Mark Fischer

1 minute read

I’ve been trying out Bazaar, a version control system, lately. One of the things that caught my eye is that the core team develops a cross platform GUI interface for the system. Installing bzr itself was pretty straight forward, they even have a simple Mac OS X installer package for it. Installing the GUI tools was… less intuitive.

There’s some really basic instructions out there on how to do it, but the documentation is somewhat lacking in specifics. Fortunately there’s a great project out there called macports that was able to do 98% of the work for me.

Mark Fischer

3 minute read

I’ve always been a programmer. However, the world of hardware has always intrigued me. I’ve always been somewhat interested in the ability for electronics to actually do something in the real world, and not just push pixels around a screen.

I first heard about the Arduino micro-controller world on an episode of MacBreak Weekly. Andy Ihnatko was talking about it for an upcoming talk he was giving. Basically the Arduino is an open-source micro-controller. It connects to your PC via a USB port. There’s a custom IDE built for it that runs on Macs, Windows and Linux. The basic idea is that you can now easily control simple voltages on pins. Connect them to sensors, motors, LEDs etc, and control the real world from a very easily accessible starting point.

Mark Fischer

4 minute read

Much has been said on the different models for the various online music stores. Here is my personal take.

Music and video are two very different mediums. Music occupies one sense: sound. Perhaps you could say it occupies touch also if you turn the music up loud enough, but sound is the primary sense. Video occupies two senses: sight and sound. As a result, there are certain activities where you can listen to music, or watch video at the same time, activities that occupy different senses.