Steven Jobs February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

My name is Scott, and I am a PC. I admit it: PCs have been my life and my passion for quite a number of years.  I remember my first one when I was 8 years old.  I still speak DOS fluently, in fact, the computer that I am typing this on right now is a computer that I built myself a little more than two years ago. That said, I am still mourning the death of Steve Jobs today. In addition to my love of PCs, I also have an affinity for gadgets.  Just the other night during some downtime at work, I was replying to tweets on my iPhone while reading a PDF on my iPAD, all while listening to music on my iPOD.  I have them all, and I love them all and a day does not go by where I am not using them.  Steve Jobs revolutionized mobile media for me.  He changed the way I surf the net, he changed how I listened to music, and he changed how I communicated with people. You Android users out there should be counting your blessings as well.  If it was not for the iPhone, do you think the Android would be half as good as it is?  Jobs did not just challenge his own company; he challenged everyone else as well.  He pushed them to make their products better just to stay competitive, and they did the same right back to Jobs and Apple.  Because of that competition, we have what we have today. I found a couple of inspirational quotes from Steve Jobs as I was reading through an article about him on the Huffington Post today that I thought I would share: “That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity.  Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.  But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” — BusinessWeek interview form 1998. I love this quote, and I feel it embodies everything that EMS 2.0 stands for.  Make things simple again and start over.  Don’t over complicate things...

Happy Birthday!

A year ago today, I made the decision to take the leap into the EMS Blog world.I remember the days leading up.So much was going through my head.What should I write about?Will anyone actually read it?Well, almost 70 posts later, I’m still going strong, and I have you, the readers to thank for that. My first post was quite simple, it was just a little overview of who I was, and what I was hoping to accomplish in the coming posts.I say “who I was” because in the 365 days since that first post went up, I’ve grown and changed quite a bit.What started out as the simple musings of a Paramedic is now viewed over 1,000 times a month, and has over 50 registered followers.#MyEMSDay has been created, and over 200 EMS 2.0 pins are being worn by Paramedics and EMTs fromSpringfield,Massachusetts toMelbourneAustralia. To those of you who have read what I’ve had to say over the last year, I thank you.To any new readers I might have, welcome to year 2!And finally, toEMSin the New Decade, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Share...

#MyEMSDay

Ever since I was in college, I’ve always been fascinated by the way different systems ran.I always jumped at any chance I got to get on anyone else’s ambulance just to see how they did things.When I was around twenty years old, I belonged to two Volunteer EMS Departments, and would help out when a third was short.I also spent time doing ride time with out County Medic Units as I got ready to further my career inEMS. When I was a Paramedic Student, I spent the first week of my field internship on a 40-hour ride along with FDNY.I spent three days out ofMetropolitanHospital, and two days out ofJacobyHospitalinBrooklyn.While I got some good skills, I was more interested in how they worked.I took a lot from that experience, much like I did from my time inAlameda County,Californiawhich I’ve talked about ad nausium. Since I got into this whole Social Media craze back in February, I’ve met many people from many different systems big and small.One day this summer, I got to thinking, “How can I get a better picture of what everyone is doing?”The answer was right on my phone: Twitter.The result was the creation of a Hashtag, #MyEMSDay. Over the last six months, what started out as a few different contributors has grown to daily and hourly Tweets, vaguely detailing the events of everyone’s day.Each day, I see Tweets not only from theUSbut from all over the world.I get to see Paramedics and EMTs professionally and respectfully sharing their thoughts about the events of theirEMSsystem on that given day.Some people may vent, and some people may share that big call that they feel really good about, but all in all, it’s a way for everyone to see what everyone else is involved in. Do you follow #MyEMSDay?If not, you should add it to your Twitter, right next to #CoEMS, my other favorite Hashtag.Take a look, read a little bit, and share your own thoughts.We want to hear them! Share...