Lie this video at the end of a Facebook Video

Lie this video

Despite Facebook’s reluctance to allow us to dislike things they are quite happy for use to lie. Either that or they just can’t spell like!

For a long time now, I have been using the YOURLS WordPress plugin to post updates to my twitter feed when I create a blog post. Since I am the only person who posts on this blog I could quite safely set the Tweet message to “%T” by @flungo – %U but I now want to experiment and see if I can link this with the Twitter User plugin. The Twitter User plugin simply adds a field to the user’s profile for their twitter name so I now want to see if setting the Tweet message to “%T” by @%A{twitter} – %U will output a tweet automatically using my twitter username.

In the case of my blog this is not important as there is only one person who posts (me) but for other people who have blogs with more than one poster this could be useful.

UPDATE: It worked as can be seen here. I will make a full guide to setting this up and configuring it soon!

There is a new way of showing you appreciation for things posted on the web, and this one helps support content providers at the same time! Currently you have various sharing widgets for social and non-social services such as Facebook, Digg, Twitter, MySpace, Google Buzz, etc. but all these do is increase the publicity of the website and that’s providing someone actually looks at what has been shared. In a long term view this could increase revenues from your content as the more popular a page is the more chance of someone clicking “Donate” or clicking on an Advert but there is no guarantee!

Flattr Logo

Flattr is different. Flattr allows you to show appreciation for content and give a donation towards the content provider. This means that the content provider is guaranteed to get something for your appreciation. To fully understand just what Flattr is I recomend you view this explanatory video which pretty much sums it up:

To give a bit more detail on how it works, you fill your account with some money then

Flattr solves a problem which I often have with regards to donating! A lot of the time (especially with freeware) I want to give the developer something for the trouble of designing there but going through PayPal to donate a small would make no sense and might come across as more rude – particularly when they see that a large chunk has been taken with PayPal’s fees. Flattr makes giving small amounts easier and make more sense

The important thing about Flattr is that to receive you have to give! You cannot just set up a Flattr and receive money and by doing this it keeps the Flattr ecosystem going, as if you have paid for Flattr you are going to want to use it where ever you can and this in turn helps the developers. Another important thing that has been done to encourage using your flattr is that whether or not you flattr anyone, if you account is active, you will have to pay the monthly fee. At the moment this money goes to charity but you would still want to use your Flattr for what it is designed for which will help content publishers who have the Flattr button.

With usage comes popularity and expansion; if Flattr can get established then lots of sites will offer it and having a Flattr account will be worthwhile and will hopefully lead to a more productive and rewarding web for all!

Last year (as I do most years) I went to Italy in the summer and went to Mondragone (where my dad’s side of the family comes from). Whilst there, the Italian festival of Ferragosto was taking place and i took these videos of the fireworks:

A bit late, I know BUT did anyone else discover this on Google? The three videos bellow show the easter egg at different times showing what happened at each point:

I will be blogging more about this in the future, but in my loft we have a little train set, set up! We are currently working on it and building it up to something amazing but here is the first layout we had:

If you are ever bored, and can get hold of one of these mosquito zappers, try using it on a full size fly. Takes longer to zap but it works and it is so much more fun!

In 2008, my school went on a pilgrimage to Walsingham. In this video we start by trying to get him to sing but then after realizing the driver is a lookalike of a teacher he bursts into hysteric at which time he is insulted for being gay (which as far as we know it not true)!

I rarely use the web based Twitter site (favouring the features provided by API based twitter applications) but I have been noticing a few changes recently. One change that I spotted on Sunday morning that really interested me, so I decided to write this blog about it. I am uncertain of the formal name that twitter has given this feature but the way I would describe it, is as a user profile card.

On your timeline, if you hover over the name of of the person who tweeted the message or anyone who is mentioned in a tweet you will notice a little balloon/bubble appear. The aesthetics of this balloon/bubble is different depending on whether you highlighted the posters name or someone mentioned but the content is essentially the same.

Example of Profile Cards

Poster's profile card (left) | Mentioned user profile card (right)

When you highlight the tweet, you first get a quick summary containing username, full name, shortened user bio and some user options. From this you can then click “more…” which will display a lot more information. After clicking more, you pretty much get all the information that you would be able to find by visiting their profile; including their most recent tweet. The only information not shown would be any information that would be on their twitter background profile (if they have a background like mine) or any tweets that are not their most recent! This is more than enough information to save time by not having to load a whole profile.

Expanded profile card

Expanded profile card of a person you are not following

The grey bar at the bottom of the profile card is identical to the one you get the top of a user’s profile page when you go to see it. If you are not following the user (as in the image above) you are given the option to start following and a drop down list (the same as the one on the users main profile). If you are following the user the “Follow” button would change as it would if you were viewing a user profile. There is however one feature (which you would get on their profile) that you do not get with this profile card; you cannot add/remove the user from lists, however this is no great loss.

Profile card for a user that you are following

If the user’s profile is private and you are not following them you get the following message:

Sorry, this does not appear to be an active Twitter account

Profile Card of a protected user (Thanks to @parmi38)

This new feature makes it quick and easy to find out user-stats without having to visit profiles and would also be helpful when friends mention people you don’t know; you can highlight their name and find out a bit about them. Overall I like this new feature (although due to the fact I mainly use API it wont affect me) but share your views in the comments below.

In a few weeks I should be getting my room re-decorated and when this happens, all my servers and computers will get moved into my bedroom and they will all be set-up neatly. To keep things extra neat and save me having to keep going into the cupboards, where my computers will reside, I would like face plates above my desk that give me all the ports I could possibly need!

An example of a fully assembled double gang wall plate

An example of a fully assembled double gang wall plate

I would like a wall plate or a set of wall plates with the following connection (in order from left to right):

  • 2x RCA Jacks (Red and white)
  • 1x Optical S/PDIF
  • 3x RCA Connections (Red, White, Yellow)
  • 2x Cat6 RJ45 conections (not required though)
  • 2x PS/2 connections (Keyboard/Mouse)
  • 2x 15-Pin D-Sub (VGA)
  • 2x PS/2 connections (Keyboard/Mouse)
  • 2-4x USB connections (USB Hub)
  • 1/2x 6 pin Firewire connections
  • 1x 3.5mm Jacks
  • 2x RCA Jacks (Red and white)

All connections should be female and have 2.2m+ (maybe even 2.5m to be safe) of cable with the male connector at the end of the cables. A modular system would be best as it would allow for change in the future and offer expandability.

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