My Google Kafka moment / scientific illiteracy of spambots

Like most people in the tech industry, I’ve always liked Google. From the moment I typed my first search query into the no-nonsense search page, they’ve been able to do no wrong: I like everything they do, how they do it, and why they do it. Their services are so reliable and useful it’s very difficult not to think of as being an integral and always-available part of the infrastructure of modern life, like electricity or banks. I do, however, read quite a lot of technology news, and various bloggers and pundits always seem to eventually get to the point where relying on Google burns them – sometimes pretty badly, in the major livelihood compromising sense – and they have to scramble to reorganise.

I got my turn a couple of days ago. Continue reading


Chemical reactions: the format matters (a lot)

rxnfmt_schemeThe Green Lab Notebook (GLN) app, mentioned in the previous blog post, makes a strong point of capturing the cheminformatic data of each chemical reaction at the point of entry, i.e. the scientist who currently knows more about that reaction than anyone else in the universe needs to provide that information in a digitally hygienic and lossless form. Continue reading

Mobile sketcher gets some lovin’

The next version of the Mobile Molecular DataSheet (MMDS) for iOS will come with a few new features for sketching out molecular structures, followed by each of the other apps that are based on the same core technology, as and when they are updated. While the sketcher codebase has been quite stable for awhile, on account of already being powerful enough to draw some very tricky structures perfectly & quickly, the to-do list has been collecting up ideas for improvements. Continue reading