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Flickr Google Gadget

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If you are a fan of Flickr and happen to use iGoogle you may want to check out a Flickr Gadget I recently wrote. It looks like this:

The gadget currently offers three tabs/views. You can see either the latest photos from your Flickr contacts (requires specifying your flickr userid in the settings), a sampling from recent 'interesting' photos, or specify keywords to search across all Flickr photos. You can view larger versions of the thumbnails overlaid in the gadget or jump right into Flickr proper.

I enjoyed creating the gadget and would love to hear any feedback or ideas for improvements.

To add the gadget to your iGoogle page just click the screenshot above or install with this button:

Disclaimer: I work on the iGoogle team at Google.

Google Translation API

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A quick post to try out the new Google Translation API. This API allows web developers to do dynamic text translation from within a webpage. Specify some text, set the language to translate from/to and then display the text that Google returns. Let's see if it works on this very appropriate Richard Feynman quote. You can also check out the Official Google blog post announcing the API. Note this won't likely work if you are reading this within a feed reader.

There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It's a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you 'play' with them!




JustBlogIt 0.3.1

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A minor update of the JustBlogIt firefox extension has been released. This update fixes a problem with blogging from within Bloglines and includes updates to work in Firefox 2.0b1.

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I was late to the game with I had visited a few times but it never really clicked with me. I just didn't get it. Lists upon lists upon lists was all I saw in a very spartan unintuitive interface.

Two things have clued me in. First was the recent purchase of by Yahoo. From OddPost to Flickr, Yahoo has definitely been making great choices with its acquisitions. So why After some digging I came across this article titled Interview With Experts: What's so cool about Apparently I wasn't the only one who was having trouble grasping the importance of this site. From the article:

Delicious is, basically, a social bookmarking service. In a nutshell, that means that Delicious stores lists of bookmarks for me and tens of thousands of my closest friends, and we all get to see and search through each other's lists.

The final step that brought it home for me was signing up for an account and actually trying it. Wow. Now I get it. After using for less than a day I can now say confidently that the Bookmarks systems within browsers is seriously lacking. Broken even.

I add new links to my browser bookmarks daily but since organizing is such a pain it just gets appended to a giant multi-page scrolling menu of bookmarks. The list is so daunting that I rarely actually go back and use those bookmarks. I typically will try to re-find a site through Google for many minutes before even considering scanning the monstrous list. And even then just giving up is more appealing. uses 'tagging' to help you organize your links and without a doubt bookmarks and tagging were meant for each other. And since the bookmarks and tags are all shared and co-mingled with other people's bookmarks and tag, you get that warm squishy good feeling knowing you are contributing to some larger useful system. I've been converted.

JustBlogIt 0.3

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After Firefox 1.5 was launched I received a surprising amount of email from users complaining it no longer worked. Sorry it took so long but I finally got around to updating the install code and now version 0.3 of JustBlogIt is now available.

I was happy to see that at least the Bloglines and Rojo scraping JavaScript in JustBlogIt was still functional. I was worried that they would update their HTML structure and break my parser but so far so good.

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