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Who is Nikola Tesla?

April 14, 2006 EST | Science

Nikola Tesla was an inventor. He invented many things you take for granted today. Edison may have worked electricity, But Nikola Tesla invented the A/C power and the methods to making and distribution of this new found power!

Nikola Tesla was born on July 9, 1856, in a very small village called Smiljan, in the province of Lika, Croatia. You may not know who this man is, but he invented the theories of electricity we use today. [More...]

Alternative energy series: water - The perfect fuel

March 20, 2006 EST | Science | Comments (0)

As a freshman in high school, I failed chemistry class due to an extreme disinterest in the entire subject. I do recall a demonstration in which the teacher hooked a large one and a half volt battery to a glass and wire electrolyzer that transformed water into separated hydrogen and oxygen. I would later learn that commercial hydrogen and oxygen producers also used this method in an inefficient manner that requires more energy than the fuel produced can generate through combustion.

In the late eighties I would learn that a boy genius in California learned to make hydrogen from water efficiently with a twelve volt battery and standard auto electrical system, during the 1970s. Around 1990, my machinist neighbor built a hydrogen generator that did not work due to defects in the plans the boy genius had drawn up in prison when he was no longer a boy. [More...]

Hurricane fact sheet

March 20, 2006 EST | Science

A hurricane is a large whirling storm that usually measures 200 to 500 miles (320 to 800 km) across.

On the average each year, six Atlantic hurricanes occur.

Sustained winds of 100-150 mph (160-240 km/h) occur with a typical hurricane. Some winds may exceed 200 mph (320 km/h).

The eye of the hurricane averages 14-25 miles (22-40 km) across. The eye is quite calm as compared to the winds in the eye wall.

The winds of the hurricane spin in a counterclockwise direction in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. [More...]

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The holy grail of science

February 19, 2006 EST | Science

Imagine playing football at the age of 239 with your grand-grand-grand children. Imagine donating blood at the age of 172. Imagine traveling into an inter-galactic spaceship to the andromeda galaxy. Imagine not getting common cold at all. And imagine not having to see those AIDS awareness ads because AIDS being a history, taught in Medieval History-101. And imagine living to see Indian football team qualify for FIFA world cup. No, you are not being taken to utopia; instead, I’m trying to propel your minds towards the future, which is nearer than ever before.

The fear of death is the most common of the all phobias we know. No one wants to die. To imagine death is the worst punishment one can ever give. History has seen many heroes abandoning their quests just because they feared death. People may spend their fortune on treatments without guarantees of 100% recoveries. Now the question arises, if death is so dreadful then why it is so common? [More...]

Is Quantum Physics the end of dualism?

February 07, 2006 EST | | Comments (0)

Our consciousness is programmed with the basic concept of dualism. Either it is this way or it is the other way, either it is good or it is bad. If you think about this you may find hundreds of other examples in your daily life. Wherever you look, look closely and you will find the concept of dualism.

The belief in matter is another big concept science has come up with. In the last century Newton, Kepler and some other persons made sure this concept made it into every school book in the western world.

Both concepts, dualism and matter are living on such a big scale that most people don't even realize that they are concepts. [More...]

Intelligent design: Arm wrestling with Darwin

February 07, 2006 EST | Science | Comments (0)

Unless your head has been super-glued inside a science book, you have observed the furious debate between proponents of intelligent design (ID) and supporters of evolution; a debate that has bounced from courtrooms into opinion pages around the country. Pointing to the complexity of life on earth, IDers posit the existence of an intelligent designer and reject the notion that all can be explained by evolutionary theory.

The issue has become a political tractor with conservatives and liberals attempting to bulldoze their opponents. Conservatives hope to acquire the seal of authenticity for their theory of ID, an accolade that only “fact-based” and “respectable” science can provide; while the liberals want to protect their turf from what they see as a religious crusade into the “objective” halls of learning. [More...]

The inaccurate view of science

February 05, 2006 EST | Science

Science may best be defined as a method of investigation, as well as the results of that investigation. It allows scientists, or at least followers of this method, to conduct experiments and tests. Once the tests are concluded, other scientists may conduct the same experiment to receive identical or similar results. This is all simple, though, and certainly nothing new to anyone well versed in the philosophy of science. [More...]

