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Update #17 - For backers only

Special message for blink(1) backers

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Update #16 - For backers only

Help us serve you better! ThingM blink(1) Customer Survey

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Update #15

Blink1Control updates and a PDF guide, more libraries & tools

We've fixed up Blink1Control a bit, especially with regards to IFTTT. There was an event timestamp issue that was affecting Windows users mostly.

The updated download links are:

For Windows users, there are some new features like:

  • .NET 4.0 minimum requirement instead of .NET 4.5
  • New "Start Minimized" menu option
  • Diagnostic logging to a log.txt file (will help us debug future issues)

Also, we created a small guide for setting up IFTTT and Blink1Control. It's a very quick walkthrough but should be enough to get you triggering blink(1) with IFTTT events.

Getting Started with Blink1Control and IFTTT (1.7M PDF)

Libraries & Tools Updates

There have also been a flurry of new ways of using blink(1)s.

Mac Mail.app new mail to blink(1) -- timb shows how to use Applescript to connect Mail.app & blink(1) to flash on new mail

Windows blink(1) status scripts -- YoYo-Pete's incredible collection of scripts for visualizing Outlook new mail, battery charge, HD activity, and CPU use with blink(1) 

And in libraries:

ManagedBlink1 -- a 100% .NET blink(1) library (thanks to Jean-Francois Talbot)

GoBlink -- a Go interface to blink(1) (thanks to Gary Boone)

Python examples -- using two different techniques, thanks to Aaron Blondeau & Stephen Youndt, more discussion here  

Also check out Joe Walnes' nifty "blink(1) + Google Latitude = 'Where’s Daddy?'" post about spending 25-minutes to whip up a presence indicator for his kids. 


Thanks everyone!

Update #14

Blink1Control IFTTT connector for Windows

Hi!

Thanks everyone for being patient about non-programmer documentation and applications.  We are working constantly towards making blink(1) as easy-to-use as possible. 

For Windows users we now have the Blink1Control application available to match the OS X version.    You can download it from the "Downloads" sidebar at http://blink1.thingm.com/ or directly from here: http://thingm.com/blink1/downloads/Blink1Control-win.zip

All future versions will live at that URL too, so as we make update we'll put them there. 

Like the OS X version, Blink1Control normally lives in your system tray quietly doing its thing. Right-click to see some status, or double-click to bring up its main window.  It also supports the Blink1Control URL API. Note that Blink1Control for Windows does require the .NET Framework 4.5, a free download from Microsoft. (We're looking into how to relax that constraint)

As we've been using blink(1) with IFTTT for a few weeks now, we've noticed our initial configuration UI in Blink1Control for connecting the two could use some work.  If you know a good HTML designer/programmer who understands MVC and is a fan of frameworks like Ember and Backbone, please have them contact us at blink1 at thingm.com; we would love to hire them.

In other ways of connecting blink(1)s in Windows and other OSes, our GetSatisfaction forum has seen some neat community additions, like:

- a Python library : https://getsatisfaction.com/thingm/topics/more_comprehensive_python_support

- IFTTT & Raspberry Pi : https://getsatisfaction.com/thingm/topics/ifttt_watcher_for_raspberry_pi_linux 

- Continuous Integration Build Light : https://getsatisfaction.com/thingm/topics/continuous_integration_build_light_github_project_started

And on the Net there's been a ton of fun things made.  Here's a sampling:

- Blinkenlights .NET extensions for blink(1) : https://github.com/misterspeedy/BlinkenLights

- Node.js library for blink(1) : https://github.com/sandeepmistry/node-blink1

- blink(1) "ambient orb" : http://blog.thingm.com/2012/12/a-blink1-ambient-orb/

- blink(1) morse code : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdNwBsjO4G0

And as always, thank you all for supporting us!  


Update #13 - For backers only

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