Foldingathome with the Nvidia Geforce 210

Foldingathome with the Nvidia Geforce 210

I installed the Folding@home client on every computer in the house with something newer than a Pentium 4 in it. But GPU power is much better than CPU power. Even my lowly Nvidia Geforce 210. Here’s how I fixed an opencl.dll not found error so I could use Foldingathome with the Nvidia Geforce 210.

Both Nvidia drivers and the Foldingathome client are finicky. When in doubt, uninstalling and reinstalling can work wonders. Just because Foldingathome doesn’t recognize your Nvidia Geforce 210 or other GPU at first doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t supported.

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DO vs MD: Two philosophies, but both doctors

DO vs MD: Two philosophies, but both doctors

I read a tweet this weekend from a prominent political commentator disparaging doctors of osteopathy, DOs for short. He said only MDs are legitimate doctors. That’s not at all true. Let’s take a look at a DO vs an MD. There’s a difference, but it doesn’t at all mean DOs are less competent.

DOs are recognized by all 50 states and are licensed to prescribe drugs, administer vaccines, and perform surgery just like an MD. Web sites that suggest a DO is basically a chiropractor are using outdated and incomplete information. While some people consider osteopathy a form of alternative medicine, that’s an incomplete perspective. The majority of what DOs practice is completely mainstream medicine.

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Wrist pain from typing

Wrist pain from typing

I’ve had a long history with wrist pain from typing, brought on by carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive stress injury. People sometimes as me to elaborate, so I’ll elaborate on beating carpal tunnel. I was able to beat it without surgery, and you may be able to as well.

It’s something I struggled with off and on for a good 10 years. Mostly off, in recent years, which is good. At one point, it was so bad I wasn’t able to unload my dishwasher, because I couldn’t grip the plates long enough. It was career threatening too. Read more

Certificate of creditable coverage: Why you may need it

Certificate of creditable coverage: Why you may need it

What is a health insurance certificate of creditable coverage, and why does your new insurance plan want one? The certificate of creditable coverage was a way to prevent people from abusing health insurance. Changes to health care laws after the Affordable Care Act made certificates of creditable coverage less common. But here’s how to get one if your new insurer wants one.

If you’re trying to get health insurance in between jobs, you’re more likely to need the certificate.

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Health insurance between jobs

Health insurance between jobs

I recently changed jobs, and although I’ve dealt with gaps in medical coverage before, I didn’t anticipate everything this time. Let’s talk about what to do for health insurance between jobs. And let’s talk coverage too–they aren’t always the same thing.

First things first: gaps are likely, and the laws are written under the assumption that small gaps will happen. The system still isn’t what I would call fair, not that it ever has been, but generally it’s possible to navigate the system and get the coverage you need. I’m not here to complain about the system; I’m here to tell you what I did, or could have done, to navigate it.

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