The institute of noetic sciences

February 05, 2006 EST | Science

The spheres could also be put there to influence stability and join with other earth energy forces to actuate specific occurrences we are only remotely able to understand. It could be from our own future or from an earlier adept civilization whose attunement was collectively superior to what exists today. This kind of thought is more 'far-out' than David M. Jacobs, Ph. D. and the alien abduction agenda contemplated in his books Secret Life and The Threat. His associate professorship in history at Temple University makes one feel good about the possible future of free-thought in America. What sense does it make in one’s day to day life to think about such wild imagineering? Well, that IS where the rubber hits the road as they say; and we humbly suggest that even in this life while physically manifest in sensual containers with high level focus on the joy these senses bring - we are part of the evolving purpose and what has been called God's greater purpose. We also suggest the way of knowledge and positive application of the results of thinking does not advantage one if they turn away from the facts. These spheres are facts and they can not have designs (or the vase from 300,000,000 years ago) of this complexity and be so metallurgically advanced if we take only our present concept of nature into account. [More...]

Crystalline Diamond

February 05, 2006 EST | Science

A Diamond is a crystalline form of carbon. A diamond's hardness and high dispersion of light makes it particularly useful for industrial applications and in jewelery. Diamonds are specifically renowned as a mineral with superlative physical qualities. Thus making them great abrasives because they can only be scratched by other diamonds. This feature also means they hold a polish extremely well and retain luster. Approximately 120 million carats, 25 000 kilograms of diamond are mined annually. These diamonds have a with a total value of nearly nine billion united states dollars.

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A new science for a new climate

January 03, 2006 EST | Science | Comments (0)

The climate is however very changeable these days. Getting the politics right has been half the fight. Unfortunately, the right policy has been held at bay partially by having the right knowledge of what’s happening to the climate. The climate changes we see today are the result of only a century and a half of study, peanuts in comparison the huge shifts over the earths history.

The recent UN Climate Change Conference sought to put in place a policy to take over the Kyoto protocol. At its core were some recently publicised results: [More...]

Simplified explanation of different coated paper types?

December 24, 2005 EST | Science

Paper has a lot of properties that should be taken into account to achieve the excellent quality that we seek. First is the contrast. Contrast is the key element between paper and toner. The paler or whiter the paper, the brighter the graphics and text will be. Second element is the texture. The smoother the paper is, the easier toner can transfer to it. Nevertheless, very smooth papers are sometimes difficult to feed. [More...]

Laser Technology

December 15, 2005 EST | General

Laser technology is used in almost every scope of life, from the miniscule lasers in CD players to the lasers used to scan groceries in the checkout line to the massive lasers in aeronautics design. The discovery of laser technology and the subsequent building of ever-improving lasers have benefited the human race tremendously, particularly through medical advances. Medical lasers cause medical procedures to be quicker, better, and easier than their traditional counterparts. The only drawback is increased cost. [More...]

Wireless broadband phone calls begin to rise

December 12, 2005 EST | Wireless | Comments (0)

As a result of the current boom in cheap broadband products, it has been predicted that up to one-third of people in the US and Europe will abandon traditional phone lines in favour of Wireless Broadband telephony by 2010.

Wireless broadband telephony is becoming increasingly popular among consumers as people become more confident with their use of high-speed internet connections. It is now apparent that Cheap Broadband products offer a cheap alternative to fixed-line voice phone calls.

In fact, more and more people are abandoning their fixed-line home telephone products as they realize that they are doubling up on expenses by having both broadband internet and a fixed-line phone product running simultaneously. [More...]

