Happy new year! Here's something cool from pinboard

Happy 2011! I’m considering some end-2010 thinking that may end up posted on ye olde blogge, but in the meantime here’s a nice treat from pinboard: A great customizable tag cloud widget (that’s a screenshot, not linked):

pinboard tag cloud screenshot

I’ve been using pinboard for about a year now, and have been nothing but happy with it. Now that the days for delicious are numbered, there’s no reason not to pay the signup fee and give it a try.

Post to delicious with PHP and curl

This code is essentially all from Alex Schultz, reposted here for a handy local reference. I changed the api call to post, and added bits for tags and description.

When the original delicous-PHP code that I had been using stopped working, I hunted around for a new solution. There are a handful of big classes that didn’t do the trick for me, but this straightforward curl code works well. My single bookmarklet to post links to Txp and delicious is back in action.

On TextDrive Joyent servers, it’s probably necessary to enable curl support for PHP.

$dusername = USERNAME; $dpassword = PASSWORD; $api =; $link = urlencode($link_url); $desc = urlencode($title); $ext = urlencode($body); $deltags = urlencode(str_replace(,, , $keywords)); $apicall = https://$dusername:$dpassword@$api/posts/add?&url=$link&description=$desc&extended=$ext&tags=$deltags; $ch = curl_init(); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL,$apicall); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, 2); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERAGENT, php-curl); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER,1); $xml = curl_exec ($ch); curl_close ($ch);

Update: Sometimes the https certification verification causes problems. Adding “curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false);” appears to solve this problem.

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