8 New Browsers

March 28th, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

A picture of a human finger touching a URL field on the glass panel

PC Magazine has an overview of 8 web browsers that provide an alternative to the “Big 4” that most people use (FireFox, IE, Chrome and Safari). Each of the 8 browsers has different sets of attributes that make it a viable or an even better alternative to what you’re using now. Concerned about malware? Try Comodo IceDragon (If you live with someone “who consistently clicks on stuff they shouldn’t, set them up with this.”) For viewing or working with a lot of videos, Torch could work well for you. If you prefer to read text only without the distractions, there’s a text-only one too. If you do try one, leave a comment to let us know how it worked out (or didn’t).

Tech tip Tuesday – Beware of Crapware

February 21st, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Illustration for PC Magazine article depicting computer malware

Trying to save money so you buy a really cheap PC? There’s a reason that PC costs so little: software makers pay to have their software loaded on the PC in advance or on the install disc the store gives you. Uninstalling it proves time-consuming and frustrating. How to Clean Crapware From a New PC by Eric Griffith on PC Magazine describes how to solve this problem so you can buy your cheap PC and use it too.

The solution:
– Windows 10 (not 7, 8, or 8.1)
– start with a full reset of the OS using the Windows 10 Refresh Tool
– Beware of download sites such as CNET’s Downloads.com, Tucows, FileHippo, Softpedia, Snapfiles
– Download from the software developer’s sites

Study for your boards while you commute with Audio Digest

January 6th, 2016 by Steven Dunlap

Tired of playing “license plate” with yourself or counting how many feet you move each minute while you’re stuck in traffic?

You can listen to professional development audio recordings in your car or on the train on the way to and from work. It’s easy to check out an Audio-Digest CD-ROM in your specialty from the Lane Medical Library for 7 days.  Audio-Digest is available for download too. The downloadable MP3s might be an even more convenient option because you can listen to the content to your mobile devices, no CD player required. To access online or download the recordings:

  1. Log in to Lane Library
  2. Obtain the login and password for Audio-Digest (link brings you to a page listing the passwords, SUNet ID required)
  3. Click on the link for Audio-Digest (same web page as step 2 above)
  4. On the Audio-Digest home page click on the “sign in” link (see illustration below)
  5. Enter the login and password.
  6. You can download the audio files in MP3 format.
  7. You can use iTunes or another MP3 player to listen to these recordings on a mobile device.


Select your specialty, then you can make productive use of all that time you spend in traffic. Or maybe listen to one while you drive to your Medical Board Exams? Lane subscribes to 13 specialties, 26 to 48 issues per year.

All Audio-Digest programs can be used for credit or contact hours by physicians, physician-assistants, and nurses. As well, particular Audio-Digest programs can be used for credit or contact hours by certified registered nurse anesthetists, psychologists, optometrists, ophthalmic technicians, and registered dietitians or dietetic technicians, registered.

Click here for the Audio-Digest CME/CE page then click on your specialty for more information.

The California Medical Association took over Audio-Digest in 1952, turning it into the Audio-Digest Foundation. The recordings come from over 150 teaching institutions.

For more than six decades, Audio-Digest has been relied on by physicians and other healthcare professionals throughout the country (and the world) as the authoritative source for timely recordings of the best talks on significant topics in their specialties, as presented at the latest medical meetings and conferences…


Tech Tip Tuesday: The Gene Symbol Dilemma in Excel

January 5th, 2016 by Nicole Soares

Do you ever open high-throughput data in Excel only to find that some of your gene symbols get converted into date format?

Learn how to avoid this dilemma by following the simple steps outlined in Yale’s Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library blog post “Do not let Excel deplete your gene list.”

Have any great tech tips you’d like to share with your Stanford Medicine colleagues?

Contact Nicole Chiodo at chiodo@stanford.edu with your ideas if you are interested in being a guest author of a Tech Tip Tuesday post!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Subject Portals

May 19th, 2015 by Nicole Soares

Welcome back to Tech Tip Tuesday! This week is all about portals.


Portal Cake is a lie” by EntaraXia is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0

No, not those portals – Lane’s Specialty Portals! Lane has a wide variety of specialty portals designed to meet the varied information needs of many of the departments, divisions, centers, and nursing units here at Stanford Medicine.

You might be asking yourself, but what exactly is a “specialty portal” and how does it benefit me?


Our specialty portals are designed to be a starting point for research in your specialty. Each of our portals was created by Lane’s liaison librarians and features direct links to some of the most frequently used resources in each department, including databases, journals, books, clinical calculators, videos, and much more!

Set your department’s portal as your browser’s homepage and have your department’s most frequently used resources right at your fingertips.


Are we missing a portal for your department? Does your department’s portal need to be updated?

Contact the liaison librarian for your department, and we’ll work with you to choose the resources that work best for your department!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Collaborate on scientific papers with Overleaf

April 28th, 2015 by Nicole Soares

Do you want to collaborate with colleagues to write and publish scientific academic papers more effectively and efficiently?

Then give Overleaf a try!

At the beginning of 2015, Stanford University Libraries started a 1-year trial of 10GB Overleaf Pro for all Stanford University faculty, students, and staff. Overleaf, formerly known as WriteLaTeX, is an online collaborative environment that allows you to use create and edit scientific academic papers using rich text (or WYSIWYG) editing or full online LaTeX editing.

Here are some of the great benefits of signing up and making use of your 10GB Overleaf Pro for your projects:

  • Choose from a variety of project templates or create your own.
  • Online collaboration, rich text editing or full online LaTeX editing
  • Real-time collaboration in your browser
  • Share and edit protected projects with authorized users. You can add and remove collaborators at any time.
  • Real-time preview of projects
  • Integrated, streamlined publishing allows you to publish immediately and directly to the journal of your choice with an integrated submission system to over a dozen publishing partners already, with more to come.

What are you waiting for? Sign up today!

Not a Stanford University faculty member, staff member, or student?
Sign up for a free Overleaf account which offers many of the same benefits as the Pro account.

Tech Tip Tuesday: The Many Faces of Lane Search – Part 5

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