Terrible Month

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Wow, what can I say.  I have had a terrible month with uptime.  I was in Europe for a few weeks and came back to my server restarting randomly.  Since I am running this webserver as a virtual PC it wasn’t automatically restarting itself.

Turns out after running some stress tests I was unstable.  The heat didn’t seem like it was out of line but I ended up decreasing the overclock from 3.8 to somewhere in the 3.6Ghz range for my E6600.  This seems to have solved the issue.  Hopefully in the future we’ll be a bit more stable.

Sorry about the ongoing issues.

Edit:  There will be a bit more downtime in the next week when I install WordPress 3.0 and install windows updates.

Edit 2: WordPress is updated to version 3.0 and all the current windows updates are applied to my Windows Server 2008 box.

Windows 7 piracy check update goes live

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The other day I reported that Microsoft would be rolling out a new piracy check update for Windows 7. The update is said to check for 70 known activation exploits by checking the local PC. Upon realizing that a copy of Windows is not genuine, the program will change the user’s desktop to black, leave a watermark showing that it’s not a legal copy, and bug the user with notifications.

According to Engadget, the update is finally beginning to make its way to people’s computers. The update is vaguely titled “Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB971033).” For 32-bit systems, it will probably say “for x86-based Systems.” Just check the KB number to be sure. This is the description of the update:

“This update to Windows Activation Technologies detects activation exploits and tampering to key Windows system files. These exploits try to bypass regular Windows activation and are sometimes included with counterfeit copies of Windows.”

It’s still unclear what the 70 activation exploits are. The update is listed as “Important” meaning it will be installed automatically to users who have enabled automatic updates. Users are able to deselect the update and not allow it to install if they wish. However, if you’re not doing anything wrong to begin with, and you only use legit software, there’s really nothing to worry about.

Microsoft planning new Windows 7 piracy check

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Microsoft said on Thursday that it plans to release a Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7 that will detect 70 known activation exploits.

The update will be distributed on Microsoft’s Genuine Windows site on February 16 and will be available from the Microsoft Downloads Center on February 17. Joe Williams, Manager of Microsoft’s Genuine Windows team, confirmed the update will also be offered through Windows Update as an ‘Important’ update later this month.

Williams stressed that the update is voluntary and will not jeopardize users privacy. “Although the update contacts Microsoft’s servers to check for new threats…these checks do not include any personally identifiable information” he added.

The update will check for 70 known activation exploits. If any activation exploits are found users will be notified their copy is not genuine and the desktop wallpaper will be switched to a plain black desktop. Periodic reminders and a persistent desktop watermark will also remind users that their copy is not genuine.

BioShock.2.PROPER-RELOADED

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To sum this up, Razors initial release was non-retail.  I have also heard reports that people who downloaded the original have been able to play to the end.  In that case, if you already have the other version there is little reason to download another 8gb.  For those that don’t have it, this is the properly cracked retail release.

02/2010: RELEASE.DATE .. PROTECTION: Securom
1: DISC(S) .. GAME.TYPE: FPS
Note:
Razor released this game without a launcher initially, and then released a
launcher which was hacked together using an old version of the Securom
launcher and the icon for Bioshock 2. Their launcher is from another game
Besides potentially causing trouble, it is also not very retail of them
Proof:
Version number of RZR Bioshock2Launcher.exe: 0.1.0.0
Version number of our Bioshock2Launcher.exe: 0.1.0.8
Additionally we cracked the launcher for both SP and MP, because they are
not identical launchers
1. Unrar
2. Burn or mount the image
3. Install the game
4. Copy over the cracked content
5. Play the game
6. Support the software developers. If you like this game, BUY IT!.

Description:
Follow-up to BioShock, 2K Games’ critically acclaimed and commercially successful 2007 release, BioShock 2 is a first-person shooter set in the fictional underwater city of Rapture. As in the original game, BioShock 2 features a blend of fast-paced action, exploration and puzzle-solving as players follow varying paths through the overarching storyline based on the decisions that they are forced to make at various points in the game. In addition to a further fleshing out of the franchise’s popular storyline, players can look forward to new characters, game mechanics, weapons, locations and a series first, multiplayer game options.

Set approximately 10 years after the events of the original BioShock, the halls of Rapture once again echo with sins of the past. Along the Atlantic coastline, a monster has been snatching little girls and bringing them back to the undersea city of Rapture. Players step into the boots of the most iconic denizen of Rapture, the Big Daddy, as they travel through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city, chasing an unseen foe in search of answers andtheir own survival

Multiplayer in BioShock 2 will provide a rich prequel experience that expands the origins of the BioShock fiction. Set during the fall of Rapture, players assume the role of a Plasmid test subject for Sinclair Solutions, a premier provider of Plasmids and Tonics in the underwater city of Rapture that was first explored in the original BioShock. Players will need to use all the elements of the BioShock toolset to survive, as the full depth of the BioShock experience is refined and transformed into a unique multiplayer
experience that can only be found in Rapture

Features:

  • Online and offline multiplayer modes including: Free-For-All, and Team Death Match and more.
  • Return to the underwater city of Rapture where now the ‘The Big Sister’ is the toughest creature around.
  • Play as the original the Big Daddy as you harness raw strength to battle Rapture¿s most feared denizens as you battle powerful new enemies.
  • New game mechanics including the ability to wield plasmids and weapons simultaneously; flashback missions detailing how you became the Big Daddy; the ability to walk outside the airlocks of Rapture to discover new play areas, and many more.
  • New game environments including Fontaine Futuristics, headquarters of Fontaine’s business empire and the Kashmir Restaurant.

Publisher: 2K Games
Developper: 2K Marin
Genre: Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter
ESRB: Mature

Release name: BioShock.2.PROPER-RELOADED
Size: 7629.4MB

Downtime

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Sorry about the downtime. I am still working out some kinks.

Thanks for the patience.

SSL is now enabled

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I have added a self-signed SSL certificate to logging in and admin functions. Other aspects of the site can also be browsed using SSL by adding https to the beginning of the urls.

I will be tweaking this in the future to see how it works out.

Because this is a self-signed certificate you need to accept it for it to work properly. This is nothing to be concerned about.

The steps involved for Firefox are show below.  You will only have to do this once.

Confirm SSL Certificate

Add Exception

Confirm Exception

BROWSE SSL

New Host!

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The move is 90% complete. I am currently running this site off the new host. Just some minor bugs to work out now.

If you run into any issues please let me know.

–Scott

Server Specs

Server Specs

//Edit: All mail functions are not working…

Moving Hosts

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I have grown tired of my current host not working correctly. In the coming days/weeks I hope to move this site to my own server. I am currently setting it up.

It will be running Windows Server 2008 Standard with IIS7. I just installed the PHP module and am configuring it as we speak.

–Scott