Coding and Web Design

Asides on programing, languages, and mostly web design.
How to Fix My Mistake That Blocked Campaign Parameters

Do you have those moments where you discover something and want to dig into it? Today was that day for me. Although what I found wasnít new, I still want to share what I learnedóthat way I wonít forget later. In this post, Iíll walk you through what I found, why itís broken, and what I did to fix it.

Posted Jul 30, 2017 by Steven 7 min read

Having Fun With Change, Logs That Is

Last year, I ran across a nifty web changelog service. Although more than I needed, I liked the simple look for tracking changes. Looking for an opportunity to learn Bootstrap, I added it to my test site. Now that Iím including more features on my main blog, I thought Iíd add a changelog here as well.

Posted Mar 04, 2017 by Steven 2 min read

When Fast Isnít Fast Ė the Bad of Incremental Updates

Practicing a ďget it doneĒ attitude, I've recently added a constant stream of features to my site. Most visitors wouldnít notice. They arenít dropping by to relish my web design, nor are they interested in my latest tweaks to enhance their experience. Nope, theyíre here to read an article. Or, more likely, theyíre lostóbut I digress. If the content is there, the looks, assuming the basics are present, is secondary.

Posted Jul 17, 2016 by Steven 5 min read

My 2016 Site Makeover

Finally making the leap, I released a new template for my primary website this weekend. As noted in the past, Iíve been fed up with my 2006 based theme and have been testing out new designs for a few months now. Transferring most, but not all, of the design ideas from my test site, I just couldnít wait any longer. Tweaking continues, but you can enjoy the new look now.

Posted Apr 10, 2016 by Steven 6 min read

Jumpstarting Web Design Using Bootstrap

Iím feeling pretty good about the structure I want for my web site. Plugging away on my test site, Iíve updated my old blogging script to present unique titles with modern slugs, improved categories and decent paging. In the backend I have page redirects working to reduce duplication, added stub 404 pages to prevent caching of bad links, and turned on decent logging to track errors. Yet, the look is still circa 2006. It may be flat, but it isnít responsive and needs an update.

Posted Mar 23, 2016 by Steven 3 min read

Does Your Site Need a Refresh?

After ten years, Iím sick of my web siteís look. During my early web development days I would change the design almost yearly. My original LEGO site went through many refreshes until I abandoned it for Flickr. My blog, now, feels old and neglected. Not only that, Iím not happy with the format or flow of content either.

Posted Feb 23, 2016 by Steven 4 min read

Favoring Icons

Iím slowing working through updating my site. Recently, I decided to update my icons. Iíve been using favorite icons for yearsófavicon.ico for those that care. But, it was old and boring. Time to update.

Posted Jan 12, 2016 by SafePit 3 min read

Slugging it out with SEO

Iím trying to start of the new year by updating all my web sites. Iíve been researching SEO (search engine optimization) for a few months, but only recently started to work through how to actually do it. The last few days have been a eureka moment for me.

Posted Jan 02, 2016 by SafePit 3 min read

How to Build a Site - Again

I've been using this theme and with the WebAPP CMS for a few years now. Unfortunately, it is getting a bit old in the tooth. Although mostly flat, which fits nicely with today's designs, it isn't responsive. In fact, the original mobile version of the site was for the Palm Pilot. Really?

Posted Aug 20, 2015 by SafePit 2 min read

DISH CINEMA Userbar (Updated ... again)

I was doing a bit of clean up and, wouldnít you know it, my DISH pay-per-view (PPV) userbar broke again. Apparently this is going to be an ongoing battle. It is good for me as I donít spend a lot of time coding anymore.

Posted Oct 15, 2014 by Steven 1 min read

Fixing for IE10 and Other Updates

I happened to load my sites into IE10 the other day and noticed the reflections were broken. Generally, I wouldn’t care much as I don’t use IE except at work. However, I thought it best that things not continue to look different. I updated reflection.js to the latest version.

Posted May 11, 2013 by SafePit 2 min read

DISH CINEMA Userbar (Updated)

As part of my periodic check of my userbar code, I found that DISH once again changed their pay-per-view (PPV) web page causing my DISH PPV userbar to break. Iíve fixed it again and it now displays a pretty good choice of featured movies.

