Apple opens up iMessage to developers, maybe in response to FB Messenger bots?

This is what they announced yesterday at the WWDC keynote. It was an interesting but not entirely unexpected development. Apple probably want to compete against the FB developers deploying bots into messenger. So they’ve responded with developer access to iMessage. I wonder how that will work out?

Then I found my old VL-1 MIDIfier kit!

VL1 MIDIfier kit
VL1 MIDIfier kit

I was looking for something else when I found this! I knew, or at least I seemed to remember that I’d bought one of these ages ago. Well I’ve found it and I’m planning to get it going soon(-ish). Ideally I’d like to get it running so that I can get it to work with my VL1 bot. We’ll see about that.

And then I got this (Timex 1000)

Timex 1000
Timex 1000

The Timex 1000 is the US equivalent to the ZX81. I was given it when in Canada last week and it looks like it’s in pretty good shape actually. I’m going to be very careful about firing it up though as I don’t want to get the power supply wrong in any way. When it’s all up and running I’ll post some stuff about what I’m doing with it.

Still waiting for the KDJ-One

So it feels like this has been ‘on the way’ for a very long time. There’s still no news in terms of a specific delivery timeline and it is a year overdue already. I’m still just hoping that it will eventually turn up. I guess I should be pleased that at least they’re staying in touch. When projects go silent it’s usually then that you know your money has gone down the toilet.

I’d like to think that I’m going to get my KDJ-One this year. Maybe.

Messing around with chat bots

So I’ve been experimenting with the whole chat bot thing. Messenger chat bots to be precise. It’s a very interesting area actually. Creating a bot that can respond in a rudimentary way to what people are saying to it is quite a fun thing to experiment with. The main idea so far is to make a bot that can respond to questions for PalmSounds. My first attempts are up and running and working though. I’m quite pleased so far, but it needs more work before it’s ready for prime time.