Ducati launches Scrambler Café Racer in India at INR 9,32,000         

by Shrutee K/DNS

New Delhi : Ducati India announced the launch of the Scrambler Café Racer at INR 9,32,000 (Ex-showroom, India). The motorcycle is powered by the air and oil-cooled EURO 4-compliant 803 cc twin-cylinder engine. The Desmodue engine delivers 73 hp at 8,250 rpm* and a torque of 67 Nm at 5,750 rpm* and comes with blacktrimmed covers and machined cooling fins.   Sergi Canovas Garriga, Managing Director of Ducati India said, “This motorcycle is a modern interpretation of the legendary Café Racer scene from the 1960s that triggered a motorcycling revolution. It represents the expression of free spirit and is an icon of style for enthusiasts. We’re very confident that with the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer, we will successfully bring the global cultural phenomenon to India as well.”

The bike combines the best of the two worlds – the design language of the Scrambler brand and a sporty riding position. This version features rear-view mirror mounted aluminium clip-on handlebars, Termignoni exhaust with dual tailpipes, black anodized aluminium cover and a dedicated seat featuring a cover for the passenger section. 
This version has cast aluminium 17” wheels with Pirelli DIABLO™ ROSSO II tyres (120/70 ZR 17 at the front and 180/55 ZR17 at the rear). The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer mounts a Brembo braking system featuring Bosch 9.1 MP ABS with a pressure sensor. The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer also features a radial-type front brake pump ensuring true sport bike braking performance.

The Scrambler Café Racer has a dedicated line of accessories and apparel. The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer is now available in a Black Coffee colour with black frame and gold wheels across all Ducati dealerships in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad & Kochi. 
Ducati Scrambler 
Ducati’s new Scrambler brand re-interprets the values of the Ducati Scrambler, the iconic twowheeler developed in the 1970s in the USA, which quickly became a worldwide success. Anticonformist, accessible and essential, the Ducati Scrambler is a perfect mix of tradition and modernity, a step towards the pure essence of motorcycling: two wheels, wide handlebars, a straightforward engine and endless fun. And, to meet everyone's individual “self-expression” needs the Ducati Scrambler comes in several different versions like the Icon, Classic and Full Throttle. This year two more versions join the Land of Joy: The Scrambler Desert Sled, a version that draws its inspiration from the off-road bikes that, back in the '60s and '70s, made US motorcycling history, and the Café Racer, the Scrambler interpretation of the legendary '60s bikes that triggered a motorcycling revolution

          Ambi Pur’s New TVC Focuses on Refreshing Monsoons        
Shrutee K/DNS

Mumbai, August 4, 2017:-Ambi Pur’s Smelly to Smiley campaigns have always challenged and conquered the toughest and most pungent odours in a real time set up with live experiments. The third edition of the Smelly to Smiley campaign focuses on yet another very relevant odour issue that most have us have encountered – the problem of the lingering monsoon odour that plagues all Indian households during the season. While monsoons have always stood for happy, fun times, growing up brings us face-to-face with monsoon-related issues. Akin to the advertisement format that has become synonymous to Ambi Pur, the new TVC is a real-life experiment at a real consumer’s home, where a unique sensorial challenge is conducted. After all, how often would you come across people with blind folds and pegs on their noses?

This interesting play on the senses reveals that a home, which may look immaculately clean, may, in reality, be perceived as unclean because it is doused with the damp monsoon odour. This TVC, conceptualized by Grey Group, features Brand Ambassador Boman Irani who presents a reality check in context to the damp, lingering odours that specially torment during monsoons. Launching nationally on August 03, the TVC positions the New and Improved Ambi Pur, with odour-clear technology, as the perfect solution to restore freshness to your favorite season. 

The recently released findings from a survey conducted by AC Nielsen, commissioned by Ambi Pur, unearthed the extent of suffering that these damp, musty odours impose on all of us. In fact, 9 out of every 10* women felt that monsoons bring issues within the household such as drying clothes inside, that lead to a musty damp odour.
Nidhish Garg, Brand Manager, P&G Home Care India, comments: “To drive awareness regarding the New & Improved Ambi Pur with patented odour-clear technology, we have launched the 3rdleg of the very popular Smelly to Smiley campaign. The brand stays with its ideology of putting the product to torture tests against relevant odour issues, and this time we take on the musty odour that all Indians face during monsoons. The TVC captures live reaction of a consumer who experiences the monsoon odour when visiting a friend’s home that looks perfectly clean. The same consumer sees Ambi Pur in action and how it completely eliminates the monsoon odour as opposed to temporarily concealing it with a fragrance. This format of communicating with our consumers through live experiments helps in building brand salience and credibility.”

Ambi Pur’s Brand Ambassador, Boman Irani further adds, “Monsoon is my favourite season but we all know the challenges that come with it, right from drying clothes inside to the rigorous cleaning regime. The new TVC shows that the house that looks clean may not actually smell clean due to the overwhelming moisture-heavy air giving out a feeling of lack of hygiene. It is always fun shooting for Ambi Pur ads, as well as extremely reassuring to witness the brand live up to toughest home odours in live experiments, year on year! This time too, Ambi Pur in its new avatar, truly eliminated the musty monsoon odour. So, it’s time to stop being enslaved by this moldy smell and refresh your monsoons with Ambi Pur.”

The New & Improved Ambi Pur uses a distinct formulation that focuses on odour removal, not just on emitting the fragrance. P&G has created a trademarked ‘Odour-clear technology’, which has been brought to India in July. The new technology fights odour at a molecular level, neutralizing it completely, and leaving behind a subtle fragrance, thus truly eliminating all tough odours.

All Ambi Pur fragrances, including the newly launched Sandalwood fragrance, are available across stores at a price of Rs. 299.

Agency Credits:
Lead Creative Agency: GREY Düsseldorf
Local Support: GREY Mumbai
Production House: Casta Diva Pictures, Mumbai

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves consumers in India with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Vicks ®, Ariel®, Tide®, Whisper®, Olay®, Gillette®, AmbiPur®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Oral-B®, Head & Shoulders® and Old Spice®. P&G operates through 3 entities in India of which 2 are listed on NSE & BSE. The listed P&G entities are: ‘Procter & Gamble Hygiene & Health Care Limited’ and ‘Gillette India Limited’, whereas the unlisted entity (which is a 100% subsidiary of the parent company in the U.S) operates by the name ‘Procter & Gamble Home Products Private Ltd.’ In the last 12 years, P&G’s signature CSR program P&G Shiksha has built and supported 1000 schools that will impact the lives of 10,00,000 underprivileged children across the country by providing them with access to education. Please visit http://www.pg-India.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G India and its brands.

          'We have no experience in stopping a nuclear war.' - Sidney Drell (no replies)        
'..My greatest concern is the lack of public awareness about this existential threat, the absence of a vigorous public debate about the nuclear-war plans of Russia and the United States, the silent consent to the roughly fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in the world. These machines have been carefully and ingeniously designed to kill us. Complacency increases the odds that, some day, they will. The “Titanic Effect” is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.'

'The harsh rhetoric on both sides increases the danger of miscalculations and mistakes, as do other factors. Close encounters between the military aircraft of the United States and Russia have become routine, creating the potential for an unintended conflict. Many of the nuclear-weapon systems on both sides are aging and obsolete. The personnel who operate those systems often suffer from poor morale and poor training. None of their senior officers has firsthand experience making decisions during an actual nuclear crisis. And today’s command-and-control systems must contend with threats that barely existed during the Cold War: malware, spyware, worms, bugs, viruses, corrupted firmware, logic bombs, Trojan horses, and all the other modern tools of cyber warfare. The greatest danger is posed not by any technological innovation but by a dilemma that has haunted nuclear strategy since the first detonation of an atomic bomb: How do you prevent a nuclear attack while preserving the ability to launch one?


..the Cuban Missile Crisis, when a series of misperceptions, miscalculations, and command-and-control problems almost started an accidental nuclear war—despite the determination of both John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev to avoid one. In perhaps the most dangerous incident, the captain of a Soviet submarine mistakenly believed that his vessel was under attack by U.S. warships and ordered the firing of a torpedo armed with a nuclear warhead. His order was blocked by a fellow officer. Had the torpedo been fired, the United States would have retaliated with nuclear weapons. At the height of the crisis, while leaving the White House on a beautiful fall evening, McNamara had a strong feeling of dread—and for good reason: “I feared I might never live to see another Saturday night.”


The personnel who command, operate, and maintain the Minuteman III have also become grounds for concern. In 2013, the two-star general in charge of the entire Minuteman force was removed from duty after going on a drunken bender during a visit to Russia, behaving inappropriately with young Russian women, asking repeatedly if he could sing with a Beatles cover band at a Mexican restaurant in Moscow, and insulting his military hosts. The following year, almost a hundred Minuteman launch officers were disciplined for cheating on their proficiency exams. In 2015, three launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, in Montana, were dismissed for using illegal drugs, including ecstasy, cocaine, and amphetamines. That same year, a launch officer at Minot Air Force Base, in North Dakota, was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for heading a violent street gang, distributing drugs, sexually assaulting a girl under the age of sixteen, and using psilocybin, a powerful hallucinogen. As the job title implies, launch officers are entrusted with the keys for launching intercontinental ballistic missiles.


..A recent memoir, “Uncommon Cause,” written by General George Lee Butler, reveals that the Pentagon was not telling the truth. Butler was the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, responsible for all of America’s nuclear weapons, during the Administration of President George H. W. Bush.

According to Butler and Franklin Miller, a former director of strategic-forces policy at the Pentagon, launch-on-warning was an essential part of the Single Integrated Operational Plan (siop), the nation’s nuclear-war plan. Land-based missiles like the Minuteman III were aimed at some of the most important targets in the Soviet Union, including its anti-aircraft sites. If the Minuteman missiles were destroyed before liftoff, the siop would go awry, and American bombers might be shot down before reaching their targets. In order to prevail in a nuclear war, the siop had become dependent on getting Minuteman missiles off the ground immediately. Butler’s immersion in the details of the nuclear command-and-control system left him dismayed. “With the possible exception of the Soviet nuclear war plan, [the siop] was the single most absurd and irresponsible document I had ever reviewed in my life,” Butler concluded. “We escaped the Cold War without a nuclear holocaust by some combination of skill, luck, and divine intervention, and I suspect the latter in greatest proportion.” The siop called for the destruction of twelve thousand targets within the Soviet Union. Moscow would be struck by four hundred nuclear weapons; Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, by about forty.

After the end of the Cold War, a Russian surprise attack became extremely unlikely. Nevertheless, hundreds of Minuteman III missiles remained on alert. The Cold War strategy endured because, in theory, it deterred a Russian attack on the missiles. McNamara called the policy “insane,” arguing that “there’s no military requirement for it.” George W. Bush, while running for President in 2000, criticized launch-on-warning, citing the “unacceptable risks of accidental or unauthorized launch.” Barack Obama, while running for President in 2008, promised to take Minuteman missiles off alert, warning that policies like launch-on-warning “increase the risk of catastrophic accidents or miscalculation.” Twenty scientists who have won the Nobel Prize, as well as the Union of Concerned Scientists, have expressed strong opposition to retaining a launch-on-warning capability. It has also been opposed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and former Senator Sam Nunn. And yet the Minuteman III missiles still sit in their silos today, armed with warheads, ready to go.

William J. Perry, who served as Secretary of Defense during the Clinton Administration, not only opposes keeping Minuteman III missiles on alert but advocates getting rid of them entirely. “These missiles are some of the most dangerous weapons in the world,” Perry wrote in the Times, this September. For many reasons, he thinks the risk of a nuclear catastrophe is greater today than it was during the Cold War. While serving as an Under-Secretary of Defense in 1980, Perry also received a late-night call about an impending Soviet attack, a false alarm that still haunts him. “A catastrophic nuclear war could have started by accident.”

Bruce Blair, a former Minuteman launch officer, heads the anti-nuclear group Global Zero, teaches at Princeton University, and campaigns against a launch-on-warning policy. Blair has described the stresses that the warning of a Russian attack would put on America’s command-and-control system. American early-warning satellites would detect Russian missiles within three minutes of their launch. Officers at norad would confer for an additional three minutes, checking sensors to decide if an attack was actually occurring. The Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack System collects data from at least two independent information sources, relying on different physical principles, such as ground-based radar and satellite-based infrared sensors. If the norad officials thought that the warning was legitimate, the President of the United States would be contacted. He or she would remove the Black Book from a briefcase carried by a military aide. The Black Book describes nuclear retaliatory options, presented in cartoon-like illustrations that can be quickly understood.


Although the Air Force publicly dismissed the threat of a cyberattack on the nuclear command-and-control system, the incident raised alarm within the Pentagon about the system’s vulnerability. A malfunction that occurred by accident might also be caused deliberately. Those concerns were reinforced by a Defense Science Board report in January, 2013. It found that the Pentagon’s computer networks had been “built on inherently insecure architectures that are composed of, and increasingly using, foreign parts.” Red teams employed by the board were able to disrupt Pentagon systems with “relative ease,” using tools available on the Internet. “The complexity of modern software and hardware makes it difficult, if not impossible, to develop components without flaws or to detect malicious insertions,” the report concluded.

In a recent paper for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Andrew Futter, an associate professor at the University of Leicester, suggested that a nuclear command-and-control system might be hacked to gather intelligence about the system, to shut down the system, to spoof it, mislead it, or cause it to take some sort of action—like launching a missile. And, he wrote, there are a variety of ways it might be done.


Strict precautions have been taken to thwart a cyberattack on the U.S. nuclear command-and-control system. Every line of nuclear code has been scrutinized for errors and bugs. The system is “air-gapped,” meaning that its networks are closed: someone can’t just go onto the Internet and tap into a computer at a Minuteman III control center. At least, that’s the theory. Russia, China, and North Korea have sophisticated cyber-warfare programs and techniques. General James Cartwright—the former head of the U.S. Strategic Command who recently pleaded guilty to leaking information about Stuxnet—thinks that it’s reasonable to believe the system has already been penetrated. “You’ve either been hacked, and you’re not admitting it, or you’re being hacked and don’t know it,” Cartwright said last year.

If communications between Minuteman control centers and their missiles are interrupted, the missiles can still be launched by ultra-high-frequency radio signals transmitted by special military aircraft. The ability to launch missiles by radio serves as a backup to the control centers—and also creates an entry point into the network that could be exploited in a cyberattack. The messages sent within the nuclear command-and-control system are highly encrypted. Launch codes are split in two, and no single person is allowed to know both parts. But the complete code is stored in computers—where it could be obtained or corrupted by an insider.

Some of America’s most secret secrets were recently hacked and stolen by a couple of private contractors working inside the N.S.A., Edward Snowden and Harold T. Martin III, both employees of Booz Allen Hamilton. The N.S.A. is responsible for generating and encrypting the nuclear launch codes. And the security of the nuclear command-and-control system is being assured not only by government officials but also by the employees of private firms, including software engineers who work for Boeing, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Lord Des Browne, a former U.K. Minister of Defense, is concerned that even ballistic-missile submarines may be compromised by malware. Browne is now the vice-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit seeking to reduce the danger posed by weapons of mass destruction, where he heads a task force examining the risk of cyberattacks on nuclear command-and-control systems. Browne thinks that the cyber threat is being cavalierly dismissed by many in power. The Royal Navy’s decision to save money by using Windows for Submarines, a version of Windows XP, as the operating system for its ballistic-missile subs seems especially shortsighted. Windows XP was discontinued six years ago, and Microsoft warned that any computer running it after April, 2014, “should not be considered protected as there will be no security updates.” Each of the U.K. subs has eight missiles carrying a total of forty nuclear weapons. “It is shocking to think that my home computer is probably running a newer version of Windows than the U.K.’s military submarines,” Brown said.In 2013, General C. Robert Kehler, the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the risk of cyberattacks on the nuclear command-and-control system. He expressed confidence that the U.S. system was secure. When Senator Bill Nelson asked if somebody could hack into the Russian or Chinese systems and launch a ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead, Kehler replied, “Senator, I don’t know . . . I do not know.”

After the debacle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Soviet Union became much more reluctant to provoke a nuclear confrontation with the United States. Its politburo was a committee of conservative old men. Russia’s leadership is quite different today. The current mix of nationalism, xenophobia, and vehement anti-Americanism in Moscow is a far cry from the more staid and secular ideology guiding the Soviet Union in the nineteen-eighties. During the past few years, threats about the use of nuclear weapons have become commonplace in Moscow. Dmitry Kiselyov, a popular newscaster and the Kremlin’s leading propagandist, reminded viewers in 2014 that Russia is “the only country in the world capable of turning the U.S.A. into radioactive dust.” The Kremlin has acknowledged the development of a nuclear torpedo that can travel more than six thousand miles underwater before devastating a coastal city. It has also boasted about a fearsome new missile design. Nicknamed “Satan 2” and deployed with up to sixteen nuclear warheads, the missile will be “capable of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France,” an official news agency claimed.


Russia’s greatest strategic vulnerability is the lack of a sophisticated and effective early-warning system. The Soviet Union had almost a dozen satellites in orbit that could detect a large-scale American attack. The system began to deteriorate in 1996, when an early-warning satellite had to be retired. Others soon fell out of orbit, and Russia’s last functional early-warning satellite went out of service two years ago. Until a new network of satellites can be placed in orbit, the country must depend on ground-based radar units. Unlike the United States, Russia no longer has two separate means of validating an attack warning. At best, the radar units can spot warheads only minutes before they land. Pavel Podvig, a senior fellow at the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research, believes that Russia does not have a launch-on-warning policy—because its early-warning system is so limited.

For the past nine years, I’ve been immersed in the minutiae of nuclear command and control, trying to understand the actual level of risk. Of all the people whom I’ve met in the nuclear realm, Sidney Drell was one of the most brilliant and impressive. Drell died this week, at the age of ninety. A theoretical physicist with expertise in quantum field theory and quantum chromodynamics, he was for many years the deputy director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator and received the National Medal of Science from Obama, in 2013. Drell was one of the founding members of jason—a group of civilian scientists that advises the government on important technological matters—and for fifty-six years possessed a Q clearance, granting him access to the highest level of classified information. Drell participated in top-secret discussions about nuclear strategy for decades, headed a panel that investigated nuclear-weapon safety for the U.S. Congress in 1990, and worked on technical issues for jason until the end of his life. A few months ago, when I asked for his opinion about launch-on-warning, Drell said, “It’s insane, the worst thing I can think of. You can’t have a worse idea.”

Drell was an undergraduate at Princeton University when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed. Given all the close calls and mistakes in the seventy-one years since then, he considered it a miracle that no other cities have been destroyed by a nuclear weapon—“it is so far beyond my normal optimism.” The prospect of a new cold war—and the return of military strategies that advocate using nuclear weapons on the battlefield—deeply unnerved him. Once the first nuclear weapon detonates, nothing might prevent the conflict from spiralling out of control. “We have no experience in stopping a nuclear war,” he said.


Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin confront a stark choice: begin another nuclear-arms race or reduce the threat of nuclear war. Trump now has a unique opportunity to pursue the latter, despite the bluster and posturing on both sides. His admiration for Putin, regardless of its merits, could provide the basis for meaningful discussions about how to minimize nuclear risks. Last year, General James Mattis, the former Marine chosen by Trump to serve as Secretary of Defense, called for a fundamental reappraisal of American nuclear strategy and questioned the need for land-based missiles. During Senate testimony, Mattis suggested that getting rid of such missiles would “reduce the false-alarm danger.” Contrary to expectations, Republican Presidents have proved much more successful than their Democratic counterparts at nuclear disarmament. President George H. W. Bush cut the size of the American arsenal in half, as did his son, President George W. Bush. And President Ronald Reagan came close to negotiating a treaty with the Soviet Union that would have completely abolished nuclear weapons.

Every technology embodies the values of the age in which it was created. When the atomic bomb was being developed in the mid-nineteen-forties, the destruction of cities and the deliberate targeting of civilians was just another military tactic. It was championed as a means to victory. The Geneva Conventions later classified those practices as war crimes—and yet nuclear weapons have no other real use. They threaten and endanger noncombatants for the sake of deterrence. Conventional weapons can now be employed to destroy every kind of military target, and twenty-first-century warfare puts an emphasis on precision strikes, cyberweapons, and minimizing civilian casualties. As a technology, nuclear weapons have become obsolete. What worries me most isn’t the possibility of a cyberattack, a technical glitch, or a misunderstanding starting a nuclear war sometime next week. My greatest concern is the lack of public awareness about this existential threat, the absence of a vigorous public debate about the nuclear-war plans of Russia and the United States, the silent consent to the roughly fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in the world. These machines have been carefully and ingeniously designed to kill us. Complacency increases the odds that, some day, they will. The “Titanic Effect” is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.'

- Eric Schlosser, World War Three, By Mistake, December 23, 2016


The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

          Sandwich on "Strava"        

I've managed to record an average of 70+ mph on my road bike, the GPS hadn't locked when I set off and the speed sensor was using an incorrect wheel diameter. My normal 10.5 mile ride was recorded as 60+ miles. It was deleted off the web as an useless workout.

          Protecting Our Houses of Worship: Guest Column by Security Expert / Retired NYPD Detective Sergeant         


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  • According to the Washington Post, “it’s been a bad 2017 for Jews.” During the month of January, 48 bomb threats were called in to Jewish community centers across the country. Also last month, a neo-Nazi made national news by promising to hold a march in Whitefish, Montana to intimidate the town’s small Jewish population.

    This, of course, was followed by another unprecedented press conference by our President during which two reporters were moved to ask Mr. Trump about the rise in anti-Semitism. Many of us were aghast at the President’s rude and dismissive response, and his unwillingness to address the question seriously. The fact is, the country is experiencing an alarming increase of anti-Semitic incidents, and this has been trending upward since 2015. A security report issued by the Department of Homeland Security on protecting houses of worship stated that the United States has approximately 345,000 religious congregations representing 230 denominational groups and roughly 150 million members. Despite being sanctuaries from the troubles of the world, houses of worship have also been targets as violence has spiked across the country in recent years. The killing of nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina was the largest mass shooting in a house of worship since 1991, when nine people were shot at the Wat Promkunaram Buddhist temple in Waddell, Arizona, northwest of Phoenix.

    [Under relentless pressure, the President subsequently denounced anti-Semitism.]

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  • The intent of this column is to generate awareness and provide a short guide which contains security practices for religious institutions, parishioners and our non religious communities to help deter threats, mitigate hazards and risks, and minimize the damage caused by an incident in or around a house of worship, including mass casualty events.

    I preface with the word “short” because there is a wide range of methods from programmatic and procedural considerations to technological enhancements that religious facilities and their leadership may consider implementing based upon the most likely threats to their facilities and their available resources. Basic security principals would suggest taking a blended approach to security and safety with the goal of hardening the facility to deter, detect and/or delay a criminal occurrence before it happens. The next steps are equally important and this is where lives are saved and mass casualties are reduced. Selecting the appropriate response to a threat or armed intrusion will help facilitate a safe transition into an effective recovery and restoration of services mode.

    Identifying Your Threats & Vulnerabilities

    Identifying and evaluating a known or potential threat to a given facility is the first step of a security assessment. The results of which will guide the process of developing a security plan. A proper readiness plan will aim to deter a threat or mitigate a threat by reducing the religious facility’s vulnerability to those threats.

    Natural Hazards vs. Targeted Violence

    As stated before, all life safety solutions should be designed using a blended approach to managing risk. Protecting a religious facility means your emergency management plan(s) must address an all-hazard approach to both natural hazards, e.g., infectious diseases and illnesses, fire, and seismic and weather-related events (hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods) as well as targeted attacks. Spontaneous and pre-planned attacks are likely to occur by individual(s) who use firearms; improvised explosive devices (IEDs); vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs); chemical, biological, or radiological attacks; or arson in order to inflict a number of casualties and damage to religious facilities.

    Protective Measures

    As previously mentioned earlier, a house of worship environment is managed by creating layers of protective measures in collaboration with state and local partners that allow religious institutions to deter, detect and delay threats. These layers also allow an institution to consider a threat as soon as possible and to more effectively respond to, further deter, eliminate or mitigate that threat.

    • Technological sensors such as CCTV surveillance cameras or alarms (fire, smoke, wind, and intrusion detection) will trigger informed decision-making.

    • Barriers, such as locked doors or fixed barriers or uniform security personnel should be in place to deter or delay a threat and afford more time for effective decision making.

    • Having the correct inbound and outbound communication network in place will influence a number key decisions. Time, or the lack of time, is a principle disrupter of effective decision-making. Sound communication strategies such as emergency email blasts, voice activated alert systems, and silent alert systems help to improve response to and during a crisis. An effective communication protocol should expand the window of time available to leaders to make sound decisions.

    Additional Measures to Consider:

    • Reporting Procedures

    • Establishing Collaborative Planning Teams

    • Starting an Emergency Operations Plan

    • Define Roles and Responsibilities

    • Notification Procedures

    • Evacuation Lockdown and Shelter‐In‐Place Policies and Procedures

    • Plans for Diverse Needs of Children and Staff

    • Necessary Equipment and Supplies

    • Common Vocabulary

    • Emergency Drills

    Call us at (212) 808-4153, or write us to tell what you think or how we can be of more assistance and remember, always dial 911 first in an emergency!

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  •           CALL OF DUTY | INFINITE WARFARE        
    Call of Duty! This project has been my primary creative focus for the last couple of years, and it's been a great honour and a pleasure to have been involved with such a potent franchise. There's not much bigger than COD! The development studio for Infinite Warfare, Infinity Ward, has been my home since January and part of last year, and it's been a dream come true to live and work in Los Angeles. Ever since I was a kid, looking through art-of books of my favourite movies, LA has been the place I always wanted to be.

    I had been working remotely, as a freelancer, on the IW project for a while, creating concepts like the C12 here, so it was a natural next step to join the team in house in sunny California. The project needed a dose of solid, believable, and badass science fiction flavour, and that's exactly what I love to do! The C12 was the first thing I designed for the project, and it turned out great. The brief was for a walking tank, an enemy robot with a threatening presence, bristling with armaments. I love the right hand appendage, a combination door breaching hammer and articulated claw. The arms are mounted on curved shoulder rails, so they can rotate around and track various targets. There is so much articulation in this guy, it really taxed the rigging department! Bone count be dammed! ha ha

    This is the accompanying human sized enemy robot, the C6. A menacing eyeless axe shaped sensor head is mounted on a 360° degree swiveling pintle frame, so the head can target you from any angle. I imagined the player shoot one in the back, only to have the head spin 180° round and target you, the weapon following a split second behind, helped by the highly mobile shoulder and upper arm sections, allowing the robot to move in ways a human can't, and creating a unique adversary. The work done by the character department to model and texture these robots was insane. It was a true honour to have my concepts brought to life by such a talented team!

    A couple of variations on the standard SDF enemy soldiers. The idea was to create an iconic look, something clearly a guy in a suit, but still dehumanised and threatening enough to make them clearly the badguys, and worthy of killing by the hundreds. I added some frames to the 'muzzle', similar to the mounts on a modern day soldiers helmet, that can have additional optics or emergency breathing apparatus attached, to create an aggressive look. The reinforced polymer face pieces have a variable opacity laminate, I imagined a scene where you see a soldier seal up his transparent mask, then the mask turns cloudy white from the bottom up, obscuring the face and turning the visage into an eyeless skull. These SDF soldiers live in their suits, and have multiple redundancy life support systems, with visible added connective cable and hoses, to create a unique inside-out look to contrast against the clean and slick suits of the Earth forces.

    Ethan, or E3N, the buddy brobot you as the player have alongside for the game. This guy was fun to design, and I love how the head and upper arms worked out. My brother was the inspiration for this character, he's a big badass dude with the right friendly demeanor that I thought was perfect for this robot. I wanted Ethan to look and feel like someone who would have your back in battle, and be down for some extreme sports in down time. My bro is into motocross, so for the articulated pistons on Ethan's neck, I gave him gold cylinders to reflect the awesome looking forks you find on race bikes. Ethan's head is also a combination of elements from a motocross helmet, with articulated lens hood pieces from a camera lens, and the top hood piece forming a cap and visor peak shape.

    Really happy with how his head was resolved. It's tough to come up with a unique and iconic robot head with the right character and ability to emote.

    The final design for the UNSA SATO Marine helmets. With the hero Marines, I wanted to create a rugged and tough suit that paid homage to some classic Marine ideas. Mainly the thick armoured neck and arms. The thick neck was an attempt to create a different silhouette than the usual space suit form of thin neck/big helmet. I kept the helmet as slim and 'operator' as possible, while pumping up the neck, to create a unique look that feels badass, and harks to the leatherneck moniker of the Marines.

    With the arms I wanted the suit to feel like the rolled-up-sleeves look that's popular with Marines, and seen in some classic movies like Aliens. The lower arm sections and neck utilise mechanical pressure to protect from the vacuum of space, while the rest of the outfit is a traditional gas pressure space suit. Taking inspiration from the latest concepts of future space suits from places like NASA, with their elasticated tight fitting sleeves and lines of non-extension, I created a rugged military look with a thick armoured feel and beefy grid like pattern.

    I've loads more concepts to share in the future, so excited to show some of the other cool characters and weapons I was lucky enough to create for the project. Be sure to check out the game too, I'm playing through the final product now and it's rad, so cool to see my work realised to such a high level by a huge and talented team. Cheers!
              Workshop de Introdução Alimentar com Fabiolla Duarte do Blog Colher de Paú        

    Encontro que visa discutir e refletir sobre de que maneiras é possível uma abordagem humanizada no momento da Introdução de alimentos sólidos para bebês.
    Baseado em alguns conceitos abordados pelo pediatra espanhol Carlos Gonzáles, pela terapeuta argentina Laura Gutman, teorias sobre alimentação baseadas na Antroposofia, Macrobiótica, Alimentação Viva e noções básicas de Nutricionismo. Observação humana a partir da Antropologia, Psicologia e Educação, e tudo o mais do que virá a partir do relato biográfico gastronômico dos inscritos.

    Quando fazer: em qualquer momento antes, durante ou depois da fase de introdução de alimentos sólidos. Para quem participa antes, é uma ótima oportunidade para se preparar para esse momento, com tempo para digerir novos conceitos. Para quem participa depois da fase de introdução ter começado, é muito útil para auxiliar nos desafios que surgem pelo caminho. Para quem participa muito depois, ainda uma excelente oportunidade para pensar em profundidade sobre alimento, comportamento e vida familiar.


    * Prontidão - sinais fisiológicos e comportamentais para a introdução de sólidos;

    * Relações entre apetite, fome e mundo lúdico;

    * Memória – de que forma a Introdução de Alimentos afeta nossa relação com alimentação na vida adulta;

    * A comida da paixão – a comida que envolve todos os sentidos para além do apetite;

    * Alimentação adulta x Introdução de Alimentos – é possível coerência?

    * Comida prazer X comida saúde – onde mora o ponto de equilíbrio?

    * Por onde começar - o que pode e o que não pode: dicas sobre os primeiros alimentos a serem oferecidos;

    * Abordagem - maneiras eficientes de oferecer alimentos sólidos;

    * Amamentação X alimentação de sólidos - desmame ou amamentação prolongada?

    * Começar pelo doce ou salgado, suquinho, leite artificial, sal, açúcar, carne, vegetarianismo: sim ou não? – mitos da pediatria;

    * Papinhas X pedaços, colher X mãos – dicas de cozimento, vantagens e desvantagens e a importância da experiência sensorial na Introdução de Alimentos;

    * “Meu filho não come, e agora?” – reflexões sobre cada caso;

    * Horários para cada refeição – como organizar as refeições familiares;

    * Organização doméstica – sobre a ansiedade da mãe e as novas tarefas domésticas;

    * Volta ao trabalho e Introdução de Alimentos – como conciliar trabalho e Introdução de Alimentos;

    * Dicas básicas sobre nutricionismo – combinação de alimentos, cozimento e o prato completo;

    * O cereais e leites vegetais – um pouco sobre cada cereal e dicas de como fazer leites vegetais em casa;

    * Critérios alimentares – a escolha de uma dieta alimentar familiar e aspectos de cultura e tradição pessoais.

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              Interface deal good for the industry         

    The $600 million Interface Security Systems deal has sent—as The Beach Boys once sang—“good vibrations” throughout the security industry, as it provides not only a vote of confidence for what Interface is doing as a modern systems integration company, but also a vote of confidence in the security industry, in general, as companies like Interface represent a new breed of integrator that is staying at the forefront of new technology and innovation.

    John E. Mack III, executive vice president, co-head of investment banking and mergers & acquisitions at Imperial Capital, which acted as financial advisor to Interface on the deal, astutely pointed out that this deal goes beyond validation of what Interface is doing in the space.

    “This is a very cool story for the sophisticated new-age security provider, which is what Interface is—the 2.0 version of what the right kind of security player should be,” he told Security Systems News. “We spend so much time in this industry talking about the residential side of the business, which is interesting, but there is a massive opportunity on the commercial side of the business that Interface is tapping into that I think is a compelling theme.”

    He continued, “There is a lot of validation for a very successful business model here that Prudential is putting up $180 million of new capital, and SunTx is putting up additional capital into the deal. And that you’ve got a very attractive set of debt investors, and just the fundamental backing for the business, is a meaningful part of a positive message for the industry.”

    Jeff Frye, SVP for Interface, told SSN that the support from equity partners is not only a stamp of approval for what the company is doing, but the “capital gives us more fuel to build on our current, better than 15 percent compounded annual growth rate, so we know that we can do more with a little more gas in the tank and we are anxious to prove it.”

    Frye noted that the equity will allow the company to expand its products and services around providing business intelligence, as security is becoming so much more than just, well, security.

    “As a network provider, and a managed services provider of network services and cybersecurity services, we touch a lot of aspects of our customers’ businesses,” Frye explained. “And as a leading purveyor of Internet of Things services, we are able to aggregate intelligence from all of those sensors and data sources to bring actionable insights to a customer’s business. There are some new verticals that we would like to focus on more, including financial services and banking, so this makes that horizon much brighter and much more approachable.”

    And it also makes the security industry’s horizon a little brighter.

              +++ Universum +++ - SpaceX schickt erstmals Rakete für militärische Zwecke ins All        
    Zum ersten Mal hat das private US-Raumfahrtunternehmen SpaceX eine Rakete mit militärischer Ladung ins All geschickt. Nachdem der ursprünglich für Sonntag geplante Start wegen eines defekten Sensors verschoben wurde, hob die Falcon-9-Rakete am Montagmorgen mit neuem Sensor in Cape Canaveral in Florida ab. An Bord war ein nicht näher beschriebenes Objekt des Militärgeheimdienstes NRO.
              Raspberry Pi Sense HAT: a Simple Weather Station        
    In this article we have discovered the Sense HAT. Now let’s see how we can program it. In this article, we will see how to get data from the environmental sensors (temperature, pressure,...

              Hand Therapy Using Hand Bath        
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    In TCM, A/H1N1 belongs to epidemic febrile disease of TCM which is the same as human avian influenza and SARS and similar to A/H1N1 flu syndrome differentiation and treatment of TCM prevention and cure. It is advocated “dispelling wind, reducing fever and dissipating dampness in clinical.

    TCM center will provide latest Special Report Globally on the A/H1N1 flu; and you still can find the Symptoms and Prevention about A/H1N1 flu ; further more, TCM prevention for swine flu provides latest global news; Chinese medicine prevention for A/H1N1 flu ; Chinese herbal medicine and so on.

    Hand bath is a steaming and washing therapy. The hot steam from an herbal decoction is used to heat the hands which are then soaked in the warm decoction after it gradually cools down. Diseases can be cured by the hot stimulation applied to the meridians and acupoints of the hand and by the gradual absorption of herbs through the skin.

    1. Origin and classification of steaming and washing therapy:

    Steaming and washing therapy originated in ancient times. Among 52 ancient herbal therapy recipes unearthed from the Han Dynasty Mawangdui Tomb, eight were used for steaming and washing therapy. This indicates that steaming and washing therapy has been used by Chinese people to treat diseases for at least 2,000 years. This therapy is also mentioned in classical medical books of the Han (206 B. C.-220) and Jin (265-420) dynasties. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907), this method was used to treat carbuncles, cellulitis, skin rashes, dermatitis, frostbite, hand and foot diseases, and gynecological and eye disorders. In the Kin (1115-1234) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties this method was classified as an essential medical therapy. In the Qing Dynasty ( 1644-1911 ), Wu Shangxian, a famous physician of traditional Chinese medicine, divided this therapy into smoking, steaming, shower, sitz bath, and hot ironing. It is a folk treatment used by common people to treat acute sprains, bone injuries, and contusions with a good therapeutic results.
    Steaming and washing therapy can be classified as general and local. Local treatment includes steaming and washing therapy for the hand, foot, and eye, and sitz baths. Hand bath is steaming and washing therapy for the hand.

