Updated: September 8th, 2011
Today, I was looking for a quick way to see HTTP response codes of a bunch of urls. Naturally, I turned to the curl command, which I would usually use like this:
curl -IL "URL"
This command would send a HEAD request (-I), follow through all redirects (-L), and display some useful information in the end. Most of the time it's ideal:
curl -IL "http://www.google.com" HTTP/1.1 200 OK Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 03:58:55 GMT Expires: -1 Cache-Control: private, max-age=0 Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1 Server: gws X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block Transfer-Encoding: chunked
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 03:58:55 GMT
you are great. You have the convenience of a nearby, well, convenience store and the UI that is acceptable to even an Apple fanboy (I'm not one, I'm just saying).
Skype also has a Firefox extension which finds all pieces of text that resemble phone numbers on web pages you are visiting and converts them into clickable Skype buttons . One click and you're dialing the number. The premise is great but the execution… When it comes to your Firefox extension, Skype – you suck. You really suck.
So what makes me say these mean things? Is it the fact that when simply searching Google for "skype firefox", one finds mostly blog posts …
Updated: September 16th, 2012
StackOverflow is an amazing site for coding questions. It was created by Joel Spolsky of joelonsoftware.com, Jeff Atwood of codinghorror.com, and some other incredibly smart guys who truly care about user experience. I have been a total fan of SO since it went mainstream and it's now a borderline addiction (you can see my StackOverflow badge on the right sidebar).
Update 6/21/09: This server is currently under very heavy load (10-200), even with caching plugins enabled. Please bear with me as I try to resolve the situation.
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Update 06/21/09: I think I've got the situation …