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Slashdot for Blackberry

I love my Blackberry 8830 Curve. The Wi-Fi enabled device makes browsing the web possible (while lessening the risk of extreme aggravation) when you are in range of a Wi-Fi router. However, there are many web sites that do not offer a mobile-device-optimized page. Slashdot is one of them. Slashdot even looks marginally good on my laptop's 1024 pixel-wide display because excessive space is reserved on either side for navigation bars and ads. I came across a posting by an anonymous contributor who described a hack he devised which strips the main Slashdot page of the crud and makes slashdotting on the Blackberrty a pleasant experience:


The following are comments embedded in the page, only visible when you do “View Source”. I have copied those here for convenience.

<!– not perfect but it's enough to give you a good fix if you're standing in line somewhere. :-) I've got it set the way I read Slashdot when I'm logged in: +5, threaded, oldest at the top. If you want to change the values, copy the code to your own server and go to town. :-) I <em>might</em> get around to making it so you can change these things (it'd be easy enough) but what I <em>really</em> want to do is get the comments displaying correctly. Sometimes it shows the comment, sometimes just the comment title. I have no idea why and looking at the HTML source doesn't reveal an obvious answer. (<em>Man</em> that's a mountain of code.) Comments don't indent so it might be hard to follow threads but on the other hand it fixes a common problem where sub-sub-sub-replies get tabbed so far over that there's only 1 word per line. –>

http://alterslash.org is a nice text only version of slashdot that does a good job of picking a few of the best comments.

And by the way, my personal weather page, for a quick look at the South-East US weather, click here:


slashdot_for_blackberry.txt · Last modified: 2013/01/08 19:00 (external edit)
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