Thursday, January 28, 2016
The device was the first multiple hard drive external solution I had ever run across. As someone that created lots of images both personally as well as professionally, I was excited to see what the Drobo could do. Needless to say, I was impressed and have been a Drobo user ever since.
Recently I've begun working with their Network Attached Storage (NAS) device called the Drobo 5N. Rather than attaching directly to your computer, the Drobo 5N attaches to your network and appears as a network drive.
I've had it installed now for a day and it is performing well.
More updates as the trial progresses...
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
You have to admit its a good looking watch, right? Then think about all the hardware it has built-in and all the things it can do. After that consider it is the first generation. Is smoke rolling out of your collar? I know it is rolling out of mine.
I also read recently that Intel has developed a couple of tiny chips that can be placed invisibly inside the seams of your clothing. That means soon clothing will be created that connects to your watch, phone, or anything else your heart desires.
Is that cool or what?
So to conclude this post, I just want you to think about what the future could hold for us. I for one am really excited about what all of this means. I can't wait to see what the FitBit evovles into and I cannot wait for the changes that lie ahead. In my career as Technology Evangelist I've seen some incredibly cool things develop. This one could well be a serious game changer and I cannot wait to see what it brings!!!!!
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
This is a great story.
As you can see from the picture above, Vincent the cat was severely injured as a kitten. Normally an animal this damaged might be euthanized or given a cart with wheels to support his back end and make him slightly mobile. While the "cart solution" might help a little bit, the animal is still dependent on human beings to attach the cart, etc.
However, the smart people at Iowa State University had a better idea.
In a procedure similar to dental implants. The vets surgically placed Titanium rods into both his femurs (thigh bones) which protruded outside the skin. the end outside the body was threaded and allowed for the "legs" you see in the video to be placed. As Vincent grows these "legs" can be unscrewed and replaced by longer ones.
Of course it isn't like the vets at Iowa State had a selection of "kitty femur implants" to choose from. So how did they do it? This is where it gets really cool. The implants were custom designed just for Vincent and then 3D printed by BioMedtrix.
I understand that orthopedic surgeons in Europe are now working with printed titanium for custom fitted hip replacements, so it seems like it is only a matter of time before things like this are commonplace.
At some point in the not too distant future, the idea of custom printed joints & prosthetics may be the standard of care.
For a detailed account of this story, check out TechCrunch.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Every year, the good people at Splashdata publish the worst passwords of the year. Take a look & make sure you are using an appropriately difficult password.
If you are using any of these listed, prepare for a security breach. If I can find these, the hackers already have...
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The first Self-Etch/Self-Adhesive resin cement
to offer a Color Cleanup Indicator.