Atwood: Yeah, I was going through my blog…
Spolsky: It seems like half of all sites would be broken.
So, I need finer granularity of control. Part one is RequestPolicy for FireFox, similar to which (but not as fine-grained) is Cross-Domain Request Filter for Chrome.
Anyway, here’s the base configuration for my browsers these days:
Tell us what you think! DoNotReply@example.com
It doesn't really work like that.
G Reader shuts down in a week.
I’ve been trying Feedly, but and have been trying to love it, but it’s annoying in a couple of significant ways.
Firstly, after clicking on a feed, I want to use the cursor down or Page Down key to move through the items in that feed. Unlike G Reader, Feedly doesn’t put the focus in the right place. Drives me up the wall.
Secondly, it’s embedding itself in multiple places in Chrome. First it put an icon of itself in the bottom-right of every browser tab (which even shows up in print outs, would you believe?)… and just in the last few days it’s started creating its own tab, which doesn’t even have a close icon on it. Is this conceited or what?
Frankly this does not bode well for my future with Feedly, if they’re going to take liberties like this.
Perhaps it’s time to look at alternatives — even if they don’t have accompanying smartphone/iPad apps.
Anybody tried The Old Reader?
Any other good ones which are as close to Google Reader as possible?
I'm no OS X expert, so I was a bit befuddled to find Google Chrome began crashing on startup a few days ago. Was it some evil Apple plot to lock Google out of the Mac?
All the grisly details from the automated report are below… it's not the most readable of reports.
The fix: What I did was to download Chrome again and re-install. That seems to have fixed it for now.
Nice to know they still promote Google Reader on its logon page, despite it shutting down in a few months.
You can even still take the tour.
At work I’m getting repeated spams from one mob which send surprisingly similar emails about conferences and training from various domains, which include:
Apart from using many different domains, these guys also continually change the address within the domain, and Outlook doesn’t appear to be able to consign an entire domain to the blocked senders list.
They do include this footer:
You are receiving this e-mail because you happen to be either our client or were added to our
comprehensive database on account of your contribution in the IT domain. However, should
you no longer wish to receive any further mails from our side, please Click here Unsubscribe
iCMG | Level 9, Avaya House, 123 Epping Road, North Ryde, NSW.| Phone +61 2 8005 0977
…but of course I’ve tried that and it doesn’t work… it probably only served to prove to them that mine was a live address.
I have been putting these domains into the spam senders list in Exchange, but they still get through. I can only assume that the list in Exchange is a “soft” one.
I have, of course, passed on a spam message to the ACMA spam reporting people… but I don’t hold out much hope of any success there.
Adding additional domains as they come up.
Thunderbird discovered that yahoo have changed their mail server’s POP3 behaviour, meaning you can’t leave mail on their server and download it locally. So it pops up the following message box:
This message box is app-modal. You can’t just fix the problem, you’ve got to take notes (a screenshot suffices) and then fix the problem. A bunch of faffing around, when it could have just said “Do you want your Server Settings automatically changed so that your mail can be fetched? Yes/No”. Or you could have this pile of technical information in a non-modal dialog box, and bring up the settings dialog for the user to solve the problem. Or just have this pile of technical information in a non-modal dialog box, so a screenshot isn’t necessary.
Or you could just make people angry, that works too.
You can see the problem here…
The new IE promotion web site talks a lot about IE10, but if you’re running Windows 8, you’d already have it, and if you’re not running Windows 8, you can’t use it.
(Well, not yet. Apparently IE10 will be available for Win7 at some stage… there is a “Release Preview” available. I’m guessing that’s Micro-speak for “beta”.)
This is handy… I had a Youtube video which Youtube had detected as 16:9, even though it’s actually 4:3.
You can tell Youtube to override on playback by adding a tag: yt:stretch=4:3
There are other tags for cropping to 16:9, or forcing 16:9 display — more details in this article: Fix aspect ratio of YouTube videos, which is based on the official Youtube article
Wikipedia is now blacked-out for 24 hours.
Note that at the time of writing, clicking the “Learn more” link takes you to a page that momentarily has more information, but then itself gets blacked-out. D’oh. I’m guessing they’ll fix that soon.
I’m guessing the Google Cache will get a good workout in the next 24 hours. To use it, search Google as normal; look for the Wikipedia link, and click the right button  to make the cache preview appear, then click the “Cached” link  to look at it in full size.
More about the SOPA protest
The work email server spam filter does not simply reject everything suspicious – this would risk us losing legitimate emails, something made worse by some companies choosing to send invoices and remittances as PDF attachments with no accompanying text whatsoever, something the mail server considers dodgy.
So (until I work out a better, foolproof automated process, or take the time to properly tweak the spam settings on the server) I manually look through some of the doubtful messages to pluck out those that are not actually spam.
The most common types of spam messages caught seem to be…
5. Your credit card is blocked (enter all your details into our dodgy web site)…
4. Work from home and earn $$$…
3. Marry a gorgeous Russian girl…
2. Cheap replica watches (Rolex etc)…
1. Cheap medicine to help gentlemen with, err, size-related personal problems.
…though it appears cheap Canadian pharmacies are also gaining in popularity, despite this being for a .com.au address.
Surely not? Yet I’m getting this error in Chrome…
IE doesn’t appear to have this problem.
Update 21:43. Ah, it’s come good. Momentary blip? Wonder how many others got the scary message.