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Jun
06
2017

Welcome to our new server!

Technically Motivated has completed its transition to its brand new high-performance server. If you are reading this post, you are now reaching us from our new home.

The increased performance of our new server means that web pages should now load faster, and new comments, Forum Posts and so on should submit quicker than before. Updated back-end software should also enable us to enhance the site more than ever before in the future. For now though, you can just continue to enjoy the same old TM you’ve come to love, just in a faster and better-performing package 🙂

Unfortunately, we do have some bad news to report. In the process of moving over to our new server, our previous email inbox, which is actually hosted separately by our hosting provider, was not transferred. While we have subsequently set up the email address again and you will once again be able to continue to communicate with us via the on-site contact form or directly at webmaster[at]technicallymotivated[dot]com, unfortunately any previous email correspondence from prior to the server move has been lost. We humbly apologise for this inconvenience and will strive to recover whatever we can.

Thanks for everyone’s patience during the server move and subsequent downtime; and I hope you will continue to enjoy being a part of Technically Motivated – the Technology Blog for everyone. Our Motivation Is Highlighting Tech Innovation.

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    Previous Articles


    May
    30
    2017

    Important: Upcoming Server Move

    Within the next few hours, Technically Motivated will be moving to a brand new server as part of a complete migration of all WPS Interactive and sister sites and services. During this time, Technically Motivated’s site and email may become briefly unavailable.

    We will post a further announcement once the move has fully completed. Until this time, if you find yourself unable to reach our website or send us any email, please try again later. We humbly apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Feb
    23
    2017

    Join us on Discord!

    Because Technically Motivated is designed to be the technology blog everyone can understand and get involved with, whether it’s suggesting articles, leaving comments or just chatting; and because our aim is to keep on the pulse of the latest in technology, I’m always looking into new ways to allow our readers to interact with each other.

    In this vein, it is my pleasure to announce that Technically Motivated has now launched its own official Discord server! Now, by clicking on the “Discord” icon found to the right of every page; or by using our permanent quick invite link https://discord.gg/AndKNte, you can join in with a modern chat solution that lets you both text and voice chat with like-minded readers, visitors and contributors to Technically Motivated, with a variety of different channels for all sorts of different topics – whether it’s gaming, tech or general conversation. Be sure to also keep an eye on our #articles channel where you’ll get instant notifications on any new articles posted on Technically Motivated 😉

    I’m still setting up the Discord in some areas, but it’s already ready to go and anyone with a valid Discord account is welcome to join. Also, if you have any suggestions for new chat channels, do tell us in the comments, or by leaving a message for Techie Jinji directly on Discord. Enjoy!

    Oct
    07
    2016

    Forum and Mobile Updates, and minor fixes

    For the last few months, I have been inviting users to help Beta Test a new Forum to replace our long-standing one, which has been found to cause performance issues for our server. Although the new Forum works well, something that personally disappointed me was that the new Forum Software did not have the capability to enable guest posting. The current Technically Motivated forum has a public "Site Troubleshooting" section which permits all visitors, whether registered or not, to post if they have any problems using our website; and unfortunately, this was not something the new Forum would allow.

    However, the Forum we have been using for the Beta has since received updates; and a recent new feature will allow us to enable guest posting, allowing us to restore this functionality for the new Beta forum. We will continue to keep the new Forum as a Beta while we test how well this works and whether it is secured enough to not enable abuse; but if all goes well, it is my plan to announce an official time-frame for phasing out the old Forum and switching to the new solution.

    On a related note, you may have been aware of the boxes on our homepage showing the latest conversations people have been having here on Technically Motivated, be it on our comment boxes, our forum or on Twitter. However, in recent months, you may have noticed only the Twitter feed was properly working. After some investigation, I've been able to restore the latest comments pane, which had been broken by a glitch. However, the Forum pane has been completely removed, as it turns out the current Forum has broken this feature, and the new Beta Forum does not yet offer a replacement. You can still however see the latest Forum posts for the non-Beta Forum on our sidebar.

    In other news, we have recently upgraded our Mobile site, which should now offer an even better experience when viewing us on your mobile or smartphone. You'll now find a much easier-to-navigate menu, as well as easy sharing links atop each article; as well as links to our social pages in the footer. We have also changed the colour scheme to better match our desktop site; and updated the copyright notice. Whether you visit us on your mobile or your PC, we hope you enjoy your time here at Technically Motivated.

    May
    04
    2016

    Notice: Technical Issues With Our Email Inbox

    I would like to apologise to anybody who has been sending email to our public Inbox and patiently awaiting a response. Unfortunately, due to a software glitch, Technically Motivated's Email Inbox has been failing to load on multiple occasions recently, and our Staff have found themselves unable to read any emails we have received.

