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Getting close to launching HTML2PDF Web Service!

For the last couple of months I’ve been busy developing HTML2PDF Web Service. Due to some setbacks I had to postpone its launch. The way it’s looking now I’ll be ready to launch by the end of the month.

So what had to change?

  • I had to switch from Payment Service Provider, which is done now. Instead of only credit cards I’m now supporting PayPal, iDEAL, Paysafe Card and Mister Cash. Credit Card support should come back later. Instead of recurring subscriptions you can now buy up to 1 year of access in advance. This is due to not being able to support recurring subscriptions anymore because of the PSP switch.
  • The website is now multilingual: currently supporting English and Dutch. Both have their own domain names. I’ve done this to get a better position in the Dutch market.

All that’s left now is changing the way token usage is being calculated and it should be all set to go. The HTML2PDF Web Service is still in beta, so feel free to try it out. Once the web service is out of beta I’ll do another post here with a follow up on used technology (Perl, Go and more!).

 

File Joiner for .001 files

Earlier this week I was in need of a file joiner for .001-files (and .002, .003 etc.). I always though I could do this with WinRAR but that didn’t do the trick. I know Quickpar can do it as well but it requires the .svf-file. I’ve also done it using the command line (I think it was with cat) but only using Linux, not sure how to do it using the Windows command line. Thankfully there’s also File Joiner! A simple application where you select the files or a folder containing the .001-files and then simply let the application join the files.

Ordered a Nexus 7 tablet

Nexus-7-2013I just ordered a Nexus 7 (2013) tablet for a really nice price. I plan on using it for Android development and website testing. Together with my iPad 3 and Android phone this should cover a wide range of test cases. Now to decide if I should go with Xamarin C# or stick with Java…

Since I’m note a big fan of Java I’m leaning towards Xamarin but the yearly subscription costs are a bit steep if you’re not actually generating money out of mobile stuff. Still, with Xamarin it’s easier and maybe cheaper in the sense of time to develop for both Android and iOS since you can write the core of your application in C# and use that on both target platforms.

Why You Should Buy a Wii U in 2014

Earlier today I found a link to a Gamespot video about why you should buy a Wii U in 2014 and I couldn’t agree with it more.

So why should you get a Wii U in 2014 (if you haven’t already bought one). For starters, Nintendo games are great. The current Wii U line up is much better than the PS4 and Xbox One line up and that will stay that way for at least a year to come, which isn’t surprising as those have just been released. But in all honesty the upcoming PS4 and Xbox One games aren’t really that interesting yet (aside from The Order 1886 for PS4, but it doesn’t have a release date yet).

Secondly, it’s a LOT OF FUN to play games on the Wii U. The Gamepad with touchscreen works really nice and if you really want to most game support the Pro Controller as well, which resembles the Xbox 360 controller. And if you own a Wii you can also use your WiiMote controllers.

Thirdly, all Wii games can be played on the Wii U. All you need is a Wii game, WiiMote and the sensor bar (not included in the Basic pack). If like me you’ve skipped the Wii then there’s lots of great Wii games you can now play as well. Up scaled to 1080p on your HD TV.

Fourthly, there are plenty of games that support off-tv gaming. Someone wants to use the television to watch something? No problem, just switch to the Gamepad display.

Fifthly, Miiverse is a lot of fun as well and is supported for every game, even Virtual Console titles.

I always hear the argument that the Wii U has no games? Really? Have you actually looked into it? Let me list some great games that are exclusive to the Wii U (most of these I own):

  • Pikmin 3
  • The Wonderful 101 (my Game of the Year 2013!)
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • New Super Luigi U
  • LEGO City Undercover
  • Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Sonic Lost World
  • ZombiU
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

And then there are the cross platform games that are better on Wii U such as Rayman Legends and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. There’s even Call of Duty: Ghosts. Granted, 3rd party support could be better and hopefully 3rd party game coverage will increase. Luckily there are also numerous cross platform games in the eShop available such as The Cave and Castlestorm. The upcoming Wii U games are very promising as well such as Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Brothers, Bayonetta 2, Donkey Kony Country Tropical Freeze, X, Project CARS and Hyrule Warriors.

Now watch the video, then order a Wii U. Nintendo can use some love.

cmder – Portable console emulator for Windows

Looks like there’s finally a decent replacement for the Windows command line tool! It’s called cmder and comes with Git (optionally) and a bunch of other great command line utilities such as curl, cat, ls, less and even ssh!

I did run into a couple of issues with the console not responding and also couldn’t use tmux during an ssh session. But that’s fine for now, I’m willing to give it a chance. You can get it at http://bliker.github.io/cmder/.

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