Sevan

Updates to our policies

Posted on June 10, 2018 by Iian Kehn

I'm here to let you all know that I have made some updates to some of the documentation here on the website. I encourage all of you to have a look at it as it is very important that you all know how we go about our policies here at Sevan.

Before I sign off on this post, I wanted to highlight some of the changes that I've made to the Usage Policy which may or may not affect you.

As written previously here, we collect basic information about you to help us identify who you are as a person and where you come from.

I've also updated the Privacy Policy to help explain in more detail what we do with that information, and that can be found here.

As always, I'm constantly working to improve the experience of Sevan, and find more ways to keep your information safe.

Living with Microsoft Edge

Posted on May 12, 2018 by Iian Kehn

Now before you go roll your eyes, I ask that you hear me out. For many years I used Chrome as my daily driver, so much in fact that just about every machine I had in the house had it.

Microsoft has had a rough run since Google took the stand with their browser, and it offered something that the Redmond based company did not, and that was flexibility to do more without compromising the security of the browser. Not to mention it was fast.

Now with all that said, let's jump right into it.

I've had a hard time up until recently using Microsoft's latest offerings, simply because I didn't have much of a reason to. Every release of Windows I would give it a shot and then go back to Chrome, the main reason being that up until this point, it was rather difficult to use because of various performance issues, as well as usability issues.

With the release of the most recent version of Windows 10, the April 2018 update, it seems like Microsoft has addressed all the isssues that I had had in the past. Now I am not one to draw conclusions a month and a half into using it, but I rather like it, for 2 reasons.
  • 1. No software to install (only on mobile)
  • 2. It offers all the extensions I need to make the experience worth it.
  • Bonus: There is a native dark theme.
Functionally speaking, it's comparable, it offers a lot of the features you would expect from a web browser, and some more native features should you choose to use them.

With Edge, I didn't just stop at the browser, I also opted to use Bing only because it allowed me to use the Rewards program that Microsoft offered. I still, from time to time have to use Google for searching for things that I would have a harder time finding with Bing.

There is certainly a lot of work that still needs to be done, but I think for now, I'll be using the beowser as my daily driver, and I never thought I would be saying that myself but here we are.

Volt 10 Platform Update 05/08/18

Posted on May 8, 2018 by Iian Kehn

A few days ago I launched the first preview for Volt 10, which included some incremental changes to how the site functioned.

Today I am letting you folks know that I have pushed out another update to Volt, this time to the design, pages and content for the site.

Like the previous release, this release does not include new features, but I have included a changelog of what's been done.
  • The site color scheme has changed from a white-blueish scheme to a darker shade of blue throughout the site.
  • I backtracked on the sidebar nav on the homepage, it was proving to be more of a problem then a solution
  • The navigation is now fixed at the top of the screen so that you always see where you are.
  • Added some fade-in animations when moving from page-to-page. It looks better, and flows better.
  • Small bug fixes and optimizations.
Keep the feedback coming!

Volt 10 Preview is here

Posted on May 2, 2018 by Iian Kehn

Volt 10 is the next release of the Volt platform, it's quite a notable release too. Today I am proud to announce the first preview of Volt 10, which brings an early look at what's to come down the road.

I don't have a definitive changelog in this release, as most of the changes I have made up to this point is clean-up, as well as addressing bugs within the code that should have been addressed a long time ago.

But if you insist on a changelog, here's what has been fixed in this release.
  • I fixed an issue where fonts weren't loading. I'm now using native fonts which "should" work on all platforms.
  • I moved the nav bar to the left side of the page next to the logo, it flows better on mobile.
    • Speaking of mobile, there should be no more scrolling issues!
  • I fixed an issue where overflow was occuring on multiple browsers and platforms.
  • Removed references to "News" on all pages, as announced a little while back.
  • Pushed out refreshers to all the help pages (both beta and non-beta).
  • Made changes to the about page, to better serve my readers/followers
I plan on bringing in feature enhancements in the next few releases, right now my goal is to clean-up the mess I've made in the past few releases and optimize the website to better serve you guys. If you have any feedback, feel free to share your thoughts in the normal places.

Sevan News is being discontinued

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Iian Kehn

After much consideration and deliberation, I have come to the decision that the "News" page, which consisted of Twitter bits of news, is being discontinued.

