Archives for October 20, 2008

iPhone Emergency Apps

From The Unofficial Apple Weblog:

Save a life with your iPhone or iPod touch

by Steven Sande on Oct 20th 2008 at 12:00PM

If you came upon someone who was injured or had suffered a medical emergency, would you know how to react? In the midst of a crisis situation, even citizens who have been trained in first aid sometimes forget what they need to do to help save a life.
Several iPhone apps are now available to give you a hand. PhoneAid, First Aid, and 1st Reponse: Emergency Kit are all designed to be at your fingertips in the event of an emergency. Although it might be difficult or impossible to read an iPhone screen and perform CPR at the same time, the apps can help you or someone else give instructions in a panic situation.

I’ve downloaded the three they mentioned, and will be giving a short review of them over the next few days.

Askimet: A bloggers’ best friend

Bloggers are afflicted with a lot of comment and trackback spam.  How much, you ask, thrilled at the concentrated navel-gazing necessary to care about such matters?


Thanks to the latest Askimet update, I can show you, in graphic form:



Yes, the pink part is spam, the blue part is ‘ham’. as they amusingly term actual, wanted comments. Additionally, they have this amusing explanation of the ‘ham’ thing:

What the heck is ham doing on my blog? I’m a vegetarian.

Spam most people know as the unwanted commercial comments on their blog, its counterpart we call ham to indicate legitimate comments. On the Akismet mistakes side, missed spam is pretty self-explanitory, but a false positive is what it’s called when we incorrectly identify a legitimate comment as spam. (Which hopefully happens exceedingly rarely.) Also, we’re sorry about the vegetarian thing.

Thanks, Askimet, from bloggers everywhere.  And a pox upon spammers.