Welcome to dotTech 4.0

Hello friends,

Welcome to dotTech 4.0.

This is the fourth major revision of dotTech and, if I do say so myself, it is our best one yet. Not only does this new theme give dotTech a fresh, modern look but it simply kick-ass. [Insert philosophical bullsh!t here.]

Please report any bugs or issues you see in the comments here or via e-mail. And keep a lookout for dotTech’s mobile version getting a similar overhaul in the coming days.

Over and out.

-Mr. Boss

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  1. Raeldin

    Ashraf, I like the new look. I have a feature request and a ‘Did ya Know’
    Feature Request: I normally start with the latest article and use the previous post/next post to move around. Could you put those links at the bottom of the articles also. Seems like they were there before, but I can’t trust my seems. :-)
    In the ‘Did ya know’ column: there isn’t anyway to log in to the site in the Moble view. I switch to normal and back to mobile. Unless I can’t trust my eyes either.

  2. Daniel


    It’s better now, it the ” About
    Contact Us” links that I was having trouble with. When I first saw it, it was directly on white background, making it poor contrast. But now that you got a background, it no so bad.

  3. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Tom: I tried that but didn’t like it because the gray/white partly blends into the background if shown in the back and ruins the text. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

    @Eric: I originally was planning on not changing the font but you make a really good point. I’ve now changed it to something more readable.

    @Jeanjean: Oh I thought it was an issue caused by dotTech. Glad it isn’t.

    @AFPhys: Yeah, I was afraid that might happen to some people. Glad it didn’t happen to you.

    @kelltic: I think you are referring to responsive designs. I looked at those but couldn’t find a good fit for dotTech. Plus responsive designs are too restrictive when trying to vary content, such as ads, on mobile and desktop versions.

    @naveed: It is just as wide as the old theme and the width is the current ad-hoc standard on the Internet due to varying screen resolutions. I think you get that feeling with this because the old one had a full white background while this new template is surrounded by blue.

    Screenshots expand as they always have. There was a bug with some new articles but that has been fixed. Are you still facing the issue?

    @Jyo: I may tweak around with the header at sometime in the future but for now this will have to do.

    @jayesstee: The avatars are gravatar enabled. Add your avatar from http://gravatar.com and it will automatically appear here. Be sure to use the same e-mail you post with because gravatar tracks avatars by e-mail.

    @Daniel: It is supposed to be hard to read. The links aren’t the main content of dotTech and if I bolded them they would be distracting. Can you not read them at all?

    @Everyone else: Thanks!

  4. jayesstee

    I take a couple of days off, and look what you go and do!

    Great new professional look, I like the fact that the comments now have avatars. Can I personalize the avatar so it doesn’t look like a ‘space invader’? (Sorry Eric!)

    Version 5.0 will really have to be something even more amazing.

  5. Josh

    Despite a more modern look, the site did not take visibly longer to load. Having spent much of my youth staring at too many crude DOS images, I don’t find them very appealing, but it’s just a personal thing. I am happy to see the development, because it suggests that the site is here to stay and that is what pleases me most. This is the site I enjoy visiting most, due to it’s down to earth, user friendly, yet clean-living policy. Thank you for all the effort that goes into making it so conveniently functionable and for all the insights and info made available.

  6. kelltic

    Well . . . Everything is certainly, uh, BIG. :) and BRIGHT. :) I liked the old version, but I like this, too. Changes always take some getting used to.

    I use a desktop with two monitors. Websites are being redesigned to display on those tiny devices y’all love. On my screens they look carnival gaudy. And, you don’t seem to mind that you can only see little bits of a page, something that irritates me no end. But, I’m not complaining about your site, just making a general statement.

    I like your site. Keep up the good work.

  7. Jeffinprov

    The new look is great. What I like most, however, is that dotTech is still here, thriving and growing while other blogs I once cared about have faded away. Cheers to you, Ashraf, and your excellent associates!

  8. Jeanjean

    @ Ashraf
    I’ve said that before about Firefox.
    All of a sudden, i opened it and on some sites, including yours, the layout and the colors disappeared (I didn’t take snapshots).
    I’ve discovered that it happens only when you clean Firefox with CCleaner and at the same time, Firefox is used.
    To resolve the problem :
    – don’t use the two programs at the same time… of course ;
    – if you are distracted (like me) and it still happens, just delete C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxx\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\7w1lzdgy.default. A new folder will be created at the reopening of Firefox without loss.

  9. Eric

    Wow, you managed to replace small ugly font with big ugly font. Actually it is an improvement but the brackets and parentheses are nearly identical and crowd the letters too much.

    Are all of your wives camera shy? Surly one of them will agree to a photo.Ha Ha!

    I do like the avatars though. They remind me of Space Invaders.Just don’t add the Space Invaders music to the background.

  10. Tom

    The new design is very nice, I really like it. Only the text ‘dotTech’ in the right part of the logo looks a bit odd to me. I think it would be better if you switched the colors gray and blue in this text. So the front in blue and the sides in gray.

  11. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Eric: I agree. I’ve made the font size of titles larger to mitigate this. Let me know if that makes it better.

    @tuiruru: My wife would take away my computer privileges if I floated her picture around the Internet.

    @Locutus: Ditto. I was testing some new features which were reflected on the old theme.

    @RobCr: You mean comment numbers? I’ll add those.

    @hatman: The new avatars are Gravatar enabled. Upload your avatar on Gravatar and it will be here. See http://gravatar.com.

    @Unicorn02: Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll look into it but I can’t promise you it will be added. Essentially have a toggle would require me to maintain two themes and I don’t have the budget that ArsTechnica does.

    @Jeanjean: Erm? I’m not sure what issues you are having. Can you send me a screenshot?

    @Everyone: Thanks!

  12. Jeff

    I like the overall look, but part of the changes to the “Windows Software of the Day” pages makes them more difficult to read. On the August 15 edition, for instance, take a look at the headlines for the apps being reviewed: BrowserBackup Pro, Kiwi Monitor, etc. They are easier to read at the point size here in this message than they are in that headline font. The letters, and the stems of the letters are pressed too close together. Choosing a different font, or adding kerning (?) to your stylesheet for more spacing would be a big help.

  13. Jeanjean

    No problem with the new look in XP or Win 7.
    I just regret the colors (blue-brown), which were particularly evident at the opening of the page and allowed me to know immediately if I had a problem with Firefox.
    BTW, these problem (layout and color disappearing) came from the simultaneous use of Firefox and CCleaner.

  14. Unicorn02

    I love the Avatars in the comments section that look like Atari VCS graphics. Totally awesome!
    Personally I would like to see a way to toggle between dark text on light background and the other way round. I find it much easier to read almost (note almost!) white text on dark grey background. This is sooo pleasing to the eyes. Look at arstechnica.com and choose “Main Menu” in the upper left. On the right side you can then toggle the themes. Would be cool to have something like this over here.

  15. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Everyone: Thanks for the comments and appreciation! Glad most everyone likes it.

    @Anak: I’ll look into it but not making any promises.

    @Paul: I see what you mean. I will look into getting it changed but I’m not a graphic designer and I don’t have the original PSD of that so… yeah.

    @Kraal: Sorry you don’t like it :-(

    @Chris Christensen: Slang, my friend, slang. See http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=kick%20ass — it works both ways… not that slang has any rules.

    @Paul: Erm, crap. Don’t tell my wife. Fixed. Lmao.

  16. Bruce Fraser

    Agree: get back the “reduce tweet bar.”

    The home page, with its headlines of recent articles is good… but the screenshots with those headlines look like they were made by the barber who terrorized the kids in our neighbourhood, with his wild and erratic haircuts.