26 May, 2007

Opera mini Dimension beta anounced too early ?

As soon as Opera anounced Opera Mini Dimension I remembered a post I read back in November about Opera Mini 3D Photo Blog. Dan Alexandru might have been right.
I search the internet back and forth but there's no clue about what dimension it's meant to be.. no leak at all. Come on people, throw us a bone!

The annoucement of the Beta version was made too early as a marketing campaign. Hopefully, the waiting will pay off. I'm a litle scared that Opera Mini Dimension might be bloated with lots of useless features. Anyway, I read on a forum that Opera Q1 results will be presented on May 30th at 8 CET (http://www.opera.com/company/investors/event/). If I were Opera Mini Project Manager I would launch the beta 24 hours before so check out on May 29th.

Anyway, let's see if Opera Mini Dimension can beat this.

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24 May, 2007

Opera mini hack with Google search

Posted by mobile phone:

Since I quit freelancing and got job my free time decreased exponentially. I am no time management expert but nature teached me. Lately I don't even power on my computer when I get back from work but instead I started to use me E61 to it's full potential - daily tasks, unix/linux administration.. I'm even writing this post while getting back from work (in the tube).

As I spend a litle more than an hour on my way to and back from work I found Opera mini to be a life saver. Actually, I'm not using the official Opera mini but a hack of 2.0 version which still has Google search.
When Opera switched to Yahoo! search I tried to get used to it for a week and then didn't use Mini for web searching anymore.
This hack I'm using has a lot of features injected in it like copy/paste support, file manager, offline webpage save/load - this is especially usefull to me while in the tube, screen rotation, direct download, advanced alternative cache which can be saved on disk rather than phone memory, multi-page browsing (tan like), find in page and many other killer features. Also, it highly tweakable with an impressive number of parameters that you can play with. On top of this a litle hack in the .jar will let you have both Opera Mini 3 and the hack installed (and even running) in the same time.

In short this is a must have for any moblogger (did I told you I started a moblog? I'm really enjoying it?)

I attached some screenshots to tease you even more.

Go get it at http://opera-mini.ru/index.php ! Use Babelfish or Google Translate to figure out your way thru the site. There is somewhere an english version. If you experience any problems get back here and ask for help.

For Opera Mini mod 1.25 check-out this links (try the .jad on your phone):

For Opera Mini 2.00 mod you'll have to wait a litle to get it out of my phone and upload it somewhere - as usual, I'm posting from mobile and it's a litle difficult to upload it right now.

I just can't wait for the english translation of the latest mod.

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18 January, 2007

To do notes: online or in a text file

Long time, no post.. I know.. I got a job and no time for freelancing, no time for blogging either.. But hey, let's take a look at the bright side: I'm back! :)

Anyway, I got a job and I dont know anymore what free time means.. This job had negative impact to my life especially in the first few months.. I needed a way to organize my life. I was desperate, many of my friends labeled me as not serious, even my mother complained she always calls me and I never do..

My first try to organize my life was the cell phone but prooved not efficient and not even reliable.. So I tried some old-school sollution: plain old text file! I enhaced the plain text file with some scripts and tried to live with it.. soon I realised that I need some online thingy, that would be able to sync with my cell/computer.

Searching on the internet I found many, I even considered using the industry leader (my opinion!) basecamp. Anyway, basecamp was much more complicated that my goal and I really don't want to spend too much time using it. To cut a long story short, I choosed 30boxes.com, as the domain name reveals it is a social/web2.0 thingy!

It might sound strange but yes, web2.0 is trying to get this aspect of your life too. I am sure many of you are curious what exactly is that 'social' at to-do notes. In fact, the ideea it's pretty old (again, see basecamp).
Anyway, I'll give you a quick, dirty brief review of what 30boxes it's all bout and why I like it so much.

You can easily add notes by writing into a box supporting auto-complete. The way you make an entry requires you just to write everything down into a text box, eg. meeting with Larry tomorrow 8am remind 30 Mins tag personal tag beer. Isn't it great? It let's you write down notes the way it should do a reminder app: fast and easy!! No clicking thru drop down menus or tabbing through different text boxes.

You can set up groups of friends and can share some or all your notes, reminders with them. Reminders can get updated (you or some of your friends you shared the note with can change status of add notes) just like a support ticketing system. You can also share events with people who are not using 30boxes and they don't have to signup to read and understand the note. You also are given the option to set reminders by email or sms, to generate feeds with your events.. Oh, almost forgot, they have tags too!

The best part of 30boxes in my opinion is that they have a public api so one might write a mobile app for this service. Actually, I already wrote a script that uses their api for adding, deleting and listing notes. I plan to run it in cron every 15 minutes and to notify the user (me) about upcoming events and to list the events on shell login. As soon as I will finish up the script I'll post it here.

LATER UPDATE: Due to lack of time there were again no updates for few months. Related to the above post: check out www.todotxt.com.