The Curious Dev

Various programming sidetracks, devops detours and other shiny objects

Jan 20, 2013 - 4 minute read - Groovy Regex

Simple Data Collectors

The city that I live in, Perth, is sprawled out over a large distance and so the BOM’s temperature for Perth isn’t entirely accurate. Enter the Ag Dept’s temperature sensors here or more specifically, the one for Wanneroo here. These sensors are updated every minute (most of the time) and provide a more accurate measure of what the weather is doing right now. Rather than visiting the page manually, I wrote a script to grab the temperature for use elsewhere, such as on a dashboard.

Nov 26, 2012 - 3 minute read - Groovy Utility

Desktop Wallpaper Grabber

A feature I really like about Window 7 (and 8) is the ability to make the desktop cycle through all the images in a given directory structure, perfect for those 1000’s of photos we’ve taken on our travels. Over the last couple years I’ve been using a little script I wrote to extract the current image and copy it into a shared directory in my dropbox. This directory is shared with my wife and we both have a shortcut on our desktops to click when we see an image we like to share those “Nîmes was awesome wasn’t it!

Nov 11, 2012 - 4 minute read - Groovy

EBookWall - Thumbnails For Your PDFs

Over the last couple weeks I’ve been playing about with the concept of creating a central page that would be my starting point for reading through various ebooks, notably PDFs. I have collected quite a few PDFs along the way and as they’re not physical, and not piling up on my desk or bookshelf, it can be easy to forget about them. So a page of thumbnails will give a visual reminder of what you’ve not read yet or of a library to access in the future.