Sunday, August 28, 2011

HN Dynamics - I just do not understand!

I am really new at HN; it is an interesting source of information. I have grown to like the discussions even more than the actual links. Unfortunately while at technical topics, discussions are nearly always awesome and a good learning experience; open topics like this one suffer the same fate as most discussions on the internet: circular discussions and abuse of downvoting.

Circular discussions are in a way unavoidable and are often faced in out-of-the-screen debates as well. So there is not much we can do but constraint ourselves to repeat the same logic in a more verbose fashion and probably just refer to an earlier comment.

For the case of downvoting, I am pissed and confused. I am new, so probably I suffer from this even more because people don't trust my opinion; but I had hoped that in a learned circle when you disagree, you make your point clear. I am not a spammer, I try to be as logical and polite as I can; there of course are some biases - some cultural differences. And I expect explanations, if I am downvoted. Yes, I have checked FAQs; I don't think I am abusing the facility. So, I still don't understand when does the HN community downvote?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Youtube, Why?

It feels so awesome to do something that I like after so many months!

So after  reading this thread about Youtube country based restrictions, I thought may be I should put on a night out to build it. It's my first chrome extension.

Unfortunately, I cannot release it on Chrome Web Store as it requires me to register as a developer and I don't have a Credit Card to pay for that registration. It's not so finished anyway.

  1. Works with Cosmic Panda. Didn't try on normal youtube.
  2. After installation, right click the icon and set the 2 character country code.
  3. Suggestions and search results on youtube that are of videos that are not accessible in your country are now marked in dark grey.
  4. If you load more suggestions, just click the icon again. It will retry everything.
Leave a comment.
Take shared ownership, if you want. Just add my name, will you? It's my first extension, and I am sort of loving it. Or may be I am just too sleepy.

- Mayank Singhal