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The Projects page lists various projects I have worked on, am working on, or have supported in some way. This list will continue to change over time. For a running list of my freelance work, please visit The France Hopper Company.
Personal projects are projects I work on in my spare time and individually.
- The France Hopper Library (June 2014 – 2015) – A fully functional OPAC for my personal book collection powered by Koha.
- PowerShell scripts (September 2013 – March 2014) – A lot of my internship in Melbourne required creating PowerShell scripts to automate various things. Some of them were easy, others were a royal pain in the ass. For that reason, I’ve released a handful to GitHub.
- IFTTT: User (2012 – present) – Most of my IFTTT recipes are private, personal ones, but you can see my public ones here.
- Waze: Area Manager, Tinton Falls and Princeton, NJ (January 2013 – July 2013) – I helped write the maps for Waze.
- Yam It! Button (2012) – A button (actually a link) for sharing the current page to Yammer. It no longer works due to a change in Yammer’s URL schemes and has been retired.
- The France Hopper Network (2011 – present) – You’re viewing it!
- Room entry detection system (2011) – Overview | How It Works
- Reorchestrations (2008 – December 2015, end of public distribution) – The least often updated of my hobbies. Public distribution was discontinued entirely in December 2015.
Various websites and/or web-based applications I’ve developed.
- Portland Streetcar Proof-of-Concept (19 December 2015) – A port of the Portland Streetcar site to a responsive design. It was done to do something productive for three hours on a Friday.
- Cupcake Carnivale (2012 – Present) – I designed and launched the website for Cupcake Carnivale, a cupcake truck in Philadelphia and New Jersey. It runs WordPress and uses Adventurous as the base theme.
- Route 96 Tracker (20 November 2013) – I wrote this after Yarra Trams launched its newest tram, the E-Class. It’s a really sexy tram and I couldn’t wait to ride it. Since it was to be exclusive to Route 96 at its launch, it made it very easy to track where it was. All you had to do look for it on TramTracker along route 96. The Route 96 Tracker lists every single stop along Route 96 (in both directions) to see what the next three tram types will be for any given stop. Because WebPID uses old code and the E-Class is very new, WebPID lacks an image for it. So, to find the E-Class, all that has to be done is look for a stop with an incoming tram with no image (96a and 96d excluded). This will change if WebPID ever receives an update (it’s still written for MetLink). You can now fork it on GitHub. Note: WebPID has been retired on account of its age. This may stop working without warning. Please visit yarratrams.com.au for tram timetables and information.
- The Falconaire|Online (2006 – 2010) – The online edition of The Falconaire, my high school’s newspaper. Co-founder, Lead Webmaster.
I like public transport. It took spending six months in Melbourne, Australia to realize that, but there’s a lot of really cool stuff that goes on behind-the-scenes in the industry. These are projects I’ve done on and for public transport.
SEPTA – Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
- Project Getting There (August 18, 2014 – July 2015; end of regular support) – Find scheduled arrivals at SEPTA bus stops using the Stop ID. Take it for a spin here and feel free to fork it on GitHub. Built using the SEPTA API.
- Route 13 on Friday the 13th (March 13, 2015) – A dare from SEPTA to ride trolley route 13 on a Friday the 13th. I accepted.
- A Day on SEPTA (December 10, 2014) – You can do a lot on SEPTA with a One-Day Independance Pass. This is a video shot in one day while riding as much of SEPTA as possible.
- 15th Street Station Grand Re-Opening (September 4, 2014) – After years of construction, the new 15th/Dilworth Park Station opened, giving a peek into the future of SEPTA stations.
- SEPTA Regional Rail (July 2014) – In July of 2014, I won a monthly Anywhere pass for Regional Rail from an I SEPTA Philly competition. With SEPTA’s permission, I decided to put it to good use by riding all of the Regional Rail network.
