Show us your half baked, not really ready for prime time projects, HN. Is it ugly but interesting?
I'll start with mine: http://smsul8r.com - a SMS message scheduler. Ugly, buggy, but it works.
Come on... let's see your worst work!
As a painter too. http://www.curtiswmoore.com/
Sales from February 2007 were about the same as my sales from today.
Explanation: a big list of business info, in which the AdSense links are often the most useful, relevant content.
Regvex is a proof of concept timing attack against regex engines. To make a long story short, the timing characteristics of regex engines make it perfectly suited to timing attacks, allowing you to (locally or remotely) create data that matches a given regex, and potentially even reconstruct the actual regex you're matching against.
The current version works locally against Python's sre, but I plan to take it further when I have time.
For others, this helped me understand the basis of timing attacks.
When you pass data into a regex engine for matching, it works character-by-character. When it reaches a character that doesn't match, the matching is terminated. That means that if you have the regex /^foo$/, "f" will take slightly longer to parse than "b", since it'll move on to the next character for "f", but not "b".
Due to this, you can produce matching data for a regex in a fairly small number of samples. Interestingly, it takes fewer samples to reliably get characters further down the string -- however, this may be a result of my horrid statistics code. Not sure yet.
As far as I'm aware, no one has ever done this before.
My Appleseed profile:
Most recent code:
(Yes, I use comic book characters for testing... Don't judge)
Going live tomorrow :)
Edit: if you want to know soon as it's live, add your email here: http://tekbob.wufoo.com/forms/notify-me-when-tekbobs-live/
I'm not sure I agree with robryan 100%, as there are other ways for buyers to compare the freelancers (years experience, etc.). For a middle-ground, you could have the freelancers give a per hour range to be negotiated dependent on the scope/intensity of the project. Also, you could expand on the freelancers' credentials by including websites, previous projects, or client testimonials.
Good luck with your launch!
1. we'll have a min. hourly rate of $40/hr.
2. by making it phone-based, we will be filtering out most non-US programmers
3. we intend to charge $2-5/lead once we get traction. This will probably make it unaffordable for folks that only compete on price.
I really don't want to attract elance/rentacoder-type audience which only cares about cost. My experience as a freelancer AND client has shown that you get what you pay for. I'd like higher end clients to match with higher quality coders.
I think you underestimate the capacities of non-US programmers. The international shops (ie. the coders from India and Singapore who can charge a fraction of what a US programmer would need to) usually have access to great VOIP and 24/7 availability.
Edit: or add yourself here: http://tekbob.wufoo.com/forms/notify-me-when-tekbobs-live/
Have you thought about some integrated click-to-call?
(And add border:0; to your images.)
The issue I'm seeing is on the logo, btw.
(Checkout browserlab.adobe.com for testing btw.)
A way for people overwhelmed by Twitter to ensure they don't miss tweets from a special someone. I use it to follow my wife.
A way for people underwhelmed by Twitter to follow someone without creating an account. My mother uses it to follow me.
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I wouldn't recommend putting too much time into this. After thinking about it, I'm not sure how many of your users would find the feature useful. I have a tablet which includes a pen, but that makes me an outlier.
I fell in love with darcs (switched from git) and wanted a place to put my stuff, since github would no longer be of much use to me. So I made it. Right now I just add things as I need them, or think they'd be a good idea (like "ssh firstname.lastname@example.org init reponame"). Been meaning to get around to built-in issue tracking, but I'm busy working on other projects.
Source here: http://darcsden.com/alex/darcsden
Using the CCDs on Androids or iPhones to detect cosmic rays, and in the process making the world's largest cosmic ray telescope (see http://www.auger.org for the most similar big physics project). Unfortunately, this project has been dead for awhile now.
Poker odds calculator (texas holdem), the plan is for the website version to get linked around and soon release a phone version for a couple of bucks (starting with iphone, not finished yet).
Sometimes I want to guess what the odds would be of any random game.
