2Jan/133

Upcoming Changes to OFF THE LOCK

Posted on January 2, 2013 by Tobias in Website News

Hello B'z fans!

We are currently working on restructuring the site and, of course, want to offer you more content. As B'z 25th anniversary is coming up and tour dates are going to be announced soon, we want to ensure that you'll be able to grab tickets to one of those shows if you can afford it. Yes, that means we'll show you how to sign up for the fanclub – B'z Party! Additionally, to ensure that you'll show up dressed as a B'z fan, we'll show you how to order merchandise from B'z the Store!

But that is not all... we're going to provide more interview translations and backstage reports in the near future. And subtitled videos as well! We will also be looking for dedicated B'z fans who can help us extend the wiki and help with translations. Look forward to that, too.

To kick off our celebrations for the 25th anniversary... I'm sure you've already checked out the picture of the new 2013 calendar... Awesome, right? Head to the Wallpaper section which can be found under Media of this site to grab it in high quality!

Keep on rockin'

–Tobias

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2Jan/135

2013 B’z Calendar

Posted on January 2, 2013 by Tobias in Website News

Just in time for the new year, I have received the new B'z calendar 2013 from B'z Party! As with previous editions of the calendar, there are two versions of it: a monthly one and a weekly one. The monthly one is the larger version which is hung on a wall. I ordered the monthly version just like the past years. But this time, they spiced up the calendar! Compared to the previous edition, the 2013 is much larger in size. Unfortunately, that means it won't fit into my scanner anymore and thus have to resort to taking pictures of it.

The cover of the 2013 calendar

The cover of the 2013 calendar

The pictures for the 2013 calendar were shot in California during their 2012 North American tour. Also, for the first time, Shane and Barry have joined Tak and Koshi for the photoshoot. The four are on just one picture, though. Look forward to seeing it! I won't tell you which month. ;)

Size comparison: 2012 calendar vs. 2013 calendar

Size comparison: 2012 calendar vs. 2013 calendar

You can now take a look at the picture for January. We are starting out with a very cool picture! Enjoy!

14Sep/127

B’z Net Party Closing Down

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Tobias in Website News

A couple of readers have been wondering what happened to B'z Net Party ‒ the forum for B'z fans. We've been monitoring the activity on B'z Net Party for several months and have come to the conclusion that the forum isn't really being frequented anymore. Therefore, we decided to shut it off as maintaining it meant a lot of work. For the time being, if you would like to talk to fellow B'z fans, your best option is to participate in our community on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/187620267966425/

We would like to express our gratitude to Keen, who has been running a formidable B'z fansite as well as the original B'z Net Party. Without her, the international B'z community wouldn't be what it is today. And we believe that a lot of people wouldn't even know that much about B'z without her site.

31Jan/116

B’z Calendar For Everyone

Posted on January 31, 2011 by Tobias in Website News

As you may have noticed, on the right side, there is now the official B'z calendar for everyone. I will take a picture of mine every month and update it accordingly. You can click on the image to view it in full size. I apologize for the bad quality, but I'm sure you still like it since you can finally see it right? :)

If you have any advice on properly photographing the calendar... be sure to post them in the comments! I'd love to know how to take better pictures of this. I especially struggle with lighting conditions as I don't want to use the flash because it will reflect on the calendar, showing a bright spot.

Cheers,
Arthuro

3Oct/106

Introducing the B’z Wiki

Posted on October 3, 2010 by Tobias in Website News

Hello fellow B'z fans!

On this wonderful autumn day (in Germany, anyway), I want to introduce you to something very special: The B'z Encyclopedia!
Or just call it the "B'z Wiki" since that's what it is.

In the sidebar you will notice that there is a section "Recent wiki updates" now. That way, you can see if something new has been added or if something has been modified on the wiki. It is simply a convenient way for you to check for project updates.

The goal is to get every single bit of information about B'z into this wiki including song translations, interview translations, trivia, pictures, live reports, fanclub events, et cetera
It is going to be the first ever complete information database on B'z.

However, since there is a LOT of information on B'z, we are going to need your help! So if you want to help us, just post in the comments and we will see what work we can give you! Also state some of the skills you have, such as "Good writing skills in English", and so on. That way, we will know what kind of work we can assign you to.

Also, if there is something you would like to work on specifically, you can also post this. There's a bunch of pages that still have not been set up. You can see an overall status of the project by going to the B'z wiki's main page. Just click the link in the header.

We are especially looking for people who speak Japanese so we can work on song and interview translations!

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27Mar/105

Site Design Revamped

Posted on March 27, 2010 by Tobias in Website News

Hey folks,

as you probably have noticed, the overall look of the design has changed.
This design, however, is not completely done yet. It's an early alpha version of the final site.

But I would like to get your thoughts/ideas on the new design! So, if you have any ideas or suggestions on what to change, etc. feel free to comment and share your opinion with us!

Things that have yet to be done:

  • Adjust styling so it gets properly displayed in Internet Explorer (lol)
  • Style the Sidebar
  • New footer (current one is not very nice)
  • Custom comments display
  • Banner: Feel free to create your own custom one! I'd love to add it if it's good! Dimensions are 998x123 pixel
  • Language bar in the top right of the banner (Yes, there's going to be localized versions of OFF THE LOCK)

Things that I will be working on in the future:

  • Tak and Koshi Profile / B'z Profile
  • B'z Database

And also, if you encounter any errors, please let me know!

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22Dec/090

Server Problems

Posted on December 22, 2009 by Tobias in Website News

Apparently there are some problems with the host server, which is why OFF THE LOCK or BNP are sometimes not reachable due to reboots or maintenance of the host system.

I find this annoying as much as you do, but there's nothing I can do since it's provider related.

Cheers,

Tobias

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19Dec/090

Server Updates and The Like

Posted on December 19, 2009 by Tobias in Website News

Hey guys,

you might have noticed some strange things happening to OTL or BNP in particular as I was moving the data from one server to another.

The reason for this is that I have upgraded my server once again. The monthly fee won't change at all, but now I have 1GB memory, 25GB harddisk space and 5 TB traffic at my disposal. I hope I didn't mess anything up, and there will be more updates (website/forum related) in the future. Finally I have the time at hand, to fix all the problems that have been around for so long. A good example would be the messed up smiley set on the forums.
On a related note, I have upgraded WordPress to version 2.9, which came out today.

Also, I want to use the chance and announce a project that Jd- and me have been pursuing for some time now: The B'z Wiki

I know, we came up with an idea of building up a huge database about B'z but it didn't work out in the end because the whole project was just too huge for the two of us to handle. A few months later, I thought that perhaps we could use the MediaWiki software to get the job done, dropped the idea later though because I didn't have spare time to work on it seriously. Now, that I have some free time, I'd like to introduce you to it, and it's not completely done yet -- not by a long shot. To complete this task, we need your help!
I'll announce details in a few days, so stay tuned.

Cheers,
Art

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22May/090

OFF THE LOCK moved to a “new” server

Posted on May 22, 2009 by Tobias in Website News

Hey there!

If you're reading this, then your DNS already got updated and you're looking at OTL on the "new" server!

"New" you ask? Yeah, I added the quotation marks because it's not really new. I only upgraded my plan to the most recent one which includes an up-to-date OS and a cheaper price. That way, I save 3 Euros a month. Other than that, everything's the same.

If you encounter any problems, just let me know!

Tobias
OFF THE LOCK Webmaster

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21Feb/090

Translations Update

Posted on February 21, 2009 by Tobias in Website News

It's been a while coming, but we're finally going to get more B'z action translated. Right now, for those that missed it, you can catch Tobias's translation of Itsuka Mata Koko de, as well as our subtitled videos of the CLOSE-UP interview the band did for ACTION and the interview they did for NEWS ZERO to promote Eien no Tsubasa's release.

We'll be aiming to do the half-hour Bokura no Ongaku special from 2005 as well (with cooperation from Kienai-Niji on the karaokes). Others are in the works as well--hang in there.

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