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Main Boards => General Discussion => Everything Else RSS Feed For Everything Else => 2018-06-26 Birthday

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Today Distant Web would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the following member:

scrubjohanson

Please feel free to post here to celebrate their birthday as well, or go to their profile and leave them a comment/send them a message!

Thank you!
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Today Distant Web would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the following member:

DistantWords

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Main Boards => General Discussion => Entertainment RSS Feed For Entertainment => My Daughter Sings 'House of Gold'

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My oldest daughter Becky sang a cover of the TWENTY ØNE PILØTS song 'House of Gold' for her school's talent show recently, and I wanted to share it here.



Please check it out and enjoy!
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So right now I am working on a sort of 'Ad Banner Rotation' feature for my site here, something similar to banner rotations I have used in other sites over the years. However, I'm not exactly sure how to implement it yet. I do want to at least see if I can generate any income at all from ad banners, even in an 'affiliate' sort of way, but I would also like to give any members the chance for at least some self promotion as well.

What I'm working on right now is a kind of multi-functional sort of thing where those who are allowed can either upload an ad banner, with some basic info including the URL, OR add some pre-existing HTML code. However, the latter can be very problematic if not heavily monitored. I myself may need to use HTML code, but I'm not exactly sure if anyone else would absolutely NEED to be able to use straight HTML as opposed to manually uploading a banner with a URL to their site. So what I think I am going to do for right now is keep HTML Code to Admins only, and IF I open this up to members, keep them to just banners and basic info (no code).

Now, you may be wondering exactly why I am posting this. Well, this post will serve as a kind of 2 fold; first, to use as the URL to a basic 'Advertise Here' ad (at lest for now, for testing purposes), and second to see if I can get any feedback on this.

As I said already, using HTML Code will have to remain specific to Admins, at least for now due to security reasons. So for adding Ad Banners, here is how I am setting it up at the moment:

Ad Banner - an image file to serve as the actual ad banner.
Site/Product Name - simply the name of your site or product.
Site/Product Description - a description of your site or product.
Site/Product URL - the URL to link to.

Honestly, these are the only pieces of information I think would be needed, but if you are reading this and can think of anything else, please let me know.

Also, PLEASE let me know if this sounds like something you would be interested in in the first place. Would you be interested in adding an Ad Banner here, and how would you want it to work? Hopefully I can get this all worked out and added soon, but for now, think of this topic as just a placeholder and feature announcement.

Thank you,

Robert/DW
Main Boards => Site Support => Feedback RSS Feed For Feedback => Testing the Spoiler Tag

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(This thread is intended to test my sites 'spoiler tags'. Simply hover over, or click on the area bellow to reveal the spoiler. If you can see the text bellow without doing anything, then you should avoid any postings where a spoiler warning has been given, as my tags clearly don't work. If you cannot see however, try hovering over, or tapping on, the black spot bellow to see if it works for you)

I've been trying to think of something to do with not only my time, but my site as well, for quite a while. One thought that just occured to me was to just get off my ass and maybe review the occasional game or movie. I absolutely do NOT have the money to keep up with 'current' theatrical releases, or 99.9% of games released (at least not till they are way cheaper than launch prices). I just don't have that kind of money to waste.

But, I do watch older movies, and I do play older games, as well as the occasional new release (both film and game).

So why not just try randomly selecting one here and there and give a quick review, or simply throw out some general thoughts. However, some movies and games would be REALLY tough to give cohesive thoughts about without spoilers. I don't intend to be spoiler filled, at least not without adding that to the description (if the whole thing is spoilery). But even in a cursory review, a spoiler here and there may be needed.

So, I feel it necessary now to test my spoiler tag. I also thought that any posting that contained a spoiler could/should start right off with a spoiler warning and a link somewhere that the viewer could test said tag, without actually being spoiled by anything in the process. Hence, this thread.


Ok, so if the above was visible without doing anything, spoiler tags are not working. If it was blacked out, and hovering your mouse did nothing to help view the text, the spoiler tags are not working. If you tapped on the block of black with your finger, using either a mobile device or some other touch-based screen, and you were not able to read, then the spoiler tags are not working.

Otherwise, if you were able to reveal the blacked out text, without doing so on accident, you should feel free to view anything with spoilers, assuming the tags are used properly from here on out (I myself will do what I can to make sure they are used).
Main Boards => General Discussion => Tech Talk RSS Feed For Tech Talk => Windows 10 SUCKS! [explicit]

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So this is just going to be a bit of a rant about Windows 10; I fucking HATE it. This, to me, is without a doubt the worst 'Windows' ever! Give me Windows 8, give me Windows Vista. Hell, give me Windows ME!!! Ok, maybe not THAT far, but to be fair, as shitty as ME was, I didn't have as many issues with it as I do 10.

First and foremost, it's forced updates PISS me off! I totally get that Microsoft sucks at writing software, and therefore their software needs constant updates. They leave gaping holes in the programming which need to be fixed once exploits are released (not found, just released, because MS doesn't seem to care if there is a vulnerability unless that vulnerability is being actively exploited). But GIVE ME A CHOICE ON WHEN!

Windows 10 does not seem to allow this! At least, on many (MANY) of it's updates, it just says "oh, were you working on something? Well fuck you! RESTART NOW!". I can't tell you how many times I've lost hours of work because, without warning, Windows decided to just restart to apply patches. Now sure, every once in a while an update comes through that I guess is less important, but it will nag the fuck out of you until you update, including WAKING YOUR COMPUTER UP if you had it in sleep mode, JUST to remind you! Yes, I would often put my laptop to sleep (and because the hinge was broken I couldn't close the lid) just to have it turn back on out of nowhere!

This is bad enough, but the fucking updates would ALWAYS fuck with my settings, EVERY TIME! The worst was with the damned touch pad. I personally do NOT like 'tap to click' with touch pads. Never have, never will. I can never get a correct setting on them. It's either clicking because of the slightest touch, or not clicking at all even if I am POUNDING on the fucking thing! And with all the 'multi-touch' options, crazy shit happens ALL the time when that crap is enabled. I'll be just trying to scroll around, and all of a sudden, without knowing why, I'm dragging shit around my screen!

So needless to say, I hate 'tap to click' and all of it's sub-options, and want them OFF. Well, every time, and I mean EVERY FUCKING TIME the computer updates, ALL of the 'tap to click' options I turned off are suddenly BACK FUCKING ON!!!!

And there are like 3 or 4 layers of these settings buried in various sections, so resetting MY preferences takes a lot of time! And this happens EVERY SINGLE TIME Windows 10 updates ANYTHING, which I swear to GOD seems like every 10 minutes (is that why they called it Windows '10'?).

Now, there actually are other reasons I hate Win10, but they are kind of hard to explain. Mostly compatibility options, or various 'security' crap, like having to run EVERY 3rd party program as 'Administrator' in order for them to run properly. But hell, the damned 'tap to click' thing is MORE than enough, because even though I may be exaggerating a bit about how often the updates come in, it's not by much; this really is the most frequently updated Windows I have ever, EVER used.

I'm sure my laptop itself didn't help in any of this. I don't think it was quite capable of fully running Win10, as it was really, really cheap. But that IS a problem in of itself with Micro$oft; they only ever push ONE version of Windows at a time, forcing manufacturers to use a version of Windows that their computer probably can't handle well.

My first Windows 7 laptop couldn't run Win7 very well, but it ran XP beautifully. And since Vista was abandoned (rather quickly), hardware that probably would have run it well (it had to be better than 7, though I did not try that myself as everyone knows Vista was not very good either) was forced to run 7 with piss poor results.

The same type of thing happened with my first Win8 desktop, and then of course the Win10 laptop I have been ranting about here.

I totally understand that when a company puts out a new version of their product, they want to only push that new version. But for something as important as a computer Operating System, where optimization and performance are absolutely big factors, they NEED to either continue support for the last version as well, or have a 'light' version of their current software that will not need the same requirements to run optimally.

I have a ton more to bitch about in regard to M$, Windows and that fucking Lenovo laptop, but this rant has already taken a lot out of me. Thank you for reading.
Main Boards => General Discussion => Entertainment RSS Feed For Entertainment => Video Games RSS Feed For Video Games => Aiming on Horizon Zero Dawn

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The only reason I'm posting this is because of a thread on reddit. Someone there was asking for help with aiming in HZD, and I wanted to put together some images of a location that helped me hone my skills in aiming, as I too had trouble with it at first. My photo gallery isn't even close to being able to what I would want, like maybe a custom slideshow or something, so I figured I'd just upload some screenshots and add them in a forum post.

So that is it, nothing more.

So early in the game, in 'The Embrace', there is an area where you have two hills with a rope in between. I spent a lot of time going from hilltop to hilltop, aiming down bellow at the robots, and hiding when they'd start to shoot at me lol. This area provides lots of space to hide, and the robots cannot get up there. So I'd just do my best, take aim, fire, and hope for the best. Doing this several times, sometimes saving and reloading so the game would reset the robots, I did get quite a bit better.

Important skills over all are Hunter Reflexes, Balanced Aim, Concentration and Concentration+.

So here is the map:

user posted picture

And here are a few shots of what that looks like:

user posted picture

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Main Boards => Site Support => Site News RSS Feed For Site News => Site Update - 2/10/2018

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Looking around, I recently noticed it's been years since I last posted a 'Site Update' style topic. Sure, I've posted whenever something new has been added or something somewhat significant has been updated, but an over all 'State of the Site' type post has been absent for too long.

Of course, one (as in me) could argue that little happens here, so why bother? But that would be too simple. So in the nearly 3 years since my last post like this, quite lot has happened. For one thing, almost 2 years ago, mid 2016, my family and I moved from one side of the U.S.A. to the other. The aftermath of that move has had quite an impact on me personally, which has effected my work in coding.

In late 2016, I also tried to resurrect Scrub Radio, which failed spectacularly. As a result of the failure, I have decided that I will make no future attempts at bringing Scrub Radio back, nor will I assist in any attempts outside of mental support. I won't rule out starting up something similar from scratch, but I will say that something along those lines are highly doubtful. One of the biggest factors in that failure was the simple fact that I never saw Scrub Radio is 'mine', it was always Scrubs', so I was always hesitant to do anything too drastic or different.

There have also been quite a few brand new sections of the site.

Site Polls

This is probably the most badly implemented feature/section. It's beyond generic, with way too many limitations. I know I could do better, but I just don't see the point. A poll is only useful if you have people voting, which I don't, so I just can't help but think 'why bother?'. Nevertheless, it's a section where you can create a poll with a poll question, 2 to 10 answers, and a description. Visitors can vote for one option and leave a comment, either through the site as a registered member, or by using a Facebook account (god I hate Facebook).

Multiple options were a thought, and could still be implemented, but I would need more reason to work on this.

RSS Feed

I put together a simple RSS Feed, which will pull the latest 10 Blogs, Forum Topics and Forum Replies. I wanted this to be tied to your account, and if you view the feed through a web browser where you are logged in, it will. However, any RSS Reader that I have used so far will only view as a Guest, therefore only publicly viewable posts will be displayed. So far I have found no RSS Reader that will allow for a website login. And since some data could be compromised, I have yet to find any solution to this.

Also, most current web browsers do NOT apply any formatting to RSS/Raw XML like they use to, so it all looks like crap. I have yet to find a universally accepted and properly supported answer to this as well. But, I do often keep looking, so if you are reading this and have any thoughts or solutions, please feel free to let me know.

Photo Gallery

This is the newest feature/section, and it too is beyond generic (though, still better than the Polls section). I only just started this project though, so only time will tell if it gets more advanced than it is at the moment. For now, members can upload a single photo at a time (I am looking into multiple, but that is a long story). They can be added to multiple per-determined categories or a single user created 'Album', though no real support has been put towards user Albums yet. When viewing a Photo, you can enlarge the photo by clicking on it, and the cancel the enlargement by clicking it again (more work needs to be put into this as well). Visitors can also comment exactly as described for the Polls, which is also exactly has it has been done for Blogs.

Finally, all Photos can be deleted by an Admin or the one who uploaded it, and the textual information can be modified by an Admin or the one who uploaded it as well.

For right now, those are the only actual new 'sections' of the site, so let's get into what's been updated over the years.

Forums

I've added a very basic, and limited 'Search' function for the forum. It's not great, and needs lots of work. However, with so few posts it's kind of pointless anyway. It's also hard to work on search features when so little data is available for testing purposes.

Topics can also be rated with 1 to 5 stars, which will be averaged and displayed.

I'm also constantly trying to tweak what I can as I see something that is either not working or just doesn't seem right, but with no real feedback, I kind of have to fall back on my own preferences. This also means that even if I do see something off, if I'm the only one noticing or caring, I'll often just ignore it. Were I to get more feedback on anything specific, I may get off my ass and do something more often.

Blogs

Just like with Forum Topics, Blogs can be rated with 1 to 5 stars. I've also added a field called 'Original URL' when adding/editing a Blog. This is so that if you have posted a Blog already elsewhere, you can repost here with the original URL, so that search engines will understand that it is a reposting with the original post getting credit. The old 'Blog Comments' feature has been ripped out and re-added as a 'Site Comments' feature so that the same table can also be used for any future sections, like Site Polls and the Photo Gallery.

Finally, I have been trying to distance myself as much as possible from Social Media, and Facebook specifically. I HATE Social Media, and no longer want to support it. There IS still support for Facebook Comments, but you have to specifically click a link to load them. So far, not one single person has used this feature...

The Future

Unfortunately, the future couldn't be more unclear right now (which I have talked about extensively). I just don't have any goal in mind at the moment and I just don't see that changing anytime soon. If it does, great, but I'm not holding my breath. However, one thing I do know is that unless I get some major insperation or something, I don't think I'll be working on any 'new' features. For right now, IF I decide to do any work, it will simply be tweaking what has already been done.

Thank you for reading, and as always, if you have any thoughts or suggestions, feel free to let me know!

Robert
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From the very beginning of what I started here with this site, one thing I always wanted was a really nice Photo Gallery. I've done galleries before in the past, and between my older projects and what I know now, I knew I could do something really nice. In fact, the biggest reason I've put this off so long is because I wanted to make sure that when I started this project, I'd be able to put the time and care into it that was required for something really special.

Unfortunately, for those who couldn't tell, I've become very unmotivated with this whole thing, and hell, the Internet itself. I honestly just don't care anymore (and this damned laptop I use doesn't help anything).

Well, for no real reason at all, I did sit down yesterday and started to kind of sort of play around with setting up a Photo Gallery... And it's crap. But once again, I just don't care anymore. So I may be uploading it soon, ish. But yeah, it's SO far from anything I wanted before.

One obstacle I'm facing is actually uploading the pictures. Right now it is setup to only allow one photo to be uploaded at a time. I COULD work on allowing for multiple photos at once, though it would take a lot of time to code since I'd have to totally write all new functions since going from one to multiple changes how it works so drastically. However, even though there is HTML code to allow multiple files to be selected, there is no HTML that I can find that would set a limit.

Any form of limiting the number of files selected seems to be either Javascript based (or some other plugin), or it's server-side coding that would only kick in after the fact. Neither option is something I want. Javascript is fallible because it can be broken or flat out disabled on the users end. Server-side coding is useless because as I said, it only kicks in after the fact; someone would have already uploaded 10000 files (or had their session time out) by the time PHP could do anything.

So for now, I'm probably going to have to stick with only one file at a time, and even for myself, as the one working on this, that kind of sucks.

Oh well, I guess at the end of the day, what does it matter? I'm the only one using this site anyway, so even here I am just talking to myself. Expect an extremely rough 'Alpha' draft to go live somewhat soon. If you do happen to be reading this, and you happen to have any thoughts on the matter, please feel free to let me know.
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So for now I will not go into too much detail, but I am finally done dealing with and relying on Facebook. I do not agree with their shady practices with which they handle peoples personal data, and I am finally no longer condoning their practices by using their services (over all).

For the longest time I relied on their plugins for mostly comments, since it was such an easy code to use, which made it very convenient. But no longer. So because of that, I had to actually work on something that's been on my mind for a while.

Basically, I ripped out the old 'Blog Comments' functionality, and converted that to a more general "Site Comments" set of functions. Honestly, it's pretty poorly implemented, but it works, and at least seems to work well, so that's all that really matters to me. This entire site is still nothing more than a 'beta' version anyway; everything needs to be reworked and re-coded from the ground up at some point anyway.

So as of this post, there are now comment features on Blogs, Polls and Member Profiles (DJ Profiles on Scrub Radio have been done as well, with Band Pages to come at some point). There is still work to be done here, but for now, it's good enough for me.

To get comments on your Member Profile page, simply update your account (My Account -> Update Profile). There will be a Yes/No selection drop down asking if you want comments on your Profile Page. The Facebook stuff is still there in most (if not all) areas in terms of asking if you want to use them, but the comment boxes themselves for Facebook have been disabled at a base level. Expect that all to get ripped out eventually.

If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, please feel free to let me know.

Thank you!
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I have put together a very quick (and minuscule) RSS Feed for the site. This should work with any RSS Reader/App on the market, though if you have any trouble let me know. If you are using a browser with built in RSS detection, the code should be in place so that your browser will automatically detect the feed (though I am honestly not sure if any browsers even do that anymore). Otherwise, you can click the link at the top and bottom of the page with the Social Media links, or click bellow:

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So far, all Android based RSS Reader apps I have tried work with simply adding 'http://www.distantweb.net' to the URL, but if that does not work then 'http://www.distantweb.net/rss.php' will. I have added one for Scrub Radio as well.

Right now, all that gets added will be the last 5 Blogs, and the last 5 publicly accessible Forum Topics. As far as I can tell, there is NO way to authenticate a user when using a non-web browser app/reader, so there is no way that these will be fully customizable by the user.

The code I am using does attempt to pull permissions from a user session (as in when you are logged into the site) so that topics can get pulled from Forums that you have permission to view, but this will ONLY work if you are using an actual web browser. Because of this, I do not know how much work I will even put into this, so any feedback would be appreciated.

As of this post, I have only provided the straight XML format for the RSS Feed. So your viewing experience will be based completely by what device you use. Some browsers/readers will do their own formatting for you, others, like Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or even Firefox for Android, will show you the raw XML. I will look into using RSS Stylesheets to format them, but my research has been a bit of a mixed bag with whether or not to even use them; some strongly advise against using stylesheets of any kind on RSS Feeds.

Anyway, that is about all I have to say right now. Because of the limitations on user sessions, I feel like there's not much use in putting too much time or effort into this; if I cannot fully customize the experience for each individual user, why bother?

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to let me know.
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If your site relies on tables, or even if it doesn't but does use DIV tags in a similar way to tables, and you are looking to add a more mobile friendly appearance, this could be a good solution, at least until you have time to do a more thorough job.

In this tutorial (for lack of a better word), I will go through detecting mobile browsers, adding CSS to format the page better for mobile, and using Javascript to kind of top it all off.

The first thing is to detect if the visitor is using a mobile devise. This is best when handled by a server side language like PHP/ASP/ETC. For this example I will use PHP, but it should be possible to convert to another language. Relying on Javascript can be problematic. I'm not saying don't use Javascript, I'm just saying rely on it as little as possible.

So here is a PHP function for attempting to detect mobile browsers. This is easy to update as well, when new text is found:

function is_mobile() {

  $isMobile = false;

  //$op = strtolower($_SERVER['HTTP_X_OPERAMINI_PHONE']);

  $op = "";
  $ua = strtolower($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT']);
  $ac = strtolower($_SERVER['HTTP_ACCEPT']);
  $ip = $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'];

  $isMobile = strpos($ac, 'application/vnd.wap.xhtml+xml') !== false
	|| $op != ''
	|| strpos($ua, 'android') !== false 
	|| strpos($ua, 'sony') !== false 
	|| strpos($ua, 'symbian') !== false 
	|| strpos($ua, 'nokia') !== false 
	|| strpos($ua, 'samsung') !== false 
	|| strpos($ua, 'mobile') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'windows ce') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'epoc') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'opera mini') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'nitro') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'j2me') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'midp-') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'cldc-') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'netfront') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'mot') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'up.browser') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'up.link') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'audiovox') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'blackberry') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'ericsson,') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'panasonic') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'philips') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'sanyo') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'sharp') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'sie-') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'portalmmm') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'blazer') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'avantgo') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'danger') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'palm') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'series60') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'palmsource') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'pocketpc') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'smartphone') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'rover') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'ipaq') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'au-mic,') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'alcatel') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'ericy') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'up.link') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'vodafone/') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'playstation portable') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'wap1.') !== false
	|| strpos($ua, 'wap2.') !== false;

  return $isMobile;

}


(In the above function, something is commented out because at one time it was a variable that did not exist on my server, and to be honest, I have not retried it. It threw and error though, so I commented it out. It may be best to un-comment it and see if it works first.)

So what you want to do is once you have detected a mobile browser, load a mobile specific style sheet (CSS) where ever in your code the style sheets get loaded. Make sure it is last to be loaded though, so that it can over-ride any previously set values where needed.

So that would look something like this:

  if(is_mobile()) {

  echo '  <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="[path_to_css]/mobile.css" />';    

}


Then here is what you should do in your mobile.css file:

th, td, .mstyle {
  display:block;
  width: 100%;
  text-align:center;
}

body, #body_table {
  max-width: 95%;
}

img {
  max-width:95%;
}

.mgone {
  display:none;
}


.mstyle will be a class to any element you want collapsed and #body_table will be the ID of whatever the main table or DIV element that contains the entire page. This bit of CSS will collapse all tables so that each row will be on it's own line, and not side-by-side.

.mgone is a class you should add to any table rows that you don't need. Like in this forum, the main 'Topics Display' section gives the following information:

Topic Title
Topic Starter
Started On
Views
Replies
Last Posts

As well as images showing if a topic is new, and if a topic is pinned. Most of these are not really needed, especially for mobile viewing, so they can be hidden. So the PHP would look something like this (this is basically sudo-code):

<?php

  $sql = "SELECT [colums] FROM [topic_table] WHERE [needed] ORDER BY [your_choice]"
  $results = database_function($sql);

  echo "<table>";
  echo "  <tr>";
  echo "    <th>Topic Title</th>";
  echo "    <th>Topic Starter</th>";
  echo "    <th>Started On</th>";
  echo "    <th class='mgone'>Views</th>";
  echo "    <th class='mgone'>Replies</th>";
  echo "    <th class='mgone'>Last Posts</th>";
  echo "  </tr>";

  while($rows = database_pull($results)) {

    echo "  <tr>";
    echo "    <td>{$rows['title']}</td>";
    echo "    <td>{$rows['author']}</td>";
    echo "    <td>{$rows['date']}</td>";
    echo "    <td class='mgone'>{$rows['views']}</td>";
    echo "    <td class='mgone'>{$rows['replies']}</td>";
    echo "    <td class='mgone'>{$rows['last_posts']}</td>";
    echo "  </td>";

  }

  echo "</table>";

?>


So with that example above, I added the class 'mgone' to the table rows that, IMO, are not necessary to show on a mobile device. These are rows that are just going to add space that will distract more than help on a mobile device.

