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1/10/2006

I NEED TO USE YOU

I've been working hard on the new site for IKON (that bible study community I co-lead on Tuesday nights) and we've hit a snag. The site seems to work only on certain machines running certain versions of certain browsers when accessed by people with a certain blood type living in a certain time zone. Seriously, we're trying to figure out what the trend is, what the folks it doesn't work for have in common, so we can get it fixed. That's where you come in.

If you have the time please help us out by:

1. Going to ikoncommunity,com
You should see the image above. (You can click it to enlarge.) You should see a background image of an overpass, a middle image of circles (just a test pattern) and a foreground with text and navigation buttons stacked at the upper left of the screen. All this should load within two seconds. And the movie in the bottom left should play steadily, no jerking or slow motion.

2. Come back here and post a comment about anything that went wrong, was missing, etc. And please note your operating system (mac, windows) and the version (v3.1.9 etc), the browser (Firefox, Safari, Explorer) and the version, the ram of your computer (128MB, 1Gb etc).

Thank you. This would be a tremendous help to have a large sampling of you guys do this for us. I promise I'll never use you again.

SG

33 Comments:

Blogger Nicole said...

Hey Shaun,

To answer your question, it loaded just fine for me in all areas (very quickly I might add) and I use IE Version 6.0 on Windows. I have a wireless net connection at 54.0 Mbps and use a laptop with a centrino processor and 512 MB of ram. Hope that helps your problem and is enough boring info about my computer.

God bless you in all that you do.

1/11/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The page loads quickly, but the movie play in fits and spurts. I'm using IE6.0 on WindowsXP, with 256mg RAM. I also got a smallerwhite window with a description of IKON that's not on the page you have displayed here.

1/11/2006  
Blogger Rica said...

I have the same system as anonymous (IE 6.0, WindowsXP, 256mg RAM), and the same problem with the movie. I didn't get any pop-up windows, though! :-)

1/11/2006  
Anonymous Jamie said...

Hey Shaun,
I have just loaded up the site and.... everything is working fine. I opened using Firefox v 1.5 running Flash player v8 plugin and in Internet Explorer V6 running Flash player v7 plugin.
I'm on the net through a 1Mbit/s broaband line and my computer has 768Mb RAM and a 1.8Ghz Pentium IV processor running Windows XP SP2.

I hope you can find something useful outta all that techno garble.

1/11/2006  
Blogger GrovesFan said...

Shaun,

I opened using Firefox (latest version). I have a laptop on a wireless connection using broadband connection and have 512 RAM and a AMD Athelon processor at 2800+. I'm running Windows XP SP2. Everything opened. I don't see any "overpass" and the movie is jumpy. I also have a white box on the right that displays info about IKON.

Beth

1/11/2006  
Blogger GrovesFan said...

OK. I did it again. The IKON logo is very large and it appears that the image is too large for my screen. "IKON" takes up almost the entire screen in the background.

Beth

1/11/2006  
Anonymous andrew t. said...

Looks OK and loads quickly on Windows 2000 (sp4) with Firefox 1.5 and 512 mb of RAM on a corporate LAN. However, my screen resolution is set to 1024x768, and I have trouble seeing the "Remix" button on the bottom of the screen. If there's anything below that, it's missing as well.

...btw, what's up with "Fred"? Have you been listening to Etcetera or something? :)

1/11/2006  
Anonymous Mike said...

I was able to see everything quickly. Here are my specs:

-- Windows XP Pro SP2
-- Maxthon 1.5.2 (Runs on the IE engine)
-- 512 MB RAM
-- 1280x1024 screen resolution

I understand the pain you are going through on this. Thus the life of a web developer!! :)

1/11/2006  
Blogger Dave Haupert said...

Also OK over here- looks nice BTW.

Using XP Pro Sp2, Maxthon and running 1600x1200.

1/11/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

I posted the wrong picture. So sorry. The picture that WAS posted was of an improperly loaded site. What's up NOW, with circles, IKON text box, movie box and navigation - that's the way it SHOULD look.

So sorry for the posting error. It was late.

SG

1/11/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

works fine on mine... mac ibook G4, using safari, osX (tiger) 256mb,

1/11/2006  
Blogger Toby said...

Shaun,

I'm running XP home w sp2, 512MB, Firefox 1.0.7, on a laptop with a mobile P4. Everything loaded quickly, and depending on how the movie should look, it may or mat not be running correctly. The movie runs but flashes btwn cells which pixelates the the SIN CITY cell briefly.

1/11/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

Fred is what the Sunday morning bible study wanted to call itself. They're building their own page which we'll link to from the IKON site. The risk of open source ministry.

1/11/2006  
Blogger HawkNest4 said...

Good Morning Shaun,

Even through my very tired, stayed up too late, bloodshot red eyes . . . I can FINALLY see everything you mentioned in #1! It's all there . . . the circles, text, and nav button labels! WOO HOO! However, the movie is jerking and poorly pixeled.

Debbie, at TPC, with IE 6.0 on WindowsXP.

1/11/2006  
Anonymous Jess :) said...

Everything was fine. I'm using windows XP with internet explorer. That's about all I can tell you though.

1/11/2006  
Blogger Kat said...

Shaun,
I won't have a chance to check it out until later today, but I wanted to throw in that I'm a web developer. If you need me to help you figure out any issues - just give me a shout.

I'll take a look at it this afternoon it all my browsers and systems and let you know what I come up with.

kat

1/11/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

thanks, kat. ANd everyone else.

1/11/2006  
Blogger Cristy said...

