Category Archives: Computer


For those who just ditched Matlab for another scientific package and miss the inpolygon function, I suggest taking a look at the Shapely package. It’s full of good stuff having to do with polygons and seems interesting for any kind … Continue reading

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NVChannel Fifo: Graphics Channel Exception… and Plex

For this first post in a long, long time, why not explain another weird problem I had with the iMac ? Yay, let’s. During the past two weeks or so, the iMac began behaving strangely. The problems were mostly with … Continue reading

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Enthought Python Distribution, now with basemap

A new beta 2 of the Enthought Python Distribution has been released. It includes updates to the latest versions of wxPython (, VTK (5.2), IPython (0.9.1), matplotlib (0.98.3), ETS (3.0.2) and some other stuff. It looks like NumPy is still … Continue reading

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Python in Science proceedings

The proceedings for Scipy2008 (ie the 7th Python in Science conference) are now online. It would be worth mentioning for the State of Scipy article alone, but there’s tons of nifty up-to-date information there, which is hard to get otherwise … Continue reading

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Python for Science on Mac: Enthought Python Distribution

As a sort-of follow-up to my own post praising SAGE as an all-in-one Python distribution including tons of science goodies, I want to also point out that the Enthought Python Distribution is now available in beta form for Mac OS … Continue reading

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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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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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X11 2.1 for Leopard is out

At least as a preview release, in a nice easy-to-install package. You can get it from Jeremy Huddleston account on X11-2.1.0.pkg. Here is the (kind of hard-to-read) changelog since the bug-ridden 2.0 release included with Leopard. If you’d prefer to follow what’s going … Continue reading

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Possible fix for Leopard not remembering ssh passphrase

According to several accounts, Leopard has now a built-in support for remembering SSH passphrases in the systemwide keychain, which is great, great, great. However, if at some point during your and your system’s lifetime you’ve installed and used the SSHKeyChain   application (even only … Continue reading

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