Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Where technology really makes a difference

For those of you that know me - you know that i have a pretty big love
for all sorts of technology, love the odd gadget or ten and really enjoy
the compute infrastructure area that i work in - its great fun and i
couldn't imagine doing another job that satisfies both my tech curiosity
and the ability to work out why things do what they do...

Basically - I think technology is really cool - and I just love playing
with it.. However, i have now got a new appreciation for technology and
how it can help us (shame it took me 38 yrs to build this view!).

You may not be aware that my wife (Jill) gave birth to our 3rd child on
Thursday 16th September 2010 to Holly Isabella. As you would expect a
proud father to say, she is truly stunning and has changed our lives
forever.. And Jill, well she just continues to amaze me - after giving
birth and having her body put through physical stress that i can only
imagine - she was up and around 4 hours after giving birth, taking care
of Holly, fussing over our other two children (Conor and Abbie) - the
next day, back home and with the exception of taking a few paracetamol
was walking around as normal (like i say - pretty amazing!)

So - what is this article about, well - the thing that truely amazed me
was the tech that was to be found in the birthing suite where Holly was
born... Was it shiny and fancy looking - No! But this stuff is far
cooler that that - this stuff saves lives, monitors health and really
helps us out!

You could monitor and see what was going on with Holly before she was
born, you could see how Jill was doing, tell when things were going well
(and in some cases not so well, where heart rates started to drop etc).
The combination of all these monitors and machines with the medical
experience of doctors, nurses, midwives etc was just mind blowing. This
tech allowed them to make informed decisions that truly made differences
to peoples lives (not just adding $'s onto some business transaction).

Our No.2 Child was born just over 6 years ago, and the other thing that
surprised me this time round, being in the hospital was the advancement
of some of the machinery...

I guess what i am trying to say is that it was nice to see technology
really make a difference to peoples lives rather than funding some bank
balance, building some war machine or driving some multi-zillion dollar
transaction that makes no real fundamental difference to peoples lives

Anyway - thats it really, other than to say- Baby Holly is doing fine,
Jill is doing great and we could all do with just a tad more sleep!

Cheers,

Stuart.

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