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Providing Enhanced Services and Smarter Solutions

February 19, 2010 3:29 am | by Kurt Colehower, President of Americas Components, Arrow Electronics | Comments

Like much of technology, the role of distribution is evolving with market demand. Outsourcing can provide significant advantages, especially in today’s business climate that includes leaner engineering staffs, and new challenges facing management.

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Outsourcing the ''final frontier''

February 18, 2010 12:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The proposed 2011 NASA Budget takes human spaceflight in a bold new direction. Along with scuttling the Constellation Program, and investing in heavy-lift rocket systems, the proposal leans heavily on the private sector. The International Space Station received clemency through at least 2020, and with the Space Shuttle retiring in 2010, the US will need reliable means of orbital transportation.

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Military lifts ban on flash media

February 18, 2010 11:24 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Two years ago, DOD banned all “flash media” devices in an effort to contain the “Agent.btz” computer virus. In 2009, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, “I do not see the thumb drives going back here in the immediate future.” Yet a year later (nearly to the day), the ban has been lifted.

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Energy Savers in the Community: Fuel Cell Vehicle Pioneer

February 18, 2010 9:44 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

As the communications coordinator for EERE's Clean Cities program, I'm always on the lookout for interesting stories about alternative fuel vehicles. So when my church pastor, Todd Thomas, mentioned that he'd soon be driving a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, it caught my attention. What a...

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What Do You Think of Fuel Cell Vehicle Pilot Programs?

February 18, 2010 9:44 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Yesterday, you read about Todd's experience with a fuel cell vehicle pilot program.

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Fed CIO Agenda Focus Will Be on 'Troubled' Projects

February 12, 2010 4:24 am | Comments

 Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra outlined for reporters this week where his IT agenda will take the federal government and how it will get there.

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New Applications and the Myth of the Killer App

February 12, 2010 4:05 am | by Rupert Baines, picoChip, www.picochip.com | Comments

The most exciting and perhaps most anticipated telecoms for new revenues is applications. We are starting to see these, the iPhone Apps for example, or Nokia’s “Comes with Music”.

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Where Do Your Current Efforts Fall on the Energy Use Pyramids?

February 11, 2010 2:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, John told you about some energy pyramids that are helpful in planning your steps toward efficiency and potentially, toward using renewable energy technologies. There are several pyramids out there, but the concepts are similar. Tell us

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Postponement, Funny Name, Big Value

February 10, 2010 9:06 am | by Jason Vaughn, UPS | Comments

If you casually mention postponement to your spouse, you will probably be accused of trying to get out of your “honey do” list. If you mention postponement to an inventory planner, you might see a nervous breakdown.

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Drafty Windows: Is it Better to Insulate or Replace Them?

February 9, 2010 5:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

I’ve lived in my condominium for several years, and though it naturally stays cooler in the summer (with all west-facing windows) I struggle to keep it warm in the winter without taking out a loan to pay utilities. Like any homeowner, I must answer the question: Is it better to try...

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Pack mule robot could aid soldiers, marines

February 9, 2010 5:19 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The military is constantly seeking the right balance between preparedness and maneuverability. Theoretically, we could turn foot soldiers into walking arsenals with nearly-impenetrable armor, but they wouldn’t be very mobile. Boston Dynamics may have a solution...

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Speeding Things Along

February 9, 2010 3:59 am | by M Simon | Comments

IBM has announced a really fast power transistor. Of course power is a relative thing. At the frequencies involved power is a relative thing. I'd say they would be doing good if they could get between 1 and 10 watts out of the device.

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Energy Pyramids: Useful Concepts, Not More Pyramid Schemes

February 8, 2010 12:54 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

At a December holiday party, the host handed me a newspaper clipping and asked me what I thought of the energy pyramid mentioned in the article. I hadn't read the article, so I told him I would read it and get back to him. Of course, when I found time to look into it, I didn't have the...

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Some People You Won't Meet at SolidWorks World

February 5, 2010 9:53 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

I think we can all agree that meeting new people (or seeing old friends) is one of the highlights of SolidWorks World. It's next to impossible to meet everyone though, and there are some very cool folks that you will likely never have the opportunity to meet. Laurie Davis and Kerry Healey...

IBM to provide cloud computing solution for Air Force

February 5, 2010 6:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The Air Force has enlisted “Big Blue” itself, IBM, to develop a worldwide cloud computing infrastructure. The architecture would encompass nine major commands, nearly 100 bases, and 700,000 active military personnel around the world. Essentially, “cloud computing” refers to software applications and other functions that are “rented” online rather than hosted on company servers.

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