Gaikai unveiled

Thu 26, March 2009 22:29:54

These are exciting times…

The site has not been updated for a very long time - there have been no new releases of vSlider for for a while, and even most of the email I’ve received is still piling up unanswered.
But this was for a very good reason - my full attention has been diverted to an ambitious new project, which has been kept under wraps for quite a while.
But no longer - this week Gaikai was publicly announced at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. This announcement was made a bit ahead of time (it wasn’t planned until summer), but the fact that OnLive has made the news… well…, brought a change of plans ;)

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Gaikai is a startup I’ve co-founded last year. Together with my partners-in-crime, Andrew Gault and David Perry, we are working on a breakthrough concept and technology we call “Streaming Worlds”. It allows players to experience the full richness of modern games directly on their browsers without installing any custom plugins. Instead, the games are run remotely on a cloud infrastructure, the graphics and sound are converted into a video stream in real time and delivered directly into your browser. The technology works, and it is *extremely* cool :)


I would love to tell you more, but right now most of it is top-secret

As you can imagine, this takes ALL of my time (and then some), so most likely I won’t be able to keep vSlider updated any more. It seems to still work well on the WordPress 2.7.x, but then again, it might break horribly somewhere I haven’t noticed… The code is, as has always been, freely available and I’m more than happy to pass on the development task to anyone with the time and skills. If you are interested, drop me a line.

Stay tuned…

vSlider 3.2 Lock and Loaded

Thu 18, September 2008 2:39:44

It’s been a long time coming, but finally new versions of the “cool stuff” are available and ready for download. This means vSlider 3.2 for WordPress, vSlider 3.2 for Gallery2 and KBurnalizer 3.1. There are new features and several bug fixes:

  • Added Gravatar support for “post authors” (enabled through the regular Posts panel on the vSlider Theme Options). Only available for WP 2.5 and above.
  • Also added Gravator support for “comment authors” (enabled through a new Comments panel in the vSlider Theme Options). Also only available for WP 2.5 and above.
  • Now it’s possible to select the location of the top menu (right, center or left). Until now, the menu was always on the right.
  • Added a new option to center the header image (useful for non-repeating images when using Fluid width).
  • Added support for PNG and GIF files for headers (only supported JPG before). Also fixed a small bug where files with extensions in upper case were not correctly identified.
  • Added support for the “nextpage” quicktag, which allows breaking a big post into multiple pages.
  • Adjusted a bit the layout of the vSlider Theme Options in line with the new WP administration look and feel.
  • Fixed an issue in the KBurnalizer library which resulted in some weird looking fading effects.
  • Fixed a bug in the header that resulted in the inner corners being hidden when using KBurnalizer.
  • Removed the 200 return code on the 404 page.
  • Fixed a small display bug on the bottom of the 404 page.
  • Fixed a bug on the RSS feed of Comments.
  • Fixed a bug in the comments sections where in some situations the author’s comments weren’t properly colored.
  • Fixed a bug that prevent Dynamic albums from working in Gallery2.

Hope you enjoy the new features and that with this update most of those pesky little problems that have been around for some time are finally fixed. However, there are still some known issues that some users have found when using vSlider that I can’t really solve since they are related to other scripts. These are the ones I am aware of:

  • Enabling the internal the Lightbox script of WPG2 breaks the slide up/down feature on the posts. The workaround is to keep this option disabled and use the WP Lightbox plugin instead.
  • Using any Lightbox script (either from WPG2 or the standalone plugin) prevents editing some theme options in Gallery2. This problem affects ANY embedded theme, not just vSlider. I’ve informed one the authors of WPG2 about this issue.
  • When using vSlider in Gallery2 with the Lightscript plugin activated, the “title” of the pictures that pops out when hovering the mouse doesn’t look “nice”, because it includes some HTML markup code. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid this, since Lightbox uses this field for the description text below the photo, and in the case of vSlider, this text has the link to the original photo page.

I’m also making some minor layout changes around this site.

404 Revisited

Sun 15, June 2008 16:11:38

A few users of vSlider have noticed recently (mainly due to Google Analytics) that the 404 page of the theme was creating problems for them. This is because it doesn’t actually return the 404 code, but a normal 200 (the code of OK) instead.
The reason for this goes back to Internet Explorer 6 - I’ve blogged about this issue back in 2005 (see a complete description here.
In a nutshell, IE6 didn’t show the custom 404 page without a bit of hacking from my side, and at the time IE6 was the most popular browser, so this seemed like a good idea. But with more and more people moving to Firefox (yupee!), and with IE7, this is not such a big problem anymore. So, I will remove this dirty trick from the next release (whenever that happens :) ). In the meantime, if you are having problems because of this, edit the 404.html page and remove the first 4 lines.

A few more marks in the World

Wed 28, May 2008 11:00:58

A quick post about the status of the OneWorldToSee project. The map is still quite empty, but it’s cool to see the spots of color slowly popping up. At the moment, we have squares on:

  • USA
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • New Zealand
  • Bangladesh

There are also some curious facts: Denmark has been completely covered (except Greenland), and both Switzerland and Bangladesh are almost there (ok, they are small, so that helps :) ).

Thanks again guys, and spread the word!

vSlider 3 works in WP 2.5

Sat 12, April 2008 17:44:12

In case you are wondering, Gallery 3 seems to works fine with the new WP 2.5. I just upgraded myself - and I like it! By far, my favorite new feature is the one-click update on some of the plugins. It’s a real time saver :)
If anybody spots a bug or some strange behavior in the theme due the upgrade, let me know.