Researches build robot to sniff out methane at landfills

first_img Citation: Researches build robot to sniff out methane at landfills (2013, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Methane leaks are a constant problem for landfills and other places that are subject to rotting material. Such leaks present a fire hazard as well as an environmental problem—some estimates suggest landfill gas emissions contribute up to 2 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions. For that reason, scientists have been searching for ways to better detect gas emissions (generally methane) in landfills—the current method relies on sensors being hand placed in suspected areas by technicians—a hit or miss proposition to be sure.In this new effort, the team in Sweden affixed a Tunable Laser Absorption Spectrometer sensor to a Clearpath Robotics Husky A200—a mobile robot. They also added a GPS device. The idea is that the robot will roam around a landfill pointing its laser randomly around it as it goes. As it does so, it will be able to take measurements of methane levels around it and then use that information to build a map. Thus, to monitor methane levels at a landfill, all technicians would have to do is read the map sent wirelessly from the robot in the comfort of an indoor facility.The Husky A200 is essentially a programmable automated box on four wheels—its purpose is to carry equipment or supplies around in a ruggedized fashion. It was designed to be used by researchers working on various robotics projects and is thus highly amendable to multiple configurations via customization.The researchers report that while they were pleased with the initial successes of the robot prototype, they acknowledge that much more work will need to be done before such a robot will be ready for deployment in a real landfill. Specifically, it will need to be more ruggedized to deal with bigger and the more random nature of obstacles. Also it will need an upgrade to be able to scope out wide areas of terrain autonomously for long periods of time. The ultimate goal is to design a robot that can be produced in large numbers for use in a wide variety of environments as a for-profit venture. Explore further Developing a new laser to detect methane leaks More information: Project: paper: Towards Real-World Gas Distribution Mapping and Leak Localization Using a Mobile Robot with 3D and Remote Gas Sensing Capabilitiesvia IEEE Spectrumcenter_img ( —A team of researchers at Sweden’s AASS Research Centre at Orebro University has built a robot prototype that moves itself around in its environment searching for methane leaks. In its initial testing phase, the robot, dubbed Gasbot, was able to sniff out artificially created methane sources in a former landfill and in an underground tunnel. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

Study suggests reducing energy demand in the future may be centered on

first_imgCredit: Wikipedia. More information: Global typology of urban energy use and potentials for an urbanization mitigation wedge, Felix Creutzig, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1315545112AbstractThe aggregate potential for urban mitigation of global climate change is insufficiently understood. Our analysis, using a dataset of 274 cities representing all city sizes and regions worldwide, demonstrates that economic activity, transport costs, geographic factors, and urban form explain 37% of urban direct energy use and 88% of urban transport energy use. If current trends in urban expansion continue, urban energy use will increase more than threefold, from 240 EJ in 2005 to 730 EJ in 2050. Our model shows that urban planning and transport policies can limit the future increase in urban energy use to 540 EJ in 2050 and contribute to mitigating climate change. However, effective policies for reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions differ with city type. The results show that, for affluent and mature cities, higher gasoline prices combined with compact urban form can result in savings in both residential and transport energy use. In contrast, for developing-country cities with emerging or nascent infrastructures, compact urban form, and transport planning can encourage higher population densities and subsequently avoid lock-in of high carbon emission patterns for travel. The results underscore a significant potential urbanization wedge for reducing energy use in rapidly urbanizing Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Climate change now a mainstream part of city planning, global survey finds Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2015 Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Study suggests reducing energy demand in the future may be centered on developing cities (2015, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists around the world are very seriously concerned about the amount of carbon we humans are pumping into the atmosphere, leading to global warming and likely other as yet to be discovered problems. Some are also conducting research to look into ways to at least reduce our overall carbon footprint, if not eliminate it altogether. In this new effort, the researchers began by trying to figure out where the biggest contributors will be. They found that it will, quite naturally, be centered around urban areas—cities need more energy than small towns or other rural areas. But what impact will which cities have over the next fifty years or so?To answer that question, the researchers analyzed data for 274 cities around the world, then sorted them into eight groups based on size, climate, and other factors. In so doing, they found that the best chance of reducing energy use in the future appears to lie with cities that are still small and growing. Larger cities, the group found, are too entrenched to offer much hope of reducing energy use, thus if cities that are still relatively small can be caused to grow in ways that are different from older cities with their huge energy demands, it might be possible to alter forecasts of a tripling of energy use by cities by 2050. They note that most such cities are in developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.Still growing cities represent an opportunity, the researchers claim, because the infrastructure is still not in place. Better planning could prevent urban sprawl, for example, eliminating the need for workers to travel long distances to get to their jobs. The team acknowledges that while the idea is sound, it is not clear if a mechanism exists that could cause such planning to come about in parts of the world where cities often grow as demand dictates rather than as a result of forethought. (—A small team of researchers with members from institutions in the U.S. and Germany has found that the greatest opportunity for reducing predicted energy demands over the next half-century lies with cities that are still in the development stage. In their paper published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study, what they found, and offer suggestions as to how new kinds of city planning could lead to reductions in the predicted amount of carbon released into the atmosphere in the future.last_img read more

Glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol detected around Sagittarius B2

first_img Astronomers detect methanol maser emission towards nearby galaxy This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Sagittarius B2 is a giant molecular cloud of gas and dust with a mass of approximately three million solar masses spanning across 150 light years. It is located some 390 light years from the center of the Milky Way and about 25,000 light years away from the Earth. Its enormous size makes it one of the largest molecular clouds in our galaxy.Sagittarius B2 contains various kinds of complex molecules, including alcohols like ethanol and methanol. Previous studies revealed that this cloud exhibits a weak concentration of emission of glycolaldehyde (CH2OHCHO) and ethylene glycol (HOCH2CH2OH). However, the exact extent of this emission remained unclear. Thus, a team of researchers led by Juan Li of the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, recently conducted new observations of Sagittarius B2 that independently detected the emission of these two molecules, and provided more detailed information about this process.The astronomers observed Sagittarius B2 with TMRT in March and November 2016. For these observations, they employed the telescope’s digital backend system (DIBAS) with a total bandwidth of 1.2 GHz, and a velocity resolution of 2.0 km/s at a frequency of 13.5 GHz. The team detected widespread glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol emission, also determining the spatial distribution of these molecules.”We report the detection of widespread CH2OHCHO and HOCH2CH2OH emission in galactic center giant molecular cloud Sagittarius B2 using the Shanghai Tianma 65m Radio Telescope,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Glycolaldehyde is a sugar-related molecule that can react with propenal to form ribose—a central constituent of RNA. Ethylene glycol is a dialcohol, a molecule chemically related to ethanol. New observations made by Chinese scientists show that the spatial distribution of these two prebiotic molecules around Sagittarius B2 extends over 117 light years. Notably, this extension is about 700 times greater than usually observed in clouds located in the Milky Way’s spiral arms.Furthermore, the study revealed that the abundance of glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol decreases from the cold outer region to the central region of the cloud associated with star formation activity. According to the authors, this suggests that most of the emission is not associated with star formation and that the two studied molecules are likely to form through a low temperature process.In concluding remarks, the researchers emphasize the necessity of additional observations of other molecules in order to determine whether some other process are also engaged in the formation of complex organic molecules in the center of the Milky Way. “Future observations of methyl formate are expected to investigate whether energetic processes also play a role in producing complex organic molecules in the Galactic center,” the astronomers concluded. Explore further More information: Widespread Presence of Glycolaldehyde and Ethylene Glycol Around Sagittarius B2, arXiv:1709.10247 [astro-ph.GA] report the detection of widespread CH2OHCHO and HOCH2CH2OH emission in Galactic center giant molecular cloud Sagittarius B2 using the Shanghai Tianma 65m Radio Telescope. Our observations show for the first time that the spatial distribution of these two important prebiotic molecules extends over 15 arc-minutes, corresponding to a linear size of approximately 36 pc. These two molecules are not just distributed in or near the hot cores. The abundance of these two molecules seems to decrease from the cold outer region to the central region associated with star-formation activity. Results present here suggest that these two molecules are likely to form through a low temperature process. Recent theoretical and experimental studies demonstrated that prebiotic molecules can be efficiently formed in icy grain mantles through several pathways. However, these complex ice features cannot be directly observed, and most constraints on the ice compositions come from millimeter observations of desorbed ice chemistry products. These results, combined with laboratory studies, strongly support the existence of abundant prebiotic molecules in ices. Color-composite image of the Galactic center and Sagittarius B2 as seen by the ATLASGAL survey. Sagittarius B2 is the bright orange-red region to the middle left of the image, which is centered on the Galactic centre. Credit: ESO/APEX & MSX/IPAC/NASA (—Using the Shanghai Tianma 65m Radio Telescope (TMRT) a team of Chinese astronomers has detected a widespread presence of glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol around the giant molecular cloud Sagittarius B2. The finding, presented Sept. 29 in a paper published on, could be important for studies of prebiotic molecules in the interstellar medium. Citation: Glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol detected around Sagittarius B2 (2017, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Love to Hate Bollywood

first_imgAs much as we love Bollywood, we love to hate it too. And what better way to celebrate the most irritating, the most frustrating and the most painful moments from Hindi films from last year than to sit around and have a hearty laugh at them while they get kelas. Literally and otherwise!The 5th Annual Golden Kela Awards were held in the Capital on a nice, unsuspecting Saturday afternoon when a group of movie buffs got together at India Habitat Center. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Golden Kelas celebrated half a decade in the industry by of course doing the usual – celebrating the worst of Indian cinema. The Golden Kelas have come to be an awards ceremony not every actor can rejoice but only the ones who have the wits to accept both good and bad that is thrown at them. The best and the funniest thing about this year’s awards was that most of the winners were the top grossers of Bollywood 2012.With over 6 lakh votes this year, the Kela Awards are making their presence felt strongly all over. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJatin Varma, founder, Golden Kela Awards, said, ‘Through the last five years we have lost all our minds and a lot of our money in this attempt to bring to light the Worst that Indian Cinema has to offer. But since we have lost our minds, the money doesn’t even matter anymore…so here’s looking at many more Kela-licious years to come. We will strive to bring the ‘worst’ to the forefront and remind them to make good cinema.”The top honor for the Worst Actor went to Ajay Devgan for Son Of Sardar & Bol Bachchan. Sonakshi Sinha won the Worst Actress award not for any one movie in particular, because according to GK team and the voters, she was worst at ‘Everything she did.’ Shirish Kunder’s Joker won two biggies of the night – Worst Film & Worst Director.Other big winners of the night were Dabangg 2 for the Worst Sequel, which proved that Salman can sell the crappiest of things to his fans, and that’s why even audiences voted for the Bawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award to Indian Moviegoers. Award for Most Irritating Song went to Chinta Ta Chita Chita (Rowdy Rathore) and Anvita Dutt won the award for Most Atrocious Lyrics for Ishq Wala Love (Student of the Year), for not writing the ‘Sense Wala Song.’Voters chose Jackky Bhagnani for an award as the name rightly says, a question that everyone wants to ask him after watching his films, Why Are You Still Trying? Award.last_img read more

