Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
- Battery LIfe: Outstanding, but that is not something that surprised me. This thing can go pretty much all day and part of a second before needing a charge.
- Speed: While the original iPad (which I own, but did not buy a 2) really wasn't a slouch when it came to processor speed, the iPad 3 is faster by an obvious margin.
- Camera: Any camera in a portable device is not something that will equal a "real" camera at this point in time, but the convenience of having one in a tablet is huge. Add to that the ability to shoot HD video, and thats make it better. The camera still tends to shoot like a cell phone type camera, but I love having it in the tablet.
- Size: They just keep making these things thinner… but then every time I get one, I encase it in a rugged and thick protective box. Obviously for me, the size isn't as important as protecting my investment…
- Sound: About as good as you can expect from tiny speakers. If you really want great sound though, plug it into some Bose speakers designed for a laptop.
- iCloud: This is getting better & better. I still think Android is doing the whole Cloud thing better, but Apple is moving in the right direction.
- Screen: This is really the most incredible part. The screen is just amazing. Viewing high res photos on it is something you really do have to experience to appreciate.
- Apps: Apple has always owned the App world, and they continue to do so. I am just blown away by the graphics on the apps and what they can do. There are definitely pluses and minuses to Apple's "closed system" but one of the big pluses can be seen by looking at their Apps versus everyone else's.
Overall, the iPad experience just keeps getting better. Unless I'm giving a lecture, I rarely carry my MacBook Pro with my anymore. I can do so much with the iPad 3. It just keeps getting better.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Now the info on the acquisition:
Intuit and Demandforce; A natural fit
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Since I"m currently in Minneapolis, MN I thought this press release was a good one for today's post. For those of you that don't know, 3M is headquartered in St. Paul, MN.
Now, some of you may be asking yourselves why is Flucke there? Well that's because The Star of the North dental meeting is this weekend and I'm giving two lectures on Thursday which is the first day of the meeting. I'm also looking forward to seeing my gal pal Lee Brady for lunch toady. Lee is a great human being and we just never get enough time to hang out and talk.
Now on with the post. Thanks to 3M for putting this initiative together and helping people. That's really what the world should be focused on...
Flexible eBook lending service offers hardware, digital content and apps for borrowing and reading
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service will be introduced to the public today in an open house event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Sun Ray location of the Saint Paul Public Library. The library is one of a number of beta sites where library staff members have undergone training and are now ready to unveil the system to patrons.
The 3M Cloud Library offers a turnkey system of digital content, in-library hardware, and apps for borrowing and reading, and promises to revolutionize how library patrons discover, borrow and read eBooks. At today's open house, attendees will be able to test drive the system, which uses several components to allow them to browse the electronic catalog and read on the device of their choice:
3M Discovery Terminals: Patrons at the library can browse the catalog on these electronic kiosks with an intuitive touch-based interface.
3M eReaders: Content from the Cloud Library can be synced with easy-to-use 3M eReaders that can be checked out like any other lendable materials. eReaders can be checked out at three Saint Paul Public Library locations including Central, Sun Ray and Arlington Hills Libraries.
Mobile device compatibility: The service's eBooks are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPads, Nooks, and Androids. Using their personal devices, patrons can browse, check out and read eBooks all without leaving the 3M Cloud Library app.
"Saint Paul is proud to be one of the first library sites to provide this service," said Mayor Chris Coleman, who will be on hand at today's event. "The fact that the system allows eReaders to be checked out along with digital content is a great way to ensure eReading is available to all. For people who have their own eReading devices, the 3M Cloud Library gives them access to thousands of titles. This system has something for all Saint Paul library patrons."
The Sun Ray location of the Saint Paul Public Library is in close proximity to 3M's campus, making it an ideal "living lab" for new technologies from 3M Library Systems.
"3M has been an outstanding partner to us, and we are proud to work with them to serve as a leader for other libraries across the country," said Kit Hadley, director of the Saint Paul Public Library. "With this technology, we are able to offer cutting-edge technology to all our patrons, whether they own their own e-reader or not."
Along with the Saint Paul Public Library, a number of other libraries across the country have now made the 3M Cloud Library available to patrons, including the Bergen County Cooperative Library System, N.J.; Maricopa County Library District, Ariz.; Douglas County Libraries, Colo.; Darien Library, Conn.; Richland County Public Library, S.C.; and the State Library of Kansas on behalf of the Kansas Digital Library Consortium. 3M will seek feedback from both patrons and staff at these locations on the service's ease of use and functionality, using their input to continue to refine the system.
