Enabling 3-letter word searches in mediawiki

Mediawiki uses MySQL’s full-text searching capabilities for its searching.  I’ve always been irritated that I can’t search for a three-letter word, like “nfs”.  It turns out that this is due to a default configuration in MySQL.  In this article, I’ll try to pull together various tips I’ve seen around the Web for enabling searches for […]

A study of Internet users’ cookie and javascript settings

Recently, we were interested in measuring how many users allow third-party cookies.  While we were at it, we figured we might as well measure how many would accept first-party cookies and how many would run javascript.  We got some interesting numbers that I think are worth sharing.  WRAL.com has a 50% market penetration in the […]