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I'm a graduate student in physics doing research in high-energy particle physics. I also have a hobby interest in computer programming.

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asked How do I gracefully retire a package?
Oct
16
answered Drawing two edges, one is missing an arrowhead
Sep
26
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
19
comment Put Text on Odd Pages Only
Perhaps you could make a PDF file consisting of two copies of the background image, and print as many copies of that (two-sided) as the number of sheets you'll need, then re-feed those sheets into the printer to print your actual document, one-sided. Of course this depends on whether your printer can handle printing on top of a previous printout without ruining it.
Sep
16
comment Difference between *.tex and *.txt Files
@Alexander hm, I didn't know that. (What value represents EOF?) Though I still think it's a useful point to make that a text editor will either display or discard the entire contents of the file, so there's no possibility to transmit malware in a text file as the OP seems to be worried about (except by exploiting a major bug in the text editor).
Sep
16
comment Difference between *.tex and *.txt Files
For what it's worth, opening any file in a text editor will always show you all the content of the file. For some files (like .exe files) part of that content will be invisible/unprintable characters, and the rest will look like gibberish, but the point is, a text editor will attempt to faithfully display every single byte in the file. Text editors don't have any concept of macros or formatting commands or any other sort of hidden data.
Sep
4
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
25
comment Tips for choosing hardware for best LaTeX compile performance
Any insight on choosing Intel vs. AMD processors? AMD seems to have higher clock speed (around 3.5-4.2 GHz, compared to 3.4-3.9 GHz for i7's), but I know the numbers are not necessarily directly comparable between the two. I'm wondering if your tests actually showed Intel chips to be faster.
Aug
5
answered Use of \csname in \input produces mysterious results
Aug
5
answered Combining |- and !.5! in TikZ
Jul
29
answered How to write two equations as part of one equation?
Jul
26
awarded  Yearling
Jul
15
comment Fairly large document sometimes won't compile
There are other temporary files, not just the .aux file, that can cause problems on subsequent compilations. Have you tried deleting all the other temporary files? I think there's a good chance that fixes the problem, although I can't say which file or exactly what in it causes the problem without at least seeing the compilation output. (For that reason I don't think this constitutes an answer)
Jul
9
comment Tikz primitive with scale factor of zero does not vanish
That would work for a text node, I suppose, but not for a drawn or filled path.
Jul
9
answered Tikz primitive with scale factor of zero does not vanish
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
28
awarded  Popular Question
Jun
26
accepted Is there a compact way to set the same default for multiple pgfkeys?
Jun
26
awarded  Nice Question