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automator lazyweb

what do I need to do to get the path of a selected file and transform that to a URL using automator?

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tiger: quartz composer, the other shoe…

Oh. They really are screen savers. Oh my god. Wow.

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tiger: automator: xmlrpc/soap interface


I just wanted to point this out.

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Tiger: Quartz Composer

Tiger: Free Real-Time Interactive Eye Candy Maker — Quartz Composer: “Joshua Ellis (zenarchery.com) writes us with an insanely cool discovery on the Mac OS X 10.4 developer DVD. I’m still waiting on my Tiger shipment, but this will definitely be on my install. Josh writes:

So I’m playing with the new Quartz Composer in OS X 10.4, which allows you to do weird sort of graphic installation-y stuff, plus design your own screensavers. It’s basically a drag-and-drop OpenGL composer, sort of like Max/MSP for making eye candy. You can load images or QuickTime movies and do real-time graphics processing on them.

In the list of controller tools? MIDI Clock, MIDI Controllers (aka pitch and mod wheel) and MIDI Notes. I haven’t gotten all my drivers updated yet, but it appears that this eye candy can be controlled via MIDI (in addition to the keyboard, an LFO, RSS feeds, the command line…pretty much anything). And you can write your eye candy out as an actual application. Which other people can download.

You have to install the XCode Tools to get this on Tiger, but they’re included free on the DVD. The app is called ‘Quartz Composer’. I think Macs may have just gotten a couple of hundred times more interesting.

Josh also tells us you can interactively map audio inputs to assign volume peak and spectrum to other controllers(!) While this is no substitute for Max/MSP and Jitter, for some visual fun and Swiss Army Knife-interactivity, looks like a must-install. Stay tuned..”

(Via createdigitalmusic.com.)

wow! WOW! wowowowow! Download an example I made. Here’s a small screen grab movie clip for those of you who aren’t on tiger yet. YEssss… here’s another. This is so much fun. What isn’t mentioned in the article is there’s drag and drop VIDEO support 3d transforms, Bonjour services, image getter, RSS feed support… IT’S OFF THE HOOK, PEOPLE!

update check out http://quartzcomps.com/ … thanks jono!

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microsoft does VI


My man Terry in Austin sends me this… a scene we’d not love to see… ever.

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microsoft is a biter

WindOSX Longhorn: the great wait.

The bulk of Gates’ speech covered Longhorn’s visual and organizational features — which Apple CEO Steve Jobs described last week as “shamelessly” copying his company’s Mac OS X operating system.

“They can’t even copy fast,” Jobs said at his company’s shareholder meeting.

Indeed, many of the features that Gates demonstrated Monday have been a part of the Mac OS since it was released in March 2001.

And some of Longhorn’s organizational tools, such as faster searching and virtual folders that populate with documents based on the information they contain, are expected to be part of the version of Mac OS X that goes on sale Friday.

“Microsoft will have a year and a half to add some bells and whistles to allow it to claim some differentiation,” said Dwight Davis, an analyst at the research firm Summit Strategies.

That’s like drawing a smiley face on a pile of shit and telling us it’s the Mona Lisa.

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Atariboy’s Sidetrack mod

woweeee, this is a good idea. Atariboy, of plasq fame, came up with a great idea for us sidetrack users.

I used silver adhesive vinyl used on cars for those decals you see on back windscreens for example of hotted up cars saying ‘TOS’ or ‘No Fat Chicks’.. uh anyway.. It looks great and helps find the zones.

I had zones marked out for the top corners for back and forward in web browsers and the scroll zone. I tried setting the bottom area for other actions but they where always getting in the way.

I’m thinking even a strip of tape just wide enough to feel the delineation would be adequate. Guaranteed, his mod will end up being the nicer looking one :)

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ichat server, jabber

hey, deeje.. found on the mac os x tiger server overview

iChat Server

To ensure secure instant messaging in your organization, Tiger Server enables you to host a private iChat Server that integrates with your existing directory services for user accounts and authentication. iChat Server uses the XMPP protocol popularized by the open-source Jabber project and SSL/TLS encryption to protect internal communications. And because it’s based on open standards, iChat Server works with Tiger’s iChat AV and with popular Jabber clients on Windows, Linux and PDAs.

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Darwinia

oh my god, did I just spend the whole afternoon playing Darwinia? It’s dark outside, it wasn’t last time I checked. Wow.

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transparent screens

This is what we do with all the free time we have not battling the latest virus, zing
Transparent Screens
Thanks, Johnny!

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treo 650

ooooof. yes. Powerful. Mature OS. amazing screen. acceptable photos. free ssh!

so long danger hiptop… you disappointed me sorely, I’ll never return. Say hi to the magic cap for me… in the PDA graveyard. It was the politics and greed that killed you.

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Math art!


whee!!! While looking at the make blog article on the Pixel roller, I checked out Processing, which is a programming language for visual arts! I was telling Jono about it, when I noticed this:
Bluetooth PDA sync.. whoa, wait, that’s my treo. I can send control data from my treo via bluetooth and control art programs? *head explodes*

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wordpress remove curly quotes

ahhhhhhhhh Thank you!!

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Jef Raskin

The Joy of Tech has a great panel on Jef Raskin. Thank you Jef.

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Allinbox.com

It occurs to me, I haven’t posted about allinbox.com, even though I’ve been soaking it up for about a month over there now. This is a little piece of DIY LCD Projector heaven in French. Each photo on that page links to multiple pictures of each build. I definitely appreciate all the great ideas there. Amazing stuff.

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