Computing stuff tied to the physical world

Goodbye 2009

In News on Dec 31, 2009 at 00:01

This year has been a very exciting year for me. Hardware, software, hacking, coding… I’ve been having an absolutely fantastic time – and I hope you enjoyed reading about some of these adventures.

Before the year ends, I want to apologize for the mess highlight the delightful variety of pages this has led to.

Below are quick snapshots of the headers of different areas reached through this main navigation bar:

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First, there is the daily weblog, with over 350 posts in WordPress and new posts added with MarsEdit:

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Next the documentation area, which looks the same, but is managed by an app called VoodooPad:

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The open source code is maintained in a subversion repository, and can be browsed online using ViewVC:

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The discussion forums are managed by WordPress’ little bulletin-board cousin, bbPress:

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The project-oriented wiki is handled by a product I’ve had some involvement in, called ProjectForum:

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And lastly, the Jee Labs web shop is hosted at Shopify (a bit weak on int’l features and progress, alas):

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Six areas, and almost as many very different presentation styles! Most stuff runs on remote servers, the rest is a copy of what’s on my machine. A substantial portion relies on open source, but some bits use strictly commercial software.

I wish I had the time (and the skills) to turn all of these into a single consistent presentation, but I don’t…

To me, the current state of Jee Labs is a pretty good illustration of where we stand with computing at the end of this first decade of the 21st century: amazing things are possible with incredibly modest means, but it’s essentially one huge mish-mash of completely different trends, strung together with this duct-tape we’ve called the web.

Anyway – so much for technology.

See you in 2010! May it bring you lots of friendship, wisdom, and creativity to make this world a better place.

Update 2010-04-05 : this particular wiki setup is no longer being used.

  1. Today in german: Herzlichen Dank für diese wunderbare Seite!!!

  2. Happy New Year!

  3. een goed 2010!

  4. Een gezond 2010 toegewenst.

  5. Alvast een gelukkig nieuw jaar!

    Blijf zo doorgaan, dit is een van mijn dagelijkse blogs geworden om te lezen, altijd interessant!

  6. Best wishes for the New Year JC, it’s been fascinating watching your progress this last year and I look forward to seeing what 2010 brings.

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