Pat Lynch’s Calendar

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2015 Calendar

March 28 – WSBA – Seattle, Washington

March 29-March 31 – MD Expo – Nashville, TN

May 1 – HTMA-SC Conference – Columbia, SC

June 5 – Manny’s Meeting, Denver, CO

June 6-8 – AAMI Denver, CO

July 22-24 – MD Imaging Expo, Indianapolis, IN

August 11 – KAMI, Lexington, KY

August 19-21 – CEAI, Chicago,IL

Sept 9-11 – NCBA, Charlotte, NC

Sept 23-25 – VBA, Newport News, VA

October 1-3 – FBS, Orlando, FL

October 21-23 – MD Expo – Las Vegas




Stupid Easy

March 27, 2015 by Pat Lynch

What’s this?  I have heard others use the term.  My definition of “Stupid Easy” is those things that are so ridiculously obvious that they should be done immediately, with no debate, delay or deliberation.  Stupid Easy things are those things that do not need to be discussed by a committee, or delay for further consideration.  They are the things that, once you realize that they exist, should be done without hesitation.  Things that will make a positive difference at little of no cost ot either time or money.

What is “Stupid Easy” in your life?                   Pat

22 Things To Start Doing Now That Will Improve The Rest Of Your Life

March 25, 2015 by Pat Lynch
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On Quora, the social question-and-answer site, a 23-year-old student asked: “What can people start doing now that will help them a lot in five years?” Hundreds of answers poured in, and this one by Quora contributor Andy Giroux was one of our favorites. You can contribute your own answers to this and other questions; we’ll feature the best on HuffPost.

By Andy Giroux

1. Exercise. And if you can, exercise in the morning. This helps in so many ways. It will help you sleep better at night and be more alert during the day. It will help wake you up in the morning by getting your blood flowing. It will help to sharpen and focus your mind. It will help relieve stress. There are just so many benefits.

2. Don’t say “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I don’t have time.” Tomorrow tends to be the imaginary land that never arrives, and 95-99% of the time when people say “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I don’t have time” it really means “I’d rather just be lazy.”

3. Don’t make excuses. Just do it. If there is something that you want to do, whether it is just something that you think would be fun, a new experience, or something to better yourself then do it. This sort of goes with point #2. If you’re making excuses then all that means is your really don’t want it that badly.

4. Read books. Get off the internet. Stop reading pointless 3 paragraph articles and read something substantial. It will help expand your vocabulary, it will open your mind, it will inspire real thinking and creativity, and more.

5. Make sure you understand your credit score.

6. Save money. Be aggressive about it. In the next 5-10 years, you’ll probably be extremely happy that you did so.

7. Don’t hold grudges. Do not harbor hate. It takes a lot of energy to be mad at people so don’t bother. Just let things go. And if someone continues to inspire these bad feelings in you, then let them go. It’s that simple.

8. Laugh and smile. Always. Having a bad day? First, Smile. A big one. Ear to ear. Force it. Smiling doesn’t just happen when you are happy, but it always happens to make you happier. It’s scientifically proven. Then go to YouTube (I know earlier I said get off the internet, but laughter is a necessity.), look up a funny video or your favorite comedian and just laugh. Just let go. It’ll help.

9. Stop and smell the roses. It’s good to want to better yourself, but you also need to know when to take time for yourself and relax. Let your batteries recharge.

10. Be thankful and grateful. Sometimes it can be hard in the moment to realize that you actually have it pretty good, but every now and then just stop and think about everything that you have in your life. There is always someone who has it worse so you should be happy that you have what you have. It’s also good to want to be better and to not just accept things for what they are, to challenge the status quo, but at the same time if you are always surging forward and you never stop to appreciate what and who is around you then one day when you finally do stop, you may realize there’s nothing left.

11. Be charitable. Not just with your money or your time, but with who you are. Being charitable isn’t just about giving when it makes sense, it’s about being the type of person who will go out of their way to help the old woman cross a slippery, snow covered street. It’s about tipping the waitress even when she was bitchy because maybe she’s just having a really bad day. It’s about smiling at that person across from you on the bus who looks upset, maybe even ask them if they need to talk. It’s about giving that kid who won’t stop asking for a job a chance even though their resume doesn’t look that great.

