Monthly Archives: July 2011

Engineers develop material that could speed telecommunications

In a study published July 10 on Nature Photonics’s website, Serdar Kocaman, an electrical engineering Ph.D. candidate, and Chee Wei Wong, associate professor of mechanical engineering, demonstrated how an optical nanostructure can be built that controls the way light bounces off it.

When light travels, it bends—in technical terms, it disperses and incurs “phase,” an oscillating curve that leaves a trail of information behind it. Those oscillations show an object’s properties, such as shape and size, which can identify it. However, light hits Kocaman’s and Wong’s specially engineered material without leaving a trace.

Every natural known material has a positive refractive index: when light hits it, the light bends or refracts. The researchers engineered a structure in which they etched tiny holes, creating a material known as a “photonic crystal” which behaves as though it has zero index – light can travel with an ultrafast velocity in this environment. The material, a coating no thicker than one hundredth of the diameter of a strand of hair, has properties that don’t occur in nature.

“We’re very excited about this. We’ve engineered and observed a metamaterial with zero refractive index,” said Kocaman. “Even in a vacuum, light propagates with a phase advancement. With the zero phase advancement, what we’ve seen is that the light travels through the material as if the entire space is missing.”

“We can now control the flow of light, the fastest thing known to us,” Wong said. “This can enable self-focusing light beams, highly directive antennas, and even potentially an approach to hide objects, at least in the small scale or a narrow band of frequencies.”

The zero-index material was based on a negative refractive index material and a superlattice material demonstrated consecutively in 2008 and 2009 by the scientists. In the new paper Kocaman and Wong, together with colleagues, demonstrate that the optical phase advancement can be controlled and even eliminated under certain conditions.

The study was led by Wong and Kocaman, in collaboration with scientists at the University College of London, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Institute of Microelectronics of Singapore. It is the first time phase and zero-index observations have been made on both a photonic chip scale and at infrared wavelengths. These photonic chip circuits can be helpful in fiberoptic networks.

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Six Cool Things To Do With Your USB Flash Drive

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Six Cool Things To Do With Your USB Flash Drive

What do you use your USB flash drive for? Perhaps you store work documents, photos, music, or movies on them. If you think they’re cool because you can store and transport files with them, wait till you see what else you can do with them.

Here are six cool things you can do with your USB flash drive:

Run Linux

Have you ever wanted to try Linux but were too afraid? Linux Live media allows you to boot to and run the entire OS from the CD/DVD, or in our case, a USB flash drive. This is a great way to give Linux a try without actually altering your system.

Maintain Windows

Windows computers can be maintained easily with a variety of tools, right from your USB flash drive. With a program called Parted Magic, you can partition your drives, reset your Windows password, clone your hard disk, and more. Parted Magic is essentially Linux Live, with a ton of useful utilities included.

Encrypt it

Yes–transporting files and documents with a USB flash drive is cool. Losing your USB flash drive is not so cool. We show you how to encrypt your entire USB flash drive to keep curious eyes from accessing your files.

Install Windows 7

Installing operating systems with an optical disc is so 2005. Besides, your shiny new portable Netbook or laptop may not even have an optical drive. In just a few short steps, you can create a USB Windows 7 installation drive.

Run portable apps

We all love our tablets and smartphones, but a USB flash drive can run apps, too. Just pop it into a host computer and run Firefox with all your bookmarks, edit documents with OpenOffice, play games, and more.

Scan for malware

Did a virus or Trojan take your computer down? Run a rescue CD from your USB flash drive to get it back up and running. Give out rescue USB flash drives to all your relatives who undoubtedly have you on speed dial for tech support.

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Six Amazing Ways To Work Faster In MS Outlook

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Six Amazing Ways To Work Faster In MS Outlook

Organizations large and small rely on Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations to get the job done. In some ways Outlook is the poor cousin of the three high-profile Office apps. But the true workhorse in Microsoft’s ubiquitous suite is the unglamorous e-mail/contact manager/task scheduler.

