colleague and his Thai wife and 4 year old son to Thailand last month for Songkran.

Songkran is the Thai New Year' Celebration. In the old days it was held when certain astrological conditions were met that closely coincided with the vernal equinox. Elders and monks were visited and water was sprinkled on the shoulders of family and friends as gestures of good luck for the coming year. Faces of those  blessed by Buddhist monks bore a chalk marking, also a symbol of good luck.  Seems like no matter where you are there is some sort of vernal equinox celebration.It seems a universal human need to welcome the time when the Sun is aligned with the equator and daytime and nightime are equal. Christianity's Easter is an example.

In modern times Songkran has been pegged around the middle of April. Different regions of the country celebrate at different times but mostly it is observed between the 13th and the 19th. The gentle sprinkles of water have given way to water bazookas and 5 liter buckets recharged from giant bins of ice cold water. Motorists on certain streets have to run a gauntlet of revelers armed to the teeth with diabolical water dispensing devices. No one can expect to stay dry. My mobile phone was a casualty of an errant splash.


A Direct Hit on a Mobile Dreadnaught



Couple of the Valiant Troops



Waiting for the Taxis

These Guys are not to be Screwed With


Looking for Trouble



Logistics Kept us full of Beer



Thailand, Land of Smiles!

Howling at the Moon

You Fill in the Blanks! No Magnums?  Dammit!!!


This is Weird on Different Levels..What's with the Bow Tie? Formal Night?

After 3 Days of Songkran, I can Relate with these Thai Pups!
At first I was I was skeptical. How much fun can I have being squirted with ice water constantly for 3 days? Come to find out, it was a blast! I felt I was 10 years old again. It was like an aquatic Mardi Gras. What's better than the sanctioned, unlimited use of a water bazooka against others?

Everyone was in a good mood and I never saw even the hint of a conflict. I love Thailand and its people. The Land of Smiles! They know something about happiness in life that us Westerners have yet to discover.

Go to Thailand during Sangkran (or anytime), you will not regret it!


          Residential Lifts and Elevators   
Residential lifts and elevators have become very popular accessibility equipment as they do away with the hassle of climbing stairs in multi-storied residences. These devices offer easy access to all levels of the residence. They offer quiet, smooth and reliable operation and make moving up and down with furniture, groceries and laundry less of a problem. People with limited mobility can enjoy greater independence through the use of such systems.




Getting the Right System for Your Home




Factors to consider when selecting a residential lift or elevator include:




??? Lifting capacity and power consumption needs


??? Space available in the residence for the equipment


??? Whether it is to be used by just one person or more


??? Whether you need a lockable equipment


??? Presence of safety features such as emergency stop buttons, cable safety devices, door interlocks, and alarms.


??? The number of floors the system would have to move through




It is important to purchase the residential lifts and elevators from trustworthy manufacturers to ensure that they are safe and efficient.




So Many Kinds to Choose From




Residential lifts and elevators are space savers and come in several loading configurations and sizes to suit various construction requirements. They are available in an extensive range of designs, colors, speed ranges and finishes.




Residential elevators of different types are available to suit different budgetary requirements. These include roped hydraulic drive, winding drum drive, vacuum drive and pitless models. Passenger lifts for residential purposes come in models such as curved and spiral stairlifts, straight stairlifts, wheelchair lifts, seat lifts, portable lifts, and dumbwaiters.




Great Benefits




Adding a quality elevator to the home guarantees several benefits:




??? Better accessibility between various floors of the residence


??? Elevates the resale value of the home by lending a touch of luxury to it


??? Provides a comfortable, safe ride




It won???t be hard to find residential lifts and elevators that are easy to install, operate and maintain. It is preferable to get an accessibility device installed when the residence is under construction rather than several years after it is built, to avoid inconvenience and get them at economical rates.


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          Hands on with the Elgato Eve HomeKit devices   
The house I live in isn’t very smart, there’s no color-changing light bulbs, no intelligent assistance speaker and no internet-connected thermostat. In late April, Elgato launched the Eve Energy smart power switch in Australia alongside an existing set of Eve Homekit devices. I got a chance to try out the Energy switch, Room indoor sensor […]
          Hands on with Telstra TV: rebadged Roku for Aussies   
When it comes to home entertainment technologies, Australia is playing a bit of a catch up. Netflix having just launched here less than 6 months ago and many new local streaming providers soon-after, Aussies are still finding their way around streaming entertainment services and devices. One recently launched device is the Telstra TV, a rebadged […]
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          Welcome to the Laughing Horse Blog.   
This is a blog for the Laughing Horse Books and Video Collective. We are a All Volunteer Lead and Run Bookstore. We have a meeting space available for like minded groups to either rent out or use free of charge. There are 2 public access terminals(computers-the public can use for free) running and testing free, open source software, (Ubuntu-Linux), we also send out a Free, Open Wi-Fi signal, so you can bring your own Wi-Fi ready device and surf away. We do enforce a "Safer Space" policy, and expect those who enter the bookstore to work with us on keeping the place a "safer space" to come to, if you have questions about it, please ask the volunteer staffing the shift at the bookstore. So come on down, you might wanna call first, and make sure someones there to let you in. Since we are all volunteers, we are not always able to fill all-shifts, for the whole shift. Thanks for your understanding. Mike-d.(part of the Laughing Horse Collective).

          Heating thermostat-”Substitutes to the Costlier Ones”   
The thermostat is a device for maintaining the temperature of a system within a specific range by controlling the flow of heat in and out of the system. Every thermostat has a thermometer. It has an automatic valve that regulates the flow based on the temperature. The bi-metallic strip coils to prevent the air temperature [...] Related posts:
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          Subversive Prophetic Music   
In my last post, I asked, “What would it look like if a new generation of Christians took seriously the task of being subversive prophetic voices in their culture?”

Derek Webb takes a prophetic stand against the homophobia that exists in the evangelical subculture with “What Matters More.”

Webb’s label, INO Records, found the song too scandalous because Webb uses the word “shit” on it, so after much wrangling, Webb and the label agreed to not include it on INO’s release of the album Stockholm Syndrome while Webb could include it on his personal website’s version of the album.
The song is a subversive prophetic voice to those of us who act self-righteous with our words against homosexuality, showing that we have our priorities out of whack about the things that really matter.
If I can tell what's in your heart
By what comes out of your mouth,
Then it sure looks to me like
Being straight is all it's about. 
It looks like being hated
For all the wrong things,
Like chasing the wind
While the pendulum swings.
'Cause we can talk and debate
Till we're blue in the face
About the language and tradition
That He's coming to save.
Meanwhile we sit
Just like we don't give a shit
About fifty thousand people
Who are dying today.
Tell me, brother what matters more to you?
Tell me, sister what matters more to you?



Besides being perhaps the first song from a Christian musician to use the word “shit,” this is perhaps the first to rage against the injustice of homophobia.

Of course, Derek Webb is not the first Christian ever to write something using a shocking word for excrement as a device to get our attention. The Apostle Paul, writing about all his past religious credentials, wrote to the Philippians,
“I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as σκύβαλον (skubalon - dung, human excrement, “shit”) in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him” (Philippians 3:8-9).
Sometimes it takes a little rebellious language to get the attention of those who are “religious” while Christ and his Kingdom demand us to change our ways.
          Gender in education   

Does gender effect education in boys. Their is some arguement that boys struggle more than girls in education. However, I think that if is someone is having trouble in school it is not related to their gender but it is because they are having difficulty in school or that the school that they are attending needs to be innovated. According to the issue, Is There a Crisis in the Education of Boys, “Sara Mead, a senior policy analyst at Education Sector in Washington, D.C., assembles long-term data from the federally sponsored National Assessment of Educational Progress to show that the “crisis” emphasis is unwarranted and detracts from broader social justice issues” (Noll, 2009, 15th ed., pp. 286-287). If boys are seen struggling more than girls in schools it is not because of their gender. For them to succeed academically they need to make sure the boys are placed in classrooms where they can focus and make a change in their academics if they are behind. The 2000 Annual Report of School Safety shows that the innovation of a safe school is important and states that “The Safe School environment and Safe School policies elements help provide a friendly, emotionally secure environment. Technology and security devices provide an array of services to students, families, and faculty, in a safe secure environment” (Riley & Reno, 2000). With safe schools and the right innovations in schools students will have the opportunity to be in an environment that is success friendly. Gender is not the reason students do not succeed in school it is a personal work ethic and being in a school friendly environment will encourage students to succeed.

          Assistive Technology   

Assistive technology is effectively being used in the classrooms. Assistive technology helps students with disabilities have access to devices that makes learning easier for them. Assistive technology aids the learning of students with disabilities, helps them have a better understanding, and increases their participation in the classroom. According to an article by Sherril Steele-Carlin, from Education World, "more than 4,000 assistive technologies have been designed for students and teachers. These devices include hearing aids, glare-reduction screens, screen magnifiers, Braille note-taking devices, and voice-recognition software." Assistive Technology is the newest technology that is being used in the classroom. Because it is so new it is important for all teachers to be informed on assistive technology and how it should be used. If teachers know how to use assistive technology effectively students will be provided with multiple ways to complete tasks and it will help them focus on achieving to their ability. It is important for teachers to understand their students strengths and weaknesses so they can build on their assistive technologies to make them more effective for each student. Assistive technologies can not only increase a student's academic performance but it can also increase and student's social performance. It is important for teachers to be informed on the assistive technology they wish to use before using it in the classroom.

          Software Development Engineer - Amazon Alexa - AMZN CAN Fulfillment Svcs, Inc - Toronto, ON   
Alexa is the Amazon cloud service that powers Echo, the groundbreaking new Amazon device designed around your voice....
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          Principal Technical Product Manager - Engine Team - AMZN CAN Fulfillment Svcs, Inc - Toronto, ON   
Alexa is the Amazon cloud service that powers Echo, the groundbreaking new Amazon device designed around your voice....
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          LG G6 long-term review: Sometimes second fiddle isn’t so bad   

You can’t talk about the G6 without comparing it to the S8. Be warned, I’ll be doing that a lot in this review. Even as the G6 was first announced and impressed everyone with its minimal bezels, gorgeous display, and refined design, we knew the S8 was right around the corner with, even smaller bezels, an even prettier display, and a sleeker design. All this means the G6 inevitably feels like it’s playing second fiddle to the S8. But after spending a couple of months with both devices, that may not be such a bad thing. Specs 5.7-inch QHD+ display…

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          Canadian court orders Google to change global search results   

Canadian Supreme Court today ruled against Google in an intellectual property case, despite the fact that the company wasn’t a defendant in the initial case. The highest courts in Canada decided that the sovereignty of an ‘interlocutory injunction’ (a cease-and-desist order) on the behalf of a Canadian communications hardware company was worth bringing about a global-wide gag order for the US based Google search-engine. The ruling was meant to stop an allegedly fake company named Datalink Technologies Gateways from counterfeiting and profiting off of several network devices and technologies owned by Equustek. According to court documents, the fake company used various…

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          SIlicon Validation Intern - Xilinx - Hyderabad, Telangana   
Xilinx is the world's leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs and 3D ICs. These industry-leading devices are coupled with a next-generation design
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          Purchasing Assistant - Buyer 1 - Xilinx - Hyderabad, Telangana   
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          How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe   
I took me a little longer than it should have, but I finally finished reading Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.

Most of the reviews I've seen have focused on the humor and Yu's similarities to Douglas Adams. And while Adams is certainly in this book, I think a stronger influence might be Italo Calvino. A Calvino raised on a steady diet of Star Trek, Star Wars, Heinlein and X-Men comic books, but Calvino nonetheless. The following paragraphs from the book really sum up my thoughts on it:


Time travel was supposed to be fun, it was supposed to be about going to places and having a bunch of adventures. Not hovering over scenes from your own life as a detached observer. Not just lurching from moment to random moment, and never even learning about those moments. (401)

Get back in the box. Set it for home, present day. Go see your mom. Bring your dad. Have dinner, the three of you. Go find The Woman You Never Married and see if she might want to be The Woman You Are Going to Marry Someday. Step out of this box. Pop open the hatch. The forces within the chronohydraulic air lock will equalize. Step out into the world of time and risk and loss again. Move forward, into the empty plane. Find the book you wrote, and read it until the end, but don't turn the last page yet, keep stalling, see how long you can keep expanding the infinitely expandable moment. Enjoy the elastic present, which can accommodate as little or as much as you want to put in there. Stretch it out, live inside it. (459)


I read this as an Ebook through my Ipod touch. The book is filled with footnotes, diagrams and pictures that go along with the narrative. Now these aren't directly in the text, but presented to the reader as an optional hyperlink you can open by pressing with your finger. I've seen the footnote thing with non-fiction titles, but this is the first fiction title I've seen use the Ebook format in this way. Yu even takes an extra step by giving a link to a Youtube video demonstrating a brain experiment on how the human brain acts when it makes specific choices.

A small lightbulb went off in my little brain on how most of this isn't possible in your standard Ereader; it requires a tablet, cell phone or other web-ready device that can handle something more than B&W text and simple pictures. The whole experience reminded me a little of the web-based Hyperfiction texts you'd find at places like Alt-X in the mid to late 90's. It's kind of exciting and I'm really curious to see what a writer with a real formalist/expermentalist bent like Danielewski could do with a tool like an Ereader.

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          Why It Makes No Sense to Separate the White Working Class from the Black Working Class    
The media consistently radicalizes the white working class as noble; meanwhile the money is going to the top 1%.

This article appears in the Summer 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here

“After all, if every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hard-working white middle class and undeserving minorities, then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves.”  —Barack Obama, Farewell Address, Chicago, January 2017

After three losses to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, a trifecta last accomplished by Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, there was much hand-wringing among Democrats about the loss of the South and the vanishing loyalty of Southern whites. William Galston and Elaine Kamarck at the Progressive Policy Institute argued that the electoral math made the South the true presidential battleground; that Democrats could not win by being more liberal or hoping to motivate black and poor voters to increase their voter participation. Thomas Edsall and Mary Edsall similarly warned in the pages of The Atlantic that the South was key, and it was lost because the liberal orthodoxy was too tied to race, and out of touch with white working-class voters.

“Liberal” candidates like Tom Harkin, Dick Gephardt, and Michael Dukakis were out. Their message was deemed too Northern, elite, and alien to the needed Southern white voter. In was a candidate who could rebrand the Democratic Party and break liberal orthodoxy, proving the party could be tough on crime and defense, and reinvent welfare and the social state. This turned out to be Bill Clinton. Now, the defeat of Hillary Clinton has once again caused Democrats to argue about what is needed to win the white vote.

Countless articles have focused on what Democrats have done wrong. And much of the theme remains the same as in 1989—that there is a noble white worker who has been betrayed. Here is how the Edsalls portrayed one such voter back in 1989:

“You could classify me as a working-class Democrat, a card-carrying union member,” says Dan Donahue, a Chicago carpenter who became active in the campaign of a Republican state senator in 1988. “I’m not a card-carrying Republican—yet. We have four or five generations of welfare mothers. And they [Democrats] say the answer to that is we need more programs. Come on. It’s well and good we should have compassion for these people, but your compassion goes only so far. I don’t mind helping, but somebody has got to help themselves, you’ve got to pull. When you try to pick somebody up, they have to help. Unfortunately, most of the people who need help in this situation are black and most of the people who are doing the helping are white. We [white Cook County voters] are tired of paying for the Chicago Housing Authority, and for public housing and public transportation that we don’t use. They [taxpayers] hate it [the school-board tax] because they are paying for black schools that aren’t even educating kids, and the money is just going into the Board of Education and the teachers’ union.”

As President Barack Obama warned in his farewell address, this depiction of whites as hard-working, noble, and beset (compared with whom?) is nowhere to start a dialogue about an economy in which the real problem is that all economic gains have gone to the top 1 percent. The language presumes that there are not black workers who lost out to trade deals that sent thousands of auto-parts jobs from Flint, Michigan, to Mexico or shut steel mills in Baltimore, Maryland. Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, echoed Obama on the risks of reinforcing Trump’s cynical manipulation of race and the white working class:

Anyone who talks about dividing people in the country as a solution is a threat to the country, to democracy, the economy, and to working people, and we take every one of those seriously.

Oddly, much of the hand-wringing comes after victories by Presidents Clinton and Obama, each of whom demonstrated both the complexity of the white vote and the fact that the black vote matters. A core challenge is that many voters misunderstand basic economics, leading them to vote against the interests of working America as a whole. Many Americans still hold the view articulated by the Edsalls’ late-1980s white voter that government is not the solution. And their misunderstanding has been reinforced by actions of recent presidents.

One of those was Bill Clinton. The pursuit of white voters by Clinton led to attacks on the Social Security Act, first on the premise that budget discipline was more important, and second on the assumption that Social Security’s aid to the poor was too generous and too much of a handout to black women. Clinton supported partial privatization of Social Security pensions. Even Obama, pursuing deficit cuts, flirted with cuts in the cost-of-living formula.

The Social Security Act, let’s recall, was intended to protect the income of working-class American families. Yes, it was an entitlement, and proudly so. Social Security was first denied to most black Americans, but then extended. Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) was a core part of Social Security. Clinton’s view that single mothers should be written out of the act—for that is what the end of “welfare as we know it” meant—was not viewed as an attack on working people. But it was. Black women, who have historically had the largest labor force participation rate among all racial groups, and who work more hours than any racial group among women, were stigmatized as being made lazy because they finally had access to that part of the Social Security Act which had initially been denied them when it was passed.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the feeble successor to AFDC, removed a class of workers from Social Security protection. Because of the “Nannygate” scandal surrounding Clinton’s attorney general nominee, protections for domestic workers within the Social Security Act were watered down. Despite the ravaging effect of the Reagan-era downturn on unemployment insurance, the Clinton administration offered little to repair a state-based system that had gone bankrupt and then refinanced itself by cutting access to benefits and benefit levels.

THE HARD REALITY OF TODAY'S level of inequality is this: For an increasing share of the population—black and white—the market no longer works to serve basic needs like housing, health insurance, child care, or college education. As the share of income held by the middle 60 percent declines, the top 10 percent’s share continues to grow, and within that, the top 1 percent.

The effect of heavy concentrations of money in fewer hands means that market-based allocations of resources are dictated by a smaller set of decision-makers. Businesspeople react to where the money is, whether they are home-builders, college presidents, or day-care providers. In the market, price is used as the rationing device, and prices follow where the money is.

When the middle class dominated the economy, it meant that prices for key personal investments followed increases in the incomes of the middle class. The government stepped in with housing, health, and education policies to subsidize those in the bottom 20 percent whose incomes were not keeping pace, and who would be rationed out of housing, health, and education by a market outcome. Worsening income inequality meant rising demands on government programs to ensure fair access to health and education, as prices rose faster than low income. Through the 1990s, the effect of discrimination made blacks synonymous with the bottom 20 percent, as they were overrepresented in the bottom income group.

What has happened to more whites now is that the market has moved past them as well. Pricing for child care and college education, essentials for their children, are outstripping their income growth; instead, prices are tied to the growth in income for the top 1 percent in the case of college tuition. And whites in the bottom 20 percent of income, who hold considerably more wealth than blacks in any part of the income distribution, can no longer self-insure themselves against the bumps in the economy.

As it took almost 40 years to get to this point, in the near term no recipe of policy fixes will sufficiently remedy the effects. Democrats need to focus on reversing those long-term trends, but also must have something to offer workers now. But every year that Trump is in office, that goal becomes more difficult.

Union representation, a key element in reversing those trends, continues to fall. More states are likely to adopt “right to work” laws. It will be increasingly difficult to rebuild workers’ voice in deciding how corporate output will be divided between wages and profits. That is the greatest source of the rising inequality. The hollowing out of the middle is not the result of automation. Rather, it reflects the relative advantage of those workers more closely tied to management, who squeeze down the income share for the middle and below.

What Reagan achieved in the 1980s was the illusion that by letting the floor fall, the middle could be protected. Unfortunately, too many white workers still have a view of the economy fed by the Reagan framework of government’s role. The unabated concentration of income will make after-tax methods of redistribution more vital so that Americans can have access to housing, education, and health. The Affordable Care Act, a market-based approach to health access, is one example where the fix is inadequate to rising income inequality, and made worse because it naïvely assumed that states would expand public access to address the gap in affordability.

UNDER TRUMP, RACE WILL complicate the effort to devise palliatives to rising inequality until more effective remedies can take effect. His dismantling of anti--discrimination offices within the federal government will create new downward pressures on an already stressed black working class. And the decline in union membership is more dangerous to black workers, who have higher union density than white workers and who rely far more than whites on union bargaining power to get higher wages. Further, black union density is more heavily reliant on public-sector bargaining than is true for whites, and public-sector unions are a target of Trump, who will abet the attack on public-sector unions taking place at the state level.

Under Trump, the gap between the experience of black and white workers will grow. Trump has already changed the political discourse. He has revived a strain of Southern populism that allows for asserting white privilege.

For Democrats, the problem with language that emphasizes the white working class as a separate problem from rising inequality of income and wealth is that it will racialize the debate rather than emphasizing the common assault on all who are not rich. It evokes the negative part of Bill Clinton’s presidency. Hillary Clinton had a hard time convincing young black workers that welfare reform and mass incarceration weren’t key to the Clinton legacy. The lack of black enthusiasm for Clinton is as much a part of the story of 2016 as the enthusiasm of white voters for Trump.

Further, progressive forces in the Democratic Party have been too uncritical of Bernie Sanders’s inability to lay the proper foundation with the party’s African American base ahead of the primary season. It was curious during the 2016 primary season to see Republicans all hopped up about the “SEC primary” (so-called because the Southern states involved have flagship universities in the Southeastern Conference), but no mention among the Democrats of the SWAC primary (the Southwestern Athletic Conference, a complementary athletic conference of public historically black universities).

So, while in the fall of 2015 Republicans fawned over attending games between the University of Alabama and Auburn, not a peep was heard on the need for Democrats to be at a game between Alabama State and Alabama A&M. Black voters often determine the victor in the Southern Democratic primaries, but spending time in Iowa and New Hampshire would be a likely outcome of a party worried about white working voters.

Democrats need to spend more time developing a frame to combat inequality. They need to do a better job of explaining that income inequality is a threat to economic growth. They need to be spending time helping Americans take the blinders off and see that workers, of all races, are being given the shaft by a system where corporate greed has become an elite “entitlement.” They need to pull the Band-Aid off a false sense there is some white privilege that can spare some workers the wrath of America’s war on working people. They must fess up to their quiet, and sometimes vocal, support of an agenda that attacked America’s workers. They need to stop believing the problem confronting American workers is that they are uneducated or unskilled. They need to stop defining the white working class as the less-educated. Those are the perennial excuses meted out to black workers. Young black workers reacted angrily in 2016 to a perception that their pain was being ignored. They didn’t vote for Trump, but Clinton lost as much because they didn’t vote for her either as Trump won because white voters voted for him.

The Democrats won’t solve their electability issues repeating the debate about white voters that they had in the late 1980s. They need to focus on the urgency of the effect of income inequality on American democracy. They need to sound the alarm. And they need to wake up and see who they are in bed with. The power elite of the party think they have freed themselves of a dependency on union support. But the Wall Street vision of the economy is poison for workers of all races and for Democrats.

When the Republican Party of the 19th century cut its deal to end Reconstruction and concentrate on winning the white vote, it launched the Gilded Age and the unremittent growth of inequality that collapsed in the Great Depression. It was accompanied by a Southern populism that entrenched a harsh racial code. Trump’s victory puts us within reach of repeating that mistake in history. Democrats need to be wary, and shrewd. How they handle this could entrench the dystopia of more Trumps—or create a new multiracial coalition of class uplift.

 

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Tenable.io includes a customizable malware scan template where you can incorporate both good and bad known MD5 hashes, along with a hosts file whitelist. On Windows systems, hosts files contain commented lines of text that consist of two localhost address entries. Most systems will query local DNS servers to resolve domain names to IP addresses. Some organizations will add entries into hosts files for dedicated systems within their environment or to block unauthorized websites. Once a hosts file is modified, the local system will use the entries within the hosts file first and bypass records within your DNS server.

Malware also targets the hosts file to insert redirects to malicious sites or block security solutions from obtaining patches and security updates. For organizations utilizing the hosts file, the Malware Scan template provides you with the ability to add whitelist entries that would otherwise be flagged as abnormal by existing security solutions within your environment.

Malware Scan template

Enabling the File System Scanning option enables you to scan specific directories within your Windows environment such as the C:\Windows, C:\Program Files, and User Profile directories that are frequently used to install malware. You can also scan malware within directories such as C:\ProgramData that are hidden by default on Windows systems.

Scanning files

Organizations can have any number of mapped drives and devices connected to a system. Most anti-virus solutions only scan default directories such as the C:\ drive, and without additional rules in place, malware could easily bypass this security control via flash drive or external USB drive.

The Malware Scan template provides an additional layer of security to scan network drives and attached devices that may not be targeted by your anti-virus solution

The Malware Scan template provides an additional layer of security to scan network drives and attached devices that may not be targeted by your anti-virus solution. Using the Custom File Directories option, you can include a list of directories within your scan to target mapped drives and attached devices.

Yara rules can also be incorporated into your Tenable.io malware scan. Using a combination of regular expressions, text strings, and other values, Yara will examine systems for specific files that match values within the rules file.

Vulnerabilities

The Malicious Code Prevention report provides a comprehensive overview of systems infected with malicious backdoors, hosts communicating with botnets, and vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malware just to name a few.

Along with malware and malicious processes, this report also highlights systems with vulnerabilities that are exploitable by malware. Exploitable vulnerabilities can provide attackers with a backdoor into your network to enable privilege escalation or launch malicious code.

Hosts with vulnerabilities that are exploitable by malware

Tenable.io uses both active and passive methods to detect malicious content

Tenable.io uses both active and passive methods to detect malicious content, including web traffic analysis, md5sum matching, public malware databases, and links pointing to known malware operators. Web servers hosting malicious content are also included within this report. Malicious code can be injected into website due to a cross-site scripting (XSS) or SQL injection vulnerability.

Attackers often target websites to deliver malicious payloads to a larger audience through message boards or blog posts. Malicious code often remains hidden within iframes, JavaScript code, and other embedded tags that link to third-party websites. This data can help you target and remediate issues on web servers before critical assets or services are impacted.

Botnets often use the HTTP protocol as well as encryption to evade detection by modern security solutions. Information reported by Nessus® and Nessus Network Monitor highlights active inbound and outbound communications with command and control (C&C) servers.

Hosts interacting with known botnets

Keeping your anti-virus clients updated helps to ensure your systems remain protected from malware. This report provides valuable information on the status of your anti-virus and anti-malware solutions, ensuring that they are installed and up to date. The Malware Protection chapter provides a summary of hosts running up-to-date anti-virus clients per operating system.

