Here you will find some of the Plucker projects I'm working on. This list is by-no-means exhaustive, and all of the projects listed here are in varying degrees of completion and complexity (with the Wikipedia project being far and away, the largest to date!).

Why are you doing these things?
"I believe in the Plucker project. I've supported it for 8-9 years now in code, CVS hosting, website hosting and other pieces where I could help. I want to be able to provide other people access to materials to read and learn from when they are WAY offline, with no power for miles and miles."

Learning in Hand: Using Plucker in Education

November 2nd, 2007 desrod Posted in News | No Comments »

I found this blog entry at Learning in Hand that describes how two schools in USVI are using Palm handheld devices for student use. Seventh graders at Moravian School are working on a St. Thomas episode their “Our City Podcast“. One of the tools they’re using to leverage this goal is Plucker!

The handheld are configured and installed with many packages, including Plucker.

The teachers have created simple HTML documents that link to the various Wikipedia entries for each of their “Our City” episodes.

They then used Plucker on their desktop machines to convert that into a Plucker document that can be used on the Plucker Viewer (or alternatively FlingIt) on the handhelds.

Some of the limitations of the handhelds (lack of Wi-Fi) prohibit them from just viewing Wikipedia directly, but having an offline, portable version (in my opinion) has a lot of additional benefits.

Another part of the assignment for students was to find a fact about a city that was left out of that city’s episode. Students also looked for any differently-reported facts between the podcast and the Wikipedia articles. If there is a difference, it’s an opportunity to explore which source is correct.

Read more on the original blog entry.

It’s a great example of how students and other people are using Plucker every day.

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Updated News on Wikipedia in Plucker Format

October 19th, 2007 desrod Posted in E-Books, Non-fiction | 2 Comments »

More on Wikipedia in Plucker Format I’ve been working hard on some other projects (news announcement shortly), but I just wanted to write a quick note to say that the Plucker Wikipedia project is most-definitely NOT dead. I’ve scripted up the entire backend and have a repeatable way to produce the product.

The next steps are to output the right format for each target device. In the first pass, I’ll be supporting the following formats:
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Online Dating Guide in Plucker format

October 2nd, 2007 desrod Posted in E-Books, Learning | 7 Comments »

This is a bit of an odd creation, but I thought a lot of people would find this useful and fun.

I found a blog entry Little Red Rails about “Online Dating”, while looking for some other material. I browsed the content, and found that it was very thorough, and very well-researched. I decided to take the time to convert it into Plucker format.

A few years back, I was at the bar with some friends from work. This was at a time well into my online dating experience. By this point, I was sold on internet dating and thanks to growing dating experience, I was becoming very comfortable meeting new people. On this evening, I had a very brief conversation with the girl sitting next to me and asked her out as I was leaving. Based on how breifly we had spoken, I suspected I was committing social suicide. However, since I had several dates planned for later that week, I wasn’t too concerned. To my surprise, she agreed and we went out a few days later…it was a total disaster. I found I had nothing in common with the “bar girl”. The conversations were uncomfortable and she had an unhealthy obsession with all things death.

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Kernel Hacker’s Guide to git in Plucker format

August 24th, 2007 desrod Posted in E-Books, Operating Systems, Programming | No Comments »

This one is a bit short, but packed with useful information on how to use git to maintain a local tree that matches exactly what Linus and the other core Linux kernel developers are working on.

What is git?

Git is popular version control system designed to handle very large projects with speed and efficiency;
it is used mainly for various open source projects, most notably the Linux kernel.

Git falls in the category of distributed source code management tools, similar to e.g. GNU Arch or Monotone (or BitKeeper in the proprietary world). Every Git working directory is a full-fledged repository with full revision tracking capabilities, not dependent on network access or a central server.
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Plucker Email Reflector (pler)

July 15th, 2007 desrod Posted in News | No Comments »

Several years ago around 2002, I wrote a Perl-based tool to allow users who wanted to “test-drive” Plucker without having to install anything on their machines. It works entirely through email!

The side benefit of an email-only interface to Plucker is that it also fits the needs of:

  1. Those who have a platform that doesn’t support Plucker, such as Amiga or OS/2
  2. Those who may be behind restrictive firewalls that prohibit spidering or fetching content
  3. Those who are on the road, and want to receive Plucker documents while away from home
  4. Anyone who has had trouble installing Plucker on their machine for any reason

Enter Pler, the Plucker Email Reflector!

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“Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmer’s Guide” (first edition) in Plucker format

July 5th, 2007 desrod Posted in E-Books, Programming | No Comments »

Another hand-retouched conversion from the original First Edition to Plucker format.. This was not simply a conversion of the raw HTML, this was updated in hundreds of places by hand to optimize it for use in Plucker’s viewer.

This book is a tutorial and reference for the Ruby programming language. Use Ruby, and you’ll write better code, be more productive, and enjoy programming more.
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PostgreSQL documentation in Plucker with Bitstream Vera + FreeMono fonts

April 10th, 2007 desrod Posted in Applications, E-Books, Technology | No Comments »

Below you will find the PostgreSQL documentation in Plucker format (current as of Thursday August 17th 10:20:14 EDT 2006)

The fonts used in the screenshots below are part of the “Plucker Free Font Collection” and were created with the Palm Font Converter written by Alexander R. Pruss. You can read more about how to convert fonts for use with Plucker in the news section.
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MySQL Reference Manuals in Plucker format with anti-aliased fonts from the PFFC

April 10th, 2007 desrod Posted in Applications, E-Books, Technology | No Comments »

Below you will find the MySQL Reference Manuals in Plucker format (current as of Thursday August 17th 10:20:14 EDT 2006).

The fonts used in the screenshots below are part of the “Plucker Free Font Collection” and were created with the Palm Font Converter written by Alexander R. Pruss. You can read more about how to convert fonts for use with Plucker in the news section.
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Gentoo News and Handbook in Plucker Format

February 22nd, 2007 desrod Posted in E-Books, Operating Systems | No Comments »

Below are some quick screenshots of the Gentoo News RSS feed and the Gentoo Handbook (single-page version) converted for use in Plucker. If you’d like to see other examples or screenshots of this quality, let me know.

The RSS feed was converted with a new tool I’ve written (to be launched soon as an online service) called the “Plucker Syndication Server“. It can take any rss, rdf, xml or atom feed and convert it to the beautiful rendition you see below.
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Cygwin and Cygwin/X FAQs in Plucker format for reading on a PalmOS handheld

February 19th, 2007 desrod Posted in Applications, Operating Systems | 3 Comments »

Below are some screenshots of the Cygwin FAQ and the Cygwin/X FAQ. These have been converted to Plucker format.
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