When a developer asks
'don't use TYPO3 for NewAge publications, anti-christian messages, sexually explicit material, extreme political propaganda' , would you use the software? Would you respect his wishes?
posted by dprs75
on Jan 7, 2005 -
for the best software essays of 2004. There's lots of reading here, pardners, and much of it is great.
posted by bonaldi
on Dec 3, 2004 -
Whizzkid develops Linux application for Windows
[...]The significance of the development is that Linux and Windows are able to work in parallel on the same computer or server. To[sic] now, the computer world is divided into systems that operate either with Windows or with Linux. [...]
posted by Postroad
on Apr 12, 2004 -
Thanks Again, Frauhofer!
"Software developed by Germany's Fraunhofer Institut, the creators of the MP3 ... called "Query by Humming," -- a type of melody recognition software program that identifies a song by title and composer based on a person humming a few bars into a microphone."
Sure, it'll put quaint sites like this
out of business, but think of the fun you'll have walking by your co-workers cubicle only to hear them furtively humming into their PC so that it can search for that pesky tune they can't get out of their head.
(This technology sounds familiar, so advanced apologies for a double post. I did a search, really.)
posted by chandy72
on Jan 22, 2003 -
Top 10 Challenges for Microsoft.
This is from a company called "Directions on Microsoft" in Kirkland, WA. All they do is analyze Microsoft. One of the challenges is to "keep a lid on LINUX"! My favorite part-"Hopes that the Linux community would fragment are not being realized, at least in 2003". Will these challenges hold MSFT in check? What do you think?
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy
on Jan 6, 2003 -
The Self-Healing Minefield
From the current Village Voice: "Utilizing commercial off-the-shelf computer chips and 'healing' software, the networked minefield detects rude attempts to clear it, deduces which parts of itself have been removed, and signals its remaining munitions to close the hole using best-fit mathematics."
Bonus ubertasteless Flash animation courtesy of DARPA here
. Color me fascinated and repulsed in equal measure.
posted by Armitage Shanks
on Nov 27, 2002 -
has just announced the first public alpha release of the decidedly non-vaporous
PIM-like app: Spaces
Coming quickly after the announcement of Mitch Kapor and the OSAF's plans
for an MS Outlook competitor, Spaces seems to already do a lot of what Chandler
has plans to do, but is ready for download
and testing right now.
A very cool feature of Spaces is the integration of an RSS new aggregator right alongside the email client. News items and email messages are fundamentally the same and the app takes advantage of that. Spaces is blurring the differences between how we read news and email and it's about time!
posted by antidigerati
on Nov 11, 2002 -
Apple releases iSync
barely meeting its promise to unveil the software before the end of September. Will Apple's iSync finally take the hassle out of syncing between PDAs, online calenders, email, and cell phones? Why hasn't anyone else made this kind of software?
posted by jragon
on Sep 28, 2002 -
A Scranton, PA man is auctioning
250,000 pieces of software mostly games from the 80s and early 90s composed
of around 20,000 unique titles
(2MB Excel Spreadsheet) for $250,000. He says its the worlds biggest collection and many games are rare and in demand
. You will need trucks and warehouse. If anyone can afford to sit on these for a few decades untill the 80s generation gets old and nostalgic it could be the Schoyen
of early computer gameing software.
posted by stbalbach
on Sep 8, 2002 -
is now online. Endquote
first came up with a concept for automating self-linking within his own blog. Now he's expanded the idea so that you can build a network of content-driven-sites that auto-link their content with your own. The niftiest part, to me, is his new link pop-up menus, so that one word can link to articles from multiple sites.
posted by nomisxid
on Aug 1, 2002 -
The Read_Me Festival 1.2
shortlist has been posted, and includes such projects as Carnivore
(not the government one, though that was part of the concept), and the DeskSwap
screensaver. While this is a "software art" exhibition, it's of particular note that patches or even just instructions
for making existing software do things not originally intended are allowable entries. I haven't been through all of them to see if any patches were entered, but it'd be interesting what the publishers might think of these, since it would basically constitute hacking and/or reverse engineering.
posted by Su
on Mar 30, 2002 -
Does anyone care that nobody needs to sing well anymore?
Spot-on piece about the way that digital music tools aren't just making rotten singers sound OK (with software that shifts their pitch upwards), but good singers lazy ("hey that's fine, just copy'n'paste it into the next chorus"). And
removing the excitement from studio performance. Is the only honest response to this electro-fakery to go all Daft Punk?
