A HP Pavilion Notebook DV600T

Up on the testing bench today for your reading pleasure we have the Pavilion dv6000t, brought to you by HP. Marketed as a mobile entertainment and general use laptop, HP aims to please with this flashy, stylish multimedia notebook. HP’s design has come a long way from just a few years ago, and to top it off, the dv6000t boasts some pretty nice hardware inside.

We like the HP Pavilion dv6000’s 15.4-inch wide-screen display; its native resolution of 1,280×800 provides ample real estate for work or play. The screen’s glossy finish makes colors pop and look brighter, though we noticed a distracting glare when working next to a window on a sunny day; there is an option to bypass the glossy coating if you intend to use the dv6000 in bright environments. Above the display sits a 1.3-megapixel Webcam that’s useful for videoconferencing; two built-in microphones on the display bezel eliminate the need for an external microphone.

Measuring 14.05″ x 10.12 ” x 1- 1.69″ and weighing in at 6.09lbs, the dv6000t is still easily portable without skimping on the screen size. You won’t break a sweat lugging this laptop to wherever you’re going.

All I can say is ‘wow’. When I pulled the dv6000t out of the box I wasn’t expecting it to look the way it did. Sleek and shiny with a snazzy black wave design on top (HP refers to it as the ‘Imprint’ finish), this did not look like the previous HP laptops I’ve seen in the past. My wife had an HP laptop a year or two ago and it was a boring, non-descript hunk of grey plastic. Kudos to HP, they’ve definitely come a long way in the design department.

That aside, the laptop seemed a bit flimsy in areas, specifically the wrist rests and LCD. They look glossy and stylish, but unfortunately they feel a little too plastic-y, a little too cheap. Another thing about the glossy exterior that left me grumbling is that there is no hiding those messy fingerprints that were all over the dv6000t by the end of the first day of testing. Luckily enough for you, HP includes a screen wiping cloth to get rid of those pesky smears and smudges, which was a nice touch on their part.

The Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 is a mid-range notebook GPU and should offer plenty of graphics power for most users, including those who plan to upgrade to Windows Vista and turn on all the enhanced visuals. In my opinion, the 7400 (along with its various cousins and competitors) offers a nice mix of price, power consumption and performance. What the Go 7400 won’t do is play all the latest games at the highest settings, but the same can be said of all but the most expensive notebooks on the market; a top-level gaming machine will cost double or triple the price of a well-configured dv6000t. There are, however, some very nice laptops at the $1500 to $2000 level (in other words, at least several hundred dollars more than a well-appointed dv6000t), and these will get you to a level just below that of a true gaming machine.

The dv6000t’s keyboard was very comfortable with respect to size, layout and the actual pressing of keys, which are really the only things I ask of a keyboard. No complaints here at all. The touchpad worked just fine, too, and can easily be disabled by the press of a button, which some may find convenient. Above the keyboard is a thin line of media controls, blue-lit sensors that can be touched to mute the speakers, adjust their volume, or perform various other media-related functions. These are very handy for a quick mute, say, though they do beep rather loudly and I never bothered to try to disable the beeping. And finally, centered just above the LCD, is a webcam, which I tested and found to be working well enough, though it was a matter of seconds before I tired of looking at myself.A HP Pavilion Notebook DV600T

Activity Diagrams – Advantages, Disadvantages and Applications of Use

Activity diagrams describe the actual work flow behavior of a system in Information Technology. Activity diagrams are very similar to state Diagrams because activities are the actual state of doing something. Activity diagrams describe the actual state of activities of a system by showing all the sequence of activities performed. Activity diagrams can show activities that are conditional or parallel.
When to Use: Activity Diagrams
Activity diagrams should be used in alignment with other modeling techniques like interaction diagrams and State diagrams. The main reason behind using activity diagrams is to model the work flow behind the system being designed. Activity Diagrams are also useful for analyzing a use case by describing what actions need to take place and when they should occur, describing a complicated sequential algorithm and modeling applications with parallel processes.

Activity diagrams’ advantages:
UML modeling language included that activity diagrams are normally easily comprehensible for both analysts and stakeholders.
According to ZaranTech in UML for the IT Business Analyst, “The activity diagram is the one most useful to the IT BA for depicting work flow [because] it is simple to understandboth for BAs and end-users.”
Since they are among the most user-friendly diagrams available, they are generally regarded as an essential tool in an analyst’s repertoire.
Additionally, as stated above, activity diagrams allow an analyst to display multiple conditions and actors within a work flow through the use of swimlanes. Swimlanes, however, are optional as a single condition or actor is normally displayed without them. Activity diagrams disadvantages:
UML modeling language include that activity diagrams have the potential to become overly complex because their user-friendly nature may lend itself to an all-inclusive description. In other words, since it is so simple to display the information related to the project, why not include all of it? When an analyst has a large project, creating a single, overly complex diagram can be a temptation.
However, as one author notes, “if you are using activity diagrams to define the structure of a work flow, you should not attempt to explore several levels of activity graphs down to their most atomic’ level”. Instead, an analyst should try to present a new diagram for each work flow, or if more applicable, to use swimlanes to present different actors within the same work flow.
Another aspect of activity diagrams is that they may not be used in lieu of a state diagram or sequence diagram because “activity diagrams do not give detail about how objects behave or how objects collaborate.” This is not a disadvantage per se, but it is important for an analyst to keep in mind when applying diagrams to their work. In conclusion, activity diagrams are fairly easy to get the hang of, and will be useful for most projects because they plainly and moderately clearly demonstrate how things work.” Unlike many diagramming techniques, activity diagrams also enable the depiction of multiple choices and actors within a work flow, and they are easy for even non-technical users to follow
Applications of activity diagram:
The activity diagram has been extended to specify flows among steps that transmit physical matter (e.g., gasoline) or energy (e.g., torque, pressure).
Additional changes allow the diagram to better support continuous behaviors and continuous data flows.
The UML 2 specification significantly prolonged the features and scale of activity diagrams beyond their earlier classification as a special case of state diagrams.
Today, activity diagrams can be thought of as flow charts for the 21st century, and UML modelers use activity diagrams to describe it.
Also, these activity diagrams are useful in following methods:
Business Rules
Functions that occur in parallel
Complex chain of multiple use cases
Software flows and logic control configurations
Procedures with judgment points and alternate flows
Single use cases

Advances in Wire EDM Technology

With modern wire EDM machines utilizing CNC (the Computer Control, or the brains of the machine if you will) for production, there is a user-interface device, the computer, where the worker will input the required data for design that will eventually guide the wire EDM machine during the passes and cuts in the process of creating the final product. Moreover, like any computer today, software is needed to run the equipment. This is no different in wire EDM. The CNC Controller and the software application comprise the wire EDM technology.

In much the same way that many different software applications for word processing or email exist, so to are there numerous wire EDM technology software applications for wire EDM machine CNC controllers, nearly all of which integrate with varying AutoCAD or similar CAD/CAM software. Today, developers can create the object in AutoCAD, designing tensile strength, variances, etc. and provide that to a wire EDM shop that will then plug this design into the wire EDM Technology software, which will in turn drive the machine, turning out the final product.

Some of the more popular wire EDM technology software applications today, which are typically supported on Windows Operating System machines, include:

PEPS Wire EDM, developed and distributed by Camtek

VISI-wire, developed and distributed by Vero International Software

TracTrix, developed and distributed by Trixsystems

Each wire EDM machine CNC controller will have its own requirements as to what software can be used. However, nearly all software today can incorporate and use files with numerous extensions, e.g. .DWG files from AutoCAD, to decrease the time from development to production. Furthermore, by being able to pull the commands for wire EDM from the developers CAD file, the final product will have no variance from the developers final vision of that product before production.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Night Vision Devices

There are advantages and disadvantages with night vision devices. I will go through both of these area and will lean towards more advantages than disadvantages. Just having the ability to see in the dark is the biggest advantage point of all. When you read on you will see that night visions main purpose was for the military so I will spend most of my time in this area.

The engineers and scientists at the US Armys Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) have discovered ways to capture available electro-magnetic radiation outside that portion of the spectrum visible to the human eye and have developed equipment to enable the American soldier to fight as well at night as during the day and to “Own the Night”. Night vision devices provide night fighters with the ability to see, maneuver and shoot at night or during periods of reduced visibility. The Army used two different types of Night vision devices  image intensifiers and thermals. Image-Intensifying Devices are based upon light amplification and must have some light available. These devices can amplify the available light from 2,000 to 5,000 times. Thermal Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) detectors  sometimes called “sensors”  work by sensing the temperature difference between an object and its environment. FLIR systems are installed on certain combat vehicles and helicopters.

Night Vision Goggles are electro-optical devices that intensify (or amplify) existing light instead of relying on a light source of their own. Image intensifiers capture ambient light and amplify it thousands of times by electronic means to display the battlefield to a soldier via a phosphor display such as night vision goggles. This ambient light comes from the stars, moon or sky glow from distant manmade sources, such as cities. The devices are sensitive to a broad spectrum of light, from visible to infrared (invisible). Users do not look through Night Vision Goggles, you look at the the amplified electronic image on a phosphor screen.
Light enters the Night Vision Goggles through an objective lens and strikes a photo cathode powered by a high energy charge from the power supply. The energy charge accelerates across a vacuum inside the intensifier and strikes a phosphor screen where the image is focused. The eyepiece magnifies the image.

A soldier can conduct his combat missions without any active illumination sources using only image intensifiers. The main advantages of image intensifiers as night vision devices are their small size, light weight, low power requirements and low cost. These attributes have enabled image intensifier goggles for head-worn, individual soldier applications and resulted in hundreds of thousands of night vision goggles to be procured by the US Army. Research and development continues today on image intensifiers in the areas of longer wavelength spectral response, higher sensitivity, larger fields of view and increased resolution.

The view through Night vision devices can be a lot like looking down a tunnel. Your normal field of view is almost 190 degrees  but that is cut down to 40 degrees with Night vision devices. That side — or “peripheral” — vision youre accustomed to, and from which you often see dangers, is just not there. To adjust for that you must constantly turn your head to scan for the dangers on either side of you that you cant see in your narrow field of view. Normally you use both eyes (binocular vision) to pick up cues to help estimate the distance and depth of an abject. However, with Night vision devices you are essentially using one eye (monocular) vision, which can pose real problems. For example, when you are wearing NVDs and you view two objects of different sizes that are side-by-side, the larger object appears to be nearer. When you view overlapping objects through a Night vision device, the one that is in front “appears” to be nearer  maybe much more so than is true. In addition, some objects viewed through Night Vision Goggles may appear to be farther away than they actually are. The reason for that is that we tend to associate the loss of detail sharpness with distance. On the other hand, a light source that is not part of a terrain feature may look closer than it actually is. Its important to be aware of these potential problems and that Night Vision Goggle users tend to overestimate distance and underestimate depth .

Your eye needs time to adjust from day to night vision. Thats why you can barely see when you first enter a dark movie theater during the daytime  your eyes need time to adjust to the darkness. So it is with Night Vision Goggles. You are basically getting a dim-day view, so when you remove your Night Vision Goggles, your eyes need time to adapt to the darkness. The amount of time you need depends on how long you have been wearing the Night Vision Goggles. Most people achieve about a 75 percent dark-adaptation within 30 seconds of removing the goggles. This is especially important to keep in mind if you are using your Night Vision Goggles as binoculars  basically lifting them to your eyes and then lowering them.

Anti ligature LCD Enclosures For Correctional facilities and Psychiatric Facilities

With the progress of outdoor digital signage and the introduction of the flat screen TV into healthcare as well as jails, these delicate pieces of electronics have to be protected from the hostile environment they are in.

Some people think they can use a digital signage solution for this and how wrong they are!

Consider the development?

A worldwide maker of safeguarding LCD enclosures has made an anti ligature LCD enclosure or non loop-able Flat screen enclosures. The non loop-able LCD enclosure have been formulated through extensive input from psychiatric units to develop and supply a solution that defends both the patient and the TV set.

These new LCD enclosures block harm to the lcd tv and any other associated gadgets in the housing, by preventing un-authorised access and preventing people tampering or stealing the equipment. These are precisely designed for medical centers and hospitals. The design of the unit was formulated with input from many top authorities in the mental health sector and this is the preferred solution, these housings now facilitate any LCD or plamsa screen to be rolled out in to any mental health unit or psychiatric unit.

Non loop-able TV enclosure.

This is not your general flat panel lcd tv enclosure used in a factory or outdoors for digital signage; this is a high security unit that attributes a sound solution that will cope with the most vicious of attacks from the most desperate of individuals.

This can be those that are on death row, or mentally ill individuals in mental health units who self harm, this product protects the equipment and at the same time defends the patient from self harming.

Someone once told me, “any idiot can weld a box, but it is the exceptional components inside that make it more functional.” This is why a non loop LCD housing are different from any other outdoor television housing, some even have patents pending on their design and these units are installed in facilities such as prisons and mental health units.

So what is the distinction between a digital signage enclosure and an anti ligature LCD enclosure?

The first difference is that the solution is indoors where as digital signage or passenger information systems are rolled out external.

The next difference is that the leading anti ligature LCD enclosure solution is manufactured from thicker material and is fitted with a much thicker window panel that has a rear support frame for additional support, should anything such as a stool be chucked at the screen.