Thanks for all the fish

first_imgA big news day and pending work can only mean one thing, a very heavy and spicy lunch. That is exactly what we set out to do heading for West Bengal Bhavan. The bhavan has been quite well known for the authentic food from the canteen on the first floor. Delhi’s probashi Bengalis (non-residential bengali’s if you may) have always retreated to the comfort of Banga Bhavan (as it is better known) or the Ma Tara Hotel in CR Park to get a taste of home. Then there is always Oh! Calcutta and City of Joy in Alaknanda to offer a slightly better dining experience. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While Oh! Calcutta turns you off with the completely ludicrous prices, City of Joy offers a substantially better deal. But beating it all comes Banga Bhavan, you can sit in the air-conditioned interiors and enjoy your fill of Bengali food along with very good service. While the canteen was handled by the bhavan only recently the well-known catering unit Bijoligrill has taken over, updating the service immensely. The regular section where the residents of the bhavan can have meals at subsidised rates still exists but a section has been completely redone to give the feel of a nice cozy restaurant. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe menu is a fish lover’s delight – right from the crabs and the prawns and the monsoon special Hilsa – you will instinctively reach out for a well made fish fry. We decided to take the path oft not taken and ordered Mutton Cutlets. We wanted to savour the fish later. The cutlets were quite good and while we debated whether we should order round two, the Prawn Kabiraji came in. Basically a prawn cutlet fried in a thick layer of eggs is quite heavy, but sadly we were left disappointed. The prawns were not marinated enough and the coating, which is supposed to be light and fluffy was very oily and heavy on the tongue. The Chicken Kosha did not do justice to the expectations we had off it and compared rather poorly to the fish. Both the Fish Kalia and the Ilish Bhapa were perfect to say the least. The fish was fresh and the gravy perfect, not to spicy but full of taste. The Ilish was a part of the special monsoon Hilsa festival that is on in the bhavan and might not be easily available throughout the year – but all other items on the menu are. Including the much loved Luchi and Alurdom. We tucked in the last bits of rice ruing that we just did not have place for that! Next time we promise!The ever famous rosogolla and mishti doi (sweet curd) ended our meal and we were totally ready for the afternoon siesta. But as luck would have it – office calls! While all the items in the menu will not blow you away, they have their spectacular hits and more than anything – eating at Banga Bhavan is definite value for money. We are going back again for sure!last_img read more

Striking a classical chord

first_imgAs an amalgamation of the four major classical dance forms of India – Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi and Sattriya – Mudra (classical dance society) Shree was held at Stein Auditorium, IHC. The act was presented by the students of Lady Shri Ram College For Women and  choreographed by the  renowned Kathak exponent Vidha Lal.Shree attempted to portray the true strength and grit of women in our much celebrated mythological epics and texts, focusing namely on – Radha, Draupadi, Meera, Urmila and Chitrangada. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Odissi depicted the life of Urmila, the untold story of her sacrifice, how she was the most ideal wife and a devoted daughter in law. Sattriya  portrayed Meera Bai, the ardent follower and devotee of Lord Krishna. Kathak  showcased Radha, the most beautiful of all goddesses. Bharatanatyam sculpted the story of Draupadi, the one who emerged from fire, was volcanic and could reduce her enemies to ashes. The concluding finale, which was an amalgam of all the dance forms, portrayed Chitrangada, the warrior princess of Manipur. It was not only an event showcasing the eminence of women empowerment, but was also an attempt to contribute to the promotion and celebration of performing arts. It is an attempt to bring alive the country’s rich heritage with aesthetics of dance and music. The evening also had the following performances – Sattriya recital  by Anita Sharma and Aarhie Kaushak, Instrumental recital by Amar Sangam and Kathak recital by Vidha Lal.last_img read more