Anti-virus status

Tenable.io will analyze hosts with outdated anti-virus clients and provide targeted information you can use to remediate issues with anti-virus clients. Data is collected from Nessus that checks the status of various anti-virus clients across Windows, Linux, and Unix-based platforms. Using this information can also help you determine if your anti-virus client has been disabled.

Outdated anti-virus details

No organization is immune from vulnerabilities and attacks

No organization is immune from vulnerabilities and attacks. Knowing how systems are compromised can help target response efforts and minimize future damage. Tenable.io provides you with critical insight needed to measure the effectiveness of your security program, and to gain insight into your current risk posture. Using the Malicious Code Prevention report by Tenable.io provides you with targeted information to prioritize remediation efforts, close malicious entry points, and stay one step ahead of attackers and other persistent threats.

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          Akademy Qt5 QtQuick course and Nokia N9 fun   

KDE Project:

I went to the day long course on Monday given by KDAB, about QtQuick for Qt5, and it was excellent. I had used Qt4 and QML for a Symbian phone project earlier this year, and the combination worked very well.

The course started with the basics, and in most repects Qt5 QML is pretty similar to the Qt4 version. I learned a few things about the parts of QML that I hadn't tried like state machines and transitions. It got interesting at the end when Kevin Ottens explained how you could include OpenGL fragment and vertex shaders in QML. This Pimp my video: shader effects and multimedia blog on Qt Labs show some sample code and a video of what it looks like running on a phone. My personal OpenGL foo isn't up to writing my own shaders, but there is a pretty complete library of canned effects, such as drop shadows, that comes with Qt5.

At lunch time, Quim Gil announced that all the registered attendees would receive Nokia N9 phones, and when we got them it felt like Christmas had come early this year for me. It really is a very fine phone. The UI is polished with plenty of apps, and the industrial design is slick. I tried the SIM from my ancient dumb Nokia phone and unfortunately it was too big to fit. I will have to get the data transferred to another card, or someone told me that it was possible to cut down an old large SIM to make it smaller. I am certainly looking forward to try it out as a phone.

Today I've been getting the N9 working as a development device. It is quite straightforward and you just need to activate 'developer mode' via an option on the Security settings panel. Then you configure Qt Creator with SSH keys to connect via the N9's USB cable (or WLAN works too) and you're done. I got a Hello World app working, and then tried to port the large Symbian app to the N9. The port was a bit more trouble than I was expecting due to a problem with upper case characters in the app name, and other problems related to doing development under Mac OS X. I had developed the Symbian app under Linux and Windows, and I think it would be best to give up on Mac OS X for the N9 and use Linux instead.

I ssh'd onto the N9 and fished around a bit to see what was there. It has perfectly standard Debian packaging, and when you build an app in Qt Creator a .deb is transferred to /tmp and installed from there. The root partition has 2GB free to install apps which should be plenty and there was another partition with 7GB free for pictures, documents, maps and so on.

I did some work on the QSparql library that is used for interfacing Qt apps with the Tracker Nepomuk store, and it was nice to see that the lib came with the phone. But it didn't come with the driver for accessing SPARQL endpoints though, and I couldn't find that driver with an 'apt-cache search' query. I might have to build and install it myself.

I noticed that none of the apps that were pre-installed used QML, and they used the obsolete MeegoTouch libs instead. I asked about installing Qt5 on the N9 at the QtQuick course and apparently it is quite straightforward.

I can confirm what other people have said about the N9, and how great the UI and phyisical design is, with a very nice development environment. I also thought Qt/QML on Symbian works really well. So I feel puzzled by Stephen Elop's unsuccessful Windows Phone 7 strategy. If WP7 isn't taking off now, I can't see how WP8 based on the Windows NT kernel is going to be any more successful. I can't imagine why anyone would want to buy a WP7 device when Microsoft announced the other week that there would be no forward path for existing WP7 phones to run WP8.

I saw Aaron Seigo and Sebastian Kugler give a couple of great presentations about Plasma Active at the Akademy conference last weekend. The highlight was Aaron laying into so called 'Tech Pundits' who said that Plasma Active can't possibly compete with Android. Aaron pointed out that actually Android had Plasma Active had nothing much in common, and the clueless pundits were doing something like criticizing an Italian meal at a restaurant for not being a French meal. An activity based tablet is made of very different stuff to the conventional 'Bucketful of Apps' approach used by Android and iOS. By not competing with that approach head on, and having a very lean operation they can construct a viable business even with relatively small sales.

If the Nepomuk store in Plasma Active can be used as a basis for the activity based app integration then so could the similar (although less powerful) Tracker store in the N9. That is another powerful capability of the N9 that has yet to be exploited by 3rd party apps. The N9 Tracker app data integration is much more powerful than the Windows Phone 7 hubs and active tiles. Perhaps some kind of nice notification center is perhaps the main N9 feature that could be improved as far as I can see.

Oh well, I just hope that Nokia will be able to sort themselves out, and recover from the train wreck that they appear to be at present. And thanks again guys for the N9.


          Tizen or Tizen't?   

KDE Project:

I'm not sure really. We have been discussing this question on the Codethink irc channel today, and I think probably Tizen't.

I think the main point of HTML5 is that it runs everywhere and is platform independent. Once you create a platform that uses HTML5 plus its own extensions it really isn't HTML5 anymore. Giving up on Qt and going for some as yet unspecified native toolkit doesn't seem to be a good way to please and developers who have commited to MeeGo.

When it comes down to it, one of the only really innovative community based post PC projects is Plasma Active. It is still there after the sudden 'MeeGo axed' announcement. It isn't subject to the whims of large corporations like Intel. It isn't subject to patent attacks (yet). It is a perfect platform for ubiquitous computing - it runs on every device from large desktop flat screens, to tablets, and down to smart phone scale and below. It is activity and not application based with a foundation of the Nepomuk semantic desktop. Instead of being 'a bucketful of apps' as an interaction designer at the Berlin Desktop Summit described Android, iOS, WP7 and the others, it knows about what you are doing and why. It moves beyond the simple 'game console/app store' style environment of the competion to provide a very different take on what a 21st century computing environment should look like.

Not only is Plasma Active/Contour technically advanced, but it is very advanced socially in that it is an integral part of KDE. The KDE community have shown themselves to be an exemplary Free Software project. We have many countries involved, we have all types of people involved, young and old, men and women, gay and straight, Christian, Muslim and Aethiest - they are all there. We have careful governance provided by the KDE eV organization who are in it for the long term. If you use KDE technology you know you can rely on it to have a consistent long term roadmap.

Aaron Seigo and the other Plasma Active and Contour participents have been careful to make sure that the project has good business connections right from the start. Companies like Basyskom are keen to create a common eco-system where 'a rising tide floats all boats'.

So what's not to like about Plasma Active. Have we taken a hit by the sudden cancelation of the MeeGo project. I don't think so, Tizen't likely.


          KidsRuby running on the Raspberry Pi   

KDE Project:

I've been following the development of the Raspberry Pi computer, which is a small ARM based device costing only 25-30 euros. It is designed to plug into TVs, and is targeted at teaching kids to learn programming. I was excited to read today that the KidsRuby programming environment is running on a Raspberry Pi. You can read some of Liz's other blogs for more details about the Raspberry Pi's progress.

That is a subject which is dear to my heart. I don't personally have any kids, but I'm very interested in how they learn programming and how young they can get started. I came to Gran Canaria six years ago to help Agustin Benito put KUbuntu based computers into all the Canarian schools, and to learn Ruby On Rails programming at a great company called 'Foton'. That seemed the perfect combination to me.

I first learned programming when I was 19. I was studying for a degree called 'Philosophy with Cognitive Studies', and we were taught to program by people who were very interested in how people learned to program. The course taught us about 'constructivist' educational theories by Jean Piaget, Symour Papert and so on. The idea is that you learn by doing things. A computer turtle that you can program to move round the floor, or wooden blocks that you assemble into patterns to discover about maths and geometry are the perfect tools for the constructivist approach. This is instead of sitting there in class passively while a teacher stuffs your head with facts, and then at the end of the year you have a massive load of exams to test whether you have learned the facts correctly. Sadly dumb fact learning of a 'national curiculum' and SATS tests are now the norm in 'politician driven' educational systems as in the UK or the USA. Instead of a glorious constructivist future made possible by the learning augmentation features of personal computers that people dreamed of in the 1960s and 1970s, we've ended up with a boring 19th century style dead end to education.

The cognitive studies students were the first guinea pigs for a new way of teaching programming by using the POP-11 language interactively via teletypes in a Unix environment. It seems a bit strange today to think of a teletype as an advanced device, but in the mid-1970s video terminals were still really expensive and most students learned programming using punched cards that they submitted to a central facility. I had gone to some engineering lectures about FORTRAN before I switched to Philosophy, and because it used punched cards the whole subject seemed about the dullest thing you could imagine. But using a teletype interactively to work though self taught assignments was a different thing altogether. You could type a line of code into the computer, hit return and it did something.

In the early 1980s cheap computers running BASIC became widely available. But because I am a bit of a programming snob, I wasn't very interested in BASIC as it seemed like warmed over FORTRAN (it was) to me. I still wanted my own computer but none of them had much appeal. Even though these machines weren't for me, it did mean in the 1980s that many people got started in programming with their Sinclairs, Commadore 64s, BBC Micros and so on. It was a golden age of programming in schools. Once those machines were replaced by Windows machines in schools in the 1990s, those programming environments weren't available. Instead of teaching themselves BASIC, kids would learn about Microsoft Word instead, and that is very sad. Instead of finding about about the fun world of programming, they were learning how to be an Office drone. I once showed my nieces what 'hello world' looked like in QtRuby. They were about 15 and 17 years old and still at school at the time, but neither of them had ever seen a computer program before. They did say that it looked quite english-like and they could work out what it was doing.

After learning programming at University and getting my first programming job, the next big jump in my programming education came when I was 27, and I bought one of the first Apple Macintoshs. I ran MacPascal on it and taught myself Pascal using a book called 'Oh! Pascal' which I think is a classic. After learning Pascal I was able to get myself a programming job as a Pascal programming. That became a pattern for the rest of my career. I bought a NeXT computer, learned Objective-C and then became a professional Objective-C programmer. More recently I learned Ruby by writing the QtRuby bindings on a MacBook and then became a Rails programmer.

Once I had my own computers and my chosen programming environments to learn about, I was able to set the direction of my career. That probably seems fairly normal today, but I don't think it was how most programmers of my age progressed in their careers. Normally you would rely on your current employer to send you on programming courses. Over the years thanks to the generosity of your employer you were able to progress from being a COBOL-74 programmer to a COBOL-85 programmer who also knew RPG. Exciting stuff!

So there is a massive difference between having your own computer that you can program, as opposed to having to borrow someone else's machine before you can learn anything new. This is not only a problem for grown ups like myself, but it is a problem if you are about 9 years old and want to start programming. Your parents probably have a Windows machine that doesn't have any built in programming environment, and even if it did they might not be very happy to let a young kid loose on it. This is where the Raspberry Pi comes in. It is cheap enough for every kid to buy, and they can do what they like with it as it doesn't matter if they fill up the file system with logging messages when their program loops, or how many viruses they accidently download as it doesn't run viruses.

In the blog about KidsRuby running on the Raspberry Pi there is a link to a talk by Ron Evans that he gave at the Golden Gate Ruby Conference 2011 called KidsRuby: Think of the Children. I would have been very interested in the talk anyway, but what made my day is that the KidsRuby application is written in QtRuby, and it even gets a mention in one of the slides!

It made me think I really must try and get QtRuby 3.0 moving again. We had a mini-BOF at the Berlin Desktop Summit where 5 of us got together and then Arno ran through a description of the basics of how Smoke worked, followed by me running through the QtRuby 3.0 code. It is designed to be much easier to follow than the QtRuby 2.x code, and so that the 'bus factor' is increased. If I happen to drink 15 pints of beer one evening and fall off a balcony then it might be the end for me, but at least there would be some chance that others would be able to carry on maintaining QtRuby. It will also be more modular and instead of always loading all the Qt libraries, it will only load the ones you want. That should help memory constrained devices like the Raspberry Pi. I also need to make sure that QtRuby can be built as gems on all platforms right from the start. Ron Evans said in his talk that packaging KidsRuby was one of the trickiest aspects of the project. He sometimes asks questions as 'deadprogram' on the #qtruby irc channel about packaging issues, but I don't think I've personally given it the priority it deserves. Ryan Melt has done a great job with the qtbindings project on github where you can get cross platform gems, but I must try and structure QtRuby 3.0 to make it easy to build gems from the start.


          Keep Calm and Hack On   

KDE Project:

I've just got back from the Qt Contributor's Summit, and I had a really good time.

I arrived on Wednesday evening and we had arranged to meet in a bar called 'Brauhaus Lemke' in Hackescher Markt which is quite near Alexanderplatz. It did look easier to find on the map than it actually was, but Hackescher Markt is a great place. There is a big square with loads of bars that have seats outside. The Lemke is slightly off the main square.

When I got there we had about one and a half giant tables full of KDE people. I was really impressed with the beer menu; they had four brews which they make themselves. A 'Saison' which means seasonal and could be anything, a Pils, a Weiz beer and a very nice 'Lemke Original' which was amber coloured which an interesting depth of taste, and that was my personal favourite. You really need to go through all four at least twice I would say to get started, and you can get a 'test kit' with small samples of each to do that. They have vegetarian food, and I thought the Swiss Rusti - potato cakes with fried eggs on top - was particularly good.

So for the Desktop Summit I don't think you could go far wrong with arranging to meet people at one of the bars in Hackescher Markt. It's even got 'Hacke..' in the name after all..

The following morning we arrived at the Summit for a morning of keynotes.

The conference was held in an East German 'retro modernist' building (if that is the right word). The rooms were named after space things like 'Vostok' or 'Mars' and there was even a Sputnick sculpture above a mural of 'herioc workers' type stuff at the front. My only criticism was that there were so many attendees that the rooms were packed and the air conditioning couldn't keep up and it got really hot.

After Alex Leisse introduced the conference, the first keynote was from the Nokia guy running the Open Source software program - I didn't take a note of his name. He reassured us that an Open Source plan does actually exist contrary to what you might think from the public reports. One major theme of the conference is that what is really happening in private isn't quite the same as the public image of Nokia although they couldn't tell us anything about what they called 'confidential things.'

Then Lars Knoll gave an account of the plans for Qt5 in detail. This is what I had mainly been looking forward to finding out about, and I was very impressed. They want to make the QML scene graph 3d the main focus of UI development although imperative QPainter based apis for drawing will still be there if you need them (I assume that is in the QtGui module). The biggest change was that QWidgets were being moved out of QtGui into their own module. I don't think the idea was to make them 'legacy only', but instead to optimize memory usage for small devices which don't need them. Other than those major changes most other things were just clean ups and tidying that would be reasonably source compatible.

The aim was to try and move as fast as possible, but not include too much in the 5.0 release so that either quality would be compromised or feature creep would cause delays. From the point of view of KDE we will need to just wait and see, and make sure we don't commit too early. We have plenty of other things to do at the moment, and I don't think we absolutely must switch when Qt 5.0 comes out, and instead just do enough research to have a thorough understanding of what it's about.

The first bindings guy I hadn't met before was Matti who runs the PySide project. He told me he wasn't too technical, but he could relay any issues we came up with for bindings back to the guys in Brazil.

After the keynotes, we had lunch which was a box with sandwiches and stuff in it. Half the sandwiches and food were vegetarian throughout the conference, which was pretty good, and I didn't end up being distracted by feeling really hungry as I couldn't eat any of the food, like had happened once or twice at the recent UDS conference in Buderpest.

The first discussion sessions started in the afternoon, and I was particulary interested in one about slots/signals changes in Qt5. I had read a blog on Qt Labs by Olivier Goffart about proposals for new slots/signals (I can't seem to find it via Google at the moment). The proposals looked as though they might be a bit 'boosty', and that they would screw up language bindings projects by changing to entirely statically typed signals/slots. It turned out that wasn't the plan, and in fact the new functor style slots weren't replacements for Qt's QMetaObject based slots, but were in addition to them. Attaching a C++ lamda directly to a signal looked pretty neat, and pretty similar to what we've done with QtRuby with invoking ruby blocks attached to signals.

In the Thursday evening we had a party and listened to the Troll's house band who did some good covers of sometimes 'dodgy' original material. I probably liked Pierre's trumpet riffs best - they were appropriate, to the point and not overdone. Similar to how I like code I suppose. We had a robot dance from the legendary Knut Yrvin along with some lessons on how to do his basic moves - only feasible for normal humans after quite a few Becks I would say.

On the Friday there was a second QMetaObject session about dynamically generating them. There were some minor issues about how to handle the function that is used by qt_static_metacall(), but mainly it seems pretty good from a bindings point of view and I don't think we're going to need to drastically redesign the slots/signals stuff and it will carry on working much the same.

There was this guy there who talked about Python in the QMetaObjects session, but he had his name badge reversed so I couldn't actually confirm who I suspected it was. After the session I introduced myself and found out that he was indeed Phil Thompson of PyQt fame. I had wanted to meet Phil for a while - every now and then he posts a helpful mail to the kde bindings mailing list and I had been impressed with the PyQt code when I studied it.

We went downstairs outside and had lunch outside sitting on benches in the sunshine which was very pleasant. We had a long chat about bindings issues and agreed that Qt4 was mainly fine from the point of view of bindings and Qt5 looked like it was carrying on being much the same.

A common issue was what on earth to do about QML integration. We have some problems about how to do custom QML types in bindings languages, but far more important is the effect of mixing two dynamic languages with different syntaxes in the same application. Phil's approach was to provide basic support for QML for those who wanted to use it, but he is working on a very ambitious sounding Python based declarative language that would be used instead of QML, not as well as QML. I had thought about that for Ruby, but decided that it wasn't really option. So we'll have to see how it turns out for PyQt.

On the Friday evening I went back to the Lemke bar for some more 'research' and was pleased to find there were a pile of people from the conference already there.

We finished up on Saturday with more follow on session mainly to expand on what had already been discussed. I had a language bindings session and we went over a few things especially QMetaObject stuff again with Olivier.

So that was it. I have been impressed with what I've learned about Qt5, and think that Berlin is a great place and am looking forward to the Desktop Summit. I really, really must get my flight and hotel booked this week.

Oh, one last thing. Why is this blog called "Keep Calm and Hack On"? It is because we were all given t-shirts with that phrase in big green letters with a pair of crossed swords at the top. Are we all the 'Right Stuff' in other words. I think we will be..


          Carmel and Indianapolis Go Round and Round About Roundabouts   
The Indianapolis Star reports:
An Indianapolis City-County councilwoman is trying to stop Carmel from building several roundabouts along the border between the two cities. 
Christine Scales has refused to sign an interlocal agreement to allow Carmel to build roundabouts at 96th Street's intersections with Hazel Dell Parkway, Gray Road, Delegates Row and Randall Drive. As the local district representative, Indianapolis is following her lead. 
Scales doesn't think traffic is congested enough along the corridor to warrant the roundabouts, and she is concerned that area businesses will lose customers if they are
Carmel Roundabout at 126th Street and Keystone (www.carmel.in.gov)
built. She thinks motorists are more likely to shop on the commercial corridor if they have time to look around while waiting at traffic signals. 
Her stance has led to a clash with Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard that was highlighted in an email exchange between the two obtained by IndyStar. 
"My opinion, which is shared by many, is that while (roundabouts) may serve well in some locations, it doesn't mean they serve well as replacements for each and every stop sign or light," Scales wrote in an email to Brainard. "The existence of 100 roundabouts (and counting) in a city the size of Carmel is a lot of roundabouts."
I have said before that the creation of roundabouts by Mayor Brainard has been the best thing he did in office. Prior to the roundabouts traffic flow in and around Carmel was dreadful. However, after two recent trips to Carmel, I find myself agreeing with Councilor Scales. It seemed like every Carmel intersection I drove through had a roundabout, including ones that would have been much better served with traditional traffic devices.

Meanwhile Mayor Brainard indicates he may try to proceed with the roundabouts anyway, despite opposition by Scales and the City of Indianapolis. The Star article continues:
Brainard thinks he can build the roundabouts without Indianapolis' permission because state law places Carmel in control of improvements on its southern border. Carmel also isn't asking for any help from Indianapolis with funding. 
Scales, though, said Indianapolis officials disagree that he can move forward without an interlocal agreement and will fight him if he tries.
Brainard hopes to convince Scales and Indianapolis to sign on. But he says he'll find a way to build the roundabouts regardless. 
"If necessary," he wrote in an email to Scales obtained by IndyStar, "we would simply move the roundabouts a few feet north."

          Stream videos from your desktop to your iOS or Android device wirelessly with Air Playit   

Air Playit is a handy little free program that allows you to stream videos and music from your home computer to your Android or iOS mobile device. It features such smart options as on-the-fly conversion, support for multiple file formats, and built-in HTTP support, along with support for Apple’s proprietary TV-Out system. As it progresses […]

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          Access your music and movies anywhere on any device with Qvivo media player and organizer   

In the future, your media library will reside in the cloud, and you will be able to access your videos and movies on your computer, on your smartphone or other device, anywhere you are. Qvivo is a software platform that aims to make that a reality right now, letting you upload any media file to […]

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          Stream your music, playlists, podcasts to multiple PC’s and devices with AudioGalaxy   

Let’s say you’ve got a snazzy, large music collection on your hard drive at home, and that you would like to take it with you; get access to it from your computer at work, from your iPhone or Android device. And let’s say you want to do this without having to transfer and copy files […]

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          Sig Sauer Loses Battle Over "Silencer" Classification In Federal Appeals Court   
New Hampshire gun manufacturer Sig Sauer lost an appeal in a US Appeals Court this week. The dispute was over the classification of a “silencer" device.
          Penemu Sepanjang Masa   
A


* Al-Jazari, (12th century), Mesopotamia — Crankshaft
* Archimedes, (c 287 BC-212 BC), Greece — Archimedes screw
* Ami Argand, (1750-1803), France — Argand lamp
* Edwin H. Armstrong,(1890-1954), USA — FM radio
* William George Armstrong, (1810-1900), UK — hydraulic crane
* Joseph Aspdin, (1788-1855), England — Portland cement
* John Vincent Atanasoff, (1903-1995), United States — modern programmable computer
* Neil Arnott, (1788-1874), UK — waterbed

B


* Charles Babbage, (1791-1871), UK — Analytical engine
* Roger Bacon, (1214-1292), England — magnifying glass
* Leo Baekeland, (1863-1944), Belgian–American — Velox photographic paper and Bakelite
* Ralph H. Baer, (1922-), German born American — video game console
* John Logie Baird, (1888-1946), Uk — an electromechanical television
* Donat Banki, (1859-1922), Hungary — inventor of the carburetor
* John Bardeen, (1908-1991), USA — co-inventor of the transistor
* Anthony R. Barringer Canadian – American — INPUT (Induced Pulse Transient) airborne electromagnetic system
* Earl W. Bascom, (1906-1995), Canada and United States — side-delivery rodeo chute, hornless rodeo saddle, rodeo bareback rigging, rodeo chaps
* Eugen Baumann, (1846-1896), Germany — PVC
* Trevor Baylis, (1937-), UK — a wind-up radio
* Francis Beaufort, (1774-1857), France — Beaufort scale
* Arnold O. Beckman, (1900-2004), USA — pH meter
* Alexander Graham Bell, (1847-1922), Canada — telephone
* Karl Benz, (1844-1929), Germany — the petrol-powered automobile
* Emile Berliner, (1851-1929), Germany and USA — the disc record gramophone
* Tim Berners-Lee, (1955-), UK — with Robert Cailliau, the World Wide Web
* Bi Sheng (Chinese:畢昇), (ca.990-1052), China — clay movable type printing
* Laszlo Biro, (1899-1985), Hungary — modern ballpoint pen
* J. Stuart Blackton, (1875-1941), USA — stop-motion film
* Otto Blathy (1860-1939), Hungary — co-inventor of the transformer, wattmeter, alternating current (AC) and turbogenerator
* Katharine B. Blodgett, (1898-1979), UK — nonreflective glass
* Nils Bohlin, (1920-2002), Sweden — the three-point seat belt
* Joseph-Armand Bombardier, (1907-1964), Canada — snowmobile
* Robert W. Bower, (1936-), USA — self-aligned–gate MOSFET
* Seth Boyden, (1788-1870), USA — nail-making machine
* Walter Houser Brattain, (1902-1987), USA — co-inventor of the transistor
* Louis Braille, (1809-1852), France — the Braille writing system
* Karl Ferdinand Braun, (1850-1918), Germany — cathode-ray tube oscilloscope
* Harry Brearley, (1871-1948), UK — stainless steel
* John Moses Browning, (1855-1926), USA — automatic handgun
* Edwin Beard Budding, (1795-1846), UK — lawnmower

C


* C`ai Lun, (50 AD - 121), China — paper
* Marvin Camras, (1916 - 1995), USA — magnetic recording
* Chester Carlson, (1906-1968), USA — Xerography
* Wallace Carothers, (1896-1937), USA — Nylon
* Dennis Charter, (1952-), Australia — Secure Electronic Payment System
* Adrian Chernoff, (1971-), USA — GM Autonomy, GM Hy-wire, Rubber Bandits
* Niels Christensen (1865- 1952), USA — O-ring
* Samuel Hunter Christie, (1784-1865), UK — Wheatstone bridge
* Christopher Cockerell, (1910-1999), UK — Hovercraft
* Jacques Cousteau, (1910-1997), France — co-inventor of the aqualung and the Nikonos underwater camera
* Aeneas Coffey, (1780-1852), Ireland, heat exchanger, inventor of the Coffey still
* Holger Crafoord, (1908-1982), Sweden — inventor of the artificial kidney
* János Csonka, (1852-1939), Hungary — co-inventor of carburetor
* Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, (1725-1804), France — automobile
* Juan de la Cierva, (1895-1936), Spain — the autogyro
* William Cullen, (1710-1790), UK — first artificial refrigerator
* Glenn Curtiss, (1878 - 1930), USA — ailerons
* Corliss Orville Burandt, USA — Variable valve timing
* Joseph Constantine Carpue, (1764-1846), France — rhinoplastic surgery
* Joseph Bienaimé Caventou, (1795-1877), France — caffeine, chlorophyll, strychnine
* George Cayley, (1773-1857), (UK) — tension-spoke wheels, Caterpillar track
* Georges Claude, (1870-1960), France — neon lamp
* Josephine Cochrane, (1839-1913), USA — dishwasher
* Cornelis Corneliszoon, (1550-1607), The Netherlands — sawmill
* Bartolomeo Cristofori, (1655-1731), Italy — piano
* William Cumberland Cruikshank, (1745-1800), UK — chlorinated water

D


* Gustaf Dalen, (1869-1937), Sweden — AGA cooker; Dalen Light; Agamassan
* Salvino D'Armate, (?-?), Italy — credited for inventing eyeglasses in 1284
* Joseph Day, (1855-1946), UK — the crankcase compression two stroke engine
* Lee DeForest, (1873-1961), USA — triode
* Sir James Dewar, (1842-1923), UK — Thermos flask
* Miksa Deri (1854-1938), Hungary — co-inventor of transformer
* William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, (1860-1935), UK — motion picture camera
* Rudolf Diesel, (1858-1913), Germany — Diesel engine
* William H. Dobelle, (1943-2004), United States — first functioning artificial eye
* Karl Drais, (1785-1851), Germany — dandy horse (Draisine)
* Cornelius Drebbel, (1572-1633), The Netherlands — first navigable submarine
* Richard Drew, (1899-1980), USA — Sticky Tape
* Charles Brace Darrow, (1889-1967). USA — Monopoly
* Jacob Davis, (1868-1908), USA — riveted jeans
* Edmund Davy, (1785-1857), Ireland — acetylene
* Humphry Davy, (1778-1829), UK — Davy miners lamp
* Bryan Donkin, (1768-1855), UK — print industry composition roller
* John Boyd Dunlop, (1840-1921) UK — first practical pneumatic tyre
* Karl Drais, (1785-1851), Germany — velocipede


E


* George Eastman, (1854-1932), USA — film-roll
* Thomas Edison, (1847-1931), USA — phonograph, commercially practical light bulb, motion picture projector, stock ticker, etc.
* Willem Einthoven, (1860-1927), The Netherlands — the electrocardiogram
* Douglas Engelbart, (1925-), USA — the computer mouse [1]
* Rune Elmqvist, (1857-1924), Sweden — implantable pacemaker
* John Ericsson, (1803-1889), Sweden — the two screw-propeller
* Lars Magnus Ericsson, (1846-1926), Sweden — the handheld micro telephone
* Ole Evinrude, (1877-1934), Norway — outboard motor

F


* Samuel Face, (1923-2001), USA — concrete flatness/levelness technology; Lightning Switch
* Philo Farnsworth, (1906-1971), USA — electronic television
* James Fergason, (1934-), USA — improved liquid crystal display
* Reginald Fessenden, (1866-1932), Canada — two-way radio
* Adolf Eugen Fick, (1829-1901), Germany — contact lens
* Alexander Fleming, (1881-1955), Scotland — penicillin
* Sandford Fleming, (1827-1915), inventor of Standard Universal Time (1879)
* John Ambrose Fleming, (1848-1945), England — vacuum diode
* Benjamin Franklin, (1706-1790), USA — the pointed lightning rod conductor, bifocal glasses, the Franklin stove, the glass harmonica
* William Friese-Greene, (1855-1921), England — cinematography
* Buckminster Fuller, (1895-1983), USA — geodesic dome
* Gerhard Fischer, Germany/USA — hand-held metal detector
* Augustin-Jean Fresnel, (1788-1827), France — Fresnel lens
* Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, (1819-1868), France — Foucault pendulum (earth rotation), gyroscope, eddy current
* Benoît Fourneyron, (1802-1867), France — water turbine
* Enrico Fermi, (1901-1954), Italy — nuclear reactor
* Michael Faraday, (1791-1867), England — rubber balloon, electric transformer

G


* Dennis Gabor, (1900-1979), Hungary — holography
* Elmer R. Gates, (1859-1923), foam fire extinguisher, electric loom mechanisms, magnetic & diamagnetic separators, educational toy ("box & blocks")
* William Henry Gates III, (1955-), Windows operating system, chief architect of Visual Basic
* Robert Goddard, (1882-1945), USA — liquid fuel rocket
* Heinrich Göbel, (1818-1893), Germany — first functional incandescent lamp
* Peter Carl Goldmark, (1906-1977), Hungary — vinyl record (LP)
* Gordon Gould, (1920-2005), USA — co-inventor of laser
* Richard Hall Gower, (1768-1833), England — ship's hull and rigging
* Bette Nesmith Graham, (1924-1980), USA — Liquid Paper
* Chester Greenwood, (1858-1937), USA — thermal earmuffs
* James Gregory, (1638-1675), Scotland — reflecting telescope
* William Robert Grove, (1811-1896), Wales — fuel cell
* Otto von Guericke, (1602-1686), Germany — vacuum pump, manometer, dasymeter,
* Johann Gutenberg, (c 1390s-1468), Germany — modern movable type printing press
* Hans Wilhelm Geiger, (1882-1945), Germany — Geiger counter
* Henri Giffard, (1825-1882), France — powered airship, injector
* Charles Goodyear, (1800-1860), USA — vulcanization of rubber
* Samuel Guthrie, (1782 - 1848), USA — discovered chloroform
* James Henry Greathead, (1844-1896), South Africa — tunnel boring machine, tunnelling shield technique

H


* John Hadley, (1682-1744), England — the sextant
* James Hargreaves, (1720-1778), England — invented the spinning jenny
* John Harrison, (1693-1776), England — marine chronometer
* Victor Hasselblad, (1906-1978), Sweden — invented the 6 x 6 cm single-lens reflex camera
* Rudolf Hell, (1901-2002), Germany — the Hellschreiber
* Avram Hershko, (1937-), Hungary — Ubiquitin
* Jozef Karol Hell, (1713-1789), Slovakia — the water pillar
* Joseph Henry, (1797-1898), USA — electromagnetic relay
* George de Hevesy, (1885-1966), Hungary — radioactive tracer
* Erna Schneider Hoover, (1926-), USA — computerized telephone switching system
* Frank Hornby, (1863-1936), England — invented Meccano
* Heron, Greece — invented Aeolipile
* Joseph Hon – book index thumb notch system for dictionaries Patent #561888
* Christopher Hansteen, (1783-1873), Norway — discovery of terrestrial magnetism
* William Harvey, (1578-1657), England — blood circulation in the human body
* Robert A. Heinlein, (1907-1988), USA — waterbed
* Henry J. Heinz, USA — tomato ketchup
* Joseph Henry, (1797-1878), Scotland — electromagnetic relay
* Heinrich Hertz, (1857-1894), Germany — radio telegraphy, electromagnetic radiation
* Rowland Hill, (1795-1879), UK — postage stamp
* Felix Hoffmann (Bayer), (1868-1949), Germany — Aspirin
* Herman Hollerith, (1860-1929), USA — mechanical tabulator based on punched cards
* Nick Holonyak, (1928- ), USA — LED (Light Emitting Diode)
* Robert Hooke, (1635-1703), England — balance wheel, iris diaphragm
* Coenraad Johannes van Houten, (1801-1887), Netherlands — cocoa powder, cacao butter, chocolate milk
* Elias Howe, (1819-1867), USA — sewing machine
* Christiaan Huygens, (1629-1695), Netherlands — pendulum clock

I


* János Irinyi, (1817-1895), Hungary — noiseless match
* Sumio Iijima, (1939- ), Japan — nanotubes

J


* Karl Jatho, (1873-1933), Germany — aeroplane
* György Jendrassik, (1898-1954), Hungary — turboprop
* Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826), USA — swivel chair
* Steve Jobs, (1955-), Macintosh operating system
* Carl Edvard Johansson, (1864-1943), Sweden — Gauge blocks
* Johan Petter Johansson, (1853-1943), Sweden — the pipe wrench and the modern adjustable spanner
* Nancy Johnson, USA — American version of the hand cranked ice cream machine in (1843)
* Scott A. Jones, (1960-), USA — created one of the most successful versions of voicemail as well as ChaCha Search, a human-assisted internet search engine.
* Whitcomb Judson, (1836-1909), USA — zipper

K


* Dean Kamen, (1951-), USA — Invented the Segway HT scooter and the IBOT Mobility Device
* John George Kemeny, (1926-1992), Hungary — co-inventor of BASIC
* Charles F. Kettering, (1876-1958), USA — invented automobile self-starter ignition, Freon ethyl gasoline and more
* Jack Kilby, (1923-2005), USA — patented the first integrated circuit
* Fritz Klatte, (1880-1934), Germany — vinyl chloride, forerunner to polyvinyl chloride
* Margaret Knight, (1838-1914), USA — machine that completely constructs box-bottom brown paper bags
* Ivan Knunyants, (1906-1990), Ukraine — invented Nylon-6
* Willem Johan Kolff, (1911-), Netherlands — artificial kidney hemodialysis machine
* Gleb Kotelnikov, (1872-1944), Russia — knapsack parachute
* Stephanie Kwolek, (1923-), USA — Kevlar
* John Howard Kyan (1774-1850), Ireland — The process of Kyanization used for wood preservation
* Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, (1853-1926), Netherlands — liquify helium
* Theophilus Van Kannel, revolving door (1888)
* John Harvey Kellogg, (1852-1943), cornflake breakfasts
* Robert Koch, (1843-1910), method for culturing bacteria on solid media
* Willem Johan Kolff, Netherlands/USA, (1911- ) — hemodialysis, pioneer in the field of other artificial organs

L


* Hedy Lamarr, (1913-2000), Austria and USA — Spread spectrum radio
* Edwin H. Land, (1909-1991), USA — Polaroid polarizing filters and the Land Camera
* Irving Langmuir, (1851-1957), USA — gas filled incandescent light bulb, hydrogen welding
* Lewis Latimer, (1848-1928), — worked with Thomas Edison and patented an improved lightbulb manufacturing process
* Gustav de Laval, (1845-1913), Sweden — invented the milk separator and the milking machine
* Sergei Vasiljevich Lebedev, (1874-1934), Russia — synthetic rubber
* Tim Berners-Lee, (1955- ) England — World Wide Web
* Justus von Liebig, (1803-1873), Germany — nitrogen-based fertilizer
* Frans Wilhelm Lindqvist, (1862-1931), Sweden — Kerosene stove operated by compressed air
* Archibald Low, (1882-1956), Britain — Pioneer of radio guidance systems
* Giovanni Luppis, (1813-1875), Austrian Empire (ethnical Italian) — self-propelled torpedo
* René Laënnec, (1781-1826), France — stethoscope
* Karl Landsteiner, (1868-1943), Austria — classification of blood groups
* Samuel P. Langley, (1834-1906), USA — bolometer
* John Bennet Lawes, (1814-1900), England — superphosphate or chemical fertilizer
* Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, (1632-1723), Netherlands — development of the microscope, discovery of bacteria, spermatozoa and celled organisms
* Jean-Joseph Etienne Lenoir, (1822-1900), Belgium — internal combustion engine, motorboat
* Willard Frank Libby, (1908-1980), USA — Radiocarbon dating
* Otto Lilienthal, (1848-1896), Germany — air glider
* Hans Lippershey, (1570-1619), Netherlands — telescope
* Auguste and Louis Lumière, France — Cinématographe

M


* Ma Jun, (c. 200-265 AD), China, South Pointing Chariot (for navigation, see differential gear), mechanical puppet theater, chain pumps, improved silk looms
* Charles Macintosh, (1766-1843), Scotland — waterproof raincoat, life vest
* George William Manby, (1765-1854), England — Fire extinguisher
* Guglielmo Marconi, (1874-1937), Italy — radio, transatlantic radiosignals
* John Landis Mason, (1826-1902), USA — Mason jars
* Henry Maudslay, (1771-1831), England — screw-cutting lathe, bench micrometer
* James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) and Thomas Sutton Scotland — colour photography
* John McAdam, (1756-1836), Scotland — improved "macadam" road surface
* Elijah McCoy, (1843-1929), Canada — Displacement lubricator
* Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, (1817-1880), France — margarine
* Antonio Meucci, (1808-1889), Italy — telephone (prototype)
* Edouard Michelin, (1859-1940), France — pneumatic tyre
* Narcis Monturiol i Estarriol, (1819-1885), Spain — steam powered submarine
* Robert Moog, (1934-2005), USA — the Moog synthesizer
* Montgolfier brothers, (1740-1810) and (1745-1799), France — hot-air balloon
* John J. Montgomery, (1858-1911), USA — heavier-than-air gliders
* Samuel Morey, (1762-1843), USA — internal combustion engine
* Garrett A. Morgan, (1877-1963), USA — inventor of the gas mask, and traffic signal.
* Samuel Morse, (1791-1872), USA — telegraph
* Jozef Murgas, (1864-1929), Slovakia — inventor of the wireless telegraph (forerunner of the radio)
* William Murdoch, (1754-1839), Scotland — Gas lighting
* Pieter van Musschenbroek, (1692-1761), Netherlands — Leyden jar, pyrometer

N


* Yoshiro Nakamatsu, (1928-), Japan — Floppy disk (world record holder for over 3,000 patented inventions)
* John von Neumann, (1903-1957), Hungary — Von Neumann computer architecture
* Isaac Newton,(1642-1727), England — reflecting telescope (which reduces chromatic aberration)
* Jun-Ichi Nishizawa, (1926-), Japan — Optical communication system, SIT/SITh (Static Induction Transistor/Thyristor), Laser diode, PIN diode
* Alfred Nobel, (1833-1896), Sweden — dynamite
* Carl Rickard Nyberg, (1858-1939), Sweden — the blowtorch
* John Napier, (1550-1617), Scotland — logarithms
* James Nasmyth, (1808-1890), Scotland — steam hammer
* Joseph Nicephore Niépce, (1765-1833), France — photography

O


* Theophil Wilgodt Odhner, (1845-1903), Sweden — the Odhner Arithmometer, a mechanical calculator
* Elisha Otis, (1811-1861), USA — passenger elevator with safety device
* J. Robert Oppenheimer , (1904-1967), USA — the father of the atomic Dome
* Hans Christian Ørsted, (1777-1851), Denmark — electromagnetism, aluminium

P


* Helge Palmcrantz, (1842-1880), Sweden — the multi-barrel, lever-actuated, machine gun
* Les Paul, (1915-), USA — Multitrack recording
* Spede Pasanen, (1930-2001), Finland — The ski jumping sling
* Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, (1871-1922), Croatia — mechanical pencil
* Gustaf Erik Pasch, (1788-1862), Sweden — the safety match
* Arthur Paul Pedrick, England — chromatically selective cat flap and others
* Henry Perky, (1843-1906), USA — Shredded wheat
* Peter Petroff, (1919-2004), Bulgaria — digital wrist watch, heart monitor, weather instruments
* Christopher Polhem, (1661-1751), Sweden — the modern padlock
* Olivia Poole, (1889-1975), USA, — the Jolly Jumper baby harness
* Baltzar von Platen, (1898-1984), Sweden — refrigerator
* Mihajlo Pupin, (1858-1935), Serbia — pupinization (loading coils), tunable oscillator
* Tivadar Puskas, (1844-1893), Hungary — telephone exchange
* Daniel David Palmer, (1845-1913), Canada — Chiropractic
* Luigi Palmieri, (1807-1896), Italy — seismometer
* Alexander Parkes, (1831-1890), England — celluloid
* Blaise Pascal, (1623-1662), France — barometer
* Charles Algernon Parsons, (1854-1931), British — steam turbine
* John Pemberton, (1831-1888), USA — Coca-Cola
* Joseph Plateau, (1801-1883), Belgium — phenakistiscope (stroboscope)
* James Leonard Plimpton, USA — roller skates
* George Pullman, (1831-1897), USA — Pullman sleep wagon

Q


R


* Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, (1845-1923), Germany — the X-ray machine
* Josef Ressel, (1793-1857), Czechoslovakia — ship propeller
* John Roebuck, (1718-1794) England — lead chamber process for sulfuric acid synthesis
* Erno Rubik, (1944-), Hungary — Rubik's cube, Rubik's Magic and Rubik's Clock
* Karl von Reichenbach, (1788-1869), paraffin, creosote oil, phenol
* Ira Remsen, (1646-1927), USA — saccharin
* Charles Francis Richter, (1900-1985), USA — Richter magnitude scale
* Ernst Ruska, (1906-1988), Germany — electron microscope

S


* Hassan Kamel Al-Sabbah, (1895-1935), Lebanon — solar power, cathode ray tube
* Kees A. Schouhamer Immink (1946- ), Netherlands Major contributor to development of Compact Disc
* Augustus Siebe, (1788-1872), Saxony&England Inventor of the standard diving dress
* Alberto Santos-Dumont, (1873-1932), Brazil — non-rigid airship and airplane
* Isidor Sauers, (1948- ), inventor of a process for measuring the degradation of SF6 in high-voltage systems
* Adolphe Sax, (1814-1894), Belgium — saxophone
* Christian Schnabel (1878-1936), German, designed simplistic food cutleries
* August Schrader, USA — Schrader valve for Pneumatic tire
* David Schwarz, (1852-1897), Croatia, — rigid ship, later called Zeppelin
* Bela Schick, (1877-1967), Hungary — diphtheria test
* Iwan Serrurier, (active 1920s), Netherlands/USA — inventor of the Moviola for film editing.
* Mark Serrurier, (190?-1988), USA — Serrurier truss for Optical telescopes
* William Bradford Shockley, (1910-1989), USA — co-inventor of transistor
* Werner von Siemens, (1816-1892), Germany — an electromechanical "dynamic"
* Sir William Siemens, (1823-1883), Germany — regenerative furnace
* Igor Sikorsky, (1889-1972), Ukraine — helicopter
* Charles Simonyi, (1948-), Hungary — Hungarian notation
* Aurel Stodola, (1859-1942), Slovakia - gas turbines
* Elmer Ambrose Sperry, (1860-1930), USA — gyroscope-guided automatic pilot
* Reverend Dr Robert Stirling (1790-1878), Scotland — Stirling engine
* Levi Strauss, (1829-1902), USA — blue jeans
* John Stringfellow, (1799-1883), England — airplane
* Almon Strowger, (1839-1902), USA — automatic telephone exchange
* Su Song, (1020-1101), China, invented the first hydraulic-powered astronomical clock tower that operated an armillary sphere with the escapement mechanism and chain drive
* Simon Sunatori, (1959-), Canada — inventor of Sunatori Pen
* Joseph Swan, (1828-1914), England — Incandescent light bulb
* Thomas Savery, (1650-1715), England — steam engine
* Marc Seguin, (1786-1875), France — wire-cable suspension bridge
* Henry Shrapnel, (1761-1842), England — Shrapnel shell ammunition
* Augustus Siebe, (1788-1872), Germany — standard diving dress
* Isaac Singer, (1811-1875), USA — sewing machine
* Percy Spencer, (1894-1970), USA — microwave oven
* George Stephenson, (1781-1848), England — steam locomotive
* Simon Stevin, (1548-1620), Netherlands — land yacht

T


* Bernhard Tellegen, (1900-1990), Netherlands pentode
* Edward Teller (Ede Teller), (1908-2003), Hungary — hydrogen bomb
* Nikola Tesla, (1856-1943), Serbian-Croatian-American — developer of the Tesla Coil and inventor of the induction motor, alternating current polyphase power distribution system, wireless communication, robotics, logic gates, the bladeless turbine, radio, VTOL aircraft, etc.
* Kalman Tihanyi, (1897-1947), Hungary — co-inventor of cathode ray tube and iconoscope
* Benjamin Chew Tilghman, (1821-1897), USA — sandblasting
* Alfred Traeger, (1895-1980), Australia — the pedal radio
* Franc Trkman, (1903-1978), Slovenia — electrical switches, accessories for opening windows
* Alan Turing, (1912-1954), England — the Turing machine

U


* Lewis Urry, (1927-2004), Canada — long-lasting alkaline battery

V


* Hub van Doorne, (1900-1979), Netherlands, continuously variable transmission
* Louis R. Vitullo, (1924?-2006), United States — developed the first sexual assault evidence kit
* Alessandro Volta, (1745-1827), Italy — battery
* Faust Vrancic, (1551-1617), Croatia — parachute

W


* Barnes Wallis, (1887-1979), England — bouncing bomb
* Robert Watson-Watt, (1892-1973), Scotland — microwave radar
* James Watt, (1736-1819), Scotland — improved Steam engine
* Jonas Wenström, (1855-1893), Sweden — three-phase electrical system
* George Westinghouse, (1846-1914), USA — Air brake
* Charles Wheatstone, (1802-1875), England — concertina, stereoscope, microphone, Playfair cipher
* Eli Whitney, (1765-1825), USA — the cotton gin
* Frank Whittle, (1907-1996), England — co-inventor of the jet engine
* Otto Wichterle, (1913-1989), Czechoslovakia — invented modern contact lenses
* Paul Winchell, (1922-2005), USA — the artificial heart
* Edmund Wingate, (c.1593-1656), England — straight slide rule
* A. Baldwin Wood, (1879-1956), USA — high volume pump
* Granville Woods, (1856-1910), USA — the Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph
* The Wright brothers, Orville Wright, (1871-1948) and Wilbur Wright, (1867-1912), USA — powered airplane
* Bruce Wydner, (1935-), USA — inventor of Cost-Effective Machine Translation
* Arthur Wynne, (1862-1945), England — creator of crossword puzzle
* Thomas Wedgwood, (1771-1805), England — first (not permanent) photograph

Y


* Hidetsugu Yagi, (1886-1976), Japan — Yagi antenna
* Yi Xing, (683-727), China, invented the first hydraulic-powered armillary sphere that used the escapement mechanism
* Arthur M. Young, (1905-1995), USA — the Bell Helicopter

Z


* Zhang Heng, (78-139), China, invented the first hydraulic-powered armillary sphere

