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Updated: 2007-11-14T19:05:47.110-08:00

 



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2007-11-14T19:05:47.139-08:00

But it says here that if I lived in London I could work from home and make a little over $150,000/year. Now is this because Cache/Ensemble folks are in much higher demand in the UK or does this have more to do with the falling dollar? I know that I could get 6 figures here in the US eventually, but this seems a little too good to be true. Is this a vendor job? Must be. I can't even squeeze 4



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2007-10-24T13:51:50.999-07:00

I've been setting up a lot of monitoring scripts lately to get a handle on system and space usage in my production instance. The first one stores ^%FREECNT output to a date stamped file by calling this COS routine: zn "%SYS" ; Change over to the %SYS namespace to collect data on all datasets s silent=1 ; Make FREECNT not prompt for interactive device d ALL^%FREECNT ; get info on all datasets s



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2007-10-18T11:08:42.588-07:00

From the ashes of the gigantic (1.4 GB at my shop) VB Hyperspace Epic front-end will rise a better (XEN-influenced?) web-based GUI, or so the masses have been told at the latest user group conference. I wasn't there *cough*budget cuts*cough*, but this new, better direction has been confirmed by numerous sources, inside and out. I, for one, could not be happier. as JB over on



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2007-08-15T17:49:40.942-07:00

So instead of giving $5 a month to 1 and 1 to host my pages, I'm shutting down the site and donating that money to my local homeless shelter. Actually, no. But I wonder how much loot the internet could save if it just stopped hosting dead blogs? Could get a lot of families off the streets and into temporary housing... Have I told you how much I like the OffScript blog over at



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2007-07-25T23:07:55.734-07:00

Does it really take Kanye West to break my silence? Apparently. You should be reading the Off Script blog over @ Boston Workstation because Corporate Blogs should be encouraged, and this one also happens to be more spot on than I'd like. More later, but only if I feel like it. Because. New endorsement - Scaldis.



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2007-04-30T10:09:01.594-07:00

I have always been a big fan of the "Nerd as Rockstar" glamor shot, and the WorldVistA all-stars recently helped to re-define the genre for the Wired rave awards. Is that Bhaskar or Lars Ulrich? Seriously, these guys look like they want to kick my ass, not help develop and distribute an open-source electronic medical record. Congratulations to them. In other news, the disgruntled e-mail furor



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2007-04-04T20:18:44.631-07:00

An inquisitive reader asks: "as someone who has put up with Epic's poo for decades.... whaddya think? Is this not the ugliest mess ever created in the Cache universe?" I've worked with Epic for a while now and I have to say that it does have its challenges (/facetious). Oops, looks like I forgot to format a tag correctly. Anyway, I think to call it the "ugliest mess ever created in the Cache



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2007-03-13T19:49:33.253-07:00

So, I've been meaning to jot down some of my first impressions of working with Epic in relation to Cache. They do things a "little different" and I've found the creativity to be challenging to say the least. That kind of in-depth analisys would take a long time though, and these days I'm beat from work and lazy. Instead, please enjoy these notes I took at a meeting this morning: The other day



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2007-02-03T18:22:03.432-08:00

I was in Madison, WI this past week for the first of several weeks of Cache training with them. Part of what they call the "good install" process. If, as part of your installation effort, you hire and train everyone that Epic recommends, you'll get a certain % off on the final bill. So, I'm going to Madison. The training was interesting. Nothing I haven't heard before on the Cache side, but



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2006-12-08T12:11:56.851-08:00

So, clearly real-life has caught up to me and I've been focusing on work and neglecting this space. A few quick notes: BWS has a posse - er, I mean a corporate blog. More companies (particularly software companies) should do this. It extends customer support and service and helps keep people invested in the company. I've been looking into Epic quite a bit in the last month or so. I've



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2006-10-23T10:16:05.623-07:00

On second thought, I should probably re-work the freespace calculation below to use the ^%SYS("database","UCI") global. This is the actual underlying data that the Control Panel uses, and it's portable. Relying on application specific DB structure means having to re-write this if I end up managing a different Cache-based app... I'll work on it and archive it into the projects page when it's



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2006-10-19T11:37:50.416-07:00

Of all of the preventative measures that can be taken to ensure maximum uptime of a production Flowcast Cache server, none is more important (or easily prevented) then the monitoring of free space. Intersystems and GE provide several different tools to do this, but none of them actively checks database space available or alerts the humans who need to know. The ^%FREECNT and ^%ZIDFREE routines



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2006-09-24T23:17:02.470-07:00

