Oct 112009
 

Neulich bei Lifehacker war ein interessanter Artikel ueber cross calendar scheduling. Der Service von Tungle ist einfach zu beschreiben, es erlaubt, freie Zeit als Terminvorschlaege zu versenden, alle eingeladenen koennen die ihnen passenden Zeiteinheiten vorschlagen, aus dem Konsens kann dann der Termin gebastelt werden. Ideal, wenn man mit externen Partnern arbeitet, auf deren Kalender man keinen Zugriff hat. Tungle selbst hat ein kleines Video zusammengebastelt, dass den Service gut erklaert: What’s Tungle?

Tungle nutzen.
Tungle bietet Integration in Plattformen wie XING, Facebook, Ning, LinkedIn, ebenso kann ein Link als Email-Signatur verwendet werden. Ich nutze derzeit Tungle als Email Signatur, hier im Blog, in LinkedIn – unter der Verwendung des Tungle.me-Links – und Xing als externe Applikation.

Tungle im Mac konfigurieren.
Ich habe alle meine Kalender im MacBook in der iCal-Anwendung eingebunden und abonniert. Bei Tungle selbst gibt es verschiedene Konnektoren fuer Outlook und Mac OS. Ich habe den Mac Client heruntergeladen, installiert und die Kalender konfiguriert, die in Tungle erscheinen sollen. Einfach auf das  Icon in der Menuleiste klicken und Preferences… waehlen, Kalendar auswaehlen, Save klicken. Setup beendet.

Tungle Service und Support.

Ich hatte zwei Anmerkungen an das Support-Team gesendet, das eine war, das Ganztagstermine nicht als Busy gekennzeichnet waren, dies wurde gefixt und das andere eine Anmerkung, dass lokale Feiertage eine nuetzliche Erweiterung sind. Ich war sehr angetan ueber die Kommunikation seitens Tungle, meine Mails wurden beantwortet, die Ursache fuer den Bug gefunden, erklaert und behoben. Klasse Service. Uebrigens ist der Service kostenlos… und sehr nett :)

Update:
eben kam ich ueber TimeBridge.com, die ueber einen vergleichbaren, kostenpflichtigen Service verfuegen

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Aug 052009
 

i just came accross an unliked but necessary task. Due to a missunderstanding I was required to merge 2 branches. As I was the very lucky external consultant volunteering in absense for this task I didn’t know what changes where made in the versions stored in the vcs. Luckily the other version was available as patch – containing a bit more then 400 files. As there were no tools which would help to merge it automatically i’ve choosed the bloody painful way of manual merging. At the end it took me less than a day and I was quite happy about the environment I’ve setup to make merge easier. Because I’m unbelievably generous I share this setup with you…

For a short while I was considering just setting up a git repository on the original version and applying both change sets to different branches. As the result wasn’t predictable and my current git guru didn’t recommend this way at all for this particular task. I was considering a few more options but none of them did allow an almost automatic merge. Basically there was an additional requirement – the software needed to be compilable at the end ;)

“I’m German, I’m efficient” .. and I’m lazy .. i hate repeating the same steps again and again.. so I configured my working environment a bit to get rid of some of the steps. I’ve used Total Commander with the ShellDetails plugin. I’ve configured ShellDetails to see the revision of a file in the file list to be able to identify which file was already customized and which one not. This allowed my to decide quickly what to replace.

Additionally I’ve installed Examdiff a nice diff tool for Windows. After getting tired by dragging and dropping files into it I’ve also installed AutoHotKey and started writing a small script to call ExamDiff to be started as soon as I have selected 2 files. I’ve basically changed the existing sample to get rid of the use of total commander’s own compare tool. Unfortunately it didn’t work as easy as I expected – I left this part for further investigation. I struggeled when I tried to identify the selected files in the file view. I have no idea how to get their names and paths. When I’ve started to spend too much time on it I’ve just stopped and left it for further investigation.

Any hints are much appreciated :)

Configuring ShellDetails

  • Donwload and install it from the mentioned source. Open the zip in Total Commander it will trigger the plugin install process automatically.
  • Open the ShellDetails.ini (in the same folder as the wincmd.ini) and add the folders containing vcs content.
  • Go back to Total Commander and open Configuration > Options. Select Display > Custom Columns. Click on New and add custom columns for your desired configuration.

That’s all. Now you can choose a different view for the vcs folders.

Configuring ExamDiff

Nothing much to do. I’ve just changed the editor to Ultraedit. So Right Click > View / Edit on a file opens it directly in my favourite text editor.

Configuring AutoHotKey

Install. Write a script. Double click your script. Done.

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