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The following review will give you a brief overview of what it’ll mean to use the Polaroid Zip Instant Photoprinter. This little device can fit in your pocket (if you’ve got a wallet-sized pocket) and is able to print a collection of photos from your smartphone using NFC to connect and Bluetooth to send data. This device prints 2-inch x … Continue reading
          Polaroid L Series tablets come bearing Lollipop   
Polaroid‘s CES 2015 offerings have been notable, and include the iZone camera companion for smartphones and tablets, as well as some other gadgets. Also counted among them are two new tablets, the Polaroid L Series Android slates. They’re essentially the same device offered in 7-inch and 10-inch sizes, and they have decidedly mid-tier specs, including quad-core processors and WiFi. Both … Continue reading
          Polaroid iZone camera: a companion for Android and iOS handsets   
Among Polaroid‘s CES 2015 wares is the iZone camera, a square-shaped compact point-and-shoot camera with optical zoom and the ability to work with your Android or iOS mobile device. The maker refers to iZone as a companion device for your smartphone or tablet, the latter of which works as a remote view finder and a storage base for taking/saving images … Continue reading
          Polaroid releasing dashcams, mobile printer this Spring   
This morning, Polaroid is rolling out a new line of dashcams, and announcing a new go-anywhere printer utilizing their ZINK technology for printing right from your Android or iOS device. Polaroid’s dashcams promise recording in full 1080p, with sensors that record automatically if a collision is detected. Polaroid President and CEO, Scott W. Hardy said “With the average American spending … Continue reading
          Polaroid, Blipfoto team up for one-a-day photo sharing platform   
Perhaps drawing inspiration from their Cube, Polaroid is again going small. This time, they’re teaming up with Blipfoto to bring you a photo sharing community. the joint venture is a sort of re-introduction of both companies as they attempt to make themselves relevant in our mobile world. The Blipfoto community, like Polaroid, is nothing new, but in need of a … Continue reading
          Polaroid Socialmatic Android camera mixes print and digital   
Polaroid is best known for being a camera company but it has been dabbling in mobile devices, even a smartwatch, of late. Its Socialmatic camera takes it back to its photography roots but with a very peculiar twist: this Android-powered camera lets you print out photos on the spot. Cameras that run Android inside are nothing new and the Panasonic … Continue reading
          Polaroid’s C3 and Z2300, hands-on with a two big shots   
Polaroid is here at CES, showing off their new cameras and mobile devices. Of special interest to us was their new C3 Action Sports Video Camera, which brings Hi-Def video in the smallest package we’ve seen. There was also their Z2300 Instant digital Camera, which adds a new twist to digital photography. We went hands on with both. The Z2300 … Continue reading
          Polaroid mirrorless Android Camera confirmed for CES 2013   
It would appear that the Polaroid camera spoken about earlier this week running Android with a mirrorless build and interchangeable lenses galore has been confirmed by none other than Polaroid CEO Scott Hardy. Speaking with Imaging Resource about the situation, Hardy made it perfectly clear that there will, indeed, be an Android Polaroid device at CES and that it wont … Continue reading
          Polaroid IM1836 interchangeable lens Android camera rumored as world’s first   
It wouldn’t be out of the question for Polaroid to do a double-down with the “first of” cameras in 2013 with a follow-up to their January 2011 release of the SC1630 Smart Camera. As they revealed that first-to-the-market type of device earlier this year, it was a rather giant deal to be combining the power of a standard pocketable camera … Continue reading
          2009 PIAGGIO BV500 Italy US$ 1900 MOQ 10   
Prices US$ 1900 MOQ 10 PIAGGIO Beverly 500 2009 Engine Type 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid-cooled Piaggio MASTER Displacement 460cc Bore/Stroke 92 x 69mm Max Power at Shaft 29 kW at 7,500 rpm (39 bhp) Max Torque 43 Nm at 5,500 rpm Distribution Single overhead camshaft (SOHC) with four valves Clutch Centrifugal Cooling System Liquid Ignition Electronic with variable spark advance, high energy inductive coil Gearbox CVT automatic ratio variator (twist-and-go) Fuel Supply Magneti Marelli Electronic injection system Starter Electric Max speed 96 mph (155 Km/h) Lubrication Gear-driven trichoidal pump Chassis Double cradle in high-tensile steel tubes Front Suspension 1.6" (41 mm) telescopic hydraulic forks Rear Suspension Engine acts as oscillation fork, dual effect hydraulic dampers, four position coil spring Front Brake Twin stainless steel discs 10.23" (260 mm) with fixed twin piston calipers 1.26"-1.34" (32-34 mm) left and right respectively Rear Brake Stainless steel disc 1.45" (240 mm) with fixed twin pistons 1.34" (34 mm) Front Wheel / Tire 110/70-16" Rear Wheel / Tire 150/70-14" Length 87.2 in. (2,215 mm) Width 30.3 in. (770 mm) Seat Height 30.9 in. (785 mm) Wheelbase 61 in. (1,550 mm) Fuel / Tank Capacity / M.P.G. Unleaded / 3.49 gals. (13.2 liters) / 60 Est. Weight 436.6 lbs. (198 kg) Available Colors Graphite Black, Sienna Ivory Highlights: Environmentally friendly four-stroke, four-valve Piaggio MASTER engine Ergonomic driving position suitable for "touring" High wheels (front 16") for stability and safety Exclusive Piaggio integral braking system Halogen headlamp that provides excellent visibility Compact waterproof seat cover Glove and cell phone compartment Anti-theft steering column lock Immobilizer system Anti-theft ring on chassis Side stand with starter enabling device Accessories: Windscreen Top case Side cases Leg cover Electronic alarm Vehicle cover
          The multi-colored photons that might change quantum information science   
With leading corporations now investing in highly expensive and complex infrastructures to unleash the power of quantum technologies, INRS researchers have achieved a breakthrough in a light-weight photonic system created using on-chip devices and off-the-shelf telecommunications components. In their paper published in Nature, the team demonstrates that photons can become an accessible and powerful quantum resource when generated in the form of colour-entangled quDits.
          Dish Gives Itself The Award That CBS Stopped CNET From Giving   
A week after CBS execs told the editors of CNET they could not give its Best Of Show award to Dish’s Hopper DVR because the broadcaster is suing Dish over the device, their decision has backfired, with the satellite TV provider using the incident as a way to promote their product. On its website, Dish now touts the upcoming …
          CNET Writer Quits Over Anti-Hopper Order That Reportedly Came Directly From CBS CEO   
Late last week, we told you that CNET had been told it could not even consider Dish’s ad-skipping Hopper DVR for an award because CNET’s parent company, CBS, was involved in a lawsuit over the device. Now comes news that a CNET reporter has quit over the directive, which one report says came straight from CBS CEO Les Moonves.…
          CNET Not Allowed To Consider Dish’s Hopper DVR For Award Because Of CBS Lawsuit   
Last spring, Dish Network introduced its ad-skipping Hopper DVR and was quickly sued by the networks. Now, CNET can’t consider the device for its “Best of CES” award because of the suit filed by CBS. See, CBS Interactive is the parent company of CNET. And while you might think that legal matters at the corporate level would not interfere …
          Methods of manufacture of bottom port multi-part surface mount MEMS microphones   
Methods for manufacturing multiple bottom port, surface mount microphones, each containing a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) microphone die, are disclosed. Each surface mount microphone features a substrate with metal pads for surface mounting the package to a device's printed circuit board and for making electrical connections between the microphone package and the device's circuit board. The surface mount microphones are manufactured from panels of substrates, sidewall spacers, and lids. Each MEMS microphone die is substrate-mounted and acoustically coupled to the acoustic port disposed in the substrate. The panels are joined together, and each individual substrate, sidewall spacer, and lid cooperate to form an acoustic chamber for its respective MEMS microphone die. The joined panels are then singulated to form individual MEMS microphones.
          Wheel-clamping device for a wheel-service-machine and method for reversibly clamping a wheel on a wheel-clamping device for a wheel-service-machine   
The present invention concerns a wheel-clamping device for wheels on wheel-service-machines with only one drive unit and further a method for clamping wheels on a wheel-clamping device of wheel-service-machines with only one drive unit. The innovative wheel-clamping device for a wheel-service-machine according to the present invention comprises a frame 20 having a through-opening 22, and a spindle 30 being rotatably supported in the through-opening 22. Further, the spindle 30 has a through-hole 32 with a mounting-side end 30b and a driving-side end 30a, which is connectable to a drive means which is provided for a rotary movement for the spindle 30, wherein the spindle 30 has an external thread 34 on an external circumferential portion. Moreover, the wheel-clamping device comprises a sleeve 50 with a turntable 58 for the wheel to be clamped, wherein the sleeve 50 has an internal thread portion 52 which is in threaded engagement with the external thread-portion 34 of the spindle 30. Furthermore, a stopping or holding means 70 is able to temporarily hold the sleeve 50, and a clamping means 60 for the temporarily fixation of a fixing element 40 which is inserted through the mounting-side end 30b, to the spindle 30 is also provided in the innovative wheel-clamping device.
          Method of separating heat exchanger tubes and an apparatus for same   
A method and apparatus of producing tubes for use in a heat exchanger, in which a tube is moved along a production line in a direction, predetermined breaking points are created in the tube, and in which the tube is severed at the predetermined breaking points to form individual tubes with a tearing-off device having a first clamp and a second clamp. The first clamp can be reciprocated along the direction, and the tube can be moved substantially continuously along the production line in the direction through the tearing-off device. Also, the second clamp can be reciprocated along the direction substantially simultaneously with the first clamp.
          Device for holding disk-shaped articles and method thereof   
A device for holding disk-shaped articles and a method thereof are provided. The device comprises a rotatable chuck body and at least two groups of clamping elements arranged at the edge of the chuck body. Each of the clamping elements is mounted to a pivot with the chuck body respectively by means of the rotation of the clamping element with respect to the chuck body. A radial compression spring is connected between the bottom of the clamping element and the chuck body to provide a clamping force for the clamping element. The clamping elements in the same group are provided with magnets with the same polarity, while the clamping elements in different groups are provided with magnets with the opposite polarity. Two sets of electromagnets are arranged on the chuck body and spaced apart evenly.
          Elixir Android Widgets Set Download v1.1.1   
Elixir is a simple, configurable and useful widget app for Android powered devices that will give you the full information about your system Android. In the first screen when you open it directly can find everything related on your phone, where taping on each will provides the detailed information about the hardware of the device,…
          Google Cloud Print App Android – Apk Download   
PRINTING FROM YOUR ANDROID DEVICES TO WIRELESS PRINTERS JUST GOT MORE EASIER WITH OFFICIAL GOOGLE CLOUD PRINT APP Use Google Cloud Print App Android to print from any compatible Android device to any Google Cloud Print connected printer. Each day technology getting smarter. Companies are dedicated to makes our life easier. From simple task to…
          Best Android Music Player & Music Management Apps   
A list of android music manager app for the best music listening experience on a mobile device. SEE ALSO TOP FREE ANDROID APPS TO DOWNLOAD MUSIC. Love to listen music on the go? Then your Android device is perfect for this as it is capable to deliver great audio! Here are some of the best…
          Device for securing trim to a seat   
A seat assembly machine includes a plurality of grippers useful for securing a piece of trim to a seat cushion. In a disclosed example, each gripper includes a plurality of prongs that are moved between neutral, closed and released positions that each facilitate a different portion of the assembly process. In one example, each gripper includes a sleeve within which the prongs are moveable so that the prongs are manipulated between the neutral, closed and released positions. A disclosed example sleeve includes an interior channel having a contour that manipulates the prongs between the different positions based on the location of the prongs within the sleeve.
          Circuit protective device and method for manufacturing the same   
A circuit protecting element includes insulating substrate (11), a pair of surface electrodes (12) provided to both ends of a top face of insulating substrate (11), element (13) bridging the pair of surface electrodes (12) and electrically connected to the pair of surface electrodes (12), base layer (14) formed between element (13) and insulating substrate (11), and insulating layer (15) covering element (13). Base layer (14) is formed of a mixture of diatom earth and silicone resin. The structure discussed above allows stabilizing the blowout characteristics of the circuit protecting element.
          You can get £150 cashback on HP’s Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile smartphone   
HP Elite X3 is one of the most powerful Windows 10 Mobile devices and is currently the Flagship phone of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile Operating System. This phone has an impressive Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and iris …
          WhatsApp for Windows Phone gets updated   
Whatsapp Inc. has released a new update for the Windows Phone devices. The new version is 2.17.214.0. It is now available for download and you can get it right now on your devices. The update is a minor one as it contains nothing new. It brings some …
          Samsung smartphones can now unlock a Windows 10 PC   
Samsung’s latest update to Samsung Flow provides continuity between your Windows 10 computer and a Samsung device. You can even enable your hotspot from the PC so as to stay connected when there’s no Wi-Fi network available. The best thing about Apple …
          Microsoft’s Surface Pro off to a Strong Start with Windows Phone falling as expected   
AdDuplex has released the new stats for the Microsoft Windows devices with key details on Microsoft mobile and Windows 10 PCs. The latest stats as on June 26th show that Surface Pro which was released around 11 days ago is already having 2.2% of active users.
          Use The Force Luke   

You know the scene in Star Wars: Episode 4 when Luke Skywalker is flying in the trench to destroy the Death Star and he hears the voice of Obi Wan telling him to turn off his tracking computer and just take the shot using his instincts? I kind of feel like Luke right now.

I love measuring devices. Occupational hazzard I guess. Layout and Marking tools are probably my favorite things to browse through in any store or catalog. Even my 6 year old Nephew this last christmas, when given $1 to buy something for his Uncle at the dollar store and free choice of what to pick out, got me a protractor. One of the last posts in my workbench progress was about how I spent several hours marking out all the legs and making sure I got all the joints pointed in the right direction because if I screw it up I have to wait quite a while for pieces that size to dry out enough to work with.

So now, I get to the stretchers and I start to hear that voice i my head… “Use the Force!”. At this point in my woodworking education I have started to read enough stuff and realize that I need to hide my rulers from myself and mark things off from the project. When trying to figure out how to make the tenons on the stretchers I realized I need to wait until I make the mortises so I can transfer the marks and they will match. This goes counter to everything I do for a living where, as long as each part is made correctly according to my drawings, the parts go together. This is kind of a mental shift for me.

As I pick through my layout tools I hear that voice again… “Put down your ruler”. I am also trying to teach myself to cut dovetails and I am doing ok I guess. When I started I made sure to lay everything out nice and perfect as well as I could. I still transferred the pins onto the tails like you should but everything looked too perfect. I figured if I was going to do all that I may as well use a router. So I put away my sliding bevel and just did the layout by hand and while my joints don’t fit any better I think they look better because they have a slight inconsistency that looks handmade. Once I get them to fit tight (without splitting the wood) they will look great.

I am also planning some cabinets someday and I have read enough to know that I need to mark my drawers from the frames so I shouldnt go and build all my drawers in advance. Some projects I read it seems like people have no idea what size anything is. They just use story sticks and dividers for proportions and everything looks beautiful and fits perfectly even though not a single ruler was harmed during the making of their project.

So we’ll see. My workbench project is on hold while I close and move into my new home and then move all my tools into my new space and get everything setup enough to work. But when I do get started again I think I will learn to use the force.

:)


          OMA Device Management tilbage i Windows Phone 8.1   
Microsoft er er på vej med nye BYOD/firma dunktioner til deres Windows Phone og mener, at deres Windows 8.1 opdatering, giver virksomhederne et bedre valg. Mens mange organisationer har investeringer i en Microsoft System Center løsning eller Microsoft intune og vil fortsætte med at udnytte disse investeringer håber Win 8.1 udvider deres mulgihed til at administrer tablets […]
          Linkpost | 7.4.2012   
• Here Comes Nexus 7 Nightmare: The IPad Mini – Bloomberg is one of several outlets reporting on supply chain sources saying a 7.85-inch iPad is coming in October. • New patent shows Apple is at least thinking about wearable computing devices like Google Glass – I suspect every major tech company is looking at
          Solitaire – Get a more polished version   

You may remember my trip down memory lane when Microsoft launched their classic Solitaire app for both iPhone and Android devices. It was true to the original Windows desktop version, and Microsoft took great pride in promoting the “classic” feel of it, with the same graphics and te same card decks. Now, whilst I’ll admit to playing Solitaire on a PC a long time ago, I’ll not miss the clunky old-school graphics. So, I’ve recently ditched the Microsoft version in favour of the rather more beautiful Solitaire app from MobilityWare. It’s available for both Android and iPhone and there’s definitely

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  •           OnePlus tease Android 7 Nougat for the OnePlus 3   

    If you are a regular reader of this site, you will know that I’m a real OnePlus fanboy. I’ve owned every device that the company have released, and upon seeing the price of the new Google Pixel phones I’ll definitely be staying in the OnePlus stable. To be completely honest, the company weren’t great at updatimg their devices, but lately I have noticed that updates are coming through more regularly on my OnePlus 3 device. This includes the latest security patches from Google, pushing my device to the September security patch level, which is more up to date than some

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  •           Find out more about yourself and your friends – Personality Match   

    At school I played a game to see how well me and my friends “matched” each other. It was a bit like the origami paper game where you’d create a folding “fortune teller” device which had a concealed message. You’d ask each other questions and then, based on the answer, you’d be able to find out how well your personalities matched up. Now, fast forward to the ages of smartphones and we have a much more technical and modern slant on this. Available for Android and iPhone, there’s a sophisticated algorithm deciphering results which you can then share and compare

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  •           Honor 5C – Review   

    You may have seen recently the little photo special our Dear Leader posted on the Honor 5c. Recently Huawei have caused significant disruption in the phone market both with their own devices and sub-brand Honor devices. Devices such as the Honor 6 Plus, the Honor 7 and the Honor 5X have all delivered a lot for a very attractive price. The latest in this is line in the Honor 5c. We here at Coolsmartphone towers are no stranger to Honor. But for those who may not be as au-fait with them, they are a sub-brand of Huawei which are predominantly sold

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  •           Over 2.1 million Android devices downloaded malware in 2015   

    Quite a shocking headline in many ways, though it ought to be borne in mind that there are somewhere in the region of 1.5 billion Android devices registered for use around the globe.  The information comes from Google’s second annual security report.  Despite this figure, Google are quick to emphasise that the number of infected apps is down compared to 2014, and that there is now a 40% lower chance of installing such an app provided that you stick to the official Google Play app store. There are two explanations to account for this: better software for scanning malicious apps

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  •           SPEAKING UP FOR CHARLES   
    Although I was a monarchist at the time of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation – I was easily bought by thoughts of a street party – I am now a Republican.


    OK I am a benign republican who is happy to see the Queen see out her days on the throne. Then I would bung the remaining members of the Royal Family a million quid each and leave them to their own devices.

    All the palaces and assets would become State property and I am sure the tourists would still flock, especially as they would then have access (for an admittance fee) to the various residences.

    Perhaps somewhere like St James’ Palace would then become the home of the president. Just who would be president remains to be seen but it would be a symbolic post. As the majority of the world uses this model I see no reason why Britain shouldn’t. I am sure Ireland would lend us Mary Robinson for a term whilst we get used to the idea.

    So given that scenario you may wonder why today I am speaking up for Prince Charles. It’s simply this - this week’s headline story has been he has seen his taxpayer funding increase by nearly 18 percent. This is at a time when Her Majesty’s subjects were tightening their belts due to harsh austerity measures.

    The heir to the throne’s income from the British government rose 17.9 percent from £1.66 million in 2009-10 to £1.96 million in the past year, according to his official accounts.

    However much of the funds covered travel costs with Charles and his wife Camilla travelling 34,000 miles to and from official engagements, including more than 14,000 miles on overseas trips.

    Paddy Harverson, Charles’s spokesperson, who may also be the person responsible for putting his toothpaste on his brush, stated: “Spending on royal travel is decided by the government, not the prince. This is because the government determines where members of the royal family go on official overseas visits.”

    Quite so. If the British Government decides to send Prince Charles off on trips on its behalf the money should come from Foreign Office funds and not be loaded on to the Royal Family’s account.

    Hapless Charles comes in for enough stick as it is, much deservedly so, but beating him with a bat when he is representing Britain simply isn’t cricket.
              A SWEET CLIMAX   
    Each Saturday when I buy La Opinión de Málaga I receive a free copy of Interviú.


    It is an interesting magazine combining hard core porn with hard nosed investigative reporting.

    There is a section entitled “Nuevo Periodismo” which gives some of the more bizarre headlines of recent weeks.

    One in the latest edition from La Flecha reads: “Una mujer tiene orgasmos cada vez que come dulces.”

    Not sure that is headline worthy. I reach a similar state after eating a Crema Catalana. I am sure others enjoy equally sweet experiences!

    I knew a woman who caught a bus each day after work in London’s Victoria to the Old Kent Road. She insisted she always experienced orgasms en route. Whether it was the throb of the diesel engine, the bumps in the road or a secret device I know not.

    However if you have ever travelled on a London bus and seen a person smile it is a rare occurence indeed. Certainly worth a headline whatever the cause!
              June Gloom Is Coming, Bring Some More Light in Your Home!   
    June Gloom Is Coming, Bring Some More Light in Your Home!June comes around and the clouds usually come with it. The temperatures are rising but the clouds really keep the light out and this can be really confusing and depressing on your moods! But there are definitely ways around that so that your home can have as much light as possible and you can grab the summer light easier than ever.

    Adding large and plenty of windows allows more possibility for the light to enter in.  This is especially helpful if you are dealing with low ceilings or deep eaves.  Consider walls near fire places or even in the kitchen, replacing a  section of your cabinets with an extra or larger window instead.  Another place to add window is in a stairway or landing.  This is great because the light is able to reach in and bring a bright warmth from top to bottom. Want to take it a little further? Add some brighter colored painting to the stairwell and landing as well.  When the light comes in, it will bounce of the bright accent colors and leave the area looking more cheerful as well. Talk to our contractors about your options!
    Add windowed walls and rooms. This is a great option for both front and back entries.   It allows more light and looks very classy and welcoming.  However, some may feel concerned about their privacy.  If that's the case, there are many options, such as reeded or etched glass, for maintaining privacy while allowing light in. Another idea would be to place some white or sheer curtains along the door to pull shut in times when you'd rather not be seen as well.  Talk to our contractors about your options!
    Skylights are another option. Basically the miniature version of skylights, tubular day lighting devices (TDD's) are a fantastic option for places that need more light but want to remain private- like bathrooms or walk in closets. Larger skylights are great to brighten up dark kitchens, attic spaces, bedrooms and the upper halls and landings.  These are a great option but also bring in a lot more heat.  So I would suggest placing them in the cooler areas of the house and also the West or Northwest facing areas; as it's more enjoyable to have the welcome of morning sun enter in rather the heat of the evening sun.  Talk to our contractors about your options!
    Some of those modern fixes may be too much for the bank.  So the most budget friendly option is to add color and mirrors to. If this is all you can do, do it well!   Many may say that adding brighter color to a dark room is your best bet.  However, this tends to back fire and the color looks muted and muddy. Sometimes your best option is to embrace the dark room and fill it with rich color.  This allows you to enhance it's naturally cozy nature instead of hitting the - um - wall, repeatedly out of frustration.  Go for rich deep blues or charcoal even and instead, accent with whites and light wood.  Bring in natural metals like copper and silver on vases and fixtures to keep the feeling balanced.   And lastly?  Just add mirrors.  From one large mirror, to a cluster of various mirrors, this is helpful in most areas to add the illusion of more space and even to allow light to bounce off.   Talk to our contractors about your options!
    You don’t have to be a victim of June gloom! Please, call us at Unique Home and let us know how we can help you make these changes easily and in a way that fits your budget.


              Introducing Redesigned Profile Pages - Mobile Responsive and SEO Friendly   
    On December 15th, we released a new version of profile pages on ActiveRain. The primary focus of this redesign effort was to make your profile pages more mobile friendly, to enhance some of the SEO elements on the pages and to elevate your blog posts to a more prominent position on the profiles. Given that about 13% of the traffic in a given month on ActiveRain ends up on your profile, and thousands of our members are being found each month based on searches for their name, and almost 45% of the traffic on the profiles is from mobile devices, we felt that giving creating a better profile experience was important for our members and the people visiting your profiles. Here are some of the things we would like to share about this new design:Building the Site Based on Components: One of the large undertakings, as it relates to our development efforts, is to use the concept of components when we design new pages on the site. The idea with components, is they can easily be moved around and upgraded as additional features are added to the site. What you see today on the profiles is not the end of the road. Over time, as we come up with new ideas, it will become much (MUCH) easier for us to use the new design and add additional components to the page. This gives us a ton more flexibility as we move forward, since we have set a solid foundation upon which to build. Previous designs on ActiveRain were more stand-alone, meaning the design you saw was the design you were always going to see, unless a major remodel was done. The new component based design will allow us to make incremental changes moving forward based on behavior on the site, and also based on new ideas that we want to try. This might not seem like a huge deal, but it is and it will dramatically decrease the time it takes us to build in new aspects to the site. This has currently been completed on the home page and the profiles. We will continue to use this same design concept as we move to other pages on the site. Mobile Responsive:Now, your profile pages will be mobile responsive. When they are displayed on a phone or tablet, they will automatically resize to fit the screen. Previously, there was a simple design that displayed on mobile and didn't give a visitor the full experience of the profile. This old design is still in place on mobile devices for a short while, but the new desktop design will shortly roll out across mobile platforms as well and bring with it a better experience interacting with your profile on mobile.(note, to see the new mobile responsive design, you would navigate to your profile on a mobile device, then you would need to go the bottom of the page and hit the 'show desktop version' link. In about a week, it will all be one display and there will no longer be a different desktop and mobile experience on profiles)(a couple of example views of profiles from an iPhone)Note: You are not currently able to edit your profiles from a mobile device. This is best acheieved (or really only achieved) from a desktop browser.SEO Friendly: Some enhancements have been made to the profile pages to make them more SEO friendly. They include:Page Description: One key element of your new profile, that was present on the old profile, but not fully utilized, is the quote block. Now, that quote block will serve as the page description for your profile. A good example of the use of that area would be "Specializing in helping first time homebuyers find the perfect home in Seattle WA". What do you do? What do you specialize in? Where do you do it? Think about these things when adding your quote. If you decide to use something more light, just know that it will become the page description for your profile. Rework of Meta Data: Our SEO team spent some solid time reworking some bad meta data on the profile pages. Meta Data allows the search engines to more easily index a page. The new profile pages have been updated to include the most recent meta data code to serve to search engines that are crawling your profiles. Adding back bread crumbs: Bread crumbs are those little blue links you will now see at the top of your profile (image below). They give easy links back to the home page, and the state, county and city pages where your profile is set up. These give search engines easy navigation to be able to send their spiders deeper and deeper into the ActiveRain site. These had been removed in a previous profile design yet were determined to be an intregal part of the overall site SEO. Your Recent And Popular Posts Now Showcased on Profiles: Just below the 'get to know' section of your profile, you will now see your most recent and most popular posts displayed. This gives someone who may have seeked out your profile (maybe they googled your name after coming across your marketing offline) an ability to easily access your most recent and most popular blog posts. Since many times consumers are entering the site and landing directly on your profile, we wanted to make sure that your expertise was front and center on your profiles in a way that we have never showcased before. Making Video More Relevant:For some time you've been able to add a video to your profile page. However, in the past it was totally tucked at the bottom of the page. Today, your video moves up the page into a more prominent position. It still sits under your blogs (we are a blogging community), but it no longer lags all the way at the bottom of the page. Contact Call To Action: If someone wants to contact you, we believe it will be pretty obvious how they do it. The dominant color element at the top of the profile is the orange contact button. Clicking that will give someone the chance to call you, email you, or be directed to your website using the 'learn more' button. In fact, you can direct that button to link whereever you would like it to point. (Upon landing on the page, the contact component will not be exposed until someone actually clicks the contact button) What Should You Do Now?Head over to your profile. Take a look and see what areas you might need to update slightly. We did our best to make sure everyone's profiles will move over the data from before, but there could be some minor tweaks that need to be made. The most obvious one is going to be the cover photo. The size changed. It's not longer 600W x 200H. Instead, the new cover photo dimensions are 800W x 150H, a little wider, a little shorter. And as always, let us know your feedback. 2000 bonus points for the best feature request. Now that we have the profiles built on this component concept, it's so much easier for us to add elements to the page as we get great ideas! tell us what you would like to see on your profile? And let us know what you think. --- Keep Up In the Rain!
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              ActiveRain Introduces Mobile Notifications   
    In May of 2015, 34% of the traffic on ActiveRain came from a mobile phone.  The growth we are experiencing on that area of the site is tremendous and we love that the community is taking full advantage of it!ActiveRain has made a major investment in the past year to make sure that your blog posts look amazing on a mobile device.  But, did you also know that we've been building out a mobile web experience that helps you to connect, share, and learn with your peers in the community?All of our development has been on "mobile web" version of the site.  This is not an app that you need to download.  The majority of our users on ActiveRain are consumers visiting the site so our focus is on making you look great on their phone in a normal web browser. In our latest software release (June 8, 2015), we introduced three more pieces of the puzzle to help you stay connected on the go: Notification AlertsWith our mobile notification alerts, every time you visit ActiveRain on your phone you'll see a bright orange indicator to alert you to new activity on your content.  This smart system of notifications helps you to stay plugged in to all of the conversations happening in the Rain.  My Home PageThe My Home page is a one-stop-shop to see all of the activity on your account.  You can filter what kind of information appears on the page and manage it like an inbox by deleting events that no longer matter to you.The page reports all of these events: Messages from contact forms New followers Blog likes Comments received Comment likes Reblogged Referral requests Referral alerts Question likes Answers received Answers Upvoted Tagged in someone else's content This is the most highly trafficked page by members on our site!  Contact Form Messages (Lead Alerts)One of the biggest business drivers for our members is when a visitor to ActiveRain submits the contact form on the side of their blog or profile page.  Common examples of the kinds of contacts arriving on these forms.Hi, I have clients who are interested in buying a home in one of the Chicago suburbs...possibly Oswego. I'd like to refer them to you if you are interested.I see that many people recommend your service. Do you have time for an inspection on Monday (May 4th)?I spoke to you recently about buying a condo in the UT area since my wife is now teaching in UT. We've found one we're interested in.  I need to get a preapproval letter so please send me the required forms ASAP. In our June 8th release, we built the "Message" page in a mobile friendly format so you can quickly respond to your leads and make a great first impression.  What Else Can I Do On My Phone?If you are new to ActiveRain (or just haven't been paying attention for the past 12 months!), you can also access all of the functionality listed below on your phone. Click on these links from your phone to check them out.Home Page - A real-time feed of the most popular content on ActiveRain.Points - View your point accumulation over the past two months.Following - View the people you are following and filter the list by location and profession.Followers - View the members who are following YOU and easily follow them in return.Ask a Question - Pose a new question to the ActiveRain community.Blog Home - Search through the latest and greatest blog posts on ActiveRain, including a filter to only view blog posts written by people you follow.Question Home - See the peer-to-peer questions that are driving the most engagement.Bookmarks (unique link for each person) - Access the questions and blog posts bookmarked on your account.My Blog (unique link for each person) - View all of the blog posts published to your account. And our favorite page of all:THE LOGIN PAGEBecause if you don't log in to the site, you don't get to enjoy any of the features mentioned above. If you haven't experienced the ActiveRain mobile site now is the time!--- Keep Up In the Rain!
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              New ActiveRain Mobile Optimized Website Design   
    On Monday night, September 29th at 9pm (Pacific Time) we lauched the new ActiveRain Mobile optimized design for the website. What does this mean? It means that ActiveRain will now render much better on a mobile device giving any visitors via mobile a more delightful and beautiful experience where the author (you!) is front and center. Currently, about 20% of the traffic that comes to ActiveRain is doing so via a mobile device. This number has been steadily increasing month after month. This new optimized design will create a better experience for those visitors. We believe that creating a mobile optimized design that will display your content in a visually appealing and consistent manner from device to device (and there are a ton of devices, not to mention operating systems to consider) will help your content rank better when someone is doing a Google search (or any other search engine) from their mobile phone and thereby lead to more traffic for your blog posts. Combined with obvious calls to action and placing you and the ability to contact you front and center we hope this new design leads to more connections through your blog. What Did We Do: Made Your Blog Beautiful: Well really we just took what you are posting to the desktop version of ActiveRain and made it so that it looks good on a mobile device. Lots of developer stuff like resizing images and eliminating random code that doesn't display so well on mobile Put The Author Front and Center: Any time someone lands on a piece of content you authored using their mobile device, it's no secret who wrote the content. We put your pretty face front and center and made sure there are ample options for someone to connect with you. Clear Calls to Action: Did I just repeat myself? It bears repeating.....there are lots of ways on a mobile version of your post for someone to reach out and connect with you. How This Benefits You, The Members of ActiveRain: The new mobile optimized site allows our members to engage on ActiveRain from your mobile device. You can now comment on posts, like other member's blog posts or comments and access your bookmarks. Beyond that, we believe that offering up a mobile optimized site to Google, as I mentioned earlier, will increase the likelihood that your content shows up higher in search results served up to someone using a mobile device. What Should You Do on Tuesday Morning, September 30th? The first thing you want to do is check out one of your blog posts on your mobile device. Pay special attention to the name field when you post pulls up. You'll want to make sure that you are using the fields in your ActiveRain profile in the way they are intended to be used. If you have been stuffing a bunch of extra stuff into, say, your name field.....it's not going to look as good on the mobile version. Second, play around with it. Get in there and comment, like a few posts, check out your bookmarks and just play around on AR using your mobile device. The New ActiveRain Mobile Design If you would like to see what the new mobile optimized site looks like, check out the video I created below showing it off a little bit. Or just jump over to your phone and pull up ActiveRain. --- Keep Up In the Rain!
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              Refer a Friend Winner!   
    ActiveRain had a contest that ended last week.  We asked you to invite your sphere of friends and colleagues in the biz to join our amazing community.  For every 5 new Rainers, your name was put into a hat for a grand prize.Well it's time to announce the winner.... Captain Wayne Rowlett! The Captain will receive a Kindle or other valued device of his choosing as a thank you and all 17 invitations will become RainMakers for free for one year!!  Talk about exciting!Thank you to everyone that participated in this contest, our community is growing! And remember, you earn 250 bonus points every time someone accepts an invitation from you, and a 10% bonus on all the points earned by members you refer. So keep inviting your real estate pro pals!--- Keep Up In the Rain!
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              Wichovia On Line Banking and the History of Bank Checking   
    No one believes that the emergence of the first part of the inspection of financial transactions. Some people believe that this practice originated in Rome around 350 years, but there is no documentation on this theory. As we all know, banks are in ancient Greece, Mesopotamia and Rome, but there is no evidence that the transactions.

