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Open Access Publishing

Posted by Ed on June 28, 2004

BioMed Central has issued a press release about the success of Open Access journals in recently anounced Impact Factors.

Open Access journals published by BioMed Central have received impact factors that compare well with equivalent subscription titles, it was announced today. The high impact factors, all for journals that are just a few years old, prove that Open Access to research literature achieves impact fast and makes quality articles much more widely visible.

Actually I’m not sure if it does prove that, but it’s good news nonetheless.

Arthritis Research & Therapy, Breast Cancer Research, and Respiratory Research did particularly well.

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Return of Red Ken

Posted by Ed on June 11, 2004

At least someone in the Labour Party can smile today. Despite the party as a whole getting a right drubbing (I believe ‘kicking’ was the official term) at the polls today, former “loony lefty” Ken Livingstone has been returned as the Mayor of London:

Mr Livingstone made a brief speech of thanks, in which he pledged to “leave London more beautiful” than he found it. “I think that is a good statement for any mayor to make,” he said.

It must have been The Economist’s endorsement that swung it:

And while Mr. Livingstone has moved towards the world, in some ways the world has moved towards Mr. Livingstone. The GLC’s political correctness -“equal opportunities” and access for disabled people- was ridiculed twenty years ago. These days all employers preach anti-discrimination policies and wheelchair ramps, and braille lift buttons are everywhere.

Now, after four years as mayor, Mr. Livingstone is standing for re-election on June 10th. And the world and he are so much reconciled that The Economist is endorsing his bid.

Meanwhile, on this side of the pond, there is no news except that of the recent passing of former President Reagan. Or Saint Ronald, as I’m sure he’ll be known before the week’s out.

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All change again…

Posted by Ed on June 1, 2004

For a while now I’ve been thinking about ditching Typepad in favour of some other system, for a number of reasons. First and foremost was the lack of flexibility of the photo albums in Typepad, and in particular the lack of nested albums. Second, I like hacking and have been itching to try out new things like Gallery. Finally, the amount of storage you get there is a lot less than you get just paying for hosting without the software tools, and their servers have been less than lighting fast of late.

So last week I took the plunge and bought some space at ANHosting (following the mass exodus of people I (don’t really) know), got myself a domain, and built a new gallery and weblog. I now have five times the amount of storage for less money, and hopefully a name that will last.

So, Charl, I would be most obliged if you could update your aggregator with this feed. The Typepad site will be up for a little while yet, at least until I update all the links and move all the images that are still stored there. If anybody has any suggestions as to how to do this efficiently, I’d love to hear them.

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Using Mandrake 10.0

Posted by Ed on June 1, 2004

The other day Charl asked me what I thought of Mandrake 10.0, now that I’ve been using it for a few weeks. The truth is, there isn’t all that much to say. Apart from the upgrade glitches mentioned in the previous post, for the most part it Just Works. It’s fast, stable, looks nice and has all the apps you want. I am or have been running Apache 2 with PHP 4.3 and MySQL as well as the usual Mozilla Firefox (0.8) and Thunderbird (0.5), OpenOffice (1.1), Samba (3), Gimp (2) and gcc-3.3.2. All installed with the excellent urpmi tool. And the printer installed itself and CDs automount.

The best feature is the Mandrake Control Panel, which lets you do more or less anything without getting your hands dirty at the command line. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the time I like to get my hands dirty, but sometimes you just can’t be arsed and then a ‘yes, please do mount my samba share now’-button is great.

One or two problems I should mention. Occasionally Firefox goes off on one and takes X with it, taking the processor up to ~80% usage. Restart Firefox and it’s fine again. Istalled xine, doesn’t work. That’s about it, really.

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