Transparent gifs. I hear you sigh as your mind wanders back in time, to days long gone, when there where only 2 browsers and both of them had layout quirks that demanded the use of transparent 1×1 pixels gifs. every. where.
The return of the GIF
GIF was huge in the early days of the web. It was the one format that could be used to send images over slow connections and still have an acceptable page load time. It could do animations! And most of all, as web developers, we used them to artificially inflate our table cells so IE and Netscape would leave them as we intended them.
Then, some company claimed ownership of the format and people called for the banning of GIFs from the internet. Browsers grew up and the 1×1 transparent GIF faded away…
I’m stretching the meaning of ‘doesn’t take no for an answer’ a bit here in order to make this post fit into the broader series of posts I’ve been making on this subject recently, but apart from the fact that this time the dialog does offer me the choice of ‘Never’, the dialog *forces* me to make this choice on it’s terms instead of mine.
And the series continues. This time it’s T-Mobile.
The dutch consumer authority is investigating the telecoms provider for pushing the company’s ad platform onto the phones of its users, without giving them the option to decline, or even any warning beforehand. The investigation was requested (dutch) by the dutch consumer watchdog, de consumentenbond.
This is definitely turning into a series. I just reported recently on Microsoft’s aggressive tactics in pushing their users to upgrade to Windows 10 and today the Redmond-based firm has turned its aggressive campaign up a notch yet again.
Juli is the last month of free upgrades to Windows 10. And Microsoft is reminding it’s users of that with a dialog that asks you to upgrade to Windows 10, that has two big buttons, “Upgrade now” and “Remind me later”.