WordPress desktop app


WordPress.com desktop app is available now. And I am using it.

What is the difference between desktop app and web app?

WordPress.com desktop app requires Internet connection as the web app, and it also renders the HTML5 and JavaScript. But there is one crucial difference. A web app, whenever we visit the page with the URL, our web browser will need to download the HTML and JavaScript, then runs the app.

On the other hand, desktop app, though it also requires Internet connection, the HTML and the JavaScript can be pre-installed in the app. The desktop app will focus on the REST API (or Web API focusing on JSON). As a result, whenever we run the desktop app, it will load the page and script without downloading, so that it is theoretically run faster than web app. The concept is similar to the mobile apps.

However, WordPress.com desktop app does not allow to save the draft locally like mobile app.

Interesting tech note: WordPress.com desktop app is built on top of Electron framework.

All-in-One Messenger


In the previous post, I mentioned about Pidgin. And then now I am using another one, All-in-One Messenger. It is actually a Google Chrome extension, that allows you to use multiple instant messengers in the extension.

The nice part of the All-in-One Messenger is the HipChat. I was using standalone HipChat desktop app, it is resource hungry and very slow. Thus, this All-in-One Messenger really solves my problem by running various messengers.

Yet, the limitation is that I cannot disable an invididual messenger like Hangout or Skype. It can only choose to delete the messenger. I tried sign out, but it will automatically login whenever the All-in-One messenger starts again.

Pidgin


Pidgin, best ever all-in-one messenger. Best, because it has a lot of plugins. If you have multiple GMail accounts, such as personal GMail, and your workplace uses Google App, then you can just use Pidgin. Need not open so many applications.

If you need Skype, for messeging only or group chat, install skype4pidgin plugin. It is better to use it instead of running heavy Skype for Linux Alpha or very old version of Skype. Using outlook.com web version Skype cannot give any notification, but allows you to view the images directly. But still, using Google Talk/Hangout and Skype services together through Pidgin is much more convenient.

I tried with Telegram also. It works. There are various plugins available. If you need notifications from multiple chat services (including Facebook), Pidgin is the best!

camera apps…


nah… see, lately, I was kinda… (have nothing better to do, or simply, just don’t want to do something better… wahahahahahahaha!!) so, suddenly, I was relooking into my camera apps again,
for the past year, I’ve been backing up my photo to flickr, not all, but selectively, but then, I realised, I can’t get it out, ie. get it out with the caption I put in… so, I was upset with flickr!! oh, dear flickr, please do something about it, but anyway, since yahoo’s been sold off, I doubt there’ll be any improvement in the near future…
so, I look into it, then, I decided to give googlephotos a try… well, I hate to say, cos, google’s tied to your device very tightly, so, it’s kinda confusing, though I’m still using it, for a little while longer… cos, it’s encouraging you to backup ALL YOUR PHOTOS, which I don’t like, in terms of that,
I still prefer flickr, as in the process of uploading, choosing which photos to be uploaded to which albums…, that, was frill-less…
ok, back to my camera apps story,
so, I can’t download/print my flickr photos with the caption/description/title…
so I got upset, and I was looking up and down, in and out, for a good apps,
that,
just give me a few simple things…
ya, nowadays, I tell you!!!! simple things are difficult to get,
just simple things, people just don’t get it,
one good example, Line Camera Apps used to be good, though I prefer Pinguo’s Camera360,
again, these 2, have updated their apps, to having some very unwanted features, as to my standard…
Line Camera, they used to have that polaroid kinda photo frame, and I could write the caption below that photo, NO MORE!!!
Camera360, they use to be able to do batch processing, ie. batch filter, but NO MORE!!!!
irritating, isn’t it!!!!
all I want, is to be able to do some picturecard/photocard/polaroid or some sort, but nah~~~
and on iOS, they used to have this NOTICA Apps, which, till date, I still think, it’s best of its kind…
and sadly, best of its kind, is obsolete now, as in, you go to apps store, the search will give you 0 return…
so, to cut short the story,
after downloading/installing/uninstall a few apps,
below is my finding,
vsco cam – just found out it can do batch edit, bravo, and I still keep this in my phone, as I do love their filter, kinda… “dusty”, ^_^
pixlr – polaroid and caption, it’s this “nolaroid” thing, (it can’t name itself after Polaroid, as long as it’s not by Polaroid)
camera+ – insta card and caption, but can’t choose font, what I gather is, the font’s according to the frame/filter that you pick,
but of all…
I sent a sample of each to my friend, who I happened to chat with,
I mean, the -laroid photocard,
camera+, pixlr, and fotorus,
my friend said that, the one from camera+ is the best, she likes it the best…
then, I told her, ya… it’s in iOS and it’s a paid apps… ^_^
now I see, I see…

Notetaking (again). WordPress!