Free VoIP services: Not necessarily free

December 12, 2005 EST | Enterprise Technology , Internet | Comments (0)

Though not a new technology, VOIP, or Voice Over Internet Protocol, has recently begun gaining ground on the traditional long distance telephone industry. Simply put, VOIP is the ability for a person to talk on the telephone over an Internet connection. Using a variety of types of equipment to switch analog sound bits into digital data packets, VOIP has made placing long distance phone calls more efficient, more convenient, and much less expensive. Because there is no phone company or long distance provider involved, there are no monthly fees, long distance toll charges, or other charges associated with a traditional telephone bill. There are many VOIP service providers out there, and more cropping up on a regular basis. That means there is a demand for these providers to offer even lower cost services than they already do. In an effort to increase customers, some providers are now offering what they call "free" VOIP services. It is important to be aware that this type of service is not truly free. [More...]

The history of calendars

December 09, 2005 EST | Science | Comments (0)

The Romans sometimes neglected to introduce an extra month every two years to amortize the difference between their lunar calendar and the natural solar year. Julius Caesar decreed that the year 46 BC should have 445 days (some historians implausibly say: 443 days) in order to bridge the yawning discrepancy that accumulated over the preceding seven centuries. It was aptly titled the "Year of Confusion".

To "reset" the calendar, Julius Caesar affixed the New Year on January 1 (the day the Senate traditionally convened) and added a day or two to a few months.

He thus gave rise to the Julian Calendar, a latter day rendition of the Aristarchus calendar from 239 BC. After his assassination, the month of Quintilis was renamed Julius (July) in his honor. [More...]

Nature vs. Mankind

December 09, 2005 EST | Science | Comments (0)

The Second Law of Thermodynamics predicts the gradual energetic decay of physical closed systems ("entropy"). Arguably, the Universe as a whole is precisely such a system.

Locally, though, order is often fighting disorder for dominance. In other words, in localized, open systems, order sometimes tends to increase and, by definition, statistical entropy tends to decrease.
Some physical systems increase disorder, either by decaying or by actively spreading disorder onto other systems. Such vectors we call "Entropic Agents".

Conversely, some physical systems increase order or decrease disorder either in themselves or in their environment. We call these vectors "Negentropic Agents". [More...]

What are hosted applications?

December 08, 2005 EST | Computer | Comments (0)

As access to the Internet becomes more widespread with faster, more reliable and 'always on' connections becoming the norm the growth of applications using the hosted application model continues to expand.

Although hosted applications will not suit every situation, or every customer, they offer many individuals and organizations, as well as the application manufacturers' themselves, considerable benefits over the locally installed application. [More...]

How to go wireless with VOIP in 5 easy steps

November 14, 2005 EST | Internet | Comments (0)

You've seen the ads, and now you too, want to go wireless with a VoIP service. You have done your homework and are convinced that not only will VoIP save you money, but also the added features are just what you need for your small business as well as your residence. Here are some tips to help you set up your VoIP service. [More...]

5 benefits to adding VoIP

November 14, 2005 EST | Internet | Comments (0)

There are many benefits and advantages to switching from PSTN- Public Switched Telephone Network. VoIP technology is growing and changing every day. Major corporations are transferring their business needs over to VoIP and households worldwide are making the switch. VoIP is produced by transferring voice into digital data over the Internet. Because the data is smaller compared to a standard electric unit, VoIP users save on valuable bandwidth as well. If you have a high-speed connection in your home, then you can utilize VoIP. You may need to purchase some equipment, such as a VoIP phone adapter. The phone adapter will allow you to use all of your telephones with the VoIP technology. You may also need to purchase a router. Most of your VoIP service providers will supply you with the hardware that you need. You even have the option of purchasing phones designed for VoIP as well as Videophones that will display images while you speak. VoIP is the wave of the future. Many major computer companies have already begun to incorporate VoIP with their Instant Messaging programs. Yahoo has also recently purchased the VoIP Company, Dial Pad. Now, Instant Messaging programs such as Yahoo, MSN, and AOL allow pc-pc phone calls. The world is making the switch to VoIP, but in case you are still unsure if VoIP is right for you, here are five benefits to adding VoIP to your home and business. [More...]

SBC Communications eNewConnect - Order or change phone service online

October 20, 2005 EST | Internet

SBC Communications' new product, named eNewConnect, allows customers to order new SBC phone service or move their existing SBC phone service to a new address, all online. [More...]

