Did You Leave A Comment?

Due to a revamping of my site, I overlooked one tiny setting that caused all comments to go to the Junk folder. so If u have left a comment before this, it may or may not have been kept in the system. With that I apologize. By the way the problem has been fixed and I’ll make sure to check that setting if I do revamp my site in the future…
Adieu :rose:

New Host

Have just moved to a new host (mercumaya.net) as the old (exabytes) is going to be expired tomorrow. Was previously having problems with speed of the website, so I hope this time, the speed will be a lot better.
The admins of mercumaya.net has been very helpful, even to the point of upgrading to a new perl version to enable me to operate MT effectively. If not I would have been stuck using berkeley db as opposed to mysql.
For that I thank them. But wait and see, I always like to complaint, hehe… 🙂 at least the first few months anyway.. as I get things up to speed.
Ok now I will have to help my hostees get on to the new host 🙂

My Latest Creation

Yes, the new template is ready, it needs that extra tweak, but just couldn’t find the time to do it. So here it is. If you spot any glitches plz inform me so.
The current theme, is named Mist In My Eye, more specifically thru the Eye of My Camera. 🙂 I was inspired to do this rendition, after seeing what an amazing job that Ander Aznar did with Mist In Nagoya. Seeing how nice it looked, I decided to do one for my own website (see my lack of originality :p) So I noted down the font that is being used. Noticed the fact that it uses 4 main photos (I omitted one realizing I don’t like swords that much) and went ahead to peruse my collection of photos, finding the perfect photos to do the job wasn’t as easy as I thought. Found a picture of Nagoya Castle itself in my collection (yes, I’ve been to Japan), but decided to do a more Malaysian theme. So that huge building you see there is the Majestic Hotel near Ipoh. Taken during one of my so called journeys. The shot of the trees down there taken at Taman Negara near Merapoh.
As everything else goes, I just took a stock MT3 template, and put in the elements needed. 🙂 Guess that’s it.
Caveat: There’s a style switcher for ppl still using IE. (Go get Firefox!!!). Also the About Style section is only viewable to better browsers than IE. (Sorry IE doesn’t fully support CSS2 yet)
Hint: There’s a theme called Clean, which doesn’t contain any graphic at all 🙂 For ppl who like to conserve bandwith 😀

New And Future Template

As per the norm after a (very) long hiatus, I’ve come up with a very simple template, regretfully it is not of my own design. 🙂
The current template that you are now seeing is aptly named, Winter Wonder. The template is courtesy of Dasme of MovableStyle. The only significant thing that has been done to the template is that I’ve managed to turn it into a fluid version. Thus using the maximum area of the browser.
As a result of the new template I’ve also managed to get all of the cruft out of my templates, no more unsightly tables (hint: there is still one more table :p) that serves no true purpose. All placements of text and images are done using CSS (almost). This is done because I want to make it easier on myself to create new template without having to touch a single morsel of my PHP files again.
As such I am also working on a new template to be unveiled on new year’s eve 🙂 Have fun ppl.

On Holiday (Hiatus)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have to go on hiatus. This is supposed to be a holiday and I’m supposed to be relaxed, but it has been a taxing week. (FYI, just got back from my cousin’s wedding – see previous entry). So I will go on a little hiatus, to sorts things out, relax my body a bit and build this site again from scratch. (Planning on a new template).
I will also in a week or two will post new pics from the camera. Ranges from my convocation week to my cousin’s wedding 🙂 Have a fun filled holiday ppl. At least I’m going to have one 😀
Adieu :devil:
p/s: To my hostees, don’t worry I’ll be here if you need help on your weblogs 🙂

Sri Mutiara Pics

As promised I have uploaded the pictures from the Sri Mutiara Photoshoot, albeit a bit late. 😀 (6 months late)
61 Pictures in altogether from the shoot taken by me. Enjoy

Full size images and more at Sri Mutiara Photoshoot Gallery

Late Addition : The original post is here *Sri Mutiara Photoshoot*. I managed to get in as I was asked to help in the documentation process of the new interior design of the building. The designer (Dr. Hafizah) is going to write a book about how she came up with the designs.
p/s: Sri Mutiara is the official residence for the Yang Dipertua of Penang

