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Browsing Posts published in May, 2010

Argument of max/min in LaTeX

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In LaTeX, you can combine the commands to write argument of max/min equations. However, adding a subscript to your \max or \min will place the subscript under \max or \min only, not under argmax or argmin as a whole. To fix this, use the amsmath package and define a new command like this in the […]

When you drag and drop or copy and paste an image into your PowerPoint presentation, Impress only makes a symbolic link to the image file on your hard drive instead of making a hard copy of the actual image. This is good for keeping the size of the ppt file small but becomes disastrous if you transfer your ppt file to another computer for viewing. In the latter case, your presentation will show up with its images missing and replaced by red crosses that indicate broken links!

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I have recently begun using a database software called Mendeley, which is a free research management tool for desktop and web. According to the website, Mendeley is “like iTunes for research papers” and allows you to organise, collaborate on and discover research papers. I have not tried the latter two points, but for organising papers […]

To make professionally-looking diagrams without getting expensive software you might want to checkout Inkscape, which is a free and open source scalable vector graphics editor available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Being vector graphics, the actual diagrams, shapes, and objects that you create  are resolution-independent. This is perfect for publishing as you can […]

After upgrading to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, I discovered that OS X now has built-in support for Microsoft Exchange 2007. This means there is no need to use a slow web interface or buy MS Office for Mac anymore! You can now use Mail, iCal, and Address Book instead. After entering my employer’s exchange […]

After upgrading to Ubuntu 10.4 LTS (Lucid Lynx) I was having a problem with my Ubuntu One profile. Clicking the Me Menu at the top right corner and choosing Ubuntu One showed an empty profile (unknown name, email, etc.). I was able to log in to my Ubuntu One website and thinking the problem was […]