Easy M4A/AIFF/WMA/ETC to Mp3 conversion with FFmpeg

FFmpeg was created as a Linux tool to facilitate movie format decoding. It was later wrapped into the mplayer project, where it remained a stand-alone exe used by the mplayer libraries. While MPlayer is no more, FFmpeg continues to find its way into countless media production applications, since it does such a good job and… Continue reading Easy M4A/AIFF/WMA/ETC to Mp3 conversion with FFmpeg

Devloping and distributing an Alexa Skill (Part 2)

This guide continues from Part 1 where we review how to set up the app. Now we’re ready to code the Lambda function that will actually perform the Skill’s dialogue with a user. The Lamda Function code editor is pretty decent. With it, you can add and edit files easily, and they will store to… Continue reading Devloping and distributing an Alexa Skill (Part 2)

Developing and distributing an Alexa Skill (Part 1)

Despite my protests, my wife went ahead and bought an Alexa Echo for the house. I didn’t like giving Amazon access to so much personal data, and still don’t, but now, having used the device for a month or so, it has become helpful. After you get over the unsavory way in which Alexa tries… Continue reading Developing and distributing an Alexa Skill (Part 1)

Every issue, quirk, and glitch I ran into while developing a SharePoint Add-In

My job can be heavy with the SharePoint Online, and I do like to tinker around on it using the REST API and Script Editor web parts, and you can do cool stuff just with those. But as soon as you start specking out workflows, it’s probably time to elevate to Apps or Add-Ins. I… Continue reading Every issue, quirk, and glitch I ran into while developing a SharePoint Add-In

JSONP with Mendix REST Services

Mendix is an exciting platform because it simplifies something that tends to get overly-complicated: web-facing, record-based systems. Because of Mendix’s platform ideology of rapid development, it isolates the developer from the guts of the java code it generates and compiles. The problem is that many of the apps (modules) available from the App Store are… Continue reading JSONP with Mendix REST Services

Creating and publishing an extension for Visual Studio Code

As far as text editors go, I like Notepad++, it does the job, and there’s little tolerance for frustration with text editors. But good extensions tend to win me over (Firebug for Firefox kept me off Chrome for years). So I’ve got to hand to to Visual Studio Code; they made easy the extensions area… Continue reading Creating and publishing an extension for Visual Studio Code

How to pull an Instagram feed into Sharepoint

Naturally, the cross-domain ajax call is going to be a problem, and SharePoint’s library adds a lot of unnecessary complexity to what would ideally be a simple call. The key is to use JSONP and jQuery; you provide a callback function to the Instagram endpoint, and then specify the datatype “jsonp” in the ajax call,… Continue reading How to pull an Instagram feed into Sharepoint