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And so, it comes to an end. Our time in France was great, but for various reasons which we reckon you should have to really LOOK for, we're moving. Don't think this means we're availing ourselves of all things French, we're not, but we're still moving. It's like that old house where you just feel like getting something trendy in the new sub-division, in some vain hope that it's better than the old sub-division.

Half-baked social commentary and puzzle games. It's all part of the package here at DROD.net.

However, we can say that there's some advantages to moving. For one thing, we get a new PHP version, which delights Matt Schikore (and was one of the reasons why we moved); the server's also quite a bit faster (which is always nice); and finally the FTP server's in English. That never really worried anyone, I just needed a third reason. What? It's late, and I'm tired. I shouldn't have to think. They don't pay me to think!

Ahem.

The glaring disadvantage is that now we need to pay for hosting, which is why you'll see DROD.Net gradually change into a pornographic site over the coming year. We've already got a model lined up, but unfortunately he's male.

Just kidding.

If you go visit DROD.net now, you'll get a remarkably similar post to this, then get transferred to our new site. If you go to the forum (admit it, you've got it bookmarked instead of the site) you'll get taken straight to the new one.

This is because Matt Schikore is a l33t PHP master, and I am not.

The temporary home of DROD.net is www.caravelgames.com - don't change your bookmarks, because www.drod.net will move to there fairly soon. Ever noticed how you can type a couple of different domain names to get to some sites? Same thing here.

In case you're interested, a lot of changes, practically DROD Forum 2.0 - can you say birthdays, text colour, text size, the FAQ, infinite poll options, automatic parsing of website names (either that, or I'm really daft) and new graphics? How about five times fast?

Not to mention bugs, but we'll squash them good.

On the site, I'm still re-organising - you can see my efforts already. I'm fiddling with the Downloads section setting up some infrastructure for putting up holds. Unfortunately, it's basically going to be a boring table until I can work out how to do it in PHP.

Farewell, old server. We salute you.

Matt


[Edited by Mattcrampy on 10-09-2003 at 08:13 PM GMT: Remember how I said I was caught by the automatic parsing?]

[Edited by Mattcrampy on 10-10-2003 at 03:48 PM GMT: And remember how I realised we might not be leaving TLK after all?]

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10-09-2003 at 08:53 PM
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Mattcrampy wrote:
In case you're interested, a lot of changes, practically DROD Forum 2.0


I'll try to enumerate the changes to the forum:
Profile
- Added birthday
- Allow/disallow sending of PMs and emails to you
- Can have posts from just certain forums emailed to you
- When uploading an avatar, it will be resized if it's too big

Polls
- Can have infinite options
- If you don't want to vote but want to see the results, you can forfeit your vote

Message creating/editing
- Added colors and different sized text
- Check this out - select text down below, in the "Topic Review" section, and click the quote button. The quoted text is inserted into your message.
- When previewing a message, you don't lose the Topic Review any more

PM
- You can now "Quote reply" like you can with messages

Other
- Forum FAQ was added (thanks to Mattcrampy)


There may be others, but that's all I can think of for now.

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10-09-2003 at 09:10 PM
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Vrrmmmmmmm... zoom! You are right, the forums do go five times faster! I used to use these forums by opening a new window for each post, just to avoid the loading time when going back to the board. Now it zips along as fast as phpBB! Speed... ya gotta love it. :D

EDIT: My avatar is now disgustingly squashed though, and some other peoples' are. Hopefully will be fixed when the entire move is complete.

[Edited by Sokko on 10-09-2003 at 11:20 PM GMT]

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10-09-2003 at 11:07 PM
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There's been a bit of confusion about this: TLK is still developing DROD3D. They're still an important part of DROD and are still welcome at parties. We just don't use their server any more.

We also aren't preparing to shaft them either (noting that this is rarely the sort of thing one reveals to have been preparing), we merely felt that a new server would be cool, with new PHP and so on, and the other people on the server weren't fond of upgrading the PHP.

I've just had an extremely icy and not very nice thought. The old server didn't actually appear to be TLK's at all, but a hosting service. They've been paying for DROD.net for a while, and I've had a very nasty thought that this arrangement is continuing on a new server.

In which case I've been an almighty idiot.

Oops.

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I've just had an extremely icy and not very nice thought. The old server didn't actually appear to be TLK's at all, but a hosting service. They've been paying for DROD.net for a while, and I've had a very nasty thought that this arrangement is continuing on a new server.

Hmm. Not sure if there is anything to be cynical about. TLK was paying to host DROD.net on this French ISP where we were at before. Now I'm paying to host DROD.net on a different ISP, iPowerWeb.

You're right that there is nothing political about the move. DROD.net's first loyalty is to the game and its players, and isn't around to just promote one company's interests. I've told Jean-Michel Martin at TLK, that he should send along any news about DROD3D, and he says when he has some, he will. Also, I know that Patrice is actively working on DROD3D now because I'm getting questions about how to import holds and show text in French. So everything carries on as before, but with a better server and me paying a little bit more.

By the way, I am extremely pleased with how far the webhosting industry has come. The bandwidth, disk space, developer goodies, tech support--you get so much for so cheap. The free market is my friend.

-Erik

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10-10-2003 at 05:10 PM
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Oh, right, that makes me feel a bit better.

And it's nice to know that I'm not burning too much of a hole in your pocket.

Rereading what I typed, I meant 'icy and not very nice' as in that feeling you get when you've just realised you said something REALLY stupid and your inside freezes up while your brain goes, 'oh dear, oh dear'.

Matt

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Well, this definitely sounds like good news; a move in the right direction. Wish you best of luck guys, hopefully there won't be any problems on the way.

Oh, and no, I'm not leaving anytime soon, nor am I dying in the next few days... Well, at least it's not... *checks his black & white Clie* Nope, not in my plans. :)

Still waiting for my future (hopefully) Zodiac, so that I could develop the Palm version of DROD for it. :P

[Edited by shurcooL on 10-19-2003 at 02:51 AM GMT]

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10-19-2003 at 02:50 AM
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I will admit, I was afraid for a few days there when the forums seemed to simply drop out of existence. But here they are again! I will never doubt again. :D

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10-19-2003 at 08:29 PM
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They were here the whole time - we started up a scavenger hunt while you were gone.

And to anyone who's here for 1.6, thanks for coming. We love you. Kiss.

Matt

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10-20-2003 at 12:21 PM
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