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Jameco managers take a pay cut to avoid staff reductions October 19, 2009

Posted by JudyAimeCastro in how-to, Tech Review, Uncategorized.
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The latest Jameco catalog has a picture of a breadline during the Great Depression on the cover. Curious, I opened the front cover and read:

“…We at Jameco understand these times of economic uncertainty. When you struggle, we struggle. At a time of high unemployment, the Jameco management team has taken salary cuts to ensure the continued full employment of the trained professionals you have come to depend on for the past 35 years”…

If, like me, you are impressed by this, you might consider giving them as much business as possible.

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OSC on your Iphone March 20, 2009

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OSCemote
Thanks to Brian Jepson for this link: http://lux.vu/blog/oscemote/
And to Bjoern Hartmann for this one:http://hexler.net/touchosc

If you don’t know what OSC is, find out. It was developed at Berkeley a while back and is quickly becoming a standard for hardware and software control, especially open source hardware and software. It’s very open and flexible. I find the protocol a bit verbose (and writing a parser for IEEE hex floats for an embedded device sucked), but there are lots of parsers out there for all sorts of platforms, so you don’t usually have to think about the underlying protocol.

ANYway, now you can do OSC from your iphone/ipod touch with a couple different applications: OSCemote and TouchOSC

From the OSCemote website
OSCemote is a remote control application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It lets you send Open Sound Control messages to other programs like Max/MSP, Puredata, OSCulator, etc. Those programs then play music or respond to the remote control however you want them to. Open Sound Control is a modern networked cousin of MIDI.

From the TouchOSC website:
The application allows to remote control and receive feedback from software and hardware that implements the OSC protocol such as Pure Data, Max/MSP/Jitter, OSCulator, VDMX, Resolume Avenue 3, Plogue Bidule, Reaktor, Quartz Composer, vvvv and others.

Fund your dork! Open Source Hardware Bank March 19, 2009

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Via Cory over on Boing Boing:

    A microcredit co-op bank has sprung up in Northern California, using money pooled from hardware hackers to fund other open source hardware hacking projects. They’ve found 70 lenders.
    Two open source hardware enthusiasts, Justin Huynh and Matt Stack, have started the Open Source Hardware Bank to fund hardware projects…
    The fledgling bank is funding only open source hardware projects using capital raised from other hardware geeks. It’s like a community of Facebook friends borrowing and lending among themselves — a peer-to-peer bank.

More from Wired’s Gadget Lab.

And here’s the Open Source Hardware Bank site itself.