Xah Web Dev Blog 2012-07

If you have JavaScript off, and you followed a link to Google Plus, it would show blank.

Google Plus now no longer shows blank when you have JavaScript turned off.

Unicode 6 Emoticons List

Popular Pirate Video Sites in China

Here is two most popular sites in China, of pirated movies and TV shows. You'll find latest Batman etc there.

[see Software Piracy, Open Source, Free Software, Copyright]

Update: grayer and grayer. Web Design: Grey Text on White Background

Google Sitemap.org Domain Typosquatting Scam

What Encoding Do Chinese Websites Use?

Obsolete Technologies 1990 to 2000

Apache Rewrite Problem

a very strange apache rewrite problem.

i'm moving parts of my site at xahlee.org to wordyenglish.com. I have this in .htaccess:

…
RewriteRule ^PageTwo_dir/Vocabulary_dir/(.*)$ http://wordyenglish.com/words/$1 [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^lit/(.*)$ http://wordyenglish.com/lit/$1 [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^lojban/(.*)$ http://wordyenglish.com/lojban/$1 [R=301,L]
…

everything works, except the dir starting at lit/. The error is a 404 on the original domain.

no other lines contains “lit/”. There's no “lit” dir in the original domain now.

Turning on rewrite log:

RewriteLog "logs/xx-RewriteLog.log"
RewriteLogLevel 9

doesn't seem allowed or doesn't work with my web hosting environment. When these lines are present, browser returns a server error.

the problem occurs only with that one particular dir. Seems there's some magic with “lit/”.

Solution

the problem went away with this:

Not sure exactly what's the problem. Other dirs that are removed didn't have this problem. Just this dir.

Also, Ansari gave this tip: “the rewrite log rules must go in httpd.conf or your vhost configuration, not in .htaccess”.

http://serverfault.com/questions/408326/apache-modrewrite-fail-on-one-directory/

RIP RSS (1999 to 2012)

Safari 6 is released, but no more Windows version. Also, RSS reading feature is removed.

The fact that Apple removed RSS reader feature in Safari probably means that they've done market research and not many people are using it. I myself never used any RSS reader in browsers.

Popular RSS aggregate sites all went dead a year or two ago. The only one left and won't go away is [ Google Reader ] [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Reader ]. [ Technorati ] [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technorati ] seems still alive, though i haven't heard about it in gossips for years.

WHATWG vs W3C Split

CSS: protocol-relative URL

Google Pushes Invalid HTML to the World

JavaScript Trick: Exclamation Before Function