New Poll and some notes about GNU Emacs

I’m using a different WordPress plugin for my poll, its called Democracy AJAX Poll. It uses AJAX and I think its nicer. The last poll I had was “What is the best system, Free software or proprietary software and out of the 28 votes, 21 of you voted for Free software and the funny thing is out of 7 votes for proprietary software, my good buddy Mike made 6 of them, lol.

I’ll leave the default Poll for a while, someone rated my site and said their grandma could do better, so that’s good.

I’m happy about using GNU Emacs regularly again, Its easily the best editor I’ve ever used, I think it would be a great teaching tool. I’m using it to write and publish this post, I also use it in combination with MVS to edit my wiki and Wikimedia projects. Here’s the links for people interested in those things.

There’s so many other things I use GNU Emacs for that its just too much effort to start listing them all off so I’ll try to keep my notes on the wiki.

I’m also running Erbot. We’ve been having a bit of fun with it on IRC.

Ogg/MP3 Player Java Applet and jQuery – Stallman speech and CRS

Gnu audio

I’ve embeded jlGUI the java applet that looks like XMMS/winamp. It plays Ogg Vorbis and MP3’s. It can play them from a playlist. I’m also using jQuery the javascript library for the slide down affect, click on play Audio to see the player.

The audio I’ve used for the demo is Richard M. Stallman’s speech, Copyright and Globalization in the Age of Computer Networks, given at MIT and a few tracks from CRS : LA RUE NOUS GUETTE.

I’ll probably use this player next time I do a shoutcast.

Edit 2019: Ive removed this player but you can visit the site and see if its useful for you.

My Third Video Blog — Open Source Web Desktop

In this video I look at open source web desktop environments, mainly eyeOS. Some of the web 2.0 heads might want to check out eyespot.

EyeOS

Embeded video removed(2019).

To enable your computer to play both video (Theora) and audio (Vorbis) files, please select a program from the listings here.

The video in AVI format is encoded with the free XviD codec. If your computer does not have the XviD codec installed, you can get it here or through your favorite free operating system’s software respository. Windows and Mac users can find easy-to-install XviD binaries here.

Visit this page for other formats.

Online Scrabble with Free Libre Software

PyScrabble

Previously we had a look at Pengupop and learning Spanish. This is more on the mark.

I’ve been playing PyScrabble On-line with a few friendly Germans, its a real challenge playing scrabble in a new language but this is a useful way to use games in learning.

So check out PyScrabble its available on windows and the source code is available for non-windows platforms. I installed it on Edubuntu and needed to install python-pygame to get it running.

Quizzes

I’ve added a quiz feature to my blog, you can see the option on the menu that runs across the top of the page. Its a simple script written in Perl. The format is pretty self explanatory.
Here’s an example of how to write your own:

Q=Free Software is excellent for education?
A=Highly Agree=5
A=Agree=4
A=No Opinion=3
A=Disagree=2
A=Highly Disagree=1

If your answer is either correct or incorrect you would just use 5 for the correct answer and 0 for the incorrect ones.

Edited:2019 Generally if I want some feedback I use straw poll these days.