Thursday, March 17, 2011

Motorola i1 update

For those like me who own a Motorola I1 with boost mobile, Motorola released an update of the firmware. The update adds youtube support, but doesn't fix the Google Voice outgoing call issue.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

TC Electonics G-Major 2 on linux.

This is a quick post to report that the Editor for the TC-Electronics G-Major2 works perfectly fine on Ubuntu Linux 10.10 using wine. Also, I connected the G-major to my laptop using this $5 midi2USB converter. The experience was plug and play.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ardour rocks!!

I have been using linux to record music on my computer for about 7 years now. And let me tell you, it hasn't been easy!
My goal is I guess quiet simple. I like to record guitar riffs and add some drum and a bass line to turn it into a song. I have tried many different setups. Guitar plugged directly into the onboard sound card, I bought a Soundblaster Audigy card, I have tried rosegarden to record bass lines, played with premade linux audio distribution, compiled my own low latency kernel... At the end, I spent more time trying different setups and playing with software than actually record the guitar.
I finally arrived to a setup that works quiet well and allows me to do what I want:
-standard ubuntu 9.04 running on a dell-ubuntu laptop with a core 2 duo 2Ghz
-Here is how I connect my guitar to the computer: guitar->standard guitar cable->Boss GT8 ->Guitar jack to USB cable ($40 in any music store) -> USB port on the laptop
-Hydrogen to create Drum track
-Ardour to record the Guitar and control Hydrogen
-QjackCtl and Jack to connect Hydrogen to Ardour (Jack is started automatically by ardour)

I plan to buy a cheap used bass guitar that I will connect to the laptop with my Guitar jack/usb cable and record it the same way I record the guitar.

And that's it!
Ardour allows me to create tracks, copy/paste pieces and when I'm done I just export it to a .wav and burn it to a cd.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I saw that the other day at Kmart.
I'm glad to see that the netbook market might be bringing some money to the open-source world.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ohloh supports Bazaar

Now that ohloh supports bazaar, it added my contributions to gnome-do to my ohloh profile. Cool :-)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Comments subscription

I just realized that I wasn't notified when people were posting comments on my own blog...My apologies to all those that left a comment on this blog if I didn't reply to you :-). Of course I enjoy everybodys comments so keep posting!

I'll go fix that right away.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Neo FreeRunner is out!

It seems that the cellphone I was waiting for is finally out. The Neo Freerunner is the first phone that runs entirely with open source software and on open hardware. Its has about the same features as an iphone and its price is $399. It runs the openmoko platform, which is nothing else than a linux distribution for cell phone.

I will wait a few weeks to read some reviews and see what people think about it. And if it's positive, the freerunner will be next on my shopping list :-)