June, 2006

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Show some Tech.Ed Flair

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    We've got over 1,700 folks registered for Tech.Ed 2006 in Sydney so far. That's just outstanding!

    Show the world that you are going with some TechEd flair.

    Right now, we have 3 lovely ones to select from

    See you in Sydney

    I'll be there

    I'll be there

    Or, if these don't take your fancy, design your own, as Geoff did so well. Don't forget to leave me a comment so that I can see your handy work.

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    TechTalkBlogs : +126 days

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    We're at the end of financial year and TechTalkBlogs, has been around for 126 days.

    I didn't do a healtch check last week. It's time to move from a weekly snapshot to a monthly one. The system is chugging along nicely now - time to let go of the reins just a little.

    Here's this final weekly view of TechTalkBlog's System Summary (notice how I rotated the table)

     

    Days
    Alive

    Active
    Feeds

    Feed
    Items

    Total
    Votes

    New Feeds

    New Items

    New
    Votes

    24-Feb-06

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    27-Feb-06

    3

    183

    1,174

    762

    183

    1,174

    762

    06-Mar-06

    10

    196

    1,486

    1,068

    13

    312

    306

    13-Mar-06

    17

    214

    1,805

    883

    18

    319

    -185

    20-Mar-06

    24

    218

    2,290

    989

    4

    485

    106

    27-Mar-06

    31

    219

    3,030

    1,178

    1

    740

    189

    03-Apr-06

    38

    222

    3,329

    1,331

    3

    299

    153

    10-Apr-06

    45

    223

    4,052

    1,398

    1

    723

    67

    03-May-06

    68

    245

    5,497

    1,633

    22

    1,445

    235

    09-May-06

    74

    248

    6,446

    1,663

    3

    949

    30

    18-May-06

    83

    248

    7,131

    1,781

    0

    685

    118

    25-May-06

    90

    254

    7,686

    1,851

    6

    555

    70

    01-Jun-06

    97

    255

    8,045

    1,798

    1

    359

    -53

    06-06-06

    102

    257

    8,468

    1,844

    2

    423

    46

    15-Jun-06

    111

    264

    9,291

    1,907

    7

    823

    63

    30-Jun-06

    126

    265

    10,262

    1,972

    1

    971

    65

    Starting next week, we're going to have a new guest blogger. Darren Neimke did an awesome job over the past few months and is passing the baton to our next guest

    Who will it be?? Some folks are beginning to wonder

    Let me give some clues. The past 2 editors had some things in common :

    • MVP
    • Based in Canberra
    • Well known Blogger
    • Not a Microsoft Employee
    • Member of the ausdotnet mailing list
    • Member of the blogger list on TechTalkBlogs

    The next guest blogger will have some of these common traits

    All will be revealed Monday ... hehehehe

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Judging the Australian Final of the Imagine Cup

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    Tomorrow (Friday June 16, 2006) I have the honour of being on the judging panel for this year's Australian leg of the Imagine Cup for 2006. I also had the opportunity to do this last year.

    The theme of this year's Imagine Cup, "Imagine a world where technology enables us to live healthier lives," is a challenge to the world's top student technologists to actively contribute to the mission of improving health around the world.

    The winning team will go to the final held in India later in the year.

    The Australian finalists are

    QUT-Insulin+

    People who are suffering from different diseases have to receive more stress than a normal healthy people in order to maintain the quality of lives. As a Diabetic patient, they are not only suffering painful from the disease, they even have to share most of their lifetimes to record and maintain their body blood sugar level. Recording and managing their blood sugar level is the most tedious and challenging job they are doing everyday. Current Method requires Diabetic patient to record their blood sugar level manually. Most of them who are not familiar with computer technology are recording it into a paper-form. These paper-forms are easy to mange when records are not too many. However, time after time, records will become more and more, a huge of paper will be hard to keep and manage. Searching a particular record is even harder.

    In order to simplify the recording job for them, our application allows diabetic patient to record their daily blood sugar concentration level by using computer software. The application is not only designed for record saving only, it also includes a set of management tools for them to mange their records, doctor’s contact details and doctor’s appointments. Our application is designed to allow diabetic patients to have more time to enjoy their lives as everyone does.

