Archive for October, 2004

NASA Airplane Test Crash Video set to music Oct 25 2004

Pretty fantastic images of destruction here, set beautifully to music.

Coudal Partners

a one day contest Crash Ballet

The original NASA footage is here. Basically we asked people to edit some of it to music. The judging was based on our own personal preferences. No additional crash test dummies were injured in the judging process.

The judges were JC, AV, BB and Jason, Ryan and Matt from 37signals, MS served as the tie-breaker. The judging procedure, like most things we do, was overly-complicated and confusing but we did reach a consensus. Thanks to everyone who submitted. We’re hosting the winner and the three runnners-up. Most of the other entries are linked, but because many of the files are pretty big, it might be hit-or-miss if they’re available.

Ethan wins a Jewelboxing 20pack and everyone who entered gets a nice ‘Friends and Family’ discount if they want to purchase. That’ll teach you to sit on your hands next time we do a quick contest.

Via BoingBoing.

PalmOrb: Use your PalmOS PDA as a LCD status display via serial, USB, BlueTooth or IR Oct 22 2004

Another nifty little Palm app, found on Freshmeat.

PalmOrb: Use your PalmOS PDA as a LCD status display via serial, USB, BlueTooth or IR

PalmOrb : Introduction

PalmOrb on PalmOS 2.0 PalmOrb on color PalmOS 3.5 Experimental build A, showing a large screen

PalmOrb is software that allows you to use your PalmOS device as a LCD
status display for your computer! You can display system stats (such as:
CPU load graphs, CPU temperatures, free disk space), news alerts, stock
indexes, WinAmp graphs, etc.

PalmOrb works by pretending to be (or emulating) a real LCD; a Matrix
Orbital LK204-25 LCD. So you can use existing software that expects
a Matrix Orbital display! Here are a few LCD driving programs:

How-To: Podcasting (aka How to get Podcasts and also make your own) – Engadget – Oct 21 2004

Engadget’s podcasting how-to.

How-To: Podcasting (aka How to get Podcasts and also make your own) – Engadget –

How-To: Podcasting (aka How to get Podcasts and also make your own)

Posted Oct 5, 2004, 8:15 PM ET by Phillip Torrone
Related entries: Features, Portable Audio

This week’s How-To is a three part special complete with our first Engadget “Podcast” MP3. The first part is how to get “Podcasts” on your iPod. So what’s a Podcast? To put it simply, a Podcast is an audio file, a MP3, most likely, in talk show format, along with a way to subscribe to the show and have it automatically delivered to your iPod when you plug in to iTunes. The show isn’t live, so you can listen to it whenever you want.

Doc Searls may have said it best: “PODcasting will shift much of our time away from an old medium where we wait for what we might want to hear to a new medium where we choose what we want to hear, when we want to hear it, and how we want to give everybody else the option to listen to it as well.”

For the second part of the how-to you can listen to a Podcast we made featuring Lenn Pryor and Phillip Torrone. It’s about 40 minutes long, and we’re thinking about doing one each week (let us know what you think, this was just a test).

The third part of the how-to is about making your own Podcast. Think of this as DIY Radio. We looked around for resources, and while there were many ways to do this, most required buying some sort of sound software application, so for our how-to we’re using a Mac, GarageBand (came free with our Mac), and two free sound tools.

Cycling ’74: Soundflower Oct 21 2004

Saw this app linked on this Italian podcasting how to article, via article about how to record Skype on OS X.

Cycling ’74: Soundflower


Soundflower is a MacOS X (10.2 and later) system extension that allows applications to pass audio to other applications. Soundflower is easy to use, it simply presents itself as an audio device, allowing any audio application to send and receive audio with no other support needed. Soundflower is free and open-source.

Menlo Park 2.0 Oct 21 2004

I guess it’s time for me to post link to MP2. Shanti told me about it a couple of weeks ago, and it seems like it’s taking off more and more, or at least generating some more interest.

Menlo Park 2.0

Menlo Park 2.0 is a group of entrepreneurial-minded individuals who are committed to co-creating innovative, useful and beneficial products and services. We leverage one another’s knowledge, experience, and our most valuable asset of all – time, in the creation of these ventures.

