Gliffy

Gliffy is a web application that fills the gap in open source office software: a Visio replacement. Sadly, it’s not open, nor is it really free. You can get a free account if you’re not using the documents commercially and even then, you can only have 5 active documents in Gliffy at any one time and they’re all public (that is, for the world to see).

Still, as a web-based application, it is surprisingly full-featured and it’s perfect for getting some diagrams quickly sketched out. Of course, if you’re really serious about your diagrams and want them to translate into code or be validated as correct UML, you will still need something like Microsoft Visio or ArgoUML (which is open and free by the way).

Gliffy supports JPG, PNG and SVG export. This is nice since it allows you to quickly save your work for use on a website, or even import the SVG into Visio or some similar product. If you know of other alternatives to Visio, preferably open or free, feel free to let me know. I’m aware of Dia, but that one just doesn’t do the trick. There’s too much focus on making diagrams that fit the rules and not enough “diagram sketchpad” for me.

[rate 3]

FireShot add-on

The FireShot add-on for Mozilla Firefox allows you to take a screen shot of either the visible area of the web page you’re viewing, or the entire page. It includes an editor to tweak the image after shooting. FireShot allows you to save the image to disk, send it by mail, open it in an external editor or just paste the shot to the clipboard.

The built-in editor is a bit too much in my opinion, weighing down the add-on, but it can be good to have in your Portable Firefox, when you don’t have your favorite image editor handy.

[rate 3]

Welcome back

… to all of you who found my site was down for a while. There’s still some features that need work, most notably the forums and some of the EVE Online tools. Also, due to the reconstruction work that was needed on the main site and the databases, I haven’t gotten around to actually updating the EVE database. Expect to see that updated with Empyrean Age data soon!

I hope you like the new look and feel for the site as much as I do. The Wiki hasn’t changed anything so far, but separating my code from the WikkaWakka code and publishing those changes is on my todo-list as well.

If you have anything you want to share, or if you have some bug or problem to report with any of my pages or tools, don’t hesitate to contact me.

The 300 Spartans

The 300 Spartans (1962) – [rate 2.5]

It’s always hard to judge an movie in the action genre when it’s well over 4 decades old. On the one hand, you want to compare it to contemporary pieces, but on the other hand what really matters is whether you would recommend to anyone now. This becomes even harder when the movie has since been remade with up to date technology, with modern action iconography and choreography to look back on. Continue reading The 300 Spartans

Il y a longtemps que je t’aime

Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (2008) – [rate 3]

This was a good watch and I enjoyed it, but the story didn’t really speak to me in that special way your favourite movies do. I think part of it were just the characters that were a bit hard to identify with, but what caught my eye most – in a negative sense – was the directing of the actors in some scenes. Continue reading Il y a longtemps que je t’aime

XAMPP

XAMMP is a very user-friendly packaging of one of the most popular web servers out there: Apache. It comes in a neat little installable package with the popular MySQL database server, PHP for scripting your web pages, FileZilla FTP server and several other useful servers and applications which are all ready to go after installation. Perfect for personal use or use in a small business, easy to setup and maintain and with support for many languages. Continue reading XAMPP

Audacity

Audacity allows you to quickly and simply edit audio files, like podcasts or system sounds. It has all the basic filters and controls you need, including excellent noise reduction. It supports multiple tracks, reads and writes all popular audio file formats and is easily configured for recording your own sound fragments or podcasts. Continue reading Audacity