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Ok, this has nothing to do with Technology, i ran across this video on YouTube today containing a compilation of commercials for the Isuzu Gemini ( a compact car based on a GM platform, anyone remember the Isuzu I-Mark?)
The reason i am posting this video here is the Drifting and synchronized driving portions of the video really amused me, and i wanted to share them with my readers.
As some of you know, Isuzu was involved in motorsports with the Gemini, and the I-Mark. in the case of the I-Mark, they teamed up with Lotus on the suspension and turbo-charged engines. In the case of the Gemini Bellet, a long-time friend of mine had a motorsports version sitting in his yard with four point harness and all. I still wish i would have asked to buy it to make it my daily driver
Here are some pictures for the curious:
I actually had this happen to www.genesiscommunications.biz this week, i found that a conditional redirect was added to the .htaccess file. This conditional redirect was sending traffic to a malware site in Russia. This could have resulted in Google flagging our site as a source of malware. I removed the .htaccess file and it appeared again in a few moments. I then upgraded wordpress to the latest version, upgraded the plug-ins. Then i removed any components i was no longer using to avoid further points on entry to the server. (SugarCRM, Joomla and others were installed on the virtual server and i wasn’t using them actively.) After taking these steps i restored a copy of the site from a backup that was taken after the last changes to the site to ensure no rouge entries were left. So far so good.
Here is an article with a similar issue where code is injected into the page and the end result is a fake-av type threat that apparently can install without user action.
The lesson learned is to make sure you regularly update your WordPress and exercise caution when selecting plug-ins.
You heard me right! The consumer preview is now available for download from microsoft, here is the link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview?ocid=S_GOO_W8P_Google_na_EN-US&semid=ef_GGL_e_4b21c4f372246f77f804c8778cbed056&WT.search=1
Here is the overview for the lazy:
See what’s new
Swipe, slide, and zoom
Touch a full-powered PC. It’s fast and it’s fluid. Take natural, direct, hands-on control.
Apps, front and center
Apps in Windows 8 work together to get things done faster. Get them from the Windows Store.
Your Windows, everywhere
Windows 8 can connect you to your files, photos, people, and settings, wherever you sign in.
Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview brings you immersive web browsing on screens big and small.
The familiar, made better
Still devoted to your mouse and keyboard? Windows 8 makes the tried-and-true feel brand new.
The Windows Experience Blog
Read this Windows Experience Blog entry for some tips on getting started with Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Behind the scenes
Meet the engineering team
Check out a short video for an informal look at Windows 8 from one of the teams that built it.
Building Windows 8
Get the latest news and the inside scoop on the development process from the Windows 8 engineering team blog.
The product guide
Download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for more in-depth, detailed info on this release.
Watch the video and let me know if you are excited or bored, or could care less.
I am excited to start playing with it. as soon as i get my pc out of the moving truck i will install this to test it out, like i did with the developer preview. Lets hope this is a little more stable this time. =)
Google announced yesterday that before the end of 2012, you will be able to buy augmented-reality smart eyeglasses from the search giant. The Android-powered glasses will have an onboard camera that monitors in real time what you see as you walk down the street. The lenses will then overlay information about people, locations, and whatnot directly into your field of view.
Seth Weintraub, a blogger for 9 to 5 Google, who first wrote about the glasses project in December, and then discovered more information about them this month, also said the glasses would be Android-based and cited a source that described their look as that of a pair of Oakley Thumps.
They will also have a unique navigation system.
“The navigation system currently used is a head tilting to scroll and click,” Mr. Weintraub wrote this month. “We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users.”
sounds really cool, and as a friend of mine said, maybe you could make an app called OWE, that will show you people that you owe money to, or that owe you money. Now that would be cool
Microsoft is apparently scared of Google Docs and is taking a jab at the search giant in this YouTube video. I thought it was pretty funny, although i personally love google docs, i dont really think it replaces office for all of my uses. The comments are almost as funny, they range from irate linux users who wont even admit it is funny, to MS supporters who get the humor.
Watch it for yourself and let me know what you think:
Barnes & Noble Introduces NOOK Tablet™ – 8GB For Incredibly Low Price of $199!!! read the release here: http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/press_releases/02_21_12_elation_release.html
I purchased a Kindle Fire tablet this last December and i chose this device primarily because of price, i am thinking a lot of end users that are in the market for a tablet will choose the 8gb Nook instead.
One fact that is left out of the announcement is the limited on board memory (512mb). I guess they had to cut corners somewhere to get the price right.
