This CD-R will self-destruct in 15 years

Posted on: Sun, 02 Sep 2012 14:46 By: patrick

During the last few months I repeatedly came across CDs in my music collection that were no longer readable. Today I made an effort to go through and check the entire collection. The result: Between 20 and 30 CDs have deteriorated so much that they have become unusable. The CDs in question are all Sunstar CD-R media that I have burned 12-15 years ago. Click the "Read more" link to see some images...

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Star Trek: Grave Robbers from Outer Space

Posted on: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 17:04 By: patrick

Last week I went to the theatre to see the new Ridley Scott flick Prometheus. On Friday I saw the archive.org version of Plan 9 from Outer Space. Yesterday I watched the 2011 movie Cowboys & Aliens on DVD.

What do these films have in common? It's simple: All of them are of utter trash value! However, when I look at how much I enjoyed watching each of these movies, the fifty+ years old Plan 9 beats the hell out of the other two! Three reasons why, after the break...

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dgsmonX 0.2.2 released

Posted on: Sun, 24 Jun 2012 01:55 By: patrick

I just released dgsmonX 0.2.2 (project page). This version should hopefully work again with DGS 1.0.15 (see previous post). If you encounter any issues, please let know by email.

Please note that to ensure responsible use of DGS resources (as requested in the DGS FAQ), I have implemented a minimum monitoring interval of 5 minutes (or 300 seconds). If you have configured a shorter interval, it will be automatically adjusted when you launch this version of dgsmonX for the first time. The minimum interval only applies to automatic checks, manual checks can still be triggered anytime you wish. Thank you for your understanding.

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DGS quick status page accepts user ID and password as arguments

Posted on: Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:45 By: patrick

The release of the Dragon Go Server software version 1.0.15 thoroughly broke dgsmonX because DGS no longer accepts unauthenticated game checks via quick_status.php. While working on a fix for this I happened to notice that quick_status.php accepts user ID and password as arguments. A corresponding URL looks like this: http://www.dragongoserver.net/quick_status.php?version=2&userid=foo&passwd=secret.

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Site maintenance

Posted on: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 04:14 By: patrick

This site is undergoing maintenance: I am in the middle of upgrading from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7, and as you can see for yourself quite a few things do not yet work as they should. Thank you for your patience while I try to get everything back into shape.

Update, 19 June 2012: Most of the site should now work again as before. The former site theme (Sky) unfortunately is no longer available with the same design, so for the moment I'm leaving the site on the core theme, Garland. On the plus side: Comments are now protected again with reCAPTCHA.

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Little Go 0.8.0 released on the App Store

Posted on: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:06 By: patrick

Today Little Go 0.8.0 (project page) has been released to the App Store. This version introduces iPad support, including hi-res icons for the retina display of the iPad 3. The user interface remains largely unchanged, though, and has not been adapted to take advantage of the larger screen estate available on the iPad. I will try to think of something for one of the next versions, but the focus for 0.9.0 will clearly be on improved control over the computer player's playing strength. I'm a casual player, and Fuego consistently beats me with infuriating non-chalance - I must do something about this ☺.

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