Monday, February 28, 2011

iPhone lock -

Apple adds pattern locking to an iPhone app that you can't have? 

The nine-dot pattern lock option is one of those uniquely Android things -- it's been there ever since the G1, and even if you don't personally use it, odds are good that you recognize it. So when we see it on an iPhone -- apparently on an app used by Apple internally -- you can appreciate why we're going to do a double take. What you're looking at here is one of several screens obtained by 9 to 5 Mac, allegedly showing a version of Apple's employee-only AppleConnect app with support for pattern locking to keep prying eyes out. It seems that the app enforces some minimum gesture length to constitute a secure lock -- and considering some of the forensic science going on there, we bet it's gotta be pretty long. Of course, none of these means we'll see the feature show up in an actual iOS build, but the site says that the company's testing the mechanism in other internal tools... and if nothing else, Apple seems to be acknowledging that lock patterns aren't a terrible idea.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wright Line - consoles, enclosures, office & technical furniture

AFCOM's Data Center World Conference
March 29-30, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada | Innovative Research

AFCOM's Data Center World Conference
March 29-30, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada

Product Information Session P05: Simulate Airflow to Eliminate Hot Spots, Save Energy, and Reduce Operating Cost.

March 30, 10:30 AM

Dr. Suhas Patankar, president, Innovative Research, Inc./TileFlow

SKB Shock Mount Case: Portable Rackmount Cases from Rackmount Solutions

Zonit Structured Solutions - Press

Events - Akibia

Data Center Monitoring | Management, Software, Analysis | Modius

AFCOM Data Center World Spring 2011 - Booth #1333 | Facebook

AFCOM / Data Center World 2011 Spring Conference | Thomas & Betts Power Solutions

How To:

Add contact information to your Mac's login screen - 

If you believe in the kindness of strangers, this tip might be for you. Most laptop users fear that their computer will be lost or stolen. Assuming that the right sort of person finds your laptop, however, they might be willing to return it to its rightful owner, if they knew how to contact you.

No free checking accounts at your bank? Try this. - -

Regulatory changes threaten to end free checking accounts at banks. But don't despair. More than a third of credit unions in the United States plan to continue offering the perk for the foreseeable future.

Friday, February 25, 2011

DropPhox wirelessly connects your iOS camera with Dropbox-

DropPhox (US$1.99) from DaVinciWare Inc. is a little gem that everyone using an iOS device with a camera (and Dropbox) should go out and buy. This app allows you to snap pictures or videos, and have them wirelessly transfer to your Dropbox account via either 3G or Wi-Fi. We love Dropbox around here and use it for just about everything.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Invitations Have Been Sent Out for Apple's March 2 iPad Event -

ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies

The following organizations have been selected as ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ATCBs):

Certified Health IT Product List
The online list of certified electronic health record technology is updated as ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies certify new products.

Soon ! -

Supply shortages, new model numbers suggest new MacBook Pros

By Dana Franklin posted Feb 18, 2011 2:30PM

Five new part numbers indicate new MacBook Pros

Reports from Italy indicate Apple may be preparing to launch an updated line of MacBook Pros at the end of February.

iSpazio claims an Apple employee informed the site about the imminent release of five new models of MacBook Pro[Google translation] with part numbers MC720, MC721, MC723, MC724, and MC725. According to the report, all three currently available screen sizes - 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch - will be represented among the five new configurations.

That's us!

HHS Funds EHR Security Study 

February 17, 2011 - Howard Anderson, Executive Editor,

LMI to Test Electronic Health Records Security Options

The Department of Health and Human Services has hired a consulting firm to investigate ways to make it easier to improve the security of electronic health records.

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology awarded a $1.12 million contract to McLean, Va.-based LMI for a 13-month pilot project that's aimed at "reducing the burden of security on end-users of health IT so that it doesn't stand in the way of EHR adoption," said LMI spokesman Matt Daigle.

U.S. Army Using iPhone App To Train Missile Crews -

You want to learn to launch some missiles? Yeah, there's an app for that. - 

Looking through the iTunes App Store reveals that, for better or worse, there's an app for just about everything. You can find Apps to entertain yourself with, create to-do lists, and recipe keepers, to name a few. Oh, and it turns out that there's now an app that will train you how to launch a Patriot missile.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Holistic Information Security Practitioner Institute : Certification -

 Anybody out there heard of this?

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra's strategy aims to spend $20 billion on cloud computing -- Washington Technology -

Cloud computing headed for $20B market

Administration strategy calls for data center reduction to pay for plan

The market for cloud services is about to explode in the government space if Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has his way. HIs recenlty released Federal Cloud Computing Strategy calls for about a quarter of federal IT spending, or $20 billion, to be committed to cloud systems.

Additionally, under the Cloud First program, agencies will be required to move three services to the cloud within 18 months, adopt a cloud model wherever feasible and evaluate cloud options before making investments.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Where Health Care and IT Meet - 

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will be hosting its 11thannual conference in Orlando, February 20 to 24, 2011. The HIMSS conference provides an opportunity for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to connect with almost 30,000 health information technology (health IT) professionals, health care executives, and providers.   As in the past, ONC will participate in the conference and reach out to all stakeholders closely involved in developing and implementing health IT solutions for our nation's health care providers.

ONC plans to build upon this year's HIMSS theme –Linking People, Potential, and Progress – to discuss how innovation is leading the way to a higher quality, safer, and more efficient health care system enabled by health IT.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New! Adds Video Out, AirPrint, and More to IPad App on Thursday jazzed up its cloud storage and collaboration app for iPad and iPhone, adding some much-requested features and enhancements for giving...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

This would be helpful...

