Development

unsung.net website updates :

2017

  • March 28/2017 Minor updates to the Geekdom page.
  • March 02/2017 Moved Bdotisms off the Geekdom page to its own page. Where it deserves to be.
  • January 27/2017 Added new background. Vector based forest landscape. Source.

2016

  • December 19/2016 Added festive snowflake background. Ho ho ho!
  • May 9/2016 And once again user registration is closed due to spamming. You suck Internet.
  • February 26/2016 Randomly decided to start playing with Themes. Ended up switching the site to CleanWP. *shrug*

2015

  • November 17/2015 Not sure why I didn’t have a proper 404 redirect page. I do now. Also added a blacklist plugin on the backend for spammers.
  • November 17/2015 New white background for Winter. Photo I took of one of my gargoyles in snow. Brr.
  • September 29/2015 New white background. Inverted forest photo I took. Feeling very Black Metal. \m/~
  • June 19/2015 Changed the plug-in on my Contact form since it apparently wasn’t working. Sigh.
  • June 19/2015 Changed the background to a abstract photo I took at night of some lights.
  • May 11/2015 I’ve added the Hashtag plugin for WordPress, so I’ll be adding tags now for various things. They become clickable as a search for that item.
  • March 16/2015 Added Scrabble Short Words page. (Words with Friends)
  • February 03/2015 Added pixelrain background. (Art by supajackle on deviant Art)
  • January 30/2015 Lots of additions to unsung archives page.

2014

  • December 18/2014 Christmas background. 😀
  • September 29/2014 Added the lightbox plugin for image pop-ups.
    It is easy to use: <a href=”http://pathtoimage/photo.jpg” rel=”lightbox”>photo</a>
  • September 23/2014 bdotisms moved here.
  • September 23/2014 Wot happened? Yes I’ve switched the site to a gasp responsive design. It simply makes sense. The theme is Frontier. In all likelihood it will be tweaked a fair bit.
  • September 23/2014 Got rid of my tree banner. Yes the replacement is a bit cheesy but it will do for now….
  • July 01/2014 Visits by country from nations with at least 1% of the total visits.

    Here are some unsung stats via the counterize plugin. Visits by country from nations with <i>at least</i> 1% of the total visits.
    Here are some unsung stats via the counterize plugin. Visits by country from nations with at least 1% of the total visits.
  • July 01/2014 Minor tweak to the summer header.
  • June 20/2014 Updated the header for summer. ^__^
  • June 04/2014 Cleaned up the widgets. The Archives and Categories are now in dropdowns. Got rid of the last.fm widget as well…There is a link to my profile on the About page. Added the Alpine Instagram widget since it should be more interesting and will add some visual appeal.
  • June 03/2014 Right! I finally got the *homepage* url working the way I want. What I did was install the lastpost plugin and have / redirect to unsung.net/?lastpost. Whee!
  • June 02/2014 Changed the site’s directory structure to /%year%/%postname%/ so the URLs have some meaning. Still trying to figure out how to set the default homepage to the most recent post. It seems disqus uses the URL to log the comments… so each page has to have a unique URL. Ergo… unsung.net/ can’t be used…
  • May 27/2014 Switched to the disqus commenting system. Hopefully it is pretty spam proof.
  • April 28/2014 Swapped out the snow tree header for a naked tree with a Snowy Owl. No leaves yet.
  • April 14/2014 I’ve added a bunch of WordPress back-end security plug-ins due to hacking attempts. Sigh. Yes. I see you Ukraine, Russia and China. I’ve restricted site access to a few countries and will continue to do if the logs show hack attempts. So far I’ve found iQ Block Country to be a very useful tool. And to a lesser extent Counterize has logged some interesting data as well. Shocked and disappointed to see Internet Explorer is by far the most used browser. I’ll release a bunch of the interesting Counterize data on a slow day.
  • March 18/2014 Changed the site background. Added #6600FF border. Created and added instagram social widget link.
  • February 18/2014 The festive Christmas/Winter border is gone. Somber black background now. It is actually a photo of a tree in the fog. Photoshopped it with a purple tint.
  • January 13/2014 The Christmas tree is coming down tonight at home… so figured it was time to take down the Christmas light banner. Yup. Replaced with a Winter banner. Brrrrrrrr.
  • January 5/2014 Changed the background border to a Winter themed one. Got rid of the seasonal greeting.

