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    New X-Ray Technology Takes Us Into the Future

    X-Ray photoHow good would it sound if the next time you were involved in an unfortunate accident that required you to receive an X ray, it would not be necessary for you to go to your usual emergency room or hospital that is often very crowded and can take hours to visit? I’m sure this sounds pretty good, except your probably wondering how this can be true.

    What makes something like this possible is a digital system enabling radiologists and doctors to have access to all information concerning MRI, X ray and CT images (BBC). This could simply be done on the computer screen instantly within their office.

    This is allowing patients to visit their local doctor or nurses office when the radiologists and doctors are not present; but is much more assessable to patients than busy hospitals. The images would then be sent to their doctors and they could respond to their patients as if they were in the same room. It saves the patients travel and makes the doctors work more efficient as well.

    Hospitals like St. Mary’s in West London have been using this groundbreaking technology for a year (BBC).

    Sometimes when nurses observe and study an x ray, they may have some questions in which they need answers immediately. This system is enabling them to contact doctors and experts to receive the help they need, when they need it.

    “The Picture Archiving and Communication System, or PACS, is part of the controversial NHS IT program in England” (BBC). It is costing £245m to set up methods to store the data images and £775 for the technology to create and send the images themselves. There have been skeptics to this new system due to high costs; however, many doctors and users of the new technology are strongly approving of its excellent use.

    Another tool this technology lends to the doctors is the ability to digitally enhance the images to better identify any problems. By increasing the contrast or zooming in on images, it can better and faster diagnose problems as compared to traditional methods. In addition, it can compare multiple images at a time to track patient progress and help to make changes more noticeable.

    The main complaint with the software so far is that it is not as intuitive and easy to use as it should be for professionals who are not all tech savvy. Eventually doctors hope to store many images and sources of information for all their patients to help track progress over long periods of time.

    Many medical professionals believe it is only a matter of time before this technology begins to catch onto more areas beyond England.

    Emma Wilkinson. “X-ray technology in the 21st century.” BBC News URL: (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6700847.stm)

     

     

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    What is WordPress and Why Would You Build a Restaurant Website with It

    WordPress photo

    You own a restaurant business, and you are looking for a friendly and versatile website without spending too much money. Is it possible today, when major firms invest millions of dollars in theirs? Probably your searches brought you to WordPress, the most popular and easy way to build a website and to put it online

    However, as in any field, there are pros and cons to this Content Management System. WordPress influenced the online world for decades now. In the beginning, administrating a website was a complicated thing, but WordPress brought a new way to make sites easy to understand by everyone.

    It is not only small websites to use this CMS, but also major ones with complicated features. A WordPress website can be done fast, with minimum costs, and the result is satisfactory from the SEO point of view as well.

    Why WordPress?

    Initially, it was used as a blogging platform. hosting chile You probably know the websites named yoursite.wordpress.com. These are free websites made with WP, but these are really simple and don’t have many features. The real trick is to use WordPress as a CMS and to build a website with any functionality you desire.

    WordPress is open-source, meaning anyone can contribute to its improvement. You can buy your own domain and build it with WP even if you don’t have coding skills. Instead of writing long lines of codes, WP allows you to create widgets, menus, modify colors, and manage your website at any level.

    As you don’t need to create everything from scratch, the solution is straightforward and cheap. A simple WP website can be built in a couple of days. Plus, Google is really friendly with WP websites, and this is an official statement of the search engine.

    As we are talking about Google, it is impossible to rank today with a website that is not mobile-friendly. WordPress has this covered as well, as most of the themes you can find there are already optimized for phones and tablets.

    WordPress needs a web hosting provider, in our case we use the services of  hosting canada

    Cons of WordPress

    As with any technology, WP also has its limits. It has a general scope with many elements that are not always essential for every website. If you are looking for a completely personalized solution, you might need to build a static website.

