Adventures In Vintage Mac

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on transferring papers I wrote in college 15+ years ago from my collection of Mac-format backup disks to a modern format that I can use to transmit electronically to apply for graduate school.

The adventure began with a visit to my parents’ basement to rescue my first Mac from a non-life of quiet, damp darkness and being used as a litter box for mice. After some mild cussing and digging through a box of parts, I left my parents’ place armed with the LCII, the monitor that went with it, a chunky 1990s Apple keyboard, two mice (the electronic kind, not the fuzzies that so kindly left their excrement behind) and a Color StyleWriter 4100 with a power brick.

Continue reading

Posted in Miscellaneous | Tagged | Leave a comment

Usability: Google+ Interface

Whether you think Google can topple Facebook or not, one thing is undeniable about the field test of Google’s new social networking platform, Google +: the interface is clean, simple and straightforward. It’s a relief for anyone who is sick and tired of Facebook’s overly cluttered interface and less-than-intuitive menus for handling privacy.
Continue reading

Posted in Social Networking, Usability | Leave a comment

Technology: The iPad Buzz, Usability and the Health Care Industry

Yesterday, Apple unveiled the iPad to the world in San Francisco and the online ‘verse promptly went nuts with the blogging, tweeting etc. about the device and whether or not it was as cool as everyone expected or if it fell short. One of the most common things I’ve heard people saying over and over again, in many cases in a highly disparaging tone is: “Oh it’s just a big iTouch. Why would you want to use something of that size when you can just stick your iPhone or similar device in your pocket?”

I have an answer for that: many pocket devices are too small to actually provide many users with a comfortable user experience for consuming the type of media that we want to be able to consume.
Continue reading

Posted in Design, eHealth, Miscellaneous, Social Networking, Usability | Leave a comment

Usability: Computer Systems Can Save Hospitals Money If Done Right

An article on SlashDot today references a study at Harvard that claims that electronic systems in hospitals are not in fact, saving them any money. The post on SlashDot is short and doesn’t really delve into the issues. The actual article that reviews the study in ComputerWorld does however hit the real problem right on the nose: most systems are not designed with health care practitioners in mind.
Continue reading

Posted in eHealth, Usability | Leave a comment

Development: The challenges of marrying pre-purchased template to CMS

One of the challenges of working with a pre-purchased template is that it can be a ‘black box’ that a developer knows little to nothing about from a code perspective and this can cause serious development problems for the unwary.
Continue reading

Posted in Web Engineering, WordPress | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Collaboration: GoogleDocs for Proposal Writing

In an August 28th article, eWeek covers some of the recent changes and upcoming challenges facing Google Apps including Google Docs.

One of the most exciting statements from the lead product manager for collaboration states that: “…Google wants to make sure that Apps users can not only pull into Docs and Sites any document created in Office, but that they can also push those documents from Apps back to Office, all without losing formatting fidelity.”

Continue reading

Posted in Collaboration Tools | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Usability: AFHCAN Telemedicine Carts

AFHCAN » ATA 2009.

I’m currently enrolled in a Master’s of Health Administration, Informatics program with the University of Phoenix. Our assignment this week was to analyze a trend in healthcare and given my specialization within the degree, I chose telemedicine as my topic.

Through the course of my research for the paper, I found an article referencing AFHCAN and the implementation of mobile telemedicine carts for widespread use in Alaska outside of urban centers. What I found most interesting in this article, was the creativity of the networking solution that was put into place to provide remote locations with large volumes of information, including x-rays and graphics.
Continue reading

Posted in eHealth, Miscellaneous, Usability | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Article: JavaScript MVC – A List Apart

Jonathan Snooks writes about how to apply and  use the MVC (Model-View-Controler) model for Javascript; to  make it easier to maintain and re-used scripts over time. The explanation of MVC is straightforward and simple and was a great refresher since I haven’t done any object-oriented coding in a while. I also appreciated the insight into applying MVC to Javascript as I step back into doing hands-on code after a 3 year absence.

A List Apart: Articles: JavaScript MVC.

Posted in Web Engineering | Tagged , | Leave a comment