Collaborative Software for Scientists

At Scimatic, building software for scientists is our raison d’être. Which is why we’re always excited to see the other folks in the space build stuff as well! Mozilla Science has just announced their collaboration program to help people (not necessarily only programmers) to dive into open science projects. The projects all seem interesting, including […]

A Fond Farewell

We at Scimatic were very excited to work with Alex Greikspoor and his Mekentosj team to create the first version of Papers for Windows. There’s a lot of competition in the reference management space, from Mendeley and ReadCube, but Papers still stands out as the original and leader. Its users are passionate, and for good […]

New Online Authoring Tools for Collaborative Manuscripts

Our friend Kaitlin Thaney (@kaythaney) pointed out a newly funded collaborative editor company Authorea (@authorea) . Authorea would seem to be in competition with writeLaTeX (@writelatex) to corner the market on browser-based collaborative editors. These types of programs solve a number of major pain-points: The utter hell that is MS Word with change-tracking enabled. Both […]

Introducing Samples Quick

Scimatic offers a Sample Management System called Samples.  Samples integrates with the full line of Ziath Scanners to provide a seamless process of registering and working with racked samples in a laboratory. There is often a case where a lab does not work with full racks of samples.  In small research labs a 10×10 rack of tubes may […]

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.