Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Lenovo Laptop Treatment Plan

0. There is also a superfish issue with lenovo. We will try to remove it...
May need to do this before you install firefox or chrome (because ff maintains it's own certificates: not sure if the ms patch removes that):

1. Students: Get Office free from your school
Office 365 Education for Students is available for free to students who are enrolled at qualifying schools. Install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Windows tablets and iPad®.

2. Battery issue: DO I need to drain the battery? NO!

3. Essentials besides the skype :P



Make a note of the trial softwares that came with laptop: you will need to uninstall them. I have have a look into the list (and advise which one to keep) if you want.

Also, think if you want to control your computer from home. There are softwares or chrome extensions for that.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Improving Google Scholar Profile Updates

Google Scholar has a great potential to become a powerful tool to scholars. However, as with Google's usual hobby of diving 20% deep into the  pool, and then spring cleaning them. It is hard to not imagine the similar fate for Google Scholar.

1. Recommendations based upon My Citation is like driving forward by looking into the backmirror in a car. Published paper is the summary of things done in the past. There could be a recurring theme in one's profile, but today's  research fields are dynamic. Seeing new items are exciting.
Google Scholar need to look forward.  There is "My Librrary" feature. However, I have never seen any updates which nicely correlates with the items in the library.
The idea is simple: a mixed recommendations based upon citation as well as the "My Library" feature, which is already there!
You can shoot me down by saying that it is your job to search/seek. But, it is not hard to imagine how powerful it could be.  Readcube does better job in this regard.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

@lenovo's trust eaten by #superfish

It's over before the news spread out too much about it. However, this has left a dent in Lenovo's trust factor. A lot of people had developed positive brand image for Lenovo until this "man-in-the-middle" adware approach broke out in the news:
The adware proxy #superfish injected third-party ads on Google search and websites (in chrome/ie).
Not good!

Well, a fun side to this story is a nice hacking diary detailing the steps involved in extracting superfish certificate.

You probably remember that your computer was preloaded with lots of bloatware, and had to uninstall some softwares or trials. I wish the computer box were sold with the option that let people do fresh install their OS.