Minimalistic Text Android Widget

This is just a quick update on a widget I made for my own use using

Minimalistic Text

Tasker

Google Maps Directions API

The time, day of week, and weather information are all built into the Minimialistic Text program. Transit information was a little bit more complex.
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The Transit information circled is two API calls to the Google maps directions API through Tasker, one for my trip to from the train station to my work bus stop and one for my trip home. They run every 5 minutes and extract out variables including the bus number, the time of departure, the train name and it’s time of departure, the length of the trip and the time when I will arrive home from the XML response to the API call.

Tasker pulls the full result from train station to work bus stop, and caches it in a variable. I then use tasker to pull each variable out of the XML results cached in the full variable.

Then, using Tasker, I format the variables into a easy-to-read (for me) one glance information screen with emoji’s to indicate bus trips, train trips, total time and icons for home and work.

Some of the additional features I’ve built into this include

  1. A widget that speaks my commute when pressed.
  2. A popup that lists out departure times for my commute
  3. I added the api call and variable update feature for this widget into my 5 minute data widget  which turns my data plan on for 5 minutes.

What I end up with is a very simple, one-glance tool that gives me all the information I need to know for my commute.

Alpha Release: An EZProxy Bookmarklet

When at a journal or ebook, this bookmarklet will create a proxied link in a highlighted, popover window that you can add to a bookmark or link. The first link is a standard link that can be dragged to the desktop or bookmark bar in Windows or Mac computers. Android supports bookmarking to the homescreen The textarea contains the full link, making it much easier to create proxied bookmarks in Mobile Safari.

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This project is based on the generic server-side Javascript bookmarklet described here

If you would like to try out my custom bookmarklet go here and drag the bookmarklet to your toolbar.

Here’s the bookmarklet code

javascript:javascript:var i,s,ss=['https://googledrive.com/host/0Bz8u5aAPKuh1cVZYTDZOSG41ZlE/ebk_srvrside2.js','http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.5.1/jquery.min.js'];for(i=0;i!=ss.length;i++){s=document.createElement('script');s.src=ss[i];document.body.appendChild(s);}void(0);

You can take a look at the server-side javascript hosted in my Google Drive

Link to Javascript

To try it out with your institution’s proxy server, download the code here, and just replace the var proxyURL = ""; with your institutions proxy URL.

Here are some of my development plans for this bookmarklet.

1) Better CSS styling, both more consistent cross-browser and better look & feel
2) Streamlining the javascript (It’s currently very, very clumsy)
3) Cleaning up the whitelisting
4) Re-writing URL’s that have been proxied by Hostname and/or by Port to create a link that will work under any circumstances.

Creative Commons License
Early Beta: An EZProxy Bookmarklet by Brett Williams is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Today’s Free Education Apps

My Picks
Apps that I use every day.
Byline
Instapaper
Stanza + Calibre
Bluefire
VLC

Storytelling
Fables Part1 [iTunes]

Maths
Math ® [iTunes]
Math Fractions [iTunes]

Health
Läkemedel [iTunes] (Swedish)

Language
D. English (Travel) [iTunes] (Italian – English Dictionary)

Computer
Seabed (Utilities)

Utilities
Notesy for Dropbox [iTunes]
CalculatorBox [iTunes]

Today’s Free Apps

Kids
Storybooks
Price Drop: Henny Penny – Children’s Interactive Storybook HD (Books) [iTunes] (iPad Only)

Flashcards
ABCD Flash cards [iTunes]
Learn your ABC’s [iTunes]
Learn your 123’s[iTunes]

Chemistry
iChemistry En [iTunes]

English
SpellBoard Buddy [iTunes] (Requires Spellboard)

Today’s Free Apps

My Picks
Apps that I use every day.
Byline
Instapaper
Stanza + Calibre
Bluefire
VLC

Utilities
myNotes mobile[iTunes]
Futuregram – Fast fun reminders [iTunes]

English
English BigDict [iTunes]

Maths
Super Calculator [iTunes]
Brain Machine for iPad [iTunes]

Language
Chinese
Chinesizer [iTunes]

Religion
Qur’an HD [iTunes] (iPad Only)
لبيك [iTunes](Google Translate )

Today’s Free Apps

My Picks
Apps that I use every day.
Byline
Instapaper
Stanza + Calibre
Bluefire
VLC

Kids
123 Color: Hanukkah Coloring Book [iTunes]

Math
MathCalc [iTunes]

Language
Learn Spanish [iTunes] (Spanish for French Speakers)
Red Flower [iTunes] (Russian Fairy Tale)
Kids Math Fun ~ First Grade / Portuguese / (Korean) (French) (Spanish)(Filipino)

Geography
Geo Walk – 3D World Factbook [iTunes]

Worth the Buck
PhotoForge [iTunes]
New Oxford American Dictionary (audio) [iTunes]

Worth more than a Buck
iDisplay[ iTunes]
Japanese [iTunes] (Japanese -English Dictionary)

Today’s Free Education Apps

My Picks
Apps that I use every day.
Byline
Instapaper
Stanza + Calibre
Bluefire
VLC

Kids
Books
The Velveteen Rabbit[iTunes]
Maths
Chicken Math[iTunes]
Alzebra[iTunes]
Geography
YouLearn: U.S. State Flags[iTunes]
Videos
Rhymes for Tots[iTunes] (iPad Only)

Utilities
Presentation
webout[iTunes]
Offline Reading
SiteToPdf for iPad[iTunes] (The 4.99 for the full version of Instapaper is worth it, but this is a free alternative you can manage yourself)
Social Media
HelloWorlds[iTunes]

Education
English
Vocabulary
Who is the Smartest? (WITS) Vocabulary[iTunes]
Best Jane Austen Collection (with search)[iTunes]
Maths
iCalculus[iTunes]
Geography
Über Geography[iTunes]
Music
Flashcard Learning Set – Music[iTunes]

Worth the Buck
ReaddleDocs[iTunes]

 

What is this?

These daily Free App posts are an experiment in curation using the custom RSS feeds from AppShopper.com. I use my best judgement to point out apps that are free today and have some potential for use in education. Feedback is always appreciated.