Transport dept comes up with autorickshaw policy draft

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to regularise plying of auto-rickshaws, the state Transport department has come up with the draft notification of the auto-rickshaw policy.It may be recalled that the state Transport department had decided to frame a policy of which a major part is route rationalisation, a mechanism to fix fares of a particular route and initiatives to solve the existing problem related to plying of unregistered auto-rickshaws.A high-power committee was also formed to frame the policy and a draft of the auto-rickshaw policy has been framed. In a meeting held on Wednesday at Nazrul Manch, the draft of the policy has been distributed among representatives of auto-rickshaw unions. Transport and Environment minister Suvendu Adhikari and Additional Chief Secretary of transport department Alapan Bandyopadhyay along with other concerned officials were present in the meeting. The unions and the concerned authorities have been directed to submit their feedback after going through the draft policy by mid July. They have to submit their feedback in a written format at the office of the state Transport department. After bringing in necessary changes, if required, following the feedback of the stakeholders, the final notification declaring the auto-rickshaw policy will be issued. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAs per the draft policy, no auto-rickshaws will be allowed to operate on any unauthorised route. Ferrying of excess passengers than permitted level will not be allowed. Driver cannot use mobile phones while driving and loud sound systems will not be allowed to be installed. No high power LED lights will be allowed in front of the auto-rickshaws. The most important one is that auto-rickshaw drivers cannot charge exorbitantly. Moreover, without offer letters, auto-rickshaw cannot be sold out. It may be mentioned that officials of the department had received reports regarding operations of unauthorised auto-rickshaws without registrations or permit, which is required under the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act 1988.last_img read more

Allwomen cop team shines on first day at work arrests 6 for

first_imgKolkata: “The Winners”, a special all-women patrolling team set up to combat and prevent incidents of molestation and eve-teasing in the city, has become successful on the very first day of their work with the arrest of six persons from the area around Victoria Memorial Hall for harassing women.Kolkata Police have introduced the special team which will be patrolling different parts of the city to ensure safety and security of women. On the first day itself, the attempt of Kolkata Police has become successful as the women police on scooters reached near Victoria Memorial Hall after receiving information that some people were harassing some women. Soon after reaching the spot, they arrested six persons harassing women. They also informed the local police station and a police van was also sent to the spot in which the arrested persons were taken to the nearest police station. It was on Wednesday when the team of “The Winners” initiated their journey from Lalbazar in presence of Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police and other senior police officers. The women police are also deployed to patrol in different locations including Rabindra Sadan crossing, Elgin Road, Park Street, Esplanade, Shyambazar and Gariahat.last_img read more

Govt removes flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu to reduce load

first_imgKolkata: The work to remove flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu has been initiated on Friday following direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The decision to remove the flower tubs was taken to reduce load on the bridge and the move has come following the incident of a portion of Majerhat Bridge collapsing on Tuesday.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had given the direction on Thursday to remove the flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu to reduce load on it. The flower tubs had been placed as a part of a beautification project of the state government. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to an official, each of the flower tubs contains a huge quantity of soil and they become heavier when the plants are watered, which is done twice every day. Now, in a bid to avoid unnecessary load on the bridge, the decision has been taken to remove the flower tubs.The work to remove the tubs continued till evening and according to the officials, steps were taken to remove all the tubs as early as possible. Cranes were engaged to load the flower tubs on trucks to take them away from the bridge. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that flower tubs had also been placed on Maa Flyover earlier. Later, the tubs were removed for the same reason.A senior state government official said: “The flower tubs on bridges and flyovers increase their beauty. But we have to give priority to the longevity of the bridge.”This comes at the time when the Chief Minister has directed to take necessary steps to avoid recurrence of the incident that took place at Majerhat on September 4, which claimed three lives and left 24 injured. Soon after the incident, the state government has taken necessary steps to check the health of all bridges in the state.last_img read more

Brain injury can alter parentchild relationships

first_imgAn incidence of brain injury in a child can have adverse effects on the quality of relationships shared between the parent and the child, finds a study.The findings revealed that concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is particularly high in the preschool years—up to around 2 per cent of children aged 0 to 5 years per year. “The young brain is particularly vulnerable to injury because the skull is still thin and malleable. In the months following the injury, one of the first visible signs of social difficulties in young children is a decline in their relationship with their parents,” said one of the researchers, Miriam Beauchamp, professor at University of Montreal in Canada. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Given the relatively limited social and cognitive skills of preschoolers, a concussion at this age can slow the development of new abilities, for example, certain communication skills. “It may be due to specific neurological mechanisms, to changes in parenting, or to stress caused by the injury,” said lead author Gabrielle Lalonde, doctoral student at University of Montreal. The study published in the Journal of Neuropsychology, aims to assess the quality of parent-child interactions six months post-injury. The team recruited a group of 130 children aged between 18 months and 60 months and divided them into three categories: children with concussion, children with orthopedic injury (usually a fracture or sprain of the arm or leg) but no concussion, and a control group of non-injured children.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe results revealed that the quality of parent-child interactions of injured children following concussion was significantly reduced compared to non-injured children. Parents should monitor behavioural changes in their child in the weeks that follow the trauma and adjust accordingly during this period.“If, as parents, you notice the effects of the accident on your own psychological state, or behavioural changes in your child that make them interact differently and that persist more than a few weeks, you should talk to your family doctor or a neuropsychologist,” Beauchamp suggested.last_img read more

