Building R’s RGL library for OSX Snow Leopard

RGL is needed for nice interactive 3d plots in R, but a pain to find out how to build on a modern OSX machine. “The rgl package is a visualization device system for┬áR, using OpenGL as the rendering backend. An rgl device at its core is a real-time 3D engine written in C++. It provides […]

Remote remotes

I’ve just closed the loop on last weekend’s XMPP / Apple Remote hack, using Strophe.js, a library that extends XMPP into normal Web pages. I hope I’ll find some way to use this in the NoTube project (eg. wired up to Web-based video playing in OpenSocial apps), but even if not it has been a […]

Streaming Apple Events over XMPP

I’ve just posted a script that will re-route the OSX Apple Remote event stream out across XMPP using the Switchboard Ruby library, streaming click-down and click-up events from the device out to any endpoint identified by a Jabber/XMPP JID (i.e. Jabber ID). In my case, I’m connecting to XMPP as the user, who is […]

Apple Remote events – a quick howto

Anyone who has recently bought an Apple computer probably has one or more Apple Remotes. I have been learning how to access them. Conclusion: iremoted does 95% of what you probably need, and the discussion over on tells you more than you probably wanted to know. My experiments are written up in a corner […]

Getting started with Mozilla Jetpack for Thunderbird (on OSX)

A few weeks ago, I started to experiment with Mozilla’s new Jetpack extension model when it became available for Thunderbird. Revisiting the idea today, I realise I’d forgotten the basic setup details, so am recording them here for future reference. I found I had to download the source from the Mercurial Web interface, rather than […]

Mirrors and Prisms: robust site-specific browsers

Mozilla (amongst others, see Chris Messina’s writeup of the trend, also Matt’s) have been exploring site-specific browsers through their Prism project. These combine aspects of the Web and Desktop environments, allowing you to have a desktop app tuned for browsing just one specific Web site. Prism is an application which, when run, will generate new […]