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open sword – pixen – OS X pixel-level graphics editor

open sword – pixen – OS X pixel-level graphics editor

open sword – pixen

The Forgotten Artist

The Macintosh has always been the platform of choice for graphic designers and artists. There are Mac programs available for page layout, photograph manipulation, vector art, animation, and nearly any application of the graphic arts imaginable. There is, however, one sort of artist who has a very tough time with the current tools available for what we can all agree is the superior platform.

This artist is the pixel-pusher. His arcane art is as ancient as the Atari and as important as any other discipline; why, then, are there so few programs for the Macintosh that support him?

We can’t say that we know why-doubtless, something about this “3D” fad. But as pixel art comes once again to the forefront of the video game arts, the spriter will have reason to turn to the Macintosh. This reason is Pixen 2.

This looks quite nice and interesting for editing pixel-level graphics on OS X. I’ll check it out later tonight, perhaps… 🙂

(Via Freshmeat.net)

Adium X – the new OS X Instant Messenging hotness.

Adium X – the new OS X Instant Messenging hotness.

Adium X : About

Adium X
The Adium Team is proud to present to you Adium X 0.63, a multiple protocol instant messaging client. This is a culmination of a year long rewrite of adium, which now utilizes libgaim (the core part of gaim) to connect to multiple protocols, and is also based on a new plugin architecture. Partial address book integration, cool looking tabs, multiple protocols for instant messaging, and a compact contact list are some of the many features of the new Adium X. Give it a try; we’re sure you will like it.

Adium X is under active development. We have a lot planned, and we appreciate your support 🙂

So, Tim turned me on to this (and most of the other OS X software in tonight’s posts). Thanks, Tim. And this does definitely seem better than Fire, which is what I’ve been using till now.

QR Codes and Japanese Cellular Phones

QR Codes and Japanese Cellular Phones

QR Codes and Japanese Cellular Phones
QRCode for Gabriel Serafin’s contact info

What are QR Codes?
QR Codes are basically 2-dimensional UPC or barcodes. As you can see on the manufacturer’s page they’re capable of holding quite a bit more data than a standard UPC code. It’s an internationally standardized system of encoding information so that it can be read by a visual scanner. It’s almost certain to be immediately superceded by RFID chips, assuming rabid anti-technology privacy advocates don’t shift us back to the dark ages. 😉

These codes are quite common in Japan and are often seen on flyers and magazine ads. Cellular phone users can scan the code with their built-in camera and immediately have all the contact info they need entered into their camera, sorted appropriately.

These codes are reportedly quite durable, allowing up to 30% of the code to be obscured or removed by dirt, marks or damage and still be completely readable. The can be printed as a regular graphic by any printer, making them very flexible.

Please see this page for a detailed look at the data capacity of a QR Code.

Link to online QRCode Generator

Found this cool little app via Boing Boing

OS X Virtual Host setup script

OS X Virtual Host setup script

patrick gibson [/news/andsuch/000091.php]

Enter virtualhost.sh — the most powerful and easy shell script for Mac OS X that sets up a virtualhost into your system. Using NetInfoManager, virtualhost.sh lets you easily create a named virtual host that is only accessible locally.

So, just as I was thinking, man, it really shouldn’t be that hard to script adding a virtual host entry into Apache’s httpd.conf file, a simple Google search reveals that, of course, someone has already written the script, and it is very good. 🙂

Slyck News – BitTorrent Site Updates

Slyck News – BitTorrent Site Updates

Slyck News – BitTorrent Site Updates

BitTorrent Site Updates
August 16, 2004
Thomas Mennecke

We would first like to thank Bharik who brought these BitTorrent links to our attention.

Unlike the rash of vanishing eDonkey2000 link sites following the demise of ShareReactor, BitTorrent sites remain mostly intact throughout the Internet. The most popular of these BitTorrent sites remains Suprnova.org, which manages to stay alive (not only from the authorities but its massive traffic) with the help of revolving web servers.

