LinkedIn – Lesson #1

My battle against recruiters continues with a strange and random request from LinkedIn.

I consider rejecting unsolicited LinkedIn mail my sisyphean punishment for some mysterious crime I did not commit. An ever-present tide of human ignorance washing against the grainy shore of my day, snuffing out what little hope I had left that the entire population was not – at some fundamental level – simply a dipshit.

It is no wonder, then, that I grew weary of replying to people who couldn’t do their job. The ever-persistent advance of this multi-headed hydra was eroding my enthusiasm for being a twat. Apathy was winning.

Another day, another email, and I replied with a terse “contact the manager”. A little while later, I was surprised to find the following response:

> Who is the GM?

Now, I’m no expert on LinkedIn (hell, I rarely venture from my own profile), but I certainly know how to click a link when I see one. Several, in fact. Sometimes in a row. So when the information you’re after is fewer clicks away than finding your inbox, you should probably just take the easier option. But if this is something you need to be told, I guess there is probably a greater concern here, right?

Instead of giving him a real answer, I decided to be a complete dick about it and go ahead and create this handy little video tutorial. Take note, LinkedIn trawlers.

I think my passion has returned.


Help! My photos are missing hover text!

If you’re an avid Tumblr blogger and have suddenly realised your hover text (tooltips) are missing from your photos, your day is about to get better.

Something brought to my attention recently is the lack of tooltips that appear for photos posted on Tumblr, even when a caption/description is provided using the editor.

Tumblr image uploader
The image thingamajigger from Tumblr

Code-Monkey explanation

What’s actually happening here is that Tumblr/Tiny MCE is incorrectly assigning the alt text of the image. The specification outlines the use of alt text as a replacement for the image in the case that it fails to load or if the client is, in-fact, using a screen-reader, not as a tooltip (hence “alternative text”). Browsers have been using alt text as a fallback for title text for years, and this incorrect implementation is finally catching up to developers.

The tooltip text should instead be assigned to the title attribute. This is the text that shows on mouse over.

Ok, can you fix it for me?

For the blog-(and not code-)savvy, you can add a tooltip by fixing your image tags, like so:


I’ve noticed this behaviour most recently in Google Chrome, but I suspect other browsers will follow suit. It is in accordance with the spec, after all.

I hope this cleared things up for all you Chrome-wielding bloggers out there.