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Working With a Professional Local SEO Company Vs DIY SEO

Some business owners are squeamish when it comes to working with a local search engine optimization (SEO) company. This is mostly due to the unfortunate truth that many local SEO firms are scams or use unaccepted SEO techniques. However, not all SEO companies are out to get you and although many SEO tactics and tools […]

Intergalactic Dioxin Poisoning?

We are all familiar with the disfiguring effects that dioxin poisoning had on Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko: But in watching Return of the Jedi last night, it occurred to me that dioxin poisoning might be to blame for the disfigurement of another prominent politician: Unlike Palpatine, Yushchenko apparently can’t use the Force to mask […]

Parse Tivo’s “Now Playing” list with 2 lines of PHP [+]

This is probably the first of several posts that will deal with this topic. The new Tivo system software upgrade brings many interesting features to Tivo, the most well-known of which is TivoToGo, which lets you copy the video files to your PC. However, the software upgrade also includes a web server. This means you […]

Using A9 to photoblog the Kennedy Fried Chicken chain

A9, Amazon’s search engine, added photos to their new Yellow Pages service today. They drove around in trucks and took millions of GPS-tagged images, and then correlated them with addresses in their listings. Amazing. Last month, Mike at the NYC photoblog Satan’s Laundromat posted a bunch of photos of various Kennedy Fried Chicken stores around […]

Use PHP5’s DOM support to create a valid RSS 2.0 feed

I was interested in using PHP5’s DOM extension to create RSS feeds, but I couldn’t find a decent tutorial on the web about how to do that. Most of the things out there involve PHP4’s DOM-XML, which is different in some key ways. Even PHP.net lacks basic examples of how to use even the most […]

Parse iTunes XML with a couple lines of PHP

You may recall I half-wrote a script to do this a couple years ago, but I was mostly cribbing from some guy at Apple and really had no idea what i was doing. Anyway, I’m taking another shot at parsing the iTunes library XML using PHP5’s new “SimpleXML” library, which is a terrific feature that […]

A conversation with a Tivo product manager

I attended the Digital Life expo in NYC this weekend, and spent some time talking to some people from Tivo. One of the people I spoke to was a product manager there, and he told me some interesting stuff, which I’ll get to in a minute. Most of my questions and concerns were related to […]