Gentle manne’s guide to checking the TF2 blog

July 6th, 2010 - Isaiah

The engineer update is almost upon us and we all know what that means. I think Robert Walken put it best in this email I received from him earlier today.

Here at Valve we’ve created something of a new tradition that we do every time we start trolling TF2 fans with tidbits of information about a major new update. After delaying the daily reveals for as long as humanly possible, to generate maximum site traffic and publicity, we all get together behind Valve headquarters for a good old fashion weenie roast (using hot dogs) over the massive flames coming out of the server computer that hosted the TF2 blog before it’s glorious death by means of a billion fanatical fingers hammering the F5 key until something broke (usually the finger). So if you ever wonder why the blog is taking an eternity to load, now you know. STOP emailing me about it or I will DELETE all your backpack items!

So with that In mind I Just thought I would share with you a few tips & tricks when it comes to checking the blog for updates and hidden pages. First of all, If you don’t already have Firefox go download & install it from the Mozilla website now.

To find hidden pages more easily install the Web Developer add-on for Firefox.  Then after restarting Firefox go up to the newly installed toolbar under the address bar and click on “Information” and then “Display Link Details” in the drop down menu.

This will display a yellow text box next to each link on the page  allowing you to easily see any hidden links.

If you would like to be automatically notified whenever a page is updated simply install the Update Scanner add-on for Firefox. Then restart Firefox again and right click on the page you wish to check for updates on and select “Scan Page For Updates.”

This will bring up an options box where you can adjust different setting.

Then whenever the page is updated you will be notified with a small pop up box and sound effect.

3 Responses

  1. Tyr Says:

    I just use opera and use the “links” sidebar. It lists every link on the page.
    And wouldn’t the scanner just increase the load on the server?

  2. Isaiah Kelly Says:

    Yeah, there are many different ways to go about this. Just thought I would share a couple ones that I think work pretty good.

    The “Display Link Details” option is nice because you can easily see if the link is hidden just by looking at it’s location on the page. It’s also true that Update Scanner could increase server load, however, this really depends on how often it checks. I would not recommend setting it any higher then every 15 minutes.

  3. the starcraft 2 guy Says:

    I completely heart the new engie change! woot! Give it up for moving sentries!

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