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Integrating Simple Instruments with Laboratory Systems

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Robert Pavlis | Articles | Comments

More than just a serial port connection Robert Pavlis Today's more progressive laboratories have already integrated their laboratory information management systems (LIMS) with their chromatography data systems (CDS) and other complex instrument data systems, and are now looking to integrate simple instruments like balances and pH meters to achieve further gains in productivity and quality control. Unfortunately, integrating simple instruments is...

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Building Global Data Sharing and Collaboration Networks

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Michael Joyce | Articles | Comments

High-performance networking for the ATLAS experiment Michael Joyce How do you build a network to support nearly 2,000 physicists from sites all over the globe? That was the question Shawn McKee, Ph.D. faced. As lead on the University of Michigan's computing infrastructure efforts for the ATLAS experiment from CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), he and his colleagues are coming together to answer questions such as, "Why do...

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A Demanding User is a Semantic User

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Achieving high-level on-demand computing Art Sedighi Grid computing enables uniform and single-view access to a set of resources managed centrally by a system administrator — either a human being or a software piece. The most challenging part of building a grid environment is the scheduling of tasks across available nodes efficiently. The administrator of a grid environment is thus responsible for meeting supply and demands of its users, or for...

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Applied Biosystems and SQL Star LIMS™ v5 Software: Powerful Technology, Proven Solutions, and a Focus on Customer Success

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Applied Biosystems and SQL*LIMS™ v5 Software: Powerful Technology, Proven Solutions, and a

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LabWare: Marketplace Momentum is Proof That Results Count

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

LabWare: Marketplace Momentum is Proof That Results

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What Is That Process? Identifying what is actually running on your system

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Given the current paranoia regarding all of the viruses, worms and general spyware going around. It is quite reasonable to wonder what programs are actually running on your computer. For Windows users, a good way to get a handle on this is to launch the Windows Task Manager — just remember that it is possible to configure applications so that the Task Manager can't see them!

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Nature’s Way

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Translucent menace vs. the overlords Randy C. Hice I knew it was going to end badly — very badly. I've been in a number of dust-ups in my life; I've had guns pointed at me, a few have been fired; I have been at the center of attention of an edgy mob of 100 that was looking for some satisfaction. The list goes on. You often don't know what is going to happen, so you hope for the best and plan for the worst. Never sit with your back to the door (see...

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Acquiring Minds

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Distance learning and collaboration Bill Weaver, Ph.D. I reached a milestone at the conclusion of this semester. I have now spent more time as a teacher in education than as a researcher in industry. The event was commemorated with little more than a "hey, I’m getting old" — about as much significance as it deserves. Upon reflection, I realize I have changed my target audience. Whereas I used to be primarily concerned with communicating with...

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Integrating the Drug Discovery Laboratory

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Michael H. Elliott | Articles | Comments

Application of a rational approach to workflow automation can increase time for science Michael H. Elliott One of the many challenges biopharmaceutical companies face is improving the throughput of drug discovery. Despite vast sums of investment, the U.S. FDA in 2005 approved a total of 20 new molecular entities (NME), 1 the same number as in 1974. 2 In 2004, R...

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Pittcon 2006 Informatics Review

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

This year's show presented a vibrant and diverse cross-section of the industry John R. Joyce, Ph.D. Pittcon completed its current Orlando run with another successful show in the Orange County Convention Center. The venue moved back to the older section of the convention center, which many people seemed to prefer anyway. This was accompanied by a pleasant climate warm-up, both from last year's show and the frigid temperatures that much of the...

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Practical Planning for LIMS Upgrades

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Donna Lococo | Articles | Comments

A structured evaluation is best practice regardless of an organization’s size or industry focus Donna Lococo LIMS providers have a vested interest in keeping their clients on current or near-current versions of their software, since the support facilities that they maintain can be more focused, and the effort spent in maintaining released code is more efficient. Upgrades are also a way to handle support for new operating system or database...

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Achieving True LIMS Multinationalization

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Ronald Kasner | Articles | Comments

A thin-client LIMS can provide the opportunity to attain the full scope of M18N functionality Ronald Kasner Whereas internationalization, or I18N, allows a company to only deploy systems that support international time and date conventions within a single locale that shares those conventions, multinationalization, or M18N, allows a company to handle international and local time zone and language requirements worldwide from a single server. M18N...

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Remote File Access: Blanket application of rules is seldom best

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Today's problem, submitted for your consideration, is how to go about accessing files remotely from multiple PCs. While unstated, there is often the associated problem of searching multiple PCs for the files to first find out where they're located. As is frequently the case, both in the IT world and in general, there are multiple answers to these questions. You'll find there is one answer that seems to be getting most of the attention...

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The Last Temptation of Randy

April 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Reflections on Pittcon 2006 Randy C. Hice Pittcon 2006 began for me in a cloud of noxious blue smoke. Arriving late into Orlando, I plucked my Cadillac from the rental car lot and screeched out of the airport, slaloming between gawking tourists and septuagenarians, who possess the frustrating speed fetish of an artic glacier. I knew that midnight was likely the terminus for the hotel bar, and I had a two-hour mountain-time-zone energy boost to quash...

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