Archive for October, 2008

Ditching RememberTheMilk

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

I’ve always liked Remember The Milk, the “web 2.0″ online task manager that is so well syndicated over channels such as Google Calendar, Twitter, mobile apps, etc. Also, the RTM team is situated in Chatswood, Sydney which is a place that I fondly recall inhabitating while in Australia. Because of this, and the fact that no one can resist the cuteness of their moo-moo cow logo and their mascot, Bob T. Monkey, I have a natural affinity towards the service.

It didn’t take long for me to find out that this affinity is uni-directional. RTM’s seeming openness is only superficial.

The story began almost a year ago.
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FoXRI Updated for Firefox 3

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Prompted by Emanuel in a comment to my post on i-names, I’ve finally tended to the long-overdue item in my TODO queue, i.e. update FoXRI to work with Firefox 3.

The request from Emanuel came almost serendipitously 2 days after =les nonchalantly asked me if I had plans to update it to FF3, to which I answered “one of these days.”

New in this version are 2 patches from Michael Krelin which adds detection of URIs for more OpenID versions, and the handling of append attribute values. Changelog for the patches are available at his git repository.
Thanks, Michael!

Due to what seems like a new security restriction that protocol handlers are not allowed to link to chrome URIs, I can’t seem to get it to load the CSS and icons from the chrome any more. Therefore, those files are now hosted remotely at xrid.net so if you see requests to that host, please don’t be alarmed.

Domain Tool for iPhone — whois on the move

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Introducing DomainTool — an iPhone application for querying domain name whois information. I wrote this to learn iPhone programming (with a certain killer app in mind) as well as to scratch my own itch.

Occasionally, I find myself needing to think of a product name or domain name for a web site. Ideas can knock on my head at any time: at lunch, in the toilet or waiting in the queue. I could note it down on a generic note taker on the phone, or jot it down on a piece of paper, but nothing beats being able to instantly find out if the domain is available and keep track of it in a dedicated app. Hence, DomainTool was born.

As with any great app, it should be simple to use, and addresses a focused need. Thus, you’ll find the following grand feature list:

  • Query WHOIS servers to find out if a domain name is taken. Similar to the command line whois tool
  • Bookmark a domain name, and query it again anytime
  • Supports all TLD that has a published WHOIS server: COM, NET, ORG, BIZ, INFO, CC, JP, CN, TW, KR, MY, SG, PR, DE, EU, and many more!
  • Supports Internationalized Domain Names (IDN)

Some screenshots:

By now, I suppose you’re dying to try it out on your iPhone, and I can certainly sympathize with that. It can be yours for USD0.99 (or the equivalent in your currency) — 70% of which goes to my coffee bank, and the rest goes to Mr. Jobs.

Get it here!