12. Be selfish. Sometimes. This may sound contradictory, but hear me out. Sometimes you just need to ignore everyone else, and step away from the world for you. Go on that ski trip. Get yourself those shoes. That might sound vain, but you know what, if you don’t have a healthy mind and a healthy body then how will you help others to do so?

13. Keep your phone in your pocket when with friends and family. Enjoy your time with them. You can always use technology, you won’t always have time with your loved ones.

14. Don’t be shy. Talk to people. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with strangers. What’s the worst that will happen? They’ll ignore you? Be rude? So what? You don’t ever have to talk to them again. Not only will this teach you not to be afraid of rejection, but it will teach you how to network, be personable, read people, and maybe meet some really great people.

15. Listen. When someone is talking to you, LISTEN. Don’t just think about what you are going to say, but really listen to what they are saying. Then when they are done you can take a second to think about what you want to say.

16. Be yourself, but don’t be an A-Hole. Never be afraid to be who you are. Don’t worry about other people’s BS opinion of you. Enjoy life and yourself. If people don’t like you for who you are then you don’t need them in your life. Simple as that. At the same time, if everyone you meet seems to think you’re an A-Hole, maybe you should take a step back and re-evaluate yourself.

17. Travel. If you can, travel. It’s a great thing to do. It can open you up to so many things that you will never experience in your own little corner of the world. Whether that be lifestyles and culture you could never have imagined, seeing nature in a new light, or giving you the shocking realization that there is something horribly wrong with the balance of power and wealth in this world. Traveling can lead to some great introspection and thought provoking experiences.

18. Be open minded. You don’t know it all. You never will. You also couldn’t possibly understand everything so be aware of that.

19. Love like a puppy. Don’t be afraid to let others in. Love unconditionally. If your heart gets broken, it will heal, and you will learn. But do not let it close you. At the same time, make sure that just because you love so openly that you don’t let others walk all over you. You can leave someone behind who treats you wrong, but still have a strong love for them. A lot of us have experienced that.

20. Ask why and be curious. Why is one of the single most powerful words we have as humans. It can open so many doors and lead to so much knowledge. Next time someone tells you something, instead of just accepting it, ask why. Dig deeper. Learn.

21. Follow your passions and your dreams. Do what you love and what you enjoy. Don’t settle. Not for a job. Not for a spouse. Not for anything. If you believe that you are capable of more, then go for it, but don’t forget to keep at least 1 toe on the ground so that you don’t lose everything great that you may already have.

22. Be a child. This is a culmination of many of the previous pieces of advice. Being a child means to love like a puppy. You open your arms with a blissful ignorance. You travel wherever you go, looking at things with a curiosity unmatched by any adult. You see things in a creative light and let your imagination run wild. When you’re in a taxi, you’re not just on your way to work avoiding traffic, you’re avoiding the bad guys and on a mission to save the world. You don’t judge. You don’t assume. You just accept. You listen and you learn, so intensely that others may assume you had no idea they were talking to you, but one day you’ll repeat what they said and surprise them. You ask why because you want to truly understand. You are yourself because you haven’t yet learned how to be anything but yourself, but at the same time your imagination will allow you to be and do anything you can dream. As a child, you are often selfish, but at the same time often so surprisingly giving because you don’t like to see others sad. You laugh and smile often because there’s not much else that feels better than that. You save your money, your pennies and your quarters go into the piggy jar because one day, you know you’ll buy something big. Each day is new and exciting. You don’t make excuses for not doing something because you don’t have any, when there is something you want to do, something you dream of, you go for it because you haven’t been told you can’t. You don’t understand that others might believe it’s impossible. You just be the best version of yourself because that is how life should be.

Now, I understand some may read all this and think, “Wow, this A-Hole lives in a fantasy land.” And you’re right. I do. Those who know me can attest, I believe I’m capable of anything. I hate to fail because I think I shouldn’t.

