[CDBUG-talk] OT - Looking for help and advice.

Jonathan Franks jonathan.franks at gmail.com
Wed Mar 21 18:21:38 EDT 2007

Hi All,

Not really BSD related but I value the expertise within our group and I have
a question for you guys.

Audrey, my finance,  is a type 1 diabetic,  and has just received  a new
insulin pump made by Medtronic.

It's a nice little device that supports real time blood glucose monitoring
and the benefits of what, in my view, amounts to a first generation
artificial pancreas.

Well okay, that's the background. The system also supports a PC interface
that allows charting and such things to be organized and emailed to ones
physician. The software only runs on Windows.

The eager customer service rep who took my call explained that Windows has
95 percent market share, and Mac's have gone through several revisions that
would require multiple Mac support teams. He also asserted that the USB port
hardware is somehow different on Mac's than it is on PC's, and that this
would require some feat of driver development to overcome.

My thinking is that this is basically crap, and I'm hoping to network with
other Apple using insulin pumpers in an attempt to pressure Medtronic to
suppor OSX.

What I want from you folks are thoughts on whether this is as
straightforward as it seems to me (as a non-programmer), and any thoughts
you might have on the subject.

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