Various and Sundry notes of Dr. Timothy Hain
Emeritus Professor at Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago IL, USA.
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This space holds helpful information about various things
that Dr. Hain has discovered by trial and error
- Hotel-coffee reviews (Dr. Hain likes his morning coffee).
- Automation programs. These are robots that operate in the cloud.
- AWS --how I copied my website in 3 hours to amazon (they say it takes 3 min). It still doesn't work on Amazon.
- contact forms -- thoughts about security.
- Dreamweaver. Ancient web content editor.
- Dropbox -- synchronize files across multiple computers.
- Endnote -- reference manager. Works but with some difficulties.
- Epic -- Electronic medical records -- Better for complex patients, but really adds a lot of work to medical records.
- Irfanview -- awesome little program to display and downsize graphic files
- libre office -- free program that among other things, replaces Microsoft Visio (Visio costs $500).
- mobile friendly code -- a necessity if you want to be indexed by google.
- PDF-Xchange viewer/creator. We have tried quite a few PDF programs -- we like this one the most.
- Osirix PACs server for radiology films. It's good enough for a small medical practice.
- PHP -- very good set of libraries that are server based (so doesn't scale). Unfortunately, needs a local server to run on your personal PC. Unfortunately, it constantly breaks itself with "updates".
- phpESP -- survey software. Can be made to work after many hours of programming.
- PhpStorm as well as other programs that edit web sites. Mount Rushmore learning curve.
- R. Powerful stuff, Mt. Everest learning curve. May be a better option than plotly (see above), but is server based so it doesn't scale.
- Roboform -- online password manager. Recently it broke itself with an "update".
- SEO tools. This is really a minefield. Also see the page on mobile-friendly code.
- Syncovery backup program. Awesome backup program. Still works after many years. Does not "break itself".
- Telehealth. It is getting better as of 2021. (reviewed doxy.me, zoom, and google meet).
- Zoom (site indexer). A local search engine that doesn't track you and doesn't put up advertisements (like Google does).
- Wines of Costco
- Istanbul, Turkey. Beautiful, old and cheap.
- Kyoto, Japan -- Beautiful, old and very expensive
- Madrid, Spain -- Ok, old and expensive (but much better than Moscow).
- Moscow, Russia -- Old, not so beautiful, extraordinarily expensive, and very difficult in many other ways.
- Chicago, post looting. Very sad.
Ideas (or modest proposals).
These are "obvious" ideas -- some of which we would like to see implemented, but not like to see patented.
Obvious stuff can't be patented. So we put them here to establish that they are "obvious".
May 3, 2021
, Timothy C. Hain, M.D.
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