What's new and what's to come
The Stellar Ship Explorer returns to BrainChildOfGod.org! After months in dry
dock at SvenBlue's personal webspace, I've finally chosen a new hosting service,
Network Solutions. Since they're kinda well known and established in
the Web business, I'm fairly optimistic that they won't have problems like my
previous service. As for the site, the new, ASP-coded Guestbook is FINALLY operational
now that I'm on a host that actually does ASP. So if you haven't signed yet,
do it now! Also, small changes have been made and a few
new images added here and there.
After more than a year out of commission, the Explorer flies again!
So what that heck happened, you ask? Well, shortly after the last site
update FeaturePrice.com fell into total chaos, courtesy of its con-artist
owner. By the time I'd realized what was going on, I'd been laid off
from my job and couldn't afford to go shopping for another host. I must
briefly digress here in order to warn anyone else shopping for a Web host: Whatever
you do, avoid FEATUREPRICE.COM, ATLANTIC.NET, and any hosting service associated
with TRAVIS JOHNSON or FATHI SAID like the plague. ANYHOO... so,
the site's been offline since then. I did, however, teach myself ASP in
the interim and used it to write new code for the guestbook and site stats.
My friend and fellow Vehicle-phile Danny (a. k. a. SvenBlue2000) has graciously
offered to host the Explorer on his personal webspace until I'm financially
able to shop for another host, which is why you're seeing the Explorer again
today. The bad news is that I can't use any of that cool ASP code I
developed on this host, so that'll have to come another day. The good
news, aside from the fact that the Explorer is up at all, is that I've added
a VV ep guide and a VV/LV Connections page, updated/removed dead links, updated
several pages and added many more images! And more is to come, thanks to
Purrsia, Coldwin, and Danny, who are working tirelessly to get VV eps and share them
with the rest of the fans.
The Explorer moves to BrainChildOfGod.NET. I was a few days late
in renewing my web hosting account w/ FeaturePrice.com and lost BrainChildOfGod.org,
so I was forced to use BrainChildOfGod.net when I renewed.
The Explorer flies again at BrainChildOfGod.org! The site was
downed after former host NetColony started having chronic problems.
I gave up on them after repeated emails were answered with error messages.
I finally decided on FeaturePrice.com
to host my new cyberhome. The site's back; I now have my own domain
name; and no more freaking popup ads! Also, the long-delayed
Chronology page is finally up, and more images have been added to the "Who
files what" page. Coming up: Some long-overdue cleanup of broken
links, and a new hit counter and guestbook. (You can still view the
old guestbook entries; you just can't add any new ones at this time.)
Another S. S. Explorer exclusive! Thanks to the serendipitous
discovery of some images of the old Matchbox VV toy's box on Ebay, I now
have names for ALL of the vehicles on the "Who flies what" page!
Woo-hoo! (No, the Chronology's still not up yet, but this burning
question was recently asked on WEP's message board and I just HAD to share
the info ASAP! : )
The update continues! The site redesign is now complete.
Some images have been added to the "Who flies what" page, and the Dairugger
XV page (which also includes EXCLUSIVE info about what REALLY happened
to Albegas, the "lost" Voltron II!) makes its debut. Chronology still
Another update has finally begun! For starters, the site is undergoing
a minor redesign: The screen width has been tweaked from 600 to 800
pixels; the site map has been moved from the left side of every page to
the right; and the site now appears virtually the same whether you view
it in Nestscape or IE (a small blessing for IE users, who have had to deal
with an annoying, space-wasting, half-inch wide blue strip between the
site map and the main text of every page on the site). Also, the
HTML template page which I use to build and update my pages has been tweaked
to make future updates simpler and faster. Also coming soon:
More images, updated links, a Dairugger XV overview page, and the long-awaited
VV Chronology page.
As promised many moons ago, more images have been added. They
and some other new stuff can be found on the "VV misconceptions" page.
I also corrected the browser specs (Thanx again, SC.)
A minor change, albeit an important one: Previously, the banners
on my main page were linking directly to their respective sources.
I did this naively, not being aware of the issue of bandwidth stealing.
(You'd think I, a COMP SCI grad, would be hip to this--but I'm still fairly
wet behind the ears when it comes to Web design. I am learning fast,
though.) I'm now using copies of the images, local to my site.
Apologies to chios and Koshie for my ignorance, and thanks to SC and her
D. O. T. N. page (no longer active) for bringing this to my attention. Don't wanna
join you-know-who in the Hall of Shame, ya know! :)
Main page now includes best browser and resolution specs (Thanx, SC).
The links to the guest book were fixed, and any typos I happened across
P. S. Thanx to everyone who's visited so far for your support
WOO-HOO! Stellar Ship Explorer finally embarks on her maiden
voyage. Thanks for your patience, everyone.
Coming up: More images, and the LV/VV Connections and Chronology
sections will be published.