# Throwing the Book at Your Data

You may have noticed all has been quiet on the blog front from me lately. There are several reasons for this,1 but I can assure you it isn't for lack of things to write about. Today, I'm happy to share with you one of the projects that has been …

# Secure Password Use in Scripts

NOTE: If you're using passwords in shell scripts, see Daniel Jalkut's reply below about using OS X's built-in security command instead of his AppleScript library.

One of my goals for the new year1 is to be more security minded in my use of technology. This is a broad statement …

# Torrential File Synchronization

My research requires that I work in multiple locations: in the lab, at a multi-institution shared instrument facility, and sometimes in my fuzzy slippers at home. Having my data and processing scripts updated on whatever computer I happen to be using is critical to my ability to get work done …

# Easy Syntax Highlighting With Pygments

As a scientist who splits her time between both wet lab and computational work, I have learned the importance of saving code snippets for future reference. These snippets are handy when I later can't recall a clever Pandas indexing trick or when I want to share code with a colleague …

# Automated Notifications of Experiment Progress: Prowl Extra Credit

Previously, I posted about using Growl in combination with Prowl to get remote notifications of experiment progress on both a Mac and iPhone. Later that day, I started thinking about some improvements to the script after a brief Twitter conversation with Seth Brown.1

The script depends on the remote …