Here is an example of what you can do with the class 'mstyle'. It has the same CSS values as all table rows and table headers (TD, TH).

  <label for="username" class="mstyle">Username: <input type="text" name="username" id="username"></label>
  <label for="password" class="mstyle">Password: <input type="text" name="password" id="password"></label>


So in that example, when viewing this login form (I left out the form part because it's not required for this example), if you are on a desktop browser, these forms will be side by side. If you view on a mobile browser, they will be on top of each other, saving screen space.

So somewhere on your page, you need to find a way to let Javascript know that the browser is mobile. I do this with a input field, type 'hidden'. So the PHP looks something like this:

  if(is_mobile()) {

    echo '  <input type="hidden" name="is_mobile" id="is_mobile" value="1" />';

  }


Hopefully you know about Javascript for the rest of this because you need to do it right, and I'm not going to go through the dos and don'ts. So, in your loading section, the section that runs onload (window.onload = initAll;):

  if(document.getElementById("is_mobile")) {

    if(document.getElementById("is_mobile").value == 1) {

      changeMaxWidth();

    }

  }


Now, here is the function for finishing off your page to look better on mobile devices:

function changeMaxWidth() {

  if(window.innerWidth) {

    var aWidth = window.innerWidth * 0.95;
    var fullWidth = window.innerWidth;

  } else {

    var aWidth = screen.width * 0.95;
    var fullWidth = screen.width;

  }

  aWidth = Math.round(aWidth);

  var allImgs = document.getElementsByTagName('IMG');
  for(var i=0; i<allImgs.length; i++) {

    allImgs[i].style.maxWidth = aWidth + "px";

  }

  //CSS

  document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0].style.style.maxWidth = fullWidth + "px";
  document.getElementById("body_table").style.maxWidth = fullWidth + "px";

  window.addEventListener("resize", changeMaxWidth);

  if(screen) {

    screen.addEventListener("resize", changeMaxWidth);

  }

}


Now, all of this will obviously have to be modified to your own site and your own site's styles, but this should be easy to do. Also, any further tweaking (classes, IDs, etc) can be added to the mobile.css file and/or the Javascript function above.

Anyway, this is just a quick run through on a generic way to update a site for a better mobile viewing experience. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to let me know!
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I have been putting off working on a more 'Mobile Friendly' version of the site, mostly because the way I envisioned it in the beginning was going to be a total chore. However, I had a few ideas for a kind of quick answer, most likely a temporary solution.

So with that said, yes, I have been actively adding some code for a more mobile friendly experience. It's not great, it's not perfect, but it's actually not too bad. What is really grinding my gears, however, is how drastically that experience can be altered by the specific browser you are using. I'd also imagine that other things, like phone make and model, and OS (Android, iOS, etc), will also equally alter the experience.

For years I have used Dolphin Browser for my Android web browsing, as it has been the most reliable over all. I've never been a fan of Chrome or the standard 'Internet' browser that tended to come packed in with Android (which seems to have been removed from newer versions). Firefox was good for a while, but started behaving sporadically over it's evolution.

Well, in playing around with my recent updates, Dolphin did something that rather pissed me off. I had logged into my site, and it saved my username and password, like most browsers do, but it started auto filling EVERY form whether it was a login form or not. It was injecting my password into non-password fields.

For those that don't know HTML, the 'input' field that controls most form elements have many different types. Text boxes (not textareas), checkboxes, and radio buttons are just a few input field 'types'. One type is the 'Password' type, which is of course used for passwords. That's why you see what looks like a typical text box hide what you type. That is NOT a text input, it is a password input.

I have never once, in my entire web browsing history, ever seen a browser try and inject a saved password into a non-password field. And most of the time, browsers that save username and passwords do a pretty decent job in distinguishing between login forms and other kinds of forms. A lack of a 'Password Field' is a pretty good indicator of a non-login form.

But, Dolphin apparently cares not for that distinction anymore.

Sorry for that mini rant, but it has been frustrating in this experience. As Dolphin has decided to be reckless with my passwords, I have decided to try other mobile browsers.

Anyway, I've rambled on enough for right now, especially for something that was just meant to be a quick announcement. So bottom line, I am actively working on a more mobile friendly experience. There's tons of work left to do, but please check out what it's like so far and let me know if you have any suggestions!
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I put together a simple 'Poll' section. You choose the poll question, and 2-10 options. There is also an optional 'Text' field, which is a textarea where you can use BB Code.

http://www.distantweb.net/polls.php

For right now, I am allowing guests to both vote and create new Polls. I'm not the biggest fan of allowing guests to submit data publicly, so this could get pulled at any moment. Consider this my first real step into allowing guests to do things other than simply read.

For future updates, I am considering a few options:

Sorting by Date, Last Vote Date, Most/Least Number of Votes, etc.
Selecting more than 1 option.
Allow voter to add their own choices
--This could be very problematic. Offensive or spam content could be added, meaning any polls with this feature would have to be heavily moderated...

That's all I can think of right now. If you have ideas for future additions, let me know!
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This is not really a big deal, but just for gits and shiggles I added a new feature; the ability to rate a Blog Post or Forum Topic with 1-5 stars. Why? Because I was bored and not sure what to do next. LOL

Seriously though, I guess it could be fun on an active site (which this is not), and it is done in such a way that it would be pretty easy to add to just about anything else. I was thinking about also doing it for topic replies, but I'm honestly not sure how necessary that is...

If you are reading this and you are a member, and you absolutely need the ability to rate replies as well, let me know and I am sure I will add it. Otherwise, for now, I don't see the point...

Oh, and right now it is done in such a way that you vote and then get redirected back to whatever page you were on. At some point in time I will go ahead and 'AJAX' it. What does that mean you ask? Basically that means using javascript to make cast the vote and update the page without taking you away from the page.

That shouldn't be too hard, but it's just not a priority right now...

Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think!
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I have been working on this off and on (mostly off) for a while, but finally got off my ass yesterday to work on it a little more. This of course is a Forum Search:

http://www.distantweb.net/forum.php?do=search

Right now you can search all forums, or any specific forums. Once I get Javascript in the mix I will have it so that selecting "All Forums" any other selections will automatically de-select, but for now it doesn't. However, if "All Forums" is selected, any other selections are ignored.

The text search is still a bit basic, and more options will come in time. But for now here's how it works:

If you just type a bunch of words, it will look for any of them, not necessarily all of them. If you add a plus sign, +, in front of a word, it will require that word. If you put a minus sign, -, it will exclude that word, meaning that word will NOT be in the body or title. If you wrap words in quotation marks, it will search for that exact phrase.

Adding + and - to the front quote will require it to be there or not depending on the sign.

Like I said, it's basic for now, and may not work perfectly yet lol. I'm still testing, but my forum posts are so few that testing is hard. But more will come in the future.

Some things to include will be searching by member account, case sensitive searches, sorting options, etc.

Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think!
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This is more testing purposes than anything else, but I'm super pumped for this movie, so why not add the official trailers here?