    2. Function and characteristics of hand bath:

    As demonstrated by the experiments of modern medicine. steaming and washing therapy with hot and moist air can promote the absorption of herbs through the skin, dilate the skin's small blood vessels, promote the circulation of blood and lymph, enhance the phagocytic functions of the reticuloendothelial system, increase the permeability of cellular membranes, and promote metabolism by stimulating the sensitive sensory nerves scattered along the skin. The effective components of herbs used in steaming and washing therapy can directly kill the pathogenic germs on the skin. According to the theory of traditional medicine, the meridians of the hand are closely related to the organs and meridians of the entire body. Therefore, this therapy can clear stagnation in meridians, adjust bodily deficiency and excess, and promote circulation of qi and blood.
    The hand bath is simple, cheap, and easy to learn and practice, with numerous indications and good therapeutic effects, and without any harmful side effects. It is most useful for patients proscribed from taking drugs.

    3. Methods of manipulation:

    1) The proper recipe is selected according to the diseases and the basin, towel and sheets are prepared in use.
    2) The hot decoction of herbs is poured into the basin and the hands and arms are put over the basin. Cover the arms and basin with a sheet to reserve the hot air from quickly escaping away. Some boiled water may be added to the basin to maintain the temperature. After the decoction is cooled down to an adequate temperature, the hands may be soaked and washed in the decoction.
    3) After steaming and bathing, the hands should be dried with a towel and protected from attack of wind and coldness.
    4) The steaming and washing therapy may last for 20-30 minutes, twice a day.

    4. Precautions:

    I) The water used to boil the herbs should be adequate to prepare a decoction of the proper concentration. Aromatic and volatile herbs should be boiled for only 10-15 minutes; and roots, stems and herbs in large clumps should be boiled for 30
    2) The temperature of the decoction for bathing and soaking the hands should be monitored to avoid burning the skin.
    3) These decoctions are not for oral administration.

    More information from TCM and health: Hand Therapy Using Hand Bath
              Coeffects playground: Interactive essay based on my PhD thesis        

    In my PhD thesis, I worked on integrating contextual information into a type system of functional programming languages. For example, say your mobile application accesses something from the environment such as GPS sensor or your Facebook friends. With coeffects, this could be a part of the type. Rather than having type string -> Person, the type of a function would also include resources and would be string -{ gps, fb }-> Person. I wrote longer introduction to coeffects on this blog before.

    As one might expect, the PhD thesis is more theoretical and it looks at other kinds of contextual information (e.g. past values in stream-based data-flow programming) and it identifies abstract coeffect algebra that captures the essence of contextual information that can be nicely tracked in a functional language.

    I always thought that the most interesting thing about the thesis is that it gives people a nice way to think about context in a unified way. Sadly, the very theoretical presentation in the thesis makes this quite hard for those who are not doing programming language theory.

    To make it a bit easier to explore the ideas behind coeffects, I wrote a coeffect playground that runs in a web browser and lets you learn about coeffects, play with two example context-aware languages, run a couple of demos and learn more about how the theory works. Go check it out now or continue below to learn more about some interesting internals!

              Kommentar zu Docs & Demo von Tesla        
    Thank you so much! It works perfect now. I have also removed the "sensors=false" part as suggested by Google's warning: Google Maps API warning: SensorNotRequired: https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/error-messages Thank you again! Nice work :)
              Kommentar zu Docs & Demo von b.a.        
    Google decided to get an api key for every G-map after june 2016. See announcement: <a href="http://googlegeodevelopers.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/building-for-scale-updates-to-google.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://googlegeodevelopers.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/building-for-scale-updates-to-google.html</a> To fix this: 1) Create an API key as per instructions here: <a href="https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/get-api-key" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/get-api-key</a> 2) Edit line 14 in the plugin file wp-content\plugins\google-maps-gpx-viewer\php\load_jsapi.php and append the key parameters "&key=YOUR_API_KEY" as shown here: $params = "sensor=false&libraries=places,panoramio,drawing&key=YOUR_API_KEY" thats it.
              Kommentar zu Docs & Demo von b.a.        
    So, request a free API key from <a href="https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/get-api-key?utm_source=geoblog&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=2016-geo-na-website-gmedia-blogs-us-blogPost&utm_content=TBC#api-schlsseltypen" rel="nofollow">google, </a> edit the file "google-maps-gpx-viewer/php/load_jsapi.php" on line 14 you'll find this: $params = "sensor=false&libraries=places,panoramio,drawing" change it to $params = "sensor=false&libraries=places,panoramio,drawing&key=insert-your-google-api-key-here" thats it!
              Kommentar zu Docs & Demo von b.a.        
    There is a google warning message "no api key & sensor not required" in the console log. Try to locate the source of this first.
              Kommentar zu Docs & Demo von Digby Maass        
    The maps have stopped working! I've posted on the WP support page: Suddenly the map containers are either blank or show the map but when enlarged the small map goes up to the corner, the rest of the screen fills with a blank, and it is unresponsive. The same on site as on a localhost installation. Error console shows a whole lot of Google js errors: TypeError: 'undefined' is not an object (evaluating '_.Zc.prototype.Db=_.ni(1,_.l("O"))') - common.js:216 js:38TypeError: 'undefined' is not a function (evaluating 'a.set("length",a.j.length)') stats.js:9TypeError: 'undefined' is not a function (evaluating '_.x(l3,_.J)') util.js:30 SensorNotRequired, SensorNotRequired: https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/error-messages util.js:30 Google Maps API warning: SensorNotRequired: https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/error-messages 22common.js:9TypeError: 'undefined' is not a function (evaluating 'b.getSouthWest()')
              Smaller is better for inertial nanosensors        
    Flash: Decreasing the size avoids stiction, allowing greater sensitivity and reliability.
              Axis F1004 BULLET SENSOR UNIT IP security camera Binnen Rond Wit        

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              Z-AFM 4.9 Self Mapper        

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    Quickly build custom fuel maps while riding.
    Collects data to adjust AFR for best performance for your specific bike.

    Your model, year, exhaust, filter, fuel type, engine wear, modifications, temperature, pressure, humidity... Now you can easily tune for all your specifics.
    The newly updated Z-AFM 4.9 offers a revolutionary new level of fuel tuning by simply gathering data while riding and then processing the data into a custom-built, race-level fuel map.

    Use technology. Not guesswork.


    Drastically improve performance with a pro-race level, immediate tune
    Crisp and responsive throttle
    Smooths out throttle transitions
    HP and torque gains

    How it Works
    Uses latest in technology LSU 4.9 oxygen sensor mounted in the exhaust to determine air / fuel ratio (AFR)
    Collects data while riding to adjust AFR for your specific bike
    Plugs in with USB cord to retrieve and apply data in a few easy mouse clicks

    Who needs it?
    Competitive riders who want their bike perfectly tuned for any track, any fuel, any mods
    Performance riders who want to keep their bike tuned simply for seasonal atmospheric and fuel changes
    Tuners who want to make dyno use quick and easy

    Note: Requires a wide-band O2 sensor bung (18mm diameter) in the exhaust's head pipe. If you do not already have a wide band bung, you may purchase this with the Z-AFM 4.9

    O2 sensor data sheet and installation diagram

    Order Z-AFM & Accessories

              The 2013 Acura ZDX goes all in for its final year        

    Leave on a good note. Go out with a bang.

    Anyway you put it, the Acura ZDX had a very good run. Introduced in 2009, the ZDX was Acura's innovative and stylish crossover, and is now entering its final year of production. The luxury automaker has decided to discontinue the CUV and "sharpen its focus" on new models and core products. However, even with the ZDX ending its run, the 2013 version has received numerous styling and technology upgrades to show that it won't go down without a fight.

    New to the 2013 version is a redesigned front grille, front and rear parking sensors, power folding side mirrors and such safety features as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

    Jeff Conrad, VP and GM of the Acura Division says, "People shopping for a luxury crossover vehicle will find the Acura ZDX an even more attractive product. " He goes on to add that, "Moving forward, we will continue to advance the Acura lineup with a focus on new core models, like the recently redesigned RDX and the upcoming all-new RLX flagship sedan, that provide the ideal balance of performance and fuel efficiency that is right for each product and a driving experience that is dynamic and emotional."

    Being sold as one version, features are abundant in the value-packed 2013 ZDX.  Under the hood sits a 3.7L V-6 engine that kicks out 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Alongside the new-look front grille, there's also front and rear bumpers with integrated parking sensors and power-folding auto-dimming side mirrors.

    Inside the cabin is a 435-watt Acura/ELS Surround 10-speaker audio system with 15GB HDD (Hard Disk Drive) memory, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, 8-in high-res VGA display, multi-view rear view camera, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface, ventilated and heated front seats with perforated premium Milano leather seating surfaces, Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition) and dual-zone automatic climate control system.

    For safety, the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) determines if a collision is imminent, and alerts the driver. For the Lane Departure Warning (LDW), a camera mounted between the windshield and rear-view mirror detect the lane lines, so if the driver shifts out of the lane without using the turn signal, an alarm will go off.

    For the future, the Acura RDX and the TSX Sport Wagon will fill up Acura's CUV/SUV segment, and those with a ZDX will still get high-level service and parts through the life of the vehicle.

    Pricing for the 2013 ZDX starts at $50,920 MSRP, and goes on sale this fall. For more information on the ZDX, or to test drive one of Acura's luxury vehicles, visit Muller Acura of Merrillville. For quality and professional Acura Service, please call to set up an appointment.
              BRAIN Initiative        
    President Obama recently announced a big new effort to map and understand the human brain. What are we trying to learn about our brains? One thing we will earn is how our brains are structured, "not this well-organized hierarchical control system where everything is in order." Another is how much of mental illness is shaped by experience and society, as opposed to chemical or structural factors. What do we already know about our brains? 12 Things We Know About How The Brain Works. And we know that unconcious processing improves decision-making. That brain structure may be linked to placebo response. And that unconcious brains can read and do math. We know a little bit more about how the brain responds to addiction. And we know that "genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms" in childhood can have permanent ill effects. We think that differences in our brain reflect political differences. But we know that a lot of pop neuroscience is bollocks. What could we do with new information? Could we reverse-engineer AI? Manipulate our brains, neuron-by-neuron? Make better soldiers? Or record dreams? Or activate neurons with light? Or make better, crowdsourced brain maps? Neurotechnology, Social Control, And Revolution
    In our neuro-centric world-view, a person is equated to his brain. The neuro-discourse has penetrated all aspects of our lives from law to politics to literature to medicine to physics. As part of this neuro-revolution, huge military funding is supporting neuro-scientific research; a huge body of basic knowledge on memory, belief formation, cognition and sensory modalities has been gathered over years, with fieldslike social neuroscience, cultural neuroscience, neuroeconomics and neuromarketing has emerging to improve our lifestyle; neurotechnological know-how from wireless non invasive technologies to neuroelectronic interfaces is exponentially advancing; and neurotechnology business reports indicates the rapid increase in neurotechnological start ups and the willingness of bringing neurotechnological products to the market. In my opinion, all the aforementioned indicators indicate that neurotechnology can be potentially used to control social dynamics.

              Informe inicial sobre detener morder uñas        
    Supongo que tengo que han logrado aumentarlos eficientemente unas 3 veces, generalmente por la cantidad de meses en un momento dado, sin embargo nunca fue sencillo y muchas estrategias que intenté fuente fallido.

     Esta operación puede llevarse a cabo dentro de un lenguaje simbólico, como en deseos, o en la hipnosis extremadamente específicos Londres, basado en lo que establece el inconsciente. Sin embargo, para sin importar lo que la razón principal, continua onychophagists (uñas pinzas cortantes) probablemente será consciente de cuán difícil es interrumpir esta perjudicial práctica.

    Actualmente esto aparecieron mis uñas han sido más tiempo, así que me creó llegan a sentirse mucho más bien sobre la observación de los adelantos más. Numerosos pinzas cortantes de uñas no reconocerá una vez toman placer en los hábitos y a fin de que no tienen ninguna manija superior a él.

    Usted debe hacer uso de la crema hidratante con frecuencia para que se puedan preservar los poros y la piel muy suave y además evitar las cutículas rasgado. Por ejemplo, como un sustituto de morderse las uñas serás capaz a limarlas.

     Lo verdaderamente se observa con frecuencia en un montón de personas físicas que posean el comportamiento de un clavo muerde una vez que están en la ansiedad o en circunstancias difíciles. No podría ser útil a veces; para mantener a ponerse un guante a pesar del hecho de que las condiciones meteorológicas en cualquier otro caso.

    Pinzas cortantes de uñas suelen sensación y observación que de ninguna manera perturbadoras o realizar daño a nadie con su práctica, ¿qué puede ser el querer o la justificación para este tipo de una protesta substancial hacia ellos después de software, que son capaces de ir sobre su típico estilo de vida sin embargo el minuto usted mucho como conjunto los dedos alrededor de su boca obtendrá un sabor impresionante sin duda posiblemente amargo o amargo.

    Uñas mordidas ser increíblemente malestar vulnerable, en particular donde los poros y la piel satisface el borde de uñas. La pintura en esmalte de uñas, no funciona, no funcionará para usted personalmente posiblemente.

    Pero tengo un método de fórmula mágico en su caso...He detenido mordiendo mis uñas permanentemente y por lo tanto se puede!Realmente, mucha gente no use medicina peligrosa o esmalte de uñas.

    Notificar al individuo a proporcionar convenido en recordatorio y nuevamente. Y este tipo de selección de piel o pelo-tirando ocasionalmente podría acompañar clavos penetrantes. Pulse de nuevo las cutículas muy cuidadosamente y mantenerse alejado de picar y enjuague con calor h2o.

     Esto fue simplemente porque gastado mucho tiempo jardinería que solía estar adquiriendo generalmente polvo atrapado firmemente por debajo de mis uñas nuevas.

    En un establecido de guantes para proteger las uñas de su asalto del diente. Porque morder uñas es comúnmente una reacción a la ansiedad, creando una reacción distinta puede hacer salir llevando a cabo. Es posible considerar ganchillo Cruz costura y tejido. Sin embargo, sólo una pequeña proporción de las otras personas mayores morder las uñas.

    Después de que el niño entiende la razón de ser, es probable que esto le ayudará a detener. Funcionamiento durante diez minutos es suficiente para empezar a disminuir su cantidad de presión y comenzar significativamente mayor emoción!

    Clavo morder (onychophagia) es un hombre de área y las mujeres hacen para aliviar la tensión. Cualquier momento que un hombre o una mujer comienza a morder inconscientemente ausente con las uñas, un estilo amargo definitivo vendrá como un recordado para detener a morderse las uñas.

    Ahora existe varios uso razonable respecto al producto de belleza caros conocido como esmalte de uñas del dedo. Si no tienes ninguna pista de donde proviene su rutina, entonces el tiempo posterior muerden las uñas, dejar de fumar y pensar por qué le sucede a llevar a cabo, a veces puede ser aburrimiento comunes demasiado.

     Tomar una decisión para vestir en un par de guantes para proteger las uñas en la embestida de su diente respectivo.¿No parece útil de vez en cuando; para mantener un guante a pesar del hecho que el clima se establece en cualquier otro caso que se divierten. Posiblemente trate de manejo claro de este tipo de circunstancias o cuando son inevitables, encontrará más métodos para hacer frente a estas circunstancias.
    Sin duda, clavo mordiendo soluciones necesita estar dentro de su muy tenga un futuro previsible.

    Preferencias tan amargas que usted simplemente no va a los dedos una vez más dentro de su boca.Morderse las uñas cada entiende cómo resistente es ayudar a mantener mordiendo las uñas, con no amonestó a conseguir por él.

     Es el concepto que 3 en los conductores reconocidos de la raíz de la mala práctica es genético, neurológico, o posiblemente una disfunción conductual y que normalmente existen en las personas que se encuentran ambos en el hábito de la droga, tener TOC, condiciones de la mente, retraso psicológico o privación sensorial este tipo de ceguera o sordera. Más, vas a designar el apagado no cubrirlas!

    Por lo tanto permite comenzar a debatir cómo morderse las uñas repercute en su salud en general. A veces, dibujo, garabatos o simplemente disfrutar con una cosa como parte de las Palmas es generalmente una ayuda maravillosa.

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              Más se parecen a frenar morder uñas        
    Supongo que tengo que han podido desarrollarlas productivamente sobre tres veces, con frecuencia por la cantidad de meses en un momento dado, sin embargo no fue de ninguna manera simple y muchos enfoques intenté falló.

     Esta función puede llevarse a cabo dentro de un lenguaje simbólico, como en objetivos, o en la hipnosis realmente específicos Londres, basado en lo que decide el inconsciente. No obstante, para sin importar lo que la razón principal, onychophagists a largo plazo (uñas pinzas cortantes) probablemente será consciente de cuán duro es realmente interrumpir esta dañando la rutina.

    Antes esto parecía mis uñas habían sido más largo, fabricado por lo tanto me siento mucho más beneficioso sobre ver más avances. Un montón de uñas pinzas cortantes no comprenderán una vez toman placer en la conducción y para que no tengan ninguna manija superior a él.

    Es necesario utilizar la crema hidratante típicamente como una forma de mantener los poros y la piel muy delicada y además de parada de las cutículas rasgado. Como ejemplo, como una alternativa de morderse las uñas serás capaz a limarlas.

    Verdaderamente se observa generalmente en un montón de gente que la práctica de clavo mordiendo después de que estén en la ansiedad o en situación difícil. Bueno no puede demostrar para arriba sin problemas a veces; para ayuda mantener deportivos un guante, aunque el clima necesita o bien.

    Pinzas cortantes de uñas típicamente verdaderamente sienten y observación son bajo ninguna circunstancia inquietante o realizar daño a nadie con su práctica, lo que puede ser el querer o la justificación para este tipo de una protesta substancial hacia ellos después de software, es posible ir sobre su estilo de vida común aunque el minuto que usted un gran trata como conjunto los dedos alrededor de su boca obtendrá un estilo sorprendente tanto amargo o amargo.

     Uñas mordidas ser increíblemente dolor vulnerables, específicamente en la que los poros y la piel cumple con el borde de uñas. La pintura en esmalte de uñas, no funciona, no hará personalmente posiblemente.Pero tengo un método de fórmula mágico en su caso...He detenido mordiendo mis uñas permanentemente y así eres capaz!

    En realidad, la mayoría de la gente nunca use perjudicial medicina o esmalte de uñas.
    Informar al individuo para proporcionar convenido en recordatorio y detrás otra vez. Y este tipo de selección de piel o pelo-tirar podría acompañar a menudo penetrantes clavos.

     Mantenerse alejado de la corte conducir otra vez las cutículas con bastante cautela y enjuague con agua potable de calor. Esto fue simplemente porque invertí una jardinería de mucho tiempo que había ido adquiriendo generalmente suciedad atrapada firmemente por debajo de mis uñas nuevas.

    Vestido en un establecido de guantes para defender las uñas de su asalto de su diente. Cómo dejar graves clavo mordiendo considerando morder uñas es comúnmente una reacción a la ansiedad, creando una reacción distinta puede hacer salir sucediendo.

    Son capaces de tratar de ganchillo, Cruz coser o tejer. Sólo una pequeña proporción de otro crecido ups sin embargo muerden las uñas. Después de que el niño entiende la explicación, esto puede ayudarle a prevenir.

    Trabajo durante diez minutos es suficiente para empezar disminuyendo sus rangos de tensión y comenzar la experiencia significativamente mucho mejor!

    Clavo morder (onychophagia) es una cosa individuos hacer para aliviar la ansiedad. Cualquier momento que una persona comienza a morder inconscientemente ausente en las uñas, un sabor amargo definitivo llega a ser un recordado para evitar morderse las uñas.

     Ahora hay numerosos uso práctico hacia la mercancía costosa belleza contemplada como esmalte de uñas del dedo. Si usted no tiene ninguna pista donde su rutina deriva luego otra vez muerden las uñas, dejar de fumar y tomar en consideración por qué puede llevar hacia fuera, a menudo puede ser aburrimiento comunes también.

    Determinar en un par de guantes para proteger las uñas en el ataque del diente.No parece ser útil de vez en cuando; para ayuda mantener deportivos un guante, aunque el clima mandatos o bien. Tanto probar manejo claro de este tipo de circunstancias o cuando son inevitables, usted podría descubrir mucho mejores métodos para hacer frente a estos escenarios.

    De hecho, debe ser clavo mordiendo tratamientos como parte de su potencial extremadamente oso. Preferencias tan amarga que solo será probablemente no establece sus dedos una vez más dentro de su boca.Morderse las uñas cada entiende cómo resistente es ayudar a mantener mordiendo las uñas, con hacia fuera consiguiendo reprendido por él.

     Es el principio que cerca de tres en la raíz reconocida de los pobres es de comportamiento genético, neurológico, o posiblemente una disfunción conductual y que son con frecuencia actual en las personas que se encuentran posiblemente en hábito de drogas, tener TOC, enfermedades de la mente, retraso psicológico o privación sensorial este tipo de ceguera o sordera. Más, vas a señalar de no disimularlos!

    Por tanto permite Inicio apagado para debatir cómo morderse las uñas repercute en su bienestar. A menudo, dibujar, dibujar o simplemente activamente jugando con una cosa en las palmas podría ser una ayuda maravillosa.

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              Guide for Picking The Best Android Phone for You        
    Sony Xperia X10 vs Nexus One vs Motorola Droid vs Acer Liquid vs Archos

    Xperia X10

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Acer Liquid

    (Updated: 21st Jan 2010) The Android handset landscape has changed drastically over the past year, from a literal handful of options to – the fingers on both your hands, the toes on both your feet and all the mistresses Tiger Woods has had in the past 24 hours (OK, maybe 4 hours). You get the point though, there are quite a few options and through the course of 2010 these options will only increase.

    The only other mainstream handset smartphone option that rivals the Android handset options available in 2010 will be the Windows mobile platform – and we're all rushing for it – not!

    So what are the handsets to consider in 2010? The ones currently released on the market that we will look at are the Acer Liquid and Motorola Droid and an additional three to be released early 2010, the Sony Xperia X10, Google Nexus One (Passion, HTC Bravo) and Archos Phone Tablet – though we only have a handful of details on the phone.

    Archos Phone

    We will look at hardware and software sub-categories, and compare the phones based based on the information we have.



    The Nexus One and Sony Xperia X10 have the snappier Qualcomm Snapdragon 1Ghz processor onboard. The Acer Liquid has a downclocked version of the Snapdragon running at 728Mhz – perhaps to conserve battery. This would probably put the Acer Liquids performance more on par with the Motorola Droids. The Archos Phone promises to be a really fast phone with an upgraded ARM Cortex processor running at 1Ghz and also with improved GPU over Droid and iPhone.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250, 1.0 GHz

    Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 550 Mhz

    Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250, 1.0 GHz

    Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250, 768 MHz

    ARM Cortex 1Ghz


    The Snapdragon's Adreno 200 Graphics core is phenomenal on the triangle render benchmark, coming in with a score of approximately 22 million triangles per/sec compared to approximately 7 million triangles/sec on the Motorola's SGX530. This is an important element for 3D graphics. Interestingly, the iPhone 3GS has a similar CPU to Motorola Droid but an upgraded faster SGX535 GPU which is capable of 28 million triangles/sec and 400 M Pixels/sec. Archos may get better SGX GPU.

    Xperia X-10 Graphics Demo

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Adreno 200 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0

    PowerVR SGX530 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0

    Adreno 200 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0

    Adreno 200 Graphics Core with OpenGLES 2.0

    PowerVR SGX540?

    22 M Triangles/sec

    7 M Triangles/sec

    22 M Triangles/sec

    22 M Triangles/sec

    35 M Triangles/sec

    133 M Pixels/sec

    250 M Pixels/sec

    133 M Pixels/sec

    133 M Pixels/sec

    1000 M Pixels/sec

    HD Decode (720p)

    HD Decode (720p)

    HD Decode (720p)

    HD Decode (720p)

    3-D Graphics Benchmark

    Motorola Droid 20.7 FPS (Android 2.0).

    Nexus One 27.6 FPS. (Android 2.1)

    Acer Liquid 34 FPS. (Android 1.6)

    Xperia X10 34FPS+ est. (Android 1.6)

    Note: All phones tested running WVGA resolution 480 x 800 or 480 X 854. Different versions of Android will be a factor e.g. Android 2.0 + reproduces 16 million colors vs 56K for 1.6. Older phones such as G1, iPhone 3GS may score 25-30 FPS but they use lower 480 X 320 resolution.


    The Nexus One comes in with an impeccable 512MB of RAM. This provides an element of future proofing for the hardware and puts it in a league of its own. The Xperia X10 comes with 1GB of ROM and 384 MB of RAM. The 1GB means you'll be able to have twice as many apps on your phone until Google lets you save on your removable memory. The Acer Liquid and Droid are more or less the same.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone


    512 MB

    256 MB

    384 MB

    256 MB


    512 MB

    512 MB

    1024 MB

    512 MB


    The Nexus One uses an AMOLED screen which provides crispy images and more saturated colors than a TFT-LCD. It's also more energy efficient. Xperia X10 packs a 4.0 inch TFT screen with 854 x 480 resolution. Expect similar picture quality to the Motorola Droid for the Sony Ericson phone. The Archos Phone promises to deliver an interesting experience that could potentially make it the King of Androids.

    Spot the difference: Top TFT-LCD screen and bottom OLED

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    800 x 480 px, 3.7 in (94 mm), WVGA,


    854 x 480 px, 3.7 in (94 mm), WVGA,


    854 x 480 px, 4.0 in (102 mm), WVGA,


    800 x 480 px, 3.5 in (89 mm), WVGA,


    854x 480px, 4.3 in (109mm), WVGA, AMOLED

    Display Input

    All standard stuff here. All are pretty much Capacitative with multi-Touch depending on the continent you buy your phone from.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch

    Capacitative, Multi-Touch


    The Xperia X10 has the largest battery – and might I add likely the best quality battery from the lot. It's the same battery used in the Xperia X1 and it performed admirable. Talk time for the Nexus One is very good and we expect the Xperia X10 to match this or be marginally better. Of concern is Nexus Ones 3G stand-by time of 250 hours. It's worse than the other phones but not bad at a little over 10 days! Updated 21st Jan 2010 - confirmed Xperia battery times. Xperia more or less performs at the same level as the other Android phones, delivering 5 hours talk time.

    Sony 1500 mAh Battery

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone


    1400 Li-Po

    1400 Li-Po

    1500 Li-Po

    1350 Li-Po

    Talk/Standby 3G







    The phones are all capable of 3.5G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s) data transfer. The Motorola Droid and Sony Xperia X10 can give you a little bit extra supporting 10.2 Mbit/s data transfer. Obviously the network must exist to support these speeds. Motorola is the only one with Class 12 EDGE, but this is not too important in this day and age of 3G.

    Nexus One, Bravo

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    HSDPA (Mbit/s)

    7.2 (1700 band)





    2.0 - 5.76





    (850, 900,1800,1900)






    Class 10

    Class 12

    Class 10

    Class 10

    UMTS band 1/4/8

















    Nexus One is the only Android phone that currently offers 802.11n connectivity. In fact, I can't think of any other phone out there that also has 802.11n. This might be the Google Talk phone we all thought was heading our way after all! All phones have either bluetooth 2.0 or 2.1. These will essentially be the same as far as data transfer (3 Mbit/s) is concerned. Version 2.1 offers better power efficiency though and a few other enhancements.

    Nexus One - Broadcom 802.11n

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone


    2.1 + EDR

    2.1 + EDR

    2.1 + EDR

    2.0 + EDR


    802.11 b






    802.11 g






    802.11 n







    The 2GB shipped micro-SD card with the Acer Liquid is unrealistic by todays standards. The Motorola Droid offers the best deal with a 16GB micro-SD. The Sony Xperia X10 is shipped with an 8GB micro-SD card, but remember the Xperia X10 also has that slightly bigger 1GB flash memory on-board as well for and impressive total of 9GB expandable to a total of 33GB. Google decided to save on costs by only offering a 4GB micro-SD card with the Nexus One, but if the idea is to compete against the iPhone then 8GB should be the minimum. Clearly the Motorola is on the right track with 16GB shipped, and you can't ignore the impressive 1GB ROM on the Xperia X10.

    SanDisk working on 128GB Micro-SD

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Sim Card






    3.5 mm jack






    Micro USB





    Shipped Micro SD/Supported (GB)


    Class 2


    Class 6




    Class 2


    Light Sensor





    Proximity Sensor















    Cell/Wifi Positioning






    Case Material

    The Motorola metal case is the sturdiest. Build quality for the Nexus One and Xperia X10 is very good. The Xperia X10 has a refelective plastic whilst the Nexus one is more industrial with teflon and metal on the bottom. Acer Liquid has average build quality, but that was always the intention with the Liquid in order to keep manufacturing costs low.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone






    If you want a physical keyboard then the Droid is your only choice in the list. The keys on the Droid keyboard are basically flush so you don't get the comfortable key separation feel on a Blackberry keyboard. The others (Droid as well) have virtual keyboards which work in portrait or landscape mode.

    Droid Slide-out keyboard

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone







    The Xperia X10 is one of the best camera phones. Sony used it's camera know how for their new smartphone lineup and it will be hard to match-up against Sony unless the other guys partner up with someone like Canon. The X10 comes with an 8.1 mp camera with X 16 digital zoom. The software has also been changed from standard Android to include typical camera options. Also included are a four face detection feature that recognizes faces in a photo and appropriately tags/files the photo. Motorola Droid comes in with a 5 mp camera with X4 digital zoom compared to the 5mp and x2 digital zoom on the Nexus One.

    Xperia X10 sample photo

    ***Additional Photos***

    Motorola Droid sample photo

    Nexus One sample photo

    Acer Liquid sample photo

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone







    X 2

    X 4





    Y (dual)




    Video wise, the Nexus One, Motorola Droid and Xperia will perform roughly the same.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Video Res.











    Lightest and thinest is the Nexus one. Motorola is weighed down by the metal used. They all are roughly the same size as the iPhone 3Gs which comes in at 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm and weighs 135g.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Height (mm)





    Width (mm)





    Depth (mm)






    Weight (g)






    OS Level

    Nexus One has the most current OS level at 2.1. Motorola Droid is expected to upgrade soon as well as the Acer Liquid. The heavily customized Xperia X10 will be more of a challenge to upgrade to 2.1 because of the heavy customization.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone






    Xperia X10 shines as far as demonstrating how customizable Android really is. The other 3 phones have very few changes to the standard Android OS.

    Sony TimeScape/MediaScape

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone



    Rachael UI

    Acer UI 3.0

    Application Market

    We are likely to see more App market emerge. Sony currently leads the way and Motorola and HTC (Nexus One) will follow suit as well.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone

    Android Market

    Android Market

    PlayNow, Android Market

    Android Market


    Mediascape is an ambitious effort to add decent media functionality to Android. Sony succeeds and also introduces a fun way to organize your media. Acer has Spinlet which is not as complex as Mediascape.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone





    Social Networking

    Sony again leds the customization way with Timescape. This is another good job by Sony to add extra functionality to Android. Timescape helps manage your contacts better and brings social networking and contacts onto one application.

    Nexus One

    Motorola Droid

    Sony Xperia X10

    Acer Liquid

    Archos Phone





              CD-i 180 internals        
    In the previous post I promised some ROM and chip finds. Well, here goes. To understand some of the details, you'll need some microprocessor and/or digital electronics knowledge, but even without that the gist of the text should be understandable.

    The CDI 181 MMC unit contains the so-called Maxi-MMC board that is not used in any other CD-i player. Its closest cousin is the Mini-MMC board that is used in the CD-i 605 and CD-i 220 F1 players (a derivative of it is used in the CD-i 350/360 players).

    The Mini-MMC board uses two 68HC05 slave processors for CD and pointing device control (they are usually called SERVO and SLAVE). The Maxi-MMC board does not have these chips, but it does have two PCF80C21 slave processors labeled RSX and TRANSDUCER that perform similar functions.

    From their locations on the board I surmise that the RSX performs CD control functions; I know for sure that the TRANSDUCER performs only pointing device control. The latter is connected to the main 68070 processor via an I2C bus (I've actually traced the connections); I'm not completely sure yet about the RSX.

    In order to emulate the pointing devices in CD-i Emulator, I had to reverse engineer the I2C protocol spoken by the TRANSDUCER chip; this was mostly a question of disassembling the "ceniic" and "periic" drivers in the ROM. The first of these is the low-level driver that serves as the common control point for the I2C bus; the second is the high-level driver that is instantiated separately for each type of pointing device. The ROMs support three such devices: /cdikeys, /ptr and /ptr2, corresponding to the player control keys and first and second pointing devices (the first pointing device is probably shared between the infrared remote sensor and the left pointing device port). Both pointing devices support absolute (e.g. touchpad) as well as relative (e.g. mouse) positioning.

    Note that there is no built-in support for a CD-i keyboard or modem (you could use a serial port for this purpose).

    However, knowing the I2C protocol does not tell me the exact protocol of the pointing devices, which therefore brings me no closer to constructing a "pointing device" that works with the two front panel MiniDIN-9 connectors. Note that these connectors are physically different from the MiniDIN 8 pointing device connectors used on most other CD-i players. According to the Philips flyers, these connectors have 6 (presumably digital) input signals and a "strobe" (STB) output signal. From the signal names I can make some educated guesses about the probable functions of the signals, but some quick tests with the BTN1 and BTN2 inputs did not pan out and it could be too complicated to figure out without measurement of a connected and working pointing device.

    There is, however, also an infrared remote sensor that is supposed to expect the RC5 infrared signal protocol. This protocol supports only 2048 separate functions (32 groups of 64 each) so it should not be impossible to figure out, given a suitably programmable RC5 remote control or in the best case a PC RC5 adapter. I've been thinking about building one of the latter.

    There is also a third possibility of getting a working pointing device. Although the case label of the front MiniDIN 8 connecter is "CONTROL", the Philips flyers label it "IIC" which is another way of writing "I2C", although they don't give a pinout of the port. It seems plausible that the connector is connected to the I2C bus of the 68070, although I haven't been able to verify that yet (the multimeter finds no direct connections except GND, so some buffering must be involved). If there is indeed a connection, I would be able to externally connect to that bus and send and receive the I2C bus commands that I've already reverse engineered.

    If even this doesn't work, I can always connect directly to the internal I2C bus, but that involves running three wires from inside the player to outside and I'm not very keen on that (yet, anyway).

    Now, about the (so far) missing serial port. There is a driver for the 68070 on-chip UART in the ROMs (the u68070 driver which is accessible via the /t2 device), and the boot code actually writes a boot message to it (CD-i Emulator output):
      PHILIPS CD-I 181 - ROM version 23rd January, 1992.
    Using CD_RTOS kernel edition $53 revison $00
    At first I thought that the UART would be connected to the "CONTROL" port on the front, but that does not appear to be the case. Tonight I verified (by tracing PCB connections with my multimeter) that the 68070 serial pins are connected to the PCB connector on the right side (they go through a pair of SN75188/SN75189 chips and some protection resistors; these chips are well-known RS232 line drivers/receivers). I even know the actual PCB pins, so if I can find a suitable 100-pins 0.01" spaced double edge print connector I can actually wire up the serial port.

    Now for the bad news, however: the ROMs do not contain a serial port download routine. They contain a host of other goodies (more below) but not this particular beast. There is also no pointing device support for this port, contrary to all other players, so connecting up the serial port would not immediately gain me anything, I still need a working pointing device to actually start a CD-i disc…

    There are no drivers for other serial ports in the ROMs, but the boot code does contain some support for a UART chip at address $340001 (probably a 68681 DUART included in the CDI 182 unit which I don't have). The support, however, is limited to the output of boot messages although the ROMs will actually prefer this port over the 68070 on-chip device if they find it.

    As is to be expected from a development and test player, there is an elaborate set of boot options, but they can only be used if the ROMs contain the signature "IMS-TC" at byte offset $400 (the ROMs in my player contains FF bytes at these locations). And even then the options prompt will not appear unless you press the space bar on your serial terminal during player reset.

    However, adding a -bootprompt option that handles both the signature and the space bar press to CD-i Emulator was not hard, and if you use that option with the 180 ROMs the following appears when resetting the player:
      PHILIPS CD-I 181 - ROM version 23rd January, 1992.

    A-Z = change option : <BSP> = clear options : <RETURN> = Boot Now

    Boot options:- BQRS
    As specified, you can change the options by typing letters and pressing Enter will start the boot process with the specified options.

