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1522 5 Simple steps to secure TT-RSS reader
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5 Simple steps to secure TT-RSS reader
July 27, 2015 by Anand Leave a Comment
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We recently presented Tiny Tiny RSS to you as a great alternative to Google reader, which is one more way you can extend the functionality of your home server or your hosting space. Hopefully, you already exported your data from Google Reader. In this post, we will show you how to secure TT-RSS reader to prevent unauthorized access. Tiny Tiny RSS is an open source web-based news feed (RSS/Atom) reader and aggregator, designed to allow you to read news from any location, while feeling as close to a real desktop application as possible. As we previously explained, it makes an ideal candidate to replace Google Reader. While there are services like Feedly and Newsblur grabbing the crowd Google Reader, which some of you may prefer, there are a group of people who would like to run a RSS reader on their own server and keep things private. Assuming that you have already installed Tiny Tiny RSS on your alternative to Google reader or hosting space, we will now show you how to secure TT-RSS reader.
Secure TT-RSS Reader
One of the main reasons to move to an RSS aggregator like TT-RSS is maintaining your privacy. So if you do not secure TT-RSS reader well you are not only making your data available public but also making your system vulnerable to potential attacks. Choosing a strong username and password while setting your TT-RSS is the first basic thing that you can do to secure TT-RSS reader. Listed below are few more ways you can increase TT-RSS readerâs security.
1. Rename TT-RSS Folder
One of the first lines of defense is to not use tt-rss in your URL to access your TT-RSS reader. To do this on your hosting account, use a folder name other than tt-rss while installing TT-RSS. On your Linux home server, edit /etc/tt-rss/apache.conf and change the first /tt-rss to something else. An example is shown below.
TT-RSS Rename URL
TT-RSS Rename URL
After making the change, restart your TT-RSS and Apache to apply the changes:
sudo service tt-rss restart
sudo serivce apache2 reload
Your TT-RSS reader is now available through the new URL (example: http://mydomain.com/myreader) only.
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2. Enable SSL
Accessing TT-RSS through http sends all information as unencrypted data. This could mean less privacy due to potential sniffing. The solution is to encrypt the data during transfer, which makes sniffing by hackers harder. To enable and enforce HTTPS access on Linux servers with Apache, install the following run-time libraries:
sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.8 libpam0g openssl
Restart your Apache server as shown above. You should now be able to access your TT-RSS reader with HTTPS. Note that you may have to have a SSL certificate generated. Refer to Apache documentation if you want to generate your own certificate. By default, the system will install self-signed certificates for you. These certificates are likely to raise warnings when you point your browser to the site.
3. Disable Single User Mode
By default the single user mode is already disabled (in /etc/tt-rss/config.php). Enabling single user mode will also disable TT-RSS login system. Therefore, keep the single user mode disabled.
Disable Single User Mode
Disable Single User Mode
A better way to make it a single user system is by limiting the number of registrations to 1 as described below. For whatever reason, you still want to enable single user mode, make sure you implement Apache Authentication method described below.
4. Self Registrations
Self registrations allow a visitor to register themselves, which could reduce TT-RSS security. If your TT-RSS will be for personal use only, then you may want to disable user registration by setting âENABLE_REGISTRATIONâ to âfalseâ.
TT-RSS Self Registrations
TT-RSS Self Registrations
To further secure TT-RSS Reader, uou may also want to change âREG_MAX_USERSâ to â1â to make your account the only account on TT-RSS.
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5. Apache Authentication
Last but not the least, enable Authentication. This is even more important if you have enabled âSingle User Modeâ describe above. Every time you access TT-RSS, you will be asked for a username and password as shown in the picture below:
Secure TT-RSS Reader
On your hosting account this equivalent to password protecting a directory, in this case the TT-RSS directory. To do this on your Ubuntu server, you will have to create a .htpasswd file. More information is available in Apache documentation. But the easiest way to achieve this is to use one of the htpasswd generators available online.
After you enter the username and password two code blocks will be generated. Copy the contents of the .htpasswd code block and save it to /etc/apache2/.htpasswd_ttrss. Next, copy the contents of the .htaccess code block and add it to /etc/tt-rss/apache.conf as shown below:
TT-RSS Apache Authentication
TT-RSS Apache Authentication
Save and exit. Restart both TT-RSS and Apache previous shown above. You should be prompted for a password every time you try to access TT-RSS. Some may think that this double authentication method is an extra inconvenience. But I would rather be safe than sorry.
Go ahead, secure Tiny Tiny RSS Reader and enjoy reading articles on your private secure RSS Reader.
1517 THE MUTANT MACHINE Dynamic Analog Percussion Engine
MICROCONTROLLER FREE ANALOG PERCUSSION SYNTHESIS
unique Inverter Core oscillators form the MEMBRANE. Each analog oscillator has three waveforms to select from
capable of synthesizing everything from heavy-hitting bassdrums to classic 909-style snares and other complex timbres
modular design gives the Machine many auxiliary purposes, great for modular sound design of many varieties, and not just percussion
the SNAPPY section is comprised of a voltage controlled noise oscillator, for modelling the noisy part of drum timbres
both MEMBRANE and SNAPPY elements have an external input for replacing the built-in sound sources, opening up many avenues of possibility
13 control voltage and audio inputs, for a fully modular drum experience
7 audio and CV/gate outputs for maximum integration with other modules
dedicated outputs for each WAVE and NOISE oscillator mean you can use the Machine as a complex VCO in your system, when not synthesizing percussion
WAVEFORM SCANNING FEATURE GENERATES COMPLEX TIMBRES
the MEMBRANEâs waveforms can be scanned through automatically by the wavescannerâs voltage controlled clock generator, or an external clock or VCO can be used
SCAN FREQ CV forms a unique form of timbre control, making the Machine act like a complex oscillator at its WAVES output
the ENABLE input allows you to gate the wavescanner on and off with a CV or gate signal
ARCHITECTURE OF THE MACHINE
The Mutant Machine is a dynamic analog instrument capable of generating a wide palette of sounds, ranging from various forms of analog percussion to complex drones and oscillations. To achieve this, the Machine features two synthesis sections which are summed together at the final output: MEMBRANE and SNAPPY. Like the other Mutant Drums, the MEMBRANE and SNAPPY circuits began their mutation as classic analog percussion techniques and have been reimagined for 21st century modular synthesis.
The MEMBRANE forms the main body of the sound by way of two analog VCOs, and the SNAPPY section further adds to the timbre by contributing noisy elements to the mix. A noisy CLICK which occurs at the beginning of the SNAPPY sound can have its volume adjusted independent of the main decaying SNAPPY texture.
The waveforms which make up the MEMBRANE can be selected manually by button press, or the WAVESCANNER can be used to automatically scan through the available analog waveforms. By modulating the frequency through which waves are scanned, unique, complex sounds are created.
Experimentation is encouraged by the many modulation inputs and outputs available to you. The Machine features 8 CV and gate inputs for modulation as well as two external audio inputs, for bringing other modules into the Machineâs core. There are many audio outputs for maximum versatility, allowing you to use the Machine to create drones and alien timbres for use elsewhere in the modular analog system.
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1502 Phone-Reluctant Introverts, There is Nothing Wrong With You
As I sit down to write this blog post there is the dreaded sound of a prolonged vibration as my phone skids, bouncing and sporadically across my desk. This is perfectly ideal and ironic distraction that actually befits the very thing I am thinking about and from which it is distracting meâŠ Itself!
I have always had an absolute detest for talking on the phone. And Iâll say now that it has nothing whatsoever to do with the person at the other end, I just find it a horrible tool for communicating with.
I think I probably am, and always have been worse than most people when it comes to using the phone (in the traditional sense, ie speaking to people) but if you can identify with any of this then read on. If youâre thinking, âwhat are you on about, I love the phoneâ then youâll probably just get confused, but if you also have friends who ânever answer the phoneâ then this might help you to understand them a bit better.
I canât sum it up any better than Sophia Dembling in her article, 9 Signs that You Might Be an Introvert:
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Cut simple SMT Stencil from common aluminum flashing on your CNC
Hereâs a quick photodoc of how I made a reusable SMT stencil from some aluminum siding I had laying around. Itâs very simple to assemble and works great. Dirt cheap too.
I had picked up a roll of aluminum flashing a few years ago to flash some chimneys I rebuilt/repointed and was curious to see how it would hold up as an SMT stencil.
To buy an SMT stencil frame is near $1000 so I didnât have much to lose if it didnât work out.
I cut the frame out of some birch plywood since I had some handy. Really any sturdy frame would do the trick. You could easily glue one together out of some 1x or trim board.
I put a thicker sheet of aluminum down underneath the flashing to give the CNC endmill something sturdy to cut against and clamped it down stretched and tight. My thought there was that If I cut straight on the MDF it might push on the flashing and bend it before it cut through.
A 1mm endmill did the trick. Each pass was .05mm deep.
I pulled the Flashing tight and stapled it to the frame. No rocket science here. I taped up the inside edges so no solderpaste could squeeze between the frame and the stencil.
I had some old screen print hinge boards so I just attached this frame the same way I would a screen print stencil.
The only fiddly part was aligning the first PCB. You have to push around a little and lift the stencil and fiddle with it a little bit. Once I get all the pads lined up correctly I hold it in place and trace around it with a thin tip sharpie marker.
Then you place the PCB in the outline. If you have the height adjusted correctly the stencil is sturdy enough to hold the PCB in place while you print the Solderpaste on it. just hold the stencil frame down and it pushes down on the PCB.
I used a flexible putty knife as a squeegee. It worked fine.
Cleanup was a breeze. Just scrape it off, unscrew the stencil frame from the hingeboard and stick it in the corner till you are ready to do another run.
1403 Why We re So Materialistic, Even Though It Doesn t Make Us Happy
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1386 Retro Synth Ads: Sound Master Memory Rhythm SR-88, Keyboard 1982
Sound Master Memory Rhythm SR-88 drum machine 1-page advertisement from page 67 in Keyboard Magazine August 1982.
Hmmm. Not sure how I feel about this ad. There just seems to be a lot going on.
For example, am I supposed to know who "The Rhythm Section" is? The fact that they include themselves in an already long ad title suggests they must be some kind of a big deal. And then you find their name again in the bottom left-hand corner:
"The SR-88. Another innovative product from The Rhythm Section by Sound Master Distributed exclusively by JTG of Nashville."
So, let me get this straight. JTG of Nashville is the distributor of the SR-88 which was created by The Rhythm Section which is somehow owned or operated by Sound Master.
That is waaaaay to much information. Sounds like something political is going on there, and readers unfortunately get stuck in the middle of it.
There also seems to be a lot of ad-copy which actually doesn t give me much information. Reason #4 gives readers the most info including instant stop/start, variable tone and output switches, and a write/play mode indicator. The most I glean out of the four other reasons put together is: 16 rhythms, clock pulse and a price of under $200.
The actual specs that are probably most important to potential buyers are inexplicably shoved into the bottom right-hand corner.
Luckily for me, there are a few resources on the Web with more information about this beast. Unluckily for blog readers, as soon as I started looking for more info, I got swept up in a certain SR-88/Boss DR-55 controversy.
Comparing the SR-88 and Boss DR-55
One of the first Web sites I hit while looking for info on the SR-88 was Dubsounds.com. The site includes a great little write-up on the SR-88, but, more interesting was finding out about a little controversy about whether the SR-88 or the very similar Boss DR-55 came out first.
The two do seem mighty similar in functionality. For comparison purposes, I did a quick search on MATRIXSYNTH to find more photos. . A great photo of a gray SR-88 can be found in this December 2005 SR-88 MATRIXSYNTH auction post and the less common, but definitely more cool, blue SR-88 can be seen in this January 2011 MATRIXSYNTH auction post.
Comparing the two to the Amdek RMK-100
Interestingly, it s not just these two machines that look and function similarly. In this May 2009 MATRIXSYNTH SR-88 auction post commenter "PAC" notices:
"Interesting. I have an Amdek RMK-100 (sold as kit), very similar!"
Never heard of it, so I Googled "Amdek RMK-100" to see just how similar it was to both the DR-55 and the SR-88. Turns out (according to the Internet) that Amdek products were made by Boss/Roland back in 80s, and, not only that, but that the RMK-100 is actually the kit version of the Boss DR-55. Makes sense on why it would also be similar to the SR-88.
I found an ebay auction for an Amdek RMK-100 going on right now with a great photo of the front panel (see below), and indeed it does share a lot with the DR-55 and SR-88 - but definitely not identical to either one.
For example, it looks like the Amdek and SR-88 share a similar filler function that as far as I can tell is not available on the DR-55. And the DR-55 and the RMK-100 share a similar accent function that I don t see on the SR-88.
