January 29, 2007

What's up with Hackosphere?

Many of you might be wondering what's up with me and my blog. Nothing. I just got very busy at work buried in bits and bytes and lost touch with the world of hacks :). My job is to write drivers for Application specific chips (ASICs). Our new chip arrived earlier this month and we were busy bringing it up for many hours a day. It's a different world at my work, somewhat less glamorous than Hackosphere. There is nothing "visual" about it and it's much more complicated than developing a hack for Blogger. It is mostly a rewarding experience but also boring at times. This is one of the reasons I stepped into the hacking business.

So, is this the end of hacks from my shop? I guess not. But I am not sure when I will come up with the next one. After developing a major hack like Neo, I don't seem to get another idea that interests me enough. It should be something that makes a difference in the functionality of a blog. Somehow, cool CSS tricks, hacks that only improve the look etc don't interest me. I hope I can come up with some such thing and find the time to do it. If the first happens, the second will!

(For those who bought Neo and asked for improvements, I will definitely try them before working on a generic hack.)

16 comments:

Saboma said...

Welcome back, stranger. It is great knowing that you are alive and doing well.

*Hugs*
~:o)

Jayashree Bhat said...

How do I remove the links 'newer posts, Older posts and home'? Sorry, the question is waaay off the post

Avatar said...

I do understand how day work and day life can get in the way of blogging..

;)

Equator Babe said...

Hi Ramani,

Thank you for the useful hacks. Your site definitely has a few more tricks under the belt that I may use in the future. I took some inspiration from your article about 3-column templates when I designed mine, so I added you to my credits page.

I also used your peek-a-boo code to hide text under "Read more..." links. I can't believe blogger does not support this by default already. This hack is a tremendous help. I especially like the fact that with this solution we can simply make a span element visible instead of navigating to a different page (like livejournal.com blogs do). From what you were able to achieve, it looks like the blogger "programming language" is quite powerful.

If you'd like to take a look or drop some suggestions, my blog is at: http://travelrats.blogspot.com.

Cheers,
Fritz

Ramani said...

Fritz,

Your blog look nice with 3 columns. You can add more to the sidebars and make better use of them.

Equator Babe said...

Thanks Ramani,

The left sidebar is a recent addition, I just made it work last Sunday, so yea, it's kind of empty for now, but there's plenty of content that I plan to add there: list of last N comments, profile, more links with important posts, etc. I like how blogger gives you all this freedon to mess with your page. The main reason I chose it was javascript - the other blog engine that I use, livejournal.com, won't let you touch that thing...

Cheers,
Fritz

LOUI$$ said...

Hi bro, me too busy of study and working...Is that blogging can make us survive without working? I wish it too!

LOUI$$ said...

I forget to thanks to you who teach and show me the way of hacking blog, thanks!

Ramani said...

No way Louis. Blogging is just to entertain ourselves in our free time.

Jayashree Bhat said...

Thank you so much! That was a real quick reply.

LOUI$$ said...

But why problogger.net can do it ramani?

aoyoo said...

from your blog,I learned a lot of blog&html,and i'm a student from China.i'll concern you,^_^

kameelah said...

i have always been interested in snippet posts. like 3-4 line post that can go in the sidebars but take the same format as larger post... you want to work on that? ;)

thankss

Aditya said...

"Blogging is just to entertain ourselves in our free time."

For most, not all :) Some of us really do take Blogging seriously! Especially since you start making a name for yourself in the community!

You should know this better than us Mr. Blogger Buzz :)

rajanmr said...

Hi i have been looking to add categories to my blogger blog similar to that of wordpress.I searched through the web and found out that it is possible using del.icio.us.
But i need a direct way similar to wordpress.is it possible?

Ramani said...

That's what labels are for, Rajan. But you have to switch to new Blogger to use them.