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John Flucke's Blog 01/23/2020 15:52
By now you’ve probably heard about the incredible hack of Jeff Bezos’s iPhone. If you haven’t, let me give you a quick rundown of what took place... It seems that in 2018, Jeff Bezos (the owner of Amazon and currently the world’s richest individual) met with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud, who goes by the initials MBS. At this meeting the two men exchanged info on how to contact each other via the encrypted chat application named WhatsApp. WhatsApp is one of the most popular texting applications in the world due to its security. Texts are encrypted from the moment they leave a user’s phone can only be de-crypted by the recipient’s ph.
John Flucke's Blog 01/21/2020 07:00
I love Wired magazine. The publication has been around since the early 90’s and I’ve been reading it pretty much since Day One. There is always some good tech and geeky info there to digest and learn from. Along those lines an incredibly interesting article where physicists have actually analyzed the boarding process of commercial airlines and come up with most efficient way to have the passengers board. The group actually utilized some work from Einstein and some particle physics science to reach the conclusion… that stuff I find fascinating. I travel quite a bit for lectures and meetings so that means that over my career I’ve spent a fair amount of my time in airports. The boarding process has always seemed like watching paint dry to me b.
John Flucke's Blog 01/20/2020 07:00
Dental Lab Products® (DLP), the sister editorial resource to Dental Products Report® (DPR), is returning as a product-centered, techniques-based publication, steering lab businesses toward success in the dental community. "We are very excited to relaunch Dental Lab Products®, an integral resource for dental lab professionals," said Mike Hennessy Jr., president and CEO of MJH Life Sciences™, parent company of DLP.
John Flucke's Blog 01/16/2020 07:00
I’ve been a big of warming composites for a few years now. Practicing in the Kansas City area, sometimes in the winter it gets downright *cold*. On those days, when we would start our schedule, the office was still warming up a bit and the composite was still cool from the thermostat dropping the temp overnight. To help make the composite easier to handle and more sculptable, I began to use a composite warmer. That simple step quickly showed me that, no matter what the temp, warm composite is a dream to work with. My only problem was that the moment the composite cartridge left the warmer, it began to cool a bit. If only there was a way to keep it warm right up to the point of placing it into the preparation... Enter Vista Dental’s Phasor.
John Flucke's Blog 01/15/2020 07:00
News is now starting to show up on the web that in addition to hackers encrypting drives in healthcare settings with ransomware, these same hackers are then threatening to expose PHI (Protected Health Information) on the Internet. This double pronged attack is one more way that nefarious actors are using to try to force victims to pay the ransom. This latest trick works like this: Once hackers gain access to a system, they download a perfectly viable copy of the data and keep it. Then they plant the ransomware which encrypts the victim’s hard drive. In most instances when the hard drive is encrypted the computer screen shows a message that has the instructions for how to pay the ransom & often a countdown timer showing how much time remains.
John Flucke's Blog 01/14/2020 07:00
The redesigned user interface of the CEREC software from Dentsply Sirona won a coveted Red Dot Award for Brands and Communication Design in November. The software is the centerpiece of CEREC, a leading CAD/CAM system that enables dentists to complete restorations ‒ from digital impressions to the finished crown ‒ in just a single session. The new digital user interface, enhanced help functions, and the intuitive Touch Pad make it easier to use than ever before. Charlotte/Bensheim, 13 January, 2020. The "Rebrush CEREC Software" project from Dentsply Sirona and Ergosign was awarded a coveted Red Dot: Brands & Communication Design Award in the "Interface and User Experience Design" category in Berlin. From the 8,697 applicants, the jury chose
John Flucke's Blog 01/13/2020 07:00
Interesting info here and some terms via a quote that is NSFW, just so that you are aware... The former CEO of Juul is alleged to have stated, "Half our customers are drunk and vaping like mo-fos, who the fuck is going to notice the quality of our pods.”A lawsuit filed recently provides that quote and other info in an attempt to prove that Juul didn’t have much concern over the quality of their products or the health of their customer base. The lawsuit was filed by Siddharth Breja, a former senior vice president of global finance for the company. His employment was from May 2018 to March 2019. The lawsuit also alleges that when he spoke out about the alleged contaminated pods, he was terminated. The accusation is that Juul put over 1 milli.
John Flucke's Blog 01/10/2020 22:51
I absolutely love the profession of dentistry and, from the looks of this survey, it seems that lots of other people love it too. Every year US News & World Report puts together a very detailed list of the best jobs in the United States. It’s broken down into several categories such as Healthcare, STEM, best paying, etc. In the year just ended dentistry continued to hold a strong position. It is #2 in the overall Best Job category and a whopping #1 in the Best Healthcare category. As someone in the trenches who practices full time, I couldn’t agree more. While there are a few days where working at a bait shop seems like a better idea than dentistry, those days are few and far between. 99% of the time I consider myself incredibly lucky to be.
John Flucke's Blog 01/06/2020 07:00
Happy New Year everyone! Over the holiday season here in the U.S. I always try to take some time off from patient care and also to step away from online duties for a bit in order to rest up and recharge the creative part of my brain for the new year ahead. Now I’m officially back and ready to hit the ground running. Let’s start out the new year with my most recent article that appeared in my Technology Evangelist column in Dental Products Report. We are all geared for perfection, to be the best we can be and to provide the best care we can for our patients. This care extends not only to the brains & hands that deliver it, but to the products used to create our restorations. To put it bluntly, if you want to BE the best you need to USE the b.
