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June 2021

written by owen, published 2021-Jun-02, comment

Welcome back. New host, Domain transfered (took 6 days). Updated some code from PHP 5.6 to 7.4 over the past 2 months. Switched from mysql to mysqli. Gonna spend the rest of the month fixing all the sub projects to ensure that they still work on the new server.

Stuff I did

  • The website design is mostly the same. Too much other work to do.

  • I have changed most of the page navigation links to count in reverse order. This is a bold move as I have never seen it on a blog before but I will explain the thinking behind it at some point. basic idea is that pages never change after they are created. This change to the navigation is not without sideffects. At some point the main page will have 1 single post item until another post is added. Originally this would happen at the tail but now it is visible all the time. You have to give to get.
  • Published a new game called NewoZero and wrote a postmortem before the site crash.
  • My mysqli layer has a cache bug that revealed itself in the wii leaderboards and the blog itself has a cache bug. cache bugs all the way down.
  • The search project broke. The new server has more RAM available for stuff like this and my new 64bit home computer should be able to do a better crawl this time around. I need to change it to a sequential file read instead of loading the whole file into memory at one time.
  • Another issue I had with the new webserver is that it kept trying to upgrade all my http traffic to https for some strange reason. I have a web traffic that comes from older devices like the nintendo wii so I had to dig into the server configuration to turn that stuff off.

Other stuff

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Sep 2020 - Changelog

written by owen, published 2020-Sep-14, comment

SoftNews

I have updated the softnews project adding a little icon beside youtube links so that you can see right away which links are video and which are text blogs.  There is a growing flood of video content and it's becoming annoying.  There is always a delay in posting stories; because every feed is not checked everyday but when I check a feed late and I miss something that was posted the day before I now bold the item so that when you are scrolling down the page it is more noticable.  I probably forgot a few changes.

NGLB

On the leader board I have added a New vs Old player chart to show the ratio between players that have set scores for the first time versus those that have set scores in a prior time.  I have also reduced the historical charts to the last 15 Months instead of 18 so that the labels have a better fit.

Blog

Got a new camera after 6 years of owning my old point and shoot.  And with a new camera comes a whole new photo category called "Street Photography".  This new category should prove to be an interesting look into street life in Jamaica.  Most of the pictures will be candid and probably in black and white.  The main goal of the project will be to find interest in mondaine everyday places.  Most times we end up traveling to find interests outside of where they live. This new photo category is extreme staycation.  Once I start uploading you will see what I am talking about.  I already have 3 weeks of photos to upload.  The new camera is fast and the quality has increased 4x.  

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Jan2020 - Softnews Update

written by owen, published 2020-Jan-18, comment

I have updated the softnews project. Fixed some display bugs I had on mobile devices (probably added some new ones too). The feed now links directly to youtube/vimeo videos instead of trying to play them embedded. Photo blogs seem to be going the way of the dinosaur but I am still looking out for new ones which are not on instagram. View softnews, it gets updated every morning magically from RSS feeds. It follows almost 80 Jamaica/Trinidadian/Caribbean blogs, youtube/vimeo channels and a few international ones. Post a comment below if you want it to follow your stuff (you must have a RSS feed).

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New Design 2020

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