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Multiple Downtimes for All Games [Updated: Rest of Phase 1 Times]

Unfortunately, the whole computing world is facing a major crisis right now thanks to Intel and other major processors missing critical security flaws in their architecture. As a result, our ISP is doing a set of emergency updates to all of their hardware. We are getting about a day's notice on this, and we're told that they're going to need to patch each machine multiple times, which very inconveniently means multiple downtimes.

Our TEC and GR games have always been the most vulnerable to downtime, so I'm going to take the care to cleanly shutdown and restart those.

GR: Sunday, Midnight (all times are PT) DONE
TEC: Monday, 10PM

Expect the games to go down 10 minutes before the downtime, to be safe.

The other games tend to be cleaner, so I'm going to let them restart on their own:

Lovecraft: Monday, 9PM
Lazarus: Monday, 9PM
Web Site: Monday, 11PM [this will affect all logins & usage of the new TEC client]
TEC Client: Tuesday, 9PM
USERDB (site login): Tuesday night, midnight

The upgrade windows have all been less than 30 minutes to date, so you can expect games and/or services will be back up within 35-40 minutes of the hour.

I believe this is now a complete list of the first phase of updates, but there will be a second in the near future.

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  • Pets' dishes

    You can't eat pets food or drink from the pet's dish. I'm terribly disappointed by this.
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      Not to mention there is no "pet food" for sale... Hmmm... *goes off to research when pet food became comercially available*

      [EDIT after researching]
      The Pet Food Institute website has this to say:

      The Birth of the commercial dog food business must be attributed to the inventor of the first “dog cake,” a carefully compounded preparation of blended wheat meals, vegetables, beetroot and meat by James Spratt. The brilliant hunch that there was a market for proprietary dog food came to him while he was in London, in 1860, trying to sell lightning rods.

      Spratt was offered some inedible, discarded ship biscuits for his dog and thereupon decided his pet was worthy of more consideration. Being of inventive mind, he devised a “dog cake” which was nutritious and inexpensive.

      It was the first commercial dog food and was baked on the premises of Walker, Harrison and Garthwaite, a firm which lay claim to have baked the first dog biscuits. Nevertheless, the Spratt distinction places him not only as the initiator of pet foods but as the first pet food entrepreneur to farm out his production.

      Early Customers were English country gentlemen who bought for their sporting dogs. Yankee advertising ingenuity was not neglected since the first color display billboard was mounted on London retail store depicting an American hunting scene with Indians slaughtering bison to provide the British market with buffalo meat for “Meat Fibrine” dog food. Spratt’s Patent, Limited, an English public company, was registered in 1885 to continue the business founded by James Spratt.

      Spratt’s Patent (America) Ltd., began a United States Operations at 239-245 E. 56th St., New York City, but early success soon forced a move, in 1895, to a large three-story building on Congress St., Newark, NJ. Later, the firm acquired the whole of the site bordered by Market, Congress and Jefferson Sts. and the Spratt plant became a familiar landmark to all those who traveled the Skyway to New York City.
      While it was an American who created the first dog food, it was British enterprise which monopolized the market for almost 50 years, until 1907, when the F. H. Bennett Biscuits Co. was organized. Bennett’s start at Avenue D and 10th St., New York City, heralded the introduction of Milk-Bone dog biscuits as the first domestic canine food
      which is backed up at Sojo's homemade petfood

      Milkbone dog biscuit anyone?
      Last edited by Fionnghuala; 05-09-2009, 02:51 PM. Reason: added research info
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