100 ideas so far

  • RSS reader that prints out a custom newspaper. One or two sheets a day. PDF
  • ?Railway station database with freely usable images
    • hostnames: station.wiki or railstations.wiki
    • make available in JSON-LD
  • hard drive price tracker with alerts: started
  • twitter for transit vehicles
  • build something with the Netflix API - maybe with the affiliates programme
    • Netflix shutting down API
  • good neighbourhood conversations
    • neighbourhood.wiki / hood.wiki / community.wiki
  • wikipedia keywordiness - see https://github.com/robennals/think-link / https://github.com/robennals/think-link/blame/master/wiki/wikigathernames.rb
  • Enterprise content management
  • watch video, use subtitles to show definitions for infrequently used words
  • run face detection across illustrations in IA books scans
  • peer-to-peer money exchange with twitter and facebook friends
    • register for site using social account, link facebook and twitter
    • make offers like I want to exchange GBP for USD
      • suggest that users tweet there offers
    • trade with friends, once trade is agreed transfer money
    • rate transactions
    • users build reputation trading with friends
    • maybe strangers with reputation will be willing to trade
  • search book covers for similarity to wikimedia commons featured pictures
  • new service to replace 'out of office' e-mails
  • annotate a mediawiki article to show which user added each image
  • system for managing Frequent-flyer programs. create accounts, keep track of miles and expiry dates
  • personal dashboard should show upcoming holidays, bin days and shop open times
    • keep track of all pay as you go accounts, for example:
    • Contactless transit cards: London Oyster card, Bay Area Clipper card
    • PAYG Mobile phones
    • Localphone
    • temp sensor: https://tessel.io/ $99 + $15 shipping, includes wifi
    • nice: http://shopify.github.io/dashing/
    • monetize: adverts, sell anonymised data
  • street party database/wiki
    • hostname: streetparty.wiki
  • text interface to OSM geocoder and road details, works from the web and command line
  • crawl The Economist for obituaries and ensure each person has a Wikipedia article
  • web site to send e-mail bin reminders: take postcode and e-mail address, maybe provide API
  • attach bitcoin to e-mail: "i sent you 5 BTC" like how paypal works, charge for service
    • coinbase has done it
  • monthly / weekly / daily bitcoin payments using coinbase API
  • timeshare management and calendar software - initially for noncommercial holiday home shares between friends
  • facebook app to invite friends on holiday. calculates the time and price of their travel
    • hostname: friends.travel
  • corporate photo gallery
    • enterprise.pics
  • book site compares prices between UK and US
    • AcrossThePond.books
  • do something with Land Registry Price paid data
  • proper UK comparison site, tesco direct, sainsbury's and amazon UK. electric toothbrush price varies a lot
  • battery powered devices should report charge levels to a central server
    • mightytext does this, for a single device
    • monetize: collect and sell battery stats, show adds on web page dashboard
  • AR mobile phone app: point at supermarket shelves, calulate best price per kg, share online
  • put something on the web about 'future peaking', maybe a name for a company or blog. No good search results currently.
  • calendar server that solves these problems. hack on radicale, make it faster
  • calculate wikipedia keywordiness and use to build wikipedia text auto linker
    • apply to Hansard text on theyworkforyou.com
    • auto-link as a service
      • use wikipedia keywordiness to add links to text
      • provide wordpress plugin that auto creates tag pages
    • domain name available: keywordiness.com
  • geocode quality review blog
  • gecoder test suite
  • currency arb travel site, see blog post: http://rootofgood.com/smart-travel-geographic-arbitrage/
  • site that highlights session timeout mistakes
  • sesason ticket site
    • hostname: RailSeasonTicket.travel
  • affiliate page with all rail ticket affiliate's compared
  • bitcoin Consumer Price Index - new currency, like bitcoin but stable price
  • app idea: alerts for reduced items at the supermarket
    • people can report supermarket discounts, rewarded with badges.
    • app tracks discount timings, suggest the best time to go for discounts.
    • app users visit the supermarket, take photos of reduced items and the app sends out alerts to other users who might be interested
  • tickets from cambridge to london are confusing, site that makes all the options clear:
    • network rail card / LST vs. KGX / day returns / travelcards / Carnet tickets
    • destination in London, should show travel time via LST and KGX and price difference
    • hostname: cambridgerail.travel
  • database of transit route planners: TFL, transit.511.org
  • web site database of free software companies - crunchbase for open source
  • british recipe site (again)
    • crawl uk recipe sites: bbc, bbcgoodfood, waitrose, delia, channel4, uktv, jamie oliver, deliciousmagazine, riverford
    • as many facets as possible
    • write ingridents to a database, sort by frequency, simple ingredients should appear most frequently, search for simple ingredients within other ingredients to classify
    • try and add facets for different dishes: spagbol, chilli con carne
    • generate seo landing pages for different dishes, but how to sort? relevance isn't a good option, maybe voting buttons
    • parse prep times and cooking times
    • identify multiple part recipes - index ingredients together an separate
    • can try identifying ingredients and cooking methods by lookup in wikipedia, wiktionary or wordnik
    • search for cottage cheese, it should be a phrase search, shouldn't give cottage pie
    • maybe provide an API?
