August 9, 2007
WTF am I talking about!?!
Easy – Ever take a lovely digital picture only to find later that some schmoe got between your camera and your stripper at just the right time? Take him out and fill in the blank!
The example is much more family appropriate, but something tells me that finding a picture of a stripper on the interporn … err… I mean Internet won’t be terribly difficult.
August 8, 2007
I came across this video today about a different (completely different) 3 dimensional desktop from OS X, MS Aero or Compiz. It’s called BumpTop and it’s interesting in that it is more like working with your Real Life desktop with documents scattered and strewn about your computer desktop, the ability to stack or pile them, sort them and rifle through them.
Check out the video, this is really compelling stuff!
August 4, 2007
Check it out here
For those who don’t know, Compiz-Fusion is a true 3D accelerated version of your desktop. Why not let your processor process processes and let your graphic card actually show you what you sunk $300 into it for?
Want to see Compiz-Fusion in action? Take a look at this video first, then head over to Youtube for more.
Sorry Windows users, Compiz is only for Linux. Billy et al already tried to give you a pretty interface with Aero. What? You can’t use Aero because your computer isn’t fast enough? Maybe you should switch to Linux, it’s making a damned fine entry into the desktop market with distributions like Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
I’ve been running Compiz-Fusion just dandy-fine for the last month on my 2004 Compaq Presario with a whopping 2 GHZ Athlon, 512 megs of RAM and a Geforce 6200 AGP-4x.
July 29, 2007
I just picked this up off of the Ubuntu forums…
The GIMP is getting a User Interface (UI) redesign and we can expect portions to be available now (the new select/crop tool) and more in 2.4 (like a single window to rule them all!)
Check it out on their very own wiki
July 17, 2007
For maximum Linux geek-ness there now exists the Multi Pointer X Server, known as MPX as compared to just plain old X (which, other than providing an alternate windowing system to the Mac OS-X, shares only the letter X and not much else with Apple who has not yet managed to patent the letter X so we should be safe for a while)
Here’s what’s cool – Multi Pointer X allows multiple pointers to be used simultaneously on an X server. In more more plain non-geek English, you can use up to 18 mice or keyboards at the same time in Linux. All of those mice and keyboards operate independently of each other so you actually get 18 different cursors on the screen, or have multiple keyboards assigned to multiple windows and type in two different applications at the same time.
Even cooler – coupled with a touch screen you can use both of your hands at the same time to work together on a single machine AKA the Microsft Surface. This is a Free Open Source Software version of the same thing. And the way the X guys work, this won’t be a binary blob, it will be full open source. The source is not in the main branch of X but is available by git.
Watch the video and see for yourself.
The MPX Surface
There are a few other videos out there on Youtube that show better the collaborative features and benefits of multipoint. I chose this one because it just plain ol’ sexier. You can tell it’s still in its infancy with laggy response. Hey – 1. It’s alpha software, 2. It’s free. It definitely doesn’t stack up to the Microsoft Surface (yet) which itself doesn’t even come close to the PerceptivePixel system of Jeff Han.
If you are interested in multipoint technology I definitely suggest you go to the Jeff Han link above, the results will simply AMAZE you. I know I sat in stunned silence for the full length of the video.
Of course you could “roll your own” multipoint touch surface if you are up for it.
July 6, 2007
Boy it sure looks pretty…
July 4, 2007
I created a new section to the site titled T3 (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials) navigable from the main page listings. This is intended to be a repository of the various T3 I stumble across on the web that I found particularly useful. There is no limit on what may show up in there, anything from games/gaming to GIMP/GimpShop (my first entry), Ubuntu (or other Linux stuff) or just anything else that prompted me to learn and get something working better on my system.
GimpShop Tips, Tricks and Tutorials