Month: February 2009

Thinking It Through

Someone emailed me to ask if they could use a modified version of one of my BY-SA images as the icon for their Android application. After thinking about how icons are used on desktops, in installers, in about boxes, by

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Diffable Bitmaps

Is there a bitmap image format that can be diffed for meaningful version control? If not, could one be created? SVG is a diffable vector image format that can be used in version control systems without them having to know

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Use The GPL For 3D Design, Not BY-SA

For a physical object that is the product of an art, craft, product design or engineering project you will need to be able to refer its design, to the plans, designs, instructions or CAD files if you need to study,

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Freeing Users Not Copying Innovation

A complaint I read occasionally in opinion pieces is that Open Source (sic) software tends to just be copies of innovative new commercial software (sic). This is another example of how “Open Source” leads people’s thinking astray. Free Software is

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Old Illustrations

Until I move them to a local gallery, here’s a flicker set of scans of illustrations from the old (pre-1923) National Encylopaedia – http://www.flickr.com/photos/robmyers/sets/72157614306272022/

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Rob’s git repositories

Rob’s git repositories Click above or here for my new project repository hosted on this server. If you want to check out a project, type (e.g.): git clone https://robmyers.org/git/canto.git replacing canto.git with the name of the project’s git repository. Which

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Turning Software Inside Out

A review of FLOSS+Art (the new book I have an essay in): As our familiarity with software deepens, the question of its cultural understanding looms. Here Tony Sampson reviews FLOSS+Art and Software Studies: A Lexicon, two recent books which attempt

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Free Software, Free Society Plucker eBook

Here’s a Plucker format version of the collected essays of Richard Stallman in Plucker format, as generated by the script from a previous post. The formatiing isn’t ideal, but its handy for a PDA. Click here to download: rms-essays

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clipfix

#!/usr/bin/env ruby ################################################################################# clipfix – Destructively change clip styles to properties in svg files in cwd.# Copyright 2009 Rob Myers <rob@robmyers.org># Licensed under the GNU GPL Version 3 or, at your option, any later version.################################################################################ ################################################################################# Requires################################################################################ require ‘ftools’require ‘find’

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Script to Convert rms-essays to Plucker Format

#!/bin/bash# Copyright 2009 Rob Myers <rob@robmyers.org># Licenced under the GPL 3 or, at your option, any later version.# Produce a Plucker version of Free Software, Free Society# Some texinfo errors not fixed# Convert eps images to GIFsconvert images/clib.eps images/clib.gifconvert images/code.eps

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