Hixie's Natural Log

2002-09-07 07:47 UTC Time zones in Web logs (+1 hour)

I mentioned earlier that Simon Willison had linked to a post by Adrian Holovaty on the blogite mailing list (which I have now subscribed to, by the way) asking what to do about time zones on Web logs. Well, I got a reply from Nicolás Lichtmier suggesting a nice piece of XBL that would, for Mozilla users at least, fix up the time stamps to be in the user's local time zone. Thanks Nicolás! I have cleaned up the XBL a little and it should now be happily converting the times on this site into the most convenient time for you!

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2002-09-07 03:44 UTC Bug 121084 (alias "Heidi")

While surfing the web I ran across a link to Mozilla Bug 121084 (please do not comment on this bug unless you are attaching a fix — there are enough comments there already). The bug's summary is currently:

cache: Images requested twice -> "The image cannot be displayed, because it contains errors." message [when "Compare the page in cache ..." set to "every time I view the page"]

This bug is most amusing. First, it is most visible on sites which block external links to their images. By far the most common examples of such sites are porn sites. In fact, the bug was found on a porn site. Now take a look at the length of the CC list on that bug.

Second, the testcase for this bug is so cute! So adorable!

Third, the alternative test for this bug is fun to watch (reload the page to see the effect). In fact, the whole bug (from a technical perspective) is quite fun. Every time we view an image standalone, we load it twice. You know, just to be sure. I can just imagine the kind of screwed up code path that would result in that kind of behaviour.

2002-09-06 08:52 UTC Rrrrbrrrrbrrr-tsssssstUNK

My laptop's hard drive is making some very unhealthy noises. (Regular readers will know that this is a long standing issue.) However, despite these highly suspect noises, there are no error messages. Not even after running chkdsk several thousand times (literally, I wrote a batch file which just kept running it). Grr. Very annoying, because I need an error message from Windows to convince Dell that the disk is damaged.

In other news, yup, it works! How fun is that.

In yet further news, it's nearly 10am. I think I should probably go to bed.

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2002-09-06 01:38 UTC It's only my timezone for half the year...

Simon Willison links to a post by Adrian Holovaty asking what to do about time zones on Web logs. Well, as demonstrated by mine, the answer is obvious: use UTC!

The question is interesting, though. Would you, as a reader, want me to personalise the site to use your time zone, or do you like me using UTC?

(Ok, I admit it, I just had to find a reason to link to either Simon, Stuart or Nicholas. Can you guess why?)

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2002-09-05 22:39 UTC More hot stuff

So apparently there is a fourth way of getting people to link to you. You just have to spout rubbish. Indeed, people devote entire posts to talking about people writing such rubbish. See Asa and Blake's latest posts for instance, for straight and sarcastic comments respectively. Or this post from a few days ago, an article which is spot on and which links to an earlier example of nonsense from the same source as Asa and Blake's muses. (Yes, the nonsense to which all these people link has been sprouting for several days). I wonder what nonsense I could spout to get myself heavily linked.

Clarification: It appears that this post is too subtle for some of my readers. If you think I am insulting Asa, Blake or Chris, then please reread the post slowly.