Or am I just an old Stevie'n'Retha'n'Marvin nostalgist?
posted by theplayethic
on Feb 14, 2002 -
Search-indexing video footage? Dremedia's software can analyze video footage -- either raw or edited -- and not only identify nearly every word spoken but also differentiate between speakers and even understand when a scene changes.
And who said the gee-whiz startup was dead? Well, it is, but Futureboy
still has rent to pay, I s'pose.
posted by scarabic
on Jan 4, 2002 -
The dangerous app with the unlikely name allows users to snatch data being passed over wireless networks, eventually capturing passwords to the network.
posted by o2b
on Nov 29, 2001 -
is a great, free alternative to microsoft office for people who can't afford the suite or for those that would rather not use microsoft products. Staroffice has completely integrated XML support and full featured word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing applications.
posted by mcsweetie
on Oct 8, 2001 -
Fight back against sneaky scumware
posted by cfj
on Aug 31, 2001 -
Local and national governments around the world are legislating in favor of open source, in a challenge to US corporate (read Microsoft) dominance. A liberating movement, or too much government intrusion?
posted by liam
on Aug 29, 2001 -
Yet Another Artist Link
, this time i'm showcasing an artist/skinner who not only does great work, but believes in usability (for all those 'hey i've been using winamp for 6 months now, and i still need the buttons plainly labeled' whiners). just kidding folks. check out the wallpapers too while you're there.
posted by jcterminal
on Aug 4, 2001 -
B&O goes virtual
: Beoplayer 1.0 is a Windows application that sits on your desktop and, like everything Bang, works in a sleek, elegant, unintuitive manner (until you learn what the icons and doodads do, then you can show it off for all your friends). Guaranteed you've never seen a music player like this one.
posted by honkzilla
on Jul 31, 2001 -
-- include-all blogging in real-time? This new program will allow you to spy on what your instant messenger buddies are browsing on the web, let them know what you think about the sites they're on, rate them, comment on them, send them to a friend etc. (Their press release
posted by frednorman
on May 8, 2001 -
Sometimes conspiracies are real.
The real reason the 3d net software is showing up again might best be summed up by a quote from this article:
' "The focus was to get someone to go out and upgrade to a Pentium 4," Benoit said. "We wanted to create new and compelling content that wasn't out there and that would cause people to make a decision to upgrade their processors."
posted by gdavis
on Apr 10, 2001 -
Big Blue moves into the web services arena,
claiming to be the first company to provide such services. Ever hear of .NET? Seems to me that they've been rolling a framework (that's got BETA development tools already) since last summer.
i think the most poignant point in this article isn't the fact that IBM's making false claims, but this quote by Peter O'Kelly:
``It's amazing that these guys are agreeing to work with the same standards. They've finally realized it's a disservice to customers when they try and compete on the basis of proprietary formats and protocols."
Now if the browser wars could end, we'd all be in better shape.
posted by tatochip
on Mar 14, 2001 -
Be very afraid.
The only real solution to this is backlash and boycott. Technical solutions to "InTether" are inadequate (especially since every such will be a violation of the DMCA
). If content vendors will only sell their material this way, don't buy!
(Ultimately, it's going to take an act of Congress to straighten this all out. How about a law making it illegal to prevent "fair use"?)
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Mar 13, 2001 -
Is this another lifeline for Napster? Would going offshore
with the servers really make any difference?
posted by ecvgi
on Mar 7, 2001 -
has been released to the general public. Beware it's Alpha 2 so some things aren't complete, such as the EQ, but it still has some nice new features such as the Thinger and the ability to layer and alpha blend skins.
posted by physics
on Jan 27, 2001 -
MacOS X comes of age.
Microsoft has just announced that Microsoft Office will be released for the new Apple OS in the fall. "Analysts had warned that without a version of Office, or similar productivity suite, running natively under Mac OS X, Apple would face problems getting businesses to switch to the new operating system. "
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Jan 10, 2001 -
Charging for software as a service.
As soon as the software vendors get this ironed out the hardware vendors are going to want in too. Soon you'll be paying monthly service fees based on how much you use your computer. (More ranting inside) ->
posted by monkeyboy
on Jan 10, 2001 -