Posts Tagged ‘ironic’

Videos that auto-play when you first up a website are the worst. Worse than accidentally squirting lemon juice in your eye, stepping on a Lego piece in the middle of the night, or even watching the US Presidential debates. (Although I guess you could technically get even more evil by having a website that auto-plays this most recent Presidential debate when it loads, but hey, you get my point.)

Today, some arbitrary website I had to browse to for work was the straw that broke the camel’s back when the website started auto-playing a 20 minute long infomercial in the sidebar, and I decided I absolutely needed to figure out how to tweak Chrome so I could prevent auto-play videos while browsing the web.

I found it more than a little ironic when PC World’s article on how to stop auto-play videos had an aggravating auto-play video of its own in the sidebar:


Even more aggravating? the PCWorld’s instructions don’t even work for their own auto-play videos, since the instructions are only applicable to Flash content and not HTML5!

In the end, I found a few more useful articles, including this one that instructs how to disable auto-play Flash content and then provides a helpful link to a Chrome extension called Disable HTML5 Autoplay to take care of the HTML5 side of things. So far, so good – it even restrained the PCWorld video from starting up when I reloaded their page!

Delicious Irony

Posted: 2008-04-18 in General
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Excerpt from an email from the head of our IT department at work:

To ensure security of your system and the corporate network, do not open any email unless you know the individual and can trust the person or content. DO NOT open eCards or click on any website links in an any email. Even emails from known individuals can be suspect, especially if they themselves have been hacked. So make sure you are aware of the emails and websites you are accessing.

For more information on this vulnerability, please visit:


In other news, India is about as much fun as I remembered it being, and the 12-hour workdays are killing me.  By the time I get back to the hotel room, all I want to do is sleep.  So I doubt I'll be online very much over the next month.  I'm drafting entries piecemeal so I may/may not have a post up about once a week, depending on my level of productivity.

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My wife works out regularly at the YMCA in town – sometimes she does the aerobics classes, but on the weekends she'll just go use the exercise machines.

Anyway, Saturday, while she was there on the elliptical machine, she noticed the song playing over the speakers was none other than Van Halen's Runnin' with the Devil.

We've got a pool going on which song she'll next hear at the YMCA that will evoke a similar sense of irony.  My vote is on AC/DC's Highway to Hell, my wife is going for Squirrel Nut Zippers' Hell.  Others we discussed but decided not to go with:

– Tenacious D's Tribute
– Sum 41's Hell Song
– Toadies' Hell Below, Stars Above
– Sting's St. Augustine in Hell
– Toadies' Little Sin
– Letters to Cleo's Demon Rock
– The Village People's YMCA

Anyway, anyone else want to get in on the pool?  Feel free to take any of the above, or suggest your own.  I'll share the list with my wife and let you know if anyone ever "wins".

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