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Homepage http://www.bluesnews.com/
Signed On Aug 22, 2002, 01:01
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2009, 17:38  Xymph 
 
Thanks all for the kind words. Have some more Cake and Beer on me.

I have this picture of you in my head every time your name is mentioned...stocky, blonde handel bar moustache, red cheeks & wearing a German military uniform from the first world war, complete with hard Helmet & spike on top.
Im guessing this is a little off the mark.
Waaay off, you got me confused with Franz.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2008, 10:27  Xymph 
 
PS Tab focus fix from e-mail to password field, instead of e-mail field to Preview Message button..?
Tab order wasn't defined for the email & password fields, since one never needs to touch them after entering them the first time and checking the Remember box. Also, going directly from the Subject & Message fields to the Preview & Post buttons was an earlier request.

I now added the Email/Password/Remember fields to the focus sequence, but after the Post button.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Feature Request Dec 15, 2008, 17:11  Xymph 
 
Blue (or Frans), could you change this comment entry form so that "Post Message" or "Preview Message" is given focus when you press tab in the comment box? I'd used to finishing message board posts with Tab, Enter.
Blue doesn't (and shouldn't) touch the scripts.
Done, the order is: Subject, Message, Preview, Post. Same for the Edit form.

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News Comments > Linux Prey Released
4. Re: Linux Prey Released Dec 9, 2008, 08:24  Xymph 
 
Prey is based on Quake3 tech right? Or is it on the Doom3 engine??
It's Doom 3 tech.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Search! Dec 3, 2008, 14:57  Xymph 
 
The news search and the Search! input in the menu bar now also use this same search method with boolean queries.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Search! Dec 3, 2008, 12:54  Xymph 
 
Frans! What have you done with our .sigs?!
There were so few comments on the new search feature that some temporary punishment was in order.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
12. Re: Into the Black Nov 27, 2008, 15:36  Xymph 
 
You never answered the question though. Does the system have a timer, or are you just looking for excuses to stay up late?!
Pay attention, you fool! Mr_t

 
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News Comments > Into the Black
8. Re: Into the Black Nov 26, 2008, 05:05  Xymph 
 
Or does your system have a timer thing and can make live your info at a certain time?
It does.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: A tiny request for a forum feature/tweak Nov 14, 2008, 17:15  Xymph 
 
When we edit a post, the "this post was edited" message gets appended to the bottom of the post.

I wish that this only came after an edit that took place a little while after the post was made. That way, we can quickly fix our posts if we notice some errors right after posting it. Thoughts?
How long is "a little while"? That seems kind of arbitrary. The preview button is meant to help with fixing minor glitches before posting, so get used to that.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: PDA Mode Nov 14, 2008, 17:10  Xymph 
 
Looking cool. Any chance we can get less of the HTML stripped? Article links, blockquotes, etc, appeared to from my quick scroll through it. Understand if you had to cripple it due to UGO restrictions and so forth.
UGO wasn't involved in the design choices. It's in Blue's own interest not to make the PDA site a complete but ad-free alternative to the regular site, as his income depends on the latter.

So the goal for the mobile sites to offer a quick way to check the latest gaming news while on the road, as an additional service, and not to reproduce the full website functionality on a handheld device. To that end, blockquotes and the OotB links table have been stripped in order to reduce overal page size (since more data traffic often costs users more money). Links are stripped for the same reason, and to give people an incentive to (re)visit the full site as yet to check the stories they're interested in. Lastly, many of the pages and sites linked to are not mobile-friendly, so the links are of limited use anyway.

(I also got an XML parsing error when I viewed it through FFox on the desktop, which is strange because typically it doesn't do that to XHTML pages. Pocket IE and Opera Mobile rendered it without problems, the two primary Windows Mobile based browsers.)
Yeah, I saw that too, it happens with 8-bit characters translated into named (rather than numeric) & entities, but since the PDA site isn't meant for normal desktop browsers anyway, I see no reason to address that.

Having the BN colours would be cool, too, but that's just me being picky.
The logo uses the appropriate background. Not sure what other BN colors you're referring to.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Acquiring Massive Entertainment
6. Re: Ubisoft Acquiring Massive Entertainm Nov 11, 2008, 04:26  Xymph 
 
They were part of Sierra/Dynamix and then purchased by Vivendi if I'm not mistaken.
You are. Massive was independent until acquired by Vivendi, long after Sierra/Dynamix was.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 7, 2008, 10:48  Xymph 
 
Sorry Frans, still dead here. Same symptoms, same error message under "details" tab on the Blackberry. Anything we can do say the word....
Well, I don't know what else I can do besides making sure the WML code validates.
I'd still like to hear whether anything changed for Jeraxle's iPod Touch, or Efflixi's HTC Mogul.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2008, 14:22  Xymph 
 
The only thing I can try is restrict the number of stories and see if the smaller WML file does load for those that currently have trouble.
Okay, now there's only 10 stories and the WML file is about 10 KB. Does that help for anyone who previously was unable to load the site?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2008, 14:17  Xymph 
 
Also getting the Internal server error from my Blackberry...

Additional info says "internal compiler error application/vnd.wap.wmic"
The site is served with the correct content type "text/vnd.wap.wml" so either that 'wmic' is a typo or it is indeed a Blackberry problem.

Looks like a Blackberry issue, yes?

Oops. Forgot to mention I'm using MS Pocket IE emulation mode, and WML and HTML Content Mode.

Hope it might help.
'fraid not, as my knowledge (along with the aforementioned testing capability) is really limited. The only thing I can try is restrict the number of stories and see if the smaller WML file does load for those that currently have trouble.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2008, 13:04  Xymph 
 
I take it we won't be able to post comments (or see them) from the m version?
No, only the current day news of the frontpage has been converted into a WML version, not the rest of the site.

The whole idea here is to simply make it possible to check the latest news while on the road, rather than make your main browser completely obsolete.

As for looks, I'm fine with how it looks, but if'n ya want to put it in blue or retro colors, you wouldn't get any arguments from me.
Okay, as currently most formatting is stripped out to reduce page size (and to comply with the WML spec) and I think it's just as easy for everyone to keep it that way. Also, layout tweaks are hard to devise or test for me because of the aforementioned lack of testing devices.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2008, 13:02  Xymph 
 
Awsome. Can we just get a version of the site design for phones with smaller screens like the iPhone and the g1 (android)?
Uhm, I don't know, as I don't have access to any of these devices and have no idea about their requirements and limitations. I also am not sure it's a good idea to create an array of different mobile sites for the wide variety of devices out there.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2008, 12:49  Xymph 
 
Going to either mobile site generates an HTML error and i can't view the site as of 11.06.2008 - 11:09:15.
m.blues is just an alias for wap.bluesnews.com, so there's no point in trying both.

The mobile site right now gets a clean pass from the WML validator, so I'm afraid I don't know what error you could still be getting.

Edit: the only possible cause I can think of now is that of page size, as the WML file is currently 20 KB and that may be too large for some devices (at least it is for the emulator I mentioned earlier). If that's the case I'll need to limit the number of stories on the WAP site, rather than include all of today's stories (which grows quite a bit during the day and especially with the evening update).

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 6, 2008, 03:23  Xymph 
 
The mobile version isn't HTML, it's WAP. It works in Pocket Internet Explorer on Windows Mobile. I'm surprised it doesn't work on Blackberry, less so iPod Touch.
Blue tested it on his phone, but I don't know what brand/model that is. I also tested it in this WinWAP Smartphone Browser Emulator.

Blue/Frans, any chance at getting a stripped down HTML version? Basically the current layout/style, but one column
Maybe, if you have more info on how it should look. Are there any pointers to formatting and naming conventions for such a format?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 1, 2008, 05:28  Xymph 
 
umm, there is a link somewhere - just search for dog Halloween. He has posted them before....
Yes, these are last year's pics.
 
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News Comments > EA Denies Spielberg Game Firings
3. Re: EA Denies Spielberg Game Firings Oct 31, 2008, 16:06  Xymph 
 
That Eurogamer link is dead and there is no mention of this story in their news section. What's up?
Nothing's up, the link works fine.
 
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