Monday, September 30, 2013

NSA Now Storing Info on Your Social Connections




A short post for today as most of the info I want you to know about will be available in a link below.

It seems our pals at the NSA have decided, in addition to checking our emails, to start looking at our social connections as well. Originally the agency could only do this for foreign citizens, but a couple of years ago they changed policy and began the practice on US citizens as well.

According to the New York Times, the agency "has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials."

To me this seems just plain frightening and illegal as well.

To read the entire article, just follow this link. It's some amazing reading...

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Komet Announces F360 Endo System in the US

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For those of you out there who do endodontics ( I happen to do ton of endo in our group practice) The folks at Komet have introduced a new endo system.
 
Dubbed F360, the system is advertised to allow preparation with only TWO files.  This is due to what the company called "Double S file design.
 
If you would like to download a pdf that gives you all the details, you can obtain that by clicking here.
 
For those of you who would like some of the info, here is some from the manufacturer:
 
Details of F360
  • Manageable file sequence: only 2 NiTi files for most root canal anatomies
  • Each file is used in rotary mode to full working length
  • Use in rotary mode in a conventional torque-limited electric handpiece or endo motor
  • All F360 files are used with an identical torque of 1.8 Ncm. No need to change the torque when changing a file
  • Constant .04 taper files to create matching shapes for .04 Guttapercha points
  • Optimum respect of the root canal morphology
  • Excellent cleaning result and quick mechanical preparation thanks to the unique instrument design: Double-S cross section ensures remarkable cutting efficiency and increased flexibility; large chip space and a blade twist with dynamic increase to flush out all infected debris
  • Files are also available in additional sizes of 045 and 055 and come in three lengths (L21, L25, L31)
  • Matching F360 Paper- and Guttapercha points in all sizes
  • Additional files for the coronal preenlargement and the mechanical establishment of a glide path

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Amazon Reveals Latest Kindle HDX

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You've got to love Amazon.  Not only can you get just about *anything* your little heart desires, you can also get some seriously good tablet hardware as well.
 
The latest from Beezos & company is the new line of Kindles called Kindle Fire HDX.
 
If you are interested in ordering or if you want all the info from Amazon, here is the link.
 
Here are some of the details:
 

  • Exclusive 8.9" HDX display
     (2560x1600) with unsurpassed pixel density (339 PPI) and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) for vivid, lifelike images that go beyond standard HD
  • Breakthrough ultra-light design—weighing just 13.2oz, it's 34% lighter than the previous generation
  • Ultra-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor—3x more powerful than previous generation—with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU for fast, fluid gaming and video
  • Introducing the "Mayday" button—revolutionary, on-device tech support. Connect for free to an Amazon expert 24x7, 365 days a year
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video, plus a front-facing 720p HD camera for Skype video calls and more
  • Stay productive on the go with ultra-fast web browsing, built-in OfficeSuite, plus e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Valkee Helps Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Lots of people are suffers of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  With winter approaching more folks will be suffering its affects.
 
SAD is caused by lack of light stimulation that normally occurs during winter months when the days are shorter and nights are longer.
 
This is an interesting idea and I think it definitely bears investigation.  Valkee is a music player that his lighted earbuds that shine light into the ear canals and into the light sensitive parts of the brain.  Here are some details from the company:
 
Bye-bye winter blues
 
We need daily and regular light to feel our best.  Effective, safe, and stylish, Valkee 2 channels light through the ear canal and skull to the light sensitive parts of the brain where light affects mood and energy level.  Valkee is recommended by 87% of users. - APEX Healthcare Research, February 2013
 
Valkee is approved as a European Class II(a) Medical Device for treating and preventing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Typpical symptoms include feeling tired, increased need for sleep, increased cravings for carbohydrates, and lower mood.  Some call it the winter blues.  Valkee can also be used to help in synchronizing the biological clock, to increase energy level, and to boost cognitive performance.  With Valkee you:
 
  • stay energetic
  • keep your spirits and mood high
  • reduce the need for excess sleep
  • combat cravings for carbohydrates

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

F-Secure Survey Finds 1 in 10 Consumers have Lost Money to Online Fraud

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As I've said several times here in the past.  I'm a big fan of F-Secure and their suite of Internet security programs.  Recently the company posted an article on their website detailing how 10% of consumers have been somehow ripped off in online fraud.
 
