There have to be other ways to make money online. Whenever I visit the Guardian website, it pops up a banner along the bottom of the page saying: “We notice you’ve got an ad blocker switched on. Perhaps you’d like to support The Guardian another way?” It links to the newspaper’s membership page, where you can sign up for £50 per year and receive benefits such as advanced tickets and live streams of its events. As weak as the supporters’ club may sound, it’s clever, since displaying a polite request triggers the guilt reflex that’s naturally strong among Guardian readers.Here’s my idea. The use of online micropayments to fund websites and services has never convinced me nor anyone else, but how about an ad blocker run by a non-profit organisation that charges a subscription, and then doles out micropayments to the sites its users visit? Would that work? I think it’s worth a shot.
Even without ad blocking, revenue at many news sites is already suffering. Overly intrusive ads are popping up everywhere because they’re worth more to publishers – they’re a symptom of a web economy that doesn’t work, not a solution that we need to protect. Let’s all sign up to ad blockers to kill off that model faster – but while it’s dying, let’s come up with something else. And please work quickly – those knickers don’t pay for themselves, you know.There’s something endlessly reassuring about a ThinkPad. In some ways, little has changed for decades: the staunchly unfashionable design and retro logos hark back to the devices of IBM days, and even the name stretches way back to the early days of IBM in the 1920s – it was born from the company’s early slogan, “Think”. Now, in 2016, the ThinkPad Yoga 260 marries that past with the technological cutting edge.
A pharmacist may even misread the prescription, causing a potentially harmful medication error. Even if signing a prescription is still necessary to validate it, printing out the details of the drugs prescrembed, and other referral information, has significantly improved legibility and thereby the quality of care.The first desktop office printers used impact technology, where pins shot out to transfer ink from ribbons like a traditional typewriter. This kind of printer was slow and made a lot of noise, but even these devices empowered the doctor's surgery, allowing legible referrals and prescriptions to be printed on the spot.It was onwards and upwards after that, as printer speed and quality improved with the advent of inkjet and laser technology. The laser printer has traditionally been the mainstay of medical and business printing, partly due to the resilience of its printing. But inkjets have developed too, and this technology now offers similar, or even better resistance to smudging and water damage, as well as competitive cost and speed.
A good example of how inkjets have progressed is the HP Officejet X rangeA good example of how inkjets have progressed is the HP Officejet X range. At the departmental networked enterprise end of the scale, these are the fastest business printers on the market, with some of the lowest printing costs around too. But the same technology is also available in standalone or small workgroup devices such as the HP Officejet Pro X576dw, which also offers multi-function scanning facilities that will be very beneficial in a doctor's surgery.
This printer still utilises HP's PageWide system, where a full-width print head allows a page to be processed in a single pass. The first page can be printed in under ten seconds, whether colour or black only, after which pages can be delivered at up to 42 per minute. Although the recommended monthly usage is between 1,000 and 6,000 pages, the Officejet Pro X576dw can handle a duty cycle of up to 80,000 pages per month.They will also resist tampering and alteration, which will be important for prescriptionsThe pigmented inks HP uses are designed to be permanent. They are smear and water resistant, at the same level as laser printers, so can be used in documents that need to be secure from damage, since somebody's life could depend on the information. They will also resist tampering and alteration, which will be important for prescriptions.Being an inkjet, the Officejet Pro X576dw is still capable of extremely high quality colour graphics printing, and black text is comparable to a laser printer. It's also very reasonably priced compared to a laser printer, and much cheaper to run than most of them. With printers like this around, there's very little reason for a doctor to write anything by hand again, apart from when a signature is required for authentication purposes.
Following in the footsteps of HP’s rather lovely EliteBook Folio 1020, the ThinkPad Yoga 260 delivers its compact business thrills in a 12.5in-screened package. That in itself gives it a slight edge over the myriad 13.3in devices on the market. It’s just that tiny bit smaller and easier to wield in one hand, even if it’s no lighter than most, weighing an unremarkable 1.33kg. It is a certified hard nut, though. While there’s a little flex in the Yoga 260’s body, the MIL-STD-810G certification suggests this is a device that will bounce more often than it breaks.
