Twitter + Google Reader

Update 3/5/09: Twitterfeed has become GTweet and has moved to it’s own domain. See for more details.

I love Twitter. A lot.

That said, I’m not wild about being plugged into it 24/7. I typically read my Twitter feed as though it were a (non-micro) blog. I don’t have a dedicated app to alert me when someone posts something, instead I prefer to aggregate a few tweets to have ready when I’m looking for a distraction.


Gmail + Apple Mail - Headache

Like many people, I check several e-mail addresses regularly. To consolidate this process I use Apple Mail, my favorite e-mail client on the Mac platform.

I use (and love) Gmail for my main personal address, but rarely use the online interface. I poked around with it when I first signed up in 2005, but since I almost always check my e-mail from one computer and like having a local copy of everything, I never really felt the pressure to ditch the desktop app.


Search locally hosted books in Coda when offline

In my last post I detailed how to create a custom book in Coda using a locally hosted web site, for offline browsing.

After successfully bypassing the warning that I was offline, I could finally browse the local documentation, but was left with no way to search it.

To solve this problem I wrote a simple php page that greps through the html files and displays the results ordered by the number times the search term appears.


View locally hosted books in Coda when offline

I’ve been developing php applications with Coda for the last week and have been absolutely loving it.

Coda has the ability to display online reference manuals as searchable "books" and comes loaded with The Web Programmer’s Desk Reference and the complete PHP Documentation. Users can add custom books and can even search the documentation from an editor window by command+double clicking highlighted text.

The feature is nice, but I felt as though it would be more useful to have locally stored books that could be referenced when offline.


You should be using Coda

I have been hearing great things about Panic’s Coda since it came out, but as a broke college student doing web sites on the side I was put off by the $99 price tag.

Up until now I have been using the fantastic and free Smultron and Cyberduck apps to handle my text editing and file uploading needs.

After starting my first full-time software development job last week, I found myself in need of a solution that would let me edit files directly on a development server.


WordPress iPhone app

I recently got an iPod touch on loan from a client that I’m using to debug an iPhone app for him.

Since I’ve never be in possession of an iPhone/iPod touch before, (I do most of my work with the iPhone simulator) I’ve been playing around with some of the free apps in the iTunes App Store.

After finally getting around to updating this blog to the newest version of WordPress, I stumbled across the WordPress iPhone app, and I must say I’m impressed.


GMaps2MBTA Bookmarklet

I moved to Brighton, MA at the beginning of September and as a result I no longer have much use for a car. I live right on the B line which, as a supplement to my old size 11s, gets me everywhere I need to be.

Since I’m new to the area, I have been using Google Maps a lot. While it’s helpful to gain a general idea of where things are, it was becoming a frequent annoyance to cut and paste the start and end addresses from the Google Maps directions page into the MBTA Trip Planner.

To solve the problem I took my first stab at writing a JavaScript bookmarklet.