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Here is a fun little hack I put together.Visit http://www.bunbohue.co.uk/index.pl?uid=user&pwd=passwordTo get an mp3 file of the 5 latest items in your twitter feed. Although this is a 10 minute hack, I guess there is potential in subscribing to this kind of content.
I don't store any user names and passwords.
I have created an Umbraco package that updates your Twitter status when you publish
certain types of document. You can download
it here. I never thought I'd get into twitter but a number of
friends and techies use it to micro blog what they are interested
in or indeed what they are blogging.
The package is an Umbraco action handler. After install the
configuration can be found in
/umbraco/plugins/FergusonMoriyama/AutoTweet/twitter.config and is
<?xml version="1.0... the
Now for the test. When I hit publish on this blog post my
twitter status should be updated. Obviously it'll be quite
embarrassing if it doesn't work.
This is a very beta/hacked together package based on an idea I
had this morning
I've released a new version of my Umbraco package that sends
tweets when you publish a content node. The package is available to
download from my Umbraco packages
page or the our.umbraco
project page.Features include:Complete rewrite of my previous twitter packageConfigure multiple twitter accounts.Send multiple tweets per publish.Ensure documents are not tweeted on re-publish.Support direct messages and @mentionsSend different tweets per document type.Filter tweets by domain.Includes full PDF manual.So why is this useful? I use the package to publicise blog posts
and to send me a direct message when a comment is left on my blog
so that I can quickly check whether or not it is a spam comment and
act accordingly.I'll provide
I've created an umbraco package that will cache XML feeds - or any other http URL - to disk on your web server. Click here to download the package
The idea came about as a lot of people are displaying feeds on their web pages - flickr feeds, twitter etc. In Umbraco you can cache marcos that read external URLs, but ultimately when the cache expires one user will have to take the hit of requesting this external URL as part of their page download. If the third party server is down - which twitter frequently is - then this can result in a hefty wait until the request times out.
Instructions for using the package are in the readme prior to installation so be sure to read this before proceeding with the install.
I've added three of my recent Umbraco packages to the Umbraco extensions project on Codeplex.
The packages are:
Auto Twitter updateBroken link checkerFeed Cache
All of my packages are located in a FergusonMoriyama sub-folder from the root of the project.
Feel free to add any enhancements, and check them back in.
There is no real documentation, but the packages are reasonably simple and should be quite easy to understand.
Feel free to get in touch should you have any questions.
I've been following Noah Everett the creator
of twitpic on Twitter.
Although he provides a great service it does appear to be a one man
show - there is every chance he could get fed up and walk away - I
doubt the terms of service give the user any way of getting their
photos back if that happened.Most people use twitpic for throw-away snapshots posted from
their handheld device but I use a twitter account with protected
updates to create a timeline of my daughter growing up. I
photograph her day to day on my iPhone and as my twitter client
doesn't offer an option, the photos end up on twitpic. These photos
are memories I am not prepared to lose.Below is the script i run once a week to ensure my photos are
The week before last the fine folks at Carsonified were kind enough to let me use the attendees of their FOWA Dublin show to test a Twitter/Google Maps/location "mashup" that I had developed. I've been asked to blog my opinions on FOWA, but for this blog post I'll focus on my app.Here is the mail that went out to the attendees:----------------------------------------------------------------
Connect with fellow attendees using Twitter!
Darren Ferguson - / has built a
very cool social twitter app to help you find and meet fellow
conference attendees. So you guys can get the most out of the
event we have set this up for you to use during FOWA Dublin!
First, install the Ferguson Moriyama Feed Cache package for Umbraco. Make sure you read the install instructions which explain how to get the package to run as a scheduled task.Grab the URL for your twitter feed, mine is http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?lang=en&q=from%3Adarrenferguson. You can turn any twitter search into an atom feed by visiting search.twitter.com and clicking on the ‘Feed for this query’ button after your search.Next, configure the Feed Cache package to cache your... twitter search to look for hash tags, Umbraco related tweets or whatever you want. There is also a lot more information in the atom feed than I am displaying above and the XLST can be modified to your liking.
my productivity. Twitterfox – A Twitter client that sits in your browser bar displaying the number of unread Tweets. Clicking the icon opens up the UI overlaying the current web page that you are browsing. The UI allows you to do all the basic updating/replying operations that you’d expect. A lot of people would argue that twitter is a waste of time during a working day but I frequently us it for crowd sourcing solutions to the technical problems that I am having. PasswordMaker generates
After meeting with Niels before the Umbraco UK festival last
week I am pleased to announce that I'll be offering Umbraco Level 2
training and certification in the UK through my company Ferguson
Moriyama.I've only just agreed to take on the training so there are no
firm details yet but you can keep up to date by following @fmoriyama on twitter or by
sending me an email using this contact
form.One of the first tasks is to update my site giving full details
of what the training involves along with the prices, practicalities
and sign up forms. You can expect this information to be online
towards the end of this week.Finally if you want the chance to be among the first to be
Umbraco Level 2 certified in the UK then read on.Within