Are You Copernic Conscious?

Written by John Calder

© 2004, John Calder

Often overlooked by Internet marketers, software manufacturer Copernic Technologies offers some great tools for market and competition research. The company seems to concentrate on corporate markets, as they're not a household name inrepparttar same way that "Norton" is, and their products aren't generally available through retail channels.

Copernic recently released their desktop search tool. This product is available now, is free, and creates a searchable index of many documents on your home computer, including email, MS Office documents, text files, PDF, and others. The program runs resident in memory so that in can update its index onrepparttar 133395 fly. You can optionally add a search box to your taskbar. This isrepparttar 133396 first entry in an approaching battle for desktop search. Microsoft has announced that desktop search will be integrated with future releases of Windows. And Google has a desktop search tool in beta, but it's not yet as capable asrepparttar 133397 Copernic search tool is.

Technology and Coping with Disaster

Written by John Savageau

Technology and Coping with Disaster

Natural disasters come in many shapes. Fromrepparttar incomprehensible carnage of last weekend’s tsunami inrepparttar 133394 Indian Ocean, to hurricanes and typhoons, to tornadoes and drought, our world deals withrepparttar 133395 horror of disaster as a normal part of our lives. Throw in a bit of human influence through wars, terrorism, orrepparttar 133396 threat of weapons of mass destruction, and our need to deal with and overcome calamity almost becomes routine.

Watching CNN andrepparttar 133397 news channels gives a near real-time view of disasters. While some may find this a bit macabre, it also shows our ability to quickly respond to major events, on a global scale. The same technologies that allow us to viewrepparttar 133398 aftermath of a tsunami also allow us to quickly gather factual data onrepparttar 133399 extent of a disaster, and use that for disaster planning and response.

Organizations such asrepparttar 133400 Pacific Disaster Center (,repparttar 133401 Asia Pacific Area Network (, try to assist regional nations to build better disaster planning models and response model through training and timely dissemination of critical information. Regional military organizations participate with each other on joint disaster planning (for other than wartime-related disaster) to organize their resources in response to a regional disaster, and can respond within hours to major problems.

While carnage onrepparttar 133402 scale ofrepparttar 133403 Indian Ocean tsunami cannot be controlled within a day or a few days,repparttar 133404 communications and real time information collection onrepparttar 133405 disaster will most certainly reducerepparttar 133406 level of misery experienced by victims at a level that would not have been possible even 40 years ago. As aircraft and on-site persons (using satellite phones or other powerful mobile communicators) collect information on areas of Sumatra, Thailand, and other affected areas,repparttar 133407 information is almost immediately being logged, evaluated, distributed, and prioritized among a number of emergency response centers operated by regional governments - as well as international relief agencies.

Fromrepparttar 133408 regional and international response centers coordination further occurs among members of organizations such asrepparttar 133409 Multinational Planning Augmentation Team ( ). MPAT holds frequent disaster response exercises among member nations to ensure coordination lines and pre-planned responses are quickly executed. All MPAT member nations have access to central databases of planning information, available resources, and a “command center” mobilized when a regional disaster occurs.

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