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Wirble 0.1.3 Released

I just released version 0.1.3 of Wirble. Wirble is a set of enhancements for Irb (the interactive Ruby shell), including tab-completion, history, and, most notably, colorized results.

This release adds Ruby 1.9 support and removes a couple of warnings. I've also added better support for non-RubyGems installations (via setup.rb) and removed the advertising clause from the license.

You can install Wirble via RubyGems or download it directly from one of the URLs below. Enjoy...

Syndicated 2009-05-30 07:06:23 from Pablotron: News

Time to Upgrade...

I just spent 30 minutes sifting through the code for this site to fix logins. They've been broken for months, and I'm using a new laptop without my old session cookie.

30 minutes to post a damn two paragraph article. Maybe redoing the site will be my weekend project.

Syndicated 2009-05-30 06:24:50 from Pablotron: News

Reddit Content Filter 0.5

I've just released Reddit Content Filter version 0.5. Reddit Content Filter is a Greasemonkey scripts that allows you to filter unwanted articles on Reddit by author, domain, or title.

This release has been updated to work with the new Reddit layout. I've also improved the interface; there is now a row of buttons across the top-right corner of the screen that allow you to reconfigure filters and toggle the visibility of hidden articles without reloading the page.

User Scripts seems to have hosed my existing account, so for now you can install the script from the link below:

Update: I've cross-posted this release note over on Reddit. Feel free to comment over there.

Syndicated 2009-05-05 04:30:55 from Pablotron: News

Talk to Your Kids About YAML or Their Friends Will

This article nicely illustrates my beef with YAML; namely, the YAML grammar is far too complicated. Complexity in data serialization and exchange formats should be avoided, because it virtually guarantees subtle interoperability problems.

If you need to exchange structured data in a language-agnostic format, do me a favor and use JSON instead.

Syndicated 2009-04-15 16:38:00 from Pablotron: News

Joggle 0.1.0 Released: Jabber to Twitter Relay

I just released Joggle version 0.1.0. Joggle is a Jabber to Twitter relay; tweets show up as instant messages, and instant messages are posted as tweets.

Setting up Joggle is easy; all you need is Ruby, five minutes, and a spare Jabber account:

  # install joggle, create joggle directory
sudo gem install joggle
mkdir ~/.joggle

# create joggle config file 
# (replace joggle@example.com and abc123 with your spare jabber 
# account and password, respectively)
echo -e "jabber.user joggle@example.com\njabber.pass abc123" > ~/.joggle/joggle.cfg

# run joggle in the background
joggle --daemon --config ~/.joggle/joggle.cfg

Next, add the specified Jabber account (joggle@example.com, in the example above) to the buddy list in your Jabber client.

Finally, register your twitter username and password with Joggle by sending an instant message like this: .register TWITTER_USER TWITTER_PASS (replace TWITTER_USER and TWITTER_PASS with your Twitter username and password).

You can also share your Joggle installation with your friends; have them add the Jabber account to their buddy list and send a .register command.

See the README file for detailed installation instructions and a full list of configuration options.


Update: Comments for this site are still broken, but I've cross-posted this release announcement on Reddit, so feel free to post a comment over there.

Syndicated 2009-03-14 20:05:38 from Pablotron: News

ZipStream-PHP 0.2.1 Released

Version 0.2.1 of ZipStream-PHP is out. There is one change:

  • Generate correct "version needed to extract" header. This fixes extraction problems with WinZip 9.0.

Here are the relevant links:

Syndicated 2009-03-09 22:43:02 from Pablotron: News

I Have a Twitter Account

Despite my better judgement I now have a Twitter account. You can follow my wacky hijinks at http://twitter.com/pablotron.

I've also written a basic Jabber/Twitter relay called Joggle. I'm hoping to release it later this week. If you'd like to try Joggle now, you can grab it from the mercurial repository (you'll need Ruby, a spare Jabber account, and a few minutes to glance over the README file).

Syndicated 2009-02-22 06:27:29 from Pablotron: News

Gratuitous Hardware Imagery: New Firewall and Fille Server

I put together a new firewall and a new file server. The firewall is an ALIX 2d3 -- a tiny, low-power x86 SBC with onboard 3xLAN. The whole thing runs on 7-20V. Also, there's no heat sink ahe disk is compact flash, which means no moving parts!

The other machine is a new file server. It's replacing three older machines and a half-dozen Vservers. The hardware isn't as exotic as the ALIX, but I do have some pictures:

Syndicated 2009-02-22 05:57:19 from Pablotron: News

Techmeme Author Filter 0.2 (Greasemonkey Magic)

I don't read Techmeme and you shouldn't either. But if you do, then this Greasemonkey script for Sean might come in handy:

A brief README file is also available. Basically the script allows you to hide articles by author. You can configure the filters using the two buttons in the top-right corner of the page.

Syndicated 2009-02-22 05:26:35 from Pablotron: News

ZipStream-PHP 0.2.0 Released

Version 0.2.0 of ZipStream-PHP is out. The two changes are:

  • Generated archives work with the Windows XP "compressed folder" feature.
  • Dropped support for PHP 4.

Here are the relevant links:

As you can see from the link above, I'm using Redmine for bug and feature tracking. I've been using it for several months and it's fantastic.

Syndicated 2009-02-22 04:57:58 from Pablotron: News

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