Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mendeley sync's ... [from] CiteULike

I've accepted an invitation to adopt Mendeley desktop and online bibliographic reference management applications, whose features Mendeley Research Networks summarize here. They work with Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows, as well as online, so you can use Mendeley just about anywhere. It was quick and easy to sign-up, and start a profile.

Academic research

The Import to Mendeley bookmarklet, found through a dismiss-able feature link in the profile sidebar, dragged and dropped sweetly into a biblio. folder in my Xmarks synchronized Firefox Bookmarks toolbar. The CiteULike Importer (Account Settings) set up was almost as dreamy.

I wonder how long it takes to get CiteULike references flowing [in-]to Mendeley, and how seamless sharing references with collaborators will be.

Addenda: Although adding spot-on articles highlighted by Mendeley at login was a piece of cake (shown first by field, perhaps filtered through new research interests), I've found no trace of previous CiteULike citations coming through to Mendeley over the past hour or so. I checked to make sure the CiteULike Importer connection was hot. Anyone know a way to release the backlog?

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

AdSense promo blocked access to layout

I've been trying out new gadgets in the sidebar for the past few days. I got one to show blog statistics, thinking it might be useful on students blogs.

However, I was stuck with it in the top one-third of my sidebar because an Adsense promo was blocking access to the lower parts of the blog layout interface, in both Firefox and Safari (below). No scrolling available to get past it, even after refreshing page views.

I tried following the link to the Google Adsense interface, not activating anything, and navigating back to the blog layout interface, to no avail.

Finally, after closing Firefox, and firing up a new window, starting this post, and taking another look at the Blogger layout in another tab; the layout loaded completely, and showed the remainder of sidebar elements. However, in Safari, even after quitting and relaunching the browser, reloading and refreshing the page; the AdSense promo is still stuck there about 5.5 gadgets down a sidebar of 17, hiding 11.5 of them.

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