Monthly Archives: August 2009

Help me get Identi.ca on ShareThis

ShareThis is an interesting service that presents a few dozen online sharing services and social web site in one convenient dialog, so anyone can share the page they are looking at.

If you’d like to see Identi.ca added to that service, fill the form at:
http://sharethis.com/publishers/submit_service/

Here is the information you’ll need:

… and of course your name, email and comments.

Here’s the comment I’d suggest adding, make sure it’s not identical or they may think some automated script is sending them repeat requests!:

Hi, I’ve noticed the identi.ca micro-blogging service is missing from your list of sharing tools. I’d like to request this to be added to ShareThis. You can find out more about identi.ca at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identica

Thanks in advance for considering my request.

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Veloid, THE Android software for users of bike sharing – including Bixi

I’ve been looking at any apps that would help someone find available bicycles with their Android-based phone.

I previously tried Velimap and MyCityBikes and liked them but they didn’t support Bixi. I contacted both their authors but didn’t get much further.

Yesterday I came across Veloid which suppor Bixi but also bike sharing networks in another 30+ cities! I find this very interesting for anyone traveling with their Android phones :)

I really like the interface, although the option menus differ from standard dialogs. The official website has a very nice flash animation that shows best all its features, this is an example of it using Bixi:

Veloid showing 2 Bixi stations

I also came across SpotCycle, developped by 8D Technologies. Recognize the name ? 8D is the creator of the parking meter systems in Montreal, which also run Linux internally. Proudly Québécois :) And no, I am not affiliated to them in any way. Although minimalistic, Spotcycle works well and does its job. It only supports the Bixi networks in Montreal and Ottawa, though.

I am still confused as to why there is no obvious licensing information on most apps found on the Marketplace. I wish I could easily see if an app is GPL or not and I’d like to be able to report bugs and other stuff easily. I guess I have too many bad habits from Ubuntu :) Perhaps any Ubuntu + Android users have found how to do this before me ? Granted I haven’t looked much into it I have the best excuse as I recently welcomed a 5 member in the family. It seems many Marketplace apps users only feedback mechanish is the comments section.

Anyways, I lacked the time to take any interesting screenshots today but I’ll try to post some more soon. Meanwhile, enjoy biking!

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