Back to basics (again)

Wednesday, July 13 2011

It’s definitely different starting all over again with writing a new MUD codebase. My first attempt was Evennia, which  has evolved significantly since I handed it over. It is/was meant to be more general-purpose, and appeal to MUX/MUSH/MOO refugees who are tired of softcode (MUX/MUSH ...

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Unable to shake the habit

Monday, July 11 2011

Some of the first multiplayer games I played were text-based MUDs. Their accessibility, the imagination required, and the variety of places to spend time was great. Myself and a close friend had a few favorite places to haunt online, and had a blast exploring other people’s worlds.

We stumbled ...

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AWS Lowers Prices

Thursday, June 30 2011

Amazon just announced that it is lowering prices again for data transfers, and CloudFront. They have eliminated all inbound bandwidth fees, which is awesome for those of us wishing to upload large things. See the full details on their announcement.

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AWS Adds ELB Security

Wednesday, May 25 2011

As of May 24, Amazon Web Services added the ability to add Elastic Load Balancers (ELB) to security group rules. This will allow you to get more specific with services that are load balanced in your security groups, instead of having to add a rule accepting inbound traffic from everyone ...

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A word of warning about 1and1.com

Monday, May 23 2011

After dealing with them while working on a client’s website, I can’t, in good conscience, ever recommend 1and1.com as a domain registrar or DNS host. Creating, updating, and re-naming CNAMEs and A entries take an extremely long time, with some users complaining of times over 72 hours ...

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Fixing key sticking on Minecraft (Linux)

Sunday, May 08 2011

I finally got fed up enough with my directional keys sticking on Minecraft (Linux version) to dig up a fix. I’ll post this here just in case someone else ends up afflicted. There’s a post on the Minecraft forums that I can vouch for, having done it myself ...

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Tamarin 1.1 released

Thursday, May 05 2011

Tamarin 1.1 was released to account for the fact that there are rare cases where a user’s client doesn’t identify itself at all. I had accounted for one form of this, but failed to handle another. You’ll want to update to prevent ParseException exceptions from being ...

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Amazon IAM out of beta

Wednesday, May 04 2011

I missed this yesterday, but Amazon Web Services has just now announced the general availability (leaving beta) of they Identity Access Management service. One of the cool things about this is that there is now a tab for IAM in the web-based management console. This means that you now have ...

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Minecraft, Python, and nerdery

Monday, May 02 2011

A little over a month ago, I was finally pulled into the rapidly growing thing that is Minecraft. Like many of you, I ended up happily breaking blocks and constructing crude huts and castles into the wee hours of the night.

As is the case with many other things I ...

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S3 access log parsing/storage with Tamarin

Friday, April 29 2011

We have been helping one of our clients moves their massive collection of audio and video media to S3 over the last few weeks. After most of the files were in place, we saw that our usage reports on for one of the buckets was reporting much higher usage than ...

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