Flash Player 10 Beta

May 16th, 2008: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 1:13 am

Adobe has released a beta version of Flash Player 10. This is really for developers only, so it is not available to the general public yet. I have made minor changes to properly detect this new version.

Blog Updated

May 10th, 2008: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 10:43 pm

The old blog engine was fairly old. I haven’t updated to the latest version as I’m afraid it might break some things.

Recently, I noticed that some of my recent blog posts are not appearing properly. I’m the only who can view it, and only if I am logged-in. Also, I noticed some spam links being inserted into the “missing” posts.

I’ve updated everything to the latest version, to make things more secure as well. I’m glad it went problem-free, and only took a few minutes.

Flash Update Issue

April 18th, 2008: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 10:01 pm

The most recent Flash update caused some connection issues with the games. Unfortunately, I was on vacation when the release was made, so players who have upgraded their Flash players (either automatically or manually) were unable to play the games for a few days now. A fix has been made today.

Another Hardware Problem

March 22nd, 2008: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 10:03 pm

One of the servers (not the same one as last week) had another hardware issue today. My hosting provider needed to replace the power supply this time. This server hosts the main web site, so the entire site have been inaccessible for awhile. Total downtime is 37 minutes or so. Not as bad as last week’s problem, but with these recent issues, I really need to think of solutions.

While these issues are unavoidable (especially hardware problems), I think it can be improved to lessen the total downtime (or none at all). Not an easy task, as this requires multiple servers (that costs time and money to put into action), but I’m adding this in my list of things to prepare for. Anyway, the server is now back online.

Server Issues

March 15th, 2008: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 6:41 am

One of the servers is currently experiencing problems in the network provider. 1/4 of the game rooms have been down for an hour now. It looks like it will take much more time to get the server back online, so I have temporarily moved things around to get all the game rooms working again.

All games should be ok now, however I will still be working on fixing the server that’s currently having issues. Nothing much I can do really, as the problem is on the network provider, but they said I might have to change IPs, so this requires some work. Hopefully the transition will be easy.

UPDATE: They have replaced the failing hardware (a router port), so the server is now back online. Thankfully, no changing of IPs required. Everything is now back to normal.

Minor Updates

September 11th, 2007: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 12:53 pm

– updated one of the servers to support geo-targeting
– updated all game clients for a quick but significant security update

Network Issues

August 25th, 2007: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 5:48 pm

From my hosting provider:

“We are currently experiencing issues upstream from our Savvis IDC. Savvis was performing unscheduled maintainence on backbone devices which has caused a peering issue and severe or 100% packet loss for most hosts on the Savvis network.”

This explains the site problems that occurred today, lasting for about 3-4 hours. All my servers were affected, so players were unable to access the site and all the game rooms. There has been some uptime that lasted for a few minutes only, then it becomes inaccessible again. Connection has been experiencing intermittent issues.

Anyway, everything seems to be ok now, although the data center is still working on some things to make sure everything is fully restored back to normal.

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