GNU – for those who don’t know anything about GNU then GNU stands for Gnu is Not Unix. iphone 7 case rock GNU was the brain child of Richard Stallman, pretty much 25 years ago. iphone 7 phone case otterbox He thought that people should have an operating system that was Free, that was free in the sense that the users and the community had control over it, and had the ability to do with it as they please (so to speak). In this current times we have two huge multinationals running the show when it comes to operating systems – that being Apple and Microsoft. Both have a license and both make it quite clear that they own the operating system, and it’s hands off for the user. Why Free Software I am going to quote directly from the GNU site on this :

Free software is a matter of the users’ freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it means that the program’s users have the four essential freedoms:

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish (freedom 1). iphone 7 geometric phone case Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. iphone 7 phone case otterbox Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

This was taken from here

GNU/Linux is the Operating System. Linus Torvalds in 1990 (or there abouts) creates the kernel Linux that would be used as one of the kernals for the GNU Operating System. There are many flavours of GNU/Linux out there, and not all of them adhere to the philosophy of free software, on the GNU web-site they list the distro’s that do. iphone 7 wireless charging case red But, it’s a good step in the right direction for anyone to ditch the main OS and move towards the open source / free software OS. I have recently been exploring different distro’s – using Sun’s Virtual Box to run different virtual machines so I can try them out before I decide to make a permanent change. My current trial is that of gNewSense – I’ll make a report on this version as soon as I have had a proper play. It’s based on Debian (which is great), but sticks more truly to the GNU philosophy. griffen iphone 6 case This post has become somewhat of a ramble, and really all I wanted to do was get peoples interest in the Free Software concept and philosophy.

Wiring ::

For quite some time I have wanted to do a little more with my programming than just creating web-applications or stand alone apps. I’ve always had an interest in electronics, but the depth of my knowledge is pretty shallow – and I’ve found the field of electronics to be some what of a beast to get into. I’ve been aware of Wiring for a good few years now, and have been watching it develop. It’s a sister project to Processing – so the language is very similar, the difference being Wiring is designed to allow you to create programs that run off of a electronic board, and micro-controller. wooden iphone 8 plus case Here is a quote from the site

Wiring is an open source programming environment and electronics i/o board for exploring the electronic arts, tangible media, teaching and learning computer programming and prototyping with electronics. glitter iphone x case It illustrates the concept of programming with electronics and the physical realm of hardware control which are necessary to explore physical interaction design and tangible media aspects.

A friend of mine was selling some wiring boards, and on an impulse I bought one. charger case for iphone 8 The next step was for me to try and get it working on Linux – and I have to say Hernando Barragán (the guy behind wiring) was a star and helped no end – so that I could get it working on my distro of Linux. iphone 8 credit card case I’ve had an interest in tangible computing for a long time, but never really done anything practical. So I am looking forward to a new hobby! The only thing that is holding me back is what I want to do first with it! – so any ideas then please feel free to comment. iphone 6 plus cases flower I was toying with the idea of creating some sort of novel device for interfacing sound exploration. At present I am not sure – I’ll be exploring the language, and what it can and can’t do before I come to any firm conclusions on what I want to “create”. iphone 7 manchester united phone case You never know it might just be a system that uses various sensors to keep track of conditions in my green house! That’s the great thing about it all, I can now start to explore using sensors and other devices to get information from the real world and feed it back into the machine.

Wordagon: A Kerb iphone app

I have not posted work from the agency I work for before on this blog, (Kerb – website due for a face-lift soon) but thought I would make an exception in the case of our iphone game Wordagon, mainly because it is a project we produced internally – it is not attached to a client, therefore not trying to ‘sell‘ anything – and it’s free.

The visual design was produced by Kerb designer Will Weaver. There are still a few tweaks to be made: some re-working of some of the interface elements, extra work laying out the instructions (and re-writing them too) and a little bit of colour correction. We are also going to implement a global high score table with the next Wordagon release – and we will possibly then start to charge for the app.

