Speed Dreams

   Speed Dreams is an Open Source motorsport simulation (sim) and it is freely available. Speed-Dreams is brought to you by an international team of developers and artists, who aim to bring the very best of Open Source racing to your PC. Speed-Dreams simulates a wide range of cars from high-tech Open Wheelers and Super Cars, to 1930's 'monsters'. It includes Grand Prix tracks located around the world, as well as Ovals and Road courses.  Am personally a really big fan of rally racing games and am glad to see rally cars and tracks in this game.

Speed-Dreams is available for Windows and Linux, and available for free download from

    Speed Dreams is a fork of the famous open racing car simulator Torcs, aiming to implement exciting new features, cars, tracks and AI opponents to make a more enjoyable game for the player, as well as constantly improving visual and physics realism.

In other words, Speed Dreams is the place:
  • where developers can try their ideas and have every chance to get them released to the end-users (democracy is the main principle ruling the dev team),
  • where end-users can enjoy the completion of these ideas and give their opinion about it, and/or make new suggestions.

So, if you find your or some people's Torcs patch proposals don't integrate the official release as quickly as you would have loved, you have reached the right place!

Anyone can join the development team, contributions to Speed Dreams may take place in many domains:
  • The core code itself, and its numerous subjects : user interface, physics engine, 3D graphics engine, race management, input device related code, file formats, ... to enhance, optimize, make more up-to-date, fix bugs, port to another platform ...
  • the robot(s) code (AI racing)
  • the cars design or tuning
  • the tracks design
  • the documentation
Current features of Speed-Dreams as of 2.0 beta:
  • 38 tracks
  • 16 tracks with full scenery and terrain
  • 28 cars
  • Animated drivers with some cars
  • 10 camera modes
  • Close to realistic physics
  • Experimental full 3D physics engine (user selectable)
  • Supported input devices: Keyboard, Wheel, Joystick, Mouse, Gamepad
  • Customizable controls
  • Automatic shifting, ABS, ASR
  • 2 completely different AI opponent sets, Simplix and USR


    More and more open source projects are sprouting into existence, and they are not just software projects they are hardware and educational resources as well. The ChronoZoom project is an HTML5 piece of software but is more then that, it is a new way to browse, learn and contribute to a wealth of knowledge. Even though it runs o the Azure platform this looks like a cool project, hope it gains momentum quickly.

ars technica - ChronoZoom takes you through 14 billion years of space-time

Click this link to open chronozoom, at the top left corner there is a film-strip icon, click it to show the introduction tab and select with or without audio
http://www.chronozoomproject.org/  - if the link doesn't work in Internet Explorer (your version is out of date), it will work in google Chrome, as well as Firefox 10.x and up.
The code is hosted on codeplex @ http://chronozoom.codeplex.com/

    The project is described as "an open source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything to bridge the gap between the humanities and sciences using the story of Big History to easily understand all this information."

    "With ChronoZoom," Saekow told Ars, "you can browse history, rather than digging it out piece by piece. Also, today with [fewer and fewer] students visiting the library, the serendipity of browsing for a book and finding another is something we hope ChronoZoom can restore. If you don't know what to search for, it's almost like that topic never existed."
Now comes the time in the project's development where open source comes into its own.
    "We envision a world where scientists, researchers, students, and teachers collaborate through ChronoZoom to share information via data, tours, and insight," the ChronoZoom team writes. "Imagine a world where the leading academics publish their findings to the world in a manner that can easily be accessed and compared to other data. We will be focusing on community development of features, capabilities, and content."

Android - Daily Money

    There is a great open source money managing program for Android devices called Daily Money. With Daily Money you can balance multiple books and currencies as well as view pie charts and time charts, and of course, import and export existing records from other software.

    Daily Money has a lot of good options like being able to choose the folder the program saves its' info to, and being able to changing the default layout.

To make a long story short Daily Money is easy, useful, able to be customized and consistent.

Find it on the google market @
and developers can get the code @ http://code.google.com/p/daily-money/

    If your a Linux user and running the KDE desktop, checkout Scrooge. Scrooge can be installed as a module from KDE Extragear, or through most distributions package manager. Skrooge is a personal finances manager for KDE4, aiming at being simple and intuitive, worth checking out.