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Network Solutions Is Most Likely Not Phishing

You may have read my rant earlier this week about Network Solutions trying to trick me into allowing them to send me spam. As part of that dark pattern, Network Solutions asks me to verify my contact information, and then tries to up-sell me, and then suggests that I need…

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Tags: design, NetSol, rant, usability, UX

Network Solutions and Yet More Dark Patterns

In late 2012 I related my extreme displeasure of trying to register a domain through the intentionally confusing Network Solutions ecommerce flow. In my post, Network Solutions and Dark Patterns, I used a whole lot of screen captures to show the convoluted flow that I believe Network Solutions uses to…

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Tags: design, NetSol, rant, usability, UX

Comparing Opera Mini and Chrome Compression

Depending on how much you spend staying up on web browsers, you’ve probably heard the cry of Opera did it first more than once (though the low-hanging fruit, browser tabs, wasn’t technically Opera first). When Google announced that Chrome would offer a data compression mode, you may have figured you’d…

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Tags: browser, Chrome, mobile, Opera, usability, UX

Net Neutrality News

If you’re spitting-mad about the W3C’s perceived position on DRM, we would all be better served if you re-pointed that anger at what is happening to net neutrality. If you aren’t familiar with the net neutrality concept, here’s a snippet from Wikipedia: Net neutrality (also network neutrality or Internet neutrality)…

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Tags: internet, law, rant

W3C EME is not DRM (nor other fear-mongering TLAs)

Plenty has been written about the W3C and DRM. Sadly, most of it has been written in the form of attacks against the W3C, with very few laying out the facts. Note: I am a participant in the W3C HTML Working Group (as an invited expert). Encrypted Media Extensions (EME)…

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Tags: browser, DRM, html, rant, standards, W3C

The HTML Star Is Ignored (and Shouldn’t Be)

On Friday Jeff Croft posted a piece titled Web Standards Killed the HTML Star where he makes the argument that just knowing HTML and CSS is no longer enough to get a job. He states that the web standards movement has effectively rendered the need for specialized knowledge of browser…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, css, html, rant, standards, W3C, whatwg