hckr news

Just wanted to point you all to Wayne Larsen's alternate interface to Hackernews, called hckr news. I really like the clean and fast interface, compared to the everlasting old interface on the original page (even though you can of course use User CSS to pep it up a little). Wayne also created browser extensions that […]

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Use an authenticated feed in Google Reader

You currently can't subscribe to an authenticated feed (for example in Basecamp) in Google Reader. If you want to do it nonetheless you can use this script of mine which will talk to the server that needs authentication, passing through all the headers (so that also cookies and „not modified" requests will come through): download […]

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Safari Extension: Clean URLs

I have been picking up and developing a fork of Grant Heaslip's Safari extension URL clenser which removes all sorts of un-necessary junk for the URL so that you can easily pass on a clean URL to someone else. Things being removed include: Google Analytics parameters (utm_source=, utm_medium, etc.) Youtube related parameters (feature=) Partner tracking […]

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Title Junk: Solve it with Javascript

There is some back and forth by John Gruber and others, about HTML <title> tags, with Gruber complaining (and rightly so) that for SEO reasons the titles are filled up with junk having little to do with the real page content. The writers of cam.ly suggest to use the SEO title in the HTML and […]

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Reddit-like Collapsible Threads for Hacker News

I enjoy consuming and participating at Hacker News by Y Combinator resp. Paul Graham. One thing that needs improvement is the reading comments there. At times it happens that the first comment develops into a huge thread, and then the second top-level comment (which might also be well worth reading) disappears somewhere down into the […]

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Even Faster Web Sites, a book by Steve Souders

Steve Souders has recently released something like a sequel to his previous book „High Performance Web Sites" (HPWS) which I have already reviewed earlier. With Even Faster Web Sites he and his co-authors (specialists in their fields, such as Doug Crockford (JavaScript: The Good Parts) on Javascript) elaborate on some of the rules Steve postulated […]

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This was FOWA Expo 2007

I have been attending this year's Future of Web Apps Expo in London's ExCeL centre. There were a ton of interesting speakers and I enjoyed listening a lot. Amongst others there were Steve Souders of Yahoo (High Performance Web Sites), Paul Graham of Y Combinator (The future of web startups), Matt Mullenweg of WordPress.com (The […]

Webkit catching up with Firefox and Firebug

Webkit, the rendering Toolkit that powers Apple's Safari web browser, is getting a lot of love lately (iPhone, Windows beta version). But for developers it was always hard to debug and inspect your web applications running in Safari. With Drosera a decent debugger exists since June 2006 (for Webkit only so far, though — it's […]

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