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...

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Automatically Compressing Your Amazon S3 Images Using Yahoo!'s Smush.it Service

I'm totally obsessed with web site performance. It's one of those nerd niches that really appeal to me. I've blogged a few times previously on the topic. Two years ago, (has it really been that long?) I talked about my experiences rebuilding this site following the best practices of YSlow....

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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...

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PHP Yahoo! Open Source

Download All of Your Flickr Photos and Sets

iLife '09 was released today. And with it came a much improved version of iPhoto with facial recognition, geotagging, and Flickr and Facebook support. With so many new ways to slice and dice my photos, I wanted to start over with a clean slate and get everything organized in iPhoto...

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PHP Yahoo! Photography

Building a Better Website With Yahoo!

It's been a long time coming, but I finally pushed out a new design for this website last month. I rebuilt it from the ground up using two key tools from the Yahoo! Developer Network: YUI Grids and YSlow The new design is really a refresh of the previous look with a focus...

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Yahoo! Web Performance

Microsoft and Yahoo! - My Take

A favorite theory among tech pundits is that the company that will eventually dethrone Google doesn't exist yet. Rather, it'll be the brainchild of former Googlers who quit when their current job becomes boring or their stock options vest. Imagine a mass exodus - hundreds of very rich, very smart engineers with nothing but free...

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Personal Yahoo!

Navigate Yahoo! Search Results Using Only Your Keyboard

Google has an experimental search page where you can test drive new search result layouts. My favorite is the Keyboard Shortcuts option. This lets you navigate and view search results using only the keyboard - no mouse required! It's a huge benefit for Quicksilver fans. Now that Yahoo! is my default search engine, I desperately...

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Hacks Yahoo!