The Number One Reason Nobody Uses AIM

I type at my normal rate, and that is considered "too quickly"?

If you're the AIM engineer behind this, give me a shout and I'll teach you exactly how to implement a simple token bucket contraption, so people can burst when they need to.

Reading a network Seismometer from Python

So as I've written earlier, I've been involved in parts of the making of an iPhone app called Seismometer which quite simply is what it's named.

Now, the interesting thing about this Seismometer app is the network protocol: you can use your iPhone as an input device to your computer or other handheld.

I've made a small Python library to help interpret that protocol in a simple manner.

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As you can see in the screencast above, the accelerometer lets you know which side is facing up or down in all three axes of the device.

Using the library is simple, just a matter of:

import rattler

for meas in rattler.measurements():
    print meas

This could be used to make a Wiimote or something, I don't know. That's where I want your creativity.

I have a couple of gift codes for the iPhone app, give me a comment here and I'll see what I can do.

The protocol is open, see for more details on that.

The Python code is of coures open-source too, and is available on Github.

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