Monday, August 9, 2010

Steal This Idea: Writer's Tools for Web and Android

Okay, yes, I have an Android phone, and I like it quite a bit. This idea would allow a story author to maintain notes on the phone/tablet and synchronize them with a web site. More than that, though, it would include features to help writers keep their ideas organized. A good example of what I have in mind is something like the Writer's Cafe, but written for the web and Android, instead of being only a local app. Even though Writer's Cafe is very good (and it really is) being only a local app does make it harder to use than I would want it to be, personally. It also doesn't support all of the things I would want to see supported, which (in particular) includes the support of audio and video notes/clips. Using Android and Web should make these items considerably easier.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Python, Soap, and Stub Libraries

Last week, at work, I came across a new problem for me. Specifically, I was working out how to submit information to a set of SOAP servers from a Python program. This was supposed to be the easiest part of the whole project. It turned out to be the hardest. Why?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Steal This Idea: Smart Phone Becomes Universal Remote Control

This one will take a bit more work than the other ideas, mainly because this one will require some hardware work, too. I want to see my Android based phone able to act as a remote control for all of the devices in my entertainment system. This means Bluetooth, UPnP, DLNA, and IR. The first three are pretty easy, but the last will require the creation of some sort of IR transmitter than can accept commands from my phone, and turn them into IR commands to control my other devices. It should, of course, be fully programmable, learning, etc. Noticeably harder to accomplish, but I think well worth the effort.