    From disassembling the boot code of the ROMs I've so far found the following options:

    D = Download/Debug
    F = Boot from Floppy
    L = Apply options and present another options prompt (Loop)
    M = Set NTSC Monitor mode
    P = Set PAL mode
    S = Set NTSC/PAL mode from switch
    T = Set NTSC mode
    W = Boot from SCSI disk (Winchester)

    It could be that there's also a C option, and I've as yet not found any implementations of the Q and R options that the ROMs include in the default, but they could be hidden in OS-9 drivers instead of the boot code.

    Once set, the options are saved in NVRAM at address $313FE0 as default for prompts during subsequent reboots, they are not used for reboots where the option prompt is not invoked.

    Options D, F and W look interesting, but further investigation leads to the conclusion that they are mostly useless without additional hardware.

    Pressing lower-case D followed by Enter / Enter results in the following:
    Boot options:- BQRSd
    Boot options:- BDQRS
    Enter size of download area in hex - just RETURN for none
    called debugger

    Rel: 00000000
    Dn: 00000000 0000E430 0007000A 00000000 00000000 00000001 FFFFE000 00000000
    An: 00180B84 00180570 00313FE0 00410000 00002500 00000500 00001500 000014B0
    SR: 2704 (--S--7-----Z--) SSP: 000014B0 USP: 00000000
    PC: 00180D2E - 08020016 btst #$0016,d2
    One might think that entering a download size would perform some kind of download (hopefully via the serial port) but that is not the case. The "download" code just looks at location $2500 in RAM that's apparently supposed to be already filled (presumably via an In-Circuit Emulator or something like it).

    However, invoking the debugger is interesting in itself. It looks like the Microware low-level RomBug debugger that is described in the Microware documentation, although I haven't found it in any other CD-i players. One could "download" data with the change command:
    debug: c0
    00000000 00 : 1
    00000001 00 : 2
    00000002 15 : 3
    00000003 00 :
    Not very userfriendly but it could be done. The immediate catch is that it doesn't work with unmodified ROMs because of the "IMS-TC" signature check!

    Trying the F option results in the following:
    Boot options:- BQRSf
    Boot options:- BFQRS
    Booting from Floppy (WD 179x controller) - Please wait
    This, however, needs the hardware in the CDI 182 set (it lives at $330001). I could emulate that in CD-i Emulator of course, but there's no real point at this time. It is interesting to note that the floppy controller in the CD-i 605 (which I haven't emulated either at this point) is a DP8473 which is register compatible with the uPD765A used in the original IBM PC but requires a totally different driver (it also lives at a different memory address, namely $282001).

    Finally, trying the W options gives this:
    Boot options:- BQRSw
    Boot options:- BQRSW
    Booting from RODIME RO 650 disk drive (NCR 5380 SCSI) - Please wait
    Exception Error, vector offset $0008 addr $00181908
    Fatal System Error; rebooting system
    The hardware is apparently supposed to live at $410000 and presumably emulatable; it's identical or at least similar to the DP5380 chip that is found on the CD-i 605 extension board where it lives at $AA0000).

    Some other things that I've found out:

    The CDI 181 unit has 8 KB of NVRAM but it does not use the M48T08 chip that's in all other Philips players, it's just a piece of RAM that lives at $310000 (even addresses only) and is supported by the "nvdrv" driver via the /nvr device.

    In the CD-i 180 player the timekeeping functions are instead performed by a RICOH RP5C15 chip, the driver is appropriately called "rp5c15".

    And there is a separate changeable battery inside the case; no "dead NVRAM" problems with this player! I don't know when the battery in my player was last changed but at the moment it's still functioning and had not lost the date/time when I first powered it on just over a week ago.

    The IC CARD slot at the front of the player is handled like just another piece of NVRAM; it uses the same "nvdrv" driver but a different device: /icard. According to the device descriptor it can hold 32 KB of data, I would love to have one of those!
              CD-i 180 adventures        
    Over the last week I have been playing with the CD-i 180 player set. There’s lots to tell about, so this will be a series of blog posts, this being the first installment.

    The CD-i 180 is the original CD-i player, manufactured jointly by Philips and Sony/Matsushita, and for a score of years it was the development and “reference” player. The newer CD-i 605 player provided a more modern development option but it did not become the “reference” player for quite some years after its introduction.

    The CD-i 180 set is quite bulky, as could be expected for first-generation hardware. I have added a picture of my set to the Hardware section of the CD-i Emulator website; more fotos can be found here on the DutchAudioClassics.nl website (it’s the same player, as evidenced by the serial numbers).

    The full set consists of the CDI 180 CD-i Player module, the CDI 181 Multimedia Controller or MMC module and the CDI 182 Expansion module. The modules are normally stacked on top of each other and have mechanical interlocks so they can be moved as a unit. Unfortunately, I do not have the CDI 182 Expansion module nor any user manuals; Philips brochures for the set can be found here on the ICDIA website.

    Why am I interested in this dinosaur? It’s the first mass-produced CD-i player (granted, for relatively small masses), although there were presumably some earlier prototype players. As such, it contains the “original” hardware of the CD-i platform, which is interesting from both a historical and an emulation point of view.

    For emulation purposes I have been trying to get hold of CD-i 180 ROMs for some years, there are several people that still have fully operational sets, but it hasn’t panned out yet. So when I saw a basic set for sale on the CD-Interactive forum I couldn’t resist the temptation. After some discussion and a little bartering with the seller I finally ordered the set about 10 days ago. Unfortunately, this set does not include a CDI 182 module or pointing device.

    I had some reservations about this being a fully working set, but I figured that at least the ROM chips would probably be okay, if nothing else that would allow me to add support for this player type to CD-i Emulator.

    In old hardware the mechanical parts are usually the first to fail, this being the CDI 180 CD-i Player module (which is really just a CD drive with a 44.1 kHz digital output “DO” signal). A workaround for this would be using an E1 or E2 Emulator unit; these are basically CD drive simulators that on one side read a CD-i disc image from a connected SCSI hard disk and on the other side output the 44.1 kHz digital output “DO” signal. Both the CDI 180 and E1/E2 units are controlled via a 1200 baud RS232 serial input “RS” signal.

    From my CD-i developer days I have two sets of both Emulator types so I started taking these out of storage. For practical reasons I decided to use an E1 unit because it has an internal SCSI hard disk and I did not have a spare one lying around. I also dug out an old Windows 98 PC, required because the Philips/OptImage emulation software doesn’t work under Windows XP and newer, and one of my 605 players (I also have two of those). Connecting everything took me a while but I had carefully stored all the required cables as well and after installing the software I had a working configuration after an hour or so. The entire configuration made quite a bit of mechanical and fan noise; I had forgotten this about older hardware!

    I had selected the 605 unit with the Gate Array AH02 board because I was having emulation problems with that board, and I proceeded to do some MPEG tests on it. It turns out the hardware allows for some things that my emulator currently does not, which means that I need to do some rethinking. Anyway, on with the 180 story.

    In preparation for the arrival of the 180 set I next prepared an disc image of the “OS-9 Disc” that I created in November 1993 while working as a CD-i developer. This disc contains all the OS-9 command-line programs from Professional OS-9, some OS-9 and CD-i utilities supplied by Philips and Microware and some homegrown ones as well. With this disc you can get a fully functional command-line prompt on any CD-i player with a serial port, which is very useful while researching a CD-i player’s internals.

    The Philips/Optimage emulation software requires the disc image files to include the 2-second gap before logical block zero of the CD-i track, which is not usually included in the .bin or .iso files produced by CD image tools. So I modified the CD-i File program to convert my existing os9disc.bin file by prepending the 2-second gap, in the process also adding support for scrambling and unscrambling the sector data.

    Scrambling is the process of XORing all data bytes in a CD-ROM or CD-i sector with a “scramble pattern” that is designed to avoid many contiguous identical data bytes which can supposedly confuse the tracking mechanism of CD drives (or so I’ve heard). It turned out that scrambling of the image data was not required but it did allow me to verify that the CD-I File converted image of a test disc is in fact identical to the one that the Philips/Optimage mastering tools produce, except for the ECC/EDC bytes of the gap sectors which CD-I File doesn’t know how to generate (yet). Fortunately this turned out not to be a problem, I could emulate the converted image just fine.

    Last Thursday the 180 set arrived and in the evening I eagerly unpacked it. Everything appeared to be in tip-top shape, although the set had evidently seen use.

    First disappointment: there is no serial port on the right side of 181 module. I remembered that this was actually an option on the module and I had not even bothered to ask the seller about it! This would make ROM extraction harder, but I was not completely without hope: the front has a Mini-DIN 8 connector marked “CONTROL” and I fully expected this to be a “standard” CD-i serial port because I seemed to remember that you could connect standard CD-i pointing devices to this port, especially a mouse. The built-in UART functions of the 68070 processor chip would have to be connected up somewhere, after all.

    Second disappointment: the modules require 120V power, not the 220V we have here in Holland. I did not have a voltage converter handy so after some phone discussion with a hardware-knowledgeable friend we determined that powering up was not yet a safe option. He gave me some possible options depending on the internal configuration so I proceeded to open up the CDI 181 module, of course also motivated by curiosity.

    The first thing I noticed was that there were some screws missing; obviously the module had been opened before and the person doing it had been somewhat careless. The internals also seemed somewhat familiar, especially the looks of the stickers on the ROM chips and the placement of some small yellow stickers on various other chips.

    Proceeding to the primary reason for opening up the module, I next checked the power supply configuration. Alas, nothing reconfigurable for 220V, it is a fully discrete unit with the transformer actually soldered to circuit board on both input and output side. There are also surprisingly many connections to the actual MMC processor board and on close inspection weird voltages like –9V and +9V are printed near the power supply outputs, apart from the expected +5V and +/–12V, so connecting a different power supply would be a major undertaking also.

    After some pondering of the internals I closed up the module again and proceeded to closely inspect the back side for serial numbers, notices, etc. They seemed somewhat familiar but that isn’t weird as numbers often do. Out of pure curiosity I surfed to the DutchAudioClassics.nl website to compare serial numbers, wanting to know the place of my set in the production runs.

    Surprise: the serial numbers are identical! It appears that this exact set was previously owned by the owner of that website or perhaps he got the photographs from someone else. This also explained why the internals had seemed familiar: I had actually seen them before!

    I verified with the seller of the set that he doesn’t know anything about the photographs; apparently my set has had at least four owners, assuming that the website owner wasn’t the original one.

    On Friday I obtained a 120V converter (they were unexpectedly cheap) and that evening I proceeded to power up the 180 set. I got a nice main menu picture immediately so I proceeded to attempt to start a CD-i disc. It did not start automatically when I inserted it, which on second thought makes perfect sense because the 181 MMC module has no way to know that you’ve just inserted a disc: this information is not communicated over 180/181 interconnections. So I would need to click on the “CD-I” button to start a disc.

    To click on a screen button you need a supported pointing device, so I proceeded to connect the trusty white professional CD-i mouse that belongs with my 605 players. It doesn’t work!

    There are some mechanical issues which make it doubtful that the MiniDIN connector plugs connect properly, so I tried an expansion cable that fit better. Still no dice.

    The next step was trying some other CD-i pointing devices, but none of them worked. No pointing devices came with the set, and the seller had advised me thus (they were presumable lost or sold separately by some previous owner). The only remaining option seemed to be the wireless remote control sensor which supposedly uses RC5.

    I tried every remote in my home, including the CD-i ones, but none of them give any reaction. After some research into the RC5 protocol this is not surprising, the 180 set probably has a distinct system address code. Not having a programmable remote handy nor a PC capable of generating infrared signals (none of my PCs have IrDA) I am again stuck!

    I spent some time surfing the Internet looking for RC5 remotes and PC interfaces that can generate RC5 signals. Programmable remotes requiring a learning stage are obviously not an option so it will have to be a fully PC-programmable remote which are somewhat expensive and I’m not convinced they would work. The PC interface seems the best option for now; I found some do-it-yourself circuits and kits but it is all quite involved. I’ve also given some thought to PIC kits which could in principle also support a standard CD-i or PC mouse or even a joystick, but I haven’t pursued these options much further yet.

    Next I went looking for ways to at least get the contents of the ROM chips as I had determined that these were socketed inside the MMC module and could easily be removed. There are four 27C100 chips inside the module, each of which contains 128Kb of data for a total of 512Kb which is the same as for the CD-i 605 player (ignoring expansion and full-motion video ROMs). The regular way to do this involves using a ROM reading device, but I haven’t gotten one handy that supports this chip type and neither does the hardware friend I mentioned earlier.

    I do have access to an old 8 bit Z80 hobbyist-built system capable of reading and writing up to 27512 chips which are 64Kb, it is possible to extend this to at least read the 27C100 chip type. This would require adapting the socket (the 27512 is 28 pins whereas the 27C100 has 32 pins) and adding one extra address bit, if nothing else with just a spare wire. But the Z80 system is not at my house and some hardware modifications to it would be required, for which I would have to inspect the system first and dig up the circuit diagrams; all quite disappointing.

    While researching the chip pinouts I suddenly had an idea: what if I used the CD-i 605 Expansion board which also has ROM sockets? This seemed an option but with two kids running around I did not want to open up the set. That evening however I took the board out of the 605 (this is easily done as both player and board were designed for it) and found that this Expansion board contains two 27C020 chips, each containing 256Kb of data. These are also 32 pins but the pinouts are a little different, so a socket adapter would also be needed. I checked the 605 technical manual and it did not mention anything about configurable ROM chip types (it did mention configurable RAM chip types, though) so an adapter seemed the way to go. I collected some spare 40 pin sockets from storage (boy have I got much of that) and proceeded to open up the 180 set and take out the ROM chips.

    When determining the mechanical fit of the two sockets for the adapter I noticed three jumpers adjacent to the ROM sockets of the expansion board and I wondered… Tracing of the board connections indicated that these jumpers were indeed connected to exactly the ROM socket pins differing between 27C100 and 27C020, and other connections indicated it at least plausible for these jumpers to be exactly made for the purpose.

    So I changed the jumpers and inserted one 180 ROM. This would avoid OS-9 inadvertently using data from the ROM because only half of each 16-bit word would be present, thus ensuring that no module headers would be detected, and in the event of disaster I would lose only a single ROM chip (not that I expected that to be very likely, but you never know).

    Powering up the player worked exactly as expected, no suspicious smoke or heat generation, so the next step was software. It turns out that CD-i Link already supports downloading of ROM data from specific memory addresses and I had already determined those addresses from the 605 technical manual. So I connected the CD-i 605 null-modem cable with my USB-to-Serial adapter between CD-i player and my laptop and fired off the command line:

    cdilink –p 3 –a 50000 –s 256K –u u21.rom

    (U21 being the socket number of the specific ROM I chose first).

    After a minute I aborted the upload and checked the result, and lo and behold the u21.rom file looked like an even-byte-only ROM dump:
    00000000  4a00 000b 0000 0000 0004 8000 0000 0000 J...............
    00000010 0000 0000 0000 003a 0000 705f 6d6c 2e6f .......:..p_ml.o
    00000020 7406 0c20 0000 0000 0101 0101 0101 0101 t.. ............
    This was hopeful, so I restarted the upload again and waited some six minutes for it to complete. Just for sure I redid the upload from address 58000 and got an identical file, thus ruling out any flakey bits or timing problems (I had already checked that the access times on the 27C100 and 27C020 chips were identical, to say 150ns).

    In an attempt to speed up the procedure, I next attempted to try two ROMs at once, using ones that I thought not to be a matched even/odd set. The 605 would not boot! It later turned out that the socket numbering did not correspond to the even/odd pairing as I expected so this was probably caused by the two ROMs being exactly a matched set and OS-9 getting confused as the result. But using a single ROM it worked fine.

    I proceeded to repeat the following procedure for the next three ROMs: turn off the 605, remove the expansion board, unsocket the previous ROM chip, socket the next ROM chip, reinsert the expansion board, turn on the 605 and run CD-i Link twice. It took a while, all in all just under an hour.

    While these uploads were running I wrote two small programs rsplit and rjoin to manipulate the ROM files into a correct 512Kb 180 ROM image. Around 00:30 I had a final cdi180b.rom file that looked good and I ran it through cditype –mod to verify that it indeed looked like a CD-I player ROM:
      Addr     Size      Owner    Perm Type Revs  Ed #  Crc   Module name
    -------- -------- ----------- ---- ---- ---- ----- ------ ------------
    0000509a 192 0.0 0003 Data 8001 1 fba055 copyright
    0000515a 26650 0.0 0555 Sys a000 83 090798 kernel
    0000b974 344 0.0 0555 Sys 8002 22 b20da9 init
    0000bacc 2848 0.0 0555 Fman a00b 35 28611f ucm
    0000c5ec 5592 0.0 0555 Fman a000 17 63023d nrf
    0000dbc4 2270 0.0 0555 Fman a000 35 d6a976 pipeman
    0000e4a2 774 0.0 0555 Driv a001 6 81a3e9 nvdrv
    0000e7a8 356 0.0 0555 Sys a01e 15 e69105 rp5c15
    0000e90c 136 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 1 f25f23 tim070
    0000e994 420 0.0 0555 Driv a00c 6 7b3913 tim070driv
    0000eb38 172 0.0 0555 Driv a000 1 407f81 null
    0000ebe4 102 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 2 cf450e pipe
    0000ec4a 94 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 1 f54010 nvr
    0000eca8 96 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 1 17ec68 icard
    0000ed08 1934 0.0 0555 Fman a000 31 b41f17 scf
    0000f496 120 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 61 dd8776 t2
    0000f50e 1578 0.0 0555 Driv a020 16 d0a854 u68070
    0000fb38 176 0.1 0777 5 8001 1 a519f6 csd_mmc
    0000fbe8 5026 0.0 0555 Sys a000 292 e33cc5 csdinit
    00010f8a 136 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 6 041e2b iic
    00011012 152 0.0 0555 Driv a02c 22 e29688 ceniic
    000110aa 166 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 8 c5b823 ptr
    00011150 196 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 8 a0e276 cdikeys
    00011214 168 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 8 439a33 ptr2
    000112bc 3134 0.0 0555 Driv a016 11 faf88d periic
    00011efa 4510 0.0 0555 Fman a003 96 a4d145 cdfm
    00013098 15222 0.0 0555 Driv a038 28 122c79 cdap18x
    00016c0e 134 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 2 35f12f cd
    00016c94 134 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 2 d2ce2f ap
    00016d1a 130 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 1 1586c2 vid
    00016d9c 18082 10.48 0555 Trap c00a 6 5f673d cio
    0001b43e 7798 1.0 0555 Trap c001 13 46c5dc math
    0001d2b4 2992 0.0 0555 Data 8020 1 191a59 FONT8X8
    0001de64 134 0.0 0555 Desc 8000 2 c5ed0e dd
    0001deea 66564 0.0 0555 Driv a012 48 660a91 video
    0002e2ee 62622 0.1 0555 Prog 8008 20 ec5459 ps
    0003d78c 4272 0.0 0003 Data 8001 1 9f3982 ps_medium.font
    0003e83c 800 0.0 0003 Data 8002 1 c1ac25 ps_icons.clut
    00040000 2976 0.0 0003 Data 8002 1 0a3b97 ps_small.font
    00040ba0 7456 0.0 0003 Data 8002 1 764338 ps_icons.clu8
    000428c0 107600 0.0 0003 Data 8002 1 7b9b4e ps_panel.dyuv
    0005cd10 35360 0.0 0003 Data 8001 1 2a8fcd ps_girl.dyuv
    00065730 35360 0.0 0003 Data 8002 1 e1bb6a ps_mesa.dyuv
    0006e150 35360 0.0 0003 Data 8002 1 8e394b ps_map.dyuv
    00076b70 35360 0.0 0003 Data 8002 1 c60e5e ps_kids.dyuv

    File Size Type Description
    ------------ ------ ------------ ------------
    cdi180b.rom 512K cdi000x.rom Unknown CD-i system ROM
    cdi180b.rom 512K cdi000x.mdl Unknown CD-i player
    cdi180b.rom 512K unknown.brd Unknown board
    Of course cditype didn’t correctly detect the ROM, player and board type, but the list of modules looks exactly like a CD-i player system ROM. It is in fact very similar to the CD-i 605 system ROM, the major differences are the presence of the icard and *iic drivers, the absence of a slave module and the different player shell (ps module with separate ps_* data modules instead of a single play module).

    It being quite late already, I resocketed all the ROMs in the proper places and closed up both players, after testing that they were both fully functional (insofar as I could test the 180 set), fully intending to clean up and go to bed. As an afterthought, I took a picture of the running 180 set and posted it on the CD-Interactive forums as the definitive answer to the 50/60 Hz power question I’d asked there earlier.

    The CD-i Emulator urge started itching however, so I decided to give emulation of my new ROM file a quick go, fully intending to stop at any major problems. I didn’t encounter any of those, however, until I had a running CD-i 180 player three hours later. I reported the fact on the CDinteractive forum, noting that there was no pointing device or disc access yet, and went to a well-deserved sleep. Both of these issues are major ones and those I postponed for the next day.

    To get the new player type up and running inside CD-i Emulater, I started by using the CD-i 605 F1 system specification files cdi605a.mdl and minimmc.brd as templates to create the new CD-i 180 F2 system files cdi180b.mdl and maximmc.brd. Next I fired up the emulator and was rewarded with bus errors. Not unexpected and a good indicator of where the problems are. Using the debugger and disassembler I quickly determined that the problems were, as expected, the presence of the VSR instead of VSD and the replacement of the SLAVE by something else. Straightening these out took a bit of time but it was not hard work and very similar to work I had done before on other player types.

    This time at least the processor and most of the hardware was known and already emulated; for the Portable CD-i board (used by the CD-i 370, DVE200 and GDI700 players) both of these were not the case as they use the 68341 so-called integrated CD-i engine which in my opinion is sorely misnamed as there is nothing CD-i about the chip, it is just the Motorola version of an 68K processor with many on-chip peripherals in remarkably similar to the Philips 68070 in basic functionality.

    Saturday was spent doing household chores with ROM research in between, looking for the way to get the pointing device working. It turned out to be quite involved but at the end of the day I had it sort of flakily working in a kludgy way; I’ll report the details in a next blog post.

    Sunday I spent some time fixing the flakiness and thinking a lot about fixing the kludginess; this remains to be done. I also spent time making screenshots and writing this blog post.

    So to finish up, there is now a series of 180 screenshots here on the CD-i Emulator website as reported in the What's New section. A very nice player shell, actually, especially for a first generation machine.

    I will report some ROM and chip finds including new hopes for replacing the missing pointing device in a next blog post.
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              Tic-Talk Tonight: Theodore Felix-Grafton        
    Welcome to the newest edition of Tic-Talk, the transcript that follows is the full interview as conducted by Indira Nooyi with our guest interviewee, Theodore Felix-Grafton, local farmer from Goss I and former captain of the Nightingale. Interview was carried out on the planet Goss I on 2947-03-28. Indira Nooyi(IN): Good evening and welcome to another edition of Tic-Talk, for our traditional viewing audience this will be a bit of a departure from normal as this interview will be pre-recorded for the convenience of our current guest of tonight’s segment. Today I’m on the planet Goss I touring the farming operation of Theodore Felix-Grafton. Thank you for inviting us to your home, we really appreciate the chance to interview you today. Theodore Felix-Grafton(TFG): Well miss, the pleasure is all mine. Not every day a pretty young reporter visits this old man. IN: Well, we are here to highlight your unique story Mr. Felix-Grafton... TFG: No, no miss. Ted. Call me Ted. IN: Very well, Ted. Now your name came to our attention in a very indirect way, the producer of Tic-Talk heard about you from a neighbour of hers who told her a very interesting, wild story. Her neighbour maintains that you saved her life 22 years ago, from the Orion system. The thing that very much intrigued us at Tic-Talk tonight about this story was that, nobody has heard of this or even known about it until this very moment. I would have to say my very first question would be how do you think this managed to stay under the radar for so long? Cause you rescued how many people, Ted? TFG: Well, what I was doing wasn’t precisely sanctioned by the UEE. I was doing it to help people but I wasn’t sure how it would be received by the higher ups, so I asked those I saved to keep it a bit quiet. You know, not a secret to their friends and family but I asked them not to tell the media and such. My crew and I saved 47 people. Took some hits on our way out too… you can see some of the burns on Nightingale’s hull… like that one there. IN: So, these biodome pods you’re showing me now, once was the ship that took you to Orion system to save these 47 people? TFG: Interestingly, no. I couldn’t go in to Orion for this mission with biodome pods strapped to Nightingale… that just wouldn’t do. So Indira... may I call you Indira? IN: Of course, please do. TFG: So Indira, I called upon my dear friend Jack O’Leary who ran a Hope-class Endeavor named Mercy. He lent me his medical and landing bays for this mission. Interestingly these biodome pods have been here since then… I decided to bring Nightingale down here instead of bringing the farm pods back up… in the end. The rest of the buildings you see here are actually her, my ship.  Still protecting me. IN: Still living on, I’m sure she’s a comfort to you. I’m curious to know though why you decided to more or less invade the Orion system, risk discovery and possible death from the Vanduul, to rescue these people. Were they family? Friends? Was there a personal aspect that motivated you to do it? TFG: An old Genesis pilot I met in a freezing shithole of a bar in Oberon… I think the planet is Uriel? Anyway, he mentioned that he had heard from a reliable source that there were still folk stuck in Orion. Indira… two centuries of scraping together a life under constant threat of attack at any moment from the fucking Vanduul. Once I heard about those poor people I had to do something. But I’m not a fool. I checked with every source I could find and it seemed like the rumours had merit… that those people were actually there.  I thought I could help. Might’ve died trying, but what good is this ‘verse without people willing to help those who need it? IN: Very brave venture you undertook. Many of those families have been hiding or existing in Orion for generations now, the progeny of the original groups the UEE left behind when they vacated the system long ago. How did you know they wanted to be rescued or more to the point how did you get in touch with them to let them know you were coming? It otherwise might have been difficult to organize such a rescue. TFG: That’s the thing Indira, I couldn’t. I couldn’t risk the whole thing by broadcasting wide. I thought long and hard about it. If you were living in a place where you could die at any moment, even if it was home, wouldn’t you consider leaving so you and your family could be safe? IN: I would think so, but many of those families have grown accustomed to living stealthily. So, the 47 you rescued I would assume are the people you managed to either persuade to come with you or came of their own volition. Did you meet any Vanduul resistance either entering or leaving the system? TFG: Yeah… I was younger and a bit brash. I was going to Armitage to save people. If I had actually made it there I probably would have got everyone killed. As it turned out, during our pass by the main asteroid belt in Orion we got the luckiest and faintest hit on our sensors. We were a mite jumpy so at first we were sure it was the Vanduul come to tear us apart, but it became obvious after a few moments that it wasn’t anything of the sort. Turns out that a group of survivors from long ago had hidden out in the asteroid belt and eventually constructed a small space station out of several damaged ships and whatever scrap they could find. They had done a good job shielding it from scanners but the rickety thing was malfunctioning at that moment. IN: Sounds like a good bit of luck followed you into the Orion system. So, when you discovered the ‘space station’ did you manage to communicate with them or did you just send someone over to investigate? TFG: Still concerned about transmissions, I decided to just dispatch the ambulances from our bays to make contact. IN: And in doing so you found 47 survivors, and from what I’m hearing you arrived just at the right time before their current habitat started to fall into further disrepair.  Once you managed to dock with the station, you were able to evacuate the station and escape the system unscathed then? TFG: The folks were happy to see us. A bit wary, you understand, but once they knew fellow humans had come to help they were thrilled. They all came back with us. At that point the ship was getting very cozy… we had a total of 63 aboard. That was enough and from their tales it sounded like Armitage was a fool’s errand. Nightingale headed back for the jump point to Caliban but part way there we got the attention of a Vanduul patrol. They gave us a few scars for our efforts, though we ultimately were able to hold them off long enough to get through the jump. Caliban is no picnic either but thankfully we got through to Oberon unscathed. IN: Sounds like quite the adventure, Ted and I’m sure those 47 were unendingly grateful to you. I have one final question for you, after all that… what possessed you to give up a spacefaring life for that of a humble Goss farmer? TFG: They were grateful. They were. I was too though. It was the most exciting, nerve-wracking, and meaningful event of my life. That event grew some of my most cherished friendships. I still keep in contact with many of those folks. Interestingly, I actually married one of the survivors. Her name is Florence. Honestly after that I just felt that my adventuring days were over. It was time to come home, settle down, and do some work on the ground for once. For me at least, when it came down to it, I felt better to belong to a place. We’ve built a good life here, a nice place, don’t you think? IN: Indeed, it’s a very idyllic place to settle down and your story was not only inspiring but also shows that humanity can still do good things. Thank you for your time, Ted. I’m Indira Nooyi and this has been another edition of Tic-Talk, thanks for joining us and see you next week.  
              Tic-Talk Tonight: Elias Portwin        
    Welcome to the newest edition of Tic-Talk, the transcript that follows is the full interview as conducted by Indira Nooyi with our guest interviewee, Elias Portwin, captain and operator of the Bolide. Interview was carried out at the Central Advocacy Detention Centre in the Ferron system on February 14, 2947. Indira Nooyi(IN): Good evening and welcome to another edition of Tic-Talk, I’m your host for the evening Indira Nooyi and with me tonight I have the captain and operator of the mining ship, the Bolide. Thank you for granting us this interview, Mr. Portwin. Elias Portwin(EP): Uh… It’s my pleasure ma’am. It’s just good to be able to tell my side, you know? IN: Indeed and we are looking forward to giving you the opportunity to tell your side. Now… Mr. Portwin, please tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? How did you become a miner? A few personal details of that nature. EP: I’m from Tram, on Asura, here in Ferron. Things are tough there… but there’s still a lot of mining know how to go around.  My family were some of the lucky ones, still have a bit of money. My parents made a living off of refurbishing and selling used mining equipment. I worked with my folks until I had enough credits for my beautiful Bolide. IN: Thank you. For those folks unfamiliar with the events that have brought you here tonight. Could you in your own words give our viewing audience a little backstory on what happened? EP: Well, ya see, I’d had a few run-ins with the Chomper crew. They were always tailin’ me, because I actually know how to find the veins. They’re a gang of talentless thieves, they are. Anyhow, I had uncovered this beauty cluster of platinum asteroids here in Ferron and I was ‘bout to start up my drillin’ when along came the fuckin’... wait, can I swear? IN: Well, this is a live feed and would prefer if you kept it to a general tone in terms of language, please continue. You mentioned a vein of platinum... EP:  Yeah… yeah. I’d found some nice platinum asteroids out on the ragged edges of Ferron. Along came Chomper to try to push me out. Ya see, Orions have weapons. Not much a little Prospector like Bolide can do to defend a claim. I sure don’t have the credits to hire mercs. I had had enough, ya know? It’s hard enough gettin’ by out there in the black all by your lonesome without a monstrosity like that breathin’ down your neck. So I decided to do something about it. IN: I see, but Ferron is a system open to trades like miners such as yourself to scout and claim these precious resources. So the Chomper, Orion mining vessel, had equal opportunity and rights to chase the same veins of resources you yourself were. I guess my question would then be, did you consider what it would mean for yourself if you decided to take the situation into your own hands? EP: With all due respect Ms. Nooyi, I don’t think you know what it’s like out there. Code among miners is that if you discover a claim and are actively mining, that’s yours. Full stop. They just waltzed in there throwing their weight around… like they always do. Did I consider what it would mean when I ruffled their feathers? Honestly, not really ma’am. I was angry and fed up. IN: Such rash action has in turn brought you into Advocacy custody waiting to hear whether or not charges are going to be laid against you or more than likely what charges will be brought forward. So in your eyes, was it worth it in the end? EP: You don’t pull your punches, do ya miss? I… well, you know, at the time it was pretty rewarding to finally get a chance to stand up for myself.  But I know it was wrong.  And was it worth it, really? No… not in the end. IN: Just for the record, do you know of or are you acquaintances with the Chomper’s captain? I know in some of these industries you run across the same people from time to time. It wouldn't take much to build a small personal grudge if one was rubbed the wrong way on a prior occasion. EP: Yeah, I know him. As I said, we’ve had some run-ins. He’s always on me because I’m good… makes the life of his crew easy to use me as a dowsing rod. We’ve had words… many times. I was tired of bein’ used. IN: It would then not be much of a stretch to say that this was more or less a simmering pot ready to boil over. I can understand how frustrating this whole situation could have been for you and in the end I think you can probably count yourself lucky no lives were lost during this incident. Now that we heard your version of events in your own words, I would like to just get some clarification on how things unfolded. To my knowledge, it was stated that you maneuvered an asteroid into the Chomper which then caused significant damage. Could you please elaborate for me not only how you managed that but what gave you the idea in the first place? EP: Yes ma’am. Well, you see… I love the Bolide but she comes equipped with just the one set of small guns up front. Not much protection and completely useless to actually attack anything. So I had to come up with somethin’ more… improvised. I discovered awhile back that if you pour energy into your front shields and are very gentle with the initial contact, you can actually push asteroids with the Bolide. I settled her nose into an impact crater on an asteroid about half the size of the Orion. I poured my power into shields, engines, and a bit into the tractor to keep the rock tight to the shields… and I pushed it right into Chomper. Those Orions are like freakin’ space whales. They can’t move worth sh… uh… worth anything. It smashed right into them, wrecked their engines before they could do anything about it. I knew I want you to know… I knew it wouldn’t destroy them. I didn’t want to. I just wanted to push back a bit… stand up for myself. IN: Since you’ve now had a chance to tell your side of the story, what was your reasoning for accepting this interview? Aren’t you concerned the information you gave today can be used to incriminate you? EP: Ms. Nooyi, I haven’t hidden anything. The sensor data from Chomper, the sensor data from Bolide. It’s clear what happened. I’m not going to avoid punishment. I hope that the judge in my case will take into account the history involved but there’s no need to try and twist the truth. I’m glad no one was hurt. I just wanted a chance to tell folks my side of what happened. Thank you for giving me that chance ma’am. IN: Thank you for sitting down with me this evening, I do wish you the best of luck going forward. I’m Indira Nooyi and this has been another edition of Tic-Talk, thanks for joining us and see you next week.
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              Capital Reef 50K        

    I had such an amazing time at Capital Reef!  I don’t really know where to begin.

    In March I asked Steve if he’d like to go on a road trip during the summer. We haven’t traveled without the boys since before they were born, 24 years ago!  He was up for it so I began to plan. I wanted to see Glacier for sure. I also wanted to see a hoodoo.  We decided we’d travel to Montana, stay at Glacier for 4-5 days, head to California to see the Redwoods, then to Utah to see the hoodoos. As we tightened up our plans we decided California would be it’s own trip during another adventure. 

    After we decided on the Minnesota to Montana to Utah adventure I decided to look for a race. Well, I found a 50K just outside the Capital Reef National Park. I hadn’t heard of Capital Reef so did some research and pretty soon we decided this was going to be our destination. Good decision!

    I entered the race and then I began to look for race reports, the race description, checked out Ultrasignup. I was perplexed that Ultrasignup forecast me finishing in 9:15 hours!  My 50K time is usually 6-7 hours. Oh boy.

    Soon thereafter I learned that the race is held at 11,700 feet elevation!  OK, this 9:15 hour finish time was beginning to make some sense.

    Steve and I drove to packet pickup the night before the race. We learned that one of the aid stations would no longer be. An UTV lost its tire while trying to get out there.  He became stuck and would have to be towed out. They were trying to figure out how to get it out of there. The aid stations were very remote. There was no crew/pacer access except at one aid station and to get to this station you had to be UTV’d to it. Because of one less aid station this section would be 9 miles long.  I vowed to myself that I would fill my bladder at every aid station.

    Steve was planning on meeting me at the aid station with UTV access. He would hike to the ranger station, they would then shuttle him to the station. Hopefully I would be able to figure out a rough estimate time that I would be out there.

    A few weeks prior to the race Jenny contacted me stating they would be on vacation at the same time and that she entered the race as well!  I was so excited to learn I was going to have a running buddy on the course!

    Steve and I picked up Jenny for the race start. We swung by their campground, gave kisses to the dogs, said Hi to Paul and buzzed to the start. We were ready!

    This race is 100% eco friendly. The toilets at the start / at aid stations were composted, they washed and rinsed glasses at the aid stations, no paper cups, no garbage was tolerated. Fruit rinds and peels were thrown into one bin for compost, wrappers into another. Very cool.

    As we were listening to the RD before starting, Jenny pointed to a woman with whiskey hanging off of her waist!  We later  learned from another runner that she had back surgery and this whiskey was to minimize the pain. Not a good idea. 