Tips to include diamonds in day to day look

first_imgThe biggest problem that women face is how to wear diamonds without being too flashy. It is important to know how much is too much, and going for one accessory at a time to look elegant, say experts. Here are a few tips you can swear by to not look flashy:Without even giving it a second thought, women can wear diamond rings in day to day life and look elegant. When diamonds are worn in day to day life they need to be subtle, which doesn’t take away your limelight and become too distracting. When you’re not sure if you’re wearing too much jewellery, go with the fewest pieces possible. A general rule of thumb is that it is okay to wear a watch or bracelet, a ring, and a pair of earrings. Anything more than that is probably too much for day to day wear. For day to day wear, noisy bracelets are not a good option rather one can opt for a delicate looking diamond studded bracelet.Wearing too much jewellery at once or wearing all the wrong kind can make you stand out in a way you don’t want to. Perhaps the most common jewellery faux pas is wearing too much jewellery. A stack of bangles worn with layers of bead and chain necklaces and large dangly earrings and several rings is just too much of a good thing.last_img read more

CESC deploys 200 mobile vans to tackle power disruptions

first_imgKolkata: Power utility CESC said on Friday that it has deployed 200 mobile vans around the city to tackle any likely disruption caused by cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, which is headed to Bengal from neighbouring Odisha.A CESC spokesman said the mobile vans are fitted with dedicated radio communication sets and are capable of promptly springing into action in the event of power supply failure. Focus will also be on electricity supply to drainage pumping stations, to reduce waterlogging in and around the city, he said. “Teams comprising engineers, workmen and contractors are on standby to respond to consumer requirements across 567 sq km of licensed area,” he added. Company representatives will be present at the Kolkata Police control room and Kolkata Municipal Corporation control rooms, the spokesperson said.last_img read more

Walking is top choice of fitness enthusiasts in India

first_imgWalking, jogging and running surpass yoga and gym training as the the top choices of most fitness enthusiasts in India, according to a new survey on April 7, 2019. Zumba is also gaining prominence as a fitness form especially among women, with 18 per cent respondents enjoying it in 2019, up from 11 per cent in 2017, showed the survey launched on the occasion of World Health Day. Over half the respondents (53 per cent) confirmed that they have at least five activities included in their fitness regime, with walking (84 per cent), jogging (64 per cent), running (63 per cent), yoga (56 per cent) and gym training (53 per cent) emerging as the top choices. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe results showed that millennials in the country are increasingly opting towards a healthier lifestyle, with 95 per cent respondents indulging in at least one fitness activity – running, jogging or walking. For the study, over 2,200 men and women, between the age group of 18-35 years, were surveyed across nine cities in the country. Among all, Kolkata scored the highest score in fitness. While Kolkata is closely followed by Delhi-NCR, Pune dropped from number 1 position in 2017 to the eighth on this year’s list. This year’s survey revealed an increase in women undertaking self-defence activities, with 45 per cent respondents including it as part of their fitness regime. Strength workouts have also gained popularity among women in the last couple of years.last_img read more

Golden State will walk through the overrated Western Conference

first_imgThe Warriors will walk through the overrated NBA Western ConferenceIt’s accepted as conventional wisdom that the NBA Western Conference is far superior to the East. There was a time when this was true, but Colin thinks this year it’s vastly overrated and, much like the SEC in college football, living on reputation. Sure, Golden State is dominant, but there isn’t another team that can potentially challenge them in a seven game series, other than an ancient Spurs team.Sure, the West is more entertaining, and has more exciting individual players, but there aren’t any other great teams. The Rockets don’t play defense, Westbrook is a one-man show, and the Clippers are a mess.Colin is as sure the Warriors will march through the West as he is of the Cavs coming out of the East.“The Western Conference in the NBA used to be deep and great. It no longer is.” LeBron did Pat Riley a favor by leaving MiamiLeBron leaving Cleveland was a death sentence for the franchise, only saved by James “Coming Home.” Pat Riley has also been given the task of rebuilding The Heat after losing James, but he’s doing considerably better.Colin pointed out that by LeBron leaving, Riley was able to get out of re-signing a declining Dwyane Wade and start fresh. If LeBron stayed, he would have been tied to Wade for the duration of his career, and would have overpaid on a legacy contract to do so.Now, Riley has a young roster, all kinds of cap space, a franchise center in Hasaan Whiteside, and looks primed to close during free agency by selling his best asset, South Beach.“It worked out perfectly for Pat Riley.”Guests:Jim Jackson – FS1 NBA and college basketball Analyst is in-studio to talk about Lebron clubbing in South Beach; why there are certain cities that all players go out in; what it’s like to play after a night out on the town; and if any teams can prevent a Warriors/Cavs rematch.Michael Rapaport – Actor and Knicks die-hard super fan is in-studio to give Colin pushback on “LeBron Blames”; why United Airlines isn’t fully to blame for their passenger re-accommodation; and why Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson are overrated.last_img read more

