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My name is Michael Tunnell, I am a Website & Graphic Designer from Birmingham, Alabama.

I have over 11 years experience designing high quality affordable websites and graphics including logos, brochures, posters, business cards and more.

Facebook Abandons 3rd-Party Messaging so I Abandon Facebook for Telegram PDF Print E-mail
Posted on April 30, 2015

Facebook Abandons 3rd-Party Messaging, apps like Pidgin, so I Abandon Facebook.


I have been using Facebook for many years, I even convinced people to leave Myspace for Facebook back in the day so it has been a site that I promoted for a long time but now Facebook has become a shell of its former self. Facebook is now only interested in locking their users to their platform rather than allowing them to use Facebook as they see fit as it used to be. In 2009, Facebook instituted Facebook Messenger through XMPP which meant I was able to connect my Facebook account to Pidgin or any other multi-protocol Instant Messaging (IM) client that I wanted to. This was great actually because it allowed me to use Facebook Chat without being forced to keep the website open which wasted resources since at the time Facebook's website was quite bloated . . . sadly, now it is actually more bloated.


Today, April 30th 2015, Facebook killed support for 3rd Party applications, like Pidgin, forcing people to make a decision between either giving up and accepting Facebook's lock-in web-client with no ability to use a desktop client of any kind or stop using Facebook Chat altogether. I already stopped using Facebook for many aspects and the only reasons I had an account was because of (1.) Facebook Messenger through Pidgin and (2.) I'm an Internet Marketer so I have to know the system for my job. Now thanks to this stupid decision to abandon XMPP support I now have only ONE reason to use it. I am excited for the day that services like they die and fade away because then the "Open Web" will be that much stronger, as it was meant to be.


Anyway, enough of my babbling, here is the short TL:DR (Too Long : Didn't Read) reason why I made this blog post. I'm will be leaving Facebook Messenger and I'm moving to Telegram. You should come with me . . .

My Updated 3.16 Packages for GNOME Extensions PDF Print E-mail
Posted on April 11, 2015

Updated packages I made for GNOME 3.16 Extensions


GNOME, desktop environment project, released their latest version of 3.16 recently so I decided to make an update to my previous extension package releases. I made a similar post last year for the GNOME 3.14 Release because some of my extension broke. Unfortunately, some of those extensions are still unmaintained and thus not updated for 3.16 either. I checked the download statistics for my extension packages and as it turns out, a LOT of people appreciate these extension updates I did. My GNOME 3.14 Extension Update Packages have reached the download count of 2,310 Downloads, so far. This motivated me to continue the process and make this post for updating the extensions to GNOME 3.16. You'll find the updated 3.16 packages below.



1. These updated packages are compatible with the official packages so when the official packages update these will be overwritten and will smoothly transition into the official packages.

2. These updated packages will NOT overwrite your settings so you will not have to start over, they are compatible with existing settings.


Feedly Mosaic Userstyle Updated to v4.0.0 + New Responsive Mode PDF Print E-mail
Posted on November 14, 2014


Earlier in the week I was informed that my Mosaic Userstyle for Feedly.com was no longer working so after a bit of testing I found the issue and decided to update the Userstyle to work with the latest version of Feedly as well as create a whole new Userstyle that introduces a Responsive Mode to Feedly's app.

1. Fix: fixes an error in 3.1.0 that was created by the latest update to Feedly's webapp.

2. New Feature: added a Responsive mode to the userstyle to get even more items to display.

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Update: November 16th, 2014
I am releasing vesion 4.2.0 due to a report from a user and my additional testing after 4.1.0, please visit the Changelog for more information.




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