These six tips for Outlook 2010, 2007, and 2003 will let you spend less time reopening archived messages, jog your memory about reminders, drag files to send them as attachments, add terms to the spell checker, clear space on the taskbar, and enhance your list of click-saving keyboard shortcuts for Outlook.

Archive a folder’s messages on your schedule

Many people have no need to archive their Outlook e-mail, choosing instead to delete old messages or simply to let them accumulate. However, most organizations cap the size of individual Outlook accounts, so you may receive a notice from the IT folks to archive some of your old e-mail.

Archiving can prevent folder bloat, but retrieving archived messages takes longer than reopening nonarchived ones. You may need easy access to messages older than Outlook’s default auto-archive-age setting of 6 months. It’s easy to delay all Outlook archiving or the program’s archiving of specific folders and messages.

(Note that Outlook 2010’s Clean Up feature automatically removes what it identifies as redundant messages in selected folders. That’s not the same as archiving old e-mail.)

To enable automatic archiving for mail in a specific folder, right-click the folder and choose Properties > AutoArchive. By default, the archiver runs every 14 days and applies to messages older than six months. To change the default settings, choose the Default Archive Settings button to open the AutoArchive dialog. Here you can change the frequency of archiving, the length of time messages remain unarchived, and the location of your archive.pst file.

To customize a single folder’s archive settings, right-click it, choose Properties > AutoArchive, select “Archive this folder using these settings,” and make your choices. To prevent an individual message from being archived, open it and click File > Info > Properties in Outlook 2010 and 2007 or File > Properties in Outlook 2003. Check “Do not AutoArchive this item.”

Make your reminders more informative

Outlook lets you assign certain messages to a color-coded category or mark them with a follow-up flag. Even with these visual cues you may need some help remembering the message’s significance. To add a description that appears next to the flag when you open the message, choose Follow Up > Custom and enter a word or phrase of explanation.

To add a reminder that will also appear in your tasks and calendar, right-click the message and choose Follow Up > Add Reminder. In the “Flag to” field add a description of the follow-up action. This text will appear at the top of the message along with other information about the reminder.

The fast way to send a file attachment

The typical approach to attaching a file to an e-mail is to open a new message, choose the paperclip icon, and navigate to the file in the folder window that appears. If you’re in Windows Explorer or any folder window, you can right-click the file and choose Send to > Mail recipient, which opens a new message in your default e-mail program.

You may be able to save even more time by dragging the file directly into your Outlook inbox, which likewise opens a new message with the file automatically attached.

Customize Outlook’s spell checker

Spelling errors are downright unprofessional, which makes Outlook’s spell-check feature indispensable for most people. No spell-check dictionary includes all the words you’re likely to use regularly in your correspondences. You can make Outlook’s spell checker more accurate by adding names and terms you use frequently. In Outlook 2010 and 2007, select File > Options > Mail > Spelling and Autocorrect > Custom Dictionaries > Edit Word List. Add your new terms one at a time and click OK twice.

In Outlook 2003, click Tools > Options > Spelling and choose the Edit button under “Edit custom dictionary.” Click through the warning, if necessary, add the new terms to the Custom.dic file, click File > Save and then File > Exit. (OK, this tip may not save you much time, but it might make you look better.)

Minimize Outlook to the notification area

Midway through your workday your taskbar can get pretty crowded with minimized applications, even if you choose the option to group multiple open windows by program. (To set this option, right-click the taskbar, choose Properties > Taskbar, and select “Always combine, hide labels” in the drop-down menu next to “Taskbar buttons.”)

You can take Outlook out of the taskbar mix by placing the minimized icon only in the notification area. To do so, right-click the Outlook icon in the notification area and choose Hide When Minimized. Outlook will thenceforth minimize only to the notification area rather than to the taskbar.