2013

  • December 5/2013 More changed to banner. Added a 404 page.
  • December 4/2013 Changed the banner to a Christmas themed one.
  • October 09/2013 I’ve been playing with a few settings. I added a photos page. It is remarkable how poor the plugin options for flickr are. Sigh. I must have tried about eight plugins before settling on Alpine. Which is still only okay. It would be nice to see the photo titles. I modified the Main Index Template (index.php) in order to display comments. I added $withcomments =1; to the main loop and bam! comments appeared. Again, it would be nice if it only showed the comment form where there was a comment… but whatever…
  • September 26/2013 Added tags page.
  • September 26/2013 Just a note about the blog entries dates. When the blog data was moved over to WordPress all entries with dates prior to January 2002 didn’t have a date field. Sooooo they all defaulted to something in 1970. I’m setting them all to a randomly guessed, probably inaccurate date from around 2002/2001. Which is at lease a time when I was actually alive. 🙂
  • September 26/2013 I’ve been playing with various sidebar widgets. I think the Random post one is fun. Tags might become interesting once I ENTER THEM ALL…
  • September 18/2013 WHOA! Changed the site over to WordPress. I figured it can do most things better than I can. Since it is PHP based, I can still add code if need be.
  • July 24/2013 New banner for summer. Thinking about docks, lakes, and chilling out. Holidays in two days.
  • July 22/2013 Ok! My first foray into mobile site redirection went live. You’ll now notice a new item in the top nav menu. Either mobile or full site depending what is detected. I’ve left it so you can freely switch back and forth. The mobile version is in an alpha state at this point.
  • March 26/2013 Got rid of unsung’s Winter banner. This is a subtle suggestion to Mother nature.
  • March 25/2013 It is curious how issues with quotes and SQL that I thought were fixed keep returning. Must be the PHP server update. trim, stripslashes and mysql_real_escape_string seems to have fixed it.
  • March 18/2013 Server was updated to PHP 5.4 so had to fix some backend session code. Ahh deprecations.
  • March 08/2013 Gawd. Pissed away the morning trying to figure out why certain blog photos file_exists and other didn’t. Turns out some of the SQL search data needed to be TRIMMED. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuu.
  • February 24/2013 Trying to improve search results for specific blog entries. Pages should refresh with id# and unique title tag.
  • January 23/2013 New site banner with snow because it is fracking cold.
  • January 18/2013 Blog comment URLs were wrong. They should now be right. 🙂

