Archive for July, 2009

Google Wave

July 30th, 2009 admin No comments

I just received my Google Wave Developer Sandbox account today, and so I’ve spent a good part of the evening playing around with it, finding my bearings in the interface, and working out how it all works. So far it looks like a very nicely integrated communication system, with a lot of API access to ensure it develops rapidly. There’s quite a few bots already running, for code syntax highlighting, for blogging, for starting discussion groups and a whole swath of other things.

Here is a screenshot of a wave:

Wave hints & tips

Wave hints & tips

This wave is a collection of hints and tips on how to get started using Wave, and is a really handy FAQ to get things rolling once you’ve got your account setup.

And here is a shot of the entire interface for Wave, with a wave open that demos some of the stuff that can be embedded into a wave, in this case Google Maps.

Google Wave interface

Google Wave interface

As far as browser support goes, I’ve mostly been using it in Chromium (, where it seems to work best (Surprise Surprise). It didn’t even recognise Firefox 3.5 as being a browser capable of handling Wave for some reason, but 3.0.11 was fine.┬áThe experience is a little laggy, but that could just be because it’s only a preview implementation, and therefore is probably not well distributed (like most other Google services usually are).

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Ultralight text viewer

July 25th, 2009 admin No comments

textview is my first application written in Genie, a python-like language which is converted into C and then compiled as a normal C program. The language is cross-platform also, and I have compiled textview on Windows just to prove it!

Although I think there’s more than enough text editors available for Linux, I was unable to find a really lightweight text viewer that could also perform basic editing functions. Previously I used leafpad or gedit for this purpose, but even that is overkill, since most of the time I just view Readme files etc. which don’t need syntax highlighting, vast arrays of menu options or dialogs popping up asking me if I want to save etc.

Be warned that textview does not have any undo or backup features, and probably never will. It’s primarily for use as a viewer, not an editor. To enter edit mode, press escape, to return to view-only mode press escape again. To save any changes, press “w” in view-only mode.


textview_0.1.deb (deb package) (compiled for Windows)

You will also need to download GTK for windows to run this. (source code)

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