Current events have sparked popular tweets like this:
As referenced by the West Health To Err is Human: Interoperability is Divine article, based on a 300,000 annual death rate, the following could be added to the list:
This shocking statistic positions medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer.
Also see Deaths by medical mistakes hit records. Pretty depressing.
This is a complex problem to solve, but reducing preventable deaths with improved patient safety technology should be a priority. No duh!
My 6 year old Lenovo T400 finally gave up the ghost. It didn’t totally die (it probably never will, thank you IBM), but the screen was starting to flicker and it reliably rebooted itself whenever I was doing something useful. Very annoying.
I went though the standard 5 stages of grief:
I’m fine now, but that was a rough 30 minutes!
I’m not going to detail all of my system requirements or decision making process, but here’s a high level outline:
Beware of the Lenovo Outlet. I purchased a ‘ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2 – New':
Here’s the condition definition (my highlight):
Products that are discontinued, overstocked, or returned unopened. These items are in their original factory sealed packaging and have never been used or opened.
Boy was I disappointed when the package arrived! First, the only thing in the box was the laptop. No AC power adapter, no docs, no nothing. To my amazement, the machine was in suspend mode. When I opened the lid it came out of hibernation to a Win7 user password prompt! I didn’t even try to guess a password. I couldn’t believe it!
The machine was in pretty good shape physically, a little dirty and missing a foot pad, but no dents or scratches. Certainly opened and used! At least the BIOS confirmed that I got the correct hardware (i7, 8G RAM, 256G SSD).
After many calls to multiple Lenovo service centers I got nowhere. No return, no exchange. Maybe I should write a letter to The Haggler, but even then I probably wouldn’t return the machine anyway. I got a great price (much better than what I could find on eBay) and the Lenovo Outlet no longer has any i7 X1 Carbon’s listed. Also, I’m a techie so disk partitioning and re-installed OS’s is not a problem.
I’m thinking now that Lenovo might have screwed up a repair shipment and I ended up wiping some poor schmuck’s SSD. Oh well.
Anyway, as unpleasant as this was, I now have a development laptop that should meet my needs for many years to come.
Like most things in life, nothing is ever perfect. This experience was no exception.
I have a JRuby/Rails project with some Rspec tests that take 80 seconds to complete on the T400 and 20 seconds on the X1. I can live with that improvement.
Hopefully the X1 will last as long the T400 did.
IBM Unveils a ‘Brain-Like’ Chip With 4,000 Processor Cores. The TrueNorth chip mimics 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses that IBM calls “spiking neurons.”
…the chip can encode data as patterns of pulses, which is similar to one of the many ways neuroscientists think the brain stores information.
IBM Research: Neurosynaptic chips provides more information on the low power system architecture and potential applications:
This is similar to Qualcomm’s Brain-Inspired Computing effort.
I made an off-the-cuff comment because of the contrast I saw between the way other industries approach standards vs. the medical device industry. Bridget and Tim kindly responded with informative feedback.
Standards are hard, so I guess it’s not easy for anyone.