 
For their tips on avoiding the pitfalls of online fraud, read on:
 
Tips for avoiding online fraud

Using a little caution can help lower your chances of being victimized by a fraudster.

•    Use a unique password for each account, with a mixture of letters, numbers and special characters
•    Only give your personal or financial information to reputable sites you know you can trust, and only on pages with “HTTPS” in the URL 
•    Avoid doing purchasing or banking from shared or public computers, or over public WiFi
•    Watch out for phishing emails that pretend to be your bank or another organization
•    Don’t click on links or open attachments in suspicious emails
•    Make sure your browser and software are up-to-date
•    If you have kids, be aware of what your child is clicking. Many “offers” are designed to look like entertainment for children
•    Beware of offers that seem too good to be true – they probably are
•    Review your bank and credit card statements regularly to make sure no transactions are happening without your knowledge
•    Use Internet security software from a trusted company like F-Secure. F-Secure Internet Security provides the best protection for your computer and online life, blocking viruses, spyware and malware and protecting you whilebanking, shopping and surfing. You can try it for free.

Monday, September 23, 2013

DentalEZ® Group Launches New and Improved Identafi® Website

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I'm passionate about oral cancer detection.  We do a screening on every patient.
 
That's why I'm always excited to let people know about ways that companies are helping in that effort.
 
Identafi from DentalEZ is a good screening product.  Read on for all the details:
 

Malvern, PA – (September 20, 2013) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, has officially updated its Identafi® website for a more productive and user-friendly experience.  The enhanced Identafi website now offers various new tools for both clinicians and patients alike while further propelling the company’s goals to increase oral cancer awareness and promote the benefits of using the Identafi oral cancer screening device.  

 

The website’s newly-designed Research section is now arranged in an extremely well-organized manner.  Each research document is listed in chronological order by the year it was published, and each file is easily downloadable for simple reference and repurposing.  

 

In addition, an improved Patient section features a downloadable educational pamphlet that stresses the importance of early detection and explains how painless and easy the oral cancer test is when using Identafi.  Also included are educational videos and a new “Find an Identafi” tool that allows patients to locate participating dental practices or surgical centers that use the Identafi oral cancer screening device within any ZIP code nationwide.

 

Moreover, an enhanced Clinician section includes useful training videos, clinical images, downloadable patient education materials, and a multi-component marketing tool kit.  Clinicians are now provided with convenient Identafi-specific forms for warranty registration, literature requests, and newsletter sign-ups. They can also register as an Identafi-using practice so they can be found by patients looking for an advanced oral cancer screening device.  Simply go to www.identafi.net and click on the Tools tab.

 

For more information, please visit www.Identafi.net or call 866-DTE-INFO

Friday, September 20, 2013

Could "Tooth Sensors" Help Provide Info to Improve Life?

Here's an interesting look at some technology that just might provide researchers or government agencies info on health & lifestyles.

It seems that researchers at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, came up with the idea of using a sensor system to monitor the habits of individuals.

Accelerometers are the chips in our mobile phones that orient the phone in 3 dimensions.  It's the device that knows when you turn your phone sideways to flip the screen image with it.  The chip basically (as the name indicates) monitors the acceleration/deceleration of what it is attached to.

The researchers at National Taiwan University had the pretty ingenious idea of attaching one of these to a molar (pictured above on a manikin mouth) and then letting the device collect data.

It turns out that the mouth moves in certain ways when we are eating, drinking, coughing, etc and that the motion data collected can let researchers figure out which is which.  In this way they can monitor how much of each activity an individual is doing.

