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Sites featured in articles like Worst Websites of 2010 often are redesigned, which explains why some sites mentioned in my articles don't match their current look. The Daily Sucker features current examples of bad web design which haven't been fixed (yet).

If you see a site that you think sucks, email the URL to me. No personal pages (personal pages are supposed to reflect the individual's personality and artistic freedom) or web site designers (it would look like a conflict of interest), or others of their ilk.

If I think there's some merit to your selection, I may post it along with some commentary. If you know of a site that qualifies, let me know.

Developers should be interested in creating apps once and deploying them to iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets.

May 24th, 2011 11:11 am by Vincent Flanders

Brightcove is launching an entire new product line for making mobile and web apps called Brightcove App Cloud. Developers will be able to use App Cloud to create their apps once and then deploy them to the iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and beyond. It creates HTML5 apps as well as mobile touch websites, and it is not limited to video apps.

It’s on TechCrunch

Posted in Not a Daily Sucker, Software, You Should Read |

Google Beats Apple And Apple Beats Google in Supporting HTML 5. IE Still Sucks.

June 8th, 2010 9:09 pm by Vincent Flanders

The HTML 5 Test is a really cool site that tells you how much HTML 5 support is built into your browser. With Apple screaming “We have the best HTML 5 support” I thought it would be logical to visit The HTML 5 Test and see who’s the real winner.

I went on Monday, June 7, the day Safari 5 was released. I went back on Tuesday and discovered that the test had been revised. The original test had 160 possible points, while the current test (released on Wednesday) has 300. I’ve broken the tests down by New (300 point scale) and Old (160 point scale). The score does not include bonus points

Score Test Points Browser Version
72.33% New 217 / 300 and 10 bonus points Google Chrome 6.0.922.0 dev
69.00% New 207 / 300 and 7 bonus points Apple Safari 5.0 (7533.16)
65.66% New 197 / 300 and 7 bonus points Google Chrome 5.0.375.70

5.0.375.70 beta


46.33% New 139 / 300 and 4 bonus points Mozilla Firefox 3.6.3
46.33% New 139 / 300 and 4 bonus points Opera 10.60
42.66% New 128 / 300 and 7 bonus points Apple Safari 4.0.5 (531.22.7)
12.33% New 37 / 300 and 0 bonus points Microsoft IE 8.0.6001.18904
10.66% New 32 / 300 and 1 bonus point Microsoft IE 1.9.7766.6000 Platform Preview
07.33% New 22 /300 and 0 bonus points Microsoft IE 7.0.5730.13
88.75% Old 142 / 160 Google Chrome 6.0.922.0 dev
86.25% Old 138 / 160 Apple Safari 5.0 (7533.16)
71.87% Old 115/ 160 Apple Safari 4.0.5 (531.22.7)
63.75% Old 102 / 160 Opera 10.60

Google can claim they beat Apple and offer better HTML 5 support, but that’s if you’re using the 6.0 developer version, which most of you shouldn’t be using.

Apple can claim they beat Google and offer better HTML 5 support with the current stable releases, which is probably a more accurate claim.

The truth is support is still pretty crappy. Speaking of crap, Microsoft’s IE 7 and 8 are POS when it comes to HTML 5. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know IE 9 is so much better, but nobody in their right mind would test it on their production machine. That’s assuming their production machine isn’t running XP because IE 9 won’t work on XP.

I’m too curious. I installed the IE 9 Platform Preview on my Vista laptop. IE 9 isn’t really a browser, but more of an HTML viewer. For one thing, you can install it alongside another version of IE. That’s really, really difficult to do in the real world.

As you see in the scores above, IE 9’s HTML 5 support is less than IE 8, but greater than IE 7. I’m not impressed. Here’s a screenshot showing the new, still limited support.

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One big reason why Javascript sucks

December 16th, 2008 10:10 pm by Vincent Flanders

I know, I know I use Javascript. You have to if you want detailed analytics (or any kind of advanced features) but there are lots of reasons not to use JS. Almost every time there’s a security alert about an unpatched Internet Explorer vulnerability — and there’s a big one out now (with a patch due Wednesday) — Microsoft suggests you turn Javascript off.

Here’s a screen shot and I’ve highlighted the applicable parts.

Microsoft isn’t the only browser that has ever had JS problems and it isn’t the only problem with JS. Until recently, JS has been a drag on web site performance. It’s still a drag unless you place your JS correctly on the page or delay its delivery.

Posted in Software, Usability, Web Design |

Not a Daily Sucker #2 for Saturday, March 22, 2008

March 22nd, 2008 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

Have you ever wondered, “Did Bob read my e-mail that had my quote or is he just ignoring me?” Well, if Bob uses HTML e-mail (and lots of folks do) you can find out if he opened your e-mail.

About.com has an article entitled “Windows Email Return Receipt Tools and Services” and it mentions a good number of services and software. The one I bought and use is from a company called MSGTAG. (While MSGTAG has an affiliate program, I’m not a member.)

There are 3 versions (one if free, but your e-mail has a footer about MSGTAG) I bought the high-end product MSGTAG Status 2 ($59.95) and it’s really amazing. For example, I discovered that my daughter — the person I love more than anyone in the universe — waited 3 weeks and 23 hours to open one of my e-mails.

On the other hand, it only took Seth Godin 2 minutes and 12 seconds to open an e-mail I sent him entitled “Bad Marketing at the American Diabetes Association.” Hmm. I think there’s a point here.

Posted in Not a Daily Sucker, Software |

Not A Daily Sucker #1 for Saturday, March 22, 2008

March 22nd, 2008 11:11 pm by Vincent Flanders

I was really disappointed when a program called RescueTime stopped working. I tried everything suggested and I couldn’t get it back. Well, the great news is IT WORKS AGAIN. The solution was one of the following:

  1. There was a new version of the software.
  2. I updated Windows and the .NET 2.0 upgrade decided to finally install (third time’s the charm).
  3. I created a new user account.

I really like the way it tells me how much time I’m spending on each application on my computer. It’s very cool and the individual version is free (the business version hasn’t been release so I don’t know pricing.) I have no commercial interest in this product. I’m just happy it’s working again.

On the other hand, WebLog Expert has gone down the tubes. Sigh.

Posted in Not a Daily Sucker, Software |