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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Another song: Dolor Sit Amet

Here's another song I made using Audacity and a couple of instruments. It's a passionate love song / waltz, called Dolor Sit Amet.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Song I made using Audacity

Here's a song I made using Audacity and a bunch of instruments: Experiment 1.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Useful widgets for Google Desktop sidebar

I turned the Google Desktop sidebar back on, because there are a few widgets that I thought would make my life easier. They definitely help.

At the top, there's the time and date, day, and a mini calendar.

Below that is a large yellow notepad - this is the most useful widget. I often need a place to jot down information, and to refer to it. This notepad widget is always visible, and doesn't cover up any other windows.

Just below that is a little purple calculator widget called easyCalc. You can type in arithmetic expressions. It's not the greatest - the numbers are tiny, and it behaves a bit wonky sometimes - but it does the job.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Nice bookmarks you can print out

If you ever need to print out some bookmarks, these three by Jan Brett are quite nice.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

jEdit macro: Toggling between proportional and monospaced fonts

Here's a jEdit macro to toggle between a nice proportional font and a not-bad monospaced font:
if (jEdit.getProperty("view.font") == "Franklin Gothic Medium") {
jEdit.setIntegerProperty("view.fontsize", 19);
jEdit.setProperty("view.font", "DejaVu Sans Mono");
} else {
jEdit.setIntegerProperty("view.fontsize", 22);
jEdit.setProperty("view.font", "Franklin Gothic Medium");

I like jEdit's choice of macro language (Java). And you can assign a keyboard shortcut to any macro (I'm using F9).



Thursday, March 06, 2008

5beeps.wav - Useful replacement sound for calendar apps

Don't you hate how Outlook's Reminder window is buried under your other windows, causing you to miss appointments?

Solution: Change the Reminder sound to this more noticeable set of 5 beeps: 5beeps.wav. Change it in Tools > Options > Advanced Options > Reminder Options > Reminder Sound.

It's an unobtrusive yet noticeable alert sound. Useful for other applications as well.

(Based on the public-domain beepdoub.wav sound.)