Archive for January, 2007

Banks and (in)security

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Phishing: setting up a false website, looking more or less like the bank’s site, and getting users to enter their username and password, so that the phisher can then log on to the bank himself and empty the user’s account. Admittedly, the preceding paragraph took some freedoms with the definition of phishing, but I’m discussing […]

Proving You’re Worthy, Online

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

An often recurring problem online is how to prove you’re eligible to access a particular resource, if that resource is limited to people belonging to a certain group. This problem occurs, more abstractly, if the resource is managed by some organization that is not itself responsible for determining who is eligible. Examples: sites accessible to […]

Beware the Rise of the Appliances!

Monday, January 15th, 2007

To test out different wikis, I got the obvious idea of downloading VMWare appliances preinstalled with one or the other of those wiki systems. Very easy to get running and easy to test. Once you have them, that is, since most of them are distributed using BitTorrent and many have few, if any, seeds. But […]

Bad UI: it’s the customers own fault! Sometimes…

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

I’ve always been amazed at how bad vendors are at producing decent user interfaces for vertical apps in medicine. Not that I think they’re any better in other areas, but this is the domain I’m exposed to most. The other day I got a document with requirements for a new system that the Swedish social […]

Mac developers with Windows attitudes

Friday, January 5th, 2007

We all know by now that Mac users usually run as non-admins on their machines and what a good thing this is. Apps generally ask for admin credentials during install to get their setup done. Great stuff. I have just one (ok, maybe two) apps that don’t handle this right and these have to be […]

The IT in healthcare gap

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Today I got a questionnaire in the email asking for my opinion on a planned website for IT in healthcare. And, naturally, the questions were extremely biased. They asked things like: “How important is it to be able to get information on new IT technology through the site?” “How can we improve the understanding of […]

Really Stupid UI Tricks

Monday, January 1st, 2007

One of the medical applications I’ve had to use a lot has some really obnoxious user interface tricks. One of the worst is the following. There’s a window where you can set filtering requirements for what elements you want to see in the journal notes. It consists of a number of group boxes, each with […]

AppleScript and glycemic index

Monday, January 1st, 2007

I was looking up books on, searching for books on AppleScript. One of them is “AppleScript Studio”, so I clicked on that one. At the bottom of the page, I get (in Swedish) “Other people that bought books from your click-list, also bought:”, followed by only two book recommendations: “Everything you need to know […]