Archive for November, 2007

Bookmarklet it

November 18, 2007 Leave a comment


Over at Daring Fireball is a great way to make your bookmarklets without having to try and put it together in your browser’s tiny bookmark address field (provided you have TextWrangler or BBEdit).  This might be a good candidate for a Dashboard Widget to create them … or even better – a bookmarklet!

Categories: Web

Flyback: Linux follows not leads

November 8, 2007 2 comments


Something to keep an eye on: Flyback, an implementation of Time Machine for linux, based on the fact that rsync and the underlying hardlink filesystems are already there in most linux distributions.  Good point. But isn’t the point that again linux and open source developers have missed the boat?

Don’t get me wrong.  I love open source and all the great stuff that comes from it.  But why does it always seem that open source always follows and never leads the industry?  It’s not because of lack innovation.  Compiz Fusion, the klik software installation method pioneered by the KDE team, and other advancements by KDE and GNOME teams are technically brilliant.

But it’s the stuff from Apple and so on that makes people sit up and take notice. Time Machine is just another backup application, a notable hole in Apple’s line-up. But it’s (rightfully) getting a lot of attention. And that’s because it takes backup and puts it inside a metaphor that everyone can understand, just like the Desktop/file/folder metaphor did at the start of the Graphical User Interface. The “time travel” metaphor works because that’s what a good backup gives you – the ability to go back in time. That’s what’s so exciting about Apple. They did it with the Mac, they did it with Exposè, they did it with the iPod and now the iPod Touch/iPhone. It’s about making it easy to understand and therefore easy to use. As far as I can see the open source community has the technical brilliance to compete, but not the vision. I think the time is coming when open source will lead in these areas too.

Can’t wait!

(or in Slashdot terms, I for one welcome our vision imbued open source overlords!)

Categories: Apple, Linux, Open Source

Google Data & PHP4

November 6, 2007 Leave a comment


It doesn’t work.  I was looking at writing a module for Exponent to integrate Picasa Web Albums, but I can’t because the Google Data Client Library for PHP requires PHP5 and our lamo webhosters are still running PHP4.  That’s why if you look at the code for the webalbummodule you’ll see it’s not a real API integration, just a screen scrape of the Picasa Web Album interface.

Categories: PHP, Web

Exponent Web Album Module

November 6, 2007 1 comment


Update: Since my web hosting provider deleted my site this is probably gone forever.  It may be in my sprawling archives somewhere, and if I ever find it I’ll make it available for download again.  Leave a comment it you’d like me to step up the search!

Whilst developing our family website using the Exponent CMS I’ve had to implement a couple of my own modules to do specific things. This one is a module that displays a web album from a public provider like Google’s Picasa Web Albums, Flickr, Kodak Photos or whatever.

It’s pretty basic at the moment; only Picasa is implemented; no authentication so only public galleries can be displayed; can only display one gallery at a time; no control over the look and feel and so on. Some of these features may get added as I get time or requests to do so.

Anyway … download it from the link above for use with your Exponent installation!

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AppScript Launches on Leopard

November 6, 2007 Leave a comment

Script Cream

An AppleScript to quickly launch applications

AppScript Launcher 0.1 | Source Code

Just a quick note to say that AppScript Launcher has now been tested on Leopard. It didn’t actually need any changes but the original 0.1 release works fine on Leopard as is.

More info on AppScript Launcher.

Tested on:

  • Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
  • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)