February 22, 2011

Find your ancestor in Star Wars Series

Find your ancestor in Star Wars series

O.K., it's been a really long time since I've last updated this blog... but here I go.

This one day, I just decided to learn perl and CGI for real. I had an idea for a new SNS service to run as a business, but I needed to learn how to program first. But then after a whlie I figured that I would never accomplish to put up such a web-site unless I quit my job, start a new corporation, and also hire some people to program for me.

So I just decided to learn how to program in perl anyway, and write much simpler game kinda script. I went out to a book store and bought a nice book for learning perl (in Japanese). This one is has the cute cartoon drawings and all, you know.

I already know the concept of program itself. I've learned basic in middle school and pascal in high school. When I hit C in college (not in class but on my own), I just gave up. Then I came to REALBasic and got back to it. That I created Ring On Time.

So it turns out that perl was not so hard to learn. But it was the concept of CGI and handling values between HTML that confused me. For somereason, when it comes to obtaining values from HTML, you suddenly have to use a given variables. I just didn't know that and took me a while to figure out. And it also did take a great amount of time for me to set up my iMac so I can run CGI script in local environment. This is important because if you had to upload your script everytime you make a little fix to see if the program works, it really could get on your nerves.

But I finally got it working, so here's the new section in my web-site, Find your ancestor in Star Wars series.

May 30, 2006

Warning people about "Statue of Liberty at Night"

One of the most popular content on my web site is the picture file of Statue of Liberty at Night. This is a photograph of Odaiba, Tokyo, and not New York, but it's a pretty cool view of Statue of Liberty with Rainbow Bridge in the background. So many people come to see this file because it comes up to be one of the top link on Google's image search.

But I've had a problem where some people from were hot linking to this file and continuously downloading this file everytime their page shows up. And they're doing it without letting me know. That's not cool. I'm really not worried about bandwidth theft, since I still have a lot of bandwidth left every month. I guess it's just their bad manner that bothers me.

So I changed the filename of it. And what happens? No more hot-links, but instead, people coming to my site through Google image search would get a 404 and not get to my file. I wrote a notice at the top of the page saying that they can download the file from Kat Hara's Wallpaper page, but I'm not sure if they're actually going to read it.

The best thing to happen now would be, Googlebot comes to crawl the pages and reflect the changes I made to their cache, but somehow it is not happening. It did make a sitemap and uploaded to Google Sitemap, but I guess it still takes a while to have it fixed...

May 28, 2006

A New Bali Pictures Page in Wallpaper Section

Long time no updates... It's been more than two years since my last update on this blog. Well, here I go again.

I had a real problem with spam comments and spam trackbacks and I had to re-install a new version of Movable Type and after couple of month, I noticed that the template was mixed up with the Japanese version of my blog. I couldn't figure out how to fix this. I changed the templates but it just didn't work, so I had to re-install Movable Type again... Sending all those files to a remote rental server does take some time.

Anyway, I thought I should make more use of this blog, besides just telling things that happen to me in Japan. I'm going to use this as an update notice of this web-site. I've always had a Japanese version of update page, part of this blog will be that.

So today, I thought I'd let you know of my new page in the Wallpaper section. I just made a page with pictures in Bali Island, Indonesia. If you're ever thinking of visiting the place, take a look.