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Program Update – Klepsydra goes to v1.3

Klepsydra, the desktop countdown timer with sound alarm, now at v1.3 got:

  • Add option for system shutdown
  • Load window at last position

As its predecessor, the new features also uses native WinAPI calls and avoid any extra libraries and OCX dependencies.
For more info, updates and downloads see at the Project’s Home Page.

Klepsydra 1.3 system shutdown feature (english and greek UI)


Program Update – Klepsydra goes to v1.2

Klepsydra is a desktop countdown timer with sound alarm, now at v1.2 got:

  • Add pause and resume functionality
  • Change button captions to graphic, and make captions as tooltips
  • Add window minimize button
  • Seven-segment font for countdown
  • Fix sometimes no-sound playing bug

As its predecessor, the new features also uses native WinAPI calls and avoid any extra libraries and OCX dependencies.

For more info, updates and downloads see at the Project’s Home Page.


Program Update – Vatlidator 3.0 now support validation for all EU VAT IDs

Vatlidator 3.0 - English UIAfter valid.eu interruption, Vatlidator 2.1 is not longer retrieve VAT ID info.

Now introducing the Vatlidator 3.0, a whole new validation and info tool for all the EU VAT IDs (AT, BE, BG, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FI, FR, GB, HR, HU, IE, IT, LT, LU, LV, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK), retrieving information directrly from the European Commision VIES SOAP Service.

The new interface, now supports two languages, Greek and English.

As its predecessor, is free software distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL 3 with installer and portable package available.

For downloads, updates and more info see the program’s home page.


Book review: “Instant HTML5 Local Storage how-to”

local-storage-bookBefore some days, Packt Publishing, published a new book titled “Instant HTML5 Local Storage how-to”, by Alex Libby. It’s a very well and clear written book, which provides an easy to understand introduction to the LocalStorage technology.

Each chapter deals with a new receipt and moves the reader step by step deeper to this HTML5 feature understanding.

Clarifies the difference between LocalStorage and SessionStorage, and make a comparison between the old fashioned cookies and this fresh approach.

Recipes not stands to pure JS usage of LocalStorage but combining it with the popular jQuery, Modernizr and other useful libraries and techniques, such as store.js, cache manifest etc., which make the LocalStorage usage more easy, very powerful and bypassing a lot of problems. Also learn you how to use JSON to store objects, arrays, TTL and images in LocalStorage.

Except of all these, considered the use of LocalStorage in the mobile field, at offline web applications usage and with well-targeted examples for LocalStorage integration in CMS and forms.

Summarize all these, “Instant HTML5 Local Storage how-to”, is nice a book for web developers with HTML and JavaScript knowledge, who wants a fast track, based on practical examples, introduction to the LocalStorage technology.