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I got this

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

 

Hi,

I’m Jake, I work at Firefall. I’ll be updating the blog with random musings, things heard round the office and internet treasures.

Scott regrets this already.

 

Latest Illiteracy Contest Winners (MyInfo.com, 369 Interactive Solutions)

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

As some of you may know, we here at Firefall Pro hate when people don’t read. We especially despise those who solicit us even when we explicitly say not to. So without any further ado I present the winners of this round’s illiteracy contest:

MyInfo.com

Our first winner is Emiliano Sanchez of Myinfo.com. Emiliano writes us explaining how he’s, “a real person, trying to make a sincere dollar”. I’m assume he means by spamming Craig’s List. I think his website alone serves as a good enough deterrent.

That soccer ball is animated. No really it is.

369 Interactive Solutions

Honorable mention goes to 369 Interactive Solutions, they’ve got a mostly broken website but their letter wasn’t a mine field of misspellings, just a variety of font sizes.

I’d like to thank everyone that participated in our illiteracy contest. Matt pointed out that we should put up more Craig’s List ads just to get more of these excellent submissions.

FirefallPro: getting the social all over you

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

If you need more FirefallPro in your life (you know you do) you can now follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook. In the spirit of Facebook deals (whatever that is) if you check in at our office you get a free shot of one of our top shelf liqueurs. Actually, we just like excuses to do shots at the office so we will offer the shot even if you want to avoid the social.

Paying Us Just Got Easier

Monday, May 9th, 2011

We understand that sending checks via mail is annoying and retro but not yet retro enough to be cool in an ironic way. Well, this can plague you no more, thanks to a new feature in Quickbooks, we can now accept online payments. Invoices sent from us will all have this option from now on. Hopefully this will make it easier for everyone and avoid that dreased phrase “the check is in the mail”

Opulence: FirefallPro has it!

Friday, April 1st, 2011

We are so excited to be among the first to receive our very own petite lap giraffe! Here I am with the newest addition to the office, Valentina, isn’t she great? We beat the thousands of people on the waiting list and got her from Sokoblovsky Farms. See, now that we turned to Russian outsourcing we have the means to indulge in fancy pets, ahh child labor never felt so good.

Anyway time to go back to our usual tasks of development and swimming around in our pool of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck.

Game Development and Firefall Pro

Monday, March 7th, 2011

On top of a passion for web development here at Firefall we also have a bit of a passion for gaming ( We even recently setup a Minecraft server for the office ). Prior to my work here I used to do game development on my free time and ran a small studio to help teach others the process of making a basic game from the ground up. One of the annual rituals I have settled into is participating  in the Global Game Jam. The GGJ is a global event held over the last weekend of January that involves many locations from around the world. Newcomers and veterans alike come together and make a game from the ground up in 48 hours. Some people take it easy and get good sleep in between working during the day or you can power through the event without almost ever sleeping if you want ( and some do!.. like myself ). The short explanation of it is that everyone assembles in their meeting location for wherever they live ( NYU was NYC’s location ) , gets a theme to create a game around, make their own group/team and get to work. At the end of the 48 hours everyone presents their game and teams get to vote on which they thought was the best in one of several categories.

This event takes a lot of blood sweat and tears to get done and a lot of really cool stuff , and sometimes really BAD stuff  can come out of it. This year was the third year running of the event and I have been to every one of them so far. This year’s theme was “extinction” and the idea I brainstormed out with the help of others I worked with was going an obvious route but making it hilarious. In the case of our game that would be a T-rex piloting a meteor smashing planets. Humor was a big important factor of our game as the idea was ludicrous and we used Flixel, a game engine written in AS3, to make it. Before I get to linking you the game keep in mind everything that you see/hear/play was done in the period of 48 hours. So without further ado, HERE is the game!

In Loving Memory

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Today is a day that will forever be known as the day the beloved Lord of Bacon died. The Pig aka Jumba aka Mayo has passed away. We know that he is in a better place where he can enjoy bbq and beefalo in endless quantities. The Pig may be gone but he will never be forgotten. So today in honor of him, please raise a glass and a bacon sandwich to his memory.

Pig, you will be forever in our hearts.

Finding the Location and Version of WordPress Installs

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

We provide hosting for clients and friends, along with management of a few servers. Even though we don’t control what people install, we try to make sure that everyone remembers to keep software installations up-to-date. This is especially important for WordPress. Its not that WordPress is insecure, its wildly popular, and thats what makes it a prime target for exploitation.

To aid in this cause I use a non-intrusive method of locating the WordPress version file and extracting the version number from it so clients can be notified if they are running an out-of-date installation of WordPress. This is done by using the find command and searching for “version.php” within the path of “wp-includes” and then running grep to search for “$wp_version =“. The complete command looks like this:

find / -name 'version.php' -path '*wp-includes/*' -print -exec grep '$wp_version =' {} \; -exec echo '' \;

It’s best to narrow down where to search if possible, instead of starting at root (e.g. /). In the case of cPanel, user directories are usually stored in “/home". Running the command will output something like this:

/home/user/public_html/wp-includes/version.php
$wp_version = '3.0.1';

Now if I could just come up with a quick way to automate nagging them to update.

iTunes Genre Bug

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Recently I’ve been having a weird issue with iTunes where genre’s periodically get converted to numbers in parentheses, such as “(19)”. After wading through some Apple support forums and going through a few different Google searches I stumbled across a post by Doug Adams that described the issue. It wasn’t till I e-mailed him that I found he also had a solution.

So if you’re having problems with iTunes like I was, the short answer is to download it again from Apple. I’m not sure why they didn’t push out the newer build, but my guess is they have another version forthcoming and didn’t want to release them too close to each other.

The Reality of Media Temple

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Everybody’s beloved Media Temple recently announced they would no longer be sending out e-mail notifications for scheduled or emergency maintenance:

Based on customer feedback, (mt) Media Temple will no longer send email notifications regarding scheduled maintenance or emergency maintenance actions. Instead, we will use our System Status Blog and Twitter to share important maintenance-related information with you. This change will go into effect on August 14th, 2010.

Translation: “Dear customers we’re too lazy to also offer e-mail updates, and we just assume everyone uses and loves Twitter like we do.

It’s not like Twitter is ever down, and self-hosted blog isn’t likely to be affected by maintenance or even collapse under heavy traffic. It sounds like a great plan, except a few hours later this came:

…we began hearing from lots of customers who very much liked the emails and who found value in the notifications. As a result, we have decided to create an opt-in system that will allow us to send notifications to users who desire the email they are accustomed to.

Translation: “Dear Customers, we don’t know what we are doing…

I’ve always found Media Temple to be more about image than practicality. They cost far more then the competition and first hand, their “(gs) Grid Service” is awful. I constantly get error notifications about the MySQL database going on vacation in the middle of a query, or the disk suddenly becoming unwritable.