ratiocalc // 1.0.0.0

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself needing to resize images or video. most of the time I want to keep the aspect ratio. my problem is I generally only know one of the dimensions that I want to resize too and I not the other.

to figure out the other corresponding dimension I always load up photoshop, create a blank new file, set the canvas to the original dimensions and then I resize the image to get the corresponding value.

well I finally got tired of doing this just to find out what the corresponding number is. so tonight I built a quick and dirty systray app called “ratiocalc”. using this application you define your starting dimensions, then specify either the new height or width and it will tell you the corresponding value based on the initial dimensions.

that’s it, quick and simple. the application only runs in windows and is a .net 2.0 application. you can download it… but you use it at your own risk. I do not take any responsibility in how you use this app. you agree to those terms by downloading it here.

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transLock // 1.0.0.0

today I realized I never released transLock. sometime last year; maybe in 2007… I created a very basic windows lock/screensaver utility.

where I work, if security (sees your workstation or laptop unlocked) they’ll prove their point. sometimes it’s a harmless thing like sending email from your computer and sometimes it’s not.

at times I want the option of locking down / securing my laptop (so I can walk away without concern) while I can still see incoming email, monitoring systems and so on. at another company I used to use a util that would auto-lock my workstation when the bluetooth signal was weak or off on my mobile phone. but that was never a good solution for me, cause I could still be 150 feet away (in the bathroom or cafe) and my workstation was still unlocked.

getting back to my point, I grew for a need to have my workstation locked up at times, while I could still monitor what was going on. so I built transLock. it’s a windows systray utility that says hidden until you activate it. when activated, it locks up your screen (while staying opaque; which is user configurable) and will not go away until you enter the correct password. you cannot ctrl-alt-delete your way out of it, all you can to do enter the correct password, shutdown or cancel (back to entering the password).

it’s not perfect, you can still create some trouble through alt-tab. but I thought I’d release it to anyone who wants to try it out.

disclaimer: use at your own risk. this is not a security deterrent or replacement for the OSes windows lock function. if you download this utility you do so on your own accord and I am not responsible for how you use it. if you agree to this disclaimer you can download the application here.

there is no auto-update (check for updates) system in this app. so I recommend you come back to this blog for updates. the password is stored on the computer and in a proprietary encryption. the application requires .net 2.0 and is self contained. no installer is required. if you wish to have transLock run on startup, you’ll need to create a shortcut and place it in your startup folder.

NOTE: a VERY important thing to note. out-of-the-box the first-run password is the current date in the following format: YYYYMMDD …example: so if today’s date was: January 21st, 2009, the password would be: 20090121 …make sure after you unlock to set your password to something else.

that’s it. use transLock at your own risk; see the disclaimer above for details. enjoy.

mSeesmic // 1.0.0.14

don’t get too excited. this release is just 2 bug fixes and 1 minor new feature.

I fixed the issue where you respond to a video than when you want to create a new one; it now properly clears out the previous referring video-id. I also fixed the previous / next issue when you are browsing inside a thread. this was previously not working correctly and keeping you stuck on the first 20 videos; it’s now fixed. the last feature just highlights the video-item when you press-down on the thumbnail. I added this to help you know which video you are about to enable options for.

that was it, there are new features on their way, when I find the time and energy to implement and test them.

as usual you contact me here if you run into errors or any issues.

if you already have the application installed it will prompt you to update. if not, you can go into options and check update under the misc tab. if you haven’t installed mSeesmic yet you can start by browsing the following URL on your phone: http://m.mseesmic.net

mSeesmic is a Compact Framework 2.0 .net application for Windows Mobile. it is designed for the touch/stylus PDA phones.

I recommend you save the executable to it’s own folder, and preferably to the external memory card of you have the room. in the near future I will create a self-contained CAB installer. for now, just download and save the application to it’s own folder and location. from there it will configure itself, download and maintain any temp files inside the folder.

that is it for now. as usual please contact me for any bug you find, and if you happen to see a review of the application or review it yourself, please leave a link to your review here.

thanks and enjoy.

seesTray // 1.0.0.4

today I built a quick and dirty little windows app, I call “seesTray”. I know the name is horrid, get over it.

anyhow, it’s basically a seesmic (inbox) notifier. while the app is running it will sign-in to seesmic and grab the list of videos in your inbox. if it sees any changes, it will let you know.

you can grab a copy of it here.

to install unzip the contents of the zip-file into it’s own folder. you need to have .net 2.0 framework already installed.

