Lenovo x41 tablet Mini-Review

So today I am trying out a  Lenovo – Tablet .

So far – I am impressed.   The device has a solid feel to it – unlike the HP TC1100 or even the HP TC4200.

The keyboard is cramped when compared to a fullside keyboard.  I'm using my HP NC6230 for my primary laptop these days .. but the touchpas works only about 1/3 of the time so it is going back (again) to HP to get rebuilt and I will not be the happy owner when it comes back.  Perhaps I am too rough on the ppor thing.  Back in the old days – my Compaq Armada M700 took a kickin like this and worked well for years.  Not so these day, it seems.

Ok .. back to the mini-review.  You can read about the specs in other reviews.  that's now what I care about right now.  Most of the products are similar in specs.  I tried the Gateway CX200 for a few hours a few weeks ago and didn't like it.  Too big.

This thing may be a tiny bit too small.  Hmm .. I am used to the trackpad, but the nipple is pretty big – so it's not too hard to get used to .. and it is sensitive – unlike the HP's nipple – which requires too much pressure to control.

Screen is nice.  I don't care much about viewing angle .. so the big shiny gateway isn't really necessary.  Not watching Lost on the computer (much).

The fingerprint ID stuff is cool but I'm not sure I would use it.

The laptop is super quiet and seems to run cool – which is .. um .. cool.

So far, this gets an A- … and may be my next laptop.  we'll see.  I'd like to get my hands on a Toshiba M400 .. or even better .. an HP TC 4400 .. to see if the Duo will make much of a difference .. before I pull the trigger on this one.




Flock just released their version 0.5 version and I think it's ready to become my default browser.  They have put together a perfect set of tools that combines browsing with blog editing and bookmark saving .. (and some other features too ..) all on top of the Firefox codebase.

Well done.


RSS tutorial for STFM Board

I gave the STFM board a short overview of RSS .. and how one might start using it.  To start .. we looked at the STFM news page .. which has an RSS icon.

Next we looked at the Personal Google home page – which permits users to add RSS feeds to make their own "news page"

RSS started out as a geeky method for bloggers to share information – but it's really made it to the mainstream now.  Microsoft will fully support it in the next version of Internet Explorer.

We looked at the NEJM home page .. and one can see the familiar RSS icon at the bottom of the page.  Clicking there brings you to the RSS page of NEJM's website.

Medlogs.com is an aggregator for medical weblogs. 

My Yahoo provides great support for subscribing to weblogs.  Here is the "add an RSS feed" page.

So does Bloglines.

I enjoyed reading the notes of the HarborFM residents on their weblog – which of course has an RSS feed. .. but don't click on the RSS feed. It's ugly. But clicking on these links will add the Harbor FM blog feed to the respective "my" sites:

And of course you can add the whole medlogs RSS feed (which is a sum of the RSS feeds that Medlogs subscribes to) .. Add to My AOL, MyYahoo, Google, Bloglines

Finally – we looked at how I subscribed to RSS feeds from within Outlook using a small free application called blogbot.

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Caryl Heaton’s Plenary

So today was the last day of the STFM Predoctoral conference.  Caryl Heaton gave a wicked good Plenary.  I'll admit I don't often like plenary speeches because .. while they often aim to inspire .. they often don't.  Caryl's did – and it was even kinda fun.  She spoke about Family Medicine 2.0.  It's about Zen and Broadway and technology and how they are are models & tools for how family physicians do what we do.  We are inspired and we are thoughtful and we are hopeful and we are frustrated and challenged.   Caryl reminded us about why we are good at what we do – and why we need to embrace the tools and new technology to retain what's so strong about what we do and do it better.