Archive for June, 2010

Introducing a screencaster called Kazam (via andrew@thisblog)

It would be great to see a easy to use Screencast tool on Linux, hope this project goes well!

Introducing a screencaster called Kazam There are many screencasting applications out there at the moment. gtkRecordMyDesktop, Istanbul (and for the hard core!) xVidCap. The trouble is, they were created WAY before screencasting became so popular, and so try to meet the demands of an audience which has changed dramatically. They built on old principles which simply don't apply anymore, and discontent with the options I saw, I decided to design (and hopefully make) my own. I started wit … Read More

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Roll-Up-Piano and Linux. Epic Win!

For Christmas a few years back I received a roll-up USB Piano (I can’t remember the make). On windows it kinda sucked, I couldn’t play cords and it was a little slow responding, so It mostly stayed behind my desk. Tonight however I decided to see what it was like in Ubuntu. After a bit of googling, I found a small program which pretty much blew my mind! I run it then it allows me to use my USB Piano as a MIDI keyboard! I intend of making a YouTube vid on this (it’s a bit fiddly) and I’m defiantly going to be following this project! Now I can enjoy playing LoZ tunes outside of Music now, does anybody know a converted for N64 C-Pad to notes!

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KompoZer 0.7 – Fantastic!

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Wiimote fun & Elementary

Ok, this is a must do if you have a Bluetooth adaptor, a Wiimote and a few spare moments. By following this tutorial (if you use Ubuntu or its derivatives, like Linux Mint) you can have it set up in a few moments! In other new I’ve decided to use the Elementary theme (Easy install instructions here). So far I find it’s fantastic! It looks good and has features like Gloobus Previews, which I find quite helpful. I’ve moded it a bit (screenshots and possibly a vid coming soon) and I’m thinking of changing to Elementary OS when it’s released! BTW sorry for the infrequent posts, I have been spending too much time playing LoZ!

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Legend Of Zelda OOT & more school

Not really much to say today really, most of the latest new doesn’t really interest me (Sure the iPhone looks cool but I can only think about fart buttons going off in Welsh…) however I have played allot of OOT (Ocarina Of Time) lately. To be honest I’ve played a bit too much, but it’s very addictive you just have to play and play and play some more! I’ve also been playing Majoras’ Mask a bit (but not as much). It’s a great game but I find the whole three-day thing a bit of a pain, but on the other hand I like the masks!

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Back to school & Phoenix Wright

Sorry about the lack of posts over the last few days, I’ve been up my nan’s house the last few days and they only have a 1GB limit (you would really be surprised how quick this can go). Anyway my school holidays are over and unfortunately I’m back in school :(. To be honest I haven’t really done much other than that, other than play on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney on the Wii! I’m really enjoying playing through all of the cases again, but I do have only one thing to say about having to buy the last (and my favourite) case Rise To The Ashes. Objection!! But it is fun playing on the big screen, but I do wish they had modified it so it filled my screen!

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Firefox V Chrome

Recently I’ve considered a change of web browser. I’ve been using Firefox since I was about 6 or 7 with Firefox 1, however recently I’ve been quite discontent with it recently what with crashes, bookmarks corrupted and slow(ish) loading times. As I’m a Linux user and have a brain IE, was out of the question, I disagree with opera over privacy (opera unite is just a ticking time bomb). So the only option left was Chrome, I went for the open source version Chromium. As I found it quite hard to choose between Firefox & Chrome I decided to write a comparison between the two, which was not done with fresh installs. All of the tests are done on my laptop with Ubuntu Lucid Lynx, each browser has multiple bookmarks, plugins and extensions. I’m also going to write about how it imports your existing data, etc.

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Review – Creative ZEN X-FI 2 (8GB)

Well here is the promised review of my new toy! This is my first review, so please tell me anything I can improve on. I’ll be splitting the review into various sub-headings, so if you just want the bare facts scroll down to the Overall section at the bottom.

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Not a lot….

I haven’t really got much to say today, I’ve got back from Brecon and am absolutely exhausted! Tomorrow I’m planing on writing a review of my new MP4 player (see last post for details!) which will be a mega-large post compared to my others. BTW I managed to update the firmware (I “borrowed” my dad’s windows PC – the last one in the house – for awhile) and I love the Sudoku game! Anyway what do you think of the fonts I’ve chosen for the blog (If your thinking what fonts?, then you should update your browser stat!)? I’ve also finally moved away from Firefox as my main browser to Chrome (to be exact Chromium) and am just keeping Firefox for dev purposes (got to love Firefly)!

Anyway keep you eyes peeled for tomorrows review, I may even get around to doing a review on Chrome!

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