Tag Archives: Web

The Cure for Snap Previews

I don’t like Snap Previews.  Far too often I get them popping up because my mouse pointer just happened to hover over a link unintentionally.  Basically, if I want to see what’s behind a link, I’ll click on it.  Displaying previews, expecially when I don’t want them is really just stealing my bandwidth.

Fortunately John Watson has posted a more permanent cure than the temporary, cookie-based fix that Snap offer.  The solution is as simple as adding this line to your hosts file;

127.0.0.1 spa.snap.com

You’ll find your hosts file in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts on Windows or in /etc/hosts on OS X and Linux.

My site is fixed

Thanks to some assistance from our BOFH I have got my web site working again. Note though that I haven’t updated it in a long time. I will remedy that but I’m still not sure just what use I want to make of it. The main problem is that due to firewalls and other security issues I can’t update it from home, which means I have to edit an offline copy and sync it onto the server when I go to work. This is fine normally, but when I’m on leave it makes things a little awkward, and of course there are those evenings when I want to host something quickly from home, in which case I’m buggered. It is also a static site, making updates tedious to apply. I should probably just take some time to make it dynamic and perhaps build in some kind of remote updating mechanism, but time is limited and there are so many other things I would like to do with it.

My Site is Broken

While I have been on leave there have been some networking changes at work that have cut my web site off from the net.  I have tried to fix this from home but wasn’t able to, so I have redirected the URL to this, my blog.  I may fix it when I get backj to work, but I have been contemplating shutting it down and focusing only on the blog as it is far easier to update.  I will give this some more thought and then decide.

Are Web Site Designers Just Stupid?

I am so sick of coming across web sites that all display the same stupid, yet easy to correct navigational error.  I’ve seen it happen on sites varying from large corporations, right down to simple sites run by one or two people.

The error I’m talking about is where you are browsing through pages of information, scroll down the page, reach the bottom and go to do the obvious next action, move to the next page.  Except that you can’t, because there are no navigational links visible on the screen.  There is a set of navigational links letting you move to the next or previous page, or to a specific page, but these are at the top of the page.  So you need to scroll back to the top, just so you can move to the next page.  Is it irrational that this drives me nuts?

Come on people, put navigational links at the bottom too.