All posts by Oliver Radwell

Load Twitter Follow Button Asynchronously

The default Twitter Follow code, the script loads the like button synchronously. When you add the synchronous Twitter Follow button to your website, Page Speed Online will tell you to prefer asynchronous resources. When I tried to use it on a minimal HTML page score goes down by 8 points. If you are like me and want to get the best score possible in Page Speed you would want to know how to make it asynchronous.

Prefer asynchronous resources - Fetching resources asynchronously prevents those resources from blocking the page load. - Page Speed Insights
Prefer asynchronous resources message on Page Speed for Twitter Follow Button

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Why Linux is Better as a Server Compared to Windows

As a web developer having experience on Windows and Linux, I prefer to work on Linux servers. Here are the reasons why (for CentOS – might not be same for all distributions):

  1. Viewing error and access logs
  2. No need to waste RAM
  3. Many free tools
  4. Easier to access remotely
  5. No need to reboot Continue reading Why Linux is Better as a Server Compared to Windows

Load Facebook Like Button Asynchronously

As some of you developers might know when you get the default Facebook Like code, the script loads the like button synchronously. When you add the synchronous Facebook Like button to your website, Page Speed Online will tell you to prefer asynchronous resources. If you are like me and want to get the best score possible in Page Speed you would want to know how to make it asynchronous.

Prefer asynchronous resources - Fetching resources asynchronously prevents those resources from blocking the page load. - Page Speed Insights
Prefer asynchronous resources message on Page Speed for Facebook Like Button

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Embarrassment and Happiness

Last Wednesday (19.05.2010), my dad and I went to a petrol station in south of Cyprus at night time (Self-Service). Two women arrived just after we did, and started waiting inside their car. In a hurry, not to make them wait much, I put €25 inside the machine and my father started pumping. After a while, it slowed down before expected. Dad anxiously said that it was going to stop at €20. I didn’t want to believe since I would be to blame. But it stopped, when I was looking at the machine hopelessly, I noticed the lady talking to me. Continue reading Embarrassment and Happiness