Doors Closing

30 05 2009

Well, obviously this site’s been dead for a while now.  I’ve moved on to other things, but you can still catch me in the blogosphere.

I’m working on a couple of new things right now. In fact you’ll find many of the same things you loved (lulz, wikis, software, games) at my new blog, The Tartar Sauce. It covers some other things, and there’s more writers and longer posts, but a lot of the same flavor is still there.

I also have Brain Grains, where I post my inner thoughts and snippets.

This was my first blog, and it was really a good learning experience for me. Thanks to everyone who read, and I encourage you to head over to The Tartar Sauce and see what all the buzz is about. There’s a very slight chance that someday I may pick this up again, but anyway, a really big thanks for the support from all you great readers out there.  I hope to see you at The Tartar Sauce.

The Tartar Sauce

Brain Grains

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Bring your desktop with you with YouOS

12 08 2007


YouOS is a very comprehensive web operating system complete with a writer, sticky notes, browser, messenger, and a whole slew of other really well done online apps. This all seems a bit useles at first, but the point is that instead of having all these different online apps on different websites, like google docs, online messengers, sticky notes etc. With YouOS you can access them all in one place and save them to one place.

” There is a glaring weakness to all traditional operating systems, however. They are, at the root, designed to run on one computer. Extensions like NFS and remote desktop alleviate this weakness to some extent, but they do nothing to enable collaboration on a larger scale between users on different computers. Imagine what you could do if every one in the world could work and play on the same “virtual computer.”

There are several other web OS’s, but this one I have found to be the best. It feels close to Ubuntu and, while it is still in alpha, it is the least buggy of them all. Also, it’s open-source. I really like it, and besides, it’s fun using a browser within a browser within a browser within a browser…… all coded entirely in javascript.

YouOS





Time waster: Play UT/Quake 3 in your browser with Phosphor

9 08 2007


Well, it’s not really UT or Quake 3, its called Phosphor, and it is an attempt to get MMOFPS games like Quake 3 or Unreal Tournament into the browser so anyone can play. There are minimum video requirements, but I’ve played it with a 1.4 Ghz Pentium 4 with integrated graphics and it ran ok. The bummer is that it uses shockwave, so linux users can’t join in the party, but apart from that, it is defenitely the most advanced game for the browser today. The graphics are really good, the AI is hard, the weapons are well done, it’s fantastic. All in all I’d say that if this thing ever comes out of beta it will really be able to compete with some good desktop games.

It’s a blast to play, get some friends and start fragging!

Phosphor





Futurewatch: Create a Strip Blog with Stripgenerator

8 08 2007

Website Stripgenerator.com lets you create a blog with a homemade comic strip in each post.

“Stripgenerator is free of charge project created to embrace the internet blogging and strip creation culture, helping the people with no drawing abilities to express their opinions via strips.”

The site already has a decent following and It’s pretty fun and easy to make a comic strip of your life. The flash controls are really well done with drag-and-drop capabilities. Give it a year or so, some added functions (like themes) and I’d expect to see a DeviantART-esque following.





Futurewatch: Find awesome open-source apps at Open Source Alternative

14 07 2007

osalt.com

Website Open Source Alternative (osalt.com) lets you search for a commercial program, and then finds open-source alternatives that do the same thing, or vice-versa. It’s a pretty great site if you’re looking at a commercial program but don’t want to spend the money to buy it. You can often find open-source programs that do the same thing, often better, for free.

I put this as futurewatch because the site is still pretty new. Its database gets bigger every day, but there is still a lot more to add. Not to say it isn’t great now, but give it 6 months to a year and it will be a great alternative for sourceforge.

osalt.com