    Original medieval Italian bank, but must appear in person for depositors business or in some other way to pay margin account client. Gradually, the appearance of written instructions in order to facilitate the depositors.

    Ultimately, the Netherlands began to employ the inspection system in the early 16th century. Banks began to pay for their client accounts, of receiving the written statement, this is the beginning of account-based payment method. The concept quickly spread to England and started in the late 18th century writing, checks and deposits, or "check", because at that time. However, these hand-written checks, it is easy to copy or fake, so very concerned about the security of depositors funds.

    People began to use a check in the U.S. in 1600 when a businessman at the end of short-term cash at the beginning of mortgage their land and use the funds to write checks against. As far as is known, the first inspection?????bankers from Great Britain in 1762. The term "inspection" May be used, because the number of papers on the course or "checks" they.

    The inspection resulted in a number of issues, bankers, and even because they have achieved popularity. How to earn money as a result of banks from other banks and securities? Courier travel for inter-bank to carry out inspections and submit their collection, but for security reasons, this is not a good solution. Thus, the eighteenth century, the story said, a bank in London will talk about the second messenger Messenger and found that they learn to check other people's banks. They exchanged them on the scene, how to stimulate thinking, exchange of bank checks, or "clearing house". The concept is still in use today.

    Banks in the United States to check the current directly from other banks, the Federal Reserve or a private collection clearing house. Sorting device for reading at the bottom of each check and local groups in need. Identification of a bank routing number and customer reference number, and then check on the assets and borrowing. Check for the actual delivery of the inter-bank in some way, but today with special machines to check the Federal Reserve through electronic scanning, and submitted to the bank, which they use.

    Check the use of very simple, almost no other person from the customer's name and number of banking institutions with the information. Several decades ago, banks began to try to attract more customers with a detailed view, different colors, some attractive to the border, perhaps the letter. The idea was soon with the bank customers, and will gradually have more variety of products, such as fancy printing and subsequent limited interest in small logo creation, cats, dogs, some flowers. Customers are also very excited about these innovations and encourage banks to expand their range of inspection, provided that for them.

    From there, sports really started rolling. Today, bank customers choice between one hundredth of different themes, colors, logo, printing and border inspection. They may even decide to personal family photos printed on the check! Also, did not buy them to check their bank, in fact, many banks that his customers trust external sources. Although many people pay bills and use of electronic credit or debit card for the purchase and sale of business inspections, not reduced. The inspection will be with us for a long time, in its rich diversity!
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              Empty a fruit machine of money without using the keys!!   
    Have you ever wanted to be able to empty the money out of a fruit machine, without owning the keys? We have invented a device which allows you to do exactly that. Perfect if you need to take all the money out of your own fruit machine, but have lost the key. The device works by using Radio Frequencies to remotely "confuse" the brain of the fruit machine, thus causing it to empty the coin holder (hopper) into the payout tray for you to collect. You must obviously only use this device on machines that you own! If you'd like more information on this product, feel free to visit our website, which you can view by clicking the link. You can view the website by clicking on the link below which says "Web site: Click here to view" or by going directly to this link: http://rftesters.dyndns.org/rftesters/index.htm
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    Have you ever wanted to be able to empty the money out of a fruit machine, without owning the keys? We have invented a device which allows you to do exactly that. Perfect if you need to take all the money out of your own fruit machine, but have lost the key. If you'd like more information on this product, feel free to visit our website, which you can view by clicking the link. Thanks for reading this advert! You can view the website by clicking on the link below which says "Web site: Click here to view" or by going directly to this link: http://rftesters.dyndns.org/rftesters/index.htm
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    Have you ever wanted to be able to empty the money out of a fruit machine, without owning the keys? We have invented a device which allows you to do exactly that. Perfect if you need to take all the money out of your own fruit machine, but have lost the key. If you'd like more information on this product, feel free to visit our website, which you can view by clicking the link. Thanks for reading this advert!
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    Have you ever wanted to be able to empty the money out of a fruit machine, without owning the keys? We have invented a device which allows you to do exactly that. Perfect if you need to take all the money out of your own fruit machine, but have lost the key. If you'd like more information on this product, feel free to visit our website, which you can view by clicking the link. Thanks for reading this advert!
              How Feminism Has Ruined the World   

    Recently, I google blog searched the term feminism. I decided to this after looking for feminist perspectives on a specific topic that I planned to write about. When I put in various search terms and included the word feminism or feminist, many blogs spewing vitriol about the horrible things that feminists have done to what was otherwise a perfect world came up. I thought a search on just the word feminism might prove illustrative. Oh, how right my hunch was!

    By far my favorite discovery from this academic exercise was a post from Andrea Grimes at Heartless Doll. Grimes deconstructed a ludicrous article in The Weekly Standard (a non-ludicrous article in The Weekly Standard would be an oxymoron, I know) about the "New Paleolithic." Any time an article compares our cavepeople ancestors' behavior to that of people today and finds people today lacking (due to feminism) is going to be ripe for raging mockery. Grimes more than delivers. Go read it now. Fall down laughing. I shall wait patiently. Brilliance. Grimes may be my new hero. I certainly worship her prowess.

    On the not funny side, I learned that feminism is not about equality between the sexes, but female supremicism; that feminism is insane to question the objectivity of systems put in place only by men without any input from women; and the rise of feminism coincided with the increase in the incarceration rate of men and thus is responsible for the Prison Industrial Complex. OK, that last charge does make me laugh. I really liked this serious post by Colleen Hodgetts at Gender Across Borders about feminists and chocolate. (This really had nothing to do with how feminists ruined the world per se, but more about how we can help it by thinking about our food choices.)

    After the chocolate and feminist post, I decided to narrow my search. I entered "feminists ruined the world." Seconds later, I learned many exciting things! Missy at Redefined Juliet wrote about how upset she was when a Christian radio show "talked about how feminists have ruined the family and the correct relationship between men and women by saying that women should be able to choose to work outside the home." Of course, this is old news to me. I clearly perverted my defined role in the universe by denying offspring to my husband, although that has nothing to do with my decision to work outside of the home.

    Feminism, though, has not only ruin the family. It also, as Dorothy Parker at loon pond reports, ruined Catholicism for nuns. Her hilarious post about George Pell's comments on the soon-to-be sainted Mary McKillop is a treasure. See, Pell said that feminists forced nuns out of positions as leaders of Catholic hospital and secondary schools. Among other excellent, uproarious comments, Parker remarked:

    Those bloody feminists. Drove the nuns out of the church they did, with their snarky shrewish ways, unlike the Pellists, who have the most wonderful attitude to women in power in the Catholic church. Provided they don't have anything to do with the important business in front of and behind the altar.

    Then there's the always popular notion that feminism "women’s lives by making them fussy, neurotic whiners who Can’t Find Love," as noted by Thrifty Gal Tracey's Thrifty Tips. She's talking about Lori Gottlieb, who has a whole book about the lies that women tell themselves about finding partners of equal value when we should just take any dude who's willing to cum in us and give us offspring to raise without their household help. Perhaps that links back to feminism ruining the family, though.

    Don't forget, feminists also ruined men by saying it is OK for them to cry. We ruined politics by running for office. We destroyed sports by reporting on them. We ruined domestic violence by making it illegal. We ruined rape by saying its never the victim's fault. Seriously, what good is the world after feminism?!?!? Let's just set off multiple nuclear devices and let the roaches take over. Anything, according to feminism's detractors, would be better than dealing with people who want men and women to live their lives as each individual best sees fit. Nothing could be more awful! Thank goodness for feminism!

     

    Suzanne also blogs at Campaign for Unshaved Snatch (CUSS) & Other Rants and is the author of Off the Beaten (Subway) Track.


              MacDropAny – Wow, Dat is handig zeg!   
    Geweldig handige app om content op je Mac automatisch te sync-en met de Cloud. MacDropAny syncs any folder on your Mac with the cloud, for access from any device, anywhere in the world, for free … Supported Storage Sevices • Dropbox • iCloud Drive • Copy • MediaFire • Google Drive • Box • OneDrive • Mega En nog gratis ook! … Meer lezen over MacDropAny – Wow, Dat is handig zeg!

              Goodbye Overcast   
    En dat is voor mij dan het einde van Overcast, de alom geroemde iOS podcatcher van de hand van Marco Arment. Ergo: Weer terug naar Pocketcasts. Reden? Overcast synchroniseert niet meer tussen al mijn iOS en OSX devices omdat één van de devices (een iPhone 4) niet geschikt is voor iOS 8. In  de laatste update van de … Meer lezen over Goodbye Overcast

              Ontdek de categorie van een iOS app   
    Korte instructie om de App Store categorie te ontdekken van een geinstalleerde iOS app Breng je iOS device in “de Wiebel modus” (houd een app langer ingedrukt) Laat de te onderzoeken app op een andere app vallen waardoor een folder ontstaat Naam van de nieuwe folder is de categorie die de Apple store er aan … Meer lezen over Ontdek de categorie van een iOS app

              Global Market For Medical Device Technologies in Spine Surgery, 2014-2021   
    MedMarket Diligence is completing a global analysis of spine surgery technologies, scheduled for publication in August/September: “Global Market For Medical Device Technologies in Spine Surgery, 2014-2021: Established and Emerging Products, Technologies and Markets in the Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific and Rest of World.” See link. This report is a detailed market and technology assessment and forecast … Continue reading "Global Market For Medical Device Technologies in Spine Surgery, 2014-2021"
              The Spine Market: Big, Growing and Persistently Device-Intensive   
    [Having covered a very wide range of medical technology markets, spanning cardiology to gastroenterology, biotechs to devices and disposables/reusables/"reposables" to capital equipment, I have to note that the spine surgery market is really unique among all of them — resistant to cost containment, persistently device-oriented, and subject to tremendous innovation all the same. In some … Continue reading "The Spine Market: Big, Growing and Persistently Device-Intensive"
              Eco-Metrics: Part 2   
    Continuing my previous post on monitoring your energy use or carbon footprint with iPhone and/or Android apps, here are a few more.

    iPhone

    Accufuel - Track your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.



    Carticipate - A ride-share app that allows the user to find people in their area to carpool. Think social-carpooling.



    Android

    PedNav - Helps the user plan their activities efficiently. The app is location aware, so it has the capability of telling the user what is near and of the necessary transportation to get to the suggested destination.


    http://www.routeme2.com/products/pednav/

    Teradesk - Connects the user to their computers and/or mobile devices and allows them to store files in a digital "cloud" accessible from anywhere, eliminating personal paper trails.


    http://www.teradesk.com/tera/index.html

    And it's not just the software that is allowing people to be more "efficient." There have been developments in the hardware as well. Here are a couple examples.

    Nokia's 3110 Evolve
    - The covers are made from over 50% renewable material, has smaller packaging made of 60% recycled content, and the charger uses 94% less energy than the Energy Star requirements.



    Motorola's Renew
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    Recently introduced, the “Renew,” is made using plastic from recycled water bottles and can be completely recycled.



    Nokia's Eco Sensor - Equipped with a wearable sensor unit with wrist or neck strap made of solar power cells as its power source, it can analyze your health, environment, and local weather conditions simultaneously. It's still in the "concept" stage, so don't look for it anytime soon.


              US Military hacked, access sold for under $500   

    Thanks to Hollywood, most Americans have a rather grand idea of the sort of cutting-edge technical sophistication employed by the United States government. The reality is actually a lot more dire. Consider the […]

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              Just plugging any Android or iOS device into your computer might be enough to give a hacker control of it   

    It’s only considered good form to let someone recharge their low battery smartphone from a stray USB port if they come up to you with pleading eyes in some Starbucks, but you should […]

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              Samsung Galaxy Tab to become “hacker proof” with new firmware   

    We would never underestimate the ability of hackers to root a device, but it looks like Samsung will: they’re about to roll out a new firmware update for the Galaxy Tab which they […]

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              Don’t buy Wii Sports Resort – $60 bundle arrives October 12th   

    If you haven’t invested in Wii Sports Resort yet then it’s worth holding off a purchase for another couple of weeks. At the moment the game comes with a single MotionPlus device for […]

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              TowlHub - USB Paper Towel Holder / Charger   
    TowlHub - USB Paper Towel Holder / Charger
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              PowerPot - Thermoelectric Generator Converts Heat To USB Power   
    PowerPot - Thermoelectric Generator Converts Heat To USB Power
    Whether you're prepping for apocalyptic end times, surviving a power outage caused by aliens chewing on the power lines, living off the grid, or just leisurely out camping, keep your cell phone and other USB devices at full power without relying on the sun or cranking on some dynamo, just use the this cool new PowerPot - Thermoelectric Generator.

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              Spring Farm Pop Online Hack Generator Tool   

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              Spring Farm Pop Hack Cheat Tool   

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              Jam Day Online Hack Generator Tool   

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              The Joys of Customer Service at Dailysteals.com   
    One of the nice things about having a blog is that it gives me a good place to vent on occasion. Today's been a long day - three classes to teach and met with student for about three hours in addition to that answering questions abut their valuation models. So, I'm basically wasting time before I have to leave and pick up the Unknown daughter from Girl Scouts. So, here's a minor vent.

    I recently bought a Nook Color from "Daily Steals" (www.dailysteals.com). The price (only $130) seemed like a deal that was too good to be true.

    Being a born skeptic, I often tell people "if it seems like it's too good to be true, it probably is." I should listen to myself more often (and not merely when I'm saying "my preciousssss".)

    About two weeks after I bought my Nook, it started malfunctioning - it would unexpectedly turn off, and then wouldn't boot unless the charger cable was connected (I think the "on/off" button might have had a bad connection - once booted, it would stay on, at least for a while). So, I sent them an email, and received an automated response saying
    Your email is very important to us. You can be confident that we will adress your questions in a timely manner. A Customer Service Representative will personally respond to you within 1-2 business days. You may also contact our Live Chat during
    business hours, Mon-Thu: 9:30-5 ET and Fri: 9-2 ET. We are closed on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.
    Two days go by, and no email response. So, I call their customer service number. I got a recording (that sounded suspiciously like Kasey Kasem - maybe he's doing a bit of work on the side), and ended up on hold for a half an hour.

    Next, I tried their "live chat feature, and got a customer service person in a chat session. Here it is (I've done very minor editing only, since my typing-fu is not all that great):

    Judith: Hi There! Welcome to DailySteals Live Chat. How can I assist you today?

    Me: I am following up on an email I sent abut a defective product (two days ago) -- I have pasted the content into the email into the chat window to make your life easier. Here it is:
    I ordered a Nook Color (order ID XXX) on 10/16/2011 (and received it on 10/27). It worked fine for the first few weeks, but it now appears to be defective. It will only boot when the charger is plugged in (and not using battery power only). In addition, it sometimes cuts off unexpectedly. The device information on the Nook says that if the Nook is defective and it was NOT purchased from a Barnes and Nobile store, I should contact the retailer from which I purchased it. So, I am contacting you to see what you can do for me.

    Judith: Please send us an email to sales@dailysteals.com so we can have someone look into this for you.

    (methinks Judith needs to read the message I just sent)

    Me: I have already sent an email (as I mentioned in the chat, I sent it two days ago). I am chatting to follow up on that email. Are you saying that I should send another email to verify the first one? After all, It's been several days, and I haven't heard back on that one yet.

    Judith: I am unable to assist you with this via live chat and if you have received an email correspondence, you need to respond to the email

    (this sounds like a canned response)

    Me: I am not responding to an email. I am "talking" to you because I HAVE ALREADY SENT AN EMAIL AND I HAVE NOT RECEIVED A RESPONSE. My problem is that I have sent an email and I have received no response. Is there a real live person I can talk to?

    Judith: When did you send your email?

    (again, there seems to be a lack of reading comprehension here)

    Me: Please read my previous chat - I sent it two days ago.

    Judith: You will receive a response very soon

    Me: What does that statement mean? Is that a standard response to inquiries, or does it mean that you have checked into my SPECIFIC request and have verified that my problem is being handled?

    Judith: It means that based on the date you emailed, you will receive a response from a representative shortly

    Me: in other words, the first case.

    Me: An additional question - what does "very soon" mean? A day, three days, a week?

    Judith: Either today or tomorrow

    Me: Good. If I haven't heard from anyone by then, I will assume that customer service is
    not a priority (after all, three days is a long time to wait to receive a response for a basic inquiry). At that point I think it would be appropriate to post this whole episode on my blog - I have a bit more than 1,000 subscribers, and I'm always looking for material. That's not intended as a threat, by the way. It's just that I (and most people I know) value customer service highly. So, buying a product at a "great" price is not a deal if there are easily avoidable problems down the line.

    Just for the record (in case anyone wants to contact me), the email is XXXX@XXX.com and my cell phone # is XXX-XXX-XXXX

    It will be interesting to see how long "today or tomorrow takes." Ah well, at least I know that if it doesn;t work out, I have the satisfaction of knowing that the thousand or so subscribers who have nothing better to do than read this blog (seriously, people, you need to get a life) will know whiat the downside of "deal sites" are.

    /vent

              Kinetic Road Machine Smart   

    Kinetic's Road Machine Smart trainer comes with Kinetic's inRide sensor technology installed, for app-based power training. Having used it at all intensities I can vouch for its excellent performance. It gives a fantastic ride feel, is rock solid, incredibly quiet, and delivers consistent power measurement via the inRide app. The only negative is that the cadence reading is erratic.

    The trainer I tested came with the inRide sensor, Bluetooth heart rate sensor, Kinetic training mat and a riser ring.

    It had already been put together at road.cc HQ when I received it, but I am reliably informed it is easy to assemble. Looking at the instructions it appears to be a straightforward procedure, though it's worth noting that care must be taken to get the inRide sensor as close to the right side of the flywheel as possible.

    > Find your nearest dealer here

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    Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Smart 2.jpg

    Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Smart 2.jpg

    Resistance unit

    The weak point of some fluid trainers is that they are susceptible to leaking, this is caused where the drive shaft enters the fluid chamber. Kinetic claims it has made an engineering breakthrough with its fluid trainers. Its patented magnetic drive system uses two sets of powerful magnets on either side of a separating wall, so there are no moving parts entering the fluid chamber and it therefore claims a lifetime of leak-proof performance.

    Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Smart - resistance unit.jpg

    Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Smart - resistance unit.jpg

    I cannot vouch for the lifetime of leak-proof performance, but the resistance unit is incredibly slick and does live up to Kinetic's claims of a 'road like feel'. You can hear the fluid in the trainer gurgle as it warms up and after a few minutes it is quiet and the feel is smooth.

    The resistance is realistic and increases as you go up through the gears. A consistent effort is required to maintain speed and power which is apparent when using the inRide app.

    Frame

    The frame is heavy, sturdy, solid and stable. I have ridden the Kinetic at all intensities, right through to all-out sprints, and it feels an extremely robust, well-built machine.

    Mounting and dismounting your bike onto the trainer is an uncomplicated operation that takes a few seconds each time after the initial setting up. The initial set up involves tightening the left tensioning knob so the rear wheel is on the middle of the flywheel and then tightening the left lock ring. It is then a simple case of screwing the right tensioning knob to secure the bike and unscrewing the right tensioning knob to release the bike.

    Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Smart - clamp.jpg

    Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Smart - clamp.jpg

    Noise

    There is very little to say here other than it is really quiet. I have ridden it with and without the trainer mat and it is incredibly quiet either way. The real advantage of the mat is that the trainer sinks into it so helps with stability for all-out efforts.

    Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Smart - mat.jpg

    Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Smart - mat.jpg

    Kinetic InRide App

    The key feature of the Smart Power Trainer Pack is that it gives the trainer the ability to measure power.

    Each time you use the inRide app the power needs to be calibrated. This involves warming up for 10 minutes to allow the tyre to warm up and any air in the fluid chamber to adjust to temperature, spinning up to 20mph, the app instructs you to stop pedalling, and as the roller spins down to a halt the power is calibrated and it's ready to go.

    Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Smart.jpg

    Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Smart.jpg

    The inRide sensor within the trainer linked to the Kinetic IOS app that I downloaded onto an Apple iPad; there is also an android version. Data is transferred from the inRide pod to your device via Bluetooth. The inRide pod produces data from a magnet that is inserted into the fly wheel. The inRide Sensor will measure and record speed, power, cadence, heart rate and calories burned.

    Inputting various power based training sessions onto the app was easy and intuitive, although each interval segment needs to be inputted individually. Once inputted on the app the sessions were easy to follow on the trainer. During a workout the display on the app shows a bold line across the screen which is your target power output, the display also shows a large dot that displays your real time power output; hold this dot on the bold line to follow the workout. Following the power encouraged smooth pedalling to create a level reading, which will clearly be an advantage when you're back on the road.

    > Check out our guide to the best cycling turbo trainers here

    The app includes a number of workouts, including one to measure your functional threshold power, the essential measurement to base all other power-based sessions around.

    My only criticism of the app is that the cadence measure is erratic; the reading often moves in increments of five which is annoying if you're following a cadence-based workout. The cadence measurement proved to be incorrect when compared to my Garmin. I wonder whether it's because the cadence is measured through a calculation based on the revolutions of the magnet on the flywheel; a possible solution could be for the app to connect to a cadence sensor attached to the crank.

    Once the workout is finished the app can transfer your workout to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, cycling-specific sites such as Strava and Training Peaks, and via email. To upload my workouts to Garmin Connect, the inRide app emailed the workouts in .fit format.

    Conclusion

    I am impressed with the Kinetic Road Machine Smart indoor trainer. It's rock solid, incredibly quiet and offers a fantastic ride feel, and delivers consistent power measurement via the Kinetic inRide app.

    Verdict

    Rock solid and incredibly quiet trainer that delivers a fantastic ride feel and consistent power measurement via the Kinetic inRide app

    road.cc test report

    Make and model: Kinetic Road Machine Smart

    Size tested: Fits 22-29in wheels

    Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

    Kinetic says: "The Kinetic Road Machine Smart Power Training Pack is The benchmark for indoor training. The Road Machine Smart Bike Trainer is Quiet, smooth, and 100% leak-proof. From intervals to threshold work to recovery spins the Road Machine Smart offers a wide range of workout options. There is no trainer that more accurately replicates an outdoor ride indoors thanks to our precision-calibrated fluid resistance unit."

    My view is that the trainer fulfils Kinetic's claims, although other trainers also replicate an outdoor ride well.

    Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

    From Kinetic:

    Quiet, smooth, progressive resistance precisely replicates outdoor ride feel

    The most reliable fluid trainer available

    Fully assembled

    Pairs with Kinetic inRide Watt Meter for power training

    Unmatched stability and durability

    Lifetime warranty

    Patented Kinetic fluid resistance provides measurable and repeatable workload

    Progressive resistance from 5 to 3000 watts

    Folds flat for easy storage

    Ergonomic rubberized knobs grip for easy setup

    Large diameter roller reduces tire wear and provides a smoother ride

    Fits 22' to 29' wheels''up to 29 x 2.4' tires sizes

    Lifetime Warranty & Crash Replacement Policy

    Rate the product for quality of construction:
     
    10/10

    Heavy, sturdy and well put together.

    Rate the product for performance:
     
    9/10

    The trainer is smooth and quiet and the inRide app is an excellent power meter.

    Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
     
    10/10

    It's heavy, which in my book is good for an indoor trainer.

    Rate the product for value:
     
    8/10

    This is a top notch trainer and when you consider the competition and cost of power meters, this is a fair price. There are decent discounts available if you shop around, too.

    Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

    Whether training with heart rate, power or all-out sprints, this trainer fits the bill. I did most sessions based on functional power threshold and sprints, and it was incredibly quiet, smooth and provided consistent power measurements.

    Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

    The quiet resistance unit, solid build and consistent power readings.

    Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

    The unreliable and erratic cadence measurement.

    Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

    Would you consider buying the product? Yes - I will be purchasing the product.

    Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

    Use this box to explain your score

    The trainer alone is a fantastic piece of kit which is enhanced by the excellent Smart Power Training Pack. This would have been a 10 had the cadence measurements been less erratic and more accurate.

    Overall rating: 9/10

    About the tester

    Age: 40  Height: 6 foot  Weight: 12st 4

    I usually ride: Giant TCR Advanced  My best bike is:

    I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

    I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding

    Story weight: 
    2
    Price: 
    £330.00
    Contact: 
    Product Type: 
    Road.cc rating: 
    9
    Weight: 
    11,600g
    Road.cc verdict: 

    Rock solid and incredibly quiet trainer that delivers a fantastic ride feel and consistent power measurement via the Kinetic inRide app

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              Kinetic introduce inRide Bluetooth Smart power meter   

    Cycle trainer brand Kinetic are launching the inRide Watt Meter which they are calling “the world’s first Bluetooth Smart trainer-based power meter”.

    The system uses the new Bluetooth Smart communication protocol found in iPhone 4s and iPad 3 to pair a heart rate monitor and a power sensor pod with the new Kinetic inRide iPhone App (available for iPhone 4s and iPad 3 only; it’s not an iPad-specific App) to measure wattage with a Kinetic fluid trainer.

    Kinetic’s accurate fluid trainer power curve allows precise wattage readings for any given speed. We mentioned this when we reviewed Kinetic’s Road Machine turbo trainer; the silicone in the fluid chamber is unaffected by heat so you get consistent resistance whatever the air temperature and however long your training session – so the speed you get out mirrors the power you put in. 

    As well as the Road Machine, the inRide system is compatible with the fantastic Rock And Roll, which we’ve also reviewed, and the Pro trainer, which we haven’t.

    Proprietary firmware in the inRide Sensor Pod measures speed and cadence and uses a simple equation to convert that into wattage. That data is collected along with your heart rate information and displayed on the paired iPhone 4s or iPad 3. After your session you can upload your training data to a website or email the file to a coach.

    Features include:

    • Power (current, avg, max)
    • HR (current, avg, max)
    • Speed
    • Cadence
    • Distance
    • Calorie burn
    • Heart rate and watt training zones

    An auto coast-down calibration keeps the accuracy precise, no matter what tyre and tyre pressure you are using.

    Bluetooth Smart communication ties the components together, avoids crosstalk with other devices, and eliminates the need for additional phone dongles. The Minoura Live Training App we told you about last week, for example, which allows you train by power using a Minoura trainer and an iPhone or iPad, uses ANT+ and that requires the use of a dongle.

    Kinetic reckon the inRide Watt Meter matches other power meters on the market for accuracy and repeatability.

    The inRide system isn’t available yet, but it will be in the autumn costing £175.

    Home Page Teaser: 
    iPhone and iPad system for training by power indoors
    Story weight: 
    2

              Surgical Sutures - Medical Devices Pipeline Assessment, 2017   
    Summary GlobalData's Medical Devices sector report, “Surgical Sutures - Medical Devices Pipeline Assessment, 2017" provides an overview of Surgical Sutures currently in pipeline stage. The report provides comprehensive information on the pipeline products with comparative analysis of the...

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    Summary GlobalData's Medical Devices sector report, “Bone Fixation Screws - Medical Devices Pipeline Assessment, 2017" provides an overview of Bone Fixation Screws currently in pipeline stage. The report provides comprehensive information on the pipeline products with comparative analysis of...

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    Summary GlobalData's Medical Devices sector report, “Digital X-ray Systems - Medical Devices Pipeline Assessment, 2017" provides an overview of Digital X-ray Systems currently in pipeline stage. The report provides comprehensive information on the pipeline products with comparative analysis...

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              Android Marshmallow update available for Samsung Galaxy S6   
    Finally, after months of waiting, Samsung has released the Android Marshmallow update onto their soon to be ex-flagship phone Galaxy S6 - four months after Android 6.0 was released on the Nexus series.

    The update, which is rolling out at snail's pace and on the whim of carriers who rather you buy a new phone than update your current phone, is currently available on only a handful of Galaxy S6 variants. Namely, it is only available for the G920F global variant running in certain regions.

    Fed up with waiting for Samsung to update my variant, I downloaded the bloatware-free French firmware (via XDA), and applied the update using Odin 3.10.7 for Windows. The process was simple enough, though it does expose a huge flaw with Android and Samsung's terrible update policy (like why do we need to wait months for firmware updates for certain variants to arrive or be forced to flash our firmware manually).

    Here's a very quick guide (insert disclaimer claiming no responsibilities for any screw ups that may or many not happen) on how to successfully flash your Samsung phone with the latest firmware without tripping Knox:
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    • Press and hold down the Volume Down and Home button, and then press the Power button until you see a disclaimer, then release all buttons
    • Press the Volume Up button to engage the 'Download mode'
    • Connect your device to your computer
    • Open Odin
    • On Odin, check AP, and select the .tar firmware file you've downloaded and extracted
    • Wait for Odin to verify
    • Then press Start
    • Go and make a pot of tea
    • Depending on how many apps you have installed, your phone would have booted into a fresh new firmware
    • Alternatively, do a factory wipe for a fresh install
    In any case, the update brought a fresh breath of new life to my Galaxy S6 (in a much positive way than the disastrous Lollipop update did to my old Nexus 5), and also updated my phone's security update to February (from October).

    It is still early days, but the phone just feel faster (probably placebo but a nice feeling regardless) despite not doing a factory wipe and the ability toggle app permissions is a huge welcome. But best of all is the support for manual control of the camera's shutter speed and RAW output. The S6's camera is pretty decent - perhaps one of the best on a smartphone - so the ability to gain more control over the control element is massive.
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              Late to the Party   
    It is almost mid January and still no Marshmallow update for my Galaxy S6 - supposedly the current flagship Android device from Samsung. Come on Samsung!

    Oh, happy new year!
              Unlock the Power of Your eCommerce Website on Mobile   

    Manufacturers are beginning to pack more power and technology into today’s mobile devices. Not only are they getting faster and more advanced, they are also becoming readily available to virtually anyone around the world. As a result, the opportunity, urge, … More Info

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              Recall for Replacement Switch Assy/Magnetic Starter device   
    Mula-mula dapat info dari group FB dan WhatsApp Honda CB/CBR650F Owner's Group. Bila cek kat website Boon Siew Honda, memang confirm Chassis Number motor aku termasuk dalam senarai..dapat jer surat dari Honda terus call Ee Tiong untuk order part


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              Mini Acoustic Guitars   
    Ever since the origins of the modern guitar in the 18th century, the instrument has been available in various sizes. Antonio d Torres gave the modern classical guitar its form as we know it today. The modern classical guitar has a scale of 648 to 650 mm, which is roughly 26 inches. Full size electric guitars have a slightly shorter scale. Most Fender instruments are 25 1/2” while Gibson has maintained the 24 1/2” scale.



    Sizes of Classical Guitars

    Classic guitar builders have offered guitars that are 1/4 sized, 1/2 sized, 3/4 sized, and full size for players of different ages and differing physiques.



    1830 Stauffer Terz


    In the 1930’s C.F. Martin introduced the Terz guitar. It was based on the size of the Terz or Treble classical guitar. Joseph Stauffer, from whom C.F. Martin senior learned his craft, had built Terz guitars. So it would stand to reason Martin would continue the tradition.





    Martin 5-18 Terz Guitar


    The Martin Terz was a 3/4 scale guitar and offered in different styles. The 5-18 was probably the most popular. Marty Robbins used his on stage. This guitar was designed to be tuned three frets above standard pitch.





    1937 Gibson L-00


    In 1932 Gibson introduce the L-00 Flat top guitar. This was a small bodied instrument, and one of the nicer versions of the L series. By 1937, Gibson offered this model in a 3/4 sized option.





    1950 Gibson LG-2 3/4 size

    In 1933 Gibson had also introduced the very fancy LC model in a 3/4 sized version. In 1942 Gibson offered the LG-2 and by 1949 it was available in a 3/4 size version. This is the guitar that Arlo Guthrie favors.


    Arlo Guthrie LG-2 

    In 2002 Gibson decided to reintroduce this very model when Arlo Guthrie contacted Gibson’s craftsmen to ask for help In reconstructing a guitar that his father Woody had given him as a present. After painstakingly rebuilding the instrument, Gibson decided to offer the same guitar to the public as the Arlo Guthrie LG-2 3/4. This list price was $2079, but they are available for much less.


    Back in 1945, following the World War II, Harmony guitars of Chicago was back in business and reintroduced The Stella guitar. Stella had been a brand offered as far back as 1899 by the Oscar Schmidt Company. When the company went bankrupt in the 1930’s, Harmony guitars stepped in a acquired their assets.

    Harmony "Stella"  H929

    The 3/4 sized Stella H929 was in the line up from 1945 through 1970 and was popular as a student model. The guitar was made mainly from birch and used all solid woods. It was ladder braced. Despite being 3/4 sized, it still had a 24 1/2” scale.





    Bob Taylor working on a guitar
    Bob Taylor was working for a small guitar manufacturing business in 1972 when he was only 18 years old. Within two years, Bob, and co-workers Kurt Listig, and Steve Schemmer bought the company. They needed a band name to put on the guitars.

    Schemmer Guitars and Listig Guitar did not seem to sound as marketable as Taylor Guitars. So Taylor Guitar it was. None of the men had studied Martin’s guitar making techniques, so their ideas were fresh and had a new approach. By 1983 Taylor and Listig bought out Schemmer’s stake in the company.

    1996 Baby Taylor (Baby on head stock)

    Back in 1996, at a time when most of us were interesting only in dreadnought sized guitars,  the Baby Taylor made its debut and starts a new trend in guitar manufacturing.


    Baby Taylor neck
    Taylor Guitars had already come up with an interesting concept in its bolt-on neck, which utilized precision cut spacers and bolts to attach the neck to the guitars body, which made neck adjustments quick and painless and this same process was applied to the Baby Taylor.

    The instruments heelless neck attaches to the guitars body by means of two screws that are flush with the fretboard and located between the 15th and 16th fret.

    Baby Taylor arched back
    The guitars back and sides are made of 3 layers of laminated sapele wood and the instruments back is slightly arched. Other guitar companies, such as Guild, Framus, and Gibson, have used this same method of arching the back through heated pressing for strength, so the back requires no internal back bracing.

    The guitars top is made of solid Sitka spruce. Black matte veneer covers the headstock that bears the decal with the Taylor logo.

    The guitar comes with its own gig bag.

    Taylor Swift Baby Taylor

    The Baby Taylor has a 22 3/4” scale on its diminutive 15 3/4” by 12 1/2” body. The guitar was an instant hit and notice was taken by many other guitar manufacturers. The first year offered the Baby Taylor sold over 1,000 units. Sales of the tiny guitar increased from there.




    Martin guitars offered the Backpacker around 1993. Chris Martin IV had visited luthier Robert McNally’s booth at the 1993 NAMM convention where the luthier was displaying his 3 string Strumstick.

    Bob McNally with a Strumstick
    The original instrument was based on the mountain lap dulcimer, but was meant to be played like a guitar. A deal was struck up at this show for 5,000 units to be made. The neck was changed to a six string guitar design and it was dubbed The Backpacker.


    1995 Martin Backpacker


    Although the guitar did not have the greatest tone or volume, its compact size, and durability made it successful. The Backpacker was even taken into outer space by one of the astronauts.








    Martin 5-15 & Backpacker

    The design changed in 2002 when the instruments body was enlarged to enhance the tone and make the instrument easier to hold. Martin has also offered this same instrument with nylon strings, and a mandolin, and ukulele version.





    Martin LXM
    In 2003 Martin took the concept of a small guitar a step further a with the introduction of the Martin LXM. The LXM or Little Martin is designed as a modified 0-14 fret tenor Martin shape. The scale is 23’ in length. The entire guitar is constructed of high-pressure-laminate or HPL, which is essentially the same process used for making Formica. The neck on the Little Martin is made of Rust birch laminate. The fretboard is constructed of black Micarta, while the nut is made of white Corian. The saddle is made of white Tusq. The tuners are made by Gotoh.

    Martin LXME


    The original version was only offered as an acoustic instrument. Later on the LXME came with Fishman transducers and Mini Q electronics. The LXM models all come with a gig bag.






    Martin LX1



    The Martin LX1 is the same style of guitar, but it has a solid Sitka spruce top.








    LX1E Ed Sheeran model

    Ed Sheeran began his busking career using a Little Martin and Martin guitars offers the Ed Sheeran X signature series LX size guitar with built-in Fishman Isys T electronics.


    Martin LX1e


    Martin also makes the LX1e electric acoustic models, which feature a solid spruce top.









    2013 Taylor GS Mini
    In July of 2013 Taylor Guitars introduced the GS Mini guitar. After experimenting with changes to the Baby Taylor, a new design, the Grand Symphony, was decided on. The GS has a different body shape and different bracing.

    The top is made of solid Sitka spruce and the back and sides are sapele laminate. The body is approximately 2” larger than the Baby Taylor. The scale is 23 1/2”, and the body is an inch deeper than the Baby Taylor. Once again, it features the arched back design.

    Taylor GS Mini E


    The neck on this model, although a bolt-on featuring Taylor’s NT design, does have a heel. The action is low and feels quite good. The original models were only offered as acoustic guitars, but could be equipped with the optional ES-Go acoustic pickup.





    ES-Go Pickup System

    This unit is built exclusively for the GS Mini guitar. The ES-Go is stacked humbucking magnetic pickup which clips onto a bracket in the sound hole that is underneath the fretboard section. Once in place, the player swaps out the end pin and replace it with the one attached to the ES-Go unit. It is made to be paired with Taylor’s “V” cable, which has a volume control. The unit sells for an additional $100.

    Taylor GS Mini Mahogany-Spruce


    Since its inception, Taylor has improved this guitar, by offering it with optional body woods, such as a mahogany top or spruce top with laminated walnut back and sides. The electronics have also been updated.




    2015 Taylor GS Mini E
    The Taylor GS mini e is now is available with a built-in Taylor Expression System 2 electronics, which places 3 pickup sensors behind the guitars bridge. Taylor feels this is superior to under the under the saddle method that many designers have used. This also comes with a built-in preamp.

    This option adds $100 to the guitars price, but eliminates the need for putting on or removing the ES-Go unit.

    Back in 1997, just a year after Bob Taylor introduced the Baby Taylor, Tacoma Guitars of Seattle Washington introduced The Papoose mini guitar.

    The Tacoma Factory - Frets magazine
    Tacoma Guitars was a division of The Tacoma Lumber Company.  In 1991 this company was processing hardwood that was milled into piano soundboards exclusively for the Young Chang Piano Company of South Korea.

    The lumber company's general manager, J.C. Kim persuaded Young Change to build a guitar manufacturing plant nearby, and the company started turning out some rather unique instruments. Among these was the tiny P1 Papoose guitar that was designed by luthier Terry Atkins and George Gruhn.

    1997 Tacoma Papoose


    The Tacoma P1 Papoose had a short scale neck with only a 19.1” scale, and  it was built to be tuned a fourth higher that normal guitar tuning. In other words, the strings were tuned from A to A.






    Paisley Soundhole on Papoose
    This guitar introduced the Paisley sound hole, which became a Tacoma trademark, and the Voiced Bracing Support system. This was a system designed to minimize the bracing as much as possible down to what the instrument needs to remain stable.

    Back of 1997 Papoose



    The heelless neck on the Papoose was bolted on and secured by two screws. The bridge was uniquely shaped and had 3 unusual C-shaped cut-outs to secure the strings. Some later models came with bridge pins.




    Papoose 12 String
    The Papoose was available in a variety of sound board woods. Tacoma also came out with the P112 Papoose 12 string. Towards the end of the line, Tacoma had introduced and electric version of The Papoose.

    Young Chang put the company up for sale in 1999 and it was sold to Fender Musical Instruments Corporation in 2004.

    Sadly in 2008 Fender closed the plant and laid off the staff. Though the Papoose is no longer produced, it can still be found on auction sites at a fairly reasonable rate.

    Since the Baby Taylor and the Little Martin have proved to be successful, many major guitar manufacturers, too numerous to mention, have developed and offer 3/4 sized mini acoustic guitars in their line up.

    Dean Flight



    Among them Dean Guitars offers the Dean Flight that retails for around $150 USD. It is a laminated guitar with a 22” scale. The neck is mahogany, and the headstock is done in the Dean-wing style. It comes with a gig bag.





    Fender MA-1
    Fender offers the MA-1 Parlor 3/4 size guitar. The top is laminated Agathis and the back and sides are laminated Sapele. As with most of the mini acoustic guitars a gig bag is included.



    Yamaha JR1



    Yamaha’s product is the JR1 Mini Folk.




    Luna Safari




    Luna Guitars offers a similar 3/4 sized guitar called the Muse Safari guitar.








    Takamine GX18CE-NS

    Takamine has the GX18CE-NS, which retails around $400, but it does have a solid spruce top, rosewood fretboard and electronics with a built-in preamp.


    KLOS Mini guitar


    One of the more unique mini guitars comes from a company called Klos. Their instrument has a carbon fiber body. The neck is made of mahogany and topped with a rosewood fretboard.






    KLOS Mini guitar
    Despite being small in size, the scale is 24 3/4”. Plus the neck is removable. It comes with a gig bag and sell direct from the manufacturer for around $600 USD.






              Electro-Harmonix Effects Pedals; A Brief History   
    Electro-Harmonix original logo
    For electric guitarists it is not enough to have your instrument sound like a guitar; We leave that to the jazz players, the classical players, and the folkies. Electric players want to make their instrument growl, wail, and and scream.

    Guitar George


    We are not like “Guitar George, he knows all the chords. Mind he’s strictly rhythm he doesn’t want to make them cry or sing.” The majority of us want to express ourselves and be heard.




    Maestro Fuzztone
    Aside from a loud, over driven amplifier, effects pedals are necessary tools for most guitarists and bass players. The granddaddy of them all was the Maestro Fuzztone. This was the original pedal used on the Rolling Stone’s hit song, Satisfaction, and it started a whole industry.

    One of the original and most prominent manufacturers of guitar and bass effects pedal is Electro-Harmonix. This company emerged on the scene in New York City back in 1968.

    Mike Matthews in 1979


    Back in 1967 Mike Matthews, the companies owner and founder was a rhythm and blues piano player and had a day time sales job. His friend, Bill Berko, was an audio repairman who had just constructed a circuit for a guitar fuzz pedal.




    '67 Axis and Foxey Lady fuzz pedals

    Under the advice of Matthews, Berko hired a company to construct these pedals under a deal with the Guild Guitar Company and the device was given the name of the Axis fuzz pedal. It was also sold under the name Foxey Lady.

    All parties made a little money off the deal, and eventually Berko and Matthews parted ways.

    Mike Matthews 1967
    However Mike Matthews was smitten with the idea of creating guitar effects. As I've mentioned, at the time Matthews was a salesman for IBM and he next teamed up with an IBM colleague who was an electrical engineer by the name of Bob Myer.

    In 1969 they worked together to create a distortion free sustain device. Some fuzz tones of that era produced a buzz saw like effect that produced some sustain, while others like the Maestro box, just added gain to distort the guitars signal. Guitarists at that time wanted the ability for notes to be played and held, just like those played by horn players.

    Original LPB-1
    What Myer and Matthews came up with was a small device the Linear Power Booster, and called it the LPB-1. This pedal boosted the signal and made the guitar stand out. It did not sit on the floor, but was made to be plugged directly into the amplifier input.


    Vintage LPB-1 interior


    The price for this unit was about $20 USD, and it was an instant hit. The original units were hand wired with no circuit board.





    1969-70 version Big Muff Pi (π)
    The next effect that Matthews and Bob Myer created was the a fuzz tone that added a low end heavy sustain to any guitar sound. They gave it the name of The Big Muff Pi. It mixed harmonic distortion, sustain, and fuzz sounds together to make even a small amplifier sound huge. Plus it distorted at any volume. Both devices were instant hits and were put to use by well known artists.

    '75 Big Muff Pi (π) interior
    The original version of the Big Muff Pi was pretty much hand-made on perforated electronic boards with the wiring and parts hand-soldiered. But by 1970 these devices were updated to etched PCB boards.



    Double Muff and Little Muff
    The Big Muff was such a hit that subsequent versions emerged in later years, such as the Metal Muff, which had a higher gain threshold, and the Double Muff, which was two Big Muffs wired in series that offered overdrive through a single circuit, or through a cascaded version.

    The Little Big Muff was a smaller version of the unit and had a slight variation in the circuit. The NYC Big Muff came with a tone bypass switch that allowed the user to bypass the tone control and another switch the adjusted the frequencies of 3 filters embedded in the circuit.

    EH Bass and Treble boost

    There were several other devices made by Electro-Harmonix in the late 1960's and early 1970's that included a Treble Booster, called the Screaming Bird and a Bass Booster called the Mole, that were made in a similar format to the LPB-1; These small boxes had an input on one end to accept the guitar cable and a plug on the opposite side that went into the amplifier. These units originally sold for around $20 USD.


    EH Slap Back Echo



    The company also produced the Slap-Back Echo box that produced a slap-back effect and came with a filter switch to shape the tone.






    1975 EH Small Stone Phaser
    One of the more popular effects the company produced at this time was the Small Stone Phase Shifter. It was a 4 stage phasing circuit, design by David Cockerell. This device had one large knob to adjust the rate of phasing and a slider switch labeled “Color” that engaged an additional stage of feedback for a more pronounced sound. Think of the Doobie Brothers song “Listen to the Music”.

    EH Band Stone Phase Shifter



    The Bad Stone Phase Shifter was an upgraded circuit that added a Feedback control and a Manual Shift control to filter the sweet spot.





    '77 EH Octave Multiplexer



    Electro-Harmonix came out with an octave box called the Octave Multiplexer which produced the clean signal and a filtered signal an octave below.






    EH Elecric Mistress Flanger



    The Electric Mistress Flanger Chorus Pedal came out in the mid 1970’s and was one of the first multi-effects devices.






    Mid 70's EH Attack Equalizer



    The Electro-Harmonix Attack Equalizer pedal was a combination of a parametric EQ to produce desired equalization and a pre-amplifier to boost the guitars signal.






    1981 EH Graphic Fuzz


    The Electro-Harmonix Graphic Fuzz was not only a fuzztone/distortion unit, but it added a six band graphic eq control section.



    1980 EH Full Double Tracking Effect
    The Full Double Tracking Effect, split the guitars signal. One signal was given a slight delay that was adjustable, while the other was the original guitar signal. It came with a switch that allowed the delay to be 50 ms or 100 ms. The knob adjusted the mix of the original and filtered signals.

    '77 EH Triggered Y Filter


    The Triggered Y Filter was sort of a phaser unit that allowed the frequency range to be adjusted to Lo or Hi and the amplitude/depth of the filter sweep.







    Late '70's EH Echoflanger

    The Echo Flanger produced a modulated Echo and a flanging effect, similar to what record producer did when they would press their finger or thumb on recording tape to cause the one of the tracks to be slightly delayed.


    1978 EH Memory Man

    The Electro-Harmonix Memory Man, was introduced in 1978 and produced analog delay and echo using “bucket brigage” integrated circuits and incorporated a chorus effect. So the user could choose echo or chorus


    EH Deluxe Memory Man


    Several models of this effect including a stereo version and the Deluxe Memory Man that added a chorus/vibrato feature to the echo.



    EH Small Clone Chorus


    The Small Clone chorus, introduced by EHX around 1981 remains a very popular chorus pedal. it was also produced in two different smaller versions known as the Neo Clone and the Nano Clone.






    EH Holy Grail Reverb


    Electro-Harmonix issued a very popular reverb pedal called The Holy Grail.  This pedal came in several different formats including The Holy Grail Plus and the Cathedral. The Holy Stain was a multi-effects pedal that offered two different types of reverb.




    EH Wigger 



    Tremolo was one of the very earliest guitar effects and Electro-Harmonix offered a solid-state tremolo/vibrato pedal called the Stereo Pulsar and a tube based model called the Wiggler.





    1972 Mike Matthews Freedom Amp
    In 1972 the company came out with The Mike Matthews Freedom Amp. This DC powered amp put out around 25 watts RMS into a 10” speaker and was wired point-to-point. The controls included Volume, Tone, and Bite. The housing was rugged and built to be carried around. It was possibly the first battery powered amplifier.

    Interior of Freedom Amp with battery clips

    The only drawback was that it took 40 D cell batteries to power the thing.  It was also available as a bass model or as a public address amplifier which came with built in reverb.


    '90's EH Freedom Amp
    An updated 1990's version of this amplifier was later produced with a lower wattage but in an all wood cabinet. This version came with a wall adapter and a rechargeable battery.

    By 1982 Electro-Harmonix was facing a multiplicity of problems. First there was a labour union dispute. And about the same time the company filed for bankruptcy protection. Two years later, in 1984 Electro-Harmonix was in deeper financial problems and Mike Matthew decided to shift his attention away from the little effects boxes to a new venture.

    Mike Matthews



    He launched a new company that he called the New Sensor Corporation, which was based in the Soviet Union. Matthew saw the need for vacuum tubes, which were no longer being manufactured in the United States and in short supply, but were plentiful in the USSR.




    Sovtek Tubes
    Matthews put together factories in three Russian cities to produce Sovtek tubes and eventually became one of the largest suppliers of vacuum tubes in the world. To this day they still offer a variety of the most popular tubes used in modern amplifiers.


    Sovtek Mig 50 amplifier
    At the time the company went on to produce several tube amplifiers under the Sovtek brand name that included the Mig 50, the Sovtek Mig 60, and the Sovtek Mig 100, were all named after Russian fighter jets.

    These amps were based on popular circuits and can still be found on the web at bargain prices.

    New Sensor EH Russian made Big Muff Pi



    In 1990 Electro-Harmonix resumed the building effect pedals. Some of these were made in Russia through 2009.





    EH 2006 Nano Pedals

    In 2006 the smaller and more standardized "micro" and "nano" effect lines using surface-mount circuit components were introduced.


    The circuit board manufacturing was outsourced, but the final assembly of the pedals was done in New York.

    Vintage EH Micro Synthesizer


    When synthesizers came into vogue, EH offered the Micro Synthesizer for guitar or bass and the HOG effects unit; Harmonic Octave Generator.




    An original EH POG


    The POG or Polyphonic Octave Generator was released in 2005 and an enhanced version called the POG 2 came out in 2009. These units allowed your instrument to produce notes 2 octaves up and one octave below the guitars signal.



