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Utopia Angel v2.08 Beta 3
Posted by Brother Green, 3067 days, 17 hours and 39 minutes ago
Category: Utopia Temple News
Utopia Angel v2.08 Beta 3 has been released!

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  • Utopia Angel v2.08 Beta 2
    Posted by Brother Green, 3103 days, 4 hours and 17 minutes ago
    Category: Utopia Temple News
    Utopia Angel v2.08 Beta 2 has been released!
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  • Downtime and new server
    Posted by Brother Green, 3110 days, 15 hours and 57 minutes ago
    Category: Utopia Temple News
    In the last 3 days, Utopia Temple was unavailable on the web. The reason is pretty straight, yet unfortunate. After 11 years of activity, our dedicated server decided it's time to retire, which manifested in a massive hardware failure.

    Since no spare parts were available on site, a new server has been purchased, and is on its way to the hosting company. Unfortunately, waiting for its arrival, and then assembling, installing and configuring it would take at least another week.

    Since we didn't want to be offline that long, we decided to set up the site from a backup on another host for now. That's where two more problem arose: the backup and the new host.

    The backup: The old server performed daily backups which were stored locally, to which we had no access (the RAID array refused to mount on another machine). The latest backup we had access to was a week old. So we had 3 options: wait till we have access to the latest backup, and remain offline till then; use the week-old backup in read-only mode, untill we can replace it with the latest backup; use the week-old backup in normal mode, and then break our heads if and how to merge the missing data from the latest backup once we regain access to it. We decided to go with the third option, and probably give up on the missing data. Our forum's activity is low lately, so the missing posts are probably just a few and not worth the headache of developing a merging mechanism.

    The server: We moved from a dedicated server to a shared hosting environment. For those who are not familar with these terms, it means that we used to have access to all of the server's resources (particularly CPU and memory), whereas now we have to share those with thusounds of other websites which are hosted on the same server with us. At best, it means slower loading pages, at worst it means pages not loading at all ("white/blank pages"). If you encounter those, please let us know what you did to get them and we will look into it.

    We were also forced to quickly upgrade our code from PHP4/MySQL4 to PHP5/MySQL5. This is usually a good thing, but we would have preferred doing it at our own pace in a controlled environment and with more testing. On the other hand, if this crash hadn't forced us, we probably wouldn't have done it at all ("if it ain't broke, don't fix it")!

    So to recap:
    1. Our dedicated server retired itself to a better place (and in smaller pieces).
    2. We migrated to a less-capable server, running software that we hadn't had the chance to test thoroughly.
    3. Several days-worth of data is missing.
    4. Please report any problems you encounter so we could address them.

    I want to thank Dom of Tyrall Networks for being such a great host and friend over the years! :)

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    Swirve Blog: First Utopian Census
    Posted by Utopia Temple, 3121 days, 14 hours and 51 minutes ago
    Category: Swirve Related

    Friends, Utopians, countrymen, lend me your ears;
    We'd like to know more about you and, in particular, what you think about Utopia. Some of you are already active on the forums, but not everybody has the time or inclination to publicly engage in debate. Our first Utopian census gives each of you the opportunity to express your equal opinions. The results will tell us how you feel about things right now and how we can improve Utopia in the future.

    The survey is short (about 3 minutes) and anonymous, so get started and let us know what you're thinking!

    This survey is now closed

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    Swirve Blog: Bookmarks and Royal Commands
    Posted by Utopia Temple, 3122 days, 13 hours and 40 minutes ago
    Category: Swirve Related

    We've got two exciting features to announce today. Rather than having to memorize island and kingdom numbers you can now create Bookmarks instead. These bookmarks act as shortcuts when you want to switch between kingdoms. You can add to and access your bookmarks by clicking on the 'star' icon (see the image below) which opens the bookmarks menu.

    The second feature that we're releasing today is called Royal Commands. With this feature, monarchs can ensure that everyone in the kingdom obeys their commands. Each royal command displays a target kingdom and the monarch's instruction, and is shown on every kingdom selector.

    Royal commands are a premium feature and cost 5 credits for each new command. Once a command is created a monarch can freely update the description as many times as they like. Monarchs create commands by clicking on the 'crown' icon (see image below).

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