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Sometimes I don't just run into problems for my ever curious mind to pick apart and solve. Sometimes I actually go looking for them. But regardless of how I find them, it's all the same once I've solved the problem: "OMG! I Figured it Out!" It's a Programmers Eureka.

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Haven't posted in ages, so it's definitely time to do something about that.

I've been running a Source Dedicated Server off and on for about a year now to host a Counter Strike: Source server. Yesterday Valve Software pushed out an update which 'Fixed potential "nuke" exploit in rcon subsystem.' I ran the update and rebooted the server only to find that it crashed as it was loading. So I tried disabling all the plugins, which fixed the problem. But since I can't live without the for stats and map voting, this had to be solved. I had been loading Mani Admin using the Metamod:Source plugin layer. So I loaded up the server running only Metamod:Source, and the server loaded without problems. Every time I added Mani Admin Plugin back onto the server, it failed to load. I decided I might try loading Mani Admin Plugin using the VDF method, and this appears to work without fail.

Hope this helps anybody who encounters a similar problem.

ginnsu

Finally... A Post

Sorry for the wait.

While not much has changed here on this site (... correction... nothing has changed here on this site,) a lot has changed with my set up at home. A friend of mine has been storing an old Pentium II system at my house (as well as a Pentium I, and a monitor) for a while now. Since it's hardware is mostly outdated (got to love the fast pace of the technology industry these days,) it is of little use. One of the few things that hasn't changed as far as compatibility goes, is the computers cases themselves (as of about the Pentium II most systems were being built with ATX compatible motherboards and cases.) So I asked my friend if I could use that case for my own purposes and he said no problem. So I managed to install a new motherboard, processor, RAM, and power supply all for under $250 (CDN). I've installed Ubuntu Linux Server 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) on it, and offloaded all the server tasks I normally run on my main Windows XP system onto it (including two servers for mods on Valve's Source Gaming Engine: Counter Strike Source, and Source Forts.) It handles everything with exceptional ease, which is great considering the low cost of all the hardware components. This has also given me an opportunity to become more familiar with the Linux command line, and general management of a Linux server system. In the long term I see myself moving more towards using Linux and other Open Source Software for more and more computer applications as I have not been pleased with the direction Microsoft has headed, especially with the latest edition of their Operating System: Windows Vista.

ginnsu

This Site is now Open Source

I wrote up a script today that allows me easily make availible the PHP source code that I have written and gathered together to make this web site possible. I have linked to it on the index page at the root of the aRCee.ca server. Alternatively you can view it by clicking here. If you have any comments, suggestions, criticisms, or bug reports that you'd like to send along, please do Contact Me. Feel free to use the source as you wish. My only request is that credit is given where credit is due.
ginnsu

Visit Some Links

I just added some small functionality to this site. Over on the side bar you'll notice there is a Visit Links page and a Random Link section. Any links I add to the site will be visible in both these places. Check them out.
ginnsu

If for whatever reason you are stuck using the FAT32 File System (because of ease of portability/compatibility between Linux or other OS's etc.,) please note that you may encounter some weird issues if you're also used to working extremely large file sizes. FAT32 only supports files up to 4 Gigabytes. So if you happen to copy a 4.7 GB DVD Rip (ISO or another Image Format) you'll probably encounter some issues. If you use a program such as MagicISO (v5.3) to rip DVD images, you may find that you will be able to rip without error, but you will probably end up with an incomplete rip where files on or after the 4 GB cut off are not recoverable from your DVD image. Some software packages such as Nero Burning ROM compensate for this issue by linking a second file to your DVD image that contains data beyond the 4 GB cut off. I would suggest using an NTFS partition in Windows or another Operating System & File System where this is known to be a non-issue if at all possible... just to be safe.

Yeah... I had some frustrating experiences with this little issue.

ginnsu

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