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How To Find An Apartment Like a Geek

How To Find An Awesome Apartment

We currently live in an amazing apartment here in Vancouver. It’s probably one of the best in our neighborhood (not the one above) at a very reasonable price. People are shocked when I tell them how cheap it is to rent.

Here is a small part of our view from our vancouver webcam
Vancouver Webcam

It wasn’t luck that got us this place, it was our super geekyness… To find this place we used combination of craigslist, rss, feedburner and gmail.

How to find an apartment using RSS and email:

  1. Go to the city you want to live in on craigslist
  2. Find the apartment section
  3. Add your search criteria
  4. Grab the rss feed for that page
  5. Now pipe that feed into Feedburner
  6. Activate email subscriptions on that feed
  7. Subscribe to the feed via email
  8. Confirm subscription

Now you’ll receive a daily email of apartments that match your criteria only. Just set it and forget it. You’ll automatically get results in your inbox. It took us three months of going through these emails every day to find out current place. Of course we weren’t in a rush to move out either.

How to find an apartment using Twitter:

  1. Go to your the city you want to find on craigslist
  2. Find the apartment section
  3. Add your search criteria
  4. Grab the rss feed for that page
  5. Create a new twitter account
  6. Now pipe that feed into twitterfeed using the new twitter account
  7. Follow that new account with your old account

Good luck apartment hunting!!

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How To Email Full Resolution iPhone Photos

iphone 3.0 screenshot

Just wanted to share this quick little iPhone tip with you guys. Normally when you send photos the iPhone resizes them and makes them small and crappy…

To send iPhone photos in their full resolution (highest quality) just do this:

  1. Launch the Photos application on your iPhone. Tap on Camera Roll.
  2. Tap on the “arrow” in the bottom left corner. Highlight images you want. Tap Copy.
  3. Exit Photos and launch Mail. Compose a new email. Click and hold in the body of the email, let go and tap Paste.

Voila you are now emailing full resolution iPhone photos from your phone…

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Yahoo Mail API + Unlimited Storage

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Brian writes:

Yahoo has “taken note of Amazon moves and are strategically leveraging their massive infrastructure to provide Yahoo mail users with unlimited storage. But it gets better, rumors have it they are opening the Yahoo Mail api to developers.

This is big. A much smarter way to compete with Microsoft and Google by letting their community innovate on their behalf all the while providing the community with tools that further entrenches their user base.” [full post]

Brian is totally right, this is BIG!

John Kremer (Vice President, Yahoo! Mail) writes:

We’re psyched to be breaking new ground in the digital storage frontier by giving our users the freedom to never worry about deleting old messages again. And, like any responsible webmail service, we have anti-abuse limits in place to protect our users. BTW: As much as we’d like to just flip a switch and “unlimit” everyone on the same day, we’ll be rolling this out over a few months to facilitate a smooth transition — we know there’s virtually nothing more precious than your inbox.

We hope we’re setting a precedent for the future. Someday, can you imagine a hard drive that you can never fill? Never having to empty your photo card on your camera to get space back? Enough storage to fit the world’s music, and then some, on your iPod? Sounds like a future without limits. ” [full post]

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    Gmail System Status – Gmail Down Again

    UPDATE: Google finally has a status page for Gmail here it is:

    Gmail Down

    It’s very annoying when my Gmail goes down…

    Gmail status page:

    “a percentage of our users seeing ‘Server Errors’ and ‘Oops’ messages when trying to log in to their Gmail accounts. We realize that many of you depend on Gmail to communicate and assure you that all hands are on deck to fix the error. While we do not have an exact time until resolution to offer, this is currently our top priority and we’ll continue to post updates as they become available.”