The reason for this decision is primarily upkeep. Because I custom embed tweets, it takes time for me to grab those embed links and post them here, not to mention the fact that there are dozens of news sites out there that would provide a hell of a lot better coverage for things that are going on around us.

Also, the site as a whole is primarily focused on providing my own content, news not being one of those options. I don't have the means or the time to focus on writing or posting news articles in a timely manner, thus negating the need to have a news page. That, however won't stop me from posting content here that I find interesting or different, it just means I won't put an empasis on it.

I will, however keep the page up for archival purposes, so that the links and posts that have been made in the past don't go to a '404 Not Found' page.

Sevan: Season 5

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Iian Kehn

Yup, it's that time again, time for some new adventures, and a new season. When I mean "season" I don't mean a TV season, it's just another way of me saying it's time for a new start.

Believe it or not, I've gone through 13 episodes for the vloggity and 2 reviews. It's king of weird because it doesn't feel like it. In any case, I'd like to say that I don't have anything major planned for the new season, other then I plan on focusing more on pushing longer videos, like the last one.

The other big thing, and I mentioned this in the other post I did today, I'm shooting my video in 4K now, which means you'll get higher quality video, not that I look all that good in 4K, but it works. I also refreshed the splash at the beginning, because it looks better in black.

That's all I got really.

Sevan has returned

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Iian Kehn

It's been a little bit since I last did a post here, and I thought I'd check in. Today I pushed out a new episode of Sevan, which, if you haven't seen it yet, you can find it here.

But I didn't just want to pop in and say "hello", I also wanted to talk about how things have changed a little bit in this new episode. For starters, older episodes were shot in 1080p, as of this episode it's all in 4K goodness (not that I look all that great in 4K but hey...)

Secondly, I also changed the intro, instead of being white, it's now black, it looks cleaner in my opinion, and I'd like to know what you all think.

Before I jump off here, I'd also like to note that the move went well, and I'm all settled in. I mentioned it in the vlog, but I thought I'd mention it again.

Have fun!

Changes and Announcements: Feb 21, 2018

Posted on February 21, 2018 by Iian Kehn

Today I am going to take some time to talk about some updates that are going to be coming down the pipeline. While my personal life has kind of gotten in the way with all the prep for moving, I haven't stopped working on the website.

There are two things I want to cover today, and those are with the development of the blog, and eventually the news page.
  • The first thing I want to touch on is the blog, now this is something I haven't really had a lot of time to talk about, and I think it is important to mention this. There is going to be some design changes and functional changes coming down the pipeline; meaning that there is going to be some downtime associated with these changes.
    • The first of these changes includes a sidebar, which is something I was planning on implementing at some point or another, but never got aroung to doing.
    • The second of these changes is integration of comments. Comments are a big part of the community, and while using Twitter for commentatry is one thing, I do want to engage my audience.
  • On the design side, the good news is, there isn't going to be any major functional changes. While I am still focusing my efforts on streamlining the experience across both mobile and desktop. More fine tuned adjustments to the experience.
With all that said, I'll be talking more about it in the weeks to come, so stay tuned, and keep your eyes peeled.

News page changes coming

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Iian Kehn

Hey folks, I thought I would take some time to talk about some work I'm doing to change the way I handle news posts. As some of you may know (or if you didn't, you do now) I have been doing news short takes over on Twitter and I feel that it has been going well.

Today I am here to announce that I will be launching a beta where those posts will be embedded into a beta version of the news site.

Up until this point, I have been hand coding the web pages for the news posts by hand (because CMS solutions don't work for me) and it has taken a little bit more time to roll out posts in a timely manner. By moving to this model, it will allow me to post content in a timely manner, and be able to provide sources to the content in ways I couldn't do as easily before.

I want to know what you guys think of it, and we'll be talking more about it in the coming weeks.

You can check it out here and let me know what you think!

Introducing the Sevan Store

Posted on January 19, 2018 by Iian Kehn

In the beginning of the year, I talked about how I had plans to launch a store online to purchase Sevan goods, today I'm delivering on that promise.

This is something I have been wanting to do for a while now, but never got around to it until now. It's something I have always wanted to do, and something I feel that will help Sevan out in the long run.

In any case, you can go check it out here! I'll be posting more designs soon.

This Tide Pod Challenge is Stupid

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Iian Kehn

Okay folks, I can't believe I am having to write such a post, because you would think people would have a bit of common sense when it comes to household cleaning products, but apparently they don't.

