Decided to pluck at one of my open source projects on the weekend. The latest idea was to use the Google Drive API to let users load up their comic book files (cbr/cbz/cbt) into kthoom (a comic book reader).

This should help those users storing their comic books on Google Drive to be able to access them on Chromebooks. Haven’t tried it on a tablet yet – I wonder if that works…

I’m always accepting patches if someone wants to write the equivalent code for Microsoft OneDrive.

§1048 · August 26, 2014 · Uncategorized · 3 comments ·


My kids (9-year olds) each got a Kindle for Christmas (thanks Gramma and Grampa!). It looks like even for them to “buy” free books, this is how I had to set them up:

  • Create an Amazon account for them
  • Manage Account, 1-Click Settings
  • Turn on 1-Click for the account
  • Add an address
  • Click the link to make it the 1-Click default address
  • Make this address the billing address

After this, my kids were able to “purchase” free books (and gift cards can be added to their balance), all without requiring a credit card number. Thanks, Amazon for making this so simple! :)

§1049 · December 31, 2013 · Kids, Tips · Comments Off ·


A simple vector image of a camera
I kind of forgot about the idea of writing in my blog so that I can find the answers again via Google. Well here’s a quick one: How to backup the entire contents of your webcam (I own a Sony HDR-XR150) to a “Camera Archive Folder” on OSX.

  1. Open up iMovie
  2. Go to “File > Import from Camera” or the click big camera button under the Project Library pane
  3. Click the “Archive All” button beside “Camera: Sony HDR-XR150″
  4. Choose a location to save the entire contents of your camera (I use portable hard drives)

After doing this, you’ll have a “Camera Archive Folder” where you can import movies into iMovie for your editing pleasure.

Screenshot of iMovie and the Archive All button

Screenshot of iMovie and the Archive All button

§1037 · January 2, 2012 · Technology, Tips, Video · 1 comment ·


I want to believe. SVG as an image format.As promised, I have a tiny thing to announce here. I recently split off and refactored the code that deals binary data in kthoom into a new open source project: http://bitjs.googlecode.com/, Binary Tools for JavaScript.

The faster and faster JavaScript engines in modern browsers and the rise of new technologies like Typed Arrays, Web Workers, and the File APIs mean that browsers can actually be used to read in binary formats completely on the client-side (as long as native performance isn’t a requirement).

For now the library includes two main capabilities:

  • streams for reading in bits and bytes from a Typed Array
  • unarchiving zip, rar or tar files (that’s right, you can unzip and unrar in JavaScript now)
§1026 · September 19, 2011 · JavaScript, Software, Technology, Web · Comments Off ·


I want to believe. SVG as an image format.After finding some time to go through and mass-delete spam comments on this blog, I realized that it’s time to turn on the “Automatically close comments on post older than XX days” checkbox in WordPress. This means that posts older than 90 days will no longer be able to be commented on.

In case it’s not obvious, I haven’t been writing that much here these days. I’ve been too busy at my day job as a Google+ engineer and at my night job being a husband and father. If you really want to “follow me” these days, the best bet is Google+ for now. Let me know if you need an invite.

I’m not saying I won’t pick up the ol’ blogging pen from time to time. In fact, writing this very post has made me realize how much the UI has improved in WordPress. Also, I might have a couple new things to talk about in a little while, which I’ll likely post here and reference on Google+.

And yes, I’ve obviously been fully absorbed into the collective at this point :)

§1021 · September 11, 2011 · Uncategorized · 3 comments ·