Switch quickly to another Office app

If you’ve got one Office app open, chances are you’ll eventually need to do some work in another. You can open a new Word document, Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint presentation, or other type of file from within Outlook by pressing Ctrl+Shift+H. This keyboard shortcut opens the New Microsoft Office Document dialog. Just choose your desired type of file and click OK.

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LC-LC 10gigabit multimode OM3 fiber optic cables starting at $17.99

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50/125 is one of the most commonly used multimode optical fiber; the other commonly used is 62.5/125 types. The 50 and 125 is measurement by the unit micron. One meter is equal to one million micron. There is a special kind 50/125 multimode fibers, which is called OM3 50/125. People usually refer 62.5/125 as the OM1 MMF, common type 50/125 MMF as OM2, OM3 is also 50/125, but it is different from OM2 because it support 10Gig data transmission. The OM3 50/125 fiber optic cable is also called laser optimized fiber cable. Both OM1 and OM2 multimode cables use the orange color jacket (standard practice for commonly used indoor multimode), OM3 use a special color, which is called Aqua.

50/125 is one of the most commonly used multimode optical fiber; the other commonly used is 62.5/125 types. The 50 and 125 is measurement by the unit micron. One meter is equal to one million micron. There is a special kind 50/125 multimode fibers, which is called OM3 50/125. People usually refer 62.5/125 as the OM1 MMF, common type 50/125 MMF as OM2, OM3 is also 50/125, but it is different from OM2 because it support 10Gig data transmission.

The OM3 50/125 fiber optic cable is also called laser optimized fiber cable. Both OM1 and OM2 multimode cables use the orange color jacket (standard practice for commonly used indoor multimode), OM3 use a special color, which is called Aqua.

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Microsoft Appeases Tribe Over ‘Tulalip’ Code Name

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Microsoft Appeases Tribe Over ‘Tulalip’ Code Name

If it’s not enough that Microsoft had to scramble when a reference to its apparently semi-secret social networking project, Tulalip, slipped out, the software giant then had to deal with trademark concerns by the neighboring Tulalip tribe.

The 22,000-acre Tulalip (Tuh’-lay-lup) reservation is north of Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. The Tulalip Tribes operate a casino and resort, amphitheater, and outlets shopping center adjacent to Interstate 5. Apparently its name — and perhaps its success? — inspired the members of the Microsoft team who needed a code designation for their project.

The tribal council was not amused when Microsoft’s project name leaked, and pointed out that the tribe’s name is trademarked. Microsoft hastily contacted tribal officials, apparently convincing them that the term was intended for internal use only.

A statement by the Tulalip tribe’s board of directors sent to local newspaper The Herald acknowledged the communication, stating, “We accept Microsoft’s explanation that this was an internal code name that was never intended to be used publicly. We appreciate Microsoft’s swift corrective action, and we consider this matter resolved. We have a good relationship with Microsoft and expect that relationship to continue.”

It’s not the first time that code names for unannounced projects or products have slipped out, prompting a confrontation over a name. Apple infamously code-named a Power Macintosh project “Sagan” in recognition of astronomer Carl Sagan, who objected because he thought the use of his name implied endorsement of Apple or the product. Apple changed the code name to BHA (understood internally to mean “Butt-Head Astronomer”) and Sagan sued for libel; the matter was eventually settled out of court.

The Microsoft-Tulalip incident has one other bit of fallout: Microsoft has apparently changed the code name of its unannounced, unacknowledged, under-the-covers social networking project.

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50 new tech tools you may have missed

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50 new tech tools you may have missed

Technology can make your life easier, but figuring out which tech tools to trust can be tiresome at the least and eye-poppingly stressful at worst.

To help, here’s a list of 50 recently released apps that will make your mobile photos look better, improve your online social life and boost your productivity.

Google Plus (free): It’s too soon to tell whether Google’s latest social network is social media’s new king of the hill. However, one thing’s for sure: The initial user reviews are very positive, and the strong bundling of social innovations make Google Plus — often described as “Google’s Facebook” — worth the test drive.

