aligns your notes to even places on a
musical grid, removing the element of
human error: “1b” is the most severe,
making each note land on a whole count;
“8b” is the least severe, allowing you
to make much more intricate music.
If you look farther right, you’ll see
a tempo and beat number, set to a
default BPM of 120 and a time signature of 4/4. You can turn these up or
down, allowing for strange feels, such
as 7/4 72 BPM (less dance-friendly,
but much more trippy).
Still, this early software does have its
limitations. First, it’s freeware. In this
day and age? Why? Ech! Second, there
weren’t any panning controls as far as
I could tell. Any stereo imaging you’ll
have to do beforehand, manually.
Nevertheless, this program is incredibly
cool. It allows you to output to JACK,
which makes it more powerful, and just
look at it. It’s a techno-minimalist’s wet
dream! Giada has an amazing economy
of space and features in its design that’s
quite deceptive. I actually thought this
was going to be a very short review
when I started. Giada is a must-have
for any electronic musician.
LinkChecker—Web Site Testing
Broken links are a serious pain in the
backside for Webmasters, and keeping
track of every individual link becomes so
laborious, most Webmasters simply give
up on the idea. Thankfully, there’s a way
LinkChecker makes Web site maintenance
that much easier by scanning your Web
site for broken links.
to automate the process with LinkChecker.
According to its Freshmeat entry:
With LinkChecker, you can check
HTML documents and Web sites for
broken links. It features recursion,
robots.txt exclusion protocol support,
HTTP proxy support, i18n support,
filtering rules for links and
user/password checking for authorized
pages. Output can be colored or
normal text, HTML, SQL, CSV or a
sitemap graph in DOT, GML or XML
format. Supported link types are
HTTP/1.1 and 1.0, HTTPS, FTP, mailto:,
news:, nntp:, Telnet and local files.
Installation The Web site has pack-
ages for Windows, OS X and Debian
(yes, it actually specifies Debian), and the
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