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Contact Me .:.

Read the FAQ and still need a question answered? Please poke around the site a bit more and see if there's a more appropriate venue ... I'm much more likely to pay attention to questions asked in public, because I look like a dork if I don't answer them.

Comments from before Disqus:

Greg .:. 2010-09-08 00:39:25
Hi Kent,

I had a friend that is trying to use the Netflix odata with JSONP APIs. Recently the examples stopped working as it seems the callback params is not being used :$top=10&$callback=myCallback&$format=json

Does the API still support callbacks? I'm seeing a weird responses...

Thank you in advance

Jonathan .:. 2010-08-27 16:34:57
Hi Kent, I hope you can help me. I'm using the identicabadge on, but it only shows update from friends, not the edubuntu user itself. Is this a bug in identicabadge or is it something I could fix myself? Thanks! -Jonathan
Francois-N. Demers .:. 2010-08-13 09:35:02
I am unable to make the Badge - work. It gives this result: What is wrong with my Identi account? Thanks for your help.
Vivi Fenwick .:. 2010-07-06 19:43:33
I am a recruiter working with a start-up taking media centers and cloud storage to a new level. I came across your profile on LinkedIn and am very interested in talking to you about this opportunity. Existing media centers and cloud storage solutions do not fully address the modern media consumers’ needs for storage, organization, searching, sharing and viewing media. Our client provides access anytime and anywhere to your personal media library as well as media from friends, family, and 3rd party sources; in essence, they create a complete social experience for hard core media users.

They are now looking for a Front-End Engineer to join the founding team and lead the front-end development piece of the product. For the right person, this position could turn into a Lead Developer role.

Your technical skills must include:
• Minimum of 5+ years of solid software development experience
• Excellent object oriented programming skills
• Strong experience coding D/XHTML, JavaScript, CSS and Ajax
• Strong experience programming graphical interfaces with a keen sense of understanding for the latest UI design
• Strong Experience with JavaScript libraries such as jQuery and Mootools
• Experience with JSON API integration
• B.S. in Computer Science, or equivalent combination of education and experience

Big pluses include:
• Experience with Flash video applications and players
• Experience with rich media, entertainment applications
• Mobile application development

You must be someone who:
• Thrives in the fast-paced and high-energy environment of an early-stage company
• Is reliable, motivated and driven to create a successful product
• Has the ability to see the bigger picture and successfully execute
• Is willing to go beyond your official job description

If this sounds like you please send me your resume to for immediate consideration.

If you are not interested in this position, please do forward this on to anyone you know who might be.

I look forward to hearing from you!
Brad Templeton .:. 2010-07-06 16:30:30
I sent you an email to your old yahoo address -- don't know if that's still right -- since it did not look like you had answered things recently here. Let me know if you can help on that.
Randy Newlin .:. 2010-06-16 15:00:00
Would you or do you know anyone tht would be interested in a Front End Software Engineer position in New York City. If you would like further information contact me at

Thanks Randy
Xianhang Zhang .:. 2010-05-11 21:11:36
Also, chickenfoot:
Xianhang Zhang .:. 2010-05-11 20:44:39
Hi Kent,

I'm at your BayCHI talk right now and I wanted to point you to prefab: . Seems like it's relevant to the stuff you're talking about :).

mehmet .:. 2010-04-09 01:01:22
Hi Kent,

Have you found a way to make Twitter Search Widget work on https pages?

Thanks in advance.
Tim Farrelly .:. 2010-04-08 17:48:06
Hi Kent,

I would like to speak with you regarding a job opportunity. My client is a leading Smart Grid company located here in San Francisco; below is the job description, in short we really need a strong front-end engineer. Someone who's well versed in building applications and understands the demands of enterprise software. The total package... please let me know if you or someone in your network would be interested in learning more. I look forward to hearing from you.

- Write front-end code in PHP, HTML/CSS and Javascript
- Implement new features as well as enhance existing ones
- Work closely with product management, UX designers and backend server engineers
- Always look for ways to make the UI behave and perform better

- Strong knowledge of object oriented PHP programming, best practices, and web application framework (such as Symfony, Code Igniter, Solar, CakePHP, Rails, Django, etc.)
- Strong knowledge of object oriented javascript; you have already built AJAX applications using a framework such as jQuery, YUI, or ExtJS
- Good knowledge of CSS, if needed you know the CSS workarounds to fix or workaround legacy browser behaviors
- You know what front end performance means
- You embrace open standards and you thrive to provide a rich user experience no matter which browser is used
- Good knowledge of source control tools as such as svn and git

Nice to have:
- You have experience with testing (TDD, PHPUnit, Selenium)
- You worked with web services and SOAP
- When you wake up every morning, you can't wait to scrum
- You comfortable working or you worked in the past in a fast paced startup environment
- You comfortable working with Linux (Ubuntu/Red Hat)

Best wishes,

Timothy Farrelly
Coit Group
800.897.5058 ext. 402
415.433.5200 ext. 402
415.433.2660 /fax
415.760.5454 /mobile
“Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”
Osama Khalid .:. 2010-03-20 07:39:32
Thanks for your great tools.

