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Comment: Tux Paint (Score 1) 67

by Bill Kendrick (#36827770) Attached to: Napkins and the History of Ethernet, Compaq, Facebook

Since Tux Paint is basically the only thing I ever talk about... yeah... Tux Paint was first designed on a napkin at lunch. And I've also heard it's been used as a "quick, virtual 'back of a napkin'" for some engineering designs, since most other drawing programs are too clunky for quick sketches. :)

Comment: Tux Paint "Plus" (Score 1) 147

by Bill Kendrick (#36766492) Attached to: Open Source Software Hijacked To Push Malware

Someone released a package of Tux Paint for Windows labeled "Tux Paint Plus", suggesting that it was somehow better. Upon further investigation, we discovered the "Plus" was simply a browser toolbar it injected without asking.

OTOH, I'm now utilizing OpenCandy to help "monetize" the project (read: pay for my coffee addiction and business cards to hand random parents at the park). At least it's (1) optional, and (2) I control which apps it suggests to users when they invoke the Tux Paint installer. (And no, there are no ads in Tux Paint itself -- it's not "adware"... I've come up with the term "adverstaller" in my attempt to describe it.)

Comment: I run my own show! (Score 1) 422

by Bill Kendrick (#36755278) Attached to: How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?

I went to Vintage Computer Festival a few times, and when it stopped happening on the west coast, I started running my own, much smaller, very Atari-oriented Atari Party out near Sacramento.

Last weekend I took the train down to California Extreme to play some old video games (and my 4yo likes the older pinball games a lot). I wish Classic Gaming Expo weren't back in Las Vegas, or I'd go to it.

Plus, I still read comp.sys.atari.8bit on Usenet over an SSH connection to my ISP's shell server. :)

Comment: Tux Paint (Score 1) 742

by Bill Kendrick (#34371178) Attached to: What To Load On a 4-Year-Old's Netbook?
Being its creator, I'm a bit biased, but Tux Paint is geared towards younger kids (and it's also fun to help them play with it, if my wife and our nearly-4yo are any gauge). Run it fullscreen, and check the options to make it safer (disable or limit printing, turn off sound to keep parents sane, even an option to disable the quit button).

And yes, despite the penguin, it runs on Windows (and Mac).


+ - To Apple, 1-Station Radio Apps As Bad As Fart Apps-> 1

Submitted by Bill Kendrick
Bill Kendrick (19287) writes "Radio magazine has pointed out that as of this month, single-station radio iOS apps are being rejected because Apple considers them "spam" (and apparently specifically compared them to fart apps). Jim Barcus, author of the letter to Radio and president of DJB Radio Apps, finds it ironic that apps cannot mention other mobile platforms (e.g., Android), yet "radio stations have to be forced to have its competitors on the same app.""
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Comment: No cut/paste? 1983 called; want their tech back (Score 1) 319

by Bill Kendrick (#32646734) Attached to: Windows Phone 7 Lacks Copy-and-Paste

I just used copy-n-paste three times while composing a TXT msg to a friend yesterday. (1) Restaurant's hours that day, (2) Restaurant's street address, (3) Restaurant's website's address (in case she wanted more info). I admit, it was tedious to switch back and forth between browser and message system, and copying text is a bit annoying (though a trackball cursor control helps a lot, since otherwise I'd have to use the touchscreen... I miss styluses :^( ) But I cannot imagine trying to "TYPING" all that crap manually, using the on-screen keyboard!

As much as my Android phone pisses me off (early dev model w/ old OS and slow hardware), I can't imagine the hoops iPhone or Windows users have to go through. (And my old phone was a 'high-tech' BREW handset, which is just a complete joke compared to any of these 'smartphones.' My web browsing and navigation was done the old way: call up someone who was at home in front of their computer and ask them to read stuff to me. :) )



Comment: Won't SOMEONE think of the CHILDREN!? (Score 1) 619

by Bill Kendrick (#29715933) Attached to: Ted Dziuba Says, "I Don't Code In My Free Time"

Oh wait! I've spent over 7 years doing just that, IN MY SPARE TIME:

Now, if someone would hire me to do it full-time, so I can keep putting food on my family [sic], I _might_ stop working on it in my spare time. (No guarantee, though.) I guess even more important is: who is this Ted person, and why do I give a crap? I've got literally millions of children to worry about. :^P

Comment: Re:Beat me to the punch! (Score 1) 199

by Bill Kendrick (#28688209) Attached to: Hello World!

"a little caricature of Carter that is placed throughout the book"

Man, just like "Atari BASIC: XL Edition" that I learned a ton of BASIC with as a kid. It had "Kilroy" (as in "... was here") throughout it.

I vividly remember reading some of that book while on a trip to the department store with my mom. In fact, not only do I still HAVE that book (surprised? don't be... I was the "Atari vs Dell" guy on Slashdot the other day), it's on the shelf next to me, and just yesterday I happened to grab it when I responded to one of those dumb chainlettery things on Facebook ("grab the closest book, open page X, type sentence Y as your facebook status").

This is starting to freak me out. ;)

Comment: Beat me to the punch! (Score 1) 199

by Bill Kendrick (#28688123) Attached to: Hello World!

About 5 years ago, I was lamenting the apparent lack of programming books aimed at children. I posed the question "what would be a good modern language for kids to learn?" and almost every response I got was "Python." So this is perfect! Too bad I didn't get the chance to (1) learn Python, (2) write a book, (3) get it published. ;)

Comment: My example: Tux Paint (Score 1) 309

by Bill Kendrick (#28657997) Attached to: What Open Source Can Learn From Apple

We've got a "Help Us" page ( ) that explains how contributors can help in all sorts of ways (code being only one). We keep the latest translation files online for easy download (no CVS needed), along with stats on how complete they are.

One of these days I'll get around to finishing the asset management web application I started working on, to make it really easy for graphics-oriented folks and photographers (and just folks who find usable PD and Creative Comments artwork) can collaborate.

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson