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Month: December 2005 (page 2 of 6)

WinRoll 2.0

Only got one monitor? Getting a bit cramped? Then have a look at WinRoll 2.0 No… it doesn’t give you a virtual second monitor. It make a window roll into its title bar, send it to the back or make it stay on top.

Minimize, maximize or close all visible windows, including minimizing to the tray area. Make a window translucent on Windows 2000 or above. WinRoll is lovingly hand-crafted in 100% pure assembly language to give the fastest response and the smallest memory footprint.

WinRoll is proudly a FREEWARE and OPEN SOURCE application.

Christmas 2005

Merry Christmas.
One or two items for your pleasure.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens. The read it version. or the nice shine new techy podcast version read by Geoffrey Palmer and courtesy of Penguin Books. The podcast will play direct to your PC quite happily and NO you DO NOT need an iPod to listen to a podcast.

Killing time after the Christmas lunch? Try Frosty Flips Santa on a snowboard? Surreal. (thanks Andi for a valiant last minute attempt at blame)

Me? I am heading back to the 15yr old Christmas spirit shipped direct from the Highlands of Scotland.

Have a good one folks.

Useful Links to ASU sites

Reminer #29: I really must create that Cheat Sheet Category.

This is one of those things I have been promising myself I really must do. And now I dont have to Thanks to Useful Links to ASU sites

It has Quick Reference Cards for

Programming

C Language Quick Reference
JAVA Language Quick Reference
Microsoft Visual Basic Quick Reference
Perl Scripting Language Quick Reference
Telephony API Quick Reference
Socket programming and Libpcap (WinPcap) packet capturing
API quick reference
Linux System Calls Quick Reference
A brief Introduction for writting Windows Device Driver
A summary of Windows kernel mode programming support
functions.
Database and Web
MySQL Database Quick Reference
Oracle SQL quick reference
Apache web server Quick Reference
PHP Quick Reference
Apache Perl Module Quick Reference
Computer Administration
Linxu Administrator’s Quick Reference
OpenSSH Configuration Quick Reference
Sendmail Configuration Quick Reference
Linux Security Quick Reference
Windows Resources Kits Quick Reference
Windows Important Directories and Files Quick Reference
Commonly used UNIX commands
Key-strokes feeding programs Quick Ref.
KiXtart logon script  Quick Reference
Accessing Internet, Registry, EventLog, Service, API on
Windows with PERL script.
Editors
TeX is a typesetting system Quick Reference
GNU Emacs Quick Reference
X11 Emacs Quick Reference
UNIX Vi Editor Quick Reference
Improved Vi Editor Quick Reference
Misc
UNIX BASH shell Quick Reference
HTML quick reference

Thanks for that.

You can pretend you are Sony

ShredderCDThere is an old adage that says there is no such thing as bad publicity and for the last month or two Sony has been really pushing the limits trying to find out whether or not this is true.

I wont go into the in’s and outs of what has become my favourite soap opera here, besides Cory Doctorow from the EFF summarises all the really good bits over at BoingBoing.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Remember no one is making this up (except maybe the Sony denials)

Now just barely in time for the holidays there is Freedom to Tinker’s Make Your Own Copy-Protected CD with Passive Protection article. Step by step instructions on how to make your friends and relatives their very own copy-protected CDs using the same industrial-grade passive protection technology built into XCP and Macrovision discs. Without all the “phone home” stuff and break your PC bits that the Sony version had.

It’s a great article showing how easy it is to do (and how easy it is to stop it working).

Passive protection exploits subtle differences between the way computers read CDs and the way ordinary CD players do. By
changing the layout of data on the CD, it’s sometimes possible to confuse computers without affecting ordinary players — or so the theory goes.

Besides I just like the buzzsaw cd pic.

Party at the Center of the Universe to Silence of The Lands

Party PicThe Party at the Center of the Universe is an attempt at using data generated by the public to generate a spatial construct on the internet. This spatial construct takes into consideration the user’s position in space, orientation in space and identity. Each of these factors will affect the way a person is represented in the constructed space. A user’s position is determined by reading the strength of their wireless network connection. A user’s orientation is determined by reading the values of the accelerometer (Sudden Motion Sensor) built in to their laptop. A user’s identity is determined by reading the username of the user currently logged on to the laptop. The readings are made by a downloadable Dashboard widget and does not depend on the user’s concious interaction. It runs in the background, transmitting the necessary information to the party at 5 second intervals. It does not interfere with normal use of the computer and the user is free to shutdown the widget at any time if they wish.

Hubbles law describes how every point in space sees itself as the center of the Universe. Due to an effect similar to the Doppler effect experienced when an ambulance speeds past, the Universe appears to be expanding away from every point in space, in all directions. So a space that has the potential to be a single locative indicator of every point in space, must be the embodiment of the Center of the Universe… and we’re throwing a party! BYOB, good company and music is provided.

The client only works on Mac laptops at the moment but anyone can observe the infinitely expanding, curved spacetime of the Center of the Universe.

Click on their audio link and you get a soundtrack that I assume is generated by the data. I hope it is anyway. Also you need to have Java loaded to be able to see the link.

And heading to the other end of the spectrum, this is a weird one I noticed at “We make Money Not Art”. But it justifies ( vaguely) you going out and getting some new toys. Or it will when they get it going.

Silence of the Lands – Community of Soundscapes enables you to annotate and map the soundscape of urban and natural environments.

Participants can record and collect ambient sounds, create and share individual and collective cartographies, and use them as conversation pieces of a social dialogue on natural quiet. The result is a pervasive museum in which natural quiet is transformed into a living and affective geography that changes over time according to participants’ perceptions and interpretations of their environmental setting.

Ambient sounds are collected using a PDA. The sounds are linked to the person that collected them, and associated to GPS data.

The sounds are then stored in a database, visualized on a GIS map, and made available for audio-streaming in the web community as individual soundscapes. Participants can access, manage, and eventually modify their own individual soundscapes, associating to them several descriptors.
Participants can interact with the collective soundscape. By playing with physical objects in an interactive environment, participants are encouraged to interpret the collective soundscape and create an idealized, virtual one.

Hmm. GPS, audio recording PDA, projector ( to view the landscapes in there correct proportions). Toy junkies? Don’t see many of those around here.

Sir Tim’s got a Blog

The dude who invented the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners Lee has a blog

I quote

“In 1989 one of the main objectives of the WWW was to be a space for sharing information. It seemed evident that it should be a space in which anyone could be creative, to which anyone could contribute. The first browser was actually a browser/editor, which allowed one to edit any page, and save it back to the web if one had access rights.”

I know I am subscribing to it, I figure anyone who could work out this toy we are all plying with might occasionally have something worthwhile to chat about.

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