Constraints for Mobile Software

This post is mostly just an overview of Epistle by Matteo Villa, which is--to my mind--the best Android note taking application ever. By the time you read this I will have an Android Tablet, but it's still in transit while you read this and that's a topic that dissevers it's own post. Epistle is a simple notes application with two features that sealed the deal: 1. It knows markdown, and by default provides a compiled rich text view of notes before providing a simple notes editing interface.…

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Update Irregular

I'm sorry that I've not posted here very much recently and also that the links in this post will be pretty unadorned. I'll make up for it with table of contents: Contents New Posts Lost Posts Contra Dancing Feature The Internet is A Cool Place: Tablet/Cloud Computing An Emacs Tip Interlude Git, not Hypertext, Is the tool by which we experience becoming Nomad Ok, so it's not much, but lets get started.…

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Remote Accessibility/Reverse Tunneling/Super Dynamic DNS

I have a question for my system administrator readers. And maybe the rest of you as well. I run a web server on my laptop that hosts about 8 test sites. Nothing special: mostly test and development sites for various public sites, but from time to time I think, "shit, wouldn't it be nice if I could just give someone a link to this." My solution is generally to copy whatever it is that I'm working on up to the server that runs this website, and while that generally work just fine, it could be better.…

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Teaching Writing Skills

All of my friends who have taught composition are appalled when they hear me say that I want to teach writing. But it's true: I would be interested in having the opportunity to give people the kind of writing education that I never got to have. I've even collected a few of these ideas on a very rough "pedagogy" page. This post, by contrast, will be a list of "things I wish I could have learned before I got a job writing.…

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Is Dropbox the Mobile File System Standard

I've started using Dropbox on my Android devices recently (and my laptop as a result, [1]) and I'm incredibly impressed with the software and with the way that this service is a perfect example of the kind of web services that we need to see more of. While I have some fairly uninteresting concerns about data security and relying on a service that I'm not administrating personally, I think it's too easy to get caught up the implications of where the data lives and forget what the implications of having "just works," file syncing between every computer.…

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Why you Don't Want Programers to Write Your Documentation

So the documentation sucks. Hire someone to make the documentation suck less. Simple enough, right? Right. Just don't hire a programmer to write documentation, even though this seems to be a pretty common impulse. There are a lot of reasons, but here are some of the most important from my perspective: Programmers focus on the code they write, or might write, to be able to describe and document entire projects. It's really hard to get programmers to approach documentation from the biggest possible frame.…

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Overdue Update

I went through a few days ago to collect all of the updates and work that I'd done since the last time I did one of these posts. Sometimes just looking through an activity log is all you need to remember that you're actually doing something. Here's what I've been working on: isd" is a developing page of material for my ongoing story project. I've written it in my "Wiki Fiction" post.…

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