Fang Talks

Six years!

I had a pretty cool idea for a post earlier today, but I didn’t write it down and now it’s gone.

Instead, I’ll be doing a little rant on developing websites to be compatible with mobile devices. Damn thing gave me a bit of a headache today. And I even got everything set up already to work nicely, as you saw in a recent screenshot I shared. Apparently iOS Safari was restriction its viewport to a minimum size, so where my website would normally shrink down to accommodate for screen width, it didn’t since the viewport was broader than the screen. Took some searching around to find the solution to this, but luckily it’s fixable.

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Recently, more and more people have been going “Email? Nobody uses that anymore.” And it’s kind of concerning.

Some time ago, I wrote a post about how email was becoming the letter writing of the modern day. And just as with letters, people are starting to move on to “fancier” methods of communications. And using those methods alongside email is fine, but completely pushing email aside? Ridiculous.
Let’s start of by agreeing on the fact that almost literally everyone who uses the internet has an email address. You need it to register for most every service these days. Hell, even most “new fangled” instant messaging services require an email one way or another. So, “who still uses email?” Everyone.

As I said, using other messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook Chat, etc. is all fine. But let’s not forget those are instant messaging services. They’re instant. And while that’s great, I often feel like it discourages thorough, in-depth discussions of topics, and rather pushes people to just make small-talk. Again, nothing wrong with that per se. What is wrong, is when people start saying they won’t use email for communication since they got their IM.

Precisely because of the difference in what is communicated through IM and email, I think it’s important to use a healthy mix of both. Some of the best, most productive and educating conversations I’ve held over the internet have gone through email (amongst other forms of non-instant messaging, like forums and the likes). It’s great how you get the time to sort out your thoughts before answering instead of being pressured to answer within a minute.

I hope y’all can see why email isn’t all that bad. Don’t be afraid to send a reminder over email instead of a text message!
~ Fang

It’s seriously late and I’m super hungry, so hang on while I go grab something to eat.

There, better. Now, let’s get started! As a disclaimer, this is all highly confidential still a work in progress, but so far I’m pretty happy with how it looks. Spent a lot of the night working on it, after all.
SSR2, shorthand for SSRSSR, abbreviation for Seriously Simple RSS Reader, is the RSS reader you’re by now probably aware I’m developing. Decided it was high time I prettied things up a bit, since we’re getting close to the release. (I still haven’t implemented registration-less accounts though, and apparently registration and logging in is broken.) Was struggling a bit, not sure what exactly to do with it, until one fateful evening in the shower. Inspiration struck, and I came up with a design that could easily be made to fit smaller (mobile) screens as well.

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27 04 14

Caves, p82

Here we are once again. I am super tired, so I probably won’t make this too long. We’ll see. (previous)

‘Say what now?’ Andrea said fiercely. ‘What do you mean, not your problem?’
After arriving back in Whelhaven, the two had immediately gone to Warren. After bursting into his office and reporting the three men for unlawful behavior, the reaction they got was no more than a single sentence long.
‘Just as I said it, not my problem.’ Warren didn’t even look up from his paperwork as he calmly responded. ‘They’re perfectly within their rights. And those other folks they’re endangering aren’t Whelhaven citizens, so they don’t get any protection.’
‘Puh-lease,’ she grumbled. ‘You don’t keep track of that, you just don’t care.’

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It’s not impossibly hard, but it definitely isn’t an easy task either. At least, for me.

Responsive design (websites that display nicely regardless of your browser window’s size) is kind of the thing lately, and it can tie nicely into making your website mobile-friendly. Emphasis there is on can, since this is far from always the case. Problem here is, just making sure all the element’s width are responsive, and elements don’t weirdly overlap isn’t enough. “Mobile-friendly” means a lot more than making things work on small screens.

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