A Few Irritants

by Krishna on May 5, 2007

Here are a few things that have been bugging me recently — some solved, others not.

  1. That irritating clicking sound in Internet Explorer 7.0. Particularly frustrating when you use sites like Google Analytics. Anyway, there seems to be a very simple solution to the problem: http://www.joedolson.com/articles/2006/09/internet-explorer-7-irritation-of-the-day/. And it does work!
  2. Here is an usability problem with Internet Explorer-related web pages that only occurs in their own browser. Any website that has a title starting with “Internet Explorer” has it appearing in the IE title bar, tab header and on the task bar. The same behavior is exhibited when you visit a page that doesn’t exist, because IE shows the “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage” page. For a casual observer, both look the same. Firefox says “Problem loading page.” It wouldn’t have a similar problem, I am guessing.
  3. I seem to be having a memory leak problem in IE 7.0. It seems to be related to iGoogle or Google Reader being open for long periods in a day, but could be a IE bug. Solution for now: Close and open the browser again. I could not find a permanent solution. Apparently, there are many different memory leak problems in IE. Talking about IE, there is a nice utility called IE7Pro that allows for configuring some options better. You can get it at http://www.ie7pro.com/.
  4. How do you get Yahoo! Mail to realize that your own mail to yourself is NOT spam? Take a few seconds out to put a good subject title, greet yourself (“Hi Krishna”), remove all the email ids (if you are forwarding a message) — in short, make it look like a valid email message. If you do that, Yahoo! Mail just might get that you really exist as a person instead of being a spambot!
  5. On the right hand side of this blog, you can see links to various blog categories and months of the year. On clicking them, you can see the posts in that category or posted in that month or year. There are also links to the blog posts themselves. The problem is that Google seems to be treating the former as actual pages and the latter as Supplemental results. In simple words, if you do a search, you don’t get the blog posts — you only get the consolidated pages and you have to click “Additional Results” to see the other pages. Not good.The problem is related to something called “Duplicate Content”. There are ways to fix this such as linking and submitting a sitemap, but considering that the archive and category structures are essential parts of a blog and also that Blogger is part of Google, this really shouldn’t require additional work. I am thinking of sending a mail to Matt Cutts — probably will wait a day or two after he gets back from vacation.

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goodguy May 7, 2007 at 6:31 pm

IE7Pro are an real fancy program, Its AD Block help me block every thing I won't want to see 🙂

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