Phelio Gnomi

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Monthly Archives: June 2011

iOS 5 and its Safari

I am not really a Apple Fan, but by owning an iPod Touch, I’m kind of bound to the Apple products. To avoid being dragged deeper to the hole, I try to resist myself from buying any other Apple products like iPad 2 and iMac (which I wish I did). They are simply too expensive for me.

The announcement of iOS 5 makes me excited and want to quickly install it on my iPod Touch. The previous updates are mainly for iPhone and iPad. So, I was quite disappointed. But the iOS 5 seems to have many things for iPod Touch. One of it surely is the Notification Center and it will probably makes me love my iPod Touch even more. There are over 200 new updates as you can see some of them on Apple website.

Beside using it for entertainment, I did build a web app for it. It was a mini website that is optimized for iOS. The web app is quite satisfying except some limitation that the current iOS has. If you have a small container and your content is very long, you will find difficulty in viewing it. Safari on iOS just doesn’t support scrolling very nicely. It will not show you the scroll bar and to scroll it, you will need to use two fingers.

The good news is iOS 5 come with improvement on its Safari too. Apple added more support for the current already available HTML 5 standard. So now, you can scroll the overflowed content with just one finger. That will mean a lot for my tiny web app. There are also support for various date input format that will display various kind of drop down list for date or time which you can read more about them here.

However, it’s still quite disappointing that it will not support file upload yet. Despite of the disappointment, I’m still very excited for its release around August this year.

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Strange Referrers on WordPress.com State

If you are a blogger out there, I’m pretty sure that you will somehow check your visitors statistic at least once everyday. Especially for a new blogger like me, I am always eager to see how many visitors I have today.

I set my WordPress to publish to my facebook and twitter account every time I publish a new post. This happen to be my main source of traffic. And for my surprise, I get about 2 – 5 visits every new post I publish. It was quite impressive statistic for a new blog like mines and with only little friends or follower that really care about my existence. There are probably about 30% of my facebook friends that I added because of certain games I played on facebook. And my twitter followers are mainly those that wished that I follow them back so that they can push me constant advertisements everyday.

One day, there is a miracle happen. I have more than ten visitors on that day. And, I didn’t even post anything on that day. I monitored that for few days without posting any new posts. And it somehow maintain the 10 – 15 visitors everyday for 4 days. Isn’t that a great news?

No it isn’t really a good news at all. WordPress.com has this feature that allow you to see how your visitors got to your blog. It’s called the Referrer. As I said before, my main source of traffic is from facebook and twitter. So, I won’t be surprised if the referrers are facebook and twitter. But, they are not in the list. The referrers are some strange websites that I don’t ever know they exists. So, I visited the referrer’s site to see how and why did they refer my blog to their visitors. I was expecting to see some nice article talking about my blog. But I didn’t see anything about my blog there. D@#*, it’s a spam. I just got spammed!! After few days, they those spam links seems to be disappeared from my blog stat.

These past few days, I started to get some weird number of visitors again. And it is doubled this time. I have 20+ visitors for the past 3 days. So, I am blaming WordPress for this. And apparently, they are working on the way to fix this. I found out that this is not only happening in WordPress. So, I took the blame away.

I’m also glad that I’m not alone as you can see other people are reporting this on the forum. In this forum post, it’s stated that clicking on the spammed links will not mean you any harm. But it’s advised not to click on them as it means that their plan is working. They are just trying to get visitors to their sites but with the “not so right” way. So, now you are aware of it, don’t click them! So, they will someday find out that their plan has failed and hopefully stop doing that.