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Emacs and QR codes

Emacs and QR codes Posted at 07/02/16 - 12:00 CET

I like QR codes; they can store a fair amount of data, and the Android Barcode Scanner application has some support for special codes (calendar events, phonebook events etc.).

I couldn't find any native QR encoder for Emacs, so Emacs users had to rely on external programs... until now :-). I took a CommonLISP encoder and adapted it to Emacs, some basic testing shows it works, even with Japanese text.

If you are an Emacs user you might appreciate it, download it from here:


I.N.E.R.T.I.A. for MSX updated

I.N.E.R.T.I.A. for MSX updated Posted at 17/02/15 - 00:35 CET

I updated my MSX game I.N.E.R.T.I.A. so that now it compiles again with recent SDCC versions. I also extended the input logic a bit: now P1=joystick1, P2=(joystick2 or arrowkeys+space). Read more at the I.N.E.R.T.I.A. for MSX page.


I.N.E.R.T.I.A. for SVI-318

I.N.E.R.T.I.A. for SVI-318 Posted at 14/02/15 - 17:46 CET

I ported to SVI-318 a tiny MSX game called I.N.E.R.T.I.A. that I wrote some years ago. It's 2-players only, and you'll need at least one joystick to play (the 2nd player can use joystick2 or keyboard). Read the full story, download the ROM game and C sources.


Your software lasts longer than you think :-)

Your software lasts longer than you think :-) Posted at 09/08/15 - 12:00 CEST

Yesterday I received an email from France that was referring to my 5-years-old cdialog port attempt (read full story). I was surprised that my old experiment is still noticed by someone around the world.

Thanks for your feedback French guy! I can't promise for a short-term fix, but I'd like to do it in the future.


No pain, no log record...

No pain, no log record... Posted at 17/06/14 - 01:12 CEST

I've had my 3 minutes of Emacs celebrity time: I'm in the Emacs Git log! :-)

All in all, the whole process of reporting a bug and crafting your patch for Emacs is a (somewhat bureaucratic but) highly educational experience.


The emacs-software-bin is growing!

The emacs-software-bin is growing! Posted at 09/07/14 - 01:11 CEST

My interest in Emacs, Org mode and Babel is growing day by day, and so does my elisp repository the-emacs-software-bin.

Have a look at for the list of published scripts up to now. More are on the way!



New LISP and Emacs scripts/snippets from The Software Bin at GitHub!

New LISP and Emacs scripts/snippets from The Software Bin at GitHub! Posted at 07/06/13 - 14:57 CEST

Two new repositories are available at my GitHub page, hope you enjoy!


The Software Bin meets GitHub!

The Software Bin meets GitHub! Posted at 26/03/13 - 00:43 CET

Looks like the right moment for open source development has eventually arrived :) ... a GitHub account for The Software Bin has been opened; it will host some sources of software creations, projects and experiments.

At the moment there's just a couple of things, but in the (hopefully near) future I could add more stuff there, so stay tuned.


Google Books API example in Javascript

Google Books API example in Javascript Posted at 23/10/12 - 18:04 CEST

I made a short Javascript example to make use of the Google Books API search capabilities. Provide some ISBN codes and you will get title, author and publisher of that book (provided that Google Books knows the code).

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