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Navelgazing 2: The Reckoning.

20 February 2008 • Filed under ,

I don’t want to dwell on the redesign too much, but I do want to touch on a few points. So here we go. Did You Know That I Have A Links Feed? It’s true, and it’s here. I don’t want to say it’s the best link feed on the internet, but in 5 years of publishing, I’ve retained a whole 215-ish subscribers. Just sayin’. Its a pretty exclusive club. Get in on the ground floor. Previous to 1 a.m. this morning, my linklist was being …


This Is Where I Write The "Hey Internets, I Redesigned Teh Site" Post and You All Pretend To Be Excited.

18 February 2008 • Filed under ,

Hard-refresh those browsers, kids. Version 15 of Jaredigital.com (snappy codename forthcoming) is alive and kicking. Somebody cue up The Breakfast Club soundtrack. Dude, Why? See, I’ve actually wanted to redesign for a couple of years, but both the time and the design “spark” eluded me as life continued to speed up. In classic ‘designer designs for himself’ form, everything I came up with was total garbage. To add another layer of self-imposed pressure, I became more and more fearful as time went on as to what kind of coding horror I might unleash upon the …


Welcome to DreamHost.

18 August 2006 • Filed under

I’ve recently moved hosting services to DreamHost. Hello to all my DreamHost neighbors. My move was incredibly smooth and easy after a bit of database jiggery (thanks again, Chris, for helping me out with that MySQL stuff… I really am a noob). Big thanks go to my old webhost, MG1 Hosting for such a great ride all these years. I’m sorry to see you go. I think I’ve covered all my bases here, but if you notice any oddness with comments, links, feeds, etc., please drop me a note and let me know. …


Trapper Keeper.

16 May 2006 • Filed under ,

Refresh those stylesheets, folks. “Operation: My Last Design Was Okay But Ultimately Unsatisfying So Now I’m Starting Over” has wrapped. If you’re looking around and realize I might be a little crazy, that’s fine. This is really the direction I wanted to go originally, but nixed it in favor of the more subdued and responsible-looking Hot Chocolate design. Not that there’s anything wrong with subdued and responsible-looking. Design is fun. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that when you’re working inside a lot of constraints, so it&#…


Are We There Yet?

3 May 2006 • Filed under ,

No. When I decided to retire the “disco pink and black” layout of this site and go in a new direction, it was fueled by one lone desire: to zig where others zag. I’d seen the trendy design memes getting passed around the blogosphere. Horizontally split layouts. Dark backgrounds. Widescreen layouts. Gradients. Oh, the gradients!!! And there’s nothing wrong with following trends. I follow some trends and will probably follow some of them for quite some time. Trendyness doesn’t change a good thing. It’s just that what I was aiming for was …


Hot Chocolate.

24 April 2006 • Filed under ,

If you’re here on the ol’ www domain and not off somewhere remotely viewing from RSS-Land or Content-Aggregationville, welcome. Take off your shoes, grab a pillow and have a seat by the coy pond. That’s right. Feels, good, doesn’t it? So this is it. The skin of my identity for the next indeterminable length of time. It’s quite a departure from what was here before, but such is my way. I didn’t sign up for the CSS Reboot this year, but I suppose it’s logical to …


9rules.

5 December 2005 • Filed under

After passing up two previous rounds of submissions and then weeks of waiting for Round 3 announcements, interlaced with nail-biting and a mounting retaliatory urge to create my own blog network (cheekily named the 10commandments Network), I received an invitational email from Paul. Ah, success! So why wait to until now to join 9rules? For starters, I had to make sure that the rumors of gold-plated iPods and Aston Martins for new members were true, and the rumblings of RFID implants and rubber hose initiations were false. Having completed my research and finding the benefits to be, um, …


Textpattern: Clean RSS Feeds & Feed Updates

2 November 2005 • Filed under ,

Author’s note: Tested only on Textpattern 4.0 – 4.0.2. Feed Me! I was reminded in my last article that I had implemented clean RSS feeds on this site and never announced it or explained how it was accomplished. Truth be told, I thought that Jeremy Koempel would publish the code, since he basically handed it to me on a silver platter. Others may have done this before, and it may be published in other places, but the following is an explaination of how to achieve what I’d like to call Koempelized Clean Feeds&…


Hooray, Textpattern 4.0.2!

