Testing the New Server

I remember now why I hate server moves: there is always something that goes wrong, there is always a script somewhere that doesn’t work. Solved most of the problems yesterday, but some still remain. I’m sure that I’ll have everything fixed by the end of the week though.

Server Move

It has finally happened: VICTORIE.com has moved to a new webserver, with support for PHP, Perl and MySQL. Therefore, I can run a PHP-based blog on the server. I found simple blog software on Sourceforge. With this easy way of sharing my thoughts with the world, you’ll be hearing a lot more from me in the future.

Best Wishes for 2005

We at VICTORIE.com wish our family and friends a very happy 2005!

And to all our visitors: we wish you and your family a successful and happy 2005. May this year bring you good health and make all your dreams come true.

New Wallpaper Format

During the minor update of last week, we’ve added a new wallpaper format for some of our wallpapers. The new format–1680 x 1050 pixels–will fit most wide screens monitors that you’ll find on some of the newer models of laptops. See our wallpaper page for downloads.

Minor Update

We’re in the middle of a minor update. We’ve made some changes to the page layout to ensure browser compatibility and faster loading.

And with our photo gallery at gallery.victorie.com fully operational, we’re moving all the photos accross. We will link directly to the galleries overthere.

(VfC) Vote for Change

I just got back from a week in Orlando, FL, where he went to see a concert by Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band. They were performing at the TD Waterhouse Center together with R.E.M. to support the Vote for Change organization. Vote for Change urges US Citizens to go and vote… for John Kerry. Artist like Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, Pearl Jam and the Dixie Chick are the spearhead of a very large group of people in the US and all over the world that feel a change of leadership is needed to make the world a safer place.

And while in the area, he visited Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island National Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore. Of course, I didn’t travel without his camera. Here is some impressions of the trip.

(VfC) Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge

Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore: 227 photos. After yesterday’s excitement–my ears still ring–I had a quiet day at a national park and a wildlife park just north of Kennedy Space Center. Had an amazing view of the VAB building and Launch Complex 39, so I took another series of photos there. But I spent most of my day hiking and photographing wildlife: over 100 shots of manatees in the wild, a few alligators and some dragonflies. To top it all of I had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in Universal Studios Resort and did some night shots there.

(VfC) Springsteen Live

Gave my camera the day off to concentrate on the “Vote for Change” concerts tonight. Drove to Clearwater near Tampa in the morning to pick up my Dixie Chicks ticket. The will call booth at the Ruth Eckerd Hall only opens 1 hour before the show, so I could not get my ticket and try to resell it. So I drove back to Orlando and stopped at Downtown Disney for a little shopping along the way. And then… Ladies and Gentlemen… Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band… my very first time live in the US. Boy, what a show, what power, what fun. Should have brought the Canon A95 though, ’cause evertbody around me had their camera with them 🙁

(VfC) Kennedy Space Center

I went down to the Atlantic coast for a visit to Kennedy Space Center (260 photos). I met a very nice guy from Philly… Thank you Craig for the great company and great food. We toured Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral together. Got a splendid look at the Capes past and future… No less then 6 launch pads had a rocket ready to go. Unfortunately, they had postponed the launch that was scheduled for today. And I also got a first hand look at the damage done by huricanes Charlie, Ivan and Jeanne. The damage to the VAB at the Cape was obvious, but when Craig and I drove up to Cocoa Beach for a bite to eat, I saw trees and road signs that were snapped as if they were matches. A lot of house at Cocoa Beach suffered damage to the roof, some windows were still boarded up and one gas station was completely blown away.

(VfC) Sea World

Shot 345 photos at Sea World today. Always loved Seaworld and just can’t get enough of it. I got to the park early since I woke up at 06:00H. And with nothing else on my mind but shooting photos walked around the park. I spent about 3 hours with Shamu. Put my camera to the test at the Shark exhibit–should have gone for that dive–and petted a dolfin. I actually touched a dolfin! Had dinner and a Yankees game at Hooters across the street from the hotel. As a little extra: there’s a Domino’s Pizza across the street too 🙂