UC San Diego Gets Big Picture with ‘OptIPortable’ Video Walls

[From the article: “The new Vroom video wall has enabled our
researchers and their students to take their collaboration capability to a new
level and has challenged them to explore new areas of information technology
with a completely immersive mixed media environment,” said Thomas DeFanti,
director of visualization for Calit2.

which brings together technology research with a focus on applications, refers
to these wall-sized visualization facilities or clusters as
“OptIPortables.” First installed in March 2010 at UCSD using 32 NEC X462UN displays
and then elsewhere at its partner institutions around the world, the Institute
uses the video walls to allow simultaneous video conferencing and visualization
of large-sized data sets. …According to DeFanti, NEC displays have been used
because “they consistently offered the narrowest bezels we could purchase
at the time, a critical issue for viewing super-high-resolution imagery.”
Also, he added, NEC has displays in the sizes the Institute needs. More
recently, the display shopping list has added the requirements of LED
backlighting and 2D and 3D collaboration capabilities.]
UC San Diego
Gets Big Picture with ‘OptIPortable’ Video Walls

The University of California,
San Diego (UCSD) has decided that more and bigger is better, especially for
immersive experiences. The university is building out its collection of virtual
rooms that use multiple large-screens for visualization.


Printing 3D parts

[Traditional 3D printing uses a powder/glue method to create
a 3D part molded in something like hard plaster; newer methods now produce
metallic parts or parts with metallic components that can be used directly in
equipment being manufactured, saving considerable sums of money. For point of
reference, the Art Department here uses a 3D printer to create jewelry.]

Published by MIT

Printing Parts

Systems that print mechanical components with metal ­powder
could be used to build lighter, more efficient airplanes.

  • September/October 2011
  • By Stuart Nathan



See also http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/38371/
for a more-in-depth photo essay on producing parts with metal components

Archimedes sent a fax to XXI century

 Image of the Week

Archimedes sent
a fax to XXI century

By Bora Zivkovic | September 26, 2011


High powered x-rays of a 10th century
prayer book reveal one of two surviving texts by the ancient Greek
mathematician Archimedes. The book has been dubbed Archimedes’ Palimpsest and
will be on display starting next month at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore,
MD. William Noel, who spearheaded the effort to reveal the hidden text, notes
that watching the x-ray scan results come in real-time was “like receiving a
fax from the 3rd Century B.C.”



Source: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/image-of-the-week/2011/09/26/archimedes-sent-a-fax-to-xxi-century/

Internet archivist seeks 1 of every book written

the article
: RICHMOND, Calif. — Tucked away in a small warehouse on a
dead-end street, an Internet pioneer is building a bunker to protect an
endangered species: the printed word. Brewster Kahle, 50, founded the nonprofit
Internet Archive in 1996 to save a copy of every Web page ever posted. Now the
MIT-trained computer scientist and entrepreneur is expanding his effort to
safeguard and share knowledge by trying to preserve a physical copy of every
book ever published. “There is always going to be a role for books,”
said Kahle as he perched on the edge of a shipping container soon to be tricked
out as a climate-controlled storage unit. Each container can hold about 40,000
volumes, the size of a branch library. “We want to see books live
forever.” …That’s far fewer than the roughly 130 million different books
Google Inc. engineers involved in that company’s book scanning project estimate
to exist worldwide. But Kahle says the ease with which they’ve acquired the
first half-million donated texts makes him optimistic about reaching what he
sees as a realistic goal of 10 million, the equivalent of a major university

archivist seeks 1 of every book written

Tucked away in a small warehouse on
a dead-end street, an Internet pioneer is building a bunker to protect an
endangered species: the printed word.

, Originally published Monday, August 1, 2011 at
7:07 AM

Associated Press


Apple, publishers conspired against $9.99 Amazon e-books, says lawsuit

[From the article: “Terrified” by Amazon’s Kindle e-reader and
discounted e-book pricing, five major publishers allegedly acted together to
increase e-book prices and compel Amazon to abandon its discount sales
strategy. That’s the gist of a new class action antitrust lawsuit filed
in the US District Court for the Northern District of California by the Hagens Berman
litigation group
. The five book sellers named in the suit are
HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, Penguin Group Inc., and Simon
& Schuster Inc, plus one more defendant: Apple. … The essence of the claim
is that these publishers, in coordination with Apple, conspired to nix the low
price e-books that Amazon launched in 2007. Amazon wanted to quickly gain
market share with its Kindle, the court filing observes, the first version of
which sold out in less than a quarter of a day. And so, capitalizing on its “first
mover” advantage, Amazon sold e-books at prices conspicuously lower than
physical books—many titles were made available for $9.99. This had to be
stopped, the class action charges.]

publishers conspired against $9.99 Amazon e-books, says lawsuit

By Matthew Lasar | August

Source: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/08/class-action-suit-targets-apple-and-five-publishers-for-price-fixing.ars