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Guide to “Computers in the Back”

November 17, 2016

Most US dentists have moved computers into the treatment rooms, but not everybody. If you are one of the hold outs make 2016 the year you upgrade. When you do it do it right before the end of the year in order to score some tax breaks. There is more to it than just buying […]

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The Best Tablets of 2016

October 24, 2016

From PCMag.com: Whether you’re looking for an Android, Apple, or Windows tablet, here’s what to consider, along with our top-rated slates. Source: The Best Tablets of 2016 | PCMag.com Tablets have many uses in the dental office. Most commonly they are used in place of a clip board and paper for patients to register and fill […]

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Galaxy Note 7

October 16, 2016

This is not good. Saw this waiting for my flight to a speaking engagement.

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Galaxy Note 7: Going Down in Flames

October 14, 2016

Hmmm, from CNN: The South Korean tech giant announced this week it was killing off its flagship Note 7 smartphone. The move came after reports kept emerging of the devices catching fire — even after Samsung  had promised customers that replacement phones it was providing were safe… …But even more pain could be yet to […]

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Spending Tech Dollars

October 11, 2016

Some thoughts on how to best spend limited IT dollars in a dental office. Maintain your support agreement especially if it includes software upgrades Get annual training for the whole office on your Practice Management System Purchase and use e-services to eliminate administrative busy work Upgrade any computers over four years old Some thoughts on […]

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Go with a Pro

August 22, 2016

Who does your IT? Don’t go “Cheapo” this is an essential part of your office, hire a pro. Here is a good resource: DIA Or for Henry Schein customers Tech Central.

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Mini Keyboards

July 19, 2016

Since space is almost always an issue in the treatment rooms smaller keyboards are often a good choice. There are many mini keyboards available. This image shows the basic difference between a standard and a mini keyboard.

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Judy the Juggler

July 18, 2016

Judy the juggler works the front desk for Dr. Paperman. The front desk is the data center of the office. The data is the schedule, financial records and the charts. If the schedule is a paper book the book can only be in one place at one time and can only be accessed by one […]

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China’s New Supercomputer is World’s Most Powerful

July 6, 2016

From IEEE Spectrum: …today, the Top500 group announced that Tianhe-2 has been ousted by another Chinese supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight. The new machine, which is based at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, can perform a key benchmark test called Linpack at 93 petaflops (a thousand trillion floating point operations per second)—nearly three times the speed of the Tianhe-2. Source: China’s New Supercomputer is […]

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Ultra-Thin Dongles Make It Easy To Add Biometric Security

June 13, 2016

From Gizmodo: Designed to work alongside the biometric security options in the latest versions of Microsoft Windows, Synaptics’ new USB scanners manage to shrink fingerprint readers down to a minuscule dongle that you can leave attached to your computer at all times Source: Ultra-Thin Dongles Make It Easy To Add Biometric Security To Your Old […]

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Samsung’s wireless earbuds are completely cable-free

June 8, 2016

One neat feature on the IconX is the ambient sound mode. Activate it and you’ll still be able to listen to music, but you’ll also be able to hear what’s happening around you. Samsung says it’s a safety feature for letting users hear traffic around them. Source: Samsung’s fitness-tracking wireless earbuds are completely cable-free These […]

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Monitors in the Treatment Rooms

June 2, 2016

In a dental treatment room space is a valuable commodity. If you set your keyboard at the edge of the counter and your monitor behind your keyboard, your actual usable workspace for dentistry has been greatly reduced. When you add a second patient monitor it is usually impractical to use another cart or cabinet for […]

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Monitors in the Celing

May 24, 2016

Getting computers in the treatment area is a great first step. However if they are not placed in a way that makes them easy to use they don’t get used and the time and investment is wasted. I am not a fan of monitors or TVs in the ceiling. They are very hard to upgrade, […]

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Apple pulls latest iOS update from iPads after bricking reports

May 24, 2016

FYI: Following complaints that the iOS 9.3.2 update has bricked newer iPads, Apple pulled the latest update for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro… While the company did not specify which iPads were affected by the update, multiple outlets have reported that the update is hamstringing the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and not the 12.9-inch version or other […]

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How IBM’s new five-qubit universal quantum computer works

May 13, 2016

From  Ars Technica: The IBM system is, on a very superficial level, similar to D-Wave’s. Both systems use superconducting quantum interference devices as qubits (quantum bits). But the similarity ends there. As IBM emphasizes, its quantum computer is a universal quantum computer—which D-Wave’s is not. Source: How IBM’s new five-qubit universal quantum computer works | Ars […]

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Touchscreen vs. Mouse

May 3, 2016

It would be nice to eliminate mouse and keyboard inputs and as such eliminate the asepsis issues associated with these devices by using a touch screen. Fabulously successful tablets, like the iPad, have made touchscreens popular. The new Microsoft OS Windows 10 is designed specifically to work with touchscreens. (Sadly far too many dental applications have not […]

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Do we even own things anymore? A Thought Experiment

April 11, 2016

From USA Today: They’re “bricking” his device, making it an inanimate lump of circuitry that no more useful than a brick. Or, actually, less useful, since you can build things with bricks.They can do this because although you own the hardware, you don’t actually own the software in your devices; technically, when you buy the […]

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Treatment Room Monitors

March 28, 2016

Where to put the treatment room computer monitors is a dilemma for many offices. Monitors need to be positioned so that the assistant can access it easily to input data, such as chairside charting, while maintaining contact with the dentist and patient. They also need to be close enough for the dentist to view radiographs […]

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Dental Practice Technology Assessment

March 23, 2016

How high tech and up to date are You? I have developed an easy to follow assessment tool for dentists or dental team members to use to determine how tech savvy you are. This is a great way to find out how you compare to your peers and to discover areas  of improvement. Using technology […]

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MIT scientists stunned by scalable quantum computer

March 9, 2016

A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The University of Innsbruck in Austria has made a huge breakthrough in the field of quantum engineering. According to a report from Computing, researchers have pieced together the first five quantum bits of a full-scale quantum computer. Source: MIT scientists stunned by scalable quantum […]

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