Testimonials tagged 2005:

Dithering Audio Files

Thank you for your random number service, I have downloaded your 10 MB pre-generated numbers to use them for generating random noise to be added as dither to audio files in our audio products. Dithering works by adding random noise when decreasing bit-depth, such as going from 24 bit to 16 bit, allowing low volume signals that would be normally decimated to still be present, whilst the random signal increases the noise floor it normally remains inaudible.

—Mr Spoon, dbPowerAMP

Random Selection of Entertainment

I have many movie and sound files stored on my computer, in either groups (folders) or stand alone, and I have trouble deciding which to listen to or watch. Because a random function on a media player doesn't randomly select groups of songs or movies, I decided to find an alternative. Using a random integer generator, I can arbitrarily pick them at random. I use the site daily. Thanks.

—Marcus Stidham

Randomness in a Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG)

In our newest game, Starships, we have made extensive use of your random numbers. Your random numbers are used in everything from the dispersement of game targets, rewards, patterns of asteroids … well EVERYTHING that should be random. The human mind can tell when something is truly random, and when it isn't, so your numbers make everything in the game look and feel right. THANK YOU!

—Archie Angelmann, Rabid Panda Games, USA

Generating Combinations for Electronic Locks

I am an Institutional Locksmith working for a large East Coast medical facility. While Mike Bardsley CML uses the generator for random key bittings, I use it to generate random six-digit combinations for electronic combination locks. We have many of these locks throughout our facility and need to assign each a different combination. Using your generator assures that we won't use the same combination more than once.

—Charles H. Park Jr. CIL

Generating Names for Computer Games

I'm using your random number generator to pick first and last names for characters from a spreadsheet for a computer game called ‘A Force More Powerful’—a game designed to teach nonviolent resistance groups how to fight for democracy without using violence.

—Karen Moody-Springer, BreakAway Games, USA

Wildlife Sampling

I have used your random list generator, as well as your random integer generator, to pick cells in a grid that was over-layed a digital picture of an area in order to randomly select wildlife sampling locations. It has been a most useful program, and has saved me a lot of time in getting my wildlife inventory and monitoring program up and running. Thanks a bunch!

—Dan Dawson, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

Creating Math Questions

I am an instructor of adult literacy and used your random numbers to generate questions in BEDMAS (order of operations) for my students. This saved me a lot of extra work and time. Thank you!

—Peter Fergus-Moore, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Making Desktop Wallpaper

I think I've found the strangest use for Random.org's services: I retrieved a 256×256 random bitmap and changed the colors, and I use it as my Windows XP desktop wallpaper. I find that it's easier on the eyes than a large, screen-sized photograph; a small, repeated pattern; or even a solid color. I think of it as shag carpeting for the desktop. The two colors I actually use are #0055AA and #002B55, which I find fit well with the Windows XP color scheme. Now, what would be cool is if I could generate random bitmaps with more than two colors.

—Gus Polly

Generating Internet Café Passwords

Firstly, thanks for Random.org. Excellent! Secondly, here's what I use Random.org for. To protect me from keyboard and mouse loggers when I'm at an Internet cafe, I use Random.org to give me a page of random numbers, from which I pick my password pieces and copy and paste them into a log in form. That way, the next time the page is served the numbers will be in a different place. Thirdly, to make this even more secure, I would love to be able to get a page of randomly organised letters (a-z) (and maybe even punctuation!) for my passwords. Thanks again!

—Peter Lovett, Australia

American Government Simulation

We use the random number generator for determining what events take place in our simulated political landscape. The administrators develop probabilities of likely outcomes of a certain event, then use the random generators to determine which events take place. It's very useful, thanks!

—Brady Carlson, American Government Simulation

Jazz Improvisation

I'm yet another musician who has found Random.org very useful. Much of my music for jazz orchestra is centered around improvisation, so when I write certain passages (especially ones using twelve-tone rows), I don't want to influence the choices of notes and use your sequences tool. Also, I practice saxophone from a book with over 1300 scales & patterns to choose from. To keep things interesting, I have random.org give me 10 or 20 numbers for each day's practice. Thank you for the great site!

—Jeff Sackmann, Astoria, New York, USA

Health Thesis Work

I just wanted to let you know that and how I've used your delightful service. In the course of writing my thesis I needed to be able to randomly assign 15 items to five different categories and then randomly order the categories. I was going to use old fashioned D&D dice for the job but found your site and was able to do it in far less time! Thanks a lot, and you will be cited in my final document.

—Rose Campbell, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University

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