Sunday, March 28, 2010

iPhone color Macros

useful for custom drawing

also useful for embedded UIWebView styling:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Of interest:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Fun Stuff

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Story Of Stuff is a good example of how media can be used for good. This is a clip I would show to my children. I doubt this will ever go past marketing, and catalyze real change, but it reminds me that, as an American, to subscribe to such mindless consumption is simply shameful. I'm all for consumption --- of services and ideas and innovation. Consumption with a purpose more lasting than the instant sugar high.

Individuals on both sides of the mean share a common flaw --- the need to use material goods to define themselves. The poor do it out of survival instinct. The wealthy out of intellectual laziness or emotional convenience. Most of the smart people I know consume very little outside of coffee and the occasional bottle of wine. They're all too busy creating new companies and trying to create new services. Not to consume more, really, but to reinvest in OTHER even bigger innovations. Myself, I never think of things I'll buy with extra money...I always think of the ideas I could fund...

We as a generation and society seem to have lost our pride in discipline, hard work, and denial of immediate gratification. My personal pledge here is to reduce the stuff I consume, and to use my knowledge of technology to produce new stuff that is greater than the sum of its waste and adds value back to the system. Energetically, I can only change forms --- but perhaps I can work to even the balance a bit.

I'm open to ideas on how to convince those mesmerized by consumption to step away, to go on a stuff diet. While I applaud the video, I think it's too convenient to be a messenger without a plan. I found their "Call to Action" items weak. Inspiration without action is just cheap entertainment. The hard work, the discipline, to change every day habits is what is needed. They did succeed in motivating this little rant, for what it's worth. At least the Google Bot can enjoy my soliloquy.

Maybe that's the first step --- some sort of list that can be shared to remind people to add one anti-consumption deed to their rituals per day/week/month. If I can shave 1 unit of consumption off per week, for example --- food, fossil fuels, waste, etc. --- and design it into the rituals, I can look my kids in the eyes and say that I didn't mess the planet up for them. Right now, I can't really say that! Perhaps I'll build an App for Apple can sell more stuff!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Great iphone XML parser benchmark

overall nice blog!

Friday, March 05, 2010

debugging iphone apps

Friday, February 19, 2010

Misc Wordpress Shiny Things

Monday, February 08, 2010

enjoyed the blog!

Some great apps:

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Securing Amazon AMIs

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cool iPhone Overlay UI


Screen grab:

In general a good read:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tomcat Manager XML Output

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Misc Items of Interest

Wordpress Plugins to Try

Can't say I like 'em yet since I haven't tried them:

Friday, January 22, 2010

iPhone Calendar View

Not iphone, but general:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Critical Measures for HIT Integration

  • Reconciled list of patient medications used vs. prescribed vs. filled
  • Physician alerts for drug interactions
  • physician alerts for test results
  • physician prompts at the time of visit
  • alert to chronic illnes risks, and query existing registries
  • patient review of EMR data --- and updates
  • predict quality by risk-based scores

measure the following which predict success:

  • clinical time saved
  • usability complaints/support tickets
  • use vs. customization vs. departments
  • amount of training sessions required in minutes or hours

measure the following before and after HIT use (survey):

  1. relative advantage consistent with values and needs
  2. ease of understanding and use
  3. consistent with values and needs
  4. experimentation
  5. ovservability and example satisfaction

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Advancing Meaningful Use of EHR

Critical areas of focus for Healthcare IT (HIT) include:

1. translating incorporating the results of research into health IT products

Creating breakthrough solutions, technologies, and services, which may be applied in health IT in the near- and long-term, and which address identified challenges and opportunities relevant to the adoption and meaningful use of health IT;

Identifying a range of model (proof-of-concept) systems that serve as motivating and unifying forces to drive fundamental research in health IT; and

Encouraging effective use of health IT through rapid dissemination of research results, findings on innovations and novel tools, to developers and purchasers of health IT

Major topics for research could include:

• Creating models that support dynamic abstraction of clinical information
• Techniques for parsimonious information display information that simplifies, while capturing essential features of a clinical decision problem
• Understanding decision making under stress and time pressure, and its implications for cognitive support
• Communication to clinicians, addressing message content and delivery, that blends with workflow
• Methods to support decisions that involve multiple stakeholders, taking into account their preferences and utilities
• Methods for minimizing and simplifying, when it is necessary, manual data input by clinicians

Monday, January 04, 2010

Be careful changing app name in Xcode

Apart from the fact that the PRODUCT_NAME var simply did not work, changing the name:
also means you need a new profile for ad hoc! C'mon Apple! Sheesh.