|SPIFFLE GETS RETOOLED UNDER THE HOOD
Feb 02, 2002, 2:15pm
I have been putting off doing a blog' style update here because Wayne Venables, our head honcho programming guru over at work spent the last few days putting the absolute latest version of our content management software up live on this here site.
The CoffeeGeek site is also the beneficiary of WIPS 2.5.2, our latest incarnation, and while that was a handful and a half, this site's backend retooling was a relative breeze, which is a testament to Wayne's skills. Thanks Wayne!
So what's different? For the visitor to this site, you'll just see a lot more consistency, and a lot more "pro" visuals, including fancy ass tables, a multitude of image layouts (including a thumbnail/popup image generator) and finally the ability for me to put "child pages" off of any page on this site. So the Kyosho Mini Z page under mixelania can now have sub pages (I'll get to it soon).
Also, you'll notice the URLs are much "smarter" than before. Sure, there's a lot of this kind of stuff behind the scenes: www.website.com/asbin/users/public/page?=cmd_112.22_02_02_99?ref=2984 etc etc. But you don't see that in the URL. You see a url that looks like www.spiffle.com/rants . It's a pretty sweet "smart URL" system that Wayne has developed. Again, big time kudos to him.
WIPS Today Page
This is the "today" page I see when I log into the CMS system.
There's a lot of other usability tweaks to the front side that you probably won't notice, but are there to make this site function better. One you'll see soon is a site wide search feature. Pretty damned slick.
Behind the scenes, I get the brand spankin' new interface that makes it ultra easy to edit the site, add new content, and control existing content. I designed the interface myself, but Wayne and his small team made it real. You can see how the log in interface looks in the screencap to the right. Pretty cool, huh?
Anyway, enough of that. Next rant I'll be back to normal, and the frequency should be better too, since writing a rant is now a 1 click effort. New content on the site will be showing up shortly as well.
|Previous Ten Daily Rants
|The continued fallout on auto gratuities
|| 5:35pm, 08/09
|Final thougths on price gouging, auto gratuities coming soon
|| 12:50am, 03/04
|The Real Reasons for Olympics Auto Gratuities
|| 7:20pm, 02/19
|Vancouver Olympics - Nice Prices, Profiteer (gouger) Restaurant Listings
|| 12:15am, 02/18
|More on Auto Gratuities
|| 6:45pm, 02/16
|Price Gouging in Vancouver During Olympics (and Price Heroes!)
|| 12:20am, 02/16
|Ideal Mac (or any pc) netbook....
|| 8:05pm, 12/22
|NetMacBook Hackintosh Update
|| 12:20am, 12/20
|NetMac... er Hackintosh... er NetMacBook. Yeah
|| 5:20pm, 12/17
|Balance Board Wii Game I'd like to see - Boxing!
|| 4:00pm, 07/26
Photos from Algonquin Park
Photos from my trip to Algonquin Park this fall with my Mom and two brothers.
Making Snow for the Fortress
One of the worst jobs I ever had... till I got out.
Tools I Use
The tools I use to build websites and lead a tech life.
iPod and iTunes Offline
iMark's iTunes and iPod isn't iPlaying anything right iNow.
Most Recent Songs
Fiddlers Green by The Tragically Hip
Around The Bend by Pearl Jam
Here With Me (Rollo's Chillin' With the Family Mix) by Dido
With arms open wide by Creed
truffle pigs by Matthew Good Band
In the News
Burundi and Beyond - NY Times
Great article by Peter Meehan - provided some background.
St. Petersburg Times
Side mention in an article about good machines
AP Story on Espresso
Background and information provided
NY Times - Grinders Article
Especially proud of this one - got the reporter to focus on grinders
Globe and Mail
LOL - showing bad reporting, dude says I'm an American-based site!
The Olympian, WA
Talks about my love for the El Sal Siberia Pacamara
Seattle Times - Clover
Interviewed for comments on the Clover brewer
NY Times - How it Works
Background and information for various espresso machines
Time Mag Article
Just a brief mention, article about roasting beans.
Front page article about consumers getting into specialty coffee.
Quoted reference to what I wrote in an article at CoffeeGeek.
USA Today - Barista Jam
Intereviewed for my thoughts on what the epitome of espresso is.
The Wall Street Journal has interviewed me 3 times. This is the first time my name got in a story.
Interview with Reuters, Jan 2 - this is the USA Today version.
My Other Stuff
Launched Dec 22, 2001, this is THE online community for espresso and coffee fanatics.
It's all new, as of March, 2002. My personal coffee obsession site.
My company's site - needs an update!
Hey, if you feel the need to buy me something, check here!
Great gadget site run by the guy who used to do Gizmodo.
This is how I get my daily news fix.
The most active forums for digital photography online today.
Need my Daily Zen fix!
A blog about car stuff. Vroom Vroom.
An industrial design blog. Very cool stuff.
Friends and Family Plan
Beata's got her own blog! She updates it most days.
Riddla on Flickr
Matt Riddle's flickr account, updated regularly
Irdy, my friend from Jakharta, on Flickr
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L Lens
The best lens I've ever owned. Super sharp and quick.
A full frame dSLR, with luscious colour reproduction.
Alzo Digital Lights
Some amazing florescent cold lights for product photography
Canon Xsi dSLR
Amazing technology and image quality in a tiny package.
Latest prosumer camera from Canon - a much better upgrade than the 30D
Great 2.2lb computer that does most of my travel / writing needs
28mm f1.8 Lens
A great lens for closeup work and full picture photography
Finally got the right tools for freezing green coffee.
Canon 50mm 1.4
Most amazing lens I've ever owned. Produces stellar photos.
Super wide angle (full frame fisheye) zoom for my Canon 20D