Saturday, May 31, 2008

Robot Dog Therapy: Science Videos - Science News - ScienCentral

Cool stuff from my alma mater Saint Louis University:

There's no forgetting that Aibo is a robot pup, but he makes a good companion for nursing home residents, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

William Banks, a physician and author of the new study, says that playtime with Aibo reduces loneliness in nursing homes as much as visits from a real-live drooling and shedding animal. "We thought there would be a difference in loneliness between the two," says Banks. "What we found basically was that the living dog and Aibo were equally effective in decreasing loneliness."

Robot Dog Therapy: Science Videos - Science News - ScienCentral

Friday, May 30, 2008

Windows Tip: Sysinternals Live is One-Stop Shop for Launching Must-Have Utilities

From Lifehacker.com:

If you've ever done any serious Windows troubleshooting, you've no doubt come across a freeware utility or two by Sysinternals...

...you can point your browser to http://live.sysinternals.com/ for no-nonsense access to any Sysinternals tool. Even better, though, you can open up Windows Explorer and point it to \\live.sysinternals.com\ to browse and launch any Sysinternals app as though you've already downloaded and installed it on your computer. That means next time you're doing tech support for friends and you forgot your PC Rescue Kit, you can quickly get to any Sysinternals tool for help.

Windows Tip: Sysinternals Live is One-Stop Shop for Launching Must-Have Utilities