Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Columbia #tech_breakfast

I am at Loyola in Columbia for the monthly Tech Breakfast ( http://2.healthca.mp/1h3Dvz6 ). The companies presenting this morning are:

HeatMap, Trikke, MakeMe, Whyttle.com, FiscalNote Prophecy

Find out more about other regional TechBreakfasts at http://2.healthca.mp/1h3Dvz7

HeatMap http://HeatMap.me
Presented by Max Mathieu

Understanding your user’s intent in real time.

This product literally shows heat maps of what your users are clicking on your web site.
This looks like a powerful tool to use alongside A/B testing.

Already working on 500 sites.
Pricing starts at $100/month.
Installs as simple JavaScript code on your page on domains you control.
It doesn’t work with third party sites.

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An interesting demo of broadcast Audi sent to iPhones. An example would be for a drive-in movie. A mass audio broadcast technology using ios web browsers (safari or chrome). The service requires fast internet (wifi or 4G).

A patented method to keep audio in sync across cell phones. The latest enhancement is to allow it to be synced to video.

MakeMe http://make.me
Presented by V.Rao Dumpeti
A photo sharing, messenger and social game app.
The idea is that achievement is a team sport. MakeMe is a social motivation app. You jointly set goals and consequences in the form of a game. This is messaging with a purpose for very small groups.
The app is available now in the iOS App Store. An android version will follow in the summer.

Whyttle http://whyttle.com
Presented by Martin Levine
A platform for communities with shared interests.
Currently in public beta. Find or create communities.

FiscalNote http://2.healthca.mp/1h3Dvz8
Presented by Arthur Karell
Predictive Analytics for legislation in real time.
Predict government action and manage political risk.
Hitting 94% accuracy in predicting the passage of a bill.
Federal or state legislation is covered.

Data is scraped from government web sites.
Capturing 200,000 pieces of legislation each year.

Mark Scrimshire
Health & Cloud Technology Consultant
Blog: http://2.healthca.mp/1b61Q7M

email: mark@ekivemark.com
Stay up-to-date: Twitter @ekivemark

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Great advise on running effective meetings from @kivestu

Kenton Kivestu has some great recommendations for running Product meetings in his blog:

Stop wasting people’s time: Run a solid (product) meeting

However, this advice works for almost any meeting. The exception is where you are holding meetings to brainstorm ideas, or for information sharing amongst your team.

- Only include those people that need to be there.
- Focus on issues to get to a decision
- When you reach the decision end the meeting. If it is early that’s OKAY!
- Disseminate timely notes from the meeting.



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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Heartbleed and Reverse Heartbleed. The ring of pain grows

By now everybody has probably heard about the Heartbleed exploit in OpenSSL. One of the best explanations of how the Heartbleed exploit works came via an update from 1Password author Dave Teare and his pointer to an XKCD Comic. Since the advise to everyone is to update your password. I wholeheartedly recommend 1Password from Agile Web Solutions. 1Password comes with apps for OS X, Windows, iPhone,iPad and Android. 1Password also has extensions for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. If you are going to be changing passwords across the Internet (and you should) then I recommend 1Password to help you manage your new passwords.

OpenID, OAuth and Heartbleed

I have been wondering about the ramifications of Heartbleed and whether there are risks for sites using OpenID and OAuth.

If you are not familiar with OpenID and OAuth it is basically the dialog you go through when you go to a site and use your Facebook or Twitter credentials to login. The advantage of OAuth and OpenID is that you can login with a userid and password that you use regularly WITHOUT the website having to know what that Userid and password is. Fewer userids and passwords to remember is a good thing. This process is often used when you give a website or service access to post to your Twitter or Facebook timelines.

So does Heartbleed have ramifications for OpenID and OAuth? There appears to be a secondary impact to Heartbleed. This is known as Reverse Heartbleed. There is a test for Reverse Heartbleed. The exploit would involve sending a URL to the web infrastructure on a site that initiates outbound SSL connections. The OAuth credential approval process would seem to fit that situation. If the webURL that is sent performs a malicious query using the heartbleed exploit then confidential data could be exposed.

What does this mean?

The use of OAuth and OpenID is a positive step on the Internet and helps us all reduce the number of userids and passwords we have to manage. With fewer userids and passwords it allows us to use more complex, safer passwords. It even allows us to think about using multi-factor authentication, such as can be applied for your web service accounts on AWS.

So anyway, I am off to start changing passwords on my web accounts….



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Re-Igniting HealthCa.mp with a focus on food as the center of a healthy life

To all our HealthCa.mp Friends and Colleagues:

This broadcast is a result of a fortuitous technical issue that occurred yesterday. No, it wasn’t Heartbleed. I was simply upgrading plugins in WordPress and hit the dreaded white screen of death. Fixing the problem required some reconfiguration and the result was that a healthca.mp broadcast was issued. Rather than leave you wondering what that was about it finally prompted me to put my fingers to the keyboard and send out an update about HealthCa.mp. So here goes…

Let me start with some background to explain the hiatus since 2012:

The past 18+ months have been a rollercoaster ride. I have been fully absorbed by a demanding project to build an ICD-10 Computer Assisted Coding platform in the cloud for a Fortune 50 company. Consequently HealthCa.mp has had to take a back seat. Towards the end of 2013 I was finally getting a few free CPU cycles to think about HealthCa.mp. I realized how much I missed the deep and meaningful conversations and connections that grew from our HealthCa.mp meetings. HealthCa.mp started out a desire to break down the silos in HealthCare and each meeting served to reinforce the belief that we are stronger together, rather than trying to act individually. HealthCare is a team sport with better outcomes when all of us are engaged in achieving the desired outcomes.

While HealthCa.mp has been on hiatus we have continued to watch our personal health, endeavoring to stay healthy through “in situ” exercise. By this I mean taking inspiration from our friend Dr Ted Eytan and participating in numerous conference calls while walking. Yes, a Wireless Headset for your office phone is one of the best investments you can make! We also have watched our diet and tried to eat healthily but still have fun and enjoy great food.

Why is this relevant?

It is time to re-invent HealthCa.mp and in doing so we want to pick up on the concept of Good Food and Healthy Eating as the cornerstone of Health. Eating Healthily, without getting hung up on always being perfect is achievable but people often need help getting started. We have come across many people that have been diagnosed with food allergies and suddenly find themselves struggling to make sense of a myriad of choices and decisions that they are not familiar with making.

So How do we re-invent HealthCa.mp?

This is where we need the help and assistance of our fellow HealthCampers. The vision for HealthCa.mp is this:

We want to promote healthy eating. To do this we want to bring together the grocery stores, nutritionists, healthcare providers and payers together with chefs and the community. If you are dealing with a health condition that requires a special diet. We want to pair people in the community up with nutritionists and chefs so that they can learn practical tactics to selecting the best foods that fit a budget and a health need. Not only helping with food selection but also how to prepare simple, healthy meals that fit a busy family lifestyle.

We would also like to bring together software and hardware companies that have hardware, software and mobile solutions that can support the health eating objective.

So how can you help?

Can you reach out to people that you know in these various organizations and engage them. This is an initiative that can be taken in to local communities where grocery stores work with healthcare providers and local employers to help employees and others in the community to help themselves to eat healthier.

This is a big objective but we know that the inventive and motivated people that have attended HealthCa.mps can make change happen and we believe that what we are proposing is something that can make a difference in the health of our communities not only in the near term but for generations to come, if we educate our kids to eat healthier.

Are you with us?



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Re-Igniting HealthCa.mp with a focus on food as the center of a healthy life

To all our HealthCa.mp Friends and Colleagues:

This broadcast is a result of a fortuitous technical issue that occurred yesterday. No, it wasn’t Heartbleed. I was simply upgrading plugins in WordPress and hit the dreaded white screen of death. Fixing the problem required some reconfiguration and the result was that a healthca.mp broadcast was issued. Rather than leave you wondering what that was about it finally prompted me to put my fingers to the keyboard and send out an update about HealthCa.mp. So here goes…

Let me start with some background to explain the hiatus since 2012:

The past 18+ months have been a rollercoaster ride. I have been fully absorbed by a demanding project to build an ICD-10 Computer Assisted Coding platform in the cloud for a Fortune 50 company. Consequently HealthCa.mp has had to take a back seat. Towards the end of 2013 I was finally getting a few free CPU cycles to think about HealthCa.mp. I realized how much I missed the deep and meaningful conversations and connections that grew from our HealthCa.mp meetings. HealthCa.mp started out a desire to break down the silos in HealthCare and each meeting served to reinforce the belief that we are stronger together, rather than trying to act individually. HealthCare is a team sport with better outcomes when all of us are engaged in achieving the desired outcomes.

While HealthCa.mp has been on hiatus we have continued to watch our personal health, endeavoring to stay healthy through “in situ” exercise. By this I mean taking inspiration from our friend Dr Ted Eytan and participating in numerous conference calls while walking. Yes, a Wireless Headset for your office phone is one of the best investments you can make! We also have watched our diet and tried to eat healthily but still have fun and enjoy great food.

Why is this relevant?

It is time to re-invent HealthCa.mp and in doing so we want to pick up on the concept of Good Food and Healthy Eating as the cornerstone of Health. Eating Healthily, without getting hung up on always being perfect is achievable but people often need help getting started. We have come across many people that have been diagnosed with food allergies and suddenly find themselves struggling to make sense of a myriad of choices and decisions that they are not familiar with making.

So How do we re-invent HealthCa.mp?

This is where we need the help and assistance of our fellow HealthCampers. The vision for HealthCa.mp is this:

We want to promote healthy eating. To do this we want to bring together the grocery stores, nutritionists, healthcare providers and payers together with chefs and the community. If you are dealing with a health condition that requires a special diet. We want to pair people in the community up with nutritionists and chefs so that they can learn practical tactics to selecting the best foods that fit a budget and a health need. Not only helping with food selection but also how to prepare simple, healthy meals that fit a busy family lifestyle.

We would also like to bring together software and hardware companies that have hardware, software and mobile solutions that can support the health eating objective.

So how can you help?

Can you reach out to people that you know in these various organizations and engage them. This is an initiative that can be taken in to local communities where grocery stores work with healthcare providers and local employers to help employees and others in the community to help themselves to eat healthier.

This is a big objective but we know that the inventive and motivated people that have attended HealthCa.mps can make change happen and we believe that what we are proposing is something that can make a difference in the health of our communities not only in the near term but for generations to come, if we educate our kids to eat healthier.

Are you with us?



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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

@Forbes: @danMunro “Big Pharma Opens New Chapter On Big Data Collaboration”

Dan Munro has an article in Forbes on new developments for Big Data in Cancer trials driven by Big Pharma and the need to accelerate expensive drug trials.

Big Pharma Opens New Chapter On Big Data Collaboration

As Dan points out it will be interesting to see which of three models pans out:

- The Industry centric research model
- The Regulatory-driven model
- The patient-centric model

These are all Big Data solutions that continue to drive the hype in this emerging technology area. There will be bumps in the road as the hype gives way to reality and workable solutions emerge.

Big Data is not taking over the world. It is just searching for its place in the world.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Puppet Enterprise

Richard McCluskey – devOps at Millennial Media

Millennial Media are using Puppet to manage their ad serving Platform.

Enterprise is better for managing large numbers of nodes. You can also vary variables across different data centers.

Kick start give a machine name and it phones home to puppet master. Theater sends modules based on server name and location.

Self registration with host certificates.

Puppet is used for any software that requires configuration.

Use mcollective to do bulk changes using Regex based on host name.

Mcollective is an orchestration solution.

Ansible is used to create an ordered state. Puppet doesn’t allow an easy ordered sequencing of configuration.

