50 Vintage Web Ad Banners

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Check out the link below to take a look at old banner ads from the late 90s.

VC&G | 50 Vintage Web Ads


Time sure flies! Back then we didn't have fancy ad-blockers or anything. It was quite normal to have such ugly flashing banners all around the pages we were visiting. Good old days!

Dealing With iOS9 Ad Blockers on Your Ad Sponsored Blog

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A good article posted on Igor Kromin's blog, a blog I visit from time to time. Thought I'd share it here.
A new release of iOS always brings in new features and its share of troubles and this time it hasn't been any different. Since the iOS 9 release date on the 16th of September, Apple made available its content blocker API to developers. This brought out a deluge of ad blocker apps on the App Store, with some topping the charts within moments of release. This may be a welcome addition to many people, but something that many miss is how this hurts those sites and blogs that rely on advertising revenue to pay for their hosting fees. 

So I got to thinking about how to deal with this. I've seen comments stating that content providers should just suck it up and find alternative ways of generating revenue. I'm sorry, but this is the kind of argument that a zealot preacher would sermonise - all talk about how it should be without solid examples or direction about the 'better ways'. I would argue that for a casual blog, ads are the only real viable source of revenue.

Unfortunately there is no easy way to deal with this situation. The only thing I could come up with was to appeal the the readers' sense of decency by supplying a message when an ad does not load.
Read more:
Dealing with iOS9 ad blockers on your ad sponsored blog

VBScript / VB Syntax Highlighting in Sublime Text

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Did you ever feel like programming that quick Excel macro in Sublime Text, but you couldn't because it doesn't recognize VB syntax out of the box? (Not that I like that much to program Excel macros, but you gotta do what you gotta do!) Well, thanks to this plugin, you can now enjoy Sublime Text for any of your VB / VBA / VBScript endeavors.

GitHub | VBScript package for Sublime Text

Download it, extract it inside your Sublime Text plugin directory, remove -master from the extracted folder's name, fire up Sublime Text and you're up and running!

Just when I thought Sublime Text couldn't get any better!

Fix Sublime Text 2 Scroll Lag

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Is Sublime Text your favorite text editor yet? Make sure you check it out right away, it's awesome:

Sublime Text: The text editor you'll fall in love with

Depending what OS you're using, your computer's performance and likely a few other factors, you might notice that there's a slight lag when scrolling using the mouse wheel in Sublime Text. Here's what you have to do in order to fix it.

1. Click Preferences, Settings - Default

2. Search for "scroll_speed" and set it to 0. (It's usually set to 1.5 by default. )
3. Save and close the settings file.

By disabling smooth scrolling, we get rid of the slight mouse wheel scrolling lag we experienced until now.

FlatPress 1.0.3

Friday, June 26, 2015

A new version of FlatPress was released on June 12th 2015. Here's the announcement:
Hi guys! New FlatPress release!
This release fixes an XSS (CVE-2014-100036).
Bonus: a new style for Leggero theme by @MarcThibeault and other UI enhancements by @MarcThibeault and @liquibyte
Have fun!
 FlatPress 1.0.3 | FlatPress.org | Friday, June 12, 2015

It's good to see that FlatPress is always up to date when it comes to security. Leggero v2 is also part of this release. I created the Leggero v2 style earlier this year, as a simple way to contribute to FlatPress.

As usual, you can download FlatPress on GitHub:
GitHub | FlatPress

Enjoy!

Web Fonts for Your Blog: Open Sans vs Lato

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

As I was browsing around to find out which web fonts are the most popular and ultimately, which one is currently the best, I came across this blog post. It compares in depth 2 of the most popular free fonts of the moment: Open Sans and Lato. Both are looking great, but which one is the best?

Open Sans vs Lato : A head to head Comparison

How to Create Great Content

Monday, May 25, 2015

It's not always easy to produce content that is worth someone else's time, something that is worth posting. Sometimes you get it right, some other times you don't. The key here is to be steady and make sure everything is in place to allow yourself to create great content every time. 

