Jun 19

Submitted by: S. Housley

Anti-Google sentiment is on the rise. Web pundits have tossed around monopoly theories and privacy advocates have warned of a day of reckoning. While Google has made friends on Wallstreet, it has disappointed the technical evangelists who were once its fiercest followers. Google has grown into a big scary company and web watchers are expressing their concerns about the information Google gleans from their various services.

Google Analytics is free, no one can beat the price, but what is the real cost? The cost is your data. While not terribly important when analyzed alone, when aggregated with other information Google has access to, it could be damaging. Data mining has made the collection of data meaningful. It has become easier to find patterns and trends in large volumes of data.

While any of that information independent of other data, might be non-threatening or irrelevant to someone doing analysis, when combined with other data Google has access to, it can paint a very clear picture of how, not only individual companies are performing, but the aggregate data could possibly paint a picture of how entire business sectors or industries are performing.

The big question is how will Google use this information? Will it affect search engine ranking? Will it influence keyword costs?

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Paranoia? Lauren Weinstein doesn’t seem to think so, her blog post entitled “The Dark Side of Google” http://lauren.vortex.com/archive/000108.html , paints a very clear picture of the danger of a single entity possessing all of the data.

According to a recent USA Today article “In just seven years, Google has emerged as one off the most influential companies of the 21st century, a multinational whose recent forays into classified ads, book publishing, video, Wi-Fi and telecom make its data empire ever more powerful.” The article goes on further to quote Jeff Chester, head of the digital Center for Digital Democracy saying “Google could easily become the poster child for a national public movement to regulate data collection”.

Lets take a look at Google’s new analytics tool. As a reporting tool, Google Analytics offers good features and functionality. Google Analytics tells publishers who their website referrers are, what pages visitors are viewing, the length of the visitor stay, what items are purchased. Google Analytics data can be used to develop new technologies, and optimize pay per term influence ranking.

Google wants to make money, and like it or not, data is a commodity. Google will likely use the data from their various ventures to develop new technologies and personalize content. Conspiracy theorists believe that the Google’s aggregate data will also be used to optimize the fees charged for pay-per-click, influence organic ranking or worse yet sold.

Unbeknownst to many users, privacy advocates say that Google’s technology give Google the ability to collect enormous amounts of data about interests and online habits of web surfers. That said, Google’s growth will continue to motivate privacy advocates and those in the technology field behind the Attention Truste movement to work together, to improve how personal information and subscription information is used online. I expect we will see a lot of energy and effort in this arena.

Lets face it, Google wants to make money; no, now that they are public they *need* to make money and like it or not, data is a commodity. Whether Google will use your data or not is still to be determined, but the fact remains they can if they choose to. Google’s storage capacity, is as deep as its pockets, meaning that it is far ahead of competitors. All of this has motivated privacy advocates and eyes are on and will continue to be focused on Google and the type of data they are capable of collecting.

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Jun 10

Submitted by: Aryan Pawar

Mechanical engineering is a branch of engineering concerned with how energy is converted into motion. Mechanical engineers’ duties include designing, testing and manufacturing systems or devices that alter, transform or utilize energy. While selecting a university that offers mechanical engineering in USA, students are commonly concerned with the types of degree programs offered, available specializations and the opportunity to conduct research.

A Masters degree in mechanical engineering in USA teaches students how to apply the principles of physics and materials science to the design, improvement, creation or analysis of mechanical processes, products or systems.

Mechanical engineers work with machines and engines, from elevator technology to robotics. Students can focus on areas such as heat transfer and fracture mechanics. These are the top graduate schools for mechanical engineering in USA.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge

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MIT is ranked first in the nation for its Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2011, the university was also placed first for its undergraduate engineering programs. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at this private institution offers three undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering with a well student-designed program. Graduate students can pursue Master of Science (M.S.) programs in mechanical engineering.

2. Stanford University in Stanford

Stanford University is a private school that was placed at fifth in list of national universities in 2009. The mechanical engineering department of this university was ranked second among its peers.

The Mechanical Engineering department is separated into five groups or programs, including the Biomechanical Engineering (BME) Program, Design Group and Flow Physic and Computational Engineering (FPCE) Group. The Mechanics and Computation Group and Thermo sciences Group are also part of the department. Undergraduate and graduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), M.S. or Ph.D. in general mechanical engineering, product design and biomechanical engineering, among other fields of study. Graduate programs offer both full- and part-time study options.

3. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Mechanical Engineering at Caltech has a century-long record of excellence. Both graduate and undergraduate programs are offered by the department of mechanical engineering at this university. It seeks to train future technological leaders. The graduate program is oriented primarily at doctoral students though Caltech also offers masters and engineers degrees.

