Sunday, July 30, 2006

Software For Your PDA or Smartphone

Two different free softwares are available from The National Library of Medicine:

MD on Tap is an application for PDAs that retrieves MEDLINE® citations directly from the PDA through a wireless connection to the Internet. Who uses this program?This program is developed for mobile health care professionals who seek medical information when away from their personal computers. There are versions of the MD on Tap Client for PDA’s and PDA/Cellphones with both Pocket PC and with Palm Operating Systems. The PDA or PDA/Cellphone must have a wireless connection to the Internet.

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders
WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. WISER is available as a standalone application on Pocket PC PDAs, Palm OS PDAs, and Microsoft Windows PCs.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

WOW! A New Palm Operating System Is On The Way!

For those of us who just love Palm devices but wanted a new more robust operating system for our PDA'S and Treo's (WiFi, multi-tasking etc.) this is good news. Palm has been rumored to be working on its own OS. Hopefully we will see it very soon.

From Palm's 10-K filing .

"Termination of the Palm OS license, an adverse change in our relationship with PalmSource or Access, failure by PalmSource and Access to supply a competitive platform, retain employees or otherwise remain viable, or an unfavorable outcome in any material lawsuit involving the Palm OS, could harm our business. Additionally, we are contractually obligated to make a minimum annual payment to PalmSource for the contract year ending December 2, 2006, regardless of the volume of devices we sell containing the Palm OS.
Contemporaneously with the license agreement, we entered into a co-development agreement with PalmSource to develop a next-generation Palm OS for use in future Palm products. PalmSource did not timely meet certain of the milestones under the co-development agreement, relieving us of our obligation to make minimum royalty payments under the license agreement after calendar year 2006. We are presently in negotiations with PalmSource to expand our development and distribution rights to the current version of the Palm OS. If we are unable to successfully conclude these negotiations, it may adversely affect our ability to develop and distribute new products based on a next-generation version of the Palm OS. Regardless, we will continue to release new products based on the current version of the Palm OS."

Friday, July 28, 2006

Online Backups

Here are two companies offering low cost or free backup services. Easy to backup not so easy to restore gigabytes of information over the internet. Just another redundent system to consider. I think this will work well for your PMS data but not as well for gigabytes of images.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Simple and Free Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Are you looking to backup your practice management software data securly off site via the internet?

Maybe this is the solutions. Hamachi is a zero-configuration virtual private networking application. In other words Hamachi is a program that allows you to arrange multiple computers into their own secure network just as if they were connected by a physical network cable. Hamachi is fast, secure and simple and free. You need to run the Hamachi software on both the office and off site computers. I have tried it and it does work.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Destroying Data On Your Hard Drive

If you are looking to give an old computer away or throwing it out, your data should be erased from the hard drive or the drive destroyed.

Free software such as Eraser will erase all the contents of the hard drive to US Pentagon standards.

Another method is too physically destroy the hard drive. Information on destroying the hard drive can be found here.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

I-Cat Cone Beam

I got a few emails requesting more information on cone beam imaging. Here is the company Imaging Sciences International. Henry Schein has just become the exclusive distributer of the I-Cat. The press release is available by clicking here.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Cone Beam Imaging Is Here and Now!

Paul Feuerstein my Dental Technology Solutions partner sent me this image from

Conebeam imaging is here and getting more routine then you might think.

Case History: Patient presented with a complaint of pain around tooth #17. Clinical diagnosis was pericoronitis. When panoramic x-ray revealed a close association between the apices of #17 and the mandibular canal, the oral surgeon ordered a CT scan. From the CT it appeared that the mandibular canal passed between the roots of #17. The 3D reconstruction clearly shows this to be the case.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Small Disposable MP3 Player

So you want to give patients headphones to listen to music during treatment but hate spending hundreds of dollars for the MP3 players? Well here is an MP3 player that takes removable SD cards. Load up cards with various music catagories, Pop, Rock Jazz etc. and have the patient select. You may even have some of these smaller capacity cards lying around. Cost for this player is $15. So if it breaks or gets misplaced just go and buy another one. Not iPod quality sound but for $15 you won't be keeping track of it either.

Edit 7/23/06: These MP3 players are available at the following:
The LED Shoppe

microSD Card: Smaller Devices Are On The Way!

First we had Compact Flash then Smart Media, Secure Media (SD), xD and now things get even smaller with micro SD. These units are about the size of a dime.

A 1GB microSD memory card is expected to sell for about $85, and a 2GB microSD card that can store some 500 songs.

These cards will provide greater memory capacity for cellular phones. Expect smaller music players, cameras etc. that will take advantage of theses smaller cards.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Flexible Mini Keyboard For Your Operatory

Flexible keyboards are used in some of my operatories. They can be disinfected and rolled up and put out of the way. A great keyboard if you have limited space. It does take some getting used to when typing. I would not write a novel on it but for treatment entry it is fine. Available at CompUSA for less then $25.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Photo to PDF

Take a photo of a white board, document or business card and email it to scanr. They return a cleaned up pdf file of the photo. You can now copy and paste the information into other documents. Forward lecture notes onto others etc. For business cards a vCard is attached so that you can just add the information to Outlook. Best of all the service is currently free. Got to

Listening to Podcasts Made Easy!

I recently came across this software that makes loading Podcasts very
simple. It will run on any device that shows up as a drive on your
Windows, Mac or Linux computer. It loads software onto an MP3
player or media. So you can put your SD card into the card reader,
download your podcast and just pop it into your Treo or player
and away you go. It works with USB drives and USB players.
The myPodder software is currenlty beta and is a free download.
Check it out at

Then start listening to

Sunday, July 16, 2006

USAF Dental Evaluation and Consultation Service

A great free web site that provides information and product evaluations of dental equipment and procedures for the US military dental clinics.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Free Software To Clone or Backup Your Hard Drive
The Free Edition of HDClone offers all necessary abilities to copy a complete hard disk onto another, larger hard disk. This can be utilized to migrate an existing installation to a new hard disk as well as for data rescue. The Free Edition is real freeware without obligation to buy and is intended for the short-term usage at no cost.
HDClone Free Edition supports IDE/ATA/SATA hard disks and is able to copy up to 300 MB/min.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Treo 650 and Splashblogger

Here is the site to get the software I use on my Treo.
I have it set up so I can remote post to blogger too!


Sharpcast services automatically synchronize your PCs, mobile phone and the web, to keep all our media and information always up to date and instantly accessible on whatever device you’re using and whether you’re online or not. Currently in beta and only syncing photos.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Wristband Flash Drives

?Don't know where your backup is?Carry one with you at all times. 1GB models are less then $30. Check them out a

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Digital Photo Frame

I recently purchased this for $80 @ Linens'n Things. I will use this on the front desk to display cosmetic dental procedures.
I am trying to get this blog up and running again. I needed mobile software and here is the first post from my Treo smartphone. I want to be able to do everything from my Treo.