Dodgy posts

Howdy, folks.

If you ever come across a post on this blog where something in it isn’t right – e.g., a song won’t play, a link is no longer valid, or a graphic is missing etc. – please let me know and I’ll fix it as soon as possible.

If you don’t have anything better to do for the next 10 minutes, here’s the reason for that public announcement…

In the right column of this blog is a thing called Feedjit. I think it’s marvellous, as it lets me know which of my posts people visit. Courtesy of Feedjit, I see that in addition to the newest posts, people also have a look at much older posts. Thanks, chaps and chapettes.

When people do have a look at older posts, I tend to check them to see if the files there are still functioning A-OK. I need to check them occasionally because DivShare, the MP3 storage facility I use, occasionally does some unusual things to the older MP3s I have there. Sometimes the file will be there but the link won’t work. And sometimes (admittedly, this is very rare) the MP3 won’t be there at all. Subsequently, I’ll replace the MP3 with a working one and tidy up the post.

I’m mentioning all of the above because someone visited an old post of mine (from 2009) which featured “Greedy People”, a song by The Electric Hippies. I checked the post, and to my consternation the MP3 had disappeared. Eek.

I’ve updated the post with a shiny new MP3 of the song.

This is the post that caused today’s “To whom it may concern” message:

If you read all of that, thanks for your perseverance. I’ll try to reward you with a shorter post next time.


5 Responses to Dodgy posts

  1. FD13NYC says:

    Ok here's one. For the past few days every time I visit the blog the video with the Def Leppard guy automatically starts playing. Don't know why, but it's annoying.

  2. Peter says:

    It sure is. I think I found the culprit in the code. In amongst all the nerdspeak for the embedded video was this: “autoplay=default”. I've removed it, and now instead of Joe prattling on automatically I see a still image with a large green Play button.

    It may be too early to say this, but I'm going to say it anyway: Success!

    Thanks, FD13NYC.

  3. FD13NYC says:

    Peter, it still does it. Back to the drawing board.

  4. Peter says:

    Grrr. Time for “autoplay=false”.


  5. Peter says:

    Right. I found three instances of “autoplay=default” in the video code and changed them all to “autoplay=false”.

    I've tested the video by opening the post in the three browsers I have (Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer), and so far none of them has automatically played the video.

    I was premature saying it before, but I reckon I can now say quite cheerfully: Success!

    Thanks for helping me out, FD13NYC. You're a champ!

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