May 10 2012

How A High Performance Computer Can Help Your Science Department

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Science departments at any educational institution deal with large amounts of data as a result of their various studies and experiments. When the amount of data grows too big, it’s difficult for simple manpower to calculate it and come up with any sort of conclusion. This is why educational institutions should invest in high performance computers (HPCs) to manage their collections of data. A Dell HPC is computers that function at a level much higher than the average computer. You could do some serious calculations on a regular computer, but the limitations of the typical CPU will inhibit your ability to process large amounts of data in a short amount of time. If the average computer is tasked to complete such a function, it will likely lock up and cease to function entirely. Most educational institutions cannot afford the purchase price for an HPC, which is why they have yet to become commonplace. Raising the funds needed to purchase an HPC would be worth it because of the benefits it would have for research process.

The amount of projects a science department can undertake is limited by how much time it takes to complete each project. With HPCs, you open yourself up to the likelihood that you will spend less time on your projects than ever before. As you create more time, you can start new projects and increase the overall level of efficiency in your department. Don’t try to turn out too many projects though. You should always maintain a focus on the quality of the projects you’re choosing rather than the quantity. You can also use Dell cloud computing to help store your data results from your HPC. Each science department has a reputation to uphold that could easily be undone by a few poorly done projects. An HPC eliminates the chance of any errors occurring in your project. When regular people are doing calculations, the likelihood that an error will occur is high. Plus, the time spent doing the math could be invested in other areas of the project. The people associated with your projects are better suited putting the project together than crunching numbers.

Your science department might not have the budget to invest in an HPC unless you’re part of a prestigious institution with an annual multimillion dollar budget. You might not even have enough dollars left in your coffers for regular computers, functioning equipment, and up-to-date textbooks. This predicament shouldn’t worry you though because every school is going through what you’re going through right now. Your fundraising efforts might not bankroll an HPC this year, but you should stick with it and shoot for next year or the one after that. It might take you awhile to raise enough money to buy an HPC. Don’t give up. Before long you will have more than enough money to get one and you can enjoy the benefits it provides. You will get your money back in the form of grants or some other form of financial compensation for a job well done. The prestige your department will receive will be worth more than anything in the long run.

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May 08 2012

Elderly care and improving mobility at home

Published by under Housing,People

Along with the many benefits of old age, inevitably come a number of difficulties. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of support networks and care options available for us to use when we feel that we need them. For those of us who prefer to remain as independent as possible, there are also a great many products and services available which help us to do so.

Whether it is a member of our family, a close friend or a friendly care worker, it can be a great help to have another pair of hands around the house. This allows us to set aside the tasks with which we have difficulty and to get on with the things which we are confident to do alone. However, there is one thing which some people need regular assistance with – mobility.

Being unable to move around our own home with ease is reason enough for many to consider moving into residential care environments. If reluctant to do so, there are a number of options open to us which can allow us to stay in our own homes for longer. From the installation of simple ramps and rails to more advanced technology such as stairlifts, there are many ways we can adapt our homes to make them an easier place to live. With stairlift prices currently adapting to every pocket, there is no reason for not feeling comfortable at home.

Before going ahead and implementing big changes to our homes, we should be mindful of planning applications. Whether we are making changes to the outside of our home which might affect the neighbours, or installing large items indoors which might affect fire safety, it is best to check with the local council to find out whether we need planning permission to do so.

The necessity of obtaining planning permission will be based upon the community in which you live, the changes you wish to make and whether or not your home is a listed building.

Before looking into care, which can be costly, it is a good idea to look at things we can do to our own homes. The simplest of changes can make all the difference, allowing us to get on with the everyday activities which we enjoy.

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May 03 2012

Tips for finding the best car insurance

Published by under Cars

Trying to find a new, better deal on car insurance is never easy. With lots of online websites offering ways to compare car insurance and constant insurance deals being advertised where ever you go, not to mention plenty of other options, such as temporary car insurance; it is still quite difficult. It’s easy enough to know where to look, but its never exactly stated what to actually look for. If you’re in the market for car insurance, then consider these simple pointers.

Vehicle Value

Your vehicles value plays a leading role in determining car insurance quotes for an insurance policy. A cheap car generally implies a cheaper insurance. However, there are always anomalies and odd statistics, so it be observant.

The value of your car should also determine the type of insurance you choose. If your car is low in value, a more expensive, fully comprehensive insurance may not be necessary; especially if it costs more than the car. A third party policy will not have all the benefits and safety nets, but it will save you a lot of money.

