ChangeLog ( page 2 )

Changes I make to the website. submit

September 2016

written by owen, Sun, 25th Sep 2016 at 8:23 am

I have been meaning to redesign the website since the start of the year but things keep getting in the way as usual - too many things to do, too little time. A mini project that I have been working on and hobby stuff like landscapes. I did update Travelling without Moving with pictures from Cuba.

I updated the categories in the News section which include; Videos & VLogs and Official Music Videos and Food.

I also created a new content category called "Music" in which I will review my small collection of music CDs that I had over the years. So far only one entry.

So thats it for now.

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February 2016

written by owen, Fri, 19th Feb 2016 at 7:14 am

I have not done any new projects so far this year. Instead I have been programming with colours and procedural generation with Perlin Noise (simplex) in C. The website is due for its yearly re-design but I haven't touched on it yet. I'm going to have to really sit down and think about this years design. Usually I would have had a new design in mind before the year even starts. But so far this year I am just walking around in the tall grass.

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November 2015

written by owen, 2015-Oct-31

What have I been doing these past 3-4 months? (Besides making bar charts for food money)

  • I ran out of website storage space since I started uploading 4 mb pictures at an alarming pace in 2015. I've been uploading pictures at a rate of 10x versus previous years.
  • Added a Screenshots project is a collection of old screenshots from games I coded up in C on the Wii. I've had these images on my computer for the longest while and now I can share them online for the world to see. 56k warning; that landing page is 5mb, lol.
  • I fixed the leaderboard page. After goggle chart broke it. This is why I hate CDNs.
  • I added an Official Music Video category to the news project. Was surprisingly easy to hack together. Its a long page of 150 videos that you would probably never see because they get released so quickly. Updated everyday.
  • Also fixed some of the news filters and css admin so that I can auto organise some of the links with magic. The Food category benefits alot from all filtering since I can watch links for keywords and redirect them to a certain category.
  • I have about 5 programming articles that I need to finish editing and push out. You would be surprised how long it takes to write an opinion piece that won't offend all the cheerleaders on social media nowadays. Titles include; "The internet is a tutorial machine", "EMCAScript 6 solves no problems and lets build a rocketship", "Making bad code harder to read".
  • The news project is now UTF8 encoded - mostly. I'm still using JS Masonary to formate the page.
  • Each image in the blog now has a little heart button inside it so users can click it a counter. Javascript and Ajax. AJAX! No its not a like button - its a LOVE button.
  • I've been getting alot of comment spam for the past couple months. I have to constantly be coming up with new ways to filter them out. And no I will not use a facepage comments plugin.
  • The website CSS is now more mobile friendly although I don't know what it will be like next year when everybody starts browsing the internet on their watches.
  • I got a couple pictures of churches
  • There is a still the issue with some people not being able to see this website on thier ISP. I don't have a fix for it. The domain name host is just not telling you where the website is. Not sure why.

That is all I can remember changing for now.

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owen commented: It works as advertised. It only fails when you have images without a fixed width ... read 1 more

Mastheads mid-2015

written by owen, 2015-Jul-26

So far this year I've been playing around with primary-colour patterns for the website masthead and footer. I am never sure what I am gonna do, I just wing it but I have fallen in to a routine now. You can see a list of all the ones (56k warning) I have created over the years. I picked up this habit from dooce some 10+ years ago.

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April 23 2015

written by owen, 2015-Apr-23


Apparently coding multi file uploads is not without its fair share of problems. Found a bug in the on iPads which caused me to lose madbull's post. Fixed that in the dead of the night because I could not sleep. I had to check if the file name is the same and added a number to it make each file unique. Not too much work. Unfortunately MB's pictures could not be recovered.

Here is a snippet of php;

//4/23/2015 11:43 PM ipad bug with all the multi-upload files..
//... being the same 'image.jpg' name, security feature?
if($value['file_name'] =='' )  //I did not specify a file name 
if( file_exists($tdf) ) //test if file is already there
for($i=1; $i<20; $i++){
        $new_name= $i.'_'.$f['name'];
        $tdf = file_remove_end_slash($td) . '/'. $new_name;
        if(!file_exists($tdf)) {
                $f['name'] = $new_name;
                break; //file is not already there so use this

CSS and media queries

Also I spent a bit of time working on the image grid layouts for smartphones, huge screens and regular monitors. Big monitors still need some work. Everything really does look prettier on an iPad.
Pro tip; If you click on a thumbnail it will pop to full size. All pictures are now 900x900 unless they old.
For backward compatibility sake the CSS for the image galleries is stored in a separate file so that I would not have to update the 30+ old legacy style sheet files that I had previously created. Of course it all works and degrades well in IE 6 and Netscape. CSS is truly a mini language that requires thought and practice or bootstrap.


Screenshots below are from an IOS 8.1.2 ipad of blog posts 2157 and 2159 and the archive and home page.

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