Shin
2013-03-27

HearthStone tcg

HearthStone

(Im)patiently waiting for the european beta to open for HearthStone,
a Blizzard card game based on Warcraft for Mac, PC (and later on iOS).

2013-03-23

Google Reader no more

Not that I care about Google Reader, but someone should resurrect Gregarius so people can make their own alternatives.
Another fine example about why you should take control of your online presence and stop relying on third party services, especially third party services whose core business is selling ads.

2013-03-22

Back from the dead

mountain lion server

The server is dead, long live the server. Well my trusty old Mac Mini decided to retire to the great beyond and kicked the bucket after 7 years. May it rust in peace. Unfortunately this meant my websites were down, as was my mail. The latter being slightly more important at the moment as I’m still looking for a job. Back in the previous decade I decided against getting the official OsX server software because back then it cost quite a lot (for home users anyway, dirt cheap compared to windows licensing) at $500 for 10 users and $1000 for unlimited users. Fast forward to 2013 and now it’s only $20 for unlimited users for Mountain Lion Server, so I decided to give it a try on my iMac to at least get a working mail server up. Which I did. Neat, and for less money than I’d previously paid for MailServe. Spamassassin, ClamAV, RBL, the works. Still some todo’s in that area, like setting up training for Spamassassin, but nice overall.
So I figured why stop there, let’s see what this puppy can do. Activated the web server, downloaded and installed MySQL which is not included, tweaked PHP a bit (apc is missing from the standard php setup, something I love to boost performance. I had to compile that from source to add it, I should make a follow up post for that) and here we are; back online and faster than before.
I’m sure there’s still a lot b0rked around the site, but so far so good.
Emphasis on the temporary solution as I still need a dedicated server for the lot but at least it’s all running for now.

2013-03-05

WordPress attachment spam

One year later and I still have to manually edit a core WordPress file after every release because they STILL haven’t patched it themselves, meaning that even if you set comments to closed after a certain period, all the attachment pages under the post still get hit by spam comments.
Come on WP…

2013-03-02

Diorama – Even the devil doesn’t care

2013-02-28

Bombermine

Bombermine - Bomberman clone

This is fun, a Bomberman clone in your browser.
Fast, sweet online mayhem against 1000 other players.

2013-02-27

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo

That monster of a title is not a result of copy/paste gone crazy, it’s a sentence, 100% grammatically correct.
And apparently so is “James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher”.
English… ‘t is a weird language at times. Can’t think of any examples in my native Dutch, but I’m sure there are some.

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2013-02-26

Master

Sith Master

Normally people have to write a letter of motivation and what not to apply for a Master’s degree and then keep their fingers crossed hoping they’ll be accepted. My other half has in the past week been invited by 2 professors for their respective master’s course.
Gotta admit, I’m pretty damn proud.

A snowy sunday morning

Snow panorama Heerlen

Last Sunday morning we got up early enough to have the hills all to ourselves.
Either that or we were just the only idiots wanting to go out. Fun either way.
And quite gorgeous scenery with the snow everywhere, click on the pic above for a big panorama.

Work in progress... home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.