2012

  • December 23/2012 Trying out google’s cool font for web api. Currently using ‘Archivo Narrow’.
  • December 18/2012 Added some Christmas lights to the unsung banner tree. Also moved a bunch of javascript out of index.php to files in /js. I read it was a good idea. It makes the code look cleaner too. Why not. Also testing a jQuery content fade. Not sure if it is cool or cheesy.
  • October 16/2012 Moved wedding countdown to aboutme since I’m married now… 🙂
  • October 2/2012 Adding a ‘follow me on twitter’ link to blog, changed date position… There will be redundant ‘updated’ content for older updates. I’m far too lazy to track them all down.
  • September 5/2012 Testing out a NEW CAPTCHA… So the blog comments are once again open to the public.
  • July 11/2012 After repeated and excessive spamming, I’ve decided to close public blog commenting. If you want to comment – you will need an ‘account’. (This has also given me a reason to play with PHP sessions)
  • July 09/2012 Changed the styling for the blog links. A little cleaner now. Added more pics to home. Changed banner graphic again. Didn’t like the realistic sun.
  • June 25/2012 Added a few Home photos to the pics page. Also fixed the css link for colorbox which was wrong. So now the correct style is actually being applied. 😛
  • June 15/2012 Tried adding a onLoad popup for my post comment submission message but it didn’t want to work. Sooo… just added a comment below the blog entry. It works. *shrug* Ran a WAVE test on unsung and fixed a few accessibility issues, mostly addition of title tags to links and input statements.
  • June 12/2012 New banner for the summer heat. Hello sun.
  • June 12/2012 unsung.net was down for a bit. My fault. My web host moved the site to a new server. This moved required me to update my nameserver settings. Which I did last night. It may take some time before unsung’s new info propagates throughout the Internet. I really should read e-mail from my host more closely. *smirk*
  • June 2/2012 Got rid of /misc and added the content to /hikes. Also moved twitter and ‘I’m’ to its own page and off the blog page.
  • May 31/2012 Added tabbed content to the blog page. Now the blog entry and blog comment are on separate pages. This cleans the layout up a far bit IMHO.
  • May 23/2012 – Ahh yes my grand nemesis the “quote” and ‘quote’ returned once again to wreak havoc on my forms. Stripslashes, magic quotes, htmlcharacters… blah blah blah… I think it is working again – for now. *eyeroll* HULK SMASH!
  • May 16/2012 – Changed date format for comments. Not sure why it was set to use that funky format. Minor tweaks to blog page formatting.
  • April 23/2012 – Updated the colorbox functionality for the pics section. It is finally working the way I want it to. Gods be praised.
  • March 21/2012 – Changed site banner. Something more Spring-like.
  • March 19/2012 – Added the ‘hikes’ page. I thought it might be useful to log hikes for future use.
  • March 5/2012 – Removed an unnecessarily complicated captcha with something simple I coded myself. Also some blog repositioning insisted by beedot. 😛
  • February 21/2012 – Reworked the About page. It likely needs to be proofed.
  • February 8/2012 – Improved the functionality for posting the blog image. It should degrade gracefully for older images that are missing. I really need to look through some older CDs to see if I can locate some of them.
  • January 26/2012 – Added addthis bar to the blog. Cleans the layout up a bit and add a ton more functionality… so… I’m going to try it.
  • January 24/2012 – Thanks to tips and guidance from iNom I fixed a few issues with the site. The blog comments should now work as well as the RSS feed links on the entry title. The links within the entries are still broken. Also put in a placeholder image for older blog entries that are missing their image. I’ll have to track those down at some point.
  • January 16/2012 – Added doodles section to the pics page. I think these are brilliant.
  • January 15/2012 – Got rid of the links database. Using a easy static links page now… since I hardly update it. Also changing header title graphics to new font.
  • January 11/2012 – Changed the photo caption layout. (and the SQL data type for it… now I can add links within the caption. joy.
  • January 5/2012 – The unsung font is now Bridgnorth. Yippie.
  • January 4/2012 – Changed the header graphic again. Has a nice faded image in the background now. More changes tomorrow.
  • January 2/2012 – Some minor graphic changes. Got rid of the right column for twitter. Site is just one column now.
  • 2011
  • December 24/2011 – Added twitter class for blog entries.
  • December 21/2011 – Added Christmas lights to the tree in the header graphic.
  • November 16/2011 – Added a snowman to the header graphic. >.>
  • November 15/2011 – Changed the highlight colour for subject search to make it more apparent. Gray text with black background gets that done.