The third major variation is that the locking mechanism on our non loop-able TV enclosure are not the conventional cam locks as fitted by some rivals. The locks used by the leading manufacturer of non loop LCD enclosures are high security locks and these are pick proof! Making accessibility to the TV screen very challenging unless you have authority to do so.

Now thinking about all the above points, protecting a LCD screen is a vital peice of digital signage that is located outdoors, these housings have to provide weatherproof protection without them a standard LCD screen or even commercial screen (that is not build for outdoor use) will be expensive to repair if not protected.

Artsyl Technologies to Demonstrate docAlphas Ability to Transform Business Processes for Sage Customers at Sage Summit

ONTARIO, CANADA (July 18, 2016)  Artsyl Technologies, Inc., a leading global provider of data capture and document processing automation technologies today announced that it will showcase its docAlpha 5.0 smart process platform at the Sage Summit Conference in Chicago, Illinois July 25-28 in the booths of Altec and docSTAR. The tight integration of Artsyls docAlpha Advanced Capture Platform with Sages Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Platform provides a powerful, intelligent capture solution that automates the most painful step in transactional business processes: data entry, document filing and approval routing.

Artsyls docAlpha enables Sage customers to transform their business operations by targeting and eliminating the most costly, inefficient and error-prone steps in typical accounts receivable and accounts payable processes, including document classification and filing, data entry, routing, approval and ERP transaction creation. As a result, organizations can reduce manual data entry costs, increase data accuracy and improve document processing speed while providing an instant, end-to-end audit trail of document-driven processes and facilitating process compliance and data/document security. With support for extraction and processing of line item data as well as two- or three-way matching of orders, invoices and receipts, docAlpha fully automates sales and purchase order processing.

“This year, enhancements to the docAlpha no code smart process platform with version 5.0 represented a new milestone for Artsyl our partners and clients,” said Jeff Moore CSO/Partner at Artsyl Technologies, Inc. “Were excited to participate in the worlds largest event for small and medium-sized business to showcase how we can empower Sage customers to eliminate manual data entry and streamline processes will get more value out of their ERP investment than ever before.”

docAlpha provides fully automated document classification, data extraction, rules based validation of data, automated splitting and routing of documents to users or queues with email notifications and unmatched export integration capabilities.

Key features of Artsyls WebDocs integration include:

Instant data transfer from Artsyl to Sage
Full document and meta-data transfer between systems
Fast and easy deployment with Sage
Provides central control over standards, security and auditing

Bright Future For Mobile Casinos

New mobile casinos and gambling applications are springing up each week due to the steady growth of the mobile market and mobile casino industry subsector in particular. Will this trend continue and what factors does it depend on?

The first and foremost aspect of every business is demand. The demand for mobile casino applications and websites is really huge. No matter how much some gamblers enjoy the atmosphere of land-based casinos, most of them are just too busy to be able to go out as often as they want. Needless to say that as long as mobile devices are always at one’s fingertips, people begin to embrace the idea of mobile gambling. Probably the new generations of casino players will not even consider playing any other way.

Mobile casino operators and app developers are in their turn really interested in satisfying the customers’ growing demand. More and more apps are offered for free, which is important because even if the app costs around $1 there are still those who would rather not play than pay. In fact, it is even unnecessary to download anything, because many online casinos offer fully functional mobile versions of their sites.

The emergence of new mobile devices is another factor fuelling the growth of mobile casino industry. App developers take full advantage of the new technology, so the more sophisticated mobile gadgets become, the more advanced mobile casino applications we will be able to download. Today we’re taking advantage of the touch screen technology, who knows what else we will enjoy in a year or two after a launch of new devices.

Another influencing factor is regulation of mobile gambling. It is obvious that every single country is interested in supporting this industry as long as it brings in a lot of money. The main problem now is that governments of many countries are not quite sure about how exactly to control this relatively new industry. Unfortunately, it is gamblers who suffer from the government’s short-sighted actions in the first place and it will remain so until some decent law will come.

Earlier this year, Apple greenlighted real-money gambling apps into their App Store for the first time. Although their policy tends to be changeable, there’s still hope that they will not ban applications that are favoured by millions of gamblers.

GBGC has recently published a report on mobile gambling. According to their calculations, the global m-Gambling market was worth $2.7 billion in gross gaming yield (GGY) in 2010. They expect the market to reach $4.8 billion by 2013, which will account for 11% of the total Interactive gambling market.