I was wondering, have you read about CC-BY-SA license being not suitable for code?[1] It is NOT identical to GPL job and it doesn't have a large software community around it. Meaning that your code will not be usable for most of the free software community.

Please consider change your code to "GPLv3 or any later version" license and let your users enjoy the same rights and more!

Kent Brewster .:. 2010-03-18 21:29:55
Thanks! Nice to meet you folks too; I thought the Arc Attack show was beyond cool.
Sue Aquila .:. 2010-03-18 06:18:05
My partner and I met you at the fence for the Tesla dance machine. I detailed our interaction in my blog You were a terrific representative for Netflix and practicing great leadership. Reaffirmed my support for Netflix. Much thanks!
Kirby .:. 2010-02-28 19:36:39
Kent - Thought I would be original and try to recruit you by visiting your contact page. I guess I score zero points for originality based upon all the other recruiting posts on the page. I work for an up and coming media/marketing company with an office in Mountain View, CA. We have done some good things, and have a profitable track record to rival the best in the industry over the last 4 years. Sorry for the lame attempt, but if interested let me know.

Alin M Elena .:. 2010-02-06 05:12:40
Hi Kent,

I see that redirects on your site... Do you think that there are any conditions under which you can give it away? My family name is elena so I would be glad to get it.

Peter Saint-Andre .:. 2010-01-25 15:47:22
In identica-badge.js the following line assumes that all users are following someone else, but that's not always the case:

var url = 'http://' + $.a.server + '/api/statuses/friends/' + $.a.user + '.json?callback=' + id;

Therefore the badge doesn't work for such users. Is there a way for the JS to check on the existence of friends and respond appropriately? I suppose I can ping Evan about that. :)
Jay .:. 2010-01-21 11:01:03
Hi Kent,

We are looking for a Front End Developer for a great cloud computing company in San Francisco. Opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects with intelligent, highly educated people. It might be a great opportunity from someone at Yahoo or similar companies! Referral appreciated or just send someone my email address please!

Kevin McNamee .:. 2010-01-12 14:14:48

I was trying to network with individuals who are looking or may know of others looking to for work within the Open Source community. We have a couple of really exciting opportunities in the Las Vegas area for Open Source Developers. I wanted to see if there were blogs or user groups that you would recommend for the Open Source community in general.
More specifically we are looking for developers with a Drupal OR Javascript, Perl, and CSS background.
I appreciate your time.
Jeremy Jones .:. 2010-01-05 12:55:21

Given the impending demise of mybloglog, and an interest in owning my own foaf data & doing something fun with it, I'm interested in this bit in your foafster article:

"...nobody else in the world is presenting FOAF as a JSON object wrapped in the callback of your choice, if you ask nicely, using format=json&callback=foo. Although it's possible to run anybody's FOAF object through Pipes and get JSON back, MyBlogLog cuts out the middleman by being brave enough to serve it all up live..."

The only existing pipe I've looked at that provides an option to squeeze an arbitrary foaf url into json is Mark Woodman's at, but I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to replace your line of code in foafster.js that reads:

var url = '' + id + '/foaf?format=json&callback=' + callback;

Or am I on the wrong track? Any hints?

Bret Reckard .:. 2009-12-21 10:24:45
Hi Kent, Mozilla is looking to add more full-time folks to our Labs group in '10. I wanted to see if you, someone you may know, or someone reading this, would be interested in helping develop API's for the project? Jetpack is slated to be the main extension platform for most developers and 350M+ users in the near future (FFx 3.7). Your experience seems to dovetail nicely with the effort. Let me know if you would like to discuss?
Garry Henry .:. 2009-12-18 00:19:30
Could someone help me I am trying to get red of yahoo messenger when I go to control panel find messenger click on it a pop comes up saying, could not open install log file, can anyone tell me how to get red of that junk for good thanks.
Bill Lee .:. 2009-11-12 11:24:07
Hello Kent, Kaboodle ( is recruiting for a Front-End Web Developer/Designer. If you're interested, I'd like to send you the job description and other details. Thanks, Bill Lee
Kent Brewster .:. 2009-11-04 20:52:56
Awesome, thanks!
Michael Tippett .:. 2009-11-04 18:52:49
Done :)
Kent Brewster .:. 2009-11-04 18:34:04
Michael: no, someone identified as Ryan Nadel reposted this photo from Flickr, with headline intact:

... in this story:

... and then went on to create a Now Public profile for me, here:

... which states that I write for Now Public about Culture, Flying, Intelligent, Kansas, Monster, Pasta, San, Diego, and Religion. Absolutely none of this is true, especially the part about Kansas. :)

I'd rather not take the trouble to click your Unsubscribe link; would you mind taking care of it for me? You could drop that bogus profile while you're at it, so this doesn't happen again in the future.