Teaser #1:

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(The information in this post is currently outdated, but honestly, not by too much. Since I started collecting data on the Nielsen Ratings, Nielsen has made deals with satellite companies Dish Network and Direct TV to share, I believe, all viewing habits of their customers. Some believe that this means the 'Ratings' will be more accurate, however, this is not the case. The only data collected by satellite TV is what show any given box is tuned to, and this alone is not enough for what is given in the actual TV Ratings. TV Ratings are supposed to tell you how many people watched, which means everyone in the room, their ages, their genders, as well as how long they watched. Meaning, did they watch the whole episode or did they tune out half way through? Your satellite box has no idea who is in the room watching, what their ages are, what their genders are, or if they are even watching or just left the TV on while they went to mow the lawn. Therefore, any data collected from satellite TV will NOT be included in the actual 'Nielsen TV Ratings'.)

The following are just some random notes I've been taking on the current state of Nielsen ratings for the U.S.A. Some people believe that simply having Cable TV, and watching through their Cable Boxes, makes them part of the TV Ratings. There is absolutely no truth to that.

In order to be part of the TV Ratings, you must be a Nielsen Household, which as you can see, very few actually are...

I will update this as time goes by and new information is provided.

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html
http://www.statista.com/statistics/183635/number-of-households-in-the-us/
http://www.statista.com/statistics/243789/number-of-tv-households-in-the-us/
http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2013/nielsen-estimates-115-6-million-tv-homes-in-the-u-s---up-1-2-.html
http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2014/nielsen-estimates-116-3-million-tv-homes-in-the-us.html
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/10/05/how-many-people-are-in-the-nielsen-tv-ratings-panel/310975/

(The above URL which talks about how many households are in the Nielsen circle appears to be no longer existing. Try Archive.org for what use to be there)

**Added 12/9/2015**

Here's an interesting article on Nielsen announcing that they are significantly expanding their test market, aka Nielsen Households:

http://tvline.com/2014/05/29/tv-ratings-nielsen-to-increase-sample-size/

What's interesting the most, IMO, is that it says:

In the 31 Set Meter markets — those in which TVs are hooked up to a gizmo that allows the study of viewing habits on a minute-to-minute basis — Nielsen over the next two years will expand the sample by 200 homes in each market, or to more than 6,200 homes — an increase of almost 50 percent.


So, to me it sounds like over all Nielsen is expanding by about 6,200 homes in total (around 200 per market). It also states that this is a 50% increase. Which to me says that the original number was 6,200 x 2, or 12,400. This is significantly less that the figure I used, a figure posted the same year as the this article. But even adding 6,200 to the 12,400 is still only 18,600, which is ALSO less than the figure I used.

And here is the posting that TVLine.com was referencing, straight from the horses mouth, The Nielsen Company:

http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/press-room/2014/nielsen-announces-significant-expansion-to-sample-sizes-in-local-tv-markets.html

**End Edit**

US Population (2014 estimate): 		318,857,056
Households, 2009-2013: 			115,610,216
Households, 2014:			123,200,000
Persons per household, 2009-2013: 	2.63
TV Households, 2014:			115,600,000
TV Households, 2015:			116,300,000

Nielsen Households:			20,000


For the national daily and weekly ratings you regularly see for the broadcast and cable networks, the size of the Nielsen panel has
held fairly steady for several years at around 20,000 households and 50,000 people.



(Nielsen Households / Total TV Viewing Households = % all Nielsen Household represent)
20,000 / 115,600,000 = 0.0001730103

Nielsen Households represent 0.01730103% of all TV Viewing Households

(Total % of TV Viewing Households - % of Nielsen Households = % of TV Viewing Households NOT part of the ratings)
100% - 0.000173 % = 99.9827%

99.9827% of TV Viewing Households in the US are NOT part of the current Nielsen Ratings System

(Total TV Households / Nielsen Households = How Many TV Viewing Households each Nielsen Household represents)
115,600,000 / 20,000 = 5,780

Each Nielsen Household represents 5,780 TV Viewing Households

In other words, for every Nielsen Household, there are 5,780 non-Nielsen/non-counted Households.

(Total TV Viewing Households * Persons per Household = Total TV Viewing Population [estimate])
115,600,000 * 2.63 = 304,028,000

There are Approximately 304,028,000 TV Viewers in the US

(Nielsen Households * Persons per Household = Total Nielsen People [estimate])
20,000 * 2.63 = 52,600

There are Approximately 52,600 Nielsen People

(Total TV Viewers / Total Nielsen People = How Many TV Viewing People each Nielsen Person represents)
304,028,000 / 52,600 = 5,780

Each Nielsen Person represents 5,780 other TV Viewers, which is strangely the same as the Households estimate, which does actually make sense if you think about it

(Total TV Viewers - Total Nielsen People = How Many TV Viewers are NOT Represented in Ratings)
304,028,000 - 52,600 = 303,975,400

There are 303,975,400 people who are automatically NOT represented in the Nielsen Ratings



***New Figures***

Based on the article from Nielsen, I can reasonably assess that there were roughly 12,400 Nielsen Households in 2014, and that by mid 2016 there will be roughly 18,600 Nielsen Households. So let's plug those numbers into some of the above equations.

2014

(Nielsen Households / Total TV Viewing Households = % all Nielsen Household represent)
12,400 / 115,600,000 = 0.0001072664

Nielsen Households represent 0.001072664% of all TV Viewing Households

2016

(Nielsen Households / Total TV Viewing Households = % all Nielsen Household represent)
18,600 / 115,600,000 = 0.0001608996

Nielsen Households represent 0.001608996% of all TV Viewing Households
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The Harry Potter series is probably one of my all time favorite book series. Each one is a fantastic read, in story, writing, characters and over all enjoyability. After many re-reads, many things always spring to mind, of each book individually as well as the series as a whole. The problem is, I usually forget what those thoughts are after a while (sometimes no more than a second or two after it hits my brain).

So, I'm going to use this thread to jot them down as they come to me, so be prepared to check back as I will be updating this first post.

In no specific order:

(SPOILERS BELLOW)



In my opinion, it would have been really great if there had been something in The Deathly Hallows where it is explained that Fawkes (Dumbledore's phoenix) had ended up in Harry's care at some point due to Harry's loyalty to Dumbledore. As in, Harry is Fawkes's new master.

I posted this once before at IMDb, so here is the short version; Binns tells his class about the Chamber of Secrets, and that the castle had been searched high and low, even by the ghosts (of which he is one), and no secret chambers had ever been discovered. However, since ghosts can just go through walls and stuff, shouldn't a ghost at least been able to find the big pipe that lead down from Myrtle's bathroom? I mean, for humans it would have been impossible to find without speaking parsletounge, but the ghosts surely should have been able to find it, shouldn't they?

If Voldermort had had his soul sucked out by a dementor, before all of his horcruxes had been destroyed, what would have happened to Voldermort?

On the same note, what would have happened to Voldermort had Harry had HIS soul sucked out by a dementor while Voldermorts soul piece was still in Harry? Would Voldermorts soul piece gotten sucked out too? How would that have effected the state of Voldermorts Horcrux setup?

In Order of the Phoenix, Sirius calls Harry and gang twice on the fireplace phone. Later, Harry calls Sirius on the fireplace phone. We learn in GoF that the Ministry has complete control on the Floo Network, you have to go through them to connect a fireplace to the network. Sirius was in Twelve, Grimmauld Place which was supposed to be a secret place. Need I really say more on this?

I personally felt that Harry was incredibly selfish in Deathly Hallows when he alone went out to bury Mad-Eye Moody's eye. I feel that Ron and Hermione would have wanted to be there for that, and they weren't even given the chance. And IMO, it makes NO sense that he took it upon himself to do that alone.



The Trace

As much as I absolutely love Rowling's work, and I do, "The Trace" is a pretty stupid idea that is simply a poorly written plot device. Until a witch/wizard is 17, "The Trace" detects any magic used around the witch/wizard, not BY the witch/wizard. How is this helpful in the majority of cases? This is only going to help in cases of muggle born witches/wizards, and those rare cases like Harry and Riddle, and those are going to be the minority of magical children.

