I’m no professional developer, but I have the occasional itch that can only be scratched by hacking some code together. I feel most comfortable with Python though I haven’t kept up with some of the recent enhancements to the language. I’ve done some PHP lately, and I’ll probably do more of that in the future. Most recently I picked up a bit of AppleScript for some system automation tasks. If I were a real geek I’d learn C and write my own linux kernel device driver.
With all of that in mind, here’s a collection of software that I’m making available to anyone who’s interested. Feel free to contact me via email or Twitter with bug reports, feature requests, and million-dollar offers to buy the rights to my software.
This is my most recent project and is written in AppleScript. Its purpose is to export the notes and highlights you save while reading a Kindle ebook to your local computer so you can organize the information in some other form. Note: It doesn’t take the notes and highlights from the Kindle device directly, but rather from kindle.amazon.com. Further note: You need a Mac for this.
There are two versions:
- NoteScraper for Evernote – Download
- Exports your Kindle notes and highlights to Evernote. When you run the script you’ll be able to enter a series of tags to be applied to all of the notes. You can also specify an existing or new Notebook as the destination for your notes. Installation instructions are included in the download.
- NoteScraper for OmniOutliner – Download
- Exports your Kindle notes and highlights to OmniOutliner Pro. All of your annotations will be saved as an outline in a new document. Only OmniOutliner Pro is supported right now while I work out a way to make it worth with the non-Pro version too. Installation instructions are included in the download.
Twitterator is a web site that allows you to follow a bunch of other Twitter users all at once. It’s pretty cool, but Twitter’s recent change to require OAuth for user authentication leaves Twitterator out in the cold until I can make the necessary modifications. If you know a PHP or Ruby on Rails programming who’s interested in a small contract programming job, please have them contact me. I’d like to get Twitterator back online soon because a surprising number of people use it regularly.