Jot

Icon@2xI have a new app in the iOS App Store named Jot.

It’s dead-simple. When you start it, it immediately brings up a new mail with the To: and Subject: fields pre-populated, so you can immediately email yourself (or whomever you choose).

This was something I developed for myself since this is a task I do all the time, when I need to tell Future John to do something. This video demonstrates how much time Jot can save if this is something that you do frequently:

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It’s free and available now in the App Store.

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UltiScore

UltiScore Icon TrimmedI have a new app in the Apple iOS App Store called UltiScore.

It’s an ultimate frisbee scoreboard app for both iPhone and iPad, and has a couple of neat features.

I designed it for myself, a captain of a team in the Madison Ultimate Frisbee Association, MUFA. You can quickly set team names, and game and cap time. It shows a countdown timer to the cap time, and plays an annoying sound when it occurs (and repeats until you tap OK).

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As for choosing cap time, you can select one of the MUFA-standard cap times, or select your own custom time. Furthermore, the app will auto-detect your current location when you start a game, and based on that, calculates the local sunset time. It presents sunset time as another option for the cap:

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When a point is scored, that team’s score is highlighted in green. Over two minutes, it slowly fades back to white, so you know at a glance which team has scored in the last two minutes (often helpful if you don’t know if the score was recorded).

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Just below the score is a scrollview where you can scroll through the complete game log to see the history. To see it full-screen, you just hit the log button to see the complete game history. Once the game is over, just hit the share button in this window to email yourself a copy of the log.

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UltiScore is now in the App Store and is a free download. I hope other Madison ultimate players find it useful.

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Goodbye GoDaddy – how I hated you!

I have just completed the migration of my site (and associated databases) away from GoDaddy (to Hostmonster).

GoDaddy is cheap, but damn, they suck. mySQL performance blows, their tech support monkeys rarely have a fraction of a clue, and they refuse to admit there is a problem despite overwhelming evidence.

Bye, bye, GoDaddy. I won’t miss you.

Even without all the caching hacks I had to install before, everything seems to be much faster.

The Idiocy of Mail Disclaimers

Three months ago, I noticed at the bottom of an email from my brother in law one of those idiotic mail disclaimers. They often are longer than the message itself by orders of magnitude, and as far as I know they have exremely limited usefulness in a legal sense (even though he actually works at a law firm).

As an experiment/joke, I took his email disclaimer and added a few lines of my own:

This email message is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Clowns hate me. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. Clowns want to kill me. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message. Please stop the clowns. If you are the intended recipient, please be advised that the content of this message is subject to access, review and disclosure by the sender’s Email System Administrator. Please.

Looks like the usual senseless block of useless legalese, doesn’t it? Take another look with my additions bolded:

This email message is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Clowns hate me. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. Clowns want to kill me. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message. Please stop the clowns. If you are the intended recipient, please be advised that the content of this message is subject to access, review and disclosure by the sender’s Email System Administrator. Please.

I epxected within a few days that someone would notice it… ha ha, very funny. But it’s over three months and thousands of emails later, and nobody has. If you’ve got an email from me in the past three months, take a look. The clowns are there, and they’re coming for you.

I give up; it’s obvious no one reads them, so why do people keep using them? They’re just email pollution.

Blast from the Past

I ran across this old Isthmus the other day and saw a couple of interesting articles. The first thing that caught my eye was an article about an old BBS I used to frequent in my days as a Macintosh zealot. I loved my Mac…. but once I graduated and was off my parents’ money teat, I decided that Windows PCs were cheap enough to jump ship. Anyway, for a time, the Stately Wayne Manor was a great local Mac BBS… until it got shut down. Click the image to find out why it went off the air (and why I saved that old newspaper).

And I also noticed this Life in Hell strip in the same issue (this from 1992). I sure wish Matt Groening had been able to rerun the same strip in 2004. Long time Madisonians, take note of the ad for Cafe Palms dishwashers in the classifieds section. That was a restaurant (with colossally shitty service) that was in the old Hotel Washington. Yes, at 2 in the morning it took forever to get a damn omlette. But where else are you gonna go, drunk, on campus, at 2am and get an omlette? Well, nowhere since the Hotel Wash burned down.