Archive for the ‘social web’ Category

Shock! Horror! Fraud on eBay.

I changed my mind at the last minute and dusted off my real site to post about this topic.

Lance D Chambers and his lame scam

Farewell Del.icio.us, farewell flickr, farewell Konfabulator; Shove it Yahoo.

I will not become a further addition to Yahoo’s massive consumer data set.

I love del.icio.us and run used to run Konfabulator on both my work and home machines. Flickr is cool; but I’ve never really made it part of my daily online experience.

So Konfabulator’s out the window — I guess I’ll switch to a Mac if I want those sort of toys again. I’ve mirrored my Del.icio.us account locally and will probably use something like Freetag to build my own version. Dreamhost’s one press installs of Gallery means the flickr thing isn’t an issue; that was setup in 5 minutes. Obviously the Gallery interface is a long way from that of flickr — I figure now that so many hardline ‘socialist’ geeks will be evacuating these hosted services like a plague infested Titanic there should be plenty of people with common requests and suitable skills joining the communities of projects such as Gallery.

At least then something good will come of this for users at large.

Best blog on WordPress.com… Maybe

I design and develop web applications for a living.
Sad, I know (don’t worry, I’m on step 3 of 12 already!).

Anyhoo, as a part of that I take it upon myself to stay abreast of every flavour-of-the-month technology that wafts through the hollowed halls of teh interw3b.

During such nautical adventures, my ship ran aground on the shores of Go Flock Yourself; unquestionably my favourite of the plethora of AJAX-pimping blogs that have popped up of late.

May all their XMLHttpRequests return 200ok; and may all their subsequent modal dialogs fade smoothly.

More Flock Ponderings… upcoming.org please?

Flock is all about social web services and having a central point from which to access and control your accounts on these services. I’m all for that idea; always have been.

So far there’s a tight (but buggy) integration with del.icio.us accounts and a basic Flickr browser. That’s cool and all, but I’m holding out for the next obvious integration: upcoming.org and the Mozilla Calendar.

How long before flock automagically syncs up my upcoming.org events and suggests events that I may be interested in?

My guess is ‘not long’. We’ll see…

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Edit: Flock’s ‘Blog Editor’ interface still has some serious bugs to work out; eg: When this post was published, it edited the timestamp of my last post to 8:19pm tonight, thereby screwing the order of the posts. That’s not real cool 😐

Flock ‘Social Browser’ – First Impressions

EDIT: I quickly became sick of Flock and uninstalled it. If my memory serves, it lasted ~3 days. Oh well, browsers are hard to do well.

I’ve just installed the pre-Developer preview release (aka. “There be BUGZ!! Use at your own risk”) of Flock and the first impression is certainly a good one.

This is just a quick test post to see how well their Blog Editor interface does with detecting and interacting with my WordPress.com account.

It doesn’t appear that ‘Save as Draft’ works properly; so I’ve just reported my first bug. Now to see if the tags I’ve entered in the Flock UI end up as Categories in WordPress…

Oh, and if you haven’t heard of Flock; don’t freak out! They’re using the Gecko engine, so it’s not going to cause more compatibility woes for client-side developers and hopefully most of the great extensions available for Firefox will work 🙂

Edit: The tags-to-categories conversion didn’t work, and the mark-up that resulted had a <br /> at the end of each paragraph. All minor problems considering this is a preview release of a preview release…

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