    One example for which WP might not be such a great solution is a webshop with more than 10000 products. If you make it in WordPress, it might be slow and might crash for user searches. This happens as WP was initially a blogging platform, and it was later adapted for e-commerce. However, for a smaller shop, most of the developers would tell you WordPress is the ideal choice.

    Some programmers claim WP mejores hosting en mexico is not safe as it is open-source. Well, we could say this is the beauty of it. Most vulnerabilities are discovered and fixed by passionate developers even before they are exploited. Therefore. every new WP update fixes known vulnerabilities and makes it safer for the future ones as well!

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    Technology: Wii, Mii, and Getting Ahead

    Technology photoWhen it comes to computers and technology, I can usually figure things out– mostly out of perseverance. That isn’t to say that I necessarily like it or that I’m even close to being technologically advanced. In some ways, it’s really gotten irritatingly fast and furious. Damn those printer drivers and software updates that have rendered the “scanner” function of my perfectly good printer useless. (Thanks again, HP!)

    It was only last year that I finally got an ipod. I do enjoy it, especially for working out and music on the go. Yet, I’m only utilizing a fraction of its memory and I’ve run out of data. I can’t even fill 4GB. Does that make me an ipod loser? Then again, I’m not a downloader. I still come from the school of CDs and full-length albums. It just seems strange for me to download an itune.

    I don’t have texting on my cell phone. There are no games or apps and I can’t surf the internet with a click of a button or check my e-mail remotely. I’m on Facebook, but I can’t even begin to compete with those who change their profile pic every couple of days and put way too much thought into coming up with a catchy, cool status update to send from their iPhone

    I got a GPS for Christmas two years ago and it was only six months ago that I finally got around to opening the box.

    “This is actually pretty convenient,” I thought as I wondered why I hadn’t tried it earlier.

    This year, I got Wii Fit Plus for Christmas. I decided to be more “up on things” this time around so I hooked it up. Although, it will never replace my regular workout, it definitely has its pluses– especially on those rare, rainy L.A. days– like today. I like the balance games– namely the snowboarding, the ski slalom and even the aerobic hula hooping even though I feel

    Some, okay most, of this technology is highly unnecessary. We’ve just allowed ourselves to get lazy and bored. I was perfectly fine without the ipod, the GPS, the Wii, and even e-mail [way back when] but all of it opens up a new world of possibilities.

    When jogging with the Wii, for instance, a friend pointed out, “OR you could just jog for real outside…” Well, yeah, sure I could, but Wii jogging in place in front of a faux waterfall won’t replace real jogging– it’s just a different experience.

    Microwaves have become ubiquitous, yet they still haven’t replaced ovens. And we were, I might mention, the last family in the neighborhood to get a microwave. (My mom was convinced that it was shooting radiation microwaves into our brains. I guess the jury’s still out on that. I still try not to stand in front of the microwave for that very reason.)

    In short, technology has its ups and downs. Some days I hate, hate it and other days, the convenience factor makes me never want to look back. On the other hand, some people have trouble looking forward. To this day, my mom still has dial-up internet. She can’t even view episodes of our web series, “It’s Always Smoggy In L.A.” and she pays more than I do for DSL. Her new years resolution is high-speed. By the time she gets it, technology will be onto the next big thing and we’ll both be left in the dust.

    Certainly things will continue to somersault ahead of me faster than I want to follow, but technology has certainly improved some things. Although, HP, if you’re out there, stop with the software updates– seriously. Not all of us can afford to get a whole new system of doing things every time you decide to upgrade.

     

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    Next Generation Hard Drive Technology

    Hard Drive Technology photoSolid-state technology for computer hard drives is relatively new for PC consumers. Although military applications and industry have been using solid-state technology for some time, the first solid-state computer hard drives really only became affordable for everyday personal computing on desktop machines in late 2008. So, you may not yet be familiar with what a solid-state computer hard drive is or why it is much better than a conventional hard drive.

