Blog Posts by Ricky Montalvo

  • Inside ETech: Lensley Automatic

    At ETech 2009, we met the creators of the Lensley Automatic, "the next generation of photobooth." The Lensley Automatic brings the classic photobooth experience into the 21st century with its sleek "cage-free design, superior optics, and the latest in digital technology."

    We experienced the fun, speed, and amazing quality of the Lensley Automatic firsthand. At the press of a button, the Lensley produced a 4x6" sheet of 4 high quality photos for our team, in less than a minute. Check out this video to learn more about the Lensley Automatic, as described by its creators, Jaime Macías and Leonard Lin:



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  • Developer Spotlight: Flixster

    Barely three years old, Flixster is already one of the largest movie sites on the web with over 15 million unique visitors and almost 2 billion movie ratings. In this conversation with Flixster CEO and Co-Founder, Joe Greenstein, we had a chance to learn a little more about the background, growth and vision of this rising star in the app development scene:



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  • YDN Screencast: YQL

    In this screencast Dan Theurer and Jonathan Trevor discuss why "YQL is the last web service you will ever need." With the help of the YQL console, an easy way to explore the power of YQL, we?ll cover the following topics: How to access public and private web services, filter and join results, extract data from web pages, and how the extend YQL to query additional data sources.



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  • Inside Web Directions North 2009

    Web Directions North 2009 (WDN) brought together web developers and designers in Denver, Colorado for a full week of insightful talks and education about the future direction of the web. YDN's own technical evangelist and front-end development expert, Christian Heilmann had a chance to talk with some of the attendees about their thoughts on how web development technologies can help during these tough economic times. Tune in to hear the thoughtful and candid answers from the crowd at WDN:



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  • YDN Lightning Talks: Hadoop – Part II

    Hadoop helps Yahoo! Mail reduce spam for over 300 million people. In the second part of their talk, Mark Risher and Jay Pujara, Yahoo! Mail technologists and spam cops, describe how they are using Hadoop to fight botnets.

    Mark and Jay explain how Hadoop makes it possible for Yahoo! Mail to quickly analyze huge sets of data to identify where spam comes from. Want to learn how Hadoop can help solve your largest data challenges? Tune in:



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  • YDN Lightning Talks: Hadoop – Part I

    Hadoop helps Yahoo! Mail reduce spam for over 300 million people. Mark Risher and Jay Pujara, Yahoo! Mail technologists and spam cops, describe how they are using Hadoop to fight the rising tide of spam.

    Mark and Jay explain how Hadoop makes it possible for Yahoo! Mail to slice through billions of email messages to isolate patterns of spam -- within minutes. They dive into the most common Hadoop implementations, including Streaming and Pig. Want to learn how to harness the power of Hadoop to solve your most impossible, ginormous data problems? Tune in:



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  • NYTimes Open with Derek Gottfrid

    "All the code that's fit to printf( )" - so goes the tagline on the NYTimes.com Open blog. The NYTimes.com developer site is about "open-source technology at The New York Times, written by and primarily for developers." Recently, the "Times" launched the TimesPeople API, which allows you to retrieve TimesPeople data for a particular user, including the user's profile, activities, news feed and network. We sat down with Derek Gottfrid, Senior Software Architect to talk about their first Times Open event today and also learn a little about what the NYTimes is doing in the developer community:



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  • Developer Spotlight: OneRiot

    Recently, on our stop-over in Denver for Web Directions North, we drove to Boulder, to talk to the minds behind OneRiot, a social search engine company that finds the "pulse of the web" - the news, videos and products that people are talking about right now. We sat down with technologist Yannis Pavlidis, who implemented BOSS to compliment OneRiot's social search with traditional search features from Yahoo!:



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  • YDN Lightning Talks: Vik Singh – BOSS

    The second in our series of quick, candid conversations with some of Yahoo!'s most interesting developers, designers, and evangelists -- a chat with Vik Singh from the Yahoo! Search BOSS team.

    Vik talks extensively about the birth and launch of BOSS, Yahoo!'s game-changing open search service, and how it's enabling innovation and extending the marketplace for search. Want to get a feel for what developers are doing with BOSS or increase awareness of the BOSS work you're doing? Vik recommends bookmarking your project or mashup in delicious with the tag bossmashup.

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  • YDN Lightning Talks: Ted Drake

    Quick, candid conversations with some of Yahoo!'s most interesting developers, designers, and evangelists about their passions, experiences, and, of course, about their work at Yahoo!.

    For our first lightning talk, we sit down with Ted Drake, a Yahoo! developer who resides in Paris, France. Ted has worked on some of Yahoo!'s top properties such as Yahoo! Finance. Ted is also a "foodie" and has started a side project, Insider Food, which is powered by Yahoo!'s BOSS.



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