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  • ranti 15:15 on November 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Creative Commons: Add-in Support for OpenOffice.org 

    Creative Commons was one of the sponsors for students who participated in the Google Summer Code project.  One of their students worked on developing an OpenOffice add-in that allows one to embed a Creative Commons license in their Writer, Calc, and Impress documents.


    The add-in is available without charge at http://wiki.creativecommons.org/OpenOfficeOrg_Addin. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL.)

    Oh, you can also get the similar add-in for Microsoft Office from their site too.

  • ranti 13:42 on November 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: creative commons,   

    “Elephant Dream” open movie 


    From their project site:
    “‘Elephants Dream’ is the result of almost a year of work, a project initiated and coordinated by the Blender Foundation. Six people from the Blender user/development community were selected to come over to Amsterdam to work together on an animated short movie, utilizing Open Source tools only.”

    Cool project, I’d say.  This movie is under a Creative Commons license.  Some people utilized this open movie for their own projects as well.  Among them are:

    One obvious benefit from the Creative Common license: it encourages people to also be more creative.  Pun intended.

  • ranti 21:46 on November 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gmail, imap   

    gmail goes imap 

    Yesh.  Gmail finally goes IMAP.  This means I can use my Thunderbird on my lappy to read all of my emails now and don’t have to go extra to the Web just for reading my Gmail account.

    First, of course, one has to enable the IMAP on one’s Gmail account.  The IMAP setting for email clients is explained in a separate page, be that your usual email client on your computer or on your phone.

  • ranti 18:03 on November 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: chumby, fun,   

    chumby: squishy and fun 

    I heard about Chumby sometime last year from one of the founders, Duane Maxwell, when he decided to move on from the Linspire company. Since then, I’ve been patiently waiting for the product to be made available for the public. I wished I could be one of their first 50 (or 100) testers though. Judging from their comments so far on chumby forum, the early testers were having a blast tinkering with the toy. Some even customized chumby’s physical appearance and I like this one the best. I think it would be a blast if somebody implements it on the teletubbies (ignoring trademark and copyright.) ;-)

    Anyway, they finally opened up the product for people who left their email address to be notified when chumby is out for the public. This group is called the “Insiders”, and I assume I’m one of them now. I believe they’re still in the “Insiders” mode until December this year; anybody can still register their email to be notified later.

    triple chumby

    So, I received my chumby last month (October 2007.) I didn’t bother to document the whole experience (opening the box, setting up the first time, etc.) Anybody who’s interested to see it can always find chumby-related pictures on flickr.

    I haven’t really explored its full capabilities yet. So far, I only use it to track and display several places: flickr, facebook, lolcat, icanhazcheeburger, google news, clock, and weather, using their widgets. I also implemented chumby app. on my facebook. Since the whole concept is open-source application, anybody could hack their own chumby and/or create their own widgets.

    So far, it’s been fun.

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