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Technology: BiDi Screen from MIT Media Lab

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What the MIT Media Lab describes as “Computing with a wave of the hand” makes the much hyped implementation of current multi-touch screens look like technology from another century (which it actually is).

The new system allows gestural control without the need to touch the screen’s surface of screen elements with 3D objects and hand movements in 3D space near the screen – think Minority Report on a small screen. Watch the video below to see it in action…

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Research: MS SecondLight

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With the new Secondlight prototype Microsoft has added another dimension to its touchscreen technology called Surface.

The two build-in projectors allow to display different images in a way that looks simultaneous to the eye. Microsoft presented the new technology during the PDC and has provided some additional technical details earlier this month.

While one image is displayed onto the large screen and can be manipulated with gestures the second projector can create an independent image on a flat or 3D surface like a piece of paper or a Plexiglas cylinder.

Microsoft provided some very interesting sample applications like…

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IT-Terms explained: Cloud computing

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In the 10 minutes video below some of the key “figure-heads” of Web 2.0 are being asked to give a short definition of what cloud computing might be.

While some didn’t take the question too serious its quite interesting which benefits others have identified…

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Today: SysAdminDay

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Friday, July 25th, 2008, is the 9th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication…

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CNCI – A new cybersecurity program

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It’s G.W. Bush’s single largest request for funds in the 2009 intelligence budget and its a “highly classified, multiyear, multibillion-dollar project“.

It goes by the name CNCI aka “Cyber Initiative” and the director National Intelligence, Mike McConnell, calls it a pro-active measure to protect the US Government computing infrastructure and in the future potentially also the computing environments of (US) private entities.

While the secrecy surrounding the program does not even provide specific funding figures or a breakdown, the House Intelligence committee in its report on the program “recognizes” that “…it will be imperative that the government also take into account the interest and concerns of private citizens, the US information technology industry, and other elements of the private sector…“.

They call it a public-private partnership and outlined how the oversight should happen by a panel of lawmakers, executive branch officials and some private sector representatives. And the House has already approved 90% of the requested budget.

So far so good, sounds all nice and positive – a fresh start, “unlike any model currently existing“, well, well, well if your memory in that branch of IT goes back long enough (10 years+) then you will say together with us: Nice words but we have heard them before and when we acted within the scheme we got heavily burned and a bunch of gov. crooks around the world filled their pockets with Billions of Dollars.

So if its a “fresh start” back up your words with actions!

Demonstrate that you have learned from the past mistakes and…

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Video: Bottom-up skyscraper demolition

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Japanese construction company Kajima is currently in the process of constructing their new headquarters building and as part of the work it had to demolish their old high rise buildings used for that purpose before.

Unlike today’s common approaches to demolishing high rise building from top floor down or via controlled explosions, Kajima has developed a new method that allows to dismantle the building from bottom up. Besides that heavy machinery used in the demolition work does not need to be brought up to the top of the building…

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