Thursday, July 29, 2010

HHS Breach notification data presented in a useful (maybe) way...

I know you can get the HHS Breach Notification information here:

It is great that HHS put's this out, but...
using the data is pretty painful.  It's just an HTML page, with no good way to make sense of the data.

Because I wanted to dig deeper, I tossed all the data into a Google Docs spreadsheet.

It's not pretty, but maybe someone will find it helpful.

I did this in just a few minutes, I believe it is accurate... but I'm not perfect.
I'd love to keep this up to date as HHS releases new data, but I'm not sure that will happen...
Use at your own risk.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Phoneix businesses are apparently getting hammered by the "Papers Please Law"


Phoenix is getting hit so hard by the "Papers Please Law" that the hotels have started using unsolicited emails asking folks to plan events there.

It is so sad  that stupid, racist politics are impacting real businesses in such a bad way...

Actual text of the email I just received:

I am with the Abcdefg Ijklmno Phoenix Airport Hotel.  I want to see if you ever schedule any meetings or events in the Phoenix area?

We are conveniently located less than a mile from Sky Harbor International Airport (with complimentary Airport shuttle). We are the only hotel with a Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxx at our front door. You will experience the ease and convenience of the Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxx which connects you to professional and collegiate sporting venues, as well as great dining and shopping. Just minutes from downtown Phoenix, the Convention Center and Tempe, home of Arizona State University. Other nearby attractions include spring training venues for the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants.

I may be reached directly at or 602-999-9999.  Please visit our website at or feel free to call me if I can be of any further assistance.

Make it a great day!

Sales Person
Sales Manager

Time for an update maybe?

 Information Week has this post up about lame government web sites.

The one for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces is especially outdated.

This is the site today (scrolled up, for comparison)

This is how it looked on 12/12/1998, almost 12 years ago...

In that time, it appears someone has learned:
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Compare for yourself:

Today vs.12/12/1998