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Monday, August 18, 2008


posted by on August 18 at 18:40 PM

Attention iPhone-enabled Slog & Line Out readers!

Your slow-page-loading days are over. Some time ago, because I have an iPhone and very little patience, I created an iPhone-optimized interface for Slog. Some time later, Nick improved it and then the other day New Nick made one for Line Out. Now, in a fit of selflessness and doing-my-job, I’m sharing it with the world. I hope that it makes you as happy as it has me.

I’m very happy, ask anyone.

slog.jpg lineout.jpg

Don’t have an iPhone? Well, this might work just fine in your mobile “browser,” but I can’t promise anything. Please let us know how it goes if you try it. I attempted to test it in Windows Mobile, but I don’t associate with Windows Mobile users, and attempts to get Microsoft’s emulators working proved predictably annoying, and then I got hungry. YMMV!

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how is this better than an RSS feed?

Posted by mike | August 18, 2008 7:18 PM

God, thank you. That is much better.

Posted by Troy | August 18, 2008 7:30 PM

Thank you! Anthony, you are a god among men.

Posted by Jonathan Golob | August 18, 2008 7:35 PM

@1: Two words man, no ads!

Posted by pragmatic | August 18, 2008 7:36 PM

The slow-loading pages are due to 152 (count 'em, 152) non-HTML/non-text elements on the page. I mean, do you really need 37 background images (37?), 5 separate frame elements, 19 object subrequests, 30 separate scripts (really, you need 30?), and 12 css stylesheets?

If I give you a wafer-thin mint, your Web site will blow up.

What you need is to streamline the code that you've got, simplify your stylesheets, condense and purge scripts, and maybe look at ways to control the size of embedded images and videos, etc., somewhat. Either all that, or up the speed of the server...

I realize advertising pays the bills, so maybe tweak the ads' bytage last.

Posted by Simac | August 18, 2008 8:10 PM

Hecht, you're the only Stranger earning their salary. Good work, son.

Posted by The Big Cigar | August 18, 2008 8:11 PM

This is great! How 'bout an app?

Posted by Justin | August 18, 2008 8:13 PM

Yes yes yes. Viva la iPhone! Viva la Slog!

Posted by The General | August 18, 2008 8:15 PM

Anything to get lighter pages!

Now make posting not take fucking forever...

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | August 18, 2008 8:26 PM

thanks to my most wonderful friend, who until recently worked at the Stranger, I've known about this for several months now. It's awsome.

Posted by iain | August 18, 2008 8:27 PM

Here's my first iphone comment: It's better than that iphone thing that works like a flashlight and better than that one that randomly picks a shitty restaurant but not as good as that one that tells you the phases of the moon and tides.

Posted by Poster girl | August 18, 2008 8:52 PM

nice job....

Posted by aaa | August 18, 2008 8:55 PM

One wee request ... is it possible to be redirected back to the iPhone version of a post after submitting a comment?

Posted by The General | August 18, 2008 9:12 PM

iPhone sucks

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 18, 2008 9:23 PM

Very Nice. I think I'll use this on my MacBook. Kind of shows how fatty a site can get when you remove everything you don't need.

Posted by elenchos | August 18, 2008 9:28 PM

Seems to work okay on the sidekick. Wish the top slog page would show the actual posting though. The graphics and other clutter is what affects the load time, not two paragraphs of text in each post.

Posted by stinkbug | August 18, 2008 9:31 PM

I'm actually pretty shocked at how many people here have iPhones.

Also, at how many people here who don't have iPhones don't use Firefox with Adblock Plus, which not only lets you block specific images but features a continuously updated list of known advertising sites to block images from.

Er...wake up, sheeple?

Posted by Ziggity | August 18, 2008 9:39 PM

It looks good on the iPhone *and* the iPod Touch. And the Palm Centro. And the Helio Ocean. And the AT&T Tilt. Should I stop bragging about how many phones I have now? heh.

Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | August 18, 2008 9:47 PM

Well aren't you special.

Posted by iain | August 18, 2008 10:07 PM

Iain, I miss you mass!

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | August 18, 2008 10:19 PM

Google Reader for the win

Posted by Kim | August 18, 2008 10:29 PM

Nifty. Now if you can just figure out a way to filter out all Dan Savage & ECB posts, it would be a sensation.

