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Flickr Short URL Generator

August 8th, 2009 at 5:14 PM by Matt Freedman

Recently, Flickr introduced its short URL service for all photos (and videos) hosted on Flickr. All photos and videos have a corresponding URL associated with them, in the format of (the last part is the base-58 encoding of the photo-id).

Last night I was looking for a quick site to generate these short URLs from the full Flickr URL. My searching came up with nothing. As such, I decided to quickly throw together a site to do just that. Short story even shorter: was created.

URLkr is a simple and quick way to generate a short URL from a full URL. I hope some people will find this useful (I know I do). Check it out and let me know what you think.


July 18th, 2009 at 9:36 PM by Matt Freedman


I’m not sure why so many people ask “do you feel any different?” on your birthday. Seems like a silly question to me. Why would I suddenly wake up and feel different just because my age has been incremented? Humans are, by nature, curious beings. As such, we often seek explanations and answers to events that we can observe around us. Age and time are something we created to explain why things occur the way they do (I would say “over time”, but that would defeat the point of my argument). Time is simply an arbitrary value. By extension, age is as well.

New Server

January 23rd, 2009 at 9:41 PM by Matt Freedman

If you’re reading this post, then my blog has been fully moved over to my new dedicated server. If you notice anything wrong, please post a comment on this post.

Matt, Around the Web

January 22nd, 2009 at 11:41 PM by Matt Freedman

As I’ve been a little busy recently, I haven’t really gotten around to posting on this blog. But, eventually, I’ll resume posting a bit more often on here. Until then, you can find me elsewhere around the net. I’m currently writing four times a week over on the BlueFur Blog about Web Development, PHP, Developing for WordPress and Setting up a Dedicated Server. Here are my posts for this week:

Web Dev: Putting it all Together
Everything PHP: Echo versus Return
WordPress Development: Filters
Moving Beyond SSH: Installing a Web Server

You can also find me hanging out on Twitter and posting some of my photography over on Flickr.

WordPress 2.7

December 12th, 2008 at 6:01 PM by Matt Freedman

WordPressAfter a few delays, WordPress 2.7 has finally been released. It contains a completely new Admin interface, which allows you to get to the page you want much quicker and easier. The Admin interface is now much more customizable now, allowing you to rearrange Dashboard widgets and show and hide specific boxes on the Write screens.

2.7 also has tons of new features, including a threaded comments API for themes to use, the ability to reply to comments right from the admin. It also includes support for automatically updating itself, whenever a version after 2.7 is released (so no more FTPing to update WordPress after 2.7)

The WordPress guys have created a video showcasing the new features, which you can see over on their blog.

It it recommended that anybody running an older version of WordPress to update as soon as possible.

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