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If you're more of an office animal, then you're probably used to the pranks that people play to each other when going AFK. From Messenger status changes to humiliating Facebook posts or email messages promising free food & drinks to an entire mailing list, things can go wrong in a variety of ways. Well, if you're one of the victims, how about YOU playing a prank to the bad guys? Continue reading
I have already created a WordPress plugin to automatically twitt my blog posts which relies on for permalink URL shortening, and the job seems to be pretty straightforward if you're using PHP. However, if you're planning to create a desktop application that, say, processes batches of URLs and transforms them in their diminutive version, there may be implementation issues. Continue reading
A couple of months back I started developing a jukebox-like MP3 player for a radio station in Iasi. Given the fact that, just like an audiophile, a radio station requires some serious information about the music it plays, I implemented a method for querying Last FM in search of such data. Just let the Last FM server know what artist and album the track you're playing is on and it will take care of the rest for you. Continue reading
After a couple of hours of tinkering around with the new Rad Studio XE from the guys at Embarcadero, I finally came up with this "Facebook Blocker" tool. Initially designed as an instrument to play an April Fool's prank on a couple of Facebook addicts, I suddenly realized that it could prove useful to a lot of people that would rather keep their "underlings" away from whatever guys are lurking on Facebook. Continue reading