Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Tidbits: Sonar for Power Management; Create

October 15, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

Ever wondered how you can manage your computer’s power so that it’s being used efficiently? This is something I think laptop users would be very concerned about so as to conserve battery time. You don’t want your computer to keep on using power while you’re away right? And of course a hassle-free experience will be ideal. Amazingly enough a research group has thought of a plan: by using sonar. What would be used for this experience is your computer’s mic and speakers.

image credit: cohdra via Morguefile

image credit: cohdra via Morguefile

Their plan:

The group developed software that, when the user is not using the mouse or keyboard, plays a tone at a high frequency and records the tone’s echo. The computer then processes the tone and filters out everything except the frequency and looks for variance.

Interesting concept, right? Because it’s not just about efficiency in using power but it’s also about your user experience. And these researchers know from experience too.

If you’re really concerned with power saving the software is said to detect your presence up to 8 feet away. The research group is looking for people to participate in the project by testing the software. This Sonar Power Manager could be tested on Linux but you’d have to compile from source. It looks like a good project to participate in testing. You and the researchers will both gain from learning more about the feasibility of this power manager.

In other news, there is now an open source game editor you could check out. It’s called Game Editor. It’s for those who want to create games for computers as well as mobile devices. Users can choose to make free and open source games but if they want to distribute the games using other licenses they have to pay USD 95 for the professional edition. Interested? Check out Game Editor and see if it fits your needs.

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Acer+Android+Windows 7

October 14, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

Acer+Android+Windows 7

Acer is now really going to go put Android on their netbooks. A Linux Insider article talks about how Acer will have Android and Windows 7 in dual boot on their netbooks. Argh, the netbook will also have 9 hours of battery life. I don’t really care much about Windows 7. Even if they say that they are including Windows 7 for productivity on the netbook, I disagree. People could be productive on other platforms with the general office tools like OpenOffice.org and image manipulation tools like GIMP. There’s probably a way for them to …read more


Smokin’ Fun in the Wild West

October 14, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Smokin’ Fun in the Wild West

Period movies are interesting to watch. Seeing all sorts of costumes and scenarios, as well as weapons. There are people who simply love Western movies and all things cowboy related. Must be all those shoot ‘em up scenarios in the desert, as well as the salons. I would think that some people would love to try living in those times for the awesome western adventures!
Well, games could be an interesting substitute to traveling back in time for a Western adventure or two. In this case, you could check out “Smokin’ Guns” – an open …read more

Nifty Things to Do with GIMP

October 11, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun, applications

Nifty Things to Do with GIMP

Some of us are probably addicted to capturing moments in pictures. I can understand why. It’s one of those things that help us go back to the good old days, so to speak. It’s also something that creates a ‘time machine’ for us because those pictures show us what things looked like, not just remind us of the feeling but give us the atmosphere all over again.
Anyhow, I haven’t been using GIMP much and I’ve mainly been taking pictures with my toy cameras (plastic film cameras: fisheye 2, brandless camera with panoramic mode, etc.) these …read more


Eyecandy for Your Chromium and Desktop

October 9, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Eyecandy for Your Chromium and Desktop

If you’re using Chromium, the developer edition of the Google Chrome browser, then it’s your lucky weekend. There are new Chrome themes to choose from. Themes include Anna Sui and Viviene Westwood styles. Anime and such kinds of things are also present as distinct themes you could download to personalize your browser. That includes theme with Hatsune Miku, K-on and Super Monkey Ball.
Another eyecandy is the wallpaper clocks you could install. If you are familiar with Screenlets already then that’s good for you because you need them for this. If not, the Ubuntu …read more

Learning about Linux and Other Technologies

October 9, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Learning about Linux and Other Technologies

I love manga and anime so I can’t help but look out for guides that are in those forms. Fortunately there are some of them. You remember Ubunchu? It’s the Ubuntu Linux newbie guide I talked about some time ago.
So far there are only two issues out but that’s ok. At least all of Ubuntu Linux fans will have something to refer to and share with our friends. Younger people and manga fans will have something cute to look at while learning some concepts about Linux, Ubuntu in particular. Speaking of Ubunchu, the second …read more


Linux Newbie Guides

October 7, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Linux Newbie Guides

Everyone needs something to get started. For Linux newbies, it is overwhelming because there are so many articles and blogs that talk about Linux, this one included. There are two guides on MakeUseOf that caught my eye. The MakeUseOf guide with the title “A Newbie’s Initiation to Linux” and the TLDP guide to Linux.
Straightforward, no non-sense and not intimidating
he MakeUseOf guide covers different topics and it also tackles the different desktop environments that are commonly used like KDE, GNOME and XFCE. It gives screenshots to introduce the look and feel these desktop environments have. There …read more

Download Lots of Files with Multiget

October 7, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under applications

Download Lots of Files with Multiget

Avid downloader? You’re probably scouring the entire internet for the things you need. Whether it’s images, text files or music or something else, you could use MultiGet to manage your downloads. There’s a graphical user interface for you unlike wget which is something you run on the command line.
Requirement:
GTK+2.0 runtime library
So how does this funky MultiGet thing work?
Basically you treat downloads as tasks. Tasks would include details such as the following:

Main URL (of what you are going to download)
Mirrors (if your download has mirrors, that is)
Save to (the directory of your choice)
Rename (as necessary)
Threads
Retry
Retry waits (or …read more


Search Your Files Using Catfish

October 4, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under applications

Search Your Files Using Catfish

Not everyone is very familiar with using the command line and now there is an option for users to have a graphical front-end for it. Sometimes it might be overwhelming for users especially new ones to use the command line. And it could be less confusing for them to have graphical symbols to help them. If you find it hard to remember to use the find command or locate then it’s better to find files using something else like Catfish. Catfish is the graphical front-end for find and locate, as well as other tools like strigi, beagle …read more

Manage Collections with Tellico

October 4, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under applications

Manage Collections with Tellico

If you’re a collector like me then you probably have spreadsheets of these things you’ve collected in the past how many months or even years. Personally I only started becoming aware of the need to keep track of all these things. I think it’s partly because I am running out of shelf space. And some of my books ended up on my sister’s shelves. Tsk, it’s really time for me to sort things out!
Tell It to Tellico…
And Tellico will save just about everything you enter in the application. This is not a difficult application to …read more

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