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MaintenanceMay 31, 2008

With summer here I have the free time to fiddle with the website. Over the past few summers, I have had renewed interest in redesigning Mr. Bís Domain. Unfortunately I simply havenít thought of anything better yet. Rather than a complete makeover I have contented myself with minor tweaks. A few weeks ago I merged the FAQ and contact pages. I upgraded the software that powers my photo gallery and daily log this week, largely out of necessity for security fixes. I also made one visible change, a search function for the daily log. Iíve wanted this for my own convenience for years and the recent upgrade has finally made it easy.

I hope to give the website a new look this summer along with some other online pursuits. Thanks to CSS and PHP, should inspiration strike, a facelift should not be terribly painful.

HousekeepingOctober 5, 2007

I upgraded the software that runs my log, Fusion News. The latest version is several months old now. Iím not often motivated up change such things since they already work and upgrades tend to break things, as they did in this case. The upgrade script jumbled the entry index file but I was able to update the file formatting manually by creating a macro in Word. Although there are no visible changes, the log software code is now valid XHTML, which is nice. In addition to the upgrade, I also did some unremarkable housekeeping on a few other pages of the website like updating the links page.

CR Series Desktops AddedSeptember 29, 2007

The most recent addition to the Vaio wallpapers page are the desktop backgrounds included with the upcoming CR Series laptops. They come in five different colors, each with its own themed background. I am still looking for the "Champagne" version, however. Also included with this update is yet another "Aqua Breeze" desktop and additional resolutions for the "long battery life" wallpaper.

C Series Desktops AddedSeptember 3, 2007

I just added the Vaio wallpapers from the C series desktops to the Vaio wallpapers page. They were unavaliable at the time of the last update.

New Vaio WallpapersJuly 27, 2007

For the first time in over a year, I have made additions to the Vaio wallpapers page. There are twelve new desktops and additional resolutions available for existing wallpapers. Although I have not been updating the page regularly, I am still committed to having the best Vaio wallpaper collection on the internet. However, I still have no intention of hosting unofficial wallpapers or the calendar-branded desktops that Sony releases every month. Such desktops are available at Sonyís official website and the Unofficial Club VAIO Blog.

MrBsDomain.comApril 8, 2006

After nearly five years, I finally have a domain name for my personal website. I registered a couple of months ago, but was unable to use it right away because I needed to upgrade and renew my hosting account to have two domains, an expense I wasn't willing to take on at the time. I decided to go ahead and get it done today because my account was nearly out of disk space. I wanted to update the Vaio wallpapers page this afternoon and didn't have the room, so I ate the cost today. This most recent update only adds one new Sony Vaio desktop, "Dragon." Most of the additions were adding more resolutions to existing wallpapers, all of which I found at Vaio Online Korea.

New Sony Vaio DesktopsNovember 14, 2005

I made 22 additions to the Vaio wallpapers page today. Most of the new ones are publicity photographs of Vaio laptops, including the U and QR series. Erik from Sony TR World provided me with the desktops included on the X505 series laptop. I have never seen these posted anywhere else. There are now 90 vaio desktops hosted.

RealignmentNovember 1, 2005

Over the last few months, I was feeling a need to redesign my website, although as yet Iíve had no inspiration or ideas worth carrying to fruition. I needed this article at A List Apart to remind me I didnít need to completely redo my website to improve it. With that in mind, I have reformatted the content pages to better the website.

This latest update corrects what I only recently perceived as a significant flaw to my website: wasted space. Previously, page descriptions and other secondary information was in a sidebar on the right. These are always short however so the remaining length was going unused, a matter of particular circumstance with a fixed-width site.

Gallery 2 InstalledOctober 14, 2005

The photo gallery software was recently upgraded to Gallery 2. It's been in development for a couple of years and I've been looking forward to it like so many others. I installed it about a week ago with no trouble but I have been altering the appearance since to integrate it into the my website, both by learning the new themeing system on my own and with the help of the forums.

Look Ma! No Tables... almostOctober 9, 2005

After working sith the website for about a week, I have converted the website to a DIV based layout and eliminated almost every table on the website. There are a few that remain in the desktop section. The quote container on the home page is still a table as well because I have not yet been able to replicate the effect using DIVs without needing a fixed-width container. Aside from just being a nice little learning experience, the XHTML code now looks alot cleaner and there's less of it to have to look at. In total, 48 kilobytes was shaved off of 27 content pages.

Style-sheet Switcher Fully Functional... FinallySeptember 28, 2005

After an embarassing number of hours, I finally have the style sheet selector working like I want. Previously I was using a some Javascript but with the help of this A List Apart article and some forum threads, the style sheet chooser now works site-wide with just a few lines of PHP.

Additions to Vaio Wallpaper PageAugust 26, 2005

I recently completed a large addition to the Vaio desktops page. The page size has almost doubled with the addition of 26 wallpapers. I added a couple abstract and product desktops, as well as the vector art vaio wallpapers from Tom's Island.

Sony Vaio Wallpaper Page AddedDecember 28, 2004

I recently made the first circumstantial content addition to the site recently. I recieved a Sony Vaio laptop for Christmas and I took an interest in Vaio wallpapers released by Sony. They seem to be more than somewhat hard to find so I added a page to the site with what I think is a nice assortment of them. You can find them here in the desktop section of the site.

Gallery Upgraded to v1.4.3-pl1May 24, 2004

I know this is the first new site news since v7 was released, I guess I don't update things much aside from the log. Anyway, I just upgraded Gallery to version 1.4.3-pl1. It was a plesantly smooth process. It's added a few features, both on the admin and viewer end, and now all the links open in the same window. Browsing my gallery had been rather cumbersome with all the new browser windows. I'll be adding photos more often as photography becomes a bigger hobby for me.

Mr. B's Domain v7 OpensNovember 30, 2003

Yet again, I have redesigned Mr. B's Domain. While Version Seven may not be my most original work, it has been as good a learning experience as any of my websites. I regret that v7 turned out to be a pretty haphazard operation, unlike my previous website which was quickly designed and constructed. For the first time, I have a website with valid XHTML. As a result, Mr. B's Domain works rather well with most browsers. I am also experimenting with multiple stylesheets, enabling visitors to choose a preferred color scheme. The only signifigant content addition for v7 is the photo gallery, where I have deposited a wide variety of images. Photography is a new and emerging hobby for me, so now I have a place to put my stuff.

There were a few things that I didn't do in the new version for one reason or another. I wanted to convert to a tableless layout, but the my lack of experience with the DIV element and apparent hassle deterred me. Version Eight will include that along with more content, possibly valid XHTML 1.0 Strict, and maybe even an interface with some originality. In any event, it will be some time before I even have the slightest idea what I'll do next.

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