June 24, 2014

Poultry Shows in NZ

One of my hobbies is poultry breeding. I’ve always found it difficult to find out information about upcoming shows so I have put together a small¬†web app to list poultry shows in NZ.

July 31, 2013

Bugify review

“All in all, Bugify has avoided the common mistake of feature overkill and added a clear design to come up [with] a product with almost zero learning curve” via gbradley.com

March 14, 2013

Google Reader shutting down

Now that Google Reader has announced they’re shutting down on July 1st 2013, there are a number of companies putting their hands up saying they can be a replacement for you. Even Digg has announced they’re starting to build a new Google Reader alternative. I’ve tried a number of the hosted “alternatives”, but none of them let me feel in control like Google Reader does. I don’t know who finds a use in the magazine style feed readers, but I don’t. Dave Winer doesn’t like the mailbox approach of Google Reader whereas that’s it’s best feature¬†for me. I’ve tried Fever, the self-hosted feed reader, but it’s not for me – it takes away too much control.

I want to see a list of feeds, grouped in categories. I want to see how many unread items there are. I want to see the item titles either per feed or per category – I don’t want the article to show by default (I want to skim the titles for something interesting). I want to have a copy of all the articles archived so I can find them again later. I want to search the full content. I want to drag and drop the feeds to move them between categories. I want to add a URL like example.com and have the app find the feed(s) for me. I don’t want to “share” articles from the app, I don’t want it to be social – it’s about me and some websites I’m interested in reading every now and then, if I want to share a link, I’ll open the article in the original site and copy/paste the link.

I’m not sure I trust these companies to do this for me, and i’m not sure I want to put my feed reading in the hands of someone else again – it needs to be self-hosted (surely most people who read feeds like this are techy anyway). I’d be more than happy to pay for it if it was good.

Do I wait and see what the others come up with over the next couple of months, or do I make Feedify (hehe – unfortunately the domain is taken so can’t join the ranks of Bugify and Inspectify).

October 25, 2012

If you use Markdown, please read this

“I don’t want to extend Markdown by adding tons of crazy new functionality, or radically change the way it currently works, or anything like that. I’d be opposed to such changes. I just want to solidify and standardize the simple, useful version of Markdown that is working so well for everyone right now. I want there to be an unambiguous, basic standard that everyone using Markdown can expect to work when they begin typing.”

Jeff Atwood via Coding Horror

Read the full text here: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2012/10/the-future-of-markdown.html.