Matlab, X11 and OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

If you haven’t heard already OS X 10.8 (AKA Mountain Lion – ML) was released this week. For an in depth review I recommend John Siracusa’s review. One of the things that struck me, as I’ve been reading on the new features of ML, was that X11 is no longer included in OS X. Continue reading


The Mac App Store’s future of irrelevance –

Marco Arment on the future of the Mac App store:

The Mac App Store is in significant danger of becoming an irrelevant, low-traffic flea market where buyers rarely venture for serious purchases. And I bet that’s not what Apple had in mind at all.

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I personally never have had much confidence on the Mac App store. When an app was available both in and out of the Mac App Store, I’ve always bought it directly from the developer’s site.

Moving referenced images in a markdown file to another folder

The other day I was writing a brief report in multimarkdown which had several images and some code. After I finished the report I decided I would move the images from their original folder to another one. Since there were quite a large number of images, and not all of them were residing in the same directory I thought I’d write a small script. Continue reading

Temporary text expanding snippets

I actually got this idea from David Sparks in one of the Mac power users podcast episodes. Because I’ve been catching up with past episodes, while also listening to new ones I haven’t been able to remember in which episode exactly he mentioned this, but it’s been one hell of a tip.

On any given project, sometimes you might find yourself having to write the same line over and over again, which is what text expanding apps applications are for. Continue reading

Švejk and the 17 mm lens

The Good Soldier Švejk

It might appear that the title of this post is about two totally unrelated topics, the character of “The Good Soldier Švejk” by Jaroslav Hašek and the zuiko 17 mm lens, which I recently acquired for my Olympus Pen. The truth is, they’re not related at all, but I just felt like writing something like this just for the fun of it. And to be honest, after everyone went to bed I found myself looking for something to shoot at for testing my new lens when the good soldier Švejk came into scene. We actually have several statuettes and little souvenirs of places we’ve visited, and of course the soldier Švejk came to our living room from a research stay I did in Prague almost two years ago.

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On motivation, procrastination and project logs

In this digital era we live in it’s quite easy to get distracted with the incredible amount of things we have at our disposal. And the worse part is that a whole day can go by, while you’re thinking that you’re doing some work (like writing emails[1]), and yet you end up feeling like having done no progress at all on your projects. At this point I might be starting to sound a bit like all the GTD (Getting Things Done) evangelists out there, if you keep reading you might see that I am not, and neither am I interested in writing about GTD nor the ever-increasing number of apps related to it. Continue reading

Safely quit apps

Today I felt like procrastinating, so I wrote this script for safely quitting apps. The reason for writing this script is the fact that Dropbox (or the other cloud solution I also use SurgarSync) is currently not supporting a merging functionality. If you have the application open in two devices at the same time this could lead to data inconsistency while switching.

In my particular case this translates to the fact that I sometimes forget to close several apps in my Mac at work, so when I get home on occasion I’d like to continue to work or access some files. In the past I’ve had issues with this, and I’d loose some data. For instance, once I was working on a latex document I wrote some new lines and when I went to my other computer, assuming the new lines had been incorporated I found that some were but others weren’t. The worse part was that I tried to restore previous versions of the file via Dropbox but the new lines were nowhere to be found. Continue reading