The Nerd Watch Museum has hundreds of nerdy watch models.
Since your hosts are of the LCD generation, rather than LED, liquid crystal display models have been the focus of our collecting. Many LCD timepieces played an important role in the evolution of digital wristwear, and we are striving to present as many as possible in our virtual museum.
I’ve been watch-less for about 7 years now. My last watch was a Fossil pocket watch my wife (to be at the time) got me for my birthday, but I have to admit I owned (and wore) a bunch of these geeky nerd watches in my teens as well.
I can’t remember the exact models but they resemble the Casio AE-11, Casio CA-951 and a slim girly-type watch which I couldn’t find in the Nerd Watch Museum.
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JBM has released Calculizer, a freeware synth made with SynthEdit.
Calculizer aims at creating digital blips and blops similar to these that Kraftwerk did back in the early 80′s in their track Pocket Calculator. The sound is an analog synthesizer with 2 oscilators. To each oscilators there are 2 sliders. One controlling the keyboard range, aka giving atonal results, and the other adds extra pitch to the oscilator.
- 4 Osc waveforms (Square, Saw, Triangle, Sine)
- Each Osc has LFO connected to pitch control
- LFO waveforms: Sine, Saw, Ramp, 100% pulse, 50% pulse, 25% pulse, Fast random, Slow random
- ADSR VCA envelope
Visit Jobromedia for more information and a link to download Calculizer.
Exponent (Exp Digital) has released SCal V5, a freeware universal musical value calculator.
- Delay Time
- Lfo Rate
- Bpm/Time/Beats/Bars conversion
- Timestretch and pitch shift
SCal V5 also adds Mac OSX (UB) compatibility.
Visit Exp Digital for more information and a link to download SCal V5.
When I read the headline of this article I thought it was going to be a collection of sites that lets you convert Celsius to Fahrenheit, centimeters to inches etc. (I guess Google Calculator does those well enough), but it’s actually a list of online services providing actual file format conversions (i.e. HTML to PDF).
Online converters always come in handy. Once you need to perform some operation with your files, they can save your time achieving the same results online, without installing some specific software. In fact, there are many online tools, which convert formats, files and code snippets for free.
JPG 2 ASC – perhaps not the most useful converter, but cool nonetheless
Some of them are quite specific tools aimed for developers, but some are common “all-rounders”, which manage to convert almost every format to a more popular one. Using them, you can generate .pdf-documents out of images, images out of texts or RSS-feeds out of web-sites. You can also convert any audio- and video-files immediately – the results can be received via e-mail.
Check the list of Online Converters at Smashing Magazine.
Venusian Snail Traffic has released Cheapo-Tone, a freeware recreation of the famous Casio VL-Tone calculator synth.
- All the sounds are synthesized (no samples were used)
- Drums and Tone synth
- MIDI mapped (drums on channel 10, synth on channel 1)
- ADSR section and other knobs on the front pannel work only in ADSR mode, as the other modes (piano, fantasy, violin, flute and guitar are locked presets)
Visit Venusian Snail Traffic for more information and a link to download Cheapo-Tone.
Casio (established in 1957) has sold one billion calculators worldwide!
Casio, Inc. and its parent company Casio Computer Co. Ltd., announced today that one billion electronic Casio calculators have been sold worldwide. The company’s first electronic calculator – the 001, went on sale in 1965, and the company just passed the one billion mark at the end of December.
When I went to high school it was actually mandatory to get one of those scientific calculators and if my memory serves me right I think Casio was about the only brand allowed at the time.
So I have some Casio calculators (various fx models) as well. (Not that I use them anymore, since I use the PC for the basic calculation needs I have.)
PolyValens (Clemens Valens) has released VL1, a freeware Casio VL-Tone emulator.
VL1 is a emulator of the world famous classic calculator annex mini-synthesizer from the eigthies made by Casio.
VL1 was written in honour of Casio’s little VL-TONE that has given me many hours of pleasure and fun.
- Two channels, one for the rhythm sounds and one for the synthesizer The synthesizer is always on MIDI channel 1, the rhythm sounds are on MIDI channel 2
- Three rhythm sounds (MIDI notes C3 (60), D3 (62) and E3 (64))
- Unlimited instances of VL1 (as long as your system supports it)
- 5 presets + 1 user programmable sound
- Desktop calculator
Memorieeees! Check it out at PolyValens‘ website.