Wednesday, September 30, 2009

HOW TO: Copy the Entire iTunes Catalog in 25 Seconds

An interesting development from the French is touted at Those crafty French "researchers from the Bell Labs facility in Villarceaux, France have used 155 lasers, each operating at a different frequency and carrying 100 gigabits of data per second. Multiply the number of lasers with the transmission rate, and you get a crazy number of 15.5 terabits per second, over the distance of 7000 kilometers. Multiply those two numbers, and you get over 100 petabits per second.kilometers (a standard measure for high speed optical transmission)." Whiz-bang fast.

Applying a little math, the author estimates it would take 25 seconds to download about 10 million songs (50 million megabytes.) Cool.

The commenters were wondering how long for a "standard" broadband connection. MarkH said: About 1.5 years on an 8Mbps broadband connection. Or over 6 years if you're unlucky enough, like me, to only have 2Meg...

Oh to be so unlucky... how about all those poor folks who are about to get 768K down broadband courtesy of the ARRA and/or state-funded broadband programs?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

People want to connect

Well. I think we've all been predicting this (people want to communicate),but now there is proof.

Americans have nearly tripled the amount of time they spend at social networking and blog sites such as Facebook and MySpace from a year ago, according to a new report from The Nielsen Company. In August 2009, 17 percent of all time spent on the Internet was at social networking sites, up from 6 percent in August 2008.

“This growth suggests a wholesale change in the way the Internet is used,” said Jon Gibs, vice president, media and agency insights, Nielsen’s online division. “While video and text content remain central to the Web experience – the desire of online consumers to connect, communicate and share is increasingly driving the medium’s growth.”

Yo. Doctor. There's an app for that.

This week Webahn, a clinical documentation solutions company, announced the launch of two new iPhone apps for physicians: Capzule for its online EMR (electronic medical records) service and Accent, a voice recording application for its online transcription service

Capzule is a free, Web-based EMR app that enables physicians to access patient information instantly while away from the clinic. Specially designed for small practices, it has the capability to send messages, add notes, prescribe medications and write orders. Accent, which sells for $0.99, allows physicians to dictate patient notes and letters on iPhone and send them to for transcription. The app also lets users edit audio files and tag dictations with key information, and it features search capability and the ability to access dictations from desktop PCs over Wi-Fi.

Cyber Security Advice

Some interesting framing on cyber security. But, it's really hard to get people and businesses to spend money on security until they have an epiphany about their vulnerability.

The National Cyber Leap Year Summit Co-Chairs Report and Summit Participants’ Ideas Report are now available. The Summit gathered commercial and academic innovators for an unconventional exploration of five game-changing strategies in cyber security:
  • Basing trust decisions on verified assertions (Digital Provenance)
  • Attacks only work once if at all (Moving-target Defense)
  • Knowing when we have been had (Hardware-enabled Trust)
  • Move from forensics to real-time diagnosis (Nature-inspired Cyber Health)
  • Crime does not pay (Cyber Economics)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Japan Optic Fiber Internet

Cheap. Easy-to-install. Fast as heck. What's not to like?