The proliferation of BitTorrent sites has made this network perhaps the most poular alternative P2P network since AudioGalaxy, perhaps even more so. One of the main advantages of BitTorrent is its wealth of information. BitTorrent’s higher learning curve over the spoon fed resources of Kazaa equates to a computer savvy community with a lot of great data to share.

Altough Slyck has written many guides on BitTorrent, we still recieve many requests for the latest BitTorrent sites. Below is a list provided by one of the members of the Slyck community:

TorrentLinks The Suprnova Forums.
TorrentBits Very good community with only the latest releases.
MySpleen TV Shows (must register)
OinkMe Music and small applications.
LokiTorrent Everything (must register.)
UK-Fileshare everything (must register.)
EliteTorrents Everything (must register.)
FileList Everything (must register.)
DVDr-Core DVDR movies in NTSC & PAL, Music DVD’s, Tools and sometimes MISC.
420Joint Everything, but doesn’t really have anythiing good community though.
Kaizoku-Fansubs Anime.
Anime-Xtreme Anime.
Animesuki Anime.
Basix Everything.
Console Console based.
BoxTorrents Anime.
Zcultfm Comic Books
SloTorrent Everything.
TuTorrent Everything.
LiteZone Torrents site listing.
BtSites Torrent site listing.
VcdQuality Scene Releases
Nforce Scene releases.
Izonews Scene releases.

More .torrent info.

mezzoblue  §  Virtual Hosts for Dummies

mezzoblue  §  Virtual Hosts for Dummies

mezzoblue  §  Virtual Hosts for Dummies

Virtual Hosts for Dummies

August 05, 2004 9AM PST

Running your own local Apache server for development is a great idea, and even better if you’ve enabled local virtual hosts.

As demand for open source software increases, so do the options. Popular packages are frequently ported to different platforms, so it’s fully possible to run a local install of Apache regardless of which operating system you use on your workstation.

The stumbling block is mainly know-how, which is fortunately an easy gap to fill. I am decidedly not a system administrator, but I’ve run various Apache installs over the past year — without much conviction I should note, so learning has been slow.

I’ve been getting this set up too on my new 15″ Powerbook and it’s VERY SWEET having your server also be your workstation. That is my favorite — it’s like shooting developer efficiency straight into your veins not to have to upload or save to server. Just hit Reload and you see it. Very nice… 🙂

BoingBoing: Bruce Sterling SIGGRAPH 2004 speech

BoingBoing: Bruce Sterling SIGGRAPH 2004 speech

BoingBoing: Bruce Sterling SIGGRAPH 2004 speech “When Blobjects Rule the Earth”

It’s possible to live in a cleaner way. We live in debris and detritus because of our ignorance. That ignorance is no longer technically necessary. Those who know, know. Instead, our problem is becoming obscurantism, which is a deliberate hiding of the facts by vested interests who know they are injuring us. Such acts of evil must be combated. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Wanting to know, wanting to do it, that’s half the struggle right there. Our capacities are tremendous. Eventually, it is within our technical ability to create factories that clean the air as they work, cars that give off drinkable water, industry that creates parks instead of dumps, or even monitoring systems that allow nature to thrive in our cities, neighborhoods, lawns and homes. An industry that is not just “sustainable,” but enhances the world. The natural world should be better for our efforts and our ingenuity. It’s not too much to ask.

You and I will never live to see a future world with those advanced characteristics. The people who will be living in it will pretty much take it for granted, anyway. But that is a worthy vision for today’s technologists: because that is wise governance for a digitally conquered world. That is is not tyranny. That is legitimacy.

Without vision, the people perish. So we need our shimmering, prizes, goals to motivate ourselves, but the life is never in the prize. The living part, the fun part, is all in the wrangling. Those dark cliffs looming ahead — that is the height of your achievement.

Go Boing Boing)

The best way to watch Bob Costas comment on the Olympics…

The best way to watch Bob Costas comment on the Olympics…

The best way to watch Bob Costas comment on the Olympics…

Is muted.

See, for example, his comment in the opening ceremony parade about the “…island nation of Belize.” WTF?

Apparently, we weren’t the only ones concerned about the provided Olympic commentary by Bob Costas.