February 26th, 2007


GEEK: How to install Firewatir on Intel Mac OS X Tiger

[EDIT: This is outdated! Go here for an updated tutorial. ]

Firewatir is the Firefox version of Watir, which is a web application testing framework that uses ruby to drive Internet Explorer to run automated test scripts. Both Watir and Firewatir are developed natively on Windows--this is an incomplete, rough draft of my attempts to get it running on Mac OS X

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Do gamers make better surgeons?

Via Reason, originally reported in the LA Times

Doctors who reported having played video games at least three hours a week sometime in their past worked 27% faster and made 37% fewer errors on the surgical tasks compared with those who had never picked up a game controller, according to the study in the Archives of Surgery...

The research looked at 33 surgeons attending a course on laparoscopic surgery and found that their game-playing skill was a better predictor of success on the surgical tests than years of medical practice or number of surgeries performed.