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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 or 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

Also Scorch3D - 3D version of the great Scorched Earth artillery game

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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