February 20, 2014

Oh How You Resize Me

My website should now be browser resize-friendly! That means that if you make the browser window smaller or bigger, the content should dynamically change as you change the size. This should also mean that my website is now mobile-friendly as well!

On a side note, if you notice any inconsistencies during your browsing experience, please shoot me an email!

February 11, 2014

1.6 Bold Patch Update

Good morning / afternoon / evening!

It is my great pleasure and honor to announce the release of the way overdue 1min 1.6 patch update. We here at 1min© have been spending countless days and nights for the past year and a half fine-tuning and experimenting with the source code, so that you, the end-user, can have the best experience possible. We finally have something that we believe is deserving of a major patch update.

Going along with patch 1.5’s naming scheme, patch 1.6 will also be named after an adjective that we feel is our current objective and future plans. After much deliberation, we have finally arrived at the word, “Bold.” But wait, isn’t that the same word as patch 1.5? That’s a great observation! We here at 1min felt that although the overall trajectory of our design has not been altered from the “Bold” direction, there have been significant improvements made to the code that it deserved its own special patch number.

Similar to past patches, we have done a lot of bug testing and number crunching and have fixed and/or deleted a lot of previous updates. This is in no way indicative of our future aspirations or goals, but reflect what the management feels is necessary for the best possible experience.

Like all our other patches and releases, please do note that nothing is final and everything is subject to change without prior announcement. Feel free to contact customer service if you wish to lodge a complaint or put forth your two cents worth.

So without further ado, I present patch 1.6 “Bold.”

February 09, 2014

To Live Once More!

Both my Guestbook and my Strawberry URL web applications are now fully functional and running. I recently purchased hosting with GoDaddy, allowing me to have my own MySQL database and a PHP back-end to run my code. Now I can finally work on keeping my new networking game up 100% of the time!

On a side note, I am planning on yet another redesign of the landing page and the contact page.

February 05, 2014

Redesigned Transitions

Completely redesigned the landing page and swapped it with this renamed page. Now instead of automatically landing on this page with news and recent information, you will land on the new redesigned landing page. Not only that, but with new CSS transitions, I am no longer relying on jQuery for most of the animations on my website. So ignore the last post, the side-notes are no longer JavaScript.

On a site node, what do you think about the new redesign?

February 04, 2014

ThinkVantage Custom Scripts

ThinkVantage Button (X1 Carbon)
If you own a Lenovo laptop, chances are that you have a "ThinkVantage" button on your keyboard. It's that
thin rectangle button on the top left of your keyboard (actual size and location depends on your laptop model).

You first have to do a registry edit to change the button from the default Lenovo software. Please refer to this link for instructions. You'd have to change the registry entry to point to the following BAT file I wrote.

Here are two files that I wrote to turn that button into a custom script for running a Google voice search. The actual usability of the script depends on your laptop and how quickly you can open a browser. I purposely put a long sleep timer on the VBS script to account for slower startup times on your browser. If you find that you are opening a new browser and waiting too long before the voice search starts, then feel free to lower the 5000 to a smaller number.

The script.bat file which points to the VBS file below. For some reason you can't just directly point to a VBS file in the registry so I had to work around it by using this BAT file.
@echo off
wscript "C:\script.vbs"
The script.vbs file. Opens a new browser, navigates to Google, pauses for a bit, then presses Ctrl+Shift+. to activate the voice search command.
Dim iURL
Dim objShell
iURL = "www.google.com"
set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WScript.Sleep 5000
objShell.AppActivate "Chrome"
objShell.SendKeys "^+."

On a side note, what's the fastest way you can think of to search Google?