Github Auto-Generates QR Codes for Android Apps

2010-06-22 20:00:00 -0400


Imagine how cool it would be if we had this for the iPhone? Says Github:

For all you Android developers out there, we now will automatically detect when you upload an Android package (.apk) file and will give you a QR code page link on your download page list…. Now you can scan that with your Android phone to automatically download and install that package.

As a hacker, that makes me straight-up jealous. I ordered my iPhone 4, but I’m not going to lie, I sweat this stuff.

Alexis Rondeau tells me that you need to configure the Market app to allow this behavior explicitly. I’ll take it.


Tempo Update: release Macross replaces Voltron

2010-06-20 20:00:00 -0400


Last night we delivered an update to Tempo, our time-tracking service, called Macross. The previous release version had been named Voltron internally. The reason for naming them, beyond internal version control and tracking, is that we want to start providing some more communication going forward about what’s on the road map for Tempo, and having names for the releases makes it a bit easier.

In any event, Tempo release Macross went into production last night. It brings a number of badly needed performance improvements and runs off the latest and greatest stable version of Rails (2.3.8) AND gets us off Ruby 1.8.6 (now we’re on 1.8.7). In particular, users with very high numbers of projects and users will be happy to know that the management screens are way faster thanks to implementing some over-due pagination. There’s still a lot more optimization we’re planning to do, and we’re starting to consider changes we might make to the UI on the Projects and Team screens to make them more useful, in particular for our larger account holders. If you’ve got your own ideas, please get in touch and tell us what you’d like to see.

Another important update in last night’s release was switching our Twitter API interaction over to OAuth from HTTP Basic Authentication, due to their upcoming switch-over on June 23rd now-postponed conversion to OAuth. Whenever they do make the switch, Tempo will continue to scoop up your time entries via direct messages to @keeptempo.

Macross, named after the TV show Macross and the SDF-1, is mainly a stepping stone, to move us off some really old tech and to better position us for further infrastructure upgrades and service and UI improvements. This is now the current version of Tempo.

The next release, Macross Plus, is currently shaping up. The biggest thing I want to tackle there is moving Tempo to Rails 3; we anticipate that this will deliver some really great performance gains, as well as make on-going development far easier. We still need to firm up the list of other improvements and features that will be in Macross Plus – it will likely remain in flux, so it’s not a contract, but I will post it soon.


Strip Sync Beta Update: Almost There

2010-06-17 20:00:00 -0400

Updated: 6/6/2012 This blog post is out of date, and the software referenced in it, Strip Sync, has been discontinued in favor of Strip for Windows and Strip for OS X.

Update: Fixed bad link to the beta sign up.

As many of our customers have noticed, Strip Sync is still in beta (you can sign up here). We have a few finishing touches to work out and a final set of builds to run through the beta before we declare it official. Y.T. has to update the documentation, as well. We are planning to do a public release early next week.

I’ve just pushed an update to Strip Sync for Mac OS X (0.2.2), that we hope is a good if not final release candidate for that version. An update to Strip Sync for Windows is on the way to resolve many of the data import issues that were discovered in the last build (turns out that an MSFT data adapter was behaving somewhat badly, and we’ve got a fix on the way). This next update of the applications also provides a minor bug fix for multi-device replication.

Both the Mac OS X and Windows versions of Strip Sync automatically check for signed updates, so you should only need to run the software and you’ll be asked if you’d like to download the latest and greatest.


Inconsolata - Excellent Coding Font

2010-06-16 20:00:00 -0400


Recently I visited Mohit Muthanna’s blog 0xFE for the first time (a great nerd tech read, subscribed!) and came across this post about his new favorite font for programming, Raph Levien’s Inconsolata:

It’s super, super snazzy. Switched both TextMate and XCode over to it as my default, it’s quite pleasant. I’m not exactly a typography connoisseur, and while I’ve looked at other mono-space fonts before as an alternative to my usual default of Monaco, this is the first I was ever tempted to really switch.

Also, it’s free. Apparently, variants of the font are breeding rapidly, although I’m not feeling any of them in particular. Also, I don’t need straight-quotes, I think the quotes look just fantastic:

Many thanks to Raph for making this available! Check out the aforementioned home page, this Google engineer is quite an interesting character!


Hampton's Ruby Survey 2010

2010-06-13 20:00:00 -0400


The 2008 and 2009 results are listed, too. If you code in Ruby, you should fill it out and have a look at the previous stats!

Among the expected results are that Rails appears to be pulling more users away from Merb, due probably to Rails 3 being the merger of the two frameworks. Also, readership of the pickaxe is down, but only a little.

Meanwhile, I continue to be surprised by how few people use Haml! I just assumed that because it was so easy and that I personally found it such an important tool, that everyone else would, too. Well, shows me!

Perhaps the auto-completing short-cuts that many folks use for HTML and ERB make this a non-issue. But I can’t stand to write ERB anymore. Grumble, grumble.