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November 13th, 2003
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Programming ideas
One thing I want to write is something I'm calling Dossier. Basically just a database that lets me keep information about people in it. Any information I get about a person, I could put in there. I suppose I could also send it all the email I recieve from and send to that person. I suppose I could just make an Access database with an ever-expanding list of types of data. I've got to do some more thinking about this to decide what exactly I want it to do, how I would use it. It's basically a replacement for a real, working brain, with real, working memory, which I seem to have lost somewhere along the way.

The other thing is a gift registry where the person who the gifts are for can't see anything. So, basically, you'd sign up with the system, then tell your friends and family what your name on the system is. They would sign up with the system, then list you as someone they're buying gifts for. They could list a gift, and there would also be a bulletin board to discuss gift ideas for said person. Everyone who adds that person to their list would be able to see this information, but the person who the gifts are for would not. The only problem I see is that there's nothing to stop someone from making a second account just to see what they're getting. Would this be enough to make people not use it? Or would you just rely on someone not "cheating"? More details to work out on that one, but I'm curious to know what people think about this question.

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From:ts52
Date:November 13th, 2003 08:38 am (UTC)
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Wow, I think both of those are a great idea. I could really use something like Dossier for real life. But I could see other uses too, like organizing character information for a story, or NPC info for a game. With the right interface, something like that could be very useful indeed.

The store independent gift registry is a great idea too. Sure, you'd have to trust people to be honest, but I think that's expected. There really isn't any good way that I can think of to remove the possibility of 'cheating'. It might also be useful though, to allow the giftee to seed the list with gift ideas of things they might like, and to be able to blindly post things they've gotten since starting the registry.
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From:queue
Date:November 13th, 2003 08:43 am (UTC)
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like organizing character information for a story, or NPC info for a game

Ooh, I hadn't thought of that. Yeah, that could be cool.


allow the giftee to seed the list with gift ideas of things they might like, and to be able to blindly post things they've gotten since starting the registry

I'd thought of the first one but hadn't though of the second one. Good idea.


It's good to know that I have some potentially useful things to work on if I ever get back to programming things again (besides the useful things I already have in my programming queue).
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From:ts52
Date:November 13th, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I keep thinking I want to get back into programming for fun, but I just haven't made it yet. My current excuse is that I'm waiting to upgrade to OS X 10.3 and Xcode. We'll see if I really get started after that though.
From:geeyodi
Date:November 13th, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC)
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I love the gift reg. idea, and would use it, and would not cheat.
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