So, who are you then?
My name is John Littler. I'm chief gopher for Mstation.org.
What do you gopher?
Stories, back-end code, tea, coffee, milk.
What's Mstation.org about?
Mstation.org started out as Linux MusicStation and has now widened its coverage to be an e-zine with open source attitudes, and subjects to suit its core audience of developers and music makers.
Yup, we're very much for that. Mstation readers come from about 90 different countries.
What's your background?
Applications and web dev, music ... I'm mostly writing right now.
I used to be a keen surfer and skier. These days it's mostly inline skating and walking. I accidentally bred goldfish in an outside pond once.
Linux Audio Editors: An Overview
Publish Date: Nov. 27, 2007
In previous articles, John Littler has introduced us to the various ways that you can play with audio at a low level in Linux. Now, he completes our Linux audio adventure by looking at tools to edit audio files, just the thing to jazz up your next podcast.
An Introduction to Linux Audio
Publish Date: Aug. 2, 2007
OSS. ALSA. JACK. Linux certainly has enough ways that you can get access to the sound subsystem. But which one to use, and how? John Littler takes us on a guided tour of Linux Audio, complete with code.
VOIP on the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet
Publish Date: Dec. 14, 2006
Nokia's 770 Internet Tablet is more than a Linux-based device; a recent software update made it a handy VOIP device. John Littler examples how the upgrade works and walks you through setting up VOIP and Asterisk.
Linux on the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet
Publish Date: Jul. 20, 2006
Nokia's 770 Internet Tablet is more than a phone, according to John Littler. It's a Debian GNU/Linux system. This makes it a prime target for hackers. Littler explores some of the built-in utilities and some of the other tricks you can use.
Indie Podcasting with Open Source
Publish Date: Jun. 22, 2006
Linux has a reputation as a multimedia lightweight. That's undeserved; there are plenty of powerful, useful, and usable applications to meet most of your media needs. For example, it's possible to become an independent podcaster with a little bit of equipment and experience. John Littler shares his advice on podcasting with open source.
A Survey of Open Source Apps Available for Mac OS X
Publish Date: Apr. 26, 2006
Mac OS X has certainly benefited from open source software--both inside the OS itself and running on top of the platform. In this article, John Littler surveys standalone apps and package systems to provide you with an overview of open source software for your Mac.
Previewing KDE 4
Publish Date: Jan. 12, 2006
The next major release of KDE will come out in the fall, and the developers are already planning new features and benefits. John Littler recently interviewed Aaron J. Seigo about the team's plans--and controversy surrounding upcoming ports to nonfree platforms.
Through Project Looking Glass with Hideya Kawahara
Publish Date: Dec. 8, 2005
3D has taken over video gaming. When will it take over mundane computing areas such as file managers, word processors, and desktop environments? Maybe soon, if Hideya Kawahara and the Project Looking Glass team have their way. John Littler explores the ideas, implementations, and possibilities of 3D interfaces in this interview.
Art and Computer Programming
Publish Date: Jun. 30, 2005
One of the great theoretical debates in computer programming is "Is programming art?" There are creative components certainly, and aesthetic aspects occasionally, but do programming's functional concerns push it more toward craft or engineering? John Littler recently cornered several well-known hackers for their opinions on the subject.
Python on Your (S60) Phone
Publish Date: Apr. 14, 2005
Nokia recently released a Python distribution that runs on Series 60 phones. Sure it's cool, but is it useful? John Littler walks through the available packages and the installation process, as well as some example Python code.
Clever Tricks with MythTV
Publish Date: Dec. 29, 2004
Building your own personal video recorder means that you can avoid manufacturer- or broadcaster-enforced restrictions. That's not all, though. John Littler presents some clever ideas on what you can accomplish with a MythTV box, some free time, and a little work.
Roll Your Own Series 60 Phone Applications
Publish Date: Sep. 16, 2004
As cell phones become better computers, they become better platforms for real applications. In theory, that means hobbyists and home users can write code for their phones. In practice? John Littler explores the options to start programming your Series 60 smartphone.
Semi-Pro Linux-Based Recording
Publish Date: Jun. 24, 2004
As computers grow ever more powerful and recording equipment grows ever cheaper, it's easier and easier to create and record your own music. Why not use free software? John Littler explores the hardware and software you'll need to build your own home recording studio with Linux and related tools.
Building a Linux Media PC
Publish Date: May. 27, 2004
What do DVDs, CDs, TV stations, and video games have in common? Besides the fact that they require bulky equipment that takes up precious space in your living room, you can play them all on a PC running Linux. John Littler introduces the Linux media PC, a media convergence device.
Linux on the PS2
Publish Date: Mar. 25, 2004
As consoles increase in power and alternate operating systems increase in functionality and flexibility, it's ever more attractive to port your favorite free operating system. In the case of Sony's PlayStation 2, the company even encourages it. John Littler explores Linux on the PS2, including hardware, installation, upgrades, alternatives, and game programming.
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