Thursday, June 30, 2011

Google Releases Google+ to Compete with Facebook

There must be a ton of money in social media.  Why else would Google (whom I've blogged about a lot lately, it seems) create a direct competitor to Facebook?

The service is called Google+ and it attempts to improve upon Facebook with the idea of "Circles".  The idea is a pretty good one, in my opinion.  While Facebook lumps all of your "friends" into a single category, Google+ allows you to have "circles" composed of work contacts, true friends, family, etc.  This allows you to send info to some circles and not to others.  This allows you to have better control over your privacy... well if you'd prefer that your boss not see those pictures.

There is also "Hangouts" which allow for multi-person video chats with members of your Circle.

Then there is "Huddle" which seems to be designed for mobility and group messaging.  The idea seems to be a way to let people know where you are going to be by sending group messages, a little like Twitter, it seems to me.

Google+ is not yet available to the public, but those with accounts can now send email invitations to friends.  I'd love to give this a try.  If you have an invite to give away, send it to me?


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Google is Saying it Activates 500,000 Android Devices Every Day

It's a scary number.  Every day half a million Android devices are activated and that number continues to grow by 4.4 percent every week. That is according to Andy Rubin, a vice president for engineering at Google.  He's the guy in charge of the Android platform and he announced this info on his Twitter account.
It seems that Google's idea of using the Microsoft model of multiple hardware providers running Android makes sense... at least for Google.  Giving consumers a wide range of choices is making the Android system more and more popular.
When you add that tablets... like my Motorola Xoom are starting to pick up steam as well...
Now, don't get me wrong.  Apple and RIM (maker of Blackberry) still have lots of devices on the market and the lead is a close one for Google, but the number of devices just keeps going up for the big G faster than the others.
As an Android user, I'd just like to see more and better apps.  That's not asking too much is it?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Orascoptic Freedom Light System - Review


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Well, this is one of the shortest times I've spent with a product before I could write the review.
The Freedom is light and incredibly well balanced.  It took a tad of getting used to because I practice wearing a KC Royals hat... everyday.  The hat was bumping the arms a bit and causing some jiggle, but I've learned how to work around that.  If you aren't spending all day in a baseball hat, I don't think it will be concern.  Since the batteries are located in the "paddles" at the end of the earpieces, the battery weight helps take weight off of the nose, using the ear as a fulcrum.  It works very well and makes the glasses seem lighter than they really are.
I'm practicing in 4.8x which is the largest magnification that Orascoptic offers and the difference between my old scopes and these is readily  noticeable.
LIght intensity of 4000 foot candles is more than enough to illuminate the field.  Battery life of all day on a single charge has not been a problem.  I've actually gotten about 1.5 days on a charge just by shutting the light off between procedures... and this is on busy days.
Capacitive Touch Control that is mounted on the headband allows me to turn the light off & on as well as varying the intensity between 3 different levels.  It is easy to use and helps prevent cross contamination since I can touch it with the back of my glove.
Add the above features with the fact that it is cordless, and Orascoptic has come up with a winner.  I've been advocating auxiliary lighting for over 10 years now and I've seen this technology evolve over time.  This is another step in the right direction as far as convenience and quality are concerned.  Congratulations to Orascoptic on a job well done.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Magellan Announces Wireless Backup Camera for your Ride

Here is a cool idea from the makers of those nifty little GPS units.  One of the things I've learned to love about my Chevy Tahoe is the backup camera.  You know, put the car in reverse and a section of the dashboard changes over so that you can actually see behind you as you backup.  It's a great safety feature, but not everyone wants to have to buy a new vehicle to get it.
Now you don't have to!  Here is the press release:
Magellan Introduces Wireless Back-Up Camera for RoadMate Safety Series GPS Units

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (22 June, 2011) /PRNewswire/ – Magellan GPS today announced the launch of a Back-Up Camera companion product for its RoadMate® safety series car navigation units that will help drivers reverse and park more safely. Combining this camera with a Safety Series GPS navigator expands Magellan's focus on safety and security to the full time you are in your car. It starts when the Back-Up Camera helps you safely reverse out of your driveway, continues through your commute with premium GPS navigation features, and does not end until the Back-Up Camera helps you park the car without damage or stress and you finally shut off the ignition.

The Magellan Wireless Back-Up Camera attaches to the vehicle's rear license plate and transmits images directly to the expansive 7" high resolution screen of a RoadMate 1700 or RoadMate 9055 GPS device. When the car is put into reverse, the GPS navigator will switch from map to rear-view mode, enabling drivers to view what is below the rear window.

