So, continuing my challenge. I meant to post this up earlier (it’s technically Tuesday now), but I got distracted with other things.
In current news, my girlfriend and I are making a trip to Hawaii next week with a few friends. I’m really looking forward to getting away from the city for a while (not that I don’t love Vancouver) and finally getting my fins wet while scuba diving again. I might have to take a bit of a break on this whole ‘post every two days’ thing while I’m away, depending on internet availability. I’ll try to get something up and running though.
I’ve also been putting a bit of spare time into getting my Youtube channel a little more streamlined and putting a few more videos up on there in order to increase it’s popularity. Most of my videos are probably going to be related to World of Warcraft (I’m currently in a progression guild at the moment), but there will be some other videos as well. Zxian’s Youtube Channel.
So, I said in my previous post (which was nearly two years ago) that I was going to try to post more often. In following my girlfriend’s lead, I am posing myself a challenge. I must post at least once every two days. Even if it’s just something simple (like what I made for dinner), or something big and exciting. I’ve also started uploading quite a few videos of the games that I play, and I’m hoping to start recording a few guides on how I have my system and software setup.
For now, I leave you with a video of some kittens my friend is taking care of at the moment.
If you’re seeing this (and the hideous default WordPress theme) then it means that the site is being hosted from its new home! Hooray!
EDIT – Yay! The old theme is back again. I’ve also improved the Hamachi status indicators to make the site faster. They’re now being pulled from a database which is updated by the server every 5 minutes.
Just so everyone is aware, there might be some downtime of this main frontpage in the near future. I’m in the process of moving my domain to my personal registrar, and the site itself to a VPS hosted by my friend jcarle (thanks!). I’m hoping the overall transition will be relatively smooth and there won’t be too many hiccups along the way.
You may have noticed a new icon on the sidebar of this site linking to the No-www.org site. It’s something I was recently told about by a friend (the admin for the Lunarsoft website and forums) and once you think about it, makes perfect sense. The WWW mindframe came about back when the web was growing, and becoming more familiar to all of us, but actually represents a subdomain of your main domain (in my case, zxian.org). This subdomain look up requires more work by the servers that send you the website you’re seeing now. This added work means that the site lookups are not only slower for you, but for all the other people accessing that server.
Go ahead and remove that www from your websites. You can do this with a simple .htaccess rewrite rule as described on the No-www website.
I’ve gotta say, working with IE6 and IE7 makes webcoding such a pain in the ass. I took my theme and started editing it in Opera, and got everything looking all nice and pretty. When I load up the site in Firefox, it looks pretty much the same as the Opera rendering. I fire up IE7… and bam! The bottom of the page is messed up. The footer isn’t touching the bottom of the container (there’s a gap between it and the border), and there should be a 10px gap between the border and the bottom of the page.
So… I was bored one night and decided to edit the theme I’m using for this site. The theme is actually a little closer to home for me, since I like most of my computer-related things black or grayscale.
Let me know what you all think! I definitely don’t think that it’s quite done yet, but it’s closer to my liking!
So… I was a little fed up with how much downtime and slowness there was on my old hosting, so I decided to move. If you see this post, then it means that the site is now hosted by HostingPlex. It’s cheaper, faster, and a little easier for me to use. Their support is also much better than anything I got with DreamHost, so you should soon be seeing my referral links from DreamHost go down in a bit.
I checked my email this morning to be pleasantly surprised… Someone had donated $10 towards this site. I’ll admit I haven’t been here very much in the past month (it’s been a busy month), but I’ll try to keep updating things as I go.
To the donator (you know who you are) – a big thank you!