A New ShoutBox

Finally, a new shoutbox, and I’m back to independence…. no more relying on other ppl’s crap server. At least if it’s gonna be down. It means the whole site is down.
Previously I was using Dekap’s Personal ShoutBox, and I loved it coz I get to host it here, at my own site. And the template system, control panel and all was cool. But then I got hooked on Doneeh’s Shoutbox, the main reason was because I could reply to every comment itself and thus not getting ppl confused to whom I’m actually replying to. But Doneeh’s main setback was because it was hosted at it’s own server, and was having a lot of issues. For those who loved Doneeh u can try wdcreezz.com’s Shoutbox, it has the same replyable comments as Doneeh’s.
But for me I opt to use something which I have full control over, so this time around I’m using my cousin’s (apih) script, but since he has not really completed its development I am not able to distribute it. My version of it is heavily modified from the script that he left me with. Still need some work on the control panel..
Have fun, if u break the code, do tell me 😀
*added : After tinkering a bit the main page is finally XHTML 1.0 valid, and its CSS has also been validated… think the other pages is also valid, but i havent checked. It took me a while getting everything ironed out on the main page. Hoping that all pages of the site will get validated as well with the code change.
:rose: Adieu
p/s: Minutes after opening the new shoutbox someone tried to hack the thing apart. I hope he didn’t succeed
p/s/s: I fixed the link for wdcreezz.com 🙂

Feeds Feeds Feeds

Anyhow here’s a call to all bloggers, if you are using blogspot / blogger can you please activate your atom feed. It’s rather easy if you follow the tutorial by blogger. If you are on another blogging system MT or B2 or WP then I believe it will be as easy. Just follow the manuals 🙂 If you are writing your blogs manually like Ida or Picha or using GreyMatter which I believe doesn’t support any type of feed, you can try Feedster’s service. They can scrape an RSS feed from your posts with a few tweakings 🙂
It’s not my intention to belabor you with difficult task or anything, but I believe that it is something that ppl should have done long ago. For me, I’ve turned on the feature a long time ago. But didn’t provide a link to it on the mainpage as I believe those who wants it will know where to look 😀
For now I’m using the feeds on site like Naz’s and Phyruzze’s to check whether they have recently updated and to see a description of the entry before heading on to the site. This in tandem with a good news/RSS aggregator will give u an easy to view list of ppl who have recently updated. Yeah I know u can do that with blogrolling, but they only display NEW for a few hours or so, and for ppl who check only once daily, they might miss it.
Trust me, after installing or activating the RSS/Atom feed you might just get a few more loyal readers. 🙂
Following this entry, you will eventually see a button/image next to my Links list for those sites that have a feed (scheduled for the next site code cleanup). And I’ll provide the links to my feeds 😀
Interesting Links For This Entry
PCWorld RSS FAQ For End User

Hosting Change Imminent

My hosting and domain will die in around 5 more days… The domain luckily has been renewed, and transferred to a cheaper registrar. While the hosting, I’m still deciding but I think I know where I should go. But I think I know, meanwhile I’m backing up everything on the website with the hope that the transition will be as smooth as possible, but that remains to be seen, however a notice will be put up if the website has to go down for a while. DNS propagation do take a while even though I’ve set my DNS to the fastest rate possible.
As the proposed hosting has a large pool of storage that I don’t think I’ll manage to finish up (at least not for another few years) so I’ve decided to open my domain for hosting. So if anybody is interested just give me a buzz, u will have the option of using either something.karlbum.com or another domain that will be kept secret for now 🙂 But I promise the other domain will be nice ekekek 🙂

DNS Server Change

My website is going under some change. I’m changing the DNS server for my website. So in a 2 more days my site might be unavailable depending on how well I did the configuration for the DNS server. Crossing my fingers hoping not bad happens.
This exercise is due to the fact that I’m trying to give my home computer a subdomain. Hehehe 🙂 Ok that’s all for now. Adieu