Track lunch debts (turns out I'd rather just buy people lunch but I got to play with some JS):
Save clippings from web pages (2008, seems like someone builds one of these every six months, could use a refresh with ideas from http://pagestackandroid.appspot.com):
Make Myst-like walkthroughs with photos you took (2009, might be fun for someone outside of real estate):
http://snapnotate.com/ just might be available in 6 months then
I just tried to use this while traveling and I don't really know my address.
This post is great, too. We should make this a regular feature because, how many frequent HN users end up launching a neat product like this and it languishes among blah-blah news links? Tragic.
I've never even posted a launch on HN, but I love seeing them -- it seems like they should be highlighted on the new page or something.
/me signs up and begins using it immediately
Don't even limit to websites at all, just use keywords. It's regex parsing anyways, it's not hard to check any number of domains.
The failing point of almost all rank tracking systems is limiting keywords and domains the way they do
Also: grouping keywords in different, Venn-like ways should be easy and intuitive.
An Operational Transformation (like Google Wave / EtherPad) implementation in node.js and coffeescript. Source at http://github.com/kevinmehall/OTpad . It's much cleaner and lighter-weight than the EtherPad open source project. Chrome recommended for now, FF sort-of supported.
Pulls article text out of html pages
Populates RSS feeds
Save text to PDF
Extract text from PDF's
API to pull article text in XML, JSON, JSONP formats
Made it for my gf and I, but never got around to polishing it. It still tentatively works. Basically it sends reminders at odd times because I felt when you set a reminder, you automatically remember it anyway, and wind up staring at the clock. So this comes at different times.
Bit fuzzy around the edges and I haven't worked on it in months :(
An RSS feed reader with intelligence. Got half of the intelligence part working. Still lots of bugs and not quite ready for primetime. But soon, hopefully.
It's also open-source: http://github.com/samuelclay/NewsBlur/
Bloglines is closing at the end of the month and there's multiple people who aren't happy with using Google Reader for various reasons.
I'd be happy with a nice online RSS reader with no intelligence. :)
I was expecting it to break, because the title links to the content, and the body of the rss item links to the comments, but not quite that badly.
New wave interface library that uses SVG to draw graphics, html as a templating language and a superset of css for theming. Already spent 1 year on this and have like maybe 5 months to go (add IE support, more polished features).
The thing is my very state of art code that i'm putting my soul into. Every day, even a small tweak makes me feel like I'm moving to the right direction.
Proud half baked product (not public production ready, but is used in several small projects) seeks for interested organizations and contributors, email@example.com :)
An attempt to make bug reporting more git-like, in terms of UI. Use the command line (not a browser) to file bug reports. Currently interfaces with github and trac, bugzilla support is next.
1/10 baked (command line part not yet written): http://github.com/stucchio/Sqlite-Diff
It will be exactly sounds like, a diff utility for sqlite databases. It's something I've wanted on a number of occasions, but had to hack around. Currently I compare table headers, not table contents yet. (Currently it's only a library and some tests.)
A visual search engine for Amazon products. It needs some work, and I don't have a scalable way to get traffic..
I can't say it's my worst work, but I never felt like it was ready to post to HN as a "Ask HN: Review my new...". But here it is...
May be "Show details" should be "About Me". And instead of forcing "login\signup", a page allowing direct customization of the widget and embed code would be more impressive.
That's what my application is trying to do: Target language=C++, target UI = Web UI using wt, target database = postgres
Currently it generates a makefile in the output directory which compiles with a Wt (witty) UI which can be run as a standalone web server. Still a work in progress - I've done it in C++ - but you need not be restricted to C++ (You should be able to emit code in any language once you have parsed the modified sql grammar which my parser already does). Sample inputs available in the inputs folder. To see the Web UI working you need wt (http://www.webtoolkit.eu/wt) and the extjs-2.1 library
Just screwing around with HTML5 SQL storage a couple years ago, so it only works with Webkit-variants... Saves your pages as you type, listed on the left, flip the lights on the right.
