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I am an applied economist, my main fields of research are Applied Industrial Economics, especially innovation related issues, and Labor Economics. Recently I got interest also in the Economics of Education, for instance in the performance of educational systems.

Slow sftp and ssh to a sever behind a VPN

December 22, 2013 by wgarcia

Since about a year ago I've lost my open IP in the University network and they forced me to move behind a VPN, with a lot of issues on how to maintain my workflow. But one of the most annoying things of this is that even the most basic things like using ssh or sftp may have new issues that are very hard to debug and for which I don't have any support whatsoever by the IT support staff. Read more »

Convert CAF audio file to ogg or mp3 in Ubuntu

September 22, 2013 by wgarcia

My daughter asked me recently to convert an audio file that a classmate of hers had created with an Ipad. It was a recording of a class. I looked around for converters and was pointed to Audacity, but it didn't work (it asked me to upload it as raw data, but once uploaded there was no reproducible audio). Other solutions such as "sox" where failing saying that it could not decode the source. Read more »

What is the best strategy for Catalonia?

February 27, 2011 by wgarcia

(published at the +Valor supplement of El Periódico de Catalunya, 22/3/2011)

During the last decades in all developed countries new industrial firms have appeared that combine manufacturing activity with the services needed. Instead of traditional resources, this new industry is based on the intensive use of technological knowledge and the generation of value added through the design and the improvement of distribution channels and commercialization. Read more »

Speculating against sovereign debt, how does it actually work?

January 30, 2011 by wgarcia

BondsIn recent months we have heard that some countries such as Ireland, Portugal and Spain, but also in a lesser way Italy or Belgium, are having trouble in issuing their debt because there is a lot of speculation and betting against them. This has happened in the past in other regions of the world such as Latin America or Southeast Asia. Read more »

Packaging unification in Linux

January 30, 2011 by wgarcia

It seems that talk has been started around the unification of packaging systems for various Linux distributions. There are currently different systems. Maybe the main ones are the Debian system (files with  .deb extension being used among others by Debian, Ubuntu or Mint) and the RPM system (with .rpm extension, being used by RedHat, Fedora, OpenSuse and others), but there are more, for instance the  Pacman system used by Arch Linux. Read more »

Contributions to Catalan LOCO team and free software during 2010

January 6, 2011 by wgarcia

This last year I started to collaborate more with the local Catalan Ubuntu team. These are teams formed in different parts of the world that collaborate with the Ubuntu project. The Catalan LOCO team is special because it is not associated to a particular state but to the Catalan language and its variants which spread across different states. Read more »

How to configure the UPF digital card and the card reader with Ubuntu 10.10 and Firefox

December 24, 2010 by wgarcia

The following steps have allowed me to configure the UPF digital card and the card reader. Read more »

Installing conky with weather forecast in Ubuntu 10.10

November 29, 2010 by wgarcia

(UPDATE on November 26, 2011: the weather.com site has changed and  I have updated my scripts so that they still work)

Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop. Yesterday, after a question I got in an Ubuntu forum, I decided to install it in my Ubuntu 10.10 desktop and laptop computer. It was not easy and I had to go to different forums posts and links, so I decided to write this post on what I did. Read more »

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