For the Lazy, here is the list of features from the press release:
The newest member of the NOOK Tablet family offers the great features of top-selling NOOK Tablet – 16GB, but with 8GB of on-board memory, 512MB of RAM and a lower cost of just $199. NOOK Tablet – 8GB version includes all of these great features also available on NOOK Tablet – 16GB ($249):
- A highly tuned 1GHz dual-core processor for streaming video and lightning-fast Web browsing so customers can surf their favorite sites, and built-in email to stay easily connected with friends and family
- Breakthrough battery life, with 11.5 hours of reading time or nine hours of video viewing
- With on-board storage plus convenient microSD memory expansion, customers have ample space for their reading and entertainment content, regardless of Wi-Fi availability
- The world’s most advanced VividView display for viewing content, with 16 million colors and a resolution purity that’s simply gorgeous
- Popular movies, TV shows and music from top services including Netflix, Hulu Plus™, Flixster, Pandora®, Rhapsody®, Grooveshark, MOG and many more.
- Thousands of top-rated, high-quality NOOK Apps, all optimized for NOOK Tablet’s ultra-responsive 7-inch color touchscreen, in categories including Games, Kids, Travel, Education, Lifestyle & Interest, News & Weather, Social, Productivity and others. Favorites including Cut the Rope, Disney Publishing’s It’s a Small World and more are coming soon to the robust NOOK Apps catalog.
- Barnes & Noble’s award-winning reading experience, featuring more than 2.5 million digital books, periodicals, children’s books and more, including:
- NOOK Newsstand™: An expansive collection of more than 450 digital periodical titles, which includes the largest digital collection of top 100 magazines available for subscription and single copy purchase. Colorful interactive magazines offer Barnes & Noble’s ArticleView™, animated page turns and smooth pinch, zoom and panning. Many special edition NOOK Magazines™ feature videos, quizzes, image galleries and more.
- NOOK Kids™: More than 1,400 interactive children’s picture books, some featuring animation and engaging activities, and more than 12,000 chapter books. With Read and Record™, customers can use NOOK Tablet’s built-in microphone to record and save their reading of any NOOK Kids picture books so children can listen to their favorite storytellers anytime.
- NOOK Comics and graphic novels: A vast collection of full-color comics, graphic novels and kids’ comics in high resolution and the largest digital collection of Marvel’s graphic novels available through a third party, as well as other titles from leading publishers including Archie, IDW and Dynamite. Through a partnership with VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher of anime and manga in North America, NOOK customers can access more than 30 series, featuring nearly 430 volumes.
- Books and more: Continuously expanded NOOK Store™ with the vast majority of books available for $9.99 or less. Barnes & Noble’s digital book collection includes PagePerfect™ NOOK Books™ featuring cookbooks, craft and art books rendered with rich precision to retain all the beauty of their stunning print versions, and enhanced reading with PDF thumbnail page views, and image pinch, zoom and pan in books and PDFs.
- Discover and socialize: Learn what to read next from Barnes & Noble’s knowledgeable booksellers with personalized recommendations, or connect through NOOK Friends™ to share thoughts, lend books through the exclusive LendMe® technology and more via email and sites like Facebook.
- Continuous reading: Read what you love, anywhere you like™ on NOOK devices and with FREE NOOK Reading Apps. Sync your library, last page read, bookmarks, etc. across all of your devices through NOOK Cloud.
- Sleek and thin with a soft touch back design, and lightweight at under a pound (14.1 oz.), making it easy to carry in a handbag, briefcase, backpack or suit jacket pocket for reading and entertainment on-the-go.
Lately i have been keenly focused on the reality Digital Physician is up against in the world of HealthIT. I ran across this article on TechCrunch written by Dave Chase of Avado, a patient portal & relationship management company that was a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist.
The best news for healthtech startups is that, by definition, legacy HealthIT is optimized around the flawed reimbursement model of the past. The disruptive innovators instinctually know that they will either have to build their own software (if there isn’t off-the-shelf software) or they can work with software companies that allow them to be nimble. There is universal agreement that anything less than a fundamental redesign of healthcare will fall short in solving the most important problem the U.S. and the world faces — spiraling healthcare costs.
I have worked with several EMR / Practice Management systems over the years from Vista to Meditech and McKesson, and more recently GE Centricity, and i understand what the challenges the end users have long suffered with. I look forward to providing a “nimble” solution that allows for innovation and the opportunity to tackle the needs our customers have in a time-frame they are not accustomed to. If you are on LinkedIn, please head over to the “Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society” Group. There is a thread on “Top Ten reasons why EMR/EHR implementations are failing.” that has over 2500 comments. It is a good read, if you look past the obvious “We have the solution” advertising posts, there are some really great insights people are sharing.
I am not convinced that every EMR implementation is failing, but i can say this, the end users are not OK living with Legacy software and demand software that can be tailored to the exact needs they have. On top of that, as one user wrote, bad workflow without software will most likely be even worse with even the best software. I see a huge opportunity for training and pre-implementation consulting services from those who have learned the lessons first hand.
please feel free to comment and share your thoughts
I ran across this today when searching for something unrelated, and i thought i would share it. Flowers that last so long you may have to dust them off now and then, but judging from the video, the effort to make them is definitely not trivial. Maybe your Valentine would appreciate these even more than the real deal. Or not. =)
Watch the video here: