Monday, July 25, 2011
I thought from the articles I push out each week, I thought a little feedback would be great! :)
For the "Google+ 1 button", you don't need an account to give it a "thumbs" up or "like" for example. All you do if you like the article, just give it a click and it will give it an "+1" vote.
What is the 'Google +1 Button'?
It is similar concept as Facebook "Like" button for search results. But in Google +’s it’s your mates way to say “this is pretty cool” or “you should check this out”. It’s a public way to stamp something with your own approval, so your guys and peoples on the web get the best results when they search.
If you could take a few extra minutes of reading an article that I wrote, please give it a "+1" or "tweet" it through the handy buttons that is added after each post I write.
Don't forget to do it as well on Themagical's website too! :) This helps the community and our readers to get an understanding what 'Themagical" is all about and as well how you can support us also.
More news on the 'Steel Force Simulation' beta release will be coming up real soon! So stay tuned!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
© Google Inc.
I want to make a post about the new 'wild-fire' topic that's having the internet a buzz like crazy.
I was meaning to do this post but its been a crazy weeks for me at work and other important matters to taken care of.
If you haven't heard the news about Google creating this free service called "Google+", then this article is for you!
Google+ (plus.google.com) is the new social network created by Google which is like a combination of Twitter and Facebook. Some people are having a hard time wrapping their head around it so I’m here to give you seven tips to help you wade into the pool that is Google+.
1) Circles are your Friends
The main advantage Google+ has is Circles. When you join Google+ you place people in different circles you create. For Example, I have different circles for family, coworkers, church family, former classmates, members of the media, and people I’ve met thru social networks. If I’m attending a wedding for a church member my coworkers wouldn’t really care to hear about it. So when I decide to post an update or pictures from the wedding I wouldn’t include the coworkers circle in the group of circles I’m sharing that update with. If you’ve placed someone in a circle that isn’t on Google+ it will give you an option to send them an e-mail with the update you’re posting. You can also choose an individual person or people to send an update to. This is how Google+ handles privacy. You can’t set your profile to private but you can limit what you share.
2) The Megaphone
When posting an update you can go beyond just choosing circles you created and go full megaphone and choose public. This is similar to posting to Twitter with a public account. Anyone can see these posts in Google searches and it will appear in activity streams of people who have placed you in a circle of their own. I should note that even if you limit visibility a post with circles as I described above, your posts can still be re-shared by people in the circles you shared with. The only way to make sure it’s not is to “Disable Reshare” in the post.
3) Your Streams and How Circles Impact them
When you login to Google+ the first thing you see is your “Stream”. Items currently appear in your “Stream” in two different ways. Both involve the people who you put into your circles. The first way is if a person you placed in a circle has shared something publicly. If this is the case it will say Public at the top of the post.
The second way is if a person you placed in a circle shared an update to a circle that the person who is posting placed you in.
As I mentioned above, unless a post has resharing disabled you can reshare any post. The catch is if you try to share a limited post, Google+ will say…”This post was originally shared with a limited audience – remember to be thoughtful about who you share it with.” Lastly, on the sidebar, is “Incoming”. This is a stream of posts, being shared with you, from people who have placed you in a circle, but you haven’t returned the favor. It’s a good idea to check this occasionally just to see what people are sharing with you.
Below Incoming on the sidebar is “Sparks”. Currently I haven’t seen them doing much. Google says the following… “That’s…what Sparks does: looks for videos and articles it thinks you’ll like, so when you’re free, there’s always something to watch, read, and share”. You’ll need to populate the “Sparks” list with your interests and if you click on one it gives you a Google news rundown on that subject. I suspect we’ll see them insert news items from sparks in your Stream at some point, similar to the way updates from pages you “like” on Facebook show up in your news feed there.