1 November 2005 • Filed under ,

You know, Textpattern just keeps getting better. Thanks are due, in no small part, to Dean Allen’s growing team of TXP developers. Nice work, guys! Sometimes development can be a thankless endeavor. Page not found So what’s new in this latest release? Say it with me: “Error pages!” Yes, 404 error handling has been refined. After TXP 4.0 broke standard .htaccess error handling, replacing it with an, um, ugly generic error page, version 4.0.2 adds an error_default page template under the Pages tab, allowing full visual access to the page’…


Numero Uno.

29 September 2005 • Filed under ,

I get plenty of unusual search strings in my logs. Thanks to the Beck lyric I had featured in my title bar a few weeks back, some lucky soul’s Google search for “crouton” turned up my site in his results. Haha! Brilliant! And it’s good to know that a search for “revolting entertainment” on Google.fi ranks me at #2. Hey, if it’s not revolting, it’s not good enough for me. But there are some good search queries that teach me important truths about myself. Like the one I found this morning. …


Holy Schnikies, That's A Lot of Hits!

27 September 2005 • Filed under ,

As I took a break from hardcore coding activities this afternoon, I decided to check up on my site stats and comments, as I often do. When I got into my Textpattern admin panel and clicked on “Logs”, I nearly had a heart attack. My logs are up to 1,060 pages! I usually only have log pages in the double-digits because I select to have them expire after 7 days, so 1,060 pages is quite a jump. A quick look at the latest page and a look back at random pages throughout the logs reveals that a …


Textpattern: Hacking the Comment Form's Tabindex

30 August 2005 • Filed under ,

One longstanding frustration among Textpattern users has been the choice of the comment form’s default tabindex order as well as the fact that Textpattern does not assign a tabindex value to both the Preview and Submit buttons. Those who habitually tab through form fields have found themselves inexplicably thrown back to the top of the page after tabbing out of the Comments textarea. Make sense? Of course not! A stroke from the Tab key from the Comments box should naturally go to the Preview or Submit button. I’m no PHP whiz, so this discovery of mine …


Five!

17 August 2005 • Filed under ,

The year was 1999. Predictably, the tired strains of Prince’s 1999 meandered through the air near my small studio apartment. It was New Year’s Eve, after all, and in just a few short minutes it was going to be the big 2000. The future. The year we’d all been waiting for. Jetpacks for all. I sat in front of my 100mhz Packard Bell desktop, waiting for the clock to roll past 11:59. I had backed up my important files on floppy disks and was presumably browsing the interweb to pass the time. Yes, …


Textpattern 4.0 Up and Running.

15 August 2005 • Filed under ,

I wish I could say that my switch to the first “stable” release of Textpattern was seamless and glitch-free. It wasn’t. In the Beginning… Upon upgrading and logging into the Admin panel to run the update script, I was greeted with a cascade of PHP errors. Actually, it was one error repeated ad nauseum. It took me a minute to figure out how to clear it from my screen (it was a language setting issue), but a novice user would have probably quit right there. Maybe it was an issue with upgrading, and not entirely TXP&#…


What's New? Search Me!

3 August 2005 • Filed under ,

I’ve been procrastinating the day I’d finally buckle down and get the search feature on this site smoothed out and functioning the way I want it to. At first I let it slide, letting Textpattern handle search results in its admittedly awful way. By default, Textpattern returns search results to the default page template and inside the <txp: article /> tag. In layman’s terms, that would place the search results for this website on the Home page, replacing the Recent Articles list with the search results. Not cool — or usable. Thank goodness …


For those about to be inspired, I salute you.

6 May 2005 • Filed under ,

A recent discussion over at the CSS Vault was recently brought to my attention, and before I power down the computer and make the long drive to Plano to begin my new job, I figured I’d weigh in on the debate. From the thumbnail view on CSS Vault, the design looks very similar in color and layout to my old Black design. The visual correlation lies almost exclusively in the horizontal black, white, and cream color blocking. Nothing else seems to be an issue to anyone. It would seem that Aaron has changed the header color to maroon …


Pretty in Pink

26 April 2005 • Filed under ,

Despite the transitional nature of my life at the moment, I made time earlier this month for a site redesign. I hope by now you’ve noticed the change. It didn’t start out as a solid commitment, but when a pleasing design began to take shape, I signed myself up for the CSS Reboot. Truth be told, the signup was mostly meant to keep me from chickening out. And I almost did. Twice. The Inspiration It all started with a rerun of Saturday Night Live. Actually, it all started with this jittery feeling in my gut the …


Windfall.

