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Thursday: July 2, 2009

Anti-database movement forges ahead.Anti-database movement forges ahead.

The movement's chief champions are Web and Java developers, many of whom learned to get by at their cash-strapped startups by building their own data storage solutions, emulating those being built by Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., and which they subsequently released as open source.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 12:06 PM | Tags (5) | custom | database | movement | opensource | sql |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Digitizing health records may ultimately save billions of dollars.Digitizing health records may ultimately save billions of dollars.

Analysts say an estimated $700 billion a year is wasted on unnecessary tests and mistakes that a computerized system could help avoid. Still, hospitals had been reluctant to change due to the up front costs. But industry professionals say the stimulus plan incentives are motivational factors.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 11:21 AM | Tags (8) | hospital | records | medical | database | health | industry | government | systems |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 30, 2009

Bloomberg unveils 'Big Apps' contest for New York City data innovation.Bloomberg unveils 'Big Apps' contest for New York City data innovation.

For the first stage of the contest, which will be called Big Apps, the city will release what Bloomberg described as a “huge volume of data” from various city agencies. He gave the example of creating a mobile application out of the Health Department’s restaurant grades.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Programming @ 12:08 PM | Tags (6) | application | bigapps | bloomberg | contest | data | nyc |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 16, 2009

Barcodes could be used to reveal extended information about your food's credentials.Barcodes could be used to reveal extended information about your food's credentials.

Most manufacturers already use barcodes or RFID chips to track their products. But with the help of cheap cellphone and internet access it is becoming possible to collate data from remote locations around the world and make it available to the people who are actually going to eat the food.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 3:35 PM | Tags (4) | barcodes | data | food | rfid |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: May 6, 2009

Thirty-seven data-ish  blogs you should know about.Thirty-seven data-ish blogs you should know about.

Read on, my fellow DBA nerds.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 9:45 AM | Tags (4) | data | blogs | sql | dba |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 161 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: March 6, 2009

Daily Grind: Overworked

Name: Vin (aka not at hampton)
How Vin feels today: Overworked @ 3:51:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: To not be at work and to continue following on all the Phish updates coming out of Hampton.

Music Stuck in Head: The Cropper / Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
This album was a little bit different from what I was expecting. If you dug A Go Go, this one may need some time to sink in.

Stuff to do today:

  • Debate going out to Best Buy to pick up the Clifford Ball box set
  • Wait on this since there will be plenty to listen to tomorrow what with the band is giving out the mp3s for free
  • Move on to other topics
  • Figure out how to solve redesign problem involving media naming conventions for database ids that don't exist yet
  • Keep a running tab of database ids (autonumber) in separate table
  • Above item doesn't work and can be easily broken if a record is deleted thus causing the number to be out of sync
  • Blllllaaaaaargggggh
  • Use IDENTITY to properly assign id to media after insert to database has been made
  • Problem is that most media upload scripts use form collection that puts the image in FIRST so getting the IDENTITY of a record that doesn't exist yet is not possible
  • Move on to way (way) less geekier topics
  • ...
  • ...
  • ...
  • Can't think of anything
  • Finish up work and go home

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 4:51 PM | Tags (4) | database | phish | programming | redesign |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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