21 October 2008

Thought Provoking Video

Thought Provoking Video
This has been done several times but I like this version and the Music (Fatboy Slim - Right Here Right Now if you were wondering):

Or you can open in Windows Media Player with this link

20 October 2008

Simple advice

I received this recently and it made a lto sense - hope you enjoy

  1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully
  2. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
  3. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
  4. When you say, 'I love you ,' mean it.
  5. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye
  6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
  7. Believe in love at first sight.
  8. Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
  9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
  10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
  11. Don't judge people by their relatives.
  12. Talk slowly but think quickly.
  13. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'
  14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  15. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.
  16. When you lose, don't lose the lesson !
  17. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.
  18. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship..
  19. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  20. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
  21. Spend some time alone.

19 October 2008

What you can Sneak Through Airport Security

Jeffrey Goldberg's experiences trying to sneak items through various airport checkpoints. No major surprises here (except perhaps that the admission of illegal transportation of items has not resulted in his arrest).
He refers to Bruce Schneier who writes a regular column and is the author of two excellent books on security (Beyond Fear and Secrets and Lies).

15 October 2008

Ridiculous Press Releases

What a great article at the NY Times railing into a press release that was full of its own over blown pomposity

Lessons in what not to use or send out as a press release can be read here

Yikes - am I suffering from Digital Eye Fatigue (DEF) as I write this...? I must have Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). But like the author I definitely have Rolled Eye Syndrome (RES) and Toxic Sarcasm Overload (TSO)

08 October 2008

Time Spent

Current averages
27 hours of TV per week (70 mins /day)
164 minutes of internet usage per day (that's almost 3 hours)
That takes 4 hours out of our day before we do anything else.....

Digital Paper

Not sure how to interpret this technology from Scribd that turns everything into iPaper

They profess to accept all sorts of format and make them readable to everyone (sounds a lot like Adobe PDF except online). Do we need yet another format

07 October 2008

Financial Crisis - Sucking the Oxygen

Not to diminish the crisis but I agree with Neal Patterson from Cerner when he says that the Financial Crisis is sucking the oxygen out of everything else (including healthcare) much like Y2K sucked the oxygen out of everything in 1999

02 October 2008

Mandating Password Complexity

Mandating login specifications that include requiring increasing password complexity on busy clinicians is a recipe for disaster. It may be stating the obvious but there are repeated instances of this security driven initiative

Not to suggest that security is not important - it is but usability and helping busy clinicians deal with complex technical Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems is imperative if we want to create a positive experience and elicit clinicians buy in

Ease of use is essential - this is the detail that is often missed by technically focused engineers who see all this technology through their own rose tinted spectacles that imply that all this technology is easy to use.....

This may not be the only reason that the iPhone is so successful but it is certainly a big part of the success