Great Link: Mario Music

I ran across a link to this cool project: Mario Sequencer.  You can create music using your favorite Nintendo characters.

Mario Sequencer

Mario Sequencer

If you are interested in learning more about the project, you can view the source on Git Hub.


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Great Link: 10 Books for $10 on Packt

If you are looking for an eBook, check out Packt!  I was just told about a special promotion that they are running.  Until July 5th, all of their books are $10 each.

Packt 10 for 10

Check out the books on the Packt webite.

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Great Link: International Day Against DRM at Packt

If your looking to buy a book, today is a great day to do it.  Packt is celebrating International Day Against DRM by offering books for $10.  It’s only for today.

International Day Against DRM at Packt

You can check it out at

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Packt Publishing Special Discount

I just saw that Packt is running a special on their books.  To celebrate their 2,000th title, you get a free eBook with your purchase.  If you’re in need of a book, now’s the time to check it out.

You can learn more on the Packt Website.


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Great Link: Email Tool

I found this great link to help open email attachments:

Encryptomatic’s Free Online Email Viewer

It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while, someone will send me an email attachment.  It is either a file that ends with “.eml” or a winmail.dat file.  GMail can’t open those attachments; it has a “View” link but that just shows the raw text that can be very hard to read.  Now, I can use this tool.

Email Attachments

The tool says that you can “Upload and View a .EML, .MSG or winmail.dat message”.  I haven’t used it a lot, but it has worked for me so far.  The only problem that I have had is that I haven’t gotten winmail.dat files to work yet:

Trying to upload winmail.dat

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Google Voice Voicemail Rings

I have really enjoyed using the Google Voice option for voicemail on my cell phone.  The cool part is that it sends me an email with the voicemail message.  The message is attached in sound form and it also makes an attempt to do voice recognition.  The one disadvantage is that it rings way too many times.  Some people give up on leaving a message because it rings so many times.  Well, thanks to Evan Wondrasek, I found a fix!

Here’s the original article:

Techorator: How to Prevent Extra Rings using Google Voice as Voicemail


What’s in a Unified Name?

I ran across this article …

Engadget: Project Unity stuffs 20 classic consoles into one: if you can’t play it, it’s probably too new (video)

… and it made me wonder how many projects we have named Unity!

Canonical’s Unity

This Unity is the (relatively) new user interface for Ubuntu Linux.  You can read more about it here:

For me, the biggest difference is the new menu.  Instead of a traditional “start”-style menu, Unity introduces this new dash:

One of the things that I need to master as a blogger talking about the Unity interface is the lingo.  Here’s a little article that shows what the different parts are called:

Ask Ubuntu: What’s the right terminology for Unity’s UI elements?

Just FYI, I discovered some nice information about Unity and some of the alternatives:

Unity Gaming Engine

I have a friend and colleague that did some work with the Unity Gaming Engine.  Since it is a 3D engine, I get it confused easily with the “Unity 3D” interface, but it’s completely different.

Just by looking at their website, you can see the quality of the graphics.  I haven’t had a chance to work with it, but it looks very nice.

.Net Unity

While looking around for other things called Unity, I came across this .Net project.  I am not sure I have the bandwidth to try to understand it, but it’s yet another unrelated Unity project.

Codeplex: patterns & practices – Unity

Unity Linux Distribution

I am not sure this distribution is still active.  When I first searched this out, it was there, but now, the site doesn’t respond.  The Wikipedia article describes it a little.  A distribution with that name would be very confusing.

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Packt Celebrates Their 1000th Title

You may want to sign up on Packt’s website!

From what I understand, Packt is publishing their 1000th book on September 30th.  To celebrate, they will be giving out two free surprises.  I don’t know what the surprises are, but they have been good to me so far.

Here’s the official text:

To celebrate this event with our readers, we’d be gifting them with not one but two assured surprises which would be revealed to them by the 30th of September, 2012. Anyone who is already registered or signs up for a free Packt account before 30th September 2012 is guaranteed a surprise gift.

So, head on over to their website:

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Website Detector

Jake pointed out this cool little tool that inspects a website:


So, I thought I would test a few sites that I have visited in the past:

Here are some CMS platforms that I tried (from the List of CMS’s):

This is a very simple test and not thorough at all.  Just playing with curiosity.

If I had one suggestion, I think it would be cool to detect Advertising providers (like AdSense, etc).  I would love to know what others are using.

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Great Link: JSON Tool

I have been working on an HTML5 app using a lot of JSON and Javascript. Here’s a cool link to keep around for parsing and making JSON easily readable.

JSON Explorer

Actually, that’s just one option.  There are a number of tools like this:

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