Tag Archives: John Gruber

How to bypass the DiggBar if you’re not quite as badass as Daring Fireball

In retaliation for Digg’s naughty framing and link and Google-juice hijacking in their new DiggBar, John Gruber outlines how to block all users who come to his site via Digg by checking referrers. But what if, instead of being a high-traffic, high-respect, badass like him, you’re some sorry chump with a total of eleven points on Digg? Throwing up a giant middle finger isn’t going to hurt Digg (they aren’t even going to notice) and even has the possibility of hurting your own traffic. So you throw in a framekiller. Works like a charm.

Calling out Jakob Nielsen’s site design

Hank Williams busts out the brutal honesty: UI Guru Jakob Nielsen’s site is unreadable. And John Gruber concurs. Every time I end up there, I wonder idly why I’ve never gotten around to reading through what looks like great content. And after a few moments I close the window because the colors are so awful.

And why doesn’t his 10 Best Application UIs of 2008 awards announcement actually link to the winner’s sites? Seven of them are web applications, but if I want to know about any of them, I have to copy the product name, open a new tab, and look it up in Google. There’s a reason it was called “hypertext,” and the ability to have yellow and teal backgrounds isn’t it.