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Where not to put the computer Tower

June 12, 2017

Do not put the treatment room tower on the floor. It is likely to be damaged from cleaning activities; it could easily get wet from spills or mopping and it will pick up lots of dirt and dust. The tower needs to be close to a power supply and allow access in and out for various cables. […]

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Shop Open

February 28, 2017

When shopping for a digital product let vendors know that open non-proprietary systems are an important buying factor. Ask the sales person if you can transfer the digital impression to any lab of your choice or if you can load the impression into design software of your choice. In many cases the answer will be […]

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Mission Critical Failure

February 27, 2017

In dentistry we rely on a number of mission critical systems. If these critical systems fail we cannot do dentistry. This includes the air compressor, the central vac and maybe even the curing light. Most dentists have an emergency plan to back up a failure in a mission critical system. You may have a small […]

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This Cute Robot Arm Is Small Enough to Sit on Your Desk

February 15, 2017

This friend could be yours for just a few hundred bucks thanks to a new Indiegogo campaign. Source: This Cute Robot Arm Is Small Enough to Sit on Your Desk Hmmm I see a robot arm like this as a huge help to lab techs or…maybe even as a chairside assistant?

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11 technologies to watch in 2017

January 30, 2017

Much like The Force, technology surrounds us, penetrates us and binds together our galaxy, which is why it’s so hard to identify which technologies might have the most significant impact in the coming year. Source: 11 technologies to watch in 2017 All of these developing technologies with the possible exception of driverless cars will have […]

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Nomad and Aw Shucks

January 20, 2017

Intraoral x-rays have evolved, have you?

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Wearable Tech May Know You’re About To Get Sick

January 19, 2017

During tests on wearable tech to discover how they could be used in health matters, professor Micheal Snyder noticed the readings showed a higher than usual heart rate, higher skin temperature, and lower blood oxygen levels. The unusual activity was striking because he felt fine. The sudden onset of a low fever convinced him to […]

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Enormous 2 TB USB Drive Can Hold Everything You Need and More

January 17, 2017

Kingston Digital has announced what it claims is the world’s highest capacity USB flash drive, which comes in both 1 terabyte (TB) and 2 TB flavors. Both probably much bigger than you could ever really need. Source: Enormous 2 TB USB Drive Can Hold Everything You Need and More You could put your entire practice […]

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The Best of CES 2017

January 9, 2017

From PCMag.com: The Consumer Electronics Show (now officially simply termed CES) turned 50 this year. And yet, rather than turn stale or start to fade into irrelevance, the 2017 show brought some genuine innovation we haven’t seen in quite a while. Sure, wacky gadgets and pointless prototypes are all over the place at CES, but this […]

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Tech Upgrades Just Aren’t That Great Anymore

December 27, 2016

From Bloomberg View: This week, after four and a half years of faithful service, I finally replaced my old laptop. I will not bore you with the litany of troubles that led to this decision. The only interesting thing about my decision to replace my old 15-inch Macbook Pro is what I chose to replace it […]

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Then and Now

December 23, 2016

We’ve come a long way. In 1951, Univac, the first commercial computer, made its way into computer history. It was 25 feet by 50 feet, weighed 8 tons, and cost close to $1 million. It had a processing speed of 2.25 megahertz (MHz) and a memory capacity of 1,000 words. Today, 65 years later, for less […]

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How to Turn a USB Stick into an Ultra Portable PC

December 19, 2016

Not only do portable apps let you hop between computers easily, they also keep your main machines clear of clutter and almost as speedy as when you first booted them up. If you’re yet to dive into the wonderful world of portable apps, here’s how you can get started. Source: How to Turn a USB […]

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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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