Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How Technology Has Affected US Presidential Elections

The recent race to the White House has been the hot topic of conversation, and not just in America. People from all over the world have been gripped by the battle between the current president and his rival for the top job in US politics, Mitt Romney. Although both candidates spent a great deal of time travelling around the US, giving speeches to their voters, it is the internet that has acted as the means of communication to the American (and World) audience. We decided to look at how it was used for the most recent election and how improvements in technology have influenced presidential campaigns in the past.
1924: Davis vs Coolidge
President Harding first introduced the idea of speaking to the public on the radio in 1921 but it was not until the 1924 presidential election that it was really utilised. By this time millions of Americans had receiving sets in their living rooms and they were all expecting to hear what the candidates had to say. Such a huge importance was placed on this new technology that Coolidge and Davis were actually made to sit in a glass booth on-stage, in-front of 16,000 people, and told to avoid their usual pacing back and forth, to ensure that the microphone would pick up everything they said.
Across the country schools were closed so that students could listen and people huddled around radios in department stores and at home. Sales of receiving sets hit a record high and 'Nation' magazine printed that "1924 would be looked back on as the radio year". For the first time the American voters were able to listen in on a presidential election, thanks to this new technology.
1960: Nixon vs Kennedy
The first ever televised presidential debate was broadcast on Sep 26th 1960 and it was an event that changed the face of US politics forever. At that time Kennedy was a relatively unknown senator that had the odds stacked against him. The debate lasted one hour and by the end of it the majority of those who listened in on the radio were confident of Nixon's victory. However, the 88% of Americans who watched it on TV were witness to a completely different picture - one of Nixon looking frail and weak from a recent operation, as well as sweating and looking very nervous. In contrast, Kennedy looked calm, confident and strong and there was no doubt that, for those who had seen it with their own eyes, he had won. Kennedy would later reference the importance of this technology by saying "it was the TV more than anything else that turned the tide.
2012: Obama vs Romney
The photograph of President Obama hugging his wife has become the most re-tweeted post in the history of Twitter and this is a fitting nod to the huge part that this website has had to play in the recent US Election. The fact that it was posted before Obama even took to the stage to thank his supporters in person illustrates how important this social media platform was to his campaign. At one point on the election night, users tweeted at a rate of 327,452 per minute.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How To Make A WordPress Theme

The reason that web developers love content management systems so much is that they divide the content that appears on a page from the way that it is displayed. This means that you can make a change to something like the font or the layout without having to actually touch anything related to the text of individual pages. Instead, these types of changes are made in an area of the software that is purely dedicated to controlling the way that things are displayed. If you want to make a site that looks different from anything else that is already out there, you need to start by learning more about how to make a WordPress theme of your own.
One of the best things about learning how to build a WordPress theme is the fact that there are so many examples out there that you can study. The underlying program is a piece of open source software. This means that copies of the actual source code that make it work the way it does are available to anyone who would like to view it. When it comes to themes, this means that you can often start out by studying how other themes work. Depending on their licensing, you may even be able to take one that already exists and make adjustments to it instead of starting from scratch.
If you are really going to learn how to build a custom WordPress theme, you will need to learn a bit of programming. You don't have to have a really sophisticated knowledge of it, but knowing some PHP will go a long way toward helping you to understand how an existing theme template works and how you can modify it to suit your needs without breaking anything. Make sure that you save extra copies of your work every time you manage to do something that you feel good about. Learning to do something like this involves a lot of trial and error, and it can often be faster to just delete a mistake and go back to a previous version than to try to untangle it.
Learning how to make a WordPress theme is not as difficult as you may fear. Because there are templates out there and the source code of existing themes is available, you have plenty of access to what you need to learn how to make something that will look exactly the way that you want. The important thing is to be willing to experiment and to risk making mistakes. It is the best way to learn the skill of creating themes, and also to develop a better sense of what kind of design will really work for your site.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Best US-Based VPN Service Providers

