Category Archives: Internet

All blogposts on blog.futtta.be about Internet (browsers, web development and mobile web).

Want to beta-test Autoptimize power-ups?

So I’m currently working on “power-ups” for Autoptimize, which I might commercialize later this year. Some examples of functionality I’m developing;

  • Excluding specific parts of your site from optimization (JS+CSS+HTML, JS-only or CSS-only), all from a simple configuration-screen
  • A settings-page to configure “above-the-fold”-CSS for specific pages
  • A power-up to speed up optimization itself (especially interesting if you don’t have a page caching plugin)

Drop me a line If you’re interested in beta-testing these power-ups, with a small description of where you would run this beta.

Mobile web vs. Native apps; Forrester’s take

So web is going away, being replaced by apps? Forrester researched and does not agree;

Based on this data and other findings in the new report, Forrester advises businesses to design their apps only for their best and most loyal or frequent customers – because those are the only one who will bother to download, configure and use the application regularly. For instance, most retailers say their mobile web sales outweigh their app sales, the report says. Meanwhile, outside of these larger players, many customers will use mobile websites instead of a business’ native app.

My biased interpretation; unless you think can compete with Facebook for mobile users’ attention, mobile apps should maybe not be your most important investment. Maybe PPK conceeded victory too soon after all?

HTML/ Javascript/ multimedia-extranvanganza essay about code

Paul Ford’s “What is Code” on Bloomberg Business is a comprehensive and utterly superb essay/ course/ HTML-javascript-multimedia-extravaganza about IT, computer history, programming languages, development, frameworks, version control, testing, shipping projects and much, much more. The entire text is licenced under Creative Commons (by-nc-nd) and all is up on GitHub to fork or simply admire.

Thanks for sharing Nicolas :-)

Firefox: how to enable the built-in tracking protection

Just read an article on BBC News that starts of with the AdBlock Plus team winning another case in a German court (yeay) and ended with a report on how Firefox also has built-in tracking protection which -for now- is off by default and is somewhat hidden. To enable it, just open about:config and set privacy.trackingprotection.enabled to true. I disabled Ghostery for now, let’s see how how things go from here.

Autoptimize: video tutorial en Espanõl!

The webempresa.com team contacted me a couple of days ago to let me know they created a small tutorial on the installation & basic configuration of Autoptimize, including this video of the process;

Mejora la velocidad y el SEO de tu sitio web comprimiendo ficheros JavaScript, CSS y HTML

Watch this video on YouTube or on Easy Youtube.

The slowdown noticed when activating JS optimization is due to the relative cost of aggregating & minifying the JS. To avoid this overhead for each request, implementing a page caching solution (e.g. HyperCache plugin or a Varnish-based solution) is warmly recommended.

Muchas gracias Webempresa!