Posted by Dr. Zaius | August 18, 2008 10:47 PM

yes, google reader ahoy.

Posted by john | August 18, 2008 11:02 PM

Works great, thanks!

Hot iPhone browsing tip: tap the carrier/time/battery bar (whatever it's called) to zoom up to the top of a page.

Posting on my iPhone, natch, which makes me capitalize iphone all lame. *tap* learn the damn lowercase version!

Posted by Westlake, son! | August 18, 2008 11:59 PM

quick followup ... Posting comments redirects you to the non iphone version of slog, d'oh

Posted by Westlake, son! | August 19, 2008 12:03 AM

@13 & @25 - Good catch. It now redirects back to the iPhone entry after commenting.

Posted by Anthony Hecht | August 19, 2008 12:35 AM

Dude, I'm sorry, but "impatient" people do not spend their time creating new interfaces for web sites just because they've purchased a particular piece of consumer electronics.

You are not "impatient." You are "obsessive."

It's not always a bad thing, but in the long term, you do need to be honest with yourself about it.

Posted by robotslave | August 19, 2008 1:52 AM

Yay, thanks!

Posted by MonkeyNose | August 19, 2008 7:19 AM


Posted by violet_dagrinder | August 19, 2008 7:26 AM

@27 - it's like you've known me all my life!


Posted by Anthony Hecht | August 19, 2008 7:44 AM

Would that I could purchase an iPhone.

Posted by David E. | August 19, 2008 7:49 AM


No. Ziggity is just trying to help other people out. Relax. No one is trying to take away the special status you've claimed.

Posted by MMB | August 19, 2008 7:52 AM

#14 isn't me.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 19, 2008 8:27 AM

Worked pretty good on the Blackberry too.

Posted by Jimmy | August 19, 2008 8:52 AM

Wow!  Slog has gone from unusable to being the cleanest, most responsive site I read on my iPod Touch.  Well done!

(And yeah, Google Reader is iPod salvation for most sites [at least the ones that provide full text in their feeds], but this is better.)

Keying HTML tags sure is a pain, tho.  めんどくさい!

Posted by lostboy | August 19, 2008 9:00 AM

Huh. Seems the Preview button still leads to the regular comments page. One more reason to forget about HTML on the iPod.

Posted by lostboy | August 19, 2008 9:07 AM


i can't believe you didn't give me credit for this!

no more dinners at my house!

Posted by terry miller | August 19, 2008 9:39 AM

your lady can still come over for pie.

i love her.


Posted by terry miller | August 19, 2008 9:40 AM

Oh yeah! It was all Terry's idea. I did it originally in exchange for pie.

Posted by Anthony Hecht | August 19, 2008 9:51 AM

Works superbly on my ipod-touch.

I still don't understand the dynamics of posting to Slog. If you post something, your browser (any platform) hangs, waiting for the post to complete. While it is hanging, if you check the same page on a separate machine you find that the new posting is already live, after a very brief delay. So why is the poster forced to sit and rot? Some canned delay loop? Scanning his machine for passwords, kiddie porn, and letters from Youth Pastors?

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | August 19, 2008 10:27 AM

@40 - All of the above.

Really, there are a lot of files to be rebuilt when a comment is added. The indexes, individual post pages (regular and iphone version) various rss feeds and other invisibles, etc. So while the post's page might update very quickly, the form doesn't return until all the other rebuilds are completed as well. This is just how Movable Type works. We don't like it any more than you do, and we appreciate your patience as we work on improvements.

Posted by Anthony Hecht | August 19, 2008 11:25 AM

love it! Much better than using Reader. I'm commenting while one the john now--thank you Slog!

Posted by curtains | August 19, 2008 11:44 AM

Thank you Anthony!

Posted by Mary T | August 19, 2008 12:13 PM

Very cool!

Posted by Jay | August 19, 2008 5:26 PM

Let me clarify my question (#1), how is this better than seeing it in google reader? If it was an app (which was mentioned), then it would be better, except for the fact that you still allow Charles (boring, bad dad, walking penis) to post, it's not even worth the effort to touch a separate app.

Posted by mike | August 19, 2008 6:32 PM

Thank you, Anthony. Now I can save my patience for human beings.

Posted by Superfrankenstein | August 19, 2008 7:21 PM

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