Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

Donations. Custom work

I actually had the donations page for few months now, but only recently added the PayPal option. As the page says, scripts and techniques are free to use. If however, any of the stuff here saved you a day’s work, made the sun shine stronger or generally made your day - consider donating; for a Guinness pint or two or bottle of fine rose wine - it would suffice. :)

There are two options: PayPal, the usual favourite and If you have a PayPal account - and it’s getting really hard to find anyone without one - that’s the most convenient option.

Work hire

Those two are also equally usable for payments. If you need some specific variation of the code featured on this site or some other small and specific work done - feel free to contact me.

In the past, when I had more free time, I was happy to code-in anything. Lately - even though still happy to accept any challenge - I picked up some old interests: drawing, book reading (Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time will keep me busy for a long while :)) along with other personal developments which I might write about soon.

Whatever the case, it’s much harder to justify spending few hours a day tweaking CSS code versus a nice tea or coffee and a book.

You send your requirement and I will quickly return with time-frame and quote. At the moment, being fully employed on a demanding job, I’m able to take only rather small stuff. As small is variable matter :) best would be to contact me and we will discuss it.

Wal-Mart Video Downloads - amateurism par-excellance

You have to be really, really…ignorant ass, to do this.

As viewed in Internet Explorer 6

As viewed in Firefox 2

I don’t even want to mention the crappy image handling for the covers. Beh…I don’t even want to look at this again - it’s an insult to web developer profession…even common sense.

Update: 1 day later, they seem to have fixed the display, although there are few overlaps here and there. No, I did not visited it :) - I saw it mentioned in the comments on Digg.

Update 2: two days later, any browser except IE is toll to go…

Yahoo Mail

I never cared much for web mails. I like to keep my mail in offline reader and have used web mails only for online forums and similar activities prone to spamming.

By pure accident - Flickr asking to re-sign with Yahoo login - I opened an email account on Yahoo Mail. I already have GMail account and thought for few seconds do I really need it. One why the hell not moment later I checked in and…

Yahoo! Mail interface

…was really pleasantly surprised. The interface of the new (still beta) mail is very nice, with wonderful color scheme and very colorful yahooish icons. And it’s quick. It works and acts just like any email client. It has a 1-click switch to plain text mode (I hate writing HTML emails and little less hate to receive them). Heavy use of remote scripting and keyboard shortcuts. Quick and painless draft saving. When message is later saved, you need to manually delete the draft. Uses UTF-8 - cyrillic and serbian latin letters are preserved wonderfully in subject and the body.

Bad sides: annoyingly often asks for password, whenever you switch between Yahoo apps. On each message send you need to enter even more annoying CAPTCHA test. It’s really unfortunate because these are things you encounter often and they ruin the otherwise fantastic experience.

MovieCollector templates

I have a knack for collecting. Whether it is music, videos of particular type (like Steve Jobs keynotes), paper gadget ads…or DVDs. I used to have huge DivX movie collection, but essentially give/threw it away due to really bad image quality. This coincided with start of my DVD collection, which has now grown to over 200 movies. And which naturally leads to cataloging software, which is this post’s topic.

There are many of these. Delicious Library gets a lot of praise and good word of mouth, mostly due to its iSight barcode scanning and lovely interface. Equivalent software in the Windows world is MediaMan, although it’s far from finished, if I may say. Although they are nice, they seriously lack one crucial thing once you go past the interface: sources.

They both work with just Amazon, and pardon me - but Amazon just does not cut it. It does not have too many data about the movies, often lacks non-US movies and/or non-US DVD editions. Those apps can be beautiful as Eye Nebula - they don’t have the substance.

Movie Collector imaginary’s MovieCollector does. A lot of it.