Monthly Archive for November, 2009

Stackoverflow Overflow

I really like SO. It’s quickly become an invaluable resource for finding and getting programming answers.

I generally browse the new questions to see if there’s anything I might be able to a answer.  Even when you find a question you already (think you) know the answer to, it still requires  some research.  Answering questions is a great exercise.

A couple of weeks ago I started to take notice of how fast the question count was increasing.  So I decided to track it and quantify the growth. Here’s what I found:


So on average there are about 1472 new questions every day! That means when I browse through my 50 or so new questions, there are more than 1400 other ones that I’m not seeing. And that’s if I visit every day.

Yeah, yeah — I know about searching, using the tags, unanswered questions, etc.  What’s remarkable to me is the shear volume of questions.  Two things strike me about this:

  1. There seems to be a lot of question duplication. You can see that when you go to a question and look at the related questions on the right hand column.
  2. My sense is that the number of views per question is also going down.  I don’t know for this sure, but it would follow that there must also be fewer answers per question.

These are just anecdotal observations on my part.  I didn’t mean this to be an exhaustive analysis of SO, and I’m not trying to be critical. It just seems to me that the “weight “of SO is bound to become an issue in the future.

SO is a great site and I’m sure Jeff and Joel are very aware of these patterns and are plotting solutions while the rest of us sleep.

So based on 14 days of data – 🙂 –  here’s about when the number of questions will hit future milestones:


We’ll have to wait and see if these predictions become true.

A Medical Device Gateway Data Standard?

The Wipro OEM medical device gateway press release makes it all seem so easy (my highlight):

The device, consisting of interfaces that can feed-in data such as blood pressure, pulse rate, ECG reading and weight from the respective devices, is connected to the gateway that would format it into standard patient information and transmit it to either public health data platform such as Google Health or to private platforms like Microsoft Health Vault.

What exactly is “standard patient information”?  Maybe they’ve finally developed the magic interoperability bullet.  Yeah, right!  I’m sure companies like Capsule see these kind of claims all the time.  Statements like these are unfortunate because they give the impression that health data interoperability is a given. Of course we know that is not the case.

Also, since when is Google Health a public health data platform?

Hat tip: Avantrasara

UPDATE (11/19/09):  Wipro ties up with Intel for rural medical solutions

iPhone Health Applications for Medical Professionals

Epocrates-iphoneThere are a lot of iPhone health and fitness applications available. Many are for the general public. Here are some vetted lists that target medical professionals:

Update (11/3/09):

There’s an entire Web Site devoted to this subject:

iPhone Medical & Health Apps: news, reviews, trends

Hat tip: John Zaleski



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