There are more than 620 million websites on the Internet. Around 2.27 billion people of the world visit these websites. These statistics show the dynamic nature of the Internet as a world of information. But, the Internet is not only a world of information; it is also a world of entertainment and communication. It takes less than thirty minutes to start a business on the Internet. Now businesses have gone on-line. Banking and financial transactions are done with a few clicks. In addition, there are even virtual worlds where you can buy and sell land, move around, fly in the air and study in virtual institutes. But, this dynamic world has its own limitations, weaknesses and problems. One of its problems is insecurity. Financial transactions, on-line banking and transference of information are potentially threatened interceptions caused by cyber criminals. Censorship is another problem. Certain websites are censored and banned by certain governments for various cultural, social and political reasons.
The USA is one of the countries which offer Internet Freedom. There appear to be no restrictions on accessing websites on the Internet and censorship is not exercised on the Internet But, according to a report entitled 'Freedom on the Net 2012' by the Freedom House, the USA does not offer the freest Internet. There are state intrusions in the use of the Internet. In addition, if you are a US citizen living and working in China and some countries of the Middle East, you may see that censorship, bans, and filters are operating in these countries with regard to the use of the Internet. Moreover, there are hackers and governments who monitor your on-line behaviour. With all these and other such factors, your freedom on the Net is thwarted. In order to enjoy the freedom and security on the Net, you have to go for a VPN connection.
With a VPN connection, you can unblock websites banned in certain regions of the world. In addition, you can safely carry out your on-line communication, on-line banking and on-line financial transactions. When you are outside the USA, a US-based VPN connection offers you access to the Internet as if you were using the Net in the USA. In other words, VPN service providers give you a US IP address. With this IP address you can access any website that is accessible in the USA. Thus, no matter where you live in the world, you will be able to access the Internet with freedom. In addition, your surfing and browsing will remain unobserved by governments and hackers tracking the on-line behaviour of the Internet users.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

How to Freeze Extra Primary Cell Products

The below information is for customers who have extra fresh cell products or have fresh cells that are not needed immediately for processing. Work through the following steps quickly and without interruption. Please note once Cryopreservation Media is added the process cannot be stopped and should be followed through to completion. Freezing cells risks poorer viability and poorer cell recovery after thaw.
Reagent and Materials Required
• Cryopreservation Media (80% FBS, 20% DMSO)
• Isocove's Modified Dulbecco's Medium (IMDM)
• Ice
Equipment Required
• Refrigerated centrifuge
• Biosafety hood (Class II)
• Compound microscope
• 2mL Cryogenic vials
• Freezing rack
• 1 to 10 mL pipets
• Conical centrifuge tubes
• Isopropanol graded freezing containers
• -20oC freezer
• -80oC freezer
Procedure
1. Prepare Cryopreservation Media up to 2 days in advance and store at 4oC.
2. Label cryogenic vials with the appropriate vial and donor information.
3. Place ice at the bottom of a freezing rack, place vials in the freezing rack, store in a -20oC freezer for at least 10 minutes until ready for use.
4. Count the cells with preferred primary cell counting method.
5. Centrifuge cells at 200 x g for 5 minutes at 4oC and remove supernatant from cell pellet.
6. Based on the desired concentration of cells/vial, calculate the amount of IMDM required to resuspend cells using the formulas:
A) # cells/desired concentration of cells per vial = # vials needed
B) 0.9mL/vial X # vials = # mL of Cryopreservation Media required.
Resuspend the cell pellet in this volume of cold (4oC) IMDM.
7. Mix the suspension well by pipetting up and down. Incubate cells on ice for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
8. In a small bowl, add ice and water to make a homogenous ice-water bath.
9. Place the cell suspension tube in the ice-water bath. Add the Cryopreservation Media to the cell suspension at a rate of 3 to 5 seconds per drop. Shake the tube constantly to ensure even mixing.
10. Remove freezing rack from freezer and place in the hood. Mix the cells well by pipetting and aliquot 1.8mL of cells to each cryogenic vial.
11. Freeze cells at a controlled rate of 1oC/min by placing vials in an alcohol-graded freezing container(s) and incubating at -80oC for a minimum of 4 hours to a maximum of overnight.
12. Transfer vials to vapor phase of liquid-nitrogen storage.
Cells stored in the vapor phase can be stored long-term up to several years. When commencing downstream applications on the cells,follow the protocol on how to thaw cells by referring to the How to Thaw Frozen Cells written guide.

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Recorder For Doctors And Nurses