    • save to my binder, uses facebook/google/twitter for accounts
    • post to facebook/twitter
    • star ratings?
    • reviews
    • like goodreads for british recipes
  • CME rule book as web pages
  • bitcoin webhooks, call a webhook when:
    • coins sent from adddress, or each confirmation
    • coins sent to adddress
    • tx is confirmed
    • bitcoin price webhook
  • debian fsck should detect if the network is available then load minimal GUI with browser pointed to http://paste.debian.org, terminal as root and IRC pointed at #debian or #debian-fr
    • /lib/systemd/systemd-fsck
    • source is systemd/src/fsck/fsck.c
    • runs: fsck -a -T -l
    • work out how to trigger fsck. maybe
    • possible to create sample filesystem with dd and mke2fs. then losetup and fsck /dev/loop0
    • next step is to corrupt the filesystem, probably using dd
    • corrupt a filesystem by doing this:
      • dd if=/dev/zero of=fstest.img conv=notrunc seek=100 bs=1 count=1024
    • e2fsprogs contains test suite with samples of corrupt filesystems
  • write web page about corrupt ext2 filesystems for testing
  • pyjamas city index, how much are you allowed to walk around in pyjamas?
  • software as a service: parse excel, return CSV
  • software as a service: parse excel convert to JSON-LD
    • probably impractical
  • learn django, update django book: https://github.com/jacobian/djangobook.com
  • make a database website of books that have source code. start with books on github
  • improve test coverage of web.py
  • Multiple commit boxes for ikiwiki
  • write ebooks about: ISO8583 or DFDL
  • facebook api ebook
  • book reviews and discussion for books not on Amazon:
  • system for identifying politically exposed people (PEPs) using Wikipedia
    • JSON API, post the name, and other identity details, replies with either:
    • true, maybe or false with a link to Wikipedia if true
  • hardware idea: MP3 player, like clip zip with wifi
    • ship with rockbox
    • kickstarter
  • MP3 player OS for old phones
    • maybe android with a different launcher
  • Some companies are very dependent on google SERP rank, trade stocks based on google serp rank, for example RetailMeNot
  • fix dictionary used in Debian to include words like WiFi and JSON
  • open recommendation web site - all media, books, movies, games
  • sell shares on small and obscure stock exchanges using Bitcoin
  • web frontend to 'git grep'
  • fork spyder, add spellchecker using enchant
    • source here: https://bitbucket.org/spyder-ide/spyderlib
    • write ebook about spyder
  • google docs for latex
    • done: http://docs.latexlab.org/docs
  • oauth login for corporations
  • open price diary
    • crawl prices from supermarket websites
    • mobile app to capture prices, works offline
    • offline download of prices to mobile app
    • leaderboard, badges
    • hostnames: pricedairy.wiki - groceryprices.wiki - groceries.wiki
    • crawl supermarket sites, publish prices using JSON-LD
    • objects:
      • country: uk, usa
      • currency: gbp, usd
      • supermarket chain: waitrose, trader joe's
      • specific shop: coldhams lane sainsburys
      • need a hierarchy for describing products
        • tomato ketchup
          • heniz ketchup, different sizes
          • supermarket ketchup, different sizes
      • price capture: specific shop, product and price
  • CPAN for sqlalchemy objects
  • make dbpedia / wikipedia infobox / wikidata available in JSON-LD
  • campaign for people to include '' in HTML
    • turns out HTML5 uses id="foo" instead
  • hack on mailman, add tests, make web nicer web archive interface (pipermail)
    • git mirror isn't live yet
    • maybe make a git mirror
  • freezer inventory app
  • web payments is making a standard for recipts
    • build digital wallet that can hold legacy currencies
  • recipts as JSON-LD are going to be very important
    • web app should show all reciepts
    • categorise spending
    • keep track of purchased items:
      • track gifts to calculate spend for each recipient
      • resale value of items purchased for self
      • food inventory tracking
  • ebook: JSON-LD
  • ebook: systemd
  • do something web like with debian-devel-changes:
    • feed into twitter and facebook
    • make nice web pages for updates
    • alerts and webhooks?
  • e-mail to webhook gateway - maybe a bit like mailinator for webhooks
  • social networking for commuters
    • sign up, give your commute and interests
    • maybe comments via facebook
  • web station noticeboard
    • wiki + news + photos + conversations
    • one web page for each station
    • big photo of station
    • sign in twitter/facebook/google. people can post messages
    • include news stories
    • include OSM map?
