Archives for July 19, 2007

Kevin, M.D. hires a lawyer

Kevin, M.D. – Medical Weblog: Terms of Use Agreement
Terms of Use Agreement
This Terms of Use Agreement (this “Agreement”) is entered into by and between Kevin Pho, M.D. (the “Author”) and “you,” the user of this web blog, also known as the “Kevin, M.D.—Medical Weblog” (the “Site”). Access to, use of and/or browsing of the Site is provided subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein. By accessing, using and/or browsing the Site, you hereby agree to these terms and conditions.

It goes on and on, and does not appear to be parody.

If blogging requires this, I want nothing to to with it. I suspect this disclaimer has nothing to do with his blogging, and everything to do with his plan to take over the world commercial ventures.

Oh, and talk about timely: Dr. Wes on a very similar disclaimer, and how it doesn’t make him warm and fuzzy.

MacBook Pro Firmware Update: Word to the Wise

Last night my Intel-based MacBook Pro told me I needed to do a firmware upgrade, something having to do with the monitor. I cicked the yeah/sure/whatever button, and it downloaded the upgrade.

Then a rather persistent window kept popping up explaining how to install the firmware upgrade, having to do with a shutdown/restart and holding the power button until some flashes happened, so that’s what I did. I think. I’m pretty sure I did as instructed. Probably.

Here’s what I was left with: a MacBook with a completely bank screen. Oh, it sounded about right (the CD drive whirred a bit), but a completely dark, blank screen. Multiple, multiple retries to boot, sometimes holding the power button for a minute, etc. Dead screen. Wouldn’t boot from the install disk (or, if it did, I couldn’t see it).

It’s times like these I can justify all the different computers I have, and after some panic-IMing with my mac-based friend, and I tried resetting the PRAM or somesuch, without luck. Then he sent me The Link, and this is where the Word to the Wise comes in. The Link is to the Mac Firmware 1.3 restore disk download and procedure, and I’d encourage anyone contemplating this firmware upgrade to print it out, download and burn it to a disk prior to starting. I was lucky enough to have a mac-mini, so I had another Mac to burn the right kind of image, but I can see having just one mac in the house and being stuck if yours went like mine.

Anyway, the firmware restore disk fixed my nice mac, and now you’ve been warned.

Askimet and Skitch

First, the switch to WordPress seems to be a success, in that the built-in anti-spam plugin Askimet has missed exactly two spam messages, but caught the other 1,866. Niiiiice.


And, the above picture is via Skitch, a terrifically flexible screen capture / doodle-with-it program, currently free, but only for Mac (I knew the PowerBook would come in handy).

Since I’m self-censoring (and have had some weird cases, but have decided not to blog them) I’m trying hard not to do cat-blogging, or somesuch.

Update: I have one Skitch invitation left, send me an email (not a comment, click the ‘contact’ form).

Addicted to Medblogs: July’s Calendar Doc is Dr. Schwab

Addicted to Medblogs: July’s Calendar Doc is Dr. Schwab

His interview is almost as good as his picture!