When browsing the Internet, people need to get their hands on the information they're looking for as fast as possible. What does that mean? It means they are laser focused, impatient and have a very short attention span. What are the most basic things you can do to maximize your chances to satisfy these people and present them the awesome, compelling content they're looking for?

Blog Activity Graph for FlatPress

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A new plugin for FlatPress was recently released by Igor Kromin. It's a great addition that allows you to see your monthly blog activity.

Click the link bellow to check it out:
Blog activity graph for FlatPress

FreeOrion Is Now On GitHub

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I didn't look at the FreeOrion project for quite a while. I just found out they migrated to GitHub a short time ago. That's great news, as GitHub is the place for open source collaborative development right now.

It will hopefully boost the motivation of contributors and bring in new ones too. I'm definitely going to look into the code once more when time permits and see if I can submit a few simple mods that would move things forward a little.

FreeOrion on GitHub, contribute now!  GitHub | FreeOrion

Official FreeOrion website: FreeOrion

New Official FlatPress Style: Leggero v2

Friday, February 27, 2015

I'm pleased to announce that NoWhereMan, the maintainer of FlatPress, approved my new take on the classic FlatPress theme. Leggero v2 is part of the FlatPress source code, as an available style for the Leggero theme.

I present you, Leggero v2!

Some quick details about it:

  • It's 100% responsive
  • It works properly with Internet Explorer, as well as with any modern web browsers
  • It uses web fonts with shadows, has a transparent sidebar and a fixed background image
  • It looks modern and actual, while still having the "FlatPress / Leggero" feel it should have

What Is Postloop and Why You Should Use It

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Whether you just started your forum, or you're already well established, it's possible that one day or another, you find yourself having a hard time generating serious activity on your own. We always gotta keep working to make sure that doesn't happen, but if it does, what are we gonna do? One of the solutions is Postloop.

Postloop | Content Marketplace

It's basically the best post exchange program I've come across and it'll bring you quality content only. You're gonna have to review people posting on your forum and give them a rating, so they'll have to make sure they post quality messages. No garbage one-liners.

FlatPress Responsive Theme: Grey Matter 1.0.1

Thursday, February 5, 2015

One of my FlatPress themes, Grey Matter, made it to version 1.1 last night. I tweaked a few things to make it look better and completely compatible with Internet Explorer.

What's new in v1.1:

  • Better looking entry separator
  • Internet Explorer support
  • Some minor fine tuning

Click here to check it out:


5 Easy Ways to Make Your Forum Thive With Activity

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Every forum admin has been there one day or another. Things are going pretty good on your forum, but after a little while, you notice your board has somehow stopped gaining speed. How to make your forum more active?

Like for many things, many small details can make a huge difference. The following suggestions are pretty easy to put together and achieve great results in less than a month.

So, what are the easiest actions you can take to bring your forum up to the next level? Let's see!

Chitika Review - Pay Per Click Ads

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I tested Chitika, a pay per click (PPC) ads service to help publishers monetize their traffic. I displayed their ads a forum message board and 2 blogs for approximately a week, with very disappointing results. Here's my quick review of Chitika.

$0.07 for 5 clicks? Are you kidding!?

You read it well. What they give you per click is ridiculous. The highest paid click I managed to get was $0.03. I've read similar feedback on quite a few blogs and forums analyzing various ads networks. It would seem that their PPC is very, very low, especially if you're used to Adsense's $0.50 to $3.00 per click. Even with a very high click-through rate, which I had not, it would take you a huge number of clicks to earn anything of interest. 

A Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Blog!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I decided to create a new blog dedicated to Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, a classic RTS game released in 2001.

It can be found at the following address:
http://starwars-galacticbattlegrounds.blogspot.ca/

I've been an avid played of this game for more than a decade and thought it would be an interesting project to start a blog about it and see what comes out of it. I'm going to share resources, information, strategies, tips and tricks for Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds.