Author Archives: vnoel

Weird utf-8 bug in QuickLook: it’s the EA

A while ago, I noticed a weird bug affecting the way QuickLook on Leopard showed characters with french accents, while being careful to save in UTF-8 from TextMate: TM’s on left, QL on the right. Unix deities seemed to confirm … Continue reading

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Finally: Firefox 3 brings inline PDFs on mac

It took a while. Doesn’t want to be installed on minefield builds, though (via MacOSXHints).

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Bye Matlab, hello Python, thanks Sage

For the past two months or so, I’ve been slowly migrating my scientific workflow (that’s a fancy way of saying “my chaotic data hacking”) from Matlab ((R) (TM) (C)) to Python. The results are overwhelmingly positive, so I’d like to … Continue reading

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Firefox bug 406730 has been fixed

As the title says. Now we can have correct background window appearance on Mac OS X, which was the number one reason to prefer Safari over Firefox 3 according to DF. I can’t wait for the next nightly build and … Continue reading

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Scientific talks, “Lessig style”

Nice write-up on using the “Lessig style” of presentations for scientific talks. I especially liked this bit: I reused slides frequently — even if just to flash the slide before them — in order to remind them of what they’ve … Continue reading

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High CPU usage after Office 2008 upgrade

After installing tonight the update for Office Mac 2008, my CPU started going crazy. The fans went off on my powerbook, which they never do except if I’m compiling wxwindows. Investigation showed that, as always when the CPU goes mad with no good reason, … Continue reading

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Papers → Bibdesk

Another nice feature of Papers (and Bibdesk) I just found out: when you export the bibliography in bibtex format, and open it in Bibdesk, the PDF files you attached in Papers (and keywords) show up in Bibdesk.  Nice. 

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Word 2008 = bibliography mess

After my last post about the joys of using Papers together with Word 2008 to create nice bibliographies, I tried to actually use the thing during the writing of an actual paper. I’m sorry to say I have to agree with the answers to … Continue reading

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Papers + Word 2008 = Bibliography heaven

Papers is a Mac sofware aimed at simplifying the management, searching and reading of scientific litterature. It’s more or less iTunes for your science papers — you can browse through them by authors or journals, include all the relevant information … Continue reading

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Google Talk in iChat behind a firewall

Note : this is an updated and (somewhat) tightened version of this hint at macosxhints for my personal reference. If it helps someone, great. At work my computer is blocked from the outside world by a proxy. Here are the … Continue reading

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