    • find people to car pool to the station car park
    • links to nearby stations
    • monetize: adverts, affliates, donations
    • include maps, use OpenStreeMap. choices: Mapnik or TileMill
    • render big static map images
  • holiday calendars: google for 'exchange holiday schedule'
  • reverse engineer skyscanner and airbnb apk to extract APIs
    • need to run proxy to find skyscanner app API
  • new file format for screenshots, text and stores vectors instead of bitmaps
    • lets the user select and copy text
    • include multiple translations of texts, so i can screenshot a dialogue box in one langauge, others can view in a different langauge
    • pulsing progress indicators can continue to pulse in the screenshot
    • might need to embed fonts
    • maybe users can view with a different theme
    • could grab a screenshot in linux, view as if on windows or osx
  • python module, it auto-determines what blogging software is running on a given URL
  • file format for blood tests
  • include license information in image files. also web payment details, like details of royalty fee and bitcoin address
  • premium bitcoin ad network, like The Deck http://decknetwork.net/
  • bitcoin jobs board
  • take popular open source database driven web apps and publish the database schema with annotations
  • Android SMS <-> IRC gateway
  • OCR book scan corrections in the browser
  • OSM plus ATOC timetable data gives you train movements map
  • selling mTickets with bitcoin
    • UK rail mTickets infrastructure is produced by masabi
    • setup payment processor
    • need a company name
    • talk to masabi
  • open source paperwork for setting up organizations
    • health and safety policy
    • other policies
  • vacation site or calendar should track how many vacation days you have left
    • suggest holidays aligned to public holidays
  • android app bitcoin payment API
    • bicoin payments on mobile devices, need an API for an app to request bitcoin from a wallet app on the same phone.
    • example: buying rail tickets using a rail ticket app
    • waiting for confirmation screen in rail ticket app?
  • project to ensure every UK station includes platforms on OSM
  • database of speakers with reviews
  • simple team whereabouts tool:
  • bitcoin + https://www.easypost.com/ shipping API
  • adobe reader has annotation with form filling and signing. we should have the same thing on linux
  • database for recording serial numbers of stuff you own
    • mark an item as lost or stolen
    • other people can use the database to check if an item is lost or stolen
  • mobile app for proximity group voice chat (party line / conference call)
    • CB radio for the 21st century
    • handsfree, used in-car. let you talk to six nearest people
    • reports location to server
    • figure out which road you're on
    • avoid brief periods where conferences merge at intersections
    • start with six nearest people
    • as it gets more popular have six nearest people on the same road
    • people pre-record a greeting for when they join a conference
      • convention is that people include a car description in their greeting
    • beep and play greeting each time a person joins the conference
    • drivers enter number plates
      • display shows number plates of people in the conference
      • highlight number plate of person speaking
    • should people have callsigns?
  • browser extension, spell checks the sites you visit, highlights mistakes
    • money from donations?
  • UK bitcoin payment processor, accepts bitcoins, send faster payment
  • bug tracking with bitcoin.
    • pay to fill bugs, refund if good bug
    • get rewards for good reports
    • pay for bugs to be fixed
  • deb file viewer instead of file-roller when you double click on a .deb file
  • uk rail network in graphviz format
  • startup job scraper - use AngelList API to find startups, scrape their sites to find job pages.
  • show me TED talks by authors who's books i've read, using goodreads.
  • distributed goodreads
  • OCR lower-thirds in TV news - good project for archive.org
  • car satnav/route planner that suggests places to stop.
    • https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8419658
    • hard to monetize - micropayments? android app
  • uk transport strike calendar (tube/rail/bus/airport) calendar
  • blog post or campaign website to convince americans they need more vacation time
    • highlight vacation news stories, like unlimited hoidays at netflix and virgin
    • guides for negotiating more vacation
  • combine http://twotap.com API with bitcoin
    • account created
    • API documentation: https://twotap.com/docs/
  • PDF viewer for magazines, should show two page spread, easy to zoom in and out
    • sample PDF magazine: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/sites/gsb/files/stanford-business-magazine-2014-spring.pdf
  • Web browser save web page should include security certificate
  • database of: delis, coffee shops, bakers and butchers that are on twitter
  • fuse or git frontend to online grocer shopping, edit order by editing files. able to diff orders
  • tweets have a tidy looking page with a nice URL, wikipedia edits should have the same thing
  • write econoday python module - would be popular for shops using trading systems in Python
  • search engine that injests epub files and indexes them
    • extract ISBN, search online for best metadata
    • allow searching for keywords like people and places
  • web app for building village newsletters
    • lots of villages make a newsletter and post it as a PDF online
    • maybe all villages should have a blog
  • web project: easy chart builder
    • let people enter data quickly to make a pie/line/bar char
    • make sure chart looks nice
    • short URL
    • offer buttons to post to twitter or web