Entries tagged with 'web'

Search the New Yorker archives with Google

I made a pleasant discovery yesterday while looking up the word salmagundi ("A dish composed of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, onions with oil and condiments", and by analogy any assorted mixture). The full archives of the magazine, while accessible only...

Protecting us from ourselves

For a while I wondered why NYTimes.com shows a list of the "most e-mailed" articles as its measure of Most Popular, rather than simply most viewed. It does seem to work pretty well, but surely leaves out the voices of...

Slideshows are the bane of my existence

There's an odd design quirk on the New York Times web site that's been bugging me for a while now. When you open a slide show on the site (this gift guide, for example) you immediately see a count of...

Got a Good Anti-Spam Idea? Don't Tell Anyone

At A List Apart, the article Graceful E-Mail Obfuscation makes me think about a funny aspect of the spam war. There's a neverending march of articles with the latest and greatest method for defeating spam in its many pernicious forms....

Google Maps for all, please

Two sites that could really benefit from massive Google Maps mashups are TripAdvisor and MenuPages. Menupages is a pretty great site for finding a restaurant. You can tell a lot from the restaurant's menu (no more having to deal with...

Two Software Gripes, Pt. 2: iGoogle

I've been using the tragically named iGoogle service for a while now, though I had never used a personalized home page service before it. Those clever bastards have a way of getting you to use their new services by insinuating...

Pidg-malion

As I passed by the bird store "33rd and Bird" after work yesterday, the window displays, which until recently had been occupied by small parakeet-type birds and a toucan, were filled with these pigeons. They were as motionless as...

Art of the URL: 1-800-MY-APPLE

When you visit the Apple store, for example by entering 'store.apple.com' in your browser, you are forwarded to this address: http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa I find it strange that Apple, of all companies, would see fit to arbitrarily encode a phone number into...

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