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Python Classes and Variable Gotchas

Coming from a traditional compiled OO language background, I am very much used to designing classes with private members and public accessors. I am used to all variables being created as part of the instance and explicitly declaring static variables when I want shared data.

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iPhone Hype

It would be a complete lie if I said I didn't want to have an iPhone, but at the time I have a phone that works and it's just not a practical way for me to spend $600. I have been amused at the amount of hype/news in the past week or so. It seems that the hype builds and actually starts feeding on itself. I guess that just reflects our human tendancies as story tellers.

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How I Solve Problems : Abstraction Stacks

In advising a friend today that is getting into a new segment of his industry that he knows nothing about and feels overwhelmed, I had an epiphany of sorts. In the articulation of my advice, I came to the understanding that tackling something new and different is all about getting the abstraction right.

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Healthcare Informatics and Apollo Data Technologies

Though I have ventured away from the Healthcare industry (at least full time...), I remain keenly interested in the advancements of how the mountains of data are processed and analyzed. I worked with Apollo Data Technologies in the capacity of an Enterprise Architect at AIM Healthcare, in an attempt to sell the vision that we should be using predictive analytics and data mining techniques wade through data in search of underpayments/overpayments -- the use of human "hunt and pecking" through the data was (and likely still remains so) a serious bottleneck in scaling to increase business, as well as severely limiting in the amount of data that can be analyzed and acted upon.

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Taking Screen Shots and Adding to a Post Using TextMate

By pressing Shift-Command-4, then pressing space I can screenshot this entire window to an image on my desktop.

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Python Magazine

A new magazine is launching in October that I plan to get my hands on, Python Magazine. I've always loved my reading material in hard copy (books and magazines) and with recent talk of the "death of print media" it's refreshing to see new ones startup.

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RSS Feeds: Low Signal to Noise Ratio

I haven't subscribed or pruned my 100+ feeds from my aggregator in quite a while now. There are some feeds that I need to just chunk. I typically keep my "unreads" down to 0 each day, but I haven't until now watched how much time it takes me to scan through everything.

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More on the Mac Conversion

Yesterday I posted a list of what I was told were "must have" tools for the Mac. Well, in looking for a "feed reader" replacement for FeedDemon, my reader of choice after trying many (including Google Reader). While I don't have the requirement of synchronizing my reading anymore (this was my primary reason for going with FeedDemon/N ewsgator as it offered syncing so I could sync between my work computer and my home PC).

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Helpful Tools for the Mac

In setting up my Mac Book Pro, a couple of people suggested the following tools:

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