E-readers for academic papers & converting LaTeX to EPUB

I currently read academic papers by downloading the PDF and printing; and the tiny collection of LaTeX documents I've authored are output as PDFs. It feels like I should embrace e-readers for academic reading and writing. I have a Kindle Keyboard which does handle PDFs but reading PDFs is not especially pleasant on the Kindle because of its small screen, relatively sluggish refresh rate and clunky note-taking feature.

Reference library available online

I've been using Zotero as my reference manager for my MSc project and my PhD.  It's free.  It's open source.  It's awesome. One of the really nice things about Zotero is that you can easily publish your library.  So that's what I've done. There are references on climate science, smart meter non-intrusive load monitoring (NILM), graphical models and a few other subjects.


Notes for producing clean plots in Matlab for LaTeX

Remarkably, MATLAB does not have in-built support for exporting figures as EPS files with placeholders plus a TEX file (hence allowing LaTeX to do the typesetting).  But there are some user-submitted scripts.  The most promising looks to be matlabfrag.

After producing a figure in MATLAB, output an  .eps and a .tex file like this:

set(gca, 'TickDir', 'out', 'XColor', [0.25 0.25 0.25], 'YColor', [0.25 0.25 0.25]);
set(gca, 'YLim', [0 200], 'YTick', [0 100 200], 'YTickLabel', []);
box off; % remove axes on right and top
pos = get(gcf, 'position');
set(gcf, 'position', [pos(1:2),5 ,5]); % make figure 5cm x 5cm
matlabfrag('filename'); % export a .tex and a .eps file using matlabfrag
                        % do not specify a suffix

And then in the LaTeX document use \psfragfig{filename} (no suffix; just the base of the filename) to insert the figure. You'll also need to add \usepackage{graphicx} and \usepackage{pstool} to the LaTeX file's preamble.



UK Smart Meters: sample rate and reactive power

I've been doing some research on exactly what parameters UK smart meters will record.

I've found DECC's "Functional Requirements Catalogue".

These are proposed requirements rather than confirmed requirements but, none the less, they are useful.

Response to DECC's Smart Metering Implementation Programme: consultation on draft licence conditions and technical specification

Consultation question 24: Do you think that there are other requirements that the Government should adopt in the SMETS? Please explain your reasoning.

Make reactive power readings available over the HAN/WAN

LaTeX, Lyx, MetaUML & Zotero on Ubuntu

Lyx is an open-source word processor built on top of LaTeX and Zotero is modern, open-source bibliography management package with "cloud" features. MetaUML is a system for creating UML diagrams in LaTeX (it's frankly pretty painful to use but it does produce professional looking results). This post is where I keep my notes about installing and configuring LaTeX, Lyx and Zotero on my Ubuntu system at Imperial (where I do not have root access).


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