Friday, February 24, 2012

Internet-y things I'd like to be able to do but can't or don't know how to ...

While not a coder or a tech-guru, as far as users/readers/consumers of content go, I think I'm relatively sophisticated. If the solutions I'm looking for were out there, I'd hope that I'd have found them by now, but on the off-chance they are and I didn't, please let me know ...

  1. For sites that are clunky on my android phone and don't have a mobile versions or apps, I'd like to be able to make an app that strips those sites down to the essentials so I can just do what I want to do without the bells and whistles, or find some other way to get at them. For example, Empire Avenue's profile page is too sprawling and has too many elements that don't display easily in my little phone browser. I'd like to be able to see my notifications in a simple list and perform buy/sell actions from my Watch List. Also, when I go to WKNC.org/playlist, it's not easy to view the most recent songs in my phone's browser. I'd love to be able to just scrape the last five songs from the playlist and see them in an appropriately formatted list. (Ideally one that would also let me scrobble, tweet, or check-in to the song, depending on my mood.)  There are services that let you make simple android apps without needing to know how to code, but they're more for capturing RSS feeds and neither EA nor WKNC have feeds on the pages I'm looking for.
  2. I want to watch Game of Thrones, legally, right now.

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