Coloured Tables for the Memoir Class

So long as that colour isn't yellow. I hate yellow.

Reading time: about 2 minutes (301 words).
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If you're a fan of LaTeX typography, you may have come across the Motion Mountain set of physics textbooks. This long term project has its own class file, which has been tweaked and honed over many years, has seen many of its pages grace many typography showcases (not to mention commercial successes and other recognitions). One particular stylistic choice that piqued my interest was the use of coloured rules inside the \table{} environment.

There colortbl package (available on CTAN), with albeit hideous examples, allows for the inclusion of colour into tables; usually to highlight cells, but with a bit of finesse can be persuaded to alter the rule colour also.

Easy Matlabpool Configuration

Dive in without caring how deep it is.

Reading time: about 2 minutes (298 words).
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The new parpool option for Matlab 2014b is depreciating matlabpool, merging the ideas of parallelisation locally and remotely in to one. Now, the same code can be easily sent off to a large, remote cluster or ran over a few more cores on your own machine without much hassle. Another useful feature is the fact that idle pools will close down after inactivity, allowing you to be lazy with your implementations, while at the same time giving the possibility of efficiency if you require the pool again inadvertently.

Workman layout for Vim

For those of us who REALLY need to type using three layouts.

Reading time: about 4 minutes (797 words).
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I've recently switched keyboard layouts from Dvorak to Workman. Dvorak has been good to me over the past 5 years or so, but the philosophy behind it wasn't actualised in it's final design. Workman has been optimised for English and minimises finger strain etc etc. There's no point rabbiting on about it as all of my praises or critiques are already well fleshed out on the Workman website.