lardbucket: 2008 : july

7/7/2008

Launching Recycling Reminder

Filed under: General, Hacks, Programming, Technology — Andy @ 10:37 am

Well, this was written way back when it seemed like a good idea, and it’s finally polished enough to actually release. Yay, something I actually finished!

On the off chance you might have some recycling that needs to be taken out (and you should..), this random little tool will let you set up a weekly reminder (an SMS message, actually) to actually get it out to the curb. It’s been working for me (and a few others) for several months now, so I’m fairly sure it’s stable.

So, if you’re (partially) responsible for getting your recycling out, go head over and sign up right now at Recycling Reminder. You’ll need a standard cellphone of some sort. It’s completely free, though clicking the ads now and then gets me a few pennies, if you’d like.

Please email me or leave a comment (or something) if you happen to find it useful, have a problem, or anything else. Thanks!

Andy

7/4/2008

Kids these days

Filed under: Technology — Andy @ 2:09 pm

What happened to the old, existing protocols for everything? Why did JSON and Web 2.0 replace lightweight protocols for chat, discussions, and communication?

For: …we already had: …but everyone’s moving to:
Chat IRC, talk, Jabber (or AIM, if you must) Meebo, Facebook Chat, Campfire, Chatterous
Discussion Usenet, email, elists Google Groups, Wikis, Plurk
Status .plan files, Jabber status Twitter, Plurk, Facebook status

It’s not that the new alternatives aren’t necessarily any good (though some of them are missing features or tend to be unavailable), but that their functions already existed, for the most part. Strange.

Andy

Edit: Added Chatterous. Also, okay, “Y’all these days.” As apparently many of y’all aren’t kids.

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