Nostalgic PAINT app

In 1984 the Macintosh arrived with the amazing MacWrite and MacPaint programs. But at that time it was all in black and white. Later, Windows also had a Paint program. If you feel nostalgic about these programs, there is a (color) version Microsoft Paint online:

semester-biology informatics courses

Just found this interesting set of  “semester-biology ” (bio)informatics courses, from the original data carpentry site: Web rendered: GitHub: Derived works: Data Science for Biologists at Virginia Commonwealth University Data Science for Agriculture at Oklahoma State University Data Visualization for Plant Pathologists at the University of Florida Data Science for SAFS at the University of… Read More »

Computing residues per turn in an alpha helix

Last month I wrote a blog on my Biochemistry Blog about computing the number of residues within an alpha helix. This was in relation to a project concerning predicting a “coiled-coil” structure. It was more complicated than I thought. The link to the original article is here: Computing residues per turn in an alpha helix… Read More »

Do yourself a favor: learn Markdown

I wrote a series on my Biochem Blog with this title: “Do yourself a favor: learn Markdown” At the moment there are 4 episodes, but more might be coming. Rather than retype things here I’ll just post the links: Summary list Do yourself a favor: learn Markdown – Episode 4. Reproducible reports Do yourself a… Read More »

Download Google Drive Files using wget

Cross-posting from post:  Download Google Drive Files using wget The problem: transfer file between clouds Files on Google drive can be shared between users, but the default access to the file is via we web browser graphical interface. However, sometimes it may be useful, or even necessary, to access and download a file from a command line,… Read More »

Default preference reversal in R 4.0.x

I just wrote an entry on my Biochem blog which I think would fit on this site: Default preferences I enjoy using R and RStudio, but I am always weary of upgrading R because that usually leads to some issue(s). The most recent was a bit long for me to diagnose, even though in retrospect… Read More »

“bashing” PowerShell

Even though PowerShell has been around for apparently a long time (cerca 2002) it only came onto my “radar” recently as the “app” that can be used as a Text-Terminal to ssh somewhere. But I was then surprised to discover that in fact PowerShell also exists for MacOS as well as Linux! So I looked a… Read More »

in2csv: the Excel killer is part of csvkit the command-line spreadsheet

Summary csvkit is a suite of command-line tools for converting to and working with CSV, the king of tabular file formats. (csvkit can convert XLSX files to CSV.) A good docker container for csvkit: thomasleplus/csv Inspiration: stack overflow article: convert-xlsx-file-to-csv-using-batch Note: I wrote a different version of this on this post elsewhere: csvkit command-line spreadsheet can convert and… Read More »

A great Unix tutorial suitable for beginners

More than once I have written my own tutorials for learning how to use the command line within the bash shell in the context of a Unix or Unix-like computer. Recently I found a very well done tutorial that, while titled “Unix for Neuroimagers”  provides a wonderfully well done, easy to understand set of small… Read More »