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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Winter 1.5.0

* Added new shortcut syntax: {{#command param1 param2 … paramN}} is the same as {{#command| #param1 | #param2 | … | paramN }}. Each span of whitespace is converted to a pipe character. This is especially useful for math operations: {{#op 1 + 1}} = {{#op| 1 | +| 1}}
* #op can now accept any amount of operations. However, the order of operations is only left to right. ie {{#op 2 - 2 * 3}} will return 0 and not -4.
* Added #formula command
* Added #eval command
* Added #repeat command
* fixed some bugs in #strpos

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Read RSS feeds on an iPod

So the other day when I posted the Tao Te Ching for iPod I mentioned that the Notes format wasn’t good for long documents, but RSS feeds seemed like a good idea.

Well here’s a quick and dirty online RSS to Notes conversion utility. Simply enter the URL of the RSS feed in the text box and click Convert! In a few moments you should begin downloading a file. Save this file on your iPod in the Notes directory (or a subfolder) and enjoy later.



Monday, January 2, 2006

Winter 1.4.1

* Added <nowinter> tag to allow Winter code to be displayed without being evaluated.
* Reworked escape character code. Escape characters are now only translated inside of a Winter command instead of anywhere on the page. This ensures that users who are unaware Winter is installed are not confused.
* #define actually works now.
* Switched to x.y.z version numbering system.

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Sunday, January 1, 2006

The Tao Te Ching for your iPod

I bought a new video iPod the other day with some Christmas money. It’s a pretty fun toy. My biggest complaint is that it doesn’t play divx/xvid videos but overall I’m very pleased with my buy. I had looked at other media players but none of them could rival the elegance of the iPod, nor could they offer 30gb of storage space with video support.

While playing with all of the features, I found the iPod supported text files with some simple HTML tags and a few custom meta tags which allows one to create guides, ebooks, or other small documents. At first I had visions of converting Wikipedia over to the iPod, but I unfortunately found that only 1000 files at a maximum 4kb each are supported. This means small bits of information, like perhaps news and weather pulled from RSS feeds.

For now though, it means the Tao Te Ching. More specifically, Ron Hogan’s Tao Te Ching, which is a particularly creative interpretation and I think perhaps one of the most accessible to those who are unfamiliar with Taoism.

To install on your iPod, download the archive, and unzip it in a convenient place. Then copy the The Tao Te Ching folder to the Notes folder on your iPod. (You may need to enable disk mode to access the Notes folder). Then go to Extras > Notes > The Tao Te Ching on your iPod to find the Way.

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