For more information about the 3M Cloud Library eLending system, visit 3M.com/Cloud.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Well, last week I discussed the rumored arrival of Google Drive, which should feature 5GB of Cloud Storage for free and allow you to get more if you want to spend a few dollars.
Today it seems that service has launched.
I went to "drive.google.com" after doing a Google search on the service. This link sent me to a page that informed me that my Google Drive was not ready yet. I clicked on a link that told them I wanted to be part of Google Drive and then a page appeared that told me I would be notified via Gmail when my Drive was ready.
From what I can glean, it appears to be designed to work well with Google Docs and should allow sharing & other functions.
Once mine is setup, I will let you know and I'll keep you advised as I tinker with it...
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
As I wrote here on the blog a couple of weeks ago, I am now running an antivirus (A/V) program on my Mac.
As I type this, F-Secture, which happens to be one of my very favorite antivirus programs, is running in the background keeping my Mac safe from an increasing list of malware.
The latest bug to plague the Mac OS is being called "Flashback.S" and it spreads through a security hole in Java. This is the same way the earlier virus (a couple of weeks ago) called Fakeflash was also spreading.
Here is the problem with the whole concept of malware and "The Cult of Mac"...
For years it was bantered about that the Mac OS was simply impervious to a virus infection. Unfortunately, that little fact was never true, but the gang at Cupertino never made an effort to correct it and those of us in the media only did a tiny bit more to correct the myth. The bottom line is that any software system is vulnerable to hacks. The only reason the Mac operating system wasn't being attacked, was a numbers game. For years, the market penetration of Mac was about 5%. That meant that hackers could either go after the 5% of the market that was Mac or go after the 95% that was Windows. Obviously if you are trying to steal information or hijack computers, you're going to go after as many as possible… and that meant targeting machines running the Windows OS.
Now that Mac has garnered about 12% of computers, it only makes sense that the bad guys will try to exploit it.
To that end, if you are a Mac user, I highly recommend that you take a look at F-Secure Anti-Virus. It guards all of my Windows machines (and I have more than a few of those) as well as my beloved MacBook Pro.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sirona’s inLab® Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration will Take Place in Las Vegas,
August 16 – 18, 2012 at the CEREC® 27 and a half Event
Charlotte, NC (April 19, 2012) – Sirona Dental Systems, the company that pioneered digital dentistry more than 27 years ago and the world’s leading producer of dental CAD/CAM systems, is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of its revolutionary inLab® laboratory CAD/CAM system with a three-day extravaganza at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas during Sirona’s CEREC® 27 and a half event.
Laboratory professionals and dental professionals alike will come together to celebrate inLab’s 10-year milestone by gathering at the spectacular “inLab 10 at CEREC 27 and a half” event.
Laboratory professionals in particular will have the opportunity to experience:
- •A multitude of inLab presentations that explore all aspects of CAD/CAM
- •An exhibit hall showcasing the top dental companies and their products and services
- •CE credits
- •Meet and network with thousands of CEREC dentists and fellow laboratory owners already in attendance
- •Hands-on experience with the latest and greatest innovations in digital dentistry
- •A-list celebrity entertainment
- •Party at TAO Nightclub, the most popular club in Vegas
- •Much, much more!
Sirona is offering a special half-price exhibit space for all inLab laboratories that wish to further promote their services at the CEREC 27 and a half event. In addition, all inLab laboratory owners who attend will receive an abundance of FREE material blocks from Sirona, Vident, Ivoclar Vivadent, and 3M ESPE. So much so, that the value of the free materials to be distributed will offset the registration fee for tuition.
Earlier this year, Sirona launched inLabSoftware 4.0, the most advanced and comprehensive redesign in the history of the inLab software platform. According to Norbert Ulmer, Director of Laboratory CAD/CAM for Sirona, “We are ‘The Dental Company,’ and with this claim comes a whole lot of responsibility. It is not enough for Sirona to simply provide the most innovative digital dental solutions in this industry. Our mission is to innovate for continued customer success. For that reason, we are inviting all interested dental technicians to join us in Las Vegas, where we are bringing you together with the best educators in our field. We want to learn with you and from you about what it takes to succeed as a digital dental laboratory."
The CEREC 27 and a half Anniversary Celebration will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of Schick digital radiography and the 5th anniversary of the GALILEOS® Digital Imaging System. In addition, special education tracks will highlight those product lines to broaden the appeal of the event. The event is geared toward all dental and laboratory professionals, and follows Sirona’s traditional and successful CE event formula, consisting of education, A-list entertainment, networking, and fun.