Very much half-baked. Granary is sort of an online Access/Bento webapp. It started off with an emphasis on making data publicly available and editable (Wikipedia for data?), but that's faded into the background somewhat with private databases available.
Probably ideal for small websites/non-technical people who want to make their data available via web interface and API (like a hosted database?). Feel free to signup with a fake email to mess around with it, this is the dev site (and also, the only site).
Some simple examples of what it can do:
* http://granary.heroku.com/public/pj8lF5uM - pictures (of fruit)
* http://granary.heroku.com/public/GKhdmAFt - links (bookmarking)
* http://granary.heroku.com/public/8aHsg1cZ - information (the planets)
* http://granary.heroku.com/public/iiIPmf2H - maps (quasi restaurant reviews)
* http://granary.heroku.com/public/07meNTGa - information (caltrain schedule, partial)
openpoll is an electronic direct democracy that will allow Americans to vote on state and federal bills and elections. It is currently in development and has been for the past 2 years (I work on it in my spare time as getting funding isn't a viable option). I am in the data acquisition stage right now. That means writing parsers to pull legislation information from every state's website. As of right now, the site isn't much more than a UI slapped on top of a DB. It has registration, basic voting, and commenting. I would like to hear any potential ideas from the internet community for this site.
I plan on having beta testing in the first quarter of 2011. Some point after that, I will open source the code. Then I will add a Web API that will allow smartphone applications to be built. And if I get enough traction, eventually turn my LLC into a non-profit. My target market is every single American. My eventual goal is to turn phone booths into voting booths. Pretty lofty goals, but I believe it will make America a much better place.
Anywhere from just a name to README Driven Development to the aforementioned:
Got lots of original content (interviews, 1500 of them); not sure the best way to make money out of this, in fact if you have some good ideas to monetize this stuff please let me know. Do you think ads would be best or some arrangement like 10% of the content free and pay to access the rest?
It's an HTML5 typing tutor that I'm working on. Also planning to sell the tools I use to build it as a jump-starter API for folks wishing to create GWT/App Engine products:
Mainly implemented at http://www.crazyontap.com
The original version was built in 3 hours after Joel Spolsky closed his off topic forum ( http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2006/01/25.html ). The name itself comes from Joel, he called us a "3rd rate fruit show". I put a bunch more hours into it and open sourced it -- a few people still download occasionally.
I had intended to make it a much better forum following Joel's own design philosophy ( http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/BuildingCommunitieswi... ) but sadly life got in the way. I'm still thinking I might revisit it someday.
i also have this half-baked search engine that has no content: whatwhere.com.au :) but you can't really do anything with that!!
(incidentally when you're ready to add "rest of the world" you can use my 8centsms.com API ;)
Email reminder system. Dead simple. Has an mobile-client that's also easy to use. I use it all the time. It works.
I need to add more products, product specs, and fix the way the pros/cons work, but I'm already using it to start thinking about which digital camera to get.
It may be good if the site was able to, based upon the metadata and extraction from the product description, show the relative differences in the specs of the products.
For instance, if I compare a Macbook 13" and a Macbook Pro 15" it would be great if it listed all of the differences - such as screen size: 2", price: $300, speed: 0.4Ghz, weight: 700gms, popularity: 200 difference in sales rank etc.
It would allow objective comparisons to go along with the subjective comparisons of the reviews you currently show.
Kind of like Google Squared, but easier to generate the table.
Beyond payment, how do you build up the pride and reputation of bug-fixers? How do you make them heroes in the community? Or rather, just heroes in general?
The site isn't geared just for bug fixes. It's any task for any open source project that needs to be done for a price.
For example, this recent task http://nextsprocket.com/tasks/python-for-enunciate wants to port enunciate from ruby to python.
My attempt at a prettified Safari Extension for reading HN - for fun, not money. Lets you star items, follow sources and or user submissions etc. Uses Safari's SQLite db to store stuff.
