Category Archives: Technology

Playing with OS/X Text To Speech

TL;DR – I built an app that exercises OS/X’s support for various spoken voices. You can run the packaged app here: http://www.radiks.net/~jimbo/sayer.zip The .zip file will show up in your Downloads folder.  Click on sayer.zip.  You will be asked if … Continue reading

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Chicken! Fight like a Robot!

Chasing Ghosts (2007) Chasing Ghosts takes another stab at chronicling the glory-day stories and afterlives of a series of world-class video game champions and their advocate.  The group became famous in 1982 when they attended the first video game competition … Continue reading

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Finding the Beast in Nonpositive Integers

On Facebook, my friend Mike just opined that the percentage of nonpositive integers that contain the number 666 is just below one tenth of a percent. Well, I had to see how close he was … at least how close … Continue reading

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Processing GMail items with Ruby

I had a number of items in my GMail inbox that hadn’t been read.  These were not likely to be read, but I wanted to keep them for posterity. I pondered putting together some kind of an automated solution to … Continue reading

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Happy 30th Birthday, Commodore 64

30 years ago today, the venerable Commodore 64 home computer was released. While it wasn’t my first microcomputer, I was most fond of this little computer. The C64 and Me I had been using a C64 in a classroom environment in … Continue reading

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Scripting Safari

I am new to Mac programming.  I have downloaded Xcode and MacRuby and have some familiarity with Objective-C and common Unix tools.  I had thought that I might stick to MacRuby for any immediate projects so that I could get … Continue reading

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Demystifying my Nagware Scheme

In my post The Protection Racket, I referred to a “copy-protection” scheme used for years in my command-line emailer MailSend in the late 90’s. While it really didn’t prevent making copies of the trial version, it served as a reminder … Continue reading

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MailWrench CSharp Command Line Mailer for Windows is now Free Software

Version 2.00 of MailWrench, my newest command-line mailer for Windows, is now free software.  You may download the C# source code, executable file, build script, and the v 1.01 documentation at: http://www.mailsend-online.com/mailwrench.zip Any further changes to MailWrench will be captured … Continue reading

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My new toy … Macbook Pro

I picked up a Macbook Pro laptop today.  It’s the low-end,13-inch screen model. I’ve been wanting a Mac for a while.  Now, off to tinker…

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Ancient Devtools

When I first began using microcomputers in the late 1970’s, development tools for 8-bit machines were precious and mysterious commodities.  Most of these sorts of tools that looked to be useful were very expensive.  My usage of most of these … Continue reading

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