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Matt Petty

Matt Petty

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Engadget giveaway: win a huge box of stuff from Josh's office!

Mar 4th 2010 1:11PM It would be fascinating to rummage

TwitteReader is like Google Reader for Twitter

Mar 6th 2009 6:26PM I tried the website, and it works well, except when I typed a letter "r" in a tweet, it would refresh the page!

Does software piracy hurt the open source community?

Jul 30th 2008 2:16PM At home I used to use pirated commercial software, but now I prefer to use open source or freeware alternatives. I can generally achieve everything I want with open source, and I feel warm inside as well. That's not to say that open source is always better - it just works for me, and I can work around the glitches and differences.

At work I don't have a choice of software. MS or nothing.

Fonts Personified: Ever wondered what Wingdings would look like?

Jul 22nd 2008 6:26PM I use WingDings sometimes in my tech documents because of the arrows it provides. Allows me to create simple diagrams in Word without the big leap to a Visio diagram, or the dreadful Word drawing tools. Just for a quick fix.

Noise of the white variety, right on the webernets

Jul 3rd 2008 12:33PM I agree, brown or pink noise is much nicer.
I used Audacity to create the sound of the beach, by generating a period of white noise, low-pass-filtering it to pink, then putting an amplitude variation on it so it sounded like gentle surf. Then I put it on my MP3 player.

Dumpster in a bag makes home projects easy

Apr 18th 2008 6:37AM In the UK, we call dumpsters 'skips', and you can get big strong expensive metal skips or more recently, skip bags, like http://www.rhinobag.co.uk/ or http://www.skip-bag-hire.co.uk/. Often the price includes the bag, delivery, collection and disposal.

Flipping the Linux switch: Linux gaming

Mar 10th 2008 9:24AM NEXUIZ - very good 3D FPS, with great online play and up-to-date graphics
http://www.alientrap.org/nexuiz/

Also Scorch3D - 3D version of the great Scorched Earth artillery game
http://sourceforge.net/projects/scorched3d

Lots of great Linux (or open-source supporting Linux) games out there.

Some of them even run without the Steam engine!

Voigtlaender kicks out Vitoret 73 digital camera

Jan 7th 2008 9:09AM "We call it Voigtlaender for short..."

Flipping the Linux switch: Amarok

Dec 14th 2007 9:19AM I'm currently starting to use Amarok with an old iPod one a new Ubuntu 7.10 installation. It seems OK, but is a bit non-intuitive when it comes to actually playing stuff. I can't seem to get it to organise and rename my mp3's in folders automatically by their ID3 tags. And I haven't managed to get it to sync up with the iPod yet - it will let me copy music across, but it's a manual process. I'm sticking with it for now.

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