Diet And Detox

October 17, 2005 EST | Science | Comments (0)

Today we live at a pace that would have seemed unbelievable and indeed impossible to our grandparents.

With the increasing demand of jobs, long travel, odd working hours, bringing up children and hectic social lives. We tend to become tired and rundown.

Besides our bodies are under constant assault from pollutions, stress, bad posture, sedentary jobs and own bad eating habits.

Over a period of time, these effects build up and emerge in many different forms-everything from passing infections, skin eruptions, headaches & digestive problems to serious conditions, such as ulcers, cancers and heart disease.

The more we overload over body, the more it sinks under the strain. When we begin, detoxification-we give our bodies the chance to repair and cleanse and restore a more balance state to the entire system. [More...]

Temperature monitoring systems

October 13, 2005 EST | Science | Comments (0)

Monitoring temperature is a critical element in many different segments of industry and business today. There are several means of measuring temperature, each of which has its own pluses and minuses. In the past you had to use a manual method, where an employee used a thermometer to determine temperature and a piece of paper and a pencil to record. This was time consuming, expensive and of questionable accuracy.

When chart recorders were invented it was used for monitoring temperature twenty-four hours a day. However it still required an employee to change the chart every day or week and because it was mechanical it often broke down requiring even more maintenance. [More...]

What are compound microscopes?

October 13, 2005 EST | Science | Comments (0)

Most of the microscopes used today are compound. A compound microscope features two or more lenses. A hollow cylinder called the tube connects the two lenses. The top lens, the one people look through, is called the eyepiece. The bottom lens is known as the objective lens. Below the two lenses is the stage, with the illuminator below that.

Compound microscopes were among the first magnifying instruments invented. Two Dutch eyeglass makers named Zaccharias and Hans Janssen are credited with making the first compound microscope in 1590 by putting one lens at the top of a tube and another at the bottom of the tube. Their idea was fleshed out by others scientists over the next several centuries, but the basic design remained very similar. [More...]

What is a digital data logger?

October 06, 2005 EST | Electronics | Comments (0)

A digital data logger is a device used to sample temperature and/or humidity and then store it electronically. It is primarily used as a temperature monitoring device in large freezers and/or stores.

In most cases a digital data logger needs a PC to work with (with notable exception of ThermaViewer, that can work all by itself). [More...]

Is Quantum Physics the end of dualism?

September 28, 2005 EST | Science | Comments (0)

Dualism seems to be the biggest concept in history ever. Quantum Physics may lead us to a new paradigm shift in consciousness.

Our consciousness is programmed with the basic concept of dualism. Either it is this way or it is the other way, either it is good or it is bad. If you think about this you may find hundreds of other examples in your daily life. Wherever you look, look closely and you will find the concept of dualism.

The belief in matter is another big concept science has come up with. In the last century Newton, Kepler and some other persons made sure this concept made it into every school book in the western world.

Both concepts, dualism and matter are living on such a big scale that most people don't even realize that they are concepts. [More...]

Goldline Controls selects e-Kanban by Datacraft Solutions

September 28, 2005 EST | Enterprise Technology

Goldline Controls ( based in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, manufacturers Aqua Rite, the best selling electronic chlorine generator. Recently Rick Becker, Vice President of Operations, Kristy Buss Dupuis, Materials Manager, and Colleen Skeffington, IT Manager selected Datacraft Solutions' e-kanban system to streamline their operations and continue a strong lean manufacturing initiative. [More...]

IP or not IP that is the question

September 28, 2005 EST | Internet | Comments (0)

Will the technology I invest in today be obsolete in 5 years? Will the only systems installed in 5 years be IP systems? Is it a mistake to consider digital phone systems? These are questions that I am frequently asked. The answers are not as cut and dried as some would think.

Some people are not even aware of what the term IP, let alone VoIP, mean in the current technology environment. Some people, when they see the letters VoIP, wonder first why the "o" is not as large as the other letters. Still others understand that VoIP has something to do with changes in current telephone technology but they don't know the first thing about what it means. Additionally, there are those that know that VoIP means "voice over IP protocol" which involves the conversion of voice packets to data packets and because it's the latest and greatest technology, they just have to have that technology NOW! [More...]