    What Is a Solid-State Computer Hard Drive?

    Unlike conventional computer hard drives, which use a motor to drive a spindle with a magnetic head to encode and read information from a magnetically coated disk (platter), a solid-state computer hard drive contains no moving parts. Instead, these hard drives, such as the Intel® X25-E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive, use only flash memory, a CPU and a battery component.

    Many smaller devices, such as flash drives and camera memory cards, already use solid-state technology for portable data storage. This year, however, solid-state technology is becoming popular for more than just flash drives, and with good reason. In fact, with entry of affordable solid-state computer hard drives onto the market, some industry experts are predicting the death of the traditional computer hard drive.

    Advantages of Solid-State Technology

    Their unique design gives solid-state computer hard drives a decided advantage over other computer hard drives. Don’t take my word for it, however. Learn the facts and decide for yourself.

    Here are some of the benefits that you can expect from a solid-state computer hard drive:

    • Lower Failure Rate – You have probably already experienced at least one computer hard drive failure. In fact, with a mechanical hard drive the moving parts make eventual failure somewhat likely. Even something as innocent as dust getting in the mechanism could cause problems. Since there are no mechanical parts to solid-state drives, the failure rate is much lower.
    • Longer Life – With a conventional hard drive it is usually not a matter of whether the drive will fail; it is a question of when. Most hard drives fail after several years and can be severely damaged if dropped or shaken. In contrast, with a solid-state drive there are no mechanical parts to wear out. In addition, advanced products such as the Intel® X25-E Extreme SATA employ wear-leveling algorithms to extend the life of the drive.
    • Environmentally Friendly – A traditional computer hard drive needs a fan to cool the motor down. However, there is no cooling requirement for a solid-state hard drive, as it consumes less power and is easier on the environment than a traditional hard drive. The lower power consumption means that a computer with a solid-state hard drive costs less to operate, too.
    • Faster – You may think that your traditional hard drive is fast, but a solid-state hard drive can access data in a fraction of the time that a typical hard drive takes. For example, a typical hard drive can take as long as 10,000 microseconds to access data. The read latency for the Intel® X25-E Extreme SATA is only 75 microseconds. That makes the solid-state drive 133 times faster!
    • Quieter – Traditional computer hard drives have gotten quieter over the years, but if you listen carefully you can probably still hear your computer hum (something that you won’t hear with a solid-state machine). The mechanical parts of the computer drive cause that hum.
    • Lightweight – A solid-state drive weighs much less than its traditional counterpart, making it easier to ship and store. The lighter weight also gives your computer equipment a much lighter footprint and makes your computer easier to install and move.

    A Word About Cost and Size

    If solid-state technology is so wonderful, you might ask yourself – why are we still using traditional hard drives? Why don’t all computers have solid-state drives?

    Until recently, a relatively high cost and low memory size kept solid-state technology drives from dominating the personal computing market. However, the newest generation of solid-state hard drives offers both reasonable cost (less than $1,000) and larger storage capacity.

    With recent technological advances, solid-state technology is not just for flash drives any more.

    What to Remember When You Choose a Solid-State Computer Hard Drive

    As the solid-state computer hard drive technology market starts to heat up, dozens of players are bound to enter the consumer market.

    However, your best bet for finding a reliable solid-state hard drive is to look for a company that has decades of memory engineering experience and a solid reputation for design and reliability. Doing your homework and carefully choosing the right vendor is crucial to getting the right computer hard drive for your needs.

     

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    A Threat in New Technology: The Kindle Fire

    Technology photoThe Kindle Fire was announced on September 28, 2011, making it a fairly new technology. The use of the Kindle Fire brings thousands of books as well as movies and TV shows right at your fingertips. The positive and negative effects that the Kindle Fire has on our society and our economic change are many. While it is easier to get ahold of out of print books and published books, it decreases the sales of book stores worldwide. In September of 2011, Borders, a popular book store closed its doors. This is not to say that the Kindle Fire is at fault, but the advances our technology has made in the recent years has made it hard for franchised stores to compare.

