Thursday, May 22, 2014

Light Table

Light Table is is a modern editor/IDE that is almost as flexible as Emacs. It has a lot of potentials.

R beats Python! R beats Julia! Anyone else wanna challenge R?

Some good arguments and, more importantly, evidence here.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

R vs Python: Why R is still the king of statistical computing

Here are some good arguments. I particularly like the author's argument regarding the vital role of Rcpp in the future development of the R ecosystem.

Friday, May 16, 2014


This is a young project, but it looks really promising!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Atom text editor

This new text editor looks promising. Here are instructions of installing on Ubuntu.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Friday, May 09, 2014

Fanless laptop

Looks like the next big thing in the laptop industry is fanless computer. HP got the head start on this, looks like Apple is soon to follow. The chance that my next laptop (preferably from Lenovo or Sony) is a fanless one is pretty good.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04

After trying on VMs and old machines, I finally replaced Mint 14 with Ubuntu 14.04 on my workstation. It works well so far: Unity seems to become less annoying, no need to trim my SSD manually, and, the best of all, my USB wireless adapter is working much more smoothly than before, thanks to the new kernel. I agree with some of the recent reviews that Ubuntu 14.04 is a very mature, stable, and a bit boring workstation OS. But being boring is exactly what a workstation OS needs.