Hello, I’m a web craftsman with a passion for the modern web. I build web applications and play with social services and communities.
About a week ago I launched a new web service with a few friends from university. It’s called LocaNote. LocaNote is a cloud service that stores personal notes online. What’s special about LocaNote is that every note has a geographical location attached to it. Using this information LocaNote will show you only notes that are relevant to your current position. And since it is a cloud service you can take your notes with you on a mobile device. An iPhone App is in development right now and should be available on the App Store within the next few weeks. The built-in GPS receiver in the iPhone makes it the perfect mobile device for LocaNote. It will automatically use it’s current GPS-location to find notes that are really close to your actual position. Also, when you create a new note it will be placed on your current location.
The website and API is done in Ruby on Rails and the web frontend makes heavy use of the recently released jQuery 1.4.
My social networking site the-reality.net will stop supporting IE6 soon. That’s what the 6.4% visitors with IE6 will be informed about from now on when they enter the website.
I made the decision today while developing the new version of TR which makes heavy use of modern techniques. Until now I was testing IE6 here and then and made it compatible to the most important parts of the website. But especially the features I have been working on recently just gave me too much of a headache to keep IE6 support up. Also it’s getting harder and harder to even find a machine running IE6 for test purposes. That’s good news actually and works hand in hand with the decision to stop IE6 support.
OK, actually there will be still a bit of support. As I said I made most parts compatible until today so they will stay compatible as long as possible. But when the next change comes to those parts I won’t even think of IE6 anymore! And I have been waiting for this moment for years!
Especially for social networks it is hard to stop IE6 support since they have naturally more non-techy people visiting and when I started developing TR v4 in 2007 (OMG did I really start that long ago and didn’t get it live yet?) there was still a big percentage visiting with this old, never-dieing monster!
So after all I’m really excited and happy about this decision and can’t wait to remove the last bits and pieces of IE6 hacks and patches from the source code in the next couple of months….or maybe years.
I pushed a little design update to my social web community 3 weeks ago and wanted to post it here since then. The update included a reworked main header of the page as well as a different design for the evening hours with a beautiful sunset. Late at night a pretty sky full of stars appears for the joy of late visitors.
But since it took me so long to post the headers here I decided to include other special headers a well. Winter, Christmas and Valentin Day to be precise. The current version of the-reality.net (v3) is quite old and it’s rather unlikely that there will be other headers before the release of the next major update.
Well this was faster than I thought. Due to some boring classes I had today, I got the chance to fix the few little details in my new wordpress theme that bothered me. So floating images are now displayed correctly, the post date/time is moved a little, image captions look a lot prettier and the comments got a much nicer look.
I’m quite happy with my new feed page so my next thought was to integrate my blog better. So here we are!
I took the design of the feed page and made a WordPress Theme from it. It’s my first self-made WordPress Theme and I really like it so far. Hopefully you too! There is still some space for improvements with displaying images, layouting comments etc. but I’ll look into this later. For now this should do exactly what I want it to do and that is a simple and clean blog that is well integrated into the rest of my page and I can start using more regularly.
By the way, in my last post I was saying that I would look into tumblr. Well the reason I didn’t move to it was that I didn’t see a big advantage over wordpress and that it didn’t offer a simple way to transfer my wordpress blog into tumblr. There are plenty of scripts out there that claim to do the job but none made a good impression to me. And since I’m short on time I decided to go this way and learned how to make wordpress themes on the way too.