Monthly Archives: March 2007

Mailhook

Mailhook is an amazing idea. You provide an url and they provide an email address. When you send mail to this address, it is posted to your url.

Just came right as I was investigating incoming email handling on DreamHost.

A great sample usage for WordPress integration here.

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Interview with Joel Spolsky

Great interview with Joel Spolsky at Podtech.

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DemoCamp Montreal 2

Just came back from DemoCamp. It was great, 5 amazing demos of upcoming applications. Lots of great ideas, lots of people.

Talk Now was the first demo. A thing to know when people are available on your Blackberry. Aimed at business people. As I don’t own a Blackberry, neither a cellphone, I don’t really see the point. Looks like IM for the business world.

Collectik is a new way of aggregating podcasts into a unique feed and share it. Cool thing! Still not clear what’s the innovation here, isn’t this already done on iTune Store? I guess if it gets popular and a community is built this could become a new 2.0 star. That the only project I might use in a near future.

Kakiloc is something to know where your friends are. You can be SMSed when someone is close to you. Interesting, cool web integration, but seems complicated and lots and lots of information from everywhere (IM, cell, web).

OpenSourceCinema brings the concept of open source to the world of documentary films. People send their raw filming and the community puts it together onto a whole film. 3 great short documentaries where shown. I think this project is the most promising of all 5, but the guy is not a dev, he’s a documentary maker and needs some help with his website and host.

Bump Top is an amazing new desktop replacement. Drag items on your 3D desktop, pile them, group them. Caused the biggest reaction from the audience. But it’s clearly only a demo, not connected to the file-system yet.

Check out the next BarCamp Montreal.

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C# Generic headach

I recently converted some code to use Generic types in C# 2.0 and got the following error:

Cannot create an instance of ... because Type.ContainsGenericParameters is true

Turns out, you can’t dynamically call methods on a generic class. Well you can, but you kind of have to convert the generic type to enable late bound reflection.


type = instance.GetType().MakeGenericType(instance.GetType().GetGenericArguments());
return type.GetProperty(property).GetValue(instance, null);

via (GA)

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DemoCamp today

Later today I’ll be at DemoCamp Montreal, a demo session for montreal software people to showcase their work.

I look forward to see what’s happening in web development here in montreal.

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Blogging : living a life of dangers

Lots of noises around Kathy Sierra death threats.

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Mouseless

Following Jeff Artwood’s blog post, I started working without touching the mouse. I was used to it on my MacBook since I hate trakpad and TextMate snippets are so addictive, you have to use them all the time ratter then point-and-clicking. And TextMate key bindings really easy to remember, but I the case I forget, Ctrl+Apple+T => Select Bundle Item list appears, magic!

I find it harder to do on Visual Studio at work. It’s like all was made to use the mouse. The project drawer is not really keyboard friendly and I don’t know of any way to quickly find a file by it’s name in a solution. But all is not lost, you can customize keyboard bindings in Tools > Options > Keyboard. I blinded TestDriven.RunTests to Alt+t, Alt+t, and TestDriven.RepeatTests to Alt+t, Alt+r, etc. You can also bind keystrokes to external tools and macros which could open a much wider range of opportunities.

I also discovered NumberFox which displays a number close to each link in Firefox, you then simply type the number on the keyboard. Takes some time to keep yourself from reaching the mouse tough!

What has reduced my typing and clicking a lot on windows is Launchy. It indexes all shortcuts and programs on your computer so you can hit Alt+Space and type the first letters of the app then hit enter to launch. Tremendous productivity gain, plus it is smart enough to remember that the last time you typed sql you were looking for SQL Express Management Studio and not SQL Server Configuration.

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Microsoft re-reinventing the wheel again (bis)!

I can’t beleive it! Just when you think they did something non-sense (see my previous post), Microsoft strikes again, harder then ever!

They recently announced a subversion client clone at CodePlex (via RTB)

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Metaprogramming: why dynamic languages matters

Reading Adam’s excellent
Javascript metaprogramming presentation, I’m realizing how much constraining static languages can be. Even tough type checking can help you find some errors before they occur, metaprogramming and DSL makes you write code that works by removing ambiguity. Chances are if you don’t have a clue what the code you just wrote is doing, it will break, explode, melt and smell.

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What is OpenKiwi ?

I hate IM softwares! A couple years ago I was using mIRC like a freak day and night then I switched to MSN Messenger then got sick of it, really. I haven’t opened any of my IM accounts for two years now.

IRC was a good step forward of BBS in the 90s, but let’s be honest, sending files it as mess, so is text formatting.

IM programs, in the opposite, have become so blotted with useless features. And sending files is not that easy, doesn’t work all the time and is bloody slow.

But all those are desktop softwares, you have to install something on your computer. If you’re at school, at work, anywhere else you’re home computer, don’t even think about it. Once you get it installed, you have to enter a password (another one), wait for it to connect and as a reward it keeps popping messages when you’re demoing something to a customer.

OpenKiwi is a free minimal web chat service. It only does text chat, nothing more.

But since the chat log is a web page, you can share files, pictures and videos easily and fast. Nothing to install, no server to find and connect to. Send the link to your friend by email or link in your blog.


Preview

Picture taken from http://flickr.com/photos/helenabragafotopoesias/421705919/

Be sure to subscribe to the mailing list to be informed when we launch : http://openkiwi.com.

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