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10 Aug 2009 (updated 12 Aug 2009 at 10:18 UTC) »

Android Squeezebox Remote!

Fun project of the evening: start of a Squeezebox remote control app for Android. And it works! Well, at least play/pause/stop. Much, much more to go, but just fun at this point....

Will be open sourcing it as soon as possible tomorrow.

Update, 2009-08-12 2:23am: Squeezer is born.

Syndicated 2009-08-10 05:23:27 (Updated 2009-08-12 09:23:30) from Brad Fitzpatrick

Messing with survey people

I just got a call from a survey company, asking me to rate the quality of some service phone call I'd made recently.

First she asked if I had five minutes to complete a survey about a phone call I'd made recently. I thought that five minutes was longer than the phone call itself, but I felt bad for her, and I was amused, so I agreed to the survey.

"How would you rate the overall quality of the call? Please answer with a number from 1 to 5 where 5 is excellent is 1 is poor."

I answer, "4.6"


"Sir, would you say 4.6 is closer to 4 or closer to 5?"


I was chuckling the rest of the call, just saying "5." because I didn't want to confuse her.

Syndicated 2009-07-20 00:39:36 from Brad Fitzpatrick

this has gone too far

wot? San Francisco Water does social networking?!

Syndicated 2009-07-03 21:01:59 (Updated 2009-07-03 21:02:39) from Brad Fitzpatrick

Google Profiles has XFN now

Google Profiles just launched a new feature that's too dorky and obscure to warrant an official "Google blog" blog post, so the product manager on it said, "Brad, you're dorky... you should post it. You do Social Graph API stuff. The right people would read your blog, right?" (roughly)

So sure, I'll blawg it here.

Google Profiles now have XFN rel="me" attributes on links. Again. (It had them briefly for awhile but it was done grossly so they were removed...)

Why is this important? rel="me" links are the glue of your social identity online. They tie together all your sites & accounts, letting other sites know where to find you. (Of course, if you don't want to be found, or have different personas: don't make links between them!). But if you're reading this post you already know all this, so I'll shut up.

How does it work in Google Profiles now? While I don't work directly on Profiles, I sit near them and like to voice opinions on things. So here's the new design, which you can blame me for parts of if you hate it:

  • assume users don't care about rel="me" and it's super dorky.
  • do the best possible right thing by default, but let dorks override it.
  • assume users will use products in ways you didn't imagine (aka "wrong")
  • assume users will add Profiles links to their favorite websites, bands, friends, etc., not just "their" pages on the web.
  • hide the rel="me" choice by default when adding a link
  • show the rel="me" choice if they go back and press "edit" on it
  • track two new bits per-link:
    1. does the user care about rel="me"? (i.e. are they dorky?)
    2. if so, does the user want this link to be rel="me"?
  • when rendering the Profiles page HTML, consider those two bits:
    • if the dork bit is on, use the value of the second bit (whether they chose rel="me" on this link)
    • if the bit is off, just guess. But guess somewhat conservatively. We can adjust these heuristics over time (a lot of which are based on sgnodemapper), as most the links will be in do-not-care mode.

So, my dorky friends, you can now fix the rel="me" state on your links by going to the editor and pressing "Edit" on the links and checking their state. Be sure to hit "Save" at the bottom.


(And keep in mind that the real utility of all this comes later. Consider yourself a dorky earlier adopter.)

Syndicated 2009-06-24 20:38:47 (Updated 2009-06-24 20:42:02) from Brad Fitzpatrick

Birthday Card

Sierra's brother sent her a birthday "card":

I do not support the holiday card industry. Happy b-day. Love, Ian M-S.

Syndicated 2009-06-09 20:12:46 (Updated 2009-06-09 20:14:55) from Brad Fitzpatrick


Went to Seattle with Sierra this weekend. Hung out with her parents and brother and went hiking with her dad and recorded it with the "My Tracks" Android app, which let me upload it to Google Maps: the 7.6 mile Hansville hike. Good hike & good app.

Back to SF tonight.

Syndicated 2009-05-31 20:20:47 from Brad Fitzpatrick

Facebook Phonebook Exporter updated

Updated my old Facebook Phonebook Exporter / sync tool to work with Facebook's new layout.

Syndicated 2009-05-09 22:39:52 from Brad Fitzpatrick

27 Apr 2009 (updated 27 Apr 2009 at 14:10 UTC) »


Brett and I made a bunch of progress on PubSubHubbub today. Bunch of new docs, two Perl modules, protocol clarifications & spec cleanup, hub server updates, etc.

If you haven't read about it, or it's been awhile, I encourage you to go check it out.

We're looking for help with client libraries and general involvement if you have any time! Join the list and claim a language / CMS.

Syndicated 2009-04-27 05:09:32 (Updated 2009-04-27 13:31:05) from Brad Fitzpatrick

20 Apr 2009 (updated 20 Apr 2009 at 17:05 UTC) »

Newspaper Death

When I read blogs, I'm more tolerant to grammatical mistakes. But the AP? C'mon:



At his news conference Obama said he didn't think he did much damage to U.S. security or interests by shaking the hand of Chavez, whose country has a defense budget about one-six hundredth the size of the United States, and depends upon it's oil reserves for solvency.

(emphasisze mine)

Seriously, AP editors? Seriously, Steven R. Hurst?

Maybe the newspapers should die.

Syndicated 2009-04-20 15:26:01 (Updated 2009-04-20 16:30:46) from Brad Fitzpatrick

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