Hello, I’m a web craftsman with a passion for the modern web. I build web applications and play with social services and communities.

May 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Over the last couple of days I was playing around with Feed Collection and some CSS. The result is a new mashed front page for myself with all my activity throughout the web in one place:

http://www.m-schmidt.eu

Therefore my blog had to move to its own subdomain (on which you should be already):

http://blog.m-schmidt.eu

It’s kinda experimental for now but if it goes well I’ll try to fit in the blog better in somehow. I was also playing with the thought of moving away from wordpress to tumblr. Actually I was playing with that thought for a while but somehow I’m doing hard on going to a full-hosted service.


March 25, 2009 at 4:40 pm

CubosLocos Logo

It’s been a while since you heard from me last, but I want to show you one of many projects I’m working on at the time:

CubosLocos.com

This is growing to a Tutorial Website which will help you to learn some real-time 3D with OpenGL and OpenSceneGraph.


June 26, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Daniel L. wrote recently how RSS killed the “surface” design”.

I definitely agree with the development of simplified designs in order to provide a cleaner user interface. But this is not entirely related to RSS feeds.

However, the main reason that makes me hesitate integrating RSS feeds in my main projects is advertisement. Yes, RSS feeds concentrate on the content. And this is good for people who need to get a quick update without waiting for the full page to load and spend time on looking for the right spot.

But as owner of a website even RSS feeds take server performance away. And the most common way to make money to pay for webspace/servers is banner advertisement. And especially this kind of advertisement is part of the visual design.

So we run into a serios problem here: Sites that use RSS feeds are most likely blogs, news sites or other dynamic pages. Those are the pages that need serios server power since they are generated by server-side scripting languages and store content in databases. To pay for the server power they use ad services like Google AdSense. And AdSense is Javascript based which means we need a (X)HTML site displayed in a browser.

So what will happen to online advertising if most of the hits come through feeds rather than actual web site views??

Well the only solution to that is moving advertisement from visual design to the content. That would mean ads show up in the feeds as text-based ads. This would be pretty annoying and may keep some people away from feeds. So we need both. Ads on the page itself and ads in the feeds. More work for the webmasters to integrate those and more things to keep track of.

Another possible “solution” that is already in use is displaying only the beginning of the content in the feed with a “read more” button that redirects to the actual site. However, this does only work for blogs and news sites. And there are a lot of other pages out there that need to address that issue.


June 3, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Peace Child International is currently working on a Publication that aims to simplify summarize this years Human Development Report on Climate Change.

To follow up with the creation process of the booklet pixelflush_ created the official site and blog:

http://www.peacechild.org/climate

It’s based on last years Water Booklet Project with a few quite a lot of tweaks (after the update) to match current standards.

Update (05.06.2008):

Today I updated the technical side of the site: Old code got cleaned up, the old table layout got replaced with a xhtml+css layout, some small color and layout tweaks and the probably biggest addition is a comment system on all pages as well as a RSS feed. All over it’s a update that “web 2.0fies” the site.

Keep checking the site as we update content on a daily basis for the next 2 weeks and maybe a bit longer.


May 7, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Today a new website rolles out of the pixelflush_ labs:

www.werockeu.de

The Website promotes a Summer Open Air in Görlitz, Germany organised by the-reality.net.

Tech features:

  • XHTML 1.1
  • UTF8
  • transparent PNGs for Shadow and Badge in the top right corner
  • slightly downgraded version for IE6 users

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