Christmas 2004

December 23rd, 2004: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 11:29 pm

I’m supposed to write something longer, but due to the recent server crash, I’ve been late with everything else, and things are running crazy in the house already (with all the preparations and stuff). I can’t believe my Christmas shopping is not even complete yet at this time, and I still have a lot of unwrapped gifts in front of me right now.

Anyway, before I forget: I just want to wish all HeyBingo players a Merry Christmas! I hope you and your families have a happy and meaningful celebration this year 🙂 🙂


December 20th, 2004: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 9:00 pm

My blog is back! I’m also happy that I was able to recover all my previous posts (not that they are too important anyway, but still, I use it sometimes to review any site/game changes I made before).

The new server continues to be stable, I only experienced minor issues with it. I might get another server in the next few weeks (probably after the holidays already), to help with load balancing and also in anticipation of the new stuff I am doing.

Other than a new site logo, favicon and header (added banner), there’s really no major site updates these days, as I have been rather busy (even on a weekend) restoring the entire site, due to the recent server crash.

So far so good… everything is back to normal.

Server Problems

December 18th, 2004: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 8:59 pm

There was a major site problem last Dec 15th. My main server crashed, and unfortunately it seemed like the server was beyond repair already. There were (what appeared to be) hardware-related issues that made the server very unstable, it won’t even boot up properly so it’s pretty much useless. Instead of trying to repair it, I decided to just get an entirely new machine.

Luckily, I was still able to recover the entire database, so I did not really lose any valuable data. However, this still resulted to the entire site becoming inaccessible for a couple of hours, until it was moved to a temporary machine. The games were also not playable for 3 days because my back-up server will not be able to handle all the load.

Today I got the new server, and thankfully, I did not have major problems setting up and restoring everything. So within a few hours the games were running again. I’m also thankful that most of the players came back immediately.

I am still monitoring the new machine, but so far it is stable and performs much better than the previous server it replaced. I’m just glad the site is now fully back online again…

What’s New

December 15th, 2004: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 3:40 pm

– added 2 new rooms
– added a couple of new chat icons, currently exclusive in the 5000+ rooms only
– additional sign-up security measures
– minor game changes
– added some game window checks (try to prevent direct links)

What’s New

December 3rd, 2004: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 3:11 pm

– fixed an issue wherein the player does not see the bottom portion of screen (Options and chat emoticons included). this appears to be specific to MSN Explorer users with Windows XP and Service Pack 2 installed, although I still need to confirm this with all reported cases.

What’s New

December 1st, 2004: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 2:56 pm

– track “full” bingo games played, also changed Top Players rules so that only these full games are counted
– did some monthly maintenance stuff, updated routine codes as well
– revised referral bonus system
– put back dynamic Most Popular list, with new rules in place
– optimized/modified some table structures
– additional sign-up security measures
– fixed a game ad issue
– changed friend tracking, also in preparation to enable adding friends you just meet in the chat rooms (ie not referrals)… still in testing
– minor updates to a couple of site pages