Posted on April 13th, 2010
|My day was spent working on the last of the comics and setting things up on the new host. I hit a snag early on when the mime types didn't work as expected, and ultimately had to resort to the new host's support to fix it. They were johnny-on-the-spot, and the problem was resolved.
There are several differences between this implementation of the site and the previous host's copy. Two subdomains have been removed. The former is rl.uguardian.us ; that subdomain was created in 2004 for remote loading of images and content. It has long been obsolete; there are many, many image hosts that can host temporary content for forum posts these days.
The other subdomain that was removed was comic.uguardian.us . This isn't because the comic was discontinued. It's because of a feature the new host has that the old host didn't: MULTIPLE domain hosting! Background Service is now completely parked on its own domain: Background Service.net . This domain has existed for the length of the comic (it's at the top of each comic after all!), but only acted as a redirect to the subdomain since it couldn't be the location of the site itself. comic.uguardian.us was never intended to be the home of the comic; it was just a placeholder.
There are a number of technical pluses to this host's set up that will make development easier. The plan for now is to re-develop uguardian.us as planned, then Background Service. This shouldn't take very long, as the change is mostly layout and some other tweaks. Also, is it my imagination or is this host a LOT faster?!
Through out the day I played Audio Surf and messed with my toys; waiting for DNS to propagate gets boring after a while.
One of the songs I like to play on Audio Surf is Rolling Girl sung by Hatsune Miku (a computer program!). I don't speak Japanese, so I just like the tune. However, I decided to look it up online and found the music video and English lyrics. This peppy almost blitzed tune is actually about a girl who's life is spiraling out of control so rapidly that she's heading towards suicide, though her friend tries to help. Here's the music video.