Just stumbled upon it on youtube: Linerider.

A great small flash game where you have to draw lines/ramps/hills/slopes to keep a virtual sledder on track or just let him crash against a wall 😉

Quote: At first glimpse, it looks like a silly scrawl. But don’t let that fool
you — Line Rider is becoming one of the most popular flash games on the
web. Part Jackass stunt, part physics lesson, Line Rider encourages
users to “draw” their own ramps, hills, and slopes with a pencil tool,
then sends a virtual sledder (wearing a red scarf) along the route
until he swoops, swerves and crashes. Build an elaborate enough course
and you’ll feel like a little kid playing in the snow again, zooming
downhill, popping up in the air, wiping out on a ramp jump a la Evel
Knievel.

You definitely should throw a look at it, but just if you wanna spend the next days and nights drawing lines..

By the way: Time.com titles it “the newest time waster” here

mydreamapp.com yesterday released the results for the contest searching for the best new mac app idea.

Winners are: Atmosphere (showing the weather outside on your desktop), Portal (a sync service) & Cookbook (a cookbook application – what else?).

My personal favourite won: Portal. It can be used to sync all kinds of files between different Macs without the need for .Mac. Sounds great. Hopefully the user interface will improve a lot, but I don’t loose hope yet, as Austin Sarner, the creator of AppZapper and one of the brains behind Disco, is one of the programmers realizing the three apps…

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Disco! Disco! Disco!

October 26, 2006

Disco! Disco! Disco!The new darling in stylish cd/dvd burning finally is realeased into the wil through a new public beta from Monday on: Disco.

I already had the luck of beaing able to testdrive Disco and it’s so far what you would expect from a small cd/dvd burning app. What’s still missing, but will follow shortly and will be included in the final version is burning Audio CDs.

But what I really love about real Mac apps is the process of installation: Download and open the disc image, drag & drop the app to the applications folder (best is if they already have an alias to you applications folder on the disc image like they have it on the disco image), wait a second, you’re done.

And real Mac apps also have some gimmicks. The special thing when working with disco is: Smoke.

Yes, your dvd is burnt, so, there’s gotta be smoke. A great feature. You can read more about this feature on their website… here: http://discoapp.com/blog/?p=25 

And it even reacts to your mousemovements if you’re hovering over them. Nice.

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Over at MediaFire they opened a new free file hosting service where you can upload files and provide them for download to others, for example if you need to send some file that doesn’t fit into an email.

They are promoting unlimited up- and downloads, unlimited bandwidth, mutliple simultaneous up- and downloads and you don’t have to sign in to send files -but it’s easier to manage you files if you create a free login… and you can easily create a link or email a file to someone within a few clicks per file.

Only: This all is financed by advertising (by Google ADs), there—s no FTP or WebDAV access  and you’re not allowed to:

“Submit Content that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic,
abusive, harassing, threatening, unlawful or promotes or encourages
illegal activity;

Submit Content that violates the rights of others, such as
Content that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret
or violates any right of privacy or publicity, or that is libelous or
defamatory, or that directs any user to the content of a third party
without consent of the third party;

Defame or libel any person; invade any person’s right of
privacy or publicity or otherwise violate, misappropriate or infringe
the rights of any person;…”

Seems to be a fair system…

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If you need to know how many visitors your wordpress.com blog has, but you’re not allowed to insert javascript code as wordpress.com doesn’t allow javascript due to security issues, you still can use sitemeter or activemeter which both also have free accounts available. You can then link to those if you’re embedding the code inside an image tag. See Dr. Mikes post in the forums.



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Disco for burning apes

October 23, 2006

A new mac cd/dvd burning revolution for mac users is on the rise and came to show up before my almost blind apes eyes: Disco. A new competitor to the everlasting Roxio Toast.

The beta is out for first users and I couldn’t test it yet, but the screenshots and small videos, they’re promoting the app with, seem quite burning (not just literally…)

Hope to get a beta tester soon… until then, I’m taking lessons here: http://discoapp.com/blog/?p=25

Every monkey loves free software, even if he’s got to spit somewehere to get it…

If you’re leaving your vote over at http://mydreamapp.com/ you’ll get a copy of some fine stuff (e.g. Overflow 2.0 (normally worth $14,95) or PhotoPresenter (normally worth $8) for this round), and perhaps you help to built some cool software which really is needed (even if my favourites are allready out…Sorry Jeff, for not getting iGTD through…).

But you’ll have to hurry: It’s already the final round, winners will be announced on Wedneday!

Flickrfree video

October 21, 2006

Flicker Filter When your’re inserting graphics or images with thin lines or structures in a video when editing in pal or ntsc formats, these often start to flicker when viewed on a normal tv screen.

This happens due to the fact that pal and ntsc broadcasts are transmitted in an interlaced way. This means that not 25/29.97 full progressive frames per second are transmitted, but instead 50/60 interlaced images per second are sent. Through this broadcast images are split up in two images which contain just every second line of the image (1 image upper frame first, 1 image lower frame first). When using images with thin lines or structures, the lines or structures get split up for the two images. This often produces flickered images when viewd on a tv screen.

To get rid of these flickered images, there’s an effect in Apple’s Final Cut Pro called Flicker Effect which blends and blurs the frames slightly, but kills the strange looking effect. Voilá.

Monkey Book Pro: PMU Reset

October 21, 2006

I experienced problems with my MacBook Pro not going to sleep properly after updating to Mac OS X 10.4.8. When closing the lid, the screen went black, but the Mac didn’t go to sleep itself and worked along happily.

What helped to solve this issue for me was a PMU Reset (PMU is the Power Management Unit/ according to Apple: “The Power Manager is an integrated circuit (computer chip) that is on the logic board of the MacBook or MacBook Pro. It controls backlighting, hard disk spin down, sleep and wake, somecharging aspects, trackpad control, and some input/output as it relatesto the computer sleeping.” ).

PMU reset for a MacBook/MacBook Pro:

  1. If the computer is on, turn it off.
  2. Disconnect the AC Adapter and remove the computer’s battery.
  3. Press and hold down the power button for 5 seconds and then release the button.
  4. Reconnect the battery and AC Adapter.
  5. Press the Power button to restart the computer.

By the way: Apple tells you to first try to restart your mac normally to solve the issue 😉

After some discussion with friends & apple service technicians, we recommend to hold down the power button for at least 10 seconds.

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DeadApeInParisInc.

October 5, 2006

According to an reuters article, Paris should live in fear.

They found a dead ape near paris and tell everyone to be afraid. There really must be a lot of apes running around paris and biting people 😉