  • November 14/2011 – Added some AJAX to the form so it takes up less real estate plus it is swankier with better functionality no? 🙂
  • November 13/2011 – A few tweaks to the blog layout.
  • October 12/2011 – A few layout and aesthetic changes recommended by bdot. More tweeting to be done, I need to add some padding.
  • October 11/2011 – New website design ‘Solitary Dark tree’ added. A darker theme for Halloween season. Retired the Dragon redesign. I was inspired by a design I saw sometime ago… I don’t have the URL… but I recall the site was for African tourism. I’m still tweaking the look.
  • October 10/2011 – Disabled simple right click save as sitewide. Yes you can still grab photos if you really want to… But I’m not going to make it easy. Please ask. Thanks.
  • October 4/2011 – Added blog query via tags. I’m hoping to do a reskin soon. Perhaps a Halloween theme. >.>
  • August 31/2011 – Updated the misc page, which is turning into a Caledon Trail Map page it seems. Created a map for the Humber Valley Heritage Trail and linked to the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail club.
  • August 25/2011 – A few minor tweets to the blog layout. Trying to simplify it a bit. Updated the nav to, got rid of some pages I wasn’t using.
  • August 2011 – I’ve been working on and off on the /pics section. It is alive and kicking now with jQuery’s delicious colorbox. I’m hoping to have the page serve as the homebase for my online photography. So it should be updated fairly often.
  • June 17/11 – Moved the change log to the dev page so misc can really be just odds and ends
  • May 17/11 – Deleted a bunch of out of date links from the links database. Curious how dead URLs end up as spam and porn sites. *eyeroll*
  • May 17/11 – Added a lovely jQuery script to add rollover info to the links on the links page. Cluetip. Get it here.
  • May 13/11 – Cleaned the links page up a bit. Made a lovely little bullet. Going to make it two columns as well…
  • May 12/11 – Brought the search back for the blog. A few minor tweaks on the blog… some browsers were seeing the text in bold. I think I’ve fixed it. Just some unclosed div tags.
  • May 04/11 – Design change. I came across the dragon image used for the background during a search and it inspired a bit of a facelift. Perhaps a major one. I’ve finally let go of my dark violet #6600FF. Sniff. Perhaps we will meet again. The new dragon design.
  • April 27/11 – Added the same jQuery capcha script to the blog comment form thanks to Russian spammers who seem to love me. I wish they would die a painful naplam death.
  • April 27/11 – Updated the contact form. Also added a groovy jQuery capcha script for human verification. If you need capcha, check it out this great script at : s3capcha
  • April 24/11 – Updated the blog comment functionality and the back-end approval process. Ongoing…
  • April 20/11 – Well… after a ridiculous melodrama ending with my web host terminating my hosting… I’ve moved unsung to a new Canadian home. The customer service seems better, the server seems faster and the backend is more robust. So suck it hostcolor.
  • April 14/11 – Expanded the blog search criteria to include search by ‘*’ and a results cap. Bdot would be great in Q&A.
  • April 11/11 – Inspired by a request from Bdot I’ve added date search to the blog. I cleaned up the results screen too. It actually works pretty well.
  • April 10/11 – Changed the rss feed to run off of feedburner! actually did it last week… just updating this now… A few minor changes to the blog review layout to make it stand out a little more.
  • March 27/11 – Changed the links page to display link sections in collapsed/expandable sections using JQuery.
  • March 9/11 – Changed the UI for the main menu to use a the groovy JQuery lavalamp script.
  • March 4/11 – Changed the site background image to that creepy spore flower with a white background. Spring is around the corner.
  • March 3/11 – Changed the blog search to look through more fields such as watching, listening to, eating, update.
  • February 11/11 – Added the search back to the blog with some security. Hopefully it won’t get hacked again. Sigh………….
  • February 5/11 – Updated the about me page. Got rid of the 100 things about me. I’ve replaced it with Likes & Dislikes. Enjoy.
  • January 17/11Sadly got rid of the blip.fm feed app. It rarely worked and broke the look of the site anyway. I extended the tweet feed into the old blip space. Also… I’ve changed the code so I can include colorbox calls from the blog now! So that will be more pics embedded directly in blog entries now. ^_^
  • January 11/11 – Added colorbox photo gallery to pics section. Spiffy.
  • 2010
  • November 18/10 – Due to spam (and not getting any link suggestions) the submit link code on the links page was removed. Visitors are directed to the contact form.
