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Grant Barker

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  • Birthday 10/23/1968

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    Ichikawa, Japan
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    Computers, Internet, Tech, Working with people, Electronic dance music, Jogging

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  1. What kind of mobile phone do you use?

    I use Windows 10 on the PC, from basically habit I suppose, although I think iMacs are much prettier and if I were a professional and I had the money - I'd possibly switch to an iMac. The iMac screens do it for me, as opposed to the OS. Although, I do like the look of the Microsoft Surface Studio - and I'd like them to sell that monitor separately one day. As for phones, I use a Samsung Galaxy Note 8. I upgraded about 6 months ago from a Galaxy Note 2 which I used for about 5 years. I personally waited for a high-end Windows phone to reach Japan, but it never happened and Windows Phone never saw any respectable degree of success. It was finally good to upgrade the phone though.. We all need change in our lives as time moves on. What do you prefer to use Rob?
  2. Do you drink coffee?

    Yes. The puzzle continues as usual. Thanks.
  3. Do you drink coffee?

    I'm 49 and probably have typical hair loss for a guy my age. Nothing too bad for us middle-aged folk. I'm mellowing out a little more nowadays with some things, trying to enjoy the simple life a little more, instead of staying too disciplined with things. However, I don't want to get too lazy or too into things I have not been into before. I wonder if you know any middle-aged guys who drink tons of coffee but still have tons of hair? One of my main reasons for posting this coffee thread, was my curiousness about coffee and its potential link to hair loss. On my days off, I like to have the occasional coffee, but sometimes worry that it's somehow detrimental to one's health, even if it's just a few coffees a week. Obviously, sitting at the PC all day can't be good. And everything in moderation. I'm not obsessed, but curious. We get older and we arguably slow down in life. But, I prefer the slowing down to be due to aging, and not the lifestyle itself.
  4. Cakewalk by BandLab - New Free DAW for Windows

    I think they will end up charging for plugins, or plugin upgrades. Having said that, there are so many free things, loops, etc. to download and install. BandLab is already a free online DAW, so they are coming from a good place with a great community. It's early days yet, so I'm keen to see what they include and bring out. I'm not installing all of my plugins again yet, until after a fresh install of the Windows 10 Spring update - due out soon, hopefully. Not meaning to spam, but my own blog post Cakewalk by BandLab - Free DAW will help peeps see the recent history of things and what has transpired in the past 4 or 5 months. Especially if you visit the 2 previous pages linked in that post. (Let me know if the page or info or style etc, needs work, too, if you like. I'm always looking for ways to improve things.)
  5. For any Windows user here. If you fancy installing a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), then Cakewalk by BandLab is available for free. It's always going to be free (the main DAW), and it's in early access here at https://www.bandlab.com/products/cakewalk. Cakewalk by BandLab is pretty much the old Cakewalk Sonar, so it's a fully functional and installable DAW. In February of this year (2018), the property rights to Cakewalk were bought by BandLab, which already has a popular free online DAW solution (called BandLab). Now BandLab has released Cakewalk and it's free to install and use. As a former Cakewalk Sonar user, you can rest assured that this is a very nice DAW. I thought I'd post this, in case you can benefit or enjoy playing around with, what just 6 months ago would cost you a few hundred dollars (depending on which version you chose).
  6. The Tradesman Theme

    I agree that the images should be clickable and not just the titles. I like the gardening example. I think the main background with any theme needs to be a subtle balance, so it doesn't minimize the visual allure of the clickable images. A home button wouldn't go amiss. Not everyone thinks to click the main title to go back to where they started. (On the other examples, the menu options needs to be brought over to the right like in the first example.) I will always stick with my desktop. I sometimes use a Surface tablet at work (not mine), and I have a smartphone (Note 8), but I love the desktop way more. Truth be told, I get eye ache when I use mobile devices. (maybe I just need glasses). Some people might comment that it's amateurish, but that's because you are usually function over form first, and maybe people don't know that you are very experienced at this. Also, when viewed on a desktop, the images are indeed fairly large, compared to many sites. (YouTube thumbnails for example.) Anyway, it's good. I wanted to slag it off like you often slag people off, but alas, I couldn't find much miserable stuff to say.
  7. Website design feedback

    I think that design is a good start. Things like social media buttons and such, can be chosen and added later. I've never used Photoshop or any art app to design a layout per se. I've just used it (and Fireworks) for images, so I'm not the best person to talk about designing app layouts in Photoshop. How are you learning? Are you watching video tutorials, etc.?
  8. Change domain name and use the same folders?

    Thanks BrowserBugs. I will implement that code in the root htaccess file tomorrow. Finally, Google has confirmed the 301 redirects. So, hopefully the change of address request will go through. I will sleep on it, but I'm confused why my old site html pages still existed after I deleted them. I flushed the cache in a few browsers, and can't understand where those old pages physically reside on the server. Anyway, your advice and knowledge is very much appreciated. Thank you!
  9. Which is better, please?