This could provide some pretty interesting demographic data as well as being used to monitor individuals who might be seniors living alone, etc.  There's a lot of learning that could be gleaned from something like this...

Of course it's also a bit big brotherish.  I mean do you really want someone knowing how often you eat, drink, cough, etc?  Definitely some issues in that regard would need to be worked through.

A good article with lots of details is available over at Foxnews.com.  Check it out! 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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Well the time has come at last for the annual celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day!
 
I've been celebrating this rather obscure (but really fun) little event for a few years now, but this year I'm taking it up a notch.
 
We'll be wearing Pirate Gear in the office today and any patient visiting will receive a "bag full 'o pirate booty" to take with them.
 
Never heard of Talk Like a  Pirate Day?  Don't feel left out.  The creators have a really good website that explains the whole thing!  Take a look!
 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ultradent Products, Inc. Announces New Whitening Product: Opalescence Go

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I've been a big fan of Ultradent Products for several years.  They are a company committed to good products and driven by the desire to always try to do the right thing.  Quite honestly, we could use more of that in our world.

I received the following press release recently and I wanted to pass it along.  The product Opalescence Go will be replacing their current Treswhite line.  Read on for all the details!

 

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, June 2013—Ultradent Products, Inc. announces its newest take-home

whitening product, Opalescence Go. Opalescence Go comes in the innovative, ready-made UltraFit™

tray that adapts instantly and comfortably to the teeth for a better fit and improved whitening

experience. Opalescence Go provides powerful, professional whitening for the on-the-go-lifestyle.

The Opalescence Go 10% hydrogen peroxide gel allows for a 30- to 60-minute wear time with the

delicious choices of Mint, Melon, or Peach flavors. The 15% hydrogen peroxide gel is available in

Mint flavor and allows for a 15- to 20-minute wear time, providing sparkling results.

Opalescence Go’s unique UltraFit tray material easily conforms to any patient’s smile and offers

molar-to-molar coverage, ensuring that the gel comes into contact with more posterior teeth than

ever before. The UltraFit tray’s superior adaptability also ensures that the maximum amount of gel

stays in contact with the teeth during whitening. Best of all, the convenient, prefilled trays can be

worn right out of the package.

Additionally, Opalescence Go contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride). Potassium nitrate

has been shown to help reduce sensitivity. Fluoride has been shown to help reduce caries and

strengthen enamel. Together they help to improve the overall health of the teeth.

To learn more about Opalescence Go, please call 800-552-5512, or visit ultradent.com.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Discovery360 Wireless Intraoral Camera

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 While I was at the California Dental Association meeting in San Francisco recently I had a chance to go by the RF America booth and take a look at their Discovery360 camera.  
 
The Discovery360 has a couple of pretty sweet features.  The first is its ability to capture images at 1280x1024 resolution which provides lots of detail.  That allows the images to look really good on high resolution monitors.
 
The second feature is that the camera has the ability to function as a wireless mouse.  That means that controlling your computer can be done through the camera which  means more functions than just being able to freeze and save an image.
 
 
Here are some of the comments on the camera from the company website:
 
 
 

The Discovery360 is one of the most advanced intraoral cameras in the market today. Years of development have culminated in a camera that is going to take the dental industry by storm.

In designing our new camera we surveyed many dental industry professionals.  Some of the most common responses and requests were "make image capturing simple",  "higher resolution images" and "high capacity, user replaceable battery". With our new Discovery360 we did all that and more, plus, the camera doubles as a mouse for the ultimate convenience.

There are several wireless cameras in the marketplace today but the Discovery360 has one of the highest resolutions at 1280x1024 enabling you to capture amazing HD quality images. The built in mouse feature increases productivity by reducing the back and forth trips to the workstations enabling you to focus 100% on your patients.  It also features a black and white mode for capturing images of x-ray film from a light box, so you can save the image to a patient profile/chart.

