Thomas Sampson


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Windows CD/DVD Emulation

After a complete HDD re-format and clean OS install today (Win7) I stumbled upon WinCDEmu, a completely free and open-source CD/DVD emulator. I have used Daemon Tools Lite in the past, however WinCDEmu stood out for the following reasons…

  • Automatically associates with .iso  files (and alike)
  • Disc images can be mounted directly from explorer by double clicking the image file
  • Disc images can be  created directly from explorer
  • Completely free and open-source, no hidden nasties
  • Portable version available
  • Doesn’t require a reboot!


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Project Activity Visualisations

A friend linked me to this video yesterday evening and I found it very interesting to watch. This is the work of Michael Ogawa, who created the software to generate the following video. The software takes all the activity information for a particular project sitting on a subversion server, and uses this data to generate a visual representation of project activity. More project captures can be found on Michaels’ Vimeo stream.

code_swarm – Python from Michael Ogawa on Vimeo.


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Blog Rejection!

Merry ChristmasIt suddenly came to my attention this evening that I had seriously rejected my blog over the holiday season! Mainly due to it being Christmas, but also due to the amount of assignment deadlines which popped up towards the end of semester one. Well anyway, the majority of the assignments are handed in with a remaining 2 to be handed in next semester! There are a couple of articles I have been eager to write lately, which I plan to start sometime tomorrow, to share with the web (and also to revise my knowledge of the topics for use in exams next month :p ).

Starting tomorrow I am planning to write articles on simplifying Boolean logic using
De Morgan’s Law
(useful in many professions, especially programming and any logic related areas). Also I had been planning to try and demystify actionscript, a language which I despise until it works and looks pretty good, then I stumble along some more. I plan to try and write an article on OOP in actionscript and also variable/object scopes which are as yet beyond me in flash. I remember a while back I posted a link to an actionscript OOP tutorial, but the article I write will try and tackle the subject in plain English and probably make more sense to those familiar with other HLL such as java or c++. Talking about posting this stuff is one thing and doing it is another, but I honestly think that if people didn’t contribute this kind of stuff (useless to most, invaluable to the minority) then the Internet would be a sparse place. In the meantime here is a useful link to a website dedicated to the organisation and categorisation of open source software. Merry Christmas!

http://www.osliving.com/index.html