Although August may seem far out on the horizon, space is limited and dental lab professionals are encouraged to visit www.inLab10.com, or call toll-free 855-237-3248, for additional information as it becomes available, including special early registration tuition and lodging packages.
About Sirona Dental Systems
Sirona, the dental technology leader, has served dealers and dentists worldwide for more than 130 years. Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a complete line of dental products, including CAD/CAM restoration systems (CEREC), digital intra-oral, panoramic and 3D imaging systems, dental treatment centers and handpieces. Visit http://www.sirona.com for more information about Sirona and its products.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
When I first saw the headline above on SFGate.com, I, like you probably, thought "huh?"
However, trust me, this is legit. According to an AP story by Lolita C. Baldor, there truly is going to be a loss of Internet for roughly 360,000 users worldwide with 85,000 of those users in the US.
It seems that a while back some Estonian hackers used a Windows vulnerability to plant some malware on victimized computers. The result was a loss of A/V updates, but the most intriguing result was a complete change in how the machines accessed DNS servers. For those of you not familiar with DNS, let me explain.
When you type in a website address into the address bar in your browser, that address is sent to a Domain Name Server (DNS). There the "words" you entered are actually looked up and converted to a number, which is the actual "address" of the website. Think of it like a phone number. You may tell your smartphone "call home" but it doesn't actually call "H-O-M-E". It looks in the address book and finds the phone number associated with that name. Same basic thing on the Internet.
So, when the Estonian malware hijacked these systems it told the infected computers to go to a totally different DNS. This was then used to send the browsers to wherever the criminals wanted.
The reason? Revenue. The hackers made money from advertisers on the websites that were visited… oh you know, about $14 million. Yup, $14 million.
The problem is that the FBI found the crooks and shut the operation down. Crime doesn't pay, you know.
However, the Feds were nice enough to create "friendly" servers to replace the rogue DNS system that was setup by the hackers. However, the cost of those friendly servers is $87,000 and they are about to be shut down. That means the infected machines will soon be looking for DNS servers that don't exist.
Oh… Mac users, don't post gloating comments. I'm sitting here running F-Secure for Mac as our beloved OS shows more and more vulnerabilities.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
A tip of the old electron to my pal Bill Domb for the lead on this story.
It seems there is a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that we really haven't explored with consumer devcies yet. That portion is of the "Terahertz" spectrum.
We've used Gigahertz for wireless networking and BlueTooth, while other parts of the spectrum are used for communication. However, what is cool about this new technology developed by the University of Texas is that it can be used to actually see through things! This means that applications such as actual stud finders or handheld medical scanners that could see inside the body.
The best part of all of this is that, if it works as planned, it would allow all of this to be done with no radiation!!! That's because the terahertz spectrum is between infrared & microwave and does not produce any ionizing radiation.
There could be a lot of really cool applications for this. However so far the scientists are limiting the viewing to 4 inches or less from the source for obvious reasons. Anything that could let you, theoretically, see through anything at any distance would be a tremendous invasion of privacy, but I can see lots of healthcare applications that would speed up delivery of care while decreasing costs.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Periodontal Disease Linked to Cardiovascular Disease Periodontal Disease Linked to Cardiovascular Disease
On Tuesday the American Heart Association came out with a statement regarding perio disease and cardiovascular disease. Here is the AAP statement on the same issue:
American Academy of Periodontology supports statement from American Heart Association; additional studies needed to determine causality
Chicago – April 18, 2012 – The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) supports the American Heart Association’s (AHA) scientific statement “Periodontal Disease and Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease: Does the Evidence Support an Independent Association?” recently published in Circulation. The statement concludes that observational studies to date support an association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, independent of shared risk factors. The AHA’s statement confirms the conclusions of the statements published by the On AAP and The American Journal of Cardiology in 2009 and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in 2008.
While current research does not yet provide evidence of a causal relationship between the two diseases, scientists have identified biologic factors, such as chronic inflammation, that independently link periodontal disease to the development or progression of cardiovascular disease in some patients.
The lack of causal evidence should not diminish concern about the impact of periodontal status on cardiovascular health. According to Pamela McClain, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology and a practicing periodontist in Aurora, Colorado, “Periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease are both complex, multi-factorial diseases that develop over time. It may be overly simplistic to expect a direct causal link. The relationship between the diseases is more likely to be mediated by numerous other factors, mechanisms, and circumstances that we have yet to uncover. However, as the AHA statement points out, the association is real and independent of shared risk factors. Patients and healthcare providers should not ignore the increased risk of heart disease associated with gum disease just because we do not have all the answers yet.”
