Cookie law: To opt in or to opt out

on July 8, 2012 in Personal with no comments by

Since May 26 of 2012, the infamous “cookie law” has been in effect in the United Kingdom. While there have been many questions regarding its implementation on websites, most have settled on the “implied consent” method, as it was easiest to implement and had the least amount of impact on the visitors.

Using Cookillian on my own website, I had initially decided on using the strict method. It barred cookies outright and required the visitor to make an explicit decision about cookies. With this method, the average between opt in and out was nearly 50:50 down the middle. For June, I decided to change from explicit to implied consent, and as seen in the statistics below this changed the numbers significantly: read more →

New website

on May 26, 2012 in Personal with no comments by

Well, about a month ago I decided that the website needed an overhaul. The previous website felt a bit dated, and there was no room for me to add my recent projects or the ones I still have on my “to do” list.

I decided to stick with WordPress, which I’ve been using for the last 3 years. Despite its spaghetti code, a sign of its long history, it is robust yet flexible. And thanks to my own little plugin framework, it is a breeze to add new things to WordPress. For instance, I initially developed the Cookillian plugin for this website in a just few days, before deciding it could benefit others and releasing it into the public. read more →

I’m back!

on January 23, 2010 in Personal with no comments by

I apologize to everyone who had difficulty accessing the website in recent days!

I had taken down the website to make some changes to the web server, which quickly became a major overhaul. I figured that since it was already down, I might as well do the things I had long planned.

A good portion of it is implemented now, but I’m not completely done. I’ll give it my best effort to ensure there will be little to no downtime. Once again, my apologies!

Yet another year!

on January 2, 2010 in Personal with 4 comments by

First of all, I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year! Those years sure come in quick succession, don’t they? Or at least they seem to be when you’re constantly busy with things.

So I have been keeping myself busy with a number of projects, some small, some big. One project has been updating my blog a bit, giving it a fresh coat of paint and tweaking a few bits and bytes. All this tweaking will give the articles some more room, because in my previous layout it seemed rather cramped. I still don’t have a logo though, so those three overlapping circles in the upper-left corner will have to do for now. read more →

A little silence doesn’t hurt

on September 16, 2009 in Personal with 2 comments by

Well, I haven’t posted in about a week and that’s because I’ve been spending a lot of time on a little project.

Someone on the OVH forums made mention of using Amazon’s S3 services for external storage and he’s using  s3fs for this purpose.

Interested, I took a peek at this project and was immediately taken back by the lack of >5 GB file support. I have files that cover 10x that size. So what do you do in this case? Fix it! read more →

Finally up and running!

on August 23, 2009 in Personal with 2 comments by

Well, I’ve finally managed to get my personal website back up and running. I really haven’t had the time to do this until recently, and I wanted to do it right.

It’s based off WordPress this time, instead of my previous Joomla. An entire CMS was a bit too heavy for the occasional articles I write, but it certainly was a good experience!

The “monochrome” used has been created by mono-lab. Being the usual me, I have modified it quite a lot to fit my personal taste and the added widgets and other gadgetry hidden inside this website.

For instance, take a look at your right. In fact, why not click the “Translate this” link right now and see what happens. This nifty little trick will translate a web pages in-situ. Obviously, it is not done by a human translator so you will certainly encounter some quirky translations. Nevertheless, it can still help those who do not read English very well (and that’s not to be offensive!).

I’ll provide some more details on how I implemented this plugin from Transposh in a non-widget style with WordPress in another article. For now, I just want to get this first post out of the… yeah, what really? Door?

For those who know the inside joke: “Champagne?”