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Genetics and Dogs? Awesome.

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For those new around here, my day job is at a University working on genetic sequencing projects. Part of my daily TODO at work is to keep up on scientific literature, which is a tall task considering how many journals, subjects and specialities, and just sheer volume of data is being published right now. […]

App Review: Untapped!

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One of my most recent app installs on my Android is a beer tracking app called Untapped. Its slogan, Drink Socially,  is a pretty good indication of what this app is about. When you drink a beer, snap a photo, give it a rating, and post to your friends. Pretty simple concept that relies solely […]

Garmin Connect and Forerunner 10 Review

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Shortly after Christmas I wrote a brag post about getting a Garmin Forerunner 10. So far, I’ve used it a few times for running and cross-country skiing, and I am overall pretty pleased with it.It’s pretty easy intuitive, though I did set it up in French originally.

Overview

Garmin is a leader in GPS based fitness accessories. […]

Tech Tuesday: Duolingo!

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I’ve been big on learning as much german as possible recently. The idea of picking up a foreign language, if for nothing else but to poke fun at my siblings with Ellie in a language they can’t understand, has always been high on my to-do list. A while back I reviewed Anki, a spaced repetition […]

Plugin Review: StayFocusd

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In my constant search for more productivity at work, I stumbled upon a brilliant Google Chrome plugin called StayFocusd. I realized through my previous work with RescueTime that I spent far too much time on certain websites, mainly Facebook and NPR.com. I needed some way of blocking these from my browser that would not be […]

Tech Tuesday: Physics Stops Chafing.

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Today’s installment of Tech Tuesday has been a long time coming. Ellie has demanded I take a look at one of the best inventions ever created. The Centrifugal Force Generator, a.k.a., the Bathing Suit Dryer.

If you’ve ever been in a kitchen full of unitaskers, you have probably seen a salad spinner. The idea is that […]

Application Review: Anki Flashcards

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Flashcards are a powerful tool when trying to commit things to memory. Recently I’ve had a renewed interest in building my German vocabulary base. After reviewing my daily productivity, I decided that I had some time where I could fit in quick, two-minute sessions of flash-card review.
Most of the tools and commands used when working with […]

Continuous Health Statistic Monitoring

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I stumbled upon an article this morning on NPR that looked at the growing trend of continuous monitoring of health data. The article focused primarily on one “hacker” who has worked to set up his own system of tracking his vital signs using a wireless bracelet and software.

A link to his work can be found here.

Personally, I love to see the use of technology and software programming to gather statistics like this. Working on my own tracking platform, I am always interested in seeing ideas of what other people come up with. I like getting ideas and potentially integrating them into what I have done.

The article  makes an important point toward the end, and I wanted to discuss it briefly today. An important question to consider is: When is there too much information? Research has shown that people who routinely monitor their weight typically manage it better. But what about other vital signs, like blood pressure? The NPR article suggests that if you notice a spike in your blood pressure, it could lead to stress; thus, higher blood pressure.

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Whats Your Policy? Data Issues on the Terabyte Scale.

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I hinted at the start of yesterday’s post that we were having some fairly catastrophic hardware failures at work, and for those curious, I wanted to elaborate on that a little bit.

For those not technically/network-engineeringly inclined, all our resources are interconnected. Two big 48-terabyte storage systems, which mirror each other, both failed on Tuesday. Forty-eight terabytes is the equivalent of  750 of the biggest iPhones, in terms of storage. Alternatively, it is 12 million MP3 files. So we are talking a lot of space.

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Quantifying My Day

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I like numbers, and any tool that helps me generate data about my activities is A-OKAY in my book. On Tuesday, I heard a report on NPR about being productive in the workplace. They laid out some pretty astonishing numbers, like on an average “good” day in the office, a worker is 68% productive. I was immediately curious about my own time spent, and what the breakdown would be, so naturally I installed the software on my computer and gave it a shot.

I went with the free-version of RescueTime, which keeps track of the active time spent in a given window. A window would be a given web page, or program like Excel, or Outlook. It keeps track where you are actively looking at, and continues to poll your computer to see what is being actively used. Here is a 5 hour snapshot of my day yesterday!

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