Random musings from the PaperDemon admin.
Latest project happenings
So back in November, I mentioned I'd be dedicating myself to Webdev for at least 6 months before returning to my Multimedia projects. Here's a quick look at the in-progress webdev projects I have completed, have in progress, and future planned projects.
UTF-8 - I migrated the site to UTF-8 back in late November. This is something that needed to be done since I will be developing more XML based apps.
REDESIGN - I just finished a visual redesign of PaperDemon.com template. It's not a major overhaul but it does resolve a few issues that I had with the older layout. It's mainly a change to the header and footer and a few color tweaks.
REFERRALS - Just created a new referral system the other day on PD that allows members to recruite newbies and get free premium accounts. I've done this in an effort to increase traffic and activity (and hopefully increase ad revenue).
In Progress Projects
ADVERTISEMENTS - I'm also working on adding more advertisements to PD, particularly adding adult ads in the Red Curtain. My hosting costs far outweight the ad revenue and I'm hoping to change that now that I have a mortgage to pay (just bought a house, whoo!).
AJAX COMMENTS - The commenting system is something I'm working on a major rewrite of. I rewrote it to be more exportable and have made it an XML based output with XSL and AJAX using jquery stuffs. It's nearly done but I've run into a snag with the jquery ajax image uploader. This project started out as a good candidate for experimenting with XML/XSLT based reusable system but ended up being more complex than I thought and is taking forever to finish.
GALLERIES UI - The galleries system for artwork on PD right now has been very confusing for a lot of users. I'm working on a new interface and reorganization of the gallery trees. Not sure when I'll have this done but I'm hoping to have it done by end of February.
WEB PAGE CMS - I'm in need of a simple yet flexible content management system for web page content for the ShrunkenHeadMan club at SJSU. I've started work on this and am about half way through. Content is stored in a database but is served in XML and converted to HTML via XSLT. It allows for multiple layouts and uses YUI Grids for the layouts. It also archives past edits of a page.
SHM REDESIGN - working with the SHM webmaster and have developed a new template for the site. Working on implementing the new template now and should be done within the next couple weeks.
MEMBERS/LOGIN/PROFILE REWRITE - the code for member logins, profiles, etc is my oldest code and is just a huge mess. I can't easily plug it in to my other projects. I'm rewriting this one and want to make the profile thing xml/xslt based so it can easily be customized for my other sites like PaperDemonMedia, SHM, and a family site that I want to start soon.
PHOTO GALLERY - I'm going to rewrite my simple photo gallery that is used on PD and add a couple features like albums and upload from picasa. Will use this for the family site and for SHM.
FAMILY SITE - once all of my code is rewritten for better reusability and customization, i want to create a new site that uses all my existing software just for my family to post photos and connect with each other. I might integrate it with other apps such as twitter and facebook.
As you can see, I have a lot going on. I jump around from project to project. I'm thinking 6 months isn't enough time. It's already been more than 2. Well, back to work.
Victim of Vundo
Unfortunately, my laptop got infected with one of the nastiest trojans to surface on the interwebs... the Vundo Trojan.
My boyfriend, Mike, managed to clean off the virus finally but it left windows a little bit messed up. So he thought he'd try doing a "reload" of windows. This is where you install Windows on top of itself rather than reformating the drive and doing a clean install of windows.
Why I hate Microsoft and Fujitsu right now...
My laptop runs Windows XP Tablet edition and Fujitsu gave me a "recovery disc" instead of a real version of Windows. These recovery discs cannot do repair installs of WIndows. They can only format the drive and do a clean install. So I called Fujitsu and asked them if they could send me a Windows XP Tablet edition cd and they said they can't send that to me and they don't manufacture it. I contacted Microsoft and they just told me to contact Fujitsu. You can't just go into a store and buy XP Tablet OEM. And even if you could, I don't want to buy a copy with a product key. I just want the disc! I have a fully paid registered version of Windows! But I don't have the software disc!
Speaking as a consumer, I'm very frustrated that Microsoft and these computer manufacturers are no longer providing us with a full version of Windows. My computer is clean from viruses but windows is just a bit funky. And Fujitsu's answer is to do wipe my drive and start over?!
If it was regular Windows XP, I could just borrow an OEM Windows disc from someone else to do the repair install. But since its Tablet edition, I'm at Fujitsu's mercy. STOOPID!
And Fujitsu tells me that they can do a clean install and recover all of my data. Yeah but my applications won't be there. Have you ever had to deal with Adobe's freakin' DRM?! Even if you change a part in your computer it goes crazy and you have to call Adobe to reactivate your copy of their software. You waste a lot of time setting up a new machine, whether or not your "data" is recovered. Not to mention the stupid crap I'd have to deal with for authorizing iTunes to play my purchased music!
At this point, Mike was able to fix windows with WinsockXPFix and LSPFix. I wont know if my computer is "well" yet until I start using it again. Here's hoping I don't need that disc afterall!
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