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Goo.gl and the QR Code…

I’m not sure why everybody is surprised that Google’s “new” (not new, been around for a while, just released to the public) url shortener can provide an extra piece of info known as a QR code. This is just Google’s url shortening crew being smart and using existing graphic/image APIs that Google provides to everybody. You want a QR code? Just plug in whatever text you want on the end of this url and you’ll get yourself a QR code.

Replace the final part chl= with whatever you want ie: chl=mypantsareonfire and you’ll get a QR code that resolves to just that.  I’m sorry about your pants.

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Things are Changing

As some of you may know I’m now seeking full time employment.  I have had a wonderful time “off” from the hustle and bustle of every day employment over the last 18 months.  I’ve had fun doing little jobs here and there.  I’ve had fun working on my own projects.  And I’ve also had great fun traveling a bit. But really, now I need to go back to work.

I’ve updated my portfolio page a bit as well as my linked-in, monster and workopolis profiles.  Within a short period of time I’ve come had some great opportunities arise that I really hope, from the bunch, I can choose the right one.  I wish I could clone myself and take many of them.  There will be changes.  I will be working again soon.

This cryptic post is brought to you by the wind. It’s always changing.

(I’ve also updated the WP to Twitter plugin on my site to use OAuth [there, something nerdy in this post], so hopefully this gets tweeted properly.)

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Google Latitude History

Google latitude now gives you the option of enabling ‘history’ – you can enable it here.

It’s kind of neat, and I can see it being somewhat fun to use if you go on long trips.  I gave it a little test run while I was on the train back to Toronto the other day – and although I was only using my iPod Touch with WiFi tracking, it was pretty decent as far as being able to keep me pin-pointed as to where I was.

And yes, you get the option to delete parts – or all of your history.  (the lack of tracking between brantford and burlington is due to the lack of wifi in the open country side).

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Where to find Triviosity

If you’re looking for Triviosity you can find it here: http://triviosity.com/ – if you’re looking for news about Triviosity you can find it here: http://blog.triviosity.com/ – I won’t be talking about it here anymore unless there’s something super nerdy that I just have to talk about.

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iOS4 Screens

Fun things like a common background, task switcher and app folders/groups.

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Oh, Spammers and URL Shorteners

I’ve never really been a big fan of URL shortening services.  My main reason is because you lose a bit of branding and URL recognition from users.  Also the ‘memory’ factor.  Users can’t remember shortened URLs, unless you have an awesome one like bit.ly/hangman.  But now my real reason for disliking the shorteners is the abusive use by spammers.

Spammers are using URL shortening services such as bitly, tr.im, is.gd, etc to make their evil links look a lot less evil.  People have entered a ‘trust’ for short URLs and now spammers are exploiting it.

It’s simple.  Create a nice email, use bitly to obfuscate the destination URL then voila, the user will click it out of interest and wonderment.   Most of these spammers so far have been them drug selling spammers and they all follow the same process – bitly a link to a blog, which has one post linking to their online pharmacy.  Fun times.

The only real cool part is that bitly has public stats available.  Take the bitly url, put a + on the end and bitly will show you stats.  You can see when the spammer started, how many people clicked it and all sorts of fun things.

Ah well. C’est la vie.