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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Lindsay Tuffin

TT: It’s time for an upgrade … with a little help from our friends …

It’s time for an upgrade … with a little help from our friends.

With the rise and rise of online readership via mobile devices, Google is making some big changes to how its search engine ranks different websites.

Those which rank as having a mobile-friendly design will be upgraded in its search-engine rankings. Those which aren’t considered mobile-friendly will end up becoming far, far less visible to those searching the Internet.

So Tasmanian Times needs to upgrade the software the site runs on as soon as possible to make the site mobile-friendly.

We will also be making some changes so that articles unique to Tasmanian Times are eligible to be included in the Google News index, which will help project contributors’ articles out to a much wider audience.

Of course, it would be great if the changes cost nothing, but they don’t.

All up the changes might cost in the order of $3000.

So dear reader, we are seeking donations to cover the cost of the software upgrade.

Can you help?

Tasmanian Times (TT) is free – always has been, always will be. If you like what TT does, please consider making a donation HERE.

We would also encourage you to support our current advertisers. If there are other companies you think would like to advertise on TT, please email your suggestions to editor@oldtt.pixelkey.biz.

Thank you!

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Editors

    May 20, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    And still it keeps comin’ in … a million thankyous to Rach, JB, PJG, TGC, Anon, MJF, phill, Chris. Again we say THANKYOU (deliberate shouting).

  2. Editors

    May 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    and … but wait … there’s more … good heavens: Heritage, anon, margaretta, anon, branch st helens, jvm, steve, pete, karl, anon, rosalie … a million, million thankyousssssssssss!!!!XXXX

  3. Leonard Colquhoun

    May 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Congrats to Comment 18 for its strong defence of the (often engineering-type) work which real designers do, and for distinguishing it from the “designer tosh” faddish rubbish which now infests one of humanity’s greatest professions.

    Seems that the word ‘designer’ has been hijacked, and has had its guts hollowed out, by these beautiful but shallow doodlers?

  4. Andrei Nikulinsky

    May 8, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Don’t mix up “designer’s tosh” for what marketing come up with to describe, often post design-process, the results of a very hard slog by the design team.

    We have to interpret briefs, sometimes on the far edges of coherency, and watch, crestfallen, as beautifully realised typography is changed to purple-on-black. We have to create our own brief from the most nebulous of ideas gesticulated from someone that has a “nephew could do this in an afternoon, why is it taking so long?”

    Saatchi and Saatchi might charge millions, but many of the rest of us have to shape up under budgets that make the hourly comparable to making coffee, with less appreciation. Keeping up with technology changes in order to deliver usable interfaces is almost fulltime work in itself.

    Clearly there are examples of horrible design everywhere, just as there is fantastic and brilliant design. But everyone is a critic, and we can’t please everyone.

  5. Leonard Colquhoun

    May 8, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    More ‘designer’ tosh: “First was the connection to the land with a coastal and outback feel. The open spaces of a wide brown land played a significant role. A sense of contrast that is simultaneously austere and rich. A true sense of inclusiveness that celebrates diversity and multiculturalism. And finally that special larrikin mentality that does not take itself too seriously” – explanation from ‘Enterprise Design Lead’ on tens of thousands of dollars of ‘your taxes at work’ paying for a new font for a federal government cultural body.

    Plus, there’s this: “Having a dated and complex logo that . . . no longer fits with the fearless, determined and fresh outlook of our club that is constantly looking to improve and evolve forward . . . we firmly believe the new logo reflects the new pride and spirit that has swept through the club” – top-tier football club president & board justifying a jumper design change. (Note: the club “looking to evolve forward” went backward since that very day; it has just quietly restored its original logo.)

    Let’s hope that the journos almost wet their undies laughing while writing up this infantile nonsense. And, if they didn’t . . . . . .

  6. Leonard Colquhoun

    May 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Agree 99% with the dissing of ‘designers’, who seem to be a sub-species of those fart-dispersing tails which wag working dogs. Most of us couldn’t give a fart about pretty pictures, smart-arse pop-ups, and ‘challenging’ abuses of what makes screens readable.

    Three of the most clearly laid-out sites I know of in the sporting world are AFL Tables, Ultimate A-League and Cricket Archive – google and see what’s meant.

    Up-themselves ‘designers’ blight our lives in other ways: think of all those ‘blackgoods’ (such as the keyboard I’m using) where the symbols and signage are in middle to dark grey – how effin’ stupid is that?

