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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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    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.

    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 »

    Sep
    24
    2011

    Google +1 Buttons Temporarily Removed

    Here at Technically Motivated, I take a lot of pride in trying to remain at the forefront of technology, while also keeping the Tips, Reviews, Gaming Coverage and various other articles – whether written by myself, Techie Jinji (TM’s founder and sole staff member); our partners; or by the very visitors who frequent our blog – relevant to the wider audience. Which is why I love it when me and my partners see people spreading word about the site and sharing our works with their friends and more – in fact, the Sharing buttons underneath every post exist purely to make doing this much more easier and more intuitive.

    Some few months ago, Google launched a new sharing platform called +1, which allows you to mark content that you like on a web page or in search results and have your recommendations show up to your friends in their own searches or (lately) in the Google Plus social network. After investigating whether this new service suited Technically Motivated, the site was quickly modified to add +1 buttons to the large set of sharing options available on each post.

    Unfortunately, recently I discovered that the +1 buttons are not working out in their current form. Their occasional slowness to load and the multiple JavaScript calls required to make them appear on each post has been causing performance hits to the TMWeb Server, making the site load slowly – sometimes to the point that parts of the site, most notably on the front page, were not loading at all! Because this was having a negative impact on the site, I have decided to take the drastic measure of removing them from the website completely for an indefinite – though hopefully temporary – length of time.

    My hope is that I’ll be able to find another, better method to add the button to posts and pages across the site – in which case it will be added back. However, I cannot guarantee this, so in the worst case scenario it may be the buttons do not make a return whatsoever. Even without them, though, we still have a large number of other sharing options available so there’s no big loss either way. Thanks for reading.

    Sep
    19
    2011

    Welcome to our new Server!

    Technically Motivated recently migrated to a brand new web-server offering much more storage space and faster processing speed. This means Technically Motivated should run better than ever.

    During the migration, the site may have been taken offline temporarily. I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to our users. I believe the entire site is up and running smoothly now, but if you see any issues, please do not hesitate to Contact Me.

    Aug
    29
    2011

    Home is where you wanna be…

    …but for Technically Motivated, it was almost the page to avoid for some time! When I decided to redesign the Technically Motivated homepage some many months ago, I decided I wanted to keep the latest posts on the front page but also integrate other content such as a welcome text and the now-famous “What you’re talking about” panel. I spent many weeks looking up various methods to make this possible before actually committing to designing the new Homepage; and eventually came up with a design model that added the post content to a static Homepage using short codes. However, while this method worked, it was incredibly broken – the code I was using to display the posts was leaky, and turned the Homepage into an actual post page; causing layout issues, banners where there shouldn’t have been any, and so on. A few weeks ago, a newly installed add-on also broke as a result of the badly-designed page; persuading me to start over from scratch.

    Today, I am pleased to launch a brand new, rewritten version of the Technically Motivated homepage. This time, I’ve gone the opposite route; taking the already existing page for showing the latest posts and adding in the other content in between. The result is a professionally designed homepage that actually works as intended; and shows you the latest posts across the Blog at a glance while keeping the Ticker at the top and the “What you’re talking about” box in the middle; and without anything breaking. I hope you like the new-found convenience.

    In addition to the above, we’ve fixed the language select on the right so “English” is marked by the Union flag rather than the American one. This seems to get switched back every time we update the language select plug-in ¬_¬