2012-05-23

Scattered about my home are lists of things to do. The first thing to do on quite a few of these todo lists is: Find the old todo list

Since I would sometimes spend more time looking for a missing list than I would spend actually doing something on the list, putting things to do on a piece or paper is a very inefficient way to keep track of what I need to do.

Fortunately, one of my federated status.net buddies told me about MyTinyToDo; a sweet todo list that one can install on their own server if they happen to know how to do such things. As it happens, I have such skills.

A few minutes of tinkering and a new subdomain later, my todo list went from being a scattered collection of paper to a nice tidy website that I can access from almost anywhere. awesome sauce!

But how will I know how many things are on my todo list if I don't have the list opened in a browser window? Good question, I'm glad I asked it.

MyTinyToDo can be configured to provide an RSS feed of a list and I decided to get a binary representation of the number of unfinished items on the list from the RSS feed. A short Ruby script does this quite well.

Enter The Ruby

#!/usr/bin/env ruby

#we need to read from a uri
require 'open-uri'
#we will need to parse xml
require 'rexml/document'

uri "http://todo.jezra.net/feed.php?list=1"
begin
  #read the xml data from the feed
  xml_data open(uri).read()
rescue
  puts "failed to read text from #{uri}"
  exit
end

#parse the XML
doc REXML::Document.new(xml_data)

uncompleted_item_count 
#loop through the "items" in the feed
doc.elements.each('rss/channel/item'do |i|
  uncompleted_item_count+=unless /Completed: / =~ i.elements['description'].text
end

binary =  "%b" uncompleted_item_count
leds binary.reverse.ljust(6,"0")
p leds

For more information about the machine that displays the number of items on the list, check out http://www.jezra.net/blog/LEDs_BeagleBone_and_my_ToDo_List

Now I need to find a missing key. Rock on, and go make some copies of your keys.

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