The DrsViewer2 software included - We will provide the software and all installation and implementation with the camera purchase if you currently do not have any. The DrsViewer2 allows you to save images in a patients chart with just a few simple clicks. It offers many great features and is compatible with Windows PC’s and servers, iPad’s, iPhone’s and now even Android OS’s!

Integrates with almost ALL software’s - The Discovery360 intraoral camera was developed to work with almost ALL dental software’s. If we do not have the integration built for your current software, we will involve our developers to create one, for FREE!

We welcome you to immerse yourself in the luxury that is the Discovery360 and prepare to be impressed. We pulled out all the stops in developing our most technologically advanced camera ever. Test drive the all new Discovery360 and see for yourself why this is the most impressive intraoral camera on the market today.

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Discovery360 

Monday, September 16, 2013

SanDisk Launches World's First CFast 2.0 Memory Card

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If you have a digital SLR, this may be the card for you.  It is set to the standards released last year for blazing fast speeds.  Read on for the press release with all the details...


SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 Memory Card is The World's Fastest Memory Card For High-Performance Professional Photo and Video Capture

AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced the SanDisk Extreme Pro® CFastTM 2.0 memory card, designed for professional broadcast, cinematography and next-generation professional photography.

"These cards will enable new digital solutions for professional filmmakers looking to embrace technologies such as high-quality 4K video, and are another example of SanDisk's innovation and leadership in flash memory storage."

The 120GB1 SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card is the world's fastest memory card, with read speeds of up to 450MB/s2 (3000X) for maximum workflow efficiency and write speeds up to 350MB/s2 (2333X) for faster recording performance. The SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card's industry leading transfer speeds offer up to double the shot speed of today's fastest cards. With the new card, industry professionals are able to manage large files faster than ever. For example, a 100GB file takes nearly 20 minutes to transfer from CompactFlash at 90MB/s. With the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card, it takes only four minutes to transfer at 450MB/s3.

"With the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 card, we are enabling a next generation card format to meet the needs of high-end professional cinematographers," said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. "These cards will enable new digital solutions for professional filmmakers looking to embrace technologies such as high-quality 4K video, and are another example of SanDisk's innovation and leadership in flash memory storage."

The SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast card is the first to utilize the CFast 2.0 specification. This specification was a collaboration of leading CompactFlash Association members to meet the demanding requirements of professional video and photography applications. Early adopters and endorsers include SanDisk, Canon, ARRI and Codex. The result of this alliance is the CFast 2.0 specification, delivering a new level of performance for next generation professional video and photography cameras.

Leading motion picture equipment manufacturer ARRI, will be the first to implement CFast 2.0 as recording media in a camera. The new documentary-style ARRI AMIRA will record to in-camera CFast 2.0 cards, and ALEXA XT camera users will be able to use a new CFast 2.0 adapter, allowing ALEXA XT cameras, as well as ALEXA Classic cameras upgraded with the XR Module, to do the same. Stephan Schenk, general manager of ARRI's camera and DI systems business unit said, "SanDisk's new SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 cards deliver tremendous performance, allowing professionals to record ProRes 4444 up to 200Fps with AMIRA, and up to 120Fps with ALEXA XT/XR cameras, on cost-effective recording media."

Canon is also a supporter of the CFast 2.0 standard. Masaya Maeda, managing director and chief executive of image communication product operations at Canon said, "With extremely fast performance, CFast 2.0 memory cards will enable us to develop next-generation cameras with more powerful features, enabling future 4K Ultra HD video recording capability."

Durability and Reliability

This new high-performance card format is reliable and equipped with a durable form factor. The SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 cards are created to withstand real-world exposure to temperature, shock and vibration, and include a pinless design, which lessens the chance of damaging the card or camera while changing cards. The cards will also be marked with a unique individual serialization number that can be registered into SanDisk Pro Care Customer Support. Additionally, a lifetime limited warranty4 and a downloadable offer for a one year subscription to RescuePRO® media recovery software5 are available.

Availability

SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory cards are available in the U.S. and Europe at select photo specialty stores and at ARRI authorized storefronts in 60GB and 120GB capacities.

