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Yahoo! Pipes Will Be No More

Yahoo! has made the announcement that Yahoo Pipes has reached End-of-Life. Wait, what!? NOOOOO!

Pipes End-of-life Announcement

Quote from the post: "As of August 30th 2015, users will no longer be able to create new Pipes. The Pipes team will keep the infrastructure running until end of September 30th 2015 in a read-only mode."

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Doing Less Is Not Always A Bad Thing

I like the attitude at 37signals of less is usually better. You want customers to love your product because it lets them accomplish something without complicating their life. Software products can quickly become unusable as features are added without constraint. Every single option exponentially adds complexity since the number of states the software can be in multiplies. In addition, more options inevitably lead to more complex UI which in turn frustrates your user since it will be more time consuming to use. Flexibility in software typically breeds complication.

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Tool for Debugging HTTP POST Requests

While evaluating MailChimp as an email service provider I noticed they referenced a tool which is useful in debugging HTTP POST requests.
http://www.postbin.org/

PostBin lets you debug web hooks by capturing and logging the asynchronous requests made when events happen. Make a PostBin and register the URL with a web hook provider. All POST requests to the URL are logged for you to see when you browse to that URL.

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Homes.Augusta.com Real Estate in the Bartram Trail Neighborhood

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Columbia County Georgia Real Estate Map

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Sync Google Docs using Google Data API

http://code.google.com/p/gdatacopier/

GDataCopier is a Python API which enables uploading, downloading and listing of documents and spreadsheets to Google Docs servers using the Google Data API.

GDataCopier also provides a command line interface 'gdoc-cp' which allows simple copying to and from the Google Docs server.

GDataCopier has the following requirements:
* Python 2.5 or higher
* Google Data Python libraries, available from http://code.google.com/apis/gdata/clientlibs.html

Code example to export a document:

from gdatacopier import *

copier = GDataCopier()
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Google urchin.js Contains List of Organic Search Engines

The Google Analytics urchin.js contains a list of search engines and their query parameter. This can be useful to me as I build Javascript code to examine keywords used to arrive on our pages from search engines and then present additional related content based on those keywords.