Tag Archives: Music

M3talinks for May 11th

Today’s M3talinks for May 11th

  • RIP!: A remix manifesto – A documentary by Brett Gaylor<br />
    about copyright and remix culture.<br />
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    Watch RiP: A Remix Manifesto online<br />
    for free… in HD
  • Dear Ubuntu: I Have Some Concerns – "Dear Ubuntu, for the last couple years life has been good. Every time I've shown you to a friend or family member, they've compared you to what they're familiar with–Windows XP or Vista, mostly–and by comparison you've looked brilliant. Yeah, your ugly brown color scheme was a bit off-putting at first, but once people saw how secure, simple, and reliable you were, the response was almost universally positive. But recently, things have changed …"<br />
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    I’m a bit late with this, considering that 10.04 is out already, but it will be interesting how people have found 10.04 to stack up against 9.10.<br />
    <br />
    From Tanner Helland who previously wrote 10 Days of Ubuntu 10.10 Feature Requests, this is a Dear John-style letter about how the author is finding it difficult to love Ubuntu in the face of the severe problems with 9.10, and just how good Windows 7 is.
  • Do Blind People Use a Special Keyboard? – This is one of the most common question asked by sighted people when they meet or hear about blind computer users. Here, I’ll not only answer this question, but I’ll discuss where it may have come from. I’ll also add in some interesting facts along the way.

M3talinks for May 4th through May 5th

M3talinks for May 4th through May 5th:

  • Abney Park – Steampunk Band
  • Thoughts on Flash – I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.
  • Thoughts on Flash – I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.
  • Highlights: The Journal’s Exclusive Interview With Adobe CEO – Digits – WSJ – Earlier on Thursday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs published an essay in which he took Adobe to task over its Flash software, which Apple does not support on its mobile products, such as the iPhone and iPad. The squabbling between Apple and Adobe has been getting increasingly personal, with Adobe executives and employees angered in particular by Apple’s decision to block Adobe software that would allow developers to produce programs in Flash that would then be converted to work on the iPhone.<br />
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    The Journal’s Alan Murray had an exclusive interview with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen Thursday afternoon, and Digits live-blogged the event. Highlights are below. Excerpts of the video are set to be available on the News Hub live show at 4 p.m., with the full video available on the Journal’s Web site.
  • Batch command line file conversion with PyODConverter – OpenOffice.org Ninja – You want to batch convert .doc to .pdf using the command line on a server without a GUI? Or you need automated .ppt to .swf conversion through cron, a sysvinit service, or a remote web server? Online conversion services such as Zamzar.com and Media-convert.com not working for you? Whichever formats you need to batch convert, PyODConverter is a simple Python script for just this purpose
  • DAG: unoconv: Convert between any document format supported by OpenOffice – unoconv converts between any document format that OpenOffice understands. It uses OpenOffice's UNO bindings for non-interactive conversion of documents.<br />
    <br />
    Supported document formats include Open Document Format (.odt), MS Word (.doc), MS Office Open/MS OOXML (.xml), Portable Document Format (.pdf), HTML, XHTML, RTF, Docbook (.xml), and more.<br />
    Features<br />
    <br />
    * Converts between different document formats that OpenOffice understands<br />
    * OpenOffice can export to about 100 different document formats<br />
    * Can be used for batch processing<br />
    * Combine with asciidoc and docbook2odf to create nice themed PDF or Word (.doc) files<br />
    * Autostarts OpenOffice for processing if necessary<br />
    * Can be used in a client/server environment to process documents centrally
  • Batch command line file conversion with PyODConverter – OpenOffice.org Ninja – You want to batch convert .doc to .pdf using the command line on a server without a GUI? Or you need automated .ppt to .swf conversion through cron, a sysvinit service, or a remote web server? Online conversion services such as Zamzar.com and Media-convert.com not working for you? Whichever formats you need to batch convert, PyODConverter is a simple Python script for just this purpose
  • DAG: unoconv: Convert between any document format supported by OpenOffice – unoconv converts between any document format that OpenOffice understands. It uses OpenOffice's UNO bindings for non-interactive conversion of documents.<br />
    <br />
    Supported document formats include Open Document Format (.odt), MS Word (.doc), MS Office Open/MS OOXML (.xml), Portable Document Format (.pdf), HTML, XHTML, RTF, Docbook (.xml), and more.<br />
    Features<br />
    <br />
    * Converts between different document formats that OpenOffice understands<br />
    * OpenOffice can export to about 100 different document formats<br />
    * Can be used for batch processing<br />
    * Combine with asciidoc and docbook2odf to create nice themed PDF or Word (.doc) files<br />
    * Autostarts OpenOffice for processing if necessary<br />
    * Can be used in a client/server environment to process documents centrally
  • JODConverter | Art of Solving – JODConverter, the Java OpenDocument Converter, converts documents between different office formats.<br />
    It leverages OpenOffice.org, which provides arguably the best import/export filters for OpenDocument and Microsoft Office formats available today.<br />
    <br />
    JODConverter automates all conversions supported by OpenOffice.org, including<br />
    <br />
    * Microsoft Office to OpenDocument, and viceversa<br />
    o Word to OpenDocument Text (odt); OpenDocument Text (odt) to Word<br />
    o Excel to OpenDocument Spreadsheet (ods); OpenDocument Spreadsheet (ods) to Excel<br />
    o PowerPoint to OpenDocument Presentation (odp); OpenDocument Presentation (odp) to PowerPoint<br />
    * Any format to PDF<br />
    o OpenDocument (Text, Spreadsheet, Presentation) to PDF<br />
    o Word to PDF; Excel to PDF; PowerPoint to PDF<br />
    o RTF to PDF; WordPerfect to PDF; …<br />
    * And more

M3talinks for Apr 29th

Today’s M3talinks for Apr 29th

  • Mixxx | Free Digital DJ Software – Mixxx is free, open source DJ software that gives you everything you need to perform live mixes.<br />
    <br />
    Why Mixxx?<br />
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    * Free, open source DJ software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux<br />
    * MIDI controller support<br />
    * Superior mixing engine with recording, vinyl control, and more<br />
    * Created for DJs, by DJs<br />
    * Check out our full list of battle-tested and DJ approved features!