22 may. 2006

Benefits of Removing ‘www’ From Your URL: I never really cared about the issue of redirecting ‘www.example.com’ to ‘example.com’, or the opposite, because I don’t agree with the general tendency in that matter and hence didn’t feel the need to waste CPU cycles on RewriteEngine, but that post makes the compelling argument PageRank dilution. So I just edited my httpd.conf to add ‘www’ for anyone who forgets to put it (and for some reason, unlike this blogger or John Gruber, I had to remove the trailing slash from before ‘$1’ — maybe an Apache version issue?).

Why do I prefer to homogenize on ‘www’ rather than without? Because, basically, people are already equating web and internet enough without adding that bit of confusion. How do you write your web page address on your business card / your T-shirt / a bar coaster? Writing just ‘example.com’ is imprecise; ‘http://example.com/’ is awkward; ‘www.example.com’ is just perfect, and anyone, as unexperienced as they are, instantly recognizes it for what it is.

(You’ll tell me that ‘example.com’ is clear enough, and who cares about users confusing web and internet? Sure — but how clear and fool-proof is ‘ff00aa.com’ by itself? Okay, there’s still dot-com, but what if it were another suffix? How self-evident would something like ‘ff00aa.tv’ be, for instance?)

 

Black GlossBooks don’t normally have crappy, flakey paint jobs; it’s just that there’s been a inordinate number of lemons among early production models. In a world where each customer is a reviewer with a potential audience in the millions, maybe it’s time for Apple to investigate that ‘quality control’ concept and quit having its hardware beta-tested by early adopters? Oh well, who am I kidding — as long as it sells…

 

Lovely Apple Store Fifth Avenue QTVR panorama. (No direct link because that page resizes browser windows.)

 

A leather case to protect the Apple Cube?

 

Infinite zoom. Cool. But it would be so much cooler if the zooming were seamless.

 

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