Category Archives: Computing

The innovations of openEHR

The European Commission is putting together a position on disruptive innovation in health. Their preliminary opinion paper references Clayton Christensen’s The Innovator’s Prescription a number of times, as I did aeons ago in this post on the Crisis in e-health Standards. … Continue reading

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An Asciidoctor IDE wish list

A while ago I blogged on why we replaced FrameMaker with Asciidoctor for the technical publishing function of openEHR.org. At around that time I posted on an Asciidoctor mailing list my wishlist for Asciidoctor. I reproduce that list here. As … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Adobe FrameMaker, Hello AsciiDoctor

I am probably one of the longest time users of Adobe FrameMaker in the world. I started using it at version 2, sometime around 1990, and finished with it a few months ago. For most of this period it was … Continue reading

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The folly of the obsession with source code

My favourite topic these days is the phenomenon of fundamentalist thinking. You don’t need to go to Iraq to find it, it’s all around us…. Recently I chanced upon a post entitled ‘Coding is not the new literacy’ by Chris … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Metro, high DPI screen chaos, and other epic fails of modern life

Windows 8 – a Lesson in Corporate Schizophrenia Recently I moved up to a Dell XPS 15 (fast i7 machine) with Windows 8.1, from an old Dell with Windows 7. I am now, along with the rest of us, suffering … Continue reading

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No SQL databases, documents and data – some misunderstandings

A good friend pointed me to this post: why you should never use MongoDB. It’s a very interesting post, about how bad MogoDB turned out to be for dealing with social network data. It’s not that MongoDB is bad per se, just … Continue reading

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What is a ‘standard’: legislation or utilisation?

Bert Verhees, a colleague from the openEHR community made this post recently to the openehr-technical mailing list: OpenEHR is not a standard, it is a formal specification. http://www.iso.org/iso/home/standards.htm ISO, What is a standard: “A standard is a document that provides requirements, … Continue reading

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