Chrismukkah 2005

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Dec 252005
 

Nope, not a spelling error… Chrismukkah is what we celebrated with my wife and kids.

The scene was perfectly set on Chrismukkah eve after the girls had gone nighty-night.
Chrismukkah 2005 - Loaded Tree

The gifts were actually wrapped by Robin on the previous night whilst I worked like one of Santa’s Maccabees on the childrens’ new bikes. I have to give an enormous “hats-off” to my dear ol’ Dad for dealing with late hours, Engrish assembly instructions, clumsy hands (yup, I inherited those too pop), and tiny parts in order to complete the masterpieces pictured above.

It was a wonderful day with the wife and kids, and I hope to have many more in the future! The day would not have been complete without the pièce de résistance:
Chrismukkah 2005 - Chewbacca Spin-pop
Thanks Robin! 😉

Gmail Web Clips a la Spam

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Dec 202005
 

If you have Gmail (if not, get an account here), you have probably noticed the new “Web Clips” feature at the top of the page. I was doing my routine Spam clean-up when I notice the following:

mmmmmm! Spam Breakfast Burritos!

Google’s technology is so fun…

Voo2do Tray Update

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Dec 202005
 

UPDATE: This is no longer here…

sorry.

I have updated the Voo2do Tray application to fix two features that I inadvertantly broke:

  1. Default Proxy Server settings should again be loaded automatically from your IE settings
  2. The Logon button is now again the default button for the logon form, so by pressing the ‘Enter’ key, you activate it.

Special thanks to Frisley Velasquez for his comment about the Proxy Server issue.

You again can download the updated application (.NET Framework 2.0 required) or the source (Visual Studio 2005 solution).

 

UPDATE: Please use the following thread for the latest updates and instructions.

Let the people speak…

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Dec 192005
 

Please ignore this post if you are offended by my political views…

…with that said…

Chris Sells posted a short but provocative blog post mentioning W and the word “impeach.”

I second his suggestion and support free speech, so if you agree, or disagree with the actions President George W. Bush has taken in regards to the War in Iraq, speak up now!

Voo2do Tray version 1.5

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Dec 152005
 

After using Girish Bharadwaj’s Voo2do Tray Application (original and update) for sooo long, I decided to work on the excellent start Girish provided, and add a few things of my own. I by no means have come close to the amount of work he put into the first versions, but I did implement the following:

  1. All API calls are now done via the POST action.
  2. Added an About Dialog with version info and links to:
  3. Fixed the Logon to clear the previous logon info after a failed attempt
  4. Fixed a bug when a project has no tasks associated with it (thanks Shimon Wink)
  5. Added a “Save Login” feature to allow a user to store the email and password in their local user settings. When enabled, the login form is bypassed.
  6. Added a Logoff action incase you wanted to change your logon preferences 
  7. Added a menu link to the Dashboard URL: http://voo2do.com/dashboard
  8. One for developers… implemented Generic lists.

You can download the application (.NET Framework 2.0 required) or the source (Visual Studio 2005 solution).

A huge thank you to both Shimon for his awesome GTD web application and slick and simple Web 2.0 API, and Girish for his sweet little tray application that made this version possible.

 

UPDATE: Please use the following thread for the latest updates and instructions.

http://robnrob.com/forums/84.aspx

Public transit via Google

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Dec 082005
 

One of the best things about working at Google is a policy known as “20 percent time,” which you can read about on our jobs page or in this post. Having the freedom to pursue projects during 20 percent of our work week means engineers can pursue a breadth of unique and interesting ideas without having to wait for anyone else.

So not too long ago, a few engineers from San Francisco, New York, and Zurich — all of whom regularly use public transportation — decided that being able to plan local trips without having to go to multiple websites, and done in an easy, intuitive way would be a useful product. So they devoted their 20 percent time to building it. As it happens, a lot of people thought this was a great idea, and our small team quickly grew with “twenty-percenters” from across Google.

Today, we are happy and proud to tell you that their efforts have resulted in a new Google Labs experiment: Google Transit Trip Planner. With it, commuters will be able to easily access public transit schedules, routes, and plan trips using their local public transportation options. This first release covers only the Portland, Oregon metro area, but we are working to expand our coverage very soon. (If you’re from a local transit agency interested in being included in Google Transit, we would love to speak with you. Just write to us.)

We chose to launch with the Portland metro area for a couple of reasons. Tri-Met, Portland’s transit authority, is a technological leader in public transportation. The team at Tri-Met is a group of tremendously passionate people dedicated to serving their community. And Tri-Met has a wealth of data readily available that they were eager to share with us for this project. This combination of great people and great data made Tri-Met the ideal partner.

Public transportation offers a unique type of data that people use in very different ways than most of the data Google has worked with before. We really want to understand how people use Google Transit and the challenges we’ll face as we cover additional cities. To that end, we’d love to hear your feedback!

Try some of the queries you can do in Portland on Google Transit:

Leave now
pdx to 100 ne couch st, portland, oregon
4412 se 17th ave portland, oregon to hillsboro, oregon

Choose a specific time
pdx to portland, oregon at 7pm
100 nw couch st, portland to hillsboro, oregon by 8pm
portland to pdx at 7pm on 12/09/05

[Updated with links to results]

[Via Google Blog]