The Back-Up Camera is both dustproof and waterproof to IP67 standard, and features a wide-angle viewing lens that provides a 120-degree viewing area behind the vehicle. The transmitter, which sits in the car's trunk, is also water resistant (to IPX4 standard). With a 45-foot range and a 45 degree camera vertical adjustment, the transmitter is adaptable for most vehicles, SUVs and RVs.

"The Magellan Wireless Back-Up Camera adds a substantial level of safety and security to your drive. Back-Up Cameras have proven to be useful devices in helping drivers get a more complete picture of what's behind them – such as small children or pets in the driveway – and helping them back into narrow, parallel parking spots. Combined with the confidence that a navigation device provides, the RoadMate with Back-Up Camera help you leave, arrive and park safely," said Mike Wagner, Senior Director, Product Marketing for Magellan GPS.

The Magellan Wireless Back-Up Camera kit comes complete with a license plate mountable camera, transmitter, wireless receiver, vehicle power adapter, installation hardware, and instructions. It is available at and automotive specialty shops, and retails at a MSRP of $149.99.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hey Google, the FTC is at the Door...

It seems the folks at Google have evidently been raising some red flags over at the FTC & it looks like a formal FTC inquiry is on the way.

The problem?  It looks like the feds want to make sure that Google is not violating its own privacy policy.

They want to make sure that Google is not sending all those searches to its own services & not sharing them with similar services offered by competitors.  Very similar to what the big G encountered in Europe.

Stay tuned...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Apple Releases Another Update Pre-Lion

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With Lion ready to roar right around the corner, Apple has released one more update.  It's not Earth shattering, just some  minor bug fixes and a bit more removal of that MacDefender mess.
I've already installed it on the new MacBook.  So far, so good...
Here is what Apple has to say:

The 10.6.8 update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:


  • Enhance the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion
  • Resolve an issue that may cause Preview to unexpectedly quit
  • Improve support for IPv6
  • Improve VPN reliability
  • Identify and remove known variants of Mac Defender


For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:

For information on the security content of this update, please visit:

Friday, June 24, 2011

Dentsply to Acquire AMD Lasers

I have it on good authority from multiple sources in the industry that later this summer, laser manufacturer AMD will be purchased by Dentsply. The laser line, it is rumored, will be sold thru their Tulsa Dental Division.

AMD came to market a few years ago with a great price point on a diode laser and drove industry laser prices down while simultaneously driving industry interest in lasers through the roof.
After establishing a nice foothold in the market, rumors began to swirl that someone bigger would be buying the company.

Dentsply is holding off on making the announcement so they can focus on the very important news of their acquisition of Astra Tech which occurred which occurred this week.

It now appears that the "someone" is Dentsply. Interesting times indeed!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Liptak Backup Trial Beginning Soon

Today, I spent some time on the phone with Paul  Hinman, the President of Liptak Dental Sevices.  They are a dental only IT company that has created a rather unique backup system.


It is composed of an onsite Linux powered backup hard drive that creates a mirrored backup of your server several times throughout the day.  This info is also sent out "to the cloud" to provide a secondary mirrored backup on a secure server that is housed in a secure offsite location.  The backups are routinely checked for consistency and you are alerted if anything goes wrong.


Paul was so convincing, I've agreed to try the system out for myself.  Once the hardware arrives, I'll be blogging about how it's going and how it works on a regular basis.  Stay tuned for all the updates.


For more info on the service, click here.

Orascoptic Freedom now in Full On Testing


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It is with great  pleasure that i announce the arrival of my Orascoptic Freedom LED light system.
For years I have worn the most powerful Orascoptic surgical telescope setup.   It's composed of 4.8 TTL (thru the lens) mounted telescopes.  As you go up in magnification, the amount of ambient light that reaches the eyes is decreased, so auxiliary lighting becomes very important.
Up to this point, I've used auxiliary lighting systems that functioned well, but required a battery pack that I had to carry somewhere on me.  Usually it was in a pocket of my S.C.R.U.B.S. cargo pants, but I know for a lot of you, it is something you carry on your waistband which isn't the most comfortable solution.  Now the Orascoptic Freedom can change all that.
This is the first device where the batteries are actually part of the glasses. The paddles over the ear pieces pictured above are the batteries that power the system.  The weight of the batteries also helps take the weight of the telescopes off of the nose.
I'm excited to be putting these through clinical testing.  I'll be reporting back as things progress
Here are details from Orascoptic:


  • Increase Productivity or Reduce Frustration, why not have both? - Lightweight battery pods that connect to the temple arms of the loupe, eliminating the heavy and/or cumbersome belt-packs employed by traditional LED systems.  Additionally the temple arm-mounted battery pods eliminate the issue with traditional long dangling electrical cords that are prone to getting caught on chairs, doorknobs, and cabinets in the dental office.


