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Artemis | Spaceship Bridge Simulator

Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator

This is extremely nerdy, but I’d be a liar if I didn’t want to get some friends together and play this simulator.

From the website:

What is Artemis?

Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game for Windows computers.

Artemis simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the "main screen", while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control.

Artemis is a social game where several players are together in one room ("bridge") , and while they all work together, one player plays the Captain, a person who sits in the middle, doesn’t have a workstation, and tells everyone what to do.

Artemis is a software game for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.


My favorite bit from the FAQs:

Q: Why can’t my crew play over the internet, using some voice chat software?

A: I always wanted the players to be in one room together, just like a spaceship bridge. I want the captain to be able to push the helmsman aside and shout "Full power, DAMN you!!!" BUT, as a veteran game developer, I recognize that players play my game the way THEY like, not the way I like. V1.1 optimized the network code, and a server option that lets you adjust the network update speed, so Artemis plays across the internet just fine.

Artemis | Spaceship Bridge Simulator

via @pomorales


January 31, 2012 Posted by | Games and Gaming, Geeks and Gadgetry, Software, Television, Windows | , , | 2 Comments

SharpKeys – Keyboard Remapper


If you’ve always wished that a key on your keyboard could be another key, and you run Windows, grab SharpKeys. The interface is simple. You map one key to another, write it to the registry, and then logout and log back in (or reboot).

I use a Kinesis Advantage keyboard at work which requires some finger acrobatics to get to the “Insert” key, which I use pretty heavily for pasting into SecureCRT. Remapping my CapsLock key into an Insert key is a godsend.


Thanks for the tip, James!

December 27, 2010 Posted by | Software, Windows | , , , | Comments Off on SharpKeys – Keyboard Remapper

Mobile Mouse Pro


This remote/trackpad app is by far one of the handiest bits of iOS software I’ve experienced thus far. The particular situation I experience that makes this app such a great fit is when I hook up my Macbook Pro to my wall-mounted plasma to play Hulu or some other web-based media. It’s a situation that isn’t hardy enough to warrant busting out the wireless keyboard and mouse, so being able to use my iPhone in that fashion rocks!

The app is only $1.99, which I think is completely worth it for the functionality that it offers. The server software also runs on Windows as well as Mac OS X.

December 26, 2010 Posted by | iphone, Mac, Software, Video, Windows | , , | 1 Comment

eBook Trifecta


Being the proud new owner of a Kindle book reader, I’ve recently rediscovered my love for reading (after switching wholesale to audiobooks, which I still listen to). Brian (a.k.a. seventyfourmanx), pointed me an eBook Trifecta:

  1. Calibre – eBook management software (for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows)
  2. Drinkmalk Stanza/Aldiko Catalog Site – A huge ebook resource
  3. Stanza – An eBook reader for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and Android users

With Stanza and Drinkmalk, you have access to a huge catalog of eBooks that you can download to your phone and then sync to your desktop. When I started this Kindle craze, I was a little worried about having to re-purchase all of my books in eBook format. So far, I’ve found what I needed at Drinkmalk. (As a disclaimer, I’m not encouraging you to pirate books. I already own physical copies of these books and am just looking to have them available digitally.) The Drinkmalk library is only accessible via Stanza. Luckily, Stanza has the ability to offload those books from your phone.

The main star of this post, though, is Calibre. Calibre handles translation of eBook formats and maintenance of your eBook library. Its main feature is the ability to translate eBook formats. In my own library, I had EPUB and PDF versions of books. I was able to translate those into the Kindle’s MOBI format and copy them to the Kindle all within the app.

You can also add metadata to your eBooks such as cover images, author, ratings, ISBN, etc. This comes in especially handy when you are browsing through the plethora of free eBook libraries such as:

Given all this, I already have a “stack” of books waiting to be read and re-read. This brings me much joy and happiness.

Thanks for the tips, Brian!

