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Why Automation Companies should NOT block YouTube

Recently I got into a discussion about YouTube with Emerson's Chief Blogger, Jim Cahill. Jim noted that he was concerned because many companies' IT departments are now blocking YouTube, Flicker, and other so-called "social media" websites on the grounds that employees are fritterin' away just man-weeks of valuable company time.

KYFHO: Why IT needs to keep its distance from control systems or learn how to do it right

Why IT needs to keep its distance from control systems Several actual events and tests have shed new light on why IT needs to understand the issues with control systems before things go uncontrollably wrong. That is, control systems (Operations) coordination and leadership is absolutely required before those networks are...

Nanny nanny boo boo…or is it? Walt Boyes comments…

Today, we received a press release from a security company, announcing that they had found a vulnerability in a piece of third-party software. We often get these. I'm not naming names. What we DON'T get, however, is the context.

Our Toilets Are NOT for Customers!

here's an Automation Minute I recorded...it's about customer service and the fact that customers are now able to fight back with all the tools of Web 2.0. ...

Who's in charge of nuclear power? Maybe nobody...

Over on Unfettered, Joe Weiss just stunned me with a post about the Turkey Point incident in Florida this week. In his post, Joe tells us that while the NRC is in charge of nuclear plants, and FERC and NERC are in charge of the grid, NOBODY is ...

And again, the future slaps us!

Scientists have filmed an electron in motion for the first time, using a new technique that will allow researchers to study the tiny particle's movements directly.

The future can slap you upside the head as it arrives!

From the press release:  World’s first, live voiceless phone call made today at Texas Instruments Developer Conference Ambient Corporation demonstrates silent phone communication using TI’s ultra-low power MSP430 MCU technology   DALLAS (February 26, 2008) - Ambient Corporation today gave the first live demonstration of how its new technology, the...

A worthy obituary: John McCamey

The Rev. John Hill McCamey, 79, of Denver and lots of other places, went to his reward after suffering from the effects of several falls he'd suffered at home-- a condition similar to Alzheimers-- for several years.

Another industry service from ISA

ISA has released a new iteration of the instrument data sheet standard, on CD-Rom. Of course, any ISA member gets a discount on purchase of the CD, but even better, an ISA member gets to download the standard for free.

How to become an automation professional...one way, anyway...

As many of the readers of this blog know, National Instruments has made a big investment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. They've backed that investment by providing Labview as the engine for the Lego Mindstorms robotic game. Now, NI has announced that Labview directly supports Profibus.