Freebie of the week

One of my favorite cross-platform apps (web, iOS, Android), Instapaper, has been honored as “App of the Week” by Apple. Congratulations, Marco!

How to get it:

What this means to you: this week, it’s free.

What it is: it’s an application and a service which allows you to save web content, including multiple pages, with all the ‘extras’ stripped out, for reading later. Similar functionality can be found in the Safari ‘reading list’ and the ‘Pocket‘ app…but Instapaper was an early player, and has a web presence, and download to Kindle, and all kinds of pleasant surprises.  Terrific for saving news to read later, or a fast ‘I need this for something I’m researching and I don’t want to put it into a notebook app.’

Recommended. If you have an iOS device, it’s free this week. If not, or you miss the free week, it’s still worth supporting the app, it’s worth it.  Please support authors of things you like!

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DO Encrypt, DON’T Panic

Or, What the ‘strong encryption’ requirement means to Psychologists (regarding Fact Sheet #16 issued by the Information Privacy Commissioner of Ontario).

Why I’m writing this: I have a number of friends and associates who are Certified Psychologists in Ontario, and have been asked, casually, what exactly this fact sheet means.

Bottom line:  If you are a Psychologist providing health information to a health network provider, or a user of health information in the sense of PHIPA and its regulations, you need to secure all portable healthcare data as below. If you are NOT, you DO NOT have to.  If you do, or if you aren’t sure, please keep reading…

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Saving paper, saving time through PDF

I imagine that you’ve thought about trying to reduce the amount of paper you handle.

A good place to start is reducing the amount of paper you generate.

A GREAT place to start that is to quit printing documents for reference, just keep them on your computer.

Saving output to PDF is a great place to start, and you can do it for free. PDF isn’t perfect, but it’s good enough for capturing page images, so it’s a great substitute for paper.

On the Mac (OS X only): print your document, and use the PDF link to save a copy.
(Yes, “It just works.”)

On Windows, install CutePDF and use the virtual printer that it creates to save your output to PDF.

In both cases, be sure to check that the information you wanted is in the printout!

If you want to REDUCE the paper you print, but need a few reference pages:

On Mac (OS X): print your document, and use the Preview link to send the PDF to the Preview application. Print the just the pages you need.

On Windows: use the page preview menu item (if supported in the application), and print just the pages you need. If page preview is NOT supported, create a PDF (see above) and print just the pages you need.

Unfortunately, PDF isn’t the greatest format for archiving, but it’s a good step in the right direction.

Best,
Dak

Saving paper, saving time through PDF

I imagine that you’ve thought about trying to reduce the amount of paper you handle.

A good place to start is reducing the amount of paper you generate.

A GREAT place to start that is to quit printing documents for reference, just keep them on your computer.

Saving output to PDF is a great place to start, and you can do it for free. PDF isn’t perfect, but it’s good enough for capturing page images, so it’s a great substitute for paper.

HOW TO, and how it pays off:
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