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Shortening My URLs With tekdmn.me

2021-02-08 6 min read Behind the scenes Blog improvements Programming Tech Web stuff Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

Has anyone noticed that I’ve been giving out URLs of the form tekdmn.me and not teknikaldomain.me? Well, not only did I buy another domain that’s just a shorter version of this one, but it’s also, at the moment, the singular domain I have that’s 100% serverless. How? Cloudflare, obviously.

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Temperatures as You Like

2021-01-27 4 min read Behind the scenes Blog improvements Programming Web stuff Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

So here’s a short one for you: Do you like your temperatures expressed as °F, or °C?1

Well, there’s one fundamental issue with me writing like the way I have been. I can put, say, “I decreased temperatures by 20°F by cleaning the fans,” but if you’re a °C person, then you need to take a quick detour to convert that to units that you’re more familiar with. A common way to do this would be to notate that as “20°F (11.11 °C)", which works, but I’m effectively stating myself twice, and hoping that I actually got my numbers right. Plus that opens up the possibility for writing °F (°C) one time, and °C (°F) another. So for basically no benefit except me getting to be proud of myself, let’s improve on that.

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Making Footnotes More Accessible With Littlefoot

2021-01-26 3 min read Behind the scenes Blog improvements Tech Web stuff Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

You all know how footnotes work here, right? A little superscript number at the end of a sentence, and a list of numbers at the very bottom of the article, usually little remarks or extra details that are useful but not worth interrupting the flow of the article as a whole (or references). There’s just one problem: the notes aren’t anywhere near their associated text, meaning if you do want to read them, you might need to do some bouncing back-and-forth to understand everything. Well, no more!

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Adding Detailed Zoom Images

2020-07-14 3 min read Behind the scenes Blog improvements Tech Web stuff Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

Remember the time I added Medium Zoom? Well as it turns out, as I was reading through Zoom’s documentation, that you can specify a separate URL to load when the image zooms in. I like this, because I crop all my images to be (for landscape oriented) 1000 pixels wide, just slightly over the size of the content area that they go into. This is a serious reduction in size from the resolution they’re taken at. I do this just to improve load times, even with WebP and compression, extra pixels (that get resized to nothingness) are extra data that needs to be sent. And since it’s literally too big to be shown like that, I crop them so that pages load nearly instantly. The problem is that when you click on an image to see it, you get… basically nothing. I (because reasons) don’t have any old images so they’ll stay the same. But from now on, any images that are added in will have a detailed version that loads when you click to zoom.

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Teknikaldomain.me Website Architecture Overview

2020-06-22 17 min read Behind the scenes Tech Web stuff Sysadmin stuff Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

So I just checked in with initialcommit.com, the website run by Jacob Stopak, the same person I collaborated with to help explain the internals of version control systems, not once, but twice even. And he published an overview of how he made the site, and what tools he used. As I was looking, I noticed, we took a very different approach to get to two similar endpoints.

If you just want to see what I did, read on. If you want to see the differences, or are just curious about the various ways that sites can be built, read his first, then come back with that knowledge in mind.

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Spin the Whee- I Mean, the Subtitle Randomizer!

2020-05-05 7 min read Behind the scenes Blog improvements Programming Tech Web stuff Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

So if you haven’t noticed, every time you view that main title bar, the subtitle has a little extra tagline on the end of it… sometimes, sometimes it doesn’t. Well, that randomizes on every request. And here, we talk about the smallest thing I’ve made, to date: the tagline picker for that.

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Adding Google Charts Integration

2020-04-14 8 min read Behind the scenes Blog improvements Programming Tech Web stuff Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

Yesterday I posted about Cloudflare’s cache, and if you didn’t notice (or read far enough down), there’s actual pie charts with data in them for visualization.

Yeah, so now I can add the Google Charts API and draw charts on any page that I like, and the best part is that it was surprisingly simple to do that.

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Improving My Site With Cloudflare Workers and Amazon S3

2020-04-05 16 min read Behind the scenes Blog improvements Programming Tech Web stuff Teknikal_Domain Unable to load comment count

So as of now, anything much more over 1 MB I’m not going to take up space on all my devices hosting — I’ll just offload it to someone else. And how do I get it back? JavaScript.

No wait, I’m actually serious. As of now, I essentially have Cloudflare as a CDN that’s backed by the Amazon S3 storage service. Posts such as the one about light balance have everything but the featured image… not here anymore.

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