When Open Source and Pro Audio meet

We had the Audacity project for a powerful audio recording and editing environment. We now have the ardour project for a true audio workstation that targets to compete the major options available.

According to the Ardour project web site: “Ardour capabilities include: multichannel recording, non-destructive editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a powerful mixer, unlimited tracks/busses/plugins, timecode synchronization, and hardware control from surfaces like the Mackie Control Universal. If you’ve been looking for a tool similar to ProTools, Nuendo, Pyramix, or Sequoia, you might have found it.

Ardour currently runs on Linux, Solaris, and Mac OS X.

More, SAE recently announced its support to this project.


Safari for Windows

Great news! Safari for Windows!

For those asking what I’m talking about, Safari is the name of Apple’s Web browser. Available only under Apple’s Mac OS X until now and the foundation of Apple’s iPhone.

Such news can not be left without a reaction.

So I’ve downloaded and installed the application. So far, so good. Everything went fine as expected.

But when browsing to some of my favorite sites some major display defects appear. Looks like some defective CSS support… What so ever! This is quite disapointing… Luckily, a simple button allows for bug report to Apple’s development teams… Some bug reports later I switch back to Firefox… Too bad, may be was Safari launched too soon!

Joey, another cool application by Mozilla?

Mozilla is experimenting a service that lets users store online content on a remote server and access that information on cell phones. Using the Firefox browser on a computer, users select portions of Web sites, including images, text, and videos, and save them onto their personal page hosted by Mozilla. Later, the user can access that Joey page and all the stored items from a computer based browser or a cell phone

Requires both a Firefox extension for uploading content and a Java application on your mobile phone for browsing…

Read the complete description on Yahoo! News.

While Joey is probably still under heavy work (uploads fail on my computer) but looks worth a try. A new way of thinking bookmarking.


Do I need ubiquitous access to my pictures?

Do I (really) need ubiquitous access to my pictures? Asking this question may sound weird but let’s go into the details.

Not so long ago, your pictures were probably stored in a shoebox, some of them in photo albums. Photo sharing took place when relatives came home or when, back to work, chatting at the coffee machine… Nobody even thought of carrying one’s own photo library at any time or sharing them with anybody down the street.

This has changed in the digital world. As other digitalized media, a picture is not a piece of material any more. A picture now consists of a couple of bytes stored on a local or remote hard drive that can easily be linked to. This has completely changed our relation to the pictures, but did it change our relation to people, to relatives?

We need to consider two kinds of relation to people here. Relation to people I know, and, relation to people I may not know.

Relation to people I know, let’s call them relatives, is based on sharing – sharing emotions, ideas, pictures… But in a managed way – I know who I talk to and with whom I want to share pictures.

Relation to people I may not know is based on discovering. Here, rather than sharing, I may be willing to publish what I want others to know about me, my interests, my ideas, my works, in order to create new relations.

We have here two specific needs. At Koffeeware, we chose to address the relation with relatives first. With relatives, we are on a long term relation and ready to share a lot. An example, your last kid, you don’t want to have to chose which picture to share with them. You want to show them a lot of pictures, more than a lot… And new ones, as often as possible. The digital life also simplifies sharing as it does not require to meet them, we don’t have to wait to share.

More, we think the digital life does not have to impose technologies. Your relatives should be able to watch the pictures using whatever means they like: web pages, mobile phone, personalized home pages, and so on.

Last, thanks to the digital format, pictures are easy to store. A photo sharing solution should also provide a long term storage solution. Because it is good to know the pictures are safe from any failure that may end up in losing them.

This is what we are heading to with recent developments on KoffeePhoto. Not only can you access your pictures from any computer, but you can install a digital frame on your iGoogle or Netvibes personalized home page and you can even access and share your albums while meeting someone in the street using your mobile phone.

So, do I need ubiquitous access to my pictures? True photo sharing requires it.

Who Killed the Electric Car?

Un nouvel opus de la guerre du carburant ?

Introuvable en France mais évoqué par Yves Blanc dans son émission La Planète Bleue, un documentaire américain, Who Killed the Electric Car?, décrit la courte vie d’une tentative de voiture 100 % électrique en Californie.

Le film relate l’éphémère vie de l’EV1, le véhicule électrique 2 places produit par General Motors. De 1996 à 1999, seuls 1117 véhicules furent produits pour répondre au décret californien de 1990 imposant des véhicules à zéro émission.

La faible autonomie du véhicule montra les limites du projet devant l’avènement des véhicules hybrides.

Disponibles uniquement à la location, les véhicules furent détruits à l’expiration du dernier bail en août 2004.

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