How to build LinuxSampler

LinuxSampler is a great at replicating musical instruments on the computer. However it took me months to get it running for the first time! I documented the whole process for the benefit of others: Build LinuxSampler—Beginner’s guide. The guide is intended for the Ubuntu operating system (not Windows or Mac OS). [3 November 2013]

Jitsi video calls and chat

Jitsi offers free video calls including video conferencing. For comparison only the paid-version of Skype lets you call multiple people at once.

When I first started using Jitsi it did not have help documents explaining how to use the product, so I created the first few pages of the user documentation. I also created the latest ringtone for incoming calls. A couple days after the release of Jitsi 2.0, I received unprompted compliments in a video from the VoIP Users Conference. [11 March 2013]

(Update [20 April 2013]: The Linux Action Show also praised the alert sounds in their review of Jitsi 2.0. Chris Fisher: "And also it just has nice alert sounds." Matt Hartley "It really has. Great alert sounds!")

Piano Club "videoscore"

Listen to the hymn I Know That My Redeemer Lives and notice how the sheet music follows the video. I arranged the hymn and created the video for the World Church Piano Club. Every other month, the World Church Piano Club publishes hymn arrangements for six different skill levels. Its mission is to "inspire and help train congregational pianists so they can serve as worship leaders at the keyboard." [20 September 2012]

Reflections on Water

During a trip to Uganda my daily experience with water is very different from my normal life. I wrote a guest blog post for Sustainable Good: Reflections on Water. [18 February 2009]

Top usability issues in MuseScore

See my top ten list for usability issues in note entry, selection, playback, and open/close interface. [30 September 2008]

Mouse interaction in MuseScore

MuseScore has evolved rapidly since my initial impressions back in April. Many of the issues mentioned in the article have been resolved and a stable release of the new 0.9.3 version is in discussion. After using the scorewriter MuseScore for a few months I wrote up some ideas for improving mouse interaction in MuseScore. [12 September 2008]

MuseScore v. Finale NotePad

I wrote a blog post comparing the features of MuseScore and Finale NotePad. It is available on the MuseScore website. [8 September]

Update (10 November 2008): The post is cited by more than a half-dozen blogs (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) and Lasconic translated the blog post to French.


MuseScore is another free software scorewriter for Linux and Windows. It has a great interface and is further along in development than Canorus. I highly recommend the program and will be installing on the computers at school. I recorded my experiences, both good and bad, during the first few days using MuseScore (see First Impressions of MuseScore). [20 April 2008]

Grade Book 0.2

I've updated Grade Book Online. The new version includes usability enhancements and support for Internet Explorer 7. You can also download offline version which runs from you local computer. The offline version can save files to your computer if you are using a Mozilla based browsers such as Mozilla Firefox. Saved files are more reliable than cookies (which are still used as a backup). [5 January 2008]

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