Lately my wife has been having some problems at work with her personal e-mail being forwarded on to a work server and some other general e-mail shenanigans, so I started to look for ways to help her encrypt gmail. Encryption won't necessarily prevent the intended recipient from forwarding on unencrypted e-mail to nefarious evil-doers, but it does add a small layer of security to on-line



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2006-09-21T19:35:14.240-07:00

Browsing through Boing Boing today led me to this site which is a compilation of all of the code examples ever published in O'Reily books. A quick search through for the word "MUMPS" reveals a staggering 4 references to my favorite language/DB. Sadly, when I say "staggering" I am not really sure if I'm being sarcastic or not. Any mention of M is more than I really expected. A further search



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2006-09-18T11:22:41.776-07:00

Here's an interesting article (link via /.) which touches upon the fact that healthcare is now one of the strongest sectors in the US job market. One of the main eye-cathcing parts of the article is the argument that HIT can bring the lop-sided job creation back into perspective by automating much of the labor force out of work... There's another enormous long-term problem: If current trends



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2006-08-25T09:01:29.456-07:00

I noticed that the old IDX website is now officially gone. It's a little sad really, I liked the old site, even the weird icons they used to distinguish between the different products. Now that I think about it, I may have liked it enough to have subconsciously robbed the color scheme... The IDX tower in Seattle is still officially named the "IDX Tower". I wonder if there are any plans to



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2006-08-22T10:01:02.506-07:00

I've been neglecting the page lately, so last night I decided I'd go in and clean up all of the side-bar menus. There'd been a lot of drift snice the good ol' days, and many broken links abounded - mostly having to do with abandoned VistA experiments. I also fixed all the title bars and added the robots.txt file to my root. I'm tired of searching the web for information on M or Cache and



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2006-08-08T19:06:50.383-07:00

I've moved the system utilities menu off to the Projects section. If you're interested in how it's come along, go look there. Here's another screen shot to entice you: Don't ask me why Live had 88 errors today. It's been rough, and I don't want to talk about it. In other news, I'm struggling to try and figure out if investing in BMC Patrol is going to be worth it for my new Cache install at



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2006-07-27T10:08:26.076-07:00

I have added 6 more routines to my handy utilities list: D ^DBSIZE ; Database Size D ^DBACK ; Cache Backup Utility D ^Integrity ; Database Intergity Check D ^%G ; Global Viewer D ^%GCOPY ; Copy Global D ^%RCMP ; Compare 2 routines for differences I've also had to split the menu listing at the 45th character in to squeeze it all onto one screen without resorting to scrolling:



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2006-07-18T16:12:49.756-07:00

I've compiled some of my favorite Cache system manager routines in to a simple menu driven routine: Main ; A collection of Useful System Management Commands ; Programmer: P. Charbonnier ; 07/17/06 ; w !,# w "Select a routine:" Menu w !!,"1) System Status (^%SS)" w !, "2) Routine List (^%RD)" w !, "3) Global List (^%GD)" w !, "4) Manage Databases (^MSU)" w !, "5)



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2006-07-12T19:49:22.066-07:00

I was fumbling around the internets this morning and came across this example of a well programmed Name Game written in Java. One of the insights that the programmer has had that I failed to see in my example was that for the most part, names tend to have one or two consonants up front, followed by the first vowel. So instead of looking for the first vowel, they way mine currently does, I



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2006-08-17T15:07:44.923-07:00

You should totally listen to Optimus Rhyme, because Nercore rules. Either that or I am so out of touch in my little Seattle cube farm developer bubble that I have no idea what the kids like anymore. I've been getting a lot of inquires lately about how to connect to legacy cache objects through ODBC. Before you even try, forget about it. Yes, you can get to all those tables through ODBC, but



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2006-06-27T07:12:43.303-07:00

; Start PSA It's been hot in the Northwest these past few days...really hot. Like 90's hot, which for this part of the country is like 1,000 in other parts. That said, people are reacting really poorly when confronted by the heat. There have been a rash of drownings in the past week as people (who can't swim) run all willy-nilly into dangerously swollen rivers in an attempt to keep from



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2006-06-16T06:04:18.546-07:00

I'm slowly scrubbing the site of VistA related information because, quite frankly I don't have the time to pursue VistA any more. Since it's not my main job, or even my main hobby, I've decided to let it slide. Most of the sidebars have been cleaned and I updated the project page do that it's only got my little time waster on it. However, if you are working on anything VistA related you should



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2006-06-12T14:06:42.903-07:00

A snippet from a recent post to the AES Yahoo! group: ...involved an effort to implement GE Flowcast ("Centricity Business Solutions"), and one of the first things I did was inquire as to the availability of Global documentation. I was told the global docs are sold as part of AES and that GE was no longer selling that module. They said that they had no plans to phase it out and still intended