Now where does the Electro Dynamics Corporation Programmable Rhythm SR-99 fit in?
I also came across another machine with similar features - the Programmable Rhythm SR-99. No - not manufactured by Sound Master, but by Electro Dynamics Corporation. And, it too resembles the others in functionality, and especially the SR-88 in design also.
I ve included a row of photos below to help make the comparison between the two. The SR-88 photo is from the 2005 MATRIXSYNTH auction post and the EDC SR-99 photo is from the excellent BigBlueWave.co.uk site. I ve also thrown in a photo from another recent E-bay listing that included both - plus boxes and manuals! Sick!
Obviously, Sound Master and EDC are somehow connected, although I can t find any info on the Internet concerning these two companies. I do know that they were both advertising separately in Keyboard Magazine in late 1983, making it unlikely that one of the companies changed their name to the other. Anyone know anything?
And then there is the Clef Master Rhythm...
Now, I m going to throw in a late entry. It s Sunday night, and I just came across this August 2010 MATRIXSYNTH auction post for the Clef Master Rhythm. It not only shares part of the name of one of the other units ("Master"), it too has many features of the other rhythm machines, and identical innards as the DR-55, but is expanded to include even more sounds:
"This is essentially a fully expanded Boss DR-55 feature-wise and tone-wise. The circuits are identical (schematically and tonally) to the Boss DR-55, but the Clef Master Rhythm gives you way more instruments than the Boss DR-55..."
Interestingly, according to the post, it pre-dates the Boss DR-55 - and also came in a kit form like the Amdek.
"The Clef Master Rhythm came out a little before the Boss DR-55 in late 1979/early 1980. It was sold in two versions and available in greater quantities in Europe than in the United States. One version was a kit that the user put together and another one was a prebuilt machine."
A photo from the MATRIXSYNTH post really helps show the similarities in functions with the others:
What does it all mean?
So, looking at all five machines, its almost like there was a rhythm machine salad bar of some sort in Japan, and each company stepped up to it and picked out which features they wanted to include in their product.
And that begs the question - since we know there was a kit form available and there are claims that the Clef Master even has the same circuits as the DR-55, could all five products (and probably others) have used the exact same internal parts - each company choosing which features to include and then customizing in their respective rhythm machine? And if so, were those parts supplied by Amdek, or did all five get their internal parts from some other manufacturer?
And if that is the case, then the question of whether the SR-88 or DR-55 came first doesn t really matter much, since it is likely that the kit components would have been available first. Plus, we have that one auction post with the claim that the Clef Master came out before the DR-55 - making it all even more confusing to figure out.
Or, am I totally off the mark on all this? Were they all created separately? Maybe I ve just been fixated on this a little too much...
I ll keep on looking for more info on these companies and any connection they might have, but if anyone want to buy all four and open them up to take a look - it would be muchly appreciated. :D
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Here s a funny thing - I seem to remember Clef in the early 1980s as a British company that made electronic pianos (touch-sensitive ones!) in kit form. Deep in the back of my mind I recall seeing them at a music fair in London with a couple of their pianos and some drum machines including a prototype drum/bass/chord sequencer called something like a "Band-Box". But it WAS a long time ago.
February 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Looks like (for once) my memory didn t fail me. Here is a 1982 ad for Clef Electronics showing all the products I mentioned, plus a natty-looking little monosynth! BTW, I owned an EDC SR99 drum machine in the mid-1980s, but replaced it with a Yamaha RX-21 a couple of years later.
February 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM
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1133 Shutterdown Blog: General Archives
Meeting: Pittsburgh Modular
By Antisa on September 30, 2011 12:37 AM | No Comments
Tonight we got to play in the basement studio of Pittsburgh's very own modular synth Stradivari - tucked away on unassuming Pocusset Street in Squirrel Hill. Headed by local Richard Nicol, Pittsburgh Modular is fast becoming a contender in the world market of modular synthesizers - supplying analog enthusiasts in the US, Europe and Australia (and possibly elsewhere, but I got too distracted by the beautiful glowing oscillators)...
Interest in Pittsburgh Modular is picking up speed - and it's no wonder. The modules are as pretty as they are solidly built. Nicol, who now shares design and manufacturing duties with Thomas O'Connor (Australia) and Scott Swartz (USA), had moved away from producing electronic sounds digitally, in part, because analog is more fun. "The key to modular synthesis is that its captivatingly fun," he says. "After playing with it for 5 minutes, you get sucked into its world... and the next thing you know, you've created something new."
1132 Mammoth Modular Synthesizer At MIT Museum
Just got an update from Joe Paradiso on his homebuilt mammoth analog modular synthesizer. Heâs installed it in the MIT Museum and has completed a fairly epic patch which you can listen to (24 hours a day!) here.
Joe will be at the museum this Thursday and Friday (2/23 and 2/24) at 1pm, demoing the synth to visitors, so be sure to stop by if youâre in the neighborhood. Hereâs some info from Joe on the construction and inspiration for the latest patch.
The second patch I made at the MIT Museum is totally done now, and you can hear it live on the stream. Listen to it at http://synth.media.mit.edu, and let me know what you think if youâre inclined â itâs running in physical space in Quad, of course â stereo on the stream. Note that this one has absolutely NO sequencer of any sort on it â all of the patterns you hear were made entirely from hand-patched logic (counters, ands, ors, flip flops, ring counters, rate multipliers, etc.). Itâs an entirely different kind of composition environment from the norm â you really need to simultaneously be an engineer while being an artist and something of a performer. The inspiration for this patch started with the Boredoms â if you donât know who they are, you should (http://www.boredoms.jp/). In particular, I was thinking of SuperRoots 9. The beauty of the patching interface is that you can never exactly nail what you start out to attain, but on the other hand, you get drawn into places you wouldnât have normally gone once you start. The 3 drummers that Yamantaka Eye performs with lay down a compelling rhythm that my hand-patched logic and analog processing canât match, of course. But this patch definitely has a strange jumpy groove once it gets into gear, and the 2-chord pad is archetypical too. Yes, Boredoms rule today! BTW, this patch took every cord I had, plus a good 30 more wires just shoved into the pin jacks â check out the photos here and here â the latter shows the kind of logic section patching complexity you need to build a sonic environment like this one.
Iâm ripping this baby out next Thursday, as Iâll be at the museum next Thursday and Friday (2/23 and 2/24) at 1pm to demonstrate the synthesizer to visitors â doing some very simple patches and showing off what the modules do in case anybody is interested in this. It will run continuously until then.
Otherwise, enjoy the stream â there are moments of introspective drift in-between wild percussion (yes, Boredoms!). I might pull the percussion line back so it doesnât come so often or regularly, but itâs essentially a wrap.
1116 Sitting is Killing You
As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, there is one thing nearly all modern Americans have in common: we sit all the time. Though our great shift towards computer-based work has done great things for productivity, it has, unfortunately, done terrible things for our health. From increased risk of heart disease and obesity in the long term, to sharply hampered cholesterol maintenance in the short term, the negative health effects of sitting are starting to weigh heavily against the benefits. Even the medical field â the greatest advocates of reducing sitting time â is plagued by this new health issue. Though doctors and nurses get plenty of walking time, it usually falls to the secretaries, billers, and coders to do all the sitting. And, as we can see, something has to change.
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1078 The Modular Synth
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, before your local music shop was packed with the latest digital synths, even before the early analogue monosynths, if you wanted a synthesizer you had to make it yourself. Modular synthesis is not in itself a different type of synthesis, but refers to the fact that a synth would be built up from individual components (modules) , which would be linked together (patched) in a configuration decided by the person doing the building.
Compared with today's 'plug and play' synths which come with 100's of presets, GM soundsets, etc, this has the obvious disadvantage that 'recalling' a preset can only be done if your synth is patched together in exactly the same way every time and every controller has to be manually set to the same parameter.
However, the big advantage of Modular synthesis, of course, is that, providing you have the right components, you can build practically anything you want, without being constrained by the 'hardwired' configurations of modern factory built synthesizers.
The Pulsar/Scope Modular synth, like any other Modular 'soft synth' brings together the advantages of both Modular synths and modern factory built synths. Modular configurations can be saved as patches for total recall later on, and each patch can contain any number of presets, again for later recall. Furthermore, with a software modular, you can re-use each component as many times as you wish within one patch, you never run out of cables, you don't have to dedicate a whole room to the synth and the modules never suffer from physical damage. What's more, each parameter can be controlled by MIDI so parameter changes can be recorded into your sequencer in real-time.
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1033 "I'm a technical lead on the Google+ team. Ask me anything."
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1020 GnomeActivityJournal - GNOME Live!
GNOME Activity Journal (formerly GNOME Zeitgeist)
GNOME Activity Journal (formerly GNOME Zeitgeist)
Getting in touch
Grouping and Filtering
Long term goals
Mockups And Current Usage
See Zeitgeist for information about the Zeitgeist engine used internally by the GNOME Activity Journal.
The GNOME Activity Journal is a tool for easily browsing and finding files on your computer. It uses Zeitgeist to get information and metadata on what files/websites/contacts/etc. you worked with.
Links: Zeitgeist Website, Zeitgeist on Launchpad, GNOME Activity Journal on Launchpad
The Zeitgeist code is split into two modules:
GNOME Activity Journal (GTK+ interface)
Project page: https://launchpad.net/gnome-activity-journal
Repository: bzr branch lp:gnome-activity-journal
Project page: https://launchpad.net/zeitgeist
Repository: bzr branch lp:zeitgeist
Getting in touch
Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~gnome-zeitgeist-users
IRC: #zeitgeist @ irc.freenode.net, #gnome-zeitgeist @ irc.gimp.org
John turns on his computer to work on his seminar paper. Instead of digging through his hierarchal file system, he simply opens up GNOME Activity Journal and clicks on the top item in the "Recently Used Files" list. When he realizes that he can't remember the name of the website that he was reading for research yesterday, he simply looks at the list of files related to his paper and clicks on the website.
More at the Zeitgeist Vision page.
Grouping and Filtering
Our goal is to group/filter the data by:
Type of data
Location of use (GPS)
Drag and Drop (not for links)
Filtering by Dataproviders/Time/Tags
Add an actions toolbar to quickly share items by email or instant messaging. (See nautilus-share)
Experiment with Tracker, Soylent, and Empathy.
Long term goals
Better metadata extraction (see some of the sprints above)
Integration with other computers and mobile devices.
Mockups And Current Usage
Some work was done by the City of Largo in the past which replicated some of the features of the Activity Journal. Possibly some of this work can result in ideas for improving the User Interface.
Mockups And Usage.
/BolzanoIdeas /CityOfLargo /Ideas
1013 Quotables stories - Lifehacker
Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill
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1001 30 Awesomely Bad Unicorn Tattoos: A Gallery â Holytaco
You canât shake a stick these days without hitting someone who has a unicorn tattoo (and I shake a lot of sticks.) Iâm not sure why people would get a unicorn tattoo, but it app...
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986 Arduino Blog Â» Blog Archive Â» CHEAP, FAT and OPEN
Jacob Remin, at CIID will present on August 27th, his Arduino-compatible sound synth. There are many projects out there aiming musicians that use Arduinoâs IDE as a programming platform, but Jacobâs wins them all when it comes to the PCBâs shape. Take a look at the picture here and explore his thesisâ blog for more information and videos where he shows the system at its full power.
(c) 2009 Cheap, Fat, and Open by J. Remin
As for today he hasnât published the videos using the final PCB, yet. However you can get a sneak preview to how it will be to play with it at the prototype he hand-wired using bits and pieces from a Stylophone, an LCD, some buttons, and other parts.
897 Generic Synth Preset Storage and Conversion
For my synths with preset storage and the ability to dump & load presets via midi sysex, I wanted to be able to feed the sysex of a synth into a software program which can
display the sound parameters in a meaningful form, and
convert the sound into the sysex format of any of my other presets synths
The generic patch storage format must display meaningful values for the parameters (filter envelope amount = 1/2 octave, envelope 1 attack = 50ms, etc) and convert between these values and a given synth's sysex (as much as possible - resolution probably isn't good enough to get envelope attack to exactly 50ms on each and every synth, and envelope shapes vary between synths, etc). The storage format will also store the original parameters, using the "native" value range of each parameter (e.g. filter cutoff frequency between 0 and 127) as well as the original sysex program as an ASCII hex dump.
Since I didn't find any software which could do this, I began writing my own in Java. I am concentrating on converting basic analog components; any on-board effects are not used.
