EMC mobile and pigeons

I have subscribed to EMC General Medicine, formerly AKOS, for many years. What was not my joy to see finally arrive on my iPad my encyclopedia, finally transportable with EMC Mobile. Except, except that it was without counting on the tariff policy of Elsevier which proposes nothing more or less for a holder of the paper and Internet version to subscribe the new offer with 50 % reduction…. to access exactly the same items I already have on paper or online!

It is true that when you are in a monopoly situation, why take the lead in customer loyalty? We have already experienced this with France Telecom. Maybe I should ask Xavier Niel to buy Elsevier to have correct rates 😉 Because question pigeons…….

In short, it annoys me to the point that I am thinking of cancelling my subscription for another service that may not exist. The Practitioner’s Review seems to have something interesting, but everything remains online so not portable. The Revue Prescrire of course, but there are not enough pathologies to effectively replace EMC.

So if among my readers, some use other services and want to give feedback, I am a taker.

“New” Mac Pro: Pushes him to crime

Last night, Apple announced new MacBook Air, Pro, Retina… but nothing on Mac Pro. We had to wait for the reopening of the Apple Store to discover the “new” Mac Pro : a new generation processor (bof), a slightly faster memory (bof), the same graphics card (if, for two years), the same box with exactly the same connectors (no Lightpeak or USB 3).

Today the rumor suggests that there would be a TRUE update in 2013, three years since the previous generation. One is therefore entitled to wonder what it takes to Apple when I really don’t think it needs an ultra large investment to evolve its best (well in the past because compared to iMac…) machines.

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In the footsteps of JAMOT

My last ticket was. October 4……2010 I am a little ashamed and recently looking for any valid excuses justifying such a delay. And I found (if, if…). I’m leaving! Or rather, I left! Far away!

Since about 8 months, in addition to the daily activities and other guards of which for some I made you live some selected and tasty moments on Twitter (thanks to all those who follow me), I prepare myself. Or rather I should say WE are preparing ourselves since I am leaving with the whole little family.

Since this summer, no more social security, opportunistic rhinitis and low back pain, welcome trypanosomiasis, cysticercosis, Cayor’s worms and of course our big winner: Anopheles and her friend plasmodium falciparum. In short, for a few months (years??), I will be able to live the medical fracture to the full.

Medical fracture certainly, but not that…. digital breakdown awaits me. I have a 512 KB/sec THD (Very High Speed) access…. when there is electricity………….. Anyway, it will change my Free access which irritated my taste buds when it goes below 1 MB/sec.

It’s all very nice, but where am I going? For those who know a little about the history of tropical medicine, the title of this post may have already oriented them. For the others, I suggest you find more precise information about Eugène Jamot here. So Africa and more precisely Central Africa with its lush forests and its cohort of known and unknown diseases to this day. Central Africa, but no more precision than that. As usual and in order to keep a total freedom of writing, I will not give more precision on my localization (Google and Steve Jobs will never find me!!!).

So I say see you soon for very different adventures.

This is my first hackintosh, Yeah!!!!

There, it’s done. He’s officially back. Obviously vicious, necessarily tormenting…..the demon of the GEEK. After unmounting an iPhone, calling motherboards and other hard disks is the strongest. Of course, there’s no question of switching back to the dark side of Windows. No, but a hackintosh…. why not!
A what?? Simply, a hackintosh is, in Steve Jobs’ nightmares, the android counterpart on the Mac side: the filthy beast to eliminate at any cost. Or to be clearer, it is a PC like the others, often mounted by the user or a local integrator, on which Mac OS X is installed.
Why hackintosh?

First of all because it’s cheaper than a Mac. Some sites offer to compare prices with identical components. This is certainly very telling, but we must not forget that we are not dealing with a genuine computer “made in Apple” with the ideal integration between hardware and operating system.

Then, because we have an old PC (or even a younger one, but which is no longer used since we switched to ?) and it’s a shame not to use it.

Third, because we want to then why resist.

