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Warning: this is properly hackerific! I just got a Samsung SGH-F400, instead of what I really wanted (an iPhone), because Orange dropped my line rental so much to get me to stay. It arrived today, and one of the first things I tried, was getting it to sync, with iSync. Which didn’t work. I got a copy of the novamedia plug-ins, for my SGH-D500, so I’ve plenty of Samsung plug-ins laying around, but not one for this.

I’m keeping my PhD thesis in a private repository on GitHub, because you can never have enough copies. A couple of times when I’ve tried to push, after some fairly major rejigging, I’ve had the error: To git@github.com:mattfoster/thesis.git ! [rejected] master -> master (non-fast forward) error: failed to push some refs to ‘git@github.com:mattfoster/thesis.git’ Which is obviously quite annoying. Ed’s Elite blog suggests that when this happens you should run git pull, manually merge, and then try the push again.

Every now and then, I get really annoyed with MATLAB/Octave. The clumsiness of the language, and the way it makes you write so much throw away code are two particular annoyances, but the main thing that irks me is that it couldn’t be more different than my favourite language, Ruby. So every now any then, I go on a foray, to see whether the tools I need are around yet, so I can move closer to dumping MATLAB, and bask in OO glory.

Whilst surfing GitHub, the new standard repository for all of the World’s cool repositories, I stumbled across gnuplot-textmate-bundle – another Gnuplot bundle for TextMate. So far I’ve only had time for a quick look, but my initial thoughts are that it is less complete than my bundle, but with better commands. Their run command uses a ruby helper script, which looks quite cool. There’s also some usefulness in the form of a Rake script.

IGARSS Buzzwords

It’s probably impossible to go to a conference without picking up some kind of idea of the current trends in the areas being discussed. IGARSS 2008 was certainly no exception. Here’s a list of what I think were probably the most trendy techniques in remote sensing. You can probably make a list like this just by graphing the frequency of word use: Classification Support Vector Machines Markov segmentation geostatistics - Last time I looked at wikipedia’s geostatistics entry it was very highly biased.