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Featured in The Sentinel

My quote from a few days ago has been featured in the local newspaper "The Sentinel". You can read the full article about Google Streetview coming to our counties on their website.

Really, robots.txt is There for a Reason

Quite a while back now in Internet history a system called ‘robots.txt’ was introduced to control the content that web crawlers and services are permissible to crawl. This file details a map which denotes what crawler/bot is allowed to crawl a site. At tweekly.fm I deal with a lot of user traffic and the complicated nature of our queries means…

Tweekly.fm Featured in a Book

Sometime last week I was talking to Simon about Tweekly.fm and he informed me that Tweekly.fm was going to be feature in a book that’s being written by Garin Kilpatrick. Garin’s book will document tools to be used with Twitter and we’re happy that we’re going to be featured. Its nice to see that the service being provided to end…

Caching & ADOdb for Tweekly.fm

The best thing about building a project that gets popular is the same as the worst things about a project that grows rapidly. Tweekly.fm is currently gaining 1,500 users per month most of which decide to publish on a Sunday. This increases the load and run time of the delivery engine that pushes tweets outbound. The other side of an…

Social Traffic Alerting

I spent some time yesterday extending the StokeTraffic platform to include support for eye witness reports provided by users of the service. This now means that the service will include real time eye witness reports of problems and conditions of the roads in and around Stoke on Trent. All users are invited to participate in this extension of the service…

The Roaches: Lud’s Church

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be writing about how to get to and see parts of The Roaches and other Peak District places. I’ll also be making an effort to update parts of Wikipedia to reflect these changes too. Over time, paths change and the ways of getting to a lot of places change too.…

Geocaching.com Storing Plaintext Passwords

I completely found myself in shock earlier today when I had to use the ‘forgotten password’ feature on geocaching.com. To my complete amazement, they emailed my password back to me in plaintext. Now, bearing in mind that most of their site is basic in features I’m sure they haven’t generated their own two way encryption so that means they’re storing…

LaFonera as a Wifi Bridge/Repeater

This is a screenshot of the bandwidth usage for the Fonera router I flashed last week. Everything seems to be working fine. A couple of PDF documents that I found useful can be downloaded here and here.

Last.fm Auto-Tweeting

This has been moved to http://tweekly.fm as I’ve rewritten and redeveloped the tweekly system. Also, there is a Facebook version here at laststat.us I’ve just finished the beta of my autotweeting last.fm statistics system. It’ll take your last.fm top artists and publish them to Twitter on a day of your choosing.You can sign up for the beta here. If you…