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Interesting organizations and sites.

The web is abundant with interesting sites, on this page I will try to list but a few that I have found interesting or useful.

I am recommending everyone to try a GNU/Linux distribution (preferably a live disc), for several reasons.

I am a firm believer in FOSS, due to it's superior development model, the ROI, TOC etc. and because it is easy, made by IT professionals and enthusiasts, because it is safe and because it is FREE, and often Gratis, imagine GNU/Linux is Legal to download, copy and distribute.

With distros like Debian/Ubuntu you have more than 65.000 available pieces of software.

See a whole range of distributions here: Distrowatch.

www.osalt.com Find open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software.

For beginners I recommend you check out Ubuntu - It is super user friendly and is a so called Live disc. i.e. run without installing, if it works and you like it then you can proceed to install. For those who are a little more battle hardened go to the Debian homepage.

Just to point to a few high quality products I recommend you try an astronomy program called stellarium.org, an animation studio called 3D Blender , a photo manipulation program called Gimp, I could go on but urge you to go exploring in stead (elsewhere on the page you can find links to tutorials to get you started with GIMP and Blender).

Finding help and support is a breeze. On linuxquestions.org you have several hundred thousand would be supporters who freely share experiences and offer highly qualified advice free of charge. I adamantly recommend this site.

You can find more computer relates links further down this page.

Dictionary and encyclopedic pages.

Wikipedia - Everybody's favorite (well maybe not everyones) the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. As of 23 October 2008 - 2,596,113 articles in English - and oodles of them in other languages as well.

thefreedictionary - A truly brilliant free dictionary and more.

Organizations.

As a firm believer in innovation I believe software patents stifle innovation and exist only to cement monopolies, and if you want to know more about the subject I suggest you visit http://stopsoftwarepatents.org/.

IT-Political Association of Denmark I'd say is a danish equivalent to The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) which in turn is an international non-profit advocacy and legal organization based in the United States.

Like the EFF IT-Political Association of Denmark keeps a keen eye on issues like, Intellectual Rights, Patents on Software, Privacy and freedom of speech, Censorship and filtering - Which has landed them between a rock and a hard place as big brother rolls across the free world.

EFF - For more information on EFF please visit them.

Price comparison

Computer equipment and games

Course/tutorial overview pages

I have enjoyed several of the courses from W3Schools.

http://w3schools.com/ - Giant overview over self learning courses (I mention a few on this page)

http://w3schools.com/tcpip/default.asp - TCP/IP inner workings of your network and the internet revealed.

Version 2's Android Academy (Danish)

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 1

Lesson 1

Home of Roger Cadenhead - The creator of a 24'hrs marvelous java course.

The entire course from Roger Cadenhead courtesy of InformIT

Linux Howto's

Linux Howto's - A comprehensive list of Linux howto's - A regular gold mine.

Something of interest to those who are trying out Linux on www.tldp.org http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Multiboot-with-GRUB.html

Programmers Q&A site

stackoverflow.com A programming Q&A site created by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky in 2008 - very open and easy to use, no signup, no fees etc. very very nice, and super simplistic approach to a question forum, speedy answers if asking concise questions.

Programming IDE's

LiveCode LiveCode is a very powerful easy to use cross platform application development framework that has been released under the GPL using it you will be able to write once deploy to many platforms simultaneously in one go you can create applications for Android, Linux, Apple IOS, Windows.

I highly recommend you give this environment a look - and there are a lot of promising add ons coming during the year. You can read more about upcoming development both on the Kickstarter campaign site as well as on RunRev's own page http://www.runrev.com/

Here a great beginners course https://sites.google.com/a/pgcps.org/livecode/home teaching you to create games in LiveCode.

http://eclipse.org - for developers. http://bluejay.org an IDE for beginners.

Programming IDE Plugins

A GUI editor for Eclipse - Uses regular java to generate GUI's http://www.cloudgarden.com/jigloo/.

Operating Systems

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_system - Operating systems, tons of links

Technology

Computer math

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_numeral_system - Binary numbers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexadecimal - Hexadecimal numbers

http://www.jorgepena.be/binary-and-hexadecimal/ - Binary and Hex tutorial.

Binary counting made fun - An instructional video by a Computer Science Professor at Rutgers University. United States. He has made quite a few of these - Priceless.

Languages

http://w3schools.com/html/default.asp - HTML - Homepage Syntax, step by step instructions.

http://w3schools.com/sql/default.asp - SQL - Standard Query Language, for anyone who needs to work with Databases.

http://www.informit.com/library/content.aspx?b=STY_Java2_24hours&seqNum=2&rl=1 - 24 one hour lessons JAVA. A fantastic course.

The Java Developers Almanac 1.4 - Fantastic site with tonnes of examples.

Learn Python - This Youtube based series “Python Programming Tutorial”, takes you through a step by step introduction to the Python language, easy to understand, clear and comprehensive.

Python GUI programming tutorial - Create an egg timer in a 30 minutes lesson

Programming Methodology

UML

UML - Unified modeling language, is a design tool for application design.

http://www.comptechdoc.org/independent/uml/begin/index.html - another view at UML/RUP

Read more at IBM's developerworks website and at Wikipedia on UML

Patterns

http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-10-2005/jw-1003-mvc.html - The MVC pattern —> SUPER IMPORTANT ! ←–

http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/jw-04-2003/jw-0425-designpatterns.html - Singleton pattern —> QUITE CLEVER ←–

Methods

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_Programming - eXtremeProgramming (programming methodology).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCRUM - SCRUM (programming methodology)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DSDM - Dynamic Systems Development Method - (programming methodology)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feature_Driven_Development - Feature Driven Development - (programming methodology)

Graphics

Modelling

Convert your 3D models into paper - DXF2Papercraft at http://dxf2papercraft.sourceforge.net does the “planning” work, you cut and glue.

