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Archive for October, 2007

Changing sensible (i.e. default) browser

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

I want to use ~/firefox/firefox as my default browser. (I have an older version of Firefox installed system-wide, and 2.0 in my home dir). I think I set this somewhere in XFCE, and it works fine for most apps. However, some apps (e.g. xpdf) still use Konqueror — yikes (takes a long time to start […]

Local texmf for LaTeX packages in /home/

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

I told you this blog is my outsourced memory :) I can put packages in my home directory at ~/texmf/tex/latex/, and into subdirectories of that dir. Then, say: texhash This will complain that it can’t update the system-wide texmf info, but no prob if no changes were made to that. So I moved sciposter.cls there […]

Dia: exporting to eps with fonts that scale well

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

I use Dia to produce diagrams that I then include in LaTeX documents. I export them to .eps (encapsulated postscript) file format. If your diagram contains fonts and they look ugly (ragged) in the resulting LaTeX document, you picked the wrong export format. Make sure you pick “Encapsulated Postscript (using PostScript … fonts) (*eps)”. Or, […]

Conference posters using LaTeX

Monday, October 1st, 2007

I produce my conference posters using LaTeX. Here are a few notes on how to do it. This is in the preamble of my document (let’s say poster.tex), for a landscape formatted poster on A0 paper: \documentclass[landscape,a0,plainboxedsections]{sciposter} \usepackage{epsfig} % \usepackage{amsmath} % \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{multicol} \usepackage{avant} \usepackage{sfmath} I don’t remember what the commented-out packages would do. In […]