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Submission + - "Open Source Bach" project completed; score and recording now online (opengoldbergvariations.org) 1

rDouglass writes: "MuseScore, the open source music notation editor, and pianist Kimiko Ishizaka have released a new recording and digital edition of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The works are released under the Creative Commons Zero license to promote the broadest possible free use of the works. The score underwent two rounds of public peer review, drawing on processes normally applied to open source software. Furthermore, the demands of Bach's notational style drove significant advancements in the MuseScore open source project. The recording was made on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial piano in the Teldex Studio of Berlin. Anne-Marie Sylvestre, a Canadian record producer, was inspired by the project and volunteered her time to edit and produce the recording. The project was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign that was featured on Slashdot in March 2011."

Comment It depends on the notes (Score 1) 569

Personally, my main subjects have been law, languages and literature. I rarely had to draw diagrams etc, it was all text. In this case a laptop (or a PDA with a good folding keyboard like my original Palm Portable Keyboard) is ideal. It's just so much faster to type and it requires much less effort. As an added bonus, you can actually read the notes afterwards. I don't consider myself super fast but in most situations I can write down word for word what someone says. It doesn't require much concentration and I can sort of bypass the brain so I can reflect on the things said as well.

Comment What's in that paper? (Score 1) 571

For some reason, coffe always tastes better in those paper mugs with a plastic lid, when you sip through that small hole in the lid. And it's not just that I make bad coffee at home. I got hold of a bunch of those mugs a few years ago and they made my coffee taste much better. It must be something in the paper. ;-)

Submission + - Best handheld for running xterm, vnc, and nx?

vortex2.71 writes: I'm a physicist who basically has two aspects to my job: writing code, running code, and analyzing results. The second and to some extent the later task are performed off-sight on US DOE supercomputers, which I usually access via xterm, ssh, and scp sessions and sometimes with vnc and nx sessions. My wife has a sweet part time job that lets her work seven days in a row and then have 3 weeks off, and we would like to take advantage of her schedule by making some aspects of my job more mobile, so that we can travel more. I would therefore benefit greatly from being able to do some work from a handheld device to augment my use of a laptop and an accessible wifi connection. I'm therefore interested to hear from the community what the best handheld device is for running these applications. I am interested in high functionality xterm sessions with vim, cat, less, CTRL-C, ssh and scp (small text files only) capability and to a lesser extent, vnc and nx capability would be great. I'm also interested in something that works over a cellphone wireless network effectively and of course it would be good if it also connects to wifi. Finally, I know and use linux but am not a "linux hack", so would prefer not to have to install a non-native OS on the device. Thanks for your advice.

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