Michael Tippett .:. 2009-11-04 17:40:33
Hey Kent,

Just wanted to address your tweet about NowPublic. Looks like you posted this a while back:

That is why you are in our member list. Happy to take you off the newsletter list. Just click the unsubscribe link.

Thanks, Mike. (co-founder, NowPublic).
Ken Kennedy .:. 2009-10-29 07:04:44
Hi Kent...just wanted to apologize for the hotlinking I did of your identica badge at my site ( It wasn't explicitly intentional...I went from testing out and loving the script to pushing a hunk of js into a Wordpress text widget w/o thinking. Completely my fault. I've since grabbed copy to put in my static files server, so that I can continue to use. Great work, and your js magic is _completely_ amazing. You're really giving me some good ideas! Again, please accept my apologies. Thanks.
Edwin .:. 2009-10-11 08:04:01
Just in case you have a chance to update this entry, Susan Blog's permanent URL is at
Kent Brewster .:. 2009-10-08 11:00:02
Sorry, had some busy times. Had lunch with Zubin, just pinged Scott via LinkedIn.

Yuping: YouTube? Seriously? Worst, weakest social network EVER. If you must, check out YouTube Outgrows Shy Adolescence, Goes Social, on the YouTube API Blog.

Louigi: I'm sure you could use a much simpler solution to just show your own Laconica/Identica posts; as has been noted already, my Identica badge is really heavy and in need of refactoring. Here's the endpoint (which I had a heck of a time sussing out):


My Identica updates, for example, are here:

You might want to try pulling down a copy of the badge JS and substituting that endpoint for the /api/statuses/friends one that's currently being called. You could also use a Yahoo! Pipes badge and point it to your own RSS feed.
Yuping Liu .:. 2009-09-21 18:01:09
Hello Kent, I am currently working on a research project related to user-generated content. To collect data needed for the project, I would like to find out if there is a API-like solution that can make data collection from YouTube more automatic and easier. The part that is the most difficult manually and therefore I would like to find a solution for is to extract the network structure among YouTube users: i.e., who is friend with whom for our randomly selected sample of videos. If this is a project that you are willing to do, could you please get in touch with me? Thank you!
scott regan .:. 2009-09-18 16:53:09
Hi Kent, we'd love your feedback on a developer product in private beta, it's kind of like G analytics for APIs - for mashup or mobile apps, basically gives you stats and basic rate limiting, alerts on the APIs your using. We'd highly value your feedback if you had time to check it out or take a few mins for a demo. Can we shoot you an invite? cheeers, Scott (former Y!Local/Maps team)
sideshow76 .:. 2009-09-16 18:10:43
Hi kent, please help me out. How can I make direct messages using thank you very much! :)
Louigi Verona .:. 2009-09-01 04:09:05
Hey Kent!
I am using your great badge. I wondered whether it can be configured in such a manner that it would show only my timeline - several latest messages - instead of giving only 1 latest message and friends (which I do not have). I want the visitors of my site to just read my microblog, but have it embedded. Can it be done?
Zubin Koshy .:. 2009-08-25 16:06:23
Hi Kent:

I was a part of the Cal State East Bay Alumni Association Event about a month ago that you spoke at. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you speak and wanted to speak with you. I am starting a new job in which I need to build my company's database thorugh social networking sites to attain a larger audience than they have now. I would like to speak with you or meet with you to pick your brain to see best ways of doing that. I would be happy to treat you to lunch, dinner or pay you for your time. Please let me know when is a good time to connect.

Zubin Koshy
Ryan Brewer .:. 2009-08-18 09:05:37
I wanted to connect with you. See my email address. Looking forward to talking with you.
Kent Brewster .:. 2009-08-15 22:34:46
Sorry, folks; occasional randomness slips through.

After the post below from "B. Obama" appeared, I looked through my server logs. If you aren't familiar with how this works, the first number is the client's IP (Internet Protocol) address, which changes from time to time but never within the same browsing session. Next come the date and time at the server, followed by the page the client asked for and the page the client came from.

Here our visitor arrives from a Google search for "BOYD tobias san jose." As of this writing, the number-one result on Google for this search string is In Which Tom Boyd Punches my Wife in the Face, which is the sad story of events at a family Thanksgiving in 2007: [13/Aug/2009:17:42:43 -0700] "GET /tom-boyd-punched-my-wife-in-the-face/" ""

Here our visitor goes from In Which Tom Boyd Punches my Wife in the Face to my home page: [13/Aug/2009:17:43:05 -0700] "GET /" ""

Here our visitor goes to Contact Me, the page you're reading right now: [13/Aug/2009:17:44:00 -0700] "GET /contact/" ""

Here our visitor posts the message immediately following this one: [13/Aug/2009:17:46:56 -0700] "POST /make-post/" ""

After checking Google myself I think it highly unlikely that anyone searching for this particular phrase, "BOYD tobias san jose," could be looking for anything other than In Which Tom Boyd Punches my Wife in the Face.

