Florent Clairambault

Google, the cloud and WebKit

The cloud Just in case, you still haven't understood, the future is in the clouds. The more I use online product, the more I feel it. I'm now typing all my documents into google docs. Ok, I copy/paste them to Word for my retarded friends that live bellow the clouds, but soon I won't. Even the important things that I have to do on actual files are synced by Dropbox (still on the cloud).

Dear Google Analytics

Dear Google Analytics, or dear blog readers (if any). I just read the google analytics stats of a site and noticed a totally new source of traffic: “Other”. What do you think it could be ? Somehow it reminded me this blog post of a graphic designer (who seems quite talented and very creative) :

Google Latitude History

I thought about this service as soon as Google released the Google Latitude service : “It would be great if they could save data so that we could see where we were at a specific time.” And I very quickly published some code to get my position (you could be tracking me right now with it). I thought they would never release the history saving feature as people would have feared for their privacy and things like that.

Google PowerMeter and sample C# .Net API usage

Update 2011-06-25 A lot of people still contact me about this project. I received this mail today, just in case you’re getting interested by the project, you should know that it will die pretty soon: Dear PowerMeter User, We first launched Google PowerMeter as a Google.org project to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to their energy information. Since our launch, there’s been more attention brought to this issue, and we’re excited that PowerMeter has helped demonstrate the importance of access to energy data.

Google Chrome Browser & OS

The browser I’ve always been on the Bêta version of Google Chrome. And the current bêta (soon to be stable I guess) now supports plugins, the most interesting ones are AdThwart which blocks ads and Gmail Checker which displays the number of received mails. Making some chrome extensions seems to be really easy, it’s entirely based on javascript. The other very interesting thing is the developper tools. They are very close to Firebug, it’s now really easy to debug JS and CSS within Chrome.


Google innovation chick, Marissa Mayer, says in her stanford show : Innovation: Not instant perfection. Launch early and often get to the market. Share everything you can: Information is KEY and powerful. You’re brilliant, we’re hiring: Hire generalists than can speak to all areas of your organization. Specialists create silos. A license to pursue your dreams: Give people a choice us to where they would like to invest their time and thinking.

Access your Google Latitude position from PHP

The code to access your Google Latitude position is even simpler in PHP than it is in .Net : <?PHP header('Content-Type: text/plain'); $userId = '5616045291659744796'; if ( $_GET['user'] ) { if ( is_numeric( $_GET['user'] ) ) $userId = $_GET['user']; else exit('This isn\'t a valid user id.'); } $url = 'http://www.google.com/latitude/apps/badge/api?user='.$userId.'&type=json'; // We get the content $content = file_get_contents( $url ); // We convert the JSON to an object $json = json_decode( $content ); $coord = $json->features[0]->geometry->coordinates; $timeStamp = $json->features[0]->properties->timeStamp; if ( !

Access your Google Latitude position from a .Net app

When I saw that Google Latitude now enables you to access your data by a JSON feed, I decided to make it communicate with a little GPS tracking project of mine. I’m really found of all these ways we now have to make anything communicate with anything. You can build interfaces from any system to any other system really easily. This code enables you to automatically get your GPS position (or the position of a friend) from your JSON Latitude feed.