My code on Github and Zenodo

Submitted by Detlev Conrad M... on Sat, 07/11/2015 - 18:35

So, my PhD has been submitted and I can wait for the paperwork to advance and then the date of the viva...

While I always supported making the code available - and it was on Sourceforge as a zip-archive - (minus the Intel ODE library which must be downloaded separately), this has become official with the library recommending Github with Zenodo to create citable code.

Hence my Chemical Kinetics Solver has found an official home here: Read more about My code on Github and Zenodo

Logitech MX Master - Impressions

Submitted by Detlev Conrad M... on Sat, 06/20/2015 - 17:41

So, I've been using my desktop more and more and the MX Anywhere (bought for use with a laptop) wasn't quite that comfortable (still a lovely mouse though). Buying mice is a troublesome affair... looking at the large number of negative reviews for some products, sticking to Logitech seems to be a safe choice (at least they work well for me). I had looked at the MX Performance when I bought the MX Anywhere and I didn't like it. Then again, the Fujitsu mouse I had used on the desktop before had a similar shape - so the MX Anywhere made sense as a mouse to look at when it was announced. Read more about Logitech MX Master - Impressions

Plotting Chromatograms in R

Submitted by Detlev Conrad M... on Mon, 03/16/2015 - 11:41

Chromatograms are so-so pieces of information - listing total detector counts, they do not necessarily tell you much about a chemicals composition, however they do allow you to obtain an initial idea about purity or changes in composition.

As I wanted to plot a chromatogram "my way" I needed a suitably flexible way of doing it - also free too.

1) Openchrom ( ) for reading the chromatography mass spec data and exporting to CSV
2) R ( ) for plotting  Read more about Plotting Chromatograms in R

Hello (ONA) Astoria - First Impressions

Submitted by Detlev Conrad M... on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:18

Hello ONA Astoria - my new camera bag.

Some people may have seen my search for a camera bag on "" - if not, I was basically looking for a discrete large messenger camera bag.
The ONA Astoria perfectly fits that bill - nothing gives it away as a camera bag, except maybe the slightly boxy look - it is a bit thicker than regular messenger bags. Read more about Hello (ONA) Astoria - First Impressions

PetroOxy XML Parser

Submitted by Detlev Conrad M... on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:51

As part of my PhD work I am using a PetroOxy for experimental work.

The PetroOxy will output both an xml file as well as a pdf report.
The program in the attached zip file is a command line application which queries the user for the filename, also giving the user the option to chose either csv or text files as output.
It will read the xml file and write out a tabulated csv or txt file containing the logged data from the xml file in a file with the same filename but different file ending.

Version 2 fixes an issues in which R would shift the label column. Read more about PetroOxy XML Parser

Fujitsu Lifebook U904 – Followup

Submitted by Detlev Conrad M... on Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:20

My initial review was written fairly soon after I bought the Fujitsu U904. Now I have had the time to use it for one and a half months in which it has replaced my university provided PC fulltime – unless I need access to papers/proprietary software that I cannot obtain.

I remain entirely satisfied with the quality of the U904 – in both manufacturing quality as well as engineering quality.

Initially I was slightly worried about the low key pitch on the keyboard – well, with extended use I have gotten more and more used to the keyboard which includes the low key pitch. Read more about Fujitsu Lifebook U904 – Followup

Review: Fujitsu Lifebook U904

Submitted by Detlev Conrad M... on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:00

Disclaimer: Please note that the below represents my personal experience and opinion only.

Given that my last laptop was purchased in June 2008 and I had some personal reason to require a more up to date personal computer, I purchased a Fujitsu Lifebook U904 this December – so I have had it for a couple of weeks as of writing this.

My requirements for a laptop were fairly simple but also very specific: Read more about Review: Fujitsu Lifebook U904

The Future?

Submitted by Detlev Conrad M... on Sun, 05/12/2013 - 16:01

A little bit of a roadmap:

I have not been updating my site recently - also because I do not think there are any pressing updates.
Along the way I am planning a migration to Druapl 8 - although I will possibly need to wait until all my required plug ins are available. The main content has however been ported over so that it is "ready to go" with some more tweaks once Drupal 8 is finally released.

Other than that... - the new theme is "Responsive Bartik" which means my website is finally (!!) properly accessible on mobile phones! Read more about The Future?

Further Impressions of the Z10 - Typing

Submitted by Detlev Conrad M... on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:57

It has now been nearly two weeks that I have been using my Z10 and thus I think it is time for an update, also because I start to settle in a more everyday usage pattern.

Besides getting to use it more, I also at a down to write two longer emails on the Z10 which means I spent more time with the spellchecker and then on screen keyboard.
So where do I begin? Read more about Further Impressions of the Z10 - Typing