Zane H. Healy
healyzh at aracnet.com
Thu Jun 11 12:50:43 CDT 2009
On Thu, 11 Jun 2009, Cameron Kaiser wrote:
>>> Probably yes - and the frightening thing is that they are partially
>>> right. There _are_ definitely hospital databases running on Windows
>>> machines. If you count ATMs, then yes, there are Windows machines that
>> Even worse than hospital databases is the critical monitoring
>> equipment running on Windows. When our first child was born the
>> fetal monitor crashed. It was running Windows NT, and guess who had
>> to get it back up and running when none of the Hospital staff could.
>> I was not amused. I was even less amused by how ancient of a version
>> of the OS they had running on a very modern Dell box.
> I shall not mention the hospital, but during my residency I was appalled
> to discover the fetal monitors running *original* NT (this was in the days
> of NT 4 + umpteen service packs and W2K just around the corner).
This was six years ago, and XP was in full swing at the time. It was made
worse becuase I remembered reading the license agreement for the version
they were using, and it included a statement that said it shouldn't be used
for this sort of task.
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