April 2009

Organize Travel Plans Better with TripIt

by Kelle April 27, 2009

Most of us astronomers travel a lot and end up spending a good amount of time keeping track of all our upcoming trips and associated flight/car/hotel reservations. I used to enter all of the details into my iCal by hand and keep printouts of every reservation. But now I use the free web-based travel organizer […]

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Making Fonts Better in IDL Postscript Output

by Kelle April 23, 2009

We’ve all seen it before, illegible labels on a figure in a paper or talk. I don’t know how to remedy this problem in SuperMongo or other popular plotting programs, but I do in IDL. I’ve addressed the topic of postscript output on my IDL figures page but in this post I’m just going to […]

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Mailplane: Gmail out of the Browser

by Kelle April 11, 2009

I decided to make my first post about something new and fresh and not already listed on my Tips and Tricks website. First off, I’m a huge fan of Gmail. As far as I can tell, there are no reasons left not to switch entirely to Gmail for all your email needs. You can backup, […]

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This is Astro Better

by Kelle April 11, 2009

Most Mac-using professional astronomers know about several websites describing how to get X11, IRAF, and IDL setup on a Mac. In case you don’t, here they are: Edd Edmondson’s Mac OS X for Astrophysicists Marcos Huerta’s Mac Singularity and Mac Astronomers Wiki (Update 2010-05-19: Mac Singularity no longer being updated and wiki migrated here: AstroBetter […]

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