Some explanation of how/why: http://blog.braintapper.com/update_hacker_news_safari_extens...
Only about halfway there, got busy with contract work. The source is all there if you want to build it though. Still buggy. Some edge cases are breaking my page scraping code (i.e. HN Poll items, etc.).
Go to /beta-signup/ to skip the mailing list and go right to creating a real account.
I wish I had some time to finish it (client work first)! It also might be a miniscule market.
The name is from Jeremiah Owyang's post here: http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2010/03/05/altimeter-repo...
I am doing a UX rewamp and trying to minimize the learning curve. The next version with some major UI modifications and support for all browsers should be out in 2 weeks. Do follow me on twitter or drop a line and I will make sure you know.
I did continue to work for Google and played a part in some of the SoC activities for next year.
As far as I know, there was ONE GUY in Germany that managed to install it and get it running. He blogged about it under the title "That's Real RAD!" in German - but my lack of autotools skill and inabiilty to properly use qtruby as a "lib" meant that the install process was pretty diabolical.
What did you work on? Did you ever do anything with it after SOC?
Wanted a place to keep track of what movies I was watching, when and who I was watching them with, and then be able to recall them later.
Recent movies watched http://movief.ly/users/adamfortuna/viewings
Movies first seen in 2009
Never went beyond the 'scratch my own itch' stage, but gomiso seems to like the idea of checking in to TV/movies.
For instance -- What're my girlfriends favorite movies that I've never seen? Or What are my friends favorite movies of all time (that I have seen or haven't seen)? In the end it's all about keeping track of what you've seen, and helping decide what you should see next though, so it might have Netflix integration so I don't have to reinvent the recommendation wheel either. What movies you'll like is only half the equation though -- the other half is what people you know are actually watching!
The ultimate goal is to have pricing for improved listings (description, couple pics, link to website) and tiered pricing for the listing of antiques that the antique store has for sale. Example of a site doing the former is www.antiquesincanada.com and the latter www.sellingantiques.co.uk/
I think the main challenges here are SEO and pounding the pavement. If you have any thoughts or ideas for improvement, fire away!
About two years ago, me and my partner gave ourself 48h to launch a project. We never touched it since then and the database has more than 1 gig of data by now... I guess there should be something to do with it but we never had the time and/or motivation to touch it again after that.
We still managed to get some coverage (press, tv, etc.) on that so even if it's not something really complicated, I'm still proud of it.
If this could be customized for the user's location (or per account) so that the local Toronto/Calgary/Durham/Ottawa/etc election was covered this could gain huge traction.
This is great - maybe you can push it further for the next federal election?
But the real problem is that we aren't really motivated by politics so that the real reason why we didn't add any features yet.
At http://blog.marc-seeger.de/ , I'm trying to get a blog based on serious (http://github.com/colszowka/serious) (ruby, sinatra + flat files) up and running.
I don't seem to find the time (or muse) to keep doing some improvements such as:
- start adding more CSS and beef up the HTML semantically
- publish some new papers (e.g. my M.Sc. thesis)
- Introduce tags
- Create a cellphone-friendly version by just using CSS3
http://fitness.marc-seeger.de/category/joggen (aka: http://github.com/rb2k/run-a-log ) is another side project that works, but could need some polish.
I scratched my own itch after I couldn't find a simple way to visualize gpx files recorded with my cellphone (simple = just upload via scp)
A plugin-extendable commandline downloader for video sites. Currently does Youtube, Vimeo and Megavideo.
I basically hacked it together and never got arround to properly document or package it... :(
Just four days after I "soft-launched" by telling a few friends, the site wound up on TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/04/stealth-mode-watch-another-...), and now I'm adding more features with the goal of creating a freemium/pro-upgrade business model.
Simple and no-nonsense budgeting app using mostly inline editing. Theres only like 4 main pages planned namely 'Dashboard', 'Budgets', 'Daily Expenditure' and 'Reports'.
I have only coded 'Budgets' at this point. Signing up doesn't require email confirmation at this point.
