Make shortlists of your Github Issues with GitSprint

Built this last weekend as a side project to help with one of my bigger projects, it will allow you to log in with GitHub and build yourself a nice little shortlist (“Sprint” in AGILE/SCRUM terms) of tasks. It’s basically a TODO list you can quickly build based on your GitHub Issues.

Core functionality is there but I will be adding a few little bits and pieces to make it prettier and more functional.



Micro Project: Warcraft FAQs

Today I’ve taken a break from being so busy and ended up playing a bit of World of Warcraft again. I ended up sitting in the middle of the capital city and watching the chat going on between other players. I noticed that there’s a lot of players with little questions that are just common knowledge, and may not be too easy to find answers for on sites like wowhead. So I closed WoW and made a stack-overflow / yahoo answers style site:

By the way, it’s using the “Q&A” Premium plugin available here. I’ll probably be using it again, it was pretty easy to use.

Standing Desk

My home office got an upgrade today with the addition of a new “Standing” desk. In a nutshell, the idea is that standing up while you’re working on a computer can prevent many of the common ailments that plague a geek, or any office worker type really. There’s claims that you can also burn more calories than sitting all day, which helps offset the mocha’s I love so much, and also I’m hoping to build more strength in my dodgy knee I pwned at kung-fu training a while back. I see the standing desk phenomenon in the same kind of light that I see any hippie-quick-fix type thing and that is to take it with a grain of salt, but I wanted to give it a really good go before I passed any judgement. People say it works for them, maybe I’ll like it… Continue reading

Quickmark – Link Saver Gadget for iGoogle & Gmail

Hey hey, I’m still here, just busy as usual. I’ve got another quick little Google gadget that I wrote to keep track of links that I want to check out but don’t have time when I find them to give them any justice. Since I always have a Gmail window open regardless of being home or at work I wanted something that was persistent across both, and in my face enough for me to remember to click on them.

True to style, I didn’t look for one that already existed, where’s the fun in that? I wrote one myself that works for me!

Essentially, Quickmark is a very cut down version of a task list that builds a list of whatever you’ve typed in the textbox below. It can be just little text strings, or if it starts with “http” it will treat it as a link when it displays in the list. To remove an item, click the “X” on the left of it.

As with most Google gadgets, it will save persistent data to your Google profile so it’s private but safe and will persist across computers. The only thing with this one though is that it uses TWO SEPARATE LISTS if you install it on both iGoogle and Gmail – one set of data for each domain. I call it a feature, because iGoogle will allow much bigger lists anyway and you don’t want them being squished into the gmail sidebar.

To add it to iGoogle and try it out, click this thing:
Add to iGoogle

If you want it to show up on the Gmail sidebar you’ll need to enable the “Gadgets from URL” Labs feature, then add this URL as a gadget:

(Updated 5/5/2011 with Google Code versions of the XML files)



– K