    EH 22 Caliber Amplifier


    Two of the more interesting and modern Electro-Harmonix creations may look like effects pedals, but are actually amplifiers housed in pedal sized effects box. The EHX 22 Caliber was a 22 watt solid-state amplifer capable of driving an 8 or 16 ohm speaker cabinet.




    EH 44 Magnum Amplifier



    It was discontinued and replaced by the EHX 44 Magnum, which could pump 44 solid-state watts into an 8 or 16 ohm speaker cabinet. These are small enough to pack into your guitar case. It is important to note, these units must be connected to a speaker load to work.



    Electro-Harmonix C9



    For 2016 and 2017 Electro-Harmonix has developed some amazing pedals that can coax organ or piano sounds from your guitar without the need for special pickups.





    Electro-Harmonix B9



    The C9 and B9 Organ Machines replicate the sounds of several different types of organs, from Hammond organs to church organs, to combo organs.




    Electro-Harmonix Key 9

    The Key 9 Electric Piano Machine produces a number of electric piano sounds. Combine any of these with the Lester G Deluxe Rotary Speaker emulator or the Lester K Rotary Speaker emulator and as a guitarist you now have all the tools of a keyboard player without the weight of hauling a B-3 and a Leslie cabinet.


    Electro-Harmonix Mel 9



    The Mel 9 Tape Replay Machine produces sounds from your guitar that were only possible with a Mellotron.





    A few of the Electro-Harmonix effects

    Electro-Harmonix now offers a line up that is far too numerous to mention every product. And these include not just guitar effects, but bass effects, drum effects and vocal effects.  And they have also updated versions of their original effects that sell at a much lower price than the vintage models.

    As a reminder, the sources for the pictures can be found by clicking on the links below them and the links in the text will take you to further interesting facts.
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              Dick Dale - His Guitar and Amplifier and His Contributions to Music   
    Dick Dale
    One of the men that has done more than most to shape the world of modern rock guitar, and even the world of heavy metal music gets very little respect or recognition these days.

    King of the Surf Guitar

    I am of an age where I can recall Surf Guitar being played on the radio. I am not certain how players learn songs anymore, but I grew up listening to The Ventures, The Surfaris and Dick Dale. I learned to play guitar by listening to those songs over and over until I could duplicate them.



    Dick Dale and the Del-Tones
    In those days, Dick Dale was just a name of the guy playing lead guitar on some popular songs that I wanted to play with my garage band. I knew he was from California and his bands name was The Del-Tones, but had no idea that his persistence in seeking a better, bigger and louder sound from his guitar would eventually turn into the industry standard and change live guitar music and concerts. 

    Dick Dale
    Dick Dale was born Richard Anthony Monsour on May 4th, 1937 in Boston Massachusetts. His father was Lebanese and his mother’s family came from Poland. Due to his Lebanese heritage Dale developed an interest in Arabic music. I mention this because the song everyone associates him with is Miserlou. When he was very young his uncle taught him how to play the tarabaki, while the uncle played the oud.  Because of this Dale developed his rapid and alternating picking technique. He states the music had a sense of pulsating.

    Misilou 45 RPM
    One can certainly hear the Arabic influence in Misirlou. Much of this song is played on a single string, up and down the neck. In reading about the song, it was first popularized by a Greek recording in 1927 and called Misirli which roughly translates to The Egyptian. Dale would have learned this song as a kid.


    The Fender Discussion Page

    In the late 1990’s, when I first got on the internet I used to visit The Fender Forum aka The Fender Discussion Page. Early on this site was not just a discussion page for fans of Fender guitars, but also received visits and comments from Fender employees, including Bill Schultz, the CEO at the time.

    Fender Facts Newsletter


    Fender had a newsletter back then and one issue featured an interview with Dick Dale. We thought it humorous that Dick Dale spoke in the third person throughout the interview and we poked fun of that.





    Mr. Dale
    I took the initiative of email Mr. Dale, hoping that he might join in the discussion. Boy was I mistaken. I received a terse reply. I wrote him again and apologized for remarks like, Dick Dale uses bridge cables to string his guitar. (Which is almost true. His choice of Ernie Ball strings at the time ran from .60 to .16 gauge.)  (Note: After rereading an article I wrote about Jazz and Session player Howard Roberts, I discovered that Roberts choice of string sizes was similar; .58 to .16.)

    Dick Dale with his cats
    Dale took the time to email me back and was very gracious. I have nothing but respect for this man. In his text he related some similar experiences that I could relate to. We both took care of our elderly parents. And we both loved animals, Dick Dale more-so than I, because he raised a menagerie of around 40 assorted lions, tigers, leopards, hawks, eagles, ravens, a baby elephant and other non-domestic critters that had been rescued from poachers.

    Quotes
    He also elaborated to me about the nights that he spent with  Leo Fender discussing his amplification needs; such as why the current Fender amps kept burning out during his shows. The men also discussed his guitar.

    Dick Dale and the Del-Tones
    Dick Dale was one of the first to receive a Fender Stratocaster.

    Indeed there are a number of Fender innovations that although Dale did not create, he was the impetus and drive behind them. For instance, most amplifiers in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s were putting out 12 to 15 watts. There were a handful, including the Fender Bassman that pumped out 40 watts RMS.

    With the Del-Tones

    When Dick Dale first started playing music, he says he was in a 17 piece band, with horns and a drummer. He was playing Big Band Music and the guitar could not be heard.



    Town Hall Party cast in the 1950's

    Later he attempted to be a Country singer for a while and even got a gig on a popular west coast TV show called Town Hall Party where he played with a number of famous Country Music stars.

    Then Rock and Roll came along and the band became a combo, but the still the guitar was pretty much a background rhythm instrument.

    When guitar based Surf Music hit the scene around 1962 he needed to do something. Leo Fender was a generous man and provided amplifiers and guitars to California musicians as a form of not just advertising but to see what worked well and what needed improvement.

    Leo Fender in the 1950's
    When Dick Dale first met Leo Fender he told him that he was a surfer and a guitar player and did not have money for a decent instrument. Leo recognized the drive and determination and gave him a Stratocaster and right on the spot asked him what he thought about this Fender guitar. Dale, being left-handed, turned the right handed instrument over and began playing, which made Mr. Fender laugh.

    Here was a guy playing his guitar upside-down and backwards, meaning the 6th string was on the top and the 1st string was on the bottom. So Leo Fender made a left-handed Stratocaster for him.

    Late 1950's Fender Pro - 18 to 25 watts
    Dick Dale’s amps would all burn out from his intense and loud playing. He says that he blew out almost 50 amplifiers and speakers. I’m told that when Fender and Freddie Tavares came to see him play. Leo Fender went home and thought about this situation. This prompted Fender to make a larger and better output transformer.

    Dale's Original Showman Prototype
    Dale relates, “ I get a phone call one time, it was 2:30 in the morning and Leo said, “Dick, I got it, I got it, I found it! I got it! You gotta come down.” He says “I made an 85 watt output transformer, peaking 100 watts because using 5881 tubes would give it that WhOOm sound, ya gotta try it, ya, ya gotta try it.”

    Vintage 15" JBL Lansing D130F
    The trouble was they didn’t have a speaker that could handle this much power. Fender had been routinely using Altec Lansing speakers in some of their amplifiers, but Dale wanted something much stronger. So they approached another company called JBL Lansing and asked for a 15” speaker with a 10 to 11 and a half pound magnet.

    15" JBL Lansing D130F speakers
    The speaker needed to have an aluminum dust cover. So JBL Lansing went about creating this speaker which was not just sturdier, but came with a rubberized coating around the edge of the speaker which was connected to a metal frame. The JBL Lansing D130F was born.

    Early 1960's Fender Dual Showman

    The speakers were housed in a separate cabinet than the amplifier. This cabinet had what Fender called a "tone ring" that encircled the edge of the speaker and let more of the natural bass sounds come through.



    The output transformer that Mr. Fender created emphasized the lows, mids and high sounds, something that had not been accomplished until then. The 100 watt amp and the cabinet were dubbed The Showman Amp.

    The next step that Dale suggested was to place two of these speakers in a cabinet. The Showman Amp was born. When twin 8 ohm 15” JBL Lansing speakers were added to the cabinet to run in series it came to be known as The Dual Showman. Leo Fender had to upgrade the transformer to accommodate the 4 ohm load.

    The version that Dick Dale uses is the one with cream coloured Tolex. Later the amp was rated at 100 watts and peaked at 180 watts. When the black Tolex models came out they were once again rated at 85 watts.

    Dick Dale never set the amplifier on top of the speaker cabinet, since his intense style of playing guitar causes too much vibration in the speakers which can affect the tubes in the amplifier.

    Fender Reverb Unit & Controls
    The Fender Reverb unit was another invention that Dick Dale did not invent, but certainly pushed forward. The Showman and the Dual Showman amplifiers were self contained amplifiers with a separate cabinet for the speakers and the only effect that was built into them was vibrato.

    By 1961, only a handful of amplifier manufacturers had installed reverberation units in combo amps, most notably Ampeg, with their Reverb Rocket. Though none of these amplifiers had been rated at 100 watts up until now.

    Dick Dale state he took apart his Hammond organ and discovered the reverb unit had 9 springs, which the signal traveled through. He took this to Leo, who made a chassis with a small amplifier that contained a 6K6 power tube, a 7025 and a 12AX7, which are both preamp tubes. Dale plugged a mic into this and loved the sound.

    Inside the Reverb Unit
    Leo then went on to create the Fender Reverb Unit, which was used by Dick Dale, the Beach Boys, and many other Surf band to get that exceptional reverberation sound. Dale also utilized an Echoplex.

    Getting back to the Dick Dale guitar. Even early photos show that Dale stripped that guitar down to the bare essentials. He took out all the parts that he did not need on that guitar.

    Dick Dale with his original Fender Stratocaster
    For instance, Dale’s Strat does not have any tone potentiometers. He removed both of them and replaced them with metal plugs. The guitar has only a 250k master volume pot. On Dale’s personal guitar, there is not even a volume knob, just has the end of the potentiometer sticking out.

    Dick Dale Stratocaster
    Dales guitar has a 3-way pickup selector switch, just like on the original Stratocasters and he prefers it that way. Fender offered to update it with a five-way switch but Dick Dale declined. Instead he added a mini-toggle switch that turns the middle pickup off and on, so it can be used in combination with either of the other two pickups.

    One would think that a Surf player would utilize the vibrato, but not Dick Dale. Though his guitar still has 5 springs on the back side holding the vibrato block (5 springs were standard on original Stratocasters) there is a wooden block wedged between the block and the guitars routed area to keep the block from moving.


    Dick Dale’s Fender Stratocaster is a mid 1950’s model, which is odd as it has a rosewood slab fretboard. The body is finished in sparkle gold paint


    Dick Dale's Stratocaster
    The only other modifications include the addition of an America Flag sticker on the upper bout, a pick-holder/dispenser on the lower bout and a Kenpo karate sticker placed on the guitars body. This sticker is from the same organization that Elvis Presley was a part of and was founded by Senior Grand Master Ed Parker. Dick Dale has been a student of Karate for over 30 years.


    Late 1960's Fender Rhodes electric piano


    Around 1959 Leo Fender was interesting in adding a piano to his company’s inventory. He struck a deal with Harold Rhodes, who was a musician and inventor.



    Rhodes had come up with a piano-type instrument that employed tuned metal bars called tines being struck by a hammer instead the usual piano action of a hammer striking of strings. The sound was then amplified. This instrument eventually came to be known as the Fender Rhodes piano.

    By now Leo Fender considered Dick Dale to be not just a guitarist, but the ultimate test machine.  If he could give Dale a piece of equipment and let him use it in concerts, then Fender could see if it was worthy. Apparently, the Fender Rhodes Piano passed the test and though it never became a substitute for an acoustic piano, it became a studio and concert mainstay.

    Fender Contempo Organ
    Another device that was tested by Dick Dale and his band was the Fender Contempo Organ. In the early and mid 1960’s, many bands were utilizing portable organs such as those manufactured by Farfisa, Vox, Maestro (Gibson), and a number of other companies.

    A company called Pratt Read, was manufacturing parts for the Fender Rhodes piano and was asked by Fender if they could put together a combo organ.

    Dick Dale's Prototype Contempo organ

    The Fender Contempo was one of the sturdier of the portable organs of that era. This was another product that Fender gave to Dick Dale to test for road-worthiness.



    Dick Dale Acoustic
    Some time before 2010, Dick Dale ask Fender if they could build a signature acoustic guitar for him. He complained that most acoustic guitars are too deep and too wide, which causes cramps in his abdomen. In 2010 Fender came up with a full size acoustic-electric guitar that was only 3" deep and based on the Fender Malibu series guitar of the 1960's. This instrument had a solid mahogany top, back and sides. The neck was a reverse Stratocaster style with a rosewood fretboard that was set in to the heel and the guitar was painted cherry red. It had two pickguard for Mr. Dale's aggressive style playing.

    Jimmy Dale Acoustic

    Since Dick's son, Jimmy, often travels with him and is a part of his act playing guitar and drums, Fender also built a Jimmy Dale Kingman SCE model. This guitar is a full sized with an all mahogany body. The set-in maple Stratocaster-style neck without the reverse headstock. Both guitars are no longer offered.

    Dick Dale and the Del-Tones from Beach Party
    Dick Dale’s fame rose when he was featured, along with his band, The Del-Tones, in the 1963 movie Beach Party, with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.

    Dick Dale in the movie Muscle Beach
    A year later Dick and the band were featured in another movie called Muscle Beach. From the picture it appears that Dick Dale either had his Stratocaster painted gold sparkle and changed the pickguard from tortoise shell to white or perhaps he got a new Stratocaster.

    This is the guitar that he is still using today.

    Dick Dale in recent years
    Dick Dale has survived numerous health issues. He has recovered from rectal cancer and almost lost a leg to a terrible infection. He has endured radiation and chemotherapy and has come out on top.


    Dick Dale at 78 - same equipment
    In 1987 he appeared in the movie Back to the Beach, once again playing Surf guitar. In 1993 he recorded the song Pipeline with Stevie Ray Vaughn and the following year Quentin Taratino used Dale’s version of the song Miserlou in the movie Pulp Fiction, which revived interest in Dick Dale’s career. At age 78 despite all his health issues Dick Dale is still playing concerts and putting on energetic live shows.

    Like I said before, I really admire Dick Dale. Dick is a viable part of the history of the electric guitar and all the equipment that changed the face of rock music and he deserves recognition.

    Click on the links beneath the pictures to see the source and click on the links in the text for more information.

    ©UniqueGuitar Publishing (text only)






              Book Review: Taft 2012 by Jason Heller   
    Ever wonder how historic politicians measure up to today’s electoral circus? TAFT 2012: A NOVEL by Jason Heller (Quirk Books) tackles that question with an entertaining plot twist, bringing back William Howard Taft from 1913 and plunging him into the bizarreness of 2012. Taft has to navigate social waters he never imagined, from television studio audiences to the proper way of escaping from an impromptu and ill-advised New Year’s Eve celebration underneath a strange woman.

    Taft’s journey through a world he never wanted to see is intriguing and reveals much about how politics have changed through the years, and how much they haven’t changed at all. Heller’s side bits of talking heads on television and social media commentary is so spot on, I had to put the book down occasionally. The political fighting in-book gave me the same twitch it does in real life, so kudos to the author for authenticity. He casts a light on the constant, ever-hungry media and its role in politics.

    I also liked Taft’s relationship with Irene; to me, that felt more like the heart of the book than his relationships with descendants. I did think the main issue of artificial food was featured too much throughout the book. I love a good running joke as much as anyone, and I understand that issue was used to avoid any of the lightning rod issues that get so many people’s knickers in knots today, but it could have used a lighter touch.

    I also wanted to know more about how Taft got here. I was expecting some scientific or mystical group who found a way to boot him from their own century, not that he just fell asleep and nobody noticed some giant dude on the White House grounds for 100 years. While the Rip van Winkle device keeps the reader focused on the politics, a richer plot could have been immensely entertaining as well.

    Overall, this is a great book to read in an election year, especially since this year is packed with posturing and never-ending debates. It also makes you wonder how many other historical figures would deftly defend themselves against a plugged-in populace and rabid media if given the chance.

    TAFT 2012: A NOVEL by Jason Heller is available in any format you like, including paperback, Kindle and Nook.


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    1. เครื่องพิมพ์ชนิดต่าง ๆ (Printer)
                   เครื่องพิมพ์ เป็นอุปกรณ์ที่เชื่อมต่อเข้ากับคอมพิวเตอร์เพื่อทำหน้าที่ในการแปลผลลัพธ์ที่ได้จาก การประมวลผลของเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร ์ให้อยู่ในรูปของอักขระหรือรูปภาพที่จะไปปรากฏอยู่บนกระดาษ นับเป็นอุปกรณ์แสดลงผลที่นิยมใช้ เครื่องพิมพ์แบ่งออกเป็น 4 ประเภท
      1. เครื่องพิมพ์ดอตแมทริกซ์ (Dot Matrix Printer)
                      เครื่องพิมพ์ดอตแมทริกซ์เป็นเครื่องพิมพ์ที่นนิยมใช้งานกันแพร่หลายมากที่สุด เนื่องจากราคา และคุณภาพการพิมพ์อยู่ในระดับที่เหมาะสม การทำงานของเครื่องพิมพ์ชนิดนี้ใช้หลักการสร้างจุด ลงบน กระดาษโดยตรง หัวพิมพ์ของเครื่องพิมพ์ มีลักษณะเป็นหัวเข็ม (pin) เมื่อต้องการพิมพ์สิ่งใดลงบนกระดาษ หัวเข็มที่อยู่ในตำแหน่งที่ประกอบกันเป็น ข้อมูลดังกล่าวจะยื่นลำหน้าหัวเข็มอื่น เพื่อไปกระแทกผ่านผ้าหมึก ลงบนกระดาษ ก็จะทำให้เกิดจุดขึ้น การพิมพ์แบบนี้จะมีเสียงดัง พอสมควร ความคมชัดของข้อมูลบน กระดาษขึ้นอยู่กับจำนวนจุด ถ้าจำนวนจุดยิ่งมากข้อมูลที่พิมพ์ลงบนกระดาษก็ยิ่งคมชัดมากขึ้น ความเร็ว ของเครื่องพิมพ์ดอตแมทริกซ์อยู่ระหว่าง 200 ถึง 300 ตัวอักษรต่อวินาที หรือประมาณ 1 ถึง 3 หน้าต่อนาที เครื่องพิมพ์ดอตแมทริกซ์ เหมาะสำหรับงานที่พิมพ์แบบฟอร์มที่ต้องการซ้อนแผ่นก๊อปปี้ หลาย ๆ ชั้น เครื่องพิมพ์ชนิดนี้ ใช้กระดาษต่อเนื่องในการพิมพ์ ซึ่งกระดษาประเภทนี้จะมีรูข้างกระดาษทั้งสองเอาให้ หนามเตยของเครื่องพิมพ์เลื่อนกระดาษ
      2. เครื่องพิมพ์แบบพ่นหมึก (Ink-Jet Printer)
                      เครื่องพิมพ์พ่นหมึก เป็นเครื่องพิมพ์ที่มีคุณภาพการพิมพ์ที่ดีกว่าเครื่องพิมพ์แบบดอตแมทริกซ์ โดยสามารถพิมพ์ตัวอักษรที่มีรูปแบบ และขนาดที่แตกต่งกันมาก ๆ รวมไปถึง พิมพ์งานกราฟิกที่ให้ผลลัพธ์ คมชัดว่าเครื่องพิมพ์ดอตแมทริกซ์ เทคโนโลยีที่เครื่องพิมพ์พ่นหมึก ใช้ในการพิมพ์ก็คือ การพ่นหมึกหยดเล็ก ๆ ไปที่กระดาษ หยดหมึกจะมีขนาดเล็กมาก แต่ละจุดจะอยู่ในตำแหน่งที่เมื่อประกอบกันแล้ว เป็นตัวอักษร หรือรูปภาพ ตามความต้องการ เครื่องพิมพ์พ่นหมึกมีความเร็วในการพิมพ์ มากว่าแบบดอตแมทริกซ์ มีหน่วยวัดความเร็วเป็นในการ พิมพ์เป็น PPM (Page Per Minute) ซึ่งเร็วกว่าเครื่องพิมพ์ดอตแมทริกซ์มาก อย่างไรก็ตามถ้าเป็นการพิมพ์ กราฟิกหรือตัวอักษรที่มีรูปแบบในเวลาเดียวกัน เครื่องพิมพ์พ่นหมึกจะทำงานได้ช้าลง กระดาษที่ใช้กับเครื่อง พิมพ์พ่นหมึกจะเป็นขนาด 8.5 X 11 นิ้ว หรือ A4 ซึ่งสามารถพิมพ์ได้ ทั้งแนวตั้งที่เรียกว่า "พอร์ทเทรต" (Portrait) และแนวนอนที่เรียกว่า "แลนด์สเคป" (Landscape) โดยกระดาษจะถูกวางเรียงซ้อนกัน อยู่ในถาด และถูกป้อน เข้าไปในเครื่องพิมพ์ที่ละแผ่นเหมือนเครื่องถ่ายเอกสาร
      3. เครื่องพิมพ์เลเซอร์ (Laser Printer)
                      เครื่องพิมพ์เลเซอร์ เป็นเครื่องที่มีคุณสมบัติเหมือนกับเครื่องพิมพ์แบบพ่นหมึก แต่สามารถทำงาน ได้เร็วกว่า โดยเครื่องพิพม์เลเซอร์ สามารถพิมพ์ตัวอักษรได้ทุกรูปแบบและทุกขนาดรวมทั้งสามารถพิมพ์งาน กราฟิกที่คมชัดได้ด้วย เครื่องเลเซอร์ใช้เทคโนโลยี เดียวกับเครื่องถ่ายเอกสาร คือยิงเลเซอร์ไปสร้างภาพบน กระดาษในการสร้างรูปภาพ หรือตัวอักษรบนกระดาษ
                      หน่วยวัดความเร็วของเครื่องพิมพ์เลเซอร์จะเป็น PPM เช่นเดียวกับ เครื่องพิมพ์พ่นหมึกในปัจจุบัน ความสามารถ ในการพิมพ์ของเครื่องพิมพ์เลเซอร์คุณภาพสูง สามารถพิมพ์ได้หลายร้อยหน้าต่อนาที ซึ่งเหมาะ กับงานในองค์กรขนาดใหญ่ จะนำไปใช้งานในการพิมพ์เอกสารต่าง ๆ ส่วนคุณภาพงานพิมพ์ของเครื่องจะวัด ด้วยความละเอียดในการสร้างจุดลงในกระดาษ ขนาด 1 ตารางนิ้ว เช่นความละเอียดที่  300 dpi หรือ 600 dpi หรือ 1200 dpi เครื่องพิมพ์เลเซอร์ที่นิยมใช้ในปัจจุบัน ก็จะมีทั้งเครื่องพิมพ์เลเซอร์แบบ ขวา-ดำ และเครื่องพิมพ์ เลเซอร์แบบสี ซึ่งเครื่องพิมพ์เลเซอร์แบบสีจะมีราคาแพงมาก แต่งานพิมพ์ที่ได้ออกมาก็มีคุณภาพสูง


    4. พล็อตเตอร์ (plotter)
                      พล็อตเตอร์ เป็นเครื่องพิมพ์ชนิดที่ใช้ปากกาในการเขียนข้อมูลต่างๆ ลงบนกระดาษเหมาะสำหรับงาน เกี่ยวกับการเขียนแบบทางวิศวกรรม (เขียนลงบนกระดาษไข) และงานตกแต่งภายใน สำหรับวิศวกรรมและสถาปนิก
                      พล็อตเตอร์ทำงานโดยใช้วิธีเลื่อนกระดาษ โดยสามารถใช้ปากกาได้ 6-8 สี ความเร็วในการทำงานของ พล็อตเตอร์มีหน่วยวัดเป็นนิ้วต่อวินาที (Inches Per Secon : IPS) ซึ่งหมายถึงจำนวนนิ้วที่พล็อตเตอร์สามารถ เลื่อนปากกาไปบนกระดาษ
    2. เครื่องสแกนภาพ (Scanner)
                      สแกนเนอร์ (Scanner) คืออุปกรณ์ซึ่งจับภาพและเปลี่ยนแปลงภาพจากรูปแบบของ อนาล็อกเป็นดิจิตอล ซึ่งคอมพิวเตอร์สามารถแสดง เรียบเรียง เก็บรักษาและผลิต ออกมาได้ ภาพนั่นอาจจะเป็น รูปถ่าย ข้อความ    ภาพวาด หรือแม้แต่วัตถุสามมิติ สามารถใช้สแกนเนอร์ทำงานต่างๆ  ได้ดังนี้
      • ในงานเกี่ยวกับงานศิลปะหรือภาพถ่ายในเอกสาร
      • บันทึกข้อมูลลงในเวิร์ดโปรเซสเซอร์  
      • แฟ็กเอกสาร ภายใต้ดาต้าเบส และ เวิร์ดโปรเซสเซอร์  
      • เพิ่มเติมภาพและจินตนาการต่าง ๆ ลงในในผลิตภัณฑ์สื่อโฆษณาต่าง ๆ โดยพื้นฐานการทำงานของสแกนเนอร์
         ชนิดของสแกนเนอร์ และความ สามารถในการทำงาน ของสแกนเนอร์แบ่งออกได้ดังต่อไปนี้     
                    1. Flatbed scanners ซึ่งใช้สแกนภาพถ่ายหรือภาพพิมพ์ต่าง ๆ สแกนเนอร์ชนิดนี้มีพื้นผิวแก้วบนโลหะที่เป็นตัวสแกน เช่น ScanMader III
                     2. Transparency and slide scanners ScanMaker ซึ่งถูกใช้ สแกนโลหะโปร่ง เช่นฟิล์มและสไลด์ ตัวอย่างของสแกนเนอร์ชนิดนี้ เช่น ScanMaker 35t ที่ใช้สแกนเนอร์ 35 mm และ ScanMake 45t ใช้สแกนเนอร์ ฟิล์มขนาด 8"x10"การทำงานของสแกนเนอร์ การจับภาพ ของสแกนเนอร์ ทำโดย ฉายแสงบนเอกสารที่จะสแกน แสงจะผ่านกลับไปมาและภาพจะถูกจับโดยเซลล์ ที่ไว ต่อแสง เรียกว่า Charge-couple device หรือ CCD ซึ่งโดยปกติพื้นที่มืดบน กระดาษจะสะท้อนแสง ได้น้อยและพื้นที่ที่สว่างบนกระดาษจะสะท้อนแสง ได้มาก กว่า CCD จะสืบหาปริมาณแสงที่สะท้อนกลับจากแต่ละพื้นที่ของภาพนั้น และ เปลี่ยนคลื่นของแสง ที่สะท้อนกลับมาเป็นข้อมูลดิจิตอลหลังจากนั้นซอฟต์แวร์ ที่ใช้สำหรับการสแกนภาพก็จะแปลงสัญญาณเหล่านั่นกลับมาเป็นภาพบนคอมพิวเตอร์อีกทีหนึ่ง  
        สิ่งที่จำเป็นสำหรับการสแกนภาพ  มีดังนี้
      • SCSI และสาย SCSI หรือ Parallel Port สำหรับต่อจากสแกนเนอร์ ไปยังเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์  
      • ซอฟต์แวร์สำหรับการสแกนภาพซึ่งทำหน้าที่ควบคุมการทำงานของสแกนเนอร์ให้สแกนภาพตามที่กำหนด  
      • สแกนเอกสารเก็บไว้เป็นไฟล์ที่นำมาแก้ไขได้อาจต้องมีซอฟแวร์ที่สนับ สนุนด้าน OCR
      • จอภาพที่เหมาะสมสำหรับการแสดงภาพที่สแกนมาจากสแกนเนอร์  
      • เครื่องมือสำหรับแสดงพิมพ์ภาพที่สแกน เช่น เครื่องพิมพ์แบบเลเซอร์ หรือสไลด์โปรเจคเตอร์
         ประเภทของภาพที่เกิดจากการสแกน แบ่งเป็นประเภทดังนี้
                     -  ภาพ Single Bit   เป็นภาพที่มีความพยาบมากที่สุดใช้พื้นทีในการเก็บข้อมูลน้อยที่สุด และนำมาใช้ประโยชน์อะไรไม่ค่อยได้ แต่ข้อดีของภาพประเภทนี้คือ ใช้ทรัพยากร จองเครื่องน้อยที่สุดใช้พื้นที ในการเก็บข้อมูลน้อยที่สุด ใช้ระยะเวลาในการสแกน ภาพน้อยที่สุด Single Bit แบ่งออกได้สองประเภทคือ - Line Art ได้แก่ภาพที่มีประกอบเป็นภาพขาวดำตัวอย่างของภาพ พวกนี้ได้แก่ ภาพจากการสเก็ต  Halfone ภาพพวกนี้จะให้เป็นสีโทนสีเทามากกว่า แต่โดยทั่วไปยังถูกจัดว่าเป็นภาพประเภท Single Bit เนื่องจากเป็นภาพหยาบ ๆ
                     -  ภาพ Gray Scale ภาพพวกนี้จะมีส่วนประกอบมากกว่าภาพขาวดำ โดยจะประกอบด้วยเฉด สีเทาเป็นลำดับขั้น ทำให้เห็นรายละเอียดด้านแสง-เงา ความชัดลึก มากขึ้นกว่าเดิม ภาพพวกนี้แต่ละพิกเซลหรือแต่ละจุดของภาพอาจประกอบ ด้วยจำนวนบิตมากกว่า ต้องการพื้นที่เก็บข้อมูลมากขึ้น
                    -   ภาพสี หนึ่งพิกเซลของภาพสีนั้นประกอบด้วย จำนวนบิตมหาศาล และใช้พื้นที่เก็บข้อมูลมากความ สามารถ ในการสแกนภาพออกมาได้ละเอียดขนาด ไหนนั้น ขึ้นอยู่กับสแกนเนอร์มีขนาดความละเอียด เท่าไร



