Dilbert.com Hates Its Users
Dilbert.com recently messed up their web comic RSS feed that I use to read the comic every day. They did this so that you have to click through to the website to read each and every comic. All you can see is what’s to the right here.
Penny-Arcade did this quite a while back too, and I’ve been using someone’s Yahoo Pipe that fixes this same problem. It just pulls the comic strip images from the page and displays it instead. I never dug into how it worked or Yahoo Pipes at all.
Yahoo Pipes is pretty awesome. It lets you just drag and drop things and connect them to arrange a workflow. I’m a developer, but I don’t think you have to be to use Pipes.
Using the Penny-Arcade one as an example, I rigged up two versions of the Dilbert.com feed.
Large Image VersionThis version looks great, especially on high DPI devices, as I’ve set the style to
width: auto; max-width: 100%. If your reader supports it, like TheOldReader (which I highly recommend and here’s my profile), then it will display beautiful, large-resolution images and scale appropriately.
Regular Image VersionThis version also scales using
width: auto; max-width: 100%, but it uses the smaller image (but larger than the original feed’s “print” image size).
Clone of Original FeedThis version should be a clone of the original feed. It includes no link, no CSS styling, and it uses the original “print” image size. It just contains
<img src="http://www.dilbert.com/path/to/image.strip.print.gif"/>as the RSS item description.
What It Looks Like Now With These Pipes
By the way: I’m using a great Blue User Style in Chrome. I like the blue a lot better than TheOldReader’s default sea green.
Now you get Dilbert back the way it used to be and don’t have to link out to the site to read it. I still left each image as a link to the post’s page on Dilbert.com.