How much more geeky can you get then installing Back Track Linux on an Android phone :)
It has been something I have wanted to attempt for some time and when my Nexus 4 arrived I decided it was time to get my old Nexus S running a Linux OS.
I am pleased to announce the release of a new service I am calling RSS The Cloud [rssthecloud.com]
Very simply, RSS The Cloud provides you a RSS feed of all the changes to your cloud storage account since the last time the feed was checked. (only Dropbox is supported at the moment but I plan to add other services later)
I originally developed this service out of selfish reasons. For my day job I have a lot of shared Dropbox folders and the taskbar notifications from the Dropbox app are very limited. It would tell me “20 files added”, but where were they added?
Looking for a solution I found that Dropbox provides a RSS feed of the “events” in your account. I used this feed for a while with a ticker script (which I have posted on github) to give me a constant stream of changes in my account.
At this point when I saw the little pop-up from Dropbox I would simply switch over to the screen running the ticker to find out what happened.
This suited my needs for a while but a new problem started to arise. Quite a few of my co-workers work weekends but the feed provided by Dropbox only shows the last 10 or so events. Between 4pm Friday and 8am Monday I usually have way more then 10 changes to my folders.
I needed a feed for my ticker script that would give me a list of all changes since the last time I polled it. After searching unsuccessfully for one, I decided to build it myself :)
If this sounds like something that would benefit your life head on over to rssthecloud.com and set up an account. The service is completely free. I only ask that if you find this service valuable please consider using the buttons on the site to donate to my son’s college fund :)
Enjoy! And if you encounter any issues please let me know. You can find my email address on the contact page.
PS please remember to be kind and not query your feed URL excessively. Keeping this service free means we have to unfortunately live with bandwidth restrictions.
In our household we have dubbed our entertainment PC, “The Giant Computer” (or “The GC” for short). We have been running an old version of GeeXbox on it for a long time but I really wanted an OS that had a browser. We are watching a lot of YouTube these days and buying and downloading less and less digital media.
I decided to try out Debian. I know, there are plenty of entertainment geared operating systems out there but I like the idea of having a full desktop environment if needed.
So far I have been very impressed. Here are the steps I took to get The GC all set up in case anyone else would like to try it out.
I will preface this post with the fact I tried using Google to find a way to do this but was left unimpressed. What follows is a step-by-step procedure for how I converted a CSV of data into a .imp file that I could use with TerraSync.
I am using this post mostly as a reference for myself if I ever have to do this again, but if others find it helpful then that is an added bonus. I am sure there is a better way to do this but this seemed to do the job.
- Microsoft Access 2007
- Pathfinder Office v.5
First and foremost the name of this script is a joke so no hard feelings to all the other scripts out there.
I have started a new project on github for the script I use to download my podcasts. The bulk of the code was provided by the people listed in the credits section below. All I did was add a nice (if I say so myself) menu system as well as the section that puts the converted files into Dropbox. I hope others find it useful.
The rest of this post is taken directly from the ReadMe for the github repo.
With the script you can:
- Add/delete podcasts from your list
- Change the tempo of the podcasts so you can listen to them faster (Without resorting to having the hosts sound like chipmunks)
- Set the storage directory to a sub directory of your Dropbox folder. This way all your downloaded podcasts are available everywhere.
- Create/modify a crontab entry for downloading all your podcasts (To be completed soon)