Free Software Computer Workshop: Session 3

Third and last session of Free Software Computer Workshop today; register now and attend at noon in Janse D-117. Register now: http://goo.gl/zzeJS

via James Carroll (@jf_carroll) September 9, 2013, #NUHS

UPDATE: [9/9/2013 8:41 am] We will cover the following topics today:

1. Advanced commands in MS Office (Workshop)
  • Create custom keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Create custom toolbars and custom buttons in MS Office
  • Record and use Macros in MS Office (optional topic for interested students)
2. Why is my Computer Slow?  Four common causes–and remedies–for slow computer syndrome. (Lecture)  
 
3. Advanced Web Search (Workshop)
  • Perform Google Web Search with results focused to a single website or domain
  • Filter Web Search results by filetype (pdf, ppt, etc.)
If you haven’t attended the previous sessions, that’s fine–just come!  If registered but can’t make it today, that’s acceptable, but my feelings will be hurt.  If you come, that’s great!  See you (all) at 12:00 noon in Janse, D-117 (Computer Classroom)

Learn More about the workshop.

James E Dalley in household of Julius S Dalley, “United States Census, 1940”

James E Dalley in household of Julius S Dalley, “United States Census, 1940”

Today in church, we learned how to find a record of an ancestor in less than five minutes.  I tested it, and it worked!  Here is my grandfather, James E. Dalley, in the 1940 census.  From the time I logged into my computer until the time I was looking at the record, was 04:53 minutes!

James E Dalley in household of Julius S Dalley, “United States Census, 1940” – Record Details — FamilySearch.org.

 

Update on Medical Dictionary for Mac Dictionary.app

Cross-posted on studentdoctor.net forum.  I previously wrote that Lupine shared a working Dictionary; sadly, it only worked for a day…

Yeah, it worked for me for some terms the day I downloaded it; when I went back for more, I got the same result: terms listed, without definitions. I have no idea what changed.

If the original author will please step forward, I’m sure we could get to the bottom of it. I suspect the file is somehow illegitimate. Why else is it hosted on mediafire and doesn’t show up with common search queries?

Sadly, it appears that all free medical dictionaries for Mac today are either simple word lists for spell checking only, or are web-based and often ad-supported. Windows and Google Chrome and Handheld (Palm, PocketPC) options exist, but nothing that integrates with the Dictionary.app on Mac OS X.

A truly free medical dictionary would be great; once the content is created, then making a dictionary compatible with Apple’s Dictionary.app would be trivial. Until then, I guess $50 or $55 is a reasonable price … if it fits with your current digital workflow.

Medical Dictionary for Mac Dictionary.app

Thanks to lupine in this post in the studentdoctor.net forums, I finally found a medical dictionary that integrates with the Mac OS X Dictionary.app.  Thank you, lupine!

To use this file on Mac OS X, simply move the file to “Home > Libraries > Dictionaries”; close and reopen Dictionary.app, and the Medical Dictionary should appear alongside the Dictionary and Thesaurus.  Tested in Mac OS X 10.5.8.

P.S. A related resource is a spellchecker file of medical terms: Hosford Medical Terms ($3.00 shareware)