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Wednesday: July 22, 2009

Yahoo's new homepage not as exciting as some would have hoped.Yahoo's new homepage not as exciting as some would have hoped.

Users will notice a difference and there are features which will make life simpler. But there's nothing here to cause swarms of new users to Yahoo.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 7:48 AM | Tags (4) | redesign | revamp | yahoo | yawn |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 21, 2009

Yahoo to pull the curtain back on a redesigned homepage tomorrow.Yahoo to pull the curtain back on a redesigned homepage tomorrow.

Screen shots of the redesign, which have been widely circulating on the Internet, show a customizable toolbar on the left of the page, which allows users to choose from their favorite third-party applications.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 7:45 AM | Tags (6) | design | interwebs | redesign | revamp | web | yahoo |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 1, 2009

YouTube channel redesign coming in the near future?YouTube channel redesign coming in the near future?

YouTube members have left 316 pages with tens of thousands of comments, most of them negative, on a recent official blog posting in which Google announced that all channel pages will be switched over to the new design on July 15.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 7:39 AM | Tags (6) | youtube | channels | redesign | complaints | internet | video |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 16, 2009

Redesign Torment

I was having a Bugs Bunny moment.

Posted to DotComic filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 3:16 PM | Tags (3) | dotcomic | redesign | torment |  | Discuss (1) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Daily Grind: Slightly accomplished

Name: Vin (aka glm fanboy)
How Vin feels today: Slightly accomplished @ 9:04:00 AM
What Vin really wants today: To mark that this is the first official new daily grind post of GeekLikeMe 4.0. Also state that aforementioned daily grind is now once again a weekday thing - hooray. Oh, and also to continue fixing various bugs with recently launched new version of this site.

Music Stuck in Head: Glory Days / Bruce Springsteen
Mostly because I'm curious to hear how it sounds with Phish as the backup band.

Stuff to do today:

  • Figure out a way to get more sleep
  • Update 'potentially related posts' feature on content pages, group posts together by date rather than list them out
  • Modify XML feeds
  • Figure out if pinging blog services really makes any difference at all
  • Build an auto-pinger just for good measure
  • Move on to less nerdy topics...
  • Pre-order the new Monkey Island games from Telltale at some point before July 6th
  • Yes, Monkey Island: click here for more info
  • Also get credit card ready to purchase Sam & Max for XBLA
  • I heart Telltale Games

Posted to Daily Grind filed in Life @ 10:04 AM | Tags (5) | bugs | dailygrind | phish | programming | redesign |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


Monday: June 15, 2009

GeekLikeMe 4.0

Welcome to the latest incarnation of GeekLikeMe.net.  Things look a little bit different around here, eh? Poke around and have a look at some of the new features - some of which aren't really new in the sense that what was here previously was old. New things include: individual commenting capabilities on individual posts (you can comment on anything that is posted now - ie daily grind, photoblogs, comics etc), better rss feeds, tags, weekdaily link thumbnails, quick comment posting from the front pages, categories, archives, comment badges, and etc etc etc. That's a lot to start off with - and as always more stuff is in the works. I'll be fixing bugs for most of this week until things are sorted out. Leave a comment or two here to let me know if you a) love/hate the new site b) find a bug c) you have an opinion on both options a and b.

Update: for those who asked, regular posting resumes tomorrow.

Posted to Verbose filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 4:31 PM | Tags (3) | bugs | features | redesign |  | Discuss (10) |  | facebook | twitter | 94 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: March 6, 2009

Daily Grind: Overworked

Name: Vin (aka not at hampton)
How Vin feels today: Overworked @ 3:51:00 PM
What Vin really wants today: To not be at work and to continue following on all the Phish updates coming out of Hampton.

Music Stuck in Head: The Cropper / Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
This album was a little bit different from what I was expecting. If you dug A Go Go, this one may need some time to sink in.

Stuff to do today:

  • Debate going out to Best Buy to pick up the Clifford Ball box set
  • Wait on this since there will be plenty to listen to tomorrow what with the band is giving out the mp3s for free
  • Move on to other topics
  • Figure out how to solve redesign problem involving media naming conventions for database ids that don't exist yet
  • Keep a running tab of database ids (autonumber) in separate table
  • Above item doesn't work and can be easily broken if a record is deleted thus causing the number to be out of sync
  • Blllllaaaaaargggggh
  • Use IDENTITY to properly assign id to media after insert to database has been made
  • Problem is that most media upload scripts use form collection that puts the image in FIRST so getting the IDENTITY of a record that doesn't exist yet is not possible
  • Move on to way (way) less geekier topics
  • ...
  • ...
  • ...
  • Can't think of anything
  • Finish up work and go home

Posted to Daily Grind filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 4:51 PM | Tags (4) | database | phish | programming | redesign |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: June 7, 2006

Designs that were rightfully tossed.

While there are still several things to fix with this site (a long list in fact) I'd like to share with you the designs that didn't make it. These failed attempts were done over the course of the past year or so. Just so everybody knows, I have this fun habit of designing things and constantly being unhappy with everything and anything I can find to criticize about basically anything and everything. I'm sure this is not uncommon among designer-folk. Amplify that by ten and you have me.

On with the garbage:

glmd_1

Why it didn't make it: Too weird.

I had this idea of throwing a strange abstract 3D rendering that would rotate on every page either randomly or by a user's choice. Looking back that might have been potentially annoying. I'm not sure where I was going with that top middle section either (why am I here, why do I care). I think I was trying to be funny. But then again, looking back at it now I don't get my own joke. Genius. I was also toying with the notion of having users create accounts to be able to comment and do fun things with profiles but that fizzled out into oblivion. In the end I rationalize this attempted design with the following statement: It's one of those designs that you spend lots of time on - then go to sleep. Then when you wake up the following morning and look at again, you realize it's not as good as you thought it was.

glmd_1

Why it didn't make it: Too cute.

