At the beginning of the week, I officially launched a little project named MicroBlogBuzz. The concept is simple: find URLs on micro-blogging platforms, and present the top blogged ones.
For those not familiar with micro-blogging, it’s pretty much like blogging, but smaller — hence the micro prefix. Micro-blogging posts are very short, 140-160 characters that is. The most popular platform is Twitter, but new platforms are appearing, such as Pownce, Jaiku and Identica. Also, this year’s TechCrunch50 winner is the project oriented micro-blogging platform Yammer (which I didn’t get to try yet).
Back to MicroBlogBuzz, I started this little project part time while testing various APIs, and when stumbled on TwitterBuzz, which presents the most popular links on Twitter. However, TwitterBuzz only present the domain name, which isn’t really meaningful since most micro-bloggers use TinyURL or similar services to shorten their URL. TinyURL was presented as the Top Twitter link. And I thought it was kind of stupid. So I decided to do the same thing, but to follow the HTTP redirections to get to the final URL.
In this saturday morning, I’m pasting my copy, sipping my coffee and sniffing around other peoples blog looking for gems.
Well, no gems found this morning, only a little single-handed pleasure Flash game called Bunker. Free advice: don’t buy the shitty 400$ shot gun, it really sucks.
On this saturday morning, I’m sipping my coffee and sniffing around other peoples blog looking for gems.
The first gem I found is candy. It’s a little puzzle game named Shift I found on Le techno-blogue à Steph! (the game’s in english, but this excellent blog’s in french). It reminds me the Prince of Persia days on my old i8086 with my CGA 4 color screen. Nostalgia! Nonetheless, the reverting action is kind of hard on the brain.
Also, yesterday, something incredible happened to me. Really amazing, and it was about time. Not, not an haircut, but I’m working hard on that one. My cell phone service provider, Fido, now offers unlimited traffic, that is. Now, I only need a YouTube client and I can kiss Videotron’s traffic limit good bye! Just kidding.
Which brings me to a pretty cool application I’ve found a while back on Product Review: WidSets. This is basically a widget platform built on Java MidP2, thus compatible with most smart phones running Symbian, Windows Mobile etc. It runs great on my Nokia E61, but I didn’t have to chance to try it on other phones (nope, I’m part of the iPhone sect yet).
How it works : you open the widget (let’s say TechCrunch), read the actual article (some only contains the abstract), and send an email or add a bookmark if you like it. When you get home, or at the office, you login to your WidSets on a computer, then you can review your bookmark.
The Comcast affair (and recent China and Pakistan filtering) brings the spotlight on a Pandora box that must not be opened: net neutrality.
Network neutrality basically states that your internet service provider shouldn’t control what you have and don’t have access to on the internet.
Yup, it’s official, I’m an old fart. Yet, most of my friends are older, so I ain’t going to be bothered much about it today. 27 years ago I was born… And I’m pretty much were I was thinking I would be when I was kid, yet in a more realistic way (I don’t own a light saber and K2000). There’s still a lot to come, to do, to achieve and to live.
Also, there will be a total lunar eclipse tonight around 8:43PM EST. The next one is due in 2010, as is Rambo 14, and when I’ll be even closer to my thirthies. So you might not want to miss it – the eclipse that is, not Rambo. Credits for the little image does to Geeks Are Sexy.
Speaking of which, that new Rambo movie sucks: lots of killing and flying body parts, too much of drama, but not enough Rambo-the-one-man-army. Yet, a must see if you grew up with the first 3, in a time where violence on TV didn’t make you a serial killer. 6/10.
Referring to one of my posts earlier this week, I’ve been called yesterday, and apparently « we’ve been chosen »! One step closer from the 450 finale…
I’m currently looking for an appartment on the south shore of Montreal. Back in the 450 after 10 years living in the city! I’m getting a bit away from the urban craze, and closer to the sub urban one.
I actually found one already, and applied for it. Applied, that’s funny. Renting an appartment looks almost more complicated than obtaining a loan. Anyway, a nice 4 1/2 in a concrete building in the Vieux Longueuil, 10 minutes away from where my brother lives. I hope it works, I’ll know in a few days.