    (Let's go!  Jenny, Me)

    The RD said to GO so off we went!  We started climbing right from the start. The race began at 7500 feet, just out of the Utah desert up on the Aquarious Plateau. When it was 99F a few miles away in the desert, it was 60F up on the Plateau at 11,500 feet. We were so thankful we were on the plateau!

    We began following a jeep type trail, through the woods, through the meadows, then up a steep, rocky, shale like mountain.  We would jog for a mile, then have to take a walk break, even if we weren’t climbing at the time. The air was THIN! I was gasping for air. Seriously.

    After a mile or so we veered from the jeep trail and followed a narrow trail, straight up the mountain. It was steep. We just plugged on, trying to keep up a conversation was difficult.  Jenny kept on pointing out bear scat. It freaked me out. We talked about what we would do if we came upon a bear. This was a few weeks after the bear attacked a man at Glacier. We had just left Glacier.

    As we were moving up this gargantuan mountain, Jenny stopped. She looked off to our right and had a look of concern on her face. I was immediately concerned. I knew it was a fricken bear. We saw all of this dark fur. Upon further assessment, we realized it was a group of 4 very, very large cows, staring down at us.  Oh thank god!  There were cow all over the place, free range Angus cattle. I was still freaked out.

    We moved along, taking pictures as we went. We weren’t in any great rush. We were doing what we could, moving forward, taking photos along the way.  This was an adventure, a training run, laid back fun day. As we found a great photo op with beautiful views, a woman came upon us. She commented that we seemed to have a lot of fun while climbing the steep mountain. She said she could hear us laughing and she thought we’d be fun to hang along with.  Her name was Virginia, from Denver,  and she hung with us to the finish! We made some new awesome friends along the way.  

     (Jenny climbing near the cow sighting)

     (We just met Virginia, she took this pic)

    The first aid station was only 2.5 miles out. We ran in and learned that we were number 44 and 45! There were only 55 runners or so. This was surprising, that we were nearly last. We were also the only Midwesterners. This did make a difference. I used their bug spray, the mosquitoes were bad at this point, but I don’t think I noticed them after. Guess the spray worked!  I had a piece of watermelon, filled up my bladder and we moved on, across the meadow.

    We ran through the grass, surrounded by alpine lakes, boulders and the remains of big dead animals. Bones, fur…it made me wonder..

    (Dead stuff)

    As we entered a mountain of boulders, we couldn’t see a trail, just rock. We climbed and climbed. The views were amazing. The air wasn’t. Gasp.

     (Boulder Trail. I'm picking my way down)

    Our conversation was varied. I shared some recent personal ongoings which caused much laughter. We shared our ailments. We passed around around lip balm, foot potion, salt tabs. We shared a wonderful time and a fabulous race.

    This is the most technical race I have ever run. Yes, much more technical than Superior. Between the logs, rocks, roots, it was amazing. The plateau, the alpine lakes, the mountain meadow, this was truly sensory overload.

    The Great Western trail up on the plateau is not very frequently traveled. The trail was difficult to pick up a times. We could see flags every so often up in the distance, showing the way, although we couldn’t see a trail.

    I was looking forward to the third aid station. I knew that Steve was going to try to get up there. He would have to hike a few miles, then ride an UTV to the station. As I was running in, sure enough, there he was. He had a good ride. Was cheerful, enjoying his day. Seeing him there was a big lift.

    (Steve took this at the aid station)

    We left him and circled around the alpine lake, dotted with a few kayakers. As we ran along Arnulfo Quimare of Born to Run passed us.

    A long section was coming up. We knew that there would be no aid for 9 miles. We filled up and moved out. At one point we saw again saw something black and still ahead. I made no bones about it, I’d turn around and go back to the aid station, a few miles prior, before I’d chance running into a bear.  I asked if I should blow the whistle on my pack. Yes, yes, Virginia and Jenny responded. I blew, nothing moved. Virginia began to creep ahead. Eventually she realized it was a piece of black burned out tree or something. We laughed and moved on.

    We were climbing through a dense forest. There was no trail that we could see, only ribbons, telling us where we should go. It was crazy. Pretty soon we came upon a rose bush field-deep rose fragrance, prickly bushes. They had grown in after a burn. I’ve never seen so many roses.

     (Alpine lakes, streams, waterfalls, amazing views)

     (Eco friendly aid stations)

    Another woman joined our merry band. Lori was from Phoenix, she ran with us to the finish.

    We moved along and came off of the plateau. We climbed down from 11,5000 feet to 9000. I could breath more easily. We came into a section of river. There was a man who ran out of water and was filling his bottle from the river. I was thankful I still had at least half of my pack full. I was carrying an 80 ounce bladder.  It was getting HOT as we came off of the plateau. The high in Torrey was 99F. Ugh. We had been running in probably 65-70F on the plateau all day. Pretty awesome.

    Eventually the girls all ran out of water. My bladder was larger than theirs so I still had some available. I  shared my water with them, asked if they needed any gels or blocks. I had a ton. Jenny shared her chap stick. Virginia shared more sunscreen.  We were warm and burning.

    We came into the aid station. Oh, happy day!  The volunteers were excited to see us, enthusiastic and willing to care for us.  I drank a couple glasses of coke, had some watermelon and just wanted to get out of there and on my way. I and Laurie headed off while Jenny and Virginia took care of their needs.

    The elevation continued downward. We were able to see some of the red rocks of the canyon in the distance. We were closing in on the finish.

    What a most excellent day!  To be able to run in such an environment, to be strong and healthy, to run with old friends and to meet new friends, what a blessing! I feel so lucky.

    ( On the jeep path.  Lori, Jenny and Virginia. Closing in on the finish. We can see the canyon, the red rocks, feel the heat. It's coming.)

    Jenny and Virginia caught up, we all continued through the red rock, the hot canyon, anxious to see the paved road which would signal we were a mile out from the finish.  We were running down, down, down a jeep type  path which was red sand. The big red cliffs and buttes were all around us. We were out of the plateau and into the hot hot canyon area. Jenny was crossing over to the side of the path in front of me, she jumped over a little branch. I decided to do the same. I didn’t clear the branch!  Boom!  I fell onto my front, sprawled out and banged the side of my head..on the sand. This was the second time that I had fallen today. Both times I fell upon sand. Crazy.

    There it was!  We began to run faster, down the trail, across the road, up the driveway to the Resort. Whew!  What an adventure!! 10:43 hours of adventure!!  Wow!

    The finish line was laid back, Jenny’s family was able to make it, Steve was there. We weren’t hungry. We hugged, congratulated Virginia and Lori, and headed back to end the day.  I had no aches, no pains, no blisters, no problems. I was in my happy place. I had so much fun. I was really thankful to have run the whole race with Jenny and to have met Virginia and Lori along the course. Old friends and new. 

    This race was very challenging, but oh so much fun!  Matt Gunn, the Race Director was really great. The  volunteers were  amazing. I'd run this again. I'd like to run more of  Matt's races. For finishing we received a Tshirt, hat and hand made mug.

    What an amazing day. I’m still smiling!  Next up: Voyager 50 Mile.

              Skylinknet Alarm System Starter Kit SK-150 & Plug-In Reciever Unboxing Review @Skylinkhome        
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              Ð’ыбираем автомобильный газоанализатор        
    Дальнейшее совершенствование газоанализаторов определялось какпостоянно ужесточавшимся контролем токсичности, такиповышением требований кприбору какдиагностическому инструменту. Появились трехкомпонентные газоанализаторы, дополнительно позволявших измерять концентрацию диоксида углерода СО2, безопасного газа безцвета изапаха, натурального продукта сгорания углеводородов. Информация онемничего недает, сточки зрения определения вредности выбросов ватмосферу. Зато ценна длядиагноста, поскольку позволяет косвенно судить ополноте сгорания топлива даже вслучае, еслидвигатель оборудован нейтрализатором выхлопных газов. Имейте ввиду, какбынибыли привлекательны сценовой точки зрения двухкомпонентные газоанализаторы, придиагностике современных двигателей, оборудованных катализатором, ониимеют ограниченное применение. Чтобы дать возможность диагностам какое-то время использовать двухкомпонентные приборы дляанализа, ранее некоторые модели автомобилей снабжались специальным патрубком дляотбора проб газов докатализатора. Споявлением четырех- ипятикомпонентных газоанализаторов необходимость вэтом отпала. Еще разподчеркнем, чтоподхорошим газоанализатором длядиагностики современных двигателей мыподразумеваем, какминимум, четырехкомпонентный прибор сфункцией расчета состава смеси. Тем, ктозанимается организацией государственныхили альтернативных пунктов инструментального контроля, адресуются наиболее совершенные идорогие модели. Онипредставляют собой стойку, вкоторой смонтирован высококачественный многокомпонентный газоанализатор, процессор длякомпьютерной обработки измерений, включающей экспертную оценку работоспособности систем двигателя, монитор ипринтер. Надежность иресурс таких приборов позволяют втечение десятка летежедневно работать внепрерывном режиме. Для оснащения участков диагностики можно использовать газоанализаторы классом пониже. Наиболее дешевы приборы отечественного производства. Большинство изнихизготавливается пообщей схеме, сиспользованием импортных комплектующих, чемвбольшой степени иопределяется конечная цена газоанализатора. Любителям импортной продукции предлагаются приборы изАмерики, Италии, Германии, Чехии, Кореи. Качество сборки, зависящее отстраны-производителя, конечно, имеет значение, нонезабывайте«Ð·Ñ€ÐµÑ‚ьвкорень», тоесть напроисхождение измерительного блока истепень оснащенности прибора, очеммыужеупоминали. Современные газоанализаторы высокого класса, кроме надежности иудобства вработе, имеют множество дополнительных функций. Онимогут измерять частоту вращения коленчатого вала двигателя, температуру масла, атакже запоминать промежуточные протоколы измерений ипередавать результаты наперсональный компьютерили печать ихнавстроенном принтере. На сегодняшний день трудно представить себе современную качественную диагностику автомобиля без использования газоанализатора. Данный прибор позволяет сделать не только качественный и количественный анализ состава газовой смеси, но и определить токсичность выхлопных газов двигателя. Использую газоанализатор, можно получить достоверную информацию о работе двигателя и наметить верное направление поиска неисправности. Компонентный автомобильный газоанализатор поможет найти истинную причину неисправности систем топливоподачи и зажигания или двигателя. Газоанализатор не только контролирует токсичность выхлопных газов, но и выполняет целый ряд диагностических операций по исследованию двигателя и его систем. Газоанализатор купить в наше время не составляет никакой проблемы, однако при его выборе стоит обратить внимание на количество измеряемых им газов (обычно 2 или 4, реже 5), тип сенсоров (оптический, химический, электрохимический), а также точность измерения (второй, первый и нулевой классы точности) и наличие таких дополнительных функций, как определение температуры масла, количества оборотов двигателя и другие параметры. Газоанализатор купить в наше время не составляет никакой проблемы, однако при его выборе стоит обратить внимание на количество измеряемых им газов (обычно 2 или 4, реже 5), тип сенсоров (оптический, химический, электрохимический), а также точность измерения (второй, первый и нулевой классы точности) и наличие таких дополнительных функций, как определение температуры масла, количества оборотов двигателя и другие параметры. Выбирая прибор, не советую экономить и покупать двухкомпонентный газоанализатор. Конечно, цена на него очень привлекательна, но, к сожалению, данный газоанализатор морально устарел из-за ограниченного применения при диагностике современных двигателей, оборудованных катализатором. Более того многие модификации из этой серии сняты с производства. На украинском рынке оборудования для автосервисов представлен широкий выбор газоанализаторов российского и импортного производства. Чтобы не ошибиться, выбирая газоанализатор, необходимо учесть множество тонкостей. Дело в том, что газоанализатор состоит из множества деталей, но самая главная из них – это спектрометрический блок. Именно от его качества зависит стабильность результатов, высокая надежность и низкая погрешность измерений прибора. Производство вышеупомянутого блока настолько специфично, что оно освоено на должном уровне лишь несколькими фирмами, имена которых известны в кругу специалистов. Это американские фирмы Sensors и Andros, а также немецкая компания Beckmann и японская – Horiba. Сами они не выпускают газоанализаторы, а лишь снабжают производителей качественными комплектующими устройствами. Газоанализатор имеет в основном интернациональное происхождение. В том смысле, что основные блоки, из которых состоит газоанализатор, могут быть произведены в различных странах, а сборка может быть, например, российской. Так что, приобретая газоанализатор, поинтересуйтесь у продавцов происхождением его основных комплектующих. Обязательно спросите про производительность насоса, так как в работе газоанализатора он играет не последнюю роль. Ну и обратите внимание на качество сборки, которое напрямую зависит от страны-производителя. И не забудьте, чтопрофессиональный газоанализатор – это одна из составляющих успеха любого автосервиса!
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    Perfume da Rosa Negra
    From Perfume, we return!

    Frescor despojado com um toque de exótico!

    MAC, uma das melhores, mais queridas e bem sucedidas marcas de cosméticos já tem o seu clássico perfumado. Seu nome é MAC Turquatic, fragrancia inspirada no mar em uma composição fresca aquática com nuances florais e amadeiradas que abrem notas de Anêmona, lótus, orris e cedro azul da Córsega. Lançada na coleção Fall 2011 em 3 versões: rollerball para bolsa em 20 ml, frascos de 20 e 50 ml que se diferem na embalagem, MAC Turquatic é um sucesso nos USA, cultura que aprecia perfumes leves e refrescantes como o atemporal clássico moderno CK One e suas versões de Verão, além do mais a fragrancia estava descontinuada e está de volta para a alegria de milhares de fãs.

    Considerando que é um perfume fresco que poderia ser mais um cheiro lugar comum no mercado ou sem grandes inovações, MAC Turquatic é exatamente o contrário: tem personalidade olfativa e poder de conquista para as estações quentes e para homens e mulheres, além de manter o estilo cool da marca que, por ser global e descolada, é feita sob medida para fashionistas e consumidores em geral que se vêem refletidos na identidade MAC de ser. É uma fragrância que tem o duo floral anêmona e lótus, exóticas por excelência. A primeira é rara em fragrancias e pode evocar tanto as anêmonas do mar como a flor anêmona, conhecida como a flor do vento. O lótus Ã© mais marcante e habita o ambiente aquático através de suas belas e fluídas folhagens.  Ambas traduzem esta característica aquática floral de Turquatic, criam um universo de referências refrescantes e marinhas que dão coerência ao seu conceito e adicionam um acorde deliciosamente exótico que cria um apego viciante à fragrância. 

    O perfume tem uma saída energizante e refrescante, mais aquática e sensorial, que lembra em um primeiro momento a parte exótica de perfumes como CK One Summer (2004) que tem um início marcado de cítrico com cactus, ao mesmo tempo, o olfato é induzido a lembrar do limão de CK One Eletric (2006) e  também recordar de notas frescas elegantes e de cedro  como as de Versace Versense e Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia. Todos estes perfumes surgem como memórias olfativas de um arrebatamento com frescor em um dia quente de calor, quando o primeiro spray de um perfume como Turquatic faz toda a diferença para refrescar a pele e os sentidos. Depois, no desenvolvimento, conclui-se que o Turquatic é muito mais que isso: ele tem o frescor aquático, mas tem uma base envolvente com o toque floral amadeirado. Ele dá uma energia fantástica, mas mantém o misterioso exotismo de sua composição. Ele   faz recordar outras fragrancias refrescantes, mas tem uma personalidade própria, que conquista pela sensação de liberdade de seu cheiro. No final, ele se apresenta como um perfume bem versátil para pessoas despojadas que gostam de um perfume revigorante e refrescante. MAC Turquatic é uma maravilhosa escolha para curtir o verão e também como um perfume diário para climas ensolarados e, com a raiz orris que está em sua base, ele tem uma boa nota fixadora que segura o perfume na pele.

    Mais uma vez, MAC arrasa com o bom gosto! Conceito, estrutura olfativa, embalagem e marketing estão bem alinhados à proposta de fragrancia, basta observar o design do frasco, que potencializa o branding moment  (hora da conquista do produto) e a fabulosa campanha que, de forma sublime, evoca as plantas aquáticas fluídas que se envolvem com o azul do mar e o corpo de uma mulher cuja pele é o próprio perfume. Assinatura olfativa com simplicidade e criatividade, isso é MAC Turquatic!

    Perfume: MAC Turquatic
    Versão: EDP
    Gênero: Feminino
    Notas : anêmona, lótus, orris, cedro Azul de Córsega.

    O melhor da fragrância: frescor com nuances florais exóticas.

    O pior da fragrância: Ainda é uma fragrancia linear no desenvolvimento. Poderia ser mais sinuosa em seus acordes florais.

    Poder de fixação: 8 horas

    Sillage: médio (considerando a família olfativa e a característica refrescante, tem um considerável sillage )

    Drydown: Floral e amadeirado

    Recomendado: Pessoas que apreciam fragrâncias frescas aquáticas com nuances florais e amadeiradas.

    Avaliação Perfume da Rosa Negra

    Perfume Review by Cristiane Gonçalves for Perfume da Rosa Negra. 

              Preserving Transactional Data        

    This paper is an adaptation of a longer report commissioned by the UK Data Service. The longer report contributes to on-going support for the Big Data Network – a programme funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The longer report can be found at doi:10.7207/twr16-02.

    This paper discusses requirements for preserving transactional data and the accompanying challenges facing the companies and institutions who aim to re-use these data for analysis or research. It presents a range of use cases – examples of transactional data – in order to describe the characteristics and difficulties of these ‘big’ data for long-term access. Based on the overarching trends discerned in these use cases, the paper will define the challenges facing the preservation of these data early in the curation lifecycle. It will point to potential solutions within current legal and ethical frameworks, but will focus on positioning the problem of re-using these data from a preservation perspective.

    In some contexts, these data could be fiscal in nature, deriving from business ‘transactions’. This paper, however, considers transactional data more broadly, addressing any data generated through interactions with a database system. Administrative data, for instance, is one important form of transactional data collected primarily for operational purposes, not for research. Examples of administrative data include information collected by government departments and other organisations when delivering a service (e.g. tax, health, or education) and can entail significant legal and ethical challenges for re-use. Transactional data, whether created by interactions between government database systems and citizens or by automatic sensors or machines, hold potential for future developments in academic research and consumer analytics. Re-use of reliable transactional data in research has the power to improve services and investments by organisations in many different sectors. Ultimately, however, these data will only lead to new discoveries and insights if they are effectively curated and preserved to ensure appropriate reproducibility. This paper explores challenges to this undertaking and approaches to ensuring long-term access.


              Ú©ÛŒÙ†Ú©Øª ایکس باکس Kinect Sensor Xbox 360        

    کینکت ایکس باکس 360، دنیایی از هیجان!

    این نوع آوری فوق العاده زمانی که توسط مایکروسافت عرضه شد، انقلابی در دنیای کنسول و بازی ها به وجود آورد. کینکت به عنوان یک چشمی حرکات بدن و دست را گیمر را دریافت، آنالیز و به کنسول ارسال می کند. همه این کار ها تنها در کسری از ثانیه انجام می شود. بازی های بسیاری نیز برای کینکت عرضه شده اند. حرکاتی که مقابل کینکت برای یک بازی باید انجام شود دقیقا همان حرکاتی هستند که شخصیت بازی انجام می دهد. برای مثال یک بازی سبک تیر اندازی را فرض کنید که از کینکت پشتیبانی می کند؛ برای بازی باید دقیق ژست یک تیرانداز را مقابل کینکت داشته باشید و با یک اسلحه Ù…جازی شلیک کنید؛ این حرکات توسط کینکت دریافت می شوند و بعد از آنالیز، شخصیت بازی دقیقا همان حرکات شما را انجام می دهد.

    کینکت ایکس باکس 360 Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor

    هیچ دسته بازی ای وجود ندارد، کنترلر شما هستید!

    کینکت تنها جنبه بازی و سرگرمی ندارد. به کمک این گجت می توانید وزش کنید. به طور مثال وقتی در حال انجام بازی والیبال باشید، ناخودآگاه فعالیت بدنی دارید بدون آنکه در هیچ سالن ورزشی ای باشید! پس می توان فوتبال، والیبال، بستکتبال و حتی تنیس بازی کرد بدون آنکه نیاز باشد به باشگاه بروید!

    کینکت ایکس باکس Kinect Sensor Xbox 360


    Título original
    107 min.
    Estados Unidos Estados Unidos
    Christopher Nolan
    Hans Zimmer
    Hoyte Van Hoytema
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    Coproducción Estados Unidos-Reino Unido-Francia-Países Bajos (Holanda); Warner Bros. Pictures / Syncopy / Dombey Street Productions / Kaap Holland Film / Canal+ / Ciné+ / RatPac-Dune Entertainment
    BélicoDrama | II Guerra MundialSupervivenciaHistóricoBasado en hechos reales

    Año 1940, en plena II Guerra Mundial. En las playas de Dunkerque, cientos de miles de soldados de las tropas británicas y francesas se encuentran rodeadas por el avance del ejército alemán, que ha invadido Francia. Atrapados en la playa, con el mar cortándoles el paso, las tropas se enfrentan a una situación angustiosa que empeora a medida que el enemigo se acerca.

    .....No hay pasado ni futuro en Dunkirk: no conocemos la historia -y en muchos casos- los nombres de los soldados protagonistas y, cuando termina la película, no hay un letrero que nos indique lo que sucedió después. Simple y sencillamente es un evento que ocurrió para estas personas, un momento de tensión pura, uno que para los soldados en tierra duró una semana, para los civiles en el mar un día y para los aviones una hora.
    Dunkirk logra combinar con una clase y estilo sin precedentes el lenguaje cinematográfico de clásicos bélicos que van desde la aparentemente sencillez del cine mudo de El acorazado Potemkin, la acción de Rescatando al soldado Ryan, hasta la belleza dentro de un escenario hostil de una de las películas favoritas de Christopher Nolan: La delgada línea roja de Terrence Mallick. Y es que una de las virtudes del cine de Nolan es su capacidad de tomar esas películas que lo han influenciado y no hacer una copia u “homenaje”, son eso, simplemente inspiración. En la práctica, Dunkirk es totalmente opuesta a La delgada línea roja. En la obra de Mallick sus soldados filosofan sobre la guerra en un constante diálogo consigo mismos a través de la voz en off, ven al enemigo a la cara, lo retan, se burlan, conviven con la gente del lugar y en algunos casos conocemos su vida pasada. Aquí no existe un momento donde algún soldado hable sobre lo que dejó atrás o si tienen familia que los espere al otro lado. Simple y sencillamente están ahí, en un momento, tratando de escapar, tratando de sobrevivir… no hay tiempo de pensar en el pasado o en el futuro.
    De igual forma, ambas cintas van más allá a ser tan sólo una “película de guerra”. Mientras La delgada línea roja -opacada en su momento por Rescatando al soldado Ryan- resultaba a su vez un estudio sobre el hombre y sus islas personales, Dunkirk no sólo es sobre la percepción del tiempo en momentos de crisis, sino la percepción -normalmente errónea- que tenemos de nosotros mismos frente a los demás, muchas veces solemos ser nuestros propios enemigos.
    Dentro de los apartados técnicos, la película funciona como reloj suizo. Christopher Nolan, el proponente número uno de la tecnología IMAX, logra una cinta única que explota el formato como ninguna otra. La fotografía de Hoyte Van Hoytema nuevamente vuelve a mostrar la sutileza con la que explora escenarios a gran escala y a la vez nos enfrenta con esos close-ups claustrofóbicos.
    Nuevamente el score de Hans Zimmer juega un papel sumamente importante dentro de la narrativa de Dunkirk, con el reloj marcando los segundos y el efecto auditivo del tono Sheppard, donde se crea la ilusión de un eterno in crescendo que provoca tensión y genera un suspenso aún mayor. Es un trabajo que recuerda también a la dupla Alfonso Cuarón-Steven Price en Gravity. Sería interesante descubrir si funciona sin el score, así como fue el experimento que hizo Cuarón para su película en la Deluxe Edition en Blu-ray.
    Uno de los momentos decisivos en la historia de la Segunda Guerra Mundial fue correctamente llevado a la pantalla grande por Christopher Nolan. El realizador nunca pierde su estilo y fija con maestría un vocabulario visual en torno al uso y percepción del tiempo. Dunkirk nos transporta a un momento, a un lugar, a tres puntos de vista. Cada uno con su emergencia y a su propio su trepidante ritmo. No vemos al enemigo porque aquí la amenaza, más que llevar un rostro, lleva un segundero que juega con tortura a todos los afectados… un tiempo a la vez.(PREMIERE).

    Hay una imagen en 'Dunkerque' que rima con otra inmortalizada por la reciente 'Su mejor historia' (Lone Scherfig, 2016): una playa atestada de soldados a la espera de evacuación, que, en el trabajo de Scherfig (aguda reflexión sobre los usos de la propaganda y la necesidad de privilegiar la leyenda sobre el hecho), adoptaba la forma de un vidrio pintado, y que Christopher Nolan esculpe en la apabullante fisicidad de una experiencia cinematográfica inmersiva y sensorial. Que dos películas hayan coincidido en rememorar esa histórica retirada como heroica gesta de supervivencia y triunfo de la acción colectiva de una comunidad (británica) también invita a reflexionar sobre la pervivencia de la propaganda en tiempos de paz: ¿es Dunkerque, por lo que tiene de celebración de los lazos de una domesticidad solidaria consigo misma, el mito a invocar por los británicos a medida de los tiempos del Brexit?
    Sofisticado juego temporal
    'Dunkerque' supone, al mismo tiempo, una reafirmación de las esencias nolanianas y un radical desvío de lo que, con el tiempo, ha ido erigiéndose en uno de los más fastidiosos factores de sobrepeso de su poética. Por un lado, la película se articula en forma de sofisticado juego estructural con un uso del tiempo que podría entenderse como la respuesta realista a las piruetas oníricas de 'Origen' (2010): tres puntos de vista (por tierra, mar y aire), atrapados en respectivas franjas temporales (una semana, un día, una hora), pero armonizados en un montaje paralelo que, muy ocasionalmente, proporciona gratificantes golpes de efecto narrativos (los relacionados con el personaje de Cillian Murphy) y acaba tendiendo a una contraproducente confusión. Se intuye que el propósito del juego (que culmina en la dilatación de un aterrizaje equiparable a la célebre caída de coche ralentizada en 'Origen') es el de igualar tres experiencias y temporalidades distintas en el idioma común de una misma intensidad regida por el imperativo de supervivencia.
    Renuncia a la pompa
    Por otro lado, Nolan hace aquí una explícita renuncia a la pompa y al verbo (aunque se le escape alguna sonrojante, por lo enfática, línea de diálogo sobre la supervivencia), para abocarse a un espectáculo puramente visual. Algunos momentos (todo el prólogo dominado por Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard y una camilla) alcanzan una incuestionable fuerza, pero cabe preguntarse si todas las imágenes de Nolan, sin el espectacular diseño de sonido y sin la banda sonora de Hans Zimmer, poseerían la suficiente elocuencia expresiva como para defenderse por sí solas.(FOTOGRAMAS).

    ......Dunkerque es la historia de una derrota. De cómo los perdedores, especialmente ellos, son más héroes que nadie. Un retrato de soldados en fuga que no duda en mostrar lo peor del ser humano pero sin perderse en discursos moralistas estériles. La acción, brutal y espectacular, se concentra tanto en los gestos íntimos -un joven sosteniendo en brazos a su amigo herido- como en grandiosas escenas de carácter operístico -cuando el destructor se hunde víctima de un torpedo-. Para Nolan todo forma parte desde la misma intensidad emocional. Por eso ni siquiera parecen importar los actores -fijarse en Tom Hardy, que no se quita la máscara de aviador en prácticamente toda la película-, mucho menos las palabras. Porque esta es una película donde el valor semántico es absoluto. La construcción del relato prevalece por encima del mismo relato. Tanto es así que más que una película de guerra, Dunkerque podría ser una película sobre el propio cine y su importancia. Gracias Nolan, por todo ello.(SENSACINE).
               Nokia Lumia 730 Dual-SIM , Lumia 735 , Lumia 830 and Lumia 930 Mobile From Microsoft Corporation | Lumia 730 ,735 , 830 Features, Specifications & Price In India        
    Microsoft Devices announced the rumoured Superman codenamed selfie phone. The Nokia Lumia 730 and Nokia Lumia 735 have similar looks and innards, the only difference is that the Nokia Lumia 730 is a Dual SIM handset supporting 3G connectivity and the Nokia Lumia 735 can handle a single LTE connection and can be charged wirelessly. The prices of the Lumia 730 and 735 are 199 and 219 Euros respectively. When they arrive in India in bright green, bright orange, dark grey and white colour variants at the end of this month, we can expect the prices to hover around Rs. 16000 and Rs. 18000 respectively.

    Nokia Lumia 735.
    Nokia Lumia 735​
    The Nokia Lumia 730 Dual-SIM and Lumia 735 sport a 4.7inch OLED display with ClearBlack tech. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and supports supersensitive touch. We were disappointed to see that Microsoft has left out Glance Screen in both these devices. Underneath we find a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM running Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia Denim edition.

    Nokia Lumia 730.
    Nokia Lumia 730 Dual-SIM​

    Microsoft says that both of these smartphones are “the ultimate selfie and Skype smartphones” and it isn’t kidding. The Lumia 730 and 735 have f/2.4 aperture wide angle 5MP sensor that can accommodate as many friends as you like. It also preloads the phones with its new Selfie app which not only lets you access the front camera quickly but also lets you add filters and skin enhancements and even lets you slim down your face and blur out the background. For select markets it is offering a free three-month Skype Unlimited World subscription that lets you make calls to mobile and landline phones. On the rear you find a 6.7MP auto-focus camera with BSI sensor and 4x zoom capable of recording Full HD videos at 30fps. The only foible is that the phone does not have a physical shutter button like its recently launched big brother.

    The Nokia Lumia 730 and 735 have a smaller 8GB internal memory which can be expanded with the help of microSD cards of up to 128GB. It throws in 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage as well. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and microUSB. Like all Lumia family member you get free voice guided navigation and offline maps with the help of Nokia HERE maps service. The company claims that the user removable battery will last for 25 days on standby and offer 22 hours of talk time.

               Microsoft Launches New Nokia Lumia 730 Dual-SIM , Lumia 735 , Lumia 830 and Lumia 930 | Lumia 730 ,735 , 830 Features, Specifications & Price In India 2014        
    Microsoft Devices announced the rumoured Superman codenamed selfie phone. The Nokia Lumia 730 and Nokia Lumia 735 have similar looks and innards, the only difference is that the Nokia Lumia 730 is a Dual SIM handset supporting 3G connectivity and the Nokia Lumia 735 can handle a single LTE connection and can be charged wirelessly. The prices of the Lumia 730 and 735 are 199 and 219 Euros respectively. When they arrive in India in bright green, bright orange, dark grey and white colour variants at the end of this month, we can expect the prices to hover around Rs. 16000 and Rs. 18000 respectively.

    Nokia Lumia 735.
    Nokia Lumia 735​

    The Nokia Lumia 730 Dual-SIM and Lumia 735 sport a 4.7inch OLED display with ClearBlack tech. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and supports supersensitive touch. We were disappointed to see that Microsoft has left out Glance Screen in both these devices. Underneath we find a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM running Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia Denim edition.

    Nokia Lumia 730.
    Nokia Lumia 730 Dual-SIM​

    Microsoft says that both of these smartphones are “the ultimate selfie and Skype smartphones” and it isn’t kidding. The Lumia 730 and 735 have f/2.4 aperture wide angle 5MP sensor that can accommodate as many friends as you like. It also preloads the phones with its new Selfie app which not only lets you access the front camera quickly but also lets you add filters and skin enhancements and even lets you slim down your face and blur out the background. For select markets it is offering a free three-month Skype Unlimited World subscription that lets you make calls to mobile and landline phones. On the rear you find a 6.7MP auto-focus camera with BSI sensor and 4x zoom capable of recording Full HD videos at 30fps. The only foible is that the phone does not have a physical shutter button like its recently launched big brother.

    The Nokia Lumia 730 and 735 have a smaller 8GB internal memory which can be expanded with the help of microSD cards of up to 128GB. It throws in 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage as well. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and microUSB. Like all Lumia family member you get free voice guided navigation and offline maps with the help of Nokia HERE maps service. The company claims that the user removable battery will last for 25 days on standby and offer 22 hours of talk time.

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              Apple Releases Software Update to Fix ‘Error 53’        

    Some iPhone users recently encountered a very worrying message which disabled their handset. The ‘Error 53’ code occurs when an unofficial repair shop replaces the connector between the Touch ID sensor and iPhone home button. Usually, it’s quite easy to acquire a replacement handset from Apple if any problems arise. Although, this depends if the phone […]

    The post Apple Releases Software Update to Fix ‘Error 53’ appeared first on eTeknix.

              iPhone 5s: Chaos Computer Club knackt Finger-Sensor (TouchID) mit einfachen Mitteln        

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    Der Chaos Computer Club hat via Pressemitteilung bekannt gegeben, dass der Finger-Sensor am iPhone 5s mit einfachen Hausmitteln überlistet werden kann.

    Der Beweis ist via YouTube veröffentlicht worden.

    Interessante Aspekte aus der Pressemitteilung:

    „Tatsächlich hat der Sensor von Apple nur eine höhere Auflösung im Vergleich zu bisherigen Sensoren. Wir mußten nur die Ganularität unseres Kunstfingers ein wenig erhöhen“


    „Wir hoffen, daß dies die restlichen Illusionen ausräumt, die Menschen bezüglich biometrischer Sicherheitssysteme haben. Es ist einfach eine dumme Idee etwas als alltägliches Sicherheitstoken zu verwenden, was man täglich an schier unendlich vielen Orten hinterläßt“


    iPhone-Benutzer …

              By: shieldmaiden        
    We also have to remember that the ancient Native Americans had lived side by side with these large hairy "men". In fact it is said in stories handed down by some tribes that a tribe of big hairy people lived with them. They were much different and so they were banned from living in the villages. Can the heat sensors that Officer Twiss used be able to detect humans and animals? As for bringing a youngling 'Bigfoot' close to civilization it isn't that at all uncommon. A woman that lives not far from me encounters a family of these 'Hairy' people that we call Bigfoot. And the 'parents' have brought around their offspring as if to show her. I believe if trust is formed anything in possible. This Bigfoot might have a small one with her and is carrying it on her back as suggested, or it could be a man dressed early for Halloween wanting to start up a scare. And a tall hat and long black coat would definitely be an inexpensive way to do that, plus the tall hat would give the illusion of great height. Happy hunting!
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              Egresados de la Facultad de Humanidades crean una empresa para conocer la Historia a través de los sentidos        
    Bajo el lema “No te contamos la historia, tú la vives” dos jóvenes de la Universidad Pablo de Olavide han creado una empresa de turismo cultural que pretende enseñar la historia de una manera diferente, otorgando protagonismo al participante para que éste pueda vivir así la experiencia en primera persona. Se trata de "La Odisea de la Historia", un proyecto creado por los antiguos estudiantes de la UPO Moisés Hidalgo García y Carlos Jiménez Barea. “Una de las grandes diferencias que encontramos entre nuestro proyecto y muchas de las empresas de turismo cultural es que adoptamos el enfoque experiencial, huyendo de la dinámica de la clásica visita guiada en la que el asistente es un mero receptor pasivo de información”, afirman estos dos jóvenes, quienes aseguran que buscan que el asistente a estas actividades sea partícipe de ellas, jugando así con la sensorialidad, incluyendo elementos como música, dramatizaciones, recreaciones arqueológicas o catas de vinos para que la historia se pueda ver, tocar, oler, oír y saborear. El motivo de esta manera de enfocar su proyecto es que estos dos jóvenes tienen una formación como historiadores y humanistas que les permite diseñar actividades bien fundamentadas históricamente y que aporten contenido novedoso. Así, Moisés Hidalgo García, es licenciado en Humanidades por la Universidad Pablo de Olavide, especializado en gestión y técnica informáticas para archivos, bibliotecas y bases de datos, Máster en Historia de Europa, el Mundo Mediterráneo y su Difusión Atlántica de la UPO, y actualmente realiza su doctorado en esta misma universidad en la que investiga sobre los procesos de democratización en el mundo rural. Por otro lado, Carlos Jiménez Barea, graduado en Humanidades por la UPO con especialización en Historia Antigua y Arqueología, realizó el Máster en Estudios Históricos Avanzados, especialidad Historia Antigua, en la Universidad de Sevilla, finalizando sus estudios con una investigación sobre la religión y el poder en la figura de Plinio el Joven. Actualmente realiza también su doctorado en la misma universidad, donde desarrolla una investigación centrada en la religión romana durante los siglos I y II d.C. Para más información consultar el siguiente enlace:
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              Qué es la medicina Ayurvédica?        

