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Flickr quietly launches machine tag support

24/01/2007 @ 20:05 UTC

Andy Baio : Flickr quietly launches machine tag support - the possibilities here are kinda mind-bending

kellan : Machine Tags: They live! They live! - Machine Tags: They live! They live!. Machine tags are not RDF. But they could play RDF on television. #

Simon Willison : Flickr Machine Tags - Flickr Machine Tags. A new feature for API developers that lets them stuff arbritrary namespaced key/value pairs in to tags and query them using the API. Even without range queries, this will enable a ton of exciting new third party developments.

plasticbag : Flickr's introduced the concept of machine tags for everyone to start playing with - Ooh. Classy. Nice. All kinds of things can be built off the back of this. I'm just starting to get my head around the possibilities, although it's probably worth noting that I'm not necessarily sufficiently qualified to get the best view...

joshua : flickr rolls out "machine tags" - like system:has: in delicious i guess

jimray : Machine tags on Flickr - Add more metadata to your photos via tags. All backend/API jiggerypockery for now, but this will be cool.

Nelson Minar : Structured Flickr tags - Machine tags are triples: namespace, keyword, value

MyOpenID: New anti-phishing tools available

24/01/2007 @ 17:00 UTC

Simon Willison : MyOpenID: New anti-phishing tools available - MyOpenID: New anti-phishing tools available. Includes SafeSignIn, which removes the login form from the landing page. You have to enable it in your preferences though.

Joel Veitch and Seven Seconds of Love have been given a pay-out from Coca-Cola after the multinat...

24/01/2007 @ 12:00 UTC

plasticbag : Joel Veitch and Seven Seconds of Love have been given a pay-out from Coca-Cola after the multinational giant ripped off their song and video - Tremendously good news. It's really satisfying to see personal non-corporate creativity win out in these environments against all the odds.

deusx : BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Ninja kitten band win Coke battle - "An unsigned British band have reached a settlement with Coca-Cola over the soft drink giant's use of their material in a television commercial."

Simon Willison : Ninja kitten band win Coke battle - Ninja kitten band win Coke battle. There’s a headline you don’t expect to see on BBC News.  [via]

The Spotlight File System for MacFUSE

24/01/2007 @ 07:01 UTC

jimray : The Spotlight File System for MacFUSE - This is wicked cool

Simon Willison : The Spotlight File System for MacFUSE - The Spotlight File System for MacFUSE. Finally, an easy way to create proper virtual folders on OS X using Spotlight and FUSE.  [via]

Pickles Begone

23/01/2007 @ 15:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Pickles Begone - Pickles Begone. Barry Warsaw’s notes on adding SQLAlchemy persistence to Mailman.

Stopping spambots with hashes and honeypots

23/01/2007 @ 15:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Stopping spambots with hashes and honeypots - Stopping spambots with hashes and honeypots. Ned’s analysis of how spambots work, along with some relatively simple tricks that should fool most of them.

Twitter Updater (a WordPress plugin)

23/01/2007 @ 01:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Twitter Updater (a WordPress plugin) - Twitter Updater (a WordPress plugin). “The Twitter Updater automatically sends a Twitter status update to your Twitter account when you create, publish, or edit your WordPress post.� Fantastic idea�I really want this for my own site.

Jeremy Zawodny : Twitter Updater (a WordPress plugin) - Twitter Updater (a WordPress plugin): "The Twitter Updater automatically sends a Twitter status update to your Twitter account when you create, publish, or edit your WordPress post." Interesting idea. I wonder how many users Twitter has...

In Which I Think About Java Again, But Only For A Moment

22/01/2007 @ 23:00 UTC

Simon Willison : In Which I Think About Java Again, But Only For A Moment - In Which I Think About Java Again, But Only For A Moment. Convincing argument as to why desktop applications written in Java rarely have decent user interfaces.

jcgregorio : Thought Palace » Blog Archive » In Which I Think About Java Again, But Only For A Moment - ""The APIs are too clumsy to code to, and compared to any decent Mac app, the results look like a Soviet tractor built on a Monday.""

Oxford Geek Nights

22/01/2007 @ 21:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Oxford Geek Nights - Oxford Geek Nights. 8pm on the 7th of February 2007 at the Jericho Tavern in Oxford. Three 15 minute talks and a bunch of 5 minute microslots. I’ll be giving a talk on OpenID.

Jon Hicks : Oxford Geeknights - Yay! Those lovely Torchbox fellows (and Natalie Downe in particular) have organised the first proper Oxford Geek night at the Jericho Tavern. See you there!

Wikipedia nofollows links

22/01/2007 @ 21:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Wikipedia nofollows links - Wikipedia nofollows links. Wikipedia’s high PageRank means this is likely to have a noticable knock-on effect on the rankings of many other sites.

Ma.gnolia Blog: OpenID is Taking Off!

22/01/2007 @ 20:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Ma.gnolia Blog: OpenID is Taking Off! - Ma.gnolia Blog: OpenID is Taking Off!. Since November, 15% of new Ma.gnolia members signed up using an OpenID.

Foo campers' Space Invaders and Cylon Raider artwork on Google Maps

22/01/2007 @ 20:00 UTC

Andy Baio : Foo campers' Space Invaders and Cylon Raider artwork on Google Maps - Google arranged a flyover of the campus during last year's camp

Simon Willison : On Space Art in Sebastopol... - On Space Art in Sebastopol.... Awesome. Our giant mosaic space invaders are going to show up on Google Earth!