So I wanted to mount a hackintosh with an old tower of rather good quality equipped with a CORE 2 DUO 1.8 GHz on a Gigabyte motherboard. A few hours of research on Internet then I finally realize that the installation is not a sinecure. Each installation must be done with specific files of each motherboard and possibly of the graphics card. Not to mention the procedure for the computer to agree to load Mac OS X at boot time. Outside these salvation point files. Except….

Except I came across the tonymacx86 site. The latter offers the download of a small personal program called MULTIBEAST. A little video tutorial later, I launch and miracle, without settings, on an old motherboard, Mac OS X appears after a boot that I find rather fast.

A few details however: you must have an Intel processor and it is strongly recommended to use a Gigabyte motherboard.
Namely that not everything works. I have no sound, the card is not recognized (my first attempt to install the appropriate file to recover the sound caused a complete crash requiring reinstallation), but I wanted to mount a server so not necessary at my level. In any case, if you have a PC that is no longer used, why not try it? You do not risk anything for your equipment and it does not take much time.

To install using the tonymacx86 method, you must already have a Mac with the appropriate version of Mac OS X installed. Personally, I connected my destination drive via an external box.

I also join you the link of insanelymac on which you will find a lot of information on the last possible configurations if to assemble from scratch an equivalent of MacPro at better cost you plug.

Pertussis: Small injection of rappel…de vaccine

She's an old friend who just remembered my good memory.  It is Bordetella pertussis, a bacterium that has all the hair to scratch, because it is responsible for whooping cough. Pertussis, a child's disease, is characterized by a dry, noisy cough, resembling the rooster's singing (hence the name, like what science sometimes… finally let's go!) Short illness of the child against which we are protected by a vaccine developed in the years 1940 in the United States then introduced in France in 1959 in an isolated presentation then quickly combined with the diphtheria tetanus polio vaccine in 1966: the "Tetracoq" . Currently, our beloved toddlers even receive the PENTACOQ in which the protection against Haemophilus influenzae has been added. Anyway, everything was going for the best. Except….

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Vidal on the IPhone, the ridiculous does not kill!

Would the Vidal editions take us for apples? (I know, I could not resist…)

Vidal has been on the Appstore since yesterday! An exit without trumpets or drums just announced on an internal page of the Vidal site. In view of the application, we understand why!

Little reminder: The Vidal, a dictionary of medicines historically the most famous and the most widespread in France, was absent from the IPhone despite the very strong demand of health professionals. Reason mentioned is the absence of iPhone porting of the Mobipocket application allowing to read the precious dictionary. Is! The first few months. But, the time and the passing seasons, still no portage of the book in the form of a standalone application while a smaller box had already worn the bank Claude Bernard on our precious. Painful period from which I had come out victorious by leaving the online encyclopedia failing to throw myself in the arms of Claude (Bernard) with great satisfaction: here.

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The switcher's backpacker: security

I hesitated to publish this ticket. In fact, I started to write it now three weeks ago. It turns out that since many articles have come to feed the information about the security of the MAC but also of the iPhone. Especially to explain the important holes present in MacOS and Iphoneos. In the end, I decided to publish it as is, knowing that I do not think I said any nonsense in relation to the latest data. At the end of the article you will find links to the latest articles available in order to get a better idea.

Let's be clear, a Mac is safer than a Windows PC! But let's be honest too, this finding is not necessarily related to the quality of the system but more to the fact that Mac OS being less common than Windows, the Pirates are much less interested. These findings will of course be likely to change if Apple continues to take market share.

So, what about security on the Internet, what particularism compared to Windows?

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The switcher's backpacker: Internet access

I'm guilty! Guilty, unforgivable, ashamed…….. good ok it's deserved. I brutally and without notice stopped the series the backpacker of the switcher. We will make the economy of the explanations in wood (especially since I'm not sure to have to propose). So I'm retaking today with all my apologies.

So! Previously we have seen the network settings in order to access the Internet. In most cases, your ISP will offer you a notice detailing the Internet access and its setup on your MAC (if not, Google is your friend). So I think it's already settled.

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