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Colin Ian King

cowsay and cowthink fun

Time for me to lighten up a little. I stumbled upon the cowsay and cowthink commands today while reading the Wikipedia entry about Tux. Cowsay prints an ASCII art picture of a cow and a speach bubble around some provided text, and cowthink puts the text in a think bubble.

cowsay "Well this is all very amusing."

 ________________________________
< Well this is all very amusing. >
--------------------------------
\ ^__^
\ (oo)\_______
(__)\ )\/\
||----w |
|| ||

The -f flag allows one to specify different picture, for example -f tux draws Tux instead of a cow.

cowthink -f tux "Why is my kernel building so slowly today?"
 _____________________________________
( Why is my kernel building so slowly )
( today? )
-------------------------------------
o
o
.--.
|o_o |
|:_/ |
// \ \
(| | )
/'\_ _/`\
\___)=(___/

There are over 50 pictures to chose from, use cowsay -l to list them all.

To install, use: sudo apt-get install cowsay

Enjoy!


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Colin Ian King

Makerbot - an open source 3D printer

This week I'm attending a Ubuntu Kernel Sprint and my colleague Steve Conklin brought along a fantastic gizmo - the Makerbot 3D printer. It is most fascinating watching it print 3D objects by extruding a thin ABS plastic trail of plastic in layers. It can print objects up to 4" x 4" x 6" - the imagination is the limiting factor to what it can print. Steve already demo'd it printing a variety of objects, the most impressive being a working whistle including a moving ball inside the whistle. It's not too slow either - it took about 25 minutes to print the whistle, which isn't bad considering the complexity and size of the object.













It's a cool piece of kit - doubly so because it's completely open sourced.


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Colin Ian King

Ubuntu Release Party reaches 1000 users!


W00t - the Ubuntu Release Party for Karmic Koala reaches 1000 users!



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