Posted May 05, 2013 by Steven 1 min read

Weather Mashup

Although I like my existing weather userbar, I really wanted an easier city search. I decided to stick with NOAA and the NWS for now and ran across a nice all in one weather page with an XML link. The XML requires latitude and longitude meaning I need to find a way to find your city from a search string. Here is where the mash-up comes in. After a quick search, I found the Google Geocoding API. It accepts just about any search string and returns the closest match with the coordinates I need. The result isn't much different, but the location is easier to read.

Posted Nov 24, 2011 by Steven 2 min read

Hacking Up RSS

When I first created my re-visioned ZX81 site, my goal was to integrate it as a sub-site of my existing one. However, the CMS I use doesn't lend itself to easily do that. Technically, that wasn't a show stopper in and of itself.

Posted Nov 20, 2011 by SafePit 2 min read

Quick and Dirty Football Scores Userbar

Today, like most Fall Sundayís, is a great day to watch Football. It was fun watching San Fransisco play, but I often hack around on the computer during games. Fortunately there is plenty of time between commercials and time-outs to work on code.

Posted Oct 16, 2011 by Steven 2 min read

Slide Show: What's Old is New

I recently started using FlashControl for Chrome to control which site use flash. I was getting annoyed with sites I ran across sucking up my computer's CPU with flash programs. It is annoying how many sites use flash, my own included.

Posted Oct 09, 2011 by SafePit 2 min read

Random Names

What do you do on a lazy Sunday? Write programs of course! I was reading Tim Hartnellís book Creating Adventure Games On Your Computer and ran across a little gem for generating random names. It is short and sweet and easily converted into Perl.

Posted Mar 06, 2011 by Steven 1 min read

Quoting Quotes

Last night I happened to notice that my last blog post didn't look quite right when viewed in an RSS reader. Come to find out, it appears that the code that converts the UBBC tags wasn't undoing a quote conversion earlier in the code.

Posted Jan 31, 2011 by Steven 1 min read

Topography Troubles

I recently upgraded to Chrome 8 and ran into a minor problem. The "text-rendering: optimizeLegibility;" CSS option now causes "hyphenate.js" to display the hyphens in some words all the time. This, obviously, isn't the desired effect I was going for.

Posted Dec 05, 2010 by SafePit 2 min read

Fun with Fonts

I decided to play around a bit and try a different font for my site. My original goal was to use something with better kerning and ligatures, but most browsers don't seem ready for that yet. I settled on using Trebuchet MS as my new site font.

Posted Oct 23, 2010 by SafePit 1 min read

Topography and Hyphenation

I'm a sucker for topography, something I really enjoyed in college when using LaTeX to get really cool looking printouts. A lot of that fun was lost with I started using applications like Word that do a pretty good job of kerning and hyphenating text without you having to do anything.

Posted Sep 07, 2010 by SafePit 2 min read

CSS Fun and Standards

I've playing around with other CMS systems lately to get a feel for what is out there. I recently had the opportunity to hack around in WordPress and ran across a neat little utility in some of their docs. It is an external Online CSS Optimiser/Optimizer that does some CSS compression.

Posted Apr 10, 2010 by SafePit 1 min read

Reflective Fun

I've been using Reflection.js for some time now to generate reflective category images. I did this mainly to avoid having to create the reflections by hand. However, it has always had a bit of a lag when generating the reflections. This can be a bit jarring at times, but I've gotten used to it.

Posted Dec 02, 2009 by SafePit 2 min read

Fixing Code

I really haven't liked the way the code routine displays on my blog. It adds a lot of white space and generally looks bad. To make things a bit nicer, I removed the Code: message, set the overflow to auto instead of scroll, and I removed the extra breaks.  Here is the CSS I'm using: .

Posted Nov 28, 2009 by SafePit 1 min read

Avoiding Index

One thing that always bugged me with using scripts is that you tend to see the script name. For example, this site has always had an index.cgi and most PHP sites have index.php in the links. I find it tacky and many commercial sites don't do this.

Posted Nov 21, 2009 by SafePit 2 min read