Monthly Archives: March 2006

Mail2Mirc update

First, please don’t point Mail2Mirc at your primary email account where you receive
regular email. Mail2Mirc will try to create MIRCdocuments from all the emails and
will delete them all.

Second I am working on a new Beta of Mail2Mirc that should be ready sometime next
week. Updates will include XML configuration although there will be no encryption
in this release. The configuration tool has been completely revamped and its functionality
has been significantly improved. Mail2Mirc now checks on the availability of the MIRC
server before checking the mail. If the MIRC server is not available then Mail2Mirc
will not check the mail. Also Mail2Mirc will be able to send you an email back verifying
reciept and containing a link to the case.

Have a great weekend.

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Mail2Mirc 1.0 Beta

1.0 Beta


Mail2Mirc is a service that converts
emails into MIRC cases and loads them into a MIRC server. The user simply sends an
email to a specified email account and the software will create a MIRCdocument and
send it to the MIRC server.


These instructions assume that you
already have a MIRC server installed. If you do not have a MIRC server installed please
see for


  1. Download Microsoft .Net
    framework version 2.0

Download the version for x86

Alternatively you can use Windows
Update to install the .Net Framework

  1. Download and
    run Mail2MircInstaller.msi. You need to have administrative rights in order to install

  2. Configure Mail2Mirc using the configuration

    1. Start -> Mirc -> Mail2Mirc

    2. Set the POP account information

                                                               i.      Server

                                                             ii.      Username

                                                            iii.      Password

    1. Set the MIRCS Submit Service URL

    2. Click Save Configuration
  1. Start the service using Windows
    Services Snapin in Administrative Tools
  2. >


    1. The user account information for
      the email server is stored in plain text in the registry. In a future version all
      configuration information will be stored in an XML configuration file with sensitive
      information encrypted.

    2. For a more secure deployment use
      a local user account with restricted privileges to run the service.


    Mail2Mirc supports four pieces of
    information in the email. Those are title, history, findings and discussion. For the
    purposes of this application those are reserved words and cannot be used in the text
    of the email except to denote where the blocks of text start. Just attach the images
    as you would any other file. Use only plain text email. HTML has not been tested.


    Example body text:


    Title Test Case

    History there is no history

    Findings Mail2Mirc is awesome

    Discussion I hope that you enjoy
    using it


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Concerning the GE purchase of IDX

recently announced that it had purchased IDX,
a supplier of healthcare information systems. On the surface this acquisition seems
to make sense. GE has a portfolio of specialized healthcare applications. For instance
last year GE software was involved in half of all births in the


. With many such applications that are successful in their own relatively small markets
it would seem to make sense that a strategy to tie them all together would be in order.
Enter IDX CareCast. CareCast is an EMR
that has an install base of around 600 hospitals. With an EMR as part of its core
offerings GE could sell a coherent solution that offers an application in almost every
space in healthcare.


Underneath there may be problems.
CareCast is 25 years old. It says so right on their website. The core of CareCast
is written in COBOL. There weren’t enough COBOL programmers to go around six years
ago. I am not convinced that COBOL programmers are growing in number. Traditionally
CareCast ran on Tandem mainframes. Today it only runs on HP NonStop servers with FailSafe
Technology. FailSafe is derived from Tandem mainframes.


Am I missing something? GE seems
to have bought technology that is aging at best. IDX was fired last year from providing
applications to
Southern England
as part of national healthcare IT initiative. The reason that was given was not being
modern enough from an IT perspective. Surely GE knew this. So GE must be seeing some
hidden value that is causing them to pay $1.2 billion for IDX. So what am I missing?


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