Archive for July 2013

Xanga 2.0 is a Go!   10 comments

http://thexangateam.xanga.com/774812086/xanga-20-is-almost-here/

Here’s a summary:

  • John released a video showing what Xanga 2.0 looks like.
  • All Xanga usernames have been migrated to Xanga 2.0.
  • All blog content from current Lifetime/Premium Xangans have been fully migrated (that includes comments on people’s pages).
  • They are currently importing blogs of those who contributed to the fundraiser.
  • They are also migrating every single photo that Xangans have uploaded to the new server.
  • John is donating $10K to the fundraiser, therefore, lowering the goal to $50K.
  • John convinced their network facilities to extend the lease.
  • Fundraiser extended to end of August to allow more non-Premium/Lifetime Xangans to contribute and have their blog migrated.
  • Fundraiser still needs to reach $50K by end of August.
  • Current count as of 7:04AM Eastern Time today: $47,941. Needs $2059 to reach $50K.

https://xanga.crowdhoster.com/relaunch-xanga


After John finally released that video of what Xanga 2.0 would be like and some more info on buying additional servers, everything clicked. Xanga 2.0 will not, I repeat, NOT have the same upgrade plans as WordPress.com.

Using the WordPress software, the XangaTeam (since they are not answering) may have enabled Multisite. WordPress.com, itself, is a WordPress Multisite. WordPress Multisite allows you to build your own blogging community. That’s where Xanga 2.0 comes in the picture. Building a new and improved Xanga software would have taken years. So they use the open-source alternative and beautify it. It’s cheaper and faster to build.

We get all the functionality that premium WordPress.com users get for half the price. And, since they are customizing the software for Xanga, they might as well add all the Xanga functions we’ve come to enjoy for years. This fundraiser is really for all the initial migration and start-up costs, upkeep and paying the web developers and network admins.

There are times when you get proven wrong and you slap yourself upside the head. This, for me, is one of those times. Then again, I can’t blame all the dissenters for the past two months. Maybe it’s the fact that I work in the same field that I’m starting to see the full picture, but the Xanga Team badly needed someone to properly convey this info from the get-go.

I’m done.

SHAAAAAUUUN!!!   3 comments

Quantic Dream released two games prior to Heavy Rain. Their first title was an action-adventure game called Omikron: The Nomad Soul. Little did they know that the gameplay mechanics they explored for their second game, Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy), would be a commercial success. Dubbed “Interactive Drama” by game designer David Cage, Quantic Dream updated the winning formula for the company’s third game and first outing for the PS3.

Heavy Rain is probably one of the most ambitious games to be released that blur the lines on what defines any medium as a game or an art. The game has a huge emphasis on story. It’s not like the developers made the game and wrapped a pretty little story around it. The story itself is what drives the game.

“How far would you go to save someone you love?”

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Tekken Revolution   3 comments

Tekken Revolution? More like Tekkenville.

Tekken is a fighting game franchise created and developed by Namco (now Namco Bandai Games). It was one of the first 3D fighting games to compete with the Street Fighter series, Mortal Kombat, Art of Fighting and other 2D fighting game counterparts. Other 3D fighting games first on the scene were Virtual Fighter and Battle Arena Toshinden. The Tekken franchise has seen more success and continues to wow their fans with this new installment.

Namco Bandai Games released Tekken Revolution for PS3 and Xbox 360 earlier this June. It’s a free version of a watered-down Tekken Tag Tournament 2 that allows you to play arcade mode or other players online and level up the available characters. So far there are six hidden players which you can unlock with the amount of gift points you have accumulated while playing. Two more characters will be unlocked at a later update. Read the rest of this entry »

Diary of a Gamer   1 comment

I’ve been dreading to write this post only for the fact that I’ll have to follow it up in the next few weeks with dedicated reviews and first impressions of all the games I’ve played over the last several months. One thing is for sure, though: I’m not making reviews for Candy Crush Saga and Bubble Witch Saga. I’ll start with the basics of what’s up in the gaming front.

I sold my Nintendo DS Lite along with all my DS games. I bought in college, back when it was on sale and many of my college friends were playing them. The last time I played any of my DS games were in 2011. I had 5 games unfinished. I was fine parting ways with it. I received a lot of store credit for the trade, which I used to reserve Beyond: Two Souls back in May. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play The Last of Us. It came out last month in June and many were blown away. I saw the first 20 minutes of game and that was not fun (read as sad). I’ll probably get around to playing that game eventually. That and Beyond: Two Souls are the last exclusive PS3 games in 2013, if not ever.

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Xangan Experiments with WordPress   2 comments

Acclimation

I’m refreshing my memory with WordPress. I installed the WordPress application to our server at my former job last year to replace the temporary Wix site, which temporarily covered for the accidentally deleted site. There are too many features to be knee-deep in. As a blogging platform, WordPress is jacked. The application is robust enough to power any website at the corporate level. Not sure if it changes with the theme you have activated, but WordPress has most of the general posting formats covered:

  • Standard – it’s the default format (can be changed) for anyone to blog away. Same thing with Xanga, Blogger, Tumblr and Facebook Notes before everyone realized that people went to Facebook to stop blogging.
  • Aside – It’s similar to a Facebook status update. A Twitter update. Xanga Pulse.
  • Image – Self-explanatory. I think Tumblr is more well-known for it, besides reblogs (which WordPress.com also have)
  • Video – Uploaded into the site or from external sources (YouTube, Vimeo, etc).
  • Quote – I always found this to be redundant and can be replicated using Standard format. Tumblr has the same format, but it’s nice to have.
  • Link – Self-explanatory.

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Posted July 24, 2013 by StupidSystemus in Site Related

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