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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…

Working and Learning

My most important tool is still programming. Learning how to program is an immensely valuable skill, and doubly so if your job title is not "developer" or "programmer". Programming is not just a tool to talk to the computer and earn a living. We should not forget that programming is also a rich thinking tool for trying out new ideas, and sharing them with other people. read more…

Speeding Up Org Mode Publishing

I use org-mode to write my blog, and org-publish as my static site generator. While this system works great, I have found it to be really really slow. Since I am on a long train ride today, I decided to have a go at this problem. read more…

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