    We would appreciate everyone's patience while we try to resolve this matter. As the Contact Form on our website also sends emails to this inbox, we ask that you do not use the Contact Form to send us any messages for which you desire an immediate response. Instead, you can contact us via the Forum or any of our Social Networking links, shown to the right throughout our site.

    My humble apologies for this inconvenience.

    Jan
    17
    2016

    Forum Updates and News

    Greetings, visitors and Techies.

    Ever since Technically Motivated launched in 2009, our goal has always been to create a technology blog that connects people together whatever their technology expertise; and to create a community of people helping each other or simply having fun and engaging in conversation, while also providing a useful resource.

    Part of the way we've tried to achieve this goal is through use of a Forum where people can start whatever topic is on their mind; and others can join in or start their own. We're now looking for your feedback on potential changes to the Forum to help improve its performance and the overall experience going forward.

    If you're interested in helping out, we ask you to try a new Forum setup we're testing on our specially-crafted page, http://www.technicallymotivated.com/new-forum-test. Here we are testing a brand new Forum Software solution. You'll still find most of the same Forum Categories and sections as in the current Forum, but as well as a different design, you'll hopefully notice a new, more powerful post editor and a much more streamlined approach. What we would like to know is whether a Forum with a simpler feature set and design would not only perform better for Technically Motivated going forward; but also be well-received by our community. Your feedback will determine what route we take for the Forum going forward.

    Don't worry though, we won't be taking down the old one just yet! For those of you who still prefer the current Forum or aren't willing to take the plunge to try something new just yet, the current Forum remains fully functional and open for everyone. Regular visitors might be happy to know that we no longer have advertising on the Forum and Thread Indexes, in order to fix a bug where the adverts would mess up the layout of the Forum and make certain content disappear or look weird, making for an ugly experience on some pages.

    Let us know what you think of both the new Forum and the fixes to the current Forum by posting comments below, or by contacting us directly via our Contact Form. Remember, Technically Motivated is here for you!

    Jul
    22
    2015

    Site Update: Write For TM page working again and improvements

    Greetings to all of our readers!

    As you may already be aware, Technically Motivated is a technology blog with a heavy focus on YOU, our dear visitors and readers. We encourage you to get involved with our website as much as you want – whether that be through leaving comments on our various articles; communicating with other regular visitors via our Forum or IRC; or submitting your own ideas for articles via our Write for TM page, where you can potentially get your own writings onto our blog and receive credit for your work.

    Unfortunately, Technically Motivated was recently made aware that the "Write for TM" page has in recent weeks not been working as intended. After some investigation, we discovered that a recent website update caused a glitch in our User Submission form regarding the ability to upload images as part of the article. Somehow, the setting for "maximum images per submission" got set to a negative number. As a result, the form was rejecting all submissions for having too many images even when none had been uploaded. This unfortunate glitch resulted in the form being broken and all submissions being rejected by our site.

    I am pleased to announce that this glitch has now been resolved; and it is once again possible to submit articles to our site. In addition to the fixes, I have decided to make a few tweaks to the page to make the experience much more friendlier to use:

    • You can now use Rich Text editing to allow you to write new posts with the formatting and look you like – What You See Is What You Get. To enable this, select the "Visual" option on the Post Content box. The older HTML method is still available for expert users.
    • The "Your Article has been submitted" and "There was an error" messages on submitting an article have been made more noticeable by using bigger, bolder text and a check mark or cross symbol to indicate success or failure, respectively, allowing you to more easily see if your submission was received.
    • The look of the page has been generally tidied up; and unnecessary buttons have been removed.

    I hope these changes lead to a more satisfactory experience; and we hope to see more of your contributions here on Technically Motivated – the Technology Blog made for everyone!

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    Nov
    10
    2013

    Welcome to our new server!

    Technically Motivated recently moved to a brand new server, which we are reliably informed is faster and more capable than before. If you are reading this post, the migration was successful and you and your account are now reading us on the brand new server. We hope your reading experience with Technically Motivated will now be all the better for you 🙂

    Feb
    28
    2012

    New Features and Updates now live on Technically Motivated

    Technically Motivated was down for an extended period from Friday to Sunday to perform major site maintenance. During this time, as well as fixing the issues myself and many readers had come to notice throughout the site, I also worked on and tested many new features and enhancements for the blog, which I’m pleased to announce are now live. Read the rest of this entry »

    Dec
    25
    2011

    Season’s Greetings!

    With today being a festive day of celebration for several cultures across the Globe, we at Technically Motivated thought we should take time to celebrate something ourselves – our growing number of regular visitors and Twitter followers (now over 50 and growing by roughly two a day!). Thanks to you all for supporting this blog and sharing our knowledge with your friends; and we wish you all a very merry December 25th. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Malkh-Festival, Constitution Day (if you’re Chinese) or nothing at all today, we hope this will be a great day for you all.

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