"Tobias" and "san jose" are the street and city of Mr. Boyd's address, as noted on In Which Tom Boyd Punches my Wife in the Face, so whoever was doing the searching seems to have already known the answer, and was only checking to see if the page was still there.

Yes, In Which Tom Boyd Punches my Wife in the Face is still there, because there's been nothing even remotely resembling an apology from Mr. Boyd. There have been legal proceedings, a plea bargain, and sentencing, but no apology. Perhaps it's time for an update.
B. Obama .:. 2009-08-13 17:46:57
Are you still a freakin idiot with absolutely no personality or common sense?
Joe Jeffrey .:. 2009-08-12 12:21:08
Hi Kent...
We are connected through Nicole Gregory at Digg. Do you know any good UI/Javascript/Ajax Architects looking for a job in San Francisco? I am working with the CTO of this well funded Web/Social Networking company.
Joe Jeffrey
Andy Stack .:. 2009-06-26 12:33:07
Hi Kent, I'd love to get a chance to briefly chat with you about Netflix and extending their APIs. Sounds like a great opportunity for you! We overlapped at Yahoo for a brief time, and I've met you at a few events in the past (Y! Hack Day, Mashup Camp, etc) in the past. Please let me know the best way to contact you. Thanks!
Taunya .:. 2009-05-29 14:15:31
Hey Kent, it was good to see you Baycon for another year! You expressed interest in the web series I'm developing and I'd love to show you what we're doing. How do I contact you for that?
Lisa Wood .:. 2009-05-29 10:05:55
Hello Kent, I have a question for you....I apologize if you are only wanting true comments. I am doing a confidential search for a senior Rubiest who knows oAuth and has experience with social network API's in the Bay Area....would you know anyone who would like to hear more about this whom I may contact? It is with a small but very cool company who has been in the news lately for their new mobile & socially based apps. Mt contact is 877 488 3064. Best to you and best of luck in your current endeavors. Lisa
Sandy Saidak .:. 2009-05-28 20:05:23
Hi Kent, you told me this was the best way to reach you. Hmmm, seems a little public. But since I sent that story I told you about at BayCon to the only e-mail address I had for you and haven't heard back, I'm trying this way. Please get in touch.
Doug Goldie .:. 2009-05-12 10:44:42
Loved your presentation last week at Facebook. If you can, how would you do it without the callback? for a feed. If you did this, does it break some of your "Case-Hardening"?:)
Kent Brewster .:. 2009-04-15 22:00:54
Thanks for all the kind wishes, folks. I need to pull something together about the SxSW presentation, don't I? :)
Jeremy Brock .:. 2009-03-24 22:49:44
Great site, I found your article on data recovery w/ photorec, one of the problems a commenter left sounds like a failed flash drive. I have a detailed article on how flash drives fail and my company also recovers data from USB flash drives. Would you mind if I posted a comment for your viewers if they’re having the same problem. Yes, this flirts with spam, which is why I wanted to ask. We recover data by removing the NAND memory chip, dumping its contents, and reassembling the image.
David Yang .:. 2009-03-23 13:17:47
Hey Kent - congratulations on your move to Netflix!
John Szot .:. 2009-03-19 16:32:27
Hey Kent - great presentation at SX. was wondering if you were planning on posting the presentation somewhere? can't find it on yr site...wanted to share it with the kids here at the studio...thanks..
Keith Muth .:. 2009-03-17 02:46:34
kent, thanks for the awesome panel on mashups at SXSW, i found it very inspiring. i love yahoo pipes and i had no idea about YQL until you mentioned it in your talk. my company just put up and i'll be writing a corresponding blog post about pulling the JSON feed using jQuery to make it easy for anyone to display it on their site. i'd love to hear any feedback you have about it. thanks again!!
Carla .:. 2009-01-10 12:32:39
Hi, I am considering buying a second generation iTouch 8G. The only thing I would like to know about breaking it, is if I can add a program that would let me read books from the iTouch. I read all the time, wherever and whenever, 2 or 3 at the same time, and do not like carrying all that volume around. I considered a Sony reader, but it would be one more toy in my purse. I am with you guys - why can't I have it all in one place. I do not want to wait two more years to get the Readius in the US at a $600 price (without the phone capability, of course). So is there a solution to my problem? Thanks so much.
Jeremy Solarz .:. 2009-01-09 04:25:02
Hi Kent,

i stumbled over your page during my researches for an MashUp to search delicious.
As you stated on the Delicious Search Exploder-Page you used in your Mashup
YQL, Pipes, and a couple of native feeds.

It would be nice if you were so kind and answere me a few questions.

