Posts tagged: Internet

2012

I logged in to this old site for the first time in quite a while. After blowing the most recent layer of dust off this place, I instinctively checked the Users screen to see if anyone had hacked themselves a back door… they had. Glad I remembered how to at least do that much around here. I deleted it and all content that may or may not have existed from that account. Don’t care. As I traced lines in the remaining dust diminishing the glow of the old screen, I saw the update button. A mechanical, skittering sound from a dark corner distracted me for a moment, but apparently WordPress hasn’t been auto-updating for a while – that explains the hacked user account. Or maybe its the thing lurking in here with me.

After I hit the update, I purposefully ignore the warning about backing up the database in the potential cataclysmic upgrade failure. Why? I look at my last post listed on the dashboard: April 2012. Seriously? 2012. I remember thinking to myself a few months ago about this site and thought, It hasn’t been that long… maybe a year or so. But no, 2012. The year the world was thought to end because people don’t know how to read an ancient Mayan calendar… and who can blame them? Fear sells. Its a fact.

So the site updates to the newest version quickly and painlessly while I silently muse to myself about all of this. Good old WordPress. Way better than the old cybrblog system that I programmed so many years ago in the heyday of blogging. Back then this was all new and exciting. Now the internet is littered with dusty websites chronicling forgotten meals and distant memories that tick on without a care… if they’re lucky. More often, the old links to sites and blogs of a decade or two past end at a 404 or a parked ad page. Gone are those meals and memories for many who used to dwell in these circles. Gone forever. 2012.

And with a flourish, I remembered that I didn’t have to keep these musings to myself. I’m in the presence of an ancient technology that can still help me share my thoughts without the limitations of Friends or Likes; Without the limitations of viewers. The gears fell away and a clockwork rodent scurried away as I grabbed the strangely wired keyboard and enveloped the air around me in dust. I lowered my goggles to protect my stinging eyes and my keys flew across the keyboard as they are now… typing… typing. Putting my thoughts to virtual paper with no concept of readership. The dust is now settling, my stomach rumbles to remind me it is time for lunch rations. I end this post and I will leave this time capsule once more for a snack… perchance a meal. Perhaps I will return and reclaim my legacy.

Perhaps… 2012.

Hello obscurity

It seems that this poor site has been neglected one too many times over the years.  I have officially fallen into the dark realms of obscurity on the internet.  My stats seem unrecoverable.  No one wants to advertise here even for free.  It’s a sad place to be.  But I’ve been mucking up the place since November of 2000 (wow, almost nine years?) so I don’t believe I’ll be giving this place up just yet.

Today is September 1st and I’m doing fairly well at updating again.  I just need to get into that groove again that seems to rise and fall like a perfect wave.  Once I can get that going I’ll start on other projects again.

Changing servers

Just want to let everyone know that I’ll be switching over the DNS for the following web sites to match their new hosting server:
cybrpunk.com
A Little Scary
Cat and Muse
ShotSauce

My friend Yoshi is kicking me off his servers so I had to go get a new hosting package.  The data looks like it’s all transferred as of yesterday but I can’t really test it till I get the domains pointing to the new locations.

The change will probably be kicked off overnight tonight.  If anyone sees anything not working, please let me know.

UPDATE:

Looks like the DNS changes are underway.  I had to repost today’s comic and this post.  Yay!  So far so good.

Do you like contests?

Do you like contests?  I’m betting most people would answer yes.  Even if I know I have no chance of winning or would prefer I not win (which would be wierd), my competitive spirit keeps me coming back for more.  In the realm of the internet and blogging I’ve seen lots of different contests: photo contests, writing contests, guessing game contests, comment contests, etc and I’m sure there’s a million others out there I haven’t heard of or seen before.

So my question to you is: What is the best contest you have ever entered and why?

Help set a world record

Mozilla is releasing Firefox 3 at 10:00am PDT (Pacific) time today (June 17th).  Although it will technically be June 18th when the download is available for those of us here in Hong Kong, I don’t mind fudging the numbers if you won’t tell anyone.  But the point is that they are attempting to set a World Record for the most downloads in a 24 hour period with this release.

So for those of you interested in being one of the first kids on your block of IPs to get the shiny new Firefox 3, have a click here for more information.

I will be downloading Firefox 3 tomorrow and checking it out.  However I’m not staying up till 1:00am to do so.  Their record can wait till I get up in the morning.

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