Category Archives: PHP

Day One Journal Total Word Count

After my previous post I got curious as to the total number of words I’ve written in Day One so far. A quick Google search didn’t turn up any obvious solutions, so here’s a short PHP script that gives you a total. Just pass it a path to your .dayone journal file at the command […]

Rockwell – Sort of like a private Foursquare meets Fire Eagle

Back in 2008, when I worked for Yahoo!, I had the good fortune of chatting with Tom Coates a few times about the now defunct Fire Eagle location brokerage service. Fire Eagle was my absolute favorite product to come out of Yahoo! during my time there. I’ve always been fascinated by real-time location data and […]

Importing Jekyll Posts into WordPress

Nearly four years ago I switched my main site over to Jekyll. It’s been great. But late last year I decided to make that site and its blog purely about my software business and move all of my non-work posts over to my tyler.io domain so I could have a personal site again. To encourage […]

Generating Strong, User Friendly Passwords in PHP

For an upcoming project, I needed a quick PHP function that would generate strong passwords. It’s an easy problem on the surface, but it has some quirky nuances that appear if you spend any length of time thinking about it. For example, it’s not enough to merely pick characters at random — you have to […]

Open Source Updates

On this lazy Sunday afternoon I thought I’d take the opportunity to mention a few open source projects I’ve recently updated. GitHub makes sharing code so ridiculously easy, it’s a shame not to call attention to it occasionally in case other people might find something useful. Sosumi 2.0 First up is Sosumi 2.0. Last year, […]

Shine – An Indie Mac Dashboard

Two years ago, shortly after I released VirtualHostX 1.0, I wrote about Appcaster – a web dashboard for Mac developers I built that manages my application updates, payment processing, etc. With the release of VHX 2.0 and Incoming!, I decided it was time to rewrite Appcaster as the original code was hurried and hastily patched […]

Persistant Location Updates From iPhone to Fire Eagle

Location Based Services are hot. They add an extra layer of usefulness on top of the web sites and products we’re already using. The trick is keeping your location updated in the cloud as frequently, comfortably, and securely as possible. Fire Eagle fulfills the security requirement — brokering your whereabouts only to parties you’ve authorized. […]

Google Voice Dialer

Last year I posted a PHP script that lets you dial phone numbers using Grand Central. I updated it this morning to support Google Voice as well. The syntax is the same

You can grab the code from my google-voice-dialer project on GitHub.

PHP Wrapper for Yahoo! GeoPlanet

Earlier this month I wrote a quick PHP wrapper for Yahoo!’s GeoPlanet API. It’s a super useful service for querying geographical information about nearly any place on earth — addresses, landmarks, colloquial locations, etc. Or, as the official description says GeoPlanet helps bridge the gap between the real and virtual worlds by providing an open, […]