fun with Gform

In February the day after (or perhaps that night) I introduced @gform to integrate google forms with pluskit -- At the time I tossed up a sample page to show people what was possible and then didn't think much about it (the page is at http://loghound.com/test/form/) Tonight I was working in Google Docs and I saw that spreadsheet and decided to take a look at it -- 84 responses from a 'throw away' page I created. While I was mostly ignoring it google was steadfastly gathering data and putting it neatly into a spreadsheet for me - I read through the comments tonight and really enjoyed them (so thanks if you commented) It's really astounding what is now so easily possible that used to require a bunch of custom programming, database and reporting tools. Now "Anyone" can manage data easily on the web. If you have any need at all to collect form data on the web @gform (or using the raw google form) is your friend -- I'm a bit biased toward @gform since you can keep your look and feel better but whatever you choose it's really painless so go enjoy
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Lockdown Hosts

Hi All, I'm trying to collect a list of known 'good' lockdown hosts and 'bad' lockdown hosts -- If you have any experiences (good or bad) could you shot me an email (or leave a comment) so I can add them to the list.
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PlusKit ScreenCast

One of the biggest issues I face with PlusKit is that people get a little overwhelmed with it. It's got so many little nooks & crannies that can really help solve some tough RW problems but people don't know where to start.

To that end I've teamed up with Kevin Burns at CRM Technik in what I hope is the first of many screencasts -- This one provides a gentle introduction to the major features of pluskit but even if you are a 'pro' I suspect you'll find one new item.

Please note that this was based off of PlusKit 1.35 so make sure you have the latest & greatest, grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy.

(edit: Fixed the broken link)
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RapidBlog 1.5b7

RapidBlog 1.50b7

Fixed up a bunch of warnings in the PHP code and a few other defects. Big change is Gravatar Support (it should be turned on for this blog to get a feel of how it works) -- As always the 1.5 series are not getting much testing as I'm looking for feedback -- It's pretty safe to try them but be a little careful before you put it on a product blog.

To use the Gravatar Support get a (free) Gravatar Account and enter your 'blogger' name and 'gravatar email' in the setup menu (under 'display'

Get it here


And yes before you ask -- I realize the setup menu GUI is a bit of a mess right now, I"m planning an overhaul before 1.5 final goes out but things are changing fast enough that I'm willing to let it slide (for now)
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Pirates Vs. Ninjas

Hi All, You can now refer to me as "The award winning director" as I've just received a honerable mention in my documentary efforts to capture the struggle between Pirates & Ninjas. At my dinner table a constant source of discussions goes like this "Dad, which is better? x or y?" -- Where (x,y) = (superman, batman) or (basketball, baseball) or (Pirates, Ninjas) As it turns out we were not the only ones asking said questions -- On YouTube similar questions were asked

We of course had to express our opinion and along with 700 other people we voted, here was our vote

After the voting was in the winner was declared.. Ninjas! -- However when you watch the award video, if you wait to the very end you'll see list of 'honorable' mentions -- look who is 4th on the list!
-John "Award Winning Directory" M
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LogDocs 0.2

New version of LogDocs -- Fixes a nasty race condition and adds sparkle and growl notifications -- Future version of LogDocs will be delivered via Sparkle.
If you had a problem with 1.0 working (e.g. it comes up but displays nothing) this should fix it.
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Introducing LogDocs

Hi All,
I wanted to share a new toy I've been playing with.  It's a small application that 'mounts' your google documents on your mac. Once you've done this you can interact them much like any other drive (copy to and from, delete, etc.).

It's fun and useful in it's current state but be aware it doesn't do everything for everyone.  Specifically it has limitations around renaming files (you can't) uploading new versions of files (you can't) and it occasionally needs a restart.  It also only supports documents & spreadsheets -- No presentations for you!

It does require that you install MacFuse and it's Leopard only but it's pretty painless beyond that -- Just double click, fill in your credentials (stored securely in your keychain) and your good to go.

let me know what you think.



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Summer "Vacation" Plans

I've been working with my wife on our summer plans -- when & where to go. As it turns out Apple helped make part of them today. I know where I'll be June 9-13 For the most part it's a 'non' event -- we all kind of 'knew' there would be something either June, July or August with the good money on June. Furthermore it was no surprise that the iPhone would feature so prominently (especially after they announced 'iPhone 2.0 in June') -- In the invite they specifically mention 'three tracks': Mac, iPhone & IT. While I'm excited about the iPhone as a platform to develop for I really hope they don't shortchange the Mac side -- What I really hope they can talk about is 'what's next' for OSX after leopard but I'm a little worried they are so focused on iPhone that they won't have much to say. Time will tell....
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iPhone SDK

Like every other developer in the known world (where known means 'Apple world') I've been playing with the SDK ever since the servers let me snag a copy.  "Our" reaction has been pretty consistent:  It's a lot (and I mean a lot) more than any of us expected.  I was honestly expecting the "SDK" to be embedded javascript applets you could run (and honestly that would have been ok for a lot of stuff -- see the weather widget, that's  nothing more than a glorified dashboard widget)
Instead they give us a real API in a real language with a really nice toolchain... It was stunning.
Now the question is what to do?  Do you jump on the bandwagon and furiously code to release something in June or do you sit back, let the tools mature (although brilliant they are still beta) and then swoop in after the initial wave where you see weak spots.
It's something I'll be thinking about over the next days.
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RapidBlog 1.50b6

RapidBlog 1.50b6 -- mostly defect fixes too numerous to count

Download 1.50B6
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