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December 25th, 2011
A very Merry Christmas to one and all!

December 23rd, 2011
Hi people! As we reach the end of 2011 rather quick nowadays, I'd like to thank you all for being faithful visitors to 'The World of Urusei Yatsura's Lum'. I was planning for some new goodies for upcoming week but due to a unsuspected HD crash on my development machine, I'm afraid I have to postpone this update to the end of January 2012. I'm very sorry for this but don't be afraid: nothing has been lost on the new goodies (they were on the local network) but first, I have to fix my machine to get things going.

In the meantime I'd like to which you a very happy Christmas, Quanza, Veliz Navidad or whatever you may call these holidays.

December 14th, 2011
Today, I extended the hosting for another 6 months at my Hosting-provider. Due to the change of contract I've to extend it each 6 months to heep 'The World of Urusei yatsura's Lum' online. It's not a big deal. I'll receive every 5th month a reminder to pay for the next lease of 6 months.

I'm currently checking for a faster package within the same company which will give the site an enourmerous speed boost and extra webspace to extend the website a bit (read: a lot) more.

We'll see what will happen in the next 6 months. In the meantime: Enjoy!

November 4th, 2011
Some sad news has been received: Cata has left the forums and has requested to drop the moderator-rights for her account. Too bad, because she's a good and honest moderator. I have no new plans (yet) to look for a new moderator.

Of course I hope she will visit us from time to time but it's sad to see someone leaving who has done so much good to the boards...

October 2nd, 2011
As we all know, AnimEigo lost it's NA license for Urusei Yatsura * Lum. Due to this, the complete UY gallery has been removed from their site too. Thanks to AtaruLumFan I got my hand on this complete gallery which contains 532 images. Some are quite old and some are rather 'newish'. I decided to create a new gallery and uploaded the complete AnimEigo UY Gallery here. These precious pictures will never be lost in the digital trashbin \(^_^)/. The new gallery can be found here. Enjoy!

September 20th, 2011
Applied a patch to fix several security-problems with version 2.0 so our new software version for SMF is 2.0.1

June 28th, 2011
Upgraded to the latest version of both the Forum-software and the Portal Software. Some thingies are missing. Currently, I'm in the process of fixing these. Expect new changes in the upcoming days...

May 20th, 2011
Fixed the backslash 'problem' in the Shoutbox. Everything should be working as it should.

May 19th, 2011
Fixed most of the backslash 'problems' except for those in the Shoutbox. I'm working on these. I hope to have these fixed very soon.

May 18th, 2011
Updated the portal-software to TinyPortal 1.0 RC1.1. This is a security update and fixes some minor issues.

April 11th, 2011
Added an extra link to the download of The Complete Music Box. Now you can download/stream any MP3 listed to your default mediaplayer.

April 6th, 2011
Updated the map for you to place yourself on the map.

April 4th, 2011
Fixed disc 15 of The Complete Music Box. Missing links fixed.
Synchronized all file descriptions of The Complete Music Box in the Download Manager and the pages on the website itself. Took some time, but this has finally been fixed.

March 25th, 2011
Finally, after fiddling so long with some php-code I managed to get the auto-scroller working for the Recent Topics block. It looks like it working like a charm!

Secondly: The missing Calendar is back again and is linking to the Calendar with entries itself.