July 21, 2010 Posted by | How-To, Linux, Mac, Software, Windows | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

MetaX – Video File Meta Data Tagging


I started a project not long ago to convert my physical DVD library into a digital movie library. One of the things I used to obsess over is entering every bit of meta data for each video file. Now with two kids, I slowly fell off that bandwagon.

Until now.

Luckily there are both Windows and Mac OS X versions of the software.

via via Lifehacker

May 16, 2010 Posted by | How-To, Mac, Movies, Productivity, Software, Television, Windows | , | Comments Off on MetaX – Video File Meta Data Tagging

namebench – Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility


Of the myriad number of ways to “speed up” your internet connection, one way is to find a DNS server that performs best for you.

namebench is a handy little open-source utility that will do all the dirty work for you. It comes in linux, os x and windows flavors. There’s even a command-line version.

namebench_ 2010-04-12 23_22_48.189525.jpg

via Google Code via Smarterware

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Linux, Mac, Software, Windows | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Google Chrome OS


If you are hearing about Google’s foray into the operating system war for the first time, then I humbly thank you for being a follower of Morning Cup O’ Joe. When Google broke the news on its blog last night, the entire web was abuzz.

As a friend of mine pointed out, Google’s business model is about gathering information on you, profiling essentially, in order to build an accurate marketing model. Knowing this, would you still use the Google Chrome OS?

via The Official Google Blog

July 8, 2009 Posted by | Linux, Mac, Software, Windows | , , , | 2 Comments

Twitter Plugin for Pidgin

Twitter for Pidgin

Twitter evolved from being an SMS mailing list to an ubiquitous, constantly evolving social network platform.  Some use it as a microblog, summing up a day’s or hour’s (or minute’s even) experience in 140 characters. Some use it as an easy way to update your Facebook Status. I see it as a never-ending conversation with “hundreds of your closest friends.”

With the microblog-purple project at, you can now install a Twitter plugin for Pidgin and/or Adium.  I’ve been using the Pidgin plugin for 10 minutes and I already love it. It really feeds the “conversational” mental model I have of Twitter.

The plugin provides all of your basic Twitter interface needs (e.g. replying, retweeting, favorite-ing) but what’s noticeably missing is a “direct message” link and the ability to view direct messages sent to you.  The former is easily circumvented by just using the normal Twitter convention of prefixing a “d” before a username, but the latter doesn’t seem to have any workable solution.

All in all, though, I’m sold on this plugin (until the next best thing comes along).

via microblog-purple via Google Code

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Linux, Mac, Software, Windows | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mouse Cursor Wrap-Around

Having two widescreen monitors at work in a vertical orientation makes for some interesting mousing (or trackballing, rather) for me.  I’ve gotten pretty proficient at “throwing” the cursor but that still burns too many calories for this sedentary office fixture of an engineer.

Edgeless 2 (7th app down) is a great little app that allow the mouse cursor to wrap around vertically, horizontally or both. Super handy. Windows only, though.

Edgeless 2 (direct download link) via FX Software via Lifehacker

May 15, 2009 Posted by | Software, Windows | , , , , | Comments Off on Mouse Cursor Wrap-Around

Dropbox – Free Syncing, Revision Control and 2GB

Dropbox - Secure backup, sync and sharing made easy.

I’ve read about Dropbox awhile back and the general consensus seems to be of awesomeness with whipped cream and a cherry on top.  Even though I’m already a heavy JungleDisk user, you can’t argue with something that is free and easy to use, so I gave it a shot.

Dropbox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac, makes file sharing very easy and (here’s what won me over) has simple revision control just in case you accidentally overwrite or delete anything.  I can see using this for collaboration on a project for users who don’t want to deal with conventional revision control systems like CVS or Subversion.

Give it a test drive.  Or at least take look at the screenshot tour or screencast.

May 8, 2009 Posted by | Linux, Mac, Software, Windows | , , , | Comments Off on Dropbox – Free Syncing, Revision Control and 2GB