Friday after the FooBar, we went to Odeo, which is just 2 blocks away from us. They had a party that day and we went there to say hello. Their office is cool and seems like a typical startup company's one.
I don't deny feeling a little sympathy to Tony about being flamed by people for his software (Class::DBI) and its development style these days. However, taking down the list and its archive along with Wiki content created by folks seems sort of insane to me.
As one of the biggest contributors to Class::DBI in the very early days and as an author of some Class::DBI plugin modules on CPAN, I wish Tony getting cool down and get things done nicely again as he just has been doing.
Now that our office entrance has a shiny brand color paintings, along with product logos and fancy dots. Someone at the office had a quite nice hack on those dots to make it a Ms.Pacman, which is really a wonderful hack.
Bitcard is an open single-sign-on web-authentication service. It's free for both users and web sites. It is used by most perl.org services.
Ask created a yet-another single sign-on service Bitcard. It looks very nice since it's freely available for users and websites like our TypeKey, and it supports TypeKey API as well. I wanna see an OpenID support on it.
It has a feature called "locate me" You can install Location Finder to display your current location on a Virtual Earth map by using Wi-Fi technology.
So here's a demo: Hacking MSN VE to Locate Me. It uses MSN VE's IP-to-geo API to find your location, then map it with Google Maps API. Pretty cool. They also have an Wi-Fi based Location Fider API, which can be used as (JScript):
var wifi = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.MapPoint.WiFiScanner.1"); var code = wifi.GetLocation();
but it seems to have a domain restriction so that it only works with MSN Virtual Earth site, which makes sense. However, I tested it on Windows Scripting Host environment and it turns out that it can be called from any local scripts. That means, you can now geocode your photos when you upload them to Flickr or TypePad, without GPS stuff, which is cool.
Took the Caltrain down to California Avenue to have a lunch with Umeda-san and Ejima-san. The Italian resaurant was really nice and we had a pretty good conversation there. Kurumi on this pic is Ejima-san's so adorable dog.
Garth invited me for a weekend BBQ with his friends, but actually the BBQ was not planned for this week. Hence he drove me to Berkeley and we walked inside and around the Berkeley University, which was a joyful experience.
Ingy has come from Palo Alto to San Francisco downtown, to get to SFO for his flight back to Seattle. We hanged out in town and went to Japanese restaurant for Sushi and Beer! We just hanged around for 3 hours but it's kinda fun.
Damian Conway's Perl Best Practices is a fun read, even if you're not actively programming in Perl, like me. Lots of programming wisdom here for developers in any language, but for Perl programmers, this book would be a huge help in the step from journeyman to master
I had a quick read on the book at YAPC::NA and it looks like an awesome book.
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Finally I've moved to the very comfortable place: Oakwood. It's in the back of SF MOMA and has two big rooms and big sofa like you can see on the photo. This is really great thing for me. The only thing I don't like is they don't have Wi-Fi. So I went to Apple Store and got a new AirPort Express. I should have brought one from Tokyo (which is called AirMac Express in Japan).
As often with the case with AirPort, I can connect to the Airport with Wi-Fi, but couldn't connect to the internet (can't resolve hostname etc.). I have to investigate more ...
Well, after 4 hours to struggle, I just fixed the situation and AirPort Express now works ... by rebooting the router :/
It's freezing cold here in San Francisco, even in summer, which I've never expected. On Saturday it was so windy in addition. I planned to walk around to the Valencia Street, but gave it up and just was reading a book at Starbucks on the Market.
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