Solved: Mac Pro Losing Connection to USB Kinesis Keyboard

I've been having a frustrating problem lately. I use a Kinesis Advantage contoured keyboard and I love it. My current computer is a 2006 Mac Pro. The problem is that randomly the keyboard will cease to be recognized by the Mac. I wondered if the aging Mac was developing flaky USB controllers.

If I reboot the Mac (which I can do, since the mouse still works) everything is fine.

But a keyboard that randomly stops working is not a pleasant thing.


Creating Open Packaging Conventions files with zip on OS X 10.6

The .docx format used by Microsoft is actually a collection of XML files (and other files) and can be opened with zip.

For example, on OS X you can use unzip at the command line to look at the OPC file like this (we'll unzip it into a directory called foo):

$ ls -l
-rw-r--r--@ 1 john  staff    13678 Feb  3 11:52 Ham.docx

Anonymizing Reviewer Identity in Microsoft Word 2011 with Ruby and Automator

Microsoft Word 2011 lets you turn on the Track Changes feature and distribute your files to friends and colleagues. You can then see their comments and corrections.

Now consider the case of an editor of a scientific journal. The workflow goes something like this:

  1. Receive article from fresh-faced graduate student.

Installing miRNAkey on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

The following is a transcript of an installation of miRNAkey on Mac OS X 10.6. Actually it has more do with installation of the prerequisites. There is a handy script included with the miRNAkey distribution but I elected to do it by hand since some version numbers had changed and the Fastx-Toolkit binaries were for 10.5, not 10.6.

Step 1: Install bwa

The Burrows-Wheeler Aligner can be downloaded from Sourceforge.


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