Friday, March 14, 2014

Instagram Invasion

Our new Instagram bar version 1.Lately we have started to get annoyed by how pervasive the Instagram has became on our blog. All the content was pushed down by an unending stream of photographs.

While we do like the ability to document our daily life via photography and enjoy looking through the pictures after some time has passed we felt that we needed to demote this stream from its front and center position that it occupied.

Now only the latest five photos will show up in a special bar on the homepage and any older ones will be accessible by clicking an arrow next to that new bar. Also they will show on all the other pages as they did before. Only the homepage is changed.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Linode Upgrades

Linode hosting.Three years ago I switched my hosting to Linode and I have to report back as to how happy of a customer I am. It’s very typical for a person to buy into a certain plan and sometime later into the future realize that you are now paying for something that could be gotten elsewhere for a lot cheaper at this point. The nice thing with Linode is that it never happens.

The reason for that is the fact that they constantly keep giving upgrades to their customers. I started up with Linode 720 plan which gave me 720MB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. Over the past 3 years Linode kept bumping up the parameters. For quite some time I stayed with my initial specifications because I didn’t want to reset my uptime counter1 — I know, I know, very geeky of me. But I relented today because of yet another slew of free upgrades.

So now after 835 days (!!!) of running without a reboot I’m paying the same amount of money that I initially committed to pay for 2GB of RAM and 96GB of storage. Thank you, Linode, from yet another happy customer. To many more years of the same!

  1. VM needs to be restarted in order for new specs to take effect. []
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

AJAX Powered Photography Tab

Photography tab is now powered by AJAX.I’ve been wanting to add some AJAX functionality to the Photography (Photostream) Section of this blog for some time now. The browsing of photos seems like a perfect fit to be done this way to speed up the process and not have to reload the same stylesheets, javascripts and static images over and over again.

I used jQuery (comes bundled with WordPress) to implement the functionality. I created an XML output based on the same very template that is used to display the normal photo page and the generation of the dynamic XML itself is handled natively by WordPress. I’ve ran into some conflicts with Prototype (used to power Lightbox feature), but was able to sort all of them out. Continue Reading
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Friday, May 7, 2010

Linode VPS

LinodeAfter over 10 years of having a dedicated server in one data center or another and paying the bill I decided to put those days behind me. And no, I’m not going to give up having an access to a Linux box on a high speed connection, nor am I planning giving up my root access to such a machine.

We’re simply moving to virtual hosting. Hosting has evolved considerably in the past several years and VPS business has matured to a point where it is a perfect solution for somebody like me. All the same benefits as having a dedicated server without the cost. My monthly bill is going to go down from $130 to $40. And that considering that $130 just came down to that number from $170 only a couple of months ago. Continue Reading
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Twitter Integration

Here’s a small Twitter integration showcase. The idea behind it is that it’s much easier to leave a simple note or observation through one of the numerous Twitter applications available than to make a blog post. And I tend to leave such simple notes during vacations, when we’re away from any computers, through iPhone.

Single PostI used a slightly modified1 version of Alex King’s Twitter Tools. Now this plug-in is actually a bit of an overkill for what I needed it to do, but nobody is forced to use more than needed. I also put together an ugly hack to force this thing to import tweets from both myself and Alena. It runs every 10 minutes and imports all the new stuff it finds.

Multiple PostsI’ve modified Rubinary template and devised a new way to display this type of posts. One special thing about it is that it groups consecutive tweets into a single post. The time “sticker” on my posts shows up in blue and on Alena’s in green — as all other things on the blog.

Tweet ReplyIf you mouse-over over a “sticker” you will see a reply option. By clicking it, you indeed, can reply. But there is a catch — you need to have a Twitter account to do so.

That’s pretty much it. For those who care — I personally use a free version of Twitterrific on the iPhone. And of course no post of this kind would be complete without a mandatory “I hate IE” conclusion.

  1. Modification allowed me to pull and import our older tweets. []

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Look?

How this blog could look, but probably never will.I’ve spent a good part of day drawing up a new look for the blog in Photoshop. I most certainly do not have plans to actually implement this as it would be way too much work, but I figured I might post to for everyone to see. I think it came out looking damn well.

What do you think?
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Which Arrow?

Which?There is a bit of dilemma now — too many ideas from Geoff, Alex and myself resulted in a humongous number of “Photo Post” arrows. Seven to be exact.

Question is — which one do I pick? Click on the image to see a full list and leave your vote in the comment. Please do it before reading what I like myself in the last paragraph. Your input is much appreciated.

I myself seem to be leaning towards number 4 the most. And maybe 5 and 6 after that.
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Photo Library

New photo library feature of the blog.Photo library is a feature that I have been meaning to add to the blog for quite some time now. It required a bit of a format change the would be labor intensive, so I never got around to doing it. Until now that is.

The purpose of this is for me to have a way to publish some of my best (in my opinion) photographs. Majority of them have already been posted on this blog, but there will be new ones as well.

I’ll start with 2 previously seen HDRs of mine. Move your mouse over the image itself once you’re on the photo page to navigate the library.
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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Blog Header

The header that our blog sported during the election season.Now that the election is over the header of our blog is going back to its original form. I changed it on January 10th, 2008.
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Monday, July 21, 2008

iPhone Theme

Custom iPhone ThemeI installed an iPhone specific theme for the blog. Developers at Content Robot provided a good starting point. I made several modification to it to work better with our particular blog. Now everyone opening the blog with an iPhone will automatically get this theme. It’s much more lightweight compared to our regular one, so that should make for faster loading times.

I guess it’s basically for Alena, Maruk and myself at the moment. )
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