My questions are:
1. wich native feeds do you used for your search.
2. why do you used Pipes when you can already make a YQL search like
select * from feed where url=""

Hope to hearing from you

Best regards Jeremy S.
Emily Syes .:. 2008-12-16 09:10:25
Hi Kent, I update CMU's Interdisciplinary Degree Programs website. I would like to link to a post you made on hackday.blorg about CMU results. One of our students is highlighted. Is there anyone else from hackday I need permission from? I do not see any contact information. Thanks
Zach Copley .:. 2008-12-03 15:21:47
Hey Kent, we'd love to include your badge in an upcoming release of Laconica. However, it's still using Yahoo Pipes. What's the status of an API-based version now that the Laconica API supports JSON callbacks? Thanks! --Zach
Bob Lantz .:. 2008-12-02 14:54:55
Hi Kent,
Thanks for writing about my ACM conference browser (Conference-o-Matic) on the Yahoo! hack day blog! Would it be possible to update the link to a more permanent URL, e.g. or ?
p.s. It should work a bit better now also. ;-)
Jim R .:. 2008-11-21 11:47:09
Hi Kent, Thank you for this site, hopefully, you are a lifesaver.
I have an i-touch. I have a playlist that is about 45 mins. of music. I used to put it on at night, with a small speaker, to help me sleep and it would shut off at the end of the playlist. Now, for some reason - possibly that my eleven year old was playing wit hthe i-touch, it won't shut off after 45 mins. but keeps on playing throughout the night. Is there any way to shut it off without waking up?
thanks again.
Stephanie Cash .:. 2008-11-04 09:12:27
How are you doing? It has been a while since we last spoke. I was wondering if you would be so kind to assist me in a search. I am working on filling a Senior UI position in the bay area. I was reaching out to you to see if you knew anyone who might be interested. This position is with a very exciting company, and the pay is very competitive. I would love any assistance you may have for me. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

(650) 637-8381
moses .:. 2008-10-09 15:52:32
and plz one on one chat with me
moses .:. 2008-10-09 15:51:02
PLEASE HELP ME!!! i'm itouch is srewed up!! plz help.. when i was jailbreaking again
Kelli Telling .:. 2008-10-01 13:04:29
I am reaching out to you because we are working on a very exciting project with Palm, and I thought you would be a good person to talk with based on your expertise within the evangelism space.

We are currently looking for an Evangelist who will serve as the primary spokesperson for Palm to market-oriented press, analysts and developers within the web applications market segment. This new executive will excite the Palm developer community and will have overall responsibility for presenting to, and supporting, the next generation of Palm’s 3rd party developer network.

Based in Sunnyvale, California, and reporting to the SVP, Business Development this person will act as a company spokesperson, passionately promoting Palm’s platforms and developer proposition. The new Palm Evangelist will possess a strong technical acumen particularly in the areas of application and web development as well as experience in web-based distribution and support systems. In light of the visibility of this position, we require someone with superior communication skills as well as a natural executive presence.

I would definitely like to chat with you about this opportunity when you have a moment. If this is not an opportunity you interested in pursuing at this time, I would still like to chat with you to see what thoughts you have on potential candidates. I look forward to hearing from you.


Kelli W. Telling
m: 949-374-9913
email: kelli@
Ronaldo .:. 2008-09-16 18:36:35
Would you please tell me more about Yahoo! Hack Day Brazil ( Thanks!
Tony C. Yang .:. 2008-09-11 16:21:51
Greetings Kent,
I'm a tech reporter at the Silicon Valley Business Journal and would like to know more about Yahoo Hack Day tomorrow. Please contact me as soon as is convenient for you, thanks!
Sarah Webb .:. 2008-07-20 16:20:31
Hi Kent,
I just bought an iTouch and stupidly bought the upgrade to version 2.0 from iTunes before realizing I could hack my device. Yours is the first page I've found that I kinda understand but I could really use some help in restoring the itouch and obtaining a way to allow third party applications. I am really new to the land of computers and, to be honest, and am afraid of screwing up either my computer or iTouch. I currently rin Windows Vista and I have iTunes version Think I could trouble you for some help?

Thank you for your time and patience,
Brad Fults .:. 2008-06-20 11:27:23
I hate recruiters. Double fail for the encoding discrepancies.

Anyway, instead of the typical "your skills are greatly required for a super stealth-mode startup with amazing leadership blah blah blah", I'll keep it short and sweet.

I'm a front-end developer with Causes in Berkeley. We write software and web applications that help people accomplish and spread social good -- in other words, if you care about saving the dolphins, we provide you with the technology and ability to organize your friends around your cause and make donations to a relevant non-profit.

We're looking to hire great engineers and technical leaders, etc. If you're interested, drop me a line and we can talk.

mike gurtiza .:. 2008-06-17 14:31:12
Hi Kent,

I hope all is well. I received your information from a colleague of mine, and I would like to discuss with you an opportunity I have available with a Sequoia Capital and Norwest Ventures backed stealth mode startup based in the Sunnyvale. Please contact me ASAP so we can discuss this opportunity in greater detail. This is a time sensitive matter.

