• Posted On: March 13th 2017 at 8:38 pm | 3 Comments
    Categories: Site Updates

    Well, I have quite a number of assignments, readings and class tests to clear in the next few weeks so I guess it is an appropriate time to declare hiatus. I will still be updating links for affiliates if they changed hosts. Just drop me an email or leave a note here and I will update your link on my mobile.

    In the meantime, I doubt I will be updating my blog for the next 2 weeks. Maybe I will update my blog with short updates but won’t have time to return comments, etc.

    This school semester has been difficult for me and I needed some alone time to catch up with my school work, personal life, music life and of course, corporate work.

    Posted On: February 27th 2017 at 10:56 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Online life, Personal life, Site Updates, Technology

    Hoho it is my 2000th post on ViolinStar.NET! What an achievement indeed. I never thought that I will be able to blog for so long and so much on the same domain. Some of my blogger/online friends have changed domain names several times. We have known each other for many years even though we don’t really keep in contact. To my online friends, you know where you can always find Sakura and that’s always at ViolinStar.NET. :grin: 

    Anyway, I have set up SSL on ViolinStar.NET so now you can access my blog using https://violinstar.net. I have also redirect all traffic to http://violinstar.net to https://violinstar.net too.

    That shall be ViolinStar.NET first step to contributing to a better security in this World Wide Web. :smile: 

    Posted On: December 26th 2016 at 3:51 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Online life, Site Updates

    I think I have been blogging more frequently after spending so much time sorting out the moving to a new server. Well, I am paying the domain name fees every year so I should make full use of it right? Hahaha. But then again, I doubt many people are actually reading it. I am also growing sick of my current blog layout too. In fact, I am thinking of making a simple white background theme… Hmm. Maybe I can try to write my blog name “ViolinStar.NET” after my English calligraphy class and use it to make a new theme?

    I’m getting sick of the current theme but I am feeling lazy to make a new theme too. I’m not going to pay someone to make a new theme for me either. Well, let’s see how things go. Maybe I will find a good photo that I took and use it to make a new theme? Or maybe I can get some inspiration and suddenly feel motivated to make the new theme? Or maybe I will just make small changes to the existing theme to make it better instead… Haha, let’s just see how things go…

    Even after 8 years (going to be 9 years soon!), I still like the name “violinstar” and I still like the “.net” as the top-level domain. Well, guess that’s why I kept renewing the domain name and this blog somehow lasted for more han 8 years? It’s really rare for me to have the same URL for more than 8 years since I am the kind that likes to change web site names and build new web sites back in my school days. Now I am just feeling lazy and wants some downtime from computers basically. Don’t really want to see codes outside of work and school…

    Posted On: December 21st 2016 at 9:19 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Online life, Site Updates

    I have been cleaning up some parts of my site just now. Now I am looking for new affiliates and hopefully I can make it a point to stay in contact with all of my affiliates too.

    It’s time for Sakura to go back to the blogosphere~ Hahaha.

    Oh by the way, I have 10 GB of bandwidth now. Ooolalala~ Haha. I have been keeping track of my server stats to make sure that the size of my site is not too big. It’s now less than 1GB now. Whee! I should have done all these spring cleaning before I move to Snow Blush. Then I wouldn’t need to spend 16hrs just to upload my backup files…

    Posted On: December 19th 2016 at 6:45 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Online life, Site Updates

    Whee! I have successfully moved to my new host at Snow Blush. It has been quite a roller coaster with several issues with the move. I got the email from Randi at Awe Inspired that hosting will end by of this month on 1 December 2016 and was frantically looking for a new host. I kind of mass apply for free hosting for days. Apparently I got an offer in 1 December but the offer email went to my junk mail until I noticed it a few days later.

    That aside, I have to reject several hosting offers since I decided to move to Quixotic (under Nicole). Then I took a few days to wait for Randi to send me the full cPanel backup file and took a day to download it and send it to Nicole. Restoring the backup took another few days and had some issues. Then Nicole wasn’t replying but from her blog, it seems that she was sick. So I thought that I might have to move to another host and contacted Ariel from Snow Blush and Flaunt Network. Fortunately, Ariel agreed to host me and helped me a lot with the move too. It took me 2 days to upload my full cPanel backup (the upload failed on my first day and only succeeded on my second day). Even uploading of the cPanel backup file had some issues too.

    Firstly, I had connection timed out issues to the new server. Then I ran out of bandwidth on the old server and have to ask Randi to increase the bandwidth limit. Then I needed SSH to see if I can transfer the backup files from my old server to the new server and requested SSH access on my old server. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get SSH access on my new server so I was not able to send the files over SSH/SCP. Then I tried to do it over PHP but had some issues. My uploading speed at my home Internet is super duper slow at 45kb/sec so it took me more than 16hrs to upload the file successfully. Yes, ViolinStar.NET has a backup file of 2.55GB and I have no idea how it grew so much…

    When I finally uploaded the backup file on the new server, Ariel helped to restore it on the new server. Fortunately it was successful as I already ran out of energy to deal with all these moving issues by now. :cry: 

    So here I am, on Snowblush servers after leaving one of my longest lasting host at Awe Inspired. I guess I will not be uploading any photos on my site (probably linking it from my Tumblr or Instagram account) so as to save space. So now I need to see where I can save space and downsize ViolinStar.NET.