Author's details

Name: Simon Collis
Date registered: October 20, 2010
URL: http://www.emudir.com
AIM: g7uvi
Jabber / Google Talk: simon.collis@gmail.com
Yahoo! IM: simoncollis@rocketmail.com


Founder of emudir.com and co-author.

Latest posts

  1. gorey.ttf — August 5, 2012
  2. Kings’ Quest II: Romancing The Stones — July 4, 2012
  3. Happy July 4th! — July 3, 2012
  4. Free Video Flip And Rotate — June 23, 2012
  5. Pidgin — June 17, 2012

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  1. LibreOffice… OpenOffice, in a new coat… — 9 comments
  2. SRWare Iron — 4 comments
  3. GIMP — 4 comments
  4. Sugar CRM — 4 comments
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Author's posts listings

Aug 05



Legendary illustrator Edward Gorey had a unique, distinctly recognisable style of hand lettering (shown here with just a single word) that conjured up visions of the sort of gothic goings-on beloved of Tim Burton and fans of the genre will delight in. I came across this delightful font because of the liner notes from Favoritism, …

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Jul 04

Kings’ Quest II: Romancing The Stones


ADGI remade Kings Quest II as a free rewritten version. Unlike a lot of fan remakes, this one actually has a licence from Sierra Online, the original creators – it’s the version they would have written, if they had the time! (Found via cracked.com.) Download: from ADG interactive

Jul 03

Happy July 4th!


Why not celebrate Independence Day with this little American flag screensaver? Courtesy of Microsoft, it’s a 299K download (which means it would fit, about five times, on a floppy disk) and adds… well, a screensaver of the American flag to your computer. Microsoft claim it works on Windows 2000, 98, ME and XP, but we …

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Jun 23

Free Video Flip And Rotate


There was an astonishingly good beatboxer busking in Reading today, and I videoed him with my phone to show everyone I knew. Unfortunately, I held the phone the wrong way round. So what did I do? Look on the web for a free video “flipper”. The first one that came up – and it seems …

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Jun 17



While Facebook chat in your browser is all very well, and the desktop Facebook messenger is nice, it’s getting cumbersome to have all the chat clients installed and running – you never know where you are. Pidgin, on the other hand, is a nice open source chat client that handles Facebook, MSN, Yahoo, AOL, Gadu-Gadu… …

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Jun 17

Practical Performance Profiling in .Net


If, like me, you spend your days writing code using the Microsoft tool stack – Visual Studio, C#, .Net – then you’ll know how complex an issue performance tuning is. When you’re writing web services, or other things that take a long time, or that need to respond quickly when being used by what feels …

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Jun 16

The Chicken of Tomorrow


This is a quirky little Public Information Film from 1948 from the Prelinger collection. By turns modernistic or quaint, unintentially hilarious or bordering on creepy, this film presents a view of the modernisation of the poultry during American agriculture’s gritty post-World War 2 reboot. Of course, things have changed since then – their “new intensive …

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Jun 16

Yes, we are back…

OK, things have been left a bit around here, and we’re abandononing the two level structure for categories, so everything is going to get reallocated soon… Keep watching, and I hope you enjoy the new look thanks to the awesome Graphene theme

Jun 16

Glastonbury 2010


Here’s an album from 2010, featuring acts from that year’s Glastonbury festival. Yes, OK, this was a while ago – but it’s still worth bringing to your attention, as it features such luminaries as Florence And The Machine, Crystal Castles and Marina and the Diamonds. It was published by the UK’s NME magazine – you’ll …

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Nov 23

Cory Doctorow: “Context” and “Content”

"Context" cover

Cory Doctorow is a sci-fi author and commentator, who is usually to be found in his capacity as co-editor at boingboing. His most recent essay collection, Context covers a diverse set of topics, trying to reconcile the “freemium” nature of the Internet (something we’re strongly in favour of here at emudir) and the need for …

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