Recording technology has been around for several years and isn't something new to the tech market. However, the way recording technology is being used now is quite unique and different than ever before. Recording technology can communicate with certain software programs to create a truly unique and intuitive process for anything you are working on. More specifically, digital recording and medical software allows medical professionals to create medical documentation through recorded files on the digital recorder. It sounds different, but several medical professions are learning how digital recording is improving their medical practice.
With the use of the Olympus DS-7000 recorder, medical professionals can record everything they want to put in medical documentation all through the use of their voice. This recorder allows medical professionals to record specific information on the go and then connect later when they want to create documents for patients. So, a doctor can spend the entire day with patients, meeting their needs and prescribing the help they deserve, and at the end of the day they can bring the voice recorder being used and connect it to Dragon Medical Practice Edition software and have the records integrated into the software in little to no time. Now the information is all at his or her fingertips and can be produced through the computer in a matter of minutes.
The Olympus DS-7000 allows doctors and other medical professionals to put passwords on recorded content to protect records from reaching the wrong people. Encrypted files are safe for the entire medical practice, as professionals are sensitive to the release of personal information. These features allow doctors to practice with even greater quality.
Functions on the Olympus DS-7000 make it one of easiest recorders to use within the medical office. Index, personalize and create recordings in a quick and easy fashion. Also, the technology on this recorder is compatible with the latest Windows and Mac operation systems, so there are no problems with connectivity.
Olympus wanted to offer medical professionals a great, durable product they could use to increase the rate at which they document the medical service they provide. With intuitive controls, connectivity, password protection and other great features and accessories, the Olympus DS-7000 works well for physicians who want to use recording technology within their practice.
Medical professionals around the globe are becoming more productive and effective with the use of recording and dictation software. It changes the way they document for the better and leaves time for the completion of other tasks.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Change Clerical Tasks Completely With Dictation Software

Medical professionals are now catching a break with clerical tasks. One of the most tedious tasks within a medical practice has now been improved and revlolutionized forever and people love the change. So, what has changed? Software developers have created a solution for long documentation processes with one software program. This program capitalizes on the use of speech rather than typing. Now, just consider the possibilities.
You may know of voice recognition software, but just know of its most basic form. Voice recognition software is just now taking a big step in the tech world and enabling professionals in several fields to accomplish tasks quicker. Instead of voice recognition helping individuals surf the web on their smartphone or command certain tasks on a computer, it is now helping medical professionals create and edit medical documentation all with the voice.
When you consider speech, you think of it as a natural act, something you probably do every day and with ease. Well, it is a natural act for a reason because it's the most natural way to communicate with others around you. Since it is the most natural communication from, and most productive, software developers decided to incorporate it into software to improve how people create and edit software. So, with that same, natural act, medical professionals can speed along the transcription of documentation and move on to other tasks during their day.
Here are a few specifics as to what voice recognition can do within a medical office or practice:
-First, voice recognition software takes the focus from the keyboard and places it on speech and a microphone. While you can still use the keyboard, you don't have to. The focus is now on your speech through the use of a microphone, commanding text on a page to create medical documents. It's swift and it's smart because you command the program with a natural and fast act--speech.
-The product of increased speed with documentation leads to increased productivity within the office and increased profitability. Medical professionals are slashing the amount of time they need to transcribe documents and are using fewer resources to create and edit documents. It's a total win for the medical office.
-Not only is the software focused on the use of speech, but it's software, which means it's loaded on a computer and the documents are ready to be shared within the office. So, doctors and nurses can share any document they create or edit with the rest of the office. This type of connectivity is how technology changes the entire way we interact with every day work. Stop handing documents to each other and start sending them wirelessly over the computer.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tips on Picking the Right Applications for Digital Kiosks Owners

Picking the right application for your digital kiosks is one of the key components of your kiosk business success. So, let's take a look at some tips on how to do it.
- Find easily usable software
This is one of the main rules to go by. It does not really matter how nice your software looks on the digital kiosks' screens or how professional it is. If it takes forever to do things with it, or if it is too complicated to be mastered even by the less computer savvy user, it won't do your business any good.
Keep in mind that digital kiosks are used not only by sophisticated PC users. According to research, many elderly people or those who do not have PCs at home enjoy using kiosks. So, your software has to be easy for them to master. And it has to work fast, otherwise you'd get low customer satisfaction rate.
- Find special kiosk software
There are some PC apps, which can be used for them too. And there is some free software available out there. Both of these options would not really work for commercial use in digital kiosks. These apps tend to get glitches; they may work too slowly on your kiosks and leave your customers walking away from them in disappointment. Plus, this software has hardly any security to offer, which is unacceptable in commercial kiosk environment.
- Go for standard apps vs. customized ones
You see, today you can find some real good standard kiosk applications. They are considerably cheaper than the custom ones. This is one good reason to start using them and only if your business really needs some customization done, only then you may switch to a more expensive custom software option. So, it's a simple rule of a thumb to go by in picking your appropriate apps.
- Learn how to go about licensing your software
Licensing greatly depends on the network of the equipment you have. As a rule, it is done based on the number of kiosk, i.e. you purchase software for a certain number of installations or number of kiosks it can be installed on. That's how you get priced for it.
As you may see, picking apps for your digital kiosks is not an easy task to manage. But gaining more knowledge on the topic may help you to do it the right way.