5 Most Popular Posts on WebWorkerDaily This Week

Just in case you missed any of them, here are the five most popular posts on WebWorkerDaily this week:

In this post, Dawn shares some great tips on how to get more out of your RSS feeds, while spending less time reading them.

Darrell takes a look at MindView 3, the newest version of MatchWare’s nifty mind mapping tool.

Samuel reviews the updated Pencil, a Firefox drawing extension.

A perennial WWD favorite, Anne lists 10 ways that you can make money from the web.

Part of the Web Work 101 series, Darrell discusses three things that are critical to the success of any new web worker: planning, budgeting and goal-setting.

Airport Extreme Update Pulled, But Damage Already Done

Updates turning out to be harmful rather than helpful are nothing new, and it’s beginning to look like you can add Apple’s latest Airport Extreme software “fix” to the list of the potentially damaging.
Complaints from commenters and bloggers around the net are beginning to pile up, yet Apple remains silent on the status of the update (numbered 2008-003) which was uploaded to their servers Monday and then pulled shortly after without explanation.
While the update was intended to resolve issues when roaming in large Wi-Fi networks, reports are claiming that not only does that issue persist, in some cases the patch is causing network problems. Some users are even claiming that following the update, Airport ceases to work at all. Total Airport failures are being reported on multiple platforms, including the Aluminum MacBook and late model white MacBook. Others are claiming reduced capability, including connection problems and the inability of their machines to recognize the 802.11n capability of their cards (a/b/g only).
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Offshore Drilling Could Sink or Save Clean Power

Following a Convention-filled recess, Congress returns to session today. The federal legislature has three weeks before it adjourns again for its members to hit the campaign trail ahead of the November elections, and energy is going to be a hotly debated topic throughout September. The issue of opening up offshore drilling left Republicans Twittering up a storm at the end of the last session and has yet to be resolved. While many think compromise is unlikely, offshore drilling could be the necessary bit of quid pro quo the Democrats need to get the renewable energy tax credits extended beyond the end of year.

Even President Bush is urging Congress to extend the investment and production tax credits, critical to the solar and wind energy industries, but yesterday in his weekly radio address added that they should “cover all forms of low-emission power generation — including nuclear power.” Bush also reiterated his call for Congress to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling and warned lawmakers: “If members of Congress do not support the American people at the gas pump, then they should not expect the American people to support them at the ballot box.”

A bipartisan group of Senators is working on an energy compromise, exchanging limited offshore drilling for renewal of the tax credits and a $20 billion investment in alternative fuel vehicles. But should that fail, the GOP is prepared to play a game of chicken if they don’t get a vote on offshore drilling; Republicans are threatening to block a bill that would keep the federal government running between Oct. 1 and Nov. 4. The question now becomes, will the Democrats be able to use offshore drilling to get those renewable energy tax credits, or will they be forced to accept offshore drilling simply to keep the lights on in government buildings?

The Hype Machine, Best Mashup of Mashup Camp 3

Here in Boston at Mashup Camp 3, we’ve seen an incredible range of applications mashed up from sites and services on the web. During three total hours of SpeedGeeking, Mashup Camp attendees spent five minutes a piece viewing demos and asking questions of mashup developers. Then each attendee votes for his or her favorite mashup with a wooden nickel.
We saw mashups going way beyond basic integration with Google Maps to include MySpace integration, hardware hacks, and voice-enabled applications. Early buzz focused on OpenKapow, The Hype Machine, and Gigul8tor by Eventful. And of course everybody loved GBlinker: a Google pin wired up to a serial port so it flashes when email comes in.
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German healthcare industry embraces Tablet PCs

Electronic Patient Consent Forms signed on Tablet PCs

SOFTPRO and its partner, the publishing house proCompliance Verlag, exhibited another “feature in the doctor’s toolbox”- Documented Patient Information using a Tablet PC and the handwritten signature – at the Mobile Insider Forum  (www.mobilkonf.de) in Spitzingsee on June 6-8 and at ITeG, an Information Technology show for the health sector held April 26-28 in Frankfurt/Main (Germany). This system allows the information about a patient obtained by a physician prior to an operation to be confirmed with the handwritten signatures of the physician and the patient captured on the Tablet PC. 

Before any medical procedure a patient must be informed in detail about the nature of the proposed procedure, the goals, the respective benefits and risks as well as the possible alternatives to the procedure. Since the early 80s so-called “patient consent forms” have been used for this purpose. Patient consent forms supply the physician with competent and timely information to give the patient about the proposed procedure before an operation. Typically the physician adds some individual notes about the intended procedure on the form. Subsequently, physician and patient sign the declaration of consent for the planned operation. Using properly executed and signed patient consent forms also documents the patient education process and the legality of the obtained consent.

proCompliance Verlag (www.procompliance.de) is the market leader in German-speaking countries for patient consent forms. The company’s current portfolio of available documents contains more than 1000 forms. These forms are revised and updated regularly by medical and legal experts, since treatment methodologies and the legal issues related to medicine change frequently. Patient consent forms are produced in a wide array of languages because German-speaking hospitals serve many patients who speak languages other than German. The forms are also sold in non-German speaking countries like France and the United States via subsidiaries. Since the logistics of maintaining an extensive portfolio of patient consent forms have become more complex for hospitals and physicians to handle, leading proCompliance to offer these forms electronically under the brand name PICS, an abbreviation for “Patient Information & Compliance Software”.

Since CeBIT 2005, PICS has become available for mobile usage as well: Tablet PC users may access these forms, annotate handwritten comments and sign the documents with their handwritten signatures.

The legal aspects of signature capturing on Tablet PCs using SignDoc have already been examined legally by Professor Dr. Thomas Hoeren of the Institute for Information-, Telecommunication- and Media Law (http://www.uni-muenster.de/Jura.itm/hoeren/en/) at the University of Muenster in Westphalia/Germany and Judge at the Higher Regional Court in Duesseldorf (http://www.olg-duesseldorf.nrw.de). The essence of his extensive expert opinion sees SignDoc as an “equivalent surrogate to the conventional signing on a paper document”, “which fulfills the formal aspects of the “written form” in an equivalent way”. In other words: Electronic Documents signed with SignDoc offer at least a similar level of security as signed paper documents. Additional modules for patient education – such as animations or videos – may be added as well.

The feedback on the presentations at CeBIT and at ITeG has been overwhelming. The CIOs of numerous hospitals were highly interested in using these digital forms on Tablet PC as soon as possible and discussions about pilots have begun. The first hospital to pilot this application is likely to be the co-operation partner Ingolstadt Hospital. The PICS system will be a perfect match to the hospital’s already existing solution for patient records and will help to further streamline their IT processes.

Patient consent forms on Tablet PCs signed with the handwritten signature will also be exhibited at “ehealthcare” (October 25-26, Notwil near Luzern/Switzerland, www.ehealthcare.ch) and at “Medica” (November 16-19, Duesseldorf/Germany, www.medica.de)

For additional information about proCompliance please contact:

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