Hello World

Considering sharing the source code behind Give Me My Data on GitHub. Looks like its great for archiving, improving, and sharing…

“Facebook’s Disconnect: Open Doors, Closed Exits” – TechCrunch

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More press for Give Me My Data, this time by Rohit Khare from TechCrunch (thanks for the note Evan.).

Give Me My Data has a more open-ended design that supports exploration and experimentation, in part because it sports an impressive array of formats to download your friend lists and other information for use in other projects such as visualization and charting. Owen Mundy at Florida State originally developed it for his own use, but “this week it kind of exploded because of the interface changes.” That could either be a sign of broader awareness of how much data users share with Facebook; or it could be the acute interest users have in putting profile data that Facebook “lost” right back onto Facebook (a feature that may be coming soon).”

PHP: Timestamp validator and converter

  1. <?php
  3. /*
  4.  *  Timestamp validator and converter
  5.  *  {cc} Owen Mundy ~ owenmundy.com
  6.  *
  7.  */  
  8. function convert_date($string)
  9. {
  10.     // make sure it is a string with a number && > 1992-05-07 && < 2033-05-18
  11.     if ( ctype_digit($string) && $string >= 800000000 && $string <= 1999999999 )
  12.     {
  13.         // if so convert it to a human-readable date
  14.         $d = date(‘Y-m-d H:i:s’, $string);
  15.         return $d;
  16.     }
  17.     else
  18.     {
  19.         return false;  
  20.     }
  21. }
  23. print convert_date("1613199869");
  25. ?>


“Facebook App Brings Back Data by Riva Richmond” – The New York Times


Facebook App Brings Back Data by Riva Richmond, New York Times, May 1, 2010

“The app is “making hackers out of regular users,” says the developer, Owen Mundy, an assistant professor in Florida State University’s art department. And it’s giving them a way to exercise ownership rights over their data. (After all, Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities says users “own all of the content and information” they have posted on Facebook.)”