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A Gesture Controlled User Interface for Inclusive Design and Evaluative Study of Its Usability  [PDF]
Moniruzzaman Bhuiyan, Rich Picking
Journal of Software Engineering and Applications (JSEA) , 2011, DOI: 10.4236/jsea.2011.49059
Abstract: To meet the challenges of ubiquitous computing, ambient technologies and an increasingly older population, researchers have been trying to break away from traditional modes of interaction. A history of studies over the past 30 years reported in this paper suggests that Gesture Controlled User Interfaces (GCUI) now provide realistic and affordable opportunities, which may be appropriate for older and disabled people. We have developed a GCUI prototype application, called Open Gesture, to help users carry out everyday activities such as making phone calls, controlling their television and performing mathematical calculations. Open Gesture uses simple hand gestures to perform a diverse range of tasks via a television interface. This paper describes Open Gesture and reports its usability evaluation. We conclude that this inclusive technology offers some potential to improve the independence and quality of life of older and disabled users along with general users, although there remain significant challenges to be overcome.
Smart System Resource Monitoring in Cloud  [PDF]
Rich C. Lee
iBusiness (IB) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/ib.2012.41005
Abstract: Monitoring the system resources against numerous virtual machines in a cloud computing environment is a challenging task to system administrators. They rely on the system management tools to collect and reveal the utilization of various performance counters of each virtual machine. Such isolated views cannot disclose the real performance behavior of virtual machines. This paper demonstrates how to interpret the resource utilization of these performance counters correctly and how to automate the performance analysis processes to ease the workload of system administrators.
Does the Success of Information Systems Really Matters to Firm Performance?  [PDF]
Rich C. Lee
iBusiness (IB) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/ib.2012.42012
Abstract: Many failed listed-enterprises had strong information capabilities and resources; however such advantage did not help these enterprises survive during the economy difficult times. Previous research of DeLone and McLean (D&M) implied the success of information systems will enhance the performance of enterprises. Based on this implication, many enterprises continuously invested resources on information systems as a strategy trying to gain advantage over competitors. This paper argues the Net Benefits in D&M model—resulted from the success of Information system—does not always significantly improve the Enterprise Performance but rather has a limit on it. In fact, such an excess investment cannot improve the Enterprise Performance but exhausts more valuable resources instead. The implication of this paper is to encourage enterprises to revisit their valuable service and reevaluate the Socio-Influences before investing more on in- formation systems.
A Strategic Thinking on Multi-Level Business Development in Wellness Foods  [PDF]
Rich C. Lee
American Journal of Industrial and Business Management (AJIBM) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/ajibm.2012.23013
Abstract: More people are accepting the self-care concept in natural health regimens as the complementary and alternative medicine has become a key driver for wellness foods industry business. Many wellness food companies rely on multi-level marketing—directly selling products through individuals’ social networks—frothier business development. Few people are able to succeed in promoting this complex perception-change about the benefits of natural health regimens to consumers and making this as a steady income stream. Current, the success of direct-selling model requires the individuals who possess similar personal attributes and capabilities. This paper argues a novel way—a holistic approach—to elaborate the strategy and to give the business development guidelines to the wellness food industries.
The Success Factors of Running Scrum: A Qualitative Perspective  [PDF]
Rich C. Lee
Journal of Software Engineering and Applications (JSEA) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/jsea.2012.56043
Abstract: Scrum—Agile programming—is getting more attention in Software Engineering practices. Many software projects began with small and were not certain about the requirements until projects have completed; this makes Scrum more appropriate than other development methodologies. This paper reintroduced Scrum from qualitative perspective by applying ethnography and in-depth interview to two different types of project teams to articulate what the success factors are for running Scrum framework. It clearly demonstrated how qualitative research could help in disclosing the essence of facts during the Scrum adaptation in depth. It also articulated how these successful factors mutually affect to one another from System Dynamics perspective and to give further recommendations to Scrum teams and those who tend to apply Scrum development methodology.
A Service Oriented Analytics Framework for Multi-Level Marketing Business  [PDF]
Rich C. Lee
Journal of Software Engineering and Applications (JSEA) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/jsea.2012.58061
Abstract: Today’s enterprises have accumulated vast amount of data and keep exploding by business activities. These datasets may contain potential undiscovered business strategies as a key basis of competition; underpin new waves of productivity growth, innovation, and consumer surplus. Data analysis is crucial in making managerial decisions. Although there are many Business Intelligence (BI) software of commercial and open source, but serving statistical purpose as exuberant as GNU-R (R) is rare. R is a highly extensible language and environment for providing a variety of statistical and graphical features. In enterprise environment, the source data are stored in various forms such as files, database, and streaming data. Currently analysts conduct data analysis in offline mode using statistical software. The offline mode means analysts 1) extract the desired data; 2) store extracted data into files; 3) manipulate software; 4) draw analytical results; 5) generate the inferences. Automating the statistical procedures by directly pulling source data will make critical decision sooner and less costly. It is a common practice that enterprise adopts Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to achieve its operation excellence. Since the business applications populate the source data during the operation processes, pulling the source data directly under SOA is the most effective way of data analysis. This paper demonstrates how service-oriented statistics engine was developed and how such a system benefits the business decision-making.
A Cinematic Lens on Talent Development in Piano Prodigies: Considerations for Positive Psychology  [PDF]
Grant J. Rich
Psychology (PSYCH) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/psych.2012.312A171

