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A few redesign notes

At least five of you have emailed to say you miss the monkey.

Working on changing the hyperlink color since it strains peoples’ eyeballs.

And the mouseover hyperlink effect is on its way out too.

The new design loads nice on the crackberry in that the content loads first as opposed to sidebars.

Anything else?

Update: Better?

33 Responses to “A few redesign notes”

  1. Dave Says:

    Much easier on the eyes, this template is. It gets a thumbs up from me.

  2. DirtCrashr Says:

    Very fresh look, I should talk to Robb – but then I’d want a new title, handle and all that social crap too.

  3. Robb Allen Says:

    I work for firearms, ammunition, and Trijicon ACOGs.

  4. Gunstar1 Says:

    The layout is all to the right until I mouseover a link and it jumps back to normal. This is the main home page. The subpages all load normally.

  5. Breda Says:

    I think the links should be a different color, at least slightly, than just the regular bolded text

  6. Gunstar1 Says:

    Spoke too soon, the image with an alt of “we say more dumb shit before noon than most people say all day is not displaying.

  7. Gunstar1 Says:

    Also, why can’t I copy and paste text anymore?

  8. SayUncle Says:

    Also, why cant I copy and paste text anymore?

    Dunno that one. I can copy text, as illustrated above.

  9. DJK Says:

    This is way better.

  10. Ry Jones Says:

    I only read via RSS reader, so it doesn’t matter to me.

  11. wizardpc Says:

    I usually read via my Windows Mobile 6 phone, and the new layout is “messy” in a mobile browser.

    It’s not unreadable, like some sites, but I prefer the old layout.

    But I’m the guy who liked WindowsME better than XP when it came out.

  12. countertop Says:

    I like the layout – but still think you ought to replace the mast head with the monkey. its cool he’s on the side, but the old one just struck me as humorous and lighthearted and all that.

  13. KCSteve Says:

    On my Windows mobile phone I get no content. If I scroll way down I can get the blogroll and categories but that’s it. Mine has Windows Mobile 6 Professional with whatever version of IE comes with that.

  14. illspirit Says:

    Looks great. 🙂

    My only complaint is that the header makes the rest of the page jumps down when you mouseover it. Should probably toss the graphic in the background; then make the home link straight text, and use a span to hide it. Or something.

  15. Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner Says:

    Yeah, put the minkee back in.

  16. SayUncle Says:

    the jumpy header is fixed now.

  17. Robb Allen Says:

    I’ll try to download a mobile emulator later and see what I can do to fix display issues there. CSS is supposed to downgrade nicely. In fact, all the content is now on top so technically, if CSS breaks, the first thing you see should be the post(s).

  18. wizardpc Says:

    KCSteve: Menu->View->”One Column”

    See if that helps.

  19. tgirsch Says:

    Count me in on the “bring the old masthead graphic back” list.

  20. Gunstar1 Says:

    Also, why cant I copy and paste text anymore?

    Dunno that one. I can copy text, as illustrated above.

    Old version of IE. I updated it and as you can see it works now.

  21. LissaKay Says:

    It looks good on WinMo 6.1. Here’s a screenie

  22. Shard Says:

    You can put lipstick on a monkey….

    Heh, looks great!

  23. Steve Johnson Says:

    After the fixes it looks a lot better on Webkit (Safari/Google Chrome)

  24. Chris Byrne Says:

    I’d still like a little more contrast in the link color, but it’s better.

  25. Xrlq Says:

    Sorry, TGirsch, but I can’t disagree with that at all. Bring back the old masthead, or at least the T&P pic.

  26. DirtCrashr Says:

    Works fine in Firefox with no header jumping stuff.
    I work for arms, ammo, and ACOGs too – but there was no UI work for me this year…

  27. jed Says:

    Looks good and works well in Lynx.


  28. KCSteve Says:


    Setting to the ‘One Column’ view fixes the problem.

    Out of curiosity I tried the ‘desktop’ view as well – that let me see the content but in a very narrow column (about 6 characters or so).

    Figured this might give you some clues Robb

    Looks great on a ‘real’ screen.

  29. KCSteve Says:

    Except that now I added a comment and everything pushed right until I got far enough into this comment.


  30. HerrBGone Says:

    Houston, we have a problem

    When the new layout loads I get this:

    After a moment it turns into this:

    until I roll the mouse over it. Then it goes back to the first layout. In either case there is text missing and only about half of the ads show up. Split right down the mid

    As you can see Im stuck using Internet Exploder so it might look better with other brousers.

  31. Robb Allen Says:

    Herr, it looks like you’re using a very old IE. Is that 5?

  32. HerrBGone Says:

    Looks like 6 SP2. It’s an old PC.

  33. Guav Says:

    I like it. Looks good on the iPhone too.