About Paleoferrosaurus

Context is everything.  For the few people on Earth that actually read this drivel, most will not know me personally.  We probably share some common interests that led you here, but sometimes a little bit of background information is helpful in interpreting what you find.

My name is Micheal Harve McCabe.  I’m presently 49 years old and live in northwestern Pennsylvania in the United States of America.  I’m married. I have three adult children.  I’m a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  If population demographics are an interest of yours, I’m a fat, middle-aged, white male. I’m not religious, and the current political climate of the United States disgusts me.

I am presently employed by two public-safety agencies in Erie County:  The West County Paramedic Association where I serve as an IT specialist and part-time paramedic; and the Central Erie County Paramedic Association where I serve as a full-time paramedic and general purpose technical wizard — involved in the care and management of computers, radio communications, and biomedical electronics.

I am a hacker and a tinkerer.  I write a lot of code for embedded devices that find use in communications equipment and medical devices.  Most of that stuff is pretty boring. The stuff that isn’t boring (from my perspective) are the “vintage” and “classic” computers that I tinker with and (occasionally) find useful applications for.

My hobbies include amateur radio (call sign: KB3NJY), model rocketry, firefighting, local history, and cellular biology.  I enjoy reading and writing both fiction and non-fiction.  I am sometimes employed as a teacher at the post-secondary level where I’ve taught classes as diverse as Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy, Medical Laboratory Practices, and Health Information Technology.

The content of this blog and associated web pages will reflect, to a greater or lesser extent, the total scope of my interests.  You will find articles on topics ranging from pre-hospital medicine to retrocomputing to railroad history and anthropology.  While I’m an expert in none of these fields, I tend to write whatever crosses my mind in a given moment.  As always, take everything with a grain of salt and consider the source!

Chest Pain / STEMI Candidate

The patient is a 66 year old white male presenting with substernal chest pain he rates an “8” on a 1-10 scale. He reports an acute onset at appx. 11:00 hrs this date while at rest.

The pain is described as a heaviness or “crushing” chest pain and is similar to pain the patient experienced during a prior heart attack. The patient states that the pain does not radiate, nor does anything make the pain better or worse. The patient denies SOB.

The patient has an extensive cardiac history with four prior stents.

Upon EMS arrival, patient is conscious, alert, and ambulatory. The pulse is 78 and bounding. Respirations are 18 and non-labored. The blood pressure is 160/78. The skin is pale, warm, and dry. Pupils are dilated and sluggish. Breath sounds are clear, present, and equal. Heart sounds are abnormal with a pronounced S4 Gallup. The pulse oximeter reads 98% on room air. The EKG shows a sinus rhythm with left atrial enlargement, a possible anteroseptal infarct, and ST changes suggesting and inferior wall MI.

Automated ECG interpretation software reports suspicion of an acute MI.



The patient was placed on the stretcher and moved to the ambulance. Med Comm was contacted and asked to relay the possible acute MI to <BLANK> Medical Center. An IV was established in the Left AC running Normal Saline TKO. Blood was drawn as per the ALS protocol. The patient was given 0.4 mg sublingual nitroglycerine at 1230 with a second dose of 0.4 mg given at 1236. The patient reports already having taken 4 x 81 mg Aspirin prior to EMS arrival. The patient was transported to <BLANK> aboard <BLANK> using lights and siren, arriving at the hospital within 20 minutes of leaving the scene. Upon arrival at <BLANK>, the ambulance was met at the ER door by Dr. <BLANK> and other members of the hospital staff. Verbal reports were relayed immediately while walking directly from the ER door to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The patient was directly transferred from the ambulance stretcher to the procedure table within the cath lab and the patient’s blood samples were relayed to laboratory staff at that time. Transport was without incident.


November 1, 2016 – End of the Retrochallenge

Once again, I’ve failed to accomplish much during the month-long celebration of Retrocomputing.  My Apple ][ programs can simulate simple ballistic motion and orbital insertion, but fail miserably when trying to realistically simulate Earth Orbit or (an order of magnitude harder) a transfer from Earth orbit to lunar orbit.  I can safely say I’ve reached the limits of my own understanding, if not the capability of the Apple ][+!

Looking at the other entrants, I’m amazed (as always) at both the breadth and depth of retrocomputing as a hobby!  Good luck to the judges when it comes time to pick a winner!