  • Security in keeping it Simple - A robust yet innovatively simple universal mounting clip securely fastens the lightweight headlight to virtually any TTL loupe on the market.


  • Unparalleled Usability, Confident Clean-ability - Innovative capacitive touch technology eliminates the need for any buttons, knobs, or switches, but more importantly allows the practitioner to control/set the light intensity while holding instruments in both hands.  Capacitive touch also eliminates bacteria traps associated with traditional light system controls, making the Freedom easy sanitize and maintain.


  • Better Comfort & Balance = Less Fatigue - Unique weight-neutralizing counter-balance between the battery pods and the headlight.  Weight disbursement can be customized to relieve the forward pressure on the nose from the magnification / oculars in your loupe.


Freedom is both convenient and powerful, providing illumination intensity settings from 1,000 to 4,000 foot candles.  Orascoptic Freedom will enable better clinical outcomes for you through superior visualization, and ultimately your patients, through optimal illuminationunleashed.



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Osspray Announces New Improved Sylc Prophy SmarTip


OSspray, Inc. is pleased to announce the newly improved Sylc Prophy Therapy with SmarTip Technology System that delivers consistent performance and increased ergonomics.
Available in June 2011, the improvements will allow clinicians to use the unit dose SmarTip Technology System with confidence and greater efficacy while at the same time deliverign the innovative Sylc therapeutic prophy treatment.
And the best news is that OSspray is passing along all the improvements without increasing the retail price to your dental offices!
The SmarTip Technology System offers clinicians three key improvements:
  1. Integrated pressure regulator ro the SmarTip Adapter - this unique feature eliminates the need to adjust air pressure which provides a more consistent delivery of Sylc Therapeutic Prophy Powder.
  2. Shortened Tip Length - this design enhancement to the back-end of the blister tip provides increased ergonomics for improved fulcrum and access inside the oral cavity during treatment.
  3. More robust collar - the collar improvement ensures a secure prophy tip engagement to the SmarTip adapter.

Sylc SmarTip combined with Sylc Therapeutic Prophy Powder is the only system that removes mile to moderate stains, desensitizes, and restores the tooth structure to create an enamel like layer for long term protection from acid challenges in one simple procedure.  The SmarTip Adapter with integrated pressure regulator is backed with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty, providing dentists and hygienists piece of mind.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Panasonic Creates Toughbook Android Tablet

For years, Panasonic has been famous for their Toughbook line of nearly indestructible notebook computers. Now with the surge in people using tablet devices, Panasonic has created an Android based device that is designed to take a beating on a regular basis.

There are not many details yet available on this device, but instead of being a touchscreen like other tablet/slate devices, this one will be run with a stylus which should help since this type of device is designed to be used in areas where thick gloves and other protective gear may be the norm. It also will have an XGA display instead of the glossy types we are used to seeing. Panasonic is doing this to improve viewing in areas of bright sunlight since these devices will also see frequent use in the great outdoors.

Potential time to market is fourth quarter with no word on pricing.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!!!

To all you dads out there, this post is for you!  Thanks for all you do to provide, protect, love, laugh, and help your families every day.

My own dad is 80 years old this year and I owe so much to  him.  My father isn't in healthcare, but he was a corpsman in the Marines in the 50's.  Perhaps it's that small moment of time helping others that he passed on to me.  Who knows?  What I do know is that his tremendous work ethic and his devotion to the family set a great example for me.

So dad's, remember that you are not only providing for the moment, you are providing life lessons that will affect those around you long after you are gone.  Fatherhood is such a wonderful thing, and nothing can ever replace it.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

