I'm SO sorry, Hackers! I honestly couldn't figure out what the hell was going on at all. I went up and down our entire server, tons of code, huge amount of testing and countless restarts of everything. Tonight, I think I fixed it [the latest, longest, issue].
While I'm still not 100% sure how this happened in the first place, I know it had something to due with the DNS/Registrar issues. Our domain went down abruptly due to change in payment system(s) and, suddenly, our databases forgot where they were and everything (minus the website's database) was pretty much locked out.
My apologies for being quiet. I don't feel uberly social when the only answer I have to such a huge stop is, "I don't know." However, we're back up and running!
We've been experience a host of server issues over the past couple of weeks. The issue seems to be related to the server trying to use more memory than is available. Today we adjust the virtual memory partition to try to alleviate the issue.
We are also aware that there was an issue with the security certificate on the applet being out of date, thus causing Java to block the applet from running. We have updated the certificate so that it should no longer block the applet. You may still get prompted with a warning asking if you trust the applet to run. This is because we use a self-signed certificate instead of paying for a verified cert. As long as you click "run" the applet should no longer be blocked.
Howdy Hackers, we’re taking a quick break from hackwars development to bring you a message from the guy, or rather, the legend who started it all!
Hey, I'm Ben (aka johnny_heart) one of the original developers of HackWars.
One of the foremost goals of HackWars was to help people learn how to program. Over the years, we've touched the lives of thousands of players, and in my opinion met this goal.
Myself and another HackWars developer (Christian, aka mecha_cephalon) recently competed in Node Knockout. In this contest, we put forward a vision that we both have:
tut, a free and open platform for teachers and learners to interact and collaborate: creating learning modules; quiz questions; and most importantly reinventing how people learn.
The tut platform itself is open-source https://github.com/bcoe/tut.
But the platform isn’t the end of the innovation that tut provides. Christian has (finally) completed his PhD in Neuroscience, and is applying his knowledge of how human memory works to the tut learning system. By applying the core principles of spaced learning and distributed testing, we think we’ve come up with a learning system that will get information into your brain, and make it stick (read more about it on the science section of the site).
Please help us make our dreams of an open, and effective educational platform come true:
· Help us make some noise, vote for our project, tweet about it, and tell your friends.
· Contribute some programming tutorials and challenges.
You can find our entry here:
Click on the link on the bottom of the page to vote for us in Node Knockout.
Cheers, and happy hacking,
We think this is an awesome project and will definitely explore using it as a medium for HackWars tutorials. Also, stay tuned for HackWars news coming soon™!
Just a small update to bring a few things up to par took place today: