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Fri, 26 Sep 2008 18:43:20 GMT
Flickr Mobile Sucks
Flickr Mobile must be one of the dumbest websites Yahoo has done yet. I working here on my mobile and I want to blog a photo. I immediately think of Flickr. I goto, click Upload and boom. No upload form? I have to email them the photo. Mistake #1. When creating a mobile app don't ever exclude your primary features, thinking you know best. I have a very capable device with WiFi. OK, I upload the photo with an email. Now lets blog it. Huh? No embed code? So basically Flickr mobile is a useless version of Flickr? And no option to use the useful non-mobile version. Please don't patheticize the mobile versions of your sites.
Thu, 25 Sep 2008 18:06:13 GMT
Syndicate your Christmas List
RSS can do everything. It can even syndicate your Christmas list. Check out Hellosanta ( Create your Christmas list, send it to Santa, tell your friend to subscribe and they'll know the instant you add that latest toy to your list. Change your Christmas list on Christmas eve and Santa will get it on his Blackberry just in time.

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 15:55:35 GMT
Powerful Anti-Spam
The worst part of Web 2.0 is the elevated amount of Spam. Several times per day, I get an invite to a new social network (or website) from someone I don't even know. Add phishing emails. Add scam emails. Add viagra emails. Add replica rolex watch emails. At the height of the Web 2.0 craze, I was getting tens of thousands of emails per month. Perimetec is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario and offers Email Spam Protection. They can eliminate email spam inside your organization with Perimetec's Barracuda Spam firewall.  This is a hardware firewall sitting between the Internet and your email gateway. Junk and spam email are discarded before they even find your email server. Questionable emails are quarantined. Quarantined emails can then be forwarded to the destination email address and the sender can be whitelisted to prevent future emails from also being quarantined. Barracuda uses 12 separate defense layers; Denial of Service (DoS) and Security Protection, Rate Controls, IP Reputation Analysis, Sender Authentication, Recipient Verification, Virus Protection, Policy (user-specified rules), Fingerprint Analysis, Intent Analysis, Image Analysis, Bayesian Analysis, and a Spam Rules Scoring engine. If you need something smaller and more personal, then consider Perimetec's hosted Email Spam Blocker at just $2.50 per month.
Fri, 19 Sep 2008 00:44:52 GMT
API Documentation
The most important part of a public Web Service API is its documentation. Without proper documentation, you end up with frustrated developers and excessive support request. For example, Amazon's Associates API.  I'm currently trying to implement BrowseNodeLookup operation. In the latest verson of their documentation, the BrowseNodeLookup operation points to an invalid page. In the second latest version of their document, the critical parameter BrowseNodeID is specified incorrectly (look at Toys 130, it's actually DVDs). As you go back in time thru their document, you note that all the BrowseNodeID enumerations have been incorrect for quite some time.
Sat, 06 Sep 2008 19:49:48 GMT
Google Chrome

Google finally released (as long expected) their own Web browser, called Google Chrome. At first glance, I'm unsure why I would use this instead of IE or Firefox. There does not appear to be a built-in RSS reader, nor any easy way of subscribing to feeds, nor a user friendly RSS view. It's quite disturbing to me to see the stripped tags-text view, which I thought we overcame several years ago. Arggg! Google's going backwards.

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 07:09:51 GMT
RSS Mixer!

The RSS Mixer looks pretty cool. Combine RSS feeds and make them available as other RSS feeds and widgets.

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