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New site, new projects…

October 14th, 2009 Guillaume No comments

Sometimes, you change your phone and you want to change your website too ;-)

Then, instead of trying to do the “perfect” website once again without having the time to do it like I would like… I’ve decided to just create this simple webpage for now to show you my first iPhone web application !

iMediaLibrary : A few words about a long story…

For a long time I collect books, CD, DVD and more recently Blu-ray… to find a particular item and to not buy many times the same article (when publishers change the cover’s picture for a reedition you can do mistakes…) I’ve started to manage all this stuff in a spreadsheet.

But of course I never had this file with me in a shop when needed. A short time later I’ve bought a Palm IIIe and transformed my file to a small database with HandBase then with Pilot-DB which, maybe simpler, was published under GPL license, used a non-proprietary format to store data and was able to run under Linux (a true happiness : I’ve definitively switched to Linux on my own PC since year 2000).

New problem : data synchronisation when I modified my database on my Palm or on my PC, the conflicts to solve, etc… I have nevertheless to use this system several years waiting for an hypothetical PalmPhone with a Kernel Linux… reported year after year with the long declin of Palm Inc… (yes I know, since that Palm has launched the Palm Pré but it’s too late for me (and now Google Android is ready too…)).

As the result I’ve finished to decide to buy a smartphone under Windows Mobile 5, quickly upgraded to WM6 : an HTC P3600 (also known as Trinity). And the Palm database has been totally migrate to a web application using PHP and MySQL… No more synchronisation problem : from my phone or my PC I can access to my database through the Internet. With a clean design, using this application on the little screen of a smartphone is pretty good… I’ve even added some features : displaying of the CD and DVD covers, and management of the additionals data for authors, players, actors, directors associated to these works… It’s always this program I use now.

But now… I’ve just “switched” to a brand new iPhone 3GS :-) So, a new version is in progress to develop a specific iPhone graphical user interface !

And the cherry on the cake (for you if you are reading these lines) : the new version in progress will be multi-users !

You can use it free of charge* if you want to register your own library ! Informations of each user will be strictly isolated and only people with the proper permissions can see data of course. Finally, you can manage the loans, give access to you media library for reading and/or writing to your friends (and even manage grants levels by document (private, public, restricted, etc)) and import/export your data to CSV file.

Be patient… Waiting for, if you have any idea to add a new feature, don’t hesitate to send me an email !

*but you can make a donation with Paypal if you want :-)

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