After writing about the compete API Hiroki Akimoto contacted me mentioning a proposal he had made to PEAR. Our scripts each had strengths and we decided to combine our attempts and hopefully make something better. After a week or so we updated the proposal with the new code and after a little time for comments and a week for voting the proposal was accepted and on 30th July a new package, Services_Compete, was available on PEAR.
The developer page at Compete is already updated.
The PEAR package is in my opinion superior to the wrapper I released but I'll keep it up in case anyone wants something more lightweight than PEAR.
Youmoz is the section of the seomoz site for 'user generated content' and over the previous weekend I decided to give it a try. Lessons Learned from Webmaster Central discusses some of the problems I discovered when I registered the site with Webmaster Central at Google. The fixes involved a little PHP, a small change to my database and a handful of new RewriteRule's in my .htaccess file.
It was more technical than most of the posts there but it seemed to go down well.