Archive for April, 2008
April 30, 2008⇒ Internet News: Flickr Taking Privacy Just Casually Enough.
Susan Kuchinskas has a nice write up of my talk on Friday that manages to hit most of my quotable moments (and leaves out the few that really shouldn’t make it to print). Slides coming soon.2. (Aside casual privacy, collaboration, conference, flickr, personal, privacy, talk)
I didn’t make it to the keynote to see our new CTO speak (meetings that morning), but it was very strange, bordering on deeply surreal to watch the video of it.
Interesting to see my “Flickr is the 2nd largest API ” meme work its way up the tree. I didn’t make that factoid up per se, and I’d probably stand behind it if pushed, but I did reason from very limited data. (also AWS screws up the story, is utility computing an API?)
Still haven’t quite adjusted to the transition of OAuth from being a personal project that the “Paranoids” (official title of Yahoo’s internal security experts) were angry at me for working on (against Yahoo policy for Yahoos to work on security related projects), to a the company wide standard, at least on paper.
April 25, 2008⇒ random($foo): Internet Asshattery, Armchair Scaling Experts Edition.
I miss Leonard, Gordon, and Andy. But now that they’ve dispersed from Big Purple it’s nice to see all three of them schooling the internet in what real tech reporting might look like. You almost forget how bad it’s gotten until you see someone with a clue do it. Talk about amateur hour being over.0. (Aside fluffy clouds, lhl, reporting, scaling, social networks, techcrunch, twitter, upcoming)
April 20, 2008⇒ Hypertable looks really interesting from everything I’ve read but ….
… I can’t get over this nagging question, “Why does Zvents need a distributed, sparse matrix, versioned datastore?” I don’t track the calendaring space as much as I used to, and sometimes innovation is self justifying, but I’d feel a lot better about the project if I knew that answer.2. (Aside bigtable, calendaring, dist, fluffy clouds, hypertable, zvents)
I’m speaking next Friday at the SF Web2Expo on Casual Privacy. I’m speaking in Dublin Speaking Thursday May 8th (2 weeks later) in Dublin on Advanced OAuth Wrangling. Hope to see you at one or both of those talks.
April 18, 2008⇒ code.flickr: Web 2.0 Expo, you’re in our town now.
I’ve just posted to the new Flickr Developer blog a list of all the various Flickr folks speaking at next weeks Web 2.0 Expo. Also, if you haven’t seen it, take a spin around the rest of code.flickr, a new site for the Flickr development community that launched this week, and has been brewing as side project since time immemorial.0. (Aside casual privacy, code.flickr, conference, flickr, talks, w2e, web2expo)
April 17, 2008⇒ John Gruber calls out the sorry state of Twitter’s APIs (while talking about the lack of good iPhone clients).
Me I just wish they’d bring back a delegated auth endpoint, whether their proto-OAuth, or a real OAuth endpoint. Meanwhile my only issue with m.twitter.com is I want the option to see only the subset of folks I have device notification turned on for.0. (Aside api, iphone, mobile, oauth, twitter)
Both of my grandfathers were compulsive readers. They left behind large libraries. My Grandpa however was a life long fan of science fiction, and his library includes boxes, and boxes, and boxes of paper back science fiction novels purchased starting in the 1930s and running up until a few years ago.
Going through the collection some had been damaged by rodents, and weather, and had to be tossed, but even keep only those in good condition they filled 21 file boxes.
My brother and I spent a little while trying to identify software to help with the cataloging. We didn’t find anything useful. In particular most assumed that the bulk of your catalog had ISBNs (introduced in the 1970s), or even barcodes.
We ended up setting up a shared Google spreadsheet, and, along with our Dad, hand entered the first box. (thankfully the data is repetitive. One of the delights of the experience was going to type in an author or publisher, and auto-completing as someone else had already added a book by that author).
Now the question is, how do you go about enriching that data, and identifying which of the books are interesting. We found a first edition 1954 “I Am Legend” which a quick web search suggests sells for $50-$100USD. But we have no idea how many other interesting titles we were simply unfamiliar with.
And we have even reach the esoteric stuff, like the “double feature” printings, which can be read front to back as one story, or flipped around and read back to front for an entirely different pulp novel.
Are there books? Newsletters? Websites? God forbid APIs for doing this stuff? Alibris, and Abebooks seem to be the most prominent, but not terribly useful. Ideally there would be a database out there with confirmed first edition information, estimated value, cover art, etc.
And we’re back in the index. Weee!
WordPress got hacked. Google was my early warning system. Within 12 hours of being hacked Laughingmeme had been largely delisted. There is more to say on this at some point soon. But for now I’m back, tracking WP trunk, with a cron job to reminding me to do updates. Thanks everyone for words of encouragement, nice to be missed.
Anyone know how to get re-instated/page rank back?
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Odd. Noticed quite by accident tonight that this page is no longer the top hit for “kellan”. In fact it appears to have been totally removed from the index, appearing briefly at the bottom of the 2nd page results, but without the option of a cached view. Not sure whats happened, but its clearly something was done rather then a gradual degradation in authority, as the other pages whose authority for “kellan” inherit their authority from this page are showing up higher.
Confused, bit disappointed. Don’t really want to have to learn how to hack/SEO Google just to make it work properly. :-/
Additionally “laughingmeme” turns up the Swik page, while “kellan elliott-mccrea” is finding me on CPAN. Bah.
April 5, 2008⇒ Textism: Alright..
The world is better for having Dean Allen in it. I missed Textism.0. (Aside, Uncategorized )
⇒ kewlchops: Spruiking, Breadcrumbs & Marching..
George on the emergent cultural phenomena of awards/achievements/bravos/celebrations in the Flickr community. Someone should write a PhD.0. (Aside, Uncategorized flickr)
Thinking again about distributed log oriented writes as a better architecture for a whole class of persistent data we need to deal with. Atomic appends are actually one of the least appreciated features in GFS, and certainly the most critical feature HDFS is missing. Right now I’m not even sure I’m supposed to be worrying, my back of the napkins are saying maybe 10-20mil daily appends across 3-4mil queues is just like running a big mail install right? (remind me to look at Maildir again)
Also contrary to TC’s breathy article BigTable is not much like SimpleDB (other then they’re both ways of storing and retrieving data which aren’t MySQL) in that it doesn’t give you querying, just limited range scans on rows, and it seems to be really really expensive to add new columns (at least whenever I talk to Gengineers, they seem to flinch at the concept)
Meanwhile I’m still waiting on DevPay for SimpleDB, before I get into it in a big big way.