• Menus Phase I-a, continued

    The alteration of the Allpar headers/menus has continued, with the news section now getting the treatment, including removal of the banner, inclusion of an “allpar icon” by the menu, and use of the global menus instead of unique ones. I also modified the old mobile menus so that now you have a choice of a small number of buttons for key areas _or_ the two-step drop-down menus that few people like, but which give the maximum number of choices. I might bring those to the desktop pages, too, where they actually work better. Say goodbye to the old logos. I will be re-using the passing-lane-stripe motif soon.

  • Annoying forum ads replaced

    After getting a couple of complaints, I disabled one type of ad from the forums, discovering along the way a new asynchronous code which lets pages load faster. I replaced those ads with a new vendor and hopefully that will eliminate the problems. I also switched the main-site menus back to the single buttons which seem to be preferred by readers. I don’t know why this is. I would prefer dropdowns to multiple clicks, personally, but I will not argue with reality. By the way, if you want just about all the ads to disappear, simply sign p to be an ad-avoiding contributor at $14 per year. Register for the forums if you have not done so already, click on your name…

  • Allpar-Mobile fixed

    The inner pages of Allpar got rather badly messed up by some changes I was making to get the menus to behave properly. That’s now been fixed, and a lot of the header code was cleaned up along the way. It’s all become rather a mess as I’ve tried to get more and less flexible over time. As for the menus, I am experimenting between the dropdowns and two-level varieties now, and I’m open for comments. We may go back to the single buttons and perhaps have new landing pages for each button, e.g. Cars/Trucks, Corporate/Heritage, News/Future, Social.

  • 17 months behind but catching up, slowly

    Thanks to the joyful effects of mitotane (Lysodren), I have been in a fog for around 17 months. I have now cut back on the hideously expensive drug (for humans; cheap for dogs), and am trying to catch up on things. Complicating factors are: ever-increasing security updates on the server and technical glitches that result from them long-overdue site improvements taking up some time my health insurance company’s computer-system change, which apparently dropped $1,800 worth of claims from my max out-of-pockget (and their refusal to do anything but look at the computer total and say “yup, that’s right” though if you total up all the forms they sent me, you can see I’ve paid $1,800 more than the max out-of-pocket by their…

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