Labii electronic lab notebook (ELN) and laboratory information management system (LIMS)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Interview At Plug And Play

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Hello research revolutionists, even though we don’t have much to update on, I am writing to you as promised.

Last week we had an interview at Plug and Play. This place is awesome. We had actually been to their Sunnyvale location once before, having attended one of DevNetwork’s hackathons. This time we met one of their recruiters who is interested in our project. Unfortunately, he didn’t see the larger vision - he continued trying to associate what we are doing with reference managers and allured to the possibility of selling our user’s data and research. We walked out of there, confirmed that guy has no idea what we’re doing, and agreed that it sucks for him to lose out on a massive opportunity - we moved on with our lives.

Since then, I have been spending way too much time on our NSF SBIR grant proposal (I would love some tips or feedback if anyone has written one before). Yonggan is programming away like the beast he is, imagine Linus Torvalds and Donald Knuth had a lovechild, that was Asian (excuse the inherently graphic nature). Anyway, he’s good.

That’s about it, this week we are all hands on deck for the proposal, and all fingers on turkey for Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,
Corbin Chase

Monday, November 16, 2015

Labii Llc Is Now Labii Inc

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Good morning scientists, here’s another quick update about our progress and an opportunity for one of you!

It was another busy week for Labii LLC, well actually...it’s now Labii Inc.!

We were advised by our lawyers to convert sooner, rather than later, to ensure we won’t turn off too many investors. There are many reasons why C-Corp’s are better than LLC’s for startups (for the uninitiated, here’s a brief explanation of a few differences between C-Corp, S-Corp, and LLC. Also, check out this book for a great read and introduction to Corporate Law).

Want to add writing a letter of recommendation to your CV?? We’re looking for academic and industry experts and those passionate about ELN’s to write a letter of recommendation on our behalf (don’t worry, we’ll be able to help you out). If you’re interested, please contact me and I’ll let you see my beautiful face via virtual chat.

Also, if you’re interested in being the first to see our new products and help us debug, send a pm to support@labii.com with the subject “Labii Developer” in the subject line.

That’s all, now go expand the reach of scientific understanding!

Sincerely, Corbin Chase

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New Feature To Import Your Word Documents To Labii ELN

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In order to provide some more information about us and our venture on a more consistent basis, I’ve decided to start posting at least every Monday morning about fun experiences, what we've done, what we're doing, what we’re thinking, and really anything that (we think) is semi-interesting.
Lately we have encrypted all data in the databases to an insane level. We have been working hard on the ELN, started applying for government grants, created our awesome new feature Labii Sites, and have been trying to keep up with recommendations from beta-testers.

After many recommendations, we can finally upload text through “.docx” files. Don’t worry, for those who’re only familiar with “.doc”, it’s very simple to export your out-dated files into a “.docx” format (here's a Wiki How-To, I’m personally a huge fan of step 3 “Zamzar” - I have been using them for many years). What this means is you can select all your protocols really easily, click import, and open them to a template in our platform. Keep in mind, this is a brand new feature (last 24 hours) and there are still some small bugs we’re working through.

We will support importing Excel and other files as soon as we can get to it. Please send us comments if you’re depending importing a specific file type.

Lastly, if you’re interested in being the first to see our new products and help us debug them, please send us a pm to help@labii.com with the subject “Labii Developer” in the subject line.
You’re new faithful writer (hopefully),

Corbin Chase

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Security Of Labii Electronic Lab Notebook

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As Labii is growing rapidly, we’re changing daily and I’d love to tell you about our newest feature.

First, here’s a little background on your favorite topic, data security:

The idea of obfuscating, or encrypting data, has been around for quite a while. In 500-600 BC, Hebrew scribes writing down the book of Jeremiah used a reversed-alphabet simple substitution cipher known as ATBASH. Since then, and through the digital revolution, encryptions have become pretty complex. Current security standards vary quite widely from ssl to PGP but retain a few core values like keeping your identity (if you wish), communication, and most importantly your data, safe.

Unfortunately, the majority of other electronic notebooks don’t take data security very seriously and haven’t protected your research.

We however care...we really care. We have just implemented some serious security protocols to make your data safe...I mean really safe. Your data is safer than your money in the bank.
We have designed and implemented a proprietary algorithm for your coveted research.  To give you an idea of just how secure your data is, there are 128e+17 possibilities for each character and it will take 6.5e+36 years for the fastest computer in the world (Tianhe-2) to decrypt just one experimental note. All of your experimental information is heavily encrypted before being stored in our database meaning your raw and viewed data is unreadable without your specific personal information - make sure you keep it safe!

When logged into Labii, look to the green address bar in your browser; this ensures you that the communication pathway from your computer to our servers has EV SSL encryption, and your connection is safe.

As always, if you ever have any questions about us, our products, or just want someone to chat with, feel free to call or email anytime.

By Corbin Chase