Jelly SMS – Use your web texts from your desktop

JellySMS is now abandoned, I’ve removed any links to it.

jellysms.jpg One program I’ve been using a while now and is a serious lifesaver for when I’m out of credit is “Jelly SMS” (previously just jSMS). You need to have the latest Java installed for it to work but it is cross-platform. It basically lets you send web texts from your desktop without having to login to your network’s website.

The latest version of the software even supports delivery reports, and support is very good, I’ve noticed it not working maybe twice in the last year (due to o2 redesigning their website), both times the issues where fixed and an automatic update was out within two days.

They also now have an android and iPhone app, for anyone in possession of those luxuries!


Posted on April 08, 2010

Programmer Personality: 2009

I just took a fun test on “What is your programmer personality?” It is based of the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and has been changed to relate to your programming personality type.

Your programmer personality type is:

DLSB

You’re a Doer.

You are very quick at getting tasks done. You believe the outcome is the most important part of a task and the faster you can reach that outcome the better. After all, time is money.

You like coding at a Low level.

You’re from the old school of programming and believe that you should have an intimate relationship with the computer. You don’t mind juggling registers around and spending hours getting a 5% performance increase in an algorithm.

You work best in a Solo situation.

The best way to program is by yourself. There’s no communication problems, you know every part of the code allowing you to write the best programs possible.

You are a liBeral programmer.

Programming is a complex task and you should use white space and comments as freely as possible to help simplify the task. We’re not writing on paper anymore so we can take up as much room as we need.

Find out what kind of programmer you are here !


Posted on November 09, 2009

Earcandy in Ubuntu Jaunty

EarCandy is a volume manager for PulseAudio that fades applications in and out based on your current activity. Meaning it can do handy things like muting your music playing when you decide to turn on a youtube video. EarCandy can sniff out applications to tell what kind of application they are

Screenshots:

earcandy.png

earcandy2.png

How to install Earcandy on Ubuntu Jaunty

You can do this by using the following command:

sudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list

Then add the following to the end of the file:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/earcandy-devel/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/earcandy-devel/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
``
Then you can install earcandy by using the following command!
```bash
sudo apt-get install earcandy

Posted on September 28, 2009

Create a URL Shortener With Your Domain

If you use URL shortening services like TinyURL , it may be worth your while to setup a domain shortening service on your own domain. This is quiet easily done with a WordPress plugin now.

YOURLS is a free PHP script created by Lester Chan and Ozh Richard that allow you to create something similar to TinyURL.

  • It is easy to install.
  • It has a statistic side that allows you to keep track of all the URLs you are currently using.
  • It also easily allows you to choose between making your service open for all or just for you.
  • It lets you have customizable links instead of random characters.
  • Lastly it has a bookmarklet that allows you to make TinyURLs on the fly!

Download it and try it out!


Posted on September 24, 2009

Google Delivers New Java-like Language: Noop

The developers over at Google have come up with Noop, a new language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine.

“Noop (pronounced ‘noh-awp,’ like the machine instruction) is a new language that attempts to blend the best lessons of languages old and new, while syntactically encouraging industry best-practices and discouraging the worst offenses,” according to a description of the language on the Noop language Website.

Noop supports dependency injection in the language, testability and immutability. Other key characteristics of Noop, according to the Noop site, include the following: “Readable code is more important than any syntax feature; Executable documentation that’s never out-of-date; and Properties, strong typing, and sensible modern stdlib.”

I suppose your thinking why another language? Google explain this:

Our experience has been that developers often create code that’s hard to test and maintain, without realizing it. On a large software project, this can create problems later on for the whole team. In analyzing this problem, we found that the root cause in many cases was language features - like globally visible state, misused subclassing, and API’s that are easily misused. Noop will try to avoid these problems.

Noop avoids these problems by being opinionated, meaning it pushes you toward using good practices while developing software. It does this by;

Noop saying Yes toNoop saying No to
Dependency injection built into the languageAny statics whatsoever
Testability - a seam between every pair of classesImplementation inheritance (subclassing)
ImmutabilityPrimitives
Syntax geared entirely towards readable codeUnnecessary boilerplate
Executable documentation that’s never out-of-date
Properties, strong typing, and sensible modern standard library

I’m still only learning Java myself, have to this year with the course. But I hope to mess around with Noop sometime soon in the future!


Posted on September 23, 2009