The current changelog as from today:
  • SMF software updated to version 1.1.11
  • TinyPortal software updated to version 1.0 beta 5-1
  • Removed many old modifications. No performance increase, tho
  • Fixed Shoutbox. Scrolling disabled and working for both Internet Explorer and Firefox
  • Fixed Recent Topics auto-scrolling - IE shows a bit small block, working on this. Firefox is OK
  • Nico Nico Douga embedded videos added. Use the 'Nico Nico Douga' icon while you post
  • Removed all video-tags except the 'Nico Nico Douga' tag
  • Enlarged embedded images up to 800x600 pixels (640x480 was a bit small imho)
  • Spoiler-tag updated to latest version
  • Updated the board-rules for posting video's due to changed way of posting/adding movies
  • Just spent almost 4,5 hours to update almost any post which contained old you-tube tags. Phew!
  • Changed settings on the core-software to speed up the board a bit
  • Optimized/fixed the Smiley's with thanks to Cata
  • Removed all obsolete code
  • SMF Gallery software updated to version 1.0.3. Needs an update to pro version for more options for you
  • Added Time Zones. In Profile -> Look and Layout Preferences, pick your country and off you go
  • Re-configured SMF Gallery so it supports images up to 2050x1540 pixels.
  • Changed the way SMF Gallery displays the actual image when clicking on any thumbnail with browsing options
  • Fixed code from the Forum Statistics. It screwed the lay-out of the left menu bar
  • After rebuilding all tables it shows that the Green theme's aren't supported at this moment. Removed them from selection
  • Applied the SMF Default Theme.
  • Freshly updated core-files uploaded
  • Applied official Green Theme once again. Some minor glitches are there. I'm working on this
  • Fixed the left menu being stretched. Looks OK now
  • Fixed Non Centered Website logo. Shows correctly centered again
  • Website logo clickable - Now points to official start/main Page
  • Edit and Off-topic tags activated again in the same colors as before the update
  • Re-added file-extensions for .ass (AegiSub Subtitle Script),.srt (SubRip) and .txt (for Text Documents)
  • Finally! I managed to get RSS+XML feeds working
  • Added latest feeds to Facebook and Twitter. They will get updated every 30 minutes. Links will be posted in 'Forum News'
  • Removed the annoying message at the end of the inline/tree-view which tells who are moderator on that board
  • Added a background image of our Lum
  • Static and centered background, no tiling and official color background
  • Aligned all embedded video's to the left
  • Auto-refresh Who's Online? every 10 seconds (maybe I change that to 30 seconds to reduce load on the server)
  • Updated forum software to SMF 1.1.12 and portal software to TinyPortal 1.0RC1
  • Got rid of several unused packages.
  • Finally! Speeding up of the whole website. No longer have to wait for approx. 17 seconds or more for new pages
  • Updated all available pages to reflect the new software changes (phew!)
  • New YouTube code added to view those video's again. Use the YouTube icon while you post
  • Re-added Light-green Theme and Green Theme
  • Fixed about 98% of all those obnoxious odd characters \(^_^)/
  • Fixed the Galleries with the same problems as mentioned one entry earlier
  • Finally fixed the auto-scroller of the Recent Topics block
  • Re-added a correct working Calendar and left the clock out of it
  • Made the menu-area a bit wider to get all the content displayed correctly
  • Fixed the download manager. All content is now correctly displayed \(^_^)/
  • New color sets added: Bisdak World Green, Omega Green, Leaf Green Blaze and Lucky Charms
  • Re-added menu option to select your preferred Theme
  • Removed the Lucky Charm theme due to lay-out problems
  • Fixed two minor lay-out issues in the

December 25th, 2010
Merry Christmas to one and all!

May 22nd, 2010
Today I have added five (5) new Picture Galleries. This time it are galleries from well known Japanese Graphic Artists who have our beloved Lum-chan and friends as a Theme.

Graphic Artist - Mushimaru Art Works

Graphic Artist - Koro

Graphic Artist - GLUMip

Graphic Artist - Carat

Graphic Artist - Gento's Archieve Mound (G.A.M.)

I hope you enjoy these new addition to The World of Urusei Yatsura's Lum because more Graphic Artists will be added soon...

May 12th, 2010
Today I've have changed the layout of some articles within the website. Some author information has been removed and I have added on almost every page (except for the forum) Social Network Buttons:

Digg this story! Del.icio.us Share on Facebook! Technorati Reddit Stumbleupon
With these buttons you can share that particular page on your favorite Social Network.

Added a few reviews on Urusei Yatsura. Expect to see more reviews appearing in this new section which can be found at Urusei Yatsura Reviews

May 11th, 2010
Recently a new article was posted on Otaku USA and I copied the whole article to the site. It's a rather large piece of text with some good explained information on Urusei Yatsura. You can read it here:

Urusei Yatsura: The most ELECTRIFYING cartoon in Japanese entertainment

Enjoy!

May 8th, 2010
Dear visitors,

First of all, my honest apologies for the downtime of "The World of Urusei Yatsura's Lum". Due to a technical problem with the webhosting, the site has been down for several days. As far as I can see, everything is working in correct order again. Let's hope this doesn't happen again.... and thanks for your patience

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Fixed the avatars, attachments and galleries... phew!
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Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused to you guys and galls.

Lum-chan

January 10th, 2010
A bit late but I'd like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous 2010!


October 9th, 2009
After a few days of testing a new option has been made available to you. A good working chatroom. It works like IRC. Click here to join other Lum-a-holics!

Enjoy!

October 7th, 2009
Today I have re-added an old script to show which topics are recent. On previous versions, it didn't show up correctly in Internet Explorer but I have fixed this now. It now works on all recent browsers as far as I know of. Scrolling has been enabled again and the fontsize has been lowered to blend in with the page as well.