871 Get familiar with HTML5! - Dev.Opera
Dev.Opera article: Get familiar with HTML5!
wsc,html5,web standards curriculum,open web
Most of the web standards curriculum is based on the last stable version of HTML â HTML 4.01. The HTML 4.01 spec was completed in 1999, over 10 years ago as of the time of this writing! But unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last year or so, you'll be well aware that there is a new version of HTML in production â HTML5!
So why have we been teaching you HTML 4.01 in spite of this? In this article we'll answer this question, and many more. We'll give you the essential background you need to know on why HTML5 came about, and where it is up to now. We'll advise you on how it can fit into your learning right now, even if you are a novice web designer or developer, and we will look at some of the main features of HTML5, so you can see what it adds to the already powerful HTML language.
870 How I Use Visualization To Drive Creativity
This is a guest post by Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur turned VC. ĂÂ He sold his second company to Salesforce.com, becoming VP of Product Management. He joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner focusing on early-stage technology companies. Read more about Suster on his blog atĂÂ Bothsidesofthetable and on Twitter atĂÂ @msuster.
This is a guest post by Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur turned VC. He sold his second company to Salesforce.com, becoming VP of Product Management. He joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner focusing on early-stage technology companies. Read more about Suster on his blog at Bothsidesofthetable and on Twitter at @msuster.
Creativity. Iâve always believed itâs been one of the most important attributes of business success yet something very few business leaders talk about. So I thought Iâd write a post about how I drive my personal creativity.
As a practitioner of creativity rather than as an instructor of it Iâm certain that there are many ways to get the creative juices flowing and how to release more creativity. The one that works best for me is visualization coupled with self talk.
Visualization is so important to help yourself & others conceptualize ideas. Itâs why I always work hard to find images for my blog posts & why all of my keynote presentations are visual rather than bullet points with words.
868 How Facebook Ships Code Â« FrameThink â Frameworks for Thinking People
Iâm fascinated by the way Facebook operates. Itâs a very unique environment, not easily replicated (nor would their system work for all companies, even if they tried). These are notes gathered from talking with many friends at Facebook about how the company develops and releases software.
Itâs been over six months since I assembled these observations and Iâm sure Facebook has continuously evolved its software development practices in the meantime. So these notes are probably a little bit out-of-date. It also seems like Facebookâs developer-driven culture is coming under greater public scrutiny. So Iâm feeling more comfortable now about releasing these notesâŠ HUGE thanks to the many folks who helped put together this view inside of Facebook! Thanks are also due to folks like epriest and fryfrog who have written up corrections and edits.
What an amazing instrument! The DSI Evolver has the signature "old school" timbre down pat as well as being able to provide digital timbres reminiscent of the Waldorf Q. There's certainly a "rougher" side available as well with all the feedback implementation and controled distortion. Being able to make PM type plucked and blown sounds is just icing on the cake. Dave Smith should be commended for a job well done. Just have a look at the Panel Layout to get a taste of what this beauty can dish out - the controls are pretty much laid out in the form of a signal path graphic. Be sure to visit Dave Smith's Website!
Evolver Sound Examples
There are a lot of demos of the Evolver on the web showcasing the gutsy harsh sounds of this beast so I decided to post demos of some of my own patches as examples of the "softer" more "vintage" side of the Evolver's timbre. I make no apologies for these unpolished recordings - these are merely sound samples ;)
Resonant Plucked Pad
This pad shows some of the rich resonant nature of the filter.
This is a simple analog brass lead patch.
A fun patch with lots of motion made using my "Audio-rate Filter FM" programming tip below.
A nice bland-vanilla pad ^_^
What can I say? I love pads...
For more MP3 demos showing the full gamut of sounds the Evolver and Polyevolver are capable of, please visit the excellent website of Stefan Trippler!
The Definitive Guide to Evolver
This rather in-depth guide to the Evolver goes places and does things a mere manual can't. This labor-of-love was crafted by Anu Kirk and with his kind permission, I am offering this fantastic resource right here in PDF format!
A much smaller version (400K) is here but it dosen't have internal hyperlinks.
Here's a fun repository of programming tips for the Evolver in all its incarnations. Please email me if you would like to add some.
Fingered Wave Sequence
Submitted by Dave Bryce. This brilliant technique has to be heard to be believed! Plus, its one of those cool things unique to the Evolver! This particular tip is so full of detailed information that it gets its own page!
Audio-rate Filter FM
Submitted by James Maier. Use the "Audio Mod" parameter in the Filter section to frequency-modulate the cutoff with the analog oscillator. Add resonance until the filter is just on the edge of oscillation then mod the cutoff with just a little triangle LFO set at a very slow speed. Amazing moving chorusing pad and lead sounds can be made this way.
Fatter Bass/Pad Sounds
Submitted by Mike Peake. Set the same sound in both channels (detuned saws, for instance). With the filters at the 24dB setting, increasing resonance cuts the passband as on the Moog filters. Set Envelope 3 to minimum attack, maximum decay and release, and sustain to maximum. This "creates" an offset, a continuous "on" signal while the keys are gated. Modulate one filters' resonance up (just one), or of the overall resonance level is high, us it to modulate one filters' resonance to its minimum. You get the resonant character plus the size of the non-resonant filter. Use Tri and Sine waves on that side too.
Submitted by James Maier. The Evolver can make many ultra-bright and buzzy sounds due to its extensive feedback and distortion stages but sometimes people miss the subtler side of the beast. For a warmer sound use little or no distortion, close the filter just a bit and turn off the feedback and delay lines. I've managed to get dead-on Prophet5 timbres this way.
Submitted by Mike Peake. Set the envelopes to linear, and use a Mod to modulate AmpEnv All by itself (lin through log responses with positive and negative self-modulation).
This is of course fun on the filter envelopes as well.
More Vintage Character
Submitted by Mike Peake. Oscillator Slop, set at 5, doesn't come close to the Moog and other old-timer movement, so add slight (1 or 2) LFO to pitch modulations, with individual LFOs per oscillator, and a touch of LFO to LFO rate modulation. A tad of Envelope 3 to pitch helps as well.
Don't miss out on the 12dB filter setting
Submitted by Mike Peake. The 24dB setting has much more resonance, but the 12dB setting can sound nice and plucky, and do nice slightly fuzzy pads etc.
DSI Evolver Waveshape Charts
Below are charts I've assembled of the digital waveforms and their spectra as currently used in the DSI Evolver synthesizers. Originally these waves were unique to the SCI ProphetVS vector synth.
I find these waveform/spectra graphics really usefull when programming sounds - maybe you will as well. Pay special attention to the spectra as this info is sometimes much more useful than waveshape in determining actual timbre - even before you hear what the waveform sounds like.
These are designed to be downloaded (right-click & "save target as"), and printed at 300dpi on 8.5" x 11" pages - don't resize these images before printing or you will lose useful detail. Use them as a handy refrence. This information was cobbled together from various scattered sources (with very special thanks to Achim Gratz!).
Any errors or omissions are my own. ^_^
As far as the origin of these waves is concerned, one of the original VS engineers, Chris Meyer, said:
"The original waves for the VS were created three ways - extracting single-cycles from sampled sounds, using a custom additive synthesis program, and using a program Josh (Josh Jeffe, another VS engineer) slapped together called "Hacker" where you could draw the waveshape. These were fed straight from the computer through the filter and VCA of a Pro-One to figure out what they might sound like in a patch. And by the way, no PPG waveforms appear inside the VS - we had access to them, but in the end our consciences got the better of us. We did steal some waveforms from the Korg DW6000, but only by looking at the harmonic drawings on the front panel and trying to imitate them in our additive synthesis program."
Modulation Matrix "Cheat Sheet"
This chart shows all the modulation routing available on the Evolver. This same info is available in the manual but this can be printed on a single sheet of paper as a handy refrence!
These I created just for fun and desktop "beautification" ;)
1280 X 1024
1024 X 768
800 X 600
832 The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview | Living In The Back Of Beyond: Coil & TG's Sleazy Interviewed
A new rock music and pop culture website. Editorial independent music website offering news, reviews, features, interviews, videos and pictures
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824 Set Up and Get to Know Your New Camera
Whether it takes photos or videos, and whether it fits in the palm of your hand or has interchangeable lenses, you've got a brand new camera to play with. Here's how to get the most out of your great new gift.
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823 Avoid Added Stress by Just Deciding and Moving Forward
Because our brains have a way of creating a synthesized happiness when we don't get what we want, it's often hard for us to make a "wrong" decision. As a result, you're better off just deciding and moving forward.
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812 ED102 - Octave-Volts-Hertz
The ED102 borrows heavily from the Korg MS-02âą although it was developed independently of Korg Inc.
Korg and MS-02 are the trademarks of Korg Inc.
Among presently available music synthesizers, there are two different types of control system used for controlling devices such as the VCO (voltage controlled oscillator) and VCF (voltage controlled filter). These two systems been: Hertz/Volt (Hz/V) and Octave/Volt (Oct/V).
The graph to the left shows the relationship between the VCO oscillator frequency (pitch) and the control voltage (keyboard output voltage). The straight line on the graph is from a synthesizer in which there is a one octave change for every one volt change in the control voltage (Oct/V). In contrast, the curved line on the graph is the control voltage from a synthesizer in which the VCO frequency is proportional to voltage (Hz/V system).
To allow these systems to work together you will need a module like this ED102. The built-in, fully adjustable log amp and anti-log amp ensure complete system flexibility and compatibility between any presently voltage controlled synthesiser.
The Hz/V system
In the Hz/V system, the VCO oscillator frequency is proportional to the control voltage so that, for example, if the frequency of a VCO increases by 100Hz for every volt applied, then applying 1V, 2V and 3V to this VCO would generate 100Hz, 200Hz and 300Hz respectively.
The Oct/V system
In the Oct/V system the VCO oscillator frequency changes one octave for every one volt change in the control voltage so that, for example, 1V, 2V and 3V to a VCO would generate 200Hz, 400Hz and 800Hz respectively.
Features and Functions
This changes a Hz/V type keyboard CV (control voltage) output into an OCT/V type of CV. Use the Log Amp to change the control signal from, say, a Korg or Yamaha synthesiser into a signal you can use with another type of synthesizer.
This changes an OCT/V type of keyboard CV output into a Hz/V type of CV. Use this Antilog Amp when you want to control, say, a Korg synthesiser by means of a unit that uses the OCT/V system.
788 Setting Up Your Digital Camera For HDR Shooting
Youâve probably heard of High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography, itâs made quite an entrance into the world of digital photography.
If you havenât, the HDR process is accomplished by taking multiple exposures of a high contrast scene (usually a landscape or cityscape), at different levels of brightness, and then combining the best light from each exposure into one image.
The end result is a stunning image that very closely resembles how the human eye views a scene. This process of digital manipulation has caused a bit of controversy and debate in the world of photography, especially with images that are âover-cooked.â One thing is for sure though, HDR is here to stay. When done right, this unique and in depth processing technique can produce beautiful works of art that mimic the way we view and remember a landscape or scene.
The above image is an example of what HDR processing can produce. This image, taken from the Big Island of Hawaii, would not be possible without HDR processing. It was taken around noon, the harshest light of the day. The first image is the best image my camera could produce given the situation. While still beautiful, there are obvious problems. Get ready, this article is going to show you how to take your digital camera and turn it into an HDR shooting machine!
781 Atlas obscura
About the Atlas Obscura
Welcome to the Atlas Obscura, a compendium of this age's wonders, curiosities, and esoterica. The Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project with the goal of cataloging all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist. If you're looking for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, phallological museums, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you'll find them.
The Atlas Obscura is not just about collecting oddities. In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, the Atlas Obscura celebrates a different way of traveling, and a different lens through which to view the world.
The Atlas Obscura depends on our community of far-flung explorers to find and report back about the world's wonders and curiosities. If you have been to, know of, or have heard about a place that belongs in the Atlas Obscura, we want you to tell us about it. Anyone and everyone is welcome and encouraged to nominate places for inclusion, and to edit content already in the Atlas.
Thanks for stopping by, and good exploring!
767 The 5 types of programmers Â« Steven Benner's Blog
In my code journeys and programming adventures Iâve encountered many strange foes, and even stranger allies. Iâve identified at least five different kinds of code warriors, some make for wonderful comrades in arms, while others seem to foil my every plan.
However they all have their place in the pantheon of software development. Without a healthy mix of these different programming styles youâll probably find your projects either take too long to complete, are not stable enough or are too perfect for humans to look upon.
The code may not be pretty, but damnit, it works!
This guy is the foundation of your company. When something goes wrong he will fix it fast and in a way that wonât break again. Of course he doesnât care about how it looks, ease of use, or any of those other trivial concerns, but he will make it happen, without a bunch of talk or time-wasting nonsense. The best way to use this person is to point at a problem and walk away.