Google Plus Nickname (free): Now that you’ve jumped in the Plus-pool, time to head over to for your own personalized URL.

Facebook-Skype (free): Made official last week at Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement at Facebook headquarters, the service isn’t yet available for all users. Users take advantage of the video-calling feature via Facebook without having to install any software. Some are criticizing the service for falling short of the Google+ hangout feature, where users can join group video calls up to 10 people. Facebook’s video chat is only one-on-one.

Tout (free): Virtually no one had heard of this micro-video service until Shaquille O’Neal used it to recently announce his retirement from pro basketball. After garnering more half a million views in three hours, Tout had arrived with a splash, thanks to the larger-than-life hoops superstar. Capture 15-second videos and instantly share with family and friends. Downside: A Flash player is required to watch videos (sorry, iPad users).

Capture (99 cents): If you have kids and love recording those “first-moments,” this app is probably worth considering. Once you install Capture, tap the app, and it starts recording video immediately. Once you’re done, the video goes straight to your camera roll. No more missing moments by a split second.

Broadcastr (free): You bring the audio and plot the journey. Broadcastr weaves the story. This new social media platform enables the recording, organizing, listening and sharing of audio content on a map-based interface. Also works as great discovery tool for exploring personal and historical stories in new places. Available for iPhone and Android. (free): The service combines music-streaming, chat rooms and voting, all through a Facebook portal. Friends either vote up (awesome) your tunes or they go the other direction (lame). Whether or not you’re a big music fan, this product is very hip and very addictive.

Spotify (free/paid): After years of drooling with envy, music fans on the U.S. side of the pond now get a chance to stream with Spotify. The extremely popular music service in Europe finally soft-launched last week in the U.S. For the first time, major record companies in the U.S. have embraced an online music service that lets people play the songs of their choice for free. (free): The good times just keep on rolling for the social photo sharing service — after all, how many Web companies can boast more millions of users than individual employees? Five-plus million users and growing for the service, which remains available only for Apple iPhone. Instagram has done for bad cell phone pics what GPS navigation did for confused motorists. If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, the spinoffs and third-party apps are lining up. (free): This Web app helps offset one of Instagram’s primary limitations: no official website for users to log in, view and readily share photos. Followgram creates an Instagram follow button to be embedded on websites and blogs. Followgram also provides its users with a vanity URL, his/her photo gallery, friends, followers and following lists. Moreover, a Followgram user’s page is fully customizable.

Webstagram (free): Another simple, aesthetically pleasing Web interface for viewing your Instagram photos as well as your Instagram peeps.

Postagram (99 cents): Makes it easy to send Instagram, Facebook and mobile phone photos as real postcards from your iPhone, iPod touch or Android phone. Imagine that: Photos that you can actually hold in your hands!

Keepsy ($29.99): Not able to view, print and share your Instagram portfolio? Not a problem with Keepsy: customize and order photo albums.

Tumblr iPhone 2.0 (free): The upgrade offers valuable upgrades: There’s a new interface, it’s easier than ever to create posts, it’s much easier to reply to messages, there’s address book integration, and now new users can begin building inside the mobile app. Tumblr has begun distancing itself from other micro-blogging publishing sites and now has a mobile experience that matches its Web version.

Klout (free): The days of measuring one’s social media reach simply by number of followers, friends or connections is ancient history. Web tools like Klout are starting to measure the influence you have over your digital minions.

Empire Ave (free): It bills itself as the Social Stock Market, where you can grow your social capital online. Here’s how it works: You discover people online and then based on scores or share price invest virtual currency in their profiles by buying shares in the Social Stock Market. After a bit, you’ll get used to the weirdness of having strangers bid “social shares” on your “social wares.” Sounds kooky, but all the cool kids are doing it.

Sonar (free): This app is kind of like a good party host: It introduces you to whoever else is in the room by leveraging what you have in common. Ease of use for navigating who’s nearby and how to virtually connect with them makes this location-based app a must-have. Available for the iPhone.

Bizzy (free): A Web and mobile service for personalized local business recommendations. Bizzy recently updated its iPhone and Android apps to introduce a “Check Out” feature. Users can now check out to leave short, emoticon-style reviews of venues on their way out the door. The Bizzy venue checkout is meant to be the opposite of the check-in, which we’ve seen in a slew of applications, from Foursquare to Facebook Places.

Crowdbeacon (free): Craving the best sushi joint around, and prefer human interaction over indexed user reviews? Crowdbeacon can help. Crowdsourcing your social life, this is a location-based service focused on providing relevant, localized communication and information to users based on what they need and where they are.

Apptitude (free): This is a bit stalkerish, but for those curious about the Facebook apps your friends are using (and when they’re using them), check out this iPhone app. Then feel free to razz your friends over how much time they’re really spending on Farmville!

Shortmail (free): The Twitter effect. This app doesn’t limit your emails to famous 140 characters. Instead, it forces brevity and concise thoughts via 500 characters. Let’s face it, who isn’t drowning in e-mail overload these days? It’s unclear whether Shortmail will catch on … but we can all dream, right? (free): Standard formatted resumes just aren’t cool anymore. You know what’s cool? Infographic resumes. This site provides a creative way of getting your foot in the door at the workplace you so covet. is set to launch later this month to beta invitees, then the public in August.

Gabacus (paid): Navigating the massive Twitter firehouse is nearly impossible without a little help. Gabacus makes sense of the millions of tweets per day by summarizing and curating the topics you’re interested in.

Regator (free/paid): Another tool that helps you easily find, read and share high-quality blog posts about things that interest you. It is available on the Web and iPhone. Rather than automatically fetching every blog under the sun, Regator uses qualified human editors to carefully select the most relevant, useful, well-written blogs across 500-plus topics.

Getaround (fees): Isn’t it time you took advantage of your ride as it sits in the driveway or parking lot? This mobile app (currently only available in select cities) turns you into Enterprise Rental or Hertz by letting you loan out your car when it’s not in use. Renters access your vehicle via an iPhone app after terms are agreed upon.

Do@ (free): Do@ doesn’t index pages. Instead, it shows live sites or apps that have been optimized for mobile presentation. It’s similar to Google’s preview functionality for mobile, but all the pages on do@ are live and not cached.

NASA (free): The NASA app for iPhone and iPad has been around for a couple years, but the Android version just hit the Marketplace. It offers a huge collection of NASA content, including images, videos on demand, NASA TV, mission info and social media extensions. Definitely worth a look for all space nuts!

Twylah (free): Showcase your tweets in a more complete narrative story. Super-easy to use and a much better storefront for your Twitter brand than the somewhat wonky Twitter stream.

SkinScan ($4.99): This app helps you analyze and keep an archive of moles on you or members of your family, for later review and comparison of the results. SkinScan displays several disclaimers that the app is to be used for strictly informational purposes, but it’s nonetheless pretty interesting to see how personal tech is impacting everyday health concerns.

Formulists (free): By far the easiest way to create and manage Twitter Lists. This application lets you organize Twitter into smart, auto-updating Twitter lists: filter based on location/bio keywords, Twitter activity and more.

FreeTime (free): Wondering where your day went? FreeTime can help. Using nothing more than the calendar on your smartphone, this productivity app finds time between your events. Powerful filtering allows you to locate your free time in any setting.

Redbox (free): More and more movie watchers are turning to services like Redbox. This simple mobile app helps narrow down where the nearest rental kiosk is located via GPS, find out whether they have your desired flick in stock and if you chose to register, can even reserve the DVD. Don’t forget the buttered popcorn.

