Whois Spam

By on Oct 4, 2013 in Web | 0 comments

That’s not a question. It’s a statement, or rather a discovery I made the other day when troubleshooting VPN connectivity issues. Danny-Wahls-MacBook-Pro:~ danny.wahl$ whois youtube.com Whois Server Version 2.0 Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net for detailed information. YOUTUBE.COM.ZZZZZ.GET.LAID.AT.WWW.SWINGINGCOMMUNITY.COM YOUTUBE.COM.ZEN.GET.ONE.MILLION.DOLLARS.AT.WWW.UNIMUNDI.COM YOUTUBE.COM.MORE.INFO.AT.WWW.BEYONDWHOIS.COM YOUTUBE.COM.IS.N0T.AS.1337.AS.WWW.GULLI.COM YOUTUBE.COM.BLACKRAMINC.COM YOUTUBE.COM Come on guys, I don’t care how 1337 your site is. I’m never going to it now.

URL Shorteners & Page Load Speed

By on Sep 24, 2013 in Web | 0 comments

URL shorteners are all the rage right now. They make it easy to share links in sites like twitter without blowing your character limit. They make sharing gross long urls easy in email (for the bulk of users that don’t know how to use an <a> tag or a “link” button). And some even offer cool analytics on the back end. They seem like an all around good idea because who wants to see this: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CDIQFjAB&url=%68%74%74%70%3a%2f%2f%65%6e%2e%77%69%6b%69%70%65%64%69%61%2e%6f%72%67%2f%77%69%6b%69%2f%55%52%4c%5f%73%68%6f%72%74%65%6e%69%6e%67&ei=B_VAUo23J8iErgeCh4DYCw&usg=AFQjCNEayxRGdtXyKBGD8Kk5rbG1EeU4qw&sig2=fH4cQutvz40ycjP3Z9kPaQ&bvm=bv.52434380,d.bmk When you could see this: http://goo.gl/4mQ43y But we also know that there’s a good...

Memrise (Beta) Tweaks

By on Sep 1, 2012 in Web | 0 comments

I love memrise. Not just as a concept or a webapp, but as a learning tool. I use it daily. But there are a few issues that I wish they would address that just haven’t been done yet, so I wrote a Greasemonkey script to fix them. The main thing this script does is eliminate the need to hover to see garden items, but there are a couple of other little tweaks in there too. Grab it at userscripts.org: Memrise Tweaks for...

CSS3 Multiple Backgrounds Vs. Transforms

By on Jul 13, 2012 in Web | 1 comment

We all know how multiple backgrounds work, and they’re really neat. Recently I started thinking about being able to use a single image and transforms to simulate some of the multiple background effects. Specifically the one where you want to put the same image in all 4 corners of a div, but facing a different direction (check out Mary’s example here for Moodle). The “problem” with multiple backgrounds like that is that you’re serving multiple images (which makes sense right…). But you’re not really serving multiple images, you’re serving one image that you’ve manipulated in some photo software to be oriented differently, what if you could take that one image and make it orient however you like? You can with transforms. Unfortunately multiple backgrounds don’t support transforms, only the container itself – because that...

Playing With userContent.css

By on Nov 4, 2011 in Web | 0 comments

Here in China the fact that some websites just are never available (e.g. facebook, youtube, twitter, google+, hulu, etc…) and some sites get blocked intermittently depending on what you’re searching for is a constant source of frustration for me. My typical day looks like this: Need to look something up type google.com connection reset type bing.com and enter search criteria open results in new page results pages have connection reset type yahoo.com and enter search I never find what I’m looking for with yahoo give up and try again later So one day I decided that I needed to give myself a little pick-me-up as I was contemplating throwing my laptop across the room. So off I went to figure out how to edit the connection reset page in Firefox. Turns out that it all comes down to userContent.css, so let’s dive in. The first thing I did was find an image I wanted to...