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Why Not Paperless?
February 26, 2010 6:04 AM by Scott Warner
In my last blog, I lamented the faults of computers somewhat disingenuously. I like them. They’ve been in most laboratories since the Apple II . This isn't new technology . So, why do so many techs resist the idea of paperless procedures? Why not paperless? Read More...
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Again, Paperless
February 22, 2010 6:03 AM by Scott Warner
BusinessWeek forecast "The Office of the Future" in 1975: Pake says that in 1995 his office will be completely different; there will be a TV-display terminal with keyboard sitting on his desk. "I'll be able to call up documents from my files on the screen, Read More...
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Building a Better Requisition
February 17, 2010 6:28 AM by Scott Warner
HTML , which stands for Hypertext Markup Language , is the substrate of the internet. It embeds "tags" into the text of a web page – commands within brackets – that tell your browser software how to display the information. It's simple, powerful, and Read More...
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The Right Fit
February 12, 2010 7:02 AM by Scott Warner
The American Heritage Dictionary defines ergonomics as "The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort." In other words, making sure a workspace is designed Read More...
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Lean Dreams
February 8, 2010 6:26 AM by Scott Warner
By now, few of us in the industry haven't heard of " Lean ," Toyota's production system. To maximize productivity, we have to eliminate "waste," including extra steps, overproduction, product defects, and so on. It's an idea with great appeal, especially Read More...
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More Smears, More Science
February 3, 2010 6:13 AM by Scott Warner
In August 2008 I blogged , "Experience teaches that day-to-day, tech-to-tech variation in identifying and counting cells is greater than, and not necessarily caused by, millimeters on feathered edges." In other words, prettier smears don't make counts Read More...
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