    ¿Qué es la Medicina Ayurvédica o Ayurveda?

    Ayurveda, la "ciencia de la vida", es la medicina tradicional de la India.

    La palabra Ayurveda tiene su raíz en dos vocablos sánscritos, "Ayus" que significa longevidad y "Ved o Veda" que significa ciencia, definiendo el AyurVed como la "ciencia de la longevidad".

    De acuerdo a la Medicina Ayurveda, el organismo humano esta compuesto de tres principios fundamentales mente-cuerpo conocidos como principios metabólicos o Doshas.

    Estos tres elementos- Vata, Pitta y Kapha- gobiernan todas las funciones psicologicas,fisiologicas y fisiopatologicas de la mente, el cuerpo y la conciencia de cada uno.

    La proporción especifica de estos principios metabólicos en un individuo determinado al momento de la concepción, hace que esta persona tenga un estilo particular de funcionamiento mental y físico.

    Los principios metabólicos son responsables de la manutención y desarrollo de los tejidos biológicos, y todas las actividades metabólicas incluyendo el anabolismo (kapha), catabolismo (vata) y metabolismo (pitta). También gobiernan funciones psicológicas y son responsables de emociones tanto negativas como positivas.

    Tipos constitucionales mente-cuerpo

    Cada individuo hereda una particular proporción de los tres principios metabólicos, lo cual determina la característica constitucional de cada persona. Un único principio metabólico puede predominar, pero comúnmente son dos los mas representados. Toxinas físicas y mentales Luego de años de rutinas diarias y estacionales incorrectas, de hábitos desarmónicos, y de la acumulación de residuos tóxicos que no podemos digerir apropiadamente y presencia de "radicales libres" , surge la base para los desequilibrios agudos y crónicos. Estos residuos tóxicos obstruyen el flujo de nutrición e información, creando la posibilidad de enfermedad física o mental.

    Cuando los "radicales libres" a nivel mental obstruyen el flujo de sentimientos positivos y de claridad, surge el distress emocional y psicológico, ya que la buena salud depende de la habilidad de la unidad mente-cuerpo para metabolizar plenamente la información nutricional, emocional y sensorial que "ingerimos" diariamente.

    Los síntomas tempranos de acumulación de "radicales libres" incluyen: dolor articular, anorexia, depresión, debilidad, mal aliento, fatiga profunda, arrugas, irritabilidad e indigestión; además son la raíz de todas las enfermedades incluyendo resfrio, fiebre, alergias, asma, problemas coronarios, artritis, formación de tejidos anormales, envejecimiento prematuro, perdida de capacidades intelectuales, etc.

    La Medicina Ayurveda dispone de las terapéuticas para eliminar "radicales libres" de los órganos internos, por medio del Sistema de Adyuvancia Natural AyurVed (S.A.N.A.) ó Panchakarma.

    El Panchakarma es altamente aconsejado 3 veces al año, después de tratamientos farmacológicos extensos, post-quimioterapia, luego de intenso stress ó como método natural de rejuvenecimiento para una recuperación más rápida de las funciones corporales, disminuyendo los efectos del embate del stress o efectos secundarios de los agentes químicos.

    El programa Panchakarma incluye diversos procedimientos, entre los que podemos enumerar: Abhyanga - Rejuvenecimiento de la piel. Garshana - Activación de la piel. Vishesh - Masaje profundo para eliminar impurezas. Udvartana - Procedimiento especial con pasta de hierbas para celulitis. Nasya - Programa de Descongestión Nasal. Pizzichilli - Sofisticado baño de aceites tibios herbalizados. Shirodhara - Programa para tranquilizar la mente. Marma-terapia - Técnicas manuales sobre puntos de enlaces mente-cuerpo. Netra - Baño especializado de ojos. Basti - Fórmulas especiales de limpieza colonica, diseñadas para eliminar toxinas y nutrir la fisiología. Parishek - Baños de leche y hierbas para la belleza.

    Es probablemente la medicina natural más antigua del mundo originándose hace más de 5000 años. Por este motivo fue llamada la Madre de Todas las Curaciones.

    La Medicina Ayurveda es reconocida mundialmente por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), por la Organización Europea de Medicinas Complementarias (EHPA), por el Centro de Medicinas Alternativas y Complementarias de EEUU (NCCAM) y por todos los gobiernos como la primera medicina alternativa del mundo por su importante valor terapéutico.

    En Occidente, Ayurveda es un sistema de medicina naturista y abarca todos los campos que se enseñan en escuelas médicas de Naturismo.

    La Medicina Ayurveda trata solidariamente el cuerpo, la mente y el espíritu, considerando a cada persona única de acuerdo a su constitución física, mental y espiritual. Sus objetivos son proveer una guía acerca de la alimentación y estilo de vida (actividad física, técnicas respiratorias) para que las personas sanas se mantengan sanas y las personas con problemas de salud puedan mejorarla.

    Incluye técnicas de purificación y rejuvenecimiento y tratamiento con hierbas. La medicina ayurveda se complementa e integra al tratamiento de la medicina convencional occidental. Pero, a diferencia de esta última, el tratamiento ayurvédico no trata el síntoma sino que busca eliminar la causa que lo produce.

    Fuentes: http://www.ayurvedaba.com.ar/


    J Transl Med. 2008 Sep 9;6(1):48

    Prasher B, Negi S et al

    Whole genome expression and biochemical correlates of extreme constitutional types defined in Ayurveda


    J Transl Med. 2008; 6: 14.

    Custer C Deocaris,1 Nashi Widodo et al

    Merger of Ayurveda and Tissue Culture-Based Functional Genomics: Inspirations from Systems Biology


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    Para cambiar los movimientos hay que dirigirse al tutor de Pueblo Pardal y llevar Esc. corazón por cada movimiento que se desee elegir. Los códigos funcionan para las versiones en inglés y en español.
    Acid armor
    Aerial ace
    Air cutter
    Arm thrust
    Aurora beam
    Baton pass
    Beat up
    Blast burn
    Blaze kick
    Body slam
    Bone club
    Bone rush
    Brick break
    Bulk up
    Bullet seed
    Calm mind
    Comet punch
    Confuse ray
    Conversion 2
    Cosmic power
    Cotton spore
    Cross chop
    Crush claw
    Defense curl
    Destiny bond
    Dizzy punch
    Doom desire
    Double kick
    Double team
    Dragon claw
    Dragon dance
    Dragon rage
    Dream eater
    Drill peck
    Egg Bomb
    Faint attack
    Fake out
    Fake tears
    False swipe
    Fire blast
    Fire punch
    Fire spin
    Flame wheel
    Focus energy
    Focus punch
    Follow me
    Frenzy plant
    Fury attack
    Fury cutter
    Fury swipes
    Future sight
    Giga drain
    Heal bell
    Heat wave
    Helping hand
    Hi jump kick
    Hidden power
    Horn attack
    Horn drill
    Hydro cannon
    Hydro pump
    Hyper beam
    Hyper fang
    Hyper voice
    Ice ball
    Ice beam
    Ice punch
    Icicle spear
    Icy wind
    Iron defense
    Iron tail
    Jump kick
    Karate chop
    Knock off
    Leaf blade
    Leech life
    Leech seed
    Light screen
    Lovely kiss
    Low kick
    Luster purge
    Mach punch
    Magic coat
    Magical leaf
    Mean look
    Mega drain
    Mega kick
    Mega punch
    Metal claw
    Metal sound
    Meteor mash
    Milk drink
    Mind reader
    Mirror coat
    Mirror move
    Mist ball
    Morning sun
    Mud shot
    Mud sport
    Muddy water
    Nature power
    Needle arm
    Night shade
    Odor sleuth
    Pain split
    Pay day
    Perish song
    Petal dance
    Pin missile
    Poison fang
    Poison gas
    Poison sting
    Poison tail
    Powder snow
    Psych up
    Psycho boost
    Quick attack
    Rain dance
    Rapid spin
    Razor leaf
    Razor wind
    Rock blast
    Rock slide
    Rock smash
    Rock throw
    Rock tomb
    Role play
    Rolling kick
    Sacred fire
    Sand tomb
    Scary face
    Secret power
    Seismic toss
    Shadow ball
    Shadow punch
    Sheer cold
    Shock wave
    Signal beam
    Silver wind
    Skill swap
    Skull bash
    Sky attack
    Sky uppercut
    Slack off
    Sleep powder
    Sleep talk
    Sludge bomb
    Spider web
    Spike cannon
    Spit up
    Steel wing
    String shot
    Stun spore
    Sunny day
    Super fang
    Sweet kiss
    Sweet scent
    Swords dance
    Tail glow
    Tail whip
    Take down
    Teeter dance
    Thunder wave
    Tri attack
    Triple kick
    Vine whip
    Vital throw
    Volt tackle
    Water gun
    Water pulse
    Water sport
    Water spout
    Weather ball
    Wing attack
    Zap cannon
    El código elegido incorporará el objeto en el primer lugar de la lista de la sección objetos de la mochila. Los sharks funcionan para las versiones en inglés y en español.
    Acro bike
    Aguav berry
    Amulet coin
    Apicot berry
    Aspear berry
    Basement key
    Bead mail
    Belue berry
    Berry juice
    Big mushroom
    Big pearl
    Black belt
    Black flute
    Bluck berry
    Blue flute
    Blue orb
    Blue scarf
    Blue shard
    Burn heal
    Cheri berry
    Chesto berry
    Choice band
    Claw fossil
    Cleanse tag
    Coin case
    Contest pass
    Cornn berry
    Devon goods
    Devon scope
    Dire hit
    Dive ball
    Dragon fang
    Dragon scale
    Dream mail
    Durin berry
    Energy powder
    Energy root
    Enigma berry
    Eon ticket
    Escape rope
    Exp. share
    Fab mail
    Figy berry
    Fire stone
    Fluffy tail
    Focus band
    Fresh water
    Full heal
    Full restore
    Ganlon berry
    Glitter mail
    Good rod
    Great ball
    Green scarf
    Green shard
    Grepa berry
    Guard spec.
    Harbor mail
    Hard stone
    Heal powder
    Heart scale
    HM01 Cut
    HM02 Fly
    HM03 Surf
    HM04 Strength
    HM05 Flash
    HM06 Rock smash
    HM07 Waterfall
    HM08 Dive
    Hondew berry
    HP up
    Hyper potion
    Iapapa berry
    Ice heal
    Kelpsy berry
    King's rock
    Lansat berry
    Lava cookie
    Lax incense
    Leaf stone
    Lepa berry
    Liechi berry
    Light ball
    Lucky egg
    Lucky punch
    Lum berry
    Luxury ball
    Mach bike
    Macho brace
    Mago berry
    Magost berry
    Master ball
    Max elixir
    Max ether
    Max potion
    Max repel
    Max revive
    Mech mail
    Mental herb
    Metal coat
    Metal powder
    Miracle seed
    Moomoo milk
    Moon stone
    Mystic water
    Nanab berry
    Nest ball
    Net ball
    Nomel berry
    Old rod
    Oran berry
    Orange mail
    Pamtre berry
    Parlyz heal
    Pecha berry
    Persim berry
    Petaya berry
    Pinap berry
    Pink scarf
    Poison barb
    Poké ball
    Poké doll
    PokéBlock case
    Pomeg berry
    PP max
    PP up
    Premier ball
    Qualot berry
    Quick claw
    Rabuta berry
    Rare candy
    Rawst berry
    Razz berry
    Red flute
    Red orb
    Red scarf
    Red shard
    Repeat ball
    Retro mail
    Revival herb
    Rm. 1 key
    Rm. 2 key
    Rm. 4 key
    Rm. 6 key
    Root fossil
    S.S. ticket
    Sacred ash
    Safari ball
    Salac berry
    Scope lens
    Sea incense
    Shadow mail
    Sharp beak
    Shell bell
    Shoal salt
    Shoal shell
    Silk scarf
    Sitrus berry
    Smoke ball
    Soda pop
    Soft sand
    Soot sack
    Soothe bell
    Soul dew
    Spell tag
    Spelon berry
    Star piece
    Starf berry
    Storage key
    Sun stone
    Super potion
    Super repel
    Super rod
    Thick club
    Timer ball
    TM01 Focus punch
    TM02 Dragon claw
    TM03 Water pulse
    TM04 Calm mind
    TM05 Roar
    TM06 Toxic
    TM07 Hail
    TM08 Bulk up
    TM09 Bullet seed
    TM10 Hidden power
    TM11 Sunny day
    TM12 Taunt
    TM13 Ice beam
    TM14 Blizzard
    TM15 Hyper beam
    TM16 Light screen
    TM17 Protect
    TM18 Rain dance
    TM19 Giga drain
    TM20 Safeguard
    TM21 Frustration
    TM22 Solar beam
    TM23 Iron tail
    TM24 Thunderbolt
    TM25 Thunder
    TM26 Earthquake
    TM27 Return
    TM28 Dig
    TM29 Psychic
    TM30 Shadow ball
    TM31 Brick break
    TM32 Double team
    TM33 Reflect
    TM34 Shock wave
    TM35 Flamethrower
    TM36 Sludge bomb
    TM37 Sandstorm
    TM38 Fire blast
    TM39 Rock tomb
    TM40 Aerial ace
    TM41 Torment
    TM42 Facade
    TM43 Secret power
    TM44 Rest
    TM45 Attract
    TM46 Thief
    TM47 Steel wing
    TM48 Skill swap
    TM49 Snatch
    TM50 Overheat
    Tomato berry
    Tropical mail
    Ultra ball
    Wailmer pail
    Water stone
    Watmel berry
    Wave mail
    Wepear berry
    White flute
    White herb
    Wiki berry
    Wood mail
    X accuracy
    X attack
    X defend
    X special
    X speed
    Yellow flute
    Yellow scarf
    Yellow shard

    el codigo del pokemon es siempre arriba del nombre del pokemon
              Fine Motor Apples        

    by Katy This is an extremely simple activity that helps children address two important areas of development: fine motor and sensory. You will need a plain sheet of paper, a piece of card stock, a hole puncher, and a green crayon or marker. Punch as many holes as you can in the card stock. Place […]

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              Working With Sensory Issues        

    by Katy There are a lot of kids out there with different kinds of sensory issues–sometimes it’s related to another condition like Autism or Brain Injury, but some children deal with only sensory issues. In any case, it can be hard to know where to start, and recently a reader here at No Time for […]

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              [news] A Special Report on Business Intelligence        
    Thursday, July 8, 2004
    Dateline: China
    One of my favorite industry trades, Computerworld, recently published a special report on business intelligence (BI).  (See http://tinyurl.com/2w8j2 .)  As regular readers of this blog know, I'm hot, hot and hotter on BI.  Not only are BI apps booming in their own right, but BI also provides an open door into other structured data apps (e.g., ERP and SCM).  Also, there is a burgeoning number of apps requiring both BI and knowledge management (KM) solutions, providing a host of new opportunities.  (For now, think of BI for structured data and KM for unstructured data.  But the lines between KM and BI are blurring.)
    The Computerworld report includes an introduction to BI titled, "BI for the Masses," an introduction to Web harvesting, and a superb article on text mining; there are several online exclusives as well.  In this post, I'm going to focus on an article titled, "Predictions for BI's Future," by providing excerpts with commentary.  As usual, items in bold are MY emphasis; items in red are MY commentary.
    Embedded BI.  "Over the next four to six years, BI systems will become embedded in small, mobile devices, such as manufacturing sensors and PDAs in the field, which in turn will be linked to more centralized systems." -- Erik Thomsen, distinguished scientist, Hyperion Solutions Corp., Sunnyvale, Calif.
    PB DM (petabyte data mining).  "Within three years, companies and governmental agencies will be able to successfully run analytics within a centralized data warehouse containing 1 petabyte or more of data -- without performance limitations." -- Dave Schrader, technology futurist, Teradata, a division of NCR Corp., El Segundo, Calif.
    HPC to the rescue!  "Within the next two to three years, high-performance computing technology used by scientific and engineering communities and national R&D labs will make its way into mainstream business for high-performance business analytics. This transition will be driven by the growing volume of complex data and the pressing need for companies to use forecasting and predictive analytics to minimize risk and maximize profit-generating opportunities." -- Phil Fraher, chief operating officer, Visual Numerics Inc., San Ramon, Calif.
    BI meets AI.  "In the near future, business leaders will manage by exception, and automated systems will handle significant loads of routine tasks." -- Mike Covert, chief operating officer, Infinis Inc., Columbus, Ohio
    Visualization.  "Over the next two to three years, BI systems will automatically suggest appropriate visualizations, which in turn will dramatically increase the use of visualization and our understanding of complex relationships." -- Erik Thomsen, distinguished scientist, Hyperion Solutions
    BI + BPM + BAM.  "Businesses need more than a rearview mirror to drive their business forward into the next era. A new category of intelligence tools will emerge over the next two to three years that combines business process management, business activity monitoring (BAM) and business intelligence to enable the "actively managed enterprise." This will combine the scorecards and rearview-analysis capabilities of BI with the real-time, event-driven analysis of BAM and feed that information into automated business processes for on-the-fly steering of the business towards scorecard goals. This will exponentially elevate the speed at which businesses are able to operate, adapt and make critical decisions." -- Tim Wolters, chief architect of business activity monitoring solutions, webMethods Inc., Fairfax, Va.
    Bottom line:  Go to a BI-related ACM or IEEE CS conference and you'll hear a lot of presentations on all of the apps described above.  It's where the rubber meets the road:  This stuff is real!!  However, it's important to differentiate "real" BI with much more simplistic reporting software (like a good "chunk" of the so-called BI solutions provided by Business Objects, Cognos and even Microsoft -- via their recent acquisition of ActiveViews).
    A BI Site to Review
    Last week I came across a paper published in the current issue of the Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems.  In this paper the project called "Data Mining and Decision Support for Business Competitiveness: A European Virtual Enterprise" (SolEuNet) is used as a case study and "the source of lessons learned."  The paper provides a link to the SolEuNet Web site (see http://tinyurl.com/3x5vo ); at the SolEuNet site I found a wealth of case studies with supporting technical documents on leading-edge BI apps (see, for example, Workpackage 7 on "Combining Data Mining and Decision Support with Information Systems" at http://tinyurl.com/yqkqm ).  Remember, strategy consulting isn't merely about comparing product specs (regardless what the IT advisory services may say).
    The Gartner Conference on BI
    I got my hands on three i-banking analyst reviews of the Gartner BI conference.  The Morgan Stanley report (dated 27 April) noted that customer activity levels appeared to be strong and "many seem to be taking a more strategic approach to BI, resulting in the emergence of larger transactions."  (My emphasis.)  Corporate performance management (CPM) is driving some of the larger deals, with Cognos and Hyperion taking the lead.  Evidently, systems integrators (SIs) are getting religion and developing collaterals around CPM messaging.  RBC Dominion Securities produced a more in-depth report (dated 29 April) and noted the following:
    • Gartner expects the market to accelerate in 2004.
    • The ETL (extraction, transformation, and load) market will flatten (finally).
    • CPM is hot.  "Hyperion, Cognos, and SAS appeared to be the best positioned non-ERP vendors to capitalize on the CPM market opportunity."  However, "(they) believe that SAP is the best-positioned large enterprise software vendor to execute in both the BI and CPM market ..."
    • Finally, the Gartner BI conference itself was hot, with 973 attendees, an increase in attendance of 70% over last year.
    UBS chimed in with their own report (dated 30 April), which in some ways was a bit more technical than the other two reports cited above.  UBS noted that heterogeneous environments require independent tools (e.g., it is very difficult to get heterogeneous data into an ERP data warehouse <DW>).  Gartner's rule of thumb is that an ERP-derived BI/DW solution should be on the short-list only if more than 60% of an organization's BI data resides within that single app vendorUBS also noted that the importance of BI is leading to the formation of BI competency centers.  They also believe that SAP and Microsoft remain significant long-term threats to the independent software vendors such as Cognos and Business Objects.  BTW, all three reports seemed a bit down on Business Objects.
    Another Computerworld feature on BI
    Sometimes advertorials can be a good thing.  A case in point is the 26 April issue of Computerworld which provides a link to a new, six page Computerworld White Paper on BI.  The paper is titled, "Charting the Course: A Guide to Evaluating Business Intelligence Products"; it's a good, practical read.  Tactical, product spec advice and guidelines, but still a good read.  The PDF can be found at http://tinyurl.com/2gt3d .
    Recent Tidbits on BI
    The New Straits Times (Malaysia) via Asia Africa Intelligence Wire reported on 24 June that SAS "expects the BI market in Asia to register double-digit growth for the next five years.  (Don Cooper Williams, director of marketing and alliances for SAS Asia-Pacific) cites a recent report from research house International Data Corp, which predicts that BI software market in the region (excluding Japan) to grow by 12 per cent this year, up from 7.5 per cent in 2003."  Note to SIs in China:  BI isn't just hot in the States; leverage your skills for serving the U.S. market and the domestic market.
    From the channel, India Business Insight (also via Asia Africa Intelligence Wire) on 31 May announced that "Business Objects has entered into a long-standing systems integrator agreement with Wipro Infotech (WI) to provide business intelligence (BI) solutions to customers."  Note to SIs in China:  Don't be left without a dance partner.
    Additional Articles for Review
    I did a quick scan of trade lit and found a few articles worth reading.  First, the March-April issue of Financial Executive talks about CPM -- Corporate Performance Management -- as it relates to BI.  The May issue of Insurance & Technology takes a vertical look at BI (rather basic apps), as does the April issue of Business Credit.  Always think verticals.
    A Final Wrap (or Should I Say, "Rap"?)
    Back to Computerworld.  More specifically, see the 29 March issue of Computerworld.  According to a survey conducted by IBM Business Consulting Services, BI is a high priority on the plate of C-level execs.  In a Computerworld poll, 39% of IT executives listed business intelligence projects as their most critical IT projects.  By 2005, market research firm IDC projects that the worldwide market for business intelligence software will total about $6 billion -- up from $2.5 billion in 2003 -- signaling a major increase in business intelligence projects.  IT executives say the skills they need on business intelligence projects include systems integration, data modeling, database administration, data standardization and project management.
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              Staff mobility at the Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic         

    Sina Seipel - Doctoral Student at the Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business, Department of Textile Technology

    Dobrý den! (Hello!)

    In September I had the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus+ staff mobility program for training. For my exchange I chose the Technical University of Liberec, which was founded in 1953 with a background in mechanical and textile engineering. Today the university has 7 faculties and a total number of approx. 10 000 students. 
    • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering 
    • Faculty of Textile Engineering 
    • Faculty of Science-Humanities and Education 
    • Faculty of Economics 
    • Faculty of Arts and Architecture 
    • Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Inter-Disciplinary Studies
    • Faculty of Health Studies

    As I am a doctoral student in the field of Textile Material Technology I visited the Department of Material Engineering at the Faculty of Textile Engineering to learn more about the characterisation of smart dyes applied on textiles with spectrophotometry. The department is, among other areas, specialised in colorimetry and the development of textile sensorical systems based on smart materials. Their educational and research activities are in large extent compatible but at the same time very much complementing to the specialisation of my doctoral field. This match made it ideal for me to learn more in depth about spectrophotometry and its application for photochromic textile materials. Throughout my stay I could gather a lot of new knowledge and ideas by job shadowing of lab work and participating in group workshops and presentations together with the professors Martina Viková and Michal Vik, doctoral students of the department and an exchange student from Turkey. Eventually, I also did some hands-on work at the measurement instrument to get practical experience. 

    Research group meeting
    Spectrophotometric measurement of photochromic prints 

    The city of Liberec is the former textile center of the Czech Republic and lies in the very North of the country. It is not only comparable to BorÃ¥s because of its textile background, but also in size and landscape-wise. With round about 100 000 inhabitants Liberec is the the third largest city in Bohemia with only Prague and Plzeň being larger. Liberec is surrounded by mountains from northeast and southwest with the river Lusatian Neisse flowing through it. For the textile industry it was essential to have access to a river for the production. The climate in the area was ideal for flax to grow, which was the reason for linen weaving mills and cloth manufactures to arise during the 16th century. In the late 19th century, the textile industry and the city's wealth had reached its peak. During this time countless villas and the beautiful town hall were built. 

    Villa area around the university 
    Former textile worker accommodation area
    Liberec town hall 

    The city is also known for its abundant sports activities that the beautiful surrounding nature invites to: mountain biking, trail running, paddling, cross country skiing and much more. One of my first impressions of the life in Liberec was when I passed by a nearby lake. The local kayaking club was training for a competition which took place the next weekend, children were swimming in the lake and playing by the beach and at the shore was an inviting restaurant where people enjoyed some food and a refreshing drink (in Sweden it is called beer, but in the Czech Republic it is more referred to as water). I liked the mix of all leisure activities at the same time and felt invited to join in one way or another. 

    Kayak training at lake Harcov
    A proper glass would have made it perfect 

    On the weekend I could not hold myself back from doing what I love to do in my free time - compete in running. On a chilly and rainy Sunday, I took part in a mountain race at Liberec's famous landmark and local mountain Ještěd: 20 km and 1350 m of elevation. Unfortunately, the day was too misty so I could not enjoy the view when I reached the top, but I was very happy anyways when I reached the finish line.

    Ještěd peak and tower
    Start of Ještěd half marathon
    Tired but happy me 

    Overall, I am glad for the experiences that I have made during the three weeks in Liberec - both educational and cultural. I am thankful for the knowledge and new perspectives to look at my field of doctoral studies that I have learned from the staff at the Faculty of Textile Engineering. This exchange was important for me as a young researcher and teacher to get to know practices at other educational institutions. Furthermore, I hope that this stay can strengthen collaborations and exchanges between our research teams in the future. And last but not least, I am happy for the personal experience. To stay in a different country, to meet new people and to get to know a new culture is always enriching and nothing I want to miss in life. 

    Sina Seipel

              Deepening Customer Relationships with Contextual Content        

    Guest post by Rebecca Lieb and Jaimy Szymanski, Content: The Atomic Particle of Marketing In the “phygital” world that marries our physical and digital presences, content is ubiquitous. Only by offering content through the lens of context can marketers achieve relevancy to today’s uber-connected consumer. Beacons, sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT) are moving marketing past the screen to the objects, places, and even the conditions (weather, holidays, sales) we occupy and experience in the real world. Contextual marketing...

    The post Deepening Customer Relationships with Contextual Content appeared first on Brian Solis.

              Gotowy na nowy rok szkolny? SPRAWDŹ!        

    Sprawdź, czy o niczym nie zapomniałeś!

    Nieprzygotowania do lekcji to przywilej uczniów, dlatego nauczycielom podpowiadamy, o czym powinni pamiętać jeszcze przed pierwszym dzwonkiem.


    w kl. 6 SP i 3 GIM


    Przypominamy, że w tym roku dotacja oraz wieloletnie podręczniki będą obowiązywały także w 6 klasie szkoły podstawowej i 3. klasie gimnazjum. Uczniowie tych klas będą uczyć się z podręczników dopuszczonych do użytku na bazie podstawy programowej z 2012 roku.

        Lista podręczników dopuszczonych do użytku szkolnego
    w kl. 1, 4 i 7 SP
      Od roku szkolnego 2017/2018 do klas 1, 4 i 7 szkoły podstawowej rozpoczynają naukę na nowej podstawie programowej. Z tego powodu potrzebują nowych podręczników z nowymi numerami dopuszczeń, które zostaną zakupione za pieniądze z nowej puli dotacji.
        Podręczniki Pearson do nowej podstawy


      Upewnij się, czy otrzymasz zestaw nauczycielski. Jeśli dystrybutor, u którego szkoła zamawia podręczniki, nie dołączy go do przesyłki, to zgodnie z ustawą oświatową, za zapewnienie materiałów dydaktycznych dla nauczyciela, niezbędnych do prowadzenia lekcji, odpowiada organ prowadzący.
        Dystrybutorzy podręczników Pearson:
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    www.wsip.pl www.nowaera.pl www.mac.pl www.dotacjamen.pl
          Zamów zestaw nauczycielski 50% taniej
      Na stronie pearson.pl oraz w ePanelu dostępna jest pełna dokumentacja szkolna do podręczników Pearson, w tym programy nauczania, rozkłady materiału, plany wynikowe oraz kryteria oceniania.
      Pobierz dokumentację
    Szkolenia   Po raz pierwszy będziesz pracować z małymi dziećmi? A może czeka cię praca z młodzieżą i chcesz odświeżyć wiedzę metodyczną? Koniec wakacji to dobry moment do odbycia wideoszkoleń Pearson.
      Przejdź do katalogu szkoleń

      Dzięki bezpłatnej aplikacji ePanel nauczyciele korzystający z podręczników Pearson mają dostęp do pełnych cyfrowych wersji komponentów dla nauczyciela, a także do obszernego banku materiałów do kopiowania i oprogramowania do serii English Class.
        Pobierz ePanel
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    English Class:
    • 3 zestawy kart pracy
    • karty z historyjkami
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    • pomysły na ćwiczenia multisensoryczne i gry z kostką edukacyjną
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    • wzory dyplomów na koniec roku
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        Więcej o eDesk


      Warto monitorować postępy uczniów z wykorzystaniem bezpłatnego systemu Diagnozy Szkolnej Pearsona, który dostarcza rzetelnej i obiektywnej informacji o stopniu realizacji podstawy programowej oraz przygotowaniu do egzaminów końcowych.
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              Szansa na pełne poznanie nowej podstawy programowej!        



    Czy już zaprzyjaźniłeś się z nową podstawą programową?

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    Multisensorise your classroom! Amanda Davies 

    A multisensory approach to teaching aims to engage as many of the senses as possible to enhance learning, and is one component of the educational reform affecting primary English language learning in Poland.

    This webinar will look at the benefits of multisensory teaching, before showing you how to implement a multisensory approach in your classroom through practical ideas and activities


    13 maja (sobota)
    godz. 10:00



    The Magnificent Thirteen or How to Have Fun Following
    the New Core Curriculum 
    Małgosia Tetiurka

    So it happened. We have a list of thirteen topic areas to be covered with early years learners…

    In this webinar I’ll share my favourite tips for working with vocabulary (not forgetting grammar): some old, some new; some using technology, some using very basic resources; some for big classes, some for smaller groups.


    3 czerwca (sobota)
    godz. 10:00



    The Die is Cast, Let’s Cross the Rubicon of the New Core Curriculum! Kasia Ścibor

    I’m inviting you on a trip through two continents and a number of countries which will show you why there is so much stress on culture in the New Curriculum, how to bring our own culture into the classroom and how to make our 1-3 graders hungry to learn about other nations.

    Join me and you’ll have a better understanding of the New Curriculum, plenty of practical classroom ideas and eyes forever wide open to new projects unveiling wherever you’ll go this summer.


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              Globe Guilders Host Annual Couture Fashion Show to Raise Funds for The Old Globe        

    The Globe Guilders are pleased to announce their annual fashion show and luncheon, Celebrating Couture 2017, presented by Neiman Marcus, to benefit The Old Globe's artistic and arts engagement programs. Once again this year, Neiman Marcus is producing The Art of Fashion, an exclusively curated show featuring the Fall collections, including both couture and prêt-à-porter, of a special group of designers.Celebrating Couture 2017 will take place on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in the Costa Del Mar Ballroom of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

    Each year, the Globe Guilders Fashion Show features couture expertly selected by Neiman Marcus from the elite designers they represent, including Gucci, Etro, and Tom Ford; runway samples from Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa; and a compelling collection fromNaeem Khan. This year, from New York to Milan, fashion has become the creative platform to reflect a world of assertion and empowerment. Rich and robust reds, shocking pinks, and gorgeous greens all share the spotlight. The early '80s are reflected in rebellious punk-rock studs, spikes, grommets, and silver sequins. On the softer side, expect transparent sheers, flounced cuffs, and beautiful crushed velvets appearing on everything from handbags to shoes.

    Guests will be greeted with a champagne reception at 10:00 a.m. in the sunlit foyer and will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. Beginning at 12:00 noon in the ballroom, there will be a live auction followed by the fashion show and a delicious lunch. After the show, Neiman Marcus will present a one-of-a-kind boutique for browsing and shopping in the foyer. Globe Guilders Kim Neapole, Lisa Berry Shaw, and Lynn Silva are theCelebrating Couture 2017 Co-Chairs; Jo Ann Kilty is the Honorary Chair. Over 600 supporters of The Old Globe from the San Diego community are expected to attend, including prominent philanthropists, heads of corporations, and representatives of major organizations.

    All of San Diego is invited to support this annual event, now a can't-miss staple on San Diego's fashion calendar. Tickets start at $125. For information on reserving a table or a seat at the Fashion Show, please call Barbara Bolt at (619) 889-7121 or visit www.globeguilders.org/fashionshow2017. The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is located at 2100 Costa del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009.

    "The Globe Guilders Fashion Show has always been a San Diego highlight," Honorary Chair Jo Ann Kilty says. "With the collaboration of Neiman Marcus, it just keeps getting better every year."

    As the Globe's volunteer auxiliary, the Globe Guilders have a long-standing tradition of supporting the diverse programs of this unique theatre, San Diego's largest performing arts institution, and its year-round programming on three stages and throughout San Diego's communities. This dedicated membership of women and men utilizes its collective talents and strengths to benefit The Old Globe's artistic and arts engagement programs. These include Globe for All, AXIS, coLAB, Behind the Curtain, Bard Basics, Reflecting Shakespeare, Community Voices, Breaking Bread, Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio, Behind-the-Scenes and Bard Experience Tours, Free Student Matinees, Grinch Children's Initiatives, Grinch sensory-friendly performances, School in the Park, Hoover High School Residency, seminars and forums, program translations, professional development for teachers, Globe Learning-Opportunities for Impact (including technical center internships and programs), and The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

    The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego's flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdooR Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre's education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

    Photo via http://www.globeguilders.org/fashionshow2017

              How Touch Screen Monitors Work        

    Brief History

    In 1972, a scientist at CERN - The European Organization for Nuclear Research - proposed the idea for the world’s first capacitive touch screen. A touch screen display would solve the complex interface required to operate CERN’s particle accelerator.

    The proposed touch screen had a fixed number of programmable buttons on the display. Four years later in 1976, CERN produced its first capacitive touch screen terminal.

    The early version of the capacitive touch screen featured fixed buttons on a display. This gave the flexibility to
    re-map the buttons on screen as required.

    Key technologies

    Modern touch screen technology evolved from the capacitive touch screen. To understand how current generation touch screen technology works, we must understand how the most basic touch screen monitor - the capacitive touch screen - and its functions.

    There are several core touch screen technologies:
    • Surface Capacitance
    • Projected Capacitance
      • Mutual Capacitance
      • Self Capacitance
    • Resistive
    • Infrared
    • Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW)
    • Optical Touch Screens

    Capacitive Touch Screens

    Capacitive touch screens rely on conductors that are imbedded onto a sheet of glass. When the display turns on, the conductors create a electrostatic field. Since the human body naturally holds an electrical charge, touching the display distorts the electrostatic field. From the distortion of the electrostatic field, the image processor, much like a CPU, calculates where the touch occurred.
    Derivations of capacitive touch screens include:
    • Surface Capacitance
    • Projected Capacitance
    • Mutual Capacitance
    • Self Capacitance

    Surface Capacitance
    • One side of the insulator coating has a
      conductive layer. The conductive layer creates an electrostatic field on the glass
    • The electrostatic field changes when a human finger touches the surface
    • A sensor detects the change in the electro static field, and calculates the location of the touch
    • Common in Kiosks/Point of Sale (POS) systems
    • Prone to false signals
    Projected Capacitance
    • Two types of Projected Capacitance: Mutual Capacitance and Self Capacitance
    • Used in iPhone
    • More accurate than surface capacitance
    • Relies on an X-Y axis grid, etched onto the electrodes on the conductive material behind the glass
    • Operates under screen protectors / vandal-proof glass
    • Common in POS systems that require signatures (i.e self-checkout counters that require a digital signature)
    • Sweaty finger tips (i.e from humid environments) decreases the touch screen accuracy
    Mutual Capacitance (Derivative of Projected Capacitance)
    • Used in multi-touch applications (i.e iPhone)
    • Requires two distinct layers of material to operate
    • Capacitor on every row and column, creating a grid pattern across the screen (i.e. a screen with a 10-by-10 layout will have a total of 100 independent capacitors.
    • The capacitors operate in unison, with the ability to register multi-touch
    • Each capacitor can register its own touch points
    Self Capacitance (Derivative of Projected Capacitance)
    • Similar to Mutual capacitance, but does not register multiple touch points
    • Each column and row on the screen operates independently

    Resistive Touch Screens

    • Made with two flexible sheets, separated by a tiny air gap
    • When contact is made on the screens, the two sheets touch, and registers the location of the finger
    • Allows a stylus to be used
    • Can be made to support multi-touch
    • A stylus must be used to perform motor-intensive tasks (i.e. manipulating a small portion on the screen, writing on the screen)
    • Usually made of glass or acrylic
    • Acrylic-based screens prone to scratches
    • Limited clarity

    Infrared Touch Screens

    • Uses infrared LEDs that are arranged around the perimeter of the screen to detect changes in the infrared beam
    • Good for outdoor use. Common in POS (point-of-sale) systems
    • Does not rely on a bare finger to activate the touch screen
    • Can detect touch from a stylus, or a gloved hand

    Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW)

    • Uses ultrasonic waves that pass over the screen. When a finger touches the screen, part of
      the wave is absorbed. The change in the waves determines where the touch occurred
    • Good for large surfaces
    • Can recognize "touch" gestures with a finger, stylus, or gloved hand

    Optical Touch Screens

    • Rely on imaging sensors positioned on the corners of the screen
    • Infrared backlight captures actions on the screen
    • A touch registers as a shadow, and uses the imaging sensors to triangulate the position of contact
    • Gaining popularity due to lower cost and scalability
    • Suitable for large screens
    • Lorex uses optical touch screens with touch-enabled DVR systems

    Single Touch vs Multi Touch Gestures

    Lorex optical touch screens recognize single and multi touch gestures. Touch gestures are available on touch-enabled DVRs.

