Video and Pics Add to Blogs, Where’s the Sound?

The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > Basics: Bloggers Add Moving Images to Their Musings
“People can now transmit photos and video taken with hand-helds or cellphones directly to the host sites. Several free services are available, including, and Buzznet ( You create an account, choose a gallery address (for example,, and provide some information about your phone model and wireless service to configure the service. TextAmerica provides a premium service for $50 a year that lets you secure your gallery with a password.”

The article goes off on vid and pics but deosn’t mention audio. Is posting phone pics the nexct step for ClassCaster?

Slashdot | New Open Source VoIP PBX

Slashdot | New Open Source VoIP PBX
It looks like Asterisk isn’t the only open source PBX game in town anymore. sipX, as the name implies, is a SIP-only PBX project released under the LGPL. A noteworthy feature is the inclusion of an out-of-the-box web-based management console. Read more about the release over at Voxilla.

I’ve been working with Asterisk quite a bit the past few weeks for a little project that CALI will soon launch. This /. piece is good because the comment do a nice job of mentioning other Linux PBX projects and discussing the features of these compared to Asterisk.

Winik : Windows & *nix synergy : HomePage

Winik : Windows & *nix synergy : HomePage
“Winik is a cygwin distro that users can install in Windows like other applications program. Winik is unix like and users can select program from Start button and menus.
Users can select other wm such as KDE, Gnome, Icewm, Wmaker, Xfce etc. Winik give a taste of *nix to windows users. Winik are based on x/cygwin. Users can install Winik modules just likes other Windows application.”

More in the world of emulation:) It is worth poking around with stuff like this to get an idea of what there is outside of Windows.

Atari ST Emulation

About ARAnyM
“ARAnyM is an acronym: Atari Running on Any Machine. It is a virtual machine software for running the Atari ST/TT/Falcon operating systems (TOS, FreeMiNT, MagiC and others) and TOS/GEM applications on any kind of hardware – be it an IBM clone (read it as “PC” :-), an Apple, an Unix server, a graphics workstation or even a portable computer.”

What can I say, I’m a sucker for emulators.

No Joy for MSFT Speech Server

InfoWorld: Bumpy start for Microsoft’s Speech Server: February 22, 2005:

This MSFT offering has not set the world on fire. Maybe “speech recognition for the masses” isn’t a very catchy slogan.


“The JavaScripTools is a set of JavaScript components and functions to make the web developer’s life easy.”

Includes a set of classes for dealing with tables that would be handy for laying out lots of data, like CALI has.

Switching to an Alternative Windows Desktop

Using Explorer as the shell for Windows XP can be a bit of a drag. With the defaults, Explorer ties up a big chunk of memory and it has some issues as far as usability. If you’ve had any experience with X in the *nix world or the Mac’s OS X desktop, you know there are better solutions than the XP Desktop. Luckily, you don’t need to live with it. I’ve experimented with alternative desktops and utilities for Windows quite a bit over the years, and I think they have now matured to the point where they are usable. This piece describes what I’m using on my laptops and it is not intended to be some sort of general listing of utilities and shells.

Replacement Shell

Most folks don’t realize that you can replace the Windows default shell, Explorer. In early versions of Windows, it was easier, but it can be done in XP. There are lots of possibilites here, but I went with bblean, an offsheet of the X window manager Blackbox. Just download the zip archive, drop it on your C:\ drive and it runs. I chose it because it doesn’t use the XP registry, it has a relatively small memory footprint, has a lot of available styles, does a good job of grabbing existing desktop folders and such, is very configurable, and includes an utitlity to install it as the default shell, replacing Explorer as the Windows desktop.

Desktop Utilities

I added 2 utilities that provide a bit of advanced functionality to the desktop. YzDock is a neat little application launcher for Windows that behaves like the app launcher on the OS X desktop. You can add your favorite apps to it and let it rip.
Konfabulator is desktop widget maker/manager that was ported to Windows from the Mac world. It adds little utilities to your desktop including things like weather, a basic search box, to-do list, and more. Best part is that you can easily create your own Konfabulator widgets.

Elmer\'s new desktop.

Some Other Modder Resources

  1. Athene Operating System
    Athene is a high performance multimedia operating system for desktop computers.
  2. – Dedicated to being massive directory of freeware
    Dedicated to being massive directory of freeware
    Lots of links to MSFT Windows shells and tweaks.
  3. :: Geoshell ::
  4. PowerPro
    PowerPro Features. PowerPro incorporates these features: Starting Programs. Any number of small-footprint button bars (e.g. fits over title bar of maximized window).
  5. ShellON Features
  6. Aston – Desktop manager and Shell replacement for Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP
    A skinnable desktop and browser program. Offers skins, themes, plug-ins, for many programs. Alternate interfaces for Windows
  7. Talisman Desktop. Program for desktop management, shell replacement, 32bit XP icons, themes, skins, visual styles
    The creators of desktop manager and shell replacement software for the Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP system. IF you need fast, high-customized, skinable interface builder program(instead standard Windows Desktop) then you must try our software…