Friends page feeds

8 years, 11 months ago

LiveJournal and other sites using the same software don't provide a feed of your friends/reading page, something that has irritated me since I signed up. As more of your friends migrate to Dreamwidth or elsewhere (here's the latest reason) and more people thus suddenly want to keep up with multiple LJ-like sites, I'm guessing this will be an increasingly common irritation. These sites provide feeds of individual friends, but when you're reading a couple of hundred (making your feed reader's update cycle take forever), and/or you frequently edit the list, this is not ideal.

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Android keymaps

9 years ago

I recently bought a Bluetooth keyboard to use on Android; unfortunately some keys weren't recognised at all and others weren't quite mapped as I'd like. This is fairly easy to fix as an end user, as long as you have a rooted device (adb remount must succeed). Here's a quick howto, since I couldn't find one.

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What next?

9 years, 1 month ago

Now that my various projects seem to be mostly behaving themselves, it's time to decide what to write next. I've had a few requests and a few ideas, so here's a rundown of possibilities.

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Lock on unplug

9 years, 2 months ago

Here's a hack for Gnome (vaguely relevant to Android too) that I've been using for a little while. When I get up from a computer, I generally want to lock the screensaver. I also pick up my phone from a USB dock (not the Nexus One Desktop Dock; that doesn't connect to a computer). So why not have the screensaver lock automatically when the phone disappears from USB? This is helpful when you're hurriedly picking up the phone to answer a call, and might otherwise forget to lock the screen. Of course, if you get a lot of calls that you want to answer while looking at your computer, this is not for you. :-)

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Chrome to Phone CL

9 years, 2 months ago

A couple of recent Google offerings gave me an idea. First there was the demo of cloud-to-device messaging at Google I/O, with which I look forward to seeing the Android development community do great things, and to demonstrate it they used a Chrome extension, Chrome to Phone. Then yesterday, GoogleCL appeared, providing access to several Google services from the command-line.

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