Archive for May, 2009

Kantter v0.1

Saturday, 30 May, 2009

For a while I’ve been using TTYtter to easily view my stream of twitter updates on a console, and make the occasional update. It is a nifty little tool, but I have found it lacked a few things that I would like in a client. Last week I spent a little bit of time playing around with Urwid (a python console UI library) and started trying to put together my own client called Kantter.

Kantter using the public timeline

Kantter using the public timeline

Kantter currently only fetches updates from twitter, but does some highlighting of @people and #hashtags. There is also some basic filtering functionality that currently works with hard coded-lists. Finally it also has tab completion for @person using the your current list of followers.

The next step is to get OAuth working, so twitter updates can be made, and then I’ll start moving some of the hard-coded settings into configuration files so other people can try it out. Finally the interface will probably need to be cleaned up a bit (ie. actually put the status bars to use).

Savage Chickens

Wednesday, 27 May, 2009

I think it was my sister who may have initially pointed me towards Savage Chickens, but I still stumble across the comic every now and then. I like the simplicity of drawing a cartoon on a single sticky note, and they are generally pretty funny.

That’s how I roll.

Monday, 25 May, 2009

Since this years I have have started seeking out more techie talks and lectures from conferences that I can find. With this in mind, last week I had the chance to go see two presentations give by some guys from the W3C.

Ivan Herman talked about the Semantic Web, which seems to be mainly about defining ways of adding meta-data to information on the web, in a way that a system can link otherwise abstract¬† information to other bits of information in a way they a person might do intuitively. I probably missed the point a bit, as the talk was very general and didn’t contain too many examples or specifics. I think¬† Ivan described it as something like “mash-ups on steroids” which sounded rather suitable. It isn’t something I have a real keen interest in at the moment, but a few ideas/projects I been playing around with lately tend towards that direction, so it will probably be something I’ll end up looking into in more detail in the future.

The second talk was by Mike Smith about HTML5 and a little bit about XHTML2. While I was expecting it to be a talk about new and shiny toys that developers will soon be able to play with, it ended up being more about the aims of the standards, and the difference between HTML5, XHTML2, and the relationship (or lack of) with their predecessor. While slightly disappointing that the talk wasn’t what I was expecting, I did find it rather interesting as he went through a bit of the history of the HTML standards and why things have ended up they way they are (“politics”), and why things won’t change a great deal going into the future (backwards compatibility).

While it would have been good to hear a bit more technical detail about the various technologies, they were still interesting talks giving the rather limited time they had, and I also managed to score myself a t-shirt (thanks to to Ivan, who couldn’t quite answer one of my questions).