Msg#: 4586779 posted 10:46 pm on Jun 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
The frivolous side:
The other day I wanted to put a particular page on the iPad's desktop so I wouldn't have to keep going through Safari. I clicked the requisite buttons... and at the place where it's supposed to give a preview of the apple-touch-icon it instead showed a perfectly plain black box. This was very jazzy looking and might make a nifty favicon for a particular type of site-- but it does not happen to be mine.
Detour to apple dot com to re-read all instructions. Was I supposed to do something in the icon editor? Nope. Was I supposed to use the "times" sign rather than the letter x in the name? Nope. Will it help to add one at the 72x72 size? Nope.
Further detour to raw logs to confirm that my iPad has been there, requesting the apple-touch-icon. Slight delay as I note that for this purpose, the user-agent switches from ordinary iPad to something containing the word "Darwin".
Longer delay as I realize that I don't have the specific file the iPad asked for (there are potentially eight different apple-touch-icons, of which I currently have four), so why is it showing up as a 200, and with a filesize more in keeping with a favicon?
Still longer delay as the word "Darwin" causes brain synapses to start firing, leading to a final detour to htaccess containing lines (here edited for posting purposes)
Msg#: 4586779 posted 11:00 am on Jun 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
How often have we looked at our own sites from a users' perspective! Probably not often enough.
I make a point of looking at my site on other people's machines whenever I have the opportunity. I never know what weird settings or software that they may have that I hadn't thought about accomodating.
Back to the original topic I have known of novice webmasters who have managed to block their own IP address!