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IB Factoid of the Day February 17, 2008

Posted by Michael in Websites.
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Our Worst-Ever Traffic Slump occurred on February 4-5:

This Month's Visits and Page Views

That happened just after the Innocent Bystanders Super Bowl Party.

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1. Mrs. Peel - February 17, 2008

hmm. That would suggest that either we visit this site a LOT, and visits were way down when you guys were all in one place, or that random readers were not at all interested in reading about the party.

Any lurkers want to put us some f’n knowledge here?

2. Michael - February 17, 2008

Either way, it’s a terrible thing when we allow actual first-person human interaction to interfere with traffic.

3. mesablue - February 17, 2008

Hmm, traffic at The Hostages was pretty good that weekend.

4. Michael - February 17, 2008

I think your first idea is nearer the truth, Mrs. Peel. Traffic on party day (Sunday, Feb. 3) was good, and it was all IBSBP stuff. At least one lurker (Stephen) surfaced to say he was enjoying it. It was actually Monday and Tuesday when the site crapped out, while people were heading home or otherwise just tired.

I corrected the post. It wasn’t really a weekend traffic slump, it was a Monday-Tuesday traffic slump when our traffic is usually pretty good.

5. Bart - February 17, 2008

The thing I like about Explorer is that when I start to type an address that has been favorited, it will immediately list all similar favorites. So I only need to type, for example, d-i-c, and the url for dictionary.com will show up.

Firefox does not do that. That sucks.

6. Sobek - February 17, 2008

I like that too, but I hate that (as far as I can tell) you can’t delete anything from that feature. So, for example, if you mistype ace.mu.nu as ace.com, then ace.com will be the first thing to pop up for the next two months or so.

Also, two of my daily reads these days are michaelscomments.wordpress.com and michaeldorf.org (the latter is a group blog for liberal law professors, where I go to debate SCOTUS decisions with people who don’t think the way I do, and who can therefore provide much needed perspective and alternative points of view). Because the urls start the same, it’s easier to get them confused.

7. Bart - February 17, 2008

…then ace.com will be the first thing to pop up for the next two months or so.

Yeah, that blows, too. The shit is like herpes and sticks with you forever. Or until you clear your history.

What I really hate is when you type in the wrong url and it takes you to some phony-ass site or a crappy search engine instead of a blank 404error or whatever they’re called.

8. geoff - February 17, 2008

Don’t you just go to “Tools” and click on “Delete Browsing History” and then “Delete History?”

I’ve always hated that feature anyway. I just bookmark sites I visit frequently.

9. Sobek - February 17, 2008

“Or until you clear your history.”

Which wipes out all the stuff you want to keep. What a pain.

10. Muslihoon - February 17, 2008

Factoid.

Sorry to reign on your parade.

11. geoff - February 18, 2008

Oh yeah, Bart already said “clear your history.” Sorry for the redundancy.

So your only real choice is to man up and type faster, or use de bookmarks.

Or make a web site with your commonly used links.

12. Bart - February 18, 2008

Another thing about IE7 that is superior to Firefox is that when I want to open another link into a new tab, the Explorer won’t automatically take me to the new tab. It will allow me to go there on my leisure.

Firefox jumps you to the new tab. I don’t like that.

13. geoff - February 18, 2008

Ahem. Firefox assumes that you won’t open a tab until you want to go there. Kind of intuitive, really.

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody else say they were happier with IE than Firefox. I’ve loathed IE ever since it was introduced – every experience is agonizing due to the clunky interface, slower response, and clunkier security.

14. Michael - February 18, 2008

IE7 makes a cool clicking sound when you hit links, which I like.

IE7 also has a great sidebar RSS feed reader, which is better than the comparable function in Firefox, which relies on your Bookmarks Toolbar rather than a sidebar and doesn’t work as well . So I use IE7 when I am cruising for stories to post. That’s how I put up 12 posts in a row on February 13. In a few minutes, I can see what is just a couple of hours old from the Jerusalem Post to CNBC.

Firefox still wins for general use because of all the great Java-based plugins and enhanced security. It’s my default browser.

15. Mrs. Peel - February 18, 2008

Good Lord, people!

First of all, Bart: Firefox most certainly DOES save your browsing history. I don’t know how you have it set, but I guarantee you that I can type “ac” in the address bar, get a list of recently-visited sites that start with those letters, and arrow down to the one I want (usually Ace, naturally). Check your options->privacy->history and make sure “Remember visited pages” has a value other than 0 days.

