I saw a promo for an upcoming run of classic movies on SABC3. Some of them are ones that I don’t own and would love to see again so I went to the SABC3 web site to look them up. Imagine my surprise when I found that their movie page contained links to subsections for movies in April, May and June. Today is 21 June, so why on earth would I want to know what their movies for April and May were? I either watched or missed them but that is no longer relevant. There is no mention of the classic movies, which are presumably coming up in July, but perhaps we don’t need to know about those.
You would think that with all the organisation it takes to draw up schedules, and advertise them; that they would also keep on top of updating their web site.
According to the latest post on the Official Google Reader Blog the feature I spotted yesterday is now live; new/unread message counts now go to 1000 instead of 100, so you will no longer see 100+ on your tags. If you see 1000+ on anything other than your All Items folder then you probably need to unsubscribe from some feeds or reconsider your strategy for reading feeds.
The other new feature that has been added is a search that you can use to search all your subscriptions. I know many have been asking for this and it should prove most useful.
Earlier at home I was seeing actual unread message counts in Google Reader but now I’m logged in at work and I’m seeing the familiar old 100+ for tags with more than a hundred new posts. “They’re coming to take me away, ha ha, hee, hee!”
Cool, I just noticed that Google Reader has had a little update and no longer displays 100+ when there are over a hundred new posts in a tag. My All Items is currently showing 904 unread.
I just launched a Google search from the Firefox search bar and was presented with a screen like this.
After entering the CAPTCHA code I saw a message about being redirected, but simply came back to the page above. Thinking it may be related to using the Firefox search bar I went to the Google home page and searched from there. Again I got the CAPTCHA but this time the code was accepted when I entered it and I got my search results. I hope that this is not something we will see every time we do a search from now on.
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I was shown this lovely advert by Gmail early this morning. Needless to say, I didn’t click through; the mental image was bad enough.
Is the concept of the global village simply a myth? Looking at certain US based web sites one might think so; do the designers of these sites not realise that more potential internet users exist outside the US than within?
A little while ago I was catching up on one of my Flickr photo feeds when I came across a reference to a competition with a Leica M7 as first prize. I’d love to earn one of those so of course I visited the link. Turns out it is a promo for uber.com, a new photography site, apparently started by Chris Weeks, a photographer whose work I am familiar with from Flickr.
Having been through this kind of thing once or twice I immediately checked the rules to see if I was eligible and found that I wasn’t, as they say “Leica M7 Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are at least sixteen (16) years old at the time of entry.” I don’t really have a problem with this as there are physical prizes involved, and with the cost of foreign shipping and other, possibly legal factors to consider, it is not unusual for web sites to restrict competition eligibility to the country of origin. Being a sucker for photographic web sites I decided to join anyway so clicked the link and got the registration form, which has a Zip Code field. Most of the world outside the US has postal codes, not zip codes, but web sites typically accept them along with US zip codes. Not this site though; when I submitted I got back a message saying “Please enter a valid US zip code”, and this is why I’m writing this post.
What is the deal with sites like this? Are the owners or designers ignorant and not realise they are excluding most of the world’s population? Do they deliberately exclude those outside the US for some reason? In which case why not go that little bit further and analyse visitor’s IP addresses so that they can block us from accessing the site completely, perhaps with a nice polite(?) “FOREIGNERS NOT WELCOME” message. I prefer to think that it is not malicious and in the case of uber.com, I still want to join, so thanks to Aaron Spelling for giving us Beverley Hills 90210, which not only provided us with entertainment but also provides foreigners with easy access to a US zip code that can be used to circumvent silly blocks like these.
Chris, if you should happen to read this post, I don’t really live in Beverley Hills, but in Cape Town, South Africa, where foreigners are welcome.
The face transformer is a fun little Java applet that you can use to get an idea what you might look like at a different age, as a different racial type, an artwork, a manga character or even an ape. Apparently this is what I would look like as a Modigliani painting.
Yesterday I blogged about a way to get rid of Snap previews by adding a line to your hosts file. I thought I would never see another but minutes ago I did. So why didn’t the hosts file fix work? Simply that it assumes all Snap previews are served from
spa.snap.com but it seems they are not. The one I got this evening was served from
bp0.blogger.com. I could just add another line mapping this address to localhost (127.0.0.1) but I don’t know what I might break. Does Blogger serve up other content from this sub-domain? If not it is safe to add it to the hosts file, but if it is used, adding it poses the risk of messing up any Blogger pages I visit.