links for 2009-01-08

  • We've felt the pain of getting website designs to work correctly across different browsers. Not to mention designing email newsletters that work on all email clients. Litmus makes compatibility testing easier. Litmus is lightning-fast, reliable and affordable. It's relied upon by thousands of smart freelancers and switched-on agencies; as well as big companies like Yahoo!, Facebook and eBay.
  • StickySorter is an Office Labs sponsored spare-time project by two Microsoft employees, Julie and Sumit. The idea sprung from the need for project teams all over the world to gather and organize data using a collaborative process known as affinity diagramming. Since its inception, StickySorter has evolved into a desktop application so anyone can use it to collaborate and organize ideas electronically, using a familiar sticky note interface.
  • This flute design is a common one on the net, and for good reason. Not only is it simple to build, it's also relatively simple to learn and rewarding to play. It only took a month of on and of playing to be relatively proficient (meaning I could get a clean sound from the first two octaves without difficulty.) The flutes are keyed instruments and only play in one scale (without more complex fingerings) which is actually a plus when just noodling around since you can't easily hit a note outside of the major scale of that flutes key.

    My G flute can hit about 2 octaves easily and 2.5 octaves if you push it. My D fife can hit 2 octaves. There are already a number of good sites out there on how to make flutes, but I thought I would add some of my experiences making my own flute collection that haven't been addressed.

  • Since I don’t have a touchscreen to test this with, I’m releasing the 01 version with mouse functionality, along with a few GUI functions to change the midi out port and the starting note number. At some point I’ll get a tablet and add the touchscreen functionality, or if someone has a tablet I can pass the source code on and they can test/implement that functionality.

    There are two tabs at the top, one for the main table screen, and one for setup. The basic setup options at this time are midi ports and starting note values.

    This was built using the Processing libraries, along with the ControlP5 library and Ruin & Wesen’s rwmidi library for midi functionality.

    This is an executable jar, meaning if you have java installed on your machine (version 6), you should be able to double-click it and you’re off and running. I have only tested this on Windows and Linux, so if there are any Mac users out there, please let me know if there are any problems.

  • Can a Jedi lightsaber cut through Superman? The answer is surprisingly no. Yahoo Answers is the service that continues to give. Full discussion on the question here.
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