As for your specific example, Firefox also has quicksearches: If I want to look up a word at dictionary.com, I simply type “dict [word]” into the address bar and hit enter. That takes me straight to the definition of the word. Same goes if I want to google something or perform any other common search.

Plus, Firefox has keywords. At work, I have to look up a certain committee’s meetings every so often, and their page is hard to find, so I set a keyword for it – all I do is type “vcb” in the address bar, hit enter, and I’m there. I did the same thing for our hardware’s document repository and a couple of other sites I visit sporadically.

As for your #12 complaint, go to options->tabs and unselect “When I open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately.”

And Sobek, arrow down to the selection you don’t want there and hit delete. Problem solved. (This also works in Outlook when you have an out-of-date email address.) Alternatively, set the number of days to something like 5 (mine is at 1), and then mistyped addresses will disappear more quickly, provided that you don’t visit them again.

geoff, I like to open tabs in the background when I am reading something and see a link that interests me, but don’t want to read it right that second because I am still reading the first thing. I also like to go to a news site, open all the tabs for stories that interest me in the background, and then go through and read them in sequence. I actually switched to Firefox many years ago precisely because IE forced me to open such links in a new window in the foreground, which was a pain in the butt when I wanted to check the science news.

And Musli, RAIN. Don’t make lauraw hurt you.

16. Bart - February 18, 2008

Firefox assumes that you won’t open a tab until you want to go there.

O’rly? I can think of lots of examples where I’d like to open several links for later viewing: After a search, I’ll click on several results. Or when I read a page that has many embedded urls that I’ll want to check out later.

IE7 makes a cool clicking sound when you hit links, which I like.

Yes, of course, the neat sound effects.

17. Mrs. Peel - February 18, 2008

And Michael: Here.

18. geoff - February 18, 2008

Hmmm. You guys sure browse funny. You don’t just memorize the locations as you go so that you can go back through your mental list and open them, thus saving bandwidth and memory? I mean, opening up a bunch of links near-simultaneously just slows down your load time, which is already barely keeping up with the reading rate.

19. Mrs. Peel - February 18, 2008

Fortunately, Firefox is flexible enough to accommodate both of our browsing styles.

well, time for bed. Good job I don’t have work tomorrow.

20. Michael - February 18, 2008

Fortunately, Firefox is flexible enough to accommodate both of our browsing styles.

She speaks the truth. Firefox allows you to open an IE tab, if you get the right plugin.

21. Michael - February 18, 2008

I mean, opening up a bunch of links near-simultaneously just slows down your load time, which is already barely keeping up with the reading rate.

That’s why I’ve now got Intel’s latest 4-core 3 MB chip and a 6 MB download rate.

My system laughs at this.

Hahaaahaaa!

*Michael fondles his new gun*

22. Michael - February 18, 2008

And Michael: Here.

Thanks! Just installed it. I love that click.

23. geoff - February 18, 2008

That’s why I’ve now got Intel’s latest 4-core 3 MB chip and a 6 MB download rate.

Schwing!!

I wrote a post a long time ago about how slow US download speeds are compared to other countries. It’s a travesty.

24. lauraw - February 18, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23231671-13762,00.html

This is so retarded. Anyone who’s ever raised goldfish knows they have memories.

This Spring, the goldfish in my pond will not have been fed or seen us in several months, but when I walk up to the pond they will all rush me like a litter of hungry puppies. Some of them get real happy and skim just under the surface and put up tiny wakes. That’s about as cute as fish get.

When the water level is too high the current from the waterfall shoots across the top of the pond. A bunch of the fish will sort of queue up and take rides in the current, letting it shove them over on their sides and drift off, then swimming back to do it again and again. I’ll be damned, but they look like they’re playing.

(Have to get a new blue fish. Mrs. Wallace Stevens didn’t make it to Winter)

I am not myself today.

25. Dave in Texas - February 18, 2008

One of my high school jobs was a landscape dork, and one of those tasks was to feed goldfish in a pond. To call them to supper I would put a length of rebar in the water and tap it with another piece and they’d come running, uh, swimming.

They had memory.

26. Cathy - February 18, 2008

Sorry about Mrs. Wallace Stevens.

We’ve never owned a pretty pond like you have, but I enjoyed yours just reading this.

