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  1. How many in-site links can one page have?

    EGOL is correct in that if the visitor has reason to read/scroll content long pages are not a hindrance, not even on mobile although they may benefit from some redesign thought à la Grumpus; that popular topic links tend to maximise their location; and that a whack of on-page links done with (business/visitor not pseudo-SEO) purpose is absolutely fine and pretty much always has been. I touched, albeit somewhat differently, on this back in 2007 with I'm Just A Lonely Page with the bit about 'Rotate Stock' wherein the stock is items/links being moved for freshness and shifting click patterns. The number of links on a page has never really been a visitor problem, assuming the page is designed/optimised for humans, but a SE aka Google one. And with G the number has long not been a constraint either. It is the practice of stuffing links in nav drop downs, footers, repetitive in content mimicking keyword stuffing, etc. ad nauseum that is the 'real' link number problem. As is often the case, it is not so much 'what' but 'how' that is critical.
  2. Oops. There is always a dark side and, too often, it is painful. Ian Carroll (@iangcarroll) incorporated 'Stripe, Inc.' in Kentucky (Stripe, Inc. the payment processor is registered in Delaware) and then purchased an extended validation certificate. On opening the following linked page take a look at the little green padlock, the green 'Stripe, Inc' (Safari) or 'Stripe, Inc (US)' (FF, Chrome) and the URL (FF, Chrome; not shown at all in Safari) at the top of the open browser window, consider the dark side implications, and then read the article: Extended Validation Is Broken
  3. How many in-site links can one page have?

    At one time eons ago there was a limit, if I remember correctly ~200, that Google stopped at; however that is long long ago gone and for all practical purposes consider there being no limit to the length of a page or the number of links therein. I note that there probably still is an upper bound but not one one is likely to meet. HOWEVER * simplistically, a page only has a certain SE value set (all hail the descendants of PR) and each link transmits an ?equivalent? portion of that value to it's linked destination page. The more links the less absolute value each link passes. Example: if a page has a value of 10 and five links then each provides a value of 2 to it's destination; if 10, 1. Note: this applies to all links, both internal and external. Note: I placed '?' around equivalent above as it is possible that different link categories are valued differently, i.e. main navigation, main content, etc. * subsequent links to the same off page destination likely still evaporate their value rather than pass it. Note: there are many possible values a SE may be wont to pass, not just PR or it's equivalent, and each may be passed differently. As an alternate question to the number of links within a page might I suggest the number of angels on the head of a pin?
  4. There are two types of personalisation. The first one, which every 'alternative' such as your linked example I've read tackles, is a general or aggregated grouping, version of personalisation. It is more persona-isation than personalisation. And I do use it, extensively, for a decade now. Note: the wisdom of crowds is popular wisdom, which could be considered an oxymoron; yes, I know the book separates wise from irrational crowds/groups - the first, IMO, are unicorns. The first is relatively simple and comparatively simple. The second is not. The second one, is to identify a particular visitor as new or repeat. This one is the kicker. If you can point me to a method that does not require (1) registration, (2) cookies or similar tags, and (3) is, statistically, both highly sensitive and highly specific, I am most^n interested. It is an intriguing situation: I have no interest in personally identifying a particular visitor yet I have great interest in recognising them. And associating prior site behaviours with them. Note: refer to The Living Adapting Site, Cre8, October 2015, for a simplified walk through description. It's not that I can't keep doing what I do and, I believe, satisfy a GDPR audit, rather that how I'm doing what I'm doing is not how most/all others are doing and so is not expressly addressed. Once again iamlost: an edge case, an outlier. Yes, my law-type-person is on the job, however, I do like to know outcomes going into meetings. I have just suffered through the China regulation changes (to good result, phew) to go directly (do not pass Go, do pay your law-type person) to this EU one... I'm too bloody old for all this stress; for heaven's sake! I went into webdev to get away from it! In the spirit of the season: bah humbug! Bah Humbug!! BAH HUMBUG!!!
