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Webcam Video Diary / Re: Feature request: in-video notes
« on: January 02, 2011, 05:08 PM »
Yes, that way I think it won't be as effective as it could, but probably somehow very useful anyway, and a good starting point. I can't estimate how much difference in efforts/time it would be to support standard (one-dimensional) tags instead of multidimensional ones (i.e. in-video notes), but if the marginal cost is high I'd go with the former too, while if it's low I'd definitely go with the latter.
By the way, when specifying tags for a video/image, it would be important to let the user see all the tags specified for that %IDENTIFIER%, sorted by occurrence (in descending order), and pick from them, or add new ones. (In case of multi-dimensional tags, the "immediately visible" coordinate of course would be the title).

Webcam Video Diary / Feature request: in-video notes
« on: January 02, 2011, 01:01 PM »
The following would be useful for lucid dreaming purposes (by using Webcam Video Diary to record dreams):

- when recording or playing a video, it's possible to pause and define a "in-video note", that is made by a "title" (input line field) and a "free text" (textarea field);

- the in-video notes are stored into a sqlite database, or whatever (text file?): a record (or text-file line) is an identifier (name?) of the video they belong to, the timestamp in that video, the note's title, and the note's free text;

- possibly, when you insert a in-video note, typing the title it autocompletes using the other in-video notes' titles of every video with the same identifier label (I mean, "%IDENTIFIER%"); and also show the entries somewhere (a popup?) in a sorted-by-occurrence list, where you can click one of those titles and it gets copied into the title input field, together with the associated free-text into the textarea field (but you can still edit both, of course).

Besides, in some tab of the app or wherever you want:

- for a selected %IDENTIFIER%, show the in-video notes' titles sorted by occurrence, and through filters on the free text;

- by clicking them, jump to the corresponding video and timestamp (and play the video from there).

So, for lucid dreaming purposes, for instance one could use the titles for simple descriptions of the hooks (e.g. "pink elephant"), and the free text for some conventional string, e.g. "__IMPOSSIBLE__".
The software could allow to filter notes containing (or not) the string "__IMPOSSIBLE__" into the free text; and eventually also more complex queries (e.g. notes not containing string "__IMPOSSIBLE__" and containing string "stairs").

All of my programs can be used portably.  Just unzip the setup program with any unzip program (rename extension from .exe to .zip if you like).  Then edit the ConfigDir.ini file (rename ConfigDir_Sample.ini to ConfigDir.ini) and make the first line: PORTABLE=TRUE

Awesome, uninstalled and using it in portable mode now.
I see the mouse pointer changing into a cross that I can drag on videos and pictures to make a rectangle, that can be moved and resized: what is it for? It seems that it is not saved...

mouser, 1.02.01 works for me too! It's a great app, with some more features how nice it would be for those lucid dreaming purposes that I wrote about before :) Also, the same features would be useful to take quick but effective notes about ideas when they pop into mind (and I can think a lot of other possible uses too...)

PS: could you post a notification in this thread whenever you update the software? (I didn't notice the availability of the 1.02.01 version).

No way: in Program Options -> Hardware -> Video Device Settings -> Video Source -> Video Input Device, I have the following options:

Google Camera Adapter 1
Google Camera Adapter 0
USB Video Device

Unfortunately none of them works, even if I am on the Live Camera Video tab.

I won't be able to give other feedback before December 28, but I've quickly tried it and I can say that the camera doesn't work (I get no video, just black). It's a built-in webcam into an Acer notebook, usually it just works (e.g. with flash apps/websites).

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: Mouser App - Webcam Diary
« on: December 22, 2010, 09:38 AM »
Wow, sounds like an unexpected Christmas gift.

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: Mouser App - Webcam Diary
« on: November 07, 2010, 06:03 PM »
Ok, that's quite close to what would be ok for that purpose - let's give up on the visual thing (attaching words/sentences on the video), but here it is a simpler version of the same feature:

- you set the context for the session; e.g. "dream journals" will take into account only the videos that are marked as "dream journals" (the "mark" is a user-defined attribute in a sqlite database associated with the path of video and other properties like title, etc.)