Here is a brief description:

My client is developing a system solution to solve mobility problems faced by service providers, small to medium size businesses and large enterprises. Our technology enables customers to make their work force smarter and mobile, simplify roll-out of mobile applications and services, and promote greater teamwork and productivity.


4+ years of experience in developing web based applications

Expert JavaScript skills.

Strong HTML/DHTML/CSS with an eye for good looking design.

Solid experience with AJAX Apps and an understanding of the principals involved in writing them.

Strong understanding of DOM programming and cross browser issues.

Experience programming with Spring, MVC, and Apache Velocity.

CS degree preferred. Start-up experience is also desirable but not required.

Compensation includes competitive base, large equity plan, benefits, and a true startup environment. The CEO’s previous company was bought by Cisco for $500 million.

Take a look at let me know what you think. If you are interested, please reply with an updated copy of your résumé in Word format and good time to discuss this opportunity. Also, please forward this on to some of your colleagues, who might be interested, we’ll definitely take care of you!

I look forward to hearing from you!




Michael Gurtiza

Sr. Executive Recruiter

Coit Staffing, Inc.

500 Sansome St. #510

San Francisco, Ca. 94111

office: 415.433.5200 ext. 410
Kent Brewster .:. 2008-06-17 09:31:45
Kids are good, new house is outstanding ... we just need to sell the old one now. :)
Angela Ching .:. 2008-06-13 23:16:37
Hi Kent, It was so nice to see you today. Your home is beautiful! Completely different from the last time I saw it! Let's keep in touch! How are the kids?
Kent Brewster .:. 2008-06-13 12:45:59
Sathya: Fixed, sorry.

Hi, Arjun. It sounds like you want the badge to tell the CMS to send the e-mail when somebody interacts with it. I'm not sure why you want to do this with a badge; if it's an independent piece of JavaScript it will need to know which user to send mail to, and I can't think of a way to do that that doesn't involve an open cookie, a login/password form inside the badge, or other gaping security hole. Please be careful out there.
Sathya .:. 2008-06-13 11:53:07
Hi Kent,
Wanted to try your ransomizr ... unfortunately it doesnt seem to be working :((

Kindly Check
Arjun .:. 2008-06-12 15:45:11
Hi Kent,

I wanted to tie a web badge in with an existing CMS that I have on my site. What I am trying to do is have the CMS automatically generate a code and e-mail it to a user, who would be specified in the CMS. Would you be willing to guide me with this implementation, or discuss setting something up for your assistance?
Gianko .:. 2008-05-30 14:42:42
Hello Kent...

well... the twitterati badge just broke down!!!

now is asking for a login/password... :(

(check it on your site)

please, please help!... yours is the best twitter badge ever!
Stephen Frick .:. 2008-05-10 14:36:30
Hi Kent, Stephen from Trade A Favor here. We met at the Maker Faire last weekend.

Many people said that they had been thinking of a concept similar to Trade A Favor, and that's precisely my reaction to your open profiles post. It's a "man, I have *just* been thinking about that" reaction.

I hope you get an opportunity to add our prototype to your Facebook application and give us some feedback. You had also expressed interest in schooling us on the wonders of APIs, even for startups like us working within the Facebook API. Talk to you soon.
Kent Brewster .:. 2008-05-02 08:32:10
Stacy: oh, dear. I need to rig something to allow me to go back to previous days ... sorry about that, please let me know if it happens again.

Arodicus: one of my goals for the project was NOT to require immediate execution of the closure upon load. There could potentially be hundreds of badges--including multiple instances of the same script--on the page at once, or a very large page beneath a badge at the top of source order, and the delay in perceived load time wasn't acceptable.

It's a valid side branch to explore, however, and I will continue to do so in future. Requiring the script to know its own name is a major pain point.
Stacey .:. 2008-05-01 21:34:27
Todays puzzle is impossible to solve (May 1st) the middle far left 6 squared box can't possibly have a green colored square in it, just thought I would let you know (I have never solved it in less then 30 moves and I plan to keep it that way haha)
Arodicus .:. 2008-05-01 16:09:46
I'm not sure I follow you... unless the script is doing something like dynamically adding it's own scripts (in which case, yes, it would fail), and so long as the script is written to force immediate execution of the closure upon being loaded, it should work, I would think, regardless of where it's loaded, wouldn't it? Can you provide a rough example where it would NOT work?
Kent Brewster .:. 2008-05-01 08:22:06
Ah, see, but that will only work if the SCRIPT tag appears last in source order, which is guaranteed not to be true if the site operator is following best practices and including his libraries immediately before the close of the BODY tag. Good thought, though; please keep trying!
Arodicus .:. 2008-04-30 17:28:41
I loved the succinct treatise on Badges, and wanted to offer a suggestion. Replacing the line:

var thisScript = /badges.js/ (near the bottom)

with this function:

var thisScript = (function(){
var scr=document.getElementsByTagName('script');
return scr[scr.length-1].getAttribute("src");

...eliminates the need for entering the scripts path if you give it a different name.
Nick .:. 2008-04-28 21:03:25
Hey if your good with Yahoo Pipes. We would like for you to use Yahoo Pipes into fetching certain youtube videos we want to be able to stream on our flash video player. If you know how to do this. please email me back. We will hire you and pay you
victor .:. 2008-04-22 08:43:27
First for people looking how to retrieve Linkedin profiles, do you know this widget ? Linkedin must have a API or some feeds ...

