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Mon, 25 Jan 2010 05:22:16 GMT

Epson Artisan 810 Multifunction Printer

Epson Artisan 810 Multifunction Printer
For most people space is at a premium and even though they have become household necessities, a computer printer, fax machine, digital scanner and a photocopier take up too much room.

So the answer is the popular, "all-in-one unit", or "multifunction device", as they are now called, but are they as good as separate units?

The latest entry by Epson in this crowded field is their Artisan 810 and it looks like an all around winner.

This puppy does everything, except scan negatives, and is Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectable so check out Epson's Artisan 810 Multifunction Device.

Take a camera with you whenever possible, and look around, you'll find a picture somewhere.

Photo Source: www.imaging-resource.com

Posted by: Karen      Read more     Source


Mon, 18 Jan 2010 03:42:32 GMT

Photo service for parents

Photo service for parents
Grow Show is a cool new service which lets you upload photos of your children to build a physical time-lapse photo frame which shows off your little ones as they grow up. The clever bit comes with the magnetic frame system called Grow Frame Timelapse, which lets you add, arrange and group images in all sorts of interesting ways, as well as cope with multiple siblings.

The only thing we can confidently say is that this will eventually embarrass your adult child/s immensely, but that’s half the fun right? Priced from $11.95 for a single frame or $29.95 for a sequence frame of 6 images. There’s probably also a charge for the photo printing service itself, but the company cunningly refuses to display it on the website, which is seriously naff.

 GrowShow is the only web service with a focus on time-lapsing the growth of a child. Time sequencing is automatic and easy, because GrowShow reads the date of capture on your photos so correct time ordering “just happens”. It’s fun to build your timelapse sequence (called a “GrowSlide”), amazing to visualize the change of a growing child, fun to share, and free to use. You can then use this timelapse sequence to build a “GrowPrint”, which is delivered to you framed in whole new way.

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January 12, 2010, 8:53 AM CT

Faster and More Efficient Software for the Air Force

Faster and More Efficient Software for the Air Force
Dr. Myra Cohen and her team of researchers at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln have addressed the issue of faulty software. They have developed an algorithm and open source tool that is 300 times faster at generating tests and also reduces the time of software testing over its predecessor. (Credit: University of Nebraska,
Scientists at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln have addressed the issue of faulty software by developing an algorithm and open source tool that is 300 times faster at generating tests and also reduces current software testing time.

The new algorithm has potential to increase the efficiency of the software testing process across systems.

The project, funded in part by an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award and through a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award, is of particular interest to the military because of the potential to reduce errors in theater. This technology will also be helpful to the private sector where some agencies are reporting financial losses of up to 50 billion dollars per year because of poor software.

"Software failures have the potential to cause financial, environmental or bodily harm," said lead researcher, Dr. Myra Cohen. "Our techniques will help to improve the quality of software in the military to help ensure that those systems behave properly in the field".

"The ultimate goal of research like this is not just to reduce software testing costs, but to do so while maintaining or even increasing confidence in the tests themselves," said AFOSR Program Manager, Dr. David Luginbuhl who is overseeing Cohen's work.........

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Fri, 25 Dec 2009 05:16:38 GMT

Free Online Digital Photography Magazine

Free Online Digital Photography Magazine
Here's a stocking stuffer type of gift for the digital photographer compliments of "Whatdigitalcamera.com".

"Whatdigitalcamera.com" is a website you should know about if you're looking for a place with information about virtually every aspect of digital photography.

They are also offering a free subscription to their interactive magazine which is not only fun to use but it contains valuable information.

Here's the link to the "Whatdigitalcamera.com" website, and this link takes you to the fascinating interactive online magazine "Better Digital Photography".

Take a camera with you whenever possible, and look around, you'll find a picture somewhere.

Photo Source: www.whatdigitalcamera.com

Posted by: Karen      Read more     Source


Thu, 24 Dec 2009 04:57:32 GMT

Automatically record every phone call

Automatically record every phone call
This USB Recording Box may look like nothing, but it’s chunky enough to automatically record all the telephone conversations coming in and going out from your building. Throw in some sophisticated call management and related information software, backup and line testing smarts and you’ve got yourself a right fancy package. And available in multi-colours too?

 Telephone recording system is widely used, for call recording, in a variety of commercial, industrial and services applications, with unique value in recording real scenes and increasing working efficiency. There are many typical scenarios of Telephone recording system’s applications. For example: communication recording in business negotiations, recording and playback personal calls, call recording in service industry — such as hotlines, customer complaint, paging service, telephone sales, financial and securities services etc…

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Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:18:20 GMT

Cooking on the Road

Cooking on the Road
People and lawmakers complain that drivers don"t need additional distractions from the task at hand and hence love to crack down on talking on the phone, texting, or even putting a cell near one"s head. As such, as hard as it is top believe, one company believes there will be a market for those individuals who wish to make a grilled cheese sandwich on their way to work.

There are no laws on the books about driving and cooking sandwiches so why not? The Road Pro 12-Volt Sandwich Maker let"s anyone with a car become a quick-order chef. The unit plugs directly into the cigarette lighter socket, features non-stick cooking plates, has a 5-foot power cord & a 90-day manufacturers warranty. Best of it all it goes for only $20.

