Archives for February 26, 2005

The First Internet Photo

LHC: The First Band on the Web

Back in 1992, after their show at the CERN Hardronic Festival, my colleague Tim Berners-Lee asked me for a few scanned photos of “the CERN girls” to publish them on some sort of information system he had just invented, called the “World Wide Web”. I had only a vague idea of what that was, but I scanned some photos on my Mac and FTPed them to Tim’s now famous “”. How was I to know that I was passing an historical milestone, as the one above was the first picture ever to be clicked on in a web browser!”

Silvano de Gennaro

Well, it’s not much to see, but here it is:

Les Horribles Cernettes

via Slashdot

AED’s recalled; you are NOT affected (directly) – Medtronic recalling 2,000 defibrillators – Feb 25, 2005

Medtronic Inc. said Friday it is recalling nearly 2,000 automatic defibrillators that may not work properly.

The company said the machines may not correctly analyze a patient’s heart rhythm, possibly preventing the machine from defibrillating the heart when it is needed.

The recall covers 1,924 Lifepak 500 AED’s made in 1997, the company said. Automatic defibrillators analyze heart rhythm in people that may be having a heart attack and, if necessary, shock the heart back into rhythm.

Nowhere in this disturbing article do they actually use the word EXTERNAL, which is what these defibs are: they’re the ones with the patches on the outside of the chest used in airports, sports arenas, and big amusement parks in case you drop dead.

Now, this article is disturbing, as

Medtronic said it has received 54 reports of instances involving this group of defibrillators, including eight cases where it may have prevented patient resuscitation.

Wow, that’s a lotta failures, even for a device that’s fairly complicated but supposed to be foolproof enough to save a life.

Anyway, they’re external defibrillators, so don’t lose any sleep over your implanted one.

The Saddest Honeymoon Pics Ever

…come from the memory card of a camera belonging to deceased honeymooners John and Jackie Knill of Vancouver, British Columbia. Their camera was recovered and the pictures survived them. The ones shown feature the tsunami from ground level, as it approached. By the time the shutter clicked they probably knew they had no hope of suriviving.