Texmaker for Preparing LaTeX Documents

Texmaker for Preparing LaTeX Documents

Dec 11

In my daily life, I generally use Microsoft Office tools for preparing documents I need. Because, I mostly prepare basic documents which do not need flexibility or specific design and they don’t include any scientific/technical content. But, if I need these elements for any type of document(letter,article or presentation), I definitely choose to use LaTeX with appropriate editor. I was using WinEDT which is a paid application as my editor until couple of days ago. My friend/colleague Burak Çizmeci told me about Texmaker[1] which is a free, open source and multi-platform TeX/LaTeX editor. I have just used it and decided to not to buy new WinEDT license anymore. It’s as flexible as it could be and especially I like efficiency of its spell-checking and auto-complete features. I absolutely recommend this application for preparing LaTeX documents, it is free and skillful. And I want to thank Burak for enlightening suggestion.

[1]  http://goo.gl/61kDg

Yandex.Haritalar + Yandex.Panorama

Yandex.Haritalar + Yandex.Panorama

Dec 09

Yandex, the giant search engine of Russia came to Turkey in 2011(organized its opening in September, 20) and open Turkey office located in Maslak, İstanbul. In short time, they accomplished several important tasks related to Turkey and Turkish including, search in Turkish, map service(originally map data taken from NAVTEQ), panoramic street view service, traffic density service, mail service in Turkish and many others with the experience gained from mainly Russia. With the help of excessive advertisement, they entered the market really fast and move along with the same speed nowadays. So many newspapers, news sites, tech sites and bloggers mentioned about Yandex at least one time in September-November period. I also want to talk about them in this article specifically about their panoramic street view tool; Yandex.Panorama or Yandex.Haritalar with panoramic street view extension(which I called Yandex.Haritalar + Yandex.Panorama).

Sharp’s New Optical Image Stabilizer

Sharp’s New Optical Image Stabilizer

Dec 08

I have just read an Engadget article about Sharp’s new optical image stabilizer technology[1]. I’m really impressed with its results(can be seen from videos in article). Image stabilization is a technique to reduce jitter, motion blur or any other motion based(motion means here movement of the camera like pan and tilt) artifacts on images and videos.  Image stabilizers can be mainly optical, hardware based and software based(digital image stabilization).

Thumbs Up for Lytro!

Thumbs Up for Lytro!

Dec 04

Lytro, a company founded on 2006 in Mountain View, CA, accomplished a highly innovative work with their new camera that uses light field technology. I am personally new to light field technology and its concepts. But, when I see the results, I’m really impressed and get the idea behind that phenomenon. I also understand why venture capitals compete to invest in Lytro. They have a very competitive head team[1] with scientific background.  Moreover, they basically explain their camera and technology as these words:

“The very first light fields were captured at Stanford University over 15 years ago. The most advanced light field research required a roomful of cameras tethered to a supercomputer. Today, Lytro completes the job of taking light fields out of the research lab and making them available for everyone, in the form of the world’s first Lytro Light Field Camera.”

Now, let’s look at their technology with sample pictures found on their gallery at [2]. Focusing and refocusing and re-refocusing are amazing and Lytro is going to make a huge jump in imaging technology, I really liked it and want to have one!

 

[1]  http://goo.gl/5PHi4

[2]  http://goo.gl/tMGwo

Bravo Turk Telekom! Bravo GETEM from Bogazici University!

Bravo Turk Telekom! Bravo GETEM from Bogazici University!

Dec 02

Türk Telekom started a new service called “Audio Books” with the help of GETEM from Boğaziçi University. It’s a service for visually-impaired people that reads hundreds of books when person called a specific phone number, which is 0800 219 91 91(for its commercial [1]). It’s a superb idea and superb work from GETEM and Türk Telekom. It’s socially responsible and very thoughtful project for humanity. I want to support both organizations in any means necessary on this project. Bravo Türk Telekom! Bravo GETEM from Boğaziçi University!

[1]  http://goo.gl/ijt6T

Company Profiles Working on Image Processing / Computer Vision in Turkey

Company Profiles Working on Image Processing / Computer Vision in Turkey

Nov 29

I want to make another list which is connected to Application Areas of Image Processing / Computer Vision[1], reflecting the company profiles of this area in Turkey. This list is an incomplete, brief list which includes companies that I can find information about over the Internet*. Moreover, I classified working areas of companies with information that I found*. My presentation also includes statistics about research area, location and inside/outside Teknokent and it can be found at [2].

Application Areas of Image Processing / Computer Vision

Application Areas of Image Processing / Computer Vision

Nov 28

There are so many application areas of image processing and computer vision. I want to make a list of leading ones, I grouped them into first “main research areas” and then detail them as main research topics. This list is of course a short, coarse and incomplete. But, it can answer the questions like what is image processing/computer vision? what are they dealing with? what are the main topics? or newly graduates may ask what are the main research areas that I can work? how to start and where to start research on image processing? and hundreds of similar questions may arise. So, I think that this list can be a guide to newbies and interested researchers for how to start. My list as a presentation in pdf file can be downloaded from [1].

[1] http://goo.gl/8uLoF

OpenCV 2.3.1 and Visual Studio 2010

OpenCV 2.3.1 and Visual Studio 2010

Nov 24

Setting up OpenCV and making the necessary changes for projects in Visual Studio environment are always a bit tricky and painful. But, with OpenCV 2.3.1, it becomes an unbelievable trouble. First in first, directory structure of OpenCV was changed, so everything becomes different. Second, there is a new tbb.dll and tbb_debug.dll problems which can drive a person crazy.

Mobile World–Can Microsoft Survive?

Mobile World–Can Microsoft Survive?

Nov 23

In the last decade , people always talk about crash and burn of Microsoft in the mobile world. I mostly agreed with them until nowadays. I don’t know how but Microsoft really messed up many things in online and also mobile worlds. A huge IT company should not have been done the mistakes of Microsoft, it doesn’t really suit the profile and class of the company. Who created the most user friendly and easy to use operating system should not make a mobile operating system as bad as Windows Mobile. Microsoft couldn’t see the rise of the mobile world until they saw the shares of Internet attached devices using Windows in 2010 and 2011 and so they did not make the expected movements and give necessary importance to it.

Object Detection using OpenCV

Object Detection using OpenCV

Nov 20

Object detection is a very common subject in image processing especially in computer vision applications. It is used in so many areas like robotics, machine vision, image/video analysis, image/video search, content based  image/video retrieval, object recognition, medical imaging etc.