For the past year and a half, I’ve been very quiet about a project I’ve been working on. So much so that I haven’t even said the name, actually. But this past Thursday, Brewster was finally made public. The reaction so far has been overwhelmingly positive, with write-ups all over the web from the New York Times to Gizmodo and AllThingsD.
Brewster is a personalized address book for iPhone. It takes all of your contacts from the social networks you’re part of and mixes them with contacts from more traditional places like your address book and your Google Contacts. It gives you an amazing unified view of the people you know, and how you know them. You can search across all of your contacts, sort them into lists, and gain insight into how they’re connected.
If you haven’t checked it out yet – head over to the website and download the app today!
Yesterday, my 124-day blogging and open-source coding streak came to an end. I’ll continue to keep the same goals, and am sad to see it go – but hopefully we’ll build it back up
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I got a Roku box a few days ago – to replace my Google TV in my living room. The Roku is definitely less powerful, can’t browse the web quite as well – but has been pretty enjoyable. For the things it does, the Roku outperforms. Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu all felt pretty hacked into Google TV, but the Roku gives them a much more solid feel.
TV is a pretty exciting space, looking forward to what’s coming next – seems like it may be one of the next big battlegrounds as we head towards making computers even more ubiquitous.
So I’ve started in on my first Arduino project – an automatic combination lock opener. It’ll automatically turn and guess the combination for a Master lock like this. It’ll have a screen to display its current combination attempt, and will spin the dial itself. I thought for a while about it, and I think I have some really neat ideas to make it more interesting:
So, my hopes are that with these optimizations, I can go from:
I’ll post here updates as I have them, and hopefully soon we’ll have a cool combination lock unlocker.