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hackday time

wow! this week is being pretty intense: first we had BBC mashed event, today was the searchmonkey hacking evening and tomorrow is our internal Yahoo! hackday.

Lots of things to do, little time to post…

I did a Fireagle widget hack in Mashed, that I couldn’t get completely running because I started playing with the authentication (trying to make oauth work with only curl) and with Ant scripts to verify/lint/deploy both XML and PHP files (pretty sweet stuff!) Will post info as soon as I can

I was only briefly at the hack evening today, but managed to check the talk, chat with a couple of nice people from ITV and do a formula 1 monkey to extract info from eurosport pages and present it alongside search results. I think it looks nice:

searchmonkey - formula 1 pilot info

ready to be mashed!

anybody else going to Mashed08 this weekend? There are still tickets left!


I will drop by on Saturday and still thinking about whether to go for a hack or not… the idea of doing the nokia n95-based version of a polar pedometer (with automatic integration with is still in the air… ;)

want to intern at yahoo mobile?

just a quick note/heads-up that Yahoo! Mobile team is interviewing for their summer internships. There are still possibilities of getting your CV in so if you’re an university student and you’re interested in working with our team to make oneSearch kick axx big time in Europe, I think it’s worth to send me your CV (check my mail in the “about” section!)

There are openings for Partner Management and Marketing departments, if you are into that kind of thing… but what I wanted to advertise is our very own opening for a Software Engineering Intern. No previous big mobile software experience required, but we value strong computer science background, initiative to learn new things (such as how to process and index big amounts of data using things like Hadoop), love for programming and good music taste (this last one is optional, I guess)

So, sounds like you? Then… where’s that CV? :)

no juegues con Phun!

Si estas aun en horario de trabajo, por favor no sigas este link ni veas este video…

y por supuesto ni se te ocurra mirar otras cosas que la gente esta haciendo con Phun, “a 2D physics sandbox”… impresionante!

Esto es lo mas entretenido que he visto para ensenyar fisica desde el Portal y el jueguecillo flash ese del tipo que va en trineo (que por cierto… alguien sabe como se llamaba?)

nota: se me olvidaba… gracias Diego por pasarmelo! :)

thought-provoking quote: social surplus

So if you take Wikipedia as a kind of unit, all of Wikipedia [...] represents something like the cumulation of 100 million hours of human thought. [...] And television watching? Two hundred billion hours, in the U.S. alone, every year. Put another way, now that we have a unit, that’s 2,000 Wikipedia projects a year spent watching television.

From Clay Shirky’s blog (author of “Here comes everybody”)

mobile development with Forum Nokia & MobileMonday @ Barcelona

If you happen to be in Barcelona next week, and don’t have anything interesting to spend the Monday night with, I will be talking about mobile web development and the Yahoo Mobile platform on the 5th of May, in the Forum Nokia & MobileMonday Event in Barcelona.

logo mobile monday - nokia forum

There are also some interesting people to network with, so let me know if you want to come and say hi!

el tiempo es relativo…

… como demuestra el hecho que desde que los de TED pusieron las charlas descargables directamente al IPod, el trayecto de autobus a la oficina es mucho mas corto…

london bus

random thoughts on mobile content

Cathy sent me a doc with recent coverage about OverTheAir that includes this interview with Matthew, the master of all things mobile at BBC ;)

Very interesting read (especially if you’re looking into “aggregating mobile content”, or however they call it these days)

Interview: Matthew Postgate (via MocoNews)

This actually reminds me of some other interesting thing I bumped into when talking with a couple of operators that have integrated oneSearch in their portals. As most of you know, until not-so-long most operators had closed portals (what were usually called “walled gardens”) with syndicated content (via several of the beforementioned “mobile content aggregator” deals). However, since recently, they’re all (*ejem* almost) switching to offer open Internet access, and integrate the internet search right on their decks (via Google mobile search, Microsoft Live Mobile, Yahoo oneSearch or even other parties like Medio)

The interesting thing is that even though that trend has been going on for I’d say 1-2 years, when you look at some of these operators’ top queries, it really seems like they’re mostly for in-portal content! Poetically speaking, even though the “garden” is not “walled” anymore, people are still mostly staying in!

open cage

I guess it’s kind of good news for people whose business model is based on selling mobile content but… I guess also not so good for getting there in terms of having an “open” mobile web ecosystem as good and full of interest as the desktop web counterpart. Or maybe it’s just a question of educating the users to know what’s out there and wait for more to come?

Would love to hear your oppinions on this…

random quote: deadlines

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Douglas Adams

want a fireeagle invitation?

Have been playing a bit with the FireEagle API for building location based services (check some slides about FireEagle here) and the team commented that they’re preparing a FireEagle hack night some point next month, and also sent me some invites to circulate

So if any of you needs a FireEagle invite to test, feel free to shoot me an email! (info about hacknight will probably be put in when details are available)

fireeagle logo

P.S. by the way, if you want to check which cool things you can do with FireEagle, check out Simon’s Wikinear application here