Then a question for Kent about FOAFster : would it be possible to use it outside of this Web site with a FOAF page comming from anywhere ? I really like the idea and the design :)
kenny .:. 2008-04-17 11:23:39
Kent-HELP retrieve files on iPod Touch? read your "Easy Flash Drive Data Recovery with PhotoRec". Doesn't mention Touch. Apple was no help. We lost music when we synched touch. in the BIZ, and we neeeed those songs. thank. please Email a reply.
Kumar .:. 2008-04-11 10:30:46
We are looking how to import linkedin profile to our application, as any one done that if they have can you guide us or we are willing to purchase the codes as well
Kent Brewster .:. 2008-04-02 09:45:09
Hi, Vijayender. Thanks, that's very nice of you. I really couldn't say anything about LinkedIn's plans for an API; I imagine they're going to be very careful to protect their users.
Vijayender .:. 2008-04-01 22:52:11
Hello Kent Brewster,

I am amazed by the mashup work you do.
These days I am looking for information about LinkedIn API.
When I have searched for it in API category on
You are the only guy who has worked on it.

There is an article which says 'LinkedIn to avoid 'API free for all

I am desperately looking for some information about
1) How to get access of the linkedin API / REST spec.
2) Whom to contact in Linked in to get access for linkedin API / REST spec.
An email to has not been of any use so far.

I will be grateful to you if you could please provide me the necessasary infomation to start on this.

Thanks in anticipation,

Andres Garza .:. 2008-03-18 16:47:56
I am one of the organizers of the largest IT event in Latin-America: SISCTI. This event is completely organized and run by college students of the Tecnologico de Monterrey (

We annually host this event and invite several keynote speakers. We are really interested in having you as one of our speakers.

Please let me know how I you would be interested in attending and I could send you more information.


Andres Garza

Christan .:. 2008-03-18 02:14:28

I am interested in purchasing permanent textlink advertising at some specific pages of

let me know if interested so that we can discuss it further. I can make a good offer to make it worth your time.

Let me know!

Christan Michael
Kent Brewster .:. 2008-03-12 12:09:04
English, mostly. :)
Alex .:. 2008-03-10 12:01:01
What language is your site written in?
Kent Brewster .:. 2008-03-08 06:54:10
Hi, Willis. Thanks for the kind words; the best part of doing Speculations was seeing people sell. Very sorry about your author topic, but: no, no backups were made. Perhaps you could locate someone who was a subscriber and had it via e-mail?
Willis Couvillier .:. 2008-03-07 08:06:41
Kent: My words are completely sincere; yesterday I received my 6th short story acceptance. The first 5 were last year. And all of them owe their moment to my time on the Rumor Mill. I think a LOT of writers got their start through the people they met there, or through information posted. It'll be remembered a long time.

Question: Would you have a back up of the Mill? I would hope to beg a copy of my author topic, if possible. I'm slowly transferring the odd relevences over to my LJ now. But the Google cached has expired, I think...
jr .:. 2008-03-03 17:08:58
Singleuser boot --fsck not done
root device is mounted read-only
if you want to make modifications to files

/sbin/fsck -fy
/sbin/mount -uw /

if you wish to boot the system

mar 4 launch[12]: can't exec /bin/sh for single user: no such file or directory.

My problem is that I don't have a keyboard input option here to allow it continue or exit, nor does it recognize in itunes so I can't just set it back to 1.1.1.

Your thoughts would be much appreciated! THANKS!
jr .:. 2008-03-03 17:06:54
Singleuser boot --fsck not done
root device is mounted read-only
if you want to make modifications to files

/sbin/fsck -fy
/sbin/mount -uw /

if you wish to boot the system

jan 24 launch[12]: can't exec /bin/sh for single user: no such file or directory.

My problem is that I don't have a keyboard input option here to allow it continue or exit, nor does it recognize in itunes so I can't just set it back to 1.1.1.

Your thoughts would be much appreciated! THANKS!
Kent Brewster .:. 2008-03-03 15:37:44
Gregory, Willis, Julia: thanks very much for the kind words. I'm still trying to get a handle on what I learned while doing Speculations and The Rumor Mill, and how I'm feeling now after having ended it. I expect it will take a while.
Julia Jones .:. 2008-03-03 13:55:32
Another note to say that Speculations and the Rumor Mill was much appreciated, and will be missed. Thank you for all the work you put in over the years.
Willis Couvillier .:. 2008-03-03 12:35:59
I am saddened at the loss of Speculations and the Rumor Mill, and just wanted to let you know that my time there is a highlight of my writing life. Your efforts were and are appreciated, and will be missed.
Gregory Koster .:. 2008-03-02 17:23:20
Dear Kent: From out of the past, this is Gregory Koster formerly of the Rumor Mill. I have just learned that you shut down save for a shell, because of the effort it was taking. I can see why you would, but it is still a sorrowful day. But for you, best thanks for something that made a terrific difference to me. Best of luck in anything else you do.

