All posts by shawn-hyde

Minnesota Web Developer

A little something about everything...

The Blog Icon

Today I found myself in need of a blog icon and to my dismay I dont have a standardized blog icon in my art portfolio and to my surprise no such official blog icon exists. Well this just won't do, I thought. So I sat down, well in fact I was already sitting but that's not the point... *cough* OK. so I'm sitting down and thinking.. well here I will just explain the thought process in creating the icon:

Have a main focal point, it should be green to represent the fact that blogs do not require cutting down trees for paper, such as newspapers and magazines. It is estimated that 15 billion trees are cut down for paper each and every year.

Representation of bloggers, It should represent the many viewpoints, colors and cultures of bloggers around the planet. It is estimated that the number of blogs in existence as I write this article is around 320 Million and the number of posts written per day are in excess of 4.5 Million.

b for blog, what holds us together is communication. Blogs provide a great way to express yourself, communicate, give examples and share what matters with the world.

Here is the blog icon for anyone and everyone to use:

Notes:

  • The b in the icon is "Century Gothic" lower case b
  • The image shape was inspired by the national park service scenic viewpoint icon registered under the creative commons license.

Site Revamp: Dave's Floor Sanding & Installing, Inc.


Hardwood floors in Minnesota? in need of repair or are you simply looking for new hardwood to go under your feet?

Dave's Floor Sanding & Installing, Inc. has you covered in the twin cities metro area. In business since 2001 you've likely seen the fleet of red vans with yellow lettering around if you live in Minnesota or eastern Wisconsin.

Get your footing with hardwood floors at davesfloorsanding.com.


Site Information

Code:

Asp.net, JS, CSS, Sass, HTML5, Forms, XML

Support:

Desktop, Tablet, Mobile

Type:

eCommerce, Blog, Presentation

Optimizations:

Speed, Search

Launch Site: Choose and Cut FraserFirs, LLC new website


The #1 place to go for the perfect cut your own experience in southern Minnesota this Christmas. Don't settle with imitation trees or a frozen bundle you can't see before you take it home. Looking for the perfect smaller Christmas tree to go in the office or an extra large 15 foot Christmas tree to fill up your home? Nothing is better then that wonderful aroma of a fresh choose and cut Christmas tree aroma.

Get into the holiday spirit at fraserfirs.com.

 

Site Information

Code:

Asp.net, JS, CSS, HTML5

Support:

Desktop, Tablet, Mobile

Type:

Presentation, Animation, Music, Seasonal

Optimizations:

Look and feel

VB.net Redirect script for mobile/desktop

Basic page Redirect Code:

<script language="vb" runat="server">
Public Sub Page_Load(sender As [Object], e As EventArgs)
If Request.Browser("IsMobileDevice") = "true" Then
Response.Redirect("/Mobile/")
Else
Response.Redirect("/")
End If
End Sub
</script>

Windows Explorer 10 is Slow, unusable, unstable, high CPU, issues

I've run into this issue several times now where windows explorer 10 has some sort of conflict with windows search service. This happens on clean installs and more frequently to those that have upgraded from windows 7 or 8 to windows 10.

Here is the quick fix to resolve this:

Ctrl+Alt+Del > Select "Task Manager"

Once task manager opens select the wind and type "w" until it selects "Windows Explorer", right click and end task. This will cause all of your windows explorer items to be removed from the windows interface and you should notice the pc has returned to normal, no longer slow.

If this is the case continue with the next step,

Choose "file" from "Task Manager" then enter "services.msc" and click "ok", now scroll down to "Windows Search" double click and change the startup type to "Disabled" then "Stop" the service.

(please note, this will disable your windows search function)

To restore windows explorer select "file" from the task manager and "run new task" enter "explorer.exe" and click ok. Everything should now be working properly other than "Windows Search" which is now disabled.