Subtlety

22/01/2007 @ 11:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Subtlety - Subtlety. Instantly create an RSS feed from a public subversion repository.  [via]

kellan : subtlety : create feeds for SVN repositories - subtlety : create feeds for SVN repositories. Finally a Suversion replacement for my aging cvs2rss script. You don’t have to maintain the repository for it to work, and no more install Trac just to get a feed! [via#

Group Membership Protocol

22/01/2007 @ 11:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Group Membership Protocol - Group Membership Protocol. Martin Atkins’ proposal for a simple “is OpenID X a member of group Y?� protocol, useful for whitelists that can scale to handle large numbers of entries.

Jeremy Zawodny : Group Membership Protocol - OpenID Wiki - Group Membership Protocol - OpenID Wiki: if Yahoo was an OpenID provider, we could use something like this to let you figure out if someone was a member of a given Yahoo Group. Maybe. Interesting...

deusx : Group Membership Protocol - OpenID Wiki - "The following describes a simple protocol for enumerating the members of a group and for determining whether a given identifier is a member of a group."

Anonymous OpenID

21/01/2007 @ 04:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Anonymous OpenID - Anonymous OpenID. A mailinator-style service for OpenID. I’m glad someone’s built this; it reinforces the idea that an OpenID should not be trusted as an account without first using a verification step.

Phishing and OpenID: Bookmarks to the Rescue?

21/01/2007 @ 03:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Phishing and OpenID: Bookmarks to the Rescue? - Phishing and OpenID: Bookmarks to the Rescue?. Ping extends my proposal to use bookmarks as the principle authentication mechanism, resulting in a system that is much easier for people to understand.

MonsterID as Gravatar Fallback

21/01/2007 @ 01:00 UTC

Simon Willison : MonsterID as Gravatar Fallback - MonsterID as Gravatar Fallback. Cute monsters created using a trick similar to Don Park’s 9-blocks. I like these more than gravatars.

joshua : MonsterID as Gravatar Fallback - randomized avatars. cute

jcgregorio : MonsterID as Gravatar Fallback [splitbrain.org]

Fork JavaScript

21/01/2007 @ 01:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Fork JavaScript - Fork JavaScript. A great name for Yet Another JavaScript Library. This one tries to combine the best bits from YUI and Prototype.

jimray : Fork JavaScript - JS library attempting to combine the best of YUI and Prototype with a liberal license

Links to academic papers on phishing

19/01/2007 @ 19:01 UTC

Simon Willison : Links to academic papers on phishing - Links to academic papers on phishing. Posted to the openid-general list by Mike Beltzner.

TagMaps

19/01/2007 @ 12:00 UTC

Simon Willison : TagMaps - TagMaps. The toolkit behind the new YRB World Explorer, available to developers as a reusable Flash component.

The NHL's All-Star voting disaster

19/01/2007 @ 11:00 UTC

Simon Willison : The NHL's All-Star voting disaster - The NHL’s All-Star voting disaster. The NHL ran an online poll to decide which players are picked for their All-Star Game. The only authentication was a poorly implemented CAPTCHA. Unsurprisingly, it got gamed.

Matthew M. Boedicker : online NHL all-star voting gamed due to weak captcha - (via Simon Willison) [via]

MySpace Blocking Widgets?

19/01/2007 @ 11:00 UTC

Simon Willison : MySpace Blocking Widgets? - MySpace Blocking Widgets?. Making your business dependent on revenue from MySpace is sharecropping of the worst possible kind.

Introducing: World Explorer and TagMaps

19/01/2007 @ 11:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Introducing: World Explorer and TagMaps - Introducing: World Explorer and TagMaps. “Can we automatically extract information from Flickr geotagged images to create a rich visualization of the world we live in? The answer is: you bet.�

Mailhook - The easiest way to accept mail in your web apps

18/01/2007 @ 20:01 UTC

deusx : Mailhook - The easiest way to accept mail in your web apps - "Just put in a URL, and we'll give you a mail host that will post to your URL when it receives email, giving you easy access to all the fields of incoming email."

Simon Willison : Mailhook - Mailhook. Free e-mail address to HTTP POST bridge—just provide a script URL and you’ll be given a subdomain; any e-mail sent to an address at that host is then posted to your script.

Matthew M. Boedicker : mailhook, free email to HTTP POST gateway - (via simonwillison) [via]

bmilleare : Mailhook - The easiest way to accept mail in your web apps - Awesome

Visual Security: 9-block IP Identification

18/01/2007 @ 18:00 UTC

Simon Willison : Visual Security: 9-block IP Identification - Visual Security: 9-block IP Identification. Smart (and pretty) trick for showing a representation tied to a commenters IP address without affecting their privacy.

Rod Begbie : Don Park's Daily Habit - Visual Security: 9-block IP Identification - Attractive approach to giving plausible deniability when someone fakes your name posting comments, without having your IP address posted publicly. [via#

joshua : Visual Security: 9-block IP Identification - using a visual function of an ip address to establish continuity of identity

Matthew M. Boedicker : identicon puts an icon design based on your IP address in your comments to give a visual hint of identity - (via hack the planet) [via]

Milo Vermeulen : Don Park's Daily Habit - Visual Security: 9-block IP Identification, aka 'Identicons' [via]

factoryjoe : Don Park's Daily Habit - Visual Security: 9-block IP Identification - A neat trick for identifying people by visualizing IP addresses. Saved By: Chris Messina | View Details | Give Thanks Tags: metoday, avatar, ip verification, gylph

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