My provider provides a new "feature"…

I just accidently misspelled an Web-URL in my browser and was quite shocked when I saw a page telling me that the entered address could not be found. The site may be unavailable. Instead there was performed a web search which results were displayed to me. This “feature” was called something like “Navigation Help” (to translate it into English):

 

How does it work?

My initial speculation turned out to be true: The linked “Further Information” page (German) told me that the DNS Server returning this page instead of an error is responsible for that.

Who else is behind it?

Well, who searches the web and provides an API for integrating its services into other web pages? Right: Google.

And when there is Google there are also Adds by Google? Also right.

What to think about it?

“If you misspell an URL of a web site or even don’t know it, the Navigation Help lets you find the right page more easily and more quickly. The service is free of charge for you and you need no additional software on your computer”. That’s how the advantages are described by my provider (translated and summarized for posting here).

They even try to explain why there are shown ads when you misspell an URI: They help finding the right page. How unselfish that is…

Therefore, my opinion is clear: No, thanks, I don’t need and I don’t want a feature like that.

Fortunately there is shown a possibility how to deactivate this in the customer center. So I immediately did. After a router reboot and some time I have back my “good old” “This page cannot be displayed”-Warning.

What else?

After a little bit of goog.. ehm binging I found out that not only my provider provides such a “feature”.

And it seems that they “forgot” me in the beginning – other blogs already reported about it nearly two months earlier.

 

I really doubt whether this “feature” helps anyone or if it is just an other way to dispose of ads…

 

What do you think?

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Why English?

You may have noticed the box on the left saying

“If you’ve got time, please feel free to correct the mistakes in my English. This blog also represents a possibility for me to practice and improve it.”

Why am I blogging in English when my English isn’t that good?

There are several reasons for this:

  • As already said: By writing English blog posts my English will (hopefully 🙂 ) keep getting better
  • With an English blog you can reach many more people as with a German one
  • Even people who can speak German (including me) will try googling – uhm sorry: Of course I wanted to say “binging” (as I am testing it currently) 😀 –  with English words first (as they know that this will bring up more results)
  • I wanted to try something different 😉

If you think that I should better blog in German (as you can’t understand “my” English): Please let me know 😉

I really should use less smileys… 😀

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Let’s try it again!

Hello – welcome to my new blog!

Recent Attempts

This is not my first attempt to start my own blog. In order to tell the truth: Two blogs already fizzled…

However, everything will be different with this one (I hope 😀 )!

Why?

Well, two things are already different.

  1. The hoster: While I used Windows Live Spaces the past times I’ll now try my luck using WordPress. (Maybe there will be a posting discussing the differences between those two).
  2. The language: I try only to blog in English from now on. I will say something to the reasons for this decision in a  later posting.

 

Topics I am going to cover

Primary I am planning to post about my experiences in my “every-day-hobby-programmer-life”.

This will include things like:

  • General News
  • Windows
  • Applications like Word, Firefox…

However, I try to focus on programming, especially using .NET and C#:

  • The C# language itself
  • CLR (Common Language Runtime) and FCL (Framework Class Library)
  • WPF
  • Architecture and Design

Enjoy reading my blog!

I simply can’t write this wish big enough 😉

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