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Despite it being a best practice, currently only a handful of OpenID Consumer sites support the association of multiple OpenID identifiers to a single “account”. This is important to create redundancy to make the loss of an identifier less catastrophic.

Martin Atkins # 28th February 2007, 9:56 pm

soupselect. My simple extension to BeautifulSoup that allows you to grab elements using CSS selectors; should be useful for parsing microformats. # 28th February 2007, 1:47 pm

A Review of a Book That Should Be Read Much More Widely Than It Will Be. Greg reviews “Why Aren’t More Women in Science?”, a collection of 15 articles that make their arguments based on scientific research. # 28th February 2007, 1:03 am

Microformats Bookmarklet. Microformats bookmarklet, targetted at Safari. Uses jQuery CSS selectors for parsing, and generates .vcf vCard files using data: uris. # 27th February 2007, 11:43 pm

swf Image Replacement. Really neat idea: unobtrusively replace an inline image with a SWF, then apply effects like rotation, rounded corners and drop-shadowns. Shame it suffers from Flash-Of-Unstyled-Content. # 27th February 2007, 7:51 pm

OpenID and microformats support on XTech site. “A single-sign on solution like OpenID solves an important problem for us, as most people tend to interact with our conference web sites in only one or two time periods each year.” # 27th February 2007, 12:46 pm

The No-Shit Guide To Supporting OpenID In Your Applications. Fantastically useful: Dan Webb digs through the API documentation so you don’t have to. The example code is for Rails but the PHP and Python libraries work in much the same way. # 27th February 2007, 1:56 am

Oxford Geek Night 2 call for proposals. The next event is coming up in April. Get your talk proposals in now! # 27th February 2007, 12:42 am

OpenID makes web identities real and appealing. DHH has caught the OpenID bug. Expect to see a flurry of activity around OpenID in the Rails community over the next few weeks. # 26th February 2007, 10:31 am

More on Decentralised Social Networking. Martin Atkins has been thinking hard about the practicalities of building decentralised social networking on top of OpenID. # 26th February 2007, 10:15 am

Django snippets. James Bennett’s new site for Django snippets. The source code to the whole site is available. # 26th February 2007, 10:08 am

Six cool things you can build with OpenID

I’ve posted the slides from my Future of Web Apps talk on OpenID, minus the demo videos. I’m planning to put together a video that combines the slides, demos and audio once the official podcasts have been published.

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I don’t do test driven development. I do stupidity driven testing... I wait until I do something stupid, and then write tests to avoid doing it again.

Titus Brown # 25th February 2007, 2:44 pm

Warning, this is a bad site!

Unfortunately it’s not a glitch in the matrix—this happened to a friend of mine. If a site gets this warning and isn’t listed on it just means that Google have blacklisted it themselves—they don’t share their reasons with StopBadWare, and provide no mechanism to find out why they’ve blacklisted you. The link to StopBadWare is something of a red herring.

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Facebook Query Language. The Facebook API now lets you run SQL-like queries. You can’t do joins but you can perform very simple subselects. # 25th February 2007, 12:06 pm

Flash MP3 Player. Nice little embeddable MP3 player, with support for single files or Atom/XSPF/RSS playlists. # 25th February 2007, 2:13 am

Oxford Geeks hit the media! Coverage in the local newspaper and on the radio, with MP3s. # 25th February 2007, 2:12 am

Camino 1.1 Beta. Camino now has session saving. I simply won’t use a browser that doesn’t have this feature. # 25th February 2007, 1:16 am

Data::ObjectDriver. Benjamin Trott’s Perl ORM, with built in support for both caching and data partitioning. I think this is what Six Apart uses for Vox. # 25th February 2007, 12:43 am

XTech 2007 schedule: behind the scenes. Expectnation looks like a smart piece of software for conference organisers. There’s surprisingly little crossover with Event Wax—it looks like the two could complement each other nicely. # 23rd February 2007, 11:25 pm

PyCon Day 1: OLPC Has Excited me. Did you know that the OLPC machines have a “show source” button? # 23rd February 2007, 11:21 pm

Serving YUI Files from Yahoo! Servers (via) If everyone who uses YUI links to the same set of files, your users will already have the YUI code cached in their browser when they arrive on your site. # 23rd February 2007, 6:45 pm

John Resig: Thoughts on OpenAjax. I hadn’t looked in to OpenAjax—from John’s analysis it seems like they need to make it easier for open-source projects to participate and do a bunch of work to modernise their core library. # 22nd February 2007, 10:20 pm An OpenID provider that uses SSL client certificates (which you install in your browser) for authentication. # 22nd February 2007, 12:01 pm

Introducing Windows CardSpace. I incorrectly stated in my talk yesterday that CardSpace was a feature of Vista; it’s actually available for XP as well as part of the .NET 3.0 framework. # 22nd February 2007, 11:47 am

A Gathering Of Geeks. The Oxford Mail’s coverage of Nat’s Oxford Geek Night event. # 22nd February 2007, 9:35 am

Browser Wars. Doug Crockford is hosting a panel discussion with Chris Wilson from IE, Mike Shaver from Mozilla and Håkon Wium Lie from Opera on February 28th in Sunnyvale. # 22nd February 2007, 7:53 am

Wired News: Web Startups Reboot ’London 2.0’. Crikey... the toungue-in-cheek name for our Rails/Django meetups has inspired a Wired article! # 22nd February 2007, 7:50 am

OpenStreetMap Baghdad. OSM has mapped the streets by tracing from aerial imagery, but needs help with the names of the streets. # 22nd February 2007, 7:48 am

OpenID at the Future of Web Apps

People seemed to really like my talk—they even laughed in the right places! I’ll be posting full notes, slides and writing an article for Vitamin over the next few days. For the moment I’m just enjoying coming down from the adrenaline high.

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