- when you record or play a video, it's possible to pause and define a note, that is done by "title + free text";

- you save the note in a sqlite database, storing which video it belongs, which time in the video, the title, and the free text;

- possibly, when you type the title of the note, it autocompletes from the other notes' titles of the chosen context (dream journals)

This way, you could use the titles of the notes as the words/sentences I was speaking of in my previous post, show them sorted by occurrence, and through filters on the free text.
So, for lucid dreaming purposes, for instance one could use the titles for simple descriptions of the hooks (e.g. "pink elephant"), and the free text for some conventional string, e.g. "__IMPOSSIBLE__".
The tool, will allow to filter notes containing (or not) the string "__IMPOSSIBLE__" into the free text; and eventually also more complex queries (e.g. notes not containing string "__IMPOSSIBLE__" and containing string "stairs").

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: Mouser App - Webcam Diary
« on: November 07, 2010, 09:34 AM »
Mouser, I've created a (public) Bettermeans space for this app:


N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Pledge: Mouser App - Webcam Diary
« on: November 06, 2010, 12:36 PM »
A webcam diary would be great for lucid dreaming learning. I would love some features tailored to that. Here it is an important one (that actually is a set of features ;)

While recording or playing a video, you can pause and input a word/sentence clicking on the frame. The input is an input field with autocomplete, or you can switch directly selecting it from a list, sorted by occurrence. The word/sentence will be stored, associated to that video and to that time and (x,y) position in the video.

The entries of the list/autocomplete are words/sentences previously inserted in all the videos of a category (e.g.: dreams).

Immediately after you type a new word/sentence (and also later in another screen), you can mark it as "impossible" (default is unchecked).

When you select from the autocomplete/list an already existing word/sentence that is marked as "impossible", the app notifies it in some way (e.g. rendering it in a different color, or blinking, or whatever).

When you play a video, you see the words/sentences appearing for a few seconds at the positions they where created at.

When a word/sentence is marked as "impossible", it is rendered in a different way from the "possible" ones.

So, the app can show a list of the words/sentences, sorted by occurrence, and with filters (by typing chars, and selecting impossible yes/no).
Clicking on them, you get the list of dream videos that contain the selected word/sentence; clicking a video from this list, you jump playing it directly where the word/sentence is.

This would be powerful in making the unconscious mind learn some frequently dreamed "impossible" triggers (e.g. "pink elephant talking to me") that will help the dreaming self in realizing he/she is in a dream, and so starting the lucid experience. And also to learn some frequently dreamed "possible" triggers (e.g. "me running into a grass field") that could be used as hooks for reality checks into the dreams (e.g. jumping and flying, looking at your own hands, turning on/off light with a switch, reading a digital clock, etc.).

PS: storing the position of the words/sentences in the videos is useful because you could draw a picture, show it to the webcam, and then attach the words/sentences to the items on the picture; imagine e.g. if you draw an oneiric scenery that you can remember while logging your last dream, and there you sketch a shape with the pencil, and attach the sentence "pink elephant", and on the sky you attach "purple sky".

PPS: the autocomplete must work on every piece of the sentence; e.g. typing "sky" should make the "purple sky" sentence appear in the selection list.

On the same topic, if you're interested I've also proposed a web service idea here.

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 :: Entry Ideas & Requests
« on: November 06, 2010, 06:37 AM »
Here's my proposal for the NANY challenge. Only expert developers should try this, it's not an easy thing to do - but it would be a very useful and powerful tool, good as a web service, and as an iPhone app.

"Stuffind": find your stuff.

Read this document where I've explained the project and also designed (with words) how the UI/UX should be:

I've seen other apps for this need, but they're not as effective as this one.

UPDATE: I've posted the idea here too.

UPDATE: I've created a (public) BetterMeans space for this project, here.

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Program Idea Suggestion Thread
« on: December 20, 2009, 07:22 PM »
If there is anyone out there, who might have a good idea, unique, one that is useful and would be popular...  and would like to form a PARTNERSHIP and we'll create something together?  i.e. you come up with the idea(s) and I'll do the coding... Then I am up for that!

It'll be a partnership effort (assuming thats allowed????)

Probably best to PM me if anyone is interested???

Someone here does know what happened to user "awopbamboo"? I did PM him for a partnership like he asked in the above post (and he replied ok), then I wrote him a pretty detailed writeup of the software on google docs (which he read) but after about 5 days I'm still not hearing from him anymore... Wondering if you know why he's suddenly disappeared while he declared to be interested in developing my proposed app: PM'ing him does not work for me...

I think you may find useful the free AbstractSpoon's ToDoList.