  5. Just read Pierre's (eKstreme) latest endeavour marketing letter, GDPR, ePrivacy, and web analytics, LinkedIn, 13-November-2017, and it reminded me that major changes are afoot. And that there is little substantive discussion between the legalese of the regulations and vague proposed commercial 'solutions'. As a consumer transversing the web I understand the increasing use of javascript inhibiters, i.e. NoScript, ad/tracker blockers, i.e. Privacy Badger, and appreciate the thrust of the EU's GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and ePR (ePrivacy). However... As a SME aka sole proprietor webdev owner of sites selling direct ad space and affiliate pre-sell traffic who has spent the past decade improving contextual delivery of both site informational content (what brings the visitor) and ad/af presell possibilities (how I pay the bills and, hopefully, adds value for the visitor) wending my way through the prospective requirements is 'take two bottles of aspirin and call the doctor in the morning' time. Note: never ever take two bottles of aspirin, black humour is not valid medical advice. There is a push to anonymise data in one form or another right across the board; unfortunately that destroys the advantages of personalisation. And there can be a decided advantage for the visitor as well as a site's bottom line business dreams. On my sites there are four separate data collection purposes: 1. maintaining site operation. 2. contextual delivery/personalisation of content. 3. affiliate form pre-fill. 4. marketing valuation of referrers, visitors, and site pages/categories. It's the last three that are most problematic. '2' is of greatest concern as, currently, it includes visitor 'fingerprinting', which is necessary to identify return visitors (no site registration or sign in). '3' is less so: an affiliate pre-sell PII sensitive order data form is rendered by client browser as part of a page of my site, all checking/confirmation of input is done client side by script, input form data is sent directly to merchant landing page populating their order form. At no time is any of this form data referred back to my site. Nor retained in page form past tab/window close. '4' also less so as is pretty much anonymity sets already as that is all that is needed for desired overviews. General process overview: * logfiles and visitor data are concurrently shared with dedicated live analytics servers that handle personalisation, contextual delivery requirements. * after 24 hours the data is encrypted and saved for additional/future analytics interest. * individual 'fingerprints' and associated site behaviours are stored as hashes for rapid comparison/identification purposes. Note: no off site sharing or tracking. Given the above: * if 'John Smith' asks to be removed but names were never collected so there is no association to a fingerprint? * if asked to remove data connected to a specific IP and there are two or more fingerprints associated with it how to determine which if any is that of the requester? Etc.
  6. bobbb:a very simple proof of concept example can be found at https://github.com/jklmnn/imagejs/blob/master/README.md It gets both simpler and much more complex depending on requirements. For instance simply outlying executable js or PHP in image header and giving it a pif extension targets Windows only thanks to legacy support.
  7. I still think taking a site's image, optimizing it such that the added script brings size back to original then uploading it to the unsuspecting hacked site. Done right the script only runs from cache inside an open browser... It's a sneaky web world out there.
  8. send2paul: -> open about:config -> in config search input box type: px ---should give you 3-results one being layout.css.devPixelsPerPx
  9. Fake news and slanted news and similar are highlighting the - to date - failure of Google search and it's vaunted machine learning. The failure to identify and remove pages of nonsensical 'keyword' strings, one can't actually name them sentences, is of long standing, as is a significant (currently 3-5% minimum) number of factually incorrect 'answers' currently given precedence in results. If G can't solve those more simplistic concerns why should anyone believe that they can solve more subjective concerns? It takes knowledgeable competent human intervention and that only occurs when a particular media threshold is crossed. In today's (and for some time previous) world Google's indexing and serving of the world's information is straight up GIGO.
  10. Re 'Theme Font & Size Changer' give the following a try: -> about:config -> layout.css.devPixelsPerPx ---default is -1.0 ---change to 1.25 (Windows default aka font-size=medium aka font-size=16px) ---or whatever you find comfortable at any given time. Re 'Saved Passwords Button' I use a Mac so am taking third party direction here for Windows: -> menu button -> Options -> Privacy & Security -> Saved Logins ---Yes, it's 4-clicks instead of one.
  11. I don't use many extensions so the main pita for me was opening about:config to toggle, blank [ [] ] just about everything [ browser.newtab ]... and wander through preferences just to ensure nothing was altered/improved... If it is really that much of a bugbear then consider rolling back: https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/55.0/win64/en-GB/ until you and/or extension makers get acclimatised. As a side note this will really separate out the I built it and abandoned it makers. Personally, shrinking the number of etensions, especially those with 'accesses' is already mucking with fingerprinting somewhat, ah well...
  12. I've commented previously on China's Single's Day (11-November), a quarter century old university celebration (glass half full?) of being a bachelor that was reinvented in 2009 by Alibaba as counterpart to the US's Black Friday/Cyber Monday. This year Alibaba (all companies therein such as Taobao and Tmall) did 10 billion yuan (1.5 billion USD) in sales in the first three minutes. Yes: in the first three minutes. Alibaba's total this year: over 168 billion yuan (25 billion USD) sales in one day. For reference: 2013: 5.8 billion USD, 2014: 9.3 billion USDi, 2015: 14.3 billion USD, 2016: 17.8 billion USD. Additional fascinating notes: * Alipay (Alibaba's mobile wallet app) processed over a quarter million transactions a second for almost 1.5 billion transactions on the day. * Cainiao (Alibaba's logistics arm aka delivery service) had an associated almost 700 million delivery orders. In all probability, although I haven't tried to go beyond the main players, total Single's Day sales this year surpass $50 billion USD. Last year (2016) US online Black Friday sales were 3.3 billion USD, Cyber Monday: 3.4 billion USD for a total of 6.7 billion USD. In 2015 US online Black Friday sales were 2.7 billion USD, Cyber Monday, 3 billion USD for a total of 5.7 billion USD. Even if the predicted ~50% increase over 2016 occurs this weekend pales in comparison is too colourful a description...
  13. Florence and bella Fiorentina ftw against natural British doom and gloom. As I have a couple bottles left of 2013 Guado al Tasso I'm going to try a Florentine??? dinner of minestrone, fresh ravioli stuffed with ground left over stuffed tenderloin in cream sauce, and parmesan roasted potatoes. Might even find a gelato to finish up with. And the inspirational wine, of course! Will my soul feel the light or will the frosty chill prevail? Results tomorrow!
  14. I understand where he is coming from and his future preference/view may well be correct, however my preferences/view are rather different. Most definitely as to the brain as 'software'; it is a physical/chemical soup that may be modelled as hardware/software but not, I think, as he and many others envision; time will tell. Part of what sets me apart from many/most who think about tech and the future is that while they tend to think of society and civilisation impacts/changes and then at how groups/individuals might fare I look first at the possibilities for individuals. If I had to pick the three greatest influences on my perception of the intersection of humanity and tech they'd be: * Clarke's third law: any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic * Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered, essays by E. F. Schumacher, published 1973. * Human Scale, book by Kirkpatrick Sale, published 1980. Way way back, some time after the dinosaurs, while in high school, I designed a 10,000 sq ft (929 sq m) house that could self generate ~80% of required energy daily (in practical terms 100% as typical draw at any given time is well below design max), store ~1-month supply at 100% draw at ~90% efficiency (aka never a brownout, spike/surge, outage), return waste water at least as clean as received while under 50% typical at the time, and be close to maintenance free for a century at a 50% surcharge over the ordinary... and it's even easier and cheaper to do that and more these days. However, doing so within bounds of community bylaws and utility service agreements is even more of a challenge. Avinash Kaushik is an intelligent thoughtful writer, although I need to be aware to filter the always implicit, often explicit, paeans to Google and corporate big brother. He is a typical top down advocate, which is one step short of oligarchy and tyranny; such can be seen as benign even beneficial, however, over time, never. If tech is magic I want to wield it's wand to my benefit. Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul is the underpinning of cloud computing, EULA's, IoT, SaaS, and similar abominations. I fall somewhere in the skeptical middle between the writings of David Hume and Immanuel Kant; frequently read passages from Marcus Aurelius' Meditations to raise up my inner Stoicism, a wide variety of sci-fi to look upon the improbable, and of sci-fantasy to bring the impossible within view. Civilisation is an artifact of survivor bias, society is an artifact of alienation by distance; both are under severe pressure. And the idjits have the helm.