SmartFoxServer Basic. It was the fruit of our previous experience with SmartFoxServer Lite, a free multiplayer server launched one year before on gotoandplay.it, one of the top Flash developer communities of the time. Fifteen years might not seem much, but in technological terms it feels like ages ago, when things that we give for granted such as Youtube, Instagram or the iPhone didn’t even exist. In this blog post we’re going to take a look back at evolution of SmartFoxServer since its early days and the many changes and incredible growth of multiplayer gaming in the past 10+ years. » The early days SmartFoxServer was one of the first high-performance multiplayer server devoted to web based games, or rather Flash based, since at the time it was the only technology able to deliver games in the browser. Back in 2003-2004 the idea of multiplayer games running in a browser was still quite outlandish. There were already a few notable examples such as RuneScape, built in … [Read more...] about 15 Years of SmartFoxServer: a look at the past and a hint of the future.
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Most of us know security is important, but still choose the lazy option when it comes to password security. Of course it's bad to use the same password for every website. But it’s not even good enough to use a strong password; we now live in a world where so much is tied up with our online lives that hackers are doing more and more to break into online accounts.So, we’re going to look at the whole subject of password security, and hence online account security, how we can choose better passwords, how we can make our lives easier but also safer, how we can increase protection beyond passwords, and how hackers attack and use your account details.Some of this advice you’ll have probably heard before, some of it is hopefully new, but by the end, you’ll be suitably terrified that you’ll overcome your human propensity for laziness, get up off your ass, and protect your passwords!Let’s start by scaring the heck out of you. There's been a host of research on … [Read more...] about Perfect password primer: upgrade your security
This post actually came about by accident. I’ve been playing around with Telerik’s recently open sourced Kendo UI suite and I found myself needing a web back end. Of course I could have used my own server, but every time you do something like that you open up another potential security concern. Ages ago I did an HTML5 tutorial where I used a free version of Heroku Node hosting and a CouchDB back end, but truth is, it was kindof a pain in the ass. This time I decided to take a look at the state of Azure and see if it was an appropriate option. So what exactly is Azure… well, that’s a confusing thing to answer. Basically it’s Microsoft’s ____________ as a service offering. In the ___________ you can insert the words platform, database, cloud, etc. Basically it’s a number of cloud based offerings, from straight VM based hosting like Amazon’s EC2, to a cloud based SQL server. What … [Read more...] about April 2014
Scrolls, the battling card game from Minecraft studio Mojang, will finally shut down next week, on Tuesday the 13th of February. The official servers will shut down and the game become unplayable, though Mojang are hoping–not promising–that they will soon be able to release server software publicly so people can run their own. We’ve known for ages that Scrolls would shut down one day, since Mojang said in 2015 that they could only guarantee the servers would be up until July 2016. It’s gone a lot longer than that. Mojang announced Scrolls back in 2011, then it hit open beta in 2013, and finally launched in December 2014. Only six months later, Mojang announced they would be putting Scrolls down because it had “reached a point where it can no longer sustain continuous development.” In the middle of all that, the owners of The Elder Scrolls, ZeniMax, set their lawyers upon Mojang over the name ‘Scrolls’. It seemed daftly over-reaching, … [Read more...] about Mojang’s card game Scrolls shuts down next week
Scrolls, the strategy digital collectible card game developed by Minecraft maker Mojang, finally shuts down on Tuesday, 13th February. Back in July 2015, Mojang signalled it would stop stop updating the game, but it also said it would keep the servers up and running until at least 1st July 2016. Scrolls has gone on quite a bit longer, then. "The launch of the Scrolls beta was a great success," Mojang stated at the time. "Tens of thousands of players battled daily, and many of them remain active today. Unfortunately, the game has reached a point where it can no longer sustain continuous development." Now, the time has come to shut down the game for good. However, Mojang plans to let the community host their own game servers soon, the developer said in a post on the Scrolls website. "We've made some progress towards being able to release the server software to the public, together with a slightly modified client that is able to connect to such servers," said Mojang's Måns Olson. … [Read more...] about Mojang’s Scrolls finally shuts down next week