Nonlinear presentations based on open standars HTML5 & CSS3 - a list of tools

It's been over a year since I wrote a list of non-linear presentations software. I used Sozi then, but things have changed and there's more choice. I now make my presentations in HTML5 and CSS3.

There are several javascript frameworks that can produce HTML presentations (check cool presentations on their websites):

I wont go into details, just open the links and check what they are capable of. Major drawback of these is that you need to know HTML and CSS to create presentations. And if you need printouts, this can be hard to achieve as well. The good thing is that a few editors are available.

Both Impressionist and Strut look very promising for the wider adoption of these type of presentations.

One thing is sure: HTML is plain text and I LOVE plain text. I'm not a fan of proprietary formats which break my files (in general) with every major version release. This is one of the reasons I WRITE (almost) everything in TXT and TEX. With presentations in HTML, my digital life moved even more into the plain text world.

I'd like to thank everyone for producing such a good variety of tools. 

LaTeX - insert a PDF table as an image in a table environment

On of the most painful (at least IMHO) things to create in LaTeX are complex or big tables. It is easier to make them in a spreadsheet software (Libreoffice Calc, MS Excel or even Word) and export them as PDFs (either File->Export as PDF, File->Save as or using PDFCreator). It is possible to insert PDFs as images in figure environment like this:

\begin{figure}[!ht]
 \begin{center}                                      
   \includegraphics[width=0.85\textwidth]{images/table-frameworks-overlap.pdf}                                                                  
 \end{center}
 \caption{Similarities and overlap between the two PIM frameworks}
 \label{fig:table-frameworks-overlap}
\end{figure}

However, this caption starts with the word "Image X: ..." while I want to have a caption stating with "Table X: ...".

It is possible to insert a PDF in a table environment as well like this:

\begin{table}[ht]
  \caption{A table}
  \centering
  \begin{tabular}{c}
    \begin{center}                                                                         
      \includegraphics[width=0.85\textwidth]{images/table-studies.pdf} 
    \end{center}     
  \end{tabular}
  \label{tab:}
\end{table}

If a PDF needs to be cropped you can do it like this:

                                                       %left, bottom, right, top
\includegraphics[width=0.85\textwidth, clip=true, trim=0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm]

You might also need the following package:

\usepackage{graphicx}



DIY car laptop stand #2

I wrote about a stand that I made in one hour here. It took a bit more to do this one in my friends workshop (needed some joiner's tools to drill holes in a proper angle). The frame is made of oak wood, I used 6mmx16cm long screws and a really good glue to put it together. The aluminium trim is screwed with 6mmx6cm long screws. The laptop just slides in so it doesn't move around. I used the white platform from the old stand (hence so many holes).

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Tap 19: adjust and push

Another nicely designed tap. I had one similar already. First adjust the water temperature and then push. Although the one I posted before has a sign on the top which says push. This one was a bit more puzzling.

Anyway .. still better than one cold tap or even two separated push taps