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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Workaround for Lifehacker or gizmodo automatically redirect the browser from .com to .jp

I sometimes experienced that lifehacker.com or gizmodo.com do redirection automatically to lifehacker.jp or gizmodo.jp. Possibly that the website is either checking the ip address of the user or the browser's local language setting. This auto redirection is quite annoying when accessing the page from google search result, because instead of showing the correct page, it shows the front page of the Japanese version. To solve this annoying redirection, add subdomain "us." in front of the url of lifehacker.com or gizmodo.com page.

For example, if the original URL is:
http://lifehacker.com/5799574/top-10-fixes-for-the-webs-most-annoying-problems

it will become:
http://us.lifehacker.com/5799574/top-10-fixes-for-the-webs-most-annoying-problems

Once the us.lifehacker.com is loaded, it will stay in the English version although we omit the subdomain "us." until we delete the cookies.

That's all :)

Update 2013/4/30:
There are few changes at lifehacker and gizmodo, so that this tips is no longer working. You can check the new changes here:
http://lifehacker.com/welcome-to-the-new-lifehacker-472650381
http://gizmodo.com/welcome-to-the-new-gizmodo-481330297

That's all :)

5 comments:

  1. It still works!

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  2. not working now...

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  3. Thanks for pointing out. Yes, lifehacker has made few changes recently: http://lifehacker.com/welcome-to-the-new-lifehacker-472650381

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  4. us.lifehacker.com Still works!!

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