React

React, an interesting new academic development in visual search. It works on the reverse-search principle: upload a picture, and see similar pictures in the results.

The prototype limits results to a couple of the UK’s larger national digitized art collections (National Archives, the V&A) and leavens these with the Edinburgh Botanic Garden for some flowers and curious pods and suchlike. An AI assists the “does it look like this…?” sorting.

Paper to HTML

The Allen Institute for AI has a new prototype Academic Paper to HTML converter, as an online service.

There are of course already polished online services such as a IDR’s PDF to HTML5, but they limit the number and size of uploads.

Such conversions can also be done on a desktop PC via QuarkXPress 2021, which does quick pixel-perfect HTML5 conversion natively and (if you wait for a Black Friday discount) can be had for about £180 on a perpetual licence. Its direct competitor Adobe InDesign is subscription and needs a further expensive plugin (also subscription) to do HTML5 output. Many old-timers will throw up their hands in horror at the name ‘QuarkXPress’, but it’s no longer your grandpa’s creaky old DTP software.

How to turn off the new file-picker widget in Opera

In the latest version of Opera desktop Web browser, a widget pops up whenever you want to upload a file to WordPress or a service. It adds an extra distraction and a ‘dismiss’ click, on the way to seeing your actual Windows Explorer view and your target file. This unwanted pop-up-like widget is going to become very tiresome. So let’s turn if off…

1. Go to Menu | Settings.

2. In the top-right search-box, search for “Show pop-up with clipboard and recent downloads when uploading files”, or just a fragment such as “pop-up with clipboard” will do it.

3. Turn this feature’s control-button off, via the blue button-slider.

That’s it. Exit the browser’s Settings, and your Opera browser should be back to normal.

Pinterest, begone

New and useful for picture researchers of various types, a UserScript to “Hide pinterest.com in Google Images” search results. Uses a simple ‘if result contains pinterest.com, do not display’ CSS method. The script is easy to tweak and as such it could be adapted for other image sites that you find are verbose/useless (e.g. Alamy and its ilk), without the need for a full-blown URL blocker add-on.

UserStyle to UserScript Converter for Windows

Stanley Lim’s free UserStyle to UserScript Converter as a Windows .EXE file. Version 1.5, 2017. Download, unzip, drill down to ..\CSStoUserScriptConverter-1.5\CSStoUserScript\bin\.. and run.

My test-convert of a two column layout I cooked up a while back. Works fine. Although the column-splitting method used may be Opera / Chrome specific, as well as the conversion.

eTools is especially useful now that DuckDuckGo searches turn into irrelevant mush 60% of the time.

Added to JURN

Armenian Folia Anglistika

Bulletin of Yerevan University A: Armenian Studies

Bulletin of Yerevan University B: Philology

Rijksmuseum Bulletin, The

Antiquitates Mathematicae (history of maths)

Musicalia : Journal of the Czech Museum of Music

Journal of Air Law and Commerce

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Journal of the National Museum (Prague), Natural History Series

Lynx, new series – National Museum (Prague) (mammals)

Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae – National Museum (Prague) (insects)

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Also indexed, though not in the Directory because not publishing in English:

Periodicals – National Museum (Prague). Various non-English journals in history, archaeology, numismatics, fossils.

Various non-English runs of Tunisian archaeology publications and reports, including Africa: Fouilles, Monuments et Collections Archeologiques en Tunisie.

How to kill Opera instantly

Google Search results are becoming an increasingly dangerous place, once you get past the first page or two, and for even the most experienced and protected surfer with Safe Surf enabled in both search-engine and browser, and various blockers running. There can be times when the searcher, on a perfectly normal search, finds that a simple click has ‘trapped’ them on an unwanted page.

Why “trapped”? Because some rogue pages give you what appears to be a regular browser alert, this spurious alert being deliberately triggered to prevent your exit. It prevents you using the usual ‘Back’ button. Behind its CSS styling, that alert button could be anything, and if clicked will likely spawn another and another alert… and thus drive the clueless surfer into a panic where they will click on anything. In such cases the savvy surfer will know not to click on the first alert, for fear of triggering further problems, or giving the rogue site some unwanted permission or data such as geo-location.

Best then just to kill the browser. So you Crtl Alt Del and… oh, wait. The Opera browser is running as 32 x Task Manager instances of Opera.exe. You thus have to click down each one and every one to kill the browser. There is no shift-select available, to select them all at one go. (You may have a few less instances than I do, depending on how many CPU cores your desktop PC has).

Right then… so let’s go with ‘the nuclear option’ for such rare cases. A Windows .BAT file. This then is what your .BAT file’s lines should look like….

Type the lines exactly into a normal .TXT file, save to your desktop. Rename it there as a Windows .BAT file. When you find yourself at such a rogue page, click the .BAT to kill the Web browser immediately. “Immediately” here means… in a micro-second.

In practice I find that just one termination of opera.exe is enough to kill it instantly, rather than 32. I’ve no firm idea why, when it takes multiple clicks in the Windows Task Manager. I guess it just keeps on closing instances of opera.exe until there are none left to close. So just one works via a .BAT file, and the opera_crashreporter.exe goes automatically when it no longer has an opera.exe to work with.

The above should also work for other Web browsers on Windows desktops. Just change the name of the .EXE file.

Added to JURN

Advances in Ancient, Biblical, and Near Eastern Research

Old World : Journal of Ancient Africa and Eurasia

Burns Chronicles (Burns, the Scottish poet)

Materia : Journal of Technical Art History (not to be confused with the Spanish open journal titled Materia : Revista d’Art)

Studies in Midwestern History (USA)

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Thanks to Amelia Brunskill for her list of open journals in disability studies, to be found in her recent “Disability Studies Research Literature: It’s (Mostly) Not Where We Think”. I’ve added these titles to JURN’s index, if they were not already present.

Added to JURN

Victorian Popular Fictions Journal

Journal of Audiovisual Translation

Cubic journal (contemporary designers and making)

WSEAS Transactions on Acoustics and Music

MERJ : The Media Education Research Journal

Mallorn : The Journal of the Tolkien Society (two year paywall for members)

Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology

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