Keeping Track of Blog Issues 2016

In this blog post, I want to discuss some house keeping challenges I am facing and how I intend to address them.

As Alex’s World keeps expanding, it becomes more and more difficult to manage and be on top of every issue. Thus, often if you come across a problem in my blog, and it isn’t rectify after awhile, There is a likely chance that I am not aware of it. If I am aware of it, I would have made some changes to fix the problem: like today, I fixed some broken links, and refactored some code to help you all share my article easily and seamlessly. For those of you who are unaware of this, I built this blog from ground up without any Content Management Systems (CMS) like Wordpress or Joomla, just for the fun of proving to myself that I can create interesting Web technologies like the big players out there. That is why my blog is never perfect.

So back to the increasing challenges I am facing to maintain the blog, I can think of three ways to address the problem.

1) Create a bug tracker like those available in many CMS
This will consume lots of time and yield little productivity.
2) Create a create a form for people to submit issues
This is a great idea, but it is difficult to keep my viewers in the loop.
3) Use what I already have/created
So this is a hybrid idea of the first and the second idea to post a blog article (the current article that you are reading) to inform my viewers about my thoughts. You all can post the issues that you all are facing in the comments below, and I can keep everyone in the loop. Furthermore, I can keep track of the issues and not mess around with creating even more complicated tools, which may require even more maintenance.

This is what I am going to do. I will go with the third method, and I intend to do this as a yearly activity. Hence, if you are facing any issues with my blog in 2016, please post the issues as comments below. If you are wondering how you are going to find this post again some time much later, I will include a link to this post at the end of the right column as "Report Problems".

Many thanks to those of you for keeping me informed about the issues in my blog, your comments are very much appreciated.

Winter Is Late. What Is Holding It Back?

Winter is late in Pittsburgh

Winter is arriving late in Pittsburgh. Weather reports early in November suggest that, due to the Albedo effect, this year's winter will be drier than other years in Pittsburgh. The positive side of it is, we have a longer Fall/Autumn.

The photo in this post was taken on Ellsworth Avenue, between College Street and Spahr Street.

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Updates about me: Over the last 2 months I have moved from Singapore to Pittsburgh in the United States. Thus, at least for the next few months, please stay tuned to catch up on my adventures in North America!

Shifting Progress

We have been shifting Alex's World! to a new server, and if you have been following us here at Alex's World. You should have noticed that we have placed a sign here to inform you all about the shift of servers. Today, I would want to update you that we have almost shifted all the services, except for a few more non-main stream services. So please bear with us.

Should I Go Mirrorless?

I’m back finally. It has taken forever to get my laptop repaired. Glad that the episode has been over, so I should be blogging as normal again. Thanks for your patience. This photo was taken about 2 months back, featuring the façade of the surrounding buildings in Manchester’s Albert Square.

Building Facade Opposite Manchester Albert Square

While waiting for my laptop to be repaired, I managed to reflect on my blog and equipment. It’s been 4 years since I got my Canon SX20 IS and now I want to upgrade it. I’ve read a lot about Mirrorless cameras: especially Micro Four Thirds format. These reports got me very excited about these types of cameras. However, I’ve also came across articles that suggest the Mirrorless market may not last. These reports only provide small pockets of the bigger picture about the camera market. Therefore, I would like to hear your views and experience on Mirrorless cameras.

Computer Playing Up

My laptop is playing up recently for the last 2 weeks and I've just sent it for repair. Thus, I will not be able to post articles meanwhile. Please bear with me through this unfortunate event.

My laptop has been playing up recently, and I’ve sent it for repair once already. Unfortunately, after it has returned from repair the same issue arises and I had to send it back again. Thus, my inconsistent blog updates. Luckily, I’ve managed to grab hold of a computer to post this update.

Please stay tune for more exciting events once my laptop is up and running properly.

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