With absolutely no promotion apart from Kerb employees spreading the word, Wordagon has managed over 900 downloads with a user rating of 4+ (as of Febuary 2010).

Some screenshots:

From the itunes store description: (please excuse the excessive use of exclamation marks!)

Wordagon is a game of high pressure and mental agility. Battle against time and space… and by space, we mean words!

With each letter tile having a value, the bigger the word, the more points you score! The longer it takes it to find a word and submit it, the closer you get to falling foul of the onslaught of new letters taking their place.

Before you get trapped beneath an alphabet avalanche, you need to find words and remove them, but as you progress through the levels, the words you must come up with keep getting longer!

  • Key features:
  • Bonus tiles for letters
  • Bonus tiles for words
  • 5 levels of difficulty
  • Highscore table to allow you to challenge yourself or your friends

Get it for free from the itunes store here


Ubuntu – a flavour of linux

Ubuntu is a distribution of linux based on Debian – it’s Open Source, and great. arctic monkeys iphone 7 case iphone 8 plus disney character case I recently installed it onto an IBM t40 thinkpad. iphone 6 case stars iphone 8 plus case slick joyguard iphone 8 plus case plain iphone 7 plus case Why you might ask? The reasons : I needed a cheap laptop to use on a boat, that was sturdy, and had the potential for a long battery life. case boss iphone 6 The t40 I bought for £120 off of ebay, and I bought a new battery for it – which now means I get about 5 hours usage. iphone 7 case tech21 griffin iphone 6 case The installation of ubuntu was seamless, it found all the hardware the laptop had, and worked perfectly first time round. iphone 8 case channel iphone apple case 6 iphone 7 phone case lilac I’ve had a few teething problems, but nothing serious, and nothing a quick google and a browse on the ubuntu forum hasn’t managed to fix. iphone 7 plus case glitter rose gold iphone 7 case rose gold mirror portable phone case charger iphone 7 The reasons why I went for a Linux OS is quite simple – as a web developer I wanted a system that I could configure to be as compatible as the servers I deploy my projects onto. iphone 6 cases disney characters initial phone case iphone 6 plus Linux was the only option. iphone 8 case beer iphone 8 bling case macdodo iphone 6 charging case I also wanted to use some windows software, so I’ve been using WINE . And have found it brilliant. iphone 7 phone cases girls disney At present I am running Reaper (a DAW) and AudioMulch (another audio manipulation environment) – and both installed under WINE perfectly. iphone 8 rubber case iphone 8 plus case blue The final test for Ubuntu was the installation of an O2 mobile broadband dongle for internet access – again ubuntu didn’t fail me. iphone 7 plus case card slot iphone 8 case card holder leather The device was recognised and all I needed to do was enter the details provided on O2 forum for connection. thin iphone 6 charging case marbel phone case iphone 7 It was a breeze. iphone 6 plus cases charger personalised marble phone case iphone 7 plus iphone 7 phone cases gren I now have a functioning laptop that has web access on the move, and allows me to do my development work and play around with music creation, all for around £150, considering the battery life and the decent screen size it means I have not only a decent cheap laptop but I also have something I can watch films and videos on.

Alan Turing

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There is a petition of Alan Turing. light case iphone 7 You can find out more here . iphone 7 plus case stone For those who are unaware of what occurred – then I can sumarise it thus – Turing was an incredible mathematician, his work (along with all the others) at Bletchley Park aided the war effort. fur iphone 7 plus case His theories and thoughts on Artificial Intelligence helped push the concepts within the fledgling computer science field. minnie mouse phone case iphone 8 He was also an homosexual, and was prosecuted and charged, and also chemically castrated. protective phone cases iphone 6 unicorn He took his life at the age of 41 due to this. iphone 7 phone cases girls The petition is for the UK Government to acknowledge that it was wrong, and that they should apologise for the persecution of this great mind.