Website

  The following Weblog items are filed under the Website category. There are 35 entries in this section. The earliest was published on April 22, 2014 and the latest entry was filed on July 21, 2015. If you have any comments about Website please let me know!

Bootstrap Framework

July 21, 2015

According to Google Analytics data, a lot of people are accessing this website via mobile device and tablet. This is a problem since much of the code template was written long before Steve Jobs announced the iPad. It's time for a serious universal change.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be updating the site to use the Bootstrap Framework. This will allow me to learn a modern framework and force me to create more mobile friendly content.

The biggest challenge that I am encountering is how to create a universal menu system that looks good on mobile and desktop. This blog is particularly challenging since I would like to show the different blog categories.

The 1991 Gulf War section is still the most popular part of the site and contains a lot of old code. Getting the site to modern day look and feel is going to take a lot of work. I plan to get that portion of the site updated before August.

If you have any ideas, let me know. Otherwise I'll keep searching online. Maybe someone over at Fiverr can jumpstart me in the right direction, might be worth the investment.

Retired Quicktime Movies

February 9, 2015

This morning I retired the website Quicktime media section which has been available on this site since 2003. This was due to the lack of use and the storage cost of hosting the video clips. When looking at the server logs, I discovered that no one viewed any of the videos in December and January.

Many of the clips that I had encoded are available on YouTube.

Sorenson Video

October 20, 2014

Looks like Apple is no longer supporting Sorenson Video in their Quicktime plugins in Mavericks and Yosemite. I have many quicktime video clips in my online collection and some of them are no longer working. (Basically you only see the status bar and no picture or audio.)

If I open the videos in Quicktime, they get immediately converted to H.264. So it looks like I'll have to update all the videos in my collection to make sure that they are using the latest H.264 standard.

Since I don't get much traffic to the Quicktime Gallery, I'll update the collection when I have some time next weekend. I am sure there is some automation tool to get this done.

I found this note on Apple's website:

In OS X Mavericks, some older media formats listed above, and those that require third-party codec components, are converted to H.264 or Apple ProRes when opened. These older media formats can be played without conversion using QuickTime Player 7.

Portal icons

April 24, 2014

On any given day there are 5 core sites that I frequently visit for business. At any given time, I'll have three different browsers open. I switch between Chrome, Firefox and SeaMonkey.

To make going to my regualar sites super easy, I created a website portal page. On the top of the page are some graphics that have links to the various sites. I configure all my browsers settings so that it always opens to the portal page. Now I don't have to worry about setting up bookmarks, its very easy to add future sites that I may need to use.

PicMonkeyJiraTestlinkBrowserstackPapertrail

PicMonkey is one of the best online photo editing tools. The company was founded in April 2012 by two former Picnik engineers, Brian Terry and Justin Huff. PicMonkey has lots of really cool filters, frames and effects that will make any image stand out.

JIRA is the tracker for teams planning and building successful products. Thousands of teams choose JIRA to capture and organize issues, assign work, and follow team activity. At your desk or on the go with the new mobile interface, JIRA helps your team get the job done.

TestLink is a web-based test management system that facilitates software quality assurance. The platform offers support for test cases, test suites, test plans, test projects and user management, as well as various reports and statistics. This is a perfect solution for companies that can't afford HP Quality Center.

BrowserStack is a powerful platform for testing web sites against the most current and modern browsers. This is a great low cost solution when you need to test websites across multiple browsers and platforms.

Papertrail is a time-saving log tools, flexible system groups, team-wide access, long-term archives, charts and analytics exports, and alert monitoring. Great for when multiple members of an Engineering team needs to access server logs.

Feel free to take any of the above images and use them on your Internet or Intranet sites. If your looking for ideas for additional portal buttons or how to build a personal Intranet site, drop me a note.

Everyday is Saturday Podcast

April 22, 2014

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Everyday is Saturday Podcast is all about how to monetize your passion. The Every Day is Saturday show will empower you to step up and stand out - while harnessing the awesome power you have inside of you. No complex theory, just real-world expertise from the man who makes every day Saturday for thousands worldwide.