Fri 22 June 2018

Using the Connfa open source conference management software set: the CMS

Posted by ankur in Tech (427 words, approximately a 2 minute read)

The Connfa open source suite looks like a great set of tools for conference management. It consists of a web application, a central CMS integration server, and mobile applications for both Android and iOS. I was looking at how one could use the mobile applications. The mobile applications get their data from the integration server, which provides an API. So, I looked at how to set it up and document my findings in this post.


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.


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.