Monday, May 15, 2006

Get your Tech and Medical News delivered to your desktop with DocTray

DocTray loads the latest RSS Feeds from top technology news sites like DIGG, Slashdot, CNET plus the latest from top medical journals right to your windows tray. Right click on the icon and left-click on a story to open it up in Internet Explorer. Automatically updates every hour!

New in version 1.6x : Add up to 4 custom RSS Feeds. Now get 12 feeds total: 4 medical, 4 custom and 4 tech.

New in version 1.7x : Save your favorite links by right-clicking them - they'll be added to the "saved items" folder.

Great for anyone interested in Medicine or Technology or BOTH!

Download it from : http://www.internal-med.org/doctray

Saturday, March 25, 2006

EasyPulse 2.01 PPC - First program from the .NET Era

EasyPulse 2.x for PPC was released recently. This version is completely rewritten for the Microsoft .NET compact framework using Visual Studio 2005 and now runs on : Windows Mobile 2003, WM5.0, Windows Desktop. The older Palm vesion is now re-released as well.

Download the FREE version today:
Pocket PC
Desktop Windows
Palm


Here's a screenshot from the WM 5.0 emulator:

How to watch your video Podcasts on TV!

Lately, with the lack of tech shows on TV, I've turned to video podcasts. But I'd much rather watch them on my TV rather than my PC.

If you have a media server appliance like the DSM-320 then you're one step closer. The problem I ran into was finding a painless way in converting the streams to a format that the DSM-320 could play. Here's what I found works best:

Prerequistes:
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1. DSM-320 installed and connected to your TV.
2. Wi-Fi or router connected to DSM-320 on your network.
2. Download and Install Nero Recode. Trial available here: http://www.nero.com/redir.php?id=129
3. Download/Install and Run D-link media server Version 1.05
4. Make sure that your DSM-320 has the latest firmware. (1.08)

To watch a video podcast
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1. Download the podcast video, preferably in WMV or Quicktime but it doesn't really matter as Nero Recodes it to the right MPEG-4 Format
2. Run Nero Recode and select option 4 ("Decode DVD's and Videos to Nero Digital).
3. Output the file to a directory (My Videos)
4. Make sure the D-Link Media server has the above My Videos directory in the Shared Folder Path
5. Select Refresh on D-Link Media Server
6. Watch on converted podcast on TV, under video option on DSM-320 menu

Recommended Podcasts:
Diggnation
Systm
Indigital
Ctrl-Alt-Chicken
Command-N

Now it's like having the tech shows back on TV again, fullscreen and in optimal quality MPEG-4 Streams that save disk space!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

MedFormula, Patient Follower and EasyPulse Discontinued

We regret to announce that MedFormula (and MedFormula-CE/PPC) & Patient Follower are being discontinued as of January 25, 2006. No further official updates are planned but existing users will be supported with bug fix updates until 1/1/2007. Please continue to report any bugs found to webmaster@internal-med.org.

CME Watch will continue on with additional updates planned later in the year.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Ectopic Brain blog is closed!

The Ectopic Brain blog by Kent has been closed. Kent will "leave the site up for now, as most of the information it contains is still relevant."

It's sad to see such a good site for palm information close. I will surely miss this site after reading it weekly for the past few years...
The next closest site for similar palm information probably be "The palmdoc chronicles" - http://palmdoc.blogspot.com

Lately, there seems to be less and less news about Palm. There are few new handhelds and less people seem to be using them.

It's sad to see palm on its demise in the broad sense. I suspect that it will have its loyalists particularly in the medical field. There was something magical about the simplicity of Palm OS (software, beaming, low overhead) that can't be rivaled by the newest Pocket PC's...

UPDATE: Actually it looks like the Ectopic Brain is Back - this time with several co-bloggers!!

MedFormula 4.81 released

MedFormula 4.81 has been released:
Two bugs were discovered in MedFormula versions up to 4.80. The First bug affected the Cholesterol Calculator in a specific case : LDL Goal was incorrectly displayed when HDL >=60 AND DM/CHD was present. The correct goal should be <100 instead of <130. The second bug involved the Maintenance Fluids (peds) module. The calculation was not correct for Kg 11-20 only. All other weights were unaffected. 4.81 also compacts the code further. In version 4.75 the ABG calculations for Metabolic Alkalosis were revised.

The current stable versions are 4.81 or 3.0r5
Download the latest version today : http://www.internal-med.org/MedFormula.zip
Legacy users, version 3.0r6: http://www.internal-med.org/MedFormula3.0r.zip

Sunday, January 15, 2006

GRC.COM is down?

Looks like grc.com got twit-dotted & digg-dotted. Go to twit.tv and read about the security news concerning the wmf exploit. Steve Gibson's site attracted too much attention and looks like the site is has gotten slammed.

Try ping www.grc.com and you can see that the traffic is quite heavy.

Listen to Podcast 22 at www.twit.tv (This week in Tech) by Leo Laporte about the controversy on the origins of the WMF vulnerability.

I linked here from DIGG since digg won't allow a direct link to a page that is down (grc.com). There's no other discussion about this anywhere else on the net that I know of.

It may be that everyone is downloading the WMF Vulnerability tester from GRC.com? Anyone have any mirror sites?

You could try the coral cache at http://www.grc.com.nyud.net:8090 but even the coral cache can't seem to help grc right now.

ADDENDUM: As of 22:40 PST the site is backup. Download the KnockKnock.exe tool from www.grc.com to see if your computer is patched against the WMF vulnerability

ADDENDUM: It was DDOS'd which makes more sense
From Steve Gibson on www.twit.tv: "it was about a six-hour DDoS attack lasting from about 3:00 PM PST to 9:00 PM PST."