Last but not least is “Hangouts”. Hangouts are essentially video chats for up to 10 people at a time. Once a user starts a hangout it can last as long as two people remain in a hangout. In other words, if one person starts a hangout, it will not end when the originating person leaves. To help conversations flow, the person who is speaking will appear in a larger viewing window while the remaining people will be in thumbnail boxes below the main viewing window. If someone continues to interrupt, or just annoys you, you can mute individuals for any length of time.
Like any social network Google+ was built for people to connect and have fun. Remember though Google+ is in an early invite only stage right now. It will have features added, tweaked, and killed before the “Official” public launch. Have patience and an open mind and you’ll be fine. For more info and videos of what I discussed above check out http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/
6) What is the 'Google +1 Button'?
Yea i know this is a huge steps adding the social aspects to the search results. So you guys, let’s discuss anything needed to know Google +1 button including the step by step guide to adding in your WordPress blog or site.
It is similar concept as Facebook Like button for search results. But in Google +’s it’s your mates way to say “this is pretty cool” or “you should check this out”. Another webmaster words it’s a public way to stamp something with your own approval, so your guys and peoples on the web get the best results when they search.
TWO MOBILE BONUS TIPS: If you are on an Android phone you can download the Google+ app. It allows for instant uploading of all photos you take with your phone when you’re in the app or not to a private Picasa Web album (Picasa is a photo sharing service like Flickr but from Google. It’s been reported that the service will soon be renamed to Google Photos). Don’t worry though; they aren’t instantly posted to your Google+ account when they are uploaded. You have to approve which photos are posted while in the app on your phone, or when you get back home and login from your PC or Mac. Secondly the Google+ app has a feature called “Huddle”. Huddle is group text chat for up to six people. If you are on an iOS device, I can comfort you by noting that the Google+ was approved on July 19th and is now available HERE. I haven’t had time to put it through its paces but I’ve already noticed it does have Huddle.
7) Want to join in? (*Special Invite): Well, currently Google is holding off on invites to their new service as its brand new and its limited since there's a lot of beta testing on this still.
Well have I got news for you, as a special for my readers/Themagical community/Dorneyonline.com community/Blog Readers I'll be giving out invites to those who respond to this post! You'll be in IMMEDIATELY once you get my special email of an invite to 'Google+'!!
I trust this reading has been helpful! I know it did for me as well!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
We have exciting news to share with you! Our new team member Josh Stauffer (webmaster/founder of Dorneyonline.com) have been working hard behind the scenes on a new simulation experience that will be joining our Simulation pallet!
This new experience will not be needing Flash to play. Thanks to the new coding of HTML5 web development allows for no help from Flash but still keeping the animation/interactivity still intact!
- No Flash needed: This is a interesting move for us to test to see how the simulation development process differs from creating under the Adobe Flash Program as well keeping the same quality and feel of Themagical experience.
- HTML5 coding: Since Flash isn't going to be the foundation of this simulation, the foundation will be the coding that creates websites. This new form of website coding will help us achieve the interactivity that you are used to with our current simulations and as well our *mobile/ gaming platforms users will be able to try too. (*Note: Simulation may differ from the PC experience when using mobile/gaming platforms browsers.)
- Browser Recommendation: Firefox 5 , Safari 5 : Currently, the simulation is running better in the coding rendering performance in Firefox 5 and Safari 5. For Windows Vista/7, IE 9 isn't optimized quite yet for the simulation but it does render HTML5 seamlessly. Windows XP users IE8 will not work/render properly, it may cause PC lock ups/computer hangs.
- Reliable Performance: For *mobile users will be happy to know that when playing the game, you'll see if any battery drainage or no affects of battery drain. This is great on long play for couple of hours. Not only mobile users but PC experience will notice that smoother rendering and performance while playing in their browser verses using a Flash Player. (*Note: Simulation may be not available on all smartphone devices and may see some issues to access the webpage on unsupported devices.)
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More details of this beta testing/public release as the months ahead.
Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
**IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS/READERS**
Due to recent events last night on Themagical website, a certain member on the website community that was causing the personal attacks against me.