I developed organizemysearch.com after being tired of keeping tons of car ads and notes all over the place while I was looking for a used car a few years ago. I wanted an application that will let me enter all the data I wanted to keep track of when searching for something (eg. color, miles, make) and later be able to quickly and easily sort through everything so I can compare things based on my priorities.
The idea is to let you compare properties of items you are considering buying across multiple websites. It's a shopping comparison tool
The official definition from the website is this:
"organizemysearch.com helps you organize your searches, keep track of them, and provide you quick tools to sort and display all the information your are considering when making a final decision. In other words it helps you manage searching for information in the real world, regardless of what you are actually searching for."
The project is public but I have been caught up with other projects recently and didn't get around to market it (part of it being that the app falls into the caregory of 'people don't know it's useful until they use it'.
Got some very useful feedback when I posted it here, update coming soon.
StackExchange meets TasteSpotting and hopefully, eventually LocalHarvest
It's a web app that integrate RPG elements with a TODO list.
Try the link again. It'll work.
Get a page for your community with events, jobs, groups, members and filter everything right on the map to see what's near you. It also has live chat using websocket (done in two days with 3 other guys for railsrumble). It also integrates with facebook, twitter, gmail, linkedin and more.
It's a little app that lets you find Imdb scores and release years for movies: you type a list of titles in a textbox and it responds with info that you can then export as .csv
It's in the form of a Chrome extension for now (because I want it to be a Chrome app as soon as possible) that you have to use on a specific page.
The extension is here:
The page you use it from is here:
I built it for a friend that has a big collection of movies on disks, that he has yet to watch, and who wanted to know which movies were worth his time.
It still needs a lot of work, but I lack motivation to improve it since I don't watch many movies myself and the friend I built it for found it met his needs as is.
But if anyone is interested I could go back to it.
Some friends were talking about making such a thing, and I'm tired of discussions of "hey we could do this cool thing" that ultimately go nowhere, so I just jumped in and did it.
Improve your spelling through daily practice.
Very early, still needs a TON of questions, and a handful of bugfixes. But it's semi-functional, and I've played it with my friends and family for a smashing good time (until we start getting duplicates).
But it should work on chrme, which is also my browser of choice.
I'm also working on some client/server stuff for automated web deployments.
A project to revamp the online course directory for UCLA. For reference, the original directory is here: http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/schedule/schedulehome.aspx
Right now a link blog for those who want to self-host and customize. May build a site that hosts these or add some kind of federation.
You could play videos and keep searching while the video played, make and share playlists, etc. It stopped working when YouTube started muting copyright songs and then made some tweaks to their API and now there are dozens of similar sites so never had any real drive to fix it.
That was 3 years ago. It was one of my first php and ajaxy projects and is a bit dreadful code wise. It wouldn't have taken anytime to improve it and who knows, if I had kept it in running order it might have done something.
As it is, I think I made about ten bucks in Adwords and Amazon affiliate money...
Receive Weather Texts Everyday.
right click to turn, left click to fire, 0 - 9 to set speed. It's just me playing around with node and canvas. I can't decide if I should spend the time on it to turn it into an actual game.
I've focused most of the design on the email templates so far, so the website remains very alpha.
Trying to decide whether to bootstrap or try to get F/F/F or angel/seed $. (DailyCandy, for example, apparently had $300K seed funding only later raised money from Bob Pittman (after 250K subscribers, I think I read).
This is just a room so you can see others on and not just yourself
A site that lets developers share promo codes for their iOS apps to bloggers and app reviewers. It does the job, but there is so many things I want to do with it.
Each of the codes below will allow you to create an account with an initial balance of $10 on the site. They are one time use so first come first served.<br>
It's a two player, turn based, web strategy game. It's like Stratego, but with bunnies instead of soldiers, and fog of war instead of not being able to see what a piece is. It's my first AppEngine app, so a lot of it was just learning to use the Data Store, which is quite different from the RDBMSs that I'm used to.
