19 March 2010

API for Reittiopas, the Helsinki metropolitan area journey planner web service

[via:Rufus Gylling]

3 October 2009

Stalking Facebook users with strict privacy settings

This is important, so I’ll try to explain the linked article: The API is what applications and developers use. Applications on Facebook run with their users’ privileges: applications can see anything their users can.

To put it simply: Facebook allows anyone capable of writing, say, a simple but alluring questionnaire access to stuff most users probably think of as visible to friends and site admins only.

All Internet users who think of sharing information on Facebook and the Internet in general as being “kind of private”, should familiarize themselves with data mining. Except for when you forget to log off a service or leave your computer unlocked, the real privacy issues are rarely about what someone is able to see while browsing your inbox for a few minutes. It’s all about what profiling information can be collected over time and which patterns are identifiable in heaps of data.

[via:Waxy]

13 September 2008

ScribeFire, a Firefox extension based blog editor

I’m currently trying out ScribeFire. I’ve tried blogging clients such as MS’ surprisingly good Windows Live Writer before. So far I’ve kept myself to WordPress’ built in editor, which works increasingly well thanks to auto-saving and revision control, but having a text editor supporting drag and drop etc. as a browser extension seems worth trying out as a way to make publishing easier and faster.

Although all the major bits and pieces are in place, I miss a few things. So far mainly that WordPress’ own preview system isn’t employed, and that the editor doesn’t fetch WordPress’ different sized copies of images; these could be missing features in the current version, or impossible to impelement using WordPress current APIs, I don’t know. I won’t use ScribeFire (or Windows Live Writer) for posting, but these tools are probably worth a try (and they both support a whole bunch of blogging services).

[via:Ihnatko]

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