Rory is a pretty cool 15 year old kid.
I like myth-busters. They help cut through the bullshit.

27. lauraw - February 18, 2008

It’s but a puddle, really.

28. Dave in Texas - February 18, 2008

A puddle is what happens to Laura when she sees cute pictures of Uno the Wonder Beagle

29. Dave in Texas - February 18, 2008

I can hear him now. “AARRROOOOOOOOOOO”!

30. Mrs. Peel - February 18, 2008

I dunno, I thought that kid seemed pretty sharp. I never came up with decent science fair entries.

In retrospect, that probably should have been a clue as to my skills (or lack thereof) in real-life science.

31. lauraw - February 18, 2008

This is a picture of another fish, an unnamed daughter of one of our original fish who was named Spot: http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i288/lauraww/spotdaughter.jpg

Spot was a pretty big goldfish. She vanished two years ago. I’m thinking a raccoon or something got her. Fortunately she left behind lots of doppelgangers.

But check out the pretty flowers I miniaturized from a waterlily tuber that subsequently perished in Texas:

32. eddiebear - February 18, 2008

My wife’s oldest sister built a mini pond no bigger than a regular bathtub (in fact, that is what they did. They dug a hole and then put their old tube in the hole. Pretty cool) in their back yard and stocked it with a bunch of goldfish. Coolest thing is watching them at 5PM come to the top, because that is when they feed them.

Bad things happen, however, when the children would forget to put the screen over the thing in the summer and the ducks would get ahold of the fish. That is why the pet/fish store knows them by first name.

33. Mrs. Peel - February 18, 2008

I just read Musli’s link. “Factlet.” I like that.

34. eddiebear - February 18, 2008

Oh, and I just had a call from a trucker we use to go back and forth between Canada and our yard in upstate NY. He wanted to know if he could go into the mill in Ontario today. I replied, yes, why are you asking?

“Well, I was wondering if Canada celebrated President’s Day. Or do they call it Queen Day up there.”

This, I think, is probably the greatest thing I have ever heard.

35. Dave in Texas - February 18, 2008

Darn those flowers sure are purty.

*snif* I kilt it.

36. lauraw - February 18, 2008

Aww don’t feel bad. I’ll send you a new set of tubers….in Spring.

Anybody else feeling a bit ‘off’ today? Feet of clay and my mind is all over the place.

I just spent the last thirty seconds staring out the window at nothing, my mind a blank, then realized I hadn’t hit send.

Swear to God I’m not on drugs.

If I can make it to the kitchen without being sidetracked by strange thoughts, I’m going to get a coffee.
Fuggin’ weird weather, lack of sleep, grumble grumble…

37. Dave in Texas - February 18, 2008

thanks. *SNIF!* *HONK*

yeah, it’s a weird Monday.

38. eddiebear - February 18, 2008

I feel like that as well. Pisses me off that I have to in the office today, and that I lost my keys and that the alarm clock shot shit lasyt night.

But I’m OK.

39. geoff - February 18, 2008

I just read Musli’s link. “Factlet.” I like that.

Factotum.

Nothing to do with facts, but I like the word.

40. Cathy - February 18, 2008

L: Anybody else feeling a bit ‘off’ today?
Feet of clay and my mind is all over the place.

D: yeah, it’s a weird Monday.

E: I feel like that as well.

Ditto.

41. geoff - February 18, 2008

It had better be THE MOST FREAKIN’ PRODUCTIVE MONDAY OF MY ENTIRE LIFE, or my head will roll.

Unfortunately, none of the projects I’m working on want to cooperate and be finished.

Makes me want to hang out here.

42. Cathy - February 18, 2008

Thanks for the pics, Lauraw.

*daydreaming spring & summer*

So Dave’s a Lily-killer?

Guess there are worse things.

Mint.

43. lauraw - February 18, 2008

Something bad happened to our alarm clock last week. It wasn’t on Hubby’s side table. I found it under the bed with one of the buttons smashed off. One of our dogs is blind and occasionally takes a nap and forgets what room she is and what direction she’s facing when she wakes up, so who knows…

Anyway, I found another old travel alarm clock in the house and this thing has the most hideous squawk. You know in Dumb & Dumber when they make the Most Annoying Sound In The World? It’s the same sound, but in short, jarring bursts that fill you with intense loathing upon first waking. More than usual, I mean.

