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    The End Of SpaceOreMiner


    2011 - 01.31

    Na, only joking :)  Bet that got you worried :)

    With the installation of the Galactic News Network, I’m putting SpaceOreMiner to the side for a while.  I’m quite happy where it is, though actually just want to tweak the graphs a little on the stats page ( always more coming ! hehe ).  Though I am sure I will be returning to SpaceOreMiner in the near future, I am focusing my efforts on a different project.

    A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine, Inko, approached me with an idea of forming a small team and developing something together.  After much conversation back and forth, we roughed out an idea of a game we would both enjoy developing together.  I’ll be posting here, and on the blog we created for the new game : Project: CARDS.  More info and details will be coming soon.

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    Sneaky Spam


    2011 - 01.29

    Yesterday, I got a surprisingly clever bit of spam in my comment section.  So I thought I would blog about it just to help fellow bloggers realise about it.  The comment itself looked like this :

    Hi, I left you a DOFOLLOW backlink on my website. This isnt a spam message, i actually did leave you a backlink on my site. If you check the top of the page you will see “Sites we like” and there will be a link to this site. Would you be kind enough to leave me a backlink? If so my website is CENSORED please use the anchor text “CENSORED” for the link and add it to a post or as a widget. Then please send me a email at CENSORED@CENSORED – If you want me to change your links anchor text let me know. Thanks

    On clicking this link it took me to a page containing a “Sites we like” section, with the only link on it being mine, along with a browser based game under it.  Oh wow, I’m the only site they like, lucky me!  So, I decide to open the page in a different browser, because something didn’t feel right.  Lo and behold, there is an empty “Sites we like” section.

    Sneaky fecks.  Basically, when you follow a link, your browser sends a bit of information to the link saying what page sent you.  This is known as an http referrer.  So this person had a script that if it detected an http referrer, it would automatically construct a link back – to fall the visitor into think there is a link back.  Absolute rubbish when it comes to link exchange or SEO – it is a sneaky trick to try and get one way links.

    I’ve left the site details and things out of the above, but other than that the comment is word for word – so please feel free to check your own comments for back-handed comments similar to this.  If you do find a site that claims to link to yours – go visit it in a different browser, going directly to the page rather than heading back to it – this way if they have been super sneaky and used a cookie to store the originating site ( which would have been a simple thing to do, so no idea why the lame site didn’t do it ) then you will see that there is no back link.

    That is all for now folks :)

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    A great use of bombs :)


    2011 - 01.20

    It looks like Eric really loves the bombs :)

    Bombs Away!

    Bombs Away!

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    Eeeeep, bugs ahoy!


    2011 - 01.18

    Though I am not blogging much during this period, I’m checking my email daily, along with the game stats, and removing vasts amount of spam that come in each day.  Keeping all the updates updated, and so forth.

    Utter horror filled me when I attempted to log in today.  Instead of my normal wordpress login screen, I was greeted with a rather scary looking set of error messages :

    Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at 
    /path/greenslimegames.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/add-to-any/services.php:2) in 
    /path/greenslimegames.com/blog/wp-login.php on line 337
    
    Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at 
    /path/greenslimegames.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/add-to-any/services.php:2) in 
    /path/greenslimegames.com/blog/wp-login.php on line 349
    
    Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at 
    /path/greenslimegames.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/add-to-any/services.php:2) in 
    /path/greenslimegames.com/blog/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 690
    
    Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at 
    /path/greenslimegames.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/add-to-any/services.php:2) in 
    /path/greenslimegames.com/blog/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 691
    
    Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at 
    /path/greenslimegames.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/add-to-any/services.php:2) in 
    /path/greenslimegames.com/blog/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 692
    
    Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at 
    /path/greenslimegames.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/add-to-any/services.php:2) in 
    /path/greenslimegames.com/blog/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 890

    Terror filled my heart – had my blog been hacked?  Had I started blogging about how certain pills had increased the size of  my manhood by many inches, along with giving me a six pack and made me able to automatically date every girl on facebook?

    I checked the front page of the site, and thankfully, I saw no posts like that.  Unable to log in, I went to the next best thing – I loaded up my FTP client and opened the offending file ( services.php ).  To my great relief, I saw the problem.  For some strange reson, upgrading the addtoany plugin to version .9.9.7.3 caused a tab followed by a \n to appear on line one of this file.  PHP sent this tab and newline to the browser, which meant it couldn’t send cookie info first.  Which caused everything to fall on it’s head.

    Quickly deleting this, and making sure that <? appeared on the first line solved the problem, and I could log in post.  Let this be a lesson to everyone who uses the automatic update features of wordpress – make sure you check everything works properly before signing off for the night.  The login screen being down isn’t the world’s biggest problem.  But what if it had been something the prevented my front page from being accessed?

    UPDATE : After a quick google, I found the problem was resolved very quickly by the addtoany team.  LINK

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    Happy New Year!


    2011 - 01.05

    First blog post of 2011 ! Yay !  Happy New Year to all you SpaceOreMiners out there.  Possibly the longest game played yet since the system started mapping properly :

    What a mine!

    A nice profitable run methinks :)  Whats quite sweet about this are the four squares toward the bottom on the left hand side, indicating bomb usage.  Also the the two vertical shafts running up from the furthest right bomb site could very well be RODS.  Nice to be able to see how a more developed mine looks.  Which brings me round to the heat map :

    Heatmap

    As you can quite clearly see, the majority of games seem to stop before the focus crystal is needed to mine deeper – that is why you can see such a distinct line going across the map, which makes me think perhaps the focus crystals purpose is a bit mysterious.  As such I will be adding a message of some sort into the game explaining that to mine deeper you require a focus crystal.  All very interesting stuff :)  Hopefully normal transmissions will be continuing soon.  Have a good new year folks!

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