#DevTO Does The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Controversial or not, the ALS #IceBucketChallenge was an ingenious social campaign to raise much needed awareness to a medical condition that impacts many around the world. Here are the known facts:

  • ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
  • ALS can strike anyone, women and men, young and old.
  • In Canada, approximately 2,500 to 3,000 are living with the disease. In the U.S approximately 5,000 people are diagnosed each year and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 people in the U.S may have the disease. How many world wide? That appears to be unknown today.

I found it rather difficult to find quantifiable global research around how many people have had this or even how many currently have it. This must indicate how greatly more funding is required for global ALS research, records and reports.

Here goes…pouring ice on yourself is fun… but make sure you also donate!

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Super-sizing your Ruby App – Tracey Lauren

It is the story behind my endeavour to apply tried and true scaling strategies to a large Ruby on Rails app only to discover they did not apply.Why is there so much controversy over Enterprise level Ruby on Rails solutions? Why are there little to no examples? What was the eventual solution, and how can it be adapted to any large scale  Enterprise Application, RoR or otherwise.

Tracy Lauren is a self taught Software Engineer who has worked on many ground breaking projects in her 17 years in IT. She is currently an Enterprise Application Architect for Mosaic Sales solutions, and is responsible for the architecture of their flagship IT software mPower. Tracy likes to work with the newest technologies, and frequently will mentor startup tech companies.  As an avid gamer, Tracy is currently writing her own web based RTS in her spare time (ya right!), and does not believe that there is a problem that technology cannot solve.

How does Security Blanket Work?


The Security Blanket system is made up of two parts:
The first is a network of phones, computers, and other devices that are connected by having one of our applications installed. Security Blanket also offers a “plugin”, or SDK, that can be included in any application — so any organization with an app can let their users choose to help find lost children, too. This system is completely invisible to users and works in the background, so no effort is required in order to help. Data is only ever shared with law enforcement and a child’s information and/or location are never made public.
The second part lets parents attach a beacon to their child and register that beacon’s unique signal with our system. It’s up the parent to decide how much or how little personal information is included, and none of it is stored on our servers — anything identifiable stays solely on the parent’s phone or device. If the child goes missing, the parent can report them lost through the mobile app or website, which immediately triggers Security Blanket’s global network to start scanning for their child’s unique signal.

Once the network has found the child’s signal, law enforcement officers can see the child’s location, and coordinate search efforts appropriately. The more devices picking up the signal, the more accurate the location will become, until the child is located and returned safely home.