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Linked Posts on 40Tech

I’ve made some subtle changes to the site, all involving linked posts. A linked post is a post where I’m primarily commenting on content that I’ve seen on another site. I’ve always linked to those posts when commenting on them, but not as prominently as I would have liked.

I’ve wanted to configure the post title of linked posts so clicking the title takes you to the post on the other site, but that was beyond my coding ability. You can see this done on other sites, like 512 Pixels and Daring Fireball.

Through force of will, and use of the Daring Fireball-style Linked List Plugin, I now have this working here at 40Tech. If you’re on the home page of the site right now, you can see an example of this in the post directly below this one. The arrow symbol (→) at the end of a title signifies that if you click on the post title, you’ll be taken to the original post at another site. The link or infinity symbol (∞) at the end of those posts on the home page is the 40Tech permalink for the post, and will take you to the post here on 40Tech. If there’s no arrow at the end of a title, clicking the link will keep you here at 40Tech.

I hope this isn’t too confusing. It is the standard, if there is one, around the web as seen on several sites. It also throws light back on the original writer’s post, as it should.


40Tech 4.0

Almost two years ago, I changed the look of this site, and announced it with a long post and explanation. It’s now time for another change. This one was brought about for a simple reason – the old theme was occasionally mangling photos. For a reason I could never figure out, images on the site were occasionally distorted, to the point where they were sometimes microscopic, and sometimes huge.

The site as you see it now takes care of that (I think). I happen to like the look, too. It’s a simple one column theme, like the last one. I’m been on a simplicity kick the last couple of years, and this theme scratches that itch. The theme is also completely responsive, so no more mobile view plugins to make it look right on mobile devices.

The theme is by Anders Norén, with some modifications by me. More tweaking is on the way.


Welcome to 40Tech Reloaded

40tech version 3I typed the title of this post with tongue firmly in cheek. I thought about going with “40Tech HD,” “40Tech 360,” and “40Tech 3.0” (this is the third iteration of the site), but went with “Reloaded” because, well, that was the first thing I typed. While the site redesign probably isn’t on the list of landmark events in your life, I am going to explain why I did it:

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Thank you to our sponsors

Thank you to those advertisers and sponsors who support 40Tech, and keep the lights on, and keep me motivated. This month the thanks go out to Giztopia, which is running a 4 week ad for its gadget recycling and buyback service. If you’re looking to unload a gadget, check them out.


Who Are You, Anyway? An Updated Look at Our Reader Demographics

Analytics

At the end of 2010, I took a look at this site’s demographics. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to know some of you quite well, but my look through the site stats was a bit more impersonal back then, since none of the data is tied to any particular person. I simply was curious about where the 40Tech readers lived, what browsers they used, and other similar data. More than a year and a half later, I thought it would be interesting to see how things have changed.

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