Archive for the 'Net' Category

Towards multi-touch in the browser

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

If, as it seems, the iPhone’s software will all come from Apple then all the development fun will happen in the browser, in particular in whatever version of Safari the shiny little device ships with. And it will be fun if Apple give us, as developers, access the right information. I’m talking here about that […]

Eh, Google, where's the search?

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

I just realized what’s missing from the Google Reader interface….Search! Why can’t I search inside all my subscriptions just like I can do with emails in Gmail? Come on, I’ve seen all the BigTable magic you Googlers have access to. I know you can do this.

Artificial Artificial Intelligence at ChaCha

Friday, September 29th, 2006

ChaCha is a new search engine that will connect you to a personal search assistant (a human!) to help you with your query. Matthias decided to test it out with a challenging query: Status: Looking for a guide … Status: Connected to guide: SomeGuide SomeGuide: Hi there. I will be helping with your search. SomeGuide: […]

Gave up on AllPeers 0.5

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

It just doesn’t have enough workingness yet. Files that don’t show up, or won’t transfer. Having said that, I did keep trying to use it. If it worked properly I would find it pretty useful. But don’t you feel this should and will be baked into the OS?

The 2(.0)nd Coming of the Homepage

Friday, August 4th, 2006

To my one blog subscriber, If you’re wondering why I’m posting twice in the same month (how shocking!), it’s because things are changing around here. You are reading this via the RSS feed so you won’t be aware that I have redesigned the blog’s homepage. My intent was to make this medium more conducive to […]

Coming next Monday…

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Coming next Monday: a web app the likes of which has never been seen before; an all singing, all dancing, all screen-scraping, spectacular that will change our lives forever. Oh, and we haven’t started development yet. We’re just one of several money-making projects that will progress from idea to deployment in the course of this […]

Decoupling Web APIs with XSLT

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Ok, back to practicality (I hope). Here’s what I was going on about during the lunchtime session at Web 2.0 Ireland. Adam Green brought up the problem of API lock-in. And there’s another, related problem which I know Flock is feeling at the moment. They want to allow you to save your bookmarks to whatever […]

The Web 2.0 Evolution

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

So I turned up for the Web 2.0 Ireland day at DCU. Witnessing the Marc Canter show was entertaining and there was a bit of tech discussion sprinkled on top. But the overwhelming topic for the day was… Money Yes, that’s an actual slide, taken out of context, from one of the company’s presentations. It […]

Hacking a Grazr

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

At the end of January, James Corbett coined the term Feed Grazer with reference to my OPod widget. Well, he’s certainly captured some people’s imagination with that phrase. Via James, comes news of Their main product is still under wraps but they have released the Grazer Mini, which bears a distinct resemblance to OPod, […]

Mr. Web Site…meet Mr. Clipboard

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Microsoft’s Live Clipboard is great stuff. Plus it’s not dependant on Microsoft Live at all. Microsoft are just proposing the standard and providing a nice little desktop integration app for their Windows users. Have a look at the screencasts. There will definately be UI issues to be worked out. This functionality should really live in […]

A Feed Taxonomy

Friday, January 27th, 2006

I’ve heard it again and again over the last year: People with “RSS overload” complaining that their aggregator is swamping them with information. The same generality of RSS that has made it so ubiquitous has also exposed problems in any application trying to serve as a consumer for all RSS feeds. RSS/Atom can describe many […]

Widgety Goodness (Part I)

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Today I released the first version of OPod (Cue cease and desist letters from Apple). James has the scoop. I think I’m going to make this the first of a series of posts releasing widgets I’ve developed as parts of other projects. Things I didn’t know before starting this: Firefox allows frames embedded to a […]

Swing Panorama

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Deep in the foothills of Wicklow a new web app is quickly taking shape. But when I lose concentration I’m pretty lucky to be able to step out the front door and go walk in the woods. On the hill opposite the house there is a huge, sprawling tree. And hanging from a branch is […]

Hack the Planet!

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Other people, it seems, have felt similar disappointments to mine with the gush of web 2.0 cash-ins. People with web 2.0 visions, I’d like to direct your attention to something you may have been overlooking: Planet Earth. I have a feeling that we (as web-app developers) are missing something right under our noses. Something big. […]

Link Mail

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

While we wait for to add link emailing, here’s a little hack to make life easier in the mean time. In javascript, just as in a HTML link, you can target a mailto: url. So you can make a bookmarklet that extracts info from the page you are browsing and pops up a new […]

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

During my info-mania driven tours across the web I often come across links that would be of interest to my friends and I need a quick and simple UI to fire them off to the right destinations. A while ago, I made a start on a web app (avec bookmarklet) to distribute my links to […]

Release Early…

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

About two months ago, I was visiting a friend in New York and I remember getting very excited about a cool way I had of attaching javascript events to DOM elements with the help of a little library I’d written. Not being a web developer, she found it hard to share my enthusiasm and may […]