My Name is Michael and I’m a Tweaker

Tweaking may be a disease.

In the quest for speed I’ve moved my very long blogroll from the right margin to a special page of its own, Blogs I Read, and linked to it right under the banner at the top of the page.

This chops almost two more seconds off the load time, at least if the barometric conditions are right.

Just one more thing — really, just one more, honest — that I have to figure out: why, sometimes W3 Total Cache decides to reject the IE user-agent and instead of directing it to the amazon cloud server, sends it to my host instead.

The message (in reveal codes) is

Content Delivery Network via Amazon Web Services: S3: staticd.discourse.net.s3.amazonaws.com (user agent is rejected)

But there’s nothing on the list of user agents to reject that I can see which looks anything like IE. (Full list below the fold).

If you are curious, you can tell which version you got by looking at the source files and searching for “staticd” — if you find it, you got the cloud version; if you didn’t it all came straight from the source. The two versions are supposed to be identical, it’s just a speed issue.

List of user agents “rejected” — ie sent to Dreamhost hosted files rather than Amazon hosted files:

bot
ia_archive
slurp
crawl
spider
2.0 MMP
240×320
ASUS
AU-MIC
Alcatel
Amoi
Android
Audiovox
AvantGo
BenQ
Bird
BlackBerry
Blazer
CDM
Cellphone
DDIPOCKET
Danger
DoCoMo
Elaine/3.0
Ericsson
EudoraWeb
Fly
HP.iPAQ
Haier
Huawei
J-PHONE
KDDI
KONKA
KWC
KYOCERA/WX310K
LG
LG/U990
Lenovo
MIDP-2.0
MMEF20
MOT-V
MobilePhone
Motorola
NEWGEN
NetFront
Newt
Nintendo Wii
Nitro
Nokia
Novarra
O2
Opera Mini
Opera.Mobi
PANTECH
PDXGW
PG
PPC
PT
Palm
Panasonic
Philips
Playstation Portable
ProxiNet
Proxinet
Qtek
SCH
SEC
SGH
SHARP-TQ-GX10
SPH
Sagem
Samsung
Sanyo
Sendo
Sharp
Small
Smartphone
SoftBank
SonyEricsson
Symbian
Symbian OS
SymbianOS
TS21i-10
Toshiba
Treo
UP.Browser
UP.Link
UTS
Vertu
WILLCOME
WinWAP
Windows CE
Windows.CE
Xda
ZTE
dopod
hiptop
htc
i-mobile
iPhone
iPod
nokia
portalmmm
vodafone

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