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The CSDP cert is dead

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

I had the IEEE CSDP certification since 2005, but let it lapse in 2014, since it was a significant cost to maintain. With IEEE/CS membership and recertification every three years, it cost me around $200 per year for the pleasure of having those four letters after my name. (I also maintained an ACM membership, costing […]

OSX SL tftp doesn’t work?

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

…then this may be the reason… took me hours to figure out. Had to get it going for a netboot project, and the netboot just kept circling around the boot image download without getting much anywhere. First, check out Bombich’s troubleshooting, which put me on the right track without actually giving me the solution, but […]

Don’t trust iTunes gift cards

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

This is what happened to me. I gave a friend $300 to buy gift cards for iTunes, and he got me six $50 cards in the Woodlands Best Buy store in Texas. This was in november 2009. Me and a relative redeemed three of these cards during the following months, but I only got around […]

Even the machine agrees

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Picture this. I’m a little nervous, not much, but a little, since I’m to present my first running code on an iPad of my own entirely different idea of what a medical record should actually look like. I’m presenting this to a group of industry folks, doctors, and professors of different kinds, a power group. […]

They sell anything

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Pet shop. Dog food. Too expensive and, seriously, we left.

I can’t help it…

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

…but I have to show you this. I almost wet myself reading it. From: Central Inteligency Agency Subject: From Central Intelligence Agency Date: 8 February 2010 9:22:14 GMT+01:00 To: undisclosed recipients: ; Reply-To: Central Intelligence Agency City in Carter Lane, next to St.Paul’s. Att: Beneficiary, This is letter from the Central Intelligence Agency […]

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 […]

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 […]

.NET considered harmful

Monday, September 7th, 2009

A friend of mine just told me about what an MS evangelist said at a symposium on multicore (paraphrased), after getting the question: “Did MS consider that cache awareness for programmers in multicore development?” …and he answered: “The average developer is not capable of handling that kind of level of detail. … Most developers are […]