You want to do what to my code?
This guy doesnât care about your deadlines or budgets, those are insignificant when compared to the art form that is programming. When you do finally receive the finished product you will have no option but submit to the stunning glory and radiant beauty of perfectly formatted, no, perfectly beautiful code, that is so efficient that anything you would want to do to it would do nothing but defame a masterpiece. He is the only one qualified to work on his code.
Iâm a programmer, damnit. I donât write code.
His world has one simple truth; writing code is bad. If you have to write something then youâre doing it wrong. Someone else has already done the work so just use their code. He will tell you how much faster this development practice is, even though he takes as long or longer than the other programmers. But when you get the project it will only be 20 lines of actual code and will be very easy to read. It may not be very fast, efficient, or forward-compatible, but it will be done with the least effort required.
What do you want? It works doesnât it?
The guy who couldnât care less about quality, thatâs someone elses job. He accomplishes the tasks that heâs asked to do, quickly. You may not like his work, the other programmers hate it, but management and the clients love it. As much pain as he will cause you in the future, he is single-handedly keeping your deadlines so you canât scoff at it (no matter how much you want to).
Well, thatâs a possibility, but in practice this might be a better alternative.
This guy is more interested the options than what should be done. He will spend 80% of his time staring blankly at his computer thinking up ways to accomplish a task, 15% of his time complaining about unreasonable deadlines, 4% of his time refining the options, and 1% of his time writing code. When you receive the final work it will always be accompanied by the phrase âif I had more time I could have done this the right wayâ.
Personally, Iâd have to classify myself as the perfectionist. So, which type of programmer are you? Or perhaps you know another programming archetype that is missing from my list? Post a comment below and Iâll add it to a new updated list.
766 [WS001] Circuit-Bending â Initiation Â« Gasol
Le Circuit-Bending ou Circuitage dĂ©signe lâactivitĂ© qui consiste Ă volontairement court-circuiter un appareil Ă©lectronique (gĂ©nĂ©ralement sonore) afin de provoquer des comportements inattendus pour le dĂ©tourner de son usage dâorigine. Par exemple, un jouet sonore pour enfant ou une console de jeu gĂ©nĂ©reront des sons ou des images plus ou moins alĂ©atoires et imprĂ©visibles.
Ce terme Ă Ă©tĂ© introduit par Reed Ghazala dans les annĂ©e 60 lorsquâil court-circuita accidentellement lâun de ses instruments. Mais des mĂ©thodes similaires ont Ă©tĂ© utilisĂ©es auparavant par dâautres musiciens et ingĂ©nieurs.
Cette activitĂ© peut ĂȘtre assimilĂ©e Ă une certaine forme dâart, de part le dĂ©tournement, lâappropriation et la personnalisation de ces appareils ainsi que leurs usages lors de performances audiovisuelles. Câest lâart du court-circuit.
On rencontrera souvent les termes Circuit-Bender ou Bender pour dĂ©signer la personne qui effectue ces modifications et on parlera de Bends pour toutes modifications apportĂ©es Ă lâappareil.
Ne jamais tenter ces manipulations sur des appareils alimentĂ©s par une tension supĂ©rieure Ă 12V, risque dâĂ©lectrocution.
Ne pas torturer des appareils trop onĂ©reux ou auxquels on tient, en effet il existe un haut risque de casse irrĂ©versible qui transformera le jouet en un joli presse papier.
Un peu de thĂ©orie
Le Circuitage ne demande pas de grandes connaissances en Ă©lectronique, mais quelques bases sont nĂ©cessaires Ă lâapprĂ©hension de cette activitĂ©. Notamment la reconnaissance des divers composants Ă©lectroniques qui seront utilisĂ©s ou court-circuitĂ©s.
La rĂ©sistance est surement le composant le plus rĂ©pandu. Sa principale caractĂ©ristique est dâopposer une plus ou moins grande rĂ©sistance Ă la circulation du courant Ă©lectrique. Sa valeur (mesurĂ©e en ohms) peut ĂȘtre dĂ©terminĂ©e par un code couleur ou lue sur le boĂźtier des composants les plus rĂ©cents.
Un potentiomĂštre nâest autre quâune rĂ©sistance ajustable. Il possĂšde 3 pattes ainsi quâun systĂšme mĂ©canique permettant la variation de la rĂ©sistance.
Une photo-rĂ©sistance est Ă©galement une rĂ©sistance dont la valeur varie en fonction de lâintensitĂ© lumineuse. On peut Ă©galement le nommer rĂ©sistance photo-dĂ©pendante (light-dependent resistor (LDR)) ou photoconducteur.
Un condensateur est un composant Ă©lectronique ou Ă©lectrique Ă©lĂ©mentaire qui a pour propriĂ©tĂ© principale de pouvoir stocker des charges Ă©lectriques opposĂ©es sur ses armatures.
Il est utilisĂ© principalement pour stabiliser une alimentation Ă©lectrique, traiter des signaux pĂ©riodiques, sĂ©parer le courant alternatif du courant continu, stocker de lâĂ©nergie.
La diode est principalement utilisĂ©e comme convertisseur de courant alternatif vers du courant continu ou comme multiplicateur ou rĂ©gulateur de tension. Câest un composant polarisĂ©, ce qui signifie que le sens de branchement a une importance sur le fonctionnement du montage.
Diodes Electro-Luminescentes (DEL / LED)
La LED possĂšde la particularitĂ© de gĂ©nĂ©rer de la lumiĂšre lorsquâelle est parcourue par un courant. De la mĂȘme maniĂšre que la diode, ce composant est polarisĂ©.
Le transistor est le composant actif utilisĂ© principalement comme interrupteur commandĂ© ou pour lâamplification, mais aussi pour stabiliser une tension ou moduler un signal.
Le circuit intĂ©grĂ© (CI), aussi appelĂ© puce Ă©lectronique, est un composant Ă©lectronique reproduisant une ou plusieurs fonctions Ă©lectroniques plus ou moins complexes, intĂ©grant souvent plusieurs types de composants Ă©lectroniques de base dans un volume rĂ©duit, rendant le circuit facile Ă mettre en Ćuvre.
Il existe une trĂšs grande variĂ©tĂ© de ces composants divisĂ©s en deux grandes catĂ©gories : analogique et numĂ©rique.
Un interrupteur est un dispositif permettant dâinterrompre ou dâautoriser le passage dâun flux.
Le bouton poussoir est une touche tactile qui permet de faire une liaison Ă©lectrique momentanĂ©e le temps que lâon appuie dessus ou, sur certains modĂšles inversĂ©s, dâouvrir temporairement le contact Ă©lectrique.
Format de connecteur mĂąle et femelle gĂ©nĂ©ralement utilisĂ© pour les connexions audio de types casques et micros. Le mini Jack fait 3,5 mm de diamĂštre, le jack normal fait 6,35 mm.
MatĂ©riel et compĂ©tences
Pour mener Ă bien ces projets et en plus de certains composants citĂ©s ci-dessus, il faudra ĂȘtre Ă©quipĂ© du matĂ©riel basique (tournevis, fer Ă souder, Ă©tain, pompe Ă dessouder, cĂąblage, pinces coupantes, pinces croco, perceuse, dremel âŠ)
De plus, il faudra un minimum de compĂ©tences en soudage, mais tout le monde se souvient des cours de technologies au collĂšge et dans tous les cas, ces compĂ©tences sâacquiĂšrent vite aprĂšs quelques essais. Il faudra simplement veiller Ă ne pas dĂ©poser la panne du fer trop longtemps sur un composant pour ne pas lâendommager et ne pas faire baver lâĂ©tain au risque de crĂ©er un court-circuit non souhaitĂ©.
Il faudra Ă©galement sâarmer de patience, câest la qualitĂ© premiĂšre et la plus haute compĂ©tence dâun Bender. En effet, un jouet nĂ©cessite gĂ©nĂ©ralement entre 4 Ă 12h pour ĂȘtre modifiĂ© (dont les 3/4 de ce temps sont consacrĂ©s Ă la recherche des Bends). Avec lâexpĂ©rience ce temps sera considĂ©rablement rĂ©duit.
Beaucoup de pratique
Pour dĂ©buter, lâidĂ©al est de sâattaquer Ă des appareils peu couteux tels que des jouets sonores rĂ©cupĂ©rĂ©s dans votre cave ou lors de vide-greniers. Les plus rĂ©putĂ©s Ă©tant les jouets vintages du type DictĂ©e Magique et dĂ©rivĂ©s (Speak&Spell/Math/Learn), les insupportables Furby, les petits synthĂ©tiseurs type Casio SK-1 âŠ Tout ce qui possĂšde un haut-parleur, fonctionne sur piles ou en dessous de 12V. Plus particuliĂšrement les appareils fabriquĂ©s durant les annĂ©es 80/90 qui ne sont pas encore Ă©quipĂ©s de composants Ă©lectroniques sophistiquĂ©s ou de circuits entiĂšrement numĂ©riques. Les constructeurs les plus connus sont: Texas Instruments, Casio, Vtech, Coleco, Creatoy.
Il est Ă©videmment possible dâĂ©largir les domaines de recherches Ă des appareils plus Ă©laborĂ©s mais gare Ă lâirrĂ©versible court-circuit meurtrier qui mettra dĂ©finitivement la machine hors-service.
Il faut tout dâabord dĂ©sosser votre cible pour mettre Ă nu le circuit Ă©lectronique. Ensuite, on allume le jouet pour lui faire Ă©mettre un son et on test simplement sa rĂ©activitĂ© en posant plusieurs doigts simultanĂ©ment sur diffĂ©rents endroits du circuit. GĂ©nĂ©ralement, un effet de Â« pitch Â» se fait entendre (baisse/augmentation de la tonalitĂ©), on comprend alors que la machine est sensible au Circuitage et les choses sĂ©rieuses peuvent donc commencer (toutes les machines ne sont pas forcement sensibles au toucher, mais câest une bonne technique dâapproche).
Afin de ne pas avoir Ă mĂ©moriser tous les endroits sensibles, lâidĂ©al est de prendre une photo du circuit, de la transferer sur un ordinateur et ainsi noter pas Ă pas Ă lâaide dâun logiciel de dessin type MSPaint ou Photoshop tous les Bends dĂ©couverts. Certains les notent directement sur le circuit Ă lâaide dâun stylo ou dâun feutre, mais lâencre contenant gĂ©nĂ©ralement du carbone et le carbone Ă©tant conducteur, il existe un risque de court-circuit non dĂ©sirĂ© dont on pourra difficilement se dĂ©faire.
La premiĂšre et la plus simple des modifications Ă apporter Ă son appareil est le raccordement Ă un ampli ou une console de mixage. Il sera alors possible dâenregistrer les sons de la machine ou de lâutiliser lors de performances live. Pour ce faire, on repĂšre gĂ©nĂ©ralement le haut-parleur et on le remplace ou on installe en parallĂšle un connecteur Jack. Dans le second cas, lâajout dâun interrupteur pourra servir Ă basculer entre la sortie audio ou le haut-parleur.
On peut maintenant commencer Ă parcourir mĂ©thodiquement ou au hasard le circuit Ă lâaide dâun testeur. Le plus simple est dâutiliser des pinces croco que lâon raccordera Ă deux petits tournevis dâhorloger.
On place la pointe du premier tournevis qui restera stationnaire sur un point du circuit et avec le second on parcourt diffĂ©rents autres points en Ă©coutant les changements de sons intĂ©ressants que lâon note au fur et Ă mesure sur notre photo. On poursuit ensuite en dĂ©plaĂ§ant le premier tournevis sur un autre point et en recommenĂ§ant notre parcours avec le second. On rĂ©pĂšte cette procĂ©dure jusquâĂ ce que la totalitĂ© du circuit ait Ă©tĂ© parcouru ou lorsque nous estimons avoir trouvĂ© toutes les modifications souhaitĂ©es.
Les Bends les plus courants sont gĂ©nĂ©ralement: la sortie audio permettant lâamplification, le volume, lâoverdrive/distortion, les glitches, les boucles, le bouton reset.
Dans certains cas, les Bends ne sont pas compatibles entre-eux. La machine plantera irrĂ©mĂ©diablement dĂšs lors quâon activera plusieurs Bends simultanĂ©ment. On peut alors dĂ©cider de continuer la quĂȘte des modifications compatibles ou bien Ă©viter dâen activer plusieurs Ă la fois.
