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!!

[Photo by Proimos]

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…

Grab your Flickr upload email address for simple Flickr uploading.

Yahoo Mail API + Unlimited Storage

Yahoo Mail

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]

  • Yahoo Mail unlimited storage.
  • Yahoo Mail API.
  • 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.”

    Gmail Problems

    Gmail Logo

    I’ve been having issues with my Gmail account. From messages showing up in the ‘trash’ on their own to emails not sending at all. People are receiving some of my emails many hours after I sent them while other emails aren’t received at all. Even some of the items in my ‘sent’ folder aren’t actually sent! I think there should be an online status page for Gmail. Not unlike for Blogger…


    UPDATE: Looks like they were listening!!!

    Official Gmail Status Page

    Nice work Google!

    Auto Forward Gmail Photo Attachments to Flickr

    As you probably already know I use Flickr to manage and archive all of my images. I usually get at least one email forward from friends or family with photos in it. Instead of downloading these attachments and re-uploading them to Flickr I’ve set up a filter in Gmail to auto forward all image attachments to my upload by email flickr address. Of course I set them all to private by default.

    Now whenever someone sends me photos they get saved (privately) in my Flickr. Keep in mind the Flickr upload by email feature can be flaky and isn’t designed for huge files or large numbers of files. I also do the same thing for documents and spreadsheets except I use Google Docs instead of Flickr.

    Manage multiple email accounts in Gmail

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    You can now choose the reply-to address in Gmail for your various email accounts. My public email account (the one I use to sign up for stuff etc) forwards all email to my private account. This new feature now allows me to choose what the reply to address will be for all my email accounts. So if someone sends an email to thelastminute(AT)gmail(DOT)com and I respond to that email from my private account I can choose what the reply-to address will be. If you forward other email accounts to your Gmail you’ll want to use this.