    Then there are those layout loonies (actually, this bit of stupidity goes back to the 1970s) who produce, say, dark purple copy on black backgrounds. Or maps of nations or regions where the only differentiation is in different tones of the same colour – insultingly stupid, again. Or – and this is the latest in a long string of silliness – printing dense copy in some shade of grey.

    Lindsay, you have my encouragement to give any such TT techie a jolly good thrashing.

  7. William Boeder

    May 5, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Gratifying it is to see so many forum attendees have stood and delivered when called upon to do so.

    Not having the access and the platform of Tasmanian Times to air one’s often well intended comments would have many of us believe we have failed in our contribution to keep this highly informative and respected ‘voice of the people’ public media magnet, well fed, active and alert to news that matters and affects the lives of all Tasmanians.

  8. Editors

    May 4, 2016 at 8:42 am

    And … Pat, Anne, Anon, Clive, Karin, Moya, Anon, John, Fullers … good heavens we have made the target … cannot believe it … so very quickly … thankyou so, so, so, so very much. Yesterday in anticipation I gave tech Andrew the go … so watch your mobile space …

  9. Editor

    May 3, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Acknowledgements will be a tad slow over the next couple of weeks as Ed is on the road …

  10. Editors

    May 3, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    And … Swan 100, EldestandBestSon, LoveisaDog, Rein in the Pokies, Hans … bloody hell I say again!x

  11. John Biggs

    May 3, 2016 at 4:00 am

    #2 Linz’s reply. So glad to hear that Linz so I’ll stump up $50.

    Ed: Good heavens John … that is incredibly kind. Thankyou!x

  12. Editors

    May 2, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    And … Anon, Dave L and Jane C …bludy hell!x

  13. Editors

    May 2, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    And … anon, Mark, anon, Max …

  14. Geoffrey Swan

    May 2, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    and $100 from me… thanks Lindsay for all your good work at all hours of the day!!!

    Ed: good god geoffrey … thankyou kind sir … and for the most kind comment …

  15. Editors

    May 2, 2016 at 10:36 am

    And … PJ, BB, Mike, John, Frank, Colin, GerryA, MAS, William …

  16. Editors

    May 1, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Thankyou Anon, John, William, Peter, Alan, Greg, Luigi, Estelle … so very much!x

  17. Casey

    May 1, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Linz,

    I’m happy with TasTimes PC navigation – I’m used to it and it’s like a friendly old book – I can find what I want in familiar places.

    Sometimes though, I grimace at the screen space taken by the leading image on the landing page.

    But certainly no grumbles – TT is now an essential service (!) and I’m happy to throw some $ when I can.

    Casey.

    Ed: Thank the heavens for that … TT has achieved it’s aim of being a friendly, ‘essential’ old book. Blessyou Casey and thankyou!x

  18. Casey

    May 1, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    My $25 sent .

    I have to agree with John Biggs that so many sites are now so ‘mobile’ weighted that the PC user is now fed very unfriendly, harder to navigate design.

    I thankfully note the Editor’s response to Mr Biggs.

    Take a look at the SBS landing page. So much space given to image files, so little information! And the menu selections are on the second line of links – ??.
    It’s like a newspaper front page covered in colored adverts – and about as friendly.

    Go to ABC iView landing page and you’ll see one picture – and little information. Navigation is required three to four levels deep and requires frequent page scrolling (swiping). Ugh!

    I worked 15 years in a coding shop. We could give any client the same info in their own custom view according to device; PC, terminal, browser brand. With the whole process now plug ‘n’ play libraries there’s no need for a PC user to be put at a disadvantage.

    I see s-o much poor design I’m thinking of going back to work!

    Casey.

    Ed: Thankyou so much Casey … How do you find TT navigation … because the site will stay exactly as it is. That cool? The only change will be to make it mobile friendly and that requires several hours of programming …

  19. Gerry Allen

    May 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    and $100 from Gerrya

    Ed: Bloody hell … that’s generous. Thankyou kind Gerry

  20. John Biggs

    May 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    As a nonmobile user, I am concerned the upgrade might affect us ordinary computer uses in accessing TT articles.

    Actually I’m rather sad at seeing this, as it is one more example of corporate power channelling access to information their way. I understand that you Linz feel you have to do it, and that’s the pity.

    Ed: It won’t make the slightest diff to non-mobile users … it simply enables TT to be read more ably on mobile devices … and that is about 11 hours of back-end re-engineering for the tt tech. But it doesn’t affect anything else …

  21. Peter Bright

    May 1, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    $50 just sent, with blessings …

    Ed: Thankyou kindest Peter!

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