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Google Chrome on Opensuse 11.2

I decided to try using Google Chrome as a web browser. The reason is that it is supposed to be faster, particularly for sites that make heavy use of Flash. It turns out that installing it is a hassle if you do it the obvious way, because Flash does not work without fiddling around. That…

Tech Tip #8

This is a tip for selecting the fastest DNS server.  OpenDNS already has fans at ScienceBlogs (1 2).  I’ve been using it for years.  But now that Google has their own free/open DNS service, the question arises: which is better?  Or is there a different one that is better?  OpenDNS is free for anyone to…

If you encounter a web site that contains malware (virus, trojan, etc.), how do you report it?  I had a devil of a time finding out.  A friend had forwarded a suspicious email to me.  The email contained a link.  The link indicated that it would take you to a text file that explained a…

The New England Journal of Medicine has four open-access articles of the topic of electronic medical records (EMR).  One article reports on a survey of the characteristics of EMR in use, and the extent to which they have been adopted within US hospitals.  The second discussed the barriers to the more widespread adoption of EMR. …

Responding to the innate human desire to have the faster browser possible, I am almost happy with Firefox 3.  But not quite.  Thus, the experiment: compile from source.  This is accomplished as follows: 0. Kubuntu does not come with the packages necessary to build from source, by default.  You must install a bunch of stuff…

Browser Security

40% of Internet users do not upgrade their browsers to the most secure version.  Internet Explorer users have the worst record, with more than half having failed to update. OK, people, do your patriotic duty and get with the upgrades!  Then we can see the National Threat Advisory go down to blue, for the first…

Firefox 3 Download Day

I scarcely need to mention it, but today is the big day: Firefox 3 is out, so be sure to download it.  The Mozilla folks are shooting for a world record for the most downloads in a single day. Will Linux Users Miss Out on Firefox 3?  Silly article.  Download the source.  Configure, make, make…

Document Freedom Day

On 26 March 1874, the great poet Robert Frost was born.   Perhaps it is not so notable, but 26 March 2008 is the first Document Freedom Day.   Early in the development of computer technology, the world decided to take the well-traveled road: the road of proprietary document formats.  This path led to endless…

Yet Another Gentoo Defector

It amused me today to see two blog posts, both about users switching from Gentoo to *buntu.   Why I Am Making The Switch From Gentoo To Kubuntu Bye Gentoo… Welcome Ubuntu Gentoo is the most complicated version of Linux, but also the most customizable.  It enables the user to squeeze the greatest performance out…

3D Medical Records

Usually when we think of electronic medical records (EMR) as being three-dimensional, we think of the relational aspect of databases.  Researchers at IBM, however, are testing a different concept. The idea is to have a rendered 3D representation of the anatomy of the patient, and to use that as a basis for the record.  This…