Convert Directory of PPTX into PDF in PowerShell

This post is here for personal reference and was adapted from this link. The following script allows you to convert a directory of Powerpoint slides into a set of PDFs. I found this particularly useful when I was revising some materials at work that I needed to access from my Android phone. Instructions Open PowerShell…

Backing up to USB with a batch Script in Microsoft Windows

I have recently reentered the world of work and have been issued with a brand new computer that has Windows 10 on it. In years passed, I developed an aversion to using Windows and was frustrated at each institution that pressed a computer into my hands with this proprietary operating system on me. But with…

Bioconductor Tip: Use affycoretools to get Gene Symbols for your ExpressionSet

For whatever reason, following on from my despair with normalizing gene expression data from earlier in the week, my most recent challenge has been to take a Bioconductor ExpressionSet of gene expression data measured using an Affymetrix GeneChip® Human Transcriptome Array 2.0 but instead of labeling each row with its probe ID having it mapped…

Be pragmatic about your choice of laptop in Bioinformatics

Recently I have been familiarising myself with analysing microarray data in R.  Statistics and Analysis for Microarrays Using R and Bioconductor by Sorin Draghici is proving to be indispensible in guiding me through retrieving microarray data from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), performing typical quality control on samples and  normalizing expression data over multiple samples. As an…

Personal project success

With a glut of free time of late, I have chosen to take some time to write some code as part of a personal project. Primarily, I wanted to really dive deeply into Spring framework beyond the basics of web application development. At the same time I didn’t want the effort to go to waste…