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Ron Risley

Ron Risley

Ron Risley could have been a dot-com. Instead, he closed his communications consulting practice in 1986 to pursue a new career as a psychiatrist and family doctor.

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What’s Up, eDoc? Emailing Your Doctor, Part 2

In a previous article, I presented some of the reasons why doctors and patients would both benefit from more widespread use of email, along with some of the problems inherent in doing so

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What’s Up, eDoc? Emailing Your Doctor, Part 1

It's a frustration I'm sure everyone has experienced: you have a medical question. You want to follow the advice in those pharmaceutical commercials and "ask your doctor," but the next clinic appointment is three months away and it seems silly (and expensive) to schedule an appointment just to ask a simple question

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Serving the Internet from a PowerBook 5300

It has been a year since the seduction began. I was an early adopter of ISDN, but years later I felt that it never lived up to its promise. Now that DSL is available in my area, and since I can hit the telco central office with a well-aimed pitch from my back yard, I figured I would get excellent results, since bandwidth available via DSL depends in part on the length and condition of the wires from the central office to your site. My DSL installation was quick and practically flawless, in spite of complications caused by the conversion from ISDN

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What’s Next After Newton?

After publication of my article "Reflections on Life Without Newton" in TidBITS-418, I received many email messages with a common theme: "Your article confirmed that Newton technology is what I've been looking for, but in light of Apple's decision to stop Newton development, what should I do now?" [See "Newton Falls from Apple Tree" in TidBITS-419

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Reflections on Life without Newton

[Ron, a resident physician, uses a Newton to stay on top of the innumerable details that swarm through his life. We asked him to relate how he uses his PDA in the real world, and to share specifics on how he's customized his Newton MessagePad