ReactOS and why is it (potentially) awesome

ReactOS Logo

When I stumbled upon ReactOS last week, I though of it as nothing more than one of those “hey, here’s another great idea that will ultimately die out from lack of enthusiasm” projects. After some thought, I decided this is one of the greatest ‘hit-or-miss’ projects I have seen for a long time. This is because it is basically a clone of Windows.

Although strictly speaking, it is a clone of the Windows NT subsystem, with a new (particularly familiar looking) shell to use it in. The benefits of this operating system are amazingly awesome, and I’ve decided to list some of them for you that I will be looking forward to. I may even decide to have a hand in developing them if I get some time.

This list is more like potentials than actual features that could be implemented (so take them with a grain of salt) because they are all, as I see it, a huge amount of work for anyone.

  • No annoyances (potentially); the fact that this projects is open source means that anyone can develop it. Now, in practice, this is not the case. Not everyone can program, nor does everyone want to, but this young operating system will potentially inspire everyone to give it a go.
  • Software support;
  • Hardware support;
  • Familiarity;
  • Expandability;

Hopefully this list has given you some insight into what I personally expect from the project when it reaches its final stages (because it is nowhere near at the moment). I will definately be keeping my eye on it, and really hope it does not go the same way as so many other great projects.


300D Infrared conversion

So after buying a (relatively) cheap Canon EOS 300D locally, I decided to convert it for Infrared photography.

Normal infrared photography would mean buying a filter (typically a Hoya R72), composing the image on a tripod, fitting the filter in front of the lens with correct filter size and taking a long exposure (~30 secs in sunlight). This still doesn’t yield a very good photo as the noise generated by the process is substantial.

What I did (with the guidance of wnelson of POTN) was to replace the filter in front of the sensor itself with one that allows radiation with wavelength greater than 715nm (to ~1200nm) to pass through. This allows only (invisible to humans) infrared to pass through, resulting in images such as this:

My back garden

All in all I think the 20 or so hours I spent disassembling, driving around to get parts and stress was well spent 🙂


Full Motion Violence

No, I am not becomming an axe murderer. Full Motion Violence (fmv) is the name of a Counter-Strike Source clan that has been revived by it’s previous leader, Adam (a.k.a. Terminator or Hack^)

Back in the days of Counter-Strike 1.6 the A-Team players (which I filled in for occasionally) were at the top of the most prestigious league of the time, Enemy Down. Now that some players have been reassembled and new ones scouted to play for us we are re-entering the league and hoping for the best.

The reason I am featuring it on my blog is I am also the webmaster for the fmv site and have created some WordPress themes and plug-ins that I will be publishing on here. The theme I originally created was my first, so will not be publicly shown (it was pretty terrible), but I have created a WordPress Widget for monitoring Source Engine servers from WordPress. This will be published soon (it needs some proper testing!)


My Free Time

Now that I have finished at University (with a 2:1, yay!) I am looking for a job. Now that I have a lot of free time I can develop all of the applications I started at Uni that were benched because of workload. I will be publishing them on this blog in a number of weeks when they are polished and compiled for the main operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.) Most of the programs are inspired by popular shareware and trial software or only for a single operating system, such as NewsLeecher, Magic File Renamer and The Regex Coach.


Amazing Invention

T-BuddyThis is completely stolen from pure|zing, but it’s an awesome idea!

Brilliant! Solid, attractive, and innovative, you are going to want this hot or cold, go anywhere, brew coffee or tea container!

Nine inches tall and made from an unbreakable PC (polycarbonate) product that is temperature resistant up to 137 degrees Celsius, a brewing element is part of the design…. and it doesn’t have a plug!

The smaller removable cap is for drinking from and is the end that you add water to. This smaller cap additionally has an air vented pressure relief lid that makes it safe for hot liquids. The wider base also has a removable end, and is where you pour loose tealeaves, flora tea, fruit tea, herbal infusions, or coffee grounds into a fine gauge sieve.

Start by putting the tea or coffee in the brewing sieve and put the cap back on the base end. Turn the container over and add hot or cold water into the drinking end. After steeping, remove the cap and drink your hot or cold tea or coffee!

If you use the T-2Go Green Tea, you never even have to remove the tea leaves after steeping as they never make your tea bitter! If you are using some other kind of tea, or even coffee, when the brewing is done, flip the container, unscrew the wide end, remove the filter and dispose of the contents. Put the filter back in…and the base back on. You now have a portable, freshly brewed 20 or 25-ounce container of the beverage of your choice!

In a hurry in the morning and don’t have time to wait for your coffee to brew? Add your ground beans to the wide end, pour hot water in the other, and leave for the office: your coffee will brew on the way! Want a great tea when everyone else is drinking coffee? Have your favorite tea or even tea bags in the infuser…and all you need is hot or cold water. You have tea to go in your own personal, attractive container!

This container comes with a simple black neoprene sleeve to protect your fingers from heat as well as a simple and sturdy carrying strap that snaps to the tiny eyelets just below the drinking cap. We find that the neoprene sleeve also helps to insulate the contents, helping to keep contents hot or cold for a longer period and the strap is large enough to fit over your wrist if you are carrying other objects.

The design is simple, elegant and can comfortably be used by men or women. The look is clean and contemporary and is easy to assemble, wash, dry, and store. This container also arrives in a sturdy box with complete directions that are easy to understand. This innovative concept would be great as a gift for anyone that you know who loves freshly brewed coffee or tea. Our whole team loves the ease of use, the portability and that it can be used for tea or coffee, whether it’s hot or cold. Very versatile and easy to use, this is Pure Zing!!


Stay tuned!

OK readers (Martin), I’m still fine tuning the settings and finding a theme I like, but I will soon have some interesting and digg-worthy stuff to post on-line (HA!) Anyway, I’ve got a theme(/themes) sorted (either a dark red, or OS X style) and I’ve got a draft of my first proper post saved, so you shouldn’t have to wait too long to start being entertained.

Long story short: Check back in a few days when I’ve got my act together!