Posts By Andy Orr

In a (somewhat) recent post on Sean Nolan’s blog, Family Health Guy, we learn that Microsoft’s HealthVault is going mobile.  I think this is big news for the adoption of personal health records, or PHRs. Privacy concerns, the difficulties associated with integrating information from the myriad of players in the health care industry and lack of better or complete standards…

In yesterday’s press release on radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced it has classified the exposure to radiation from cell phones and other similar radiation-emitting devices (radar, microwaves, radio, television) as a Group 2B carcinogenic risk.  To put that into perspective, the IARC has five classifications: Group 1 – carcinogenic to…

As a follow up to our report on the 28th, it seems that Egypt restored Internet service yesterday.  In the aftermath of this event, it is even more obvious how important it is to have important information at your fingertips and with others.  When trying to manage an evacuation, it really helps if your passport number, country and expiration date,…

Egypt's President, Hosni Mubarak has pulled the plug on the Internet and on most wireless and SMS service.  This is a pretty drastic step for a government to take and luckily, fairly rare.  However, it made me think that we should point out the dangers of being over-reliant on services that may not be available. There are lots of pieces…

The big news in the mobile world yesterday was the long-awaited, anticipated and not-so-much-of-a-surprise announcement that Verizon will get the iPhone 4.  Of course, I shouldn’t say “the” iPhone, for the one that Verizon will sell, heavily subsidized to the tune of approximately $400/unit, is different from AT&T’s iPhone 4. This is the big difference: Verizon’s CDMA network is not…

Widespread flooding in Queensland is now affecting an area about the size of California, Nevada and Oregon combined.  For you geography aficionados, that is about the same as France and Germany or just over half of Queensland – Australia is a big place. The prevailing atmospheric conditions known as  La Nina produced the third-wettest year on record for Australia in 2010,…

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably interested in healthy travel or maybe just travel. Here are some of the more interesting articles on these subjects that we found in this weeks’ news. Do you have any you’d like to share? Do We Travel to Get There or Get There to Travel? There can be joy in the trip as…

It turns out that the airlines are improving their baggage handling service, and it is not just because the new fees have meant fewer bags to handle.  Today’s article in the Wall Street Journal’s The Middle Seat, Better Odds of Getting Your Bags, is a very detailed look at the recent improvements airlines have made, and it turns out that…

From one of my favorite sites, Book of Odds, comes an interesting article about Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS), a very rare case of a person’s accent or language skills changing suddenly due to head trauma, strokes or even severe migraines.  The stories are disturbing and somewhat amusing to those not affected -- a Croatian girl waking up from a coma…

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