Tulip -PHP IDE environment Oct 21 2004

Runs on both Linux and Windows. My IDE is still text editors – currently Smultron on OS X and Crimson Editor on Windows (and vi on Linux)… 🙂

GNU license.

Tulip – Editor de C�digos para PHP

What is Tulip?

Tulip – A PHP-GTK based Code editor, a tool for coding PHP scripts, written using PHP as base language and Gtk as user interface. Tulip has features that make it a good choice to develop free software in a co-operative environment. Tulip has an interface that allows you to set up your projects, and deal with them in a distinct way through an intuitive file explorer tree.
Tulip has CVS controls, making it possible to create, update and delete remote files seamlessly from a CVS server, allowing the programmer to manage several big projects with individual organization for each project. Tulip has also controls that lock work files, enhancing security in a networked development environment, avoiding another people to mistakingly change files you are working on.

safehtml@pixelapes: — Pixel-Apes Oct 21 2004

Concerned about XSS (cross-site scripting)? This looks like it might be a useful little PHP HTML scrubber to santitize inputs. Written by some Russian coders, cool.

According to Freshmeat, it’s BSD licensed.

safehtml@pixelapes: — Pixel-Apes

SafeHTML v.1.2.0

SafeHTML is anti-XSS HTML parser, written in PHP.

Table of contents:
About this project
Authors and copyrights

About this project

This parser strips down all potentially dangerous content within HTML:

  • opening tag without its closing tag 
  • closing tag without its opening tag 
  • any of these tags: “base”, “basefont”, “head”, “html”, “body”, “applet”, “object”,
    “iframe”, “frame”, “frameset”, “script”, “layer”, “ilayer”, “embed”, “bgsound”,
    “link”, “meta”, “style”, “title”, “blink”, “xml” etc.
  • any of these attributes: on*, data*, dynsrc
  • javascript:/vbscript:/about: etc. protocols
  • /behavior etc. in styles
  • any other active content

It also tries to convert code to XHTML valid, but htmltidy is far better solution for this task.

Wastebug – alternate bug tracking system Oct 21 2004

Updated on Freshmeat today. Another GNU bug tracking system with a focus on developer simplicity, influenced by Joel on Software. Might check it out, although we’ve still been pretty happy using Netoffice.

Teemu Voipio


Wastebug is here! It is a minimalistic, yet usable bug manager. It’s main design principles are simplicity and usability. It will probably always lack many of the features that managers, control freaks and methodologists want; it’s designed for developers instead. Read on, or maybe jump directly to download.

Latest version is 0.9.0, which is intended as a feature complete release candidate for 1.0.0.

Wastebug was born when I wanted a simple bug manager, but was not happy with any of the open source solutions available. Most of them where either far too complex, awful to use, or simply impossible to install. In fact, I wasn’t really any happier with the commercial solutions either. That said, if Wastebug seems too simple, and you’re not afraid of paying a little, you might want to consider FogBUGZ instead. While Wastebug owes to Joel Spolsky’s articles quite a bit, even FogBUGZ wasn’t slim enough for me.

Slashdot | Neal Stephenson Responds With Wit and Humor Oct 20 2004

Neal provides FANTASTIC responses to the /. questions. Great interview.

Slashdot | Neal Stephenson Responds With Wit and Humor

PHP: HTTP authentication with PHP – Manual Oct 20 2004

PHP: HTTP authentication with PHP – Manual

HTTP authentication with PHP

The HTTP Authentication hooks in PHP are only available when it is running as an Apache module and is hence not available in the CGI version. In an Apache module PHP script, it is possible to use the header() function to send an “Authentication Required” message to the client browser causing it to pop up a Username/Password input window. Once the user has filled in a username and a password, the URL containing the PHP script will be called again with the predefined variables PHP_AUTH_USER, PHP_AUTH_PW, and AUTH_TYPE set to the user name, password and authentication type respectively. These predefined variables are found in the $_SERVER and $HTTP_SERVER_VARS arrays. Only “Basic” authentication is supported. See the header() function for more information.

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