phpODP meets github. lives happily everafter.

A couple of generations ago (at least in “internetz-years”) I wrote a tiny php script called phpODP that would let people put the content of the dmoz directory on their own site. Now, I know what you’re thinking – no dmoz didn’t have a problem with that – they even have a category for sites like that. Anyway, I initially gave it away for free, it turned out to be hugely popular at the time (so much so my blog got hundreds of thousands of backlinks and a PR9 together with CNN and other equally notable sites). At the time, before Google decided to mirror the dmoz content themselves, they actually liked these dmoz-mirror-sites – so no wonder it became popular. Anyway, long story short, I decided to charge $20 for it so I would get less support emails and would actually answer the ones I got.

Fast forward to current time:

I just put phpODP up on github. Here is what this means:

  1. It’s free, anyone can improve / modify / use / fork / abuse it.
  2. It’s no longer supported by me on e-mail

I want to thank Mark Dickenson for the inspiration to do this. I got an email from him a couple of weeks ago notifying me about a bug in the script. I told him I’d fix it, but it wasn’t exactly on the top of my priority list. Some days later I got an email from Mark again with the fix included. So I thought – what the hell, why not just put the code up on github? After all, we’re just days away from 2010 ;-)

And here we are! My Christmas present to whoever is still interested in phpODP / dmoz

For downloads and github info go here: http://www.bybjorn.com/phpodp/

Welcome to the new location of my blog

Hi there. If you’re getting this through my feedburner feed you should note that the new address for my blog is bybjorn.com – check it out, yay!

What I’ve done is used to combined magic of WordPress import, to move my content from bie.no, and Woothemes to get a new look.

Since I’m a freelancer now I figgured I needed a blog, sorta to .. I don’t know, market my services or something. And also, the benefit for you guys, is that since I’m a freelancer now, I might blog a whole lot more (yay!). Or less. We’ll see how it goes.

Anyway, this was just a short update to let you know that I moved. Peace out.