Nar3: Japan

Back online
Posted on Saturday, March 13th, 2004 at 1:53pm by Brett.
(Sunday, March 14th, 2004 at 3:53am Japanese Standard Time)

We're back online with out new servers at tektonic.net. Life is good.

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Baka na hito...
Posted on Tuesday, March 16th, 2004 at 7:05pm by Brett.
(Wednesday, March 17th, 2004 at 9:05am Japanese Standard Time)

Derek from Superuser.net is still giving us problems. We're not alone, though...He's done stuff like this to a few other people. Check narnarnar.com for info. I also have noticed that superuser.net has what seems to be a record with the Better Business Bureau. They'll be having another one here soon...

I'm working on making a "proper" review of their services later on. There are a couple forums used to relate your experiences with different hosts...

The galleries will be back online as soon as I get my lazy butt around to upgrading them and muddling through the config files to make them work again. Shouldn't be too long...

Everything else on the sites should be working. There is still some email issues, but that shouldn't affect many people. Though, if you do send an email to me and I don't get it or reply, it's probably the over-zealous spam filters I'm using. Send it again (from a different server, if you can) and I'll probably get it. Let me know that it didn't go through the first time...wanna squash the bugs...

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Posted on Saturday, March 27th, 2004 at 3:26am by Brett.
(Saturday, March 27th, 2004 at 5:26pm Japanese Standard Time)

The picture galleries (everyone's) work again. I've uploaded Katie's pictures of the Snow Festival here


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Computer frustrations
Posted on Sunday, March 28th, 2004 at 2:52am by Brett.
(Sunday, March 28th, 2004 at 4:52pm Japanese Standard Time)

It all started with a simple email. I wanted to email my academic advisor at OSU to get some info about the classes I need to take next year...but I couldn't because I remembered that I didn't have the SMTP server on nar3 set up. SMTP servers transport email from either your email client, or from email server to server. I have the server to server bit working, but the client to server part has me stumped. If any one there knows how to set up an exim 4 mta, give me an email. (The first person that says RTFM or sends me a link to online documentation will be hurt.)

Along with exim giving me woes, the time on the new nar3 server is all kinds of messed up. I have no idea where PHP is getting these times for the posts and everything, but I'm looking into it...

In other news...

Break is coming to an end...bah. It was nice while it lasted, and I'm not really ready to get back to class. Yes, I know the webcam has been off during break, and I haven't posted, but I'll start back up...

The webcam, though, might take a bit. Over the break I reinstalled debian to my ...(More)

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Sakura, lots of free time, and Harry Potter
Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2004 at 6:30am by Brett.
(Tuesday, March 30th, 2004 at 8:30pm Japanese Standard Time)

If you don't know--and I'd imagine most of you don't--I've just gotten back from a trip. It's our spring break, and in the Japanese school systems, the spring break is pretty long. I took advantage of this and went on a little trip. It was a nice place...people were friendly...quite like being home...

Anyway, I got back just in time to see the sakura bloom. As you know, Japan is moderately known for the millions and millions and cherry blossoms that bloom every year. They seriously pop up over night, and are apparently gone in about 10 days, so it's nice that I'm here for that. Well...nice to look at, at least. My allergies are going crazy.

As I mentioned, the spring break is a long one. I just found out today that classes don't start back up officially until the 12th, and then my language classes won't start until the 17th. I have a good long time to do...nothing. One of my friend told me that it's nice for about 5 days, then you start going mad from boredom. Tsukuba isn't the most...er...happening city, if you will.

Have you seen it? A new Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban trailer is out! (Modem users beware, this ...(More)

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Posted on Thursday, April 1st, 2004 at 1:25am by Brett.
(Thursday, April 1st, 2004 at 3:25pm Japanese Standard Time)

As I recently mentioned, I just got back from a trip.

Early this morning, I got a call from someone from the Immigration Bureau, asking for some details about my passport. I gave him the stuff he wanted, and he thanked me and hung up. I didn't think much of it because I had just gotten back from a trip, and I've heard that sometimes they follow up on college students with college visas instead of travel visas. Not worrying about it, I fell back alseep.

About 15 minutes ago, I received another phone call from the American Embassy in Tokyo. Apparently, I have 24 hours to collect my things. I'm being extradited because of a subpoena to appear in court for a lawsuit against Jason and me.

You have probably read the emails that were exchanged a couple weeks ago.

Anyway, looks like I'll be back in America sooner than I thought...

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What's the date again?
Posted on Friday, April 2nd, 2004 at 6:23am by Brett.
(Friday, April 2nd, 2004 at 8:23pm Japanese Standard Time)

If you haven't figured it out by now, the pervious post was an April Fool's prank. Bwa ha ha.

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Perfect example
Posted on Monday, April 5th, 2004 at 8:01am by Brett.
(Monday, April 5th, 2004 at 9:01pm Japanese Standard Time)

This story is a perfect example of the troubles that meet gaijin in Japan when they have to do any form-filling proceedures.

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Sugar Rush
Posted on Wednesday, April 7th, 2004 at 9:25am by Brett.
(Wednesday, April 7th, 2004 at 10:25pm Japanese Standard Time)

Imagine there was a little boy. A fat, hungry little boy, if you will. This boy was given a crisp, clean new dollar bill as a reward for good behavior for an entire week. His mommy told him that because he was such a good little boy, she would take him to the local candy store, where he could use the dollar to buy any candy he wanted. The local candy store was a sight to see...It was the second largest candy store in the entire country, and had all the candy any fat, hungry little boys could ever want.

On the way to candy store, the boy told him mommy that he would like to have a Snickers. He had always liked Snickers, and knew that he would like the one he would buy today.

When he and his mommy arrived at the candy store, the little boy looked around in awe. Though he had been to the candy store many times, it always amazed him. Then he saw the shiny plastic wrapping of a Snickers bar reflecting the sunlight. The Snickers bar was on a shelf far above little boy's head. He was looking up to the shelf, when something flashed in the corner of his eye.

He turned around and saw, across the store (which was quite a way...second largest in the country!) a ...(More)

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Jason's Webcam
Posted on Friday, April 9th, 2004 at 9:50am by Brett.
(Friday, April 9th, 2004 at 10:50pm Japanese Standard Time)

Most everyone that reads this probably knows that Jason has a webcam too.

On the off chance that the two people leeching his webcam read my blog, this post is directed to them.

Stop it. As the notices you have been receiving tell you, our bandwidth is limited, and you are consuming more than is acceptable. If you wish to continue using this site, you will stop accessing the webcam images with a program that is set to download more than once every 15 seconds.

A very simple script would be able to detect when your IP address changes, and block you from the site within minutes. If you do not comply, I will write such a script.

I have no problem with your using a program to access the images...not yet, at least. But out of common decency, set it to 15 seconds! For your information, Mr, Jason's webcam doens't even update every 4 seconds, so you'll be getting at most a new image every 10 seconds.

Stop it!

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