John Flucke's Blog 12/24/2019 07:00
2019 may well become known as “The Year of Ransomware”. Whereas up to this point, some folks were aware of Ransomware and what is was capable of, this year we have seen a *huge* increase of successful attacks. These have crippled multiple sectors of business including healthcare. The biggest problem is that the bad guys unleashing this on the public are (at this point) much more proficient and knowledgeable about spreading the threat than the rest of us are at stopping it. Criminals have discovered this is an easy way to make pile of money and until the victims find ways to shut this down, the scourge will only continue. For those of you that are not immersed deeply into the world of digital security, this is the number one problem we all f.
John Flucke's Blog 12/23/2019 07:00
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and every year about this time I try to let my readers know about a great service that is provided by NORAD. The government entity NORAD is a combined effort of the US and Canada that “provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and defense of North America”. Basically it tracks anything in the air to make sure it is not a threat to North America and they’ve been doing that since 1958. However, since they are uniquely qualified to track aircraft, the organization also is uniquely qualified to track Santa!!! To follow Santa on his journey around the world bringing toys to all the boys and girls, For those truly interested in when Santa will arrive in their area, the trackers have a phone bank setup where they can a.
John Flucke's Blog 12/20/2019 15:51
Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, introduces the new Palodent® 360 circumferential matrix system. This revolutionary new design allows clinicians to achieve tight contacts with anatomically natural contours without the use of an awkward retainer or applicator and all with a simple twist of their fingers. “The newest addition to the Palodent® family of matrix systems will provide clinicians with all the tools they need to easily conduct any Class II restorations with complete confidence,” said Paquita Poindexter, Product Marketing Manager for Dentsply Sirona Restorative.” The simplicity of the Palodent® 360 circumferential matrix systems allows for simpler, quick restorations
John Flucke's Blog 12/18/2019 07:00
I’ve been using VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services from Weave for quite a few months now. My experience has been incredible positive. As an example, last Thursday my office (gasp) lost our Google Fiber Internet connection. Since technology is the lifeblood of the practice, we were practically adrift for a few hours. This also meant our Weave connection and phones went down as well. With a phone call to Weave from a mobile phone, we were almost instantly rerouted so that our office lines were now ringing on the cell phones of my front desk team. This continued until Google got our connection restored and we had the numbers rerouted back to standard. Weave can do some amazing things for your practice. If you’d like to find out more,
John Flucke's Blog 12/17/2019 07:00
As a diehard geek and The Technology Evangelist, sometimes I get to do posts here that are just plain fun. Today is one of those posts because I am delighted to give you access to the voice of legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson. I was thrilled to find this info because, well if you ask me, Samuel L. Jackson is the coolest guy on the planet. Besides being in some Star Wars movies he’s also Nick Fury in the Marvel world and those 2 claims alone make him practically a deity to me. Never mind that the guy just has ice water in his veins and makes everyone of his characters infinitely re-watchable (and yes that includes SWAT and Snakes on a Plane… at least to me). So as the guy that I would most like to hang out with, I could hardly contain my ex.
John Flucke's Blog 12/16/2019 07:00
In the past 6 months or so I have become a huge fan of the antivirus company Emsisoft. Not only does the company make a first class antivirus product, but they also give back by running the Emsisoft Malware Lab which, among other things, releases free decryption keys for known Ransomware. However, the good folks at Emsisoft are not the only ones who provide decryption keys. There are other companies that do this as well. Normally, that would be a good thing, but it seems that recently the bad guys have changed some things about the Ryuk Ransomware that make using the other free keys very risky. One of the biggest problems with security is that it is a constantly shifting landscape… or a tremendously important cat and mouse game. Hackers cre.
John Flucke's Blog 12/10/2019 07:00
The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), recently announced its first “Lasers 101” full day educational track at the upcoming 27th annual conference and exhibition, April 2-4 at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego. Specifically, the “Lasers 101” track is a day pass program entitled “So You Got a Laser. Now What?” This program will take place on Saturday, April 4th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. According to ALD executive director, Gail Siminovsky, CAE, “This learning track is designed to excite clinicians interested in exploring laser dentistry or those who may be on the fence about it. By taking this course, clinicians put themselves in the driver’s seat with confidence when it comes to evaluating lasers clinically and using them. It’s another e.
John Flucke's Blog 12/09/2019 07:00
This is another attack that has affected multiple offices in multiple states. It seems that Complete Technology Solutions (CTS) a company based out of Englewood, CO was attacked and the hackers used this initial penetration to then infect client offices. Many IT providers use remote access software to allow their support people to log into a dental office computer & fix problems when they arise. While some companies set things up so that the dental office has to be at the computer and actually “allow” remote use by clicking “OK”, other companies setup remote control without a user’s permission simply because it is easier, faster, and can be done even when no one is in front of the computer needing to be fixed. In this case however, since al.
John Flucke's Blog 12/05/2019 07:00
One of the things that many dental management software systems have been lacking is the ability to ePrescribe. The idea of paperless prescriptions has been available in the medical world for quite some time now, but it’s been lacking in dentistry. Now comes great news from Curve Dental that their cloud based management system allows for this sought after feature. Here are the details:. Dental practitioners can now send or renew prescriptions to pharmacies from any device, Curve Dental announced today. A new release of enhanced functionality for ePrescribe, a module within the Curve Cloud Platform, allows clinicians to send prescriptions to pharmacies from any digital device, including a smartphone or tablet. In partnership with DrFirst, a le.


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