Archive for the ‘The Geekbox’ Category

So, no posts in the past six months. There are a few reasons for that:

  • I’ve been pretty busy.
  • The site was shabby, always getting nuked with spammers.
  • A great part of the old site was redundant and it annoyed me to even enter there (let alone post).
  • I was too lazy.

The flat-listing doesn’t do a great deal of justice, if I were to create a pie-chart of the percentage of effect of each cause it’d be something like 10-10-10-70, respectively. So in an attempt to get rid of 2, 3, and get rid of the annoying spam mails I’m receiving, I migrated my blog to WordPress.com.


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Optimizing Contest

No post in the past four months, guess nothing particularly interesting (except Turkey pix maybe), and the fact that I’m finally properly enrolled in Graduate degree for Technion.

Today I was in Intel Software Seminar. (more…)

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Here’s what I’m looking for: a simple program (perhaps a web-based one), in which I can “sign up” for any TV series I wish, then I’ll have “subscriptions” to them. This means, it will crawl epguides.com to see when new episodes are published/scheduled to publish, crawl to find a few torrent links whenever something new is published, and I’ll be able to “tell” it whenever I’ve downloaded and watched an episode.

Ultimately, I’ll have a table:

Show Watched Downloaded Published Scheduled
American Dad 101-117 101-119 215 – Four Little Words 222 – Mission Stan-Possible
Lost 101-314 101-314 316 – One of Us 323 – Through The Looking Glass (2)

Oh yeah, and it’ll also plug to uTorrent/Azureus and download what I want for me.

Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so. So come on, open source developers, do it. You know the drill, whoever dies with most useful code (SVN “blame” lines) wins, so I’m basically giving you an opportunity here. You’re welcome.

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Stumbled Upon

Remember my post about Pandora? Well, shortly after finding it out, I discussed it with a friend, and he said “Oh! It’s like StumbleUpon for music.” I of course inquired what’s StumbleUpon, and shortly discovered that it’s, well, Pandora for websites.

After you open an account, and add the toolbar to your Firefox, you can just click and “Stumble” to a webpage that should meet your interests. Once you’ve stumbled, you can give it “Thumbs up” or “Thumbs down”, and StumbleUpon adjusts its setting to better reflect your taste in websites.

I’ll post as comments to this post stumbles I liked.

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My Travel Agent

So the other day my girlfriend called me, asking me “Hey Israel, what’s that plug-in for seeing Dan’s (Israeli bus company) web page right in Firefox?”. I promptly replied it was IE Tab, of course, and directed her as to where she could get it. After a few seconds I understood that she’s actually on her dad’s Mac, and our attempts have been futile.

I got annoyed at Dan, for operating a bullshit website of which code looks like the Da Vinci code (and I do remember my rant about HTML validity, however this is no way to behave for a commercial company), but I decided that I’m the culprit for not having hacked the page so that it works in Firefox. After all, I myself don’t like opening IE Tabs every time I want to browse it, so it was about the time.

Of course, it’s very easy to mimic the script that searches for the schedule, so in about 10 minutes, I was already there. I also reordered the menu of Bus Lines so my frequent ones come first. After that, I thought, why stop there? I added all my transportation solutions in the same way. This took a bit more (about 3 hours accumulating I think), since some of the companies have exceptionally shitty web pages.

The result is my travel agent, a small HTML page that concludes all the transportation information I could ever need. If you’re in Israel, you could use it as-is, or you could change it to have your frequent lines on top. If you’re not, tough shit, but hey, at least you’re not bombed every other day of the week.

Also it saves toolbar space. See pictures before and after. Oh my god, no more need for IE, faster search for my frequents, and 150 more pixels in my toolbar. I think I just soiled my pants.

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