Posts Tagged "site-updates"

Slimming Down

Published on November 30, 2018

After what seems like an eternity, I’ve finally had some spare time to dedicate to this website. I’ve developed a brand new theme for the site, which is visually a lot simpler than the old one. I’ve ditched the old branding, deciding to stick with a simpler-is-better mindset. In the process of doing this update, I’ve removed a number of old posts that I feel no longer fit here (namely all the posts on my now-unsupported Firefox extensions and tutorials).

I hope to take this website in a slightly different direction than I have gone in the past. This visual refresh is one step on that journey.

Sunset of Firefox Content

Published on January 7, 2018

This post serves as a notice that all Firefox content on this website has been removed. This includes:

  • CoLT
  • Googlebar Lite
  • Firefox Toolbar Tutorial
  • Firefox Profile Tutorial
  • Automatic Extension Updates Tutorial

All links to that content should now redirect to this notice statement. If you’re looking for information on the above, here are a few external references for your use:

Contact Form Issues?

Published on March 26, 2016

I’ve seen a couple of different reports here that the contact form isn’t working properly. That said, the form seems to work for me in the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, and IE. If you have tried to contact me via the form and gotten an error, please leave a comment with this post. I’d love to know what browser you see the issue in, and what the error is. Thanks.

Securing Born Geek

Published on February 6, 2016

This website now enforces the use of https, thanks to the Let’s Encrypt initiative and the good folks at DreamHost. I initially had a number of problems in getting WordPress to behave, but I found this helpful article that pointed me in the right direction. I believe the bit of magic that helped me was running the wp CLI tool:

wp search-replace https://borngeek.com https://borngeek.com --precise --recurse-objects

Things now seem to be working, though if you spot a problem anywhere, let me know.

Commenting Fixes

Published on January 21, 2016

The commenting system on this site was throwing some nasty errors, as I found out this morning. They were due to an outdated comment spam plugin I was using. I have removed the offending plugin, replacing it with another, so commenting should work once again.

Contact Form Fixed

Published on May 4, 2015

Well, that was fast! I’ve found the problem with the contact form and corrected it, so emails should now actually make it to my inbox. Apologies for the problem!

Contact Form Not Working

Published on May 4, 2015

I discovered this morning that my site contact form is not working properly. I will investigate why and hope to have a fix in place soon. Until then, if you’ve sent me an email recently, I likely didn’t get it. Feel free to leave a comment here or email support at borngeek dot com. It’s been fixed!

Migrating to HTML 5

Published on January 20, 2015

After sitting on an XHTML Strict template for years and years, I’ve finally migrated this site’s theme to HTML 5. A number of new elements have been put to use, styles have been trimmed a little, and I’m using one less web-font. Hopefully I haven’t broken too much; if you spot something, let me know in the comments below. As always, expect sporadic updates as I add polish.

Redirection Woes

Published on September 5, 2014

I recently made a change to this site to remove the ‘www’ from the front of the URL. Well, it turns out this caused a large number of headaches with WordPress (though I think the actual root cause of the problem lies in a custom .htaccess rule set that I wrote). Anyways, I’m going back to the old-school ‘www’ style URL until I have more time to fix it. If you see problems with the site, please let me know.

New Responsive Design is Live

Published on April 2, 2013

I have just pushed out the responsive version of this site’s theme, so you should see it immediately. Though the various tweaks may not be immediately apparent, the experience of this site on a mobile device or tablet (or a smaller screen in general) should be much better than before. Resize your browser window in the horizontal direction to see the style changes in real time!

There are still a few pain points to work through:

  1. I’m still a little unsure how to handle the syntax-highlighted code snippets in the various posts around the site. Snippets that don’t use syntax highlighting will word-wrap, but the syntax-highlighted blocks currently just offer a horizontal scroll bar.
  2. Various images in older posts need to have their hard-coded sizes removed from the img tags, so that they’ll scale appropriately. This is just a matter of going through and making those changes.

There could be other issues that I have yet to stumble across. From my limited testing, the site looks alright in Firefox, Chrome, and IE-9. I’m sure I’ll be tweaking stuff here and there over the next few days. If you spot problems, please let me know by leaving a comment.

Improving Code Snippets

Published on February 15, 2013

I have decided to start using the SyntaxHighlighter package here at this website, to make various code snippets a little easier to read. This package really appeals to me since it supports a number of languages, has a graceful fallback mechanism, and looks nice. Rolling out these changes will be slow, however, since I have to go through and apply some styling to all the appropriate code blocks. As always, let me know if you spot a problem with this new feature.

Missing Backslashes

Published on February 14, 2013

I just realized that a number of posts that were imported to this site from my old blog are missing backslash characters. After doing some investigation, I found out that there’s an associated WordPress bug (Ticket #21007) against the importer utility. Apparently, backslashes aren’t preserved as they should be.

I’m working to fix all of the relevant posts and comments. When I’ve completed this task, I’ll update this post.

Update: I believe I have fixed all of the relevant posts. If you spot a problem somewhere, let me know!

New DreamHost Discount

Published on January 9, 2013

Seeing as it’s been a very long time since I’ve done anything with it, I’ve decided to create a new DreamHost discount here at Born Geek. You can now save $75.00 by using the promo code borngeek3 when you sign up as a new DreamHost customer! Is that easy to do, or what?

By signing up through Born Geek, you’re helping to support the hosting cost of this website. That’s right: 100% of the remaining portion of the rewards money I get for new customer referrals goes straight to keeping Born Geek on the air. A big thank you to everyone who has supported this website in the past!

Year of the Code Monkey Closed

Published on June 30, 2012

After a great deal of preparation, I have finally closed the doors on Year of the Code Monkey, my former blog URL. All of the old URLs should redirect to this site instead, including the RSS feed. If you have a subscription to the old Year of the Code Monkey RSS feed, please update the URL to point to the Born Geek feed instead. At some point in the future, I will remove the redirection rule for that feed.

As always, let me know if you spot some sort of problem with this migration.

Site Migration Underway

Published on June 30, 2012

I’m in the process of moving my blog posts here to Born Geek. Lots of links, photos, and styles are broken at the moment, so please bear with me as I move all of this data.

Update: The migration has been completed.

Code Articles Moved

Published on June 21, 2012

In further preparation for merging my blog with Born Geek, the “Code” section of this website has been relocated. You will now find all of the old Visual-C++ articles filed as back-dated posts beneath the Visual-C++ tag. If you spot a problem with any of them, let me know by leaving a comment here. Below is a master list of the articles, for convenience:

General Articles

Dialog Based Applications

Window Placement and Sizing

Site Design Tweaks

Published on June 14, 2012

Over the next few days, as I have available time, I will be tweaking the design of this site. My ultimate goal is to merge my blog with this site, closing the former down once that’s complete. The style changes I’ll be making are in anticipation of that move.

If you spot something broken, let me know by leaving a comment here, but just be warned that things will be in a state of flux as I make updates.

Software Section Removed

Published on February 9, 2012

After thinking about it for a while, I’ve decided to remove the Software section of this website. The applications that were posted were all relatively ancient, and saw little (if any) download traffic.

Contact Form Restored

Published on February 8, 2012

The contact form at this site has been restored. If you see any additional problems with it, please let me know by leaving a comment on this post.

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