I don't know what happened between generations, but apparently this generation of kids who are becoming of the ages of 12-18 don't seem to have a lick of common sense. Since when was it okay, in any way, shape or form, to consume household cleaning products? Seriously? Last time I checked, any product of any kind was poisonous for human consumption, in any amout.

What in high hell is wrong with people? I mean sure, if you have a death wish that's one thing, but if you're doing it because it is the "new and cool" thing to do, you probably need some help, or a serious reality check.

Don't be stupid, stupid.

Usage Tracking: How Sevan Tracks Information

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Iian Kehn

So this is a topic I wanted to spend a little bit of time talking about, because it was something I've been meaning to do for a little bit now, but never got around to it.

For those of you who use 'Do Not Track' tools, this post isn't really for you, and I'm not going to force you to not use those tools, it's a way of life. I, personally use them myself.

Like any website, Sevan tracks basic information about your system, including, but not limited to the following: IP Address, Country of Origin, Operating System Version, Link References (where you came from, eg, Facebook) and other relevant analytical data.

The information collected by Google Analytics is used for the sole purpose of identifying demographics, this information is not in any way, shape or form shared with anyone. The information collected is used only to get a basic idea of who I am catering to.

Should you choose not to allow Sevan (or its partners) to collect this information, you are free, and encouraged to use tools (like Ghostery) to block tracking data. I will not force anyone to do anything they do not want. That has always been my montra, and will continue to be so, until this site ceases to exist.

While we're on the subject of tracking, I would also like to note that I will never serve ads on this website, it is unprofessional, and it is a security risk. I make money through other sources, and I will continue to do so.

Thank you all for your cooperation, and I hope that clears everything up!

Volt 9.1.5 is here

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Iian Kehn

Hey folks!

I've released yet another small bugfix release addressing a variety of issues on all platforms. Here's a quick changelog!
  • Fixed an issue on mobile where the logo cut too close to the navigation
  • Updated pages with a favicon! Finally after 11 years I have one!
  • Cleaned up inconsistencies in page titles, apparently that was a thing
  • On some devices, pages still had overflow issues, hopefully I totally fixed this issue

I know this was a rapid release, but in an effort to make the website work more efficiently, I felt it was necessary to push a revision to the website.

As always, keep me posted about any further issues you come across!

Volt 9.1.4 is here

Posted on January 14, 2018 by Iian Kehn

Hey folks!

I've pushed out another bugfix release tonight to address some ongoing issues with the site design that affect both the desktop and the mobile platforms.

Aside from the color scheme changes, and the minor bug fixes, nothing much has changed in this release. I'll keep on working on some small flaws, but for the most part, this release is stable, and I hope you guys like it!

Delivering on the first promise

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Iian Kehn

Last week I made quite a few announcements in regards to some changes that are coming to the website.

Today I am proud to announce that I am launching Sevan News. Now before anyone jumps the gun on this, I'd like to note that I'm doing something a little bit different this time around with the news site.

What I mean by that is, unlike the news ventures I have done in the past, this time I am taking a shorter spin on news topics I find interesting. This practice I've actually been doing in moderation on Twitter. for the past few months now, so the posts are just an extension to that.

In either case, the news is back, and I'd like you all to be a part of the community. Go check it out here and let me know what you think!

Changes coming in 2018

Posted on January 3, 2018 by Iian Kehn

Now that 2017 is out of the way, it's time to talk about a few things going on in 2018 that will impact the way Sevan is handled.

First and foremost, let's talk about branding, the logo that is currently shown on the website, in video content and elsewhere has been around since the World of Sevan days, and it's time for a modern refresh of the logo.

Along with the logo/branding refresh, I'll also be refreshing the website and re-tooling the code to work better for all devices, as I've done since Volt9.

In other site related news, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about Sevan as a whole. In the past I have treated this website, and the brand as just a place for me to show off the content I post. In 2018, that is going to change in a number of ways.
  • 1. Going forward, Sevan will be treated as a business, providing both video content, written content, and a mix of the two.
  • 2. In addition to regular posts, I will be incorporating technology related content as well, in an effort to expand the portfolio of content.
  • 3. No, I will not run advertisements on the website. I strongly believe that ads are not the way to generate money for the business. Instead, I will (in the coming months) be offering a merchendise store for users to purchase designs both by myself as well as various graphic designers in the community.
I'm really excited for 2018, there is a lot of new changes coming, and there'll be more to talk about in the coming months.

