Jason's Musings

Compiling LaTeX Locally on macOS with VS Code and Git (How I'm Writing My Thesis)

IntroductionIn the past few months, I've finally learned to use LaTeX properly in an attempt to make my eventual thesis-writing life easier. Additionally, it seemed difficult to help all my group members get some collaborative writing platform working together (and we all avoid Google Docs because of how limited its...

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Superpowered Literature and Reference Management

Alternative title: how to connect your computer to your brain to make literature management and writing way easier!...

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Setting up Windows through VirtualBox on a Mac

Quick overview of the steps you need to get Windows on VirtualBox running (somewhat) smoothly on a Mac...

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How I run my website

Since some friends have asked about how I host my website, I thought I'd write a short little guide. As I wrote in a previous post, I recently migrated hosting services. Here's a crash course on how websites work: A computer somewhere, a 'server', is linked to the internet and...

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Visualizing Browser Activity by Day of Week

About a month ago, I made an impulsive decision to learn Python by writing a script to visualize how I surf the web on each day of the week. This is the result: With just a few lines of code, this script will look for an OS X/macOS user's...

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Connectivity Tricks for Students

Off-campus access to papers (University of Alberta) Sometimes, we need to access academic journals when we are not on University of Alberta campus. Though I thought that a VPN (virtual private network) would simulate me being on campus, we actually need to use special proxies. Save these bookmarks to use...

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