Debugging A Node-RED Application on BlueMix

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In this video I show how easy it is to debug a Node-RED application flow using the debug output element. A few things I realized when writing this application was you have to be very careful when automating a retweet. You have to take some things into consideration like:

  • Maybe only retweeting people you trust
  • Retweet only tweets in your native language
  • Filter out tweets with foul language
  • Don’t retweet your own retweets!
  • Make sure the end retweet is under the 140 character limit
  • Limit your retweet activity as so not to spam yours and others feeds.

 

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The new share buttons in WordPress are much nicer!

I love the new share buttons in WordPress. The icons are very sharp and I love the new share/like counts for each post:

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I am running WordPress 3.9.1 with the Twenty Eleven theme.

Mind Map: 22 Best Open Source Apps for Music and Video Editing!

How cool is this? The folks over at Sound Stage Studios put this interactive mind map together to highlight the 22 Best Open Source Applications for editing video and music. Click on the image below to see the live code:

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Just how good is the Blue Yeti Microphone? You can compare it here.

yeti-toonThese have been the options that I have used to create the videos on my YouTube channel to date. Now, a real comparison would be to get another “good” microphone and compare it to that, however, I think this post clearly shows being cheap about the microphone is not a good option at all.

I first started with the built-in microphone of my laptop:

 

Then I pretty much used my Apple earbuds with the microphone exposed on my chest:

 

I then used the Rode lavalier but didn’t really like it at all:

 

Enter: Blue Yeti. I have yet to do a video with this but the sound is clearly superior:

New Video – BlueMix – Using NodeRED to Retweet specific topics

Although this could be considered “cheating” in the social world and I certainly do not condone automated social behavior, I do think NodeRED on BlueMix is very cool and easy to use and this is a fast, simple, and effective way to promote a given topic on Twitter.

What I did was create a flow in NodeRED to look for any Tweets that mention “bluemix” and the retweet that tweet to help promote BlueMix on Twitter. Here is the flow on BlueMix:NodeRED Flow

Check out my video below to see what each element in the flow does and how the application works. You can sign up on on the Codename: BlueMix beta today here to give this a try.

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Codename: BlueMix free beta is open to all developers

I have been messing around with BlueMix for a bit and I am seeing more and more customers interested in what BlueMix brings to the table. If you haven’t already, get on to the site and start playing around!

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Code: IBM Mobile Web Push (Reactor) code for my blog

GitHub-MarkAs promised, in this post I will share the code I have on my WordPress blog to have it enabled with the Reactor code. You can download the code snippets directly from GitHub or follow the instructions below to insert the code into your Twenty Eleven Theme.

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