The ThinkPad Yoga 260 boasts a now-familiar party trick. Its flexible hinge allows it to contort itself from a standard laptop and pirouette through tent, stand and tablet modes. Where the Yoga 260 deviates from the usual Yoga formula, however, is that it also squeezes in a powered stylus that slots into its right-hand edge. Neatly, the stylus charges its internal battery while it’s slotted home and, in a further sleight of hand, the keyboard’s keys automatically recede as you fold the screen back past the halfway mark. This neatly avoids that slightly weird feeling of pressing keys when the Yoga 260 is used in tablet mode.It really is business as usual elsewhere. While you’d reasonably expect some compromises, given the Yoga 260’s size, Lenovo has done a cracking job of cramming in all the connectivity and security options you’d expect from a device destined for the office.
The presence of two USB 3 ports, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort, and a microSD slot isn’t especially remarkable, but the proprietary OneLink+ port is. An adapter in the box uses it to add Ethernet and a VGA output, but it’s also possible to hook up one of Lenovo’s docking stations, which add up to six more USB ports, gigabit Ethernet, extra DisplayPort and DVI video outputs, and simultaneously charge the internal battery.Needless to say, wireless networking is well catered for, with the choice of a Broadcom or an Intel 802.11ac chipset (the latter of which comes in both standard and vPro flavours), and you get Bluetooth 4.1 and support for NFC regardless of which you choose.
Curiously, although there’s a SIM slot, our review unit wasn't equipped with a 4G adapter, and there was no sign of it being an optional extra on Lenovo’s website. I’ll have to chase Lenovo and confirm when, and indeed if, the UK will be seeing a 4G-enabled version of the Yoga 260.And last but not least, security options are also on the money. A fingerprint reader and TPM 2 are equipped as standard, and you can add a full-sized smart card reader for £14. So far, so good.Acer has been making some serious headway with Chromebooks according to Gartner, greedily snaffling a whopping 36% of the global market. Now Acer’s looking to cement its number-one position by taking more than a little inspiration from Lenovo’s ultra-flexible Yoga line-up. Behold, the company’s first Chrome OS-powered convertible – the limber Chromebook R 11.
There’s more than a little hint of déjà vu to the Chromebook R 11 – its all-white plastics and curved edges reminiscent of HP’s Chromebook 11 – but the star of the show is the hinge. The Chromebook R 11’s "patented dual-torque hinge" allows the screen to bend back through 360 degrees, allowing it to work in laptop, tablet, tent and stand modes with a mere flick of the wrist.Thankfully, it looks like the 11.6in touchscreen is using IPS technology, so viewing angles are wide enough to make the most of the super-flexible hinge, even if brightness is a little lacking – unlike some of the pricier, Windows-powered peers on Acer’s stand, the Chromebook R 11’s display struggled to punch through the strong overhead lighting.
Acer seems to have really nailed the Chrome OS essentials. The Chromebook R 11 is a decent-looking Chromebook, and while I wasn’t blown away by the design, the textured aluminium lid with Acer’s jazzy-sounding "nano-imprint technology" feels nice and stiff.At 19.2mm thick and weighing in at 1.25kg, this is a laptop that’s tough and light enough to carry around day to day. Factor in a decent-feeling keyboard, and the Acer looks like it could be a contender for the Chromebook top spot.As ever, Chrome OS is no power hog, so the Chromebook R 11 is powered by the usual low-end Intel Celeron chips. With prices starting at £299, I’ll bet my bottom dollar that versions with 2GB and 4GB of RAM will also be making an appearance.
Otherwise, you can expect the usual 16GB of flash storage (surprise!), and the pair of USB ports – one USB 2, one USB 3 – and full-sized SD card reader are rounded off with a 2x2 802.11ac wireless connection. There's also a 720p HD webcam that Acer claims has High Dynamic Range imaging, which sounds very intriguing indeed. So, fancy getting hold of a Acer Chromebook Yoga – sorry, Acer Chromebook R 11? It’s due to launch in mid-October, so it’s almost time to smash that piggy bank.Medical practice, like any activity that relies on large amounts of data, has traditionally involved lots of paper. This is perhaps the origin of the generally held belief that doctors have illegible handwriting. When so many handwritten notes were being produced, it's no wonder their legibility became an important issue. It's also no wonder that the arrival of network and personal printing has had a major positive impact.Doctors hand out pieces of paper when providing referrals to a specialist, and they hand out lots of pieces of paper when writing prescriptions. But research has shown that around 32% of handwritten prescriptions require clarification by the pharmacist, which will entail a phone call that takes time and is very inefficient.http://www.batteries-pc.com/dell.html