  • November 11/10 – Added AJAX code to refresh the banner blocks every 6000 milliseconds.
  • November 08/10 – Changed background to winter colours. Used a photo I took a few years ago. Finally got the last.fm feed to work. Added the pics link back to the nav bar.
  • October 19/10 – Changed background to Halloween colours. Layout was changed slightly last week to better emphasize twitter since I’m tweeting more and blogging less.
  • July 13/10 – Blog entries now tweetable. It is super easy. Followed example from /.
  • July 11/10 – Changed the background. Used wave filter in PS to create it.
  • July 7/10 – Added bullets to the tweet entries. Very exciting indeed.
  • June 27/10 – Changed the look of the navigation. Added more banner images… close to 100 now. Tweeked the caption colours.
  • June 25/10 – Majority of the site validates as HTML5! 😀 (Older blog entries likely won’t…)
  • June 25/10 – More tweaks here and there. Updated the About Me page since it was really outdated.
  • June 24/10 – Major visual redesign. The site was looking ass. I think it looks less ass now.
  • May 11/10 – Lots of little aesthetic changes. Moved last 3 blog entries to top. A little more usable there.
  • May 11/10 – Layout update based on random colour for various page elements. I like it. Also! page is now XHTML V1, granted there are a bazillion errors in the validator, but I’ll get to them. The goal was to have a layout that was more dynamic and would better fit all types of resolutions (esp. width wise). I think it is neat. Might add a background yet for a little more flair but the design is basically set now. Removed twitter from menu, and added it down in the last few tweets. Also need to get footer working properly.
  • FebRuary 25/10 – Added the Dev page.
  • FebRuary 24/10 – Added unsung cookies! It simply records your name, number of visits and the time of your last visit. You can kill ’em off if you don’t like them, but who doesn’t like cookies? 😛
  • FebRuary 4/10 – Got rid of the Christmas cheer on the banner. Upped the font size on the blog text from 11 to 12. It was too small. Should be putting the new photo album live soon… 😀 Changed the menu colours and the font size. It is a little easier to read now…
  • 2009
  • December 23/09 – Added a little Christmas cheer to the banner.
  • November 11/09 – Launched an urban redesign yo! Check it! 😛 (The font is called To Be Continued)
  • October 26/09 – Changed the banner to something Fall-ish. Used GIMP. It really is a poor man’s Photoshop.
  • August 20/09 – Finally changed the main background. I like the simplicity of the black and white image. Can you guess what it is? 🙂
  • April 28/09 – Added a new page to the site, ‘feedback’. It is intended to be a place for visitors to leave comments/feedback/questions about the site. Or simply just to say hello. A guestbook of sorts.
  • April 2/09 – Added a photo option to the archive page. Put my tweets (twitter) updates at the bottom of the blog page. Changed the background yet again. Now I like the ‘background’ but it clashes with the header. SIGH! Okay, changed it AGAIN! I think I’ll leave it alone for today. *smirk*
  • April 1/09 – Changed background. Added a permanent archive link. I think this might help search engines.
  • March 25/09 – Changed background.
  • March 24/09 – Whoa, what happened? A major resign happened. It isn’t done. But ‘phase’ one of the overhaul is done. There will be tweaking done for awhile. Let me know what you think! New font is A Charming Font 🙂
  • March 16/09 – Added an RSS feed and it is valid! 🙂 I played with it a long time before it worked… the main issue was invalid characters in my blog entries needed to be filtered to be RSS compliant.
  • January 5/09 – Changed rollovers back to gray and purple. Also changed the css file to ensure everyone sees the update.
  • 2008
  • December 16/08 – Changed rollovers to red and green. Not too excited about the green.
  • December 06/08 – Added the Christmas coloured background behind the rollovers. Looks pretty brutal with the purple. Might redo the rollovers.
  • December 05/08 – Updated contact info. Added e-mail address since I got unsung.net working with google mail. Also added contact infos for MSN and Twitter.
  • November 27/08 – On recommendations from the gf I tighted up some of the spacing and padding on the site. Wonder if it is symetrical now? 😛
  • November 26/08 – Added the favicon back to unsung. If you are a dev and want to add one to your site, then click here. This site is great. Instant icon! The unsung font is Thaleia. Added more banners, from 1600-7 to 1600-15.
  • November 24/08 – Decided today to start keeping a change log for unsung. Seems odd to start a log now… *shrug* Made top banner 1600×70 and some minor spacing tweaks. Thought of putting two smaller banners side by side but it looked goofy.

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