They’re at it again

New from the MySociety genii:, capsule the curiously-capitalised PlaceOpedia. Think Google Maps ? Wikipedia. Brilliant. Except that, as I write, all the links read

9 Comments

  1. I get Quernstone knits- Mac Firefox… 🙁

  2. Firefox by default seems to do a Google I’m Feeling Lucky search… http://www.google.com/search?q=quernstone

  3. Monkeys. That would explain it, right enough.
    I wouldn’t mind so much if they’d give me a nice jumper or something. Should we set Hugh on them? Or maybe suggest that Stormhoek move into the knitware market?
    Umm… I’ll get me coat.

  4. I think it’s becoming more typical for browsers to default assuming that the text is meant for a search engine if no suffix is specified.
    Both IE (7 beta 2) and Firefox exhibit this behaviour (ooh, knitwear!) although Opera 8.5 takes me straight through to this site.
    I do remember the days when IE would attempt to append a .com though.

  5. In IE, this is a preference you can set, with four options:

    – MSN ‘I’m feeling lucky’ (“just go to the most likely site”) – the default, I think

    – open MSN search page

    – ??? (append .com, perhaps?)

    – don’t search at all

    In Firefox, I can’t find a preference to change this behaviour. I’d rather have it open a Google search page than do an ‘I’m feeling lucky’.

  6. Sod preferences, I just want a jumper.

  7. Everything goes to the poxy:
    The requested URL could not be retrieved
    While trying to retrieve the URL: http://quernstone.ucc.usyd.edu.au/
    The following error was encountered:
    Unable to determine IP address from host name for quernstone.ucc.usyd.edu.au
    The dnsserver returned:
    Name Error: The domain name does not exist.
    This means that:
    The cache was not able to resolve the hostname presented in the URL.
    Check if the address is correct.
    Your cache administrator is www-cache@mail.usyd.edu.au.
    Generated Tue, 16 May 2006 00:54:36 GMT by www-cacheD.usyd.edu.au (squid/2.5.STABLE9)

  8. If you want some fun, go to Google, type alan bell is a prick, and then click Feeling Lucky. Ian found that one, humph 🙁
    As for your request, mine just goes to the MSN search, although it does list your site as one of the options, with a new style ‘preview’ graphic I’ve not seen before. Hmmm, me thinks the backroom boys have been updating the system again, didn’t do that last week…

  9. “quernstone” -> quernstone.com on Camino, Mac OS X. which is yay isn’t it?

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