Source code and screenshots are available here:
I built Shorty in high school. It's absolutely dreadful code; hopefully I'll rewrite it sometime after I graduate college.
Last Christmas I built a webapp that displays my iTunes music library. I can't show it to you though, because then you'd max my home's bandwidth.
I've got an amazing image acquisition pipeline that finds thousands of images a day with little human intervention, but there's barely any user-visible categorization, the navigation sux, the full text search sux, and there's a lot of infrastructral stuff that sux too, but at least you can't see it.
Not only that, but to make the site successful I need to promote it to the sky.
I expect to chip away at some of those issues over the next year or so.
A web app that handles two-factor authentication systems for web sites that want to add it. Let's you use an API to generate a password that gets SMS'ed or voice called to your user, then let's you validate what they typed.
I figured if Google, Facebook, and Chase banks have them, then many other sites will want them too. And they don't want (or know how) to do it themselves. Tough to market though.
I had an idea to build a chatroom-flavored MUD that is played through the browser. There's a live demo on no.de that you can find at the top of the docs.
I've currently paralyzed myself with a desire to reimplement the backend in other languages including Clojure. The Node development cycle is really fast though - getting onto the JVM has slowed me down.
Grabbing the QrCodes that get coded and seeing what people are looking for ;) this would help me later on deciding my QrCode product.
An app to help friends get together quickly for casual events. iPhone app just released.
Buggy as hell (won't work if you reload the page, I think the applet viewer doesn't reset statics?), and really rough. Probably one of the toughest control schemes imaginable.
A call-by-name untyped lambda calculus evaluator. I have no clue what to do with it.
Track any numeric metric over time using your Twitter account.
People have used to to track their weight, mpg, jogging, movie ratings, etc. Most of the users right now are Japanese, tracking their "hakaru diet" (whatever that is).
Here's an example report: http://www.twackit.com/yishibashi01/hakarudiet
When you're on the phone and you need to spell your name, address etc. It will print out the international call sign (Alpha, Delta, Lima etc).
PS: ShopSmart needs a Google account to work. So, whatever email you send needs to be associated with a Google account.
I want to make learning (for a self learner) easier by matching learning intent with materials specific for someone's learning style.
Basically if you are visual learner the system will try to suggest more visually oriented materials for the courses you are taking right now.
I think it should be really valuable to a busy student :).
Instant voice recording over the phone. Listen by phone or web.
So far it's just a port of Microsoft Research's TrueSkill rating algorithm. Next up is to learn SQL so I can test the accuracy of the algorithm, and once that's done, a web site to allow you to track games with friends (I'll probably end up porting it again to Python or Ruby)
I started the website as a senior design project in 2005. My team won a $10k entrepreneurship contest, but we were all finishing college and drowning in debt, so we split the prize up and went our separate ways. I intended to sell, but never got around to it.
A year later: Etsy.
I have no doubt someone could blow this up.
100-word stories and workshopping. My first Rails project from 2007.
A Sinatra project from over last weekend. Forward an email, get a reply with a private Pastie link. Working but not polished.
Crappy re-implementation of git-web in php. Yes, I realize it looks like github. Yes, I realize the code is from various existing frameworks/blogs. But git internals are so cool!
This has been worked on in various forms for over a year now. The main issue was always with getting quality data. No attempts at optimization have been made yet, but it's fairly usable even so...
This is my first project using Web.py. I wanted to get a feel for the framework and see how difficult it would be to build a minimalist twitter-like site. Not sure if I'm going to give it any more time.
A site to manage your backpacking gear and track your pack weight for different trips. A very needed service for ultra-light backpackers. Still needs a little polish, but it's usable.
It's a stand-alone version of Swing appframework 1.03's ResourceMap implementation. I didn't want to use their entire framework and also needed a few extra resource loaders.
A search engine that allows you to check-in and comment on sites in search results -> can you be the future mayor of hacker news? Essentially Google + Foursquare. Suggestions welcomed.