Another random blog post before I head off for my fieldwork for two months or so, where I will probably be beyond the reach of internet, telephone or even electricity for the most part of the trip.

Lately, I've become a big fan of writing in Markdown, and more I use it, more I like it, especially when I can export what I writing in the format that others want without me having to spend a lot of my time trying to format the text. Although I have a pretty good setups to write in Markdown at home in my Mac and on my iPad, I haven't yet found an app that I'm completely happy with for my Windows 7 PC in office. As I am looking for and trying new Markdown apps for Windows 7, I have found one that is Open Source and looks pretty feature rich, and it lets me publish on my blogs directly - its called MarkPad. If you are into Markdown writing, its worth a spin.

Now, for my fieldwork, I'm heading to Madagascar and will spend most of my time there in the eastern rainforest. Its the rainy season there so expecting lots of torrential rain, probably some typhoons, and plenty of mosquito and leeches. I'm prepared though, and very much looking forward to it :-)


If you, like me, work with multiple monitors, and are annoyed with the major operating systems' (Windows, Mac OS) lack of support in terms of extending the task/menu bar natively, at the very least, you might find these two free applications like a blessing. There are paid applications on Windows like Actual Multiple Monitors but for me the price for what I need (just a task/menubar showing open applications, and application icons) is just too much. And both these free apps are more than adequate for what I need, you might even want to donate a few bucks for each of these apps if you like them. So here they are:

Dual Monitor Taskbar (Win 7):

SecondBar (Mac OS):