Research areas in mechanical engineering at Caltech include mechanics (including active materials, fracture mechanics, and mechanics of materials), mechanical systems (including control and analysis of dynamic systems including micro fluidic and opt fluidic devices, kinematics, optimization, robotics, and structural design), and fluid and thermal systems (including acoustics, cavitations, chemical vapor deposition, combustion, fluid flow and hydrodynamic instabilities, heat and mass transport, multiphase and multicomponent flows, propulsion, and turbulence). These areas are applied to a rich diversity of problems including bioengineering, control of aircraft engines, design of vehicle structures, granular flows, earthquake occurrence, hyper-redundant robots, jet noise reduction, locomotion and grasping, medical applications of robotics, navigation algorithms, structured design of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), thin film deposition, transportation systems, propulsion systems, and rapid assessment of early designs.

4. University of Michigan

Mechanical Engineering at Michigan is a 140-year old department with almost 75 professorial and research faculty, 60 staff members, 700 undergraduates, 475 graduate students and over 16,000 alumni. Faculty continuously makes strides in fundamental science while extending the boundaries in emerging disciplines. With a research budget of $27 million, the faculty puts theory into practice, translating breakthroughs in their laboratories into solutions in the following areas: Bio systems, Combustion & Heat Transfer, Design & Manufacturing, Dynamics & Vibrations, Environmental Sustainability, Fluid Mechanics, Materials & Solid Mechanics, MEMS/Microsystems & Nanotechnology and Systems & Controls

The Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree in Mechanical Engineering requires a Bachelor of Science (BSE) degree in Mechanical Engineering or its equivalent. There are four separate MSE degree program options in ME: coursework, coursework with an individual study project, coursework with an MSE thesis, and coursework with a practicum in industry. The Ph.D. degree is the highest degree awarded by the ME Graduate Program, and is primarily recommended for students who are interested in a career in teaching and/or research.

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Apr 26

byAlma Abell

Scales have been used since the development of commerce at least 5,000 years ago. Business must be able to weigh goods in order to function. Laboratories require scales that can give very precise measurements. Scientists, buyers and sellers must all be able to trust that the scale is accurate. False readings in commerce mean that someone is paying too much. Ultimately, higher prices end up with the consumer. Everyone has a vested interest in the use of only trustworthy scales.

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Truck scales immediately come to mind when most people think of large scales. A fully loaded truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Busy truck scales must be reliable and able to handle a lot of traffic in the worst weather conditions. Some businesses require portable scales or combination scales that can even weigh railcars. Forklift scales save companies money because properly equipped forklifts can pick up and weigh an item at the same time. Many businesses operate on very slim profit margins. Saving time translates to saving money and increasing productivity. Conveyor scales also save businesses time and money by consolidating steps. These scales can be used to increase efficiency in many ways.

Businesses routinely rely on maintenance agreements on their scales to ensure that the scales are always functioning properly. A professional scale technician will perform a number of tests, make any necessary adjustments or repairs, and provide a complete report. Scales should be routinely serviced on a pre-determined schedule. Many industries take advantage of renting scales. Business cycles often mean that a scale is needed during the busy period, but not at other times, making it more cost-efficient to rent scales as needed.

B & M Scale Inc. have been supplying effective weighing solutions to industry since 1990. They are available 24 hours a day, because their customers often operate 24 hours a day. When a scale requires service, their experienced technicians will be there within a day. Anyone considering the purchase of a scale is encouraged to call and discuss their weighing problem and receive a free quote for the best solution. Financing is available for the purchase of industrial and commercial scales. Anyone needing Scales in Williamsport can rely on this experienced, professional team.

Jan 6

How to encrypt your email

by

Rance Lucifinil

How to encrypt your email

Most email messages you send travel vast distances over many networks, secure and insecure, monitored and unmonitored, passing through and making copies of themselves on servers all over the Internet. In short, pretty much anyone with access to any of those servers – or sniffing packets anywhere along the way – can read your email messages sent in plain text.

Now more than ever, you might want to encrypt your email to protect it from prying eyes. Not only do we have government snoops mining vast amounts of data on the net and an ever-increasing number of companies monitoring their employees’ email, but phishing and other email scams increase by the day.

PGP_Icon.pngPGP (Pretty Good Privacy) software won’t protect you against the focused attention of a major government, but it will stop efforts to harvest credit card numbers and information that can be used to commit identity theft. Email encryption is easy, free and offers strong protection against prying eyes.

How PGP email encryption works

Consider this scenario.

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Sam wants to send Jane a secret email love letter that he doesn’t want Joe, Jane’s jealous downstairs neighbor who piggybacks her wifi, to see. Jane uses PGP, which means she has a PUBLIC key (which is basically a bunch of letters and numbers) which she’s published on her web site for anyone who wants to send her encrypted email messages to use. Jane’s also got a PRIVATE key which no one else – including Joe the Jealous Wifi Piggybacker – has.

