Louis Kraml

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Hospitals, News

For the second year in a row, Louis Kraml, CEO at Bingham Memorial Hospital, has received the National Award for Patient Satisfaction. This should be of no surprise for the over 100,000 people that have been treated at this hospital.

Louis Kraml

Louis Kraml

Louis Kraml has used the occasion to emphasize the fact that this medical institution does its best to offer high quality medical services for all its patients.

Basically, the patients have scored the hospital led by Kraml in the top five percent facilities all over the U.S. for 48 months in a row.

The Healing Center at Idaho’s Doctors Hospital has announced the first Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Summit in Pocatello. The purpose of the summit was to put into perspective several new ways in which people leaving in Idaho that have suffered from traumatic brain injury can be better helped and assisted. Prevention of brain injuries has also played an important role and was discussed during the summit, of course.

The doctors, together with the management team – represented by Louis Kraml – agreed that each brain injury is unique, so it has to be treated with extra care.

At present, Bingham Memorial Hospital and Idaho Doctors Hospital are financing medical studies as a way to give thanks to the nation’s heroes. It is known that in the U.S. there are about 4 million Americans that suffer from brain injuries.

Under the management of Louis Kraml, Bingham Memorial Hospital has received the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant. This means that the efforts dedicated to improving the quality of the medical services has been attested. The money was directed towards creating the Rural Wisconsin Healthcare Cooperative Quality Indicators System, in an effort to improve the medical outcomes that really matter.

“The outcomes that matter” is a name given to all medical efforts that lead not only to medical improvement, but also to quality of life improvements for the patients. Louis Kraml has stated that he is fully dedicated to sustaining the rural hospitals.

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Romanian Car Rentals

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Car Rentals

Welcome Dragos Vlad, the owner of Thrifty, a car rental company in Bucharest, Romania. His blog is located at http://www.thrifty.ro/blog.

Blocter: What are the most important problems that any car rental company has to deal with?

DV: The biggest one by far is customer satisfaction. People rent cars paying with their hard earned money, so they expect top quality services in return. And all is well until something goes wrong…

Blocter: What do you mean by that?

DV: Let’s say that one of the clients crashes the car. This happens quite often, by the way. Sometimes the client will simply refuse to pay the repair costs. And all of a sudden, you are dealing with a formerly happy client who is now very angry and wants to get out of this problem that he has created without covering any of the damage costs. It’s not a job for the faint of heart.

Blocter: I see your point. So how do you see the car rental industry within the following few years?

DV: I see more and more green cars being used for rental services, as this concept is loved by more and more people. Fortunately, we are also rending Chevrolet cars, and Chevrolet has been a pioneer when it comes to electricity powered vehicles. As we all know, Chevrolet Volt has had an immense success, and many of the car rental companies were inspired by its popularity.

Blocter: What about Romania? From what I know it has some beautiful roads, but some people complain about its not so great highways.

romaniaDV: Well, it looks like you did your research well. In fact, the prestigious Top Gear magazine has mentioned one of the Romanian roads is being amongst the most beautiful in the entire world. Actually, I think that they have given it the first place in the world. On the other hand, there are some roads that would really need some repairs. Fortunately, by renting the car in Romania you won’t have to concern yourself with repairing its suspensions, and so on, and you’ll just concentrate on your vacation.

Blocter: Any other thing that you would like to add?

DV: Yes, I would like to use this opportunity to encourage the people who are interested in visiting Romania to do so. Romania is a beautiful country and if you come here, you will find out that the locals are very welcoming. Not only that, but Bucharest also has lots of interesting things to see and do, no matter if you are interested in visiting its beautiful museums or you plan to spend your evenings in a nice restaurant or club.

Blocter: Thank you a lot, Dragos Vlad!

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Colocation and Cloud Hosting Explained

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Hosting

Our guest today is Bob Spiegel, CEO and founder of QuoteColo, a company that offers colocation and cloud hosting services. So let’s welcome Bob!

bob-spiegelBlocter: Please tell us a few things about yourself.

Bob: I am happily married, I’ve got four great kids and I like to spend my days at the beach, surfing and scuba diving.

Blocter: That’s not too close to colocation and cloud hosting, isn’t it?

Bob (laughs): Well, it’s what pays the bills. And seriously, it’s something I’m really passionate about. I started doing this business over 15 years ago and I’ve never gotten bored of it.

Blocter: So what is it that you do? What services does QuoteColo offer?

Bob: Basically, we are a colocation broker. We work with about 500 nationwide cloud and colocation hosting providers to find the best prices and services for custom hosting needs.

Blocter: OK, that sounds cool. So you find a company that is interested in cloud hosting, and then you ask a small fee, putting them in contact with the proper colocation provider?

