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Trends in telemedicine
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Forum Questions and Email
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Profiles in IT: James Gosling
James Gosling was born on May 19, 1956 in Canada.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alberta in 1977.
Afterwards, he went to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received a Ph.D. in computer science.
From there he went on to work for Sun Microsystems in 1984.
While at Sun Microsystems, Gosling has created many programs in the advance of computer technology, including Emacs, multiprocessor Unix, NeWS, and Java.
Java technology was created as a computer programming tool in a small, secret effort called "the Green Project" at Sun Microsystems in 1991.
The secret "Green Team," fully staffed at 13 people, led by James Gosling, cut off all regular communications with Sun and worked around the clock for 18 months. They were trying to anticipate and plan for the "next wave" in computing.
A device-independent programming language code-named "Oak" was the result. The name came from an oak tree that stood outside the Sun Microsystems office.
The name was changed to Java because Oak was already trademarked.
It promised "Write Once, Run Anywhere" (WORA), providing no-cost runtimes on popular platforms.
Netscape Navigator Internet browser would incorporated Java technology in 1995.
Now, nearing its twelfth year, the Java platform has attracted over 5 million software developers.
Java powers more than 4.5 billion devices: over 800 million PCs, over 1.5 billion mobile phones and other handheld devices, 2.2 billion smart cards, plus set-top boxes, printers, web cams, games, car navigation systems, lottery terminals, medical devices, parking payment stations, etc
Java Applications: Complex Behavior from Simple Rules
Loneliness: Every counter with one neighbor or none dies. Overcrowding: Each counter with four or more neighbors dies. Reproduction: Each empty cell adjacent to three neighbors is a birth cell. Statis: Cell with two or three neighboring counters survives.
Stick figures with simple relationships between sticks can be used to form functioning organisms
Site includes soda constructor, soda zoo, and soda race
The architect of this virtual world is Ed Burton, an artist and computer programmer who serves as Soda’s research and development director.
Trends in Telemedicine
Telemedicine has been defined as the use of telecommunications to provide medical information and services.
Types of telemedicine include teleradiology, telepathology, videoconferencing, telesurgery, and email between doctor and patient.
Selected telemedicine programs include: University of Kansas Telemedicine Program, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Center for Telehealth and Distance Education, Veterans Affairs Administration Telehealth Initiative, and Memorial University of Newfoundland telemedicine project.
Many states will not allow out-of-state physicians to practice unless licensed in their state. Medicare and Medicaid still have restrictions for reimbursement.
Fear of malpractice lack of ‘hands-on’ interaction are slowing physician acceptance.
Skype Outage Update
The disruption apparently began Wednesday night and continued through much of the day Thursday. According to the Skype site, ?at any given time there usually are 5 million to 6 million customers using the service.?
Subscribers reported issues with Skype, saying they’re unable to log into their accounts and receive phone service. I had the same problem and searched the blogs to find out what was wrong after I was certain that I was not my computer.
Even though the system is peer-to-peer when making a call, the authentication process is centralized.
The good news is that I was up and running normally Friday morning.
CD’s 25th Anniversary
Friday, August 17th was the CDs birthday
First CD manufactured by Philips factory, Hanover, Germany, August 17, 1982.
Philips and Sony co-developed CD.
The original target storage capacity for a CD was one hour of audio content, and a disc diameter of 115 mm was sufficient for this, however both parties extended the capacity to 74 minutes to accommodate a complete performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
The first CD to be manufactured at the plant was ?The Visitors? by ABBA.
By the time CDs were introduced on the market in November 1982, a catalogue of around 150 titles ? mainly classical music ? had been produced.
The first CDs and CD players ? including Philips’ CD100 ? were introduced in Japan in November, followed by a US and European market introduction in March of 1983.
Over 200 billion CDs sold in last 25 years.
If all CDs ever produced were piled up, the stack of CDs would circle the earth six times.