August 2009

Snow Leopard is Here

by Jessica Lu August 28, 2009

The latest and greatest version of Mac OS X, dubbed Snow Leopard, is here. This is likely to be  a good release for astronomers as the OS has been trimmed down to boost performance overall and to give you back about 7 Gbytes of disk space. However, only Intel Macs are supported. Any early adopters […]


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Links: Caffeine vs. Calories, Stress Worsens Allergies, and more…

by Kelle August 28, 2009
  • Five Ways to Build the Writing Habit | Write to Done
  • Caffeine and Calories | Information Is Beautiful
  • The science of Google Wave | News at Nature
  • How to Live a Better Life with Less | Zen Habits
  • Really?: The Claim: Stress Can Make Allergies Worse | NYT > Science


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myADS arXiv RSS Feeds: Now with Abstracts!

by Kelle August 26, 2009

A while back, I wrote a primer on RSS feeds for astronomers. In my opinion, RSS is ideal for browsing and managing the daily astro-ph listings and is far superior to the one big daily email most people get. In particular, I like the feed provided by myADS because it sorts the articles based on […]


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Links: Mac Minimalism, Email Etiquette, IDL tips, and more…

by Kelle August 16, 2009
  • Everything You Need to Know About USB 3.0 | GigaOM
  • Your Life, Simplified | Zen Habits
  • Counting Values in Small Regions | Coyote’s Guide to IDL Programming
  • Navigate Items with J and K in Reader, Gmail and Search | Smarterware
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Learn to Take Breaks with Anti-RSI

by Kelle August 13, 2009

Breaks, both short and long, are widely regarded as productivity enhancing and as one of the easiest ways to prevent and reduce repetitive strain injuries (RSI), such as carpel tunnel syndrome. (More RSI prevention tips.) AntiRSI is a free application that monitors your keyboard and mouse activity and reminds you to take short “micro pauses” […]


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DS9 and Remote Files

by Jessica Lu August 12, 2009

For the longest time, one of my major computing hurdles has been to figure out the best approach for viewing remote FITS files with SAOImage DS9. Currently, using DS9 over ssh is painfully slow, if not impossible for interactive color scaling for example. So I have often resorted to copying files to my local machine […]


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Resizing Windows and Focus Follows Mouse with MondoMouse

by Guest August 5, 2009

This is a guest post (our first!) from Steve Rodney, a graduate student at the Univ. of Hawaii. MondoMouse has become an indispensable application on my mac. This app frees the mac user from the tyranny of Apple’s dogmatic lower-right-corner fixation. Why in the world are we restricted to resizing windows only from that tiny […]

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July Links

by Kelle August 4, 2009

Here are some recent interesting articles…


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