Saturday, December 14, 2013

How to White-List applications under Ubuntu Unity

This is how to update Unity in order to white-list applications

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:timekiller/unity-systrayfix 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get upgrade

One of the important applications that appear in the bar after this update is minbar.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Writing Reviews

The following guide suggests a steps for writing a paper review. The structure should include the following
  • Summarize the paper
  • State the contributions (what they are , what was missed)
  • Novelity: Whats new , related work missed , related work invalidates the contribution
  • Make it constructive : "paper would be stronger if it does so and so"
  • Criticize the paper, not the work itself
  • Avoid flat assertions: "The description left me worried" rather than "not correct"
  • Its OK to be humorous  


Writing reviews for systems conferences (March 2007) by Timothy Roscoe

How To Read A Research Paper

The following is a summary for a paper written by S. Keshav from University of Waterloo. It presents a methodology for reading research papers with the aim of learning, reviewing or writing a literature survey.

The paper discusses the three-pass method. The first-pass allows getting a general idea about the paper. The second-pass should allow grasping of the paper content. The third-pass allows understanding the paper in-depth.

The first-pass: (Estimated : 5 Minutes)
- Read title,abstract,introduction
- Read section and subsection headings
- Glance at the mathematical content
- Read conclusion
- Glance over references

The second-pass: (Estimated : 1 hr)
- Ignore details of proofs
- Understand figures,diagrams,graphs
- Mark relevant unread references for background information

The third-pass: (Estimated : 5 hr beginner, 1 hr experienced)
- Fully understand the paper
- Virtually be able to re-implement the paper
- Identify and challenge all assumptions
- Able to present the idea yourself
- Able to reconstruct the entire structure of the paper from memory

S. Keshav. 2007. How to read a paper. SIGCOMM Comput. Commun. Rev. 37, 3 (July 2007), 83-84.