links for 2009-11-10

  • "PC problems caused primarily by programs running in the background, programs which in most cases are started automatically when Windows boots up. 65% of computer problems we solve are caused by such programs. Sometimes these programs are useful and need to be there; quite often, however, they are not needed, and in too many cases they cause severe problems, and this includes some of Microsoft's own XP, Vista, and Windows 7 Services ! These pages provide guidance on the usefulness or not of some of these background tasks, Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 and Windows 7 services, and Windows Startups, and removal procedures when recommended."
  • "The National Health Service (NHS) needs to save £15 billion to £20 billion over the next few years. This paper argues that these savings could be achieved through radical patient-centred service redesign and more effective approaches to public behaviour change. However, these approaches are difficult to develop within the existing health service. NESTA's experience of working with leading companies and developing projects in healthcare demonstrates that radical new ways of innovating that give genuine power to frontline staff, patients and the public are necessary to make these approaches widespread. This would unlock the savings we need and improve the nation's health. "
  • "his Pew Internet Personal Networks and Community survey is the first ever that examines the role of the internet and cell phones in the way that people interact with those in their core social network. Our key findings challenge previous research and commonplace fears about the harmful social impact of new technology:"
  • "many ISVs still treat their API as an afterthought or merely a “checkbox” on their project list rather than a core feature of their solution. As a result, APIs are not well designed or properly built and wind up costing both the vendor and its customers tens of thousands of dollars in ongoing maintenance due to infrastructure costs and the drain on engineering resources. After reviewing hundreds of actual SaaS APIs, many up to par and others distinctly subpar, it is clear that there are a number of common mistakes made when developing an API. Fortunately, each of them can be easily remedied by following best practices."

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