     University of Canberra – Patient Monitoring and Alerting System

     An online health system has become a necessary service in the area of modern personal health. The ability to interoperate between doctors and patients through cyberspace is becoming increasingly useful. With the support of Microsoft .NET technologies, we propose a Patient Monitoring and Alerting System (PMAS), which is an easy to use Web application for such a service. The PMAS links doctors and patients, allows patients to record the result of daily health check, and allows doctors to check if patients are adhering to doctors’ advices on daily health check and other prescriptions. The PMAS also generates graphical statistical reports for doctors and patients. In addition, the PMAS automatically sends an alert and a notification to doctors and patients as an email or SMS to a mobile phone if the patient's health situation needs urgent medical attention.

     University of Canberra - Ambulance Service Management System

    In today’s world, hospitals all across the world receive hundreds of emergency calls everyday. The technology currently being used leads to loss of time and provides limited information. With the support of Microsoft .NET technologies, we propose an Ambulance Service Management System (ASMS) through which more lives can be saved. The ASMS provides a Web-based system, with customizable mobile content for paramedic personal digital assistance (PDA), and a Web service for the emergency staff to manage and keep track the efficiency of ambulance services. The ASMS also optimises time and minimises miscommunication which is critical in saving an ailing or injured patient. The time spent in transferring the casualty from the scene to the hospital can be used for gathering key information about the patient’s status (for recording physiological signals and stabilization procedures). By transferring this critical information to the hospitals in a timely manner, the hospital staff can prepare in advance thus, making it possible for technology to better service the health system.

    And there is no Team Doug !

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Another lost stylus

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    i-mate K-JAM Stylus (3-Pack)i-mate K-JAM Stylus (3-Pack)Today I lost *another* stylus from my i-mate K-JAM.

    That's the 6th one I have lost.

    I even wrapped sticky tape around my latest stylus to make it fatter and it still dropped out.

    Is it a design flaw?

     or am I just a bad enduser??

    grrrr - off to expansys to buy another pack

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Giving Thanks : A Meme Grows

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    Darren Rowse started a little meme, in which we give thanks to our top referrers.

    I got a ping from Trevor Cook, who included me in referrer post.

    So, this prompt me to peruse my referrers. It's relatively easy with BlogBeat

    So, my top 10 referrers since I started using Blogbeat in March (excluding search engines, portals aggregation sites and fellow Microsofties)

    1. Dave "LifeKludger" Wallace
    2. Hugo "poogie" Ortega
    3. Nick Wienholt
    4. Mike Fitzsimon
    5. Life As Daddy
    6. Seth Yates
    7. Mikal Still
    8. Craig Bailey
    9. Long Zheng
    10. Steve Rubel

    Thanks to the above bloggers for sending traffic my way.

    In keeping with this meme, I will also thank some of the many other bloggers who have linked to my posts in the last 3 months. The following list is a random selection of another 20 blogs from the top 1000 referrers.

    1. Andrew Dugdell
    2. Andrew Matthews
    3. Andrew Pascoe
    4. Ben Barren
    5. Cameron Reilly
    6. Clarke Scott
    7. Damian Edwards
    8. Gary Wisniewski
    9. Jason Haley
    10. Karl Kopp
    11. Michael "Delicate Genious" Kordahi
    12. Michael Specht
    13. Mitch Denny
    14. Mitch Wheat
    15. Paul Stovel
    16. Rob Farley
    17. Robert Scoble
    18. Rory Primrose
    19. Tatham Oddie
    20. Trevor Cook

    To all of you, thanks for the link love..

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Anyone doing Mashups using Virtual Earth Map Control?

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    I'm seeking Aussie mash-ups using Virtual Earth Map Control v3

    Anyone tried this yet? Who is going to be the first to do it ? Leave me a comment if you have done something cool.

    How about collections? Anyone created some interesting Aussie Collections?? Let me know too.

    Check out these collections from the UK

    Also, check out the amazing Magic Roundabout of Swindon

    [ Currently Playing : Surf and Mull and Sex and Fun - Mental as Anything - Best Of (03:39) ]

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    websites as graphs : the latest meme

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    All the cool kids are doing it (Digg, Milkandcookies, Reddit), so I do too.

    Here's my blog, as seen using the funky HTML DOM Visualizer

    siteasagraph

    blue: for links (the A tag)
    red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
    green: for the DIV tag
    violet: for images (the IMG tag)
    yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
    orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
    black: the HTML tag, the root node
    gray: all other tags

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