Help Wanted: KhanDesktop, TrafficSqueezer, Extreme Tux Racer, MathBench

We continue to hear from projects that are looking for help. This would be a good time to mention that we have created a forum where you can post both your desire for help, and your desire to help. We have longer-term plans for a more complete Help Wanted system, but, while we’re working on that, this will fill that role nicely.

Khan Desktop is a desktop viewer for Khan Academy content. It’s not affiliated with the Khan Academy. The lead developer is looking for testers, and says:

The KhanDesktop project is almost trivial code wise, so coders are not needed.

What I could use is some quickie beta tests from developers, for example:

- Does it install / uninstall ok? I’ve not tested it on Vista or Win8. Improvements needed? UAC behaving?
- One of the programs main features is downloading videos. I’ve only tested it on slow connections (350 KBps). Does it behave on a high speed line?
- It runs a VLC embedded player. That appears solid.
- Any and all suggestions / comments welcome and appreciated.

The next release should contain an updater so the 19MB of VLC need not be downloaded
for an update.

Please post on the Developers forum at

And hey, you can always use the app to brush up on your linear algebra!

Thanks so much.

TrafficSqueezer is a WAN optimization solution. They are looking translators who can translate a document into Italian:

I am looking out for any volunteer(s) who can translate this Free PDF usage guide in Italian language too. Currently all the versions are published in English version in

Here is the direct link where the current English version PDF usage guides are uploaded.

Whoever agrees to translate, I can send the full original source version of the guide which is in OpenOffice document format, and also few sections of document on part-by-part basis, and complete the translation of the full guide.

You can contact Kiran at kiran.cyberpro AT

Extreme Tux Racer is a high speed arctic racing game based on Tux Racer. Unfortunately, the whole development team has moved on to other things, and the project is looking for someone to come along and adopt it. You can contact me a rbowen AT if you’re interested.

MathBench is intended for the development of short scripts such as those daily used when doing research in applied mathematics and physics.

The project lead says:

MathBench started as a tool to help perform some calculations and experimentations in python with very similar goals as IPython’s notebook.

Due to lack of time I can’t maintain nor develop it anymore but I’m willing to let somebody else take over the project.

I think MathBench is still a good playground for engineering and science students looking for a simple way to interact with one of their homegrown libraries (MathBench’s plugin system was designed for that).

It’s also a nice way to learn Python and wxWidgets.

If you’re interested, please contact me via

Please be aware that before giving up the project I may ask you a test question like “what you want to do with it” and even keep an eye on it. On the brighter side this means that I’ll still be here to help and answer questions :)

That’s all for today. If you are looking for a project to work on, or need help on your project, please post in the Help Wanted Forum, or get in touch with us.