Friday
Feb062009

Mathematica (Home Edition!)

I haven't actually bought this yet, but will soon.  It's a full version of Mathematica, with just some license restrictions.  Very cool.

I'm not a heavy Mathematica user, so haven't been able to justify purchasing it since moving to Lowell in 2006.  (In grad school I had a student copy, which was affordable.  As a post-doc, Caltech provided me with a license that cost me nothing, though it did have the habit of expiring when I was on an airplane and without internet access to update it, but that's a whole other story.)  But, I do have just enough use for Mathematica that I'm excited to see there's now an affordable way to get it.

http://www.wolfram.com/products/mathematicahomeedition/

Friday
Feb062009

Gemini Observing Tool

I observe with the Gemini telescopes a good bit and therefore need the Gemini Observing Tool (OT), which is also known as the Phase II Tool.

Download from:

http://www.gemini.edu/sciops/OThelp/otIndex.html

Friday
Feb062009

Turn-on MobileMe (formerly .mac) syncing

Sync Bookmarks, Calendars, Contacts, Mail Accounts, Mail Rules (etc).

I usually leave sync'ing to Manual and try to remember to hit sync every now and then.  Better than hogging bandwidth at inappropriate times.

I do not use iDisk sync'ing at this time, but should look into it for some tasks?

I leave "Back to My Mac" turned off.

Friday
Feb062009

Google Gears

Download & install Google Gears to Safari.

Enable Gears for WordPress blogs.

Friday
Jan302009

VMWare Fusion

I have no strong opinion between VMWare Fusion and Parallels for running Windows within OS X.  VMWare was just the first one I tried and it's always done what I needed it to do.

I use it for a number of Windows-only applications I need on an infrequent basis.  Also, and most importantly, the library for my XenICs InGaAs camera is only available in a Windows version, so I had to write the camera control server on Windows (using Python).  So, the camera control server runs on Windows under Fusion on OSX on a Mac Mini.  How's that for convoluted?

Down load from their website.