Zero Install staff is searching for some brave coder who's capable of porting the system to Windows. So I'm asking here:

1) if someone reading feels being the one;

2) a suggestion to find someone (besides posting a call on's forum ;)

Note: see also the Windows related page.

Thanks for it.

Any news on this topic?

I hope you'll succeed finding that larger chunk of time (I do know this is the hardest task ;)

Just to let you know, your eventual efforts on this side will be part of a wider "synch method for web developers", involving synching of both the filesystem and the database side. By now we're focused on the cool MODx cmf (so that we touch both sites' and web apps' development):,29169.msg179482.html#msg179482

Some day, when all the pieces will be in place, I'd like to create and update a website proposing the method with all the explanations, detailed tutorial, the tools, and of course the names of the contributors.

Feedback from author is that he's no longer touching that code, but he will be glad to update the project at sourceforge if any contributes will be done, giving the credit for them.
Do you are interested in looking a bit through the code to see if you can enhance it a bit?
If yes, no necessity for a quick reply, just have a look and then let me know if you think the things I've written above can be done. Take your time, bye.
PS: I have other good ideas for it to become a very very nice and useful tool for alone or team development (especially when SVN is not an option, i.e. on shared hosting), but I'll write them only if someone is interested in taking that codebase and work a bit on the project.

That's very good! Yes, I'm writing to them now, I'll let you know here.

Btw, mail sent. I'll give here news about eventual reply.

Uhm, it seems my quick test of the app was not so good.
I tested it creating a file, and instantly appeared in the list with the "to push" icon, ready to be sent to server, and it seemed ok.

But when I modify the content of an existing file, or even if I just rename it, the tool doesn't keep track of it. I'm unsure if I'm doing something wrong.

Moreover, clicking on table headers should definetely order the rows accordingly.

And, it should be possible to hide in the list everything that doesn't need to be synchronized, so showing only added/changed/deleted stuff.

That's very good! Yes, I'm writing to them now, I'll let you know here.

Tried. It's a very nice tool, just exactly what I suggested.
I'd need only one more thing: it should synch also the stuff I delete locally, i.e. if I delete something it should delete it also on the remote server, while now it does not. Of course a confirmation prompt for every file going to be deleted would be a good thing.

Thanks for reply. Yes I know SVN, but I was searching for a simpler and straightforward solution without the need of a SVN server or something like that, just plain FTP and a bit of good habits.

Digging better, I've found this free and open source tool, still not tried but from the description it seem quite similar to what I suggested: FTP Web Projects Publisher
I'm going to try it now, and let know here if it's ok.

I'd like a program where I create "projects", and inside them I specify a list of local folders and the corresponding remote ones to be synched via ftp.
I would like it to act as follows:

I click on checkboxes near some projects, or near some folders under the projects, and click a button "Start monitor changes on filesystem". The app should log in a file every change I do into the selected folders.
Then, I should be able to click a "Commit changes" button, in order to synch local and remote stuff.

I've found the following two freeware tools similar to this concept, but both follow a different approach:
FTP Sync

  • the first one makes a realtime synchronization, i.e. whenever I make a change in the specified folder, it is not logged anywhere, but committed asap.
  • the second one is more complex and well-done, and commits when I click a button, but it does not monitor and log changes while they are done: it just traverse the remote and local folders, and takes its time to check if something is changed/different

Both nice, but not what I would like: I repeat, a silent tool that sits in my tray and "writes down" every change I make on filesystem in specified folders (or groups of folders, i.e. "projects"). Then, in no time other then that required to transfer/delete files via ftp, it should commit those changes only when I ask it to do that. Of course at every successful commit, the "log" file should be deleted (or renamed), so next time it can start with an empty one.

Post New Requests Here / IDEA: ebay watcher and robot
« on: December 18, 2007, 12:27 PM »
I've just posted an idea for a somehow useful thing to the Opera widgets forum, as I can easily imagine it as an Opera widget.
Btw, it makes sense to post the same idea here, as it could also be a desktop application with an "always on top" option. So, here we go (cut and paste from here):


This is a widget I'd like to have, and it seems to me it doesn't (still) exist. If I'm wrong, please suggest.

The widget should include a set of tools to assist ebay users which are interested in buying stuff.
It would appear as a small box (used in "always on top" mode) with some little buttons: "home", "force", "configure", "wishlist", "compact/normal".

