QTime at T4G Geekfest

Tonight, I will be attending T4G’s Geekfest event in Toronto!

I will be there to show off my idea called QTime.  The idea is focused on interfacing with existing hospital systems to help determine estimates wait times by triage level.  In addition to the public facing component, QTime would provide staff and administrators with real time metrics and information to help them identify and correct issues before they get out of hand.

I know a lot of you are interested in this idea, but can’t make it here for the event.

If you are one of those people, do not worry – simply visit the link below to see the QTime prototype in action!

Note: The data feed stopped on March 9th; however, I will keep the prototype up for a while for anyone who wants to see it!

Remember to try the link using both your computer and mobile device!  The same page will render differently based on your device.

Dashboard View

When using your computer, you will see a dashboard website giving current and historical ER information for a specific hospital.  A snapshot at the top provides quick access to important metrics (and recent target trends).  Waiting room queues and estimates wait times are broken out by triage level.  Color coding is used to identify estimated wait times that would exceed targets.  Charts showing average wait times for each triage level and actual waits are included at the bottom.

Mobile Device View

When using your mobile device, you will see a mobile optimized website that demonstrates showing estimated wait times for multiple hospitals.  The wait times are even broken out by triage level, which would need be explained as part of an educational campaign:

If QTime makes the cut  (selected in the top 3), I will have a chance to present to the audience for a chance to win $10,000! Be sure to keep your fingers crossed.

Looking for more information? Check out some of my recent blog posts about QTime:

What do you think about QTime?  Leave a comment below!

If you use Twitter, be sure to follow me @SaintJohnShawn and check out the event hashtag #T4GGeekfest!

2 Comments  comments – Updated with 2012 Property Tax Assessments

It wasn’t too long ago that I made some major updates to to get ready for the 2012 property tax year in NB!

Looks like it was well worth it, as I now have both the 2011 and 2012 assessments available, which will help provide even more information for people looking to better understand their assessment and how it compares to other properties!

If you haven’t checked out yet, what are you waiting for?

Don’t forget to share this site with your friends and family!

Send me your feedback!

As always – changes are driven by user feedback, suggestions, and even your angry rants – so be sure to tell me what you think!

Leave a comment below, or send me an email.

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Introducing – Version 4.0!

After many months of work, typically late at night after my daughter falls asleep, versions 4.0 is now live!

Click the image below to try it out:

As this is a new major release, I thought I would review the significant changes (for the curious folks out there).

1) Simple Searching – No More Taxing Authorities

The number one issue faced my every one living outside of Saint John, Fredericton, and Moncton is “what is my taxing authority?“.

It’s a great question, and the #1 reason why most people can not use the existing government website.  They just don’t know.  What they do know is the place that they live.

Luckily, I’ve found an open data locations file for every property in NB.  Using this file, I can now provide a very simple way for people to search for assessments – just type in the street name!

Tip: Be sure to ONLY enter your street name, such as King or Queen.  If you add the street type (drive, street, avenue) – it will not return any results.  Just remove it and try again.

How simple is this:

After you search, I can now look up matching streets for the entire province, and let you select the correct one:

2) Search Results – Ready for 2012

The search results page is generally the same; but, the columns have been tweaked to support adding the 2012 assessments when they are released in early March.

At that time, I will be able to show both the 2011 and 2012 assessment for every property in New Brunswick and be able to indicate the percentage of change (plus or minus).  I will be heavily promoting the site more once they are released.  In the meantime, you can continue to view the 2011 assessments.

Tip: Entering a civic number will cause your assessment to be highlighted in the list.  This can make it easier to spot your house in large lists!

3) Include Nearby Properties

This feature has been a little flaky in the past; but, now that I have full location data (and accurate co-ordinates), I can actually pull back all assessments within a radius of your property – up to 1km.

Tip: It’s best to specify your civic number for this (so that the search is centered on your location).  If you do not specify this, it will still work; but, the search will center on a random location on your street.

Want to try it out?  Just change the “Include Nearby Properties” dropdown to “Yes”:

Also, be sure to click the link to view the results in Google Maps, as it really shows how accurate the mapping is:

Tip: Entering your civic address will also cause your marker to be highlighted in a different color (making it easier to see in the map):

4) Search ANYTIME!

One frustrating “feature” of the government website is that it goes down for maintenance every night between midnight and 5am or so.

For all of you out there who simply must look up property tax assessments in the early hours – you will be glad to know you can do it on my site!

Going Forward

As I mentioned earlier, the 2012 assessment information will be my main focus once it’s released.

In addition to that, I’m looking to add more analytics –  perhaps some analysis on assessments by locations, county, etc.  There may be some fun trends to be discovered!

If you have ideas/suggestions, be sure to let me know.

Leave your feedback

As always – many of these changes are driven by user feedback, suggestions, and even your angry rants – so be sure to tell me what you think!

Leave a comment below, or send me an email.

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Javascript: Example switch statement using a range of values.

Published on 2007-05-24 by in Development

Here is a sample snippet which should give a good example of how to use a range of values inside of a javascript switch statement:

<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">
	function GetText(value)
		var result;

		switch (true)
			case (value == 0):
				result = "Equals Zero.";

			case ((value >= 1) && (value <= 25)):
				result = "Between 1 and 25.";

			case ((value >= 26) && (value <= 50)):
				result = "Between 26 and 50.";

			case ((value >= 51) && (value <= 75)):
				result = "Between 51 and 75.";

			case ((value >= 76) && (value <= 100)):
				result = "Between 76 and 100.";

				result = "Not found in the range.";

		return result;


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