Practical: tutorials, tips

Website for bibliography for dissertations / scientific papers: CiteThisForMe.com

If you need to add citations (bibliography) in a scientific paper like a dissertation thesis or a scientific paper, you might find the following site useful: www.citethisforme.com.

Even the free version is good enough, but you will need to periodically save your bibliography elsewhere.

One of the strongest features of the tool is the ability to pull data for a book from its ISBN. It does a similar thing with URLs and Scientific Papers.

It supports multiple citation styles.

Also see: https://www.zotero.org/

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Idei organizare evenimente

Mai jos, câteva idei despre organizarea de evenimente.

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How to have subtitles in BSPlayer, if you already have a .srt file?

Let’s say you have an MKV movie, and that movie also has a SRT (subtitle) file. BSPlayer will automatically use the SRT file in the folder with the movie. If the SRT file has the same name (without extension) as the MKV movie, that SRT file will always be used. How do you use another subtitle with the movie? One solution is to drag & drop the subtitle over the BSPlayer window, or to load another subtitle. But if you watch the movie with breaks, that would be rather inconvenient. If you can’t delete the SRT file, for whatever reasons, how can you override loading that subtitle? The answer is simple, although it might be a bit unexpected – rename the file you want to be used as [nameoftheMKVmovie].[sub extension]. So, just use the same name as the movie + SRT file into a SUB file, and add .sub at the end of the filename. That subtitle will always override the SRT file.

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How to apply to jobs easily? (2018.03.24)

If you want to apply for jobs easily, I have created a Microsoft Word VBA script which helps you write cover letters easily. They are different one from another.
I have also created an Excel file, useful for the occasions when you wish to have an overall view on the job application process.

Please find the files below, and also a YouTube video explaining the details.

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#include «MPI h» in Linux

If you want to run a program writen in C++, and you want to have this clause at the beginning of the program:
#include «MPI h»

(details here and here), you should compile the program using the following clauses:

Program using the Message Passing Interface should be compiled by using something like mpicc main.c -o main or mpiCC main.cpp -o main. Is it your case ? Regarding the second message : you may have two implementations of the MPI standards on your computer. You may try to know more by typing which mpicc, which mpirun, mpirun –version or module avail. The implementation (openmpi or mpich2 or…) of compiler command must be the same as the command to execute the program mpirun -np 2 main.

(source & credits »)

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Against “live” video broadcasts of events

From time to time, I see live broadcasts of events in Romania. I’m generally against this.

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How to quickly evaluate movies?

Let’s say you want to take a decision – should I watch “X” movie or not? What should you do?

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Small Dropbox hint

Whenever you right click on a file or folder in Dropbox, and choose “Share”, you will generally get a link which looks like this:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/randomtextdkjkfjell/Name-Of-The-File.xls?dl=0

Ever wondered what “dl=0” stands for? It’s download, and it’s set, as a default not to download your file.

Just change dl=0 to dl=1 and the file will automatically start downloading whenever the recipient of the link clicks on it.

There are a lot of storage solutions these days, but I prefer Dropbox for better integration with other services, like ifttt.com.

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The email + label solution in GMail (myemail+thissite@gmail.com) might be wrong

You might know of this solution: in GMail, you can write your email: myemail@gmail.com (for example) in the following ways:

  • my.email@gmail.com
  • m.y.e.m.a.i.l@gmail.com
  • my.ema.il@gmail.com
  • myemail+label1@gmail.com
  • myemail+label2@gmail.com
  • mye.m.a.i.l+label1@gmail.com

… And so on, pretty much any combination of dots and labels.

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Te ajută să bei cafea?

Vreau să vin cu o perspectivă eficientă și pragmatică – te ajută să bei cafea?

Din ce am citit, după ce te obișnuiești cu cafeaua, organismul devine semi-dependent de ea, și în loc să te ajute, se întâmplă următorul fenomen: când nu bei cafea, energia îți scade, și îți crește la un nivel pe care l-ai fi avut în mod obișnuit dacă nu aveai dependență de cafea, doar când consumi cafea. Adică, în principiu, îți e mai rău când bei cafea ca obicei decât dacă nu ai avea acest obicei / această dependență.

The medium/high caffeine consumers who received placebo reported a decrease in alertness and an increase in headache, neither of which were reported by those who received caffeine.

However, their post-caffeine levels of alertness were no higher than the non/low consumers who received a placebo.

This, say the investigators, suggests caffeine only brings coffee drinkers back up to baseline or “normal”.

‘People become immune to coffee boost’, experts believe – BBC News

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