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Christopher James Willcock

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Month: November 2018

Tab Quantizer Chrome Extension Beta

I authored and personally use this Tab Quantizer Chrome extension & companion server script, to record my browsing history from Chrome onto my own server. I publish some of the information I gather with this, to my Now page (near the bottom).

  • Keeps a running tab of active Chrome browser tabs across multiple devices and multiple windows.
  • Records a complete history of pageviews with time and URL
  • Records ‘walks’ – the series of pages viewed in a given tab, from the time it first opens, through each pageview until it closes

To make this work you need your own server for the script that records the data. Given that this extension is not coming from the built-in Play store (or whatever it is for Chrome) you’ll need to enable developer mode and load the unpacked extension manually. A consequence of this is after each Chrome update, the extension needs to be manually enabled.

I have been thinking of publishing this to the Play store (or whatever it is for Chrome). I haven’t done that before, so I have much to learn there.

I think all the bugs have been worked out. It works for me. This is my first Chrome extension work. It was made fast and cheap, so there is plenty of room for improvement as far as the code and user-experience goes.

Also there is no documentation whatsoever about using the collected data for some purpose. For now that remains an exercise for the reader.

Enjoy the Beta. Discussion in #indieweb-dev on irc.freenode.net.

an abstract expression in sepia on white

Psymantic – Open Source Theme Precursor for WordPress – First Release

I authored a WordPress theme for my blog. It’s not in use here because it isn’t meant for direct use. It’s over on my wp-theme-dev sub-domain with the WordPress theme test data in there (plus some random junk).

Wait – that looks gross!

— basically everyone

Weird huh? The precursor theme, Psymantic, is concentrated on producing plain old semantic HTML, POSH, and nothing else.

a screen-capture of a brutally simple WordPress blog
It’s brutally simple. Almost no styling at all. WP required stuff and a couple of clearing fixes.

I’m working through a resilient web design approach with this new-theme-for-me. Note the screen-reader-text, which is typically hidden, is used for headings of various sections. Many sections don’t need need a label like that, unless you consider, for example, how you interpret this web page with your eyes closed for the entire duration of your visit. These headings are normally presented only to those who use assistive technologies  while browsing the web. I can hide them all in one shot with the WordPress recommended screen-reader-text CSS rules.

It’s going to be difficult to understand why I have something worth sharing here, if you aren’t directly involved with your own website coding, nor in the business of online publishing in a technical role.

If we were making pancakes instead of WordPress themes, Psymantic would be a box of pancake mix. I still need to make the pancakes to actually eat them (ie: need to mix and cook a theme for my blog). I have a few more goals to cover before I get there, but this is a nice start.

More things to include (maybe in μF Psymantic and Indie Psymantic):

Early testers and constructive dialog/criticism is welcome! Please use GitHub for issues, #indieweb-wordpress on irc.freenode.net for chat.

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/11/23/463/

Bookmarked

yaronn/blessed-contrib

Build terminal dashboards using ascii/ansi art and javascript

Citation

an author (via GitHub)

Bookmarked!

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/11/23/458/

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/11/22/455/

Bookmarked

Autoconf, Automake, and Libtool: The GNU Project Build Tools

Autoconf, Automake, and Libtool were developed separately, to make tackling the problem of software configuration more manageable by partitioning it. But they were designed to be used as a system, and they make more sense when you have documentation for the whole system. This book stands a level above the software packages, giving the expertise of its authors in using this whole system to its fullest. It was written by people who have lived closest to the problems and their solutions in software.

Citation

an author

For those times when ./configure says No such file or directory, or in my case, when writing a ./configure-able program for the first time in awhile.

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/11/09/402/

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/11/03/387/

Bookmarked

Easings.net

Easing functions specify the rate of change of a parameter over time. Objects in real life don’t just start and stop instantly, and almost never move at a constant speed. … This page helps you choose the right easing function.

When a number should change with style!

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/11/03/385/

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Degree (music)

Degrees are useful for indicating the size of intervals and chords, and whether they are major or minor.

Citation

(via en.wikipedia.org)

A naming scheme that relates pure frequencies found in nature, to a memorable method for communicating about, and in, music.

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/11/03/381/

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Triboelectric Effect

… a type of contact electrification on which certain materials become electrically charged after they come into frictional contact with a different material.

Citation

(via en.wikipedia.org)

Sourcing names for new parts of a program. I tend to go with meaningful names borrowed from other subjects, instead of using ambiguous, generic terms.

https://cjwillcock.ca/2018/11/03/363/