Category Archives: Software

Dr. rer. photocop.

This is an old saying among medical students – you get your degree by copying a lot of papers.
When it comes to copy music I learned only recently that it makes a differences which software you are using to create a mp3 from your CD. Exact audio copy reads audio CDs almost perfectly while some other software does a jitter correction on scratched CDs. Differences can be really heard!
Back to photocopies – when I visited the largest medical library in Germany, the ZMB in Cologne, I was deeply impressed by all the students wearing headphones and sun glasses while copying pages hour by hour, an eldritch scenery, yea, yea.

GPS for biological pathways

After running a dual core CPU for two weeks I have a list here of all transcripts that are associated with the “ORMDL3” SNP gene cluster. Making sense from this list is a difficult task even with dozen of dedicated websites.
To get an overview of what is available I would start Continue reading GPS for biological pathways

Henryk Goldszmit (Janusz Korczak)

moblog РWhen being in Warsaw for the first time I wanted to honour Henryk Goldszmit / Janusz Korczak by visiting the orphanage. This was a home for Jewish children in the Jaktorowska (former Krochmalna) Street. Henryk, born 1878 or 1879, a physician, writer and outstanding pedagogue was the director of the orphanage since 1913. Continue reading Henryk Goldszmit (Janusz Korczak)

The first slide please

Thousands and millions of talks start with the “first slide please” although there is no “slide” at all. This post, however, is more about my problems to manage the 300 slide shows here while making a new one. I found some nice software, that can re-index my old PP slides, and let me drag and drop to a new slide show. Costs for Slide Executive are ~79‚ā¨. Is there any alternative? Continue reading The first slide please

Increased stand by time

I could not find so much infomation out there about the HP Ipaq hw6515 power surge – my device runs on battery only a few hours if both GSM and GPS are being enabled. After several unsucessful attempts I found only two options to prolonge battery life – disabling both SD card slots and by CPU clocking down from ~300 to ~100 Mhz.

Fire Scribe

The WordPress editor window is somewhat odd if you are writing in text mode but need to scroll down to preview your post. From several blog editors that I have tested now – there is now one that made it onto my desktop. Scribe Fire is an advanced Firefox plugin that can be nicely configured as you can see on this screenshot.
The “powered by” can be switched off Continue reading Fire Scribe

Castrated data

Nature had some good recommendations

… there are challenges to making data on individual research participants available to other investigators, every effort should be made to provide researchers with an opportunity to reproduce the reported results and to investigate new hypotheses and methods.

accompanied by a bullet list

* Statement on availability of results and data so that, as far as possible, others can analyse them independently

The new expression paper published 3 days ago, however, ignores that largely Continue reading Castrated data

Peer to peer publication

Although not so much appreciated by big companies, peer to peer technologies have a great success in sharing communities. Peer to peer might even work with mobile phones in Africa as shown recently by a Swedish company.
I wonder if peer to peer would also work. Continue reading Peer to peer publication

Genetic databases – the tragedy continues

A new review paper about online genetic databases nicely summarizes the current state of the art (including my own efforts). There are only 13 databases Continue reading Genetic databases – the tragedy continues