The Pats are punishing Brady for being great

first_imgThe Pats are punishing Brady for being greatThe Patriots will enter this season with arguably their weakest wide receiving corp ever, and the lack of any playmakers may be too much for even Tom Brady to overcome.With other NFL teams loading up on skill position players to help their franchise QB’s, the Patriots have decided to go the opposite direction because Brady has made a career out of doing more with less. Colin thinks Brady is being punished for being great with nothing around him, and this year he needs help. Also:– Harbaugh’s overall career resume is on par with Saban’sGuests:Doug Gottlieb – Host of The Doug Gottlieb Show is in-studio on OBJ’s new deal, and why the narrative that the Giants are conservative is a myth.Joel Klatt – Fox Sports CFB Analyst is in-studio to defend Harbaugh against the haters; and give his first Almost Upset of the Week.Tony Gonzalez – FS1 NFL Analyst and former NFL All Pro on Odell’s new deal and if the Patriots are giving Brady enough help.Pat Mahomes – Chiefs QB joins the show to talk throwing the deep ball, learning from Alex Smith and his expectations for his first year as a starter. Andrew Luck is the least appreciated player in the NFLA recent ESPN list didn’t rank Andrew Luck as a top 15 NFL quarterback, even ranking check down artist Alex Smith ahead of him. Colin thinks the list is ridiculous, and is the latest example of how Luck is the least appreciated player in the NFL.Even coming off an injury, Luck deserves credit for his career resume. No one seems to want to give it to him.last_img read more

The Software Tools in My Companys Arsenal

first_img Startups need to do a lot with a little. The right software can make a big difference and picking the right “stack” to handle all your company’s key functions is a critical decision.The end of the year is a great time to look at your technology systems to see what’s working. My company,, recently made some software choices to help our team of 15 in multiple locations stay in touch, collaborate and be more productive. I’ve shared my thinking about the software that my staff and I selected in the hopes that some of these choices might be helpful to you.Related: Is This Industry Disruptor Ripe for Disruption?        1. Customer relationship management software.I choose Insightly mostly because of its very tight integration with a range of Google apps (now called Google for Work). It was  easy to learn and to deploy through the Google log-ins and fairly priced.“One of the most important aspects of purchasing a sales system is the number of people using it,” TechnologyAdvice advisor Cameron Council tells me via email. “Some sales software systems are specifically designed for smaller teams, while others work great in larger organizations.””Interoperability with other systems is key, but not every add-on and special feature is always necessary or useful,” Cameron adds. An add-on might be a marketing-automation function to schedule “distribution of content that will continue nurturing your relationships.”  2. Help desk and customer-support software.For my company’s help desk, I chose Freshdesk, a product that feels like a robust, feature-rich service.  Freshdesk provides an intuitive on-site chat function, a ticket-logging feature and customer-service-agent management. One worthy feature is the ability to set up a custom toll-free number, replete with a phone tree that logs support tickets for the correct agents.Support software becomes expensive when multiple licenses must be purchased, so spend some time on your decision. Pay attention to the quality of the design and user interface. Decide how your staffers wish to interact with customers via online chat, ticket logging, email or phone, and then choose a platform built around it.Related:  With Open-Source Software, You Don’t Have to Start From Scratch3. Cloud storage and backup and file-sharing tools.I choose Google Docs and Google Drive for the strength of their real-time collaboration possibilities. Developing documents in Google Docs seems more like chatting than writing, which is amazing for working in teams, especially remote ones.A Google Drive makes it easy to comment and collaborate on documents and files. The only downside is that the drive can become impossibly disorganized without a clear file organization. Also the folder-sharing features can be somewhat nonintuitive for new users.“Many free platforms are easy to implement and use, but organization can often become a challenge,” Cameron explains. “The size of the team is a key factor in the type of file-sharing system purchased” or how a free platform is organized.Whether you select free or purchased software, opt for something that can be customized as the business grows, Cameron writes, adding, “Understand the types and sizes of files you’ll be creating and how you’d like to share them to account for storage space and accessibility.”Cameron adds that some cloud storage systems offer server backup and encryption so identify the company’s needs so as to not buy unneccessary functions.Related: The Best Software Tools to Run a Startup4. Issue tracking.Tracking bugs seems like a small aspect in a company’s workflow until it has a lot of users. Effective issue tracking is vital to the ongoing development of a product. My development and testing teams chose DoneDone for its simple design, robust reporting feature and strong user management.A ton of issue-tracking tools exist: Decide whether your company can track issues by using a function inside another tool, such as a project management or collaboration tool. If you opt for a standalone tool, decide if you want an open source or a software as a service product. If your company has a technical staff, open source tools might suffice.5. Project and task management software.I chose Wrike for its user-friendly design, Facebook-style, real-time activity feed, easily organized and nested folders and granular control over the permission levels of users.Wrike offers a nice balance between ease of use and on-demand complexity for more technical users. The only downside is that certain new features are limited to a costly enterprise edition.“Most startups would probably benefit from the online collaborative workspace provided by project management software, especially those with multiple teams and projects” or widely distributed staffers, Cameron writes by email. After a company identifies a project-management setup that’s suits each department, Cameron says, “most platforms can be modified to work with almost any methodology and any size team, while a few are designed specifically for visual engagement.” Related: Apps Our Pros Can’t Live Without6. Social media management tools.Buffer solved the problem of scheduling social-media updates through simple browser extensions, which is why I chose the company’s software. My firm uses the business version of the Buffer tool in order for multiple users to access and update our key social-media networks.”If you are simply trying to post content and increase visibility,” tap “free tools to help manage and schedule your accounts,” Cameron says. Expanded social-media suites provide more comprehensive strategies for businesses “interested in tracking analytics, driving leads, or engaging in social listening,” he adds.”Many of these larger suites also have free basic plans,” he notes.7. Web analytics software.I chose Google Analytics for its real-time traffic data and goal conversion tracking and it’s completely free. Plus its iPhone app  feeds my unhealthy addiction to web traffic data.Acknowledging that every corporate website is unique, Cameron says identify the data vital to your organization. Google’s free tools “help you track to see which keywords your business is ranking for in its search engine,” he adds, noting that other software products specialize in search engine optimization and offer services such as A/B testing and heat mapping.8. HR softwareMy company was using TribeHr to manage employees’ time off and for certain performance-management functions. But my employees now just use a Google Doc to enter their time off and don’t input any kind of further reporting.My company has adopted many of the principles of a results-only-work-environment or ROWE and I thought it made sense to keep things simple. Our company is small enough that the results recorded usually speak for themselves. We handle performance issues with conversations.“If you do want to implement a full HR platform, you need to decide what you want to track and what you want it to control,” Cameron says. Some platforms offer personal time off, health insurance, payroll tracking features. “You’ll want it to have an easy-to-use dashboards,” for the users.Related: 5 Ways HR Technology Can Improve Performance Reviews December 8, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happenslast_img read more

Microsoft Guts Edge Adds Chromium to Save Failing Browser

first_img Author Bio Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. To the 7 people who use Microsoft Edge exclusively, I’ve got some good news for you. Microsoft has confirmed rumors it will be dropping the proprietary rendering engine at the core of its desktop web browser, and replacing it with a Chromium-compatible engine. A preview build is coming in early 2019.Why is this good news? This is all about extensions. Right now, Edge’s set of browser extensions is limited, leaving users no compelling reason to switch from Chrome, which is powered by the open-source Chromium.  (The mobile versions of Edge already use other rendering engines — Chromium on Android and WebKit on iOS.)Once this transition happens, Chrome extensions and applications will run on Edge without much or any tweaking, so developers will have an easier time porting content over to Edge.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 In a blog post, Microsoft Corporate VP of Windows Joe Belfiore confirmed the early rumors of this decision, and said Microsoft intends “to become a significant contributor to the Chromium project, in a way that can make not just Microsoft Edge — but other browsers as well — better on both PCs and other devices.”This is positioned as a win for all. It will help Edge survive but will also give Microsoft more influence in the further development of Chromium.Belfiore also notes that this change means “Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows and on a more frequent cadence.”This implies that the browser will be updated independently and will no longer be tied to major Windows system updates. While Belfiore says this project will “enable [Microsoft] to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS,” the above statement about “all supported versions of Windows” also suggests that Edge will be ported to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. (Official extended support for Windows 7 lasts until January 2020.)Underneath the change: a fight for the futureWith this announcement, Microsoft is declaring EdgeHTML, the rendering engine and web development platform underpinning Edge, to be a failed project. That’s an inarguable truth as Chromium, which powers the Chrome browser and Chrome OS, has grown to be a whole platform, as the browser and Chromebooks have sat at the front of the pack. And as the pseudonymous security expert SwiftOnSecurity notes, this news is especially tied to Electron, a development tool for creating desktop applications. Electron works better with Chromium than it does with Edge. Microsoft didn’t want to be left out in the cold in the same way it was left behind in smartphones, so it is making this move to become an active participant in Chromium.Popular examples of Electron-based desktop applications include Slack, Spotify, WhatsApp and Amazon Alexa, as well as Microsoft’s own Skype.Image credit: FOOTAGE VECTOR PHOTO/Shutterstock by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbes15 Cities With the Worst Drivers in AmericaForbesUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementcenter_img Henry T. Casey, Henry T. Casey, onlast_img read more

Remove browsing traces with Forget that page

first_imgRemove browsing traces with Forget that page by Martin Brinkmann on October 07, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: October 09, 2016 – 8 commentsForget that page is a Firefox, Chrome and Opera add-on that allows you to quickly tell the browser to remove traces of the page you are on.Internet users have a couple of options when it comes to removing traces from the browser. They may use the browser’s own clear history option to remove cookies, cache entries and history entries from the browser, use private browsing mode to block many — but not all — records in first place, or use third-party software like CCleaner regularly for that.If you happen to stumble upon a site that you want to remove any trace of, you could use the clear browsing history option and remove the last hour of browsing from the records, or go through various settings to clear cookies and stored data manually.Why you would want to do that you ask? Maybe you don’t want a site to appear in the list of suggestions that are shown when you type in the address bar. Or maybe, you want to make sure that others who may use the device as well don’t see that site when profiles are shared.Forget that pageForget that page is a simple to use extension. It adds a single icon to the browser’s address bar that you can click on to delete that page from the browsing history.Doing so removes the browsing history entry, local and session storage entries, and cookies from the current web page.As you may have noticed already, it is not designed currently to remove all traces of a particular page from the browser. Cookies remain untouched for instance, and if you check the disk cache after clicking on the extension icon, you will notice that cached entries are still there — in Firefox at least, the version tested for this review.This means that it is not suitable if you want the browser to remove all traces of a visited page. If you are just worried that it might show up in the suggestions, then it is a good enough solution to prevent that.For instance, you do some gift shopping and want the browser to forget about those pages. You could use the extension for that. It won’t do you any good though if your significant other knows how to check for traces.Then again, it makes sense to use different profiles on a computer anyway to avoid these situations in first place.Closing WordsForget that page is a simple extension that blocks pages from appearing in the suggestions when you start to type in the browser’s address bar.Firefox users may want to check out Close n’ Forget for the browser which clears more data than Forget that page.Now You: What do you do when you don’t want traces of a page to appear as records?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 5 votes Software Name Forget that pageSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Lessmsi view and extract Windows MSI files

