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SpringsCam 2.0

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:13:28 PDT

  I’ve released a new version of SpringsCam, a site for locals who want an easy way to browse the current traffic conditions and traffic cameras in Colorado Springs. I’ve replaced the older Flash-based version (for desktop) and HTML5 version (for mobile) into a single lean-and-mean HTML5 version that works anywhere.  It’s fast and lightweight at […]

JourneyMap 1.5 and a new website

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 22:59:45 PST

The JourneyMap mod for Minecraft has continued to be a fun project, and I’ve released version 1.5 for Minecraft 1.1.    I’ve also decided to put up a dedicated website for JourneyMap, rather than use space on Some of my motive to create the new site was to have more freedom in layout/presentation, another […]

JourneyMap 1.0.0 hits 10,000 downloads

Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:11:28 PST

I’m delighted at how well the JourneyMap mod for Minecraft has been received in the 45 days since it was released on November 26, 2011.    As of sometime today there have been over 10,000 downloads of version 1.0.0 for Minecraft 1.0.0. Thanks to everyone who has provided great encouragement and feedback along the way. I’m […]

JourneyMap 0.9.0 for Minecraft 1.8.1 / 1.9pre5

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 09:45:18 PST

I’m happy to (belatedly) announce the release of: JourneyMap 0.9.0 for Minecraft 1.8.1 JourneyMap 0.9.0 for Minecraft 1.9pre5 [ What is JourneyMap? | Requirements | Download & Install] Screenshots:   Here’s the goodness you’ll find inside: (From the release notes) New feature: Topography shading New feature: Cave mapping Nearby monster icons now look like the […]

JourneyMap 0.9.0 Sneak Peek: Topograph / Contour Lines

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 08:31:01 PDT

Here’s a followup to my initial post on JourneyMap: The experimental “height map” map mode was an attempt to show elevation (lighter = higher) that didn’t satisfy in the least.    Since the first day I started working on JM, I wanted a topographical feel to the map, but I never figured out a way to […]

JourneyMap : Adventures in modding for Minecraft

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 09:40:54 PDT

Minecraft is the ultimate rags-to-riches stories for game developers, and is a phenomenon unto itself.    I personally enjoy playing it because of the creative aspects, and its also something that my 6th-grader and I can play without having to worry about ESRB ratings. A successful game written in Java?  No kidding? But what particularly interests me […]

iSpringsCam : Colorado Springs Traffic Cams on the iPhone

Fri, 23 Apr 2010 09:53:41 PDT

(April 26, 2010: Updated with newest features) A few weeks ago in Colorado Springs there was a fuel tanker crash on the I-25 Interstate, spilling thousands of gallons of fuel and closing the Interstate for over 5 hours.  Traffic patterns were a complete mess as side-roads became major thoroughfares.  As I drove home from work, […]

iPhone faux-apps with iWebKit

Fri, 23 Apr 2010 08:51:31 PDT

Making websites that are iPhone-friendly is easy enough, but I recently wanted to make a site that felt like a real iPhone app.  I don’t own a Mac, so building a native iPhone app wasn’t an option. I turned to iWebKit 5.0, a lightweight DHTML toolkit for making websites that look “native” on the iPhone. […]

Build a Simple Map Client with SOAP and Flex

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 09:13:03 PDT

Last year I led a software project that employed a SOA architecture and a Flex UI.  The features we were able to build with FlexBuilder (now FlashBuilder) were pretty sweet and remarkably easy…  I’ve become a huge fan of Flex as a result. The new FlashBuilder 4 provides some powerful new tools for integrating with […]

Is rssCloud All Wet?

Tue, 08 Sep 2009 16:32:35 PDT

Rogers Cadenhead recently posted his thoughts on why the rssCloud concept “failed to catch on.”    This is a response to his post and an attempt to foster further discussion in the community. Blue Sky The main idea behind rssCloud is that your RSS reader can ask to be notified when a feed changes (push), […]

ROME 1.0 Released

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 19:44:33 PDT

It has been a long time coming, but the Java library for RSS and Atom utilities called ROME has finally made it to version 1.0 (changelog). Thanks to all of the contributers and the hard work on the dev team for making it possible!   New to ROME? For a quick tutorial on how to […]

President Obama – Lost in Translation

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:00:19 PST

Fox News has an “Automatic Transcription” feature for its videos.  The disclaimer of “may not be 100% accurate” is understated by 95%.  Here’s the presidential oath of Barak Obama, the way their transcription software heard it: “I. — Barack Hussein Obama I solemnly swear Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear. That I will execute the […]

Defrag a Single File or Set of Files in Windows

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 15:46:16 PDT

Ever wanted to defragment a certain file or collection of files on your Windows PC, without defragging the entire hard drive? Here’s why and how you can do it: Don’t Bring Me Down I recently noticed that one of my oft-used Windows applications was getting slower and slower. After checking the usual suspects in Task […]

Make a Word Cloud from your Feed

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 16:04:54 PDT

I happened across Jonathan Feinberg’s Wordle (“Beautiful Word Clouds”) visualization recently.  Pretty fun, but I instantly wanted a way to create one from an RSS feed. I didn’t see a way to do it, so I checked the FAQ confirmed there wasn’t one available: How about a field to enter a blog/web page/wikipedia article’s URL? […]

How to make easy video screencasts of software in Windows

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 11:30:47 PDT

A video demonstration of software is often far better than static screenshots, and is often more convenient to distribute than arranging for a live demo. This tutorial will show you how easy it is to record a video “screencast” of most applications with the free (as in lunch) Windows Media Encoder software. Caveats and Installation […]

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