CĂąblage et placement des composants
La prochaine Ă©tape est le raccordement des diffĂ©rents points du circuit trouvĂ©s prĂ©cĂ©demment. On les relie entre eux en soudant un fin cĂąble de cuivre sur chaque point. On placera ensuite, par exemple, un interrupteur entre deux de ces cĂąbles allant de paires, de maniĂšre Ă (dĂ©s)activer notre court-circuit. Il est aussi possible dans certains cas de remplacer ou coupler lâinterrupteur Ă un potentiomĂštre ou une photo-rĂ©sistance qui appliquera une plus ou moins grande rĂ©sistance au passage du courant, attĂ©nuant ou accentuant ainsi lâeffet du court-circuit (trĂšs utile pour les effets de pitch/volume/overdrive).
Il est prĂ©fĂ©rable de ne pas souder le composant avant de lâavoir montĂ© sur le chĂąssis de la machine, de maniĂšre Ă ne pas le dessouder par inadvertance lors de son placement. Utile aussi pour connaitre la bonne longueur des cĂąbles et leur cheminement et ainsi Ă©viter les surplus qui empĂȘcheraient la fermeture du boitier.
Pour percer le chĂąssis, on utilisera une petite perceuse ou un Dremel. Le positionnement des composants est libre mais attention Ă choisir un emplacement qui ne gĂȘnera ni la fermeture, ni lâergonomie du boitier. En effet, un composant mal placĂ© et difficilement accessible pourrait compromettre la spontanĂ©itĂ© de la performance.
Afin de ne pas trop endommager le chĂąssis, il est aussi possible de raccorder tous les composants sur un boitier externe qui servira de contrĂŽleur. Dans ce cas, lâutilisation dâun cĂąble nappe tel que lâon trouve dans un ordinateur peut ĂȘtre trĂšs pratique pour ne pas avoir des dizaines de fils qui sortent du chĂąssis (un cĂąble SCSI est parfait pour ce type de montage).
Il est maintenant lâheure de tester notre nouveau jouet !
http://www.anti-theory.com : Reed Ghazala, pĂšre du Circuit-Bending
http://www.casperelectronics.com : Peter Edwards, grand maĂźtre Bender
http://gieskes.nl : Gijs Gieskes, un extra-terrestre
http://bitcrusher.free.fr : Mon cher ami Bitcrusher, grand Bender francophone
http://www.dataglitch.org : Label associatif regroupant des amoureux des technologies Lo-Fi
http://www.getlofi.com : Astuces et ressources pour dĂ©butants ou vĂ©tĂ©rans
http://www.sailormouth.org : Des infos et des schĂ©mas trĂšs utiles
http://www.datamath.org : MusĂ©e des produits Texas-Instruments
http://www.miniorgan.com : Base de donnĂ©es de jouets plus ou moins rares
Screaming Teacher aka Talking Teacher â Coleco
Le Livre Tragique aka Le Livre Magique â TI
Speakân'Glitchân'Bleepân'Math aka Speakân'Math â TI
La Tortu(r)e aka Tortue Musicale â Carrefour
LoFi Mic aka TĂ©lĂ©phone Ă cadran â Socotel
761 Midi Software - Synth Zone
MIDI Sequencing SoftwareAnvil Studio Anvil Studio is a MIDI and audio sequencer and is free software for Windows users.
Building Blocks Building Blocks for Windows is a multifunctional MIDI application / modular sequencer, that allows you to build custom controller remapping, LFO's, arpeggiators, autochords, drum and note sequences, echoes etc.
Busker A Windows score editor and player that has Yamaha style support. 1000s of Yamaha styles can be downloaded for free. Another great music software tool from Jos Maas.
Cakewalk Sonar Windows & Mac sequencer now with integrated midi and audio. Sonar demo available. For other Cakewalk resources see Synth Zone's Cakewalk Page
Cubase - Steinberg Featuring integrated midi & audio package Cubase VST For more info & related links see Synth Zone's Cubase Links
Cursed Sequencer Open Source sequencer for Windows and Linux.
Digital Performer MOTU presents Digital Performer for the Mac, a complete digital audio and MIDI production environment. Competitive upgrades available. See the new Digital Performer mailing list.
Ditty Ditty is a freeware MIDI sequencer for Windows aimed at assisting piano practice.
Easybeat Mac MIDI sequencing software from Uni Software Plus. Features include a software GM wavetable synth.
Energy XT Energy XT is Windows sequencer/composer software.
Fl Studio Windows application that provides easy to use yet powerful MIDI/digital audio sequencing and looping tools.
Intuem Mac OSX MIDI sequencer that provides a variable-tempo system and a simple way to transform a real, human, performance into a sequence where bars and beats actually have meaning. Time restricted version available to download.
Jammer - Soundtrek Jammer for Windows provides a 256 Track MIDI sequencer with built in studio musicians. A very useful program for creating arrangements & drum tracks with assistance from the software. Also check the Yahoo Jammer Group.
JUMP A highly streamlined Windows MIDI sequencer, designed to help you compose music
Jazzware - Jazz++ Windows & Linux open source MIDI sequencer with audio support. If you need a MIDI sequencer you really should check it out.
Logic Pro Audio Apple's MIDI & audio solution for the Mac. For Emagic product support see the Emagic Legacy pages at Apple. For related information see Emagic Users Page with resources & mailing list for Emagic products, the Logic Users' Net which includes Mac related info, and the Powerkeys "Learning Logic" web site. SwiftKick provides and archive for the Logic Users' Group environments. Editors, MIDI processors etc. are available. Omega Art has Logic info and resources. You can read the History Of Logic at Tweakheadz Lab.
Magix Magix Music Studio incorporates a MIDI sequencer with its digital audio sequencer.
Massiva An audio/MIDI sequencer for Windows users with undo plus plugin support. This is just an archive of an old site. You can still get it from AudioMelody.com. Massiva has now moved on to become Energy XT
Mixcraft Windows software that supports MIDI and audio sequencing..
MU.LAB An alternative, hi-quality music application for Mac OSX and Windows with MIDI and audio support.
MultitrackStudio Window digital audio recorder with VST 2.0 plugin and MIDI support. Freeware version and pro versions available.
Music Master Win sequencing & notation package with a full graphic interface for Roland VS880 control & integration.
Music Master Works A shareware Windows sequencing & accompaniment package. Win95 & Win3.1 versions available. From Aspire software
MusicPhrase XL MusicPhrase for Windows is a creative tool for composing music. Features phrase sequencing and visual groove editing tools.
Music Studio Producer Music Studio Producer is a free Windows MIDI sequencer, DAW which can host VST(i), supports ASIO. From Aspire software
Numerology Numerology is a modular sequencing and audio plugin environment for Mac OS X.
Onyx Onyx by Jasmine Music provides powerful sequencing, harmonizer and MIDI-2-Audio rendering.
Power Chords By Howling Dog Systems - Innovative Windows midi sequencer using onscreen guitar fretboard interface, plus other unique features for creating strum & rhythm patterns. Demo available
PowerTracks Pro Audio PG Music's budget priced sequencer for Windows now features up to 48 tracks of digital audio with effects, EQ, panning etc plus 3rd party plugin support.
Pro Tools Digidesign provide Pro Tools for Windows and Mac with MIDI, multitrack audio and plugin support.
Quartz Audio Master Quartz Audio Master is free Windows multitrack digital recording software and MIDI sequencing software. Provided by DigitalSound Planet
Reaper REAPER is a fully featured Windows multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering environment. Fully functional evaluation available for download.
Rosegarden Rosegarden is a free MIDI sequencer and notation editor for Unix, and has binary distributions for Linux PCs and SGI IRIX.
SoftStep SoftStep is a Win9x modular step sequencer based on modular analog step sequencers. Features modules, which are math and logic functions that you treat as physical boxes with knobs and sliders.
Style Enhancer Windows MIDI sequencer based on Performance Modeling technology with powerful and intelligent MIDI-data generation and transformation.
SwarShala Midi sequencer package for Windows software that covers both the melodic and rhythmic aspects of Indian music. Featured instruments include Sitar, Sarod, Tanpura, Guitar, Tabla, Pakhawaj, Dholki and Bells. MIDI files and WAV files can be output.
Sweet Sixteen Midi sequencer package for Windows from Roni Music. And check out the Sweet MIDI arpeggiator for Windows, very cool !!
TR-x0x Freeware Windows step sequencer based on the Roland TR-808/909 drum machines.
Tracktion Tracktion from Mackie provides low cost MIDI and audio sequencing.
Tunafish A Windows VSTi MIDI sequencer with sample support. A fully functional ( save disabled ) demo is available to download. Has sample support and provides a built-in sample/drum sequencer.
Xx A multi-track MIDI sequencer for MacOS. It is also an algorithmic compositional tool. Requires OMS.
Midi SoftwareAudible Oddities - Twerk's Tools Audible Oddities is an audio mastering business and Shawn Hatfield also provides some free music composition tools for the Mac featuring sequencing control and algorithmic music generation. Burnt Toast even has a beta version available for Win XP.
Catanya Software pattern arpeggiator VST plugin.
MIDI-OX Win9x/NT midi utility providing sysex handling, diagnostics, filtering & mapping of midi data Streams. All Windows MIDI users should check this out. It is also available from Yamaha UK. Also see MIDI Yoke which allows you to route MIDI between different applications.
vanBasco's Karaoke Player vanBasco's Karaoke Player is freeware Windows software that plays Karaoke (.kar) and standard MIDI (.mid, .midi, .rmi) files. Provides a piano keyboard and lyric display.
Vocal Writer Shareware music & vocal synthesis software for the Power Mac. Not only playback & edit GM midi files, but it will also sing your lyrics (85 voices to choose from)
Zel Zel is an interpretive MIDI programming language for Windows. Version 1.2 includes the Zel Drum Machine, a style based composer and editor which makes it easy to create MIDI drum tracks without having to learn the Zel language. Freeware.
Midi Sequencing Related SitesAtari-MIDI Yahoo Group for Atari computer users to discuss MIDI applications. Also check The Caged Artist Series Page for once commercial MIDI software that is now freeware.
Audio Forums Forums for most major sequencing & digital audio software packages.
Harmony Central Provide an archive of MIDI sequencer and notation applications to download. There is software for all platforms available.
HitSquad Provide links to a number of MIDI sequencers and "tracker" sequencers for Windows, Mac and Linux.
MacMusic.org Macmusic.org have lots of links to Mac specific audio and MIDI sequencing resources. .
Mac OSX MIDI Apps A very useful list of links to Mac OSX MIDI applications with descriptions and direct links to the websites and apps.
Midijoys Freeware Windows program that combines two independent fully programmable joystick controllers, and a Continuous MIDI Controller programmable sliders that can send a wide spectrum of MIDI control parameters.
MidiPlugins.com Links to freeware and commercial MIDI plugins for both Windows and Mac OS9/OSX.
Music-X Amiga University Info on the original Amiga sequencer Music-X including writing sysex protocols. Also see Driptomatic Fairytales for Music-X info and resources. AM/FM also provide disk images containing many Amiga MIDI articles and tools.
Sonic Control Sonic Control provides information and reviews of sequencers for all platforms as well as MIDI hardware.
SourceForge SourceForge provide freeware software for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms and have many MIDI sequencer applications.
Sweetwater Sequencer Forum Sweetwater.com provides forums including one dedicated to MIDI sequencers.
Vintage Sequencers Tweakheadz Lab provides a great rundown on the ancestors of todays sequencers on computers in the 80s. Very interesting and informative reading with screen shots of many sequencers from the early days of MIDI.
752 How To: Copyright Signature Watermark On Lightroom 2 Using Mogrify Plugin
This tutorial is for those who are still using Lightroom 2. If you have Lightroom 3, please go to this tutorial I have been getting some question from my friends and reader on how to put a signature on your
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746 40 Essential CSS Templates, Resources and Downloads | Speckyboy Design Magazine
Every web developer should have in their toolbox a collection of CSS tools and resources like the ones outlined in this article. A set of techniques that you rely on and that are always at the ready to cover any possible eventuality.
You will find not a selection of the latest innovative CSS techniques (there are some) in this article, merely a collection of tools, resources and downloads that can be used by web designers for solutions to everyday CSS design and coding solutions.
The resources below have been split into four categories: CSS Download Packages (all of the CSS resources offer multiple variations of each technique), Downloadable CSS Tools (the resources within this category offers specialized templates), Web, Mobile & Form Frameworks (+ tools and templates to help you get started with each); Feature-Rich and Outstanding Mobile & Web Templates and finally, a selection of tools to help with cross browser compatibility.
We donât presume that this is an ultimate collection, merely a selection of resources we have found to be indispensable. We are positive we have missed a few, and would love to hear about the tools and resources you rely upon.