note it’s just a quick little app I built today on lunch. later on, (if there’s a strong desire for it), I’ll build an installer and whatnot. for now, of you want it to launch on startup, just create a shortcut and drop it into your startup folder in your start menu.

update I made a bunch of little improvements and a few small changes. so it’s at version 1.0.0.4 now. no biggie, if you already installed it, it will prompt you to download the update the next time you run it.

mSeesmic // 1.0.0.13 (previously 1.0.0.12)

I finally completed a very large and tedious coding effort for the newest feature to the application. I made a handful of minor improvements, and added the following features:

  • d-pad scrolling – you can now scroll the timeline/thread (just like you can with your fingers) using the navigation . d-pad on your phone.
  • multi-language support – this feature let’s you choose which language you want to operate the application in. however I must point out that the translations are rough first-drafts and have yet to be optimized for application UI. in time newer language packs will become available. if there’s a language you would like to see suported that is not in the list and you offering to help translate, please contact me. also if any of the exisitng language packs (aside from english) that need tweaking and you can help, please contact me.

if you already have the application installed it will prompt you to update. if not, you can go into options and check update under the misc tab. if you haven’t installed mSeesmic yet you can start by browsing the following URL on your phone: http://m.mseesmic.net

mSeesmic is a Compact Framework 2.0 .net application for Windows Mobile. it is designed for the touch/stylus PDA phones.

I recommend you save the executable to it’s own folder, and preferably to the external memory card of you have the room. in the near future I will create a self-contained CAB installer. for now, just download and save the application to it’s own folder and location. from there it will configure itself, download and maintain any temp files inside the folder.

that is it for now. as usual please contact me for any bug you find, and if you happen to see a review of the application or review it yourself, please leave a link to your review here.

thanks again and enjoy.

mSeesmic // Compact Framework

alright, I have been getting a little bit of feedback indirectly regarding mSeesmic and that it’s not running on a handful of Windows Mobile 5.0 phones.

to resolve this, you’ll need the .net compact framework 2.0 installed your phone. you can get the installer for it here. You’ll need to run this from a windows desktop/laptop with your phone connected via ActiveSync.

according to the supported operating systems this installation includes WIndows Mobile 2003 SE as well. If anyone is willing to test that, I would like to know the success of this. technically if you can get .net CF 2.0 installed it should work just fine.

mSeesmic // how-to download

for anyone who has wondered this way looking for the latest mSeesmic client, all you need to do is go here (on your phone): http://m.mSeesmic.net and you will be prompted to download the application.

a couple recommendations…

  • #1 move your download to it’s own folder before running.
  • #2 I recommend the subject folder is a place with room for temp files, like the extremal memory card.

any other questions I can answer, please comment here or use one of the methods listed in the sidebar to contact me.

thanks again for the interest!

mSeesmic // 1.0.0.11

I made a handful of changes today… I made enough of them and decided to not make everyone wait till the next release. I added a couple of features and fixed / tweaked a few things.

most of the new functionality is in regards to the “post a new video / reply to” screen… and they are:

  • multi-mode :: at times I found I wanted to create multiple posts or respond to several people in a thread (with separate videos). but I wanted to keep the title. so when multi-mode is on it won’t clear the title.
  • languages :: this was requested today by seesmic user @masa . he asked for the ability to specify which language he was posting. I wasn’t sending this information before, I am now. under the options menu when posting you can specify the language. later I will integrate the default behaviors of this function into language preferences. regardless you will always be able to override.
  • resolution :: while I was chatting with @masa he also mentioned on his HTC Diamond that the posting interface was all messed up. so I have tweaked the interface to dynamically respond better to anyone with a width of 400px or higher.

I want to specifically thank @masa for his asstistance with testing out the changes I made. I also made a few cosmetic changes to the menus and fixed one minor bug.

I plan to implement a handful of new options. multi-post was one of them, but that has been released with this subversion. anyhow here’s what I am planning to add for 1.0.0.12: user filtering, language filtering, inbox notifications, a language pack system, a help section (video and text). for the moment I am most interested in getting the language pack system working. I won’t have every language that seesmic currently supports working with the release. but the design should allow me to add and update the language packs transparently as I can get translations. if you are fluent in a language you would like to see supported please contact me.

thanks again, if you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. please keep in mind I only speak english.

if you haven’t been prompted already to get the update you can get it here on your phone, just go to: http://m.mSeesmic.net

as always I am looking for feedback and any information about bugs. screenshots and detailed error messages are always useful.