Appstart (free): Seconds after you’ve removed your shiny new iPad from the box, this is without a doubt the first app you should download. It’s a great starter assistant for finding relevant applications based on your tastes.

Evernote (free/paid): One of the most acclaimed productivity apps around. Evernote boasts a suite of software and services designed for note taking and archiving. A “note” can be a piece of formattable text, a full Web page or an excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo or a handwritten “ink” note. Notes can also have file attachments.

Evernote Peek (free): Flash cards for the digital generation! Peek is the first Smart Cover learning app. Connect Peek to your Evernote account and brush up on a language, make flashcards for a quiz or test yourself based on your Evernote contents.

Photos 3D for FB (free): It’s a 3-D photo viewer for Facebook. In this app you can easily browse, comment, share photos and so on. You’ve never viewed photos like this.

FavFriends (free): Who doesn’t need help breaking through the Facebook friend clutter? This service provides real-time notifications when a favorite Facebook friend posts a new status. Also you can sleep better knowing you’ll never miss a friend who checked in somewhere when you were nearby at the same time.

Katango (free): Personal crowd control! This messaging app for the iPhone automatically groups together your contacts by life stage or activity. So groupings will include family members, high school friends, college buddies, co-workers and so forth. The application plucks out your address book contacts and Facebook friends and organizes these folks into groups based on patterns of previous social interactions. You can then tweak the groups to your liking and start sending photos or messages to particular groups.

Peel (free): This app is a handy little guide to point TV fanatics in the right direction for what’s on the air. New hardware upgrades offer universal remote control option for all of your television/audio home equipment ($99).

Twicsy (free): View top Twitter picture trends and popular pictures. This app is functional and easy to use. It’s beginning to stand out in the Twitter photo space.

Pixable (free/paid): It’s no secret that photos are by far the most-shared pieces of content of Facebook. To that end, it ain’t easy keeping up with the piles of pics. This app for iPhone, iPad and Web pushes the most commented, tagged and shared pics to the top of your radar.

True HDR ($1.99): Create full-resolution HDR (high dynamic range) pictures on your iPhone (4, 3GS), iPod Touch (4G) or iPad (2).

iMotion HD (free/paid): An intuitive and easy to use time-lapse and stop-motion app for iOS devices. Take pictures, edit your movie and export HD 720p videos to your device or directly to YouTube.

iPhone SLR Mount ($249): Size matters! This case-adapter combo lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4, giving your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus. Telephoto, wide angle, macro or your fixed-50 lenses all attach to this mount, giving you a full range of lenses at your iPhone-lovin’ fingertips. (Note: also available for iPhone 3GS for $190)

Piictu (free): Think of this app as a scavenger hunt with cell phone pics. A simple way to talk and play with your friends from your mobile phone using pictures. You simply snap a pic and post it to Piictu and your social networks, and watch it get live picture responses from your friends and community at large.

Flixlab (free): Create professional style movies in seconds with Flixlab, a mobile application available for iPhone, coming soon to Android and Windows Phone 7. Also allow friends to keep the creative fun going with the option to “remix” your movies.

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MacBook is Dead, Long Live The New MacBook Air

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MacBook is Dead, Long Live The New MacBook Air

Ten years ago, I was not a Mac user. I had never owned a Mac. I thought I probably would never own a Mac. I was a Windows guy all the way. Sure, Windows Me sucked, but Windows 95 and 98 were solid. And we were on the verge of Windows XP. The Mac was something I was forced to use at school.

I recall riding my bike to the engineering school to see a demo of the new OS that was being put on by Apple. I stood and watched a few demos, but mostly I just played with the new OS. And I remember thinking that I really wished Windows looked like this.

But I wasn’t entirely sold. This initial version of OS X Lion called “Cheetah” seemed buggy, and slow. And it was. By September, Apple has already rolled out the first big upgrade, OS X 10.1 “Puma”. I recall going to check the new version out at a CompUSA. Much better. Still wasn’t sold though, Windows XP was coming out the following month.

