- A Look at NoMachine NX – I discovered NX performs better for remote access than anything else I’ve tried (i.e. RDP, X11, VNC, and straight SSH+screen if you happen to need GUI), particularly over slow links. Unfortunately, it doesn’t handle links with 93% packet loss very well.
- Quagga Routing Suite – GPLed routing software for IPv4/IPv6 that handles a number of routing-related protocols (a list of them is here)
- Yersinia – network tool designed to take advantage of some weaknesses in different network protocols… I haven’t used this but the guys from cinci2600 did a presentation with it
- Etherboot/gPXE booting – an open source network bootloader, providing a direct replacement for many proprietary PXE ROMs. I have yet to try this.
- LTSP, Linux Terminal Server Project – adds thin-client support to Linux servers, so thin clients or dumpster PCs can be used for something useful within a school or business.
Programming/general computer stuff
- “Roles Before Objects” by Doug Lea – some sort of pattern for software development, particularly for “organizing activities that separate object-independent from object-dependent matters”
- “10 Amazingly Alternative Operating Systems etc.” – maybe overly prophetic and lofty, but a good article nonetheless
- Twibright Optar – OPTical ARchiver, a codec for encoding data on paper; it gets about 200 KB per page at 200 DPI which is reliable for most paper, and contains some pretty heavy error correction. This might be neat for long-term archival purposes of smaller data.
- MAgtALo (MultiAgent Argumentation, Logic and Opinion) – a prototype tool for virtual round-table meetings. I don’t really know much about this. I just read about it in some IEEE publication I found on the ground.
- LibriVox – free audiobooks from the public domain
- Geographic British Isles – a project aiming to collect geographically representative photographs of every square kilometer of Great Britain and Ireland
- “High Voltage Sparks and Arcs” – My friend Mark found this, and it has a collection of videos and photos of some pretty spectacular incidents at high voltages. The only casualties are machines, if you are worried.
- How Transistors REALLY Work, from William Beaty who is annoyed at the way many textbooks teach transistors to students
- Lunar – an artist Jeremy likes, self-described as “An eclectic blend of electronica, rock, dance, ambient, drum ‘n’ bass and classical.” They have two albums available for free download as of now.
Tinfoil hat stuff
- Money Masters: How International Bankers Gained Control of America (Google Video link)… I don’t know what to think of this, but I did watch it.
- Maltego: “Maltego is an open source intelligence and forensics application. It allows for the mining and gathering of information as well as the representation of this information in a meaningful way.”
Economics of the non-tinfoil-hat variety
- “Where to put your money if it’s just sitting in a checking account”
- ABSEL – Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning; “professional association whose purpose is to develop and promote the use of experiential techniques and simulations in the field of business education and development”
- M.U.L.E. – an early video game that was praised for its elements of economic simulation
- The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse, by Gregg Easterbrook (Amazon link)
- Anti-pattern – something that distinguishes itself from a conventional bad idea or bad practice in a particular way; “Some repeated pattern of action, process or structure that initially appears to be beneficial, but ultimately produces more bad consequences than beneficial results.”
- “True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society” – Farhad Manjoo (Amazon) – in a way, a more factual approach to people judging by “truthiness” rather than truth
- “Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think” – George Lakoff (Amazon) – who knows, might be interesting
- People that some guy labeled as “hard left”: Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn, Naomi Klei
- Artist that I like who appears to have not released any songs in 2 years: John Schmidt (CNet Music Library)
- Some other artist I also marked as liking despite the generic name: Digital Trance (Dance-Industries)
- Artist I don’t particularly like, but who has had songs in my collection for 4 years for some reason: Eye Candy (personal site)
- One that I liked for being “ambient, pretty soothing + flowing”: Organic Frequencies (CNet Music Library)
- Some artist that I like for similar reasons: Rec.Hat (Myspace, CNet Music Library)
- Glenn Greenwald (Wikipedia entry) – apparently wrote some interesting books, criticized the corporate media, and so on.
- Economic Mobility Project – “The Economic Mobility Project is a unique nonpartisan collaboration…blahblahblah… Our purpose is to provoke a more rigorous discussion about economic mobility in America by presenting new findings and research, and analyzing the effects of social, economic and human capital factors that may impact one’s ability to move up the economic ladder over a generation.”
- Another netlabel I like some music on: Rohformat (and I was listening to “flight of birds” by ronin, which I’d link to but the site is down right now)
- Artist which makes me most sad to find he has not released anything in years: LMK (CNet Music Library)
- Decent album by Easily Embarassed: Darkened Emotion EP (free download courtesy of Cardamar Music)… I wrote “electronic, flows pretty well, beat-oriented”
- From the same source, “Another Day in the Clouds” mixed by Cardamar is good; it’s available at their mixes page . . . I wrote “gentle, ambient, soothing”
- More artists: Windcheater (Beatpick, Myspace)
- Beatpick, apparently, is a service that offers DRM-free music under the Creative Commons, allows people to license the music, splits profits 50/50 with the artist, allow free non-commercial use, etc.
- Another artist, also of the house genre: Zeropage (personal site, DMusic, and SoundLift for the tracks I originally had from 2005).
- Another artist, this one more of the trance genre: Edzes, or Andreas Bruvoll Skaarung (CTG Music)
- An ambient artist that I think I like: Art of Infinity (personal site, Myspace). The place I originally found him (Interconnected Musicmedia, now SoundLift) no longer has his page, but he appears to be thriving without it.
Software I had at one point for some reason:
- arbaro: tree generation for POV-Ray as described in “Creation and Rendering of Realistic Trees”
- Bliss intellivision emulator
- DarkPlaces: modified Quake engine that, for me at least, works a bit better on modern hardware and OSes than the original
- Flock: “the social web browser”, or, the browser that I used to use because it allowed me to do bulk uploads to Photobucket. It appears to now support a lot more, with regard to interaction with online social networks.
- knotplot: plots knots… or, visualizes knots from a mathematical perspective.
- Nosefart: Nintendo Music Player which handles NSF files from NES games.
- ScummVM: multiplatform VM to play old adventure games, such as from LucasArts (I am probably completely butchering these terms), provided you have their data files. Beneath a Steel Sky is one such game, now available as freeware, apparently of the cyberpunk genre.
- Namazu: full-text search engine, as in a piece of software that you can install on your own servers if you wish
- Art of Illusion: “Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio. It is written entirely in Java…” . . . I’ve used it to make 3D meshes for POV-Ray and it works quite well for being written in Java.
So, my bag now has a big stack of scrap notes in it, just from things I jotted down at work… these should probably go online…
- Ken Miller – biology professor, notable for combining evolution with belief in God and rejecting creationism and intelligent design; wrote “Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution” (Amazon)
- “Outline of Intellectual Rubbish” – Bertrand Russell (e-text here)
- “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” – Naomi Klein (personal site, Amazon)
- same author: “No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs ” (Amazon)
- “The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot” – Naomi Wolf… for a bit more apocalyptical point of view (Amazon)
- “War is a Racket” – Major General Smedley D. Butler – booklet/speech from 1930′s (e-text here)
- MUCS-PCB - PCB design software (GPLed) from University of Manchester
- www.linuxcnc.org - software to let a PC control a CNC machine; according to archivist in #electronics on Freenode, this can use a parallel port (with some level converters and optoisolators) to control four stepper motors, and the CNC itself can be made from largely a lot of scrap parts