Are Managed Services right for Health Tech?

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 in Health Tech | 0 comments

Many of you are just getting started in Health Tech and perhaps have not yet undergone your first technology review. If so, you have not had the hammer of Fedramp or HIPAA come down upon you. Look out! Health data security is a huge issue.

One of the big ‘MUST HAVE’ items is an auditable trail of who can access your data and how. Modern technologies provide ways to lock down your servers and to control access through private VPN services. But do they meet the strict requirements of governing bodies?

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Getting Bash Right on Your Mac

Posted on Oct 15, 2016 in Code Samples | 0 comments

If you spend a lot of time maintaining your servers, you probably have a few aliases and other bash-shell tweaks that you’d like to be part of your terminal experience on your Mac. For years I have been frustrated that my alias for l=’ls -la’ doesn’t seem to get executed even though it is in my .bashrc file!

SOLUTION: It turns out that bash on your Mac terminal doesn’t automatically read .bashrc so you have to force it. To do this, add the following to your .bash_profile file:

[[ -s ~/.bashrc ]] && source ~/.bashrc

And Voila! Every time you enter terminal now your .bashrc will be executed.

You’re welcome. 🙂

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Useful Code Tip – Clearpixel

Posted on May 14, 2014 in Code Samples | 0 comments

Even in today’s CSS3 world, it is often useful to use the old ‘clear pixel‘ trick to create gaps and spaces of finite pixel widths. But often, in the middle of a project, it is difficult to find that old single pixel transparent GIF file and get it into your images directory.

There is an easier way! Use the base 64 encoded version Just keep this string handy…


Use this as the image “src” attribute and you’ll have instant clear pixel of width 1 to use as you like.

A php example:

$clr =”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAP///////yH5BAEKAAEALAA

<img src=”<?=$clr?>” width=”20″ />

creates a gap of 20 pixels.

NOTE: The string had to wrap to fit this blog post. Please be sure to use both parts!


If you have a tip for me to share, let me know.


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Beat me. Scan me. Send me Bitcoin

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 in Bitcoin | 0 comments

bitcoinqrNothing beats a clever QR code to appeal to loyal followers for some support. Just scan this QR code for my public address if you feel generous. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, tip jar is on the right. 🙂

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Barclays Bank Announces Support for Bitcoin exchange Bit121

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 in Bitcoin | 1 comment

Bitcoin-accepted-here-printableIn a startling move, Barclay’s Bank today decided to start accepting sterling deposits for a new UK bitcoin exchange called Bit121. Bit121 just began trading on November 11th.  According to CoinDesk magazine, Bit121 is a little sketchy on details like contact information, but that is par for the course for Bitcoin operations.

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Bitcoin 1 – China 0

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Bitcoin | 1 comment

Production Of Bitcoins By Mike Caldwell of CasasciusToday China announced that its central bank may no longer recognize bitcoin as currency. In the short run, this means that the Chinese, who have been buying up Bitcoin like crazy as of late, would have a more difficult time converting their Bitcoin to spendable currency. But this is actually good for Bitcoin. It was never intended to be a tradable commodity. It was designed to be an electronic currency and making it difficult to convert does two things: 1- It drives the value up and 2 – helps spawn an even larger online-only business community.

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Ah yes, Bitcoin

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in Bitcoin | 6 comments

bitcoinsIt’s here. The virtual currency that has teenagers drooling, hackers pixelating and governments shuddering. All across the digisphere, folks are perplexed, confused, excited and opinionated. If you listen, you’ll hear things such as…

“It’s going to boom!”

“Its going to crash!”

“It will never replace ‘real’ currency”

“It has already replaced ‘real’ currency.”

Just pick your favorite rant and run with it for 24 hours or so and you’ll probably be right. But what about the really long haul? What if you just slowly accumulated Bitcoin for the next 3-5 years?

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