Bob: That’s pretty much it, excepting the fact that we offer a free service – the colocation providers pay us a referral fee, without asking the clients any extra money.

Blocter: Wow! That’s a win-win situation, isn’t it?

Bob: Well, that’s how you keep a business running for over 15 years…

Blocter: So can you give us the basics of cloud hosting? Lots of people talk about it, and yet very few of us really understand it.

Bob: Here’s an example that should be easy to understand: cloud hosting is pretty much like a bank. You take your money there, I take my money there, and the bank stores it. Now replace “money” with “data”: lots of people take their data to a “data bank”, a data center that uses multiple servers to store your and my precious info.

Blocter: So what is a private cloud then? It’s like renting your own room in the bank?

Bob: Yeah, you’ve got that quite right. With private cloud hosting, you actually own the bank, if I may say so.

Blocter: Sweet! What about colocation?

Bob: With colocation, you don’t use other people’s servers, other people’s computers to store your data. You invest money in a powerful server, and then you take it to a colocation hosting center and let them take care of it.

Blocter: I see… but why would I want to do that? I mean, what are the advantages in comparison with a standard website hosting account?

Bob: There are several advantages with colocation hosting. To begin with, you are in total control of your files. Your entire website resides on your server, and if something needs to be edited, you don’t have to ask somebody else to give you permission to access your files, etc.

Then, you’ve got total freedom in changing the web host at any time. With standard hosting, you are basically tied to a particular website hosting company and the migration is painful most of the time. On the other hand, if you have your own server and use colocation hosting, changing the service providers is as easy as walking into a room and taking your server to the new provider.

Blocter: Those are good reasons! But why shouldn’t I store the server in my own house?

Bob: Well, you could do that! Still, all the colocation providers use special facilities, with temperature-controlled environments, to store your server. And if you leave your house, you don’t have to worry that somebody will break in and steal your precious data.

Blocter: These are all great reasons to choose a colocation provider, Bob! Thank you for your time, it’s really appreciated!

Bob: Thank you for having me.

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A History of Blogging

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Blogging

Lots of people are using blogs as a way to communicate their opinions with the entire world these days, so I thought that it would be interesting to start this blog with an article that describes the history of blogging. But then I thought that some of you might wonder what is a blog, after all?

blogging-historyA blog is a conversation that is posted on the internet and is made out of comments that are displayed chronologically. Blogs have become more and more popular and they are indeed an important segment of the internet culture. Millions of people worldwide spend at least minutes (often times hours) each day reading various blogs.

There are several types of blogs and depending on your personal preferences you can easily find one that suits you best. There are blogs that discuss news, technology, jobs, hobbies or blogs that have been crested purely for entertainment purposes. However, it is important to understand that the blogs have a short history, as they appeared only five to ten years ago.

Most specialists and the internet researchers have established that links.net was the very first blog that has appeared in the virtual world. It was launched by Justin Hall, who was back in 1994 a student. That time the name used for this type of web application was not that of “blog”. He created a personal homepage that has afterwards been given the name “blog”.

In 1997 the name “weblog” was already on the market and its creation is linked to Jorn Barger. The name was meant to reflect logging on the web. In 1999 the term “blog” was used for the very first time by the programmer Peter Merholz. After five years, Merriam-Webster declared the word blog to be the word of the year.

During the 2000′s the blogs developed a lot and if during 1999 there were about 20 blogs on the net, in 2006 there were about 50 million blogs. The first popular blogs were dealing with politics, and different political candidates started using blogs to promote themselves. But also blogs with certain topics became more and more popular. People began to love reading posts on pop culture, news, fashion etc.

It took several years, but finally in 2001 there were launched different articles on how to create a blog, how to write an article, how to post an article, and so on. Some of the most popular blogs started in the beginning of the 2000′s. The list may contain names like Boing Boing, Dooce, Gizmodo and the Huffington Post. In the very same period, several blog platforms have been created, and among them WordPress, which was built in 2003, definitely deserves a mention.

In 2002 the first engine that searched for blogs was launched. A year later Audioblogger, a major podcasting service, was launched, and in 2004 people had access to video blogs.

When blog owners began to earn money with their blogs, mega blogs were launched and people began to make fortunes over the night (well, maybe over the year). In 2005 a researched showed that 32 million Americans were reading blogs, meaning than more than ten per cent of the U.S. population was using them. Starting with the year 2004 blogs began to be used on much larger scales, as politicians, organizations, candidates etc, were posting to or reading blogs.

Before 2009 the blogs were managed by single individuals but after that year, multi author blogs appeared on the market and they displayed posts created by more people.

At present there are countless blogs on the internet, containing posts on almost any possible subject. There are blogs that contain mainly texts, photos, videos, music.

In February 2011 there were no less than 156 million public blogs.

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