The aspiring cartoonist took over when I started mocking up this design. Still clutching to my little line drawings, I wanted to keep some kind of sketched element but also have a techie feel to the site. That little geek icon was to be all over the various sections of the site. Commenting on a post would have looked like the icon was speaking them (think comic book style balloons). Users could have potentially uploaded their own caricatures so their comments would look in the same fashionable way. The thought of that kind of customization scared me off. In the end, I got sick of looking at that stupid drawing and put this design in the 'never speak of again' file.

glmd_1

Why it didn't make it: Too trendy.

I think every trendy element in web design is well represented here. Glossy navigation, check. Reflective logo that simply has to reflect on something, check. Slight but not overly powerful gradient in the background: check. The rest of the design below the navigation was beginning to look like your average blog template. I'm sick of talking about this design already. Moving on.

glmd_1

Why it didn't make it: Too dark.

This is me trying to be radically different with design. I'm usually big on white backgrounds in web design so I attempted to try something different. It did however lead to what eventually would become the current design of this site (basically inverted with some clean up work), which I guess isn't all that bad. The speaking bubbles for taglines and calls to action began to get on my nerves, borderlined being too cutesy again. But I figured that it was just my overly critical side acting up - so I went ahead and starting coding it. I showed it off to some people who's opinion I respect in terms of design. This quote that made me throw the design away instantly: 'People don't want to read a black website for their morning links.'

And so here we are. A redesign that looks strikingly similar to the previous one (minus the icons - see post below this one for snapshot). Whatever, I'm content. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Yea, thats the ticket.

Posted to Verbose filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 5:49 PM | Tags (4) | geeklikeme | tossed | redesign | trash |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: June 5, 2006

Goodbye icons, we harldy knew ye.

glm_icons

Welcome to the latest version of GeekLikeMe. Let me run down some of the new areas, features, timewasters, etc.

I should note something before you read any further. I am by no means a professional writer. You are likely to find many grammatical and numerous spelling errors. Rest assured, I do have a college degree (of course not in any type of writing, English, or even computer science for that matter - but that's an entirely different story) but I am however notoriously bad at editing. If something seems out of place, just know my intentions were good.

I have been working to upgrade this site on a massive scale for a long time. Naturally, some things may be broken while other things may work better than they previously did. If you're looking for any kind of clarification on what that means; I really don't know either.

On with the list of new stuff here at GeekLikeMe...

  • Overall - this new version of GLM is entirely done in XHTML and CSS. I tried to keep it all W3.org valid, but an error here or there may have slipped through the cracks. I will be fixing them as time goes on. If you don't understand the above buzzwords it simply means that I am a far bigger dork than you know.
  • Design - despite losing those hand drawn icons that previously adorned the left navigation not all that much is different (see above snapshot). I went through several failed attempts to completely redesign this site (I will showcase these attempts in another post for your amusement / my dismay at some point) and nothing felt right until I came back to an upgraded version of it's predecessor. The search bar at the top of every page is a handy AJAXian-Googlish suggest bar that will scurry up links posted to Weekdaily. Start to type Apple for example and you will see links pop up in a suggestable fashion regarding Apple that have been posted over the past 2 years or so.
  • Weekdaily - now sports a most viewed feature. Basically, I keep a log of where people are clicking and I give you the link that was most clicked that day. Hence, most viewed. Why did I do this? Because up until now I have had no idea of what people come here for. Do you come here to see my rampant Apple fandom or do you come for the offbeat links regarding swearing parrots? Well, hopefully this curious mystery will be solved. Commenting is also on its way for Weekdaily posts (except at time of this posting I haven't actually finished coding it yet).
  • Desktops - formerly known as downloads. Nothing really new there, just an updated look. I am however proud of the new coffee cup rating system. Also, there is now a (very) brief description of how a download offering was created. For example, if the image was photo manipulated or rendered in a 3D modeling program - I will let you know. I have some newer offerings that should be coming online in the near future.
  • Photoblog - ah my beloved photoblog. The place where I realize that I am not and will never be a professional photographer. Updated the look and feel of this section as I always thought it was a tad confusing before. On the right is a failed attempt to be Flickr-esque by showing icons of additional photos posted. This probably makes the navigation even more confusing, but I felt like being different. Notice the coffee cup rating system is here too. Word.
  • Polls - absolutely nothing new here. In fact I haven't finished coding this yet.
  • Topic in 3 - this is an idea I had one night that I felt like introducing to the redesign. I give you a topic, you add your two cents. The catch is that your two cents are actually more like three cents. Your three cents are actually more like three words. You are only allowed three words only to get your idea across. I don't know how this section will fare but I felt like giving the idea a chance. By the way as of the writing of this post I haven't finished coding that either.
  • Verbose - YOU ARE HERE. Just as the name implies, this is where you go if you want to read more than 5-6 words from me. Read above for my apologies on writing skills in advance. Expect stuff that doesn't really fit anywhere else to go here.
  • Daily Grind - formerly just labeled 'About' on the old site. This is basically where you can find out how I am feeling/doing/procrastinating on a weekdaily basis. It should be noted that this section proves that while I am slightly skizophrenic; I am also quite good at remedial data entry.

So welcome to my my newly designed website. Hope you enjoy, still loads yet to come (well, I hope anyway).

Posted to Verbose filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 4:21 PM | Tags (2) | geeklikeme | redesign |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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