I love to write something, using computer or mobile. Then I found the Google Keep, which is wonderful because it is a web app, works on Linux and Android. Storing my notes in the cloud so that I need not to worry about synchronization problem.

I am not fan of Evernote, but Evernote is a very popular notetaking application. I doesn’t like it because (i) it does not have Linux native support, (ii) and the free plan has quite a lot of limitations. However, I am using it. I was using Zotero. Zotero is nice in terms of the service, but it does not have nice user interface, such as note editing, which affects the user experience. In terms of reference management, Mendeley works far more better than Zotero. As a result, I choose Mendeley for reference management, and choose Evernote for the sake of Evernote Web Clipper extension. The nice feature of Evernote that attracts me is the web clipper. I can highlight the text I want, and save to Evernote. Evernote will store the date, time, and URL. I can also screenshot the web page too. This is what I like most. (May be I should try OneNote as well. I also just found that there is Save to Google Drive extension.)

Now, I have Google Keep and Evernote. But I still feels lack of something. The problem is like this, Evernote is nice, but with the limitations that I mentioned above. As a result, I don’t put all my notes in Evernote, but only favourite quotes from Internet. Then, I use Google Keep to store my general notes. Google Keep is nice in terms of (i) lightweight, (ii) search feature, and (iii) cross-platform because it is a web app. However, recently I found that, browsing notes in Google Keep is not nice. Though you can use the tags feature, but what will happen if you have hundreds of tags? And, if you have thousands of notes, and you want to browse through the notes instead of search the notes, you needs to keep scrolling down. This is some how inefficient. Another problem I faced in Google Keep is the date, it shows only the date of editing, but not the date of creating. That means, I cannot keep track when I create the note, unless I wrote the date explicitly in the note. As a result, I decided not to put all my notes in Google Keep as well. Then, what service should I use?

As a conclusion, I want something

  1. can store the general notes
  2. cross-platform or web app that can works on mobile and desktop (or laptop)
  3. can browse the notes freely
  4. stores the note privately

Finally, I decided to use WordPress. Yes! WordPress. Use it as a private journal. Disable all the publishing and SEO configurations. It is web-based, works on any computer as long as you have web browser. It provides mobile app, you can save draft locally on your mobile. It keeps track date and time. You can search the posts by keywords that you remember. You can categorise the posts or adding the tags. One and the only thing that it lacks of is the web clipper. But, it comes with other great features. WordPress.com provides free plan, which is good enough for general purpose. You can pay for better service with paid plans. And, If you don’t like WordPress.com, you can subscribe a PHP web hosting service, then host your own WordPress app. You can export and import the WordPress articles easily. That means, you are not restricted to a paid service that you cannot work on your notes freely and do whatever you like.

Screenshot annotation/labelling


Since I am working as a freelance software developer, often need to comment on the screen. I keep looking for the application that can

  • Draw straight line
  • Basic geometries: ellipse or rectangle
  • Draw arrow
  • Writing text

GIMP, Krita, Pinta etc can draw these. But they are too advance, or too low-level as a raw image editor, which hinders me to work productively.

At the end, I found Shutter from Stack Overflow. I never thought about it, because the main purpose of Shutter is taking screenshot. But it has an image editing feature. And this image editing can do all the things I mentioned above.

Windows


I am a serious Linux user, and totally dislike using Windows for everyday productivity. But, one thing I love about the Windows, is the gaming.

Currently, there are some games become cross-platform including targeting Linux platform. And there are some cross-platform games in nature such as web-based game or the games played with emulator.

But still, a lot of games, they are targeting on Windows only. So, in order to enjoy those games, I give up trying with Wine (including PlayOnLinux), VirtualBox, QEMU, VMWare, CrossOver, etc. Because trying with these solutions, meaning that I have to sacrifice some performance. Moreover, some games are totally cannot work with these solutions.

Though I do not like Windows, I have to admit that I still need Windows, but for gaming purpose.

So, install a dual boot on your computer, enjoy the game when necessary.