Premium and excess

Finding the best deal means that you will spend time looking at various premiums and excesses. Many companies will offer a low premium, but this is often supported by a high excess. If you can afford the premium, a lower excess will provide you with more financial support should you damage your car.

Again, this can relate to the value of the car, and you should have some rough figures and estimates for the cost to repair and replace key parts. Comparing this to the excess, you can figure out whether or not the insurance deal in question would be a financially viable route for you.

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Feb 25 2012

Nurse wartime records now available from Findmypast.co.uk

Published by under Ancestry,Find My Past,People

Findmypast.co.uk has announced that images of military nurses during the Great War & WW II and their never before released records from 1856-1945 are now available online for the first time ever.

The British military nurses records, never before released, are now available at findmypast.co.uk, a leading family history site. The set contains references to those who served at some point between c.1856 and 1945, covering both World Wars.

The set of military records contains references to just over 4,000 military nurses who served at some point between approximately 1856 and 1945. The collection includes records of WWII military nurses, which uncovers details of 1,244 nurses who served in France with either Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, or Queen Alexandra’s Reserve, or the Territorial Army Nursing Service, during WWII. Details recorded include title, rank, any promotions, date of embarkation to France, unit at which served and sundry notes. The information is taken from The National Archives’ record series WO177, pieces 14, 1157 and 1199.

Also included are records form the army nursing service, a small but interesting set of 238 nurses of often quite genteel origin, born in the 19th century (between 1823 and 1875), mostly extracted from The National Archives’ record series WO25 piece 3955. These records also contain supplementary information from additional sources, such as army lists and the London Gazette.

Entries usually give date of birth and a combination of one or more of: father’s occupation, training hospital, date of appointment to the Army Nursing Service (between 1869 and 1891), and notes on retirement or resignation from the service.

Debra Chatfield, family historian at findmypast.co.uk commented: “Remembrance Day is a time we honour the brave heroes who fought, served and died for our country. For many, the military nurses who attended the sick and injured soldiers during wartime Britain will certainly be considered heroes as well.  These wonderful images commemorate their efforts and commitment, and recognise their crucial role within the military. As without their enormous bravery and skill many soldiers’ fates could have been quite different.”

“If you have a relative who served as a military nurse, our new online records will help you complete the picture of their life and career, with details such as their title, position, station, dates of service and training.”

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Feb 25 2012

David Cameron aims to keep Scotland part of the UK

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David Cameron is going to make a speech in Scotland about the benefits of its union with England and Wales. He is going to make the argument that the United Kingdom is a safer, richer and stronger country when all its nations are banded together. Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland has described Mr Cameron’s views as outdated and threadbare.

Talks are about to take place in Edinburgh between the Prime Minister and the first Minister of Scotland. The government of Scotland have recently indicated that they are intending to hold a vote in 2014. The UK government said they would like to have this vote conducted at an earlier date.

There have also been disagreements over the questions wording and the legal power of the Scottish government to hold a referendum. The result of the vote could lead to the Scottish government having increased power.

The prime minister has described what is happening as a fight to save the union and he has said that he would do all he can to save it. It has been said that he will tell the audience in Edinburgh that he believes the United Kingdom is far better off united.

The prime minister has emphasised that it is a choice for Scotland to make but he is sincerely hoping that the country would choose to remain a part of the United Kingdom. He commented, “I would never threaten the country to remain in the UK but I will definitely appeal to them. I enjoy the fact that we have a shared history and culture and I believe we are a better and stronger country when we are together.”

Mr Cameron will continue, “This is not just an issue of policy for me, or a strategic calculation, this is a matter about heart and soul. I will fight to the end to keep the United Kingdom together. Of course, there are many arguments that can be said against the UK, such as problems with banks and our dependence on oil, but in the end it comes down to the fact that we are better off as a union.”

Mr Cameron will also highlight about how the countries together have more power in international bodies such as the United Nations and NATO. He will speak about how the world is a more dangerous place and how together the defence budget in the UK is one of the largest in the world. He will highlight the powers of the anti-terrorist police as well as the military and how it is admired by our allies and feared by our enemies.

It is also expected that he will talk about the economic power of the UK and how together it forms one of the biggest trading powers in the world. Mr Salmond recently gave a lecture at LSE in which he stated how the Scottish economy would be better off if it were not a part of the UK. He spoke about how GDP in Scotland would be higher if it weren’t being held back by the UK.

Michael Moore is the Scottish Secretary and he stated that there are currently disagreements between the two governments about who has the authority to run a vote about potential separation. The UK government has said the Scottish government does not have power to hold a referendum.

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