This article examines talent development in piano prodigies through a case study of the life of Australian pianist David Helfgott as depicted in the film Shine. Utilizing theory from positive psychology, especially Csikszentmihalyi’s flow theory of motivation and optimal experience, and his sociocultural systems model of creativity, Helfgott’s development as a musical prodigy, his subsequent psychological challenges, and his ultimate psychological resilience are detailed. This case of Helfgott serves as a cinematic lens through which to explore optimal talent development more broadly. Thus, this article also makes refer- ence to other cinematic depictions of prodigies, as well as to autobiographical and biographical source materials from other talented musicians. Implications for the optimal development of talented musicians are discussed.

Single-Center Study of 83 Horses with Suspensory Injuries Treated with Adipose-Derived Stem and Regenerative Cells  [PDF]
F. Ross Rich
Stem Cell Discovery (SCD) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/scd.2014.42005

Adipose-derived stem and regenerative cells (ADRCs), concentrated from autologous fat tissue, have the ability to differentiate into various specific cell types including tenocytes. In this retrospective study, clinical data are presented from 83 horses with 176 suspensory ligament injuries, treated with ADRCs, given a strictly enforced standardized rehabilitation program, and followed up for at least one year after returning to work. Assessment for a successful outcome was return to full work (RFW) at a previous or higher level of performance for one year or more without re-injury. RFW numbers were 84.6% for horses with fore-limb ligament injuries and 82.1% for horses with hind-limb injuries. RFW outcomes were slightly better in cases with proximal suspensory ligament desmitis (86.7%) compared to horses with lesions of the body and branches. The ADRC injection procedure was well tolerated; no treatment-related adverse events, including injection flares, were detected in any of the 83 horses. The demonstrated long term stability of healed lesions strongly supports the therapeutic use of regenerative cells extracted from adipose tissue for treatment of acute and chronic, fore- and hind-limb suspensory ligament injuries in horses of various athletic sport disciplines.

Structure, Hierarchy and Kin. An Ethnography of the Old Market in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines  [PDF]
Bryan W. Rich
Open Journal of Social Sciences (JSS) , 2017, DOI: 10.4236/jss.2017.56010
Abstract: Every day, thousands of customers patronize hundreds of vendors at the Old Market in Puerto Princesa, seeking the highest quality products at the most affordable price. It is a buyer’s market as the variety of available products is limited to mostly locally produced goods. Why does a customer patronize one vender rather than another? Do social relationships influence this decision? Or, is price king? Does the relationship between customer and employee affect the vendor’s success? This paper attempts to shed light on the kinship ties and social stratification between vendors, customers and employees and its effects, if any, on the market’s economic success. After more than 6 months of participant observations, my findings show that the fictive kinship ties which develop between the regular customer and vendor, and the social stratification between customer and employee provide a structured functionalism to support the overarching economic theme of the public market.
Feminism Ain’t Funny: Woman as “Fun-Killer,” Mother as Monster in the American Sitcom  [PDF]
Jack Simmons, Leigh E. Rich
Advances in Journalism and Communication (AJC) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ajc.2013.11001
Abstract: Whether America has realized President Herbert Hoover’s 20th-century vision of a “chicken in every pot”, there is a television in nearly every home. Powerful and accessible, television programs, whether explicitly, convey values and messages to viewers and, thus, can play a role in reifying the status quo or affecting social change. Given comedy programming’s roots in radio and Vaudeville, it is no surprise that a recurrent theme in situational comedies is the “war between the sexes”. Despite a surfeit of studies examining specific programs, however, there exists no comprehensive project exploring how gender depictions have changed since television’s proliferation in post-WWII America. This time span is especially important because it is bisected by second wave feminism. Regarding gender, TV shows need not fortify traditional ideals. But how far has television come? Findings from a pilot study employing a Grounded Theory analysis of selected US sitcoms from 1952 to 2004 suggest that, regardless of the progressive nature of some programming, the most-watched sitcoms reaffirm mainstream stereotypes of women. What has changed, however, is the hierarchical relationship between the sexes. While sitcoms have modified roles of women in an effort to keep up with changing social norms, they have failed to meaningfully alter traditional masculine narratives. What has been won is a superficial role reversal: Where once television women were childlike subordinates to their male counterparts, now men are depicted as irresponsible children women must mother and discipline.
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