    . โมเด็ม (Modem)
                   เป็นอุปกรณ์สำหรับคอมพิวเตอร์อย่างหนึ่งที่ช่วยให้คุณสัมผัสกับโลกภาย นอกได้อย่างง่ายดาย โมเด็มเป็นเสมือนโทรศัพท์สำหรับคอมพิวเตอร์ที่จะช่วยให้ระบบ คอมพิวเตอร์ของเราสามารถสื่อสารกับคอมพิวเตอร์อื่นๆ ได้ทั่วโลก โมเด็มจะสามารถ ทำงานของเราสามารสื่อสารกับคอมพิวเตอร์อื่นๆ ได้ทั่วโลก โมเด็มจะสามารถทำงาน ของคุณให้สำเร็จได้ก็ด้วย การเชื่อมต่อระหว่างคอมพิวเตอร์ของคุณเข้าคุ่สายของ โทรศัพท์ธรรมดาคู่หนึ่งซึ่งโมเด็ม จะทำการแปลงสัญญาณ ดิจิตอล (digital signals) จากเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์ให้เป็นสัญญาณ อนาล๊อก (analog signals) เพื่อให้สามารถส่งไปบนคู่สายโทรศัพท์
                   คำว่า โมเด็ม (Modem) มาจากคำว่า (modulate/demodulate) ผสมกัน  หมายถึง กระบวนการแปลงข้อมูลข่าวสารดิจิตอลให้อยู่ในรูปของอนาล๊อกแล้วจึง สัญญาณกลับไปเป็นดิจิตอลอีกครั้งหนึ่งเมื่อโมเด็มของเราต่อเข้ากับโมเด็มตัวอื่น
                   ความสามารถของโมเด็ม    เราสามารถใช้โมเด็มทำอะไรต่าง ๆ ได้หลายอย่าง เช่น
      • ใช้บริการต่างๆ จากที่บ้าน เช่นสั่งซื้อของผ่านอินเตอร์เน็ต  
      • ท่องไปบนอินเตอร์เน็ต  
      • เข้าถึงบริการออนไลน์ได้  
      • ดาวน์โหลดข้อมูล , รูปภาพและโปรแกรมแชร์แวร์ได้  
      • ส่ง - รับโทรสาร  
      • ตอบรับโทรศัพท์
                     ความแตกต่างของโมเด็ม                 1. ความเร็วในการรับ - ส่งสัญญาณ  ความเร็วในการรับ-ส่งสัญญาณ หมายถึง อัตรา (rate) ที่โมเด็ม สามารถทำการแลกเปลี่ยนข้อมูลกับโมเด็ม อื่นๆ มีหน่วยเป็นบิต /วินาที (bps) หรือ กิโลบิต/ วินาที (kbps)    ในการบอกถึง ความเร็วขอโมเด็มเพื่อให้ง่ายในการ พูดและจดจำ
                     2. ความสามารถในการบีบอัดข้อมูล   ข้อมูลข่าวสารที่ส่งออกไปบนโมเด็มนั้น สามารทำให้มีขนาดกะทัดรัด ด้วย วิธีการบีบอัดข้อมูล (compression) ทำให้สามารถส่งข้อมูลได้ครั้งละเป็นจำนวน มากๆ
                     3. ความสามารถในการใช้เป็นโทรสาร โมเด็มรุ่นใหม่ ๆ สามารถส่งและรับโทรสาร(Fax  capabilities) ได้ดีเช่น เดียวกับ การรับ ส่งข้อมูล หากคุณมีซอฟแวร์ที่เหมาะสมแล้วคุณสามารถใช้ แฟคซ์ โมเด็มเป็นเครื่องพิมพ์ (printer) ได้เมื่อเราพิมพ์เข้าไปที่แฟคซ์โมเด็มมันจะส่งเอกสาร ของเราไปยังเครื่องโทรสารที่ปลายทางได้
                    4. ความสามารถในการควบคุมความผิดพลาด โมเด็มจะใช้วิธีการควบคุมความผิดพลาด (error control) ต่าง ๆ มากมาย หลายวิธีในการตรวจสอบเพื่อการยืนยันว่า จะไม่ข้อมูลใด ๆสูญหายไประหว่างการส่ง ถ่ายข้อมูลจากคอมพิวเตอร์ เครื่องหนึ่งไปยังอีกเครื่องหนึ่ง
                    5. ออกแบบให้ใช้ได้ทั้งภายในและภายนอก โมเด็มที่จำหน่ายในท้องตลาดทั่ว ๆ ไปจะมี 2 รูปแบบ คือ โมเด็มแบบติด ตั้งภายนอก (external modems) และแบบติดตั้งภายใน (internal modems)
                    6.ใช้เป็นโทรศัพท์ได้ โมเด็มบางรุ่นมีการใส่วงจรโทรศัพท์ธรรมดาเข้าไปพร้อมกับความสามารถ ในการรับ/ ส่ง
    ข้อมูลและโทรสารด้วย

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              Sheep, lemmings, etc...   
    Obsession is a dangerous thing... The cult of the iPod totally confuses me: it is a device that has a very high volume of competitors, often with superior products and despite the negative press (battery life, locking you in to iTunes), people continue to buy the thing.

    Now, Apple have released the iPhone and again the lemmings are let out. This is a phone that's one innovation is the built in tilting mechanism, other than that it offers nothing and in some respects is a retrograde step (e.g. lack of 3G, vendor-locked service provider, etc). By the looks of it, there is again no way of changing the battery so within 18 months, users will have dead phones as good old memory effect will make them useless.

    I am sure people will continue to buy them irrespective of how good the product is or the company's ethics. Wonder if Steve Jobs will ever get round registering Apple as a religion? He does a better brainwashing job than the Moonies.
              How can hurt you technological devices   

    Some of these lesions appear suddenly, while others occur as a result of repetitive tasks and take some time to develop.

    Researchers have published in medical journals, injury cases related to technology and even invent names for these newly discovered diseases, some of them very creative.

    BlackBerry Thumb and hand iPad

    When performing repetitive hand movements, such as rolling the ball of the BlackBerry or sweep the screen of an iPad for a long time, we can gradually damage our muscles, tendons and nerves. These painful lesions are known as repetitive strain injury (RSI).

    One of the most severe types of RSI is carpal tunnel syndrome, in which there is too much pressure on a nerve in the wrist. The symptoms are pain, numbness and muscle pain in the hand and fingers.

    Trigger finger is another condition LER, where the tendons become inflamed and fingers get stuck in bent position.

    Tinnitus (tinnitus)

    A study in Austria showed that people who used cell phones for an average of 10 minutes a day were 71 percent more likely to develop tinnitus than the rest.

    The study also found that those who had been using a cell phone for four or more years doubled the risk of chronic beep ears compared to the control group.

    For PlayStation palmar hidradenitis

    This skin condition is caused by newly identified using the controls on the playstation too long.

    The "for PlayStation palmar hidradenitis", or rash PlayStation was first diagnosed in a 12-year-old in Switzerland to attend a Swiss hospital with irritation on the palms of the hands that caused him intense pain, doctors found that before the appearance of lesions, the girl had been playing PlayStation for several hours a day.

    Wii have a problem: Nintendinitis and Wiiitis

    With the Nintendo console, the player simulates actual movements such as tennis, golf or béisbool, thanks to a control that fits the hand. The problem is that the repetitive motion, sometimes intense, especially in persons unaccustomed to actual physical activity is causing injuries to shoulders, elbows and wrists.

    The "Wiiitis" is the latest ailment was generated by video games, which began with the wrist injury by playing "Space Invaders" in 1981, caused by pressing the control button repeatedly.

    Death quiet

    Headphones may be one of the few remaining refuges to escape the noise that surrounds us today, but carefully, can cause accidents. Studies show that the number of accidents involving pedestrians wearing headphones is growing.

    Most of the victims are men under 30 years. More than half of the accidents are caused by trains, and about a third of the vehicles honked his horn before the accident.


              A nanosensor made ​​from DNA origami   

    With this technique, known as origami (Japanese, origami) DNA, an investigation of the National Research Council (CSIC) have developed a nanoscale sensor with the ability to detect the activity of a human enzyme Hagt, involved in the repair DNA.

    The advance, published in the journal Angewandte Chemie, describes how DNA origami has enabled the creation of this sensor 100 nanometers (a nanometer is a billionth of a meter) in size. Through atomic force microscopy, this sensor allows visualizing binding between a marker protein and DNA sensor. This interaction may be proportional to the activity of the enzyme Hagt.

    Besides its involvement in DNA repair, according to the article, this enzyme is considered a "major" marker in the diagnosis of cancer and a potential therapeutic target. The researcher at the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia, CSIC Carmen Fabrega, who led the research, believes that "the sensor is extremely effective and reliable, and that the results can be viewed through an atomic force microscope."

    Similarly, the researcher believes that "the work represents a significant advance in the development of DNA as starting material for nanoscale biomedical devices."

    María Tintoré, Isaac Gallego, Brendan Manning, Ramón Eritja and Carmen Fábrega. DNA Origami as DNA Repair Nanosensor at the Single-Molecule Level. Angewandte Chemie. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201301293

    Picture By KES47 (File:Chromosome zh.svg) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


              A barometer inside cells   

    This pressure may vary depending on environmental changes, which subjects the cells to a mechanical force whose influence is not entirely known. An investigation by the National Research Council (CSIC) has designed a device capable of detecting pressure changes inside the cell. Progress has earned the cover of the latest issue of Nature Nanotechnology.

    The chip is 4 microns (equivalent to one millionth of a meter) wide, 6 microns long and 0.4 microns high. For the researcher of the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona CSIC José Antonio Plaza, responsible for the work, "one of the greatest achievements of the research has been to achieve such a level of miniaturization that allows the chip to enter the cell, where it resides without affecting its viability. "

    Chip base two silicon membranes 50 nanometers (one billion times smaller than a meter) thick which are deformed by the action of pressure. Both are joined to an optical resonator that modifies the light reflecting function of the force at which the membranes are subjected.
    Experiments on HeLa cells (a type of cell culture, particularly resistant) show that increasing extracellular pressure, it is transmitted inside the cell without its membrane and cytoskeletal oppose resistance.

    For its part, the researcher at the Center for Biological Research of CSIC Teresa Suarez, who led the biological work, explains: "The ability to measure pressure changes inside the cell it is essential to study cell deformation" . This cellular mechanical phenomenon is related to other processes such as development, migration and cell disease.

    Square believes that "this multidisciplinary research is a first step in the path of intracellular Nanochips sophisticated manufacturing". Advancing this field will create more devices with various functions such as the measurement of parameters mechanical, thermal, biochemical, and magnetic, and drug delivery. CSIC researcher concludes: "These chips could act as sentinels inside cells, always alert to check their status, inform the same and repair, if necessary.."


     

     Rodrigo Gómez-Martínez, Alberto M. Hernández-Pinto, Marta Duch, Patricia Vázquez, Kirill Zinoviev, Enrique J. de la Rosa, Jaume Esteve, Teresa Suárez and José A. Plaza. Silicon chips detect intracellular pressure changes in living cells. Nature Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1038/NNANO.2013.118


              The challenges of aging   

    The event has had three expert researchers in the field, among which are responsible for two of the Project Zero FGCSIC Aging grants: CSIC researcher at the Institute of Medical Chemistry Ana María Martínez Gil, Professor of Valladolid University Robert Homer, and the founder of the Institute of Government and Public Policy of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​Joan Subirats.

    Their interventions have been conducted by the director of the Social Action Department of Obra Social "la Caixa", Josep Olle, who presented the institution whose act has helped fund the Aging Project Zero to a million euros. Olle said that "one of the greatest challenges facing our society is the growing aging population, which is a success in our society, and an opportunity to propose new strategies to help improve the welfare of the elderly and their participation and full integration into society. " To do this, Ollé believes that "it is important to promote scientific research that fosters autonomy, personal development, health and quality of life."

    The five projects implemented promote science excellence, unique and remarkable. Two of these thematic studies addressing psychosocial and three delve into specific aspects of the technology field. Some include, for example, game development and the use of home automation with the objective of promoting quality and healthy aging.

    Project Zero on Aging

    Worthplay. Video for positive aging: This research project led by Jose Angel Blat of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra is to analyze the design, development and evaluation of a prototype online games for seniors. It aims to create quality games that contribute to active aging, and improve the physical and psychosocial. During 2012, the project has developed an ethnography of the games with about 170 seniors, with different levels of digital literacy, and followed a code of ethics established by the international consortium project.

    Brain Computer Systems Application Interface (BCI) to cognitive training and automation control to prevent the effects of aging: Researcher Biomedical Engineering Group (GIB), University of Valladolid Roberto Hornero proposes the use of BCI systems (Brain Computer Interface ). This system translates the user's intentions in control commands, such as cognitive training tool that can help prevent the effects of aging. It also aims to develop an application that allows assisted BCI control home automation and electronic devices present in a home. They have begun to perform tasks aimed at developing cognitive training tool using a BCI system based on sensorimotor rhythms.

    Pensions and education: combined effects on inter and intra redistribution: The aim of this project, led by researcher at the University of Barcelona Conception Patxot is to analyze resource movements that occur between the different age groups and determine the role of businessmen, politicians and institutions in the development of social policies that benefit the elderly and children. The analysis focuses on the pension system and education. The study of the evolution of asset resources directed from the elderly and children, reveals a change from the results observed in 2000, when there was the first analysis. In that year he gave a clear dominance of public over private transfers in the case of older dependents, while in the case of children the exact opposite happened. Currently it is contrasting the validity result and if it is due solely to the reduction in the number of students.

    Active aging, citizenship and participation: an assessment of the aspirations, needs and strategies associated with the autonomy and empowerment of old and new generations of older people in Spain: Researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona Joan Subirats leading this initiative to strengthen the involvement of older people in the process of development and implementation of public policies to promote active aging. To do this, takes into account the heterogeneity and diversity of this group, since the incorporation of significant practical about it and the use of information and communication technologies. During 2012 the project has been implemented and have been covering the planned stages, otherwise normal in every process of research.

     

    Biomaterials to modulate inflammation caused by macular degeneration associated with age (BIODMAE) CSIC researcher Institute of Ceramics and Glass Chinarro Eva Martin proposes to develop a new class of hybrid biomaterials able to counter some of the processes that contribute to aging eye tissue. Thanks to alleviate them succeed macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss among older people for which, currently, there is no cure or way to prevent this type of degeneration.


    Picture by Luis García [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


              Alcatel Idol 5S   
    Succeeding the Alcatel Idol 4 from 2016, the Idol 5S is built around an aluminum frame, and seems to be a nice mid-range smartphone. Running Android 7.1 Nougat, the device features a 5.2-inch 1080p display, dual front-facing speakers for stereo sound, fingerprint sensor, an 8 MP front-facing camera, and a 12 MP rear camera. The Idol 5S is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, further offering 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2620 mAh battery.
              Born Women's Unity of Light   

    The data show that women's health has specific characteristics that require a comprehensive approach that extends the traditional boundaries of gynecology. So Light Clinic has launched the Women's Unit, a new service that aims to diagnose and treat specific problems and disorders affecting women's health in a comprehensive and multidisciplinary.

    To meet this goal, the unit is built around a wide range of care services including a Health Coaching, Area of ​​Gynecology, Pelvic Floor specific units, Gynecologic Oncology and Breast Pathology. It also covers the areas of Rheumatology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Nuclear Medicine, Urology, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Dermatology, Cosmetic Surgery Body, Vascular Surgery and General Surgery and Proctology.

    Trust and intimacy

    The Women's Unit of Light, led by Dr. Manuel Albi, works by pooling resources and scientific and technical capabilities available with the highest quality perceived by the patient due to factors such as trust and intimacy. In this way, patients will find this device a service where you centralize all your health problems, and avoiding travel delays.

    From the conventional gynecological, and based on that list of doctor-patient trust that is generated in the same, the Women's Unit of Light widens the margins of this model of care to meet all the demands of patient health and ensure access to the best specialists in each arm and the most advanced medical technology.

    "The Unit, explains Dr. Albi-born with the aim of providing assistance to women overall, unlike what is done in other centers will be based on the promotion of health and well-being of women, if While also is super-specialized and highly qualified to treat all gynecological pathology. "

    Thus, the unit is directed not only to women suffering from a particular disease, "but is open to all who want to promote their health and receive general advice on gynecology, osteoporosis, pelvic floor disorders, cancer prevention breast, ovarian cancer prevention and other diseases, "says Dr. Albi. "You have to promote health and treat disease if necessary, because what we do with the highest standards of quality, but without ever losing sight of the overall approach of the patient as a person," says the specialist.

    Thus, the new service will focus on procuring the physical, psychological and social support to their clients, whatever their age or condition. However, the unit will emphasize women over 40, an age that represents an important set of changes to their health due to the onset of the loss of ovarian function. Specifically, this phase is associated with conditions such as changes in lipid metabolism; risk of atherosclerosis, weight gain, bone loss, skin changes and body image, genital changes at local and emotional instability. Women between 40 and 60 years also experience significant changes in their social and personal life, in your relationship with your partner and the children get older, in social and professional expectations, and so on.

    "Absolutely every woman can benefit from the unit but it is clear that there is a point in life where it is very interesting health promotion, and once you are past the age of having children: women continues still very young but start worrying about some disorders such as menopause, loss of reproductive capacity, changes in your personal life or prevention of diseases such as osteoporosis or cancer, "says Dr. Albi.


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    In Washington last month, Governor Jay Inslee took a step towards improving the safety of his streets by signing a law prohibiting the holding of any electronic device (cell phones, tablets, etc) while driving or waiting at a stop light. The law will go in effect in July due to the Governor’s veto of a […]
              Simple Tips to Improve Memory   

    These are some of the simple things in everyday life that you can change to strengthen your memory.

    Learn languages

    Overall learning something new, whether a new language, take cooking classes or ballroom dancing is good for the brain. But it turns out that learning ballroom dancing as a couple is especially good. With dance do not only exercise, but you have to think on the fly, and be flexible to change.

    Change the font on your computer

    Making the text a little harder to read your brain Take advantages brain. You can do this by changing the font on your computer, adding bold or italics, or by the smaller screen to make the text smaller.

    Play Tetris

    In one study, a group of teenagers who regularly played Tetris had changes in parts of the brain involved in critical thinking, reasoning, language and processing, among others. The game requires us to manipulate as they drop pieces to create an orderly row of tiles. The Tetris, you can have 25 years, is still available for all types of devices, including iPhone or Android.

    Meditate consciously

    People who meditate regularly induce physical changes in the brain, it is believed that as a result of the formation of new synaptic networks, This increases not only the attention but also self-awareness and empathy. It costs nothing and can be done anywhere, anytime.

    Become handed (or right)

    Many people who have suffered a stroke after suffer paralysis side so they are forced to learn to use the non-dominant side of your body to perform everyday tasks like writing. This helps them create new neural networks. Any of us can benefit from this practice. Brush your teeth, tie the belt or eat with your left hand. These practices activate new parts of our brain.

    Read aloud

    Read a book or newspaper out loud stimulates different parts of the brain that are stimulated to read silently. By keeping these areas retain active brain neural connections. Airline pilots better review your task list if read aloud, even with no one in the cab.

    Write Hand

    Change the keyboard for pen and paper is better for the brain, according to a study published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Research in children has shown that writing with pen and paper more active brain areas by simply typing.

    Distract yourself

    Turns out distracting noises that can do more than make you crazy. In fact, a study by researchers at the University of Amsterdam found that people exposed to an annoying background noise, solved more anagrams than those without this distraction.


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              Anti-fungal nail treatment from Dr. Scholl   

    Breaking the mold requires perseverance, and that are inserted between layers of keratin of the nail and use it to feed and grow, they are also contagious and can survive for a long time in moist environments such as carpets or socks.

    So Dr. Scholl has created a complete treatment for mild fungal infection that acts in two phases: the first removes 99% of the fungi, thanks to the combination of ingredients that create a hostile environment where fungi can not survive and die and, the second protects the nail from reinfection and contagion.

    In a simple and very comfortable, the company has integrated the liquid with a brush applicator and five disposable files, clinically tested, obviating the surface layer of the nail ensuring the penetration of ingredients.

    The treatment phase lasted four weeks and it kills 99.9% of the fungi. To be effective it is essential to the nail file once a week and apply the liquid once a day. Its advanced formula penetrates deep in the nail and remove the infection from the source.

    Phase Protection lasts between 9 and 12 months and only needs to apply the liquid once a week until the full growth of the nail. This step prevents the infection from coming back and helps to have a strong and healthy nails.

    The anti-homgos Dr Scholl has been scientifically proven to eliminate nail fungus. It is a household medical device that does not require a prescription. Its specific formulation facilitates the penetration of the ingredients in the nail so that it achieves and kill the fungus. Help prevent the spread of infection and recurrence. Dermatologically tested.


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              Envisioning the Future of Retail Market   


    Online Stores
    Internet has brought paradigm shifts in all the industries. Internet enables companies to increase their connectivity while reducing the overall costs. In retail industry, online stores have an advantage over brick and mortar stores with their lower overhead costs. This makes players like Amazon extremely competitive in cost leadership segment. With the development of internet payment gateways and consumer acceptance over the credibility of stores, online purchases are likely to grow significantly over the coming years.
    Even in emerging economies, where credit cards and internet payment gateways are not accessible to mass, “cash on delivery” services enable online stores to foster. E.g.: Flipkart in India.
    According to technology and research firm Forrester, we can expect e-commerce to increase (in US) by 13 percent in the year 2013, to a whopping $262 billion.
    Mobile Stores
    Smartphones have presented a new market to the retailers. Enabled with rich applications[1]and QR code integration, smartphones have fostered the development and incorporation of virtual shopping screens and even robotic store displays in the retail industry[2].
    Consumers have been empowered of being able to buy things online straight from their phone and being able to buy things in store with their phone[3]. Companies like Square are further pushing this trend with devices and applications to make purchases from phones a commonality.
    Store within a Store
    One of the major issues faced by physical retail stores like Wal-Mart is the growing staffing costs. Retailers like J.C. Penney have found innovative concept of “store within a store”. The retailer sub-lets the space to the product maker and the counter is staffed by an employee of the product maker, not the retailer. Whether it is Chanelor Lancomeor some other brand, each product maker is “showcased” at its own counter[4]
    While competing in the cost leadership segment, reduction in the overhead costs gives an improved competitive edge to the retailers. Thus, acceptance and appliance of this model in the future by more retailers is a reality.
    Shopping Experience: New Types of Value for Customers
    It is going to very difficult for traditional retail stores to compete with online stores in terms of price. To pull the customers from comfort of their home to the stores, retailers have to create and sell shopping experiences[5]. Strategic alliances with brands to develop retail stores as brand and product showroom could be the way ahead[6].
    Online stores still lack browsing and discovery experiences that satisfy curiosity. Retail stores can work on new types of value addition for customers. Retail spaces can relax customers, offer refreshments, and provide entertainment while creating the conditions to engage in a conversation that builds brand loyalty.
    Customization
    As retailers expand across the globe, there will be a need to customize strategies as per the customer’s behavior. Wal-Mart accepted this fact in 2006 and developed merchandising strategy to reflect each of six demographic groups. As retailers plunge into international expansion, one-size-fits-all strategy will not work. The successful retailers in the future will incorporate customer preferences across geographies and ethnicities, and customize accordingly.
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