Tuesday

Dracula Can Find Your Veins, Medical Pros Sometimes Have Trouble

I am one of those folk who seems to run into trouble when the medical pros try to take a blood sample: their brows furrow, their eyes squint, and the poking begins. Some of us have easy-to-find veins, some to do not. It's uncomfortable and a time waster for all concerned - but there is an answer.
Whether it is to deliver medication or draw blood, nurses have to find veins from many different types of individuals. While some people have veins protruding throughout their arm, others don’t have anything visible nurses can see to guide them. Neonatal and oncology patients, people that are overweight and children present challenges only the most experienced phlebotomist can handle. However, by using near-infrared light technology nurses can now find the optimal venipuncture site even for the most difficult cases. Although the technology has been around for more than four years, it is finally seeing increased adoption after many real-life user cases by healthcare professionals around the world proved its viability.
HealthTechZone


Sunday

I'm Worried About Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox has been my browser of choice for several years now, on both Windows and Linux. I like it because it is similar enough in operation to Internet Explorer for a former Windows user like me to make a painless transition. Compatibility with modern websites is good, and I really like features like Live Bookmarks and extensions. 

Sunday Is Pun Day #6

I loved this from the first moment I saw it...


Wednesday

Nielsen To Start Tracking Amazon And Netflix Video

Nielsen, the arbiter of the TV ratings system for years is going to start figuring the ratings for other video sources. It's quite a change for the whole industry.
Nielsen, the holy vanguard of television ratings, has finally figured out how to track viewership from Netflix and Amazon's streaming video services. And when it launches next month, it could fundamentally change the sorts of shows you see from them. Since neither Netflix or Amazon offer detailed viewership data, Nielsen has developed a way for its rating meters to track shows by identifying their audio, the Wall Street Journal reports. While it won't track mobile viewers, it will help level the playing field for content owners when negotiating streaming deals, who have so far been clueless about how their shows are performing on Netflix and Amazon. That might lead to some of your favorite shows disappearing, but it could mean streaming data will help decide whether that show you've been binge watching gets cancelled.
Engadget

Tuesday

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Microsoft Out-Of-Band Patch!

Microsoft does not issue out-of-band patches very often, so it's usually done for something important. Out-of-band refers to those security patches issued outside of the usual Update Tuesday schedule (the second Tuesday of each month). This patch affects all current versions of Windows - but for Windows XP users, tough toenails. Remember XP has no more official support anymore.
Microsoft has announced that they will be pushing an out-of-band security patch today. The patch, which affects nearly all of the company's major platforms, is rated 'critical' and it is recommended that you install the patch immediately. The patch is rated 'critical' because it allows for elevation of privileges and will require a restart.
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