The BiT Bang Theory blog evolved!

Hello everyone! 🙂
It has been a long time since I last posted something in this blog but I’ve been busy (and still am) with lots of other stuff. In May I decided that it was about time to get dedicated hosting in a server and a domain name for The BiT Bang Theory blog. Going back in time, this blog started in 20th October 2011 in wordpress.com and then, one year later, I got tired of the limitations of wordpress.com and moved the blog to blogspot.com, where I had some more freedom to make this blog something better. Actually, at that time I also created the portuguese version of this blog: Teoria do BiT Bang. Well, it turned out that in a few months I also grew tired of the limitations of blogspot.com relating to layout, SEO and also realized that Google has just abandoned the blogger platform. They didn’t kill it, they just left it as it is, it seems. Anyway, less than one year later here we are in a fresh new version (3.0?) of The BiT Bang Theory blog! 🙂
 

So, what’s new?

  • Brand new website with a frontpage slideshow for project highlights and brand new image :);
  • Now it has it’s own domain name: http://www.thebitbangtheory.com (better for SEO);
  • It is hosted in a paid web hosting company (better for SEO);
  • The english and portuguese versions, which were on separate blogs, are now merged together in this new multi-lingual version! 🙂 You can find the language changing widget in sidebar on the right. This way, all the visits and backlinks in both languages contribute to improve the site’s SEO;
  • Everything is now much better organised in categories;
  • Now you can directly access only the posts concerning projects by clicking in “Projects” in the top menu bar;
  • As you may have already realised when reading this blog, I order a lot of stuff from ebay. 😛 If you get acquainted with buying stuff from ebay, you’ll realise that you can buy lots of stuff for your projects with the lowest prices ever. As such, I’ll start making some reviews about some electronic components and devices to let you know about what you should (or should not) order. However, some reviews may be about other stuff that was bought somewhere else. By the way, you’ll be able to access those reviews by clicking in “Product Reviews” in the top menu bar.
  • In the top menu bar you can also click in “Links” to access a list of websites about electronics, robotics, hacks, computer science, etc. that I usually visit.
  • Since its beginning, this blog has been featured in a few known websites like Hackaday, Lifehacker and Instructables. A list of those references is provided in the “Media” section, also accessible in the top menu bar. A list of interviews, news and guest appearances of the author of this blog is also provided in the same section;
  • Since I’d like to get a little more interaction with readers and exchance ideas and knowledge, now you can submit your own projects! 🙂 In the sidebar on the right you can find a link to access a fancy form where you can provide some info about them. 🙂 I can’t promise I’ll manage to make a post about every single project submission, but I’ll do what I can 🙂 I just want to see what projects you have been doing and share them with the other readers of The BiT Bang Theory blog. 🙂
  • Now this blog also has a page on G+ 🙂 . You can also access it in the G+ logo on the Social Widget located in the sidebar on the right. 
  • There is a Youtube channel created for The BiT Bang Theory blog now! 🙂 There aren’t any videos yet, but sometimes I have some cool stuff to show you that simply can’t just be shown in still images. Some videos will come soon.
  • New comments system! Now you can also comment any post using your facebook, G+ or wordpress account! 🙂 I think this is one of the greatest changes since it will allow you and other readers to create interesting discussions about the stuff featured in the posts.
  • If you want to contact me to provide your feedback and suggestions or for any other reason, you can use the form provided in the “About” section (see top menu bar).

And I guess I have described all the new stuff 🙂 . I hope you like all the changes that I made to The BiT Bang Theory blog and all the new stuff. Feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section below. 

To finish this post, here’s a small teaser of things that I’m going to post during the next few days/weeks:

  • Until the 17th of June, I worked in a project with Bruna Carmo and João Sardo and Dr. Pedro Cardoso for the Eco Sustainability Award’13 by ERP Portugal. It’s a contest about using creativity in recycling and reusing electronics waste. A small part of our project consists in the website http://www.reeeutilizo.eu/, a platform where you can share your projects with reused and recycled electronics waste! 🙂 (I’ll describe it in more detail later) We’re currently waiting to hear from the organisation about the next step in the contest.
  • In August I had the chance to go to the International Conference in Human-Computer Interaction, in Las Vegas, USA (post about new publication coming). There I met Tom Gurion, a master student in the Music and Technology Program from Bar-Ilan University, in Israel, who was presenting his cool audio-only augmented reality project using cheap HC-05 Bluetooth modules. I’ll make a post about it later.
  • While I was in Vegas I took the chance to go to the Fremont Street Experience, in Vegas Downtown and visit the amazing(!!) SynShop Hackerspace, where I had a quick tour of the space, met some of the members, got to know about some of their hackerspace projects and attended a Workshop on 3D Printing with the Makerbot Replicator 2 by 3D printing guru Andrew Morrow. Surely I’ll make a post about it to tell you more about it and show you all the photos that I took.
  • I managed to conclude some projects that I’ll show you soon 🙂 

And for now that’s just it! I hope you liked all the changes and new stuff and don’t forget to follow The BiT Bang Theory blog on facebook, on Twitter and on G+! 🙂

Take care! 🙂


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