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Julia First Impressions

Julia is supposed to be as fast as C, as practical as Python, and as scientific as Matlab. The next step in mainstream scientific computing. Here's my first impressions after writing a small algorithm in it. Read more…

The 31. Chaos Communication Congress

Every Year, between Christmas and New Year's Eve, a very special convention is held: The Chaos Computer Club hosts "The Congress". To me and my peers, this is the real highlight at the end of the year. Read more…

Books of 2014

These are the books I enjoyed most in 2014 Read more…

A Digital Thank You

This is the time of the year when we reflect on our lives, and be thankful. We write Christmas cards to people we like, and celebrate with our loved ones. At my job, I am sitting in front of a screen all day, and I interacted not only with people, but also their software. So this is a column where I want to thank people I don't know for their delightful software Read more…

Choosing a German Email Provider

Why not just use Gmail? Because if you're not paying for the service, you are the service. Read more for a comparison of three payed German email providers.

Org Mode Selective Section Numbering

If you write in Org mode, you might have stumbled upon one major limitation: Org mode can either number all headlines, or none. In scientific writing, this is a non-starter. But this is Emacs, so everything is possible… read more…

Writing a Thesis in Org Mode

Most of my peers write all their scientific documents in LaTeX. Being a true believer in the power of Emacs, I opted for writing my master's thesis in Org Mode instead. Here's my thoughts on this process and how it compares to the usual LaTeX work flow. read more…

Org Mode Citation Links

I am writing my master's thesis in Org Mode, and export to LaTeX for publishing. This works well, except for citations. But luckily, this is Emacs, and Emacs is programmable. And better yet, Org Mode has just the tool for the job! read more…

Transplant

I mostly write Python code, but in academia, a lot of very interesting algorithms are only available in Matlab. So I set out to write a simple bridge for using Matlab from Python. read more…

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