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Speak like a Pirate Day! 2006-09-19

Avast ye! As it be a day 'fer celebrat'n pirates, ye should be learn'n to speak like one, and then drink like one. So says I, Calico Sam Kidd

OpenCV on Mac OS X 2006-09-06

I finally got arount to compiling OpenCV on my G4 Mac mini. While there is a lot of good information online as to how to do this, there were a few final steps that took me a while to either figure out or find. Apparently using OpenCV on OS X is still a new thing...First of all, follow the directions here at the Mac OS X OpenCV Port Wiki. (Note the two different configure options for Fink and MacPorts/DarwinPorts)Then, after ...

OpenCV 2006-08-18

Those who know me know that I'm a huge proponent of Open Source Software. I use it daily, and the sheer number of quality open source projects just astounds me. The latest to do so is OpenCV, a Computer Vision library originally from Intel.In a few weeks I will take my first steps into the world of computer vision, and like so many times before, an open source project will guide me. Awesome.

Spiral 2006-07-28

I've recently grabbed the latest version of Inkscape, (which resulted in the Spiral) and I just have to say, "WOW". I'd played with the software about a year ago (maybe more), and it's amazing how far it's come. Works perfectly on Windows and Mac OS X (with X11). If you like to use your computer to draw, download Inkscape now!

YouOS 2006-07-24

Occasionally, I run across some project that's implementing an idea that I've had ... That's the case with YouOS. I think I even wrote a paper about it in 1998, but that's what happens when your lazy (read: too many other things you have to do!)I created an account, and though it was a little slow for my wife's laptop, YouOS is really a very impressive project. Now, all the world needs is a very small OS that runs on ...

Competition is Good 2006-07-22

Well, I've finally grabbed a copy of the IE7 beta, and I have to admit that I'm impressed... although, I recognize features that are present in almost every other browser I've used. So far, I'm pleased to see that IE7 doesn't break too many of the sites that I've built, which make extensive use of CSS. I guess this just goes to show that competition DOES foster innovation.With IE7, I've also got my first look at Windows Live, which of ...

Roll your own! 2006-07-14

With all the good FOSS CMS software out there (like Drupal and WordPress), I sometimes wonder why I take the time to "roll my own"...For all of you that subscribe to the feed (what, like 0), you might have noticed that it hasn't been updated lately. That's because I wrote some stuff to put by blogs in a database (PostgreSQL! - overkill is good!), but I'm just now finishing it so that the feed gets updated.So, back to those CMS's... ...

A Penchant for Circles 2006-07-11

Apparently I like Circles, as is evidenced by my latest desktop background. If you've looked through my other background images, you'll notice that I also like a simple, unobtrusive image behind my work. After I created this one, it seemed to remind me of something... and after a little though, I remembered Sacrifice, originally developed by Shiny. I won't go into a long spiel, but it had beautiful graphics, a very interesting interface (once you got the hang of it), ...

ebay? 2006-06-30

I recently thought I'd look through ebay for a low-end, cheap laptop... Possibly something for around $200, just fast enough to comfortably run a light-weight window manager (like fluxbox). While there were plenty from which to choose, I couldn't help but wonder at some of the (notice the quotes) "advertisements" in the descriptions!One item was listed as something like: Super Fast Dell Laptop - like new!. Then, in the specs, I found things like this:Processor: Super Fast 233MHz Pentium II ...

Games! 2006-06-20

This may come as a surprise, but I actually got into computer science thinking I would eventually find a job making computer games! What's more surprising, though, is that I've never even tried to write a game of any sort! There are plenty of places to start, I mean, there's only 11,000 game projecs on Sourceforge. Now, I'm guessing that about half of those are actually Libraries or Frameworks for developing games, and sometimes I wonder if maybe that's part ...