Monday, October 10, 2005

Switching to tagging

I've decided to stop compiling clippings here and switch to the established format of tagging posts with "recovery2." I'll leave the old posts up for now, in case they're useful to anyone. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Boing Boing: Ning: roll your own fast and light social software apps

Boing Boing: Ning: roll your own fast and light social software apps
Ning is a free online service (or, as we like to call it, a Playground) for people to build and run social applications. Social 'apps' are web applications that enable anyone to match, transact, and communicate with other people.

Yahoo! News: PDAs expected to change healthcare in future

Link: PDAs expected to change healthcare in future - Yahoo! News

Could volunteers with PDAs be a solution for coordinating medical and shelter records for affected individuals?
PDAs with bar code scanners already exist which allow doctors to scan a patient's barcode bracelet to access their record, current medications and medication history, according to Baumgart.

'You could improve or make sure the patient gets the right drug, at the right time and at the right dose,' said Baumgart who reviewed the role of the technology in medicine in a report in The Lancet medical journal.

The devices could also allow doctors to access medical information from virtually anywhere due to the extended bandwidth of cellular telephone networks or high speed wireless institutional networks in hospitals.

Wired News: Meetro Eases Hookups in Your Hood

Link: Wired News: Meetro Eases Hookups in Your Hood

Google recently acquired, a service that lets you use SMS to broadcast your location to nearby friends. A Germany-based company called Plazes that lets people report their location and contact information is drawing in Silicon Valley technologists. And several large cell-phone providers offer a service that lets you know the locations of friends on the same carrier.

Wired News: Chips Help Catalog Katrina Dead

Link: Wired News: Chips Help Catalog Katrina Dead

RFID chips are increasingly being used to monitor the movement of goods and equipment, by the likes of Wal-Mart and the military.

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration for human implantation in 2004, the VeriChip implants have been used for tagging pets and identifying high-security workers, but not for managing morgue cases, Applied Digital spokesman John O. Procter said.

Each chip comes packaged in a white plastic injector that looks like a bulky pen attached to a thick hypodermic needle.

Hargrove said the chips are implanted in the corpse's shoulder or placed inside the body bag, depending on the condition of the remains.

Plastic scanners that resemble TV remote controls are used to read the chips. They have screens that display a 16-digit number when passed within six inches of a chip. The same number is preprinted on bar-code stickers attached to each injector package.

Hargrove said the stickers go on the outside of the bag, on the case file and on any DNA samples taken from the remains.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Back now

Hi, I've been back to the computer for a few days now, but haven't posted since I'm still catching up. I should have some more clippings in the next day or so.