Now, we aren't discussing any details of the situation due to the sensitivity of the matter.
This has lead us to closed the forums PERMANENTLY! This affects all users, moderators and as well Staff at Themagical.nl and its effective IMMEDIATELY!
Here's a personal notice from the founder/webmaster Martijn Leseman of Themagical.nl
Important message - Sunday, July 10th 2011
I bringing down the forum, and probably will not make it active anymore. Even the most simple rules and normal internet behavior is being neglected like people who are adults, or not, are not able to act like normal people, respecting each others dignity. I am disappointed, really... Martijn Webmaster Themagical.nl
Important message - Sunday July 10, 2011 (updated July 11, 2011)
The forum section at Themagical.nl has been closed. I do not have enough time to keep up with things happening over there, and it does not serve the goal en purpose it used to have in the past.
We clearly announced the rules and some people think they simply can violate them, that happened several times.
The website will continue to provide a platform for simulation fans, which will be a login, scoreboard, highscores and of course the sims.
Source Link of notice here: http://www.themagical.nl/index.php?option=com_kunena&view=entrypage&defaultmenu=271&Itemid=269
We apologies for the inconvenience that it has caused for you.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Sorry for any new post, its been a busy week for me and working like crazy!!! I hope you all are having a great summer (stay-cations) vacations for those who are out of school right now or enjoying a nice break for the summer time.
This posting is about you the community and how you are special to us by how you are emailing us your questions and concerns about the progress on the 'Steel Force Simulation' project for
Unfortunately, due to server issues/hard drives crashes, the project at 80% was stopped due to problems on the founder/webmaster computer. This caused a huge delay since all back ups were last updated but not current saving, meaning we had to start over to where it was last saved on a data backup driver.
This made us to push the development into the following current year of 2011. With newer coding on this Simulation than previous simulations made for Themagical, its making us to learn new coding languages as the webmaster from Dorneyonline.com wanted from the very beginning as well the move for the webmaster of Themagical/Simulation Development Team to push ourselves to learn new material as we develop the 'Steel Force Simulation' project.
Not only the delays were based on the crashes, this is also due to family emergencies, work schedules, limited free time, sickness, and as well other activities that we do with our families and friends outings/vacation breaks. We are doing our best on the limited free time we have to in order to create this simulation.
All our simulations to date has been based on our free time in our daily life activities and we are NO WAY being payed for our work done on the simulations at all. We do this because we enjoy the rides/attractions of Disney and other amusement parks that keeps the passion alive in us to create these simulations for you to all to enjoy!
We are very sad how the progress has been going so far but its been picking up from the last crash on our project. We are making daily saving on our progress so in case of a data crash, we'll be ready to being where it left off. This will help us from not losing ground from the last problem crashed on the hard drive.
We are about 2 milestones away from right now to "VERY SOON" to start the beta testing process FINALLY! Which is the queue line setup options and as well the transfer animations for the roller coaster trains format to match the real life operation at the Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom amusement park.
We are happy that you are interest of our progress and we are sorry for the delays.
Keep an eye on our blog, twitter feeds and website for more 'upcoming updates' ! ;)
Monday, July 4, 2011
I want to say to my fellow USA readers, Happy 4th of July!
For those outside the country readers, Independence Day (July 4th) honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It's a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.
Not only that but its the History where here in America we bare the freedom of independence as the founder fathers of our great nation wrote down so that all of those living in past, present and future can enjoy this.
We all hope you had a safe holiday, enjoy some fireworks display and great food!
Friday, July 1, 2011
We have a small video sneak peak of: "Millionaire Play It: Trivia Version 2" game. It's now featured on the same channel "Reighard's Live Show".
We apologies for the AD's from Ustream and poor audio since I was working on the game
since porting the sound I was still tweaking them for the LIVE shot.
Direct Link: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/15725770
Presented by: Themagical.nl ("Reighard's Live Show!")