    Single touch gestures require one finger (i.e. panning, dragging, flicks). Multi touch gestures require two fingers (i.e. Zoom, rotate, two finger tap).

    Popular Touch Screen Technologies

    The iPhone uses both Mutual Capacitance and Self Capacitance technology to achieve multi touch gestures.
    Mutual Capacitance requires two layers of material: one layer for the Driving Lines, one layer for the Sensing Lines.

    Driving Lines provide current for the touch screen. Sensing Lines detect the current for the electric node layer. When the finger touches the screen, the Sensing Lines determine the location of where the touch occurred.

    Every point on the grid generates its own signal. From the grid, touch information is relayed back into the iPhone’s processor. The iPhone’s processor is integral in how the system interprets a touch on the screen. The Sensing Lines and Driving Lines creates a coordinate grid for the iPhone CPU. This allows the phone to locate the specific area where the touch occurred.
    Because iPhone relies on a capacitive touch screen, the screen operates only when a bare finger touches the screen. A gloved hand, or stylus will not activate a capacitive touch screen.
    The combination of Mutual and Self Capacitance technology allows the iPhone processor to register multi-touch functions.
      Mutual Capacitance screens rely on a grid system to determine where the touch occurs. Note that the diagram is not to scale.
    Image courtesy of HowStuffWorks, 2007

    Self Capacitance screens use a transparent electrode layer to register
    screen contact. Note that the diagram is not to scale.
    Image courtesy of HowStuffWorks, 2007

    How the iPhone interprets touch signals

    After collecting touch signal data from the screen, the iPhone processor must interpret the raw touch data into a gesture. This instantaneous process is broken into several steps:
    1. The screen interprets a touch on the screen as electrical signals. These electrical signals are sent to the iPhone processor.
    2. The iPhone processor software analyzes the size, shape and location of the touch. If you swipe your finger along the screen, the software determines the start and end points of the touch.
    3. The processor uses ‘‘gesture-interpretation‘‘ software to determine the type of touch on the screen (i.e. swipe, scroll, flick etc.)
    4. The processor relays the data to the program that you are using.

    The simplified explanation above explains the key concepts of a multi-touch platform like the iPhone. Touch screens may interpret touch data in a different way.
    Images courtesy of HowStuffWorks, 2007


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    Control UPnP Lights, Media Servers and Media Receivers. Play music, images and videos from any media server to your TV, Speaker, PC and mobile device.

    Control X-10, Z-Wave, Philips Hue and other devices. Capture events to automate ligthing scenarios. Also UPnP events can be used to trigger your Home Theatre scenario when media playback starts/stops.

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              Home Sweet Home        
    After a hiatus on my travelogue, I decided to share a post on my new house which I have dedicated most of my time during the weekends in 2015.

    We have gotten our 4 room built-to-order (BTO) flat keys in July 2015 but I started my renovation research way back in February 2015. Deciding the theme for the house is important and the foremost thing to do before any research is done. It's akin to choosing the travel destination before researching on airfare, accommodation etc. I have research from the below websites before deciding which theme suits us:

    - http://www.homeanddecor.com.sg
    - https://qanvast.com
    - http://www.renonation.sg
    - http://renopedia.sg
    - http://www.renotalk.com/forum

    We first visited interior designer firm (ID) as ID is able to provide quotation based on the floor plan whereas contractor prefers to quote based on the physical state of the house. We meet up with at least 5 ID which we picked up ideas and knowledge from them. We also have a gauge of how much budget we would need to set aside for our renovation.

    Hubby and I decided that we do not require an ID because:
    - We intend to do minimal and simple renovation. We can also visualize the outcome of our renovation. Most who engage an ID is because ID provides the 3D images. I have tried few software on the Internet doing up a 3D image for our new house. It's time consuming and of cos it's not as presentable as an ID 3D image but it's sufficient for us.
    - We can monitor the renovation progress ourselves. We are lucky that hubby job is flexible and our new house is near my parent's house so we went to our new house almost everyday during the renovation period.
    - We want to save cost. ID will charge a premium as they provide 3D image and help to monitor and co-ordinate with the contractors. They can't be doing these for free.

    After we have collected our keys, we meet up with at least 10 contractors. We compared their quotations (I did this in MS excel for easy comparison) and visited their client house to look at their workmanship. When comparing the quotations, I have to keep asking them to revise their quotation as it's inevitably that they missed out items here and there. In the end, we engaged Steven who has renovated ~50 houses in our BTO project and his price is very competitive.

    Renovation work
    - Hacking of kitchen wall
    - Dismantle service yard door & lourve windows
    - Kitchen cabinet base and cement sink base
    - Labour & tiles & skirting for living room, dining area, walkway (750sqf) + 2 in 1 cement
    - 5 ft top & 14 ft bottom Kitchen cabinets
    - 14 ft Kitchen quartz top
    6.5ft Master bedroom wardrobe
    L 3.5ft x H 4ft shoe cabinet
    - Sliding window at service yard
    - Window grills at living room, 3 bedrooms & service yard
    - Plumbing works
    - Electrical works
    - Disposal of debris
    - General cleaning

    As we did not opt in for HDB flooring, we have to factor the flooring cost in our renovation. There are few types of flooring such as tiles, parquet, laminate, vinyl. We decided with wood grain tiles as tiles are more durable and we do not have to worry about the floor getting too wet. We didn't know that there are different sizes of wood grain tiles i.e. 60cm, 90cm and 120cm until we meet up with one contractor. We went to Hafary, Lian Seng Hin & Soon Bee Huat to take a look at the tiles and we can asked for samples to bring home. The samples given are ~ 8x8cm which is not easy to visualise. We took more than 20 samples and compare it under day light and at night, repeat the process again and again before deciding the final one. As HDB no longer provides prepacked cement, this adds on to our renovation cost too.

    The wall between kitchen and dining area is hacked away to create a larger space. As I seldom cook and we bought a good hood, open concept kitchen does not pose a problem to us. The window and door dividing the kitchen and service yard are also removed to create a larger space and easier maintenance.

    I don't understand why the HDB did not install windows at the service yard. We have to include window installation as our service yard is prone to get drenched during raining days. We also added the installation of window grills for the whole house.

    There is minimal carpentry for our house as I feel that the more cabinets you have, there is a higher tenancy to buy and keep more things. The carpentry in our house only consist of a half height shoe cabinet, kitchen cabinet and MBR wardrobe. We opt for a half height shoe cabinet as I do not have so many shoes and most of the time, the upper level of a full height cabinet is usually made redundant. We did not have a TV feature wall too as we prefer the white wall in the background. In the kitchen, we have a lower cabinet for the stove and sink and a lower and upper cabinet at the opposite. The rationale for not having both lower and upper cabinet on both sides is to prevent the kitchen from being seen as too cramped. I have requested the contractor to build a cement base at the sink area to minimise wood corrosion. We had quartz kitchen top as it is durable and has a range of colours to chose from. We have a simple 8 doors wardrobe instead of walk in wardrobe as I find that over time, clothes become very dusty. I have requested my contractor to split the upper and lower wardrobe into separate doors to minimise opening the upper wardrobe where I kept the winter clothes.

    We did not engage our contractor to paint our house as the painting quotation I received from various contractors range from $1,100 to $1,400. We bought our own paints and engaged the Bangladesh painters. The Bangladesh painters are professional painters as they painted the interior and exterior of flats for HDB. We bought our paints and painting tools from Chye Seng Paints & Hardware Co (Add: Blk 452 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-1767 Singapore 560452). It's cheaper here as a tin of Vanilex 5000 cost $47 and a tin of Odouless cost ~$70. The boss from Chye Seng Paints advised us to buy Vanilex paints since we are not moving in immediately and the odour will fade away in few days time. In the end, we bought Vanilex 5000 Sail White for living and dining room and Vanilex 5000 Snow Flakes for bedrooms.

    The renovation sequence is usually in this sequence: Dismantling -> Tiling -> Electrical work -> Painting -> Light installation -> Carpentry and there are a few milestones where owner presence are important: electrical wiring, aircon installation, gas piping installation, plumbing, carpentry installation. 

    After selecting the contractor, we have to source for lighting, furniture and appliances. We decided to be more adventurous and bought lighting from Taobao. We spent about $450 on lighting (inclusive of shipping and GST charges) which is ~50% saving compared to buying locally. All the lighting are received in good condition except the walkway lamp casing which cracked. I have informed the seller and the seller agreed to send a replacement FOC. However I have to arrange my own shipment from China to Singapore which I have consolidated with my 2nd batch of Taobao purchase.

    Living room: 1.5米黑色导轨5W 暖白 铝黑壳5W 正白 铝黑壳
    Dining area: æœ¨çº¹B款(送3W暖光LED) (we changed the light bulb as the original Taobao bulb is too dim)
    Kitchen: 90cm*20cm 26W LED白光,银色
    Household shelter, MBR bathroom, Common bathroom: æ–¹åž‹ 18W白光
    Entrance, Service Yard, MBR entrance: æ–¹åž‹ 12W白光
    Walkway: ç»¿è‰²C款(送3W暖光LED) 
    Bedroom 2 & 3: å°å·-白-LED-白光-16W (without remote)
    Lights purchased from Taobao

    Another alternative is to buy from Malaysia. Below are Johor Bahru lighting shops visited by Singaporeans:

    -Tampoi Lighting Centre Sdn Bhd
    Add: No 2 Jalan Titiwangsa 3/1, Taman Tampoi Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru
    - e Mart
    Add: No 23 Jalan Bestari 12/2,Taman Nusa Bestari, 81300 Skudai, Johor Bahru
    - Starworld Lighting
    Add: 28 Jalan Titiwangsa 3/1, Taman Tampoi Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru

    At first instance, I feel loss when surfing Taobao website but after I joined several Taobao Facebook page, read a lot and learn from there. I also save the links of those items which the renotalk forumer bought for reference. It's better to buy lights from Tmall which is more expensive but more reputable (Tmall is operating on B2C system (business-to-consumer) whereas Taobao is operating on a C2C system (consumer-to-consumer). I have inform the seller that the purchase are to be ship overseas hence they will usually take extra steps in the packaging. As I'm buying many big items, renotalk forumers recommend shipping agent Peeka or Amcon and I used Amcon for my shipment. The charge is RMB550 for 1st cbm (rounded to nearest 2 decimal places), S$35 shipping document, S$40 local delivery and 7% of the item value purchase. Amcon provided me their Guangzhou warehouse address which I have keyed in when checking out my items. They provide 14 days free storage from the day the 1st item is received. I have to provide Amcon the list of items which I have bought and I will ask for update on the items and the volume received at Guangzhou warehouse. After all the items have reached Guangzhou warehouse, I will ask Amcon to proceed to ship the items to Singapore which takes about 7-10 days. Then Amcon will call me to arrange delivery to my house. 

    We visited furniture stores almost every weekend and below are the list of Scandinavian theme furniture stores which we have visited:

    - Star Living
    Various location
    - Comfort Furniture
    Add: 110 Eunos Avenue 7
    - Home's Harmony
    Ad: 978 Toa Payoh North #01-01
    - Nook & Cranny
    Add: BLK 514 Chai Chee Lane #02-07
    - Tan Boon Liat Building
    - Prestige Affairs
    Add: 9 Tagore Lane #03-08
    - Born In Colours
    Add: 1024 Yishun Industrial Park A #02-37
    Tel:90093586 (by appointment)
    - Castlery
    Add: 2 Alexandra Road, #01-03A Delta House
    - Ikea
    Add: 317 Alexandra Road or 60 Tampines North Drive 2

    - Commune
    Add: 9 Raffles Boulevard #02-52 Millenia Walk 
    - Danish Design
    Add: 100E Pasir Panjang Road #08-01
    - Teak Avenue
    Add: 9 Tagore Lane #02-05
    - Grafunkt
    Add: 9 Raffles Boulevard #02-34 Millenia Walk
    - We Love Air
    Add: 29 Tai Seng Avenue #01-02
    - Lush Lush
    Add: 134 Joo Seng Road Level 2
    - OM Home
    Add: 16 Tai Seng Street Level 8
    - Scan Teak
    Various location
    - Pickle and Rail
    Various location

    After visiting so many furniture stores, we bought sofa, TV console, dining table and bench from Star Living. Our bed frame is purchased from Prestige Affairs and we also bought the glass cabinet and dining chairs from Ikea. I have read that there are many people who bought furniture from Taobao nowadays but we decide to buy locally as we prefer to see the physical sample before buying. We did purchased smaller items such as coffee table and bedside cabinet from Taobao. It's better to start from the big items follow by the smaller items e.g buy sofa follow by TV console and coffee table as the smaller items can be omitted if there is not enough space. 

    We did not major haul our bathroom as we do not see the necessity in spending on the bathroom. We only change the basin in the MBR bathroom as we find the basin provided by HDB too small. We went to a sanitary shop in JB which was recommended by hubby friend and bought rain shower, 2 bidets and a kitchen mixer. These only cost us $230 which I don't think we can get such price for Johnson Suisse product in Singapore. Do note that if you travel out of Singapore for less than 48 hours, the GST relief is for goods valued up to $150 per person.

    - The Best Sanitaryware Trading 
    Add: No.37, Jalan Setia 12/3, Taman Setia Indah, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor 
    Tel:07-355 5020

    Below are 2 sanitaryware shops frequent by Singaporeans. We bought our kitchen hob and hood from Universal Union as we find that Hoe Kee pricing is slightly more expensive. We decided to invest in a better hob and hood and have chosen the Fujioh brand.

    - Universal Union
    Add: 710 Geylang Road
    - Hoe Kee
    Add: 8 Genting Lane

    We opt for gas heater instead of electric heater because the gas heater has inner storage tank and is able to support the rain shower system. We do not want to install the water tank in our toilet as we find it ugly. In addition, gas is also cheaper than electricity.

    We purchased most of our appliances from our neighbour as he's working in LG. We got a good discount for our TV, fridge and washing machine. We purchased Mitsubishi Starmex System 3 from AJ Aircon where we enjoyed bulk BTO purchase price. The aircon specs research are done by hubby. We got our ceiling fan from JB e-mart which is half of the price in Singapore. We bought a Mayer 3.5L air fryer for the price of 2.2L during the SG50 promotion. We also bought discounted food blender, rice cooker, iron and hair dryer during the Philip warehouse sales. We decided to do without a built-in oven and microwave as our kitchen is relatively small and I seldom bake.

    Below are list of appliances shops which offer competitive pricing and most accept cash or NETS, there is extra charges for payment by credit card. 

    - Maximum Credit Co Pte Ltd
    Add: BLK 121 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-02
    - Aik Leong Enterprise
    Add: BLK 121 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-16
    - Hong Liang Electrical Enterprise
    Add: BLK 121 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-70
    - Goh Ah Bee
    Add: Blk 210 Hougang St 21 #01-247

    I choose curtains over blinds for easier maintenance. Instead of engaging those curtains makers who charge at least $700 for four rooms flat, I decided to DIY which only cost half of it. We bought curtain rods from Ikea and asked our contractor to install for us. For the curtains, I purchased them from Qoo10 and the quality is good.

    Floor plan
    Living room under day light
    Living room with lights switch on
    Close up view of living room

    Imagine living in the shadow of an active volcano. That's the reality for thousands of residents near Mexico City, as Popocatepetl looms over their city. Scientists from the USGS, UNAM and CENAPRED are using Big Data to monitor and analyze input from hundreds of live sensors in an effort to keep people safe and ready to evacuate in the event of an eruption.

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              Market Insight: Optoelectronics Market Globally Grow at a CAGR of 16.84% by Revenue During the Forecast Period 2017-2021        

    Global Internet of Things (IoT) Market in Healthcare Sector 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- Optoelectronics Market research report provides granular analysis of the market share, segmentation, revenue forecasts and geographic regions of the market. Optoelectronics Market report 2017-2021 focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the key players. The Optoelectronics Market research report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of Optoelectronics Warming Devices Industry.

    Optoelectronics is the study of combined technology of electronic device and light. It is a sub-field of photonics. The study includes visible light as well as X-rays, gamma rays, ultra-violet (UV) rays, and infrared (IR) rays. Optoelectronic devices act as optical-to-electrical or electrical-to-optical transducers. LED, image sensors, optical switches, laser diodes, and optical isolators are some of the optoelectronics. Analysts forecast the global Optoelectronics Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 16.84% during the period 2017-2021.

    Browse more detail information about Optoelectronics Market Report at: http://www.absolutereports.com/global-optoelectronics-market-2017-2021-10533722

    The research report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global Optoelectronics industry for 2017-2021.

    Key Vendors of Optoelectronics Market:

    - Cree
    - GE Lighting
    - LG Innotek
    - Lumileds Lighting
    - NICHIA
    - OSRAM
    - Samsung
    - Seoul Semiconductor
    - Sony
    - Samsung Semiconductor
    - OmniVision
    - Canon
    - ON Semiconductor

    Other prominent vendors

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    The Optoelectronics Market report also presents the vendor landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendors operating in the market. Optoelectronics Market report analyses the market potential for each geographical region based on the growth rate, macroeconomic parameters, consumer buying patterns, and market demand and supply scenarios.

    Optoelectronics Market Driver:

    - Growing adoption of LED for lighting due to government subsidies and projects undertaken
    - For a full, detailed list, view our report

    Optoelectronics Market Challenge:

    - Challenges associated with deployment of fiber optics
    - For a full, detailed list, view our report

    Optoelectronics Market Trend:

    - Upcoming technological trends in LED
    - For a full, detailed list, view our report

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    Geographical Segmentation Of Optoelectronics Market:

    - Optoelectronics Market in Americas
    - Optoelectronics Market in APAC
    - Optoelectronics Market in EMEA

    The report provides a basic overview of the Optoelectronics industry including definitions, segmentation, applications, key vendors, market drivers and market challenges. The Optoelectronics Market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status

    Through the statistical analysis, the report depicts the global Optoelectronics Market including capacity, production, production value, cost/profit, supply/demand and import/export. The total market is further divided by company, by country, and by application/type for the competitive landscape analysis.

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    Key questions answered in Optoelectronics Market report:

    - What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be?
    - What are the key market trends?
    - What is driving this market?
    - What are the challenges to market growth?
    - Who are the key vendors in this market space?
    - What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
    - What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

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    List of Exhibits in Optoelectronics Market report:

    - Exhibit 01: Product offerings
    - Exhibit 02: Impact of drivers
    - Exhibit 03: Impact of drivers and challenges
    - Exhibit 04: Key countries in each region
    - Exhibit 05: Global Optoelectronics Market shares by geographies 2017
    - Exhibit 06: Global Optoelectronics Market shares by geographies 2021
    - Exhibit 07: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2017

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              Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market Overview, Manufacturing Cost Structure Analysis, Growth Opportunities & Restraints to 2020        

    Global Internet of Things (IoT) Market in Healthcare Sector 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market for 2020. IoT is a web of physical devices connected to the Internet, enabled by sensors and software to collect and transmit data. Using IoT users can collect massive amount of data and convert into meaningful information by with the help of advance analytics techniques. To calculate the market size, the report considers both the direct revenue and the indirect revenue of the vendors.

    The global internet of things (IoT) market in healthcare sector to grow at a CAGR of 36.5% during the period 2017-2020.

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    The report provides a basic overview of the Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market including definitions, classifications, applications and market Sales chain structure. The Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market report enlists several important factors, starting from the basics to advanced market intelligence which play a crucial part in strategizing.

    Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market Opportunities:

    With a purpose of enlightening new entrants about the possibilities in this market, this report investigates new project feasibility. Various details about the manufacturing process such as market drivers, impact of drivers, market challenges and impact of drivers and challenges, market trends, vendor landscape analysis and so on, is discussed in the report.

    Key players in Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market 2020
    - Cisco Systems
    - GE Healthcare
    - Philips Healthcare
    - IBM
    - Qualcomm

    Other prominent vendors

    The Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
    - Americas
    - APAC
    - EMEA

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    In the end, the report makes some important proposals for a new project of Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market before evaluating its feasibility. Overall, the report provides an in-depth insight of 2020 global Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market covering all important parameters.

    Market driver
    - Highly competitive IoT market
    - For a full, detailed list, view our report

    Market challenge
    - High cost of implementation
    - For a full, detailed list, view our report

    Market trend
    - Developments in sensor technologies and communication devices
    - For a full, detailed list, view our report

    Key questions answered in this Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market report
    - What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
    - What are the key market trends?
    - What is driving this market?
    - What are the challenges to market growth?
    - Who are the key vendors in this market space?
    - What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
    - What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

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    List of Exhibit of Global Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market 2020

    Exhibit 01: Countries covered for market analysis

    Exhibit 02: Product offerings

    Exhibit 03: General architecture of healthcare IoT applications

    Exhibit 04: Segmentation of IoT market in the healthcare sector

    Exhibit 05: Global IoT market in the healthcare sector 2015-2020

    Exhibit 06: Five forces analysis

    Exhibit 07: Global IoT market in the healthcare sector by product 2015

    And Continue…

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    I know I've seen a video of these two brands showcasing their competitive spirits against each other online and my initial reaction was, "Wow! the efforts of these brands are just amazing!" It was funny (and cute at the same time) and I can't help but feel proud as a consumer that they're doing it all to promote their respective brands. At least I know the money I'll be spending on their phones will not just go for the actual phone itself but also, for their promotions. And to think both smartphone brands are not that expensive! I really have big respect for brands who advertise.

    Let's put the spotlight on the Vivo V5s.

    The new Vivo V5s trumps its competitors within the same price range in terms of photo quality and camera specifications, improved selfie tools, and new features like the Groufie or Group Selfie technology.
    With a slew of smartphone brands vying for the patronage of tech-savvy Filipinos and inveterate selfie enthusiasts, top five premium global brand1 Vivo has sprinted past the competition with its “perfect selfie” V5 line, the latest of which is the Vivo V5s. Priced at only P14,990 but loaded with features that are not found in its competitors, the V5s is turning out to be the best smartphone deal vis-à-vis other brands in the same price range.First, the V5s is equipped with a 20-megapixel front camera with f2.0 aperture, which trumps the OPPO F3 Plus’ 16-MP front camera. The V5s’ superior front camera is complemented by its 13-megapixel rear camera with f2.2 aperture and an ultra-high-definition mode that renders stunning HD images of up to 52 megapixels.
    Selfies have never been clearer and more vibrant with the newest and more impressive member yet of the V5 line, the Vivo V5s, which brandishes a 20-megapixel front camera and high-end selfie-tools for the tech-savvy Filipino.
    Second, the V5s’ 20-MP sensor ensures that the tiniest of details are captured in your selfies. The light-sensing area, at 1/2.78 of an inch, is larger than average, allowing more light to come in, which, in turn, enhances photo brightness.

    Third, the V5s boasts of an updated Selfie Soflight that allows users to take crystal-clear selfies in any lighting condition—even at night.

    Fourth, the Vivo V5s has a Face Beauty 6.0, decidedly superior to the OPPO F3 Plus’ Face Beauty 4.0. The V5s’ Face Beauty 6.0, which works as a skincare tool, has three new functions: buffing, whitening, and enhancing one’s skin tone.
    The newly launched Vivo V5s is equipped with advanced selfie tools, including an improved Selfie Softlight with an enhanced with an enhanced night mode, and the Face Beauty mode 6.0.
    Fifth, the V5s touts still another cutting-edge feature—the Group Selfie technology, which supports both portrait and panorama-oriented photos. This means everyone gets into the act; no one is left out in the ‘groupfie’.

    Sixth, the V5s offers its App Clone, a feature that lets users run two accounts with the same app. With the App Clone, multi-tasking professionals and highly mobile millennials can compartmentalize their personal and social lives online.
    No more excuses not to come up with that perfect, natural, and radiant-looking selfies as Vivo launches its most impressive smartphone yet, the V5s, which boasts of a 20-megapixel front camera and more advanced selfie tools.
    Seventh, the V5s’ slimmer bezels make it smaller than the average 5.5-inch smartphones, and therefore easier and more comfortable to grip.

    Aesthetics and function likewise combine in the V5s. Its 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass cover renders it practically shatter proof and endows it with a minimalistic but elegant look.

    Finally, the V5s’ other notable features include a 4G RAM and 64GB internal memory, Hi-Fi music technology, and 0.2-second fingerprint unlocking mode.

    Whichever way you look at it, the new Vivo V5s gives more bang for your buck and is decidedly the best smartphone deal—in its price range—for all selfie-loving Filipinos.

    For inquiries about Vivo V5s, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph, or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivophil) accounts.

    1according to International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker (http://www.idc.com/promo/smartphone-market-share/vendor;jsessionid=7595C1498F4F0FBF496CC767E273121B)

              FIRST INSTINCT        
    Inspired by that first moment of attraction, when two people's worlds collide and a spark is ignited, 'First Instinct' is the interpretation of that exciting first glance and the initial connection felt.

    Abercrombie & Fitch's new fragrance, developed exclusively with Inter Parfums, is all about being naturally sexy, confident, and not afraid to express his deepest feelings. A rugged risk taker, he is sure to capture you with his energy and effortless charm.
    Effortless charm. *ahem*
    "I wanted to create a modern fragrance that balances both the fresh elements of fougere with oriental warmth. All the notes together, create a scent with worldwide appeal for the Abercrombie & Fitch man and beyond," - Phillippe Romano, First Instinct Perfumer.

    With a base of amber and musk, Szechuan pepper in the mid-notes, and gin & tonic and melon to finish off the sensory experience in the top notes, 'First Instinct' is a modern masculine blend.

    Let's get to know 'First Instinct' a little bit better.

    Fragrance Family: Fougere Aromatic Amber

    Top: Electric gin & tonic combined with Kiwano Melon jumpstarts the scent amplifying the moment, the excitement, the adrenaline, and fresh youthful optimism.
    Rooted in Abercrombie & Fitch's heritage. the packaging demonstrates an attention to detail. The clean bottle shape features a unique design element, in an undulated surface on the front and back, whilst the clear glass lets the slate hue of the fragrance come through.
    Mid: Szechuan pepper ignites the spark to heat up the magnetic attraction while violet leaves bring depth and an interesting citrus twist to capture warm, textured masculinity.
    The silver accents in the textured utilitarian metal cap and branded plate on one side of the bottle, give the packaging a strong style statement.
    Base: Sueded musk sensually mingles with sleek raw amber building an exciting tension and pure addiction that can't be stopped.

    What I think: Abercrombie & Fitch's 'First Instinct' is the kind of scent you wear if you wanna make a strong and lasting first impression and I think one to two (max) spray is enough for you to achieve that. I suggest wearing it with a simple t-shirt and jeans look (nothing too flashy or formal) and let the scent do its work in creating that "spark" on people around you.
              Digital-SLR camera Nikon D7000        

    Nikon D7000 brings 39-point AF, 1080p video, and magnesium alloy construction

    Introducing a new line of mid-class, high-spec Nikon DX-format cameras.
    A compact, elegant body equipped with a new CMOS image sensor and a new image-processing engine, EXPEED 2
    TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon D7000, a model that introduces a new line of mid-class Nikon DX-format digital-SLR cameras. The camera is equipped with a new CMOS image sensor and a new image-processing engine, EXPEED 2, that enable capture of high-definition images exhibiting superior image quality. It also offers a number of advanced high-performance features packed into a compact, elegant body.

    The Nikon D7000 will be available beginning mid-October 2010 at $1200 for body only and $1500 for body and lens outfit that includes the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.


              Foodie Frills: 4 ways to dress a dish without adding calories        
    Much like a fashionable ensemble, a culinary delight can fall flat without the right accouterments. Here are four excellent food accessories that will dress your dishes by delivering a powerful punch while adding minimal calories. Water chestnuts Food is a sensory experience and texture is essential to creating a perfectly balanced dish. While water chestnuts […]
              Official iPhone 4 Tech Spec        

    Official Tech Specification:-

    Size and weight
    Height: 4.5 inches (115.2 mm)
    Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)
    Depth: 0.37 inch (9.3 mm)
    Weight: 4.8 ounces (137 grams)

    * Retina display
    * 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
    * 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
    * 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
    * Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front and back
    * Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

    TV and video
    * Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

    Camera, photos, and video
    * Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
    * 5-megapixel still camera
    * VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second with the front camera
    * Tap to focus video or still images
    * LED flash
    * Photo and video geotagging

    * Three-axis gyro
    * Accelerometer
    * Proximity sensor
    * Ambient light sensor

    Only list specification which different from previous model

    Full specification from Apple site:-
              Kannada-medium students learn Queen’s English the king’s way        
    Learning Queen’s English does not mean classroom monologue for students at a Kannada-medium school in Bengaluru. They are learning the language with a digital teaching tool that gives them multi-sensory experience. http://www.deccanherald.com/content/605457/kannada-medium-students-learn-queens.html      
              Sensor Company Acquires Innovation Incubator Awardee, Launches Next-Generation "Connected" Building Technology        
    A sensor company has acquired the first beta-ready technology from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator, which is co-administered by NREL.



    (Press Release) A Northumberland company is following in the footsteps of M&S by creating clothing suitable for children on the autism spectrum.

    Last year the High Street giant worked with the National Autistic Society to produce an “Easy Dressing” school uniform.

    Now the charity has teamed up with The All-in-One Company of . . . → Read More: AUTISTIC CHILDREN HELP COMPANY DESIGN FIRST SENSORY ONESIE


              Sigma is still impressing me!        
    I have a Sigma SD14 (Foveon sensor DSLR) that I like very much, for all its limitations.  Some of you may remember that I had a lot of frustration with the system early on, because of some significant problems with the required workflow to convert the huge/complex X3F raw format into something that can be
              Chunqi Qian        
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2007
    B.S. Nanjing University, China, 2002
    Career Development Award, National Institutes of Health, 2013-2017
    Young Investigator Award, 10th International Conference on Magnetic Resonance Microscopy, 2009.

    Dr. Qian received his Ph.D. (2007) from the University of California, Berkeley and B.S. (2002) from Nanjing University, China. His research focuses on the development of advanced detection technologies for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and for biosensors in general. These detection technologies are subsequently utilized to evaluate the efficacy of various therapeutic strategies for cardiovascular, kidney and neurodegenerative diseases.

    X. Zeng, M. Barbic, L. Chen, C. Qian. Sensitive Enhancement of Vessel Wall Imaging with an Endo-esophageal Wireless Amplified NMR Detector (WAND), Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, (2016) DOI: 10.1002/mrm.26562.
    C. Qian, Q. Duan, S. Dodd, A. Koretsky, J. Murphy-Boesch. Sensitivity Enhancement of an Inductively Coupled Local Detector Using a HEMT-based Current Amplifier. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 75 (2016) 2573-2578.
    C. Qian, X. Yu, N. Pothayee, S. Dodd, N. Bouraoud, R. Star, K. Bennett, A. Koretsky. Live nephron imaging by MRI. American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, 307 (2014) F1162-F1168.
    C. Qian, I. S. Masad, J. T. Rosenberg, M. Elumalai, W. W. Brey, S. C. Grant, P. L. Gorkov. A volume birdcage coil with an adjustable sliding tuner ring for neuroimaging in high field vertical magnets: ex and in vivo applications at 21.1 T. Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 221 (2012) 110-116.
    C. Qian, J. Murphy-Boesch, S. Dodd, A. Koretsky. Sensitivity Enhancement of Remotely Coupled NMR Detectors using Wirelessly Powered Parametric Amplification. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 68 (2012) 989-996.

              Antonello Tamburrino        
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Ph. D. in Electronic Engineering, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, 1996
    Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering, University of Naples, Italy, 1992
    International Symposium on Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics (ISEM), “Kenzo Miya Award”, 2013.

    His research interests are in the broad areas of (i) Electromagnetic Imaging and Inverse Problems and (ii) Computational Electromagnetism. In the first field they include the development of 3D numerical methods for modelling NDE tests (forward problem), real-time imaging methods and algorithms (inverse problem) and sensors and system for NDE, with applications to aircraft and nuclear power plants NDE. In the second field they include the development of fast numerical methods for solving 3D electromagnetic problems, plasmonics, 3D computational models in the presence of complex materials as composite materials, superconductors and hysteretic materials.

    G. Yang, A. Tamburrino, L. Udpa, S. S. Udpa, Z. Zeng, Y. Deng, and P. Que, “Pulsed Eddy Current Based GMR System for the Inspection of Aircraft Structures”, IEEE Trans. on Magnetics, v. 46, n. 3, pp. 910-917, March 2010.
    C. Forestiere, A. J. Pasquale, A. Capretti, G.Miano, A. Tamburrino, S. Y. Lee, B. M. Reinhard, and L. Dal Negro, “Genetically engineered plasmonic nanoarrays”, Nano Lett. 12, 2037–2044 (2012).
    R. Albanese, F. Calvano, G. Dal Mut, F. Ferraioli, A. Formisano, F. Marignetti, R. Martone, A. Romano, G. Rubinacci, A. Tamburrino and S. Ventre, “Coupled Three Dimensional Numerical Calculation of Forces and Stresses on the End Windings of Large Turbo Generators via integral formulation”, IEEE Trans. on Magnetics, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 875-878, February 2012
    C. Forestiere, G. Iadarola, G. Rubinacci, A. Tamburrino, L. Dal Negro and G. Miano, “Surface integral formulations for the design of plasmonic nanostructures”, J. Opt. Soc. Am. A, Vol. 29, No. 11, pp. 2314-27, November 2012.
    G. Yang, Z. Zeng, Y. Deng, X. Liu, L. Udpa, A. Tamburrino and S. S. Udpa “3D EC-GMR Sensor System for Detection of Subsurface Defects at Steel Fastener Sites”, NDT&E International, v. 50, pp. 20-28, September 2012
    A. Tamburrino, S. Ventre, G. Rubinacci, “Recent developments of a Monotonicity Imaging Method for Magnetic Induction Tomography in the small skin-depth regime” Inverse Problems v. 26, 074016 (21pp), July 2010
    A. Tamburrino, F. Calvano, S. Ventre, G. Rubinacci, “Non-iterative imaging method for experimental data inversion in eddy current tomography”, NDT&E International 47 (April, 2012) 26–34, doi:10.1016/j.ndteint.2011.11.013.

              Xiaomi Mi 3        
    If you guys are looking for a decent priced smartphone with loads of qualities, i think you need to put a stop to your search and take a moment with Xiaomi Mi 3. This phone was announced on September 2013, is packed with bulk of qualities. Though there is some stiff competition in that price range, but that incredible screen (~441 ppi...!!) gives it a slight edge over the others. It is available just for around Rs.25,000 which literally blows my mind considering sh** load of qualities.

