PCEHR, IHI, Insert Acronyms

Saw the news ticker “New e-health system to see all Australians given electronic health record” on TV this morning, which of course piqued my interest as it’s only something I spent 2 full-time years that my parents paid exorbitant international postgraduate fees on. How many of you have heard of the term PCEHR? How many of you know that you have long been assigned an IHI? How many of you have actually set up, logged in and used the existing national e-health system? I have, I have, and I have, but only because I studied and am actually working in my field, and actively pay attention to the development.

The new e-health system is an opt-out, I heard, but I have a feeling it’s going to be the same fail implementation that no-one but healthcare practitioners would use. Can’t fully blame the government for not promoting it properly, though; most people really just don’t care.

I Donated Blood, Apr 2015!

It’s been half a year since I “>Japan ski trip.

A friend asked what my motivation for regulation donation was. I honestly don’t know. It just seems like the right thing to do. smile

Ross Noble – Tangentleman

Ross Noble was as chill, random and tangential tonight at his Tangentleman show at Enmore Theatre as he’s over the radio, when we discovered his Australia tour (which was also the first time I’d heard of him as I don’t pay attention to stand-up comedies). Loved the audience interaction throughout.

Ross Noble - Tangentleman (Sydney)
Selfie at the Ross Noble – Tangentleman Sydney show, for great justice

I preferred the first half of the show; Richard preferred the last with more pop culture references. I’m very particular about humour (filthy jokes = okay; child abuse and rape jokes = no), and I think this show passed! A great way to end a hump day! smile

Geek Time: GTX 970

Took advantage of the eBay 20% off tech stuff promo (selected retailers only) earlier and grabbed a new graphics card from the Kogan store. I ordered at a time when the Qantas Points Online Mall was running their double points promotion as well. *explodes from bargain*

Gigabyte GTX 970: Box
My new Gigabyte GTX 970 in the box!

It’s here! It’s here it’s here it’s here it’s here!

Gigabyte GTX 970: In the Case
Cable management? What’s that?

A long overdue upgrade! And cable management be damned! (Deja vu?)

Gigabyte GTX 970 vs EVGA GTX 470 Size
The new Gigabyte GTX 970 (top) is a few cm bigger than my old EVGA GTX 470 (bottom)

The new card is so quiet. Running the same two monitors, the 970 temperature under load is lower than my old 470 with fans spinning at a higher speed at idle. Seriously.

Time to geek! Things to stop caring about: friends, boyfriend, sleep, food, personal hygiene, work.

Meetup with Zomato Sydney Community Managers

Urbanspoon, the restaurant review site I actively participate in, has the the best external blog post integration system not found elsewhere. It has also been acquired by Zomato recently. I gradually noticed changes on the Urbanspoon site, and had mostly been in denial about the acquisition as I didn’t want to imagine what would happen to my favourite blog feature after what I perceived to be the eventual demise of the site.

So it must be understandable that when I received the email from Nick the Zomato Sydney Community Manager about a meetup, my emotions went from “Ding! Food blogger status level up!” to “THIS IS THE END OF URBANSPOON!” within half a second.

Henley's Wholefoods Alexandria Today is the day of the meetup with Nick and Richa the Community Managers, at the cafe of my choice. After the introductions, food ordering and my trying to hide my THIS-IS-THE-END-OF-URBANSPOON! fears, they proceeded to explain to me the Urbanspoon-Zomato transition process. They demonstrated the Zomato phone app, yet to be populated with Australian restaurant reviews. But more importantly, they assured me that food bloggers will not lose their beloved blog entry integration function, Spoonback! Hurray!

For once, I also didn’t have to explain or apologise for taking pictures of food! smile

This is what I understood about the transition process from our meeting:

  • Urbanspoon’s Spoonback feature will be integrated into Zomato.
  • All existing Urbanspoon reviews and content will be imported into Zomato.
  • Restaurants will be added by Zomato staff, including restaurant menu uploads and photos supplied by the restaurants themselves.
  • Restaurant details and menu will be updated every few months, also by Zomato staff.
  • Restaurant photos will be sorted by official uploads first, followed by user-submitted.
  • The full transition is expected to complete within this year.
  • Zomato Australia intends to run local community events, such as sushi-making classes! (I think I’ll be invited to some of those!)

Main differences between Urbanspoon and Zomato that I picked up:

  • Zomato operates globally across 20 countries and has local offices in each city here in Australia. Urbanspoon is a Seattle-based company of 40 staff.
  • Zomato has compulsory ratings on a scale of 1 to 5 stars in half-star increments. Urbanspoon has optional like (“I like it”) or dislike (“I don’t”) buttons and an overall percentage of how many people liked it.
  • Zomato has a weighted system where reviews of more trusted users will become the top reviews. Urbanspoon reviews are mostly listed in reverse chronological order.
  • Zomato restaurants can only be added by Zomato staff. Urbanspoon restaurants can be added by other users.

Questions I wish I’d asked:

  • Zomato has compulsory ratings. How would current reviews on Urbanspoon — favourites, likes, dislikes, neutral (no like or dislike), wishlist — be transferred over?
  • What happens with current Urbanspoon users who have earned the “Prime” status (most active users, of which I’m one)?

I guess I’ll have to find out on my own later.

Thank you for your time, Nick and Richa! It was wonderful of Zomato (Australia) to organise this and I do feel a lot more reassured after the meeting. I look forward to participating in the Zomato community once THIS IS THE END OF URBANSPOON! it launches for Australia with all the amazing features of Urbanspoon integrated later in the year! The next time we meet up, maybe I’ll remember to take a picture with you two as well!


The ISTQB Foundation Level exam was one of the tougher exams I’ve sat yet. The pass grade is 65% (at least 26 correct answers out of the 40 questions) and, at the time of writing, the global pass rate is just under 75% (1 in 4 fails). I spent three exhausting days at a professional training course for this plus an entire weekend studying and stressing out. It’s been a while since I’d done any exam and this is one of the few where I’ve walked in thinking there’s a possibility that I might fail.

The actual exam was even more difficult than I anticipated. I walked out wondering if I’d passed…

ISTQB Certificate
ISTQB Certificate

And I did — with an 80%! How tricky it was made it all the more satisfying. Brag-worthy, methinks! smile

Banana Bread After the Storm

Did the decent thing of taking the washing down from the shared backyard for the neighbour, who was out at the time, before it stormed. Got this in return this morning:

Banana Bread
A note and three slices of banana bread!