Utility Smart

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Utility Smart App Talks

Utility Smart is an app developed by Jesse Feiler and Curt Gervich to help raise awareness about the use of utilities in the City of Plattsburgh. This app aims to help people becomes more aware of how our energy choices impact the environment to help us make more green choices.

Jesse's Newest Book: iPad For Seniors for Dummies - 9th edition


Break out your reading glasses—iPad instructions for seniors are here Why should the kids have all the fun? If you're ready to catch up on the latest technology, getting an iPad is a great first step. They're immensely popular tablets, and you're about to discover why! Using a larger font for both the text and its full-color figures, iPad For Seniors For Dummies makes it faster and easier to keep connected in your golden years.

Jesse's HomeKit Book


This book is the complete guide to Apple's home automation technology, HomeKit. You’ll learn the HomeKit platform structure and how it supports devices―existing and planned―and you’ll get a thorough grounding on new and useful apps that deliver a new generation of home automation in a secure and innovative environment. 

Future of Facebook (and other social media)

Social media platforms are just like any other social space -- restaurants, parks, bars and coffee shops, and meetings of all types. Sometimes, the southwest corner of a park is taken over by chess players of all ages and types; other times (or a few years or decades later) it might be the place for new parents to push their kids' strollers. The trendy restaurant of this year is sure to be replaced by another trending restaurant over time (maybe it's a new restaurant or maybe it's a new trend).

Some special cases jump off the merry-go-round of change as they do something so special that is remains away from the churning of social spaces. These social spaces last forever and ever...until they don't. 

Using Search Queries and Little Data (but big analysis) in Health Care

"Microsoft Finds Cancer Clues in Search Queries" NYTimes, June 6, 2016. John Markoff.


The big take-away isn't pancreatic cancer. Actually, there are two. First of all, this comment about one of the paper's co-authors -- "Dr. White is now the chief technology officer of health intelligence in a recently created Health & Wellness division at Microsoft." Isn't Microsoft a computer software company? And, in a related questions, what's Apple doing with HealthKit and CareKit? 

The fact that Bing can crunch a lot of numbers over a lot of people is very useful (remember Google's flu predictions based on searches?). But the key is that in order for people to do these searches, they had to have a question or a concern. Can we bypass all the big data stuff to get the patient with some vague question or unease directly to relevant information? 

Perhaps the answer isn't big data -- it's small data such as the data and massive data manipulation power that people are carrying around in their pockets. A transition is under way from institution-centered data (see hospitals's patient portals, regional portals, insurance companies, and the like) to patient-centered data (see CareKit). We don't need a lot of data -- we just need the right data, and increasingly, it's in the patient's hands (pocket, whatever) and it's always available because people know where their phone is even if they haven't got a clue how to navigate the myriad of institution-centered databases in which they might participate.

Personally, I have high hopes (very high hopes -- fingers crossed) for the details of CareKit at WWDC next week so that we can connect the person with the relevant information by way of computing power and communications rather than sorting through enormous amounts of data. We may be watching one of those big changes where everything falls into place.

Saranac River Trail App

The Saranac River Trail follows the river through the City of Plattsburgh weaving its way across the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh, along Pine Street, and across the Saranac Street bridge (closed to motorized vehicles but open to bikes and walkers). Phase II, currently under construction, will add a new bridge across the river to Durkee Street and City Hall Place ending at the MacDonough Monument opposite City Hall. Spurs will connect from the Saranac Street Bridge to Stafford Middle School and eventually to Peace Point Park where the river empties into Lake Champlain.