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Russian suspects in Salisbury poisoning linked to blast in Czech Republic - CNN
'A very good weird': Israel drops outdoor COVID mask order - Reuters
3 people killed and 2 injured in shooting in Kenosha, sheriff's department says - CNN
IndyCar qualifying debut ‘clearly above expectations' - Grosjean - RACER
In its latest lurch to the far right, Denmark plans to send some refugees back to Syria - CNN
Saudi and Iranian officials held talks to patch up relations - FT - Reuters
Bitcoin and crypto markets crash on US crackdown reports - Yahoo Finance
Covid-19 vaccine demand is slowing in parts of the US. Now an uphill battle starts to get more shots into arms - CNN
Myanmar unity government says it must be part of any ASEAN bid to end crisis - Reuters
Indianapolis Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting - Fox News
Afghan Women Fear the Worst, Whether War or Peace Lies Ahead - The New York Times
WatchOS 7.4: The Apple Watch features coming soon that we think you'll love - CNET
Australia in 'no hurry' to open borders to visitors - CNN
Prince Philip's funeral: Princes Harry and William reconcile at funeral | 9 News Australia - 9 News Australia
[Update: April 17] Want to disable Tab Groups/grid-view in Google Chrome on Android? Here's how to do so - PiunikaWeb
Jake Paul after KO: 'Ref saved' Ben Askren from worse beating - MMA Junkie
The 'loophole' Michigan Republicans could use to sidestep Whitmer on voting laws - NBC News
A tale of two carmakers: GM and Toyota take different electric roads in China - Reuters
WWE reportedly wanted to make a released superstar Charlotte Flair's on-screen protege - Sportskeeda
Silver Alert canceled for 17-year-old from Terre Haute - WLKY Louisville
China and US pledge climate change commitment - BBC News
Damian Lewis shares touching tribute to late wife Helen McCrory: “I’m staggered by her” - NME
Maxine Waters urges Minnesota anti-police crowd to ‘stay on the street’ if Chauvin acquitted in Floyd case - Fox News
This Android Auto Workaround Could Help Deal with a Major Android 11 Problem - autoevolution
DMX Scheduled Concert in Texas Turned Into Tribute Show - TMZ
Middle EastIsrael and Greece sign record defence deal - Reuters
Bitcoin Plunges in Biggest Intraday Drop Since February - Yahoo Finance
Somali government troops face off with forces loyal to sacked police boss - Reuters
Houston facility for migrant girls 13-17 abruptly shuttered amid crowding concerns, employee death: reports - Fox News
4 officers taken to hospital after sprayed with irritant during Sacramento protest - KCRA Sacramento
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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...