First look at Chrome Remote Desktop

As described in the Chrome Web Store, Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook.
Chrome Remote Desktop is fully cross-platform. Provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows (XP and above) and Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) desktops at any time, all from the Chrome browser on virtually any device, including Chromebooks.

  1. Open the Chrome Web Store in your desktop computer and search for the “Chrome Remote Desktop” app. Here is the link.
    Chrome Web Store
  2. Launch the application, select your Google account and follow the steps.
    Request for permission
    Downloading
  3. Enter the PIN used to protect the access to your computer. The PIN must be at least 6 digits. This PIN is not the only security measure to protect the remote computer, remember that you must also be logged in your Google account.
  4. In your Android smartphone install the “Chrome Remote Desktop” app from Google Play.


    Android app on Google Play

  5. Open the application, select your Google account and the list of the available remote computers is displayed. Click on the computer and enter your PIN. Done!
    Remote Desktop

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How to find CSL citations styles

Using a reference management software is necessary when writing scientific articles, or any other kind of article, to manage bibliographic data. One of the most popular tools is EndNote, but EndNote is not a free software. I use Zotero instead, which is free and open-source. Zotero is a great tool and works perfectly. The only problem is that the output style that supports the formatting of references required by publishers is usually an EndNote style file, a file with .ens extension. Zotero manages style files with .csl extension.

Currently Zotero provides a list of 6,789 styles in their website here, so this shouldn’t be a problem. But what to do if the required style can’t be found in the Zotero list? Or what to do if you don’t even know the name of the required style? Exploring the styles one by one, even using the search filters can be tedious.

I recently discovered a great solution: the following web page, http://editor.citationstyles.org.

In this web page we can find a style in CSL format by its name, as we can do in Zotero web page, but the interesting functionality is the “Search by example” one.

If you don’t know the name of the style, but know what the final citation should look like, you can use our search by example tool to find styles that most closely match.

So, I want to publish in the journal named “Journal of Medical Systems“. This journal, in the Instructions for Authors section, provides just the .ens file to format the references and gives no specific name for that style, just some examples.

Instructions for Authors

If I try to search it in the Zotero styles page, this journal can’t be found.

Search in Zotero

The solution is using the search by example tool from here. Open the website and write in the inline citation input: “[1]”. In the bibliography input, paste the example given in the journal instructions. Then, click on the Search button. The inputs and results are in the next screenshot.

Gamelin FX, Baquet G, Berthoin S, Thevenet D, Nourry C, Nottin S, Bosquet L (2009) Effect of high intensity intermittent training on heart rate variability in prepubescent children. Eur J Appl Physiol 105:731-738. doi: 10.1007/s00421-008-0955-8

Search by example

The highest match is 18%. Not what we were expecting, right?. This is because we didn’t use the same data than the example shown in the left edge of the screen. We have to edit the bibliography input to include the same information. For this example, change the authors’ name, the year, the title, the journal name, the volume and pages, and the doi. Notice that while we rewrite the fields, the matched information is highlighted in the left box. Click on the Search button again.

1. Watson JD, Crick FHC (1953) Molecular structure of nucleic acids; a structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid. Nature 171:737-738. doi: 10.1038/171737a0

Search by example OK

This time we get 99% match. We can view the details of the style, edit it and download it.

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Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Morocco

The Morocco’s National Telecommunications Agency, ANRT (Agence Nationale de Réglementation des Télécommunications) published in 2013 the survey “Annual ICT Indicators Collection Survey Households and Individuals 2012” available here. The target population was people from 12 to 65 years old living in rural or urban areas with electrification. According to the ONEE (l’Office National de l’Electricité), 97.7% of households in the rural environment have electrification.

The survey shows that fixed line telephony penetration in 2012 was 31%, computer penetration was 43% and internet penetration was 39%. Nevertheless the market penetration of mobile phones reached 92% in 2012: 96% in urban areas and 85% in rural areas. Smartphones had a grow of 30%. The next chart shows the penetration of the studied ICT services.

ICT % penetration

The most popular way to access Internet is 3G.

Internet access

Mobile phones (not smartphones) have the highest penetration level, even in rural areas. Mobile phones are the equipment with the smallest difference in penetration between urban and rural environments.

Computer penetration

Urban computer penetration

Rural computer penetration

Internet penetration in households

Urban internet penetration

Rural internet penetrationMobile phone penetration

Urban mobile penetrationRural mobile penetration

Smartphone penetration

Urban smartphone penetration

Rural smartphone penetration

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Reduce the file size of an image using Adobe Fireworks

The file size of images is very important to the optimization of a mobile application, website and above everything, a web mobile application.  Decreasing the file size of your images will allow your application to load faster and to reduce the amount of data transmitted.

Open Adobe Fireworks, load your image and press Ctrl + Shift + X to open the export window. Depending on the image format selection, some configuration parameters will be shown. On the right you will see the final image size. Once you are satisfied with your size, export it.

El tamaño de los ficheros de imagen es muy importante para la optimización de una aplicación móvil, un sitio web y sobretodo, una aplicación móvil basada en web. Reducir el tamaño de los ficheros de las imágenes va a permitir que tu aplicación cargue más rápido y que disminuya la cantidad de datos transferidos.

Abre Adobe Fireworks, carga la imagen y pulsa Ctrl + Mayús. + X o ve al menú “Archivo” > “Presentación preliminar de la imagen”. Según el formato de imagen que seleccionemos, aparecerán varios parámetros de configuración. En la parte derecha, se irá indicando el tamaño final de la imagen. Una vez conforme con el tamaño, dale al botón de exportar.

 Fireworks Option

 

Fireworks export

Version: Adobe Fireworks CS5, 11.0.1.7

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