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Disqus provides great technical support

December 29, 2010  ·  Category: Web Development

The problem I was having with my comments not getting imported properly was promptly addressed by Ryan at Disqus. I should note that they are providing a free service -- I haven't paid them a dime yet, though I'm using them on three sites now -- and his support was free, fast, personable, and on-target. (Are you listening, Google?) Basically, I just needed to do a fresh export/import of the full blog. Disqus eliminated the dupes and now I'm good to go. Thank you, Disqus.

Integration with Disqus and Facebook

December 13, 2010  ·  Category: Personal, Web Development

I've implemented the Disqus commenting system here, and imported my old Mudita Journal comments to the new system. It looks like not all the comments got imported successfully but I may not have have time to investigate why. (Sorry about your two recent comments, Svein! Feel free to re-post.) I've also tried to install integration with Facebook, so that any new posts get published to my Facebook wall by default. Will find out shortly whether that is working correctly... The new Disqus commenting system offers quite a few advantages, including threaded comments (so you can reply to an individual comment), the ability ...

Welcome to the new design for Mudita Journal

December 13, 2010  ·  Category: Personal, Web Development

With my recent work on The Atlasphere, the Atlas Shrugged Movie site, and other projects, I realized yesterday it was time to bite the bullet and give Mudita Journal an updated design as well. It was looking pretty dated in recent years. My most recent overhaul was in 2006. I've been posting less here during the past year since my divorce — as one friend noted, divorce has a way of forcing you to go inside for a while — but I'm feeling the urge to dust things off and start posting more often again. I've also been using Facebook a ...

Site Launch: Zoom Strategies

March 24, 2008  ·  Category: Personal, Web Development

After spending several years as cobbler's children, Kathy and I have recently updated our own web site for Zoom Strategies, to reflect our increasing focus on commercial web development. The new site includes an updated portfolio, team bios (including new team member Marshall Sontag), and testimonials from many of our happy clients: UPDATE: Two people have written to say they're having technical difficulties on the new site. We tested the site in the most popular web browsers for Mac and Windows, but the bugs aren't entirely surprising since we're pushing the envelope some with this design. In any case, if you encounter ...

Design Is in the Details

March 4, 2008  ·  Category: Web Development

I can relate to Kevin Cornell's thoughts on the design process. I often find the most intense feelings of flow come after I've got rough ideas in place that I like, and my mind has begun to obsess over making it better. I find myself thinking about designs I’m working on at odd periods of the day—in the shower, making dinner, or walking to the corner store. Small, quiet moments are when I have breakthroughs and solve problems. These are the times when the right details will appear. This isn’t often billable time, but it’s a good exercise to think ...

Web Hosting Reviews

November 29, 2007  ·  Category: Reviews, Web Development

I'm currently in the market for a new favorite web hosting company (or two). From a technical standpoint, I am a Linux/Apache/PHP/MySQL guy with a preference for cPanel and WHM. However, an increasing number of my client projects these days are larger online applications using Ruby on Rails. In the past, I've worked with FatCow (a B minus, at best, ever since they were bought out by a larger company a couple years ago), HostRocket (a C plus since their phone support can be bogus), and The Planet (an A minus for their managed dedicated server I've used for ...

Crossposting to LiveJournal … Check!

June 29, 2007  ·  Category: Personal, Web Development

I've become increasingly interested in the "friends" feature at LiveJournal, through which I keep track of the postings by various friends within the LJ community. To facilitate a little more integration between my own blog and that community, I've installed the WordPress LiveJournal Crossposter Plugin. This post is primarily a test to see if things are working properly. If it is ... Hi there, guys. :-)

Are You Reading This via RSS?

April 25, 2007  ·  Category: Web Development

If you read Mudita Journal through an RSS reader, I would be grateful if you would take a moment to update the address of this feed. The new address is: Thank you in advance!

New Site Design at the Atlasphere

April 5, 2007  ·  Category: Atlasphere, Web Development

Over the past week, I've made a number of different upgrades, visually and otherwise, at the Atlasphere. I posted about this briefly at The Atlasphere. Comments aren't enabled at the Atlasphere blog, but I do welcome comments here about the new design and functionality, for anyone who cares to share reactions, suggestions, or feedback on the site. I continue to make small improvements to the site on a daily basis, and I welcome suggestions or further improvement.

Monterey Virginia Bed and Breakfast

March 17, 2007  ·  Category: Personal, Web Development

Earlier this week, I created a web site for my mom's Monterey, Virginia bed and breakfast, called "Trimble House." Kathy and I often enjoy getting away to a bed & breakfast when we have time for a road trip. So last Christmas, it was fun to have a chance to stay at my mom's B&B during our family get-together for the holiday. My brother Ganon and sister Kelsey joined us as well. Below is a photo from our visit. Kathy, Kelsey, Katie, Joshua and Ganon at Trimble House B&B in Monterey Virginia Below are a couple other photos from the visit, that I used when ...