Fibromyalgia facts for females

September 24, 2005 EST | Science | Comments (0)

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common diseases affecting the muscles, tendons, and joints in women. Many health care professionals still do not recognize the condition as a disorder, most likely, because x-rays, blood tests, and biopsies often show no prevalent evidence to support the patient’s complaints. However, in recent years, the use of thermographs, a device that tests and measures the heat produced by areas of the body, has helped diagnose the condition. Studies indicate that fibromyalgia patients have decreased blood flow and decreased skin temperatures in sites of tenderness. Symptoms include long-term muscle soreness, muscle stiffness, sleeplessness, fatigue, mood changes, anxiety and depression. Often times the condition is worsened by stress and weather changes. Unlike other rheumatic conditions that cause swelling and inflammation of the tissues in the body, fibromyalgia does not cause any type of joint deformity or does not damage any internal organs. [More...]

Metaphors of the mind

September 24, 2005 EST | Science | Comments (0)

The brain (and, by implication, the mind) have been compared to the latest technological innovation in every generation. The computer metaphor is now in vogue. Computer hardware metaphors were replaced by software metaphors and, lately, by (neuronal) network metaphors.

Metaphors are not confined to the philosophy of neurology. Architects and mathematicians, for instance, have lately come up with the structural concept of "tensegrity" to explain the phenomenon of life. The tendency of humans to see patterns and structures everywhere (even where there are none) is well documented and probably has its survival value. [More...]

Invaluable embryonic stem cell research

September 17, 2005 EST | Science | Comments (0)

Embryonic Stem Cell (ESCs) Research is back in the news again. Unfortunately, it is under the political and religious pressure. ESC is moving at a slower pace at the expense of, as stated by the White House, “millions of people who suffer from life destroying diseases.” Unlike abortion, the purpose of ESC research is to cure potential diseases and disabilities such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and spinal cord injuries.

Despite its good intentions, ESC research was considered manipulation and destruction of a life form; as Pope John Paul II clearly stated, “embryonic research is morally unacceptable.”

This ongoing debate is one of the most controversial topics does not seem to be ending any time soon, but time is running out for those suffering from the diseases. While some are lying in bed, others are in wheelchairs waiting in hope that one day they will have a chance to live their lives with more certainty. To them, ESC research is a possible hope, and hope is sometimes all expecting patients have. [More...]

iShop by PRONTO North America provides e-Business solution

September 16, 2005 EST | Enterprise Technology

According to Tom Verzi, Director of Marketing for PRONTO North America, "Customers expect to be able to communicate and transact with suppliers through a web-based interface for convenience, speed, and instant access to information. iShop provides the high level of service customers expect quite easily, quickly, and economically." [More...]

The history of calendars

September 11, 2005 EST | Science

The Romans sometimes neglected to introduce an extra month every two years to amortize the difference between their lunar calendar and the natural solar year. Julius Caesar decreed that the year 46 BC should have 445 days (some historians implausibly say: 443 days) in order to bridge the yawning discrepancy that accumulated over the preceding seven centuries. It was aptly titled the "Year of Confusion".

To "reset" the calendar, Julius Caesar affixed the New Year on January 1 (the day the Senate traditionally convened) and added a day or two to a few months. [More...]

How electron microscopes work

September 11, 2005 EST | Science

Electron microscopes are among the most powerful magnifying tools on the planet. They use beams of electrons rather than conventional light to illuminate objects. The two main types of electron microscopes are transmission electron microscopes and scanning electron microscopes.

Ernst Ruska and Max Knoll constructed the first electron microscope in 1931. They needed an instrument that could examine tiny specimens like components of cells, and conventional light microscopes were not nearly powerful enough. They took the basic principles that guided conventional microscopes and used an electron beam instead of a regular light for illumination. Electron microscopes can enlarge objects up to one million times.

Electron microscopes magnify when electron source creates an electron stream. The electron source is often made of an element like tungsten that is heated until it gives off electrons. The electrons are focused into a stream and the stream is pointed at the object on the stage. There are two kinds of electron microscopes: transmission and scanning. [More...]

