Time for California 0

It’s almost time for our trip to the US west coast!! 😉

THATCamp Melbourne (a brief recap…) 0

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Last weekend I attended Melbourne’s first ever THATCamp (The Humanities And Technology Camp), an event designed for anyone with an interest in the digital humanities.

THATCamp is a user-generated “unconference” event involving discussion with people from the domain of Social Science and Humanities. This is my first “camping” experience to be involved in the disciplines of Social Science & Humanities and I was looking forward to having some stimulating discussions with the researchers and practitioners alike over there – and I was not disappointed.

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Remove Duplicate Entry in Finder’s “Open With” Menu 0

A useful howto on removing excessive entries in Finder’s Open With menu. If you, like me, have been beta-testing several versions of the same software on OS X, chances are that when you right-click on a file, you will end up with having a ‘Open With’ menu fills with many duplicate entries of the same application. This menu list is supposed to be updated automatically by OS X itself, however, it seems that it doesn’t update it as often.

A simple and yet effective way or resetting the is as follows:

1. Go to the Preference folder located inside the Library folder in your home directory (i.e. *yourusername*/Home/Library/Preferences/)

2. Locate the file named com.apple.LaunchServices and delete it

After that you could relaunch the Finder and the Open With menu should no longer contain any duplicate entry.

Spotlight Icon Missing from the Menu Bar after Upgrading to Leopard 0

After upgrading to the Mac OS X Leopard (10.5.8), I’ve noticed the Spotlight icon has gone missing from my menu bar (see attached picture). After poking around the system, I found that some directories are with invalid permissions. I have no idea as how this happened, maybe it occurred during the upgrade process?

Anyway, I run the Disk Utility ( Applications -> Utilities ), select the startup disk (the disk where you have OS X installed) and then click on Repair Disk Permissions. It found quite a few errors and then fixed them accordingly. After the repairing process and reboot the OS X – guess what, the Spotlight icon appeared once again on the menu bar and functioning correctly. It seems that those incorrect permissions somehow prevent Spotlight to appear and function properly. I guess it’s always a good idea to run a Repair Disk Permissions whenever you upgrade the system anyway.


Adding A “Recent Applications” Stack to the Dock In OS X 0

Just found this useful little tweak to add a stack (similar to the default Download one) which contains a list of recent open applications for a quick and easy access. Very handy if you happen to use certain regular applications and/or documents.

Type the following command in the Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add '{ "tile-data" = { "list-type" = 1; }; "tile-type" = "recents-tile"; }'

then after that, type the following command:

killall Dock

to restart the Dock and then you will see a new icon, similar to the Download Stack, being added next to the Trash icon. You can also choose this new Stack to show information between “Recent Applications“, “Recent Documents“, “Recent Servers“, “Favorite Volumes” and “Favorite Items“.

A New Oxford Journal for Biological Databases And Curation 0

Oxford University Press has introduced a new open-access journal, Database: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation, aiming at all aspect of database research and development surrounding biological information. This new journal, under the editorship of David Landsman, will cover a broad spectrum of topics from database development to the relevant applications as well as issues concerning biological curation and curated databases.

Database: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation provides a platform for the presentation of novel ideas in database research surrounding biological information, and aims to help strengthen the bridge between database developers and users.

It would be very interesting to see how this new journal picks up from the more established and highly successful Nucleic Acids Research Annual Database Issue and the NAR online Molecular Biology Database Collection.

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