Would you like a nice scientific calculator for your Android phone? I have two I can recommend.
Well I have some good news. Both QX Calculator and Medical Calculator have values that are more or less in line with those at MedCalc.com and the The Merck Manual. What I thought would be the worst part of app evaluation turned out to be a proverbial piece of cake.
Of course I’m not out of the woods yet. These apps (except for the browsers) need a big, fat disclaimer when they go on a research guide. I’m not sure how to write the disclaimer yet.
When I first started looking at apps for smart phones, I was sure I was NOT qualified. How would I know that the test and calculator values I retrieved were accurate? How would I know whether the TEAS and NCLEX questions were similar enough to those on the tests or in the study books? As it turned out, very little of this mattered. Continue reading
Windows 10 — Breaking a Computer to My Will
The computer’s name is Yesha. I named my Lenovo, gaming machine that because it is Hebrew for salvation. She saved me from the planned obselescence of Maggie Mae, my trusted Windows XP machine, that served me well for ten years. I haven’t figured out yet what to do with Maggie Mae. I didn’t want to give her up, and that still makes me feel sad.
The good news is that Yesha runs Windows 10! Continue reading
I thought I would be waiting until fall of 2015 for Windows 10 and then until early 2016 for Windows 10 books to order, but did I get a pleasant surprise. Windows 10’s initial release date is July 29, 2015. I know this is old news, but I’m not the kind who likes to wait around, so I just check periodically.
OK, this one was simple. I had read that Facebook had some kind of deal going with the New York Times and with the National Geographic and The Atlantic Monthly. This would me quality articles in my feed instead of the swill I usually see. I soon found out about Instant Articles.
I was all psyched to give it a try, and for me to be psyched about messing with my privacy in Facebook to install an app says a lot. Alas, I will not be installing Instant Articles any time soon. Right now it is only for iPhones. Instant Articles for rich people is what I call it. Android users like me can go play in the traffic.
That is one very good question. There was so little out there that worked on Facebook that I took the rss widget page of Making the MOst of Web 2.0 and either deleted or hid it. That was more than a year ago. I figured I’d go back and update everything.
I was sure I would find nothing good, and for a while that was just what I found. It does not help matters that Facebook was deceptive. There are tons of links to RSS apps, some of which promise to let you import feeds into your page. That would be fantastic if it were real. Facebook even lists tens to thousands of active users a month for these. Alas, Facebok’s definition of an active user is someone who hasn’t removed the app. I am listed as an active user of quite a few nonfunctional apps.
Now ask me how I found out that these apps were nonfunctional? The answer is simple, I tried them. I had better luck with some than others. Some just timed out. Others gave error messages. Quite a few gave a kind of white screen of death.
Other RSS feeds had very, clever goodbye messages like RSS Graffiti, the most popular RSS app on Facebook. Now I knew I should give up here, but there was a next step. After all as one of my goals, this deserved a bit of persistence. The next step was to see what static html apps still worked on my Facebook Page. It is very useful to have a Facebook page sometimes. Anyone can get one. I have mine.
And my ML Static Tab from Woobox was still working. Only all the widges were gone. Well that made sense. Widgetbox was out of business. I needed a new source of widgets that were Facebook friendly, and I found them at FeedWind.com. I now have three working RSS feeds, though I can’t access the content, since the New York Times’ paywall has locked me out until June. Oh well, that’s why we have LexisNexis and my Facebook feed. I hope links pasted into my feed are free.
And here is the finished product. Of course, there are big questions where this leads. HTML competence is kind of useful if not a must for doing this kind of work. It’s a lot of work to set up feed boxes and a page. On the other hand, if you spend a lot of time in Facebook, well, this might not be a bad idea. These days Facebook has a trending thing on the side of the page. It makes me feel like I live in another planet. I’m not sure if they have news for people like me.
It makes me a bit sad because Georgia, my blue cream half-Siamese girl who lived to be eighteen used to love to tear apart and chew on corn. I even grew podcorn for her. Note I took the animated gif down because there was no way to load it in the "OFF" position.