2012’s most popular posts. Finally.

You should read my 2012 year in review. If you haven’t already read my year in review, go read it. Then come back to this. Because this is my take on *your* year in review, from a what caught your attention on this site perspective. In 2012, I sort of had to run behind the blogging wagon, catch up to it, then jump and hope I didn’t miss the damn thing. From a couple flavours of busy to a couple more of crazy, not as much posting as I’d of like to have seen happened. But, you’ll have that. There was stuff posted, and there was stuff read. So what was most read? Here’s your WTN year, in popular posts style.

  • An odd post to top the list of most read entries in 2012 is a post I wrote in 2009. Specificly, the post I wrote on my second thanksgiving spent in the US. Again, it has to be asked. Were folks looking for a quick answer to a homework asignment? The search terms say probably yes.
  • We’re getting closer, but not there yet. In 2010, I posted an open letter calling out Wind Mobile for their fair usage policy. That generated a significant amount of interest when I posted it. In 2012, it still generated a ton of interest. Which tells me they haven’t given any thought to changing things. Don’t worry–they haven’t given thought to responding to the offending letter, either.
  • Hey look, it’s finally a post that was actually written in 2012. Specificly, one of several posts I published both providing some halfway decent answers to people’s questions while at the same time mocking the hell out of ODSP. Okay, and in some cases mocking the searchers as well–but hey, they did it.
  • Anyone who knows me, and they don’t even have to know me well, knows I’m not Apple’s biggest fan. I’ve criticised their app store. I’ve criticized their, in my opinion, accessibility overkill. I’ve criticised the insistence that a phone, and later a tablet, that was supposed to be what replaced the PC didn’t require a keyboard–I still have no freaking idea who brainstormed that one, but I hope they were fired. And in 2011, I bought an iPhone. Surprisingly, in 2012, people still hit that entry. Bright side. I now know I’m not the only person who uses the term “Appleite”.
  • Back to entries posted in 2012, and back to another that takes a searcher’s questions on ODSP and tries to provide an answer. You can see all of those, and the issues that started people hitting the site for ODSP related things, over here.
  • In August of 2012, I moved everything I own to its own, brand spanking new server. And ran into one or two issues with actually sending email from that server. It came down to a reputation service, senderbase, and the fact they’d decided several of the IP addresses I was asigned were arbitrarily too dirty to be worthy of the privelege of sending email. I called them on it, which didn’t get me very far. Apparently they don’t actually, you know, respond to attempts at communication. Thank vodka for workarounds. That is all.
  • The job market has had it in for me for years. To the tune of I’ve been looking in 2008, and have seen progressively less and less interviews since then. Back in 2009, I would have been happy with even a potential job offer. Instead, I got an excuse to tell off the job market a little bit. Oh, and prove that maybe there’s a guy out there named Murphy who needs a pipe in the face. Bright side: even in 2012, that still produces search queries like “fuck the job market”. Which, okay, I may or may not have said a time or five. But, you’ll have that.
  • I’ve always maintained you are physically incapable of legislating common sense and expecting it to actually do anything but make you and a bunch of other people look like absolute idiots. My favourite example is the laws around distracted driving–usually centering around the use of cell phones and the like. There are laws on the books about that in Ontario, I believe Quebec, and quite a few places in the states. The problem with those laws, as I’ve said a few times, though? They don’t actually work. I had quite a few posts on that topic in 2011, including that one in July, with pretty much the same ending. Statistics in states that possess these distracted driving laws are not all that different, if they’re different at all, from statistics in states without them. But, here they come anyway.
  • More on my chasing after the job market, this time from 2010. I’m used to having to pick up and put things together on 24 hours’ notice–or less, depending on the situation. During one of my trips stateside, I had to tear things down and put them together again sometimes more than once in a day. It kind of served to prove why it is I hate making plans. And it gave me an excuse to write this entry, which I think just got itself another visit a few minutes ago. I guess rules, and plans, really are made to be broken. Who knew?
  • And finally, December of 2012 saw some good news on the geekness front, as a project I’ve kept my eye on–namely, the maintenance of accessibility with the WordPress software that powers this site and a few others–took a turn for the better. There’s still work to be done, obviously, but when they released version 3.5, things that haven’t been quite as useable since about 3.0 were on their way back. I go into detail on what’s been fixed, what could still use to be fixed, and how to work around both if you need to. And then I promptly fall off a cliff in time for Christmas.

And that’s 2012, from the perspective of what people who dropped by here found interesting. And it only took me about halfway through January to write the thing. Now, speaking of falling off cliffs–and no, not fiscal ones–time to go partake in a nightly tradition. Afterwards, though, if I’m not braindead, there’s a mock brewing. Interested?

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