Ad Publishers–A TODO List

Where’s Google’s* blog on how they’re doing everything they can to make ads they serve as fast and small as possible? Where’s Google’s blog on how many ads they’ve nuked as “deceptive” and trumpeting how policy forbids ads for “adware-wrapped” installers? Where’s Google’s blog about how many billions of ad-generated dollars they’ve supplied to contentContinue reading “Ad Publishers–A TODO List”

Tuning MemoryStream

By day, I build the Fiddler Web Debugger. I’ve recently started integrating telemetry collection into the application for automated exception reporting and to collect information about the user’s environment to ensure that Fiddler testing environments match real-world usage. The data is fascinating (and I’ll probably blog more about it later), but one data point inContinue reading “Tuning MemoryStream”

Photoshop and Save For Web

Adobe recently announced that “Save for Web” in Photoshop is a “legacy feature” which won’t be improved. I decided to have a look at Adobe Photoshop CC (2015.0.0 Release 20150529.r88 x64) to see the impact of its many different “save” commands on the resulting file size. First, I created a trivial 20×20 image and drewContinue reading “Photoshop and Save For Web”

Content Blocking: Unintended Consequences

Our company uses a web firewall device called IronPort to attempt to block unwanted network traffic; it blocks access to known phish and malware domains, and, more annoyingly, domains thought to be related to gaming or “questionable” topics (e.g. politics). Whatever. Today the IT department pushed a new rule set which blocks some requests to domains likeContinue reading “Content Blocking: Unintended Consequences”

Browser Benchmarks

Back in December, I predicted that Microsoft wouldn’t release the Project Spartan beta until it bested all of its competitors on the major benchmarks: SunSpider, Kraken, and Octane. I was wrong—the first beta was released with only minor script performance improvements. That changed with build 10061 of Windows 10, and Spartan now does beat everyoneContinue reading “Browser Benchmarks”