4 April 2005 • Filed under ,

When it rains, it pours — right? That’s how the saying goes, at least. For all that’s been happening in my life over the past few weeks, there is really very little I can say right now. Ain’t that a peach? Here’s what I can tell you: I will be participating in the CSS Reboot, though I loathe the word “reboot.” Don’t get me started. I initially decided that I would not participate because a) I am thoroughly preoccupied with life’s little surprises and am having a hard …


It Takes A Lot To Make Wednesday Exciting.

22 December 2004 • Filed under

Wednesday = an eternity. It’s true. On this warm Texas afternoon it seems like the week will never end. The lovely breakfast indigestion from Bill Miller’s didn’t help, either. I am so looking forward to my brief Christmas break that I can barely stand the wait any longer. A scrumptious turkey dinner made by my wife. The prezzies. The Christmas movie marathon. The sleeping. Oh, the sleeping! So my thanks go to Mr. Zeldman for giving me a good shock on this lazy afternoon. Like “Vince Neil’s heart meets the paddles” shock. Browsing …


A Delicious Firefox Headache.

14 December 2004 • Filed under

I have been migrating my bookmarks to del.icio.us over the past week or so, marveling at the level of organization that can be achieved with the use of tags. It’s been great. I’ve been doing all this with the hopes that I can easily synchronize my bookmarks between many computers via Firefox’s Live Bookmarks feature. For a while, it worked like a charm. And then I hit a snag. A big snag. Maybe you can help. I read a lot. So it wasn’t long until I had created nearly 50 …


Plugged In: The RSS Edition.

1 December 2004 • Filed under ,

By popular request (meaning someone asked and I had free time), The Plugged In sidebar links are now available via RSS feed. Don’t you just love the sound of that? RSS feeeeeeed. It just rolls off the tongue like so much sweet chocolate. http://www.jaredigital.com/rss The Atom feed is giving my so much grief that I’m not even going to mess with it anymore unless a lot of people beg me to. Or unless I have some free time tomorrow… Enjoy! Update: A documented bug in Textpattern prevents the Last-Modified header …


Back In Black.

10 November 2004 • Filed under ,

An Analysis of the the Jaredigital: Black Layout. Prelude It all started on July 17, 2004 when I went down to Borders and bought Designing With Web Standards. As I read through the book, I investigated many of the websites listed on Zeldman’s externals page, studying CSS styles, options, layouts, and markup. It was through my visits to these sites that I began developing the design for my Black design. CSS had opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities, and I was ready for the good times. Inspiration It all started with three influential websites: …


Season Of Change.

3 November 2004 • Filed under ,

It was my honor and privilege to participate in two important events yesterday. Election. I haven’t voted in all presidential elections since I turned 18, but I have voted in the majority of them. I think I may have skipped the Clinton/Bush election due to a case of “Imsickofthiscrapititis”, but I have since repented of my ways. I feel good about casting my vote, even though it would be a cold day in hell if my preferred candidate actually won. That should give you a better idea of who I didn’t vote for. Conversion. I&#…


Woes, Woes and More Woes.

20 October 2004 • Filed under

Woe is me. Indulge my complaining just this one last time. I attempted to set up MovableType last night and it went horribly wrong. Don’t ask me how, because I have no idea. I followed the instructions. Disaster ensued. Suddenly all my hard work was reduced to “Internal Server Error”, and this did not sit well with me. I blame myself for my apparent lack of database know-how, but feel somewhat justified in saying that setting up MovableType must be what it feels like to build a computer; namely, it’s no picnic if you’…


Stop The Presses! Another Website Has Been Redesigned.

7 October 2004 • Filed under

In an astounding display of originality, Jaredigital.com has been redesigned from the ground up. The initial upload actually took place on Tuesday, October 5th, but emails to CNN.com and Slashdot were delayed until all of the webpages had been placed online. Site owner and designer Jared Christensen remarked, “A website redesign is such a rare and unique event in the web community. We, meaning I, didn’t want to announce the completion of this redesign until all our ducks were in a row. We do this for the kids, and disappointing them is just not an option.” …


You Are Looking At The Future.

9 August 2004 • Filed under

In the not-so-distant future, robots will grow our food. Money will be obselete. Love and Dr. Pepper will inherit the earth. Image-slicers will be mocked. Nested tables will go the way of the Dodo bird. I, for one, am all for the love and Dr. Pepper benefits the future holds for me, but wince at the prospect of all that mocking. Thus my humble website has been redesigned in a significant way to embrace the future. Web standards is where it’s at. My integration of XHTML and CSS are long overdue. I have much to …


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