Nebular 2.

Der zweite Band meiner Reihe von Graphic Novels zur Science-Fiction-serie Nebular von Thomas Rabenstein ist soeben erschienen.

Die Quaoar-Expedition gibt es im Augenblick erst einmal als Kindle-Ausgabe bei Amazon, sowie natürlich auch gedruckt auf Papier. Andere Anbieter folgen Anfang des Jahres.

Cover der Ausgabe 2 von Nebular
Nebular 2: Die Quaoar-Expedition, von Ralf Zeigermann und Thomas Rabenstein

Right.

Another day, another mail from Google:

To owner of http://zeigermann.com,

Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a ‘NOT SECURE’ warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page, and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.

The following URLs on your site include text input fields (such as < input type=”text” > or < input type=”email” >) that will trigger the new Chrome warning. Review these examples to see where these warnings will appear, so that you can take action to help protect users’ data. This list is not exhaustive.

Here’s how to fix this problem:

Migrate to HTTPS
To prevent the “Not Secure” notification from appearing when Chrome users visit your site, only collect user input data on pages served using HTTPS.

Well, I’ve now converted the whole domain to https. Hope this works.

A New Sunday Roast Podcast.

Mit Binder und Zeigermann.

Hier zu hören.

Zeigermann + Binder beim Aufnehmen des Podcast. Photo © Claudia Kirchherr
Ralf Zeigermann und Konstantin Binder beim Sunday Roast Podcast. Photo © Claudia Kirchherr

(Ralf is wearing a hat from NEXT, £10, a leather jacket from The Original Dr Who jacket, £480, a wristwatch from eBay, £6. Konstantin is wearing a shirt from Stella McCartney, $365 and a ring from Lord of the Rings Originals PLC, £2892. All other gadgets (vaping things and beer) courtesy of Vogue magazine.)

The 404 Dilemma.

The other day I found a mail from Google in my inbox. The people (?) at Google were complaining about a gazillion of broken links in my weblog entries and asked nicely if I were inclined to do something about this.

Of course, all those broken links didn’t come as a surprise since this weblog is now almost 16 years old and many websites I once linked to have simply disappeared or have changed their location on the web. Even internal links were buggered after I moved the blog from Radio Userland over to WordPress.

So, what to do? A WordPress plugin came in handy –
The Broken Link Checker.

It scanned my whole site, and after three days came back with … a lot of broken links. I now had the options of editing and relinking the broken URLs, link to the Waybackmachine or to simply trash the old posts.

In many cases I just made use of the “Trash” button. There were so many one-liner posts, only consisting of a link to long forgotten websites that it made no sense relinking to archive.org, which would only confuse matters even further; also, archive.org can be rather slow at times.

In quite a few cases I was able to either edit the URL or relink the content.

But still – it’s a dilemma. Is trashing old posts good or bad? I’m still not sure, but I’ll carry on regardless – mind you, the plugin is still scanning and still throws up bad links once a week.

Anyway, the Google Bots should be happy now. As should be the readers – there’s nothing more annoying than clicking on a link which ends up
in a grey nowhere zone.

So, no more 404s!

Screenshot of URL scanning