Also available is the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 Reader/Writer, the world's first CFast 2.0 memory card reader, designed for professional photographers and videographers in the broadcast, cinema and photography industries. Small enough for field work, the reader is built to handle the high performance demands of CFast 2.0 technology and increase workflow efficiency with support for USB 3.0 interface transfer speeds up to 500MB/s6.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) is a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, from research and development, product design and manufacturing to branding and distribution for commercial and retail channels. Since 1988, SanDisk's innovations in flash memory and storage system technologies have provided customers with new and transformational digital experiences. SanDisk's diverse product portfolio includes flash memory cards and embedded solutions used in smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, camcorders, digital media players and other consumer electronic devices, as well as USB flash drives and solid-state drives (SSD) for the computing market. SanDisk's products are used by consumers and enterprise customers around the world.

SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.

1 120GB: Up to 450MB/s read speed; Up to 350MB/s write speed. 60GB: Up to 450MB/s read speed; up to 225MB/s write speed. Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device. 1MB=1,000,000 bytes. X=150KB/s.

2 1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less.

3 Approximations; Results will vary based on host device, file attributes and other factors.

4 30 years warranty in Germany, Canada and regions not recognizing lifetime warranty.

5 Registration required; terms and conditions apply.

6 Based on USB 3.0 specification; performance may vary depending on use case and host device. 1MB=1,000,000 bytes.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ultradent's Dr. Dan Fischer is Coming to Town!!!

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Today is a real treat for dentists in the Kansas City area.  The Greater Kansas City Dental Association is hosting my good friend Dr. Dan Fischer for a full day lecture today.
 
Dr. Fischer is a true Renaissance thinker and a pretty good American success story too.  He started Ultradent in a barn on his property in Utah and went from a small business where his kids helped fill orders to a global player in the dental marketplace.
 
Over the years, his outside the box thinking and work ethic have allowed Ultradent to flourish and to be one of the most successful privately owned dental companies around.
 
The smart folks at Ultradent have developed an amazing line of products and they continue to experiment, innovate, and develop.
 
Today, the audience will be hearing about some of those products and will also hear the science behind them.  However, one of the real plusses to hearing Dr. Fischer speak is the stories he tells of helping others.  It's not just being able to provide the products, it's also about providing the love of his fellow man that makes seeing him something that I feel most dentists should put on their CE bucket list.
 
If you haven't yet had a chance to see Dr. Dan Fischer, make sure you do.  You won't be disappointed!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Public and Permanent... the Mindset




Tuesday evening I spent around 90 minutes with Richard Guerry.

A few years ago he became aware of a growing trend... misuse of technology and the price that some people paid for that misuse.

As he researched further he discovered that no one was really attempting to train adults, young adults, or kids on the proper way of using smartphones, computers, websites, and the plethora of other devices and communication platforms that have been developed recently.

He equates the current situation to fire. Few are injured by fire every year because at a very young age we are taught the do's and don'ts of dealing with it. However, we frequently pick up a piece of technology (or give one to a kid) with no instruction on the safe and proper way to use it.

Due to this fact, people and young people are making mistakes everyday that can follow them and affect them for the rest of their lives.

After he discovered the problem, Richard quit his job and formed a non-profit group that provides seminars and other types of help to groups to teach the proper and socially acceptable ways to use the myriad technologies available to us today.

Even as Dentistry's Technology Evangelist, I learned some things and walked away impressed with his knowledge and dedication to helping others understand the challenges faced by kids and adults when it comes to social media and other types of commonly used technologies.

In addition to traveling quite extensively to put on his programs, Rich has also written a book on the subject (you can find it by searching on his name in the Kindle store. I just happened to get to the event early (over achiever that I am) and had about 15 minutes to talk to him one on one before others began arriving. I came away impressed and if you get a chance to hear him, I feel you will be as well.

I've downloaded his book and will give it a review here when I'm finished with it.

