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Ron Carnell

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  1. Excite put my web sites on the map, back before it was purchased by Comcast circa 1999. It went downhill fast after that, but fortunately my sites had enough of a foothold to still do well in the emerging Google. Excite was later purchased yet again, by AskJeeves, and the combo becamse ask.com. RIP Excite... p.s. How many people know that Excite had the chance to buy Google in early 1999? Larry Page and Sergey Brin were asking one million dollars. Excite talked them down to $750K, but ultimately decided Google wasn't worth that much money. <insert sound of rimshot>
  2. Sure wish I could do this. Unfortunately, living out in the sticks as I do, my bandwidth precludes those live "hangouts." Say Hi to everyone for me.
  3. I think you might be confusing Javascript and Flash? Javascript works fine on both Apple and Android phones, which certainly constitute the vast bulk of the mobile market.
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    301 Accident - Okay Or Change?

    DirectorySlash run on Windows Servers, too, Ken. My advice stands.
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    301 Accident - Okay Or Change?

    I suspected as much. You're probably on an Apache web server, Ken, with a module called DirectorySlash enabled. Trailing slashes tell your web server whether it should look for a specific page or for the default page in a director. As such, trailing slashes are considered important, so your web server is adding them in for you with an internal 301 Redirect. As a general rule, links should always point to a web page OR end in a trailing slash (signifying a directory). Put the trailing slash on your links and your server won't have to do it for you. At that point, the redirects will almost certainly stop.
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    301 Accident - Okay Or Change?

    How do you know this? Where is the Redirect being implemented? This is important information because it should determine your next course of action.
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    Any Responsive Designers Around?

    Kim, there are thousands of good resources out there, starting with the biggies like Google Developers and A List Apart. But the resources I like might not necessarily be the best ones for the way you prefer to learn. The best recommendation I could make would be to read them all (not possible, but it's a worthy goal nonetheless) and then study the ones that seem to make the most sense to you. Responsive design really isn't all that tough. Essentially, you design a site that looks and works moderately well on a smartphone, say at about 320 by 480 pixels. Then you start enhancing the look and functionality, via media queries, for higher resolutions. Easy peasy. If you run into more specific questions, I'm sure there are plenty of people here who can help.
  8. You don't need to use a "service," Egol; the functionality is available through some fairly simple JavaScript. You can test it and grab the JS code at my poetry site. It's the last block of JavaScript in the source code, with start/end comments to indicate what to copy. It doesn't track results, but it wouldn't be difficult to add that functionality. FWIW, I'm still sitting in the undecided aisle on this. I looked into it last year and ultimately decided it was probably going to be too much JavaScript for too little return. The tynt.js file, for example, came in at 76K. Yea, it's cached after the first page load, but still. My code is smaller, but nonetheless relies on also loading jquery. Not something I'm willing to do haphazardly. I need to schedule some tests to see if it's worth the cost, but frankly it sort of dropped off my radar after my initial investigations. Thanks for putting it back on the board.
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    Okay, I uploaded the file to one of my servers: http://www.netpoets.com/misc/cre8/favicon.ico
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    I have a copy of the old favicon from back when I developed our skins. Unfortunately, when I tried to attach it, our software says "You can upload up to Uploading is not allowed of files (Max. single file size: 2MB)"
  12. A few years back HBO did a special called Talking Funny, featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. Three of those comedian swear prodigiously on stage, one does not. The one who doesn't swear, Jerry Seinfeld, described a bit he worked on early in his career that sounds a lot like your situation. The bit Seinfeld talked about used the f-bomb just once. Jerry didn't feel it fit his style so he removed the curse word -- and immediately knew the comedy had suffered without the shock value inherent in swearing. The bit just didn't work anymore. Seinfeld's solution was NOT to put the word back into the bit. Instead, he abandoned the bit and found something else funny to talk about on stage. It seems to have worked for him?
  13. That's probably my fault. In following your lead, I broke one of the cardinal rules of mod_rewrite by redirecting to a relative URI. I'm not entirely sure that's what is causing your problem, but I am sure it should be changed. Options +FollowSymLinksRewriteEngine On#RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?example.com$RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(?:index\.html|robots\.txt)$RewriteRule ^(/)?$ http://www.example.com/forum [R=301,L] If that doesn't solve the problem, you might want to try adding a DPI flag (so it would be DPI,R=301,L) to strip the PATH_INFO.
  14. Mod rewrite is something you have to be able to play with to make it work right, at least if you're doing anything more than the basics. Unfortunately, I don't have time right now to play with your scenario and give you a I-know-this-is-going-to-work solution. The best I can do, I'm afraid, is offer a few tips. Again, I don't have time to test this, but your code you want should probably look something like this: Options +FollowSymLinksRewriteEngine On#RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?example.com$RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(?:index\.html|robots\.txt)$RewriteRule ^(/)?$ forum [R=301,L] The line I've added simply excludes two files, index.html and robots.txt, from the RewriteRule. You can exclude any other files you'd like by adding them using a pipe character (|), which means OR. Note that I've also added R=301 to your final directive, something you really want if the search engines are to process your changes correctly. I'm not certain what is going to happen, however, if someone goes to example.com with no file specified. That's the part that would need to be tested? Good luck!