Tag: comments

Globe and Mail Degrades Readability

Globe and Mail newspaper is testing changes to their comments section. The existing font and style, left, is much more readable than the new and hip but less readable version, on the right.

Globe and Mail newspaper is testing changes to their comments section. The existing font and style, left, is much more readable than the new and hip but less readable version, on the right.

Leave it alone, sometimes, is the better option. Or the more vernacular “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The Globe and mail newspaper is testing changes to their comments system. They have decided to brighten up the icons, but instead of using black for text they have gone for grey. The grey, for me, is much more difficult to read. Maybe the use of grey will prompt for less comments.

Managing a Large Apache htaccess: Tips

After a long while your htaccess might get a tad long. My favourite htaccess checker only processes files up to 5,000 lines. Often this is due to lots of comments, which I encourage. Let us cover some ways you can shorten your htaccess:

Combine your user agents/referrers
If you have multiple user agent or referrers that have similar names, combine them into a single statement,
from:
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^.*Blackboard\ Safeassign [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^.*BlackWidow [OR]
to:
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^.*Black(board\ Safeassign|Widow) [OR]

From:
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*pizza\-imperia [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*pizza\-tycoon [NC,OR]
To:
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*pizza(\-imperia|\-tycoon) [NC,OR]

Looking for Work in Toronto, Canada: Difficult

It is with great dismay that I have been reading news reports that the recession in Canada has been over for many months, yet I still cannot find work. I consider myself to be an intelligent fellow, very well educated with work experience to match, but somehow I’ve lost my golden touch. Really, that is putting it mildly. Logically speaking if I had not been fortuitous enough to live a frugal and stable life in the past, today I should be in bankruptcy, living off food banks and be a beggar in the street. Smart strategies and a whole lot of luck in the past have saved me this fate. Or was it typical Chinese values. One will never know.