Cell Phone Wireless Technology Court Victory for Brain Tumor Patient

The truth of cell phones and wireless technology has been buried by the industry, the health officials and governments. Sharesa Price thought it was just another in a series of sinus infections. Her head and eyes hurt, and she was vomiting. But then Price had a seizure, and a brain scan found something far more troubling.”When I got home, the phone was ringing. It was the doctor’s office, and they told me, `Brace yourself. Honey, you have a brain tumor.’ I was standing by the refrigerator, and I just collapsed, saying, `no, no, no, it can’t be a brain tumor,'” she recalled.After her diagnosis in 1999 and surgery to remove most of the tumor, Price started looking for answers. She became convinced that exposure to radio-frequency radiation on the job, where she programmed cell phones for new customers, had caused the tumor.

In May, an administrative law judge who handles worker’s compensation claims awarded her $30,000 to pay her medical bills and other expenses. Price may be the first person to convince a judge that her illness was caused by radio-frequency radiation. The decision is unlikely to have widespread repercussions for the cell phone industry, however, because the settlement was small.Price’s customers at Advanced Communications Systems in northern California were doctors, firefighters, police departments and security departments for casinos, and she loved her work. She used a cell phone several hours each day, and the room in which she worked contained transmitters that emitted radio-frequency radiation, she said.
Price said when she filed a workers comp claim, her boss fired her, eliminating her health insurance. Then she lost the case. The Native American single mother of two daughters was devastated. She turned to Tribal Health, a government health agency for Native Americans, to get anti-seizure medication.”If I hadn’t been Indian, I would have died,” she said.

Her former boss, Dave Bohlen, said that he did not fire Price, that she quit based on her doctor’s advice and not return to work there. Bohlen said he dropped the insurance because she was no longer an employee. He called her worker’s comp case “frivolous” and said there was no proof her brain tumor was caused by working in his small shop.

“There’s nothing harmful going on here,” he said. After Price recovered from brain surgery, she went to the Internet and found researchers studying the biological effects of radio-frequency radiation, and got to know them.

“I would call them up and say, `You are absolutely dead on. If a rat could talk, this is what it would say. I’m the human rat”

Brautbar has been an expert witness in a number of high-profile cases, including the chromium poisonings from polluted drinking water portrayed in the movie Erin Brockovich.

Brautbar reviewed Price’s case and wrote a report supporting her claim that the tumor was caused by exposure to radio-frequency radiation.

“It’s not a money issue, suing the company, it’s a health and safety issue,” said Price, who speaks to school assemblies and classes about the need to use a headset when talking on a cell phone. “We need to explain to people that just like putting on condoms, you have to take this precautionary measure to make the product be as safe as they can be. Learn more about the dangers and solutions of cell phone radiation and wireless technology at
Minimize your EMR exposure  to decrease hazardous risks.
1.Minimize all exposure and usage of wireless communication: cell phones, cordless phones, and WiFi devices.
2.Turn cell phone off when not in use and sleeping. Never keep it near your head or use it to play games, movies, etc.
3.Keep cell phone at least 6-7 inches away from your body and others while on, talking, texting and downloading.
4.Use air tube headsets or speaker mode when talking. Wireless and wired headsets still conduct radiation!
5.Never keep cell phone in pocket or on hip all day. The hip produces 80% of the bodys red blood cells and is especially vulnerable to EMR damage. The close proximity may also affect fertility.
6.Do not talk on cell or cordless phone when pregnant, with a baby/small child in arms, under age 16, or while in a vehicle (car, train, plane, subway)  the radiation gets trapped and is higher in these closed metal zones!
7.Replace all cordless and WiFi items with wired, corded lines (phones, Internet, games, appliances, devices, etc.). The cordless phone base emits high levels of EMR  even when no one is making a call.
8.Minimize/space out computer use, sit back from the screen; flat screens are preferable. Use wired Internet connections, not WiFi  especially for laptops. Keep laptops off of the body and preferably on wooden surfaces.
9.Keep a low-EMR sleep, home, and personal zone. Move alarm clock radio at least 3 feet from head or use battery power; 6 feet is the recommended distance from all electronic devices during sleep. Avoid waterbeds, electric and metal frames. Futons/wood frames are better than metal-coiled mattresses and box-springs. When using electric stoves, cook on back burners instead of front, as much as possible. Metals attract EMR: keep them away from and off of the body.
10.Measure EMR from wireless and wired devices with appropriate meters (see www.safewireless.org). To decrease exposures, install EMR filters and preventive technologies to electrical circuits, devices, appliances, etc.