first_imgLessmsi: view and extract Windows MSI files by Martin Brinkmann on August 24, 2017 in Software – 7 commentsLessmsi is a free program for Microsoft Windows which you may use to view and extract the contents of Windows Installer MSI files.While the program has been designed for Windows, it may also work using Wine.It needs to be noted that lessmsi is not the only program that you may use to view and extract the content of msi files. Many programs used to create and extract archives, Bandizip for instance, can do this as well.One of the main advantages of a dedicated solution like lessmsi is that it includes additional features — table view and streams information for instance — that other programs don’t come with. These list the changes to the Registry that the installer makes when executed among other things.Lessmsi reviewLessmsi is offered as a command line tool and a graphical user interface version. The graphical user interface version is relatively simple. It displays the option to load a new msi installer file at the top, and will display files and other information on the loaded file in the main area afterwards.This is similar to how archive programs handle msi files if they support them. You get file names, path information, size, component and version information if available.You may extract individual files from the msi file by selecting them in the interface and clicking on the extract button afterwards.This may be useful to extract the executable file from a msi installer file to run it without installation. Whether that is possible or not depends also on the installation. If the program requires Registry keys for instance, you may not be able to run the file without installation.The Table View tab lists detailed information on all tables. You need to select a table at the top, for instance “feature”, “directory”, “registry” or “upgrade” to list information such as the default installation path, Registry modifications, or shortcut information.The Summary tab provides a summary of the program that you have loaded. It reveals the author’s name, comments, creation time and date, and other information.You find a file search under Edit > File Search. This is mostly useful for large msi files with a lot of files.If you install the program — an installer is provided as well — you get Explorer integration on top of that. Right-click on any msi file in Explorer to view it or extract its content right away. The portable version comes with the same option which you can enable under Edit > Preferences.The command line tool is a bit more restrictive than the gui version. You may use it to extract any msi file using the command lessmsi x []Closing WordsLessmsi is a specialized tool. It may not appeal to the majority of users, especially if all that is required is to extract the files inside the installer file. It is useful however for users who want to create portable versions or examine what the installer does when it is executed will find the program useful for that task. (via The Windows Club) Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name LessmsiOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Boostnote is an open source OneNote alternative

first_imgBoostnote is an open source OneNote alternative by Martin Brinkmann on December 23, 2018 in Software – 41 commentsBoostnote is an open source cross-platform note taking application designed for programmers specifically but usable by non-programmers as well.The application is based on Electron; means, great compatibility but quite the large application size for a note-taking application.Downloads are provided for Windows, Mac and Linux devices, and the installation on Windows holds no surprises. Boostnote was previously available for Android and iOS as well but the developers decided to pause mobile development to focus on the desktop version first.Boostnote launches its main interface on start.The interface is divided into three main panes: sidebar menu, snippet listing, and preview of the selected note.The sidebar lists the default folders “All Notes”, Starred, and Trash, and user generated folders. A click on a folder displays all notes that it contains. Each note is listed with its title, tags and update information by default; you may switch to compressed view mode to display only the title.Notes are displayed in the edit pane when they are activated. You can view them there, interact with content, or start to edit the note right away by clicking into the interface or using the view toggle at the top.Boostnote supports HTML, syntax highlighting, Tex support, and more. While you may jot down pure text as well, formatting allows you to add links, use different text sizes and more.The note taking application supports adding multiple snippets to single notes; useful, to create collections of notes that you want associated with each other. Designed for programmers, to group code snippets, it may also be useful for non-programmers as it can be used to group any kind of content in single notes.Bootnote’s preferences offer lots of customization options: from switching to another interface and editor themes to changing font sizes and styles, and using custom CSS.You find an option to link a WordPress blog to the note taking application in the preferences as well. Notes can be imported and exported, e.g. as HTML documents.Closing WordsBoostnote is a well designed note taking application with a focus on programming related notes. The application worked well during tests; it is up to the user to use advanced features such as support for HTML syntax or code snippets, or simply write text-only notes.Boostnote supports tags, different categories, snippet groups, searching, and filter options to display important or recently updated notes first.The program lacks some options at this point in time that would make it a full OneNote contender: the lack of mobile applications and syncing needs to be mentioned in this regard. Not everyone needs sync functionality but users who would like to access notes on the desktop and mobile devices can’t use Boostnote for that right now without syncing exported notes to the mobile devices somehow.Still, Boostnote ticks the right boxes for the most part: it is open source and cross-platform after all.Now You: Do you use a note taking application?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 4 votes Software Name BoostnoteSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more