Author Archives: dfspspirit

About dfspspirit

PhD student in bioinformatics, interested in photography, level design, digital image manipulation, architecture and, of course, bioinformatics.

Data detox (and some privacy improvements for this blog)

Today I tried the data detox kit on and I learned quite a few things I did not know, even though I care about my privacy. One of the most important things one should know is that you can … Continue reading

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Getting started with MacOS / an iMac in a day (for Linux and Windows users)

I just started a new job (as a postdoc in computational neuroimaging) and there I got an iMac. I never used MacOS before, my operating systems of choice have been Linux (whenever possible) or Windows (when required) for many years. … Continue reading

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ImageMagick command line: create smaller version of images

I wanted to create smaller versions for many large images in a single directory and have a file name for the new file that is derived from the original file name (to be able to easily identify the image or … Continue reading

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Enable code suggestions for Java in Netbeans 8 on every character entered

In the NetBeans 8 IDE, by default you get automatic code completion suggestions when typing a dot. You can also trigger the completion manually at any time by pressing CTRL + SPACE. Pressing that key combination all the time can … Continue reading

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Lettuce tests with Python: make lettuce print to stdout

The lettuce BDD framework swallows the output of your steps if they try to print to stdout, so you will never see the output of the print in a step like this:   @step(‘Cell number (\d+) should (read|contain) “([^”]*)”‘) def … Continue reading

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WordPress mini theme published: customization of twentyseventeen theme for text links in footer menu

I really like the new WordPress default theme called twentyseventeen. I just needed some small customizations for creating professional websites in Germany. As you may have heard, lots of things are regulated in Germany, and you may want to have … Continue reading

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Node.js package published

In my new job I am doing front-end coding with React.js, and every Javascript programmer needs to have some package published at I guess. 😉 So here is my first package: js-object-util It is inspired by the Immutable API … Continue reading

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