I can't bring it up on my computer here at work, but that doesn't surprise me. I can't do alot of things on this computer. It acts like it wants to come up, but all I get is a black background with a couple of "rays" that are in the top of the picture you show...like the picture is too big. At the bottom of the page, it tells me that it's opening the page, but it's not. I've tried to refresh and close out all together, then re-enter the link manually.

I don't know what most of this means, but when I click on system information this is what I get. Hope it helps:

Windows XP
Professional version 2002
Hewlett-Packard HP dc5000uT
Intel
Pentium (R) 4 CPU 3.00 GHz

I'm using Internet Explorer.

1/11/2006  
Blogger FzxGkJssFrk said...

Don't know whether it's too late to help, but the site loaded fine using Firefox 1.5, Windows XP Home SP2, Flash 7, over a dialup connection. The movie looks a little jumpy, but I'm not sure if that's intentional or not.

Hey, instead of "Fred", why don't you call it "The People's Eyebrow"? you know, to go along with the church name? Hmm, church administration might not find it very funny, though...

1/11/2006  
Anonymous tunz4jesus said...

Loaded fine on my Dell xp at work and also fine with our Mac5 at church. Windows 97 at home did not ever load, no surprise. Just pointed out that we need a new computer at home. Hear the new powerbooks are killer.

1/11/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

So when you click on a navigation button (Learn, Go, Give etc) does the screen transition to that page VERY quickly and smoothly? Everyone? I mean, QUICKLY, like in 1-2 seconds.

It transitions for me but takes about five seconds and it's jumpy not smooth. Anyone else have that problem??

SG

1/11/2006  
Blogger Kat said...

Shaun,
It worked fine for me on:

WinXP - IE 6
Mac - Firefox 1.5, Safari 2, Opera 8

I confess, I often contract out Flash work, so I'm no expert, but two things come to mind, what are your settings for Publishing the swf? Flash6,7 or 8?

Also, the connection speed plays a huge part when connecting to a Flash site. If you go to Starbucks or your library, does your computer have the same issues with the navigation buttons?

You could also serve up a non flash version using straight HTML and then use http://blog.deconcept.com/flashobject/ this script to replace the html content with your flash stuff. That way, everyone sees your content - regardless of their system set up.

Finally, have you thought about using a Content Managment System to run the site (If you're not already)? It would sure make it easier to update and create an online community than editing your .fla file all the time. There are some great ones that are free for non-commercial sites. Let me know if you want some recommendations.

I hope that helps a bit. Let me know if there's anything else I can do.

kat

1/11/2006  
Blogger GrovesFan said...

Shaun,
The movie is still kinda jumpy for me and there's no sound. Should there be?

Beth

1/11/2006  
Blogger Rica said...

Shaun, for your last question, it does go from one page to another very quickly (like 1-2 seconds). I was very pleased with that! :-)

1/11/2006  
Blogger holyteach said...

Loaded up great for me. I'm using Firefox 1.5 on Linux (Fedora Core 4), though the background image is blue rather than red like the screenshot. I've got 512 MB of RAM and DSL connectivity. As a web developer, however, I noticed that your page doesn't have a DOCTYPE, which puts browsers into so-called "quirks" mode. Every browser handles quirks mode differently, so you never know how your page is going to look. However, if you specify a DOCTYPE and then make sure your page validates to that DOCTYPE, then you can be pretty sure the page will look about the same on all browsers. (The browsers will abide by the standard, usually, if you tell them which one you're shooting for and haven't made any mistakes.)

Just FYI. Looks good so far, and good luck!

1/11/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shaun-
Everything loaded quickly, looks great and the links all came up in a couple of seconds. The movie did seem kind of jerky but I couldn't tell if maybe it was supposed to be that way!?!
Using AOL 9.0, BB connection. BTW, I check your site often but have never posted. I heard about your blog on one of the Sirius channels I listen to. Thanks for all the time you put in here- great, random, thought-provoking stuff.

1/11/2006  
Anonymous William Guice said...

Shaun -

I really like the new design and everything worked great on my system.

Mac G5
1.8 GHz
256 MB
Firefox
Cable Modem

1/11/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPU:Pentium D 340 dual-core 3ghz
Memory: 2GB DDR 400 RAM
OS: Windows MCE 2005, fully patched
Video: Generic cheap ATI PCI-Express x16 board, 128MB video ram
Browser: IE 6
Flash 8 installed
Broadband connection, 6mbps
One incredibly dashing user

ikoncommunity.com looks and behaves properly according to your description. Everything seems to be there including the "remix" effect.

1/11/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get an empty white box on thei right, but everything else is fine. When I click on the links, all the white boxes are empty.
Windows XP Prof. version 2002
Pentium 4
1 Gig of RAM
IE version 6

1/13/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

transitions are very fast.

Windows XP Prof. version 2002
Pentium 4
1 Gig of RAM
IE version 6

1/13/2006  
Blogger robyn elise said...

hey shaun. loading is fine on both safari 2.0.3 and netscape 7.2 (apple ibook g4 512 MB RAM).

you need to re-do the code for the e-mail addresses, though. right now it appears as if they're coded similar to this: [a href="shaunikon@bellsouth.net"] when they should be coded like this: [a href="mailto:shaunikon@bellsouth.net"] (but replace [] with <>). cause when you click it it pops up with a window that has the address of "http://www.ikoncommunity.com/shaunikon@bellsouth.net" which means the "mailto:" part is not put in the URL for the link.

but other than that, everything looks fine. except that the IKON logo in the upper left is cut off at the top (the dot on the i and the top of the k don't show), but that may just be my screen resolution.

1/13/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

Everything is fixed now and running fast.

Thanks for your help guys. Big help!

SG

1/13/2006  
Blogger robyn elise said...

shaun...in the "pray" section, change the e-mail code for your e-mail address.

1/13/2006  

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