The AAP believes additional long-term interventional studies are needed to better understand the specific nature of the relationship between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. Patients’ periodontal status should also be added to future longitudinal studies of cardiovascular disease. The AAP hopes that the American Heart Association’s statement brings attention to the association between the two diseases and the need for additional research in this area.
Dr. McClain encourages physicians and dentists to communicate the association between cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease to patients. “It is not as simple as telling a patient that brushing and flossing will ward off a heart attack,” says Dr. McClain. “Patients should be aware that by maintaining periodontal health, they are helping to reduce harmful inflammation in the body, which has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.”
Patients should expect to receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation from their dental professional at least once a year, adds Dr. McClain. This includes a detailed examination of the teeth and gums, and an assessment of risk factors such as smoking, age, and overall health status. In addition, patients diagnosed with periodontal disease should be sure to inform their general health care provider and/or cardiologist to encourage better integration of their care.
“There is no compelling evidence to support that treating periodontal disease will reduce cardiovascular disease at this time,” says Dr. McClain, “but we do know that periodontal care will improve your oral health status, reduce systemic inflammation, and might be good for your heart as well.”
For more information about periodontal disease, visit perio.org.
About the AAP
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is the professional organization for periodontists - specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. They receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school, and periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAP has 8,400 members worldwide.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The EDA will host its first ever Earth Day Twitter Chat on what it takes to be a thriving, eco-friendly dental practice
Berkeley, CA (April 16, 2012) This Earth Day, the Eco-Dentistry Association will host its first tweetchat for dental industry professionals and consumers worldwide to discuss the essentials of a high-tech, wellness based, and successful green dental practice. The tweetchat will provide an opportunity for the EDA’s GreenDOCTM Certified offices to share advice and expertise related to creating and operating eco-friendly dental offices. Everyone interested in the green transformation of dentistry is invited to participate in the discussion, which will take place on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 10-11:00 AM PST and which will use the hashtag “#ecodentistry” to facilitate the conversation.
The tweetchat will be moderated by the EDA team and hosted by the EDA’s GreenDOCTM Certified offices; the GreenDOCTM program allows practices to earn points for the green initiatives they have implemented in the areas listed below, and based upon the number of points garnered, awards either Gold, Silver or Bronze certification:
- Sustainable Location
- Waste Reduction
- Pollution Prevention
- Energy Conservation
- Water Conservation
- Patient Care
- Workplace Policies
- Community Contribution
“Every industry is examining the ways it can lighten its environmental footprint and the dental offices leading this virtual conversation are on the cutting edge of dentistry’s efforts – pun intended”, said Ina Pockrass, co-founder of the EDA. “This tweetchat will provide a unique opportunity for leaders of the green dentistry movement to share their expertise in real time.”
The #ecodentistry tweetchat is the first in a series of twitter conversations moderated by the EDA focusing on the “how- to” and “why” of choosing eco-friendly dentistry. The EDA’s membership base of nearly 700, which spans forty-five U.S. states and thirteen countries world-wide, have pledged to re-think the way they practice dentistry while making outstanding patient and planetary care a top priority. Stakeholders throughout dentistry are members of the EDA, from dental students, to manufacturers and suppliers, to well-established practitioners, brought together by a shared commitment to stimulate rapid adoption of high-tech, Earth-friendly methods in dentistry.
About the EDA
The EDA offers dental professionals’ practical tips on incorporating eco-friendly dental methods and practices, and offers the public access to dental professionals that share their values of wellness and environmental stewardship. The organization was co-founded by Dr. Fred Pockrass, a dentist, and his entrepreneur wife, Ina Pockrass, who together created the model for eco-friendly dentistry, and operate their own award-winning dental practice in Berkeley, California, the first in the country to be certified as a green business. They formed the organization to stimulate a movement in the dental industry to employ environmentally-sound practices, like reducing waste and pollution, saving energy, water and money, incorporating wellness-based methods and the best technological advances in dentistry. More information can be found at www.ecodentistry.org
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
A big thank you to everyone who attended my lectures at the MidWest Dental Conference on Saturday.
I've got to admit I was a bit stressed over being there. You see, this was a reunion year for me so lots of my classmates were there and when you combine that with speaking in your home town, well it can just get a little stressful.
However, i've got to admit that once I got rolling, I really enjoyed seeing all those familiar faces in the audience and I had a really great time doing the lectures.
Thanks to everyone who came and made it special. Thanks and congrats to all my classmates who managed to get back for a special event.
Thanks also to Stephanie for putting the reunion dinner together. Nice job!
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Governors Embrace the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry's Efforts to Foster Nationwide Education and Awareness
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
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Friday, April 6, 2012