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Mon, Sep. 17th, 2007, 03:04 pm
On Vox: Found in Hi5 Lunch Room

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Fri, Aug. 31st, 2007, 11:20 am
On Vox: Free WiFi in San Francisco

Meraki is building a free mesh network in San Francisco.  This is probably the best hope for getting this type of service in the city now that the Google/Earthlink deal fell apart.

Join up!

Go to http://sf.meraki.net and help build the network.  When the router comes in I'll have 7th and Howard covered with 1Mbps of donated bandwidth.

Originally posted on paul.vox.com

Mon, Aug. 20th, 2007, 01:46 pm
On Vox: Widgets, APIs and more

I'm happy to announce that Hi5 has Widget support.  Yes, I know that this is soooo last year. However there's a twist that makes it better.

We worked closely with Rock You and Slide to integrate tightly with our site, using open standards wherever possible.  For example, for slideshows we created Atom Feeds for each photo album, and a feed-of-albums feed for the list of all albums.  And when it came time to share profile information for horoscopes (birthday) and languages spoken we used FOAF.  Thus we get partners to adopt open standards, plus the work we did for them is usable by everyone. 

The only tricky part was authentication and authorization.  Right now it's using our own AuthToken implementation, but it could probably be done in a better way.  I looked into OpenID as a mechanism, but's way too end-user centric for this type of thing.

Coming soon we should have full Atom endpoints (both in/out with WSSE auth), OpenID provider, and a few other standards based things like XMPP vCard support.  All of this is being done with an Web Services Aspect Oriented toolkit called Enunciate, which has made writing these services a very enjoyable experience.

Originally posted on paul.vox.com

Wed, Aug. 15th, 2007, 06:31 pm
On Vox: Peruvian Earthquake

Earthquake in Peru, logins drop immediately.  Hope everyone is safe....

Originally posted on paul.vox.com

Wed, Aug. 15th, 2007, 06:31 pm
On Vox: Peruvian Earthquake

Earthquake in Peru, logins drop immediately.  Hope everyone is safe....

Originally posted on paul.vox.com

Tue, Aug. 7th, 2007, 01:10 am
On Vox: Got yer back 6A

So I've spent a good chunk of today defending Six Apart from the cheap shots being leveled at them today.  I won't link to them, they don't deserve the pagerank.

I'm particularly angered at the audacity of the bald-faced lies in some comments.

I may not be employed at Six Apart today, but I put my heart and soul into building it.  I won't let a bunch of hacks harm the people still there.  So, if you see anyone anywhere putting the hurt on Six Apart let me know.  I'll use discourse, reason and wit to set the record straight.

Originally posted on paul.vox.com

Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007, 01:52 am
On Vox: Skins, Updates, More

Just caught up 10 days worth of Neighborhood posts.  I now have Vox fatigue combined with Vox guilt.  I didn't even read comments, for shame :(  After this post I'll need to check on the 'ol LiveJournal Friends page.  Don't even ask about the umpteem BlogLines blogs stuck at 200 posts...

Hi5 has a new Skins system that actually can make profile pages look good.  I had some input early on and made sure Vox and the SixApart styles were part of the inspiration.  It's coming out really well and we've received over 200 submissions.  Check out the snazzy new profile page?  Designers can check out the specs page.

Embeds are evil.  They mess up divs and tables and are often pasted in haphazardly.  Amit  came up with an amazing solution.  Use JTidy to clean up the user submitted content.  Tags match and broken html goes bye-bye!

Now back to the super-secret Hi5 Project Funk.

Originally posted on paul.vox.com

Wed, Jul. 25th, 2007, 11:59 am
On Vox: Internet Blackout 2007

Like many others (and Vox/LJ itself) Hi5 was affected by the power outage in Colo 4 in 365 Main.  We blogged about it over at the Hi5 Blog.

Originally posted on paul.vox.com

Mon, Jul. 2nd, 2007, 11:14 am
On Vox: Hi5 Blog goes live today

We're living on the edge over here at Hi5.  Our new Movable Type 4 base blog is now available at http://www.hi5networks.com/blog/

The whole company is getting involved and you'll see plenty of interesting information to come.

Also, from a technical standpoint, MT4 has proved a winner.  The memcached support in Data::ObjectDriver means that we can run via plain CGI, saving a bunch of time and effort to get this up and going.

We should have 3-4 posts per week.  Sadly I didn't get a chance to finish implementing userpics for MT4, but that should come shortly.

Originally posted on paul.vox.com

Wed, Jun. 13th, 2007, 12:04 pm
On Vox: PostgreSQL & Hi5 - Users Group Meeting

We had a great turnout at the latest PostgreSQL users group meetup -- around 35 people showed. (Oh and not the group of stylish "Hi5 folk" you see to the right :)

Ram and I went over the PostgreSQL based DB architecture we use at Hi5 after the obligatory pizza feed.  Quite an interesting crowd, some newbies, and some old hands.

My best line of the night was in response to a question asking us when we were going to use a specific feature -- my answer was that there were more people in the room than there were employees at Hi5.  :)

The complete presentation is online for the curious.

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