Skyward ho!
Gregory Koster
David .:. 2008-02-23 08:22:55
Sorry if this is a stupid question but I'm trying to find an api that could query Google Reader and get the number of subscribers for a given url's RSS feed. Is this something that could be achieved with the sort of methods you use with Yahoo Pipes?

NitinK .:. 2008-02-20 17:59:35
Hi, Kent:

I really enjoyed your session on social data at the SD Forum event at Yahoo! last week. It was one of the better SDForum sessions in a little while - there was a lot of interesting information packed into a short time. Your bookmarklet was really cool, although it's freaky how much public information about a person can be extracted by working backwards through the API and on to other social sites.

I've posted an article about it on my blog:
Social Data: Observations from "Search & The Social Graph" Event


Software Abstractions blog
Donovan .:. 2008-01-24 15:13:59
Hello there, thanks for the great advice. Sadly I have somehow flubbed it. I did a jailbreak successfully on the first try, then when I was in the VT to reallocate the space I must have fat fingered it because on the re-load I got the dreaded blank screen. So, I dutifully re-installed 1.1.1 and started over. Everything went fine until I had 1.1.2 re-installed and ran the 1.1.2 jailbreak (with ssh install) option. It seemed to run successfully, but on the first re-boot my touch now spews forth a large length of command prompt information culminating in

Singleuser boot --fsck not done
root device is mounted read-only
if you want to make modifications to files

/sbin/fsck -fy
/sbin/mount -uw /

if you wish to boot the system

jan 24 launch[12]: can't exec /bin/sh for single user: no such file or directory.

My problem is that I don't have a keyboard input option here to allow it continue or exit, nor does it recognize in itunes so I can't just set it back to 1.1.1.

Your thoughts would be much appreciated! THANKS!
Kent Brewster .:. 2007-12-10 10:38:03
Sorry, I don't have MusicMatch so I really couldn't tell you. In case you updated by mistake and you want to back down,, as always, is your best friend:
stealthydarky .:. 2007-12-10 05:08:32
Yahoo bought MusicMatch as you know. I like my old version of MM better. How do I get rid of the Nag Screen to update? Thanks for your time man.
Rawbs .:. 2007-11-26 09:15:09
Hey there..... Last night I put the badger feed code into dreamweaver and it was working perfectly in Firefox. Today I opened my index page in firefox and safari and the feed wasnt producing any results both in the technorati search engine and my html page. The rss window still shows up but doesnt produce any link results, and last night it was working perfectly....please help :-(
Kent Brewster .:. 2007-11-13 08:49:19
Cool, glad it's useful. Yes, I need to revisit Twitterati and get auto-links working; it would also be nice to be able to go back if you get stuck on Scoble's page, or at least be able to enter a user id somewhere without having to discover it by surfing. Please don't forget to look at Case-Hardened JavaScript for a peek under the hood.

CrowdVine looks very interesting; how's that going for you?
Tony Stubblebine .:. 2007-11-12 23:04:13
Kent, I was going to ask what the license was for Twitterati because I wanted to work it into a widget for CrowdVine (and probably extend it to auto-link @syntax/urls and for OpenSocial which would let me add a link to the local profile). Then I found your FAQ and my question was answered. So all I have to say now is thank you and good work.
Kent Brewster .:. 2007-11-04 09:16:26
Sweet! It works with an iTouch!

Sorry, Jay. I took a quick look at Snapfish and I can't find anything resembling an API. I'll keep looking, but the prognosis seems pretty grim. Good luck, and please check back here if you do find something that works.
Kent Brewster .:. 2007-11-04 09:00:57
and again...
Kent Brewster .:. 2007-11-04 08:59:40
Testing from my new toy...
Jay .:. 2007-10-31 09:02:52
Wondering if there are any tools to do this: I have several pics (more than 2 gig) on (sick) Snapfish and would like to copy/download my OWN pictures without paying them money (for each 50 pics $10, I need to rob a bank!)

IF you know/have some idea, please post it! I am really thankful for your help!
Kyle .:. 2007-10-28 13:07:43
Hey, Kent - Not sure if you remember me, but I'm going to be joining Yahoo next month, would love to catch up when I arrive. Don't have your email address, if you could please drop me a note when you see this, and I'll give you a little better context.

Kent Brewster .:. 2007-10-18 20:22:24
Not sure, Jackie ... were you playing it on My Yahoo?
Jackiie McComb .:. 2007-10-12 13:04:57
How come when I see a stained glass board it shows only white squares and I can't figure out how to play?
Thanks, I loved that damned mindless game.

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