- Redubbing the NS Line (Released February 15, 2016) – A month-long project to re-dub the Portland Streetcar NS Line in its entirety. I did a low-res 720p export of existing footage I had and ran it through Logic Pro to extract the original audio. Details of every stop were recorded in a Pages document, and recording started with just reading off the entirety of the needed audio. The audio was recorded using a Shure SM7B microphone connected to a PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL connected to my MacBook Pro. The audio was then cut into chunks and aligned with the original audio, stop by stop. The first pass of aligned audio was duplicating, “The next stop is,” to mark where every stop was. The audio bit for each stop was then put in place in a second pass. The third pass involved placing repeated audio at the correct stops, such as, “Doors to the left”. The fourth pass involved manually ducking the dubbed audio over the original. The final pass checked timings, missed audio, and re-records of audio that had artifacts and/or other issues. The finished audio was then bounced from Logic and added to Final Cut Pro, where the original audio track was removed, and the completed dubbing put in its place. Some small video edits were then made before the finished project was uploaded to YouTube.
- Portland Streetcar Proof-of-Concept (December 19, 2015) – A port of the Portland Streetcar site to a responsive design. It was done to do something productive for three hours on a Friday.
- Portland Streetcar Loops (November 24, 2015) – A day of filming on each of the three Portland Streetcar loops.
Projects I’ve worked on at Drexel for Drexel-related reasons. These projects were usually worked on with others.
- Project Getting There (August 18, 2014 – July 2015; end of regular support) – Find scheduled arrivals at SEPTA bus stops using the Stop ID. Take it for a spin here and feel free to fork it on GitHub.
- Project K-Car (June 2014 – July 2015) – Shelved.
- WebServ (2010 – June 2015) – A file and web hosting service for all registered student organizations of Drexel University, provided by TechServ.
You can break it here(Discontinued December 2015).
Projects I worked on while at Zelda Reorchestrated.
- Twilight Symphony (TPS) / Project Maranello (2007 – February 2013) – Multiple roles:
- Provided feedback on early works for the project (2007 – roughly late 2008)
- Financial support
- MAGFest panels A/V support (January 2013)
- Provided feedback on early works for the project (2007 – roughly late 2008)
- Radio Hyrule (2008 – present) – The Voice; Formerly Relay Server Provider
- The ZREO Community Forums (2008 – 2013) – Directly in charge of the ZREO forums on Gemakei.
- The Official ZREO Podcast (2008ish – 2010ish) – The Official ZREO Podcast (TOZP) was a podcast that brought ZREO fans the latest ZREO news.
- IRC operations
- iOS apps (for several developers) and iOS itself (via Apple Public Beta Program).
- Certain leading technology companies.
- Chrome Canary: Because the bleeding edge of the web is more fun.
- Radio Hyrule iOS App (2013 – Early 2015).
- Wakfu (roughly late 2011 – 2012) – I got involved with Wakfu after seeing a very early demo of it at the 2011 New York Comic Con. At the time, it was advertised as an MMORPG with virtually no NPCs and much of the game controlled by its users. While it did end up having a fair amount of NPCs, the players still very much have a considerable amount of control over the game’s worlds.
- zOMG! (~2009-2010) – From 2007ish to 2010ish, I was a fairly active member of Gaia Online, who was looking for testers for its much awaited MMORPG, then called Gaia Battle. The game underwent massive changes since it started, but it was very interesting to watch its development.
- Camera+ – I must say, getting to test an iOS app was a really cool experience. While I tested it on a first-gen iPod Touch, which of course lacked a camera, from day one I knew this was going to be big. Today, it’s still a pretty big deal.
- Various PS3, PS4, and PSVita games: Mainly PlayStation Plus exclusive betas and public betas, but a few closed betas too (I cannot specify which).
- HOP Fastpass (February 2017 – Current) – A new fare car for C-Tran, Portland Streetcar, and TriMet. Launching to the public in Summer.
Because I’ve now backed more than a small handful of Kickstarter projects, I am no longer individually listing each one. To see what I have backed, please see my Kickstarter profile.
Please click here for my profile on Quirky. Quirky is now bankrupt.
Other projects that were done for non-personal reasons. May have been done individually or collaboratively.
- The Falconaire|Online for Google Currents (2011) – A special version of The Falconaire|Online built for Google Currents.