Archive for August, 2006

File this one under “stupid regional differences.” As many of you[*] know, I’m a coffee aficionado[**]. As a result, I spend a lot of time in coffee shops. But since I’m not really familiar with the coffee landscape in the ‘burgh, I’ve mostly been haunting the many Starbucks that pepper the streets.  Here’s the weird […]

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[Warning: this post contains extreme nerd content of both the math and computer variety.] Windows users that use LaTeX for typesetting are probably familiar with TeXnic Center, the standard open-source frontend for LaTeX that integrates really well with MikTeX. Having just migrated back to the PC from being an almost exclusive Mac user, I disovered […]



Forgot to mention: my new laptop has a dual core processor! I’m not 100% what that means or how it all works, but I know that, with the right software, the thing is damned fast.

First off, I pretty much love it. It’s very difficult already, and it’s only going to get worse. But I think it will be worth it. My program has a dual focus: economics and public policy. In order to learn economics, you must first begin by learning the technical and somewhat foreign mathematical tools required […]

Laptop day


I got my new laptop today. It’s a ThinkPad with a 40 gig hard drive and a gig of ram. Quite nice. It came with SAS, S-Plus, Office, Endnote, Acrobat Pro, Symantec Antivirus, MikTeX, Firefox and Thunderbird (CMU knows its computing) pre-installed. I downloaded Matlab, Maple and Mathematica from the school (we have site licenses). […]

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