Downtimes: June 24 - July 2nd

We've got another batch of shutdowns coming in late June and early July, so that the machines can be repaired for the newest bug, the ZombieLoad CPU bug.

In general, the Genesis games (Grendel, TEC, TEC-Test) all have reboots scheduled for the absolute middle of the night, so I'll be taking each down the previous evening at midnight and bringing them back up the next morning at 9am.

The SkotOS games have always been more robust about reboots, so we'll let them reboot on their own, though there's some chance for an ~2 hour data loss. In any case, I'll be checking them after the 2-hour window when I can, though Marrach has a middle-of-the-night reboot, so that'll be the next morning.

The UserDB and Web reboots will cause some downtime for the entire site, but again they will hopefully come up cleanly.


- Shutdown Grendel (late Sunday 6/23)

- Startup Grendel (early Monday 6/24)

- Shutdown TEC (late Monday 6/24)

- Startup TEC (early Tuesday 6/25)

- Check TEC Client (9pm Tuesday 6/25)

- Shutdown TEC-Test (late Thursday 6/27)

- Startup TEC-Test (Friday 6/28)


- Marrach (Monday early morning 6/24)

- Ironclaw (Monday 10pm-midnight 6/24)

- Lovecraft, Lazarus (Monday 8pm-10pm 7/2)


- UserDB (Monday 10pm-midnight 6/24)

- Web (Sunday 9pm-11pm 6/30)
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Digital tablet - Kindle ability

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  • Digital tablet - Kindle ability

    I finished adding several new things to digital tablets recently. Namely, now they work like Kindles (somewhat).

    You can upload your book into a database, so anyone else with a tablet can download it. And you can also download any books listed in the database.

    All newer digital tablets (the skywriter compatible versions, with blue tinted screens), now have a 'backcover' page, as well. This page is meant to be used for excerpts. Any excerpt you write on this page can then be sent to the DB, when you upload your book. The page works like any other page, except:

    There is a 100 character limitation, repeated use of the 'write' command adds a new space, not a new line, and @write and @read will not work with it. And the 'excerpt' command will overwrite any text stored on the backcover page.

    For a list of all tablet commands, type: Ask my tablet "Help"

    Each character has a set limit of 4 saved books each. But if you require more, let me know and I can change it. It's primarily there to keep spam books and such to a minimum. Also keep in mind that administrators and government officials can see all books that have been placed into the database, so it may not be a good idea to write books touching upon certain subjects (colony history, scientist backgrounds, anti-govt. material, etc.)

    If you write a book for the database, I strongly suggest you seal it, save it into the DB, then just put it away somewhere safe. You don't want to accidentally overwrite your new book by loading a new title onto the tablet. I also suggest using Word or some other word processor, and saving any books onto your PC for safekeeping.

    Another addition added recently is that all new tablets are Skyreader compatible. But Skyreader tends to dislike IE, so if you want to use it, I recommend a different browser. Command to use it is simply: @Read.