ZipConnect by Richard Thalheimer

August 29, 2005 EST | Electronics

If your music collection is now on your iPod or MP3 player, you'll be thrilled with all the new ZipConnect™ sound systems from Sharper Image Design. These universal and convertible systems feature interchangeable ZipConnect cable modules to get your music out of your digital music library and into the room with amplified speakers in a number of exciting and different formats.

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I challenge the 'experts'

August 24, 2005 EST | Science

What the nature of 'mystery schools' was before Tuthmosis re-organized them (25) is hard to say. The claims of people within the Masons are challenged by many scholars. In reading the work of Conor MacDari, who seems to be a truth-teller from a group within Masonry that deplores many of the undisciplined practices, I tend to think they do have a good claim to having been the builders of the Pyramid who originated the Hebrew ethnic group. His work in 'Irish Wisdom' has been a source of intense study and verification for me during the last eleven years and he seems to place the designer(s) of the Pyramid group above or outside his own cadre. [More...]

The Institute of Noetic Sciences

August 24, 2005 EST | Science

The possibility of sentient beings on earlier solar systems said to be many billions of years older than our own, developing travel and transposition of some teleportational nature seems one of the most stable and down to earth possibilities when we consider these spheres. Other ideas flit through our mind as we imagineer the conscious wisdom of refined metallurgical objects beyond mere silica microchips and revisit what Dr Robins termed the megaliths - macrochips. What is the operating system they are part and parcel of? Is the old Gaian theory of the earth far removed from a universal entity that would have implants in the earth to form greater contact? The manganese nodules occur naturally but what difference does that make when one is thinking about evolving layers of consciously connected matter guided by dimensional force entities of non-corporeal nature? That kind of thought might lead us to worship the Ka'aba with a lot more validity. [More...]

Biophysics: Advanced knowledge absorption techniques

August 19, 2005 EST | Science

Seeking to identify, define, and enhance the advanced sensory perception techniques inherent in all humans will undoubtedly lead to broader, more profound leaps in our progression as a human society long-term.

As humanity and its understanding of inter-conscious existence continue to evolve, so does the mind’s capacity to interpret a greater understanding of its overall capability, both collectively and individually. Broader access to central knowledge resources such as the Internet, libraries, and even other humans through vast telecommunications networks has undoubtedly expanded the mind’s capacity to not only store a broad volume of data, but also interpret, comprehend, and share it as well. [More...]

The inaccurate view of science

August 19, 2005 EST | Science

If I have one purpose in life, it is to enlighten those around me. All too often, if one has a social and political awareness, we are going to hear such statements as, "Science has proved this," or "Science has proved that," and it will be implied in a way that it is absolute. So often have I heard this statement, that I feel it is necessary to write upon it.

Science may best be defined as a method of investigation, as well as the results of that investigation. It allows scientists, or at least followers of this method, to conduct experiments and tests. Once the tests are concluded, other scientists may conduct the same experiment to receive identical or similar results. This is all simple, though, and certainly nothing new to anyone well versed in the philosophy of science. [More...]

Syntactics briefing

August 19, 2005 EST | Science

The research in the field of Natural Language Processing usually assumes the existence of a syntactic "Generative Engine" that combines words and word-like elements into syntactic structures, and then sometimes displaces them by "syntactic movement". A Linguistic Parser must "undo" all the effects of syntactic movement, which results in a structure where the relations between the words are represented more directly. [More...]

Free ISP?

August 09, 2005 EST | Internet

Yes, there is such a thing as a free ISP or internet service provider. An internet service provider is a company that provides internet access, usually for a nominal fee. However, you might be surprised to find that there are Free ISP’s. If you are wondering if I am referring to the discs you receive in the mail that offer you free internet for 30 days, think again. The ISP’s I am talking about are not offering just a free trial. [More...]

