Best portable battery charger on sale

You really find out how little battery your portable devices have when you head to a conference. Between increased use taking notes, texting friends, and getting directions, you'll find your devices dying half-way through the day. For these occasions, we recommend a portable batter charger. The one that both Paul and Michael use is on sale today for only $20 on Amazon with the code FK9SLMB8. I bought mine for $40.

Best new (and cheap) portable external battery

I'll be heading back to Japan this winter and have started preparing my gear.

Always indispensable, my iPhone is a constant navigator, translator, and camera on such trips. Battery life quickly suffers with the extra use so external batteries are a must.

External battery packs have significantly dropped in price in the last few years. I previously had recommended the Mophie Juicepack Powerstation 4000 mAh for $80, which is enough to re-charge the iPhone more than 2.5 times.

You can now get the top-rated IntoCircuit Power Castle for $30 with the $10 off discount code YBURK9FK for 11200 mAh. I picked one up immediately.

These are also great for conferences.

Near miss

EMRs and electronic prescribing have long been hailed as "safer" than the alternative. While I'm not against both of those in theory, assuming that all variations of them are inherently safer is flawed. Some software might be better. Some might be worse. Even electronic orders must at some point be read and interpreted by a human.

Today a pharmacist dispensed a prescription to a patient of mine labeled thus:

methotrexate 2.5mg tablets, take by oral route, 4 tablets twice a day for 7 days, #56, refills 1

I am not sure, but I think that dose could be lethal.

The prescription as written in my EMR and sent electronically was thus:

methotrexate 2.5mg tablets, take 8 tablets by mouth every 7 days, 1/2 in the morning and half at night, #40, refills 1

Why I didn't purchase Dragon Dictate Medical

I happened to learn that Dragon Dictate is being upgraded. I own MacSpeech Dictate Medical, which was bought out by Nuance, so I decide to check it out and possibly upgrade.


Wow. $1000. That’s a lot for something I don’t use that much.

But look, I can upgrade for only $500. I’ll check that out.


Just need to log into my account.


Look, it’s only $300. I’ll totally buy that.


Wait! What?! 

That says $600, and it’s for MacSpeech Medical not Dragon Dictate Medical.

To be perfectly clear: each screen shot was take in a single series of links, one to the other. The price kept changing. The product kept changing. What is going on here?

I have no idea what the problem is, but I’m not comfortable with moving forward with this purchase.  


Update: I'm not the only one who had trouble.