Monthly Archives: March 2015

Major publisher retracts 43 scientific papers amid wider fake peer-review scandal – The Washington Post.

Doomsday Dashboard | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

SOME OF WHAT WE CONSIDER, WHEN WE SET THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK

Doomsday Dashboard | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Wallet compatible micro-pens: writing on the go

One of the problem with going digital is that something you get stuck with a need to jot down notes or drawing but you do not carry a pen anymore. In fact, carrying pen seems even less likely than wearing a watch nowadays.

If you travel once a in while, getting stuck with custom forms but no pen is also another a common situation that you either saw or lived.

So I decided sometimes ago to search for a dependable, robust, portable but also conformable writing tool that would fit a wallet without adding to its “thickness”. Read the rest of this entry

A new look!

After three years of existance, it was time to adopt a new visual look for this blog. Hope you like it 😉

TaskCollector for Cultured Code Things 2.5: DevonThink and Finder editions

Last week I published on this blog an AppleScript code for collecting tasks from text files (meeting notes, conferences notes and so on) stored in or taken directly in DevonThink Pro / Pro Office. Here is the latest version of the code. It also contains a Finder version that will let you pick a file anywhere on your computer (e.g. you are not a DevonThink users) and perform a similar task.

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Tomorrow is pi day!

On Saturday March 14 2015, enjoy pi day, all day…3.14.15. Even better mark a pause, or set an alarm, at 9h26:53 😉

Smart Watch, Apple Watch, regular watch, no watch…

So the Apple Watch is now out. I like technology and gadget. The iPod, iPhone and iPad all made sense to me. Apple Watch could make a lot of sense if I were a serious jogger / fitness person and if it could actually do real health measurements such as read blood sugar (using red light – not quite there yet) and so on.

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Automating collection of To Dos from meeting notes using DevonThink, AppleScript and Things

For sometimes now, I went fully digital when attending meetings (one on one, research, scientific congress or even committee meetings). I adopted the iPad for that task just a few month after it came out on the market. There are multiple choices of apps out there for note taking. Apple Notes actually is probably the most simple, and quite efficient, one. Since I bring all of my meeting documents with me in DevonThink To Go or DTTG (see my e-office series to see how I make this work), I now take almost all of my meeting notes directly in DTTG. DTTG sync with DevonThink Pro Office (DTPO) edition on my Mac. I am looking forward for the new sync features of DTTG 2.0 but for now this works really fine.

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CD and DVD ROM: endangered species

“Technology is like a fish. The longer it stays on the shelf, the less desirable it becomes.”
– Andrew Heller

The image below represent blank CD and DVD towers. They have been at that level for years now: I have not burned a CD or DVD for backup in years. Even more interesting is that I am still playing old 33 and 45 vinyl from times to times but music CDs even less often (but that might be a generational thing!). USB flash drive have also become so common that 2 and 4 Gb versions are used to distribute promotional documents. While I think the traditional USB flash drive is also close to the endangered technology list, they still are used widely to move data around, but Cloud-based alternative have become the most “frictionless” method for many digital users.

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