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Firmware Sources For Archos 5 And Archos 7

I own an Archos 5 portable media player. It's a great piece of hardware based on an ARM Cortex CPU, it plays Ogg Vorbis and FLAC encoded music and it runs a proprietary firmware on top of a Linux system. Unfortunately, Archos has a very strict policy prohibiting homebrew applications on their devices so they can charge extra for every new feature.

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More Sheet Music

I re-arranged another piece from the SuperTux Soundtrack: The Forest Dance from Milestone 2, which can be played on piano and soprano/alto recorders. This is fairly easy to play and should be suitable for beginners. I put it on the music page where you'll find a new sheet music section; there you can download the sheets in PDF format as well as the matching OGG, MIDI and Rosegarden (rg) files.

Enjoy - and feel free to send in comments and recordings of your performances! :-)

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Oldschool reEducated

Here's another piece of music for you. It's called Oldschool reEducated and was created for the Streaming Music Compo at the Breakpoint 2008 demoscene party which I attended last week with the guys from my demo group, fractal MiND.

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Display Images From A USB Drive Using PhotoFrame

There is a way that will allow the PhotoFrame Chumby Widget to display images that are stored on a USB drive; it is a bit tricky, but it works. The idea is to replace the web server that runs on the Chumby with one that is installed on the USB drive which will allow you to configure it easily.

Here's how it's done:

Music Sources Available

I've cleaned up and published source material (i.e. Rosegarden projects and MIDI files generated from them) for most of the SuperTux songs. You'll find links to them on the Music Page. The license is CC-by-sa 3.0, same as the songs themselves.

Happy remixing!

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Chumby Widget: PhotoFrame

I've created my first Chumby Widget, a photo viewer for pictures hosted on your web server. They can be located either in a directory on a public server or a private one inside your personal network, so you can use the widget to display private images without having to publish them or upload them to a third-party image hosting service. With a little more effort, it is also possible to store the images on a USB drive plugged into your Chumby - go here first if that's what you prefer.

A Real Heavy Metal Song - Lyrics By Battlecry

I've been waiting a long time for this.

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Berserker of the Band Blutdurst; they recorded a song using Battlecry-generated lyrics! It's called "Victory" and you can download it for free on their website (in German) or listen to it on their MySpace page.

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New Title And Location For This Website

I'm about to move my website to a new location, so expect some downtime during the next few days.

After the move is complete, it will be revived as http://www.discarded-ideas.org.

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New Music: "Prophecy"

Today I'm releasing a new song which I've been working on for the last two nights.

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SuperTux Sheet Music

Today I received an email from an eight-year-old SuperTux fan asking whether there were sheets available for the SuperTux music so he could play it on the piano. I remembered that I did a quick-and-dirty piano arrangement of the Credits Theme at the SuperTux Developers' Meeting in May, but when I found it and looked at it, I realized that it was not very playable at all. So I did a completely new arrangement that makes a lot more sense than the old one. And, of course, I'm not gonna keep it to myself, so here it is:

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