Any child witch/wizard who has even one adult witch/wizard living with them would be able to get away with magic outside of school, since the Ministry would have to ignore the vast amount of magic being used by said adult. There's no way the Weasley's, for example, got letters each time Molly or Arthur did magic around all 7 children (when they were children of course). Talk about a flock of owls if they did!!

There is NO way this "Trace" thing wasn't updated after a thousand years or so. It only existed so Harry could be blamed for Dobby's magic.
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We have recently lost another Star Trek veteran, from the original series. She was not a main cast member, but she was very memorable in my opinion. She will be missed.

Star Trek Remembering Grace Lee Whitney, 1930-2015
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I was working on a site casino, something for fun, and I got some of the most important aspects worked out. Unfortunately, due to a massive lack of activity here, I kind of lost motivation. I don't really know what I'm doing anymore... With the closure of Scrub Radio, I don't really have anything of importance to work on. At least that's how it feels anyway.

Well, here's a rough draft of basic functionality of what I've gotten do so far:

http://www.distantweb.net/cards.php

It has Poker, BlackJack and Keno.

The goal was to re-write it and incorporate it into this site. There's already a basic currency outline in place, though none of it is public yet. I'm sure I'll finish it in time, but who knows how long that'll take.
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I have officially opened the first draft of the Blog Section. It's still in development, even as a rough draft it's not even fully finished yet, but it is functional and in my opinion, a decent start. So, here are a few things that are still being worked on:

Search - At some point, I'll be adding a search form to search blog posts for specific text.

Subscriptions - This will be a bigger thing, and I'll really have to think it through. But it will come in time. I'd like some way of making it so a member can subscribe to be notified anytime a favorite author posts a new blog.

Pages - At the moment, ALL blogs, and ALL blog comments will get displayed on one page. This isn't really a big deal and won't take long to fix, I just figured it didn't matter too much in the beginning. I doubt there will be any explosion of blogs or comments. (Blog Listing and Blog Comment pages in place. Now I just need to AJAX them.)

Blog Picture Tweaks - As it is right now, the way I'm handling the photo attachment, Pinterest doesn't recognize it. So I'll have to change that eventually I guess... (Kind of mad about this one, but oh well. The old way included dynamic images using PHP in order to keep my uploads folder secret, but what can you do?)

Facebook Comments - I'll eventually add the ability to add Facebook comments to various parts of the site, but to be honest, it's not the highest priority for me. I really don't care for Facebook (or any social media for that matter). (Mostly done, Facebook stuff is incredibility frustrating)

I will definitely do subscriptions and a search option, but right now, with no real userbase, it doesn't seem like it's much of a priority to be honest...



And of course, as with the entire site, better layout, colors, graphics, and all that kind of stuff.

If you are reading this, and see something missing from the Blog section that is not listed above, please let me know here.
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Just for fun, I put together some new Avatars for the Avatar Gallery. You can tell my passions based on the new additions, with Super Mario, Final Fantasy, Animal Crossing, misc Video Game related and Movie Avatars being the new additions. And the movies I started with are pretty much all Sci-Fi/Fantasy related. I'm not sure how much more time I plan to put into Avatars, but who knows right?

Anyway, check them out if you get the chance.

I also added a new "Rows" selection for the Avatar Gallery, and you can choose from 1-10 rows of avatars to accompany the 1-5 columns.
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Today is a very sad day. Leonard Nimoy, known as Mr. Spock, has passed away. I'm very sorry that I only have a couple of Mr. Spock avatars. Damn. Words cannot express the sadness I feel, as I grew up with the original Star Trek series, and those characters have been such a big part of my childhood, and life in general.

So far we have lost:

Gene Roddenberry - Creator of this brilliant series
DeForest Kelley - Dr. "Bones" McCoy
James Doohan - Scotty "Beem Me Up"
Majel Barrett - Wife of the brilliant creator, Nurse Christine Chapel, ship's computer voice, and of course Lwaxana Troi

And now:

Leonard Nimoy - Mr. Spock "Live Long and Prosper".

RIP. Very, very sad...
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After almost a year of no coding what-so-ever, I've recently made a bit of a return. I was thinking about doing some stuff for Scrub Radio, toying around with a few ideas. However, I found out the forum had been exploited and it's very possible the site may be shutting down soon (don't tell anyone ;) ).

So, instead, I focused on my own little site here. Nothing special, but I decided to start trying to knock off some of the things on my to-do list, and my first project ended up being a generic Shoutbox. It's fully functional, though fairly basic. There are a few things I'd like to tweak when I get a chance, but nothing too important (unless anyone else has some ideas not yet implemented).

It's on every page, and there is a link to a full version of it (where it says "Distant Web Development - Shoutbox", that's a link).

If you are reading this, log in (or register and log in) and give it a try!

Robert Lauer
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I know I'm pretty much just posting to myself at the moment, but on the slight off chance that someone out there has been paying any attention at all to my little project here, I figured I should post a quick update.

This year (2014) has been pretty busy for me in the real world so I haven't had any time to code in what seems like forever. I've got a ton of work to do around the house which I don't see finishing any time soon, and even if I do get some time to myself, I'll most likely use that time to rest. Regardless, my laptop has died on me (it no longer recognizes my power cord) and that's what I've used to do my coding, so everything I was working on is now stuck in limbo.

I finally got my desktop setup in a place where I can easily access it, but for some reason my localhost web server is no longer working properly. I think I need to re-install it as I've made some changes in external hard drives which were a part of the installation. That shouldn't be too difficult, but again, I'd need the time to actually do it.

Some day I will have the time to put back into this, and I know what when that day comes it won't take long for me to catch back up to where I was before real life got in the way. When that time will come however is another question that has no answer at the moment. I hope it comes soon because I've been dying to get back into this. I had made some great progress with my little project, much more than I ever thought possible, and there is so much more to do.

Until then, this site shall just have to sit and collect virtual dust. I guess that's fine anyway since I don't have a real audience or purpose with what I'm doing.

Anyway, until I can get back to work, take care Internet! Please don't get even more corrupted by Social Media and Social Networking sites; you're already tainted enough.

P.S. On a side note, because of how busy I've been, I had to pay for another year of my current web hosting. That was really painful because I just don't like it here. But, I simply didn't have the time to research hosts and move all my files.
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Just wanted to share some pics from Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

My Perfect Snowboy:
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Hello,

I am in need of some Emoticon/Smilie experts. I have a batch of Emoticons that currently do not have any "codes" assigned to them, and me not being a regular user of them cannot decide what to have as their "text" equivalent.

So, I put together a quick form to allow people to vote for what they think the "text" should be for each. It logs the vote by IP Address, so each IP Address will get one vote per image. You can skip any you want and do them later, should you come up with something at a later time.

http://www.distantweb.net/emotes.php

Thank you,

Robert
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I always like to have a topic or two listing various updates, improvements or features I am either working on, or hope to do in the future. So, I figured why not here, seeing as this is currently my main focus. I'll update this as things get done and as things come up.

File Uploads

*Upload Multiple Files at Once
*Replace Files (Honestly not sure about this)
*View files on Profile Page/Hide files from Profile Page This is basically done
*Delete Files
*Thumbnails for images Still needs some tweaking

General Posting
--- Pretty much anywhere that users get to post things. Forum topics, signatures, user profiles, etc.