In Mobile Market Android & Apple Continue to Move Ahead

I was browsing the Cnet website and came across the graphic above.  The Smartphone wars have  had an interesting shakedown and, at least for the last 6 months or so, it's been breaking down into a 2 OS race.  Apple and Google have begun to really take over the market and continue to show growth... mainly at the expense of other operating systems.  A few months ago, I wrote about how Android had moved into the number one position and now Android & Apple seem to be distancing themselves.
Now this isn't a raging endorsement of either platform.  Innovation routinely means that someone can make a tremendous surge or a brand new thought process can come along and totally change the status quo.  However, what it does mean is that for the time being it's a Google & Apple kind of world.
I personally find it interesting that Apple at one time was number one, but through their policy of limited hardware (like their computers) they've now been overtaken by Google who allows their OS to be run on many different hardware platforms (like Microsoft did with Windows).  Now granted, Apple may be fine with this since they are obviously doing well in this sector, but it does remind me of the early days of the PC.
As I've said before, I'm a Mac guy and have been for about 6 years now.  I'm a big fan of Apple products and own quite a few of them.  However, due to their limited distribution of the iPhone, they forced me to buy a Samsung phone running the Android OS.  I mean, I'm the Apple target market, but because they did not have a deal in place with Sprint, I bought the Epic 4G instead of the iPhone.  i'm loyal to those who are loyal to me and I have quite a few Sprint employees in my practice.
The Smartphone market continues to expand.  Heck, The History Channel is currently running a show on the top tech devices of all time and it has the Smartphone as #!.  Google, starting late in the game, has done a tremendous job of catching Apple.  I'm excited to see what the next 6 months bring.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Starbucks Announces Release of "Official" Android App


The age of a "cashless society" is upon us.  Of course, maybe it's just a "walletless society", but nonetheless there seems to be fewer and fewer reasons to actually carry cash or a checkbook these days.
I remember being in the Salt Lake City airport shortly after the 2000 Olympics and i saw the vending machines all had Ethernet connections & you could swipe a credit card in them.  Obviously this was a necessity when you got tons of travelers coming through that don't have US Currency (possibly not even speaking English) and still want a Coke.  Being able to swipe & go was a tremendous service to offer these visiting travelers, not to mention a (most likely) cash cow for the vending machine companies.  Heck, I bought a Coke from one of the machines just because I wanted to say I'd done it.  It's not always inexpensive being a traveling geek!
Anyway, now with credit & debit cards a lot of folks really aren't carrying much cash these days.  I personally can't remember the last time I carried a check book either.  Well, this is all taking an even more techie turn as smart phones get into the fray of this as well.  As an example, let's take a look at my favorite coffee company, Starbucks.  One of the neat marketing things Starbucks does is the concept of your "own" coffee card.  Someone can give you one or you can get one for yourself.  It's  a gift card that can then be registered to a certain user (you) and then reloaded with cash whenever the balance gets low.  By having a card tied to you by registering it through the Starbucks website, the owner's coffee habits can be tracked and Starbucks assigns "points" for purchases.  It's a great way for the company to ensure loyalty and the consumer gets some perks as well.
In January, the company released an App through the Apple App Store that allowed the consumer to put in their Starbucks Card number and then use the app to charge/pay for the purchases... even if the buyer didn't have their card with them.  This made Starbucks truly cashless.  It also meant that more and more  people began locking themselves into a card since they could reload it at their leisure and didn't have to worry about having cash or their card with them.
The bummer part of the deal came when no Android App showed up.  Trust me when I say, "Geeks drink coffee."  i know of what I speak.  Geeks also use phones other than those made by Apple.   So, anyway today Starbucks announced that they have an Android App that mimics what iPhone users have had for 6 months now.
However, you don't have to use this new app if you don't want to.  Because there was a need and no solution by Starbucks, an app called My Coffee Card.  This amazing and FREE app allows you to charge your purchases by creating an onscreen barcode that can be scanned by the cash register.  It also tracks your spending and stores your receipts.  This receipt/account function is so fast that I can pay for my coffee using the app, check my balance, and have the updated/current balance on the screen before my coffee is in my hand.  You can also use it to reload your card using a secure connection where you simply punch in your credit card number and then tell it how much you want to put on the card.  Heck, it even has a Starbucks locator for those of us who travel.
I've been using My Coffee Card since the early part of 2011 and I can't say enough good things about it.  In fact, it does such a great job, I'm not quite sure why Starbucks bothered to bring out an app after 6 months of not having one.
Now just to be fair, I did download the "official" Starbucks app today and I'm going to give it a try, but honestly it's going to have to really sweep me off my feet to get me to give up my beloved My Coffee Card.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Windows 8 Rumored Release Date? Fall of 2012



I've been a Mac guy for about 5-6 years now.  One of the biggest reasons I was pushed away from Windows?  Plain & simple it was reliability.  I just got tired of crashes & blue screens of death (BOD).

However, this December I needed a new computer at my desk in the office.  Since we're an Eaglesoft office, I needed a new machine that ran Windows, and since I do 3D patient imaging with my Gendex GX CB-500HD I needed a machine that was blazing fast and had tons of memory so that I could quickly and efficiently review the scans we take.  So I called up my good friends at Goetze Dental and had their IT department put together a dream Windows machine.

The computer is running Windows 7 64 bit and has 8GB of RAM.  What I had gotten used to in the old Windows world had been pretty much eliminated in Windows 7.  In the 6 months I've had the new box, I've had ONE severe crash that resulted in a reboot.   Now I'm still not as big a fan of Windows as I am of Mac, but Windows 7 is a really nice operating system.  I certainly can't tell people to stay away from it because of usability issues.  It is fast, stable, and easy to use.

Now comes word that the next generation of Windows will be available in about 15 months.  Windows 8 promises to be a beauty to behold.  It will run on tablets, phones, desktops, and notebooks making it an identical experience (more or less) no matter what device you happen to be using.  According to Dan'l Lewin of Microsoft, “I think tablets are big phones, more or less and I think they will want, over time, some of the capabilities that PC architectures have.”  At this point I think his logic makes perfect sense.

So here's  hoping that Windows 8 is as bit a plus as Windows 7.  Microsoft really needed an OS that worked well and they created it.  I'm pretty confident that 8 will be a similar success.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ken Clarke Appointed General Manager of OralDNA® Labs Inc.

Brentwood, TN – June 9th, 2011 – OralDNA® Labs Inc. (, leaders in advancing wellness in dentistry through salivary diagnostics, and a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics® (NYSE: DGX), recently appointed Ken Clarke as General Manager.   He will report to Dermot Shorten, Vice President, Office of the Chairman, and will be based in Brentwood, Tennessee.


“As one of the founders of OralDNA, Ken has invaluable firsthand marketplace experience,” Shorten said.  “He understands the high potential of this business and is focused on its continued growth. He will help us accelerate our momentum.”


Prior to the creation of OralDNA in 2008, Ken provided strategic planning and project implementation services for major hospitals and medical laboratories through Clarke Consulting, which he led from 2006 through 2007 in Nashville, TN. Before that, Ken served as Vice President of Operations for LabOne in Cincinnati, OH, where he managed a centralized laboratory and six hospital laboratories.


Ken has also worked as Administrative Director of the Pathology Laboratories at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a major academic hospital in the Chicago area.  Ken received a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and master’s degrees in healthcare administration and business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.


This announcement comes just months after OralDNA Labs appointed dental industry veteran Michael Dunn to the newly created position of Vice President of Marketing.  Dunn was most recently the Sales & Marketing Director for CDB Corporation, the leading OEM supplier of ceramic and composite orthodontic brackets.  Prior to CDB Corporation, he held various marketing posts over several years at Sirona Dental Systems, including Director of Marketing, CAD/CAM Systems.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he earned a BA in mathematics.


About OralDNA® Labs Inc. (

OralDNA® Labs Inc., a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics® (NYSE: DGX), is a leader in advancing wellness in dentistry through salivary diagnostics. The company’s goal is to help the dental profession achieve better clinical outcomes by providing reliable, definitive, and cost-

effective clinical tests that drive the detection and prognosis of disease at an earlier, more

treatable stage.  Innovative salivary diagnostic tests from OralDNA® Labs are fundamental

elements of a patient’s wellness plan. OralDNA® currently offers three DNA-Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests for periodontal disease and oral HPV:

  • MyPerioPath® identifies the type and concentration of specific perio-pathogenic bacteria that are known to cause periodontal disease and helps support clinicians with better risk assessment and personalized treatment options for more predictable patient outcomes.

  • MyPerioID® PST® identifies individual genetic susceptibility to periodontal disease and enables clinicians to establish which patients are at increased risk for more severe periodontal infections due to an exaggerated immune response.


  • OraRisk® HPV is a non-invasive, easy-to-use screening tool to identify the type(s) of oral HPV, a mucosal viral infection that could potentially lead to oral cancer, and in turn, enables the clinician to establish increased risk for oral cancer and determine appropriate referral and monitoring conditions.

About Quest Diagnostics®

Quest Diagnostics® is the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information, and services that patients and clinicians need to make better healthcare decisions.  The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic testing services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff.  Quest Diagnostics® is a pioneer in developing innovative new diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care. Additional company information is available at

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Self Erasing Hard Drive? Toshiba Gives Security a Big Boost

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Imagine the following scenario: Someone steals one of your computers.  However, you are security conscious & have the BIOS password protected.  This means that the system will not even begin to boot until the  correct password is given.  This is pretty good security until the thief removes the hard drive and puts it in a different machine or a portable hard drive enclosure where it will be treated as an auxiliary drive.  Once that happens, your data is plain to see.
However, Toshiba has put a wrinkle in the above scenario with hard drives that will totally wipe themselves clean if they are connected to a different machine.
These Self Erasing Drives or SED for short encrypts all data on the drive & then unecrypts it when ever access is needed.  If the drive is accessed by another machine, the drive senses this and destroys the keys.  This leaves the data encrypted with a 256-bit AES algorithm and no way to decode it.
Here is what Toshiba has to say about these amazing pieces of hardware:

Toshiba adds advanced access security, built-in hardware data encryption, and wipe technology features to its 2.5-inch, 7,200 RPM Serial ATA storage products with the MKxx61GSYG series hard disk drives. The self-encrypting drive (SED) provides government-grade AES-256 hardware encryption incorporated in the disk drive’s controller electronics. Based on the widely endorsed Opal Security Subsystem Class (Opal SSC) specification from the Trusted Computing Group** (TCG), the MKxx61GSYG enables secure host authentication, strong data encryption and data-theft prevention features on such systems as notebook or desktop PCs, multi-function printers, point-of-sale systems, thin clients and service kiosks. Toshiba expands on the Opal SSC by adding unique security features which may be used to “wipe” protected data from the disk or deny access to protected data if access credentials are invalid, for example, if the disk drive were to be removed from the host platform.

Targeted at security-sensitive applications, the drive’s built-in hardware encryption reduces compatibility concerns associated with software encryption, while delivering transparent performance gains and a lower total cost of ownership. Deployment is fast and secure because data is encrypted during normal write/read operations. Toshiba’s wipe technology features can significantly shorten re-purposing and data cleansing operations while helping to assure compliance with data security policy. The Toshiba AES-256 encryption algorithm is certified to FIPS 197 by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In addition, the Toshiba MKxx61GSYG SED provides features to enable secure remote administration, using such capabilities as Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT).

The MKxx61GSYG is compatible with leading third party security management applications, allowing seamless deployment of SEDs alongside pre-existing software encryption. Unlike software encryption, which is dependent on CPU performance and system memory capacity, the MKxx61GSYG encrypts at full storage I/O speeds and scales seamlessly in multi-drive applications.


For the full low-down, check out Toshiba's site.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Ever Wonder What *Really* Is Happening Inside a Standard Spinning Hard Drive?

A hard drive is a little bit like a vinyl album and the needle arm.  I mean, it's a whole lot more complicated than that, but some of those same principles apply.  That's why 'normal' hard drives don't survive drops, heat, moisture, and a whole lot of other things.

In fact, I'm really amazed that, given all the moving parts and potential for things to go wrong, that they work at all.

So if you really don't have an appreciation for the amazing amount of engineering that goes into storing your data, take a look at this video and prepare to be amazed at what Bill Hammack will teach you!



Sunday, June 12, 2011

WebMD Lists 8 New Potential Carcinogens

In our ever vigilant world of prevention, you can't be too careful.  Cancer is one of those diseases that it is so much easier to avoid than to deal with once you have it.


WebMD has a listing of 8 new potential carcinogens.  Two are listed as known carcinogens while 6 are listed as "reasonably anticipated to be carcinogens".

The two known are:

  1. Aristolochic Acids
  2. Formaldehyde

The 6 "reasonably anticipated to be carcinogens" are:

  • Styrene, a compound used to make polystyrene. Although disposable cups made from polystyrene leach small amounts of styrene, Bucher says the amounts are very small.
  • Captafol, a fungicide once commonly used in agriculture but no longer produced after 1987 or used after 2006 in the U.S.
  • Cobalt-tungsten carbide (in powder or hard metal form) is used to make hard-metal tools. The major source of exposure is from plants manufacturing such products.
  • Certain inhalable glass wool fibers used in air filters or as insulation. The type of glass wool used for insulation and filtration may be less dangerous than the special kind used for manufacturing.
  • O-nitrotoluene is used in the manufacture of dyes. Most exposures come from air or ground pollution.
  • Riddelliine is a plant compound found in a type of daisy found in the Western U.S. and in other parts of the world. It has been used accidentally in medicinal herbs and may contaminate the milk of cows that graze on the plants.

For the full article, head on over to WebMD.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Thanks to the Indiana Dental Association!!!

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A big "Thank You" goes out to the Indiana Dental Association and all of you who made it to my course on Friday morning! This was a really great trip for me. I spoke to some folks there who said the meeting is normally held in Indianapolis, but due to some construction & other problems there it was decided that the 2011 meeting would be held in the southern part of the state in French Lick. Now for those of you who aren't sports fans, French Lick is the childhood home of Larry Bird... one of the greatest basketball players of all time. However, it's also the home to a resort that I had never heard of... and you probably have never heard of it either. Now, I'm going to get to the resort in a minute, but I'd have never gotten there without the support of the Indiana Dental Association.
The meeting was fun with an attendance of over 1400 dentists as well as dental staff, vendors, etc. I did a 3 hour presentation on Day to Day Technology to Improve Your Practice and Social Media Update. This is one of my favorite topics since it gives me a chance to to truly to help offices on a "day to day" basis with lots of tips & tricks while Social Media is near & dear to my heart. I mean I've been blogging since 2007 (wow, has it really been that long?) and I've been tweeting since Twitter was about 4 months old. In fact this year I was honored by being selected as one of the Top 10 Dentists in Social Media. So needless to say, doing the lecture was a blast for me and I really enjoyed interacting with the folks who attended. I also had a really fun hour of Q&A on the exhibit floor where people could ask me questions about any tech topic that interested them. I really enjoyed the format and we got a chance to talk about oral cancer detection, digital radiography, Facebook fan pages, the Sybron M-4 Safety Handpiece for endo, and why anyone would tweet a photo of themselves in their underwear... especially if they were in the House of Representatives...
After the session was over, I even got a chance to have lunch with my good friend Lois Banta who was also giving a course at the meeting.
The meeting was held at the French Lick Springs Hotel but the meeting also arranged for some of us to stay next door at the West Baden Springs Hotel... and what a treat that was! The West Baden Springs Hotel was built in 1902 and has a great "old world flavor", but a verbal description really won't do it justice. Instead, I'll let you take a look at a photo below which will be followed by a video of the place. I'm confident you'll be as amazed as I was.
So, a special thanks to the IDA for the invitation. I had a wonderful time. Thanks too, to all the people who attended my morning course and hung out with me during the exhibit hall Q&A session. Oh, and because it was a close airport, I flew in and out of Louisville, KY. The airport has a Louisville Slugger store and I was able to snag a cool jersey with the Louisville Slugger logo on it before hopping on the flight home. What a great trip!
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Archos 9 Tablet Features Windows for Those Wanting a PC Tablet

The people at Archos make some pretty sweet hardware.  I've been a fan of theirs since they began to compete with hard drive based iPods in the early part of the 2000's.  Now the smart people at Archos have come up with a tablet device that will actually run Windows.
The Archos 9 features 32GB SSD (solid state hard drive with no "hard drive" moving parts), a built-in webcam, WiFi, stereo speakers, microphone, USB port, and Bluetooth.
It provides a "real" Windows 7 experience and gets 5 hours of battery life from a single charge.  It also comes with a spare battery so you are not limited by the 5 hours.  It will connect to peripherals like cameras and printers via USB and has a 1080p output that can be connected to other video outputs.
Combine that with the $499 price tag and this is a pretty nice Windows machine.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Snapseed Photo Editing for iPad

One of the knocks on the iPad and all the other tablet devices out there has been the "creating" side of the computing equation.

What I mean by that is that many people, myself included, have said tablets are "great for consuming media, but not so great for creating it". That has been true... up until lately. Now we're seeing more and more apps designed for creating.

One of these is Snapseed. It is a very slick photo editing program that is designed for the iPad. This means it works as well as photo editing programs you use on your regular computer while incorporating the gestures and nuances of the iPad touchscreen.

This app is especially handy now that the iPad 2 is on the scene with it's built-in camera. This allows you to snap a photo, perform any and all edits, and then up.oaf it to the cloud... all on one device!

Snapseed is available from the App Store and it is only $5.

If you'd like to learn more before downloading, here is the homepage.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kno Textbook App for iPad

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While many of us love to read books on Kindles, Nooks, and tablet devices, we've been  more or less forced to read what the sellers in our respective online stores will sell us.  Not that I'm complaining, but what I mean by that comment is that if I have a Kindle, I can only read what Amazon has in the Kindle store, etc.
Now in most instances, this is great.  If you read for pleasure or personal growth, the device stores has more titles than you could consume in a lifetime.
Oh, and I *love* being able to read a book on my Kindle, my Xoom, and/or my iPad.  It's a great way to read and I love being able to highlight, make notes, dog ear pages, and all the other fun stuff you can do.
The only real drawback?  You can't read textbooks.  That can be a pain to those of us who are professionals and continue to use textbooks as reference materials.
Well, that is now changing thanks to Kno.  The concept is a nice one.  Kno is an app for the iPad and also an online store with over 70,000 (yes... 70,000) textbooks.  Just download and install the app from the Apple App Store, go to the store, buy your textbook, and start reading.
While I haven't had a chance to review the store... yet, you can bet I will be doing so in the near future.  I'm already lightening my load by letting Lexicomp put 15 drug and medical reference textbooks on my Xoom and iPad. Soon, I may also be carrying a huge reference library of my favorite textbooks courtesy of Kno. Check them out and then post a comment!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Apple Announces OS X Lion & Shows How the Internet has Changed Things

