Find Your Flickr RSS Photostream

Posted Posted in Internet Explorer, Photography

 

You may have noticed that when you view someone’s Flickr Photo Stream that the link to the RSS feed for that user no longer appears, as you can see in the screen capture below.

flickr homescreen

It turns out that RSS and Atom feeds are still present and available, but you have to do a little sleuthing to find them. To find the Flickr RSS or Atom feed for that user’s page, access the View Source function in your browser. (In Internet Explorer, right click, then select View Source). Then, search for RSS or XML. You may have to use Find Next if the string found is not what you need; the result you want looks like this:

search for rss

As you can see, both RSS and Atom are indeed present in the source for the page.

 

For the RSS feed, use the content that looks like href=/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id=39027292@N00&lang=en-us&format=rss_200and and convert to http://flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id=39027292@N00&lang=en-us&format=rss_200 and test in your browser. You should now see the feed as shown in the sample below:

verify rss works in browser

Now that you’ve found the RSS or Atom feed, there are many things you can do with it. If you are a developer, you can use the feed to pull in photos via RSS for an app. Using MS Project Siena, you can easily pull in the feed using REST, as shown in this example:

use in siena app

 

Of course, there is no guarantee that Yahoo! will continue to offer these feeds, but since there are so many apps out there developed over the years that use them, it is unlikely that this functionality can be pulled without disrupting the community.

Tweaking IE11 Live Tile Code for dual feeds on msmvps.com

Posted Posted in Internet Explorer, Windows 8.1

After using Microsoft’s Build My Pinned Site web app for my personal site, I decided to see what I could create for www.msmvps.com which hosts two blog platforms, WordPress and Community Server. I did some reading on MSDN, but found no reference to using more than one feed. So it was time to experiment.

 

Build My Pinned Site really does most of the work, even for tweakers like me. I started by specifying a Title (which you can leave blank if you wish), a background color for the Tile and by uploading a single image (use a png 558×558 pixels for best results and maximum flexibility). Leave lots of padding in your image so that it can be cropped to each of the supported tile sizes. Cropping for each tile size is easily done right on the web page. In the case of building the Live Pinned Tile for msmvps.com, I specified a white background, but wanted a border around the edges which the crop function does not allow you to specify. So after downloading the zip file from buildmypinnedsite.com, I used PhotoShop (you can use any editor) to add the borders to each of the four image files to give each tile a more a finished look.

build1

 

The code generated by the web app within the wizard or in the download contains references to the first RSS URL I used:

 

build2

Once you’ve specified the text and graphics, you enter the URL for the RSS feed. Then you can download the package. I ran the Add Notifications process again on the second RSS URL so that I could edit the browser.xml file in the package I would be downloading.

 

The edited browser.xml contained references to both feeds (so the most recent three posts from the Community Server blogs and two posts from the WordPress blogs would always cycle through the Live Pinned Tile):

 

 

xml

There are five files in the package which need to be uploaded to the root of your blog folder on the blog server. You will need to edit the header.php of a WordPress blog or insert the code within the header tags on any site and add the following code in the appropriate place:

 

meta

 

Favicons are also included in the pinned live tile functionality if you have configured this in your header and added the ico file to your root directory. If the header includes the code:

 

shortcut

Visitors to  MSMVPS.com who elect to use the IE 11 Live Pinned Tile feature should

1. Select the Favorites icon

pin1

2. Select the Pushpin icon

pin2

3. Select one of the four tile sizes (I suggest the wide tile which should be the first one presented) and then select Pin to Start.

 

pin3

End result, the Pinned Live Tile will cycle through five recent posts from both blog platforms at www.msmvps.com

 

pin4pin5

 

Images will display if included in the feed as well.

Fix for Facebook Forcing Surface IE to Mobile Site

Posted Posted in Internet Explorer, Surface, Windows 8.1

 

Complaints have surface that folks attempting to go to www.facebook.com are being force re-directed to m.facebook.com (the Facebook mobile site). The folks at Facebook have made some change to browser detection that causes this redirect. Here are the steps to avoid the redirection and use the full site.

1. If you are using the Modern (Start Screen) version of Internet Explorer, close it and make sure it is not running.

 

2. Go to the classic desktop and open the desktop version of IE (do NOT go to the Facebook page).

 

3. Clear cached temp files:

a. Press the ALT key to display the menu bar if it is not shown

b. Select tools

c. Select Internet options (the bottom menu choice)

fb1

d. Select Delete

 

fb2

 

e. Insure that only the top two items are checked off as shown below and then select Delete.

 

fb3

f. When the delete process is finish you can select OK.

g. CLOSE Internet Explorer

 

4. Re-open the desktop version of Internet Explorer and navigate to http://www.facebook.com/home.php (the home.php is required).

 

5. Open the Tools menu again (press ALT if the menu bar is not visible) and then select Compatibility view

 

fb4

6. facebook.com should already be displayed. Select Add.

fb5

You now should be able to use the full desktop version of the Facebook site without being re-directed. )Note: Facebook will prompt you to upgrade your browser or switch to their mobile site, which you can ignore).

How to Associate Your Web Site With Your Windows Store App

Posted Posted in Internet Explorer, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

 

(And how to light up Get this App in Modern UI IE 10 or 11)

I previously posted an article on how to associate your web site with a pinned Live Tile. Today, I’m going to provide some information on how to associate your web site with your Windows Store Application so that visitors can automatically see that you have an app for your site and navigate directly to it in the Windows Store if they wish to install it.

You may have noticed in Windows 8.0 or 8.1 that using the Modern UI version of Internet Explorer that when you select the wrench icon on the AppBar, an entry named Get this App appears, but is greyed out for most sites.

As of today, when you visit blogs.msmvps.com you will see that the site is now associated with MsMVPs Blog Reader in the Windows Store. If the App is not already installed, Get App for this site will light up in Modern IE. If MSMVPs Blog Reader App is already installed, Switch to MSMVPs.. will be displayed

 

msmvpsgetapp1

Enabling this is easy to do (I had to hunt around to find a site actually using this as it is not really documented anywhere.)

I added two lines to header.php in my wordpress theme:

<meta name="msApplication-ID" content="App" />
<meta name="meta name="msApplication-PackageFamilyName"content="25241Digitalmediaphile.MSMVPsBlogReader_m2thxh7x439cm" />

The first entry should be exactly as listed above. The second entry is obtained by examining a computer where the app is installed and getting the name from

C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Local\Packages

 

 

If you are using the Windows 8.1 Preview and Modern IE 11, and don’t have my app installed, you will see

ie get app when not installed

And on Windows 8.0, using Modern UI IE 10, you will see

 

ie10 shortcut menu

As you’d expect, when you select Get app for this site, The Windows Store will open and display MsMVPs Blog Reader and you can install the app.