Links for July 27th through July 30th

My shared links for July 27th through July 30th:

  • 45 Days. - "fill the days with little things first and there won't be room for the big ones"

An hour a day = 45 days a year. The kind of thing you just need to keep re-hearing every so often.

So all these years later I'm trying to make a very odd movie indeed, about computer chess programmers circa 1980, and perhaps deep down it's my attempt to vicariously peek into the fantasy braniac life I ought to have pursued as a kid. It happens to be a fascinating era for the field. As computers were exploding into the public sphere, and regular folks were just getting used to seeing them in the workplace, or home, a group of geniuses at the vanguard of the technology were trying to teach it what seemed like an almost unimaginable skill--could these machines, these glorified calculators, ever conquer the human world champion in chess? Obviously a human being would have to be a genius to be the world chess champ, so if they could get a computer to do it, the computer would have to acquire a kind of genius, right?

Links for July 19th through July 22nd

My shared links for July 19th through July 22nd:

After all, the web is just people.

Links for July 12th through July 15th

My shared links for July 12th through July 15th:

Links for July 11th

My shared links for July 11th:

Links for July 7th

My shared links for July 7th:

The technology progressed, primarily at the Disney Studio, but it wasn't computational in nature -- it was mostly mechanical and optical -- until in 1989, when The Little Mermaid was released. And this was really a pivotal film in that just about the entire film was made with the traditional means but the last shot of the movie was computationally accelerated…"

Links for July 6th

My shared links for July 6th:

I too have worked with large codebases from non-programmers. It can be difficult to tell a brilliant physicist that programming well is hard. After QED, nothing seems hard.

  • - A nice interface to searching your email, with a focus on attachments. But they're not a hosting provider , so it is not immediately clear what's stopping your email provider (say gmail) from adding this and wiping out the business?

  • waffle -> Perturbingly - Jesper reading the tea leaves on Growl dropping features to get into the mac app store.

VoodooPad, OmniFocus and Terminal Integration Wish List

Here are some features I want but I'll never have time to write the scripts for VoodooPad to do.

I use VP mostly as a running log of notes, shell commands and todos. I also use OmniFocus for task tracking, but sometimes it's easier to just start typing in VP and work out the tasks later. So I often end up with VP pages that have a bunch of todos mixed in with project headers and miscellaneous notes.

I've been thinking some integration would be nice. I want an emacs org-mode (update: I meant notes-mode) style "new day" script that creates a new page for the day and does the following:

  • adds a link to the new page to the previous note page
  • moves any pending todos (I mark them as lines starting with a <# todo #> placeholder so I can jump to them) off yesterday's page and into OmniFocus
  • starts a new header (line starting with #, in bold) in the new page for every header that had leftover todos. These headers usually correspond to projects in OmniFocus.
  • adds new headers and todo lines for any tasks that are due today

I want to have VP autocomplete project names from OmniFocus when I start a header line. Then add a link next to the new header pointing to the last page containing that header.

I'd also like to have OmniFocus update the VP document when I check off a task in OF - I want to use VP as a log, so I can track down when I did something. Maybe projects should all have their own VP pages, that are kind of an auto-updated index of progress on the tasks.

It'd also be nice if when I edited a todo line in VP, it could update OF. I guess I want VP to be an supplemental synchronized view onto my OF tasks.

For the Terminal: I do a lot of copying and pasting shell commands into VP so I can remember things like important paths, or the exact configure settings I used to build something two years ago. This is really useful, but it'd be nice if it was easier to do without leaving the terminal. Ideally I could just prefix a command with something like '@' to add it to the current page in VP (or '@pagename#headername' to get fancy). You could get this with a script named '@' - on your local machine. But it also has to work when you're working remotely, so it will get a little more complicated.

Finally - this is something I wanted to try doing with an InputManager before that mechanism went away: I'd like CamelCase links in every text field on the system (probably with some exceptions) to automatically link to VP pages. But it sounds like the days of modifying system-wide behavior on Macs are history, so I'll probably never get this. Who knows, maybe it would've been a disaster.

I always thought the path to improvement in work computing was more and deeper integration between 3rd-party apps, as well as more system functionality that's usable by all those apps, but it looks to me* like in OS X we're only getting the latter.

* - since 10.7 is about to come out, it might be worth pointing out that I have no special advance developer info. I haven't even been a dev program member for a few years now.

Links for July 5th through July 6th

My shared links for July 5th through July 6th:

One nit - I don't think it's obvious what happens to the red position bar (what to call that?) when you just press the arrows on the thumb instead of moving it around.