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Spotify Apps #hack

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Spotify Apps

Couldn’t find a good place to find the popular none standard Spotify apps, so I build a quick mockup in 5 minutes. I discovered that there are lots of apps I’d not heard of. I will make it pretty tomorrow, I have music to listen to. 😉


  • Tiesto’s Club Life
  • Ulysses’ Classical
  • Quincy Jones
  • Festivalguide
  • Fuse
  • laut.de
  • The Complete Collection
  • Classify

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm

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A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

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Programming Hands

Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

It looks like every man and his dog needs to have a Facebook page, even banks…

It has been almost 1.5 weeks since Google’s FeedBurner removed the Frie…

Some days ago I tweeted to Prosper, a personal loan marketplace, whether they…

I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to …

Just noticed that Google Translate translates the name of the Dutch social ne…

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for eac…

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on up…

I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

When I just started I too had trouble with getting all the items I required t…

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

I just read an article Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell in the …

This morning/night China’s networks were sending rerouting messages to …

The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

Last week I saw an episode of a popular Dutch Ombudsman program Kassa, they r…

After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

Image source Radio Nederland Wereldomroep

This year’s articles about programming #2010

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Programming Hands

In 2010 I was less focussed on programming articles on the blog than previous years, still I have managed to create some interesting articles with code in 2010. This is an overview of the activity:

Having some fun today with QR codes, JavaScript and the Google Analytics URL …

The only questions that are asked in the Daily Scrum, aka Stand-Up, are: What…

UPDATE: GMail has introduced my number 3. YEAH! (Gmail introduces Priority In…

I like YouTube, and often subscribe to new channels and unsubscribe after a w…

Since I started working for my company I’ve been exposed to PCI DSS (Pa…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

VeriSign – Personal Identity Portal is a OpenID provider with multiple …

Image source D’Arcy Norman

One of those funny things… #statistics

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Again and again I surprise myself with my ability to choose good post titles. Let’s take the post “Barack Obama’s LinkedIn account to be restricted #linkedin“, posted in February 2009 it consistently nets me at least between 10 and 20 hits a week. I am 5th or 6th in the Google search results using the search terms: “obama linkedin“.

That’s why I posted this under a title nobody can find. 😉

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

June 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

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Solving the URL shortening problem #twitter #tweet

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I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an issue that it needs to be implemented for each service separately. It relies on the same protocol HTTP and should be easy to reliably reverse this. Almost all url shortening services rely on 3xx redirection to forward the request using the Location header.

Using the example of the short URL for this post “http://wp.me/phhhb-ul“:

HEAD /phhhb-ul HTTP/1.1
HOST: wp.me

HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Server: nginx
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 18:22:53 GMT
Content-Type: text/html
Connection: close
Location: http://webhat.wordpress.com/?p=1881
Content-Length: 0

Specifically 301 is used as search engines – such as , Yahoo! and Bing – will index the real address rather than the shortened address. Naturally this can be done by a twitter client too.

A url can be put into this script which recursively checks the url. Example run:

$ php http.php http://bit.ly/b0Y2ds
Connect to: bit.ly (128.121.254.201)
Redirection to: http://wp.me/phhhb-ul
Connect to: wp.me (76.74.254.123)
Redirection to: http://webhat.wordpress.com/?p=1881
Connect to: webhat.wordpress.com (76.74.255.123)
Redirection to: http://specialbrands.net/?p=1881
Connect to: specialbrands.net (72.233.2.58)
True URL: http://specialbrands.net/?p=1881

Quite simple really.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

April 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm

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Statistics By WolframAlpha #google #yahoo!

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Thanks to this article I discovered a feature of WolframAlpha, I can ask for the number of Google yearly visitors and the amount of profit Google made[1] in the last year and get profit made for each visitor in dollars ($), or converted into Euros (€):

google.com | annual visitors/Google | net income
=
34.15 visits/$  (visits per US dollar)  (trailing 12-month value as of December 31, 2009)
=
45.94 visits/euro  (visits per euro) (at current quoted rate)
And using this I can compare companies to each other[2]:
|  | google.com | annual visitors/Google | net income | yahoo.com | annual visitors/Yahoo! | net income(log scale) (from Dec 2004 to Sep 2009) | (in visits per year US dollar) |
  1. google yearly visitors/google profit
  2. google yearly users/google profit yahoo yearly users/yahoo profit

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

April 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Trends in Local News Searching #seo

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I was reading an article in the International Herald Tribune which stated that the search in foreign countries, such as China or India, of foreign news sources, European or American, for news about the home country is high. Citizens of a country like to know what the foreign press is saying about their home country.

new york times india 
new york times china 
Google Trends for New York Times for India and China

Google Trends for New York Times for India and China

When looking at the statistics you can see that the search for India is obviously most performed in India, with second and third place locations being the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. For China the same can be seen, Hong Kong SAR is the number one searcher for China and the second and third place are taken by Singapore and Malaysia.

For me knowing how people search is as important as what they search for. Trends is a powerful tool to do this, and local knowledge is just as important. Whether you are targeting specific regions or want global reach. These search trends also show that some of the targeting also affects foreign nationals overseas.

So how can you use this information?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

April 4, 2009 at 9:29 am

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