The real take away from his talk is that we all need to be cognizant of the fact our words and our pictures are public and permanent and that even though we may delete things from the public domain, they are never really deleted. The smart thing is to realize "public and permanent" and act accordingly.


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

12 Years Ago Today...




It is hard to believe that 12 years ago today was the moment so much changed for so many of us...

Since that tragic morning, the world has never been the same and won't be ever again.

I'd like to remind everyone to remember where they were and how they felt, when the awful moments unfolded right before our eyes. Remember those who died, those who sacrificed themselves rushing into burning and collapsing buildings to save others, the families of those lost, and the brave individuals who fought back and downed a plane over rural Pennsylvania.

Also please remember the bravery of first responders who not only lost their lives on that fateful day, but risk their lives everyday so that others can live.

Of course there are also those who serve our country and keep her safe. Simply by doing their jobs, they put their lives in jeopardy.

Today I'll be remembering those lost and praying in thanks for those who protect us and help us in times of tragedy.

Finally, let's all pray for peace and safety for all...


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

ISO Adopts Ultradent’s Notched Edge Testing Method

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I've been an Ultradent  customer for almost as long as I've been in business.
 
Over the last several years, I've also been fortunate enough to lecture for them on a variety of topics.
 
I'm impressed with the company for a variety of reasons.  It's one of those places that has phenomenal people, outstanding leadership, tremendous ethics, and great products.  It truly is a place where people strive to do the right thing.
 
I've also had a chance to deal with the folks in their research & development department and I've always been impressed with the quality of their work as well as their dedication to research & their research methods.  To that end, I wasn't' surprised when I received the following announcement from Ultradent and I think you readers should know about it as well.

 

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, August 2013 – The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently adopted Ultradent Products Inc.’s notched-edge shear bond strength testing method as a new standard. Ultradent created, refined, and has taught the notched-edge testing method over a number of years, resulting in a reproducible technique that many research organizations across the globe use today. After conducting a rigorous study involving over 20 independent organizations, ISO determined the notched-edge method superior to other shear bond strength testing methods previously available. 

ISO Standard 29022 specifies a shear test method used to determine the adhesive bond strength between direct dental restorative materials and tooth structure, such as dentin or enamel. The method is principally intended for adhesives and includes substrate selection, storage and handling of tooth structure, as well as the procedure for testing. A key element within the testing is a notched-edge crosshead used to shear the bonded specimen with an even distribution of force. Testing results are more accurate with a notched contact because they will closely approximate adhesive shear strength, rather than peel strength produced by using a straight contact. 

 

The ISO develops and publishes international standards to ensure that products and services are safe, high quality, and reliable. ISO protocol is employed by many organizations worldwide such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who often grant approval only to products that pass ISO’s meticulous testing standards. 

 

For more information on the notched-edge shear bond strength test, visit the ISO website at iso.org, or see the attached PDF document. For details regarding Ultradent’s UltraTester, which uses the notched-edge method, please visit ultradent.com/ultratester, or call 800-552-5512.

 

About Ultradent Products, Inc.

Ultradent Products, Inc. is a leading developer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s mission is to improve the level of dental health care and to make dental procedures more predictable and hassle free. Consistent with its mission, Ultradent works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800-552-5512 or visit ultradent.com.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The End of the iPod Classic

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I still remember my first iPod.  It was one of the original 5GB models with a very primitive click wheel.  It was my first introduction to Apple products and packaging.  I was hooked from the get go!
 
I upgraded my iPod once to a black 60GB video model that I still use!  As I type this it's sitting behind me on my iPod Bose Dock and i still play it on an almost daily basis.
 
With its 60GB of storage, it holds more music than my 64GB iPhone could since I carry more than 4GB of apps.
 
However, rumors are running rampant that Apple will do away with the iPod Classic at their next event this month.  The only way I could replace it is if the iPhone goes to 128GB of storage (something that has been rumored).  However, that would still mean I would need a new phone and that's not something I'm jumping up and down to do since my iPod Classic is still working fine.
 
