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iPhone/iPod Touch apps

First, let me say that although these "web apps" are formatted for the iPhone and iPod Touch's screens, they can be viewed with any web browser on any computer. They're really just tall, narrow websites. (They can be used on some non-Apple cell phones too, but since screen sizes and browser capabilities vary so widely, I can't guarantee anything.)

You can install any of these web apps on your iPhone or iPod Touch's home screen, where it will act just like a "regular" tap-to-launch app—as long as you have an internet connection, of course. Here's how to do it:

Add to Home Screen

1. Use your Mobile Safari browser to go to the app's web address (see descriptions below). Tap the "+" icon at the bottom of the screen to create a new bookmark:


2. Tap the "Add to Home Screen" button to create an icon on your home screen that behaves just like an app.

That's all there is to it! And now, here are my web apps. I hope you find them useful. (For commercial iPhone/iPod Touch apps that I've found useful, see "A few of my favorite things.")

New Mexico State Park Pocket Guide

I spend much of my time in New Mexico state parks, because they're inexpensive, beautiful, and offer a wide range of climate and terrain, from desert to mountains. I have camping books, and of course there are websites, but I wanted something that would briefly summarize the essentials in one place... something I could refer to when choosing a park. So I wrote this little application.

It lets you choose from a list of parks or from a map. It lets you sort the parks by name, by elevation (very useful in choosing a park to suit the season), or by dump station availability.

For each park, it gives essential information such as the number of campsites, tells you how far it is to the nearest town where you can buy supplies and to the nearest three state parks (handy for deciding where to go next), and offers a link to the park's official web page, where you can find lots more info. And it offers tips on things like how to save money with an annual camping pass.

You can access the NMSP Pocket Guide by pointing your browser to this web address:

NMSP Pocket Guide

CoinForge State Park apps

While I'm at it, I ought to mention a series of commercial apps that also cover state parks: the CoinForge "State Parks" apps. Where I designed my NMSP app to give just the essentials at a glance, these folks took a much more comprehensive approach. And unlike my web apps, theirs are native iOS apps that don't require you to have an internet connection (though if you do, they offer some nifty extras). I use their apps and like them.

They even have a contest that gives you a chance to win a state park app of your choice. (I won the California edition, and bought the New Mexico one for $1.99.) Unlike most sweepstakes, it seems your odds of winning a prize in this one are pretty good—give it a try!

Lazy Daze Pocket Guide

As moderator of the 4,000-member Yahoo Lazy Daze group, I get a lot of questions about Lazy Daze motorhomes. This family-owned company has been building RVs for 54 years—heck, they invented the class C motorhome!—and the independent RV Consumer Group rates them as one of the three best motorhomes in production.

Of course, information about current Lazy Daze models is available on the company's website, but there's nothing there about the previous 44 years of Lazy Daze motorhomes. So I put together this concise reference that lists all models, past and present, complete with essential specs and floorplans; gives detailed specs for current LDs, straight from the factory; has a list of year-by-year changes from 1966 to the present (invaluable if you're shopping for a used LD); and offers additional information such as how to read tire date codes.

You can access the Lazy Daze Pocket Guide by pointing your browser to this web address:

LD Pocket Guide

Oxalates in foods

If you've had calcium oxalate kidney stones, as I have, you may want to minimize your intake of foods with large amounts of oxalates, such as spinach.

Now, before you get your hopes up, be aware that recent research has found (and my urologist confirms) that the oxalates you eat are only a minor contributor to kidney stones; most of the calcium oxalate that forms stones is manufactured by your own body. In other words, even if you completely eliminated oxalate-containing foods from your diet, you could still have stones.

Still, it probably doesn't hurt to avoid eating large amounts of the stuff. This handy reference lists many common foods, along with the amount of oxalate per 100 grams (3 ounces). Foods with especially high oxalate levels are listed in red.

You can access the Oxalates reference by pointing your browser to this web address:

Remember, there are lots of useful commercial iPhone/iPod Touch apps described on the page "A few of my favorite things."


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