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About O-Magic.USThanx for looking into "About O-Magic.US". O-Magic.US was created by Ozzie Osband, a local Orlando soccer fan, and Volunteer to World Cup USA 1994™. Ozzie is also infamous for hating "Flash®", which he considers a "bandwidth hog", and providing only "eye-candy" and is rarely used to provide "Information Content". He doesn't like limiting the userbase by creating"Apps" that need to be run on an iPhone, or Android device. Simple web pages can provide the Information Content most users are looking for. In fact, you may have heard of the sophisticated web creation software Ozzie uses regularly to update his pages - Notepad.
As you may be aware, dotMobi TLDs (Top Level Domains) are for web pages meant to be read on mobile device web browsers on devices such as mobile phones and tablets. That was the point of creaing this site. After all, you're in your car and looking for directions to the Next Match. What device do you have with you to search the Internet for the information? Yup, your mobile phone! Oh, sure. Our regular fans know how to find The Citrus Bowl, but certainly The Rukus isn't the only bunch of soccer fans that goes out of town to root on their team! The away fans of the visiting team needs to find our stadium, too. (check out our Directions Page - users with phones with a number pad can press the number on their dialpad, touchscreen users tap the highlighted text) We used to include directions to the Away stadiums as well. It was another thing that made the site useful to mobile users. And did you click the "#" key on your telephone's keypad? Using a little known component in hyperlink tags, we use the pound-key to take you The Next Match. And every week,we move that named tag from Last Week's Match to the new Next Match. This way, when you tap the "#" key and then bookmark the page, when you use the bookmark, we don't waste your time. We take you directly to the next match! You know who we're playing. And when (when the match starting time gets moved due to broadcast schedules, we put that in red). For a view of what the schedule looks like at mid-season, here's an archive of the page on May 05. Because a telephone's screen is much smaller than a computer monitor, we try to use the screen space economically. For example, we combine the column for Match Start Time, and Final Score. Quite simply, before a match, there is no score, and after the match, you don't need to know when it started. Why have two seperate columns when they can share one? The club's main site has seperate columns, so if you need the information later you can find it, but we concentrate on the important information you need now! As to the date format, the reason we got involved in soccer is because it's the world's game, and the USA is joining the world in enjoying something. We like that. We use the international format YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS, which Ozzie (always the techno-geek) likes to point out is both human readable, and in computer sortable order. Since the season is all within a calendar year, the year field is not used, but we still use a "-" instead of a "/" as a month-day seperator. Further information can be found at: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-time.html
Ozzie has been a Volunteer with the
Orlando City Soccer Club and the
1994 World Cup™
How we came to do thisWhen Ozzie tried to find a schedule of matches he could read using his mobile phone's web browser, he was not shocked to find that it was on a page that was hard to maneuver on his phone. He was hit with a case of "Hacker's Syndrome". In this disease, the victim feels he must do something to correct an "obvious" flaw. Since the domain name OrlandoMagicBasketball.Com was a little long to enter into a phone browser's dial-pad, he went and bought O-Magic.US, a much shorter domain name. If you have any ideas as to what information you need while you're in the stands of the Amway Arena, please e-mail him.
Here's the Clever BitBack when mobile phones had dial pads on the front, our websites were set up with AccessKey components in the hyper link of a "named tag" which gets moved before every game on the page. With newer touch screens, the visitor can tap the words "Next Game" at the top of the page, and then Bookmark the result, so when the user clicks up the Bookmark, it takes them directly to the Next Game. That's what makes the site "Phone PHriendly". So far (as of mid-March 2014), no one in The Front Office has made any disparaging remarks (or threatened the introduction of lawyers), but it should be known that:
O-Magic.US is a fan created website, and is not operated by the Orlando Magic Basketball Club, the National Basketball Association, FIBA, or The Easter Bunny.
Rumors regarding Santa Claus will be neither confirmed or denied.
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