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Wed, 30 Apr 2008 18:50:36 GMT
The Link in MT4
Today, I got my first look at Movable Type 4 as I needed to setup an RSS template that includes a <link> in every <item>. But, I can't find a solution. Where do I put the link? I swear I remember doing this in previous version of MT. Suggestions?
Mon, 28 Apr 2008 02:02:49 GMT
The Evils of Flickr

Of late, I've come across two very evil symptons of Flickr, which I think Yahoo must address.

  1. The first is that people who paid (or received free accounts) on Flickr can no longer download their own pictures unless they agree to pay Yahoo! $25/yr forever. Although not a lot of money, this is clear extortion by Yahoo!
  2. The second is that I'm receiving more and more emails from Flickr users who are blatantly uploading their pics to my forums only to try to extort licensing revenues from me. Does anybody actually fall for this ploy?

This is getting out of hand. Yahoo! has to get a couple lawyers to step in here.

Sat, 26 Apr 2008 16:38:43 GMT
Facebook Podcasting

Alec Saunders's Iotum has come up with a free conference calling Facebook app. This isn't new, but until this week, I didn't see the value. They have four video walk-thrus that demonstrate some high end broadcasting capabilities. I'm gonna play with it in the next week and report back.

http://apps.facebook.com/freeconference/landing
http://www.facebook.com/video/?id=17733760018

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 20:12:34 GMT
Meme13

Rogers Cadenhead just released a new Web application called Meme13 that highlights the last 13 sites that made their TechMeme debut.

http://www.meme13.com/

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 00:47:16 GMT
XSD Validator

Ya, I'm really bored these days. Today, I wrote a generic XML Schema validator. Eventually, I want to expand this to validate common forms of XML like Google's sitemap. But, I noticed that each version of sitemap XML has it's own namespace. What a nightmare!

http://reblinks.therssweblog.com/xsd.validator.aspx

Update: I've also completed a Sitemap Validator, which re-uses the code from my XSD Validator.

http://reblinks.therssweblog.com/sitemap.validator.aspx

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 06:40:13 GMT
RSS Autodiscovery Check

Today, I put together a smll RSS autodiscovery checker to compliment the other tools on Reblinks. Supply the RSS 2.0 feed address and it checks if the <channel/link> element points to a page which has auto-discovery that reflects back to the original RSS feed address.

http://reblinks.therssweblog.com/tools.aspx#disco

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 20:14:45 GMT
XML Well Formedness Checker

Everytime I need an XML well-formedness checker, I can't find one. So, I wrote one. Untested 67 lines of code.

http://reblinks.therssweblog.com/tools.aspx

Sun, 06 Apr 2008 18:24:24 GMT
Countdown Widget

I was looking for a countdown widget and most all of them I stumbled on didn't work very well and many didn't work at all. I finally decided on the yourminis.com countdown widget. Not great, but at least it works.

http://www.yourminis.com/minis/yourminis/yourminis/mini:countdown

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 00:24:05 GMT
Facebook Sharer.php

One of the least taken advantage of features in Facebook that doesn't require much work is the Facebook Share Partners. This is a link that when clicked shares the current page on the users Facebook profile.

http://www.facebook.com/share_partners.php

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