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Dmitri Popov
Track Your Expenses with Budget for Android

Jul 31, 2013 GMT

Keeping track of your expenses is the first step to minimizing them, and Budget with envelopes (or just Budget) can help you with that with a minimum of fuss. This open source app is simplicity itself, which is a positively good thing: an expense app that requires you to go through a convoluted procedure of adding an expense every time you buy a cup of coffee is not of much use after all. Clever design is another highlight of Budget. The app is based around an envelope metaphor, where each envelope represents an expense type (Books, Food, Travel, etc.). You can create as many envelopes as you need, and then add funds...
Build Databases on Palm Device with Pilot-DB

Jul 30, 2013 GMT

I love the technology of yesteryear. That's why I prefer to shoot with my trusty Nikon F-501 film SLR. Film photography can be a great learning experience, but the lack of EXIF data makes mastering the basics more tricky. After all, knowing what aperture and shutter speed values were used in a specific situation can come in rather handy. To solve the problem I enlisted the help of another vintage device: Sony CliƩ PEG-NX73V. When launched almost a decade ago, it was mind-boggingly expensive, but I bought mine on eBay for peanuts. This Palm OS-based device from Sony features a swanky design, it runs for weeks on a single charge, and it's reasonably fast. More importantly, there are many...
Take Notes and Manage Tasks on Android with NoNonsense Notes

Jul 29, 2013 GMT

My quest for a note and task managing app for Android is now officially over (for the time being, anyway). Why? Because I've found a tool that meets pretty much all of my needs. NoNonsense Notes is an open source Android app with a sleek Holo-based interface and the ability to handle both notes and tasks. All notes in NoNonsense Notes can be organized into lists, and the app allows you to set as many lists as you need. In addition to that, you can assign a due date and reminder to each note. While you can't assign a priority to the tasks, you can rearrange them by dragging them up and down. Besides the regular time...
Quickly Publish Photos on the Web with Photocrumbs

Jul 29, 2013 GMT

Usually, I use my Pygmyfoto application to publish photos on the web. But there are situations when I need to quickly share a bunch of photos with a minimum of fuss. Inspired by the Loading images from a directory with PHP article, I whipped up a slightly more advanced version of the original script. For lack of a better name I dubbed it Photocrumbs. The app consists of a PHP script which does most of the work and a handful of helper files. Besides scaling photos and displaying them as a continuous stream, the script also extracts basic EXIF info, such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and date. Installing Photocrumbs is a rather straightforward affair, and you'll find installation...
Generate a Static Blog in Seconds with blogpy

Jul 24, 2013 GMT

Static site and blog generators are all the rage nowadays, and understandably so. With a static generator, you can author articles in your favorite text editor using a lighweight markup, and you can serve your blog even on modest hardware. Also, you don't have to spend time on installing, configuring, maintaining, and learning a full-blown CMS. The latter is especially true if you opt for something like blogpy, a super simple static blog generator written in Python. Although blogpy lacks the bells and whistles of more advanced static generators, it's perfectly suitable for maintaining a no-frills blog.Before you install blogpy, make sure that Python 2.7 and the python-markdown package are...
How I Use My Raspberry Pi

Jul 23, 2013 GMT

Inspired by the Things I Do With My Raspberry Pi article, I thought I'd share with you how I use my Raspberry Pi. Actually, I use at least two Raspberry Pis on a regular basis: one serves as a hacking and prototyping platform, while the other one acts as a server on the local network. The latter performs a variety of tasks.File ServerI connected two external USB hard disks to Raspberry Pi via a powered USB hub. The usbmount utility takes care of automatically detecting and mounting the connected disks at the /media/usbX mount points. One disk is used for storing all files and documents, while the other one is reserved for rotating backup. I don't use any dedicated file server software to...
Turn a Browser into a Scratchpad

Jul 17, 2013 GMT

Transforming your browser into a scratchpad for jotting down notes is as easy as entering the data:text/html, <html contenteditable> line into the address bar and hitting Enter. There are a lot of variations of this simple trick, and you can find a few of them in a thread on Hacker News. I use a slightly modified version of Writability: data:text/html;charset=utf-8, <title>Scribbles</title><body OnLoad='document.body.focus();' contenteditable style="font-size:21px;line-height:1.6;font-family:'Alegreya',Alegreya;max-width:21em;margin:0 auto;padding:3rem;background-color:rgb(233,233,225);color:rgb(68,68,68);" spellcheck="false">This solution...

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