track7

web fonts by misterhaan

prior to my 2016 redesign, the fonts used on track7 needed to be installed on the device viewing the site. the font i wanted people to see probably wasn’t installed in most cases, which meant my site substituted a different font that was available. i figured with the wide variety of devices with web browsers these days there must be a reasonably well-supported way to embed fonts into a web page, and there is!

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ubuntu linux server setup: file, web, tv, and gaming by misterhaan

the steps i went through when i installed ubuntu linux 14.04 on my “server” hecubus, which formerly ran fedora. hecubus features software raid1 through mdadm, two levels of backups using tar, cron, rsync, and cryptsetup, file sharing through samba and nfs, lamp web serving with apache, mysql, and php, tv recording with mythtv and schedulesdirect, and a minecraft game server. setup for ubuntu server as well as these other packages are detailed. mythtv setup includes setting up a hauppage hvr 2250 card. sections of this guide can be skipped for setting up servers without those features.

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track7 update by misterhaan

updated the guides to the new design

comment on 2016 redesign by misterhaan

thanks! i plan to write up some more details on those topics and a couple more. it’s looking like some will be guides and some blog posts. i haven’t rewritten the guides section yet so those might take longer to show up. at the same time i’m still working on rewriting the rest of the site, so plenty to keep me busy whenever i have the time for it. at least i can work on blog posts on my phone now!

comment on 2016 redesign by bs0d

Hey, saw your post on allsyntax.com, and thought I'd come over for a look. I like the new design, I'll need to check how it looks on my phone as well. Overall, it sounds like you're on the right track. Each of the upgrades make sense. More and more people are using mobile devices to browse the web, nobody likes to remember yet another username and password, and jQuery and gives the user a more modern experience. I'd be interested in reading into the details if you decide to publish your adventures in coding for mobile, fluid layout, working with jQuery and such. Nice work!

2016 redesign by misterhaan

i put up the first steps of a track7 redesign on january 2nd, 2016. i had of course started working on it much earlier than that, but this was when i had enough ready to start the transition. this time around i have less time to spend on my website, so it’s likely to remain in this partly-new, partly-old state for some time.

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track7 update by misterhaan

started converting to a new design with some more modern features, which you can see on the front page, user profiles, and the blog. more details to come soon!

track7 update by misterhaan

updated the mediawiki version at auwiki

comment on generic rant by Daniel Tiger

There's an interesting paradox between public companies that must maximize shareholder profits, and what is truly good for the public. If you think about it, that is a major contributing factor to the divide between "middle class" and the "1 percent'ers". Consider the energy/mining industry in it's current state. Thousands are laid off due to lower commodity prices. This is done to mitigate declining stock market values in exchange for shareholder confidence. The problem is, people lose their jobs, those that even have a stake in the company. Meanwhile, the upper management retains their high salaries, stock values may rise (putting more money in their pockets), and the "middle" man is out of luck.

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