Kindle a flame or a smolder?

On 2007.11.26, in Technology, by Greg

Amazon just introduced Kindle, an ebook reader.

Larry Magid in an opinion piece at the San Jose Mercury sees some problems: “It would make a lot more sense if it were under $100. Or they could have justified the price if were also a decent music player, Web browser and PDA…Another drawback is an annoying black flash on the screen when you push the next page button.”

Andy Greenburg in a similar piece at Forbes says “Even with its sterile look and high price tag, it just might be adopted by law students looking to compress their pile of textbooks, or frequent business travelers tired of hauling paperbacks. McGraw-Hill spokesman Frank Briamonte points out that for higher education textbooks, the company’s e-books are already 55% cheaper than its printed editions. As such electronic books hit the mainstream, will they transform the publishing industry the way that the iPod has transformed the music business? Wait for Kindle 2.0–or for Apple to invent something far more fun.”

John Paczkowski at AllThingsD surmizes thatApple could easily develop an e-book reader for the iPhone or the multitouch tablet it’s allegedly prepping for market, launch it in concert with an iTunes bookstore or a partnership with Google Book Search and, ba-da-bing, turn the Kindle into the Zune of e-book readers.”

Nitrozac and Snaggy of Geek Culture’s Joy of Tech offer this summary:


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Mr. T in World of Warcraft Ad

On 2007.11.21, in Technology, by Greg

Everyone remembers Mr. T from The A Team. He does a great job in a new ad for World of Warcraft. “Shut up fool…Maybe Mr. T hacked the game and created a Mohawk class. Maybe Mr. T is handy with computers, had that occurred to you Mr. condescending director? I’m Mr. T and I’m a Knight-F Mohawk.”

Thanks Matt Miller of

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It can be a formidable task to decide which Wiki to implement. According to WikiMatrix, there are 97 worth considering. WikiMatrix allows you to compare Wikis side by side on the basis of many important factors. WikiMatrix also has a wizard that guides you through the decision process. In my situation, I needed to compare MediaWiki, PhpWiki, and TikiWiki. I still have a hard time making up my mind. Oh well, mabye I’ll use the wizard.

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What some people think

On 2007.11.15, in Society, by Greg

some people think that we should not help people that live below sea level.

some people think that we should not help people that place houses in the path of fires from Santa Ana winds.

some people think that we should not help people that live in areas prone to earthquakes.

some people think that we should not help people that live in areas of water shortages.

some people think that we should not help people that live in high rise buildings.

some people think that we should not help people that live in areas subject to harsh winters.

some people think that we should not help people who don’t live where we live.

people change their thinking when they need help where they live.

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A little “inside humor.”

For my birthday, I prefer 32-node Sony Playstation 3 Five Teraflop Clusters.

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Weight Loss

On 2007.11.13, in Society, by Greg

Most true experts now agree that weight loss is about portion control. It takes about fifteen minutes for the body to recognize that you have eaten something. In many European countries weight gain is not as much of a problem as in the US, and it is characteristic that they will take longer for meals. The average time that people spend eating at a McDonald’s in the US is fourteen minutes. They don’t give the body time to even realize that they have eaten something. In France the time spent at a McDonald’s is a bit better at 22 minutes. Taking these facts into account, try this formula:

  1. Only eat when you are hungry.
  2. When you finally do get hungry, prepare as little as one-third as much as you usually do for a meal.
  3. Eat that and wait fifteen minutes from the first bite.
  4. Check to see if you are still hungry. If you are, prepare one-half as much as you prepared in step 2 and go to step 3.
  5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 until you are no longer hungry. Remember to give your body fifteen minutes to determine if you are still hungry. You keep preparing smaller and smaller portions until you are no longer hungry.
  6. Send me the $15 you would have paid for the weight loss book you would have purchased to my PayPal account. 😉
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HP 30″ Monitor

On 2007.11.13, in Technology, by Greg

HP has introduced a 30″ competitor to the Apple Cinema Display. 2560×1600 requires two DVI inputs so your video adapter better have two DVI outputs. Pricing looks to start at less than $1,300 shipping included. Search text: HP (Hewlett-Packard) LP3065 Black 30″ Wide screen LCD Monitor.
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Quoting from “…the HP LP3065 (*est. $1,360) [is] the most likely contender to knock the Samsung [Syncmaster 305T] off its stand. In its list of top 30-inch LCD monitors, PC World gives a slight edge to the HP as the best, but the models are not directly compared. Conversely, TrustedReviews prefers some features (especially connectivity) of the HP, but Emeran [claims] the Samsung still has better image quality. The Samsung also has better viewing angles. ExtremeTech reports that the HP monitor produced better test results than the older 30-inch Dell LCD monitor. Reviewer Loyd Case makes some comparisons based on now outdated prices.”

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Next Step in Radiology

On 2007.11.12, in Technology, by Greg

My son, Greg, Jr., MD has accepted a fellowship from the Department of Radiology and Imaging at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) of the Cornell University Medical School in Manhattan for one year starting in July of 2009. He will be specializing in musculoskeletal imaging. HSS at present is nationally ranked as No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 3 in rheumatology by U. S. News & World Report. They pioneered the first total knee replacement. They are team physicians and athletic trainers for these teams and many, many more:

  • New York Knicks
  • New York Mets
  • New York Giants
  • Nets Basketball
  • New York Liberty

Greg is currently in his fourth year of radiology residency at Christiana Care in Delaware where his wife Jen is chief resident in medical pediatrics.

Quoted: “Hospital for Special Surgery is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. It is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and cooperates in patient care with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at NewYork Weill Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and The Rockefeller University. All HSS medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Medical College of Cornell University.”

When Greg was in high school I told him it was my opinion that the most important advances in medicine for the next twenty years would come from medical imaging. At that time, experiments were being performed by pioneers in 3D imaging. Since then, use of 3D imaging has advanced and the most important development just might be acceptance by the medical community and validation of these non-invasive procedures with invasive procedures on the same patients. Also, interventional radiology (IR) has developed into an important medical practice. IR is practiced by radiologists that work with a surgeon in the operating room to achieve minimal invasion and precise location of tumors and such using image guidance.

I think that the biggest advances are yet to come. The challenges include: high equipment cost, slow process for confirming 3D images, and a shortage of trained medical personnel for some modes. Propelling 3D medical imaging forward are: rapid advances in computers and software necessary for image processing, and visualizations that give people almost instant understanding.

Expect to see more posts on medical imaging in the future here.

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And the best Blu-ray player is…

On 2007.11.09, in Technology, by Greg

According to a 2007-05-08 article at C-net, the best player for Blu-ray movies is not a Blu-ray player. Quoted: “So far, the PlayStation 3 is the runaway winner, offering excellent Blu-ray playback in addition to its HD gaming and multimedia capabilities–all for hundreds less than the price of competing players. Moreover, the PS3 is the only player that boasts bleeding-edge HDMI 1.3 compatibility, and it’s going to remain in the line-up for years to come.”

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Running Windows on the Mac

On 2007.11.09, in Technology, by Greg

It’s really a shame that we can’t run Leopard – the latest Mac OS release – on a virtual machine. Apple does not allow that presumably so that you will buy Apple hardware. If you buy Mac hardware, you can run Windows on a virtual machine with Leopard as the platform. There are two choices and I’m not sure which is the better choice: Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac ($79 includes $25 Apple gift card) or VMware Fusion ($60 with rebate). I haven’t used Parallels. I’ve used VMware, but not VMware Fusion. If it’s as good as VMware Workstation, then it is outstanding.

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