iOS 8 and iPhone 4s

Despite all the doom and gloom over the prospect of installing iOS 8 on an iPhone 4S, the installation was painless and successful. Started at 12pm pdt, the initial OTA download of iOS 8 took about 90 minutes and the actual verification and installation about 40 minutes on a 32gb iPhone 4s with 6gb of free space. While animations are not as smooth as with iOS 7.1.2, they aren’t chunky enough to be a major distractions and load times are only slightly degraded. If past history is any indication, Apple will tweak the performance of the OS in future updates.

As to whether the update is “worth it” is personal preference. Battery life will be a huge determinant as to the foture of iOS 8 on the 4s.

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#GamerGate and Misogyny

There has always been a contentious relationship between elements of the “core/traditional” online gaming community and females involved in various elements of the gaming industry. Bioware/Hepler addresses some of the fundamental issues that contribute to harassing behavior (false sense of entitlement, anonymity) against game designers, but the sad fact is that both the scale and diversity of harassment targets has grown.

Bustle’s take on #GamerGate is one of the most concise explanations of the entire saga. The article (and scandal itself) illustrates how “gamer privilege” has shifted from being primarily interested in determining game content and play style to the overall in-game and meta- gender roles.

Chris Tognotti (@ctognotti) summarizes this sad affair succinctly:

It isn’t about journalistic integrity, not really. This is just good old fashioned misogyinst bile, any way you slice it. And as somebody who used to play a whole lot of video games, and now play regularly, I wish I didn’t now feel so filthy by association.

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All About Slugs (Not the Slimy Kind)

As this article details, keeping post slugs on target and concise helps search engines properly index site posts. And that can’t be anything but a good thing.

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When we start writing a new post, WordPress automatically creates a URL for the post using our blog’s address, the date, and post title. Great, now you don’t have to worry about your post’s URL, right? All taken care of.

Not quite. You don’t need to lose sleep over your post URLs, but paying some attention to the post slug — the bit of the URL after the address and date — can have a nice traffic payoff.

“I’m still not sure what a slug is!”

The slug is the bit of your post’s (or page’s) URL that describes what that specific post is about. Here’s the URL of this post, with the slug in bold:

If I’d used the URL that WordPress auto-generated for me based on the post title, the slug would have been:

They both get the job done, but one…

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