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April 9, 2013 by T-Man
For those of you that have been around for awhile, you will notice a few changes to our forums.  We have enhanced our searching capabilities as well as added a new Subscribe feature which will be discussed shortly.  And you will also notice a few cosmetic changes too.

 

Here is a quick overview of the new features.  Enjoy!

 

New search engine and options menu moved.



 

 

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September 22, 2009 by T-Man
Hello Demigod Fans,

I have some news to deliver.  And depending on your point of view it could be either good or bad.

We have just uncovered a major flaw in our calculation of experience points.  And if you were not aware, it is the experience point system that drives Demigod's player rankings.  So it's good news that we unconvered the bug. But it's bad news that this means the current ranking stats are pretty much useless.

So because the current experience points are inc...
June 10, 2009 by T-Man
Ok, this is not quite a developer journal as one would normally be posted.  This is really more about enlisting the community to help us figure out why many games are not being saved/recorded on the Pantheon website.

I've been doing some investigating by turning on additional logging on our data servers and sifting through thousands and thousands of pieces of data that are being sent to the server.  By doing this I have been able to isolate the Reason as to why some game stats are n...
May 15, 2009 by T-Man
Frogboy seems to be about the only one making posts in the development journals so I figured I'd put my  two cents in for once.

Most of you are well aware that there are errors and bugs in the stats on the Pantheon website.  So I will start out by saying that we are working on fixing the problems.  However it has been a slow procress.  As mentioned in other posts, the stat side of things sometimes takes awhile to get addressed because some of the developers required to fix...
August 24, 2007 by T-Man
Just passing through.

Making sure JoeUsers MetaWeblog API still works for Blog Navigator.

http://www.stardock.com/products/blognavigator/
July 25, 2007 by T-Man
On Thursday July 26th, 2007 from approximately 7:30am to 9:30am (Easter Time Zone) we will be performing server maintenance.  During this time we will be closing the WinCustomize Skin Gallery. This will aftect most of the site, including the Personal Pages. However, the Forums will still be open for your reading pleasure.

We apologize for this inconvenience and hope for all you diehards that it does not cause any mental break downs.  Consider this a moment to spend some time wi...
October 3, 2006 by T-Man
WinCustomize, in cooperation with Pageflakes, is happy to announce the addition of the WinCustomize SkinCast flake to the Pageflakes gallery. The WinCustomize SkinCast flake allows you to view the newest WindowBlinds visual styles posted to the WinCustomize Gallery. Visit Pageflakes now and add the WinCustomize SkinCast Flake to your page today!

Pageflakes is a personalized start page with email checking, movie finder, RSS feeds and various other features. In other words, think of it as a w...
July 6, 2006 by T-Man
The Stardock Forums have just received a complete redesign.  If you are not reading this post via forums.stardock.com then click here to view the new layout.

We have listened to the voices of our users and customers and have taken great strides to improve our forums.  For those of you who are used to other bulletin board systems you will find that our new layout is modeled a little more closely to other forum software programs available which will make navigation more...
June 7, 2006 by T-Man
The database server upgrade is now completed.  The process was pretty smooth and painless so that was a big sigh of relief.  And so far it appears that site is definitely running better with the new DB Server in place.  There is still always room for improvement but this was definitely a big step in the right direction.

Let us know how things are running for you.  Does the site feel faster, slower, the same?  We are interested in hearing from you how everything is w...
June 5, 2006 by T-Man
On Wednesday June 7th, 2006 3:00am EST we will be taking most webservers off line wile we upgrade our primary database system.  The outage is planned to last a minimum of 3 hours and it is possible that it could last longer.

Sites and services that will be affected are:

desktopgadgets.com
forums.stardock.com (all forum servers)
galciv1.com
galciv2.com
joeuser.com
politicalmachine.com
poweruser.tv
societygame.com
totalgaming.net
wincustomize.com (and WC Personal Pages)
xpthem...
May 22, 2006 by T-Man
Well, it appears that our database servers performed much better while the personal pages were off.  Not only was the database happier but we saw a significant increase in traffic to WinCustomize because there were less problems.  So its good that we have seen our traffic increase.   But its bad because it means there is a problem with the personal pages that is causing significant database congestion.

So here is the plan.  Later today (around 3:00) we plan on turning...
May 17, 2006 by T-Man
If you are interested in desktop customization, which I suspect you are, then you will want to check out Pageflakes.com. Pageflakes is a personalized start page with email checking, movie finder, RSS feeds and various other features. In other words, think of it as a webpage where users can easily add gadgets (or flakes as they call them) to a page making news and information readily available. Pageflakes, using AJAX technology, is completely customizable allowing you to move your flakes any wher...
May 3, 2006 by T-Man
Bill Gates announced that Microsoft is partnering with the New York Times to develop a new prototype application called "Times Reader".  Times Reader is supposed to improve "on-screen reading" for online newspapers such as the New York Times.  The application promises to automatically resize text, photos and advertisements to fit any size screen.  And the reader is designed to match fonts and other design elements of the print to so that publications can maintain their d...
January 16, 2006 by T-Man
Would-be galactic leaders can now band together to thwart the mighty Dread Lords with the help of the Galactic Civilizations II Fan Site Kit (FSK) from Stardock. Filled with a vast array of screenshots, concept and 3D artwork and more, the Galactic Civilizations II FSK contains everything aspiring webmasters need to create their very own websites dedicated to the upcoming space-faring strategy game.

Get the fan site kit here: FSK,  or by clicking on the downloads link
December 8, 2005 by T-Man
Today I created a caching component that allows me to save portions of the website in memory for a period of time.  The first area I have chosen to test with my caching component is to cache the right bar data.. 

When viewing the page for the first time the data is loaded from the database (like normal) but then is inserted into cache for a period of 2 minutes.  So for the next two minutes when anyone views your blog your rightbar data will be pulled from cache instead of the ...