*Possible Posting Limits - Character limits for specific fields
*Spell Check (Not sure if this is needed. Don't most current browsers have this built in?)
*Improved BB Code
--Possible Future BB Code
++++Lists
++++Indent
++++Embedded Video (YouTube video Embedding enabled)
++++Spoiler Tag (Generic, but works)
++++HR Tag
*Emoticons/Smilies (a rough draft is in place :-);-):-p )

Forum/Topic Specific

*Member Forums - Forums on Member Profiles, controlled by each Member
---This will probably have to wait until a full re-write of the site
*Mark All As Read Functionality
*Last Edit Date maybe?
*Get Newest Post - Currently enabled, but still needs some tweaking
*Forum Topic Ratings
*Move Topic Option - Currently Admin Only Feature
*Pinned Topics
*Open/Close Topics - Limited to Admin at the moment
*Topic Post History displayed when replying/editing reply - Generically implemented

Blog

A rough draft is in place for the Blog, but it needs improvements. Though, as I'm not big on Blogs, I don't know exactly what all it needs. But here are a few things I think it does need:

*Blog Ratings
*File Attachments
*Blog Comments
*Admin Ability to change "Blog" name to something else

Photo Gallery

A very simple rough draft is in place. This needs LOADS of improvements and features, but it is a start.

Some things to look into or flat out implement:

*Album Display/Management
*Upload Multiple Photos at Once
*Full Description on 'View' mode
*Rating System (maybe)

Personal Messenger

*Multiple Recipients
*Save Feature

Misc

*Report Abuse Functions
--This will probably be one of my next projects
*Various Social Media Stuff
*Various "Search" Options
*Various "Subscription" Options
*Sitemap

Member Profiles

*Profile Comments (Simple Version in Place, through site, not Fakebook)
*Rating For Members? Probably not...

Future Sections/Features

*Chat Room
*Casino
*Site Currency
----Something for fun only, get currency by posting and other actions, use in Casino, maybe other stuff
*RSS Feeds- In Progress. Blogs and Latest Topics currently given. Guest View only in RSS Readers
*Full "Mobile" Version (In Progress, will probably be an ongoing effort)
*Improved graphics, layout & design
*Photo Gallery (In Progress, simple efforts made)
*Shoutbox (Version 1 in place)
*Polls (Simple version in place, added simple comments)



Possible (but unlikely) Stuff

*Captcha (Rough draft in place on Registration and login after 3 failed attempts. Needs major work)



Misc Javascript Stuff

*Ajax Features For:
-(This refers to loading one section but not everything else, like on the full Shoutbox page going from page to page)-
--Avatar Gallery
--Personal Message Boxes (Inbox, Outbox, Sent)
--Possibly most forms to avoid having the "Redirect Message" page
--Timeout on global refresh



Other Site Features (Low Priority)

*Calendar
*FAQ Section



I will update this as time goes by. If you have any suggestions not listed above, feel free to post them.
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So, I am coming to the end of the first/rough draft for this Forum/BBS/Message Board (what ever people call them these days), and thought I should probably post something. I started work on this whole thing around the end of August or beginning of September of 2013. I think I've come a pretty long way in a short amount of time, but there is still a long way left to go.

To start off, I'd just like to say that this entire site/system has been written from scratch using Notepad and PHPMyAdmin, as well as some other things here and there like Fireworks and that little thing called the Internet. It's modeled after a lot of different scripts/sites, but has been ultimately my own vision of what a system like this should be.

Or should I say, that that is the end goal. Right now it's very generic, basic and lacking. Things take time, and this has been an overwhelming project. As time goes on I hope to make tweaks, updates and additions to this entire site.

That is of course as long as I have time, and the whole thing doesn't blow up in the process. Ha ha ha!

Anyway, for those reading this, please feel free to look around, create an account and try things out. It is my hope that by the time that I am (mostly) done, things will look completely different.

Thank you,

Robert/DW
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Something I may do is add a 'Status' type field so that guest posts have to be approved by an Admin before they show up, and member posts can bypass that requirement. Unfortunately that too is more work than I would prefer to do on this. But if guest posts become a problem I may have to...
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Just because I have nothing to lose at this point, I tweaked the site comments feature to allow guests to post. In addition to the comment field itself, a guest will have to also enter a 'Guest Name' as well as solve a CAPTCHA thing.

I'm not the biggest fan of guest postings, and this is bare minimum requirements; an email address and validation of that email should be required, but I really don't want to put that much effort into something I don't want in the first place.

However, it's not like there is a user base here and if this gets even SOME actual dialog going maybe it's worth it.

Anyway, guests can (for now) post comments on Blogs, Polls, Gallery Photos and Members Profiles.
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Ok, so I have done some more updating here. The Site RSS now tracks the last 10:

Blogs
Forum Topics
Topic Replies
Site Comments (blogs, polls,gallery photos, profiles)

Each member has their own RSS feed, and individual topics can be tracked.

That is all for now.
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I've gotten quite a bit done on this, and while there are some basic 'management' stuff I'd like to do, I'm kind of considering this done for now. At least until someone gives me some insight/feedback with some kind of direction to proceed. A few things I'd like to do are:

Find a way to upload multiple files at once.
Rating System?
Mass updating photos:
-Mass tag categories
-Mass Move to Album
-Mass Delete

I'd also like to add a way to delete albums (and either purge all photos in said album, or move to a another album).

Over all though, that's about all for now. I just can't think of what else to do to be honest. So if you have suggestions, feel free to let me know. Otherwise, I think it's mostly done for now.
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This is a bit of an update here. I have been working on the Site RSS Feeds, and you can now subscribe to RSS feeds for any member, or any forum that allows posts. At the moment, anywhere that has a member's 'Social Media' links, typically under their avatar, you should see an icon for their RSS feed. For forums, the 'Navigation Bars' that show the link chain to any given forum should also contain RSS icons next to the forum names, if those forums can contain new posts.

I hope that makes sense, because right now my brain is a bit mushy having been coding like crazy all day.

Anyway, over all the RSS feeds still only pull blogs and forum topics, but I will work on a few other things as well, in time. A member's RSS will of course pull the last 10 blogs and forum topics from that member, and a forum RSS will pull the last 10 topics from that forum. On this site, neither are all that important at the moment. But if this site, for example, ever does gain some purpose, some people may only want to follow specific members, or specific forums, so this should be a good way to do that.

Unfortunately I have not crossed that hurdle for linking RSS feeds on dedicated RSS Readers to a member account, so that member could get a feed based on their member permissions. Unless someone can show me something I have yet to find, I don't think this will even be possible, which really stinks. But, it is what it is.

Anyway, in the future I hope to add 'Topic Replies' to the feeds, which could work as simply showing the latest replies in general, or subscribing to a specific topic and keep updated on that specific topic. I also may add something for polls, and possibly gallery photos, though the latter may not even serve a real purpose as far as I can tell.

So if you have any questions, suggestions or problems, please feel free to let me know!
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This is just an FYI kinda thing, but I wanted to let anyone who might be interested know that I have once again, and possibly permanently disabled Facebook comments. I am actually in the process of deleting my FB pages, which takes 14 days to process for whatever reason. Once that is done I will be deleting my account there as well.

I am just done with Facebook.
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An extremely basic, bland version of a Photo Gallery is now live here:

www.distantweb.net/gallery.php

Current Features:

*Upload/Edit/Delete Photos
*View Photos
--When viewing, you can click a photo for a full screen view

It's beyond bare bones at the moment. And honestly I don't know how much I care. For now, it is what it is. IF I decide to work on this more, some features for the future may include:

Albums:

*Right now you can choose an 'Album' when uploading a picture, but it doesn't do anything. Eventually I hope to offer more options for this, including viewing an album much like you view a category, and viewing all of a member's albums on one page, or all currently used Albums.

Ratings:

*This will be easy to add, I just haven't done it yet. This will act just like ratings for blogs and forum topics.

