Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!
- Go to a page with some search field, for example amazon.com title page.
- In Firefox Search Bar, expand its pop-up menu; one of the items should be "Add Amazon Search Suggestions". Click it
- Once again go to Search Bar pop-up menu, this time for "Manage Search Engines..."
- Select the appropriate row and click "Edit Keyword..."
- Type some reasonably short abbreviation, such as "ama"
You are done, now you can type "ama cthulhu" and there you go. I have there shortcuts for Google (keyword "g"), Wikipedia ("w"), YouTube ("y"), IMDB, CPAN and a couple of other sites and it is really efficient and comfortable.
NAME: Stuffing a modern redesign down the users' throats
ACTORS: Site owner, Audience
RECIPE: Take a popular web site. Apply a new design that consists of all hip and trendy aspects, such as big spacing, all-caps etc. Remove a couple of functions or provide some obstructions. Make it confusing and inefficient. In Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution style, remove all alternatives that could resemble old way of doing things. When userbase starts to complain, take a firm stance. Arrogance may be used to make the message clearer (get inspiration from Google UX butcher Jason Cornwell).
RESULT: Enjoy your new redesing. Additionally, you can expect lower costs for site operation, as there will be sharp drop in net traffic.
I dont know what motivation there is for such change. Maybe the architect of Flickr redesign was fired from Y! and landed here. Or the guy who made me use "the new, better, shiny GMail interface" much less than ever before, to the point of driving me off. My point would be that we don't need "presentation for easy information consumption". If there is a site for complex, in-depth, not-easily-understandable news, information and discussion, this is (or used to be) it. If I need easy-to-consume contents, I go to 9gag.
But this farce, where grey comment frames look like forgotten WebDeveloper frame mode... visual clutter, clutter everywhere. Hey, despite the teaching of modern UX dogmatics, even excessive use of whitespace may be perceived as clutter. I have 1920x1080 resolution, full-screen Firefox - and I see 5 comments per screen (3 of them are one-liners)!!
Just to be clear - I am not afraid of change. To prove it, I will simply stop coming here once the "Classic" option is removed. It didn't hurt when I did this with Flickr, I will survive without Slashdot too.
For example, I do have a file 2GB large. But it is 99% empty, as I store only passwords, private keys, scans of various personal documents etc. there, all together takes up a couple of megabytes. If there was a need, I could put a 1,5TB hidden partition there. I would argue that the container file size was based on some assumptions regarding future content...
As an evil virus author, I would add another twist: make the plain-text part of the virus install the font (we know it does so). Few moments later, from within the encrypted code, uninstall the font (we have no clues what that code actually does).
Unsuspecting folks would devise infection detectors, which will give nice "false negatives".
Pity. I was hoping that this would be a clever part of systemic offensive. Like forcing laser printer to release deadly toner fumes by downloading evil curves of this font. Or making its kerning so bad that the users would collapse with severe headaches.
Judging from the infection vector (i.e. USB sticks), I suspect that the targets are off-line, or at least heavily firewalled. Mind you, the target is most probably some military facility, likely in Iran. I don't think navigating to a non-white-listed web page wouldn't raise alarm, from the virus author's point of view an unnecessary complication.
Does somebody know whether there is that font ("Palida Narrow") available?