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Today at the World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco, Apple announced that the next version of their OS X operating system, named Lion in keeping with the cat theme, will be available in July.  The update will set you back $29.99 US and will be found in the online App Store.  Now I'm a Mac guy (although Windows runs my office by keeping Eaglesoft as the center of my dental practice universe) so I'm always excited when a new Mac version arrives.  However, this time something in the announcement got me to thinking about days past...
In the early days of the Internet & computing, I lived in a Windows world exclusively and I was beyond pumped for the release of Windows 95.  On the day it was released, August 24, 1995 I was one of those die hard geeks that waited in line to get my hands on a copy of the new Windows operating system.  When I got home & opened the box, I was greeted by a stack of 3.5 inch floppy disks.  In fact, the installation required 13 of those disks.  Of course, this was because the CD drive was almost unheard of back then.  Most computers did not have a CD-ROM drive, but every one of them had a floppy drive.
Fast forward to Windows 98.  Suddenly, in just 3 years the computing world had gone from floppies to CD's.  This made the install much faster & much easier.  Suddenly it seemed like any type of software came on a CD.  OS updates continued to arrive on optical disks for years.  My last Mac update, Snow Leopard, was installed from a DVD.
So what does this have to do with today & the announcement of LIon's availability next month?  Well, listen to this... Apple will not be distributing this software on a DVD.  No, Lion will be available only by download from the App Store. That's right, there will be no "boxed" version of the software.  The 4GB update will only be available over the Internet.
What does this mean?  Welcome to The Cloud.  It means that broadband proliferation has become so mainstream there is no reason to sell DVD's.
If you can't even buy your computer's operating system on a disc, what does that say for the future of movies, music, etc?  Why did Apple also announce their iCloud service to compete with Amazon's Cloud Player?  The rules just changed.  The network is now at least as important as the computer.  It's a web based world.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Another Good Reason for ioSafe

Here's another reason that I'm such a big fan of ioSafe, the fireproof & waterproof hard drives.

Over the weekend, country music star Trace Adkins lost his house in a fire. The home was a total loss. The good news is that everyone is safe, including his 3 daughters.

However, they lost important family memories...

"I have not backed up all my photographs, and I'm just sitting here sick because those are the things that matter the most," she said. "It's your memories, our wedding pictures, I don't have, because the negatives are in the house.
"Please, everybody, practice fire safety, and back up all your pictures," she said.

The best way that I can think of to that is to backup your memories using ioSafe devices. They are resistant to heat (1550 F) for 30 minutes and are waterproof as well.

All the details are at

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

HPV Now Being Tracked to Throat Cancer in Males

There has been an increasing number of throat cancers in the US; that fact is not up for debate.


Just this year I was talking with an oral surgeon friend of mine who told me he was shocked that he has been involved with the treatment of about 1 case per month for the last several years and before that, it was a much more rare occurrence.


A lot of us in dentistry are doing routine oral cancer screenings in our offices, but it is difficult to see very far down the patient's throat.  While cancers in the pharynx and tonsilar pillars can usually be seen during a visual examination, often they are not or are too far down the throat to be identified visually.


Now comes word that this increase, like the overall increase in oral cancers in 18-25 year old patients, may be linked to the human papilloma virus.


A tip of the electron to Mike Ventriello for this info.  Here is a link to the story that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

iCloud is Coming!

Every June for the last few years, Apple has announced the latest iPhone.  This year, that won't be the case as it looks like the iPhone 5 announcement won't come until late summer at the earliest.
So... in order to stop speculation on next weeks announcement at the World Wide Developers Conference, Apple did something today that they don't normally do... namely the told, in advance, what one of the big announcements will be.
It's iCloud, Apple's online music repository.  About 2 years ago, Apple bought online music service LaLa and promptly shut it down.  Since then there has been speculation about a cloud type service for iTunes customers.  Now we've already seen a service like that from Amazon and one has been rumored by Google.
Apple is mum on exactly what the service will do, preferring instead to let people speculate and let the drama build until next week.  Knowing Jobs & company, it will be a better service than what Amazon is already offering (Apple hates to be a me to company), so I'm intrigued to see what this means for my music...