Saturday, January 24, 2009


several interesting infos taken from the IV MB (posts by yyy60):

Broward Health is South Florida’s First Hospital System to Offer CyberKnife Radiosurgery


PRLog (Press Release) – Jan 23, 2009 – Deerfield Beach, FL – South Florida’s first and only hospital-based Cyberknife – the world’s most advanced robotic radiosurgery system used to treat tumors – is now available at Broward Health North Broward Medical Center.

CyberKnife provides a non-surgical alternative for treating cancers and tumors of the head, spine, pancreas, prostate, liver and lungs. Its robotic arm is able to follow a patient’s movement and can treat the patient from any direction to delivers highly localized, high doses of radiation from outside the body to a tumor or lesion inside the body.

“This non-invasive treatment allows tumors to be tracked in real-time, thereby potentially offering the best whole-body radiosurgery solution for our South Florida community,” said Anurag Agarwal, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology for Broward Health.


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Treats 1,000th CyberKnife Patient

Friday, January 23,2009

BOSTON – Frank Cleary thought he just had a bad bout of pneumonia. But a chest X-ray revealed a far more serious diagnosis – melanoma. A subsequent MRI revealed further devastating news – a brain tumor. That is when Cleary and his wife Jean decided to come to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, becoming the 1,000th patient to be treated at the Keith C. Field CyberKnife Center.

Hailed as a revolutionary treatment, the CyberKnife uses concentrated beams of radiation administered from different targeting positions and angles using a linear accelerator mounted on a robotic manipulator. All of the beams intersect and converge within the tumor or lesion where the cumulative radiation dose is high enough to destroy the cancer cells and stop the growth of active tissue.

“CyberKnife gives safe, accurate radiosurgery treatment anywhere in the body using image guidance, rather than a surgically applied rigid stereotactic frame,” said Cleary’s radiation oncologist Scott Floyd. “This allows for greater patient comfort, especially if multiple treatments are needed. The imaging guidance system lets patients avoid the surgical procedure of applying a radiosurgery frame for each treatment.”


Study: Cyber Knife proves itself with spinal tumors

**** translated from German ****

Ă„rztezeitung online, 23.01.2009 12:03

MUNICH (eb). The therapy with the Cyber Knife, a unique Hochdosisbetrahlung, has proved successful in spinal tumors. This was according to the University of Munich, the world's largest study on Radiosurgery without metal marker. The patients benefit because they usually only once and outpatient treatment and the tumor-related pain subside quickly. Moreover, compared to the surgical complication rate is lower.

Between 2005 and 2007, 102 patients with one or two spinal tumors in the European Cyber Knife Center Munich-Grosshadern in cooperation with the Hospital of the University of Munich (LMU) below. The total of 134 tumors were secondary malignant tumors in patients with breast, kidney, colon, prostate and lung cancer and sarcomas.

Especially striking was the rapid reduction in pain a week after the irradiation of the cancer tissue (Spine 26, 2008, 2929). Due to the unique therapy only, and without the outpatient medication altogether, reduce the cost compared to traditional surgery significantly. The complication rates are lower in comparison.

Radiosurgery for tumors of the spine is a relatively new method.

The radiation spinal surgery is a relatively new method for primary or supplemental treatment of tumors of the spine. Similar to the neurosurgical rays of the brain surgery is to a high precision is necessary because the radiation environment is very fragile structures, such as the spinal cord, are located.

The natural movement of the spine in the target area, for example, by breathing, poses a particular challenge, because the patient on the treatment table with a Cyber Knife treatment is not fixed. Through the respiratory motion changes during irradiation, the position of the tumor to be irradiated.

ComScore: Internet Population Passes One Billion; Top 15 Countries


>>The number of people on the Internet
surpassed one billion in December, according to comScore. The actual number is probably higher than that (Internet World Stats counted nearly 1.5 billion Web surfers worldwide as of June 30, 2008). In any case, only between 15 and 22 percent of the world’s population is on the Internet. We have a long way to go.

Using the comScore numbers, here is the breakdown by country and region (in unique visitors as of December, 2008; some of the numbers are rounded):

Top 15 countries, by Internet population:

  1. China: 179.7 million
  2. United States: 163.3 million
  3. Japan: 60.0 million
  4. Germany: 37.0 million
  5. United Kingdom: 36.7 million
  6. France: 34.0 million
  7. India: 32.1 million
  8. Russia: 29.0 million
  9. Brazil: 27.7 million
  10. South Korea: 27.3 million
  11. Canada: 21.8 million
  12. Italy: 20.8 million
  13. Spain: 17.9 million
  14. Mexico: 12.5 million
  15. Netherlands: 11.8 million

Friday, January 23, 2009

Touch Screens Everywhere

from Forbes:

>>Touch-screen technology is popping up in a range of gadgets and machines.

Start investing in Windex.