Search technologies

August 09, 2005 EST | Internet

Each of us has been faced with the problem of searching for information more than once. Irregardless of the data source we are using (Internet, file system on our hard drive, data base or a global information system of a big company) the problems can be multiple and include the physical volume of the data base searched, the information being unstructured, different file types and also the complexity of accurately wording the search query. We have already reached the stage when the amount of data on one single PC is comparable to the amount of text data stored in a proper library. And as to the unstructured data flows, in future they are only going to increase, and at a very rapid tempo. If for an average user this might be just a minor misfortune, for a big company absence of control over information can mean significant problems. So the necessity to create search systems and technologies simplifying and accelerating access to the necessary information, originated long ago. Such systems are numerous and moreover not every one of them is based on a unique technology. And the task of choosing the right one depends directly on the specific tasks to be solved in the future. While the demand for the perfect data searching and processing tools is steadily growing let’s consider the state of affairs with the supply side. [More...]

Overcoming frustration with technology

August 04, 2005 EST | General

For whatever reason, when we get a new boost in productivity, whether that be from a tool, technology or technique...we quickly forget how much more efficient it's made us. It's human nature. It's like the commuter who gets angry about how bad traffic is, but forgets what a pain it was to wait for the bus. Or the cell phone user who complains about a bad connection, and forgets about the days when he had to fish for spare change to make a call from a pay phone.

It's much the same with technology. [More...]

Infrared technology comes of age

August 04, 2005 EST | Science

What exactly is infrared, or radiant heat? No need to worry - it

has nothing to do with either ultraviolet radiation (which gives you
a sunburn and damages your skin) or atomic radiation (the kind from a
nuclear bomb).

Radiant heat is simply a form of energy that heats objects directly through a process called conversion, without having to heat the air in between. Radiant heat is also called infrared energy (IR). Our sun is the principal source of radiant energy that we enjoy daily (some more so than others). Have you ever been outside on a partly cloudy spring day of about 50 degrees F. and felt quite comfortable until the sun was suddenly obscured by a cloud? Although the air temperature had not had time to drop, you felt chilled, as the cloud would not let the warming infrared rays through to reach you.
Infrared light is an important energy force that promotes healing - a raising of the white blood cell count. Why is that good? Because more white blood cells mean greater immunity. Greater immunity means greater health and a better quality of life. [More...]

SMS - Short Message Service explained

August 01, 2005 EST | Wireless

Short Message Service (SMS) is a quick and simple way to communicate short messages via mobile phones, handheld devices, and increasingly even landline telephones. Commonly known as text messages, SMSes, or even texts the practice has spread rapidly throughout the world, evident by the fact that 500 billion such messages were sent in the last year alone. The practice has its popularity due in great part to its convenience and cost effectiveness. For example, a typical text message placed in the US at USD 0.05 per message is priced at just 10 to 20% that of a voice call. Such savings have made it the most popular form of communication in many countries, and the practice is quickly gaining in popularity in the United States as well. [More...]

Artificial intelligence

August 01, 2005 EST | Science | Comments (0)

Science fiction has built up the idea of artificial intelligence for years. Real AI is quite fascinating and in many ways entirely different to what I expected.

Science fiction has built up the idea of artificial intelligence for years. Giving machines intelligence often spells the end of mankind as they then rise up against their creators and violently free themselves from oppression. There are cautionary tales such as in the film "Spider Man 2" in which the robotic arms of Dr. Octavius start controlling his brain thus forcing him to perform actions of benefit to them. I've never really had an interest in artificial intelligence until recently when I started studying the very basics at university. The only AI Science Fiction that's ever actually interested me was 'Blade Runner' and its novel, 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' written by Philip K. Dick. The subtext of the story deals with AI becoming self-aware but still unaware of its true nature, a concept that interested me greatly. Real AI is quite fascinating and in many ways entirely different to what I expected. [More...]

ETO ERP leader Encompix reveals Formglas’ decision process

August 01, 2005 EST | Enterprise Technology

Formglas’ Decision Process in selection for Engineer-to-Order system.

Formglas Inc., established in 1961, has for many years been the leading manufacturer of architectural products for commercial and residential projects using lightweight custom cast, glass reinforced gypsum and cement composite primarily for casinos, resorts, cruise ships, and retail chains. In addition, the Company manufacturers CNC molds & patterns along with fireplace surrounds. [More...]

