Archive for the 'Computers' Category

Magpie Unit tests

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Since people were waving tasks around several months ago and I finally got tired of atom feeds showing up incorrectly in Gregarius, I decided to port some of Feedparser tests to Magpie. I created a rudimentary ajax-ified unit testing harness for Magpie. You can download it to your webserver with subversion svn co Then, [...]

Dreamhost Quirks

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Dreamhost is doing some strange things with my php scripts. Why are you stealing my newlines? For some strange reason newlines at the end of files seem to be eaten. Take a look at these two php files. < ?phpecho "This string has no newline at the end";?> and < ?phpecho "This first string has a newline at the end\n";?> If you wget these two files (file1, file2) you will see that [...]


Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

I finally upgraded wordpress (this blogging software) to version 2.0.1 and beyond. Instead of following the usual upgrade instructions, I just checked out an svn version right on top of my old wordpress directory. I had to move things around a bit, but eventually I have this blog running on a development version that I [...]

Compiling OpenOffice

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

I decided to upgrade to OpenOffice version 2 as I wanted to use oodraw to make some flowcharts. Emerging software on gentoo involves compiling it (though you can install binary package s if you really want) and OpenOffice weighs in at a hefty 150MB download. I think it will only finish compiling tomorrow morning. Meanwhile [...]


Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

One advantage of having a web based aggregator that constantly pings away at sites (albiet very politely), is that you get to catch mistakes that feed publishers make. Notice any difference in these two items from Slashdot?. Click the image for a close look…. I guess Slashdot is worried about getting sued by Microsoft ….

Blog That

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

I wrote a Gregarius plugin to send any item to a blog with 1 click. Yes I know another plugin!!. This is the last one for a while, I promise.. Maybe I should patent this one like amazon did. Anyway, here is a screenshot of what the output looks like. Screenshots You can edit the [...]

Lilina theme for Gregarius

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

I added a new theme for Gregarius which gives it a similar interface to Lilina. It is still a work in progress, so I decided to create a page for it to keep track of changes in the version. This theme shows you the item titles, so you can scan them quickly. You can expand [...]

Stop the presses

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

A shell script I wrote earlier got mentioned in the December issue of Macworld. It is hard to find the mention, but it is there. I wrote the script to move my feeds from Safari RSS to Bloglines. Last month, I upgraded the shell script to an Automator action, so you do not need to [...]

Automator actions

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Automator is quite a cool component of Tiger. I upgraded my little Export RSS feeds from Safari shell script to an automator action. This is quite handy for the hordes of MacOSX users that abhor All you need to do is double click the downloaded file and your feeds appear in a file on [...]

More blogs?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Need to read more blogs? CNET has come up with a top 100 list. The list is grouped via subject so you can easily find cool blogs that you are interested in. Add the ones you find interesting to your feed agregator. Never mind that they forgot to put my blog on the list.