October 2009

Our own little SMS gateway

One of my favorite projects at Kielikeidas, and stories to tell from those days, was when we created our own home-grown SMS gateway.

When a longtime client of our’s asked if we could set up a weblog in a hurry (to start in six days), I said “no problem.” What the client had neglected to tell me was that he wanted the weblog to be updatable via a mobile phone, and from anywhere in Russia. Read more

Ilya
  • FFXporter. A free Flickr eXporter iPhoto plugin. Note: doesn't currently work with iPhoto 09.

Powazek: “FAQ you SEO!”

It’s a bit amusing that Derek Powazek’s own rant-rebuttal is currently the number two result on Google for “SEO FAQ.”

And oh my, his URLs aren’t even optimized!

As a designer-slash-developer, I can definitely understand where Derek’s coming from. But I’m also willing to admit that there’s a legitimate place for specialized SEO experts. Maybe it’s like consultants and lawyers?

Ilya


Iglesia Maradoniana

Iglesia Maradoniana on Wikipedia: “Supporters of the Maradonian Church, supposedly from all parts of the world, count the years since Maradona’s birth in 1960. It is popular among the followers of this religion, and also among other football fans, to use the neo-Tetragrammaton ‘D10S’ as one of the names of Maradona. D10S is a portmanteau word which fuses Maradona’s shirt number (10) and Dios, the Spanish word for God.”

Ilya


Font Squirrel and The League of Moveable Type

Font Squirrel offers hand-picked fonts that are free for commercial use. It also has @font-face kits, which is nice.

The League of Moveable Type has a manifesto. They want “the most well-made, free and open-source, @font-face ready fonts.” An open source type movement sounds good to me!

Ilya

  • Introducing Magnum. Matt Gattis opensources his Python-based HTTP server, which "can run faster than most servers written in compiled code (such as Apache), can handle more simultaneous open keep-alive connections, and works well with slow clients."


My first shoes bought online

Poking around Zappos, of which I’ve heard so many good things over the years, I found a pair of shoes I really liked. Too bad they don’t ship abroad. So I bought the same pair from Shoebuy.com. While Shoebuy is definitely no Zappos (which could also be improved, according to some), all in all, it seemed to work. The site doesn’t look like much, and most annoyingly, they don’t have a “Your account” link anywhere that I can find, but the shoe size voting inspired enough confidence in me to take the plunge.

Shipping isn’t free, of course, but assuming that the shoes will fit (so I don’t have to return them), that expense wasn’t too bad.

Online shopping is a totally new game when living in the UK. (Free shipping for over £5 orders from Amazon.co.uk!)

Ilya



  • Open Source Mac. Open source OS X software. I'd add uTorrent, and, for that matter, a separate list for pay apps.




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