Long Descriptions:

*Right now you can add a long description, using BB Code and what not. It's just not being displayed yet.

Better Display options/layout:

*This is kind of self explanatory.

Anyway, that's about all I have to say right now. If you have thoughts or suggestions, feel free to let me know. In the meantime, I may get around to updating this whole thing, but I may not. It just depends on any amount of motivation I can find.
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I have added a new feature to the Blog section, though I'll be honest and say I'm not 100% sure how it's supposed to work or if I am doing it right. Basically the idea is to provide a URL to the original post when adding/editing a Blog. If the URL is present, a meta tag will be added to the header section of the HTML, and a link will display at the top of the page.

I just don't know if this is how it's supposed to actually work, as I don't know that much about blogs and re-posting and all that. I don't even know if this is something that will actually get use in the first place. I guess time will tell, and if you are reading this and have any thoughts or suggestions, feel free to let me know.
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For right now, I have re-enabled the Facebook Comments plugin, in a limited way. Under the 'Site Comments', you should now see an option to 'Load Facebook Comments'. It's a link you have to click to reload the page with FB comments enabled. I don't know how long I'll keep this, as I just don't care about Facebook crap. But... For now... I guess I'll allow it. :-@ :-@ :-@
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As a side note, I have to say that the sites (here and at Scrub Radio) load a whole lot faster and smoother than they ever did while running the Facebook plugins. So I call that a plus...
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And it happened. Allowing guests to post ended with SPAM BOTS flooding in posting bogus polls with butttons of links attached. So, for now, no more guest posting will be allowed.

At one point I had a Captcha thing in place, but it ended up not working in certain situations, and I never did figure out why. Guess I may have to work on that again...
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I whipped up a quick "Site Polls" section of the site. Click that link to read about it.

;-)
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Well, I went ahead and 'AJAXED' it. Simply hover over the stars, either in topic/blog or on the blog/topic listing pages, click the star and it should cast your vote. I also setup a pop up window for anything that has 1 or more rating to break down the votes by number of stars given.

There are a few aspects of how it's setup right now that I'm not totally sure about, so any thoughts would be appreciated.

First, I don't now if I care for the idea of rating something if you are not directly on the page. As in, rating a Blog from the main listing, where you are clearly not reading the blog in question. But I do like convenience...

Second, at the moment, the system will allow you to re-cast a vote for anything you have already rated. Part of me thinks that you should only be allowed to cast a vote once, but another part of me knows that we all make mistakes...

Third, on the pop up window that shows the breakdown of ratings, I was thinking about showing who all has cast a vote. Not what rating they cast, just that they voted. And I was thinking about having it only show up if a minimum amount of votes have been cast, like 5 or 10, so as not to single anyone out when only 1 or 2 votes have been cast.

So do you have any thoughts on any of this? Please let me know if you do...
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This is technically part of my 'Site Notes', even though I did post a topic on it already. So I have added a new feature Blog & Topic Ratings. You can now rate blogs and forum topics with 1 to 5 stars.

That is all for now.
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Wow, this hasn't been posted in for forever! This was talking about the return of Season 2 from it's mid-year break. We are now just weeks away from the start of Season 4!! Season 3 was pretty fantastic, but I am really looking forward to Season 4 and the addition of Ghost Rider!

I just hope that Daisy being rogue won't go on for too long...
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I've been doing some minor work here and there. I think I fixed some javascript that's been bugging me for a while, mostly in regard to the ShoutBox. I've also added a section on the home page to show the latest blogs, forum topics and forum post activity.

The last two sound like the same thing, but they actually aren't the same. The latest Forum Topics will show the last full topics posted anywhere the visitor can view. The latest Forum Post Activity is basically the latest posts to be posted, OR replied to.

I may tweak that last one though to only include topics that actually have replies, that way it would literally be the same as most recent replies... But maybe not, I'm not sure. For right now, that is all. Maybe I'll do more later.
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Off to see this in just a few minutes. To be honest, I'm a bit nervous; can it possibly live up to the hype and expectations? I guess I'll know in about 3 hours time...
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And finally, the official trailer:

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Teaser #2:

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I've been working the last few days on a new Blog Section. I've got a very rough draft put together, though I have not yet enabled it here. This was one of those things I was always on the fence about to begin with, but my wife and son both wanted a blog so I went ahead with it.

I'm going to see if I can think of anything to actually blog about, and if I can, I'll enable it here. It's very, very rough at the moment, but I've only been working on it 3 or 4 days and the functionality is mostly in place.
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There are a few ideas I forgot about when I posted this topic originally, though I'm not sure how relevant they would be in this day and age.

First, I've toyed with the idea for years of creating a "casino" section. I had one years ago, but there wasn't much involved. Some things I've done in the past are Keno, Bingo and a basic dice game. I've thought about adding things like Blackjack, Poker and a few "Slot Machine" style scripts.

Second, which would be used for the Casino, as well as other things, would be a "Currency System". Basically, there would be a kind of site currency where you get "points" for things like registering (existing accounts would of course get a starting amount equal to registering a new account) and posting in the forum. You'd also get a certain amount on your birthday (maybe even more if you actually visit/login on your birthday).

Some other ideas for currency use would be maybe the ability to change your username for a price, upgrade message storage or upload limits, etc.

No clue if I'll do this or not, but it's just an idea.
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Never actually played it. But for me, best games would be Super Mario 3, Final Fantasy 7 (where are you in that anyway?), Final Fantasy 9, and maybe a few others I cannot remember right now.
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Progress Report #1

As you can see in the main post, I've gotten a lot done since I started this topic. However, I also have a lot more to do.

One thing I've been working on is a function that validates the contents of a Zip file when it gets uploaded, and makes sure that every file inside is an allowed file type. It's not perfect, and probably can't be due to PHP limitation. The other problem is that this can only work for the actual ".zip" format.

gZip files (.tz) have their own set of functions, as do .rar files. And the .rar functions are not a standard for PHP, they have to be installed separately (something that cannot be done with most shared servers).

So, even if I do mostly perfect this ".zip" validation, I'll have to write a similar function for .gz files, and they will have to be able to cross reference each other. By that, I mean that with my .zip validation function, it also validates all zip files included in a zip file, so they'll have to be set to use each other should a zip file be in a gZip file, or a gZip file in a zip file.

I will also have to write in the ability to either not validate compressed files or to ignore some errors, just in case.

For now, I will not be allowing any compressed files to be uploaded, but that may change in the near future.

As for everything else, it's just going to have to progress as I am able to work on it all.

Side Note: I've got all this BB Code and formatting ability at my disposal when posting, but I still don't use any of it much. Kind of interesting to me.
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Since posting this first Topic, I've done a lot of tweaking with it, and added several things. I've also been compiling various notes on what I hope to add, and I've realized that I'm not really that close to the end of this rough draft.

That really sucks because I really want to move onto other things (Chat Room, Gallery, etc) AND I'm starting to feel very burnt out. My brain feels like it's about to melt down from all the coding I've been doing.

No matter what, I will have to go back and re-code everything from scratch (or at least 90% of everything). I also have many basic things I want added before I consider this "base" project done (the base project would be the user registration/login system and forum).

I'm not sure if I should go back and start adding the things I didn't think about when I started, like multiple domains or the simple thing of closing and opening a topic (that is an easy thing to do, but effects MANY function and sections which makes it more complicated that face value), OR if I should start re-coding everything and add these features as I go.

Honestly, I think I need to step back for a while and clear my head before going on. OR I need to try and work on a more active project with active users who can give real time feedback.

Right now, I really just don't know how to proceed. Hopefully I'll come up with a plan in the near future. But what ever I decide, I will be sure to post something about it.

This has been more for myself than anything else, so take it for what it's worth.
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