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Owen Blacker
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Anyone particularly good at IIS7 URL rewriting and able to give me a hand?
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Google Fonts recently switched to using new Zopfli compression algorithm:  the fonts are ~6% smaller on average, and in some cases up to 15% smaller! For example, Open Sans is one of the most popular fonts and is now more than 10% smaller -- this translates to faster load times and faster rendering.

What's Zopfli? It's an algorithm that was developed by the compression team at Google that delivers ~3~8% bytesize improvement when compared to gzip with maximum compression. This byte savings comes at a cost of much higher encoding cost, but the good news is, fonts are static files and decompression speed is exactly the same. Google Fonts pays the compression cost once and every clients gets the benefit of smaller download. If you’re curious to learn more about Zopfli: http://bit.ly/Y8DEL4

In short, faster web fonts - yay!
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+Farhad Divecha If you're already using Google Fonts you don't have to change anything.
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So I'm getting one of those odd error messages :(

This content is no longer available
The content you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.

This occurs reliably on Liking / Unliking the Page hosting our Like-gated Tab app, but only for some users. Google suggests that it's a "nobody knows why it happens and sometimes it goes away on its own" kind of bug. Oddly enough, our client isn't terribly impressed with that answer.

There's a bunch more detail on the Stack Overflow ticket linked from this post.

Anyone got anything more-constructive they can offer? Please? :)
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Anyone particularly good with IIS7 URL rewriting, which doesn't seem to be terribly well documented.

Bonus points if you know Ruslan Yakushev and can get this post in front of him  ;)
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I wrote to my MP about him having cosponsored the HIV entry barrier amendment last week.

Having been off sick today with manflu, I finally got round to picking imagery to illustrate the letter, so I could post it on +Medium.
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I've had nothing back on this over the weekend. We're building a Facebook Tab application but we're getting one of those odd error messages:

"This content is no longer available
"The content you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page."

This occurs reliably on Liking / Unliking the Page that hosts our Like-gated app, but only for some users. Google suggests that it's a "nobody knows why it happens and sometimes it goes away on its own" kind of bug. Oddly enough, our client isn't terribly impressed with that answer.

Anyone got anything more-constructive they can offer? Please? (If you could do so on the StackOverflow ticket, rather than in the Google+ discussion, that would be particularly helpful.)

#help   #FacebookDev  
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Head of server-side development at an ad agency; founder, director and trustee of mySociety; founder, director and advisor to ORG; advisor to Ada Lovelace Day.
Employment
  • iris
    Head of server-side development, 2008 - present
  • uSwitch
    Senior developer, 2006 - 2008
  • Wheel
    Senior developer, 1997 - 2006
  • Eastern Counties Newspapers
    Electronic publishing assistant, 1995 - 1997
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Woking, Surrey
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Cheltenham Spa, Gloucestershire - Ivybridge, Devon - Norwich - Ilford, Greater London
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Mainly-gay, mainly-Welsh lefty geek. Ad agency dev head, mySociety director/trustee, ORG director and advisor
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If you want to private-message me or get my attention, create a new post, sharing only to me and tag me in it. I am more likely to notice this than an email sent through my profile. That said, I barely use Google+. If you really want to engage with me, use Twitter or Facebook.

I run a technical discipline at an ad agency by day and, by night, I work for a handful of Internet-related groups pressing for social and political change.

I am a director and trustee of mySociety and a director of the Open Rights Grouphaving sat on the Advisory Council since the organisation was created. I helped found  FaxYourMP.com  and  NO2ID, of which I was also a member of the staff board until mid-2008, and I used to co-ordinate Stand.org.uk.

Usually, I can be found wasting what I laughably call “free time” playing with Flickr and contributing to the Wikipedia projects, which might explain why I still haven’t got round to making myself a website, though I do now have a poorly-maintained blog.
  • Je suis francophone et j'aimerai bien lire et écrire en français ici à Google+.
  • Gallaf ddarllen tipyn bach yn y Gymraeg.
  • Ich kann ein klein bißchen Deutsch lesen.
  • Tengo pocísimo español.
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Sold my soul to the ad industry, but compensated by co-founding mySociety, the Open Rights Group and NO2ID and fleshing out obscure bits of European history on Wikipedia.
Education
  • University of East Anglia
    Molecular biology and genetics with French subsidiary language, 1993 - 1997
  • Ivybridge Community College
    Sixth-form, 1991 - 1997
  • Devonport High School for Boys
    Secondary school, 1986 - 1991
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