Tag Archives: Site-News

video problem fixed?

Update Dec 9th, 2015 – We fixed most of the video issues, however we did detect that some videos are still not working on most apple devices like iphones and ipads… and some web browsers fail to play videos with android tablets / phones – however I think most people can add mobile browser browser to their tablet / phone and actually see videos.

Our cosiing partners are currently working on and testing a new video conversation code that will hopefully make videos easier to watch on iphones / ipads in the near future – it’s not done quite yet, and they’ve been woking on this issue for a couple / few weeks now.

The original post from Nov 2, 2015 follows:
Got word from our coding partners that the videos issues should be resolved.

So we need to test! As people upload videos, if they work or don’t work, I need details about about kind of web browser is being used to upload or view. Also what the video format was in the original upload.

Our updated video thing is supposed to convert videos to a proper format and they should hopefully work for everyone whether it’s a desktop / laptop or mobile phone / tablet.

Looking forward to all this working!

Anyone who uploaded a video in the past couple weeks may need to re-upload, as from what I have seen most of those did not work properly.

Thanks for hanging in with us as we iron things out!

  • 16 Comments comment lost with 2015 database crash.

block user update

Had to push a small update to the “block user” function / button today. There is a chance that previously blocked people were erased from the system – so you may need to “re-block” someone that you had before. We had a small chunk of code that was affecting page load time, and that is fixed now. In the process we may have lost previous settings – but the old settings may still be in place – not sure yet at this point.

If anyone can report that previously blocked people are still in their “blocked users list” – or not I’d appreciate it. Sorry if this affects anyone in a bad way – this was an unexpected update and probably done before I had enough espresso getting the brain to full on all cylinders. If we need to update this code chunk again in the future we will do in it a slightly different manner.

Hugs everyone.

Testing new look for AOS

August 24, 2015 34 Comments
I hope things looking so different is not a major shock to our regular users, and I am not sure that this new look is what we are going to stick with, so bare with me for a few days while we test some things out.

This post answers many questions, and was published with our first design change in 2015 – we are testing a different new look started Aug 31 -details about that here.

Why the new look?

I liked the old one, and I may modify this new theme / design to have more of the look of our previous design, so it’s not finished yet. The main reason for such a drastic change is to test for some features that may not work with our old design. With updates to our main system, some of our “plugin things” have been acting weird (like picture uploads with mobile devices) – so we may have to retire our old design / theme in order to keep up with the latest code updates of the main system.

I liked this or that better with the previous design.
Please tell me what you liked better or miss with the new design. I liked having the side info on the right in our previous design, and I started to convert this design to move those things back to the right side (where they belong!) – however this new code base for this design although it looks plain, has some tricky javascript crap that gets in the way when I tried to move the sidebar to the right. So this is going to take some extra work to move things around compared to the old system.

 

I am going to try to

get the sidebar moved back to the right
Change the colors to more match our blue-book kind of feel we had before
check that some of the custom sizes for things like “next page” are enhanced like we had before
and any other things that we find as we try this transition.
Hopefully this new theme will

load faster.
provide enhanced viewing and navigation with various small screen sizes like tablets and phone.
fix a few problems we were having like mobile photo and video uploads not working all the time.
So lets test it out and see!

I think this new theme design has a better layout for profiles, and even if we don’t keep this new look I am going to try to find that code and use it in whatever design we end up with in the future.

Expect things to change with the look and feel the next few days while I test some various code snippets to see what looks good, what works, and what problems may arise.
We may just go right back to our old look / feel / design while I test things on another system a bit more – but in the spirit of hack it out and take feedback to see if it sticks, or even parts of it are worth enhancing – here it goes!

mobile media uploads broken?

We have gotten a few reports of picture uploads no longer working with (at least some) mobile devices. We’ve checked with the media handling coding peeps and it appears that the latest security update for our core system is causing some sort of weird error. For some it appears that pictures upload – then nothing shows up.

If you have this issue, and want to help us figure it out – please add a comment below and tell me what kind of device and which browser you are using. eg. Android Phone with Mobile Firefox, or iPad using Safari, or netbook using IE, or Android tablet using “stock” browser (The one that came with the phone that is NOT chrome) – or whatever setup you are using.

 

Our media sharing code partners are working to fix the issue – but I have no eta on when this will be resolved. Fingers crossed they can get things fixed up this week.

In the meantime we are also reaching out to some other code experts to see if we can have new ways of handling pictures, videos, albums and the like. We are looking for more modular ways to handle things with leaner and faster image handling.

We are also looking at ways to convert gif uploads into html5 videos that will load much faster than gifs, and should give the option to play, pause, stop, or simply not play at all – which will help some with page loading speed, scrolling pages, etc.

We are also working on a new media converter thing that should allow everyone to upload videos in different formats and have them convert to the needed mp4 format so they can display properly with our site software.

There are a few other goodies we have on the drawing board, some were are already testing, a few others we are reaching out to get some help putting all this together. Stay tuned for more cool things.

I wonder – if we had to choose between adding a thing that will let people record a short audio, or a video – which would get used more? People recording some sexy sounds and adding to their profile? Or maybe more people would use a webcam or phone cam and save a short video clip more often?

All these code addons take more time to put together (And money) than I every imagined – but I like to see the site growing, and give people more ways to share. So trying to make it all happen!

Hope everyone is enjoying the site features we currently have, and hope to have the mobile uploads thing fixed before long!