Blog posts tagged "programming" – Posts 1..5 of 18 posts found:

Compatibility with ancient hardware and software

Even compared to fixing bugs in 25 year old DOS games, this is possibly the most useless thing I've done all year, yet to me also one of the most fun. During my time off for the holiday season, I set about making my most recent games run on two decade old hardware.
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DOS game "Cosmo Chicken" patched after 25 years

Some 25 years ago, I first released my game Cosmo Chicken and last updated it in 1998 to version 1.6. Earlier today, a quarter of a century later, version 1.7 was released. Why? Because it had a bug that made the game crash DOSBox when running in there. I doubt anybody will ever play the patched version, but it's a matter of pride for me to fix my bugs no matter how old they are and it was an opportunity for me to get back to basics and a good reason to write a nostalgic blog post as a postmortem.
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Making use of Magento's cache

Popular open source e-commerce solution Magento can be quite slow, but there are ways of improving its performance. Caching is one very effective way and Magento supports various caching backends out of the box, including Memcached. If you write your own Magento extensions, be they plugins or templates, you might benefit from using the cache for things that might otherwise tie up a lot of resources to recompute. This is quite easy to do, but information on caching is surprisingly rare. So how do you do it?
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Speed up Magento with Memcached

Magento is a highly flexible, open source e-commerce solution. Unfortunately, it can also be dog-slow, especially on servers with modest hardware specifications. Throwing extra hardware at the problem is not a great solution. There is a lot of tweaking that can be done, though. Very significant speedups may be realised through the use of Memcached. Magento supports this out of the box, but it is not enabled by default. Here's how to set that up.
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Preserving the MSN Protocol Wiki

The MSN Protocol Wiki (MSNPiki), initiated by Matthias Braekevelt was the most extensive source of information on the MSN Protocol found on the web. There had not been any recent updates and the domain was allowed to expire. I think the information in the Wiki, though of interest to only a limited number of people, is too valuable to just disappear. Therefore I am pleased to announce that, with Matthias' permission, I have assumed ownership of the domain and preserved the Wiki at its old URL so the resource remains available, intact.
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