EFI adds AirPrint to corporate copiers and printers

By Steven Sande posted Feb 10, 2011 2:00PM

AirPrint is wonderful for those of us who can use it to print to home printers, but until now, the technology has been useless for most corporate copier / printers. That's all set to change now thatEFI is providing support for AirPrint to its signature Fiery print servers.

The PrintMe Connect software enables direct wireless printing from any iOS 4.2 mobile device. The software is free to download, and it works for printing to any Fiery-driven printer. According to EFI, "It is a software application that runs as a proxy on a Windows system to enable AirPrint printing for Fiery-driven printers with System 8/8e or later software version." AppleInsider notes that PrintMe Connect expands AirPrint to work with large format, high end and multifunction printers in the enterprise, and that there are more than 250,000 printers in corporate offices that will benefit from this free update.

Sweet app. Win two copies of myPhoneDesktop

I've mentioned myPhoneDesktop before, including listing it as one my best apps from 2010. It is, by far, my favorite way to send information to my iPad or iPod touch (works with iPhone, too): URLs, codes, phone numbers, anything that I need to get from my Mac to my iOS device quickly and with the minimum amount of fuss.

Gimmee ;)

AT&T Gives 1000 Rollover Minutes To iPhone Users [IPhone] 

#iphone A thousand free rollover minutes to iPhone users for not abandoning them seems like a fairly decent deal. But the thing with having a smartphone is that you never have to call anyone, so what are you going to do with those 1000 minutes? [9to5Mac] ...


Facebook's New Messages System Now Rolling Out to Everyone 

In November last year, Facebook announced a whole new messaging system which was basically a mash-up of IM, real-time chat and email. And today, Facebook has started rolling out the new Messages system for everyone. ...

Cool -

Google Makes Users Accounts More Secure 

Google has introduced its opt-in security feature called 2-step verification to all users in an effort to make their accounts more secure.

The 2-step verification includes your password and code you get via your phone.  The Google Blog provides more ...

Friday, February 11, 2011

This is a must have tool for #HIMSS11

This is meant for mobile users, but I found it helpful to select ALL the sessions I am interested in, then go back to my desktop browser and print all my selections. From that list I am making my choices from those that conflict. I am also identifying sessions that my coworkers might be able to cover.
Nice tool!

I got some downloading to do...

Today Is A Great Day For iPhone & iPad Video Game Deals 

#iphone Are you a new Verizon iPhone owner? Or are you generally miserly when it comes to purchasing iPhone, iPod touch and iPad video games? Now is the time to strike if you want iOS games on the cheap!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Foursquare | Display your Foursquare badges, mayorships & checkins.

 My Foursquare makes it easy to show off your Foursquare badges, mayorships, and checkins on Facebook, your blog or your website. It's free! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

TV Ads - Google extending AdWords to TV? -

I just came across this for the first time... 

TV advertising, now easy and affordable

Google TV Ads is an online marketplace that makes it easy for anyone to buy and measure national cable television advertising. Using the familiar Adwords interface, you can launch a television campaign in minutes.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Alaska Native Corporations' contracting status under fire again -

Four ANCs among the top 100 recipients of contract awards

Sen. Claire McCaskill will work again this year to end Alaska Native Corporations' special contracting status.

The Missouri Democrat introduced S. 236 on Jan. 31, which would eliminate the preferences and special rules under the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development program for ANCs, which are partially owned by tribal people in Alaska.

She proposed the legislation in November at the end of that Congress, as did Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who was chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee at the time.

I am going to try this one out - it is free -

Mobimileage Free

Need to track the miles that you drive?

Mobimileage will automate the process for you: simply hit the "Start" button at the beginning of the trip, and "Stop" at the end, and the app will do the rest. Email yourself the CSV file from the app and keep accurate records.


  • One touch to start and stop mileage tracking
  • Continues to track mileage in the background or during calls
  • Track miles for multiple vehicles or businesses
  • Stored IRS deduction rates for Business, Medical, Moving, etc.
  • International support: automatically convert logged distances to kilometers or miles
  • Optional odometer input at start of each trip

Now available for free in the App Store!

Google Says -

Honeycomb Will Not Come To Smartphones

tekgoblin writes "Google has officially announced that Honeycomb will not be coming to Android based smartphones. Android 3.0 Honeycomb was specifically made for Tablets according to a Google spokesperson. Although, certain features that are present on Honeycomb will become available over time on Android smartphones. Google has not offered any information to what features will be ported over specifically."On the bright side, Honeycomb will come with disk-encryption capabilities built ...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ignore the headline. This is the real story-->Sun nailed for paying kickbacks to system integrators.

 Oracle Corp. has agreed to pay $46 million to settle claims related to a suit against Sun Microsystems Inc., according to a Justice Department announcement.

This settlement resolves allegations under the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act that Sun, which was acquired by Oracle in 2009 for approximately $7.4 billion, "knowingly paid kickbacks to systems integrator companies in return for recommendations that federal agencies purchase Sun's products," the Justice statement said.

"Sun executed agreements with consulting companies that provided for the payment of fees each time the companies influenced a government agency to purchase a Sun product. These kickback allegations are part of a larger, ongoing investigation of government technology vendors that has resulted in settlements to date with six other companies," Justice added.


My mind is completely blown...

 McBain the Movie -
So it turns out that, if arranged in chronological order, the McBain
movie clips shown on The Simpsons form a four-minute excerpt from an
action film in which McBain "hunts corrupt drug kingpin Senator
Mendoza and tries to exact revenge for his murdered partner while
battling red tape at police headquarters."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

This is heading to a throwdown...

Microsoft's Bing uses Google search results—and denies it 

By now, you may have read Danny Sullivan's recent post: "Google: Bing is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results" and heard Microsoft's response, "We do not copy Google's results." However you define copying, the bottom line is, these Bing results came directly from Google