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O-Matrix 5.8: An Environment for Technical Computing

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Yes, another language and environment for technical programming. However, before the menu-driven, "I don't ever want to program" crowd tunes out, let's take a little closer look at the program's capabilities and learning curve. According to the developers, O-Matrix is "an easy-to-use matrix-based scripting language and an intuitive integrated computing environment."

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Managing Spreadsheets in a Regulated Environment

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Christoph Nickel, Senior Product Manager, Laboratory Informatics, Agilent Technologies, Inc. The implications and impact of government regulations are far reaching for public companies today.

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One Giant Leap

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Measuring the small with precision Bill Weaver, Ph.D. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , offered the truism "It's always best to start at the beginning." Consequently, on their journey to a four-year undergraduate degree, the first discussion I have with our new freshman students is the question of "How Many?"

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Secure it or Lose it

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Michael H. Elliott | Articles | Comments

A comprehensive security policy for your organization's laboratory data can reduce vulnerability to attacks Michael H. Elliott In February of this year, ChoicePoint, a service provider of information for identification and credential verification, revealed that in October 2004, up to 145,000 consumer profiles were obtained by thieves using phony identities

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A Business Process Focus for Implementing the Paperless Laboratory

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by John Graham | Articles | Comments

Use cases provide essential business process focus and requirements foundation John Graham There are many great articles on how to design the laboratory processes for a paperless lab, and process design is a critical part of a paperless laboratory implementation[1]. However, going from the theoretical

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Securing Urban Water Supply and Treatment Facilities

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Devender Gandhi | Articles | Comments

A laboratory information management system can provide secure interoperability between laboratories and governing bodies Devender Gandhi In the United States, with 55,000 water systems in place, the possibility of a coordinated disturbance in water sources is remote. However, the vulnerability of local treatment and supply infrastructure remains high, especially those supplying water to large metropolitan areas

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Open Sesame...Regaining access to accounts with forgotten passwords

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Regaining access to accounts with forgotten passwords John R. Joyce, Ph.D. It’s likely that, at one time or another, we’ve all gone through that embarrassing and frustrating experience of having forgotten our login password. If we’re running on one of the NT-based versions of Microsoft Windows, this has probably meant calling tech support and having one of their people log in under the administrator account and reset our password

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Real-Time Trending Improves Process Control

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Claudia Lukac-Deliman | Articles | Comments

A new LIMS provides greater control over chemical plant processes and variations Claudia Lukac-Deliman Ethyl Corp. develops, manufactures, blends and delivers leading-edge additive technology for fuels and lubricants around the world. The company produces fuel additives engineered to improve the performance of gasoline, diesel and other fuels

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Turnaround: Sin City Barks for Pittcon

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

What will become of big conferences, and what can be done to save them? Randy C. Hice The Lincoln Town Car is a soulless behemoth of a vehicle with all of the storied agility of a coal barge. What passes as a poor man’s limo in some circles, glows as a beacon of poor judgment in terms of the driver having mistaken raw tonnage with automotive quality

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Your Key to Windows: How to recover product keys

March 31, 2005 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Now, I know a good chunk of my readers won't have the slightest idea of what I'm talking about. These are the ones who chucked all of their installation CDs and paperwork into a box somewhere when they received their new computer. The rest of you are probably cringing in terror that one of them is going to ask you to help them re-install their system, since there is no way to do this without the Product Key.

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Point of Inflection

March 31, 2005 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

The LIMS-LIS equation Randy C. Hice I was searching the dark corners of my mind for a little parable differentiating versatility from mediocrity. I was complaining to a friend that I fell short of my goals in athletics. But he said, “you weren’t mediocre, you were versatile!”

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Advisory Statististics – Make No Mistake About It!

March 31, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Alex Mera Sr. Product Marketing Manager Systat Software, Inc. SigmaStat is an easy-to-use, wizard based, statistical software package designed to expertly guide users through the statistical analysis of their data.

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Aim High

March 31, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

The HIAPER Project for environmental research Bill Weaver, Ph.D. The other day, I was reading an e-mail from the comfort of home on my wireless PDA. The topic was the appropriateness of a high-tech focus in an elective course for business majors. The authors did not think it was a great

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Building a Future-Proof Wireless Measurement System

March 31, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Five guidelines to help ensure your system will stand the test of time. Kristi Hobbs I walked into my favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant a few weeks ago and, as I scanned through the entree selection, my eye caught a small insert in the corner. It said, "Free wireless Internet here."

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Using Shock Wave Simulation to Optimize Body Armor

March 31, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Advanced computational modeling helps improve protective gear designs Tomas Friend, Ph.D. American war fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan face a high risk of serious injury or death from mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Since the end of conventional warfare in Iraq, blasts have killed more than 1,000 Americans

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