Tag Archives: Internet

Pino as in twitter

Since Echofon cut off custom-built Firefoxes I was looking for a new twitter client. The only one matching my needs was Pino. Unfortunately since the mandatory activation of OAuth in twitter it stopped working. But: No fear! I hacked it to use librest which supports OAuth ootb. Currently it is a bit flaky (crashes at startup sometimes for no obvious reason) and there is no easy way to log in. It currently uses librest’s demo consumer keys which is probably not the most fortunate thing to do. I will request own credentials as soon as it runs more stable. Stay tuned for updates, I will push it to a public repository really soon.

Update: Seems upstream pino will contain librest with OAuth in version 0.3. So I’ll keep my ugly hack to myself 😉

A plea agains tofu

No, not the stuff made from soy beans. Tofu is the the german term for a behaviour most likely found in corporate email. It means “Quote full, add your text on the top”. That’s sort of reversed “AOL” behaviour.

When I started email, I came from a FIDO background (anyone remembers this? BBS and stuff?). Connection time was precious and expensive. Quoting rules existed like don’t quote too many levels, answer inline etc. When moving on to the internet, I mostly kept this.

I dropped writing emails like this like five years ago, when I entered the magical world of business emails. Noone understood inline replys and most people were complaining that the communication history was missing. So I adapted, at least at work. And Outlook 2007 even has support for navigating in mails like those. I also understand why a certain kind of people like it. When you print the mail, you only need to print one mail and have the whole conversation at hand.

But honestly. I’m doing a lot of mail on my mobile phone currently. Fetching mails is not too fast on there. I don’t want to download 200k for a simple “Me too”. I don’t want to scroll through all of the shit. I don’t event want to download the same shit again and again. I already have the communication history available.

pmp 0.1 released

I just uploaded pmp 0.1 – Poor man’s prism desktop web application creator to github: http://github.com/phako/pmp

A release tarball can be found here: pmp-0.1.tar.gz

What is pmp?

pmp shares some similarities to Mozilla’s Prism. It creates a “standalone” app from a web application. Pmp uses Webkit as its rendering backend.

How do I use it?

To create an edge (that is pmp’s terminus for a captured app), run
pmp-create --url=<url to website> --name=<descriptivename>
You can also create a desktop icon by passing it the --desktop parameter. If you want to use the site’s favicon, use --icon=:favicon

To run the edge, call pmp-run --name=<DescriptiveName>

Known limitations:
It does not work properly with Google’s apps. Google does some weird URL redirects. I’m working on that. Apps known to work are WordPress and TT RSS.

ZufĂ€lle…

Finde nur ich es komisch, dass in Zeiten der aktuellen Finanzknappheit die Alkoholsteuer erhöht werden soll?
Sicher, es findet unter dem Deckmantel des Jugendschutzes statt – aber moralische Themen vorzuschieben um unliebsame Dinge durchzusetzen war sich die Bundesregierung bis jetzt auch nicht zu blöd…

Öffentlichkeit….

Warum finden solche Dinge wie der aktuelle Vorschlag fĂŒr ein BSI-Gesetz eigentlich nicht den Weg in eine breite Öffentlichkeit, sondern nur auf einschlĂ€gigen Webseiten wie Golem, Heise, FoeBuD oder den spezielleren Medien wie Deutschlandfunk?

Es werden immer mehr Daten gerafft, ausgewertet und gespeichert. Und die breite Masse schaut wie immer interessenlos zu.