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From the Netflix blog today:

If you’re in Apple’s Mac Developer Program, or soon the OS X Beta Program, you can install the beta version of OS X Yosemite. With the OS X Yosemite Beta on a modern Mac, you can visit Netflix.com today in Safari and watch your favorite movies and TV shows using HTML5 video without the need to install any plugins.

This might be one of my favorite details coming out of Yosemite so far. I’ve been waiting for the day I can uninstall Silverlight for good. Netflix is claiming another 2 hours of battery while streaming in 1080p on a MacBook Air, which is pretty impressive.

It turns out Netflix already uses HTML5 for Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1, so that has gone from being useless to being my Netflix app.

With the recent news that Yahoo wants Google’s spot in iOS, I went to Yahoo to see what it looks like after all these years. I was met with this:

Yahoo's home page

What is this tabloid garbage? The entire website is an affront to clean, efficient design. If you compare this to Google’s frequently-touted minimalistic homepage, and it looks even worse. On the other hand, if you go to search.yahoo.com, you’re greeted by this:

Yahoo's search page

The difference is just night and day. If Yahoo wants to be taken seriously in search again (even though they sold it all to Microsoft), they need to make this minimal design their homepage as soon as possible.

You should use the Use Google Libraries plugin instead.

Update: I’ve modified the plugin to use a generic URL (.../1/jquery...) which loads the latest 1.x version. That way I don’t have to change the plugin everytime jQuery is updated.

The ZIP file has been updated, just overwrite your old googlejs.php file and everything will be gravy.

In an effort to save bandwidth, I made a quick plugin to modify WordPress to use Google’s Libraries API, which offers a Google-hosted jQuery. Here’s the code in question:

function radr_google_js( &$scripts ) {
    $scripts->remove( 'jquery' );

    $scripts->add(
        'jquery', // shortname
        'https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js', // url
        false // dependancies (none)
    );
}

add_action( 'wp_default_scripts', 'radr_google_js' );

If you’re interested in using this on your own site, you’re welcome to download this quick plugin. Just follow standard procedure — unzip, copy to wp-content/plugins, and activate.

Despite the scary realization that websites can capture your browsing history, Mike Nolet has created a JavaScript that guesses your gender based upon what sites you have visited. I ran mine through, and low and behold it was incredibly accurate…

Likelihood of you being FEMALE is 3%

Likelihood of you being MALE is 97%

Via noscope.

It’s amazing what you can find on the Internet — and I just stumbled upon a goldmine of information that is hosted by Wikia, a hosted wiki service started by Jimmy Wales, most famous for, of course, Wikipedia, the wiki of all wikis. Just some gems I found.

Best part? All of this information is from users — I know the “wiki” concept might be a bit old and all, but it’s still hard not to be awed by the whole Wikia universe. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to kill time the best way I know how to1.


  1. Apart from Wikipedia, of course.