If the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month was any indication, we're going to be cleaning smudges from a whole lot of touch screens in the future.


Courtesy of Samsung

Samsung P3

Samsung's P3 is more than just another iPod touch knockoff. Sure, this media player has a touch screen. Unlike the iPod or iPhone, however, Samsung uses haptic feedback to give a user a little reassuring vibration whenever a menu item is selected. The P3 will go on sale sometime during the first half of 2009.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic shipments reach 1 million milestone

with haptic technology:

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic shipments reach 1 million milestone as Nokia marks successful UK sales start

January 23, 2009

Espoo - Nokia announced today that it has shipped the millionth Nokia 5800 XpressMusic device, a milestone that coincides with the successful sales start of the device in the UK. The latest in Nokia's XpressMusic range, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is the company's first mass market touch screen device.
Following its introduction in October 2008, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has seen successful sales starts in a number of markets, including Hong Kong and Moscow where the device sold out within hours of the sales start. Earlier today at the official sales start of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in the UK, more than 150 customers queued outside the Nokia Flagship Store on London's Regent Street to be among the first to own the device.
"The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has been received very positively and this milestone is just further proof that people all over the world want a device that is not only a great music experience, but also makes the most of touch screen technology," said Jo Harlow, Vice President, Nokia.

Anillo Networks

Anillo Networks, Inc. pledges to be among the leading innovative fabric switching companies in the communications industry.

The company’s engineering objectives and the deployment of its high speed Gigabit/Ethernet network have been on target since the beginning of the new millennium.
Anillo Networks’ backbone is comprised of Extreme Networks Black Diamond products and Juniper routers; in keeping current with changing trends and today’s fabric switching technologies. This consistency enables Anillo Networks to upgrade and improve its network without costly charges or downtime. Practicality speaking, Anillo Networks is able to offer a full line of network services below current competitor pricing while adding tailored services in full response to customer requirements.

Equinix Exchange
Equinix has now been added to the Anillo 10G core network.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pyratine 6

The new web site for the product is now available:

Cyber Knife - India

froma post by yyy6o on the IV MB:

>> (India's most comprehensive pharma portal)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 08:00 IST
Nandita Vijay, Bangalore

HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd, (HCG) a leading comprehensive cancer care centre in the country, has invested Rs 40 crore for advanced equipment at its facility in Bangalore.

To begin with, it has made a Rs 30 crore investment for a Cyber Knife technology which will be commissioned in February. This makes it the first facility in the country to install the advanced radio guided surgery system. The second is a Rs 10 crore investment in 'Artise' which is an advanced Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) system.

The Group which has a 180-bed hospital in Bangalore has already seen a fund infusion of Rs 80 crore ($20 million) from PremjiInvest, a fund sponsored by Wipro chief Azim Premji. The funds have been used for major expansion into Tier I and Tier II cities to offer high-end oncology care to the growing number of cancer cases in the country besides setting up of three Centre of Excellence in Bangalore, New Delhi and Ahmedabad. Based on the hub and spoke model, the Group will need to invest Rs 8-10 crore for each new centre. The facilities at Vijayawada and Hubli are expected to be commissioned in February.

The Cyber Knife is a frameless robotic radio surgery system. It is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumours anywhere in the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney. The treatment which delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumours with extreme accuracy will now offers new hope to patients, stated Dr B S Ajai Kumar, chairman, HCG.

Akamai: About 3.8 M Simultaneous Obama Streams, Details Capping Of Customers

must read about Akamai and teh recent Presidential inauguration webcast from Dan Rayburn:

>>Last night I had a long conversation with Akamai about the inauguration webcast and got more details on the actual number of simultaneous streams they served and their methods and reasoning for capping customers on their network.

Many who are writing about inauguration traffic numbers are quoting from the Akamai press release and implying that Akamai delivered, at peak, 7.7 million video streams of the inauguration, which is incorrect. That 7.7 million number is the total number of all audio and video streams for all of Akamai's 2,800 customers delivered on their network that day. Out of that 7.7 million number, Akamai said roughly half of that was just for the inauguration. That puts my earlier estimate of around 8 million simultaneous streams combined across the Akamai, Limelight and Highwinds CDN a little high, with the number being more around 7 million.

Data Center Colocation Crisis: Act Now or Pay Later


>>CIOs are facing a critical resource shortage and, if they don't plan accordingly, will face escalating costs and end up squandering a large portion of their budgets. Yes, the looming data center shortage, which has already hit London hard, is fast approaching the United States as well.

With over 85 percent occupancy, data center lease costs have doubled in London in just the last 12 months. And with the Olympics coming in 2012, and a moratorium on building new "data centres" (as they spell it in merry old England) proclaimed by the power company that supplies London's electricity, the situation is bleak.