    Detailed specifications are - 

    GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
    Announced2013, September
    StatusAvailable. Released 2013, December
    BODYDimensions144 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm (5.67 x 2.90 x 0.32 in)
    Weight145 g (5.11 oz)
    DISPLAYTypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    Size1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
    SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
    3.5mm jackYes
    MEMORYCard slotNo
    Internal16/64 GB, 2 GB RAM
    SpeedDC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
    WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
    Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP
    USBmicroUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
    CAMERAPrimary13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
    FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR
    Video1080p@30fps, HDR
    Secondary2 MP, 1080p@30fps
    FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)
    ChipsetQualcomm MSM8274AB Snapdragon 800
    CPUQuad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
    GPUAdreno 330
    SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
    MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
    RadioFM radio
    GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
    JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
     - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    - TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
    - SNS integration
    - MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
    - MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
    - Organizer
    - Photo/video editor
    - Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
    - Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
    YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
    - Voice memo/dial/commands
    - Predictive text input (Swype)
    BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery
    Stand-byUp to 500 h
    Talk timeUp to 4 h
    Music playUp to 50 h

              CARF Connection - A sensory approach proves effective in working with persons with autism and challenging behaviors - 2013 - PDF        
    Many persons served in the vocational program at Community Work Opportunities (CWO) in Michigan experienced difficulty engaging in their own lives, visiting with family members, meeting appointments, and going out in the community. CWO turned to sensory processing to address the behaviors that make it hard for individuals to participate fully in their lives.
              Cerita Lucu.!!!        

    Seorang wanita cantik dan sexy terjatuh dari lantai 80 sebuah gedung megah. Untunglah di lantai 70, ada seorang Pria Amerika menangkapnya.
    Wanita : “Terima kasih anda telah menolong saya….”
    Pria Amerika : “Sama-sama, tapi Anda harus membalas budi”
    Wanita : “Bagaimana caranya ?”
    Pria Amerika : “Tidurlah denganku…..”
    Wanita : “Bajingan kau, TIDAK MAU !!!”
    Pria Amerika : “Ya sudah kalau nggak mau…” Pria Amerika kemudian melepaskannya dan wanita itu kembali terjatuh….
    Di lantai 50, seorang Pria Prancis berhasil menangkapnya.
    Wanita : “Terima kasih anda telah menolong saya….”
    Pria Prancis : “Sama-sama, tapi Anda harus membalas budi”
    Wanita : “Bagaimana caranya ?” Pria Prancis : “Tidurlah denganku…..”
    Wanita : “** SENSOR ** kamu, TIDAK MAU !!!”
    Pria Prancis : “Ya sudah kalau tidak mau…” Pria Prancis kemudian melepaskannya dan wanita itu kembali terjatuh…
    Lantai 45 lewat, lantai 40 lewat, lantai 35 lewat dan tidak ada lagi yang menangkapnya. Si wanita mulai menyesal.
    Akhirnya dia memutuskan kalau ada lagi pria yang menangkapnya, ia mau diajak tidur bareng. Daripada mati, pikirnya.
    Akhirnya di lantai 20, seorang Pria Arab menangkapnya. Buru-buru wanita itu berkata :
    Wanita : “Terima kasih anda telah menolong saya. Sebagai balas jasa, Anda boleh tidur dengan saya…”
    Pria Arab : ” Astaghfirullah !!!!!”
    Lalu Pria Arab itu melepaskannya kembali… 

    Seorang pemuda bertanya kepada Tuhan
    Pemuda : “Tuhan, mengapa kau ciptakan wanita begitu cantik adanya …?”
    Tuhan : “Supaya kamu mau mencintai dia …”
    Pemuda : “Namun …, Tuhan, walaupun cantik, mengapa kau ciptakan wanita tolol adanya?”
    Tuhan : “Supaya dia mau mencintai kamu …”

    Di dalam kandungan seorang ibu, terdapat 3 janin bayi kembar yang bercakap-cakap .
    Bayi 1 : eh, kamu kalau sudah lahir,apa hal pertama yang kamu lakukan?
    Bayi 2 : aku ingin melihat ibuku yang telah mengandung kita selama 9 bln.
    Bayi 2 : aku ingin melihat dokter yg selalu merawat kita . kalau kamu?
    Bayi 1 : aku ingin melihat binatang kurang ajar yang tiap malam selalu mengunjungi kita dan meludahi kita bertiga!!

    Pada suatu malam seorang anak memergoki ayah dan ibunya sedang berhubungan intim. Lalu si anak bertanya, ” papa sedang apa sama mama? “.  Sang papa menjawab dengan tenangnya, ” Sedang buat adik untuk kamu ” tandas papanya.
    Keesokan harinya, si papa mencari anaknya untuk di suruh mandi, tetapi sang papa terkejut bukan main saat melihat si anak sedang memasukkan alat kelaminnya ke dalam knalpot motor. Lalu si ayah bertanya, ” nak, apa yang kamu lakukan?”, dengan santai si anak menjawab, ” Sedang buat motor untuk ayah”…. ?????????

    Seorang istri teriak kegirangan karena suaminya telah pulang dari tugas nya di Irak.
    Selama 2 tahun mereka tidak pernah bertemu.
    Begitu bertemu anda semua pasti sudah tahu kan, bgaimana rasa girang nya mereka berdua??
    Pada malam hari nya, mereka berdua tidak menyianyiakan waktu lagi, langsung masuk kamar dari sore sampai pagi hari.
    Entah berapa kali mereka berdua melakukan hubungan badan, maklum sudah 2 tahun tidak bertemu, maka tidak bisa dihitung lagi meraka berapa kali main nya.
    Begitu kira-kira pukul 07:00 pagi, si suami bangun dari tidur nya dengan buru-buru dan terlihat seperti ketakutan sekali.
    Lalu, Si suami membangunkan sang istri dengan terburu-burunya.
    Suami : Yang!! bangun yang…
    Istri : Ada apa sih mas..!?? (jawab si istri, dengan nada kaget dan heran)
    Suami : “CELAKA, mati aku!!! Aku kesiangan!!! Kalau ketahuan suami kami yang Komandan itu, Aku bisa ditembak mati!!!”
    Istri : “Tenang Mas… kenapa kamu ketakutan kayak gitu?? Basa nya kan, kamu pulang nya malah siang-siang..
    Kan suami ku masih tugas di Irak..”
    Suami : ???@#%$%^&
    Istri : !!!@##$$%^ (lufiassam.1382)

    kjdian nie dialami tmnq pas diajakk kncan am cwonya.
    cwo:”sayang…q pngen maem bakpaow”.
    cwe:”bakpaow???????rasa ap sayang????”
    cwo:”rasa susu…..”
    cwe:”emg da yg rasa susu?????”
    cwo:”da tho y….”
    cwe:”wduh sayang ngeres…”
    cwo:”ayo sayang….q pngen kie…”
    cwe:”halah mw_ny!!!!!!”
    kmudian pasangan itu langsung meluncur k_padang rumput & bergulingan

    Seorang pak profesor berhasil menciptakan robot yang bisa mendeteksi kebohongan, dia membuat robot itu sedemikian rupa sehingga ketika mendengarkan kebohongan, sang robot akan langsung menampar si pembohong itu..
    Profesor itu dengan bangga membawa robot itu ke ruang keluarga dan menunggu anaknya pulang, tapi anaknya tak kunjung pulang… ditunggu-tunggu baru sore hari sang anak pulang…
    “Kamu dari mana? kok pulangnya telat” tanya profesor
    “Ada pelajaran tambahan pa” jawab anak
    *PLAK!!!* Sang robot menampar si anak…
    “Nak, ini adalah robot ciptaan ayah, dia akan menampar siapapun yang
    berbohong..! sekarang katakan dengan jujur, kenapa pulangnya telat??!”
    “Maaf ayah.. aku habis menonton film di rumah teman…”
    “Film apa?”
    “Film Sinetron yah”
    “Ayo katakan dengan jujur film apa??”
    “Maaf Ayah… saya menonton film parno”
    Mendengar itu marahlah sang profesor.
    “Kamu itu yach … kecil-kecil uda nakal, mau jadi apa kamu nanti besar?
    kurang ajar kamu yach … bikin malu ajah … perbuatan yang benar-benar
    memalukan..!!! papa waktu seumuran kamu gak pernah melakukan hal senakal
    *PLAK!!!* Robot menampar profesor
    Suasana hening untuk beberapa saat…
    Istri profesor kemudian masuk datang dan langsung berkata…
    “Huh, sama aja kelakuannya, buah gak akan jatuh jauh dari pohonnya kan?
    Ya gimanapun juga dia anak elo, jadi …. ”
    Sang robot menampar istri profesor

    Seorang narapidana yang sudah mendekam di penjara selama 10 tahun melarikan diri. Dia masuk ke dalam sebuah rumah untuk mencari makanan dan merampok.
    Sepasang suami-istri muda pemilik rumah tersebut ketakutan dan membiarkan diri mereka diikat. Saat mengikat sang istri, terlihat perampok tersebut menciumi leher sang istri dan kemudian ia pergi ke kamar tidur mencari sesuatu.
    “Sayangku…” kata suaminya.
    “Dari pakaiannya kelihatan perampok ini baru lari dari penjara. Wajahnya kelihatan kejam sekali. Aku lihat tadi dia menciummu. Mungkin selama di penjara dia tidak lagi pernah merasakan wanita. Kalau dia ingin menidurimu, biarkan saja, turuti kemauannya dan jangan dilawan, daripada engkau celaka. Kuatkan hatimu sayang… aku bisa mengerti”
    “Sayangku…” jawab istrinya.
    “Perampok itu tidak menciumku, dia hanya berbisik. Katanya dia seorang gay dan dia bilang kamu keren. Dia juga tanya apa ada vaseline di rumah ini lalu aku katakan ada di lemari di kamar tidur. Kalau dia menginginkan kamu, biarkan saja, turuti kemauannya dan jangan dilawan sayang, dari pada engkau celaka. Kuatkan hatimu sayang… aku bisa mengerti”

              Three Keys to Advancing your Digital Transformation        

    Digital assets

    With today’s proliferation of data, digital transformation (DX) has become more than a hot topic: It’s an imperative for businesses of all shapes and sizes. The collision of data, analytics and technology has businesses, analysts and consumers excited — and scared — about what could happen next.

    On one hand, everyone from banks to bagel shops and travel sites to tractor manufacturers have found new ways to connect the dots in their businesses while forging stronger, more dynamic customer engagement. Artificial intelligence (AI) has come of age in technologies such as smart sensors, robotic arms, and devices that can turn lights and heat on and off, adjust for changes in conditions and preferences, and even automatically reorder food and supplies for us.

    However, today's Chief Analytics Officer (and Chief Data Officer and Chief Digital Officer, for example) faces both the promise and precariousness of digitizing business. While significant opportunities abound to drive revenues and customer connectivity, any leader will freely confess there are myriad technological, business and human obstacles to transforming even one element of business, introducing a new unique product or even meeting regulatory requirements.

    The Big Data Dilemma

    Big Data is at once the promise of the DX and its biggest roadblock. A recent Harvard Business Review article put it succinctly: “Businesses today are constantly generating enormous amounts of data, but that doesn’t always translate to actionable information.”

    When 150 data scientists were asked if they had built a machine learning model, roughly one-third raised their hands. How many had deployed and/or used this model to generate value, and evaluated it? Not a single one.

    This doesn’t invalidate the role of Big Data in achieving DX. To the contrary: The key to leveraging Big Data is understanding what its role is in solving your business problems, and then building strategies to make that happen — understanding, of course, that there will be missteps and possibly complete meltdowns along the way.

    In fact, Big Data is just one component of DX that you need to think about. Your technology infrastructure and investments (including packaged applications, databases, and analytic and BI tools) need to similarly be rationalized and ultimately monetized, to deliver the true value they can bring to DX.

    Odds are many components will either be retired or repurposed, and you’ll likely come to the same conclusion as everyone else that your business users are going to be key players in how DX technology solutions get built and used. That means your technology and analytic tools need to allow you the agility and flexibility to prototype and deploy quickly; evolve at the speed of business; and empower people across functions and lines of business to collaborate more than they’ve ever done before.

    Beyond mapping out your overarching data, technology and analytic strategies, there are several areas to consider on your DX journey. Over the next three posts, I’ll focus on how to:

    1. Visualize your digital business, not your competitors’
    2. Unleash the knowledge hidden within your most critical assets
    3. Embrace the role and evolution of analytics within your journey

    To whet your appetite, check out this short video on the role of AI in making DX-powered decisions.


    The post Three Keys to Advancing your Digital Transformation appeared first on FICO.

              PRO CNC Plasma Kit        
    PRO CNC Plasma Kit

    With our PRO CNC Plasma Kit, you can readily configure any of our PRO Series CNC Machines for Plasma cutting!

    Our PRO CNC Plasma Kit includes:
    1. Torch Mount - compatible with Hypertherm Powermax45, Powermax45XP, Powermax65, and Powermax85 Plasma Torches
    2. Ohmic Touch-off Sensor
    3. Torch Height Control (THC) System

    PRO Series CNC Plasma Machine
    PRO4848-PLASMA 4' x 4' CNC Plasma Machine
    configured with PRO Leg Kit, Plug & Play NEMA 23 CNC Electronics System,
    CNC Plamsa Kit, and PRO CNC Water Table

    For a complete PRO Series CNC Plasma Machine, you will also need:
    1. PRO Series CNC Machine
    2. PRO Leg Kit
      optional if you already have an alternative solution to bring your PRO Series CNC machine to working height
    3. CNC Electronics system Note: an Ethernet SmoothStepper is required (included in both options above)
    4. PRO CNC Plasma Water Table
    5. Hypertherm PowerMax Plasma Torch
      • supported models include Powermax45, Powermax45 XP, Powermax65, and Powermax85
      • Note: we do not currently offer Plasma Torches for sale directly, please Contact Us for recommended sources.
    6. Mach3 CNC Control Software
    7. SheetCAM
      optional if you have alternative/preferred CAM solution

    PRO4896-PLASMA 4' x 8' PRO Series CNC Plasma Machine
    PRO4896-PLASMA 4' x 8' CNC Plasma Machine,
    configured with PRO Leg Kit, Plug & Play NEMA 23 CNC Electronics System,
    CNC Plamsa Kit, and PRO CNC Water Table

    The Torch Height Control System in this kit is available in several configurations:
    • Plug & Play Electronics - select this option if you are purchasing this kit with a new Plug & Play NEMA 23 CNC Electronics System or Plug & Play NEMA 34 CNC Electronics System, and we will perform the integration and ship the system to you complete and ready-to-go.
    • Plug & Play Electronics Retrofit - select this option if you already own a a new Plug & Play NEMA 23 CNC Electronics System or Plug & Play NEMA 34 CNC Electronics System & Play CNC Electronics System, and we will ship the required CNC Plasma components along with detailed instructions for installing them into your electronics system.
    • DIY Electronics Option - select this option if you wish to integrate the required CNC Plasma components with a new DIY electronics kit from CNC Router Parts, or with your own electronics. Please note that an Ethernet Smoothstepper is required for integration with this kit.
    • No THC - select this option if you wish to configure this kit without Torch Height Control capabilities. Please note that Torch Height Control is recommended and greatly enhances the capabilities and quality for CNC Plasma Cutting.

    Please Contact Us with any questions!

    Price: $1,100.00
    New in: PRO CNC Plasma
              Leveling, Squaring, and Tramming Your CNC Machine        
    Leveling, Squaring, and Tramming Your CNC Machine

    Calibration and tuning your CNC machine will help you achieve consistent and reliable results. There are three primary procedures we recommend after initial machine assembly (and before creating the spoilboard).

    • Table Leveling adjusts leveling-feet so that your machine's two table axes (Y) move along the same nominal XY plane.
    • Gantry Auto Squaring Calibration ensures that your machine's table axes (Y) are coordinated, perpendicular to the machine gantry axis (X).
    • Spindle/Router Tramming verifies that your spindle/tool is making cuts square to the XY plane (primarily concerned with Left/Right adjustment).
    Source Files (Fusion 360 Project and CAD-Neutral Files)
    How-To Video Walkthrough

    Table Leveling
    A convenient method to ensure the table axes are aligned along the same plane is to use a long (4 ' or more) level and adjust the leveling feet such that the table is level along x, y and diagonally.
    When to Re-Check: When your machine is moved to a new location in the shop.
    Gantry Auto-Squaring Calibration
    Our machines use a dual gantry drive architecture, meaning there are independently driven axes moving each side of the gantry. They synchronize their motion and auto-square your gantry by homing to their respective Y and Slave axis home sensors. By adjusting these two sensors you can adjust the squareness of the gantry to your machine table.
    There are multiple methods that will test if a gantry is square. This is the procedure that we use and recommend. Once this is performed the machine can be re-homed and automatically re-squared by using the "REF ALL HOME" button on the operator panel at any time in the future.
    Step 1: Install the Y and Slave "Home" sensors the same depth (or count the exposed threads). For machines with red bumper plates, leaving the sensors exposed 3/4" thru the plate is typical.
    Step 2: Home the machine using REF ALL HOME (if this is your first time, check out our initial setup video here).

    Step 3: Download the Vectric or Fusion calibration project (above under Source Files) and create (or use DXF to create) the calibration test toolpath files (operations are pre-configured).

    Step 4: Using a1/4" end mill, run the calibration test program to create four dowel hole locations.

    Step 5: Install dowels (or 1/4" tool shanks will do, just be careful not to cut yourself).

    Step 6: Measure outside edge to outside edge on each diagonal with a construction square or ruler and confirm they are the same approximate lengths.

    Step 7: If they are the same, you are done! Otherwise, adjust the Y axis or Slave axis sensor as needed and go back to Step 4.

    When to Re-Check: When the Y or Slave Home sensors are moved, adjusted, or replaced.

    Spindle/Router Tramming

    We recommend using a 1/2" or larger flat tool to surface a small test region of a board. Customers will typically use a small 2 'x2 ' or off-cut of MDF for this.

    Step 1: Using our Vectric or Fusion 360 project (or using your own), export gcode that will surface a test board with the surfacing running parallel to the Y (table) axis of the machine. Note: The stepover should be nearly the radius of the tool so that an out-of-tram condition will be more obvious, we recommend 90% stepover with most tools for this test.

    Step 2: Run the test surfacing program (ideally in multiple places) on your CNC machine.

    Step 3: The resulting surfacing should be smooth with minimal ridges between passes. If it is not, which side the ridges are formed will indicate if the spindle needs to be adjusted clockwise or counter-clockwise.

    Step 4: If there are ridges, go back to step 2.

    When to Re-check: When the spindle mount is moved or adjusted.

    New in: Instructions & Configuration
              M12 Field Wireable Connector        
    M12 Field Wireable Connector

    These field wireable connectors allow DIY builders to add a pluggable connection to their own cables for use with our Plug and Play NEMA 23 CNC Control System or Plug and Play NEMA 34 CNC Control System.

    Product Features
    • 4 pin M12 male connector with solder cup connections for 20-28 AWG wire
    • Molded strain relief

    Price: $6.75
    New in: NEMA 23 CNC Electronics, NEMA 34 CNC Electronics, Proximity Sensors
              M12 Female Panel Mount Connector        
    M12 Female Panel Mount Connector

    These panel mount connectors allow DIY builders to create a pluggable connection to the M12 Proximity Sensor Cables used with our Pepperl + Fuchs proximity switches.

    Product Features
    • 4 pin M12 female connector
    • (3) 400mm flying leads with tinned ends: blue (Ground), black (Signal, Normally Open) and brown (V+).
    • Metal connectors to ground cable shields to your control box or panel

    Price: $7.25
    New in: NEMA 23 CNC Electronics, NEMA 34 CNC Electronics, Proximity Sensors
              Pepperl + Fuchs Proximity Sensor        
    Pepperl + Fuchs Proximity Sensor

    Pepperl + Fuchs NPN inductive proximity switches install easily on all of our Standard, PRO, and Benchtop machine kits, or machines from other manufacturers. These same sensors are included in our Proximity Limit Switch Kits.

    These sensors can be used as homing switches or for active safety limits to prevent crashes and protect your machine.

    We highly recommend these sensors with any of our Standard CNC, PRO CNC, or Benchtop CNC machine kits.

    Product Features
    • 8mm detection distance against steel and 5mm distance against aluminum. The extended range allows you to completely protect your limit switches with bumpers or other mechanisms and still have sensing range
    • Wide working temperature range (-25 to 70 degrees C), and negligible drift in sensing distance over the working temperature range.
    • Outstanding German quality in component selection and assembly.
    • Each sensor has an LED to quickly indicate function, and features an M12 x 1 threaded body that provides fine adjustment of detection distance for precision homing and squaring of your machine.


    Price: $30.00
    New in: NEMA 23 CNC Electronics, NEMA 34 CNC Electronics, Proximity Sensors
              M12 Proximity Sensor Cable        
    M12 Proximity Sensor Cable

    For use with our Pepperl + Fuchs NPN inductive proximity switches, these are the same Proximity Sensor Cables that are included in our Proximity Limit Switch Kits.

    Product Features
    • 5 meter length, with male to female connections so cables can be attached for longer runs
    • 4 pin connection includes pins for power, GND, NO and NC
    • Cables are shielded with metal connectors shells to protect signal integirty from electrical noise produced by motors or cutting tools

    Product Options / Configuration:
    Our Proximity Sensor Cables are available in two configurations:
    • Straight Male to Right Angle Female provide a low profile connection to sensors mounted on your machine.

      Straight Male to Right Angle Female Proximity Sensor Cable

    • Straight Male to Straight Female can be used to extend the length of sensor cables for longer runs, or can also connect directly to sensors when a low profile connection is not required

      Straight Male to Straight Female Proximity Sensor Cable

    Price: $14.00
    New in: NEMA 23 CNC Electronics, NEMA 34 CNC Electronics, Proximity Sensors

    Everyone around the water cooler knows that meditation reduces stress. But with the aid of advanced brainscanning technology, researchers are beginning to show that meditation directly affects the function and structure of the brain, changing it in ways that appear to increase attention span, sharpen focus and improve memory.

    One recent study found evidence that the daily practice of meditation thickened the parts of the brain's cerebral cortex responsible for decision making, attention and memory. Sara Lazar, a research scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, presented preliminary results last November that showed that the gray matter of 20 men and women who meditated for just 40 minutes a day was thicker than that of people who did not. Unlike in previous studies focusing on Buddhist monks, the subjects were Boston-area workers practicing a Western-style of meditation called mindfulness or insight meditation. "We showed for the first time that you don't have to do it all day for similar results," says Lazar. What's more, her research suggests that meditation may slow the natural thinning of that section of the cortex that occurs with age.

    The forms of meditation Lazar and other scientists are studying involve focusing on an image or sound or on one's breathing. Though deceptively simple, the practice seems to exercise the parts of the brain that help us pay attention. "Attention is the key to learning, and meditation helps you voluntarily regulate it," says Richard Davidson, director of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin. Since 1992, he has collaborated with the Dalai Lama to study the brains of Tibetan monks, whom he calls "the Olympic athletes of meditation." Using caps with electrical sensors placed on the monks' heads, Davidson has picked up unusually powerful gamma waves that are better synchronized in the Tibetans than they are in novice meditators. Studies have linked this gamma-wave synchrony to increased awareness.

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              The China-US Maritime “Spying” Debate        


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    The China-US Maritime “Spying” Debate

    Aug. 04, 2017  |     | 



    The Australian Department of Defence confirmed that last week a Chinese Dongdiao-class Auxiliary General Intelligence (AGI) vessel monitored the US-Australia Talisman Sabre joint military exercises from within Australia’s 200 nm Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This “first-ever” Chinese incursion of its type in Australia’s EEZ has sparked both alarm and an international debate. Many say China is hypocritical because it is undertaking intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions in other countries’ 200 nm EEZs while opposing those of the US in its own EEZ. But there are significant differences in scale, technological capability, methods, and objectives between what China and the US are doing.

    China’s first “public” attempt at maritime spying in the US EEZ was when an uninvited People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) AGI vessel operated in Hawaii’s EEZ to observe RIMPAC 2014, a multinational naval exercise. Also in 2014, a Chinese AGI vessel was observed off Guam during a US military exercise. According to then-Commander of the US Pacific Command (PACOM) Admiral Samuel Locklear: “The good news about this is that it’s a recognition, I think, or an acceptance by the Chinese of what we’ve been saying to them for some time, [which] is that military operations and survey operations in another country’s EEZs, where you have national—your own national security interest, are within international law and are acceptable.” But such simplistic comparisons are deceptive and potentially dangerous. They can lead to the false hope that China will eventually “see the light” and quietly assent to activities it considers threatening because “it is undertaking similar activities.”

    But the scale is very different. Ironically, the “different scale” argument was first used against China by China critics to demonize its occupations and “militarization” of features in the South China Sea. Although these critics grudgingly acknowledged that China was not doing anything other claimants had not done, nevertheless China’s behavior was singled out as unacceptable because of the much greater scale and “aggressiveness” of its activities.

    It seems that the tables are now turned. Although the critics argue that China is doing “the same thing” as the US, the scale of US ISR missions against China is probably an order of magnitude greater than that of China against the US. For example, as of 2017, PLAN had only three AGI vessels. Of course, China also has ISR planes, drones, and satellites but their number and capabilities pale in comparison to those of US assets.

    Indeed, the US has a huge array of ISR planes, surface vessels, submarines, and drones — many of which, like the subhunter Impeccable, have specialized functions. The US has by far the world’s largest and most capable force of signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft. Moreover, most of the US Navy’s top-of-the-line combatants like the Ticonderoga-class cruisers and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers as well as its submarines are equipped to carry out SIGINT missions. Further, no other country matches the US’ number and array of robotic aircraft and seacraft (drones), particularly in terms of their range and advanced weapons and sensors, coupled with the necessary satellite and telecommunications support systems. US satellite IRS capacity greatly exceeds that of China. In terms of deployment, the US flies hundreds of manned ISR missions every year along China’s coast. There have been no public reports of similar Chinese aerial ISR missions off the US mainland coast.

    Technological capabilities, techniques and objectives are other major differences. Yes, China does insert ISR platforms into other countries’ EEZs — like that of Japan. But it is likely that Chinese technological capabilities and activities in terms of intrusive methods used and information obtained are so substantially inferior to and different from those of the US as to be in a separate, much lower category, e.g., passive listening versus active probing or electronic interference with, and even manipulation of, communications.

    But this is unconfirmed because the US is not being “transparent” when it comes to ISR capabilities. Again ironically, Locklear said of China’s military modernization: “What we should be concerned about though is what we perceive as a lack of transparency on their part in why they are building the type of systems they are building. Quite frankly, it makes their neighbours nervous and it gives us some cause for concern here at PACOM about the type of military they are building and the type of equipment they are buying.”

    A confidential US Navy-National Security Agency (NSA) report revealed by Edward Snowden shows that China’s concerns regarding America’s ISR missions off its coasts are justified.

    But in the case of ISR, it is the extent of capabilities that is not publicly known. To convince sceptics that there is anything near parity between Chinese and US ISR capabilities, those making the “China does the same thing” argument — especially those in the US Navy, need to reveal exactly what it is that the US is doing in China’s near seas so that all can evaluate it for themselves. Otherwise their arguments will fall on deaf ears, and independent and neutral analysts can only speculate based on what little is known.

    In general, it is known that US ISR assets collect communications between the target country’s command-and-control centres and radar and weapons systems, including surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft artillery, and fighter aircraft. Other US ISR probes collect “actionable” intelligence for expeditionary and irregular warfare.

    Incidents involving ISR aircraft like the EP-3 and the Poseidon 8A, as well as the US Navy ships Bowditch, Impeccable, and Cowpens, may have collectively included active “tickling” of China’s coastal defences to provoke and observe responses, interference with shore-to-ship and submarine communications, violation or abuse of the consent regime for marine scientific research, damage to the environment, and tracking China’s new nuclear submarines for potential targeting.

    If so, these are not passive intelligence collection activities commonly undertaken and usually tolerated by many states, including China. Rather they are intrusive, provocative, and controversial practices that may be considered a threat to use force or violations of both China’s marine scientific consent and its environmental protection regimes. This could occur when and if the Poseiden 8 drops sonobuoys (which are part of its repertoire) or the Impeccable and Bowditch deploy “scientific instruments” in China’s EEZ. Indeed, China’s EEZ environment may be degraded if US sonar systems or live fire exercises adversely affect fish and mammals like whales and dolphins.

    But much of this is unconfirmed. What do we — the public — know?

    A confidential US Navy-National Security Agency (NSA) report revealed by Edward Snowden shows that China’s concerns regarding America’s ISR missions off its coasts are justified. The 2001 report reveals that in the EP-3 incident, the crew was unable to destroy all the secret data and systems on board, and details the scope of secrets exposed to China.

    The exposed information contained the fact that the US has “the ability to locate and collect transmissions to or from Chinese submarines and to correlate them to specific vessels.” The plane also carried data that clarified “how much the US knew about China’s submarine-launched ballistic missiles program.” Also, according to the report, as speculated, the missions spur targeted militaries to react, thus creating communications that can be intercepted.

    So, it does appear that the US has a huge advantage over China when it comes to ISR. But unlike Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, China does not oppose all foreign military activities in its EEZ without its permission. Nevertheless, China certainly does object by word and deed to what it perceives as US abuse of the right of freedom of navigation and a threat to use force.

    In sum, China apparently believes that these activities violate the peaceful purpose and uses provisions of UNCLOS, as well as its UNCLOS EEZ resource rights and environmental obligations. China also thinks that the US is “preparing the battle field” and that this constitutes a violation of the UN Charter as well as UNCLOS. In particular, China alleges that the US is not abiding by its obligation to pay “due regard” to its rights and duties as a coastal state. Such due regard in the EEZ is required by UNCLOS for both the coastal state and the user state, but is undefined.

    Whether these concerns are valid or not, China is probably not violating these UNCLOS provisions with its AGI vessel activities and the US may well be doing so — on a grand scale. The US may want to reconsider and modify its superficial and misleading argument that both are doing the same thing

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     Colors White, Black, Blue  
     Entertainment  Stereo FM radio with RDS, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player,Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook apps, SNS integration, Simulator Games  
     Camera  8 MP Full focus, 2500 x 1900 pp, Flash Rear, continuous shooting, Face & smile detection, Video (720p30fps), 2ndary 1.3 Mp cam  
     Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support, Document viewer, Predictive text input, Speakerphone, Urdu language support  
     Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3  
     Messaging  SMS, MMS, email  
     Price  Price in Rs: 13,500    Price in USD: $139


              Qmobile Noir A80 Price & Specs         

    Qmobile Noir A80 Price & Specs 

    Rs. 13,500 USD $139

     Qmobile Noir A80 Price Pakistan

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     Whats New? QMobile Noir A80 - Enlarge your on-hand kingdom
    Qmobile strikes back with Qmobile Noir A80, with a large 4.7 inch crispy TFT screen, Pictures & videos are fun to watch on your new Qmobile Noir A80. Dual Core 1GHz CPU with Advanced Cortex A9 means sheer power. Achieve Fast Download speed & even Stronger graph processing abilities with Qmobile Noir A80 the monster mobile. Now groove on every tune of music coz Qmobile A80 produces realistic and crystal clear sounds for your better music life. With your all new Noir A80, every picture will be a perfect picture, packing the technology of 5.0 Megapixel autofocus Camera with flash, Qmobile's Noir A80 is picture perfect. A80 is the real deal not those fake dual sim phones where you have to turn off & on again to switch the sim cards, Qmobile Noir A80 is Dual SIM Dual Standby  
     Dimension 136 x 70 x 10mm  
     Weight  152g  
     Battery  Talk time Up to 400 Minutes, Stand-by Up to 2-3 days  
     OS Android 4.0.4 Ice cream 
     Memory 4GB built-in (2.8GB available), 512 MB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 8GB) 
     Processor 1Ghz Dual Core Cortex-A9 (MTK MT6577) 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth v2.0, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPRS, EDGE, 3G  
     Display Size  854 x 480 pixels, 4.7 inches,
    Sensors: G-Sensor  
     Display Colour  TFT capacitive touchscreen, 260K colors, Multitouch  
     Frequency / Band 
    SIM 1: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 ( WCDMA 850/2100)
    SIM 2: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
     Browser HTML5  
     Colors White  
     Entertainment  3.5mm audio jack, MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/AMR/AWB/WAV player, SNS integration, Google Talk, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
     Camera  5.0MP autofocus, 2560 x 1920 pixels, flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Video, 0.3MP 2ndary camera  
     Other Features  Dual SIM Dual Standby, GPS + A-GPS support, MicroSIM card support only, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Speakerphone  
     Ring Tones  Downlaodable, Polyphonic, MP3  
     Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM  
     Price  Price in Rs: 13,500    Price in USD: $139  


              Qmobile Noir A55 Price & Specs         

    Qmobile Noir A55 Price & Specs 

    Rs. 10,500 USD $108

     Qmobile Noir A55 Price Pakistan

    Specs & Features   Post Comment  View all Comments   
     Whats New? Qmobile Noir E55 - Sleek & Exquisite!
    The new Sleek and Exquisite Qmobile Noir E55 is your ultimate choice for a smartphone with Android Jelly Bean, the latest version. 1.3 GHz Dual core processor of Qmobile Noir E55 takes you on the ride of entertainment and information at an unprecedented speed like never before. The 4.0' WVGA LCD eloquent screen of Qmobile Noir E55 is vibrant and fun to use no matter the media applications or browsing. The quality entertainment phone Qmobile Noir E55 you cannot pass by  
     Dimension N/a  
     Weight  N/a  
     Battery  1700 mAh  
     OS Android 4.2 Jelly Bean 
     Memory 4GB built-in, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB microSD card included (supports up to 32GB) 
     Processor 1Ghz Dual Core 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth v2.0, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPRS, EDGE  
     Display Size  800 x 480 pixels, 4.0 inches,
    Sensors: G-Sensor  
     Display Colour  WVGA LCD Display  
     Frequency / Band 
    SIM 1 : 900 / 1800 / 1900
    SIM 2 : 900 / 1800 / 1900  
     Browser HTML5  
     Colors Black  
     Entertainment  3.5mm audio jack, Games (built-in + downloadable), Audio / Video Player  
     Camera  3.2MP, with flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, 2ndary VGA Cam  
     Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support, Dual-SIM, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Speakerphone, Torch  
     Ring Tones  Downlaodable, Polyphonic, MP3  
     Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email  
     Price  Price in Rs: 10,500    Price in USD: $108  


              Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Price & Specs        

    Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Price & Specs

    Rs. 12,900 USD $133

     Samsung Galaxy Star Pro Price Pakistan


    Specs & Features   Post Comment  View all Comments   
     Whats New? Samsung Galaxy Star Pro - Shine like a star
    Here comes Samsung Galaxy Star Pro, An affordable smartphone by Tech giant Samsung. Samsung Galaxy Star Pro falls under 4" entry level android segment to fight against the local brands ruling this segment. Samsung Galaxy Star Pro is the successor to Galaxy star released few months back. Flaunting a 2 MP camera, Wifi, 4-GB built-in memory Samsung Galaxy Star Pro provides you with 15 hours of talktime and a stand-by time of 370 hours.  
     Dimension 121.2 x 62.7 x 10.6 mm  
     Weight  121 g  
     Battery  Talk time Up to 15 h, Stand-by Up to 370 h, Music play up to 26 h  
     OS Android 4.1.2, Jelly Bean 
     Memory 4GB built-in, 512 MB RAM, microSD card(supports up to 32GB) 
     Processor 1Ghz Cortex A5 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth v4.0, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS, EDGE  
     Display Size  480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~223 ppi pixel density)
    Sensors: Accelerometer  
     Display Colour  TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors  
     Frequency / Band 
    Sim 1: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    Sim 2: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
     Browser HTML  
     Colors Black, White  
     Entertainment  Stereo FM radio with RDS + FM Recording, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/WMV/H.264 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player, YouTube, Google Talk, Image/video editor, SNS integration, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
     Camera  2 MP, 1600 x 1200 pixels, Video  
     Other Features  Dual SIM (dual stand-by), Quickoffice document viewer/editor, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Calendar, Picasa integration, Organizer  
     Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, Mp3  
     Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM  
     Price  Price in Rs: 12,900    Price in USD: $133  ANDROID SOFTWARE

              Qmobile Noir A51 Price & Specs        

    Qmobile Noir A51 Price & Specs

    Rs. 13,500 USD $139

     Qmobile Noir A51 Price Pakistan


    Specs & Features   ANDROID MOBILES SOFTWARE 
     Whats New? Qmobile Noir A51 - Extremely Versatile.
    Say welcome to the new Qmobile Noir A51. Thanks to the rapid fast processor of 1.3 GHz Dual-core, you get an increase in processing power that you'll not find in any other handset in the same price. Qmobile Noir A51 have Combined the power of enough RAM & ROM so that you can start your phone in the blink of an eye and install all the apps you want. Qmobile Noir A51 has a 4.5 inch FWVGA screen, allowing the phone to have a perfect size to provide excellent grip. In addition, Qmobile A51 has a unique anti-glare, you'll be pleased to check your phone under the sunlight. Qmobile Noir A51 is all about performance, enhanced security and compact design.  
     Dimension 135.5 x 68 x 11.1mm  
     Weight  N/A  
     Battery  1600 mAh  
     OS Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) 
     Memory 4GB ROM, 512MB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 32GB) 
     Processor 1.3 GHz Dual Core 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11), GPRS, EDGE  
     Display Size  854 x 480 pixels, 4.5 inches (~215 ppi pixel density)
    Sensor: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity  
     Display Colour  FWVGA LCD touchscreen (Full Wide Video Graphics Array)  
     Frequency / Band 
    SIM 1: 900 / 1800 / 1900
    SIM 2: 900 / 1800 / 1900  
     Browser HTML5  
     Colors Black  
     Entertainment  FM Radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP3/MP4, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
     Camera  5MP, Video, 2ndry VGA  
     Other Features  Dual SIM, GPS + A-GPS support, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Speakerphone  
     Ring Tones  Downlaodable, Polyphonic, MP3, WAV  
     Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM  
     Price  Price in Rs: 13,500    Price in USD: $139  