Are the rumors true?  It's hard to tell, but Apple has upgraded the iPod Classic in a couple of years so it may be time.  If so, I'll be sorry to see it go!

Friday, September 6, 2013

A Visit to Coltene Whaledent

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Today I'll be attending a "think tank" meeting with Coltene Whaledent.
 
I love these types of meetings where a company brings in a group of doctors to discuss new products and improvements to existing products.
 
I'm looking forward to an energizing day of meetings & then we'll wrap up with a tour of the plant.
 
I won't be at liberty to discuss the meeting as I've signed agreements that make these things confidential, but as I'm allowed to release info, I'll make sure it makes it here first!
 
Coltene is a good company with a long history of great products for the industry.  I can't wait to see what they have for me to discuss!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Lava Lamp Turns Half a Century Old… Paul Feuerstein Weeps...

 

 

 

 I saw that the ever cool Lava Lamp turned 50 this week and that really gave me start.  I mean, it can't be THAT old can it?  Huh?

I can remember there was a really cool neighborhood pizza place when I was a kid and they had a lava lamp on the counter.  I didn't care * how long* it took for the family pizza to come out, as long as I could watch the lamp.  Even then I was fascinated with nerdy stuff.

While they may have gone a bit by the wayside over the years, I still sale them when I'm out & about.

Of course now, through the power of the Internet (and the power of this blog) you can find our all you ever wanted to know… and more about these mysterious goo filled entertainment devices.

Two of the best places I've found for info on lava lamps are (in no particular order):

Now get on some tie dye, crank up the Jefferson Airplane, and get ready to groove!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kevin Henry is Now at Dental Products Report!!!

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Over the years, I've developed a lot of friends & colleagues that are part of my "second job" in dentistry.
 
First & foremost, I'm a general dentist in private practice.  Dentistry is the only thing I've ever wanted to be part of and being a dentist is the greatest career in the world for me.
 
My "half job" is Peer Review combined with clinical research and product development.
 
The true "second job" or, as I like to humorously refer to it, "my night shift" is Technology Editor for Dental Products Report magazine.  I've always loved to write and I love the team at DPR.  In the dental industry, there are none finer.
 
So what does this have to do with the "friends & colleagues" I referred to above?
 
Well, as I said, I've been lucky enough to meet more than a few really great individuals over the years… and many of them are in the print part of this great profession.    Unfortunately there are many of those folks who, despite the fact we are good friends, never get a chance to work together due to the fact that we work for different publications.
 
However, sometimes the stars align and you just catch lightening in a bottle.  To that end, I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to tell readers of the blog that as of NOW, my good friend Kevin Henry and I will be working together at Dental Products Report!!!
 
Kevin and I have known each other for years and I really respect the guy, both personally and professionally.   We  have frequently gotten together at trade shows to just hang out and catch up (our most recent adventure was at the Eco-Dentistry Meeting where we crashed In-N-Out Burger), but we have always had that small divider between us that comes with working at competing publications.  I'm glad those days are now over.
 
Kevin and I had a nice long talk about where we'd like to go with the magazine and discussed some content ideas & projects.  I'm excited to get some of these things going & I know that readers of DPR and other Advanstar Dental Media publications are going to benefit from his expertise.  He's also a heck of a good lecturer.
 
So keep your eyes on the blog for updates as well as the pages of DPR to see what Kevin can do… you won't be disappointed!!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day!




This my chance to wish each and everyone of you a Happy Labor Day.

While this *is* a celebration of the work ethic that made America great, it has also, in the last couple of decades, come to symbolize the last true weekend of summer. Pools close, parades are held, and kids everywhere head back to school (if they haven't headed back already).

Of course, since this is a blog about technology, I thought I'd do a bit of research about this thing we call Labor Day. Here is what the U.S. Department of Labor had to say:


Labor Day Legislation
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.
Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."
But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.
Learn more about the founder of Labor Day

The First Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

A Nationwide Holiday

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.
The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.


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