I bought Windows XP the day it came out — exactly one month after Puma — October 25, 2001. I got a free MP3 player with my purchase at Best Buy. It was an Intel one. It sucked, but it was free. The iPod was announced just two days prior, but it wouldn’t launch until November.

Even ten years ago, it was a different time.

I basically didn’t think about Apple, OS X, or even the iPod until almost three years later when I broke down and bought a 40 GB iPod so I would have all my music with me on a drive out to California. It was the first Apple product I had ever bought. It would not be the last.

A few months later, I was working in California, in Hollywood. In case you couldn’t tell from popular television shows and movies, Hollywood is a Mac-dominated town. I had a job at Private Island Trax, where the computer at my board was a Mac. After a few weeks of using it on a daily basis, I bought myself one — the cheapest iBook I could find. It wasn’t for the hardware, which I found slow and outdated compared to my relatively decked-out Dell laptop. It was for OS X — 10.3 “Panther” at the time, to be exact — I was addicted.

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Google+ vs. Facebook: 6 Things Google+ Has That Facebook Doesn’t

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Google+ vs. Facebook: 6 Things Google+ Has That Facebook Doesn’t

Google is gunning for Facebook.

The search giant recently launched Google+, a social networking site that aims to rectify the company’s failed social media efforts, such as Google Buzz and Wave, and put a dent in Facebook’s business.

So does Google+ stand a chance against Facebook, which is now over 750 million users strong and has been valued at $100 billion? Google isn’t giving up without a fight: the behemoth needs a hit in the social space and one Google executive called Google+ a bet-the-company effort. To help you decide, here’s a look at six features Google+ has that Facebook doesn’t (You can see what they have in common here).

1. Hangouts: Video Chat With A Group

One key element distinguishing Google+ from Facebook is a feature called “Hangouts” that offers users a way to join group video chats. Picture a chat room, but with video: Any user can create a Hangout, which is then open to others to join. Users can send messages during the Hangout, as well as watch YouTube videos as a group.

Though Facebook recently launched video calling powered by Skype, it does not offer a free way to create group video chats–one-on-one video chats are the default. PC World calls the tool “one interesting feature that could really put Google+ ahead of Facebook.”

2. Sparks: Get The News (Not The News Feed)

Google+ comes with “Sparks,” a basic news reader offering users access to separate news feeds covering a variety of different topics. Google+ members can customize what interests appear on their Sparks page, which is directly accessible from their Google+ profile. Clicking on one of the topic–say “soccer,” or “fashion”–in the Sparks page delivers a stream of stories from around the web, presenting the headline and first several sentences of articles from outlets such as New York Magazine, The Next Web, and YouTube.

What differentiates Sparks from the Facebook news feed is its focus on specific topics and on news: you won’t find information on your friend’s newborn, but you will find highlights from blogs, newspapers, and other media outlets sorted by topic.

3. Keep Your Social Circles Secret

When Google+ users sort their friends, acquaintances and other contacts into Circles, no one else knows how they’ve been grouped. Google will show other Google+ users who you’ve put into your Circles, as well as who has put you into their Circles, but it won’t reveal how you’ve characterized those Circles–who else in them, how they’re titled, etc. For each post on Google+, users can specify, via a convenient drop-down menu, what Circles can see the content.

Facebook Groups operate a bit differently. Though there are different privacy settings (“open,” “closed,” and “secret”), the bottom line is that all the members of the group will be able to see all the other members of that group, as well as the type of group they’ve been added to. The members of an individuals’ Circle are visible only to the invidual who created it.

In addition, Facebook uses Lists, not Groups, to help users restrict the audience that can view status updates and other posts. But Lists remain an imperfect solution, requiring extra steps for users, who have to click through several screens to specify what “list” to share with, and setting up Lists isn’t quite as seamless as on Google+. The New York Times’ David Pogue observes, “Facebook has something similar, called Lists. But compared with Circles, it’s buried and a lot more effort to use.”