Volt 9.1.3 is here!

Posted on December 17, 2017 by Iian Kehn

Volt has been updated to Version 9.1.3 which addresses some small bug fixes, broken links, and changes some of the overall structure of the website.

I mentioned in another post that the 'Media' page was being depreciated because it outlived its usefulness. The site is growing, and the need for a dedicated page is no longer required. As I explained, going forward pages will be linked directly in social media posts, which negate the need for a landing page.

There were no real featue changes in this release, but keep the feedback coming, I have some changes planned for the coming months that I will be discussing further.

Thanks!

Media is being depreciated

Posted on December 17, 2017 by Iian Kehn

Hey folks, I thought would take a minute to talk about some ongoing changes to content management here on the website. Some of those changes directly involve the 'Media' page which in the past has housed the 'Featured Videos' and 'Playlists' sections.

Because of the growing nature of Sevan, I have decided that a generic 'Media' page is no longer required for the overall operation of the website. Going forward, videos will have direct hyperlinks which will be made available on my Twitter and Facebook pages.

As for Spotify playlists, they will continue to be made available to the general public, however they will be relocated to the 'About' page under its own section.

This is a big change, and I hope you all understand.

Sevan returns to YouTube

Posted on December 16, 2017 by Iian Kehn

A few days ago I had a conversation about focusing my video efforts on Facebook because I liked how the platform worked.

Today I am here to touch on some topics of bringing back the YouTube channel after being off the platform for the past few months. More specifically what I plan on doing going forward. As the title suggests, the Sevan channel is coming back to YouTube under a new channel.

What this means is quite simple. Along with the launch of the latest video on Facebook, there will be an accompanying video posted on YouTube for viewing purposes only, comments will be disabled. If you'd like to join the conversation, I would recommend becoming a part of the Facebook community.

I appreciate the support I've gotten over the past few months, and I hope to create more content in the months to come.

It's time we had a conversation

Posted on December 6, 2017 by Iian Kehn

It's been a little while since we had a little chat about what’s going on with the videos and the website. So instead of doing a video I thought I would take some time to talk about what is going on with the site in the form of a blog post (because why not?)

Since the last time we talked a lot had happened in my personal life that has gotten in the way of me being able to deliver good content. I am getting ready to move and I am also in school.

While I could have put out a couple of mediocre videos, my better judgement got the best of me and a lot of the things that were going on around me didn't seem appropriate for filming.

With all that said I think this needs to be said, I'm under no obligation to post content or vjdeos, I have said that in the past and I stand by that.

In closing, I would like to thank all of you for your patience, there is a lot to come in the months to come, and I hope to deliver better news in the future.

Stay safe, and happy holidays. I'll see you all soon!

Volt 9.1.2 released!

Posted on October 20, 2017 by Iian Kehn

Hey folks, I'm writing this post today to let you all know that I published a few updates to the website which primarily affect the blog. As some of you may know I have begun moving over to our own Volt platform for the blog, which means that everything you see from here on out is hosted right here at home.

What that means to you guys is that you will be able to access everything in one place, which makes it easier to navigate the website without having to jump back and fourth.

What that also means is that the way posts are made are going to be a little different. As you all know, I'm pretty good about keeping you guys up to date on everything that goes on with Sevan, but now that it is self hosted, I have the ability to post more reviews and more interactive content for you guys (not that I couldn't do that before!).

As always, I ask for your help in making it better, the blog is still heavily under development, so if you come across some issues, let me know and I will look into it.

Phase II: Blog Transition

Posted on October 18, 2017 by Iian Kehn

As a part of the changes that are going on with Volt, I thought I’d take some time to talk about some changes that are coming to the blog that will affect the audience going forward.

Starting later this month I will be transitioning to self-hosted content management, meaning that once this transition has begun, content will no longer be posted here on Medium

The reason for this change, like all changes that have been made in the past is to provide a seamless experience across the site, which right now is staggered.

Since the creation of this blog here on Medium, it has provided users with an experience for both web and mobile, and now that Sevan is optimized for both, there is no need to continue providing an experience on here.

Medium is a great platform for publishers, that is a fact, but has outlived its purpose in the Sevan workflow.

I really appreciate the community that Medium has helped provide, and look forward to new endeavors.