Across the pond in New England, I've seen monthly lease prices for colocation data center space increase 675 percent over the last five years. The same provider that offered Tier 3-type space for $4 a square foot back then is now charging about $30. In the metro New York market, don't be surprised to see prices in the $45 to $50 range.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

SoftLayer Provides IPv6 Support

see also our previous post:

SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) peering, too:


>>DALLAS — SoftLayer Technologies, the on-demand virtual data center services provider, has implemented native IPv6 support across all its data centers in Dallas, Seattle, and Washington, DC. IPv6 is the next-generation Internet protocol that provides substantially more addresses than the current IPv4 implementation. IPv6 will eventually replace the currently used IPv4 standard, with both coexisting over a multi-year transition period. SoftLayer has completely integrated IPv6 address ordering and management into the Customer Portal and API.

“SoftLayer is proud to bring this additional functionality to its customers, ahead of the adoption curve,” said Ric Moseley, SoftLayer Vice President of Engineering. “While the rollout and implementation of IPv6 throughout the industry is still in its early stages, it will be a requisite for our customers, and we want them to be able to begin benefitting from it now.”

Addressing and management of addresses is essential to the core functionality of any network, including the Internet. Systems must have a unique address for traffic to be properly directed. There are a finite number of addresses that any addressing system can support, and nearly every possible IPv4 address has been assigned. IPv6 allows for an exponentially larger number of addresses than IPv4, using 128-bit rather than 32-bit addresses. This allows greater flexibility in allocating addresses and routing traffic, and eliminates the need for network address translation, allowing for improved routing and network configurations.

In addition to the IPv6 rollout, SoftLayer has increased connectivity to its Washington, DC and Seattle data centers bringing the SoftLayer’s total backbone network capacity to 200Gbps. SoftLayer has also added 10Gbps links to the Equinix Peering Fabric in Ashburn and Dallas to pick up local peers, and a new Flow Control Platform for optimizing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) tables.

Internap new Boston data center specs

from their BSN003 Data Center Fact Sheet:


50 Inner Belt has dual fiber entrances and diverse fiber conduit. LightTower Single Mode Fiber is
available with redundant paths to the carriers at the 70 Inner Belt facility.


• AT&T
• C2C/Onfiber
• NStar
• Verizon
• Veroxity
• XO Communications

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

better late than never...

Internap to Open New “Green” Colocation Facility in Boston

Plans include power and cooling infrastructure enhancements to support today’s high power users

ATLANTA, GA – (May 9, 2008) – Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a global provider of end-to-end Internet business solutions, announced today plans to add approximately 15,000 square feet of colocation at a new stand alone 45,000 square foot facility adjacent to its existing Boston data center. The expansion helps the company meet strong customer demand for its bundled Internet solutions. The first phase of completion will become available in the fourth quarter 
of this year. (2008)


Please join us for the grand opening of the new Internap® Colocation facility in Boston.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Please join us for the grand opening of the new Internap® Colocation facility in Boston.

Thursday, February 5, 2009
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
50 Innerbelt Road
Somerville, MA 02143

Be our guest for

  • Appetizers and refreshments
  • Guided tours of our new state-of-the-art facility
  • Opportunity to hear from our executive and technical personnel
  • Raffle prizes

Come see what our facility has to offer

  • 16,000 SF contiguous space plus 15,000 SF for expansion
  • 4MW N+1 power capacity
  • High-power density @ 150 W/SF draw
  • 3' raised floor/improved cooling capability
  • N+1 electrical/mechanical infrastructure
  • Performance IP/carrier diverse
  • Convenient location
  • A green data center strategy
  • Redundant security access and camera systems
  • 24/7 on-site technical staff to provide around-the-clock Remote Hands support

The Grand Prize winner will receive a free cabinet for 12 months!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Samsung Haptic 3

from a post by cellodude on the IV MB:

>>Samsung Haptic 3: first 8 megapixel "camphone" with xenon flash"

The device will soon come to the Korean market with the name Samsung SCH S740 and nickname "Haptic 3."

The Haptic branded phone versions are starting to approach Rocky remakes in number.

[14-01-2009: Will Samsung announce the first eight megapixel camphone with Xenon flash during the Mobile World Congress? It seems so. Today, the first photos showed up, complete with new interface.

It seems like Samsung has something for us photo lovers next month; namely the first 8 megapixel camphone with Xenon flash. A codename or type number for Europe is something the device doesn't have yet, but that the device is innovative can clearly be derived from the photos.

the website found the first photos of the still unknown Samsung. When we check out the front of the candybar, we can see that the device has a high Samsung Pixon proportion. The device is about the same size, at least it looks like that, and also a touchscreen. Almost all touchscreens look like this of course, but it is not very innovative.


New Samsung cameraphone
New Samsung cameraphone

The device will soon come to the Korean market with the name Samsung SCH S740 and nickname "Haptic 3". Whether the device will also come to Europe is unknown at this point, certainty about the specifications is also something that cannot be given. We might see the device again at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.]