Archive for November 26th, 2006

Regarding gaming console web browsers

It’s really a difficult choice to decide if I want to offer the mobile version or the full desktop version of OSNews to console users. You see, all new gaming consoles come with a full web browser now. Problem is, you can’t know if the user uses HDTV or SDTV — the resolution information is not recorded in the ‘user agent’. If the user uses plain SD, it makes sense to serve the mobile version, but if the user uses HD, depending on his TV’s screen size, it might make sense to serve the full desktop version.

I guess this is something I will have to test first myself after we manage to buy a Wii or a PS3. Twice we got to Fry’s to get a Wii, and twice we failed to find one (supposedly only PS3 had shortages). For PS3, here is its ‘user agent’ btw according to a Japanese web site: Mozilla/5.0 (PLAYSTATION 3; 1.00)

If you have a Wii or an Xbox360 or a Sony Mylo or an Archos 604-Wifi, please visit this page with their browsers and email me their ‘user agents’ displayed in that page. Thanks.

Update: Found Wii’s UA: Opera/9.00 (Nintendo Wii; U; ; 1038-58; Wii Shop Channel/1.0; en) and XBox’s UA just has the word “xbox” in it, so it’s easy to autodetect. I still need the UA info for Mylo and Archos though. These two devices both run Opera Mobile, but Opera’s marketing people that I am in contact with are useless for this kind of information.

Update 2: Mylo’s user agent is: Opera/8.02 (Qt embedded; Linux armv4ll; U) [ja] SONY/COM1

Update 3: Archos 604-wifi’s user agent is: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; GOGI; Linux armv5tejl) Opera 8.5

Seafood-bean salad

If you live close to a “Whole Foods” store, get your a$$ in there and buy some fresh seafood salad (octopus, calamari, shrimp, clams, mussels, squid in olive oil & vinegar sauce) found at the side of their fresh fish aisle (prepared in-store), and a can of WestBrae Organic Bean Salad. Put the beans in a strainer and let cold water run over them, then strain that water away. Cut the seafood in smaller pieces. In a big salad bowl mix well the seafood with its sauce, beans and some lemon juice, serve cold. Overall, the dish will feed two and it will cost just about $7. It’s delicious and one of my favorite dishes, ever.

Digg

Digg’s comments voting code probably has some holes that some people exploit. Everytime I post something (anything really) on a story that hits the front page of Digg, I get moderated in no-time down to -10 or -12 or even -20. Whoever knows how to exploit the system, doesn’t like me for obvious reasons (for those who have followed my articles over the years will know of the foes I’ve made for speaking my mind). On Slashdot I have even more foes than on Digg but the system is not easy to exploit, therefore my comments are not getting moderated down in this manner (in fact sometimes are moded up).