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Quick and Dirty, Part Four
March 25, 2008 10:04 AM by Scott Warner
We've seen that the lowly batch file can help capture quality data with little programming. Let's examine how this batch file works. Here it is: @ECHO OFF ECHO 1 - Smith ECHO 2 - Jones ECHO 3 - Doe ECHO . SET /P CHOICE=Enter choice SET /P ACCT=Enter account Read More...
Quick and Dirty, Part Three
March 19, 2008 12:44 PM by Scott Warner
Recently, 3-hour long evening classes were locally offered to managers to learn Microsoft Word. That seems excessive for a fancy typewriter, except that Word 2003 for Dummies is 432 pages. Technology meant to save us so much work shouldn't be this complicated. Read More...
Quick and Dirty, Part Two
March 17, 2008 12:15 PM by Scott Warner
(Read Part One .) The beauty of a quick and dirty solution is its simplicity. I'll admit it isn't always preferable--many times it amounts to a hack--but if it works, it works. Data mining problems don't necessarily need cumbersome, complex or paperwork Read More...
Quick and Dirty, Part One
March 13, 2008 1:21 PM by Scott Warner
As a programmer on the coast of Maine 20 years ago, I liked a quick and dirty solution--the inelegant, simplistic, but often workable idea. Scientists call this lex parsimoniae or Occam's Razor (after a 14 th century English logician), which states the Read More...
Fire Plans
March 11, 2008 11:30 AM by Scott Warner
The Hindu reports a fire at Railway Hospital in Perambur , the fourth largest city in India, that began from a spark generated by a window air conditioner. There were no casualties, although the laboratory runs parallel to the hospital's children's wing. Read More...


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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
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