Some people think I’m too cocky, but that’s not exactly it. It’s that I believe there can be more. I believe very strongly in the quote “He who says he can, and he who says he can’t are both usually right.”

I actively try to live as I have mentioned above, and while it may be overly optimistic and sugar coated, I understand that life can be hard, but it doesn’t mean that you have to let it bring you down. Those people who you read about, those people who live on past their death through their legacies, those people, they believed in more. They believed that they could be more. They didn’t believe in giving up. They weren’t afraid to fail because all they could see was themselves past the finish line in a future where the world was a better place or where they reached their goal, and the only reason anyone else can’t be like that… is because they are holding themselves back.

If you’re not happy with your life. If you’re not happy with where you’re at. Then make a change. You can do it. You just need to believe.

I’m Lovin’ my Bloglovin

March 18, 2015 by Pat Lynch

If you like reading my blog every day, but don’t like having to make a special trip (via browser) to see what the day holds, I have a great solution for you.  There is a website called which can solve all of your problems.  It is a site that remembers all of the daily blogs that you want to read.  It goes to them every day, retrieves the latest additions, and parks them in your email inbox so that you can read them when you are going through your inbox every morning.

I have added about 200 blogs to my Bloglovin list.  It saves me at least half an hour each day.  I certainly don;t have interest in each of my favorite blogs every day.  So it becomes a waste of time for me to check them separately.  Now I can just scan the titles in my daily email from Bloglovin and read them if I want to, and skip them if I am not interested.

Just another time saver brought to you by me.              Pat

10 Amazing Free Resources

March 18, 2015 by Pat Lynch

Here are the top 10 websites and other resources you should absolutely check out. Bookmark them, and if you enjoy them then also bookmark this post and share it with your friends.

1. Every documentary you could ever want to watch

Who doesn’t just love to heat up a bowl of popcorn, curl under a blanket and tune into a great documentary?

Okay, perhaps that doesn’t quite fit the cliché but it still sounds pretty good.

Documentary Heaven as suggested by Redditor dragonangelx is an aptly named resource. The website contains hundreds of must-see documentaries, and the best part is that they’re all free to watch.

For any person who wants a new documentary to watch or just feels like learning something new, this is the #1 resource on this list.

2. Disposable email addresses

Have you ever wanted to get some sort of free resource, but had second thoughts because that resource comes at the dubious expense of having to divulge your email address?

Yeah, so have I.

Fortunately, there’s a solution to that too. bosco10382 recommends a website called 10 Minute Mail. Basically it generates an email address that only lasts for 10 minutes before being deleted. Now you can get your free resource without having to suffer through mailing list spam.

3. Automatic computer screen brightness

Are you on the computer at all hours of the day?

Are you tired of having to open  the blinds, shut the blinds, and change your room’s lighting just to avoid eye strain?

There’s an answer for that too.

hostile345 recommends a service called f.Lux. This software automatically adjusts your monitor’s brightness to match the lighting conditions of whatever room you’re in. You really can have it all.

4. Customizable background noises

Sometimes you just need some background noise so you can get work done. Music might do the trick, but then you have to figure out what to listen to. And what if the music just ends up distracting you even more?

A Soft Murmer is abovethegrass’s solution to this little conundrum. You can use the website to give yourself background noises like rain, wind, fire, thunder, and also sounds like birds chirping and a coffee house. Activate wind, thunder and coffee shop for the weirdest apocalypse soundtrack ever.

Other Redditors offered similar website suggestions such as Rainy Mood, Internet Fireplace and Simply Noise.

5. Education

There are FAR too many different places to list in this post, but fortunately they’ve all been combined into one insightful post by Fletch71011.

We are truly living in a golden age when the entire knowledge of the world is available at your fingertips. The age is even more golden when you realize that most of that knowledge is available for free if you know where to look.

From TED talks, to free university courses, to language learning and programming. As long as you have the time to devote to learning, your advanced education awaits.

6. Old-school Runescape

A cult classic for many old-school gamers, this version of Runescape has been preserved from its glory days.

Many things improve with age, but for people who grew up playing Runescape in its infancy or early stages, this bout of nostalgia will fill up your evenings with joy.

7. Money

Despite sounding too good to be true, if you know where to look it is possible to make money on the Internet by filling out surveys. Sure, it may not be huge amounts but cold hard cash is cold hard cash.

In fact, there’s an entire subreddit devoted to telling you exactly where to go to find these (legitimate) paying surveys. Check out /r/BeerMoney for a large variety of different places to go. Thanks to QUlNN for the suggestion.

8. Martial arts movies

As good as documentaries and education are, sometimes there’s nothing better than a good old fashioned beat-down.

A website devoted entirely to streaming kung-fu movies? Check! That exists too.

Thanks to JoelyRavioli we now know of a website where you can go to watch all of your favourites for free. Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and many other classic kick ass martial artists are ready to be seen on the computer screen. Over and over…

9. Audiobooks

Listening to a book being read is a great way to pass the time. It’s also incredibly productive if you can listen while you’re commuting.

Where do you go to get audiobooks?

There’s a number of useful websites, but try AudioBook Bay for a free listing. Thanks to JennyPretzel for making the recommendation on this one.

By the way, you know all of those annoying Captcha’s you’ve had to fill out? Did you know that every time you type a Captcha comment you’re actually helping to digitize books? Check out this incredible TED talk by Captcha creator, Luis von Ahn, for more information.

10. Archived websites

Do you ever miss those old Geocities websites? Do you ever wish you could see all of the cheesy flashing graphics and experience those long load times again?

Yeah, me neither.

Still, a blast to the past can be a fun thing, which is why you might want to check out the Internet archives. Thanks to -eDgAR-’s suggestion, it is possible to view all of your favourite websites in their infancy after all.

Truven’s top 100 hospitals: Here’s who made the cut for 2015

March 9, 2015 by Pat Lynch

Truven Health Analytics named its top 100 hospitals for 2015, based on traditional performance measures such as 30-day readmission and mortality rates as well as a new metric on Medicare spending per beneficiary.

The annual awards are divided into five categories: teaching, major teaching, small, medium and large community hospitals. The winners, whose names were published March 2, showed a consistency in patient-related quality performance compared with hospitals that did not make the list, according to Truven. Overall, they achieved lower risk-adjusted mortality and 30-day rates, reported fewer complications, had fewer adverse safety events, followed evidence-based protocols, posted low expenses and scored higher on patient satisfaction surveys.

If hospitals nationwide followed these standards, Truven estimated, they would trim 2 percent off episode-of-illness expenses and save a total of $1.8 billion. Reaching these quality standards would result in 126,500 fewer deaths, 109,000 fewer incidences of patient complications and take a half day off the length of stay for a typical patient.

Hospitals with a long history of improvement and overall organizational performance also received Everest Awards. The list of top hospitals, with Everest Award winners in bold, are below.

Major teaching hospitals

  • Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oaklawn, Ill.
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill.
  • Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del.
  • Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C.
  • Emory University Hospital, Atlanta
  • Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, Columbus
  • Providence Hospital and Medical Center, Southfield, Mich.
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem, Penn.
  • Stanford Hospital, Stanford, Calif.
  • University of California San Diego Medical Center
  • University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers, Ann Arbor, Mich.

CLICK HERE for the complete list

Georgia BMETs and Diagnostic Imaging Engineers Launch New Professional Society, HTMA-GA

March 6, 2015 by Pat Lynch


I am pleased to announce the launch of Georgia’s new Healthcare Technology Management Association, HTMA-GA.  Our goal is to provide an avenue for professional development through education and networking for medical and imaging equipment personnel working in the state of Georgia and surrounding areas.

HTMA-GA is a new organization, and as such, has a fluid mission and room for professionals and leaders like yourself to help mold HTMA-GA into one of the leading professional associations of its kind.  Through your participation, we can be whatever you want us to be.


