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Brian Cantoni

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Running LinkChecker on a Mac

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:33:51 +0000

LinkChecker is a utility written in Python for scanning and checking web page links, usually used for finding invalid or outdated pointers which need to be updated. The LinkChecker project is in a bit of flux right now because the original project (GitHub wummel/linkchecker) has gone completely quiet and presumably the original author is no … Continue reading Running LinkChecker on a Mac

Tweetfave Passes 500K Tweets

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 22:55:12 +0000

My Tweetfave service has been running for just over 4 years now and just passed the 500K tweets mark! The usage has been pretty steady considering I haven't done much to promote it!

Podcast Update and Return of Feed Readers

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:39:56 +0000

What podcasts am I listening to these days? (Hypothetical question; no one actually ever asks me that…) Similar to what I’ve done in the past years, here’s a quick update. First of all I’m still using the Downcast podcast player and really like it. There are a few new non-Apple podcast players getting a lot … Continue reading Podcast Update and Return of Feed Readers

Tweetfave Support for Longer Tweets

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:23:12 +0000

Tonight I spent a couple hours troubleshooting a problem with my Tweetfave service and handling of links. Luckily I discovered it was a simple matter of keeping up with Twitter’s API changes. This service has been running so smoothly and the API has actually been pretty stable. I needed to dust off my PHP skills … Continue reading Tweetfave Support for Longer Tweets

Mac Command-Line Notification Tools

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:26:43 +0000

Here’s a collection of useful command-line notification tools for Mac developers. I’ve been using these for long-running build jobs or other tasks which I’m waiting for. The three methods I describe here are voice audio, system notifications, and SMS text messaging. Voice Audio Voice audio is built into Mac OSX and available from the command … Continue reading Mac Command-Line Notification Tools

Tech Advent Calendars – 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:48:20 +0000

It’s that time of the year again and I’m happy to see Advent calendars for many tech communities are still going strong. As in past years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and for some reason skipped 2015), I’ve gathered a few here that I’ll be following this year: 24 ways (web design & development) – Feed … Continue reading Tech Advent Calendars – 2016

Recommended Tech Podcasts

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:32:38 +0000

Here’s what I’m currently listening to when I can. They’ve been piling up a little bit now that my commute is so short, but last week I had a round-trip drive from San Jose to Fresno so really got caught up :) See last year’s updates at Best Technical Podcasts. .NET Rocks! [rss] Hosted by … Continue reading Recommended Tech Podcasts

Tweetfave Growth Tops 240K Tweets

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:15:35 +0000

Ever since I launched Tweetfave in 2013, it’s been quietly working away and slowly growing. (For some more of the background, see Brief History of Tweetfave.) An update on the numbers so far: Over 200 users have tried the service, with over 100 still active Over 240,000 favorite tweets have been marked and emailed Here’s … Continue reading Tweetfave Growth Tops 240K Tweets

Twitter Favorites RSS Feeds

Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:30:06 +0000

Twitter dropped RSS feeds in early 2013 (Mashable) and never had direct support for RSS feeds from favorites. I still use Twitter favorites as a bookmark or “read it later” service for myself and have been running the Tweetfave service for over 2 years now. Tying these ideas together, I’ve just rolled out Twitter favorites … Continue reading Twitter Favorites RSS Feeds

Nest for Sprinklers: OpenSprinkler

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 01:50:42 +0000

My friend Jeff Cable was one of the early adopters of the Nest thermostat. At the time we talked a lot about the obvious next step of supporting home sprinkler/irrigation controls. Especially here in California (where we are in a pretty serious drought), having better control over irrigation (not to mention the remote access) seems … Continue reading Nest for Sprinklers: OpenSprinkler