glide along

June 23, 2007

Powerful Sentences – Part 3

Filed under: Powerful Sentences Series — ricardo @ 12:06 pm

“Pretty… fucking… good!!”

Google Reader Shared Items

Filed under: Computer Stuff,Internet,Meta,Programs — ricardo @ 12:02 pm

For a while now, I’ve been using the shared items feature on Google Reader.

The idea is pretty fucking good, but unfortunately, it seems to be only half way done. Once you start sharing the posts from your google reader list, they will be added to a web page and made available through a feed (the webpage created for my account is an example as good as any other…).

I would like to add a quick list to my sidebar (here at glide along) that is automatically updated as I share something on Google Reader, but I couldn’t get that to work for two reasons:

Firstly, the created feed is invalid (not compliant with the feed specifications).

Secondly, the Word Press sidebar widget supposed to do this does not support Atom feeds, only RSS. The “RSS vs. Atom” discussion has been going on for a while, however, I never found it slightly interesting and, thus, never took the time to read anything on the subject. This means I really do not know (and don’t care) what are the pros and cons of using one feed format or the other, all I know is that all major feed-related software today supports both. So should both Google Reader and the WP widget.

More than not being able to add my shared items to the sidebar, as a friend of mine pointed out, it is impossible to use Google Reader to subscribe to a Google Reader Shared Items feed… Not only the feed is broken, it is is broken in such a way that not even Google Reader itself can… err… read it………… Amazing, isn’t it? The fix I found for this specific problem is to burn the feed through FeedBurner, so if you wish to subscribe to my shared items feed, please refer to this link.

By the way, I couldn’t find anything about this on the company’s website

June 17, 2007

m3uMaker 1.5

Filed under: Computer Stuff,Music,Programs — ricardo @ 12:58 pm

m3uMaker 1.5 is finally available (see the project’s page for downloads and more information).

m3uMaker is a bash script that allows command line creation of m3u playlists for files within a certain folder. It is very flexible and can create playlists of files with any given set of terminations and immediately enqueue it (and play it, if you want) on any scriptable audio player.

An auxiliary configuration file for Konqueror is provided so playlists can be created/enqueued/played while browsing.

Until today, the only supported player was XMMS, but version 1.5 allows user specified enqueue/play commands to be used. Native support for Amarok has been added (’cause this is currently my player of choice).

Needless to say: m3uMaker is free… enjoy

[edit: a bug related to dereferencing symbolic links has been crushed, so the available version is 1.5.1]

June 12, 2007

What if…

Filed under: Handmade,Thoughts — ricardo @ 9:17 am
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June 10, 2007

Powerful Sentences – Part 2

Filed under: Internet,Powerful Sentences Series,Thoughts — ricardo @ 10:02 pm

“I sure hope they have scroll wheels…”

Fred the web

Filed under: Computer Stuff — ricardo @ 12:30 pm

I am making available a small program (a script, actually) I’ve been working on for the past few days.

It goes by the name Fred and is a light, easy to use and straightforward rss generator meant for websites updated often but where the installation of heavy content managment tools would be overshooting.

I have two personal use-cases already, and will get them running a.s.a.p.: a feed with general information and news on my band (next shows, etc..) and a feed for updates our projects at

There’s still a long road ahead, but I beleive I finally got to a USABLE version and that, my friend, is what I call a development milestone.

It should work on most of the regular unix-like systems (Linux, MacOSX, etc..) but then again, it might just not. The source code and some more information are available at

June 3, 2007

Powerful Sentences – Part 1

Filed under: Powerful Sentences Series,Thoughts — ricardo @ 10:45 pm

“Wow. There is some intense shit going on…”

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