Make 3D Movies

Free tools for the 3D enthusiasts

blender.org - 3D Game engine & Animation studio

http://www.sourcefilmmaker.com/ - A steam based moviemaking tool

3D Education

BLENDER:

http://www.linuxhaxor.net/25-tutorials-to-get-you-started-with-blender/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZxEhZwCfh0&context=C39b9f82ADOEgsToPDskIyW-4AJlh4oFBFpI8iWEzq - Character control

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5r2dNmctFQ&feature=related - make character jump

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRXoFLG9XR8 - Blender 3D tutorial - 3rd Person shooter #1 - The above two in one tutorial… with a slight difference

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRXoFLG9XR8&list=PL1836D2AD80A14969&index=1&feature=plpp_video - Blender 3D tutorial - 3rd Person shooter - playlist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lDl9L3CzdI - how to make your character shoot in Blender3D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyDp7vn8iAg&context=C36c9da6ADOEgsToPDskJ0IIC9yy_WMIQIex6Whf_j - adding 3D texts to game

http://arnaud.ile.nc/sce/home - tool to create Blender3D cities with a single click

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVWz96erinc&feature=related - “The Real Way” to Fire a Gun in Blender

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG2qvhcx7jU&feature=related - Blender follow system… perfect for those zombie games ;)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9bKw-14_Yw&feature=related - How to make and kill an enemy on blender

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIsFlG46-wI - Basic Enemy AI (No python) - Blender Game Tutorial

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAGjzdh4OKY - Blender 2.5 FPS Tutorial - Part 1

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRXoFLG9XR8 - Blender 3D tutorial - 3rd Person shooter #1

http://www.katsbits.com/tutorials/blender/import-google-sketchup-kmz-models.php - Importing Google SketchUp files into Blender 3D

http://cgtextures.com/ - a load of textures

www.blenderguru.com/videos/how-to-create-a-lightning-storm

www.blenderguru.com/videos/how-to-make-a-realistic-asteroid

http://www.blenderguru.com/

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ows2QTiMRPg&feature=related Blender-Converting 2D Image to 3D Object

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr7x3AxVYQQ&feature=related Blender Split Screen Game Tutorial

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPX4QNjRmbc&feature=related - Weapon Switch Tutorial for Blender 3D

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4deJ5wDIBR8 - Special Blender Tutorial - Using the APPEND function (multiple blend files for one final big blend)

www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_431767&feature=iv&src_vid=mGjqEM6xVY4&v=OAsD47aRndk - Blender 3d Tutorial: Creating a simple character

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn-hQKImPjc - Blender Tutorial Splitting Screen to View multiple angles

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeWvVk69Whs&feature=related - Blender Tutorial - How to Merge Two Objects Together

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j9fnps7IxA&feature=related - Creating landscapes nice and easy

UNITY 3D

http://unity3d.com/learn/tutorials/projects/roll-a-ball/introduction ← UNITY's OWN ROLL A BALL GAME - Learn to make and publish a

game in less than 2 hrs

Add to complexity - 2 hrs more by leafing through a Brackeys course on Unity 3D - A ball game as well including Jump and more advanced things like particle systems / respawn / Sound etc.

1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5QFW12utdU - BASIC SETUP

2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N49cfP-MWJA - MAIN (controller)

3a https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PazLGgeFkHI - JUMP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8VPHAs0F8w - CAMERA

4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0iaD_Li5xk - LEVEL DESIGN & TEXTURES

5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atyG6XfU3aI - SHADOWS and RESPAWN

6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq1HsljPzLc - QUALITY SETTINGS

7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zF2W8JxFK4 - Collectibles

8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQRCK0znUzo - ANIMATION

9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6s9RO8pZZc - PARTICLES

10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9Uk9Ngyqaw - SCORE

11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xafs9uljpqE - SOUND

12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF5KSTBPy4Y - GRAPHICS (blender import)

13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yicdpF5YnTo - MUSIC MANAGER

14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unfJfs_ok-Q - PHYSICS

15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z5aAK0rN-4 - MAIN MENU

16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIlKuZffmwE - MAIN MENU (Continued)

17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H_E-GsoNe4 - CHECKPOINTS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxk092cLLyo Inventory and extension - Free

Vector Graphics

Inkscape - A vector graphics suite, a really neat program. Completely free in multiple senses.

25-tutorials-to-get-you-started-with-inkscape

Photo manipulation

Useful resources

URL abbreviation

Ever been in the situation that a URL was too long to send in IM or via twitter or other means ?

TINYURL - is one possible answer - A no log in service that abbreviates url's to almost nothing, and it is a free service.

Promotion

Twitter - Tweet away to create a following, build a fan base, promote your thoughts or products.

Social Bookmarking

Addthis - An incredible site that allows you to create buttons that allow your visitors to add your site to thousands of social bookmarking sites, in 10 seconds flat, no log in required.

Royalty free music under CC attribution license

Google search cheatsheet

Scientific breakthroughs

A section I should have started long ago and that will likely grow into its own page

http://singularityhub.com/2012/11/23/doctors-use-brain-scanner-to-communicate-with-vegetative-patient/

Enjoyment / Entertainment

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8466493.stm - The most magnificent crystal caves I've ever seen.

http://singularityhub.com - The Future Is Here Today...Robots, Genetics, AI, Longevity, Singularity

Totally gridbag - I suggest any upcoming JAVA guru to get into gridbag and spring layout - But Beware :)

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