Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: Dallas—Safeguard Security Holdings Inc., a provider of corporate, industrial and residential security solutions, announced that its Acquient business unit has signed on TXDOT (Texas Department of Transportation).
“We are moving forward rapidly with new business opportunities with our Acquient Technologies division, and I am very excited to bring on a state-wide initiative with TXDOT,” said Safeguard vice president Sean Finegan in a prepared statement. “This book of business will generate an estimated $500K in revenue this calendar year. We have signed on several new accounts and I will be announcing this business within the coming weeks.”
“Our new Acquient Technologies unit provides custom security software solutions and web-based security program management tools, across diverse technology platforms, to fully manage and control a client’s entire security network, including access control, closed circuit television, parking control, gate control, door control and employee access, through our sophisticated software tools.” said Safeguard chief executive R. Michael Lagow in a statement. “I am pleased to see our team’s progress to date as Acquient is ahead of plan on its previously forecasted book of business.”
Safeguard is an integrated sole-source security solutions provider offering a converged suite of physical and electronic services through its operating subsidiaries. It provides corporate, government and residential clients with a broad array of security services ranging from highly trained armed and unarmed guards, security management staffing, and security staff outsourcing, to installation and maintenance of integrated electronic security solutions, background investigations, video monitoring, and specialized consulting services as may be required to support the varying security needs of its clients. The company is organized along three distinct lines of business - Technical Systems, Security Personnel and Security Outsourcing Solutions. All operations are directed from its offices in Dallas, Texas and house the following business subsidiaries: Acquient Security Consulting, Inc., Acquient Technologies, Premier Background Search, Inc. (PBS), SGI Protective Services, SEARCHglobal, Inc., Secure Concepts International, Inc., SYSTEMSgroup, Inc., SYSTEMSgroup Protective Services, SYSTEMSgroup Technologies and SYSTEMSgroup Global.
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