    The technology of the Kindle Fire contributes to our society by allowing books and other sources of media easy to access. In turn, it has made a reader out of essentially a non-reader. Without leaving the comfort of your own home, you can download any book you wish to have at your fingertips. Downloading books are also cheaper than retail prices, leading a sociological epidemic in the fast-paced world of technology.

    The negative effects that the Kindle Fire has on our society, in my opinion far outweigh the positive effects. As a writer, I love the feel and smell of a physical book in my hands. The Kindle Fire takes away this simple pleasure of well-worn pages, musty scents and book cover illustrations, leaving only black and white words on a blaring computer screen. While this is only my personal opinion, the social epidemic for immediate downloadable items has become the “next new thing.” Pretty soon, book stores might be scarce and finding a physical book might come far and in between. With the increase in sales of Kindle Fires and other similar technologies, the demise of books and book stores begin, leaving writers, book lovers, avid readers and the like, forced to join this movement of technology.

    In conclusion, the Kindle Fire drives a large sociological change. Whether you agree with this movement or refuse to look at the possible future outcome of books in general, Kindle Fires are here to stay, and hopefully, books are as well.

     

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    Technology is No Reason for Murder: A Review on Matthew Pearl’s the Technologist

    Technology  photoTechnology is never a good reason for murder, but Matthew Pearl gives one character a compelling, if not crazy reason, for comitting crimes against humanity in the name of technology in his recent book The Technologists. I recently had the benefit of reading an advanced copy of The Technologists by Matthew Pearl. Though it was the first book I’ve read of Pearl’s, I had been really excited to read it. This was partly because it was an advance copy, and partly because, well it was free, and I get giddy over free stuff, because I’m almost always broke. And let’s face it, who doesn’t get excited about free stuff, because aren’t we all broke?

    The Technologists was one of the free books I got from goodreads.com. It was actually really cool, because it was an advance copy, the cover wasn’t even the actual design, and I received a large notice notifying me I could not actually post a review until after the release date. Not to worry, Random House, I’m such a procrastinator, I didn’t read the book until January, and I am just now writing a review for it. Sorry, that’s just how much I suck. I do promise to do much better in the future.

    But it wasn’t just the cover that I really loved about this book, it was the author as well. I mean, I’m just going to say this as matter of factly as possible: Matthew Pearl knows how to grab a reader. As a writer, and I can hear my Eng 312 professor now, “you are all writers, but once you get paid to do it, you’re an author,” I know that grabbing the reader is one of the most difficult things to do. You can’t just start the reader off with something bland. They want a reason to start reading, and then they need a reason to continue reading. For example, with The Alchemist, my only reason to continue reading that was that it was quick. In The Technologists, Pearl entices the reader so effortlessly, it must be simply second nature to him. Honestly? I couldn’t put the book down.

    I do have to admit, it did start a bit rough for me, simply because there was a bit of science in the beginning, and though I love Mythbusters, science was never one of my favorite subjects. And Pearl does his homework, so there was some science in there for reals. And it’s not just science he studies, because I read The Dante Club soon after The Technologists, and I can tell you, the man knows how to do his research. But really, that’s how you should define a good storyteller. They should do their research, so they know what they are talking about, and they should possess a keen ability to make you want to continue reading their work, even after you finish it.

    And for the record, though I love Sherlock Holmes, I don’t typically like murder mysteries. So that fact alone should tell you that The Technologists is a must read. It makes a non murder mystery fan, like a murder mystery book. I will admit, it’s not your typical murder mystery and that it doesn’t really fit the Dan Patterson profile. And technically, it can’t be classified a murder mystery. There really isn’t a murder in this book. Some people die, but the intention wasn’t murder, it was chaos. And I guess I should actually talk about the plot some, huh?

