Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More Squirrels and Network Tools

I created a new sqworl page with some bookmarks. I call it Stanford Life (for a computer geek).

And now for something completely different...

Network measurement tools!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I Like Squirrels

When I heard Google is discontinuing their notebook plugin (among other products), I went looking for a replacement. Last night I found Sqworl, which launched late last year and is a way way better tool for research, documentation (APIs and such), and reference material (semantic web ontologies, for example). Looks like it has everything I need, except easy import/export of my existing bookmarks.

The site is:

For an explanation/review, see:

I created a simple sample documenting Google's famous development process:

Friday, January 16, 2009

I Know This!

Sometimes when I face a really difficult problem, I have to look at it and say, "It's easy!" and then figure out why it's easy.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Brazilian National EMR

I was at a party the other night, having a lively discussion about the state of technology with James Gosling of Sun Microsystems and...

I'm sorry, but I've always wanted to start a blog post like that. Does that make me a geek? Or a nerd?

Anyway, we were discussing the Brazilian Healthcare IT system, which as it turns out has a number of interesting features, for example:
  • It is completely paperless, you do everything on a computer or cell phone, and everybody in Brazil has a cell phone.
  • By data-linking doctors' prescriptions with pharmacy refill orders, it all but eliminated drug fraud.
  • It can track influenza outbreaks in real time.
  • Your personal health record works just as well if you're a tribesman with no name living in a canoe on the Amazon River.
  • It is the world's largest open source project.
More on that later.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Installed KDE 4.1 on my Ubuntu 8.10 virtual machine. I'm digging this virtual machine stuff, I'm starting to wonder how I ever got along running multiboot OS on bare hardware - though I did like that bootloader that showed pictures of an apple and two penguins on startup.

The NEPOMUK semantic desktop foundation is also installed, now once I set up eclipse with the C++ APIs I can get to work.