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Software upgrades

We’re excited to have PathLabTalk turned back on.  We think you’ll like the many new features of posting on the site. Before you can use the site you must follow these steps.  You will not be able to post unless you do. If you are still logged into the site, you must log out. Clear ALL of your cookies related to the site and ALL of your browser cache. Close your browser. R

Cliff

Cliff

 

New Server

The PathLabTalk site has been moved to a new server. This new server should at least as fast as the old one. We moved because we were getting occasional errors with the old server, and we want to provide as stable as an environment as possible. Please report all bugs here. Thank you

Cliff

Cliff

 

Newsletter

PathLabTalk uses a newsletter program to send our daily newsletter. To sign up for our daily newsletter you can select from one or more of our 20 newsletters available here. We have over 1,000 people subscribed to the newsletters; however, we occasionally receive reports that the newsletter is not being received. If you have confirmed the newsletter is not going to your spam folder, and you have contacted your place or work (assuming you have it delivered to your work email) to ask them to no

Cliff

Cliff

 

PathLabTalk Upgrades

Due to many issues, mostly with being unhappy with the current software vendor, PathLabTalk will be moving to new software. Yes, there will be differences and yes it will take a little getting used to. What won't change is your username or your password, that will remain the same. There will be intermittent downtime while we import to the new software this weekend (April 20, 2013 - April 21, 2013). We appreciate your patience and assure you we will do our best to make this as smooth as possi

Cliff

Cliff

 

Streamlining this site

There are some sections of this site that get used less than others. Some require different pieces of software to run them adding to the complexity of running the site, and making it feel more cumbersome to navigate than it really is. I would like to propose that some of these sections be removed, but the choice is yours. Please reply to this blog posting with your thoughts either way. The sections I am considering removing are: Classifieds Bloopers Links Thank you for your input.

Cliff

Cliff

 

Charities

There is a new page on the site, Charities. I have started to participate in challenge bike rides to help raise money for various charitable causes. I started in 2012 with a couple of small rides and plan to add longer rides in future years. If you are interested in donating to my rides, please view the rides I am participating in here. Thank you for your support, Cliff

Cliff

Cliff

 

Kind words from a member

I got this message from a member, and they gave their permission to share. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear Cliff, First of all sorry that I haven't react in any way your welcome message, but 4 years ago when I joined the Hungarian Blood Bank and a bit later the Blood Bank Talk community (beeing a logistic expert) I was sure I would never be able to contribute your conversations. You know I had a foggiest idea wh

Cliff

Cliff

 

Arcade

You may have noticed hidden in the Help / Info menu PathLabTalk has an Arcade installed. Actually almost since the site has started there was an arcade. The previous arcade (previous to today) had a significant security issue and needed to be removed. No fear, your Asteroids score was not shared with the world. :cool: The sad news is your scores were deleted. The good news is we have all new games for you to try and beat. As always, please post any site errors here.

Cliff

Cliff

 

Software updates

The main forum software, as well as many of the supported / related software tools, has been updated. The most noticeable update will be the post / reply editor. PathLabTalk is now using one of the most popular editors used for sites. This will give users a more familiar feeling while posting. Another great feature is we have turned the auto-save feature on for the editor. Every 30 seconds what has typed will be saved. That way if you close your browser by accident, or simply leave the pag

Cliff

Cliff

 

New Thank You Button

We have had a Thank You button on the site for many years. The one we were using was acting very erratically and was recently disabled. A new button developed by a different programmer has been implemented, and the best part is we were able to import all of the prior Thanks data. Please let us know if you have any problems with the new button, or if you like it. "Thanks"

Cliff

Cliff

 

Newsletters

We have some sad news about how PathLabTalk communicates with you. We have had a voluntary Newsletter for many years, yet we have now been marked as a spammer by those same Newsletter recipients. It's a shame that so few have so much power, but that's the wonderful world of the internet. Effective May 20, 2011, we will no longer send Newsletters to current subscribers. We now have a spam compliant process for signing up for our Newsletters. Please click here to sign up. This is the l

Cliff

Cliff

 

Mobile Style

We've installed a mobile style for the site. Obviously this is only intended for those that want to use a mobile device to view the site. This mobile style is optimized for all webkit mobile devices in most languages, and will auto-detect if a user visits the site from a mobile device and render the site in the mobile style. Please let us know what your experience was if you try it out. Also, we are considering a dedicated style for the iPhone and Android phone. Again, please let us know

Cliff

Cliff

 

New Site Menus

With the planned growth of PathLabTalk, we need an easy way to navigate the many new sections. The plan is to have a slightly different color scheme for each of the different forum sections. This will help you keep track of where you are. Each of the menus will have a slightly different color scheme too and the logo will swap depending on the section you are in. We will add a Library section for ChemLabTalk, HemeLabTalk and MicroLabTalk. The menu will be huge, but we want to make it easy to

Cliff

Cliff

 

The big move

If you're reading this, then you are either a new member, or you are a loyal member who found our new location. The BloodBankTalk site was moved to the new address yesterday. The new permanent home is here at PathLabTalk.com. As we previously mentioned, over the coming few weeks we'll be adding the new sections, ChemLabTalk, HemeLabTalk and MicroLabTalk. One of the challenges we are facing is developing an easy menu system that will allow members to navigate a much larger site without ever f

Cliff

Cliff

 

BloodBankTalk is changing it's name

BloodBankTalk has enjoyed great success over the past 5+ years, all thanks to you. We've decided to expand. We'll keep all the same great content we have now, and we'll add options for all of the other pathology labs that show an interest. Please visit this post to vote for the new name / web address. Updates 8/30/2010 I understand some people are concerned about what this means for BloodBankTalk. While all of the details have not been worked out, here is how we see the site moving forwa

Cliff

Cliff

 

Site Compatibility

This site (as well as most modern sites) is best viewed with a modern browser. We highly recommend using IE 8 or FireFox 3.6+. There are known compatibility issues when using IE 6 or lower, these issues will not be resolved as IE 6 is a very old browser and will be sunset by Microsoft soon. Currently there are minor compatibility issues with IE 7, but they seem to be resolved with IE 8 or FireFox 3.6+. We are working to resolve these issues. Feel free to post comments or suggestions.

Cliff

Cliff

 

New Look

We've upgraded to the newest version of the forum software. Updating the forum was quite simple, updating the rest of the site is going to take a few more days. Most of the functionality previously available is currently working. One pending key item is the document library. This should be available in the next few days. We'll update this post to keep you apprised of what is still pending. Pending Items (as of August 4, 2009) Bloopers - fixed 8/4/10 Product Reviews Document Library - Fix

Cliff

Cliff

 

Announcements

The Announcements section of the site has been updated to the new (future) look of BloodBankTalk. The top section where the menus are is essentially the same, but the display and the new Announcement submission form have been updated. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Cliff

Cliff

 

Site Upgrades

Significant upgrades will be coming to BloodBankTalk. Some changes will be cosmetic, others will be more significant. To make the transition easier for all of the sites users, the changes will be implemented slowly over the next two months. Today we will be switching the vendor we use for the classified ads. The current ads will be imported into the new system. Stay tuned to this section for more updates.

Cliff

Cliff

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