Tag: osx

OSX features I wish Windows had

Migrating back to Windows after years of using OSX, there are some features I miss. Default Folder X (link) Right click on the file name in the title bar to find out what folder that file came from. Rename a file that is already open. Click and drag events around on the native calendar app

AutoHotKey for repetitive tasks

This the favorite tip Labrigger has received this week. Here it is, unedited, and in its entirety: I often use autohotkey for repetitive file naming and key remapping when I am forced to use clunky software on a windows computer I don’t plan on living on for long. It makes working with these programs much

ZappyLab Kickstarter: 1 week left!

This is exactly up the alley of what Labrigger is interested in supporting. There’s just one week left in their Kickstarter campaign. As of this writing, 300 people have contributed $30,000. With one final push this last week, they’ll meet their goal. They want to crowd source experimental protocols to increase efficiency and productivity. This


Christoph Schmidt-Hieber and his collaborators Guzman and Schlogel have developed a cross platform (Linux, Windows, and OS X) application for analyzing electrophysiology data. Here’s the paper (open access). And here’s the code’s website. A key feature is that there’s a Python shell for scripting. Thus, in addition to being specialized software for analyzing electrophysiology data,

Stop Safari from reloading tabs

Apple’s Safari web browser v5.1 has an annoying behavior where tabs reload/refresh like crazy. This can cause lost work and data. Disable the problematic behavior this way: 1. Close Safari 2. Open a terminal and enter this command defaults write com.apple.safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1 3. Restart Safari. You should see a new menu to the right

Synchronizing multiple computers for experiments

In many rigs, multiple computers are used, and they need to talk to each other. For example, one computer handles the imaging, another the electrophysiology, and yet another handles the sensory stimulation; and they all need to be synchronized. There are several ways to handle this. Digital I/O via DAQs This is typically the most

OSX: Spotlight problem

Quick OSX tip: if you’re finding that your OSX system is quite busy even though you haven’t asked anything of it, check to see if the processes “mds” and “mdworker” are chewing up CPU cycles (view active processes in Activity Monitor). If so, then this is Spotlight indexing your hard drive. If it seems excessive,

NEURON + Python in OSX

Post by Christoph Schmidt-Hieber + Here are some relatively pain-free instructions to get NEURON to run with Python support on OS X. 1. Install XCode 3.x. XCode 4 will not work (*). You can get it from an OS X installation CD/DVD, or from the Apple Developer Connection (requires an account). 2. Install the free

Baudline: Signal analysis

Baudline software (Linux/OSX) is free software for analyzing the spectral components of signals. It’s really well-made and has a lot of features. This can be useful for analyzing LFPs, audio recordings, or even tracking down the noise on a rig. Xcorr uses Baudline to view long neural recordings.


You probably caught the article about the group who runs their laser-trapping experiments using an app they wrote for iOS on the iPad. This sparked a commentary about apps in science. What about some other apps for handheld and tablet computing? Reference organization In general, when it comes to organization, the system is only as

Hopes for the New Year

Here’s the news Labrigger hopes to see in 2011. New developments with optical indicators A new, super bright fluorescent protein that blows the doors off of GFP-based proteins. Bright, far-red dyes with huge 2p cross-sections. Higher S:N genetically-encoded voltage and calcium sensors. Better fluorescent dyes for calcium, sodium, and chloride. I know we’ll see important

Some OSX programs & tips

This is just a quick post to highlight a few Mac OSX programs & tips that you might find useful. Programs Default Folder – This is how all save file dialogs should work. Watch the video. They have a free demo you can try. I bought it and am always happy at all the clicking