Tuesday, May 18, 2010

wTouch Version (Alpha)

Since the development XBMC implementing new option to communication with, I'm trying to put it on the wTouch. But to be known, that the jsonRPC is still under development thus there may change between SVN and may break the new feature on wTouch. And if you want to try, you need to have the SVN build of XBMC.

This version I test under XBMC build 30092, older build would not work as there is a change in the jsonRPC api. And future build may broken as change happen in XBMC too.

New Feature:
  1. Now Playing.
    The main display will change if there is media played on XBMC. wTouch will show the Cover Art (thumbnail) for the touch/gesture pad, and show status bar contain the title of the media and current time also remaining time.
    This feature is done automatically, so you no need to find where is the "Now Playing" button.
  2. Browse Media
    There is new button in the main display to browse media in XBMC. You can select your media and let XBMC to play the selected media.
Known Limitation
  • Cover Art/Thumbnail of the Now Playing image is not resizable. So if your Cover Art/Thumbnail of media is too big or too small it may inconvenience shown in wTouch.
  • Displayed current time may not actual time, but it synced for every 15 seconds. So between the time the time may not shown correctly.
  • As I'm using default images from poc web in XBMC, the images may not fit well, as the default poc web is use black background, while the Browse Media of wTouch use white background.
  • Music just accesible by browse the media folders.

Monday, May 10, 2010

wTouch version 0.2

I'm just give it a little update for fixing issue on
  • Swipe left then right, mimicking escape key (Back)
  • Swipe right then left, mimicking tab key (Toggle GUI)
Previously, it wil not recognize the swipe back when your finger back to around your first touch.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

XBMC wTouch

XBMC is a great Media Center build cross-platform. While I like to use my iPhone to remote the XBMC, there is no free iPhone app that provide gesture base.
Why the need gesture based? Because on touch devices with no button, we lost the feel of physical button, we could not just feel where is the center button, then move finger for arrows, we need to see the devices to tap the right point. With gesture based remote, we does not need to care where we start to touch and were end, just how we move our finger.

More information please visit: Official Forum

urlNeXT, Google Chrome/Chromium Extension

Since Google announce their browser, Google Chrome, I use the browser for day to day. At first I still kept Firefox as default browser, but now it's already my default browser.
When I use Firefox, I have Link Widget to ease browsing some site that may have another page with the number in the url. But after waiting long enough, I could not find similar on Google Chrome. So why not I try to make it.

At beginning the differentiation from LinkWidget, is the method to get to the next page. LinkWidget primarily find link on the page to get the next url, and you can change that on it's preferences that it can guess on number exist in URL.
While at first, I'm just thinking to use the numbers on URL, so I started the feature with the change number on the url to go to the next page, and here the differ, urlNeXT allow you to choose which number on the url that you want to add or decrease to go to next or previous page.

After months, I find It may getting better if it does scan the page to find the next or previous url, make it much more similar to Link Widget on Firefox Extension.

More information or download you can get from

Change Log
Version 1.5 (23 Apr 2010)
  • Bug fix with empty href attribute. The link will be no use if the href is empty.
Version 1.4 (22 Apr 2010)
  • Bug fix with next link scanned from the page but does not have number in URL, It wa not perform to the next page
  • Bug fix in scanning algorithm for finding next and previous text.
Version 1.3 (21 Apr 2010)
  • Scan links on the page (https will be not scanned) to finding specific link for Previous and Next Link based on REL attribute or text for the link.
  • Custom page scan to find the links for search engine Google, Bing, and Yahoo. This will lead a malfunction if the search engine change the result page HTML structure.
  • There is 2 dot on top of urlNeXT icon to indicate the availability on prev and next link. Red dot means unavailable, while blue mean available for the link. Left top dot for previous link, right top dot for next link.
Version 1.2 (12 Apr 2010)
  • Adding Hot Keys (CTRL-SHIFT-LEFT ARROW and CTRL-SHIFT-RIGHT ARROW). These hot keys only work on regular http, as I do not want to inject secure page (https)

Web Based Database Administrator

Actually this project is a very outdated project. I was making this for administering various database exists in my company. Prior to this project, I was used henplus, a java based sql shell. From the shell based, there is an idea to make something web based with a simple to run sql query. There is nothing to be so advance.

This project started at 2005, and after finish on the first step, there is no more development.
I was have some idea to use the AJAX and more Dynamical HTML, but it's really depend on the needs and time.

JWebDBAdmin provide a simple UI to run SQL Query. By using the java technology that have support widely by database maker for JDBC driver, make it able to connect to various database engine.
JWebDBAdmin feature:
  1. Multi user
  2. Share database connection, but not share userid to login on database
  3. List available table/views
  4. Review table structure and indices
  5. Record history of SQL command
  6. Make favorites to defined SQL command
  7. Download query as CSV

You need to have Java Web Server like Tomcat to install JWebDBAdmin