44. Dave in Texas - February 18, 2008

That would get a day started weird, yeah.

45. Cathy - February 18, 2008

We used to set nice quality Sony Stereo CD player up for wake-up music. But the stupid thing was not designed to have any sort of battery back-up if the power goes off. Our power goes off around here a lot.

We set it up with a backup battery unit and then found out when the power does go off the stupid battery backup beeps every 15 seconds or so. Great for sleeping??!! Stupid system.

Now if we need a wake-up alarm, we set our cellphones. This works wherever we are. And we have the advantage of recognizing the sounds even if we are in a hotel room on business or in another country on vacation.

46. Sobek - February 18, 2008

“And Sobek, arrow down to the selection you don’t want there and hit delete. Problem solved.”

Tried it. Didn’t work.

47. Muslihoon - February 18, 2008

Geoff: thanks for the word. Sort of like a go-fer (er, how do you spell it? not the animal but the lackey).

I used “reign” to perpetuate the incorrect use of words (like “factoid”).

48. Mrs. Peel - February 18, 2008

Did you hit backspace instead of delete? If not, then I dunno…works just fine for me in Firefox 2.0.0.12.

49. Sobek - February 18, 2008

“Did you hit backspace instead of delete?”

No I did not. Frustrating. But hey, at least my country’s flag doesn’t have old man testicles, so I have that going for me.

50. eddiebear - February 18, 2008

I guess I should invest in one of those atomic clocks.

51. lauraw - February 18, 2008

52. Dave in Texas - February 18, 2008

All real men use atoms to set their watches.

http://www.time.gov/

53. firefox pedant - February 18, 2008

Tried it. Didn’t work.

Just mouse over the url to highlight it, but don’t click on it, then hit delete on your keyboard.

54. daveintexas - February 18, 2008

#40

My brain awesomeness is not improving. I just posted something over at aces that amounts to nothing more than a rumor.

I did my taxes this weekend but I’m going over them again before I mail them. I have a feeling…

Going over them tomorrow I mean. I’m going to try to limit today’s thinking activities to what would I like for dinner tonight.

55. Cathy - February 18, 2008

So what’s the rumor-monger wanting for supper?

56. daveintexas - February 18, 2008

I better keep it simple and have a sammich.

57. Bart - February 18, 2008

Firefox most certainly DOES save your browsing history.

Yep, but I want to be able to type in, say “A,” and have the address bar dropdown and list all of my saved favorites that I have titled starting with “A.”

It’s just a little more convenient on Explorer, is all I’m saying.

Plus I’m getting sick of all the update. Every other day a new version of firefox needs to be downloaded. It’s almost as bad as itunes where every single day they need to upgrade my existing version with version 7.20000000009 because dammit that old version 7.20000000008 is now old.

What’s great about firefox is that if you run into a webiste that causes a “not responding” error and the only way, I found, to correct this problem is to just shutdown the browser, the firefox will restore the session for you and you don’t need to bother with re-navigating to the sites you were visiting at the time of the snafu.

^
Wow, that’s a long ass sentence of rambling!

58. Bart - February 18, 2008

stupid forgetting the italics on that quote

59. firefox pedant - February 19, 2008

Yep, but I want to be able to type in, say “A,” and have the address bar dropdown and list all of my saved favorites that I have titled starting with “A.”

Try this .

60. Bart - February 19, 2008

Okay, I trieded it.

Now if I type “a,” I get a list of EVERYTHING that contains the letter “a” from every recently visited website.

61. Michael - February 19, 2008

Whiner.

62. firefox pedant - February 19, 2008

Okay, I trieded it.

Now if I type “a,” I get a list of EVERYTHING that contains the letter “a” from every recently visited website.

It should be listed in the Tools drop down menu, click on it and go to Options and then Enhanced Component Options and you can configure it any way you want.

63. Bart - February 19, 2008

Ahhhhhhhh, much better. And I got rid of that pesky problem of new tabs opening immediately.

thanks.

64. Mrs. Peel - February 19, 2008

firefox pedant, I like the cut of your jib. Stick around.

65. Michael - February 19, 2008

^
I like anyone that makes Bart look silly.

66. Michael - February 19, 2008

^
I like anyone that makes Bart look silly.

67. Bart - February 19, 2008

We need a rollseyes emoticon!

68. BrewFan - February 19, 2008

8-|

69. Bart - February 19, 2008


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