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  • pakarang
    started a topic Captains Journey August 2017 Sudharma

    Captains Journey August 2017 Sudharma

    Dear all best friends and family of CVF,

    As usual, just before I set out on a long journey, my main page and FTP-client acts up with technical issues. The past week, I have been working really hard on my main website as well - uploading changes and updates have been a really big pain in the "somewhere". Like last time, a week before I was due to fly to SE Asia, I got problems within the same category. This time, FileZilla and Cyberduck just didn't want to upload only the changes made to the main page, but the whole 4.6 Gigabytes of it. Even after just changing a comma or a single letter, the update required me to upload EVERYTHING (which is an all-day/all-night task!).

    Not that I expect many people are too interested in my travels, but I know of at least one supporter who loves it.

    OH, the agony of running websites!

    Instead, I have created this travel diary. I should hopefully be able to at least keep this on updates as I travel around ASEAN.

    Right now, its 09:42 in the morning and I have made it as far as to Værnes Airport Trondheim - my first leg goes to Oslo, and then onwards to Stockholm where TG961 will be waiting for me. Today, the B777-300ER they have sent to pick me up is the HS-TKX with the royally bestowed name SUDHARMA.

    Hopefuly, I'll make the flight because I have only 20 minutes on the ground at Stockholm between flights!

    See you all soon!



  • PoloUK
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    Peculiar. It's logical that the images take up so much space, but it does seem strange that it has to overwrite them. I wonder if the delay is because it's comparing each one in detail to work out if it has changed or not? I assume that the image names don't change - do their original dates change? If not, you probably only want to select 'overwrite newer', not 'overwrite changed'. Filezilla is pretty good - it's very widely used. Drop me an email if you need someone to talk this through with.

  • pakarang
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    Thank you very much, PoloUK!

    I have been giving the CaptainsVoyage site some work again today, but I'm still at a stand still. I have so many completed stories from my recent travels to upload that it's not even funny to have this persisting problems. I know you understand my frustration.

    From what I have been able to find out today, the problem appears to be with the biggest folder: the folder with all the 7-8000 images, the folder called _Media

    This is where the connection times out!

    It could have something to do with my settings, but I have literally tried it all. And, I've come to learn that I'm far from a computer genius. I'm no tech-genius... If you have time some day, even just a few minutes, you may Skype me when I'm online. I really don't want to nag too much either, because you have done such an amazing job with the forum too!

    It does ask me on FileZilla if I want to upload everything or overwrite... naturally I choose overwrite changed or newer files, and it appears to be doing the job. As far as I can see that is.

    I was hoping to get Cyberduck back in working order again, as it was a whole lot more intuitive.

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  • PoloUK
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    We can talk if you need to about the web problems. I may or may not be able to help, but sometimes it just helps to explain these techs things to someone else. When you upload on FileZilla it should ask if you really want to overwrite files. Are all the files really changing or is FZ just uploading anyway?

  • pakarang
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    Thank you Ralf and Lady C, thank you both for your concern.

    Since I got back from Thailand, it's been really hectic.

    First week I got back, I was confined to my bed with high fever and a stomach flue.... that wasn't fun at all.... Hope you all stay healthy and avoid that pain and agony! So many were sick around me, and naturally, with a weak immune system, I just had to get a flue too!

    Then, it was a hectic week at work planning for shipyard days in October, and studying the airline industry related subjects.

    I have also started up a new business for myself - I'll let you know soon more details about it. Actually, "soft-opened" only so far. We'll see how it goes.

    I have also been to Molde for two days of training with my current company, Fjord1.

    And as if that wasn't enough, I'm still struggling to get updates out on my CaptainsVoyage website. There is an issue with Cyberduck and I just can't get it to work. Cyberduck blames Apple, Apple blames Cyberduck, and then Cyberduck blames Sandvox (website builder that I use),.... and so on. It's an eternal blaming game! It's so annoying!!! Then, I have tried using FileZilla to do the updates, but I can't get it to upload only the changes - every time I try to update the website, even just a little punctuation mark or comma, it wants to upload all the 5.5 Gb of the website... and as it tries, it fails because that takes somewhere between 66 and 72 hours.... (connection times out). I really am at the wits end of the rope and just about ready to give up on the website, having thoughts that nobody even reads / or needs it anyway. So many days and hours of frustration!

    Oh, well... as they say: EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT IN THE END. IF IT IS NOT ALRIGHT, IT IS NOT YET THE END.

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  • Ralf__
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    Cecilia is soo right. Holiday is for relaxation and not to fall exhausted in your bed afterwards. ---- Yeees, daddy!

  • Seagull
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    Oh dear ...no wonder that after the earlier part of your trip even I became unable to figure out where you were, or even what week it was!!!!!
    You need to factor in a bit more REST and RELAXATION into your schedule during those 'holiday periods'

    Will you be in Thailand in October? Flights booked?
    Last edited by Seagull; September 13th, 2017, 08:48.

