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Poll: RIP Google Reader. Which RSS solution do you use nowadays?

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JoeDoyle23
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mithrandir
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NewsBlur-ers unite!
hansolosays
2459 days ago
+1
zengr
2458 days ago
NewBlur FTW!
hannahdraper
2457 days ago
Ayup.
sectionsix
2457 days ago
Newsblur!

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I guess it's a saying from the Old Country.
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Romanikque
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NEVER!
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synapsecracklepop
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Our family will NEVER hear the end of it, because its what the on-call RE said both days at our inseminations...and it actually worked!
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amijangos
2495 days ago
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You mean how long after the triple platinum ultra-mega extended version comes out from Disney
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lywyn
2494 days ago
right after the sound mans extended cut and the tea boys final extended cut
splungedude
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Somehow this makes me feel sad
The Netherlands
2495 days ago
Alt text : I "guess it's a saying from the Old Country."
Mencial
2495 days ago
From Tolkiens "Leaf by Niggle": "That was probably the last time Niggle's name came up in conversation". I always thought it was a very sad thought.
kyounger
2495 days ago
Disney owns it now -- sooo never.
gsanders
2495 days ago
I think the more likely ending might be "Let me check space!wikipedia, oh, it's from some old movie."

Seashell

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This is roughly equivalent to 'number of times I've picked up a seashell at the ocean' / 'number of times I've picked up a seashell', which in my case is pretty close to 1, and gets much closer if we're considering only times I didn't put it to my ear.
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pepsy
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yeah!
sentenza
2556 days ago
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Shouldn't the p(seashell) be in the denominator and the p(ocean) in the numerator?
lauratastic
2556 days ago
yep; fixed now
Michdevilish
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PS: It's a shell fact
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adamgurri
2556 days ago
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bayes law of seashells
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Stop Doing Internet Wrong.

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Some days...some days it's frustrating to be on the web. We're compiling C++ into JavaScript and running Unreal in the browser but at the same time, here in 2013, we're still making the same mistakes. And by we, I mean, the set of web developers who aren't us, right Dear Reader? Because surely you're not doing any of these things. ;)

All of these are solvable problems. They aren't technically hard, or even technically interesting. I consider these "will-required" problems. You need the knowledge that it's wrong and the will to fix it. As users - and web developers - we need to complain to the right people and help fix it.

Redirecting a deep desktop link to a mobile home page

Google has decided that the practice of taking perfectly good deep links like foo.com/something/deep, detecting a mobile device, then redirecting to m.foo.com is user-hostile. In fact, the GoogleBot is going to declare these "faulty redirects" and ding sites in the search result ranking. Stated simply:

Avoiding irrelevant redirects is very easy: Simply redirect smartphone users from a desktop page to its equivalent smartphone-optimized page. If the content doesn't exist in a smartphone-friendly format, showing the desktop content is better than redirecting to an irrelevant page.

For example, if I want to go to the http://www.mcmenamins.com/Pubs page, but I do it on mobile, they ALWAYS redirect me to /mobile. Always. Even though I have a quad-processor pocket supercomputer with gigs of space I've still surfing a second-class internet.

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I don't want your crappy app

That means you Quora. I am in my browser, unless I'm going to the App Store, let's assume if I'm in the browser, I want to be on the web.

You suck Quora

Giant Interstitial Ads

I'm looking at you, Forbes.com. I GET IT. YOU HAVE ADS.

Interstitial Ads are Evil

Stay classy.

Labels for Input Forms

I hate seeing a checkbox and only being able to click on that exact checkbox.

<p>Which fruit would you like for lunch?</p> 
<form>
<input type="radio" name="fruit" id="banana" />
<label for="banana">Banana</label>
<input type="radio" name="fruit" id="None" />
<label for="none">None</label>
</form>

It's so easy to just associate a label with an input. Please do it, then we can all have something larger to click on.

Breaking Hyperlinks

We're still doing this. Haven't we learned that Cool URIs Don't Change? It was true in 1998 when that was written and it's true now. The web as we know it was created in 1990 and made truly open in 1993 and the link to the First Web Page (yes, Capital Letters) is still http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html. I love that they've done the work to keep that link alive.

There's just no excuse for this. With .htaccess files and web.config files, maintain a list of redirects and do your best to test them. Maintaining deep and complex links can be complex, but if you're companyname.com/about link dies because you switch from PHP to Rails, there's just no excuse for that. I'm your User and I have always typed /about. Don't' give me a To Do like "Update your bookmarks!" I didn't come here for a To-Do, I came her for your damn about page. YOU figure it out.

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Click the Flag that represents your Language

I've often been asked to "select my language" from a list of country flags, and ended up clicking on the Union Jack to represent "English." I'm sure the actual English don't appreciate an American declaring they speak English. ;)

Nothing says pick a language like all the United Nations Flags

but I know I'm not the only one who realizes that a Flag is a lousy representation of a language, especially since your browser is announcing what languages you speak with every web request.

Accept:text/html 
Accept-Encoding:gzip,deflate,sdch
Accept-Language:en-US,en;q=0.8

There can be a whole list of languages in the Accept-Language header, in the order the user prefers them! Use that data, it's there for you to use.

You know my Zip Code, why am I entering my State?

For folks living in the states, we're always asked to enter our postal code (ZIP code) and our city and state, even though there are dozens of great APIs and Databases that can give you that information.

Don't make me enter my state

The meta-point is this: If you can reliably determine something from the user (language, location, country, preference) without invading their privacy, do it! Save them a little time!

Resizing Giant Images with width and height attributes

Perhaps take a moment and remind your boss that the 6 megapixel photo that he or she took with their new Canon EOS is not a good background image for your corporate site...especially if it's a 4 megabyte JPGs.

Oh, that's OK, we can just <img src="bigassfile.jpg" width="100" height="100"> and that will make it smaller. No, that just downloads the giant file and then makes your browser to the work to resize it on the client.

Big ass picture

Fakarava Atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago

Resize first, and squish often. Also run all your PNGs through PNGGauntlet or PNGOut.

Serving pages from both www. and naked domains

If you've got example.com/something AND www.example.com/something both serving up the same content, consider "canonicalizing" your URLs. You can do this with rel="canonical" in your META tags, but that only hides the problems and makes the Googlebot happy. Instead, why not PICK ONE and serve a 301 redirect to the other? Did you know that there are rules built into IIS7 that will set this up for you? You can even remove your .aspx extension if that makes you happy. You can do it!

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The same is true if you do the same thing for / and /default.html. Pick one if you can, and redirect the other.

<system.webServer> 
<rewrite>
<rules>
<rule name="CanonicalHostNameRule1" stopProcessing="true">
<match url="(.*)" />
<conditions>
<add input="{HTTP_HOST}" matchType="Pattern" pattern="^hanselman\.com$" ignoreCase="true" negate="false" />
</conditions>
<action type="Redirect" url="http://www.hanselman.com/{R:1}" redirectType="Found" />
</rule>
<match url="blog/default.aspx" />
<action type="Redirect" url="blog/" redirectType="Found" />
</rule>
<rules>
<rewrite>
<system.webServer>

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What are some great examples that you think Break The Internet...but that are easily fixed if we have the will?


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Great advice!
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Comic for June 13, 2013

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this is my daily hell
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