Chat Heads Anywhere On Your iPhone With MessageBox

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Today I’m going to talk about a new and exciting jailbreak tweak called MessageBox. The tweak allows you to enable Facebook’s new Chat Head feature system-wide.

If you’ve been around jailbreaking for any length of time, you probably weren’t surprised to see Chat Heads appear on iOS within such a short period of time. It was even less surprising when I heard who was actually behind the tweak — Adam Bell. Adam is an excellent developer and designer, and he’s come up with some of the community’s most innovative releases. Continue reading

Beer Review: Westvleteren 12

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Look: 4.75 / 5 | Smell: 4.75 / 5 | Taste: 5 / 5 | Feel: 5 / 5 | Overall: 4.9 / 5

L: The 12 has a reddish/brown hue and pours a white/tan head.

S: It has the beautiful fruity smell typical of Westvleteren beers. Sweet dark fruits hit the nose first. Like the 8, the esters really shine through. It’s reminiscent of old fashioned bubble gum, the kind you find at a baseball game. It’s full of bread aromas, like fresh rye. Lastly, caramel and toffee mixes in with all these scents to make this drink smell more like a dessert than a beer.

T: The sharp dark fruit bite is at the forefront and is pleasantly though slightly bitter. Like the smell, the taste of the beer is more comparable to a desert cake than a beer. Dates, raisins, brown sugar, toffee, and clove all mix together to attempt to veil the alcohol. The bready malts form a good base to the beer, reigning in, and complementing all the other aspects.

F: Deep, satisfying mouthfeel that matches the 10.2% ABV without the harsh aftertaste.

O: This is a truly beautiful beer. The pleasant dark fruit bite reminds me of the Westmalle dubbel, which isn’t surprising considering they share the same yeast. It earns its title as one of the greatest beers in the world, if not the greatest.

Beer Basics:

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westvleteren (Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren)
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Beer Review: Allagash Odyssey

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Look: 4.5 / 5 | Smell: 4.5 / 5 | Taste: 4.75 / 5 | Feel: 4.5 / 5 | Overall: 4.6 / 5

L: This Belgian strong dark ale pours a dark, thick wooden mahogany color, hazy and complex, with a very elegant and even dark creamy head.

S: The beer has a distinct smells of grape, a hint of dark chocolate, and it reminds me of a dark, wheaty bread. The aroma is very pleasing and complex.

T: This beer has a fantastic taste. Like the smell, it has a taste of dark, rich, whole wheat bread sprinkled with nut, chocolate, subtle vanilla, and oak. It’s elegant and provides a wonderful combination.

F: It’s slightly carbonated, feels thick, and drinks well.

O: This is truly a fantastic beer. Its complex aroma, smooth taste, and astonishing look make it well-balanced and unique. This is a beer to keep for aging… if you can go that long without drinking it.

Beer Basics:

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.40% ABV

Notes:
Allagash Odyssey is a dark wheat beer aged for ten months, a portion in oak barrels and the remainder in stainless tanks. The recipe includes 2-row barley, malted wheat, a generous amount of roasted barley and Belgian candi sugar. This deep brown beer boasts an aroma of black treacle and raisin. The flavor hints at dates, with a mildly roasted finish imparted by aging in both medium and heavy toast American Oak barrels. The finish is dry, punctuated by vanilla.

Zeusmos – The Installous Alternative

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One of the draws of jailbreaking was always the ability to try apps before you buy them. After all, if you’re going to spend $10 on something, you want to be sure you’re getting your money’s worth. Well, as you may or may not know, Installous was shut down some time ago. However, that does not mean the end of the “try before you buy” movement. Let me introduce you to Zeusmos.

Zeusmos is a great deal like Installous in that it lets you download and install apps so that you can try them. Getting Zeusmos is just as easy as getting nearly any other jailbreak app. Here are the steps:

  1. Open Cydia store and go to Manage—>Sources.
  2. Now tap on ‘Edit’ then add the following repo to Cydia: ihacksrepo.com and then tap on Add Source.
  3. Now search for ‘Zeusmose’ on Cydia and download it..
  4. That’s it, now and after you restart Springboard you should see Zeusmos app available at your iPhone Springboard.

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jLauncher Reimagines iOS Multitasking

A new jailbreak tweak on the scene is called jLauncher and it dramatically reimagines what iOS multitasking can be. While the original iOS multitasking allows the user to quickly swap between programs, jLauncher adds a clock, music, sound, and brightness controls all to one page.

After downloading the program from Cydia, the user is able to assign an Activator action to jLauncher. This can be as easy as a double-press or triple-press of the home button, a swipe left on the status bar, or anything the user chooses.

Once opened, jLauncher occupies the screen. Open apps are displayed on the right, the clock at the top, and music, sound, and brightness controls beneath that. Very convenient.

However, as of now, it is not possible to enter “wiggly mode” from jLauncher. While this is a minor drawback, I would imagine it’s only a matter of time before the developer adds this feature.

jLauncher is available now in the Cydia Store for $1.99, via the BigBoss repository.

How Technology Will Create A Safer Healthcare System

It’s one of those great conundrums. Despite medicine being a highly intellectual field often at the cutting edge of science, we all too often remain near the bottom in terms of our information technology use. Maybe it’s the culture of medicine, a view that one should master everything and do everything despite knowing that this is an impossible goal? Maybe it’s lagging on the part of administration who may not understand the potential role of technology in the daily workflow of their physicians? Or maybe it’s just that we as a profession have never sat down and tried to understand what we’re missing, what we can do, and where we should go with the incorporation of informatics technology?

I choose to believe it is largely the last of these: that we as a profession have not yet began to put proper thought and action to purpose in terms of intelligently using technology to augment our abilities as clinicians. Continue reading

Review of the KudoCase for the new iPad

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