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Tilting at Windows

Stallman — a legend in the programmer community for more than a quarter century — considers it his life's work to proselytize the free-software gospel, educating the lay people who'd otherwise assume that Microsoft or Apple are exclusively synonymous wit
Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009

Hacking pact

On an unheralded fall weekend right before Thanksgiving, a roomful of amateur hackers and Web rock stars gathered in East Cambridge for a historic convention that could dramatically reshape the way we get our music.
With big record companies willingly bucking technology, musicians and software types gathered in Cambridge to revolutionize the industry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2009

Out of this world

The worlds Rosenbaum creates feel less like a separate or “alternate” reality and more like a colorful, if complicated, extension of the one we know.
Benjamin Rosenbaum’s The Ant King
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  August 26, 2008

Schmaltz Coney Island Lagers

The latest offerings from New York’s Schmaltz Brewing Co. celebrate — as Elvis Costello once put it — the “other side of summer.”
Freaking delicious
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2008

Creating an online artistic community is for “anyone who creates a product or service with their hands or their mind,” Zito says, from boat-builders to Web programmers to painters.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 25, 2008

Unkindest cuts

Some advice for game developers: just because the Nintendo DS has a microphone does not mean you have to shoehorn the mic into every DS game.
Ninja Gaiden  suffers a lethal blow
By RYAN STEWART  |  April 22, 2008


Star power

“I’m so nervous!” Harmonix public-relations queen/Vagiant frontwoman Helen McWilliams exclaimed while smoking a cigarette in front of the building before her band’s set at the Guitar Hero II party at the Middle East a week ago Saturday night.
Harmonix celebrate Guitar Hero II
By RYAN STEWART  |  November 27, 2006

Dark resurrection

They call it “vaporware”: software that is announced amid much fanfare, then for one reason or another is never released. Watch the trailer for Prey (YouTube)
Prey goes through development hell and back
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 18, 2006

Crypt keepers

The Mansion, which opened in 1979 and closed after the summer of 1995, elevated terror to a kind of religion thanks to a core group of self-described outsiders. Audio slideshow: Sara Donnelly narrates the history of the Haunted Mansion.
The geek ghouls of the lost Haunted Mansion hang on to their wicked years
By SARA DONNELLY  |  June 22, 2006

Here Come the Hot Gaming Consoles!

Xbox 360 rocks. Microsoft's newly minted, next-generation game console is packed with a fire-breathing processor, an outlandish graphics processing unit, and high-definition TV outputs for blasting pixels onto huge HDTV screens. It even looks sweet, with a curvaceous, Apple-esque design that both soothes and entices. There can be no doubt: This month Xbox 360 will incite store riots and lure grown men into acts of depravity, just to have one by the end of 2005.
By Jane Smith  |  December 18, 2005