Send iMessages via the commandline on OSX, even to yourself

Today on HN someone posted a small ruby utility to send iMessages via the commandline, which piqued my interest. I would love to send messages to my phone when one of my cronscripts discovers something interesting. However, the utility doesn’t allow sending to self.

So I looked around and found a way to get around this restriction, and it doesn’t even require ruby anymore!

Manage your app releases from the commandline with github-release

Recently I started on a new side-project: gofinance. It dowloads and stores financial data from the likes of Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg et al. It’s under heavy development but already provides me with a nice way of viewing my stocks from the commandline. A blog post about it is underway but I’m waiting until I can get a bit of security analysis code commited.

Anyway, I felt the need to upload binaries when I got around to tagging a usable release. Normally one would go to github after tagging and pushing, and create the release manually, adding a description and uploading the binaries.

Naturally, being a programmer, I wasn’t content with this repetitive clicking, so I automated the task, and github-release was born.

Detecting interlaced video with ffmpeg

Today I had to determine whether a video file is interlaced or not. This has an effect on which flags I pass to the underlying video player (mpv in this case) to enable deinterlacing and get rid of that nasty combing effect.

SDL2 (2.0.0) released at last!

For the impatient: get it here and read the migration guide. SDL is an open-source game development library. It’s been a long time coming, and some thought SDL2 was going to follow the path of Duke Nukem Forever: always a spectre on the horizon, but never being released. According to twitter it was in development for 2666 days, but the end result is beautiful.

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