    Yes, I agree. I've been putting this off for a long time. It's fun of course, but not so easy to make images which scale up and down nicely. It's on the to-do list, but not near the top. (I'm enjoying the journey, but not sure if there ever will be a destination.) Thanks. Yes, the above image is good.
  10. Change domain name and use the same folders?

    Thanks. Sorry that I'm getting confused. (I should probably sleep, but I'll be up for a couple more hours.. I keep trying to picture this in physical terms or locations.) I have one host with 2 registered domain names - old site and new site: On the server, I haven't changed anything. The folders are the same as they were. I'm still using the same folders from the old site and I've simply uploaded and replaced the html pages with the new html pages (same original pages with updated new site urls). If I change the pointer options for the old site (above image) to direct to the new URL then the server adds a new folder called oldsite-redirect with an index page which has the following: <HTML> <HEAD><META HTTP-EQUIV=Refresh CONTENT="0; url=https://www.gratefulgrant.com"> </HEAD> </HTML> I've tried many things for a long time. Most of it worked very well, apart from Google was unable to find my redirects, even though this page found them at the time. Here is the htaccess file that I was using just now in the root folder: ## EXPIRES CACHING ## <IfModule mod_expires.c> ExpiresActive On ExpiresByType image/jpg "access plus 1 week" ExpiresByType image/jpeg "access plus 1 week" ExpiresByType image/gif "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType image/png "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType text/css "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType text/javascript "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType application/pdf "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType text/x-javascript "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType application/x-javascript "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType image/x-icon "access plus 1 year" ExpiresByType font/truetype "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType font/opentype "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType application/x-font-woff "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType image/svg+xml "access plus 1 month" ExpiresByType application/vnd.ms-fontobject "access plus 1 month" ExpiresDefault "access plus 2 hours" </IfModule> ## EXPIRES CACHING ## # compress the files AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/plain text/xml text/css text/javascript application/x-javascript # removes some bugs BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4 gzip-only-text/html BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/4\.0[678] no-gzip BrowserMatch \bMSIE !no-gzip !gzip-only-text/html Header append Vary User-Agent Options +FollowSymlinks RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{http_host} ^66\.96\.147\.118 [nc,or] RewriteCond %{http_host} ^gratefulgrant.com [nc] RewriteRule (.*) https://www.gratefulgrant.com/$1 [R=301,L] RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} libwww-perl.* RewriteRule .* ? [F,L] RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301] RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule ^([^\.]+)$ $1.html [NC,L] I also have another htaccesss file with over 100 Redirect 301s on it, which I put in the oldsite-redirect folder: Redirect 301 / https://www.gratefulgrant.com/ Redirect 301 /apps-for-windows-10 https://www.gratefulgrant.com/apps-for-windows-10 Redirect 301 /news-you-can-use https://www.gratefulgrant.com/news-you-can-use Redirect 301 /windows-10 https://www.gratefulgrant.com/windows-10 Hopefully, you can let me know what I'm doing wrong with these files, redirects or what have you. Some things I can learn through this: Can we have more than one htaccess file in the site? Should the Redirects have .html in them? How best to list the rules and conditions in the htaccess file. Thanks, if you can point out anything obvious. I'll continue tomorrow.
  11. Change domain name and use the same folders?

    I definitely need a shrink! Can someone tell me what I should ideally be seeing in my site structure, please? Should I be seeing any extra folders, like an oldsite-redirect folder for example? If so, should I have an htaccess file with the multiple 301 redirects in that folder, AND another standard htaccess file in the root folder with the updated pages? Via my host, should I be telling the old domain to point to the new domain url, or point to a directory? If there is any clue as to my problems this site shows some of the old urls are 301 OKing and some have multiple 302s, and some pages - especially the main menu header pages, don't show up at all.
  12. Change domain name and use the same folders?

    OK. Thanks. Now working on the redirects. Some work and some don't.. And some pages are not found..
  13. (Edit: 5 hours sleep in 48 hours is never good..) Simply put, can we 301 redirect to a different domain name and keep exactly the same root folder and all other folders? Or do we need to move files around? (The old and the new domain are on the same host.)
  14. Which is better, please?

    Thanks fisicx. I appreciate the honest critique. I'll have more time here tonight, but I wanted to say thanks before getting ready for work. It is only me, but for a long time I had asked and hoped that other people might want to write something too. I still do, so long as it's helpful and original content. I'll have a think about the various styles and try to blend things a little more. Making some of the sentences a link is my attempt to get people to click on the pages. (Unfortunately, I deleted all Social Media accounts a while ago, so I don't worry so much about SEO. I lost 3 - 400 post share counts on my old ROM pages which will always be a regret for the ego.) In the older days, I only cared about my name for SEO, so that people could find me. But, yes, I would like to improve things so that people find the pages and related content. Thanks for the food for thought. I look forward to getting back to it this weekend. Thanks to everyone else, too. I will get back to this thread tonight, and this weekend. Cheers
  15. Which is better, please?

    Thank you, very much!