Skip to content ↓
MIT student blogger Laura N. '09

Work in Progress by Laura N. '09

So. I decided that I needed a new banner.

So. I decided that I needed a new banner.

Alright, so that’s a lie. Ben decided for me that I needed a new banner. See, when Ben sets up the original blog for us, it has a “default banner” that says “replace this ASAP, you slacker.” Well, I got tired of being called a slacker every time I looked at my page, but I have no one around to help me make a new banner. It will include a picture of your truly, so you can all see how gorgeous I really am in real life. As you probably know, it’s kind of hard to take a picture of yourself, and the people I live with (known collectively as my family) have all been very busy lately. So I decided to pull a Mitra and put up a really simple temporary design for the time being. So I made the very simple banner you see above.

The next step was to upload it. Any images we bloggers post here need to be hosted in our Athena lockers. All MIT students get Athena accounts, which allow you to have your email as well as some server space with MIT. This space is known as your Athena locker. So Ben sent me a link with info about how to upload to this Athena locker, only Ben is a crazy Mac user and my parents (who buy the computers we use) would be so totally confused by the concept of a different kind of OS that they always stick to Windows. So Ben’s help didn’t really work.

So after searching unsuccessfully for similar info about Windows, I stumbled across this program called Filezilla, which supposedly allows you to upload files securely. So I downloaded it and started trying it out.

I had no instructions, but I figured hey, I got into MIT, how hard can it be? I totally know what FTP is (file transfer protocol) and I think I might have used it once before, so let’s see what I can come up with. Well, after hours of hard work and blundering around without a clue as to what I was doing, I finally….

…gave up and hosted the image on

*hangs head in shame*

But never fear! This is only a temporary solution. I am still working on the problem and once I figure it out, I will be sure to post an informative entry for you other clueless ’09ers.

Right. So, just a note- the rest of the design is also a work in progress. I’ll be working on the other templates in my spare time over the next few days, so if you ever load this page and the font is some hideous shade of purple or something, don’t be alarmed. It’s only on accident.

Fortunately, I actually do know what I’m doing when it comes to html and css, so I’m very much looking forward to this part of the project.

Well, I need to leave for work in about 10 minutes, so here’s one last thing to keep you busy: take the MIT blogger survey. I did. =)

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

6 responses to “Work in Progress”

  1. Mitra says:

    Haha, very nice with the contest! Hopefully I can help with Filezilla — I use it, and I’m not comfortable making folders any other way. Do you have Leash? You first should sign in with Leash so you get your Kerberos tickets. Then you open Filezilla, and do “File” –> “Connect to default Server.”

    The stuff on the left is your computer, and the stuff on the right is your webspace. On the right, you can go into “Public” and make folders, etc. On the left, you can click up until you get “My Pictures” or whatever folder all your images are in. Next, you can highlight them and right-click “upload” to put them in whatever folder you have open on the right side.

    Hope this helps — let me know if things don’t work out

  2. Sam says:

    To tell you the truth, I kind of like this layout. I don’t know you personally or anything, but this has definitely got personality. It reminds me of Pinky and the Brain for some reason. I have to run my system clock an hour behind real time to be able to use filezilla, so I guess everyone else has already been more helpful than I can be.

  3. Mollie says:

    I would definitely vote for SecureFX over Filezilla…. I used to use Filezilla, but found that it sometimes doesn’t work when I’m off-campus. Bonus: it doesn’t use tickets!

    SecureFX can also be downloaded from the MIT software site and is, in my opinion, much easier to use.

  4. Saad Zaheer says:

    hey laura! I am Saad, another MIT ’09, nice to see you here!

    Your blog is really cool.

    I just, accidentally (from daniel’s blog), discovered your blog today and figured out that it was quite interesting. Yeah really, I definitely enjoyed reading all the three entries, (its 2 am here right now… so u can understand enjoying things isnt that easy.. but I did.. ) that shows u write well (Y).

    btw, did you notice you got into MIT! read the above post and then read the comments,

    everyone is trying to give you a clue how to solve the problem of putting up pictures using filezzila (i dont know how to spell this, and i am too lazy to look up, raspberry) whatever that is….

    SO Congratulations!

  5. Laila Shabir says:

    Hey Laura!

    Great goin wink

    and i like your banner the way it is haha.. save yourself the sweat!