Archive for October, 2009

Evidence based vs anecdotal

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I’m increasingly disturbed by a very backward tendency to implement bad science in healthcare IT systems. More and more often, I read about initiatives to mine electronic healthcare records for data and build some kind of knowledgebase from this, then use it to support clinical decision making. It sure sounds sexy from a technical standpoint, […]

Need for push

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

A number of Swedish media sites are down right now, newspapers and stuff, due to a DDoS attack of some kind. Now, this is serious. News sites are at the core of a free and open society. This got me thinking about how to solve DoS in general and there are ways. I’d suggest two […]

Useless email limitation

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Something just happened here in old Sweden. A doctor sent an email with confidential patient info to a local government office, but fatfingered the adresses, so it ended up with 200 different people at that government office. Problem was, except for the numbers, that the patient he was divulging info about, actually works at that […]

What a strange piece

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Can’t help commenting on this opinion piece on TechRepublic: The Apple Tablet will disrupt Apple’s device momentum. Just a few choice quotes: … 1) providing good entertainment; and 2) providing flexible input and output. The success of the iPhone illustrates how correct I was in the first point. It stumbled into the entertainment angle. Yes, […]

What’s up with Snow Leopard and file sizes?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Yes, I know Snow Leopard changed the way they calculate file and volume sizes, but what I’m seeing here is too weird to be explained by that. I’ve got a few image files in a folder on my desktop and the filesizes I’m seeing with ls -al is: Now watch the png file sizes when […]

DoS your kids

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Saw this “How old will you get?” site, in Swedish, linked from a friend’s Facebook page (or an ad, can’t really make it out, but that’s the nature of FB, right?): Stupid site, don’t go there. But if you do go there, they ask you to register. So you don’t, but click “Starta testet” instead. […]

So much knowledge in such a small box

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

I was doing the rounds at a nursing home out in the sticks the other day, and came to an old (all of them were old) woman with a urinary catheter and bag. Her problem, or rather her worry, was that the bag turned violet from the urine sometimes, but only the last week. The […]

Protected media truly stink

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

I’m so fed up with protected media of all kinds making me spend time doing shit that I shouldn’t have to do. This is what I encountered today for the hundredth time (less, but it feels so): Every time this happens, you have to uninstall Zinio, delete its prefs, clear up a cache somewhere, then […]