722 Making AJAX Applications Crawlable - Google Code
If you're running an AJAX application with content that you'd like to appear in search results, we have a new process that, when implemented, can help Google (and potentially other search engines) crawl and index your content. Historically, AJAX applications have been difficult for search engines to process because AJAX content is produced dynamically by the browser and thus not visible to crawlers. While there are existing methods for dealing with this problem, they involve regular manual maintenance to keep the content up-to-date.
Learn why search engines don't see the content you see and what needs to happen to fix this.
Getting started guide
Get started in making your AJAX application visible to search engines. If you are in a hurry, you can start here, but AJAX crawling is a complex topic, so we recommend reading all the documentation.
Creating HTML snapshots
Learn more about creating HTML snapshots, and which technique might be best suited for your application.
Frequently asked questions
Having trouble? Check out the frequently asked questions.
Get the details.
701 How To Convince The Client That Your Design Is Perfect - Smashing Magazine
As designers who deal with clients, we all have to face one situation, no matter how difficult and uncomfortable, and that is guiding the client to accept that your design is perfect. Now, you already have the project, so this is not a matter of convincing them to pick you for the job. This is about getting them to see that your design satisfies their requirements and contains everything they want. We all have to take on this role of virtual tour guide and lead them through the projectâs twists and turns, ensuring that the best interests of the client and website are served.
We have to be the lighthouse, guiding the clients to shore. (Image credit)
In the end, the final decision falls to the client, but there are times â and most of us have experienced them â when the clientâs lack of expertise in the field affect the quality of the design. In such times, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to convince the client that the design is perfect as it is, and that any further alteration would impair the websiteâs ability to communicate everything it needs to. This confrontation is not welcome by either party, but it is certainly necessary.
Many designers want to avoid conflict and, as a result, cave to their clients at the slightest sign of disagreement, rather than spend time trying to convince them that they stand on the right side of the design decision. This is often a mistake and does not serve the design, which should be the paramount consideration. We owe it to our creative work to argue for whatever serves the design beyond all else, even though the client is footing the bill. We may end up having to give in to the client, but at least we tried.
Below is an overview of some tips and techniques you can employ when you find yourself butting heads with a client. These approaches might work individually or in combination, but they all at least offer a launching point to help you put your best foot forward and lead the client exactly where they need to go.
Visualizing.org is a community of creative people working to make sense of complex issues through data and designâŠ and itâs a shared space and free resource to help you achieve this goal.
By some estimates, we now create more data each year than in the entirety of prior human history. Data visualization helps us approach, interpret, and extract knowledge from this information. Over the last couple of years, weâve seen government agencies, NGOs, and companies open up their data for the public to see and use. And weâve seen data visualization figure more prominently in design curricula, conference programs, and the media. We created Visualizing.org because we want to help connect the proliferation of public dataâŠ with a community that can help us understand this dataâŠ with the general public.
What is Visualizing.org? What can I do on the site?
Visualizing is a place to showcase your work, get feedback, ensure that your work is seen by lots of people and gets used by teachers, journalists, and conference organizers to help educate the public about various world issues
Visualizing is a free resource to search for data
Use Visualizing to keep up with and be inspired by the latest work from other designers and design schools
Learn about new visualization tools, blogs, books and other resources to help your work
Everything you upload remains your sole and exclusive property and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License
For teachers and schools:
Visualizing is a place to exhibit the collective work of your students, organize assignments and class projects, and help your students find data for their own visualizations
Weâre working on new tools to help you share teaching material with other teachers
As an Academic Partner, your students are eligible to participate in various design competitions â weâre hosting the first Visualizing Marathon in New York in October
To learn more, contact Saira Jesani
For bloggers and journalists:
Visualizing is a resource to find data visualizations about a wide variety of world issues to inform and accompany your own reporting â and itâs easy to embed visualizations and widgets from Visualizing on your own site
For conference organizers:
As a Knowledge Partner, Visualizing allows you to use data visualizations at your conferences under a Creative Commons License
To learn more, contact Saira Jesani
Visualizing is a new and fun online resource to learn more about the world in all its complexity and inter-dependence -- and become more comfortable with data and how it can be visually represented
How does it work?
The site is open and free to use. Everything you upload remains your sole and exclusive property and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License. Simply put, this means that anyone can share, copy, remix, or build upon the visualization as long as: (i) it is used non-commercially; and (ii) the visualizationâs creator and source are credited.
682 Geekologie -May 2007
Geekologie is website dedicated to the scientific study of gadgets, gizmos, and awesome.
681 Essential Gear GuideÂ |Â
674 Remove Complex Backgrounds from Images in Photoshop - How-To Geek
While tools like the Magic Eraser can sometimes remove your backgrounds, the fact is you're going to have to get your hands dirty with the eraser if you have images with complex backgrounds that need removing.
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660 What's Next: fully ergonomic laptops? | VentureBeat
When the first laptops were created around 1979 â laptops like the Grid Compass â ergonomics was not exactly a core concern. The screens were only 2-4 inches, RAM was a few hundred kilobytes, and batteries were huge. The Osbourne 1 weighed 24 pounds, perhaps making it the first portable computer and dumbbell. Hooray for convergence!
Modern clamshell and tablet designs have solved many of these issues: screen sizes exceed 17â, RAM can be several gigabytes, and weight can be less than three pounds, deservedly earning names like the Air. What hasnât been solved is ergonomics, and thatâs a costly problem.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported 650,000 cases of work-related muscular disorders, costing businesses an estimated $20 billion in medical claims and lost productivity. An ergonomically ideal computer setup aligns the top of the screen with our eye level, lets our arms and wrists straighten, and allows our shoulders to relax.
Because laptop screens are attached to their keyboards, they require a damaging trade-off: place the laptop at eye level and hunch our shoulders, or place the keyboard at arm level and bend our neck. Most laptop keyboards are also rectangles, requiring wrist twisting. The result is chronic neck, shoulder, and wrist pain, and with laptop use increasing, this problem will only get worse.
645 [Le bon coin] SystĂšme d'alerte (2/3)
Discussion du forum Â« Hors sujet Â» : [Le bon coin] SystĂÂšme d'alerte - 20 rĂÂ©ponses - Page 2 sur 3.
Le 3 juin Ă 15:51 #
Moi j'ai dĂ©veloppĂ© une page pour gĂ©nĂ©rer des flux RSS Ă partir d'une URL de recherche sur leboncoin.fr
C'est encore en dĂ©veloppement mais pour les nĂ©ophytes je mettrai une doc en ligne plus tard et je dĂ©velopperai aussi un gadget pour iGoogle et Netvibes.
C'est par ici : http://alertes-leboncoin.appspot.com
641 redvoid - musician, producer, dj, & electronica modular synthesist
recording artist redvoid, of defcon6, beyond and back, window seat, and founder of ghostcone distribution - a dj, producer, blogger and holistic human
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637 50 List of Free Online Photo Editing Tools | blueblots.com
Editing an image is very popular these days due to the innovation of graphic software programs that will allow us to create computer arts from scratch. However, we could also enhance, add some cool effects and customize the look of our images easily without having the need of these soft wares through the online photo editors. An online photo editor tool allows us to edit and manipulate a photo in the Web Browser. This is more advantageous compared to the softwares for editing an image as this could not consume much of the memory of your desktop and the processing is done faster by the server. With just a few clicks, we could now be able to customize our own photos, create funny photos from our pictures or even feature ourselves in a magazine cover like that of a celebrity. Here are the 50 List of Photo Editing Tools to Help You Edit Images and Photos Online for free. Try to check and get your best pick!
636 The Beginnerâs Guide to Zen Habits â A Guided Tour | zen habits
âSmile, breathe and go slowly.â ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter.
Note: This is an update to the old guide â so it should be interesting to readers new and old.
While some of you have been following Zen Habits since its early days (beginning of 2007), many of you are fairly new readers.
To help you through the fairly overwhelming archives, Iâve compiled a beginnerâs guide. Kind of a Quick Start guide.
First, a note: Please donât try to go through this all at once. There are days and days worth of reading here. Iâve just organized that so that you can go to the stuff you want to learn about first.
Take it in small chunks.
Where do you start when you have a thousand posts to read through? You start with the best, or at least the most popular.
So here they are:
Most Popular Posts
a brief guide to life.
the best goal is no goal
the lost art of solitude
the elements of living lightly
the zen of doing
The Ultimate How to Get Lean Guide.
simplify, and savor life
How Not to Hurry
Email Sanity: How to Clear Your Inbox When Youâre Drowning
the barefoot philosophy
The No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People
How Not to Hurry
The Simple, Ridiculously Useful Guide to Earning a Living from Your Passion
10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It
20 Things I Wish I Had Known When Starting Out in Life
Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life
A Guide to Creating a Minimalist Home
Get Off Your Butt: 16 Ways to Get Motivated When Youâre in a Slump
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628 Get LoFi Circuit Bending Blog: January 2006
Circuit bending, synth building, Circuit bending projects, links, and pictures
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610 . ïżœ ïżœïżœ'ïżœi|ïżœ,_ ïżœ ïżœïżœ'ïżœi|ïżœ,_ . welcome @ deep!sonic ïżœ ïżœïżœ'ïżœi|ïżœ,_ . ïżœ ïżœïżœ'ïżœi|ïżœ,_ .
.:[ Hello Electromusic Lovers ! ]:.
Es ist gelogen, dass Videogames Kids beeinflussen. HĂ€tte PAC MAN das getan, wĂŒrden wir heute durch dunkle RĂ€ume irren, Pillen fressen und elektronische Musik hĂ¶ren!
(Christian Wilson, Nintendo Inc., 1989)
In deep!sonic i primary show my musican side in my life. More and more also people come here to watch the balance in my life - photography in nature. I like the world wide web and found lot of information and answers. Because this i feel better to give a little bit back and presents my works here in deep!sonic. But more i think it's important to feel and life culture with all kinds.
608 Stories In Flight | HTML5/CSS3 Cheatsheet
Here are some simple cut-and-paste examples of HTML5/CSS3 features that are currently (mid-2010) usable across a number of web browsers, chief among them Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera.
For many of the CSS3 examples, Internet Explorer is the lone holdout with a limited number of workarounds, however these features degrade gracefully and may still be useful on new projects as long as this limitation is kept in mind.
Please note: With the exception of SVGWeb, no Internet Explorer workarounds have been included on this page - most of the examples will therefore not work in IE6, IE7 or IE8.
And if you want to discuss any of the code below or leave a correction or suggestion, you can leave comments below and here is also The Web We Should Have on my blog. Thanks!
On this page:
Rounded Corners Redux: Circles
Canvas Text Rotate
Some more complex subjects are also discussed in these separate pages:
Multiple Background Images
HTML5 Audio Data API - Spectrum Visualizer
Google Font API and Font Loading Behavior
...and don't forget to leave some comments below!
604 12 Common CSS Mistakes Web Developers Make
It's easy to get tripped up with CSS. Here are some common CSS mistakes we all make.
602 Free Music Friday â Circuit Ben Â« GetLoFi â Circuit Bending Synth DIY
Circuit Ben is Killing Music Album now is free to download. Enjoy great catchy tunes and top notch production. This is a very good example melodic composition with circuit bent toys.
Bent Stuff used: Casio sk1, Casio sk5, Casio sk100, Casio pt-20, Casio ks-03, Yamaha pss-11, Yamaha pss460, Hing Hon EK-001, Cheburashka!, Jim Bowen/Al Pacino dub siren, Super ultra mega, Fun-box (orgasm toy), Toy Koran (Quran), Cheap Chinese phone toys, Kung Fu toy, Captain Scarletâs car, âPound Shopâ keyboard (cost ÂŁ1 new.), Dragonball Z keyrings, Barbie keyboard, Fisher-price tape recorder (now dirty,dirty guitar amp.), George W Bush
and probably about fifty circuits with a soldered output that were bent/killed while recording â auto-destruct!
Non Bent Stuff: Mini Kaoss pad, Gameboy with Nanoloop, Melodica, 5-litre oil can guitar, Acoustic bass, Casio kx-101, Stylophone, Voice
Ben Says that in general songs are as vague as possible and about nothing â thatâs the story he is sticking to
The Lyrics for âAllenâ are from âCocaine Bluesâ by Allen Ginsberg.
All this was written and performed by Circuit Ben and produced by Lee Gregory â www.myspace.com/randomleeaudio
562 BEST OF: 22 Free SEO / Search Engine Tools For Webmasters
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553 Gearjunkies.com - Comprehensive resource for music production and DJ equipment
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Roxy Music consider releasing new material as downloads only on 21/07/2010
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551 The Top Idea in Your Mind
I realized recently that what one thinks about in the shower in the morning is more important than I'd thought. I knew it was a good time to have ideas. Now I'd go further: now I'd say it's hard to do a really good job on anything you don't think about in the shower.
