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Theme Update No Comments   
Written by thefalcon2k on 5/26/2020 at 10:35pm in Announcements

So, I got an update for you guys on what we’re doing with the themes.  We have come to the decision that the following themes will be free for all members:

  • Beta
  • Dark
  • Light

We officially have a way to program the new themes exclusively for our VIP Members!  But, it’s not all bad news there.  I’m making a special exclusive announcement here … each color we release for our VIP members will actually be free for the first week.  If you select that new theme as a free member, you will remain with that free theme for one year or until you change it yourself.

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Big Things Are Happening No Comments   
Written by thefalcon2k on 5/25/2020 at 4:55pm in Announcements

Well, as you can probably imagine, things have been kinda crazy over at Team Falcon.  We rolled out 2 different versions of the site in 2 days (3.5 and 4.0), and we’re using 4.0 as a public beta option disguised as a theme.  What does that have to do with my blog, though?  The answer is simple.  I created a “Beta” theme over at Team Falcon with this layout that you see here.  In case you haven’t already figured it out, this is Falcon 4.

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Falcon 3.1.1 Update: Comment Box Improvements No Comments   
Written by thefalcon2k on 5/18/2020 at 8:04pm in Announcements

Some successful testing was made today that improves the layout for the comment box.  Right now, if comments are disabled on a post, you will still see the comments box.  When we roll out our Falcon 3.1.1 update, the entire box will just be gone.  Not just the message.  If a post is older than 2 weeks (14 days) old from the post date/time, then the comments area will “close”.

Here’s the difference:

  • Disabled: When we create a post, we have the option to turn off comments ourselves.  The box will be removed entirely.
  • Closed: A post that is 2 weeks (14 days) old from its creation time will automatically have its comments closed.  The box will remain, but you will not be able to create a new comment.

Programming advancements continue with the Team Falcon sites, and we’re rolling out new features all the time!  If you think this is neat, wait until you see what’s next!

 
Logo Improvements No Comments   
Written by thefalcon2k on 5/16/2020 at 2:07am in Announcements

Well, I didn’t think I could do it, but I did!  The logo has officially been updated to outline the new design plans for Team Falcon!

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Samsung Galaxy Watch (2018) No Comments   
Written by thefalcon2k on 5/13/2020 at 6:37pm in Products > Reviews

Before I continue, I just wanted to say that I am not being endorsed by product manufacturers for the reviews of their products.  I am also not knocking any “rival” products.  Even though I am reviewing products that I am favoring, I encourage my readers to look at other products or provide their own feedback on what I’m reviewing or rival (comparable) products.  I wanted to try something new and essentially help with my thoughts on products.  And in today’s case, I want to talk about the Samsung Galaxy Watch. While it’s been available since August 2018, I’m just now deciding to get this very impressive phone “accessory”.

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Dark Mode 2.0 No Comments   
Written by thefalcon2k on 4/16/2020 at 6:43pm in Announcements

Available on the Team Falcon network (just not here), we added a new Dark Mode WordPress addon that gives you guys the ability to choose whether you want to view our Team Falcon branded websites in its original format, or (essentially) with inverted colors giving you a makeshift “dark mode” which does make things easier on the eyes (from a personal perspective).  I had come across a new WordPress addon that allows users to individually pick their theme (out of what we allow).  With this, we can develop our own “Dark Mode” and (hopefully) make it look a little neater.

This announcement is being made here because I didn’t want to install the Dark Mode addon for a personal blog, but I think it would be fun to develop my own Dark Mode right here and gradually roll it out to our websites!

 
Improvements Are Coming No Comments   
Written by thefalcon2k on 4/15/2020 at 2:07pm in Announcements

Since we launched Falcon 3.1 on March 23rd, we started slowing down with a lot of things.  Not because we’re having slow days, but because a lot of our glitches are starting to go away and we’re able to rely on more WordPress addons to get our jobs done in a faster and more efficient way.  Our latest glitch that we caught was we had some configuration files that had the same name and it was figuratively causing a “conflict of interest”.  What this meant is that we would make a change in the file that we thought we were changing, but it wasn’t happening because there was a hidden duplicate file.

