Mon 26 June 2017

A channel for neuroscientists on Gitter

Posted by ankur in Research (366 words, approximately a 2 minute read)

I've come across a few mailing lists for neuroscientists, but I couldn't find a chat channel. While mailing lists suit certain purposes, open source communities tend to use a combination of mailing lists and chat channels - each platform serves different purposes. TLDR: here's a new chat channel on Gitter here for everything neuroscience related. It is also accessible using the IRC and Riot.


Tue 23 May 2017

Fedora Join meeting - 22 May 2017 - Summary and updates

Posted by ankur in Tech (742 words, approximately a 3 minute read)

A summary of the Fedora Join SIG meeting we had on 22nd May, 2017. We discussed the ongoing resurrection of the IRC classroom programme, and then went on to discuss various video platforms that can be used for the Classroom v2 initiative. Both classroom programmes are aimed at seasoned contributors passing their knowledge on to newer ones. The IRC classrooms are text only (because they're held over the IRC) and this limits the breadth of topics that can be covered here. The new v2 initiative on the other hand, is aimed at using newer, more powerful platforms to host better sessions with more variety. There's much work to be done, and you can help!


Wed 17 May 2017

A well filed software issue considerably improves the chances of the issue being fixed quicker

Posted by ankur in Tech (2432 words, approximately a 10 minute read)

People find issues with software everyday. Some of these people will take the time to inform the developers of these issues. Some of these issues that have been reported will be looked at by developers. Some of the issues that the developers look at will contain enough information to encourage the developers to work on a fix. Ultimately, only a handful of issues will be fixed. In this post, I encourage users to report issues to developers the right way - increasing the chances of the bug being corrected. In the process, not only does one improve one's personal experience, one can help improve the experience of other users, while helping developers make their software better. The intended target here is not the developer community - they already know most all of this.