I’ve just published the latest revision of RecentWidgets. Incase you hadn’t heard of it before I had better tell you what it does and why you can’t live without it. It’s an RSS feed watcher. And the particular feeds it watches come from the following widget download sites:
So there you have it, and easy way to find the most recent widgets. It’s now at version 1.1 incorporating a fix that made it disappear when using the links on the back.
And in case you’re wondering, this was the original one, if you see something very much like it, the chances are that they copied it from my source code, and I use HowToCreate.co.uk to get the RSS stuff going. I’ve come across a couple of cases where they copied every file in the NZMac.com widget and forgot to change the info files, so it still claimed to be ours in the Process Viewer. Not cool.
A couple of weeks ago Terri Ryan of The Waco Tribune contacted me about a photo I took in Paris two years ago. Terri put together an article about numerous independence celebrations around the world. I received two copies of the article today and even though I knew my photo was going to be used I was amazed to see it for real.
I even got credited there in a pretty prominent place, so my name is out there and hopefully being associated with good photographs. Some might think that I could have asked a hefty sum for something so big and featuring on the first page of their Entertainment section. But all I asked for was a copy to hang on my wall. Terri sent me two! Now I just need to find some where to frame it
I remember when I found out about chemistry
It was a long, long way from here
I was old enough to want it but younger than I wanted to be
Suddenly my mission was clear
Some very clever people in Russia have designed what is, in my opinion, the most amazing keyboard every. Art. Lebedev Studio’s Optimus Keyboard is only a rendered mock up of a full sized keyboard featuring an OLED but it shows the real potential of being able to customise the label on every key. Imagine playing Unreal Tournament or Half-Life 2 and having an image of each weapon on the key that relates to it. Instead of pressing E for the rocket launcher, you’d reach for the button with the rockets on it. But it’s not just for gamers. Serious programs such as Final Cut Pro or Adobe Photoshop have a bewildering number of keyboard shortcuts. Wouldn’t it be great to see the tool on the key. It’s have to change relative the program’s state as each key’s use changes, but with USB 2 and a fast enough CPU it’s not going to slow down noticeably when sending new images to the mini-displays on the keyboard.
But of course there is a draw back. It doesn’t exist yet, like I said before this is only a simulation. And the cost of 112 individual OLED displays is going to put this out of reach of all but the most dedicated geeks for quite a while. I’m going to start saving.
Update: They do intend to make it, according to the FAQ they aim to go into production in 2006 and best of all, they’re Mac people so there’s a strong chance of it being fully useable with OS X