Comparison Review: Blood Glucose iOS apps

January 25, 2016 2 comments

[Note: If you are not a diabetic, or do not know a diabetic, this comparison chart will be of little interest to you]

MySugr

Glucose Buddy

Version Tested

3.9.0

3.7.0

Grade

B+

D+

Cost

Free/Pro up to $139.99

Free/Pro up to $13.99

Data Entry

A

D+

Charts & Graphs

B

F

Export

F/B-

D

Import

F/D-

F

Backup/Cloud

C

A

Email Data

F/B-

D+

Desktop Integration

N/A

N/A

Web Integration

B

A

Printing

N/A

N/A

Reminders

A

F

Insulin Correction Calculation

N/A*

N/A

Nutrition Calculator

N/A

F

A1C Estimator

**

N/A

Community

A

B

Annotation

A

C

 

 

 

* Not available in this version

** Need to be validated

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Review: Glucose Buddy (iOS App)

January 25, 2016 1 comment
Prepare to Tap!

Prepare to Tap!

App Name: Glucose Buddy

Version: 3.7.0

Developer: Azumio

Date Updated: October 12, 2012

Cost: Free; up to $13.99 for additional features

Overall Score/Value: D+

A part of the ongoing review of diabetic glucose applications for iOS/iPhone.

Executive Summary

Tap. Tap. Tap. Tap. An all-around painful experience with useless charting capabilities, whose only saving grace is the tight integration with a more-capable (but still limited) companion website. Read more…

Review: mySugr (iOS App)

January 25, 2016 1 comment
mySugr

mySugr

App Name: mySugr

Version: 3.9.0 (Current version 3.10.0)

Developer: mySugr GmbH

Cost:  Free, in-app purchase for full version $2.99/month, $27.99/year, $139.99/lifetime

Overall Score/Value: B+

A part of the ongoing review of diabetic glucose applications for iOS/iPhone.

Executive Summary

The ease of entry for this diabetic logbook app pushes it to the current winner’s circle as the least onerous utility for the job, but weaknesses in import/export and charting plus an outrageously high cost severely detract from its appeal. [Note: The evaluation period for this app concluded the day the next version was released]

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Review: The Order 1886 (VG)

January 18, 2016 Leave a comment

PS4TheOrder1886Arguably one of the most beautiful, photo-realistic video game ever created, the gorgeous The Order: 1886 looks like it should have been an instant top 3 games of all times. In fact, if you go by screenshots or gameplay trailers alone, you could even be duped into questioning anyone’s willingness to pan such a glorious achievement.

Unfortunately, the beauty with The Order is less-than skin deep, as the underlying game commits the unforgivable sin of trading style over substance. The repetitive action sequences, clunky controls, and infuriating missed opportunities doom the game, relegating it to the dubious status of the most beautiful shooting gallery game ever made.

This spoiler-free review discusses the game’s high- and low-water marks and how it could have been so much more.

Score: 5/10

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Rant: Diabetic Insulin Pumps, A Giant Leap Backwards

December 18, 2015 3 comments

no-deliveryI’m a diabetic. Unlike some people who seem to take great pleasure in identifying themselves and building personal brands as diabetics, I don’t like talking about my diabetes. For more than 30 years I’ve worked hard to minimize others’ association between myself and the disease, hopefully with a modicum of success.

I’m going to step outside myself this once to indulge in a rant about the state of diabetic care when it comes to pump therapy. This may come off as too long, too angry, and too frustrated to many people, so let me get the too-long/didn’t-read out of the way first (allow me to adjust my tinfoil hat for the moment):

TL;DR: Companies who create diabetic therapy devices and treatments do not want diabetics to get healthy or, especially, find a cure. They want to create long-term dependencies and actively make treatment more difficult over time to ensure that outcome benefits them, not the patients.

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Review: Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture (VG)

October 17, 2015 3 comments

I just finished Everbody’s Gone To The Rapture, a gorgeous, non-linear mystery storytelling tour-de-force, that is not without some minor problems.

Review: 2 out of 10. Recommend if you’re in the right frame of mind for a snail’s-pace non-linear story, but if you’re looking for something other than a sci-fi walking simulator, you’ll be disappointed.

Where'd Everybody Go?

Where’d Everybody Go?

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The Joys of Sony PS4 Customer Service

September 8, 2015 3 comments
Awesome game!

Awesome game!

Back in April I bought a PlayStation 4, having held off for a while to see if the prices would come down. At that time, there was a rare sale on Amazon and I thought I’d bite the bullet. After all, I had already bought The Last of Us and was dying to play the game anyway.

While I was actually able to play the game, the PS4 has given me nothing but trouble otherwise. Immediately I got hit with the dreaded “Error CE-32889-0” which prevented me from playing the very last chapter of Metro: Last Light, crashing upon startup every time, and teasing me with letting me play a minute-and-a-half of Assassin’s Creed: Unity before throwing up the error and kicking me back to the dashboard.

Worse, the controllers suck. Unlike the XBox (I have a 360, not a XBox One) or PS3, where a controller can last for up to 8 hours, the PS4 controllers died after 45 minutes out of the box. Both of them (I got the PS4 bundle with two controllers). Slowly, but steadily, they began to lose their charges even more, eventually getting to the point where they would only work while plugged in (note, this was after only two months of use!)

Eventually, the PS4 became unusable, and then the controllers wouldn’t even turn on. Doing a hard reset on the controllers didn’t help. So, I turned to Sony Customer Support for help. Read more…

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