Archive for the ‘Hacks’ Category

June 12, 2010 3

Detexify2 – LaTeX symbol classifier

By in FOSS, Hacks, Web 2.0, Writing

Tweet Using HTML5 features, this is the kind of obvious tool that makes symbol lookup faster than doing it by hand. Just draw the symbol in the box and up comes the LaTeX code, and the package name that contains it.

June 12, 2010 7

The Future of the Journal, by Anita de Waard

By in Early-adopter, Hacks, Opinion, Social Media

Tweet I just found this presentation, and thought it’s worth bringing it to the attention of readers: The Future of the Journal Anita de Waard is the director of Disruptive Technologies at Elsevier. A company that has a position with such a name has my sympathy. Looks like publishers are slowly realizing that they [...]

April 6, 2010 5

CourseRank: An algorithm that helps students choose the right courses

By in Hacks, Resources, Social Media, Web 2.0

Tweet I’m not sure how big of a problem selecting classes is for students, and how much it can be automated, but now there’s a tool specifically solving this problem. CourseRank tracks scheduling conflicts, together with some other Interesting features. For example, it gathers course/professor reviews, workload estimations and aggregates questions and answers. Right now [...]

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November 6, 2009 2

Blog-sized lit reviews

By in Computing tips, Hacks, Software, Writing

Tweet When I started my DPhil, I set myself assignments in order to cover the lit review in easy bite-sized chunks. This worked pretty well but the collated material was scattered across different Word documents, which meant that I couldn’t look at everything at one glance or search the content. However at about the same [...]

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October 16, 2009 3

Google Scholar API

By in Hacks, Social Media, Software

Tweet Google Scholar is probably the most useful tool on the web today for academics. However, there’s no API for it, and seems to add little to no features with time. I don’t think Google is going to give it the Axe any time soon, but … I can’t imagine ads getting clicked on scholar [...]