A pedant that hangs out in the dark corner-cases of the web.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Way to go, abc.com!

So my DVR missed the most recent episode of the Mole. I decided, rather than grabbing the episode from a torrent, that I'd try and play their game.

  1. I went to abc.com, and quickly found out that Linux STILL isn't supported (hulu seems to have figured it out).
  2. So, I grit my teeth and boot into my old, neglected Windows partition and go to abc.com again.
  3. I had to install a plugin and restart Firefox.
  4. Finally, after a lengthy download, I chose the episode to watch and got an error.
  5. I noticed that the error is BECAUSE THERE IS NO AD DATA.
  6. Nevermind.

So after all of that, I can't watch the episode because abc.com wasn't able to line up commercials? Brilliant. Advertisers want viewers, so clearly the smartest way to drum up advertising is to lock out viewers!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Firefox 3 Features

Here's a good demo of the Awesome Bar, plus: find out who Larry is.

I also found out this weekend that Firefox 3 has true zoom, like Opera has had for years. If you zoom in, the images and layout all zoom in, not just the text anymore.

How to create your own "smart bookmark" queries in Firefox 3 (saved search bookmarks/history, sort by 20 different properties, filter by domain or term, and limit the number returned):

Here's how to restore the original examples: