Bulk Machine Setup via Chocolatey

(I stole this idea from Scott Hanselman’s 2014 developer preview ) I just upgraded my ancient 2008 Macbook Pro to a nice shiny new Macbook Air, and one of the things I needed to do was to create a Boot Camp partition with the items I need for work. I installed Windows 8.1, and after […]

Windows 8.1 on Boot Camp

I recently got a new Macbook Air. I installed Boot Camp so that I could run my Windows development environment. Microsoft has a very straightforward reference for setting this up. I purchased Windows 8.1 from the Microsoft Store, which was pretty easy. Running WindowsSetup.exe will download the .iso or create a bootable USB drive. For […]

Science Outreach

A few weeks ago, I took some time to do “science outreach” with my son’s Grade 3 class. Nothing fancy — the teacher had asked for volunteers for their “Scientist in the Schools” program. I had been the parent volunteer before, for units on recycling and insects, but this one was right up my alley because it […]

SQLite and GUI interfaces

A number of our projects use the SQLite database as a backend store. While developing, it’s critical to be able to see what’s in the database. I’ve used two GUI browsers for SQLite on Windows SQLite Database Browser 2.0, which is a QT based cross platform GUI that was last updated in 2009, SQLite Manager, […]

Congratulations to Mekentosj

Last week, Alex at Mekentosj announced that they had been acquired by Springer Science + Business Media.

This is great news for Alex and his team, and really sets them up well for the future. The Mek team is a very agile team that gets a lot done, but as that post says, there are only so many hours per day. It looks like they will get to expand their resources on the Papers application in the future.

So … They Probably Found The Higgs

One of the first blog posts I wrote for Scimatic, back 3 1/2 years ago, was about the LHC and the Higgs Boson. At the time, I had some doubts about whether or not it was a good idea to put all our physics eggs in one giant CERN basket, and I think those concerns are still justified.

However, I didn’t think at the time it would only take 3 and 1/2 years for the LHC experiments to announce that they’d found the Higgs.

Samples 1.3 – Scan, Track, Go!

In the latest release of Samples comes some big changes. We have added some great new features and we have decided to remove some also… In the planning for Samples 1.3 we had to make a decision on what path to take for Samples future. We already had a strong feature set for capturing experimental details (electronic lab notebook (ELN)). We have also been building up a new set of functionality for sample tracking through our new partnership with Ziath.