Category Archives: Web browsing

User control of the Blogger comment form

Figure B: Full page form

This post is about a bookmarklet that I use when submitting multiple comments to a blog run on the Blogger platform. It standardizes the input window. This functionality isn’t of much value unless you’re submitting several comments in succession, for example, when entering a giveaway. There are three possible settings for Blogger blog comments. When you look at the end of the comments section at the bottom of a Blogger post, you’ll see either an embedded form (Figure A) or a link to Post a Comment (Figure B). In the latter case, if you click on the link, you’ll get … Continue reading

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Is that site down?

Have you ever sent out a message to your friends asking, “Is it just me, or is such and such a site down?” If you want a quicker answer, try http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/. It’s a simple, no-frills website that does just one thing. It checks if it can make a connection to the URL you give it. You type a URL in the box and hit enter. It comes back with one of two messages. Either “It’s just you. http://slightlysquirrelly.com is up.”  or “It’s not just you! http://www.slightlysquirrelly.com looks down from here.”

Posted in Great sites, Web browsing | Tagged great site, internet connectivity | 4 Comments

Why “username at domain dot com” isn’t fooling the spammers

A long time ago, when the World Wide Web was in its infancy, all the web developers used a “mailto link” like username@domain.com for e-mail addresses on their websites. A reader could simply click on the link, and her favorite mail reader would pop up with the “To:” and possibly even the “Subject:” lines pre-filled. Those days were good. However, the spammers, or more accurately, the e-mail harvesters, quickly realized that they could pad their e-mail lists by grabbing all the mailto links on a page. A few web developers got clever and dropped the link, putting addresses into their … Continue reading

Posted in Entering giveaways, Web browsing | Tagged e-mail address, spammers | 7 Comments

A quick way to sign your blog comments

bookmarklet shown in Firefox bookmark toolbar

I’ve entered over 3,700 blog giveaways to date so a number of my posts over the next month will be related in some way to entering giveaways. To enter most of these contests, you leave a comment(s) on a blog post. When entering at blogs that use the Blogger platform, it can get a bit tiring adding your e-mail address to each comment. There are a few different ways to make this go faster, but I find a “bookmarklet” to be pretty easy. A bookmarklet is a bookmark/favorite that runs a snippet of javascript code rather than goes to a … Continue reading

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