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2 Americans Accused Of Helping Carlos Ghosn Escape Are Extradited To Japan - NPR
Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Leader and D.C. Power Broker, Dies at 85 - The New York Times
All peanut butter, all the time: Reese's peanut butter cups without chocolate arriving in April - USA TODAY
Biden’s SEC Pick Faces Senate Panel Amid Calls to Address GameStop Frenzy - The Wall Street Journal
Senate Dems wrestle with unemployment benefits in Biden's Covid aid plan - POLITICO
Microsoft Mesh feels like the virtual future of Microsoft Teams meetings - The Verge
Eating meat 'raises risk of heart disease, diabetes and pneumonia' - The Guardian
Multiple fatalities in California crash: Highway patrol - ABC News
Biden to announce ‘historic partnership’: Merck will help make Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, officials say - The Washington Post
South Carolina moves to Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccines - WYFF4 Greenville
New York Times: Third woman accuses Cuomo of unwanted advances in 2019 as crisis deepens - CNN
The latest on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines: Live updates - CNN
House panel investigates One Medical for allegedly letting rich clients cut Covid vaccine line - CNBC
Stephen A.: J.J. Watt 'kind of blew it' by choosing the Cardinals | First Take - ESPN
Samsung introduces 76-inch MicroLED TV, TikTok app and a shelf for The Frame - CNET
Google is making it easier to swap between user profiles in Chrome - The Verge
Ziyech & Giroud Come Within Inches Of Providing Breakthrough V Man United | Unseen Extra - Chelsea Football Club
It Takes Two: The Final Preview - IGN
Michigan GOP demands state AG probe Whitmer's 'secret deal' with former top health official - Fox News
IDPH reports 26 additional COVID-19 deaths, 483 new positive tests - KCCI Des Moines
Nigerian governor says 279 kidnapped schoolgirls are freed - Associated Press
Rival Exec: Celtics Will Only Trade 'If They Think They're Going To Bury You' - RealGM.com
Hailey Bieber glows in stunning snap for Bare Minerals - Daily Mail
Target to invest $4 billion to speed new stores and remodels, expand ability to fill online orders - CNBC
Wray: FBI deemed Jan. 6 attack domestic terrorism | TheHill - The Hill
Biden administration sanctions senior Russian officials over Navalny poisoning and imprisonment - CNN
6 Dr. Seuss books won't be published for racist images - The Associated Press
Shares of Rocket Companies, a large short target of hedge funds, jump more than 20% - CNBC
Frogwares claims their publisher, Nacon, pirated their game - Polygon
Bracketology: Michigan and Illinois meet in a battle of No. 1 seeds trying to stay on the bracket's top line - CBS Sports
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Optimized. For Speed.
Feb 19, 2021, 3:21 am
The weather code was expanded to include current conditions, alerts, hourly definition in daily graphs, real feel, precipitation, wind, snow, clouds, humidity, visibility, pressure, and solar graphs. Changed the icons to a weather icon font. Added loading indicator when changing locations. Added buttons to jump through the forecast one day at a time. Significant performance enhancements: Graph loading time was reduced by over 10 times. Graphing library was customized to include only necessary functions (85% reduction).

Elsewhere on the site: Script loading is optimized (header code was in-lined to allow removing main page code from all other pages), images collapsed (reduced image load counts by up to half). Initial news load is in main page request, eliminating the loading delay.

Weather is Changing...
Jan 20, 2021, 11:46 am
The Weather Code has changed. With Apple's acquisition of DarkSky, the feed was going to go dark soon... It took me a while to find a replacement. VisualCrossing is filling the gap. Their weather magnet is sleek, modern, and open source.

I was able to maintain my existing location code (from Google Maps API), tie it into their system, and build a caching engine to minimize API usage. They had a nice location search function, but it did not align with my caching strategy.

Another recent change... larger fonts. The site is a bit easier to read without zooming in. And, of course, the typical array of micro optimizations throughout.

Tweaks and Tidbits
Dec 17, 2020, 4:26 am
The site is using a custom build of Nginx which enables TLS 1.3. We're more secure and (yet again) faster. TLS 1.2 support remains for legacy browsers.

MariaDB has been optimized for the site, increasing performance. Some of my custom code on Home and Links has been optimized to provide lower overhead for SQL queries as well.

Minor tweaks in other places: Forum logons stay logged on for all pages, favicons look better at higher resolution, buttons on Links pages have been redesigned, Gallery header is cached locally to prevent delayed loading, login panel in header improved focus / display...