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Submission + - Website Emulates Amiga OS

cyclomedia writes: The Decibel Kid — the "AudioVisual Artist" responsible for last summer's Ipswich Zelda Map — has unveiled his new website. Modelled on Amiga OS it supports chaning the wallpaper, window dragging, resizing, minimising and that z-index shuffle button too. The mobile site is a completely different beast, modelling itself as a low-res LCD display.

Submission + - Sneakers Movie Remixxed as electronica tune

cyclomedia writes: The Decibel Kid — The artist responsible for this summer's Ipswich Zelda Map — has released a music video comprised of elements of the 1992 film Sneakers, combing electronic dance music with film geekery AND computer geekery: The software used is a MIDI controlled "video sampler" he coded himself using (brace yourselves) C#.Net and DirectX, allowing on the fly triggering and looping. A little info on the inner workings of the software can be gleamed from this early demo video on YouTube

Submission + - How to manage development when requirements change but deadlines do not? 1

cyclomedia writes: Over a number of years my company has managed to slowly shift from a free for all (pick a developer at random and get them to do what you want) to something resembling Agile development with weekly builds. But we still have to deal with constant incoming feature changes and requests that are expected to be included in this week's package. The upshot is that builds are usually late, not properly tested and developers get the flak when things go wrong. I suspect the answer is political but how do we make things better? One idea I had was that every time a new request comes in — no matter how small — the build gets pushed back by 24 or even 48 hours. I'd love to hear your ideas or success stories. (Unfortunately quitting is not an option)

Submission + - UK town of Ipswich remodelled as Zelda level

cyclomedia writes: Switch Fringe is a relatively new not-for-profit annual music and arts festival in the UK town of Ipswich, and this year's programme features a full page map of the town with details about each venue. Unlike most other maps this one is in the form of a Zelda level. This is in part due to this year's theme "Reimagining Ipswich", that PixelH8 is coming out of semi-retirement to play a gig during the preceedings and possibly due to the fact that the map's designer — The Decibel Kid — spent too much time playing Zelda on a Gameboy Color during the first Web bubble.

Submission + - How do I sell my software project?

cyclomedia writes: Over the past four years I've been developing a piece of software, it's related to web development and MS ASP.Net and does wonderful things like, for example output HTML5 if the users browser supports it, or HTML4 + javascript if not when creating a date input. It's a lightweight, fast, flexible framework that basically throws out all the crap and bloat that ASP.Net normally forces on you and it's been used by a good handful of websites. But I'm moving away from web contracting into music (including writing interesting software where appropriate). I could GPL it, but can't be bothered with the ongoing support that that entails. Ideally I'd want to spend a couple of months cleaning up the code and documenting it properly and then sell it as a bit of tech. Not for billions, probably for enough money to buy some boxen with buttons on for making noise. Aside from ebay, what are slashdotters recommendations?
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Submission + - BBC Trust gives Project Canvas the green light (google.co.uk) 1

cyclomedia writes: After what seems like an age the BBC Trust — the semi-independent body that decides what the Beeb is and isn't allowed to splash cash on — has finally given the thumbs up to the Project Canvas, er, Project. Naturally the Murdoch Empire is not too keen on an open, level playing field for internet TV as it has the potential to remove the need for the middlemen content distributors, and therefore cash from his pockets. No one is entirely sure what it is, even wikipedia only knows the rough outline. Essentially it's going to be an open IPTV standard that set top boxes and digital TVs are expected to support. Though I'm not sure what they need £120,000,000 for when we already have Media RSS.

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