By the summer of 2020, we will be reviewing our system, all of our files, and making the following changes:

  • Removing newly redundant files
  • Renaming files still necessary and under a new filesystem for efficiency

Most of our theme system changes are behind the scenes and the public will not see much of a change (if any).  But, these changes are necessary for our network to work in a global format between Team Falcon and all of its partner websites.

 
New Header Coming Soon No Comments   
Written by thefalcon2k on 3/9/2020 at 12:09pm in Announcements

In the next couple days, the new enhancements that you see with Team Falcon will make their way to Joe’s World.  A modified header (without the social part) will replace the tabbed system that has been a part of my layout since its creation in 2007.  This is a huge change, not just for the site, but for me as well.  This expansion was a project to see how much better it could look considering the amount of content that’s planned in the future, and it’s an amazing change for sure!  Like I said, that tabbed bar was part of the original layout, and it’s still weird to look at Team Falcon (just that site for now) without it.

On the flipside, though … from a programming standpoint, there’s less code being used, less files present, and the Falcon layout officially has built-in menus rather than PHP workarounds.  The new menu layout will make its way to my blog here and The Xbox Universe during the week.

 
Beta Programming No Comments   
Written by thefalcon2k on 3/7/2020 at 5:35pm in Announcements

With the recent launch of Falcon 3, we made a decision to discontinue the beta site of Team Falcon to get more use out of our limited SQL servers.  With that, it limits what can/can’t be done on the site.  As you can see, there are some minor differences with our header compared to Team Falcon.  That’s because there is no need for a social network here as well, and we can not combine those networks.  This may change in Falcon 4, but that will require a lot more patience, and a ton of new programming.  At the same time, it will (once again) save on our limited SQL servers.

Throughout 2020, this site may experience some issues as we consider testing out this new feature.

 
Falcon 3 Launch & Updates No Comments   
Written by thefalcon2k on 3/4/2020 at 2:56pm in Announcements

A couple months ago, I had written out a potential schedule of things that I had planned, and even with my (accidental) server reset, I still managed to get things released on time and with a different look.  This look ended up much better than I wanted, and I’m still kinda ironing things out.  Falcon 3 sees 3 new key things:

  • New Login/Profile/Social Options
    Team Falcon is moving from Mighty Networks to PeepSo for our social options as we’re able to further integrate social features into the site.  Team Falcon will be the one stop place for everything social … without all of the political BS in the middle of it.
  • Falcon Live changed
    Our plan was to have Falcon Live be able to handle Mixer, Twitch & YouTube and have it all be one page.  The intended plan was that what shows up on the page is what is being used at the time.  But, further thoughts into the idea would make that idea a mess because we do support the people we’re following as well.  So, we had to think of another plan.  With the new navigation options up top, we were able to accomplish that plan in a cleaner format.  Plus, what if you didn’t want to watch a live stream, but an archive?  There’s nothing wrong with that!
  • Team Falcon Mobile
    I won’t lie, looking at Team Falcon branded sites on a mobile device sucks.  Other than the navigation menu changes, the mobile upgrade is another thing we’re rolling out on a site-by-site basis.

Websites that are exempt from the navigation changes are:

  • Joe’s World (this site)
    My personal blog won’t be on the network navigation for 2 reasons … first, the entire server is different from Team Falcon & Falcon Live so user accounts do not sync together.  Second, as the network’s creator & designer, there’s still access to it by clicking my name on the Copyright bar on the bottom of every single page.
  • The Xbox Universe
    The Xbox Universe has their own social network as well with the same programming.  I am part owner of the site, hence the matching design with creative freedom.  An agreement was made that TXU’s “right side” will not include Team Falcon branded content as TXU is technically owned by Rewind Hosting.