Leading ERP Pronto North America develops PEER™ program

July 29, 2005 EST | Enterprise Technology

PEER™ Program Developed by Leading ERP company. The PEER (Process Evaluation Executive Review) program ensures buy-in, cooperation, and accountability with all personnel.

According to PRONTO North America CEO, Michael Ligudzinski, "We have learned to move beyond the executive workshop to look at the enterprise-wide processes…by including the entire team the PEER (Process Evaluation Executive Review) program ensure buy-in, cooperation, and accountability." [More...]

Ohio’s ENERFAB happy with 3-Month ETO ERP implementation

July 29, 2005 EST | Engineering

Three-month ETO ERP implementation makes Enerfab pleased to work with Encompix Engineer-to-Order system.

ENERFAB is a leading process solution firm with design and build capabilities serving the process industries including chemical, food and beverage, mining, pharmaceutical, power generation, and pulp and paper.

After a three-month implementation, ENERFAB went live with Encompix, the nation’s leading ETO (Engineer-to-Order) ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) System. Moving from a "green screen" system to Encompix was a big change for the Sharonville, Ohio, firm. "We were very impressed with the inventory and purchasing functionality and by eliminating duplicate data entry we have cut our purchasing time by half," said Dave Lutz, IT Director. [More...]

Food Quality Magazine profiles Datacraft Solutions’ e-Kanban in July issue

July 26, 2005 EST | Enterprise Technology

Thomas R. Cutler authored a feature profile of Follett Ice and their selection of Datacraft Solutions e-kanban technology in the July issue of Food Quality Magazine. The feature article includes advice from Follett’s senior purchasing agent, Jeff Craig, about the key variables when selecting an e-kanban system. These include:


Michigan’s Gehring happy with 6-month ETO ERP implementation

July 26, 2005 EST | Engineering

6-Month ETO ERP Implementation works for Michigan’s Gehring. After a six-month implementation Gehring L.P. went live on Encompix a leading ETO (Engineer-to-Order) ERP system.

Established in 1976, Gehring L.P. launched its North American operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The 50,000 square foot facility provides a full service machine tool operation, engineering and assembly of custom precision honing machines, comprehensive research and development services, contract honing services, tooling re-work services, a highly skilled team of service technicians, spare parts and in-house manufacturing of super-abrasives by another Gehring Group member, Diato L.P. [More...]

Softening digital images

July 24, 2005 EST | Electronics

The nature of photographic media has changed. That is the obvious part; but what can surprise you is that the lens filters that worked so well with your film cameras don't always achieve the same results in the digital realm. Photographers who've discovered this are either abandoning their old filters and using nothing or using whatever software comes standard with their Photoshop or similar program. If you're interested in getting the same quality for your portrait photography that you used to get with film and filters, you need to know that it can be done!

Like many people who’ve made the switch from film cameras to digital, I’ve discovered that the lens tools I once used so effectively on my cameras to soften, diffuse and vignette my images for quality “finished” professional results won’t do for digital what they did for film. [More...]

Digital cameras: Hot gear with the coolest features

July 24, 2005 EST | Electronics

Cameras: still known for taking pictures but assumed as digital still today.

We have to understand cameras are just as important today as they have always been to us. Most photographers thought when the digital age began; we would be taking fewer pictures because there would not be the wasted photos we didn’t want.

Digital cameras today have not only done this but surprisingly increased our photography enormously! [More...]

Software for your hard-drive

July 21, 2005 EST | Computer

All your software is stored on a hard-drive. But how about software FOR your hard-drive - private disks, partition managers, disk defragmenters? Here is the scoop on the latest tools.

Paragon Partition Manager
The program is suitable for both professionals and home users. Basic partitioning operations are: resize, convert, move, split, copy, and mount partitions. You can restore accidentally deleted partitions. It also offers free space redistribution and hard drive defragmenter. It lets you install several separate operating systems on one hard drive. The Paragon Boot Manager is included into the package. Smart Partition technology that performs all operations without losing a single byte of data. Supported file systems are FAT 16/32, NTFS, Ext2/3FS, and ReiserFS.

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