And to think, a few years ago it was suggested that listening to the radio while driving was too dangerous to consider!

Here"s one of several online retailers hoping the Road Pro will appeal to the driver on your shopping list this holiday season.

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Mon, 28 Sep 2009 03:55:37 GMT

Cheat sheets galore for free, just print and go

Cheat sheets galore for free, just print and go
Oh, boy, here"s a treasure. TechPosters offers hundreds of printable cheat sheets for nearly any piece of software, and some hardware too.

For free.

Lots of this stuff is nerd nirvana, but there"s plenty for lesser mortals too: everyday programs from Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, you name it. Also an incredibly deep trove of all things Google. You can even brush up on elderly classics like ASCII.

Look in the right-hand column for links to all this and more.

TechPosters says it"s technical posters and cheats for IT guys. But apparently any visitor is automatically one of the guys.

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September 23, 2009, 7:17 AM CT

Exposing dangerous invisible pollution

Exposing dangerous invisible pollution
Worried that dust from a nearby construction zone will harm your family's health? A new Tel Aviv University tool could either confirm your suspicions or better yet, set your mind at rest.

Prof. Eyal Ben-Dor and his Ph.D. student Dr. Sandra Chudnovsky, of TAU's Department of Geography have developed a sensor called "Dust Alert" - the first of its kind - to help families and authorities monitor the quality of the air they breathe. Like an ozone gas or carbon monoxide meter, it measures the concentration of small particles that may contaminate the air in your home. Scientific studies on "Dust Alert" appeared recently in the journal Science of the Total Environment, Urban Air Pollution: Problems, Control Technologies and Management Practices.

"It works just like an ozone meter would," says Prof. Ben-Dor. "You put it in your home or office for three weeks, and it can give you real-time contamination levels in terms of dust, pollen and toxins." Functioning like a tiny chemistry lab, the device can precisely determine the chemical composition of the toxins, so homeowners, office managers and factories can act to improve air quality.

Using the measurements, Prof. Ben-Dor can sometimes find a quick remedy for a dusty or pollen-filled home. The solution could be as easy as keeping a window open, he says. "We've found through our ongoing research that some simple actions at home can have a profound effect on the quality of air we breathe".........

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Wed, 16 Sep 2009 04:47:46 GMT

Leica M9 Digital Rangefinder Camera Introduced

Leica M9 Digital Rangefinder Camera Introduced
I recently said that some of the latest P&S digital cameras were mimicking the appearance of rangefinder film cameras of the 1940's-80's.

Well, the king of rangefinder film cameras, Leica, has just introduced their latest gem, the model M9.

Pretty simple name/designation, M9, for a camera boasts an 18mp sensor and a shutter speed range of 1/4000 - 32 seconds.

Oh yeah, it costs about $7,000.00 bucks, and Amazon is taking pre-orders right now.

You owe it to yourself to at least take a look at what that kind of paper will get you. Here's the link to the Leica M9 story.

Take a camera with you whenever possible, and look around, you'll find a picture somewhere.

Photo Source:www.digitalphotographyschool.com

Posted by: Karen      Read more     Source


September 15, 2009, 7:59 AM CT

Dual simulation improves crash performance

Dual simulation improves crash performance
Damage to a component made out of high-strength steel after a crash test. (© Fraunhofer IWM)
Crash tests often produce startling results. A new simulation process which factors in deformation during production as well as preliminary damage can predict the results of a crash test more accurately than ever.

There are components that save lives: if a car rolls over during an accident, the 'B-pillar' plays a key role. It forms one of the connections between the floor and roof of the vehicle and is designed to prevent the passenger cell from deforming too much. The materials from which the B-pillar is manufactured therefore need to meet very exacting requirements: to save fuel they need to be ultra-lightweight, yet at the same time need to be tremendously strong and must not break. Yet what does the optimum component actually look like? With the aid of countless experiments, simulations and crash tests, the auto industry has been getting nearer to answering this question. Now Fraunhofer scientists are providing further impetus to development.

Engineers will commonly carry out a range of virtual tests. Known materials properties provide the basic knowledge in such a scenario. "We are well aware of the physical and mechanical characteristics of the materials in their original state," says Dr. Dong-Zhi Sun, Group leader at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM. Yet during the course of the manufacturing process, the components change: with a B-pillar, for instance, the material goes through a complicated manufacturing chain. As it is deformed and stretched, minor damage such as pore formation may occur. "If you're going to fit these kinds of parts into vehicles, you need to take into account their deformation history during manufacture," explains Sun. That's why the scientists have developed a special method: "With our failure model, we can simulate manufacturing processes more effectively," explains Sun. "To ensure we understand the manufacturing processes inside out, we work together closely with automakers and materials producers." Thanks to the simulation, the scientists can precisely model and analyze the deformation of the component during manufacture. So they know to what extent the process affects the properties of the end product, and whether the manufacturing process gives rise to potential preliminary damage such as pore formation and microcracks. The engineers combine the results of the process simulation with a crash simulation, which is conducted using a newly developed material model.........

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