Convert A Photo Into A Drawing

Photo to Sketch:

With this fast, easy-to-use program, you can convert any photo-not just portraits-into an interesting, folksy sketch. While Photoshop can also perform this function, Photo To Sketch does it faster.

The following is an example from a photo of my son:

iain photo converted to a drawing

The standard version displays an annoying popup occasionally and has limited functionality, but it works.

(via Lifehacker)

Borland Puts the “Turbo” Back In Development

Borland is bringing back the Turbo brandBorland Turbo programs:

In 1983, Borland revolutionized software development with one of the first PC development environments, Turbo Pascal®, which helped make the commercial development of PC applications possible. The new products revive the popular Turbo brand and provide users with a simple but powerful development environment that combines quick and easy learning with rapid productivity gains.

They’re making available a free version and a commercial Professional version. I’ll have to try it out.

I did most of my early programming using Turbo Pascal and Turbo C.

Gamblers Gamble On Sueing Gambling Company

KenoAll bets off as casino refuses to pay jackpot:

Two men from Manitoba have hired a lawyer and are threatening legal action after a Winnipeg casino refused to pay out more than $209,000 in slot-machine winnings.
The machine said the win was worth a jackpot of $209,716.40. The casino said it was a software error.

A software error. Someone didn’t do enough Unit Testing.

I wonder if the casino will seek damages from the software manufacturer. They must; but then, did the casino know the error was possible? If so, it seems like they were gambling as well.

A Video Recorder For Windows

I recently discovered CamStudio, an impressive, free Windows program that…

is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using it’s built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)

Here’s a short video I created of me starting to create this post. Nice. This is an excellent tool to help people learn tasks on a computer.

They’re hosted on SourceForge, so the source code (C++) is available as well.

(An unrelated note: I’ll have to email them about the use of “it’s” in the blurb above.)