Monthly Archives: October 2006

germinal: idea: todo: closing a gap with dbus and python

There is an unnatural separation in many common computing environments between “web space” and “local space”. They are both equally foreign to users (meaning we aren’t evolutionarily equipped with tools for natively manipulating these spaces, and we aren’t indigenous to them), and so making a distinction between them doesn’t help us use them. There are […]

magnatune is awesome

Quick Summary: Magnatunes is awesome. Listen to great music for free. Buy music at a price you decide. Any format you want, including plain old mp3. Half goes to the artist. I suggest using Magnatune for browsing, listening, and buying music. The music available might not be famous, but it is extremely high quality. They’ll […]

idea: wiki2changecontrol

Recently, I’ve started using Mercurial for personal change control stuff. I like it a lot, so far, and the microformats guys are also using it. Wikis are good tools for easily sharing information, but I hate using the browser for editing text. It’s much better to use my favorite editor (vim) and my favorite change […]

idea: mobile phone payments

This isn’t exactly a new idea. I was eating dinner with my roommates at “Q” when we got the check. We all took turns tinkering around with payment methods, who would foot the bill, how much tax and tip was…. blah blah blah… It’d be much easier if we could use our mobile phones to […]

consulting the oracle

Modern Day Oracle Arthur Clarke said Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. What is today’s technology? What is today’s advanced technology? What technology is sufficiently advanced to be indistinguishable from magic? Are there any services like that around? I’ve been working, on the side, on idea purposefully intended to be magical. I’ve been […]

bad microsoft technology

I don’t know about other people, but overall my experience with Microsoft technology has been a bad one. The api’s feel …just… gross. I much prefer the GTK api for my gui stuff. Anyway, this post is just to note that IE7 seems to have broken the rebar SendMessage() with the message RB_GETBKCOLOR. I had […]

questions: amara and python

I’m a recovering PHP fiend so please forgive me if this is incredibly simple. One big reason I’m switching to python is all of the wonderful tools for manipulating XML. For example, the amara xml toolkit is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It’s really really nice. I’ve been toying around, and I was able […]

idea: three ways to improve amazon

Quick Summary (in order of importance) Adopt openID Opaque Attention Data Subscribe to users’ events Amazon.com’s site is fantastic. I get great recommendations, and I’ve started buying more and more stuff from them. However, there are a couple of things I’d like to see from them, technologically. OpenID Provider OpenID should be supported everywhere. There’s […]

idea: todo: semantic web date selector

Web Page as an API Have you ever heard the expression “your web page is your api” and wondered what it means? A web page is a document. A web page that belongs to you documents the things you’d like to say. In other words, it’s a platform for you to declare your likes and […]

idea: flight pickers should mashup with calendars

Date Selectors too Hard to Use I don’t know about most people, but I don’t fly without a reason. The reasons I fly are usually closely related to events that are often published. For example, lots of people travel on holidays. Other times, people plan for trips using tools like calendars. However, when I’m telling […]