    The Technologists‘main plot is that there are these ‘accidents’ happening all around Boston. And, unfortunately for them, the kids over at MIT are being blamed for them. Now of course, these ‘kids’ (though I use the term loosely, as some of them had already fought in a war), won’t take this sitting down. They fight these allegations especially hard, since they could lose their school over it. And it’s a shame, really, that they get blamed for these accidents, because on top of all that, they have to suffer the pious and their disdain of the school’s Darwinist principles, and the obnoxious snobbery from the Harvard students.

    One would think that the answer to who the culprit is would be clear cut, but there are definitely a few twists to this book. One, for example, is the budding romance that develops. It was especially surprising because it revolved around nerds. I mean, no offence. Afterall, I am one, but one never expects them to get any in a book. Who wants to read about fingers touching over beakers? Okay, that didn’t actually happen, and I may have actually died if it did.

    Would I recommend this book in general? Yes, definitely. I thought it was a really quick, fun and intelligent read. Like I said I could barely put the book down. And when I did, it was to look up something pertaining to the plot on Wikipedia. I mean, this book not only keeps you enveloped in the mystery but also makes you want to learn! Where else can you find that?

     

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    Information Technology Policy – Strong Passwords

    Strong  photoA strong password is vital to protecting the data assets of The Company. All employees, staff, and others who access data assets, the network(s) owned by The Company must adhere to the password policy.

    Network Passwords

    Password Length: A network password must be seven digits or longer.

    Password Digits: A network password must contain at least one letter and one number. It is encouraged to have at least one symbol. It is encouraged to have at least one capital letter.

    Ineligible Passwords: A network password must not be the staff member’s name, first middle or last, their spouse’s name or the name of their children. It should not have their job title or company name.

    Examples of Good Passwords: K1ttyc@T, 0r@nge3, orange12#, $hoesRfun2, fuzz!ki77y

    Password Rotation: The network will force the network password to change at least quarterly (4 times a year, every three years).

    Ease of Memory: The password should be easy to remember for the staff member. Names of pets, important places or dates are all acceptable.

    No The Company staff member will not email their password to anyone.

    No The Company staff member will not give their password to anyone.

    No The Company staff member will not write their password in, on, or around their work area.

    Program Passwords

    Password Length: A network password must be seven digits or longer.

    Password Digits: A network password must contain at least one letter and one number. It is encouraged to have at least one symbol. It is encouraged to have at least one capital letter.

    Ineligible Passwords: A network password must not be the staff member’s name, first middle or last, their spouse’s name or the name of their children. It should not have their job title or company name.

    Examples of Good Passwords: K1ttyc@T, 0r@nge3, orange12#, $hoesRfun2, fuzz!ki77y

    Password Rotation: It is suggested the password for programs be changed quarterly.

    Ease of Memory: The password should be easy to remember for the staff member. Names of pets, important places or dates are all acceptable.

    No The Company staff member will not email their password to anyone.

    No The Company staff member will not give their password to anyone.

    No The Company staff member will not write their password in, on, or around their work area.

    Wireless Network Passwords

    Password Length: A network password must be seven digits or longer.

    Password Digits: A network password must contain at least one letter and one number. It is encouraged to have at least one symbol. It is encouraged to have at least one capital letter.

    Ineligible Passwords: A network password must not be the staff member’s name, first middle or last, their spouse’s name or the name of their children. It should not have their job title or company name.

    Examples of Good Passwords: K1ttyc@T, 0r@nge3, orange12#, $hoesRfun2, fuzz!ki77y

    Password Rotation: It is suggested the password for programs be changed quarterly.

    Ease of Memory: The password should be easy to remember for the staff member. Names of pets, important places or dates are all acceptable.

    No The Company staff member will not email their password to anyone.

    No The Company staff member will not give their password to anyone.

    No The Company staff member will not write their password in, on, or around their work area.

    All password policies should be put in staff handbook and included in computer education trainings.

     

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