Enjoy!

September 16th, 2009
I have removed a lot of obsolete code and add-ons. They were no longer needed. One hidden testboard was removed as well. Databases have been optimized and reorganized to gain some speed. Unfortunate the DB-server is a bit slow form time to time. I'm working on this together with the guys from Strato AG.

September 15th, 2009
I just finished some maintenance on the database of the forum/website. It was a bit sluggish. I hope the performance is just a bit better now.

August 20th, 2009
Today I updated the forum-software to 1.1.10 . Some small but important bug-fixes and security issues have been fixed with this update. Enjoy!

June 24th, 2009
Tonight, I have re-uploaded all tracks of The Complete Music Box and have added them to the Download-Manager. This way I can keep track of the number of downloads for each track. You need to be registered the TWoUYL to gain access to these tracks!

Another reason is the steady flow of messages about some tracks being incomplete or corrupted. This I why uploaded them all again to get rid of these odd problems.

Enjoy!

May 27th, 2009
Today, I have updated the forum to SMF 1.1.9 and the whole portal to TP 1.0 Beta 4. Small changes have been made to the code under the skin and as far as I can see, everything is in correct working order. Enjoy!

February 19th, 2009
As of today we are running the latest version of TinyPortal with version 1.0 Beta 3. As you can see it's still in beta fase but as far as I can see, the software is working ok. Some things have been changed.

February 7th, 2009
And a new update for the forum software. We're now at SMF version 1.1.8.

January 28th, 2009
I have split the 'What's New?' section, again. Links are updated to the several archives of 'What's New?'.

January 27th, 2009
Today, I have tried to finish all the leftovers after moving the website to my new Web-hosting Provider. Edited a lot of posts after the conversion to UTF-8. Almost all odd characters have been replaced with the right ones (phew!). Internal linking has been fixed as well as the external linking. Other small fixes have been applied and removed some obsolete code hidden in several pages.
Finally finished updating all databases and linkage to them and optimized it all to gain some performance. It's not as much as I expected but it's worth trying.

The past days have been a hell to me regarding the website, but I managed to fix almost 99% of all found troubles. The last bits I will try to fix next week. First I need a rest for some days.

Thanks for all your patience while I was re-configuring the whole site. Thank you!

January 26th, 2009
I have updated the complete database to UTF-8 including all text. This reduced the database with almost 190 Megs which makes the Database a lot faster. Search will be a lot faster too. Language files aren't updated yet. This will be done in the upcoming days.
Stay tuned!

January 25th, 2009
I repaired all fan-fiction posts. I spent the last 5 hours to repair these posts with the correct content. The strangest part was the fact that all posts were available in the database but weren't shown in the post. Probably due to the previous 'Double-post' mod which became invalid with SMF 1.1.6 in combination with the maximal character count of 20000. I have changed this too. Double Posting is allowed again (need to recheck this in case of an error).

These problems didn't show up before the migration to the new database-server, but just after restoring the backups. How odd can it be?

Anywayz, I hope I fixed them all. If you or others find corrupted of just empty posts, please let me know. Just post the link to that page here and I'll fix this asap. I need you guys to help me out with this, so keep posting any errors/malfunctions and/or corrupted postings!

January 24th, 2009
Lycos Web-hosting is stopping all web-hosting activities at 28 February 2009. I've already got a new account at Strato AG and the domain-transfer is in action now.
I managed to move ALL data to the new provider. As the domain-name lum-chan.com still resides on Lycos, I redirect any page from the Lycos version to the master-URL of my new hosting space. Cookies aren't working until the domain has been transferred, so you have to re-log on every new visit to the fora...

You can post messages ans such without being afraid to lose these again. The forum-software already makes new use of the new databases @ Strato AG \(^_^)/

The following things aren't working yet:
* Image galleries - FIXED
* Missing Avatars - FIXED
* Guestbook is temporary using old database... Sorry
* Donation Section - FIXED
* Site Search
* E-Mail

These will be fixed as soon as the domain transfer is complete.

Phew!

January 1st, 2009
Happy New Year!

Archived News:

Back in November 1996, I started this site just for fun. It almost didn't contain any images but text and was for quite some time experimental. During this month (November), I added images and made the layout more readable. Unfortunate, I don't have any notes left for this year to add to this page.

I'm very sorry for that....

I'm very sorry. Unfortunately, I didn't make any notes on updating during this year.
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