              Qmobile Noir A10 Lite Price & Specs        

    Qmobile Noir A10 Lite Price & Specs

    Rs. 15,950 USD $164

     Qmobile Noir A10 Lite Price Pakistan


    Specs & Features   Post Comment  View all Comments   
     Whats New? Qmobile Noir A10 - Lite
    Truly a Work of Art on a 5 inches Screen, Using Qmobile Noir A10 Lite Splash some colors into your life & watch it come to life with the full multitouch screen, Get blazing fast application performance with the 1GHZ Dual Core processor in the Qmobile Noir A10 Lite! Enjoy seamless multi-tasking and an immersive gaming experience, Capture all your favorite moments with the 5 megapixel camera built into the Qmobile Noir A10 Lite, Balance your work & play easily with the Dual SIM functionality in the Qmobile Noir A10 Lite, Carry both your worlds in the palm of your hand & get double the convenience.  
     Dimension 147 x 76.5 x 9.7 mm  
     Weight  168 g  
     Battery  Talk time Up to 5 h, Stand-by Up to 180 h  
     OS Android 4.1.2 
     Memory 4GB built-in, 512MB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 32GB) 
     Processor 1GHz Dual Core 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS Class 12 (48 kbps), EDGE Class 12, 3G  
     Display Size  480 x 854 pixels, 5.0 inches (~196 ppi pixel density),
    Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity  
     Display Colour  IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Touch-sensitive controls, Multitouch  
     Frequency / Band 
    SIM 1: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100)
    SIM 2: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100)  
     Browser HTML5  
     Colors Black, White  
     Entertainment  FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV player, SNS integration, Google Talk, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
     Camera  5MP, autofocus, Dual-LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Video, 2ndary  
     Other Features  Dual SIM, GPS + A-GPS support, MicroSIM card support only, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Speakerphone  
     Ring Tones  Downlaodable, Polyphonic, MP3, WAV  
     Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM  
     Price  Price in Rs: 15,950    Price in USD: $164  

              Voice Xtreme V70 Price & Specs        

    Voice Xtreme V70 Price & Specs

    Rs. 20,900 USD $215

    Voice Xtreme V70 Price Pakistan


    Specs & Features   Post Comment  View all Comments   
     Whats New? Voice Xtreme V70 - All That You Want!
    Voice V70 Quadcore Smartphone, a high end futuristic Android smartphone with a sleek look and amazing features; all at an affordable price. 5 inch crispy display enriches your viewing experience and not just that but Voice Xtreme V70 also pack an enormous 12 Mp auto focus camera to capture every smile & each expression. We know you want a quality video while on Skype or video chatting that why your V70 QuadCore is loaded with 3.0Mp front Camera, Voice V70 - This is where Style meets utility...  
     Dimension 145 x 73.5 x 8.5mm  
     Weight  N/A  
     Battery  N/A  
     OS Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2 
     Memory 4GB built-in, 1GB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 32GB) 
     Processor Quad-Core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth 4.0, LE, USB, WLAN (WiFi 802.11b/g/n, support WIFI router (WAPI), GPRS, EDGE, 3G  
     Display Size  540 x 960 pixels, 5 inches
    Sensors: Gsensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Magnetic sensor  
     Display Colour  IPS QHD Touchscreen, 16M colors, Multitouch  
     Frequency / Band 
    SIM 1: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    SIM 2: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
     Browser HTML  
     Colors Black  
     Entertainment  Stereo FM radio with RDS, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player,Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook apps, SNS integration, Games (built-in)  
     Camera  12 MP, autofocus, LED flash, Video, 2ndary (3MP)  
     Other Features  Document viewer, Predictive text input, Speakerphone  
     Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3  
     Messaging  SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM  
     Price  Price in Rs: 20,900    Price in USD: $215  

              Voice Xtreme V60 Price & Specs        

    Voice Xtreme V60 Price & Specs

    Rs. 19,000 USD $196

     Voice Xtreme V60 Price Pakistan

    Specs & Features   Post Comment  View all Comments   
     Whats New? Voice Xtreme V60 - Quad Core
    Voice V60 Quadcore Smartphone comes with 4.5 inches touchscreen having smart look at an affordable price, Voice Xtreme V60 comes with 12 Mp auto focus camera to capture every smile & each expression. For video chatting on Skype that why your V60 QuadCore is loaded with 3.0Mp front Camera, Voice V60 enables you to enjoy Whatsapp, viber, Facebook that are pre-installed.  
     Dimension 132 x 68 x 10.8mm  
     Weight  158g  
     Battery  N/A  
     OS Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2 
     Memory 4GB built-in, 1GB RAM, microSD card (supports up to 32GB) 
     Processor Quad core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth 4.0, LE, USB, WLAN (802.11b/g/n, support WIFI router (WAPI), GPRS, EDGE, 3G  
     Display Size  540 x 960 pixels, 4.5 inches
    Sensors: Gsensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Magnetic sensor  
     Display Colour  IPS QHD Touchscreen, 16M colors, Multitouch  
     Frequency / Band 
    SIM 1: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    SIM 2: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
     Browser HTML  
     Colors Black  
     Entertainment  3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player,Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook apps, SNS integration, Pre-installed Apps available like Viber, WhatsAPP, Skype & Facebook, Games (built-in)  
     Camera  12 MP, autofocus, LED flash, Video, 2ndary (3MP)  
     Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support and GLONASS, Document viewer, Predictive text input, Speakerphone  
     Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3  
     Messaging  SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM  
     Price  Price in Rs: 19,000    Price in USD: $196


              Huawei G610s Price & Specs        

    Huawei G610s Price & Specs

    Rs. 19,999 USD $206

     Huawei G610s Price Pakistan


    Specs & Features   Post Comment  View all Comments   
     Whats New? HUAWEI G610s - Super Wide Screen, Super Fast Processor
    The one who says the Huawei G610s is no big deal, you'll instantly spot the lie! The huge 5 inch display of Huawei's G610s is made for a stunning entertainment experience. huge not only from the outside, but Huawei G610s also has has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor inside for stunning performance. In the world there is so much to see - why hold yourself to a small touch screen when 5 inch QHD IPS TFT display of Huawei G610s shows you everything you want to see in QHD quality. There's also a 5 megapixel camera which provides crisp, clear photos. Rounding out the performance package of Huawei G610s with a dual SIM feature. Known not only by its beautiful exterior, G610s by Huawei promises a tremendous computational power having a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB Rom.  
     Dimension 142 x 73.6 x 9.9 mm  
     Weight  170 g  
     Battery  Li-ion Battery 2150 mAh (unknown standby/talktime)  
     OS Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean) 
     Memory 4GB built-in, 1GB RAM, microSD card(supports uo to 32 GB)  
     Processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz (MTK MT6589M) + GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP  
     Connectivity  Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot), DLNA, GPRS, EDGE, 3G (HSPA)  
     Display Size  540 x 960 pixels, 5.0 inches QHD,(~220 ppi pixel density)
    Sensors: Accelerometer, Light Sensor, Digital Proximity  
     Display Colour  16M colors, IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen, Multitouch  
     Frequency / Band 
    SIM1: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 (HSDPA 900 / 2100)
    SIM2: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900  
     Browser HTML5  
     Colors Black, White  
     Entertainment  FM Radio, 3.5mm Jack, MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player, MP4/H.263/H.264 player, SNS integration, Games  
     Camera  5MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED Flash, Geo-tagging, HDR, Video, 720p@30fps), 2ndary 0.3MP Camera for video calls  
     Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support, GPU, Organizer, Document viewer, Photo viewer/editor, Voice memo/dial, Predictive text input  
     Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, WAV, MP3  
     Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM  
     Price  Price in Rs: 19,999    Price in USD: $206

              Qmobile Noir A650 Price & Specs        

    Qmobile Noir A650 Price & Specs

    Rs. 18,900 USD $195

    Qmobile Noir A650 Price Pakistan 

    ANDROID Mobile Software

    Specs & Features     
     Whats New? Qmobile Noir A650 - Make it Big!
    Qmobile continues to bring us more products in the Phablet segment. Presenting Qmobile Noir A650, with a huge 5.5 inch screen and powerful configuration but in a cheaper price, promising extreme entertainment experience to all users. Qmobile Noir A650 with a luxurious design, is available in black and white colours. Back camera features a cluster, creating focal points for air. Rounded back cover helps in maintaining a firm grip, despite having a large 5.5 inch screen.Qmobile Noir A650 has a large 5.5 inch vivid and sharp display, supporting 16 million colors with good viewing angles, obviously, watching HD movies on Noir A650 would be a treat. Fully optimized for performance and fast graphics processing, thanks to it's MT6589 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz quad-core, Qmobile Noir A650 feels smoother even playing much heavier games like Real Football, Iron Man 3, and Atphalt 7. Equipped with Android 4.2 jelly Bean with better security capabilities and a more intuitive interface Noir A650 by Qmobile is compatible with hundreds and thousands of apps on the Google play Store. Equipped with a 5MP camera with flash light, Qmobile A650 produces images with true color and fine detail. With a battery capacity up to 1700 mAh, Qmobile Noir A650 helps users to stay in action all day long without worrying about running out of battery. It also features exclusive power saving mode, when enabled it'll reduce & clock down the CPU for a prolong usage.  
     Dimension 157.7 x 79.5 x 9.8 mm  
     Weight  N/a  
     Battery  1700mah  
     OS Android V4.2, Jelly Bean 
     Memory 4GB built-in, 512 MB RAM + 8GB microSD card included (supports upto 32GB) 
     Processor 1.2 Ghz Quad Core Cortex-A7, GPU: PowerVR Series5XT 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth v4.0, with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wifi-802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS Class 12, EDGE Class 12, 3G  
     Display Size  854 x 480 pixels, 5.5 inches.
    Sensors:Proximity sensor, G-sensor, E-Compass, Light Sensor, Face Unlock  
     Display Colour  IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Multitouch  
     Frequency / Band 
    SIM 1: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    SIM 2: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900  
     Browser HTML5  
     Colors White, Black  
     Entertainment  FM Radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV player, SNS integration, Google Talk, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
     Camera  5.0MP, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, Paranoma effect, face detection, Video, 2ndary (0.3MP)  
     Other Features  Dual SIM, GPS + A-GPS support, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Speakerphone  
     Ring Tones  Downlaodable, Polyphonic, MP3, WAV  
     Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM  
     Price  Price in Rs: 18,900    Price in USD: $195           

              Apple iphone 5C 16GB Price & Specs        

    Apple iphone 5C 16GB Price & Specs

    Rs. 58,500 USD $603

     Apple iphone 5C 16GB Price Pakistan

    Specs & Features    
     Whats New? Apple iphone 5C 16GB - For The Colors
    Color is more than just a hue, It expresses a feeling, Makes a statement, Declares an allegiance, Color reveals your personality, Apple iphone 5C in five anything but shy colors, does just that, It’s not just for lovers of color, It’s for the colorful, A6 chip, 8MP iSight camera, 4-inch Retina display, Ultrafast LTE wireless, Apple iphone 5C has the things that made iPhone 5 an amazing phone & more, including iOS 7, All in a completely new design that feels great in your hand, With a vibrant, lively interface & new features that take full advantage of the technology inside, iOS 7 is made for Apple iphone 5C on every level, With a new fingerprint identity sensor, 64-bit A7 chip, & an even more impressive iSight camera, Apple iphone 5C is forward thinking.  
     Dimension 124.4 x 59.2 x 9 mm  
     Weight  132 g  
     Battery  Talk time N/A, Stand-by Up to 250 h  
     OS iOS 7.0 
     Memory 16 GB built-in, RAM: 1GB 
     Processor Dual-core 1.3 GHz, Apple A6 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS, EDGE, 3G (DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps)  
     Display Size  640 x 1136 pixels, 4 inches
    Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coatingSensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass  
     Display Colour  LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors  
     Frequency / Band 
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100  
     Browser HTML (Safari)  
     Colors White, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink  
     Entertainment  Audio/video player and editor, 3.5mm audio jack, TV-out, Twitter and Facebook integration, iCloud cloud service, Image editor, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
     Camera  8MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (True Tone) flash, geo-tagging, 1.5 µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video & image recording, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR, Video (1080p 30fps, 720p@120fps), light, video stabilization, 2ndary (1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular)  
     Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support and GLONASS, GPU, Digital compass, MicroSIM card support only, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, iBooks PDF reader Siri natural language commands and dictation, Google Maps, AirDrop file sharing, Scratch-resistant glass back panel, Voice memo/command/dial, Speakerphone  
     Ring Tones  Proprietary ringtones  
     Messaging  iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push  
     Price  Price in Rs: 58,500    Price in USD: $603

              Apple iphone 5S 32GB Price & Specs        

    Apple iphone 5S 32GB Price & Specs

    Rs. 92,000 USD $948

     Apple iphone 5S 32GB Price Pakistan

    Specs & Features    
     Whats New? Apple iphone 5S 32GB - Forward Thinking
    Apple iphone 5S is purposefully imagined, Meticulously considered & Precision crafted, It’s not just a product of what’s technologically possible, But what’s technologically useful, It’s not just what’s next, But what should be next, The most advanced technology all leads up to this, Apple iphone 5S set a precedent, with an amazing amount of technology in a remarkably thin, light design, Apple iphone 5S builds on that achievement with Touch ID a fingerprint identity sensor, Apple iphone 5S is the first 64 bit smartphone in the world & iOS 7 was designed with that in mind, built specifically for 64 bit architecture. Which makes iOS 7 just as advanced as the iPhone it’s on.  
     Dimension 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm  
     Weight  112 g  
     Battery  Talk time Up to 10 h, Stand-by Up to 250 h  
     OS iOS 7 
     Memory 32 GB built-in 
     Processor Apple A7 Chipset 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS, EDGE, 3G (DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps)  
     Display Size  640 x 1136 pixels, 4 inches
    Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coatingSensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass  
     Display Colour  LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors  
     Frequency / Band 
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100  
     Browser HTML (Safari)  
     Colors Black/Slate, White/Silver, Gold  
     Entertainment  Audio/video player and editor, 3.5mm audio jack, TV-out, Twitter and Facebook integration, iCloud cloud service, Image editor, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
     Camera  8MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (True Tone) flash, geo-tagging, 1.5 µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video & image recording, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR, Video (1080p 30fps, 720p@120fps), light, video stabilization, 2ndary (1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular)  
     Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support and GLONASS, GPU, Digital compass, MicroSIM card support only, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, iBooks PDF reader Siri natural language commands and dictation, Google Maps, AirDrop file sharing, Scratch-resistant glass back panel, Voice memo/command/dial, Speakerphone  
     Ring Tones  Proprietary ringtones  
     Messaging  iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push  
     Price  Price in Rs: 92,000    Price in USD: $948

              Qmobile Noir Quatro Z3 Price & Specs        

    Qmobile Noir Quatro Z3 Price & Specs 

    Rs. 26,500USD $273

     Qmobile Noir Quatro Z3 Price Pakistan

    Specs & Features  
     Whats New? Noir Quatro Z3 - Live a Passionate Life
    Quad Core 1.5GHz yet an ultra slim design of of just 138 x 70 x 6.85mm, Qmobile Z3 is Packed with 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED DISPLAY providing you the stunning entertainment in the palm of your hand. Fill Your Life With Quality Music coz Qmobile Noir Z3 has got DTS 3D Surround Sound with a Colorful Music Display. Now fill Your Life with Colors coz Qmobile Noir Z3 Quatro comes loaded with Sony Professional Camera 8.0MP Rear & 5.0 Front cam with 1080P HQ Video Recording, Qmobile Z3 has 1GB RAM & 16 GB ROM providing you a massive Storage for all your pictures, videos, songs and more.......  
     Dimension 138 × 70 × 6.85mm  
     Weight  135 g  
     Battery  Talk time Up to 10 h, Stand-by Up to 250 h  
     OS Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean) 
     Memory 16GB built-in, 1GB RAM 
     Processor 1.5GHz Quad Core Cortex A7 + GPU: PowerVR Series5XT 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS, EDGE, 3G  
     Display Size  HD 1280 x 720 pixels, 4.8 Inches,
    Sensors: Gyro, Accelerometer, proximity, Light Sensor, Compass  
     Display Colour  Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 306 PPi, Multitouch  
     Frequency / Band 
    GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (TD-SCDMA 1900/2100 MHz)  
     Browser HTML5  
     Colors Yellow, Black, White  
     Entertainment  Radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player, DTS 3D Surround Sound, YouTube, Google Talk, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
     Camera  8MP,Rear with flash + 5.0MP Front, autofocus, geo-tagging, face tracking, HDR, continuous shooting, touchscreen shooting, gesture, Beauty effects, smile & more, Video (1920 x 1080, 30 fames/sec) with Gyroscopic Stabilization  
     Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support, Document editor, Photo viewer/editor, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Voice memo/dial/commands, Calendar, Speakerphone  
     Ring Tones  Proprietary ringtones  
     Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail  
     Price  Price in Rs: 26,500    Price in USD: $273  

              CSU Works to Improve Rehabilitation Technology        

    NSF grant will establish new Research Experience for Undergraduates site on campus


    Through a new grant from the National Science Foundation, Cleveland State University is working to enhance rehabilitative technology while providing unique learning experiences for students. The Rehabilitation Engineering at CSU (RE@CSU) program will seek to create an immersive experience in rehabilitation research, increase and diversify the population of engineering and computer science students in rehabilitation engineering and improve the quality of life for individuals with limited mobility. The program is part of the NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates initiative.

    “Rehabilitation engineering is a rapidly evolving field as new computer and sensor technologies greatly expand the opportunities to improve mobility and accessibility for individuals suffering from numerous injuries and illnesses,” notes Eric Schearer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at CSU and co-director of the program. “This initiative will seek to increase the number of individuals entering this dynamic field while also helping to advance the quality and use of a host of rehabilitative technologies.”

    The program, which is co-led by Ann Reinthal, CSU associate professor of health sciences, will recruit undergraduate student engineers and scientists from all around the country with a focus on individuals with disabilities, students from underrepresented minority groups, and students from institutions that do not grant doctoral degrees in engineering. Participants will have the opportunity to model, design, and build human and mechatronic systems, as well as develop intelligent control systems, track human motion with various sensors, and interact with clinicians and patients. Students will also present their research at technical conferences around the country and a mini-conference for students at MC2STEM high school, which is housed on the CSU campus.

    The NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in a host of fields including biological sciences, geosciences and engineering. REU projects also focus on improving opportunities for underrepresented groups as well as opportunities to disseminate research findings in professional conferences.

    For more information about RE@CSU, visit https://www.csuohio.edu/engineering/recsu/recsu.


              Qmobile Noir Quatro Z4 Price & Specs        

    Qmobile Noir Quatro Z4 Price & Specs

    Rs. 35,000 USD $361

     Qmobile Noir Quatro Z4 Price Pakistan

    Specs & Features  
     Whats New? Qmobile Noir Quatro Z4 - Do More with Less!
    Hold your breath and sit back Tight as Qmobile Noir Quatro Z4 is going to take you on a ride you've never been to before. Qmobile Noir Z4 is not just another android by any Local brand trying to enter the Pakistani market, Qmobile Quatro Z4 is by far the best built Smartphone QMobile have ever launched to date. Qmobile is striving hard to establish themselves as Pakistan's best smartphone brand and we think that Qmobile Noir Quatro Z4 just did that for Qmobile. A slim and smart single body hand polished design with a smooth finish and an excellent mix of Technology makes Qmobile Z4 speaks for itself. With 32GB onboard storage, 13MP BSI sensor rear camera, 5MP front camera, 2GB RAM, Gorilla glass protection and 1.5GHz Quad-Core blazing fast processor Qmobile Quatro Z4 will rock your world  
     Dimension 142.5 x 69.4 x 7.9 mm  
     Weight  128g  
     Battery  2000mah (Non-removable)  
     OS Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean) 
     Memory 32GB built-in, 2GB RAM 
     Processor 1.5GHz Quad Core Cortex A7 + GPU: PowerVR Series5XT 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS, EDGE, 3G  
     Display Size  HD 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5.0 Inches,
    Sensors: Gyro, Accelerometer, proximity, Light Sensor, Compass  
     Display Colour  Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, Gorilla Glass protection, 16M colors, 441 PPi, Multitouch  
     Frequency / Band 
    GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (WCDMA 900/2100 MHz) single micro sim  
     Browser HTML5  
     Colors White, Black  
     Entertainment  FM Radio,3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player, DTS 3D Surround Sound, YouTube, Google Talk, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
     Camera  13.0, Rear Full HD with flash + 5.0MP Front, FHD autofocus, geo-tagging, face tracking, HDR, continuous shooting, touchscreen shooting, gesture, Beauty effects, smile & more, Video (1920 x 1080, 30 fames/sec) with Gyroscopic Stabilization  
     Other Features  GPS + A-GPS support, Document editor, Photo viewer/editor, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Voice memo/dial/commands, Calendar, Speakerphone  
     Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3  
     Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail  
     Price  Price in Rs: 35,000    Price in USD: $361  


              Sony Xperia C Price & Specs         

    Sony Xperia C Price & Specs 

    Rs. 28,500 USD $294

     Sony Xperia C Price Pakistan

    Specs & Features    
     Whats New? Sony Xperia C - Your world of entertainment just got bigger
    Same impressive screen as Sony HD TVs, The All new Sony Xperia C offers A large 5” qHD display with a 540 x 960 pixel screen resolution to enjoy amazingly clear sharp, crisp and bright images.The Camera of Sony Xperia C has the same technology and components as leading Sony cameras. having 8 MP camera with Exmor R letting you take Superior pictures even in the dark & low light. Sony Xperia C have HDR which means your people & places in your photos look as bright as you can remember, With the dedicated Camera key on Xperia C by Sony you can take the snaps from a locked screen. Android phones with bigger screens consume more battery, even in Standby. The application which you think are closed, are still draining your battery. well not anymore coz Sony Xperia C has a Battery STAMINA Mode. It detects the standby & automatically closes all the apps you don’t need. As soon as the power button is pressed, everything is up and running again.  
     Dimension 141.5 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm  
     Weight  153 g  
     Battery  Talk time Up to 14 h, Stand-by Up to 588 h
    Music play Up to 111h  
     OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) 
     Memory 4GB built-in 1GB RAM, microSD Card (supports up to 32GB) 
     Processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz (MTK MT6589) + GPU: PowerVR SGX544 
     Connectivity  Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, USB, WLAN (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot), GPRS, EDGE, 3G (HSDPA 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA 11.5 Mbps)  
     Display Size  540 x 960 pixels, 5.0 inches
    Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity & compass  
     Display Colour  16M colors, TFT capacitive touchscreen  
     Frequency / Band 
    SIM1: 900 / 1800 / 1900 (HSDPA 900 / 2100)
    SIM2: 900 / 1800 / 1900  
     Browser HTML5  
     Colors Black, White, Purple  
     Entertainment  Stereo FM radio with RDS, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, MP3/eAAC+/WAV player, SNS integration, Games (built-in + downloadable)  
     Camera  8MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED Flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR, Video (1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer), 2ndry VGA Camera  
     Other Features  GPS + A-GPS, support, Java MDP Emulator  
     Ring Tones  Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3  
     Messaging  SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Mail  
     Price  Price in Rs: 28,500    Price in USD: $294  

              Food in the News        
    Maple Syrup Science The University of Vermont is applying science to Maple Syrup. They have just opened a state of the art center the Proctor Maple Research Center to see if the new technologies produce a product as good as the old technologies. Here they will be applying flavor and sensory chemistry to determine what […]
              The Feeling of Words        
    Like most establishments, Goodwill Thrift Stores play music over its loudspeakers to keep its shoppers happy and boppin' down the aisles, looking for vintage textiles, retro styles, and ankle weights and garden sprinklers (okay, maybe that last one is just me). My estranged husband and I were there browsing (you can't go in a place like that and not look at a bit of everything). We were both enjoying the music (and indeed, he was whistling along, something I can't do) but long after it had been played, we still couldn't remember who sang, "Take on Me". The only thing that kept coming back to me was "Wham!" but I knew that was wrong, even if it "felt" right.

    I liken this phenomenon, this feeling of words that are similar in meaning or action, to synesthesia, which is "a neurologically based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway", according to Wikipedia. Some synesthites taste various flavors when hearing certain sounds. Others see words as having different colors and shapes. I can't always describe the almost physical sensation I get when something like this happens (it happens a lot) but I use the "ability" for lots of things. To visualize in my mind the size or weight of something...some words just weigh heavier and look bigger than others. Or appear more bold or dainty. I can often also recall words that won't come to me because a particular letter will stand out; if I'm with someone and we're both in this predicament (like trying to remember who sang "Take on Me"), I'll let them know clues I'm getting. "I see a prominent R", because I will, almost as sure as if it had stepped forward from a line-up, put its knuckles on its hips, puffed out its chest and announced, "I am Here." And often, the word will put itself together that way until I can see it and exclaim, "a-ha!", as I did when I called my estranged husband this morning. No, really..."a-ha" is the name of the band who sand the song "Take on Me". If I say "Wham!" and "a-ha" even now, I get the strong sense of the short burst of power behind it more than I do the word, which is what I was experiencing yesterday.

    Photobucket've told people for years that I'm wired funny. Add this phenomenon to the physical body of someone who is a supertaster, someone who refuses to let most foods mix because the flavors (or colors, textures, etc.) simply aren't compatible. Sweet AND sour together? *retch* And when you offer me your "little bit spicy" hotsauce, don't be surprised when I turn it down as the fire-starter that it is for me. When everything I experience is rolled into a ball and displayed, it amounts to creating a fairly flaky individual, eccentric, exact in her tastes and dislikes, with a goofy, exuberant enthusiasm for her pet causes. Because I am compelled not only by words, but by the sensations these words present, I'm more likely to see the deeper meaning in things. Music just might be bigger to me...at least certain types. I hear the most blissful piece of music ever performed, in my opinion, "Oraanu Pi" by E.S. Posthumus, and see and feel and can almost touch the flights of fancy, glimmers of light and flashes of glitter, swimming around and dive-bombing me. This is just an peek into my world, how I see the living of life...my reality will vary so differently than yours that, by now, you're probably shaking your head and thinking, "What a fruitcake".

    Is synesthesia present in everyone, but laten in most, unfortunately? I say unfortunately because once I embraced and decided to actually see these bouncing letters, beams of dancing, colored lights, and weighted words, my life bloomed like a tropical garden, full and lush and alive with scent, movement, color, light...Life. Ya know, I don't think five or six senses are enough. Grow your own if you can. I did.

    Is it just a coincidence that "Take on Me" brings a character caught in a 2D world to life in our dimension? Eh...I'm not going to make the connection. Just shut up and enjoy the videos.

    Ah Ha - Take On Me

    And, for future reference, will you guys please remember that, when my time comes, I want my ashes to be scattered somewhere around Mt. Baker while "Oraanu Pi" is playing. Loudly. And blissfully. Namaste'.

              Venite a scoprire il nuovo FC Store sempre ad Albano Sant’Alessandro        
    Venite a scoprire il nuovo FC Store sempre ad Albano Sant’Alessandro, ma con tantissime novità! Durante la giornata si potrà acquistare con sconti speciali e inoltre sarà possibile effettuare la pulizia dei sensori delle vostre fotocamere GRATUITAMENTE! Verrà allestita una sala posa dove potrete provare TUTTI i prodotti disponibili nello Store! Inoltre saranno a disposizione […]
              "Hains" Prusa Mendel RepRap: Printing Prusa Parts        

    The "Hains" Prusa Mendel RapRap 3D printer has begun to replicate. It's printing parts for the "Desmonda", the second machine I will build. As you may be able to tell from the photo above, the quality is very good, and it's about time!

    That quality was hard won and well earned. I've been lax in posting to the blog because I've spent weeks  and weeks tweaking, fixing, modifying, calibrating, and test printing, often putting in 14-16 hours a day. You could say there have been some bumps on the road.

    Here are the highlights of the challenges I've been dealing with over the last month and a half.


    The first prints were such a disaster (see Movember ring first print, above), I now know, because I was setting the temperature too high. I set it to 210 at first, the default temperature for PLA plastic. Then I read that setting it at 185 was a good starting place. Even at 185 deg. Celsius, though, the plastic was oozing out of the nozzle like crazy when idle, and printing a real mess. Sometimes it would even burp plastic, which I came to realize was gas released from the plastic when the temperature is too high. Essentially, it was boiling. Lesson one: the thermistor (temperature sensor) is not calibrated. So, when the computer is set to 185, that doesn't mean the nozzle is actually 185 deg. I started lowering the temperature, and until I got down to 149, the prints got better every time I did a test print. I now print with it set to 152.

    Bearing Upgrades and Modifications

    The pulley design for the RepRap turns out to be quite problematic. The metal fender washers don't move in the default design, so the belt rubs up against them and causes a lot of friction. You have to turn the motors WAY up to counter it. It also makes things irregular and generally hard to manage. I used a combination of techniques to fix this problem. For the front and undercarriage pulleys I loosened the nuts on either side of the fender washers so the washers could rotate freely, but cemented the nuts in place with loctite. On the back pulley next to the motor I cut a nylon washer in half and glued it back it together  inside of the fenders. They are low friction and rotate when they need to. But that's an ugly hack. The X-end idler could be taken apart, so I upgraded the pulley there. On Thingiverse.com there is a bearing upgrade object, and it comes standard on machines from MakerGear and others. Lesson two: these upgrades will replace the fender-bearing design on every machine I make from here out.

    Bad Parts

    As I start to print my own RepRap parts, and after having worked with the parts I got from eBay all summer long, I've come to kind of loath them. So much of my trouble has come down to poor quality parts that I couldn't guess how many hours they took up in testing and tweaking. Notice the crack in the pulley gear in the photo above? Yeah, now you start to see why this has taken me so long, right? In addition to bad gears, the X motor mount and X end idler are really quite poor, causing the smooth rods to be out of alignment with each other, and I suspect, not entirely perpendicular to the Y axis. The extruder idler came small and out of shape, and I've had to bore it out a few times to make it so the extruder won't bind. Lesson three: get good parts! The guy I got the parts from is well intentioned, I have no doubt, but I think these Makerbot people aren't the best candidates for producing quality parts. They're the type that are attracted to the instant gratification (or as much as can be had right now) of an easy kit they can throw together in a weekend. The RepRap people, on the other hand, tend to be kind of obsessive about their machines because it takes so much to get them working right. You have to know a lot more to use a RepRap. So, I would say that parts made on a RepRap will tend to be higher quality, as a rule, than parts made on a Makerbot. MakerGear has some really fantastic parts, and if I had to start over again I would have bought their parts. I would have bought their kit, frankly, but that's a point I'll come to shortly.

    Wrong Parts

    This was probably the biggest problem of the entire project, from start to finish causing me headaches the whole way. First there was the issue with the stepper motors. The parts list I got from the guy on eBay included a link to a supply of stepper motors, except they were the wrong motors for a RepRap. They weren't the right size (dimensionally) and they didn't have enough holding torque. Then there was the matter of fasteners. I didn't know what I was doing, for a start, and then the parts list I got from the eBay seller had parts for an SAE Prusa, but a metric Wade's extruder. I got all confused and now have a large assortment of various screws and nuts that weren't of any use to me in the project. The pulley gears were at the heart of it, in the end. I spent weeks of calibrating after the first print, all of it wasted because the eBay seller included a link to the wrong belt. It's the kind of belt that is used overseas, and is metric. So they didn't match the printed pulleys that came with the parts. I first bought replacement printed pulleys of the same size because I thought the problem was bad parts, and then bought the manufactured pulleys when I finally figured out the problem was wrong parts. Lesson learned: don't believe the parts list supplied by the eBay seller. Do your homework, hard as it is, and understand which nuts and bolts you'll use by walking through the instructions one step at a time and counting it all up.

    Belt Tension

    While trying to hunt down the backlash problem caused by using T5 pulley gears and XL belting, I learned a lot about belt tension. In the process I managed to pull off a short and messy print I could turn around and put to use right away. It's called a Y-tensioner, and is probably the first thing I downloaded and tried to print off of Thingiverse after the Movember ring and test cubes. It allows me to adjust the tension of the Y axis belt, the most inaccessible one, with a hex key without having to take the print bed off. The X axis belt has to be done the old fashioned way, and boy what a pain that is! Lesson learned: yes, there is such a thing as too tight on the belts. I'll leave it at that. Suffice is to say that you're shooting for a Goldilocks zone when it comes to belt tension: just right.


    My prints were pretty good, but there was room for improvement. Early on someone had pointed out to me that it appeared that I had quite a bit of wobble in the prints, meaning that the layers didn't stack right on top of each other exactly. That can happen when the leadscrew for the Z axis (up and down) orbits a bit because the motor shaft doesn't line up exactly with the center of the leadscrew and the nut in the X ends. In my case, you may have noticed in an earlier post I mentioned that the Z clips I got from the eBay seller snapped during assembly. Well, they did, and I replaced them with rubber tubing (thanks Tonokip) but the leadscrews definately were orbiting. ScribbleJ, who has helped me a ton via IRC, designed these Z axis constraints that I printed up and added to the machine. Lesson learned: use MakerGear modifications and their design to eliminate Z wobble from the start.

    That's a taste of what it took to get to printing well enough to make Prusa Mendel parts for "Desmonda" on the "Hains". I'll tell you about my software calibration journey another time. The test cubes! So many test cubes!!!
              cara merawat mesin diesel modern        
    iesel kerap dinomorduakan. Padahal hasil perkembangan rancangan dapur pacu Rudolf Diesel ini pun punya banyak metamorfosa. Ibarat mesin bensin dapat sistem injeksi bahan bakar, diesel pun mengalami ubahan secara elektronis.

    Era peminum solar pun berkembang dengan hadirnya teknologi commonrail. Sistem ini menggantikan era diesel elektronik yang mempunyai komponen pembagi solar elektronis pada injection pumpnya.

    Pada sistem commonrail, pembagian dilakukan langsung pada injektor. Tekanan sangat tinggi diaplikasi pada sistem ini sehingga membutuhkan komponen presisi. Penanganannya pun lebih teliti.

    Enggak percaya? Coba nanti bertandang ke Fakta Jaya Motor, Bosch Diesel Service di Jln.Karang Anyar no.55 Jakpus.

    Sebenarnya perawatan diesel modern masih mirip dengan diesel konvensional. Misalnya, tenaga ngedrop bisa diperkirakan berasal dari komponen injeksi bahan bakar. Tentu sebelumnya dengan mengatasi pasokan udara alias memastikan saringan udara bersih dan tidak tersumbat kotoran.

    Nah, di sistem pasokan bahan bakar inilah bedanya. "Inti dari mesin commonrail ada empat bagian. Yaitu commonrail pump, rail pressure, commonrail injector dan sensor-sensor. Keluhan tentang low power, kita harus tahu dulu dari mana. Karena dari keempat komponen itu, gejalanya sama," ujar Tommy Subagja, technical manager Fakta Jaya Motor.

    Tekanan tinggi sampai 1.800 bar pada sistem ini menggunakan komponen yang sangat presisi. Penanganannya pun harus ekstra teliti. Misalnya buat bongkar pasang harus dilakukan pada clean room. "Karena debu kecil saja bisa merusak bagian dalam komponen," lanjut Tommy.

    Clean room ini punya ventilasi dan sirkulasi udara dengan saringan khusus. Pintu masuknya pun dua untuk mencegah udara luar masuk.  Sedangkan komponen yang keluar masuk juga harus dibungkus plastik.

    Sementara di luar ruangan disediakan juga clean room kecil seperti Hartridge Microdiesel Cabinet. Di kabinet ini, sirkulasi udara pun terus dilakukan supaya pada saat komponen dikerjakan tidak ada debu nakal yang singgah. Bengkel diesel kotor? Tidak lagi!