The more granular details of running a business are often some of the most overlooked. Particularly when creating applications, websites, or other software, it is extremely important to get all your ducks in a row, so to speak, and know where sometimes many disparate teams and ecosystems stand, and what kind of progress they are making. There are software to manage things like issue tickets, project goals, et al., but how do you choose the right one?
Enter Comindware Tracker. Right in the name, “co-” “mind” “ware,” you’re looking at a piece of software created with integration in mind. More than a simple story tracker like JIRA or other competitors, Comindware Tracker is an all-in-one piece of business process management software. Everything is served to you in a browser, so there are no installations, upgrades or incompatibility to worry about, and comes with an expansive API to plug into your various services. You can create workflows and even change those workflows on the run, while the workflow is being executed; something no other piece of software on the market today can claim. This is invaluable to fostering a proactive, solutions-first type of environment.
Software as a Service (SaaS) is far from a new concept, but Comindware Tracker innovates in the field by offering much more robust integration and organization. For instance, while many programs offer some sort of rudimentary notifications system, such as using emails as a vessel, Comindware Tracker offers more than just a skin-deep integration with email and goes all in with deep Microsoft Outlook integration. Used to creating and managing tasks in Outlook? Those are now your Comindware tasks. They’re synced between Outlook and the Comindware platform, and of course deeply integrated into the cloud, so all of your devices are up to speed, all the time.
If you’re in the market for workflow management software, take a look at Comindware Tracker. It just may help your business in ways you haven’t even thought of yet.
Having trouble snagging certain elusive Pokemon in the new Pokemon X and Y games? Look no further than this thorough map created by Reddit user Bobdor from r/pokemon.
And if you’re curious which Pokemon aren’t obtainable in the new games, check out Bulbapedia’s list of unobtainables.
It’s no secret that football players are prone to injuries given the sometimes nature of a tackle. While bones break, they generally heal given time. Head injuries are a different matter as they can cause long term or permanent damage.
The issue of head injuries to football players has become a hot topic since the National Football League last month announced a $765 million settlement involving 4,500 former players who suffered serious head traumas during their playing careers. Researchers are now studying ways to avoid lasting head injuries and suggest that football helmets equipped with sensors may be a viable solution.
That’s the question researchers are seeking to answer. According to a recent MIT Technology Review article, researchers in North Carolina and Washington D.C. are looking at the relationship between impacts and head injuries on the gridiron. However, their research is focused on younger athletes — players from ages six to 18 &mdsah; of which there are about 4.5 million in the United States.
Researchers from North Carolina’s Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. are combining biomechanics, brain imaging and neurological testing to help identify not only how head injuries impact young players, but what can be done to avoid permanent damage. One of the things they’re looking at is the use of “smart” helmets.
Researchers worked with three teams – one high school team and two youth teams. In the study, students wore helmets equipped with accelerometers (which record the vibration or acceleration of motion) to measure head impacts. Then the players underwent MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) and magnetoencephalography (which records brain activity) to detect changes in the brain. What researchers discovered was that the majority of the over 16,000 impacts detected did not themselves equate to a serious head injury.
Great news? Maybe, but maybe not. Although individual impacts weren’t a major concern, researchers concluded that the risk players sustain over the course of a season equated to the mathematical equivalent of two to three concussions – which are short losses of normal brain function in response to a head injury. The researchers say that the use of high-tech helmets could avoid the types of head injuries that prompted the NFL lawsuit and settlement. Their research continues.
Making helmets more high tech could allow coaches, players and their doctors to monitor head injuries and decide when it might be time to sit out a few games to avoid suffering further injury or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs generally occur as the result of a sudden blow or trauma. They can result in bruising, swelling and the tearing of blood vessels within the brain – regardless of whether the skull has been broken – and can result in permanent and irreversible brain damage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 1.7 million TBIs occur every year and are responsible for nearly a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States. Anyone who has taken a blow to the head should seek immediate medical attention as TBI can cause serious and life-threatening injuries such as:
TBI symptoms may be as obvious as coma or as subtle as a change in emotional behavior, but can have a severe effect on someone’s quality of life. This includes their ability to work, interact with others, engage in activities of daily living and many more.
Analysts say to play it safe. Wear safety glasses when torching objects. Look both ways before crossing the road. Visit your doctor for annual checkups. Back up your computer’s files on a regular basis.
It’s just one more way to protect yourself against your own worst nightmare — a hard drive failure, theft or other monumental loss that takes your computer and months or years of unrecoverable files. Yes, you’re convinced you need to back up files, but when it comes to choosing the best backup software or hardware? That’s the hard part. Keep reading for the top three reliable backup systems.
For many users, a backup system starts with an external hard drive. Just copy your docs and media files over, and they’re safe, right? Unless you’ve got duplicates somewhere in existence, they’re not 100 percent securely backed up. External hard drives work dependably, as long as you don’t use them solely for additional storage. Also, make sure to physically plug drives into your computer every single day to back up vital files.
ReBit offers one of the easiest hard drive backup options on the market. ReBit selects which folders needs to be backed up and automatically does the work for you whenever it’s plugged in. Users love it for its user-friendliness, but there are a few things you should keep in mind — ReBit hard drives can’t be used for external media storage. You can download the ReBit software to use with your own external hard drive if you have on the right size. Software downloads run about $50 or so. Prices start at $129.99 for a 500GB hard drive and 20GB of cloud storage.
Take advantage of cloud storage to save copies of your files online. Mozy.com is one of the top personal and commercial players in this field and offers software that automatically updates your files on a regular basis. Mozy online backup automatically encrypts your files before transferring them to storage. Using Mozy as a backup costs $5.99/month for 50GB of space.
Keep in mind online backup Mozy requires you to locally keep your data. Your backed-up files are limited to your local hard drive capacity. If you inadvertently delete something, you’ll lose them from your online backup’s servers too.
CrashPlan is a local backup you can start for free. Local backup plans automate your backup process on your own external hard drive or other computers. CrashPlan is one of the top providers of this service and goes so far as to provide a type of offsite storage. You can link your CrashPlan to a friend’s computer if they’re also signed up. The best part? Download the software for free to automate your local backups. If something happens to your data, you can restore it using the software you’ve downloaded or request a hard copy of it from the company.
Wait a second. Is that a mythological siren, a beached mermaid, some science experiment gone horribly wrong or… a Vaporeon/human hybrid?
Don’t be confused and hold on to your Water Stones, fellow Pokefanatics. That’s cosplayer Usagiyuu gracing us with her Gijinka (or humanoid, anthropomorphic version) of Vaporeon, #134 in the Pokedex and the Water type evolution of Eevee. Now the real question is: Could you catch her? (Without a Master Ball, wise alecs.)
For more great cosplay from Usagiyuu, check out her DeviantArt page.