4. See What Strangers Are Saying

Whereas on Facebook the only posts and status updates that appear in your news feed come from people you’re friends with, Google+ allows you to see updates from people you aren’t yet following, but who are following you. The “Incoming” stream displays posts from other Google+ users who have put you into their Circles, but you have not yet “circled.” You can follow them if you choose by putting them into one of your circles.

5. Hang Out With People You Don’t Know

Facebook Chat requires you to be friends with someone before you can chat with them. Google Hangouts, for better or for worse, are much more open: up to ten people can join a Hangout video chat, and they need not be in each others’ Circles to do so. If you’ve “circled” someone, but she hasn’t put you in one of her Circles, you can still join a Hangout she creates.

6. Get To It From Gmail (Or

Via its social graph, Facebook has spread far beyond its domain. Facebook “like” buttons populate a slew of news sites, your Facebook friends’ activity appears on numerous third-party sites, and more and more of the information you see is customized based on your Facebook profile and personal interests.

Facebook follows people around the web, encouraging them to constantly engage with and click back to its site, but Google+ has its own advantage: it’s embedded directly into Gmail, valuable real estate that users navigate to repeatedly each day. Every interaction with their email inbox presents an opportunity for them to log on to Google+–with a single click, users can go from their inbox to their social network. Google+’s integration with Gmail also provides an easy way to populate the social network.

Embedded in the black header that now appears on, Google+ also follows people as they browse the search engine. In other words, Google has found a way to immediately put Google+ in front of users multiple times a day.

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New Release 12RU Black Wall Mount Data Center Cabinet Enclosure

cz-wl-12uk black data center wall mount cabinet

Wall Mount Data Center Cabinet

12RU Black Wall Mount Data Center Cabinet Network Housing Enclosure
Part Number: CZ-WL-12UK wall mount cabinets provide 19″ rack mounting in a heavy duty enclosure. Enclosed or open, they are a versatile choice conserving space and money. Our wall mount cabinets come in a many sizes, heights, depths and models. Select a wall mount cabinet for your server room, Telecommunications closet, over-the-desk, in the classroom, environment, supervisor area or warehouse. Anywhere you place it, a wall mount cabinet is hard to beat !

ConnectZone wall mount cabinets have multiple features including locking front doors with tempered glass so you can see your network equipment without opening the door. All wall mount cabinet doors are lockable and secure. Quick open Louvered side panels easy to install and maintain Top and Bottom wire path. ConnectZone cabinets are convenient and quick to mount on the wall.

Wall mount Data / Audio Cabinet 12 Rack Unit (12RU 12U)

This Cabinet is fully assembled. No Assembly Required

Weight and Dimensions

  • 58 Lbs.
  • 23 X 21 X 23 (outside dimensions Width Depth Height)
  • 19 X 19 X 22 (inside dimensions Width Depth Height)


  • 12U Of Mountable Rack Rails (adjustable)
  • Tempered Glass Front Locking Door
  • Red Trim Removable Front Door
  • (2) locking Lift Off Louvered Side Panels
  • Adjustable Front and Rear
  • 12RU Rack Mounts (4 post total)
  • (2) 110 Volt Exhaust fan with 6ft. Cord
  • (4) 1.75 Knockouts on Top & (4) 1.75 Knockouts on Bottom

Accessories Included

  • (2) Mini 2 Wide shelves To Hold Equipment
  • (4) Cement Wall anchors
  • (8) Cage Nuts (mounting equipment)
  • (8) M5 Screws (screw into cage nuts)
  • (8) Black Plastic M5 Screw Washers
  • (2) Sets Of Keys (4 key total)
  • (4) Black Rubber Grommets (for 1.75knockouts)

Perfect For Mounting

  1. Networking
  2. Telecom
  3. Audio
  4. Router
  5. Switches
  6. Patch panels

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