Echo location. Two very common words among those of us who rely on our ears to get around. In fact, one particularly ambitious individual created an entire technique and class devoted to the idea. There are even devices which attempt to capitalize on sound in order to provide cane travellers with more detailed information about objects, such as overhead obstacles, ledges, and that sort of thing. But what if, given the right technology, we could take echo location even further and expand our ears, so to speak.
Nostalgic for a simpler time? Then take advantage of those crisp high-resolution fonts to relive the glory days of the Great Underground Empire, or play any of hundreds of great works from the Interactive Fiction archive. Frotz lets you play free works of Interactive Fiction (a.k.a. text adventure games) on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Frotz plays titles written in the Z-Machine format. This format was invented by Infocom and was used to produce classic text adventures from the 80s such as the Zork Trilogy, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Trinity. In the past decade, text adventures have experienced a renaissance due to the efforts of a diverse Internet community of talented interactive fiction writers and fans. Many of these games are written using the same engine that powered Infocom’s titles, thanks to the Inform compiler and authoring system created by Graham Nelson.
This week Joel, Leo and Alex discuss Cool Picks:
In the world of VOIP (Voice Over IP) communication, apps abound which provide you with many functions and features for good voice communication. Some of these are straight forward, used for simplicity like Skype. Others, such as Ventrilo, TeamSpeak and TeamTalk offer a more flexible approach, with servers and channels that people use to attain higher depths in voice quality.
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The Computer Dilemma
There is not a doubt that although Apple is fantastic for providing out of box accessibility with computers, Macs have a tendency to be excessively expensive, especially if raw power is the desired trait of the machine. I was faced with this conundrum when about a month ago, I realized that my MacBook Air was getting quite old, and because of additional complications such as internal parts not working, I decided that it would just be best to get a new computer. My potential Mac was going to have to be able to handle a heavy workload, as I do a lot of audio editing and music making, but the main problem that I was having was that to get a computer that would meet my needs, I would be forced to fork over almost 2500 Canadian dollars. Once I retrieved my jaw from the floor, it was time to look for a solution. Many friends and colleagues voiced their opinions that if I wanted a powerful computer, and didn’t want to drain my bank account, I would be best served by getting a Windows based machine. Although I am capable of using Windows, I prefer the mac for a wide number of reasons, the main one being that for education and research, I feel that VoiceOver handles web browsing and word processing better. Yes, it is true that VoiceOver has issues with web applications, and Microsoft Word is a mess for the Mac, but if I really need to, I can just install the Windows operating system using Bootcamp which will run much better than a so called “Hackintosh,” which is OS X running on a Windows computer. All this aside, the point still stood; I needed to find a way to get a powerful MacBook, while balancing my budget.
In this episode, Alex quickly shows you how to start recording with REAPER. He then edits out a burp and explains the various ripple modes used for splitting and removing items.
In this podcast, Justin takes us through all the basics of seeing your iPhone’s signal strength in DBM, or decibel-milliwatts. Though this may extremely complicated, Justin reveals that it is actually very simple and demonstrates how to change your signal strength to DBM, then how to take it back to the default settings.