Ben Lewis, President, HTMA-GABen Lewis

By becoming an individual member, for FREE, you’ll qualify for upcoming FREE education in your local area, as well as webinars and access to CMMS and TJC updates on our website.  When you become a member you will also have voting privileges in the association, which means that you will be able to influence the direction and goals of the organization. You can become an individual member by registering at .

In addition to becoming a member I would also like to invite you to meet us at our Kickoff breakfast at the MD Expo in Nashville at 8am on March 30, 2015.  You can get a FREE VIP pass for the MD Expo, which is a hundred dollar value, by visiting our website and contacting any sponsor located at the bottom of the home page.

How is this free to you?  HTMA-GA receives its funds through Corporate Membership, which is $300 per year.  This fee allows them to send you ONE email PER YEAR which will share services that they can offer to meet your medical and imaging equipment needs.  Corporate members also get their logo and link located at the bottom of our home page.  As needed, Corporate Members may also opt to sponsor additional events.  Corporate members can register at .

Financial accountability is extremely important to HTMA-GA.  Full financial details of our credits and expenditures are available to all individual and corporate members, as well as the general public on our Financial Accountability tab located on our website.

After signing up, please visit the forums page and tell us what you are looking to get out of HTMA-GA.  There is no better way to start off than to start off right!

I look forward to beginning this journey with you and working together to meet the needs of our profession in the state of Georgia.


Ben Lewis, MBA                                                                                                                                                                                                        President, HTMA-GA

Dignity Health will seek license to assume financial risk for patients

March 3, 2015 by Pat Lynch

By Melanie Evans  | February 27, 2015
Dignity Health is preparing to apply for a California health insurance license that will allow the San Francisco-based health system to accept the full financial risk for patients’ medical care.

In January, the system formed Dignity Health Provider Resources, a not-for-profit that will seek a limited Knox-Keene license. Such a license is required in California for health systems to enter into contracts with financial risk for the full spectrum of a patient’s care.

Dignity “will assume full financial risk for professional, hospital and other covered services” under contracts with California health plans, the system said in records provided to its lenders. Dignity “has not previously assumed full risk in this manner.”

Dignity Health declined to comment.

The license will not allow Dignity to market a health plan but will allow the system to accept full risk under contracts with insurers. Lloyd Dean, CEO of Dignity Health, has previously said the system would not create its own insurance company. “I think that’s ill-conceived,” Dean said. “I think it’s ultimately not going to be successful.”

Dignity operates hospitals across three states—Arizona, California and Nevada—but its officials have expressed bigger ambitions. It acquired U.S. HealthWorks, a 20-state operator of urgent-care and occupational health services, in August 2012.

The system is one of a growing number of hospital operators to aggressively expand into business models that allow hospitals to accept greater financial risk for the cost of care.

The strategy is increasingly common as Medicare, Medicaid and private health plans introduce incentives that can boost or erode hospitals’ and medical groups’ revenue based on their ability to manage the cost of patients’ care. Medicare officials and major providers and insurers recently pledged to increase incentives.

Ascension Health, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health system, has a pending deal to acquire Michigan insurer U.S. Health and Life Insurance Co. for $50 million. The insurer is licensed in 20 states and the District of Columbia and reported 2014 revenue of $80 million. Other hospital operators—Catholic Health Initiatives, Partners HealthCare, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Sutter Health—have launched or expanded insurance operations recently, with some early financial struggles.

Risk contracts are widely considered one way to blunt growth in U.S. health spending by giving hospitals and medical groups incentives to provide more efficient care. Such contracts are also worrying to some because providers could withhold treatment or avoid costly patients to save money. Risk contracts also often tie financial awards to performance on quality measures.

Hospitals and doctors that hold down spending against a target can keep some or all of what they save—depending on how much financial risk they agree to.

Dignity Health’s move to accept full risk is more aggressive than the system’s existing contracts and more aggressive than most of the types of agreements generally referred to as value-based.

Under typical accountable care contacts, for example, the financial risk is minimal. Global budgets are the riskiest agreements.

Follow Melanie Evans on Twitter: @MHmevans

7 Reasons successful people have mentors and you should too

March 2, 2015 by Pat Lynch




By Colleen Thompson on February 27, 2015 in Success




Does this sound familiar?


You have a big dream.


It’s what you were meant to do. It motivates you. It has you getting up early and staying up late.


But none of your effort seems to make a dent.


Even though you’re doing all you know to do, at the rate you’re going, you will never get where you want to be.


Maybe you are called to be a great parent or spouse.


Or, maybe you aspire to create a successful business that kicks money in your direction while you travel the world.


Either way, some of you will forever dream and some of you will be successful.


Ever wonder if there is a tool or technique that could bridge the gap between dreaming and living the dream?


Luckily, there is. It’s called mentoring.


Athletes, actors, business people, celebrity chefs, singers, authors – if you know their name, they likely have a mentor.


Ask a professional blogger if they have one.


According to The Mentor Hall of Fame, Elvis, Mick Jagger, Bill Gates and Winston Churchill all followed mentors.


If you want to be successful at anything – marriage, business, personal growth – you need a mentor.


Still not sure? Here are seven reasons why successful people have mentors and you should too.


1. They want success more than they want to be right


Have you ever been asked “Would you rather be right or would you rather be happy?”


This is something my mentor asked me when my husband and I were arguing too much. I was in the right. But I sure wasn’t happy.


Successful people want to be successful enough to let somebody more experienced guide them on how to move forward.


They aren’t set on feeling like the expert. They are set on becoming an expert at their own success, so they will take the advice of someone who has proven their expertise already.


2. They know the value of respectful copying


Successful people recognize what it takes to be excellent, even if they haven’t made it yet.


They know that most hurdles have already been solved.


Someone has poured their blood, sweat, and tears into inventing the lightbulb. A successful person is not going to waste their own sweat trying to do the same.
They ask how it’s done and then, apply those steps to their own goals.


They know they have blind spots that only someone outside the frame can see


“You can’t see the forest for the trees.”
“You can’t see the picture if you’re in it.”


These sayings cliche, but they’re true.


3. Successful people know they have blind spots.


They are humble enough to ask someone to look for the flaws in their thinking.


Successful people want to reach their goal badly enough that they’re willing to change.


They’re willing to work on their weaknesses so they can move forward.


4. They don’t want to fall for the Principle of Least Effort


Even the most motivated people are subject to the laws of life.


The Principle of Least Effort says that humans will try to get the most for the least, if the results are ‘good enough’.. That means that even the best will, sometimes, give mediocre effort if no one calls them on it.


One of your mentor’s jobs is to call you on it.


People who desire success let their mentor hold them accountable. They don’t want their own inclination to slow them down on their quest to reach their goal.


5. They know they need higher thinking to move forward


“We can’t solve problems by using the same level of thinking we used when we created them.” Whether Einstein really said this or not, it’s true.


Successful people carry themselves as far as they can on their own understanding.


Then they need someone else to point them to the next step. And, similar to not needing to be right, they don’t even need to understand why a strategy works to implement it. They want to understand so they can apply the strategy in other areas of life, but they don’t need to understand before moving forward.


I once heard a successful businessman and professional speaker say: “If you understood what I understand, you’d be where I am.”


6. They know a mentor can make general advice specific to their goal.


Have you ever read a personal growth book and come away knowing what you need to improve but having no idea how to actually make the change?


You’re not alone.


Of sixty arbitrarily chosen complaints about some of Amazon’s best sellers in the self-help and personal development categories, a full thirty-nine sited some version of ‘not enough practical techniques/how-to’s’ as their only disappointment.


Successful people know that someone with experience will be able to apply general success principles to their specific situation. Just like a mentor can see their blind spots, they can also see where a new principle will fit and have the best effect.


7. They know they need unbiased, consistent encouragement


To become successful, a person needs a certain amount of self-confidence.


That doesn’t mean that they never get discouraged in the face of challenges. And it certainly doesn’t mean that they don’t need encouragement.


Even the most successful need someone who knows where they are to remind them that they have what it takes to get their dreams.


