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Things geeks do before breakfast - Grin with cat attached
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Things geeks do before breakfast Jun. 3rd, 2006 10:12 am
Make your home bookshelves searchable by pda/phone.

(No more "do I already have this?" in bookstores)

how?

From: snesgirl
Date: June 3rd, 2006 - 08:25 pm (Link)
I know you have a treo, (?) so please explain what you did :D

Re: how?

From: wechsler
Date: June 3rd, 2006 - 08:42 pm (Link)
It gets geeky 'round here...

I have a mac. The Mac has a copy of Delicious Library. DL has a record of all my books, which it stores in an XML file. Since the Mac is a unix box I can run cron on it; this scp's up my DL and iTunes library files (just wrote that bit) once a day to a known location on the server. My website can then load those XML files (via inline modules in CMS pages) and search them for requested data, at:

http://www.phase.org/pages/books
http://www.phase.org/pages/music

My Treo can very happily read the pages on my website, so I use that to access the info remotely.
From: aster13
Date: June 4th, 2006 - 09:51 am (Link)
I'm impressed both by the usefulness AND the geekyness of this *grin*

I'm afraid the explanation made no sense whatsoever to my poor little non-computer-geek brane :(

Could you explain it in idiot language?

Could i still do it as a non-expert on my pc?
From: wechsler
Date: June 4th, 2006 - 06:35 pm (Link)
Most of this would be tricky at best on a PC; you'll need some sort of application that serves as a library database and makes its data available in a readable file format, some sort of scheduling system and a schedulable uploader.

Then you'll need your own webspace on which you can run your own code, which would most likely be different from mine.
From: wechsler
Date: June 4th, 2006 - 07:41 pm (Link)
Actually, see http://www.readerware.com/rwFeat.html which may be able to do quite a bit of this