Use spacewalk to deploy modules that don’t require configuration. Eg. Rpm’s, JDK.

Puppet’s declarative language makes for standardized code. Ie. Not subject to developer scripting styles. This is a good thing when you have staff turnover – which is not unusual in the devOps environment.

Greg Kitson – puppet labs engineer

How do we take servers from being pets to become disposable. That is what Puppet does.

Puppet natively internalizes service ordering.

Node wakes and compile facts about themselves.

Request from puppet master

Gets a catalog for configuration

Generates a report to send back to master of config changes.

Puppet master provides reporting, security, workflows, GUI and the core content.

Puppet also has a marketplace to use pre-configured content.

Puppet is Ruby based and uses PostgreSQL.

Enterprise provides:
-GUI console
- remote control
- resource browsing
- cloud provisioning and VMware support

Puppet is open source and has a free community version.

Puppet is modular.
Functionality can be easily added.

Modules are reusable.

Facter is for setting and managing variables

Hiera stores configuration data separately from puppet code. Eg. Your yaml file

Easier to promote code between environments with cleaner code.

razor is new for bare metal provisioning. Making them as easy to configure as vm’s.

Puppet forge is the marketplace for modules.

Modules are available to manage devices eg. F5, switches, load balancers.

Everything communicating with puppet master is built on OpenSSL so traffic is secured and encrypted.

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Puppet Enterprise can be downloaded and tested from the puppet labs web site.



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Monday, March 31, 2014

Apple needs to fix AirDrop – It should just work

AirDrop is a technology that Apple introduced to make sharing simple. The problem is that they only half implemented the solution. AirDrop is a simple sharing solution that works between iOS devices that are running iOS 7. AirDrop is also a technology that Apple introduced in OS X Mountain Lion to allow sharing between newer Macs via Wi-Fi.

Computerworld has an article that explains how to use AirDrop: Quick guide: AirDrop for OS X Mavericks and iOS 7

The confusing part of all this is that Apple called the sharing on OS X and the sharing on iOS 7 AirDrop. However, in a move that is totally counter to the Apple “It Just Works” mantra, AirDrop will not work between Macs and iOS 7 devices. Macs can share with other Macs and iOS 7 devices can share with other iOS7 devices.

Hopefully this is something that will be fixed in an update to OS X Mavericks and iOS7. It is counter-intuitive that you can’t share between any Apple device using AirDrop. It is certainly a feature that would make it easier to send pictures pictures or documents from an iOS device to your laptop or desktop, without having to upload via the cloud.

Come on Apple! Fix this crazy omission in AirDrop functionality!



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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Future is the Cloud as the Enterprise Core

GigaOM posted a great article

RIP, the server. It’s time to breathe the air of cloud connection

It is about the transition from on premise computing to the cloud. We will still see organizations cling to their traditional approach of controlling their compute resources. However, this is increasingly like the time when people ran their own electricity generators. Now we just flick the switch to turn on the lights.

This transition is not without challenges. Security, Monitoring and Auditing have to be a priority. There will be bumps in the road as people make the transition but we are also moving from a business word where we focused internally to one where we create virtual teams to achieve a result. Those virtual teams spread beyond the traditional boundaries of the enterprise and in that environment it is essential that we have the tools at our disposal to share information and work together on documents. Email is no longer a suitable tool.

Welcome to the Cloud as the Enterprise Core.



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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A harbinger of the on-line doctor in our future. On-line eye exams

Fast Company has a great article on The End Of Eye Charts? A Startup Can Now Give Eyeglass Exams Online

Opternative is developing an online eye exam. This could prove to be a massive disruptor in the Optometry field. More importantly it is showing how innovation can disrupt healthcare. It hints at a future where more and more health services and checkups can be performed remotely.

This is particularly relevant for the developing world. It brings together simple computing devices (laptops and phones) and enables a test to be performed remotely. In rural environments it could be used with traveling technicians administering the test coupled with a tele-health session with a qualified professional.

It is innovation like this that will make health care more affordable for all.



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