Archive for January, 2007

Twitter direct messages of your daily chores

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

It is now possible for you to receive Twitter direct messages from MyChores. If you have phone alerts set up, you will therefore get a text message. If you have IM you’ll get an instant message. You will get one message each day, and it will tell you today’s tasks, or it will tell you [...]

Email notifications update

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Well, i’ll admit that wasn’t the smoothest MyChores update i’ve ever done! I managed to break the standard outbound email queue, a few people in Europe got sent the wrong tasks, and a few people in the UK received duplicate emails. I was so worried about whether i’d got the timezone thing right, i didn’t [...]

Timezone support for email notifications

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Wow, it’s been a long time coming, but i think i’ve finally achieved timezone support for email notifications. Emails were previously sent out at 4am GMT. This presumably meant that Americans were getting emails a day early, and Australians had to wait until the afternoon to get their email! Now i have an process polling [...]

MyChores account on Twitter

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I have set up a special MyChores account on Twitter. Imaginitively enough, it’s at
The primary objective of this is to be able to give out information about MyChores in the event that the servers go down, as they did twice this week.
However, simplify3 has also given me the idea of using the Twitter API [...]

Printable calendar and to-do list

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

The observant among you will have noticed a new tab alongside the Workload, Calendar and Statistics views – this is for Print-outs! Special views whose size and layout are particularly suitable for printing. They include tickyboxes! :D
I have to pay my respect and deep gratitude to lolageek both for suggesting these views, and for giving [...]

Google ads when not logged in

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

I suddenly realised today i’ve been missing a trick with the Google ads. If you’re not logged on you don’t see any ads! Every day i get people coming to look at the site who never sign up, but that’s a lot of ad views and potential clicks that i’m missing!
I think right in the [...]

Undoing task completions

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Today’s little change, as requested by jinkies: you can undo task completions. What i mean by this is – if you ticked of a task by accident, you can go into that task’s history and undo it there. You can also go via your statistics page, to your recently completed tasks, and undo completions there.
I [...]

Updating Twitter from Ruby/Rails

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

I believe in sharing knowledge, so here is the method to achieve a Twitter update from Ruby (using POST, as GET is now disabled by Twitter for security reasons). This code requires Ruby 1.8.5 for the set_form_data method.
With Ruby on Rails, the following is best placed in a controller. This probably isn’t the only way [...]

Updated home page

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

I find it amusing that my first update after upgrading to the new version of Ruby is a simple HTML change!
I have swapped the home page around a bit, allowing more information to be seen on the screen, including news and testimonials. The news box will update with any important information, and the testimonials will [...]

Good news! Twitter Integration is back!

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Well, i can safely say the hardest part about that was upgrading to Ruby 1.8.5 … which turned into the expected classpath nightmare, followed by a versioning nightmare, followed by a compile nightmare … i got my computer into such a bad state that i had to re-install the operating system this morning!!
Once i eventually [...]