I’m not talking a ‘Yes-Man’ telling them they’re awesome even when they foul things up. They need someone who will acknowledge their mistakes and remind them that they have overcome other, similar, challenges.


They need the coach who will stand over them yelling: “Again! You can do this. Get up and go again!”


Can you be mentored?


There is no doubt that successful people have a certain something.


That something is the willingness to be mentored.


Do you have the humility and the drive to ask for help in achieving your dream?


If you do, then it’s time to find a mentor, follow their direction and buckle yourself in.


Mentoring will change you, if you let it.


Author: Colleen Thompson


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14 awesome websites you will like

February 6, 2015 by Pat Lynch
A little off topic, but a Friday Extra.   Pat

Posted on February 1, 2015

  1. Binge Clock – This website tells you how long it will take you to binge-watch your favorite TV shows, both with and without commercials.
  2. Joshworth – If the Moon were only 1 pixel…
  3. Inkle Studios – Make your own text adventure!
  4. Paper Rater – This site checks an essay that you paste in for plagiarism, grammar, sentence structure, and more. It also assigns a grade.
  5. Inspirograph – You will love this site if you like drawing with spirographs.
  6. BBC – The 25 biggest turning points in Earth’s history.
  7. – Where is the International Space Station right now and what it can see.
  8. Bombay TV – Subtitle your own Bollywood movie!
  9. Cocktail Maker – Tells you what drinks you can make with the contents of your bar, and what you should buy to maximize the number of drinks you can make.
  10. – 8 bit dashboard.
  11. Flat vs. Realism – A beautiful website that compares Flat vs Realism design in an interactive way. Won several awards for a good reason.
  12. Chernobyl NPP – Live feed of the Chernobyl construction site.
  13. Pixilart – Draw pixel art and share with others.
  14. Bitnode – Control an RC car over the Internet.

8 IT hiring trends in 2015

February 5, 2015 by Pat Lynch
Written by Akanksha Jayanthi (Twitter | Google+)  | January 30, 2015

Information technology is growing in all industries and sectors. Here are eight trends IT leaders will be looking for in the year ahead, presented by

1. A push for full-time employees. IT is largely a consulting-base industry, but organizations are increasingly looking to hire on IT staff full time. The report indicates the improving economy and a shift away from hiring freezes may be contributing to this trend.

2. IT certifications are on the rise. David Foote, chief analyst and research officer with Foote Partners, said in the report IT certifications increased by nearly 1 percent in market value for the year, demonstrating seven straight quarters of growth. Mr. Foote said this “is unprecedented in the 16 years we have been reporting certifications market pay.”

3. Big data skills are slowing down. Paying employees for big data skills is less prominent than expected, as the ROI on big data investments isn’t so apparent. “A bunch of big data skills dropped off the list [of skills with the highest pay premiums],” Mr. Foote said.

4. Human capital management is becoming popular. Mr. Foote said human resources technologies are gaining traction as it is becoming increasingly complicated to manage employees and their pay, bonuses and skills pay premiums. He suggested specializing in human resources IT solutions could be beneficial.

5. Employers have more cloud skills. As the demand for cloud technology rises, so does the number of employees with cloud skills and jobs, according to the report. “Employers have responded to cloud skills gaps with training and development to produce the skill levels they need,” Mr. Foote said. Additionally, market pay for cloud certifications increased 2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, totaling a 1.1 percent increase over the entire year, according to the report.

6. Cybersecurity skills remain in demand. Organizations are focusing more time and energy on cybersecurity issues, and IT leaders are pushing to take these threats more seriously. Certifications in auditing, hacking and forensics are valuable, and Mr. Foote said cybersecurity forensic analyst certification is the second highest paying certification among 55 certifications one can receive for information security.

7. IT architects gaining more demand. Both the demand and pay for IT and software architects is projected to grow in the upcoming year. According to the report, The Open Group Architecture Framework, security, data and infrastructure architecture are among the highest paying skills.

8. Along with architects, software quality assurance is needed. Not only do organizations need software and the architects who build it, but they need assurance that the job was done correctly and has good customer usability, according to the report.