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Twitter API and Email Addresses

One thing that appears to be a recurring theme on the Twitter API development mailing list and in the IRC channel of Freenode is the question of getting access to a users email address. I’ve always found this frustrating and have never seen a good reason why a users email address should be given out via any API method. The…

Open Data Results

I was asked earlier this year to take part in an Open Data survey to see how data was being used. The survey was performed by Tim Davies. You can find the report here or a summary here.

Kippa’s & Code

This weekend marked the first GeoCaching event that I’ve been to. “To Cache a Kippa” was held at the Keele University KPA and they placed ten new caches around the campus that we got a few first-to-finds on. It was really nice to meet fellow cachers and share stories about being out caching. We have met a few other local…

Luds Church

For a long while now I’ve been visiting a place in the Roaches called Luds Church. From Gradbach to Luds Church is a good 15 to 20 minute walk that you would take, the only people you used to see on your way is at the old mill which is now a Youth Hostel. In winter the chasm is beautiful…

A Guide to Geocaching

As many of the regular readers of this site and my Twitter account will know, I’ve very much integrated GeoCaching into my daily life. Just like pringles you won’t be able to stop once you’ve started. GeoCaching is a very simple premise that is similar in principle to the old idea of letter-boxing. You can sign up at geocaching.com for…

Twitter API Oauth Update Status

This PHP script will post an update to Twitter using OAuth. You can download the complete script and library here. The Actual Script 1 &nbsp Running the Script &nbsp The End Product &nbsp

Stoke-on-Trent DIY

After living in Stoke-on-Trent for quite a while again now I’ve come to realise like many others that when needing to find something out about local government – generally you head to stoke.gov.uk. This is an old site that has been online for a number of years without too much improvement. For a lot of topics you can actually find…

Check Apple Device Warranty

You can get quick information about any of your Apple devices by using their self service warranty information page, located here. For serial numbers from iPhones and iPads it’ll show supported networks, current warranty status and a little more. Its also useful for checking legitimacy of serial numbers.

Parsing GeoCache GPX with PHP

While working on the new cache pages for this site I came across the interesting task of parsing GPX files with PHP. SimpleXML is quite easy to use and with the children() function you can use namespace extensions – for example with GeoCaching exported GPX files. You can get an awful lot more information from a GeoCache GPX than with…