  • pakarang
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    Thank you Ralf, Azimut, and Seagull for checking in on me here.

    I tried really hard to stay online throughout my trip, and I did have relatively good Internet connection... but there just wasn't any time left over. It was supposed to be a holiday but it was packed tight like the latest version of a Lufthansa timetable.

    So, about a week ago, I finally made it home just in time to do one night watch at work, and then head straight into a one week sick leave. For the entire past week, I feel I have been close to death than being alive... freezing, and sweating every other hour.... high fever and completely stuffed nose. With other words, as you guessed: bedridden with a flue.

    Finally, this is the first day out of bed for more than one hour.... it's been a nightmare, I noticed the beautiful weather outside and couldn't even go out!

    I'm a whole lot better now, and will return to work tomorrow... day shift for a week on K followed by some days on the G.

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  • Ralf__
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    Breathtaking report! Can't wait for the captain has internet connection again and a little time to report us the next steps!

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    Thank you for the update Cecilia about our Captain has landed in BKK.

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    Hi Jan-Olav
    Reading that you have had a wonderful stay in Hong Kong, even though you ended up in the middle of a typhoon
    Sounds like you've had an incredible weather experience when you walked in the streets.
    I wish you a safe and good trip back to Thailand.

  • Seagull
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    Here is what has been happening:
    http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/tc_gis_e.htm

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/e...irport-typhoon


    Edited update: The delayed flight TG601 landed in BKK at 20:50 local time (GMT+7) )
    Last edited by Seagull; August 23rd, 2017, 16:08. Reason: ...update...

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  • Seagull
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    Dearest Captain,
    Yes, you'll have gathered that I manage to co-exist in your time zone when you're away! It's practically like being on night watch! I was so VERY glad to have that contact during the night my-time.

    I trusted you to take a safe line between every care possible and yet experiencing the forces of nature. I'd have done the same. But I'm certainly happy to hear you have now reached the airport, and, needless to say, your frequent flyer status is perfect for the long wait (Do Thai also offer massage in HKG? )

    I was thinking that the image that comes to mind when hearing of hurricanes or typhoons generally features beach locations with palm trees bent over at huge angles. So it must have been something surreal and extraordinarily powerful to experience the extreme forces of nature in the man-made context of down-town Hong Kong.


    Last edited by Seagull; August 23rd, 2017, 10:49. Reason: ...correcting the inevitable typo!

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  • pakarang
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    Dear Seagull,

    Thank you so much for your comment and for checking in on me: it makes a world of difference. Without you, I most probably would not have been reporting back here.

    My stay in Hong kong is over and I have managed to be transported back to an almost abandoned and deserted Hong Kong International Airport.

    So much to tell you, it's really been an amazing visit.

    The end of my stay here in Hong Kong this time ended like the fireworks at the end of New Years Eve. With a gigantic melt down!

    As I woke this morning, torrential rains hammered my hotel window and the glass breathed like a monster's chest. Throughout the morning, the winds and the rains picked up and created a scene I had never, ever in my life experienced. I just couldn't stay in the room look through a glass - I had to go out and feel and experience this. So I did. It was probably the .... ehhh... for the lack of a better word, the most powerful thing I had ever experienced in my whole entire life - and I have been through some pretty strong weather in the past - including typhoons and a massive Roaring 40's violent storm.

    The sounds, the winds and the torrential rains that just kept on coming, and coming, and coming - was .... you know, I have no words that can properly describe what I experienced today.

    According to the news, this was a highest possible category tropical storm, a so-called T10, and as far as I gathered from Chinese news, the maximum sustained wind speed in Hong Kong was at close to 220 km/hour. THAT IS MASSIVE!

    The scene down by the street level and up in the higher floors of the tallest buildings were probably two extremely different scenes I kept on thinking throughout my walk around town this morning.

    I think what I will remember the most from this morning, is the deafening sound created by all that air and all the wind trying to fit between narrow passages, buildings and pathways.

    Anyway, all that aside. I have made it to the airport and I have never seen such a large airport with hardly any people inside - it's all deserted and flights are cancelled-en-mass.

    My flight, TG601 is delayed with nearly 6 hours if everything now goes as planned. I had to change my plans in Bangkok for today, and cancel some appointments, but I'm going o be fine here in the Royal First Class Lounge of Thai Airways. There is lots of a-la-carte food to choose from, a lot of choices of beverages and great Internet connectivity. I'll survive for sure!

    Hope all is well at your end of the screen too!

    PS: Thank you for following my random Instagram posts as well at captainsvoyage

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  • Seagull
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    In bed with my iPad in the middle of the night my-time as you take to the skies ...now that's how excited I am for you!

    PS ...Funny to to think I made it onto a Thai A380 before you did ...though that was 'only' Royal Silk!

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