Everyone who's worked on difficult problems is probably familiar with the phenomenon of working hard to figure something out, failing, and then suddenly seeing the answer a bit later while doing something else. There's a kind of thinking you do without trying to. I'm increasingly convinced this type of thinking is not merely helpful in solving hard problems, but necessary. The tricky part is, you can only control it indirectly. 
I think most people have one top idea in their mind at any given time. That's the idea their thoughts will drift toward when they're allowed to drift freely. And this idea will thus tend to get all the benefit of that type of thinking, while others are starved of it. Which means it's a disaster to let the wrong idea become the top one in your mind.
What made this clear to me was having an idea I didn't want as the top one in my mind for two long stretches.
543 Music Thing
The essential, funny guide to retro and future synths, guitars, music making, gear, gadgets and techology.
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536 electro-music.com :: View topic - How to get inspiration?
525 Tek411: OSX in Virtual Box (Hackintoshed VM)
OSX in Virtual Box (Hackintoshed VM)
How to create a Hackintoshed Virtualbox
What youâll need.
An AMD or Intel system that supports hardware virtualization.
The newest Virtualbox (get it off of filehippo.com).
An OSX86 iso, Get it off of torrents if you donât have one.
After you have the above mentioned files install Virtualbox. Open up Virtualbox and click on New at the top left.
523 Yamaha CS-01 Resonance Mod
Just to get this up here. I hope to make this clearer soon...
This shows how you can modify the Yamaha CS-01 Mk1 to:
1) have variable resonance control, by hijacking the Breath Control VCF potentiometer
a) remove the 10k resistor near the VCF chip.
b) cut the traces (or lift the pins) of the Breath Control VCF pot that connect it to GND and the Breath Control jack. I lifted the pins just to avoid cutting PCB traces
c) remove the 39k resistor tied to the wiper of the VCF pot.
d) solder wires from one side of the pot and the pot wiper and run these wires over to the holes that used to contain the 10k resistor near the VCF chip
e) I'd suggest adjusting the resonance trimmer that's near the VCF chip to make your new Resonance control self-oscillate near the end of the rotation. why? because this filter gets out of control in a very loud and dramatic way. I don't think this VCF chip was designed for stable self-oscillation - that may explain why, in the CS-01 Mk2, when they gave you analog control of the resonance, they used a different 24dB VCF chip.
2) have variable VCA "drone" by hijacking the Breath Control VCA potentiometer.
a) remove the 1k resistor that grounds usually-closed terminal of the breath control jack to GND
b) solder a 47k resistor from the ungrounded, non-wiper terminal of the pot to -9V.
c) when the VCA drone pot is now fully on, you'll always get a DCO-VCF signal running to the power amp. this mod keeps the VCA only partially open, and you can still superimpose the EG over the drone. I did this because I don't have a spec sheet on the VCA chip and I didn't want to risk having the EG slamming the VCA while the drone was going full on (basically, I don't know the max CV that the VCA chip can tolerate). so if you just use the drone, you'll have to increase the volume at the power amp. But now the front-panel VCA slider actually becomes useful, since if you don't want the EG to affect the drone, just turn that down to nothing!
Sorry I don't have actual pics of the mod up! Perhaps someday soon...
521 Audioblogs ARTE Radio
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484 Why did so many successful entrepreneurs and startups come out of PayPal? Answered by Insiders
Why did so many successful entrepreneurs and startups come out of PayPal? I long have been fascinated by the extraordinary achievement from the ex-Paypal team and wonder about the reasons behind their success. In the past, mass media tried to answer this question several times but still couldnât give us a clear answer.
I once asked David Sacks the same question during an event in Los Angeles. He told me the secret is that Paypal has built a âscrappyâ culture. No matter what problems they faced, they would find a way to solve them. I kind of got the idea, but was still confused about the execution details.
So when I saw some of the past Paypal employees answering this question on Quora, I was super excited! After all, they should be the only ones who can tell people the inside stories.
Below are some highlights of their answers. *If you want to check out the sources or leave your comments, please go to here and here.
On Talent Management
âPeter and Max assembled an unusual critical mass of entrepreneurial talent, primarily due to their ability to recognize young people with extraordinary ability (the median age of *execs* on the S1 filing was 30). But the poor economy allowed us to close an abnormal number of offers, as virtually nobody other than eBay and (in part) google was hiring in 2000-02.â (by Keith Rabois, former Executive Vice President of Paypal)
âExtreme Focus (driven by Peter): Peter required that everyone be tasked with exactly one priority. He would refuse to discuss virtually anything else with you except what was currently assigned as your #1 initiative. Even our annual review forms in 2001 required each employee to identify their single most valuable contribution to the company.â (by Keith Rabois, former Executive Vice President of Paypal)
âDedication to individual accomplishment: Teams were almost considered socialist institutions. Most great innovations at PayPal were driven by one person who then conscripted others to support, adopt, implement the new idea. If you identified the 8-12 most critical innovations at PayPal (or perhaps even the most important 25), almost every one had a single person inspire it (and often it drive it to implementation). As a result, David enforced an anti-meeting culture where any meeting that included more than 3-4 people was deemed suspect and subject to immediate adjournment if he gauged it inefficient. Our annual review forms in 2002 included a direction to rate the employee on âavoids imposing on othersâ time, e.g. scheduling unnecessary meetings.â (by Keith Rabois, former Executive Vice President of Paypal)
âRefusal to accept constraints, external or internal:We were expected to pursue our #1 priority with extreme dispatch (NOW) and vigor. To borrow an apt phrase, employees were expected to âcome to work every day willing to be fired, to circumvent any order aimed at stopping your dream.â Jeremy Stoppelman has relayed elsewhere the story about an email he sent around criticizing management that he expected to get him fired and instead got him promoted. Peter did not accept no for answer: If you couldnât solve the problem, someone else would be soon assigned to do it.â (by Keith Rabois, former Executive Vice President of Paypal)
âDriven problem solvers: PayPal had a strong bias toward hiring (and promoting / encouraging, as Keith mentions) smart, driven problem solvers, rather than subject matter experts. Very few of the top performers at the company had any prior experience with payments, and many of the best employees had little or no prior background building Internet products. I worked on the fraud analytics team at PayPal, and most of our best people had never before done anything related to fraud detection. If heâd approached things âtraditionallyâ, Max would have gone out and hired people who had been building logistic regression models for banks for 20 years but never innovated, and fraud losses would likely have swallowed the company.â (by Mike Greenfield, former Sr. Fraud R&D Scientist of Paypal)
âSelf-sufficiency â individuals and small teams were given fairly complex objectives and expected to figure out how to achieve them on their own. If you needed to integrate with an outside vendor, you picked up the phone yourself and called; you didnât wait for a BD person to become available. You did (the first version of) mockups and wireframes yourself; you didnât wait for a designer to become available. You wrote (the first draft of) site copy yourself; you didnât wait for a content writer.â (by Yee Lee, former Product & BU GM of Paypal)
On Culture & Ideology
âExtreme bias towards action â early PayPal was simply a really *productive* workplace. This was partly driven by the culture of self-sufficiency. PayPal is and was, after all, a web service; and the company managed to ship prodigious amounts of relatively high-quality web software for a lot of years in a row early on. Yes, we had the usual politics between functional groups, but either individual heroes or small, high-trust teams more often than not found ways to deliver projects on-time.â (by Yee Lee, former Product & BU GM of Paypal)
âWillingness to try â even in a data-driven culture, youâll always run in to folks who either donât believe you have collected the right supporting data for a given decision or who just arenât comfortable when data contradicts their gut feeling. In many companies, those individuals would be the death of decision-making. At PayPal, I felt like you could almost always get someone to give it a *try* and then let performance data tell us whether to maintain the decision or rollback.â (by Yee Lee, former Product & BU GM of Paypal)
âData-driven decision making â PayPal was filled with smart, opinionated people who were often at logger-heads. The way to win arguments was to bring data to bear. So you never started a sentence like this âI feel like itâs a problem that our users canât do Xâ, instead youâd do your homework first and then come to the table with â35% of our [insert some key metric here] are caused by the lack of X functionalityâŠâ (by Yee Lee, former Product & BU GM of Paypal)
âRadical transparency on metrics: All employees were expected to be facile with the metrics driving the business. Otherwise, how could one expect each employee to make rational calculations and decisions on their own every day? To enforce this norm, almost every all-hands meeting consisted of distributing a printed Excel spreadsheet to the assembled masses and Peter conducting a line by line review of our performance (this is only a modest exaggeration).â (by Keith Rabois, former Executive Vice President of Paypal)
âVigorous debate, often via email: Almost every important issue had champions and critics. These were normally resolved not by official edict but by a vigorous debate that could be very intense. Being able to articulate and defend a strategy or product in a succinct, compelling manner with empirical analysis and withstand a withering critique was a key attribute of almost every key contributor. I still recall the trepidation I confronted when I was informed that I needed to defend the feasibility of my favorite âbabyâ to Max for the first time.â (by Keith Rabois, former Executive Vice President of Paypal)
âExtreme Pressure â PayPal was a very difficult business with many major issues to solve. We were able to see our colleagues work under extreme pressure and hence we learned who we could rely on and trust.â (by Keith Rabois, former Executive Vice President of Paypal)
481 50 Powerful Time-Savers For Web Designers - Smashing Magazine
Being a web designer is not easy. Not only do we need to have a good understanding about visual design, typography, information architecture, psychology and a plethora of other disciplines; in our work, we need to take care of so many details, so that our job becomes more and more time-consuming, requiring dozens of tools, attention span and an effective workflow for beautiful, timely and functional results.
And this is where small time-savers become handy. Be it a handy checklist, batch installer, dummy image generator or converter from Excel spreadsheet to HTML â all these things can save us a couple of minutes every day, making our work easier and more efficient. And this is why we keep collecting them for Smashing Magazineâs readers. Whether you like lists or not: this one will probably help you find those little nuggets out there that will help you avoid headaches and stress. Below we present useful time-savers for web designers.
474 Why Intelligent People Fail
Why Intelligent People Fail
Content from Sternberg, R. (1994). In search of the human mind. New York: Harcourt Brace.
1. Lack of motivation. A talent is irrelevant if a person is not motivated to use it. Motivation may be external (for example, social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job well-done, for instance). External sources tend to be transient, while internal sources tend to produce more consistent performance.
2. Lack of impulse control. Habitual impulsiveness gets in the way of optimal performance. Some people do not bring their full intellectual resources to bear on a problem but go with the first solution that pops into their heads.
3. Lack of perserverance and perseveration. Some people give up too easily, while others are unable to stop even when the quest will clearly be fruitless.
4. Using the wrong abilities. People may not be using the right abilities for the tasks in which they are engaged.
5. Inability to translate thought into action. Some people seem buried in thought. They have good ideas but rarely seem able to do anything about them.
6. Lack of product orientation. Some people seem more concerned about the process than the result of activity.
7. Inability to complete tasks. For some people nothing ever draws to a close. Perhaps itâs fear of what they would do next or fear of becoming hopelessly enmeshed in detail.
8. Failure to initiate. Still others are unwilling or unable to initiate a project. It may be indecision or fear of commitment.
9. Fear of failure. People may not reach peak performance because they avoid the really important challenges in life.
10. Procrastination. Some people are unable to act without pressure. They may also look for little things to do in order to put off the big ones.
11. Misattribution of blame. Some people always blame themselves for even the slightest mishap. Some always blame others.
12. Excessive self-pity. Some people spend more time feeling sorry for themselves than expending the effort necessary to overcome the problem.
13. Excessive dependency. Some people expect others to do for them what they ought to be doing themselves.
14. Wallowing in personal difficulties. Some people let their personal difficulties interfere grossly with their work. During the course of life, one can expect some real joys and some real sorrows. Maintaining a proper perspective is often difficult.
15. Distractibility and lack of concentration. Even some very intelligent people have very short attention spans.
16. Spreading oneself too think or too thick. Undertaking too many activities may result in none being completed on time. Undertaking too few can also result in missed opportunities and reduced levels of accomplishment.
17. Inability to delay gratification. Some people reward themselves and are rewarded by others for finishing small tasks, while avoiding bigger tasks that would earn them larger rewards.
18. Inability to see the forest for the trees. Some people become obsessed with details and are either unwilling or unable to see or deal with the larger picture in the projects they undertake.
19. Lack of balance between critical, analytical thinking and creative, synthetic thinking. It is important for people to learn what kind of thinking is expected of them in each situation.
20. Too little or too much self-confidence. Lack of self-confidence can gnaw away at a personâs ability to get things done and become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Conversely, individuals with too much self-confidence may not know when to admit they are wrong or in need of self-improvement.
