Exchange Emails are horribly slow to come through, emails don’t update in general (after delete event etc.). I recieve/send thousands of emails each day so when this feature is lacking I’m really scuppered. Why no button to SEND emails when composing? This seems like a no brainer.. A task I do many times a day now takes at least 5 times longer, there is no sense in this.. This should be fixed in a software update and maybe it’s being worked on right now, I really hope so…
No NFC Support
Despite the Jolla rocking an NFC chip for some reason you can’t get any NFC functionality, this seems somewhat insane and I hope it’s fixed in a future update. If it is, please comment
UX overly focused on swipe gestures
The trend away from buttons and towards UI is really bad. The UX is confusing and feels fragmented, it’s not as if the UI is cluttered neither, it just feels like you do it their way or no way at all.. They should check out Tinder as a good UX reference. The simple and right solution here is to introduce buttons aswell as swipe gestures like y’know, every other frigging phone.
Overall the handset feels okay, I’m pleased it’s built by a European company and that it should serve as a competitor to the US giants but until the 3 key issues above are resolved I can’t use it as a daily driver so I’m switching back to my Huawei (Android). I tried to use it for ~24 hours, probably not long enough to really get used to the UX, I didn’t find anything “nice”, it all felt a bit dissapointing for the price point but I’m not writing Jolla off. The brand and image is strong, the hardware is sturdy, would I recommend it to consumers right now? No. Would I recommend it to developers? No. So who is this phone for? It’s for advocates of open source and believers that we need a numbers of suppliers in the phone market so we don’t fall into the Microsoft style monopoly that we had on the desktops..
Watch out for Google people, they are gonna fsk your shit up.
Etherpad changed a lot in 2013, the new functionality funded by various companies has mostly been released open source and this has meant a lots of new jobs and work availability for plugin developers. Firstly let’s congratulate Etherpad on an amazing 2013, we’re really proud of everyones achievements so far and let’s hope 2014 can be yet another fantastic year.
Etherpad can do that?!?!?
1. Page View
Page View brings in Document / Page Setup style editing to Etherpad.
Top tip: You can insert page breaks using Control Enter.
To get Page View install ep_page_view and either enable by default by editing settings.json or enable on a per pad basis by clicking the Settings button then clicking Page View.
npm install ep_page_view
2. Print a pad
Printing a pad before used to leave the toolbar and chat icon on, with this plugin all other editor contents is removed leaving just the pad contents so you can get a lovely printable representation of your pad. Printing also supports page breaks so if you have the Page View plugin installed get breaking those pages up and printing them out.
Top tip: Printing is bad, don’t do it unless you really need to, it is 2014 after all!
npm install ep_print
3. Rich Text Editing
By using the Headings, Font Family, Font Color and Font Size, SuperScript and Subscript plugins you can add rich text editing to your pads. Spot the obvious mistake in the image..
npm install ep_headings ep_font_color ep_font_family ep_font_size ep_superscript ep_subscript
4. Page Ruler, Line Height
Add a page ruler so you can use a ruler type thing to indent lines of text from the left/right. Line Height functionality means you can change the height of um, a line..
Top tip: The page ruler plugin can be used with ep_image_preview or the image branch of Etherpad to resize images
npm install ep_page_ruler ep_line_height
5. File Menu Toolbar and Pad Title
Get a File Menu style edit bar that includes buttons to do stuff like File > New, Save etc..
Top tip: Are you a plugin developer? File Menu toolbar exposes an EEJS Block that you can write to.
npm install ep_aa_file_menu_toolbar ep_set_title_on_pad
6. Admin Pads
A way to admin and manage pads using Etherpad.
npm install ep_admin_pads
Use Markup/Markdown stylee editing in Etherpad
npm install ep_markdown
8. Real Time Chat
Get real time chat updates.
npm install ep_real_time_chat
9. Table of Contents
10. Lots more..
I ran out of space but here are some more awesome plugins you should check out..
ep_clear_formatting – Clear the formatting/attributes on a selection
ep_sticky_attributes – See what attributes are applied to a selection
ep_copy_paste_select_all – Put a copy / paste / select all item in the file menu (requires file menu)
ep_special_characters – Insert Special characters into a pad
ep_define – Define and Research a selected word (requires file menu)
ep_text_to_speech – Speak a selection from a pad (requires file menu)
ep_comments – Apply comments to a pad
Ever needed to do a lot of work across lots of your github repos or simply back your repos up? It’s couldn’t be easier!
gem install github-backup
Replace johnmclear with your github username.
Travis-CI can auto “npm publish” your git repo to npmjs, this means that whenever you commit to your github repository your software is always updated and available to users via npm update. This should also work with pull requests so no need to jump onto CLI After a merge, just hit merge and after a few minutes / hours you should see your application updated on npmjs.
Create Travis-CI account, ideally signing in with your github account.
Find the repository you want to auto publish on the Travis Web interface (under your profile) and click Enable.
Install Ruby Gems
sudo apt-get install rubygems
Install travis CLI gem and json gem
sudo gem install json
gem install travis
Create a .travis.yml file in the root of your repository that looks like this (replacing your email)
language: node_js deploy: api_key: email: email@example.com provider: npm
Get your npmjs api key and copy it into the clip board (Copy the bit after the _auth =)
cat ~/.npmrc | grep _auth
Run the Travis CI secret key generator
travis encrypt --add deploy.api_key
When prompted paste your APIKey then hit Control D, don’t add an additional line break or enter.
Add, Commit and Push the new .travis.yml file, this will trigger a build on Travis
git add .travis.yml && git commit -m "Travis auto publish config" && git push
Head over to your Travis page and wait for your build to begin, if it doesn’t it’s likely you didn’t push correctly up to github.
Doing lots of packages?
You will only need to complete steps 5 to 9 on future packages (assuming you enabled them on travis)
Every now and again I write about some good stuff, here is my latest good stuff.
I use whiteboard paint in my office, I have written about it before, it’s still really useful. I specifically use Rust-Oleum Dry Erase Whiteboard Paint, you can buy it online or at homebase in the UK.
Nokia 925 & Huwaei ascend
It’s kinda shocking Microsoft get a product in my “good stuff” list but it’s not the operating system that makes the 925 a useful phone, it’s purely the hardware. Putting Android on a 925 would by far make it the best phone on the market. The Huweai ascend is my daily driver, it’s a great phone all round.
SDR Kits Spectrum analyzer
Not for everyone.. I use spectrum analyzers to anaylze the frequency of some electronics components I work with, the SDR-Kits one I’m using is way below the price of most on the market but does a great job.
DT 770 Pros
Oomlout isn’t actually stuff, it’s a place, an experience and a part of any good journey. Oomlout is technically speaking a warehouse full of electronics and bits for hackers and makers, if this sounds like you, you should visit.
Digital door lock and key
So I’m kinda bias here but really, having the digital door lock and using the NFC Ring to unlock it has been useful, it’s not like it’s a gimmick any more, it’s part of my daily life and I’m safer and less inconvenienced now than I was before, I guess that is the intention of any invention and this one ticks the boxes.
- Adding i18n to a Cordova App
- Cordova Windows Phone 8 Exit Application
- Getting started with Explore NFC on Raspberry Pi in 60 seconds (Also Raspbmc)
- Crest SVG
- Why NFC Keyboard emulators / readers are a bad idea
- 3 reasons I can’t use the Jolla handset
- Top 10 Etherpad Plugins 2014
- Get all your github repos
- Publishing to Npm on Git commit using Github Hooks and Travis
- Some good stuff