A few minutes from now, I’ll send out this email, explaining my progress over the last few months and mainly the last week.
Hey there everyone!
My website, ifupdown.com, has been inactive since I bought it back in March of 2007. Yesterday, I brought a change to the default 1and1 coming soon page. I started with a pretty simple logo and added my most useful projects in the form of links to the page. I also added some information, who, what, where, when, why and how, about myself and my various projects, goals and micro-beliefs, all in less than 100 words. With all of that, I present the brand new ifupdown site entrance ifupdown – ryan rampersad!
In addition to the entrance at ifupdown.com, I’ve also started a blog. Ryan Rampersad, is the title, to get my name out there. Maybe I’ll start more when I get enough page views on this new one and enough diverse topics. The blog will focus on any thing I’m working on at the time. I envisioned that it would be the place where I centralize all of my knowledge and opinions about programming, technology and everything else I know and do. It will also serve as a centralized place for my social life, as in, Facebook and Plurk. (I’m now open for invitation to social networking sites other than myspace and myyearbook and hi5 and probably others I don’t know of but that aren’t worth my time.)
On the 23rd of July, I changed the way the (fluff)Grabber website worked. In the past, before the 23rd, I had used a redirection script via PHP to directly take you from fluff.ifupdown.com to apps.facebook.com/fluff/fluffbookid. Now, the new system has an intermediate page in between the redirection. This allows me, or more specifically Google Analytics, to track users clicking on those (fluff)Book links. Since the 23rd, which is about seven (7) days ago, I have amassed 3100 page views, on redirect.php alone! This means that there is a lot of traffic coming from users. I’d like to know where it’s coming from, either from the fluff-friend forum or the links I left in user profiles. In any case, it’s wonderful to be receiving so many clicks in such a short amount of time. (442 page views per day is incredible!) I hope that traffic will remain steady or increase.
In addition to the changes with (fluff)Grabber, without any changes from me, the traffic at the mooWalkthrough has also picked up! Up from about 300 to 400 page views, it is now reaching the 4000 mark! I’m pleased to serve the Mootooler community and I believe in the coming weeks I will rewrite the mooWalkthrough to focus on a non-beta version of Mootools. The current uses code from 1.2b2. It’s pretty old now. With the sudden release of Mootools 1.2 (official), it’s about time to give newcomers and other library users something to read!
Another project of mine that will start in a few days is the creation of two Central High School – Oriented Systems. The first will be their Book System. Right now, as it is, you have to use a little piece of paper from the office and fill in the author, your name, your homeroom, your cif, and a summary. Did you know every homeroom has a computer in it? (I wonder if they work?) Wouldn’t it be better if students could input and record the books they have read via any computer, anywhere? Rather than managing wasteful paper and many things, a unified book keeping system although not incorporated with the library system (interesting thought though), could make book submissions for reading go up. Never know until you try? (A feature: automated weekly drawing! More random than you can imagine too, no bias.) The second project of the set will be Central’s news site. As it stood, apparently, the drug of the day was Prozac. (Central News, before school ended was filled with drug and worse spam. Apparently, since then, someone took down the news submission page. I wonder if I suggested or had anything to do with it, I was testing XSS attacks a month or two ago.)Ã‚Â In other words, tons of spam. My new system will be using spam prevention techniques and allow for version control. A student enters there name on entry to the system and it’s remember on that computer until they are done. Whenever they write an article, it will follow via their name. When they edit an article, even their own, their name is attached to it and all older versions of the same news will remain in the database. It’s a very powerful system and allows for creativity without bounds unlike paper or copy and pasting (like it was). Experimentation is an asset, not a forbidden fruit. If all goes well, maybe there will be more Central things to come.
That’s what I’ve up to in the past few months, really in the last week. Everything is coming together and I’m really happy for all of the progress I’ve made. If you have any questions or comments, just send me an email.
Thanks for reading and maybe visiting.