McDonell beats Tigers, wins team titleBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — The Stratford volleyball team went 4-1 to finish second at its home Stratford Volleyball Tournament on Saturday at Stratford High School.The Tigers won four matches 2-0, beating Stevens Point Pacelli 25-20, 25-16; Cadott 25-14, 25-22; Athens 25-13, 25-17; and Rosholt 25-17, 25-7. Chippewa Falls defeated Stratford 25-12, 26-24 and finished the tournament 5-0 to win the title.Mazie Nagel had 33 kills and 21 digs, Jordyn Dahlke had 52 assists, Brooke Peterson added 41 assists, McKayla Krall had 19 kills, and Blaire Lindner had 17 kills for Stratford.The Tigers host Auburndale in a Marawood Conference South Division match on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Touch OS: Windows 7While its easy to see the usefulness of touchable handheld devices, others have questioned how exactly touchscreen computers – such as the upcoming Windows 7 OS – would be useful to consumers. Suggestions have included everything from control panels for the smart home to kitchen PCs for touch-based recipe look up to touchscreen Media Centers. However, the answer as to what could really impact touchscreen PC adoption may be as simple as this: games.At this year’s CES, a demo of a Windows 7 air hockey game demonstrated the potential for a new type of human-computer interaction…like an iPhone but much, much bigger. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yet there still is a question as to whether the iPhone-like multi-touch capabilities of a touchscreen OS will become as big of a hit in traditional computing as they were on the smartphone. These above examples of touchscreen-based computing demonstrate the new ways we may interact with technology – and therefore the web – in coming years. It’s a glimpse into the future of a world where our interactions with technology come more easily and more naturally than ever before. This trend will continue to move computing away from being an activity for technophiles alone and will make it an activity that everyone – even mainstream users – will enjoy. Disclosure: Sarah Perez also blogs for Microsoft’s Channel 10. Image credit: iPhone – JulianBleecker sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Features#NYT#Trends#web In addition, Microsoft also introduced two new Surface applications for Windows 7 at CES as well. One that allowed for photo manipulation and another for interacting with maps. Related Posts It’s tempting to give Apple’s iPhone credit for the birth of touch-based computing, but it was not the first touchscreen user interface – nor is it the only one in existence today. Long before the iPhone, touchscreen LCDs were common, as were touch smartphones from Palm, Sony Ericsson, HTC, and others. In addition, back in 2001 – long before the iPhone launch – Microsoft began work on Microsoft Surface, a touchscreen tabletop computer. Yet it was the iPhone’s multi-touch capabilities along with its stellar design that really got the ball rolling for touch computing. The only question that remains now is what will come next?Besides the Surface and the Kindle, we’ve recently encountered some other touch-based computing products that may one day revolutionize computing, too. Plastic Logic’s ReaderThe first product on our list is Plastic Logic’s upcoming e-book reader. A demonstration of this device at the past DEMO08 conference left many people amazed at how incredibly thin this potential “Kindle-killer” is. The company says they’ve perfected a way of printing polymer transistors onto flexible plastic displays. This particular revolution won’t be just a transition to lighter and “bendier” touchscreens, it will also lead to lower power consumption and longer battery life. But perhaps what’s best about Plastic Logic’s technology is the cost. The polymer-based circuitry will be able to bring new products into market where silicon microchips were simply too expensive. Since the displays are flexible enough to be rolled up like paper, the potential for this new type of computing is nearly limitless. Is this the future of the newspaper? Perhaps, but it could also be used in smart electronic tags that track merchandise and large flat-panel displays. Plastic Logic will begin their entry into the market in the second half of 2009 with pilots and trials with key partners and will prepare for further sales by 2010.Pressure-Sensitive Computing: ImpressFor an inventive, “out-there” product that could make the cold, stiff computer a thing of the past, look no further than this touch screen flexible display called “Impress” (PDF). Made of foam and force sensors, Impress works with both touch and the intensity of pressure. This computing technology lets the user squeeze out information or put objects in motion by deforming the surface of the computer. The end result is pretty amazing, though it may not end up being as practical as the flexible polymer displays. However, it’s easy to imagine how it could be put to use in entertainment-based computing at the very least. (Or maybe huggable, touch-enabled teddy bears? We can only hope!)