So Sam looks up Jane’s public key. He composes his ardent profession of love, encrypts it with that public key, and sends Jane his message. In sending, copies of that message are made on Sam’s email server and Jane’s email server – but that message looks like a bunch of garbled nonsense. Joe the Jealous Wifi Piggybacker shakes his fist in frustration when he sniffs Jane’s email for any hint of a chance between them. He can’t read Sam’s missive.

However, when Jane receives the message in Thunderbird, her private key decrypts it. When it does, she can read all about Sam’s true feelings in (pretty good) privacy.

You too can get PGP set up in a few simple steps.

Configure PGP in Thunderbird

The easiest tool to use is Mozilla’s email program, Thunderbird with the Enigmail extension. (Be sure to click “Save Link As…” and download the extension to your computer; otherwise Firefox will try to install it.) You’ll also need to download a the free GNUPGP software for Windows.

Here’s how to put it all together.

Run the GPGP installer. It should put GNUPGP under your Program Files directory.

Once you’ve downloaded Enigmail, in Thunderbird open Tools -> Options -> Extensions -> Install New Extension, and then choose the Enigmail extension file.

When you’ve restarted Thunderbird with Enigmail installed, you will see an OpenPGP menu item. Open it and go to Preferences. There you’ll find a dialog to point to your GnuPGP binary. Click Browse. On my machine, GPG was installed under Program FilesGNUGnuPGgpg.exe.

Now you’ll need to generate your public/private key pair. From the OpenPGP menu item, choose Key Management. From the Generate menu, choose New Key Pair. Choose the email address you want to create a key for, and set a passphrase. Hit the “Generate Key” button, and relax – it can take a few minutes.

When it’s done, you have the chance to generate a “revocation certificate.” This certificate can invalidate your public key just in case your private key is ever compromised. Go ahead and get your revocation certificate and save it.

Once that’s done, you’re all set to send encrypted mail. To find someone’s PGP key, from the OpenPGP menu, choose Key Management. From the Keyserver menu, choose Search. Search for another PGP user by name or email address and add his or her key to your key manager. Once it’s in there you will be able to encrypt mail to that person.

gnuPGPKey.bmpThen, compose your message as usual. Encrypt it by clicking the little key down on the lower right of your compose window. You can also cryptographically sign your message to prove it’s you; that’s the little pencil. Both of these buttons will turn green to show that they’re active.

Easy as pie!

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Dec 23

Submitted by: Camille Howe

In order to ensure that operators are able to carry out their day to day tasks without the need for constant assistance from other staff, providing appropriate lifting equipment for anyone who needs to be able to lift material of heavy objects in order to get access to them and move them around is necessary. Material handling cranes that are designed to be mounted above a working area to lift objects onto and off workbenches are considered to be vital equipment.

There are various different designs of material handling crane available to carry out different functions. The different models can be mounted in different ways, and can be either fixed or completely portable. Wall mounted and floor mounted material handling cranes fulfill different purposes, and work in slightly different ways, and ensuring that you invest in the right equipment for your workplace can provide huge long term cost benefits in terms of improved productivity.

The most popular style of material handling crane from the point of view of making it a simple matter to load material onto a workbench is a portable gantry crane. These stable units are designed to be wide enough to straddle a workbench and raise the object being lifted high enough to be placed comfortably onto the bench without damaging it. These cranes are designed to be able to lift weights up to 2000 pounds, and feature a wide chassis with hardwearing casters to make moving it around easy. Depending on the exact specification of the crane, the top bar of the crane can be up to 90 inches above the ground, ensuring that even the largest object can be comfortably put into the right place.

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The much larger and more powerful steel gantry crane is able to lift much heavier weights up to 8,000 pounds and coming complete with 4 heavy weight and fully adjustable casters, the steel gantry crane is intended to be used in a heavy industrial environment to allow operators to enjoy much easier access to materials throughout the workplace.

An alternative to the portable gantry for lifting heavy objects is the cantilever jib. Rather than being designed around a concept that straddles the work bench, the cantilever jib is a materials handling crane has a single post that is weighted for stability. The crane offers benefits in terms of the flexibility with which objects can be moved from one place to another, and also allows for rotation of materials, allowing for a greater degree of manipulation.

All of the materials handling cranes are built to the highest standards using top quality steel or aluminum, and come complete. They are powder coated in order to ensure a longer life, and thanks to the simple operating methods of the lifting gear, staff will be able to begin to use the equipment almost immediately.

Regardless of the exact system that you opt to install in your workplace, you will find that the material handling cranes are both efficient and hardwearing and will serve you well in the long term. Purchasing one of these fine lifting systems should be seen as an investment in, rather than a cost to, your business.

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