445 Doug Kaufman's Web Site - DOS ports LYNX
This site exists primarily to distribute DOS ports of programs in which I have taken an interest. This consists primarily of the text-mode web browser "lynx", the network file retrievers "wget" and "curl", the file compressor "bzip2" and the URL extractor "urlview". Running programs originally designed for unix in DOS is not necessarily easy. If you download these programs, please read the text files which explain how to set up these programs in DOS and which functional problems may be present.
The latest DOS port of lynx is 2.8.5rel.1. You can download it here (2463576 bytes, 18 April 2004). This version is compiled with openssl-0.9.7d to give SSL support. This means that it can now access https:// URLs. This can now be distributed because of the easing of US export controls on encryption. Please note, however, that US regulations still prohibit export to Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria. Do not download the file if you are from any of these countries. Please check your own country's regulations on the use of strong cryptography before using or redistributing this file.
440 A List Apart: Articles: Taking Advantage of HTML5 and CSS3 with Modernizr
Today, CSS-based layouts are commonplace and every browser has pretty solid support for them. But now we have CSS3 and HTML5, and the situation is repeating itselfâdifferent browsers demonstrate varying levels of support for these new technologies. Weâve smartened up, however, and no longer employ CSS hacks nor use browser sniffingâan unreliable, poor practice. Weâve also convinced more and more clients that websites donât need to look exactly the same in every browser. So how do we deal with this new but familiar problem? Simple: We use feature detection, which means that we do not ask the browser âwho are you?â and make unreliable assumptions from there on. Instead we ask the browser, âcan you do this and that?â Itâs a simple way to test browser capabilities, but doing all these tests manually all the time gets tiresome. To solve that problem (and others), you can use Modernizr.
423 MACBETH STUDIO SYSTEMS
Welcome to MacBeth Synthesizers!
LATEST NEWS: 20/07/09 please scroll down for infoOver the last year and half or so, more products have been developed. Work has gone into the design of a new modular
synthesizer system shared by two formats- the 3U format and the 5U format. The designs are relatively new but still
retain the inherant qualities of the M3X, M5 and M5N synthesizers. The system is called the X-Series Modular Synthesizer
after the popular M3X and its protĂ©gĂ© keyboard synthesizer the X-Factor. This fully analogue keyboard is still under
serious development and there will be more information to follow on that one.
As a refreshing change from making the large scale semi modular M5 and M5N, I am now delving into the production of
smaller, free for all systems that will probably grow large! I'm taking into it all my experience of designing both large and
small analogue synthesizers as well as a few new ideas too. Please take the time to look around this website. In each
catagory there is product information, sounds, tracks and links to other related media on the internet.
Currently the 3U X-Series Dual Oscillator and 'Backend' Filter Combo are in production. I expect delivery of the
Dual Oscillator within the next two weeks- shortly after that the 'Backend' Filter Combo will roll out of production.
Please contact any of the Distributers listed to get your modules.
I intend to produce a short run of the 5U modules soon, so once again- stay tuned for that...
...anyway! I have uploaded quite a few demo sounds on here- maybe not to everyones taste- but at least they make
you think of what these modules could do in the right hands, i.e. you!
- after all- I'm an engineer, not a muscian as such!...Well you decide!
All MacBeth Products are built to exacting standards- from materials selection to the physical build.
The PCBs and Sheet Metalwork are fabricated by Zot Engineering from Musselburgh, Scotland http://www.zot.co.uk
and final assembly is performed by Diatron Assembly Systems from Norwich, England http://www.diatron.co.uk
Both companies also manufacture equipment for the medical, military and aerospace sectors of industrial engineering
405 AudioLemon: HOWTO: Build A Steampunk Oscilloscope
AudioLemon is a blog that looks at all things audio related. Synths, samplers, software, effects and a little bit of electronic music and culture.
A steampunk oscilloscope built by Andrew Smith from parts found in a junk box. "Although not intended to be fully functional it does actually work." It's looks so cute... if you have the DIY skills you can read an article over on electronicsweekly detailing the build, components used and a schematic.
"I discovered that I had a really cute little 7cm CRT in the loft, together with several other valves of different types, and it seemed a good idea to make something decorative with them. For me, a lot of the charm of this piece resides in the unconventional layout and design, using a polished wooden box instead of the more usual metal chassis."
403 RhinoSpike : Foreign Language Audio on Demand!
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399 How To Permanently Delete Your Account on Popular Websites - Smashing Magazine
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370 Welcome, WebM <video>
In February 2007, 1177 days ago to be exact, Opera proposed the <video> element and we published a manifesto for video on the Web. When proposing <video>, we knew there would be two challenges. The first was easy: to get consensus around the syntax. We wanted <video> to be as easy to use as <img>. The second was harder: to find an open and freely-usable high quality video format.
The big news today is that WebM will join the list of open and freely usable Web formats, and video will finally become a first-class citizen of the Web. This is a big deal, and the day will be remembered in the history of the Web. At Opera, weâre proud to add support for WebM into a Labs build â you can download this build for:
369 How to Install Mac OS X on a PC (Without Using a Mac)
There are many great tutorials on the web for using a Mac to install Mac OS X Snow Leopard on a PC. Unfortunately, you may be unable to follow such tutorials if you do not readily have access to a Mac to perform the preparation necessary for the installation.
Great progress has been made in hacking PCs to run OS X, and it is now possible to install Mac OS X without a Mac. Thanks to some great tools put together by some brilliant hackers, it is also much easier and does not involve nearly as much time and effort as was once required.
363 45 Photoshop Actions To Enhance Your Photos And Stand Out | Graphic and Web Design Blog
In this article youĂąÂÂre going to find 45 sets of actions that help you enhance the colors and the main look of the photo.
Actions come really handy when you have a need to enhance your photos, but you just donât have a time for it or necessary skills. Photoshop actions contain various adjustment layers, filters, effects, who are originally recorded by author and you can play them back again. You can create actions yourself or you can just download professional ones here and get amazing results with just once click!
Explore how the action is built, choose which adjustments you want to apply and finally just enjoy great results. In this article youâre going to find 45 sets of actions that help you enhance the colors and change the main look of Your photo.
359 AMAZONA.de - Vintage Synths > Blue Box: Korg PS-3200
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AnlĂ€sslich der Jean Michel Jarre Tour 2008 ist es angebracht, einen seiner treuen Wegbegleiter im BĂŒhnensetup vorzustellen: Den Korg PS-3200. Dieses semi-modulare Instrument kam 1978 â ein Jahr nach âStartâ der Serie in Form von PS-3100 bzw. PS-3300 â auf den Markt. Obwohl sich in diesem einen Jahr technisch gesehen viel getan hat (der PS-3200 verfĂŒgt als Einziger ĂŒber Programmspeicher, stufenlosen Chorus und andere Besonderheiten), und das Instrument bis weit in die 80er Jahre in Produktion bzw. im Angebot war, wurden nur 500 StĂŒck davon hergestellt. Das entspricht jedoch in etwa der âPS-Traditionâ, denn auch vom kleinen PS-3100 wurden nicht mehr als 600 StĂŒck verkauft. Der groĂe PS-3300 (von dem Jean Michel Jarre seinerzeit ĂŒbrigens zwei StĂŒck im Studio hatte) fĂ€llt bekanntlich noch deutlicher aus dem Rahmen, brachte er es doch nur auf ca. 50 gebaute Exemplare.
358 RĂ©sultats Google Recherche d'images correspondant Ă http://www.amazona.de/media/articles/article_images/article_1734/1_ps3200.jpg
AnlĂ€sslich der Jean Michel Jarre Tour 2008 ist es angebracht, einen seiner treuen Wegbegleiter im BĂŒhnensetup vorzustellen: Den Korg PS-3200. Dieses semi-modulare Instrument kam 1978 â ein Jahr nach âStartâ der Serie in Form von PS-3100 bzw. PS-3300 â auf den Markt. Obwohl sich in diesem einen Jahr technisch gesehen viel getan hat (der PS-3200 verfĂŒgt als Einziger ĂŒber Programmspeicher, stufenlosen Chorus und andere Besonderheiten), und das Instrument bis weit in die 80er Jahre in Produktion bzw. im Angebot war, wurden nur 500 StĂŒck davon hergestellt. Das entspricht jedoch in etwa der âPS-Traditionâ, denn auch vom kleinen PS-3100 wurden nicht mehr als 600 StĂŒck verkauft. Der groĂe PS-3300 (von dem Jean Michel Jarre seinerzeit ĂŒbrigens zwei StĂŒck im Studio hatte) fĂ€llt bekanntlich noch deutlicher aus dem Rahmen, brachte er es doch nur auf ca. 50 gebaute Exemplare.
340 7-things-to-stop-doing-now-on-facebook: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance
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Leaving Your Full Birth Date in Your Profile
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It's an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you've already entered a birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.
Overlooking Useful Privacy Controls
For almost everything in your Facebook profile, you can limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself. Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information, among other things. You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos, or block particular people from seeing them. Consider leaving out contact info, such as phone number and address, since you probably don't want anyone to have access to that information anyway.
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Mentioning That You'll Be Away From Home
That's like putting a "no one's home" sign on your door. Wait until you get home to tell everyone how awesome your vacation was and be vague about the date of any trip.
Letting Search Engines Find You
To help prevent strangers from accessing your page, go to the Search section of Facebook's privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Be sure the box for public search results isn't checked.
Permitting Youngsters to Use Facebook Unsupervised
Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over, but children younger than that do use it. If you have a young child or teenager on Facebook, the best way to provide oversight is to become one of their online friends. Use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you receive their notifications and monitor their activities. "What they think is nothing can actually be pretty serious," says Charles Pavelites, a supervisory special agent at the Internet Crime Complaint Center. For example, a child who posts the comment "Mom will be home soon, I need to do the dishes" every day at the same time is revealing too much about the parents' regular comings and goings.
339 HOW TO: Market Your Small Business With No Budget
The social web makes it more cost-effective than ever to get the word out about your business, no matter what industry you're in. We spoke to the experts for their cost-cutting tips.
336 Change of Address: 20 Ways to Get to Know Your Neighbors
Being the new family on the block can be hard, especially if youâre even remotely shy. It can be hard to make friends, made even harder by the fact that almost everyone in the community already has their own group of friends. Still, there are lots of ways you can connect with them and itâs worth the effort required as there are several advantages to getting to know your neighbors. Whether itâs having someone to watch your home while you are on vacation or a helping hand when you desperately need one. Here are some tips to help you break the ice with your new neighbors
327 ReclaimPrivacy.org | Facebook Privacy Scanner
Keep up with the latest news about privacy policies on Facebook.
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324 61 High Quality And Free xHTML Templates Part 2: Year 2010 | Graphic and Web Design Blog
This is part 2 of really fresh and high quality XHTML templates free for you to download, study and get inspired - all in the same time!
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Study code, design, style â how templates work in different browsers, what makes them look good â great case study! Evaluate it and bookmark for later use, when youâll need to complete quick project or check some nifty effect with some cool code.
323 F.lux: software to make your life better
Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow?
Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?
During the day, computer screens look goodâthey're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun.
F.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.
320 60 Minimal and Super Clean Web Designs to Inspire You | Inspiration
Clean websites are awesome! We all love to appreciate beautiful, elegant, minimal and clean websites. Many people think that clean and minimal websites need to be white and need to showcase as less elements and colors as possible, and I always agreed with that, but that is not actually true. And to show you that is possible to have super clean websites with some nice elements and colors, we put this selection together.
316 100 Fresh And Free xHTML Templates Of Year 2010
If you remember some long time at 1stwebdesigner we published huge 2-part article (part 1, part 2) with 202 free HTML templates there, time has been passed and this is follow-up articles. This time you will find here just really new templates, mostly created in this year 2010!
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307 SEO Tips : 11 Tips To Improve Your Site Ranking In Bing Search Engine
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303 View topic - Yamaha CS30 modifications ? help needed :D
Instruments - Yamaha CS30 modifications ? help needed :D
radek tymecki - Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:14 pm
Post subject: Yamaha CS30 modifications ? help needed :D
I've found this site:
I've made mod in my CS30 - faster LFO speed... anyway?
I know circuit in cs30 is diffrent. anyway i was wonderin howto get 24db lopass?
JarreYuri - Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:05 pm
I don't know... yet.
But I just wanted to say that I would soooo much want to have that synth You have.
Which version do You have?
radek tymecki - Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:22 pm
I had 3 versions:
- Yamaha CS30L
- Yamaha CS30 with sequencer 6 or 8 steps
- Yamaha CS30 with sequencer 1 to 8 steps
sold first two
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