The "wishlist" view lets us add new "entries", as many as we want. An "entry" is created by specifying some fields in a form, which could be somehow similar to the "advanced search" of ebay. Something like:

  • label
  • search string
  • check every...
  • price min/max
  • sellers
  • location
  • (some other options...)
  • (sort options...)
  • ending within...

Only the "label", "search string" and the "check every..." fields are mandatory. E.g. we add these three entries, just by specifying the label, the search strings, and the time interval between two automatic checks:

  • 1. [gc contr.] silver gamecube controller original (check every: 2 days)
  • 2. [t. car] tesla car -poster -photo -image (check every: 30 days)
  • 3. [inv. cl.] working invisibility cloak (check every: 30 days)

Of course, the "label" field is a text with a very limited number of characters which we'll use to recall what a whish number is, in a compact view.

When going back in the "home" view, the widget takes action, sending to ebay the requests as specified in the "wishlist" view; it will parse the results, and show us a list (in the widget). Probably, we'll have some results from the first entry, and nothing from the other two. Let's say we have two "gamecube controllers", and a "tesla car", so the home view will be something like (just text, no images please - it has to be a very compact widget!):

([wish number], [label], [time left], [from country], [current price], [shipping], [buy it now or not], [paypal])

  • 1 (gc contr.): 3 days, Australia, 10 € + 40 €, B.N., P.P.
  • 1 (gc contr.): 2 days, UK, 16 € + 5 €, B.N., P.P.
  • 2 (t. car): 5 days, China, 1E9 € + 1E8 €, B.N., P.P.

Of course other fields could be included with some processing by the widget (seller informations, etc.), this is just an example similar to the ebay results output, and it should be ok for most needs. The "config" view of the widget could be use to add/delete the fields showed and every other "config" option.

The widget, following the specified time intervals for each entry, will query ebay, and if it will find some differences it will update the list with more (or less) items. E.g., after 3 days, it will eventually show:

  • 2 (t. car): 2 days, China, 1E9 € + 1E8 €, B.N., P.P.

The "force" button will send the query to ebay for each entry of the wishlist and update the list in the home view, regardless of the time interval still not reached.

The "time left" showed for each entry will be dinamically shown by the widget, and synchronized whenever an ebay query is done; it will be a "smart" indicator, that is we'll see for each entry a self-going countdown like:

2 days, 1 day, 20 hours, 10 hours, 5 hours, 4 hours, 3 hours, 2 hours, 1 hour, 50 minutes, 40 minutes, 30 minutes, 20 minutes, 10 minutes, 5 minutes, 4 minutes, 3 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute, 59 seconds, 58 seconds, [...(go on)...], 3 seconds, 2 seconds, 1 second, CONTACT!

Whenever the "force" button is pressed, or it's time for a query to ebay for some entries of the wishlist, the informations retrieved will also be used to update the "current price" of the already shown items.

Moreover, every shown item has a checkbox at its side, and in the bottom (or top) of the widget there is a select field with some actions which can be performed on the selected ones (think to the Gmail web interface): the most important action I can think is "ignore", so that it's possible to exclude some non-interesting items from the home view, regardless of the fact they're retrieved and fitting the specified parameters.

Of course, every item shown is a link to the corresponding ebay page.

Hitting the "compact/normal" button, the "home" view switches between the "normal" and the "compact" mode (the button will show the complementary label). The "normal" one is that I've just described. The "compact" one makes the widget a very-very little box, wasting nearly no space on the screen and shown with transparency: it will just show, if any, how many items are there for each entry of the wishlist; with the previous example, it would be something like:

1:2, 2:1

The little compact box would be resize-able, and the content would be a one-line text with automatic wrap. And with a very very small font size.

I'll eventually add some other hints I've in mind for this, but that's enough for now, I'll wait for someone able to accomplish what already described, which is not simple.

Of course this is a widget I would use as an auto alert for something I would like to have, hoping it will eventually pop in ebay some day, avoiding the effort to search and check ebay for it every now and then. It would also help in following the auctions when I'm interested in some items, with the counting countdowns...

I hope I've been clear enough and you can "envision" the final thing like I do, if you think something could be explained better please add your comments. And of course, suggestion time is open!

Let's also vote in the poll to see how many of us would find this widget useful. (NOTE: this doesn't apply to DC's forum system: in Opera forums a poll can be included with a thread)

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