Thursday, December 24, 2009

Won't Miss #97 - being redirected to Japanese sites

It's immensely irritating to be forcibly redirected to Japanese versions of sites that I want to read in English. Clearly, some sites have a system which checks the origin of the request and tries to second guess your desires based on location. Google is especially persistent about this. In fact, sometimes it simply refuses to let me work in English or to search for English results and constantly forces me back to a Japanese page with Japanese site searches only. The only way I can get it to work in English is by using iGoogle (and even that resets back to Japanese when cookies expire).

I won't miss having to bully my way around well-meaning sites that try to second-guess my wishes.