Ramin Hossaini

Flickr’s reply-implementation


Apart from a few annoyances, I’m generally pretty happy with the new Flickr design on photo-pages. All the extra AJAX makes things a lot easier (at least for me personally) and I quite like the larger images.

I’ve been using Flickr since 2005 and I’m not sure how new this feature is, but I think it was implemented with the new photo-pages.

Hover over a comment, and you’ll see a ‘reply’ link becomes available:

All it does is add a piece of code to the comment-box (a link to the user’s photo-stream enclosed in square brackets (you can also click multiple reply-links):

And then what? You see, I used to put an @ in front of the user’s name. You know – Twitter style. But I’ve seen how user’s change their name and the reply looks awkward. This instead is what you get in the end (the user’s icon is displayed before your reply):

I remember how there was a Greasemonkey implementation for this, and it’s great to see it implemented. Use it!

Linux: Tar and Zip



  • z: Compress using GZIP
  • c: Create an archive (as opposed to the ‘x’ parameter to extract)
  • v: Verbose mode
  • f: Archive’s filename
$ tar -zcvf filename.tar.gz /directory


$ tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz

Google Calendar SMS notifications available in Namibia


It really is the little things in life that matter most.

Namibia is moving up in the World.

Quote from ‘Kafka on the Shore’ – Murakami


I love how random Haruki Murakami gets:

“Are you really Colonel Sanders?”
Colonel Sanders cleared his throat. “Not really. I’m just taking on his appearance for a time.”
“That’s what I thought,” Hoshino said. “So what are you really?”
“I don’t have a name.”
“How do you get along without one?”
“No problem. Basically I don’t have a name or a shape”
“So you’re kind of like a fart.”
“You could say that.”

Flickr adds people-tagging, finally joins the bandwagon



A feature that many in the Flickr community have been requesting for years has finally been implemented.

What?! No @ sign in front of the names??