Tuesday, November 29, 2011

E-book resource

This place has some e-books collection.

Lisp and python

This helps understanding both better.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bibtex vs. biblatex

Here is a comprehensive discussion on the relative strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Here are some instruction about how to switch from bibtex to biblatex.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

R vs. python

Fascinating discussions here.

Mint 12 is out

I will give it a try. The next release should be stable enough as my main workstations OS.

Free software

This is a comprehensive analysis of the status of free software, may be helpful for my own research.

Monday, November 21, 2011


The Dev-C++ project seems to have come back.

Sunday, November 20, 2011



The lush project looks interesting. Here is an informative post. This is another one.

Debian does not seem to like freepascal and lazarus

After installing the new freepascal 2.4.4 from the debian repository, my mint debian box began to show all kind of problems: chromium stopped working, the usual "./configure, make, make install" stopped working, R stopped working ... Things went back to normal after I uninstalled fp and lazarus.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gcc and debian testing

The new gcc (4.6.2) was just out a couple of weeks ago and Debian testing has already included it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Linux, Minix, and BSD

The interview and all the follow-ups are educational as well as entertaining ...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Debugging tutorial for StatET

Here is a brief introduction to the visual debugger of StatET, which I find very useful.

ESS tracebug module

The ESS tracebud module is a very powerful debug tool for R. I spent some time playing with it last night and really like it. Based on its project web site announcement, it will become an integrated component for the future ESS releases.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Programming fonts

Here are 5 good programming fonts. I like droid sans mono too.

One little problem with the new StatET

The new StatET looks great, and the visual debugger is really cool. However, after playing with it for a little while, I realized that the outline function (which works on LaTeX source file) still does not work on .Rnw file. The StatET group probably thinks that this is something that the TeXLipse group should do, while the TeXlipse group probably thinks this is not a LaTeX-related issue.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Linux Mint pulls ahead of Ubuntu

This should not be a surprise, especially since I myself have made the transition from Ubuntu to Mint Debian.

Linux Mint pulls ahead of Ubuntu

This should not be a surprise, especially since I myself have made the transition from Ubuntu to Mint Debian.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

More than one columns in Beamer slide

Sometimes it is helpful to have more than one columns in a Beamer slide. This post shows how to do that.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

How to repair the swap partition in Ubuntu

The post may be useful when one needs to reset the swap partition.

Friday, November 04, 2011


Looks like the folks at Mint are planning some seriously different from Unity and Gnome3 Shell.