[Misadventures in Taiwan]



happy halloween '05


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today's topics:

1. don't forget to check out my latest lame-ass animation! watch roger's saturday brunch

2. why do some websites need a "www" before their names and some don't?

3. dead websites:
3.a. launch.com, a music video site, can no longer be accessed from Taiwan. they suck.yahoo-music-error
3.b. Wired.com's Animation Express is gone now. They suck too.

4. people don't really celebrate Halloween here in Taiwan, at least not in the provinces/ rural areas/ mountains (where I'm located).

5. thoughtful musings on expletives (not really...)

6. i'm working on a short video of scenes around Tainan for you guys. but it's not going super well because i suck at filming, and i suck at video editing. i'm in the editing process now.

7. H.P. Lovecraft's "Necronomicon" as papercraft.

8. i really did get a free t-shirt from Celtx (free scriptwriting software).


Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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Comments (留言€):
Hi Gem,

About no. 2, it's really two issues.

1. Servers on the Internet are actually identified uniquely by their IP address, not their name. Domain name resolution translates the site name to the actual server's IP. Sometimes, the servers with the "www" are actually a different server from the one without.

2. Then there's the issue of virtual servers, where it's the same server, but with a different domain name, it serves pages from different directories. i.e. blah.domain.com, www.domain.com and domain.com will be different from each other (although on most sites, the "www" directory is usually the same directory as the one without a prefix).

To find out more, you'll want to use these search terms:
1. Domain Naming System, DNS
2. Virtual Servers

Cheers :D
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