Two Florida women who stole dozens of items from a local Macy’s brought two children along for the crime, according to the Sanford Police Department. A loss prevention officer working at the department store at the Seminole Towne Center Mall saw Deyanira Cabrera and Digna Vasquez enter the Macy’s around 8:30 p.m. with two children and a stroller with them, the affidavit said.Police said the two women placed multiple items on the baby stroller then both went into the same fitting room along with the children and the merchandise. The loss prevention officer watched as the two women stuffed items in their large purses and in the undercarriage of the stroller, according to the report.When he went to confront the suspects, Cabrera placed one of the children in front of him and said, “Don’t touch my baby,” before the two women exited the store without paying, records show. Police said the loss prevention officer got the license plate… ClickOrlando- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Water utilities have a challenging but important charge – to deliver their customers’ water as reliably as possible while operating efficiently. However, the current state of the art in the water industry can limit both reliability and energy efficiency. Here’s an example of what I mean:We have a customer who installed our software suites on their 5-pump pump station. As we were learning how the customer operates the station, the operations manager told us that pump 2 at the station was the operators’ favorite pump. Indeed, as we looked at their operating data, we found that pump 2 was their lead pump, meaning that whenever the station needed to deliver water, pump 2 would be the first pump to turn on.However, once our Asset Management Suite software performed automated tests on each of the five pumps at the station, it was clear that pump 2 was a poor choice for a lead pump. Here is a picture of what pump 2’s measured head and efficiency curves looked like in comparison to factory (brand new) curves:Pump 2’s pump curves: Comparing the factory efficiency curve (yellow) to the tested efficiency curve (red) shows that the pump has worn significantly – from a peak efficiency of about 85 percent to a peak efficiency of about 59 percent. Comparing the factory capacity curve (light blue) to the tested capacity curve (dark blue) shows that the pump has also worn in terms of capacity.In contrast, pump 1’s measured pump curves very nearly match the factory curves:Optimization calculations show that pump 1 uses about 25 percent less energy to deliver almost double the flow of pump 2. It is clear that pump 2 should not have been the “favorite pump” at this station. After seeing the results of the pump tests, the station operators took pump 2 offline.Surely this case is an outlier, right? No. Unfortunately, the station operators were completely unaware of the difference in performance and efficiency between pump 1 and pump 2 because they had no data or metrics that they could use to compare the two pumps. This lack of data is standard throughout the water industry. Most often, utilities employ a “run-to-failure” maintenance schedule – meaning that pumps are replaced when they become so worn that they stop pumping. As we saw with our friends at the 5-pump pump station, this means that pumps can operate for years with significantly reduced energy efficiency. Utilities are essentially “flying blind” in terms of the health of some of their most important assets – their pumps.In response to this problem, Specific Energy has developed a simple but effective metric that operators and engineers can use to track pump efficiency and target specific pumps for predictive maintenance – the Pump Health Index (PHI). Specific Energy’s Asset Management Suite automatically calculates PHI after a pump is tested by taking the ratio of the peak tested efficiency value to the peak factory efficiency value. For example, in the case that I mentioned before, pump 2 scored a PHI of 69, while pump 1 scored a PHI of 102.The utility is now installing the Asset Management Suite on more sites to acquire valuable PHI metrics on each of their pumps.Pump Health Index is a simple but powerful metric that all utilities should be tracking to improve the operation and maintenance of their systems, but new insight into pump health and operation should not end with PHI. In a follow up post, I will cover some more advanced metrics that utilities can track to achieve the best practices in pump station asset management and operation.What questions do you have?