Plugins and code to block the Diggbar

Monday, 13 April, 2009

A swag of ways to block the DiggBar have been posted up at Daring Fireball over the last couple of days, and there are “fixes” for most of the widely used blog CMSs. There’s also some PHP you can add directly to your files should you feel so inclined.

But unlike normal URL shortening services, when you load these Digg URLs, rather than redirect you to the original URL, Digg loads a page which frames the content of the original site. As a user, what you see is that the URL in your browser’s location field remains digg.com/1234, and the content of the destination site loads underneath a Digg-branded toolbar. This, of course, is total bullshit.

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Four ways Google could destroy Digg

Wednesday, 23 July, 2008

Why the Google acquistion of Digg could lead to the popular social bookmarking site being… buried. If past indications are anything to go by, the Google credo appears to be “buy it then forget it”. Goes hand-in-hand with their “do no evil” credo I guess.

While Digg is a popular service is its current form, any site that doesn’t evolve over time to keep the interaction fresh risks losing favor, particularly in a competitive space. Feedburner was acquired by Google for $100 million in June 2007, and the notice of the acquisition is still sitting on the front page. In over 12 months nothing much at all has changed at Feedburner, with the exception of some users getting to display Adsense ads in their feed.

Update: according to Jay Adelson Digg is not for sale.

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A complete history of disassociated.com, abridged

Friday, 6 June, 2008

Tomorrow, Saturday 7 June, marks the first anniversary of disassociated’s migration to the WordPress CMS. It’s been quite a ride, which incredibly, almost saw disassociated behave like a blog (though I still prefer to call it a website) for a time.

Three posts made (thanks Kurt :) the front page of Digg (subsequently melting down disassociated’s erstwhile web server), there was a change in web hosts after ten years with the same Australian host, and a recent post about a $175 hamburger draw some amazing comments (some NSFW).

What I’d forgotten though, was what I doing for many days and nights in May last year: preparing an upload file to import 600+ old posts – dating from 2002 – by cutting and pasting text from old static HTML files, into the new WP database.

A post at Zeldman the other day that bought that experience back to me.

I started my site in 1995. There weren’t blogging tools back then, hence there aren’t archives in the sense you are describing. I published via hand-coded HTML until around 2004, when I began using WordPress. All my pre-WordPress content is still online; you just have to keep hitting the “PREVIOUS” button to get to it. Sorry about that.

Zeldman referred to the pre CMS, blogging tools, days as a time when you “rolled your own”, using hand coded HTML and text editors such as NotePad to build websites with. And indeed, those were the days :)

Thanks to everyone for being here this last year (and the ten before that of course), for reading and commenting. I appreciate it. Have a great weekend. :)

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Links for 6 November 2007

Tuesday, 6 November, 2007

  • Digg, you used to be cool: “Digg used to be a site for, well let’s say it, nerds. It was full of the weird and wonderful, interesting and unique, but now it seems to be a place for shameless promotion, special interests and bitching.” This may strike a chord with some…
  • Ancient sea mud records supernova blast: from New Scientist. Seems an exploding supernova in our galactic neighbourhood (a radius spanning a mere 60 to 300 light years) caused a round of extinctions on Earth some three or so million years ago. There’s another supernova waiting to happen not too far from us at the moment…
  • CABLOG: the blog of Sydney taxi driver Adrian Neylan. “Where once I was a draftsman, survey technician, landscaper and groundsman, these days a dodgy back has me driving taxis by night, blogging till dawn and sleeping by day. Welcome to the world of a night cabbie.”
  • Friendly URLs: as in search engine friendly URLs. So do I have your attention now? This post at the SitePoint blog has a number of cross development platform options for creating archive URLs that are a little more visible to the likes of Google.
  • Extend Firefox 2: a contest for developers! “Will you be the brain behind the next great Web innovation? Do you have the drive to take your Firefox Add-on idea to the masses? Are you ready to affect everyday life for millions of people around the world?”

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