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.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Back in a couple of days

I'm taking a couple of days off to donate bone marrow, but I should return to blogging by the end of the week. Thanks!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Boing Boing: Cell phone map of Graz

Link: Boing Boing: Cell phone map of Graz

Could something like this be used to help coordinate relief efforts at disaster locations? Maybe show the movements of survivors after an event, or track where the most people are (where more relief supplies are needed)?
MIT researchers tracked tens of thousands of (anonymous) cell-phone users traveling through Graz, Austria and used the data to generate a real-time map of the city.

Yahoo! News: Katrina Shows Need to Computerize Records

Link: Katrina Shows Need to Computerize Records - Yahoo! News

Federal health officials are working to open a database of prescription drug records to help Hurricane Katrina evacuees piece their health care back together.

The project, still developing three weeks after the disaster, underscores the glaring reality that the hurricane destroyed medical records of untold numbers of people, possibly complicating treatment decisions for years to come.

And it's focusing new attention on the need for computerized medical records, accessible in an emergency even if the patient is far from home or their doctor's office no longer exists.

Wired News: Open Internet, We Hardly Knew Ye

Link: Wired News: Open Internet, We Hardly Knew Ye

Short article on potential legal issues that could stall information sharing in the future...

In a variety of cases, courts are holding that people can't access internet computers without first getting authorization from the computer's owner. Judges are assuming that the public has no right to use unsecured computers connected to the internet, and are requiring the public to get permission first.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

FEMA Needs to Tell People What It Intends for Their Homes

Via: Boing Boing

Link: Kathryn Cramer

Satellite images from Google can help recovery workers determine the conditions of neighborhoods before they get there.
Clearly, some of the houses are a total loss and need to be torn down. On some portions of satellite images houses formerly aligned in neat rows now look like they were casually dropped and haven't been lined up yet. Those homes are gone. There is no question that they need to be replaced. But many others, some in quite deep water, may well be reparable.

How to: Create an Out-Of-Band Dialup Router

Link: MAKE: Blog

Tom Bridge writes: In the aftermath of Katrina, with our T1 gone in our Jackson, MS office, we had to create a simple dialup router that could share one connection across many devices. This is how we did it. For less than $200. In an hour. Link

Monday, September 12, 2005

Missed Call: Internet Response to Disasters

Via Conversations with Dina

I'm sorry I missed this: Yi-Tan Weekly Tech Call #50. I'll try to hunt down some notes or blog posts from the participants:
Starting with a review of the relief efforts after disasters from 9/11 to the present and accompanied by friends who participated closely in Net relief efforts, we'll discuss issues such as:

* What have we learned from event to event? How are the responses improving?
* What is missing? What would responders like to do that they can't do yet?
* How is this changing the dynamics of disaster relief?