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Blogmarks in Feb, 2007

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No boys allowed. Ask MetaFilter on how to build the perfect fort. # 10th February 2007, 4:29 pm

Sumo! A Generic Microformats Parser For JavaScript. Dan Webb’s BarCamp talk on Metaprogramming JavaScript will be a must-see. # 9th February 2007, 10:57 am

Hanselminutes Podcast on OpenID. Good podcast discussion on OpenID, from a .NET developer’s perspective. # 9th February 2007, 9:19 am

Parallel Python. A simple mechanism for running Python code in parallel across multiple processes and/or machines, based on submitting jobs and retrieving their results. # 9th February 2007, 1:51 am

The Psychology of Security. I haven’t even started on this yet, but I bet it’s worth reading. # 9th February 2007, 1:27 am

.php? .cgi? .who-cares? J-P Stacey argues that “URLs need to be hackable by the developer as well as by the user”. There’s certainly room for improvement in keeping complex URL structures maintainable from a server-side developer’s perspective. # 9th February 2007, 1:01 am

Mono 1.2.3 has been released (via) More importantly, it ships with IronPython in the form of Seo Sanghyeon’s Community Edition. # 9th February 2007, 12:55 am

Add OpenSearch to your site in five minutes. OpenSearch is easy. DeWitt demonstrates how you don’t even need a site search engine to implement it if you take advantage of Google’s site: operator. # 9th February 2007, 12:52 am

First Oxford Geek Night a success! It really was the best evening geek event I’ve been to in a very long time. # 9th February 2007, 12:51 am

The OpenID Directory. A new directory of OpenID consumers and providers. If they can make sure that the listed sites actually let you log in this could become a really valuable resource. # 9th February 2007, 12:19 am

Pipes. New Yahoo! service for combining and remixing Atom/RSS feeds using a really sophisticated drag-and-drop UI. # 8th February 2007, 7:52 am

Why people hate SEO... (and why SMO is bulls$%t). Jason Calacanis explains SMO, or “Social Media Optimisation”—digg spamming now has its own TLA. # 8th February 2007, 7:47 am

method_missing: best saved for last. My least favourite thing about Ruby is the cultural tendency towards introducing weird new bugs in other people’s code. # 7th February 2007, 2:16 pm

TurboGears and Pylons (a technical comparison). Ian Bicking explores the differences between the two, and finds that the most significant is probably CherryPy v.s. Paste. # 7th February 2007, 1:51 pm

Useless Account. “Change your password 1000 times a day... For Free!” # 7th February 2007, 1:29 pm

Thoughts on Music. Steve Jobs comes out against DRM, lays the blame squarely on the big four music companies. # 7th February 2007, 2:25 am

CardSpace & OpenID: Working together. A more detailed explanation of what the Microsoft OpenID collaboration actually means. # 7th February 2007, 1:58 am

Microsoft & OpenID. HUGE news. Microsoft are officially supporting OpenID, through integration with CardSpace. # 7th February 2007, 1:56 am

Em Calculator. Tool for working out CSS relative em values, useful for creating completely resizable layouts. # 6th February 2007, 2:03 pm

Live DOM Viewer (via) Neat tool from Hixie that provides an insight in to what browsers are actually thinking. # 6th February 2007, 1:12 am

Running the DRM Gauntlet. DRM war stories from the Songbird team. Windows Media and QuickTime both block debuggers in different ways. # 6th February 2007, 12:55 am

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us. Absolutely worth watching—don’t be put off by the title. # 5th February 2007, 11:05 pm

The window.onload problem (still). Peter Michaux offers the most comprehensive overview of this important topic to date. # 5th February 2007, 8:13 pm

SMTP Service Extension for Yadis Discovery. Could potentially let you use your e-mail address as an OpenID, although personally I wouldn’t always want to hand my address over to third-party sites. # 5th February 2007, 9:44 am

This site may harm your computer. Tom Dyson’s personal weblog was flagged by Google as hosting malicious software, without any clue as to what the problem was. Sure looks like a false positive to me. # 5th February 2007, 9:26 am

A brief update with some numbers for hardware load-balanced mongrels. 4000 requests/second on 48 mongrels behind a hardware load balancer. # 5th February 2007, 12:38 am

Linus Torvalds: Super Kernel Sunday! Linux kernel version 2.6.20 is out, and includes virtualization thanks to KVM. # 4th February 2007, 10:32 pm

IronPython URLs. Mark Rees’ and Seo Sanghyeon’s collection of interesting URLs posted to the IronPython mailing list. # 4th February 2007, 5:25 pm