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AudioPump, Inc. Projects (internet radio)

Analytics Connector - Connects your SHOUTcast servers to your Google Analytics account, allowing you to monitor your website and streams in one place.

Stream Metadata API - Simple RESTful web service for accessing real-time metadata from internet radio streams.

Consulting - Contact me at brad@audiopump.co for vendor-neutral streaming media advice.

Other Projects

WiiMusic.net - An internet radio player for Nintendo's Wii that utilizes jQuery for the interface and Flash in the background for audio playback.

MindMaster MIDI/DMX - Software that interfaces with consumer EEG hardware to translate brainwave patterns into controls for MIDI and DMX to control synthesizers and intelligent lighting fixtures. Interfaces to USB HID hardware, as well as common MIDI devices and USB-serial controlled DMX interfaces.

Laptop Theft Prevention - Uses the accelerometer in IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad series laptops as an anti-theft alarm. Sends alerts over e-mail/SMS.

Color Filter - Enables people with scotopic sensitivity syndrome to use a computer for longer periods of time by placing a simple color overlay on top of applications. Can be calibrated to the user's specific color needs.

New Chrome Session - Launches a completely blank Google Chrome session with its own cookies, cache, and history. Enables one-click testing of login functions, as well as logging on to multiple accounts on services such as Gmail and Facebook.

Can You Ping Me Now? - Simple website for determining if your Internet connection is working properly. Utilizes Socket.IO... not actual ICMP ping packets.


Aug
15
comment Why can't we use IP address instead of cookies in identifying the client in servlets?
@dirkk My mobile IP changes all the time as I move around. Thanks to the way Sprint has rolled out their network, I get different sets of addresses on their LTE gear than their normal CDMA stuff. It's truly frustrating and doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it happens.
Jan
30
comment A good IDE for NodeJS - debugging especially important
I've tried a few, and have switched to using WebStorm. The integrated debugging is slick, and works like you would expect any IDE to.
Oct
18
comment Does directly accessing an applications database break the license agreement?
Yes, I understand that we cannot expect support on something like that. Thank you for your input.
Oct
18
comment Does directly accessing an applications database break the license agreement?
@Blrfl, I'm not suggesting I intend to throw it out. I'm saying that for the purpose of discussion, ignore the legalities and tell me your opinion of whether or not you would want your customers in the database created by your application on their server.
Oct
18
comment Does directly accessing an applications database break the license agreement?
Thank you for your input. Does your answer hold true for data created outside of the application, but then used by the application? That is, if I write to the database, do you believe that is still generally within our rights?
Oct
18
comment Does directly accessing an applications database break the license agreement?
Yes, I agree with you, but you see what I'm getting at, yes? Let me rephrase... What is generally considered acceptable? Throw out the license agreement. As a developer, would you be unhappy with your users accessing the database directly?
Aug
27
comment Is the C programming language still used?
A comment that isn't getting much attention on this thread is that each tool has a general purpose. Higher-level languages are great for some things, and not others. Same with when you go to slightly lower-level languages. Just because you haven't found a purpose for C doesn't mean it isn't heavily in use elsewhere. Likewise, I can name a a bunch of engineers who hate this "overly abstracted crap" used on a daily basis to churn out the applications that keep entire industries alive.
Aug
3
comment How to say effectively to a manager that you missed the 'deadline'
+1, coding is creative process, and is inherently hard to schedule.
May
18
comment How does one network at software conferences?
For what it's worth, in college I showed up at "student networking night" with tools, and was quickly disappointed.
Feb
26
comment MySQL proficient?
This very much depends on the job you are applying for. If you are applying for a general web development job, then yes, you are probably alright. If this job is managing database servers, then you might want a little more experience.
Jan
25
comment How do you convince management to throw away a prototype?
You might try Pencil instead of SketchFlow. It's free: pencil.evolus.vn/en-US/Home.aspx
Jan
17
comment How do you deal with web designers who are too afraid to read and touch PHP code?
I typically find that it is better for the designers to stick to designing, and stay out of the HTML/CSS. Most of the designers I work with have a grasp of what works on web and what doesn't. About as far as I ask them to go is specifying CSS font attributes they used in the original PSD. I take it from there. It's a logical split and works well. You need to know HTML and CSS.
Jan
13
comment If the bug is 5+ years old, then is it a feature?
If you're not losing customers now, some day you will. Someone will eventually convince folks that their software is easier than yours. Now, you probably shouldn't tackle this yourself. This is a culture change at your company... nothing you can or should do alone.
Dec
15
comment What's so bad about creative coding?
"beautiful", "elegant", "concise", or "succinct." ..... I think I saw this on the Ruby on Rails home page at one time. :-D
Dec
14
comment What's the “normal” range for typing speed for developers?
As others have said, the typing speed has little to do with anything. I average 100 to 120 WPM depending on caffeination, but while coding, way way less. Much of the time for programming is spent thinking.
Dec
5
comment What's so bad about creative coding?
thank you for your reply. Your comments are helpful to me.
Dec
5
comment What's so bad about creative coding?
In any case, after reading the responses to my question here, I feel that I have mis-read the community, and projected criticism of answers to criticism of complete projects, which as you made clear, are two different things.
Dec
5
comment What's so bad about creative coding?
I wasn't referring to any questions or answers that I personally have asked. When I post questions, I break them down into the simplest case possible, and same with my answers. I have noticed that when others post not-so-perfect code in their questions, or aren't really sure how to ask the right question, they get repeatedly shot down. On those border-line cases where the question is close to a good one, I often edit it, or add comments to push the OP in the right direction. I don't feel that is what normally happens though. [more in next comment]
Dec
5
comment What's so bad about creative coding?
thank you for your comments. Regarding what the resulting software will be used for, that is definitely something I keep in mind throughout the entire process. I agree, that is the most important part. I mentioned code reusability, as it goes a long way to achieving that goal.
Dec
5
comment What's so bad about creative coding?
thank you for your reply. I had never thought of what I was doing was prototyping, but indeed, that is exactly what I am doing. Your reply has given me a fresh way to look at things, and I greatly appreciate your response.