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Posted on: Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:21 pm




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 skip loading of Facebook / Google plus / Twitter code
A bit experimental still, so feedback welcome
(and for now only available when visiting the site in English or Dutch):
a setting on your account page that disables the loading
of Facebook/Google+/Twitter code (unless you're logged in via Facebook/Google+ of course),
to speed up loading of the puzzle page.

Let me know how it works for you.

Patrick


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Posted on: Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:46 am




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Post Re: skip loading of Facebook / Google plus / Twitter code
This setting works fine for me. It is a welcome addition. If it isn't too much trouble, I would also appreciate a setting for disabling the "news ticker" about the last 20 solved puzzles because its movement tends to disturb the eye a bit when puzzling so I find myself resizing the window several times a day (according to the size of the current puzzle) to avoid seeing it.


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Posted on: Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:55 am




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Post Re: skip loading of Facebook / Google plus / Twitter code
agreeing with bram
yep


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Posted on: Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:34 am




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Post Re: skip loading of Facebook / Google plus / Twitter code
bram wrote:
This setting works fine for me. It is a welcome addition. If it isn't too much trouble, I would also appreciate a setting for disabling the "news ticker" about the last 20 solved puzzles because its movement tends to disturb the eye a bit when puzzling so I find myself resizing the window several times a day (according to the size of the current puzzle) to avoid seeing it.

Ah, but I like the puzzle ticker so much... [unsure]

Anything for subscribers though, I'll put it in [wink]


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Posted on: Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:13 pm




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Post Re: skip loading of Facebook / Google plus / Twitter code
I too enjoy checking it on occasion
how about moving it below the "Tomorrow's puzzles will appear in...." line


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Posted on: Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:42 pm




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Post Re: skip loading of Facebook / Google plus / Twitter code
"U vraagt, wij draaien" (Dutch for "You ask, we play", as in playing request songs on the radio :-) )

The option to disable the "last 20 solved" ticker should be in there now

(English and Dutch language only, still need to translate)
(so you can switch to English, try the feature, then switch back to your original language)

(note this is also a subscribers-only feature)

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Posted on: Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:43 pm




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Post Re: skip loading of Facebook / Google plus / Twitter code
pnm wrote:
The option to disable the "last 20 solved" ticker should be in there now
I love it!!! [love] Now I can do hard and timed puzzles without there being any "moving parts" breaking my concentration.[thumbup] I also really like the option of setting the country so it won't change if you go on holiday and log in from abroad.

pnm wrote:
Ah, but I like the puzzle ticker so much... [unsure]
Who knows, maybe I'll miss it eventually and turn it back on to get that real-time experience of working within a big cosmopolitan community of puzzlers. :-)


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Posted on: Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:06 pm




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Post Re: skip loading of Facebook / Google plus / Twitter code
I'm also replacing all small images on the page with a "CSS sprite"
(basically one combined images that is chopped up by the browser),
which should result in speedier loading of the page.

(6 "icons" and the flags have been done, more to follow..)

Patrick

Edit: almost all small images have been merged into one, the page should load
much faster, even on a full reload (Shift + Ctrl + R on some platforms) :-)


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Posted on: Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:11 pm




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Post Re: skip loading of Facebook / Google plus / Twitter code
Try to combine and minify css and js files for speedier loading of pages, for example: http://code.google.com/p/minify/


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Posted on: Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:39 pm




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Post Re: skip loading of Facebook / Google plus / Twitter code
arjen wrote:
Try to combine and minify css and js files for speedier loading of pages, for example: http://code.google.com/p/minify/

Right, that's another good one, thanks.

The bottleneck was the many connections for the 30-40 or so image files though.

(still should do something for the flags in the ticker)


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