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06/24/2009  — 

Allspaw talks at Velocity Conf.

John Allspaw put together some great slides about his experiences in an organization where Ops and Engineering work well together. John describes a dream environment -- flashes of which I experienced during peak periods of fun at Kodak and Meez, but never became as institutionalized as it seems to be at Flickr.

Here are the slides from his talk: "10+ Deploys Per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr" (video of the whole talk is coming soon):

More Velocity Conf action on Twitter. Some good stuff going on there! Worth checking out John Adams' talk about scaling Twitter too.

More vids and docs on the O'Reilly site.

07/16/2008  — 

twitterfountain, fun stuff!

In my occasional experimentation with twitter I recently stumbled upon Twitterfountain. It's a widget-y presentation of search results from twitter and flickr. Looks like the twitter data comes from summize which was recently acquired by twitter.

One neat thing I've been doing with this is setting it to run fullscreen on a computer in public view in the office. You'll need to change the settings so the tweets arrive slowly enough and display large enough to read. I've been throwing in search terms related to products or campaigns we're working on; it's a neat way to see what people are talking about right NOW.

Unless you search for something inane like 'greacen' in which case you'll see all my tweets.

Try it with something like 'sears' or 'pepsi' or 'gofish' and you'll see that folks are talking about these brands.

02/08/2008  — 

KodakGallery FINALLY integrates with the web

Kodak and Slide revealed their integration the other day. Now Kodak users can fill Slide widgets with photos from their albums. Yahoo!'s Flickr has always had (and continues to have) more web 2-dot-0-y choices for integrating photos, feeds, and streams of photos.

Personally I'm psyched to see this finally happen, and not just because I have a ZILLON ZIGABYTES of image data on the gallery (from the old ofoto times). Kodak has secretly had an XMI interface available on the net for years. Why didn't they want to exploit this 3 years ago? Their bandwidth costs can't be anything next to their storage costs. Seems like the surest way to lead people toward a cart (and conversion-event (print purchase)) is to have as many eyeballs as possible on the pictures.

Hopefully the Slide integration and recent Firefox plugin signal a new interest in opening up petabytes of photo data. Hopefully that lures a few old customers back to the site to dust off some of their long-forgotten photos.