USGS Helps Debut New Technology to Improve Access and Use of Earth Science Data

USGS Helps Debut New Technology to Improve Access and Use of Earth Science Data (http://www.usgs.gov)

Researchers investigating global issues now have an easy method for finding and using earth science data through a new technology developed by the Data Observation Network for Earth, or DataONE.
Understanding broad and complex environmental issues, for example climate change, increasingly relies on the discovery and analysis of massive datasets. But the amount of collected data — from historical field notes to real-time satellite data —means that researchers are now faced with an onslaught of options to locate and integrate information relevant to the issue at hand.

DataONE, a ten-institution team with several hundred Investigators, including researchers from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), is addressing this data dilemma with a number of cyberinfrastructure and educational tools to allow long-term access and usage of earth science data and information. The recently released ONESearch tool queries data centers located around the world for relevant earth science information and provides integrated access to science metadata and corresponding datasets. (Continue reading at http://www.usgs.gov)

My Two Cents: This Technology..DataONE will ensure the preservation, access, use and reuse of multi-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-national science data via three principle cyberinfrastucture elements and a broad education and outreach program. Now we are talking!

The Enterprise Prepares For Life Beyond 100 Gbits/s

The Enterprise Prepares For Life Beyond 100 Gbits/s (http://electronicdesign.com)

Our world has seen amazing changes with the advent of the information age. The latest Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) shows a rapid growth in demand from many sources, namely streaming media.1 Cisco estimates a compound annual growth rate for Internet Protocol (IP) traffic of 29% through 2016. (Continue reading at http://electronicdesign.com)

My Two Cents: We here at Adept Technologies have been live and testing internal network speeds of 100 Gbits/s and faster. Locating bottlenecks within the network is priority number one! Focus on network cards, switches, routers along with the cable used. Nice clean equipment, environment, cooling, along with a good design and you will experience lighting fast speeds. It always amazes me when I see a few hundred thousand dollar servers in a rack connected to a 20 dollar slow switch…crazy!

App detects potholes, alerts Boston city officials

App detects potholes, alerts Boston city officials (http://seattletimes.com)

The next time your car hits a pothole, a new technology could help you immediately tell someone who can do something about it.
Boston officials are testing an app called Street Bump that allows drivers to automatically report the road hazards to the city as soon as they hear that unfortunate “thud,” with their smartphones doing all the work. (Continue reading at http://seattletimes.com)

My Two Cents: Very cool app, but Street Bump will have their work cut out for them with the False – Positive problem, but with the release to the public the end of this summer, I am sure it will be solved.

Technology and Energy Sectors Continue to Lead

Technology and Energy Sectors Continue to Lead U.S. Commercial Real Estate Market Says Jones Lang LaSalle (www.marketwatch.com)

The West Coast technology and energy firms continued to lead the U.S. office recovery in the second quarter of 2012. In addition, while net absorption inventory levels entered into the ninth consecutive quarter of occupancy growth, they are still behind 2011 levels, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s Second-Quarter 2012 Office Highlights Report.

“Outside of the technology and energy markets, we’re not seeing many segments demonstrating growth”
(Continue reading at www.marketwatch.com)

My Two Cents: I would have to agree with this story. We here at Adept Technologies Inc. have experienced a good managed growth rate over the last 10 years. This year 2012 we are expected to have a 19 – 22% growth rate by the 4th quarter, thus the reason we have expanded the New York City Office and data centers. Our Energy Corporations are expanding too.

Mac vs. PC gap is the narrowest since 1990s

Mac vs. PC gap is the narrowest since ’90s (www.cnn.com)

Aside from the iconic (and sadly discontinued) TV ads, the “I’m a Mac” vs. “I’m a PC” battle has never been a particularly close one, at least in terms of sheer numbers. To put it bluntly, Apple gets creamed. But a leading tech analyst has put together a graphic showing that the ratio of Windows-based computers to Macs has tightened dramatically and is closer than it has been in a decade and a half. (Continue reading at www.cnn.com)

My Two Cents: I feel the competition of the Mac VS the PC is so 90s…We have more important things to be coding and doing in Tech these days then worried if its being done on a Mac or PC.