Today I learned the basics for building an Android™ app. My first foray into this world is a very, very simple interface to the Bike Management online application. It’s not yet released on the Google Play store, as I don’t feel it’s up to snuff for paying the $25 registration fee yet. I am going to keep working on it in the future until it’s a full-blown app in its own right. For now, it accomplishes what I want it to do, which is allow me direct access to the tool from my LG G3 without having to use a web browser. If you’re interested, check it out. I created a new category on the site called Mobile Applications, which currently only contains this one. If you’re interested in me adding my tools to the Google Play store (for free, of course), consider being a patron over at Patreon. The more subscribers I get over there, the sooner I will get to my very meager goals. Any extra funds can go towards things like new tools in the store.
I’ve been working on a new tool lately to help track my bike mileage. I was doing this in a spreadsheet for the past six months, and thought to myself, why am I repeating work setting up columns and rows and such for each month, just to extract interesting data? So now, there is an online tool available to do it all for me. If you’re interested, check it out. It’s my first online tool that is available on my personal domain instead of the HazteK Software domain. Like all my tools, it’s free for everyone to use, but if you don’t like ads, maybe consider becoming a patron of mine and I will remove the advertisements from your account!
That brings me to my second topic of this post: Patreon. I’ve registered as a creator on Patreon! That means if you find my software to be extremely helpful and want to help support what I do, you now have an easy way to do so. For $1 per month, you can help to support HazteK Software build useful new tools and maintain the ones that exist already. That’s only $12 per year, and it will make all our online tools ad-free for your account. I’m excited to be able to announce this, as I have been searching for a way to accept peoples’ support without working within the confines of straight donations. So if you’re interested, check us out on the HazteK Software Patreon account and join in as a supporter!
It has come to my attention that the MX records for the haztek-software.com domain have not be in place for a couple of months since I transferred my domain to a new registrar. If you have recently attempted to contact me via email for any reason, I most likely did not receive your email message. I’m sorry about that, and I hope that I have resolved the issue fully as of this posting. If you still have need to get in contact with me, please try the Contact page again to send me a new message.
I’ve got some exciting-ish news. As of this week, all of HazteK Software’s websites are available via HTTPS. That means traffic between my server and your computer is encrypted from end-to-end. It was about time we caught up with the rest of the internet, and thanks to both StartSSL and the Let’s Encrypt project, we have SSL enabled for free! HazteK Software has always been a hobby, and not something that makes me money, so costing $0 was the biggest need for the certificates.
While the main site is encrypted, this is mostly beneficial for our online tools, TrueIP and StorURL. You no longer need to worry about your user accounts being compromised because your credentials are transmitted over plain text.
Update: If you are seeing a SEC_ERROR_OCSP_BAD_SIGNATURE error message in Firefox when trying to use any of the HazteK Software sites, there are a few options.
- Easy: Use a different browser, like Chrome, Opera or Internet Explorer. I haven’t run into an issue with any of these options, only Firefox.
- Advanced: Open your about:config settings and set both security.ssl.enable_ocsp_must_staple and security.ssl.enable_ocsp_stapling to false. From what I understand, this does not really impact security, but Firefox is programmed wrong and instead of failing open when it is unable to contact the OCSP server, it is failing closed and not allowing any traffic to the site.
- Use HTTP and forego SSL. All of our sites still listen on standard HTTP ports as well. This is not recommended for services like TrueIP and StorURL, but the option is there if you feel safe doing so.
- Donate! Any money donated to me for the site will allow me to buy certificates from a provider instead of relying on free services like StartSSL, which seems to be the issue at the moment.
I have been working on a revamp for StorURL Online. The old one is showing its age, and it’s about time it has gone. The new version supports new methods of connecting, like mobile phones, tablets, and such. It still works well in a standard browser as well. I have upgraded security* and because of this, all original accounts will need to be re-registered.
In addition to supporting almost everything the old version supported, I’ve added some new things:
- Scan bookmarks to make sure they are still relevant. The web changes, sometimes things that are bookmarked are deleted or moved.
- You can now export your entire bookmark collection to an easy to use CSV file.
- Responsive layout for easy use on many different devices.
- Import a bookmark backup file (JSON) from Mozilla Firefox.
Today I uploaded a new version of Remote Manager, 220.127.116.11. I have been using Remote Manager daily at my normal job, and the interface just didn’t handle the sheer number of server connections I now need to make to complete my duties. Due to this, I took some time and implemented a new feature to allow grouping of connections. You can now move PuTTY/SSH connections among various groups, and then in the application configuration decide whether you want to expand or contract individual groups. The same grouping feature has been added for Remote Desktop connections as well. It’s as simple as making sub-directories in your configured RDP folder and populating those sub-directories with your RDP documents.
The HazteK Software website has been revamped! It has been a long time coming, but finally I have updated the site to be more modern and efficient! It should be much easier now to keep the site up to date. I tried to keep the same relative formatting as before, but now it’s running on a content management system, instead of me having to manually build and maintain every single page.
If you see any missing pages or files, please use the search function provided, or navigate to it through the menu. Search engines will take a little while to update their links, so they may be redirecting you to old versions of pages.
Annoyed that Google Talk doesn’t work anymore and you have no idea when you have new messages in your Gmail inbox? I was, so I made an app for that. Gmail Checker is a simple application that runs in your system tray watching your Gmail inbox for new messages. When it sees one, it changes its icon to the icon from Google Talk that notified you when you had a new message. It also slides up a window that looks very similar to the one Google Talk displayed when you had a new message. The main difference is that it doesn’t put the email content in the popup, it’s just a numeric notification.
It has been a long time since I’ve developed and released an application on this site, but that drought is over! Today I announce a new application called Time Lapser. It’s a simple application to let you combine a directory full of JPEG images into a movie file. I had been using an application called PhotoLapse to make time lapse videos from the web cams provided by the NPS at Glen Canyon NRA, but I did not like the interface provided, so I decided to make my own.
This application hasn’t really been fully tested, but it has been generating videos for myself without many issues. I am releasing it as a beta, until I can get any and all bugs ironed out, but please feel free to try it out and definitely report any crashes or other issues with it on the contact page.
As always, grab the latest version from the application page or download Time Lapser directly, and have fun making time lapse videos!
Version 18.104.22.168 of SMTP Mail Sender is available. This was a simple fix to allow it to accept the -cc and -bcc flags from the command line. It also allows you to add one or both of the following options to the configuration file:
This will automatically populate those fields every time the application loads.
These were very simple changes to the application, and it should be fully backwards compatible with any scripts that you may be using to launch and automatically send emails with. If you run into problems, feel free to contact me via the contact page.
Download the latest version from the application information page, or download it directly.